Monday, March 6, 2023


Chris Rock, Selected Outrage!

Okay, I know I am opening myself up to criticism here, because priests should not watch or hear certain things and words and crass conversation.

As I write this commentary, I am actually watching the show. I am laughing out loud. I love this guy! I am rolling in the aisles of my tiny condo. 

But, if you are an adult, don’t mind crass, explicative laced comedy, then watch Chris Rock, Selected Outrage. 

It is social commentary at its best and genius. He is an evangelist for common sense.

He names the disease of our culture today and the Church herself, although he does not lampoon the Church. He lampoons the grotesque culture we live within.

His abortion segment, might make you uncomfortable, but he basically says what Pope Francis has said, but in hilarious way—yet he names it for what it is! I think those who cheered when he said that a woman has a right to choose—and yes, he said, I support your right to abort yourself! Genius. That made them think. He went on to say, I support your right to kill children. That’s what they are!

He danced around the LGBTQ+++ crap which tells you this is the one area that you had better thread lightly. But he made his points, but he knew that this area was dangerous for him, yet he accomplished it a rather genius way!

You will be offended by the language, and yes some of it pornographic language. But don’t miss the social commentary. Our woke culture of selected outrage needs to hear this and hear this they will because of who he is and how he says it.

I would love to hear Chris Rock, if he were a Catholic, and I don’t think he is, thus, it wouldn’t work for him to do it, but a Catholic like him, to do a comedy routine on certain aspects of the Church today and the culture of listening and inclusivity that the woke Magisterium “f***s us with!

Watch Chris Rock, Selected Outrage if you dare! It’s the new evangelization in a worldly way!


Tom Makin said...

I watched this last night and roared laughing. Off color? You bet, but looking past that, the message was clear. His comment about how Ukraine is more united than the USA and how, if the Russians came calling, 1/2 the country would say 'let's see what they have to say' was so on point. We are rudderless right now and drifting into irrelevance. I sit back and can't believe this is the same country that voted en masse for Reagan.

Anonymous said...

I wonder as to how many parishes have utilized the following?

-- Calling card for Catholic Laughs duo is a love of wholesome comedy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Parishes can literally laugh their way to the bank, raising up to $4,500 in one night of comedy with the Catholic Laughs organization.

Catholic Laughs is a national traveling comedy show, featuring clean comedy with comics from major late-night shows. Co-founders Carl Kozlowski and Scott Vinci then spend the evening cracking jokes along with their guest.

“We are the same way.” Kozlowski said.

“We don’t ever dumb down what we are doing, we just make it as funny as we can, but we know how to control our mouths. We are really creating these shows for adult mentality, but there is never anything you have to be embarrassed about hearing.”

Vinci added that, contrary to popular belief, it is not necessarily more difficult for a comedian to keep his act “clean” in the industry. Rather, clean shows cultivate a broader appeal, and usually result in more gigs.

Besides the monetary gain they associate with clean comedy, both Vinci and Kozlowski added that their Catholic upbringing never quite allowed them to depart with clean comedy with a clear conscience.

“Both my parents are gone, but I still have this thing in the back of my mind, what would they want to hear,” Vinci told CNS.

“There is a part of me that would love to make them proud, and I have to feel good about it, and I would love to have them in the audience laughing along.”

Kozlowski recounted that, when he was just starting out and most vulnerable to falling into the cuss trap, his parents found creative ways to keep tabs on him, ensuring that his comedy remained pure.

“I found that it is an advantage, even though people are sometimes dirty in clubs, every club that I have had a major opportunity with, they’re like ‘wow, you don’t swear and you funny,’ and they say they appreciate that because it stands out.”

Though they are dedicated to Catholic Laughs, both Kozlowski and Vinci continue to try to advance their careers.


Mark Thomas

Anonymous said...

Here are samplings from one of the clean Catholic comedians tours:


Mark Thomas

TJM said...

Tom Makin,

Those folks who voted for Reagan did not go to leftwing indocrination centers aka public schools which is what the public schools have become. Very few offer real education because they are consumed with CRT, pronouns, joint bathrooms, and transgender "right."Also, the national media was not as unhinged from reality as they are today. Media delenda est.

Jerome Merwick said...

We ARE rudderless and how can a nation that elected Reagan elect a Biden? That's like asking how a College of Cardinals that can elect a Benedict elect Francis.

While there is no denying that political strife between disagreeing parties is nothing new, we've come a long way--or should I say, we have FALLEN a long way.

Our first president went out of his way to avoid being partisan and warned us of the dangers of political parties. Jefferson and Adams, while the bitterest of political rivals, still respected each other. They kept up a fascinating correspondence until death separated them. Washington also kept men with profound disagreements, like Jefferson and Hamilton, in his cabinet. Lincoln managed with a cabinet comprised of several men, all of whom were convinced he was a terrible leader and they could do better. FDR sought counsel from his rival Hoover. After the Bay of Pigs debacle, Nixon met publicly with Kennedy to show his support. All of these people loved their country first and politics took second place.

