Saturday Shorts – 10-7-17

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

 
End the NFL ~ This excellent article from Daniel Greenfield isn’t calling for an end to football – just the National Felon League ~

(T)he NFL is no longer just a corrupt monopoly. Instead it’s becoming a radical anti-American organization that uses its taxpayer-subsidized stadiums and monopoly broadcasting rights to spread hatred toward this country and disrespect to the soldiers who fought and died for it.

 
Gold Star Family Shares Heartache Over Disrespect for Flag at Protests ~ Not that the self-centered kneelers would understand selflessness ~

(I)t is a shame that those partaking in the protest of our anthem and flag refuse to consider how this is affecting our Gold Star families. Some men play a game for a living. Some men give their lives in service to their country and their families are left behind to bear the cost. The cost is so high that it cannot be put into words. It cannot be described. A son who does not remember his Daddy who loved him beyond anything. A daughter who cries because she is forgetting her toddler memories of him. The cost is too high to kneel down when you should stand.

 

Unlike the NFL team, this patriot refused to kneel ~ The Rusher Who Wouldn’t Take the Knee ~

His name was William Harvey Carney, and he was born a slave in Norfolk, Virginia, on a leap year day in February 1840. His father had escaped from slavery to Massachusetts, where he earned enough money to buy the freedom of his wife and child. When the Civil War broke out, young Carney enlisted in one of the first all-black Union Army regiments, the famous 54th Massachusetts, and rose quickly to the rank of sergeant. (Carney would become the model on which Morgan Freeman’s character, Sergeant Rollins, was based in the 1989 movie “Glory,” which tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts)

 
Research: Today’s American Teens Delay Responsibility Longer Than Ever ~ Arrested development. What happens when no one want to grow up?

 

Jimmy Kimmel Lies about Trump, Guns, and the Mentally Ill ~ Either leftists are ignorant and incapable of critical thinking or – more insidiously – they know that their intended audience is ~

Rep. Steve Scalise owes his life to the Second Amendment, which was written not to shoot deer, but to shoot tyrants. The Second Amendment was written to protect the other nine in the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment, which gives Jimmy Kimmel the right to sound like the blooming idiot he is.

 
A couple more astute rebuttals to the reactionary gun-grabbers ~
Against the Misguided Moral Superiority of Gun Controllers
Arguing with idiots: Gun control edition ~

Furthermore, Second Amendment supporters don’t just want guns because it is a slightly louder version of a stamp collection. Rather, they understand they must have them so that aspiring dictators — foreign and domestic — don’t end up abusing the very same tool and turn us all into another version of North Korea.

 
ISIS claim responsibility for frenzied Marseille railway station attack as terrorist shouting ‘Allahu Akbar stabs two female passengers, 17 and 20, to death before being gunned down cool-headed anti-terror police ~

ISIS have claimed responsibility for a terror attack which saw a man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ stab two women to death with a butcher’s knife in Marseille.
 
The victims, aged 17 and 20, suffered horrific injuries during the ‘frenzied’ attack, with one slashed in the throat and the other stabbed in the chest and stomach.

 
No word on whether or not there’s been a call to ban knives in France – or Canada ~ Stab a Cop for Allah ~ The latest jihadi attack in Trudeau Land where “our strength comes from our diversity” ~

When the Edmonton Eskimos played the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last Saturday, it was military appreciation night and CF-18 fighter jets soared above. Police officer Mike Chernyk was directing traffic in the Alberta city when a white Chevrolet Malibu crashed into the officer, knocking him high in the air, as the Edmonton Journal put it, “like a puppy’s chew toy,” but this was not an accident.
 
As the video shows, the driver emerged from the car and began stabbing the fallen officer in the head and face. Chernyk fought him off but the attack did not end there. The assailant fled and incredibly enough, the wounded policeman duly chased the assailant. He got in a white U-Haul van and started running down people on the streets of Edmonton, injuring four innocent bystanders.

 
California Can Now Jail People for Misusing Gender Pronouns ~ Seriously. Although why does this apply only to seniors in nursing homes and care facilities at this point? How many gender-confused oldsters are there? It’s yet another nefarious progressive tactic; start with a demographic people are likely to feel very sympathetic toward, and then move on from there ~

“Our LGBT seniors built the modern LGBT community and led the fight for so many of the rights our community takes for granted today. It is our duty to make sure they can age with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Wiener wrote. “I want to thank Governor Brown for joining our coalition in supporting this bill, which will make a real difference in people’s lives. The LGBT Senior Bill of Rights is an important step in our fight to ensure all people are treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
 
The law’s effect is limited to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, but mandates that those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” can be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Health and Safety Code.

