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This article in “The Catholic Thing” sure resonated with Janet and I. We’ve always said we really like Trump as a person and love his personality, wit, humor and sarcasm. We get it. We laugh. The Left has no humor. They don’t know how to laugh; they just get angry and shout.

But we get Trump and his style and we like it. This article helps put into words what I’ve struggled to explain. Thanks, Austin Ruse! Enjoy the article.

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Trump Still Wins the Personality Contest

At the end of September, Public Discourse published a series of columns about voting for Trump. Or not. Mostly not. Mostly ewww.

Brandon McGinley argues the usual yadda-yadda that Christians have no home in either political party. I don’t know about you, but my home is where my family lives. I don’t look for a home in a political party. But I do know which one is better for the common good, and it’s not even close.

Charlie Camosy proposes that our political home is something called the American Solidarity Party. Keep in mind, Camosy is the guy who says we are required by our faith not to eat tasty, juicy animals. Keep in mind, too, that a vote for the American Solidarity Party is a vote for the Democrats and all that means.

Hunter Baker says Trump has ruined conservatism, but we should hold our noses and vote for him anyway.

The most robust endorsement of Trump in this package of essays is by Ralph Hancock, who nonetheless describes Trump’s voice as an “irksome sound” and that he is a “vulgar, ill-mannered human specimen.” With endorsements like these, who needs Bill Kristol?

download (1)What sophisticates seem not to understand is that the great unwashed—myself among them—actually love him. Have you seen one of his rallies? One of the new chants, along with the old chestnut “lock her up,” is “We-love-you! We-love-you! We-love-you!” We love the big galoot.

Put aside all his outstanding policy accomplishments, both foreign and domestic, we actually love his personality. We love his humor. This will shock the sophistos. I mean, it is the height of sophistication to say, “Trump may have been good things policy-wise but—tut-tut—you have to look past his personality. Have you seen those tweets?”

downloadWe thought it was hilarious when he invited the Russians to “find” Hillary’s 30,000 emails. We laughed out loud when he said, “Maybe I will run for a third term.” Or when he looked skyward and suggested he was the “chosen one” to deal with China.

When he talks to 20,000 people, he holds them in the palm of his hand largely through humor—humor that his opponents almost certainly get, but they use against him nonetheless by pretending he was serious. Lesley Stahl did this schtick on the 60 Minutes interview when she asked him about begging suburban women to love him. Lesley, he was doing a bit.

One of my favorites occurred earlier this year at CPAC, the annual jamboree for conservatives held near Washington, D.C. Trump was riffing on the Democrat primary challengers, and he smacked a carom shot off Elizabeth Warren and right into Shorty Mike Bloomberg.

download (2)Warren walloped Bloomberg in his first debate, something Bloomberg wasn’t exactly used to. Trump laughed. Bloomberg “didn’t know what hit him. He’s going, ‘Oh, get me off this stage’.” And then Trump shrinks. He bends way down, so you only see his head sticking above the podium. Get it? Bloomberg is practically a dwarf. And Trump says in a dying Munchkin voice, “Get me off, get me off this stage…” The CPAC crowd went wild. And what does Trump do? He stood there and milked it. Trump let the laughs roll. He’s a pro.

Trump is a Jewish comedian. You cannot understand his humor without knowing that. New York Jews are tough and hilarious, among the toughest and funniest people on the planet. Trump grew up among them. Like tough Jews everywhere, Trump is a kibitzer. He stands on the street corner cracking wise.

download (3)When Trump told the Russians to find Hillary’s emails, he was kibbitzing. When he said cops ought not “to be so nice” when putting MS-13 criminal scum in cop cars, he was kibbitzing. “Maybe I’ll run for a third term?” Kibbitzing. Such kibbitzing drives his enemies wild and makes his fans love him all the more.

We know precisely how to understand Trump. We know what to take seriously, what to brush off, and what deeper messages to take away from his speeches and tweets. His language, syntax, and pronunciation are pure BQE—straight out of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

While he grew up with great wealth, Rabbi Dov Fischer explains that Trump grew up and came of age on construction sites alongside ordinary people. His lexicon and tempo are pure outer borough, a trait Rabbi Fischer says he has in common with Orthodox Jews.

Rabbi Fischer says America’s Orthodox Jewish community is almost unanimous in support of Trump. He says Trump’s support is 70% among Orthodox Jews in Los Angeles and more than 90% around the country. He says it’s more than policy agreement (though it certainly is that).

download (4)It’s also a common “Borscht Belt” humor. The Borscht Belt was a string of Jewish summer camps in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York—camps like Grossinger’s, the Pioneer, and Kutshers—that spawned comic geniuses like Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Jackie Mason, Neil and Danny Simon, and many others. See The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime for a perfect evocation of that magical time and place.