Today? As soon as one side wins, the opponents set the wheels in motion to analyze why they lost and start planning a new strategy for defeating the incumbent. There are no displays of support across any aisle, it's just "beat the other side" or "humiliate the other side" or "I'm right, you're wrong, deal with it." Humility is gone. Friendship is gone. It's bloodsport.

It's not at all unlike a certain group of Cardinals, led by Martini, who decided after Benedict's election, that they had to develop a strategy to thwart his papacy and prevent the election of anyone like him in the future.

When Trump was elected, the Democrats seized on every possible strategy they could to make sure he was not re-elected. Wasting no opportunity, they exploited COVID to create a voting scheme rife with fraud called "mail in voting". They mastered the art of ballot harvesting. NOW we hear that the Republicans are going all-in on ballot harvesting. Should THEY win next time, the Democrats will not bother with trying to make America a better place. All the money and effort will be put into grooming another candidate and creating a foolproof strategy to prevent the incumbent from winning re-election.

We are rudderless. We've lost it. We've sold our souls. We've turned the unborn over to Moloch. We've made perversion and mental illness a "civil right". We've taken our success as a nation and destroyed ourselves with it. And we are even MORE foolish, because we think that political success is going to save our nation. The only thing that is going to save our nation is when we find our knees. That's kind of hard to do when we are proclaiming our "pride" in public about our sexual urges or have people living in habitual mortal sin publicly proclaiming themselves as "Christians" while they protect abortion "rights" or when half of our nation thinks we can thwart our creator and change our sex and it's some sort of "right". No. It's just one more WRONG in a world full of wrong.

Here's the response of ONE public high school student in Minnesota to our current political climate:

Then again, we have administrators like THIS in our schools...

Jerome Merwick said...

Tom Makin:

I am a public school teacher. I have taught public school in three different states over the years. Part of what you say is true. Much of it is also a distorted perception.

In the first school in the first state that I taught in, there were some very militant, leftist types on the faculty, mostly the ones running the teacher's union. The rest of the faculty was a pretty moderate group. Another school I taught at had far more registered Republicans on staff than Democrats. Most of us tried to avoid political discussions. Ironically, it was a very liberal state and my students were VERY conservative. In another, more conservative state, the teachers were a bit more liberal, but we did not have any king of "brainwashing" going on that you speak of. I am not denying that it happens in the public schools, as we DO see some pretty extreme examples, but a lot of us teach just because we see a lot of kids who have horrid lives and we want to help them in some small way or try to be a model of good behavior and stability for them. About the worst thing I ever witnessed was a small library assembly by class that was about STD's and they showed students how a condom worked. I was a student teacher and I just stayed out of it.

The big problem is parents. Many of my students are being raised by grandparents or foster families because their parents are in prison. Most parents are too busy working to engage much with their kids. Some parents think it's our job to parent their kids. Most are supportive, but some are nuts. These kids come to us with huge emotional baggage. They NEVER see their parents reading anything, so they don't read. Their parents supply cell phones and they are addicted to them. They live in a pornographic culture that glorifies everything wrong and certain laws prohibit us from making any kind of moral statements, and, believe me, I've been tempted to many times. I fail students because they are functionally illiterate and don't meet the standards. The administration overrules me and passes them. They pick up a meaningless diploma and go on to live meaningless existences in a spiritual vacuum.

I taught every one of my kids to read when they were 3. I forbade watching TV during the day and closely monitored what they watched at night. I tried to inculturate them and guide them in the faith. But most parents don't have the time. Many don't want to be bothered. We are dealing with a mess and society is blaming us for not fixing it when our hands are tied. It's complicated.

Again, I am not denying that there are bad schools, bad school districts and bad teachers. But it's not what you think --at least not all the time.

Jerome Merwick said...

I would also add, I can't follow kids home and make them do homework. I can't follow them home and make them go to bed before midnight. I can't follow them home and keep them off drugs.

Their parents can--or at least they can do it easier than I can.

TJM said...

Jerome Merwick,

Yet we have idiots in the clergy, both bishops and priests, who vote for the Party of Moloch and Child Grooming. Did you see who Pete Buttigieg's friend is? The pervert in Maryland who had to resign as mayor because of child porn. Our clergy is rudderless (and corrupt).

I assume you know that France abolished mail-in voting in 1975 due to widespread fraud. I thought "liberals" LOVED everything French, so they should be the ones pushing to roll back mail-in fraud, I mean, voting. One of the commonest tricks is taking ballots into nursing homes and getting folks who are no longer non compos mentis to fill out ballots. That should be criminal.

Voting should occur on one day other than for legitimate absentee ballots and Republican areas should hold their totals back until all Democratic precincts have reported so in the big cities they would have no idea how many votes to manufacture. The reason Trump won in 2016 was that the Democratic Fraud Machine was so convinced that Hillary was going to win they were asleep at the switch. If anyone thinks Biden received more votes than Obama did in his first election they are delusional.

Jerome Merwick said...


Anyone can see that you're trying to provoke you-know-who.

Is that really prudent? It's just going to be more of the same old thing.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Among the delusional:

Vice President Mike Pence: "Mike Pence said that his former boss, ex-President Trump, is “wrong” to claim that he could have overturned the results of the 2020 presidential election."

