Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Patagonia's Foolhardy Fleece de Resistance de Trump

TRUMP FRACAS (NONSENSE) RESOLVED IN JACKSON HOLE

YVON CHOUINARD STARTED PATAGONIA DECADES AGO IN SO CAL OUT OF HIS VOLKSWAGEN BUS TO HELP SUPPORT AND EQUIP HIS ROCK CLIMBING MANIA.

Since then, he's become fabulously successful and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams peddling climbing and outdoor clothing and equipment for the extreme and elite outdoorsmen. Yvon has always been a radical  environmentalist in both his personal and professional lives. So it's not surprising now that he's no longer CEO of the company---he lives part-time in Jackson, Wyoming-- he would ensconce a radical feminist environmentalist to carry his torch forward. (I make a strong distinction between militant environmentalists and more multiple-use conservationists)  President Trump is now Patagonia's (and his) worst nightmare when it comes to climate change and public lands issues.

VIA GATEWAY PUNDIT AND MAGGIE'S FARM

Anyway,  it now comes to my attention that Patagonia is making a public spectacle of itself by announcing it will lead the resistance and environmental charge against the Trump White House's environmental policies. It's certainly its choice as a company,  but as a business decision, it  seems like major folly.  Many, if not most of  Patagonia's clients are upscale, conservative consumers, rather than granola heads, who can afford to outfit themselves with expensive equipment for exotic trips to the far corners of the earth. Many of them are Republicans.  It will not sit well with them, as it doesn't with me.

Actually,  I buy very few Patagonia products anymore because  there are so many other good, less expensive outfitting companies and outdoor/fly fishing products today.  However, now that I know of the company's latest politicizing its products and mission,  I will stay completely away and opt for companies that want my business and have the good sense to keep their political powder dry.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Each of Our Ultimate Father Is In Heaven----Prayer to the Father As Taught By His Son

OUR FATHER, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

(Taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662).
From Matthew 6:9-13
 (context Matthew 6)

 
A short line-by-line analysis. Click on the title links for more in-depth commentary.
Our Father which art in Heaven
Jesus teaches His disciples that God is our parent in Heaven. The Apostle Paul restates this by exhorting the believer to address God as "Abba" (Aramaic for "Daddy"- the kind of intimate word that a child would use to his or her father) " And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."" (Rom 8:15, NIV)

Hallowed be thy name
The first of seven requests in this prayer. "Hallowed" means holy. As we pray this line we are reminding ourselves that God is separate from us, completely pure and faultless. Here we become aware of our own frailty as we adore and worship the living God.

Thy kingdom come
God's kingdom is to do with His ways and order. So here we are asking that God's ways happen here, as they are fully obeyed in Heaven.

Thy will be done
The third request in this prayer is that God's will occurs. Here we are aligning our will with God's will, we are submitting ourselves to Him, and asking that His way triumphs.

Give us this day our daily bread
We need God in all areas of our life (physical, spiritual and mental), and this is a daily need. We need to come back to God regularly, each day- indeed, many times each day and many ways, for we can quickly become independent and self-seeking. Jesus reiterates this daily dependency when he exhorts us to not "worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself" (Math 6:34, NIV)

And forgive us our trespasses
Different versions of this prayer use different words here - sometimes "trespasses", "debts" or "sins" (click here for a explanation of this). Here we bring to mind the ways in which we have failed God and others, and ask the Lord for His forgiveness.

As we forgive them that trespass against us
As we receive God's forgiveness, we bring to mind anyone who we feel may have wronged us, and pardon them.

And lead us not into temptation
The sixth request in the Lord's prayer is not to be in a place where temptation might overwhelm us. It is not wrong to be tempted or tested (Jesus was!). It is wrong to give in to this temptation
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But deliver us from evil
The final request is for protection by our Father in heaven. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, he declared 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'(Math 4:4 NIV). In times of trial, Jesus recognises the Lord as His source of deliverance. Likewise we are to depend on God when evil is at our door.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.
The prayer finishes with a closing doxology, that is, a hymn of praise to God. Not all versions of the Lord's prayer include this ending.




Saturday, June 17, 2017

Brilliance of Ramirez On Never Ending, Desperate and Absurd Russia Investigation Costing Taxpayers Millions

IT'S CALLED BEATING A VERY DEAD---DEADER THAN DEAD--- HORSE AT TAXPAYERS' EXPENSE.

VIA Powerline

Friday, June 16, 2017

Rod Rosentein Delivers Sanity to A Country Spinning Out-of-Control

SS: THE PARTY OF LOVE LEARNS HOW TO HATE

WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE FROM RON ROSENSTEIN'S MESSAGE LAST NIGHT?
US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a statement Thursday night that appeared to reference leaks and urged Americans to be skeptical of "stories attributed to anonymous 'officials.'" The statement caused alarm for its tone, amid a Trump-Russia investigation that has increasingly riled up President Donald Trump and called into question whether he has attempted to obstruct justice in the matter. Trump allies are reportedly worried they are unable to calm the president's anguish. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a stunning statement Thursday night that appeared to be a rebuke of intelligence leaks roundly criticized by President Donald Trump and Republicans at large. The statement said Americans should think twice "before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials.'" "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations," Rosenstein said. Trump, conservative lawmakers, and his surrogates have made the subject of intelligence leaks their prime focus amid a broad FBI investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The investigation, headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, is examining whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin to help get Trump elected. In the latest instance of damaging leaks for the Trump White House, on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Mueller's investigation was examining whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.
To me, the hysteria created by these anonymous intelligence leakers and leakees who indiscriminately pick them up run with them with impunity to the nearest dirtbag media outlet is criminal. The liberal outlets then amp them up---and dress them up with alarming headlines--- then go off half-cocked with unnamed sources and unsubstantiated (what pass as) facts but aren't, and dissimenate them to an ignorant, gullible public.  Case in point--- the young, immature Trump hater leaker now behind bars in Georgia. They should all be prosecuted.

