I enjoyed watching President Trump's reelection campaign speech yesterday. The Orlando Amway Center arena was jammed with exuberant supporters to hear Trump say ... “I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as President of the United States… I promise you I will never, never let you down.”

And for the millions who have watched his actions since his inauguration, he is believed - he is a man of his word. In a little over two years he has restored and secured the fortunes of this nation in the face of its enemies.

God bless President Trump and his family. God speed his victory in the coming election.

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For about 2 years now the fate of Fillmore's (Ventura County's) new, $9 million Fire Station # 27, has remained a mystery. Work was halted due to the prime contractor's default, and nothing was done to cure the expensive problem. I wonder how much in interest alone taxpayers have paid for this delay? I wonder how much can be recouped from the parties responsible for this financial fiasco?

I have to thank Senior Public Works Inspector, Jim Van Voorhis, for providing a tour of the entire facility last Monday. It revealed a structure beautifully finished to the last detail. No doubt this station will be the envy of all other county stations, and competition for the Chief's position will be strong.

The facility can house 9 firefighters in separate rooms. The front office facade is done with natural rock, nicely planted. The station has plenty of space for everyone and everything, from a 4-engine garage and exercise room, to a central garden and relaxation space. It has a spacious conference and communications area, and a dedicated gravel area to park the bulldozer. The chief's office bathroom is finished with a terrazzo floor.

A cistern for collecting rainwater from the roof is located on the south side facing River Street, and a covered parking space is furnished with solar panels. A special effort was made to conform design to meet climate issues. Motors for the vertical doors will be delivered soon, as well as entry gates.

I have to say I am impressed with the design, fit and finish of the structure - I guess I should be for $9 million - plus. The extreme delay in completion of the firehouse really should be no mystery - it's money. Who's going to pay for this breach of contract? I think we all know the answer to that question. I'm just as interested to know exactly when this place will be up-and-running - FIRE SEASON is upon us, and, tragically, we missed the last one. It's time to equip this station!

Thanks again to Jim Van Voorhis for the tour.

 


 

Well, here I am one hour to deadline, trying to make some sense out of something to write about. No shortage of really bad news, but I can say something positive about Fillmore. The new affordable homes - apartments - planned to go up between Highway 126 and Santa Clara St. at Mountain View look very nice. Although I'm no fan of 3-story structures in this town, architects did a good job here.

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Now for the Armageddonish details of this country's future….

America is in the midst of losing its historic Judeo-Christian soul. I can think of no traditional moral virtue or principle that is not in immediate danger of being extinguished by Liberal relativism and downright evil. I have to ask: where are the voices of traditional American righteousness, morality and ethics?

I've harped long and loudly about the good America of my youth which I watch slipping away daily, being replaced by a sticky dark cloud of immoral crud. Clumsy, I know, but that's the way I feel.

America was made from, better, brighter stuff. How did we fall so quickly from our historical national righteousness? Who, and what have we become? Are there any moral standards today?

Here are a few examples of America today, taken from today's DRUDGE:
U.S. CITIES OVERWHELMED WITH ILLEGALS FROM EBOLA COUNTRIES...
NOT BEING SCREENED, QUARANTINED...
California desert town sees migrant surge as crisis worsens...
Nonstop dumping; 'New phenomenon'...
Oklahoma Army Base to House...
Crawling Out of Manholes in El Paso!
TRUMP: Mexico doing great job at border, really helping us...
Private wall group ordered to keep gate OPEN...
WATCH: 1,000 POUR IN...
Naked Intruder On Immigration Hold After Threatening Dallas Couple...
SENATOR: Drug Trafficking Business from Mexico 'Larger than WALMART'...

This is just the condition of our border. The whole world is pouring in. Half of our Congress has decided to ignore the emergency, they refuse to do their legislative job.

But our religious collapse is even worse, at least in the Catholic Church, with a billion members throughout the world.

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has sounded the alarm that a "corrupt mafia" has control of many Church institutions. "The crisis is about the fact that a corrupt 'mafia' has taken control of many institutions of the Church, from the top down, and is exploiting the Church and the faithful for its own immoral purposes," ... "The cardinals and archbishops I named do not want to be caught lying, and they apparently think they are so powerful as to be untouchable if only they stay quiet and lie low," he said.

More than half of the bishops and cardinals are being accused of being part of a massive predator-homosexual network which has existed for generations.

The problem is so vast that RICO laws are being introduced to attack these sexual predators, also responsible for the theft and laundering of multiple millions of dollars, worldwide.

Archbishop Carlo Vigano states, "Given the overwhelming evidence, it is mind-boggling that the word 'homosexuality' has not appeared once, in any of the recent official documents of the Holy See, including the two Synods on the Family, the one on Youth, and the recent Summit last February," he said. As horrific as child molestation is, 98 percent of clerical sexual predator attacks concern homosexual clergy - upon seminarians and altar boys.

I don't have time to mention America's fiscal threats, etc. But, I think a reasonable person looking at our borders, religious collapse, fiscal mess, military problems (maybe next week) and general cultural confusion, can see a calamitous end pending.

 


 

Well, despite the fact that most high-bred British royal types probably still think of our president as an uncouth colonial, he has friends there as well.

I have to give President Donald Trump 5 stars for his performance in England for D-Day ceremonies. He did "shake hands" with the Queen awkwardly, but I was glad to see him reproach the Mayor of London as a "Stone cold loser." British Labor Leader Corbyn claims Trump's remarks were Islamophobic, though the Mayor is presiding over a huge increase of crime for which his Islamic co-religionists are largely responsible.

I am proud of our president and his entire family. They are distinguishing themselves in the service of our country.
Now, if the Deep State Democrat Party and its partners, 90-percent of the American media, would leave him alone to do his work, we, and the rest of the western world would thrive.

Fifth Column politicians and traitorous Fourth Estate efforts to distract and defeat the presidential agenda have done and are doing great damage to our country. This situation is truly unprecedented in our history. At least half of American citizens seem determined to destroy the Commander in Chief in the middle of his battle to restore border sovereignty, counter 4 deadly nuclear enemies, stabilize our economy, and protect our Constitution and the laws which flow from it.

This nation has never faced so many powerful enemies determined to extinguish the voice of freedom in the world. Military technology and capabilities are truly awesome, each boasting of its ability to annihilate the other.

Most obviously critical at the moment is millions of illegal aliens pouring across our southern border - from all over the world! They bring with them poverty, crime, no knowledge or respect for law, customs, or culture. At a cost to American citizens of $70,000 (per individual) they are a disaster which is unchecked; they can quickly destroy our nation.

Among the diseases they spread to America (some contracted by Border Patrol) are typhus and an untreatable form of tuberculosis.

But just wait - what will stop this circus at the border will probably be a case EBOLA. With newly arriving illegals from Africa, where this disease is going out of control, we are inviting this prospect.

THEN, maybe the Democrats will finally show some interest in helping our president control our border. Otherwise, America is dying from neglect.

 


 

A short time ago I was handed a story from the Ventura Star about a recent vote taken by the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board. The issue: whether to continue permitting gun shows at the Fairgrounds.

