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  1. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved. It is therefore unnecessary for them to turn to Christ; unnecessary for anybody to convert them to faith in Christ. Indeed, attempting to do so is an act of aggression not dissimilar to theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com11
  2. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    S Paul loved his fellow Jews, his 'kinsmen' and believed "the gifts and call of God are irrevocable". He believed that at the End, those among them who had rejected Christ would be brought in to the chosen people. He believed that they were like olive branches which had been cut off so that the Gentiles, wild olive branches, could be grafted in. But, when the fulness of the Gentiles had entered Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
  3. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    Lex orandi lex credendi. I have been examining the Two Covenant Dogma: the fashionable error that God's First Covenant, with the Jews, is still fully and salvifically valid, so that the call to saving faith in Christ Jesus is not made to them. The 'New' Covenant, it is claimed, is now only for Gentiles. I want to draw attention at this point to the witness of the post-Conciliar Magisterium of theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com13
  4. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    We have seen that the Two Covenant Theory, the idea that Jewry alone is guaranteed Salvation without any need to convert to Christ, is repugnant to Scripture, to the Fathers, even to the post-Conciliar liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is also subversive of the basic grammar of the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. Throughout  two millennia, in Scripture, in Liturgy, in her Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com7
  5. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    The sort of people who would violently reject the points I am making are the sort of people who would not be impressed by the the Council of Florence. So I am going to confine myself to the Magisterium from the time of Pius XII ... since it is increasingly coming to be realised that the continuum of processes which we associate with the Conciliar and post-Conciliar period was already in operationFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
  6. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    In 1980, addressing a Jewish gathering in Germany, B John Paul II said (I extract this from a long sentence): " ... dialogue; that is, the meeting between the people of the Old Covenant (never revoked by God, cf Romans 11:29) and that of the New Covenant, is at the same time ..." In 2013, Pope Francis, in the course of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, also referred to the Old Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com10
  7. Site: Mises Institute
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    Author: Murray N. Rothbard

    The fifth volume of Conceived in Liberty highlights the most important battle of the American project — one that continues to this day — the conflict between those who want to centralize power, and those who choose to stand to defend the American heritage of liberty.

    This book features a foreword by Judge Andrew Napolitano, a preface by Dr. Thomas E. Woods, and an introduction by Dr. Patrick Newman. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

    Download the complete audiobook (41 MP3 files) in one ZIP file here. This audiobook is also available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, and via RSS.​

  8. Site: Henrymakow.com
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     Why is nearly everyone perpetrating this suicidal hoax? 

    There is an uncanny uniformity and universality to the covidhoax response. Why are identical measures are being enforced worldwide? Why is the "new normal" so universal? 

    Suddenly everyone is wearing a mask, social distancing is drummed into our head. Stores 
    are all hiding behind plexiglass and there are stations where we must stand. Politicians, doctors and media lie, "Cases" are invented or bought and paid for. 
    Left-wing demonstrators are immune to the disease. Basketball and football players taking the knee.
    Corporations are all playing along. Airlines demand you wear a mask as if flying wasn't confining enough. Barely a protest is heard from people who have lost their livelihood.  Why can't people see that the whole thing is orchestrated? Hardly anyone saying the measures exceed the danger and are clearly designed for nefarious purposes. 

    What is going on? Who coordinating all these people? What doe they all have in common. Athletes. Execs. Politicians, Media,  The answer is money. Everyone important is being paid off, including the rioters. The rest are dupes. As I explain below, money is the blood supply of society. Our blood supply is tainted. It is centrally controlled by the world central banking cartel. They are orchestrating everything. And they intend to make acceptance of this hoax a condition of membership in society, proven by taking the vaccine. 





    The virus attacking the world is the lockdown, not the common flu.  This is a symptom of a fundamentally flawed (i.e. toxic) banking system.  

    The lockdown should have elicited riots, but instead, we have a tawdry farce against "police brutality" funded by banker George Soros. 

      Money is humanity's blood supply. The power that creates this "blood" is the central bank.  Unfortunately, this power is controlled by Satanists who intend to enslave us before their rotten structure collapses.





    Toxic Banking System Caused #Scamdemic Lockdown
    Updated from 11-9-19
    by Henry Makow PhD

    The world financial system is incredibly sophisticated and efficient. Every day, billions of transactions take place. 

    In our minds, "money" is changing hands. In fact, "money" is an abstraction, a mental concept. "Money is a massive game of 'Let's Pretend" i.e. make-believe.

    Money doesn't exist. It is an abstraction, a mental estimate of the value of something expressed in digits in some currency. 

    "Money" is a medium of exchange. It only has value as an act of faith. We accept it as payment because we assume everyone else will also accept it. 

    This medium of exchange is created out of thin air by the central bankers in the form of interest-bearing debt to themselves.  Even though our governments could create this medium of exchange, debt, and interest-free, the bankers have finagled this golden goose and maintain it by selecting criminals and perverts to be our "leaders." 

    To protect this prize, they must now enslave humanity. This is the essence of Communism and the NWO -- the expansion of their credit monopoly to include power, thought, and behavior - a satanist tyranny. Everyone will worship them and their god, Lucifer, who represents them. 

    "MAKE BELIEVE" 

    When we buy or sell something, all that changes are the digits in our bank accounts. There are billions of bank accounts in the world. Consolidated, they represent a giant ledger kept by the central bank cartel and their bank franchisees. This ledger no doubt includes stocks, bonds, GIC's, mortgages, etc. 

    "Money" is a chameleon. It resides as digits on the ledger but in a flash, it can transform itself into currency, any product or service, or back to its digital form. Created out of nothing by magick, it truly is a spirit that transcends its practical function and casts a spell over our minds.

    I compare this mysterious force with the blood in our societal body. Every day it flows back and forces, nourishing some parts of the social-body and depriving others. 

    The heart that pumps this "blood" around the world is the central bank.  Unfortunately, this "heart" is run by Satanists who are trying to enslave the body, mind, and spirit.

    Now imagine you were this heart. You keep this Ledger and are running this scam. How would you protect it? You'd try to leverage this advantage into total control of all the bank account holders. You'd install a Communist world government with a world currency and Luciferian religion. (See What is Communism?)

    Since you belong to a supremacist satanic cult, Cabalism, you would also have an ideological motive. (See Why Cabala is Satanic   and Satanism Explained.)

    You would induct humanity into Cabalism (Freemasonry) without it realizing it. 

     A satanic cult, Cabalism exploits and controls its members by making them sick, by undermining their gender identity, as well as their national, racial and religious identities. We are under constant psychological and physical attack. Here is a list of examples. 
    "We corrupt in order to control, " Freemason leader Giuseppe Mazzini famously said. 

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    (This is from 2015 Baltimore riots. George Soros, who is funding rioting, looting and arson, operates with impunity because he is a banker. Trump may finally be taking a stand against Antifa but will that include Soros?)

    You would support crime, drug and sex trafficking and perversion of all kinds. You'd use "intelligence services" (CIA, MI-6, Mossad) for this purpose. You'd stage false flag events in order to foster race war, dissent, and instil confusion and fear. You'd smear truth sayers as "fascists" and "bigots." You'd de-platform them. Since you own the arms makers, you'd increase the "debt" by fostering gratuitous endless war. 

    Generally speaking, all parties on the Left advance the Cabalist agenda while pretending to champion the underdog. Parties on the Right pretend to defend traditional society. The corporations, politicians, media, military, education, and church are all bought-and-paid-for. When you have a money machine, there are a lot of second-raters ready to sell their souls and country to get ahead. 

    We have blood poisoning. I humbly offer this as the reason for what is wrong in the world.

     Our positioned heart.  

    Nothing will improve until we get a heart transplant. 

    Mankind has come a long way materially but we are sliding backward spiritually. 

    We must convince the Rothschilds that they are headed down a path to hell but can turn back. 

     Rothschilds! You have unlimited money but you lack love. Champion life instead of death and you will know love and happiness which no money can buy. 

    Become the benefactors of humanity rather than the bane. 

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    Related - Leonard Ulrich- The Illusion of Money

    -----------Anna Von Reitz - All banks are Bankrupt 






    First Comment from Peter S

    Henry, you said, " "Money" ...........truly is a spirit"

    Let me stop there because we do not want to lose the gist of the argument.  Your insight is quite profound and true. Money indeed is Spirit.  Conjured out of nothingness, and disappears into nothingness. It's a Spellcasting spirit. And if it is a Spirit, the only way to know how to respond to its power to "cast a spell over our minds" must be by the power of the Spirit.  So, how do we do this?

    For Christians, we can go back to the gospels and find out what God said of Money.  Jesus said; "And so, I tell you, this; use money, tainted as it is to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings. Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in little things is dishonest in great . if then you are not trustworthy with money, that is tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? Luke 16: 9-11

    Jesus word, is that  "Money is a tainted thing" So, if God said that money is tainted, how can we ever hope to have "Clean Money"? The money will always be tainted because in itself, it is evidence against our own weakness as human beings. It represents greed, selfishness, hatred, individualism, discrimination, pride, envy, etc. Our money system indicts our claim to "Human dignity" "Human progress" and "Spiritual maturity" If we were truly "Enlightened Human Beings" we would not need the money system! We would do what is "Right" "Good" and "True" without need for supervision, reward, or threats" So, our Money system, is like a diaper or a nappy, that we wear, because we cannot take care of ourselves any other way!  When we grow up Spiritually, we will laugh at ourselves and our primitive "money system"

    What Jesus is telling us, is that we, who are the users of the tainted money, should hijack the power of money, and make it ourselves! In other words, "Be the money"! Act like money! Be what people value. And you do this, by reverse response. It's not about changing the money system. It's about changing ourselves!



  9. Site: Steyn Online
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    Michael E Mann, loser, liar, scofflaw and deadbeat
  10. Site: From Rome
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  11. Site: Gloria.tv
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    25ᵗʰ Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020
  12. Site: 4Christum
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    The Argentine Carmelite Sister Monica Astorga Cremona, a transvestite activist, believes that children may live as transvestites.



    During a 2016 campaign, she held up a text which says: “Childhood trans without violence or discrimination - Join us!“ A photo of this was published in November 2017 by Hermán Rossi, a local politician, on FaceBook.com.






    Francis praised Astorga in August for her connivence with transvestite male prostitutes.




    Astorga started in 2006 in Neuquen Province, Argentina. Cardinal Bergoglio visited the place in 2009 and approved it.



    She cooperates with the organisation “Vidas Escondidas” (Hidden Lives) whose president is the transvestite Lujan Acuna who says that transvestites in his care may prostitute themselves “as an option” and believes that “if they want to prostitute themselves, they should do it.” 




  13. Site: Sputnik Opinion
    4 hours 10 min ago
    Donald Trump was “aware of and had approved of” Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's offer to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the court holding his extradition hearing was told Friday. The existence of the offer was confirmed by barrister Jennifer Robinson, who was present at the 2017 meeting in the Ecuadorian Embassy during Rohrabacher’s visit.
  14. Site: Novus Ordo Watch
    4 hours 22 min ago
    Author: admin

    Reaffirming sinners in their sins…

    Francis assures Parents of Sodomites: “God loves your Children as they are”

    Once again, Chaos Frank is doing what he does best — he’s making a mess.

    Immediately following his General Audience on Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020, he met briefly with about 40 people affiliated with the Tenda di Gionata (“Jonathan’s Tent”) group, an association founded in 2018 that lobbies for change in the Vatican II Sect so that openly practicing sodomites will be accepted and affirmed in their disordered inclinations.

    Now that is a cause Francis can support, and the official newspaper of the Italian Novus Ordo bishops happily reported on the encounter right away.

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  15. Site: The Catholic Thing
    4 hours 23 min ago
    Author: David G Bonagura, Jr.

    It’s election season, so candidates promising policies that fulfill the American Dream in exchange for our votes are everywhere. The American Dream is the social and economic corollary of our nation’s founding creed: that all men are created equal and endowed by God with natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Because we are free and equal, we can aspire to an egalitarian society where all Americans can prosper materially.

    Longing for economic security and social standing is innate in fallen man, and there is nothing wrong with these things as such – though, like any worldly good, they can be overly coveted or misused. While they are not necessary for eternal salvation, a lack of these benefits can generate tremendous stress, which, in turn, can lead anxious individuals to anger, despair, and sin.

    But the American Dream cuts deeper than the desire for financial security. It is a constitutive statement of American life (Wikipedia tells us that the term arose in the 19th century), and, therefore, it reflects who we are as a people. In pursuit of the dream, though, we ought to ask ourselves if this is who we want to be.

    Two features of the American Dream reflect deeply held American ideals. First, material gain and class concerns are part of the fabric of our nation. Second, the dream is understood as an end in itself: that with hard work we can reach “a better life,” which includes a home and property along with enough money to finance whatever we desire. Since her founding, America, the promised land of opportunity, has lured people from across every ocean to transform their rags into riches.

    These features prompted the Catholic historian Christopher Dawson to warn Europe against embracing America’s “practical materialization of culture,” which, in his view, has “led, on the one hand, to the individualistic cult of material success and, on the other, to a humanitarian idealism that is in reality nothing else but the same ideal in socialized form.”

    Dawson’s diagnosis is reflected in the campaign promises of both major political parties since the Civil War. Without question, Americans have been, and, on the whole, still are religious people. But from the beginning, religion has been compartmentalized as a part of who we are rather than the animating source of who we are. Compartmentalizing religion, argues philosopher Charles Taylor, was a major step toward the secularization we experience today.

    When we set priorities, it is all too easy for worldly concerns to marginalize, and then absorb, spiritual ones. The American Dream expresses the triumph of the material over the spiritual in our social outlook.

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    Ancient Israel provides an effective contrast to the American perspective. God commanded Pharaoh through Moses, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” (Ex 7:16) Freedom, God tells us, is not an end in itself, as Americans typically view it. Rather, freedom is the condition for worship, the means whereby we fulfill our vocations as pilgrims on the way home to God. We know, of course, that Israel repeatedly fell from this call over the centuries. Yet the call has remained constitutive for the people: Israel’s purpose was not to build up treasures on earth, but in heaven.

    In this view, human beings do not live to work, as we Americans tend to think – from competing for admission into prestigious schools, to the rat race, to climbing the corporate ladder. No. In the Catholic view, human beings work to live. And Christians are to live, St. Paul explains, not “for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.” (2 Cor. 5:15)

    For Catholics, work, wealth, and social standing can never be the principal goal of our lives. Properly understood, they are byproducts of, and not rewards for, fulfilling God’s will. We are not to keep them for ourselves, but offer them back to God by serving others with them. “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48)

    Catholics will not be able to reshape the American Dream wholesale for the nation, nor will they alone change the tenor of political discourse. Yet there are two benefits of recasting the American Dream within a God-centered context.

    First, we can resist being swallowed by the materialist vortex that surrounds us, one that pulls harder during election time. Second, in an age when politics has become an all-consuming religion, we can remember that religion ought to direct politics – not in the sense of clergy dictating policy, as critics baselessly assert, but of religious principles guiding voting and policy making for the common good.

    These benefits may seem a dream unto themselves. But if we continue to see the American Dream as an end in itself, we risk losing sight of the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Jesus warned us repeatedly of the dangers of riches, and none of us is immune to temptation. If we want to do what is best for ourselves, and, by extension, our country, we must place God at the center of all our dreams, financial and otherwise.

     

    *Image: Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple by Cecco (del Caravaggio), 1610 [Gemäldegalerie, Berlin]. This painter is not the more famous one who also hailed from Caravaggio but an early follower.

