Sir Winston Churchill, honorary American citizen

Victor Davis Hanson marked the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s passing (Jan. 24, 1965) with a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers: Remembering the Last Lion ~


Churchill is remembered for his multiple nonstop careers as a statesman, cabinet minister, politician, journalist, Nobel laureate historian, and combat veteran. He began his career serving the British military as a Victorian-era mounted lancer and ended it as custodian of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
But he is most renowned for an astounding five-year-tenure as Britain’s wartime prime minister from May 10, 1940, to June 26, 1945, when he was voted out of office not long after the surrender of Nazi Germany [...]
… Britain was the only major power on either side of the war to fight continuously the entire six years, from September 3, 1939, to September 2, 1945. Britain was the only nation of the alliance to have fought Nazi Germany alone without allies. Churchill’s defiant wartime rhetoric anchored the entire moral case against the Third Reich [...]
Defeat would have meant the end of British civilization. But victory would ensure the end of the British Empire and a future world dominated by the victorious and all-powerful United States and Soviet Union.
It was Churchill’s decision that Britain would fight on all fronts of both the European and Pacific theaters. He ordered strategic bombing over occupied Europe, a naval war against the German submarine and surface fleets, and a full-blown land campaign in Burma [...]
The wisdom and spirit of Winston Churchill not only saved Britain from the Third Reich, but Western civilization from a Nazi Dark Ages when there was no other nation willing to take up that defense.


When it counted most, Winston Churchill had the moral courage and integrity to do the right thing no matter the personal political cost. He was named an honorary citizen of the United States in 1963 by President Kennedy, who said of Churchill; “(his) bravery, charity and valor, both in war and in peace, have been a flame of inspiration in freedom’s darkest hour.”

You can understand then why the Churchill bust, lent to President George W. Bush by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, meant so little to feckless, narcissist like Barack Obama. Winston Churchill embodied everything Obama holds in contempt.
The two men are polar opposites. One was the greatest military, political and spiritual leader of the 20th century. The other is… an empty chair.


National Churchill Museum – in Fulton, Missouri. Website includes many of his great quotes.
Remember the Obama-returns-Churchill-bust flap? ~ Another Bust in Washington — but This One Is Likely to Make Conservatives Smile.

Welcome to UK-Eurabia, where quoting Churchill is now illegal Churchill understood that the religion-of-peace – isn’t.

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Pastor Lee – Saving throwaway babies

When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

Psalm 27:10

Before we saw Patterns of Evidence (highly recommended!) last week, one of the pre-show trailers was for a new documentary called “The DropBox.” What a wonderfully inspiring story about one man’s mission to save unwanted babies in South Korea – and his contagious Christian faith.
If this doesn’t have you reaching for a box of Kleenex, check your worldview. You’re either an atheist, a leftist, a marxist or all three. Open your heart; watch, and be transformed.

Video via

The director of the film, Brian Ivie, was first moved by Pastor Lee’s work after reading an article about him in the LA Times. Then he decided to visit him and create a film about his baby box. Ivie said that Pastor Lee was creating a bunker for babies and defending it with his own life. Pastor Lee said, “I can’t be here and not do anything about it, so we installed the baby box with God’s heart.” Then he said to God, “I will die for these babies.”

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Meanwhile, in another part of the world


You wouldn’t know it from watching the network news, but the bodies are piling up as Ukraine’s conflict with Russian-backed separatists escalates. So thank heavens for alternate media. Mike Shedlock at Townhall-Finance has compiled stories from several different sources ~ Graves Waiting For Bodies: Major War Escalation in Ukraine; In 5 Weeks Ukraine Out of Money.
It seems almost surreal that conflicts like this still take place in Europe in the 21st century – even eastern Europe. But then, it was only one year ago that the EuroMaidan revolution was wrestling control of Kiev from what they viewed as a tyrannical government.
The EuroMaidan movement, representing the majority of Western Ukraine sentiment, was successful in ridding the country of a corrupt president (who immediately fled to Russia). Shortly thereafter Putin launched a military campaign to retake Crimea (an autonomous republic within Ukraine, which had been part of the U.S.S.R. until 1991), regaining Russian seaport access to the Black Sea. And now his sights are set on Ukraine itself – at least some of the eastern provinces.