 
Donors of Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Group Revealed ~ These corporations are actively supporting a organization that openly opposes the president of the United States. Are you still buying their products? ~

The hidden donors to a prominent anti-Trump “resistance” organization are revealed in unredacted tax forms obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The Center for Community Change Action, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive community organizing group that does not reveal its donors, has been involved in direct action against President Donald Trump and Republicans before and after the November elections. The organization’s members sit on the boards of other prominent liberal activist groups. […]
 
The Center for Community Change’s largest contribution was $3,000,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was initially created by Will Kellogg, the food manufacturer and founder of Kellogg Company. The Ford Foundation, which was first created by the founders of the Ford Motor Company, added a $2,350,000 donation. The Open Society Foundation, a foundation run by liberal billionaire mega-donor George Soros (no surprise here), gave $1,750,000 to the Center for Community Change.

 
Weather Dependent Wind Power: Leaves Hurricane Victims Powerless ~ Imagine for a minute that the various Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes last month had been powered solely by alternative energy. In the aftermath of the storms, with no fossil fuels, their solar arrays and wind turbines totally decimated, how long to you suppose it would it take them to recover?
Instead, as Calvin Beisner suggests, why don’t we just ~ Get Real about the Benefits of Fossil Fuel?
 
Christian Girls Are Being Abducted in Egypt—Never to Return ~ And you thought there is no compulsion in Islam? ~

Kidnapping strategies can be subtle. “A Muslim boy tells a Christian girl he loves her and wants to convert to Christianity for her. They start a romantic relationship until one day they decide to ‘escape’ together. What the girls don’t know is that they are actually being kidnapped. Most of the time they will not marry their kidnapper but someone else.”
 
The reason Gahiji, a former Egyptian trafficker, knows these details is because he was once part of such a network that actively targeted Coptic girls to bring them into Islam […]
 
An anonymous researcher confirms Gahiji’s stories as well. “This is something that happens in Egypt almost on a daily basis. But in 80% of cases, families prefer not to speak publicly to avoid shame which will make their other daughters less eligible to find a good marriage partner.”

 
Insane: IRS awards $7.25M fraud-prevention contract to Equifax ~ Hey why not? They only allowed a security breach of their own data, when the names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers of 143 million consumers in the United States were stolen in July. And as further evidence of their lack of integrity ~

Equifax kept this discovery quiet for 39 days before finally informing the public about it on September 7, 2017, admitting that 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers are also breached, as well as “certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.”

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What role did anti-anxiety meds play in the Las Vegas massacre?

Immediately after an horrific mass murder like last Sunday’s tragedy, it’s only human to respond with shock, grief and outrage. Those immediate reactions are usually followed by passionate pleas. How? Why? And how can we prevent such events from happening again? But we can only find genuine answers and solutions if we move past the emotions.
 
We need to calm down and engage in some thoughtful analysis – what triggered this madness and what, if anything can we do to prevent future catastrophes – and not allow the reactionary Left to whip us into a gun-banning frenzy. Before fighting over so-called solutions, we have to find out why Las Vegas happened.
 
Because we really haven’t gotten any satisfactory answers from official sources yet, conspiracy theories are everywhere. Was there more than one shooter? Was the whole thing a set-up? Was Stephen Paddock radicalized? ISIS is claiming responsibility – a possibility that law enforcement dismisses – but shouldn’t necessarily be ruled out.

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But there’s also the drug angle. What about the diazepam? This article from the UK Daily Mail suggests a strong link between mood-altering medications and aggressive, anti-social behavior ~

Does diazepam cause aggression? We explain the dangers of the powerful and highly-addictive anti-anxiety drug prescribed to Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ~
 
In the wake of the devastating shooting in Las Vegas, it has emerged that gunman Stephen Paddock was taking diazepam, the generic form of Valium.
 
The revelation has sparked a debate surrounding the powerful anti-anxiety medication and its side effects.
 
For the majority of users who take the medication under close supervision, side effects are akin to alcohol: drowsiness, dizziness, memory issues, and even sexual dysfunction.
 
However, in some rare cases the drug can trigger suicidal thoughts, aggressiveness, panic attacks, impulsive thoughts, and a lack of empathy […]
 
Stephen Paddock was allegedly prescribed 50 10mg pills of diazepam in June.
 
To put that in context: anything near 40mg of Valium in one day would be a very strong dose, and not recommended unless advised by a doctor […]
 
The vast majority of psychotropic drugs in both the US and the UK are not prescribed by psychiatrists.
 
In 2009, a study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found at least 62 percent of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications were prescribed by family doctors. The agency estimates that figure has since risen closer to 70-80 percent.

 
It’s curious that psychotropic drugs are rarely mentioned after one of these tragedies, even though it’s frequently a common thread in mass murders ~

It is the use of psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants that ties so many of these horrific events together. In case after case the perpetrators were either taking them or they had been taking them recently. Anyone who has ever tried to kick a drug habit knows the depths of depression that can bring.
 
