Signposts – Breaking the Tablets

(Moses Breaking the Tablets - Granger - New York)

(Moses Breaking the Tablets – Granger – New York)

By Charlie Johnston

The rule of law, simple fair play, is dead. Rather than a system for discerning and dispensing justice, it has become a blunt instrument to bludgeon political and ideological opponents.

First up, I will have a full update on the Cronin family later. They are doing very well and Joseph has been making slow, but steady and striking progress. Yesterday I learned that the day the Cronins got the temporary restraining order preventing the hospital from pulling the plug, the hospital responded by filing a complaint with Texas Child Protective Services of medical neglect by the Cronins. Yes, it is utterly Kafkaesque to claim that the parents are neglecting their child by refusing to let medical professionals kill him, but ‘tis a brave new world we have entered. It was, however, a serious move. Had the hospital been successful, it could have taken custody of Joseph and accomplished by political means what it could not by proper legal and medical means.

Of course, shortly after the restraining order was entered, Joseph demonstrated dramatically that he was not brain dead, and the hospital began to treat him for life rather than prep him for death. The family has since moved to New Jersey where he is getting consistent care, so one would think that would be the end of it. But on Tuesday someone with access to Texas records, probably from Texas, made the same complaint to the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). I was terribly alarmed that, even having gotten to safety, malicious officials who had embarrassingly gotten it wrong were still going to try to snatch death from the jaws of life. Right now it appears to me to be pure spite. New Jersey has not shown the propensity of some states to try to wreck families and destroy children’s lives to make secular social workers feel good about themselves – and the preliminary indications are that the legally required investigation is on the square. But for 60 days, the Cronins will have to deal with another uncertainty added to their already great stress. There are some malignant personalities who, in a dispute, will gladly forgive you for being wrong, but will obsessively try to destroy you for being right. I am monitoring the situation closely through the middle of the week and then will go to a normal alert status. But I want you to know, if this takes an ugly turn, we may be on mission again. I don’t think so, but I’m keeping an eye on it. This is the first example of using government to grind axes instead of live justice.

In the second, some Democratic members of the U.S. Congress are threatening scientists who are publicly skeptical of “climate change” with investigation and loss to their affiliated universities of all research funding. Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona is leading the charge. He is the ranking member of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Ah, those lovers of “science” on the left. If you can’t ‘trick’ the data to support your ideological agenda, if you can’t rid yourselves of those pesky scientists who insist on actually using the scientific method to examine the matter, then use your raw governmental power to force them to say what you want or face utter ruin. This is what the left calls “trusting science.”

It will be beaten back, but it will have its effect anyway. More than a few scientists and researchers, mainly wanting to be left alone to their work, before publishing findings, will consider whether those findings are liable to land them before an inquisition at the hands of their government overseers, with the threat of losing their job and having their professional lives ruined. Some will choose to just ‘file’ the data rather than rock the boat – and we will progressively have less reliable data to work from. I guess that is what progressive actually means: forget truth, submit to our power.

You might have heard of the coming federal indictment of Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey on corruption charges and thought, well, they’re trying to be non-partisan and objective. Think again. Thus far, the substance of the charges is that Menendez advocated for the business interests of a donor. Strange thing…Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is a multi-millionaire, though he came to public life from a middle-class family and has never held anything but a government job. More than a few Democratic legislators made big paydays from their participation in federally subsidized green energy and banking schemes that went bust with the taxpayers on the hook. Al Sharpton owes some $10 million in back taxes and yet is a top Obama advisor. None of these Democrats is facing indictment or charges. None of these Democrats has Atty. Gen Eric Holder signing off on corruption investigations. So why Bob Menendez? What makes the small potatoes charges against him so urgent while others publicly pile up a mountain of corruption unmolested.

The answer is pretty simple. Menedez is Barack Obama’s most pointed, consitent and aggressive critics among Democrats. Menendez characterized the American position on the nuclear deal the administration wants to sign with Iran as just following talking points “straight out of Tehran.” The message is simple. Support Obama in whatever he wants and you are exempt from scrutiny no matter how much your dealings stink. Oppose him and the justice department will seek the death penalty for the political equivalent of jaywalking.

