Tuesday, December 31, 2013

end of 2013, and Light, again

I picked up The Last Battle last night, the final volume in C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, and finished reading it again this afternoon. Seems it may be three or four years since I read the series last.

I have never picked up the last volume to read on its own. Whether that is responsible for how pointedly it seems to speak to many things that are everywhere about now, or just that it seems so because tracking apocalyptical news makes the story more vivid, I cannot say.

But what I wanted to do was set out a few quotes from the book, as my end of 2013 post. Yes, I know. Mr. Lewis has been charged with racism and gender stereotyping and it seems like for a long while, but I suspect that people who think so wouldn't be reading here anyway.

"And the other sight, five leagues nearer than Cair Paravel, was Roonwit the Centaur lying dead with a Calormene arrow in his side. I was with him in his last hour and he gave me this message to your Majesty: to remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy." 
"And from what Farsight saw there he knew at once that Rishda was just as surprised, and nearly as frightened, as everyone else. "There goes one," thought Farsight, "who had called on gods he does not believe in. How will it be with him if they have really come?"
'Begone, Monster, and take your lawful prey to your own place, in the Name of Aslan, and Aslan's great Father, the Emperor-over-sea.
"It seems, then," said Tirian, smiling himself, "that the Stable seen from within and the Stable seen from without are two different places." 
 "Yes," said Queen Lucy. "Our world once had something inside it that was bigger than our entire world."

Many other quotes spoke to my heart again, but for them, each must reread the original on his (or her, in newspeak-now-allspeak) own.

And may God the great Father be present with us, in His Son, in this new year, and always. And His blessings keep us, always, ready and serene….

[Note. Have set this in on the day drafted, even though I turned in too early last night to finish its last tweaks.]

Monday, December 30, 2013

a two-fer (plus) on the state of American 'romance' literature

Obama’s federal government funded hardcore porn project  [Warning: Graphic]


Patrick Howley
The Daily Caller
29 December 2013

"President Barack Obama, whose re-election campaign was boosted by Democrat claims of a Republican “War on Women,” requested $154.4 million in funding for NEH in the fiscal year 2014 budget, a 5.1 percent increase, despite Republican efforts to cut the agency’s budget.

In the spirit of academic inquiry, let’s have a look at some of the book titles featured on the Popular Romance Project’s website, which was funded by a $250,000 NEH grant…"

[Read more…]

Hat tip: Red Flag News

MONSTER PORN: Amazon Cracks Down On America’s Latest Sex Fantasy

Eric Spitznagel
Business Insider
21 December 2013

"In October, the online news site The Kernel published an incendiary story called "An Epidemic of Filth," claiming that online bookstores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, WHSmith, and others were selling self-published ebooks that featured "rape fantasies, incest porn and graphic descriptions of bestiality and child abuse." The story ignited a media firestorm in the U.K, with major news outlets like the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the BBC reporting on the “sales of sick ebooks.”"


Hat-tip: Steve Quayle

AND IN CASE YOU MISSED THESE
Lee Siegel's essay on vulgarity in The Wall Street Journal
Albert Mohler's response

complicit in the damning

Chilling truth about the video games your children got for Christmas


Tanith Carey
Daily Mail
26 December 2013

"But, even though its reputation precedes it, I was stunned to see that the makers had gone one step further by inviting players to choose which instrument of torture — from pliers to pull teeth to electrodes to administer electric shocks — to use on their prisoner in one protracted scene.

This is not good for the psyche of an adult, let alone the impressionable mind of a child. Yet nine out of ten video games like these are bought for children by parents."

[Read more…]

Hat Tip: Steve Quayle

ADDITIONAL LINKS
The boy who slashed his rival's throat

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

because Light returned

Our True Savior is Born


Bill Tatro
Townhall Finance
24 December 2013

"Regardless, as people’s hopes are raised, only to be dashed again and again, there’s only one leader who’s been extraordinarily consistent. He has never promised more than He can deliver, He has provided more leadership, more unity, and more love than all the so-called Caesars, emperors, kings, and presidents combined. To this day, He still remains the light to follow, a simple baby lying in a manger."

[Read more…]

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

o holy night…

Remembering what matters on Christmas Eve


John Kass
Townhall
24 December 2013

"…tonight is the night of new hope.

