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Monday, January 15, 2018

His Dream Lives On

His Dream Lives On

By The Eastwood School
January 15, 2018

Today is a day that we all sing
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

Wherever people fight to be free
His name is remembered with dignity

When black people weren't treated right
He stood strong to lead the fight

He fought with love, not guns or darts
He changed people's minds and their hearts

But some people didn't like his words
He was taken away to a better world

Yet his dream lives on, that all can be free
When we knock down the walls between you and me

Dr. Martin Luther King's life did not last
But his dream and his spirit are free at last

Thursday, January 11, 2018

What Is America's Mission Now?

What Is America's Mission Now?

By Patrick J. Buchanan
Lew Rockwell.com
January 11, 2018

Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Amb. Nikki
Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council
regarding the riots in Iran.

The session left her and us looking ridiculous.

France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal
with internal disorders is not the council’s concern.

Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should have
looked into our Occupy Wall Street clashes and how the Missouri
cops handled Ferguson.

Fifty years ago, 100 U.S. cities erupted in flames after
Martin Luther King’s assassination.

Federal troops were called in.

In 1992, Los Angeles suffered the worst U.S. riot of the 20th
century, after the LA cops who pummeled Rodney King were
acquitted in Simi Valley.

Was our handling of these riots any business of the U.N.?

Conservatives have demanded that the U.N. keep its nose out of
our sovereign affairs since its birth in 1946.

Do we now accept that the U.N. has authority to oversee internal
disturbances inside member countries?

Friday’s session fizzled out after Iran’s ambassador suggested the
Security Council might take up the Israeli-Palestinian question or
the humanitarian crisis produced by the U.S.-backed Saudi war on
Yemen.

The episode exposes a malady of American foreign policy.

It lacks consistency, coherence and moral clarity, treats friends
and adversaries by separate standards, and is reflexively interventionist.

Thus has America lost much of the near-universal admiration
and respect she enjoyed at the close of the Cold War.

This hubristic generation has kicked it all away.

Consider. Is Iran’s handling of these disorders more damnable than
the thousands of extrajudicial killings of drug dealers attributed to
our Filipino ally Rodrigo Duterte, whom the president says is doing
an “unbelievable job”?

And how does it compare with Gen. Abdel el-Sissi’s 2012 violent
overthrow of the elected president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi,
and Sissi’s imprisonment of scores of thousands of followers of
the Muslim Brotherhood?

Is Iran really the worst situation in the Middle East today?

Hassan Rouhani is president after winning an election with
57 percent of the vote.

Who elected Mohammed bin Salman crown prince and future
king of Saudi Arabia?

Vladimir Putin, too, is denounced for crimes against democracy
for which our allies get a pass.

In Russia, Christianity is flourishing and candidates are declaring
against Putin.

Some in the Russian press regularly criticize him.

How is Christianity faring in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan?

It is alleged that Putin’s regime is responsible for the death
of several journalists.

But there are more journalists behind bars in the jails of our
NATO ally Turkey than in any other country in the world.

When does the Magnitsky Act get applied to Turkey?

What the world too often sees is an America that berates its
adversaries for sins against our “values,” while giving allies a
general absolution if they follow our lead.

A day has not gone by in 18 months that we have not read or heard
of elite outrage over the Kremlin attack on “our democracy,” with
the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta emails.

How many even recall the revelation in 2015 that China hacked
the personnel files of millions of U.S. government employees,
past, present and prospective?

While China persecutes Christians, Russia supports a restoration
of Christianity after 70 years of Leninist rule.

In Putin’s Russia, the Communist Party is running a candidate
against him.

In China, the Communist Party exercises an absolute monopoly
of political power and nobody runs against Xi Jinping.

China’s annexation of the Paracel and Spratly Islands and the
entire South China Sea is meekly protested, while Russia is
endlessly castigated for its bloodless retrieval of a Crimean
peninsula that was recognized as Russian territory under the
Romanovs.

China, with several times Russia’s economy and 10 times her
population, is far the greater challenger to America’s standing
as lone superpower.

