Montana Catholic Priests Believe in American Greatness

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vs. EVIL.

Priests’ attendance at Trump rally causes furor

By: DAVID McCUMBER and THOMAS PLANK

Jul 7, 2018

 

The attendance of four Roman Catholic priests from Montana at President Donald Trump’s political rally in Great Falls Thursday has created a social media firestorm and apparently incurred the displeasure of the priests’ superiors in the church.

The four, who were seated near the front of the rally, wore their clerical garb, carried “Make America Great Again” signs, and wore VIP badges. They clapped for Trump as he doubled down on his oft-repeated slur of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” mocked the #MeToo movement, and questioned the meaning of former Republican President George H.W. Bush’s “Thousand Points of Light” slogan.

Two of the priests, Father Garrett Nelson and Father Ryan Erlenbush, serve in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. The other two, Father Kevin Christofferson and Father Christopher Lebsock, serve in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

Bishop Michael William Warfel, Bishop of the Great Falls-Billings diocese, answered a query about the priests’ attendance on Facebook by saying, “I was not aware that these priests would be in attendance at the rally at which President Trump spoke. Two were from the diocese of Great Falls-Billings and two were from the Diocese of Helena. I will be contacting the two priests from this diocese.

“While they are free to support a political candidate — and I believe they were there in support of Matt Rosendale, who is running for the Senate seat from Montana — they should not have been attired in clerical garb and seated in such a prominent location. I myself had been invited to attend the rally but declined. It has been my experience that people can be manipulated and used unwittingly. I judge that it was an imprudent decision on their parts to allow themselves to be used in such a way though I suspect they had not thought of this. In Christ, Bishop Warfel.”

Christofferson serves parishes in Polson and Ronan with a mission in Charlo. Lebsock is assistant pastor at the Cathedral of Saint Helena.

Erlenbush and Nelson are both based in Great Falls.

As pictures of the priests at the rally circulated on social media Friday, several people posted wording from Catholic Church guidelines regarding priests’ participation in politics.

In April 2011, the Montana Catholic Conference issued the following instruction on political advocacy for use by Catholic clergy and parishioners:

“Religious leaders should avoid taking positions on candidates or participating in political party matters even while acting in their individual capacity. Although not prohibited, it may be difficult to separate their personal activity from their public role as a Church leader.”

The conference posted diocesan guidelines later in 2011 featuring the same wording. According to the conference, the “guidelines were developed using the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2007 Political Activity Guidelines.

The Diocese of Helena is currently without a bishop. In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Diocesan administrator Monsignor Kevin O’Neill quoted the 2011 statement as the Diocese’s policy and added that “a Diocesan Administrator may not innovate, but is expected to affirm standing policy and practice. With this in mind, I have issued a letter to all diocesan personnel requesting their thoughtful and sincere cooperation with the stated policy and practice of the diocese.”

Erlenbush, a Billings native, found himself at the center of a controversy earlier this year when he called for a boycott of Mayfair, the Billings Catholic Schools’ largest fundraiser, because a gay couple were among the fundraising leaders of the event.

Erlenbush, who is also an alumnus of Billings Catholic Schools, called for a boycott in April saying, the school had lost its way “when a prominent homosexual couple is advertised as the chairs for the annual fundraiser.”

“What does a Catholic school have to do before people say ‘enough’ and take their kids (and their money) elsewhere?” Erlenbush continued. “I am an alumnus of Billings Catholic Schools and I say ‘enough.’”

His comments drew a strong rebuke from Billings Catholic Schools, and Warfel responded to Erlenbush’s comment in part because of the outcry from Erlenbush’s Facebook post.

“The issue is not the principle, the issue is how things were communicated,” Warfel wrote at the time. “I would judge there are better ways to handle it.”

Many on social media suggested the pictures of the priests at the rally were “fake news,” had been “photoshopped,” or that they were “actors” hired to create controversy, although the identities of the priests and their attendance were confirmed by the dioceses and many others.