As might be expected, an emotional anti-gun bias prevailed, with a 5-3 vote permitting 3 more gun shows this year. Thereafter, a new "policy" threatens an unspecified curtailment of the shows.

I don't know what's worse here, the feverish anti-Second Amendment bias, or the reporting of the meeting.

What has happened to basic journalistic standards? After reading this "story" three times I'm still not certain about the facts. I'm torn between commenting upon the confused subject matter of the Board meeting and the confusion which lies in wait within the minds of those who hate guns. Whether it is the chronic hatred of the person, President Donald Trump, or the hatred expressed by the liberal mind concerning a thing, guns, the two subjects clearly manifest a mental disorder deserving professional attention. Liberals seem to have a free-floating hatred for persons and things they cannot abide. Hating a person can at least be reasonable. Hating a thing, an inanimate object, is profoundly unreasonable. People who go around hating things (like guns) suffer from a condition called paranoia - a condition characterized by delusion - an unreasonable fear of (you name it).

To think that life would be safer without baseball bats, golf clubs, rocks, knives (especially sharp ones) is delusional, though each object has from time immemorial been used to harm or kill people - and to save people from harm. An extreme example of this sort of paranoia can be seen in England, where laws have actually been introduced to curve the tips of kitchen knives to make people feel safer.

As an effort in full disclosure, I have been, and continue to be, a life member of the National Rifle Association for most of my life. I had the good fortune to have spent the first 19-years of my life on a ranch, where hunting, plinking, and shooting contests were most important, as was a love of firearms. I was shooting my little Winchester Model 56 at about six years of age. Target clubs and contests were unremarkably accepted even by my high school. Anti-gunners will be surprised to learn that the distinguished late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shared many of these same boyhood delights (see: Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived").

But times have surely changed, for the worse. Our culture today, thanks to the abandonment of Christian ethics the disintegration of normal family life, parental responsibility, and respect for traditional values and ethics, has all but collapsed.

The American nation has not been so divided morally and philosophically since our Civil War. The issue of Second Amendment rights is at the splitting point of the fight. It's been said in many different ways, if the good guys are deprived of the right to keep and bear arms, the bad guys will destroy this nation.

Inanimate objects remain lifeless and irresponsible. They remain ontologically innocent. So don't blame the gun, the rock, the club or any other lifeless thing for the crimes committed by evil people. The Second Amendment of our federal Constitution expressly and clearly identify the right to keep and bear arms by American citizens. We are the only nation on earth to continue to demand this right. Millions of men and women have fought and died on the field of battle to secure this right. I hope it doesn't take the same effort to maintain that right.

 


 

I'm just really tired today and there's not much to talk about on Drudge. So, I'll try to launch a quiz just for fun.

What is nearly 3-years old, has 178 legs, and 1000 shoes?

Well this is getting too complicated so I'll have to give the answer away by adding that this thing includes 2,800 subpoenas, hundreds of warrants and a price tag of over $48 million.

I'm describing the Mueller investigation of alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election, aimed at unseating the new president by alleging treason.

In other words, it took 19 lawyers plus 30 assistants and 40 FBI agents. 500 witnesses were interviewed, 2,800 subpoenas issued, and hundreds of warrants delivered over a period of nearly 2 years. At the same time, The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, were also moiling away in search of the elusive evidence of Trump collusion with the Russians.

The result? No collusion and no obstruction of justice. But the Dems want more investigation of this fraudulent circus.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller ("registered Republican") was appointed special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian interference and related matters that could result in criminal prosecutions.

As to revelations of the plan to stop Trump and later to impeach him, and rescue Hillary Clinton, " Former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova [has]said the former chiefs of the FBI, CIA, and DNI are going to "pay the Barr bill" for the "conspiracy" that began with then-CIA Director John Brennan and ended with the Democratic National Committee. Top level personnel at these agencies, and others, have already been dealt with by removal from office, but the game has only begun. It is believed that some will go to prison.

All Americans, including disgruntled Democrats, should be alarmed at this scene of true treason.

 


 

[A response to this week's letter to the editor from Raymond S. Brown, Sr. (see letter below)]

Hello again Mr. Brown. I will have to respond with "bullet" statements due to the length of your objections to my May 10 editorial.

First, I should have made it clear that in criticizing the agencies (FBI, etc.) I was speaking of top level, not the honest, hard-working agents below them. I admire and appreciate their work, as you do.

It's hard for me to believe you fail to understand the extent and seriousness of the treasonous conspiracy now being revealed following nearly 3-years of federal investigation, unlawfully launched against President Trump. I recommend a short, concise, factual book for your enlightenment, (a #1 NY Times Best Seller): "The Russian Hoax", by author Gregg Jarrett. I would normally not recommend the NY Times to anyone. I make an exception here due to the exceptional accuracy of this book and the undisputed integrity of its author.

After four separate government investigations over a period of 3-years, it is becoming clear that these deceitful entities actually conspired to "weaponize" our most powerful intelligence and law enforcement agencies to deprive Trump of his election victory. Most of our news media were actively complicit in facilitating this treasonous Guy Fawkes-type scheme to blow-up the 2016 election. With the fresh DOJ investigation of the origins of the fraudulent "Russian collusion" accusations against Trump, "Truth will out" very soon, with calamitous results for these guilty parties. Most recently: Giuliani: "Massive Collusion" Between DNC, Obama Admin., Clinton ...".

It's my guess that within a year we will have winnowed-out a rogues gallery of about 20 guilty parties responsible for the fraudulent Russian collusion conspiracy case, and many fresh new faces in the ongoing "origins" of the collusion investigation.

Keys to the entire attempted 2016 Coup d'état begin with Obama and his White House minions, such as Hillary Clinton (Sec. of State) and Valerie Jarrett. The show has just begun.

Mr. Brown, facts from millions of documents, many finished and ongoing investigations, and personal investigations in this matter conclude no collusion or obstruction of justice by Trump. Dems will drag this on until the next election. After following this investigation from the beginning, I can say with absolute confidence America is looking at the greatest case of treason ever in our history. It dwarfs the significance of Benedict Arnold's betrayal.

As usual, I don't have time to go into more detail. But there is absolutely no "nonsense!" about these facts. The facts are numerous, and obvious, about who did the unlawful collusion here. When will liberals face reality? Read the book Mr. Brown. It's all there!

Thank you for your opinion. I wish it were more fact-based.