Attorney General Bill Barr: "Barr calls Trump's fraud claims 'detached from reality' in Jan. 6 panel testimony"

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: "GOP Senate Leader McConnell Rejects Trump's Fraud Claims"

Karl Rove: "Karl Rove Blasts Republicans Who Back Trump’s False 2020 Claims"

"GOP Congressman Dan Crenshaw says election deniers know they’re lying"

And a few other Republicans among the "delusional:"

Jerome Merwick said...

Father, you stood behind the vaccine mandates as being safe and now we finally have drug company executives and government bureaucrats admitting that not only are the vaccines not safe, but they were capitalizing on the crisis for profit. We finally have govt. officials admitting that the virus came from the Wuhan lab. And last night, Tucker Carlson's first look at unreleased footage pulled the plug on your and every other Democrats "deep concern" out of "love for our country" that the January 6 gathering was a "dangerous insurrection". The only people left who still believe that are the 300 viewers who watch MSNBC and Nancy Pelosi's dog.

What you and the rest of the intellectually dishonest liberals refuse to acknowledge is that those protestors were not there to "overturn" an election. They wanted a fair examination of a lot of compromising information while the electoral vote was being rammed through. But just like you love to accuse others of, you only quote and listen to sources that will reinforce what YOU want to believe because you're still not honest enough to admit that Donald Trump owns your brain. You are utterly enslaved in your hatred of him. Sad.,

TJM said...

Fr K,

Since you vote for a party that calls abortion “ healthcare” you have zero credibility with faithful Catholics. Citing Pence, a former Catholic is a mistake. I am an Indiana Republican and would never vote for Pence and as a fake Catholic you would not either

Jerome Merwick said...

Oops! I did it again. I attempted to define someone I disagree with.

Father, I apologize. I don't know what is going on in your brain, only the evidence. And the evidence simply shows that nothing positive towards Donald Trump is ever to pass this discussion board unless you refute it and get that last word in.

Why you do it. Why you absolutely have such undying devotion to this petty little cause is anyone's guess and I am wrong to presume to know.

Now let me have it!

TJM said...

Jerome Merwick,

You are dealing with a leftwing empty cassock who supports intrinsic evil. Give up

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Jerome, the "fair examination" was provided by 50 governors, 29 of them Republican. Without exception, they verified that Biden won the election.

The "fair examination" was provided by 66 court cased brought by the delusional election deniers and every last one of them was rejected.

You don't want a fair examination. You want one that agrees with you, the vote tallies be damned.

No, we are not being told the virus came from a Wuhan lab. "According to the federal government, "low confidence" means "the information used in the analysis is scant, questionable, fragmented, or that solid analytical conclusions cannot be inferred from the information."

Donald Trump is fading fast, and not fast enough, into the dark recesses is of the more sordid bits of our nation's history.

Jerome Merwick said...

Father, with all due respect, the fair examination of the Bush/Gore affair in 2000, involving just ONE state, took several weeks. The courts threw the cases out without looking at any evidence. And if you trust the words of most governors, Democrat OR Republican, I would love to sell you some real estate...

But that's beside the point. It is a LIE to say that the protestors were "demanding an election be overturned" and the people at the top who crafter the lie, especially Pelosi and Schumer, know it. Schumer's rage at the revealing of new footage is very telling. The protesters were letting Congress know that they believed this was being "rammed through" or expedited without careful consideration of conflicting information. Maybe Trump lost, maybe he won, but the overkill and intolerance shown in suppressing the very question has created a festering resentment among many Americans, including those who dislike Trump. The smugness and overarching censorship of a media that purports to value free speech is a naked lie that most Americans can see right through.

And to say that I don't want a fair examination? Hilarious! I would LOVE a fair examination, that is open to scrutiny by both sides. We have footage from several places where Republican observers on election day were pushed back, pushed out and sent packing. That is not lost on most Americans.

As far as Trump fading, maybe he will, maybe he won't--I have no investment in proving he will or will not while you can't seem to let go of it. That's not my concern here. My concern is that free speech has been scuttled by a political coalition that once insisted that everyone be more open and more tolerant. As a friend of mine told me years ago, there is no one as intolerant as a rigid liberal.

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. If the left is mad because the right is striking back and demanding answers, they have no one but themselves to blame. They cultivated this resentment. Now they get to live with the consequences.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Jerome, I, along with many others, do not consider the Trump phenomenon a "petty little issue."

I, and many others, do not consider his and his supporters' attempt to overthrow an election a " petty little issue.

I, and many others, do not consider the continued belief, held by millions, apparently, against all the evidence, that Trump was cheated out of the last election, a petty little issue.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

I don't hate Trump, but someone does...

BBC News - Tucker Carlson said he hates Trump 'passionately', lawsuit reveals

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

As for Tucker Carlson's "revelations" about the violent attack on the US Capitol and the attempt of Trump devotees to overturn the certified election results...BBC News - Republicans slam Fox News' Tucker Carlson over Capitol riot clips

TJM said...

The Great Prevaricator is still Clericalism on Steroids who votes for intrinsic evil. When he casts his vote he is enabling more evil, so all protests to the contrary, he is pro abortion! You can’t compartmentalize your vote. It’s like saying I voted for Mussolini because the trains ran on time.

