Saturday, December 05, 2015

Women in Combat and the Undoing of Civilization; The Most Essential Life Skill...more

  ...What kind of a society puts its women on the front lines to risk what only men should be called on to risk? In countries ravaged by war, we consider it a tragedy when the battle comes to the backyards of women and children. Why would we thrust our own wives and daughters into that horror? My own instinct is to keep them as far from it as possible.

Perhaps some people believe that women ought to be able to volunteer for whatever job they are qualified to do. But what if the draft were reinstituted? Under the right conditions, the draft would be a very real possibility, and that specter of a draft is really clarifying. It’s one thing for women to volunteer for combat service. It’s an entirely different matter for them to be drafted into it. I have a hard time believing that the women of America would want to be forced into such conditions. Any man that would countenance for one second his 18-year old daughter being pressed into this kind of service is abdicating his responsibility. Are we really going to be the kind of people who press our wives and daughters and mothers to fight in combat?...

Islamic State says California killers of 14 were their followers 
Islamic State said on Saturday that a married couple who killed 14 people in California in an attack the FBI is investigating as an "act of terrorism" were followers of the militant group based in Syria and Iraq.

The group's declaration, in an online radio broadcast comes three days after U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his spouse, Tashfeen Malik, 29, a native of Pakistan, carried out the attack on a holiday party for civil servants in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.
The two died hours later in a shootout with police...

Investigation by FBI becomes terror probe

Another Evil on Another Street in America
In the middle of the coverage from San Bernardino yesterday I got a text from my husband:

“SWAT just showed up two doors down!”

A few minutes later: “Shots fired!”

Expected during that moment if we lived in San Bernardino perhaps, but we live in Denver. In a nice little up and coming neighborhood in the northwest part of the city. If you mention our neighborhood to those who’ve been here all their life, they recall stories of being warned to stay away from The Highland because of its high crime rates. In the past five years, though, crime is at an all-time low, housing prices keep rising, and it’s becoming one of the coveted neighborhoods in Denver.

Police surrounded our block yesterday until late into the night. At the end of it all, there was a dead fugitive and a wounded SWAT officer. When we knew it was safe, hours into the ordeal, my husband brought a mug of coffee and a bottled drink out to the policeman standing in the middle of the street outside our house. He’d been brandishing a rifle while diverting traffic and answering questions for hours. We should have offered him a bathroom break too, but I doubt he would have taken it...

Despite ISIS, American Church Still Ignorant About Christian Persecution, Expert Says  Americans remain largely ignorant and indifferent toward the plight of Christians overseas despite headlines featuring ISIS' violence, argued an expert on religious liberty.

Timothy Samuel Shah, associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, argued as part of a panel held Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C. that American Christians are not as involved as they should be in fighting persecution abroad...

No Room for Sanity at the Inn: Stifling Democratic Debate over Same-Sex Marriage Democracy and common sense teach us to seek the truth by listening to one another. If we will not even provide a room for people who want to talk with one another because we do not like what they say, then democracy is impossible...

The Most Essential Life Skill
...Think of all the successful people you know, what is it that distinguishes them all? It’s teachability, isn’t it? Think of all the people you know that never really made the most of the gifts and opportunities God gave them. Unteachability is the common thread, isn’t it?

If there’s one thing I want to to teach my children and students, it’s teachability.

When I speak to young people or students, I can usually tell quite quickly the ones who will do well in their lives and callings… and those who won’t. Teachability makes the difference...

Satanic group plans Christmas ‘snaketivity’ to rival Christmas Nativity display A US satanic temple is planning a “snaketivity” to rival a Christmas Nativity display.

The Satanic Temple of Detroit has applied for permission to display its particular interpretation of Christmas.

The application is in response to an application by supporters of Ted Cruz to show a more traditional Nativity scene at Michigan Capitol lawn.

Black Cop Writes Fake Racist Letter
...The headlines from February tell the story: “Threatening ‘white power’ letters appear at police department with a history of racial tensions,’ proclaimed the Washington Post.”