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  17. Site: ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
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    Author: abyssum

    Complete List Of U.S. Organizations Funded By George Soros

    September 18, 2020

    Organizations directly funded by Soros and his Open Society Foundations (OSF):

    Source: DiscoverTheNetworks.org via Dr. Eowyn 

    1. Advancement Project: This organization works to organize “communities of color” into politically cohesive units while disseminating its leftist worldviews and values as broadly as possible by way of a sophisticated communications department.
    2. Air America Radio: Now defunct, this was a self-identified “liberal” radio network.
    3. Al-Haq: This NGO produces highly politicized reports, papers, books, and legal analyses regarding alleged Israeli human-rights abuses committed against Palestinians.
    4. All of Us or None: This organization seeks to change voting laws — which vary from state to state — so as to allow ex-inmates, parolees, and even current inmates to cast their ballots in political elections.
    5. Alliance for Justice: Best known for its activism vis a vis the appointment of federal judges, this group consistently depicts Republican judicial nominees as “extremists.”
    6. America Coming Together: Soros played a major role in creating this group, whose purpose was to coordinate and organize pro-Democrat voter-mobilization programs.
    7. America Votes: Soros also played a major role in creating this group, whose get-out-the-vote campaigns targeted likely Democratic voters.
    8. America’s Voice: This open-borders group seeks to promote “comprehensive” immigration reform that includes a robust agenda in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens.
    9. American Bar Association Commission on Immigration Policy: This organization “opposes laws that require employers and persons providing education, health care, or other social services to verify citizenship or immigration status.”
    10. American Bridge 21st Century: This Super PAC conducts opposition research designed to help Democratic political candidates defeat their Republican foes.
    11. American Civil Liberties Union: This group opposes virtually all post-9/11 national security measures enacted by the U.S. government. It supports open borders, has rushed to the defense of suspected terrorists and their abettors, and appointed former New Left terrorist Bernardine Dohrn to its Advisory Board.
    12. American Constitution Society for Law and Policy: This Washington, DC-based think tank seeks to move American jurisprudence to the left by recruiting, indoctrinating, and mobilizing young law students, helping them acquire positions of power. It also provides leftist Democrats with a bully pulpit from which to denounce their political adversaries.
    13. American Family Voices: This group creates and coordinates media campaigns charging Republicans with wrongdoing.
    14. American Federation of Teachers: After longtime AFT President Albert Shanker died in in 1997, he was succeeded by Sandra Feldman, who slowly “re-branded” the union, allying it with some of the most powerful left-wing elements of the New Labor Movement. When Feldman died in 2004, Edward McElroy took her place, followed by Randi Weingarten in 2008. All of them kept the union on the leftward course it had adopted in its post-Shanker period.
    15. American Friends Service Committee: This group views the United States as the principal cause of human suffering around the world. As such, it favors America’s unilateral disarmament, the dissolution of American borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, the abolition of the death penalty, and the repeal of the Patriot Act.
    16. American Immigration Council: This non-profit organization is a prominent member of the open-borders lobby. It advocates expanded rights and amnesty for illegal aliens residing in the U.S.
    17. American Immigration Law Foundation: This group supports amnesty for illegal aliens, on whose behalf it litigates against the U.S. government.
    18. American Independent News Network: This organization promotes “impact journalism” that advocates progressive change.
    19. American Institute for Social Justice: AISJ’s goal is to produce skilled community organizers who can “transform poor communities” by agitating for increased government spending on city services, drug interdiction, crime prevention, housing, public-sector jobs, access to healthcare, and public schools.
    20. American Library Association: This group has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s War on Terror — most particularly, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which it calls “a present danger to the constitutional rights and privacy rights of library users.”
    21. The American Prospect, Inc.: This corporation trains and mentors young leftwing journalists, and organizes strategy meetings for leftist leaders.
    22. Amnesty International: This organization directs a grossly disproportionate share of its criticism for human rights violations at the United States and Israel.
    23. Applied Research Center: Viewing the United States as a nation where “structural racism” is deeply “embedded in the fabric of society,” ARC seeks to “build a fair and equal society” by demanding “concrete change from our most powerful institutions.”
    24. Arab American Institute Foundation: The Arab American Institute denounces the purportedly widespread civil liberties violations directed against Arab Americans in the post-9/11 period, and characterizes Israel as a brutal oppressor of the Palestinian people.
    25. Aspen Institute: This organization promotes radical environmentalism and views America as a nation plagued by deep-seated “structural racism.”
    26. Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now: This group conducts voter mobilization drives on behalf of leftist Democrats. These initiatives have been notoriously marred by fraud and corruption.
    27. Ballot Initiative Strategy Center: This organization seeks to advance “a national progressive strategy” by means of ballot measures—state-level legislative proposals that pass successfully through a petition (“initiative”) process and are then voted upon by the public.
    28. Bend The Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice: This organization condemns Voter ID laws as barriers that “make it harder for communities of color, women, first-time voters, the elderly, and the poor to cast their vote.”
    29. Bill of Rights Defense Committee: This group provides a detailed blueprint for activists interested in getting their local towns, cities, and even college campuses to publicly declare their opposition to the Patriot Act, and to designate themselves “Civil Liberties Safe Zones.” The organization also came to the defense of self-described radical attorney Lynne Stewart, who was convicted in 2005 of providing material support for terrorism.
    30. Black Alliance for Just Immigration: This organization seeks to create a unified movement for “social and economic justice” centered on black racial identity.
    31. Blueprint North Carolina: This group seeks to “influence state policy in North Carolina so that residents of the state benefit from more progressive policies such as better access to health care, higher wages, more affordable housing, a safer, cleaner environment, and access to reproductive health services.”
    32. Brennan Center for Justice: This think tank/legal activist group generates scholarly studies, mounts media campaigns, files amicus briefs, gives pro bono support to activists, and litigates test cases in pursuit of radical “change.”
    33. Brookings Institution: This organization has been involved with a variety of internationalist and state-sponsored programs, including one that aspires to facilitate the establishment of a U.N.-dominated world government. Brookings Fellows have also called for additional global collaboration on trade and banking; the expansion of the Kyoto Protocol; and nationalized health insurance for children. Nine Brookings economists signed a petitionopposing President Bush’s tax cuts in 2003.
    34. Campaign for America’s Future: This group supports tax hikes, socialized medicine, and a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs.
    35. Campaign for Better Health Care: This organization favors a single-payer, government-run, universal health care system.
    36. Campaign for Youth Justice: This organization contends that “transferring juveniles to the adult criminal-justice system leads to higher rates of recidivism, puts incarcerated and detained youth at unnecessary risk, has little deterrence value, and does not increase public safety.”
    37. Campus Progress: A project of the Soros-bankrolled Center for American Progress, this group seeks to “strengthen progressive voices on college and university campuses, counter the growing influence of right-wing groups on campus, and empower new generations of progressive leaders.”
    38. Casa de Maryland: This organization aggressively lobbies legislators to vote in favor of policies that promote expanded rights, including amnesty, for illegal aliens currently residing in the United States.
    39. Catalist: This is a for-profit political consultancy that seeks “to help progressive organizations realize measurable increases in civic participation and electoral success by building and operating a robust national voter database of every voting-age American.”
    40. Catholics for Choice: This nominally Catholic organization supports women’s right to abortion-on-demand.
    41. Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good: This political nonprofit group is dedicated to generating support from the Catholic community for leftwing candidates, causes, and legislation.
    42. Center for American Progress: This leftist think tank is headed by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, works closely with Hillary Clinton, and employs numerous former Clinton administration staffers. It is committed to “developing a long-term vision of a progressive America” and “providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals.”
    43. Center for Community Change: This group recruits and trains activists to spearhead leftist “political issue campaigns.” Promoting increased funding for social welfare programs by bringing “attention to major national issues related to poverty,” the Center bases its training programs on the techniques taught by the famed radical organizer Saul Alinsky.
    44. Center for Constitutional Rights: This pro-Castro organization is a core member of the open borders lobby, has opposed virtually all post-9/11 anti-terrorism measures by the U.S. government, and alleges that American injustice provokes acts of international terrorism.
    45. Center for Economic and Policy Research: This group opposed welfare reform, supports “living wage” laws, rejects tax cuts, and consistently lauds the professed achievements of socialist regimes, most notably Venezuela.
    46. Center for International Policy: This organization uses advocacy, policy research, media outreach, and educational initiatives to promote “transparency and accountability” in U.S. foreign policy and global relations. It generally views America as a disruptive, negative force in the world.
    47. Center for Reproductive Rights: CRR’s mission is to guarantee safe, affordable contraception and abortion-on-demand for all women, including adolescents. The organization has filed state and federal lawsuits demanding access to taxpayer-funded abortions (through Medicaid) for low-income women.
    48. Center for Responsible Lending: This organization was a major player in the subprime mortgage crisis. According to Phil Kerpen (vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity), CRL “sh[ook] down and harass[ed] banks into making bad loans to unqualified borrowers.” Moreover, CRL negotiated a contract enabling it to operate as a conduit of high-risk loans to Fannie Mae.
    49. Center for Social Inclusion: This organization seeks to counteract America’s “structural racism” by means of taxpayer-funded policy initiatives.
    50. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Reasoning from the premise that tax cuts generally help only the wealthy, this organization advocates greater tax expenditures on social welfare programs for low earners.
    51. Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS): Aiming to redistribute wealth by way of higher taxes imposed on those whose incomes are above average, COWS contends that “it is important that state government be able to harness fair contribution from all parts of society – including corporations and the wealthy.”
    52. Change America Now: Formed in December 2006, Change America Now describes itself as “an independent political organization created to educate citizens on the failed policies of the Republican Congress and to contrast that record of failure with the promise offered by a Democratic agenda.”
    53. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: This group litigates and brings ethics charges against “government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests” and “betray the public trust.” Almost all of its targets are Republicans.
    54. Coalition for an International Criminal Court: This group seeks to subordinate American criminal-justice procedures to those of an international court.
    55. Color Of Change: This organization was founded to combat what it viewed as the systemic racism pervading America generally and conservatism in particular.
    56. Common Cause: This organization aims to bring about campaign-finance reform, pursue media reform resembling the Fairness Doctrine, and cut military budgets in favor of increased social-welfare and environmental spending.
    57. Constitution Project: This organization seeks to challenge the legality of military commissions; end the detainment of “enemy combatants”; condemn government surveillance of terrorists; and limit the President’s executive privileges.
    58. Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund: Defenders of Wildlife opposes oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It condemns logging, ranching, mining, and even the use of recreational motorized vehicles as activities that are destructive to the environment.
    59. Democracy Alliance: This self-described “liberal organization” aims to raise $200 million to develop a funding clearinghouse for leftist groups. Soros is a major donor to this group.
    60. Democracy 21: This group is a staunch supporter of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act.
    61. Democracy Now!: Democracy Now! was created in 1996 by WBAI radio news director Amy Goodman and four partners to provide “perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media,” i.e., the views of radical and foreign journalists, left and labor activists, and ideological foes of capitalism.
    62. Democratic Justice Fund: DJF opposes the Patriot Act and most efforts to restrict or regulate immigration into the United States — particularly from countries designated by the State Department as “terrorist nations.”
    63. Democratic Party: Soros’ funding activities are devoted largely to helping the Democratic Party solidify its power base. In a November 2003 interview, Soros stated that defeating President Bush in 2004 “is the central focus of my life” … “a matter of life and death.” He pledged to raise $75 million to defeat Bush, and personally donated nearly a third of that amount to anti-Bush organizations. “America under Bush,” he said, “is a danger to the world, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.”
    64. Demos: This organization lobbies federal and state policymakers to “addres[s] the economic insecurity and inequality that characterize American society today”; promotes “ideas for reducing gaps in wealth, income and political influence”; and favors tax hikes for the wealthy.
    65. Drum Major Institute: This group describes itself as “a non-partisan, non-profit think tank generating the ideas that fuel the progressive movement,” with the ultimate aim of persuading “policymakers and opinion-leaders” to take steps that advance its vision of “social and economic justice.”
    66. Earthjustice: This group seeks to place severe restrictions on how U.S. land and waterways may be used. It opposes most mining and logging initiatives, commercial fishing businesses, and the use of motorized vehicles in undeveloped areas.
    67. Economic Policy Institute: This organization believes that “government must play an active role in protecting the economically vulnerable, ensuring equal opportunity, and improving the well-being of all Americans.”
    68. Electronic Privacy Information Center: This organization has been a harsh critic of the USA PATRIOT Act and has joined the American Civil Liberties Union in litigating two cases calling for the FBI “to publicly release or account for thousands of pages of information about the government’s use of PATRIOT Act powers.”
    69. Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: Co-founded by the revolutionary communist Van Jones, this anti-poverty organization claims that “decades of disinvestment in our cities” — compounded by “excessive, racist policing and over-incarceration” — have “led to despair and homelessness.”
    70. EMILY’s List: This political network raises money for Democratic female political candidates who support unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
    71. Energy Action Coalition: Founded in 2004, this group describes itself as “a coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups working together to build the youth clean energy and climate movement.” For EAC, this means “dismantling oppression” according to its principles of environmental justice.
    72. Equal Justice USA: This group claims that America’s criminal-justice system is plagued by “significant race and class biases,” and thus seeks to promote major reforms.
    73. Fair Immigration Reform Movement: This is the open-borders arm of the Center for Community Change.
    74. Faithful America: This organization promotes the redistribution of wealth, an end to enhanced interrogation procedures vis a vis prisoners-of-war, the enactment of policies to combat global warming, and the creation of a government-run heath care system.
    75. Families USA: This Washington-based health-care advocacy group favors ever-increasing government control of the American healthcare system.
    76. Feminist Majority: Characterizing the United States as an inherently sexist nation, this group focuses on “advancing the legal, social and political equality of women with men, countering the backlash to women’s advancement, and recruiting and training young feminists to encourage future leadership for the feminist movement in the United States.”
    77. Four Freedoms Fund: This organization was designed to serve as a conduit through which large foundations could fund state-based open-borders organizations more flexibly and quickly.
    78. Free Exchange on Campus: This organization was created solely to oppose the efforts of one individual, David Horowitz, and his campaign to have universities adopt an “Academic Bill of Rights,” as well as todenounce Horowitz’s 2006 book The Professors. Member organizations of FEC include Campus Progress (a project of the Center for American Progress); the American Association of University Professors; theAmerican Civil Liberties UnionPeople For the American Way; the United States Student Association; theCenter for Campus Free Speech; the American Library AssociationFree Press; and the National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups.
    79. Free Press: This “media reform” organization has worked closely with many notable leftists and such organizations as Media Matters for AmericaAir America RadioGlobal ExchangeCode PinkFairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the Revolutionary Communist PartyMother Jones magazine, and Pacifica Radio.
    80. Funding Exchange: Dedicated to the concept of philanthropy as a vehicle for social change, this organization pairs leftist donors and foundations with likeminded groups and activists who are dedicated to bringing about their own version of “progressive” change and social justice. Many of these grantees assume that American society is rife with racism, discrimination, exploitation, and inequity and needs to be overhauled via sustained education, activism, and social agitation.
    81. Gamaliel Foundation: Modeling its tactics on those of the radical Sixties activist Saul Alinsky, this group takes a strong stand against current homeland security measures and immigration restrictions.
    82. Gisha: Center for the Legal Protection of Freedom of Movement: This anti-Israel organization seeks to help Palestinians “exercise their right to freedom of movement.”
    83. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect: This group contends that when a state proves either unable or unwilling to protect civilians from mass atrocities occurring within its borders, it is the responsibility of the international community to intervene — peacefully if possible, but with military force if necessary.
    84. Global Exchange: Established in 1988 by pro-Castro radical Medea Benjamin, this group consistently condemns America’s foreign policy, business practices, and domestic life. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Global Exchange advised Americans to examine “the root causes of resentment against the United States in the Arab world — from our dependence on Middle Eastern oil to our biased policy towards Israel.”
    85. Grantmakers Without Borders: GWB tends to be very supportive of leftist environmental, anti-war, and civil rights groups. It is also generally hostile to capitalism, which it deems one of the chief “political, economic, and social systems” that give rise to a host of “social ills.”
    86. Green For All: This group was created by Van Jones to lobby for federal climate, energy, and economic policy initiatives.
    87. Health Care for America Now: This group supports a “single payer” model where the federal government would be in charge of financing and administering the entire U.S. healthcare system.
    88. Human Rights Campaign: The largest “lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender” lobbying group in the United States, HRC supports political candidates and legislation that will advance the LGBT agenda. Historically, HRC has most vigorously championed HIV/AIDS-related legislation, “hate crime” laws, the abrogation of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and the legalization of gay marriage.
    89. Human Rights First: This group supports open borders and the rights of illegal aliens; charges that the Patriot Act severely erodes Americans’ civil liberties; has filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of terror suspect Jose Padilla; and deplores the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities.
    90. Human Rights Watch: This group directs a disproportionate share of its criticism at the United States and Israel. It opposes the death penalty in all cases, and supports open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.
    91. I’lam: This anti-Israel NGO seeks “to develop and empower the Arab media and to give voice to Palestinian issues.”
    92. Immigrant Defense Project: To advance the cause of illegal immigrants, the IDP provides immigration law backup support and counseling to New York defense attorneys and others who represent or assist immigrants in criminal justice and immigration systems, as well as to immigrants themselves.
    93. Immigrant Legal Resource Center: This group claims to have helped gain amnesty for some three million illegal aliens in the U.S., and in the 1980s was part of the sanctuary movement which sought to grant asylum to refugees from the failed Communist states of Central America.
    94. Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project: This open-borders organization advocates mass immigration to the U.S.
    95. Immigration Advocates Network: This alliance of immigrant-rights groups seeks to “increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them.”
    96. Immigration Policy Center: IPC is an advocate of open borders and contends that the massive influx of illegal immigrants into America is due to U.S. government policy, since “the broken immigration system […] spurs unauthorized immigration in the first place.”
    97. Independent Media Center: This Internet-based, news and events bulletin board represents an invariably leftist, anti-capitalist perspective and serves as a mouthpiece for anti-globalization/anti-America themes.
    98. Independent Media Institute: IMI administers the SPIN Project (Strategic Press Information Network), which provides leftist organizations with “accessible and affordable strategic communications consulting, training, coaching, networking opportunities and concrete tools” to help them “achieve their social justice goals.”
    99. Institute for America’s Future: IAF supports socialized medicine, increased government funding for education, and the creation of an infrastructure “to ensure that the voice of the progressive majority is heard.”
    100. Institute for New Economic Thinking: Seeking to create a new worldwide “economic paradigm,” this organization is staffed by numerous individuals who favor government intervention in national economies, and who view capitalism as a flawed system.
    101. Institute for Policy Studies: This think tank has long supported Communist and anti-American causes around the world. Viewing capitalism as a breeding ground for “unrestrained greed,” IPS seeks to provide a corrective to “unrestrained markets and individualism.” Professing an unquestioning faith in the righteousness of the United Nations, it aims to bring American foreign policy under UN control.
    102. Institute for Public Accuracy: This anti-American, anti-capitalist organization sponsored actor Sean Penn’s celebrated visit to Baghdad in 2002. It also sponsored visits to Iraq by Democratic Congressmen Nick Rahall and former Democrat Senator James Abourezk
    103. Institute for Women’s Policy Research: This group views the U.S. as a nation rife with discrimination against women, and publishes research to draw attention to this alleged state of affairs. It also advocates unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, stating that “access to abortion is essential to the economic well-being of women and girls.”
    104. International Crisis Group: One of this organization’s leading figures is its Mideast Director, Robert Malley, who was President Bill Clinton’s Special Assistant for Arab-Israeli Affairs. His analysis of the Mideast conflict is markedly pro-Palestinian.
    105. J Street: This anti-Israel group warns that Israel’s choice to take military action to stop Hamas’ terrorist attacks “will prove counter-productive and only deepen the cycle of violence in the region”
    106. Jewish Funds for Justice: This organization views government intervention and taxpayer funding as crucial components of enlightened social policy. It seeks to redistribute wealth from Jewish donors to low-income communities “to combat the root causes of domestic economic and social injustice.” By JFJ’s reckoning, chief among those root causes are the inherently negative by-products of capitalism – most notably racism and “gross economic inequality.”
    107. Joint Victory Campaign 2004: Founded by George Soros and Harold Ickes, this group was a major fundraising entity for Democrats during the 2004 election cycle. It collected contributions (including large amounts from Soros personally) and disbursed them to two other groups, America Coming Together and the Media Fund, which also worked on behalf of Democrats.
    108. Justice at Stake: This coalition calls for judges to be appointed by nonpartisan, independent commissions in a process known as “merit selection,” rather than elected by the voting public.
    109. LatinoJustice PRLDF: This organization supports bilingual education, the racial gerrymandering of voting districts, and expanded rights for illegal aliens.
    110. Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: This group views America as an unremittingly racist nation; uses the courts to mandate race-based affirmative action preferences in business and academia; has filed briefs against the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to limit the wholesale granting of green cards and to identify potential terrorists; condemns the Patriot Act; and calls on Americans to “recognize the contribution” of illegal aliens.
    111. Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: This organization views the United States as a nation rife with racism, sexism, and all manner of social injustice; and it uses legislative advocacy to push for “progressive change” that will create “a more open and just society.”
    112. League of United Latin American Citizens: This group views America as a nation plagued by “an alarming increase in xenophobia and anti-Hispanic sentiment”; favors racial preferences; supports the legalization of illegal Hispanic aliens; opposes military surveillance of U.S. borders; opposes making English America’s official language; favors open borders; and rejects anti-terrorism legislation like the Patriot Act.
    113. League of Women Voters Education Fund: The League supports taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand; supports “motor-voter” registration, which allows anyone with a driver’s license to become a voter, regardless of citizenship status; and supports tax hikes and socialized medicine.
    114. League of Young Voters: This organization seeks to “empowe[r] young people nationwide” to “participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level[s].”
    115. Lynne Stewart Defense Committee: IRS records indicate that Soros’s Open Society Institute made a September 2002 grant of $20,000 to this organization. Stewart was the criminal-defense attorney who was later convicted for abetting her client, the “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman, in terrorist activities connected with his Islamic Group.
    116. Machsom Watch: This organization describes itself as “a movement of Israeli women, peace activists from all sectors of Israeli society, who oppose the Israeli occupation and the denial of Palestinians’ rights to move freely in their land.”
    117. MADRE: This international women’s organization deems America the world’s foremost violator of human rights. As such, it seeks to “communicat[e] the real-life impact of U.S. policies on women and families confronting violence, poverty and repression around the world,” and to “demand alternatives to destructive U.S. policies.” It also advocates unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
    118. Malcolm X Grassroots Movement: This group views the U.S. as a nation replete with racism and discrimination against blacks; seeks to establish an independent black nation in the southeastern United States; and demands reparations for slavery.
    119. Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition: This group calls for the expansion of civil rights and liberties for illegal aliens; laments that illegal aliens in America are commonly subjected to “worker exploitation”; supports tuition-assistance programs for illegal aliens attending college; and characterizes the Patriot Act as a “very troubling” assault on civil liberties.
    120. Media Fund: Soros played a major role in creating this group, whose purpose was to conceptualize, produce, and place political ads on television, radio, print, and the Internet.
    121. Media Matters for America: This organization is a “web-based, not-for-profit … progressive research and information center” seeking to “systematically monitor a cross-section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation.” The group works closely with the Soros-backed Center for American Progress, and is heavily funded by Democracy Alliance, of which Soros is a major financier.
    122. Mercy Corps: Vis a vis the Arab-Israeli conflict, Mercy Corps places all blame for Palestinian poverty and suffering directly on Israel.
    123. Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund: This group advocates open borders, free college tuition for illegal aliens, lowered educational standards to accommodate Hispanics, and voting rights for criminals. In MALDEF’s view, supporters of making English the official language of the United States are “motivated by racism and anti-immigrant sentiments,” while advocates of sanctions against employers reliant on illegal labor seek to discriminate against “brown-skinned people.”
    124. Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, PC: This influential defender of Big Labor is headed by Democrat operativeHarold Ickes.
    125. Midwest Academy: This entity trains radical activists in the tactics of direct action, targeting, confrontation, and intimidation.
    126. Migration Policy Institute: This group seeks to create “a North America with gradually disappearing border controls … with permanent migration remaining at moderate levels.”
    127. Military Families Speak Out: This group ascribes the U.S. invasion of Iraq to American imperialism and lust for oil.
    128. Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment: This group is the rebranded Missouri branch of the now-defunct, pro-socialist, community organization ACORN.
    129. MoveOn.org: This Web-based organization supports Democratic political candidates through fundraising, advertising, and get-out-the-vote drives.
    130. Ms. Foundation for Women: This group laments what it views as the widespread and enduring flaws of American society: racism, sexism, homophobia, and the violation of civil rights and liberties. It focuses its philanthropy on groups that promote affirmative action for women, unfettered access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, amnesty for illegal aliens, and big government generally.
    131. Muslim AdvocatesOpposed to U.S. counter-terrorism strategies that make use of sting operations and informants, MA characterizes such tactics as forms of “entrapment” that are inherently discriminatory against Muslims.
    132. NARAL Pro-Choice America: This group supports taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, and works to elect pro-abortion Democrats.
    133. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund: The NAACP supports racial preferences in employment and education, as well as the racial gerrymandering of voting districts. Underpinning its support for race preferences is the fervent belief that white racism in the United States remains an intractable, largely undiminished, phenomenon.
    134. The Nation Institute: This nonprofit entity sponsors leftist conferences, fellowships, awards for radical activists, and journalism internships.
    135. National Abortion Federation: This group opposes any restrictions on abortion at either the state or federal levels, and champions the introduction of unrestricted abortion into developing regions of the world.
    136. National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty: This group was established in 1976 as the first “fully staffed national organization exclusively devoted to abolishing capital punishment.”
    137. National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: This group depicts the United States as a nation in need of dramatic structural change financed by philanthropic organizations. It overwhelmingly promotes grant-makers and grantees with leftist agendas, while criticizing their conservative counterparts.
    138. National Committee for Voting Integrity: This group opposes “the implementation of proof of citizenship and photo identification requirements for eligible electors in American elections as the means of assuring election integrity.”
    139. National Council for Research on Women: This group supports big government, high taxes, military spending cuts, increased social welfare spending, and the unrestricted right to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
    140. National Council of La Raza: This group lobbies for racial preferences, bilingual education, stricter hate-crime laws, mass immigration, and amnesty for illegal aliens.
    141. National Council of Women’s Organizations: This group views the United States as a nation rife with injustice against girls and women. It advocates high levels of spending for social welfare programs, and supports race and gender preferences for minorities and women in business and academia.
    142. National Immigration Forum: Opposing the enforcement of present immigration laws, this organization urges the American government to “legalize” en masse all illegal aliens currently in the United States who have no criminal records, and to dramatically increase the number of visas available for those wishing to migrate to the U.S. The Forum is particularly committed to opening the borders to unskilled, low-income workers, and immediately making them eligible for welfare and social service programs.
    143. National Immigration Law Center: This group seeks to win unrestricted access to government-funded social welfare programs for illegal aliens.
    144. National Lawyers Guild: This group promotes open borders; seeks to weaken America’s intelligence-gathering agencies; condemns the Patriot Act as an assault on civil liberties; rejects capitalism as an unviable economic system; has rushed to the defense of convicted terrorists and their abettors; and generally opposes all U.S. foreign policy positions, just as it did during the Cold War when it sided with the Soviets.
    145. National Organization for Women: This group advocates the unfettered right to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand; seeks to “eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia” from American society; attacks Christianity and traditional religious values; and supports gender-based preferences for women.
    146. National Partnership for Women and Families: This organization supports race- and sex-based preferences in employment and education. It also advocates for the universal “right” of women to undergo taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason.
    147. National Priorities Project: This group supports government-mandated redistribution of wealth — through higher taxes and greater expenditures on social welfare programs. NPP exhorts the government to redirect a significant portion of its military funding toward public education, universal health insurance, environmentalist projects, and welfare programs.
    148. National Public Radio: Founded in 1970 with 90 public radio stations as charter members, NPR is today a loose network of more than 750 U.S. radio stations across the country, many of which are based on college and university campuses. (source)
    149. National Security Archive Fund: This group collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act to a degree that compromises American national security and the safety of intelligence agents.
    150. National Women’s Law Center: This group supports taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand; lobbies against conservative judicial appointees; advocates increased welfare spending to help low-income mothers; and favors higher taxes for the purpose of generating more funds for such government programs as Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, foster care, health care, child-support enforcement, and student loans.
    151. Natural Resources Defense Council: One of the most influential environmentalist lobbying groups in the United States, the Council claims a membership of one million people.
    152. New America Foundation: This organization uses policy papers, media articles, books, and educational events to influence public opinion on such topics as healthcare, environmentalism, energy policy, the Mideast conflict, global governance, and much more.
    153. New Israel Fund: This organization gives support to NGOs that regularly produce reports accusing Israel of human-rights violations and religious persecution.
    154. NewsCorpWatch: A project of Media Matters For America, NewsCorpWatch was established with the help of a $1 million George Soros grant to Media Matters.
    155. Pacifica Foundation: This entity owns and operates Pacifica Radio, awash from its birth with the socialist-Marxist rhetoric of class warfare and hatred for capitalism.
    156. Palestinian Center for Human Rights: This NGO investigates and documents what it views as Israeli human-rights violations against Palestinians.
    157. Peace and Security Funders Group: This is an association of more than 60 foundations that give money to leftist anti-war and environmentalist causes. Its members tend to depict America as the world’s chief source of international conflict, environmental destruction, and economic inequalities.
    158. Peace Development Fund: In PDF’s calculus, the United States needs a massive overhaul of its social and economic institutions. “Recently,” explains PDF, “we have witnessed the negative effects of neo-liberalism and the globalization of capitalism, the de-industrialization of the U.S. and the growing gap between the rich and poor …”
    159. People for the American Way: This group opposes the Patriot Act, anti-terrorism measures generally, and the allegedly growing influence of the “religious right.”
    160. People Improving Communities Through Organizing: This group uses Alinsky-style organizing tactics to advance the doctrines of the religious left.
    161. Physicians for Human Rights: This group is selectively and disproportionately critical of the United States and Israel in its condemnations of human rights violations.
    162. Physicians for Social Responsibility: This is an anti-U.S.-military organization that also embraces the tenets of radical environmentalism.
    163. Planned Parenthood: This group is the largest abortion provider in the United States and advocates taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
    164. Ploughshares Fund: This public grantmaking foundation opposes America’s development of a missile defense system, and contributes to many organizations that are highly critical of U.S. foreign policies and military ventures.
    165. Prepare New York: This group supported the proposed construction of a Muslim Community Center near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan – a project known as the Cordoba Initiative, headed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.
    166. Presidential Climate Action Project: PCAP’s mission is to create a new 21st-century economy, completely carbon-free and based largely on renewable energy. A key advisor to the organization is the revolutionary communist Van Jones.
    167. Prison Moratorium Project: This initiative was created in 1995 for the express purpose of working for the elimination of all prisons in the United States and the release of all inmates. Reasoning from the premise that incarceration is never an appropriate means of dealing with crime, it deems American society’s inherent inequities the root of all criminal behavior.
    168. Progressive Change Campaign Committee: This organization works “to elect bold progressive candidates to federal office and to help [them] and their campaigns save money, work smarter, and win more often.”
    169. Progressive States Network: PSN’s mission is to “pass progressive legislation in all fifty states by providing coordinated research and strategic advocacy tools to forward-thinking state legislators.”
    170. Project Vote: This is the voter-mobilization arm of the Soros-funded ACORN. A persistent pattern of lawlessness and corruption has followed ACORN/Project Vote activities over the years.
    171. Pro Publica: Claiming that “investigative journalism is at risk,” this group aims to remedy this lacuna in news publishing by “expos[ing] abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.”
    172. Proteus Fund: This foundation directs its philanthropy toward a number of radical leftwing organizations.
    173. Psychologists for Social Responsibility: This anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, anti-military, anti-American organization “uses psychological knowledge and skills to promote peace with social justice at the community, national and international levels.”
    174. Public Citizen Foundation: Public Citizen seeks increased government intervention and litigation against corporations — a practice founded on the notion that American corporations, like the capitalist system of which they are a part, are inherently inclined toward corruption.
    175. Public Justice Center: Viewing America as a nation rife with injustice and discrimination, this organization engages in legislative and policy advocacy to promote “systemic change for the disenfranchised.”
    176. Rebuild and Renew America Now (a.k.a. Unity ’09): Spearheaded by MoveOn.org and overseen by longtime activist Heather Booth, this coalition was formed to facilitate the passage of President Obama’s “historic” $3.5 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010.
    177. Res Publica: Seeking to advance far-left agendas in places all around the world, RP specializes in “E-advocacy,” or web-based movement-building.
    178. Roosevelt Institute: Proceeding from the premise that free-market capitalism is inherently unjust and prone to periodic collapses caused by its own structural flaws, RI currently administers several major projects aimed at reshaping the American economy to more closely resemble a socialist system.
    179. Secretary of State Project: This project was launched in July 2006 as an independent “527” organization devoted to helping Democrats get elected to the office of Secretary of State in selected swing, or battleground, states.
    180. Sentencing Project: Asserting that prison-sentencing patterns are racially discriminatory, this initiative advocates voting rights for felons.
    181. Social Justice Leadership: This organization seeks to transform an allegedly inequitable America into a “just society” by means of “a renewed social-justice movement.”
    182. Shadow Democratic Party: This is an elaborate network of non-profit activist groups organized by George Soros and others to mobilize resources — money, get-out-the-vote drives, campaign advertising, and policy iniatives — to elect Democratic candidates and guide the Democratic Party towards the left.
    183. Sojourners: This evangelical Christian ministry preaches radical leftwing politics. During the 1980s it championed Communist revolution in Central America and chastised U.S. policy-makers for their tendency “to assume the very worst about their Soviet counterparts.” More recently, Sojourners has taken up the cause of environmental activism, opposed welfare reform as a “mean-spirited Republican agenda,” and mounted a defense of affirmative action.
    184. Southern Poverty Law Center: This organization monitors the activities of what it calls “hate groups” in the United States. It exaggerates the prevalence of white racism directed against American minorities.
    185. State Voices: This coalition helps independent local activist groups in 22 states work collaboratively on a year-round basis, so as to maximize the impact of their efforts.
    186. Talking Transition: This was a two-week project launched in early November 2013 to “help shape the transition” to City Hall for the newly elected Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio.
    187. Think Progress: This Internet blog “pushes back, daily,” by its own account, against its conservative targets, and seeks to transform “progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world.”
    188. Thunder Road Group: This political consultancy, in whose creation Soros had a hand, coordinates strategy for the Media FundAmerica Coming Together, and America Votes.
    189. Tides Foundation and Tides Center: Tides is a major funder of the radical Left.
    190. U.S. Public Interest Research Group: This is an umbrella organization of student groups that support leftist agendas.
    191. Universal Healthcare Action Network: This organization supports a single-payer health care system controlled by the federal government.
    192. Urban Institute: This research organization favors socialized medicine, expansion of the federal welfare bureaucracy, and tax hikes for higher income-earners.
    193. USAction Education Fund: USAction lists its priorities as: “fighting the right wing agenda”; “building grassroots political power”; winning “social, racial and economic justice for all”; supporting a system of taxpayer-funded socialized medicine; reversing “reckless tax cuts for millionaires and corporations” which shield the “wealthy” from paying their “fair share”; advocating for “pro-consumer and environmental regulation of corporate abuse”; “strengthening progressive voices on local, state and national issues”; and working to “register, educate and get out the vote … [to] help progressives get elected at all levels of government.”
    194. Voter Participation Center: This organization seeks to increase voter turnout among unmarried women, “people of color,” and 18-to-29-year-olds — demographics that are heavily pro-Democrat.
    195. Voto Latino: This group seeks to mobilize Latin-Americans to become registered voters and political activists.
    196. We Are America Alliance: This coalition promotes “increased civic participation by immigrants” in the American political process.
    197. Working Families Party: An outgrowth of the socialist New Party, WFP seeks to help push the Democratic Party toward the left.
    198. World Organization Against Torture: This coalition works closely with groups that condemn Israeli security measures against Palestinian terrorism.
    199. YWCA World Office, Switzerland: The YWCA opposes abstinence education; supports universal access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand; and opposes school vouchers.