We as taxpaying citizens should remove ourselves from the fray and stop believing everything---or almost anything--- we read or hear. Never has our citizenry needed the power of discernment and critical thinking more. We do NOT have to participate in the hysteria from any side and we must not anymore. Ask questions and expect factual answers instead of  flimsy gossip, wishful thinking, or hateful opinions based on nothing.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Should Members of Congress Be Packing Heat After Alexandria?

THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT SECURITY FOR CONGRESSMEN AND  PEOPLE IN TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION NEEDS to be beefed up big time.  Everything and everywhere is a potential mass shooting event now.  Security needs increasing in churches too---or at least the conservative ones I go to. There's also no doubt that increased protection will cost taxpayers billions, if not trillions, going forward.

Here's a piece I found via HotAir that's well worth a read.  Should members of Congress increase security or pack more heat in and around D.C., in their homes both in the District and home districts?  It's a staggering question with no easy answers as unbalanced and extreme individuals become more and more unhinged.

Wish I were more optimistic, but unfortunately I see more civil violence and murders in cold blood in the days and years to come, rather than less.  Glad I have a carry permit and now need to re- decide when and how to exercise it more effectively.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The First Amendment Says Let the Assassination Play In the Park Go On

HAD ENOUGH THERAPY SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT:  ALL HAIL CAESAR

THE FRIGHTENING, MINDLESS ROMAN MOBS

ABSOLUTELY.

Those of us who find it a ridiculous, attention-seeking bore should walk away, not write about it---Hear That Drudge!---and not support any of its sponsors---FedEx (!), CNN, to name a few.  That simple.  We only get more of what we protest and give attention to, and less and less of what we ignore. That goes for  desperate-for-attention wannabe suicide bombers and leakers.

As for me,  it's a humongous, smelly and sweaty bore in Central Park.... kinda like Bonneroo with drugs and tattooed, unkept hairy men in sleeveless, sweaty t-shirts----ugh.  No thanks.

Still, the First Amendment says, let the sweaty 'masterpiece' go on with or without me and those of us who find it less than appealing and attractive.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Wedding Feast: What Did Jesus Mean---'Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen'

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

MATTHEW 22:1-14

1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants[a] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

This has always been a difficult passage of Scripture for me.  So when I saw this piece by Guy Waters on The Gospel Coalition site this week,  my eyes and ears perked up. After reading and thinking about it,  I think it's the best brief commentary on this parable I've seen.  Take a look and see what you think:

The Feast  

This parable is, like the others, about the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 22:2). It tells the story of a king who gave a wedding feast for his son (Matt. 22:2). The wedding feast has widespread significance in the Bible. Ultimately, it is the day when God will gather all his redeemed and they will enjoy his presence in complete holiness and joy.

By the king’s order, banquet invitations go out. The king’s servants are “sent . . . to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come” (Matt. 22:3). They offer a host of excuses and mistreat the servants, so the king punishes them (Matt. 22:5–7). The king then dispatches his servants: “Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find” (Matt. 22:9).

Jesus is describing here the offer of the gospel, first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. The Jewish nation had decisively rejected the offer God made to them through his prophets. For that rejection, Jesus announces the judgment God will bring—the Roman armies’ destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. But in God’s providence, that rejection is the occasion of the gopsel being extended to Gentiles. The result is that “the wedding hall was filled with guests” (Matt. 22:10).
But then something unexpected happens.

The king joins his guests and discovers “a man who had no wedding garment” (Matt. 22:12). The man can give no reason why he has no garment. In an act of eschatological judgment, the king orders his attendants to “bind [the man] hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 22:13). Jesus ends his story by pronouncing the aphorism that summarizes the parable’s meaning: “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14).

The Called

To understand this pithy closing statement is to understand the parable as a whole. What does Jesus mean by “For many are called, but few are chosen”? To answer, we must understand what Jesus means here by “call” and “choose.” The word “call” runs through the parable. In the Greek text, the servants are said to “call those who had been called to the feast” (Matt. 22:3). The Jewish invitees are the “called ones” (cf. Matt. 22:4, 8). The servants are then commanded to “call” the Gentiles (22:9). The word translated “called” in verse 14 belongs to the same word family as that translated “called” in verses 3, 4, 8, and 9.

This pattern helps us understand the nature of the call in this parable. It is the summons or invitation of God through his servants—prophets in the Old Testament, ministers in the New. This call bids hearers to repent and believe the good news the servants proclaim. It is possible to refuse, as many Jews did. Jesus teaches that those who refuse the call are culpable for refusing it.

But it is also possible to respond to this call in a non-saving way. The man without the wedding garment in 22:12 presumably responded to the invitation. But his lack of the garment proves he doesn’t belong at the feast, and he is justly banished. What is the “wedding garment”? It likely pictures the gift of salvation freely offered in the gospel. Only those who receive this gift will be seated at the wedding banquet of the Lamb at the consummation of all things.

The Chosen

Who are they who sincerely respond to the call and receive Christ in faith? Jesus calls them the “chosen” or, as the Greek word may be translated, the elect. These are all whom the Father has chosen in Christ from before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight (Eph. 1:4). Only these chosen ones will constitute the company of the redeemed when Christ returns in glory. God’s eternal choice ensures they will respond sincerely to the call.

