Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial: No More Forgetting

1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. 
2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
-- Isaiah 57:1-2 (KJV)

For a long time, I pushed you out of my mind and I thought I had pushed you out of my heart. But I have thought of you every day since I found out that you were gone. Since then, some days are better than others.

Because now I remember ...

But every time sorrow threatens to drown me -- and despair tries to enter in -- I also remember where you are now. And I remember that God showed it to me.

I saw you crowned with His Glory and His Word resting on your shoulders!

And I am comforted. I won't forget again.

I love you, Bobby. And I’ll see you when I get there.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Tactic of Floating Outrageous BS (UPDATE: Old Baldilocks Links From Ten Years Ago)

"Let's see if this one gets by them."
As a recovering dissembler – the lies I told were mostly to myself – I have a unique perspective on lies and liars, at least from afar. (In personal relationships, however, I have been taken in once or twice.)

A couple of days ago, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had this to say about his former bailiwick, the Department of Justice, and how it should operate in relation to the President of the United States.
Twitter king Thomas Wictor -- whose every utterance you should consider, especially when the topic is the situation in the Middle East -- pointed out the obvious. Well it's obvious to those who read the U.S. Constitution every now and then.

To which I replied:
Those who won't read even something as short as the U.S. Constitution are indeed everywhere and they have been created on purpose via our often and justly maligned educational systems. Heck, people don't know the names of the three branches of government, much less the executive branch's hierarchy.

But, remember my first and second assertions. I'll try to explain how it works.

Many public figures in politics and the media use the tactic that Mr. Holder demonstrated: run an outrageous lie up the flagpole and see how many salute. There will always be a great number who, without question, will believe what he and his ideological brethren say. And now that Former President Obama's first attorney general has said that a president of the United States has no authority over the DOJ, he has planted seeds in the minds of like-minded citizens who will never bother to check to see if what he says is true.

And why should they? He was the head of the DOJ and, therefore, knows what he's talking about. Right?

Remember the "animals" uproar? It was just a few days ago. That was another perfect example of this tactic and, in that case, a huge chunk of the mainstream media and the Twitter Blue Check Mark Mafia pretended that President Trump referred to illegal immigrants as animals, when he was actually referring to the demonic gang MS-13.

And here's the intended aftereffect of the tactic: even after the truth comes out, there will still be a significant segment of the public who believes the falsehood. And there will be nothing you can do to show them that they are wrong.

That's the beauty of floating outrageous BS. Call it weaponization of disinformation.

I noticed this pattern long ago and now, with instant communication, it happens so much, I don't usually bother to comment on it. But I did find out that a lot of honest people are shocked that people do this. Honest people expect other people to be honest.

So it is that Eric Holder would pretend that the DOJ is an independent agency. And so what if people like me or Mr. Wictor stare open-mouthed at his ridiculous assertion? His job is done; the weapon is deployed.

Take it from a former sneak, you will see this happen over and over again, if you're paying attention.

UPDATE: Thanks, as always, to the Instapundit, for the link!

FYI, new visitors: I was talking about the explicit Marxism of the Obama edifice before the 2008 election and afterward.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Guests Still Guesting

Still weird that Russians are flooding my stats.


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Which Guns Do They Want? All of Them

In the wake of tragedy, two gun-control advocates keep it real.

Lauren Shippen

Dave Holmes at Esquire Magazine: Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns.

At the end of a list of falsehoods and non sequiturs, the bottom line:
So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. (…)
I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now. (…)
It’s happening. We tried it your way, and it really did not work. The ground is shifting. Get ready.

I really do appreciate the honesty of these two people and that of the thousands, perhaps millions, who are willing to co-sign in public to this desire.

Any fan of the TV series Firefly and the movie Serenity knows that the quest for a perfect world has consequences and, like feces, those consequences always roll downhill.

No person, group of persons or government can stop every single bad thing from happening into eternity. We can only reduce the chances of bad things happening using proven methods and, in a free republic that explicitly acknowledges the existence of individual rights in its constitution, those methods should be subordinate to individual freedom. Should be.

