Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 6/30/16 at 10:11 AM | Karen Kramer
Possibly the most critical issue in this election is our children’s schools. Today's children are inheriting trillions in debt, the least we can do is equip them with the smarts to deal with it.
I’ve run out of words. It’s not exactly writer’s block. It’s more like writer’s fatigue. April through June is my grant-writing season. Think of it like begging, but with convincing paragraphs.
Goal: get money for school kids.
I love our rural school. You couldn’t ask for a more pristine setting, or for dedicated teachers with small class sizes. Kindergartners through twelve grade all on one campus—most kids say it’s like a family. But we’re a relatively poor family.
In grant writer’s lingo we’re called “underserved”. That’s a gracious way of saying we have our fair share of poverty and not enough resources to help alleviate some of its consequences. FULL POST
Posted 6/28/16 at 6:45 PM | Michael Bresciani
In a nation choking to death on political correctness, it would seem that I should immediately follow the title of this article with an apology. This will never happen in my lifetime.
News releases for today included the call of Pope Francis for us to apologize to gays and Hillary’s proclamation that the ruling of the Supreme Court to strike down a Texas abortion law was a solid victory.
Which subject should be covered in today’s issue du jour?
It was a choice between the Pope’s apostasy in mis-leading 1.2 billion Catholics or the callousness of a presidential candidate who will one day see these words in a panoramic optic of her own life and be asked what they mean.
Jesus’ words: “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18: 5-6)
Hillary’s words: “a victory for women across America” and “upheld every woman’s right to safe, legal abortion, no matter where she lives.” FULL POST
Posted 6/28/16 at 6:43 PM | Michael Bresciani
In a meeting in New York this week Donald Trump promised evangelical leaders that he would fight for religious freedoms and only appoint Supreme Court judges that supported right to life as opposed to abortionists.
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue was present at the historic meeting and said nothing like it has ever happened before. A list of Trump’s promises for the pro-life movement was given at the Operation Rescue website as follows:
1. Appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices, which have been pre-vetted by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.
2. Appoint strong pro-life judges to the Federal Courts.
3. Repeal and replace Obamacare and the abortion mandate that forces the insured to pay for abortions and abortifacient drugs.
4. Actively support and sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
5. Defund America’s largest supplier of abortion, Planned Parenthood.
An executive panel was announced and the list is generally very impressive. At the top of the list is Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Another notable, is Dr. James Dobson founder of Focus on the Family and prolific author and speaker. FULL POST
Posted 6/16/16 at 6:08 PM | Michael Bresciani
Let’s not waste too much time on Hillary Clinton. With firepower minutes away and the clout of the entire State Department behind her, Hillary was unable to save even one of her key subordinates in Benghazi. Let’s move on – nothing to see here.
It is not just Benghazi. Hillary’s State Department blocked an investigation of the Orlando killer Omar Mateen’s mosque for fear of offending Muslims.
Hillary now has the distinction of being the only presidential candidate in history who, while promising to defend America from Jihadists – may have already helped to bring on the worst act of Jihad so far on American soil.
Her record follows her and that alone should produce fear in most Americans.
Hillary accuses Trump of fostering fear and hatred, terms she has little right to use unless you have the wit to see it is only her fear and hatred of Trump that is speaking.
It’s not the favorability poll, but the death toll we should be considering for our candidates. It is doubtful that attacks will stop under Hillary Clinton, but radical Jihadist will be put on the defensive from the first minute Donald Trump becomes president. FULL POST
Posted 6/15/16 at 7:29 PM | Carrie Stoelting
ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Orlando. 50 people were killed and 53 more were wounded. It was the largest mass shooting in our nation's history. This evil must be stopped once and for all.
Families are grieving. People are hurting. Please pray for those hurting and grieving in Orlando. Pray that all will personally know Christ and His comfort.
We think of Psalm 34:18 which says, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."
Billy Graham's ministry is on the ground in Orlando. Read more here: http://billygraham.org/story/pray-for-those-grieving-devastating-loss-after-orlando-shooting/
With each tragedy, prayer suddenly pops up in the news. Hashtags flood the newsfeeds of Twitter and Facebook with one of the latest being #PrayforOrlando. (How we pray and hurt for Orlando!)
In spite of every attack on the Bible, the fastest and most featured response to crisis remains prayer. Loving God and neighbor in deed and truth cannot be replaced by anything else. Period.
