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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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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‘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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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 ~
 

Video via: Prager U

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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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Saturday Shorts (late Sunday edition)- 9-9-17

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

 
The Girl Suicide Bombers of Boko Haram ~ Why do we hardly hear about this horror in the West?

Boko Haram terrorists have so far used more than 145 girls in suicide bombing missions between January and July 2017 […]
 
(I)t was discovered that most of these hapless minors were “donated” to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity.

 
New Poll: A Third of Americans Support Tech Companies Using SPLC ‘Hate Group’ List to Blacklist Conservatives ~ Welcome to AmeriKa ~

When asked whether “internet companies should use this list as an excuse to censor or suppress mainstream and non-violent conservative groups by denying them access to their services?” a full 32 percent of Americans said “yes.” A larger minority, 43 percent, said internet companies should not suppress conservatives, while a full 25 percent admitted they did not know enough to have a strong opinion.

 
So that 32% must be fine with this ~ SPLC Warns of ‘Turmoil and Bloodshed’ With New Map Identifying Confederate Monuments, Cities, MIDDLE SCHOOLS ~ The Southern Poverty Law Center is out of control. At what point does hysterical slander become the First Amendment equivalent of yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater? ~

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a far-left outfit that labels mainstream conservative organizations “hate groups” and whose “hate map” inspired a terrorist attack in 2012, has released a map of every Confederate monument in America. But the map does not just include statues: it also lists towns, cities, counties, and even middle schools that bear the names of Confederate generals. […]
 
This listing of schools is utterly vile behavior, given the SPLC’s track record of inspiring politically motivated violence.

 
 Twitter Moves to Silence All Criticism of Islam ~ Part of the growing movement to silence conservatives on the web, especially on social media. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch details the censorship he’s been experiencing ~

(Twitter) lets stand open death threats against me. It censors content to suit Iran’s Islamic authorities. It has flagged as “hateful” tweets stating the fact that Islam is not a religion of peace and reporting accurately about anti-Semitic statements by an imam. It has let Islamic State accounts stand while banning those of people who report terrorists. It has shadowbanned my account, preventing thousands of readers from seeing Jihad Watch posts.

 
BAD PARENTING: Actor Brian Austin Green Celebrates His 4-Year-Old Son Wearing Dresses ~ OK, there’s a reason they call it “Hollyweird” – but this is just a complete abdication of parenthood. Ben Shapiro explains ~

There’s another, broader point here. As a parent, it isn’t your job to throw up your hands with regard to a four-year-old boy and simply say, “It’s his life.” It isn’t his life yet; if it were, you wouldn’t feed him at home, tuck him in at night, teach him to read, send him to pre-school, or protect him from running into the street. His life is your responsibility. And the choices you make help shape his character and direction.
 
Children are confused. They are ignorant. They don’t know anything. They are incapable of making basic decisions, let alone being expected to “choose” their “gender.” It is up to us to inculcate and instill valuable and useful gender differences, not to allow children to confuse themselves.[…]
 
Parents are supposed to establish rules for children. There are children who cannot live within those rules; it’s worth dealing with those issues as they arise on a case-by-case basis. But celebrating children for cross-dressing, reinforcing gender confusion rather than helping guide children toward decisions that will be more likely to contribute to their happiness and wellbeing, is cruelty guised as open-mindedness.

 
Trump’s TV addiction is leading to big mistakes ~ This is what happens when you really don’t stand on any solid principles ~

Donald Trump is the first president in US history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage […]
 
Which raises the questions: Doesn’t the president have better things to do than watch political punditry on cable TV shows? As one of the most famous and powerful people on the planet, why does he care what pundits say about him? And doesn’t he realize his immigration agenda will get attacked by most commentators no matter what?

 
Comey’s incredible secret power: What if the FBI had a lot to do with that fake Trump ‘dossier’? ~ “If?” How about how much? ~

Powerful as Hoover was, even he never simultaneously investigated both major-party candidates for the presidency. Mr. Comey did, and Americans are now getting a glimpse of how much he influenced political events.

 
Parisians protest ‘genocide’ of rats as city battles rodent infestation ~ How crazy has western society become in the 21st century? ~

The French capital is facing its worst rat crisis in decades, and rapid proliferation of the animals has forced several parks to close temporarily amid fears that children could be bitten or infected by disease.
 
Paris authorities are spending £14 million this year on “deratisation”. […]
 
Thousands of Parisians have signed a petition denouncing efforts to control a rat infestation as a rodent “genocide.”
More than 2,000 comments have been posted online by defenders of the rodents. “Rats deserve the same consideration as people,” one said. 😯

 
D.C. Insider Sally Quinn Reveals She Put Hexes on People… and Two of Them Died! ~ Ephesians 6:12 ~

The embrace of the occult by the power brokers of Washington D.C. is disturbing. The fact that the Washingtonian would write a piece normalizing the behavior demonstrates how wicked and godless many of those who are tasked with shaping the future of this country truly are. Demonic influence is nothing to play around with. Having demonic influence flaunted so close to the halls of power is scary.

 
Black and Brown Students Refuse to Co-Exist ~ When your unrealistic demands become self-defeating…

African-American and Latino students at the University of Florida are refusing to share a proposed new state of the art facility because doing so would “erase and marginalize their black and brown bodies and their cultures.” So, we are to believe that foregrounding these identities in posh new digs is to erase them. Even though they demanded them in the first place, in order to be validated.

