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"What I see around me would drive me insane, if I did not know that no matter what happens, GOD will have the LAST WORD."
---Elder Paisios of The Holy Mountain
"The authors of two recently published books critical of the current pontificate take very different initial approaches to their task. George Neumayr, author of The Political Pope (See my review: The Remnant, May 31, 2019) begins his critique of the pope with these words: "From the first moment I saw him, I knew that he was going to be a Modernist wrecking ball." The other author is not as blunt, at least at the start. He begins thus: "Every day I pray for Pope Francis. And every day (I am exaggerating, but only slightly), the pope issues another reminder that he does not approve of Catholics like me." Philip Lawler, Lost Shepherd."
"In the latest incursion of the ecclesiastical culture of death into those institutions established by St. John Paul II, a notorious clerical proponent of artificial contraception and homosexual unions has officially been hired to teach at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome. According to a new course list for the 2019-2020 academic year, published on Sept. 11, Italian moral theologian Father Maurizio Chiodi will teach a licentiate-level course titled “Theological ethics of life,” and a doctoral seminar called “Conscience and discernment. Text and context of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia.”
WALL TO WALL PROGRESS - Trump administration enters new phase for border wall, sets ambitious timetable after securing land -
“Build the wall" became the unofficial rallying cry of then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Three years later, amid a series of legal and political setbacks that have raised questions about the project's future, the Trump administration is making a renewed effort to show voters the U.S.-Mexico border wall remains a top priority — touting recent construction and vowing to pick up the pace going into 2020. The purchase of critical strips of private land has cleared the way, they argue, for a new phase.
The plan, officials told reporters at a briefing this week, is to construct upwards of 450-500 miles by the end of next year — a massive undertaking representing nearly eight times what construction teams have erected to date. "It's going up fast and we're putting it where the Border Patrol most wants it," Trump said in a video message Sunday. "We're taking money from all over because, as you know, the Democrats don't want us to build the wall — they're fighting us at every step."
"If staff did not have the time or desire to hold the baby, she was taken to CHRIST Hospital’s Comfort Room, which was complete with a First Photo machine if parents wanted professional pictures of their aborted baby, baptismal supplies, gowns and certificates, foot printing equipment and baby bracelets for mementos, and a rocking chair,” Stanek said.
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take (or use) the name of the Lord his God in vain."
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for he shall not be unpunished that taketh his name upon a vain thing."
NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT - Falling Apart: Joe Biden Delivers 9 Gaffes, Lies, and Awkward Moments in Third Primary Debate -
"Former Vice President Joe Biden added nine embarrassing moments to his ever-expanding list of campaign gaffes and blunders during the third Democrat primary debate in Houston, Texas, Thursday evening. Below is a list of moments where the 76-year-old Biden misspoke, went off on bizarre tangents, or seemingly lost control of his body."
Medjugorje: Spetember 12, 2019 – “Pray without ceasing for this turbulent world without hope…Pray for little Jesus to be born in your heart” .. The Queen of Peace -
Medjugorje Message, “Dear children! Also today I call you, in this time of grace, to pray for little Jesus to be born in your heart. May He, who is peace itself, give peace to the entire world through you. Therefore, little children, pray without ceasing for this turbulent world without hope, so that you may become witnesses of peace for all. May hope begin to flow through your hearts as a river of grace. Thank you for having responded to my call."
The "Church of priests is coming to an end," the leftist priest declared. "We are now reaching the height of folly, every priest is taking care of six parishes, but this is how it ends." "This crisis of the priesthood in any case will increase relentlessly, until serious consideration is finally given to the suitability of abolishing the celibacy of priests," he said. Nicolini dismissed celibacy as "purely an arrangement of the disciplinary order ... not a vow, not a gift of God, not supported by the life of the community."
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle."
[2 Thessalonians 2:14]
"I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock."
[Acts of Apostles 20:29]
September 12, 2019 — "I am not afraid of schisms," Pope Francis told reporters during his latest airplane press conference.
"Well, I am. And I'm afraid of any Roman Pontiff who isn't afraid of splitting the universal Church. Which means that, yes, I'm afraid of Pope Francis."
"Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider are calling on Catholics to pray and fast to combat the “serious theological errors and heresies” they identify in the controversial working document for the impending Amazon Synod."
FRANCIS: "Criticism is a component in construction, and if your criticism is unjust, be prepared to receive a response, and get into dialogue, and arrive to the right conclusion," he continued. "This is the dynamic of true criticism." Pope Francis added that people who criticize without "wanting to hear a response" or get into a dialogue about certain issues ultimately do the church little justice."
"One of Pope Francis's most egregious moves was elevating a known homosexual pederast, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, from the disgraced obscurity to which Pope Benedict had consigned him back to lofty heights within the Church, as one of Francis's top advisors, despite Pope Francis being forewarned of McCarrick’s perversions. The mind reels. Eventually, thankfully, Pope Francis removed McCarrick following a public uproar and Cardinal McCarrick, now Mr. McCarrick, was finally defrocked."
COMMENTARY: The writer of the above article perhaps had good intentions and in many areas he speaks the truth. However, he writes in a vengeful manner and in the use of the label "fool," destroys his spiritual credibility. When pointing out the errors of certain Christians, you must always do so in a respectful manner. You may accuse a "brother" of doing foolish things, but you must avoid calling him a "fool." This is not just my opinion, but a Command of our Lord: vtb
"But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."
MISGUIDED GERMAN CARDINAL - Cardinal Marx to attend Amazon Synod in October, says he can ‘picture’ it approving married priests -
"Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the President of the German Bishops' Conference, has given a new interview in which he shows himself for the first time to be more openly in favor of married priests in light of the upcoming Amazon Synod. This interview comes together with the news that Pope Francis appointed him to participate in the October 6-27 Pan-Amazon Synod. LifeSiteNews was able to confirm with the press speaker of the German bishops, Matthias Kopp, that this piece of news is correct. However, Kopp could not give an explanation why Marx was chosen, since he does not stem from the Amazon region."
"German Cardinal Rainer Woelki, the archbishop of Cologne, stated in a homily in honor of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary that the “priesthood has not been invented by man, but goes back to the mandate of Our Lord.” “If we take this seriously, it becomes clear that therefore the question about the priesthood of women is not a question which lies in our power of disposition,” he said in a September 8 homily."
ANOTHER BLUFF? - Islamic State Targets New York City and Police With Online Propaganda -
"Islamic State has ramped up threats against New York City and New York Police Department officers in recent weeks, counterterrorism officials said in interviews."
"The meta-analyses that the researchers assessed indicated that omega-3 supplements could help relieve symptoms of major depression in people who also take antidepressants. Also, limited evidence suggested that omega-3 supplements may offer small improvements to some people with ADHD. For mood disorders and schizophrenia, N-acetylcysteine — an amino acid — seemed to help when individuals took it alongside their regular treatments."
"More than a quarter (26.5 percent) of the 333 respondents to AmCham’s annual survey said they have redirected investment away from China over the past year, up 6.9 percentage points from 2018. Technology, hardware, software and services companies (40 percent), industrial manufacturing (37.1 percent) and chemicals (36.7 percent) were the most likely to look elsewhere."
HEROIC - Man who lost wife on 9/11 recalls fight to help survivors and victims in her honor -
“I knew in that fraction of a second it was a twin-engine jet going full-throttle. I ran out onto the balcony which faced north – and it was dead silent,” Wolf, 65, told Fox News. “I stepped back through the sliding glass door, and all I heard was 'Ka-boom.' Then someone on the street said, ‘Oh my God, a plane has gone into the World Trade Center,’ and I yelled back, 'Are you kidding me? My wife works there.'” The days that followed passed in an agonizing blur for the musician, pilot, and businessman. Every time the phone rang, his heart leaped into his throat, and he scrambled in anticipation. But Friday came, and there was still no word from his bride, Katherine.
REMEMBERING - 9/11: The images of the attack that changed the world -
"An American flag flies near the destroyed World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, hours after the collapse of the towers."
COMMENTARY: Has the 9/11 tragedy really changed the "world" or especially New York city? Are the citizens of New York city more compassionate towards the unborn who are killed through abortions? Do they now disapprove of practicing homosexuals or "gay" marriage? The answer is no!
Although we of course, should express our sorrow for all the innocent people who died on 9/11, we must also reflect upon the words of JESUS when some Galileans were killed and a much smaller tragedy occurred during His physical presence on earth:
"And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things? No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen upon whom the TOWER fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors (one guilty of neglect or violation of duty) above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem? No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish."
----Luke 13:1-5 vtb
GREAT FAITH - Medjugorje: Vicka in Home town of Jesus – …See Vicka at 2:00 minutes “The Mother of Jesus arrives in Bethlehem” -
"Massive turnout of people witnessed visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic’s public apparition in an auditorium in Bethlehem on August 25. Three days before, the atmosphere was more private during apparition in the biblical Gethsemane Garden. Vicka returns to Medjugorje on Monday."
ANOTHER SAD REMINDER - Hurricane Dorian death toll at 44, but officials, residents know it will rise dramatically -
"Freeport, Bahamas – The grim toll of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas reached 44 on Sunday, according to the Caribbean nation's government, which expects the number of dead to rise. Minister of Health Duane Sands told The Miami Herald the official death toll represents confirmed deaths and is tabulated as the bodies arrive at the morgue. The majority of the deaths reported occurred in the Abaco Islands. In the other hard-hit area, Grand Bahama, officials attribute eight deaths to Hurricane Dorian."
Brittany Bramell, the CIA director of public affairs, told CNN: “CNN’s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false. Misguided speculation that the President’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence—which he has access to each and every day—drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “CNN’s reporting is not only incorrect, it has the potential to put lives in danger.”
"DONALDTRUMP, (TWEET) Sep 5, 2019 - In the early days of the hurricane, when it was predicted that Dorian would go through Miami or West Palm Beach, even before it reached the Bahamas, certain models strongly suggested that Alabama & Georgia would be hit as it made its way through Florida & to the Gulf......
Instead it turned North and went up the coast, where it continues now. In the one model through Florida, the Great State of ALABAMA would have been hit or grazed. In the path it took, no. Read my FULL FEMA statement. What I said was accurate! All Fake News in order to demean!"
"As far as Dayton is concerned, why it’s another matter entirely. CNN and the mainstream media in general are careful to hold back, to not attribute a motivation behind a clearly left-wing shooter, and even tried to fact check Trump for using the same tactics they use when it’s a supposedly “right-wing” killer: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested a left-wing political motivation behind the massacre in Dayton, Ohio, despite police statements that say there's a lack of a clear motive.”
FIGHTING BACK - BOOM! Trump Team Unveils Plan to Defeat Social Media Bias Heading Toward 2020 -
"The Trump Team has announced creation of an APP that will now give Trump supporters a way to stay in the loop. I believe our President would call this 3-D Chess. Business Insider reports that The Trump Campaign will be launching its own social networking app as we move toward 2020: President Donald Trump has used Twitter as a digital megaphone throughout his presidency to directly address his supporters — and he will soon have another tool at his disposal to get his message out unfiltered."
"On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted, "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week."...Shortly after Trump sent this tweet, Bolton tweeted, "I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'"
"With all of the social and personal turmoil that develops during the teenage years, a new study finds teens who hold off on dating have better social skills, are happier, and are less depressed. This finding goes against American culture in terms of every movie or television show that portrays teenagers in high school."
NCR's BIASED ATTACK: "The whole world now knows that Pope Francis is more or less fed up with some of his critics. His comment about it being an "honor" to be attacked by conservative Catholics in the U.S. made that clear for all to see. Francis had just been presented with a copy of a new book by French author Nicolas Seneze, which catalogs conservative Catholic efforts, largely American, to influence this pope or to limit his influence and undermine his efforts. The fallout from the pope's comment is kind of fun to watch. Last week, EWTN host Raymond Arroyo began his hour-long show with an eight minute "commentary" that pronounced the pope's comment "troubling." I actually found the pope's candor refreshing."
FACTS DON'T LIE -For first time EVER, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color thanks to Trump economy -
"It’s yet another significant minority success story the far-left media would rather not talk about. (though even the Washington Post couldn’t ignore this one!) No president has ever generated more jobs for minorities (and women) than President Trump. In fact, the number of new jobs for people of color is outpacing those for white Americans. This remarkable transformation is a stark difference to the Obama years that saw minority unemployment skyrocket and black and Hispanic communities decimated by the plagues of poverty and resulting crime."
"Then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the White House in early February 2017 that the bureau was not considering the national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, for a potential Logan Act prosecution over conversations with the Russian ambassador before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, government records reviewed by Fox News indicate. McCabe was referring to the rarely prosecuted 200-year-old statute that bars American citizens from engaging with a foreign government without authorization from the current U.S. government."
"In the first of two tweets on the subject, Trump recalled how results of a “fake poll” by ABC/Washington Post during his 2016 campaign were drastically revised after his lawyers protested: “ABC/Washington Post Poll was the worst and most inaccurate poll of any taken prior to the 2016 Election. When my lawyers protested, they took a 12 point down and brought it to almost even by Election Day. It was a Fake Poll by two very bad and dangerous media outlets. Sad!”
FAKE NEWSPAPER - NYT Deletes Embarrassing Tweet PRAISING Mao Zedong Who Killed TENS OF MILLIONS Of People -
“Mao Zedong died on this day in 1976,” the Times archive’s Twitter account said in a since-deleted note published on social media. “The Times said he ‘began as an obscure peasant’ and ‘died one of history’s great revolutionary figures.’”…It was not long before social media users noticed and took exception on Monday to the Times’ weirdly glowing description of the 20th century’s most prolific mass murderer. The push back became such that the paper deleted the tweet eventually, issuing a sort of half-hearted mea culpa. “We’ve deleted a previous tweet about Mao Zedong that lacked critical historical context,” the account tweeted Monday.
"Trump said federal law had restricted more than 40 faith-based HBCUs and seminaries from fully tapping a program that provides federal loan guarantees for their construction projects. “This meant that your faith-based institutions, which have made such extraordinary contributions to America, were unfairly punished for their religious beliefs,” the president told a conference on historically black colleges and universities meeting in Washington...Trump also used the speech to review assistance he’s provided to HBCUs since taking office, including signing a farm bill that included more than $100 million for scholarships and research at certain historically black colleges and universities. Trump also relocated the federal HBCU initiative to the White House from the Education Department."
"If you needed any more proof that Google is A. a monopoly; B. is far too big; C. is collecting way too much data on users (mostly without our permission), this story ought to provide it."
ITS WORKING - Trump’s Pressure Is Weighing Heavily on Iran -
"Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high after Iran says it seized a British-flagged oil tanker in mid-July. WSJ's Gerald F. Seib explains the carefully calibrated way the two countries are trying to ratchet up pressure on each other, yet stop short of open conflict."
"This was a small, nicely decorated room complete with a First Foto machine in case parents wanted pictures of their aborted babies, baptismal supplies if parents wanted their aborted babies baptized, and a foot printer and baby bracelets if parents wanted keepsakes of their aborted babies. There was also a wooden rocker to rock these babies to death," Stanek testified. She submitted photos of the comfort room with her testimony. "That’s why the word 'comfortable,' which Governor Northam used, was particularly grating. How far will doctors go to comfort themselves for letting abortion survivors die? Pretty far," the nurse added, bitterly. "Clearly, little abortion survivors desperately need Congress to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, to provide them with legal medical protections and not leave open the decision whether they live or die."
A CITY OF MANY KILLINGS - Local News Source Concludes & Admits TRUMP IS RIGHT ‘Baltimore does have more murders per capita than Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador’-
Here are the numbers:
Baltimore 51.3 murders per 100,000 residents
El Salvador 50 murders per 100,000 residents
Honduras 41.4 murders per 100,000 residents
Guatemala 22 murders per 100,000 residents
"Christians are being attacked in American culture for the slightest evidence of their being identified as Christian, and one pastor says this could be a sign the Lord is coming back – soon."
"Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race. Big Rally last night. Now it looks like he is going to win.
"A website called ImpeachmentAugust.org said there would be an impeachment rally on Monday at 11 a.m. on the House side of the Capitol. No one showed up, Breitbart News reports. Not. One. Person."
WORTH TRYING? - Two common dietary supplements may protect against heart disease, stroke -
"In a recent study from West Virginia University, scientists found that some common dietary supplements may help protect people from heart disease and stroke. They found taking folic acid may protect against stroke, and taking omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease. But other supplements, such as calcium and vitamin D, don’t have these health benefits. In fact, if people take the two supplements together, they may have a higher risk of stroke.
“When the attacks happened I learned, ‘Wow! I actually have no control,’” Stanton explained. “My worldview was totally changed and I really had to start over from the beginning: ‘who am I?’ and ‘who am I in Christ’?
HORRIBLE DESTRUCTION! - 'There is nothing left': Fox News' Steve Harrigan describes death, devastation from Dorian in Bahamas -
"Just 180 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., Hurricane Dorian left Abaco Island in the Bahamas completely leveled and smelling of death, according to Fox News' Steve Harrigan. Bodies of people and dogs lie strewn about -- including inside a church that was apparently used for shelter, Harrigan said Friday..."
"This Passion dates back well before 2013, as Benedict XVI himself has said on several occasions. The last two years of his pontificate were also a time of intense suffering for believers; the obstacles placed along his path by open or hidden enemies were evident to all. Yet Benedict somehow acted as a dam (perhaps, in some way, he is still doing so today), but after his resignation the flood arrived."
"Libby DePiero once drove her Ford Focus so far to attend a Trump campaign rally—about 1,000 miles from her home in Connecticut to Indiana—that when she lay in bed that night she thought the twitching in her driving leg was coming from an animal under the mattress."
"A group of nearly two dozen Muslim U.S. citizens won a major victory in federal court on Wednesday in their suit against the FBI and other federal agencies over use of the terror watchlist, even as it remained unclear what exactly the consequences of the ruling would be."
“The Academy in particular is to become more and more a place of competent and respectful meeting and dialogue among experts, including those from other religious traditions as well as proponents of world views the Academy needs to know better in order to widen its horizons,” he said.
"At roughly the same time that ancient Egyptians were constructing their first great pyramids and Mesopotamians were building monumental temples and ziggurats, the Harappans of South Asia—also known as the Indus Valley Civilization—were erecting massive baked brick housing complexes and cutting elaborate canal systems. The civilization’s abrupt downfall remains one of the great mysteries of the ancient world. Now, for the first time, scientists have analyzed the genome of an ancient Harappan. The findings reveal little about why the society collapsed, but they illuminate both its past and its continuing genetic legacy in modern Indians."
DIRTY PIGS - Don’t touch any pig ear treats or feed them to your dog, the FDA and CDC say -
"Dog owners, if you've been waiting to give up your pet's pig ears, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that now is the time. A warning about a multistate salmonella outbreak tied to the treats has been updated to include all pig ear products. "A total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states," the CDC said in its update Wednesday.
"Americans should not smoke e-cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday, as they investigate how hundreds of people became sick, and at least three people died, after using them. “While this investigation is ongoing, people should not use e-cigarette products,” Dana Meaney-Delman of the CDC said in a call Friday. That broad recommendation is because “there is a diversity of products” related to e-cigarettes, some containing THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s primary psychoactive component, and some containing nicotine, she said."
UPDATES ON THE UPDATE - Surprise, Microsoft changed Windows Update behavior for the better in Windows 10 1903 -
"Since the release of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system in 2015, updating and patching was at the heart of criticism that administrators and power users leveled at Microsoft. It was not the only argument brought forth against Windows 10, Telemetry being another, but it was a major one. A lack of control over updates and quality issues caused quite some havoc since then. Microsoft pushes out cumulative updates once a month on the second Tuesday of the month. The company releases a second cumulative update that acts as a preview of things to come in the same month."
"The battle over the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union has rocked some of the country’s most cherished institutions. It has dominated the political debate, paralyzed parliament, pitted Tory against Tory, Labour against Labour and threatened the integrity of the Union. Then late last month, it reached out and touched the queen."
"However, for people in cold northern climes, this kind of sun is rare for six or more months of winter, leading to possible vitamin D deficiency. This means that they take supplements instead, to prevent bone weakening. The recommended daily intake for vitamin D by Health Canada is 600 IU (International Units) up to the age of 70 years, after which it goes up to 800 IU. However, some experts disagree, suggesting that people with osteoporosis, a condition in which the bone becomes thinner, need anywhere from 400 to 2000 IU a day."
A TRULY GOOD MAN - Donald Trump: The most Christian President in years. Bishop Julian Dobbs with Sebastian Gorka on AMERICA First -
"AMERICA First is the newest nationally-syndicated radio show in the United States, part of the Salem Radio Network. The host, Sebastian Gorka PhD., served most recently as Deputy Assistant for Strategy to the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and is author of the New York Times bestselling book “Defeating Jihad.” His latest book is “Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With No Apologies.” You can follow him on Twitter @SebGorka, on Facebook, and on Instagram @sebastian_gorka. AMERICA First is available on the iTunes podcast app, streams live at www.sebgorka.com, and is on YouTube. You can contact him here..."
JOURNALISM AT ITS WORST - White House officials rip Washington Post in scathing op-ed: 'An offensive, egregious affront to true news journalism' -
“From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Post had some pretty embarrassing moments,” Grisham and Gidley wrote. “Whether it was incorrectly stating that presidents do not deliver remarks on the Fourth of July, ignoring speeches by Presidents Reagan, Kennedy, and Obama, or being called out for shoddy, politically motivated fact-checking, the Post’s lost summer culminated with a fateful day in August when it was forced to issue 15 corrections to a single article.”
"LGBT+ advocates are celebrating after the Pope elevated a leading pro-gay bishop to the College of Cardinals."
"...unborn babies’ rights are being threatened in the Central American country after the government drafted a regulation allowing “therapeutic” abortions. It is not clear how extensively it would allow unborn babies to be aborted in the country."
"As a teenager, Nate Oyloe was attracted to other boys. Hoping to change his sexual attractions, he sought therapy. Today, he is happily married to a woman. Most people would be glad that Nate has achieved the life he wanted. But not everyone is. Lawmakers in his home state of Minnesota recently passed a law banning the kind of therapy Nate received to help him overcome his unwanted same-sex attraction."
BOOMING ECONOMY - 195,000 Jobs Added In August, Surging Past Expectations -
"Most hiring took place in the service-providing sector, with 184,000 new jobs created. Manufacturing hiring remained fairly steady, with 8,000 jobs added. It was the best month for private-sector hiring since April, which saw 255,000 new jobs added."
"That's an increase of 590,000 from the record 157,228,000 employed in July. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent. For blacks, the unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 5.5 percent last month. And for Hispanics, the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in August, which ties the record low set earlier this year."
CRIMINAL ACT - Trump Unloads on Obama DACA Order, Calling It 'Totally Illegal' -
"Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to blast his predecessor for signing an executive order that gave 700,000 illegal aliens who came to America as children protection from deportation for two years and the ability to get a work permit. Trump called the executive order "totally illegal."
GANG OF BUTCHERS - ICE Confirms 6 of 7 Arrested in Maryland Slaying Belong to MS-13 -
"Of the six, five are Salvadoran and one is Mexican. All of them are in the country illegally, ICE spokeswoman Kate Pote said in an email. All six are identified in ICE gang databases as members of MS-13. After their arrests, ICE placed detainers on them."
"That means that a site like Drudge’s, which garners tens of millions of clicks per month and has countless advertisers, would be forced to do an accounting of those advertisers. If the sites do not keep track of the people and organizations behind the ad spends on their sites, they could be subject to criminal punishment. What it boils down to is a government-led effort, supposedly to crack down on foreign propaganda that might influence American elections, which will make it more difficult for news sites to operate. It is, without question, a danger to the First Amendment."
"As a new study shows, the downstream effects can be surprising, and far-reaching too, affecting much more than just your dental well being. In an experiment led by scientists from the UK and Spain, researchers found that the simple act of using mouthwash after exercising can reduce one of the benefits of exercise: lowering blood pressure."
ONLY ONE POPE? - Cardinal Burke says The Expanded Petrine Ministry simply won’t float -
"First, Cardinal Burke asserts that a pope must govern in order to be pope. “There is only one pope and the pope must govern the Church.” Well yes, that’s how it’s supposed to work, governance being one of the three components of the ministry, the others being teaching and sanctifying. However, failure to govern does not unpope a pope. A pope in a coma, a pope in exile, a pope in prison… none of them can govern, but they still remain pope. This is not a difficult concept. Yes, a pope is SUPPOSED to govern, but the failure/inability to govern has exactly ZERO effect on the ontological reality of who is pope. Popes remain pope until they die or validly resign."
COMMENTARY: The above website (non veni pacem - The Splendor of Truth) in its attempt to disqualify Pope Francis as pope, criticizes Cardinal Burke's statements. In doing so, they do what the devil wants, that is to divide conservatives in the Church. Pope Francis is a valid pope. Yes, he is without question liberal, and in some critical moral areas, misguided, but he is still the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. Therefore, it is wrong to be critical of Cardinal Burke (an expert in Canon Law) or any other conservative who questions some of Francis's decisions but still regards him as a true pope. In unfairly judging those like Burke, you do more damage to your cause than good. vtb
THE BEST MORAL CODE- Trump Supporters Have ALL The Moral High Ground. Don’t Cede One Inch Of It To The Left -
"Despite the fact that roughly three out of four evangelical Christians support President Donald Trump and most of his policies, the #NeverTrump “right” and the anti-Trump left have somehow managed to fool people into thinking they have at least a solid piece of high ground when it comes to “principles,” “morality” and “values.” I purposefully put those three words in quotes because their mere utterance doesn’t mean the people who pronounce them have an iota of a clue what they really mean. Nevertheless, anti-Trump folks of all political persuasions love tossing them around as a way of signaling their “virtue” to the rest of us."
GETTING BACK AT CORRUPTION - General Flynn’s Attorney Sidney Powell Petitions Court to Hold Mueller Gang in Contempt and Kicked Off Case! -
"General Flynn has a real fighter in his attorney Sidney Powell and she is rightfully demanding the Mueller gang be held in contempt. Powell is right no matter what the far left New York Times‘ ‘Russia Collusion’ reporters say."
"In the context of the internet, ‘trolling’ is a phrase used to describe the act of making random unsolicited and/or controversial comments on various internet forums with the intent to provoke a reaction from unsuspecting readers to engage in a fight or argument. However, in reality, trolling often means heckling or shouting down ceremonies or sermons. It is considered by many to be a form of harassment. One example of their trolling attempts involved a plan to challenge states that did not recognize gay marriage. Greaves revealed that the plan was to hold “a satanic gay wedding in any one of these states and, if the state refused to recognize it, we’d sue on the grounds that it was our religious liberty to have it recognized.”
Lamenting the failure of the plan, Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves also discussed a plan to attack pro-lifers saying: “We never got to do that but there are people who want to roll back other things such as Roe vs Wade [a Supreme Court ruling which effectively legalizes abortion throughout the US] as well.”
NOT SURPRISING - Satanic Temple head: ‘More than 50% of our membership is LGBTQ’ - SHALLOW REPORTING - Crisis Magazine’s hack piece on Medjugorje is an embarrassment – Reporter fails to mention the Vatican’s conclusions of their five-year investigation into the events -
"On August 30, 2019 Crisis Magazine published an article by Ms. Jane Stannus titled: “Will Rome Fall for the Medjugorje Hoax.” read it here: I will not take on Ms. Stannus’ criticisms point by point. Her entire article is cobbled together from old nuggets of anti-Medjugorje information that have been floating around the internet for decades. She has nothing new to report."
"In 1984, Pope John Paul II further granted permissions to all bishops of the world via the letter Quattuor abhinc annos to permit the celebration of the TLM for any group of Catholics who requested it. However, confusion about the status of the TLM persisted. To help clarify once and for all, in 1986, John Paul II convened a commission of nine cardinals (Ratzinger, Mayer, Oddi, Stickler, Casaroli, Gantin, Innocenti, Palazzini, and Tomko) to investigate if either Paul VI or the Second Vatican Council had ever abrogated the TLM. The commission determined that (1) the TLM had never been juridically suppressed or abrogated and (2) that bishops cannot forbid or restrict a priest concerning the celebration of the traditional rite of Mass, whether in public or in private."
STILL NOT CLEAR - Bp. Schneider: Pope’s Revised ‘Diversity of Religions’ Take ‘Remains Insufficient’ -
"At the Wednesday general audience on April 3, 2019, Pope Francis spoke these words: “Why does God allow many religions? God wanted to allow this: Scholastic theologians used to refer to God’s voluntas permissiva [permissive will]. He wanted to allow this reality: there are many religions.” The Pope unfortunately did not make any reference to the objectively erroneous phrase from the Abu Dhabi document which says: “The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom.”
"This phrase is in itself erroneous and contradicts Divine Revelation, since God has revealed to us that He does not want diverse religions, but only the one religion, which He commanded in the First Commandment of the Decalogue: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them” (Ex 20:2-5).
Our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed the perennial validity of this commandment saying: “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve’” (Mt 4:10). The words “Lord” and “God,” expressed in the first Commandment, mean the Most Holy Trinity, Who is the one Lord and the one God. Hence, what God positively wills is that all men should worship and adore only God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the one Lord and God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: “Since they express man’s fundamental duties towards God and towards his neighbor, the Ten Commandments reveal, in their primordial content, grave obligations. They are fundamentally immutable, and they oblige always and everywhere. No one can dispense from them” (n. 2072)."
As the New Hampshire audience sat in silence, The Post reported, the vice president said, “This is the God’s truth. My word as a Biden.” But according to The Post, it wasn’t “God’s truth.” It wasn’t even “Biden’s truth.”