Jerome Merwick said...

Father, you're getting funnier with every post!

Of course "Republicans" object to Tucker Carlson revealing the "riot" clips which show far more hours of people "dangerously" walking through the capitol and (GASP!) looking around. Yes "Republicans" like Kinziger and Mitch McConnell and Liz Cheney and other dinosaurs of the Uniparty--you remember the mutual criminal government brotherhood that trades off who gets to steal from us every four years--the guys who LIKE those stupid wars--the "go along" and "get along" professional permanent fixtures in Washington. I wonder if they bothered to ask Jim Jordan or Speaker McCarthy or John Kennedy or Rand Paul? I can't help but suspect there was a certain "kind" of Republican the media turned to for commentary on this event! Just a suspicion! And Schumer's theatrical outrage for public safety? Hypocrisy on steroids. Carlson vetted every minute shown with Capitol police before airing the videotape and that footage shows a healthy and lively Brian Sidnick moving around quite capably through the capitol AFTER being pepper-sprayed. His attackers are not going to be charged with a homicide, because his autopsy demonstrates that he died of natural causes. And other Capitol police have testified to the fact that the White House OFFERED more protection and National Guard service and Pelosi turned them down. Now we know why. She had her story to craft and create.

And SO WHAT if Tucker Carlson hates Trump? I've long suspected that he didn't like Trump much, but this isn't about Trump. This is about a bunch of entrenched politicians creating a narrative rather than playing fair.

Meanwhile we have the continuing national disgrace of watching violent thugs get released without bail in cities like New York and Chicago while the Q-Anon Shaman gets four years in prison for...for what? Oh yes! Walking around with the police.

It's so appropriate that Chris Rock's show is called "Selective Outrage". Selective indeed!

TJM said...

Jerome Merwick,

The Great Prevaricator won't read this because it torches the Party of Moloch's narrative on January 6. Why would you believe a Party who claims abortion is "healthcare?" Only a simpleton would.

Jerome Merwick said...

It's also worth noting that Jake Angeli, The Q-Anon Shaman was not allowed to access ANY of the closely-guarded videotape for his defense--so much for discovery. If he HAD been allowed access to the unreleased footage, he might have had a chance.

This is America. Adults are allowed to vote. Free speech means that in the marketplace of ideas, we can talk about whatever we want, regardless of how stupid the idea might be. We gie ourselves credit for being able to sort out the truth. Lawyers and congressmen went through a long struggle to pass the Freedom of Information Act and now we see our leaders deliberately suppressing any information that might make them look bad or threaten their lucrative careers of legislative corruption.

And finally, this whole "insurrection" narrative is so laughable, because NO ONE WITH A BRAIN ever believed it in the first place. It's all theater. January 6th is a miraculous testament to the goodness of the people who went there. What do I mean? You had AT LEAST 100,000 people surrounding the building that WE ALL OWN and the overwhelming majority of them were peaceful. If this was an insurrection, they would have been armed--and surely we all know that Republican voters have no problem with firearms.

Yes, a few hundred maybe a thousand out of that entire group went into the capitol building. Some forced doors open and some broke windows. Most just walked in. All we have seen for two years is the cherry-picked selection of the worst of the bunch breaking things and getting rough. Yet, this was a handful in a group of over 100,000 people! If this was an insurrection, the Capitol police wouldn't have had a chance.

Food for thought: If 100,000 Q-Anon or BLM protestors would have surrounded the Capitol, what do you think would have happened? I can't say for sure, but I think it's a safe bet that we would still be repairing the building and there would have been a lot of police funerals.

The whole charade was transparently phony then and it's even phonier now.

Jerome Merwick said...

I meant to pose the question "If 10,000 ANTIFA and BLM protestors had surrounded the capitol..."

We already know what happens when Q Anon types get in...they walk around and look and wear stupid headdresses.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Jerome, you OWN the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and the Okefenokee Swamp in the same way you OWN the US Capitol building. Does that give you the right enter restricted ares of the canyon, steal a toe from Lady Liberty, or dump raw sewage in the Swamp? Of course not. That "We OWN It" claim is ludicrous.

100,OOO BLM or Antifa rioters didn't surround and enter the Capitol. Trump supporters and those wanting to overturn the election did. "More than 2,000 rioters entered the building, many of whom occupied, vandalized, and looted; assaulted Capitol Police officers and reporters; and attempted to locate lawmakers to capture and harm."

The only people who have festering resentment are those who are unhappy with the results of the election. They choose to believe, in spite of the evidence, that the election was stolen. They choose to believe that some secretive cabal led by, choose one or more of the following: the Jews, the Illuminati, the Masons, the TriLateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, or King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, is behind it all and we "real" patriots have to fly our Gadsden flags, buy our survival food from Jim Bakker, and keep lots of gold under the mattress 'cause the guy into is out to get us! Yippee Ki-Ay!

Jerome Merwick said...

Nice Try Father!