And the door is always open.

Just reach for it and see…

It is the message brought by that perfect child who came to light the world, the one born in a manger in Bethlehem so very long ago.

He is the gift.

And it is all about love.

And I hope it comes to you, and comforts you, and remains."

[Read more…]

[Note to readers: Don't miss this one.]

Saturday, December 21, 2013

when you're weary…

An Answer to a Friend


Michael Boldea, Jr.
Homeword Bound
15 December 2013

"We do what we do because we must. We do not do it for glory, or fame, or recognition, we do it out of obedience and because we were commanded to."

[Read more…]

NOTE
Michael Boldea is the grandson of Dumitru Duduman, a Romanian pastor and prophet, who smuggled over 300,000 Bibles into Russia during the mid-twentieth century. 

ducking insanity

Gay Group Calls For Re-Education of Phil Robertson


Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars
21 December 2013

"“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” GLAAD’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told The Wrap

The group is also targeting companies who use Robertson as a spokesman, intimidating them into severing ties with the Duck Dynasty star."

Friday, December 20, 2013

because the madness continues to escalate

ObamaCare Found To Restrict Where You Live And Travel


Staff
Investors
18 December 2013

"The American Thinker's Stella Paul has exposed the virtually unnoticed fact that within the ObamaCare exchanges so many Americans are being forced into, "most plans only provide local medical coverage.""

[Read more…]

COMMENTARY
Just the briefest of notes to remind that the TSA already restricts travel plans for those of us unwilling to be inappropriately touched or examined…

ORIGINAL LINK
Stella Paul at The American Thinker

Thursday, December 19, 2013

wherein needing a good perspective on history is necessary

Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson 


Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times
17 December 2013

"“[Lee] was certainly not good for the nation. This is the guy we faced on the battlefield whose entire purpose in life was to destroy the nation as it was then conceived. … This is all part of an informed discussion.”"

[Read more...]

Hat tip: Email correspondent

UPDATE
I forget how much a readership is implied as having the same 'road signs' or iconography. For the rest of the world, resident blogger is appalled by the quote pulled from the article and the title of my 'reblogged' post chides the very stupidity of this latest in rewriting history.

Southern to the bone, here.

And from that old and cultured South that made the Yankees rabble-rousers and something less than saints.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"a choir of madness"

Fresh-faced 'angels of death' who could finally face justice 70 years on: Germany probes 24 Nazi death camp guards...


Allan Hall
Daily Mail
16 December 2013

"'In that moment the cries of the people inside rose to a crescendo, a choir of madness. These cries I have ringing in my ears to this day.'"

[Read more...]

Hat tip: The Algemeiner

Monday, December 16, 2013

scattered lives...

The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten Soldiers


Michael M. Phillips
Wall Street Journal
14 December 2013

"The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans—and likely hundreds more—during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals."

[Read more...]

Disclaimer: My mother (1934-1997) was schizophrenic. The concept of lobotomy, and the reality of electoshock therapy, are woven throughout my childhood. Whether Mama had the former or not, she feared it, and spoke to it having happened to her, too.

I do not have reason to believe that Mama was lobotomized.

Electroshock therapy was, however, very much a part of her treatment, as were the hardcore medicines.

Sometimes, it seems, all of the treatments, horrors and 'civil rights' of the mentally ill are scrawled out like notes for a looming test across my palm...

As is that changing face of what we as a society have done in regard to care for those who are both needful, and deserving, of our concern.

In this particular series that question of the rights of the individual to choose or reject medical treatment in cases where their ability to do so (that is, to reject or approve that treatment) must be weighed comes to the fore again for all of us.

A great many homeless folk are veterans, and a great many of these are mentally ill, and much of the illness may indeed come from the inability of the spirit to allow what war demands.

My mother, however, had a mental illness made of the plainer assaults of the day...

Hat tip:  BioEdge

Sunday, December 15, 2013

thirty votes for hope

Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws


Daniel Halper
The Weekly Standard
12 December 2013

"Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch.""

[Read more...]

Hat tip: Freedom Outpost

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I remember...

Alpharetta mom says heroin addiction a "crisis"


Tom Regan
WSB-TV
12 December 2013

""They live in these motels...