When we pray, we work together with those "in person" doing God's work at the crisis scene. The Apostle Paul asked fellow believers to "to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf" (Romans 15:30, ESV). Think about it: We can work with fellow believers who are helping people "in person" by praying. Powerful incentive to pray, isn't it? FULL POST
Posted 6/14/16 at 11:25 PM | Tony Mator
The viral image catches in my Facebook feed like a chicken bone in my throat. I can’t help but stop and clench. A forlorn human, nameless, androgynous, casts weary eyes at the camera, begging me to take seriously the words on the sign she holds: “MY GENITALS DO NOT DEFINE MY GENDER.”
I almost laugh when I see it. This sincere but misbegotten crime against language is its own best parody. Attempts to mock it with a rejoinder such as “my years of existence do not define my age” seem tame by comparison. Surely, my inner voice assures me, anyone who has ever watched a nature documentary, taken health class or spoken the English language knows that genitals are pretty much the centerpiece of what is meant by male and female.
Or at least, everyone knew this fact until last Tuesday at tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter, when the fickle zeitgeist of the 21st century suddenly and explosively shed objective gender. While the candles of our happy unbirthdays burned, our ruling class tore down the wall between the men’s room and women’s room and decreed that the privacy we had assumed was civilization’s sacred duty to the fairer sex was now an act of rebellion. What was once just the plain simple view of things has been discarded with a slur: binary-gendered. And those who were once just men and women have been given a pejorative—cisgendered—on par with the shame-inducing labels “white privilege” and “man’s world.” FULL POST
Posted 6/13/16 at 7:07 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
The Obama Administration appointed a new liaison to the Muslim-American community who has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood is labeled a terrorist organization by six countries, but not the United States.
The official hired by the White House, Zaki Barzinji, 27, is the former president of the Muslim Youth of North America, which is the youth wing of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), according to The Clarion Project.
The ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood entity that was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-financing trial.
Barzinji is also the grandson of a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect, Jamal Barzinji, who died last year.
“Jamal Barzinji was a founder and/or senior official in virtually every group identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front in America. He also frequently donated to political campaigns. He was nearly prosecuted, but the Obama Justice Department dropped the planned indictment,” noted Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst with The Clarion Project. FULL POST
Posted 6/10/16 at 7:22 PM | Michael Bresciani
Men have buried themselves in a generation long use of the language of modern psychiatry. The idea of a man being mis-led deceived or possessed by a demon or devil seems arcane to the modern mind.
Jesus was explicit and made a careful and concise distinction between mental illness and demon possession.
“And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.” (Mt 4: 24)
Liberalism scoffs at the idea of a man under the control of a devil, and yet, God’s word says that it is not just one man or a few that are under the sway of demons, but entire nations.
Twenty centuries have passed as the gospel is still being preached to all men; within the tenets of the gospel is a promise that by receiving Christ we can rid ourselves of all demonic influence. It is not the path men will choose, they will continue down the broad path until nearly all of them follow the old serpent into the battle of Armageddon.
At Christ’s return he deals with the deceiver directly – to wit. FULL POST
Posted 6/9/16 at 3:38 PM | Karen Kramer
When my grandson expressed concern about the election, I realized he was older than his years. What kind of America will he inherit?
I’ve always been impressed with how smart you are—okay, you’re my grandson so I may be biased, but I was genuinely surprised with your interest in this presidential election.
When I was your age politics and TV news seemed boring—so when you asked thoughtful questions about Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and you even knew about Donald Trump, I was really astounded.
I wish you weren’t inheriting a debt-ridden nation from me and my generation. We haven’t done a good job stewarding our nation’s resources or making good choices in how we spent our money.
We haven’t solved the hardest problems, but it’s not because we didn’t have smart leaders. We just couldn’t work together. We even failed in helping the poor not be poor anymore. When I was a child our president started the War on Poverty. We’re still fighting that war and have spent 11 trillion dollars failing to win it. FULL POST
Posted 6/7/16 at 5:29 PM | Karen Kramer
Oh, to be child in elementary school these days. Learning to be equipped to handle life is far more inclusive than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. Understanding gender begins in Kindergarten.
And each grade level incrementally increases understanding. Students are learning how to express gender identity. But have no fear, by fourth grade nine year olds can define sexual orientation. By fifth grade they learn how media influences them and are guided in seeking out “trusted adults” to help with their own questions about personal identity.
When students head to middle school they’ll understand how people sense their own gender and the how they should act based on how they feel based on their “assigned biological sex”.
This sexual health curriculum has been approved for Washington State’s elementary public schools. And there is plenty of outrage that school officials would seek to “educate” students on gender. FULL POST