Do Illegal Immigrants Commit Crimes At A Smaller Rate Than Americans?

Here’s a good listen from Boston radio host Howie Carr on illegal immigration. He and a representative from FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) take a closer look at the constant assertion that illegal immigrants commit crime at a lesser rate than do Americans, despite the fact that they constitute 23% of federal prisoners. The rates at the State level are similar and even higher, with NJ being the highest. This does not take into account the vast numbers of illegals who are arrested and plead down so they will not be deported.

We are being constantly lied to about the danger Americans are in, because as we all know, or so the Christian elite tell us, Jesus wants us to accept the collateral damage it all brings so that we can be more like, well, Jesus. Go to the 19:21 mark to give a listen. And here is the FAIR report: “SCAAP Data Suggest Illegal Aliens Commit Crime at a Much Higher Rate Than Citizens and Lawful Immigrants.”

A Pro-Life Prayer Liturgy

Petition: read by the Leader

Response: We pray to the Lord.

Psalm: recited by the assembly

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For a change in laws, policies, and attitudes that discriminate against and marginalize unborn children.

How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of Yahweh.
Blessed are those who observe his instructions, who seek him with all their hearts, and, doing no evil, who walk in his ways.
You lay down your precepts to be carefully kept.
May my ways be steady in doing your will.
Then I shall not be shamed, if my gaze is fixed on your commandments.
I thank you with a sincere heart for teaching me your upright judgments. Psalm 119: 1-7

For a new Culture of Life, that welcomes children with a self-sacrificing love that says, “This is my body, given for you” .

I shall do your will; do not ever abandon me wholly.
How can a young man keep his way spotless? By keeping your words.
With all my heart I seek you, do not let me stray from your commandments.
In my heart I treasure your promises, to avoid sinning against you.
Blessed are you, Yahweh, teach me your will! Psalm 119: 8-12

For all elected officials, that they courageously advance the protection of vulnerable human life.

With my lips I have repeated all the judgments you have given.
In the way of your instructions lies my joy, a joy beyond all wealth.
I will ponder your precepts and fix my gaze on your paths.
I find my delight in your will, I do not forget your words.
Be generous to your servant and I shall live, and shall keep your words.
Open my eyes and I shall fix my gaze on the wonders of your Law. Psalm 119: 13-18

For all children who have been lost by abortion, that they be received into the eternal dwelling prepared for them in heaven.

My destiny is in your hands; rescue me from my enemies,
from the hands of my pursuers. Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your mercy. Psalm 31:16-17

For all mothers and fathers of aborted children, that they may find the road to healing and peace.

Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love;
in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.
Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me. Psalm 51:3-4

For all who lay down their lives, their resources, and their reputations to defend unborn children from abortion.

See how many are my enemies, see how fiercely they hate me.
Preserve my soul and rescue me; do not let me be disgraced, for in you I seek refuge.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; I wait for you, O LORD. Psalm 25:19-21
For all women who have had abortions, and for those who feel tempted and afraid.
Magnify the LORD with me; and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4-5

For those who govern us, that they may have the heart and mind of a good shepherd, and keep the protection of human life as their first priority.

Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4
For those who speak up for the sanctity of life, but find ridicule and rejection in return, that they may have the blessings that belong to the prophets.
For those blessed by the Lord will inherit the earth, but those accursed will be cut off.
The valiant one whose steps are guided by the LORD,
who will delight in his way, may stumble, but he will never fall,
or the LORD holds his hand. Psalm 37:22-24

For women who are pregnant but feel afraid and abandoned, that despite their afflictions, the grace of God and the help of others will give them the strength to welcome and nurture new life.

In their distress they cried to the LORD, who rescued them in their peril,
Guided them by a direct path so they reached a city to live in.
Let them thank the LORD for his mercy, such wondrous deeds for the children of Adam. Psalm 107:6-8
In thanksgiving for the many children who have been saved from abortion through the efforts of the pro-life movement.
The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD, their refuge in a time of distress.
Psalm 37:39

That all medical professionals involved in the practices of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, may experience conversion of mind and heart and cease these activities.

Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts,
Who pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills,
Who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with mercy and compassion.
Psalm 103:2-4

That all who are pregnant and afraid may welcome the life within them, and draw strength from the angel Gabriel’s words to Mary: Do not fear.

The LORD helps and rescues them, rescues and saves them from the wicked,
because they take refuge in him. Psalm 37:40

That all who despair because of a past abortion may open their hearts to repentance and the merciful forgiveness of the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him. Psalm 103:12-13

That children still on their way to birth may be welcomed and protected rather than feared and rejected.

