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Planned Butcherhood “in deep trouble?” “Could be a turning point?” December 5, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, cultural marxism, family, fightback, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy.
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I like Marjorie Dannenfelser and the Susan B. Anthony List.  They do a lot of good work. But perhaps I’ve gotten a bit jaded over the past decade-plus of pro-life activism.  Leaders of pro-life institutions like the Susan B. Anthony List have had a history, one might even say made a bit of a career, out of blowing a lot of happy gas.  We are frequently told abortion is just about to be defeated.  This next major (really minor) legislative victory will have a huge impact and just about end legalized abortion.  Etcetera,  etcetera.  Of course, interest groups like the SBA List feel they have to do this, to keep supporters energized and donations flowing in. And certainly, it’s hard to keep a movement organized and involved after 50 years of a legislative and judicial status quo that keeps abortion on demand at any time throughout pregnancy (and frequently at taxpayer expense) basically the law of the land. Whether they really believe all their PR, I don’t know.

So color me a little bit doubtful when Dannenfelser reports that a POSSIBLE FBI investigation and a possible court victory could finally turn the tide against the Moloch-worshiping, baby-murdering corporate interest.  But we Christians trade on hope, so I hope she is right:

On Nov. 13, The Hill reported that the FBI may [may. As in MAY] be investigating Planned Parenthood and its associates for the sale of aborted babies’ body parts for profit. It’s the latest development yet in a scandal that began in 2015 with the release of explosive undercover videos………

………The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives spent almost one-and-a-half years conducting a national investigation, reviewing 30,000 pages of documents, and hearing hours of testimony.

They found enough evidence to refer several Planned Parenthood affiliates and tissue procurement companies for potential prosecution. Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that if the FBI concurs, charges might be filed. [But then, we see that the FBI and Justice Department (what the heck is Deputy Dawg Sessions doing?) lied repeatedly to Congress and kept secret for months the fact that the principle investigator of both the Clinton e-mail scandal and the now seemingly open-ended (as in endless) attempt to frame Trump for “obstruction of justice” (which is what got Nixon impeached) in the non-existent Russian collusion information op was not only an adulterer, not only a huge Clinton supporter, but also a vehement hater of Trump.  That is, he was completely invested in one side and completely biased. And we’re supposed to think THIS FBI is going to honestly or effectively investigate the one of the prime bulwarks of the sexular leftist deep state apparatus, Planned Barrenhood?!?  Where else will all these post-Christian pagan elitists send their daughters, or themselves, when they have an inconvenient or embarrassing pregnancy?]

Then came the second punch.

Just as news of the FBI inquiry broke, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals declined to revisit its ruling that the state of Arkansas can redirect Medicaid funds away from abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which the state is completely justified in doing considering the ongoing baby parts scandal.

These two major breakthroughs would have been inconceivable under the Obama administration, which repeatedly abused federal power to prop up the abortion industry. [Which is entirely true.  It would be similarly inconceivable under a notional President Hillary.  Thus, another reason why I voted for Trump, and why his election was a good thing (given the alternative).]

………But there’s a new sheriff in Washington now, and a palpable sense of terror is gripping Planned Parenthood and its camp. Without their defender-in-chief or the courts to bail them out, they are finally being held accountable. [Yes and no.  Trump does have an unprecedented opportunity to remake the courts, with something like 25% of federal district court slots vacant, and nearly 17% of appellate court slots similarly open.  That’s just right now.  Over the course of his presidency, Trump may be able to name nearly 40% of district court justices and over 1/3 of Court of Appeals.  That, coupled with many holdovers from Bush and even Reagan, may allow a solid conservative majority in the judiciary at all levels for the first time in decades, IF the Repubniks can hold onto Congress and especially the Senate. Thus, vote for Roy Moore, Alabamans]

Trump has busily set about undoing his predecessor’s destructive pro-abortion legacy. He has filled his Cabinet with pro-life officials, and has filled court vacancies with outstanding judges like Neil Gorsuch who faithfully interpret the Constitution.

Right away, Trump signed legislation (H.J. Res. 43) rolling back Obama’s parting gift to the abortion industry—something that, on a personal note, I was proud to witness in the Oval Office.

Trump’s strong commitment to pro-life policies has helped embolden state governors and legislatures. Texas has now applied to reclaim the federal funding it was denied under the last administration. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in August successfully defunded Planned Parenthood and requested a waiver from the Trump administration so that the state can do the same with Medicaid, which is where the abortion business gets most of its taxpayer funding. [Yep, because abortions cost way more than contraception, and it is laughably easy to get a doctor, especially a Planned Butcherhood doctor, to assert that an abortion is “medically necessary,” and thus covered by Medicaid.  I have personally spoken with scores, maybe hundreds of abortion-seekers who have stated paying for the murder of their child is no problem, as you and I are paying for it.]

The next step is for the Trump administration to issue new guidance to the states restoring their freedom to prioritize Medicaid funds the way they believe will best serve their citizens. The administration must be prepared to defend that policy vigorously should the case go to the Supreme Court.

The pro-life majorities in both houses of Congress should also fulfill their promise to redirect half a billion dollars in annual taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood……

I won’t hold my breath on that last bit.

Yes, there’s a lot of good news, but Planned Murderhood has shown itself uniquely – practically diabolically – resistant to bad PR, incredibly damning undercover revelations, and even proof of wanton law-breaking in the past.  As I said, PP is one of the Leftist coalition’s most critical members.  They would jettison almost anything else before losing the right to murder inconvenient children.  While these are happy developments, I would not go prognosticating that Planned Parenthood is about to meet it’s demise, or is even coming under heavy threat.  It’s all mostly speculation at this point, and that group seems to have a particularly powerful set of demons watching over it.

The kind that only come out by prayer and fasting.

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Trump Matters: FBI Investigating Planned Butcherhood Baby Part Bonanza November 14, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, cultural marxism, fightback, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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As we lamentably see in the news almost every day, the supposedly apolitical executive branches of government have become wholly politicized special interest groups who view their agenda – constant growth of budgets, personal wealth, and power – as being virtually as one with the democrat party and the establishment class of Repubniks.  This process, which has been underway since at least the early 90s, accelerated and metastasized unbelievably under Obama.

