Saturday, October 05, 2013

Syracuse Honor Flight Vets remove roadblock to get into Iwo Jima memorial

by Matt Mulcahy
October 5, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Late word from Washington, DC that the Central NY Veterans got into the Iwo Jima Memorial by knocking over water-filled barriers. Their three buses were then able to get in to see the landmark.

Also word that when the Honor Flight plane returns to Hancock Airport this evening, it will be met by a 'water arch' set up by National Guard and airport fire equipment. It will be visible, around 6pm, from the airport viewing area. There's free parking if you wish to go...

Compared to battling the Germans and Japanese during World War II, working around a Government shut down in Washington D.C. is a challenge easily overcome.

The dedicated group of Honor Flight Syracuse volunteers made sure this group of 64 aging veterans of World War II and the Korean War had their moment of respect and reflection. the rest
There is a big welcome home parade planned for inside Hancock Airport. It promises to be an emotional moment for the veterans and families who will come out to watch.

Anglican Unscripted Episode 83


Oct 5, 2013
Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe.

No ABC at GAFCON 00:00
Making a deal with the Devil 05:08
AS Haley on South Carolina 15:42
Not again? 22:01
Around the Anglican Globe 29:51
It is too late? 35:37
Closing and Bloopers 41:35

Jake Weidmann, one of 11 master penmen in the world



How Jake Weidmann, one of 11 master penmen in the world, uses ink to link the past and future.

Obama threatens military chaplains if they minister during shutdown, Honor Flight Vets, Ben Carson Audited, Who Shut Down the Govt.?

October 5, 2013

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Thomas Sowell: Who Shut Down the Government?
...The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a "clean" bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word "clean" like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?

If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government...

Why Is Obama Admin Spending Money to Close Open-Air Parks During the Gov't Shutdown? 
The National Park Service appears to be unnecessarily erecting barricades during the government shutdown. Its actions have left many tourists to wonder, if the NPS can spend money keeping people out of open-air parks, why not spend that money to let people in?

There have been many reports of barricades in places that do need them, as well as reports of people removing, or circumventing the barricades. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) has said he will defy orders to close the parks in his state...

Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown
First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor. A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked.

And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s pure political theater.

But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis...
More: Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

Anglican Ink: Govt shutdown may shutter military chapels
If the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors.

Military personnel enjoy, like all Americans, the First Amendment guarantee of the “Free Exercise” of their particular religious faith. But because military personnel are considered a “captive audience,” the laws of our country require the government to provide access to that faith. This is why we have a military chaplaincy. This all becomes very clear when one thinks of a military family stationed in Bahrain or Japan. They cannot walk down the street to the local synagogue, church, mosque, etc.

There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests. The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests. These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present. With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer. During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so...

Why Was Dr. Ben Carson Audited After Prayer Breakfast?
Dr. Ben Carson is the latest on the growing list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service.

The well-known neurosurgeon told The Washington Times the IRS hit him with an audit just months after his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he talked about the nation’s “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility” in front of the president.

“I guess it could be a coincidence, but I never had been audited before and never really had any encounters with the IRS,” Carson said. “But it certainly would make one suspicious because we know now the IRS has been used for political purposes and therefore actions like this come under suspicion.”...

Friday, October 04, 2013

They Seriously Just Nominated Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize?

Oct. 2, 2013
Becket Adams

Russian president and former KGB spook Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, the group that put Putin’s name forward, made no mention in its nomination announcement of his track record of human rights abuses. The group also made no mention of the role Putin has played in selling arms to unstable and violent regimes (most notable to Syria’s Bashar Assad).

Instead, the group said Putin deserves the award because he “actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.”