"We posted this interview(S) for what it is, an historical document. We’re hoping (but realize it’s a long shot) that people will show restraint and keep the comments civil. We as archivists appreciate footage and the story it can tell about a moment in time."
"New York City is losing more than 270 residents each day, more than any other city in the United States, according to census data analyzed by Bloomberg. Driving the Big Apple residents away are high taxes, staggering costs of living, and a significant decline in quality of life. While local politicians watch swaths of people pack up and leave, they continue to prioritize rank partisanship over smart policy. As a result, the great exodus is likely to accelerate in the months and years to come.
New York City is home to the highest tax burden in the nation. Its residents fork over an average 12.7 percent of their income in state and local taxes annually. The 2017 federal tax law only drove up middle and upper income New Yorkers’ tax bills even further by capping state and local tax deductions. For many New Yorkers, the extra cost is the straw that broke the camel’s back, instead of coughing up the additional cash, residents simply move to low tax havens like Texas and Florida.""
"With the Catholic Church under legal assault by prosecutors in 14 states, the case of a former Philadelphia altar boy dubbed “Billy Doe” serves as a cautionary tale that not every priest accused of sex abuse is automatically guilty. The case also shows that crusading prosecutors don’t always play by the rules. And that no matter what the true facts in a sex abuse case are, it won’t matter to a biased news media. The word “crusading” is important here. It captures perfectly the tone, the motivation and the intent of those involved in the pursuit of Cardinal George Pell.
That is the cast of characters in the Get Pell network. Yet there is another piece of evidence in building the case, circumstantial but, dare one use the term “compelling”, that Pell was shuffled into a position from which there would be no escape. This is the calendar of events from 2011 to 2017. Again, it suggests a long game, involving many assassins and the brutal use of State power to hound the innocent amid the drip feed of then, and still, unsubstantiated allegations."
"As someone who has spent years with the knife edge of the Chinese Communist Party bearing down on my throat for my human rights work, I know that the president is on to something. Tariffs and economic threats may be blunt tools, but they are the kind of aggressive tactics necessary to get the attention of the CCP regime, which respects only power and money. It’s not just about “winning,” as the president sometimes puts it, and it’s not simply about trade: It’s about justice, and doing what’s right for ordinary Chinese and American people.
Presidents before Trump naively believed that China would abide by international standards of behavior if it were granted access to institutions like the World Trade Organization and generally treated as a “normal” country. But that path proved mistaken, and Beijing ignored Western pressure on matters from human rights to the widespread theft of intellectual property. Trump, whatever his flaws, grasps this reality."
"Moments after a gasoline bomb arced over a police-station wall, officers began shooting rounds of rubber bullets at protesters here. One struck a young woman in the eye, leaving her with a bloody orb. Elsewhere, police stormed a subway station, blocked its exits, and launched tear gas inside as demonstrators fled onto trains. At another metro stop, officers in gas masks fired at close range toward the backs of young people, appearing to hit at least one."
"Far from reviving Catholicism in Buenos Aires, this pontificate has deflated it. “Immediately after his election church attendance seemed to go up a little bit,” said one Argentine Catholic. “But now it has gone down. Parishes which once had perpetual Eucharistic adoration no longer have it. The situation in Buenos Aires has gone from bad to worse.” Another Argentine Catholic tells me, “I stopped going to daily Mass because the quality of it has become such a joke.” Indeed, many of the Catholic institutions in Buenos Aires seem either ghost-townish or in the hands of open heretics. (The Vatican nunciature looked like an abandoned haunted house.) I walked into an archdiocesan bookstore in the heart of Buenos Aires only to see placed in its most prominent display case fawning books about Hans Küng, one of the most heretical theologians of the 20th century."
"Ten years ago, Becket Cook was a gay man in Hollywood who had achieved great success as a set designer in the fashion industry. He worked with stars and supermodels, from Natalie Portman to Claudia Schiffer, traveling the world to design photo shoots for the likes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He attended award shows and parties at the homes of Paris Hilton and Prince. He spent summers swimming in Drew Barrymore’s pool. A decade later, Cook has moved on from that life—and he doesn’t miss it."
"Jew-haters are all motivated by the same mindset: 1) they hate Jews but are unable to provide any truly intellectual reasoning for hating them, even as the more dishonest Jew-haters will deny hating Jews. They fall back on the old "I have friends" who are "whatever" line, only they insert "Jews." I've heard the pathetic reasonings of Jew-haters, and regardless of the lengths they go to deceive themselves, they don't deceive anyone else – they are Jew-haters; 2) ultimately the Jew-haters want to see the destruction of Israel; and 3) you will never hear them acknowledge the true facts about Israel nor the fact that the idea of Palestine as the assignation tossed around today is more mythical than unicorns with udders."
"These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception, Reehil said in a statement to the paper. 'The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.'"
FAILING TO UNDERSTAND DIPLOMACY- Pete Buttigieg's husband Chasten attacks Mike Pence's lunch with openly gay Irish leader, claiming it doesn't mean the vice president is 'any less homophobic' -
"Chasten Buttigieg attacked Mike Pence's lunch with an openly-gay Irish leader, saying just because the two shared meal doesn't mean the vice president is 'any less homophobic.' Buttigieg, the "husband" of Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, criticized a tweet on Monday from deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere, who wrote anyone who thinks Pence is 'anti-gay' should look at his lunch with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner."
A NEEDED VITAMIN - Study links low vitamin D levels in young kids to aggression in adolescents -
"Vitamin D deficiency also associated with depression and schizophrenia adulthood."
"Last time we checked in on progressive Montgomery County, Maryland, four illegal immigrants had been arrested on rape charges since Democratic politicians imposed new rules in late July that hampered local officials' ability to cooperate with ICE."
"Study looked at long-term decision making of people with and without tattoos - Found people with body ink were more likely to make impulsive decisions - They would not fully think through the consequences and act recklessly - Approximately a third of all adults aged between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo."
DOES NOT OBJECT - Pope backs tattoos as they can help priests connect with the 'culture of the young' -
He added that young priests could use them to connect with the people they were trying to reach out to, because the tattoos often communicated information about the person. A tattoo can become a talking point and a way for the priest to find out more about an individual, he said, and to connect with "the culture of the young..."
"Mattis says he won’t discuss a sitting president, though it seems clear he disdains Trump’s leadership style. But he is scathing about a former president in Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, which is released today, and he doesn’t hesitate to name him: Barack Obama. The former general's opinion of Obama, for whom Mattis was head of U.S. Central Command from 2010 until 2013, might be summed up by a single entry in the book’s index: “Obama, Barack, strategic thinking lacking.”
"It was the third consecutive month with more than 2,000 such murders."
"Scientists have found a way to predict the risk of heart attack with 90 per cent accuracy - almost a decade in advance. The breakthrough by Oxford University uses artificial intelligence to look “beneath the surface” of routine CT scans and spot biomarkers which can give early red flags."
"You suspended Fr. Geoff Drew, pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish, for “inappropriate” texting with a male student at the attached St. Ignatius school. No details have been given of these texts, but they were obviously “inappropriate” enough to warrant the serious action you took. Furthermore, it came to light after his suspension that Fr. Drew had been under monitoring at his last assignment at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish for similar concerns, including complaints of hugs, shoulder rubs, patting of knees, comments of a sexual nature, and texting. The principal of St. Ignatius school stated that he had not been informed of these concerns when Fr. Drew was assigned to St. Ignatius last year. The complaints from St. Maximilian Kolbe parish apparently were shoved under the rug because Fr. Drew’s actions weren’t technically criminal. With the focus strictly on legality instead of the salvation of souls, a wolf was allowed to roam among the sheep."
"In the true-life example laid out by Mr. Dreher, a person he describes as a “faithful Catholic layman” had direct knowledge of widespread homosexual corruption in a seminary in 2002. The layman was close friends with Cardinal Bernard Law in the Archdiocese of Boston. The layman informed Cardinal Law about the homosexual corruption, and the cardinal did nothing. According to Mr. Dreher, the layman could not reconcile his love and respect for the cardinal with the fact that the cardinal allowed the corruption to flourish unaddressed."
"Why did the Church institute the practice of communion in the hand? How has it taken over the entire Church is such a short amount of time? This change was brought about by negligence from the Dutch bishops shortly after Vatican II. Communion standing and in the hand was until then a Protestant idea implanted during the Revolution. After Vatican II, the practice began being used in Catholic parishes across Holland and was not stopped by the Conference of Bishops. This abuse spread to Germany, France, and Belgium. Since it was becoming widespread, Pope Paul VI commissioned the bishops of the world to answer questions concerning this practice. With the bishops’ feedback, the pope promulgated the Instruction Memoriale Domini (May 29, 1969). This instruction included the following..."
SENATORS: Maria Cantwell (Washington) - Susan Collins (Maine) - Dick Durbin ( Illinois) - Kirsten Gillibrand (New York) - Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) - Tim Kaine ( Virginia) - Patrick Leahy ( Vermont) - Ed Markey (Massachussetts) - Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada) - Claire McCaskill (Missouri) - Bob Menendez ( New Jersey) - Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) - Patty Murray (Washington) - Jack Reed ( Rhode Island).
"A man who police said drilled holes in dressing room doors at Target stores in our area now faces more charges after investigators allegedly found dozens of photos on his phone of women and children undressing."
IT'S BEING BUILT- New website to track current progress of Trump’s border wall -
"A supporter of President Donald Trump created the new website named “TrumpWallconstrution” to inform on the progress of border wall construction. According to the website, the status of Trump’s border wall is 89 miles completed and 226 miles to be built. The website includes an interactive map that went online last week and has information on planning and current work in progress of the major sectors of the border wall."
"A short time before the holy Father’s [St. Francis’] death, he called together his children and warned them of the coming troubles"
"The Vatican’s decision to IMPLEMENT a document affirming that the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God,” without CORRECTING this statement, is tantamount to “promoting the neglect of the first Commandment” and a “betrayal of the Gospel,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said.
COMMENTARY: The pope allows a contradiction of his own words. This issue was also discussed in a previous post:
"Mar 8, 2019 - Bishop Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, joined fellow Kazakhstani bishops for their ad limina visit to Rome last week, during which they raised several concerns with the Pope.
The bishop told LifeSite News that he had a direct exchange with Pope Francis on a declaration signed last month by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Abu Dhabi. The document states that the “pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, SEX, race and language are WILLED by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings."
Schneider says the Pope explicitly told him that he could share their discussion on this point: “You can say that the phrase in question on the diversity of religions means the PERMISSIVE will of God.”
The Pope also “acknowledged that…the sentence can be understood erroneously," especially as the difference between the sexes are positively willed by God.
“When we mention both of these phrases in the same sentence, then the diversity of religions is interpreted as positively willed by God, like the diversity of sexes,” Schneider said.
“The sentence therefore leads to doubt and erroneous interpretations, and so it was my desire, and my request that the Holy Father RECTIFY this. But he said to us bishops: you can say that the phrase in question on the diversity of religions means the permissive will of God.”
COMMENTARY: Was it actually "rectified"? If it was, I know of no one who has heard it. In addition, if Bishop Schneider had not asked Pope Francis that question, would Francis have clarified it to the bishops or the whole Church? That is very doubtful as rarely does he admit he was wrong. He appears to be more concerned about what the Muslims will think than what Catholics and other Christians will think. And what does "diversity of SEX mean?? That too is not clarified.
MASTER OF THE DEAL - Rebecca Grant: Trump and the G-7 -- These are the three big scores from Biarritz -
“A really great G-7,” said President Trump, announcing an imminent, major trade deal with Japan late Sunday. Then on Monday, Macron said Iran’s President Rouhani is willing to talk with the United States. This is the third G-7 meeting for President Trump, and by far, the best. Admit it. Before Trump became president, few noticed these meetings of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States, which have been taking place since 1975."
STILL FIGHTING - Trump and the G-7 minefield – Successful fight against progressive agenda will bring rewards -
"Trump was right to push back against climate and the other “niche” agenda items (as the White House described them) and insist that the G-7 leaders focus on the big economic policy questions."
"Churches are dedicated for the worship of God and as havens from the cares and concerns of the world," it says. "With the exception of current law enforcement officers, the carrying of lethal weapons on church property, concealed or otherwise, is prohibited."
"PITTSBURGH —Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Robert Bowers, who is charged with fatally shooting 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a court filing Monday. The counts are obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, and use and discharge of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence."
"Despite signing a deal a year ago to create a de-escalation zone near the rebel-held stronghold of Idlib, the tension between the two countries has risen in the last two weeks after an air raid by the Russian-backed Syrian military targeted a Turkish convoy passing through Idlib province. Both countries are unhappy with their policy regarding Syria, Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen said. "Erdogan wants Putin to rein in the Syrian forces. President Putin's spokesperson said he understands the concerns of Erdogan but said he's also very worried about the movements of the rebels against Russian forces," Vaessen said.
WAS TOO EASY - The Army is making marksmanship training harder to prepare soldiers for the two-way firing range -
"The Army is working to improve its small arms training to better simulate combat by having soldiers engage several targets at once, grab magazines from their pack to reload, and fix weapons malfunctions while on the range, the service recently announced. "It's exactly what we would do in a combat environment, and I think it's just going to build a much better shooter," Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Fortenberry, the senior enlisted leader at the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, tasked with overseeing the Army's efforts to update marksmanship training for the first time in decades."
"Even if conditions on Mars used to support flowing water, that's no longer the case. According to Space.com, present-day Mars has an average temperature of approximately negative 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Add in the planet's thin atmosphere that is largely made up of carbon dioxide, and it's difficult for Mars to support life as we know it. Horgan continued that researchers understand that the building blocks of life on Earth "developed very soon" after the planet's formation, adding that flowing water is "essential for life's development." "So evidence that we had early, flowing water on Mars, will increase the chances that simple life may have developed at around the same time as it did on Earth. We hope that the Mars 2020 mission will be able to look more closely at these minerals, and begin to answer exactly what conditions existed when Mars was still young".
"There are lots of great and beautiful things about America, but in the outside world we tend to import its worst aspects and mimic them without much reflection or awareness. There have been many baneful imports from the American front line: misandry, identity politics, political correctness, opioids, reality television, really bad television, celebrity hypocrisy, barefaced media mendacity, etc. With mass shootings we appear to have reached the outer limit of the potential for awfulness a modern society is capable of throwing up."
EXPLAINING WHAT "DEATH" REALLY MEANS - Medjugorje: Visionary -“Death does not exist”..the Gospa tells us, “you are unaware. It is simply a veil that falls, like the curtain of the temple of Jerusalem…hidden in the invisible, the Holy of Holies!” -
"The saints conquered this lack of clarity and lived as if they could see the invisible. This allowed them to embrace invisible realities without fearing the day when the pane of glass would break, when the veil would fall. The Heavenly Court was already familiar to them, and they viewed the passage through the valley of death as a long awaited kiss that would bring them forever into the company of the elect after their exile."
ONGOING DISCUSSION- Why you need to talk to your doctor before you start taking supplements -
"That’s why smart supplement shopping is so important. “If you’re not sure about the safety of an ingredient, the first thing you should do is talk to your doctor or pharmacist,” notes John Travis, a senior research scientist at NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. “Also look for an independent certification mark on the label before you start using the product; this is especially important if you’re already taking a prescription medication.” Examples of such certifications include ones from NSF International and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention."
“I notice that on the four pages of the article by Mrs. Aschmann,” Benedict writes, “the word God – which I have made the central aspect of the question – does not appear once.”
'Fox News' Sean Hannity delivered a straight forward message to HBO host Bill Maher Monday night, telling the comedian to keep his "big mouth shut." "You're a mean spirited jackass," Hannity said on his television show.
"Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee suggested in a court filing Monday that they have been carrying out an impeachment investigation of President Trump since before Robert Mueller’s report was even submitted, which appears to contradict previous statements by committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif."
"President Donald Trump's latest trade war escalation against China appears to have had an immediate effect on Asian markets and the Chinese Yuan, sending both tumbling early on Monday morning...Chinese Vice Premier Liu He indicated early on Monday that the communist nation was willing to negotiate with the U.S. to prevent the trade war from escalating."
ARTISTIC BOY- (PHOTOS) Autistic Boy Overcomes Obstacles And Builds The Largest LEGO Replica Of Titanic -
"What gave Brown these strong convictions and determination? Her bio on Athlete Biz gives a clue: “Sarah believes that her running talent is a gift from God and needs to be used for something more than her own personal gains.”
"US Steel Corp. will restart construction on an idled manufacturing facility in Alabama, and it gave some of the credit to President Donald Trump’s trade policies in an announcement Monday. Trump’s “strong trade actions” are partly responsible for the resumption of work on an advanced plant near Birmingham, the Pittsburgh-based company said in a statement. The administration’s tariffs have raised prices on imported steel and aluminum."
TAKING AWAY OUR RIGHTS - Imam Says “Muslims Have The RIGHT To Take Property from FILTHY Christians and Jews” (VIDEO) -
"Rhоdеѕ Cоllеgе in Mеmрhіѕ, Tееn., whо Thе Nеw Yоrk Timеs Mаgаzіnе dеѕсrіbеѕ is “оnе оf thе mоѕt influеntiаl соnѕеrvаtіvе clеrics іn аmеrісаn Iѕlаm. “Hе еduсаtеѕ fоllоwеrs оf Muhаmmаd tо соmmіt rаре, thеft, аnd murdеr in thе Unіtеd Stаtеs. аnd hе hаs nоt bееn аrrеѕtеd fоr іnсіtіng vіоlеnсе оr hаtе crimеs. In hіѕ lесturеѕ tо cоllеgе ѕtudеntѕ аt аn Аmеrісаn cоllеgе оn Аmеricаn ѕоіl, Kаzі соmраrеѕ Christiаns tо fеcеs аnd urinе ѕауіng thеу аrе thе “mоѕt еvіl оf еvils. “Hе shows his studеnts tо еngаgе іn jіhаd аnd fight аll unbеlіеvеrѕ untіl thеу соnvеrt tо Iѕlаm. Thоsе whо rеfuѕе tо соnvеrt tо Islаm, hе ѕауѕ, ѕhоuld hаvе thеіr lіvеѕ аnd prоpеrty tаkеn."
JEALOUS DEMOCRATS - Trump-haters hype up a recession while the real economy is booming -
"It's pretty obvious that these establishment Trump-hating hysterics -- all of them, of course, living comfortable coastal lives -- actually want a recession because they think that's the best way to get rid of Trump. At least one of them is honest about it. "I've been saying for about two years -- that I hope we have a recession, and people get mad at me," said Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Yeah, I wonder why, Bill. Perhaps because in a recession, real people - working Americans - get hurt, not you and your rich friends in the establishment state media, of course. They'd be reporting on a recession, not living it. We saw all this talk of recession last week, not because of anything that happened in the real economy, but because of the fake economy -- the one conjured up by panicky idiots and algorithms on Wall Street."
“Ilhan Omаr has made ѕtаtеmеntѕ, аntі-Sеmіtіс соmmеntѕ аgаіnѕt оur mоѕt cherished аllу, Iѕrаеl, that оught tо bе rеjесtеd by еvеrу Amеrісаn,” Pеnсе said іn the іntеrvіеw. “And frankly the fасt thаt vеrу rесеntlу, she’s been trуіng tо blаmе thе United Stаtеѕ of Amеrіса for thе dерrіvаtіоn аnd thе роvеrtу brоught on bу thе dictatorship іn Vеnеzuеlа tеllѕ me … Cоngrеѕѕwоmаn Ilhаn Omar hаѕ nо place оn thе Hоuѕе Foreign Affаіrѕ Cоmmіttее аnd thе Democratic leadership ought to rеmоvе her.”
"More Americans consider Barack Obama to be the worst President since World War II than they do any other president, according to a new poll. The Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday found that 33% of Americans see Obama as the worst post-war president, while just 8% consider him the best. Another 28% see former President George W. Bush as the worst. Richard Nixon, the only American President ever to resign in disgrace, was picked the worst by 13%, according to the poll."
"According to the Media Research Center, coverage of Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in September, October and November was more than 90% negative. Granted, the president is partially at fault for the lack of positive coverage. At times, he has stepped all over his message. Plus, attacking news reports as "fake news" is not the way to win friends and influence the press. Trump supporters cry foul, but just like a coach who throws a chair or blasts the media in a news conference, the outburst tends to get more attention than it does wins."
COMMENTARY: Lets face some more facts. The news media is filled with arrogant, self-righteous liberals who are totally biased when it comes to Conservatives and those who have a deep faith in Almighty God, and they deserve every accusation Trump throws at them. vtb
FAKE FAMILIES - Border Patrol Chief: 5,800 'Fake Families' Discovered at the Border -
"Johnson said releasing undocumented migrant families into the general public without thorough vetting presents a "real danger" to public safety but also to the migrants themselves. "Especially with the amount of fake families that we are uncovering every single day," Morgan said. Johnson said U.S. authorities "do not have the time to determine" if migrant children are with their parents or human traffickers.
NO SURPRISE - Federal judge who blocked Trump's border wall donated $20K to Obama -
"A federal judge who partially blocked President Trump’s plans to build a border wall along the United States-Mexico border previously donated almost $30,000 to former President Obama, other Democrats, and a political action committee."
Obama’s main legacy: the collapse of the Democratic Party -
"Obama is a once-in-a-generation political athlete who will always be remembered as the nation’s first African-American president. But a goodly portion of what he has labored for over two terms could now wash out with the political tide. His party has been devastated beneath him. It began in 2010, when Republicans took the House by winning 63 seats, the biggest pickup since 1948, and six seats in the Senate. In 2014, Republicans gained another 13 House seats and took control of the Senate. Democrats lost more than 900 state legislative seats in this period."
"Rather, they are also supposed to be something: they are supposed to be sacramental symbols of Jesus Christ. When a priest says the words of consecration over the bread and wine at Mass, he is symbolizing Jesus saying those very same words; when a priest says the words of absolution in confession, he is symbolizing Jesus offering God’s forgiveness to us. So when the Church says that women cannot be priests, she is not saying that men can do certain things better than women. For example, we do not think that men are better than women at giving homilies or running parishes. Rather, the Church is simply saying that women cannot be what a priest is supposed to be: a woman cannot be a symbol of Jesus the same way that a man can."
DEFENDING FREEDOM- Special Forces kill 8 militants, destroy multiple weapons cache of Taliban and ISIS -
"The sources further added that the Special Forces killed a Taliban militant and destroyed a large cache of weapons in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz. Furthermore, the Special Forces destroyed a small weapons cache of ISIS terrorist group in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar. The sources also added that the Special Forces killed 3 Taliban militants, detained 3 others and destroyed a small cache of weapons in Sayyidabad district of Wardak. The Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants and destroyed a small cache of weapons during a patrol in Bermal district of Paktika, the sources added."
PLAYING POKER? - Lebanon president: Israel drone attack a declaration of war -
"Also on Monday, Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said his government wants to avoid an escalation with Israel, but the international community must reject Israel's "blatant violation" of Lebanese sovereignty. "The Lebanese government sees it best to avoid any sliding of the situation towards a dangerous escalation but this requires the international community affirming its rejection of this blatant violation," Hariri told the ambassadors of the UN Security Council's five permanent members, his office said."
"Trump noted that the idea of the United States acquiring Greenland was raised previously under President Harry S. Truman. “Harry Truman very strongly thought it was a good idea,” Trump continued. “I think it’s a good idea because Denmark is losing $700 million a year with it. It doesn’t do them any good. But all they had to do was say, ‘No, we’d rather not do that.’ Or ‘We’d rather not talk about it.’ Don’t say, ‘What an absurd idea that is.’ Because she’s not talking to me, she’s talking to the United States of America. You don’t talk to the United States that way.”
WRONG WAY FBI - Carter Page: FBI Wanted Me To Make False Testimony About Russians -
"Former 2016 Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page joined FNC's Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures for a conversation about his experience as a government witness'...
CARTER PAGE: It was under the Obama administration and then a number of top officials, Attorney General Holder, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and [former Assistant Attorney General] John Carlin in January of 2015, a year before the start of when I joined the-- I was a volunteer on the Trump campaign, they had this indictment... of the three Russians...
CARTER PAGE: Well really, in March of 2016, they called me in to come to testify in the Southern District of New York on that case. There were so many falsehoods and misrepresentations in their indictment the prior year. I said I am not going to lie in court. Similar to their false court filings, which the DOJ and the FBI has submitted in this case.
So it was a long back and forth with them but I told them, I am a man of my word and I'm not going to, you know, provide false testimony like they've done. It is very similar between the false testimony which they did and that case against the Russians, and the false testimony which they did a few months later in October of 2016 with their start of the FISA abuse."
RIGHT ON TARGET - Mass shootings driven more by 'culture' than lack of gun control, can't be solved by Congress -
"Congress could do more than anything else by setting a better example of how to treat people... They're probably the biggest instigators of hate and racism and violence in the country right now," he continued. "So, they need to look inward at just how they behave."
A SELFISH GENERATION - Millennials care less about patriotism, religion and family than previous generations, study says -
"Among people 55 and older, for example, nearly 80 percent said patriotism was very important, compared with 42 percent of those ages 18-38 — the millennial generation and older members of Gen-Z,” Day noted before adding that the survey did find a few points of unity. The study indicated that “a majority” of Americans are satisfied with the economy, while two-thirds aren’t confident the next generation will be “better off” than the current generation. The survey indicated the Democrats have changed more than Republicans. “In fact, the views of Democrats over age 50 were more in line with those of younger Republicans than with younger members of their own party,” Day wrote. “In addition to differences in personal values, the poll lays out how the country has divided along partisan lines on many other views of society.”
HOT ISSUE- The Amazon is burning: What you need to know -
The Amazon is being shrouded in plumes of smoke as fires rage across parts of the rain forest, imperilling the so-called "lungs of the planet" and the vast array of life to which it is home. Visible from outer space, the smoke billows have prompted international alarm, calls for action and much finger-pointing over what, or who, is responsible for the burning. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in particular, has come under intense scrutiny for his controversial stewardship of Brazil's majority share of the rain forest."
“She welcomed [Jesus] with all her heart and followed him every day of her life, even when she did not understand, even when a sword pierced her soul.” The Blessed Virgin Mary is “a gate that exactly follows the form of Jesus: the gate of the heart of Jesus, demanding, but open to all,” he said. “May the Virgin Mary help us in this.”
MONEY MOVES - Nearly 100 companies move to Netherlands ahead of Brexit - Dutch agency -
'Nearly 100 companies have relocated from Britain to the Netherlands or set up offices there to be within the European Union due to the United Kingdom’s planned departure from the bloc, a Dutch government agency said on Monday. Another 325 companies worried about losing access to the European market are considering a move, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency said. “The ongoing growing uncertainty in the United Kingdom, and the increasingly clearer possibility of a no deal, is causing major economic unrest for these companies,” said Jeroen Nijland, NFIA commissioner. “That is why more and more companies are orienting themselves in the Netherlands as a potential new base in the European market.”
"It’s apparent that there’s a wind – a STRONG wind – of freedom gusting across the globe. Brazil’s new President Bolsonaro; Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, the Brexit movement, the election of Donald Trump here in the US, and the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister in England – these are just a few examples of people rejecting freedom-destroying policies and attitudes, and embracing, wherever possible, choices that speak of freedom, self-determination, sovereignty for themselves and their nations. This conference will bring leaders of freedom-fighting movements from around the world together in one place: Los Angeles, California. We’ll be able to 1) discuss and explore the various issues nations are contending with and difficulties they’re facing; 2) share, compare and contrast the various strategies used for addressing them; 3) create an opportunity for networking, sharing, collaborating, and to make public statements in ways that might not be permitted elsewhere. Speakers will include politicians, scholars, activists and journalists for a broad and well-balanced examination of the current state of the fight FOR freedom and AGAINST tyranny."
"Drone footage released by the Border Patrol over the weekend shows miles of a “new border wall system” going up at a location in Arizona near where illegal immigrants were seen streaming into America years ago. The construction is taking place near San Luis and is being carried out with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “CBP has constructed over 60 miles of new border wall system along the SW border since 2017 and expects to complete 450 miles by the end of 2020,” the Border Patrol said in a tweet.
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MORE SCANDAL - WILL FRANCS TAKE ACTION? - German priest publicly declares his homosexuality, credits Amazon Synod bishop -
"Bernd Mönkebüscher, a German priest of the Archdiocese of Paderborn, just published a book in which he openly declares that he has a homosexual orientation. He explicitly says he was inspired to take this step due to some remarks by Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck. As the head of one of the two German episcopal relief agencies, Overbeck is heavily involved in the preparations for the Amazon Synod."
"Those who doubt the existence of hell, despite Our Lady of Fatima showing its horrors to three Portuguese shepherd children 100 years ago, can nevertheless see a “living reflection of hell” in abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality, said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone."
BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES - Medjugorje: August 25, 2019 Monthly Message “Little children, witness with the Rosary in hand that you are mine and decide for holiness.” -
“Dear children! Pray, work and witness with love for the Kingdom of Heaven that it may be good for you here on earth. Little children, God will bless your effort a hundred fold; you will be witnesses among peoples, souls of unbelievers will feel the grace of conversion and Heaven will be grateful for your efforts and sacrifices. Little children, witness with the Rosary in hand that you are mine and decide for holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
"Maybe it's John Bolton clutching a gun. Maybe it's Mike Pompeo setting down his binoculars to stare into the distance. Maybe it's the gators. But a newly unveiled painting meant to depict President Trump and his team navigating the Washington "swamp" has something for everyone. Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton touched off a social media frenzy as he shared his painting, “Crossing the Swamp,” Tuesday on Twitter. The painting is a riff on the classic “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” only it replaces George Washington's crew with members of the Trump administration."