Martin Farrell

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To the Editor:
I cannot find a way to put your name in my letter greeting..
Your latest May 10 realities is way out of line and unlike your thinking as we have come to know you.
The forefathers established our political parties and wrote the Constitution to provide for difference of thinking and values.
Liberals, Conservatives, neither by that plan hold a dominant position over the other.. Neither is more right than the other. A better way for Americans is if we unite and recognize we by plan will have differences.
It concerns me to hear you say that the "FBI,CIA,NSA,IRS, and their top employees with the Democratic party have proven themselves criminal"
Absolute nonsense! that complete group of organizations are the elite Men and Women who protect this country . Highly educated and dedicated to America. To have the view that they are all criminals, is about the same as the Patient who visits a psychiatrist and tells him "it is not me who is crazy it is the rest of the world"
With regard to Hillary Clinton although there is this issue of Russian interference in our election that may have cost her the Presidency, that is all. It is quite clear that the investigation was caused by the Russian interference and so many of the Presidents Campaign officials having had contact with the Russians. We need to know, and no it is not concluded. Read the (Republican) Robert Mueller report Volume 2.
Ten listed potential obstruction of Justice by our President. those are not resolved.
They have along with the whole report, been temporarily put under Executive Privilege .
A.G. Barr: the only portion of the whole report that Barr is restricted from giving Congress the un-redacted report, are those areas where there is Grand Jury testimony or would unduly share names of those who are innocent. of any of this..
Barr did lie, did you watch his testimony? where he answered that he had no idea what Muller's view of his four page letter, was . As we now know he did know from a March letter he had received ( and he did not tell us about it) well before the date of his appearance with Congress. He is no saint. He is well educated but tarnished himself
The Brett Kavanaugh hearings were terrible and unforgiveable, Barr deserves no apology,.
I am astounded that so many well educated people have apparently come to the view that the Executive branch is all powerful, no one should question it.
Our forefathers set the Governing Powers at three elements. Executive, Congress, and the Supreme Court. None of them dictates or runs over the others. The Supreme Court is the final arbitrator of decisions as provided by law. They all have specific functions and responsibilities
I have written Chief Justice John Roberts via email. the question is, 'with today's American tenor", where it seems anything is up for change and questioning , "Why is the Supreme Court Waiting to be invited to join the issues shredding American civility and, values". The established process of running up through a series of levels of Court, is a waste of time and money when it is absolutely the Supreme Court who will have to make the calls. Particularly as they are set by the Constitution. False pretenses of understanding better than anyone else is boloney. Establishing policies , for example,, The Justice Department has a policy to not indict a President, contrary to the Constitution "Liberty and Justice for all" What happened to "Liberty and Justice for ALL. "? It does not say when it is convenient!
Do we need to rewrite the lyrics to our Pledge of Allegiance? and remove Justice for all ?
Does the Presidential oath of office need to strike out "I will preserve and defend the Constitution so help me God??" may be it should say, but just has it applies to me the Executive Branch ?
I do not think so. We did/do not want an autocratic system, or a king.
Congress has by Article 1 the power to subpoena whoever they see is needed for hearing information..
I am concerned that the Executive Branch is over stepping it's authority as provided by the Constitution, for Congress. investigations and subpoena power therefore are implied by Article 1, Section1 of the Constitution specifically for Congress. . It does not apply or provide for the Executive Branch to interfere. Oh Well here we go.
This has to come to a conclusion
It is time for the silent third of the United States governing authorities, The Supreme Court , to get involved and not wait to be invited, before there is another civil war.
We need by distinction of the Constitution for Congressional oversight, subpoenas to be honored, we need to let this fall where it may, by thorough review and over sight, we need this for America.
Raymond S. Brown Sr.,
Fillmore

 


 

I'm running very late again. So, I'll just comment on a few DRUDGE headlines.

For most of my life I've viewed the Democrat Party as just the normal, liberal side of American politics. But the scene changed forever for me as the highest, most powerful agencies of our government (FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS) and their top employees, with the Democrat Party, have proven themselves utterly criminal, to the point of treason. I will never trust these agencies again until all of the villains have been tried, convicted and jailed - especially Hillary Clinton, who is responsible for the entire fraudulent (three-year, $35-million) Russia-collusion investigation.

I'm watching the latest devious Democrat tactic, holding Attorney General Robert Barr in contempt for withholding files he is not permitted to hand over. Once again we see the extent of Democrat duplicity, as we saw with the supremely outrageous confirmation process inflicted upon now Justice Brett Kavanaugh. I can never forget that quasi-criminal attack upon one of the finest, most distinguished men ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

I believe Robert Barr will also distinguish himself once again in defeating the Dem's trap.

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"Students at Hofstra University are demanding the school remove a Thomas Jefferson statue" DRUDGE.

Destroying our nation's history seems to be the attitude among members of the "marketplace of ideas" these days. I've lost my respect for most colleges to the extent they omit academic openness to different ideas in their curriculum. "Students at Hofstra University are demanding the school remove a Thomas Jefferson statue." The destruction of historic images is all the rage now. The desire to do this signals a disturbing trend in student ability to welcome views other than their own. How boring!

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Those who have watched the invasion of illegal immigrants at our southern border don't have to be told that we have a true crisis on our hands. Once again, Democrats refuse to cooperate with Republicans to pass critically necessary laws to control our borders and defend our sovereignty.

How stupid must we be to ignore this massive crisis?!

 


 

A response to Mary Scoles, below.

Hello again, Mary.

I really enjoy our discourse.

You are absolutely right in taking offense at that particular statement "...shot in their day.", and I must apologize. It was inartfully used to explain the huge difference in American public sensitivity to accusations of moral impropriety, even dueling over a point of honor - when a sense of honor was more deeply understood than now.

President Andrew Jackson exemplified this sensitivity to personal honor. He is said to have challenged from 5 to 100 persons to duel. Of three of his duels, one resulted in the death of the man he challenged for insulting his wife. Jackson was also wounded by the other man's first shot, which struck him one inch from his heart. He carried that bullet the rest of his life.

Not looking to write a biography here, just wondering what Jackson would have done if anyone had dared to call him a homosexual. In those days life, death, and honor were taken seriously.

Actually, reading my column after we went to press, I recognized two poorly-worded sentences. The other referred to burning and being tarred and feathered, both early "American" activities. "In their day" Americans took Judeo-Christian morality very seriously, especially when it came to allegations of personal immorality. I doubt anyone would have shot a woman in those days (though they did hang Mary Surratt for her part in Lincoln's assassination).

We do have different views of Christianity, Mary. I tried to mention what I thought was the most basic ideas - like life after death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Many no longer believe in Hell- can't please everyone; this may prove to be an eternal surprise for many. Some no longer believe in the Old Testament, but I do. Some no longer believe in the New Testament, but I do.

And some no longer believe in Jesus - these are the folks who have "un-believed" themselves to some place outside Christianity. But others don't even believe this.

I guess that leaves you with something like 5 billion folks who agree with you, That's a lot more company than I have.

I don't seek to vilify individuals for views contrary to my own - the villainy I challenge is the false ideas they promote (which are offensive to my Judeo-Christian views). But I enjoy the debate when debate is permitted.

I defend President Trump because he is a man of his word, the rarest form of political species, who is restoring America to its Judeo-Christian greatness.

There is no "one-size-fits-all mandate for acceptable moral practice" as you say. But America is unique among the world's nations for its particularly strong Judeo-Christian Constitutional foundation - and traditions. Very strong efforts are made by liberals today to change our heritage and create some sort of homogenized hodgepodge of secular, Orwellian newspeak. I disagree with that. Those ideas endanger the continued existence of our Republic.

Lastly (whew) I have no interest in changing what is "historical fact or what opinion is acceptable in the eyes of God." Facts are stubborn, and God has told us (for a long time) what is "acceptable" opinion in His eyes.