The announcement made no mention of Putin’s role in the Second Chechnya War, which lasted more than nine years. The announcement also neglects to mention his war with Georgia. It does, however, praise him for the role he played in talking U.S. President Barack Obama out of bombing Syria...
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Killing Christians; Army stores closed but Andrews golf course open; Three-Parent Babies; Christian dorms at public university

October 4, 2013

The Dangers of the Common Core Standards
Other criticisms of the Common Core Standards is that they are in fact “mediocre” levels of attainment, and represent a “one size fits all standard.” Additionally, “it will be easily politicized by societal norms … no longer will it just stick to facts … special issue groups will make sure that their issue is covered.”

The autonomy and religious liberty of Christian schools will be specifically harmed because a national standard really requires a national curriculum and a national test, Van den Berg said. These will naturally follow from national acceptance of the Common Core. The SAT, GED, and ACT are now being aligned to the Common Core, and students at Christian schools must take these tests, thus pressuring these schools to teach in alignment with the Common Core Standard. If students from Christian schools do not do well on these tests, it in turn reflects poorly on the school. Thus the autonomy of Christian schools is affected, and also their religious liberty if they are pressured to teach what is contrary to their doctrine. Credit transfers, course and credit recognition, and college admissions may be tied to a school’s adherence to the Common Core...

The Christian Dorm at the Public University
...Kosher dorms, Christian fraternity houses and specialized housing based on values have become part of modern college life. But the dorm on this campus of 7,000 students is among a new wave of religious-themed housing that constitutional scholars and others say is pushing the boundaries of how much a public university can back religion.
      
Officials said the dorm met a growing demand and did not conflict with the Constitution.
“It is not about proselytizing, but about bringing a values-based opportunity to this campus,” said Troy’s chancellor, Jack Hawkins Jr. “The parents are the most excited. I’ve had calls to get me to intervene to get their son or daughter in there.” ...

The Biological Colonialism of the Rich
...We already know that children born of IVF have poorer health outcomes than those conceived naturally. Yet, in the rush to allow these women to bear children, significant potential safety risks are being ignored.

Indeed, a study published in Science just revealed that three-parent mice and other organisms have significant health problems, including with “individual development, cognitive behavior, and [other] key health parameters.” The Science authors strongly recommend more studies, but go on to suggest that despite safety concerns, families with “offspring that were severely afflicted” by mitochondrial diseases could decide “take the risk” anyway.

The willingness of some to do anything to have a baby has also spurred IVF biological colonialism, by which the fertility industry exploits the gestational capacities of destitute women in developing countries to fulfill the procreative desires of the well-off...
 
The Brave New World of Three-Parent Babies
...There are two extremely radical and very worrying techniques which have just been given the green light in Britain. These techniques are designed to help women at risk of passing on mitochondrial disease [a group of disorders caused by cell mutations] via faulty mitochondrial genes outside the nucleus of their eggs. The aim is to help these women have children to whom they will have some kind of genetic connection — as opposed to their accepting the risk, remaining childless or choosing adoption, for example.

Both techniques create genetically modified children and will affect all the descendants of those created, in ways that could be very dangerous. But they’re also morally wrong in other ways. Because most genes are in the nucleus of our cells, supporters of the techniques argue that any change involving mitochondrial genes outside the nucleus will not affect parenthood. However, this is not the case...

Killing Christians With Impunity?
...But it turns out that the last century was the worst century ever for the persecution of Christians and martyrdom. Dr. David Barrett, a leading church statistician, says there were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than had been murdered in all previous centuries combined.

Persecution today continues to rear its ugly head in various places around the globe, such as in remnant Communist countries, like Vietnam or North Korea. But anti-Christian persecution is especially found in the Middle East and those places where the philosophy of Islamism---a supremacist form of Islam---prevails.

It’s a cliché by now, but it’s true: The Arab Spring has turned into the Christian Winter...

Grocery stores on Army bases in the U.S. are closed. The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is open Enough said.

Insurance Manager: ‘We Have Yet To Have Someone Successfully Register On The Marketplace’
...“It’s day two of health care reform, and we have yet to have someone successfully register on the marketplace,” said Matt Hadzick, manager of a Highmark retail insurance store in Allentown, Pa., where people could go to register for the online insurance marketplace. “The registration process is very slow, and at one point it just shuts down.”...

