Saturday Shorts – 9-23-17

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible ~ :) Dr. Michael Brown, Messianic Jewish apologist and Biblical scholar, debunks wishful thinking by some to justify smoking pot ~

It is also certain, for various phonetic and linguistic reasons, that the word cannabis, which comes from the Greek kannabis, is not related to these two Hebrew words. There’s no more connection between Hebrew qaneh-bosem and Greek kannabis than there is between “Moses” and “mice.”
 
As for those who can’t study the issue for themselves, note carefully this commandment to Aaron, the High Priest, and his successors: “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations” (Lev. 10:9). Sobriety was a must for those coming into the presence of God.

 
Michigan Mother Killed Amid ‘Americanization’ Concerns From Syrian Husband ~ Rather unsettling as this was only a couple miles from our home! Honor killing comes to Farmington Hills, Mi? Even worse – a 16 year boy pushed mom out a window ~

Huranieh and her husband, Bassel Altantawi, 46, married in Syria 18 years ago and had three children – they were also in the midst of a messy divorce with depositions set to begin the week she was killed.
 
Altantawi, who allegedly violated court orders several times to meet with his son, expressed concerns that his three kids were “Americanized” by his wife “in contrast to their Syrian and Islamic roots.”
 
One of Huranieh’s ex-attorneys, Carolyn Markowitz, said the son expressed anger toward his mother and frequently slipped away to meet his father, who was ordered out of their Farmington Hills home following an incident in which he was accused of throwing his wife down a flight of stairs on Valentine’s Day in 2016.

 
India: Global child bride racket uncovered, eight Muslim sheikhs arrested ~ Another lovely Islamic tradition ~

There is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.” — Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council
 
“Islam does not forbid marriage of young children.” — Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology

 
Maybe we can move to Poland ~Polish President: ‘There is No Doubt the Growing Wave of Terrorism is Linked to Migration’ ~ One of the few world leaders with the courage to tell it like it is.

 
The same thugs who brought you Obamacare are shilling HARD for amnesty ~ The same health care lobby that helped ram through the sham that is Obamacare now want to force Americans to accept millions of illegal immigrants regardless of the economics or social implications. And you thought we-the-people had a say?

 
NIH to drop big bucks on exciting new transgender studies ~ The GOP-controlled Senate is spending like a bunch of drunken sailors. They recently OK’d a two billion dollar increase in the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a portion of which is being used to fund numerous new studies on trendy transgender issues that will cost $200,000 each ~

These $200K studies are not about treating gender dysphoria, but are apparently more efforts to normalize it. And the taxpayers will foot the bill […]
 
The idea that we have doctors in this country injecting children with foreign substances designed to intentionally retard the normal development of their otherwise healthy bodies is beyond belief. That’s not a medical procedure… it’s a war crime. These are doctors who not only shouldn’t have a license to practice any more but should probably be in jail.

 
I’m sure they won’t be asking Denise Shick for her input with any of these NIH studies, she believes the ~ ‘Transgender’ lobby weaponizes children as pawns in the culture war ~ Shick is the founder and executive director of Help 4 Families Ministry which helps struggling transgenders. It’s clear to her this brave new frontier may be doing much more harm than good to impressionable young children ~

(S)tudies pointing to real and potential health and psychological risks related to transgenderism and sex-reassignment surgeries are abundantly available. But for now, it’s important to remind ourselves and our culture that children are not adults. Duh, right? Well, when adults allow — and worse yet, encourage — children to embrace and indulge fantasies that can dramatically alter the remainder of their lives, that’s giving children more responsibility than they are capable of exercising appropriately.

 
While the West Burns, No One Notices ~ John L. Moore discusses the wildfires in Montana that are being virtually ignored by the media (- but then this is self-reliant fly-over country) ~

While much of the West is on fire, Montana has been particularly hard hit. An estimated 1,100,000 acres have burned — that’s approximately 1,720 square miles (Editor’s note: about one-tenth larger than the State of Rhode Island)—and numerous fires are still burning out of control […]
 
While 2017 will go down in the record books in Montana for fire and drought, most of us here have seen it nearly this bad before. This isn’t our first rodeo. We will get by with a little help from our friends. “Neighbor” is a verb here, not a noun. “Neighboring” is something we do and even local bankers become good neighbors in times like these.

 
Claim: Chocolate CAUSES Climate Change ~ Yes, the alarmists are nuts ~

LONDON, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests.

