Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 3/4/17 at 5:40 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
When a student’s father at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California recommended the school invest $15,000 in a start-up company now called Snap Inc., little did they know they would reap a $24 million windfall.
It seems that high school student is the daughter of Barry Eggers, founder of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Snapchat’s first investor, according to the L.A. Times.
In 2012, Eggers was intrigued when he saw his two children enthralled by the new app. Eggers’ partner tracked down the founder of Snapchat, then operating the business from a Stanford dorm room.
Eggers pitched the investment idea to the board of the school and they bought into it. A short time later, Snapchat received their first investment from an outside source, totaling $500,000 — $485,000 from Lightspeed and $15,000 from the school.
When the school sold-off two-thirds of its shares at $17 apiece, it reaped a phenomenal return on their initial investment. FULL POST
Posted 3/3/17 at 3:21 PM | Michael Bresciani
President Trump’s recent address to Congress was an inspiring and historic moment for America. We will take nothing away from its import and meaning.
We cannot account for hatred of the Democrats, the dishonesty of the media, the vitriol of Hollywood or the mindless disdain of academia’s snowflakes and detractors, but we are not deterred.
As Christians we cannot and will not worship man, but we can worship the only God who is the Creator of heaven and earth. Resultantly, we will never be your sycophants’ but we will be your supporters.
We will look to your leadership, your willingness to serve, to protect us and our constitution; we have proven our willingness by bringing you into the high office which you now hold.
We are commanded to walk humbly with our God, (Mic 6:8) but that does not mean that we do not take considerable pride in the fact that we were largely responsible for the founding of this great nation. The historical annuls, the trappings and statues and the endless churches that dot our nation prove for all, that America is a Christian bastion and refuge among all nations. We will never be ashamed of this. FULL POST
Posted 3/2/17 at 12:10 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
A group of protesters erupted in anger when a chaplain prayed in Jesus’ name at the beginning of a February 22nd town hall meeting in Louisiana organized by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.
Shortly after Louisiana State Chaplain Michael Sprague began his prayer, many began shouting out “pray on your own time” and “let’s get on with it.” Then some hecklers at the back of the room began chanting “separation of church and state,” according to the Independent Journal Review (IJR).
Not content to merely shout down the chaplain, then they began to attack a local Vietnam war veteran who came forward to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
They screamed “we wants answers” and “do your job,” rudely interrupting the pledge. The veteran steadfastly plowed ahead until he finished his recitation.
When Sen. Cassidy reached the stage, he was also treated rudely, according to IJR. FULL POST
Posted 2/25/17 at 10:26 AM | Carrie Stoelting
"What do we need in replacement of the faulty political correctness of today? Compassionate common sense. Acknowledge societal problems and solve them instead of putting a sugarcoated picture portraying conditions as better or worse than they actually are, as purported by political correctness."
Let's get things straight: Contrary to rumor, political correctness is not kind. Political correctness is not compassionate. Political correctness is, in fact, incorrect and harmful to minorities.
How are problems to be solved if they are constantly covered up by false perceptions purported by politically correct news reports? How are people to receive help if they are not acknowledged as living in bad conditions? Political correctness goes so far to not hurt people's feelings that it actually harms the groups that it "protects" in its media campaigns.
If someone has not received a balanced education, political correctness appears to be an expression of compassion and brotherly love. This perception is important to understand: People who are fixated on political correctness view it as a form of kindness. It is up to people who are more educated on this matter to help others understand that, after a point, political correctness is, in fact, incorrect and cruel. FULL POST
Posted 2/14/17 at 11:40 AM | Michael Bresciani
It is difficult to decide exactly what kind of humor Jesse Watters produces in his Fox News feature called Watters’ World. It is a show that seems like an admixture of Dumb and Dumber and SNL with random real life players.
On Saturday February 11, 2017 Watters interviews New York City students at a protest the results are stunning.
Starting with one female student who declared that Iran is not a terrorist country and after Watters told her that it is the number one sponsor of terrorism in the world she stood dumbfounded and speechless.