9 Things You Should Know about Casinos and Gambling
...3. Modern slot machines are programmed for fast, continuous, and repeat betting. Players insert plastic, not coins; they tap buttons or touch a screen rather than pull levers; they place bets in denominations ranging from a penny to a hundred dollars on multiple lines that spin across a screen with each rapid tap of the button. The laws of pure chance or probability no longer dictate wins and losses on slot machines. Modern slots are hooked up to a central server that collects player information, preferences, and speed of play and has the capacity to program each machine to each player's style. The trend in slot design is to provide a slow and smooth "ride," with small wins that are less than the amount bet, but nonetheless encourage repeat bets and prolonged "time on machine."...

Ex-abortionist surrenders abortion instruments to Pope Francis
...Upon arriving in Rome, more obstacles appeared, with little chance of speaking directly to the pope. But at the last possible moment, following the pope’s speech, Oriente said he told a bishop his story. This bishop, whom he did not name, spoke directly with “Padre George,” Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who brought him before the pope “immediately, without hesitation.”

Oriente handed the package of instruments to the pope, who, he says, “gave me the mandate to evangelize the pro life [message] and to defend life itself.”

Pope Francis, he said, told him, “This evening I will pray. This [the instruments] I have to bring with me to my room to Santa Marta.”

“Then he laid his hands on me, and said, ‘You are blessed and fight for life.”

Oriente said, “The instruments of death were abandoned at the foot of the successor of Peter in the world, as death is put at the feet of Jesus in favor of life.”...

Thursday, October 03, 2013

S.C. JUDGE DENIES EPISCOPAL CHURCH REQUEST TO EXPAND LAWSUIT TO INCLUDE DIOCESE STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND TRUSTEES

Press release:

CHARLESTON, SC, October 3, 2013 – South Carolina Circuit Judge Diane S. Goodstein released her decision yesterday that the Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local remnant, the Episcopal Church in South Carolina (ECSC) cannot expand their counterclaims against the Diocese of South Carolina to include almost two dozen parishioners who voluntarily serve as diocesan Trustees and members of the Diocese’s Standing Committee.

In her decision, Judge Goodstein wrote, “This court finds that the individual leaders whom Defendants seek to join as Counterclaim Plaintiffs are entitled to immunity” under state law. She also wrote that “adding the additional defendants would be futile.”

In the spring, TEC and ECSC had sought to broaden their lawsuit against the diocese to include dozens of diocesan volunteers, threatening to hold them financially liable. They filed to add these additional defendants to their lawsuit after attempting to move the entire matter to U.S. District Court, where a federal judge decided the issue would best be heard in South Carolina circuit court.
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The Real Story Behind the Diocese of SC Split With TEC
By: the Rev. Jim Lewis
Canon to the Ordinary
Diocese of South Carolina

Much has been written about the Diocese of South Carolina’s separation from The Episcopal Church (TEC) – and most of it has been wrong.

Virtually all the articles suggest our diocese left because TEC ordained a gay bishop. That’s just not true. The diocese separated last year, nine years after TEC elected its first, non-celibate, gay bishop – and only after the denomination tried to strip all authority from our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence.

Though media insist our motive for leaving is our difference with TEC’s policies on the ordination of gay bishops and same-sex marriage, the real issues are rooted in the 1970s,well before Gene Robinson became the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003...

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Albert Mohler: George and Barbara Witness a Wedding—When a Private Act Sends a Public Message

October 1, 2013

Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara attended a wedding a few days ago, and it made national news. According to The Washington Post, the elder Bushes attended the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, held at Kennebunkport, Maine. The two lesbians, co-owners of a general store in neighboring Kennebunk, were married in an outdoor celebration attended by family and friends. The 41st President of the United States was present, along with the former First Lady. Bonnie Clement told The Washington Post, “Who would be best to acknowledge the importance of our wedding as our friends and as the former leader of the free world? When they agreed to do so we just felt that it was the next acknowledgement of being ‘real and normal.’”

