Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Prayers for Phil Valentine

Phil Valentine, conservative talk radio host, is a true friend to conservatives, and to me and my conservative women friends, in the greater Nashville area.  He is very sick with covid and in intensive care in Franklin.

Today he chose to go on a ventilator to ease his exhaustion.  We are all praying for Phil's recovery and his family's comfort.

May God have mercy on him and us all.  

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sunday-- James 4:1-10, Our Struggle With Worldliness

Warning Against Worldliness

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions1 are yat war within you?2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask zwrongly, to spend it on your passions. aYou adulterous people!3 Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? bTherefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit cthat he has made to dwell in us”? But dhe gives more grace. Therefore it says, e“God opposes the proud but dgives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. fResist the devil, and he will flee from you. gDraw near to God, and he will draw near to you. hCleanse your hands, you sinners, and ipurify your hearts, jyou double-minded. kBe wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 lHumble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

John 3:16, From The Chosen, Season 1, Episode 7


Monday, July 5, 2021

Jonathan Turley on Biden's Current Attack on Georgia's New Voting Law with Short Review of Black Emancipation and Old Jim Crow Laws

PRESIDENT BIDEN AND STACY ABRAMS, Georgia's failed gubernatorial candidate, are running away with a voting narrative which has nothing to do with reality. It says that Georgia's new voting law---making it easier to vote legally but harder to cheat---is going to bring back Jim Crow on steroids, or Jim Crow 2.0.  Really? Have these people forgotten history, or is this all a willful act to take advantage of gullible, uneducated or easily manipulated or frightened voters for their political gain? It's a rhetorical question.

History bears repeating that the Republican party was founded by Horace Greeley and others in 1854 for the express purpose of preventing the spread of slavery into free states and outlying territories. In 1857, Roger Taney, a Jacksonian Democrat, handed down the infamous and highly controversial Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court saying slaves or freed slaves were in essence sub-human and could neither be free citizens of our country nor have standing to redress in any U.S. court of law.  Subsequently, Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican candidate, was elected president in 1860 and soon after, southern Democratic states commenced to secede from the Union.  In 1863, Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation which effectively freed slaves in the Confederate states and charted the course for freeing all slaves in the embattled United States.

After the surrender of the Confederacy in 1865 and the horrific assassination of President Lincoln by a racist Confederate sympathizer, Reconstruction began tepidly under the ineffective and unpopular President Andrew Johnson, another Jacksonian Democrat. 

But in 1869, President Ulysses S Grant, a Republican, was elected and began in earnest Reconstruction----to redress the horrific inequities of slavery and to admit slave states back into the Union.  Grant's mission was an uphill battle,  thwarted at every turn by southern racist Democrats.

To wit:

Reconstruction took precedence during Grant's two terms of office. But the Democratic Ku Klux Klan caused widespread violence throughout the South against African Americans. By 1870, all former Confederate states had been readmitted into the United States and were represented in Congress. However Democrats, or former slave owners, violently refused to accept that freedmen were citizens, who were granted suffrage by the Fifteenth Amendment. By 1871 Klan activity was becoming out of control, while Grant and Congress created the Department of Justice and had passed three Force Acts. Grant and his Attorney General Amos T. Akerman began a crackdown on Klan in the South, starting in South Carolina, making arrests and convictions, causing the Klan to demobilize and ensuring a fair election for 1872..... Then came the Jim Crow laws, again enacted by southern Democrats who refused to accept that blacks were free, could vote and had equal protection under the law. Over the next 20 years, blacks would lose almost all they had gained.