Still, a change of administration can have some impact on federal agencies, especially with the right leadership (I am not saying Sessions as AG is the right leadership).  Under Obama, massive evidence of Planned Barrenhood’s blatantly illegal murdered baby part sales operation was swept under the rug.  In fact, a deeply politicized, hopelessly immoral, and endlessly corrupt political machinery sought to persecute and even jail not Planned Barrenhood, but those who exposed their cynical greed.

Well, things may be changing, if far too little, and far too slowly.  It is reported that the FBI MAY – not is, but MAY – be investigating Planned Murderhood for illegally profiting from the sale of the children they callously murder in their hundreds of thousands every year.  Which, even if true, is really very late in the game and will probably not go anywhere, but it is perhaps a hopeful indication that the ceaseless leftist bent in the federal government may be softening a bit:

The FBI signaled this week agents may be investigating whether Planned Parenthood’s dealings in fetal tissue were legal.

Sources told The Hill the FBI has requested documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained from the committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue dealings. The investigation came after the Center for Medical Progress published a series of explosive videos in 2015 revealing the abortion giant was harvesting and distributing aborted baby parts for researchers. [Yes, and numerous even more damning videos from this and other exposes put together by CMP remain unreleased, as David Daleiden and other CMP members are under indictment and gag order in the Republik of Kalifornia]

CMP alleges Planned Parenthood was illegally profiting from the exchange of limbs and organs, and the House and Senate launched investigations into the non-profit’s practice. Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley referred Planned Parenthood to the FBI at the conclusion of that investigation, saying his committee found evidence indicating the group was profiting.

Planned Parenthood told The Hill none of its affiliates have been in contact with the FBI. [so maybe this isn’t a big thing after all?  Far be it from Planned Parenthood to lie, after all]

So on a tangential note, what do you guys make of this Roy Moore imbroglio in Alabama?  It seems to me nothing but a political hit job, rather like the claims of sexual harassment leveled at Trump in October 2016, and then completely forgotten after he won?

I get why McConnell and the rest of the establishment would go after Moore: they’d much rather have a democrat than an honest to goodness conservative to deal with.  But I am pretty disappointed that even Ted Cruz, who I thought was smarter than this, is now calling for Moore to drop out of the race.

If I were Moore, I wouldn’t do it.  I’d stay in and remain 100% defiant.  We cannot let the Left start obliterating candidates simply based on outrageous, totally unsupported allegations from 40 years ago.  Plus, we’ve seen far too many political hit jobs vanish into thin air as soon as some serious investigation begins (and I understand some of the allegations have already melted, and the credibility of some accusers is already under doubt).  ‘

But I don’t know what happens if the Alabama Republican party withdraws their support.  Supposedly, the democrat becomes the automatic winner then in a two man race.

So what happens viz a viz the base and the Republican party if they manage to get him to lose, when he seemed set to win?  Breitbart would say “WAR!” but what would that entail?  How else can we tell the party to radically change course, or else?  And if they continue not to comply?  Then what?

Fusion GPS Dossier Classic Example of Leftism in Action (Lie, Project, Double-Down) October 27, 2017

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A quick and dirty (I mean, his language is atrocious) but quite helpful synopsis from Paul Joseph Watson:

If you want to figure out what evils, what dirty tricks, what law-breaking the DNC and the Left generally are most involved in, most committed to, and which they feel is both one of their most powerful tools of malfeasance as well as one of the greatest dangers to their position of power, just look at what they accuse the other side of.

And it’s not just this fake (and frankly stupid, and disgusting) dossier contrived by a deep state apparatchik – it’s also things like the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the emerging masses of reports indicating that many leftist men, who constantly reproach normal men for their “toxic masculinity” and hateful, antiquated views towards women, are, in fact, serial rapists and abusers of women themselves.  Sargon apparently has a massive expose coming on this subject this weekend.

The three, invariable rules: leftists always lie, leftists always project, leftists always double down.

Now that the “Russian collusion” meme has been shown to be a massive conspiracy and illegality engaged in by the DNC, Hillary campaign, Deep State apparatchiks, and their media leftist running dog lackeys, it is suddenly to be flushed down the memory hole.

But in future, always remember, the very accusations themselves are a total giveaway of the evils the Left is wholly immersed in.

I felt this “Trump pee-party dossier” thing was a massive redirect and information op from the beginning.  And indeed, that’s finally, painfully slowly, what has been revealed.

How deep this goes is anyone’s guess.  It is already known the Obama administration, through its wholly corrupt and politicized Eric Holder/Loretta Lynch InJustice Department, is knee deep in this scandal.  How far up the chain of command involvement goes is easy to guess by how furiously the Dems are trying to prevent further investigation of not only Fusion GPS, but also the very strange scandal of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’ muslim former IT admin, who happened to abscond with several terabytes of classified data from now totally wiped computer hard drives.  The dems have been using all their power to keep that data from being subpoenaed………why?  What will it show?  Will it show, for instance, Obama’s direct involvement in the 2016 presidential election and deep corruption/collusion with the Russian government?

Why did the democrat establishment react like spurned lovers when Russia became involved in Ukraine in 2014?  We heard more bellicose war talk, even up to and including a full-on invasion/nuclear exchange, from leading democrats after Russia illegally invaded and continues to occupy large parts of the Ukraine.  Democrats normally wouldn’t give two blanks about something like that, but they totally lost their minds.  Is it because they felt like Putin had backstabbed them on a massive quid pro quo involving billions of dollars in kickbacks and massive undermining of US national security, a la the “Uranium One” deal?

These guys are in a full on blind panic.  They went all-in, well past the point of Watergate and into commission of probably hundreds of felonious offenses, to insure Hillary’s election.  Is that not just because they wanted their side to win, but because they knew if someone outside the Deep State apparatchiks was elected, it might blow the lid off their decade-plus run of unbelievable corruption, treason, and wholesale lack of care for the good of the United States and, much more importantly, the ordinary run of the mill citizen?

