FEAR NO ONE: Father Mike’s inspiring message is especially important right now. It runs from 10:00 to 31:00. He elaborates on the theme and I hope you’ll find time to listen. But if you don’t, he basically says this.
To “be safe” has two meanings. One is to be protected from harm; the other is to be harmless. But God does not call us to be people who are safe. It needs people who “fear no one”, who are courageous for the sake of others.
God exists and we matter to Him. Therefore, we can be courageous, because our choices matter and also because, if I fear God, then I have no need to fear anyone else. One way or another, the Lord will look after me, even if it isn’t in the way I would prefer.
JOBS REPORT: The economy is bouncing back faster than predicted. In June, 4.8 million jobs were added, the largest monthly increase ever recorded.
Approximately one-third of all the jobs lost during March and April have now been recovered, bringing the unemployment rate down to 11.1 percent.
CAPITALISM: What is is and what it is not [3:57] – Also, Candidate Trump promised to end the Democrats’ job-killing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
And President Trump has kept that promise. The trade deal he negotiated – United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) – went into effect on July 1, 2020.
He predicts it will help grow our economy and support American jobs.
Now we wait and see what happens.
COVID-19: [3:53] – Customs and Border Protection agents said the president’s virus policies have helped prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the border.
The state of Georgia was sharply criticized when it began to lift its lockdown restrictions two months ago. The doomsayers who said this would result in widespread fatalities were wrong. The state peaked on April 22 at 43 deaths per day; as of June 15, it was down to about 15.
CHAZ/CHOP: [:45] – On Wednesday, Seattle police cleared out the protest area in about an hour.
Approximately thirteen people who refused to leave were arrested.
Matt Polumbo had an interesting take on the failed experiment …
“Many have analogized the failure of CHAZ/CHOP to the book Lord of the Flies, but that’s not a fair comparison because shipwrecked children in real life have proven themselves more competent and resilient than CHAZ’s residents.
“In 1965 six teenage boys set out from Tonga on a fishing trip, were caught in a storm, and shipwrecked on a deserted island. Rather than descend into chaos like in the classic 1954 book, the boys survived for fifteen months before being rescued. They survived by fishing and gardening, and still had enough free time to create their own badminton court, and figure out how to create guitars from coconuts.”
ANTIFA: July 3 photos by Andy Ngo show the aftermath of the previous night’s riot in downtown Portland.
A couple hundred rioters, believed to be ANTIFA extremists, broke through the doors and threw lit commercial grade fireworks inside, while also setting fire to a statue nearby of Oregon Trail pioneers. Using sling shots, they launched large rocks, full cans, and bottles at law enforcement officers.
After multiple warnings to back off and calm down were ignored, officers began dispersing the violent, hostile crowd. Rioters continued to throw large rocks and full cans, as well as shot off commercial grade fireworks towards officers. Someone threw an open pocket knife at an officer, narrowly missing him.
Around 12:46 am, the lawless thugs started launching mortars towards the federal courthouse and a fire erupted inside of the building. Because of this immediate life safety issue, officers used crowd control munitions to quell the riot. Nine were arrested.
TRUMP: CLICK [4:26] to hear a black Republican talk about how NOT racist Trump and all the Republicans she’s ever met are vs. how racist BLM and Joe Biden are.
BIDEN: CINO Joe has been moving steadily leftwards on abortion. On Monday, he said women must have the right to abort their unborn babies “under any circumstances.”
Polls consistently show that fewer than 30% of Americans support this position.
The extreme nature of Democrats’ support for more and more abortions is obvious in Democrat Virginia, where every pro-life statute on the books was invalidated as of July 1. Meanwhile …
… Iowa’s Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds just signed a pro-life law giving women 24 hours to reflect and consider information about their unborn babies before going through with an abortion.
… Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis just signing a bill requiring minors to obtain a notarized written statement signed by the minor and either her mother, her father, or her legal guardian agreeing that the abortion is in the best interest of the minor.
… Mississippi’s Republican Gov. Tate Reeves enacted a abortion on abortions due to sex, race, or genetic abnormality.
WALK AWAY: I just saw this posted to the Walk Away Facebook group – “I can actually recall the very second I walked away…..when the Minneapolis police department was set on fire. That was the moment that just broke me. That was the moment I knew I would never be the same person. This group is truly one of the greatest gifts to come out of 2020. I love seeing the posts because it makes me smile and somehow I know we are all going to be ok because there is still so much good in this world.”
Rioters set the Minneapolis police department on fire on May 29th, 2020.
DEMOCRATS SUCK: In the past week, seven elected Democrats have been charged with or pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and/or fraud.
In one week.
EPSTEIN: British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on July 2. She has long been accused by Epstein victims of having helped to groom them to be sexually abused by him and other powerful people.
According to an unsealed indictment, Maxwell was charged on multiple counts including conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury.
Following Epstein’s death in 2019, Jeffery Greco, a New York criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, told The Epoch Times that Maxwell could potentially name others connected to the financier. “She’s going down. She’s going to take everybody with her,” Greco said at the time. “They are going to ask her, ‘Who else did you provide these girls to?’ I think that she is going to start talking.”
One wonders how long it will be before Ghislaine “commits suicide” in her inexplicably unmonitored jail cell.
2A: [2:38] – Charlie Kirk proves why we must protect the Second Amendment!
Gun and ammunition retailers are having trouble keeping up with the demand as Americans flood stores. There have now been an estimated 8.3 million firearms sold in the United States since March, a record-setting pace likely to make 2020 the greatest year for gun sales in American history if the trend continues.
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE: “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times … they [will] forbid marriage.” 1 Timothy 4:1a,3a – I have often thought that this will come about as the result of so many types of relationships earning the title of “marriage” until finally marriage itself is eliminated as a meaningless institution.
The first step in the slippery slope was the legalization of same sex unions. The next step will be polygamous/polyamorous unions.
The city of Somerville, Massachusetts, has begun that process by giving polyamorous relationships the same rights as a married couple.
“I don’t think it’s the place of the government to tell people what is or is not a family,” said Somerville city councilor Lance Davis, who drafted the domestic partnership ordinance.
In better news, Russia enshrined traditional Christian values in its constitution on July 1, 2020.
In addition to defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the new constitution also openly honors the Christian faith, officially recognizing the role of the Orthodox Church in the history and founding of the Russian state.
CATHOLIC MIRACLE: Wow! [3:48] – You can buy a blessed and laminated Divine Mercy image for $5 at https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UDN2LNI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A24BXI1Q0CXR6S&psc=1