The Rise – and Fall – of the Gangster State

Samson Puts Down the Pillars – J. James Tissot

By Charlie Johnston

The thing that is most frustrating for ordinary people right now is that, despite watching openly shameless election fraud on a massive scale, there is little an ordinary person can do about it. That rests almost entirely on the shoulders of Donald Trump and of Republican “leaders.” Yeah, a whole bunch of Republican “leaders” have said we should just shut up and take our medicine without complaint – including former President George W. Bush. That one disgusts me. After we stood up for him countless times as the left’s smear machine attacked him, that he should stick a shiv in us and the very idea of honest fair play is a deep betrayal. But I always knew that some would surprise us for the good and some for the bad.

After a week and a half, the President’s team is focused intently on real, actionable cases of fraud and evidence of systemic fraud in these Democrat-run swing states that all stopped counting at nearly the same time election night. I remain at a confidence of about 70% that Trump will prevail in winning a second term – but that is dependent on courts and legislatures ruling honestly based on evidence rather than acting as political hacks or timid pansies. As we have all seen, the Democrats in politics and their fellow Democrats in the media are doing their dead-level best to pretend that all that is left now is the coronation of Joe Biden. But nobody except their own acolytes are buying anything they say any more.

What I am 100% certain of is that the Democrats are not going to get away with the brazen fraud this time. Oh, they may manage to install Joe Biden as a Potemkin president, but after four years of trying to reduce America to ashes, all they will get to preside over is the ashes they created. Over the next few months, in-person voting is going to make a come-back in legislatures and judicial chambers – and voter ID is going to become a thing. By so nakedly defrauding the country, they have revealed that all their sob stories about poor minorities being too stupid and irresponsible to be able to secure ID’s is both racist AND solely designed to facilitate voter fraud on a massive scale. Their calls for unity after battering normal Americans for four years is palpably a call for us all to just submit to their fraudulent power grab. (James Woods expressed this perfectly, but I warn you there is a significant vulgarity in this delicious tweet.)

Contrary to establishment media reports, which are desperately trying to anoint Biden, evidence of widespread massive election fraud abounds everywhere. It includes people who have been dead since the civil war voting, massive dumps of ballots marked only for Biden, Democratic precincts that produced more ballots than they had eligible voters (in at least two cases, with more than double the votes as there were voters in the precinct) and more. ALL of these types of obvious fraud come from and benefit Democrats. What may be the most notable is Dominion Software, which, at a certain level, had an algorithm that started switching Trump votes to Biden en masse.  Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has reported that the U.S. military has seized the servers that host Dominion. Midweek, I was chatting with an official in Texas with whom I had collaborated in the 2018 cycle. “You may have been right that we did not lose the suburbs after all, Charlie,” he said. When I replied that I had said we did lose the suburbs nationally, he rejoined, “No, you said it looked like fraud to you, but the only way you could think of was by doing it in the software, which would require a larger conspiracy than you could imagine. Looks like it wasn’t your analysis that was off, but your imagination.” I may owe a lot of suburbanites a big apology. 2018 was just a dress rehearsal for the fraud perpetrated this year.

Now Sidney Powell, perhaps the toughest, shrewdest lawyer of our time, promises she is going to “release the Kraken” on every one of the fraudsters. Already compelling, the evidence of massive fraud of the type previously only seen in authoritarian third-world countries is mounting every day. Using my traditional analytical methods, I estimate that Trump won the national popular vote by 12 million votes – and I am suddenly much more confident in my old style of analysis. Make no mistake, though, none of this means the matter is settled. That depends on honest courts and courageous legislatures. I have friends who are judges and a LOT of friends who are legislators – but judges are no longer known for their honesty nor legislatures for their courage. What would be best, in my mind, would be to declare that this election is so rife with obvious fraud that new secure elections of federal offices be held in five or six states. But the reality is that these decisions could go either way, depending on the honor and courage of the judges and legislatures involved.

Our country is on the brink. If there is a re-vote in some states and Trump prevails, the left will do what it always does when it doesn’t get its way: riot, loot, burn and murder. If Biden is seated despite the obvious massive fraud, the half of the country that DOES care about fair play and is willing to accept an honest loss without violent insurrection will become the real resistance. Biden would be the first fully and obviously illegitimate president in America history. His orders would be without effect – and attempts to revoke the Bill of Rights would be openly flouted by those who are not already become rabbits – and with force if all else failed. Already three governors; Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Ron DeSantis of Florida, and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, have said they will not obey any federal order to shut down their states. Police and military leaders are going to have to decide whether they will stand with those trying to unravel the Constitution or with ordinary people. (The FBI has already decided: this completely corrupt and politicized agency is now simply the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party. If I witnessed a murder the FBI was investigating, I would not talk to them. I would talk to local authorities and would not object if the FBI watched, but I would not talk directly to those corrupt operatives under any circumstances.) The economy, already weaker than most know, will completely tank – which will lead to violent unrest among the left – who right now think they are going to get everything ordinary people worked for. There are a host of things Trump can do to put the spotlight of truth onto the left’s machinations. Ordinary people, angry at being defrauded will be doing the same sort of things. Shoot, that is the fundamental purpose of CORAC.

The American founders believed that, with carefully crafted, minimalist and prudent policy choices, they could forge a great nation out of the backwater set of colonies from which they were formed. They were right. The problem is that now a bunch of primitive, ignorant schemers, convinced (without evidence) of their own superiority, believe that American liberty and prosperity are characteristics – like eye or hair color – and that no amount of crackpot schemes will change that. They are about to find they are wrong.

Our founders knew that our system would only work for a “moral and religious people.” Now we are entered upon a great battle between those who hold to the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was founded and a Pagan cohort who insist on dictating what everyone must do and when and how they must do it. If the Judeo-Christians prevail, America’s best days are yet ahead of her and we will see a new birth of freedom and prosperity. If the Pagans prevail, America as we know it will join the ash heap of failed nations which allowed crackpot utopians to seize control and ruin them. The decision will not come without a great contest. We have a great fight ahead of us. If Trump prevails, we will be tested to see if we have the fortitude to arrest and jail the violent rioters who will inevitably follow, to arrest and jail those civic leaders – governors and mayors primarily – who enable and encourage the violence, completely abdicating their solemn duty to the citizenry of their jurisdiction. If Biden prevails – the first completely illegitimate and fraudulent president in our history, will we have the fortitude to treat the United States government for what it will have become, an army of occupation determined to rule the folksies? We will have to work to overthrow it without destroying it.

Even if we choose the nobler path politically, if it is not informed by reliance on God, all our victories will be transient and we will fail miserably. If we do turn our hearts back to the God who created and sustains us, all our failures will be transient and we will see renewal – first, of America, then of the world, and then the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Do NOT neglect the prayer of doing, which almost every pious Christian neglects too much…but feed yourself with contemplative and invocatory prayer that you may be fit and nourished for the battle before us.


I laughed out loud when the McCarrick Report was issued by the Vatican. When it was first announced two years ago that the Vatican would mount such a report, I cynically thought to myself that this Vatican would find some way to blame it all on St. John Paul or Pope Benedict. I was wrong. The Vatican blamed it on both of these men – and Abp. Vigano for good measure. I’m surprised this Vatican didn’t find a way to pass some blame around to Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Pell.  The only person who is treated as entirely innocent of any responsibility for the whole thing is Pope Francis. Vigano, of course, offered a spirited rebuttal to the Vatican’s attempt to whitewash this.

I would not be surprised if both St. John Paul and Pope Benedict had not taken reports of such aberrant behavior seriously enough. Both of these men risked summary execution to become Priests in Poland and Germany, respectively, in the time of Hitler. That men would betray the honor and dignity of the Priesthood for this vulgar thing was literally unthinkable to them. They simply could not believe the depth and pervasiveness of the rot that had invaded the hierarchy. Meanwhile we are supposed to believe that Pope Francis, who has spent his entire papacy enabling the rotters, is entirely innocent?! Investigators in the United Kingdom came up with a report on the subject that is wildly at odds with the Vatican’s take on it.

Turning away from the Vatican Bureau of Obfuscation and Deflection, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Chairman Jose Gomez, of Los Angeles issued a statement congratulating “president-elect” Biden on his victory and celebrating that Biden would be the second Catholic president in U.S. history. I have no little regard for and deep affection for Archbishop Gomez…but what kind of fumble-fisted idiocy is this? To decree a winner in a contested election in which there is substantial evidence of massive, systemic fraud is not a call for unity, but to degenerate into pure politically partisan hackery. And to celebrate the Catholic identity of a man who openly opposes Church teaching on abortion and gay marriage, who would force nuns to pay for contraception – and whose vice-presidential nominee thinks membership in the Knights of Columbus is sufficient to disqualify a person from public office is hideously offensive. Though he had adopted a Norse Paganism by the time he came to power, Adolf Hitler was born a Catholic. Thankfully, the Bishops don’t usually celebrate that fact. That they would celebrate the extension of the holocaust of babies is abhorrent and deeply offensive. There will be an accounting.

I know our Bishops are terribly demoralized. Their moral authority has never been more deeply diminished than it is now. I wonder if it ever occurs to them that this decay in their reputation has grown concurrently with their focus on being political arbiters. Whatever, they are not going to regain their stature by trying to become the house of prayer for the Pagan left. The only man they should be partisans for is Jesus Christ.

For most of American history, Catholics could, in good conscience, choose either of the candidates the parties put up for the presidency. The last Democrat Catholics could, in good conscience, support was Jimmy Carter. Yes, I know he was an incompetent bungler, but he did not openly oppose actual Christian and Catholic teaching. That the Bishops have treated those Democratic presidents and candidates who have so opposed basic Christian doctrine as business as usual is a hideous scandal. That does not mean they needed to endorse Trump. Rather, it means they should have advocated with full-throated vigor for the creation of a liberal party that embraces the Judeo-Christian ethics on which this nation was founded rather than getting cozy with those who actively seek to destroy those ethics.


I am tickled pink at the ratings dumpster fire Fox News finds itself in in the aftermath of its election night coverage. The network that has, for years, routinely drawn more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined now finds itself routinely in second or third place with only about half as many viewers as it had two weeks ago. The problem? On election night Fox went full lefty, trying to join all the establishment networks. It apparently thought that we deplorables were too stupid to notice and that it would keep all of us while gaining a chunk of the lefty establishment viewers. This was a bigger marketing disaster than the introduction of “New Coke” in 1985.

It wasn’t the premature call of Arizona that got me on election night. Very early on, the head of Fox’s Decision Desk, Chris Stirewalt, said that Democrats would gain five seats in the House. Though I only get involved peripherally in politics anymore (informally advising friends and friends of friends), old habits die hard. On election night, I was logged onto eight different sites – some news, some governmental, to monitor things. As soon as Stirewalt made this pronouncement, I went to check all my other sites, because it did not sound right to me. Sure enough, there was no evidence of any such thing anywhere. I watched to see how such a call was justified. When the hosts asked him about some of his weird calls, he simply gave some variation of, “I’m really smart” rather than actual evidence. I knew then. I have dealt with dozens of such pompous buffoons over the course of my life. They are always supremely confident of their own prowess even as they are going into their pratfall.

I think the stunning collapse of Fox News is a foreshadowing of what is about to happen to all the fraudulent institutions in our society. We are all called to be Samson. As you recall from the Book of Judges, Samson was a phenomenally strong man who strayed from the Lord for a time. The Philistines took him captive, but didn’t notice as his hair – the source of his strength – grew back. In the end, Samson called again on the name of the Lord, pushed the pillars holding up the Philistines’ temple apart and let it all crash down on them. Time to grow our hair back (turn back to the Lord) and bring the new Pagans’ temple down on their heads. (But, unlike Samson, let us get out from under the rubble and rebuild the world under God.)