[Crimea is the brown-colored peninsula in the Black Sea]


Russian continues to deny direct involvement in the escalating hostilities, but the stark reality is hard to refute. As the body count rises, Kiev Post interviewed Pavel Felgenhauer, a leading independent Russian military analyst and commentator, who believes that Putin’s aim is to destroy Ukraine’s independence, defeat the West ~

KP: How long could Putin’s proxies in Donbas last without Russian military and financial support?
PF: “The rebellion would crumble rather swiftly. It could take weeks, months, up to a year. But it would be doomed. Donbas on its own cannot provide resources for the continuation of of war at the present level of hostilities. It’s absolutely impossible.” [...]
“Putin believes that under pressure, Russians will unite and perform miracles like previous generations did, that maybe it’s a good thing that we are under sanctions. We will find our national identity, unite China and India against the West. He’s living in a kind of dream world as Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel once said. Now it’s more of a financial crisis, which right now is beginning to develop into an overall crisis. There are layoffs already happening.” [...]
KP: So the West and Ukraine are in for a long war unless they compromise on Ukraine’s independence?
PF: “I believe so; I don’t see right now any amicable or swift way out. I believe that Russia cannot win. If they try, they are totally screwed, in general, in taking on the West like that, pig-headedly. Ukraine is seen by Russia and the media from the imperial capital as important, but not as important as the clash with the West. A head-on clash with the West will destroy Russia in its present form.”

I hope his predictions about Russia’s chances of success turn out to be correct.
But in the meantime, the death toll is mounting:

Just in the last two days, in Mariupol (a port on the Black Sea) – Death toll in Ukrainian city of Mariupol rises; about 30 killed, 100 injured in insurgents’ shelling.

In heart-felt candor, Brian Bonner – chief editor of the Kiev Post – had this to say last week ~

The Russian side is totally without respect to Ukraine’s living and dead, and to Ukraine as a nation. I saw the Kremlin propagandists post disrespectful and graphic photos of Ukraine’s dead. I watched how separatists commanders laughed about the Ukrainian soldiers they killed. And I saw one of them throw the Ukrainian flag under the wheels of a military truck so that it could run over the patriotic symbol of every nation.
These incidents tell me that Ukraine is up against evil and heartless people. These people don’t want a better life for the Donbas residents, which used to be 15 percent of Ukraine. They are just in it for the fight and don’t care who gets killed [...]
Good people and good nations don’t fight wars gleefully. They don’t take joy in the enemy dead. They don’t humiliate and parade opposition prisoners of war in public, in front of cameras and allow them to be assaulted by a mob. All of this happened in Donetsk.
Good people and good nations go to war reluctantly, because they have to, because they have to use state violence to destroy evil forces in the war or uphold principles or defend themselves against aggression [...]
The disrespect for life is staggering. I don’t know the ratio of casualties between civilians and soldier in other wars, but in this one almost four times as many civilians (4,838) have been killed as Ukrainian soldiers (1,373). This is insanity. If estimates of enemy killed are correct, Russia and their proxies are paying an even higher price, with 6,242 killed.
All of this underscores that the 11-month-old war that Russia has been waging against Ukraine, which started with the Feb. 27 invasion of Crimea, is not going to end anytime soon. The cycle of hatred and killing is only increasing.
The fighting will be over when Russian President Vladimir Putin says it will be over.

Not very encouraging…
If only the leader of the free world were a confident, clear-thinking, admirable leader like, say – Ronald Reagan(!), the Russians would be high-tailing it back to Moscow – not murdering innocent civilians in a quest to recreate the Soviet Union.
Update 1-26-15: Interesting development, from Stars & Stripes ~ (U.S.) Army looking to store tanks, equipment in Eastern Europe. Stay tuned.