As it turns out, President Bush did not merely attend the wedding. He also served as an official witness, signing the legal documents for the ceremony and the Maine wedding license. Under a photograph with the former president the couple added the words, “Getting our marriage license witnessed!”

No one should be surprised by the opening line of the report in The Washington Post: “Another prominent Republican has come out in support of same-sex marriage—or, at least, in support of one particular same-sex marriage.” Similarly, the “Daily Intelligencer” column at New York Magazine declared that George and Barbara Bush are apparently in favor of same-sex marriage “since they not only attended a lesbian couple’s wedding on Saturday, but served as witnesses as well.” the rest
At some point, we will either attend a same-sex ceremony, or we will not. Declining to attend will come with undeniable relational consequences, but so would attending. As one believer who struggles with same-sex attraction recently told me, “It does not help when fellow Christians send mixed signals.” We cannot allow our love to lapse into sentimentality, even as we love those who plan to enter into what we know is not and cannot be marriage. Note carefully that Bonnie Clement spoke of the Bushes’ presence at the wedding as a powerful affirmation that the union was “real and normal.”

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

For fun: What If Animals Were Round


Episcopal Property Wars: Musical Chairs in San Joaquin

(This is the second in a series of blog entries about the fate of disputed properties in the Episcopal and Anglican Churches. To read about two northern Virginia congregations, click here.
by Jeffrey Walton
October 1, 2013

Transfer of a disputed church property from Anglicans to Episcopalians has also resulted in moving, merging, dissolving and re-constituting congregations in one central California town.

The change at St. James Church in Sonora is in some ways a microcosm of messy Anglican realignment and both the stark theological differences and litigation that usually accompany it.

The historic “red church” of St. James in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin was turned over to the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin in July. Known for bold color and architecture, St. James is also the oldest standing Episcopal Church building in California, constructed in 1859. the rest

Archbishop Justin Welby not going to Gafcon II

posted October 1, 2013
George Conger

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will not be attending the GAFCON II Conference in Nairobi this month, a spokesman tells Anglican Ink, due to a schedule conflict.

A spokesman from the Lambeth Press Office said the Archbishop had been invited to address the 21-26 October 2013 meeting of centrist and conservative Anglican leaders set for All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi. However, he "is unable to attend because of a long-standing commitment on the same date.

 He will be sending a pre-recorded video greeting," the spokesman said. On 23 Oct, the Archbishop will baptize Prince George of Cambridge at the Chapel Royal at St James' Palace in London.  the rest

World War II veterans knock down police barriers to attend memorial on the National Mall

General George C. Marshall Inscription at the National World War II Memorial

October 1, 2013

As part of the Honor Flight project, World War II veterans have been taken to Washington DC, cost free, to see the memorial erected in their honor on the National Mall.

Due to the government shutdown, National Park Service police put up barriers preventing access. According to Leo Shane III, White House and Veterans Affairs reporter for Stars and Stripes, the veterans knocked over those barriers. Story

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US Gov't. Shutdown, Inviting CAIR to Church, Your Digital Trail, Casinos in NY...

US Gov't Shutdown: 800,000 Furloughed Workers, Museums Closed, Obamacare Health Exchanges Go Into Effect Today
With no deal in sight, the U.S. federal government will undergo a partial government shutdown until political leaders can reach an agreement to fund the government. On Tuesday morning, all non-essential government employees will be ordered to leave work until further notice. This is the first time the government is shutting down in 17 years.

The Republican-led House of Representatives has passed three continuing resolutions to temporarily fund the government. The Democratic-led Senate has countered with three of its own continuing resolutions. Yet the two sides have failed to reach an agreement. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, says that he will not offer any concessions to Republicans to finalize a deal.

As of Tuesday, some 800,000 federal workers who are considered non-essential will be furloughed...