I am on the road, so forgive my sluggishness in responding to emails right now. I have adopted accounts at both Parler and MeWe. Unless they slap a warning on a posting, I will not leave Facebook right away. I still hope they might reform – but that hope is getting dim. If they do slap a warning on anything, I will immediately cease posting there (though I will leave what is already there up) and start posting exclusively on Parler and MeWe. I don’t know if either will succeed or if either or both will truly avoid censorship. But for now, they have my support.

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365 thoughts on “The Rise – and Fall – of the Gangster State

  1. Sometimes the perfection of the analogy which James Woods used demands the vulgar one liner. My God, My God… “and just like that the rioting and looting ceased.” Awaken, Sleepers, who feast on propaganda and voted for Biden!

    An image I saw of the imposter President-elect, no doubt after he had hung up the phone after receiving congrats from the Pope, showed him with a ripped and shredded American flag laid across his lap as he was stitching it together with thread and needle and it evoked a sense of a need to barf. The hypocrisy of WHO put those tears and shreds in the flag while they now pretend to seek unity and already are poised to flood this nation and this world with dollars for abortion is infuriating. Then there’s old doc Zeke Emanuel ready to dish out euthanasia drugs for anyone 75 years or older. Oi vey! Deliver us, O Lord.

    Wow to this, Charlie: “I may owe a lot of suburbanites a big apology. 2018 was just a dress rehearsal for the fraud perpetrated this year.” Incredible and true.

    Praying aplenty for Sidney Powell and Company… and, of course, honest courts and courageous legislatures. If ever there was a job for Our Lady,

    Oh yes, I’ve seen this all along and had actually expected such pushback four years ago: “If there is a re-vote in some states and Trump prevails, the left will do what it always does when it doesn’t get its way: riot, loot, burn and murder.” And yes again: “Police and military leaders are going to have to decide whether they will stand with those trying to unravel the Constitution or with ordinary people.” (I love Sheriff Timothy B. Howard from Erie County in New York State who’s already spoken directly to his people about Thanksgiving in the face of the demands made by Heil Mein Führer Cuomo:

    “I have no plans to utilize my office’s resources or Deputies to break up the great tradition of Thanksgiving dinner,” Sheriff Howard explains. “This national holiday has created longstanding family traditions that are at the heart of America, and these traditions should not be stopped or interrupted by Governor Cuomo’s mandates.”

    Howard continues, “My office will respect the sanctity of your home and traditions, and I encourage you to follow your heart and act responsibly, as well as do what best for your family.”
    “On behalf of everyone at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, I want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.” )

    Everything else you have noted rings true, through and through. The battle before us is just as, then, Karol Cardinal Wojtyla had described back in 1976 at that Eucharistic Conference celebrated on the bi-centennial of this once great country – with potential to be greater than before:“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the Antichrist. (I would call it “the “spirit of anti-Christ” for clarification.) The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”

    Our dream for which we’ll have to work by the sweat of our brow is just as you write, CJ: “America’s best days are yet ahead of her and we will see a new birth of freedom and prosperity.” May the gates of hell not prevail… and this cannot be accomplished by us sitting back and waiting for others to respond, but by each of us rising from any complacency and acting in the very ways made known by virtue of ceaselessly acknowledging God.

    So piercing is this pure gold: “If we do turn our hearts back to the God who created and sustains us, all our failures will be transient and we will see renewal – first, of America, then of the world, and then the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Do NOT neglect the prayer of doing, which almost every pious Christian neglects too much…but feed yourself with contemplative and invocatory prayer that you may be fit and nourished for the battle before us.”

    And I love this: We are all called to be Samson… (But, unlike Samson, let us get out from under the rubble and rebuild the world under God.)

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    1. That good Sheriff’s statement that you quoted, Beckita, should stand as a reminder to all of us here in Europe of how the American system of decentralisation encapsulates the very Catholic principle of subsidiarity. We who have national, centralised, police forces really never understand the American model. Feudalism is perhaps too deeply ingrained. You escaped from that. And rescued us from it – twice, at immense cost of blood and treasure. And now behold…

      It’s often said that Ireland is a deeply parochial society but – I wish that it really were, in the true Catholic sense of self-reliability and doing things at the local level to the max that they can be. The Covid-panic has revealed to a horrifying extent how much we cling onto “Authority”, despite our (self)vaunted “independent” spirit. This all comes from our rejection of our true Catholic heritage and our harlot-like running after the spirit of the world, which has happened in a frighteningly short period of time.

      It’s very late here, and I’m hanging on for good signs. This post was one of them, Thank you, Charlie. All I can say, in conclusion, is that I, and many like me here in Ireland, are disgusted by the gadarene rush to acclaim the soi-disant President-elect as “Catholic” and “Irish”.

      And, as far as I can see, the generously-proportioned lady hasn’t delivered her final aria yet, so may the Truth prevail.

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      1. Oh, J, there’s great hope for Ireland and for all countries everywhere. I just sense the Lord is yearning for us to rise up with Him, standing for His Laws and His Ways, as we witness to defending the traditional values of faith, family and freedom. This is not only about America. Our witness will ripple out, blessing the Irish and every man in every land. Reudx time. Be refreshed with New Hope.

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        1. Yes, Beckita, I always am refreshed by that. Hope, ever old, ever new. I was at Rosary, Exposition and Benediction earlier (well, yesterday our time) there being no public Mass here. There were confessions as well, all better attended than they were pre-lockdown (execrable word). Thank God.

          So it’s winter but then He was born in the deep midwinter. Almost Advent now and I’m actually really looking forward to this Christmas, because I think a lot of the crassness will be cut through, at least for those who have eyes to see. So I don’t think this is premature (used to love singing it in one of the choirs I was in) 🙂

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          1. Ah, gorgeous, J! Wish we could hear you sing… and your choir too. Can’t wait to see and hear the Renaissance of music, poetry, prose, architecture, dance, and all the arts that will flower in Ireland again once Our Lady has rescued us via the full Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart!

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    2. Thank-you Beckita and thank-you Charlie.
      Praying and praying and praying some more!
      Oregon’s governor has restricted Thanksgiving gatherings to six..really? I know of families with 7 or more children, should they send them someplace else? 🙄 All foolishness aside, she said that her medical officer advised her that this is the only way to decrease positive tests. I have yet to see the value, or not, of a positive test! It doesn’t mean a thing! Last time my husband calculated the positives to deaths it was less than 2% in Oregon and less than 3% in the nation. And the majority of deaths are still over 75. I know, I’m preaching to the choir…
      Continued prayers for all here. Thank-you most sincerely for your prayers.
      God bless our endeavors and for those who are fighting for the Truth. 🙏🏽✝️💙
      Katey in OR

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      1. My Own Backyard: I just did a similar calculation and got a 2.89% national death rate for Covid. Then I compared it to the national overall death rate for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The national death rate for 2019 (before Covid) was 8,646,008. This is a consistent number for the other years noted above.The national death rate through October, 2020 which includes all death including 253,382.Covid appointed cases is 6,205,339. And remember that death certificates are being fudged. If you die because of cancer/heart failure/etc and then test positive for covid, you are counted as a death for Covid. Hospitals deaths are paid more for a covid diagnosis. Do the math. Based on 2019 full year totals, Covid is responsible for exactly 2.89%. The USA has 11,541,155 confirmed cases as of 11/18/20.
        Covid death account for .02195 or 2.195%. The trio states of PA/NY/NJ have the highest death rate of 3.33% for PA, 5.9% for NY and 5.8% for NJ. The same states that returned positive covid patients into nursing homes and then provided no therapies for them aka denied them treatments. Conversely Texas and Florida have a covid death rates to confirmed cases of 1.9% each, 34% less than either PA/NY/NJ.

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    3. Beckita,

      What a inspiring, enlightening and encouraging message to us all. You were so on point. We must do our part as God’s people spiritually and in action as you have said.

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  2. Hello Charlie,Thank you for all your reporting! You bring a more reasonable take on everything going on.I am on parler also, but I’m not sure how to follow you there and on mewe.  I’m at @Lovinfl07 God bless you and thank you for all you do 🥰🙏🙏🙏 Thank you,Mary Miller Einstein once said, “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth”.

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      1. Hi Charlie. I found you on Parlor yesterday and parlaid your post out. I’m Sansan.

        Loved your post and I agree. Did you hear about Trump’s Executive Order on elections that he put in place after the 2018 elections? I sent you an email on it this morning. When Trump retains the WH for us, we will be ready to put evildoers in jail. I think Trump can and should do a “round up” of all the Gov, Mayors, Judges and Pelosi’s.

        Thank you Jesus!

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          1. How sweet of you to say that Linda. It was wonderful meeting you and everyone else. Makes me long for heaven even more.
            You guys have a lot going on. I completed one of those practice ham radio tests. I’ve got a looonng way to go. My husband(mech tech) would do so much better. Might have to “give” that job to him.😂


            1. HttP, it was so nice to meet you! I’m laughing about your “giving” your husband the ham radio job. I would’ve done that, too, except my husband was not interested. However, I talked my son into taking the licensing exam with me; I figured that if I failed it, he’d pass and then at least one member of the family would have a license. 🙂

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              1. It sure was wonderful to meet you all. You have quite the set up in place. Michigan will need it. We are a bit more of the rugged individual, wild Wild West here which has its good and bad points.
                Mike likes all of that electrical stuff. My expertise is more along the line of-where is the on/off button and does it work-not so much on how it works. Took about 9 months to figure out how the smart Tv works-the off button works the best. 🤣😁

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                1. Ha, HttP! I can relate to your troubles. My husband bought me a new smart phone, to replace the old one that I never figured out how to use. My computer-geek son keeps showing me how to use it, and I keep forgetting (or never understanding in the first place). Case in point: I can now remember which button turns it on, but I still have trouble remembering how to get to the screen that allows me to make a call. 🙂

                  I hope you’ll join us again; it was fun having you.


                  1. Hahaha-we don’t even change the clock on the truck…by the time we Get the groceries put away we have already forgotten about it. Then when we finally find the youtube video on how to change the clock and have the ipad in the truck to change it there is only a week left of daylight savings time. Oh well. Maybe next fall. 🤣

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  3. Charlie, I much appreciate your take and the additional information you provided.

    I noticed both before and after the election that news items on Fox internet medium had turned hostile to Trump, and after the election, the running news at the bottom of the tv screen had become unreservedly hostile to Trump. Bret Baer denied there was any evidence of voting count fraud, and I stopped watching Fox, except for Dobbs, Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham. Glad to see that my distaste is common.

    How could the FBI not have known that the Dominion operation was fraudulent from its conception? How could the FBI have sat on the Hunter Biden Laptop from Hell? Wray has continued to use the FBI for subversion.

    Sydney Powell is a hero!

    The continual gathering of evidence of fraud in this election is becoming overwhelming. State legislatures need to exert their authority to select electors for Trump to counter the obvious fraud.

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    1. Yep, Jack, she’s a hero; and I’m pretty sure that her “release the Kraken” threat/promise has made her the Left’s Public Enemy #1 (after Trump, of course, who I guess would be Public Enemy 0). Praying for the safety of Sydney Powell, Lin Wood, all of Trump’s legal team, and their loved ones.

