May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Difference Between Patriots and Soldiers and the Left/Democrats


Army veteran Charles M. Province:

It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

 It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

 It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. 

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest. 

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. 

It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. 

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Now me:

It is the Democrats taking away our freedom of religion.

It is the Democrats taking away our freedom of the press.

It is the Democrats taking away our freedom of speech.

It is the Democrats taking away the freedom of Republicans, Christians and Conservatives to protest.

It is the Democrats taking away our right to a fair trial.

It is the Democrats taking away our right to vote.

It is the Democrats that rejects the flag.

It is the Democrats that advocate more war (they have stopped, protested or delayed every attempt to withdraw from war.

It is the Democrats that don't honor the fallen in the draped coffins.

It is the Democrats burning the flag; not Republicans, Conservatives, or Christians.

Monday, June 17, 2019

My Big Problem with Pete Buttigieg

Leftist radical Pete Buttigieg, a minor political player from a minor town weighs in on the attack by Iran on the oil tankers. He said Trump lacks credibility, and there’s no real proof Iran did it. So he sides with Iran against the United States. Buttigieg is an anti-Christian bigot homosexual. Iran is a Muslim state, and Muslims murder homosexuals.

The US lets gays go about whatever they want. Won’t see any gays as mayor of any towns in Iran. Maybe enough murdered gays to populate a town.

Buttigieg lies about Christians, specifically Vice President Pence. Pence is super careful about even the perception of impropriety. Buttigieg attacked Pence, who has said only kind words about the untruthful mayor. He said, “That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pence’s of the world would understand,”  (Pence opposes same-sex marriage). “That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Pence’s response was "I have my Christian values. My family and I have a view of marriage that's informed by our faith. And we stand by that. But that doesn't mean that we're critical of anyone else who has a different point of view." "I have my Christian values. My family and I have a view of marriage that's informed by our faith. And we stand by that. But that doesn't mean that we're critical of anyone else who has a different point of view." Pence has also said he’s had a great working relationship with Buttigieg and has worked very closely with him.  

Given the number of Christians in this country, well, probably not a good idea to attack them. This by a guy the claims he can unite people.

He is of course pro-abortion, pro-union, pro-LGBT, for the ‘green new deal’ though he’s done some back pedaling on that when it turned out to be so massively unpopular. He’s anti-second amendment, thinks climate change is a national security threat, wants every house in America to be a ‘net zero’ consumer of energy, and is for single payer health care. He is open borders, but its nuanced so people not paying close attention won’t think so.

He touts his overseas military service like it’s a brave thing he's done. He was there in Afghanistan, living a comfortable life, in the NATO coalition's Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell in Kabul. Mostly he was his bosses’ driver. He had to be armed doing that, so has a bunch of pictures of himself looking armed and manly. He spent seven months there (some say nine).  In ‘Nam we called these guys Rear Echelon Mother F**kers (REMF’s). He was an accountant and driver. Worthless in combat. A lot of  REMF’s were good at disrespecting those of us in the field.

So with him supporting the New Green Deal, single payer health care, being an anti-Christian bigot (while claiming to be a Christian no less) and using a bogus military profile, this guy is as phony as a three dollar bill. My disgust with him started when I found out he was misrepresenting himself at the beginning and changed to the truth once he got on the political map. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Los Angeles Becomes Third World County

DR. DREW PINSKY: We have complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization in Los Angeles right now. We have the three prongs of airborne diseases, tuberculous is exploding, rodent fleas. We are one of the only major cities in the country that does not have a rodent control program. Sanitation has broken down. We had a typhus outbreak last year, we will have typhus this summer. I'm hearing from experts that bubonic plague is likely, it's already here, it will get onto the rat fleas. And then now finally we have this oral-fecal route contamination which is tyhpoid fever. Three cases. One confirmed, probably three. This is unbelievable.

I can't believe I live in a city where -- this is not third-world, this is Medieval. Third-world countries are insulted if they are accused of being like this. No city on earth tolerates on this. The entire population is at risk. And God forbid is measles. This is a population that's suboptimally immunized. If measles gets in, I just have an image of myself on my knees in the gutter tending to people.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Hatefill Covington Event

Hopefully, all are aware that the Jurassic Press took a snippet of a vid and created from whole cloth the lie they were confrontational, racist, and created a racist confrontation. Then when the rest of what happened was released on vid, the corrupt lying Jurassic Press had to walk it back. Some tweets were removed, even a couple apologies. Some faux conservatives and Republicans jumped on the going-off-half -cocked bandwagon which is not surprising.

A couple days have passed. Yesterday alleged reporter Savannah Guthrie peppered Nick Sandmann, a high school student, with no media experience, questioning him like he was guilty of everything the Jurassic Press lied about. Some of her questions: “Do you feel, from this experience, that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own fault in any way?” “What’s it been like to be at the center of this storm?” “Did anyone say, ‘Build the wall’?” (This after all the vids showing no one said that.) “Have you looked at that video and thought about how it felt from the other’s perspective? In other words, there were a lot of you, a handful of the others. Do you think they might have felt threatened by a bunch of young men kind of beating their chests?” “There’s something aggressive about standing there, standing your ground, you both stood your ground, and it was like a stare-down. What do you think of that moment?” “As for the red 'Make America Great Again' hats that some students were wearing, Do you think if you weren’t wearing that hat, this might not have happened or it might have been different?” Are only Christians and Conservatives responsible for how the respond and act? Now the MSM have doubled down, going back to the original lies and again acting as if they were true.

Sandman’s family and others hired a public relations firm. I would think they would do that because being in the hateful biased spotlight wasn’t something they knew how to deal with. Being honest and truthful isn’t adequate for the PR arm of the Leftist/Democrat political machine.

Now all those kids have been doxed, gotten bomb threats as have the school. BTW, neither the school nor the Diocese waited to see what happened, they jumped on the kids at the initial lies. Super shame on them.  

Plus it turns out that Nathan Phillips never went to Viet Nam, was not a Ranger, had spent time in the brig, and was discharged as a private, what you are when you enlist. The Black Israelites are a vile hate group that were shouting vile things at the kids. In the vids, much had to be bleeped out because of the profanity.  

Then Don Lemon of CNN (arguably the most stupid man on TV): “OK. The MAGA hat, the MAGA hat carries a certain connotation that provokes a conditioned reaction from many people. Especially from marginalized people,” Lemon said. “For example, Pocahontas, right? This was a Native American. Their chaperone should be keenly aware of that. Those kids should know that. And let’s say that the kids didn’t know that because they are kids. Their chaperones should be responsible enough to educate them. After all, they are students.” Goes back to who’s responsible their responses to events, others of self. What, now Leftists tell the rest of us what we can wear?