They Don’t Cut Ribbons for Casinos
“Political leaders do not want to give a speech, cut a ribbon, or pose for photographs at the opening of a casino,” David Blankenhorn points out in a new and damning studyNew York’s Promise: Why Sponsoring Casinos Is a Regressive Policy Unworthy of a Great State. “They understand that there is something unseemly about it, and even if they want the casinos to exist in order to get the money, politicians don’t want to frequent, much less to become a symbol of or spokesman for, casinos and their values.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo “talks with comic-book hyperbole about ripple effects and super-charges and resorts and convention centers and boosting upstate tourism. But he knows — everyone paying any attention to this issue knows — that the gambling initiative is about New York’s government getting the money.” There isn’t, David argues, any evidence for the governor’s claims about the benefits of gambling, and the governor himself presents none, and a great deal of evidence against it.
Among the damning evidence David presents is the view of the current governor’s father...

Inviting CAIR to Church
When a Unitarian church in Florida decided to teach its congregation about Islam around the time of this year’s anniversary of 9/11, it brought in an extremist official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who has promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories. The group may no longer be embraced by the FBI, but CAIR’s list of published endorsements shows there are plenty of Christian and Jewish leaders happy to work with it.

CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the country’s largest terrorism financing trial and is listed by federal prosecutors as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s secret Palestine Committee. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that there is “ample” evidence tying CAIR to Hamas. The organization was recently accused of using money laundering to hide its foreign financiers...

Obama administration: Lawmakers, staff can get abortion coverage
The Office of Personnel Management ruled Monday that members of Congress and their staffs will be able to buy health care plans that pay for abortions, even though the premiums are funded largely by taxpayer money — a move that conservatives say breaks federal law on abortion funding.

Under the terms of Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides are required to ditch their government-sponsored plans and buy insurance on state-based health care exchanges, though unlike most people on the exchanges, the staffers and members will have most of the costs of their premiums paid by their employer — in this case, taxpayers...

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be Used Against You
...And while most of us know we're leaving behind a digital trail, consider how intricate that trail is and how easy it is for law enforcement, private investigators and marketers to paint a data portrait based on your actions throughout the day.

Examples from the series include online dating sites, like OKCupid.com. The report shows how profile questions on the site about things like drug use, religious beliefs and more were transmitted to a data tracking company, along with the user's IP address...

Book review: Killing Jesus
Tim Challies: his book is going to be big, a near-lock for the bestseller lists. First Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard teamed up to write a book about Killing Lincoln and it sold more than a million copies. They followed it up with Killing Kennedy and it sold briskly as well. And now they turn their attention to their greatest subject: Jesus of Nazareth. Killing Jesus: A History is a short biography of Jesus, focusing on the events leading to his death.

From the outset, the authors make it clear that though they are Roman Catholics, they are not writing a religious book. Rather, they are writing a historical account of a historical figure “and are interested primarily in telling the truth about important people, not converting anyone to a spiritual cause.” They necessarily rely on the four gospels for their source material and often tell their story by directly quoting the Bible...

...As the authors begin to tell about the life of Jesus, they follow the biblical accounts quite closely. They tell his life skillfully and with all the narrative tension and interest they used to tell their compelling accounts of Lincoln and Kennedy. The reader is left with no doubt that Jesus’ whole life was leading to a cross and that Jesus knew he would end up there. The reader sees that the claims Jesus made about himself put him at odds with both the Jews and the Romans....

New head chaplain of Canada’s military is openly homosexual Anglican priest

OTTAWA, September 27, 2013
Thaddeus Baklinski

Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) has appointed an openly homosexual Anglican priest as Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces in a ceremony earlier this month in Ottawa.

According to a DND news release, Brigadier-General John Fletcher was appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces in a ceremony at the Beechwood Memorial Centre in Ottawa.