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      1. Amen, Mick! I have added that prayer since the election fraud/fight began, the protection of all those loyal to Trump and those helping to expose the evil. Thinking of you every time I use a certain rosary 🙂

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  4. Oh Charlie!!! I love this…

    “I think the stunning collapse of Fox News is a foreshadowing of what is about to happen to all the fraudulent institutions in our society. We are all called to be Samson. As you recall from the Book of Judges, Samson was a phenomenally strong man who strayed from the Lord for a time. The Philistines took him captive, but didn’t notice as his hair – the source of his strength – grew back. In the end, Samson called again on the name of the Lord, pushed the pillars holding up the Philistines’ temple apart and let it all crash down on them. Time to grow our hair back (turn back to the Lord) and bring the new Pagans’ temple down on their heads. (But, unlike Samson, let us get out from under the rubble and rebuild the world under God.)”

    Hey, mike and I will be praying for you on your journey!!! My personal hope is you get to spend thanksgiving and Christmas with loved ones!!! You deserve it, Charlie! God speed good friend 🤗🙏📿🇺🇸🐿😇🐰

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    1. Linda; Since you brought up Fox News, I’ll jump in with my 4 cents. [inflation]

      I’ve been telling people (mainly family) to dump Fox for 5 years at the minimum; probably longer. At this point if I could advise Tucker and Laura I would tell them to get out NOW to salvage their reputation. There are other places they could go and besides, each of those two has been making great money for years now. They could easily ‘get by’ with a lower salary somewhere else. If they stay at Fox they will eventually (soon) be labeled as traitors to their cause and lose all credibility among conservatives. As far as Hannity goes…pfff…that guy can pound sand. He’s a repetitive shallow vaccine-pushing apostate neocon who never met a war he didn’t love. I can’t stand the guy and haven’t been able to for a long time now.

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        1. I forgot about Levin because I haven’t watched Fox for so long. I only knew Tucker was there because I watch a few of his monologues on Fox’s TY channel. I only heard Laura is there through the grapevine. Newsmax and OANN were two destinations I had in mind for the Fox deserters and I don’t mean ‘deserters’ in a bad way. I would even consider RT America a possibility although RT has a few issues of its own.
          Does anybody remember Tucker in his CNN days? Bow tie and all. Can you imagine that now? LOL!

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  5. As regards the McCarrick Report, the National Catholic Reporter (whose web page currently boasts a feature on a ‘queer Catholic’ singer, and a biography of Nancy Pelosi) has published an editorial asking the US Bishops to “suppress the cult of St. John Paul II”. My first reaction is to feel my inner James Woods rising…but my second reaction was to remember Charlie’s interpretation of the Third Secret of Fatima. If I am correct, I remember him saying that in focused on an organized effort to destroy the work of John Paul II and those who held to it following his death. Between daily reports from the Vatican, and trash like this, I’d say this is another one that Charlie nailed correctly.

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    1. You’re right, BDIORIO. Actually Charlie’s interpretation has multi-emphases concerning Pope St. John Paul II. Oh he had his enemies and a whole portion of the Church was well into the Age of Disobedience when Pope John Paul II’s pontificate began. Hence, what a battle, but one taken up by the whole Church as we – at a local level – strove to remain faithful to the Teaching Magisterium. (And for many, there was the foray off the narrow way with a return made via the intercession of none other than Our Lady as She captured our hearts while She gently and powerfully led us back to Truth.) The ascent up the hill represented our beloved JPII’s mission. And, to your point, the soldiers *were* firing at Pope John Paul II’s body of work – oh what glorious writing! – yet, even while there were legions being used by the enemy to attack Truth, St. John Paul the Great had legions of priests, bishops and religious who joined themselves to him (and I believe a tremendous contingency of lay people too… why heck, I’ve been St. Catherine of Sienna to more than a few priests over the years, propping them up for a spell and encouraging them to BE who they were called to be because…).

      There’s more, but I respect that now we’re focused on the little we can do, especially via CORAC. But I tell you, re-reading that interpretation anchors ever the more deeply within me how impoverished most of us are – including me – in the incredibly intricate and elegant ways of interpreting prophecy. No matter how many prophecies there are for these times and how they come together we are foolish to believe we’ve got anything truly figured out in detail. So much better to keep our focus on TRUSTING that God has a Plan and He’s ever nudging us to partner with Him in bringing it forward.

      In the spirit of my Scottish ancestors, here’s a musical gem to uplift us and focus us In Christ Alone:

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  6. Great Post! I have been looking forward to more of your take, Charlie, on this hot mess. God bless all here and your loved ones! Please say one Hail Mary for my brother David, he has Covid. He also has had Lyme, and usually deals with pneumonia a couple times per winter, so he’s not in the super healthy category. Thanks so much!

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        1. Uh, yes. And news of it is in the archives, Linda. (Gently teasing you 🙂 But I did ask for prayer for Father and me.) Both Father and I tested positive and made our way through it. He started 4 days before me and, like a perfect gentleman, shared his germs. He received a tremendous boost in obliterating the virus via a couple of IV doses of Remdesivir. I was pretty low key in expressing about it but, honestly, the last four days were rather brutal. We prayed over each other every day and I’m convinced that had a huge impact in lessening symptoms. I mention this because I firmly believe that following Jesus’ commission to lay hands on the sick and cast out demons is just an ordinary part of living a life rooted in the Gospel which will serve all of us well when we’re in the midst of the worst of what’s to come.

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          1. Oh Beckita! So sorry you had it rough at the end! Was praying your case would not be severe. I can imagine you are a courageous and stoic sufferer.

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            1. All I have to do, Kim, is think of Jesus at Calvary and remember we all have a share in His Cross. Too, a lesson taught to me in childhood was to place my suffering on the Cross with Christ because He magnifies it. Pretty cool arrangement, especially since we’re all interceding for Truth and Justice to prevail in our country. 😊

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          2. I knew you were I’ll and Father too but somehow I missed the covid part!!! I have been praying for you both and I was I’ll too but not sure I had covid. May I ask you what was it like? I do believe in the power of hands on deck too btw!!!🤗

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            1. Thanks so much for your prayers, Linda. I have friends who have experienced covid like a nasty cold but, for me, it began like a wicked flu with fever, chills, aches, dry cough, some nausea and fatigue. It was the last four days when nausea overtook the struggle that were the hardest. I had some great therapeutics though. I especially appreciated the new to me one, a homeopathic made in France.

              Then there was the therapy of constant texts, calls and emails as people prayed, dropped off food, shoveled walks, called into restaurants for deliveries, sent flowers and offered to do whatever we needed. And even the contactless deliveries had surprises such as the kid who waited at the sidewalk for me to fetch the food from the step. We spoke of Missoula’s surge, how foolish is fear and I promised prayer for his grandmother who was struggling while he said he’d be praying for Father and me.

              I realize the county health department was overwhelmed but my goodness! I received calls from five different nurses and the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. Some of the policies and guidelines defy common sense. Once I had it, I was in 10 days of isolation. My granddaughters who were exposed had a 14 day quarantine period. Seems like a ridiculously long time for the girls since they showed no signs of symptoms at all. If you go to the hospital they tack on 10 more days of isolation which was also ridiculous. Father had such a boost from the anti-viral, he was feeling fantastic after 10 days. These health department nurses were arbitrarily making their decisions with no patient nor any details of health tests in front of them. Since I simply don’t trust our governmental institutions right now, I have them none of the details for which they were mining in our conversations and encouraged them to spend time tending to people with real needs for support. To the credit of the nurses, I think they really want to be of service for folks.

              When I was told a certificate was coming in the mail saying I was no longer contagious and had made it through covid, I asked the nurse of what value would it be to me. Oh for your employer. Well, I’m retired. She finally admitted I could use it for scratch paper. I pondered for a moment considering the numbers of people who complete their chemotherapy treatments without a certificate… or those who survive heart attacks and come home with stents but receive no county health department certificate. Gosh we’re just plain silly sometimes.

              So there you have more than you probably wanted to know about our saga. I loved Ron Paul’s comment in the last few days as he criticized Fauci for not acknowledging the great news that 11 million Americans have survived covid. He went on to urge people to celebrate by throwing away masks and eating out at a favorite restaurant!

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              1. That is JUST AMAZING Beckita!!! You and Father must be very strong!!! So good to hear so many good folksies helped you two!!! I’m sorry about the nausea!!! To me, nausea is the WORST!!! Thank you for sharing your account as I was really wondering how it all goes down with covid. Did they give you regeneron??? That drug that made President Trump feel like Superman?

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                  1. Thanks for sharing Beckita!!! So glad you overcame it and Father too!!! Now you have antigens and you can go around without fear. Do you know how you caught it??? Just curious. My neighbors just got back from 3 day stay in hospital due to COVID-19. He caught it playing bridge! Lol. But they are elderly in their late 70s so I was pretty happy for them they survived it too!

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                    1. Awww, thanks, Sweet Noreen. I do pray each one who is ill with any disease has a Christian believer nearby who will pray over the one in need, be it great or small. God’s Blessings be upon you and your family.

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                  2. That boiron (The spell-know-it-all changed it to bourbon) Is fabulous for all viruses. I take it at the first sign of virus trouble. And again in a few hours. I try to keep a supply because it frequently is out of stock here. So glad you found it! Experts seem to think that the Chinese virus has only a couple of controlled expensive pharmaceutical solutions………but quite a number of inexpensive things work. May the Lord continue to heal you two.
                    Folks around here are reading Psalm 46 over and over and over.

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                    1. Thanks for your prayers, Katicos. 🙂 The homeopathic is, indeed, good for any flu-like symptoms. With covid it seemed to take a little longer to kick in, yet, it was a dream therapeutic. And I can’t say enough about the power of people praying over each other for whatever need there may be.

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              2. Oh, my, Beckita. I didn’t quite gather at the time that both you and Father had contracted COVID-19. You kept participating here and didn’t let on what you were going through. Thank you for taking the time to give more details. Your personal account can encourage others. God bless and keep you.

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              3. Hi Beckita, I am so glad that you were helped by homeopathic medicines! I have previously studied homeopathy and even tried a few, but had trouble locating research that back their efficacy and seeing results. If you have any helpful resources or references you could point me to, I would appreciate it. Thanks and God bless you!

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                1. Marie, you might want to check out this website: Joette Calabrese is a homeopath who has been in private practice for almost 3 decades. There is a wealth of information on her site, including links to studies and such. (As an aside, she is also a devout, Rosary-praying Catholic who has worked with Mother Teresa’s Sisters in Calcutta).

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          3. I prayed for Father and his battle with Rona. Didn’t realize it had targeted you too, but I included you in my general prayers.

            Good news, my future daughter in law, Becky, is doing well. Sadly she passed it on to one of our priests, Fr. Chris. Her and my son, who remains healthy, were doing marriage preparation together. Father has been having a rough time and definitely could use more prayers. Thank you everyone who has prayed for my family. God Bless you all.

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            1. Thanks so much for your prayers, William. I initially focused on prayer for Father because he was most vulnerable at age 92 and with some underlying health conditions. But I have thought of what Charlie pointed out from the get go of this virus: they mutate. Every last one of them does, so I’ll bet our version of wrestling with covid was not as intense as the struggle for those who contracted it early, like in March and April.

              Definitely praying for a speedy recovery for Fr. Chris and that no one else in your family becomes ill from covid.

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    1. sheralyn80, I have offered a prayer for your brother, David. ❤

      Please pray for my my brother, John David, and sis-in-law Deb. He has been suffering from diabetic neuropathy, and now memory loss. He is the baby of the family and his wife is a mess. Sadly, they are both a bit too proud to ask for help and that may well lead to their demise.

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      1. Joining you in prayer, Jlynnbyrd, for your brother John David and sister-in-law Deb, from part of a Psalm from today’s Liturgy of the Hours (well, the version on the Universalis website) …

        Psalm 62 (63)
        Thirsting for God
        To you, O God, I keep vigil at dawn, to look upon your power, alleluia.