Again, nobody seriously for one moment thought they were going to overturn an election. You know. I know it. Trump knows it. Pelosi knows it. The Proud Boys know it. Joe Schlump from Chuckapokee Wisconosin knows it. The electoral count was taking place and they were protesting that it was being rammed through without any other consideration of evidence (Yeah, yeah, I know, there was no evidence). So, Big Lie #1.: The protest was to OVERTURN THE ELECTION.


Again, the only person killed was a protester. All the rest of the accusations are miniscule in scale and scope compared to what the left did for the entire summer. And it was a small fraction of an enormous crowd.

Big Lie #2: These were dangerous people who put everyone in the building in danger.


"100,OOO BLM or Antifa rioters didn't surround and enter the Capitol. Trump supporters...did." Yup. And you should be darned grateful that it WAS those people, because if it was YOUR kind of protestors, the Capital might not even be standing and there would be a long list of dead officers and dead protestors.

Big Lie #3. "They choose to believe in spite of evidence that the election was stolen..."


The election was called within 3 days and the new media was in lockstep unison about "no credible evicence." Now if you can look anyone straight in the eye and convincingly argue that multiple allegations of irregularities and fraud across several states in a national election can be thoroughly and satisfactorily investigated and closed within 3 days, then You are the one most likely to believe in some conspiracy theory.

Trump's supporters wanted a good, OPEN, look. They wanted a close examination of what happened after being gaslit since Election Day that nothing had happened.

Your heroes, Pelosi, Schumer, Cheney, Kinzinger, McConnell and the rest of the America Last coalition have been exposed.


Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

The counting of votes was open for this past election as it has been for every election. Just because some guy wearing war paint, calling himself a shaman, and donning Buffalo hides whines that he thinks the election was fraudulent a) doesn't make it fraudulent , and b) doesn't mean that he and his Fellow Travellers get to inspect every vote, every machine, and every tally sheet.

Having been told by Trump the election was going to be rigged and THEN that the election was stolen, yes the rioters wanted the results overturned. In seven states FAKE electors - fake, not contingent - were chosen to replace the legitimate electors after, the rioters hoped, Pence declared the election invalid and threw the process back to the states. You don't need FAKE electors if all you are doing is recounting votes.

Multiple allegations WERE investigated . HELL, Georgia recounted votes three times. Know what? Biden won every time.

To believe otherwise is nuts

TJM said...

Jerome Merwick,

The Great Prevaricator wants you to trust them! Well here's a response:

"It seems instead a huge threat to yet another “trust us” narrative. Do you know the type?

Trust us about Saddam Hussein sitting on a cache of weapons of mass destruction. Trust us that credible sources, and not minions of the opposing campaign, allege that Donald Trump relies on Russia to win the presidency. Trust us that the coronavirus that started in Wuhan did not come from a leak at the world’s premier coronavirus research facility that happens to operate out of Wuhan. Trust us that the Hunter Biden laptop originated as part of a Kremlin disinformation scheme."

Jerome you will never convince the braindead

TJM said...

Jerome Merwick,

The Great Prevaricator wants you to trust them! Well here's a response:

"It seems instead a huge threat to yet another “trust us” narrative. Do you know the type?

Trust us about Saddam Hussein sitting on a cache of weapons of mass destruction. Trust us that credible sources, and not minions of the opposing campaign, allege that Donald Trump relies on Russia to win the presidency. Trust us that the coronavirus that started in Wuhan did not come from a leak at the world’s premier coronavirus research facility that happens to operate out of Wuhan. Trust us that the Hunter Biden laptop originated as part of a Kremlin disinformation scheme."

Jerome you will never convince the braindead, hardened leftwing ideologue who has no
business being a Catholic priest. If his congregation knew his views he would probably lose over half of them, plus the money. If I had faith in the local branch manager of Rome Inc. I would give him a call to alert him to religious fraud in his diocese

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Isn't it funny that some people who trust the government every day, multiple times every day, are all of a sudden so distrustful when it comes to an election. People who take drugs are trusting the government who approves their sale. People who fly trust the government, we call it the FAA. People who drive trust the department of transportation. They trust the government until it comes to the election of Joseph Biden. Then they are certain that the government has been lying to them, covering things up, or outright colluding with some conspiratorial group to control the world.

This mistrust is manufactured and 100% phony.

Jerome Merwick said...

Like I said, Father:

Can you look me or anyone else in the eye and keep a straight face while insisting that multiple allegations of fraud and vote counting irregularities across several states in a nation of this size in a national election can be credibly investigated and dismissed in a mere three or four days' time?

Anyone with half a brain would laugh in your face. Except the news media--they'd pat you on the back and say, "good job!"

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

I'm lookin' you in the eye, Jerome, As much as it galls you, as much as you wish it ain't so, as much as it disappoints your desire to have a transactionalist, phony Christian, lying, serial adulterer, sexual deviant in the White House, Biden won fair and square.

Thomas Garrett said...

Saw this tweet from South Africa's White House Correspondent, Simon Ateba:

"Some are now trying to crucify
@FoxNews@TuckerCarlson over January 6th footage because America has decided to live a lie, blame only @realDonaldTrump and turn a blind eye to the massive security failure on January 6, 2021.