We have always enjoyed free will to choose how to live our lives. Isn't choice great!?

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To the Editor:
We have different views of Christianity, humanity, politics, “natural order,” and heaven knows what else. I have questioned why you vilify fellow human beings for not sharing your view of the world, defend people in power who give little to no evidence of respect for anyone who does not believe in exactly what they are selling, and believe in a "one-size-fits-all" mandate for acceptable moral practice. It is beyond my pay grade, and yours, to decide what is acceptable historical fact or what opinion is acceptable in the eyes of God. What is certain is that, in this day and age, reference to anyone "being shot" for a point of view is irresponsible and dangerous. Pull it together, man.
Kelly Scoles, Fillmore

 


 

A response to Kelly Scoles letter below:

Hello Kelly,

Thanks for the letter.

I fully acknowledge the many scholastic and military honors Buttigieg has earned during his short life. These achievements are honorable and extraordinary. But I don't believe he is "married" to a man or that he is that man’s “wife”. As he is so bright, he knows the reality of his Y chromosome, which makes him immutably male. This is as much a debate over morals as it is science, calling for a moral response.

As a Christian I believe there are two parts to human life - one material and mortal, the other spiritual and immortal. Every Christian has a duty to defend his/her faith against what has been clearly defined as evil. This Easter Sunday Christians worldwide celebrated the ultimate victory over evil in the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Those not believing in Jesus read no further. This demonstrates the reality of our immortality. The ultimate facts for Christians are stark, life, death, judgment, Heaven or Hell. America was founded on this common understanding. Let's not quibble about denominations here.

Scripture, both Old Testament and the Christian New Testament, clearly defines what is good (Beatitudes) and evil (violation of Commandments). Mr. Buttigieg's and his partner's behavior, by this standard, is evil. That being the case, all the honors of this world are as nothing in contemplating eternity. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36). And, cliché as it sounds to a pagan world, this is the pure truth, the reality within which I live, and hope to die.

I'm neither priest nor preacher, and I realize you do not believe, as I do, in the tenants of the Christian faith. Billions of people agree with you and disagree with me. In America especially that is your right - as it is my right to disagree with you, and warn our youth of the peril in Mayor Pete's fraudulent "religious reality".

I find Buttigieg's public behavior revolting and scandalous, particularly as it misinforms our youth by being shown as normal conduct, which it is not. The opinions of all the psychiatrists in the world, liberal media, educational savants, and politicians, cannot create a truthful new reality by calling what is evil, good, and what is good, evil, despite their novel definitions and magical logic. You suggest that I am unaware that a string of geniuses are alleged to have been homosexual. I don't know about the ancient Greeks, they were pagans. There is no certain evidence for this allegation in any of the others you name. To accuse Shakespeare and Lincoln, in particular, slanders their reputations (and would have gotten you shot in their day.) A little research will inform you that both were devout, normal, Christian men. The best source for Shakespeare is Joseph Pearce: Shakespeare, and most of his family, were courageous "Requisants" during the bloody reign of Henry VIII. "Shakespeare lived at a time when the practice of Catholicism was illegal. In 1534, King Henry VIII had declared that he and his successors would lead a statecontrolled church and that only this state-imposed religion would be tolerated. Priests were tortured and put to death, as were those who tried to hide them..." Yet Shakespeare practiced his faith in secret during his lifetime.

What angers me most about your energetic defense of Buttigieg's outrageous "marriage" parody is just that he actually seeks respect while mocking sacred matrimony. I find it amazing that while less than two percent of the nation's population claims the status of some form of make-believe deviant sexual anomaly, the other 98-percent of normal Americans have been cowed into believing the 2-percent is entitled to novel extra-Constitutional rights and privileges, which earlier in our history would have had them burned or tarred and feathered. This judicial corruption has happened in just the last 50-years of our 240-year history. This Constitutional tragedy can be attributed to the dark work of the Liberal Left through the Supreme Court. Again, the Liberal penumbras have provided camouflage during this demise. If sodomy is to be honored in America, why not bestiality? America from its birth was infused with the spirit of Judeo-Christian faith. Though weakened by a recent depraved secular surge, our country's strength still lies entirely in its religious roots.

Buttigieg's onstage presence with "husband" seeks to cut those roots. It's up to traditional Christians to stop him.

Your letter ends: "I think God can probably handle the soul of his child, Mayor Pete of Indiana."

That's what worries me, Kelly. We are informed that the souls of many of His children are lost. Every conceivable power was afforded him this Easter Sunday, but attempting to popularize sodomy will cause him to miss the boat. Mayor Pete is a leader - like the Pied Piper, he's leading our children away from Christianity - he's leading with the most defiant challenge in all creative history - "Non serviam!" - Lucifer's "I will not serve!" Which instantly brought the battle cry of St. Michael the Archangel: "Who is like unto God?!" Answer - no one!

Which is where it all began, and where Mayor Pete would have it all end. Let's not go there.

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To the Editor:
The reason I am writing this letter is your April 17, 2019, comment on presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, magna [!@#$] laude and Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate of Harvard, first-class honors in philosophy, politics and economics from Pembroke College, Oxford (Rhodes scholar), speaks 8 languages including English (Norwegian self-taught), Afghanistan veteran, 37-year old mayor of South Bend, IN for the last eight years. Religious and married. Whom God made gay. You do know that there is significant historical evidence that Aristotle, Socrates, Shakespeare, DaVinci, Michelangelo, and thousands of other remarkable human beings, including likely Abraham Lincoln, were homosexual or bi-sexual? Does this make them any less great?

It’s no one’s right to chastise you for your objection to the fact that Mayor Pete is gay, though your reaction to it seems extreme. It is just one aspect of a life lived well so far, a life of achievement, one devoted to public service and a willingness to serve further. True, Mayor Pete is not out there paying off porn stars, or separating children from their parents, or making the rich richer, or calling the Fourth Estate "enemies of the people,"or making up juvenile names for elected officials, or threatening our small farmers with bankruptcy under tariffs. No, Mayor Pete is offering for our consideration another way of looking at our country’s future. He appears to be resurrecting the Middle-America Social Justice Movement of the early 20th century. He may not be elected president, but his voice is worthwhile.

Close your eyes when he kisses his husband, Martin, if love offends you. And if you are troubled by the fact that he sees himself as the “wife” in the relationship, perhaps he just honestly thinks he’s the stronger partner. I’m not sure why it should matter to you. I think God can probably handle the soul of his child, Mayor Pete of Indiana.

Kelly Scoles,
Fillmore

 


 

One of the world's most majestic religious monuments, Notre Dame Cathedral, was almost completely lost to fire. Thankfully, most of the structure can be restored, and its famous rose windows were spared.

Many churches in France are dedicated to Mary the mother of Jesus, and it is particularly sad to lose the Cathedral a few days before Easter Sunday, when hundreds of thousands of Catholics and others planned to attend Mass there, as during the previous 850 years.