According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, “At least 36 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 172 wounded and 80 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).”
[Dan Roberts of AmmoLand has compiled a partial list of murders/suicides]

 
So before we start infringing on the 2nd Amendment maybe we should have a national discussion about psychotropic drugs. There are a lot of troubled people out there, but prescribing these meds like candy may not be the most prudent way to help them.
 
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Related:
Against the Misguided Moral Superiority of Gun Controllers ~

In fact, there are a host of ways to dramatically decrease gun violence while still protecting the Second Amendment. How do we know? We’ve been doing it for a quarter-century. At the same time that legislatures across the country have been loosening gun laws, Americans have purchased an unprecedented number of guns, and millions of citizens have obtained concealed-carry permits — and violent crime has plunged.[…]
 
Do we see spikes in violence in cities? Conservatives ask whether changes in police tactics have produced negative results. They also ask, Are existing gun laws unenforced, permitting criminals to obtain guns in defiance of the law? Are more people committing suicide? Thoughtful conservatives seek creative ways to preserve families and strengthen the spiritual institutions that provide the most vital interventions in troubled lives. Is a mass shooter inspired by jihad? Conservatives try to extinguish the terrorist entities that inspire violence and better monitor potential jihadists here at home.

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Dismantling the mainstream propaganda on Puerto Rico

PuertoRicoGoesbroke2In their rush to paint President Trump in the worst possible light, the mainstream media cabal conveniently forgot to mention that when the hurricane made landfall on September 20th, Puerto Rico was already an accident waiting to happen. Unfortunately, like so many of our ailing cities – run by Democrats for decades – it was a victim of irresponsible progressive policies long before it was a victim of Maria.
 

As I blogged about two years ago, the island’s economy was in dire straights then ~

With the financial world transfixed by Greece’s debt-driven meltdown, Puerto Rico announces it can’t pay its $73 billion in debt. Once again, we’re learning that welfare statism is no replacement for fiscal responsibility […]
 
… a report on Monday, co-authored by former International Monetary Fund No. 2 Anne Krueger, revealed the island’s finances are a shambles.
 
The devastating analysis noted that some 150 agencies ran up deficits that couldn’t even be accurately counted, so the true indebtedness might be even higher — as much as $100 billion by some estimates.
 
The government has funneled public money to state-owned enterprises that are supposed to be financially independent. Worse, the report said, many workers no longer even look for jobs, since welfare benefits pay more than actual work.

 
A year and a half ago, even the New York Times had to admit ~ How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico ~

In fact, the (island’s power authority, Prepa) has been giving free power to all 78 of Puerto Rico’s municipalities, to many of its government-owned enterprises, even to some for-profit businesses — although not to its citizens. It has done so for decades, even as it has sunk deeper and deeper in debt, borrowing billions just to stay afloat.
 
Now, however, the island’s government is running out of cash, facing a total debt of $72 billion and already defaulting on some bonds — and an effort is underway to limit the free electricity, which is estimated to cost the power authority hundreds of millions of dollars […]
 
In 2014 a consulting firm found the cities had received $420 million worth of free electricity that they should have paid for […]
 
Nor was it just towns and cities. The consulting firm FTI Capital Advisors found that 288 governmental bodies on the island were delinquent in their power payments by $300 million. Among them were public schools, hospitals, low-income housing projects, a commuter train, the island’s water and sewerage system, and its highway authority, which operates traffic signals, toll plazas and highway lighting.
 
If the power authority were to demand immediate payment from them, it could set off a domino effect of defaults and insolvencies.

 
Yet another progressive utopian idea gone awry ~

The free power dates from 1941, when the utility was established by Rexford Tugwell, a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s brain trust and the last American governor of Puerto Rico to be appointed by the president of the United States. He contended that for electricity to benefit the people, it had to be owned by the people, and he created Prepa by nationalizing the handful of private electric companies then on the island.

 
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And we can see how well that’s worked out. The NYT piece barely touches on another consequence of this misguided policy, the island’s antiquated electrical grid. Pretty much broke, Prepa certainly hasn’t been able to afford necessary updates over the last several decades ~

Puerto Rico’s ancient and inefficient power plants, (are) among the last in North America to burn oil.

 
Furthermore, as Jorge Rodriguez, the CEO of PACIV, a Puerto Rico-based engineering firm, explained in a New York Post editorial ~

(F)or the last 30 years, the Puerto Rican government has been completely inept at handling regular societal needs, so I just don’t see it functioning in a crisis like this one.”
 
“Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.”

 
Fox News continues ~

Rodriguez’s criticism follows that of many experts and members of Congress, who note that Puerto Rico was mired in financial chaos well before Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico was facing a $74 billion public debt load and a decade-old economic recession – sending hundreds of thousands of islanders fleeing to the U.S. mainland.

