MASCOTS: Bunny and her cousin take a walk around Nonno’s old ‘hood – Mama +3 and Army Princess + 3 are in Dearest’s home town visiting with the aunties, uncles and cousins. They’re coming here tomorrow! Wheee!!!
TRUMP: What he thinks we should do [3:35] – An FBI expert echoes President Trump’s calls for smarter measures to address gun violence and deter potential shooters.
JORDAN PETERSON: Want a better life? [6:15] – Take responsibility and start bettering yourself.
TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS: California just passed an unprecedented new law requiring all presidential candidates to submit five years of income tax filings by late November in order to secure a spot on California’s presidential primary ballot in March.
Judicial Watch has already sued California. And a federal judge has blocked New York’s efforts to force Trump to turn his tax returns over to the state’s House Ways and Means Committee.
HUSH MONEY: It’s a travesty that they ever got to use tax-payers’ money for this in the first place – The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require members of Congress to pay out of their own pockets for any sexual harassment settlements, and would help victims better navigate the complaint process on Capitol Hill.
JOURNALISTIC MALFEASANCE: [5:47] – President Trump did NOT call neo-Nazis “very fine people” during a famous press conference following the Charlottesville riots of August 2017. In fact, he condemned them. But the Trump Deranged major media reported that Trump had praised neo-Nazis.
PROJECT VERITAS: From PV’s Facebook page – “Project Veritas has won 5 lawsuits in a row and the checks are now ROLLING IN. The attorney for one plaintiff, Steve Wentz, just sent in a check and we are expecting many more. Two others were ordered to pay $73k and $63k. If you sue, you will pay!”
PALLYWOOD: The anti-Israel propaganda industry that creates false or misleading images, videos and narratives in order to portray Israelis as evil.
For decades, anti-Israel agitators have staged elaborate and horrifying scenes of Israeli “brutality” and Palestinian “victimhood.” Those scenes are then promoted around the world in an effort to frame Israel for human rights abuses.
American journalist says, “The coverage of conflict in the Middle East has been heavily salted with outright forgeries, fakeries, and frauds” and “staged images of alleged Israeli brutality.”
Non-Palestinian western activists and international media are an important part of promoting this propaganda campaign around the world.
CATHOLIC CHURCH and GUN CONTROL: “Let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one” (Luke 22:36) – The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not explicitly mention firearms, but it does affirm the right to use lethal force in self defense. “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life. Preserving the common good requires rendering the unjust aggressor unable to inflict harm” (CCC 2265).
Archbishop Chaput re-released his testimony given before the U.S. Senate after the tragic Columbine shooting. He also added this sobering note: “The experience taught me that assault rifles are not a birthright, and the Second Amendment is not a Golden Calf. I support thorough background checks and more restrictive access to guns for anyone seeking to purchase them.
“But it also taught me that only a fool can believe that ‘gun control’ will solve the problem of mass violence. The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts. And the twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the past half-century.”
Catholic Vote adds, “If we believe the underlying problem is the culture, then Republicans need to be just as loud on fixing our culture as their opponents are on gun control.”
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Knights of Columbus donated over $185 million to charities in 2018.
“The men who choose to become Knights of Columbus are generous, and their impact is immense,” said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
One of my sils is a Knight and I had a great uncle who made it to the top level where they get to wear the cool outfits with the feathered hats and swords.
SUICIDE AMONG U.S. WOMEN: A large, longitudinal study* found that women who said they never attended religious services were five times more likely to commit suicide than those who said they attended once per week or more.
But those who said they attended Protestant services were still seven times more likely to commit suicide than those who said they attended Catholic Mass.
And among the 6,999 Catholic women in the study who said they attended Mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide recorded.
*The study looked at suicides between 1996-2010 among a group of 89,708 women who were aged 30 to 55 in 1992 and 1996 when they self-reported on their religious practices.
I credit my Catholic upbringing with keeping me from acting on my suicidal thoughts in high school. I didn’t want to end my pain in this world only to find myself in a worse condition in the next. So I set out, very logically and with great determination to find out if there really is a God and if so, is He the One the Catholic Church taught about.
God honored my need to know for sure with an experience of faith. It wasn’t any bells and whistles, miraculous kind of thing. I just went to Mass one day not knowing and left being absolutely certain. So I told the priest who ran our youth group what had happened and asked, “What do I do now?” He told me to buy myself a Bible and read it.
Forty-eight years later, my faith (and Bible reading) continue to enrich my life and I am so very grateful for the graces I received through the Sacraments and for all those early lessons from my Catholic parents and religious instructors about suicide and mortal sin.
SHROUD OF TURIN: Radiocarbon tests done on a sample of the Shroud of Turin in 1988 allegedly dated the cloth to between 1260 and 1390. Many people have believed since then that the shroud is not the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, but a medieval forgery.
But, for 30 years, the labs that did the tests refused to release any of their raw data. “Usually when something is revealed only under duress it is because there is something to hide. Is that the case here?” noted a Shroud scholar.
That certainly seems to have been the case here. It took a Freedom of Information suit to finally force the labs to release their raw data. These data show that the sample was taken from the edge of the cloth, an area that was exposed to fire in 1532 and that the labs ignored the testing protocols they’d allegedly agreed upon.
In other words, the 1988 “medieval forgery” conclusion was FAKE NEWS.