It's difficult to understand how work on the building's steeple, involving some sort of burning device, would be undertaken without essential fire-fighting equipment on site. Many questions remain as to the cause of the fire. Bottom line, French workmen didn't value the structure sufficiently to provide for such emergencies. I'm sure they cared, but not enough. Had a large bag of jewels been kept in a box at the middle of the Cathedral, I'm sure it would have been better guarded. But with this unique French jewel the country became careless.

A wrought-copper rooster topped the Cathedral's spire as an historic symbol of France. "The origins of the Gallic Rooster or cockerel became an emblem of France in the Middle-Ages due to the homonymy of the Latin words gallus (cock, rooster) and Gallus (the inhabitants of Gaul)". It was battered during the spire's fiery collapse, but is salvageable.
"However it is the role that the rooster played in the Passion of Jesus-Christ that was retained by medieval France. This symbol of vigilance was indeed mentioned in Matthew 26:34,73-74:"
Copyright © French Moments Ltd.

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As Christians around the world gather to celebrate the death and resurrection of their Lord, Jesus Christ, the Gazette extends its wishes for a happy and holy Easter season, and blessings to all.

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Tomorrow, Thursday April 17, 2019, the properly redacted report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller will be released. Claims of so-called Russian collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government, by Democrats, etc., are completely discredited. Much to the chagrin of the true conspirators - FBI, CIA, DNC, etc., the report concludes that President Donald Trump is not a traitor to his country.

But discovery of the real traitors in high office is just being revealed.

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The photo of Madonna at 60, inaugurating her "comeback of the century" by a lip -to-lip sharing a squared slice of something, makes me sick. She should consult that TV ad for crepey skin.

Beyond that, what really makes me want to vomit is the campaign video of presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg kissing his male "husband" on the lips and beckoning young Americans to be more tolerant of sodomy. Pete proclaims himself to be the "wife" in this twosome.

Pete - you might get a hold of some of those gay Vatican bishops for some hefty financial support.

But don't give up hope - Easter was meant for you as well.

 

Once again I have to remind the past president of the Fillmore Library Association that the pronunciation of the word "library" is not lie-bary. A library is a place we find books. A lie-bary is a prevaricating fruit.

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Members of the Democrat Party are prime examples of prevaricators, but I just call them liars, which has nothing to do with libraries.

Lies come in various sizes, from white lies, to mega whoppers. We can find mega whoppers bouncing around on the U.S. Senate floor; even more plentiful in the House of Representatives because it has many more mythomaniacs, or as social scientists sometimes define the problem, pseudologia fantastica. Virtually all Democrat office holders suffer from pseudologia fantastica. Just look at this pair.

Well, enough said. When you go to vote shun these folks, because, as the Russia-Collusion case begins to shed the light of truth, we should remember all of the mega whoppers the Dems have fed us for the past two years in order to take President Trump out. The truth here is we are now witnessing a rare and massive, prima facie case of treason by coup d'état. Let's see if our judicial system still works as designed, to punish these Deep State Democrats.

 

Bullying of students by other students has been a problem as long as schools have existed. And it's a problem in Fillmore schools today. I'm sure the Greeks and Romans had the same problem, but probably had less sympathy for the victims.

I'm convinced that since our Supreme Court is determined to ban the teaching of Judeo-Christian virtues (even as non-denominational values) our children have become more paganized. That is, they don't value other persons' rights. We've become essentially a "me first" society.

With the millions of suggestions proffered to fix this issue it seems almost humorous for me to add anything more. I'll just say that schools at every level were far better ordered, and rules respected, when those of my generation were educated. Of course, never perfect, but vastly better.

Today many students, particularly in middle school ages, show very little respect for authority (teachers) and boldly obstruct classroom order. These students should be quickly identified, truly disciplined, and if this doesn't work, expelled for the health and safety of normally behaving students.

Victimized students fear the bully, but the bully has no fear of authority. One has to go.

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KB Homes is moving dirt at last to build-out housing sited immediately south of Central Avenue and River Street. I will prophesy here, that in two years River Street and its immediate surroundings will have unmanageable traffic. It's bad now, but just wait. Far too many housing units with insufficient parking. We will rue the day we permitted so many 3-story units. These kinds of mistakes can plague us for 100 years.

Furthermore, (while I have my Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificant's hat on) I worry about how far development has extended into the Santa Clara River. During my 30 years in Fillmore I have witnessed shore to shore flooding, with whitecaps, down that river. I have always respected the expert advice of the late Clarence Freeman, highly distinguished hydrologist, who warned against much of the work then being planned near the River.

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As the Deep State conspiracy now quickly unfolds, identifying criminal conduct of the Obama White House, through the Department of Justice, the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. to subvert the 2016 election, grim-faced losers like Jerrold Nadler (House Chairman of Judiciary Committee) demand immediate release of the complete Mueller report. These criminally complicit Democrats, responsible for the 2-year Mueller investigation, which has exposed their own fraudulent Russian collusion, are about to be nabbed. Terror of exposure drives their anti-Trump activity now. Let's see how this greatest of treasonous conspiracies to achieve the upset of the 2016 election is handled.

 

I really had to laugh at the photo of Rachel Maddow at the top of DRUDGE this morning. She hosts the Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, and has been one of the most outspoken Never Trump commentators. Her photo shows her staring blankly at the camera, with a bewildered expression. The caption reads "What now?". We might remember the triumphal moment she had years ago when she waved a single page of Trump's tax returns. How things have changed since Attorney General William Barr's memo to Congress about the conclusions of the Mueller Report. She has lost a half million viewers since the country finally discovered that she had been feeding her audience and endless stream of lies and scurrilous wishful thinking about President Trump, as has ABC, CBS, NBC, and virtually every liberal "news" outlet - for nearly three years!

It's a sad and scary thing to discover so much treachery in American political culture today. Who can we trust? The highest positions of government have betrayed the people. The FBI, CIA, NSA, Justice Department, Democrat Party, and 90 percent of the media, have been caught in an audacious attempted Coup d'état to defeat Donald Trump as a candidate, and later to remove him from office and inaugurate Hillary Clinton.

This is an historical series of treasonable actions by a large group, suffering similar mental disorders, who conspired to upset the 2016 election. I do not mean this as hyperbole. I'm not exaggerating. We are dealing with a sort of mass hysteria (fear of Trump) never before witnessed in American political history. It's like a psychotic riot, a continuous mental conflict among Liberals, Leftists, and otherwise mentally unstable people who can't face reality.

A recent example of this sick mind-set can be seen (video)in the behavior of a lady who had to be removed from a plane before departure. She had a seat next to a man wearing a Trump hat. Her reaction to him was hysterical, and threatening. Discovering her seatmate was conservative, her verbal attack included asking the Trump supporter if he believed in gravity, or global warming. Like Liberals today, she was psychologically unhinged.

This whole mental thing afflicts every hopeful Democrat lining up to run for President. They are all goofy. But goofy inexperience is not what America needs today. We need the steady, determined actions of an unflappable man like Donald Trump to run the country.

