Chance or Design?

Does God Exist? The Design Argument ~
 

 
More evidence: Biomenetics ~ reverse engineering God’s creation offers unlimited possibilities

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Saturday Shorts – 8-30-14

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

 
 
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core State Standards ~ Initially in favor of adopting Common Core, Jindal quickly realized the totalitarian nature of the rigid, sub-par, standardized “education” that was being implemented. Great to see him pushing back.

Note – this particular progressively-slanted article makes it sound like Jindal was all in favor of common Core because of the federal dollars attached to the program. But the coercive nature of this program, very fact that the feds are bribing states with huge amounts of cash, is now a primary motivation to stand against it. The governor is turning down the thirty pieces of silver.

 
Palin Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama Elected ~ The Left was too busy misquoting the governor about just how close the eastern Russian coastline is to Alaska to actually discern the truth in what she had to say. Not really so funny anymore.

 
The Meaning of “Objectively Disordered” ~ A reasoned yet sensitive explanation of the catholic (in this case “C”atholic) position on homosexual attraction ~

The reaction to Church teaching in the area of homosexuality is, in part, symptomatic of a deeper and fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the human person. The misunderstanding of the Church’s teaching is further complicated by the fact that we live in a sound-bite culture, where nuanced technical terms are underappreciated. Therefore, it is incumbent upon Catholics to explain thoroughly and with sensitivity the eternal truth conveyed by the language of the Church.

 
Same-sex Adoption: Not as Harmless as Portrayed ~
When surveys are deliberately prejudiced in favor of a particular outcome agenda advancement becomes much easier (GIGO: garbage-in: garbage-out). Non-biased studies present a much different picture ~

The NFSS’s results showed that children who remain with their intact biological families were better educated, were in better mental and physical health, reported overall higher levels of happiness, displayed less drug use and less criminal behaviour.

 
This Obama Administration Proposal Would Effectively Authorize Some Americans Seceding ~ Unmaking America ~

… the Obama administration is proposing to recognize so-called “Native” Hawaiians as an Indian tribe entitled to separate and become an independent sovereign and to “reestablish” a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community.”
 
Such an unconstitutional action would amount to authorizing secession for certain residents of Hawaii.
This would balkanize Hawaii, dividing the islands into separate racial and ethnic enclaves, and undo “the political bargain through which Hawaii secured its admission into the Union.”[...]
 
At worst, the Obama administration’s proposal is unconstitutional, and as a number of U.S. senators have told the administration, it is “at best offensive to the character of a country devoted to the advancement of all its citizens regardless of race.”

Un-American. Unconstitutional. Unconscionable. Yep, that’s our Barack.

 
King Obama strikes again – Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty ~ Our tyrant-in-chief is considering yet another unconstitutional action: global redistribution based on the flawed science of climate alarmists. Even as the truth keeps intruding ~ Surprise! Glaciers appearing in Scotland.
And more fraud-for-the-cause has been uncovered ~
Australian scientist calls for ‘heads to roll’ over adjusted temperature data

 
Christian Metal Bands Are Satanists, Catholic Music Is Holy ~ A sincere appeal from Theodore Shoebat for a return to the soul-inspiring sounds of sacred music ~

When we fight evil, the army of heaven fights with us. Let us forsake the satanic rubbish called “Christian metal,” and take up the authentic arts of the Church Militant [...]
 
We are in a spiritual war, and we must participate in it with every fiber of our bodies and our souls.

 
 
A New Direction in Church Design ~
A WELCOME new direction :arrow: Back to traditional architecture! Embracing eternal beauty and putting God back as the center of worship.

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Don’t forget; Obama almost joined ISIS last year

obamasearlyMuslimphaseIn the video below, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) gets it exactly right with regard to Syria and Bashar al-Assad.
A year ago President Obama was ready to join up with Syrian rebels in opposition to the Assad regime. And now we know for certain that those very same rebels were merely a pre-ISIS group of Islamists.