I don’t think we have any idea how deep this goes, or just what was sold or compromised, but the Left will inevitably tells us (some) as they try another redirect against Trump and conservatives generally.

And it’s not just Obama.  This Deep State/Leftist penetration of power and solidification began under Clinton, became entrenched under the (laughably inept and tone deaf) Bush 43 (thanks for giving your stalwart supporters a great big middle finger the other day, we sure appreciate it!  Guess we know where your loyalties lie.  Skull n Bones take care of their own, no?), and reached apotheosis under Obama.  I don’t know whether it is even possible at this point to deconstruct it.

Back to the rampant sexual abuse on the Left, up to and including massive pedophilia rings in their centers of power (just HOW many times did Clinton dump the Secret Service and fly to pedophile island?), Corey Feldman threatened to start naming names in Hollywood, and all of a sudden he gets slapped with a marijuana possession charge.  In CALIFORNIA?!?

The scandals are coming so thick and fast they are overwhelming, as, indeed, they are intended to be.  Scandals 10 times the importance and scope of Watergate pass by almost daily now, with the bought-n-paid for corporate/Deep State media telling us “nothing to see here.”  Or simply refusing to cover this at all.

But none of this should be surprising.  The fact that presidents of the United States colluded with global adversaries, repeatedly sold out the American people, and placed national security at grave risk in order to feather their nests to the tune of hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars, is exactly what one would expect from a cohort of people who have made their rejection of God and His Law, their very public despising of the Church and everything it stands for, the core part of their message and their very being.

This is what comes from an “elite” that rejects God and Our Savior Jesus Christ.  Pagan societies always devolve into endless self-aggrandizement, corruption, and wholesale ineffectiveness/incompetence.  People devoid of any sense of a law greater than themselves feel zero compunction over robbing citizens blind, colluding with deadly enemies, raping little children and forever destroying their sacred innocence, or the wholesale slaughter of very nearly 1 in 3 babies conceived in this nation over the past 44 years.  Indeed, the last point is the most telling – abortion has brought a curse down upon America, and, most particularly, on those “elites” who have done the most to keep it legal and the blood sacrifices to satan flowing.

Surely the apparatchiks, after reading the last two paragraphs, just an unhinged screed!, would conclude that I am an extremist, I am totally whacked and just totally unworthy of any credit.

But that, again, is the point.  The elites subscribe to an inveterately hostile, alien religion, which I call sexular paganism.  It is simply the latest manifestation of the false religion of leftist secular humanism which tries to put man in the place of God.  Christianity and sexular paganism are completely irreconcilable. Adherents to one cannot be adherents of the other.  One must choose between God and Mammon.

Incredibly, historically, philosophically, theologically, and historically speaking, the Church has played a huge role in the ascendance of sexular paganism among the cultural elites. By surrendering all the firm dictates and sublime, impervious moral and theological aspects of the “bad old faith” (e.g., “razing the bastions”), Church leadership not only left the Church open to further penetration by the forces of sexular paganism, but gave many wavering souls both perfect cover, and the perfect excuse, to make the final, irrevocable choice between God and Mammon.  By utterly neutering the Church’s unique power and voice, that leadership – some of which consisted of double agents of Mammon, but much of which were simply men to weak to resist – the choice of God or Mammon was made elementary, obvious for millions of lost souls, especially those with great ambitions and access to all the “delights” of power, money, and renown the world can offer.

It was a slam dunk.  So, the wind has been sown, and we are now reaping the whirlwind.  I wish I could posit a happy outcome for all this, but all I can foresee is ever increasing calamity, chaos, and confusion culminating in collapse (and that awesome alliteration alone is worth the price of the post).  Trump is great as a hopeful sign, but I fear the process has gone on much too long, and the rot is far too deep, for any man, or any series of men, to correct.  Lord, that I may be wrong, because I have a lot of love left for this country, or what it used to be, and my children and (pray God) grandchildren shall have to live here.

Now, if you want a more hopeful view, from a man deep in the fight, see the great talk given by Steve Bannon to the California GOP (yes, amazingly, it apparently still exists) below (h/t MFG):

He explains the problem, but gives many reasons to stay in the fight, and to hold out hope for a restoration of this country along constitutional lines.  I’m not overly sanguine on the likelihood of his effort being successful, but perhaps he gives some reasons to hope.

There, I’ve been out all week but now I give you a nice, long, overly wordy post.

Protest outside Dallas Planned Barrenhood Fundraiser Tonight October 19, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, cultural marxism, Dallas Diocese, error, fightback, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Sorry for the late notice, but my work has had me busier than a 10 point buck on opening day.  Nevertheless, Planned Murderhood is hosting one of its booze-soaked fundraisers at a swank Dallas locale.  Some folks are coming up from Waco to protest it.  Please consider joining them, if you are able.

Details below:

Planned Parenthood is being honored at a fundraiser this Thursday in Dallas — so let’s join some people coming up from Waco to picket the event and shine the light of truth on their abortion business.

Picket of Planned Parenthood event this Thursday evening, October 19th

6:00-7:30 pm

Conduit Gallery

1626 Hi Line Dr # C, Dallas, TX 75207

Bring your own signs, or there should likely be signs you can borrow.

If any readers happen to attend, I’d love to receive some pics and an after action report.  larryr103@gmail.com

Can you imagine, supporting baby slaughter for convenience being your charity of choice?  The elites have killed God in their hearts, but satan just filled up those empty spaces with a reprobate sense.