 

The Catholic Church continues to bleed from the thousand cuts inflicted upon her one billion-plus faithful members by its corrupt cardinals, bishops and priests. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the tens of thousands of faithful, devoted priests, nuns, and a handful of bishops and cardinals, for what must feel like a thankless effort at times. They should be reassured that their fidelity to the faith is, however, never unappreciated. They are the heroes in this worldwide war against apostasy and the diabolical Leftist surge to form a global "Christian" church.

I recently viewed a video of a bevy of Catholic bishops participating in the recent Vatican summit on the clerical sexual abuse of children. I must confess (I'm a Catholic myself) that I wished that group of purple hats had been instructed as follows. "Would all prelates present in this room please pass, single file, through the door to your right. Thereafter, you will encounter a large room full of polygraph stations with technicians. You will each comply with instructions, beginning with a sacred oath to give the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God.

The single question to be answered is: "Have you ever sexually abused a child, or seminarian, sought to conceal such activity by others, during the years following your consecration into Holy Orders as a priest? Mental reservations are strictly prohibited under the oath. Those of you found to have lied under oath will be immediately excommunicated; you may turn in your purple hats at the cloakroom upon departure.”

I know that this imagined procedure would be both legally and sacramentally invalid. But it satisfies my personal hope for justice. The problem is huge because nothing has been done for generations to flush, scour, and dredge-out the Vatican's own stinking deep state. That deep state functions very much like our Congressional deep state. The great distinction, however, is that while Washington deals with secular wickedness, the Vatican, particularly under Pope Francis, deals with a much more deadly spiritual wickedness, with eternal souls, and laws making no exceptions.

This is a problem which affects everyone, somehow, world-wide. Australian Cardinal George Pell was recently sentenced to six years in prison by a Melbourne court, for crimes against children. The court in the southeastern French city of Lyon found another Bishop guilty of failing to report allegations that a priest, Bernard Preynat, had abused young men. The law is catching up, but the list of offenders is long. Many found it odd that the name of former Archbishop (now Mr.) McCarrick, dismissed from the priesthood recently, following his conviction for sexual abuse of minors, was not even mentioned during the Pope's recent synod.

The central problem with the Vatican today is that it has allowed itself to be infested with pedophiles, and homosexuals at the highest levels. While these people may receive some protection and sympathy in civil society, in the church, where death, judgment, Heaven or Hell determine that these states are fatally sinful, these individuals and their practices are anathema. All of the Supreme Court decisions in the world which might claim to find them tolerable are meaningless and powerless. In the Catholic Church, and most other Christian churches, this conclusion is Commanded.

Bottom line: The cause of massive sexual assaults against young men (89 percent) and children (11 percent) within the Church today is documented: “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church,” said the two cardinals, [Walter Brandmüller and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke] “promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence.”

It's time for many Catholic prelates to be Laicized - and for Francis to step down.

Yeah, I know, that may sound very un-Christian to some. But, how else can young men and women be protected against these vicious predators?

 

I look at our new, $9-million, County of Ventura fire station nearly every day and wonder what has caused the one-year delay in its completion. It has been impossible to contact the project supervisor. I'm told that a prime contractor was unable to complete performance. Is there no cure for this? It sat idle during the entire fire season when it could have saved some of those thousands of homes that were destroyed. Concrete work remains unfinished, and only half of adjacent C Street was paved, ignoring serious cracks and erosion on the other half.

This is about as beautiful a fire house as you can imagine. It has to be at least 90-percent finished. Maybe arrangements can be made for paid tours?

It's more than a year late!

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As pigs are delivered to slaughterhouse, activists offer water and comfort to the doomed...

I didn't need much more evidence to understand how vile and heartless our culture has become during my long life, but it was provided anyway with the above headline from DRUDGE. Gustavo Arellano did his job well for the Los Angeles Times today. His was no fake news - I have to commend him for giving us just the facts. He found expressions of sympathy and comfort for swine at the slaughterhouse, shortly before they were to be slaughtered.

"Baby boomers and millennials, black-clad anarchists and Patagonia-sporting Westsiders pushed water bottles through the trailer’s grates to the startled hogs. People with pump-action sprayers splashed the upper deck. Two men lighted everyone with floodlights as others recorded the action, took photos or offered gentle massages to doomed 250-pound Yorkshires." "The pigs lapped up the water and offered satisfied grunts. “Good baby!” said a woman to one as it suckled on a bottle. “All for baby!”

"These protests — or “vigils” as organizers call them — have occurred every Sunday and Wednesday night since early 2017. Advertised by word of mouth and on social media, they regularly draw 50 to 100 people..."

Meanwhile, back at the clinic:

Providing comfort for mammals about to be slaughtered is popular these days, whether at the hog slaughterhouse or the neonatal clinic. Virginia Gov. Northam, a Democrat, tells us that if a child is born after a failed attempt at abortion, “the infant would be resuscitated (and "made comfortable") if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother” (as to whether the newborn infant should have his or her spinal cord severed). The important thing here is comfort for the newborn before a life or death decision is made.

Today in America there is little difference between the handling of aborted humans and processing pork. Here's someone who can verify this fact: Former Abortionist Dr. Levatino at Virginia Tech studentsforlife.

So, don't pity the pigs, they were created as food to feed humans. But do feel some sympathy for newborn infants who will be slaughtered, not for food, but for their valuable body parts, or perhaps for bizarre scientific experiments like grafting body parts to mice.

America, how vile and degenerate you have become. I no longer recognize the beautiful Judeo-Christian culture I was born into 80-years ago.

 

I'm thinking maybe I should not have gotten so deeply involved in answering a letter last week. It's not that I don't appreciate and thoroughly enjoy challenges like that, but, in this case I'm afraid I've unintentionally scandalized some very good people - members of my own church.

For those who may hate the Catholic Church, or wish to avoid news of its current crisis, please turn the page.

However, despite the fact this is not a religious newspaper, last week's letter prompted me to comment on what is already the biggest scandal in Catholic Church history - bigger even than the fourth century Arian heresy. Bigger because while Aryanism involved mostly a single heresy, the recent conflict in the church involves many. It effects far more than the one billion, four hundred million Catholics in the world today (2016 count).

"Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Walter Brandmüller have written an open letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences attending this week’s Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse, calling on them to end their silence and return to upholding the divine and natural law." Letter (released February 19, 2019).

“A decisive act now is urgent and necessary,” the cardinals say, and call for an end to the “plague of the homosexual agenda in the Church, organized networks of protection, and a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence.” (Letter of February 19, 2019).

World opinion today has retreated from historical, traditional Judeo-Christian ethics. Despite the horrendous damage that has been inflicted upon countless thousands of innocent children and young adults by sexual predators, pedophiles and aggressive homosexuals, we hear mostly sympathetic news of their activities. More than 80 percent of victims of this abuse are 15-years old or older. Even the law has been defensively twisted in favor of these groups, and supported by many of society's richest people who fly the world in search of their prey.

