What I Really Think

Joan of Arc Preparing for Battle

By Charlie Johnston

Whew! Getting a big organization up and running is like walking through mud underwater. I’m just hoping the mountain of paperwork I’m going through doesn’t grow taller than Mt. Meeker. I’ve been through it before – and look forward to that day when everything starts to flow easier and easier. It does come, but only after the laborious slog. I’ve got enough of the paperwork and stuff going now that, with a full court press, I think we should be fully operational by the end of this month. That is what I initially figured based on prior experience; that it takes three months to get things moving consistently and coherently. (Sheesh, I have been so consumed by this, it is hard for me to fathom that we are only going into the third month since I came up with the concept.)

A couple of cool things. Our CORAC Team in Region 15 (California and Nevada) is busy getting a new ongoing initiative going. They are going to be holding rallies outside local police departments, bringing donuts, pastries and coffee for the police on the day of the rally. Of course, they are checking with each station they will go to ahead of time. I love it. Hat tip to Justin Paroski who came up with the idea and is leading the charge.

Another activist suggested we set up counter rallies to the Antifa-BLM rioting scheduled to begin at the White House. While I respect the concept, I do not want to go for direct confrontation right now. I do not expect the election to settle things, but I do expect it will illuminate just what the nature of the battle before us is. I don’t want to put any of our people at serious risk until I know what battle we are fighting and we have gotten some experience on the ground.

Our own MP has put up a CORAC Youtube Channel. Ha! Subscribe today! It’s free – and cool. I have also added it to the Menu Items on the site.

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A friend asked me how I could say that the data from the CDC’s own website shows that Covid is serious, but not a great threat. Well, the headlines that some CDC officials spout sound horrifying, but like most clickbait, they don’t reflect the actual data onsite.

At the time I wrote it, I was thinking, in particular, of the CDC’s study on the effectiveness of facemasks. Their conclusion, based on data going back to 1946, is that facemasks are ineffective in preventing the spread of viruses. Don’t get me wrong, facemasks have uses which are effective, but preventing the spread of viruses are not among those effective uses. The CDC says so. It appalls me that so many medical employees are shocked and angered when I cite the only major serious study the CDC has done on the subject (although I DO love it when they challenge me by asking, “where did you get that information?” It’s like teeing up the golf ball for me to drive.)

I’m sure most of you saw last week when the CDC tried to quietly update its website to note that only 6% of reported Covid deaths actually come from Covid alone. Speaking generously, that means that less than 11,000 deaths can be unambiguously attributed to Covid. Now, the fact is that Covid is kind of the hyena of the virus world – it preys primarily on the already wounded or weakened. There is no doubt that Covid was a contributing factor in a lot of people who died from respiratory ailments this year. But the flu and other viruses are also often contributing factors in the death of people who are already significantly compromised. What we don’t do is say that a man who had the flu when he died of a heart attack died of the flu. We do say that he died of Covid if he was infected when the fatal heart attack hit. We don’t say that a man who had the flu when he was killed in a vehicle accident died of the flu. We do say it if he had that accident while infected with Covid. I don’t trust any of the data coming from the corrupted, politicized CDC – but even on its own terms, while trying to fan the flames of panic over this virus, it is not worth panicking over. Frankly, I think the reason for the update was that the CDC knows that all of this is going to be fully exposed in the next few months and wants to be able to deny that it dealt in panic porn that was not supported by the data.

Though the FDA is a different federal agency, I am appalled that it is pushing to ban hydroxychloroquine regimens, which frontline doctors and serious studies overwhelmingly show to be the most effective treatment for Covid when proper protocols are followed. Why would the FDA want to ban the most effective treatment, which comes in at $20-$50 a pop, to push the experimental and unproven drug, Remdesivir, which comes at $3,000 a pop? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

Panic over Covid, a virus with some significant variations from the norm, (most of which make it comparatively harmless to the healthy, while being unusually dangerous to the already sick) has been used to justify the destruction of much of the US economy and for minor officials and public health officials to unconstitutionally seize unprecedented unilateral power over citizens. I believe, with Dennis Prager, that it started as a colossal error and, after the left saw how it could be used and abused, has become a criminal assault on the very concept of self-government and liberty. A lot of people need to go to prison for this one. If I were still a local official, I would be pushing to gut all the politicized, corrupt public health departments under my purview and replace them with employees who care about public health and follow the actual science.

