COREY STEWART, (R-VA) for the U.S. Senate.

I received this missive from Corey Stewart, who has had the unmitigated audacity to run against Timothy Michael Kaine (D-Va) for a seat in the Senate of the United States. Kaine is the junior U.S. Senator from that state, and was a staunch supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton during her failed run for the presidency.   Please pardon me for including this plea for funds. But, I think it is vital that a Progressive like Tim Kaine NOT be permitted another term in our Senate.
“The battle for control of Congress is raging on – particularly in the U.S. Senate.
America has a critical opportunity to take out Hillary Clinton lackey Democrat U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in Virginia and that’s why I’ve announced my intention to run the most vicious and ruthless campaign to retire Sen. Tim Kaine from the U.S. Senate.
Many folks are under the impression that Tim Kaine is a mainstream politician. Let me assure you – that characterization could not be more wrong. Senator Tim Kaine is a big-government progressive in the mold of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
Don’t take my word for it – Prominent Democrats know exactly who Tim Kaine is:

“Tim Kaine is a progressive fighter”
— Barack Obama
Tim Kaine “is passionately committed to social justice.”
— Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
“Tim is a classic social justice progressive.”
— Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
“Tim Kaine is more progressive than Bernie Sanders.”
— Huffington PostTim Kaine is a far left, liberal progressive, so it’s no surprise Democrats and the Fake News Media are all in for Tim Kaine. We know they’ll pull out all the stops to protect their guy Tim Kaine. We must not let them win and keep their tenuous grip on the Senate.

That’s why I’ve promised to run a vicious and ruthless campaign to Retire Sen. Tim Kaine. My candidacy represents an existential threat to Democrats’ big government plans.

I’m up against the Democrat Machine – Kaine and the Clinton financed D.C. ‘Swamp’, along with the Fake News Media, are fully prepared to spend millions to spread their leftist lies.

But no matter what Kaine and Clinton throw at me, I’ll never back down – the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy are in jeopardy because of the big government policies of liberal Democrats like Tim Kaine.

As the next U.S. Senator from Virginia, I will strive to restore the great American dream you and I know and love. So please make a generous contribution to help me Retire Tim Kaine from the U.S. Senate.

Anthony, allow me a few minutes of your time to explain where I stand on the issues critical to our nation today:

  1. It’s time the politicians in D.C. make good on their promise to fully repeal Obamacare. We have heard this promise for 8 years; it is time for repeal now. My opponent Sen. Tim Kaine is an unrepentant advocate for socialized medicine in America and voted for Obamacare.
  2. Under my Chairmanship of Prince William County, I trimmed spending by more than $143 million. I’ll take the fight from my local community to Washington D.C. in order to shrink government and grow American jobs through the private sector.
  3. I have received national and regional recognition for actions such as implementing the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration, resulting in Prince William County turning over more than 7,500 criminal illegal immigrants to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
  4. As Virginia’s next U.S. Senator, I will stand for our Law Enforcement, Veterans, and blue collar workers by stopping illegal immigration, fully repealing Obamacare, and bringing back American jobs.

I won’t back down or compromise my conservative principles and values. I’m prepared to win this race the old-fashioned way – through pure grassroots power.

In short, with your help, we will Take Back Virginia from the Democrats.
But left-wing dark money groups, the liberal media, and even establishment Republicans are ready to scour my reports looking for any sign of weakness. That’s why I’m reaching out to you today to ask for your support.

So please, follow this secure link to make your most generous contribution of $25, $50, $100, or more to help Fire Tim Kaine from the U.S. Senate?

Sen. Kaine and the ex-Clinton staffers running his campaign are hoping to use my reports to prove their narrative that a real conservative change agent can’t win this race.

I need your support to prove them wrong – unlike Sen. Kaine, I don’t have the millions from the Clinton crime family fueling my campaign.

Instead, hard-working Americans like yourself fuel this campaign and are ready to restore liberty and freedom in America.

Whatever amount you can afford to donate, please know I promise to be a good steward of your investment.