The facts finally being exposed are frightening. The Pope has surrounded himself with pedophiles and homosexuals, Cardinals and bishops, who have preyed upon children and others for decades. “The even public denial, by words and by acts, of the divine and natural law, is at the root of the evil that corrupts certain circles in the Church,” the cardinals continue. But “in the face of this situation, cardinals and bishops are silent,” they observe, and ask the Pope and bishops if they, too, will be silent during the Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit (which they were). The public disgrace of former-Cardinal McCarrick is what sprung this casket of stinking spiritual liability. But, his name was not even mentioned during this summit.

The central issue here focuses on the legitimacy of Pope Francis' election to the Papal chair. He is immediately complicit with the shielding of many members of this homosexual-pedophile gang. Most recent statistics reveal that nearly 90 percent of these sexual crimes are perpetrated by homosexual prelates and other members of the clergy. The problem goes back for decades, (McCarrick was a sexual predator for 50 years) and he propagated untold hundreds of eager sexual predators during that time. There is also an incredible Soviet Union connection which began shortly after WWII, which infiltrated sexual predators into the clergy for the purpose of destroying the Church from the inside. These facts are incontrovertible. A papal conclave is a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a Bishop of Rome, also known as the pope. Pope Francis has just appointed Cardinal Kevin Farrell to be the camerlengo, the person responsible for administering the Vatican conclave when the pontiff dies.

While not accused of sexual improprieties, Cardinal Farrell (no relation) lived with Cardinal McCarrick for 6 years. He states, during that time he never heard a word about McCarrick's crimes. This, and the fact that the Pope has already appointed nearly half of the bishops who will elect the next Pope, makes it probable the silence about sexual abuse will continue.

At the present time, the Catholic Church is set for another historic schism, and Pope Francis is the wedge. Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller are heroes here, and undeserving of the isolation and abuse from the protected group around Francis.

Just a note on the subject of this column. The sexual predators here have always been dogmatically condemned by the Church. What society thinks is irrelevant.

 

A Response to a letter from Kelly Scoles

[My apologies to our non-Catholic readers for this religious screed. I just had to answer this letter.]

Hello Kelly,

Beware that "pesky curiosity". Remember, it did that cat no good.

Do you think I pontificate too much? I am also a graduate of Catholic grade school, high school, and university (when USF still had a whiff of traditional Jesuit presence.) Since this discussion involves the Vatican (political structure) more than the faith itself, we're talking about the pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, religious (sisters and brothers - the clergy) and laity. This is ancient hierarchy that has "recently" disappeared.

I have not, as you claim, been silent on Church affairs. I have always had a keen interest in religious issues. But, as I've said, this is not a religious paper. I have nevertheless constantly voiced my strong objection to America's pro-abortion license, and have been actively Prolife since Roe v. Wade in 1973, many millions of souls ago. My conscience and ethics have been primarily informed by the Church for 80 years. I condemned Cardinal Mahony for being a heretic, apostate, and schismatic, (which status automatically excommunicates) without judicial pronouncements. His outrageous protection of pedophiles over the years merits harsh condemnation. I recall meeting him one day when he landed his small Bell helicopter in Fillmore's St. Francis Church parking lot. He was an arrogant Modernist then, with a pilot's license. Today he seems to have disappeared under comfortable prelate penumbras. I would have no trouble writing a tome on the sins of the archdiocese, but this is neither the time nor the place. Money, since the time of Judas, has been a persistent inducement to Church corruptions - for that matter, of all the churches.

If, as you claim, Pope Francis "appears to be trying to shed a light on the failures and excesses of the Church, etc.", he's using a mighty small bulb. I don't understand your allusion to disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. After Francis rescued McCarrick from Pope Benedict XV1's "Devil's Island-type” punishment, he provided a plumb Vatican job for him - only later did he have to kick McCarrick out of the nest completely. The stench of scandal got to be too much even for Francis' nostrils. Who can argue with the conclusion that McCarrick was an evil prelate regularly promoted through the ranks for two generations by other equally evil prelates who had lost their faith?

You seem to be a Modernist, Kelly, as all the "Novus Ordo" folks are today. For you, apparently, this "modern era" is all about social justice, climate change, people-centered sing-alongs, green proposals, clown Masses, etc. Some good stuff there (minus the clowns), but the traditional Catholic Church is, and always has been, entirely Christ-centered, in the pursuit of individual salvation, calling to others for the same. This is the crux (Modernism) of the present, bitter conflict between traditionalist Catholics and Modernist "Novus Ordo" (new Mass) believers. On the one hand many Traditionalists believe Pope Francis, due to his many formal heretical pronouncements concerning dogmatic facts taught by the Church for 2,000 years, is not a valid Pope. Furthermore, his alleged status as a schismatic and apostate, precludes him from a valid election from the start. From a Traditionalist point of view it creates a state of "sedevacantism" or no pope on the Chair of Peter. So, some Traditionalists await a validly elected pope. It's a question (a crisis) of valid authority, and even Modernist bishops no longer obey Pope Francis.

The Catholic Church today has not seen such confusion in many centuries. This conflict was precipitated by the devastating Second Vatican Council which changed dogmatic traditions. There is the Vatican, which is basically political, and the Church itself, which is spiritual and never-changing. Maybe Constantine the Great, Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus, the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, is responsible. In 313, he declared religious tolerance for Christianity in the Roman empire (the whole known world at the time). In 325 he called the First council of Nicaea, which gave us the statement of Christian belief known as the Nicene Creed. But he also deeded civil-political power to the Church which it has always been loath to forego. We would be far better off giving-back civil authority (the Vatican is a sovereign country as well as the "Holy See") and returning to pre 313 Catholicism. Those who conspired to initiate Vatican II (Pope John XX111) et al, had a huge New World Order church in mind, all inclusive. They didn't intend to destroy the Church, they wanted to use it, without all that religious stuff. They have been about 80-percent sucessful.

Your final paragraph puzzles me, Kelly. Francis must resign for the above-mentioned reasons. Ironically, however, "Sometimes, you say, he sounds like...a Christian liberal." That may be the beginning of his problems - he's a liberal! He's a liberal doing what religious liberals love to do, ignoring dogma (foundational church law) while coddling heretics, schematics, and criminals, as the bishops are on a lark of their own, creating a New-World church. So the Church is ending-up with a plethora of independent popelets answering only to themselves. "Pope" Francis is a general without troops. The question remains: is there any valid authority remaining in the Catholic Church to correct the monstrous dogmatic errors of Vatican II?

I always enjoy arguing with you, Kelly. But I would appreciate you being more accurate when alleging my beliefs.

 

Last week’s REALITIES should have been prefaced with a personal note. My criticism of Pope Francis was not an arbitrary condemnation at religion. For those Catholics who might have been offended by my comments, I am, myself, a Roman Catholic from birth. I have not paid sufficient attention to the incredible extent of corruption within the Vatican.

The second Vatican Council destroyed most of 2000-years of sacred tradition and opened the door to much evil and confusion (according to true, pre-Vatican Two members of the Roman Church). This is manifestly true of the Church hierarchy, Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, and laity. As the late, great Malachi Martin stated, “This can be fixed, but it will be difficult”.

So I apologize to those of my fellow Catholics who might have been shocked by my statements; but I have to reaffirm them following much research of the issue. Pope Francis must step down.