 
Ben Barrack, writing at Shoebat.com, calls out the useful idiots in our elite political class who were all for throwing in with pre-ISIS at the time ~

… exactly one year ago on August 27, 2013, a slew of pseudo-intellectuals wanted Assad gone and signed a letter to Obama demanding that very thing. The rise of ISIS should be the equivalent of a nuclear torpedo to the credibility of each one of these supposedly enlightened experts.

 
Pro-jihadist support crossed party lines but many were notable RINOs and their apologists: Sen. John McCain, Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, former Senator Joe Lieberman and Clifford May (Foundation for Defense of Democracies-FDD).
 
Here’s Rep. Gohmert explaining how misguided they all were ~
 

 
Assad has always been the lesser of two – or more – evils. Not exactly a boy scout, at least he wasn’t threatening to exterminate the Christian minority; was in fact, an advocate for religious tolerance in Syria. Had Obama succeeded with his anti-Assad campaign last year, the United States would have been formally assisting an early form of the Nazi-like ISIS forces.

 
So now the president tells us he doesn’t have a strategy to stop these barbarians from achieving their goal of establishing a world-wide caliphate. Odd, because just last year Barack Hussein Obama definitely had one. His “strategy” in 2013 was to actively support the Islamist cause in Syria!

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Something about the color tan…

… that simply says “total incompetence” ~
 
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Also, “impotent,” “noncommital,” and “feckless”

 
Commenting on Pres. Obama’s unimpressive press conference yesterday, Tony Lee at Breitbart recalled prescient remarks that Sarah Palin made six years ago – to the very day ~

After Obama accepted the nomination in front of Greek columns on August 28, 2008, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin asked, “But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot, when that happens, what exactly is our opponent’s plan?

 
Unfortunately, when it comes to international affairs, we’ve learned that he never really did have one. And even now, as ISIS terrorists run wild in the middle east, we get this ~

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” 8O

Seriously?!
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My favorite tweet of the day says it all:
 

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A Metaphysical Moment with Ravi Zacharias

If, like myself, you’re wondering just how western civilization seems to have gone totally off the rails, here’s a succinct summary from Dr. Zacharias ~
 

 

“If naturalism is all we have, i.e., man is nothing more than nature
- then we’ve got no moral framework to look to.”

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First, we killed God;
Then, ethics;
Now, man.
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Many other outstanding videos from Ravi Zacharias are available HERE.

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Philadelphia’s Forfeiture Machine

Who needs the mafia when you’ve got the shakedown charlatans of Philadelphia?!
 

 

Kafkaesque…

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Under civil forfeiture, property owners do not have to be convicted of a crime, or even charged with one, to permanently lose their property. Instead, the government can forfeit a property if it’s found to “facilitate” a crime, no matter how tenuous the connection. So rather than sue the owner, in civil forfeiture proceedings, the government sues the property itself…. (?!)

 
 
See complete story at Forbes: Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

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Divine Intervention?

For the Lord your God is He who goes with you,
to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
~ Deuteronomy 20:4 ~

 
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Just another day in Israel; more that 140 rockets were fired into that country in the last 24 hours. That’s roughly one every 10 minutes. Rocket sirens and bomb shelters have become part of everyday life for many Israelis. But today at least, no lives were lost. And the Iron Dome managed to shoot down a good percentage of the incoming rockets, keeping injuries/damages to a minimum.
 

Despite the ongoing attacks by her enemies, Israel has not yet sustained heavy losses in this latest Hamas aggression. Incredibly, fatalities have been minimal (young Daniel was a tragic exception). It’s almost as if something supernatural were happening…
 
As John Riley at Charisma News asks – Is God’s Hand Still Protecting Israel?
 

It definitely appears so. And many of those on the front lines – like this IDF officer that Riley spoke with – are convinced of it ~

I interviewed an Israeli Defense Forces soldier who was wounded recently in the war with Hamas. Sgt. Major Jeremy Gimpel told me that he is seeing manifest miracles and God’s providence once again over Israel. He said the protective shield over Israel right now is not so much the one that intercepts incoming rockets; rather, it is the protective shield from the prayers of people around the world.