These were high school kids. How would you have acted at 17 years?

Shame on the kids’ school and Diocese for not supporting them, the Jurassic Press for lying about them, the conservatives and Christians that didn’t support them; now some of these same people are doubling down on the lie.

Just horrible all around.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Now Financial Institutions are Censoring Conservatives

The New Censors
I was watching a conversation between Dave Rubin and Jordon Peterson this past January 1st and an amazing thing was revealed to me. It’s been going on for a bit and is scary and stunning in its implications.  

We’re aware of censorship of Christians, Conservatives, Republicans, NRA members and others that don’t adhere to the Leftist, Corporate, socioeconomic orthodoxies. Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram etc., are the biggest known violators. What’s been going on that I didn’t know about is the Banks are doing it to.

In the vid with Dave Rubin, he and Jordon Peterson have announced they are leaving Patreon, which is their main donations platform. Sam Harris, also a member of the “Intellectual Dark Web” had already left. The way Patreon and other platforms are doing this is by using financial institutions, and here I’m focusing on MasterCard and Visa to not only censor but cause massive life damage. If you are Conservative, Christian, NRA member, or you engage in what they, from their Leftist perspective is “hate” speech, your institutional finances will be cut off; your access to money. 

Several conservatives have had this done to them. Not for actual violence or something life destructive, but simply that they might cause violence or create some discomfort to a Leftist or their organization. Some names of censored people are Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone, neither of which has slandered, libeled nor physically attacked anyone. Southern is the woman who brought attention to the murder, beatings and rapes of white farmers in South Africa; including the destruction of the farmland and infrastructure. Pettibone was censored by Patreon for supporting a group called  Generation Identity because Patreon sees them as a violent group, even though they have done nothing violent and have spoken and written against violence.

Who has not been financially kicked off Patreon or MasterCard/Visa, are Leftist Mike Stuchbery that calls Trump a Nazi and his supporters Brownshirts. Another Leftist, Heidi Culliman, says the same but actually advocates for Trump and his supporters punching them. ANTIFA, which destroys property and beats people up still have social media and bank accounts. 

The question arises, why not just start a conservative free speech social media platform? With financial institutions like Stripe and PayPal and others not allowing access to financial services, how are they going to do it? You need a payment processor. 

Coming soon to you, no financial services, no credit, if you disagree with Leftist orthodoxy. Think it can’t happen? It already is. Twitter kicking conservatives and traditionalists off their platform. The same with FaceBook, Google, Instagram. Just because you’re a small fry, doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you. 

Now banks. This is seriously disturbing and dangerous. 

More to come….
I'll follow-up with who people like Southern and Pettibone are.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Counter Cultural 3- The Intellectual Dark Web

Dave Rubin
I'd like to name these people The Intellectual Light Web, for obvious reasons; they shine the light of rationality, tolerance and free speech. This is the third counter cultural element that is pushback to the PC lockstep crowd that is against free speech and for absolute conformity to orthodox Leftism. This is the Intellectual Dark Web….major rational thinkers. Up front are Dave Rubin and Jordon Peterson, along with Joe Rogan. I have problems with Sam Harris, but he’s definitely worth listening to. Here’s the link for an introduction to the group if you’re not up on them. 

This is a link to the Intellectual Dark has bio's of the major players. Site here:  People of the Intellectual Dark Web I watch Rubin's YouTube cast every week, along with Joe Rogans...learn so much. 

Counter Cultural 2- Tik Tok

Tik Tok is a short form vid, limited to about 15 seconds. It’s music based but is showing itself to be a bit of a challenge to the orthodoxy of millennial cultural and control and oppression. It’s a Gen Z backlash.

Here's an explanation of what this is. I must say, I'm hooked, but there's something else, some counter cultural against all the politically correct lock step culture. The explanation....

Counter Culture 1 - Katie Hopins

Some of my fellow socio-political economic religious thinkers get almost depressed or feel hopeless, seeing our civilization being beat down. It seems no one is fighting back and speaking for the regular folks. This and a couple of other posts I’m setting up today is just to make a few of you on the edge of despair aware of a couple things and a few people that have the intellect, honesty, skills and abilities to effect change and push back.  

Katie Hopkins is a media presenter, commentator and journalist. She’s part of the counter cultural movement against anti free speech, anti-freedom, and the outrages of the elites that ignore our votes.  Some examples are ignoring the vote on Brexit, massive illegal immigration push into Europe, and in the US protecting our southern border. This is a half hour vid that covers just about all the issues of our own “leaders” killing western civilization. I first saw her on Tucker Carlson and on Stefan Molyneux’ YouTube program. Both interviews were great and worth watching. This is just full bore Hopkins. I hope you watch it. Leftists, secularists, elitists will hate it. They should watch it too; step out of their bubble. 

And of course the Left engages in mudslinging and hate speech against her.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Luis Gutierrez and Hate Speech in Congress. Shame on Him

Luis Gutierrez
This man is so indicative of what many on the Left drip with. Disrespect, lies and hatred. This is a representative, an official in the government. I read the comments on YouTube and was astonished that most agreed with this lying low life hateful, spiteful person and amplified his hate speech. Members of Congress, or any government official should never speak and behave in such a vile and horrid manner. When DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen started to quietly and professionally respond he left while she was talking. Shame on him.

At about 4:20 in the clip, he brought Christian religion, the baby Jesus, and made up a story about what happened to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and ‘the wall’. Just what a bunch of hooey. This man, with so much hate in his heart, so many lies in his mind, so much misinformation in his speech, needs at least our prayers for redemption and healing.

Friday, December 14, 2018

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Love

I’m almost overcome by the amount of hatred, vitriol and lack of forgiveness directed at people that aren’t Leftists/Cultural Marxists. These people have no love in their hearts. We all need to be taught love, and with the popular culture never having been taught, the hatred, lies and intolerance grows. What they don’t know is this from the Apostle Paul, from Corinthians 1:

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

We all listen to the attacks on Trump, attempting to criminalize his every thought and deed. It’s about destroying lives. An example being the destruction of Kavanagh, using the liar Christine Margaret Blasey Ford to turn him out to be a serial gang rapist. The comedian Hart recently has to withdraw from being host of the Oscars. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman, gave a wonderful heartfelt faith filled acceptance speech, and at the same time a USA Today writer released a tweet from when Murray was 14 years old that is deemed ‘homophobic’. While the country was mourning the passing of Bush, the intolerant hate-filled Joy Behar was railing against Trump, was called on it, that they should be talking about Bush, she exploded. Lastly, Don Lemon, arguably the most villainous hate-fill talking head on TV, when Trump at the Bush memorial, reached across to shake Obama’s hand, Obama took the gesture. Lemon said he couldn’t bring himself to shake Trump’s hand.