        O God, you are my God, I watch for you from the dawn.
        My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
        I came to your sanctuary,
        as one in a parched and waterless land,
        so that I could see your might and your glory.

        My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.
        Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
        and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
        my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
        and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
        I will remember you as I lie in bed,
        I will think of you in the morning,
        for you have been my helper,
        and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.

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  7. Texas reported last week for the first time that most of Texans DRIVERS LICENSES and addresses were stolen as a result of a hack last March; did people sell them and use them to vote? The left didn’t work as hard as some Repub., yet retained several state seats. Dallas got new voting machines that overheated a lot in Feb; I am not sure if it happened this election but at least they aren’t connected to servers in left Barcelona, Spain as Dominion’s are.

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  8. Charlie, you write that “We will have to work to overthrow it without destroying it.” Specifically, what are some examples of what we can do to overthrow it, without destroying it (outside of prayer) if Biden becomes president?

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  9. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Because Trump Deplorables had the temerity to exercise their 1st Amendment Right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances (DC Swamp Corruption & Voter Fraud), it be only “Good & Proper” that criminal BLM/ANTIFA Thugs (Militant Arm of Democrat Party) attack them whilst LeftMedia joins in by placing onus on Trump/Deplorables .. See!!??… Wecome to USA 2020 ;-(
    “Trump supporters morning protests turn into violent clashes”

    Nothing to see here! ….. Move Along!!
    or here…….


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    1. Crew Dog!

      “Trump supporters morning protests turn into violent clashes”

      Last night I watched a horrible video of a white gut getting sucker punched by Antifa. It was AWEFUL!!! It sickened me and I could barely sleep last night. There was another video of a woman with children who were attacked. I couldn’t watch it…

      God have Mercy!

      And yet my husband still holds the MSM view… I feel nauseous all the time as I hear MSM say that the election was the most protected in years from voter fraud.

      Like Father Ripperger says the demonic projects the lie on to the opposing party.

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  10. St. Albert the Great, please intercede for scientists to discover an ethical Covid vaccine.

    JPII Medical Research Institute is developing their own Covid vaccine; they have issues with Operation Warp Speed. More info:

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      1. Oh no! Would this mean no more ASOH. I am so computer illiterate I don’t know if I could navigate to another site, and I would loose all of my friends. I don’t even know how to do facebook or twitter. Well, I have a son that has the capability to take over my computer with team viewer, and maybe he would be able to get me to whatever new changes are made. Whatever is His will. I will just keep on praying.

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        1. No, Dee. It doesn’t mean no more ASOH. It might well mean a shift to a new cyber home. I have your phone number and you have your geeky son so I think you’d make the transition just fine. 🙂

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        2. Dolordee, you wouldn’t lose your friends… If WordPress boots us, we’ll find a way to connect somehow/somewhere. Hey, we’re family; and that’s what families do. 🙂

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      2. In the comment section of the Timothy and Crew Dog link to Treehouse two offers of alternative hosting platforms are listed by commenters. Maybe CJ should take note of the companies. Maybe its a good idea to move just because of the censorship WP is practicing. .

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  11. Re Bush : “including former President George W. Bush. That one disgusts me. After we stood up for him countless times as the left’s smear machine attacked him, that he should stick a shiv in us and the very idea of honest fair play is a deep betrayal. ”

    At about 1 hour 10 minutes into the graceforce podcast posted previously, I found the answer to the nagging questiobs, the confusion, the cognitive dissonance I have had about the twerp for some time.

    Riperfger states that we must fight; there is no ‘just waiting’ , we must be in the Spiritual battle as that is the only way this demonic communism will be defeated.

    Bush is not in the spiritual fight.

    This explains his nomination of Harriet Meyers, his supine aquiescence to an activist Supreme Court, and his ‘good puppy’ paws up to Biden..

    I do not rule out that Bush is malevolent, yet, his spiritual no show speajs volumes.

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      1. I do not know the man’s heart, I am mnot impressed by his fruits.

        A political framework I find useful is Nationalusts vs Globalists.

        Trump is a nationalist Bush is a globalist.
        Nationalists anf glibalists inhabit both American official parties.

        I also think that Christianity vs. Satan’s Forces is the larger framework encompassing the Nationalist/Globalist frame.

        God bless

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  12. Charlie:
    You have often used the metaphor of ‘sifting’ and I am sure you have probably unpacked it elsewhere but I was really struck by that image today.
    In the ancient world it was a rather laborious process to separate the kernels of wheat from the chaff of the stalks and leaves. After harvesting and thoroughly drying the wheat stalks they had to be threshed – that is they were beaten or trod on by animals to break the kernels of wheat off the stalk. Then they would be sifted. Sifting often entailed throwing everything up in the air and allowing the wind to carry away the chaff. The heavier kernels of wheat would fall to the ground. Do this often enough in windy weather and you eventually get wheat kernels with no chaff.
    It is interesting to note that Mt. Moriah (where Abraham took Isaac to sacrifice him) and where Solomon would eventually build the Temple was in the interim period when the Jebusites controlled the area used as a threshing floor. (Threshing floors were often on hilltops because you got good wind to blow away the chaff.)
    I believe it as St. Augustine who wrote that “our love is our weight”. I’m not exactly sure what he meant since I have never found the context but I see an application here. We are in the midst of the Storm and we are being sifted. God is throwing everything up in the air and for His own purposes allowing the satan to blow as hard as he can. Are we good heavy kernels of wheat that will fall back to the ground to be gathered into God’s barn for harvest or will the winds of the devil, the flesh and the world blow us away from God, from Jesus and His Church. Are we grown heavy enough in our love for God to keep falling back into His Hands no matter how high or how many times He chooses to throw us into the air?
    I think a great example of this is the lifting of the obligation to attend Mass. It has been said that “character is what you do when no one is looking”. What will people do when they don’t ‘have to’? Will they get to Mass no matter what because it is really their ‘source and center’ or once thrown up in the air will the winds of this world blow them away?
    Sorry for the length of the post.

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      1. Yes it is. But he says no one is going to hell. Jesus says they are. At the risk of offending Bishop Barron, I’ll stick with Jesus. I fear those who surround their errors with comforting, honeyed words even more than I dread those who are open in their rejection of Christ.

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        1. When Bishop Barron said that he lost me. My distaste was confirmed to me when he enthusiastically endorsed Fr. Martin’s latest book.🤮

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        2. Oh dear, I’ve heard and even chatted with a few people who have stated this and in doing my own research, I had a difficult time finding much. I do know that when I have paid attention to Bishop Barron on the matter of Hell, he speaks of the *hope*… And so now I find myself seeking again for something, anything, and guess what I find? There is an entire WOF FAQ page dedicated to this subject.

          Hot topic! ❤

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          1. Yes, he did couch it in the terms that there is a “reasonable hope” that all are going to heaven. But in Matthew 7:13 Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction; and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

            So Bishop Barron’s hope is based on the hope that Jesus was either wrong or lying. There is no hope except false hope in that – and such false hope is leading many to the wide and easy gate.

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            1. I fear the Lord and know suspect that souls are lost to perdition. I do believe that Our Almighty Father and Our Blessed Mother long for and yearn for all their children to be saved. For that reason, I am not conflicted with the bishop, I sense. However, I can see how others may me and on the other hand how perhaps some hardened hearts may be opened as well. God, only knows! 😉

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              1. I respect your thoughts, Jen, and I love your heart so full of mercy. Still, a Bishop is a direct descendant of the Apostles and bears the right and responsibility to speak with clarity Christ’s Teachings. Bishop Barron blew it on this teaching of how God’s Mercy and Justice are one. After all, God does not send people to hell. It is the unrepentant one who actually chooses to separate himself/herself from the Lord choosing hell for all Eternity. Hard to imagine, but we do have free will. Praying, as ever, that Holy Spirit descends so all mankind comes to know how much God loves us, the better to Choose our destiny.

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                1. It is so hard to imagine someone would choose to separate themselves from God–but a third of the angels did. It seems like insanity, but then when you look at evil that is done, it looks insane.

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                2. In the end, what’s going to prove more profitable as an endeavor. Pointing out and assessing the obvious and not so obvious flaws of Bishops, or living the Faith to the full… as a light to others. Personally, my soul often recoils from these discussions. Certainly not because I’m an incredibly sensitive soul, or choose to ignore, or don’t have eyes to see, but I happen to also prefer following the lead of Christ as much as possible.

                  Where do we find such counsel from Our Lord in the Gospels? Where does He advise his followers with such distractions?

                  On the contrary, as there’s this: “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?

                  And this: Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

                  And, no, I don’t think I’m taking that out of context, as it ought to be obvious that the ones who obstinately choose to fall very well may fall for good in the end.

                  This one too: Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

                  Do folks consider the stumbling blocks they put in their little brother’s way getting them off track with this sort of thing?

                  Please. I really think we need to more carefully weigh the potential profit or losses.

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                  1. I appreciate your thoughts and caution, MP. The caution is wisdom, I believe, particularly if the judging of behaviors leads to a bitter heart towards anyone *and* if it leads to the judging of the other’s heart. At the same time, there is room for judging the behavior we see around us and Jesus tells us how it’s to be done in John 7:24. And, I think, it should lead to the charity of praying for the one about whom there is concern.

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                    1. Are folks familiar with a Profit and Loss Statement? Not just reviewing one, but having to answer for it too? John 7:24 is a fine example of judging in its proper perspective obviously, but it’s merely one ‘line item’ of which there are many on our P&L, and I tend to think of it as an ‘expense.’ And we both know we could come up with a considerable amount more on the cautionary side of judging, so I’m not convinced at this point that it’s a useful topic for folks to get too hung up on, and/or risk tripping. That said, it’s clearly that one “Net Profit (or Loss)” cell that matters.

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                    2. MP—it is for certain that we must never judge anyone ever! But, I think it is just a certain that we must judge actions. The lack of that has brought us to a bad place. If we don’t speak out about evil, it will persist and erroneous teaching can lead many astray.

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                    3. Kim, the lack of judging actions in others has brought us to a bad place? That’s a bit like saying, after consistently playing a bad game for four quarters, we lost in the final seconds because a receiver dropped a potentially game winning catch. We’re in a bad place from generations increasingly sinning, with wounded bodies laying all over the field of battle –– and often right next to us. And we want to spend time fretting about what some Bishop said? Sorry, I just don’t think this is the time for haggling about fundamental formation when we could be ripping our garments for bandages and stopping the flow of blood. Simply and directly.


                  2. MP My purpose is not to judge bishop Barron, which I am forbidden to do, but to voice a concern for those who may be misled by his stating that “there is a reasonable hope that all men are saved” when as Charlie points out, this is clearly contradictory to Jesus’ statements in many places in scripture regarding hell. This is akin to the false statement “once saved, always saved” as if we can sin without concern once we accept Christ as our personal savior in contradiction to many clear statements throughout scripture. Good feelings and intentions are not sufficient. jas

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                    1. See my P&L analogy. If it’s an 8-hour work day, how are we going to spend it? Yes, sometimes too much fiddling with expenses that don’t necessarily impact the profit line positively. There are uncountable examples in the Gospel of focusing on Profit, and I have yet to hear a good solid argument here that supports putting so much energy into the words/actions of others. As it is, I am guilty of the same having just expended 2 minutes.

                      Folks can do as they please, but I’ve got to focus on the leading profit centers moving forward.