“Racist ‘white power’ letter found in Bridgeport Police Department mailboxes says black cops belong in toilet,” said the New York Daily News.

Ten months later, a black cop has confessed  to writing the letter -- and at the behest of Lt. Lonnie Blackwell, the head of the Guardians, the black police officers’ union in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport police officer Calvin Higgins, the confessed perpetrator of the hoax, achieved some local notoriety when he and two white officers were accused of using excess force when they arrested a Hispanic suspect in 2011.

The two white officers were convicted. In January, Higgins, a black man, was acquitted....

Friday, December 04, 2015

Tashfeen Malik Passed DHS Counterterrorism Screening; "Phantom Menace" superbug...more

San Bernardino Shooting suspect Tashfeen Malik Passed DHS Counterterrorism Screening ... As Kerry Picket at the Daily Caller reported last month, Obama administration counterterrorism officials have trained DHS law enforcement officers to focus on the behavior of people entering the United States, rather than their political, ideological, or religious background...

Superbug known as ‘phantom menace’ on the rise in U.S.  ...A particularly dangerous superbug, dubbed the "phantom menace" by scientists, is on the rise in the United States, according to a report Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This superbug's strains belong to the family of bacteria known as CRE, which are difficult to treat because they are often resistant to most antibiotics. They are often deadly, too, in some instances killing up to 50 percent of patients who become infected, according to the CDC. Health officials have called CRE among the country's most urgent public health threats...

Ancient Seal of Biblical King Hezekiah Discovered in Jerusalem's Old City  An ancient seal of the Biblical King Hezekiah has been found at an archaeological site at the foot of the wall that surrounds Jerusalem’s Old City.
Charisma News reports that the clay imprint is known as a bulla and is dated from the period of King Hezekiah around 700 B.C. The area in which it was found is rich in relics from the period of the first two ancient Jewish temples.
However, "This is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation," said Eilat Mazar of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University who directed the excavation...

Researchers Reveal Recent Shifts Among American Megachurches  ...Today's megachurches have fewer seats but fill them more often. They take in more money, yet giving has declined. More than ever take Communion weekly, while fewer than ever partner with other churches. They have less conflict than smaller churches, yet lose more staff and tithes when flareups occur.

These are among the many findings of the fifth national survey of America’s largest Protestant churches, released today by Leadership Network and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research...

Zombie Nativity spat continues for second year For the second year in a row, Jasen Dixon has dressed up Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three wise men as zombies in a nativity scene in his front yard.

And for the second year, Sycamore Township officials have told him to remove the display. In 2014 when he set up the display he had a mission...

Anglican Unscripted Episode 207

Dec 4, 2015

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

"Thy kingdom come!"

Mediterranean Sunrise
"Thy kingdom come!" on bended knee
the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned to see
on earth that kingdom's day.

But the slow watches of the night
not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right
the silent stars are strong.

And lo, already on the hills
the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
proclaim the day is near:

The day to whose clear shining light
all wrong shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned in might,
and every heart be healed;

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
shall walk the earth abroad;
the day of perfect righteousness,
the promised day of God.
-Frederick Lucian Hosmer

"Prayer shaming"; The left's disgraceful reactions to San Bernardino shooting...more

"Prayer shaming" – The New York Daily News jumps in with both feet after San Bernardino ...What propelled some in the media not to go after the alleged attackers, who have turned out to be Muslims, but to launch a coordinated attack against those who pray?...

The media mocked conservatives who prayed in aftermath of shooting ...Progressive and liberal politicians called for gun control. And other politicians prayed for the victims and their families while waiting for more information.

That’s when things got super weird. For some reason, much of the media began mocking the efficacy of prayer. This was happening while victims of the shooting were actually asking people to pray. I mean, the critiques were everywhere. An editor at ThinkProgress said, and I quote,Stop thinking. Stop praying. There’s a bumper sticker for you!