All these things, at the heart, shows the lack of love, the lack of forgiveness. These people, and most of the people on the Left, the neo-Bolsheviks, the cultural Marxists, officially represented by the Jurassic Press and Democrat Party lack everything the Apostle Paul said about love. They aren’t patient, not kind, they are jealous, boastful, proud and rude (Behar inappropriately railing about Trump, and Lemon not shaking an offered hand). They are irritable. They demand everyone see things their way or have their lives destroyed. They rejoice about injustice (General Flynn did not lie, Mueller said he did), and hate the truth. They are never hopeful. They do not love. They are incapable.

They need prayers. They need guidance. Somehow they need to be instructed in Judeo-Christian courtesy, behavior, manners, and compassion.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

It's Not A Lack of Civility, It's A Lack of Human Decency

Carlson's house under attack by Leftists 

It’s not a lack of civility, it’s a lack of decency. It isn’t merely a lack of civility to run people out of restaurants, or go to their homes and protest.

This is what Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said on NBC when asked about what happened to Ted Cruz: “This is what happens because when you look at white supremacists and all that, this is what’s coming forth in our country. There is a tremendous divisiveness in our country. This is the kind of activism that occurs and people make their own decisions. If they violate the law, then they have to account for that.” Ted Cruz is Hispanic. So how can he be a White Supremacist?  His family is from Cuba. (Same situation with Ben Shapiro, and orthodox Jew that wears a yarmulke and leftists call him a Nazi.) Hirono also told all men to shut up.

Mitch McConnell has been accosted at a restaurant and an airport. There were chants of “We know where you live!” Elaine Cho, his wife and the Transportation Secretary has been accosted several times. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot (not followed by calls for gun control by the Left) when a Democrat gunman opened fire on a group of Republicans.

The Daily Caller: ‘Martin Astrof was arrested after he threatened to kill supporters of Congressman Lee Zeldin and President Donald Trump,’ Suffolk PD said. ‘Astrof went to the campaign headquarters of Congressman Zeldin and became irate with a campaign worker at approximately 11:15 a.m. After threatening to kill the campaign worker and other supporters, Astrof backed his car up in an aggressive manner nearly striking the worker.’

Richmond Times-Dispatch: “On Saturday, a woman reportedly screamed at former White House advisor Steve Bannon, who was shopping at a bookstore in Richmond, Virginia. The woman called Bannon a “piece of trash” and continued to yell at him until the bookstore owner called the cops.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was yelled at and run out of a Mexican restaurant.

ABC News: “A DHS employee who lives in the Washington DC area found a body of a burned, decapitated animal on his front porch, ABC News reports.

Idaho State Rep. Priscilla Giddings was threatened with rape and told to kill herself.

White House advisor Stephen Miller had wanted posters in his neighborhood. Once when he went to pick up an order at a restaurant an employee flipped him off and started yelling at him.

When these are pointed out to Leftist talking heads, these activities are justified by them. Free speech, because these are White nationalists, racists, bigots, homophobes, etc.

Nothing new here, it’s been going on for years. Leftists go to people’s homes, publish their personal info, and get them fired from their jobs. Ever hear of Brendan Eich? He lost his job for supporting and contributing to Prop 8 in California a few years back that supported the notion that marriage should be between a man and a woman, the traditional view. At the time he worked for Mozilla which he was the co-founder of. He was the inventor of the Firefox browser. He wrote JavaScript. That was reduced to just “Java” and is the most used computer language in the world. Last laugh, he was going to retire, was ticked off by this, invented a new computer browser, made an additional $36 million with it in crypto-token sales.

Justice Kavanagh was lied about. His family (with small young children) was exposed to the lies and hatred.

Then yesterday CNN’s alleged “journalist” kept attacking Trump, did a hate filled lying filibuster, pushed away an aide trying to take the microphone and continued to berate the President. Leftist talking heads all praised Acosta and said it was all Trump’s fault, and Trump was the rude one. Then another reporter that had not been called, went after Trump for being a White nationalist, and leading White Nationalists with his rhetoric.  

Last night Tucker Carlson’s house was attacked. His family was home and he wasn’t.

Going back years the Left has been doxing (releasing personal info), harassing, being violent, rioting, destroying, and causing people to lose their jobs just because they have different socio-economic, religious values. It’s why I call them neo-Bolsheviks.  

The recent win of the House of Representatives by Leftists/Democrats will embolden them more, just like electing a Black man made charges of racism by the Left even worse. Stand by for more dangerous and indecent behavior by them.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Straight Talk, Crooked Talk, Experience and Obfuscation

Democrat Voters

I’ve just written about the imbalance in the Arizona senate race. One with leadership experience, training and education, McSally and an anti-capitalist, anti-military pink tutu wearing protester with no leadership creds and a degree in social work. This imbalance shows elsewhere.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is leading in the polls. This weekend Black Panthers marched through Atlanta brandishing AR15’s chanting ‘power to the people’ and ‘black power’.  Of course she supports banning “assault” weapons even though it would be unconstitutional. She’s walked back that stance and said it should be done through legislation.

She’s for all the standard Leftist issues, and like the rest of the Leftist radicals running for office, tones down, explains the nuance causing the misunderstanding of what she’s said before.

Educationally and the government experience is about the same between her and her opponent, Brian Kemp. Difference is one is anti-second amendment, has the support of the violent Black Panthers, open borders, pro illegal immigration, and the rest. Kemp, though not entirely conservative supports immigration law, and the rest of the Trump agenda.

Beto O’Rourke has accomplished nothing in his life, yet seems to think he can win because celebrities have given him oceans of money. A media blackout isn’t letting the public know he’s probably sending money to the “caravan”. Ted Cruz has Texas locked down.

In Florida Andrew Gillum has a lot of corruption charges against him as Mayor of Tallahassee and if it’s brought up you’re a racist. He’s for open borders, for abolishing ICE and the usual Radical Leftist programs. His opponent is Ron DeSantis, who went to Yale then Harvard law school, and served as a Jag officer, was in Seal Team One, was in Fallujah. Again a person with life experience, combat experience and leadership experience and training.