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Saturday Shorts – 1-24-15


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

Martin King, Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama; From Dream to Nightmare ~ Now that Obama is halfway through his second term, it’s OK for Rev. Wright to come out of the closet and serve up some divisive hate speech at this year’s MLK “Unity Prayer Breakfast.”
You’ve entered The Hypocrisy Zone: Billionaire Democrat wants YOU to downsize your lifestyle ~

Hundreds and hundreds of private jets have been fired up to fly thousands of people to Switzerland, for a hypocrite invasion of Davos to attend the World Economic Forum. Naturally they’re addressing all manner of global crises and how they can contribute to worsening them.

At Davos, Rising Stress Spurs Goldie Hawn Meditation Talk ~ Yippee. “Mindfulness,” transcendental meditation. Global elitists discuss new one-world religion for their new world order. What an excellent way to create docile mind-numbed robots.
Thanks, but I’ll stick with good old fashioned prayer.
No More Guns for You, Liam ~ “We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson.” ~ Hooray! Firearms manufacturer Para USA standing up to Hollywood bullying.
Don’t you wonder sometimes how the world ever turned without celebs like Goldie and Liam telling us all how to live our lives? (Maybe we could loan them out as advisers to ISIS?)

Creeping Anti-Israelism in the Evangelical Movement ~ Apparently some of these Christians are getting awfully cozy with Dr. Cornell West, an anti-Semitic Marxist ~

The biggest under-reported story in America today is the co-opting of the evangelical Christian community by the Palestinian propagandists. It will get worse.


Choose sides wisely folks. God is not mocked.

I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

~ Genesis 12:3

More, More, More Spending, Obama Urges ~ Obama’s fiscal folly will leave every American taxpayer $1 million dollars in debt.

Yes folks, as we’ve suspected all along -> It’s Barack Obama’s Cloud Cuckoo-Land and We Just Live In It ~ from Michael Walsh at PJ Media. Way too funny, but sadly, all too true.

Why Everyone Should Be Terrified By The GOP’s Abortion Bill Debacle ~ Republicans deliberately(?!) drop the ball just as hundreds of thousands of Right-to-Lifers are marching in D.C. ~

What in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks just happened? It takes a special combination of incompetence and cowardice to miss an easy lay-up like this, but apparently the new Republican Congress has it in spades.

Excellent analysis of this disgraceful fiasco from Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist.

Louisiana Governor Insists ‘No-Go Zones’ Exist in the UK and is Quickly Attacked by CNN Even Though CNN Did a Report on ‘No-Go Zones’ in the UK Two Years Ago ~ True story. That’s what’s happens when it’s not about reporting the news; it’s about driving an agenda.


A Modern Day Paul in Iran ~ In a country where the penalty for “apostasy” can be death – what an inspiring story of conversion. As Jesus told his disciples “… with God all things are possible.” (Matt. 19:26)


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Creeping Anti-Semitism (NYC)

‘What You Saw Here Today Was Naked, Blind Antisemitism:’ NYC Councilman Slams Palestine Activists Who Disrupted Auschwitz Commemoration Debate ~

New York City Councilman David Greenfield fiercely denounced a group of antisemitic pro-Palestinian demonstrators who disrupted a Council meeting today, at the exact time that a resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was being discussed.
Moments after the demonstrators were escorted from the chamber by security guards, Greenfield, the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, began a speech that rapidly evolved into an impassioned discourse on the overlap between hatred of Israel and hatred of Jews.


Curious about Ms. Stone Face sitting next to Greenfield… She seems totally unmoved by his passionate speech. Another anti-Semite?
Man Screams “I Want To Kill The Jews!” Before Stabbing Israeli Student In New York [VIDEO INCLUDED] ~ Dec. 9, 2014: Just another one of those “isolated incidents.”

