Chicago: Aries Woodfin was arrested after posting threats to “kill cops and innocent white kids”. The Blaze reports alleged postings of photographs of white children on his Facebook page.
His close friend Beatrice Franklin defended Aries, saying “he was just speaking his mind“. Yes, Beatrice, that’s why your friend was arrested. Terroristic threats are criminal offenses in every state of the union.
Where do we go from here? Do we dig trenches and start a mini version of World War Three on America’s streets? No, say I. Doing so simply moves us in the direction of the fascists who thrive on chaos. Don’t you remember those infamous words of Rahm Emanuel who said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste“?
Some call subversive actions by racists a function of the Cloward-Piven strategy. Perhaps. I simplify. What’s happening is racial division unseen since the 1950’s and 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement when Democrats, people we now call liberal progressives, strived to keep America divided. E Pluribus Unum was not their slogan.
What then shall we do?
First of all, don’t lose control of yourself when angered. God created anger to motivate us to action, positive action, not revenge. God reserves all vengeance to himself.
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and for the Peace of America. Not one or the other. Both.
Don’t take offense over anything. I say this after having words with an ignorant motorist at our busy post office this afternoon. I repent. Let’s plan our responses in advance. As it is written, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” – 1 Peter 3:15
John Locke was a thinker, philosopher, a selfless man. His two most important publications brought him not one cent of profit. In fact, he did not admit writing them until after his death, as a footnote to his will.
His “Some Thoughts Concerning Education” published in 1693 promoted what was then and now, the revolutionary idea of home schools. Locke believed education was for the purpose of promoting liberty, a contrarian view to Thomas Hobbes who believed education should promote submission to authority.
He held in great disdain teachers who worshipped power. “All the entertainment and talk of history is,” he wrote, “of nothing almost but fighting and killing: and the honour and renown that is bestowed on conquerors (who are for the most part but the great butchers of mankind) further mislead growing youth, who . . . come to think slaughter the laudable business of mankind, and the most heroic of virtues.”
Yes, but can homeschooled people be successful? The list of highly successful people who were homeschooled will amaze you as it amazed me.
Photographer Ansel Adams
Founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange
Inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison
Novelist Pearl S. Buck
Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson
Founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale
A host of popular entertainers, mathematicians and at least one law professor.
Homeschoolers don’t have multi-million dollar football stadiums. Their “school bus” is mom’s car. Unlike geographical limitations for public school students, the world is classroom for homeschooled students; it’s school you can take with you, even on a Caribbean cruise.
Home school students do have something, something of tremendous value, not available to public school students: liberty. Liberty to worship God every day, every hour of the day. Liberty to probe and question.
November 2014, the National Cathedral hosted Muslims for a time of prayer. There it was, a cross reminding us of the manner of death our Savior experienced at the front of the cathedral, but that cross wasn’t on the minds of Muslim men and women who prayed there that day. View a slideshow of the event via this link: SLIDESHOW.
The event is being co-sponsored by the cathedral, Rasool and several Muslim spiritual and advocacy groups: ADAMS — whose full name is the All Dulles Area Muslim Society — the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Public Affairs Council and Masjid Muhammad mosque in Northwest Washington.
I think it helpful to explain what a Muslim country thinks of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. The United Arab Emirates names CAIR a terrorist organization.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was one of 82 groups around the world designated terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates, placing it in the company of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and others. While CAIR has previously been linked to Hamas, it has held hundreds of meetings with White House officials on a wide range of community issues and has sought to present itself as a mainstream Muslim organization.
Is it reasonable to suspect CAIR a terrorist organization? Back some years ago, a Muslim front group, a fund-raising organization for Hamas was directly linked to CAIR and so identified in sworn court testimony that has never been refuted. Here is an excerpt from National Review Online:
CAIR is, in fact, among the more than 300 unindicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation named by the government in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution. The trial has already produced evidentiary bombshells detonating along a path leading to CAIR. It has introduced evidence placing CAIR executive director Nihad Awad at the 1993 Philadelphia meeting of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. FBI agent Lara Burns has testified that CAIR was listed as a member of the Palestine Committee.