But many people around the world continue to wonder, how on earth was it possible that in the greatest country in the world, in the most armed nation on the planet with the best and most expensive security agencies in the universe, one of the most important buildings was left unprotected and was easily taken over by protesters while the presidential election was being certified and the Vice President was in the building? Why is no serious investigation done to understand that security failure and hold accountable every person who was in charge that day? Isn't that the most important investigation to be carried out?

Also, why is it hard to understand that when an election takes place during a pandemic, with millions of people shipping ballots rather than showing up at voting centers on election day, many people would be skeptical about the results of that election, especially when the candidate who lost won the election day vote?

Instead of labeling people election deniers, is it not better to ensure that even the appearance of fraud is eliminated by having most people vote in-person on election day and with proper identification?

When a country decides to live a lie and chases shadows, it condults false investigations with predetermined outcomes and ends up blaming people like Tucker Carlson for showing the other side of the story. And that is a shame!"

Sometimes folks on the outside see things more clearly than the folks having an argument inside.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I don’t watch Tucker, but last night I watched the first 15 minutes. There is so much hatred for Trump, the deep left will do anything and say anything to disparage him even to the point of ridiculous propaganda about what went on in the Capitol. I watched the “take over” of the Capitol live and on CNN and yes, they inadvertently show live, Capitol police escorting people in the building and helping people who were having a hard time climbing the stairs.

That poor guy in costume now in prison was escorted around by the police who clearly did not see him as a threat but as a character of eccentricity! The guy even prayed for the police once the police let him enter the main chamber of the house. You can’t make this stuff up!

Was the election rigged? Only a fool would think that this is off the table in terms of possibility!

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Things only a fool would believe:

The election was rigged.

The moon is made of green cheese.

Pope Paul was kidnapped and replaced with a Masonic look-alike.

It's a good idea to tug on Superman's cape.

The earth, says Bishop Ussher, is 6,9026 years old.

mRNA vaccines are dangerous.

"We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

We knew it all along... "Lord, what fools these mortals be."

Jerome Merwick said...

The indignation and desperate rage of the January 6 Narrative Leaders say it all, especially Chuck Schumer.

" And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."

Matthew 5:22

TJM said...

Things only a fool would believe:

Abortion is healthcare

There are more than 2 sexes

A biological male can receive a Women of Courage Award

Men can have periods

Drag shows for little kids are healthy

How to gay sex books in grade school are healthy

Inflation caused by Biden is good

Overrunning the southern border helps communities

Chicago, Detroit, Philadelpia and Atlanta elections are fair and square

Fr K is intellectually honest and an orthodox Catholic priest

Thomas Garrett said...

Last week a close friend of mine died. A priest.

He was from another country, but became an American citizen in the 1950's. He minced no words about what the Church taught. He even stood up to his bishops a few times defending the truths of the faith and the bishops didn't dare punish him. Yet he was also one of the warmest men I have ever known. He loved children and my children adored him (at first) and grew to admire and respect him. His homilies were short and simple and he never used notes. He had no problem spending hours in the confessional and he was blunt, yet loving at the same time. He encouraged popular devotions, but certainly knew the distinction between devotion and superstition and made sure his flock knew the same. He wasn't perfect...he had a temper. He ruffled feathers. He even cut corners once in a while. But he was pastoral. PASTORAL. God came first to him, so the care of souls came first to him.

When I think of what a wonderful priest he was and I read some of the condescending remarks made on this blog by other priests, it just makes me miss him more.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Also playing us and many for fools, and some are, the game show Jeopardy touted that so in so was the woman who won more money than any other woman in Jeopardy’s history, except that woman was a man, provable by science and DNA evidence, in drag. Yet they told us, to the insult of every DNA woman there is in the world, that he was the highest winning woman in Jeopardy history. You can’t make this stuff up!

TJM said...

Father McDonald,

It is the new favorite mental illness of the Democratic Party. And our bishops are saying? Crickets. I believe the bishops failure to excommunicate prominent lay Catholics for their worhship of abortion has done as much to damage to the Church in the US as the clergy (homosexual) sex scandals. Now with the push to sexually groom children in grade school maybe some of those priests cases need to be revisited! They were just ahead of their time.

TJM said...

Here is a sample of disinformation coming from the so-called MSM. They make Fox News look honest:

Donald Trump and his advisors conspired with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2020 election.
Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation.

The summer protests of 2020 were mostly peaceful.

Jan. 6 was a dress rehearsal for civil war.

Antifa is just an idea.

The southern U.S. border is secure.

John Fetterman was healthy enough to serve in the Senate.

Only a racist conspiracy theorist could suspect that COVID-19 could have leaked from the Chinese lab that was experimenting with similar viruses.

Critical race theory is only taught in a few law school classes.

The American Revolution was fought to preserve slavery.

Ron DeSantis is seeking to prevent Florida teachers from discussing slavery or saying the word “gay.”

Men can menstruate and give birth.

Six-year-olds are capable of making irrevocable life decisions.

A gang of MAGA Republicans carrying nooses were roaming the frigid streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. when they happened upon Jussie Smollett.

A man repeatedly shouted racial slurs during a Duke v. Brigham Young volleyball game and not a single fan in the crowded arena tried to stop him.