USCCB Continues Misinformation Campaign on DACA, Trump, Immigration October 3, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, cultural marxism, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, pr stunts, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Our diocesan newspaper some weeks ago had an article repealing Trump’s use of an executive order to repeal Obama’s executive order instituting the so-called Dream Act, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  DACA has been surrounded by lies and misinformation ever since Obama enacted it, probably illegally and certainly unconstitutionally back in 2012.  The USCCB has continually been in the forefront of this campaign.  I’ll excerpt a few brief bits from the article to demonstrate how this dezinformatsiya campaign works:

Lisette Moreno was just 5 years old when her parents brought her from Mexico to the United States……..[The setup Obama and the Left has used to sell DACA is that we are talking about poor teens and even younger, just little kids we’d be throwing out of the country to fend for themselves in a hellish Mexico.  Because that’s how the Left views third world countries.  If not quite kids, they’re at least very young, maybe college students, etc. How could we be so mean?]

………Moreno is an active parishioner at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and soon she and upwards of 800,000 people who were brought to the United States by their parents without documents could face loss of work documents and immediate deportation from a land that they know to one that is culturally in their blood, but foreign nonetheless. [Have there been any mass deportations, yet?  Any concrete plans developing to do so?  Or is this really more about overturning what was a politically unpopular and unconstitutional move – by executive action only, Congress was not involved, no law was every passed – in the first place?]

…….”When we were brought here as children, we went to school and our teachers taught us to dream big; our teachers taught us to progress, to be better, to set a goal and accomplish it,” said Moreno, who is now 34[They buried that little revelation at the end of the 6th paragraph in, well past the point when most people would have stopped reading.  So this is no kid. This is a grown woman, becoming close to middle-aged. Also, if she came here when she was 5, that means she came here 29 years ago, or 1988.  Which is, quite interestingly, just two years after the first shamnesty passed by Reagan, which was promised to be a “totes swearsie!” one time deal that would never recur, after which 2.5 million illegal immigrants were granted instant citizenship, the border would be closed firmly and we’d never have an illegal immigration crisis again. The lead up to the first amnesty was very well known.  But her parents came later, anyway. Did her parents give a thought to what might happen if they were deported, even split up, as was certainly very possible?  Does this Moreno show more allegiance to the United States than to Mexico? Does she still send remittances back?]

[Follows a parade of sad, meaningless, self-serving quotes from both our Bishop Burns and other figures in the Church]………Denouncements, criticisms, and outrage have come from many sectors across society: universities, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, faith communities, and non-profit organizations. [All of which means absolutely nothing, since Trump was elected precisely to get a handle on the totally chaotic situation regarding illegal immigration and the southern border. A substantial majority of Americans oppose the “Dream Act” and the current immigration policy and desire a wall be built to drastically limit immigration (and drugs, and sex trafficking of minors, and a thousand other evils). I also note that every single one of the organizations listed either stands to benefit directly from continued unconstrained mass immigration through use of cheap labor/wage depression of native citizens, or through ideological alignment (adherence to leftism).]

……….Father Cruz Calderon, pastor of Santa Clara Catholic Church in Oak Cliff, called for prayers to unite, not divide. [See, when it’s what he wants, it’s unity.  If not, it’s division. Get it?]

“In my opinion, it no longer is about protecting and leading a country, but about authoritarianism,” he said. “This appears to be a partisan fight to revoke laws made by a previous administration to systematically say that those laws were wrong.” [First of all, it’s not a law.  A law is passed by Congress.  It was an executive order, and probably unconstitutional. And yes, guess what, the people rejected the unpopular actions of that previous Obama administration, and wanted them overturned.  So, we elected a new president who promised to do just that.  Your disliking the result is utterly immaterial, as is your attempt to calumniate without justification the duly elected President.Just so we’re clear, yes, very many Americans feel, with eminent justification, that pretty much everything the former occupant of the White House did was wrong.]

…….Moreno, one of the founders of the Peace and Justice Commission at the cathedral………[And we get that little revelation 20 paragraphs in.  So, she’s not exactly an unbiased observer, either.  She’s a dedicated activist.]

Sadly, and frustratingly, Trump has indicated he’d be happy to reinstitute DACA so long as it is done legally and constitutionally, e.g., through Congress. I really hope that doesn’t come to pass, especially so long as brick one has not been laid on the much-promised wall.

We can expect much more lobbying from the institutional Catholic press in favor of just that.  And, I am equally certain, even more disinformation and constant appeals to emotion.  The key point is to get people feeling and not thinking.  That’s exactly what articles like the above are designed to elicit, and are part and parcel of any well-orchestrated leftist campaign.

But, I hear our new Bishop Burns, in spite of his quotes in the article I declined to excerpt, is much more friendly to the Latin Mass than was his predecessor, who made it absolutely clear that there would never be a TLM outside of Mater Dei so long as he was around.  I even understand that a priest or two has been “given permission” – though by canon law none is required – to offer Mass Ad Orientem again, which now Cardinal Farrell had firmly squashed.

There might even be a possibility for TLMs outside Mater Dei, and in the northern part of the Diocese where there still exists much latent unsatisfied demand.  But let me counsel you folks, on the outside chance this occurs and there is a TLM in the north deanery, ATTEND IT.  Don’t let it die for lack of support.  There were many reasons the Novus Ordo Latin in Plano at St. Mark died, it was intended to be unsuccessful from the start, but, not showing up gave Farrell and his allies all the reason they needed to cancel it and to never permit such an “experiment” again.  Don’t let that happen, especially with a TLM.

I Don’t Lose a Wink of Sleep over North Korea September 25, 2017

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Several people have asked me what I think of North Korea and all these threats emanating from Kim Jong Un.  What I think is………don’t fund their weapons development, otherwise, just totally ignore them and encourage every possible economic sanction.  They are a one trick pony.  All they have is threats.  If they ever act on those threats, their one trump card is gone and they are utterly destroyed.  So, it is best to just ignore them.