 

 

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So take an island of 3.6 million, with its economy in a shambles, its infrastructure crumbling, its people conditioned to dependence on the government, and a massive hurricane named Maria headed directly for it… disaster was inevitable ~

General overseeing Puerto Rico relief: ‘This is the worst I’ve ever seen’ ~
 
“Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen until the storm actually hits,” Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan said in an interview published on Saturday with PBS NewsHour’s Monica Villamizar. “And this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”[…]
 
Now, he said, Puerto Rico is having the biggest problems in the interior of the island […]
 
“But we obviously need to get all the roads cleared so we can get supplies to people who desperately need them.”

 

But of course the mainstreams ignore the extent of the damage and the preexisting issues when spinning their Puerto Rican narratives. Even worse, they accuse the Trump administration abandoning the beleaguered island. More fake news.
 
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Why has San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, almost exclusively been the anti-Trump media’s go-to source for up-dates? Because she’s a far-left politician, and one the few people on the island who’s in denial about the relief aid that been delivered ~

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Praises Trump’s Swift Hurricane Response ~
 
“The president and the administration, every time we’ve asked them to execute, they’ve executed quickly,” Rosselló told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview on Friday morning.
 
The governor said that aid was currently being distributed around the island and that it would be more effective as more personnel arrived.

 
More truth emerges ~ San Juan Mayor Admits She Hasn’t Met With Federal Officials At Joint Field Office Over Hurricane Relief Efforts ~

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, a Democrat, went on a tirade on Saturday, accusing President Trump of allowing Puerto Ricans to die because he just doesn’t care.
 
But now it turns out Cruz is not in the loop and hasn’t even bothered to participate in meetings with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other federal agencies.

 

Oh. That kind of changes the picture doesn’t it? But don’t hold your breath waiting for the media to retract any of their slanted coverage. They don’t want the sheeple to catch on to the repetitive, unavoidable failures of progressive policies. Too much truth and we might figure out that any government entity run by leftists will inevitably be run into the ground. Disaster will strike. And then, sure as day follows night, their incompetent leaders will start blaming the nearest conservative while at the same time screeching at them for help.
 

It’s the same old story, the Grasshopper and the Ants.

 
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Related:
Praying for Puerto Rico

CNN Caught Using Fake News to Turn Puerto Rico into Trump’s ‘Katrina’
Puerto Rico’s Governor Dismantles Media Attacks on Trump’s Response to Hurricane Irma
Media creates a storm over Puerto Rico recovery
Trump: Say, that San Juan mayor has “come back a long way,” huh?
Puerto Rican CEO: Local government ‘corrupt’ and ‘totally inexperienced’ in Maria cleanup ~

Rodriguez also had a word of caution for the U.S. Congress: “Watch out what relief funds you approve and let our local government handle. Don’t let the Puerto Rican government play the victim and fool you. They have no clue what they are doing, and I worry that they will mishandle anything that comes their way.”
 
“They don’t need another aircraft carrier. They need experienced people to run a proper disaster command center.”

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Mully: The Story of the World’s Largest Family

If you get a chance in the next couple of days, check out “Mully.” A true rags-to-riches… to Jesus story of a Kenyan man, Charles Mully, it’s a heart-warming inspiration ~
 

 
A limited release, Mully is only in theaters October 3rd through the 5th. Click HERE to find the nearest location.

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Evil invades “Sin City”

Having made a brief visit to Las Vegas last summer I can tell you the city’s nickname “Sin City,” was well-earned (the sad fact is, hedonism sells). So it’s a always town that can use some prayers. But now – in the wake of Sunday’s tragedy – so much more than ever ~

 
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Here’s a tip for all the indignant, reactionaries out there who are using this tragedy to advance their gun-grabbing agenda:

“You cannot regulate evil.” ~ Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin

 
Just ask the survivors of 9-11, the Paris Bataclan slaughter, the Boston Marathon massacre, London’s various terrorist attacks (like the one on Parliament last spring), Germany’s Christmas Market truck assault, and Anders Behring Breivik’s 2011 carnage in Norway.
Evil will find a way… Pray!
 
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Related:
Mourning in the Wake of Las Vegas; Weeping for the Suffering, Calling Evil by Name

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When racism was on the wane

Sadly, for whatever reason, “race relations” in America seem to be rapidly disintegrating. Many had anticipated that eight years of “hope and change” would have resulted in just the opposite, but strangely, no.
 
BriansSongWatching this absurd take-a-knee movement unfold brought to mind “Brian’s Song,” the on-screen depiction of the Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers story. It’s just tragic that we’ve come so far from a time in this country when two NFL players could be best friends even though their skin was a different color. That TV movie was made in 1971 – almost 50 years ago!
 
