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The Eyes Over Mike Johnson: the CNP’s Texas Template for God’s Power Grope

Chris­t­ian Nation­al­ism isn’t sim­ply on the rise in the Unit­ed States. It’s already at the top, thanks in no small part to the Coun­cil for Nation­al Pol­i­cy (CNP) and the myr­i­ad of groups oper­at­ing under its theo­crat­ic umbrel­la. The Supreme Court is dom­i­nat­ed by a hard right major­i­ty and there’s even the CNP’s planned mass purges — start­ing with the gov­ern­ment but not end­ing thereunder the ‘Sched­ule F’/Project 2025 label. That’s all part of the grim con­text sur­round­ing a series of reports around the new Speak­er of the House, Mike John­son that should raise seri­ous ques­tions about just how much influ­ence the lead­ing Chris­t­ian Nation­al­ist hold over new Speak­er of the House. But thanks the House and Supreme Court aren’t the only gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tion under Chris­t­ian Nation­al­ism sway. States Repub­li­cans are increas­ing­ly adopt­ing Chris­t­ian Nation­al­ist laws, with Texas lead­ing the way under the way under the vision of CNP pseu­do-his­to­ri­an David Bar­ton. It turns out John­son and Bar­ton are long-time allies who share the same vision for the future. A vision in line with the ‘dis­ci­ple­ship’ form of author­i­tar­i­an Chris­tian­i­ty now main­streamed in the CNP-dom­i­nat­ed net­work of 47,000 church­es in the South­ern Bap­tist Con­ven­tion (SBC). Which also hap­pens to be a denom­i­na­tion grap­pling with a sex abuse mega-scan­dal haunt­ing­ly rem­i­nis­cent of the Catholic Church’s mega-abuse scan­dal. A mega-scan­dal with a num­ber of major CNP fig­ures oper­at­ing as abusers or enablers. It’s that broad­er inter­sec­tion of Mike John­son’s ties to Chris­t­ian Nation­al­ism with this grow­ing SBC abuse mega-scan­dal that we’re going to look at in this post.


Mr. Emory’s Agenda Going Forward

In the spring, fol­low­ing a bad­ly-need­ed rest, Mr. Emory will con­tin­ue to pro­duce some new pro­grams, how­ev­er they will be mixed-in with old­er pro­grams that are essen­tial to under­stand­ing the mate­r­i­al. Vital series such as ten very infor­ma­tive inter­views with Peter Lev­en­da about his book “The Hitler Lega­cy” will be re-cycled, along with the new shows. Those lis­ten­ers who wish to keep up with the week­ly flow of events must sub­scribe to Mr. Emory’s Patre­on plat­form in order to “remain cur­rent.” Con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s work on Covid-19 and the Ukraine War, the lat­est 32GB flash dri­ve is now avail­able! (The last iter­a­tion of the dri­ve is almost two years old.) WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE.


R.I.P. Daniel Hopsicker

Over many years, it was Mr. Emory’s priv­i­lege and hon­or to have inter­viewed Daniel Hop­sick­er fre­quent­ly and at length. In the wake of his pass­ing from can­cer on 8/22/2023 at the age of 72, we mourn the loss of this pro­fes­sion­al, and yet can be very glad for his hav­ing shared his work with us. Dr. Jef­frey Sachs “pret­ty con­vinced” Covid came from a U.S. Bio-Lab. WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE. Mr. Emory emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mends that listeners/readers get the 32GB flash dri­ve con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s 43 years on the air, plus a library of old anti-fas­cist books on easy-to-down­load PDF files.