I've watched in the parking lot. It's a revolving door, coming and going out. The heroin dealers also know [that] up here in the suburbs we have money," Boccia said. "

[Read more...]

COMMENTARY
As the mother of a son who was a heroin addict, certainly, this has a grave personal resonance for me.

I remember my son telling me that the mother of a friend was a heroin addict, and how she warned him against the drug. That horror of hearing, for me, and the knowledge of a future as yet held uneasily in the hand.

Would he listen.

To her, to me, to any and all of us. He never had.

I remember my son telling me that she told him again and again not to go there. What a dead end it was.

I remember my son telling me that she laid out for him how many hits into the chaos you have to go before you get a high. Still warning.

So it seemed.

I remember my son telling me how exact her analysis was.

I remember my son telling me how exquisite the high was, and in poetic detail, how sweet and incomparable its bliss.

I remember my son's long arms, and two tracks like a railroad going up each arm, and hits spaced out half, maybe quarter an inch along those railroads, against that thin and white expanse of emptiness: red lines, and crossbars, against that thin and white emptiness that was my nineteen year old son's arms.

I am one of the lucky ones. My son kicked the habit, and is now married and the father of a young girl.

I am one of the lucky ones...

Kate Boccia is raising money to do a documentary about heroin addiction in mainstream American kids. Subsequent research has shown her story may be a bit more complicated (as is my own son's).

UPDATE: The WSB report notes that Kate's son has been free of his addiction for fifteen months.

My own son has been heroin-free for eight or ten years. If you do not know how thankful I am to God for this, read it here. Thank You, Father of all, for Your mercy, Your love, Your healing.

And note that, for the 'happy ending' that I experienced, many, many mothers will not rest here.

God be with us all.

If you do not 'get' anything else from this post, please get that heroin is a dangerous drug. It is relentless.

Addiction is not the patty-cake make pretty dream so many of our children believe.

Heroin in particular is a most deadly drug because it does not give the same high per dose each time. It is unpredictable. What might 'work' as a dosage amount one time can kill, the next.

Will be tracking this, and will follow-up here in later posts.

NOTE: Kate's blog and impetus at the present moment are concerned with a different matter than the heroin focus that is linked above. I have provided the links for that story below.

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Kate's blog for her son
AJC article on unequal justice in Georgia (24 Feb. 2013)
Facebook page

how to become a hero

The Antidote to Apathy (a video)


Dave Meslin
TED
October 2010

[View video...]

Hat tip: Email correspondent

Thursday, December 12, 2013

the petition

A Stand for Democracy in the Digital Age


Writers against Digital Surveillance
Change
10 December 2013

"On International Human Rights Day, 562 authors, including 5 Nobel Prize laureates, from over 80 countries have joined together to launch an appeal in defense of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments.

5 Nobel Prize Winners have signed: Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass and Tomas Tranströmer.

Also among the signatories are Umberto Eco, Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Daniel Kehlmann, Nawal El Saadawi, Arundhati Roy, Henning Mankell, Richard Ford, Javier Marias, Björk, David Grossman, Arnon Grünberg, Angeles Mastretta, Juan Goytisolo, Nuruddin Farah, João Ribeiro, Victor Erofeyev, Liao Yiwu and David Malouf."

[Sign or read more...]

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

just don't drink the water

CDC: Water at Marine base linked to birth defects


Staff Reporter
The Washington Post | AP
6 December 2013

"In the nearly three decades since the contamination was first disclosed to the public, military officials have repeatedly issued public statements downplaying health risks from drinking the tainted water prior to the closure of the most contaminated wells."

[Read more...]

coming lay of the land

Colorado Baker Ordered to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Couples


Dave Bohon
The New American
8 December 2013

"“Respondents have no free speech right to refuse because they were only asked to bake a cake, not make a speech,” wrote Spencer in his ruling against Phillips. “It is not the same as forcing a person to pledge allegiance to the government or to display a motto with which they disagree.” He added that “at first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses. This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”"

[Read more...]

COMMENTARY
"A private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses?" What a strange and outlandish idea!

What would the world look like if we could indulge more of them!