 

From a John Riley interview with a wounded IDF soldier. Via Charisma News

 

In his article, Riley goes on to describe a couple other recent occurrences that were nothing short of miraculous.
 
Long, long ago, God made a covenant with Israel; He keeps it still.
 

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NASA’s astronomy picture of the day – May 1, 2010
 
 
About 17,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Circinus, this nebula resembles a hand (of God?).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Related:
After 777 Intercession Call, Graham Urges New Prayer Mandate ~ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem ~ Psalm 122:6

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Founding Wisdom [Flouted by the Foolish]

founders-quote-BFranklin“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy…

These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.”
 
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Soulless Education

Here’s another good FIREWALL episode wherein Bill Whittle laments the sadly impoverished education being foisted on the majority of today’s public school children ~
 


 
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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
~ G.K. Chesterton

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Saturday Shorts – 8-23-14

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

 
BrightSource solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead ~ Death estimates range from 1,000 to 28,000 per year. First it was windmills chopping up our feathered friends, now solar installations are frying them to a crisp. Sheesh! What do these enviro-wackos have against wildlife?
[Seriously, solar power actually does look promising as a form of alternative energy - on a much smaller, individual scale. Not in the form of ginormous bird frying pans. And not on a government-subsidized basis.]

 
Why do you think they call it “dope?”
First there was this report in June ~Smoking marijuana as a teenager lowers IQ for LIFE, scientists warn. Here’s another warning ~ Teens risk brain damage, low IQ from weekly pot smoking ~ But incredibly, more and more states are legalizing pot and enterprising suppliers are aiming new offerings directly at teens ~ Dangerous new marijuana product looks like lip balm, packs big kick.

 
Actor Who Played Jesus in the ‘Passion’ Explains Why His New Football Film Is So Much More Than a Sports Movie ~ (with trailer) Looks like a great new film; true story about a legendary high school football team.

 
Bible and Prayer in Schools ~ An article at Accuracy in Media makes the case for bringing the Bible back to school. After all, how can you learn anything if you ignore the most widely published book in all of human history?

Imagine an ancient record—by far the most published book in humanity—quoted by Shakespeare (1,200 times) and Abraham Lincoln—a book that has inspired political movements and religious reformations and has literally changed the world time and again; imagine that book being rejected and banished from schools across America. That book is the Bible.

 
Beaten to Death at McDonald’s ~ Tragic deaths of two young people in College Station, TX, Feb., 2012. Wondering why Obama, Holder, and the Dept. of INjustice didn’t insert themselves into this situation? Oh, never mind. Wrong color combination.

 
OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit filed against those attempting Satanic event with consecrated Host ~ A follow-up on my Aug. 18th post; interesting approach to prevent the black mass from taking place in September.

 
James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head ~ As horrifying as this murder was, Daniel Greenfield reminds readers that Foley was in the Middle East as an activist-journalist, fully supporting – not America’s War on Terror, but the Islamists. Ironically, the very jihadists who killed him ~

Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. For the most Foley (mentioned Syrian Christians was) when he was promoting the myth that the Sunni Jihadists were actually a secular democracy-loving force that incorporated Christians and Kurds on equal terms.

 
The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty – Listing several examples, this article at Creation-Evolution Headlines illustrates how skewed worldviews hurt the very populations they purport to help.
 

The Hell That Is The Obama White House ~ Excellent piece from David Horowitz recaps the evil emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ~

… the deepest level of Obama’s hell, (is his anti-American foreign policy.) When Obama was re-elected in 2012, the very first thought I had was this: A lot of people are going to be dead because of this election. How disastrously right I was. Since their assault on George Bush and their sabotage of the war in Iraq, Obama and the Democrats have forged a power vacuum in Europe and even more dramatically in the Middle East, which nasty characters have predictably entered with ominous implications for the future security of all Americans.