The gullible, however, believe that freedom includes freedom from bad things ever happening and freedom from bad people making bad things happen. These also believe that if we take away the tools used by people who do bad things, that such people will never again want to do said bad things, much less find new ways of doing those same bad things.

Thus, do the gullible believe that taking away guns from the entire American populace will permanently prevent incidents like Parkland, Santa Fe, Sandy Hook and so on. This reasoning is the
Old friend. Sad victim of a boating accident.
one that the Organized Left sells to the gullible, who, for some reason, think that guns emit Bad-Things Mind Control.

Of course, we know that, in response to mass gun confiscation, mass shootings, robberies, kidnappings, rapes, burglaries, gang warfare, etc. with targeting expanded to every home, school and business in the nation – except for those of the rich -- will explode, simply because bullied psychotic teenagers won’t be the only ones freed up by the reduced chances of being riddled with holes while committing, say, a home invasion robbery. There are dozens, maybe hundreds of street gangs and drug/human-trafficking cartels just salivating at the thought of a disarmed America.

And this leads to the true reason that the Organized Left wants us disarmed. 

It's this: any real attempt at confiscation will lead to a lot of death: of gun owners and of confiscators. And after that dies down – no pun intended – there will be only a terrorized remnant, beset on every side by tyrants, thieves, murderers, rapists and child molesters.

And that’s just in the government.

The Organized Left and its gullible minions don't really want to protect school children from mass shooters, because if they did, they'd be calling for controlled egresses in every public school -- something that has been the norm in inner-city schools for decades -- instead of whining about their sweet little darlings having to go to school in "prison-like" conditions. Dead white kids are the means to the end. (Black and brown kids were already disappearing fast enough for the OL -- mostly courtesy of their neighbors. Or their mothers.)

Remember, the Organized Left is always looking to shrink populations and almost everything they advocate leads to some version of early death for existent generations and/or nonexistence for future generations. Everything that happens before the endgame? Details.

They want to keep the physical targets soft, not to mention the mental and emotional ones.

Get ready, indeed.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Why Some People Think That the Earth is Flat

I’ve been hesitant to address the Flat Earth phenomenon and resistant about wading into their Social Media oceans. I’m afraid that if I do, I’ll sell my few belongings, log off the Internet for good and go build that bunker I’ve been talking about for years.

But, the other day, I looked on as a woman tried to explain to a man that the earth was not flat and why it made no sense to believe that. Following the explanation, the woman pointed out that the prophet Isaiah conversationally observed the spherical nature of this planet.
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
-- Isaiah 40:22

Job also observed the sphericality of the earth in passing. He had other things on his mind.

When the man pointed out that the word used in the King James Version of the Bible is ‘circle’ and that it “proved” that the earth is flat, I asked if he knew which Hebrew word was used. No response.

And when there was no response after the woman pointed out that a sphere is a 3-dimensional circle, the problem became evident.

The man had no idea that most of the Old Testament had been originally composed in Hebrew, nor did he understand what a dimension is, much less the ramifications of basic spatial dimensionality, that is, length, width, and depth. Related: time is considered the fourth dimension and I’ve noticed that there are an alarming number of people who cannot grasp the passage of time, and I’m not referring to chronic tardiness. For these people, every moment is right now; ten years ago is right now. 1955 is right now.

Therefore, we have people who cannot take what is right in front of their eyes and apply it to larger things which are not immediately visible. (Let’s leave aside those of us who have flown internationally and have actual seen the earth’s curvature.)

These are people who hear an unfamiliar word or concept and discard it as irrelevant. These are people who think that others who use uncommon words and expand on complex concepts are “trying to make themselves look smart.”

There it is, our old nemesis: projection.

These are people who have been stupid all their lives and who now feel empowered with new information -- information that the smart people don’t have.

The stupid want to make themselves look smart to observers and onlookers. They don’t understand and have never understood that most so-called smart people didn’t come out of the womb as fully-formed geniuses but had to work at it.

The stupid also don't understand that basic error leads one down the path to gigantic error. Ever gotten lost when walking or driving?

