Politics and U.S. Current Events

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Posted 9/12/17 at 12:56 PM | Karen Kramer

Amazon the Retail Antichrist

This isn’t about an “evil” Amazon; it’s about Americans who love to shop. Amazon merely capitalized on our culture. The billion-dollar company gives us an immediate response to our wants.

For me, living 15 miles from a store makes Amazon an easy one stop shop. And I’ve got friends building successful careers at Amazon.

What’s not to like? Amazon dialed up American’s buying culture, and we answered. The dark side? For one thing, some of our local stores are fighting for their fiscal lives.

The old ways and the old days of shopping are changing. Progress is like that. What will we miss in the years ahead?

My first real job was in a retail store. I learned to handle the occasional rude customer. I learned how to be responsible for inventory and money, while multi-tasking as a clerk, janitor, and stocker of shelves. My .10 per hour raise was well-earned. FULL POST

Posted 9/9/17 at 10:11 PM | Michael Bresciani

Blood Moons, Eclipses, Disasters and September 23 – What do they all mean?

This year makes an even fifty years that I have been studying the subject of Biblical prophecy. I have watched as some of the best biblical expositors on this subject have arisen to help guide the believers and some of the worst as well.

It is with certainty I can say that most of the things in question here with the exception of the hype about September 23 and other astronomical occurrences are only what Jesus said they would be in Matthew’s gospel.

“All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Mt 24: 8)

Disasters, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, wars and rumors of war are all part of legitimate warnings, but astronomical occurrences are a stretch into hyper-interpretation. FULL POST

Posted 9/1/17 at 6:33 PM | Michael Bresciani

Deep Perversions are Grieving the Spirit of God – What Might We Expect Next

This generation and specifically this nation has enjoyed God’s patience for the last forty or so years. No one with any knowledge of the scriptures and a personal faith in the Living God would dare to say that God is not grieved, or that he is not about to act.

The very first warning of the only unforgivable sin ever recorded in the Bible was preceded by the pronouncement of one of the worst perversions to emanate from the mind of man.

The Pharisees had just accused Jesus of casting out devils by the spirit of the prince of devils. While most people hone in on the Lord’s teaching about a house divided against itself; they rarely take into account the far more serious matter of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

By saying that Christ used Satan to exorcise demons was to imply that the Holy Spirit was the devil. This is such a perverted concept that Christ was forced to warn them of the unforgivable sin. FULL POST

Posted 8/30/17 at 8:15 PM | Carrie Stoelting

7 Truths and Tips to Make America Godly  and Great  Again

So, in case you haven't noticed, the coarsening of our culture has failed to improve life. (So-called modern morals only hearken to the forgotten, failed societies of centuries past.) The loving and protective commandments were given by God for a reason. (Major understatement.) Let's follow Him and not the cultural whim. Amen?

Even during horrendous tragedies and catastrophic events (i.e. in Texas), many Americans continue to share sarcastic memes and unkind comments which unveil ugly heart conditions. Oh, how it hurts our hearts to see! And can you imagine how it affects the heart of God?

Let's put it bluntly and Biblically: People desperately need Jesus. All of us. And we believers need to start sharing the Gospel more and more without feeling ashamed or like we need to make it hard. Here are 7 Truths and Tips to Make America Godly and Great Again:

Believe the Bible -Not the Media Bias. Often, certain media edit out Christian comments from inspirational news items. (We know it from experience: As authors and recording artists, we have been interviewed hundreds of times.) Just remember that God is still working. Mightily. And the Good News is spreading -whether in the news or not. Prayer is powerful. Christ remains King. Be encouraged! Many are serving Him with action. For example, we believe donating to Samaritans Purse is a wonderful way to partner with fellow Christians who are on-site helping Texas. (Go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/.) FULL POST

Posted 8/28/17 at 7:59 AM | Michael Bresciani

America: Where Guilt is an Industry and Whining has become an Art Form

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” (Eze 18: 20)

While I have several theological degrees I depend only on the basic instincts of my childhood to interpret this verse. In all of its lucid and obvious meaning it says only one thing.

Your sins are your sins, and my sins are my sins.

If you’re getting anything else from this passage you must be laboring under the PC cloud of vague subjectivism that cripples and troubles this present generation.

I never owned nor wanted to own a slave and my conscience is clear.

There remain some 1500 statues of confederate figures throughout the United States; I cannot trouble myself about any of them. They are historical markers of a troubled time, but they are not a call to bring the trouble back, that is the purpose of those involved in the great American guilt industry where polarizing people into various camps is a daily routine. The show of hostility and hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia - is proof of that. FULL POST

Posted 8/24/17 at 11:46 AM | Karen Kramer

Failed Journalism

Back in college, I took journalism from a visiting Columbia University professor. He wore a perpetual frown and chain-smoked in class.