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I loved being a newsman. Tracking down the facts to break a solid story with compelling evidence was, I thought, a noble pursuit – and a thrill, to boot. It was like solving a tough puzzle. When I was a managing editor, I would often talk to the reporters under me about the noble calling they had entered – and our obligation to get it right for the public.

In radio, I remember, with real pride, after interviewing a demagogue who was masquerading as a Republican, getting a call from a Mayoral office he had been blasting. The City Administrator told me that everyone at city hall had been listening after they heard this guy was scheduled for an interview. I asked him why such enthusiasm, when everyone knew I was a Republican. “We knew this would be his Waterloo, Charlie, because everyone knows you are fair and you just can’t abide open BS from anyone.” Yes, it was a Democrat administration – but life was different then.

Now, there is no honor in the profession. Activists who call themselves “journalists” routinely decide what they want the story to be before they know anything and then relentlessly try to pound square facts into the round holes they have drilled – and think we are all too stupid to notice. Intellectually and morally, I hate fake news, but I hate what these poseurs have done to a profession I was once very proud to be a small part of. I have a friend who won a coveted, major award that she used to display proudly on her mantle – and now keeps hidden in the basement. I can count on two hands the number of reporters today that I would not have fired with furious anger if they had turned in two stories that are as egregiously and flatly biased and wrong as today’s “reporters” routinely turn in.

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A prominent cleric took issue with me a few weeks ago because of my statement, in passing, that 20-30 percent of the people lost to the Covid scare are never coming back to Church. Rather surprised, I told him I was being generous – that I think the actual number who won’t come back is closer to 50 percent…and would not be shocked if it was even higher.

He replied that all they have to do is reinstitute the Sunday obligation and people will have to come back. I laughed out loud. I couldn’t help it. I explained to him that for decades, the hierarchy has been preening and making ill-considered and feckless political statements that they have no authority for while neglecting the matters of faith they do. I know they thought they were expanding their authority, What they were actually doing was eroding their actual authority in the minds of the faithful. Now, with many Dioceses being even more draconian than their governments in lockdown restrictions, they have made it clear that they can’t be counted on to defend the faithful, either. The net result is that a LOT of people have decided that the hierarchy is far too leaky a vessel to entrust their faith to. The people that WILL come back will be those who are most solidly orthodox – and those are the very people who are least tolerant of virtue-signaling and meaningless word salads when fortitude, candor and resolve are called for. My friend is a good guy, but he was shaken by this possibility. I fear many of even the best of our hierarchy have gotten too bureaucratically remote from the faithful to understand how their pronouncements come off.

The much smaller Church Pope Benedict spoke of back in 2009 is going to soon become a reality. I read last week (and can’t remember what publication, so I can’t link to it) of the serious financial crises that are striking many Dioceses, leading to many Chancery layoffs, school closings and forestalling or abandonment of capital projects. Very soon, the hierarchy will no longer have the luxury of feckless virtue-signaling and political posturing. They will be fully engaged in trying to keep the Church afloat – and if they don’t lead on the things that matter while foreswearing the things that don’t, they will have no one following.

Turns out the path of least resistance is not always the safest course in a crisis.

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In this time of deep unrest, many are turning to various prophecies, some dire, some strange, and some comforting to try to find a path forward. Others put excessive trust in ideological imperatives, while still others put their hope in some public figure or “white knight” to come in on a charger and rescue us all. There is no white knight: it’s all hobbits now.

From the time I started writing, I have emphasized the ordinary. Yes, I spoke bluntly about the Storm that was approaching, the global civil war fought on cultural lines, the greatest crisis in the history of the world up to this point. But my prescription was constant and emphatic: the only formula we get for this is to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. The Storm comes to all. No family will be left untouched by it. While so many are waiting for a deus ex machina, I have maintained that we do not get it until we have stepped up and lived our call with courage and fortitude. For me, a lot of the gyrations and pleadings are a form of trying to bargain with God over why we should be exempt from the storm we have summoned upon ourselves. I understand the instinct, for to anyone who really understands the depth of the disorder we have brought down upon ourselves, they also understand that it won’t be lifted without divine intervention. So they would rather that be sooner rather than later. Not gonna happen until we step up.