The smart gather information, analyze it, see if there are any connections between bits of information, discard falsehood, build new information on top of the old, and so on. But the stupid believe that the first step – gathering information -- is the only step to becoming smart. And, in doing that, the stupid think they have made themselves “look smart,” especially smarter than you who “believe” that the earth is a sphere.

Essentially, flat-earthism is the result of removing the basic educational ground which was seeded in most of us Americans who are over 50. In that group, even those who weren’t National Merit Scholar material can take the basic seeds of knowledge and logic and apply them.

The Internet, of course, exacerbates the boldness of the stupid. When you find out that there are others who think like you, it can cement your opinion on anything – especially if you’re not in the habit of introspection and re-thinking old views.

So, there’s my opinion on the Flat Earth phenomenon. Will I re-think this opinion? Certainly. And when I do, I might walk out to the edge and see what’s down there!

Just kidding.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

International Guests

So, this is affecting my blog post numbers.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Lock Your Doors

It's cheaper to funk than it is to pay attention.
-- "Funkentelechy" (Parliament-Funkadelic, 1977)

When you see something like this in the New York Times, you can bet that the technology is already much more advanced.
Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that they can send hidden commands that are undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Inside university labs, the researchers have been able to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites. In the wrong hands, the technology could be used to unlock doors, wire money or buy stuff online — simply with music playing over the radio. 
A group of students from University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University showed in 2016 that they could hide commands in white noise played over loudspeakers and through YouTube videos to get smart devices to turn on airplane mode or open a website. (…) 
[Fifth-year Ph.D. student in computer security at U.C. Berkeley Nicholas] Carlini added that while there was no evidence that these techniques have left the lab, it may only be a matter of time before someone starts exploiting them. “My assumption is that the malicious people already employ people to do what I do,” he said.
Emphasis mine.

I removed Alexa from my Amazon Wishlist a while back. Call it a hunch. And I bet there are many other digital methods already being used to steal -- and to plant suggestions into consciousnesses. What about WiFi, especially the public variety?

Consider this.

Occasionally, I have experienced crazy, twisted and horrible images in my head -- concepts very foreign to my thinking and proclivities -- when I am almost asleep. It’s as if there are spirits bouncing against my soul and spirit to see if they can penetrate. In these individual instances, I banish them by calling on God’s protection in Jesus’ name. Some else I’ve been doing for years: daily praying Psalm 91, which I memorized back in 2012. I don’t just recite it; I pray it. When I find myself just saying the words and not meditating on what the Psalm means, I stop and go back to the beginning.

At first the images were frightening, but I've had enough experience with the supernatural to quickly figure out what was happening. It wasn’t the first time that enemy forces tried to invade the Juliette network.

Am I paranoid? Perhaps. And I’m at peace with my paranoia. And I don’t doubt that many of the two types of forces -- physical and spiritual -- are in cahoots.

There are several substance-free things I have used to increase the likelihood of much deeper, more peaceful, and invader-free sleep: specific prayer beforehand; shutting down all devices and unplugging the WiFi or if I keep the WiFi and a device on, streaming a trusted source of the Word of God. Of course the invaders still knock on the windows, as it were. That's the reason to stay armed, asleep or not.

But there are those who scoff at such protection or ignore it. Then they wonder at the proliferation of mass shooters, serial killers, rapists, child molesters, etc. who say they hear voices.

It’s all unprotected networks out there, ripe for the intrusion. Unlocked doors and open windows.

What about yours?

