Thy will be done.

Basically speaking, 73.8 million prayers were lifted. The realist in me has come, sort of, to a reconciliation that the Biden/Harris ticket won. All that’s left to do is the crying.

It’s especially hard, I think, for Christians who do firmly believe in the power of prayer. How do we ‘measure’ the effectiveness of prayers against actualities not of our choosing? While we may be hurting, I think it’s important to step back and look at things dispassionately.

First of all, America has been moving in this direction for quite some time. We did little to recognize it, let alone stop it. We just went along because, well, we’re busy and who has time to work these things out while juggling kids and work and family issues and the day to day trials and tribulations of the work a day world. Secondly, who could have foreseen the tremendous accomplishments of President Trump when he assumed power four years ago – did any one of us think he’d have such breath-taking success?

The thing to remember, when we scratch our heads and wonder if God has deserted us, is that for God, this is all just one long day. He sees the beginning, the middle, and the end of all things all at one time. He knows and sees what we can never know and see. There is always a reason. There is always the fulfillment of His plan. This turn of events may be a chastening; it may have an outcome, over the next four years, that we simply can’t imagine. But whatever the future holds, He is still in charge and ultimately, His will will be done – on earth, as it is in heaven.

So, as folks say, buck up, buttercup. He’s given us the strength to get through all that we’ve surmounted throughout our lives and we’ve lived through tough times as a country and we will, with His help, get through this as well. Don’t stop praying for our country; don’t stop praying for the President of the United States no matter who he or she may be; don’t stop praying for our governments and the people who man them. He hears us. But always remember, “THY will be done”

The American Schism

Depending on your knowledge of church history, you may or may not know the term ‘schism’. There have been three in Christendom, and one that is but is not called so. The first is when the Nestorians (including Alexandria and the Copts left after the Council of Chalcedon in 451, the second is when the Eastern Orthodox left after the addition of the filioque in the Creed, the one not really called that is the Reformation, where the Protestant churches left Rome’s sway. The third one is the one that concerns us here, the one sometimes called the Babylonian Captivity. where there was a Pope in Avignon, France and for most of the time there was also one in Rome. None have been good for Christianity.

It was political, as the Papacy was getting too involved in politics for the Pope’s taste, and then after the papacy moved back an overmighty bureaucracy (The College of Cardinals) appointed a second Pope in Avignon. This went on for 69  years.

So what has this to do with 2020 America? This, that schism divided the church rather badly because both sides were hurling thunderbolts, excommunion, interdict, heresy, all those fateful words that made fellow communicants into the other, and not entirely human. And that is where we are. Writing in American Thinker, Steve Deace says:

History may not repeat, but it often rhymes. America is not merely divided, as many of today’s political commentators claim, but it’s in the midst of a Great Schism as the church was in Avignon. Two completely distinct cultures are now simultaneously claiming the same nuts and bolts of the structure of America as their own, but with holistically different reasons and visions for doing so. One side wants to use it to maintain a way of life that was once considered traditional in America. The other desires revolution to undo many of those traditions it views as standing in the way of their reimagining of America.

Unless President Trump’s court challenges to the integrity of the election are successful soon, Joe Biden is going to be sworn in as the next president of the United States on January 20. Given the fact that Biden represents the left’s cultural revolution, on top of the ongoing controversy surrounding his potential election, it’s quite likely that many of the 74 million people who voted for Trump’s re-election would see Biden as an illegitimate president from the get-go. And we’ve already lived through four years of Democrats and their media attempting to de-legitimize the Trump presidency even before it began.

This is the language and behavior of schism.

He’s right, I will not, no I can not, receive as legitimate an election so rife with fraud that it was prima facie stolen from the president. I could not have if it had been this obvious that President Trump had in 2016, even though I agreed with much of what he said, and I certainly can not with Joe Biden, who from reports may have sold his loyalty to the Chicoms and the Ukrainians for money, not to mention to every tinpot globalist, and proposes almost every policy that has been proven to bring about the death of prosperity and the rule of law. Nope, can’t do it. And you know what, there about 70 million Americans who think just like I do.

Obama, you may remember whined that America is ungovernable (he’s not wrong, it’s a feature of a free country, not a bug) but you ain’t seen nothing yet. When people who don’t get involved in politics, get involved in politics, things change.

If Trump is ultimately denied the presidency, he will not drift off into irrelevancy as his detractors hope. Quite the contrary: Losing this way despite massively growing his appeal among voters compared to 2016 will only make Trump stronger in the hearts and minds of his base. He will become a living martyr — something even more powerful than a president in some ways, a symbol of how far the left in America is willing to go to end anything American conservatives view as worthy of conserving: Fake News, Fake Borders, Fake Laws, Fake Genders, Fake Science, Fake Russian Collusion, Fake Pee Tapes, Fake Independent Counsels, Fake Ukrainian Collusion, Fake Social Media, Fake COVID Panic Porn, and now Fake Elections.