Then there was the satirical Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974). Offensive? Absolutely. But an equal-opportunity offender. There was something for everyone to find shocking (by that era’s standards for sure) – and hysterical. In 2017 though? Forget about it. As Brooks himself recently said ~

(T)here’s no chance his 1974 comedic hit Blazing Saddles, a Western parody which features a black sheriff in a racist town, could be made today due to such hyper-sensitivity.

 
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Many of us who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s are shaking our heads in amazement, wondering how in the world America went from being racist (slavery, Jim Crow, etc.) – to diverse and multicultural – to racist again. Astounding.
 
Leading up to the 70’s there had been huge strides made in bringing blacks and whites together. One local example here in Michigan was recalled earlier this month with the death of the first passenger on Duffy Daugherty’s Michigan State Underground Railroad. [Hat-tip: CoachComar]
 
A century after the abolitionists’ Underground Railroad, Spartan football coach Daugherty, in a deliberate stand against racism in college sports, found a way to bring promising black high school athletes in the South up to Michigan ~

Texas didn’t want Houston-area black players Bubba Smith and Gene Washington for the color of their skin, so the progressive Daugherty brought them north to East Lansing. The same was true of George Webster of Anderson, S.C., when Clemson and South Carolina shunned him. Jimmy Raye of Fayetteville, N.C., was ignored by his home-state schools, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest.
 
They were among the 44 passengers he brought north to East Lansing from 1959 through his final season, 1972. Daugherty’s efforts recruiting the South are dismissed by some as merely about winning games with the seven southern African-American players that earned All-America or Big Ten honors. But most of the 44 players weren’t stars, but they were grateful for the opportunity to escape the South.
 
The Underground Railroad evolved from Daugherty being invited to speak at clinics in the South in the late 1950s and his displeasure with learning black high school coach couldn’t attend. He subsequently staged his own clinics for their benefit […]
 
(W)hat also makes the Underground Railroad a special story was the 68-percent graduation rate of those 44 players. Escaping segregation meant education — not just football.

 
One of the remarkable young men with a seat on that northbound train was Clifton Roaf (1941-2017). A retired dentist, Roaf passed away earlier this month at the age of 76 ~

(Clifton) grew up in the segregated South in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was a teenager at all-black Merrill High when historic Civil Rights events unfolded in 1957 at nearby Little Rock, where President Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to Central High to enforce desegregation for the Little Rock Nine.
 
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As an adult he recently retired after 40 years as a dentist, saying he is “indebted to the people of Michigan State” for his opportunity despite a knee injury preventing him from playing a down for the Spartans. At Michigan State he met his late wife, Andree Layton Roaf. She was the first African-American woman named the Arkansas State Supreme Court.

 

Continuing the family tradition, Roaf’s son Willie played football through his high school years and was a first-round draft pick by the Saints in 1993 out of Louisiana Tech. His proud father introduced him at his 2015 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ~

“There is no question America is unique,” Clifton said. “I came from humble beginnings. There is no way I could have gone to college without my football scholarship. I am wearing this ring through the efforts of my son. Where else on this planet could my family’s story happen but in America?

 
Indeed. And it’s this very understanding of what makes America unique that’s so sadly lacking these days. Clifton Roaf and his family and millions more like them, black and white know that this country is still an amazing land of equal opportunity – if you’re ready to work hard and take advantage of it.

“The pundits, erudites and crazies might say because of Ferguson and New York that America is not unique,” Roaf said. “I don’t block out the negatives. The things we went through in segregation and the Civil Rights movement were horrible. But sometimes the positives and the negatives bring us together and provide more opportunity to achieve.
 
“Only in this country could there be a place like Michigan State where you could find a John Hannah, a Duffy Daugherty, a Biggie Munn and Raymond Hatchell. That is why people cross the desert to come here; they come packed in trucks or in hulls of ships. They know this is the place that offers opportunity. That’s what I taught my children and let my grandchildren know. I get emotional when I defend America.”

Amen.
 

Oddly enough, our “progressive” gatekeepers don’t seem to share those sentiments – and not just because they rarely express them. Their warped worldview is evident in the new Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington D.C. which apparently couldn’t find any room for blacks who embrace traditional American values, family structures and work ethic. They left out Clarence Thomas (the only African American currently sitting on the United States Supreme Court; the second black American to ever serve on the court), ~

Alveda King (M.L. King’s niece and an ardent pro-life advocate), Michael Steele (first black RNC chair), Cora Brown (1st African American woman elected as a state Senator, MI 1952) and Thomas Sowell (economist, philosopher, author)

 

Instead the shiny, new museum seems deliberately staged to advance racial grievance-mongering and prevent the wounds of slavery and prejudice from ever healing. (Perhaps the kneeling NFL players all visited on their summer vacations.)
 