    B. Organizations that do not receive direct funding from Soros and OSF, but are funded by one or more organizations that do:

    1. Center for Progressive Leadership: Funded by the Soros-bankrolled Democracy Alliance, this anti-capitalist organization is dedicated to training future leftist political leaders.
    2. John Adams Project:This project of the American Civil Liberties Union was accused of: (a) having hired investigators to photograph CIA officers thought to have been involved in enhanced interrogations of terror suspects detained in Guantanamo, and then (b) showing the photos to the attorneys of those suspects, some of whom were senior al-Qaeda operatives.
    3. Moving Ideas Network (MIN): This coalition of more than 250 leftwing activist groups is a partner organization of the Soros-backed Center for American Progress. MIN was originally a project of the Soros-backed American Prospect and, as such, received indirect funding from the Open Society Institute. In early 2006, The American Prospect relinquished control of the Moving Ideas Network.
    4. New Organizing Institute: Created by the Soros-funded MoveOn.org, this group “trains young, technology-enabled political organizers to work for progressive campaigns and organizations.”
    5. Think Progress: This “project” of the American Progress Action Fund, which is a “sister advocacy organization”of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress and Campus Progress, seeks to transform “progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world.”
    6. Vote for Change: Coordinated by the political action committee of the Soros-funded MoveOn.org, Vote for Change was a group of 41 musicians and bands that performed concerts in several key election “battleground”states during October 2004, to raise money in support of Democrat John Kerry‘s presidential bid.
    7. Working Families Party: Created in 1998 to help push the Democratic Party toward the left, this front group for the Soros-funded ACORN functions as a political party that promotes ACORN-friendly candidates.
  18. Site: ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
    5 hours 50 min ago
    Author: abyssum

    CATHOLIC MONITOR

    Has Francis joined Pro-Abortion BLM in “Apparent Approval” of the Anti-nuclear Family Propaganda?