Eat more chocolate! :)

 

More than 40 families pull children from school that forced transgender lesson on 5-year-olds ~ (See my Sept. 20th post) Good to know there are still some parents with common sense out there

Forty-one families have pulled 73 children from the elite Sacramento-area Rocklin Academy charter schools as the board continues to defend a kindergarten transgender lesson several parents say traumatized their 5-year-olds and that parents weren’t told about beforehand […]
 
The controversy erupted after a lesson in which the boy appeared in girl’s clothes and was reintroduced to his kindergarten classmates as a girl.

 
Twitter Censors Pro-Life Groups Ads, Won’t Run Them Unless Its Web Site is Scrubbed of “Sensitive Content” ~

This spring, Live Action and founder Lila Rose said the social media site blocked their accounts’ ability to advertise. They still can send tweets to their followers, but the advertising block restricts them from reaching a wider audience […]
 
Pete Slevin, one of the attorneys representing Live Action , characterized Twitter’s parameters for reinstating the organization’s ability to advertise as “unusual.”
 
“It’s not just that Twitter is saying, as a practical matter, that we’re going to ‘regulate’ your Tweets, they’re also seeming to ‘regulate’ what Live Action is posting on its own website,” Slevin said.

 
And the mainstreams are still ignoring the Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) scandal ~ This Trial Could Remove a Senator: You’ll Believe What CNN Did Next ~ Crickets.

 
Trump’s Straight Talk At The United Nations Disturbs Global Elite ~ The ruling class doesn’t want to be exposed for the tyrannical charlatans that they are ~

Although the focus was on Trump’s supposedly dangerous isolationism and nationalism, what’s really upsetting them is that he dared to say what no one is supposed to say: that the U.N. is broken and that it is unrealistic and dangerous to have a world without borders and without national sovereignty. In other words, Trump violated the Emperor Has No Clothes rule […]
 
The international community has believed in a sort of fictional world since the end of World War II, in which national sovereignty was to be ceded in exchange for peace on earth. Except no one really defined whose peace. Neither did they consider that different countries have different ambitions, not to mention different values that are sometimes irreconcilable. There can never be a utopic one-world order because countries are made up of people, and people have ambition, vice, and self-interest. The best that any world order can do is contain these impulses; it can never eradicate them.

 
Voyager: The little spacecraft that could, did and still does ~ Pretty amazing. Voyager I is still sending back images and data four decades later ~

Half the world’s population was yet to be born when Voyager I took flight 40 years ago this month. The twin craft were built with 1970s technology, meaning the cellphone you may be reading this on has 240,000 times the memory of each Voyager. Crucially, however, the memory was re-programmable.

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Praying for Puerto Rico

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Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday, and millions of Puerto Ricans faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks or even months without electricity after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.

 
The storm slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday with 155 mph (249 kph) winds, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in over 80 years. Source: The Stream

 

The latest (9-23-17) from Deseret News:

• Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear on Friday.
• Officials said 1,360 of the island’s 1,600 cell-phone towers had been downed, and 85 percent of above-ground and underground phone and internet cables were knocked out. With roads blocked and phones dead, officials said, the situation may be worse than they know.
• The death toll in Puerto Rico stood at six but was likely to rise.
• Some of the island’s 3.4 million people planned to head to the U.S. to temporarily escape the devastation. At least in the short term, though, the soggy misery will continue: Additional rain — up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) — is expected through Saturday.

 

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Thank God for fossil fuels! What would these poor folks do
if their vehicles had to be plugged in?

 
Even before Puerto Rico took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, their fiscal situation was a disaster. As I posted HERE, the country was more than $73 billion in debt two years ago ~

(S)ome 150 (government) agencies ran up deficits that couldn’t even be accurately counted, so the true indebtedness might be even higher — as much as $100 billion by some estimates.
 
The government has funneled public money to state-owned enterprises that are supposed to be financially independent. Worse, the report said, many workers no longer even look for jobs, since welfare benefits pay more than actual work.

 
Given the sorry state of the economy, the country’s infrastructure is ailing as well. So sadly, it’s no surprise that the entire island lost power in the wake of Maria ~

Puerto Rico’s power grid was already in bad shape even before the 2017 hurricane season. PREPA’s power plants are 44 years old on average, reports Reuters — in contrast with the industry-wide average of 18 years.
 
The company, which filed for bankruptcy in July, called its own system “degraded and unsafe,” saying in a fiscal plan released this April that “years of under-investment have led to severe degradation of infrastructure,” according to Reuters.

Source: Time

 
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Lord know how these poor people will ever put their lives and homes back in shape. As Fausta Rodriguez Wertz sums up at Da Tech Guy Blog ~

Puerto Rico was on a downward spiral for years, well before Irma and Maria struck. One can only hope that this disaster becomes an opportunity to rebuild the entire island and cut down on decades’ worth of bloated, useless overspending and waste.