Worse, denial of their rights and freedoms would be made legal by a series of racist statutes, the Jim Crow laws. “Jim Crow” was a derisive slang term for a black man. It came to mean any state law passed in the South that established different rules for blacks and whites. Jim Crow laws were based on the theory of white supremacy and were a reaction to Reconstruction. In the depression-racked 1890s, racism appealed to whites who feared losing their jobs to blacks. Politicians abused blacks to win the votes of poor white “crackers.” Newspapers fed the bias of white readers by playing up (sometimes even making up) black crimes. In 1890, in spite of its 16 black members, the Louisiana General Assembly passed a law to prevent black and white people from riding together on railroads. Plessy v. Ferguson, a case challenging the law, reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1896. Upholding the law, the court said that public facilities for blacks and whites could be “separate but equal.” Soon, throughout the South, they had to be separate. Two years later, the court seemed to seal the fate of black Americans when it upheld a Mississippi law designed to deny black men the vote. Given the green light, Southern states began to limit the voting right to those who owned property or could read well, to those whose grandfathers had been able to vote, to those with “good characters,” to those who paid poll taxes. In 1896, Louisiana had 130,334 registered black voters. Eight years later, only 1,342, 1 percent, could pass the state’s new rules. Jim Crow laws touched every part of life. In South Carolina, black and white textile workers could not work in the same room, enter through the same door, or gaze out of the same window. Many industries wouldn’t hire blacks: Many unions passed rules to exclude them......

To recap, while the Republican Party of old has historically fought to free slaves and give them equal rights under the law, Democrats have opposed this tooth and nail. And even with this, Democrats have been allowed to promulgate a false narrative that they are the party that is looking out for blacks. That is only true is you consider infantilizing them, getting them hooked on government assistance and telling them what to think and do counts as 'help.'

 Now today President Biden and Stacy Abrams insult blacks by calling new voting laws Jim Crow 2.0 with a straight face. Scandalous. Ineffective. And won't work..... 

Which brings us back to Jonathan Turley's most recent column:

Jonathan Turley: Justice or Just Deserts? Trump, Cosby and Georgia Cases Show Rising Cost of Political Litigation

Below is my (Turley's) column in the Hill on a series of cases that appear propelled by political rather than legal considerations. The costs to the legal system, the public, or victims in such cases are often overlooked but they are considerable.....

Skipping ahead to the Justice Department's lawsuit against the ill advised new Georgia Voting law, Turley writes:

The Georgia lawsuit Last week, the Biden administration surprised many observers by filing a civil rights action against the state of Georgia over its recent election reforms. The lawsuit was less surprising than its timing: It was filed just days before the release of Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, an Arizona case in which the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the very statutory provision (Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act) being used as the basis in the Georgia challenge. The Biden administration has made opposition to Georgia’s law into a rallying cry for its stalled legislative efforts to federalize state election laws. The problem is that President Biden has been long on rhetoric and short on facts in denouncing the law as “Jim Crow on steroids.” The Washington Post awarded him four “Pinocchios” for his characterization of the law, including the false claim that it reduces the hours for voting; the law actually does the opposite. Likewise, Biden falsely claimed Georgia’s law prevents voters in line at polling places from getting water. Georgia was responding to complaints that campaigns circumvent rules barring politicking around polling places by giving food and drinks to voters in line; the law allows “self-service water from an unattended receptacle.” On these and other provisions, Georgia’s law has considerable overlap with provisions in other states. In its 6-3 decision upholding Arizona’s election rules, including a bar on vote “harvesting,” the Supreme Court rejected presumptions of racial discrimination due to partisan objectives. Justice Samuel Alito declared “partisan motives are not the same as racial motives.” The ruling builds on earlier cases limiting the reach and meaning of the Voting Rights Act. The new Georgia challenge takes a considerable risk of magnifying these losses in court. The legal cost of this ill-considered move could be immense. Important questions are being raised about the impact of some laws on minority votes. Yet the attack on Georgia’s law is a poor choice, despite Biden going “all in” on the narrative, because it locks the administration into proving a weak case. While the court declined to issue a sweeping new standard for all Section 2 voting rights cases, this case could open the door for precisely that type of ruling. The Biden administration — which has lost a remarkably high number of legal cases in its first year — is likely to lose this one, too, before the next presidential election. Politically motivated cases like these impose costs that are rarely paid by those who bring them. The more a prosecutor feels it necessary to repeat that “It’s not about politics,” the more likely a case is entirely political. 

 Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can find his updates on Twitter @JonathanTurley.....

If these voter laws assuring voter integrity that the feckless, dishonest Biden and Abrams are whining about  sound like Jim Crow 2.0,  then I have a poppy farm in the Arctic I'd like to sell you....We must push back against this utter nonsense. We cannot let these people win this.  

As today's battered and rudderless national Republican party attempts to redefine itself into a more principled, vigorous organization that represents real conservative values,  let us hope that voter integrity and voter ID laws  in every state are at the top of its to-do list.


Sunday, July 4, 2021

On This Fourth of July, Let Us Pray for Mercy and Revival In America and The Catherals Sing A Perfect Song for a Sunday 4th As the Battle Rages On


This is an old Southern gospel song by The Catherdrals which combines the Greatness of God's Son's sacrifice for us (the scars and stripes), as well as our magnificent nation which is teethering on the edge of judgment and the abyss (the stars and stripes): Finally, Johnny Cash sings Battle Hymn of the Republic

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Sunday, Isaiah 65----Good News for Some, Dire News for Others

ISAIAH 65 , The Righteousness of God's Judgment

Isaiah has prayed, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down” (Isa. 64:1). Now (Isa. 65) God replies with two complementary perspectives.

 First, God says that he is not as distant as Isaiah thinks. Throughout Israel’s troubled history God revealed himself to the people again and again (Isa. 65:1). He kept disclosing himself, through a long stream of prophets, to people who did not ask for him, to those who did not seek him, to a nation that did not call on his name. He was busy saying, “Here am I, here am I” (Isa. 65:1)—but they proved to be an obstinate people, walking “in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations” (Isa. 65:2). Doubtless Isaiah wants God to come near, but by their persistent rebellion in every domain the people are saying, in effect, “Keep away; don’t come near me, for I am too sacred for you!” (Isa. 65:5). This habit of thinking oneself better than God is prevalent today. We are so interested in “spirituality” and so committed to exonerating ourselves on every side that we cannot possibly allow ourselves to submit to what God says. We judge what he says to be unreasonable; we are wiser and better than God, more sacred than he. That is what stands behind his judgment (Isa. 65:6–7).

Second, notwithstanding the threat of judgment, God holds out a vastly different prospect for the chosen remnant who seek his face in contrition and faith. What he promises them is far more than a somewhat more secure empirical Zion. He holds out to them nothing less than a “new heavens and a new earth” (Isa. 65:17). That is what “Jerusalem” ultimately means (Isa. 65:18–19); as in Revelation 21, Jerusalem is not so much a center in the new heavens and the new earth as another way of conceptualizing the same reality. The vision is spectacular (Isa. 65:17–25), akin to what was foreseen earlier (Isa. 2:2–5; 11:1–16). But it is not for everyone without exception. As clearly as any in the book, this chapter distinguishes between, on the one hand, God’s chosen ones (Isa. 65:22), the people blessed by the Lord (Isa. 65:23), those who seek him (Isa. 65:10), his servants (Isa. 65:9), and, on the other hand, those described in the first seven verses, who amuse themselves with notions of magic, playing their games of Fortune and Destiny (Isa. 65:11). 

The bottom line is that when God called they did not answer, when he spoke they did not listen. “You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me” (Isa. 65:12). Nowhere is the distinction clearer than in Isaiah 65:13–16. “My servants,” God says, will experience unimaginably fine blessings, but the “you” whom he addresses will face utter abandonment and reprobation.

From The Gospel Coalition Daily Devotion


Saturday---The Late, Great Glen Campbell Sits Around With Some Old Guys In Nashville

With Ralph Emery, Chet, Roy Clark and Willie among others, not sure about the ladies---Mother Maybelle's daughters?....what a megatalent! Glen died in an Alzheimer's facility about 500' from the back deck of my condo. I moved out of Nashville for the country two years before he died. He was grieved by so many.