 

It Appears Out-of-State Voters Changed Outcome of New Hampshire U.S. Senate Race ~ Facilitated by same-day voter registration, here’s more of that voter fraud we’re supposed to pretend doesn’t exist ~

5,513 is a big number – more than enough to swing two very important elections. The closest major election was the contest between incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and challenger Maggie Hassan (D). Hassan won the election by a razor-thin margin of 1,017 votes. Those 5,313 fraudulent votes were more than enough to swing the election. If 59.2 percent or more of them went for Hassan, then the election was stolen through voter fraud. That’s likely, since the surrounding states are Democrat strongholds.

More on this story from Fox News

 
Born of the Cajun Navy, CrowdRelief Inspires Citizen-Led Relief ~ Neighbors helping neighbors – what a concept! We can survive without Big Government controlling every aspect of our lives ~

(T)he Cajun Navy is run and funded by volunteers. The Cajun Relief Foundation helps anticipate, coordinate, and execute rescue operations. It also helps victims after the fact.
 
“These systems are going to be overwhelmed for several years,” (Rob Gaudet, founder of the Cajun Relief Foundation) said. “It’s time to innovate and collaborate [to] provide a way for citizen-led responses. Doing so will allow the relief effort to be equal to the disaster without spending a dime. When an unprecedented disaster happens, the volunteer response must also be unprecedented.”

 

Tweet of the week :) ~

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If I live to be 100…

… I want to be like Eva!
 

“That’s the story of learning, if everything went perfect, you really wouldn’t learn.”
~ Eva Bossenberger

 

Watching this video makes me feel SO lazy. If this dear, wise woman can keep going at 100 years old, looking forward to “going home” but content to be persevering, still using her God-given talents to give back to others, what’s my excuse for anything less? And such a beautiful, genuine faith… What an inspiration!

Eva Bossenberger is 100 years old. Eva, who has enjoyed sewing since she was a child, makes dresses to pack in Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. She prays that every girl who receives a dress will hear the Gospel and come to know Jesus as her Savior.

 

 
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child

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Please pray for Pastor Brunson!

As I’ve blogged about before, Islamist fundamentalist and ruthless autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been determinedly dragging Turkey back to the 18th century (before it was modernized and secularized under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk) for the past few years, slowly but surely eliminating any remaining democratic obstacles to his absolute power. Last year’s coup – whether genuine or deliberately manufactured for the sole purpose of crushing dissent – was soundly defeated. Pursuing his ambitious goal of recreating the Ottoman Caliphate, Erdoğan has been imposing fundamentalist policies, imprisoning tens of thousands of supposed dissidents, purging the military and government of any suspect opponents and persecuting any remnants of Christian presence still in the country.
 

Caught up in this tyrannical power grab is Pastor Andrew Brunson; arrested last October on bogus charges. This is from my 4-20-17 post ~

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Brunson and his wife Norine have lived in Turkey for more than two decades. They were originally detained last year on October 7th. Norine was released on October 19th but Andrew has been incarcerated at Izmir’s Sakran 3 Nolu T Tipi Prison since December […]
 
Under the current State of Emergency in Turkey, his file has been sealed and all visits from his attorney are recorded and all notes are copied. The only official written charge we have seen states, “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” a completely false charge against a peaceful pastor who has lived in Turkey for over 23 years without incident, raising his family there and humbly serving the people of Turkey.

 
Trapped in a situation straight out of a Kafka tale, Pastor Brunson has been imprisoned for almost a year now. ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice), who has been fighting for his release, published an update last week: New False Charges Levied at American Pastor Andrew Brunson as Unjust Imprisonment in Turkey Grows More Dangerous ~

In an unexpected video conference with a judge last Thursday, American Pastor Andrew Brunson was informed that the prosecutor had added additional charges upon which his continued detainment was now based.
 
These “new” charges, coming 322 days after his initial arrest in October of last year, are obviously just as false and ridiculous as the original charge of membership in an armed terrorist organization. Disturbingly, the new charges are even more serious than the original charge and carry stiff sentences, if convicted. Furthermore, Pastor Andrew’s file continues to remain sealed, making it impossible to defend against the unknown.
 
Although new charges have been added, any evidence supporting such absurd claims has yet to be presented, and no indictment has been handed down. In his response to the judge, Pastor Andrew adamantly maintained his innocence and denied the charges. He pleaded with the judge that evidence be provided. He reiterated his sole purpose for being in Turkey for the past 23 years was “for one purpose only. To tell about Jesus Christ.” He stated further that he has “done this openly, in front of the government.”

 
Last month Secretary of State Tillerson highlighted Pastor Andrew’s plight during the introduction of a report on International Religious Freedom ~

“[T]he United States continues to advocate for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson who has been wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey.”

 
Thanks Rex. Now can we please see some serious actions to back up your well-meaning intentions?!

 
In the meantime, please pray for Pastor Andrew – for his release – and that the Lord would comfort and sustain him in prison, enabling him to be a stalwart witness for the faith – even in the midst of his ordeal. Also that God would comfort and encourage his wife and family.
 
You can support ACLJ in their efforts to free Brunson and sign their petition HERE.
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Related:
Turkey’s Islamist regression – Trump approves?
O’Ministration sides with another tyrant
Reporters Without Borders: Turkey Is ‘World’s Biggest Prison’ for Journalists
Erdogan Marks Anniversary Of Coup Attempt By Firing Thousands Of Employees

Erdogan Seizes 50 Syriac Churches and Monasteries, Declares Them State Property ~ (June 2017)

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