                  3. MP: I’m replying here to your comment below on bandages and blood letting because for some reason there is no REPLY button below your comment. Bishop Barron has a huge online following. It seems to me that if you are requiring making bandages to stem the blood letting is it entirely appropriate to critique Bishop Barron’s on line sermons.


                    1. Joanne,

                      Whether or not it’s appropriate and under what circumstances is a slightly different discussion. I wanted folks to consider whether stuff in this vein, and under what circumstances, is productive and profitable in the truest sense of the terms. Is it the best course of action? Frankly, I don’t think it’s even remotely as productive and profitable as folks seem to think. In fact, when it comes to “defend the Faith,” I can think of few things less productive in this time, and in these circumstances. Thus, my thesis.

                      I know… you’ll have a lot of company. Shoot, there are sprawling threads from here to Timbuktu with well meaning Catholics and others critiquing what this or that Bishop has to say. Same for politicians and virtually every other public figure. Doesn’t stop there obviously, as folks from all walks take it up until it looks and sounds like little more than so much flotsam and jetsam being swept down the canyon by the raging flash floods.

                      Beyond prayer (and often in conjunction with) he Gospel is one of my first go-to’s for direction, and I already pointed out that I can find little evidence of Jesus encouraging/enabling this sort of thing in His followers, not because He didn’t patiently listen to them and let them make mistakes, but because He was readying them to be most productive as only Wisdom can truly see fit.

                      Earlier, Beckita rebutted me with John 7:24. “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” And I’ll point out this seems to be the sole rebutting Gospel passage any time this conversation comes up here. So, does anyone pause too long at the word “righteous,” and who wants to be the first to step up and claim that they are judging righteously… and out loud on a public forum?

                      Granted, I don’t agree with all things I hear from this or that Bishop as, like you, my Faith clearly informs me to the contrary. Typically it’s obvious, and fairly basic stuff. Certainly nothing to derail either one of us, or any of us, particularly if we’re hard at work and focused.

                      So what of “righteousness?” We’re reminded in both the Old and New Testaments that “none is righteous, no, not one.”

                      And for those who pay heed to what Our Mother is saying to us –– and I think her authentic direction is prolific in these times –– I’m not aware of one instance of Our Lady encouraging/enabling such an approach. Can’t say that I know Our Lady’s mind, but I think it’s reasonable to assume that She is going to direct us to the most productive and fruitful course of action –– The Way of Her Son.

                      Finally, I look to the other Saints. Of course I fully acknowledge they’re a diverse lot, so it seems prudent to maybe look at a Saint for our times. Saint Theresa of Calcutta is the first that comes to my mind. This tiny hobbit of a woman who defended the Faith, not with a profusion of words, but by tirelessly taking to the field of battle with the Corporal Works of Mercy –– and suffering a dry soul to boot. No armchair quarterback, that one.

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                    2. TY for taking time to explain your point of view further. As always ASOH continues to evoke thought and personal assessment beyond first blush of the read.

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            2. Yes, Charlie–and also, why would Jesus have said it would have been better that Judas had never been born if he didn’t go to hell?

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        3. Charlie:
          I really tend to agree with you on the analysis of the Barron / von Balthasar hypothesis. I would however be interested in your understanding of the ‘Fatima prayer’ that is added at the end of every decade of the Rosary. Our Lady instructs us to pray “O my Jesus, save us from the fires of hell, lead ALL souls to heaven…” Are we making a prayer that will/can never be granted / fulfilled?

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          1. The dispute is of Bishop Baron’s supposed support for the Balthasarian thesis of the possibility of universal salvation. I really don’t follow Bishop Baron. But I have read Balthasar. Balthasar was a Catholic Priest highly regarded by Karol Wytiya and Josef Ratzinger when he wrote the book that brought about Taylor’s repudiation. Father Balthasar’s book, entitled Dare We Hope That All Men Be Saved? With a Short Discourse on Hell. This is said to be one of the most misunderstood books of our era. The Amazon description of the book says it all. “This book is perhaps one of the most misunderstood works of Catholic theology of our time. Critics contend that von Balthasar espouses universalism, the idea that all men will certainly be saved. Yet, as von Balthasar insists, damnation is a real possibility―for others but also for ourselves. Indeed, he explores the nature of damnation with sobering clarity. At the same time, he contends that a deep understanding of God’s merciful love and human freedom, and a careful reading of the Catholic tradition, point to the possibility―not the certainty―that, in the end, all men will accept the salvation Christ won for all. For this all-embracing salvation, von Balthasar says, we may dare hope, we must pray, and with God’s help we must work. The Catholic Church’s teaching on Hell has been generally neglected by theologians, with the notable exception of von Balthasar. He grounds his reflections clearly in Sacred Scripture, and in Catholic teaching. While the Church asserts that certain individuals are in Heaven (“saints”), it never declares a specific individual to be in Hell. In fact, the Church hopes that in their final moments of life, even the greatest sinners would have repented of their terrible sins, and be saved. Sacred Scripture states, “God…desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all” (1st Timothy, 2:4).” Saint Augustine wrote of a friend being such a bad guy who finally accepted Christ. He wrote of the joy he felt. We must have hope for those not in the flock. But Jesus seeks them out and carries them home, does he not? Edith Stein said, “All-merciful love can thus descend to everyone. We believe that it does so. And now, can we assume that there are souls that remain perpetually closed to such love? As a possibility in principle, this cannot be rejected. In reality, it can become infinitely improbable—precisely through what preparatory grace is capable of effecting in the soul. It can do no more than knock at the door, and there are souls that already open themselves to it upon hearing this unobtrusive call. Others allow it to go unheeded. Then it can steal its way into souls and begin to spread itself out there more and more…. If all the impulses opposed to the spirit have been expelled from the soul, then any free decision against this has become infinitely improbable.”
            Bishop Barron is not alone in his interest in Balthazar.
            Pope Benedict XVI has described von Balthasar as one of the two theologians he appreciates the most. In a 2016 interview, he claimed he shared an “inward intention” and “vision” with Father Balthasar, remarking positively, “It is unbelievable what this person has written and done.”

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              1. It is not as though an inordinate amount of time is spent on concerns over bishop Barron I only mention him in passing, giving only the small amount of attention he deserves. If we are to make note of him it should be proper. There are many more important issues to focus on as this community does. Those who focus on our observation are giving it more attention than it should be getting. Look in the mirror. jas


                1. You just said it, JAS. it WAS a multi-faceted conversation spanning important issues. Much more than you apparently give it credit for.


              2. I read the review on the cover of the book and not the book, so I am not sure how to react to the comments he made.

                I am a visual thinker and love Bishop Barron’s work. It is very visual and artistic. Long ago when he would critique a motion picture box office movie, I would raise my eyebrows at the notion he could say anything good about a movie that had actors, we had learned were *fallen* if you will, starring in it. However, Bishop Barron and his delightful producer of the Word on Fire Show Podcast, Brandon Vogt, make it clear, repeatedly, that just because they may enjoy a character, produced movie, etc…does not mean that they endorse or approve of the actor or the producer and their lifestyle choices and other works they have done.

                Also, I was astounded when the bishop found spiritual aspects in the songs of Bob Dylan. I kid you not. He, like my dear mother, God rest her soul, has a special grace to find treasures in things that may be considered dark, dull, or invisible to others. Bishop Robert Barron on Bob Dylan –

                I had someone online give me a heck of a time when I shared a brief and benign quote from Winston Churchill and went on to tell all about disgraceful things he did in his life, as to null and void all other things including growth and conversion. In the recent ARK Conference Call with Anne the Lay Apostle on November 10th, 2020,, she spoke about finding beauty in everybody for our own personal holiness. In addition to words to share with us from Jesus she received that day and a delightful parable, she suggested learning from the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, and paused to request that we not write into her to tell her that he was on this side or that side. Anne went on to defend that Alexis was not on a side, he was an objective observer of the formation of the United States and it’s laws in it’s earliest days.

                Just sharing a piece of my heart in the striving to find beauty, as Anne so eloquently put it, in others. That is no easy feat for any of us, yet practice makes it as close to perfect as we can hope to achieve.

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                1. Oddly enough JLynnByrd: All that tiring down of statues like Columbus, Washington, Jefferson, Grant, etc is exactly because Redemption is dead on the left.

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                2. I will include this excerpt from the ARK newsletter for those who do not watch the 20 + minute video that I mentioned in my previous comment.

                  “This video is particularly special because Anne relayed a message she received from Jesus in her prayer after asking for direction in advance of the ARK call. Below is the message that was given to everyone who was live on the call this past Tuesday.

                  “Let the days be lived, by those who trust me and those who do not trust me. At the end of the days, we will see who fares better, who lives more happily, who brings peace and unity into the world, who refrains from judgement against others, who allows me to be the source of wisdom and acknowledges my dominion over the world. Anne, let the days lived” (Jesus, November 10th, 2020).

                  Please share this message with your loved ones to offer some encouragement and hope today!”

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                  1. Thanks, Jen. For those who are interested, you can go to the DFOT website and join the Apostolate. By doing so, you’ll then receive an email invitation to join a call with Anne every other Tuesday morning. For those who miss the call live, a link to a video of the call is sent for access.

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                3. Hey Jen, I appreciate the good that Bp. Barron has done very much – and particularly his work at the Mundelein Seminary before he became a Bishop. I, too, appreciate the themes of deep faith found in much of Bob Dylan’s work – and, for that matter, in the work of the great surreal artist, Salvador Dali. I am not caught up in a narrow view that to be worthy, something must be entirely traditionally pious, timid and docile. I also appreciate much of the work of the theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar – even more than I value Bp. Barron’s work.

                  But I am on something of a hair trigger when someone who does otherwise good work ventures to directly contradict Christ. When they do, their other goodness serves to convince otherwise solid Christians that maybe the offensive and errant position is consonant with Christian doctrine. I don’t get worried about anyone making a mistake. Lord knows, I make enough of them. But when someone takes a position contrary to Christ and then, after knowing it, persists in the error, I dismiss them from any future consideration without tossing out their prior good work. In speaking of hell in Matthew 7:13, Jesus does not say that many might go there; He says bluntly that many go there. That settled the matter for me.

                  I don’t begrudge anyone the comfort they get from Bp. Barron’s Word on Fire series. But if that comfort includes the hope or belief that no one is going to hell – or that active homosexuality is acceptable in the eyes of God, they will be comfortable until they reach the gates of hell, where such teaching is leading. For me, the fundamental question about any teaching is not whether it is comforting, but whether it is true. Most of the truth is comforting, but some is very hard, indeed.

                  Conventional Christians often do not see the merit in unconventional sources, such as Dylan and Dali. So it has ever been; when St. Thomas Aquinas found much to admire in the pagan philosopher, Aristotle, some were scandalized. But St. Thomas, too, did not care where he found truth, so long as it proved true. I draw the line when anyone persists in contradicting Christ – and calls it Christian.

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                  1. “…if that comfort includes the hope or belief that no one is going to hell – or that active homosexuality is acceptable in the eyes of God, they will be comfortable until they reach the gates of hell, where such teaching is leading. For me, the fundamental question about any teaching is not whether it is comforting, but whether it is true.”

                    On this, I concur. ❤

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                  2. Charlie I tried to “like” this comment but it wouldn’t let me and the new system said my email address and password belonged to someone else in its huge universe so I am forced to comment directly.
                    My few words cannot do justice to your excellent an detailed comments that delineate my own position. In this time when things are so threatening and confusing, your guidance and counseling are so needed and appreciated. It is sad to see in this time when we need to support each other, any harsh judgements being posted based apparently on uncharitable misinterpretations of others comments (Perhaps I am guilty as well unintentionally.) Let us all strive to support each other and aim more toward pushing our own positive thoughts and encouragements without any need for unnecessary opposing and uncharitable disparaging of others. Let our good thoughts speak for themselves.
                    In the love of Christ, jas

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            1. Catholic Study Bible

              2 Peter 2:1-5

              1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

              2 And many will follow their licentiousness, and because of them the way of truth will be reviled.

              3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction has not been asleep.