"Some of the same media outlets that scream about the things President Trump says spent much of Friday celebrating the death of billionaire philanthropist David Koch. It was the perfect topper to a week where The New York Times complained about anti-Semitism until it was revealed one of its staffers had mocked Jewish people. Then we watched as journalists attacked two former Trump press secretaries."
NOT SOCIETYS' FAULT?- Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill: California homeless crisis has exploded because THIS is missing -
President Ronald Reagan was right when he said: “We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
NATURAL PRIDE - ‘Straight Pride’ group unfazed after counter protesters outnumber them at rally -
“They talk about diversity and attack us. So-called diversity and tolerance is a one-way street.”
"Protesters in helmets and gas masks clashed with riot police Saturday, as the city’s pro-democracy movement took a confrontational turn after nearly two weeks of relatively peaceful turnouts."
DRASTIC PURGE - JPII purge could damage all Church universities, German philosopher warns -
"In July 2019, the John Paul II Institute’s grand chancellor and president, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, and Sequeri astonished and angered faculty and students by suspending all of its faculty members; eliminating the posts of three tenured, senior professors and of eight other associate professors; reneging on course offerings for the 2019–2020 year; and giving the grand chancellor unprecedented powers, including the right to hire and fire faculty. The new statutes of the institute were green lighted by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education before the John Paul II faculty were allowed to see them."
"The loss of advertising dollars is why a newspaper spends its credibility sucking up to readers."
The facts of the case are simple. The plaintiffs, Carl and Angel Larsen, are videographers who create “commercials, short films, and live-event productions.” While they work with anyone of any race, sex, sexual orientation, or religion, they will not produce videos that advance viewpoints that violate their Christian beliefs. That includes videos that “contradict biblical truth; promote sexual immorality; support the destruction of unborn children; promote racism or racial division; incite violence; degrade women; or promote any conception of marriage other than as a lifelong institution between one man and one woman.”
POWERFUL WEAPON - A Look Inside the Air Force's Famous B-2 Stealth Bomber -
"We have eight displays and we are able to pull up different information depending upon which buttons we push. We can see weapons, communications, flight characteristics, current atmospheric conditions, engines, electrical systems and hydraulics,” Polidar said.
"A joint letter signed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary Alex Azar of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was sent last month to ask governments to support U.S. pro-life efforts at the United Nations in the lead up to a global health summit this September. UN delegates have been looking for such a letter for more than a year because it makes official the U.S. pro-life stance and will help them in standing up to abortion forces in the UN bureaucracy and the European governments."
"Pius X issued an encyclical in 1907, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, which was more or less the charter document of the campaign, describing “modernism” as “the synthesis of all heresies.” He also imposed an “anti-modernist oath” on all clergy that lasted until 1967."
COURAGEOUS NATION - Under Shadow of War With Russia, Ukraine Celebrates Independence -
"For more than five years, Ukrainian troops have been bogged down in a war in the country’s eastern Donbas region, where they face a combined force of Russian regulars, pro-Russian separatists, and foreign mercenaries. “Our state and independence exist because of you,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Friday, speaking at an event honoring military veterans. “What you have done for Ukraine, for its independence, for the protection of our sovereignty, is simply invaluable.”
"The Ream base offers deep-water access to the Gulf of Thailand, which gives ready access to the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea area, where the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan maintain competing claims to its islands and potentially resource-rich waters, now dotted by islands constructed by Beijing. Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, said that if China uses the Ream base, it would be "extremely dangerous."
FAITH MUST RULE - The Real Presence: What do Catholics believe and how Church can respond -
A Pew Research Center survey released Aug. 5 found that nearly 70% of Catholics believe that the bread and wine used for Communion during Mass are “symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ,” while about 30% believe that the bread and wine “actually become” Christ’s body and blood. The findings clearly touched a nerve as commentators jumped to analyze the data, questioning the language that Pew had used in its survey questions."
PATRIOTIC HEROES - Chicopee resident among U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan -
"According to the Pentagon, 31-year-old Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa of Chicopee, and 35-year-old Jose J. Gonzalez of La Puente, California, were killed in combat operations in Faryab Providence, Afghanistan. Both soldiers were posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant. DeLeon-Figueroa and Gonzalez were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. They were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on August 21 and died from wounds they suffered from “small arms fire while engaged in combat operations.”
GRAVE CHARGES - Egypt Charges Obama and Hillary with Conspiring with Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood -
"The Muslim Brotherhood, who took power in Egypt following the Arab Spring, were recently ousted by the Egyptian military and declared a terrorist organization. Even still, they have been embraced by President Obama, invited into his administration, placed on a“hands off” list protecting them, and are even setting up their own official political party here in the United States. Unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood ultimately seeks to implement Sharia law, and to convert or kill every Christian and Jew that doesn’t share their faith. Unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood ultimately seeks to implement Sharia law, and to convert or kill every Christian and Jew that doesn’t share their faith."
“I am a sinner, I make mistakes every single day, but I do think that we could use a little more of God, not less,” Rep. Garret Graves, a Louisiana Republican, told his colleagues on the Natural Resources Committee in response to dropping God."
"Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor, the network announced on Thursday. The network says she will "provide political commentary and analysis across all of FOX News Media," and she plans to make her first appearance on Sept. 6 on Fox and Friends. "FOX News has been the number one news organization in the country for 17 years running and I am beyond proud to join their incredible stable of on-air contributors in providing political insights and analysis," Sanders said in a statement about her new role."
MUST BE LEGAL - British PM warns migrants trying to illegally enter UK: ‘We will send you back’ -
"Boris Johnson has told migrants not to cross the English Channel to get to the UK as “we will send you back”. The Prime Minister’s comments came after nearly 100 people took to small boats to try to make the crossing from France to the UK in one day. The news prompted Home Secretary Priti Patel to seek talks with her French counterpart to address the crisis."
UNKNOWN TERRITORY- US Space Command will launch this month, ahead of Trump's Space Force -
"The U.S. Space Command officially starts Aug. 29, serving as the launching pad for the Space Force, they said. Air Force Gen. John Raymond has been tapped and confirmed by the Senate as its first leader. "The United States Space Force will ensure that our nation is prepared to defend our people, defend our interests, and to defend our values in the vast expanse of space and here on Earth with the technologies that will support our common defense for the vast reaches of outer space," Pence said.
"According to the Middle Eastern news site Albawaba, Lebanese-American model Rima Fakih, who is believed to be the first Muslim woman to win the honor of Miss USA when she was crowned in 2010, gave her life to Christ a month ahead of her wedding. Fakih, who is a former Miss Michigan and also once trained to be a WWE women’s wrestler, was born into a Shiite Muslim sect."
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on Wednesday afternoon to forgive disabled veterans’ student loan debt — to the tune of more than $750 million. The order applies to approximately 25,000 “totally and permanently disabled veterans” who were previously qualified, but had not received the loan discharge, who each hold an average of $30,000 in student loans, according to a White House statement on Wednesday."
"Shot through by German machine gun bullets and tattered by the wind, an American flag that flew on the first U.S. invading ship on D-Day came home on Thursday in a White House ceremony. The flag handover was a main part of the visit to the White House by Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands, who held Oval Office talks with President Donald Trump."
MORE CONFUSION - Multi-faith committee set up to spread Pope Francis’ claim that God wills ‘diversity of religions’ -
"August 22, 2019 – A multi-faith “higher committee” was announced this week to implement the “Human Fraternity” document signed by Pope Francis and a Grand Imam in February that stated, among other things, that a “pluralism and diversity” of religions is “willed by God.” Prominent members of the committee that has been set up in Abu Dhabi include Pope Francis’ personal secretary Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, Advisor to the Grand Imam."
COMMENTARY: Another example of how the "Pope of Confusion" actually causes confusion. Although Francis freely signed the document that stated "WILLS," he later in an interview said he meant "GOD PERMITS a diversity of religions." However, the damage is done, and there is little chance he will further clarify it. Many Catholics will come to believe all religions are equal, and non-Catholics will, with even greater determination, broadcast their belief that there is no "true religion" as the Catholic Church has claimed for centuries.
"Mar 8, 2019 - Bishop Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, joined fellow Kazakhstani bishops for their ad limina visit to Rome last week, during which they raised several concerns with the Pope.
The bishop told LifeSiteNews that he had a direct exchange with Pope Francis on a declaration signed last month by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Abu Dhabi. The document states that the “pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, SEX, race and language are WILLED by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings."
Schneider says the Pope explicitly told him that he could share their discussion on this point: “You can say that the phrase in question on the diversity of religions means the PERMISSIVE will of God.”
The Pope also “acknowledged that…the sentence can be understood erroneously," especially as the difference between the sexes are positively willed by God.
“When we mention both of these phrases in the same sentence, then the diversity of religions is interpreted as positively willed by God, like the diversity of sexes,” Schneider said.
“The sentence therefore leads to doubt and erroneous interpretations, and so it was my desire, and my request that the Holy Father RECTIFY this. But he said to us bishops: you can say that the phrase in question on the diversity of religions means the permissive will of God.”
COMMENTARY: Was it actually "rectified"? If it was, I know of no one who has heard it. In addition, if Bishop Schneider had not asked Pope Francis that question, would Francis have clarified it to the bishops or the whole Church? That is very doubtful as rarely does he admit he was wrong. He appears to be more concerned about what the Muslims will think than what Catholics and other Christians will think. And what does "diversity of SEX mean?? That too is not clarified.
"When Guyanese-born NEIL GOUVEIA immigrated to New York at age 7, his mother made a devastating decision to leave one child behind to expedite the family exodus. Six years later, they became US citizens....Gouveia takes a tough, unpopular stance against those who cross the border illegally. He shared his story with The Post’s Susan Edelman."
ADDED EXPENSE - Half the 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants -
"State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican representing parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, criticized the proposal as an example of de Blasio using city coffers "like his personal ATM." "How about instead of giving free health care to 300,000 citizens of other countries, you lower property taxes for our senior citizens who are being forced to sell the homes they’ve lived in for decades because they can’t afford to pay your 44 percent increase in property taxes?" she said."
"Storm chasers captured this incredible footage of a massive tornado in Colorado. Storm chasers almost never get swept up by tornadoes because the sheer weight of their balls keeps them anchored to the ground, what a crazy and dangerous job."
LOSERS - It’s Official: Planned Parenthood to Lose $60 Million under Trump Pro-Life Rule -
"At issue is the Title X federal family-planning program and the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule that clarifies what recipients can say about abortion. Title X is worth nearly $300 million and provides low-income people with cancer screenings, pregnancy tests and contraceptives. Planned Parenthood had hoped a federal court would intervene, but on Friday the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals once again declined to block it. It was the third time the Ninth Circuit has ruled in favor of the rule while a lawsuit against it proceeds."
"The bill allows local school boards the option of developing a class for students to understand the role the Bible played in American history, according to WDRB-TV. The class would be an elective."
"Eric and Lara Trump welcome a baby girl into their family on Monday, August 19 - The baby has since been name Carolina Dorothy Trump - Carolina is the second child of the couple who have a one-year-old son, Eric Luke, and the 10th grandchild of President Donald Trump."
IT'S A HUMAN BEING - Irish High Court judge rules: ‘Unborn’ is ‘clearly a child’ with ‘significant’ rights -
"The ruling is vitally important at a time when the status of unborn babies in Ireland is once again under grave threat from pro-abortion organizations and the media,” Patrick Buckley of the Dublin office of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children said."
STRANGE CHOICE - NYC Mayor's Wife Blocks Statue of Christian Saint to Honor Drag Queens Instead -
"Despite the decision being put to a public vote, on who they want the city to recognize with a statue, and New Yorkers giving Mother Cabrini more votes than any other woman (219), McCray’s panel rejected the people’s choice.Without explanation, McCray decided on a group of people that were nowhere near the top choices picked by New Yorkers."
"He also insisted on “more ecumenism” claiming that “the Catholic Church can become more Protestant and the Protestant Church more Catholic."
"The devil, “exists as the personification of evil in different structures, but not in persons, because (he) is not a person, (he) is a way of acting evil. He is not a person like a human person. It is a way of evil to be present in human life,” Fr Arturo Sosa, SJ, said Wednesday in an interview with Italian magazine Tempi. “Good and evil are in a permanent war in the human conscience and we have ways to point them out. We recognize God as good, fully good. Symbols are part of reality, and the devil exists as a symbolic reality, not as a personal reality,” he added.
BEAUTIFUL! - “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” – June 30, 2019 10:50am Celebration Worship - HELPING THE NEEDY - Italy passes law to send unsold food to charities instead of dumpsters -
"Italy is taking a different approach. Instead of imposing penalties, the country will give garbage collection tax breaks to businesses that take part in the initiative. All food donated by businesses has to be recorded so the tax break will be easy to implement. Currently, the country spends more than $13 billion USD on waste management."
"During her daily live show yesterday, Mother Miriam challenged parents to uphold their duty as primary educators of their children. She alerted parents to the fact that today’s schools are filled with evil and that it is the first and foremost duty of parents to protect their kids. “It has to do with you being a proper mom and dad to your children...You, no matter what the situation is, are responsible for the growth of your children in faith,” she said.
"The site's pseudonymous creator Kuwabatake Sanjuro said he hoped Assassination Market would destroy "all governments, everywhere." Sanjuro told Forbes in 2013: "I believe it will change the world for the better…As soon as a few politicians get offed, they realize they've lost the war on privacy, the killings can stop and we can transition to a phase of peace, privacy and laissez-faire."
PRAYER FIRST - VP Mike Pence: Spend more time in prayer than online -
"Speaking at Alliance Defending Freedom's fireside chat Tuesday, the vice president addressed the controversy that surrounded his wife, second lady Karen Pence, earlier this year when it became known that she was returning to teaching art part-time at a Christian school in northern Virginia where she previously taught when he was a Congressman."
NUTTY NORWAY - Norway: The Marriage Between Humans And Animals Is Been Legalised!! -
"Barbarä Trüdlosmek seems delighted to introduce her husband: Rudolf, an abandoned doberman she found in an animal shelter In January 2015 and with whom she claims to be bound by a sincere and reciprocal love. They have already married."
"President Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder are tight-lipped on the Fast and Furious gun scandal -- but a judge has ordered the release of 20,000 pages of buried emails and memos."
TRIBUTE TO MARY - The third largest statue in the U.S. is a Marian image in the Rocky Mountains -
"What began as the fulfillment of a vow ended up becoming the icon of an entire town. Just ten miles away from Butte, Montana, and more than 3,500 feet above the surrounding valley, stands the image of Our Lady of the Rockies: a snowy-white statue that stands almost 30 meters tall. The image, which at first was supposed to be only five feet tall, ended up becoming the icon of an entire town."
"During a Wednesday night appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Perino took issue with the New York congresswoman’s position, stating that “nobody said” the Electoral College was racist “until recently,” particularly given that “Barack Obama won the Electoral College twice.”
VERY PRO-LIFE - Largest pro-life group in US endorses President Trump for 2020 election -
"The National Right to Life Committee released a statement on Independence Day stating their endorsement for the re-election of President Trump months before the first primaries are held for either major party. To justify their decision, NRLC cited the Trump administration’s record on abortion issues. This includes the reinstituting of the Mexico City Policy, which prevents tax dollars from going to organizations that promote or fund abortions overseas, and Trump ending funding for the United Nations' Population Fund due to its ties to China’s forced abortion policy."
"After Victoria's Supreme Court, Australia, rejected Martyr Cardinal George Pell's appeal, the Vatican reiterated submissively its "respect” for the Australian [in]justice system."
UNDER THE 'COMMENTS': "I believe he is innocent and yet being expected to prove his innocence. But how can you prove your innocence when the accusation is entirely one person's word versus another's?"
"In his speech at the Republican convention, Ben Carson made a statement that raised some eyebrows. “Now, one of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky,” said Carson. “And her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone she greatly admired….
”So far so good. Nothing most political junkies haven’t heard before. “And let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky,” continued Carson. “He wrote a book called Rules for RADICALS. It acknowledges LUCIFER, the original radical who gained his own kingdom.
Now think about that...It was 2007, and I was finishing a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. One morning I heard a local radio talk-show host make an amazing claim: that Alinsky’s 1971 classic Rules for Radicals began with a dedication to SATAN...I opened the book and couldn’t believe my eyes.
Alinsky offered this acknowledgment: Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — LUCIFER. Yes, there it was. Saul Alinsky commenced his magnum opus — the one for which he is hailed by the left, a book not only read by Hillary Clinton but used as a text by BARRACK OBAMA as a teacher of community organizing — with an acknowledgement of the Devil.
COMMENTARY: Francis, as many know, is a poor representative of the Catholic Church. He often bleeds our expectations, rather than leads us with hope. When he lets the Holy Spirit guide him he can speak good things, but too often he allows Satan to guide him, and then he speaks sinful things - prideful things involving arrogance and vengefulness. Those who love the Church desire to be enlightened, but Francis often demoralizes them. Calling him names only lowers ourselves to his level and makes us morally judgmental, therefore we must continue to pray for him for he faces a very severe judgement from Our Lord. vtb
"And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes." (Suffering the punishment of Purgatory or Hell)
 "And the ten hearing it, began to be much displeased at James and John. But Jesus calling them, saith to them: You know that they who seem to rule over the Gentiles, lord it over them: and their princes have power over them.  But it is not so among you: but whosoever will be greater, shall be your minister.  And whosoever will be first among you, shall be the servant of all.  For the Son of man also is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many."
----Mark 10: 41-45
“The rainbow fry boxes are a fun way to show our support of the LGBTQ community, using one of McDonald’s most iconic and recognizable items,” Cathy Martin of the restaurant corporation’s “Pride Network” stated in a press release. She added that McDonald’s is “proud to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ community, including our employees, customers and beyond – each and every day.” McDonald's is acknowledged as a corporate leader in homosexual affirming and enabling policies. As OneNewsNow reports, “The Golden Arches is a major player and sponsor in promoting homosexual behavior across the nation.”
ON WATCH - Feds ‘watching Google very closely’ for ‘very illegal’ election bias, Trump warns -
“Sundar Pichai of Google was in the Oval Office working very hard to explain how much he liked me, what a great job the Administration is doing, that Google was not involved with China’s military, that they didn’t help Crooked Hillary over me in the 2016 Election, & that they are NOT planning to illegally subvert the 2020 Election despite all that has been said to the contrary,” Trump said. “It all sounded good until I watched Kevin Cernekee, a Google engineer, say terrible things about what they did in 2016 and that they want to ‘Make sure that Trump losses in 2020,’” the president continued. “Lou Dobbs stated that this is a fraud on the American public. Peter Schweizer stated with certainty that they suppressed negative stories on Hillary Clinton, and boosted negative stories on Donald Trump. All very illegal.”
"The U.S. Supreme Court declined Friday to revive Alabama’s ban on a specific grisly abortion procedure, but not before Justice Clarence Thomas criticized the institution for its moral logic. The case involved a 2016 Alabama law prohibiting dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion -- a late-term procedure in which an unborn baby is torn apart limb by limb, until the womb is empty. Pro-life critics, including Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, have labeled it “dismemberment abortion.” The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the law, although two of the three judges indicated they would have upheld the law but were bound by Supreme Court precedent. Thomas joined his colleagues in affirming the circuit’s decision but said the Supreme Court eventually must face the fallout from its past abortion decisions."
REGULATION NEEDED -Ted Cruz threatens to regulate Facebook, Google and Twitter over charges of anti-conservative bias -
"What makes the threat of political censorship so problematic is the lack of transparency, the invisibility, the ability for a handful of giant tech companies to decide if a particular speaker is disfavored," Cruz said in his opening remarks during Wednesday's contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse."
"Chicago ended 2017 with 650 homicides, down from 771 the year before. Though the drop was significant, last year’s total exceeded the combined number of killings in New York and Los Angeles, the two U.S. cities bigger than Chicago."
"The photo of brave schoolboy Jakub Baryła — standing in the middle of a street as rainbow-flag waving protesters march toward him with government police leading the way — is an awesome visual metaphor, perfectly depicting the very real threat of weaponized, politicized LGBT ideology against the children of the entire world."
"The backlash against the relentless assault on nearly every civilizational institution by transgender activists seems to be slowly increasing as ordinary men and women realize the implications of the transgender agenda and the abolition of gender. Muslim parents in the UK pulled hundreds of children out of school, forcing a shutdown of recently-implemented LGBT programming. And as I reported back in February, students are pushing back, signing petitions demanding the return of their gender-segregated bathrooms and even suing their high schools in order to retrieve their right to privacy."
MORE MURDERS - Oregon Senate Passes Bill to Allow Starving Mentally Ill Patients to Death -
"The Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 494. Touted as a “simple update” to Oregon’s current advance directive, this bill is designed to allow for the starving and dehydrating to death of patients with dementia or mental illness."
HAS A MORAL CODE - Brazil’s new president to eliminate transgender, pro-gay ideology from schools -
"On the eve of his Jan. 1 inauguration, Bolsonaro tweeted his intentions. “One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international education rankings is to combat the Marxist rubbish that has spread in educational institutions.” Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez vowed in his inaugural speech to end the “aggressive promotion of the gender ideology.”
The "progressive" Catholics who recently interrupted Mass to protest their pastor have launched a petition and taken their protest to social media. The protesters claim in the petition that the clergy is oppressing parishioners at the parish of St. Francis of Assisi by disallowing their social justice activities based in "progressive Catholic teachings." They also say that they are against "dogma of faith" and invite anybody to join them ― Catholic or non-Catholic ― in their rebellion..."
ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS - Why didn’t Benedict XVI say the TRADITIONAL MASS? How can we get one? What does the future look like? -
"One argument is that to mount a Papal Mass, not just a Pontifical Mass would have been extremely difficult. It was already difficult at the time of John XXIII (who was reviving liturgical uses) and Paul VI (who abolished it all). I used to argue on this blog that Benedict could celebrate not a Papal Mass but at least a Pontifical Mass. I haven’t entirely abandoned that, but it would be seriously deficient. The Pope must be the Pope and must not be just any old bishop. The Papal Mass was so demanding that it was more common for Mass to be celebrated coram Pontifice, itself pretty complex especially when the Pontiff is the Roman Pontiff."
COMMENTARY: I do not believe Benedict ever felt comfortable about being the pope. He did not even want to be the Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and only did so because of his friendship with Pope John Paul II. When examining some close up photos of him, you can see the shyness and discomfort in his eyes. He really preferred to quietly read his Bible and meditate on spiritual things. Contrary to what some believe, he was not "forced to resign," he simply came to believe the papacy was too much for him, it was wearing him down. It is just speculation, fed by gossip, to think there was any more to the reasons he resigned as Supreme Pontiff. vtb
NO MORE CONFUSION - Cardinal Pell: ‘Amazon or no Amazon, the Church cannot allow any confusion’ -
"Melbourne, Australia, Aug 9, 2019 / 08:36 am (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell has written a letter thanking supporters for their prayers and saying he is “disturbed” by the preparations for the forthcoming synod on the Amazon...“One point is fundamental, the Apostolic Tradition, the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, taken from the New Testament and taught by Popes and Councils, by the Magisterium, is the only criterion doctrinally for all teaching on doctrine and practice.” “Amazon or no Amazon, in every land, the Church cannot allow any confusion, much less any contrary teaching, to damage the Apostolic Tradition,” he said. The cardinal emphasized the need for unity in the essentials of Christ’s teaching, while also calling for charity in all things."
"Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and well being of the spouses. The promoters of same-sex “marriage” propose something entirely different. They propose the union between two men or two women. This denies the self-evident biological, physiological, and psychological differences between men and women which find their complementary in marriage. It also denies the specific primary purpose of marriage: the perpetuation of the human race and the raising of children. Two entirely different things cannot be considered the same thing."
"Dr. James Dobson warned Christians that if they neglect their duty to vote in November’s midterm elections, they will likely lose their freedom – giving way to a socialist takeover sweeping America. “Socialism would replace freedom and free enterprise,” Dobson alerted readers of his October monthly newsletter, according to WND. “God help us if you and I fail to fulfill our moral responsibility.”
GREATEST POWER -Trump: America believes in ‘power of prayer…most powerful thing there is’ -
"U.S. President Donald Trump, center, Senator James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma, left, and Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, pray during an annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019."
"White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Americans “should not be afraid of optimism” after a wobbly weak on Wall Street, arguing President Trump’s agenda of tax cuts and deregulation are working and they’ll stay the course."
RESTORATION NEEDED - CATHOLICS TO US BISHOPS: RESTORE EUCHARISTIC BELIEF THROUGH TRADITION, ORTHODOXY -
"Catholics and even non-Catholics are telling the U.S. bishops that only by restoring reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament will they restore belief in the Real Presence. The bishops, however, are offering catechetical booklets. Following a poll showing 7 out of 10 baptized Catholics do not believe that the Eucharist is Christ, U.S. bishops are asking the public for a solution."
What are the main challenges?
"One challenge above all: dialogue. Between parties, among people. The thinking must be "EUROPE FIRST, then each one of us." "Each one of us" is not secondary, it is important, but Europe counts more. In the European Union, we must talk to each other, confront each other and get to know each other. Yet sometimes we see only compromise monologues. No: we also need to listen"...
The SYNOD will also discuss the possibility of ordering "viri probati", elderly and married men who can make up for the lack of clergy. Will it be one of the main themes?
"Absolutely not: it is simply a topic of the Instrumentum Laboris (the working document, ed.). The important thing will be the ministries of evangelization and the different ways of evangelizing".
OUTSIDE COMMENTARY: “What struck me most about the [pope’s latest] interview with La Stampa is that the Holy Father made no mention of Jesus Christ or his Blessed Mother. There was a brief reference to the Christian roots of Europe, but otherwise no mention of sin, the need for redemption, the need for the Catholic faith and the pressing need for repentance, prayer and conversion of souls. Nothing.”
----Fr. Dwight Longenecker
"Inasmuch as even the fact of Divine Revelation is here being questioned, or misunderstood, one also now has to speak, additionally, of apostasy," he said, referring to issues of liturgy, spirituality and celibacy. Cardinal Brandmüller wrote that the agenda "burdens the Synod of Bishops, and finally the Pope, with a grave breach with the depositum fidei, which in its consequence means the self-destruction of the Church or the change of the Corpus Christi mysticum into a secular NGO with an ecological-social-psychological mandate."
"At a meeting in Moscow on Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Podrino Lopez signed an agreement to allow visits by military vessels. As part of the agreement, the Venezuelan ports will be opened to the Russian Navy, effectively enabling Russia to acquire a naval base in Latin America. Since December 2017, Russia has had a similar agreement with Syria, which allowed Russia to deploy as many as 10 ships and two submarines in the Mediterranean Sea at the peak of its campaign to support Bashar al-Assad. In July 2019, Russia reached an even more significant agreement with Iran. Two Iranian ports – Bushehr in the south and Chabahar in the south-east – will become forward bases for Russia’s Navy that can even be used by nuclear submarines."
GREAT IDEA - Buying Greenland isn't a good idea — it's a great idea -
"American purchase of Greenland could represent an extraordinary deal in terms of America's national security, economic interests, and environmental protection. As much as it might seem out of the blue, U.S. acquisition of Greenland is not at all a strange or irrational idea. Following Denmark's fall to Nazi Germany in 1940, American forces defended Greenland. The roots of American-Greenland comradeship are thus old and formal. In 1946, one Harry S. Truman even attempted to purchase Greenland for $100 million. Was Truman crazy? On the contrary, he was the president who ended a global war and set America on its ultimate course to defeat the Soviet Union"
"Today’s Democrat Presidential candidates are competing to see who can blow the Trump’s-a-Nazi dog whistle loud enough to drive home the message, without saying the actual words. In so doing, the Democratic Party has elevated their smear campaign against the President of the United States to the apex of hate speech."
"Below is a translation from the Chinese original of the report of those days, drafted by a member of the Patriotic Association of Fujian, Deng Wenlong. In perfect "political" style, the author lists Party leaders, projects prepared for priests, visits to Ma Yinglin and Guo Jincai (both formerly-excommunicated, reconciled by the Pope). What is most striking is that the Gospel is mentioned only once, the word "Jesus", never. As many experts have highlighted in recent months, the Party and the United Front are transforming the official Catholic Church into a State Church and the priests into "officials".
GREAT DEEDS - The deeds of Saint Helena, as described by Eusebius a few years after her death -
"August 18 is the feast of Saint Helena Augusta, mother of Constantine the Great. A long lived and active woman, even in her old age, Saint Helena died ca. AD 330 and was greatly mourned by her son. Please enjoy this short video taken from The Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine, written about the year AD 340 by the bishop Eusebius Pamphilus, detailing some of the works of Saint Helena. It also includes some lovely images of Helena and her son from antiquity and later art."
"We all now know that Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will not be going to Israel. Did Israel exercise good judgment in denying them entry? Absolutely. Omar's and Tlaib's support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement reveal that they in fact do not view Israel as an ally of the United States, do not want to promote true peace, and were seeking to use their trip as a Trojan horse to promote an anti-Israel agenda."
"A fire department official in Manchester, New Hampshire, has confirmed President Donald Trump’s claim to have smashed attendance records at his rally at the SNHU Arena last Thursday, contradicting FAKE news about “empty seats.”
CROWD COMPARISON - Joe Biden Event Draws 30 People While Trump Packs Out Rally in New Hampshire -
"Presidential election "rivals," Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, both threw 2020 events in New Hampshire on Thursday night, and although they were "just down the road" from each other at the same time, they drew very different crowd sizes.According to a local Massachusetts newspaper, The Eagle-Tribune, Democrat Biden drew a crowd of “about 30 supporters” while Republican Trump packed out an arena for his rally in the same state."
"Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times whose interpretation was immediately contested by ministers."