This is the time of the hobbits, the apostolate of the laity, the ballad of the ordinary man. And it is just that it should be so. We can talk about how all of our institutions have failed us – and they have – but we have failed to exercise the basic oversight over those institutions that could have prevented it. It is not only the hierarchy that has to learn – and live – that the path of least resistance is not the most effective way to safety and prosperity.

I think God is both mocking us and revealing us to ourselves. We went into such a raw panic over what is, at bottom, a relatively mundane virus. We allowed public officials who never lift a finger to do their actual jobs because they are too busy opining about social justice and things that they are not responsible for to let many of our cities go up in flames while these officials cheered on the rioters. We kept taking the path of least resistance until we let things deteriorate to the point where it would take a violent crackdown to restore any semblance of order. It would take a sustained and painful austerity program to have a chance at averting a global economic meltdown. Yes, I know all the happy talk about the economy getting back on track – and it is. But we have so damaged the fundamental mechanisms that any prosperity now is like the blissful ignorance of a man walking around unknowingly with stage four cancer before the symptoms manifest. It would take a disciplined unity to have a chance at fending off the challenges that are about to beset us from without. Do you really think that China, the Jihadists, and other enemies have not been paying close attention to what is happening in the west? If I were a strategist for the evil regimes, I would stand back for as long as the west is tearing itself apart, but I would have a plan to strike hard (whether covertly or overtly) as soon as there is any hopeful sign of respite. The west looks like it is ripe to be toppled from without right now. If you don’t think China is making plans to do so, you just are not paying attention.

Now I am a committed Trump supporter. You might ask why, since I have such a gloomy short-term outlook. Just because you know you are about to face a withering assault is no excuse to neglect fortifications. Trump is the best, perhaps the only, strong fortification we have. It won’t stop the assault, but it will buy time and give us some room for maneuver in the defense of Western Civilization.

In Leo Tolstoy’s magnificent War and Peace, the section on life in society and the institutions just before Napoleon’s invasion of Moscow is starkly evocative. With doom right upon their doorstep, the glitterati of Russian society were plotting and scheming against each other, back-stabbing and seeking to undermine whoever was on the next rung of the ladder above them. It was a glittering spectacle that was utterly corrupt – and incapable of grasping the existential threat that was engulfing them. Like the famous rotting mackerel in the moonlight, it both shined and stunk. And doom came to engulf them all. Their plots, their dreams, their pretensions, their manners were all swept away in an instant by the horror and pathos that followed – and they had to humbly work to survive and then rebuild. For a couple of decades afterward, Russia was a far better country than what she had been before the crisis. But, human nature being what it is, like Old Testament Israelites, they were soon back to their old treacherous, pretentious, backstabbing ways.

I think we have three or four years of intense strife before us. Right now, politicians and activists are trying to maneuver the various disorders and scares to their advantage, They think themselves strategic masters of the universe. Before next year is over, I think all will be scattered like the Moscow glitterati in the aftermath of Napoleon’s invasion. You will know deprivation. You will know want. You will know hunger. It will take all our fortitude and resolve to endure the trials that loom before us. There will be no rescue until we have stepped up and acted as children of the living God, publicly acknowledging Him, taking the next right step and taking full responsibility for all the decisions we make before God, and applying ourselves with passion to caring for our neighbor in desperate times. That is not prophecy. You simply need to read the now visible signs of the times. Oh, we have become such a superficial and invincibly ignorant people!

I worry about people who are restlessly searching for some escape hatch that will exempt them from the vicissitudes of the storm that has risen around us. Yes, it seems harmless enough, even if a little feckless. But many may be lost because of their waiting for their exemption card instead of humbly doing what God calls all to now – to acknowledge Him, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope.

