Charlie's Blog: Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 60


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 60

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money.


This week has finally established what I have been since the Republican presidential primaries--a #SometimesTrumper. That sometime has now come where I part company with the President of the United States. The issue? That ridiculous federal budget. On that issue, I stand with Rand Paul who fiercely opposed that awful budget that is totally Obamaesque. Trump is not a fiscal conservative which is a real shame. A billionaire who built his fortune on debt is unlikely to rein in federal spending. But I've always known this.

All Democrats are for big government. Most Republicans are for big government, too. It is only libertarians like Rand Paul and true conservatives who believe in balanced budgets, reduced government spending, and elimination of the national debt. Donald Trump does not belong in this group. So far, the man has governed like a real conservative. But in his second year in office, he is going to govern as a total Democrat. I am ready for President Mike Pence.

I don't expect much good to come from Trump going forward. I think all the good things he was ever going to accomplish have already been done. I think of how much better things would be if Ted Cruz had been elected. But I also know how bad things would be now if Hillary Clinton had gotten elected. The one thing I can say is that Hillary Clinton would have signed the exact same budget that Trump signed. I did not vote for this. I sincerely hope a principled conservative challenges Trump in the next primary, so that I can vote for him or her instead. This is not winning.


Rich Roll has done an outstanding podcast with Lance Armstrong which I recommend. Just follow the link I have made directly above.

Lance Armstrong is a divisive figure. He went from hot shot cyclist to cancer patient to cancer survivor to winning the Tour de France seven times to becoming the greatest fraud in the history of sports. That is one hell of a ride, and the guy isn't even fifty yet. You get the feeling from the interview that Lance would like to go back to a quiet life. I don't know if that is possible when random people on the street hurl insults and profanities at you.

Rich did not pound on Lance, so it isn't one of those hard hitting interviews where the guy gets crucified all over again. I am not sympathetic to Lance Armstrong because the one thing that guy has remained consistent in is in being a jerk. Even now in disgrace, Lance keeps that chip on his shoulder, and you get the feeling he has learned nothing from his saga. Lance is a man not sorry for cheating but for getting caught.

I will never get to interview the man, but I would have went in a different direction than Rich Roll. Rich got Lance to talk about himself, but the world really needs him to talk about the state of cycling and doping in sports. That would have been a much better interview, and I think Rich lost that opportunity. Perhaps they can do a second interview.

Here's the deal with Lance. He had two options when it came to cycling. He could lose clean, or he could win dirty. He could not win clean. I will go on and say that he couldn't even compete clean. Basically, being a clean cyclist in this world of doping is not an option. This issue needs to be addressed, and Lance is the man to do this.

My personal belief is that if cycling were clean that Lance Armstrong would have still won all of those races. Doping does not confer an edge so much as give you parity with the other dopers. I think Lance was the hardest working and most competitive cyclist of that era. It is a shame that the doping has obscured this.

I see Lance as a tragic figure. The only thing Lance could have done in life was to have remained a nobody back in Texas. Personally, I think this is a good option. Cycling and other endeavors are so corrupt that honesty doesn't have a chance. Just being a humble but honest man is hard enough because of the rats.

I don't know where Lance goes from here. For more on Lance, you can read one of my old blog posts here.


Each day, I follow the daily readings of the Catholic Church over at the USCCB website. I recommend signing up for the emails with the readings. If you can't make it to daily mass, those readings are the next best thing.

Last Thursday, this passage was in the readings:
When Solomon was old his wives had turned his heart to strange gods,
and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God,
as the heart of his father David had been.
By adoring Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians,
and Milcom, the idol of the Ammonites,
Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD;
he did not follow him unreservedly as his father David had done.
Solomon then built a high place to Chemosh, the idol of Moab,
and to Molech, the idol of the Ammonites,
on the hill opposite Jerusalem.
He did the same for all his foreign wives
who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
The LORD, therefore, became angry with Solomon,
because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel,
who had appeared to him twice
(for though the LORD had forbidden him 
this very act of following strange gods,
Solomon had not obeyed him).

So the LORD said to Solomon: "Since this is what you want,
and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes
which I enjoined on you,
I will deprive you of the kingdom and give it to your servant.
I will not do this during your lifetime, however,
for the sake of your father David;
it is your son whom I will deprive.
Nor will I take away the whole kingdom.
I will leave your son one tribe for the sake of my servant David
and of Jerusalem, which I have chosen."  (1 KGS 11:4-13)

King Solomon is legendary for his wisdom. When asked by the Lord what he wanted to govern Israel, Solomon asked for wisdom, and he got it. The Lord was pleased with this. Yet, this passage shows how stupid Solomon turned out to be. How did such a wise man end up becoming such a dummy? The answer is in the text. His wives turned his heart to strange gods.