It could be no greater honor then to have your support and confidence in becoming the next United Senator from Virginia.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

For America,

Corey Stewart
Republican for U.S. Senate (VA)”

In his new book, BIG AGENDA, David Horowitz adds information to Mr. Stewart’s thoughtful review of his opponent. Here’s what Mr. Horowitz says: “Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, is a former Christie Institute Marxist who supported the communist guerrillas in Central America during the Cold War.”

It is eye-opening and gratifying that the Republican Party has, nationally, brought forward candidates like Corey Stewart, who are willing to run for public office.  I urge you to consider supporting his candidacy with a monetary gift. We cannot afford to have the Senate slip into the hands of the Democrats. On the contrary, Republicans must increase their numbers there if they hope to assist Mr. Trump in putting through his legislative programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DOES GOD EXIST?

CHEYENNE, WY – 5/4/17 – “Does God Exist?” The answer to that question, and to positions advocated by the religion of Christianity have, for some people, become a provocation; something that makes them angry, something that they think limits them in some way, in their quest for absolute freedom.

Those people have grown accustomed to regarding traditional, time-tested viewpoints and behavior as something to be done away with in favor of cheap trends. Relativism prevails in those circles. What is “relativism?” A worldview that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate standard consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.

I do not know what the Catholic Church – or the Roman Catholic Church – or even the present Pope, Pope Francis believes about this issue. But, I know that Pope Benedict XVI, who retired because of his failing health, believes that relativism is gradually coming to  an end. “A  growing number of people cherish Christianity not only for the liturgy which is displayed by its member denominations, but the resistance it is showing to those with a different, destructive worldview. In short, a transformation of awareness is at last becoming evident. People are beginning again to take Christian witness seriously and to live their religion authentically.”

Is he right? You have only to read the posts of many of the people on this wall to answer that question. But, you might want to read the book,  Benedict XVI: Light of the World. The Pope the Church, and the Signs of the Times. The book, a series of conversation between the Pope and Peter Seewald, with a forward by George Weigel, is an excellant discussion of this and other current issues.

God bless.

NO, WORLD WAR THREE IS NOT ABOUT TO BEGIN.

CHEYENNE, WY; 5/3/17 – Yesterday or today? North Korea attempted to fire a missile from a small submarine, which was stationary, a few feet below the surface. The sub had been operational since 2005. The missile? New. The test failed. It was supposed to be another of North Korea’s warnings to the United States not to take part in naval war games off the coast with its neighbor to the south. North Korea considers these war games as rehearsals for an invasion of its country.

Last week, the United States fired two nuclear missiles from a silo in Montana. The tests were a success. The missiles had more than enough range to reach all of the North     Korean cities, including its ten most populous; its capital, Pyongyang, Hamhung, Wonsan, Kaesong, Chongjin, and several others.

Meanwhile, one of our nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the USS Carl Vincent, and its strike force of cruisers and destroyers, is participating in the annual tactical games with South Korea’s navy, off the South Korean coast. This annual event is considered as a provocation by North Korea’s government, even though it has been done every year for the past five years or more.

As for the few U.S. citizens  who feel that President Trump’s policies are to blame for this heightened state of anger between the two countries – the snowflakes who worry constantly about everything  the Trump Administration does, both foreign and domestic; the problems between North Korea and the United States go back long before Mr. Trump entered the political scene. They stem from the differences between the North and South on that peninsula over smaller issues; but ultimately to the fact that the North wants to annex the South, just as North Vietnam wanted to annex South Vietnam. What stands in their way? Several divisions of United States troops – some 28,000 soldiers – stationed on the border between the two countries.

My thought? Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean leader should cease his bellicose complaining. He would have to be nuts to continue his strident language. Threatening military action against a nuclear power when armed with a fly swatter is not too bright; and this man is no dummy.

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA WILL NOT HELP WYOMING [OR ANY OTHER STATE] BLOSSOM!

By:  Carol Jean Sacco. CHEYENNE, WY – 4/17/17:

NOTE: This is a letter written by Carol Jean Sacco, and published (surprise, surprise) in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. It is surprising that they published it since that newspaper is a bastion of liberalism, which generally favors a stoned Wyoming, and the conversion of Wyoming youth to users of any and all kinds of drugs.