When I was on my pilgrimage, I did not think of my ultimate destination very often. I could only make 10-21 miles per day. Rather, I applied myself to the challenges of the day with fortitude and persistence. If you can gird yourself to focus on the challenges of the day before you, knowing that sufficient to the day is the evil thereof, without going into fantasies of sudden rescue, the day will come when you live to see the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the renewal of the faith and face of the world. But you will not get it by pleading for it: you will get it by living your duty with fortitude, resolve and humility each day. Do your daily work with fidelity, without expectation, and you will have good cause for supernatural hope. After 3,200 miles and a year and a half I DID stand at the foot of Mt. Meeker, the terminus of my pilgrimage, and entered in to make my terminal Novena in the mountain. But if I had daily expected to see what could only come after a persistent long and arduous journey, I would have been disappointed each day, and may have become so disheartened that I would have given up what was in my grasp with sufficient work. Instead, by focusing on the day, I often reveled in the beauty of each long and arduous day – for there is real beauty to be found in the midst of trial. Learn from my pilgrimage and do not spend your days worrying about what God is going to do for you. Rather, do your daily work well, offer it up to God, and trust that, in His time, He will refresh your spirit and renew your heart. That is what I really think.

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  1. A few days ago the Conservative blogger Sundance put up a somewhat rueful piece on the Conservative Treehouse site which I thought could have been written by Charlie himself.

    The piece is entitled “We are the people we have been waiting for.”

    Sundance begins his piece with the words “From the heart” which is eerily similar to Charlie’s “What I really believe.” He has been a bulldog in tracking and documenting institutional corruption in Washington in the FBI, DOJ and the IC. He has been waiting a long time for AG Barr or Congress or anybody to actually move to address bringing some accountability to the problem. He placed a lot of hope in Bill Barr but now has given up on ever seeing anything meaningful coming out of the Barr DOJ.

    Barr has apparently laid down a strict directive on the inquiry into the DC institutions which limits his prosecutors in how they can go after the malefactors. He has ruled out using any information or testimony or Congressional discovery arising from the “Political Silo”. He isn’t going after misbehaving Democrats or Republicans. He is limiting the legal liability inquiry to things like forged FISA applications that can be pinned on an individual …. “beyond a reasonable doubt”. He won’t prosecute unless he has the fingerprints.

    Sundance has concluded that Barr, like Christopher Wray, has gone over to the dark side of “protecting the institution” especially the FBI and the DOJ. A la Jeff Sessions.

    So what to do in this kind of political/legal box we find ourselves in?

    From his piece:

    “From the heart…. recent events have highlighted the great conflict within this election year. On one hand we can exhaust ourselves revealing every granular detail from years of institutional corruption – and to what end? On the other hand we can focus intently on transmitting the winning uplifting message to re-elect President Trump.

    We cannot, effectively, do both; here’s why.

    First, we must accept the DOJ and FBI blind spot and tone-deafness toward the fourth amendment. No single proposition has so brutally outlined the intent of the Bill Barr DOJ than an institutional agreement to carve the fourth amendment into two parts; with two different standards for a FISA application. One standard for DC elites, the second standard for everyone else. There is no excusing this. The institution is an echo-chamber.

    Second, I have no doubt the recent article by Sara Carter outlining how the Wood’s File for the Carter Page application was “lost” two years ago and reconstructed by the special counsel for Michael Horowitz FISA report. Everything about Carter’s source information, including the exact timeline, aligns with my own research and discussion with quiet insiders about the purpose of the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel. Considering what they did with the Brian Dugan file in 2018 why wouldn’t they do the same thing with the Woods File for the Page application?… Both actions have the same corrupt purpose.

    There is no evidence to suggest the United States Attorney General has any intent to expose severe corrupt activity; the special counsel is a great example. However, there is ample evidence DOJ leadership intent is to preserve the institution(s). Nothing can be forced upon them from the outside to change that dynamic; so we have decisions to make.

    Every day we highlight the unaddressed corruption is another day we lose people to emotional fatigue and mental exhaustion. To the extent the severity of the corruption is outlined, it becomes completely understandable how people would throw up their arms and walk away disgusted and disenfranchised. We cannot lose people like this.

    We cannot afford to lose a single voter…. we need everyone in this fight.

    I have spoken to many patriotic people familiar to many of you, and without question when you direct the conversation to the subject of this dynamic eventually everyone concedes: we must drop emphasis on the scale of government corruption and urgently shift focus to winning 2020. If we achieve the latter we can return to the former.

    No-one is going to come to our nation’s rescue. We are the people we have been waiting for. This is our task, and there are only sixty days left to expand our ranks.

    We have the best message. We have the best candidate; and both represent the pride, values and patriotism of this nation. Our opposition is weak and their message is based on fear and trepidation. We cannot afford to fuel their preferred narrative of dark inevitability by focusing on a system that has become completely rigged and corrupted.