Hamas is an enemy of Israel. Hamas has pledged to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Now, I agree it’s unfair to label all Muslims as enemies of Jews and Christians. To be sure, it’s a minority of 80% that give all the rest a bad reputation.
“The Prophet said: the Jews will hide behind the rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim this is a Jew behind me, come and kill him! Why is there this malice? Because there are none who love the Jews on the face of the earth: not man, not rock, and not tree; everything hates them. They destroy everything, they destroy the trees and destroy the houses. Everything wants vengeance on the Jews, on these pigs on the face of the earth, and the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come.”
In Their Own Words
It was my privilege to meet and talk with the young woman banker who uncovered unlawful cash transfers by the Muslim domestic terrorist organization the Holy Land Foundation.
Over my lifetime, I have met, known and worked with some wonderful Muslim engineers and business owners who ardently love America and would never wish to harm our country.
Islam defies definition because it has no center. Christianity centers on the life and words of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Bible. Despite denominational differences, we all relate to one another by our abiding faith in the immutable Word of God. Islam is very different. No, Muhammad is not the center of Islam. If you wish to name a center of Islam, look to Satan. Social norms and geography yield Muslim beliefs and practices that vary greatly, much more so than Catholic-Protestant differences. ISIS is rapidly overwhelming so-called ‘moderate’ Muslims in the Middle East with a brand of Islam that knows no boundaries of decency. ISIS is barbaric even beyond previous brands of Islam. At first, al Qaeda disavowed ISIS, but now aligns with the Islamic State.
Bottom line: Muslim ‘true believers’ take seriously all the murderous, hateful threats against Jews and Christians, we who are known as “People of the Book”. Call Islam what you will. I call it the oldest religion on earth: Satanism.
Now the good news. Muslims in large numbers daily submit to the Lord Jesus Christ, principally due to supernatural visitations in dreams and visions, just as it happened to the Apostle Paul as he travelled the Damascu road on his way to slaughter and imprison Jews who became Christians.
As a plan of action, I suggest these steps.
Choose to love Muslims
Pray for them to experience dreams and visions where they experience a personal revelation of Jesus Christ
Learn about Muslim Background Believers (MBB) and how it was they came to faith in Jesus. Various organizations hold training seminars for this purpose.
Above all, don’t be deceived. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the Light of the World. Be bold in your faith. And, remember to pray daily for the Peace of Jerusalem and salvation of all Israeli citizens and residents.
Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?” Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted,so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:12-14 NLT)
Venezuela – Approaching the end of a road paved with socialistic ideals
It’s a story we Americans should all know, but few do. For example, do you know Cuban bureaucrats run practically all Venezuelan government departments?
Financial Times reports, “The enormous influence that Cuba has gained in Venezuela is one of the most underreported geopolitical developments of recent times. It is also one of the most improbable. Venezuela is nine times bigger than Cuba, three times more populous, and its economy four times larger. The country boasts the world’s largest oil reserves. Yet critical functions of the Venezuelan state are either overseen or directly controlled by Cuban officials.” [April 2014]
Backing up a bit, let’s see how this became possible.
First, let’s consider Venezuelan natural resources: oil, Texas Tea, black gold. Venezuela has more oil than Saudi Arabia. But, while Saudis bask in rich luxuries, Venezuelans can’t pay their debts and are sliding deeper and still deeper into the abyss of national bankruptcy.
There has always been a great divide between the “haves” and the “have nots”, the well-to-do and the down-and-outers. Seeds of discontent eventually produced a garden of social ‘weeds’ that eventually took over the entire ‘garden’.
As in most of the Latin American countries with which I am familiar, those who do well tend to ignore those who do not. For example, when in Peru, I dress very casually: cutoff jeans, knit shirt and tennis shoes, mochila [backpack] to carry my stuff. As I pass well to do Peruvians, they ignore my friendly greetings and look beyond me with a thousand-mile stare as though I am invisible.