And while I'm at it, the notion that any 'animus' against homosexuals might be a crime troubles. Have seen a great deal of animus in my life, and the next time I hear tell of a bar room brawl or argument at the corner grocery store, I am just going to wonder if anger or spite or outrage are going to become against the law.

Last time I checked, an individual had the right to have whatever 'spirit' he chose against whomever he chose.

But not in the new city.

[Note. Am being facetious, in the midst of my ire against all that once made sense and was in good form being eroded now, and return to the original Latin of the term, rather than its use in legal circles.

But we have known this was coming.

However, it does disturb that defense against charges by the homosexual court seem at large now to involve the 'Respondents' having to affirm that they don't really dislike gay people.

You have the right in a free world to like or dislike whomever you choose.

We live in a world now where we are forced to tiptop over shards of broken glass. Acknowledged. Ed.]

the world we live in all over again

Robbers Shot, Killed, Family Wants Murder Charges, or Something


John Ransome
Townhall
8 December 2013

""[William] had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for," said Medina. "He [the citizen] took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free.""

[Read more...]

SOUND FAMILIAR?
When it happened in Mobile

COMMENTARY
I always say that the best place to aim is, not the heart, but...

That place where a man can, shall we say, still walk away, but might spend the rest of his life not quite being a man...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

breaking a silence of seventy years

'If you live, please tell our story'


Dan Bloom
Daily Mail
5 December 2013

"Remembering her terrible first night at Auschwitz, she said: 'The girl told me that her and her sister were going to be experimented on.

'She said they were then going to be gassed and therefore exterminated. She made me promise to tell the story of the camps, if I were to live."

[Read more...]

Hat tip: The Algemeiner

don't go planning a visit to Sweden

Illegal Somali Islamist Rapes Dead Swedish Woman


Janna Brock
Freedom Outpost
5 December 2013

"The woman who died at the hands of a violent Islamic rapist is not named, but her story leaves a lasting imprint on the psyche. "

[Read more...]

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Swedish article on incident [Google translation not very good]
Includes prosecutor's 'reasoning' for not deporting Somali criminal
Essay on rape of Swedish women (with chart) October 2013
The Rule of Numbers (a reminder: have listed this link before)

NOTE
The article at Freedom Outpost includes a video clip that contains an interview with a Swedish therapist who counsels rape victims. Be sure not to overlook.

still undecided but...

Fox News sees the light on Snowden


Cliff Kincaid
Renew America
5 December 2013

"In other words, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who has been charged with espionage, stole NSA documents and leaked them for the express purpose of weakening America's defenses against terrorism. To put it another way, Snowden was never the "whistleblower" he claimed to be, but has been serving the interests of America's enemies and adversaries."

[Read more...]

COMMENTARY
I remain wary even now of exactly what Snowden is up to.

Yet he remains to me (as yet) a possible folk hero. (See earlier posts via topicary to your right for more on that idea.)

However, some degree of an America that is "sources, methods and surveillance activities overseas, rather than the privacy rights of American citizens" just might be on the other side of the continuing to be drawn in the sand line of the true America all true Americans remain willing to die for...

And yes, this 'new' America along with its sources, methods, etc., can be traced, as if an undulating veil in a light morning breeze, through a great many administrations.

Not just Mr. Obama's.

Something has an awful smell in Denmark, and exposing the source of what America has become is not necessarily going to mean Snowden is aiding the enemy.

Jury still out on this one.

And/or still a tough one to call.

how 'bout that hope and change

Uh oh: 7 in 10 Doctors Boycotting California's Obamacare Exchange


Leah Barkoukis
Town Hall
6 December 2013

"Physicians, like I’m sure most working adults, would rather not be paid a fraction of what their services are worth, so are choosing not to participate. This in turn means the pool of doctors available to patients will be smaller."

[Read more...]

the people's President

Rise of the “Uber-President”: Obama Rewrites Laws, Ignores the Constitution


Lily Dane
Activist Post
4 December 2013

"Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that Obama has been altering and changing laws enacted by Congress, and overstepped his legal authority when he made changes to Obamacare.

“Our constitutional law professor president needs a refresher course on the separation of powers provisions in our United States Constitution,” said Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia.

Goodlatte said Obama has also made changes to other laws, including some on immigration, EPA regulations, and “a whole host of other areas.”"