    September 19, 2020

    Francis, it appears, is allowing, one of his closest collaborators, Cardinal Reinhard Marx and his German bishops to continue in the porn business which is a prime destroyer of family life.

    Marx and the German bishop’s huge porn publishing company sold pornography for over a decade. The bishops were rebuked by Pope Benedict XVI after he was informed. After the papal rebuke, the German bishops promised the porn business would be sold according to Lifesitenews.com articles on October 31 and November 23, 2011.

    The blog Vox Cantoris on September 18, 2015 wrote that Cardinal Marx and the German bishops were still in the same porn business and Francis did not “call them out.” The blog’s headline was “Why is Pope Francis blind to Germany’s rich and porn producing bishops?”:

    “We know that they cannot win, that the “gates of Hell will not prevail” but in these times we must ask, ‘Where is the Pope?'”

    “A few years ago, LifeSiteNews wrote about the ‘German Bishops being caught in a massive porn scandal.’ After a papal rebuke, they announced that it would be sold. Yet we find that one year ago, this has not only not happened; but these same filthy Rhine bishops actually pumped over one billion Euros from Catholics back into its production!”

    “The Catholic Church in Germany is the largest employer after the Government and Mercedes-Benz with over 600,000 employees. Yes, you read that number correctly. The bishops in Germany also earn incomes of up to 150,000 Euros. There is no collection at the Offertory. The Church in Germany is funded through taxes and if you don’t pay you don’t receive the sacraments. This is simony! What lays behind this German assault on the truth at the Synod is their own survival as a privileged class of bishops in a failing Church. “

    “These filthy degenerate bishops have taken control of this papacy and it is time to ask Francis a few questions.”

    “Holy Father, why have you allowed this and what are you doing to cleanse the Church of this filth?” 
    [https://voxcantor.blogspot.com/2014/11/why-is-pope-francis-blind-to-germanys.html ]

    In 2016, Francis’s next x-rated outrage was appointing Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia to head the Pontifical Council for the Family. The papal appointee commissioned a gay neo-pornographic mural at his former cathedral which was called “blasphemous,” “disgusting,” and “demonic” according to Lifesitenews.com on March 15, 2017. 
    Francis is apparently promoting porn, anti-nuclear family and homosexuality propaganda for “youth”:

    Francis appointed the mural pornography commissioner to produce a sex education program which was released with the“apparent approval”of Francis on World Youth Day according to a March 6, 2017 article.

    The article was written by psychological experts Gerard van den Aardweg and Rick Fitzgerald on Lifesitenews.com.

    Paglia’s sex ed program used porn “like” that used by “sexual predators.”

    The sex abuse experts stated that the Paglia headed Vatican Pontifical Council for the Family developed and approved the program called Meeting Point that “contained homoerotic and hetersexual pornography which was like that employed by adult predators of youth.”

    The experts said “even more troubling is the role of Pope Francis. His apparent approval of the Meeting Point program… with its homoerotic content and hetersexual pornography was severely negligent.
    (Lifesitenews, “Is the pontificate of Francis in the clutches of the gay lobby,” March 6, 2017)

    The two experts said the porn predator-like program “should be withdrawn as soon as possible by the Vatican and its website closed.”


    Pro-abortion Black Lives Matter has joined Francis in apparently promoting homosexual and anti-nuclear family propaganda as documented by this Christian Post article: 
    The founders of the movement, the #BlackLivesMatter Foundation (BLMF), created it to radically shift culture. The far-left Ford Foundation, the world’s largest population control organization, vowed in 2016 to raise $100 million for the Movement for Black Lives (MFBL) — a nationwide coalition of BLM groups (including BLMF). MFBL released a shocking manifesto of policy positions that are deeply political and deeply disturbing. 
    Drawing mostly from those positions, here are the top ten reasons why I will never support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 
    1. The premise isn’t true. According to the FBI’s latest homicide statistics, I’m eleven times more likely to be killed by someone of my own brown complexion than a white person. Also, a comprehensive 2019 study concluded: “White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.” Every loss of life is tragic, but Washington Post’s database on police-involved deaths puts things into context. In 2020, among those killed were 76 black males and 149 white males (whose deaths are don’t get reported by national mainstream media). Only nine black individuals were actually unarmed.
    2. There is no goal of forgiveness or reconciliation. None. It’s never mentioned on their sites. You can’t talk about the sins of the past and expect to move forward if there is no intention of forgiveness. I’m tired of the color-based oppressed/oppressor critical race theory paradigm. It’s not Gospel-centered. This should, immediately, be a deal-breaker for Christians.
    3. It’s all about Black Power. It’s plastered all over the MFBL website. BLMF founders explain their “herstory”: “It became clear that we needed to continue organizing and building Black power across the country.” I don’t promote social colorblindness; I love all of our diverse hues of skin. But I’m so much more than my pigmentation. Martin Luther King promoted “God’s power and human power.” I’m with him.
    4. They heavily promote homosexuality and transgenderism. “We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.” I’m not embracing confusion. The Bible is unambiguous about sexuality. Loving every human being is not the same as loving every human doing.
    5. They completely ignore fatherhood. From BLMF: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.” Well, every “village” that has fatherless families is a village that suffers higher crime rates, higher drug usage, higher abortion rates, higher drop-out rates, higher poverty rates, and so much more. #DadsMatter.
    6. They demand reparations. Ok. Sooooo, I guess the white half of me will have to pay the black half of me? If progressives want to push reparations, start with the Party of Slavery and Jim Crow — the Democrat Party! Let them ante up. But the #BlackLivesMatter movement bizarrely demands: “Reparations for…full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education…retroactive forgiveness of student loans, and support for lifetime learning programs.” Uhhh, good luck with that.
    7. They want to abolish prisons and police forces. And…cue utter chaos. MFBL asserts: “We believe that prisons, police and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people must be abolished…” Defund and remove the police have been rallying cries. That would be anarchy in any community. I advocate some needed police reforms, including more accountability and better community/police relations, but this is just foolishness. 
    8. They are anti-capitalism. Oh the irony of this declaration made by a movement that is the result of capitalism: “We are anti-capitalist. We believe and understand that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.” The videos that make us aware of police brutality are captured on phones that are a result of capitalism. The best way to elevate people out of material poverty? Capitalism. This system is why the United States is the most charitable nation. 
    9. Colin Kaepernick supports it. A “biracial” adoptee, Kaepernick is now obsessed with his “blackness.” He idolizes the late murderous Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and worships Malcolm X (just see his social media feeds). Malcolm X was anti-integration, pro-violence and a member of the virulently racist Nation of Islam (who forced him out). Kaepernick makes millions from Nike — a company whose entire Executive Leadership Team is white (isn’t this white supremacy???) — that makes its shoes in the most murderous regime in the world. Kaepernick, of course, is completely silent on that. But you know, #SocialJusticeWarrior.
    10. Apparently, not all black lives matter. Pro-abortion BLMF declared: “We deserve and thus we demand reproductive justice [aka abortion] that gives us autonomy over our bodies and our identities while ensuring that our children and families are supported, safe, and able to thrive.” Aborted children don’t thrive. BLM groups announced “solidarity” with “reproductive justice” groups back in February 2015. You cannot simultaneously fight violence while celebrating it.
    [https://www.christianpost.com/voices/do-all-black-lives-matter.html ]

    Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of the Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of the Mary.

  19. Site: Community in Mission
    7 hours 48 min ago
    Author: Msgr. Charles Pope

    What Jesus teaches in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of those parables that rock our world and challenge our worldly way of thinking. Frankly, that is one of its purposes. We are tempted to side with the laborers who worked the longest, thinking that their being paid the same amount as those who worked only for an hour is unfair.

    Think very carefully before asking God to be “fair.” What we really should ask of God is that He be merciful, for if He were fair, we’d all be in Hell right now. We have no innate capacity to stand before God in pure justice; we simply cannot measure up. It is only grace and mercy that will win the day for us. So be very careful about challenging God’s fairness. In fact, when we see Him being merciful to someone else, we ought to rejoice, for it means that we might stand a chance.

    There are other aspects of this Gospel that are important to learn from, in particular, the various dispositions of discipleship. As the parable unfolds, we can see five teachings. Let’s consider each in turn.

    I.  The AVAILABILITY of Discipleship – The text says, A landowner went at dawn to hire laborers to work in his field … He went later and found others standing idle … “Why do you stand here all day idle?”

    What are described here are “day workers” or “day laborers.” These were men who stood in public places hoping to be hired for the day. It was and still is a tough life. If you worked, you ate; if you didn’t, you might have little or nothing to eat. They were hired on a day-to-day basis, only when needed. This is a particularly burdensome form of poverty for its uncertainty and instability. Men like these were and are the poorest of the poor.

    Notice, however, that their poverty, their hunger, makes them available. Each morning they show up and are ready, available to be hired. Their poverty also motivates them to seek out the landowner and indicate that they are ready and willing to work. The well-fed and the otherwise employed do not show up; they are not available. There’s something about poverty that makes these men available. Because their cup is empty, it is able to be filled.

    We are these men. We are the poor who depend upon God for everything. Sometimes we don’t want to admit it, but we are. Every now and then it is made plain to us how poor, vulnerable, and needy we really are; this tends to make us seek God. In our emptiness, poverty, and powerlessness, suddenly there is room for God. Suddenly our glass, too often filled with the world, is empty enough for God to find room. In our pain we stand ready for God to usher us into the vineyard of His Kingdom. An old gospel song says, “Lord, I’m available to you; my storage is empty and I’m available to you.” It is our troubles that make us get up and go out with the poor to seek the Lord and be available to Him. When things are going too well, heaven knows where we are to be found! Another gospel song says, “Lord don’t move my mountain but give me the strength to climb it. Don’t take away my stumbling blocks but lead me all around, ’cause Lord when my life gets a little too easy, you know I tend to stray from thee.

    Yes, we might wish for a trouble-free life, but then where would we be? Would we seek the Lord? Would we make ourselves available to God? Would we ever call on Him?

    II.  The AUTHORITY of Discipleship – The text says, The LandOWNER said, “Go into my vineyard” … HE sent them into HIS vineyard.

    Notice that it is the landowner who calls the shots. Too many who call themselves the Lord’s disciples rush into His vineyard with great ideas and grand projects that they have never really asked God about. This passage teaches us that entrance into the vineyard requires the owner’s permission. If we expect to see fruits (payment for the work) at the end of the day, we have to be on the list of “approved workers.”

    Fruitful discipleship is based on a call from the Lord. Scripture says, Unless the Lord builds the House, they that labor to build it labor in vain (Ps 127:1). Too many people run off and get married, take new jobs, accept promotions, start projects, and so forth without ever asking God.

    True discipleship requires the Lord’s to call us first: “Go into my vineyard.” Got a bright idea? Ask God first. Discern His call with the Church and a good spiritual director, guide, or pastor.

    III.  The ALLOTMENT of Discipleship – The text says, The vineyard owner came at dawn, 9:00 AM, Noon, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.

    We may wonder why God calls some early and others late; it’s none of our business. He does call at different times. Even those whom He calls early are not always asked to do everything right now. There is a timing to discipleship.

    Moses thought he was ready at age 40, and in his haste murdered a man. God said, “Not now!” and made him wait until he was 80.

    Sometimes we’ve got something we want to do but the Lord says, “Not yet.” We think, “But Lord, this is a great project and many will benefit!” But the Lord says, “Not yet.” We say, “But Lord, I’m ready to do it now!” And the Lord says, “Not yet.”

    Sometimes we think we’re ready, but we’re really not. An old gospel song says, “God is preparing me. He’s preparing me for something I cannot handle right now. He’s making me ready, just because he cares. He’s providing me with what I’ll need to carry out the next matter in my life. God is preparing me. Just because he cares for me. He’s maturing me, arranging me, realigning my attitude. He’s training me, teaching me, tuning me, purging me, pruning me. He’s preparing me.”

    IV.  The ABIDING of Discipleship – The text says, When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to the foreman, “… summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.”

    Notice that the wages are paid in the evening and in the order determined by the landowner. The lesson is simple: we’ve got to stay in the vineyard. Some people start things but do not finish them. If you’re not there at the end of the day, there’s no pay.

    Scripture says that we must persevere. Here are three passages carrying this message: But he who perseveres to the end will be saved (Mat 24:13). To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life (Rom 2:7). You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (Heb 10:36).

    Yes, we must work until evening comes. Saying that we had faith and received all our sacraments when we were young will not suffice. We have to work until evening. An old spiritual says, “Some go to Church for to sing and shout, before six months they’s all turned out.” How about you?

    V.  The ASSESSMENT of Discipleship – The text says, Those hired first grumbled … “We bore the heat of the day and burdens thereof.”

    The workers hired early think of their entrance into the vineyard and its labors as a “burden.” The vineyard, of course, is really the Kingdom of God. Many lukewarm “cradle Catholics” consider the faith to be a burden; they think that sinners “have all the fun.” Never mind that such thinking is completely perverse; it is held by many anyway, whether consciously or unconsciously.

    Consider the laborers hired last. Were they having a picnic? Not exactly. Most were resigning themselves to the fact that they and their families would have little or nothing to eat that night. Similarly, most sinners are not “living the life of Riley.” Repeated, lifelong sin brings much grief: disease, dissipation of wealth, regret, loss of family, and addiction. No matter what they tell you, sinners do not have all the fun.

    Further, being a Christian is not a burden. If we accept it, we receive a whole new life from Christ: a life of freedom, purity, simplicity, victory over sin, joy, serenity, vision, and destiny.

    How do you view the Christian life? Is it a gift, a treasure beyond compare no matter its difficulties? Or is it a burden, a bearing of labor in the heat of the day? Scripture says, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God. The passage goes on to describe our “works” not as burdens but as something God enables us to do: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Eph 2:8-10).

    So these are five dispositions of discipleship, as taught by the Lord in this parable.

    Note well what the Lord teaches, for too often we want to decide what it means to be a disciple. Beware, for the worst kind of disciple is the one who gets out ahead of the Lord and tries to define his or her own role. Jesus is Lord; let Him lead. Here are some final questions for you: Are you a disciple who is glad at being called, the earlier the better? Or are you like the disciples who grumbled at having to do all the work in the heat of the day? Is discipleship delightful or dreary for you?

    The song in the video below says, “I’m available to you.” It reminds us that the owner still seeks souls to enter His vineyard. He wants to use your voice to say to someone, “You, too, go into my vineyard!”

    The post Dimensions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year appeared first on Community in Mission.

  20. Site: The Eponymous Flower
    8 hours 49 min ago

     


    Annual day of prayer in Amsterdam (pictured 2019). In 2020 he had to be canceled because of the Corona measures. But there were side shots against the "Lady of All Nations".

    (Rome) On September 15th, the French-language press agency I.Media headlined: “The Holy See rejects the Marian apparitions of Ida Peerdeman,”  better known as “ The Lady of All Nations” . What's it all about?



    I.Media reported:

    “The Amsterdam apparitions are false. The 'Lady of All Nations' must not be venerated and the faithful must stop all promotion of it,” said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a letter dated July 20, 2020 that has just been published. After decades of controversy, the 56 alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Ida Peerdeman were officially rejected by the Holy See." 

     


    The articles of I.Media was literally accepted by Aleteia  (French edition). It was not published in the original of the aforementioned opinion of the CDF .


    David Murgias "shock document of the Vatican"


    The basis of I.Media -Artikels is a contribution of 28 August by David Murgia on his blog Il Segno di Giona . Murgia, a Roman journalist, also wrote the lurid headline: "The apparitions of Amsterdam are false" and the designation as a "shock document of the Vatican".

    Murgia maintains excellent contacts with some parts of the Vatican. He is an employee of TV2000, the television station of the Italian Bishops' Conference, and a member of the International Observatory on phenomena and mystical phenomena that in is located in the Pontifical Pontificia Academia Mariana Internationalis (PAMI), the International Marian Academy.


    The nuncio's letter.

    The alleged "Vatican shock document" to which all three articles refer is not published by Murgia either. He published a letter from the Apostolic Nunciature in Lebanon to Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.


    This letter is dated July 20th and signed by the Apostolic Nuncio Msgr. Joseph Spiteri. The main statement of the articles mentioned, "The Amsterdam apparitions are wrong," which appears with quotation marks, that is supposedly quoted, is not found anywhere.


    Blogger and journalist Murgia is known for having a somewhat screeching tone around paranormal phenomena in which he specializes. How exactly this and other things get along with his membership in the International Marian Pontifical Academy remains to be seen.


    The apparitions of Mary from Amsterdam


    In this specific case he directs the attention to private revelations that took place from March 25, 1945 to May 31, 1959 in Amsterdam to Ida Peerdeman. The Dutch woman, who died very old in 1996, was 39 years old at the beginning of the apparitions. The first appearance took place in the final phase of the Second World War. On March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, Mary appeared to her, according to her description, in the presence of her sisters and her confessor, Father Joseph Frehe OP (1896–1967), who introduced herself as "Woman, Mother of All Nations". Core of the phenomena is the desire for a new Marian dogma of Mary as the Coredemptrix , Mediatrix and Advocate.


    At this point, the Amsterdam apparitions will not be discussed further, but rather the previous decisions of the Church on this phenomenon.


    Nuncio Spiteri, a Maltese who has been working in Lebanon since 2018, responded on July 20 to a request from the Patriarch regarding the "official position of the Church on the veneration of the Virgin Mary as 'Lady of All Nations'".