The event was presided over by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, with Fletcher taking over responsibility for the religious needs of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families from the outgoing Chaplain General, Brigadier-General Karl McLean, who is also an Anglican priest.  the rest
General Lawson said the appointment of a homosexual will "further our inclusive, welcoming culture."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Awestruck...

 
I am awestruck by the early autumn beauty…
Shimmering day,
Clouds edged in glory,
Bright blue sky,
Leaves trembling, knowing their time is short-
Soon they will be released to the wind.
Faint glimpses of the eternal strike chords in my heart.


I can only take it in and revel in the Author of it all,
Knowing creation’s impossible existence without
A nascent Hand,
A Word spoken
And Breath to quicken and animate.
 Alive. Healed. Filled.
I bow.
-by Pat Dague
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After Told He’s Racist, UW-M Student Rejects Further Diversity ‘Training’

September 23, 2013

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At the “diversity” training yesterday, though, even this fig leaf of apoliticism was discarded. In an utterly unprofessional way, the overriding presumption of the session was that the people whom the History Department has chosen to employ as teaching assistants are probably racists. In true “diversity” style, the language in which the presentation was couched was marbled with words like “inclusive”, “respect”, and “justice”. But the tone was unmistakably accusatory and radical. Our facilitator spoke openly of politicizing her classrooms in order to right (take revenge for?) past wrongs. We opened the session with chapter-and-verse quotes from diversity theorists who rehearsed the same tired “power and privilege” cant that so dominates seminar readings and official university hand-wringing over unmet race quotas. Indeed, one mild-mannered Korean woman yesterday felt compelled to insist that she wasn’t a racist. I never imagined that she was, but the atmosphere of the meeting had been so poisoned that even we traditional quarries of the diversity Furies were forced to share our collective guilt with those from continents far across the wine-dark sea.

It is hardly surprising that any of us hectorees would feel thusly. For example, in one of the handouts that our facilitator asked us to read (“Detour-Spotting: for white anti-racists,” by joan olsson [sic]), we learned things like, “As white infants we were fed a pabulum of racist propaganda,” “…there was no escaping the daily racist propaganda,” and, perhaps most even-handed of all, “Racism continues in the name of all white people.” Perhaps the Korean woman did not read carefully enough to realize that only white people (all of them, in fact) are racist. Nevertheless, in a manner stunningly redolent of “self-criticism” during the Cultural Revolution in communist China, the implication of the entire session was that everyone was suspect, and everyone had some explaining to do.

You have always been very kind to me, Prof. Kantrowitz, so it pains me to ask you this, but is this really what the History Department thinks of me? Is this what you think of me? I am not sure who selected the readings or crafted the itinerary for the diversity session, but, as they must have done so with the full sanction of the History Department, one can only conclude that the Department agrees with such wild accusations, and supports them. Am I to understand that this is how the white people who work in this Department are viewed? If so, I cannot help but wonder why in the world the Department hired any of us in the first place. Would not anyone be better? the rest-Don't miss!
Please allow me to be quite frank. My job, which I love, is to teach students Japanese history. This week, for example, I have been busy explaining the intricacies of the Genpei War (1180-1185), during which time Japan underwent a transition from an earlier, imperial-rule system under regents and cloistered emperors to a medieval, feudal system run by warriors and estate managers. It is an honor and a great joy to teach students the history of Japan. I take my job very seriously, and I look forward to coming to work each day.

It is most certainly not my job, though, to cheer along anyone, student or otherwise, in their psychological confusion. I am not in graduate school to learn how to encourage poor souls in their sexual experimentation, nor am I receiving generous stipends of taxpayer monies from the good people of the Great State of Wisconsin to play along with fantasies or accommodate public cross-dressing. To all and sundry alike I explicate, as best I can, such things as the clash between the Taira and the Minamoto, the rise of the Kamakura shogunate, and the decline of the imperial house in twelfth-century Japan. Everyone is welcome in my classroom, but, whether directly or indirectly, I will not implicate myself in my students’ fetishes, whatever those might be. What they do on their own time is their business; I will not be a party to it. I am exercising my right here to say, “Enough is enough.” One grows used to being thought a snarling racist–after all, others’ opinions are not my affair–but one draws the line at assisting students in their private proclivities. That is a bridge too far, and one that I, at least, will not cross.