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BizzarO’bama recklessly ignores Iranian threat

Breaking news this morning (at least on alternative media) was this stunner out of the Middle East: Iran’s Massive Rocket Moves To Launch Pad While The West Capitulates To Islam ~

ImageSat has recently published new photographs showing the (Iranian) Mullah’s latest development (here) – right in the middle of the so-called negotiations to limit their acquisition of new destructive technologies. We see a new generation of 27-meter-high, multi-staged missile, capable of delivering a nuclear warhead “well beyond Europe” (here).
A satellite image shown on Israel’s Channel 2 news, January 21, 2015, said to show a new long-range Iranian missile on a launch pad outside Tehran ~

Hey, didn’t they tell us their nuclear program was just for energy??
Well that, as they say was “then,” and this is now ~

Tehran is now claiming that they have ‘conquered’ four Arab capitols: Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and now Sanaa. Iran’s Leader’s strong desire for mass casualty weapons is well known, as is their decades-long support for all types of Islamic Terror and warfare against the West.
Their support for, and active participation in, the international Drug Trade is less well known but is nonetheless significant – the Iranian Government is the world’s largest drug gang.
But now we see them moving in a very significant direction – not a surprising one given their constant refrains of “Death to America” at every rally.

Source: Mordechai Ben-Menachem at the Daily Caller


And Obama warns Congress not to thwart him and move forward with sanctions legislation ~ Obama comes out swinging against new Iran sanctions. Whose side is this guy on??!

Here’s former ambassador John Bolton speaking with Israel National News yesterday. No question whose side he’s on ~



Bolton believes that we’re actually beyond the point where sanctions would even be effective. And unfortunately,

“For the remaining two years of the Obama presidency Israel is on its own when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.”



Thank God there are still some Western leaders who haven’t abdicated responsibility for defending the free world from Islamo-nazis…



Iran, Obama, Boehner and Netanyahu; An attack against coexistence ~

The role of an Israeli leader is to adopt the policies that protect Israel, even when they are unpopular at the White House [...]
Boehner didn’t invite Netanyahu because he cares about Israel’s election. He invited Netanyahu because he cares about US national security. He believes that by having Netanyahu speak on the issues of Iran’s nuclear program and radical Islam, he will advance America’s national security.


Since Obama has usurped Congress’ authority with his pen and phone numerous times, perhaps Speaker Boehner finally grew a pair and decided to return the favor and step in to protect the country from all enemies foreign and domestic.
Barack Obama = the greatest threat to U.S. Security

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A modest proposal for “moderate” Muslims

Dr. Michael Brown hosts “The Line of Fire,” an internet radio show that I highly recommend. Last week, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders and further attacks in Europe by members of the Religion-of-Perpetual-Outrage, he issued a proposal to the world-wide Muslim community.
Dr. Brown is always patient, and super-respectful of the callers to his show. And in that same spirit of sincere dialogue, “simply to put these things on the table,” he addressed the contentious issue of Muslim immigration to western countries and the inevitable cultural clashes it creates ~

In the aftermath of the latest Islamic terror attacks, how can the citizens of countries like France, Germany, Holland and Spain feel safe living alongside their Muslim neighbors? And since there has been a backlash against Muslims living in these countries, including attacks on places of business and worship, how can these Muslims feel safe?

Part of the difficulty we non-Muslims have with the Religion-of-Peace is that the voices of “moderate” Muslims roundly condemning terrorist acts are never loud enough or effective enough to drown out the “radicals” ~

Muslim groups like CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), which is looked at with suspicion by critics of radical Islam, categorically denounced the Paris terror attacks [...]
But other Muslim leaders, like the radical British cleric Anjem Choudary, struck a very different tone, tweeting out his support of the massacre: “Freedom of expression does not extend to insulting the Prophets of Allah, whatever your views on the events in Paris today! #ParisShooting”


Unfortunately, these sentiments are shared by many Muslim immigrants to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, America and elsewhere: They want to see our nations overturned—including our democracies and freedoms—and they want to see Sharia Law instated.


