While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.
Not a week or even a day goes by without something about Trump. Today, the story is the nightmare in Chicago. Here's a tip, folks. Never do anything political in Chicago. It's a bad town. The Democrats learned that back in '68. Trump should learn it, too.
Trump is going to be the next president of the United States. People know this which is why you see spectacles like Chicago and Mitt Romney. And why will Trump become president? Because the American people want Trump. They want change. Even people like me who are not really fans or supporters of Trump think we could do a lot worse than Trump. This would be Hillary Clinton.
Here's the deal. The Washington/Wall Street establishment runs this country, and the country is not having it anymore. The GOP establishment would rather have Hillary as President than Donald Trump. That should tell you something. I like Ted Cruz more, but I admit he would be little more than a four year brake on what is happening in this country.
No one really knows what Trump believes in, but they do know he will do something. For America, something beats nothing. People are tired, and they know the status quo isn't cutting it anymore. Donald Trump is the white knight for these people. For good or bad, they believe he will change this country. So far, he has changed our political process, and he is just getting started. It will be an interesting four years.
2. SATAN IN MEXICO
I need to share these verses from Daniel in order to really clue you in on what is happening in Mexico:
Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”
DANIEL 1:10-14 NASBThis passage talks about how Gabriel was sent to Daniel but got into a battle with the "Prince of the Kingdom of Persia." His fellow archangel Michael came to his aid and is also described as a "prince." What does this mean? Here's the deal.
Countries are controlled by angels and demons. In the case of Persia, a demon was running the show. These demons are still around even today and have a history extending back into antiquity. One of those demons was Nisroch who was an Assyrian deity and who is probably running the show where ISIS is today. Likewise, the demons the Aztecs worshipped are back today in Mexico being worshipped and served under the satanic death cult of Santa Muerte or Saint Death. This cult is devoted to drug dealing, murder, and human sacrifice.
The Santa Muerte cult is a mockery of the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe who freed the Mexican people from their pagan devotion to their demonic masters. Somewhere along the way, Mexico turned its back on Our Lady, and this is why Mexico is a hellhole of crime and homicide today. Basically, the Aztec empire is coming back.
People reading this blog may think I am bonkers with this description of things, but I tell you now that what I say is true. Whether it is ISIS or a Mexican drug cartel, these nobodies derive immense power from their devotion to these demonic entities. St. Paul nails it in Ephesians 6:12 when he writes, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." What we are seeing in these places are spiritual battles, and they have to be fought on a spiritual level. This is why our prayers are important. It is also why the rosary and devotion to Our Lady is also important because she more than anyone else has immense power over these satanic forces.
The Devil hates Our Lady because his place in Heaven was given to her. She served where he did not. And it is she who is given the privilege of crushing the Devil.
O Divine Eternal Father, in union with Your Divine Son and the Holy Spirit, and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg You to destroy the power of Your greatest enemy - the evil spirits.
Cast them into the deepest recesses of hell and chain them there forever! Take possession of Your Kingdom which You have created and which is rightfully Yours.
Heavenly Father, give us the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I repeat this prayer out of pure love for You with every beat of my heart and with every breath I take. Amen.
August Queen of Heaven! Sovereign Mistress of the angels! You who from the beginning have received from God the power and mission to crush the head of Satan, we humbly beseech you to send your holy Legions, that, under your command and by your power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe. Amen.
Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
I debate whether Vladimir Putin is a good guy or a bad guy. He used to be KGB which would make him a bad guy. On the other hand, the guy praises Christianity and appears to be a practicing Orthodox Christian. Then, there are all those dead guys who opposed him and expired under mysterious circumstances. The lastest mysterious death involves a man who was not a foe of Putin which makes it all even more complicated. Of course, Michael Corleone put it to his brother Fredo, so friend or foe doesn't really matter when it comes to business. As it stands, I suspect that Putin is probably a bad guy.
4. ODDS AND ENDS
--Obama shows how low he is by not attending the Scalia or Reagan funerals. Then, he couldn't even make time in his schedule to meet with Netanyahu. Who does this?
--I am learning to always pray and to also be satisfied with whatever answers God gives me.
--I cannot recall a time in my life when management made my job easier or better.
--The only winning strategy when it comes to life in this valley of tears is to pray and practice patient endurance.
--I can't understand why people go ga-ga over iPhone 7 rumors and leaks when the thing is just going to be a rectangular piece of fragile glass like all the others before it.
--I agree with Snowden. The FBI just wants to hack any iPhone remotely at will.
--A job is not where you go to find self-actualization or fulfillment. Such thoughts are colossal jokes. A job is where you endure pain and misery for money. This realization drains the heart out of you, and it is the primary motivator to get out of that job and into self-employment.
--I think Yes was better than Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Sorry, ELP. But AC/DC beats all prog rock. Sorry, math rock.
--Most Americans including the dumb ones know socialism is a pipe dream that can never deliver on its promises. This is why Bernie Sanders is just a curiosity sort of like the Harlem Globetrotters. Sanders can entertain, but no one takes him seriously.
--I am totally and completely against nuclear power. Chernobyl and Fukushima are enough for me to conclude that nuclear power should be shut down forever.
--Georgetown University shows how despicable it is by hosting Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards to come speak on their campus. It is sad that our Catholic universities have ceased to be Catholic.
--Bruce Jenner is a fool who pushes for a conservatism and an America he flouts with his absurd transgender spectacle. I thought I was weird for being a vegan conservative, but there is no way you can be a transgender conservative. Such concepts do violence not just to the genitalia but also to the mind.
5. QUOTABLE QUOTES
If you have a problem in your life you can't fathom or understand, you have to examine your prayer life and not the problem.--Mother Angelica
Any book which inspires us to lead a better life is a good book.--Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God.--St. Teresa of Avila
After seeing how many people waste their lives, their whole lives (tongues wagging, wagging, wagging, and all the inevitable consequences), silence seems preferable to me, and more necessary than ever. And I well understand, Lord, why we have to give an account of all our idle words.--St. Josemaria Escriva
6. LINKS OF INTEREST
The Failure of the Pro-life Movement
Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin Mary
A Powerful OT Foreshadowing of the Papacy
Lost Moral Consensus