#191: Music Legend Hits Well-Timed Homer with Dion

 #191: Music Legend Hits Well-Timed Homer with Dion

Listening to Dion DiMucci’s new album, Blues and Friends, you would swear it’s the voice of a man half his age. His famed golden rock and blues singing style has gotten better with age: supple and soulful, with an emotional gravel-with-honey undertone.

The 81-year-old (unbelievable!) Rock and Roll Hall of Famer enlisted the help of an all-star lineup of contributors either on vocals or guitar: Sir Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, Paul Simon, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, Jeff Beck, Steve Van Zandt, for starters.

The result is just in time for the isolation and anxiety feel during the CCP Virus lockdown. It’s the blues—for the blues. The album, Blues and Friends rocketed to number one in the Billboard Blues charts, number on in iTunes Blues category and number on Amazon. Absolutely stunning.

Her findings are stunning.

In this episode you will learn

  • The secret to creative longevity
  • The real story behind Dion’s almost involvement in “the day the music died,” February, 1959, with the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (“the big bopper”, and Richie Valens
  • Why the blues genre is the best suited to express suffering and infuse it with hope
  • Why, after a 12-year losing battle with heroin and drinking, he came back to the Catholic Church after a sojourn in Protestant circle
  • How “twisted mystics” who are not people of faith can communicate deep Christian truths
  • More about his long friendships with Bob Dylan (who wrote the liner notes for Blues and Friends)
  • How this album and its launch came to him by providence

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How Can Birth Control Be Wrong? Part I

How Can Birth Control Be Wrong?

Part I

In this video, the first of a three-part series, I explain the biblical and philosophical basis for the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception—by far the most controversial, least understood teaching on the planet. When St. Pope Paul VI issued the Encyclical Humanae Vitae.

POINTS COVERED

Here’s my basic wish list of banishment:

  • The historical context for the release and rejection of Humanae Vitae
  • Important dates: 1930 (Anglican bishops accept birth control for the first time); 1960 (first Pill approved by the FDA); 1065 (Griswold v. Connecticut Supreme Court decision which legalized the sale and advertising of birth control); 1973 Roe v Wade (abortion first legalized)
  • Bible passages supporting Humane Vitae’s norms: Genesis 1: 27; Genesis 9:1; Genesis 35:11; Psalm 127, Genesis 38:1=10
  • Contraception is the theory, abortion is the practice
  • Natural Family Planning (NFP) is not the moral equivalent of contraception
  • Note the origins of the word: contra (against) ception (the beginning)
  • The Catholic sexual ethic leads to human flourishing

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How Far Will Cancel Culture Go?

 How Far Will Cancel Culture Go?

In this Sit ‘n Talk video, I review some of the latest (admittedly successful) SJW activism that has led to some beloved brands, sports team names, and food products, and musicians getting either cancelled—or, worse, cancelling themselves!

POINTS COVERED

  • Movies like Gone With the Wind (one of the greatest films in history) and the family favorite Christmas movie Holiday Inn are either cancelled or must come with a “warning label.” Not very condescending!
  • Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s Rice, RIP
  • Sports teams to get targeted for name changes: The Atlanta Braves, The Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, and the Edmonton Eskimos. UP next: the Chicago Black Hawks.
  • The FBI has admitted that evidence exists, although under seal until 2027, that proves Martin Luther King Jr. was not only an adulterer many times over and fathered at least one child by a woman, not his wife, he witnessed and encouraged a rape in a hotel room.
  • His statue remains unmolested. Same with the racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who wanted as few “Negro babies” in this world as possible.
  • John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Orange County, is under the microscope —plus all statues of the Duke apparently need to be taken down—because of some things he said about blacks and whites over 50 years ago in a long-forgotten interview someone dredged up.
  • What about sayings, like “call a spade a spade,” or “always darkest before the dawn,” or “black-eyed peas,” or “a blackened record.” Are these dog whistles or racism? Let me guess: “white noise” can stay as it is…

 

 

 

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#190: The Trans Attack On Our Daughters with guest Abigail Shrier

#190: The Trans Attack On Our Daughters with guest Abigail Shrier

Wall Street Journal contributor Abigail Shrier is not a science writer nor is she a particularly conservative figure. She sees things not through the left-right lens, but the true-false one.

In 2019, her essay When Your Daughter Defies Biology in the WSJ ignited a firestorm—of admiration, and opprobrium. This got her attention, and she kept digging, researching, and interviewing parents of trans kids (vast majority female), and the result is her new book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Crazy Seducing Our Daughters (Regnery).

Her findings are stunning.

In this episode you will learn

  • How YouTube influencers reach millions of vulnerable young girls
  • The context for the shift from male-to-female to female-to-male transgenderism
  • The overwhelming and pervasive influence of social media platforms like Reddit, DeviantArt, YouTube, Snap Chat, and countless online forms have caused social contagion on a large scale.
  • What happens when parents, therapists, and researchers (yes, including politically progressive and liberal ones) find that the drive to “help” young girls “transition” might not be the best solution
  • The health hazards of girls taking testosterone and Lupron puberty blocker
  • What parents can do to prevent the contagion and minimize the propaganda

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Seven Movies Men Love

Seven Movies Men Love

What is it with those movies (there are hundreds of them) that resonate with men? They can watch ’em over and over and they seem to get better with each viewing.

In this video, I about seven movies that men love, why that is so, and why the world needs more of this kind of cinema.