Muslims Kill in California, NY Daily News Mocks Christians

Anne Kennedy: Buzzfeed, God, and the Shame of Prayer ...The very idea that God is not fixing it, that the person who prays and who offers prayer to the grieving, the broken, the suffering, should experience shame for doing so is a most instructive sign. God himself promises that he will shed forth his common grace upon humanity’s ugliness, keeping them in check, up to a certain moment. But then, when the time suits him, he will remove his gracious preventing hand, he will let humanity do whatever it wants to do. And we can know what humanity wants to do from the first few chapters of the bible. They want to grab, covet, lie, and kill. That’s what we most want. That’s who we really are.

God did provide a way for the human person to be “fixed”, and what an ugly way of saying it that is, and that was at the cross where he took all the death on to himself. You can have his solution, you can have his death count for you, but you have to repent, you have to say that you are sorry, you have to ask him to help you, to save you. You don’t get to have the merits and benefits of the cross if you are screaming angry at him for who you are and who he is...

The left's disgraceful reactions to San Bernardino shooting  ...Late on Wednesday night, Los Angeles radio station KNX1070 reported that “a neighbor did not call authorities about suspicious activity because she did not want to racially profile.” If this report is true, it will be a chilling example of how PC isn’t just something obnoxious. It’s something that can get people killed....

Deadly D.C.: The land of no consequences ...Have you forgotten? President Obama, who proclaimed himself “madder than hell” when the scandal first broke, apparently can no longer be bothered to care as he gallivants around the planet fretting about climate change.

How about some climate change at the toxic VA?...

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

How C. S. Lewis Predicted Today's College Campus Craziness in 1944

Monochrome head-and-left-shoulder photo portrait of 50-year-old Lewis
By Tyler O'Neil
December 1, 2015

In the September issue of The Atlantic, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, described a peculiar movement on college campuses, which they named “vindictive protectiveness.”

Haidt and Lukianoff cite Harvard Law Professor Jeannie Suk, who wrote in The New Yorker about law students demanding their professors not even teach rape law -- and in one weird case even to avoid using the word “violate” (as in “that violates the law”) -- because it may cause students distress. This culture of overreaction is being institutionalized, as demonstrated by demands for the resignation of Yale’s Silliman College masters Erika and Nicholas Christakis for an allegedly insensitive email about Halloween costumes.

As Haidt and Lukianoff explain, “a claim that someone’s words are ‘offensive’ is not just an expression of one’s own subjective feelings of offendedness. It is, rather, a public charge that the speaker has done something objectively wrong.”

The idea of “microaggressions” -- small actions or word choices that seem to have no malicious intent but are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless -- twists the objective idea of being “offensive” into a subjective charge on behalf of someone claiming to be offended. Some campus guides denounce as a microaggression the very act of asking an Asian American or Latino American “Where were you born?” because this implies that that person is not a real American.

The craziness of this new morality may seem unprecedented, but C.S. Lewis warned of something similar in his 1944 book The Abolition of Man... the rest image
Modern education, by contrast, teaches the young to debunk morality and follow their own course. It produces what may be called “Men without Chests,” men and women without the grounding in right response to the reality which makes it possible to live a good life.

Instead, they elevate their feelings of being victimized and offended into claims for illegitimate power. Rather than controlling their feelings and using their minds to understand what others are saying, they claim these words are aggressions and demand apologies. Morality abhors a vacuum, and if children are not taught to discover objective right and wrong they will create their own values -- and more often than not, use those values to grasp for power.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Is the humanity of our time still waiting for a Savior?

Advent card
The question is: Is the humanity of our time still waiting for a Savior? One has the feeling that many consider God as foreign to their own interests. Apparently, they do not need him. They live as though he did not exist and, worse still, as though he were an “obstacle” to remove in order to fulfill themselves. Even among believers—we are sure of it—some let themselves be attracted by enticing dreams and distracted by misleading doctrines that suggest deceptive shortcuts to happiness. Yet, despite its contradictions, worries and tragedies, and perhaps precisely because of them, humanity today seeks a path of renewal, of salvation, it seeks a Savior and awaits, sometimes unconsciously, the coming of the Savior who renews the world and our life, the coming of Christ, the one true Redeemer of man and of the whole of man. ...Pope Benedict XVI image

Bp. Julian Dobbs Advent teaching Part I

Advent 2015 | Part 1 from Julian Dobbs on Vimeo.