Since the New Testament elsewhere joins calling with election (see 2 Tim. 1:9; Rom. 8:30), what does Jesus mean when he says there are some who are called but not chosen?

The external call goes to all people. But only the elect experience the internal call.
The answer lies in a distinction necessary to understand the way the biblical writers speak of “call.” In this parable, Jesus speaks of “call” in an external sense. It is the summons of God through the gospel message. This call bids men and women to come to Christ by way of repentance and faith.
In other places the biblical writers speak of “call” in an internal sense. For instance, Paul speaks of this internal call in 1 Corinthians 1:24—this is the effective, saving work of the Spirit of Christ in conjunction with the gospel’s outward call. This internal call powerfully and effectively turns the sinner from his sin to Jesus Christ. The external call goes to all people. But only the elect will, in God’s time, experience the internal call. For them, the gospel is indeed “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16).

What It Teaches Us

What are the main lessons Jesus has for us in this surprising, unsettling parable?

First, it is not a slight thing to refuse the summons of God through his messengers. God will hold those who refuse that summons responsible on Judgment Day. Second, Jesus wants us to realize there is a more subtle way to refuse the summons. One may pay lip service to the external call but never truly embrace Jesus as offered in that call. Even this refusal subjects us to God’s just judgment.
The bad news is we have no power in ourselves to change our rebellious hearts. The good news is God is pleased to change rebellious hearts by the invincible power of his Spirit.

If we have responded to the external call in repentance and faith, it is only because God has first been at work in us to turn us to himself in Christ. Salvation is truly by grace alone. This truth is unsettling, but Jesus unsettles us for a reason. He wants us to find salvation and life in him alone, by grace alone. And only in Christ may we find an everlasting, unshakeable foundation.
Guy Waters (PhD, Duke University) is the James M. Baird Jr. Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of numerous books, including What Is the Bible? (P&R, 2013), A Christian's Pocket Guide to Justification: Being Made Right with God? (Christian Focus, 2010), and How Jesus Runs the Church (P&R, 2011).

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Trump's New Lawyer Kasowitz Issues Response to Comey's Statement

UPDATE @ THE FEDERALIST: COMEY'S LATEST STATEMENT IS AN INDICTMENT OF COMEY, NOT TRUMP 

UPDATE:  LAW PROFESSOR DOES NOT SEE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE (IT'S ANOTHER NOTHINGBURGER)

PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SMART TODAY TO NAME A NEW FBI CHIEF---Christopher Wray--- ahead of Comey's over-hyped voluntary testimony before Congress on Thursday.  Meanwhile, Comey's prepared statement for the hearing was released today and described as explosive but with no smoking gun by some reporters at CNBC. Here's a quote from Comey on one of his conversations with Trump:

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, 'He is a good guy and has been through a lot.' He repeated that Flynn hadn't done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.' I replied only that 'he is a good guy.' (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would 'let this go.
CNBC then opines:  In many ways, the above quote is the heart of the matter entirely. Comey describes President Trump expressing a wish that makes him look bad, but isn't a specific order. And then Comey does Trump an actual favor by adding that he didn't take it as such an order and wouldn't let the Flynn investigation "go." It's an ugly and bizarre exchange for sure, but Comey didn't let anything come of it.

 Anyway later today,  Trump's new lawyer  Mr. Kaskowitz  released a statement perfect in its tone and brevity:
"The president is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not under investigation in any Russia probe. The President feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda."

That's it.  Will the world come to an end Thursday?  Will the stock market crash and continue south for years?  Will Trump be impeached post haste? How much happy hour booze will be sold to liberals drinking for their favorite cause---to bring the president down.  How bad will the national hangover be  on Friday?

Who knows?  But I find it all less than compelling and a lot to do about nothing, frankly. Guess we'll  soon see.  Meanwhile, the weather here in the south is cool, crisp and sunny, after tons of rain.  I will be out early in the morning walking some hills and counting my blessings....still thanking my lucky stars that Trump beat Hillary. Oh yes I will.

Link to ZeroHedge

Huh?  Really?  I simply don't see it at this point. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trump Hires Toughest of the Tough Guy Lawyers Marc Kasowitz To Stand Firm With Him and His Agenda


GOOD FOR HIM.  I tell you what,  I've found out the hard way there's nothing like finding a pitbull, no nonsense smart-as-hell lawyer when you need one.  They're expensive as all getout, but Lord are they worth it---especially when the defendant has to pay all your legal bills in the end.  These guys are in a class all their own and often not terribly genial.  But rather have them on your side than again you. Oh and, these guys won't touch your case unless they know from the start that they can most likely win it.

Marc E. Kasowitz is Trump's lawyer's name and he practices based of New York City.

Read the article that starts like this:

When James B. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday about his ousting by President Trump, one man is likely to be watching perhaps even more intently than the president — and taking notes on a legal pad.

That would be Marc E. Kasowitz, Mr. Trump’s recently appointed outside lawyer, a longtime counsel to the president who was hired to defend him in these latest circumstances should the need arise.
Inside the White House — and throughout Washington — much time has been spent handwringing and gossiping over his appointment as Beltway insiders try to understand more about Mr. Kasowitz, an outsider to the political establishment.
Trump's life and administration just got even more interesting, if that's possible. I would hope Kasowitz would put the bit on the president and curb some of his midnight tweets while he's at it. My lawyer put the fear of God in me about a number of things, and when he talked, I had better listen. He essentially put me under house arrest for a year and a half.  Oh yes he did.