Why, then, this tilt toward China?

Among the reasons U.S. foreign policy lacks consistency and
moral clarity is that we Americans no longer agree on what
our vital interests are, who our real adversaries are, what
our values are, or what a good and Godly country looks like.

Was JFK’s America a better country than Obama’s America?

World War II and the Cold War gave us moral clarity.

If you stood against Hitler, even if you were a moral monster
like Joseph Stalin, we partnered with you.

From Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946 to the end
of the Cold War, if you stood with us against the “Evil Empire” of
Reagan’s depiction, even if you were a dictator like Gen. Pinochet
or the Shah, you were welcome in the camp of the saints.

But now that a worldwide conversion to democracy is no longer
America’s mission in the world, what exactly is our mission?

“Great Britain has lost an empire,” said Dean Acheson in 1962,
“but not yet found a role.”

Something of the same may fairly be said of us today.


https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/01/patrick-j-buchanan/what-
is-americas-mission-now

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cost of War

Cost of War

By John Kaniecki
January 7, 2018

Penny for your thought
Nickel for your soul
The band is tuning the instruments
Bass drum banging, boom boom boom
Our saxophonist refuses to repent
For touching the violinist
When alone in the practice room

They are practicing patriotic melodies
Star Spangle Banner
America the Beautiful
God Save the Queen?
Such madness this must be a dream
Or to the aware
A nightmare

At half time the band marches forth
As one we rise to stand
To salute Old Glory for all it’s worth
The land of the free!
Remember the Maine and all that pain
But forget Wounded Knee
To Hell with Nat Turner and don’t examine slavery
Don’t dare whisper out the Liberty

Damn the British!
Damn the Spanish!
Damn the Mexicans!
Damn the Indians!
Damn the Kaiser!
Damn the Japs!
Dams those Nazis
Damn them Reds (of Russian, Cuban, Chinese, Korean and
Vietnamese variety)
Damn the Arabs!
Damn the entire world except for me!
They just hate our liberty

Damn supposed to forget that ship
And I let it slip
All the same
Ask Mister Palmer
Ask Mister McGovern
Ask Mister Hoover

Well half time is done
We’ll continue the game
We’re never to blame
We deserve no shame
That’s the story
Ain’t no mystery
Winner writes the history
And takes the glory

Penny for your thought
Nickel for your soul
A rat’s ass for a poor boy’s life
It’s his patriotic duty to kill and die
And for the sake of your defense
They require silence
And never, never ask why

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Snowflake Falls

A Snowflake Falls

By Ruth Adams
January 4, 2018

One night I saw a snowflake fall,
Past memories it did recall,

And as the snow fell to the ground,
So quietly without a sound,

I watched until a blanket made,
To glistening white brown earth did fade.

An untouched cover until the dawn,
The sun arose it was soon gone.

I thought of friendships in the past,
Seemed perfect though they did not last.

And family ties once meant so much,
Now rarely do we keep in touch.

So quickly life can take a turn,
Yet slowly we do seem to learn,

So many things in life can change,
And suddenly be rearranged.

In our slumber while we do sleep,
For granted blessings thought to keep,

For same as night does turn to morn,
An untouched blanket can get torn,

The things that we have overlooked,
Ignored, rejected or mistook,

As melted snow does turn to slush,
Relationships can turn to dust.

So this year for the Holiday,
Praise God for blessings gave today.

Don't take for granted they'll remain,
That life forever will be the same.

Let's be the most that we can be,
For all our friends and family.

Unlike the snowflake on the ground,
Let's keep in touch and stay around.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

On New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve

By Evie Shockley
December 31, 2017

we make midnight a maquette of the year:
frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize
the vows we offer to ourselves in near
silence: the competition shimmerwise

of champagne and chandeliers to attract
laughter and cheers: the glow from the fireplace
reflecting the burning intra-red pact
between beloveds: we cosset the space

of a fey hour, anxious gods molding our
hoped-for adams with this temporal clay:
each of us edacious for shining or
rash enough to think sacrifice will stay

this fugacious time: while stillness suspends
vitality in balance, as passions
struggle with passions for sway, the mind wends
towards what’s to come: a callithump of fashions,

ersatz smiles, crowded days: a bloodless cut
that severs soul from bone: a long aching
quiet in which we will hear nothing but
the clean crack of our promises breaking.