He had impossibly high expectations, making me wonder why I decided communications was a good career path. I cringed with every assignment I turned in.

Then he asked the class to report on a year-old regional protest that had resulted in numerous arrests.

Prior to the Google Age, research was conducted in a really old-fashioned way—the library.

After trudging off to search for newspaper articles regarding the event, I took copious notes and typed up my report.

A week later, as the class shared identical findings, the professor sat in a cloud of cigarette smoke, with brows deeply furrowed.

Then he stood and smirked with the kind of gotcha look that had me wondering what I’d missed. I’d used multiple references—so had everyone else. FULL POST

Posted 8/17/17 at 12:28 PM | Michael Bresciani

From Contradiction to Reprobation – NY Anti-hate Protesters Resolve to Hate Trump

America seems caught up in the promotion of minorities such as the LGBT and leftist causes, but tolerance and diversity has stalled and has begun to roll backwards down the hill to its own demise.

Shortly after the Charlottesville protests, Facebook, that bastion of balance, which is now pounding away at conservative materials in a so called cleanup, allowed a call for protesters to come out to Trump Towers and spew hatred.

In a grossly hypocritical, incongruous and typically contradictory leftist style approach to politics protesters were found carrying placards and chanting "New York hates you" and "love, not hate -- that's what makes America great."

What? FULL POST

Posted 8/16/17 at 5:57 PM | Mark Ellis

Father of woman killed in Charlottesville urges forgiveness because of Jesus

By Mark Ellis

An entire nation was saddened by the tragic death of three people caught up in the violent rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville August 12th. One victim’s father, a strong Christian, is urging forgiveness – based on what Jesus did on the cross.

His daughter, Heather Heyer, 32, was plowed down by a car driven by James Alex Fields, Jr. Fields was arraigned on second degree murder charges yesterday and apparently was a Nazi sympathizer.

Heather was known for her compassion and kindness. She stood up for equality, and paid the ultimate price with her life.

On August 14th, Mark Heyer spoke out about the incident in a video interview with Florida Today.

“My daughter was a strong woman that had passionate opinions about the equality of everyone- and she tried to stand up for that. With her, it wasn’t lip service. It was real.”

In extending forgiveness to her killer, his response may surprise some. “People need to stop hating, and they need to forgive each other. And I include myself in that, in forgiving the guy that did this. He doesn’t know no better. You know, I just think of what the Lord said on the cross. ‘Lord forgive him, they don’t know what they are doing.’” FULL POST

Posted 8/16/17 at 4:44 PM | Mark Ellis

ISIS ‘biter’ tortured woman because of her soap fragrance

Former ISIS detention facility

By Mark Ellis —

Warning: the following contains disturbing descriptions of torture.

A chilling academic study of the ISIS prison system released August 10th exposes the horrific psychological and physical tortures inflicted by the terror organization in their enforcement of sharia law.

“The ISIS Prison System: Its Structure, Departmental Affiliations, Processes, Conditions, and Practices of Psychological and Physical Torture” by Asaad Almohammad, Ph.D., Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., & Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. was based on interviews with 55 ISIS fighters and 17 Syrian civilians detained by ISIS.

The study was released by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE).

The authors found psychological torture that included the threat of execution, solitary confinement, and the placement of severed heads in cages in which detainees are being held.

One female defector who had served with the morality police said, “We would imprison women in the cemetery with skeletons, in a cage in the middle of the cemetery as a punishment. Most of the time when we went back to the cage in the morning, the woman was crazy.” FULL POST

Posted 8/16/17 at 4:36 PM | Mark Ellis

ISIS stole Bibles from monasteries, now they’re on the black market

Byzantine Bible offered for sale

By Mark Ellis

Antiquities plundered by ISIS — including ancient Bibles — have made their way from Syria and Iraq to Western collectors, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal interviewed Syrian art traders, recent ISIS defectors involved with the artifacts, and law-enforcement officials in the U.S., France, Switzerland, and Bulgaria to draw a profile of the smuggling operation and its inner workings.

The valuable objects make their way from sites in Iraq and Syria, cross borders into Turkey and Lebanon, and finally are deposited in warehouses in Europe and Asia where they will be sold to dealers in the West.

Muhammad Al-Hassan, a 28-year-old Syrian, began trading antiquities in 2015 after being contacted by a top official of ISIS who sought his help to find Western buyers. Before the civil war, he was an English-language student who studied archaeology in his free time. The official asked him to find European buyers. FULL POST

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