The LORD will guard you from all evil; he will guard your soul.
The LORD will guard your coming and going both now and forever. Psalm 124:7-8
In thanksgiving for all creation and for all life, which comes from the Lord of the earth, the sky, and the sea.
Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven.
Give praise for his mighty deeds, praise him for his great majesty. Psalm 150:1-2

For families, that they be filled with the graces that flow from marriage and parenthood, and become true sanctuaries of life.

Pleasant places were measured out for me; fair to me indeed is my inheritance.
I bless the LORD who counsels me; even at night my heart exhorts me.
I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken.
Psalm 16:6-8

That as God brings us love and justice, we may build a society of love and justice, based on respect for each and every human life.

We do not cease praying and asking that we may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy. Colossians 1:9-11

That as God made a covenant with all living things, so we His people may grow in our respect for life, and actively protect it.

Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth,
single-hearted and revering your name. I will praise you with all my heart,
glorify your name forever, Lord my God. Psalm 86:11-12

That Christ, who was presented to His Father in the temple, may deepen our understanding that every human life belongs to God and is sacred to Him.

But the LORD’s mercy is from age to age, toward those who fear him.
His salvation is for the children’s children of those who keep his covenant,
and remember to carry out his precepts. Psalm 103:17-18

That those who are tempted to have their children aborted may find in the Christian community the wisdom and resources to protect the new lives that have been entrusted to them.

The LORD knows the days of the blameless; their heritage lasts forever.
They will not be ashamed when times are bad; in days of famine they will be satisfied. Psalm 37:18-19

That the endless mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus may lift out of despair those who have participated in abortions, and make them defenders of life.

The LORD helps and rescues them, rescues and saves them from the wicked,
because they take refuge in him. Psalm 37:40

That the Holy Spirit, who gives Life, may breathe over our nation and create a new Culture of Life that welcomes the stranger, feeds the poor, and cherishes every child, born and unborn.

I call upon you; answer me, O God. Turn your ear to me; hear my speech.
Show your wonderful mercy, you who deliver with your right arm
those who seek refuge from their foes. Psalm 17:6-7

That all nations may honor Christ the King as the only Lord and giver of Life, and in His name, abolish the practice of abortion and euthanasia.

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Ephesians 3:20:21

That all nations may walk in the Light of Christ by enacting policies that protect human life, which is always a manifestation of God’s glory.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
That God may protect all unborn babies, and keep them safe from the scourge of abortion.
You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me; with glad cries of freedom you will ring me around. Psalm 32:7

That Jesus, who sympathizes with our weakness, may grant forgiveness and healing to all who have committed the sin of abortion.

I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts. I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more. Jer 31:33-34

That those ordained to proclaim the Gospel may never hesitate to speak up for the victims of abortions and infanticide.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Whatever you did for one of these least of my brothers you did for me. Mt 28:19-20, 25:40

That the Spirit of Wisdom may fill all those who counsel parents who are tempted to abort their children or who have already done so.

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

That God, who sent His Son to save and not to condemn, will touch the hearts of all who have had abortions, and bring them the gift of repentance, forgiveness, and healing.

He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:13-14

That God may bless all doctors and nurses, and help them use their skills to heal and foster life, and never destroy it.

For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. 1Pet 2:25

That mothers who are pregnant but afraid of their motherhood may, with the help of the Church, find the courage and strength they need to give life.

Look toward me, and have pity on me, for I am alone and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and bring me out of my distress. Put an end to my affliction and my suffering and take away all my sins. Psalm 25: 16-18

The Dems Unleash An Attack on the Electoral College in the New Congress

Here we go!! The Dems are attacking the Electoral College in Congress. Go here. The hope of the Dems is mob rule, the exact very thing that our Founders resisted in the original construction of our Democratic Republic. The Electoral College is at the core of this check on direct democracy, as well as the original design to have Senators chosen by State Legislatures rather than directly chosen by voters, which was, of course, changed to direct vote. That has not been a change to the good. The real hope of the Dems is to unleash both coasts and Chicago to dominate the political landscape. Flyover country, the bane of the Dems, will simply dry up politically. (The Dems might need all that land for their collectivized farming.)

Such a bill has no hope of getting through Congress for now. It must pass by two thirds of both houses and be approved by two thirds of all the states. Yet this is a sign of the anti-Constitutional bias of the Dems, who find that federalism is getting in their way. Trump has been accused of undermining the Constitution with his populism, yet there is no move by him to alter our federalism. Indeed, he has made moves to strengthen it as one of the means to protect the people from the Dems and their love affair with direct control and their anti-Constitutional DNA.