    The nuncio asked the CDF  about the corresponding "clarification." This referred to the notification published on May 25, 1974 and "clarified" that this is "still valid." This confirmed the judgment of the Bishop of Haarlem. The Congregation, after "deeper examination" and with the approval of Paul VI. states that the "supernatural nature of the appearances is not certain." As early as 1956, the responsible local bishop of Haarlem, Msgr. Johannes Petrus Huibers, had pronounced a “ non constat de supernaturalitate," thus declaring that “the supernatural is not certain.” That was an evaluation that was negative, but wait and see. A clearly negative judgment should have read: "constat de non supernaturalitate " ( "non-supernatural character is clear"). Thus the commission he appointed for the investigation, was headed by the later Cardinal Johannes Willebrands.


    At the same time he forbade "the public veneration of the image of the 'Lady of All Nations' and the distribution of writings that presented the above-mentioned apparitions and revelations as of supernatural origin."


    The third church evaluation of the supernatural phenomena was also mentioned for the sake of completeness and now It read "constat de supernaturalitate,", so the statement that "the supernatural is established".


    According to Ida Peerdeman, Maria introduced Herself to her as "Lady of All Nations" and "Mother of All Nations".

    In 1957, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (then still called the Holy Office) certified the “prudence” of the Bishop of Haarlem and “approved” his measures. After “even deeper examination” she confirmed in 1974 that the judgment pronounced by the bishop “is well founded”. Therefore she called on “priests and laypeople” to “refrain from any propaganda for the alleged appearances and revelations of the 'Lady of All Nations' and exhorted everyone to show their veneration for the Most Holy Virgin, Queen of the World, to express in those forms recognized and recognized  by the Church recommended.”


    The Nuncio also wrote to the Patriarch that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith "is of the opinion that it is not fitting to contribute to the spread of the devotion to Mary as 'Lady of All Nations'"


    Is that cleared up? Not at all.


    The Church's judgment on the supernatural nature of phenomena could, until recently, take three forms, which have already been mentioned:


    • constat de supernaturalitate (the supernatural is certain) - positive judgment;
    • non constat de supernaturalitate (the supernatural is not certain) - waiting / carefully negative judgment;
    • constat de non supernaturalitate (the non-supernatural is certain - negative judgment.


    With the notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1974, the waiting / cautiously negative judgment of the Bishop of Haarlem was declared to be "prudent". For David Murgia this is the "shock document of the Vatican". It is of course not, as a member of the Pontifical Marian Academy he has long known the notification. So why the theater?


    Starting in 1978, new guidelines for assessing supernaturalness were developed, but were not published until 2012. The three possible ratings were reduced to two. It did not necessarily achieve what was supposed to create more clarity, because the previously clearly negative judgment was dropped. In the new guidelines, there are only the ratings "constat de supernaturalitate" and "non constat de supernaturalitate." The judgment that had been waiting until now has turned into a negative judgment. The exact re-weighting and the question of the continuation of the third evaluation option should not be discussed at this point.


    Retrospective reassessment?


    In recent years, on the basis of the new, only two-stage guidelines, which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared in 1974 to be "justified", attempts have been made to present the waiting judgment of the Bishop of Haarlem from 1956 as a clearly negative judgment. However, such retrospective reinterpretation is not permitted.


    In the Amsterdam case, two further aspects should also be mentioned.


    There is the difficult to understand question of what sense judgments should have that are not published. So much for today the assumption expressed by some that the decision of the Congregation of 1974 was a clear negative judgment, so ( "constat de non supernaturalitate"), has reinforced that still wait-decision of the Bishop of Haarlem as a negative judgment. Such a notice is given only 38 years later in a footnote of the printed version of a lecture by Msgr. Charles Scicluna of 2008, who was then- Promoter Iustitiae of the CDF. Msgr. Scicluna, Maltese like the Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon and now Archbishop of Malta, was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope Francis in 2018 while retaining his office as diocesan bishop.


    The miraculous image of Amsterdam.

    On the other hand, a third judgment has been made since the 1974 notification. After biding judgment of the local bishop from 1956 ( " non constat de supernaturalitate " the supernatural is not certain) that the CDF had confirmed in 1974, for another, a negative judgment ( " constat de non supernaturalitate ") is not found in the notification, said the local bishop of Haarlem, Msgr. Jos Punt, in charge of Amsterdam, on 31 May 2002 a positive judgment of ( " constat de supernaturalitate " the supernatural is apparant). He ruled:

    "In view of all the reports, testimonies and developments and after having pondered everything in prayer and theological reflection, this leads me to the conclusion that there is a supernatural origin in the apparitions of Amsterdam."


    The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has not objected to the recognition of the Marian apparitions by the Bishop of Haarlem. However, in 2005 a correction of the prayer of the Lady of All Nations was requested.


    In this context, a hint in the letter of the Apostolic Nuncio to Patriarch Raï, which shows that the clarification of questions of the supernatural is always complex, remains misleading. Msgr. Spiteri mentions the letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Philippine Bishops' Conferenceof 2005 with the request to erase from a prayer a statement made several times by the apparition in Amsterdam, according to which the “Lady of All Nations” who “once” was “Mary”, contained “nothing that could suggest a changed judgment “Than that from 1974. By that time the Bishop of Haarlem had recognized the apparitions for three years. The prayer of the “Lady of All Nations” was actually corrected in 2006 and recognized by Bishop Punt: the formula “who once was Mary”, the primary stumbling block, was replaced by “the Blessed Virgin Mary”.


    Attempt to overturn Church recognition


    And of course it's about Church politics: Apparitionists and anti-apparitionists face each other as well as conservatives and progressives. It is known from Medjugorje and other cases how bitter this conflict can be. Murgia's advance should also be seen in this context. Behind him are circles within the Church who clash with the Church's recognition of the "Lady of All Nations" and want to overturn it.


    On the other side is, for example, an international movement, originating from the US, led by Mark Miravalle movement, called Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici. It endeavors to proclaim a new, fifth dogma of Mary with the three titles “Co-redeemer”, “Mediator” and “Intercessor,” as requested by the apparitions in Amsterdam. Similar efforts in 1997 with the "Declaration of Czestochowa" by one on the International Mariological Congress, allegedly halted by a  Commission formed in consultation with the Congregation of Doctrine and the Faith. The way leading to the Pontificia Academia Mariana Internationaliswho belongs to Murgia. This commission rejected the three titles as "misleading" and "ecumenically problematic."


    Apart from the fact that the commission mentioned does not have any magisterial authority, such statements are more suspicious than they are welcomed by the faithful. Church political motivations are seen in this, partly not without good reason. Anti-Marian currents in the Church, in the German-speaking area especially in the field of theological faculties, perfunctory Catholicism and diocesan apparatchiks are just as well known as “ecumenical” efforts going beyond that, which with a view to Protestantism or the zeitgeist, hold that Marian considerations  are not “opportune." The suspicion is in the room and is believed by a not inconsiderable number of believers - not always justified, but not always unfounded either.



    David Murgia's headline: “The Amsterdam Apparitions are Wrong. Our Lady of All Nations must not be worshiped."

    Tagle's brakes


    One more step of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should be mentioned. During their ad limina -Visit in 2010,  Philippine bishops were told at the request of the Congregation that a Marian Dogma about the mediation is not excluded for the future. The demand for a dogma for three titles, as desired in Amsterdam, is not to be supported.


    In 2011, the Doctrinal Commission wrote the Philippine Bishops' Conference under the direction of Luis Antonio Tagle, a follower of the progressive School of Bologna, then Bishop of Imus, then Archbishop of Manila, since 2012 cardinal and since February 2020 Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples about Amsterdam:


    “The judgment of the Holy See is firm: the supernatural character of the alleged apparitions of our Lady cannot be verified. Even if piety to Our Lady under this title [Lady of All Nations] and the use of the modified prayer may help people, we should avoid pointing out that the Church has judged the apparitions to be real. ” 1


    What is certain is that parts of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have reservations about the Amsterdam apparitions.


    What clarity do the believers have?


    So what clarity can believers rely on in a specific case? Ultimately, the recognition by the Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam, as the diocese has been called since 2008, as it is the most recent and clearest judgment. This decision is public, official and the most extensive. The rest is a bit of a strange poking around behind the scenes.


    To put it another way: if a group of officials and mariologists does not agree with a certain development, whether justified or unjustified, it remains to be seen, they should perhaps look for other ways to announce this within the Church, but not by launching sensationally made articles, that create more confusion than clarity, or through subliminal boycotts.


    It should not be a coincidence either, the Nunciature letter in Lebanon or not, that David Murgia's advance came less than three months after Bishop Punt's health-related retirement.


    Clarity should look different.


    Text: Giuseppe Nardi 
    Image: de-vrouwe.info (screenshots)

    Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

    AMDG

  21. Site: Global Research
    8 hours 57 min ago
    Author: Michael Welch

    “We understand that not only for the Soviet Union but for other European countries as well it is important to have guarantees that if the United States keeps its presence in Germany within the framework of NATO, not an inch

    The post Cold War Thaw? Navalny Poisoning. Belarus Political Instability. NATO on Russia’s Doorstep appeared first on Global Research.

  22. Site: AntiWar.com
    9 hours 12 min ago
    Author: Margaret Griffis

    Seven people were killed in Iraq.

    The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Seven Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

  23. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    9 hours 21 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    #ASonnetADay – 40. “Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all…” pic.twitter.com/pZUdGly0Mh

    — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (@fatherz) September 19, 2020

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  24. Site: Rorate Caeli
    10 hours 11 min ago
     From the Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky: I join the nation in mourning the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on this Rosh Hashanah. Let us carry on her passionate commitment to the words of Deuteronomy: "Justice, justice you shall pursue." https://t.co/8tpNyxYmAP— Bishop John Stowe (@BpStowe) September 19, 2020  The late Justice Ginsburg's own words: Q: If you were a lawyer again, what would you New Catholichttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04118576661605931910noreply@blogger.com0
  25. Site: Gloria.tv
    11 hours 23 min ago
    Author: AlexBKaiser
    Welcome to Sunday school at your church, the text reads. | The National Church of Iceland
    In an ad purportedly meant to encourage children to attend Sunday school, the National Church of Iceland featured a bearded Jesus with breasts, makeup and a dress dancing under a rainbow.
    After receiving backlash, the church removed the ad from social media — but not busses — and released an apology. However, the church also argued that it believes “it’s okay” to depict Jesus as a woman, transgender or anything else.
    The animated ad, which depicts Jesus as having breasts and jumping around as he points to a church, was posted on the church’s website and Facebook page on Sept. 11, according to the Daily Mail, which reported that the post was deleted after it sparked outrage.
    However, Iceland Monitor reports that the ad continues to appear on some buses.
    The ad campaign cost the church about $14,800, which was contributed mostly by the bishop’s office.
    Facebook users objected to the ad, according to the Mail.
    One comm…
  26. Site: Peter Hitchens blog
    11 hours 24 min ago
    Author: DM

    CaptureThis is Peter Hitchens’ Mail on Sunday column

    Months ago, I predicted that we would all come to hate the narrow, bossed-about new life the Government wants to force us to live. I was wrong. 

    Most people have far too readily accepted limits to their lives which the world’s tyrannies would once have hesitated to impose on their citizens.

    Well, have you had enough yet? Because the Johnson Junta has only one tool in its box. That tool is restriction. 

    And it has only one aim, one that has never been achieved by any state in the history of the world – the total suppression of a coronavirus. Who would have thought that the rule of clowns would be so unfunny?

    But it now looks as if this will go on for ever, unless we can somehow lead these people away to secluded rest homes where kindly nurses can indulge their wild power-fantasies with soothing repetitions of ‘Yes, dear’, cold compresses and cups of Ovaltine. It is certainly increasingly dangerous for them to be out and about.

    Take the Health Secretary, Mr Matthew Hancock. I know I have laughed at him in the past as a sort of crazy prep-school headmaster raging at his tiny pupils. But for goodness sake, the man is a Cabinet Minister, and he has real power over us. 

    He can smash up your business, make you stay at home, part you from your nearest and dearest at the ends of their lives, destroy your wedding plans, wreck your education, ruin your holiday, take away your job, set the police on you for refusing to wear a pro-Government badge across half your face. He can and he does.

    And he has taken leave of the truth. On Friday morning, Mr Hancock said that the number of hospitalisations for Covid is doubling every seven to eight days.

    Now, ‘hospitalisations for Covid’ is a slightly tricky figure. It may well be affected by the Government’s endless futile, frantic hunt for signs of a disease which has largely vanished from among us, and whose main symptom is that you feel just fine, thank you. 

    Deaths, a figure very hard to massage, are low and remain low after a long fall from their peak on April 8. People must at all costs be distracted from this fact.

    I have to wonder about the hospital admission figures, given the slipperiness of the Government throughout this episode. Could it be that people who have tested positive for Covid in one of Mr Hancock’s vast trawls, but who go into hospital mainly for other reasons, get added to this total? 

    I wouldn’t be a bit surprised. Could it be that our hospitals are being encouraged to admit mild cases for observation, which they would previously have sent home? Who knows? Just guessing.

    But then we come to the hospitalisation figures. Yes, they have edged up a bit since mid-August. But bear in mind that in March they were regularly more than 2,500 a day.

    On August 1, the total of Covid hospital admissions in England was 50. On August 8 it was 78. On August 15 it was 38. On August 22 it was 25. On August 29 it was 52. On September 5 it was 94. On September 12 it was 143. This is hardly an established pattern.

    Now, I know, because the Health Department told me, that if you took a different and much shorter date range (August 24, 41; August 31, 52; September 7, 84; September 14, 172) you could – sort of – back up their claim. I’d have thought ‘every seven or eight days’ meant over a far longer period than that. ‘Every’ is a powerful word.

    But, as I said to the Ministry spokesperson who manfully tried to persuade me that his boss’s claim of hospitalisations doubling every week had been honest, it seems to me to be unscrupulous panic-mongering, which would shame a banana republic.

    Sensible Coventry, refusing to let itself be browbeaten or cajoled by the slick, nasty lobby for e-scooters. 

    These things are dangerous, especially to pedestrians, and it is absurd to pretend that they are healthy (no exercise) or green (battery power comes from power stations). 

    Always remember the case of Isabelle Albertin, pianist at the Paris Opera for 30 years, left unable to play after one of these jolly horrors smashed into her, breaking two bones in her arm. Ban the nasty things. 

    2-metre farce gives us the measure of Boris

    The quackery of the regulations imposed on us knows no bounds.

    The British Weights and Measures Association, a fine body which defends our familiar, human yards and pounds against the chilly, bureaucratic imposition of metres and kilos, has uncovered a fascinating detail of how the ‘two-metre’ rule was arrived at. Official guidance was that one metre (just over 3ft 3in) would be enough.

    Expert Professor Robert Dingwall has revealed in a little-publicised interview that a senior public health specialist explained to him: ‘We knew it was one metre but we doubled it to two because we did not think the British population would understand what one metre was and we could not trust them to observe it so we doubled it to be on the safe side.’

    I should stress that Prof Dingwall is quoting someone else here and is not the author of these contemptuous words. I asked Prof Dingwall to identify the speaker, but he wouldn’t, though it is plain it is someone pretty well-known.

    You also see here the Johnson Government’s crabby reluctance to use traditional British measures – which Mr Johnson claims to like.

    Glamorous Georgia... and another costume drama to sneer at

    If we can have Shakespeare in modern dress, then it is time we had the British imperial era in modern dress.

    The new ITV production of The Singapore Grip, starring Georgia Blizzard, is – like so many of these dramas – a moving museum.

    It is a procession of double-breasted suits, double-breasted cars and flying boats. Its production must have used up about a ton of bright red lipstick and enough cigarettes to give cancer to a small town. 

    And of course there are swing bands, playing away as the Japanese approach. So we can all sneer at the bigoted attitudes of the distant, alien people who float through this remote world.

    Actually they were pretty much like us, following the political fashions of the times as we follow the fashions of our own. And one day others will portray us with the same disdain.

    Businessman Simon Dolan’s badly needed court case against the Government’s unlawful rule by decree has been postponed yet again, because one of the Government’s lawyers has gone on holiday. 

    Yes, really. All I can say is, it wouldn’t have happened to Gina Miller’s case. 

    Axe looms for a dusty little attic of Empire

    Like most sensible residents of Oxford, I have kept quiet about what was until recently the most wonderful museum in the world, the Pitt Rivers.
    Half its crazy charm came from the fact that hardly anyone could find it during its brief opening hours. On a silent winter afternoon it was a dimly-lit feast for the imagination and an unbeatable evocation of the era of exploration and wonder. Is it ‘racist’? Only to racists.

    A man-trap from a 19th Century English estate hardly proclaims the benefits of Western civilisation. It is really just an attic of Empire.
    The wonderful James Fenton wrote a witty poem about it, saying it was where ‘myths go when they die’.

    We feared that publicity –which has lately come to it in books and TV dramas – would doom it. And now this has happened. A new boss has got rid of the Shrunken Heads. Who knows how long the totem pole, the man-trap and the spring-gun will now survive?

    If you want to comment on Peter Hitchens, click on Comments and scroll down

  27. Site: Shameless Popery
    11 hours 49 min ago
    ....Something exciting is in the works!
  28. Site: Gloria.tv
    11 hours 56 min ago
    Author: Seidenspinner
    Abortion is how the rich control the poor. Wealthy and educated women want to rob poor women of their vocation in life as homemakers and mothers.
    These kids all look healthy/happy and well behaved (getting that many kids to stand still long enough for a picture, I'm impressed).
  29. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 57 min ago
    Author: Robert Wenzel
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    The bizarre and erratic policies of President Trump continue. 

    One minute the president is reducing troops in hot zones, a few minutes later he is sending troops into hot zones.

    The Pentagon is deploying US troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the US and Russian militaries, reports NBC.

    The number of troops being deployed is reportedly small but it sets up one more tripwire that could result in future escalation.

    A US official said, "These actions and reinforcements are a clear signal to Russia to adhere to mutual de-confliction processes and for Russia and other parties to avoid unprofessional, unsafe and provocative actions in northeast Syria."

    Actually, it is a clear signal that President Trump continues, on certain days, to ignore the wise advice of George Washington in his farewell speech to the United States to stay out of foreign entanglements.