    Every disenfranchised voter becomes a win for the anti-American opposition. We must intensely provide an alternative message of faith, fellowship and patriotism. This is so critical it cannot be overemphasized. Optimism will win this cultural war; and the winner of the culture war will win the political battle.

    Hate and anger are toxic to the spirit, we must avoid that sense at all costs. Believe me if I thought we could hate our way to success I would admit it; but we can’t – and we shouldn’t.

    Let anger, bitterness and hatred be the message of the intolerant left… it will consume them and it will diminish their tribe. You cannot live amid a culture of envy without eventually losing all hope… that is the Democrats current reality; that reality is what they are trying to get away from right now because they see their voters headed to the exits.

    Right now those who wish to “fundamentally change” our nation are waging a full frontal assault against our constitutional republic. The bombardment seems overwhelming.

    Leftist city and state leaders have abandoned rule of law in favor of supporting the mob effort to destroy our sense of national unity. Political activists, left-wing ideologues under the guise of democrats, and a host of media allies are conducting an information war on behalf of their objective. Big tech social media companies are attempting to remove the voices of those who are fighting back.

    There is a great deal of purposefully driven anxiety and fear amid our nation as this multi-faceted internal war takes place. However, there is a primary element to this effort that each person can shield themselves from, and act to counter. Do not let your sense of self succumb to this assault. Do not let them win the battle for your peace of mind.

    It might, heck, -check that- it does seem overwhelming at times. But that is the nature of this collectivist strategy. That is the purpose of this bombardment. We must hold strong and push back against their lies and manipulations. If you look closely at their attack, it is weak and much of it is psychological bait. Do not fall into the trap of despair.

    When I share the message “live your best life”, it is not without purpose. Every moment that we allow the onslaught to deter us from living our dreams, is a moment those who oppose our nation view as us taking a knee. Do not allow this effort to succeed.

    You might ask yourself how can I, one person, a flea looking into a furnace, retain an optimistic disposition while all around me seems chaotic and mad.

    That’s the point; it ‘seems’ chaotic and mad because it has been created to appear that way. There are more of us than them; they just control the systems that allow us to connect, share messages and recognize the scale of our assembly.

    Every second that you live your life with thankfulness for the abundance within it; every moment that we CHOOSE to engage with fellowship; every day that we accept guidance from God – however you define him to be; and every moment we cherish this time to be a beacon of optimism; is a moment that we withstand that barrage and hold the flag in place. It is a genuinely patriotic position not to succumb to the attack.

    If you allow yourself to be drawn into crisis and despair, you allow them to win. If your center of normal is based around this overwhelming onslaught, you will eventually concede liberty in favor of peace. Once we stop living in liberty, we no longer have peace.

    It took me a while to fully understand just how damaging empty streets, soulless eyes, the lack of smiles, shuttered businesses and the absence of joy would become. But as I travel around I now recognize just how much damage is being done; not just to our nation as a whole, but also to every individual within it – personally.

    We must shake this mindset. We must withstand this onslaught and rally to the origin of our true national spirit. We must rally to a standard of Americanism and accept this is not that.

    In essence, we must individually take a stand.

    Purposefully, deliberately and with forethought, we must engage those around us to get rid of this sense of foreboding.

    This approach is how we win the larger battle.

    All around us, in every tribe and region, there are people who need you to show them the strength that you have. Strength of spirit. Strength of fellowship that you will not relent from expressing. No matter what noise is shouting from the loudspeakers we must withstand it; we must make eye contact and remain joyful. We cannot allow despair to be the status quo.

    Our nation needs more people like you, right now. Don’t wait… engage life, get optimistic however you need to do it. Then let that part of you shine right now… This is how we fight. Hold up that flag; give the starter smile… rally to the standard you create and spread fellowship again.

    God knows we need it; and that is how we will win.”

    Call me crazy but there is a whole lot of A Sign of Hope thinking in this message from Sundance. The hobbits are going to win. The fleas staring into the furnace are going to win. Optimism, joy and hope. A solid resolve not to despair.

    “Every second that you live your life with thankfulness for the abundance within it; every moment that we CHOOSE to engage with fellowship; every day that we accept guidance from God – however you define him to be; and every moment we cherish this time to be a beacon of optimism; is a moment that we withstand that barrage and hold the flag in place. It is a genuinely patriotic position not to succumb to the attack.”