IGNORANT WORDS - Father James MartinSJ praises preaching by a religious sister. Let’s consider what he praised! -
Carolyn Osiek RSCJ:
“The feast of the Assumption means that Mary is just as good as the guys.” We tend to talk about Christ’s Ascension as if he did it on his own and Mary’s Assumption as if she needed some help. But Jesus and Mary are not the first to have gone “somewhere up there where God is”. In addition to Elijah and Enoch, Livy said that mythic Romulus, and Roman Emperors was taken up. “So, the Ascension of Jesus, the Assumption of Mary are by no means unique. Rather, they conveyed a message to their world. Jesus and Mary rate with the great ones.”
STRANGE COINCIDENCE - Epstein’s prison guard was tragically killed in auto accident tomorrow (meaning the next day?) -
PLEASE NOTE: PICTURED IS EPSTEIN
"Smith had overseen the transfer of Epstein’s cellmate and the switching off of the security cameras that monitored Epstein during his 24-hour surveillance on suicide watch. “It’s just a shame. Nothing like this has ever happened in American politics,” Lee added. “I just can’t believe he died tomorrow.” Many questions have arisen since Epstein was suicided while under suicide watch including how he was accidentally cremated before a complete autopsy was conducted."
COMMENTARY: As far as this story can be researched, the autopsy was sufficient to reveal the true cause of death, which was by strangulation. vtb
"Amazingly, under Trump, America has experienced a 2½-year manufacturing jobs boom. More Americans are now employed in well-paying manufacturing positions than before the Great Recession. The miracle hasn’t slowed. The latest jobs report continues to show robust manufacturing growth, with manufacturing job creation beating economists’ expectations, adding the most jobs since January."
"A little over a week ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) swarmed seven separate food processing plants in Mississippi, arresting nearly 700 illegal aliens. The reverberations of that operation were felt in Georgia, where illegal aliens abandoned their posts at food processing plants after it was rumored that ICE would be raiding their workplaces."
PATRIOTIC FARMERS - Farmers at the Iowa State Fair Say They’re Backing Trump’s Trade War -
"The farmers—who will play a key role in the 2020 presidential race in Iowa—didn’t talk much about politics until I asked them, and even then, some were reticent. Despite escalating tensions with China in a trade war that directly affects United States agriculture, the farmers I spoke to said they were unconcerned that China may cut off US imports and confident that President Donald Trump has their best interests in mind."
INHUMAN CRUELTY - Muslim extremists in Syria torture, rape Christian woman for 9 hours before stoning her to death -
"Muslim extremists tortured and repeatedly raped a Christian woman for over nine hours before stoning her to death in the Syrian province of Idlib, a disturbing new report has revealed."
PURE GOLD - Each Rosary we pray is a step toward the goal of our life, says Pope Francis -
“There she awaits us, just as a mother waits for her children to come home.” Seeing that “in paradise, together with Christ, the New Adam, there is also Mary, the new Eve, gives us comfort and hope in our pilgrimage down here.”
KNOCK, Ireland - Medjugorje, Bosnia -
"Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the Church must be prudent and not rush to any judgment on the alleged Marian apparitions there, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization."
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HORRIBLE TRUTH - President Trump: “Virtually Every Top Democrat Supports Late-Term Abortion Right Up to Birth” (AND AFTER BIRTH!) -
"During a massive rally with supporters last night, President Donald Trump slammed abortion and Democrats’ extremism on abortion. Before a rousing crowd of 20,000 in the arena."
"Archbishop Cordileone: In a society that doesn't just tolerate but celebrates abortion, how can there be a shared sense of common decency?"
"So-called “progressive” worshippers at a Catholic parish in Portland, Oregon, shouted down an African priest celebrating Mass who had tried to bring his congregation more in line with Catholic teaching. Fr. George Kuforiji, a native of Nigeria, was just commencing the celebration of the Mass on June 20 at St. Francis of Assisi parish when he was interrupted by elderly parishioners wearing white and bearing protest signs. The loud, grey-haired protesters filed into the central aisle and marched forward while Fr. Kuforiji tried to continue the celebration from behind the altar. Some banged tambourines or shook rattles in the church."
FOLLOW UP STORY - Thank God for courageous priests like Fr George Kuforiji -
"When parishes as extreme as St Francis, Portland come along, bishops and priests must act decisively The Lutheran pastor and humorist Hans Fiene recently remarked “the most obnoxious Protestants in the world are liberal boomer Catholics.”
NUMBER ONE - Chick-fil-A ranks first in new 'brand intimacy' study, knocks Starbucks from top spot -
"The study results, released Wednesday, indicate that Chick-fil-A has achieved the strongest emotional connection with customers of any of the 15 fast-food brands studied, and has effectively knocked Starbucks out of the top spot, where it sat for the previous two years."
BIG LUNCH - Video: Bald eagle pulls in 'huge, live muskie' from the St. Croix River for lunch -
"The bird can be seen floating along, and at first, appears to be injured as it swims to shore. But it was not injured, it was hauling in its lunch — what appears to be a live muskie."
HAIL & MORE HAIL - Whopping 18 inches of hail accumulates in parts of Michigan -
"Large piles of ice may be one of the last things people might expect to see on the ground in mid-August. But this is exactly what some residents across southern portions of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, found outside their homes on Wednesday. A severe thunderstorm dumped dime- to ping-pong-ball-sized hail across southern portions of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, on Aug. 14. The slow speed at which the storm moved through the area -- just 15 mph -- is what caused the unusually large hail accumulation."
INSANE MAN - Man Who Shot 6 Philadelphia Officers Is A Muslim -
"The man who shot six Philadelphia Police officers before barricading himself inside his home for hours on Wednesday night, leading to a tense standoff with police, reportedly attended a local mosque with jihadi ties and is a practicing Muslim. “Maurice Hill, the criminal who wounded six police officers in a shootout in Philadelphia and was arrested after a seven-hour standoff, attended a radical mosque..."
NYT RUN BY CORRUPT DEMOCRATS - Leaked Audio: NY Times Executive Editor Tells Staff to Ditch Russia Collusion Lies and Start Focusing on Trump’s ‘Racism’ for Election -
"Byron York reported on the leaked audio in The Examiner: In the beginning of the Trump administration, the Times geared up to cover the Russia affair, Baquet explained.
“Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump, not only for our newsroom but, frankly, for our readers, was: Did Donald Trump have untoward relationships with the Russians, and was there obstruction of justice? That was a really hard story, by the way, let’s not forget that. We set ourselves up to cover that story. I’m going to say it. We won two Pulitzer Prizes covering that story. And I think we covered that story better than anybody else.”
But then came the Mueller report, with special counsel Robert Mueller failing to establish that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to fix the 2016 election. “The day Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand, two things happened,” Baquet continued. “Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy ...., Bob Mueller is not going to do it.’ And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed.
A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We’re a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that’s what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?” Baquet used the gentlest terms possible — “the story changed” — but the fact is, the conspiracy-coordination allegation the Times had devoted itself to pursuing turned out to be false."
COMMENTARY: A good example of why Conservatives agree with President Trump that much of the news media is corrupted by liberal ideas and will lie and present false news whenever they have the opportunity. vtb
STEVE BANNON - Bannon battles back: Former aide regaining Trump's favor -
"The tweet suggested Bannon was “out of Trump’s personal dog house,” a former White House official said. Another former official close to both Bannon and Trump agreed. A third said “his standing seems to be improving” by publicly aligning with the White House. "Trump didn't love the book, and he blames Steve for the crazy book because that's what he was told: this was Steve's book. But that was a long time ago in the president's mind," a source familiar with Trump's thinking said. "There is no animosity. Zero. There are no hard feelings from the president."
"In a rare interview regarding his health, Senator Rand Paul told Fox News that he is still recovering from being violently attacked by a mentally disturbed neighbor two years ago, but that one of the most disturbing aspects of the incident is the continued hatred being directed his way by a ‘left wing mob’. “[O]ne of the disturbing things, though, is to see that there’s still so much hatred out there. We announced that I was having surgery and thousands of people on Twitter are swarming to wish … that I had either died or that someone would assault me again,” Paul urged. “This is supposed to be a right-wing phenomenon, but I see thousands of people on Twitter, this left-wing mob wishing that I were dead, and I’m like, ‘Who are these people?” he added.
"This week, the American Civil Liberties Union raged against a civil rights policy that has already been law for decades. It would be funny, except it misleads people who trust organizations like the ACLU for accurate information. That is wrong. On Tuesday the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a straightforward proposed regulation that should be noncontroversial. This regulation simply clarifies that, when religious employers contract with the federal government, they retain the right to hire employees who support their religious missions—just as they do for all other hires under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964."
"The rot in society was caused in large part because THE CATHOLIC CHURCH abandoned being The Catholic Church. After decades, we are seeing the inevitable results across the board."
EVIL AGE - American Living In An Age of Incivility, Proganda, and Violence -
Mother Theresa said the following:
"I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, HOW CAN WE TELL OTHER PEOPLE NOT TO KILL ONE ANOTHER?"
"ROME - Mary’s assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and instead be drawn to God and his greatness, Pope Francis said."
VERY GOOD NEWS - This Good News for Christianity in America May Surprise You -
"Time for a reality check, says Stanton. In fact, the annual church closure rate in America is about 1 percent — far lower than the rate for any other organizational category. As for the exploding number of “nones,” it’s almost entirely due to changes in the way researchers ask questions. The “nones” in today’s surveys, include the same sort of people who in yesterday’s surveys listed their affiliation as the church they attended a year ago last Christmas. “This change marks a decrease only in nominal affiliation, not an increase in irreligion,” says social scientist Rodney Stark, quoted by Stanton."
GREAT CATCH! - Coast Guard cutter's crew makes massive 4,600-pound cocaine bust, 2nd in 5 days -
"The drugs were confiscated July 31 from a "low-profile go-fast" vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard announced Thursday. The bust came just days after the July 26 seizure of more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine from a different boat, which was the pre-commissioned cutter's first seizure since leaving its Mississippi shipyard in June, the branch noted."
NO EVIDENCE - There Is No Evidence of an 'Epidemic of Mass Shootings' -
"Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, the leading researcher on the topic for the past 35 years, tells Reason, "There is no evidence that we are in the midst of an epidemic of mass shootings." The number of incidents and casualties are simply too small to make such claims and, he stresses, the media coverage of shootings often ends up creating a false sense that gun violence—which is at or near historic lows—is ubiquitous and growing."
YES! - We are building the wall! -
White House on Twitter
"A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals that Trump has asked his advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, during "meetings, dinners, and passing conversations" because of Greenland's "abundant resources and geopolitical importance," according to White House sources.
"One protester threatened the family of GEO Group’s former general counsel, John Bulfin. “We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin you have kids in [bleeped out], you have kids in [bleeped out],” the protester yelled. “We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here.”
"At issue were blatant lies from two leading Democratic candidates about the police shooting of Michael Brown five years ago. Here’s what Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris tweeted:"
"A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom. The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys' choirs in Germany, founded in 1465 by Fredrick II of Brandenburg. Over its 554 years, it has never admitted any girls."
"Titled “Clergy Accountability and the Media’s Response”, the talk Mgr Kennedy gave was part personal reminiscence, part humanizing presentation of the CDF’s work, and part cri de coeur. It was revealing in almost every line of its seventeen pages, and deserves to be counted among the most significant public interventions by churchmen on the subject of the worldwide crisis and the Vatican’s response to it."
"In recent years Cardinal Sarah has shifted towards a more prophetic mode, warning us in a series of books and speeches that an apostasy is underway in many parts of the world, and in some parts of the Church. There is something of Elijah – speaking for the faith in a time of infidelity – in that too. He shocked many with his address at the 2015 synod on the family, when he spoke of “Beasts of the Apocalypse” in regard to Western decadence and jihadist extremism. Cardinal Sarah never went to the finishing school where many bishops learn how to speak without ever giving offence."
GOOD MOVE - Israel blocks Omar, Tlaib from entering country amid pressure from Trump -
"Omar and Tlaib were among 17 members of Congress who voted against a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in July. This was after Omar introduced a resolution of her own that encouraged the use of boycotts as a political tool, and told Al-Monitor that "it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement."
VERY SAD - British teen who went missing in Malaysia died of starvation and stress, police say -
"A 15-year-old London girl whose naked body was found in the woods after she mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort in Malaysia earlier this month died due to intestinal bleeding brought on by starvation and stress, officials said Wednesday. Nora Anne Quoirin arrived at the Dusun eco-resort, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on Aug. 3 for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation with her family. Her family reported her missing the following day."
ANIMALS ON THE LOOSE - Hannity: Crowd's treatment of Philly police officers 'beyond repulsive'; Dems 'politicize' shooting -
"Fox News' Sean Hannity honored the Philadelphia police officers caught up in Wednesday's shootout, saying they "deserved better" after video showed them being taunted during the incident where six police officers were shot. "These officers saving countless lives putting themselves in harm's way. And there are people that are taunting them, pelting them with objects. Treating them this way is beyond repulsive," Hannity said Thursday on his television show. They deserve better."
BIASED GOOGLE? - GOOGLE INSIDER: ‘SOMETHING DARK AND NEFARIOUS GOING ON’ -
"That June 24 report included undercover footage of a Google executive referencing how the tech giant is necessary for "preventing the next Trump situation." After leaking anonymously, Vorhies claims, he received a letter from Google in which the company said it knew what he had done. The letter included six demands, ranging from "cease and desist" to handing over his personal data.
DANGEROUS CLIMB - Mount Everest climbers to face new rules after deadly season -
"Eleven people died this year on Mount Everest -- including 9 in Nepal -- likely due to altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can lead to headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion. Nepal had issued permits to 381 people to climb the 29,035-foot Everest summit in 2019, which the government said was the greatest number ever."
HUGE FIRE - Vatican ‘struggling to put out fire’ of public scandal over JPII Institute purge -
"In a new letter published by respected Italian journalist, Aldo Maria Valli, an informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the “violent upheaval in the teaching staff” and “drastic change in the curriculum and orientation of academic research” has sent “shockwaves” through the Church, and generated a reaction that is “unprecedented in the pontificate of Pope Francis, both in intensity and in duration.”
OUCH! - Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin -
"Dubbed the nociceptive glio-neural complex, this structure is not quite like the typical picture of a complex organ like the heart or the spleen. Instead, it’s a simple organ made up of a network of cells called glial cells, which are already known to surround and support the body’s nerve cells. In this case, the glial cells form a mesh-like structure between the skin’s outer and inner layers, with filament-like protrusions that extend into the skin’s outer layer. (Also find out about a type of simple organ recently found in humans, called the interstitium.
"Canada's ethics commissioner said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his chances for re-election. The report comes just before the official start of campaigning for the October 21 general election and it threatens to bring to light once again a scandal that rocked the government earlier this year, causing a drop in poll ratings that had since abated."
"Hickenlooper's announcement also came as he’s been facing pressure from national Democrats this summer to end his presidential campaign and jump into Colorado’s crowded Democratic U.S. Senate primary for the chance to face off next year against first-term GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, who faces a challenging re-election."
CAUTION! - Latin America - Banana-targeting fungus may cause 'apocalyptic scenario' for the fruit -
"The fungus, a strain of Fusarium oxysporum, is known as Tropical Race 4, the New York Post reports. The Colombian Agricultural Institute has confirmed that a strain of TP4 was found. This caused the government to declare a national state of emergency. Farmers were ordered to destroy crops in the area where the fungus was discovered and to quarantine plantations. While these extreme measures have been taken, it unfortunately may not be enough to stop the spread of the banana-killing fungus."
NO JOKE - UK woman suffers facial burns after eggs 'exploded' in her face: 'It felt like my skin was being ripped off' -
"Bethany Rosser, 22, of Redditch, Worcestershire, told the UK-based outlet SWNS she Googled instructions on how to make hard-boiled eggs in the microwave without causing them to explode. She claims she came across an article from Delish, a popular recipe site. "On that page, it said that you could microwave the eggs as long as you add salt to the eggs in the water, to prevent them from bursting. So, of course, I added salt,” she said. Rosser said she cooked the eggs for six minutes — two minutes less than the maximum time Delish allegedly recommended in its recipe — before removing them from the microwave. When she took them out, she claims the shelled eggs “burst all of a sudden.”
"Lorenzo won’t face any charges since the dogs were in his fenced-in backyard, the station reported. He told WFAA-TV that the three pit bulls, Bella, Bruce and Little Bit, were only protecting their home and the teen shouldn’t have been in the backyard in the first place."
"Having some dog bites occur aboard its planes doesn’t give Delta Air Lines the OK to ban a specific breed, the federal government determined Thursday. Delta enacted a ban against “pit bull type dogs” as support animals last year following several onboard incidents. In one case, a passenger was left with a bloody face after another passenger’s dog attacked him."
"There are dog breeds out there that are known to be quite more aggressive than others. Sure, a dog can be trained to be aggressive, but some breeds are known to be inherently aggressive. This is a topic that has known to become a heated debate between pet owners all over. A lot of people would claim that even the most ‘dangerous’ breed makes the best pet. However, some breeds are known to be more aggressive than others when taking breeding history into account."
"In 1990, Illinois implemented a guaranteed 3 percent compounding cost of living adjustment. So a person's pension goes up by 3 percent every year regardless of how much inflation there is in the economy. It basically doubles the size of somebody's pension over the course of 25 years."
GOOD CALL - Trump calls for 'intelligent background checks' in response to mass shootings -
"The president also said he had a "great talk" with both Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) about gun laws. "I think with a lot of success that we have, I think I have a greater influence now over the Senate and over the House," he said. "I think we can get something really good done. I think we can have some meaningful background checks."
"The Swiss Guard defended Rome against a military attack in the Sack of Rome in 1527, allowing Pope Clement VII to flee during the War of the League of Cognac. Roch said he had frequent encounters with Pope Francis, often standing guard just outside the door of his personal quarters. “We feel privileged to have that duty,” Roch said. “We have a lot of job satisfaction. It strengthens our faith.”
SICK MINDED DEMOCRATS - Trump campaign blasts Dem rep for trying to name and shame donors: ‘Delete & apologize’ -
"The Trump campaign on Tuesday blasted Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, the brother and campaign chairman of 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro, for publicly posting a list of prominent Texas Trump donors’ names and employers -- accusing him of "targeting" private citizens and demanding he delete it. The campaign told Fox News they reported Castro’s tweet to Twitter, arguing it violates the platform’s abusive behavior provision stating users cannot “engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so.” “How low have Dems sunk?” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted. “This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign. Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for their political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.”
"A longitudinal study of more than 7,000 British civil servants who were tested between 1997 and 2016 found those who underwent major operations were twice as likely to suffer substantial cognitive decline compared to those who never needed surgery."
"In his seminal work The Origin of Species (1859), Darwin proposed that all life forms have descended from a common ancestor, suggesting that over time, random variation coupled with natural selection gives rise to entirely new species. But, Gelernter wrote, "The origin of species is exactly what Darwin cannot explain." "Darwin successfully explained the small adjustments by which an organism adapts to local circumstances: changes to fur density or wing style or beak shape," he noted. "Yet there are many reasons to doubt whether he can answer the hard questions and explain the big picture — not the fine-tuning of existing species but the emergence of new ones."
GOOD OPTION - McConnell suggests Senate could look at assault weapons ban, background checks -
He said the two talked about various proposals that will be “front and center” in Senate discussions, including so-called red flag warning legislation that would keep guns from people deemed a threat by their friends and family members, as well as expanding background checks. “There’s a lot of support for that,” McConnell said, referring to legislation championed by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, who are hoping to revive legislation that would extend background checks for nearly all gun sales. A similar effort died in the Senate in 2013.
"Cdl. Burke spoke out against nominally Catholic leaders who support legalized abortion and homosexual "marriage." The cardinal told his interviewer that pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion at Mass. "They may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion, because they're not in communion with Christ," he explained.
"If people come into our country illegally, they're going out."
"President Trump is sitting on 47% approval, the exact same place Obama was during the same time in his first term. Despite a boost in black voters approval last week, this number seems to have settled back juts below its original level, which remains almost double where it was upon his election...There’s almost no change whatsoever this week in the presidential odds, which in betting terms means the field is solidifying. Donal Trump remains the heavy favorite to win the White House in 2020 with Joe Biden still a distant second on 5/1
"As for the losers, New York led the pack, bleeding a whopping $8.8 billion in adjusted gross income from migration. “Another high-tax state, Connecticut, had the largest income loss relative to its overall economy — at $2.6 billion,” Fox Business also informs. “Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois and New York lost about half of their income from people earning more than $200,000 — indicating the wealthy were picking up and leaving.”
"The current federal budget fiscal year still has two months to go, but the deficit is already bigger now than it was for all of last year, and heading to more than $1 trillion. Naturally, the Trump tax cuts are getting the lion’s share of the blame. But the latest data on spending and revenues from the Treasury Dept. make it abundantly clear that it is out-of-control spending, not tax cuts, that are driving the deficit upward. Unfortunately, no one in Washington seems to care."
DEADLY REACTION - Russia admits nuclear reactor blew up during missile test 250 miles from Moscow -
"Russia confirmed that last week’s explosion involved a nuclear reactor during a failed missile test at a site just 250 miles from Moscow. Five nuclear scientists were killed during the Aug. 8 explosion, which occurred during the launch of a missile that involved a small nuclear reactor, according to a report by Bloomberg on Monday. Russia’s state-run nuclear agency Rosatom had confirmed Saturday that the explosion killed several of its employees in a test of an “isotope power source in a liquid propulsion system.”
UNPREDICTABLE - Ryan Daniel Moran: What Everyone Gets WRONG About President Trump -
"This video focuses on Donald Trump’s biggest strength and on that I do agree: he is unpredictable. I’ve said this for a long time…I don’t think anything he does is on accident. All of the things that appear off the wall, or off the cuff, or the things that people say “I wish he wouldn’t do that.” To everyone who thinks that, you’re missing what makes him so effective. So hard to beat. So hard to pin down. So hard to gain the upper hand against. It’s exactly his unpredictability that gives him a tremendous advantage."
"Not only is the United States now racing with China to build an adequate missile deterrent capability in Asia, it is also racing with Beijing over who will provide leadership and control the narrative regarding Asia’s strategic future. After years of Russian cheating, and 30 years of watching China build up its theater missile forces, Washington on Aug. 2 departed from the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia that prevented both from deploying 500km to 5,500km range ground-based missiles. The next day in Australia, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stated he would like the United States to deploy intermediate range missiles to Asia within “months” though new land-based missiles would take longer to deploy."
OBAMACARE OUT - Lindsey Graham Makes MONSTER Promise To America If Trump Wins In 2020, And Obama Will Hate It -
"Lindsey Graham said that Republicans will repeal Obamacare if Trump wins, the GOP keeps the Senate, and if the House Republicans take back the speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “If we can get the House back and keep our majority in the Senate, and President Trump wins reelection, I can promise you not only are we going to repeal Obamacare, we’re going to do it in a smart way where South Carolina will be the biggest winner,” Graham said in an interview with a local South Carolina radio station."
:Behaving more and more like the global government it seeks to become, the United Nations has stepped up its attacks against America — especially the growing efforts to protect the Southern border and the lives of unborn children. Even under President Donald Trump, the UN has continued to bark orders at America as if the U.S. government were a mere administrative unit in what globalists describe as "the New World Order." In a recent pro-abortion screed, for example, a spokesman for the UN “human rights” apparatus said the global body was “very concerned” about state laws proliferating across the United States that regulate or restrict the killing of pre-born babies. Killing babies is a "human right," at least according to the UN."
NO MORE FREE RIDES - Trump Ending Welfare-Dependent Immigration, Saving Taxpayers Billions -
"The regulation will be a boon for American taxpayers in the form of an annual $57.4 billion tax cut — the amount taxpayers spend every year on paying for the welfare, crime, and schooling costs of the country’s mass importation of 1.5 million new, mostly low-skilled legal immigrants. The National Academies of Science released a report two years ago, noting that state and local American taxpayers are billed about $1,600 each year per immigrant to pay for their welfare, where immigrant households consume 33 percent more cash welfare than American citizen households."
NO MARRIED MEN - Pope Francis: Ordination of married men 'absolutely not' main theme of Amazon synod -
“The important themes,” the pope stated, “will be the ministries of evangelization and the different ways of evangelizing.”
ANOTHER VIEW- Cardinal Pell: “This is not the first low-quality document the Synod secretariate has produced,” Pell writes -
"Firstly, there is a MUST LISTEN to podcast from Damian Thompson about Card. Pell’s railroading into jail. HERE Take the time. Next, at CNA there is a piece in which Card. Pell comments on the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Pan-Amazonian Synod (“walking together”)."
"BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military says a U.S. service member has died during a combat mission with Iraqi security forces in Iraq's north. The statement by the U.S Central Command said the service member died Saturday in Iraq's northern Nineveh province."
PRO-LIFE KENTUCKY - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Signs Bill to Ban Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins -
"Surrounded by children and parents, the Republican governor praised the new protections for unborn babies and mothers in the state, The Messenger-Inquirer reports. He also signed three additional pro-life bills into law during the signing ceremony at the Daviess County Courthouse. “Government doesn’t give (life) to us, and government doesn’t have the right to take it away,” Bevin said. “This is a cause of great celebration. It’s celebrating the sanctity of human life.”
MINORITY MAJORITY - Poll: Majority of Blacks, Hispanics Support Anti-Illegal Immigration 2020 Candidates -
"Voters across racial lines said they would be more likely to support a 2020 presidential candidate that wants to reduce illegal immigration. Roughly 63 percentof black Americans and 61 percent of Hispanic Americans said they would be more likely to support an anti-illegal immigration presidential candidate."
RESPONDING TO A LOSER - President Pushes Back Hard After Shepard Smith Claims El Paso Suspect Used ‘Language of Trump’ -
TRUMP: “Watching Fake News CNN is better than watching Shepard Smith, the lowest-rated show on @ FoxNews..."
ARTICLE WRITER: "For years now, Smith has looked like a consistently befuddled man, lost on a network that prides itself on being fair and balanced — virtues he does not possess, in our opinion."
"The Christian Employers Alliance (CEA) has won a major religious freedom victory on behalf of its current and future members. The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota has ruled that the abortifacient mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the subsequent “accommodation,” burdens the religious exercise of CEA’s members and violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993."
"Pornographic videos made up 27 per cent of all online video traffic in 2018, generating more than 80 MtCO2, while the greenhouse-gas emissions of video-on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime were 100 MtCO2eq/year, or similar to those of Chile, the report said."
LASER SHOW - 'No tears, no blood': Hongkongers stage huge laser show to protest against arrests -
"It was a sentiment being shared by people across social media as Hong Kong took a much-needed breather from the tense scenes that have gripped the city in recent weeks after a total of almost 2000 rounds of teargas were fired at protesters during clashes with police. The city is facing its worst political crisis since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, and the escalating and increasingly more unpredictable protests have prompted countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, Japan and now the United States to issue travel alerts. The protests began in opposition to a now-suspended extradition law, which would have allowed suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. They have now broadened into a backlash against the government of the Asian financial hub, fueled by many residents’ fears of eroding freedoms under the tightening control of China’s Communist party leaders in Beijing."
“With each successive cycle the number of Christians drops, till today we are at the point of extinction,” Warda said. “Argue as you will, but extinction is coming, and then what will anyone say? That we were made extinct by natural disaster, or gentle migration? That the ISIS attacks were unexpected, and that we were taken by surprise? That is what the media will say.” “Or will the truth emerge after our disappearance: that we were persistently and steadily eliminated over the course of 1,400 years by a belief system which allowed for recurring cycles of violence against Christians, like the Ottoman genocide of 1916-1922,” he declared.
LGBT CORRUPTION - Polish Bishops Denounce ‘Ideological Totalitarianism’ of LGBT Lobby -
“People belonging to milieus of the so-called sexual minorities are our brothers and sisters for whom Christ gave his life and whom He wants also to be saved,” he insisted. “Respect for specified individuals cannot, however, lead to the acceptance of an ideology that aims to revolutionize social customs and interpersonal relationships.” Citing Pope Francis, Archbishop Gądecki said that this revolution of customs and morals has often waved the flag of freedom, “but it has, in reality, brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.” The archbishop urged politicians and legislators to resist the “ideological totalitarianism” that lurks behind proposals to radically undermine Poland’s Christian culture, especially as regards God-given differences between men and women.
POTENTIAL FOR PEACE - Trump Signals Another Meeting with Kim Jong Un Likely After N. Korean Leader Wrote Trump a ‘Very Beautiful Letter’ Explaining Latest Missile Tests Were Response to U.S.-S. Korea War Games -
"Trump told reporters that the letter was hand-delivered on Thursday but didn’t provide details on who delivered it. Trump said: “It was a very positive letter. I think we’ll have another meeting. He really wrote a beautiful, three-page – I mean great from top to bottom – a really beautiful letter.” Since last year, Trump and Kim have met three times to discuss productive ways for getting Kim to give up his nuclear weapons."
"Hope For the UK: Boris Johnson plans to ease immigration rules for high-skilled workers and outstanding talent as part of the prime minister’s broader immigration reform. One America’s Kristian Rouz looks into the matter."
"President Trump is playing Democrats again. They want to make gun control an issue. He said, OK, and took control of the gun control debate. The debate will be on his terms and in his language. That is power positioning. The mopes at the Post and Matt Drudge thought they could divide President Trump from his supporters with the report on the NRA warning the president on guns. I knew in an instant what was happening. I knew Democrats would lose because President Trump never engages the enemy without first winning the battle. I also knew the president, a busy man, had outsourced the terms of the Democrat surrender to the NRA."
HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRITES - Donald Trump Thunders Against ‘Racist’ Hollywood: ‘They Create Violence, Then Try to Blame Others -
"The film, (The Hunt) which has been described as a gory satire featuring actresses Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin, follows a group of elites who stalk and murder conservatives in red states. The hunters are fueled by their hatred of the “MAGA-type” characters and their right-leaning positions. While the term “deplorables” may not be explicitly stated in the trailer, Daily Mail notes that the “hunted” were, in fact, described as “deplorables” in the screenplay. It is not clear whether the filmmakers are sympathetic to the “Deplorables” or the “hunters.” Nevertheless, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum is a notorious Trump-hater who was booed off stage at the 32nd Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles last year after blaming the president for the rise of anti-Semitism."
"Live video of massive protests for democracy in Moscow over alleged corrupt upcoming municipal elections. Authorities have repressed opposition political figures and detained thousands over the last few weeks to stop the show of civil unrest over Kremlin policies. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was imprisoned again and possibly poisoned while in detention, and hospitalized with a ‘severe allergic reaction’. Opposition bank accounts have now been frozen by Russian security services over alleged money laundering by the Kremlin’s opponents. World leaders have condemned the repression. As the protests grow, this is the most significant challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presidency in a decade."
NO TRUMP INVOLVEMENT - Democrat Jeffrey Epstein victim testifies that Donald Trump was not involved at all -
"More than 2,000 documents were unsealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The papers included affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a lawsuit the now-33-year-old woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed against Epstein and his associate, Ghislane Maxwell in 2015. Giuffre said the duo kept her as a “sex slave” in the early 2000s when she was underage."
"Two weeks ago, Epstein, 66, was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck. He was reportedly placed on suicide watch. Jail spokesman Lee Plourde said Epstein was not “currently” on suicide watch. The Associated Press reported he was taken off suicide watch, though it wasn’t immediately clear when. The multimillionaire financier was being held without bail pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges. The FBI and the Department of Justice’s Inspector General are both looking into his death."
"With liberals sounding the alarm about a supposed revival of white supremacy, a leaked report suggests that the FBI is actually more concerned about left-wing extremists. The FBI’s 2018-2019 Consolidated Strategy Guide, an annual summary of the agency’s security priorities, was released Thursday by The Young Turks, a leftist media network. According to the internal report, the FBI is worried about an “elevated” and possibly “growing threat” from “black identity extremists,” or “BIEs.” A rise in racialized attacks on law enforcement officials first came to the FBI’s attention following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent acquittal of the officers involved, the report said."
MUST PAY FAIR SHARE - US threatens to pull troops from Germany if no increase in NATO defense spending -
"The U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has suggested the United States should pull thousands of troops if the country does not increase its required NATO defense spending. "It is actually offensive to assume that the U.S. taxpayer must continue to pay to have 50,000-plus Americans in Germany, but the Germans get to spend their surplus on domestic programs," Grenell told the Germany press agency DPA this week, which the U.S. Embassy later tweeted."
POWERFUL PRAYERS- Two Prayers Dictated from Heaven that Our Lady Says We Should Pray Every day…Medjugorje Locutionist reveals -
"Borrowing by the federal government is set to top $1 trillion for the second year in a row as higher spending outpaces revenue growth and concern about budget deficits wanes in Washington and on Wall Street."
SOUND ADVICE -Pope Francis Says Jesus Was A 'Failure On The Cross' -
"Pope Francis "preached" a message in NYC where he declared that Jesus Christ was a 'failure on the cross'. The reaction from his all-Catholic audience? They burst into excited applause..." -
COMMENTARY: He means on a human level Christ was a failure. But not on a spiritual level because He was a great success in accomplishing the Will of His Father and becoming our Savior. Therefore Jesus dying on the Cross was a victory for mankind and definitely not a failure as those who view His death from purely a human level even now declare. Francis used a play on words to get his point across. vtb
CAUGHT! - ICE's most wanted alleged human-trafficker nabbed in Michigan -
"Federal agents apprehended a member of Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Most Wanted List Wednesday who has been on the run for more than two years for his alleged role in operating a large-scale human trafficking and drug operation out of a Detroit motel. Darrick Bell, 50, was arrested at the Econo Lodge, a motel in Monroe, Mich., an ICE spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press."
"The “calculated stages” the Nazis carried out that ultimately resulted in the Holocaust began with bigoted language against minorities that the majority soon came to accept as credible, said the cardinal, adding that these lessons from history must be recalled today when many in society target immigrants, refugees and various groups of people as “the other.”
"Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson blasted a Baltimore church for making him move to a new venue Wednesday for his press conference defending President Trump. Carson wanted to promote Trump’s initiatives when he was suddenly kicked off a vacant lot owned by the Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ."
"Boris Johnson is facing fresh legal action for allegedly “lying and misleading the British public” during the EU referendum campaign. A man who crowdfunded a private prosecution against the now prime minister is attempting to take the legal battle to the Supreme Court after losing the latest stage. A judge initially summonsed Mr Johnson to appear in court over accusations of misconduct in public office in May, but the Divisional Court overturned the ruling last month."
"Search giant’s culture wars flame anew; a senior executive contacts law enforcement over leaks."
"The Church of the Apostles, which is said to have been built over the house of Jesus’ disciples Peter and Andrew, has been discovered near Israel’s Sea of Galilee, according to a team of American and Israeli archaeologists. Experts from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College, Israel and Nyack College in New York, have been excavating the site of el-Araj on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The archaeologists believe that el-Araj is the site of the ancient Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida, which later became the Roman city of Julias."
RUNNING TO FREEDOM - North Korean soldier defects to South Korea, makes late-night dash across DMZ -
A North Korean soldier crossed the Demilitarized Zone into South Korea on Wednesday hoping to defect to the South, officials said. The man crossed the border that bisects the Koreas late Wednesday and was seen near the Imjin River around 11:38 p.m., South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday."
"You probably already know that sugary and fried foods aren’t great for the gut while fermented foods work wonders at boosting the good bacteria in there. But when it comes to the top foods gastroenterologists recommend, you might be surprised at what makes the list: it’s not all kimchi and kombucha. Here, three top gastroenterologists share the top foods they recommend for better gut health."
PRO-LIFE SUPER SPOKESMAN - Ben Shapiro on abortion victim pictures: ‘If it’s that ugly, you should do something about it’ -
"Ben Shapiro is arguably conservatism’s fastest rising star, with his wildly popular podcast, his campus speeches, and a New York Times bestseller keeping him at the top of the pundit pack. He’s also a consistently powerful voice for the pro-life position, debating students on abortion during his campus appearances, frequently visiting the topic on his podcast, and even doing a live-cast from the stage at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. As a result, Shapiro has accrued many fans within the pro-life movement."
"A Cambridge University student broke open the door of a plane and leaped to her death while on a trip to Madagascar. Alana Cutland, 19, fell over 3,500 feet from the Cessna light aircraft during a flight back from a remote lodge where she was studying a rare species of crabs. Investigators said the student suffered five "paranoia attacks" while on the "failed" research trip which she funded herself. Alana is understood to have fought off fellow passenger, British tourist Ruth Johnson, who had battled to try and keep her in the aircraft for several minutes."
"ROME - A large mural depicting Australian Cardinal George Pell shadowed by a demonic figure while handcuffed and wearing a prison tracksuit appeared on Tuesday about 50 yards away from the Vatican. The mural is the work of Australian artist Scott Marsh, well known in his country for his oversized and over-the-top murals of public figures. Marsh posted a video on Instagram showing the Pell mural with the hashtag #locationlocationlocation."
MONEY TALK - $15 per hour is way too low for this nursing home operator -
"When last we checked on the eager turnaround specialists, they had only nine facilities and were intent on solving long-term care’s employee turnover problem. The $17 wage, which went into effect last fall, has made a distinct mark, though initial commotion from taking over so many distressed buildings initially inflated the churn."
"ROME - Vatican City State will have its own reporting system in place before the end of the year for flagging suspected cases of the abuse of minors and vulnerable people and instances of cover-up or negligence in handling such cases, the Vatican said."
AHEAD OF THE GAME - Sean Hannity: William Barr '15 steps further than anybody knew' in Russia investigation review -
"Sean Hannity said his sources are telling him Attorney General William Barr has been far more active in his so-called "investigation of the investigators" than publicly known. In the spring, Barr initiated a review of the origins of the Russia investigation and conduct of the Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence community, and he tasked U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead that effort."
EATING HIS OWN WORDS - JULY 31, 2019 - Resurfaced video shows Elijah Cummings calling Baltimore 'drug infested,' likening residents to 'zombies' -
"House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., previously referred to his community of Baltimore as a "drug-infested" area, using a term that President Trump included in a tweet widely panned as a racist attack on the city. The video, tweeted by the president on Wednesday, showed Cummings lamenting the city's scourge of drugs while speaking during what appeared to be a congressional hearing. "This morning, I left my community of Baltimore -- a drug-infested area where a lot of the drugs we are talking about today have already taken the lives of so many children," he said. "The same children that I watched 14 or 15 years ago as they grew up, now walking around like zombies."
SKIPS TOUR - JULY 31, 2019 - Cummings Skips Tour Of HUD Facility In Baltimore -
"The Daily Caller reported exclusively on Tuesday that Carson would visit Baltimore in the wake of President Donald Trump’s tweets calling the city a “rodent infested mess” in which no human being would want to live. Critics accused the president of employing racist attacks against the Maryland city and against Rep. Cummings."
AFRAID TO TELL THE TRUTH - Critics slam CNN Democratic debate for ignoring Mueller, mock network’s ‘over-the-top’ coverage -
"The first installment of CNN’s two-night Democratic primary debate was slammed by critics before it even began. Then it concluded without a single mention of CNN’s longstanding narrative that blew up during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony. Mueller's testimony before two House committees last week was largely considered a “disaster” for Democrats and opponents of President Trump who hoped he would provide a path to impeachment. However, Mueller was oddly never mentioned throughout CNN’s debate and Russia was essentially an afterthought at the first gathering of 2020 hopefuls since the testimony."
CRIME INFESTED - Growing up in a Baltimore where criminals reign supreme -
"It was a dark night two years ago, and I had to head out to a prayer service just a mile away from my home outside northwest Baltimore City. The carjackings and break-ins had spread to the suburbs, and the security situation was worse than at any time in my entire life, including during the Freddie Gray riots in 2015 and during the crime wave of the early 1990s. My neighbors were scared to even take their trash to the curb at night, although there were plenty of muggings and carjackings occurring during broad daylight too. To carry my gun or not to carry – that was the question on my mind this particular night."
A TRUE CATHOLIC - Meet the Catholic conservative leading Britain’s House of Commons -
"Rees-Mogg is just as unashamedly Catholic and conservative. He has six children, prays the rosary frequently and attends the Tridentine Mass (which his father had also favored, signing a petition to Pope Paul VI for its continued use alongside the reformed liturgy). When leaders of the Conservative Party were attempting to get its members of parliament to support David Cameron’s introduction of “gay marriage” Rees-Mogg stated that where moral issues are concerned he takes his lead from the Holy See."
A GRAVE WARNING - Medjugorje: “A time of trials is openly announced”…In the last message, Our Lady announces a difficult time.. Comments by Father Livio Fanzaga -
"Dear friends, the last message of the Queen of Peace through the visionary Marjia is particularly important because a time of trials is openly announced before which we are weak, so sin will overwhelm us. Our Lady knows what will happen and at the same time she knows our spiritual situation, so she exhorts us to pray “day and night”, so that, through prayer, our love for her and for Jesus is lit. Love above all things for the Sacred Hearts will allow us to resist the seductions and persecutions of the devil and the world that is under his power."
"Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended President Trump Monday after critics blasted the president's tweets directed at Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as racist. "The president's a fighter and an equal opportunity offender. He goes after you if you come after him," Spicer said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." "If anyone else had been in charge of that committee and had a district the way that they had, the similar problems, he'd go after them. But he's attacked his primary opponents when they've come after him and his own party." Trump Saturday branded Cummings a “brutal bully” for his treatment of border patrol officials at committee hearings -- and described Cumming’s district as “far worse and more dangerous” than the southern border."
"The bulk of the exposed data involves information submitted by customers and small businesses that applied for Capital One credit cards between 2005 and early 2019, the bank said, including addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income."
DANGEROUS BUG - Drug-resistant superbug spreading in Europe's hospitals -
"Drugs called carbapenems are used when an infection cannot be treated with anything else. The spread of resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae was "extremely concerning", researchers from the Sanger Institute said. And they warned other bugs could become resistant too - because of the unique way bacteria have sex."
"Author Joshua Harris, after announcing the end of his marriage, is now kissing his faith goodbye. Harris, the author of the best-seller "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," a book he authored in 1997 that he later renounced after shaping purity culture for many millennial believers, revealed that he is stepping back from his faith. In an Instagram post, he also apologized for his previously held views, including "bigotry" to the LGBTQ community."
DARK METHOD - Britain tells Iran: release ship to 'come out of the dark' -
"Britain told Iran on Monday that if it wants to “come out of the dark” it must follow international rules and release a British-flagged oil tanker seized by its forces in the Gulf."
HEAT WAVE - Europe heat wave by the numbers: Record-breaking temperatures blasted France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Britain -
"Europe's second heat wave of the summer spread record high temperatures across the continent, making Paris surpass its hottest temperature ever recorded. The city has never been hotter than it was on Thursday, as the heat wave pushed temperatures to soar near 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). "The past week of heat in France was record-shattering as many cities across the country experienced temperatures never reached in the meteorological observing history," AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Max Vido said."
Action Taken Against Rachel Maddow -
"Attorneys representing One America News Network have sent a cease-and-desist letter to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. They are demanding she and The Daily Beast's Kevin Poulsen issue a retraction for suggesting there's a link between the right-wing network and the Kremlin. The Daily Caller's Shelby Talcott has more: Poulsen wrote an article stating OANN's Kristian Rouz is a "Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin's official propaganda outlet, Sputnik." That same day, Maddow said on "The Rachel Maddow Show" that OANN "really, literally is Russian propaganda."
"Pope Francis' globalist project has the support of the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and every serving bishop in the Church of England and the House of Lords. The high priests of progressivism in the Western Church are extolling the gospel of globalism and damning to Hell nationalism and populism as the elemental evils of our age. If we define nationalism as a polity of independent nations and a political order based on the nation-state seeking self-determination and self-rule, what could be so un-Christian about it?"
"Borrowing by the federal government is set to top $1 trillion for the second year in a row as higher spending outpaces revenue growth and concern about budget deficits wanes in Washington and on Wall Street."
GOOD FOR YOU - Blueberries linked to major blood pressure, memory and aging benefits -
"Several recently published studies highlight various health benefits associated with blueberries, the small blue and purple berries readily available in most grocery stores. Compared to other popular fruits, blueberries have the highest quantities of antioxidants, as well as other phytochemicals that may lower blood pressure, improve memory, and make aging a healthier process."
LETS MAKE A DEAL- Brexit 'no matter what', PM Johnson promises as sterling falls -
"Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised on Tuesday to lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 “no matter what” as sterling tumbled and Ireland warned that the bloc would not be renegotiating the thrice defeated divorce deal. The British pound fell on Tuesday as investors bet Johnson’s Brexit brinkmanship could trigger a messy divorce that would sow chaos through the world economy and financial markets."
THE "SQUAD" - Trump video on 'the Squad' reveals Democratic Party's seedy underbelly -
"One need only look at the policies that the entire field of Democratic presidential candidates promote to understand just how bloated that underbelly really is. The recent debates show that the “old school” Democrats are every bit as radical as the four newcomers. The candidates are really no more than socialists dressed up in suits and skirts."
"Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new."
"Lawyers representing New Jersey bishop Arthur Serratelli have threatened LifeSiteNews over our July 24 reportthat highlighted the bishop’s alleged refusal to discipline an active priest in the diocese despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him. Based on the evidence we have seen, which includes almost a dozen documents and various testimonies from those close to the matter, we stand by our report. Serratelli’s lawyer insists that the bishop “does not engage in, promote, condone or support homosexual activity within the Diocese of Paterson.”
NOT RACIST - African American faith leaders defend Trump after White House meeting: 'He's not a racist' -
"President Trump met with 20 African American faith leaders on Monday as he was coming under fire for his criticism of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Baltimore and Al Sharpton. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was among the faith leaders from the African American community that met with the president at the White House, called the meeting sincere and productive. "The president spent a long time with us and the meeting was not a photo-op," King told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning. "He's not a racist. Absolutely is not, and the programs he has moved forward, the higher job market is helping African Americans, the criminal justice reform is helping African Americans."
"Medjugorje: Video Drama: Pilgrim says “Mary appeared to me” during Mirjana’s apparition. At 2:16 minutes woman is overwhelmed. “I experienced so much joy and love towards her and from her…I cried "
"God bless, President Trump. On this lazy, hazy, crazy summer Friday afternoon he somehow continues to make politics highly entertaining while also getting things done like signing historic immigration deals. Yet, he does so in a way that sounds just like if the average man off the street stepped into the White House."
THE WHOLE TRUTH - Baltimore Resident ‘Trump is Not Racist … Cummings Has Done Nothing For Us’ -
"On Saturday President Trump correctly blamed Cummings for the state of his district which is in disarray and crime ridden. “Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. “His district is considered the Worst in the USA. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. “Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” he said.
GOOD TEST - US, Israel successfully test missile defense system in Alaska, officials say -
"The United States and Israel successfully carried out “a high altitude hit-to-kill engagement” with a co-developed anti-ballistic missile interceptor system in Alaska, officials announced Sunday. The Arrow-3 Interceptor missile achieved a “major milestone” in its development during a successful flight test where the system effectively intercepted a missile target outside the atmosphere, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement."
"Under the Trump administration’s proposed rule change, people in any state would need to be authorized to receive at least $50 a month in TANF benefits for a minimum of six months to qualify automatically for SNAP. Subsidies for childcare, employment and work-related transportation would still count but the proposal would stop states from linking eligibility to the receipt of an informational brochure."
"Iran considers Britain's seizure of an Iranian oil tanker a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, a senior official said on Sunday, as remaining signatories to the ailing accord met in the Austrian capital for emergency talks. Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran have been trying to salvage the landmark pact since the United States withdrew from it in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, crippling an already weak economy."
"Mr Khan has a satisfaction rating of -3, with 30 percent of Londoners saying they are satisfied with his leadership and 33 percent dissatisfied, according to YouGov polling. With less than 10 months until Mr Khan is up for re-election, this is the lowest he has ever been scored by Londoners, down from +31 when he came into office."
REMARKABLE - Man invents surgery, cures himself of mysterious ailment that left him bedridden for 11 years -
"Doug Lindsay was 21 and starting his senior year at Rockhurst University, a Jesuit college in Kansas City, Missouri, when his world imploded. After his first day of classes, the biology major collapsed at home on the dining room table, the room spinning around him. It was 1999. The symptoms soon became intense and untreatable. His heart would race, he felt weak and he frequently got dizzy. Lindsay could walk only about 50 feet at a time and couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes."
IRAN, BEWARE! - Royal Navy warship sent to protect Gulf shipping -
"A Royal Navy warship has arrived in the Persian Gulf to accompany British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, amid tensions after Iran seized a British tanker this month. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Sunday that the HMS Duncan will join the Frigate HMS Montrose in the Gulf to defend freedom of navigation."
LEADING THE WAY - Johnson tells EU: ditch backstop or face no-deal Brexit -
"British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned the European Union on Saturday that the “anti-democratic” Irish backstop must be ditched if they were to strike a Brexit divorce deal."
"So far this year, Arctic sea ice extent has hovered at record lows during the melt season. Weather patterns favorable for increased melt have predominated in this region, and an unusually mild summer has also increased melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Unlike with sea ice melt, runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet increases sea levels, since it adds new water to the oceans. If the entire ice sheet were to melt, it would raise global average sea levels by 23 feet."
"Not all people who worry about a replacement of civilizations are necessarily violent or even incorrect. They appear to be frightened folk, sent over the edge by matters they may feel beyond control. In Europe and the United States, they have witnessed wave upon wave of attacks by individuals and groups openly espousing violence in the name of religion. They seem to fear that their own governments are doing too little to protect them and their families from future attacks. "What unites these groups ideologically is a belief that Europe is facing a 'great replacement' by Muslim and African immigrants. And they want something done about it." — Marion MacGregor, "The push from Europe's young new right..."
BIGOTRY - Sharia YouTube: “Muslim” keyword allowed, “Christian” keyword banned -
"Google/YouTube labeled Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager “Nazis,” and buries content that portrays Islam in a negative light, even if it’s accurate, but jihad terror preaching is OK with them. And this new incident makes YouTube’s bias crystal clear."
(Some) "Members of the Catholic Church are undermining America’s need for a wall on the southern border."
COMMENTARY: Led by our liberal pope and bishops who talk more about not having a border wall than they do about the Democrat Party approving of First Degree murder through abortions right up to, and even after the birth of an innocent baby. vtb
ANOTHER LIBERAL LIAR? - CNN's Acosta says Trump’s allies ‘abused’ reporters at WH; Then the video comes out -
"Another day, another outrageous lie claim from the liberal mainstream media that is proven to be a total lie. During the White House’s Social Media Summit in the Rose Garden on Thursday, CNN’s Jim Acosta got busted sharing an edited clip aimed at making it look like conservative media figures were harassing and “abusing” members of the mainstream media. But soon after the full video was released, it’s more than clear Acosta lied about the entire thing."
BEWARE! - Both blood pressure numbers may predict heart disease -
"According to new research, both high systolic and high diastolic blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke.
nurse taking patient's blood pressure. New research suggests that both blood pressure readings are equally important. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide. In the United States, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-quarter of deaths due to cardiovascular disease are preventable."
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"If Democrats believed that Robert Mueller would provide them with additional ammunition for an impeachment inquiry, they made an extraordinary miscalculation. Not only was Mueller often flustered and unprepared to talk about his own report—we now have wonder to what extent he was even involved in the day-to-day work of the investigation—but he was needlessly evasive. In the end, he seriously undermined the central for impeachment of President Donald Trump."
DIVINE CHILD - This statue of the “Divino Nino” continues to be a source of miracles -
"Providentially found in Bogota, Colombia, the statue helped revive devotion to the Divine Child Jesus. One of the most popular depictions of the Divine Child Jesus is found in Bogota, Colombia. Known as the “Divino Nino,” it was providentially discovered after a local priest experienced a heavenly vision of the Divine Child."
ANSWERING QUESTIONS - Cardinal Francis Arinze discusses mass migration, priestly celibacy and confusion over Church teaching -
"Arinze’s exceptional gifts were obvious: when he returned to Nigeria he was made a bishop – at age 32, the youngest in the world. It was, he tells me, a formative time. He was “near the common man: the richer people in the big cities, the poorer people in the villages”. He had to speak clearly to those of every educational level – “and not engage in learned elucubrations above the heads of the people, just to show off that I have read many books, and people don’t know what you’re talking about.” He warms to his theme. “After Mass, you ask them, what did the priest say? ‘He spoke very well.’ What did he say? ‘I have forgotten.’ Because they didn’t follow it in the first place.”
THE TRUTH COMES OUT - Police witnesses, video show lawmaker as aggressor, say SHE’s the one who told Cuban man ‘go back where you came from!’ -
"Two employees who witnessed the heated argument between Georgia Democratic lawmaker Erica Thomas and Cuban-American Democrat Eric Sparkes at a Publix supermarket dispute her claims that Sparkes had yelled “Go back where you came from!” A Public service manager told police that it was Thomas who “continuously [told] Eric Sparkes to ‘Go back where you came from!’” The manager says she never heard Sparkes say that to Thomas. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the employee told police that Sparkes repeatedly tried to leave, but Thomas kept getting in his face and yelling at him."
GO TRUMP! - Crowd Explodes with ‘1 Squad Under God’ Chant After Trump Says ‘In America We Don’t Worship Gov’t, We Worship God’ -
"President Donald Trump needed just one sentence to bring down the Tuesday during his address to a summit of young conservatives in Washington, D.C. Trump was speaking at the Teen Student Action Summit, a four-day conference for high school conservatives organized by Turning Point USA."
"Rev. Thomas Brown, who is married to a fellow priest, was ordained as a bishop of the diocese of Maine in the Episcopal Church June 22. Immediately following his ordination, Brown referred to God as a “she” twice in the Nicene Creed."
"In Sinaloa, a state in northern Mexico, legislators rejected a bill that sought to redefine marriage. By a narrow vote of 20 to 18, Sinaloa state legislators voted against amendments of the state’s family code. This means that Article 40 of the Sinaloa Family Code will continue to define marriage as consisting of “one man and one woman, with equal rights, duties and obligations, with the possibility to generate human reproduction in a free, responsible and informed way.” The bill offered by leftists in the legislature would have replaced “a man and a woman” with “persons.”
THE FRANCIS EFFECT - US Bishop calls out brother bishops: ‘Deposit of faith has been fragmented and corrupted’ -
"Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, spoke out on Twitter over the weekend about how the Catholic Church’s moral teaching on sexuality and the family has been broken and tainted of late, and he called for a return to the truth of that teaching by Catholic laity and bishops."
"Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, grilled former special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill Wednesday, accusing him of selective prosecution methods and promising Attorney General Bill Barr would get to the truth. "The [was] falsely accused of conspiracy. The FBI does a 10-month investigation and James Comey – when we deposed him a year ago, told us at that point they had nothing. You do a 22-month investigation. At the end of that 22 months, you find no conspiracy and what [do] the Democrats want to do -- they want to keep investigating. They want to keep going," Jordan said.
"Ancient Catholic Missals show that the Latin Mass has been basically the same ever since Pope Gregory the Great (560-604). Pope Pius V (1504-1572), only slightly modified this ancient Gregorian Missal, along with some of the rubrics. He did not modify the Roman itself. He then promulgated this ancient Roman Latin Mass in all places (except where there was still in use another Rite that was 200 years or older)."
MISGUIDED - Muslims reveal their plan for the United States -
"Muslims in Belle Glade, Florida say they’re planning on acquiring a public school in to “educate” children as young as six weeks old in the Quran. “From six weeks old we will have them,” the men said. “From six weeks old, nap time, listening to the Quran. Sisters’ uniform, hijab… with the babies and then all the way up to high school. This is the intention for this here.” “Bring your kids to Islamic schools,” they went on to say. “...the entire family will to Islam… We can demonstrate it here, and then scale it up to the rest of the country.”
SURPRISE! - Snopes Admits Obama Built Cages for Immigrant Children -
"The left-wing bias of popular “fact-checking” sites like Snopes or Politfact has been well documented for years. So when Snopes took on the task of fact-checking the claim “The Obama administration, not the Trump administration, built the cages that hold many immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border,” I expected them to, at the very least, rate it as “Half-True” or “False” and come up with some long winded explanation with some absurd standard for why the Obama administration was in the clear. Last year, FactCheck.org couldn't bring itself to admit that family separations happened under Obama, even though their research proved it did. But alas, Snopes couldn’t find a way to clear the Obama administration on this one, and had no choice but to rate the claim as true."
"In a March 10, 2017 article, I quoted Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood abortion facility director, writing about how she and other abortion workers had nightmares after leaving the abortion industry. Many former workers have horrible memories of piecing together aborted babies. This had to be done so workers could verify that no parts of the baby (arms, legs, pieces of the skull, etc.) were left behind in the mother’s body. Any pieces left behind could cause a life-threatening infection."
MORE HORROR - U.S. hospital refuses to help premature twins born alive, leaves them to die -
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 23, 2018 – Twin premature newborn boys died at an Ohio hospital last year while staff stood by refusing to give them medical assistance, a pro-life group is reporting, and the hospital classified the boys’ deaths as stillbirth. Both boys were born alive at 22 weeks and 5 days gestational age at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, according to the report. The first born, Emery, survived for 45 minutes. His younger brother, Elliot, lived for two and a half hours, even crying, and his mother, Amanda, begged for help to no avail. "
NOT PLANNED - Identical Twin Sisters Give Birth on Same Day at Exact Same Time -
"In a rare, but happy coincidence, identical twin sisters Leah Rodgers and Sarah Mariuz have given birth on the same day at the exact same time. "Crazy, but then again, kind of expected because this twin thing kind of just happens," Rodgers said live on "GMA" this morning. "So, I wasn't necessarily surprised. Ironically, I woke up to my water breaking at 5:30 in the morning and later, I put it together that she had sent me a text saying she was up since 4:30 in the morning, which would've been the exact same time in Colorado as it was in California. I think we had some similar things happening at the same times in our bodies, which is just wild."
GOOD POLICIES - Hungary sees abortion numbers plunge with rise of pro-family policies -
"Hungary's ever increasing support for families by the government is creating an environment where marriages and families are flourishing and abortion numbers are dropping, one of the country’s ministers advised a recent international conference on life and family. The support has caused abortion numbers to plunge by more than a third of what they were in 2010 (40,449 to 28,500). It has also caused a plunge in the number of divorces (23,873 in 2010 to 18,600 in 2017) and a surge in the number of marriages (35,520 in 2010 to 50,600 in 2017)."
A REMINDER - Catholic bishop: Never vote ‘for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion’ -
"PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, April 25, 201 —Bishop Thomas J. Tobin encouraged faithful Catholics to vote pro-life in Rhode Island’s primary election on Tuesday and “never to vote for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion.” In a post on his Facebook page last week, Tobin warned Catholics not to “be fooled by those who say they ‘aren’t pro-abortion, but are just pro-choice.’”
"Located on 435 acres of glorious scenery on the highest elevation in Southeastern Wisconsin... -
Holy Hill is a destination for those looking to celebrate their faith in a sacred place of peace, beauty and prayer. Under the care of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Holy Hill, The Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians is open to the public and draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and sightseers annually. Visitors can attend daily Catholic Masses of worship, enjoy the scenic views and walk the life size Stations of the Cross in a serene setting. Guest , a café/coffee house and large gift store are open year round."