Meanwhile, as these serial abuses unfold – malfeasance of power, the most malicious and evil perversions of power go on – which, I note, are punishable by serious prison terms (but only if the law has some relation to actual justice) – Republicans do their impression of Emily Litella from the early days of Saturday Night Live. They denounce in thunderous, sepulchral tones and end by meekly whimpering, “Never mind.”

There is no political solution to the crisis we have entered – and this government is not worthy of the loyalty or participation of anyone who loves their country.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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89 Responses to Signposts – Breaking the Tablets

  1. Tom says:

    Amen, brother. Our forefathers would have had the pitchforks and torches in hand long ago. Have no fear though. God wins in the end.

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  2. Mike S. says:

    Charlie – I understand your point about government in general but ask you if this applies to local government as well. I served on city council in a city where I lived for 40 years but one year ago moved to a new state to take care of a family member. Recently I was asked to file for an open city council seat. I think it would be useful to serve in local government when the Storm came and so filed for office. Was this a mistake?

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is a case by case basis, Mike. I served on several municipal and state boards and chairman of some regional committees. I actually encourage people to do that, for some of the local areas are from whence we will get leadership to help us endure. My best friend is a judge in Southern Illinois – and I used to tell him that the thing that is important is not being a judge, but being a sign of hope…to stand publicly for the old verities of faith, family and country (the latter is a very different thing from government). He is, because of his public fidelity to that, well placed to be a profound sign of hope when final crash comes and to help others endure – particularly the initial chaos. I rather think that many of our local police, sheriffs, and state troopers are going to be an absolute bulwark against the worst of the assaults ahead. That is one of the reasons why the administration is trying so hard to whip up hatred against local police – to blunt their effectiveness before the battle is fully engaged.

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      • johnmcfarm says:

        You bring up a very good point Charlie…it will be beneficial for those who live in rural areas to contact your local law enforcement and get to know them some. I know mine well enough to have broached the subject and was not surprised to learn that he was in agreement regarding a severe crash. I think many see even more clearly than some of us how quickly the nation is devolving into lawlessness (I am talking about our own government) and how this will bring on extreme fractional violence at some point.

        Another suggestion is to get to know the vets are your local vet organization…American Legion. Some, from what I have heard have been preparing for this as well and intend on helping to protect local areas. One last suggestion is to become a part of your county emergency services. This will tie you in and also may be a defacto governing body for a short time period where it really matters.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Truly EXCELLENT advice, John. Your local police are your friends and neighbors – and will be your primary line of defense when all breaks down. Get to know and help them now, that they may more confidently help you later.

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        • donna says:

          I am a volunteer for the Office of Emergency Management in my town…as a nurse, I helped run a shelter for the nursing home and mentally ill in town who were displaced during the hurricane that hit NJ. We ran the shelter for 3 or 4 days 24 hours with cots, meds, etc…. there was NO GAS anywhere, but I was able to gas up with a special card that the fire, police and OEM members were given….avoided long gas lines and that was a huge perk….

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      • mvislander says:

        and their left hand the media. I guess we should actually look upon the mainstream media as the ministry of propaganda.

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  3. the phoenix says:

    As for Joseph Cronin, you can consider me on mission for him now. I’ve been praying for him, and it looks like I need to do more of that.

    You know, I never did send a thank-you card to that hospital in Texas. Maybe part of that was laziness, but I also had a sour feeling about sending it.

    And as for Miss Emily Litella, I once entered a masquerade in character as her and did a bit of stand-up comedy. Nobody threw any tomatoes, I didn’t fall off the stage, and it was kinda fun.

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  4. Leslie R says:

    if we’re not in “the Storm” yet; Help!

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  5. Robin Cooke says:

    Hi Charlie, Have you tried to bring both of these matters to Magyn ( forget last name!!) on Fox News? I can’t even begin to imagine the level of stress these things are causing these families! Megan is so smart at uncovering things hidden, and since Fox News is currently what most people are watching..,, God Bless Robin Cooke

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am not getting the media involved right now, as it looks as if things are on the level – and to do so could just inflame things. That said, I do have a conduit to Megyn Kelly and some others which I would activate quickly if this should turn out not to be a routine fulfillment of a legal obligation.