 
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Uncle Sam to the rescue again no doubt… But how many more of these natural disasters can our economy sustain?
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Related:
Left in the Dark: A Stunned Puerto Rico Seeks to Rebuild

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Don’t worry, the world won’t end tomorrow… (probably)

Uh-oh. According to Christian numerologist David Meade tomorrow could be the beginning of the end…

Among his claims: On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, a constellation — a sign prophesied in the Book of Revelation — would reveal itself in the skies over Jerusalem, signaling the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. Meade believes that by the end of October, the world may enter what’s called a seven-year tribulation period, a fairly widespread evangelical belief that for seven years, catastrophic events would happen.
 
He also claims that a planet called Nibiru, which has been debunked by NASA as a hoax, is headed toward Earth. When it passes the planet later this year, Meade claims, catastrophe in the form of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves and others would ensue.

 
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As this article at Answering Genesis explains, Meade’s claim arises from comparing eschatological (end-times) scriptural references with a current, unique cosmic alignment ~

(T)he sun will be in the constellation Virgo (the virgin), along with the moon near Virgo’s feet. Additionally, Jupiter will be in Virgo, while the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury will be above and to the right of Virgo in the constellation Leo. Some people claim that this is a very rare event (allegedly only once in 7,000 years) and that it supposedly is a fulfillment of a sign in Revelation 12. Revelation 12:1–2 (ESV) reads:
 

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”

 
Now the biggest problem with this prediction – as with all end-times prophecy – is Jesus’ own words about His return:
 

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” ~ Matthew 24:36
 
Instead, as Dr. Michael Brown points out, while Jesus didn’t give specifics –

He told His followers what had to take place before He returned, and those things have not yet happened, nor can they happen in just a few days. That’s why I’m quite certain that His return is not scheduled for September 23, 2017 […]
 
Jesus spoke of great world upheaval that would take place (far greater than anything we have yet witnessed) and of great cosmic signs (again, of unprecedented nature), while Paul wrote of major world events that would transpire before the Lord’s return (see, for example, Luke 21 and 2 Thessalonians 2).
 
The Old Testament prophets also painted pictures of what we could expect before the end of the age, and it is clear their words have still not come to pass (see, for example, Zechariah 12 and 14).

 
So while we can’t be sure when Jesus is coming back, He assured us that He definitely is.

(W)e should always live with readiness to meet the Lord, and we should labor with all our might to make an impact for Him, since we have only one life to reach our generation. As one of my colleagues once said, “I don’t know if this is the last generation. But it is our last generation.”

 
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Founding Wisdom [Flouted by the Foolish]

founders-quote-JAdams“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” ~ John Adams

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So gender insanity is the new normal?

This story from a California school was bad enough ~

Kindergarten Trans Discussion ~
Angry parents stampeded a California charter school board meeting Monday after a teacher read her kindergarten class picture books about transgenderism to affirm a gender dysphoric classmate. During the class, parents say, the gender dysphoric boy also switched clothes to look more like a girl in a “gender reveal.”
 
Parents were not notified beforehand of the discussion or the classmate’s psychological condition, and learned about it when their confused kindergarteners arrived home from school that day.

 

But now in the UK there’s a case where the kid is so detached from reality he/she just goes back and forth from girl to boy depending, apparently, on how he/she feels that day – And that’s a good thing! And if you don’t buy into that insanity – according to Orwellian social engineers – you’re the crazy one!
 
Dr. Michael Brown points out how ludicrous this gender confusion all gotten – not to mention psychologically damaging this is to all these poor children ~

 

 
Unfortunately, as Joy Pullmann at The Federalist explained last month ~

These stories are the tip of the spear. As I write in the longer article, courts and activists are already working to require all public, private, and eventually home schools to teach children the destabilizing and false idea that their sex is malleable.
 
In Canada, which is further ahead than the United States on such matters, transanity has already classified the teachings of the world’s major religions (plus basic scientific facts) as punishable hate speech.

 
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Related:
It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

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Don’t believe in God? How about the devil?

While there’s plenty of evidence for the reliability of the Bible and the existence of a triune God, most atheists and agnostics reject it out of hand without really looking for the truth. Writing at The Federalist, Samuel Buntz posits that perhaps these folks would be convinced God exists once they’re faced with evidence that Satan exists ~ Watching William Friedkin’s Documentary About Exorcism Can Make You Believe In God.