OK – this no longer qualifies as “short” – but his next two paragraphs are too profound to leave out ~

Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ. What was Obama’s response to this atrocity until a group of Yazvidi along with the Christians were trapped on a mountain side, and politics dictated he had to make some gesture(?) His response was to do and say nothing. Silence. Even his statement announcing minimal action to save the Yazvidi and the Christians mentioned the Christians once in passing while devoting a paragraph to the obscure Yazvidi.
 
What this unfeeling and cold response to the slaughter of Christians tells us is that Obama is a pretend Christian just the way he is a pretend American. What he is instead is a world class liar. That is because his real agendas are anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish, and obviously and consistently pro America’s third world adversaries to whom he is always apologizing and whom he is always appeasing. Obama lies about his intentions and policies because he couldn’t survive politically if he told the truth.

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Keep the porn out of the classroom!

Apparently our kids aren’t sexualized enough by just turning on the TV for an hour or two every day; at least not in California. We know this because 9th grade textbooks in that state will soon feature information on bondage, sex toys, and various fantasies. 9th grade!
 
Teaching the biology of human procreation in a public school setting is one thing. Endorsing and promoting sexual experimentation among schoolchildren is completely irresponsible – and frankly – immoral.
 
Instead of pushing promiscuity why not adopt a responsible approach, and teach kids about its consequences? Here’s some useful information that should be in those textbooks ~

FEBRUARY 2013: CDC (Center for Disease Control) STI stats ~
CDC’s new estimates show that there are about 20 million new sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone.

 

And 50% of new infections are among those ages 15 to 24 ~
 
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CDC estimates that there are more than 19.7 million new STIs in the United States each year. While most of these STIs will
not cause harm 8O (They must mean physical harm. How could they possibly measure the emotional and psychological damage?), some have the potential to cause serious health problems, especially if not diagnosed and treated early.
 
Young people (ages 15-24) are particularly affected, accounting for half (50 percent) of all new STIs, although they represent
just 25 percent of the sexually experienced population.

 
Approximately 110,000 Americans currently have an STI. That’s roughly one third of our entire population! These numbers would plummet if public schools would actually start promoting monogamy (gasp!) and abstinence (double gasp!).
 

As a new study from Britain shows, the kids themselves know something’s amiss with the pornification of western culture ~

A poll of 18-year-old UK teens conducted by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that a large majority of both boys and girls believe that easy access to online porn puts pressure on them to look and act in imitation of what porn portrays [...]
 

Eighty percent of the 18 year olds said that it was “too easy for young people to accidentally see pornography online.”
 
Seven out of 10 said that “accessing pornography was seen as typical” while they were at school, while almost half (46 percent) said “sending sexual or naked photos or videos is part of everyday life for teenagers.”
 

Sixty percent said the pervasiveness of porn had complicated the process of growing up.
 
Seventy-two percent said internet porn “leads to unrealistic attitudes to sex,” while 67 percent agreed that porn “can become addictive,” and 70 percent said pornography encourages society to view women as sex objects.

 
Many of these teen are obviously wiser about human sexuality, and its important tie to emotional maturity, than their “educators” seem to be ~

They also complained that sex education often presents promiscuity as normal, putting additional pressure on them to become sexually active before they might otherwise [...]
 
One 18-year-old girl responded to the poll question about her sex-ed experience: “I always felt pressured by teachers, like, ‘sex is normal, just be safe OK’ when actually I wasn’t interested in having sex at the time and was happy to wait for the right person.

 

Hear that California public schools? Let’s get the porn out of the classroom and start educating again.

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Related:
Stolen childhood
Can we defund Planned Parenthood yet? ~ includes the video “Hooking Kids on Sex” which explains how Planned Parenthood recruits future clients
Planned Parenthood Endorses S&M for Teens

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Who created evil?

Simple truth: the existence of evil doesn’t disprove the existence of God ~
 


 
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The problem of evil has ultimately one source. It is the
resistance to God’s holiness that blankets all of creation.
It is a mystery because we are engulfed in it – spiritual blindness [...]
… blindness to the sacred is the cause of all evil.

~ Ravi Zacharias

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