    This phase of the Washington-defying entanglement will include six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and fewer than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria on a 90-day deployment.

    Reprinted with permission from Target Liberty.
  30. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 57 min ago
    Author: Robert Wenzel
    undefined

    The bizarre and erratic policies of President Trump continue. 

    One minute the president is reducing troops in hot zones, a few minutes later he is sending troops into hot zones.

    The Pentagon is deploying US troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the US and Russian militaries, reports NBC.

    The number of troops being deployed is reportedly small but it sets up one more tripwire that could result in future escalation.

    A US official said, "These actions and reinforcements are a clear signal to Russia to adhere to mutual de-confliction processes and for Russia and other parties to avoid unprofessional, unsafe and provocative actions in northeast Syria."

    Actually, it is a clear signal that President Trump continues, on certain days, to ignore the wise advice of George Washington in his farewell speech to the United States to stay out of foreign entanglements.

    This phase of the Washington-defying entanglement will include six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and fewer than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria on a 90-day deployment.

    Reprinted with permission from Target Liberty.
  31. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 57 min ago
    Author: Robert Wenzel
    undefined

    The bizarre and erratic policies of President Trump continue. 

    One minute the president is reducing troops in hot zones, a few minutes later he is sending troops into hot zones.

    The Pentagon is deploying US troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the US and Russian militaries, reports NBC.

    The number of troops being deployed is reportedly small but it sets up one more tripwire that could result in future escalation.

    A US official said, "These actions and reinforcements are a clear signal to Russia to adhere to mutual de-confliction processes and for Russia and other parties to avoid unprofessional, unsafe and provocative actions in northeast Syria."

    Actually, it is a clear signal that President Trump continues, on certain days, to ignore the wise advice of George Washington in his farewell speech to the United States to stay out of foreign entanglements.

    This phase of the Washington-defying entanglement will include six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and fewer than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria on a 90-day deployment.

    Reprinted with permission from Target Liberty.
  32. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    11 hours 57 min ago
    Author: Robert Wenzel
    undefined

    The bizarre and erratic policies of President Trump continue. 

    One minute the president is reducing troops in hot zones, a few minutes later he is sending troops into hot zones.

    The Pentagon is deploying US troops to Syria after a series of escalating encounters between the US and Russian militaries, reports NBC.

    The number of troops being deployed is reportedly small but it sets up one more tripwire that could result in future escalation.

    A US official said, "These actions and reinforcements are a clear signal to Russia to adhere to mutual de-confliction processes and for Russia and other parties to avoid unprofessional, unsafe and provocative actions in northeast Syria."

    Actually, it is a clear signal that President Trump continues, on certain days, to ignore the wise advice of George Washington in his farewell speech to the United States to stay out of foreign entanglements.

    This phase of the Washington-defying entanglement will include six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and fewer than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria on a 90-day deployment.

    Reprinted with permission from Target Liberty.
  33. Site: Gloria.tv
    12 hours 28 sec ago
    Author: HerzMariae
  34. Site: From Rome
    12 hours 10 min ago
    Author: From Rome Editor
           
  35. Site: southern orders
    12 hours 15 min ago
    Take # one:



    Take two:


  36. Site: Strategic Culture Foundation
    12 hours 25 min ago
    Author: Andrey Areshev

    Conn M. HALLINAN

    During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the “Black Death” (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. It may well have killed close to half the world’s population, some 50 million people.

    Covid-19 is not the Black Death, but its impact may be civilizational, weakening the mighty, raising up the modest, and rearranging axes of power across the globe.

    The Middle East is a case in point. Since the end of World War II, the wealth of the Persian Gulf monarchies—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Qatar—has overturned the traditional centers of power that dominated the region for millennia: Turkey, Egypt and Persia. While those civilizations were built on agriculture, industry and trade, the monarchs were fabulously wealthy simply because they sat on a sea of oil.

    The monarchies—Saudi Arabia in particular—have used that wealth to overthrow governments, silence internal dissent, and sponsor a version of Islam that has spawned terrorists from the Caucasus to the Philippines.

    And now they are in trouble.

    The Saudi owned oil company, Aramco, just saw its quarterly earnings fall from $24.7 billion to $6.6 billion, a more than 73 percent drop from a year ago.

    Not all the slump is due to the pandemic recession. Over the past eight years, Arab oil producers have seen their annual revenues decline from $1 trillion to $300 billion, reflecting a gradual shift away from hydrocarbons toward renewable energy. But Covid-19 has greatly accelerated that trend.

    For countries like Saudi Arabia, this is an existential problem. The country has a growing population, much of it unemployed and young—some 70 percent of Saudis are under 30. So far, the royalty has kept a lid on things by handing out cash and make-work jobs, but the drop in revenues is making that more difficult. The Kingdom—as well as the UAE—has hefty financial reserves, but that money will not last forever.

    In the Saudi case, a series of economic and political blunders have worsened the crisis.

    Riyadh is locked into an expensive military stalemate in Yemen, while also trying to diversify the country’s economy. Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is pushing a $500 billion Red Sea mega project to build a new city, Neom, that will supposedly attract industry, technology and investment.

    However, the plan has drawn little outside money, because investors are spooked by the Crown Prince’s aggressive foreign policy and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  The Saudis are borrowing up to $12 billion just to pay Aramco dividends of $75 billion a year.

    The oil crisis has spread to Middle Eastern countries that rely on the monarchs for investments, aid and jobs for their young populations. Cairo sends some 2.5 million Egyptians to work in the Gulf states, and countries like Lebanon provide financial services and consumer goods.

    Lebanon is now imploding, Egypt is piling up massive debts, and Iraq can’t pay its bills because oil is stuck at around $46 a barrel. Saudi Arabia needs a price of at least $95 a barrel to meet its budgetary needs—and to feed the appetites of its royals.

    When the pandemic ends, oil prices will rise, but they are very unlikely to reach the levels they did in the early 2000s when they averaged $100 a barrel. Oil prices have been low ever since Saudi Arabia’s ill-conceived attempt to drive out smaller competitors and re-take its former market share.

    In 2014, Riyadh deliberately drove down the price of oil to hurt smaller competitors and throttle expensive arctic drilling projects. But when China’s economy slowed, demand for oil fell, and the price has never recovered.

    Of the top 10 oil producers in the world, five are in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, the UAE and Kuwait. All of them are in dire straits, although in Iran’s case this is exacerbated by US sanctions. With the exception of Iraq—where massive demonstrations have shaken the country’s leadership—most of those countries have been politically quiet. In the case of the monarchies, of course, it is hard to judge the level of dissatisfaction because they do not tolerate dissent.

    But how long will the royals be able to keep the lid on?

    “It is a transformation that has speeded up by the corona virus cataclysm,” says Middle East expert Patrick Cockburn, “and will radically change the politics of the Middle East.”

    There is no region untouched by the current crisis. With the exception of the presidents of Brazil and the US, most world leaders have concluded that climate change is a reality and that hydocarbons are the major culprit. Even when the pandemic eases, oil use will continue to decline.

    The virus has exposed the fault lines among the mighty. The United States has the largest economy in the world and is the greatest military power on the globe, and yet it simply collapsed in the face of Covid-19. With 4 percent of the world’s population the United States accounts for 22 percent of the pandemic’s fatalities.

    And the US is not alone. The United Kingdom has more than 40,000 dead, and its economy has plummeted 9 percent. In contrast, Bangladesh, the world’s most crowded country, with twice Great Britain’s population, has around 4,000 deaths and its economy has contracted by only 1.9 percent.

    “Covid-19 has blown away the myth about ‘First’ and ‘Third’ world competence,” says Steven Friedman, director of the Center for the Study of Democracy in Johannesburg.

    Turkey, Vietnam, Cuba and Nigeria all have far better records fighting the virus than Great Britain and the European Union.

    Partly this is because Europe’s population is older. While Europe’s average age in 43, Africa’s is 19. Younger people infected with corona virus generally have better outcomes than older people, but age doesn’t fully explain the differences.

    While Turkey developed sophisticated tracking methods to monitor measles, and Nigeria did the same for Ebola, the US and United Kingdom were systematically starving or dismantling public health programs. Instead of stockpiling supplies to deal with a pandemic, Europe and the US relied on countries like China to quickly supply things like personal protection equipment on an “as needed” basis, because it was cheaper than producing their own or paying for storage and maintenance,

    But “need” doesn’t work during a worldwide pandemic. China had its own health crisis to deal with. The lag time between the appearance of the virus and obtaining the tools to fight it is directly responsible for the wave of deaths among medical workers and first responders.

    And while the Chinese economy has re-bounded—enough to tick the price of oil slightly upwards—the US, Great Britain and the EU are mired in what promises to be a painful recession.

    The neo-liberal model of low taxes, privatization of public resources and reliance on the free market has demonstrated its incompetence in the face of a natural disaster. The relationship between wealth and favorable outcomes only works when that wealth is invested in the many, not the few.

    The Plague of Justinian destroyed the Roman Empire. The pandemic is not likely to do that to the United States. But it has exposed the fault lines and structural weaknesses that wealth papers over—until  something like Covid-19 comes along to shake the glitter off the system.

    dispatchesfromtheedgeblog.wordpress.com

  37. Site: Zero Hedge
    12 hours 25 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Tug Of War Across Markets Hides "Trade Of A Lifetime" Tyler Durden Sat, 09/19/2020 - 16:00

    Another day, another set of market takes, warning that the recent advent of helicopter money - which resulted in a mind-boggling $21 trillion in policy stimulus, roughly a quarter of global GDP, in just the past 6 months - will lead to a 1970's style stagflation,  runaway inflation and - perhaps for some - the trade of a lifetime.

    In his latest Bear Trap Report, author Larry McDonald writes that "the trade of a lifetime is found in a growing tug of war across markets." He is referring to the ongoing clash - and most important topic in finance today - between inflation and deflation. As he adds, investors are focused on obvious deflation risk, "but the side effects of the $15 Trillion of fiscal and monetary spending globally are underappreciated" (it's really $21 trillion according to BofA but at that number of zeroes does it really matter).

    And while everybody knows the COVID-19 tragedy poses a significant deflation risk – the signs are on every street corner, in McDonalds' view, "the 'unexpected' we must be positioned for is Trillions in fiscal stimulus oozing into the economy after this virus has been snuffed out." This is a topic we touched on last week in "Trump Agrees With Powell: "Much Higher" Fiscal Stimulus Is Needed... And Why That Could Crash Stocks", in which we pointed out that Powell's clear invocation of more fiscal stimulus during the FOMC presser is what catalyzed the break in the market's upward momentum as tech names were furiously sold off.

    And while going into the FOMC reflation was largely "left for dead" as the sharp rebound in the QQQs following the early September swoon showed, McDonald now sees last week's outperformance of the XME Metals & Materials ETF as the first heartbeat of a Phoenix coming back to life, "the GENESIS of a significant leg higher."

    Furthermore, he notes, "we don’t even need real inflation for commodities to shine looking forward. The consensus is so skewed to further deflation that even the slightest change in expectations will lead to meaningful outperformance from commodity-sensitive risk assets relative to the S&P 500."

    There's more: Powell himself may be sending markets a message and not just in the Fed's sudden halt of corporate bond and ETF purchases in August. This is what McDonald said about the key message from last week's FOMC:

    We believe the most important takeaway from this week's FOMC meeting comes down to Chairman Powell feebly attempting to parse between QE and forward rates guidance. On Wednesday, the Fed gave "powerful forward guidance" of zero rate hikes for as far as the eye can see, but was unable to provide any forward guidance on asset purchases - Powell refused to answer the question twice in the press conference. With conviction, we believe this is significant and the probability of a Nasdaq crash has risen meaningfully.

    In our view, Chair Powell is sending Congress and SoftBank a very clear message. The last thing the FOMC wants right now? To get back into a "2010-2016" like-situation where politicians keep piling all the heavy lifting on central banks. Now, that would be deflationary (Sequestration, Tea Party)! The second last thing the FOMC wants right now is excessive speculation in the Nasdaq - if it pops like the dot-com bubble, it would require even more help from the Fed. They want to let some air out of the balloon, without disrupting financial conditions on Main St.

    And while the Fed also gave the ducks doves what they wanted by indefinitely extending QE (which remains at a tune of $120BN/monthly), the question that Powell refused to answer is what is the definition of indefinitely: 3 months? 12 months? 3 years?

    Not only did the Fed NOT answer the question, but Powell left the door open for LESS balance sheet accommodation. This ladies and gentleman, is the sword thrusted into the side of the beast that is the Nasdaq. A ferocious bull is wounded.

    To be sure the market is clearly starting to appreciate the growing double threat of a potential reflationary spillover from tens of trillions in stimulus and the Fed's "not so dovish" twist Powell didn't offer investors certainty on the balance sheet expansion policy path, which according to Bear Traps "was a shot across the bow" and "the bottom line, for big tech to command today's lofty valuations, balance sheet expansion certainty is needed from the Fed."

    The result: the worst September for the Nasdaq since Q4 2018:

    At this point, and likely true to its name, the Bear Traps report turns fatalistic warning that "A lot of pain has been inflected, the bulls will try and buy the dips into quarter-end, September 30th. We see a crash by October 10th, sell EVERY rally."

    That may be a bit extreme, because the muscle memory of traders is still buzzing with the expectation that a market crash will merely prompt the Fed to go back to its monetary stimulus roots, and as such instead of selling traders may well resume buying having already priced in the necessary step of Fed intervention (which however requires another market crash). So the sequence of events, especially with Trump desperate to demonstrate a strong stock market into the election, is not quite so clear to us.

    However, one thing that is clear is that the market remains solidly in the deflation camp, which in turn reveals what the Bear Traps report contends is the story of the month, namely "the growth to value tremors have been revisiting with intensity, the 'quake' is coming."

    This can be seen in the chart of Russell growth to value below...

    ... and zoomed in, where said tremors have seen the ratio peak at an all time high in arly September, and then quickly reversing to three month lows in what may be the start of an epic mean reversion.

    So is long Value/short Growth the trade of a lifetime?

    According to McDonald as long as the RLG Russel Growth vs. RLV Russell Value ratio stays under 1.85, "the long value trade is a home-run" as more and more investing legends - Druckenmiller, Einhorn, Melkman, Greenspan, Sherman/Gundlach, and co - publicly talk-up inflation risk:

    "The natives are restless, real money asset managers are listening. Capital is starting to exit growth, nearly $1T last 10 days."

    And the cherry on top: a Bridgewater implosion:

    "In our view, the modern risk-parity model is about to collapse and is in store for a colossal face-lift (risk parity = long equities and extra-long bonds)."

    Why? Because a "convexity climax" would mean that by the time we actually see inflation, it will be far too late to protect a bond portfolio.

    Today, an extra $70T in fixed income globally sits with less than 1.0% in yield, this comes with a steep price. After a long decade of austerity, Brexit, trade wars, and Covid19; bond investors have fallen into a deep sleep. Every extra dollar placed in this ocean of risk changes the formula. The market's reaction function will join us FAR before inflation actually appears. It's already happening today. Hence, the latest commodity bid, you don't see 35% one-month moves in Silver very often.

    Without going into too much depth, there are countless underlying inflation drivers which both the Fed and Congress have already put in play.

    A shift from just in time global supply chain to increased domestic manufacture as a counterpoise to China's Belt and Road policy is a safe forecast. This will cause a huge demand for labor. The Phillips Curve won't remain flat under that scenario. The younger generations as a rule are sensitized to environmental concerns. As the USA and Europe become more green, associated costs will cause extra price pressure. In sum, inflation is a quite complex phenomenon, and thus is unlikely to have a simple, obvious cause. This explains why academia has failed to arrive at a nice, neat simple explanatory model for inflation.

    Right now we have massive money creation, massive fiscal stimulus, and strong social forces combining to create an inflation juggernaut. Stocks and bonds will both enter a secular bear market, debt as a percentage of GDP will continue to climb, nominal tax rates on the rich will increase, Central Banks will remain accommodative at least for the medium term, and money supply will continue to expand. Most important of all, wages will go higher. The risk-parity trade is dead. Over the next twelve months we will bury it and read its last rites.

    It's not just McDonald: another inflationary prediction comes from BofA CIO Michael Hartnett who gives two reasons why inflation assets will outperform:

    • Gold vs Treasuries at critical US/EU debt crises highs of 2011/12 (Chart 2); new highs in gold & Chinese renminbi = US dollar debasement (Chart 13); lower gold & higher real yields (last trough was 2012) = Great Rotation; in both scenarios inflation assets would outperform.

    • Oil vs US stocks close to 90-year lows; today 1 share of SPY ETF buys 8 barrels of oil, was just 1 barrel in 2008.

    Finally, in evaluating a near-term trigger, McDonald notes that "as Congress delivers the next fiscal care package, hand in hand with a vaccine cocktail coming to market in the months ahead, it will be a reflation investors delight. These two engines will be the trade's rocket fuel, propelling the investment thesis from the early to "middle innings." Months from now, Powell may look very wise in NOT offering up "certainty in balance sheet accommodation" ahead of Congress and Vaccines. He kept his powder dry."

    But what if Congress fails to deliver this year as the constant bickering between Pelosi and McConnell strongly suggests? Well, then the deflation camp has another party, potentially resulting in a 10-20% drawdown. However, it is precisely that market stress that will force the classic policy response out of Capital Hill. The conclusion: "This New Deal on roids will have one anchor tenant as large scale infrastructure spending will join us early next year - next, commodities and value crush growth stocks in 2021."

  38. Site: Global Research
    12 hours 38 min ago
    Author: Prof Michel Chossudovsky

    President Donald Trump wants to take out president Bashar Al Assad. Controversy over his statements.

    “I would’ve rather taken him out. I had him all set”… Mattis didn’t want to do it”

    .