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  6. Patricia says:

    Still bother to fight or keep our heads down?

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  7. johnmcfarm says:

    Watching this government is an interesting exercise in history basically…watching the collapse of any reasonable resemblance to what was as well as the economic implications. God, is the news, God is all that matters at this point. Those of us who participate in these blogs and all faithful Christians are advised to follow Christ’s teachings, let Caesar have what is Caesar’s what is important is God’s. I find it amusing at times that these fools in that government think they have so much power…in the end, they will realize they had nothing but opportunity to do good or do evil and they have failed miserably.

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  8. Petra says:

    “Had the hospital been successful, it could have taken custody of Joseph and accomplished by political means what it could not by proper legal and medical means.”
    Please pray for Joey and for the Cronins. I assure you, if what they are going through is similar to what I just went through with my mother’s last illness, they are under tremendous assault, and I assume what is happening to them is worse than my own ordeal. They do need the help of our prayers of protection right now, and strength, because I am sure they are exhausted. I pray that God’s will be done; that by way of Joey’s and their trial, the lie and malice of the satan will be clearly evident to everyone involved, even those involved peripherally. I pray Joey and they emerge from this trial triumphant.

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  9. David says:

    Bob Menendez is pro-homosexual marriage and pro-abortion with a 100% rating from NARAL. So I won’t be shedding many tears for his indictment.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I appreciate your sentiment, David. I don’t shed any tears for him, either. But I DO shed tears for the demise of the rule of law. You do not have to agree with me to be entitled to justice. When I was in media, I often went to the defense of people who were opponents when they were unjustly maligned. I don’t think you mean you support the use of raw power to attack and oppress those who disagree with you. If you do, what difference is there between you and the anti-Christian bigots that now hold sway? Just that you disagree over who should be oppressing whom? At a party meeting once some were proposing scorched-earth tactics. I vigorously disagreed – and when it seemed I might lose the day, I angrily said that “If the whole point is to replace their thugs and brutes with our thugs and brutes you can count me out.” I prevailed in the decision – but I still feel the same way.

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  10. Jason says:

    Hey Charlie,

    I’m in my late 40’s and I have believed for a long time that we would never solve this thing politically. We have taken away our hedge of protection from ourselves after Roe became law. I am also a conservative Republican and have been dismayed when “pro-life” POTUSs elevated O’Connor, Souter, Kennedy. GOP does not want to solve it because their is some kind of power behind the scenes that wants to keep this genocide in place. Unfortunately, God will never bless a country that allows our pre-born sisters and brothers to be slaughtered. BTW- It is not only the “conservative politicians” but also the Catholic Church which I am also a proud member of that has allowed abortion to persist. Buchanan in his last book stated IMO correctly that if the Bishops stood up en masse against this evil it would not have the foothold it has in our country. Waiting and praying for Our Lady’s rescue. Keep the faith.

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  11. Mary-Louise says:

    A quote from a news story today, as the destruction of military discipline and ideals continues:

    “Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James has decided to celebrate Women’s History Month by announcing a set of nine initiatives to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the service. The most notable is a new requirement that unless those aspiring to leadership roles can demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion, they will not be considered for promotion. “

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    • charliej373 says:

      Excellent example, Mary-Louise. The thought police reign – and whoever does not accept the mark of the beast may neither buy nor sell.

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    • CrewDog says:

      “Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James ……… to celebrate Women’s History Month by announcing …. initiatives to increase diversity and inclusiveness …….. not considered for promotion.“ YUP! … I read this yesterday and my hemorrhoidal tissues are still inflamed! It’s just another “SIGN” that it’s Fini USA! I can assure you that ISIS, China & North Korea’s Peoples “Liberation” Armies do not celebrate Women’s History Month or require their military leaders to demonstrate a commitment to “Diversity”. I am an Old CrewDog and remember the Old Days when the Republic Endangering concept of Political Correctness was a seed that was only fixin’ to sprout. I remember the entrance to the, pilot training base, O’Club’s Stag Bar. Yes! Stag Bar where no women were allowed and you’d better not get a call from even your dying Granny ’cause that would result in somebody ringin’ the bell and you “buying a round” for all present .. on PM Fridays that could be lots of your 2nd LT pay. On each side of the entrance their was a sign. One showed a Tiger’s head and the words: “Every Man a Tiger”. The opposite side a depiction of three AF Pilots.. WWI, WWII and Modern … with: “The Mission of The United States Air Force is to Fly and Fight and Don’t You Forget It!” ….. Apparently we have forgot it and as Charlie pointed out above with the Obama Administration’s campaign to smear, obstruct and demoralize our local police, he/administration are doing same-same with our Military with it’s people/equipment already worn, tired and diminished by 25 years of Middle East conflict. I’ll paraphrase a quote by Winston Churchill on one of his WWII generals: “I don’t know what fear SECAF DebbieBaby strikes in the hearts of our enemies but she absolutely terrifies me”
      GOD SAVE US ……….. ’cause …… ;-(