(Thanks to Stephen Green)

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Pope, Weapons, and Your Heart

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
 -- Matthew 15:19 (KJV)

I’ve caught a lot of flak from one Catholic former friend due to sharing conspiracy theories about Pope Francis, but this statement is no theory. What to make of it?
Raymond Ibrahim uses the Tweet to remind us that, without physical weapons, the West would be dead and that many parts of it are dead already.
[T]he Pope seems to forget that violence and the things that motivate it—hate, envy, rapacity, and plain old evil—do not need weapons. (...) 
Decades of enforced cultural emasculation has does its job, leaving many men in the West helpless and paralyzed against any would-be aggressor. 
This is especially on display in the West’s interaction with Islam. One need only look to Western European nations, where the interplay of emasculated Western males and aggressive Muslim migrants are on constant display. Thanks to the latter, Sweden has become the rape capital of the world. That is not because Muslims use weapons, are stronger, or more numerous—they are still a tiny minority—but because many Swedish men have been so indoctrinated in passivity that they are not even able to protect their womenfolk. (...) 
As I document in my new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, the perennial jihad against the West proceeded with advanced weapons (firearms), basic weapons (spears and knives), and no weapons at all. As tools, these were never the origins of the jihad; rather hate, envy, and rapacity fueled it. In boats or atop horses, Muslim hordes would appear anywhere unguarded—Constantinople held out as long as it did thanks to its insurmountable walls—and fight tooth and nail in the name of Allah. If not for weapons—and more importantly, men willing to wield them—the West and Christianity would have long ago ceased to exist.
The thing that’s so jarring about the Pope’s statement, however, are the implications of those assertions coming out of the mouth of the Vicar of Christ.

  • That the hearts of mankind can be changed by mankind’s own efforts – in this case, the banning of physical weapons
  • That physical weapons are the source of fear 
  • That mankind's enemies are those who own and use physical weapons
  • That mankind's most lethal Enemy can be killed by physical weapons
  • That physical weapons are the only weapons in existence

In several passages of the Bible, Paul asserts that the weapons available to mankind – through faith in and allegiance to Jesus the Christ – are not carnal (physical) but spiritual and mighty. These weapons are meant to defeat a spiritual and mighty Adversary – the Devil.

Now, the Pope may not have meant that those weapons should be banned, but who can tell? Any of Christ’s representatives here on earth know that God is the only one who can effect a change of heart, that He is the protector of the place(s) in which our souls and spirits dwell, and that He provides the weapon.

In short, what I’m getting from Pope Francis is in direct contradiction to the Word of God.

I have many Catholic friends; two  several are especially dear to me. But I can’t look at what this Pope says and not feel sympathy for the quandary in which Catholics who love Jesus find themselves.

Guard your hearts. This means all of you.

(Thanks to Instapundit)

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Principalities and Powers


During the 2016 presidential campaign and since Donald Trump’s inauguration, many observers have postulated that the president has the “Nebuchadnezzar anointing” or the “Cyrus anointing.” I have given and continue to give both theories the side-eye. A more valid theory is that President Trump might have some sort of “Naaman anointing.” Naaman was a rough, rude, immoral and leprous gentile who gets healed through the prophet Elisha and ends up worshiping the true God.

However, do we really want to continue to paste Old Testament narratives onto American heads of state? That might not work out so well for us, since godly OT monarchs were in the minority.

But here’s an interesting thing that says a lot about the spiritual forces coming against President Trump:

The school is question is MAAC Charter School in Chula Vista. They have already covered the mural up. Unmistakably, this depiction was one of a demon murdering Donald Trump.

Speaking of Old Testament, I also recall this:
There was much fanfare when witches across the world - and singer Lana Del Rey - pledged to stand together and cast a spell on President Donald Trump on Friday night. (…) 
There was only a handful of people gathered outside the president's Manhattan Midtown penthouse as witches worldwide prepared to cast a magic spell at midnight. 
Men and women had pledged to cast spells under the crescent moon in a bid to stop Trump from doing harm while also possibly banishing him from office. 
The first one was scheduled for Friday night and is set to be followed by similar spells cast on March 26, April 24 and May 23.

While the New York turnout may not have lived up to the hype, social media was flooded with photos of witches posting photos of their set up, with many using the hashtags #bindtrump and #feb24. 
Lana del Rey had earlier tweeted a photo of herself with the caption: 'At the stroke of midnight Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23... Ingredients can b found online.'

Her tweet appeared to be referencing the spell being shared by the witchcraft community online as they prepared to hex Trump.
Demons and witches against Trump? Not exactly a winning slogan, but I may underestimate the number of constituents.

