“To say that the CIA and the KGB engage in similar practices is the
equivalent of saying that the man who pushes an old lady into the path
of a hurtling bus is not to be distinguished from the man who pushes an
old lady out of the path of a hurtling bus: on the grounds that, after
all, in both cases someone is pushing old ladies around.” --William F Buckley Jr
"Keith remembered a time, before television and other electronic devices had taken a firm hold, when meetings of one sort or another were deeply ingrained into rural life. His parents were always going to a club meeting, a church meeting, a civic meeting, or something of the sort. And there were sewing bees and quilting groups for the women, and political meetings and the grange meetings for the men... there had been a time when rural people had depended upon themselves for entertainment. But more important, many of the great social movements in the nation, such as abolition and populism, had begun in small country churches."
--from Nelson Demille's Spencerville
My Uncle Sherril is the young man in the picture without a tie. Dad is at the top left.
In April of 1945 my Dad's 12 year-old sister Joyce went down the lane to pick up the mail and found a letter from the Navy Department. She didn't know what was in it, but she knew it was important so she sped back to the house waving the letter in the air.
The letter was from The Casualty Notification and Processing Section and stated that Dad had been "wounded in action" and had "sustained multiple wounds."
My grandfather, a very gruff man, broke down in tears and said to Grandma, "You promised he'd be OK!" Grandma had promised him that Dad would come home safe from the war because she and the women at Maple Run Friends Church were praying for him.
Soon after that my Dad's 17 year-old little brother, my Uncle Sherril, was at Cole Station on State Road 22. A neighbor farmer named Abe, who was doing quite well financially because of the war, was also there and casually said, "If the war can last a couple more years, I'll have my farm paid off."
Having just heard his big brother had been wounded and not knowing the extent of the damage done, Abe's words struck Uncle Sherril the wrong way. He picked up a tire iron and went after him. He had to be restrained by two men as Abe took off.
I just heard this story last night from my half-brother John. I didn't ask... but knowing Dad, I'm sure Johnny heard it from Uncle Sherril, not Dad.
The Left and other enemies of God have been wielding science for years in an effort to promulgate their own particular gospel, and ordinary individuals generally are impressed into believing that men who talk of things so difficult to understand must surely be onto something.
I have an undergraduate degree with a double major in chemistry and biology which means that I have studied just enough science to know that I have no business scientifically arguing the age of the Earth. I know of smart people that claim the Earth was created in six 24 hour days and I know of other smart people (both Believers and non-Believers) who claim it took billions of years and a big bang.
So! What do I believe? I believe God spoke the universe into existence and until He tells me differently, I will accept literally the Bible which He directed into existence.
But I will not argue about it.
I believe arguing about the age of the Earth is just another distraction that rich, worldly Believers use to avoid dealing with their miserable efforts at being pure, Holy, and set apart for the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.
Putting out a scientific argument for the existence of God or the literal veracity of scripture is all very nice, but people are going to choose to believe who they want to believe... They've been doing that for many years.
I believe that a Holy Life is so strange to the World (and to most Believers) that it will be more remarkable and influential than any argument.
"In a country where the Believers are thoroughly polluted by the world, Personal Holiness is the prerequisite for any effective venture into evangelism. Polluted Believers making more polluted Believers saves no one, and only perpetuates theCult of the Moral Lifestyle."
Seventy-one years ago this month my dad was healing from battle wounds and preparing to return to the South Pacific to participate in the invasion of Japan. Perhaps a million American soldiers would die in Normandy-Like invasions followed by the slow and deadly march to secure the island. Millions upon millions of Japanese would die in combat, and many others would end their lives by suicide as they did on the cliffs of Saipan.
Instead, Harry Truman made the difficult but humane decision to drop the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki... And he saved millions of American and Japanese lives.
Today, ignorant and politically motivated people condemn President Truman and America for ending the war as they did... but in spite of the fashionably stupid, it's and undeniable fact that a great many people owe their lives to Harry Truman and his decision to drop the bomb.
This is a great campaign commercial and it illustrates perfectly Donald Trump's personal weaknesses. I mean really... How smart can you be when you record on tape this kind of ammunition for your opponent to use?
Now back in 1998 our kids were watching when the Clintons made oral sex a matter for public discussion, but I'm not sure that's going to matter now.
For me, I'll just sit back and enjoy the irony of Hillary Clinton asking America to reject Trump on moral grounds.
It's kind of like Christians who pollute themselves and their families with network television and then claim that Donald Trump just isn't holy enough to be their nominee. But I guess there is a lot of hypocrisy out there.