Friday, December 29, 2017

America at Christmas

America at Christmas

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Real Independent News & Film
December 29, 2017

What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who
lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation
that no believer should reject or apologize for?

What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all
believers?

What if Christmas is the potential rebirth of Christ in every heart
that will have Him, whether a believer or not?

What if Jesus Christ was born about 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem?

What if He is true God and true man?

What if this is a mystery and a miracle?

What if this came about as part of God’s plan for the salvation
of all people?

What if Jesus was sent into the world to atone for our sins by
offering Himself as a sacrifice?

What if He was sinless?

What if His life was the most critical turning point in human history?

What if the reason we live is that He died?

What if after He died, He rose from the dead?

What if He was murdered by the government because it feared
a revolt if it did not murder Him?

What if the government thought He was crazy when He said He
is a king but His kingdom is not of this world?

What if He was not crazy but divine?

What if when He said that He could forgive sins, He was referring
to Himself as God?

What if He is one of the three parts of a triune God?

What if this is an inexplicable mystery?

What if there is no power without mystery?

What if the power He possessed, He exercised only for the good?

What if He truly gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf,
musculature to the lame, hope to the disillusioned, courage
to the weak and even life to the dead?

What if He freely did these things but sought no acclamation
for them?

What if after each of these miracles, He disappeared into the
temple precincts or walked well past the crowd, lest the crowd
hail him as a temporal or secular leader?

What if there was in that towering personality a deep thread
of shyness?

What if He was shy about His Godness?

What if He was shy about His goodness?

What if He loved saving us?

What if He was joyful but did not want us to see His joy?

What if He knew all along how profoundly untimely and utterly
painful the end of His life on earth would be but He neither feared
nor avoided it?

What if His greatest display of love was self-restraint on the Cross?

What if most of the world that He came to save has rejected Him?

What if He still loves those who have rejected Him?

What if He still offers them salvation?

What if His offer is real and forever?

What if many folks today have rejected the true God
for government-as-god?

What if the government-as-god has set itself up as providing for all
secular needs in return for fidelity to it?

What if this seductive offer has been accepted by millions
in America?

What if the acceptance of this seductive offer of government-as-
god has ruined individual initiative, destroyed personal work ethic,
fostered cancerous laziness, enhanced deep poverty and impelled
thoughtless obedience to government in those who have accepted
it?

What if the defiance inherent in the belief of government-as-god
chills the exercise of personal freedoms for fear of the loss of the
government’s munificence?

What if government charity is really munificence with money
it has taken from those who work and earn it?

What if it’s then given to those who don’t?

What if it is impossible to be truly charitable with someone
else’s money?

What if Jesus came to set us free from the yoke of government
oppression and the chains of personal sin?

What if freedom is our birthright, given to us by the true God,
not by the government-as-god?

What if the true God made us in His own image and likeness?

What if the most similar likeness between us mortals and the
true God is freedom?

What if just as God is perfectly free, so are we perfectly free?

What if we have failed to preserve freedom and have permitted
governments to take it from us?

What if we are not full people without full freedom?

What if the world was full of darkness before He came
into it?

What if there is darkness still today but yet much light?

What if we recognize that He is the Light of the World?

What if Christmas is the birthday of the Son of God
and the Son of Mary?

What if we recognize the presence of the Son of God
and the Son of Mary in our hearts and among us?

What if the God-as-baby whose birthday we celebrate
is the Savior of the World?

What if we don’t mask this but live it?

What if we say with our hearts and mean with our words —
Merry Christmas?


http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/america-at-christmas-lewrockwell

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

So What? Christians

So What? Christians

By Laurence M. Vance
Lew Rockwell.com
December 27, 2017

Thanks to a note from a preacher friend, I think I’ve discovered
a new type of Christian: The So what? Christian.