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I happened to be listening to a Christian talk radio show while I was working on this post. The topic was the NFL player protest and one caller, a Christian conservative, black woman, shared her personal experience; the stark differences in worldview and approach to life between her mother’s side of the family and her father’s. The contrast was quite stunning. Much like the Roaf family, mom’s folks followed the rules, valued education, worked hard, stayed married and instilled a strong sense of personal responsibility. Dad’s… not so much.

 
I’m not sure what their motive is, but since we’re not really allowed to discuss the importance of values and personal choices over skin color, I don’t think the Left will ever let America move beyond racism. We seem to have lost our last best chance in the 70’s…

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Related:
The remarkable Roaf family ~ An inspiring eulogy – were it still available for free. Some excerpts ~

Clifton Roaf was one of nine children who grew up in a four-room house at Pine Bluff (Arkansas). In a 1993 story for Sports Illustrated, Gary Smith described Clifton Roaf’s father as a man who “loaded railroad freight, worked fields, sawed wood and pushed mops to survive.” Pine Bluff was among the most segregated cities in the South […]
 
“Sure, he had been his high school’s co-valedictorian, but sports had always been his true love,” Smith wrote of Clifton Roaf. “He had spent Friday nights playing football and Saturday mornings picking cotton, and he had become an all-state defensive lineman talented enough to do what was virtually unheard of for a black teenager in Arkansas in the ’50’s — win a scholarship to a Big Ten school…” […]
 
Roaf boarded a train in 1959 and vowed to never return to the South. He had his train ticket, a copy of his financial-aid agreement with Michigan State, a bag of clothes and $30. He later attended dental school at Howard University in Washington D.C., and returned to Pine Bluff with his talented wife in tow.
 
Andree Layton came from a Nashville, Tenn., family where academics were stressed. Her grandfather won a scholarship to Yale in the early 90’s and later became the director of the YMCA in Norfolk, VA. Her mother was an honors graduate of Talladega College in Alabama and earned a master’s degree from Michigan State. Her father earned a master’s degree at Fisk. A blind date with Clifton Roaf in the spring of 1961 at Michigan State led to marriage and eventually on of Arkansas’ most remarkable families.

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Day of prayer for the peace of Jerusalem

Today, please join in this year’s 15th international Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem ~

On the first Sunday of every October, hundreds of millions of people around the world join together to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In just a few years, this event has quickly become the largest Israel-focused prayer event in history.
 
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We set aside this one day each year to raise global awareness and intercession for God’s purposes in Israel, knowing that this hour in history is critical and our authority in prayer is great. Though we pray every day for Israel, we seek on this day to unite believers around the world in raising a cry to Heaven on behalf of this troubled, but strategic land and its people. We believe in God’s promises for His beloved nation and fervently pray to hasten the day when He brings fulfillment to His word.

 

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• Pray for the perimeters of Israel to be secured.
• Pray that Israel would never be ambushed or taken by surprise by our enemies.
• Pray that Israel’s defenders will instantly obey YHVH’s call to engage against any enemy without holding back or delaying.
• Pray that Israel will not take any bait nor act impulsively to engage an enemy prematurely.
• Pray for the watchmen on the wall to be fortified, fully awake, and properly positioned.
• Pray for supernatural intelligence gathering and understanding of the intel.
• Pray for a firewall to be established by YHVH’s angels around all of Jerusalem.
• Pray for divine wisdom to fill the minds and the hearts of Israel’s leaders.
• Pray that our leaders will never again enter into a false peace negotiation process with those enemies, who are committed to the destruction of Israel.
• Pray for supernatural courage to be in the hearts of all those, who are members of Israel’s Defense Forces.
• Pray for new and divine strategies to be given to Israel’s military leaders: enabling them to preempt all incoming strikes.
• Pray that YHVH would arise to defend His holy mountain, and His chosen city.
• Pray for this nation to take an uncompromising stand for truth, and for the God of Israel.
• Pray for the complete and radical humiliation of all Islamic power, while the name of YHVH is glorified; declaring Him alone as the Sovereign Lord.
• Pray for YHVH to have mercy upon this nation of Israel, and upon the innocents living in the enemy nations arising against us.
• Pray that YHVH would prove His word by making Jerusalem an immovable stone upon which our enemies will be broken.

 
[Prayer points via The Watchmen Prayer Brigade at the Jerusalem Connection]

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Saturday Shorts – 9-30-17

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

 

Scalise: Surgeries After Shooting Were Like ‘Rebuilding Humpty Dumpty’ ~ Great news that Rep. Steve Scalise was finally able to return to his job on Friday as House Majority Whip, 3 1/2 months after being nearly killed by a crazed Bernie Sanders volunteer who deliberately targeted Republicans.

 
Study Finds Illegals Cost $116 Billion ~ Just a few facts the Left prefers to ignore ~

The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet.
 