Venezuelans who found their ways to financial freedom failed to take impoverished fellow citizens along with them. I’m not talking socialism; I’m talking education, mutual respect and Christian outreach.
The great divide came to a head like an enormous ‘political pimple’ that popped in February 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. His method preceded and possibly marked the trail for liberal progressivism applied by Barack Obama. Chavez couldn’t create law, but he had control of oil revenues out of the state owned PDVSA oil company and it was those revenues he used to construct his socialist utopian paradise. Funds that should have gone to PDVSA infrastructure maintenance were diverted to pay for Chavista ‘reforms’. Except, the country never really blossomed into a paradise. His utopian dream manifested in a dystopian nightmare.
Naturally, as with all socialist theoreticians, Hugo Chavez convinced himself it was the fault of the well to do Venezuelans, the USA and other demons that prevented his dream from coming true.
Chavez, still lacking constitutional authority to enact all he wished, began trading oil for communist bureaucrats and socialized medical care supplied by Cuba’s infamous Castro. Castro uses his well trained bureaucrats and his medical professionals as his “capital” in trade.
Little by little, day by day, Cuba came to totally run the entire country. In one case, a Venezuelan man’s business was expropriated by the government. The businessman went straight to the Cuban embassy to demand return of his business. When asked by a newsman why he went to the embassy, he explained how he was going right to the source.
A second socialist came to be mandatario after the death of Chavez and Maduro continued the failed and ridiculously unrealistic policies and practices of his predecessor. What’s the definition of insanity?
Now, Venezuela is on the verge of total economic collapse. Collapse of Venezuela would mean an inevitable collapse of Cuba’s communist dictatorship. But, Castro has an unexpected benefactor. Want to guess who he is? Are you getting ahead of me?
Darn! You knew all along. Didn’t you? You who guessed Barack Obama win the prize. Yes, the reason Obama was motivated to drop the economic embargo against Cuba was to preserve and protect the castrista communist government.
Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, you know the rest of the story.
Let’s look ‘under the hood’, so to speak, at a well known progressive liberal and learn his background, how he became what he is today. Discover the Networks provides these “ten facts about New York City’s Communist Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was elected in 2013 with a whopping 72% of the vote. The leftist mayor is accused of fostering an environment that led to the tragic execution-style racial assassinations of two NYPD officers on Saturday.”
Bill de Blasio was born Warren Wilhelm, Jr., on May 8, 1961. He first changed his name to the hyphenated Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm, adding his mother’s maiden name. In 2002, he dropped the “Warren” and the “Wilhelm,” and changed his name for a second time to what it is currently, Bill de Blasio.
Bill de Blasio was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign in 2000.
Bill de Blasio was a fervent supporter of the Marxist Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980′s, a government that was backed by the Communist Soviet Union and Cuba.
At the height of Cold War tension, while still a student at New York University, de Blasio toured the Communist Soviet Union in 1983.
His first job was in 1984 with the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice.
Bill de Blasio received a master’s degree in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, the same school attended by Barack Obama.
Bill de Blasio ran Democrat New York Congressman Charlie Rangel’s re-election campaign in 1994.
In 1994, Bill de Blasio married a lesbian activist, Chirlane McCray. The newlyweds honeymooned in Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba.
In 2009, de Blasio’s election campaign to be NYC’s third “Public Advocate” was supported by the pro-Communism, Working Families Party.
Both of de Blasio’s parents were communists, leading historian Ron Radosh to describe him as a “bona fide red diaper baby.” [as was Barack Obama]
In summary, radical leftist politician, son of communist parents marries openly lesbian homosexual activist and the two “honeymoon” in communist Cuba. Well, that says a lot about the man whose inflammatory rhetoric contributed to the deaths of New York police officers. It also says a lot about the weakness of the collective character of New York City voters of whom 72% voted this man into office.