Mary Moe of Great Falls, a prominent Democrat and former legislator, posted on Facebook: “Our Catholic priests clapped, there in the front row allowing themselves and the Church to be exploited for political purposes, as President Trump, that exemplar of Catholic teachings, said of Hillary, ‘she got her ass kicked.’ They laughed at his jokes about immigration and laughed again when he used language that they used to beat boys for back when America was great. And Jesus wept.”

Her post generated more than 1,000 comments, predictably mixed.

Many praised the priests and defended their right to be there.

Dave Galt, a prominent Montana Republican and longtime executive director of the Montana Petroleum Association, responded to Moe on Facebook: “I was there. I talked to those priests. Hillary did get her ass kicked. Perhaps they really care about the number of babies killed in this country under our abortion laws. I saw their support for the President’s comments about late-term abortion votes. Good for them and damn good for President Trump.”

 

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“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he said in one episode. “Inshallah, the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.”
– Seddique Mateen

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Good vs. Evil.

“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing” …Edmund Burke

 

 

Important SUA Update:

SUA has received a lengthy report from a Pashtun living in Waziristan, Pakistan. He described the intimate relationship between the Pakistani military and the Taliban. The Taliban are not only being supplied by the Pakistani military, but some members of Pakistani Army and Pakistani intelligence are dressing up as Taliban and operating with them to suppress the new Pashtun freedom movement (PTM) and any political parties in Waziristan deemed hostile to affect the election outcome at the end of this month., Pakistan announces to the international media that these operations are anti-terrorism operations, but they are not. The so-called Peace (Aman) Committees are Taliban and the Taliban are freely moving in urban areas, collecting taxes from businesses and enforcing Sharia under the very noses of of the Pakistani authorities. The Taliban are noticeably wealthier than the other inhabitants and have confiscated schools as their local headquarters.These are also the same Taliban groups that are operating in eastern Afghanistan.

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Happy Fourth Of July America! July 4, 2018

Editor’s Note: On behalf of MG Paul Vallely U.S. Army (ret.) and the staff at Stand Up America, we wish you and all your family and friends a Happy Fourth of July as you all celebrate the creation of the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.

 

 

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This is must watch tonight, July 4th,  on The Hallmark Channel !  Chris takes the Marine Barracks into orbit with his performance!

CHRIS JANSON PERFORMANCE AT MARINE BARRACKS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TAPED FOR THE HALLMARK CHANNEL’S FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL 

Nashville, Tenn.(July 3, 2018) – Warner Brothers recording artist and MusicRow’s “Song of the Year” winner, Chris Janson, performed a mini-concert yesterday at the U.S. Marine barracks in Washington, D.C., presented by Hallmark Channel and hosted by National Park Service and National Park Foundation. He was joined by the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters for a once in a lifetime performance, which will air on the Hallmark Channel on July 4th at 8 p.m. ET.

Must Watch Performance

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The Coalition of Iranian Opposition Groups.

 

Press Release

Subject: Announcing the Coalition of Iranian Opposition Groups.

July 1, 2018

On June 30, 2018 Iranians from across the world, free from the yoke of the mullahs, joined in Paris, in an annual event “Free Iran; The Alternative” hosted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. A bomb threat occurred at the event seemingly planned by a regime diplomat from Austria. US Representatives were Rudi Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and John Bolton who spoke in support of the Iranian Opposition Movement.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran is an Iranian political organization based in France and chaired by Maryam Rajavi, the widow of Masoud Rajavi, the founder of the NCRI. The organization has appearance of a broad-based coalition, however many analysts consider NCRI and Islamic Marxist People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) to be synonymous and an umbrella organization for Iranian opposition groups. The NCRI represents a very small group/percentage of Iranian dissidents and appears to lack very little support inside Iran. NCRI presents itself is an umbrella organization of Iranian dissident groups that shared a common opposition to the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was founded in Paris in 1981 by Masoud Rajavi, the leader of the MEK/PMOI/MKO, and Abol-Hassan Banisadr. Since 1983, it has been exclusively controlled by the MEK… The NCRI’s United States operation was listed previously as a foreign terrorist organization but was removed from that list by the State Department four years ago.