Scrolling around...September 30, 2013

Obama Admin Targets Pro-Lifers in FBI Training Forum With Pro-Abortion Orgs
Documents LifeNews.com obtained today reveal the Obama administration partnered with leading pro-abortion organizations to host an FBI training seminar in August with the main focus of declaring as "violent" the free speech activities of pro-life Americans.

On August 25, 2010, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice co-sponsored a training seminar with Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation.

When information about the seminar, which took place at FBI headquarters in Portland, Oregon, reached pro-life advocates, they asked officials for permission to attend and were granted access to the seminar and the training materials.

FBI and Obama administration officials provided participants with an 84-page document entitled “Resource Guide: Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers"  that contained print copies of Power Point presentations prepared by the Justice Department and an analysis of alleged pro-life "violence" prepared by the pro-abortion groups...

Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed
“I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”

A Word for Us All-What does Jesus want to say to your church?
...That all depends: what is your church like? Where are you strong? Where are you weak? We live in a big country with hundreds of thousands of churches. If you think the issue out there is too much law, you’d be right. If you think the issue is cheap grace, you’d be right about that too. Jesus wouldn’t say just one thing to the church in this country–let alone in the West or in the world–because the church in this country is diffuse and diverse...

Ten states where Obamacare wipes out existing health care plans
President Barack Obama famously promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” He later got even more specific.

“If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have,” Obama said.

But as Obamacare’s rollout approaches, we have learned this is not true. Here are the ten states where consumers may like their health care plans, but they won’t be able to keep them...

‘Duct tape and chicken wire’ holding ObamaCare together"
...The physician said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that consumers are in for a case of sticker shock, adding that Americans will have difficulty finding a doctor to care for them...
Some Nebraskans’ premiums to triple under Obamacare
Will Congress Stop Obamacare?

Islamic terrorists kill at least 40 students in attack on Nigerian college
Islamic terrorists dressed in Nigerian military uniforms assaulted a college inside the country Sunday, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in their dorms and shot others trying to flee, witnesses say.

"They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible," one surviving student, who would only give his first name of Idris, told Reuters...

Hobby Lobby Chief Defends Resistance to Obamacare HHS Mandate
Hobby Lobby President Steve Green defended his firm’s litigation against the Obamacare HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate in remarks to the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) on September 26.

“We didn’t pick the fight,” Green explained. “We never imagined we’d sue our own government. We love our country. But the mandate requires us to become abortion providers, which goes against our conscience.”

Green said his firm would “not provide abortive drugs for free and won’t prevent employees from accessing those drugs.”

As the lawsuit heads toward the U.S. Supreme Court, he said his firm is not slowing and is opening 37 new stores this year, hoping to open 70 next year...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Adirondacks Autumn 2013

September 28, 2013

Raymond and I took a short trip to the Adirondacks Friday and Saturday.  The leaves were at peak in the High Peaks/Lake Placid area. Below, I posted a few photos with my cell phone, but I am waiting for Raymond's pictures which will come as he processes them.

Raymond and Pat on Little Whiteface (Raymond's pic)


Lake Placid as seen from Little Whiteface

Raymond getting ready to shoot
(Whiteface in the background)
 

Taking a picture with my cellphone out the car window-I didn't know my hand was reflected in the mirror till later.
(Tupper Lake)


Anglican Unscripted Episode 82


Sep 28, 2013
Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe.

STORY INDEX
GAFCON II is a go
00:00
Love up on a Terrorist 06:48
Pope Francis is a Lutheran 14:45
Back to the Anglican Future 18:16
AS Haley's Legal Catalog 27:38
Closing 36:07