[Read more...]

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Prepared Statement of Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
Opinion and analysis of key points of hearing (Walid Shoebat/Foundation)
Committee on the Judiciary
Summation from PJ Media
Waving the magic pen (The minimum wage question)
Question of our complicity in

Friday, December 6, 2013

in those last minutes before the world ends

End times will bring greater persecution to Christians, Pope says


Elise Harris
Catholic News Agency
28 November 2013

"“What does this mean?” the Pope asked the Mass attendees, responding, “It will be like the triumph of the prince of this world: the defeat of God.”

“It seems at that final moment of calamity, it seems like he will take over this world, he will master of the world,” the pontiff observed, adding that in that time we will become aware this apparent victory over God would be more devastating than a great natural disaster."

[Read more...]

none of their business

Illinois High School Requires Parents to Self-Identity as Liberal or Conservative


Staff
Illinois Review
4 December 2013

"The survey is from the textbook "U.S. Government 2", published by the "The Center for Learning". It is part of Oak Forest High School's Common Core curriculum,."

[Read more...]

Hat tip: Steve Quayle

the abortion-breast cancer link

Stunningly Huge Cancer Threat Uncovered


Bob Unruh
WND
4 December 2013

"Orient said breast cancer is generally hormone sensitive and is often treated with anti-estrogens. Pregnancy is the most important cause of a high estrogen level.
She noted estrogen increases by 2,000 percent by the end of the first trimester, increasing cancer vulnerability. However, by the end of pregnancy, 85 percent of breast-cancer tissue has become cancer-resistant because of hormones made by the fetal-placenta presence.
That means a completed pregnancy protects against breast cancer. The protection is lost when a pregnancy is aborted, making a woman even more vulnerable to breast cancer."
[Read more...]

hallowing the genes

Introducing Designer Babies, Sperm Edition


Meghan Neal
Motherboard
3 December 2013

"The latest advancement comes from the UK, where researchers from the Royal Veterinary College have successfully engineered "designer sperm" that can be passed down to future generations."

[Read more...]

Hat tip: Blacklisted News

more on the forced C-section in the U.K.

Uproar Grows Over Forced C-section to Seize Child in U.K.


Alex Newman
The New American
3December 2013

"The “Court of Protection,” a deeply controversial entity established in 2007 that decides individuals’ fates in secret, purportedly “authorized” the C-section to be performed without the victim even being made aware of what was being proposed, MP Hemming continued. “I worry about the way these decisions about a person’s mental capacity are being taken without any apparent concern as to the effect on the individual being affected,” he added. Now, calls for wide-ranging reforms are growing."

[Read more...]

Aaron Swartz

Video that led to Aaron Swartz’s arrest released


Staff
RT
4 December 2013

"“Looking at the video, it’s easy to see what MIT and the Secret Service presumably saw — a furtive hacker going someplace he shouldn’t go, doing something he shouldn’t do,” Poulsen added. “But photos from the putative crime scene, also released by the Secret Service, add context missing from the video: a concrete support in the network closet is crammed with a jumble of Sharpie graffiti dating back to the early 1980s — earlier generations of hackers at the institution that invented hacking, going places they shouldn’t go, doing things they shouldn’t do, leaving their mark at the very spot where, on January 4, 2011, MIT lost its tolerance for such behavior.”"

[Read more...]

NOTE
Most readers are aware of the conspiracy theories regarding the death of Aaron Swartz. Yet, however he died, it remains that a young life was cut down, and in Aaron's case, the world lost a young man of much promise.

The article reblogged above includes a much-quoted lament from Aaron's father, as well as reminds of the proposed Aaron's Bill, an effort to reframe the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986.

and I will give children to be their rulers, and mere toddlers will lead them

Top doctor: 'Gay' blood will taint U.S. supply


Chelsea Schilling
WND
4 December 2013

"A petition a WhiteHouse.gov, created in November by students at the University of Michigan, claims the FDA policy is “discriminatory and inadequate.” The students want the federal government to merely ask prospective donors, “Have you had unprotected sexual contact with a new partner in the past 12 weeks?”"

[Read more...]

TITLE
Paraphrased from Isaiah 3:4

does a corporation have the same rights as an individual?