              4 For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom to be kept until the judgment;

              5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven other persons, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;

              2 Peter 2:10

              10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and wilful, they are not afraid to revile the glorious ones,

              2 Peter 2:14-15

              14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
              15 Forsaking the right way they have gone astray; they have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing,

              2 Peter 2:17-22

              17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm; for them the nether gloom of darkness has been reserved.

              18 For, uttering loud boasts of folly, they entice with licentious passions of the flesh men who have barely escaped from those who live in error.
              19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved.

              20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

              21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
              22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and the sow is washed only to wallow in the mire.


          2. Matthew:You left out the beginning of the Fatima prayer. Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in need of thy mercy. You missed the “Forgive us our sins”, is an adminission of quilt as in the Confessional. Bishop Barron implies that it doesn’t matter how much you sin and especially implies that as Christ will forgive you don’t have to recognize your sins let alone ask for forgiveness. “Save us from the fires of hell” isn’t exactly negating the place.

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            1. Plus, the St Michael the Archangel prayer isn’t exactly silent on hell. BTW our priests say it at every Mass, every day and have been saying it for at least 4 years.

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              1. Joanne, what has come to mind for me in this discussion, is the vision of hell by the children of Fatima and the visions of hell by saints and mystics over the centuries. “Woe to the shepherd who misleads the flock.”

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  13. “Police and military leaders will have to decide……” Indeed!!! I have recently felt the need to modify my daily prayer for those 2 groups. I now ask that they are not only protected, but that they will be loyal to our President and stand with all those who are exposing all the evil right now!!

    Still digesting all of this wonderful essay, Charlie. Encouraging us as always!

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  14. Charlie,

    Great post.
    The forces of evil are trying desperately to steal this election. I agree that the courts will be critical to deciding what is just regardless of their personal beliefs. I am really worried about the courts however. They have shown that they are significantly biased to the left and with the pressure from the full community of political heads, the media and social networks cheering on the left, even a fair judge would have a hard time to decide what is right. I am sure he knows he will be harassed, maybe suspended from the BAR, put on the democratic TARGET list and more. It is sickening. May God strengthen these individuals to make the right and just decisions.

    I believe Trump as our leader and or national backstop, along with people of good will that believe in God and freedom will still go through an a intense and crushing chastisement. Trump, will help fight the swamp, but the corruption in the entire political, judicial and other institutions along with big time power brokers and ANTIFA and BLM, will continue to be huge impediments to overcome. Trump and his supporters fight for life at all stages, freedom for all, reducing government from ruling our life, true justice, and what was once called “the American way”.

    Still with God guiding us, and our Mother pulling us to her heart with encouragement to fight on as her soldiers we all know in the end we will overcome anything. To what degree of evil we must withstand and for what duration only God knows. However, we will be a large part in God’s plan due to our strong commitment to prayer and action.

    As our Lord has said a light should not be hidden under a basket, but must be the light shining up on the hill to guide others, The purging of the filth and scum that has covered so many in all areas of our society must be exposed to the light and be scorched and dried up to be used as dirt and fodder.

    We have a great responsibility during this most defining battle to re-establish God as the foundation of society and His children.

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    1. Be careful, San. I know three of the president’s lawyers – and have been talking with one in particular the last couple of days. They are VERY optimistic, as am I. But there is a lot of inaccurate material going around based on tendentious interpretations of actual facts – that people on our side are glomming onto and acting as if everything is resolved but the shouting. It simply is not. What you sent is interesting and it has enabled some investigatory moves. But it is NOT near as major a factor as some of the sites linking to this EO think it is. If you see something that says we have got them now and this was all one big trap, as much as you want to believe it, don’t. That kind of confidence is for amateurs and wishful thinkers. We have a compelling body of evidence that makes for a very strong argument, that I personally think is very likely to prevail. We have real hope – and a preponderance of the evidence to support that hope. I believe we will prevail. But I am a little wearied with all of the jailhouse lawyers adding to the confusion by spreading false hope under banner headlines using superficial and cherry-picked interpretations of actual facts and data. It does not help – and props up the idiot media’s argument that we are flailing blindly. Steady on.

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      1. Executive Order: Dated September 1, 2018

        (c) the term “United States person” means
        any United States citizen,
        permanent resident alien,
        entity organized under the laws of the United States or
        any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or
        any person (including a foreign person) in the United States;

        Sec. 8 (f):
        “…or of any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government,
        undertaken with the purpose or effect of
        undermining confidence in, or
        altering the result or reported result of,
        the election, or
        undermining public confidence in election processes or institutions…”

        I’d say: Twitter, Facebook, Google have ‘sunk’ their boat. More so, all $ and donations to black Lives matter, aNtiFa {Hollywood, etc} are open to seizure.

        Public Press communications: CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX & affiliates have all acted complicity in their drive to foster and undermine Public confidence.

        Wasn’t there an International body which had a ‘Table top’ exercise a few months prior to this Global Cornovid 19 Plandemic? Bill Gates I believe?

        I am Optimistic and very hopeful President Trump will unlease the Kracken ellicitating thousands of arrests and forfeitures. If so, we shall be in a big world of hurt at ‘they’ shall not go quietly into the night.

        If not, Communism is here, alive and horrid. Better get your Soul prepared and as many Plenary Indulgences while you are able.

        Lord Jesus, I Trust in you.

        *******Resources cited*******
        50 U.S. Code § 1701 – Unusual and extraordinary threat; declaration of national emergency; exercise of Presidential authorities

        (a)Any authority granted to the President by section 1702 of this title may be exercised to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, if the President declares a national emergency with respect to such threat.

        (b)The authorities granted to the President by section 1702 of this title may only be exercised to deal with an unusual and extraordinary threat with respect to which a national emergency has been declared for purposes of this chapter and may not be exercised for any other purpose. Any exercise of such authorities to deal with any new threat shall be based on a new declaration of national emergency which must be with respect to such threat.

        *******National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)*******

        Click to access 50%20USC%201601-1651.pdf


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  15. Unleash the Kracken and let em have it…

    Up here in Canada, our own fake news is smokescreening everything with Covid19 numbers and a theatning anther lockdown, the brief mention of Trump was a missquote saying he concedeed to defeat.

    I would love to see Trump rise again, if only to see our own fake news media exposed as a bunch of liars!

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    1. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth – as we celebrate! The idiot media needs to learn that a sneer is not an argument and obfuscation is not evidence. And may almost all of them be reduced next year to asking if you want fries with that burger.

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  16. Sheriffs in 3 vehicles pulled up to the entrance to the polling place on Nov. 3 and stood outside talking about 6pm; I thought they were there to make sure there were no problems with the counting of ballots. I wish all the blue states had them there also.

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  17. Breaking news on Gateway Pundit (my new go to site instead of Fox). WordPress has “deplatformed”, kicked out, Conservative Treehouse! And so it begins! God help us all, and may we keep praying hard for evil to be defeated in this election and beyond!!

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  18. The profile pic is a photo of a tree across from our house that got ripped off in a recent storm. Was looking outside one day and–boom!–there was our blessed Lady. I’m calling it, ‘Our Lady of the Derecho.’ I hope she doesn’t mind!

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  19. Charlie,

    You say you’re 70% sure Trump will prevail with legal tactics, so you say the 30% is that Biden will become “ president” correct?

    It’s hard being the people. What’s to do. Did you do the Jericho March? You always said you planned to do that.

    I’ve been following Dr. Taylor Marshall who promotes the Jericho March. What a Godsend.

    Thank you for this site, It is so encouraging to hear truth and faith! So needed in this gaslighting times!

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    1. No, Little One, Charlie didn’t always say he planned to do the Jerico March. He wrote that the Lord told him to *prepare* for one and Charlie has often written that he has that pack of stuff ready. That said, as you note, there’s the Jericho March movement right now where people descend upon state capitol buildings and make Jericho Walks, praying as they go around them.

      Right there with you, Little One, on it’s hard being the people, but, you know, this brings to mind Fr. Jacques Philippe’s small insightful book, Interior Freedom. Here’s a few gems from that book which we can all contemplate. (I need to do this too!)

      *“The Lord can leave us wanting relative to certain things (sometimes judged indispensable in the eyes of the world), but He never leaves us deprived of what is essential: His presence, His peace and all that is necessary for the complete fulfillment of our lives, according to His plans for us.”

      *“There is a paradoxical law of human life here: one cannot become truly free unless one accepts not always being free! To achieve true interior freedom we must train ourselves to accept, peacefully and willingly, plenty of things that seem to contradict our freedom.”

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        1. We’re here to build each other up, Little One. All of us struggle in some fashion. I like to think of ASOH community as an oasis in the desert, so come and sip whenever you need refreshment. You surely bless us with your up-building ways! 🙂

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    2. Now there’s a worthy addition the deprecatory psalms.Fr.Heiman lea.ds one and mebjtioned at the e of that racgeforce podcast posted earlier that .w.e can provide “air support” by uniting in prayer at the appointed time.

      I h..a.v.exasjed my G.a.urdian Angel to remind me to help out

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  20. If the Democrats do get away with this fraud, I am afraid mail in ballots will become a standard option to vote going forward in presidential elections. It will be argued and of course backed by many scientists that November is a month when flu and other viruses are around abundantly ( including an array of COVIDS-n) and since the Democrats are very concerned about safety and health of the people they serve, mail in ballots will remain the primary option to vote in the states/cities they govern.

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    1. PAWEL, just a note…back in 1998, a “citizen initiative” was passed that made Oregon the very first state to “vote by mail.” I put the vote by mail in quotation marks because every city has a locked voting box to take in the ballots. We here in Oregon have confidence that our voting is fraud-free.
      That said, I do pray that it’s true and and that it remains that way.🙏🏼
      God bless your day~
      God bless all here.
      Katey in Oregon 🙏🏽💙🌧

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      1. MyOwnBackyard: I thought the PA mail in vote was secure but what has been discovered here and especially in Philadelphia, ballots were run through the machines multiple times, legal Republican poll watchers were kept more than 10 feet away from observing where the ballots were place after being run through the machines and we have the Dominion ballot counting system which was invented by a Venezuelan and used there to throw the elections to the communists.

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        1. Joanne ~ how very discouraging. You don’t see anyone disputing our voting though. With only 4 million total population (2020 census), most of the nation discards Oregon and the only thing that would open eyes is if we flipped from blue to red. Still, all thing are possible with God!
          katey in OR

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    2. Pawel, who needs a virus to continue mail in ballots? The process is now established and vote fraud too. BTW, I STOOD IN LINE with hundreds to vote at my polling station even though PA had mail in ballots too. Plus my county had 3 drop off ballot boxes with lines that wrapped around the building. When my line entered the elementary school poll location we were divided into 4 districts. So we stood 4 across, back to back in a very narrow school hall.

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  21. I am watching The Plot Against the President on Amazon Prime. I had wanted to read the book and was pleasantly surprised to find it on Amazon. Very well done. Recommended.

    I joined Parler today. I am JudeJudyJudith. I simplified things!

    My dear grandson, Gabriel, appears in my photo. He looked just like a cherub. I am sure he is playing with all of them right now. I had another incredible sign from him this week. There could be no mistake. He was telling me again that he is fine and that he loves me, and he knows how much we miss him.