But we, the US, have paid for their atomic weapons and ballistic missile development efforts. In 1994 Kim Il Sung precipitated a fake “crisis” over a nuclear weapons program that resulted in a total cave from Billy Boy Clinton and North Korea receiving several billion dollars in US aid, upon the false promise that the Norks would stop their nuclear weapons development program.  Lo and behold, 12 years later North Korea explodes a low tech, low yield fission implosion device (similar to Little Boy of Hiroshima), and Bush ’43 rewards them with more US aid for another totally empty promise. Several billion dollars later and the Norks have at least IRBMs and now, it seems, a thermonuclear device.  Now they are out of development funds, I surmise, again, and so are rattling their sabers to complete their weapon miniaturization and RV development efforts (with massive aid from Iran, who Obama showered with tens of billions of dollars in unfrozen Iranian assets all for a totally empty promise that they won’t further develop the nukes they already surely have) and so are looking for another 5 or 8 or 10 billion US dollars to help them complete their fully operational nuclear deterrent force, which we have, in all likelihood, already funded to its present state of completion.

What they are already doing is ALL they can do.  They have one play and one play alone: the crazy man saber rattle bluff.  The last 3 US presidents have fallen for it.  Don’t let Trump be the fourth, and, thank God, I don’t think he will.

Look, North Korea can inflict grievous harm on the US with either an EMP -which I doubt they have the capability to execute, it’s much trickier than it’s made out to be – or with a strike on any US targets within their missile range (which is quite unclear at present). But US strategic nuclear forces were designed to ride out an attack 100s of times more massive than anything the NorKs can do and hit back with enough force to effectively decapitate and devastate another superpower, let alone a broken peasant state with entirely centralized command and control.  And the NorKs know this.  They attack, they die.

Sure they can engage in various levels of malfeasance short of nuclear warfare that may deserve varying levels of responses, but the one response you don’t do is to give into their shakedown tactics yet again.  If they stage another commando raid on the South, as they have done many times in the past, you respond in kind or let the RoK do so (people forget, Korea, Republic of, has an extremely capable and highly motivated military).  Let the RoK and/or Japan start staging “accidental” penetrations of North Korean airspace by armed tactical aircraft.  There are myriad things to do, short of all out war.

So let them keep flapping their gums and staging whatever missile flights they can, but don’t let it bother you any more than any test flight of a Russian or Chinese ICBM, which occurs almost monthly, as well, and to no great fanfare.  Communicate in no uncertain terms that THIS administration will not be shaken down by a bully, and this will all quickly pass.  In the meantime finally get serious about continental missile defense and start deploying far more X-band tracking radars and GMD interceptors.  The fact that we still only have about 40 interceptors deployed, enough to have a 99% assurance of taking out 10 RVs, after 10 years in service is criminal negligence.

Unfortunately Trump’s only response will probably some angry tweets with no actual policy follow-up.  Even this is forgivable if he just won’t cave into this shakedown racket.

Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System deployment to cover CONUS could emulate proposed Sentinel system of late 1960s. Relocate West coast sites 500 miles to the east just for spite – say, northern Idaho, central NV, and AZ-CA border. Add a site to the MS-TN-AL border triangle.

Approximate defended area for a single Sentinel site. GMD sites can actually defend a much wider area as they have higher-performing missiles. Nevertheless when it comes to strategic defense overlap is GOOD.

Today’s strategic interceptors are designed to work on a shoot-shoot watch shoot-shoot basis.  That is, each inbound gets 4 interceptors nominally assigned.  Since RVs will be coming in along a generally restricted corridor missiles can be reassigned to new targets as targets are destroyed.  Unfortunately the current command and control infrastructure is only set up to handle one off or very limited attacks.  To provide continental coverage and deal with much more massive raids the C2 infrastructure would have to be significantly beefed up if not totally redesigned from the ground up.

Of course the Russians and Chinese would lose their minds if we pursued this objective but defense is inherently moral while relying on threatening the deaths of tens of millions of innocents in retaliation is inherently immoral.  That is to say, money spent pursuing missile defense is an objective good, while that spent on offensive retaliatory systems is much more morally problematic.  You cannot uninvent nuclear weapons or wish them away.  They are, in fact, proliferating far more rapidly now than at any time since their invention, along with the means to deliver them.

And yes of course there are other means of delivery but do we send men into combat without body armor because the other side has guns?  Of course not.  There are defenses against the other means of delivery AND there are huge problems with things like “sticking a nuke on a container ship” and sailing it into Los Angeles harbor.  How does the bad guy know the ship will wind up in Los Angeles, and not, say, the harbor of one of his friends? Or his own? The fact that people make frequent recourse to these rhetorical red herrings when arguing against missile defense – THE primary means of delivering nuclear weapons today and for the foreseeable future – says to me that they know missile defense is extremely effective, but they, for reasons known only to God, deny to see their own nation defended from this threat.

At any rate I’ll get to the stuff you really care about next, God willing.

850 ton Active Electronically Scanned Array Sea Based X-Band Radar. Reputed to be able to track a baseball off the coast of San Francisco while floating in the Chesapeake Sound, a distance of over 2900 miles.

The Deep State Can Even Fool Ron Paul September 19, 2017

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There is no more corrupt, insider-dependent government contractor than the entity known as United Launch Alliance (ULA).  Conceived as an obviously illegal monopoly and yet approved by the Bush 43 Administration, ULA was a way for giant defense contractors Lockheed and Boeing to avoid profit-inhibiting direct competition over space launch costs – which they were contractually obligated to do – in order to charge exorbitant launch vehicle and support fees and bilk the taxpayer out of billions of dollars; and this after having received further billions to develop two competitive launch vehicles whose contractual intent and obligation was to reduce the cost of “access to space” by 1/2 to 2/3 or more.

The obvious failure of the Space Shuttle program by the late 1980s left the United States in a very bad situation with regard to space launch – since the Shuttle had turned out to be an unbelievably expensive way to access space, and the only alternatives were derivatives of Cold War era ICBM-derived launch vehicles (with one exception), the US was falling badly behind European, Chinese, and then Russian alternatives which were often an order of magnitude or more cheaper than American launch vehicles.  Plus, many of the unmanned launchers were simply becoming so old they were unreliable and difficult to manufacture.  At some point the US might lose important space launch capabilities due to age.

The only bright spot in the US launch scene in the 80s and 90s was the reliable workhorse Delta II, which was cheap and had a great record but which was only capable of launching light and medium-weight payloads.  Delta II was actually cheap enough and reliable enough to compete with rivals from Europe and other nations.  But, it was a bit too limited in capability.