Monday, June 5, 2017

'Nyet' To Megyn Kelly's First Sunday Night Show on NBC With Vladimir Putin

UPDATE: SCOOP?   FBI ARRESTS LEAKER
MEGYN KELLY TRAVELED ALL THE WAY TO ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA TO GET OUT-FOXED and out-witted by her celebrity interview with Vladimir Putin. Her intention was to use her star power newswoman status--- I now use that term loosely-- to get a big scoop on the imaginery Trump-Russian collusion,  and to use Putin to get back at President Trump for his past insults to her at last year's presidential debate.

Nice try, Megyn, but no cigar.

In spite of the spiked heels and coy, churlish smirks and sarcasm, it didn't happen.  Putin was not amused by her creative innuendos about Trump and continuing questions about Russia interfering in the 2016 presidental election.

"Do you even know what you're asking?" he asked seriously. What he didn't say but probably thinking,  "Don't you have anything better to do than beat this ridiculous dead horse again and again?"

It was a letdown. It was a non-news event.  It was over-hyped and underwhelming. She has become too much of the issue instead of letting the issues be the issues.

Megyn went to Russia with an axe to grind and showed little objectivity and professionalism as a serious journalist/interviewer seeking the truth. Instead she has become a celebrity gossip monger who brought back nothing new.

Maybe she will make it at NBC as a feature entertainer or a soft news celebrity-to-celebrity meet and greet personality with good hair and outfits that are edgy and only marginally professional.

But her show on Sunday was less than interesting in any of the above categories.  I guess, time will tell.  For now,  my  verdict is Nyet.  Better luck nyet time.

Another opinion.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bible Passages to Pray Regularly For These Perilous Times

UPDATE:  ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE FOR PENTECOST

I STRONGLY BELIEVE AS A PART OF OUR DAILY DEVOTIONALS WITH THE GOD OF THE BIBLE, we do well to include Scriptural passages like this in our prayer life.  They are not to be utilized like a lucky charm, but within the context of a deep and abiding walk with Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit:

EPHESIANS 6: 10-19 (Paul)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.

ISAIAH 54: 14-17
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord., and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.


PSALM 17: 6-14 (Of David)
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me; hear my words.
Wondrously show[a] your steadfast love,
    O Savior of those who seek refuge
    from their adversaries at your right hand.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They close their hearts to pity;
    with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11 They have now surrounded our steps;
    they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
12 He is like a lion eager to tear,
    as a young lion lurking in ambush.
13 Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him!
    Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14 from men by your hand, O Lord,
    from men of the world whose portion is in this life.[b

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Open Letter to Amerian Parents From John Rosemond---Truer Words Were Never Spoken

An Open Letter to American Parents: By John Rosemond

Dear American Parent (hopefully, you will recognize yourself),

It's high time someone reminded you of the adage "The road to 'Hades' is paved with good intentions."

I have watched you from near and far as you have gone about raising your children. You're certainly a well-intentioned person, thus my reference to the above adage. And your kids are cute, reasonably well-behaved (albeit you obviously believe they have no faults), polite, and so on. They are undoubtedly fun to be around (albeit not as fun as you obviously believe they are). You're doing a good job, at least from the point of view of a culture that can't seem to see past the end of its collective parenting nose. In other words, if the measure of one's child-rearing is how many positive experiences one creates for one's children, you get an A-plus.

You-but you are not alone in this regard-seem to believe that your job is to create happiness for your kids and minimize if not eliminate anything that might cause them the least iota of discomfort. That is NOT your job. Your job is to prepare emotionally-sturdy, self-responsible, respectful future citizens. The proper goal of raising a child in America is to make America a better place. You seem to think that parenting is or should be all about demonstrating love for one's children-and make no mistake about it, children need to know they are loved unconditionally-but proper parenting is also an act of love for one's neighbor. You have obviously lost sight of that, assuming you ever had it in sight.

You appear to think your children can do no wrong. That's not true. They are human; therefore, they are naturally inclined to do self-serving things. When they do self-serving things, they need correction, if not reprimand. But reprimanding one's child is a difficult thing to do when one wants to be liked by said child-which is obviously one of your goals. Is there something missing in your life that you are so dead set on being liked by a child?

And while I'm asking you questions, let me ask several more: What is the enduring value to a child of being treated like he is Uniquely and Amazingly Special? Is it reasonable to suppose that the day is coming, sooner or later, when people will not treat him as if he is UAS but just an ordinary human like the rest of us? What is likely in store for said child when that day comes?

The most difficult thing for a person to come to grips with is the truth about himself-his faults, foibles, and failings. No doubt about it: It is abusive to raise a child such that he believes he is nothing but fault, foible, and failing, but it is abuse of a different sort to raise a child such that he believes he is free of fault, foible, and failing.

A very wise person once said that while correction never feels good at the time, it eventually results in all manner of benefit (assuming it is accepted as intended). Likewise, never being corrected eventually results in all manner of detriment, but the detriment is never localized to just the person in question.

It boils down to this: Being a good citizen of the world is all about being able to put other people's needs before one's own. The earlier that lesson begins in any given person's life, the better for the whole world.

Best regards, JR.

