Pentecost, The Birth of the Church


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on June 5, 2022 | Menagerie

Jn 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles all the gifts they needed to go out and preach the Gospel to the world. Ultimately, all of them except John would die as martyrs.

Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday, ten days after the Ascension. Mary and the Apostles prayed together continuously after the Ascension, and this is where we Catholics get our tradition of the novena, nine days of dedicated prayer.

Once, when I was struggling with an especially difficult spiritual battle, a wise priest reminded  me to call upon the Spirit when I prayed, to guide me and help me, but also to deliver my prayers perfected to God. Those words helped me to see the might, power, love and completeness of the Advocate, and truly brought home to me all the gifts God makes available to us.

Too often we forget to use them.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, Oh Lord


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 30, 2022 | Menagerie

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
~Amen~

Every year I post this video. I am very proud to have called the little town of Ringgold, Georgia my home for many years. Every year we drive back down to spend the few minutes it takes to go through town, the main stretch and all the little side roads, and appreciate the flags, and honor the fallen.

May the blood cost of our freedom be increasingly appreciated and honored. And may America always be blessed with towns and people like this, who remember and honor our fallen because they value our freedom and know the cost.

God Bless America.

Happy Memorial Day – Thank You Veterans and Servicemembers


Armstrong Economics Blog/Uncategorized Re-Posted May 30, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Thank you to the brave men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

Fannie Mae Forecasts “Modest Recession” in 2023


Armstrong Economics Blog/Economics Re-Posted Apr 21, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Fannie Mae forecasts a “modest recession in the latter half of 2023” and believes the house-buying frenzy will begin to cool in the US. The Federal Reserve’s hawkish direction to curb inflation has led the agency to believe that a “soft landing” for the US economy is unlikely.

“With the most recent inflation readings at levels not seen since the early 1980s and wage growth exceeding that which is consistent with a 2-percent inflation objective, we believe the odds of a soft landing are even lower. Returning to the Fed’s policy target, therefore, likely necessitates economic growth slowing sufficiently to lead to a rise in the unemployment rate, which would cool wage and price pressures.”

Naturally, they see mortgage rates rising. Home sales for 2022 are now predicted to decline 7.4% compared to their initial forecast of 4.1%, while sales in 2023 are expected to decrease by 9.7% (initial projection: 2.7% decline). Adjusted for inflation, Fannie Mae sees house price growth approaching 0% by the end of next year.

Mortgage credit is not a factor as it was during the Great Recession and the checks and balances are in place after the 2008 scare. New construction is also expected to help with the “eventual recovery” as there is a lower inventory relative to demographic demand. Mortgage rates are now hovering around 5% after rising 1.95 percentage points since the December low. A similar spike in mortgage rates occurred in 2013 and 2018 and led to a downturn in home sales.

Interestingly, Fannie Mae has specified that the coming “modest recession” is “COVID-driven” and even admitted that the business cycle is at play:

“We have previously posited that the current business cycle would likely be shorter than those of the past few decades. GDP growth surged in 2021 after the relaxation of many COVID restrictions – also supported by historic income transfers and monetary policy easing – which led to a swift recovery but also planted the seeds of inflation. Therefore, despite only two years having passed since the COVID-driven recession of 2020, the economy has already moved into what could be described as the mature stage of the business cycle. Specifically, the unemployment rate is below the “full employment” level, inflation is accelerating as growth slows, and the Federal Reserve is beginning to tighten policy. These conditions typically mark the beginning of the end of an economic expansion.”

How Non-Career Politicians Speak


Armstrong Economics Blog/Humor Re-Posted Apr 10, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Trump spoke candidly and off-the-cuff. He never wanted to be restricted by cue cards. As Nigel Farage said, people disliked Trump’s “New York-style,” but hey, you can’t deny that the man had a sense of humor.

Oh, and by the way, Kimmel, Al Gore was the politician who claimed to create the internet.

President Trump Endorses Dr Oz in Pennsylvania Senate Race


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on April 9, 2022 | Sundance

Apparently, Pennsylvania politics is all about getting the suburban mom vote, or so the professionals in polling say.   This endorsement seems puzzling, but perhaps the Pennsylvania Treepers can clear it up.  Prior story on PA political happenings here.