NOTE: Full disclosure. Carol Jean is my wife of 24 years, a public school teacher of Art and Photography for 20 years, who will retire at the end of this school year. Many consider her a better  researcher/gatherer of facts than her husband. Her dream is to teach Art and Photography privately, beginning this summer. I’m hoping she will be successful. I don’t know how both of us under the same roof all day – every day – will work out.

“A March letter to the editor by a young writer advocates the reform of marijuana laws in Wyoming as a means of keeping young people from moving out of the Equality State. He believes that an idyllic path of legalizing and marketing pot would be the key to a successful, growing Wyoming.

“I suggest reading information from the National Institute of Health, which contains current studies regarding marijuana use. It’s a fact that the frequent use of marijuana by adolescents into adulthood is associated with a significant declines in IQ. Impaired short term memory, problem-solving abilities and motor coordination are common in short-term use. Frequent or long-term users are more likely to experience addiction, as well as poor educational outcomes, which often result in an increase in school dropout rates.

“Marijuana use also affects mental health adversely. Students aged 14 to 15 who used this drug were followed for seven years in a study by the Australian state of Victoria. That study included data from 44 schools and found that frequent cannabis use by teenage girls predicts later depression and anxiety, with daily users facing the highest risk. Testimony from a young hair-stylist I met a year ago seems to back this up. She was a frequent pot user while a student at a Cheyenne high school, but realized it was time to quit when she found herself on the floor of her bedroom one morning “trying to avoid the space aliens that were flying outside the window.”

“Lastly, to suggest that all is well in the state of Colorado is quite false. Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased by 154 percent between 2006 and 2014. Hospital emergency room visits that were “likely related” to marijuana increased by 77 percent from 2011 to 2014 as well. In Colorado schools, drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 40 percent for the school years 2008-09 to 2013-14. This information is from the September 2015 report by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Traffic Area, a collaboration of federal, state and local drug enforcement agencies.”

 

 

 

Saint Valentine: The Real Story

CHEYENNE,WY. 2/26/17 – Flowers, candy, red hearts, and romance. That’s what Valentine’s Day – celebrated this year on Tuesday, February 14th – was all about, right? Well, maybe not. The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all – at least not in the traditional sense. Father Frank O’Gara of Whitefriar’s Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the real story of the man behind the holiday – Saint Valentine.

“He was a Roman priest at a time when there was an emperor named Claudius who persecuted the church,” Father O’Gara explains. “He had an edict that prohibited marriage of young people. Claudius believed that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives and families if they died. The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.”

Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against the command of Emperor Claudius the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.

“One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became a Christian as a result.”

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution; a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation (did the Islamics get their ideas from the early Romans?), all because of his stand for Christian marriage. Before he died he sent the girl a note and signed it “From Your Valentine.” That’s what inspired today’s romantic missives.

“What Valentine means to me as a priest,” explains Father O’Gara, “is that there comes a time where you have to lay your life on the line for what you believe. And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do that – even to the point of death.”

Valentine’s martyrdom has not gone unnoticed by the general public. In fact, Whitefriar’s Street Church is one of three churches which claim to house the remains of Valentine. Today, many people make the pilgrimage to the church to honor the courage and memory of this Christian saint.

“Valentine has come to be known as the patron saint of lovers. Before you enter into a Christian marriage, you want some sense of God in your life – some great need of God in your life. And we know, particularly in the modern world, many people are meeting God through his son, Jesus Christ.”

 

 

JESUS: THE DIVINE LIGHT OF OUR WORLD!

12/18/16 – CHEYENNE, WY: The contradiction of God’s joy can be sensed when ugliness mocks beauty, deceit twists truth, and evil defies goodness. But I believe God’s Heaven can be intuited through the triad of beauty, truth, and goodness.

As primary colors refract from pure light, so do those three fundamentals emanate from the divine Light of the World, who came into a world darkened by sin and death. Just as Catherine of Siena said that “all the way to Heaven is already Heaven for those who love the Lord,” so is the path to Hell already Hell for those who deliberately reject him.

If boredom is the chief quality of Hell, it is significant that when Jesus walked through this world, some people loved him so much that they were willing to die for him, and others hated him so much that they were willing to and did kill him, but I don’t believe that anyone ever found Him boring.