A CHANGE TO WHAT? - German relief agencies financing Amazon Synod, predict ‘unmistakable’ change in Church -
"The chief executives of two German Church aid agencies, which have been funding the Amazon Synod preparations, have said the meeting will be “an unmistakable signal of departure” for the Church and a means of decentralizing Church governance away from Rome. Much of the agency funding for the synod has passed through a Church network called REPAM set up specifically to prepare for the Synod, whose Brazilian director is Austrian Bishop Erwin Kräutler of the Territorial Prelature of Xingu in Brazil. Bishop Kräutler is advocating ordination of married men and women deacons at the synod, and has expressed support for women priests in the past."
"As the Army, Navy and other services contend with a thriving economy and a directive to expand their ranks, there is a growing debate over whether the military should consider lowering the minimum enlistment age from 17 to 16. More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, already have adopted the policy."
NEW OPPORTUNITIES - With I-SNPs, Nursing Homes Can Thrive Under ‘the Godfather’ of Value-Based Care -
"As continues to gobble up an increasing share of skilled nursing reimbursements, more providers are exploring the idea of launching their own plans — and while the numbers are small, the opportunity can be great. Specifically, SNF providers can launch Institutional Special Needs Plans, or I-SNPs, a specific type of specifically geared at caring for nursing home residents."
"Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tore into Democrats during a Thursday House Oversight Committee hearing, reminding the selective-outrage brigade that "Not One Single So-Called Cage Has Been Constructed By The Trump Administration... not one."
SAD REMINDERS - Remains of more than 20 American service members killed in bloody WWII battle return home -
"More than 20 American service members who were killed in a bloody World War II battle are finally back on U.S. soil – and are one step closer to getting the burials they rightfully deserve. An Air Force plane carrying the remains of 22 who died during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 – which took place on and around the remote island of Betio in the Pacific – landed Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The caskets containing the remains, which were draped in American flags, were then carried off the aircraft by Marines as part of a ceremony."
"Bransfield resigned last September. An investigation by the diocese highlighted Bransfield’s lavish spending habits and called into question his conduct. The diocese announced in March that Bransfield could not practice ministry services within the state.-
OBAMA CAUGHT "RED" HANDED - Emails Show Dossier-Connected Top Obama State Department Officials Set ‘Face-to-Face’ Meeting on ‘Russian Matter’ in NY in September 2016 -
(In June 2016 Nuland permitted a meeting between Steele and the FBI’s legal attaché in Rome. Nuland told CBS News that the State Department knew about the Steele dossier by July 2016.) According to an op-ed Winer wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, also in September 2016, “Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier… I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this material.” The documents obtained by Judicial Watch also show that State Department officials continued to use unsecure BlackBerry devices for the transmission of classified material more than a year after Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecure, non-government system was revealed."
COSTLY MISTAKE - Mom misdiagnosed with cancer underwent chemotherapy, mastectomy, lawyers claim -
"A mother of two and her lawyers claim that she had already undergone chemotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery when she was told that she never even had cancer in the first place. Sarah Boyle, 28, told SWNS that her lawyers obtained an admission of liability from the hospital trust, but she wants more parameters put in place so that it can’t happen to any other patients."
"In recent years Cardinal Sarah has shifted towards a more prophetic mode, warning us in a series of books and speeches that an apostasy is underway in many parts of the world, and in some parts of the Church. There is something of Elijah – speaking for the faith in a time of infidelity – in that too. He shocked many with his address at the 2015 synod on the family, when he spoke of “Beasts of the Apocalypse” in regard to Western decadence and jihadist extremism. Cardinal Sarah never went to the finishing school where many bishops learn how to speak without ever giving offence."
GREAT LOVE - Fulton Sheen’s brilliant guide to Jesus’s last hours -
"The book is arranged in seven chapters and addresses each of the seven last words of Jesus from the Cross. It is clear from reading them that Sheen passionately pondered Jesus’s last hours as a lover, not just as a scholar. His meditation on the words of the Good Thief is particularly affecting: “In a single moment, a soul with a genuine fear of God can come to a greater understanding of the purpose of life than in a lifetime spent in the study of the ephemeral philosophies of men.”
IMPORTANT VITAMIN - Vitamin D deficiency warning: This feeling should NOT be ignored and could be a symptom -
"VITAMIN D is known as the sunshine vitamin and with the glorious summer days well and truly upon us deficiency of the vitamin might not be on many people’s minds. However, many are unaware that they are deficient and if you notice this feeling it could be a sign of deficiency. Do you have it?"
GOOD ADVICE - Medjugorje: Advice from Heaven …Mirjana: “To keep the devil away, houses should be blessed regularly and you should keep at least one sacred object in the home.” -
"The devil is not in them, but they’re under the influence of the devil, although he enters into some of them. To prevent this, at least to some extent, the Madonna said we need communal prayer, family prayer. She stressed the need for family prayer most of all. Also, every family should have at least one sacred object in the house, and houses should be blessed regularly."
"Following President Donald Trump’s plans to deport “millions” of undocumented migrants, the United States Conference of Catholic bishops (USCCB) released a statement acknowledging that nations have a right to protect their borders, while urging attention toward the root causes of migration."
.“Enforcement actions like those anticipated this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency separate families, cause the unacceptable suffering of thousands of children and their parents, and create widespread panic in our communities,” the cardinal said in a statement released on July 16. “I condemn such an approach, which has created a climate of fear in our parishes and communities across the country.”
COMMENTARY: Every country has the right to enforce their laws. As sad and as difficult it is for illegal immigrants to be deported and separated from their families, it is unfair to the immigrants who came here legally. They had to go through a learning process in order to become citizens, and it is very unfair to them when others can break the law and come here without going through any type of legal processing. It is also a great scandal for Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops to be encouraging people to break our laws by making statements that are political and filled with false compassion. vtb
"All these things were undermined, some subtly, some quite violently, following the Council: Friday abstinence was abolished, many devotional images in churches were smashed, and the Mass was made to look and sound so much more like a Protestant service that it became possible to use some identical liturgical texts."
"Vocations come out of families, outside encouragement, traditional devotions, prayer, and discernment. Large and expensive national programs and conferences, while flashy and impressive, do not appear to have a significant impact on vocations."
"Another respected theologian is sounding the alarm on the upcoming Amazon Synod, saying it is an attempt to “create another church” by “demolishing” the true Church from within. Monsignor Nicola Bux, a theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during Benedict XVI’s pontificate, said in a recent interview that “what we are facing is an the attempt to genetically modify the Church.”
"Adherence to meatless Fridays continues throughout the calendar year, despite widespread confusion on the subject by many Catholics. An expert answer found on the EWTN website clarifies. “Traditional doctrine of Christian spirituality” concludes that an integral “part of repentance, of turning away from sin and back to God, includes some form of penance…” Our ability to “remain on the narrow path and be saved” depends on this practice. Both Jesus and His disciples implemented this from the earliest times. Luke 5:35 tells us that the disciples practiced this discipline once He departed."
FROM "FATHER Z" - URGENT ACTION ITEM: Note from long-time reader who is dying -
"Pray please for me to make a holy death. I have been too attached to this wonderful beautiful world including all you my wonderful friends. I have been blessed in my friends. I need your prayers. Please remember me. I love you all more than i can say."
CATHOLIC IN NAME ONLY - Joe Biden’s healthcare plan would make abortions more frequent and more dangerous - "Biden, who once described himself as a Catholic “personally opposed” to abortion, wants to push abortion on the American people from almost every front, starting with codifying it into law. According to Biden’s official campaign site, the Democratic candidate for president intends to push for the codification of “the constitutional right to abortion” into federal law, removing it from the purview of the Supreme Court. Abortion activists have been pushing for federal abortion legislation as a way to keep abortion legal in the event that a pro-life Supreme Court reverses course." BAND OF BUTCHERS - Every Democrat Running for President Supports Abortions Up to Birth and Infanticide -
"I know that every time the usual suspects bash President Trump for “false” or “distorted” comments about Democrats and their ever-more-extreme posture on abortion, I will now think of a new video ad put out by the Republican National Committee."
"A reminder that Planned Parenthood targets African-Americans by placing its abortion centers in historically black neighborhoods to prey on black women."
"He warned that “if the West is not blocked, if no one hits the breaks, humanity will collapse. The religion of Islam and the Muslim world will do this service of blocking and hitting the breaks. In one way or another.” He further said that “the imperialist Zionists want to take the world under the domination of Israel by starting a civil war between Muslims and Christians in Europe. If this war does not happen as they want it to, they may be erased from history.”
“With the thousands of others who have voiced their concern in recent days, we wish to express our alarm at the unprecedented way in which the Westminster Parliament has used the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to rush through legislation which will have a devastating impact on the right to life of unborn children,” read a July 17 statement from the four bishops whose dioceses include territory in Northern Ireland.
"Because of her still robust Catholicism, Poland’s “pride” parades remain freak shows fueled largely by foreign money, know-how, propaganda, experts, and other forms of support. This is also the case elsewhere in the Intermarium—i.e., between the Black, Baltic, and Adriatic Seas—or the old post-Soviet zone."
"The Vatican-China agreement reached in September 2018 has intensified the PRC's animosity toward the underground Catholic Church in China and left a wake of confusion for faithful Catholics in China and abroad."
NO SURPRISE - Ayatollah Khamenei declares Iran will “certainly continue to violate nuclear commitments” -
"Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has vowed “that Iran will continue violating the nuclear deal until European powers meet Tehran’s demands.” Khamenei directed his rage toward the UK for “seizing an oil tanker that was violating European sanctions against shipping oil to Syria,” and threatened retaliation."
“Due To A Poor Harvest Season, We Are Experiencing Shortages On Many Of Our Canned Vegetable Items” -
"Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) all voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on Monday evening. Their votes put them at odds with not just the general public, but Democratic voters. A vast majority of voters, including those who identify as pro-choice, support providing care to newborns who survive abortion; 70 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents, and 86 percent of Republicans back the policy, according to the McLaughlin & Associates poll commissioned by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List."
"President Donald Trump spoke at the White House about new protections for conscience rights for pro-life healthcare workers who refuse to participate in abortions."
A LONG LIFE - This Georgia woman is celebrating her 108th birthday! -
"According to her family, Howard was born on Feb. 24, 1911 in Wilkes County, Ga. She was the oldest of 10 children and remembers riding the family horse many places. Family members said she was so petite that the store owner would help her off horse and into the store, and then helped her back on the horse after she'd gotten her groceries."
"Harlow asked the Sheriff, who has been on several news shows on Fox and others, about a tweet he sent out implying that if Black lives mattered the protesters would be outside abortion clinics because of the high numbers of black babies killed by abortion."
HEROIC ACT OF DEVOTION - Cardinal Sarah: St. John Paul II ‘forced his broken body to kneel’ before Eucharist -
"MILAN, Italy, June 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics should follow Pope St. John Paul II's example of kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, Cardinal Robert Sarah said, noting that the late pope knelt even until his last days. The cardinal also highlighted St. Teresa of Calcutta's reverence for the Eucharist, noting that she once said nothing brought her more sadness than Communion on the hand. Sarah spoke Tuesday at the 2017 Sacra Liturgica conference in Milan about "the beauty, appropriateness, and pastoral value" of receiving Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue. Sarah is the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, essentially making him the Vatican's liturgy chief."
"Democratic members of Congress want taxpayers to subsidize their housing, signing onto legislation that would allow them to deduct living expenses for members of the House of Representatives."
BRAVE SOLDIER - “Totally Fearless” Vietnam Hero Finally Awarded the Medal of Honor -
"A battalion of Marines who served in the Vietnam War was determined to see their leader, Sergeant John Canley (a gunnery sergeant at the time), receive the Medal of Honor for service, for his leadership during the war’s week-long, bloody Battle of Hue in 1968. After their commander was seriously injured, Canley, of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, immediately took control to help and protect his men. Although wounded by shrapnel himself, he did not allow his injuries to deter him. He led an operation that vanquished the enemy, saved dozens of lives, and helped get his wounded men to safety when the battle was over."
The U.S. Department of Education will partner with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to help streamline the process for disabled veterans to have their student loan debt cancelled. “Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed much for our country," U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. "It is important that, in return, we do all we can to give them the support and care they deserve. Simplifying the loan forgiveness process and proactively identifying veterans with federal student loans who may be eligible for a discharge is a small but critical way we can show our gratitude for veterans’ service.”
SHOULD BE A FELONY - Omar Has Agreed to Repay Thousands After Investigation Into Marriages -
"Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will repay thousands after the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she filed tax returns claiming she was married to one man when she was married to another. Omar has agreed to repay $3,500 and a $500 fine amid the investigation into allegations she misused campaign funds..."
"Flags at the Pennsylvania Capitol and other state buildings will fly at half-staff to honor three U.S. Marines who have ties to the state and were killed in the line of duty. Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered the flags lowered through sunset Sunday. Two of the Marines were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan on Monday. The parents of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman live in the York area, and 31-year-old Sgt. Benjamin Hines was from the York area."
"The Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., passed a resolution last week to stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer. The resolution to stop using "gendered language for God" was passed quickly by delegates to the Diocese's 123rd Convention. “If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the resolution stated."
VOTER FRAUD - Kentucky Set to Remove Up to 250,000 Inactive Voters as Part of Court Consent Judgment with Judicial Watch -
"Judicial Watch announced today that in June Kentucky mailed address confirmation notices to 250,000 voters who are believed to have moved, thanks to a consent judgment agreed to by the Commonwealth. These registrations are probably outdated and will be cancelled if the voters fail to vote in future elections or to confirm their current addresses. The Judicial Watch victory in Kentucky is in addition to the Judicial Watch victory in California, where up to 1.6 million inactive names are set to be removed from voter registration rolls in Los Angeles County. In the consent judgment, Kentucky acknowledges that the state is not in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act..."
A GREAT SPOKESWOMAN - VIDEO - Kellyanne Conway says White House is sick and tired of people who don't respect America -
"...“69% think Congress ought to investigate the origins of the Justice Department's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including 76% of Democrats, 69% of independents and 62% of Republicans.” In other words, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the Obama Justice Department’s actions in 2016 should be investigated. The American people want answers about the Steele dossier, the FISA court approval of the wiretap, everything. What did Obama know, and when did he know it? Why did the Obama administration not do more to prevent or stop Russian cyber attacks?"
PARENTS NEEDED - Trump encourages adoption: It ‘signals every child – born or unborn – is wanted and loved’ -
“Adoption is a blessing for all involved. It provides needed relief to birth parents, who may not, for whatever reason, be in a position to raise a child,” the president said Wednesday. “It fosters loving homes for children. It enables individuals to grow their families and share their love. And it fosters strong families, which are integral to ensuring strong communities and a resilient country.”
"Doctors urged the 35-year-old from Portsmouth, England to abort her unborn babies so surgeons could remove the cancer, according to The Sun. But Anderson refused. Today, her twins Buddy and Preslee are 6 months old and doing well. Anderson said she is so glad she chose life for her twins, and refused to take her doctors’ advice."
“We are deeply concerned about the President’s action to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, which circumvents the clear intent of Congress to limit funding of a wall,” the joint statement read. “The wall first and foremost is a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries. We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.”
"The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a cover up by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history."
"Eucharistic Adoration is a deeply personal method of prayer that many saints have recommended over the past few centuries. It consists of visiting a church or small chapel to adore Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics we believe that “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist."
"Richard Gallagher, a board-certified psychiatrist and professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College, says he has personally encountered demonic possession, and is convinced that possession is much more widespread than anybody is willing to admit."
"Vicky Harper, age 24, was struggling financially when she found out she was pregnant with her third child. Worried and afraid, she decided that she should abort her baby, rather than raise a third child under the age of five. Her boyfriend Kennan McIvor, age 19, assured her that he would take care of her and the baby, but Harper was set on aborting."
"A Michigan school district has stopped the practice of allowing members of one biological sex to use the restrooms of the opposite sex after parents pulled their two sons out of elementary school over the issue."
"Extremely intense and relentless spiritual warfare. That’s how we really need to see the work of praying and interceding for the president of our nation. We need to pray for him and all other leaders as well. We need to see the critical importance of the church in prayer doing kingdom work for God."
GOOD COMPETITION - Republican Immigrant From Jamaica To Challenge Ocasio-Cortez In 2020 -
"A Republican immigrant businesswoman active in politics launched a campaign Wednesday to run against current Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2020. Scherie Murray, an immigrant from Jamaica, is the fifth Republican to file for Ocasio-Cortez’s seat. The other Republicans are former police officer John Cummings, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez, medical journalist Ruth Papzian and entrepreneur Antoine Tucker, Fox reported.
"This series represents a continuation of NCR's look at the effect of money, largely making its way through the expanding and uniquely American non-profit system, on the Catholic narrative both inside the church and beyond. EWTN is one of the major vehicles for that narrative."
COMMENTARY: The National "Catholic" Reporter has for years distorted the Voice of the Church. They did not fair well under Saint John Paul II or Benedict XV, but now under the liberal Pope Francis they have become more bold, and unashamed to show their true Left Wing colors. vtb
"Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to strike the words “alien” and “illegal alien” from the government’s legal code, arguing that the terms are hurtful to the immigrant community."
3 September, 2017 - (Book) Pope says marriage can only be between a man and a woman and ‘we cannot change it’ -
"By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis has said in a new book-length interview. “We cannot change it. This is the nature of things,” not just in the Church, but in human history," he said in a series of interviews with Dominique Wolton, a 70-year-old French sociologist and expert in media and political communication. Published in French, the 417-page book, Politique et Société (“Politics and Society”) will be released on September 6, 2017."
COMMENTARY: Francis covers many subjects, but on the grave moral issue of homosexuality, he is silent except for the teaching on same sex marriages - He conveniently avoids giving the Word of Almighty God on the evil of homosexual relations. That is not the mark of a good shepherd. The Church needs firm, clear teachings. And why would you "bury" your teachings in a book written by another individual? In addition, Francis is rather vague as to his explanations on the following issues:
"Church leaders are used to “frozen norms” and “fixed standards”, but when they ask, ‘Can we give Communion to divorcees?’ I reply, ‘Speak with the divorced man and woman, welcome, accompany, integrate and discern”, which opens a path and a way of communication to lead people to Christ."
So is giving Holy Communion to divorced people who have not received an annulment according to God's Law and the teachings & tradition of the Church? Unlike Saint Pope John Paul II (who did not agree with him), Francis skirts around this question and does not give a clear answer. If there are no "norms" to follow, then every moral issue is open to interpretation and may be applied on an individual basis, and not a uniform basis.
That can only result in confusion which is now happening in the Church due to this type of "cloudy" thinking. The consequences being that every doctrine and traditional teaching can now be questioned with (following the example of Pope Francis), liberal ideas being preferred over previously clear and organized teachings.
When asked about the Church’s “just war” theory, the Pope said the issue should be looked into because “no war is just. The only just thing is peace.”
This is not a Church teaching, its an opinion. Of course there are "just" wars. All nations have the right to defend themselves and help conquer evil men who would enslave or destroy their country.
The Pope praised those psychoanalysts who are able to be “open to humanism and to dialogue with other sciences," particularly medicine and homeopathy. “Those whom I have known have helped me a lot at one point in my life when I needed consultation,” he said, describing how met with a Jewish psychoanalyst once a week for six months when he was 42 “to clear up certain things."
Without question, psychoanalysts are able to help people. but why would a priest who is confused about his life need the advice of a psychoanalyst? Is not the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Rosary, the Holy Bible, and the sanctifying grace received from a good Confession and the reception of Holy Communion enough to bring an individual the wisdom needed to overcome his doubts about his life and the Mission God has given him? And if these are not enough, why not seek the advice of a holy priest? Unless a "psychoanalyst" is a truly holy individual, deeply familiar with your Catholic Faith, your not going to receive spiritual wisdom, but the wisdom the world teaches. vtb
"Their dour, unsmiling archbishop was turned overnight into the smiling, jolly Pope Francis, the idol of the people with whom he so fully identifies. If you speak to anyone working in the Vatican, they will tell you about the miracle in reverse. When the publicity cameras are off him, Pope Francis turns into a different figure: arrogant, dismissive of people, prodigal of bad language and notorious for furious outbursts of temper which are known to everyone from the cardinals to the chauffeurs."
COMMENTARY: It may not all be true, but there is a significant amount of information and testimonies that provide ample evidence of the true character of Pope Francis. vtb
"But it is not only the world which lives in the frenzy and in the vapid and demagogic discourse. The Church herself, in her doctrinal and moral teaching, lives today in a cacophony, in the confusion of theses, in the duplicity, in the double or triple truth, in an avalanche of interpretations and a pastoral demagogy which one could consider to be a great ecclesiastical disorder."
"In the present moment there is confusion and error about the most fundamental teachings of the Church, for example with regard to marriage and the family. For instance, the idea that people who are living in an irregular union could receive the sacraments is a violation of the truth with regard both to the indissolubility of marriage and to the sanctity of the Eucharist."
COMMENTARY: Yes Francis, that is true. The Left is always looking for "new ways" to slander people, change history and traditions, weaken or destroy the family, kill and murder the unborn, and tell lies to the general public. This is the Francis we are up against. Therefore, we must pray for his soul everyday, whether it be at Holy Mass, through the Holy Rosary, or the Divine Mercy Prayers. vtb
COMMENTARY: Dear Francis, when you excuse, tolerate, or sympathize with evil, you become a part of it. vtb
"This video is from a press conference of Larry Sinclair about his interactions with president Obama."
“When President Obama was running for president, I had some friends in the gay community who informed me that he was going to say that he was for marriage between a man and a woman in his first term to get elected but he would take the issue up in his second term, and that’s what he did. So first of all, he deceived America,” Owens said.
"1. It Is Not Marriage - Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and well being of the spouses."
DIFFICULT, SAD CASE - The (then) teenager convicted in a controversial suicide texting case has appealed to the US Supreme Court -
"In 2014, when Michelle Carter was 17 years old, she encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself via text message, both in the days leading up to his death and as he was attempting suicide. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 in a Massachusetts juvenile court. The ruling set an unusual precedent. Her words, written at a distance, were considered criminal acts. That decision was upheld by Massachusetts appeals courts. Now she’s challenging the conviction again."
"A decorated Green Beret on his seventh combat tour was identified Sunday as the U.S. service member killed in action in Afghanistan. Sgt. Maj. James “Ryan” Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas, died Saturday in Faryab Province “as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations,” the Pentagon said. "We’re incredibly saddened," said Sartor’s commander Col. Brian Rauen, KKTV reported. "Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professionals. He led his soldiers from the front, and his presence will be terribly missed."
POOR FIGHTERS - Dems, opponents of the Census citizenship question have won the battle – and lost the war -
"Democrats thought they had scored a historic victory with their cynical ploy to run out the clock so that the Trump administration wouldn’t have time to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census. They were wrong. The opponents of the census question perverted the American legal system in order to get what they thought they wanted – and President Trump just turned their efforts into a giant “own goal.”
"In 1998, St. John Paul II wrote an entire apostolic letter on “The Lord’s Day,” in which he expounded on the Catholic observance of the Sabbath and what that looks like in the modern world. It is a remarkable letter that reflects on the recent cultural shift away from a more deliberate observance of Sunday as a special day of prayer and rest."
"Popularly endorsed one-liners and striking gestures have been the hallmark of his pontificate right from Day 1, March 13, 2013, when Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected Pope in succession to Benedict XVI. According to a Chilean sexual abuse victim, Juan Carlos Cruz, Pope Francis told him during a private meeting at the Vatican that his being homosexual was OK."
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis has caused great scandal that has spread throughout the Christian and secular world. His approval of homosexual lifestyles is a grave, grave sin, as well as his refusal to condemn the U.S. Democratic Party for their approval of First Degree Murder right up to, and even after the birth of a child! He will face a severe Judgement from the Lord if he does not repent and change his ways. He needs many, many prayers for his conversion because of the hardness of his heart. vtb
AN ACCURATE OPINION? - Google VP Karan Bhatia: Google isn't politically biased and doesn't censor conservative speech -
"I believe that the Internet and products like Search and YouTube have created opportunities for the expression of diverse political views and a more dynamic political discourse in America – for the benefit of everyone."
COMMENTARY: Misleading statements? To test her honesty, run a search on Google on a conservative topic and see how many liberal opinions pop up. vtb
BUY AMERICAN- President Trump continues to deliver on his promise to 'Buy American, Hire American' -
"Candidate Donald J. Trump promised his administration would follow two simple rules: “Buy American and Hire American.” Monday, during the third annual Made in America Showcase at the White House, President Trump will sign the latest in a series of executive orders keeping that promise. The Buy American Act requires federal agencies to procure domestic iron, steel, and other materials and products for federal projects like airports, roads, and bridges. That’s good policy for at least three reasons. Buy American federal procurement rules provide good manufacturing jobs at good wages, propelling more workers into middle-class prosperity."
HISTORY LESSON - Remarkable 95-year-old film discovered in junk shop shows 1920s Kansas in stunning detail -
"The 5-minute silent video was posted to YouTube by the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Crowds of onlookers are seen watching the “Boys Loyalty Parade,” that took place on May 1, 1924. A celebration of youth, the parade features marching bands, floats and even bicyclists. At various points, streetcars and early 20th-century cars and trucks can be seen passing by."
PROTECTING OUR FUTURE RIGHTS - Trump has nominated over 125 judges, solidifying his judicial legacy -
"Trump is far ahead of recent presidents for appeals court confirmations, which an analyst calls the "big leagues" of the judiciary system. "There’s no question that President Trump has been incredibly effective at putting people on the appellate courts — in fact, he’s gotten more than twice as many appeals court judges than most of the other presidents,” Mark Carl Rom, a Georgetown University government and public policy professor, told Roll Call."
"In an era where terrorists often target Christians and radical Islam is tainting peace-loving Muslims, one brave Christian evangelist is building bridges in places so dangerous, most travelers have written them off."
VERY TRUE! - Jon Voight: Trump The "Greatest President Since Abraham Lincoln" -
"Actor Jon Voight delivered a two-part video message on Twitter where he declared Trump the "greatest president since Abraham Lincoln." JON VOIGHT: People of the Republican party, I know you will agree with me when I say that our president has our utmost respect and our love."
"Pope Francis is an equal opportunity offender. No matter where you place yourself along the Catholic Church's broad spectrum – right, left or center; conservative or liberal; traditional or progressive – if you are not challenged and even disturbed by some of the things this pope says and does, then you are not paying attention.And that includes any of you who may consider yourselves "Pope Francis groupies" or "my-pope-right-or-wrong" Catholics. If he is not getting just a little bit under your skin then you are not listening, either."
COMMENTARY: The pope is not the "Church." Lay people who truly love the Church want a pope who values tradition and doctrine, and not someone acting like a politician who wants to change the Church to suit his own often misguided set of values. Unfortunately, the above article waters down the truth about the papacy of Francis and centers on the harm air conditioners cause to the environment. See: MISGUIDED LIBERAL POPE
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"Milwaukee (Wisconsin) police confirmed a 3-year-old girl died following a road rage shooting Saturday, July 13 on Milwaukee's north side -- and one man was taken into custody. Police said around 8:35 a.m., two vehicles almost collided near 42nd and Concordia. The driver of the vehicle with the victim inside drove away from the scene, and someone inside the other vehicle began shooting into the rear of the vehicle with the victim inside. One of those shots struck 3-year-old Brooklyn Harris."
"So, we have the Pope (Francis) and the General Superior of the Jesuits exerting strong public pressure over the judicial branch of the Brazilian government to free a criminal politician condemned for receiving bribes and still facing several other charges of corruption."
"U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said Friday that the Vatican’s agreement with China on the appointment of bishops ought to be made public so that it can be evaluated."
"We are a Christian nation founded upon the rock of biblical principles. This is why, unlike any other form of government, our constitution has survived over 243 years. It is up to each of us to pray, asking God to reveal our personal role in restoring America back to His original intention for our exceptional great nation."
"A short video showing scenes of the spiritual revival in Russia along with some footage from the Communist era."
"SHEUNG SHUI, Hong Kong — A protest movement that began in the heart of Hong Kong edged closer to the mainland Saturday as activists opposed to China's influence over the territory took their fight to the border."
TRUMP WINS! - Another Immigration Coup for Trump: Guatemala Agrees to Harbor Thousands of Asylum Seekers -
"Good news for the U.S. and for thousands of asylum seekers who show up at the U.S. border. An immigration official has told the New Yorker that as the result of a deal between the U.S. and Guatemala, "asylum seekers from any country who either show up at U.S. ports of entry or are apprehended while crossing between ports of entry could be sent to seek asylum in Guatemala instead."
"The protesters, who were mainly from West Africa, surged into the building at around midday... Tourists were evacuated from the mausoleum, where many of France's most famous figures are buried. The group called themselves the "black vests" - a reference to the yellow vest protest movement that spread through much of France earlier this year. They waved papers in the air, chanted, and demanded to hold talks with Prime Minister Édouard Philippe over their immigration status."
THE DEVIL AT WORK AGAIN- French Police Reported Nearly 900 Acts Of Anti-Catholic Vandalism In 2018. What Is Going On? -
"French police reported 129 thefts and 877 acts of vandalism in Catholic spaces in 2018, but neither the Church nor French media are calling attention to the widespread incidents..."
"Amidst a border crisis that has morphed into a national security and a humanitarian crisis, leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination have all but endorsed open borders. During the first of the candidate debates, the Democrats expressed broad support for decriminalizing illegal immigration. The candidates also expressed unanimous opposition to removing any illegal immigrant who is not also a violent felon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the same position."