Hobby Lobby & the Supreme Court


Sartre
BATR
2 December 2013

"Therefore, it seems that the high court will revisit the First Amendment rights of corporations, most recently expanded in their Citizens United decision, with the twist that religious freedom might well be quite different from political free speech.

Compelling a business enterprise to obey the "pro choice" regulations within Obamacare is certainly the objective from the record of this administration’s hostility towards traditional Christian religious practices."

[Read more...]

NOTE
A detailed overview with quotes and opinion.

if "Obama" is in the sentence...

CONFIRMED: Obama WH Turned Down Offer to Build O-Care Website for Free – Blew a $1 Billion Instead (Updated)


Jim Hoft
The Gateway Pundit
4 December 2013

"This was confirmed during testimony today before a Congressional committee. Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, said the Obama White House turned down the offer."

[Read more...]

tweeting Wendy Davis

TX Gov. Candidate Wendy Davis Faces Major Backlash for ‘invest in kids’ Tweet


Staff
Infowars
4 December 2013

"Wendy Davis, the Texas democrat who launched a filibuster on the Texas Senate floor last June opposing abortion restrictions, is weathering flak due to a recent ill-conceived tweet."

[Read more...]

NOTE
A chorus of memorable tweets bursting forth after Ms. Davis tweeted that kids will be her first priority "as governor" of Texas...

little bit of irony always in good taste

ACLU suing bishops over hospitals’ Pro-Life guidelines


Joe Cunningham
Red State
4 December 2013

"The ACLU, apparently, firmly believes that bishops stand in every operating room to make sure nothing close to an abortion occurs."

[Read more...]

nothing like a hidden tax quietly finalized

Administration Finalizes Obamacare Tax Over Holiday Weekend


Elizabeth Harrington
The Washington Free Beacon
4 December 2013

"The Obama administration quietly finalized the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a provision in Obamacare that will cost nearly $60 billion over the next five years and raise health care premiums by 3 percent."

[Read more...]

our poverty, our America

Here Are 7 Charts About The US Economy That Should Cause A Revolution Right Now


Angelo Young
International Business Times
5 December 2013

"America doesn’t have an "abject poverty" problem like the world’s poorest countries face. It does, however, have a poverty problem, and it’s getting worse as even working Americans are experiencing underemployment, lack of job security and eroding incomes. "

[Read more...]

latest on the kidnapped Christian nuns

Islamic Jihad on Christian Nuns: A History


Raymond Ibrahim
The American Thinker
6 December 2013

"Far from discussing Islamic history and doctrine, and how they tie to current events, the predominant Western mentality sees Islamic violence as the West's fault, or, in the recent words of ex-nun Karen Armstrong, "We did this."  Armstrong -- who quit the nunnery only to engage in pro-Islamic mummery -- insists that what's needed is for us to focus more on "Muslim pain, Muslim suffering."  Such, according to the leftist mentality, are the "real" reasons why, wherever Muslim-majorities live near non-Muslim minorities, the latter are under attack. "

[Read more...]

ADDITIONAL LINKS
From the Patriarch
Conflicting Reports

Unconfirmed Report of Offer for Hostage Swap 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

the faith we hold

Real shame is that one side ends up crushed


Rebecca McQuillan
Herald Scotland
28 November 2013

"How many cases must we have, I wondered, before people running hotels and guesthouses understand they can't discriminate like this?"

[Read more...]

COMMENTARY
Ms. McQuillan's essay begins with a distaste candidly voiced against those 'homophobic' Christians who must, after all, 'learn they can't discriminate...'

She allows herself the candour because she writes of finding herself sympathetic to the couple whose appeal to the UK Supreme Court was recently rejected, leaving their B&B not only unable to determine whom it might welcome in to their home, but who also are being fined and must pay 'damages' to the homosexual couple who brought suit against them.

Ms. McQuillan's essay, however, clearly sets out our future (as, I might remind, does Scripture). The faith she ridicules so crisply will indeed one day fall to that world with its Supreme courts and laws against 'discrimination'—one day, the world will win.

But Christ who promised that even the very gates of Hades will not stand against the Church will return for His Bride...

And everything changes, then.

That is the hope and the teaching of the faith.