What is it that best describes a liberal progressive? One observation: they think God needs help. In fact, they think God is too old and senile to manage either mankind or terrestrial resources God provided mankind.
Progressive in office imagines he or she knows better what’s best for our citizens than they themselves. It’s a ‘politburo’ mindset that is at once hypocritical and narcissistic.
You and I can’t win them over with sound reasoning. Facts of history are of no consequence to them. Reshaping facts of history to fit their liberal progressive Marxist theories positions them with an insurmountable argument.
So, there is no way to change their minds? No, there is a way. In a word it’s ‘epiphany’, the manifestation of a supernatural or divine reality, any moment of great or sudden revelation.
What’s the Cure?
Jesus ministered as Rabbi for three years, key disciples in tow. Despite seeing all the miracles and hearing his profound wisdom, most of the crowd that followed him persisted in ignorance of who he truly was. Let’s pick up the story in Matthew 16:13-17, as recorded in the New Living Testament.
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is? “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.”
Jesus’ closest disciples came to understand the true nature and character of their Rabbi by divine revelation, an epiphany. Can this work to turn the hearts and minds of liberal progressives? Absolutely. This is how Libertarian Fox News host John John Stossel was transformed from liberal progressive to libertarian conservative.
What’s a workable strategy? Avoid name-calling. [Calling them liberal progressives is acceptable, because that’s what they call themselves.] Choose to love them unconditionally. Continually confront them with truth. I don’t say it will be easy, but this is how it works. Along the way of repeat encounters with truth, liberal progressives come to a point in their spiritual development that God can supernaturally reveal truth to them. That which comes to you by revelation never departs. Revelation leaves you with an unshakeable faith and resolute standards.
Pray for another “great awakening”, for the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on America. Choose to love those who hate you, to forgive those who wrong you and, above all, to renew your mind daily by reading the Bible, God’s Word to mankind.
Christianity. It’s not a “new” religion. In fact, Yeshua (Jesus) never once referred to his disciples as “Christians”. He was their rabbi. They were his disciples. All were 100% Jewish. That’s right. Jesus was a Jew, born of a Jewish mother, raised by a Jewish stepfather, trained as any other Jewish son of the law. Jesus grew up attending synagogue with his mom, dad, brothers and sisters. At age 12 years, his knowledge of Torah was so profound he was found conversing with learned men in Jerusalem.
We Christians are not separate from the Jews. Nor did we replace them in God’s grand scheme of things. As it is written in Romans 11:17 NLT, “But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree–some of the people of Israel–have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree.”
We were a wild olive tree grafted into Abraham’s ‘tree’ whereby we share “in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree”. The Church, the collective body of Christians, has not and cannot replace “God’s special olive tree”. We absolutely depend on that tree that represents Israel. Yes, as it is written, some branches were broken off, but the tree stands and the blessing God promised Abraham and his children are available to us – if we believe.
” And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NLT
Was Yeshua, Jesus, born on December 25th? No, by no means. Then why do we celebrate his birthday at this time of year? I have a better question: should you not celebrate Christmas 365.25 days per year? As it sayeth in my mock King James Version to all those skeptical of Christmas time, the tree, lights, manger scenes, etc. “Chilleth OUT!”
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NLT
At this moment in time, threats of annihilation hover over the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Join me and countless others to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, according to Psalm 122:6. An amazing awakening is underway in Israel today as thousands of Israelis come to faith in Messiah.
“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11 NLT
Behold the Worst Anti-Gun Commercial in American History
By Charles C. W. Cooke
December 22, 2014 1:49 PM
National Review Online – Full article: http://ow.ly/GkRI5
This is almost certainly the worst anti-gun commercial in the history of the United States: Stop Gun Violence – PSA
Progressive liberals would incite your child to break just about every gun law on the books to make a point.
We members of the NRA and TSRA prefer instead gun safety education.
This is certainly one of the BEST gun safety videos in the history of the United States: Learn Gun Safety With Eddie Eagle
The myopic worldview of liberal progressives forever works contrary to common sense.
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