    Déjà Vu: The history of extrajudicial assassinations

    The post Extrajudicial Executions Portrayed as “An Instrument of Peace”. Trump Wanted to “Take Out” Syria’s President Assad… appeared first on Global Research.

  39. Site: Zero Hedge
    12 hours 40 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Secret Service Intercepts 'Highly Toxic' Poison Ricin Mailed To White House Tyler Durden Sat, 09/19/2020 - 15:45

    Just as the presidential race has been upended by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Secret Service has intercepted a piece of mail addressed to the White House containing the lethal poison ricin, according to media reports.

    It's not clear where or when the mail was intercepted, though authorites are saying the letter may have been sent from Canada, per the NYT.

    Ricin is made from the by-products of producing castor oil, which is made from the castor oil plant, otherwise known as Ricinus communis. It's a highly potent toxin, and it has no known antidote. The poison gained renewed notoriety after being featured in a notable plot arch from the TV show "Breaking Bad".

    The White House hasn't yet commented on the news, which was first reported by the NYT and a handful of other media organizations citing unidentified sources who have reportedly been briefed on the matter.

    Though the identity of whoever sent this substance has yet to be ascertained, some on the right couldn't help but note the timing, coming so soon after the death of Justice Ginsburg, and amid an outpouring of hysteria accusing Trump of 'destroying American Democracy.'

    BREAKING:

    The Secret Service just intercepted a package addressed to President Trump which contained Ricin

    These are the lengths the left is willing to go to stop him from filling a Supreme Court seat.

    Pray for the president.

    — Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 19, 2020

    To be sure, some of the videos shared to social media have been pretty disturbing.

    REEEEEEEEE pic.twitter.com/FHi1vXpWbr

    — Chief "Groyper" Trumpster (Support Kenosha King) (@ChiefTrumpster) September 19, 2020

    Back in 2013, a Mississippi man sent ricin to the White House, and a Republican senator, in a bizarre attempt to frame a rival. The lurid story got plenty of play in the press, but the culprit, James Everett Dutscke, was later sentenced to 25 years in prison.

  40. Site: Strategic Culture Foundation
    12 hours 55 min ago
    Author: Andrey Areshev

    Terrorism is a very peculiar word indeed. In the Middle East, it’s hard to find two people who agree on who they deem terrorist, versus who they consider a venerable freedom fighter or legitimate army. That said, one question which is being applied more to Trump these days, is did he do anything in his term to reduce terrorism? Or in fact did he merely fan the flames? Or perhaps, does he have any clue at all what he is doing in any of these so-called terror campaigns and is merely a four-year-old playing with crayons hoping that something, at some point, will become clearer?

    If we are to take the limited definition of terrorist as being a bearded Sunni extremist with an AK47 who is battling to create an Islamic State for himself, from the failed states of Syria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, then we have to assume that Trump’s interventions have achieved very little. Soon after taking office, he quickly took the helm of a military campaign in Iraq and Syria, which was aimed at hitting ISIL head on, which started in Iraq and progressed west until it arrived at the terror group’s epicentre of Raqqa in Northeast Syria. But the disinformation and plain outright lies by journalists who refused stoically to report the nuances of both the policy and the reality on the ground is shocking and has paid its toll to the situation today – which might have contributed to Trump being nominated for an award which recognises efforts made to bring about peace.

    The U.S. military campaign in Iraq under Obama, was surreptitiously led by an Iranian commander, Qasem Soleimani, the same one that the U.S. assassinated just a few months back in Baghdad, following Trump’s orders. There are even photographs of Soleimani and U.S. top brass in Baghdad talking amicably among themselves during the peak of the Iranian-led battle against ISIL which preceded the U.S. one.

    Makes sense. Both Iran and the U.S. wanted to destroy ISIL. Much of the work in previous years in Syria, in fact, had been carried out by Iran and its proxy Hezbollah. As a courtesy to Obama, in fact, the Iranians pulled back their own hardcore militias in Iraq to allow the U.S. campaign to begin, as a gesture of goodwill, such was the relationship at the time between Tehran and the U.S. in 2015. But nothing Trump did, once he took over, made any sense. And it still doesn’t. So, after taking heavy defeats in Mosul and other Iraqi strongholds, many ISIL operatives moved to Syria, where, eventually they escaped U.S. forces by relocating to the south of Syria, with the aid of Iranian soldiers there who assisted them. There’s just too much irony. Trump begins anti-Iran campaign within months of taking office. He takes all the credit for “destroying” ISIL. And yet, as early as 2019, we see that in fact, the reality is that he has merely moved ISIL around and made it more of an underground movement. It’s regrouping in Iraq and Syria and also taking its campaign against American soldiers where it can in other places, like Somalia and Afghanistan.

    And to top all the irony, you have Trump’s anti-Iran policies which not only directly impact the growth of ISIL and other extremist groups, but now we are seeing more and more the emergence of a new campaign against American forces – which didn’t exist in 2017 when Trump kicked off his Middle East campaign by launching missiles into Syria from a U.S. battleship.

    One of the reasons why Trump always wanted to get out of Syria is that his policies there against ISIL make him look a buffoon, given that Iranian ally Assad benefits from those extremists being wiped out (as they are also fighting Assad, Hezbollah and Iran in Syria). If any U.S. journalist pointed this out at a press briefing, he would look very, very silly indeed.

    U.S. journalists in DC aren’t capable of asking the President even how he can claim credit for a so-called ‘peace deal’ with Palestine (brokered between the UAE and Israel) when the Palestinians weren’t even consulted on it, let alone signed anything.

    But the notion that Trump is hitting ISIL is and always was folly. With U.S. sanctions in full swing against Iran and a real groundswell of opinion in Tehran aligning itself with the hardliners’ view (‘no choice but to hit back’), many worry about a new war with the U.S. and its allies which kicks off if Trump wins a second term. A number of analysts have pointed out that Tehran is already preparing for this.

    I would argue that this is already happening on a smaller, but effective scale, in Somalia and Afghanistan. The scandal recently that U.S. forces were allegedly a target of Russian incentives via the Taliban might have hurt Trump. But it dwarfed the real story in Afghanistan which is that U.S. forces there are more vulnerable than ever as they might well be facing the wrath of both the Taliban and ISIL-affiliated groups supported by Iran.

    This is already happening in Somalia where Iran is directly funding, through its operatives on the ground, Al Shabab terrorist group which is able and willing to go for ‘clean shot’ kills of U.S. soldiers and their Gulf Arab allies. This is as a direct result of U.S. sanctions on Iran, which in itself is an act of war we should not forget. Iran is, in fact, sourcing a number of countries in Africa who have such groups even if their ideology is not aligned to their own. The focus is the U.S.

    China, rapidly becoming an enemy of the U.S. under Trump, is also looking to set up a number of military bases in Africa as it is looking for states now to accept their offers of building them.

    For the meantime, Afghanistan and Somalia are the new battlegrounds though which have come about because of the ineptitude of a U.S. president who doesn’t really understand the region at all, doesn’t read reports and is really only obsessed with Obama’s legacy – and of course his own re-election.

    And this erroneous policy, which the American people simply cannot understand or care to, is spreading its tentacles into sub-Saharan Africa, with more and more ISIL-affiliated groups now springing up in the Sahel and starting to get the media limelight. Just recently a number of arrests of terror cells were made in Morocco where attacks were planned against civilians and top government officials. Although the culprits were Moroccans, a police chief in Rabat points the finger at Libya and Mali for the source of brainwashing and supply calling the Sahel a “ticking time bomb of terrorism”.

    And so to nominate Trump for a Nobel peace prize is a febrile triumph of nonsense, which leaves many of U.S. wondering how satirical magazines like The Onion make a living anymore. Trump has done more to expand ISIL’s reach and capability than anyone else as his Iran policy is literally like pouring gasoline on a fire. His policies, erratic as they may be, have brought together factions which were previously divided by their different interpretations of Islam – Iran and Al Shabab, for example or Hezbollah and Hamas in Palestine – all focused on a common enemy of America and its allies. As Trump prepares to pull out a number – but not all – of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and continue his baptism of lies directed at a very gullible public and a servile press corps along the lines of “see! I told you I would get our boys out of Middle East wars” it’s going to be hard to explain the rise in deaths of U.S. soldiers there. And new numbers of deaths in places like Somalia which a certain generation of Americans associate with a 1993 TIME magazine cover of a body of a dead U.S. soldier being dragged by a vehicle through the streets of Mogadishu.

    Presumably this will all happen a few weeks after the election. Not very nobel. Or Noble. Whatever.

  41. Site: Zero Hedge
    12 hours 55 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    Mostly Non-Peaceful? Princeton Study Finds BLM Responsible For 91% Of Riots Over Last 3 Months Tyler Durden Sat, 09/19/2020 - 15:30

    Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

    A new study by Princeton University’s US Crisis Monitor shows that the U.S. experienced 637 riots between May 26 and Sept. 12, and 91% of those riots were linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    In other words, BLM was responsible for 9 out of 10 riots across the country.

    Riots are defined by the project as “demonstrations in which any demonstrators engage in violently disruptive or destructive acts (e.g. violence, looting, vandalism, etc.), as well as mob violence in which violent mobs target other individuals, property, businesses, or other groups.”

    “Forty-nine states, not counting Washington, D.C., experienced riots during that time period, the study found. California led the nation with 86 riots during that time, closely followed by Oregon with 79 riots during that time period, the data show,” reports the Daily Caller.

    Mainstream media talking heads have repeatedly asserted that the riots were either not happening on any large scale or were “mostly peaceful.”

    The statistics suggest otherwise.

    Despite attempts to spin the riots as peaceful protests, more and more Americans aren’t buying it.

    “A majority of U.S. adults (55%) now express at least some support for the movement, down from 67% in June amid nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd,” reported Pew.

    “The share who say they strongly support the movement stands at 29%, down from 38% three months ago.”

    When one considers the level of intimidation and bullying metered out to those who refuse to express support for BLM, the real figures are probably much lower in terms of support for Black Lives Matter.

    It’s no surprise that Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are only now condemning riots, arson and looting after 4 months of mayhem.

    After initially ignoring or justifying the violence, Democrats have seen the polls and performed a total 180.

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  42. Site: PaulCraigRoberts.org
    12 hours 57 min ago
    Author: pcr3

    The Force Has Been Weakened

    Paul Craig Roberts

    Stephen Cohen, the last objective American university expert on Russia, has died at age 81.  Professor Cohen was non-ideological.  His scholarship never fell into propaganda.

    I knew of Cohen all of my professional life. I relied on his scholarship for a chapter in my book, with Lawrence Stratton, The Tyranny of Good Intentions.  Cohen’s objectivity caused him to be seen as a leftwinger with pro-Soviet biases.  In the Cold War, you were with us or against us.  There was no room for objectivity.  But Cohen stood his objective ground.

    I got to know Cohen late in our lives.  What brought us together was our opposition to the renewal of the Cold War by the military/security complex that was desperate to have an enemy sufficiently threatening to justify its power and budget.  Cohen and I shared concern that Washington’s dismantling of the arms limitation agreements achieved over the decades and subsequent rise in tensions was resurrecting the specter of nuclear Armageddon.  We both were appalled at the demonization of Putin and Russia.  We were disheartened as we observed diplomats and professors, such as Michael McFaul, Stanford professor and Obama’s ambassador to Russia, become propagandists for the CIA and military/security complex. If you didn’t go along with the anti-Russian propaganda, you were labeled a “Putin agent/dupe,” as Cohen and I were.

    I will miss him.  His departure leaves me with a lonely voice.

    The post The Force Has Been Weakened appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

  43. Site: LifeNews
    13 hours 2 min ago
    Author: Steven Ertelt

    President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will nominate a new Supreme Court justice to replace recently-deceased pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay.”

    “We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” the president tweeted Saturday morning, tagging the Republican Party in his tweet.

    “We have this obligation, without delay,” he added.

    Trump lauded Ginsburg as soon as he learned of her passing.

    “She led an amazing life…She was an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not…I am sad to hear that,” he said.

    His comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, as he said directly on Friday night after Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away that President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court will receive a vote in the Senate.

    McConnell says that nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

    SIGN THE PLEDGE: I’m Voting for President Donald Trump!

    “The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life,” McConnell said in a statement Friday.

    “In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise,” McConnell continued. “Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”

    McConnell added that “by contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary.”

    “Once again, we will keep our promise,” he said. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

    However, one of the two pro-abortion Republicans in the United States Senate refuses to vote on any possible Supreme Court nominee until after the inauguration of the next president in January.

    “When Republicans held off Merrick Garland because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let the people decide,” Murkowski said in August, according to The Hill. “And I agreed to do that. If we say now that months prior to the election is OK when nine months is not, that is a double standard and I don’t believe we should do it.”

    Murkowski also commented on the issue Friday afternoon only hours before Ginsburg’s death, echoing her previous stance.

    “Fair is fair,” she said.

    Should President Trump be able to name a replacement, the new SCOTUS justice will likely be someone who upholds the rule of law and isn’t willing to go along with left-wing judicial activism. That would make it much easier to uphold pro-life legislation saving babies from abortion — and could realistically make it possible to envision the overturning of Roe v. Wade and its allowance for abortion on demand.

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    Just 9 days ago President Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees from which he would nominate any future judges on the nation’s highest court if he is re-elected to a second term. The list includes the kind of conservative jurists pro-life groups support because they have a history of upholding pro-life legislation or following the rule of law rather than legislating from the bench.

    Ginsburg, an idol of abortion activists, has has ruled against rights and protections for unborn babies. She also has made some discriminatory statements that are reflective of the old eugenics thinking rooted in abortion activism.

    In 2019, for example, when she accepted the Berggruen Prize, she brought up poor women as a reason for her support of abortion:

    Ginsburg noted that poor women are the only people being affected by lack of access to abortion.

    “One of the things that happened after Roe v. Wade is that women wanted to be able to control their own destiny. They won, so they retreated. And the other side geared up, and we have the situation that we have today,” Ginsburg said. “[People should] care about it the way they did when many women didn’t have access, didn’t have the right to choose. It is so obvious that the only people restricted are poor women. One day, I think people will wake up to that reality.”

    Though abortion activists portray such talk as sympathetic, their solution is not to help struggling women out of poverty but to abort their unborn babies.

    In 2009, Ginsburg caused a stir when she made comments about Roe v. Wade that also hinted at eugenics.

    “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of,” Ginsburg told the New York Times.

    Then, in 2014, she told Elle magazine something similar, “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”

    Ginsburg consistently rules against all abortion regulations and restrictions that reach the high court.

    In 2016, she was one of the five justices who sided with abortion activists in the decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down Texas abortion clinic regulations that protected women’s health and safety. Ginsburg and four other justices ruled that these safety regulations were an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion.

    She also sided with the Obama administration in trying to force nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health care plans.

    After a majority of the high court justices sided with Hobby Lobby in a similar case, Ginsburg accused them of being sexist. In an interview with pro-abortion media icon Katie Couric, Ginsburg lashed out at her colleagues and claimed they have a “blind spot” towards women because they decided that Hobby Lobby should not be forced to pay for drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.

    Last year, Ginsburg criticized fellow Justice Clarence Thomas for referring to women who have abortions as “mothers.”

    And in October, former President Bill Clinton admitted that abortion was a major factor in his decision to nominate Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  44. Site: Gloria.tv
    13 hours 9 min ago
    Author: Tesa
    Do you remember them ever being this heavy handed with BLM and Extinction Rebellion.
  45. Site: Gloria.tv
    13 hours 16 min ago
    Author: Tesa
    Fruit and core of liberalism.
  46. Site: Gloria.tv
    13 hours 23 min ago
    Author: Tesa
    The Pope has been accused of ignoring human rights abuses in China as he renews a deal with Beijing to jointly appoint bishops despite the growing harassment of Roman Catholics.
    The Vatican said this week that it wanted to renew a two-year agreement signed in October 2018 under which Rome and Beijing agree on naming new Chinese bishops, a move the Vatican sees as a first step to unifying China’s 12 million Catholics.
    Until now Vatican-appointed bishops have run an underground Church in China, unrecognised by the Chinese government, which set up its own, official state Catholic Church in 1957. In a delicate trade-off the 2018 deal gave China a say in the appointment of bishops, who will in turn recognise the Pope as
  47. Site: Mises Institute
    13 hours 25 min ago
    Author: Wendy McElroy

    Gender feminism, the New Left, and Marxism (FLM) are often said to be politically aligned, and, certainly, there is significant overlap. But does a political FLM axis exist?

    The answer is important. A surreal dynamic has politicized every crevice of society and decent people now need to defend themselves against groundless accusations of racism, misogyny, and other “hate” crimes in order to keep their jobs, their reputations, and their futures. An understanding of where the dynamic originates gives them more of a fighting chance. The answer begins with defining FLM and describing their interconnection.

    (Of necessity, the ensuing analysis is highly simplified.)

    Gender feminism became prominent in the 1970s and ’80s. It is called “gender” feminism because this form of feminism explains the world by dividing men and women into antagonistic classes. Also known as third wave feminism, its ideological successor is sometimes called fourth wave feminism; it focuses on equity for women and minorities, the use of social media as a political weapon, and on intersectionality.

    The New Left was a broad coalition of liberals, radicals, and unorthodox Marxists in the 1960s. The word “New” distanced it from pure Marxism and the Old Left which focused on labor. By contrast, the New Left championed cultural causes such as feminism and gay rights. This is a Maoist approach to revolution—a cultural revolution to change “the system” by upending the traditions and institutions upon which everything else rests. That’s why the New Left was sometimes called the counterculture. Social justice emerged in its wake.

    Marxism is the theory and practice of communism; it advocates class warfare as a path to a society in which there is no private property and goods are available based on need. The different schools of communism are united by some core beliefs. Two of them: capitalism is exploitation, and people are defined by their class affiliation.

    All three movements condemn capitalism and believe that people are their “identity”—their race, for example. “Identity” is now the word preferred over “class” but the words mean basically the same thing. Because class is a fundamental concept to FLM and their successors, examining how it is handled can test how closely they are aligned politically.