I know I’m a partisan, but good grief, when you have person back peddling, softening their policies and position to move themselves to the center, have been political operatives all their lives, don’t support the rule of law, vs, people with military, combat, leadership experience, have been to various leadership schools, say what they stand for straight up without covering up those policies and principles; to me choices are clear. That half the country prefers people that only talk talk talk without the walk walk walk  and that astounds me.

So I’m counting on McCallum, Kemp, DeSantis, and others with experience in the real world, with leadership experience and training, believe the rule of law is the rule, are selected to lead their communities and the corrupt liars and political operatives are kicked to the curb.

How Could This Mismatch Even Be Under Consideration?

Most politicians are corrupt, vile, low life bottom sucking scoundrels. I think that bar has been lowered.

Take a look at Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema.  'These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they're choosing to live that life.' “That’s bullshit. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?” That she said in 2006. She called Conservatives ‘Neanderthals’. Nice.

Project Veritas has a tape of Sinema and her unfiltered thoughts. She’s for banning guns, yet denies it, open boarders, yet denies, has protested a lot against the policies of the US, said its okay if a person wants to join the Taliban and fight against Americans, and yet denies it. The denials come in form of challenging nuance of what she really met. 

Arizona state troopers withdrew their endorsement. Much of what she says on the campaign trail is to present herself as a centrist, not the leftist radical she is. She’s lied about being homeless. She was in a poor home but had a home. She co-founded an anti war group Local to Global Justice. This group had a flyer in 2003 saying: ““You can help us push back U.S. terror in Iraq and the Middle East.” Another: "All out against Bush and he Fascist Imperialist War."

Yet she presents herself as pro military.

On the other hand, her opponent, Martha McSally, was a fighter pilot that has flown combat missions. She was a squadron commander that rose to Colonel before she retired after 26 years of service. Plus she fought for eight years to change the policy that US Servicewomen had to wear Muslim clothes off base. She has Master’s degrees in John F. Kennedy School of Government from Harvard and U.S. Air War College in Public Policy and Strategic Studies, where she was first in her class. Plus a whole bunch of other stellar accomplishments. 

Compare that to Sinema’s Bachelor degree in Social Work and her membership in the Green Party, and in a 2002 article in the Arizona Republic denouncing capitalism.

I’m appalled that such a suspect person, anti-military, anti-capitalist, small achievements that misrepresents herself to move her public persona to the political/cultural center could be even considered and equal to a proven leader with many accomplishments under her belt. I mean, really, a leader and warrior in a flight suit vs an anti-American that dressed in a pink tutu to protest.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Not Even Artifical Intellligence Those Social Warriors

You’ve seen it with talking heads panels on TV, and probably experienced it yourself. You’re talking to a Leftist/Progressive/Democrat/Social Justice Warrior and you make a statement about the weather, marriage or whatever and you get the response: you’re a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, etc. You get that every time. No discussion possible. No matter what the subject. Same when you see or listen to Leftist talking heads on radio or TV. They’re on the air so they use euphemisms for the same thing. 

For us seasoned citizens this is like the old talking dolls. Pull a string and it says something, then again and it says something different. How cool is that?! Pull the string a sixth time and it says what it said before, and again what it said before. Then you realize it has limited statements. Well, that’s not cool. Move up to the modern era and we have gamers.

There are characters in these called Non-player Characters (NPC’s). [‘A non-player character, also known as a non-playable character, is any character in a game which is not controlled by a player. In video games, this usually means a character controlled by the computer via predetermined or responsive behavior, but not necessarily true artificial intelligence. In traditional tabletop role-playing games the term applies to characters controlled by the gamemaster or referee, rather than another player”.] These are the extras, some are just there, and some have a line or two that they can only repeat. It has no personality, no thought, canned answers, and just preprogramed responses. The same with the Progressives/Leftists. Ask one where the X restaurant is and the response is “Socialism is the answer, capitalism sucks”.  Say it’s a nice day and the response is “climate change is real”. Say someone did or say something wrong, “you’re a racist”. (I once challenged a person who called me a racist, and was told that defending myself proved I was a racist).

There you have it...the reason why one can’t have an informed, intelligent conversation with a Leftist. They’re all NPC’s for Leftist ideology.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The pic here is a cake! Yesterday had a most fabulous time with friends in Salt Lake City. There was a house warming party; Dick had bought a house and had it remodeled. A lovely new crib.  Amazing Greek food, and a lot. At least thirty people there. A full spread, lots of laughter, good conversations. They’re an Italian family, so the desert was Italian. A great combination.

Some things happened over the past few days, which I’ll be writing about in more depth. Main things were two funerals, Aretha Franklin and John McCain. Aretha went through some horrible things in her life. It looks like memorial turned into a political rally against whites, Republicans and lots of Trump bashing. What the hell? Focus not on her. That’s what Leftists/Democrats have been doing of decades at memorials. They've corrupted everything with their politics. Sports, religion, movies, journalism, and of course funerals. I’ll chronical that sordid history. Then John McCain’s memorial was the same, though mostly it was Trump bashing. I’ll be speaking ill of the dead. He did some amazing and good things, and led a good life. What he did his last few years was destructive to the country and his legacy. Even to the end, to his funeral and memorials he blocked people from attending. Never heard of anyone doing that; they wanted to pay their respects and honor him.

Well, I’ve done some yardwork this morning, now need to assemble some furniture.

All days are good. God is good.  

Saturday, September 1, 2018

I haven’t written since last September. The time since then to now was not good. Things that happened at work made me miserable, which caused me to retire earlier that I planned. I couldn’t write or read anything of note. Thus no blog posts. I was going to work until 2021, way over 65 years old. My misery at work got me to take action and retire now. It’s a good thing, better than I imagined. Two years ahead of what I planned, I now own and live in a house overlooking a valley and mountains, I can see stars at night, and hear crickets. One morning when I opened the curtains a fawn was outside my window. I’m not working, having to be monitored and critiqued about everything I said and did. Being treated that way causes a free spirit to suffer. I toughed it out and here I am.

Yesterday was a retirement party at work, my last day. It was also an event for my friend Paul, also retiring. We’ve know each other for years, and I’m glad he too is free to pursue his dream. It was an emotional event, testimonies about both of us and how we had such a good and memorable impact on people. Given that, I am happy to leave. UPS was a mostly miserable place to work; many unhappy people there because of it.

The first Sunday in August I also left my church, First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Las Vegas. That was also emotional, and more deeply so since it is a place and people I love. A place I was accepted and helped and appreciated. I learned and taught guided and was guided.  It is sadness for me to leave.

All of which lead me to thinking of departures past. The first departure was from high school…bittersweet. Athletic glory days and some academic success. That summer I ended up at the Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon busing tables. Tips got me enough to get me into Northern Arizona University (plus a hundred bucks from Dad).