Heads We Win, Tails You Lose Your Retirement: Private Equity, Pension Funds, and the CRE Double Down

There’s blood in the water. With region­al banks poten­tial­ly look­ing at years of trou­ble ahead and inter­est rates well above the his­toric lows, dis­tress is per­me­at­ing the US com­mer­cial real estate (CRE) mar­kets. That’s been the CRE news, with the pri­vate equi­ty now pal­pa­bly excit­ed about all the dis­tressed real estate that’s bound to come on the mar­ket. A sup­ply and demand dis­lo­ca­tion that can turn blood in water into a gold laced sil­ver lin­ing for the enti­ties with cash on the side­lines. As we’ve seen, being the ‘cash on the side­lines’ oppor­tunis­ti­cal­ly wait­ing for things to fall apart or blow is a big part of the ‘Heads we win, tails you lose’ pri­vate equi­ty busi­ness mod­el. A busi­ness mod­el also root­ed in the fact that the fund man­agers charge high fees whether they’re invest­ments pan out or not. So we should­n’t be sur­prised to learn that one of the big invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties pri­vate equi­ty has been steer­ing bil­lions of dol­lars of pub­lic pen­sion mon­ey into in recent years is...*drumroll*...commercial real estate! With plans on shov­el­ing bil­lions more into the sec­tor going for­ward. JP Mor­gan is now pre­dict­ing these pen­sion funds are going to cre­ate a ‘floor’ in the CRE mar­kets. Yes, pri­vate equi­ty-led pen­sion funds are going to save the CRE mar­ket from com­plete col­lapse. At least that’s the plan. A plan that’s going to pay its pri­vate equi­ty man­agers hand­some­ly no mat­ter how it pans out. It’s all part of how Amer­i­can’s grow­ing retire­ment cri­sis is trans­lat­ing into pri­vate equi­ty’s grow­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty. The kind of cri­sis-dri­ven oppor­tu­ni­ty that pays hand­some­ly whether the under­ly­ing cri­sis grows or not.


Saul Invictus on Vacation Last Week

Patre­on sub­scribers should note that Saul Invic­tus, our hard-work­ing Patre­on mas­ter was on vaca­tion last week. Hence, no new talks were record­ed after Sun­day’s vis­it with Monte. Saul works a full time day job and his efforts are not only wel­come, but, frankly, hero­ic in light of such considerations.NOTE THAT ALL OF THE CONTENT ON THIS WEBSITE IS OFFERED FOR FREE. Dr. Jef­frey Sachs “pret­ty con­vinced” Covid came from a U.S. Bio-Lab. WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE. Mr. Emory emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mends that listeners/readers get the 32GB flash dri­ve con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s 43 years on the air, plus a library of old anti-fas­cist books on easy-to-down­load PDF files.


Grateful, Tearful Farewell to Roy of Hollywood: Rest In Peace, My Brother

Since 1987, For The Record and the oth­er Archive Shows and lec­tures I have record­ed over the decades have gone out on the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia air­waves from San­ta Bar­bara to the Mex­i­can Bor­der. Those broad­casts were real­ized by Roy of Hol­ly­wood, real name Roy Tuck­man.  His long-run­ning pro­gram has held down the mid­night to 5am slot on Mon­day through Thurs­day nights (tech­ni­cal­ly Tues­day through Fri­day morn­ings) for more than 40 years. Ear­ly on Thurs­day morn­ing (4/20/2023), Roy passed away rough­ly two months short of what would have been his 85th birth­day. Dr. Jef­frey Sachs “pret­ty con­vinced” Covid came from a U.S. Bio-Lab. WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE. Mr. Emory emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mends that listeners/readers get the 32GB flash dri­ve con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s 43 years on the air, plus a library of old anti-fas­cist books on easy-to-down­load PDF files.


Latest Patreon Talks: Reflections on Assassinations of MLK and RFK and Mind Control (Four Articles Posted)

Mr. Emory’s Patre­on Archive con­tin­ues to grow: In addi­tion to bril­liant expos­es by Hal Sander­son and “Mon­ty” about the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty, fas­cism and the new age and ground-break­ing research about the depth and scope of Nazi pen­e­tra­tion of U.S. intel­li­gence, the most recent talks revis­it the assas­si­na­tions of MLK and RFK, as well as the sub­ject of mind con­trol. Dr. Jef­frey Sachs “pret­ty con­vinced” Covid came from a U.S. Bio-Lab. WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE. Mr. Emory emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mends that listeners/readers get the 32GB flash dri­ve con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s 43 years on the air, plus a library of old anti-fas­cist books on easy-to-down­load PDF files.