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‘The Devil and Father Amorth’, released by Friedkin last month, features portions of the actual exorcism of a 30 year-old Italian woman – a grueling nine-month long process ~

Friedkin received special permission from the Vatican’s chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth (1925-2016), to film him performing an exorcism on a young Italian woman. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late August, and has yet to be widely released, but by all reports, the documentary is disturbing. Friedkin not only captures the demonic possession on film, but interviews leading psychiatrists, who find his footage to be inexplicable within given medical language.

 

Buntz points out that non-believers generally seem to be less skeptical when it comes the existence of Evil ~

People with no belief in the supernatural are capable of being scared by demon-possessed teens, vengeful spirits from Native American burial grounds, sewer-dwelling evil clowns, and demonic puppets when they are presented on the screen or the page. Why? If these things are utterly outside the realm of plausibility, wouldn’t it make more sense to be afraid of beings that are found within nature (rattlesnakes, bears, Kim Jong Un, serial killers…) while laughing off this Satan business as completely ridiculous, otherworldly nonsense?
 
Despite what their intellects say, supposed skeptics still fall prey to a primal fear of something beyond mind and matter. The fear of cosmic evil—of evil that is more than just bad neural wiring in the brain of a murderer—is innate within us all. It is a healthy and sane emotion.

 

It follows that atheists should recognize the contradiction in their worldview. Once they realize that the supernatural does exist – in the form of Evil – it follows that the Good (God) is real too ~

(S)ecularists tend to see the world as a machine without an inventor. Even the human mind is just an amped-up calculator: “The mind is a computer,” declares Harvard’s Stephen Pinker, while philosopher Daniel Dennett claims to have explained consciousness entirely in physical terms (falsely, by the way—the chapter “Qualia Disqualified” in “Consciousness Explained” is a fiasco). Gone is the ancient sense that the universe is shot through with spiritual life, with symbolic meaning, on every level.
 

Nevertheless, the fear of real evil slips through the cracks in this self-satisfied and smartly shallow worldview. All it takes is a nip of “Rosemary’s Baby” or “The Omen.” One can dismiss someone like Charles Manson as a mere product of bad brain chemistry—on paper. But confronted with the real flesh-and-blood Manson, or with the spooky eyes of the suicide-cult leader Marshall Applewhite, one starts second-guessing one’s excessively comfortable convictions.

 
At one time or another we all – if we’re honest with ourselves – have a sense that there has to be more to the universe than just what we experience through our five senses. And maybe movies like “The Exorcist,” “The Omen,” and now “The Devil and Father Amorth,” that focus on the evil side of the supernatural are actually, as Buntz says, advertisements for Good ~

Evil is like Wile E. Coyote pursuing the Roadrunner: the coyote’s attempts to be clever lead to his inevitable failure while demonstrating the roadrunner’s speed and grace. That is the universe’s greatest irony, after all. No matter how hard evil tries, it merely ends up testifying to the existence of good. It must be frustrating.

 

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“Even if this battle against Satan concerns all men and all times,
there is no doubt that Satan’s power is felt more keenly in periods of
history when the sinfulness of the community is more evident. For example,
when I view the decadence of the Roman Empire, I can see the moral
disintegration of that period in history. Now we are at the same level
of decadence, partly as a result of the misuse of the mass media (which
are not evil in themselves) and partly because of Western consumerism
and materialism, which have poisoned our society.”
~ Fr Gabriele Amorth

 
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Related:
Deliver us from Evil
‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ ~

A sharp rise in demonic activity is being reported throughout the United States, owing to increases in drug and pornography addiction, the explosion in occult activity and other mortal sins.
 
According to Fr. Vincent Lampert, an exorcist in the archdiocese of Indianapolis, society’s present condition is a natural result of its drift away from God. “The decline in faith,” he observes, referencing Scripture, “goes hand in hand with the rise in evil.”

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Barbaric malcontents viciously assault inanimate objects

Last week two different monuments, on opposite sides of the country, were destroyed by angry vandals, or rather – self-appointed, cultural abolitionists. Somehow, hundreds of years after they were erected, the stone figures of St. Junipero Serra in Santa Barbara and Francis Scott Key in Baltimore managed to offend the sensibilities of some self-righteous savages.
 

East coast, September 13th ~

Century-old Francis Scott Key monument defaced with ‘racist anthem’ in Baltimore ~
A 106-year-old statue honoring Star Spangled Banner writer Francis Scott Key was defaced in Baltimore early Wednesday.
 
Baltimore has seen a spat of vandalism targeting historical monuments in the past weeks including damage to a statue of Christopher Columbus. It also comes following the city’s overnight removal of four monuments linked to the Confederacy last month.

 
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The statue was dedicated in 1911 to honor Key, an attorney who was being held captive aboard a British ship off Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, when he wrote what would later become America’s national anthem.