I completed my freshman year, carrying 17 hours and a full time job at a restaurant. I knew I couldn’t do three more years of that, so I joined the Army and they gave me a Southeast Asia vacation, all expenses paid. Unlimited bullets and beer. Quite a formative experience for a twenty year old. That was a happy departure. Out of the Army and out of Vietnam February 10th 1971. That was unbounded joy. From there back to college on the GI Bill and a part time job in the university library.

Departure from college was painful. I loved the academic life, the scholarship, reading, friends, discussions, and of course the parties. Met and lived with the love of my life. I was working in an alcoholism center too. All at once, I graduated (I got a letter from the university telling me I was done, time to go), broke up with my girlfriend that major league broke my heart, and the center where I worked lost its funding. I had a breakdown. Everything was gone at the same time. That was the most painful departure ever.

I ended up in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and for the next couple years worked as a roustabout in the oil patch. Worked on a rig, took off for a few months until I ran out of money and found another rig. I wasn’t invested in that work, so departure was an emotionless passing through kind of event.

I wanted to travel the world some more, so joined the Navy. Not a good experience. Couldn’t stand it, but I was stuck. I did get to visit some great places and had some good friends. That was a happy departure. I remember standing on the quarterdeck, requesting permission to go ashore the final time, and when I started down the brow, a bunch of guys on the flight deck threw their hats in the air and started cheering and yelling out my name “Dex”.  The Captain and XO were on the quarter deck scowling at me. I wasn’t too popular with the brass. Like I said, it was a good departure.

My job after that was a good departure, glad to get out of there. Conflicts with management, a lifelong issue.

Then the move to Las Vegas and twenty years as UPS. Made a few friends there, and met some super smart people. And twenty years at Church, lots of super smart and talented people. This last has a hard departure.

Each of these are a stage of life. I first became aware of these stages reading a book by Erik Erikson about Gandhi. I was twenty something. To get an idea of how long ago that was, tuition for college was $163 per semester, for all classes. I carried 17 credits, $163.

In youth, the first stage, I learned music, how to play an instrument, how to be a winning jock, how to read with discernment, and study. In the second stage of young adult, I grew in combat and weapons knowledge, scholarship, working outdoors doing manly labor, traveling. In most maturing paths, this part of life is learning a skill for the third stage. That stage usually one meets a person that becomes a spouse, an occupation is maintained and hopefully some wealth for later years to maintain the fourth stage. That stage is to get right with God. That’s for me. Others like Freud, Jung, Hindu’s, Buddhists have different descriptions, but it all about focusing things from and in the spiritual realm.   

Now in my fourth stage, I’m back to religion, church, the Holy Spirit, scripture. I need to revisit Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, CS Lewis, Kierkegaard, Goethe, Pasternak, and yes Ayn Rand too. Just to name a few. These were influential in my second stage. It’ll be interesting to see how differently I read and experience those writings.

Lastly it’ll be interesting how I’ll influence others, what I have to teach, share, and what more do I have to learn.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

TEOTWAWKI. Apocalypse, Gathering

Given the massive strife here in the US, and the evil blossoming from the Middle East, and all the dystopia and apocalyptic shows and movies, I sometimes wonder. I’m not so concerned about the apocalypse, but TEOTWAWKI, The End Of The World As We Know It. 

Will Europe still be Europeans, will we have anything even close to privacy with all the government and corporate surveillance, will the hatred exhibited by Black movements (Black Lives Matter, New Black Panthers, Black Panthers), White Supremacy and the racist clash between the two result in a race war?

The meme for Comic Book based TV shows. I’d hate to live in the DC world. Good guys teaming up and arguing with each other, blaming themselves for things they have no control over, bickering, while the evil guys are focused and kicking ass. In the Marvel world much the same. 

In movies, film scholar Kristen Thompson: “…twenty-five disaster movies appeared throughout the eighties. But in the nineties fifty-six disaster movies were released… From 2000-2009 over sixty apocalyptic films were released, and about the same 2010-2016. 

Incessant doom and gloom. Incessant race and cultural conflict. Incessant climate doom and gloom, we’re all going to die soon. Much of the angst is because of all the divisions between groups, male against female, race against race, governments doing terrible and stupid things, corporations doing terrible and stupid things. What do we turn to? More government, more breaks for corporations, more riots, more technological surveillance, and more political failure. Just doubling down on what got us here in the first place. Before when we talked about apocalyptic events, they were religious or spiritual. All those things mentioned earlier, are all secular. Yet we keep turning to secular solutions.

The idea of this arose out of the sermon today, based partially on Isaiah 56:1-2.

1: This is what the Lord says:
“Be just and fair to all.
Do what is right and good,
for I am coming soon to rescue you
and to display my righteousness among you.
2: Blessed are all those
who are careful to do this.
Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest
and keep themselves from doing wrong.

Gathering on the Sabbath, whatever day you select, shows the answer is in gathering together. At our jobs we have all races, all religious backgrounds and beliefs and work together just fine. Gathering together on the Sabbath, looking beyond secular solutions, to corporately share something outside that secular life we experience daily, has the answer. More technology, business and government don’t. 

Just for starters, if every person that calls himself/herself a Christian actually gathered with other Christians on the Sabbath, how calming that would be? 

Apocalypse means unveiling, revelation. From that we know that on the other side of it, will be revealed good news; it is an ending to all this horribleness and divisiveness. Our not going to experience that, the gathering to reconnect with each other outside of the secular, leaves us almost entirely with the secular and solutions that don’t work. 

At the center of any Sabbath gathering is the Eucharist, Communion, sharing at the table, sharing bread and wine. Nothing is more important than doing this every time Christians come together. That gathering for that ritual, brings us all so very close together, brings a calm. 

Personally, I’m not a calm man, and this centering every week is vital to me. If it’s vital to one, then that means it vital for many, and I hope for all. All Christians going to Church would have a profound impact on the conflict and hatred rampant in the world. There are about 247 million people in the US that claim to be Christian. Think of the calming effect on the nation if we all went to Church. That experience moves out into the secular world. We know this “apocalyptic” time looks to gloomy and ultimately destructive because no one, including Christians that don’t gather, can see beyond the secular. They can’t see God’s heavenly creation beyond: can't see what is revealed. 

Think how much conflict and hatred would be reduced, if millions more that professed Christian faith, would gather together. How helpful that it would be to be just and fair to all, and do what is right and good, and know that Christ will come to rescue us, and see heaven and righteousness, and how blessed all of those that do this thing would be.