Friday, June 2, 2017

John Tamny, Senator Rand Paul Both Agree Trump Was Right In Getting U.S. Out of Paris Climate Boondoggle And the Extraordinary Nerve of the G-7

UPDATE:  ROGER SIMON:  TRUMP BLOCKS FIRST OF OBAMA'S 3 AUTHORITARIANISMS

ELON MUSK:  HYPOCRITE

HOW THE G-7 SPEAKS WITH A FORKED TONGUE

JOHN TAMNY OF FORBES AND REALCLEAR MARKETS is not President Trump's biggest fan on  many economic policies; however, on the subject of the US withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA) he totally agrees and gives good reasons why.  Never mind that the PCA is another brick in the wall of a one world government ruled in Europe by global elitists---think Al Gore, George Soros, Goldman Sachs--- there are many compelling reasons this was a good move for the average American Joe here on Main Street.

Tamny writes at RealClearMarkets:

No fan of President Trump's anti-dollar, anti-trade and anti-immigration policies, he's 100% correct to reject pressure from G-7 members to recommit the U.S. to the economy-sapping Paris climate agreement.  It's not just that staying the course would commit the U.S. to slower growth, all based on a theory that says economic progress is bad for planet earth.  The bigger story is that the same G-7 countries guilting Trump about Paris have revealed no remorse about not living up to their NATO spending pledges that largely protect Europe, not to mention how they've all blatantly trampled on Maastricht.  The Europeans want Trump to walk the plank on Paris so that they don't have to.  He shouldn't give in.  

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An article in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about the European leg of President Trump’s first foreign trip came with a “Leaders Confront U.S. on Russia, Climate” headline.  In particular, non-U.S. G-7 leaders are all strongly in favor of the 2015 Paris climate agreement that would require participating countries to limit carbon emissions, among other restraints on economic activity.  Trump disagrees, thus the confrontation, owing to his correct belief that the climate deal would prove a barrier to economic growth. 
That Trump was in opposition to the other G-7 members apparently led to some tense discussion about the U.S.’s desire to exit commitments made during the presidency of Barack Obama. German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that opinions expressed about the withering climate accord “were exchanged very intensively.”  
Ok, but Merkel and other G-7 leaders disappointed in the 45th president have no leg to stand on, and certainly aren’t in the position to confront any U.S. president.  Trump should make this plain without an ounce of regret.  The latter would be true even if the Paris accord were a credible answer to the theory that says economic progress is a major threat to our existence. 
Indeed, the Europeans talk a big game about the importance of commitments, and of how the alleged fight to save the earth “has to be a collective effort,” but they’ve shown no remorse about their own persistent failure to honor their NATO spending pledges.  Translated, they expect the United States to weaken its economy based on an unproven, but rather expensive theory about the effects of climate change, but when it comes to living up to a longstanding agreement among NATO members to share the costs of a mutual defense shield, they’ll let the U.S. foot the bill. 
More interesting here is that in their desperation to keep the U.S. in the Paris fold, Merkel and others are implicitly saying that any agreement made among leading western European countries without the U.S. isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.  With good reason.  Consider non-NATO treaties like Maastricht, in which EU nations agreed to limit their deficit spending so that their debt/GDP ratios would always stay below 60%.  Woops.  As of 2015, Germany (74.4%), France (89.6%), and Italy (122.3%) were all well above what the G-7 countries committed to when they signed the treaty that led to the euro.  As for their commitment to requiring euro member states to individually handle their debts, it too went out the window given the fear among EU members about what debt default would do to certain large banks. 
Back to NATO, the European leaders so eager to guilt Trump into a climate commitment not his own have once again shown no commensurate guilt about their own safety being a function of U.S. taxpayers and legislators regularly living up to commitments that they haven’t lived up to.  This is particularly galling when we remember that NATO’s mutual defense shield arguably has very little to do with U.S. safety.  Lest we forget, the U.S. already has the strongest military in the world, and it’s also quite far from the world’s trouble spots.  In short, the U.S. has long stuck to an agreement that weakens it economically, and that has little to nothing to do with its ongoing existence.  Would Americans feel any less secure absent this pricey post-WWII arrangement?  At the same time, could NATO survive and would Europeans still feel secure sans American support that gives NATO global relevance?
The answer to the previous question explains why the Paris agreement will lose all meaning and relevance if the U.S. backs out.  We know this given the historical truth that non-U.S. G-7 nations speak with a forked tongue.  They might talk grandly about honoring commitments, but their actions invariably belie their lofty rhetoric.  Just as they’ve done with NATO, or with their own inter-
European treaties, they want the U.S. to abide the Paris agreement so that they don’t have to. 
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Then there's Rand Paul's continued opinion on the PCA

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday: Proverbs 16:6-7


BY STEADFAST LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS INIQUITY IS ATONED FOR, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.

 When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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This is a wonderful proverb of hope.

 I've had a busy week mostly away from my computer.

 In addition during one of the numerous thunderstorms that rolled through Middle Tennessee this week with lots of thunder and lightning, a power surge went through my computer and wiped it completely out. So, tomorrow I begin the process of replacing it and getting it back online. Thank goodness for my phone!

Praying you have a blessed Sunday and peaceful Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

NYT Letter To the Editor With Which I Totally Agree

BOZELL: ROGER AILES SAVED AMERICA FROM A LIBERAL 'NEWS' MEDIA MONOPOLY

GOOD FRIENDS SENT ME THIS TODAY AND I HAVE TO WONDER WHEN ARE WE AS A COUNTRY GOING TO START DRAWING SOME HARD LINES? What's next,  abolishing history?  Literature?  Where does this nonsense end?


TO THE EDITOR Re. Editorial, Tuesday, May 9, “Monuments to White Supremacy.” 