PELOSI BREAKS THE LAW - Lt. Col. Allen West: ‘Pelosi just committed a high crime and misdemeanor’ over her ‘advice’ to illegals about how to avoid ICE agents -
"None of this has stopped the president from pressing ahead with the people’s demand for border security and immigration enforcement, as evidenced by the administration’s announcement this week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement internal operations to locate and deport aliens who have been ordered out of the country by a court would proceed sometime this weekend."
ZERO EVIDENCE - Mueller Report Shows No Evidence of ‘Systematic Efforts to Interfere in Our Election’ by Russia -
"Journalist Aaron Maté exposed Mueller’s deceptive and misleading claims with the veteran FBI spook’s own words for a recent article published by Real Clear Investigations. Maté draws attention to Mueller’s use of purposely vague descriptors indicating that he never really knew if Russians hacked Democratic Party emails and handed them over to WikiLeaks. Mueller writes that the Russian intelligence agency, the GRU, only appeared to steal “thousands of emails and attachments” from DNC servers in page 41 of his report."
"The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the Trump administration Friday in a case concerning the withholding of federal funds for local policing from so-called sanctuary cities. A three-judge panel of the court ruled 2–1 that the Justice Department could deny Community Oriented Policing Services grants to cities and states that have “sanctuary” policies prohibiting law-enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities."
THE TRUTH COMES OUT - Climate change hoax COLLAPSES as new science finds human activity has virtually zero impact on global temperatures -
"The climate change hoax has collapsed. A devastating series of research papers has just been published, revealing that human activity can account for no more than a .01°C rise in global temperatures, meaning that all the human activity targeted by radical climate change alarmists — combustion engines, airplane flights, diesel tractors — has virtually no measurable impact on the temperature of the planet."
“Mankind is being led by Satan to the deepest of the abysses, to the total condemnation of the soul…At the present time, all mankind is pending by a thread. If that thread is broken, many will be those that do not have salvation, for that reason I call you to the reflection, hurry up that we are running out of time, there will be no place for late comers.” Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolás (Catholic approved apparition)."
"It is a sad fact: today the Church seems to be engulfed in flames on all sides. We see her ravaged by a conflagration much more destructive than the one that razed the cathedral of Notre-Dame. What is this fire? We must have the courage to name it, because “to name things wrongly is to add to the misfortune of the world.” This blaze, this conflagration raging in particular through the Church in Europe, is a case of intellectual, doctrinal, and moral confusion. It is our cowardly refusal to proclaim the truth about God and man and to defend and transmit the moral and ethical values of the Christian tradition. It is our loss of faith and the spirit of faith, a losing sight of the objectivity of faith and thus a loss of the knowledge of God."
"A cart is a vehicle which is ordinarily pulled by a horse, so to put the cart before the horse is an analogy for doing things in the wrong order. The figure of speech means doing things the wrong way round or with the wrong emphasis. The idiom is about confusing cause and effect."
"Amazon Synod, a pretext to change the Church" -
"Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, rejects the Instrumentum Laboris without appeal.of the Synod for the Amazon:
"It comes from an ideological vision that has nothing to do with Catholicism". «They treat our Creed as if it were our European opinion, but the Creed is the Revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who lives in the Church. There are no other beliefs." " We must absolutely reject expressions such as "ecological conversion". There is only conversion to the Lord, and as a consequence there is also the good of nature ». "The sacraments are not rituals that we like and the priesthood is not a sociological category". "The Revelation of God in Christ becomes present in the sacraments, and the Church has no authority to change the substance of the sacraments."
NO RECONCILIATION- Cardinal Müller throws Monkey Wrench into SSPX-Rome Reconciliation -
“Cardinal Müller throws Monkey Wrench into SSPX-Rome Reconciliation: Vatican now demands Full Acceptance of Vatican II and Novus Ordo 'Mass.'"
HELPFUL ADVICE(PICTURE: Lightening strikes the Vatican Feb. 11, 2013, hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation) - These two books can help frustrated Catholics through a confusing papacy -
"The first book is Love for the Papacy and Filial Resistance to the Pope in the History of the Church by the esteemed and prolific professor Roberto de Mattei, one of the best Catholic historians writing today. He has the special merit of being unafraid to look at the dark side of Church history so as to shed light on our present situation."
"The second book is Subversive Catholicism: Papacy, Liturgy, Church by Martin Mosebach, author of the acclaimed book The Heresy of Formlessness. I cannot rival the publisher’s description: In this stirring and often surprising collection of essays, award-winning German novelist Martin Mosebach confronts the reader with Catholicism’s correctives to regionalism and the tyranny of fashion. He shows us how the great wonder and beauty of the traditional form of the Mass leads us to appreciate and recover our childlike faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He explains why popular devotion to Our Lady, in spite of the kitsch that often surrounds it, is more vital, permanent, and world-changing than mountains of learned discourse or political messianism."
Address to a General Audience, November 26, 1969 -
COMMENTARY - In analyzing the statements made by Pope Paul VI, they do not come across as deeply spiritual, but rather ignorant of Church history in regard to the Latin Mass. The reasons he gives for changing the Mass are weak and not based upon anything notable in the Sacred Scriptures. Nor does he explain why (with his approval) those instituting the New Rite ignored the infallible pronouncement by Saint Pope Pious V that stated the Mass, as approved by him, must not be changed.
The changes were also not necessary since the Church was prospering. They appear to have been made according to the spirit of the times. These changes also appear to have been made to appease Protestants in some sort of weak attempt to draw them into the Catholic Faith, which as we know now, was a huge failure. Rather than continuing to set an example for Protestants to imitate the manner of holiness offered at the Traditional Mass, the New Rite was to a degree, written to imitate the conduct and the proceedings at Protestant services.
Therefore, the priest now faces the people and often prays directly to them, rather than interceding for the people and praying to Almighty God. Although among the prayers said at Mass the priest says we are united through the Holy Spirit, the New Rite now also includes shaking hands with those around us as a "sign of peace." Ignored is the fact that germs are transferred through the hands and passed on among the people present. Although Communion Distributors must wash their hands before giving out the Host or the Cup, we can now receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ with unclean hands and we need not kneel before the King of Glory.
In addition, although the priest is not allowed to leave the altar, he often comes down among the people to shake some hands as a sort of social greeting. In fact, much of the atmosphere before and after Mass duplicates that of a social gathering. Little or no respect is paid to the Presence of the Lord in Church in the way of modest or proper dress. Talking out loud is permitted before and after Mass on a routine basis. And often the priest participates in these "social" discussions.
The Holy Spirit, through St. Paul, warns us, (especially priests) to be aware of pleasing the Lord, rather than man, but this too is ignored by many priests:
"For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
The above are some of the reasons why the New Rite, although valid, is vastly inferior to the Traditional Mass. However, the poetic richness of the prayers and the timeless beauty of the music are the most important reasons for the vast majority of those who love the Traditional Mass. How sad that our pope and our bishops fail to recognize this fact and give little thought to bringing it back, not to just one parish in their diocese, but to many parishes.
Vincent T. Bemowski
COMMENTARY: The above link is a long read, but provides all the information needed to confirm that the Latin Mass was not to be changed. Some important excerpts are also shown below:
Pope Pious V:
"Now therefore, in order that all everywhere may adopt and observe what has been delivered to them by the Holy Roman Church, Mother and Mistress of the other churches, it shall be unlawful henceforth and forever throughout the Christian world to sing or to read Masses according to any formula other than that of this Missal published by Us; this ordinance to apply to all churches and chapels... All other churches aforesaid are hereby denied the use of other missals, which are to be wholly and entirely rejected; and by this present Constitution, which shall have the force of law in perpetuity, We order and enjoin under pain of Our displeasure that nothing be added to Our newly published Missal, nothing omitted therefrom, and nothing whatsoever altered therein."
Given at St. Peter's, Rome, in the year of Our Lord's Incarnation one thousand five hundred and seventy, on the fourteenth day of July in the fifth year of Our Pontificate
"MÜLLER: I think it’s very idealistic. There’s no biblical foundation for it. We speak of collegiality of the bishops, but we now see in the so-called reform of the Curia that the Curia is in danger of turning into any other secular institution. All power is concentrated in the Secretariat of State. They don’t speak about the participation of the Roman Church or the Petrine authority of the Pope. They’re suppressing the word “congregation” [used for Vatican departments with executive authority], which is a translation of synodus in Greek."
WHOM DO WE BELIEVE? - Pope Francis ignored ‘terrifying dossier’ on top Vatican official’s sex abuse: Abp. Viganò -
"Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal ambassador who has accused Pope Francis of covering up sex abuse, has stated that the Vatican’s third most powerful prelate, Archbishop Peña Parra, was never given an “open and thorough investigation” for troubling accusations of sex abuse that date back decades. Archbishop Viganò said the high-ranking prelate was not investigated despite the existence of what he calls a “terrifying dossier” sent to Pope Francis that gives names and dates regarding his alleged misbehavior."
"In May, Life News distributed the phone number for French president Emmanuel Macron’s office, should citizens wish to appeal his death sentence. That number is +33142928100. Callers were instructed to say “Je téléphone pour sauver la vie de Vincent Lambert.”
Readers may wish to appeal to President Macron again at this time. 7/2/19: France’s highest appeals court has ordered Vincent Lambert’s food to be removed following a six-year-long legal battle for his life.
The 42-year-old nurse, now in a hospital in Reims, suffered an accident in 2008 which left him quadriplegic and with extensive brain damage. He is described by some as “semi-conscious,” and by others as being “in a vegetative state.”
Vincent can sleep and wake up, respond to some voices, can swallow, and breathe on his own. He is not dependent on machines to live, but he is dependent on nutrition and hydration being delivered in a special manner, like many people.
The Court of Cassation’s final ruling means that Lambert, who is not otherwise ill or at the end of his life, would be removed from food and water and left to die slowly, which can take 14 days or more. The decision cannot be appealed in France, but his parents are fighting the order and have threatened to press charges for murder if his food is removed. However, Vincent’s wife and six of his eight siblings believe he should be forced to die."
'After my trip last week to the southern border, my conviction is stronger than ever that President Trump is right: we have to build the wall. We have to turn off the magnets that attract that promote, encourage and allow migrants to enter our country under false pretenses."
"Gold Star Mom Amanda Jacobs spoke at the pro-freedom, anti-socialist "Rally for Freedom" in the nation's capital Independence Day morning and honored her heroic son, who lost his life fighting for liberty and reminded everyone that her son – along with other fallen heroes – have given more than any athlete has ever given."
COMMENTARY: Morally sick sports figures and their unpatriotic fans should be ashamed of their childish behavior. Those who gave their lives for our country and their families deserve our respect for the sacrifices they have made. Crybabies who refuse to honor our flag are disgusting human beings who act like spoiled brats. vtb
"I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country -- not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different and exceptional structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American."
"President Trump delivered remarks at the 2019 Fourth of July celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C."
LEADERSHIP IS LACKING - Cardinal Gerhard Muller: ‘True Reform of the Church Is About Her Renewal in Christ’ -
"In a wide-ranging interview that discusses the Pan-Amazon synod and the Church in his home country of Germany, the cardinal says Western Christianity is experiencing a crisis of faith and spiritual leadership."
MIRACLE - APPARITION OF SAINT ANTHONY AND A SPECIAL PRAYER AGAINST EVIL -
"In the 13th century, a Portuguese woman who'd been demonically oppressed resolved to do the unthinkable by taking her own life by drowning herself in the Tagus River. On her way to the river, she passed a shrine erected in honor of the great orator and miracle-worker, St. Anthony of Padua. She stopped to pray, one last time. As she prayed, she saw St. Anthony standing before her, saying, "'Arise woman, and take this paper, which will free you from the molestations of the Evil One." Then he gave her a parchment inscribed with what is now known as the "Brief (i.e., "Letter") of St. Anthony," 1 and she was now free from demonic oppression and the desire to do away with herself."
"Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, and some say the deadliest. It is deeply horrible that this summer great crowds gathered in London and other cities to celebrate it."
A HOLY ROAD- Israel unveils ancient road ‘where Jesus walked’ to temple -
"Israel officially opened a stairway, known as "Pilgrim's Road," that JESUS is believed to have walked on in ancient Jerusalem as another place with the significance of "biblical proportions" to billions, especially for Judeo-Christian visitors to the Holy Land. The City of David Foundation unveiled the 2,000-year-old main thoroughfare from Roman-era Jerusalem that it says served pilgrims ascending to the ancient Jewish Temple from the Pool of Siloam built by King Hezekiah. Until recently, it was hidden under a potato field and discovered by accident in 2004 after a pipe burst."
"Trump - The Unlikely Messenger - It’s quite a piquant irony that, of all people in America, this task fell to … Donald Trump. It was one thing when Patrick J. Buchanan delivered one of the great speeches in American political history. At the 1992 GOP Convention, he gave establishment GOP types heart failure. He announced what we can clearly see now in retrospect was true in every detail. That the U.S. was entering into a “religious war.”
That the left wanted to obliterate orthodox Christianity and American traditions, along with economic freedom and private property. Tame “conservatives” like William Bennett duly denounced Buchanan for being “divisive”...
Don’t Blame Trump - Donald Trump had no idea what he was letting loose. But we should be grateful to him for stepping up and winning in 2016, when any other Republican would have lost. That was all it took, to unseal this whole Pandora’s Box of Crazy. I don’t think everyone is actually grateful, though. Some conservatives and Christians irrationally resent the president. As if he had personally transformed a once-reasonable and patriotic Democratic Party into the huge, rich, crazy fringe party it is today."
"Adams said he believed the occasion would be "celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." He described how he believed Americans should mark the day: It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
"No matter how many times I read 1984, the feeling of total helplessness and despair that weaves itself throughout Orwell’s masterpiece never fails to take me by surprise. Although usually referred to as a ‘dystopian futuristic novel’, it is actually a horror story on a scale far greater than anything that has emerged from the minds of prolific writers like Stephen King or Dean Koontz. The reason is simple. The nightmare world that the protagonist Winston Smith inhabits, a place called Oceania, is all too easily imaginable. Man, as opposed to some imaginary clown or demon, is the evil monster."
"From the Editor’s Desk, Michael Matt examines the Holy Week symbolism of the French rooster. which the whole world saw plunge into the flames of Notre Dame. Was that an evil omen, or a good one? "
STIFF NECKED - There is a group of hard-core ideologues grouped around Francis -
"As always, these ideologues demand that you deny the evidence of your senses, including common sense, and ignore the principle of non-contradiction. It’s the alternate universe of 2+2=5. Their positions are irrational. With nearly sycophantic dedication they take everything Francis does as oracular, even the things that he gets wrong. And, if you decline to accept their zeal as your own, then their attitude and actions become like to the Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution, a New catholic Red Guard."
"Sister Diana Munoz Alba, a human rights lawyer and member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, poses for a photo outside Casa Betania Santa Martha June 29, 2019, in Salto de Agua, Mexico."
"An allergic reaction usually occurs soon after you or your child consumes milk. Signs and symptoms of milk allergy range from mild to severe and can include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems. Milk allergy can also cause anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening reaction. Avoiding milk and milk products is the primary treatment for milk allergy."
BLASPHEMOUS! - RHODE ISLAND PARISH ASSOCIATES PENTECOST WITH PRIDE MONTH -
"Angie," the author of the reflection, begins: "It is no coincidence to me that this year, the Feast of Pentecost coincides with Pride month, a time for the LGBTQ community to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village. Our weekend celebration is all about the radical work of the Spirit as we pray: 'Come, Holy Spirit, Come!'"
"Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication (engaging in sex without being married), avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers. Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Foolish, dissolute: without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death (the punishment of Hell) - and not only they that do them, but they also that CONSENT to them that do them" (APPROVE of their actions).
“The five stones helps heal and protect our five senses…and the five wounds are also the five aspects of the life of the following:
“Like in the image of the Divine Mercy, the white waters confession, the white waters of cleansing, the white waters of baptism. So you wash yourself clean by baptism, confession, by acts of contrition.
“You fill yourself up with the red rays, which are the Eucharist—the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, really, truly, substantially present in the most Holy Eucharist.
3) The Scriptures
“The very word of God, the Holy Bible. The very parables and teachings of Jesus Christ, coming to us by the Bible. This helps cleanse our memory and imagination.
“It helps us think about his teachings. We should read a little bit of the bible every day. Pray and study the bible. Catholic apologetics. Being able to explain and defend the faith to others who many not understand it or are against it.
4) Praying with the Heart
“Praying with Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary, and praying her rosary, especially, which is a summary of the life of Jesus through Mary. Talking to God-heart-to heart.
“Bodily prayer. Denying yourself food, maybe on Wednesdays and Fridays, which are the traditional fast days. Experiencing hunger, (of course taking care of your health), but also, we should be hungry for the Eucharist.
“So when you deny yourself food you could have, you are uniting yourself with the Holy Eucharist, because it reminds you that you are hungry for the bread of life.
“’Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have within life within you.’ Jesus says in John 6, ‘For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.'”
“Fasting is bodily prayer that makes us hungry for the Eucharist. When we experience hunger, it should make us more compassionate to our neighbors. It should make us more mindful of those who are going hungry. In fact two-thirds of the world goes hungry each night.
“Fasting also…makes us stronger…we read in the gospels that “only certain demons are cast out through prayer fasting.” The demons of impurity and lust are especially cast out with bodily fasting.”
German cardinal says Amazon synod is ‘heretical’, must be ‘rejected’ -
"ROME - German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, widely seen as a key opponent of Pope Francis, has penned a rare essay openly criticizing the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, saying the official preparatory document breaks with Catholic teaching. According to Brandmüller’s essay, published June 27 on the Settimo Cielo blog of Italian journalist Sandro Magister, the synod’s recently-published preparatory document “burdens the Synod of Bishops, and finally the Pope, with a grave breach with the depositum fidei, which in its consequence means the self-destruction of the Church or the change of the Corpus Christi mysticum into a secular NGO with an ecological-social-psychological mandate.”
"One particular devotion in the Catholic Church connected to the Passion of Jesus Christ is the honoring of his Precious Blood. It is a recognition of Jesus’ sacrifice and how he spilled his blood for the salvation of humanity. Furthermore, this blood is made present through the gift of the Eucharist and is something we can consume at Mass, along with the body of Christ, under the appearance of bread and wine."
"Pride Month has ended. Big corporations have shed their rainbow skins; the media’s daily celebration of drag queen shenanigans and sexualized children has trickled down to its ordinary amount. But The New York Times managed one last gay huzzah, and it was a shot at the Catholic Church to boot. On July 1, the Times published a piece by contributing opinion writer Margaret Renkl vilifying the Church as bigoted hypocrites. It was titled “How to Defy the Catholic Church.”
"New York legislature quickly pushed a bill (A2371) to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination through both the Assembly and Senate in one day with no public hearings. The unprecedented legislative coup, which cut the citizens of New York out of participating in the law-making process, culminated in the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, immediately signing the bill into law."
"Insects, which comprise two thirds of all terrestrial species, have been dying off at alarming rates, with disastrous impacts on food chains and habitats, researchers say. The home of the Amateur Entomology Society of Krefeld on the Dutch border is a former school building where thick curtains block out the sunlight. Inside in glass cabinets are stored thousands of butterflies, their wings bleached by time, along with exotic fist-sized beetles and dragonflies, brought back from around the world by amateur collectors."
"His twisted logic that if I really loved homosexuals, I would show it by accepting their wickedness and treat them “as other children of God” is Erebusic and morally opprobrious, but those are obviously character traits for him. Where in the Word of God is it written that to show love we must accept and ignore wickedness? Did/does God overlook sin and wickedness because He loved us enough to send His only begotten Son to die for our sins? Did Christ, the prophets, the Apostles or any godly person in scripture or history ever ignore wickedness as a sign of showing love? Of course, the answer is NO."
"Despite fallacious statistics promoted as fact, the percentage of homosexuals and lesbians have not exploded in number. It’s the number of people ACCEPTING perversion as natural and normal that has exploded, which is a massive indictment of the church."
"The Environmental Working Group (EWG) commissioned another round of glyphosate testing on 21 oat-based cereal and snack products. EWG purchased the products online, then packed and shipped about 300 grams of each to Anresco Laboratories in San Francisco. There, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry was used to analyze glyphosate levels. The chemical was found in all 21 products, with all but four of them coming in higher than EWG’s benchmark for lifetime cancer risk in children, which is 160 parts per billion (ppb). Cheerios and other breakfast cereals, granola bars and oatmeal squares are among the products commonly containing glyphosate residues."
"The unity of the Church has always been in danger, for centuries," he said. "It has been for all its history. Wars, internal conflicts, centrifugal forces, threats of schisms." "In the end the awareness that the Church is and must remain united has always prevailed," he added. "Its unity has always been stronger than internal struggles and wars." During the interview, Benedict clarified that he has always rejected efforts to treat him as an alternative to Francis. He reaffirmed that, though they have distinct personalities and different approaches to doctrine and liturgy, his relationship with Francis is a loyal and affectionate one."
COMMENTARY: While I have a great deal of respect for Pope Benedict XVI, the times we live in are not comparable to those "dangerous" times in the past history of the Church. What he is speaking of is not coming from the Holy Spirit, but from his own personal desire for "unity." Thus, what he says is a great disappointment to those who clearly see the signs of the times in which we live.
Unfortunately, many will see through Benedict's naive appraisal of the state of today's Church and lose some respect for him because his statements will only worsen things in the Church. The left-wing supporters of Francis will rejoice, but those who truly love the Church and desire Her to be renewed will be even more saddened by the liberal direction Benedict is approving of for the Church.
Regretfully, Benedict is not helping to clear out the "Smoke of Satan" in the Church (as Pope Paul VI described it), he is adding to it. vtb
" I am no prophet, but it does not take a prophet to know that we ought to be preparing ourselves for the most dramatic events in both the Church and the world in the days to come, in which it seems the Adversary is mounting a final assault that threatens to breach and overrun the citadel. God will never allow that attack to succeed, for it would destroy the Church. But by what terrifying prodigies will He have to repel it, given that — as this preposterous synod demonstrates — Rome in the human sense has unconditionally surrendered to the spirit of the age? Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us."
"The set of values developed by the early Romans called mos maiorum, Peter Turchin explains in War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires, was gradually replaced by one of personal greed and pursuit of self-interest."
“We are at the end of Christendom.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen said during a talk in 1947. Making clear he didn’t mean Christianity or the Church, he said, “Christendom is economic, political, social life as inspired by Christian principles. That is ending — we’ve seen it die. Look at the symptoms: the breakup of the family, divorce, abortion, immorality, general dishonesty.”
"The Greek philosopher Plato (428-347 BC) stated:
“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
(Ben) Franklin explained further:
“There will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able, in return, to give more to them. All history informs us, there has been … a kind of warfare between the governing and the governed; the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. …
Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries … and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.”
NOT A GOOD TREND- 10 Terrible Things Pinterest Still Allows While Choking Bible Verses And Pro-Life Info -
"As The Federalist’s primary, and only, male Pinterest authority, I felt obligated to weigh in on the latest controversy regarding Pinterest’s censoring of Live Action. Live Action is a pro-life advocacy group, one of our nation’s largest. A Pinterest employee discovered they had been flagged as pornography as an attempt to hide anything related, in what seems like an attempt to censor pro-life posts on Pinterest."
("Pinterest is the newest member of today's most popular social media websites, but instead of using written content as substance, it uses images and video.")
"It was not clear if Kim accepted the offer. Trump is the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea after he briefly crossed the inter-Korean border. "Stepping across that line is a great honor," Trump said after enjoying a short walk on the North Korean side. "A lot of friendships have been made. And this is in particular a great friendship."
GETTING TOUGHER - Germany toughens citizenship laws for terrorists and polygamists -
"The German parliament has revised the Nationality Act to make it tougher on those joining foreign terrorist groups, polygamists and naturalized citizens who committed fraud to gain citizenship."
FAR FROM NEUTRAL? - LEAK: New Google RESIST Doc Shows “Internal Beginner’s Guide To Protesting,” “Resist@Google” -
Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe: “This document leak is the fourth in a series of leaks from inside Google and their subsidiary, YouTube. This new document appears to show internal coordination of political protests which contradicts Google’s public statements that they are politically neutral. More tech insiders are coming forward and we will continue to work with them to expose the secrets of Silicon Valley.”
"I just have a wish: that the rift created between administration and students by unequivocal policy decisions about homosexuality would be taken seriously, as seriously as the moral, financial and Biblical issues. I’ve personally witnessed students develop disdain for professors and university officials over the topic of homosexuality, and vice versa. There are wounds and biases that run deep. Since Christian education values spiritual as well as educational growth, conversation between students and faculty is crucial."
"It is scary to see how radical the Democratic Party has become. They have taken the word "compassion" and used it for their political gain. Their ultimate goal seems to be the following: get as many illegals as possible, keep them here, get power, give them amnesty, and ultimately become a one-party country. In 2018 congressional races, 69 percent of Hispanics voted for Democrats. That is a dominating number and further explains why the Democratic Party sacrifices the safety of Americans for the sake of election outcomes."
PELOSI LOSES - ‘A betrayal’: Inside the bitter rift between Pelosi and Schumer over border bill -
"Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, she was blindsided. Nearly all Senate Democrats voted for a Republican-backed bill that kneecapped the House and marked the most embarrassing defeat for Pelosi in the six months since Democrats took over the chamber."
“We must be vigilant in protecting a WOMAN'S right to choose...”
HISTORIC TRIP - (FROM THE WHITE HOUSE) - President Trump is headed back to Washington after an historic trip. But before boarding AF1, he had one last event, too important to miss: a visit with our incredible troops at Osan Air Base -
"This man never stops. His energy is super human."
THE BEST CHOICE - Food for Thought: What Makes Oats So Much Healthier Than Other Whole Grains? -
"Oats are the only whole grain to be singled out as a true super food in my list of Everyday Super Foods. So what makes oats such a shining nutritional star? If you eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning, are you doing a good thing for your health? The research says yes…read on!"
"Research shows “vitamin H” may help prevent hair loss, regulate blood sugar and metabolize fats and protein."
"Liberal values embraced by many in Western nations have been destabilizing and clash with the best interests of most citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Thursday. In a discussion with Britain’s Financial Times, Putin said liberal policies are “obsolete,” and he pointed to Western immigration policies as a prime example, according to Reuters."
“The liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done. The migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected,” Putin told the FT, according to the report.
“What rights are these?” he asked. “Every crime must have its punishment.” Putin added that he didn’t agree with the West’s embrace of homosexuality and gender issues. “Traditional values are more stable and more important for millions of people than this liberal idea, which, in my opinion, is really ceasing to exist,” the Russian leader said, according to Reuters."
"When I first sat down to write this, I was adamant about my purpose: I wanted to rant that men are oppressed by forces that are no fault of their own. That man’s oppression is the fault of women. Or maybe culture. I wanted to project my feelings of frustration with the current state of manhood onto something else or someone else. I wanted to project my feelings because I felt like so many voices from the media, from the culture, and from modern feminism were pointing at me with the finger of blame for all of society’s problems. And these voices hurt me. They made me angry. The message I heard resonating from these voices was “You’re a man, so everything is your fault. You’re a man, so you don’t get a say about things. In fact, you shouldn’t even try to act like a man.”
"Amidst all the chaos, scandals, ambiguous interpretations, and assaults on Catholic teaching within the Church today — it is difficult not to be discouraged as a Catholic. The continuing barrage of scandal and apostasy emanating from the highest positions in the Church occurs on a weekly basis. The forces of evil and the tide of our culture at times can seem overwhelming. One could easily conclude by reflecting on many of today’s headlines that there appears to be little hope for a stronger and revitalized Church in the days ahead. But by taking a closer look beyond the typical news from the Vatican or the USCCB, we can see some pockets of light where true Catholic leadership is showing its face. It will be leadership like the following that will ultimately be required for the Church to rise above the miserable state in which she currently resides."
"One of my favorite saints is Catherine of Siena, who lived in 14th century Italy. The youngest of 25 children, she refused to marry, as her parents wished, and instead entered the Dominican Order. Catherine became known for her great holiness and spiritual insight, and had many followers; she also became known for her surprising influence with kings and popes, writing them stern letters of advice or correction when necessary. "
"The image of the sacred heart of Jesus is ancient. As St. John himself testified, “one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.” (John 19.15) St. John highlighted the sacred heart of Jesus “so that you may believe,” and so that you may see that God so loved the world. Our redemption flows from the heart of God Incarnate to unite our hearts to his sacred heart. So it is something extraordinary that on this Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the bishops would also make this the central image on which we should gaze as we speak about religious freedom and the common good."
"Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia rebuked Joe Biden, a Catholic who is running for the presidency, for caving into the Democratic Party’s pro-abortion doctrine when he declared that he now opposes the Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for abortion. “The unborn child means exactly zero in the calculus of power for Democratic Party leaders, and the right to an abortion, once described as a tragic necessity, is now a perverse kind of ‘sacrament most holy,’” stated Archbishop Chaput in a June 10 column that appeared on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website where he called Biden out by name."
COMMENTARY: Biden, along with the vast majority of Democrats believes you have the "right" to murder a human being up to, and even after birth. That not only makes him a "Catholic" in name only, but a hypocrite and
therefore not fit to be President of the United States. vtb
"The depressing context is the reaction of the Bishops of England and Wales to the order by the misnamed Court of Protection that a mentally disabled woman submit to a forced abortion. The order was made last Friday by Mrs Justice Lieven, an “activist judge” who in the past has been employed as a lawyer by the abortion industry. Now she has the power to don the metaphorical black cap – and uses it."