Pie in sky? I think not, but Christ in the sky, revealing Good News? I think so.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How the 'No Such Thing As Gender' People Are Endangering Women

Certainly it’s most important to keep studying and reading, going to sources that one wouldn’t do ordinarily, because stuff never even considered shows up as really important. I’m saying this as an ancient citizen from experience. The effect that denying gender causes pain, suffering and death to women because of medicines prescribed to them is one of them.

Regardless of what feminists, PC psychologists and psychiatrists, scared neurosurgeons and neuro researchers, are saying about there being no difference between men and women, when it comes to dosage between the two genders, when no adjustment is made, women suffer and sometimes die. With the side effects of that sometimes women have accidents and people get killed.

For example, in 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cut the dosage in half for Ambien, having known for 20 years women metabolized the active ingredient zolpidem more slowly than men. That and a sleeping pill, Restoril, may have caused about 500,000 early deaths; from overdoses, car crashes and falls. 

I’m ancient enough to remember the Thalidomide tragedy of the 1950’s. The research on the effects were primitive. An FDA scientist, Frances Oldham Kelsey, for years did research on it, and it took years of her collecting data before anyone accepted something really bad was happening. This drug, by the way, was for morning sickness during pregnancy. Women in Europe were taking it, and about 2,000 children died, and about 10,000 were born with defects; no or partial limbs. The lab tests for this drug on animals were only on male animals. (Fortunately the FDA didn’t approve it. Knowing their track record and corruption, we can only thank chance.) 

From that time until 2014, in all tests and studies, it was never mentioned in reports that almost exclusively male animals were tested on. Even when tests were done for female specific diseases, only 12% of the animals tested were female. Excuse given was there are too many things, like chemical responses, to test for variables. 

That’s the base. Drugs designed for women were rarely tested on women. The FDA approved these, causing a lot of damage to women. 

Which brings us to the present. There are differences in brain hemispheres, and how left and right brain interact. There are differences between brain parts, like the hypothalamus and hippocampus, different baseline amounts of neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine). 

If you’re a neuroscientist, or neurosurgeon, and you point this out, you’re labeled as a ‘neurosexist’ and your report on findings are ‘neurotrash’.  Your study can be blocked from science journals, you can lose funding. This is done by anti-gender feminists and other various PC people, none of whom have any neuroscience education or training. They are usually people from the “soft sciences” like sociology and psychology.

Even with hard science data stating that because a man came up with the results, it’s biased and by definition sexist. They believe reality is different for men and women. I have a hard time squaring this with their argument there is no differences between the sexes; or that there is more than one gender. 

Another charge that just stuns, is that unless a neuroscientist has been trained or had classes in “gender scholarship” their hard science findings are invalid. This is scary stuff, and for some reason the non-gender, anti-science people have been able to get such power scientists are afraid to speak out, though a few have. 

At the core of “gender scholarship” is “intersectionality”. I’ve heard the term before, and still have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Here’s the definition: “…the principle that important social identities like gender, ethnicity, and social class mutually constitute, reinforce, and naturalize one another”. I think what that means is one must take race over gender (black over white), female over male, and class (poor over rich). White males I’m sure are at the bottom of this fabricated hierarchy. Apparently hard science results are unacceptable unless “intersectionality” theory is applied. 

As a result we have women overdosing on meds, having increased traffic accidents (involving others), and incorrect or ineffective medical treatment. All because  PC Totalitarians that have power and don’t know what they’re talking about are forcing the people that do know what they are talking about to do their bidding or suffer the consequences.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Some Thoughts on the Transgenderist Movement

With the full throated attack on Trump moving from Russian Collusion and Transgender issues, I’m back-peddling a bit to some thoughts on the Transgender Movement. It’s a movement. It is forcing people to not only accept, but to advocate and endorse a surgical procedure that purports to change genders. This is from the same group of people that claim Conservatives and Christians deny science. 

Here’s the science. Males bear an XY chromosome and females XX. No amount of surgery, or training and no amount of psychiatry or psychological conditioning can change that. There’s an internal sense of one’s maleness or femaleness, and that subjective gender identity gets confused in some, and it’s been named as “gender dysphoria”.  It’s in the American Psychiatric Association’s fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Psychologists and psychiatrists working in this field have done many studies showing most children that experience this, by their teenage years, identify with their birth gender. 

That’s one of many reasons why gender reassignment is so wrong on many levels. More specifically it’s child abuse. What kind of parent or professional sanctions this monumental change? How many of us have heard some middle age celebrity say they’re finally “comfortable in their own skin”?  (A meaningless and worthless statement).Yet that same mindset advocates for this radical surgery because a child wants it? 

It also means dependency on the medical system for the rest of their lives. Side effects often include cancer and deep vein thrombosis. Psychiatry must be ongoing. Children that go through with this are five times more likely to commit suicide that other kids in their age group.

The totalitarian mindset displays itself with the transgenderists. They turned it into a civil rights issue, saying if one doesn’t agree with them, the civil rights of the child is being violated. Civil Rights can be weaponized too. And of course, you’re a bigot (of some sort).

As an example there’s a K-12 charter school, Nova Classical Academy, in St Paul, Minnesota. Very prestigious. In 2015 the school sent a letter to parents that the school is in support of a trans-gendering student. Part of the letter read: “…describes children whose identities, appearances, behaviors, or interests do not fit traditional societal expectations associated with their sex assigned at birth. It is important to note that this expression of gender is ever-changing as students are constantly exploring many different aspects of their identity…” That would be the basis for teaching all the kids in the school about the desirability and beauty of being transgender. 

Parents for the most part objected, and many were outraged. The school quoted laws that said they were obligated to support and teach that transgenderism is good and desirable. There were meetings between the school and parents. Want to guess who showed up, protesting and threatening violence? LGBT activist groups. Lots of ugliness ensued. 

Psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors involved know this is harmful, dangerous and wrong. They see all the inherent problems and see it as child abuse, are afraid to speak out. Totalitarian mindset and weaponized civil rights laws. Those that don’t have been cowed and are in fear of the anti-gender activists. Remember, if you disagree with the Left, you will be hunted down and destroyed. Of course there are some PC professionals, and in my view if they support this should be stripped of their license. 

Nothing is mentioned in the, well, not debate, but directives, from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education (thank you Orwell), about the damage it does to families. If a father transgenders, what’s that do to the kids, the wife? Or if the mother transgenders? How does it affect friendships? There are huge social consequences. 