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      • Mick says:

        Agreed, CrewDog; and it’s sad. My 15-year-old and I were discussing current events this morning; and I said to her, “This country’s done for.” As you said, GOD SAVE US.

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        • Well here is a news story that will give us all hope. Because there’s lots of good folks out there. They just rarely make the news or get elected to public office. But there they are taking the next right step every day. This is one news story that makes this Canadian very proud. And it happened at the quintessential Canadian retail store–Canadian Tire. 🙂 The store forgot to lock up at the end of the day. Five different people came in and security cameras show NO ONE TOOK ANYTHING! One guy even flipped the closed sign and went to the police station to report it. How’s that for a sign of hope? Story here: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/03/02/tire-shop-praises-jane-finch-after-leaving-business-unlocked

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    • joanp62 says:

      How ironic that those on the left can get away with these “requirements”, while Archbishop Cordoleone is being raked over the coals for requiring those working in his diocese’s Catholic Schools to actually uphold Catholic teaching and morality!

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  12. SteveBC says:

    I’m sorry to hear the Cronins have to deal with yet more trouble. We’re all hoping and praying that it will fade away, or perhaps it’s an opportunity to have some form of justice established on such matters. We will see. Nonetheless, it is a sign of a failure of justice and the rise of tyranny.

    On Anthropogenic Global Warming, the only way the supporters of a scientifically bankrupt idea can advance it is to use the coercive power of government to smack down those willing to tell what they see. It is truly a shame, and another sign of tyranny’s rise.

    I would link the Menendez charge to the recent decision by the FCC to take over the internet using secret regulations. Since the election in 2014 I have been waiting to see if the Obama Administration would compromise to get things done or would simply start to take what they want.

    The combination of these two actions clearly show they have chosen to take what they want. Absent a Storm, we can expect many more such exercises of power over the next two years. Those behind this administration have telegraphed that they have taken off the gloves. They believe they can strong-arm everyone to give them the structure of tyranny they want to have in place by January 20th, 2017, when Obama leaves office.

    I know the Storm is going to be tough, but it has an end.

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  13. donna says:

    God Save Us (and pass the ammunition)

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    • Centurion_Cornelius says:

      and He will Donna! it’s a done deal. God never goes back on His word (he can’t really!–He can neither deceive nor be deceived.)

      as for the ammo–ammunition comes in many forms. the most potent, of course is sincere prayer, which has more latent power than all the hydrogen bombs ever built. St. Paul tells us to “suit up” and wear the armor of God so that we can stand against the deceits and darts of the devil.

      these deceits are many today and as Charlie correctly emphasizes, the “Rule of Law,” (ROL) is dead. we are entering a very dangerous time in our history. our civil “Ship of State” is leaderless and rudderless. no plotted course nor compass. even the Chief Petty Officers are gone. we all feel like “cargo” in the hold, battered and bruised by crashing into bulkheads because nothing seems to be belayed and is no captain in charge.

      BUT, have hope. the TRUE CAPTAIN, our real “skipper” is asleep on a cushion in the stern. when the storm hits, he will take care of business. always has, always will. how’s that old song go:

      Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
      Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
      Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
      By putting your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee

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  14. donna says:

    and for the readers who don’t know who Emily Litella is…..

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  15. Mick says:

    God bless and protect the Cronins. Charlie, let us know if we need to mobilize.

