Netanyahu’s Sept. 9, 2014 Speech

So here is a speech by Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu that shows his grasp of what we are dealing with on an international level.

I had some foreboding thoughts going into this 9/11. It has been nice that there was no substance to them, yet I can’t help but think another moment in time will be arriving to our shores.

It was a global warming 58 degrees during our 9/11 memorial service.

What to think? I am not sure. What to do? Continue being that colony of heaven in Sparta that preaches the gospel.

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My modem might be going out. So until I get a answer from Newwave I created a hotspot with my Nokia 520. The cheapest of phones can do that! We had bought them when Instapundit mentioned a one day sale that allowed us to pick up the phones for the monthly fee we would have paid to get the upcoming apple for Joan and the Nokia 1525 for me. We will just be satisfied, what a way to live.

Which brings me to this article I read while being connected to my Nokia 520 hotspot. Victor Hanson does a great job in bringing his knowledge of world history and military history bringing to life Israel’s Gaza operation with comparisons with Sherman’s three marches through the South after taking Atlanta. Here is a quote:

The Israeli army was eerily Shermanesque when it went into Gaza. The IDF targeted the homes of the wealthy Hamas elite, the private sanctuaries of the tunnels, and the rocketry and other infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist state. The homes of civilians who did not have rockets in the backyard or tunnels in the basement were usually not hit, and that sent a telling Shermanesque lesson. Long after the international media’s cameras have left, Gazans will argue over why one man’s house was leveled and another’s was not, leading to the conclusion more often than not that one was being used by Hamas, either with or without its owner’s consent, while the other was not. But all Gazans suffered amid the selective targeting — as did all Georgians and Carolinians for their allegiance to a plantationist class whose own interests were not always the same as those of the non-slave-owning white poor. Fairly or not, the IDF was reminding the people of Gaza that while it tried to focus exclusively on Hamas, such selectivity was often impossible when Gazans followed such reckless leaders who deliberately shielded themselves among civilians.

Just as the leaders of Gaza brought judgment upon their people. We are impacted by our leader’s animosity towards Israel. “I will bless them that bless you and I will curse them that curse you”.

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Why?

I am down in Carbondale after having breakfast with Pastor Haynes, Vic Harris and Jaimie. I am picking up “my man Skylar” from his week in “Boot Camp”. After talking with Kenneth and his need of rest during his radiation and chemo; I did a sermon on, you guessed it “rest”.

I had an hour just to do a cruise of the internet following my political blogs, something that is becoming less and less entertaining. Yes, it seems like it is all bad news for Dems but that doesn’t satisfy. I have concluded that the problem with our nation is spiritual. We have an executive branch that is inviting the curse of God upon our nation by siding with Hamas. We as a people have brought the natural curse of God upon our nation by supporting abortion and sexual immorality in all of its forms. In this cursed environment more and more people are becoming distanced from the moral beauty of Christianity.

So reading Mark Steyn’s comparison of no border control to pulling guns on border crossing Boy Scouts just brings it all back into sharp focus. The issue of how these border agents treated these scouts will not be solved by a Republican congress or president. Something is missing that goes so much deeper; and I am sure that politics cannot replace what is missing.

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This quote from John Ruskin is from “The Optimist’s Good Morning”:

“The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things–not merely industrious, but to love industry–not merely learned, but to love knowledge–not merely pure, but to love purity–not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.”

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From a Co-op strategy to a lying strategy

I have to admit that whenever I have heard names like “Catholic Charities”, “Baptist General Convention” and “Baptist Child and Family services, I thought it was the government spreading some cash around to Catholic and Baptist organizations in an attempt to co-op them down the road through dependence upon the federal spigot. Boy, was I lied to. It turns out that it is all just another 1984 manipulation of America.

This article explains what I am talking about.

A listener, or a media person writing in general terms about what they just witnessed would probably write an article like this, or perhaps like this.   Essentially giving you an impression similar to what you would believe having just watched the speech.

The impression intended would be that President Obama just met with a bunch of religious organizational heads, perhaps priests, pastors and ministers.  Along with “faith based” advocates who are helping to deal with the immediate needs of the illegal aliens, unaccompanied minors, and the larger “border crisis”.

You would be wrong.

To avoid my calling our President of The United States a liar, I will instead say President Obama is being intentionally obtuse, perhaps even deceitful.  Here’s why.

I’ll use a faith based media source to highlight the deception:

So that’s who President Obama calls “faith leaders“.  But there’s a problem, none of them are religion based organizations.     None of them have churches.  None of them have congregations or parishioners’.

They are the heads of government funded non-profits.  Remember ACORN?  Same/Same.

They are taxpayer funded corporations who exist almost exclusively on government grants.   Despite the words “Baptist” and “Catholic”, these are NOT religious “faith based” groups.   The name Baptist and Catholic is only to give the appearance of “religion” and add a dose of “charity” to the appearances.