I know this is not a religious newspaper, and I don’t intend to make it one. But I have to rejoice in the fact that I enjoy
the full protection of our First Amendment like so many small community papers which existed from the beginning of our republic. Compared to the typical daily paper, I’m truly free. I do not criticize any other religion, with the exception of deadly Sharia law Islam, as a matter of principle.

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With a half-hour left to write something today, I’ve hit the wall. Glad to hear Trump continues to build the wall; only 6
miles in Texas, but it’s a welcome start. He should take some of the billions taken from El Chapo to finish the work. Would rather see a concrete slab wall than a steel barrier. A person could cut through the steel with an acetylene torch in about 5 minutes.

That new lady Muslim congress person hates Jews, and says so. Is this a surprise? That orientation is commanded by Sharia law. Her pathetic “apology” is an affront to normal thinking people. Hurray for Israel!

I warned Fillmore City Hall many years ago that they were making River Street too narrow. Anyone paying attention could see that new development expected east of Highway 23 would flood River Street with cars and trucks. It will soon be choked for through traffic.

Sorry, that’s all I have this week.

 

This edition is produced under unusual circumstances. Our printer of many years suddenly quit the business and we have had to make new arrangements.

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I have to give 5 stars to President Trump for his magnificent State of the Nation address. These days, the only policy I strongly criticize him for is the sudden withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East. I can't believe we have not learned our lesson since the disastrous pull-out of Iraq. He is keeping all of his promises, including the building of a wall on our southern border in the face of an onslaught of tens of thousands of illegal invaders. This is a major emergency for the nation and should be declared as such, if citizenship still has some value.

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America still struggles with the idea that human life has value, at every stage of development. Abortion is again being shown for the horror that it is. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is promoting partial birth abortion (third trimester) as a socially acceptable practice. He wants to have the mothers of Virginia warm to the idea of determining whether to keep their newborn boys or girls, or kill them; of course after a thoughtful discussion with doctor, maybe even the father. However, this decision would only be made after the baby is made "comfortable". My God! - can anything in this world be more beautiful or precious than a newborn infant? Shades of Dr. Josef Mengele and Kermet Gosnell.

This is, again, the war between Judeo-Christian ethics and new world atheism. America's soul is slipping away.

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To be fair, I would also have to say that the world's soul is also quickly headed for a fiery place. Another explosive outrage is being reported within the Vatican. The immediate responsible party is none other than Pope Francis, who has ignored massive sexual outrages throughout his 5-year pontificate. Francis is using the Catholic Church, through his power in the Vatican, to hide and protect sexual predators from the law. By refusing to identify individuals within the pedophile-homosexual infestation he has nurtured, he is also guilty of their crimes. It is time for this pontiff to step down - in infamy. The popeletts he has spawned in hundreds of fawning bishops should also step down.

 

I found this AP piece today. I substitute my usual comments for this poignant story on the present state of newspapers because I believe newspapers are still valuable to sustain a healthy community. Newspapers are being killed off by the internet's various electronic productions. Ironically, most websites wouldn't exist long without newspapers that take the photos and cover local news. It's a busy business. There were 8 newspaper web presses in Ventura County when the Gazette was launched in 1989. Today there are none. The Gazette greatly appreciates those readers and advertisers who have supported us over these past 30 years. Without that support we would also quickly fade away.

"Some 1,800 newspapers shut down since 2004, the vast majority of them community weeklies"

NEW YORK (AP) — By DAVID BAUDER

The steady loss of local newspapers and journalists across the country contributes to the nation’s political polarization, a new study has found.

With fewer opportunities to find out about local politicians, citizens are more likely to turn to national sources like cable news and apply their feelings about national politics to people running for the town council or state legislature, according to research published in the Journal of Communication.

The result is much less “split ticket” voting, or people whose ballot includes votes for people of different parties. In 1992, 37 percent of states with Senate races elected a senator from a different party than the presidential candidate the state supported. In 2016, for the first time in a century, no state did that, the study found.

“The voting behavior was more polarized, less likely to include split ticket voting, if a newspaper had died in the community,” said Johanna Dunaway, a communications professor at Texas A&M University, who conducted the research with colleagues from Colorado State and Louisiana State universities.

Researchers reached that conclusion by comparing voting data from 66 communities where newspapers have closed in the past two decades to 77 areas where local newspapers continue to operate, she said.

“We have this loss of engagement at the local level,” she said.

The struggling news industry has seen some 1,800 newspapers shut down since 2004, the vast majority of them community weeklies, said Penelope Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor who studies the contraction. Many larger daily newspapers that have remained open have effectively become ghosts, with much smaller staffs that are unable to offer the breadth of coverage they once did. About 7,100 newspapers remain.

Researchers are only beginning to measure the public impact of such losses. Among the other findings is less voter participation among news-deprived citizens in “off-year” elections where local offices are decided, Abernathy said. Another study suggested a link to increased government spending in communities where “watchdog” journalists have disappeared, she said.

Dunaway said voters in communities without newspapers are more likely to be influenced by national labels — if they like Republicans like President Donald Trump, for example, that approval will probably extend to Republicans lower on the ballot.

The diminished news sources also alter politicians’ strategies, Dunaway said.

“They have to rely on party ‘brand names’ and are less about ‘how I can do best for my district,’” she said.

NEW YORK (AP) — The steady loss of local newspapers and journalists across the country contributes to the nation’s political polarization, a new study has found.

With fewer opportunities to find out about local politicians, citizens are more likely to turn to national sources like cable news and apply their feelings about national politics to people running for the town council or state legislature, according to research published in the Journal of Communication.

The result is much less “split ticket” voting, or people whose ballot includes votes for people of different parties. In 1992, 37 percent of states with Senate races elected a senator from a different party than the presidential candidate the state supported. In 2016, for the first time in a century, no state did that, the study found.

“The voting behavior was more polarized, less likely to include split ticket voting, if a newspaper had died in the community,” said Johanna Dunaway, a communications professor at Texas A&M University, who conducted the research with colleagues from Colorado State and Louisiana State universities.

Researchers reached that conclusion by comparing voting data from 66 communities where newspapers have closed in the past two decades to 77 areas where local newspapers continue to operate, she said.

“We have this loss of engagement at the local level,” she said.

The struggling news industry has seen some 1,800 newspapers shut down since 2004, the vast majority of them community weeklies, said Penelope Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor who studies the contraction. Many larger daily newspapers that have remained open have effectively become ghosts, with much smaller staffs that are unable to offer the breadth of coverage they once did. About 7,100 newspapers remain.

Researchers are only beginning to measure the public impact of such losses. Among the other findings is less voter participation among news-deprived citizens in “off-year” elections where local offices are decided, Abernathy said. Another study suggested a link to increased government spending in communities where “watchdog” journalists have disappeared, she said.

Dunaway said voters in communities without newspapers are more likely to be influenced by national labels — if they like Republicans like President Donald Trump, for example, that approval will probably extend to Republicans lower on the ballot.

The diminished news sources also alter politicians’ strategies, Dunaway said.

“They have to rely on party ‘brand names’ and are less about ‘how I can do best for my district,’” she said.