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  16. anne says:

    okay Charlie, so the winds are a howlin……..and the Holy Spirit is blowing very strongly too. i sense a convergence on both sides. Come Holy Spirit Come and renew the face of the earth.

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  17. anne says:

    and thank you Donna re Emily Litella…….not a clue about her. this is a very American post. so a bit difficult for non Americans.

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  18. LittleLight says:

    Charlie, have you ever read Yuri Bezmenov’s Love Letter to America? A verily interesting read, reminds me so much of what we’re seeing today.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No I can’t say that I have, Little. Perhaps I shall sometime when I get some time.

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      • LittleLight says:

        He was an ex-kgb agent who defected to Canada (If I remember correctly). In the early 1980’s he gave talks on how communists took down governments. The first step was to degrade the morals. He mentioned how degrading the morals through cultural means was an unprecedented success the likes of which surprised his bosses—it happened much more rapidly than they guessed. One of the last steps was to kill the useful idiots. (These he described liberal mouthpieces placed in positions of authority to further destabilize the nation, such as academics et.al.) His bottom line was that only a return to God and natural law/morality could save nations. As only a morally strong nation could reject these lies.

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  19. radiclaudio says:

    Hi Charlie, recently my email notice of your new posts stopped. do I need to do something different on my end.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t know what you can do except sign up again, Claudio. That is supposed to be controlled automatically by WordPress once you subscribe.

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    • johnmcfarm says:

      I had the same thing happen, go to your account and check out who you are following or whatever they call it and make certain that it is checked for receiving notifications for this blog. I think WordPress has a glitch.

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  20. Barbara Dore says:

    Charlie, thank you for keeping us posted about Joseph Cronin.

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  21. Barbara Dore says:

    Charlie, I still remember a man explained about the meaning of the Ten Commandments in a different language and I will try to translate it into English. “He said, when you go behind each of those ten commandments brings problems,.” He is too right. I still remember his words about less than 20 years ago. I still keep it in my heart.

    I realise the Ten Commandments is a path to Happiness and peaceful life. If I break one of them, it brings stress, problems into my life and affect others around me. God wants us to be happy and peaceful on Earth by giving us the Ten Commandments.

    When I follow Ten Commandments, I feel more happy and alive., peaceful as well.

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    • CrewDog says:

      As near as I can tell only three out of the Ten Commandments are “Religious” the rest are just common sense rules for a polite, just and healthy society. There have always been far too many folks that believe that the rules don’t apply to them particularity if they are persons of power, wealth or “education”. Ya don’t have to believe me! Just go to Wal-Mart and watch the “20 Item or Less” line for 30 minutes! My son the Cop, when he was a patrolman, told me that when “things” were slow he would cruise through store/public parking lots and Ticket those who were using illegally using Handicapped Slots. The non-judgmental PC-BS has gotten to the point in the USA where Evil/Evil Doers can expect NOT to be called-out for their society destroying behavior … especially if they are members of certain “Victim Groups”. Long before I ever heard of Charlie or other “Watchmen on the Walls” I expected and exclaimed to Family/Friends that the USA would come apart and do so more quickly than most could even imagine! I’m guessing it’s same-same for Europe. A common knowledge of World History, Economics and Human Nature would tell you this.
      GOD SAVE US …. EVERYONE!!

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      • MMBev says:

        Since my early twenties, regarding the Ten Commandments I have said they are a manual. You get instructions for the workings and safety of everything that you purchase. Look at a car manual. If you want to put sand or sugar into your gas tank no one will stop you, but plan on problems with the car very soon in the future. If you ignore the manual that God gave for keeping hmans in good running order, functioning and happy, feel free. But what is happening is worse than sugar or water being put into a car’s gas tank and will reap just about the same benefits….here, never mind later.