Pure democracy has always been the sand in the gears of democratic governance over time. For an example in the 20th century, see what happened to Spain when they overthrew the monarchy in 1931 for direct democracy. It descended into chaos and unchecked street violence. George Orwell saw this as someone who went to Spain to help the Republicans, and ended up his book “Homage to Catalonia” as a response to the horror he saw. (By the way, the first things this new government did was legalize abortion and support the breakdown of traditional marriage.) Pure democracies cater to our worst instincts and always end with the people taking up arms against each other. As we have seen over the last few years, the Dems and many of their supporters are not uncomfortable with the breakdown of order and the unleashing of violence on the streets.
Here is a series on the Spanish Civil War on YouTube. It was produced in the 80s and well done as an overview. The Spanish Civil War teaches us that pure democracy leads to pure totalitarianism, a la Napoleon after the French Revolution and Franco after the overthrow of the Spanish Monarchy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqn0kiYBiMI&t=4s

There are large forces at work here, folks. It seems overwhelming to the man on the street who is just trying to build his own place of peace on his own plot of land for his own family. His experience with politics is draining, disappointing, and miserable. Yet it is the means available to us to keep the wickedness at bay, that keeps knocking on our door and wants in. As Ray Bradbury put it, “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”

In broad outline the nature of the conflict is clear. Where that conflict will go is clear. What will stop it is clear. The one thing that is not clear is whether or not you will let it happen or seek to get your piece of the pie and hope that time doesn’t run out before it’s your piece of the pie that they come for.

BTW, here is a useful Prager video on the Electoral College.

The Immorality of Obamacare

A friend of mine just posted this on FB. “My new 2019 “Affordable” healthcare monthly premium is $1,999! That’s $23,988 per year without even one visit to the doctor. Family annual deductible is $12,015. Before I claim one single benefit I would have to spend $36,003. And this is the cheapest “bronze” level offered! To make matters worse, I was hit with a $1,644 additional Medicare tax on my 2017 return to help “offset” the costs of Obamacare. As if I am not already subsidizing enough people already with my premiums and deductibles. Thank goodness for Texas men like Judge Reed O’Connor.”
Obamacare has been essentially wealth redistribution. From what I read, the $2,000 per month premiums have been the new normal, not even counting the deductibles of $12,000 or so. It is long past due for this whole thing to collapse of its own immorality. For me, this represents like nothing else the legacy of President Obama’s soul. It is who he is. And now the moral nightmare has been declared unconstitutional. It has been vomited out of the moral ecosystem of the body politic, too toxic to any longer be ingested.
The Dems will breath new life into this nightmare, given the chance, and perhaps Justice Roberts, too. It is destroying the middle class, as socialism always does. In Massachusetts, one half the state budget goes to healthcare, and the Legislature is always on the hunt for a new way to fund its imagined Utopia. And so I will continue to remain politically engaged, no matter the results of the midterms, no matter the results of the next Presidential election, no matter the ups and downs of political cycles.
Even as I type this, I am listening to BookTV and the author Roy Scranton, author of “We’re Doomed: Now What?” He is asking for a socialist take over at the local level and the re-education of high schoolers to get them ready for it. This stuff is like a flu that always has a new mutation. It never goes away.
Some of my friends have moved from Massachusetts, the bluest of the blue states. I get that. But living here at ground zero of the immoral social engineering that is the utopian dream, as it were, reminds me that no matter where you live, you will be made to care. You can’t outrun this toxicity. Better to stand up, turn around, look it in the eyes, and run at it to strip it of its fierce illusions. Left to itself, it will destroy us all by its totalitarian nature and posed moral superiority.

Happy New Year! The Church Year Begins Today.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Church Year begins today, the first Sunday of Advent.

All religions have a sacred calendar, a means to remind us that we are not circumscribed by merely earthly things, that something bigger and more real is going on than what the eyes may behold.

The Christian Church Year is built upon and around Jesus – His first coming, his earthly ministry, his death, burial, and resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promise that he will come again. Built into the Church Year is the constant reminder that the Name of our God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The flourishing abundance that is in our faith is rooted in the overflowing life of the Trinity, where in eternal love and mutual interdependency the three Persons of the Trinity invite us into their fellowship and joy.

The Scripture readings during Advent focus on the Second Coming of the Messiah, not the prophecies of his first coming. It is a reminder that as he came in fulfillment of prophecy so he will come again as the prophets have foretold.

For some years now I have ordered the Church Year Calendar published by University Hill Congregation of Vancouver, BC. All of its artwork is commissioned by the church explicitly for the calendar. The artwork is suitable for framing after the Church Year has been completed.