The purpose of this press release is to redirect the focus and attention of the US Representatives and the State Department to the new broader Coalition of Iranian Opposition Groups that conducted their first meeting on June 9th that convened at George Washington University. The Coalition represented the many and varied cultural groups that comprise the Iranian population such as representatives of Iranian Kurds, Azeris, Baluchies and Arabs. The conference attracted a significant number of highly regarded former US officials and former senior military personnel. Dr Alireza Nourizadeh, the director of Centre for Iran and Arab Studies and Executive Director of Iran Farda TV opened the conference stating the primary goal of this first meeting of Iran’s opposition group would be to unite all opposition parties against the Islamic Republic under the overarching framework of One Flag, One Nation, One Iran. “The conference in its essence was the first stepping stone to demonstrate the unity and solidarity of different Iranian opposition groups against the Islamic Republic. All participants stressed the shared values of unity and equality and joining forces to protect Iran’s territorial as well as national integrity and dignity”, emphasized Dr Nourizadeh. Dr Shahrokh Mireskandari, a co-organizer of the conference, also addressed the gathering by stressing that the conference would be a focal point in realizing the fragile situation that the Islamic Republic is gripped with and pointed out the importance of improving human rights in Iran, mending bridges between Iranian people and the US as well as furthering efforts aimed at positive role of Iran in the region. For many decades, the quest for democracy in Iran has been overshadowed by the perceived notion of Iran’s potential disintegration should all citizens’ fully exercise their socio-political and cultural rights.

The other main message of the conference was to ensure that all ethnic Iranian opposition groups agreed to pursue the common goal of removing the current discriminatory constitution and replace it with a free and fair national constitution guaranteeing every Iranian citizens’ right regardless of their ethnicity, religion or orientation under one umbrella. President Trump’s pulling out from Iran’s nuclear deal dubbed as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA), along with Iran’s increasing regional interferences and support of terrorist groups, has brought the US administration to a realization that the Islamic Republic in its current form and shape has two options, only: Either to fundamentally change behavior on a verifiable basis or be removed from power so an inclusive and national transitional government could be introduced by all Iranians ending the tyranny of the Islamic Republic. The conference also recognized the legitimacy of working with powerful international partners to build up a global consensus against the Islamic Republic while safeguarding that such collaboration would ensure Iran’s national integrity and dignity. It is recommended that President Trump and Secretary Pompeo focus its support for the new Coalition as it represents a very broad support of the multiple Iranian Opposition groups and not just the NCRI.

 

Contact: Paul E Vallely MG, US Army (Ret) Chairman, Stand Up America US Foundation Chairman – Legacy National Security Advisory Group Co – Trustee , Soldiers Memorial Fund Foundation

E-Mail: standupamericausa1@gmail.com

Web/Blog: www.standupamericaus.org

Phone (c): 406 890-4201

Skype: paulvallely

 

 

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The Coalition of Iranian Opposition Groups Press Release

 

All right triangles are congruent.

The Coalition of Iranian Opposition Groups Press Release

Monday, July 02, 2018

The first meeting of the Coalition of Iranian Opposition Groups for the first time convened in George Washington University on June 9.

In addition to Iranian opposition groups, the conference also attracted a significant number of highly regarded former US politicians and former senior military personnel some of whom advising the White House. In the conference and for the first time, representatives of Iranian Kurds, Azeris, Baluchies and Arabs took part.

Dr Alireza Nourizadeh, the director of Centre for Iran and Arab Studies and Executive Director of Iran Farda TV opened the conference stating the primary goal of this first meeting of Iran’s opposition group would be to unite all opposition parties against the Islamic Republic under the overarching framework of One Flag, One Nation, One Iran.

“The conference in its essence, was the first stepping stone to demonstrate the unity and solidarity of different Iranian opposition groups against the Islamic Republic. All participants stressed on the shared values of unity and equality and joining forces to protect Iran’s territorial as well as national integrity and dignity”, emphasized Dr Nourizadeh.

Dr Shahrokh Mireskandari, a co-organizer of the conference, also addressed the gathering by stressing that the conference would be a focal point in realizing the fragile situation that the Islamic Republic is gripped with and pointed out the importance of improving human rights in Iran, mending bridges between Iranian people and the US as well as furthering efforts aimed at positive role of Iran in the region.