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  22. Deborah Kendrick says:

    Charlie, have you followed the indictment, trial, verdict, sentencing and appeal of Virginia’s former governor, Bob McDonnell and his wife? They are Catholics -While he was governor, I would see them at Mass most Sundays. The money in question as loans and gifts was less that $150,000 and they were skewered. All gifts were legal…just needed to be reported and some were not. All loans have been repaid. Of course there were unwise decisions and lacks of discretion….something that could be found in most in politics if the surfaces were scratched. Charges brought by the Federal Government…not state of Virginia. So why Gov. McDonnell? He had signed into law some of the most restrictive abortion clinic requirements that brought them up to the standards of any site performing surgical procedures, thus causing them to have to close their doors. In the election following his tenure, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was against Terry McAuliffe, friend of the Clintons, and leading. They could only guarantee the defeat of Cuccinelli by destroying his predecessor, thus casting a terrible shadow over the next Republican candidate. Ken Cuccinelli, also a practicing Catholic, would have been even more fierce than Bob McDonnell. So there–you have it. Thanks for your writing……we are blessed.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I did follow the McDonnell case, Deborah. He was selectively singled out in many ways – and that is unjust. BUT, all of my formal clients were Republicans. I had several rules I gave them. First, the media and government will treat a prominent Democrat who commits murder as if he has merely jaywalked, but they will treat a Republican who jaywalks as if he has committed murder. Be meticulous and give them no ammunition. I have little sympathy for McDonnell. This was sloppy and mildly corrupt. Though it would not disqualify him for a cabinet position if he were a Democrat, it was utterly ignorant and arrogant to think he could do it as a Republican. Second, refer back to my comment about not replacing their thugs and brutes with our thugs and brutes. There is plenty of borderline stuff that they will try to entrap Republicans with – exceeding contribution limits and such – that is not immoral, just technically illegal. I don’t get overworked about that – though I expect my clients to be meticulous even about the technical stuff. But to actually take things as if you are entitled is simply corrupt and I expect my guys to live a higher standard. Voters should be given a better choice than which flavor of crook they prefer. McDonnell was a petty crook, but crook he was. I appreciate the good things he did on abortion, but he could have done much more had he not chosen to act corruptly and self-servingly.

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  23. ellenchris says:

    I am shocked and outraged that someone would pursue the Cronin family after all they have been through. Yet I am not as surprised as I might once have been. Evil is evil and it is very energetic in pursuing its own goals of destruction. I will be praying some more for protection for Joseph and his family, and will help out in any way I can if things get hincky. Thanks for being a watchman on the wall for this, Charlie. A very blessed Lord’s Day to all with hopes for glorious worship and much peace.

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  24. SwampYankee says:

    Hot from the presses. Read it at The Blaze. A woman member of the Planet Fitness Gym has had her membership revoked for breaking the ” No judgement” rule imposed by the club. What horrible act did she commit you ask? She had the gall to complain about the transgender MAN that was using the WOMAN’S locker room. …shall neither buy, nor sell..nor use their treadmills.

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    • SwampYankee says:

      PS: Isn’t the policy of having a “No judgement rule” , by it’s nature, a “judgement”? Hmmm

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      • charliej373 says:

        Oh yeah…it is why the left is so anti-intellectual. None of their nonsense can survive even a skirmish with freshman logic and philosophy. So they play with rhetoric – call ignorance enlightenment and stupidity intellectualism. We are now ruled by the Scarecrow generation of elites: colleges couldn’t give them a brain so gave them a diploma instead.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Haha, Swampy, though the Lord didn’t specifically SAY treadmills, I have no doubt it is covered by His prophecy on the matter~

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  25. radiclaudio says:

    ok. will do.

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  26. Tom R. says:

    Hey Charlie, thanks you for everything you do and the time you spend on this Blog and answering all the emails. It must consume more than a full time job worth of time.

    My family and I moved out of Chicago and “crook” county to the St Charles area several years ago. I cannot believe how far Chicago fell since then. A few years ago Rahm Emanuel (the mayor of Chicago for those who don’t know) wanted to ban Chick fil a from opening a resturaunt in the city because ” Chick fil a values are not Chicago values”. I was shocked at that comment but it already seems to be the norm now. I have been thinking what you said and I think I am going to follow your advice. I am done voting in this political climate. In this state as you know I am in the minority so I’m sure my vote never really mattered anyway.

    I took the family to Colorado Springs for vacation last year. If all goes well we will move out there someday and I can install data lines and fiber optics in Denver. It is Gods country!!

    Thanks again for everything you do

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Tom…I fought that rising tide in Illinois for many decades. Alas, it became clear to me a few years back that the tide was winning.