The right in America has finally gotten the message the American left has been trying to convey — leftists have no intent of sharing Americana with those who still believe in it. If you cherish normalcy, let alone righteousness, you will be made to care — to the point that nothing remains sacred or agreed upon. Nothing is exempt from the gaslighting — not even a drug that is suddenly claimed to be dangerous after 60 years of being publicly certified as safe.

The American left is altering the deal, and it now stands as this: either you end your way of life voluntarily, or we end it for you. That’s it, take it or leave it.

To lose to these leftists, and this disputed way, will make Trump president in absentia to millions of Americans.

Do read the article, but

Yet yes, all of that and more, the representative constitutional republic is the holy of American holies, second only to God Himself, you profane that temple at your peril. In a very real sense, none of what is happening now in the legislatures or the courts matter, we are watching the last chapter of a dismal play whose actors are mostly pseudo men of no vision or leadership, less in intelligence than the Wuhan Flu and the backbone of a worm. The upshot is that Joe Biden (or Kamala Harris) will never be the legitimate president of the United States of America.

What will happen, no one really knows, but I fear we will find out.



How is this possible?

Is this really America? I’ve already spoken about the sacredness of the American vote in an American election in any State of the United States of America. Perhaps I was wrong.

This is a video of a live hearing by the Pennsylvania State Senators and State Congressmen of some of the people who were poll count observers who signed affidavits of fraudulent votes, questionable actions by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, incorrect behavior by count floor managers, poll workers who, for whatever reason, advised walk-in voters that that walk-in voter already had a vote listed under their name – and they had not yet voted. Watch and listen to this video very carefully – it will help you decide for yourself whether or not this was a free and unhampered election. [The convening Senator has been banned by Twitter, I’m told. so if the video has been disappeared, you’ll know why. Neo]

This is people; this is not even a look at the polling machines. People did these things. Our ‘fellow Americans’. Our neighbors, members of our churches or civic groups, our relatives – our fellow Americans. I am now at the lowest point I’ve been in since this whole election started. I’ve always – always – been proud to be American. Right now, I’m not so sure. If there are so many ‘fellow Americans’ ready, willing, and able to abort, alter, interfere, damage our voting process and its ultimate result, then the America I grew up in died a long time ago. I’m having a great deal of trouble processing that thought.

The allegations are horrendous. The people who signed affidavits are, indeed, very brave. This is the cancel culture now – these people have put themselves at risk; not only the risk of a felony if they are lying, but also the risk of the same ilk of people who threaten the head of the GSA. They may have put their very lives on the line in stepping forward. There are further ramifications – and outrage – and NEO is going to speak to those issues.

From Neo:

What happened this week, is best served by analogy, I think. Think of an Iowa class battleship going into a surface gun action in World War Two, say the USS Trump. The ship has 9 16 inch guns which can be individually aimed or fired from anything from one at a time to a full salvo. Each round has a range of about 30 miles and weighs as much as a small car. In fact, I have seen video footage of the New Jersey firing a salvo during the Korean War, the recoil literally shoves the 869 foot long 57,000-ton ship sideways through the water. That’s a lot of power. That what was fired in Pennsylvania above, I’m not sure if it was an opening shot or a salvo but it was main gun action.

The video listed above is the raw data, perhaps the best legislative hearing I have seen in years, serious people doing serious things, and is plenty self-explanatory. But for context here is another video, from a lawyer who I think knows what he is talking about

Yes, it is long, and he talks fast, but he covers the ramifications better than I can.

But the battleship has other weapons, the Iowa class had 25 5 inch guns (a full-on destroyer has 3). These are dual-purpose weapons for anti-ship (and shore) but also anti-aircraft use. These secondary batteries also fired this week.

As Scott Johnson of PowerLine tells us…

Sidney Powell has filed her federal lawsuit challenging the outcome of the vote in the presidential election in Georgia. The lawsuit is brought against Georgia state officials including the governor, the secretary of state, and the members of the election board on behalf of six Republican Georgia electors and two Georgia Republican Party officials.

Given that the complaint runs to 104 pages, readers may want to turn to John Solomon’s brief Just the News Just the News summary. Andrea Widburg goes into greater detail on the allegations in her American Thinker column on the complaint. […]

The lawsuit raises a host of factual and legal issues with respect to which I have no knowledge or expertise. Among other things, the complaint sets forth a legislatively unauthorized alteration in the method prescribed by statute for the handling of absentee ballots.

Among other things, the complaint alleges the huge international conspiracy that Powell previewed at the Trump legal team press conference last week. There seems to be some distance between proof of what theoretically could have happened and proof of what actually happened (in each case, according to the affidavits). I may well be mistaken, but there also seems to be some distance between proof of what actually happened and the relief requested.