There are so many lessons in this passage that I do not know where to begin. It might help to run with some bullet points.

-Bad women are the ruination of good men.

When men begin thinking with their genitalia, they are headed for destruction. This is what befell King David before Solomon who could not resist his lust for Bathsheba. This simply echoes Adam's fall in the Garden of Eden. But we see this today as so many men are unable to exercise chastity and fidelity.

-Wisdom comes from God.

Solomon knew better, but his wisdom was divine. When he departed from God, his wisdom went away. We see this today as people depart from the Christian religion in favor of atheism and paganism. If you wish to punish a fool, give him exactly what he wants. The fool will take care of the rest and undo himself. Fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom. When you lose that fear, you are headed down the path of stupid.

-Stick with God.

The Old Testament is one long story of a nation's unfaithfulness to God. This blows my mind. This is a nation that witnessed miracles in their exodus from Egypt and repaid the Almighty by fashioning a golden calf and worshiping the idol with a sex orgy. Other episodes like this would occur. Solomon merely did the same stupid thing his ancestors did. Put your heart and mind on God and never deviate from this.

When I was an atheist and met my wife, she told me that atheism was not and never would be an option for her. Atheism was present in her youth, but maturity and a death had turned her heart and mind to God in such a way that there were no other paths in life for her. I found this singlemindedness very appealing.

When I was a Protestant, I believed in the back of my mind that there were other paths I could take if this Christian path turned out false. Then, the tragedy with my suicidal friend sent me down those other paths. I can honestly say that they are all dead ends. Save yourself the hassle and stick with God.

As a Roman Catholic, I contemplate no other paths. In addition, I am not seduced by the modernist heretics running rampant in the Catholic Church today emboldened by a heretic pope who has given them license to do as they will while he persecutes the faithful. You can tell these heretics by the stench of their rotten fruit.

Remain faithful. God will take care of the rest. Just be semper fidelis--always faithful. Stick with God.

4. Q & A

Q: How can you tell when a sport has been tainted by performance enhancing drugs?

A: This is an easy one. FOLLOW THE MONEY. If there is big money to be made from the sport, virtually all of the competitors will be on PEDs. Money is the corruption of sports. If you want to clean up sports, you have to remove the money and return to the amateur ideal.


Remember this and never forget it: even if it should seem at times that everything is collapsing, nothing is collapsing at all, because God doesn’t lose battles.

Truly we are passing through disastrous times, when we may well make our own the lamentation of the Prophet: "There is no truth, and there is no mercy, and there is no knowledge of God in the land" (Hosea 4:1). Yet in the midst of this tide of evil, the Virgin Most Merciful rises before our eyes like a rainbow, as the arbiter of peace between God and man.

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.

Since happiness is nothing else than the enjoyment of the Supreme Good, and the Supreme Good is above us, no one can enjoy happiness unless he rises above himself.

Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.

Flee idleness... for no one is more exposed to such temptations than he who has nothing to do.

You must make up your mind to the prospect of sustaining a certain measure of pain and trouble in your passage through life.

The truly patient man neither complains of his hard lot nor desires to be pitied by others. He speaks of his sufferings in a natural, true, and sincere way, without murmuring, complaining, or exaggerating them.

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.


--Pope Francis utterly sold out the faithful in China by colluding with the Chinese government and letting those commies pick his bishops. The one thing Pope Francis has been consistent with in his pontificate is bashing on and betraying faithful Catholics. In the Holy Father's breast beats the heart of a true Marxist. What he has done here is shameful and will be remembered forever.

--Deacon Steven Greydanus is a disgrace. Obviously, he only reviews movies based purely on aesthetics and not on the morality of pederasty. The enthusiasm the man displays for this film is rapturous. What is wrong with this guy?! This comment nails it:
I seem to remember this guy doing movie reviews on EWTN years ago. There were no rainbow flags raised at that time. He seems to either have changed or has been emboldened by the homosexual powers that be in the Church today. That clip is creepy. In the old days films like he’s describing were on the Church’s forbidden list but he can hardly contain himself as he pushes it. I pity his poor wife.
--Virtually all of the medal winners in the Winter Olympics will be dopers. This is why I don't watch the Olympics.

--I predict that Black Panther will have record box office receipts and record homicides and assaults in theaters showing the film. I could be wrong on this, and I hope that I am. I just think it would be smarter to wait for it to come to Redbox and Netflix where you can watch it in the safety of your own home.


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