I don’t want to dump on anyone, but Dr. Oz being endorsed by President Trump seems out of sync with the base.  Ultimately, it’s up to Pennsylvania Republican voters, and maybe they like this guy as the most viable candidate.  Voter registration ends May 2nd, and the Pennsylvania primary is May 17th {link} [General election Nov 8].

I am honored to receive President Trump’s full support and endorsement, and I thank him for that. President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to bring an America First agenda to the Senate for Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/7gmhZupinr

— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 10, 2022

Not a lot of people in my random unscientific Twitter poll are in favor.

However, how many people are from Pennsylvania?

(LINK to POLL)

President Trump MAGA Rally, Selma North Carolina – 7:00pm ET Livestream


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on April 9, 2022 | Sundance

Tonight, President Donald J. Trump heads to Selma, North Carolina to deliver remarks in support of Ted Budd, Candidate for U.S. Senate, and other endorsed candidates.  President Trump is scheduled to begin speaking at 7:00pm EDT.  Livestream Links Below:

RSBN Livestream Link – Donald Trump Campaign Livestream – Alternate Livestream Link

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President Trump Endorses Sarah Palin for Congress


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on April 3, 2022 | Sundance |

Today, President Donald Trump gives his complete and total endorsement to Sarah Palin:

Visit Sarah For Alaska HERE

Sarah Palin enters a crowded field of nearly 40 candidates to fill the seat held by Don Young, who died last month.  Alaska’s special election’s primary is scheduled for June 11th. The top four candidates will advance to the general election on Aug. 16th.

President Donald Trump MAGA Rally, Washington Township, Michigan – 7:00pm ET Livestream


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on April 2, 2022 | sundance

Tonight, President Donald Trump heads to Washington township, Michigan, for a mid-term election rally at the Michigan Stars Sports Center.  The anticipated time of President Trump’s remarks is 7:00pm EDT.

President Trump is expected to rally support for Matthew DePerno Candidate for Attorney General, Kristina Karamo Candidate for Secretary of State, and other endorsed candidates.  Livestream Rumble Links below:

RSBN Livestream Link – Trump Campaign Livestream – Alternate Livestream Link

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Hope for Humanity


Armstrong Economics Blog/ECM Re-Posted Apr 1, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: Is there any hope for the future? Between war, digital currency, authoritarianism, and financial collapse, it doesn’t seem like there is much hope for our children. Please let us know what Socrates says, is everyone doomed? Is there anywhere our children can go to escape this madness?

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ANSWER: Yes! I know this can sound depressing, but this grand scheme to alter the world will fail. What lies ahead is not all dark and gloom. The clouds will part and the sun will shine. This is not the END of civilization; it is the next cycle of civilization. It will be up to us to reshape society, for we will see all these Republican forms of government collapse just as the Roman Republic collapsed. Our computer has never been wong in these broad political forecasts.

This current wave began with the Plaza Accord and the formation of the G5 – now G20 in August 1985. Tokyo Crashed on the first wave in 1989.95, SE Asia peaked in 1994.25, then Russia crashed in 1998.55, 2002.85 began the real estate rally that peaked in 2007.15, which was the precise day of the high of the Shiller Real Estate Index. Then 2011.45 marked the high in gold, and 2015.75 was the very day Russia came to the aid of Syria. Trump was sworn in on the precise day of Pi 2017.05, and 2020.05 marked the start of the COVID scheme, the rise in civil unrest globally, and the commodity boom as we head into 2024.35. Putin’s term will be up in 2024, and it is propaganda that he is the madman threat — he is the only one with common sense. Remove Putin and you will find the Russian Neocons who could come to power in 2024, and that would bring direct confrontation with the West into 2028 in the face of a Russia-China alliance.

It will be up to us to create not a new Bretton Woods, as Schwab wants to hand all power to the United Nations, but to push for a real direct Democracy and end these corrupt Republics. These people in government call themselves Honorable when in fact they use their families for all the corruption as is surfacing from the Laptop from Hell. A Congressman cannot be on the board of a private company, so their spouse or children do that like Hunter Biden. They create their Foundations like the Clintons and John McCain and tell people to pour millions into there, and then they live off of the perks. They also get to keep all money donated to them for elections that they did not spend – tax-free. I have been to political “dinners” where everything is there but as long as we stand, it is not a “dinner” for it is illegal to buy a politician dinner. It is always a dog & pony show.

In the end, no government has EVER survived. This is our turn to become the Founding Fathers for generations to follow.