Here is Dr. Brown’s frank proposal ~

If Muslims want to immigrate to our countries and practice their faith while respecting the nature of our government and society, wonderful. And they can do that while differing with our moral standards and without fully embracing our way of life.
islamprotest-london2But if their faith calls for them to seek to undermine (or even) overthrow the government, or if their vision includes potential violence against those who reject or insult their faith, then they have no business living among us, and we have no business granting them citizenship. (Could you imagine Saudi Arabia or Pakistan granting citizenship to large numbers of professing Christians whose goal was the violent overthrow of their country?)
islamprotest-london3A massive, bloody clash is looming, as the radicals become more numerous (and even more radical, an example being the defection of Hamas members to ISIS to fight against Israel, since Hamas is deemed too “moderate”), and as anti-Islamic forces continue to rise in Europe.
The solution to all this is relatively simple: Don’t use the liberties you enjoy in our countries to foster a murderous agenda or the attempted implementation of Sharia Law. Instead, work together with us for the good of all citizens.
If you can’t do that, our country is not for you.


Sounds pretty fair and reasonable doesn’t it? But then is Islam really a fair and reasonable ideology? Hmmmm…
Moderate Islam is our new religion ~ Daniel Greenfield’s brilliant take on “moderate Islam” ~

Moderate Islam is a difficult faith. To believe in it you have to disregard over a thousand years of recorded history, theology, demographics and just about everything that predates 1965. You have to ignore the bearded men chopping off heads because they don’t represent the majority of Muslims[...]
When American and European leaders insist that Islam has nothing to do with the latest Islamic atrocity, they are not referencing a religion practiced by Muslims, but an imaginary religion that they imagine Muslims must practice because the alternative is the end of everything that they believe in.

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Why won’t our “Christian” president help save Christians?

syria-church-nuns-2After listening to what the president had to say last night – or rather what he didn’t have to say – it should be obvious to even the dullest drone out there that Barack Obama has not one ounce of compassion for any of his fellow human beings – be they white, black, or any shade in between.
Not only does he refuse to utter the words “Islamic terrorists,” honestly defining the barbarians who have declared war on western civilization, our “Christian” president was so busy talking about all the “free” stuff he wanted to pass out that he failed to even mention – let alone condemn – the Christian genocide being carried out in North Africa and the Middle East by Boko Haram and ISIS.

Despite his wife’s feckless #BringBackOurGirls twitter selfie last fall, the man seems oblivious to the ongoing atrocities like this, this and this.


In fact, it’s even worse than oblivious. The administration refuses to lift a finger to alleviate the plight of these persecuted Christians. Obama’s State Department, while admitting 9000 Syrian Muslim refugees from the current ISIS crisis into the U.S., refuses to grant refugee status to any Christians ~ No room in America for Christian refugees ~

America is about to accept 9000 Syrian Muslims, refugees of the brutal war between the Assad regime and its Sunni opposition, which includes ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other militias. That number is predicted to increase each year. There are no Christian refugees that will be admitted.
Why? Because the Department of State is adhering with all the rigidity of a Soviet era bureaucracy to the rule that only people at risk from massacres launched by the regime qualify for refugee status. The rapes of Christian women and the butchery of Christian children do not count. No matter how moved Americans were this Christmas season by the plight of their fellow Christ followers in Syria and Iraq, no matter how horrific the visuals of beheadings, enslavement, and mass murder, the Christians fleeing death do not engender the compassion of this president [...]
The Department of State chooses to adhere to a definition of refugees as people persecuted by their own government. What difference does it make which army imperils the lives of innocent Christians? Christians are still be slaughtered for being Christian, and their government is incapable of protecting them. Does some group have to come along—as Jewish groups did during the Holocaust—and sardonically guarantee that these are real human beings?