And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion.

 
96% of transgender youth engage in self-harm ~ Oddly enough the progressive media totally missed this recent study ~

The pro-gay “Stonewall” school report for Scotland with the University of Cambridge shows 96 percent of the country’s transgender youth engage in self-destructive behavior, including cutting themselves. The report also found “incredibly high levels” of mental health issues in transgenders […]
 
Former transgender Walt Heyer of Sex Change Regret told LifeSiteNews that the tragic statistics from Scotland are not surprising.
 
“The Stonewall Scotland’s survey, which found 96 percent of trans students self-harm, is consistent with high rates of suicides and mental disorders reported among trans people for 50 years,” Heyer said. “My analysis, ’50 Years of Sex Changes, Mental Disorders, and Too Many Suicides’, supports the study.”

 

Upset by the NFL #takeaknee circus? Well, there’s this > Lingerie Football League Responds to NFL: ‘We Stand!’ :roll:

 
You have to be BLIND to ignore this Samantha Powers & Obama admin scandal ~ Mark Levin weighs in on former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Powers’ unprecedented unmasking of more than 260 Americans ~

“You really have to be blind if you don’t see the extent to which the prior administration violated our trust, violated our rules, violated the law in using the power of the federal government to wiretap, to conduct other forms of espionage, to abuse the FISA courts, to abuse the warrants that they received to target people they disagreed with…”

 
Hugh Hefner, Playboy & Legacy of Despair ~ David A. French at National Review with a candid look at the damage Hefner did to American culture. So sad ~

Hefner mainstreamed porn, he put it in millions of homes, and he even glamorized it — recasting one of America’s most pathetic industries as the playground of the sophisticated rich. He then grew to a ripe old age, consorting with women young enough to be his granddaughters. He was America’s most famous dirty old man […]
 
How many families have broken to pieces when a wife discovers her husband’s secret addiction and realizes that she’s not enough — that she’s never been enough — and he spends much of his life fantasizing about thousands of others? How many men have grown to hate themselves for their psychological dependence on the saddest of habits? The testimonies from porn nation are devastating.

 

And as if to prove French’s point there’s this ~ Called a Pervert for Advocating Purity ~ The irrational display of anger and vitriol directed at Michael Brown for daring to suggest that our culture would have been much better off without Hugh Hefner’s twisted objectification of females, and the subsequent sexual revolution, is just astounding. Why?

Because people love their sin. Because the darkness hates the light. Because the flesh is at war with the Spirit.
 
Critiquing the sexual revolution just brought this to the surface. To paraphrase, “Away with this [expletive] prude and his God!”
 
Ultimately, that’s why there’s such fierce resistance to the gospel on these other fronts as well, from LGBT issues, abortion and radical Islam to atheism and more. It’s a battle of two worldviews. Two kingdoms. The will of God vs. the will of man.

 
Environmentalists Jump on Sexual Identity Bandwagon With ‘Ecosexuality’ ~ Just the latest lunacy ~

Some examples of ecosexual behavior? Gardening — does that make all who like gardening ecosexual? Hiking naked — a great way to get disease-carrying ticks and chiggers. Having sex in the mud — gross, and a sure a way to get worms […]
 
We can enjoy nature. We can care for the earth. But we can do it in a Biblically sound way. That means honoring God and our neighbor. It doesn’t mean following every faddish sin.

 
Victory! Court Rules Cheerleaders Can Paint Bible Verse Banners ~ Some good news from Texas :) ~

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth District Court of Texas ruled late Thursday in favor of the Kountze cheerleaders – declaring the inspirational Bible verses painted on run-through banners are private speech.

 
Leaked Descriptions Of Infamous “Russia Ads” Derail Collusion Narrative “They Showed Support For Clinton” ~ Notice how the media has grown awfully quiet on the whole Russian-collusion thing lately? It’s because the facts don’t quite match the hype ~

After initially denying the story this spring, Facebook came clean earlier this month, saying its investigators had discovered that the company sold at least $100,000 worth of ads – and possibly as much as $150,000 – to Russia-linked group that bought the ads through 470 phony Facebook pages and accounts.

 
The ads may have equal-opportunity propaganda. Not taking sides in the presidential election but rather aimed at creating discord. They definitely weren’t exclusively pro-Trump ~

The Russian campaign — taking advantage of Facebook’s ability to simultaneously send contrary messages to different groups of users based on their political and demographic characteristics – also sought to sow discord among religious groups. Other ads highlighted support for Democrat Hillary Clinton among Muslim women.

 

Meet the good guy with a gun who stopped a mass shooting at Nashville-area church ~ This story has received very little attention from the mainstream media – it doesn’t fit the narrative or preferred demographic (Sudanese immigrant murders one; injures 7 others). But there would no doubt have been more lives lost if it hadn’t been for Robert Engle ~

Engle said he did not want to be called a hero and that he just hoped people would come to know Jesus through the incident:
“I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing. Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter’s family and friends. They are hurting as well.
 