(The national anthem is suddenly “racist”? Who knew? There are a couple lines in the little-heard third stanza of Key’s original poem that seem to me rather incomprehensible, especially two hundred years removed from the historical context in which they were penned. And taken as part of the whole, it’s a wild stretch to claim that in the midst of a naval bombardment the man was suddenly moved to express an ugly racist sentiment.)

 

West coast, September 11th ~

Junipero Serra statue beheaded, splashed with red paint in Central California ~

A bronze statue of the Roman Catholic priest Junipero Serra at the Old Santa Barbara Mission was decapitated and doused with red paint on Sunday night or early Monday morning.
 
The statue, on the western side of the Central Coast property near the mission’s office, has since been covered with a tarp. The Santa Barbara mission has been called the “Queen of the Missions.”

 
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The unfortunate sculpture represents Spanish missionary Juniper Serra who established nine missions in present-day California, his first one in 1769. For the “crime” of sharing the Gospel, and saving the eternal souls of thousands of native Americans, his marble effigy apparently deserves to be decapitated.

Serra was a Franciscan friar in the 18th century who founded nine of the state’s 21 missions. He was canonized as a saint in 2015 by Pope Francis — a decision that met criticism by those who believe Serra unfairly treated Native Americans. Some say that Serra “imposed” Christianity upon natives, forcing them convert and then work on building missions while relinquishing their traditions, customs, dress, and language in favor of Spanish ones.

 
Criticizing previous generations from the privileged, progressive perch of the 21st century is short-sighted and arrogant at best – heartlessly ignorant at worst. We can’t possibly imagine what trials, hardships and challenges people faced in previous centuries that informed their view of the world in their respective eras. And apparently there aren’t enough problems in our modern times for these malcontents to address, so they must revisit American history through the lens of their present-day perspective, find that no one meets their incredibly high standards, and assail their predecessors’ reputations – or their statues.
 

Were these dolts capable of critical thought and candid self-examination they would recognize human nature for what it is; deeply flawed – despite the best of intentions. This is evident not only by studying the rise and falls of civilizations over the centuries, but also by looking inward, at our very own daily failures and successes. Which of any of these – the collective or the individual – has ever been perfect?
 
As James M. Kushiner explained in a recent commentary, “America’s past is hardly without sin. But its sins are exposed and seen most clearly in the light of the eternal Word.”
 
The Christian worldview is the only one that makes sense of the human condition as we each experience it; imperfect, capable of incredible good – and incredible evil.
 
Obviously these mindless attacks on statuary are examples of our evil susceptibilities. But they’re also evidence of a culture in serious decline. We used to learn from the past and aspire to improve. Now we just rewrite history and destroy the present. The future looks grim.

 
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Up-date: 9-20-17 Added –
Hystorical Revisionism ~ An excellent article from Ken Blackwell at The Stream ~

Should we adopt the old Soviet technique of airbrushing out those who fall from favor?
 
[Regarding slavery:] (M)ost of those involved were decent people struggling with their natural imperfections, limited understanding, and deeply-established social constraints. Americans today make their own ugly moral compromises — with abortion, for instance […]
 
We need a statute of limitations on expecting historical figures to be perfect and prosecuting them for thought crimes […]
 
By refusing to acknowledge that we humans are all complex, fallen creatures progressives would deny us the ability to learn from history.

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Media doesn’t find Dem senator’s corruption trial newsworthy

Did you happen miss the extensive news coverage of Senator Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) corruption trial? You wouldn’t be the only one. The mainstreams just haven’t really found anything to pique their interest about a sitting U.S. senator being charged and prosecuted for taking nearly $1,000,000 in bribes in exchange for political favors.
 
In fact the lack of reportage was so glaring that The Daily Caller decided to document the dearth of coverage from cable and network news outlets as the formal proceedings commenced last week ~

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The media’s coverage of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez’s corruption trial has been a story of omission and bias, with many outlets giving scarce coverage to the story and others botching it completely […]
 
For example, on Wednesday, the first day of the trial, the big three broadcast networks didn’t mention the story on their evening shows. CBS brought up the trial once in the morning, while ABC and NBC ignored it completely…

 

So when it comes to unfavorable news on a prominent Democrat politician we either have to go to extremist right-wing sources – or cross the Atlantic. Here are the basics; from the UK Daily Mail ~

It’s a tale of international jet-setting, $1,500-a-night hotel rooms and, for good measure, allegations of affairs with models and actresses.
 