Natural law is rejected, and these people believe that whatever “self” believes is itself  reality. “Self” overrides everything. Christians believe that God’s creation is perfect, we are created in His image. Natural Law is how it’s expressed. There’s an order to things. We have free will, and can use it within those laws to manifest what good there is in nature and in Self. Look back at the excerpt of the school letter, “…with their sex assigned at birth”. What? God assigns, or nature assigns, the wrong chromosome and puts it in the wrong gender? Don’t think so.  

This is rejecting science, natural law, biology, and neuroscience. This is not good.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Let's Look at the People in Charge at Charlottesville That Blamed Trump

The lies and accusations are that Charlottesville was President Trump’s fault. What Leftists/Democrats do is blame others and become the victim. Yes, they have millennial snowflakes at the height of political power, one percenters, that are well into their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s that play that victim card, and the race card even if they're rich white people. And of course all those born from the late 1970’s on, whatever you want to label them. Here are the players that refused to accept the results of their decisions. 

Starting with Jason Kessler who founded the Alt-Right White Supremacist organization "Unite the Right" is no doubt a political manipulator. He's the one that launched to protest. Legally, with permits. It’s difficult, by the way, to get straight information on this guy. Southern Poverty Law Center is a radical Leftist, racist, anti-white hate organization. Another site, “Business Insider” labels “The Daily Caller” as an extremist right wing publication. It's pretty much just old fashioned traditional journalism. What can be said is Kessler's White Nationalist claim began late 2016. Up until then he was a Leftist involved in “Occupy Wall Street”, and a Clinton, Obama supporter. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) web site: 
“Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.
At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.“   
A shady lying manipulator.
Terry McAuliffe is another Leftist/Democrat schemer. He’s governor now, and made a lot of shady deals moving upwards in the Democrat Party. He was once head of the Democratic National Committee. He was a Clinton operative, did dirty tricks during election cycles for both Clintons, and is currently under investigation for some shady and probably illegal business dealings with the Communist Chinese. It looks like he was part of the decision for the police to stand down even though it was known the Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other violent Leftist groups were going to be there. He said an internal investigation will suffice, but US AG Sessions is having none of that.

Methinks the biggest culprit in this mess is Black Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy. Big time known racist, now reports are coming out he was responsible for holding the police back when the violent Leftist hate groups Antifa and Black Lives Matter, that didn’t have a permit, started physical confrontations with the other group that did have a permit. Bellamy has had his tweets taken down. Here’s a couple examples: “I hate seeing white people” and “beanpole white women.” He even hates Black people that talk white. 

So here’s a vid of the Antifa people showing up. By the way, when the police did finally take action, they funneled the people (don’t care if they’re white supremacists or not for now) there, with a permit, to protest the taking down of the Robert E Lee statue, into the Antifa organization. Antifa and other professional Leftist protesters wear the same uniform at all the protests they bring violence to all over the United States. Black clothes and masks. Just like ISIS and terrorist worldwide do.

Thoughts Following the Recent Media Keffule About Race

I’ve been working since 1966, and have worked with all races of people. Was in combat with all races. In all the jobs I’ve had, with one exception in the Navy, there wasn’t racial conflict. (A guy in the Navy attacked me for being white.) In all the jobs I’ve had, I didn’t and don’t see conflict or animosity between any race or ethnicity. I heard a Black guy call into a talk show recently, and he had traveled across the north of the United States, and said he was always treated like a regular guy, saw everyone working together, and there just wasn’t any racial conflict going on.

This current mess is all generated by a Leftist Race Industry. Created and maintained for years by the race hustlers (and Leftists) Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Al Sharpton led a riot that got a Jewish man murdered. Jesse Jackson got away with calling NYC, “Hymie Town”. Democrat Robert Byrd was high up in the KKK, yet a “lion” in the Democrat Party. Now it looks like indoctrinated White Leftists are carrying on the violence of Al Sharpton and the anti-Semitism of Jessie Jackson.

What I’m afraid of is the racist hatred generated by the Left will seep into the lives of the rest of us. We just go to work, provide the best possible products or service, and take care of, and help, each other. What is being pounded into the culture incessantly, by the White Liberal Jurassic Press, that there is white hatred, white racism toward Blacks. Most people are just living their lives, and what they hear is what they know, and eventually what they know becomes what they believe.

I think this because as I talk to people, they express whatever the zeitgeist is. Most don’t want to spend the time I do reading history, philosophy, political commentary and draw my own conclusions. (I say ‘want to’ not ‘can’t’ because we always can make time for what’s important to us.) For that reason, those of us that do take or make the time and have the curiosity, have to educate and inform. We have to do it with a soft touch, with subtle influence, because a push, because of their indoctrination, creates resistance and the wall goes up.

That’s on the personal side; at work, with friends. Don’t need walls there. In the public square though, we need to use every tool we have, and the Left has, and kick some ass, break down walls. Push back. Keep repeating the truth. Call them out. Confront. Use the law (something that wasn’t done the previous eight years) to imprison those breaking the law (blocking traffic, protesting without a permit for example), and litigation that ties them up in court and costs them a fortune.

Growing up, we didn’t know our parents’ politics, the politics of the people that ran businesses, didn’t talk or think about race. We had family, served our country, had neighbors and friends, attended church which brought us all together. We lived our lives without everything politicized and lies the acceptable meme.

We need to go back to living lives in service to each other. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thoughts at Year's End

My thoughts at the end of the year. I haven’t written since mid-year. I notice when I write so infrequently both my thinking and speaking diminishes in quality. I get wrapped up in video. Good stuff too, mostly. I got Curiosity Steam with endless documentaries. Great way to keep up with science stuff. I read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, which was, like everything he writes, exceptional. It’s very much a history of science, and I liked going to Curiosity Stream and watching a documentary and see what he was writing about.

My reading this year was light. I finished the year reading Al Michael’s memoir. Great stuff, highly recommended. There were some Kevin Kearny mysteries, a couple religious books. Ivan Doig, one of my all-time favorites; read his last book he wrote before his death, Last Bus to Wisdom. A great finish to a great writing career. The list of my reading is off to the right. Noticing my reduced reading this year, and the lightness of the fare, I recognize the need, indeed the desire, to increase the literary, theological, philosophical stream. I’ve already started reading The Hemlock Cup [Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life] by Bettany Hughes. It’s not so much a book about Socrates or philosophy, though it’s there, but a history that gives a sense of place. What it was like to live in Athens in those times, and fleshing out some of the main characters. I’ll also be indulging in The Daily Stoic [366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living] by Ryan Holiday.