This could be the secondary batteries firing but as it moves forward has the possibility of becoming targets of the main battery. If it can be proven, and Sidney Powell has a reputation as a sober and very effective lawyer, this could be quite a case.

Also, in Georgia

Lin Wood writes: “Thanksgiving Eve News! 11th Circuit granted my Emergency Motion for Expedited Review of lawsuit challenging validity of GA election procedure. We The People delivered a historic landslide win for @realDonaldTrump in GA & nationally. We The People will not allow it be stolen.”

Also in Pennsylvania, a Court has ordered a stop to any further action in perfecting the vote. this may be too late about that but there is a hearing tomorrow in this court on the legality of the modifications to absentee voting that turned it into vote by mail, without legislative authority. This is one of the cases that may well go to SCOTUS.

And there is something else, call it action for the 20  mm and 40 mm automatic cannons on that battleship. Has anybody thought about what will happen if the election of Biden is overturned, either into the Congress or in the Electoral College? It may not be likely but it is certainly possible. Especially to the Legacy Media, who have memory-holed or not even covered the story at all. I rather doubt that they (including Fox, which committed public suicide on Election Night) can survive such a thing. I read yesterday that Fox News is threatening their contributors who also appear on Newsmax that they will not be on Fox if they don’t quit. As they are doing so they sound like CNN talking about Red State America, and Red State America is returning the ‘love’ with interest.

Finally, on a Trump legacy issue, the Supreme Court Wednesday issued an injunction that said the Governor of New York may not violate the 1st Amendment by shutting down the free exercise of religion while allowing liquor stores to open, as he tried recently. From The Federalist.

The per curium opinion determined that New York’s targeted responses run in direct opposition to the First Amendment, stating, “Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten. The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

This is from Justice Gorsuch:

Nothing in Jacobson purported to address, let alone approve, such serious and long-lasting intrusions into settled constitutional rights. In fact, Jacobson explained that the challenged law survived only because it did not “contravene the Constitution of the United States” or “infringe any right granted or secured by that instrument.” Id., at 25.
Tellingly no Justice now disputes any of these points. Nor does any Justice seek to explain why anything other than our usual constitutional standards should apply during the current pandemic.

Mr. Ed at Samizdata notes that:

Whilst the United States Supreme Court is so constituted, there is hope for the Republic, even though this was a 5-4 victory. Meanwhile in the UK, any hope of help from the courts is a deranged fantasy. But the courts may serve a purpose in demonstrating that point.

And that is how President Trump may yey save the Union.


Friday Roundup

Mark Twain

If you look at our menus above, you will find a new entry, called fiction. We all enjoyed each other’s Halloween stories so much that we decided to make it a permanent feature. Knowing us, it will probably end up being mostly seasonal, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re open to any sort of fiction that can be expressed in a reasonably short essay, experience says about 800 words, but it’s flexible.

So get those creative juices flowing!

It’s open to anyone, contributors already know how, anybody else that wants to write for it, send your draft to one of us, and we’ll go from there.

There’s no pressure (except what you put on yourself) this is supposed to be fun, although I personally like it when it carries some sort of moral message.

Wednesday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month, President Trump honored America’s veteran’s at the Tomb of the Unknowns, in the rain. If you haven’t seen the full service, it is rather awesome. By the way, Joe Biden called the lid around noon from his basement.

St. Francis of Assisi said:

Preach the Gospel, use words if necessary.

You may have noticed that Real Clear Politics has revoked their call of the election for Vice President Biden. As they did so they subtracted 20 Electoral votes (presumably Pennsylvania’s) from his total.

How Fox News outfoxed itself, a post mortem

From Jay Whig at American Greatness:

[N]ew, but not improved, Fox News has chosen to present its election coverage with a strong pro-Joe Biden bias, calling Arizona early (it is still in question eight days after Election Day), predicting Democrats would pick up five seats in the House of Representatives (Republicans appear to have picked up as many as a dozen), calling the election prematurely (Biden is not the “president-elect”), and suppressing news on election fraud and related litigation (it’s real and ongoing). This is the story of the rise and fall of Fox News, and the rise of Newsmax and One America News.

Once upon a time in America there were three news networks. A function of FCC control of airwaves, three major networks ABC, CBS, and NBC were licensed to broadcast VHF television.

Incoming signals were free. The sale of advertisements paid for the broadcasting. The Nielsen rating/share—a measure of eyeballs—drove the value of advertising time. This oligopoly structure disciplined the media.