“I pray that through all of this that people will come to know Christ and I ask our nation to reflect on Romans 8:31, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?'”

 
The Unchanging Lordship of Christ in a World of Crises ~ A timely reminder from Rob Schwarzwalder at The Stream ~

(P)anic and depression in the wake of global and national problems have no place in the life of the Christian. We know Who wins in the end. Who only permits what accords with His mysterious but utterly complete plan. Who “knows the end from the beginning” and “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Isaiah 46:10, Ephesians 1:11).

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Antifa (and MSM antipathy) exposed

Wanted to post this video before You Tube decided that it offended angry leftists and took it down. This latest production from Steven Crowder is doing the job that the dinosaur news media used to do – investigative journalism. It’s a scary look at the disturbing mentality behind Antifa groupthink. But even scarier is the fact that mainstream reporters seem to have a stunning aversion to the truth ~
 

What happens when two guys infiltrate Antifa, live amongst them for weeks,
and take part in their deeply rooted tactics of disruption and violence?

 

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Michaelmas

In Western church tradition, Michaelmas, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on September 29th ~
 
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In Christian angelology, the Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels and is honored for defeating Satan in the war in heaven. He is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator of cosmic intelligence.
 
Michaelmas has also delineated time and seasons for secular purposes, as well, particularly in Britain and Ireland as one of the quarter days.

Source: Wikipedia

 

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Father, today we remember Your special emissaries, the angels who are testified to in the Bible as one of the means by which Your will was communicated. Thank You for preserving these messages in Scripture. Help us to remember our role as modern messengers in delivering the Good News to unbelievers. We look forward to the day when we sing with the angels to Your glory. Amen
 

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Related:
St. Michael and All Angels ~ Traditional Christianity still recognizes and celebrates Michaelmas each September

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Dear NFL, Get a clue

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The World’s War on Christendom – Latest Dispatch from the Front

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Religious persecution used to be something that happened in other countries. Certainly not in America, where religious freedom was foundational to our constitutional republic. Increasingly though (as I’ve blogged about for years), that freedom – despite our First Amendment guarantee – is something we can no longer take for granted. Just ask Toni Richardson ~ School employee banned from saying “I will pray for you” in private conversations at work ~

Toni Richardson is an educational technician who works with special needs students at a high school in Augusta, Maine. In a private conversation, Toni told a coworker that she would pray for him. A few weeks later, a school official ordered Toni to never make “faith-based” statements on school grounds even in private. She ordered Toni to never tell others—even fellow church attenders—that she was praying for them. The school also threatened Toni with further disciplinary action, including possible termination, if she said anything considered “unprofessional” in the future, including using faith-based phrases.

 
Sadly this selective mistreatment of Christians, merely for acting out their faith in the workplace, is on the rise, as Ian Snively at The Daily Signal reports ~ Documented Cases of Religious Discrimination Jump 15% ~

The number of documented incidents of religious discrimination grew 15 percent in 2016 compared with 2015. The number of incidents increased by 133 percent, from 600 to more than 1,400, between 2011 and 2016.

 

These statistics come from a 2017 report by First Liberty, a nonprofit legal organization (the same group that’s representing Richardson in her EEOC complaint), titled “Undeniable.” The report divides cases of persecution into four categories according to where they occur: public areas and the workplace; in schools; in churches and ministries; and in the military.
 
Snively spoke with Justin Butterfield, editor-in-chief of the study ~

When asked why he thought more cases of religious intolerance were emerging, Butterfield said that now more than ever in America, the “concept of religious freedom is unpopular.” Some Americans, he said, are “increasingly hostile to religious beliefs that differ from their own.”

 
“Increasingly hostile.” If you doubt Butterfield or the First Liberty study, check out a recent op-ed published by the Washington Post which actually defends Satan, and blames Christians for racism, violence ~

While most people would not object to likening the racist and hateful ideologies of such groups to the devil, the Washington Post published a curious op-ed on Wednesday (August 23rd) that rails against Christianity, while arguing Satan is not to blame for tragedies like Charlottesville. Written by Lucien Greaves, founder of the Satanic Temple, the article chides politicians and religious figures for “fitting the events” in Charlottesville “into their preferred narratives.” Greaves calls out “Christian leaders” like Franklin Graham for having the audacity to suggest “Satan was at fault.”

Source: Faithwire

 
Well at least now we know who’s really behind the spike in religious persecution.
 
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Related:
Religious Freedom Is Not Dangerous, But Losing It Is
 
Myth Busted: ‘Separation of Church and State’ ~ The big lie that helps fuel the anti-Christian movement

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