 In the Middle East Isis destroys priceless monuments built by those who did not share their ideology. In New Orleans ideologues remove aesthetically superb monuments depicting historical figures who, in their day, differed with current political orthodoxy. Similar intolerance informs both movements to put out of sight anything that challenges these people’s beliefs. So it is also on college campuses where speakers not in favor with some students are denied a platform or shouted down.

We live in a time of intolerance and suppression of opposing viewpoints. But I was surprised and alarmed that The New York Times editorial page would support this movement to silence opposing views by removal of monuments depicting Confederate figures.

The Civil War happened. It shaped our history. It was fought by two sides, both fighting honorably for their regional points of view. Is one side now to be demonized while the other is exalted? What next?

After New Orleans do we strip Monument Avenue in Richmond of some of the finest statuary in the country because it depicts Confederate leaders? And do we then pull down all statues of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Jackson, slave owners all?

The ludicrous spectacle of a great nation dropping a large portion of its history down what Orwell in “1984” called the "memory hole” is deeply disturbing. It is a failure of the spirit of democracy when, instead of public debate of issues, one side is forcefully suppressed.

It is a tendency the Times should not be supporting.

 Michael S. Kogan, Ph.D Charleston, South Carolina My address is 1 King Street Apt.209 Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Friday, May 19, 2017

What Toby Keith Won't (Or Will He?) Be Singing To Men Only In Riyadh When He Performs With Trump

THIS SHOULD BE DAMN FUN. What a hoot....Keith epitomizes Red Neck American at it's best...Trump loves this kinda of thing. It takes a lotta nerve for Trump to take Keith deep into Sunni country. But it's the perfect antedote to a week of whining and crying big crocodile tears from the left. Liberals are fast becoming the biggest bores and tantrum babies in the history of the world. Bring it on, Toby.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Psalm 110

PSALM 110

A Psalm Of David. ( The most Messianic and prophetic of  all psalms.  It's a psalm about Jesus.  Commentary)

1 The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

 2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”

3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb.

4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.

6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

7 He will drink from a brook along the way, and so he will lift his head high.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Senator Rand Paul Says There's No Evidence Whatsoever of Trump-Russia Collusion---It's All Wishful Thinking and Sour Grapes From the Left

SENATE HEARING SUMMARY: EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT RUSSIA/COMEY JUST GOT DESTROYED

FROM CNS NEWS

DURING AN INTERVIEW ON FOX NEWS about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Senator Ran Paul (R-Ky.) said there is "no evidence" the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, no accusation of any crime involved, and that the story is "built upon a huge myth."

“It’s sour grapes over the election," said Paul on Fox & Friends on Wednesday.  "The whole Russia thing I think has been propagated by people who are upset they lost the election. ... I don’t think there’s been any facts presented that anybody broke the law."

Senator Paul added it is hypocitical for Democrats to criticize Comey's removal when Democratic leaders wanted him fired many months ago.

During the interview, co-host Brian Kilmeade said, “It didn’t take long before everyone was saying he [James Comey] got fired because he was getting too close to proving Russian collusion. What have you heard, even among Democrats – I saw Maxine Waters yesterday say she has no evidence of that [collusion]. What about that leap

Senator Paul replied, “Not only is there no evidence that the Trump administration or campaign was connected to Russia or committed any crime -- no evidence at all of committing a crime – there’s not even an accusation that I know of, of what crime would potentially be committed."

“So all this breathless talk about people, there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on," he said.  "Many of these Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, said they lost confidence in Comey a long time ago. Hillary Clinton’s been blaming Comey."
Democrats to criticize Comey's removal when Democratic leaders wanted him fired many months ago.
"They should be thanking President Trump for getting rid of Comey because he politicized something that may well have had something to do with Hillary Clinton’s [election] loss," said Senator Paul.

"So, I think it’s a lot of crocodile tears and a lot of people saying, you know, they were for getting rid of Comey too but now they’re going to say it’s all about this Russia investigation, which hasn’t produced one iota of evidence that anybody did anything wrong or broke the law," said the senator.

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt then asked, “The senators and congressmen that we have been interviewing this morning all say the same thing, there’s no there there. Why, when you talk to Democrats, do they still believe that there’s collusion?”


Senator Paul said, “It’s sour grapes over the election. The whole Russia thing I think has been propagated by people who are upset they lost the election. They’ve sunk their teeth into something where they think they’ll eventually find something."

"But everything is built upon a huge myth, as far as I’m concerned," said Paul.
"I don’t think there’s been any facts presented that anybody broke the law," he said.  "And yet this goes on and on, the clamor now for a special prosecutor and all of this, a special investigation. No, I don’t think there’s any evidence that anybody broke the law.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sarah Huckabee Sanders---Another Star Is Born

GOP SEN GRASSLEY TO DEMS: SUCK IT UP  AFTER COMEY FIRING
THE REAL TEST: MARKETS SHRUG OFF COMEY FIRING
THE AMAZING DEMOCRAT U-TURN ON THE FIRING OF JAMES COMEY

AFTER WATCHING SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, LAST NIGHT BRIEFLY ON FOX, then again as she presided at the WH briefing today with a mostly angry and irrational WH press on former FBI Chief Comey's firing yesterday, I have nothing but  rave reviews for her.  At 34, she's well-informed, smart, poised, succinct and seems able to handle a press pool of reporters who would love to pull her into a morass of slime and irrationality from which she could never get out of.  It's shark infested waters... No such luck.  She kept law and order in the room and was able to flow from question to question effortlessly without getting bogged down or losing her cool.

Good for her.  Sarah comes by some of her instincts naturally as the daughter of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee,  She's married to a man she met during her fathers failed 2012 presidential campaign---Bryan Sanders.  They have three children.