For many decades, the quest for democracy in Iran has been overshadowed by the perceived notion of Iran’s potential disintegration should all citizens’ fully exercise their socio-political and cultural rights. The other main message of the conference was, to ensure that all ethnic Iranian opposition groups agreed to pursue the common goal of removing the current discriminatory constitution and replace it with a free and fair national constitution guarantying every Iranian citizens’ right regardless of their ethnicity, religion or orientation under one umbrella.

President Trump’s pulling out from Iran’s nuclear deal dubbed as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA), along with Iran’s increasing regional interferences and support of terrorist groups has brought the the US administration to a realisation that the Islamic Republic in its current form and shape has two options, only:
Either to fundamentally change behaviour on a verifiable basis or be removed from power so an inclusive and national transitional government could be introduced by all Iranians ending the tyranny of the Islamic Republic.

The conference also, recognized the legitimacy of working with powerful international partners to build up a global consensus against the Islamic Republic while safeguarding that such collaboration would ensure Iran’s national integrity and dignity.

Below is the list of speakers at the conference:

1. Rt. Major General Richard Secord
2. Rt. Major General Paul Vallely
3. Colonel Mike Stevens, Senior Middle East Analyst
4. Dr Alireza Nourizadeh, Centre for Iran and Arab
5. Dr Shahrokh Mireskandari, Lawyer and Political Activist
6. Mr George Cave, Former State Department Advisor
7. Mr Abdullah Mohtadi, Secretary General of Iran’ Komoleh Party of Kurdistan
8. Ms. Katayoun Yazdani, Philanthropist
9. Dr Shahria Ahy, Senior Political Adviser
10. Joe Kauffman, Republican nominee for Congress from Florida
11. Ms Sherry Raz, Institute for Open Middle East
12. Dr Zia Sadr, Distinguished Azeri writer
13. Mr Houshang Kordestani, Iran National Front
14. Dr Reza Hosseinbor, United Baluchistan Front
15. Dr Karim Abdian, Politcal Adviser, Ahvaz SDemocratic Party
16. Mr Fariborz Bakhtiary, Iran Tribes Council
17. Naser Boladai, Baluch People Party

 

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“The Deep State” by Paul Vallely, MG, U.S. Army (ret.)

The Deep State

By Paul E. Vallely
MG, US Army (Ret)
June 29, 2018

In the United States the term “deep state” is used within political science to describe influential decision-making bodies believed to be within government who are relatively permanent and whose policies and long-term plans are unaffected by changing administrations. The term is often used in a critical sense, vis-à-vis, the general electorate to refer to the lack of influence popular democracy has on these institutions and the decisions they make as a shadow government. The term was originally coined in a somewhat pejorative sense to refer to similar relatively invisible state apparatus in Turkey and post-Soviet Russia. When I was on active duty and three tours in DC, I recall calling “The Deep State” the Bureaucracy. The bureaucracy has bled into a four-level deep state!

Anyone who has spent time on Capitol Hill will get the feeling when watching debates in the House or Senate chambers that he or she is seeing a kind of marionette theater, with members of Congress reading carefully vetted talking points about prefabricated issues. While the public is now aware of the disproportionate influence of powerful corporations over Washington, best exemplified by the judicial travesty known as the Citizens United decision, few fully appreciate that the United States has in the last several decades gradually undergone a process first identified by Aristotle and later championed by Machiavelli that the journalist Lawrence Peter Garrett described in the 1930s as a “revolution within the form.” Our venerable institutions of government have outwardly remained the same, but they have grown more and more resistant to the popular will as they have become hardwired into a corporate and private influence network with almost unlimited cash to enforce its will.
Even as commentators decry a broken government that cannot marshal the money, the will, or the competence to repair our roads and bridges, heal our war veterans, or even roll out a health care website, there is always enough money and will, and maybe just enough competence, to overthrow foreign governments, fight the longest war in U.S. history, and conduct dragnet surveillance over the entire surface of the planet.