Beyond the tabloid angles, this week’s corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a wealthy friend (Florida ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen) promises to put the very business of governing under a microscope – and could eventually lead to a Republican taking over his seat in the deeply divided Senate. […]
 
They are charged with a conspiracy in which, prosecutors say, Menendez lobbied for Melgen’s business interests in exchange for political donations and gifts that included luxury vacations, flights on Melgen’s plane and stays at his private villa in an exclusive Dominican Republic resort frequented by celebrities including Beyonce and Jay-Z.
 
The indictment also alleges Menendez pressured State Department officials to give visas to three young women described as Melgen’s girlfriends.
 
The men both pleaded not guilty, and Menendez has vehemently denied the allegations.
 

Among the gifts prosecutors say Melgen gave Menendez were flights on Melgen’s private jet, vacations at Melgen’s private villa in the Dominican Republic and a three-night stay at a luxury Paris hotel valued at nearly $5,000.
 
Melgen also directed more than $750,000 in campaign contributions to entities that supported Menendez, according to the indictment, which alleges they were inducements to get Menendez to use his influence on Melgen’s behalf.
 
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Prosecutors say that lobbying included a three-year effort to help Melgen avoid paying $8.9 million for overbilling Medicare, a meeting with an assistant secretary of state to help Melgen in a contract dispute over port screening equipment in the Dominican Republic, and helping one of Melgen’s girlfriends and her sister get into the country after their visas were denied.

 
I suspect that this is pretty typical behavior for most of these congressional shysters these days, regardless of party affiliation. But it was interesting that the New York Times – who did actually report on the story – failed to mention that Menendez was a Democrat.

 

It’s not every day that a sitting senator goes on trial for corruption – in fact it’s been 36 years. But apparently the praetorian guard mainstream media doesn’t think the American sheeple need to know much about the allegations or proceedings. Perhaps they’ll mention it when he’s convicted and forced to abandon his senate seat? Stay tuned…

 
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Sentencing Postponed for Florida Eye Doctor Accused of Bribing New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez ~ My, why what an odd coincidence. I’m sure the delay has nothing to do with the possibility of an adverse effect on the Menendez trial…

A sentencing hearing in a Medicare fraud case against a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has been postponed.
 
Attorneys for Dr. Salomon Melgen said in court documents filed Thursday they and prosecutors have agreed to cancel Friday’s scheduled sentencing hearing until December. That would be after next month’s scheduled joint bribery trial against Menendez and Melgen in New Jersey.
 
Melgen’s attorneys say in court documents the delay is necessary because the hearing could take longer than a day.

Yeah right.
 
Seattle’s homosexual mayor resigns, finally, after fifth allegation of sexual abuse ~ Another rather unsavory tale about another Democrat’s fall from grace

 
And another, that’s just… well, sad ~ Democrat Councilman Forced To Resign After Being Outed As A ‘Furry’ ~

A Democratic councilman in a Connecticut town was forced to resign from his position after he was outed as a “furry”— a subculture whose members wear full-body anthropomorphic animal suits. The town’s mayor said the councilman’s resignation was ordered because he indicated that he “tolerated” rape in his furry profile.
 
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New Milford councilman and Democrat Scott Chamberlain resigned after first defending his extracurricular hobby, which involves role-playing or even living as an animal. Many furries adopt “fursonas” and believe themselves to have the souls of typically wild animals like wolves, bears, and foxes. The lifestyle is often sexual in nature.

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Saturday Shorts – 9-16-17

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
Guardian Shocked that Florida Residents STILL Don’t Buy their Climate Hype ~ Watts Up With That suggests the news outlet calm down and get a firm grasp on reality ~

Guardian Reporter Ed Pilkington has been running around Marco Island Florida, desperately trying to find someone who thinks climate change is a problem […]
 
Hurricanes kill, but so do blizzards. Every place has its weather hazards. Hurricanes are not getting worse. Building wind turbines will do nothing to reduce the hazards of bad weather.

 
Where I Was on September 11 ~ This moving account from Dan McLaughlin makes the horrible tragedy seem all too fresh ~

I wrote this piece on September 13, 2001, when everything was still fresh, and I was still writing a baseball blog, “The Baseball Crank,” at The Providence Journal. I re-run it every year on this day.
 
On Tuesday, they tried to kill me…

 
Even more tragic, 16 years later, we dhimmis are still oblivious ~ President of Mosque Linked to World Trade Center Bombing Orders Erasure of 9/11 College Memorial

 
The Big Lie: Conservatives Opposing the Fascist Left are the Real Anti-Fascists ~ Daniel Greenfield reviews Dinesh D’Souza’s latest book ~

When the Democrats complain about the Klan, Dinesh D’Souza reminds us in The Big Lie that they were behind the KKK and they revived it not once, but twice.
 