Police Officer Killed in Colorado Shooting was Also a Pastor; Climate Change Summit Farce ...more

Everything we know about the Planned Parenthood shooter Planned Parenthood, and supporters of abortion rights, have pointed to Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility as evidence that the pro-life movement is responsible for encouraging violence through its "hateful rhetoric." Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains has declared that the shooter himself "was motivated by opposition to Planned Parenthood and access to abortion," although police have not officially released any information about his motives.

Meanwhile, the picture emerging of the man who allegedly opened fire at a Planned Parenthood facility Friday is one of a deeply disturbed recluse who, though opposed to abortion, had little interest in and no known history of active involvement in the abortion debate, with a long spate of run-ins with the law and a pattern of bizarre behavior that left some of those who encountered him fearful for their safety, and many convinced that he wasn't in his right mind...

Police Officer Killed in Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting was Also a Pastor A Colorado Springs church gathered Sunday to mourn the loss of a church elder and police officer who was gunned down Friday in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood Clinic.

Garrett Swasey was part of the Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs, a congregation of about 100 people, according to Christianity Today.

He was married and had two children. He had been with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police force for six years, according to Life News...

Nigeria: Boko Haram Suicide Bombing Kills 21 Muslims

Italians outraged after headmaster scraps Christmas carol concert following Paris attacks 

Universities 'Dominated By Left-Wing Hate Mobs' Says Professor   University students and teachers are becoming increasingly ‘hard-line’ and intolerant, shouting down anyone who does not conform to their world view, a British professor has said.

Antony Glees, an expert in counter-terrorism who teaches at the University of Buckingham, said that left-wing staff and students have become more militant over the past 10 years, with chilling effects on free speech.

Professor Glees said he was heckled at recent panel discussion on the government’s “Prevent” anti-terror strategy after he spoke up in favour of the scheme. He said there was a “feeling of menace” after was “cynically jeered at” and branded a racist by students and even other lecturers...

Anne Kennedy: The Brave Naked Selfie I’m not particularly up to date on pop culture/entertainment news. I only know the little that can be gleaned from ten minutes of evening internet scrolling and then coffee hour conversations percolating here and there. Well, and my Tuesday Tea Time for which I try to be up to date on YouTube clips. In the old days my Tuesday Tea Time and I would have talked knowingly about books, but now it’s all Adele and and, well, leave me alone, we are both busy people and are totally going to start reading books tomorrow.

So apparently, some lady I’ve never heard of took her clothes off and had a picture taken in only her undies, holding a cup of coffee. I glanced at Twitter long enough to discover that she is #brave a la #lenadunham #courageousness brave. I had to go away because the pictures and the hashtags got weirder and uglier as I scrolled down....

  Sheldon Silver’s conviction Monday in one of New York’s highest-profile public-corruption cases in decades could signal a shift in the business of Albany and spark further investigations of a capital with a long-standing reputation for questionable conduct.

The Democratic speaker of the state Assembly for more than 20 years, Mr. Silver was found guilty by a 12-person federal jury in Manhattan of four counts of honest-services fraud, two counts of extortion and one count of money laundering.

At the heart of the case was the question of whether procedures and conduct that are commonplace to Albany are, in fact, a violation of the law, or whether they are simply the perhaps objectionable but also unavoidable consequence of having a part-time Legislature...

The Farce of the Paris Climate Change Summit ...It is a curious situation that the richest, most energy consuming nations on Earth seek to reach an agreement that would stop poorer developing nations from experiencing the rapid and sustained growth that history shows energy provides for people and their economies. While such an agreement would concentrate more power in the hands of national leaders and the companies and businesses they favor, it would undeniably hurt the poorest people in the world, and in the case of the United States, hurt the poorest among us. Paris is for the elites, who seem to want to have nothing to do with the working men and women of the world who aspire for a better future for their children.