We recently stumbled upon Mr. Kevin Dinnin when we were looking around for the primary recipients’ of HHS Grants and we came upon the 2012 tax filings of BCFS, or more accurately BCFS EMD where Kevin Dinnin is the principal officer and CEO.  Paid at an annual salary of $477,799+

This one group alone makes ACORN seem small ball in comparison.

Two days before this meeting with President Obama, on 7/7/14 Mr. Dinnin was given a grant from Health and Human Services in the amount of $190,707,505.

Yes, that is over $190 million dollars just before he met with the President.  In 2014 alone BCFS has received almost $270 million.

Catholic Bishops so far in 2014 $27 Million is another albeit smaller example, after receiving almost $70 million in 2012.

But the most staggering figure is what HHS has spent on Unaccompanied Minor Children (under grant code 93676) since the President’s 2012 Deferred action program began:

$644,188,522.00

Border problems just become another means of increasing the tax burden to wear down the producers of the country, enrich those who are in on the game and bypass any sense of Christian charity in exchange for promoting the “hireling” mentality throughout the nation; while all the time mocking the American people who have no one in congress who will stand up to these people because the “game” has the total backing of a lying “1984” press corps.

Just like Common Core it is difficult to stand for righteousness and self reliance in education when the big money starts getting tossed around. All of these children will become wards of the state, placed in homes of like minded liberals who will be rewarded with substantial cash for exhibiting the Christian character of caring for these kids crossing the border.

The test would be would they do it if the money wasn’t being thrown at them?

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The World and the Jews

Read this article by Ben Stein. Quote:

“There is no ‘the world’ out there waiting to dispense righteous justice,” I told Robert. “‘The world’ is a bunch of UN bureaucrats at a cocktail party thinking that the Jews had it coming. ‘The world’ is a bunch of Jew-haters in Paris also saying it’s always the Jews’ fault. ‘The world’ is the Politburo of China thinking of new weapons to sell Iran. ‘The world’ is some African kleptocrats way too busy killing, raping, and stealing to think about moral justice. ‘The world’ is a beast, to paraphrase the Iron Duke. ‘The world’ will never in a million years move a muscle to help the Jews. There is only one force in the universe that exists to help Israel, and that is the Evangelical Christians of this country. They are the only moral force on earth.”

Robert didn’t reply.

I am assuming that the “Iron Duke” is the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

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One of the Best Graduation Speeches I Ever Heard

These are Reiko Rivera’s notes from her speech to the graduating class of Sparta High School, 2014:

First off, I would like to say welcome to everyone and congratulations to the seniors. We’ve reached the end of an amazing journey and now it’s time for us to head our separate ways. I remember talking to Ms. Borger and I told her I didn’t want this to be some cliché graduation charge. You know, the “Let’s go out and change the world and be the best we can be!” kind of thing. While there’s good intention behind that statement, I feel as if it’s diluted the inspiration in all of us because, if we’re honest, how many of us really do believe we can change the ENTIRE world? How many of us have sat in this gym or any other place and listened to the same inspirational phrases spoken and thought something along the lines of “Oh, well that was nice or cool.” But you never felt truly moved by the words? We’ve been told the same thing for so long we no longer believe it. They’re just words now. They no longer hold meaning.

This realization got me thinking. Words will come and go and their power fades, but what truly sticks in our minds are those feelings caused by some outstanding action. As the late Maya Angelou once said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” You see, years from now we will not remember what Mrs. Wirth wore on the first day of school, but I will remember how she instilled in me a great love for learning and always made things fun. Months from now as we make our way through college or as we work we will not be thinking about how difficult math was with Ms. Juelfs, but we will remember how she always had faith in us even when we had none in ourselves. And down the road some of us won’t know how many times the band had to practice in that ridiculous heat, but we will know without a doubt that Mr. Jasper was and will always be an amazing teacher who taught us that anything is possible and touched the lives of those around him.

And do you want to know what the crazy thing about all of that is? These teachers weren’t trying to change the entire world. By simply being here every day and doing their jobs, by being themselves, these teachers and so many others at SHS had a profound impact on me and I know they’ve had an impact on each of you as well. Our teachers have imparted something to each of us and we have in turn imparted that into the lives of our families and friends, to the lives of all of you in attendance today.

Whether we want to admit it or not, the faculty here at SHS are a big part of the reason we are who we are today and I think we can learn one more thing from them before we leave these halls for good. That thing is this: By simply being who you are and striving to do what makes you happy, you can do something so incredibly amazing. You can touch A life. You can impact someone’s world. It’s the little, seemingly insignificant actions that leave an impression on people, that leave them feeling happy or saddened by your presence. You see, high school is ending. Life is beginning and every new start brings new opportunity or in this case, unwritten pages. In the end, yeah, we may not be able to change THE world, but we have the potential to change A world and I think that’s enough. So, congratulations Sparta High School class of 2014. We did it. I wish you the best of luck on whichever path you take and may you leave a wonderful mark on someone’s world.

 

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