I predict,  she's a rising star in Trump's administration and beyond.  I look forward to seeing more of her in the days to come.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Made the Decision Comey Had To Go

POWERLINE WEIGHS IN
KEITH KOFFLER ON COMEY'S FIRING 
 IT'S CLEAR THAT THE NEW DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, ROD ROSENSTEIN, MADE THE DECISION TO FIRE FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY. Trump accepted his recommendation. Evidently, Rosenstein is extremely well-thought of by his colleagues on both the right and left. He is a new Trump appointee:

Trump nominated Rosenstein — who is described as a nonpartisan straight shooter who has worked for both Democratic and Republican presidents — for the position in January, before his would-be boss was embroiled in any Russian-related controversy. 

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Before arriving at the Justice Department, Rosenstein, 52, was the U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland. He has worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice for 26 years, according to the Department of Justice website. He was unanimously confirmed as U.S. attorney in 2005 after being appointed by President George W. Bush, and was then retained by President Barack Obama.
Rosenstein is the only U.S. attorney appointed by a previous administration to last all eight years of the Obama administration, according to the New York Times.

A graduate from Harvard Law School — where he edited the Harvard Law Review — Rosenstein started his career with the Department of Justice in 1990. He then served as counsel to Deputy Attorney General Philip B. Heymann in President Bill Clinton's first term.... 

Read the rest

There will be howling on all sides. It's alleged that this is an example of Trump's fascism and a coup is underway.... This will be blown to smithereens by the Dems.  Nonetheless, it's clear that Comey had become too much the issue in the various investigations he oversaw.

Trump is indeed draining the swamp.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Jesus Reveals His Deity To the Woman At the Well

 THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STORIES OF THE BOOK OF JOHN. Jesus so often shows himself to the poor, marginalized and rejected of this world. In other words, he shows himself to the most obvious sinners, though most people hide their sinful natures behind all manner of facades. This is only one of many examples in the New Testament.

What Jesus is telling this woman at the well, among other things is that a person can now worship God anywhere, anytime in Spirit without going to the Temple in Jerusalem or a synagogue. Here's another version from John 4: 1-42:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Vetting the Met Gala--the Yeses

FOR WHATEVER REASON LAST NIGHT, I HAD VERY SLOW CONNECTIVITY, and couldn't finish writing the text for these outfits. Here are the ones I like best: most of them classic and elegant ball gowns worn with great hair and the perfect amount of jewelry---never too much. In the case of the couples, several like Gisele and Tom and Blake and Ryan looked good and well-coordinated, almost too well-coordinated---I did not like Ryan's cutsie blue tux tie that matched his wife's peacock train. However suited Jennifer and A-Rod seem to be, I did not like her tent-like cape at all. I also did not like Megyn's dress or hair. The young Jenner group and friends looked like hot messes and total exhibitionists. And I won't even mention Katy P's pathetic attempt to be.... what? unique? attention-getting?

BTW, Laura Dern, below, is a great looking middle aged woman;  however, the squashed, high bosom look is out....but she hasn't yet received the memo.

 Below are some of the looks I give an A to B+ to:

 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Resurrected Christ Appears To Disciples On the Road to Emmaus


 THIS IS TRULY ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING STORIES OF THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST. It is His second appearance after He is risen from the dead to of his disciples walking and talking along the road to Emmaus from Jerusalem.

Taken from Luke: Luke 24:13-35New International Version (NIV)

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Amazing Breakthrough For Joint Repair/ Regeneration In Early Stages of Development

OBAMA'S FIRST HUNDRED DAYS AS EX-PRESIDENT
 THIS IS A VIDEO MADE IN 2016 FROM A MEDICAL RESEARCH GROUP IN AUSTRALIA....Clearly this procedure is in the early stages of exploration and not yet ready for human consumption. Still it holds tremendous promise for joint repair and treatment, among many other things. I like  that it uses fat tissue/stem cells from your own body and not placental stem cells.

I found out last week that my torn meniscus would not respond well to surgery. That's fine with me since I'm much better, in far less pain and walking again. Still, knowing this procedure is in the pipeline for the future, thrills me no end. It's another reason to keep a little fat tissue in reserve on the body.....but just a little. SOURCE

One other thing:  there are a number of stem cell 'practioners' now in the U.S who use placental tissues and frequently operate out of chiropractic offices using people with a minimal of training and very marginal results.  These are not the real thing, in my opinion and I would steer clear of them and wait.. May the buyer beware.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ivanka Dazzles In Berlin

MEANWHILE: OEDIPUS IN PARIS @ HAD ENOUGH THERAPY? YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THE FIRST DAUGHTER, but I think Ivanka Trump is a knock-out and stunner in many ways: She's smart, articulate, hard working and resourceful, tough, stylish and beautiful. What a combo! How refreshing that she can represent her father and our country on the world stage. And what fun!  I continue to wish her and the Trump administration well.  My only other feedback is those earrings make my earlobes hurt and walking in those super-high heels makes for a grand entrance but nonetheless makes me very nervous.....

Source:  Daily Mail

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, Red Fishing In the Gulf




VERY BREEZY, BUT NOWHERE I'D RATHER BE. With my son and a very good guide....going after reds.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

If You Had Been Here, A Poem For Easter

TOO POWERFUL FOR WORDS....