Next, were the students who were asked to name the countries that were targeted by Trump’s travel ban. Of the three that were asked two could name a few countries some could not name one.
The snowflakes are melting in the heat of reality.
Next, on the Watters’ show was a Tweet that said, “I apologize for my generation.” FULL POST
Posted 2/12/17 at 5:36 PM | Greg Gordon
Will strong persecution come to North America in our lifetime? Seasoned preacher, Christian author David Ravenhill believes it will.
He states that in his lifetime we could see the “underground Church” start in North America because of persecution.
Currently around the world persecution against believers in Jesus Christ is on the rise. Many Churches theology leave out the possibility of persecution, because in their lifetimes they did not have any.
The Gospels are clear that coming persecution world-wide will happen before Jesus comes a second time:
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:9-14 NIV). FULL POST
Posted 2/11/17 at 2:17 PM | Michael Bresciani
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (2Th 2: 11)
This warning and promise of scripture is given to those who live in the days just prior to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It, along with many other passages speak to a time when “knowledge will be increased” (Dan 12: 4), but spiritual blindness will also be at a peak. The world will be as spiritually dumbed down as it will ever get.
God does not willfully trap people in this delusion, but because they want to live outside of his will, he lets them pursue it to the point of reprobation. (Ro 1: 28) Reprobation is a ticket to the interventional judgment of the Living God. It is to be – judged already!
The crowd that falls into this category has two things in common. The first is that they are the largest group on the planet earth and second, they are perfectly sure they are on the correct path. FULL POST
Posted 2/7/17 at 1:35 PM | Michael Bresciani
Watching the defeated Democrats battling President Trump on every level is disconcerting for those who mandated his leadership. It is mostly a fanciful delay and in time it will shrink back so America can get on with the business of being America.
No one would dare say the Democrats are not willing to show up to make war, but as reflected in the eight years of the Obama administration, they seem to have trouble identifying the real enemy. They choose the wrong battles and at times the wrong war.
Let’s put away the notion that President Trump has broken to pieces the nation’s long heritage of helping and receiving refugees to our shores. He has put a temporary ban in place until a better means of vetting dangerous radicals from slipping into our nation can be devised. This is a case of no more and no less – it is now time to move on.
As for his unfolding cabinet picks and choices for the Supreme Court of the United States suffice it to say that America has scored. The choice of Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat of the late Antonin Scalia was called “a home run” by Mr. Trump’s former opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz. FULL POST
Posted 2/2/17 at 1:32 PM | Karen Kramer
Her long black hair and strikingly luminous dark eyes were a contrast to her delicate Indian accent.
Standing before a hundred teens at the leadership camp, she introduced herself,
“Hello, my name is America.”
None of us would ever forget her name, or how her sweet accent slightly altered its pronunciation. She was a first-generation American citizen, and her parents had named her for the freedom and opportunity America offered.
I was in that crowd of teens—where we’d come to learn how to help our schools be places of learning, compassion, and purpose.
We were divided up, and America wasn’t in my group, but I observed her animated energy as she bounded between activities. I had one occasion to stand next to her—as we waited in the dinner line.
We talked about camp, our schools, and the anxious sense that being a high school junior brought. For America, I could tell it meant high expectations. Her parents owned a dry-cleaning store. FULL POST
Posted 2/1/17 at 6:41 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
After ISIS captured his city in Syria, one man thought life would be good, living in their self-proclaimed caliphate. But when he witnessed the mistreatment of female captives as sex slaves, he became disillusioned and fled.
“When they (ISIS) first came, things were very good,” Nizar* told the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. “It really felt like Islam. We started going to the mosque. A sheikh would give lessons in the Qur’an.”
The sheikh taught him ISIS was in the right and there would be no injustice. Nizar and his wife thought they could go on with normal life.
He became a guard at the detention center for the “hisbah,” or religious police. Every day as many as 100 men were brought in for various infractions of sharia law, such as smoking or having a wife that lacked the proper covering. FULL POST