These paradoxes, both within the government and within the ostensibly private economy, are related. They are symptoms of a shadow government ruling the United States that pays little heed to the plain words of the Constitution. Its governing philosophy profoundly influences foreign and national security policy and such domestic matters as spending priorities, trade, investment, income inequality, privatization of government services, media presentation of news, and the whole meaning and worth of citizens’ participation in their government. We have come to call this shadow government the Deep State. We use the term to mean a hybrid association of key elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States with only limited reference to the consent of the governed as normally expressed through elections.
The Deep State is the big story of our time. It is the red thread that runs through the war on terrorism and the militarization of foreign policy, the CIA and DOJ. But these isolated cases have not provided a framework for understanding the extent of the shadow government, how it arose, the interactions of its various parts, and the extent to which it influences and controls the leaders whom we think we choose in elections.

My reflection on our shadow system of government has come only after my retirement in 1993 and my physical withdrawal from Washington, D.C. proper and the institutions located there to the State of Montana. Unlike the clear majority of Capitol Hill strivers who leave the place for greener pastures, I had no desire to join a lobbying shop, trade association, or think tank. But I did have a need to see the events I had witnessed in perspective, and I came to realize that the nation’s capital, where I lived and worked for many years, has its own peculiar ecology.

To look upon Washington once again with fresh eyes, I sometimes feel as Darwin must have when he first set foot on the Galapagos Islands. From the Pentagon to K Street, and from the contractor cube farms in Crystal City to the public policy foundations along Massachusetts Avenue, the terrain and its people are exotic and well worth examining in a rational and common-sense manner. The official United States government has its capital there, and so does our state within a state. To describe them in the language of physics, they coexist in the same way it is possible for two subatomic particles to coexist in an entangled quantum state. The characteristics of each particle, or each governmental structure, cannot fully be described independently; instead, we must find a way to describe the system. The Deep State also extends to many States and local governments.

If you don’t know what the Deep State is then you’re obviously part of the Deep State. We know, of course, that the liberal Deep State that lurks within our government is and always has been hellbent on destroying President Trump and preventing him from making America great again. And we know for certain that Deep State weasels fabricated the whole Russia HOAX and, quite likely, rigged the election so Hillary Clinton would lose, allowing Trump to win and be mercilessly persecuted by — you guessed it! — the Deep State. (It all tracks, believe me.) But this week’s raids on Cohen’s Manhattan office and hotel room confirm one of my long-held suspicions: The Democratic Deep State has sunk to an even more insidious level and is now targeting our Republican president in the sneakiest way possible — by using Republicans.

Let us start with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating all this Russia nonsense. As Trump has said, the whole thing is a big witch hunt, and that makes Mueller the lead witch hunter. Well, Mueller is a registered Republican and was first appointed head of the FBI by President George W. Bush, who is also a Republican. (I’m telling you, this conspiracy goes DEEP!). The raid on Trump’s lawyer began with a referral from the Mueller investigation to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. What the hell kind of Republican special counsel and lifetime law enforcement official would refer a legal matter that might make a Republican president look bad to a U.S. attorney’s office? That stinks to high heaven of Deep State involvement.

But it gets crazier. The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is Geoffrey Berman, a Trump supporter who also gave money to the president’s campaign. In a normal world in which the Deep State does not exist and wacky libs are not constantly trying to ruin America, you’d expect Berman to shut this investigation down and protect his president. But no, Berman reportedly recused himself from the case and didn’t get involved in obtaining the warrants for the Cohen raids. Is that a case of a public servant adhering to reasonable ethical standards? HELL NO! It’s a case of the Deep State finding a way to turn a Republican feral and make him attack his own kind.

Warrants for the Cohen raids had to get approved by the Department of Justice, which is run by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Republican. But Sessions recused himself from all criminal matters relating to the 2016 election, a decision that led to the appointment of Mueller (a Republican) by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (a Republican) after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey (a Republican). So, it was Rosenstein who signed off on the warrants. And Rosenstein (a Republican) was handpicked by Trump (a Republican).

I know we will terminate and destroy the Deep State.

 

   

    “How come the lights went on before he clapped”

 

“What do you mean that you don’t remember the exact count?”