    This is a CORAC theme if there ever was one.

    We had better stop looking for the hero on the white charger coming to our rescue. We are the people we have been waiting for. Amen, Brother Sundance, amen.

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    1. So true, Ed, about the parallel message in Sundance’s writing that the solution to these times IS found in each one rising up to play his/her part via a role in which we MUST partner with God as we co-create, co-compose, the Ballad of the Ordinary Man.

      The critical difference between Charlie’s and Sundance’s spiritual undergirding as they write is HUGE. While they both call forth people of good will, it is Charlie who highlights the role of Stella Maris in whose Immaculate Heart God has ordained the victory.

      So, however God calls each of us forth, in whatever next right steps bring us into engagement with others, without a lick of triumphalism, we must ever integrate into our care for others, in ways gentle and sure, the introduction and sharing of Our Lady as the Mother of All Peoples, our North Star in this Storm, guiding us to safety as God’s ordained instrument of our Rescue, our own Stella Maris.

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  2. I read CD’s link from the sandiegouniontribune.com with great interest. The picture at the top of the article is of the base chapel at North Island NAS, where hubby and I were married so long ago. It was discussed a while back in comments how Catholic chaplains were disappearing and that breaks my heart, thinking of our troops, Catholics, left without shepherds. That’s one reason the Archdiocese for Military Services is one of my primary charities. Can you imagine, these people giving their lives for our country and they have no shepherds! God protect them and us!!

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    1. ANNIE W . . . . . . . I lived in Coronado during the early 70s and loved EVERYTHING about and around the San Diego area. I attended Mass at the base chapel often, but my faith was fading fast at that time (until I regained it full force in ’97). May I ask? What is the date of your marriage?

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      1. Just saw your question, Patrick, as I reviewed older posts. We were married at that chapel in ’65 as I was finishing college. My Dad was stationed at North Island on a staff and I later met my future husband at the base. It’s always nostalgic driving over to Coronado. When I lived in Coronado during college, there was only the ferry, no bridge!
        Well. pardon all the nostalgia you stirred up! 🙂 Hope you get to see my answer.

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  3. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! – 😉

    https://www.hprweb.com/2020/08/todays-disbelief-in-the-existence-of-personified-evil/

    https://americanmind.org/essays/the-coming-coup/

    I have no doubt that Democrats have been planning/implementing a Steal the 20 Vote Operation since Election 16. ….. & with many of the very same Coup Plot Operatives …. and partisan Democrats at all levels of Local/State/Fed Gubermints …. to include Judicial Branches …. & of course, their Global Left $$$ Men, Media Puppet Masters….. & dare I say Operatives from China, Iran …… & !?
    After watching ALL these Perps In-Action over the past five years no thinking & honest person could believe otherwise ;-(
    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/09/06/dick-morris-the-entire-election-will-be-in-the-hands-literally-of-john-roberts/

    https://stream.org/know-your-enemy-and-dont-underestimate-him/

    Ever wonder why The Usual Suspects are, STILL, touting Russia, RUSSIA and are quick to defend China and label one a racist if they even call C-19 the China Virus.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/09/video_resurfaces_of_biden_saying_he_asked_china_for_help_becoming_president.html

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/09/06/schweizer-biden-relationship-with-china-has-very-real-national-security-implications/

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/09/06/kamala-harris-biden-could-lose-because-of-russian-interference/

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/dhs-leaker-who-sabotaged-ice-raids-strikes-again-memos-declaring-white-supremacists

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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    1. Well, Timothy, since you asked 🙂 I came across two links yesterday which are very concerning to me. This link answers your wonderment about the meme. The encyclical could well be laying the groundwork to develop the idea found in the wording of the Catholic-Muslim declaration signed last year. The statement that “God wills all religions” was refuted by Cardinal Burke. You can read about it here.

      The second concern is found in this link as it looks like the Holy Father is on the move again to bring about the option for married clergy. I thought that the book by Cardinal Sarah circumvented that push to bring married clergy forward when his book, From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy and the Crisis of the Catholic Church, was released around the time that the summation of the Amazon Synod was to be released. I thought the book was an excellent checkmate. However, it seems there well could be maneuvering underway to make it happen via the contortion of words and their meaning. Oi. So much to pray for.