So objective, so factual, so honest! But millions of simpletons, including bishops and priests, naively believe this bilge.

Jerome Merwick said...

I often think that if Senator Joseph McCarthy was alive today, how terribly jealous he would be of the likes of Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell and the rest of the idiocracy. He could only DREAM of manipulating people the way these dystopian demagogues do!

Paul said...

The most well armed Americans planned an insurrection and not one of them thought to bring a gun or even an extra sandwich or bottle of water?
Makes sense to me.

Paul said...

Talking about what are BIG LIES, important historical lies, and what is truth - Leftists hate the following truths:

The nameable goals of the socialist and even Marxist manifestos of the 19th century - public education, free (or greatly subsidised) health care, a government role in the economy, votes for women and more - have all been achieved, mostly peacefully and mostly successfully, by acts of reform in functioning western, capitalist or semi-planned economy, countries. The various attempts to achieve a socialist agenda by fiat and command, in the Soviet Union, China and Cambodia etc created catastrophes, moral and practical, on a scale still almost impossible to grasp.

By the end of the 20th century, in functioning western democracies, and due to gradual reforms and the work of largely “dead, white, straight, often Christian, western males” a situation had been reached in nations like the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ in which by historical and world standards, there had NEVER been LESS oppression of women or racial, religious and ethnic minorities.

The postmodern, political Woke Left has to either lie or be in denial about the above.
Yet the postmodern, political Woke Left over the past 2 decades has endlessly preached against harmful sexist, racist and homophobic discourses (ways of talking about things) that still exist in the West (they almost always ignore sexism, racism and homophobia in non Western nations) …the reality is that their political principle is itself a harmful discourse. Their dogma, for example, that white, straight, Christian people, especially white males in the USA are born into and socialised by certain racist, sexist and homophobic discourses and that they learn to parrot these discourses from their privileged positions within a power structure, without even realising what they are doing, is both prejudicial and absurd. What is also prejudicial and absurd and what is also a self serving, arrogant and presumptuous narrative, is that in the USA any woman, person of colour, or same sex attracted person who does not accept their ideas and dogmas must have all been brainwashed by employing and accepting discourses of power that oppress them.

Jerome Merwick said...

Selected TRUMP outrage is particularly interesting--or intriguing--or maybe just puzzling.

One person here continually lists Trump's sins and acts as the great accuser against The Donald. Trump, a colorful figure to be sure, isn't especially loved by a lot of people, but his policies and results certainly were. But all that aside, what ARE these unforgivable, never-to-be forgotten sins of the Orange Man? Why do some critics predestine and pre-damn this man to the infernal regions?

1. "He's an adulterer."
Uh huh. He's had an active appetite, like many powerful men have. Am I excusing it? No. But I cannot help but wonder, why not the same level of outrage and denunciation for Bill Clinton or Lyndon Johnson or John Kennedy or Dwight Eisenhower or FDR or Warren G. Harding or the many other adulterer presidents who came before them?

2. "He's a liar."
Seriously? Can we name ONE president in the modern era who HASN'T lied at some point in their administration? Again, I'm not excusing it, but where's the outrage for the others?

3. "He boasted about grabbing women by their..." While decency prevents me completing the sentence, and again, I am in no way excusing this--Have we forgotten about some of the locker room talk that has come from Clinton, Johnson or Kennedy? Why not the same level of outrage toward them? At LEAST Trump made something of an apology and admitted that he was wrong to talk that way.

We've had badly behaved presidents from both parties and many of them have embarrassed themselves and the rest of us. But the nature of ugly, vituperative, knee-jerk damning of this one president seems to make the other guys look like minor leaguers. This outrage strikes me as VERY selective and, in many cases rather opportunistic by his opponents--opponents who embrace abortion, transexuality, giving birth control to kids, indocrinating children into radicalized racial hypersensitivity, homosexuality--yes these same critics and opponents laughably purport to hold the "high moral ground" in their telling, unforgiving and relentless damning of Donald Trump.

Jerome Merwick said...


I am often wrong and maybe I am here, but I have a couple of ideas. The first is that, unlike previous presidents, Trump did not bow an inch to political correctness and he called it our for what it was. That invites outrage.

Trump didn't need to be president and he doesn't now. He will be just fine whether he is elected or not and his ego is big enough to handle whatever happens. To a certain degree, he doesn't crave public approval, or DEPEND upon it like career politicians do--must do--and that certainly has to rub a number of people the wrong way.

However, I think the biggest reason for all of this is that Trump is an outsider. He's lived as one his entire life. He was Noveau Riche in a Manhattan of elite old-money families and never accepted by them. He didn't let it bother him and just did what he wanted to do. However, the uniparty corrupted Washington establishment does not welcome outsiders into their club. Presidential politics, in their minds, is THEIR domain and outsiders are dispatched and put in their place quickly. They were certain that the 2016 election would quickly send Trump packing. He wasn't supposed to win. To make matters worse, he exposed many of them (in both parties) for what they were. They threw everything they had at him for four straight years and any other career politician would have been frozen and ineffectual under such relentless manufactured-scandal scrutiny. Trump thrived on it and kept more promises than any president in modern times. That only infuriated him more and they will stop at nothing to make sure that not only will he never be elected again, but any other outsiders will get the message: WE OWN WASHINGTON. NOT YOU. NOT THE VOTERS. IT'S OUR TURF AND YOU WILL RESPECT THAT OUR THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY. WE DON'T FORGIVE AND WE DON'T FORGET. THIS IS OUR GAME.