This is the Archbishop of Mosul last November, weeping while explaining the horrible plight of the Iraqi Christians who’ve had to leave their homes ~

Yet the ostensible Leader of the Free World, who undeniably bears much of the blame for the death and destruction wrought by this aggressive Islamic resurgence (thanks to prematurely pulling our troops out of Iraq), refuses to help?!



If the current occupant in the White House can go to bed, with the voice of his own Libyan ambassador begging for help ringing in his ears, the man has ice water in his veins. And we shouldn’t be surprised that he won’t help any other victims of the Religion-of-Peace.
But what a heartbreaking tragedy.
Please remember these poor souls in your prayers.


Meanwhile, in another part of the world… Update (9-25-14): Kurds issue desperate plea from Syrian border town as ISIS closes in
Syria, Lebanon and Christian Genocide ~ The O’Ministration has been callously ignoring this crisis for two years now
Nigerian bishop: ‘Send in Western troops to crush Boko Haram’ ~

Jan. 20, 2015 ~ A senior Nigerian clergyman has called for Western ground troops to be sent in to defeat the growing threat from the Boko Haram Islamist group [...]
“Vast numbers of people are suffering – not least Christians – and among the political elite vacillation seems to be the order of the day.”

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2015 State of Christendom

Unlike Obama’s long-winded pack of promises and lies last evening, here’s a “State” address from Michael Voris that’s not only truthful, it’s brief. It’s specifically about the Roman Catholic Church but these days, where moral relativity has infected every Christian denomination, it really applies universally to all western churches ~

I’ve enjoyed most of these live “Mic’d Up” events and have truly missed watching them over the past few months. So I definitely plan on tuning in tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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The Dismal State of the Union’s Economy

Before the president announces his plans for even more “free” stuff in his 2015 State of the Union address this evening, how about we first examine the fruits of his labors thus far? The Economic Collapse Blog has compiled 27 Facts That Show How The Middle Class Has Fared Under 6 Years Of Barack Obama – that’s a great place to start.

First, understand that from 2009 through 2013, the U.S. government spent a whopping 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs (If we add 2014 $$, it’s got to be well over 4 trillion). Let that obscene amount of taxpayer cash sink in for a moment… and then consider – what exactly has all that spending produced?
Here are just 12 items from the Economic Collapse list of 27 ~

1. American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale now earn less money than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.
2. American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale have a lower net worth than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.
3. According to a Washington Post article published just a few days ago, more than 50 percent of the children in U.S. public schools now come from low income homes. This is the first time that this has happened in at least 50 years.
4. According to a Census Bureau report that was recently released, 65 percent of all children in the United States are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.
5. In 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”. But in 2014, an astounding 49 percent of all Americans in that age range considered themselves to be “lower class.”
6. According to a survey that was conducted last year, 52 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the house that they are living in right now.
7. After accounting for inflation, median household income in the United States is 8 percent lower than it was when the last recession started in 2007.
8. According to one recent survey, 62 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck.
9. While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to 46 million.
10. When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent. Today, it is over 101 percent.
11. According to a report that was released late last year by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the United States has reached a new all-time record high of 2.5 million.
obama18trillion-debt12. The U.S. national debt is on pace to approximately double during the eight years of the Obama administration.
In other words, under Barack Obama the U.S. government will accumulate about as much debt as it did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined ~



The Barack Obama Redistribution Scheme sounds just great to the low-information voter. (The have-nots want all the hand-outs; the haves get to feel magnanimous about handing out – no matter how futile and ineffective the redistribution.) Of course they have about as much use for actual facts as the president himself. Unfortunately, we all have to live with the disastrous economic consequences of his fiscally irresponsible actions.

The Obama Debt ~ The site stays on top of the emperor’s growing debt leviathan with regular updates.

Middle class decline looms over final years of Obama presidency

Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue.