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  4. Well, I just finished a batch of pineapple jam. I never knew I could make pineapple jam. Upside down cake in a jar. Oh, yum! I wonder how much bromelien it has.
    The recipe is in the Complete book of home preserving. (Ball) if you are interested in making this old-fashioned jam.

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    1. This is Colorado near the continental divide. It is not only possible, but not uncommon. A few years ago there was a radio ad that said, “Ah, Colorado, the only place in America where you can barbecue on the lawn on the weekend and have The Rockies game called because of a blizzard on Monday. Weirdest, most unpredictable weather I’ve ever seen. Once, driving in the mountains, over the course of 10 miles, I encountered, rain, then snow, then sunshine, then hail. WE have itchy twitchy weather out here.

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      1. Much like the northern Rockies, Charlie. When my daughter played club soccer in middle school in the spring, we traveled around the state for her games and we packed umbrellas, snow boots and shovel as well as sunscreen. Often, there was snow on the ground, wherever we arrived, which melted into either a rainy day or a scorching hot one.

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      2. That is really strange, Charlie!!! I used to think Ohio was bad until o😊I saw YOUR forecast!!! Our Ohio motto is: if you don’t like the weather in Ohio, wait a half hour and it will change! 😂 But my goodness I’ve never seen it change as drastically as yours!!! Wow!!! Anyhow…stay safe & warm today and enjoy the beautiful first fallen snow ⛄️!!!🤗❤️🙏🐿⛸

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      3. Yes ! it is unpredictable! Colorado has crazy weather🤪 Actually Just flew out of (Den) DIA this morning in snow! My hubby and I spent four days hiking in RMNP, staying in Estes pk. We flew in from Orlando Thursday, hiked in 80 degree temps and sunshine for 3 days. Beautiful!… (Wish I knew how to post a picture)…went right by Mt Meeker. Hiked Long’s peak trail nearby. While amazing mild, bluebird skIes graced our days, the dry windy high pressure however whipped up the Cameron Peak Fire 🔥 to double over weekend. So very glad the 9-17” snow predicted for Estes is falling. God to the rescue! Hope the fires for all of the Western CORAC friends subsides Now back to Florida to watch the tropics! sheesh 😉

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        1. Ooh, we love to hike! We have only done day hikes, and hiked The White Mountains, and the maintained, popular day trails @ Rainer, Cascades. I would enjoy seeing your pictures.

          We hiked the Franconia Ridge line a couple of weeks ago. There were high winds so it was incredible, but intense. On the way up I saw a man with a hat that said: “Mount Rainer Mountaineering Club.” We left late, at noon, and got out of the woods just as the last light fell, Haha. Don’t want to be on North Woods Law as a rescue case!

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          1. Awesome That’s great y’all enjoy the mountains !… We hiked Mt Wash via lions head few years back. Franconia / Pinkham notch too. It is windy up there, huh?😉. Glad you made it down.
            … first backpack ever was at Mt Ranier from paradise to base camp
            We returned to cascades Ranier two summers ago. Go to Stehekin in north Cascades if you get back
            Amazing 🏔

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            1. Oooh, we did get to Stenhekin. You are right it’s a treasure. We only stayed overnight. We wanted to hike in, but the logistics of flying and needing gear were too much.

              The first time we visited Rainer, we could have hiked to base camp as the conditions were favorable. Ugh, I regret we didn’t. This year there was 3 feet of snow in July and all trails were closed. People were packing skiis and snowboards, slogging up, and then skiing down, that looked like fun.

              Yes, super windy on the Franconian ridge line. We saw a small child almost blown off the mountain. My husband and older kids reached the summit of Washington via Lion’s Head. When I did it we went up Tuckerman’s.

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              1. Wow, Littlelight we’ve hit many similar places.. cool! Actually after checking with Dwayne he said we hiked up Tuckermans and down Lions head. Gods creation is so amazing, outside of Holy Mass, it’s where I find Him most. Pray we can all meet take in the beauty of Mt. Meeker someday 💝✝️

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  5. A doctor speaks about Vaccines and fast tracking.

    Possible DNA changes with a vaccine. That Moderna has patented RNA modification and they are in the lead with developing a vaccine:

    She says it simply that even I can understand. For your information.

    Please pray!

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