POINTS COVERED

  • We are in the middle of an unprecedented crisis an American and Western culture generally.
  • Names for this crisis include:  the masculinity crisis, the dearth of (or the death of) masculinity, the father wound, fatherlessness, etc.
  • Owing primarily to a widespread lack of strong fatherly models, there are certain stories that resonate with men.
  • The seven movies I chose are:

1. Chariots of Fire
2. Gran Torino
3. The Right Stuff
4. Braveheart
5. Gladiator
6. Saving Private Ryan
7. The Magnificent Seven

  • The secret sauce of these movies * The hero protagonists are all dangerous.
  • They’re all stories about men who want something badly and are prevented by unbelievable obstacles from getting what they want.
  • Masculinity is an arduous reality. No one says “be a woman.” Everyone says, “be a man.”
  • Real men are hard-headed and soft-hearted, not the other way around.
  • Each in their own way they exemplify the masculine leadership of Jesus Christ and his human father, St. Joseph.
  • We have remade St. Joseph into an octogenarian with a lilly and a cane
  • We have remade Jesus into a combination of Mr. Rogers and Barney, a Nice Guy who teaches us how to be Nice.
  • Men hate this.

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189: How to Defend Marriage and Family—Fr. Sebastian Walshe

189: How to Defend Marriage and Family—Fr. Sebastian Walshe

It’s easy to forget that marriage (and with it, the family) is under attack due to the distractions of the CCP Virus lockdown and the BLM/AntiFa street violence. But the same elites who support the errors of communism are the ones doing the attacking. Sexual liberation is a form of political control, and the family is the bulwark against it.

Father Sebastian Walshe, OPraem, has penned a truly amazing summary of what marriage is, and why the family is indispensable for the present and future survival of our culture and way of life. It’s titled, Understanding Marriage & Family: A Catholic Perspective. Father Walsh is one of our treasured speakers for our Restore the Culture Conference in Newport Beach, CA, April 30, May 1, 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

In this episode you will learn

  • Why we start to lose the debate by ceding that there is more than one kind of marriage
  • The basic definition of marriage (PS: it’s not what you may think)
  • The various threats to married life
  • Why acceptance of contraception is lethal to marriage and marital longevity
  • Signs of flourishing in happy Christian families
  • How the divorce culture has created new reasons for mistrust and fear of marriage

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Fantastic Reasons to Dump Twitter

Fantastic Reasons to Dump Twitter

I want to mention a couple of pet peeves that you might share regarding the social media platform known as Twitter. First, you have to realize that Twitter is designed to maximize conflict and to make people extremely angry. There is no middle ground on Twitter

There are those who are passionately against X and those who are passionately in favor of X. And when you have a limit of 280 characters you cannot lay out an argument you can only explode with emotion.

You can love something intensely or hate something intensely. Twitter removes the possibility of actual conversation leaving only the most Primal impulses in the human person.

Twitter was designed to bypass the cerebral cortex and go straight for the hippocampus …the lizard brain. The Primal part that is hopped up on the drugs of sex, survival, food, and the need to appear like John Wayne while hiding behind a fake handle.

Fellow Catholics, you have to decide to get off the fence and become who You Are!

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#188: They Came for Stefan Molyneux—Stefan Molyneux

 

#188: They Came for Stefan Molyneux—Stefan Molyneux

Whenever Big Tech elites censor someone, it gets my attention. The first thing I think is, “what important insight is being silenced? Well, Stefan Molyneux has topics to broach and ideas to argue about. And the oligarchs at Big Tech don’t like it one bit.

YouTube banned his account (at the same time s David Duke and Richard Spencer—actual white supremacicts) and the many hundreds of videos vanished in an instant. With more than 4,500 podcasts, 10 books and 600 million downloads, Molyneux is the founder and host of Freedomain.com, the largest podcast and forum on philosophy in the world, and the author of 10 books.

In this episode you will learn

  • The ideas and arguments that got him in trouble with Big Tech
  • His pathway to tentative agnosticism after a Christian formation in childhood
  • Why an open mind can lead you to unexpected conclusions
  • Examples of the strangeness of having Pope Francis is Rome at the same time as Donald Trump in Washington, DC.
  • Why banning voices instead of engaging them leads to chaos and violence
  • How atheists and theists can have plenty of cultural and political sympatico
  • The true meaning of “philosophy”

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Another Good Priest Removed

Another Good Priest Removed

It’s becoming a pattern. Catholic pastors telling uncomfortable truths being removed by their bishops faster than you can say, “virtue signal.” This time it’s Father Ted Rothrock, of Carmel, IN, who published a strongly worded parish bulletin on Sunday June 28, 2020.

Judge for yourself if his words warranted punishment by removal. It is titled, “The lady (doth) protest too much, methinks”

Here is the exact text:

“This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: ‘how like you this play?’The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator.

History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th-century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols.

The world was horrified but did nothing about it. Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.”

But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?

The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required!

Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic. On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in 50 years.

What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglas and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets?

Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to rewrite a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments? Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate?

You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own.

They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.

The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force.

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.

Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured.

The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.”

Strong words. That got him forced to apologize. Naturally, it didn’t satisfy the pitchforks and lantern mob. A day later he was suspended as pastor.

Well…..this was written in the parish bulletin by the pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carmel, last week.

Interested Catholics can charitably contact Bishop Timothy Doherty at (765) 742-0275 to register their feelings on the matter.

Isn’t it all about feelings?

 

 

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