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    • MMBev says:

      I made the unfortunate? statement, that I wasn’t going to vote in the next federal election unless I could vote for a candidate of the Christian Heritage Party. Since there will be very few, I doubt that it’s likely I’ll even have that option. Well, had there been tar and feathers, you can imagine what I would look like. I had NO IDEA, as I was having coffee with a group of Catholics after a daily Mass. Since it isn’t likely that we will have a federal election here in Canada, (which I said had a good chance of happening before I left), none of us Canadians have to sweat.

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  27. siobhanolp says:

    Charlie, I’m sure you’re following the news about Gen. David Petraeus. Why do I get the feeling that there’s more to this than what’s being told. It appears to me that this former head of the CIA is being forced to fall on his sword. Rumor is there was a coup attempt against the Obama regime back in 2012. And head of the CIA now is Robert Brennan, which many people claim is a muslim convert! Lord, have mercy.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, things are certainly confused these days, Siobhan. Certainly the charges that Petraeus made a plea deal on are nearly identical to what Hillary Clinton did – only she literally did it about 10,000 times as many times…that we know of. Why Petraeus is sentenced and Clinton is taken seriously as a presidential nominee is beyond me. No sense getting shocked or worrying about the various rumors. Things are coming unglued before ours eyes right now. Acknowledge God, take the next right step, be a sign of hope to those around you. That’s the ticket whatever shocks are around the bend.

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      • Rich B says:

        On a side note, Petraeus will get a do over testimony before the Benghazi Select Committee this weekend. I have a feeling the truth will come out this time.

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  28. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    This might be something to post under musings but here goes: what do you make of Apple announcing that they will be buying the equivalent of one third of the world’s annual supply of gold for their ” new product, watches”. They could be that stupid (the bigger they are the bigger they fall) or maybe it is cover to move their paper assets to safety because they can see what is coming also?

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  29. José Tomás says:

    Charlie, Msgr. Pope has a marvelous post today about the 10 Commandments.

    I am no Pelagian (my temptations go more to the Quietism side), but I had never though about the Commandments as “promises”.

    Perhaps this view helps us to understand what Pope Francis says too?

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  30. Mick says:

    Has anybody seen Mark Mallett’s recent post? He discusses, among other things, Luisa Piccaretta and the Divine Will:

    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-coming-new-and-divine-holiness/

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    • Mack says:

      I have some concerns about his ideas on this. The idea of a Third Age of the Holy Spirit seems dangerously close to the heresies of Joachim of Fiore in the Middle Ages. The Church officially teaches that there is no new public revelations since the death of the apostles. From the time of Christ until the end of the world we already have all we need for holiness. True we can grow in our understanding but no one can improve on the sacraments. As I read Mallett,s column my alarm bells started to go off. I’m sure he is a holy man but not so sure his ideas on this are correct.

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      • charliej373 says:

        There is, indeed, often a thin line between error and a startling unfolding of our understanding of the revelation which is in Christ. It is, of course, for the Church to consider and rule on it. I am not sure that it is not an organic development in our unfolding understanding of what God intends for us. But we should take care not to be taken by an irrational exuberance that would carry us beyond what is solid.

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      • Mack if you want to read a reasoned approach to the Divine Will devotion, Daniel O’Connor’s book is excellent, reasoned, and challenging. You can find it here: http://dsdoconnor.com/2015/03/04/the-crown-and-completion-of-all-sanctity-2/ . Of course we are free not to believe in any private revelation, even what is approved, and I’m sure if the Church ruled against the devotion, Mark would be the first to withdraw his support. Just wanted to give the option to access another valuable resource.

        Where sin abounds grace abounds all the more, as Scripture says. I see this devotion as God taking out the big guns! Some battles call for bigger tanks and missiles.

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      • mygirl_joan says:

        Is it possible that this is a call to holiness for the laity? The vocation to the priesthood has had their call to holiness. The religious vocation, brothers and sisters and nun, know they are called to holiness. The universal call to holiness is for everyone. You are and I, lay men and women, are being invited by the Holy Spirit to live in union with Him. When we give our ‘fiat’, meaning we say yes, perhaps this will be a New Pentecost.

