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Posted 11/7/17 at 2:21 PM | Carrie Stoelting

Veterans Day: Remember Our Heroes

Much like the modest veterans it honors, Veterans Day tends to quietly arrive and exit before the general public even takes note. Veterans Day is November 11. Are you ready?

With the inspiration and information held in this edition, you can be ready and able to encourage the veterans in your path. This should be a priority for every American.

It is time to honor and thank our nation's heroes. So many heroes are humble. They often look into the distance and say the real heroes are the "ones who didn't get to come back home."

When veterans say that to us, we frequently try to reply with this affirmative fact: We believe that all of the men and women who were willing to risk their lives for the sake of our freedom and safety are heroes.

Yes, heroes indeed. Each one should be thanked.

As authors/recording artists, we have had the privilege of meeting many veterans and speaking and various events throughout the country. As millennials, we also have observed firsthand how many people lack understanding and, consequently, appreciation for the magnitude of what our veterans have done for us. It is up to you and up to us to share the truth.

Teach your kids and grandkids about veterans. For example, tell them the story one hero at a time. To start, tell them about Col. George "Bud" Day, whose story is a riveting example of unstopped determination and heroism. FULL POST

Posted 11/6/17 at 2:10 PM | Marvin Thompson

A Christian Should Never Be a Republican

Rev. Mark H Creech laid out a very good argument for why a Christian cannot be a Democrat here.

Unfortunately, his implicit recommendation, that the Republican Party is for Christians, could not be worse. He laid out a number of reasons posited by Wayne Grudem, who, “in Politics According to the Bible, accurately describes the wide gap between Democratic and Republican principles which he says "involve a person's entire worldview and deeper spiritual commitments."

Needless to say, those differences are not as black and white as Creech seems to think, because increasingly, Republicans and Democrats share the same views on the very social issues that were once so divisive like Gay rights and abortion, and now even the role of government. A Lifeway poll in 2015 found that 70% of women who get abortions identify as Christians. In a May 3-7, 2017 Gallup poll, only 18% said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, while 29% thought it should be legal in all circumstances, and 50% thought it should be legal in most. Also, it is significant that Republicans are now championing the repeal of the death penalty which was once considered to be a biblical imperative for a godly society. FULL POST

Posted 11/6/17 at 12:44 PM | Michael Bresciani

America’s Economic Collapse – Revisiting a Dire Prophecy

It may seem inappropriate or ill-timed to discuss the portent of an economic collapse in America while at the moment GDP and other signs of growth are beginning to recover. President Trump is spearheading the most important tax break in modern history and likewise he is ready to revamp the IRS to help us cope with a decade’s long fiscal decline and the spiraling of the national debt.

Not Trump’s Doing

The predicted collapse won’t come because of Donald Trump, but in spite of him. The many reasons for a fiscal fall and the timing of it may not be completely clear, but there is every reason to believe that it is on track for the near future.

Charles Hugh Smith of the ‘Daily Reckoning’ also says Mr. Trump will not be the reason for the fall. In a piece entitled “The Fading Scent of the American Dream” Smith says, “This dynamic has yet to fully play out, but it will. Whatever you think of Trump, his election isn’t the problem; it’s merely a symptom of much deeper forces that will sweep our corrupt and rotten-to-the-core status quo into the dustbin of history.” FULL POST

Posted 11/2/17 at 6:01 PM | Karen Farris

The Informant

Thanks to the Informant, we’re going to get a glimpse behind the political curtain.

But, I for one, would not want to be the Informant. He’s outing Vladimir Putin. That guy has no mercy.

Ever read about what happens to opponents in Putin’s homeland?

This former lobbyist, now informant, needs round-the-clock body guards. And since one of Putin’s tactics is poison, watch over his food and drink.

The Informant will also be testifying before Congress about Hillary Clinton and the mysterious Uranium One deal—the $145 million dollars from Uranium One into the Clinton Foundation.

There are also details emerging about a $31 million dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation and a certain company being acquired by Uranium One. While we hope this informant will live to tell what he knows, perhaps more looming questions are why does Russia need 20% of US uranium and can we trust Putin? After all, Russia is friendly with North Korea and “Death to America” Iran. FULL POST

Posted 11/2/17 at 3:13 PM | Mark Ellis

100th Anniversary of Balfour Declaration: ‘Greatest political crime in history?’

Alfred Balfour and copy of the Declaration

By Mark Ellis

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a statement released by the British government during World War I declaring their support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

The Declaration was in the form of a letter dated November 2, 1917 from the U.K.’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community.

The letter amplified popular support for the eventual creation of a State of Israel. Critics will say it led to the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict, which has stymied resolution.

To mark the occasion, the staff at Palestine TV acted as if they were grieving, dressing in black. The Palestinian Authority said it was “the most horrible crime in the history of mankind” and “the first organized state-terror,” according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). FULL POST

Posted 11/2/17 at 12:35 AM | crystal jerke

Chicago Style Meet 2018

Chicago Style Meet would be stepping on its 20th season next year amidst promising gymnasts, rows of cheering audience and immense expectations. One of the special highlights of the 2018 edition would be the stellar presence of 2016 Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist Laurie Hernandez. The star athlete would be on the first day of the esteemed Meet to inspire and motivate the participants.

Organized by Illinois Gymnastics Institute, Chicago Style Meet is the largest gymnastics competition for women in the world. As we have witnessed in the previous years, the coming season too will have participants from USA and abroad. It’s a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event and extends great opportunities for the rising gymnasts to flaunt their talent to the world.