Because the real shame is that a world can exist within the frame and understanding of people like Ms. McQuillan, who have no awareness of both the pitiableness and the shallowness of their ranting...

Perhaps, one day, even for Rebecca, eyes that can see...

Because the rest of the story on the freedom to choose what is right and what is wrong (which is the way of it in the Kingdom) is the part that counts. One day, each of us will be held accountable for the choice we made...

And all the laws of the land will not preserve us then.

In Rebecca's world, the freedom to choose what is right and wrong is no more.

Lines drawn in the sand require taking sides, and will, until all is finished, and yes, the ones on the wrong side will be crushed. Yet the British B&B owners who lost their case before a UK Supreme Court have won a battle that I can only hope they know, for the world was watching, and those of us who are Christ's own remain grateful for their witness. They plowed the right field.

And the God who is our eternal Judge will not forget it.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

nuns kidnapped from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla

Nuns kidnapped in Christian Syrian town


Staff Reporter
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
2 December 2013

"According to these sources, the sisters and the mother superior, Pelagia Sayaf, from the convent of St. Tecla, have been taken hostage by "terrorists." "

[Read more...]

ADDITIONAL LINKS
A more detailed report from Global Research

and when the Grinch stole Christmas...

Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards


Todd Starnes
Fox News
3 December 2013

"For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms – until Monday."

[Read more...]

NOTES
Bulloch County is in south Georgia. [CORRECTION: Bulloch County is on the eastern side of the state.]

Todd gives a link to their Facebook page, which explains in greater detail what happened and why.

Jonathan Cook, who created the page (which now has 2,131 members), posted the following 21 November 2013:

The AUSCS (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) recently filed a complaint with the Bulloch County BOE. As a result, the BOE has directed teachers and faculty to remove all religious items from their classrooms and desks. They have also told the teachers to remove any scripture reference from the signature line of their email and that they must remove themselves or turn their backs on student-led prayer. We believe that this is a violation of our civil rights and is a misinterpretation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. This group has been created to organize the citizens of Bulloch County to voice their opinion that ALL people and religions should be treated with same fairness and respect. Teachers , faculty, and students have the right to reasonable private expression and should not have right taken away because of a complaint made by an outside entity like the AUSCS. We are fully capable of making lawful decisions on religious expression ourselves and are requesting that the BOE take steps to affirm these rights of everyone associated with our school system. 

For further updates, the following links present both the school system's positions and that of concerned citizens.

Hat tip: Steve Quayle

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Bulloch County School System
News update from Statesboro Herald
Press release from school system
Facebook page for religious liberty with schools

UPDATE [3 December 2013 10:07 PM]
The school board reports the original Todd Starnes article is not true. The FB page, however, has edged over 2600 members. Will continue following this one, and, as always, urge readers to check out the links that present both sides of what was available at the time this was first posted.

Monday, December 2, 2013

the French soldier who descended to cannibalism

French soldier accused of cannibalism was suffering PTSD from Afghanistan


Henry Samuel
The Telegraph
01 Dec 2013

"Mr Rimbaud, who has been transferred to a high-security unit for dangerous psychopaths, told investigators he had heard voices and “obeyed a message of higher origin” telling him carry out the gruesome act."

[Read more...]

Note. I thought the original article had been reblogged here, in which case this would be a follow-up post to new information.

While this is a most horrific subject, as it begins to occur more frequently (as nauseating as that thought must be), it becomes part of the pattern of accelerating evil, destruction and chaos that is being tracked here.

And as always, with the hope the people who no longer believe in the very miracles of God, or Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life, or the prophecies, will begin to see.

And in seeing, cry out to Jesus, who is our only hope...

if you read only one article this year

Gay Power vs. Religious Liberty


Peter LaBarbera
WND
30 November 2013

"In one of the most frightening cases advanced by aggressive homosexualists, U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor has allowed a leftwing harassment lawsuit accusing veteran pro-family advocate Scott Lively of “crimes against humanity” to proceed in his U.S. court. For years, homosexual militants have spread lies about Lively’s work in Uganda, where he and several other Christians spoke against the threat of homosexual activism in that largely Christian nation...

The case is preposterous, but could drain resources from Lively and intimidate other Christians from speaking out against homosexuality, here in America and abroad.