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      • ellenchris says:

        Hi, Mack. Any of us can certainly go off the edge on something, and you are right always to check things out to make sure that those lines of heresy are not being crossed. People do have to be careful in the current climate. But, Mark is very careful to check his theology also.

        When I first came across Luisa’s writings, my own alarm bells also went off. You have picked up on one important concern — the Joachimite heresy. Over the centuries many others came up with the same sort of ideas before and after Joachim of Fiore which are sort of related to the problem of Millenarianism: are there discreet “ages” that will occur, cancelling out the previous age? The Church has said no. Will there be some new and completely different revelation that supersedes Redemption in Jesus Christ? Again — no.

        As I got to know Luisa’s writings better, I discovered that she never makes any such heretical claims in her writings. Rather, what she is describing is a kind of flowering or unfolding of what God has already given us. Each “Fiat” is implied by the other two — the Holy Spirit has always been at work to sanctify us, and we only have access to this through Jesus’ Redemption. We are simply being called to a deeper surrender in our own lives.

        Over at Daniel O’Connor’s website, he has recently posted a book he has written on Luisa which is very good. He has a whole chapter on the problem of the Joachimite heresy. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download a Kindle App onto your computer for free at Amazon. With a Kindle App you can download Daniel’s book for only $3 if you want to take a look at it. Great questions — they do have answers. many blessings to you

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    • Leslie R says:

      Hi Mick – how intriguing. My wife and I were told of her a few days ago. We just (watched) listened to the introductory teaching by Fr. Robert Young on YouTube.:Introduction Divine Will – Luisa Piccarreta by Fr. Robert Young OFM We’re thinking this might be our next right step…God bless, Les

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      • kathy kalina says:

        Listening to the teachings on the Divine Will through the commentary of Father Robert Young has been my personal home study course over the last year or so. He ties everything he says to the teachings of the Church, and I highly recommend him as a trustworthy navigator in this way of life. I started at the beginning of the audio recordings, picking up his program every Saturday as well, and I’m now on my second pass through them. Just breathtaking! (I listen and play solitaire at the same time, so it counts as my daily recreation. 🙂 )

        http://www.divinewilltallahassee.com/Home

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  31. Mary Ann says:

    The picture and the post together powerfully say that God is removing our law from us because we have chosen against His law.

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  32. Jennifer says:

    Charlie, your logic is sound and you avoid the trap of politicizing issues. People are falling more and more into extremes as their emotions get the best of them in this mess. This site is a consolation and a confirmation to me. I have quietly observed and am very impressed with the people here.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Jennifer. I neither avoid politics nor try to politicize everything. I’m glad you appreciate the balancing act that sometimes is.

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      • MMBev says:

        Charlie, your balancing act is so good that you could tight rope walk over the Niagara Falls (and I mean when they aren’t frozen.) You’d be able to dance your way across! And I thank God, because we are the recipients of finesse.

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  33. Fran says:

    If this hasn’t been posted yet, I just wanted to share this link for the men here who may want to be part of “The Holy League Movement” just announced yesterday. “This new Holy League was publically launched on March 7th, 2015. On the 444th Anniversary of the Holy League called by St Pius V in 1571 which ended on October 7th with the victory at the Battle of Lepanto thanks to Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of the Rosary.”
    http://www.romancatholicman.com/announcement-cardinal-burke-to-head-holy-league-movement/

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  34. I don’t know why I thought of this right now but…..I will ask. Do you foresee a draft coming in te storm Charlie?
    Thank you.

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    • charliej373 says:

      If you mean a military draft, I don’t know, Charlanne. You need a stable federal authority to institute such a thing – and it will be a while before what authority remains could stabilize sufficiently.

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  35. The Man of Lawlessness From 2 Thessalonians 2
    I think this passage from St Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians speaks quite clearly:

    Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.[a] Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness[b][c] is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.[d] And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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  37. Sean Sullivan says:

    lest we forget… Here is a ‘bump’ of Charlies thread two years ago. Besides the Dems will probably blame climate change, on this article of Flipper getting high. Natural vs synthetic ?

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/puff-puff-pass-how-was-dolphins-using-blowfish-to-get-high-20170208-gu86nv.html

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