Our nation has gone through a long moral darkness, dimming awareness of human dignity and the sacredness of life. There is no doubt in my mind that if the recent election had gone the other way, the downward spiral of our culture would have continued.

There may be some glimmer of dawn in recent executive nominations. The next Secretary for Health and Human Services has a one-hundred percent approval rating from the National Pro-Life Committee, the new Attorney General is a protector of religious liberty, and the future Secretary of Defense is a champion of the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

No mention of those suffering Christians was made in the recent presidential proclamation of Human Rights Day, and the hellish massacre of dozens of Coptic Christians in Cairo last week received scant attention, and less outrage. That will change soon, and there is hope for the Supreme Court.

While I am not naïve about politics, I think the darkness of our times may be a sign that a dawn awaits. Whatever that means for our culture, the dawn has always shone on the Christian Church and “the darkness has never overcome it” (John 1:5).

Merry Christmas!

Liberalism, Sexual Liberation, Communism, And Progressivism

CHEYENNE, WY: 12/5/16 – Liberalism today has become preoccupied with sex. For them, everything is about sex. For them, sexual activity must be freed from all the traditional restraints previously imposed upon it. Rapes? No problem. Sexual assaults? Nothing wrong there. Nudity in public? No problem. Transgender using bathrooms of the opposite sex? Who cares?

For the Founding Fathers, sex was something that had to be somewhat regulated by government because of its tie to the production and raising of children. So, it’s not difficult to see why there’s been such a dramatic increase in child abuse. Practices such as abortion and homosexual/lesbian conduct, choices which the Supreme Court recently equated with the right “to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning , of the universe, and of the mystery of human life,” are now considered fundamental rights – by liberals.

Is there a connection between sexual liberation and Progressivism? Yes, though it is indirect. The disparagement of nature and the celebration of the human will, the idea that everything in life is created by man’s choice, not by God, nature or necessity, is the one idea which has led to the current liberal view about sex. Once sexual conduct is viewed in this way, it is not hard to see that limiting sexual expression to marriage – i.e. between one man and one woman – where it is clearly connected to nature’s concern for reproduction, can easily be proscribed as a kind of limitation of human liberty.

For those who believe that liberty is license, that self-realization is transmuted into self-expression, all barriers to one’s sexual idiosyncrasies, i.e. all restraints on perverted sex practices of any kind (pedophilia, pederasty, etc.) seem arbitrary and even tyrannical.

Don’t believe me? Well, because of the liberal attitude toward sex, most, if not all restraints on aberrational sexual behavior have fallen away. Even our churches and their leaders seem confused as to what to do about it; some have fallen into the acceptance of homosexual /lesbian behavior. Here in Wyoming? This “relaxed” attitude can be seen by the rise in the rates of sexually transmitted diseases, as infections have become a major public health concern. The Department of Public Health has, just a month ago, reported that the rate of gonorrhea infection was 1.5 times higher in 2015 than in 2014. The rate of chlamydia infection increased by 3%. This year so far, 1,788 cases of chlamydia, 197 gonorrhea cases, 17 HIV cases, and 12 syphilis cases have been identified and reported to the Wyoming Department of Health. And this in a state with just over half a million people, where the murder total for the entire state in 2015 was a staggering 15. Imagine what the stats must be in a state like California or New York, or even Maryland and Pennsylvania, Oregon or Washington State.

I am convinced Progressivism, which developed from about 1880 and lasted until about 1920, when it began to fade, has had, and continues to have a serious, if misguided effect upon our political system, our political thought, our educational system, and our religious or theological processes. So-called Progressives believe that government at every level must be actively involved in our daily lives. They also believe that our Constitution and our Constitutional system is outdated. Hence the evolution of the huge administrative bureaucracy in the Carter, Clinton and Obama Administrations, and the correct suspicion that so-called Progressives are Communists.

It was THAT belief which caused the Progressives of the past to burrow underground and eventually disappear from the public forum although not from private thought, i.e. the literature of Upton Sinclair, the history of Charles Beard, and the educational system of John Dewey, the latter of which has had a death grip on our high schools and colleges for the past seventy-five years.