So, to insure continued access to space across the spectrum of mission needs and in the hopes of dramatically reducing launch vehicle costs, USAF began a program in the 1990s called the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle.  The deal was this: USAF would fund development of two different launch vehicle families, which became the Boeing Delta IV and Lockheed Atlas V, in the hopes that competition between these two launchers would result in greatly reduced launch costs.  McDonnell Douglas (later acquired by Boeing) and Lockheed agreed, and received several billion dollars each to pay for the development of the new boosters.  However, once development was concluded, and once it became clear that the Atlas V with its Russian-designed and built engines would be much cheaper (which resulted in some ugly industrial espionage by Boeing against Lockheed), the two largest defense contractors decided it was easier to renege on their original agreements and bilk the US taxpayer of further billions than it was to actually compete with each other, and so they merged their respective launch vehicle design, manufacture, and servicing organizations into a new entity called United Launch Alliance (ULA).  Somehow, unbelievably, USAF and the Bush Administration went along with this.

Launch costs immediately skyrocketed. Far from lowering launch costs, numerous payloads actually saw increased costs, especially once Boeing phased out the cheaper Delta II and forced the government payloads to ride on either the (often massively over-capable) Delta IV or Atlas V.

This situation persisted for a decade, until a plucky little company out of Hawthorne, CA, started launching commercial payloads at rates nearly an order of magnitude cheaper than ULA.  ULA tried to use their political clout to freeze SpaceX out, but finally the obvious success of SpaceX and the far greater value it represented could not be ignored, and the Air Force (reluctantly) started doling a few flights out to SpaceX under Congressional pressure. Still, USAF has generally preferred to stay with ULA for now, because SpaceX doesn’t create literally scores of six-digit executive positions a year for former O-6s and O-7s to occupy because of ostensible concerns over SpaceX’s success rate, but this is really weak, as Falcon 9 is at this point in its life cycle more reliable than either Atlas V or Delta IV were at a similar point in theirs.

Should SpaceX continue to grow and maintain an excellent overall record, ULA will be ruined.  Both Boeing and Lockheed will have to exit the space launch business as completely uncompetitive players.  Obviously, they do not want this, since space launch has meant billions to their respective bottom lines.  Equally obviously, they will engage their massive lobbying arms (SpaceX lobbies, too, but at a trifling rate compared to ULA/Lockheed/Boeing) and significant government support to try to win the competition by other means.

Thus it was rather sad to see both American Thinker and former Congressman Ron Paul fall for what is nothing but ULA propaganda, excoriating SpaceX for purported excesses at the public teat while making the ludicrous claim that SpaceX rockets can not achieve the same orbits as ULA launchers.  Really, casting United Launch Alliance as the good guy, the relative innocent in a competition of draining the public purse is just beyond the pale.  Anyone who knows anything about space launch would just burst out laughing at such a claim.  No organization in space launch worldwide is more lowly regarded in the commercial sector than ULA.  Yes that even includes the Chinese.

Regarding the orbits, these are corner of the envelope issues and have nothing to do with orbit achieved, but payload to orbit. Yes Falcon 9 at present falls a bit short of the much more expensive Delta IV and Atlas V, but that won’t be the case within a few months, once Falcon Heavy launches.  Falcon Heavy will bury Delta IV and Atlas V in every respect – including cost.  Falcon Heavy will put nearly 3 times the payload into low earth orbit as Atlas V, and at 1/3 the cost.

This is what terrifies ULA.  This is why they have been waging a massive PR campaign against SpaceX and, especially, the person of Elon Musk.  Typical of the statist drones they represent, they accuse their adversary of the very evils they themselves not only commit, but utterly depend on.  There are many legitimate criticisms of Elon Musk, that SpaceX is too government-dependent, that most all of his recent businesses depend on government subsidies, etc.  But all the above applies to ULA to much, much greater degree. SpaceX launches dozens of commercial payloads a year.   ULA rockets are so laughably expensive they haven’t launched a commercial payload in over a decade (sorry they launched one, but at the behest of the US gov’t for Mexico).

This is how the Deep State works – misinformation, lies, insider access, misdirection, bureaucratic stonewalling, self-interest, buffaloing well-intentioned  public servants, lobbyist support, etc., etc.  They pulled a fast one on Paul and some of his close associates.  It’s easy to see how they could, they know these matters intimately while most Congress-critters and others do not.  It’s easy for them to spin misinformation to concoct what seems like a very believable story for those outside this specialized industry.  ULA is one of the worst, but far from the only practitioner of this.  No one can be an SME across every possible subject the US government deals with.  That is how the Deep State has managed to create such vast sinecures for themselves – the more the government is down in the weeds of everyone’s business, the more room there is for corrupticrats to carve out very comfortable niches for themselves.  ULA had that going for a decade-plus.

This is just one, small example.  There are others, far worse.  This is what happens with a tyrannical Leviathan state.

Another Reason Why I Will Never Again Be a Knight of Columbus August 23, 2017

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I know I have a goodly number of readers who belong to the Knights of Columbus, as I used to.  I left the organization years ago over its persecution of members who demanded the organization live up to its founding ideal, and ban membership from public heretics and others not living a “practical Catholic life.”  I can understand why some men want to belong to the KoC, warts and all.

But the organization under Supreme Knight Carl Andersen continues to make highly perplexing decisions.  One is the recently announced change to the 4th degree uniforms.  Whatever one thinks of the old ones, the new ones are decidedly lacking in presence.  It’s a suit coat with a patch and a goofy looking beret, instead of the classic tux and sash look.  Apparently this decision has been met with a great deal of controversy.

More telling, however, was the decision by the KoC to spend millions of dollars bolstering a decidedly left-wing pseudo-Catholic organization in the publication Crux – more or less a vanity vehicle for John Allen and an attempt by deranged Boston Globe management to cash in on what they thought would be the raging popularity of Francis, Bishop of Rome.  Crux has lately been on the attack against those horrid converts to Catholicism, who should really just be constantly on their knees thanking God for permitting us in the Church and just keep our mouths shut and let the left-liberal cradle Catholics do all the talking, thinking, and running of the Church*.