The Big Lie, D’Souza describes, is the idea that “the very people who champion the centralized state, have a long history of racism and racial terrorism, used the power of government against their political opponents… and continue to use cultural intimidation and street thuggery to enforce their ideology, insist that they are the ones who are anti-fascist.”
 
Instead, he argues that the elements of fascism have historically been associated with the left.

 
Speaking of totalitarian tactics ~ Damaged Texas Churches Sue FEMA for Cutting Them Out of Hurricane Harvey Aid ~ Clearly there are some anti-God Obama holdovers in the agency ~

Even churches that worked with FEMA to provide disaster relief were refused funds provided to other nonprofits […]
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency gives disaster relief grants to not-for-profits — except for churches and synagogues. It will aid secular nonprofits like museums and zoos. It will aid senior centers and hospitals run by religious organizations, but not “houses of worship.” FEMA asserts that aiding religious congregations would violate the separation of church and state.
 
No, it wouldn’t, argues the public-interest law firm Becket. Becket has filed a lawsuit against FEMA on behalf of three churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey. They are Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle, and Rockport First Assembly of God.

 
Homeless population in San Diego SKYROCKETS – city now faces HUGE DISEASE outbreak… ~ When progressives are in charge utopia breaks out :) ~

Health officials in San Diego have scrambled for months to contain an outbreak of hepatitis A — vaccinating more than 19,000 people, putting up posters at bus stations and distributing hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes.
 
Despite those efforts, 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus in San Diego County and hundreds have become ill in what officials say is the nation’s second-largest outbreak of hepatitis A in decades.

To fight deadly hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins power-washing streets with bleach ~ It’s their usual formula: Ignore reality. Problems ensue. Spend more of taxpayers money to combat the problems. Repeat.

 
American Diplomats Attacked in Bed, Safe a Few Feet Away: Cuba Mystery Deepens ~ This is kind of Area 51 weird. Strange sonic attacks – or “health attacks” – are emanating from some mysterious source, causing hearing problems, speech difficulties brain swelling, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches, balance problems and tinnitus, or prolonged ringing in the ears. But no one has any answers. “None of this has a reasonable explanation.” Hmmm…
 
Planned Parenthood Teams up with Satanists to Promote Abortion in Missouri ~ of course they do. One begat the other ~

The Satanic Temple has often lent its muscle to pro-abortion efforts alongside Planned Parenthood, and in this case has pressured Missouri legislators and worked through the courts to bring about a relaxing of abortion restrictions, according to reports. One of the Temple’s fundamental tenets is that “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”

 
At Reed College, the left clashes with itself over free speech ~ Intimidated into silence by the angry progressive activists who seem intent on erasing any semblance of objective truth. They don’t want to hear ANYTHING that’s even remotely outside their extremely subjective and myopic worldview ~

Prof. Lucía Martinez Valdivia who describes herself as “female, mixed race, American and Peruvian, gay, atheist, and relatively young.” In other words, she’s no one’s idea of a conservative white supremacist. Last year, when students planned to disrupt Prof. Valdivia’s lecture on Sappho (a lesbian poet), she begged them not to be too confrontational.

Unable to form logical or coherent arguments they resort to name-calling; somehow she’s a “race traitor” “anti-black” an “ableist” and a “gaslighter.”

“I am intimidated by these students,” she later wrote in a blog post. “I am scared to teach courses on race, gender or sexuality or even texts that bring these issues up in any way…I’m at a loss as to how to begin to address it, especially since many of these students don’t believe in historicity or objective facts (they denounce the latter as being a tool of the white cisheteropatriarchy).”

 
The Clinton Private Rooftop Garden: An Obscene Violation Of Charity Law & Principles ~ “Let them eat cake” the Clintons snickered in 2007 as the 14,000 square foot rooftop garden was installed on the rooftop of the Presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas. There’s also a for-profit restaurant on the roof, and all sorts of other suspicious funding games going on. And her highness ponders “What Happened.”

 

High School Football Players Rush onto Field, Pray Out Loud During ‘Moment of Silence’ ~ Standing up to the secular bullies ~

Prior to last week’s football game between West Virginia’s Clay County and Braxton County, the teams took a knee together and bowed their heads in prayer. Pregame prayers are not an unusual occurrence in that part of the country, but this time was different. The group prayer came on the heels of a recent ban on prayers over the loudspeaker at games. The new rule was made in response to a single individual who complained about the public display of faith.