    Today I found some strength and had a full day. Your precious prayers are helping me. Thank you.

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    1. I have to tell you about the sign I was given….I had been speaking with a nurse re my medication, how the new meds were helping me and how I was only just recovering from the grief I felt re the tragic death of my dear grandson. As I told the story of Gabriel’s death, I began to cry and my heart felt broken again. When I hung of the phone, I sobbed once more. I had to turn on the tv to distract myself. I could not believe what I heard. I have never heard this before on tv. The same song that I selected and sang at his burial was playing on the Music Channel: On Eagle’s Wings. I knew it could not be coincidence. It was God’s grace and a message from Gabriel. I am sure it was due to your prayers, my dear friends.

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    2. We just watched The Plot Against the President last week, and I’ve also checked the book out from the library. My 17 year-old has commandeered the book, though, LOL!

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  22. This Communist takeover of our counties is about “UN 2030 Agenda”, even Trudeau admits that Covid19 is a opportunity to make this agenda happen. The UN want their puppet Biden installed.

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  23. Every time I feel discouraged about how many “bad guys” are leaders in our country, I want to give up. You can’t trust the FBI, you can’t trust the DOJ, you can’t trust the Democrats, you can’t trust judges, you can’t trust polls, you can’t trust pollsters, you can’t trust the news media. Did I leave anything out? Oh, now we can’t trust Fox News. I’m not surprised of anything any more.

    But I still have hope. That’s God’s gift to you and me. I place my trust in God’s Will. I know there are a lot of good people out there, like Charlie, who are hopeful, too. As for me, I’ve been saying a Rosary every day, with the FLAME OF LOVE devotion for those blinded by the Devil…..and there seems to be a lot of them.

    It occurred to me that we are overwhelmed with ungodly people who are trying to change our democracy into a totally pagan country. I think we can expect God to give each and every person in our country and around the world an ILLUMINATION OF CONSCIENCE. Each person will see themselves as God sees them. Then we will have a choice, either acknowledge that you need a conversion, or acknowledge that you don’t need God. It starts with your heart.

    As for me, I’m banking on a good outcome. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. If we all do that, then all we have to do is tie a knot and hang on. May God abundantly bless America.

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    1. Judy, I remember somebody (can’t recall who 😉 saying that during this storm we would find ourselves stripped of everything but God. God was going to allow it, so in our nakedness we would finally, FINALLY cling only to Him. I think that somebody was right all along.

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      1. Amen, wpsahm. And all our pretentiousness will be burned out of us. SO cool that we can get a head start by asking the Lord, even now, to show us our true selves. I’ve found Him to be such a Good, Gentle Shepherd when approaching Him for this kind of assistance. He doesn’t sugarcoat and HE doesn’t shame. He simply makes known the answers, one vice at a time, that we may walk into our full destiny. Another wisdom saying from CJ: “What you desire most is most effective against you. Desire God and all shall be added to you.”

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      2. “I will lead you into the desert. . . . I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on Me. A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my Church, a time of glory is coming for my people.”
        WPSAHM. does this sound familiar? It is from
        But this is my favorite from Charlie and Beckita: “What you desire most is most effective against you. Desire God and all shall be added to you.”

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  24. Another thought provoking homily from Fr. Heilman:
    (17 min but wow!) He touches on “cheap” grace again and the wide gate and smooth road of lukewarm Catholicism. See Rev 3:14-22. Also, tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the “greatest gapping hole portal of demonic influence that entered our world.” At the end he said, “we need a movement that is a counter to this lukewarm, cheap grace garbage that has been shoved down our throats for fifty years…Stay tuned.”

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      1. I just went to this, Joyful. There is a third video below what Father writes, and he says he hopes this prophetic word is true! It’s very powerful and I hope it’s true. Prophecy is always discerning and waiting, but this one is pretty amazing. I am not familiar with this young lady.

        I’m still praying in union with the Guardian Angel of the U.S. as some priests said to do.
        Come Lord Jesus and Mother Mary!

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    1. Nov 18, 1920 Russia unleashed abortion into the world. Tomorrow will be 100yrs since that fateful decision and trillions of innocent babies have died.

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  25. I am not sure if someone has already shared this or not. The United States Grace Force has a video from a few days ago of an interview with exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger. Fr. R. makes some interesting comparisons between possession / obsession and our present crisis. Given the popularity of St. Joan of Arc around here, Fr. R. also makes some interesting comparisons between St. Joan and DJT.


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    1. Just some additional information about the prayers mentioned in the video:
      The consecration of one’s exterior goods to the Blessed Virgin Mary has been modified for the inclusion of prayer for the President, the election and our Country.
      This gives great comfort, “…knowing that they now belong to thee, he ( the satan) cannot touch them.” (Comment in parentheses is mine–joyful)

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  26. Two good pieces from the poet laureate of the present time:

    Some of the “fact-checking” remarks are pretty funny if they weren’t also scary.

    Some great lines in this one: “The “Welfare of Humanity!” is the cry of every totalitarian dictator.”


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  27. Why have only Republicans in Congress had Covid? I can not name a Democrat in Congress who had it. I know the staff of B. and H. have had it.


  28. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    I know he (others) can’t for legal reasons … but … it’s time for Bill D. and other Church insiders to apologize for NOT “Blowing The Whistle” on the explosion of Clergy SEX SCANDALS that were plainly obvious to Insiders 40 years ago!! …….. and in many cases, like Bill, he was quick to defend the criminals as attacks on the “Church and even quicker to attack the victims who dared come forward!
    Criminal Perverts and their defenders still occupy High Offices in The Church ;-(
    How many Dioceses have gone bankrupt these past 40 years?
    How many Churches, Missions and Schools closed?
    How many Faithful have “Voted with their feet”?
    How much $$$$ donated by generations of Faithful have been squandered by the Lavender Marxist Perverts? Slow motion Apocalypse ;-(

    Fringe Left & Democrat Party mouthorgan “Politico” cheering on PF and his Lavender Vatican Pals ;-(


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    1. CD, the Sidney Powell interview you link, CTH, is mind blowing. May the Lord and legions of angels help them to prevail and get the truth out. Exactly parallels David and Goliath; stretches to South America and Europe regarding the servers, and so many twists and turns.

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  29. PS: To answer question from MAH: The Democrats and their Masters @ ABCNNBCBS-NPR/NYT & Big Tech will tell you that GOP’ers get China Plague ’cause The Big Meanie Orange Man holds Klan Rallies and Mind Controls The Deplorables to not adhere to The Agenda ;-(
    Ever since Charlie posted this thread with Samson pic I’ve been meaning to find that old song:
    Bobby Darin – Sermon Of Samson

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE! ….. & Please send US a bunch of Samsons, Lord!

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    by abyssum (from the website of Bishop Rene Henry Gracida)

    A Prayer for Deliverance Of President Donald Trump from Enemies…
    Based on A Psalm of David.

    “Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with President Donald Trump;
    fight against those who fight against him!
    Take hold of shield and buckler,
    and rise for his help!
    Draw the spear and javelin
    against his pursuers!
    Say to his soul,
    “I am your deliverance!”
    Let them be put to shame and dishonor
    who seek after his life!
    Let them be turned back and confounded
    who devise evil against him!
    Let them be like chaff before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord driving them on!
    Let their way be dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!
    For without cause they hid their net for him;
    without cause they dug a pit[a] for his life.
    Let ruin come upon them unawares!
    And let the net which they hid ensnare them;
    let them fall therein to ruin!
    Then his soul shall rejoice in the Lord,
    exulting in his deliverance.
    All his bones shall say,
    “O Lord, who is like thee,
    thou who delivers the weak
    from those who are too strong for him,
    the weak and needy from him who despoils him?”
    Malicious witnesses rise up;
    they accuse him of things that he knows not.
    They requite him evil for good.
    But at his stumbling they gathered in glee,
    they gathered together against him;
    cripples whom he knew not
    slandered him without ceasing;
    they impiously mocked more and more,[c]
    gnashing at him with their teeth.
    How long, O Lord, wilt thou look on?
    Rescue him from the ravages
    from the lions!
    Then I will thank thee in the great congregation;
    in the mighty throng I will praise thee.
    Let not those rejoice over him
    who are wrongfully his foes,
    and let not those wink the eye
    who hate him without cause.
    For they do not speak peace,
    but against those who are quiet in the land
    they conceive words of deceit.
    They open wide their mouths against him;
    they say, “Aha, Aha!
    our eyes have seen it!”
    Thou hast seen, O Lord; be not silent!
    O Lord, be not far from him!
    Bestir thyself, and awake for his right,
    for his cause, my God and my Lord!
    Vindicate him, O Lord, my God, according to thy righteousness;
    and let them not rejoice over him!
    Let them not say to themselves,
    “Aha, we have our heart’s desire!”
    Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
    Let them be put to shame and confusion altogether
    who rejoice at his calamity!
    Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
    who magnify themselves against him!
    Let those who desire his vindication
    shout for joy and be glad,
    and say evermore,
    “Great is the Lord,
    who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
    Then my tongue shall tell of thy righteousness
    and of thy praise all the day long.”

    ~Bishop Rene Henry Gracida

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  31. This is a very good summary of the techniques used in the massive fraud that is the 2020 national election. Also some very good insight on what the fallout is no matter who becomes the next President of the United States:

    “Quite obviously, this is not a healthy democratic republic. It will be incredibly hard to deescalate from here.”

    “If people begin to feel like elections no longer matter, the only avenue to settle differences is through force and violence. The far-left in this country has already skipped belief in the electoral system and reached this conclusion. How else does a divided people settle disputes without the ballot box?”


    “If AmericansCan No Longer Trust the Integrity of the Elections We are In Big Trouble

    This is an incredibly dangerous moment for the country and may be a pivotal point in the future of America’s democratic republic. Did we just cross the Rubicon?”

    Some highlights:

    “Can You Blame Them?

    Four years ago, Republican voters would have accepted the current election results. That was before the Trump campaign was spied on, and a constant coup was underway to remove Trump from the presidency. That was before America saw massive riots and looting, resulting in countless injured and dead cops and citizens, while the corporate media ran cover for the rioters and looters.

    Maybe Trump’s voters deserve to be skeptical about the outcome of this election. Silver and the other mainstream pollsters didn’t just promise that Trump and Republicans would be defeated soundly, they ridiculed those who said it would be a tight race. Trump’s supporters were again right to doubt the polls.

    The court-won destructions of state election law smacked Republicans as nakedly political. Nobody seriously believes that allowing mailed ballots to come in after the election has anything to do with actually protecting people from the pandemic, especially when the same officials applauding mail-in balloting have selectively applied coronavirus restrictions to reward their friends and punish their political enemies.

    Democrats have compared Trump to Adolf Hitler and have widely called his supporters white supremacists and fascists. If they believe half the things they are saying about Trump or his supporters, why wouldn’t massive vote fraud be justified and even moral? …..

    ….. The censorship of any post questioning any part of the election on social media and the denial and dismissal of obvious signs of fraud only add fuel to the fire. These fly in the face of common sense. Consider an article from the BBC in September 2016, about vote rigging in Africa. The article says that classic signs of fraud include “high turnout in specific areas,” and “delay in announcing results.” …

    The Threat to Our Democracy

    Nothing here proves election fraud changed 10,000 votes or 1,000,000 votes, and that’s partly the point. It isn’t possible to know what would have happened without a major recanvassing and audits. Even then, unlawful votes are extremely hard to undo. People asking for definitive proof of fraud that would result in a specific total of fraudulent votes are asking for the impossible. The election is supposed to be secure from the get-go.