In a particularly ugly bit of spleen-venting, Francis-supporter and super-liberal Austin Invereigh inveighed against a number of Catholic converts by name, including Edwin Pentin and Ross Douthat, accusing them of being possessed of a neurosis.  This was followed up by a half-hearted apology and then a doubling down, repeating the attack in a third piece.  The KoC has, to date, not issued an apology or demanded a retraction, even though they are now part-owners of Crux.  Via Rorate:

The Knights of Columbus made a clear choice when the organization decided to sponsor the faltering “Crux” — founded by the Boston Globe for liberal journalist John Allen Jr (when the Globe thought it could cash in on Francis’ supposed “popularity”) and then, when it came into trouble, propped up by the Knights.
The Knights’ choice was to uphold the liberal and Modernist version of Catholicism in reporting news.
For a few weeks now, Knights-Crux has been on a crusade to crush the credibility of converts to Catholicism. This because the Modernist establishment currently in charge of much of the central government of the Church hates American Catholicism, hates conservative Catholics in the United States, hates the Traditional-friendly general trends of the strongest portions of English-speaking Catholicism, and hates, therefore, informed converts who are so influential in those circles.
The first shot was an article by Austin Ivereigh on “Pope Francis and the convert problem“. Yes, it’s a “problem”, apparently, and as such it will demand a “solution”. The controversy generated by the article was so great that Knights-Crux editor Allen Jr. had to intervene. This “intervention” was just for show, because a few days later, Knights-Crux publishes a new attack on converts, by convert David Mills with the shocking title “Newcomers to the Church should speak less, listen more“.
Why do the Knights of Columbus wish to silence, shame, and persecute Converts? Why do they support this campaign of discrimination of converts in the Church? The leadership of the Knights of Columbus must speak up clearly, or the Crux crusade against converts will remain for all purposes the public and editorial policy of the Knights.

I’m sorry, but there is no benefit the Knights provide that outweighs their coziness with those destroying the (human element of) Church from within.  There is no benefit to me or my family from being associated with this organization, which, whatever its founding purpose and original intent, has gone far astray, and is more concerned with receiving the continued approbation of the great powers in the Church (and, it seems, the culture) than really aiding the workaday lives of individual poor Catholics, which was Fr. Michael McGiveney’s intent.  In truth, the restoration of the Faith is what those poor Catholics – what all Catholics – need most, not politicking and engaging in dubious investments.

I know not all readers agree, and that’s their prerogative.  Please don’t take this post as an attack on you.  Perhaps traditional Catholic men should consider starting their own alternative to the Knights?  That might be a hot one for the parish council meeting, if your parish has such things.

*- They are not entirely wrong on this. I should be ever more thankful to God for making me a part of His Church.  But the reasons why the Crux crowd are on this crusade against conflicts has everything to do with sexular leftist politics/ideology (what one might call the leftists true religion), instead of any concern for converts’ souls.

They Demolished the Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Compromised Natural Sciences – now SJWs Come for the Engineers August 4, 2017

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Dr. Donna M. Riley, SJW extraordinaire, has been appointed Dean of the Department of Engineering Education -whatever that is, they didn’t have those in the benighted, practically prehistoric days of the 1990s when I was in school – at the University of Purdue. She aims to introduce a deep exposure to leftist political ideology into engineering curricula already overloaded with state-mandated coursework and already desperately short of actual practical engineering education for the real world/industry.  I think this much is obvious in her statements that engineering must be “de-centered from Western civilization” and her repeated and focused attacks on “specifically ‘colonialist’ white men.”

But the fervent proselytes of the religion of sexular pagansim must conquer the entire world – it is a fundamental tenet of their faith –  and having some corners of campus relatively uncorrupted by their perverse and destructive ideology simply must not be allowed to stand:

When one thinks of the Progressive subversion of higher education, many people assume that the hard sciences are devoid of the kind of social justice agenda one finds in the humanities. But in a fascinating piece for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, engineer Indrek Wichman complains that engineering education has become more about social engineering than actual engineering. “A phalanx of social justice warriors, ideologues, egalitarians, and opportunistic careerists has ensconced itself in America’s college and universities,” he writes. “The destruction they have caused in the humanities and social sciences has now reached to engineering.”

Social justice warriors, Wichman continues, “have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, where phrases such as ‘diversity’ and ‘different perspectives’ and ‘racial gaps’ and ‘unfairness’ and ‘unequal outcomes’ make up the daily vocabulary. Instead of calculating engine horsepower or microchip power/size ratios or aerodynamic lift and drag, the engineering educationists focus on group representation, hurt feelings, and ‘microaggressions’ in the profession.” [This “engineering education” aspect, now instantiated in many universities as the controlling authority over the first year or two of so-called engineering education, is how the SJWs are inflicting leftist indoctrination on every student, since they control the requirements for freshman education]

Wichman points to the example of Dr. Donna Riley, the recently-appointed dean of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education, which “envisions a more socially connected and scholarly engineering education,” according to its website. “This implies that we radically rethink the boundaries of engineering and the purpose of engineering education.” Radically rethinking boundaries — that phrase is a huge red flag. [As is “scholarly education,” which means heavy exposure to fields already dominated by SJWs]

Dr. Riley declares that her personal purpose is to “seek to revise engineering curricula to be relevant to a fuller range of student experiences and career destinations [interesting coming from one who has built a career not on actual engineering, but on the politicization of same, and the diversity/grievance industry that has funded her advancement. She apparently wants to see opportunities in this blood-sucking field increase], integrating concerns related to public policy, professional ethics, and social responsibility [leftism]; de-centering Western civilization; and uncovering contributions of women and other underrepresented groups [uncovering – meaning, inventing]…. We examine how technology influences and is influenced by globalization, capitalism, and colonialism [WTF is that even an issue in the world anymore]…. Gender is a key…[theme]…[throughout] the course…. We…[examine]… racist and colonialist projects in science….” [Just straight up leftist propaganda/indoctrination]

Riley goes on, Wichman reports, to disparage “the free movement of capital, the role of Western civilization, and the nature of men, specifically ‘colonialist’ white men. How can it improve the practice of engineering to bring in such diversions and distractions?”