Chicago Style Meet 2018 Date and Venue

The Chicago Style Meet 2018 would commence on February 9 and would finalize on February 11. Like every year, the 20th edition of the Meet would be hosted at Navy Pier, located at 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. The venue covers a sprawling 170,000 sq.ft. competition arena across two Festival Halls. Both the halls house 6 gyms each that will accommodate 3 sessions daily. Overall, the Chicago Style Meet 2018 would host 54 sessions throughout the 3-day event. FULL POST

Posted 10/26/17 at 12:17 PM | Michael Bresciani

America: You Can’t Have Your Cake

You can’t have your cake and eat it too is an idiomatic proverb or figure of speech thought to have been used since the sixteenth century. It is the equivalent of saying, “you can’t have it both ways.”

Americans, it is said, are living in the most dumbed down generation in our history. College freshmen are reading at tenth grade high school level and knowledge of basic things like geography and history are an embarrassment to many from elementary to post grad school.

This may not be the time to expect that even common wisdom is enough for us to engage in to unravel the long list of daily social issues that produce a plethora of glaring contradictions, absurdities, non- sequiturs and incongruities.

In the simplest terms – Americans are not making sense any more. Let’s see.

The Atheists – Christian apolegetics is not needed to counter the arguments of the atheist. The idea that God does not exist only has merit if you are perfectly neutral about that belief. Logically, if you don’t believe in God you have a fifty percent chance of being right, but if you fight belief in God or God himself you have a one hundred percent chance of being a complete fool. FULL POST

Posted 10/25/17 at 3:30 PM | Michael Bresciani

Modern Man – In a Word

Americans and most of the west are adrift in a turbulent sea of opinions and hyper-nonsense both culturally and politically. Progressivism has reached its zenith and has transmogrified into regression-ism, in a word it has become – pitiful.

Evolution has left behind the fact that the millions of remains of humans in transition have never been found and while intra species evolution or what the Bible calls, “after its kind” has been detected, inter species evolution is yet nowhere to be found. In a word the evolutionary model has become – ridiculous.

Hope of travel to the stars comes with star treky promises of worm holes, slip streams, quantum leaps and warp drives that propel us out among the stars at nine times the speed of light. In fact, man’s immorality and our ability to get on without warring have far outpaced our meager technology. The promised return of Christ and the judgment of God will be here long before man can set his foot on another single planet. In a word, interstellar space travel is no more than a complete – fantasy. FULL POST

Posted 10/18/17 at 1:16 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

The National Anthem: A Moment of Solemn Sacredness

There has never been a nation that has made it possible for so much to have been done for so many within such a short period of time! Although many have sought to diminish its meaning and even destroy the very nation it represents, the flag of the United States of America and the National Anthem shall never be diminished nor defamed by those who do not understand its significance.

With all due respect to the men and women who have fought and died to keep this nation free and independent, I must take a moment to reflect upon what it means to have reverence for those things that actually mean so much: God, country and family. Each of these are also reflective of what the great symbols also represent, and inspires moments of solemn sacredness whenever they are presented. To illustrate a sincere respect reminds us how blessed we truly are even as Americans, and motivates some of us to go above and beyond common citizenship and seek to serve in the greatest military force the world has ever seen.

Growing up in a small southern Texas town during the final and last dying gasps of racial segregation still had not dampened the strong feelings of pride within me and my fellow schoolmates at the all-black Henry O. Tanner Elementary School in Brazoria. Attending this school during the early to mid-sixties just as much of a process for preparing young black kids for life in America as it was for academic education. The teachers and the community worked together to prepare us for citizenship even more so that our white counterparts because we were taught that “all people were created equal by God” … no exceptions. We knew that even as black people, we were full-fledged citizens in spite of the circumstances created by segregation and racist ideology.

One of the things we were taught was to respect the flag of the United States of America—Old Glory. At Henry O. Tanner Elementary School, the male students were taught how to care for the flag. We learned how to raise it on the flag pole in the morning, and lower it at the end of the school day. We were taught how to fold it with a care and reverence that somewhat felt that God himself with whack us across the bottom if we were to start horseplay and carelessly cause it to touch the ground. Then we would take it to the principal’s office where it was stored, and after careful inspection by Mrs. Cooper, would give her nod of approval (or disapproval) to place it in its proper place. If it was not folded correctly or to her liking, she would command refolding. But the flag meant something to us—something I would call sacred. FULL POST

Posted 10/17/17 at 6:35 PM | Mark Ellis

Kansas teen,15, escapes ISIS after five years in captivity

Kansas girl, 15, held by ISIS

By Mark Ellis

A Kansas girl taken by her father against her will to join ISIS in Syria has been freed after five years, and longs to rejoin her mother in the United States.

“I’m from Kansas and I’ve been in Syria for five years,” the young woman told CBS, which is withholding her identity because she is a minor.

Her father essentially kidnapped her. “My father didn’t tell us we were coming to Syria. When it was time to get out of the car and cross the border he was like, ‘You’re going to Syria.’

“It was a really big shock!” she told CBS.

Her father was later killed in the fighting, so she had to learn to survive on her own. She says she is a Muslim, but detests ISIS.

“We were prisoners. We were quiet. They said to shut up, stay in your house and have nothing to say. Be glad your head isn’t chopped off.” FULL POST

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