 
Another encouraging victory for religious liberty ~ Judge Suspends City’s Ban of Farmers Over Their Marriage Views ~ Lansing decided that these folks were no longer allowed to sell their produce at the city’s farmers’ market simply because they wouldn’t host same-sex “marriages” at their farm. Glad the court disagrees – so far ~

A federal judge ruled Friday that the Michigan farmers, who were banned from selling their produce at a farmers market on public property because of their religious beliefs about marriage, may resume selling their goods there as early as Sunday while their case proceeds.

 

Animal friendships that’ll touch your heart ~ Unlikely pals make the best buds. A collection of photos to make you smile ~

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The Shot Heard Round the World

Here’s a brief history lesson in honor of Patriot Week. Perhaps you could share with a mis-educated millennial :) ~
 

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Hanoi Jane promotes higher minimum wage in Michigan

So Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been here in Michigan for the last couple of days, apparently on a mission of mercy to save the state from our own ignorance; pushing for a higher minimum wage (or, as it’s now referred to in typical, leftist word-manipulation fashion, a “living wage”) ~

(Tomlin and Fonda say) they want to help the progressive movement create a platform going forward — “a people’s platform,” as Fonda put it — and want to use the minimum-wage campaign as a way to reach out to voters and create a movement around shared values.
 
Trump’s election has “galvanized people to resist, and resistance has accomplished a lot,” Fonda said “But we need to go beyond ‘no.’ We have to come to the ‘yes.’ ”

 
Sorry gals, we-the-thinking will just have to say “no.”
 
Sadly – as we find all too often – facts are inconsequential when you’re a Hollywood celebrity living in the land of make-believe. But the rest of us have to pay attention to how things like economics actually work in the real world ~
 

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Irma’s indiscriminate destruction

Hurricane Irma had no respect for national sovereignty as she wreaked havoc across the Caribbean last week.
 
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Most domestic media coverage of Irma has understandably focused on the devastation here in the U.S., but the British Virgin, and other Caribbean islands felt the hurricane’s wrath before we did. This lengthy U.K. Daily Mail article, accompanied by dozens of pictures, covers St. Martin, B.V.I., Cuba, the Turks and Caicos and others, shows the wide-ranging extent of the damage ~

More than 100 ‘high risk’ prisoners escaped on British Virgin Isles after hurricane Irma as islanders now fight over the last scraps of food and evacuated tourists weep with relief that their hell is over
 

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More than 100 ‘high risk’ prisoners escaped on the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma and around 40 are still on the run on Tuesday, according to a leaked government document.
 

There have been widespread reports of looting on one of the islands, Tortola, after inmates broke out of a jail amid chaos during the 185mph storm.
 
Photos of a British Cabinet Briefing paper have now revealed that officials are attempting to ‘secure the transfer of the prisoners’ to the island of St Lucia.
 
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Meanwhile, British junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told parliament: ‘We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin islands (BVI). The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped.’
 
The minister also raised the death toll in British Caribbean territories to nine. Five people died in the BVI and four in Anguilla. The authorities had previously reported one person killed in Anguilla.
 
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Starving residents on St. Marin have resorted to fighting each other for food while tourists queued at the airport and wept with relief as they were being evacuated from the ‘biblical-scale destruction’. Hundreds of holidaymakers are still trying to leave, with dozens lining up outside the Princess Juliana Airport, which was left in ruins in the storm.

 

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Spare me billionaire tax-exiles and bargain-seeking tourists demanding British help after Hurricane Irma when the poor bloody locals have been left with nothing ~ UK journalist Katie Hopkins has no patience for wealthy British tax exiles like Richard Branson demanding assistance from the country’s emergency relief fund

 

Lucky Trump’s Caribbean Resort Among Few Left Standing ~

President Donald Trump’s multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort was among few structures left standing on St. Martin Island after Hurricane Irma destroyed much of what was left there, USA Today reported.

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The Chateau des Palmiers, Trump’s $17 million resort on Plum Bay beach on the French side of the land made it through the storm almost unscathed while reports said 95 percent of the island was destroyed by the storm on Sept. 6, the newspaper said.

 

Once there was an island known as Barbuda. After Hurricane Irma, much of it is gone ~ Tiny Barbuda, one-half of the dual state of Antigua and Barbuda, was flattened by Irma. Most of the island’s residents are homeless

 
The devastation wrought on Cuba after Hurricane Irma battered the island with 120mph winds and 30ft waves – leaving cities under water and homes destroyed ~

• Hurricane Irma hit parts of Cuba’s northern coast as a Category 5 storm on Friday and Saturday
• One resident of Nuevitas said: ‘The streets are full of rubble. There are houses with their roofs ripped off. Even the oldest trees in town have been knocked down’
• Images from St Martin, St Barth’s, Barbuda, Turks and Caicos show mounds of debris and destroyed buildings on street after street

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