Says Lively: “I am being judged according to a European legal standard in my own federal court system for speech that is 100 percent protected in both America and Uganda. … This case has enormous implications for First Amendment rights here at home and abroad, for the supremacy of our Constitution over foreign law, for Christian values under international law, and for the future power of homosexual activists to crush anyone who stands in the way of their global agenda.”" [Emphasis my own. Ed.]

[Read more...]

COMMENTARY
This article details the strides the LGBT agenda has made against free exercise of the Christian faith, and is a must-read.

Of the documentation and analysis the article sets out, I chose the above example because it is explicit regarding what is coming down the tube.

I repeat what Mr. LaBarbare says: the supremacy of our Constitution [as the rule and foundation to protect any American citizen against legal assault by a foreign entity] is under attack and has been allowed to be heard in an American court of law.

For all else that has been developing, this one matter should scare the daylights out of all.

light years beyond 'femi-nazi'

“Where are the priests? We want to burn them at the stake”*


Judi McLeod
The Canada Free Press
1 December 2013

"Perhaps it was sheer fear that kept the constabulary away from the front steps of the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, on Nov. 23-25 [of] this year, where hordes of lesbians, abortion advocates, other feminists and their male peers were met by 1,500 young Catholics who formed a human shield around the Cathedral, holding off the mob of 7,000 with dignity and prayer.

Mob members ran up to those there to protect the Cathedral, running their paint-covered hands over their faces, spat upon and cursed them."

[READ MORE…]

* I originally held off on reposting this article, because I could not substantiate it beyond the blogger from whom Ms. McLeod draws her source. It just seemed too beyond the pale. I have since been able to come up with several other sites that refer to these specific events.

In the midst of my research this morning, I ran across a post that introduced me to a feminist group called Femen. Links [Warning: graphic] follow for this radical feminist group as well. Femen is not affiliated with the Women's group that met in San Juan; influence is what concerns me, however, and the influence of this group seems to be growing in several countries.

I reviewed the website [this link is in the original language] for the women's meeting [28th National Conference of Women] that allegedly spawned the feminist riot that is noted in Ms. McLeod's post; however, I did not see anything at the site that seemed to be made of the stuff of these riots. Whether it was infiltrated by radical feminists [during this event] and is otherwise sound or not is not mine to know.

I have also included in the links reminders of the out of control crowds who protested in support of Wendy Davis' standoff in Texas over abortion, as there is in my mind some similarity between their protests and a global movement to this 'light years beyond...'

One of the links is in its original German. My German is school-girl and requires a dictionary; however, The Eponymous Flower gives the same article in English. (Google translations.)

ADDITIONAL LINKS [WARNING: NUDITY/GRAPHIC IN SOME LINKS]
Eponymous Flower (Covers Catholic issues; is source for Ms. McLeod's article)
Original article detailing one of the events (Not translated from the German)
San Juan blogger documenting Cathedral event [Translated with video(s)]*
Cathedral or government building? *
A San Juan news site that specifically mentions the riot/conflict (last paragraph)
    * these posts are pulling up as the entire blog: scroll down as I am reblogging two separate posts

Wiki article on Femen
Femen Website (EN)
From Albawaba, and rumours of planned Femen activities
The topless Tunisian
The 'nude poser' strikes again
Amina (and her photograph)

Bricks, urine, feces, tampons, Texas and recent abortion vote
Hail Satan, Texas and recent abortion vote

UPDATE: Life Site News posted on the subject today. Their link is here.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

outrage

Child taken from womb by social services


Colin Freeman
The Telegraph
30 November 2013

"A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.

Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb."

[Read more...]

Hat tip: WND

COMMENTARY
Stunned by this one, nor do I understand Italy's refusal to take more of a lead in righting this wrong. It is, however, this global trajectory toward government 'owning' our children that sickens and outrages.

For the record, my mother was schizophrenic. I am witness to mental illness in families and how it affects children. While cases devolve to a necessity for mediation which ensures the safety of children when a parent is mentally ill, this was not one of them.

Highly advise readers who are new to site to visit the topicary to your right and follow some of the stories on home school children being removed now by European governments.

Things are getting ugly, and fast.