It can’t, of course, but social justice warriors couldn’t care less about the practice of engineering. They care only about politicizing every aspect of life and education. [And don’t give a damn how many have to die as a result of their policies, resulting in shoddier engineering.]

“Riley’s purpose,” Wichman says, “seems not to be how best to train new engineers but to let everyone know how bad engineers have been, how they continue to ‘oppress’ women and persons of color, how much we need ‘diverse perspectives,’ and how the ‘struggle’ continues to level all distinctions and differences in society.” [piece goes on to note how much of engineering publications, especially in the academic environment, are already totally penetrated with SJW illogic]

You should read the CV of this woman they appointed head of the Engineering Department at Purdue, long one of the most respected engineering programs in the country.  She’s done virtually no, you know, actual physical research into engineering phenomenon, but has ridden the affirmative action and social justice gravy trains her entire career.

Go take a look at the Virginia Tech engineering education website, which is surely heavily influenced by Riley’s appointment as head of engineering education at VT, one year before she got a plum assignment at Purdue (the SJWs, they do seem to climb the ladder so quickly, don’t they?).  Even though white men make up over 60% of the VT engineering student body, you can hardly find a white face on the homepage of the department, while every manner of greatly advantaged minority is represented.

I’d even go so far as to say that anyone who has held appointments in Women and Gender Studies programs – fields utterly corrupt and devoid of value, according to Dr. Jordan Peterson, among many others, and actually so pernicious as to destroy rational enquiry – is unworthy to hold a professorship in an engineering department.

Honestly this crap has been going on in engineering since the late 80s at least, but it’s mostly been lip service to date, and hasn’t impacted the quality of engineering programs to a marked degree (it does vary by college, some have really declined in quality while others have maintained standards).  I saw this at UT where I was the only white male student to get a nice scholarship from Mobil, but my grades had to be a solid 1 point higher than the  minority students who received it, only one of which actually went on to graduate with an engineering degree.

And this has been the goal all along. I will never, ever forget my first direct exposures to SJWs and politically motivated persecution.  It was my first job out of college, and the plant had hired a white female diversity officer from some leftist hellhole. She made no bones about it, political correctness, affirmative action, “diversity” preferences in hiring, and all the rest were just reverse discrimination, which was perfectly fine and justified since the evil white male had been putting it over on all the poor oppressed minorities for centuries, and it was time for us to get ours.  That woman is now a senior VP at a very large and connected federal contractor, supervising, you guessed it, human resources and diversity programs.

Yeah, you could say I have strong opinions on the subject.

BTW this Riley chick is very politically connected, she got an invite to the Obama White House due to her LGBTQRSTUV-&*# status:

Spoiled white chick with major daddy issues seeks to wreck male dominated field.  Surprise, surprise.  But it disgusts me that she has built a career out of attempting to destroy something much better and greater than herself.  The real shame is on the institutions that have hired her and given her such influential positions.  It’s enough for me to write off Purdue, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon.

Report Exposes Thousands of Illegal Votes in 2016 Election August 3, 2017

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The real reason why democrats are so mortally terrified of any kind of electoral reform/voter ID/etc – they have long depended on massive voter fraud.  It is widely acknowledged voter fraud for the democrats turned the 1960 election, and it certainly got LBJ into the Senate from Texas in 1948.  There is significant evidence of ongoing fraud in numerous local, state, and federal elections ever since – democrat operatives have admitted to such on tape.  Aside from the illegal and unconstitutional persecution and attempted disenfranchisement of conservative groups as an act of deliberate policy by the Obama Administration – for which persecution not a single person has served even a day in jail – recent evidence reveals that tens of thousands of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, and this is most likely simply the most obvious, easiest to find fraud.  For instance, there are apparently hundreds of people in the US over the age of 115, because that many people voted.  It is further known that this fraud works almost entirely one way – in favor of votes for democrat politicians.

A new bombshell studyreleased by the Government Accountability Institute shows why President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has such an important job ahead of it.

The Institute concluded in its report that thousands of votes in the 2016 election were illegal duplicate votes from people who registered and voted in more than one state…….

…….The Government Accountability Institute was able to obtain voter registration and voter history data from only 21 states because while some states shared it freely, “others impose exorbitant costs or refuse to comply with voter information requests.”

These 21 states represent “about 17 percent of all possible state-to-state comparison combinations.”

The Institute compared the lists using an “extremely conservative matching approach that sought only to identify two votes cast in the same legal name.” It found that 8,471 votes in 2016 were “highly likely” duplicates.

Extrapolating this to all 50 states would likely produce, with “high-confidence,” around 45,000 duplicate votes.

The probability of 45,000 illegal duplicate votes is the low end of the spectrum, and it does not even account for other types of fraud such as ineligible voting by noncitizens and felons and absentee ballot fraud.

To put this number of fraudulent votes in perspective, Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by fewer than 3,000 votes out of over 700,000 cast. Just this number of duplicate votes alone has the power to swing state results and, in turn, elections.

In fact the numbers are probably far higher, because the states that have refused to cooperate are both democrat-dominated and states that have the least demanding voter-ID laws, if any at all.

So between open (and unpunished) persecution of conservatives by Obama and increasing evidence of ongoing massive voter fraud, wither the United States of America?  I know a goodly number of readers have long believed something approximating a real, functioning representative republic has not been operative in this nation for decades if not longer, but what happens when most of the people start to feel their votes have little or no impact or value (see the previous post) is  generally double plus ungood.  In such cases, the people, generally and historically, take to the streets to express themselves when blocked by the regular means.  It rarely ends well.

Then again, I had a long talk with an elder Catholic the other day, and he was recalling the craziness of the 60s, which our times still fall far short of.  So perhaps this is more imaginary than real.  We’ll see, I fear.