"If we’re to resolve the vocations crisis in the United States, it might be helpful to determine who’s seeking ordination already. A new study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University provides a trove of information that could explain precisely that. The most interesting statistic may be the age at which 2019’s American ordinands first considered a vocation to the priesthood. Just 36 per cent of men responded that they were 18 or older. Meanwhile, 40 per cent were between the ages of 5 and 13. That suggests it would be in the Church’s interest to pique boys’ own interest at a young age. Recruitment to the holy priesthood can’t begin too young."
"A lay Catholic website is calling for a boycott of an annual collection to be held this weekend in most U.S. parishes benefitting the pope’s designated charities. Complicit Clergy is urging the boycott of the Peter’s Pence collection, which is set for June 29-30 weekend Masses, stemming from Pope Francis’ controversial use earlier this year of half a million dollars from the collection to benefit Central American migrants in Mexico who are trying to enter the U.S. illegally."
"And Jesus answering, said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, (laws of nations) and to God the things that are God's. And they marveled at him."
"Cdl. Timothy Dolan had insisted on disinterring Sheen's body at 5 a.m. in order to avoid crowds and media publicity, and had in fact placed strict rules against any media being present during the event...Although Church law disallows public celebration in this instance, it does not forbid media; the prohibition of media was imposed by Cdl. Dolan, who is reportedly embarrassed after having lost multiple appeals in the protracted litigation and wanted the transfer done as quickly and as secretly as possible, away from cameras."
"Pro-life advocates also have expressed serious concerns about the safety of women, as well as the promotion of unborn babies’ abortion deaths on campuses across the state. Abortion activists said they hope the bill, the first of its kind in the nation, will prompt other states to do the same."
"He adds, "They're baptized, then we lose them until they make their first communion. Then we lose them until confirmation, and then we lose them for good." But he's not discouraged. "For vocations here in Fresno, I'm trying to plant seeds already. And how do you change it? You live a joyful life and you embrace this priesthood like never before and you remember why you became a priest in the first place," he says.
THERE ARE LIMITS - Disagreeing About Homosexuality Is Fine. Personally Attacking People Over It Isn’t -
"What is the line between commentary and cruelty, between disagreement and bigotry, between intolerance and hatred? As conservatives we are constantly challenged to define, explain, justify, and apologize for the social confusion over these questions. To the left, the answer is simple: if you do not fervently advocate a single, agreed-upon position, you are guilty of the most shameful of the options on this scale of social morality. But to the right the question is more fluid. We value critical disagreement, passionate advocacy, and respectful discord. We know that not everyone will agree with us, and we are not particularly injured by this knowledge."
"Legislators in California have discovered yet another way to make it clear that mainstream religions holding to the sexual teachings of their sacred texts have no business doing so in the Golden State. Why? Because these faiths, which billions of good people worldwide happily hold, do not embrace homosexuality. This includes the three largest: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. In a resolution that recently passed the state assembly, “the Legislature calls upon all Californians to embrace the individual and social benefits of family and community acceptance” of LGBT people. It singles out especially faith-motivated individuals and organizations."
"Trump invited a grateful survivor of bone cancer to the stage who gave the president credit for a 2017 health care law that she said saved her life. Natalie Harp, a millennial entrepreneur from California, fired up the crowd nearly as much as the president when talking about the “Right to Try” law that Trump signed in 2017 that enables terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental drugs before the medicines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration."
"Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Francesco Cavina from the Diocese of Carpi, Italy. Bishop Cavina, who is only 64 years old, explained that he was stepping down because of an investigation into municipal corruption. Although he denied wrongdoing, he said that the investigation, accompanied by intense media coverage, had stymied his pastoral leadership. Bishop Cavina had earned headlines in 2015 when he criticized public statements by Pope Francis, and again in 2018 when he led an effort to bring Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British child, to Rome for treatment.
SICK SOCIETY - Huge child porn ring bust in Toronto shows sickness in our society -
"A child pornography ring operating in Toronto was busted this week by Toronto police. The computer servers were housed in a building in North York. It's frightening to think that families live in a neighbourhood while this evil and demonic activity was routinely taking place. The worldwide Internet service made hardcore child pornography available to customers for a fee. The police referred to the activities as a "big box store" and described the computer files as "really, really horrific."
THE FULL TRUTH- It was only a few months ago that Democrats were dismissing the crisis at the border as manufactured by Trump -
"Now they’re comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps and blaming Trump for “putting kids in cages.” But for those still trying to blame President Trump, Barack Obama’s former ICE chief, Thomas Homan, has a reality check for them. Speaking at a conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, Homan explained that the “cages” Democrats are blaming on Trump were the product of the Obama administration:"
"Although Pope Francis has ordered a change in the Our Father prayer -- a prayer given to the world by Jesus Christ -- the Catholic Church in Scotland said it has no plans to accept the Pope's version of the prayer, and the Catholic Church in England and Wales also said it has no plans at this time to change the Our Father, although the issue will be studied...The change in the prayer was made official in late May and is now included in a new edition of the Italian Missal, the prayer book Catholics use at Mass. "The Lord's prayer has been changed in the Italian language -- there are no plans at present for it to change in English," said a spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, reported Christian Today."
NO TOLERANCE - 7 Christian families forced from home as Hindu mob demands they renounce Christ -
"When the families refused the demands to convert, the villagers became violent. The villagers reportedly threatened the Christian families with excommunication, a ban from using the village road, a ban from accessing community water as well as exclusion from all government rations. Additionally, about 12 kids were said to have been banned from going to the local school."
"During Wednesday night’s Democrat presidential debate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) boasted that she has forsaken the values instilled in her by her parents. Gabbard said that, in her youth, she embraced the values she learned growing up in “a socially conservative home” – but, today, she renounces them, especially when it comes to support of traditional marriage:"
"In a Thursday letter, Pelosi said that while the House is "gravely disappointed" in the Senate for passing their own immigration legislation, "the children come first." "Therefore, we will not engage in the same disrespectful behavior that the Senate did in ignoring our priorities. In order to get resources to the children fastest, we will reluctantly pass the Senate bill," the letter continues..."The turnaround came after moderate Democrats flexed their power within the caucus by joining with House Republicans to urge Pelosi to simply vote on the bipartisan Senate bill before lawmakers leave Washington for next week’s recess."
"The following is not a story coming out of the rumor mill. The priest whose testimony is given below [was] the pastor of a Catholic Church in Florida. The testimony was on the website of the parish. Fr. Jose Maniyangat is currently in independent ministry in Jacksonville. He was the pastor of St. Mary’s Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Macclenny, Florida. Here is his personal testimony:"
TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE - Pope Francis 'profoundly saddened' at image of drowned migrant father and daughter -
"Martinez and his daughter died while attempting to swim across the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border after they were unable to make an official request to U.S. authorities for asylum from El Salvador, the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, reported."
COMMENTARY: As terrible as this tragedy is, the loss of the life of a human being through an abortion up to the time of birth, or to let a baby die after birth, is even more horrible. Yet, Pope Francis remains silent about the approval of these first degree murders by the Democrat Party, and continues to focus on immigration due to his vengeful attitude towards Trump and any other government leader who does not approve of mass or unlawful immigration. vtb
"Stunning new information just released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) shows that the Obama administration stepped up efforts – just days before President Trump took office – to undermine Trump and his administration. The ACLJ, where I serve as chief counsel, has obtained records that show the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, under Director James Clapper, eagerly pushed to get new procedures as part of an anti-Trump effort. The procedures increased access to raw signals intelligence before the conclusion of the Obama administration, just days before President Trump was inaugurated."
"You should have never put yourself in that position," then-Msgr. Trautman, vicar general in the diocese of Buffalo, New York in the 1980s, reportedly told an unnamed teen victim of Fr. Michael Freeman. In another case, Freeman also allegedly molested James Bottlinger, who turned down a $650,000 offer from the diocese — the largest single payout through its victims compensation fund — choosing to sue the diocese instead for keeping in ministry a priest it knew to be a sexual predator.
"I don't want the Church to determine here's some money, go away," said Bottlinger at a press conference Tuesday. "I'd like the trial to happen to see how much of the story we can get out. To get the church to come to the table and admit the wrongdoings."
“Modesty is more than just the length of a hemline. It’s about our conversations, how we treat people, and how we love others. Modesty protects our purity and the mystery of a person. In our society, it gets a bad rap. It’s actually quite attractive.” Referencing the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2522-2523), she continued, “Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet.”
"Jesus revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, “My Divine Heart is so passionately in love with humanity that it can no longer contain within itself the flames of its ardent charity. It must pour them out.” Jesus loves us infinitely more than we can possibly imagine and he wants to pour out that love upon us. He can no longer contain the love that he has for us!"
COMMENTARY: Or keep this Scripture posted on your refrigerator:
"Behold I command thee, take courage, and be strong. Fear not and be not dismayed: because the Lord thy God is with thee in all things whatsoever thou shalt go."
"The moral doctrine of Holy Scripture has its uniqueness ultimately predicated in its cleaving to the image of God, in faith in the one God who showed himself in Jesus Christ and who lived as a human being. The Decalogue is an application of the biblical faith in God to human life. The image of God and morality belong together and thus result in the particular change of the Christian attitude towards the world and human life."
-----Pope Benedict XVI
GOING STRONG- How Poland’s 'golden age' of economic growth is going unreported -
"During the current global economic slow-down, Poland stands out as a European growth champion. With an uninterrupted pace of high growth averaging 4.2% per annum between 1992-2019, Poland is steadily catching up with Western Europe and has become the seventh largest economy in the EU with a total GDP of €524 billion. Considering its population of 38 million, scarred by a turbulent history and post-EU entry emigration bleed, we think that Poland’s remarkable growth engine is not receiving the attention it deserves."
"He broke his wife’s neck and ribs, and choked her to death as their three children slept. Like all honor killing victims, A summary a long history of verbal, emotional and physical abuse.. Shamji repeatedly sexually assaulted her, she said, and once choked her to the point she passed out. He only got 14 years for subjecting this woman to a life of abuse and terror, taking her life and leaving her children without their mother."
“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Eric Trump told Breitbart News when reached by phone late Tuesday evening.
“For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”
"Khalil al-Hayya, a senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, on Tuesday said Israel bore full responsibility for the deterioration of the situation due to what he called “Israeli procrastination in the implementation of the understandings regarding the lull.” "The game of the occupation regarding the fishing area and the cessation of fuel supply to the power plant bring the understandings to a very dangerous situation with grave consequences," al-Hayya warned.
NO EQUAL RIGHTS- Female pilots in Ireland forced to abort their babies or lose their job -
"Female pilots, he said, are being told “you have a choice, you terminate your employment or you terminate your pregnancy. You can’t have both. So that is absolutely what goes on.” In a hearing before the Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection in Ireland’s Dáil — the lower house in Ireland’s Oireachtas national legislature — Cullen said self-employed pilots are afraid to speak out about pensions and wages, sick pay, collective bargaining, maternity leave, and other issues. These pilots do not have the same rights as regularly employed pilots."
SNOW, SNOW, SNOW! - Colorado's snowpack is 40 times normal after rare summer solstice dump -
"On summer's opening day, up to 20 inches of snow buried the high terrain of the Colorado Rockies, boosting the state's snowpack to extraordinary levels for the time of year. The solstice flakes marked a continuation of a snowy stretch that began in January and February and lingered through spring. Even before the solstice snow, The Denver Post wrote, the state's snowpack was "in virtually every numerical sense . . . off the charts." At the time, the snowpack was 751 percent above normal."
"Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sit quietly, I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood."
"Notes a correspondent in Chicago with what seems to be a charism with the camera: “I prayed and asked Lord Jesus what he would want to show me today. I was quite taken aback after the picture I took from the sky. I took the photo at 9:15 a.m. [Sunday] when the sky was quite cloudy. The picture depicts the feast day of the Holy Eucharist today—the body and blood of Lord Jesus. "
"We live in a world where radical feminism has clearly unleashed a malicious “anti-Marian spirit”. How do we confront this skewed view prevalent in society today? Carrie Gress lays out the evidence of and a plan to combat this in her latest book The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity. Join as as we discuss the pitfalls of the Anti-Mary way of thought and how imitation of Mary can rescue our culture."
"We have never seen global weather patterns go as crazy as they have so far in 2019. Record high temperatures are being shattered all over the planet, but meanwhile some parts of the U.S. were just buried by massive amounts of snow. The sixth largest city in India is literally running out of water due to extremely dry conditions, but in middle America it just won’t stop raining."
"Apple cider vinegar (ACV) belongs not only in your pantry but in your medicine chest. Its healing powers have been praised for thousands of years, but now modern science backs up the claims."
CLARIFYING THE ISSUE - Cardinal Burke corrects LifeSiteNews: 'I have never worked with Steve Bannon' -
"Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a correction to a now-removed LifeSiteNews article, which claimed that Burke was collaborating with former President Donald Trump advisor Steven Bannon on a film exposing homosexuality in the Vatican. The film in question will be based off a book on the same subject by Frédéric Martel, entitled “In the Closet of the Vatican.”
“LifeSiteNews made no contact with me to verify my possible involvement,” Burke said in his June 25, 2019 statement. “Given the overall content of the article and given several statements made by Mr. Bannon in the article, I must make the following clear: I do not, in any way, agree with Mr. Bannon’s assessment of the book in question.”
"The policy is a shift from previous practice. The Mexican security forces have long detained undocumented migrants as they travel in the country, but had not typically stopped them from crossing the US border in the past."
"It was in my more orthodox parish where my liberal Catholic family finally felt the transcendent nature of the Mass, something they had rarely, if ever, truly felt before. What they mistook for the “rare gift” of the priest was actually just the phenomenal power of a beautifully celebrated, by-the-books Mass, said reverently, intentionally, and infused with traditional elements in a humbly beautiful church. It was powerful, and it was profound, and I will never forget it. Neither will they."
A SHOCKING FIND- Chemical found in soap and toothpaste linked to osteoporosis in women -
"Women exposed to a chemical used in some toothpastes, soaps and antibacterial products are at higher risk of osteoporosis, a study suggests. Researchers found that women with higher levels of triclosan, which has been previously linked to bowel cancer and antibiotic resistance, were more likely to have the bone disease."
POOR VATICAN AGREEMENT - Suffocating the Chinese Church with "independence", while applauding the China-Vatican agreement -
"A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates the Vatican Museums Exhibition and some lectures on "Pope Francis" and "friendship" between China and the Vatican. For Beijing, agreements with the Holy See go hand in hand with the suffocation of the Church."
"Recently, the far-left media and tech companies have ramped up their censorship of conservatives and centrist liberals. Many are deeply concerned, and rightfully so. Never in the land of the free has free speech been under such massive assault. However, the vicious attacks are also a positive sign because they indicate that progressives do not have confidence in their arguments. They fear the free market of ideas and want to enforce a monopoly on truth."
"Melania: Trump's chief of communications Stephanie Grisham picked as next White House press secretary replacing Sarah Sanders."
HIDDEN FILTH - Material from Library’s Youth Pride Celebration Encourages Them to Become ‘the Lord of Unzipping Flies’ -
"The culture war is real.- There is a battle, both physical and spiritual, for the heart and soul of America. And like any war, those most vulnerable are children. That’s why it matters when a public library in Renton, Washington permits an event that targets children with messages that encourage sexual behavior, hands out sex paraphernalia and then bans adults who show up to the event with questions."
GAY PERVERTS PARADE?- Doctor Sends BREATHTAKING Letter to Houston Mayor About ‘Gay Rights Parade’, & It’s Must Read -
"With this correspondence I want to share with you my concern and my opposition to the so-called “Gay Rights Parade,” which is more correctly the Perverts’ Parade, to which the City of Houston has granted a parade permit...
By granting a parade permit the City of Houston is endorsing and encouraging this debauched, perverted lifestyle. If sodomy isn’t perverse, then perverse has lost its meaning.
The LGBTQ is a political movement. The goal of the homosexual political movement is to pass laws that force businesses, schools, governments, churches, and every person, against their will, to accept, affirm and celebrate those who promote and participate in homosexual behavior.
They want homosexuals and other sexual immoral individuals to be granted minority status based upon the fact that they have chosen to commit immoral sexual actions. No one should be granted minority status based upon their chosen behavior, whether its moral or immoral.
The homosexual political movement wants the LGBTQ curriculum to be taught to children, starting in kindergarten. The purpose of this is to desensitize children to their aberrant, perverse and evil actions, so that they can more easily recruit them into their lifestyle.
They promote Drag Queen Story Time for children 10 and under in public libraries. These drag queens who read to children are despicable pedophiles. They are trying to create moral anarchy in society. Their sexual perversions should be condemned. They hate God and God has given them over to a depraved mind. Romans 1:18-32 clearly explains God’s position on homosexuality and abortion."
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"The plan consists of a 95-page document and $50 billion offer of detailed economic proposals in private-sector and infrastructure development, development of human capital, including education and the workforce, and professionalization of government economic standards to a level that can attract private international investment and World Bank lending. But that’s not what’s shocking. It is the reaction of Israelis, Palestinians, and Arab states that stands to fundamentally change the world."
"Pope St. Paul VI wrote an encyclical entitled Sacerdotalis Caelibatus, in which he addresses the question forthrightly. “It is said,” he wrote:
“That in the world of our time the observance of celibacy has come to be difficult or even impossible.” He then recounts many persuasive arguments for relinquishing celibacy. And yet, he insists, “Priestly celibacy has been guarded by the Church for centuries as a brilliant jewel, and retains its value undiminished even in our time when the outlook of men and the state of the world have undergone such profound changes.”
"One of the oldest devotions in the Church. Our Blessed Mother adored the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as the first drops of His Precious Blood were shed amongst many tears for the salvation of our sinful humanity."
GOOGLE CENSORING- Google buries Dr. Mercola in their latest search engine update, Part 1 of 2 -
"This year, we’ve seen an unprecedented push to implement censorship across all online platforms, making obtaining and sharing crucial information about health in general, and vaccines in particular, increasingly difficult.
Google’s June 2019 update, which took effect June 3, has effectively removed Mercola.com from Google search results
When entering a health-related search word into Google, you will no longer find Mercola.com articles in the search results. The only way to locate Mercola articles is by adding “Mercola.com” to the search word(s) in question
Mercola’s fully referenced content has been at the top of health search results for over 15 years.
If undesirable pages don’t vanish automatically in the new algorithm, Google’s quality raters will manually manipulate crowd sourced relevance to bury the page or pages."
COMMENTARY: It is difficult to know with any certainty the exact reasons Google did what it did, but we know big drug companies do not want alternative, natural herbs on the market that interfere with their desire for large profits.
They invest huge sums of money in the testing of their drugs and do not want competition from smaller companies whose products may provide equal or even greater medical help at a far lesser price to consumers. Big drug companies also have a great amount of influence, and are not shy about using it.
Therefore, it is entirely logical that they influenced Google to change it search results to knock out some competitors.
Of course, Google, could also have changed their search results and chose to penalize certain medical websites based on the excuse that their products are not approved by the FDA, even if they offer a money back guarantee. Unfortunately, this puts many consumers at a disadvantage when addressing their own, or their loved ones health issues, as well as the added cost factor. vtb
GOOFY GOOGLE - Google buries Mercola in their latest search engine update, Part 2 of 2 -
"Considering Wikipedia's history of bias and its incredibly effective blocking of opposing views, no matter how factual, it's not surprising that Wikipedia is Google's chosen arbiter of expertise and credibility. It also means the whole "quality rating" system Google has set up is rotten from the ground up, as its quality raters are instructed to base their quality decisions on an already biased source. As reported by Tech Crunch,21 in January 2019, Google donated $2 million to Wikimedia Endowment, Wikipedia's parent organization, and another $1.1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation."
"SEOUL, Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an "excellent" letter, the North's state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Kim as saying he would "seriously contemplate" the content. The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Trump sent a letter and "correspondence between the two leaders has been ongoing."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader's office and those closely affiliated with him and the office access to key financial resources and support," Trump said at a signing for the executive order. "The assets of Ayatollah Khamenei and his office will not be spared from the sanctions."
COMMON SENSE - Mentally ill woman should not have abortion, court rules after Catholic mother brings challenge -
"Three senior judges overturned a ruling made on Friday that the woman, who is in her 20s and 22 weeks pregnant, should have a termination against her wishes because it was in her best interests. The woman’s mother, who is Catholic and a midwife, brought the challenge after arguing that she would look after the baby."
INSIDE CORRUPTION- Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Catholic Church from Within with Dr. Taylor Marshall -
"While Church teaching can’t change, many within the Church seemed all too willing to ignore this fact in an attempt to make peace with secular humanism. Moral teachings were soft-pedaled, the liturgy was modified to accommodate the needs of modern man, and key Catholic doctrines were ignored or denied. The results were disastrous. Seminaries emptied, religious orders collapsed, baptisms, confirmations, and marriages plummeted, and moral filth invaded elements of the priesthood."
"The 2019 World Watch List report is based on comprehensive and investigative research of 150 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Each year, our research reveals telling numbers and statistics that give us a glimpse at the depth, prevalence and widespread reach of the persecution believers endure."
"World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder told the large Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem on Monday night that the persecution of Christians must be stopped.
“Our enemy has shown its true face with rapes, and with the slaughter of Christian women and children and with beheadings,” Lauder said. “There is no safer place in the Middle East for Christians than here in Israel. In Israel, Christians can pray in the open. In Israel, Christian holy sites are protected. In Israel, Christians do not fear for their lives.”
"In the United States, the two groups that most ardently support Israel are Jews and evangelical and fundamentalist Christians. Jewish support is easy to explain, but why should certain Christians, most of them politically quite conservative, be so devoted to Israel? There is a second puzzle: despite their support for a Jewish state, evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are disliked by many Jews. And a third: a large fraction of African-Americans are hostile to Israel and critical of Jews, yet Jewish voters regard blacks as their natural allies."
HATE BREEDS HATE- California golf course argument leads to shooting, fire; 5 dead, police say -
"A long-standing feud between three men seemingly boiled over at the mobile home park's golf course, residents said. Authorities identified Kurt Bracke, 70, and Richard Hanen, 78, as victims who were fatally shot, according to the Santa Maria Times. "These three guys were threatening each other for a long time," resident Keith Castro told the news outlet."
"A dead giveaway that people have been away from Church for a very long time is a reason that they sometimes provide for their absence, "Oh, I don't go to church because of all that fire and brimstone stuff — all the harping on hell and the devil." In fact, for a long time in most mainline Protestant churches and in the Catholic Church as well, very little has been said about hell and the devil. The topic seems to be out of fashion, nothing to be taken seriously except perhaps for entertainment purposes in Hollywood. So, when I shared with friends and colleagues that I was writing a book about the devil, I immediately saw their puzzled faces that seemed to say, "Why would you ever take up such a project?" I also caught a number of specific questions from them."
"Because actual possession is quite rare, most of us should be looking out for the more common ways that the devil attacks us. His usual tactics are more subtle and pervasive, and we ought not let the exotic distract us from the more commonplace. One of the key elements in any contest is to understand the tactics of your opponent and to recognize the subtleties of his strategy. In the spiritual battle of life we need to develop some sophistication in recognizing, naming, and understanding the subtleties of the Devil’s common tactics."
EYE OPENERS - Fr John Corrigan: Lessons learned from an exorcism course -
"There are two equal and opposite errors people make about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight. It was refreshing, to be surrounded by people who take the devil seriously but not sensationally. Discussion was sober and matter-of-fact. We were well equipped to avoid the errors of the materialist and the magician, and think with the mind of the Church."
"Every day it becomes more evident that the liberal news media are no longer simply a megaphone for liberals in Washington, New York, and Hollywood. The media are now leading the radical Left and using their platform to push a socialist agenda."
NOT ENOUGH TIME? - Who Was Captain of the Ship in the Liturgical Reform? The 50th Anniversary of an Embarrassing Letter -
"In the very limited time allowed me, I have not been able to get a complete and detailed grasp of this new and extensive Ordo lectionum Missae.
But because of the confidence I have in the skilled and devout individuals who spent a long time compiling it, and because of the trust I owe to the Congregation for Divine Worship, which has examined and corrected it with such expert care, I gladly approve it in the name of the Lord."
The feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24, 1969
Paul VI, Pope
COMMENTARY: I have always had a lot of respect for Pope (Saint) Paul VI, but for him to say he did not have enough time to thoroughly review the "new" Mass does not make sense. That was an historic change and he should have taken all the time he needed to properly review all the documents and the structure of the revised Mass. However, I was not there, and most likely there is more to this story than what has been revealed in the above article. vtb
“That drives me nuts,” Fr. Rich Pagano says of those who ask him to bless statues that they intend to bury. “They actually make these statues of St. Joseph to sell your house, and on the back, they’re like ‘bury him upside down and in the ground.” “I respond, ‘I will bless this statue, but I will not bless it if you plan on putting it in the ground.’ “They say, ‘What do you mean, that’s what you have to do?’ “I say, ‘No, I’ll bless it, and you put St. Joseph in a place of honor in your home. And then when he sells your house, you take that statue and you put him in your new house in a place of honor, and you keep him there.”
NOT WISE TO BE THERE- Presence of disgraced cardinals at ordination of new bishop causes uproar in Chile - "ROME - After Pope Francis accepted the resignation of one of the two newly appointed auxiliary bishops of Santiago, Chile before his episcopal ordination, the second auxiliary’s ordination, in Rome, was tainted by the presence of two disgraced former archbishops of the Chilean capital. Cardinals Ricardo Ezzati and Francisco Errázuriz, both emeritus archbishops of Santiago who have been subpoenaed by local prosecutors for covering up cases of clerical sexual abuse, attended the episcopal ordination of Alberto Lorenzelli." WEIRD HAPPENINGS - Michael Brown’s New Book About the Strangest Wonders on Earth -
"The true-but-incredible book is a journey through some of the strangest, most inexplicable — and in some cases most threatening occurrences on the planet."
"There is a great deal of bad news about the state of the Catholic Church of late. We shouldn’t deny it or dismiss it; to do so would be foolish. We should have our eyes wide open about the reality of our situation. But amidst the destruction wrought by sin and the failings of men, there are real signs of hope."
"From the first moment I saw him, I knew that he was going to be a Modernist wrecking ball..." - George Neumayr...
"Political liberals said of Barack Obama that he was, "the one they have been waiting for." In the realm of religion, the same could be said of Church liberals and Pope Francis, for Neumayr is convinced the Catholic world is witnessing nothing less than a revolution, with results that have wrought havoc among the Faithful."
“For too long we have collectively failed to listen to the fruits of scientific analysis,” Francis said on Friday. "Faced with a climate emergency, we must take action accordingly, in order to avoid perpetrating a brutal act of injustice towards the poor and future generations.” Unfortunately, the Holy Father disregards the fruits of scientific analysis that demonstrate how the use of more renewable energy and policies like carbon taxes actually raise energy prices and run counter to his goal of reducing poverty in the developing world."
“Who is going to save our Church? Do not look to the priests. Do not look to the bishops. It’s up to you, the laity, to remind our priests to be priests and our bishops to be bishops.”
--- Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"In hard-hitting but unreported comments given in Paris last month, the Vatican prefect for divine worship also denounced those pushing “rupture and revolution” as “mercenaries smuggled into the sheepfold.”
GOOD BISHOP, GOOD MAN - THE HOPELESSNESS OF THE CITY OF MAN WITHOUT GOD by H.E. Bishop Athanasius Schneider -
In this address I would like to speak about the two cities or communities which exist in the history of creation, that is the City of God and the city of man without or even against God. A city or community without God is by this very fact a city of hopelessness. The first attempt to establish a life and a community or a city without God and against God was that of Satan, the fallen angel, who with the other fallen angels tried to build up a reign opposing God.
However, there was no more place for them in heaven and he and his angels were cast down to the earth, as Holy Scripture says (cf. Rev. 12: 8-9). Since then Satan has worked tirelessly in building up upon the earth his city against God."
"Mohammedanism was a heresy: that is the essential point to grasp before going any further. It began as a heresy, not as a new religion. It was not a pagan contrast with the Church; it was not an alien enemy. It was a perversion of Christian doctrine. It vitality and endurance soon gave it the appearance of a new religion, but those who were contemporary with its rise saw it for what it was not a denial, but an adaptation and a misuse, of the Christian thing. It differed from most (not from all) heresies in this, that it did not arise within the bounds of the Christian Church.
The chief heresiarch, Mohammed himself, was not, like most heresiarchs, a man of Catholic birth and doctrine to begin with. He sprang from pagans. But that which he taught was in the main Catholic doctrine, oversimplified. It was the great Catholic world on the frontiers of which he lived, whose influence was all around him and whose territories he had known by travel which inspired his convictions. He came of, and mixed with, the degrded idolaters of the Arabian wilderness, the conquest of which had never seemed worth the Romans’ while."
"A well-respected poet and award-winning peace activist, lived a life that was brief in length but powerfully blessed with depth. Born on July 17, 1990, Mattie began creating and sharing Heartsongs at the young age of 3. He explained that Heartsongs are “gifts that reflect each person’s unique reason for being.” Mattie ultimately published six collections of his Heartsongs poetry books and one collection of Just Peace essays and e-mail correspondence with Former President Jimmy Carter. All seven of Mattie’s books became New York Times Bestsellers and touched millions of lives around the world."
"In his speech, Caviezel described how, feeling a strong conviction that he must do so, brought a family heirloom rosary with him to an interview with Hollywood director Terence Mallick. Inspired to give the rosary to the woman who greeted him at the door, Caviezel discovered that the now-weeping woman had prayed that day for a new rosary and that she was Mallick’s wife. Caviezel believes the encounter was due to Mary’s intercession and led to his role in Mallick’s Academy Award-winning The Thin Red Line."