Each network competed for a three-way news hour rating/share. When it came to broadcast news, ABC, CBS, and NBC each targeted a broad audience. News had to appear trustworthy to many people, and bias had to be carefully structured to preserve a strong trust signal to a large number of people. “And that’s the way it is,” became left-biased Walter Cronkite’s signature signoff from CBS News. […]

Fox News—with programming led by Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, and Sean Hannity—remained through the 2020 campaign the only large venue for diverse, if biased, information. That ended on Election Night. The James and Lachlan Murdoch power structure inside Fox News made a decision to deploy a heavy pro-Biden bias as results were coming in. In theory, Fox News was to ape the old model of trust. In practice, Fox News shattered all trust at a critical moment.

By constricting the diversity of fact filters through the shut down of right-leaning coverage of the election, Fox News compelled right-leaning audiences to disregard all information that all media was delivering.

Completely FUBAR.

Our nation is on the brink. The market is now ripe for the growth of new conservative news media, such as Newsmax and OAN. Ramping up production values and original reporting with an explicit right-leaning bias would make for a better public understanding, and will make Newsmax and OAN a lot of money.

He’s spot on, read the whole thing at the link above.

I Can’t Spare This Man, He Fights

19th Indiana Infantry national colors.

Said President Lincoln of General Grant after Shiloh. When reports of Grant drinking blew up in Washington. Grant did have a drinking problem, when he was bored and when his wife Julia wasn’t with him. You remember his early career, he took Fort Donelson telling his best friend in the army, now commanding the Confederates, That I will only agree to immediate and unconditional surrender, I propose to move immediately on your works. So said Ulysses Simpson Grant, and the plays on the letters were irresistible. Thus are careers made, but his boss, General Halleck stole most of the credit, using it to become the commanding General of the army. One of the reasons that Grant was the first US Lieutenant General since Washington.

At Shiloh Church he was bored and he got surprised. He lost a lot of men on that first day. But on the second day, he drove the Southrons from the field with heavy casualties, clearing the way for the siege of Vicksburg which would sever the Trans-Mississippi West from the Old Southwest and closing the Mississippi to the Confederates forever.

And then he came east and co-located with the Army of the Potomac to ensure that it did its job of holding the Confederates, by the nose, while Sherman (in Patton’s apt phrase) kicked them in the ass. Thus ended America’s hardest war, the one against ourselves.

R. S. McCain, Has heard people talking about a second civil war, as I have, and he recalls The Bloody Cornfield where, as he says, 8000 men were killed or wounded in about three hours. It’s amazing that anybody survived, but his Great Grandfather did. On the other side of that Cornfield was the 19th Indiana Infantry, of the Iron Brigade of the West, those of you who read me on Discus discussions may know that my avatar there is the standard of the 19th Indiana, they’ve been my hero unit since reading about them as a child.

If there was ever a rock and a hard place, the Bloody Cornfield was it. And how well has America reunited? To the point that Southrons like Stacy and Yankees like me are now on the same side. Anybody really think Antifa wants any part of the Cornfield. Me either, but I don’t, and Stacy doesn’t either. But we also know that like Company D’s Lieutenant David S. Holloway who went back and retrieved the 19th’s colors under fire, there are things worth living for and those things are the ones worth dying for, and the honor of America is one of them.

As the 19th’s Lieutenant Colonel Bachman told his troops,

“Boys, the command is no longer forward, but now it is follow me!”

And that is what we must do, we must follow and support President Trump, at least until the very last bugle calls retreat, which we know it will never do. We won a lot in the last 4 years, because we and our president fought instead of folding like a bunch of GOP weenies, and they’re already starting to.  I’m a Nebraskan and I’ll tell you this, next time around I’ll vote for Nancy Pelosi before I vote for Ben Sasse, better an open opponent than a traitor in the ranks. I’ve had enough of the GOPe, the cocktail party republicans whatever you want to call them. I’ve had a bellyful and it smells like the offal from a Nebraska packing house. They are no longer my representatives, and I’ll do my best to see them retire broke and dishonored.

There is plenty of evidence of flagrant and open fraud out there, the complicit media including Faux News certainly isn’t going to report it, but the word is available, and getting more so. Keep the faith and keep your powder (and ink) dry.

On a personal note, my long time co-blogger here and on her All along the Watchtower is celebrating her birthday today, if’s the first time in years that I have been able to say to her “Happy Birthday, Dearest friend, and many  happy returns.” I don’t remember for sure, but I think it is also Chalcedon451’s birthday, who is also a contributor here, so if you see him around, wish him a Happy Birthday.

Sunday Funnies: Election Hangover

Well, gang, there’s an old quote that seems like an appropriate way to open this morning

As Britain’s government foolishly locks down England yet again, thereby causing more deaths than the Chinese flu, and ruining the economy of England besides. This Remembrance Sunday we join with them outside the church, since we’re not allowed in, to remember those British and Commonwealth

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have kept us free. This seems appropriate to me

And of course, congratulations to Congresswoman-Elect Lauren Boebert (R- Colorado)

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