So, no, we are not holding our noses and voting for him “despite” his personality. We love his personality. We love his humor. He makes us laugh right out loud. It is merely a bonus that his humor drives our betters a little meshuga.

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Quiz on Bible Cities: How Many Can You Guess?

by Steve Ray on October 27, 2020

This was a fun little quiz. Not hard at all. Let me know how many you get correct/

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4917821/jewish/Take-the-Biblical-Cities-Quiz.htm

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St. Paul and the “Evil Beast” People of Crete

by Steve Ray on October 12, 2020

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Before the virus hysteria, we were touring the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. We had about 100 happy cruisers along with us on this pilgrimage.

St. Paul visited this island after his two-year imprisonment in Rome around AD 63.

After his release St. Paul set out again on apostolic travels. During this time he and Titus visited Crete.

Paul writes to Titus, “Paul … to Titus … for this reason, I left you in Crete [as bishop].” (Titus 1:1-4)

We are always told to be NICE. We should not speak disparagingly about people.

When writing to Titus, Paul did not have very flattering words for the Cretans. He spoke his mind — and it is recorded as inspired Scripture. This is what he wrote to Titus about the Cretans,

“‘Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’ This testimony is true.” (Titus 1:12)

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When I have been to Crete on numerous occasions, I found the Cretans quite nice folks, but a lot can change in 2000 years.

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Biblical Meal…Sparrow! Should we Try?

October 4, 2020

I wondered why Jesus made the comment that two sparrows were sold for a penny (Mt 10:29) and five sparrows sold for two pennies (Lk 12:6). Well after a little research, I found out and we gave it a try :-) Earlier post about eating grasshoppers and also mentioning sparrows.

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The Human Mind is Amazing

September 19, 2020

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You Know You Are a Heretic when…

September 15, 2020

                    Catechism definition of heresy: ” “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same.” (CCC 2089)

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Google Earth Captured Satellite Image of Moses Crossing Red Sea!

September 11, 2020

The guys at Glue Society (Warning: not all of their stuff is edifying) have provided some unique Google Earth shots from biblical times including the creation of the Garden of Eden, the Crucifixion, the landing of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat and now (to the left) Moses Crossing the Red Sea. You can see them […]

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Am I Sick? Naw, I Don’t Think So, Just Feeding the Turkey Vultures

July 31, 2020

The lady at the pet store told me I was a sick individual. I didn’t think so, but then again I am biased and think I’m OK – and my wife tends to agree with me. The whole thing started because of a small hobby of mine. When I was a little boy my dad bought […]

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My Grandson Damian Brown, as crazy as his grandpa as a boy!

July 6, 2020
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A Short & Pleasant Diversion – Nothing Like Kids Hysterically Laughing

June 20, 2020

If this doesn’t make you laugh, check your pulse :-)

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Meaning of Sacred and Immaculate Hearts – Feast Days are Upon Us!

June 18, 2020

Friday, June 19 is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saturday, June 20 is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A non-Christian friend found two paintings at an art show and asked me, “What in the world are these? They seem to have pagan elements. What do they have to do […]

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“Life is about the Journey, not the Destination!” Huh?!

June 10, 2020

“Life is all about the Journey, not the Destination!” (paraphrase of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.) I saw this sign at the airport recently. Imagine! In an airport of all places! What stupidity! Grab a passenger arriving at the airport to catch a flight and shout, “Hey, take any flight you want sir, it […]

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Friend sent this cartoon about me and angels :-)

June 9, 2020
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Telling our Emotional Story of Answered Prayer from St. JP II after a personal meeting with him

May 28, 2020

Janet and I had an incredible meeting with Pope John Paul II in 2000. My wife had a special prayer request for him. We told the story for the first time while on the air with Spirit Catholic Radio this morning. Here is a picture of Janet asking the Pope, now St. Pope John Paul […]

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Debunking 5 Biblical Myths Accepted by Many as True

May 17, 2020

There are three “truths” I have been asked about many times. Often people tell me these as though they’re explaining to me something I’ve never heard before. However, in each case, there is no historical, biblical or actual basis to any three of them. In each case they started being taught in recent times and […]

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The Virus that Stole Easter

April 11, 2020

If you have someone who reads well in the family, have them read this poem aloud. You will all love it and it fits right in with Easter and our current isolation. The Virus that Stole Easter By Kristi Bothur With a nod to Dr. Seuss Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began Bringing […]

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