America’s disappearing middle class
Food $tamp$ – Enabling Abuse and Dependency

Obama Wants Huge Spending Hike As Debt Tops $18 Trillion

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Meanwhile, in another part of the world…


We haven’t heard much about Venezuela since President Obama’s pal Hugo Chavez left the building two years ago. But unfortunately for the citizens of that country, the dearth of news coverage doesn’t mean that all is well in the Marxist paradise. In fact things are downright awful; the economy is pretty much imploding – Venezuela rations food as oil crisis starts to bite ~

Venezuelans already have to queue for hours every day
to buy basics such as milk and flour.
And people who photograph the long lines and empty shelves are sent to jail.

Things were already deteriorating rapidly last spring, mostly thanks to the state taking over large segments of the private sector, muzzling free speech and stifling dissent. Now, pushed by the rapid world-wide drop in oil prices, the nation is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
As Business Insider reports, according to UBS (a Swiss global financial services company) ~

… the country has an 82% chance of collapsing within a year. Venezuela will no longer be able to make payments to foreign investors without oil revenue at its historic levels.


It’s hard to fathom how things have gotten so bad in such a an oil-rich nation…

Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. But it produces mostly thick, heavy crude that has to be mixed with lighter oil to make it usable. Problem is, Venezuela’s seriously mismanaged state-run oil industry isn’t pumping enough light crude [...]
“You’ve got a country that has more oil than Saudi Arabia. And Saudi Arabia can easily produce 11 million barrels a day. Venezuela can’t even produce 3 million barrels a day.”


Things have gotten so bad, that last fall they actually had to start importing foreign oil – two million barrels from Algeria. (Even worse, Qatar is now cozying up to the South American country, loaning them billions to prop up the economy: Venezuela: Qatar gives a band-aid. That can’t end well.)



Beleaguered Venezuelans have Chavez and his communist cronies to thank for crushing the middle class and for the destruction of what used to be a fairly stable economy.
And while we certainly sympathize with their plight, we should also be grateful for the clear object lesson Venezuela’s downfall represents. Since the transformation occurred so quickly, it’s not difficult to identify the direct cause for the disastrous effect (- as well as the ominous parallels in our own country…).

In fact, just this past week, a group of Catholic bishops were valiantly trying to let the rest of the world know what happens when a Marxist dictator takes over a country ~
Venezuela’s Bishops Have A Message For Pope Francis on Communism~

In a refreshingly powerful and direct statement, Venezuela’s bishops Monday blamed “Marxist socialism” and “communism” by name for the horrors and chaos gripping their country, according to a story in El Universal.
venezuela-bishopsThe bishops said the long lines of people trying to buy food and other basic necessities and the constant rise in prices are the result of the government’s decision to “impose a political-economic system of socialist, Marxist or communist,” which is “totalitarian and centralist” and “undermines the freedom and rights of individuals and associations.”
The Venezuelan bishops specifically stated that the private sector was critical for the well being of the country. The document, read by Monsignor Diego Padron in Spanish, said the country needs “a new entrepreneurial spirit with audacity and creativity.”
So not only did these bishops diagnose the cause of the misery correctly; they also warned that communism harms the poor most of all.

Let’s hope the pope – and other well-intentioned but misguided social-justice types – pay attention to the bishops’ message about the sad state of their country. Free-market capitalism may not be perfect, but marxism-socialism-communism is infinitely worse, especially for the poor and needy.

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Another movie the Oscar Academy will snub

OK, I haven’t seen any of the movies up for an Oscar (the good ones we can catch on the small screen, the bad ones are just more porcine fodder), but here’s a new documentary that definitely looks worthwhile: Patterns of Evidence.
Is the Bible fact or fiction? Do scripture and archaeology actually intersect? In Patterns of Evidence filmmaker Tim Mahoney investigates the physical proof for various Old Testament narratives ~

The movie debuts at theaters countrywide for just one night, tomorrow January 19th, at 7:00 p.m. local time. Tickets can be pre-purchased HERE.

Snub Hollywood. Go see this film! :D

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