    Trump’s chances in the courts look slim, fraud or no fraud. The legal system is probably not equipped to handle these matters, given the alleged scale and egregiousness. Courts can’t go through ballot by ballot and figure this out. Instead, they would apply brightline rules, such as tossing out ballots in Pennsylvania that came in after a certain date.

    But since Pennsylvania officials failed to segregate these ballots, and corrupt officials violated the law and threw out the ballot envelopes, are the courts really ready to invalidate whole categories of votes from a swing state? The courts already failed the country by allowing perfectly decent election laws to be ignored.

    Consider too that if Trump does pull off a shocking victory, America will see riots and violence in the streets unlike anything seen before. According to PredictIt, this has at least a one in ten chance of happening.

    But if Trump loses his court challenges and recounts, his supporters aren’t going to forget about this. People are angry unlike anything this author has seen before. The Jeffrey Epstein affair, the FBI corruption, and the riots have completely eroded trust in basic institutions, especially on the right.

    If the fraud alleged did occur, it was pre-planned, industrialized, and brazen. …. It isn’t 2000, where a legal battle is ensuing over one state’s balloting issues. ….

    ….. This is an allegation that there was massive fraud, on a scale never seen before—and the allegation comes from about 50 million Americans. The allegation is plausible because the establishment denying it has hated Trump and his supporters from the get-go. Trump supporters deserve to be paranoid—they have been neither accepted nor understood.

    The Republican Party may not like that its voters believe this, but at this point they are riding a tiger. Trump won’t go away, either. Yes, Trump made plenty of mistakes—he tried too hard to work with an establishment that viewed him as an existential threat, and realized only too late that it would never accept him—and in some ways governed too much like a traditional Republican. But Trump is now inseparably tied to the Republican base, largely because of how the establishment has brutalized him and his supporters.

    Picture inauguration day: Biden is being sworn in, but Trump isn’t in D.C. Instead, he’s holding a massive rally in the Midwest. Republican Party officials and most politicians (privately at least) will screech at this, but at this point they have no control. They are along for the ride.

    Note that these things are happening when the economy is relatively good for most Americans, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Imagine what happens if this is no longer the case. Quite obviously, this is not a healthy democratic republic. It will be incredibly hard to deescalate from here, and that should terrify Americans.

    Have We Crossed the Rubicon?

    Let’s put this even more bluntly. After the election, Tucker Carlson had a segment on how Republicans dodged a bullet in 2020 by holding the Senate. But with mail-in balloting, how sure can Republicans be that they will hold the two seats in Georgia?

    Many establishment Republicans and party insiders are happy to move on from Trump and have touted the good night other Republican candidates had. The base isn’t going to move on from Trump, could care less about Republican senators, and wonders if the country will have a fair election again.

    …. Overall, people feel like America has been sliding for decades, and indeed the American working class has been sliding for decades. If people begin to feel like elections no longer matter, the only avenue to settle differences is through force and violence. The far-left in this country has already skipped belief in the electoral system and reached this conclusion. How else does a divided people settle disputes without the ballot box?

    At the Point of No Return?

    The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” refers to the moment Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River, which precipitated the Roman Civil War and the end of the Roman Republic. It’s like saying “the point of no return.” People can laugh at what this is implying, but America is reaching a dangerous point if the people—on both sides—no longer trust elections.

    No, there won’t be a revote. The small fraud that got Democrats a new congressional election earlier this year can’t happen for a presidential election, given timetables set by the Constitution. No matter what happens, the courts won’t decide this in a way that is acceptable to more than half the country.

    So this is the massive risk our country faces going into the 2020s: if one side no longer agrees to play by the rules of a game, the game is over. It appears that with Trump as an excuse, the left believes the rules of the game no longer apply. The political right is approaching the point where they feel the same way.”

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  32. Up here in Canada, we desperately need Trump, most of our Conservatives at all levels of government & society dare not oppose Trudeau so long as the claw of the globalist-socialist beast is at their throats. A President Trump would give them courage to rise up and fight back here, which is probably why our own fake news media is drooling & excited to declare Biden the winner…

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    1. Sorry AL, we need him to finish business here first, but when he retires politically here in US, why not? Or let’s compromise and make the United States of North America under one president.

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      1. You’re not getting it. If Biden takes over the White House instead of Trump, it’s game over for us as well, Biden & Trudeau will work together to implement the “great reset —> UN Agenda 2030”


          1. Yes, exactly. UN 2030 Agenda plans to make North America (America + Canada) one of the 10 regional “horns” of the globalist-Socialist beast. It’s in the globalist NWO propaganda & agenda arrogantly published online thinking most conservatives won’t read it or are powerless to do anything against it. This globalist cabal may look human, are technically demons on the inside!


        1. Al, I love you, but sometimes you sure don’t seem to have much faith in God. Too many of your comments are of the, “We’re doomed, we’re never going to make it,” variety. Do you really think that if God does not arrange things the way you think is best, we’re doomed? I am sure you do not. So when God throws a curve, better to try humbly how to discern what the next right step is. If any of these dire things you talk about ever actually happen, I won’t know because they will already have killed me because I will not submit. But I truly do not think that is God’s plan. I may be surprised, but I prefer to spend my time thinking about what that next right step is.

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          1. “If any of these dire things you talk about ever actually happen, I won’t know because they will already have killed me because I will not submit. ”

            I Concur.

            Viva Christo Rey!

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          2. Sorry…

            I have faith God will be victorious in the end, it’s the optional stuff that people (not God) choose between now and the end that I’m struggling with.

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              1. I suppose we acknowledge God regardless whether the events are good or bad, it’s up to everyone of us to choose wisely & ethically, when we fail to choose & act things turn our worse. A Joan of Arc approach to confronting these issues…

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      2. Trudeau is empowered to do greater evils with Biden and our conservative opposition to Trudeau is empowered by Trump. If America falls, the whole world falls, you guys are humanity’s last stand against globalist-socialism.


        1. Al, I think it is time for Oh Canada to grow a set and break away from the Crown. We, the USA, shall welcome the Provinces with wide open arms.

          Same holds true for the United States of Mexico.

          Viva Christo Rey!

          Freedom. Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.

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  33. So I am reading a book I didn’t intend to read just yet. The book is “He Leadeth Me” by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. The book I intended to read is one of his other books “With God in America”.

    Funny thing is we had both books in the house. Couldn’t find “With God in America”. Searched all over the place couldn’t find the thing. So, the other night I started in on “He Leadeth Me” instead. Two chapters in and guess what shows up in plain sight? Yup. I think Walter wants me to read this one first.

    Ciszek spent 23 years in Soviet prisons and Siberian hard labor camps after being labeled a “Vatican Spy” in a non-judicial proceeding with no lawyer, no courtroom, no judge and no jury. He was just informed of his sentence one day. He was arrested in June of 1941 when he was 37 years old and set foot on American soil next in October of 1963 when he was 60 years old. He did 5 years in Lubianka Prison in Moscow during WWII and off to the Siberian Labor camps thereafter. He was declared dead in America in 1947. He was released as part of a prisoner exchange and put on a plane and sent back to New York.

    His physical, emotional and spiritual suffering during this time were immense and almost incomprehensible.


    From the Prologue to “He Leadeth Me”:

    “I was taken by train to the dread Lubianka Prison in Moscow for interrogation as a “Vatican Spy” I remained there all through the war years, undergoing periodic and often intense questioning by the NKVD. Then after 5 years, I was sentenced to fifteen years at hard labor in the prison camps in Siberia. Along with thousands of others I was put to work in labor brigades doing outdoor construction in the extreme arctic cold, or in coal and copper mines, ill clothed, ill fed and poorly housed in the timber barracks surrounded by barbed wire and a death zone.

    Men died in those camps, especially those who gave up hope. But I trusted in God, never felt abandoned or without hope, and survived along with many others. I never looked on my survival as anything special or extraordinary, but I did give thanks to God for sustaining and preserving me through those years.

    …. I felt I had learned much during those years of hardship and suffering that could be of help to others in their lives. For every man’s life contains its share of suffering; each of us is occasionally driven almost to despair, to ask why God allows evil and suffering to overtake him and those he loves. I had seen a great deal of suffering in the camps and the prisons in those around me, had almost despaired myself, AND HAD LEARNED IN THOSE DARKEST OF HOURS TO TURN TO GOD FOR CONSOLATION AND TO TRUST IN HIM ALONE.

    “How did you manage to survive?” is the question most often asked me by newsmen and others ever since my return home.


    Yet I knew that simple statement could never satisfy the questioner or ever begin to convey all I meant by it.

    Though the long years of isolation and suffering, God had led me to an understanding of life and his love that only those who have experienced it can fathom.

    He had stripped away from me many of the external consolations, physical and religious, that men rly on and had left me with a core of seemingly simple truths to guide me. And yet what a profound difference they had made in my life, what strength they gave me, what courage to go on!

    I wanted to tell others about them —- indeed, I felt one reason that God in his Providence had brought me safely home was so that I might help others understand these truths a little better.”


    In Chapter 1 Ciszek described the panic fear, worry and anxiety when the Russians walked into the village where he was in ministry at the time…….

    “It is impossible to describe the feeling that comes over you at such a time. The feeling that somehow, in an instant of time, everything is changed and nothing again will ever be quite the same. That tomorrow will never again be like yesterday. That the very trees, the grass, the air, the daylight are no longer the same, for the world has changed. It is a feeling impossible to describe, and, yet one that every wife hs ost a husband knows well, one that every child who has tasted evil for the first time or facd a sudden crisis has experienced. It is that feeling that leaves the heart saying, “oh, if only I could turn back the clock to before it happened, if only it had never happened, if only I had to do it over again.” ….

    ….. The perplexity and pain grew within me as I saw the visible Church, once strong and organized, dissolve under the attacks of these invaders and watched as the people grew estranged, pressured ceaselessly into accepting this new order.

    And what of the young people who were literally torn away from their parents and forced to join the Young Pioneers or Komsomol organizations, taught to report on any “deviations” at home? How frustrating it was to hear the Church and priests and religious openly slandered in Commuinst propaganda, and ro know that the children had to learn and repeat atheist doctrines every day in schooland in their classwork.

    How could God allow all this? And why?

    …. HE WAS LEADING THEM …. like a fond and loving father, he was trying to wean them way from trust in kings or princes or armies or the powers of this world. He was trying to teach them over and over that their faith must be in him alone. HE WAS LEADING THEM, through every trial and in every age, to the realization that God alone is faithful in all tribulations, that he alone is constant in his love and must be clung to, even when it seems all else has been turned upside down. He is still the Lord behind the events and happenings of this world; he can be found there, and he must be sought in them, so that his will may be done.

    It was he who had chosen them, not they him. It was he who had first made the covenant with them, who had led them and cared for them, shepherded and fed and guarded them in every tribulation.

    Their part in the covenant must be to TRUST IN HIM ALONE, to remain always faithful, to look to him and not other gods, TO RELY ON HIM and not on rulers or on chariots or bowmen. He was ever faithful and so i turn they must be EVEN WHEN HE LED THEM WHERE THEY WOULD NOT GO, into a land they knew not, or into exile. For he had chosen them, they were his people, he would no more forget them than a mother could forget the child of her womb — yet neither, in their turn must they ever forget him.

    This is a hard lesson. ”


    This is a hard lesson. Got it, Walter. God’s Providence. God’s Constancy.

    For those of us who wish to not lose hope and to not despair and to survive the Tribulation we are now embarked on since Nov. 3, 2020 when our world turned upside down in an instant, we are going to have to go to school on what God’s Providence and God’s Constancy mean.

    He Leadeth US!

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