I have written many times about Christian jihadists, Old Testament
Christians, Christian armchair warriors, theological schizophrenics,
Christian Coalition moralists, nuclear Christians, Janus Christians,
evangelical warvangelicals, Catholic just war theorists, reich-wing
Christian nationalists, theocon Values Voters, imperial Christians,
pro-lifers for mass murder, Red-State Christian fascists, bloodthirsty
Christian conservatives, beam Christians, double-minded Christians,
Christian warmongers, God and country Christian bumpkins,
sniper theologians, Christian military idolaters, conservative
Christian militarists, and members of the Christian axis of evil.

The So what? Christian, when presented with some negative
assertion about the U.S. government, the U.S. military, U.S. wars,
or U.S. foreign policy, instead of inquiring as to its validity, doing
some research, or spending more than three seconds thinking about
it, dismisses it with “So what?,” usually followed by some ridiculous
statement.

Here are some examples.

The U.S. military has bombed Afghan wedding parties: So what?
The bride and groom were going to produce potential terrorists.

The U.S. military has killed thousands of civilians in Iraq
and Afghanistan: So what? They are just collateral damage.

The United States gives billions of dollars a year in foreign
aid to Israel: So what? The Jews are God’s chosen people.

The U.S. military has a thousand overseas military bases:
So what? America is the exceptional nation.

U.S. drone strikes regularly miss their targets: So what?
America makes no apologies.

The United States has been fighting in Afghanistan longer than
against Nazi Germany: So what? It is better to fight “over there”
instead of “over here.”

The real defense budget is around a trillion dollars: So what?
The military keeps us safe.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist minister.
So what? America is still one nation under God.

The U.S. military kills innocent Muslims that were no threat
to the United States: So what? All Muslims are terrorists.

Inmates at Guantanamo are being held indefinitely with neither
charge nor trial: So what? Terrorists don’t need trials.

U.S. soldiers have committed war crimes: So what?
There’s always a few bad apples in every bushel.

U.S. soldiers recite filthy cadences in basic training: So what?
I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.

The U.S. military keeps brothels open overseas: So what?
The troops are defending our freedoms.

A preemptive war against Iraq was wrong because Iraq was
no threat to the United States: So what? There is “a time of
war” (Ecclesiastes 3:8).

Thousands of U.S. soldiers died unnecessarily in Iraq and
Afghanistan: So what? There is no greater honor than to
die for your country.

Military recruiters lie to impressionable young people: So what?
There is nothing more noble than military service.

Veterans are committing suicide at an alarming rate: So what?
They should not feel guilty for anything they did while in service
to their country.

The U.S. military is increasingly being filled with women,
homosexuals, lesbians, and transgenders: So what? There
is no higher calling than military service.

The U.S. military and intelligence services have tortured people:
So what? As long as it saves the life of one American.

The U.S. military has created tens of thousands of widows and
orphans in Iraq and Afghanistan: So what? The terrorists who kill
Jews are Muslims.

The U.S. military killed millions of Vietnamese in the Vietnam War:
So what? The only good communist is a dead communist.

The U.S. military has bombed seven Muslim countries over the past
few years: So what? Islam is a false religion.

The United States hasn’t constitutionally declared war
on any country since World War II: So what? Romans 13.

War is the greatest destroyer of civil liberties: So what?
Civil liberties are the concern of leftists.

The U.S. military is a bombing, maiming, and killing machine:
So what? The LORD is a man of war (Exodus 15:3).

It is shameful that some conservative Christians have this So
what? attitude. It is even worse when this mindset is followed
by ridiculous statements that display their willful ignorance.

So what? Christians.

Rebuke them, chastise them, reprimand them, reprove them,
castigate them, and scold them.

Just don’t forget to educate them, instruct them, teach them,
inform them, enlighten them, and admonish them.


https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/12/laurence-m-vance/so-what-
christians