    A class is a group of people who share a common characteristic that serves the purpose of whoever is doing the grouping. A cancer researcher may group subjects according to types of cancer, for example. FLM all approach class for the purpose of forging ideology and political revolution. They all use relational class analysis, in which a class is defined by its relationship to an institution. Marx used the relationship to ownership of production to divide people into capitalists and workers.

    The influential gender feminist Catharine MacKinnon called herself a “post-Marxist feminist.” The word “Marxist” indicated the movement’s embrace of anticapitalism, class warfare, and the redistribution of wealth and power. The “post” means they stumbled over Marx’s class theory of capitalists and workers.

    Gender feminists rebelled against this division because men and women were to be found in both categories; this made gender irrelevant to class analysis. And so, while accepting the other basics of Marxism, they used a different dividing line: Are you male or female? In her book Of Woman Born (1976), Adrienne Rich argued that women’s class nemesis is the “social, ideological, political system” through which men control women. Today, this is called “the patriarchy” or male capitalism. Thus feminist class analysis fused with Marxism, giving it an ideological twist as it did so.

    The New Left also deviated from Marxist class theory and spoke instead of the “power elite” or the military-industrial state—that is, state capitalism, which they viewed as capitalism itself. The power elite consisted of leaders in the military, business, and politics who manipulated average people into oblivious compliance; this middle class might include many workers, but they had been subsumed by the power elite. The true revolutionary class consisted of radical intellectuals who led marginalized groups, such as minorities or gays, into political battle. Thus the New Left fused with Marxism but put its own spin on class theory.

    How do FLM’s successors view class?

    Gender feminism’s successor relies heavily on intersectionality, which is a complex form of class analysis. It is the way in which a person’s different identities interconnect to define that person’s level of oppression. For example, a woman is said to be subjugated by men. A black woman is doubly subjugated, by both men and whites, and has a louder voice. A transgendered black woman...and so on. In calculating a person’s total oppression, different aspects of her or his identities are added together. A black male gains points because of his race. A white feminist loses points because her race. But the enemy of them all remains the same—white male capitalism.

    The New Left’s successor is social justice, which wants to redistribute wealth, opportunities, and privileges in order to enrich those who are viewed as oppressed. Raising the subjugated, however, requires grinding down white male capitalists, who are responsible for the oppression. One class must lose for the other to gain. This means that the real goal is not equality, but what is known as “equity”—a form of political, social, and economic egalitarianism—which is enforced through the state and by law.

    In short, the conclusions of these movements align well with Marxism. It is their methodologies that differ.

    Theory is a wonderful thing but—assuming the theory is sound—does it translate into practice? This is akin to asking whether understanding of a problem makes solving it easier. Consider one example.

    Those who have not been called racist, sexist, or the product of privilege are living on borrowed time. When the accusation does happen, its mere utterance can threaten livelihoods, reputations, and prospects for the future. If the claim is true, then an apology is due. If it is not, then it is important to understand the context from which such an accuser proceeds, and how she or he views the exchange. They proceed from class analysis, whether consciously held or absorbed from the culture. The exchange is not between two individuals but between two identities with irredeemably antagonistic interests. Reason, appeasement, and proof of innocent are not defenses. Simply by being white, male, or part of some other “privileged” class, the accused is guilty and an act of violence on two legs. This verdict will not change, because it is foregone.

    The dynamics established by concepts like intersectionality are a direct threat to any person who lacks a high score on the FLM axis of oppression. Unfortunately, the way of today’s world means that such concepts cannot receive the treatment they deserve—to be ignored. They need to be understood.

  48. Site: Zero Hedge
    13 hours 25 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden
    "I'm Speechless": Police Chase Down Tesla On Autopilot Doing 90 MPH With Driver And Passenger Asleep Tyler Durden Sat, 09/19/2020 - 15:00

    Another day, another story of a horribly irresponsible Tesla owner "beta testing" the company's Autopilot software while putting countless other lives at risk.

    And likely, another day the NHTSA in the U.S. will do nothing about it.

    Today's story comes out of Canada, where a 20 year old man is facing charges for sleeping behind the wheel of a Tesla that was doing more than 90 mph.

    The RCMP was called when witnesses saw "a speeding Tesla electric car heading south of Edmonton, and what appeared to be no one behind the wheel," according to NBC

    Both front seats were fully reclined and both the driver and the passenger appeared to be asleep, according to the report. The car was doing about 87mph on a roadway with a posted speed limit of about 68mph. 

    Police say that when chasing the Tesla down, it accelerated to more than 90mph as other drivers on the roadway pulled over after seeing the patrol car's lights. 

    RCMP Sgt. Darrin Turnbull said: "Nobody was looking out the windshield to see where the car was going. I've been in policing for over 23 years and the majority of that in traffic law enforcement, and I'm speechless. I've never, ever seen anything like this before, but of course the technology wasn't there." 

    The driver was charged with speeding and had a temporary hold put on his license. 

    Superintendent Gary Graham of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services concluded: "Although manufacturers of new vehicles have built in safeguards to prevent drivers from taking advantage of the new safety systems in vehicles, those systems are just that — supplemental safety systems. They are not self-driving systems, they still come with the responsibility of driving."

    We wonder if Gary could give the NHTSA a call...

  49. Site: ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
    13 hours 46 min ago
    Author: abyssum
    Awe Inspiring perseverance, commitment, dedication and courage
    By: E.P. UnumSeptember 17, 2020
    Take a few minutes to watch this video: https://youtu.be/-cPakutgQZY  It will be well worth your time.   It is not political or controversial in any way. Just an uplifting depiction of incredible perseverance, commitment and dedication that is both humbling and courageous.  I spent over twenty-five years working in the field of disabilities and special health-care needs. It was a challenging and rewarding experience to be sure, but, at times, extremely demanding.   One of the more remarkable experiences I had was having a field pass to the Para Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. There I witnessed world-class athletes with severe disabilities accomplish feats I never thought possible. 
    I saw a young Tony Volpintest win the 100 meter dash in 11.0 seconds which, may not sound so great compared to the world record of 9.3 seconds except that Tony Volpintest has no legs! And he has no arms either!  I stood in amazement as I watched young 6’3” inch blonde haired, blue-eyed athlete from Canada, Arnold Bolt, remove his prosthetic leg to compete in the high jump. He won the event by high jumping 6’11”, a world record for the Para Olympic Games.  But nothing I have seen compares to the video. It is extraordinary and I promise will fill you with pride and emotion that will be difficult to express. 

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  50. Site: ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
    13 hours 53 min ago
    Author: abyssum

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    Is Bishop Gracida the only Real Pro-life Bishop in the United States? 

    September 18, 2020

    Bishop Rene Gracida was a courageous World War II airman, ex-monk, friend of Pope John Paul II and the “Savior of EWTN” who appears to be the only real pro-life bishop in the United States.
    [https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2016/01/11/airman-monk-priest-bishop-an-interview-with-bp-rene-henry-gracida/]

    The larger-than-life Bishop Gracida is a real life hero who makes all the other living bishops in the United States look like Lilliputian Pee Wee Hermans by comparison especially when it comes to saving the lives of the unborn babies.

    Catholic Monitor commenter Fr. VF affirmed that Gracida is the only real pro-life bishop in the United States:

    “During the Pro-life Rescue Movement, people put their bodies between abortionists and babies. St. Thomas Aquinas and every other moral theologian teaches that one of the ways to become an accomplice to a crime is to remove an obstacle one knows is preventing the crime. Police were ordered to remove the people who had made themselves obstacles to abortions. With only a handful of exceptions, police obeyed the order to become an accomplice to abortion.”

    Bishop René Gracida was the ONLY ordinary in the U.S. who taught the police that making themselves accomplices to abortion was a mortal sin, and a crime, and was absolutely forbidden by the moral law. EVERY other ordinary in the country was silent, or, like John May of St. Louis, instructed the police that they “have to obey the law, no matter what it is.” (Auxiliary Bishop Austin Vaughan of New York was arrested in rescues–but his ordinary, John O’Connor, did not give the police any moral instruction.)”

    “Gracida provided the police in his diocese with letters they could present to their superiors, clearly stating the moral law in this matter.”

    “John Paul II, while lavish in his praise of Nelson Mandela and his resistance movement in South Africa, never uttered a syllable about the Pro-life Rescue Movement. Bishop Gracida has been a majority of one at many other points in his career, while his fellow bishops unanimously waited to learn from the media and Democrat politicians what a Catholic bishop is allowed to say.” 
    [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/05/rene-lionhearted-is-new-st-athanasius.html]
    In 1990, The Washington Post in an attack piece reaffirmed Bishop Gracida’s pro-life credentials:
    “The scene in Corpus Christi was altogether different: It was as though everything was set up in anticipation of Moses’ arrival. He found spiritual support from Bishop Rene Gracida of the Corpus Christi Diocese, financial support from local developer and lawyer Cliff Zarsky, and even law enforcement encouragement from Nueces County Sheriff James Hickey.”

    “It was Hickey who first brought Corpus Christi into the national abortion debate in January. After several sessions with Moses, the sheriff placed on his office walls graphic posters of fetuses being aborted. He also announced that he would not stop protesters from blocking abortion clinics because it would be ‘abetting murder.’ His position on selective enforcement of the laws was endorsed by Gracida, who commended Hickey for his ‘courageous and unequivocal statements.'”

    “But many in the community were outraged. ‘Here you have the top law enforcement official saying he would not enforce the law,’ said Virginia Pursley, director of Planned Parenthood of South Texas. ‘He chose to be a law enforcement official. He took an oath that he would enforce the laws. And now he is saying he cannot enforce a law? Can he pick and choose? Tomorrow he might not like the color purple. To me he is promoting lawlessness and anarchy.'”

    “The Corpus Christi police chief, Henry Garrett, was caught in the middle. He disagreed with Hickey’s policy, but did not want to exacerbate the situation by arresting antiabortion protesters all the time. In the year since Moses arrived, Body of Christ Rescue has conducted 22 protests. So far there have been no arrests.”

    “Six months after Hickey publicly joined ranks with the antiabortion movement, Gracida intensified the Corpus Christi drama. On June 1 he excommunicated 32-year-old Rachel Vargas, director of a local women’s clinic, for what he called “sins against God and humanity.” Vargas was shocked and disheartened. She said the bishop had never met her, never heard her story, did not know how many women she had talked out of abortions. ‘In an earlier time I would have been burned at the stake,’ she said. The national abortion rights movement was alarmed, saying Gracida’s action was unprecedented and marked a new effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to silence church members who voiced pro-choice views.”

    Gracida, a self-described ‘shy, retiring introvert,’ said he was merely following canon law and did not want to become a national figure. In fact his excommunication of Vargas was not unprecedented: He had taken the same action against physician Eduardo Acquino in February for performing abortions, but Acquino had kept quiet about it until the Vargas controversy erupted.” [https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1990/10/08/the-city-consumed-by-the-debate-on-abortion/88e76f55-445d-4c0e-97a5-8eeb8178057c/]

    In January, “majority of one” Bishop Gracida again showed he is the only real American pro-life bishop saying “DO NOT KNOW WHY FRED MARTINEZ REPOSTED TODAY THIS ITEM FROM HIS BLOG ARCHIVE BUT I APPRECIATE HIS RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT VOTING FOR PRO-ABORTION POLITICAL CANDIDATES, OF WHOM THERE IS NO SHORTAGE RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE IN 2021”:
    [Posted on January 2, 2020  by abyssum]
    The Fred Martinez Report

    Sunday, October 26, 2008

    http://thefredmartinezreport.blogspot.com/2008/10/catholic-bishops-radio-ad-could-sink.html?m=1

    Catholic Bishop’s Radio Ad could Sink Obama

    -To hear and download bishop Gracida’s radio ad at no charge, go to http://www.randallterry.com. To organize a press conference in your area on Thursday, October 30, go to http://www.humbleplea.com for instructions.

    -Simply contact your local radio station(s), buy 10 or 20 radio ads yourself, and they can download the audio file to play on their radio station. It is truly that simple. Call your radio station(s), tell them you want to buy ads, and tell them to download the mp3 file from our web site: http://www.randallterry.com. (For those with questions, call us at 904-687-9804.)

    -Catholics to Demonstrate against Obama’s Pro-abortion Agenda

    Theme: “No Catholic Can in Good Conscience Vote for Obama.”

    At 12 Noon, Thursday, October 30, Catholics will hold a one hour demonstration, accompanied by a press conference, echoing Bishop Gracida’s words: No Catholic can in good conscience vote for Obama, because of his radical support of child-killing.

    WOW! Bishop Gracida even names names. He stated and says on the radio, for all to hear, that Barack Hussein Obama is a pro-abortion candidate” and a Catholic CANNOT vote for him.
    At last a real shepherd who is not afraid to name names. As far as I know, no other bishop has used Obama’s name. If only all the bishops had the same “guts,” the killing of unborn children would soon be history.

    Get involved — release the radio ad in your area.
    Bishop Rene H. Gracida for Pope.
    Frank Joseph M.D.
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    Breaking News: Bishop Rene H. Gracida releases a radio ad that could sink Obama’s campaign. This “political light saber” is in our hands. What will we do with it?

    Bishop Rene H. Gracida releases radio ad against voting for Barack Obama; Catholics Plan anti-Obama Demonstrations and Press Conferences Coast to Coast on Thursday, October 30.
    By Randall A. Terry

    Like millions of the faithful, I have been thrilled by the sudden and forceful rise of various Bishops’ voices against the errors decimating the hearts of the Faithful in this election cycle. I am speaking of the errors stated by Doug Kmiec (and echoed by others) that go like this: “It is time to set the record straight that it violates no aspect of Catholic teaching for a Catholic Voter to endorse, support, or vote for Barack Obama…” (Doug Kmiec, Catholic Attorney and Author, Can a Catholic Support Him?, pg 36, emphasis added.)

    Anyone with “an ear to hear” clearly knows that no Catholic can vote for Obama with a clear conscience – no matter what Doug Kmiec, Roman Catholics for Obama, or any other misguided Catholic may declare. As Bishop Martino declared: “This is madness, people.”
    But now – perhaps in an eleventh hour answer to prayer – Bishop Rene H. Gracida has released a stunningly clear radio ad concerning Catholics voting for Barack Obama.

    He boldly states:

    “This is Bishop Rene H. Gracida, reminding all Catholics that they must vote in this election with an informed conscience. A Catholic cannot be said to have voted in this election with a good conscience if they have voted for a pro-abortion candidate. Barack Hussein Obama is a pro-abortion candidate.”
    Bishop Gracida recorded the radio spot in English and Spanish; it can be heard at http://www.randallterry.com.&nbsp;

    But there is more good news – where you can be a part of defeating this madness – Bishop Gracida has offered this radio spot without charge for all who want to use it. You – an American citizen committed to protecting innocent unborn life in this election – can download the mp3 file, and pay to place this ad on your local radio station(s).

    Simply contact your local radio station(s), buy 10 or 20 radio ads yourself, and they can download the audio file to play on their radio station. It is truly that simple. Call your radio station(s), tell them you want to buy ads, and tell them to download the mp3 file from our web site: http://www.randallterry.com. (For those with questions, call us at 904-687-9804.)

    If this ad receives the airplay it deserves – and the unborn so desperately need – it could jolt Catholic voters back to their senses and moorings; Catholic voters who have been seduced into ethical quicksand by partisan supporters of Obama who betray the lives of innocent unborn children.
    Catholics to Demonstrate against Obama’s Pro-abortion Agenda

    Theme: “No Catholic Can in Good Conscience Vote for Obama.”

    At 12 Noon, Thursday, October 30, Catholics will hold a one hour demonstration, accompanied by a press conference, echoing Bishop Gracida’s words: No Catholic can in good conscience vote for Obama, because of his radical support of child-killing.

    Right now, cities include:

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Columbus, Ohio
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Denver, Colorado
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Jacksonville, FL
    St. Augustine, FL
    Miami, FL
    Charlotte, NC
    Arlington, VA
    Richmond, VA
    St. Louis, MO
    Kansas City, MO
    Joplin, MO

    Our message to the press will be simple: “As Catholic voters – who put innocent life ahead or partisan politics – we reject the Obama/Biden ticket, and urge our fellow Catholics to abandon their plans to betray their faith.”

    Our beloved late Holy Father, John Paul II, clearly stated: “In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it.” 73, Gospel of Life”

    With our federal system of government, we do not vote for laws; we vote for lawmakers who make laws in our stead. Given the history and intention of Obama to continue the legalized killing of the unborn, to vote for him is to knowingly to participate in his evil acts and intentions, and in a real way to vote for abortion itself.

    We will hold these peaceful vigils, and hopefully have some good “face time” with the media. If we do our job right, we could have millions of Catholics hear the truth through the vehicle of the secular media.

    We beg the prayers of our compatriots, and invite others to join us.

    We have about 15 cities ready to go; we would love to have 50!

    If anyone is interested in leading an event in their city, they can go to http://www.humbleplea.com and look at the plans we have laid out. We will help anyone with a heart to help the babies in this election cycle.

    I know that many are discouraged, many are fearful, and many do not know what to do.
    Let us invoke our Blessed Mother for a miracle, and then lift up our voices with all our hearts.
    Perhaps – just perhaps – the message of bishop Gracida and the growing chorus of bishops correcting the errors of Kmiec & Co. will reach the hearts of the faithful.

    And maybe – if the laity ignites an unquenchable fire of truth through demonstrations, press conferences, and letters to the editor; emails, blogs, and a fervent plea to our pastors – maybe we will see a “Hail Mary” victory for the children in this election. Maybe Our Lady – for the sake of the Innocent – will honor the cries and sighs that have touched her Immaculate Heart.

    (To hear and download bishop Gracida’s radio ad at no charge, go to http://www.randallterry.com. To organize a press conference in your area on Thursday, October 30, go to http://www.humbleplea.com for instructions.)
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    Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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