Let’s start with a fact everyone should be able to agree on: There
is a disparity. Blacks are about 13 percent of the American population,
yet according to data collected by the Washington Post in 2015 and 2016
thus far, they are about 27 percent of those killed by police. (For all
the numbers in this article, I exclude any cases for which the race is
But this isn’t the end of the discussion. Police are allowed,
indeed often expected, to kill in certain circumstances — namely, when
they reasonably think it is necessary to stop a threat to life or limb.
People who pose such a threat are not necessarily representative of the
entire population. So the question is, if not 13 percent, what baseline
should we be comparing that 27 percent against?
One possible comparison group is murderers: According to the FBI,
about half are black. Another is cop-killers, i.e., those who
demonstrably presented a lethal threat to police: Again according to the
FBI, about 43 percent are black. Still another is violent criminals in
general: Most of these commit relatively minor offenses (such as simple
assault, where there is no weapon or serious injury), but according to
victimization surveys, about 24 percent are black. In other words,
violent-crime rates roughly explain the gap — indeed, they over-explain
it in the case of murderers and cop-killers, who are far more likely to
be black than police-shooting victims are. ....
Assuming that police are aware of these numbers and percentages, there would have to be a built-in prejudice against blacks solely based upon (a politically incorrect) reality. But that prejudice does not appear to be reflected in the police shooting data.
The peaceful black man's biggest problem is the violent black man's effect upon society's fears,apprehensions, and prejudices... Just as the peaceful Muslim's biggest problem is the Muslim extremist.
"Why should not an inner-city resident wish to buy a legal weapon,
when armed security guards patrol America’s far safer gated communities?
For most of the Clintons’ adult lives, they have been accompanied by
men and women with concealed weapons to ensure their safety — on the
premise that firearms, not mace, not Tasers, not knives or clubs, alone
would ultimately keep the two safe.
The very wealthy can afford to be more concerned for a three-inch
smelt than for irrigation water that will ensure that there are jobs for
tractor drivers and affordable food for the less-well-off. When Hillary
Clinton talks about putting miners out of work, she’s talking about
people she has no desire to see unless she needs their votes.
Outsourcing jobs affects predominantly the lower middle classes; no
pundit, D.C. staffer, or New York lawyer is replaced by some cheaper
English-speaker from the Punjab. Obamacare follows the same pattern.
Elites who praise it to the skies either have the money or the Cadillac
plans to navigate around it. I doubt that Rahm Emanuel and his brothers
queue up at a surgery center, hoping to win five minutes with an
ophthalmologist who now treats 70 patients a day to survive under
Obamacare." --Victor Davis Hansen
In 2008 the Democrat Party introduced a very exciting presidential candidate that actually won in Indiana... You have to be a very exciting Democrat Candidate to win in Indiana.
He had no accomplishments but he was "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean" according to Joe Biden... and for expressing so remarkable a compliment for an African-American male, Joe was made his running mate... The reasoning being that for Joe to go out upon such a tenuous limb as to call a black man bright and clean, he deserved the Vice Presidency.
Obama lacked any credentials in his first campaign and brandished no accomplishments in his second campaign... but he was exciting. And, he looked nice and had a nice voice... just like people on TV... And in the spirit of Affirmative Action... Well, you know the outcome.
This year the Republicans are offering up a very exciting candidate of their own, and just as with the Obama campaigns, ignorant people are lining up to get excited over him. He is a vulgar ignoramus... just like people on TV.
This may be an ongoing trend in America as our citizens become more TV-entertainment fixated and more ignorant of history and its lessons.
"America was founded on the idea of small government. But the Left is based on big government. America was founded on the principle that human rights come from the Creator. For the Left, rights come from the state. America was founded on the belief that in order to maintain a small government, a God-fearing people is necessary. The Left opposes God-based religions, particularly Judeo-Christian religions. Secularism is at the core of Leftism every bit as much as egalitarianism is.
It took generations, but the Left has succeeded (primarily through the schools, but also through the media) in substituting its values for America’s."
"If a boy who identifies as female has a right under Title IX to
use the girls’ restrooms and showers, then it would clearly be
discrimination on the basis of gender identity to bar a boy who
identifies as male from also using them. After all, the difference
between these two biological males is that they have different gender
identities. How could one of the males be allowed to use the girls’
facilities and the other be barred from doing so if Title IX bars
discrimination on the basis of gender identity? In short, contrary to
everyone’s (including the Obama administration’s) understanding of Title
IX, the transgender illogic would disallow any system of single-sex
facilities to survive." --Ed Whelan