Via The Gospel Coalition

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Annual Spring Picnic With Family In the Historic Cemetery of My Hometown During Dogwood Season

UPDATE: ROGER---TRUMP'S TILT TO CHINA SPELLS TROUBLE FOR PUTIN


THIS LAST WEEK, I HAVE BEEN FAR TOO BUSY with business, tax matters and getting ready to go to Houston to see the Gs this week. Am now on my way down there, for perhaps the last time, as they are packing up, selling their beautiful home and moving to.....wait for it....moving to.....I'll tell you later....it's out of the country.  I'm still trying to adjust to this big change!  Let's just say, it's a place I can't drive to.  Will have to fly.

Meanwhile, I want to say how thrilled I am that Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate and already been sworn in to the Supreme Court of the United States. Simply wonderful.

In addition,  since coming back from hiking in Arizona this winter,  I have been limping around from pain in my right knee.  In typical style,  I did not go get it checked for a month thinking it would magically get  better on its own. Wrong again.....finally,  I went to an orthopedic guy and was tentatively diagnosed with a torn meniscus.  Went yesterday for an MRI, so will soon see.   It has been very painful and I don't take any pain pills.  If necessary, will get it repaired when I get back.  I don't want to, but will if the orthopedic doctor says I should.

But enough about my knee problems.

Spring here is glorious and I hope it is where you are.  I will blog as I can between Easter, family, and limping around.  Thanks for coming by.

Finally the picnic with some of my oldest relatives----two in their ninties,  one in her eighties was simply splendid.  I sat near the tomb of my forebearer who had the same name as I.  Will      try to post another pic later.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday: What Is the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead/Trinity?

WHY JESUS SENT THE SPIRIT: JOY WILL KEEP YOU FROM FALLING AWAY

SINCE THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK, and it is the explosive power of Holy Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead after His Crucifixion, it seems like a good time to post a video on this mysterious force within the Trinity.  Pretty amazing, isn't it?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

History Question: Do you Know the Name of the First Atom Bomb Dropped on Japan At Hiroshima? He's Back In the Senate Today

UPDATE: TRUMP BLASTS SYRIAN BASE

RUNNING OUT THE DOOR TO EXERCISE; BUT WILL BE BACK LATER TO WATCH THE GORSUCH SPECTACLE IN THE SENATE.

The answer: Little Boy was the name of that first atomic bomb.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Five Susan Rice Scandal Facts Every American Should Remember

DID RICE COMMIT A CRIME?  IT'S LOOKING THAT WAY @ IBD

ROGER SIMON: SUSAN RICE, OBAMA'S HATCHET WOMAN PROVES LORD ACTON RIGHT AGAIN

This Walk Down Memory Lane From Breitbart:

It was revealed Monday that President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice allegedly ordered the unmasking of the identities of Trump campaign aides who were reportedly being surveilled during the 2016 election.

The recent reports further prove, at least in part, President Donald Trump’s claims that senior Obama officials had collected intelligence on Trump aids and disseminated it throughout the government. Rice’s involvement — as it relates to her reported role in the unmasking of Trump aids and circulating sensitive information — places the longtime Obama operative at the center of another major political scandal.

1. Susan Rice allegedly ordered surveillance of Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign aides as part of a political intelligence operation. 

Rice allegedly maintained spreadsheets of Trump aides’ telephone calls “one year before the 2016 presidential election,” according to the Daily Caller.
The Daily Caller reports:
“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.
“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”
2. Rice claimed that climate change was responsible for the deadly civil war in Syria. 
“In the years prior to civil war breaking out in Syria, that country also experienced its worst drought on record,” Rice said in October 2015, during a speech at Stanford University. “Farming families moved en masse into urban centers, increasing political unrest and further priming the country for conflict.”

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed in the conflict since President Barack Obama drew his infamous “red line” in 2012, promising to retaliate against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime if it used chemical weapons on its own people.

3. Rice once declared that there is “no military solution” to the raging conflict in Yemen.
“As in Syria, there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen,” Rice said in April 2015, during a speech at the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran Gala.

Seven months before Rice’s speech, President Obama had called his administration’s drone strike-driven military operation in Yemen a success story.

President Trump, however, ordered more airstrikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen in February than any year in Obama’s presidency.

4. Susan Rice said accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served “with honor and distinction.”
In March 2015, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged with treason for allegedly deserting his fellow soldiers and abandoning his Afghanistan outpost in 2009.

In a June 2014 broadcast of ABC’s This Week, Susan Rice defended Bergdahl, saying he “served the United States with honor and distinction. And we’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired in the past years.”

As Breitbart News reported, six soldiers lost their lives searching for then-Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl after he abandoned his outpost.

5. Susan Rice was the driving force behind a misinformation campaign about the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terror attacks. 

Then-UN Ambassador Rice, acting as the Obama White House’s spokeswoman, appeared on five Sunday morning talk shows and repeatedly claimed that the Benghazi attacks had been caused by an anti-Islam video.

Rice appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and CNN and regurgitated talking points purporting that the protests that had erupted “spontaneously” near two U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya and were a result of a “hateful video” that was offensive to Islam.

But government documents, released following a Judicial Watch lawsuit, reveal that government officials monitoring the attack in real-time did not cite an anti-Islam video as an explanation for the paramilitary attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

In May 2015 interview, former Obama CIA Director Mike Morell said Rice’s Benghazi talking points blaming an anti-Islam YouTube video crossed “the line between national security and politics.”
“I think the line in there that says one of our objectives here right on the Sunday show is to blame the video rather than a failure of policy,” Morell said on Fox News’ Special Report. “And as you know, I say in the book that I think that that is crossing the line between national security and politics.

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