Sort of a preview of hell.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...


Other than diversion, why point out that other presidents have acted on their appetites, disordered appetites to be accurate? "Boys will be boys" is a lousy excuse. In fact, it is no excuse.

What does the behavior of other presidents have to do with Trump's behavior? I'd say nothing whatsoever.

I can name many presidents who have not been habitual liars as Trump is. From the important to the utterly trivial subjects, he lied about everything. And, it seems to me, without purpose or compunction. He lied because he could. By one count he lied 30,573 times. It got so absurd that Kellyanne Conway had to invent the stupendously preposterous "alternative facts" sham.

As for "locker room talk," I will tell you than in the 35+ years I have been going to the gym and using various locker rooms, not once, not a single time, have I ever heard anything so grotesque in itself or demeaning toward women as the "grab her by the p***y" remark. No, the folks are not being deferential because I'm a member of the clergy; it's a locker room and towels are the common garb.

They let him get away with it, he claimed, because he is a celebrity. So much for the value of having someone from outside Washington.

He didn't call things for what they were. He called things for what he wanted to to be. One example: Responding to the Coronavirus he asserted without ANY basis in fact that is was one person from China. By then more than 40,000 people from China has passed through immigration. He didn't call things as they were. He was vulgar and rude because HE IS vulgar and rude. Calling another country a "sh*thole country serves what positive foreign relations purpose? From what I've seen of the interiors of is homes, if it;'s not gold-plated he considers it crap.

Trump very much needed to be president. It's called EGO. He so much needed to be president that, when he lost, his ego would not allow him to accept defeat. Like a spoiled brat who is finally called on the carpet, he sulked away from D.C., licking his wounds and plotting how to get what he so very much needed.

Washington's a closed club? Nah. In the current Congress there are 72 forst time emmbers out of 435 voting members. There are 13 out of 100 first term senators.

Many peoeople are drawn to Trump because they want to be like him - deceitful, petty, vulgar, ostentatious, sexually deviant, and rich.

Unknown said...

Uh, Father just WHERE did I excuse Trump for his sexual activities outside of marriage? At least twice I remarked that there was no excuse or that I was not excusing his behavior.

Over 30,000 times? Wow! You must have a hard time fulfilling your other obligations while keeping count of the president's acts of dishonesty. But then again, compared to your golden boy Biden, Trump looks like Mr. Rogers. And Biden lies about really important things--like telling Americans that inflation has gone down for months in a row or that we have a stronger military than ever or some other foggy fantasy of the sleepy caesar. Worse yet, Biden doesnt' even appear coherent for much of the time!

But I DO apologize for not being as sensitive to the low-class vulgarity you find so offensive in Donald Trump. But I can't help but you still hear confessions Father? I was just wondering, because your forgiving attitude seems pretty selective too. I hope, for your sake, God is more merciful with you than you are in your attitude toward a rich businessman you have never even met.

I can't help but think there's something deeper to this pathological obsession that has such a selective grip on the more left-leaning among us.

Jerome Merwick said...

I should also point out, that unlike Joe Biden, at least Mr. Trump doesn't go around grabbing CHILDREN inappropriately.

But it must be O.K.. after all, he had his photo taken with the pope and, like Nancy, he tells us all he's a Good Catholic!

Jerome Merwick said...

Our "hands-on" president:

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Jerome - I would be happy to set aside 5 or 6 hours to hear Mr. Trump's confession. No, make that 9 or 10 hours. I hear confessions regularly and forgive generously. But those who want God's forgiveness must acknowledge their faults and their need for God's mercy, no?

But we know, in his own words, that Trump doesn't seek God's forgiveness for his sins.

Moderator Frank Luntz asked Trump whether he has ever asked God for forgiveness for his actions. “I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he said. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

He doesn't bring God into that picture. But he goes to church.... or does he?

“I am Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church,” he told reporters in Greenville, S.C.

“Donald Trump has had a longstanding history with Marble Collegiate Church, where his parents were for years active members and one of his children was baptized. However, as he indicates, he is a Presbyterian, and is not an active member of Marble." (Marble Church statement)

He's a fake - and he lies to cover how phony he is. And people believe him.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

FRMJK, to quote the most excellent pope in the 2000 year history of the papacy, Pope Francis, I would suggest you follow his lead by enlarging your tent, and being less judgmental. Yes, I quote Pope Francis in his assessment of the morality of President Trump and anyone’s morality, which you should emulate: “Who am I to judge? We are all sinners.”

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Fr. ALLAN McDonald - Thanks, but that is useless advice.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Well, I give you credit for disobeying this pope.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Fr. ALLAN McDonald - And any "credit" from you is equally useless.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Must I remind you to be nice like Pope Francis and not judge. Does His Holiness have to take an iron fist to your head to make you like him?