I have a lot of Cicero and Demosthenes downloaded; been sitting there for a while. Time to follow up on the intention, and actually read them. I’ve read bits and pieces of them, but not gone full in. The idea here is to immerse myself in that time, ancient western civilization. I've done this type of thing before, had a focus for a year. Not exclusively, but mostly. The Stoics very much have my attention. If there was ever a dismissed, overlooked, oversimplified group or philosophy, this is it.

There were no standout movies for me. Maybe "The Intern" with De Niro. It was a surprising and charming movie that actually praises men and the traditional man. I was surprised by it. The Sci-Fi was fun and met expectations, “Ben Hur” and “Risen” were solid religious movies. Movies I’ve seen too, off to the right. Spent a lot of time streaming vids. Binge watching. That’s something that needs to be modified. More time in the Kindle, less on the screen.

Politically the year was exhausting, in case you haven’t noticed. The hatred and violence spinning totally out of control. The vitriol. Who woulda thunk Trump would take it? Clinton, besides not being a likeable person, got buried in all her lies. Trump has hired a lot of good people, but also quite a few Bushies and RINO’s. The prayer is I hope they don’t get Trump to be “sensible and moderate” like them. Leftism. It’s a disease. How many staunch Conservative, TEA Party people, get to Washington and belly up in the Sea of Lies and Cowardice?

Church. Had my struggles this past year plus. As a reminder or to inform you that don’t know me, I’m a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. The national and regional leadership is all in on Statism, and has put worshiping at the altar of the State ahead of worshipping God, and align themselves with those wishing to destroy the Church and cripple Christianity as much as possible. That’s pretty much a big thing outside of my sphere, so all I can do is pray that God will intercede and they’ll once again put God first, and politics and the State way down where it belongs. I also had some personal confrontations that religiously and emotionally crushed me. There were many that surrounded and showed me true Christian love and support, and buttressed me until I recovered.

Now I’ve been asked, and accepted, to take a major leadership position in the Church at a level I’ve never done. I like being a small occasional voice of influence. This for sure will be different from the leadership positions in my jobs that I’ve had and have.  I’ll have a good mentor, and many have come to me and said to let them know if there’s anything they can do to support me. I have a good pastor, good mentor, and a loving, caring church. How things transpire.

I traveled a lot last year. Trips to Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Colorado River, La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Wind River Mountains, and the topper was the Grand Tetons where I floated down the Snake River. While in the Tetons I saw mileage signs that Yellowstone was only eighteen miles away! Making plans for 2017.  

I won’t be going to so many places this year. Tetons and Yellowstone and some daytrips around here. Nevada has lots of cool places away from the city. This coming year will be my year of being monastic (more than usual), studious (more than this past year) and Stoic (not the wrong way people understand it). And of course, do those things to improve my Christianity. My faith has never waivered. Christ is within me. We all can do better.

Unlike many it seems, 2016 was a good year for me. I wish all healthy happy holy 2017.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Anslem, Nietzsche, Goodness, Nihilism & The Good News

I wrote in a  previous post here about how we Christians are responding to the incessant attacks on Christians and our Church. Mostly we respond as victims, the zeitgeist of victimology infecting even us.

I recently read an article by a guy, T L Jernigan ("On Anselm's God & the Virtue of Existing"-Touchstone), contrasting St Anselm and Nietzsche. The ideas here are his, I take no claim to them, only my response to the article.

 Nietzsche we all know said God is dead. Anselm we don’t know so much about. He was the 11th Century Archbishop of Canterbury. His main thing was to prove the existence of God by combining science, logic and reason with experience and knowledge of the Divine.

He said, God is good, so reality is good. I remember a sermon or reading from awhile ago, that said at each stage of creation, God saw it was good. So what could be better than good?

Anselm: “We believe that you are the thing than which nothing greater can be thought…it is the one thing to have something in the understanding, but quite another to understand that it actually exists…And certainly that than which nothing greater can be thought cannot exist only in the understanding. For if it exists only in the understanding, it is possible to think of it existing in reality, and that is greater.”

Existence is good. It’s great in fact!

Then here comes Nietzsche, who considered existence horrible and horrid. It’s something inflicted on us.

Nietzsche: “Oh wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and misery, why do you compel me to tell you what it would be most expedient for you not to hear? What is best of all is utterly beyond your reach; not to be born, not to be nothing.” Jeeeeez, sad to be him.

Life is tough, and maybe some sometimes would like it to end. Augustine thought: “while [the suicidal man’s] error make him believe that he will no longer be, his nature makes him wish for rest, that is to say, an increase in being. It is why, since it is impossible not to love being, the fact that we are must not be a reason for us to show ingratitude toward the goodness of the creator.” (Being and Nothingness) I'll just bet you Nietzsche loved persons and sometimes even life. I would suggest he loved life so much he spent his life trying to understand and explain it. Volumes worth!

Sometimes we just need a break. We need to lie beside still waters. God provides it when we need it. Nietzsche isn’t wanting a rest, he wants it all to end. Nihilism. Would one expect anything else when one thinks God dead? With God dead there is no redemption, no rest, only endless suffering.

Now we live in a Nietzschean world. Euthanasia is good. Abortion is good; what better than to snuff out existence before a soul is aware of it? Suicide is good, we’ll even murder you while telling you you’re committing suicide.

A universe created by goodness, surrounded goodness, inhabiting goodness. We are created in His image, and it is good. I’ll be anti-Nietzschean, thank you very much. I think one of the things that moved me out of Buddhism is that it’s nihilist. From nothing to nothing. Ultimately I couldn’t accept that.  

John Paul II: “…the first and basic good for every creature…All other good derive from this basic good. I can only act while I am. Man’s multifarious works, the reasons of his genius, the fruits of his holiness are only possible if the man-the genius, the saint-comes into existence.”

I came from these ideas in the article heartened, and know that we mustn’t fall into Nietzschean thinking that life is horrible at its base, and it’s best if we snuff it out however we can. Sorry for the sad man, he’s a bad man.

We can’t whine as Christians, bemoan our plight; especially here in the New Amerika where it’s lawsuits, harassment and government suppression and threats, and we aren’t getting slaughtered like in the Middle East, or imprisoned/murdered like in China.

To back into our Christianity with just a taint of Nietzschean nihilism, or defeatism is to exhibit a weakened faith, a not serious belief of redemption. Not a serious knowledge that Life is Goodness and that God will not forsake us, Christ will return, and all we have to do is live scriptural, Spirit-filled lives.

Witness sensibly by showing understanding and talk to people from their perspective using their language, be careful of our words, listen to them (you have two ears and one mouth), be of service. James: “If you are wise and understand God’s ways prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” By this way we can take control of the helm and move the ship of humanity back to God, by sharing the Good News.