Latest Patreon Uploads: The Making of Japan, Inc., Lab Leak Covid Meme, Spreading Bank Crisis, World War III, 1934 Coup Attempt Revisited

The lat­est Patre­on talks–with machine transcriptions–include top­ics such as the insti­tu­tion­al links between the 1934 Coup Attempt and the cap­i­tal­iza­tion of Japan before and after World War II; Sim­i­lar­i­ties between Japan Inc. and Amer­i­ca Inc.; Pro­pa­gan­diz­ing of the “Lab Leak” pro­pa­gan­da meme in Covid. Dr. Jef­frey Sachs “pret­ty con­vinced” Covid came from a U.S. Bio-Lab. WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE. Mr. Emory emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mends that listeners/readers get the 32GB flash dri­ve con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s 43 years on the air, plus a library of old anti-fas­cist books on easy-to-down­load PDF files.


Latest Patreon Talks: Marcos Attorneys Solicit Sterling Seagrave, Review of Jimmy Carter Presidency, Ukraine War Anniversary

The lat­est Patre­on talks, with machine tran­scrip­tions, include: Analy­sis of Jim­my Carter’s Pres­i­den­cy and dis­cus­sion of an approach to the Sea­graves by attor­neys for the deposed Mar­cos cou­ple. Dr. Jef­frey Sachs “pret­ty con­vinced” Covid came from a U.S. Bio-Lab. WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE. Mr. Emory emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mends that listeners/readers get the 32GB flash dri­ve con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s 43 years on the air, plus a library of old anti-fas­cist books on easy-to-down­load PDF files.


Murdering History: Franz Halder’s Post-Reich Career

Gen­er­al Franz Halder has played a deci­sive role in the Naz­i­fi­ca­tion of Amer­i­ca, work­ing for the Pen­ta­gon, along with hun­dreds of oth­er Third Reich alum­ni to rewrite the his­to­ry of the Sec­ond World War. “. . . . Halder’s job was to reha­bil­i­tate Nazism for the ben­e­fit of his new Amer­i­can patrons. If the Nazis could be ide­o­log­i­cal­ly sep­a­rat­ed from the Ger­man peo­ple and the Ger­man Army, Amer­i­ca could use the most use­ful of Hitler’s sol­diers in their war against the Sovi­et Union with­out rais­ing sus­pi­cion. Halder over­saw a team of 700 for­mer Wehrma­cht offi­cers and inten­tion­al­ly set about rewrit­ing his­to­ry to present the image of a clean Wehrma­cht and a Ger­man peo­ple igno­rant of Nazi bru­tal­i­ty. His deputy was CIA agent Adolf Heusinger, a Nazi war crim­i­nal who was large­ly respon­si­ble for plan­ning the end­less mas­sacres of ‘secu­ri­ty war­fare,’ and was lat­er a com­man­der of both the Ger­man Army and NATO. . . . From 1955 to 1991 his works were cit­ed at least 700 times in aca­d­e­m­ic pub­li­ca­tions, espe­cial­ly by pro­fes­sors and researchers in West­ern mil­i­tary acad­e­mies. Since West­ern his­to­ri­ans were forced to drink from Halder’s well, they passed down the poi­son to their stu­dents, and from there the lies worked their way into the pub­lic con­scious­ness. Even­tu­al­ly, Nazi pro­pa­gan­da was laun­dered into ‘truth’ through sim­ple rep­e­ti­tion and care­ful con­trol of sources. . . . .” Dr. Jef­frey Sachs “pret­ty con­vinced” Covid came from a U.S. Bio-Lab. WFMU-FM is pod­cast­ing For The Record–You can sub­scribe to the pod­cast HERE. Mr. Emory emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mends that listeners/readers get the 32GB flash dri­ve con­tain­ing all of Mr. Emory’s 43 years on the air, plus a library of old anti-fas­cist books on easy-to-down­load PDF files.