A lot of people – even some Christians -- discount the existence of satanic spiritual forces and ridicule the material-world advocates of these forces. The latter count on this. For the record, I’ve seen some of those forces in action.

I remain a Trump-skeptic, though I heartily approve of many of his actions as president. The reason for my stance is this: any worship of a human being and any hatred of a human being are forms of idolatry.

Either extreme demonstrates the failure to trust in God; this is something I learned from being overly fearful of Barack Obama’s presidency.

I can’t discount, however, that the Devil’s advocates are so fearful of Donald Trump that they continue to intercede to their father regarding the man. My enemies’ enemies aren’t necessarily my friends, but there is no way I’m going to agree with a bunch of Devil worshipers.

I will pray to the Living God for President Trump just I did for President Obama: that he comes to Christ and is wise in his leadership. This was and is the codicil: that any damage a president does to the country – whether accidentally or intentionally -- will be averted. I never pray for the harm or injury of anyone; that tends to bite the pray-er on the backside and, in the case of wishing that on any president of the United States, it would bite this country on its collective backside, regardless of the president’s ideology.

But the Enemy doesn’t care about this and his advocates are fooled into thinking that they are doing good. The Devil, however, always sows chaos, and will abandon his followers after his goals are reached. He does this every time.

I do recall, however, that many Christians prayed that President Obama be removed from office before his maximum eight years were completed, and I'm also betting that some are praying this about President Trump. Well, all is fair in love and spiritual warfare, but ...

Be careful with whom you agree.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Liberty and Death

Edwin Starr
War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
On this, both Edwin Starr and Quark were wrong.

Just a random thought. Okay, what it really is: an excuse to quote a 70s R&B star and a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character at the same time.

Kanye West’s public support of Donald Trump is far from new, but people began to take notice when West tweeted agreement with popular conservative activist Candace Owens. I talked about this on Saturday.

So, now the online public is paying close attention to everything West says, including this line, spoken during a TMZ interview:
400 years [of slavery] sounds like a choice.
I haven’t listened to the interview, so I don’t know the context but, guess what: he’s correct.

The choice was enslavement or death.

Now, before you decide that you already know where I’m going with this, keep in mind that I am often not going where you’re going and that I have a load of personal commentary to draw from to make my points.

On my Facebook feed, I have several people who are agreeing with West for all the wrong reasons. “The slaves should have gotten together and fought back. Look at Nat Turner,” I swear, these people think slaves could have sent out mass text messages to surrounding plantations and bought their equipment on Amazon.

And Nat Turner? There were close to 2 million slaves – obviously including women and children -- in the United States of 1831, the year of the Nat Turner Rebellion. That rebellion lasted for two days and consisted of a force that grew to 75 people before it was stopped dead in its tracks. And I do mean dead.

I’m retired from the USAF, so I haven’t experienced war up close and personal. But I have read a book or 20 about wars and violence. Off the top of my head, I know that, for a war to have any chance of success – especially a war of rebellion -- requires:
  • Clear chain of command
  • Training
  • Planning
  • Weapons
  • Ammunition
  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Secure communication
  • Supply lines
  • Allies
These are the bare bones, but the bottom line is that a combat force seeking to free itself and its related non-combatants against a better-trained and better-armed foe needs to know WTF it’s doing in the short-term and have long-term goals – like what to do and where to go if victory is achieved.

Think about what slavery was back then. Most slaves could not read, much less read a map, and, of course, the whole reason for keep slaves illiterate was to reduce the likelihood of this very thing.

War against the master-class and other whites? Please.

So, it is that most slaves chose to live. Good thing, too, because dead people cannot procreate. Don’t believe me? Ask the descendants of the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade – if you can find any.
A comparison of the Islamic Slave Trade to the American Slave Trade reveals some extremely interesting contrasts.

While two out of every three slaves shipped across the Atlantic were men, the proportions were reversed in the Islamic Slave Trade: two women for every man were enslaved by the Muslims.

While the mortality rate of slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as ten percent, the percentage of slaves dying in transit in the Trans-Sahara[n] and East African Slave market was a staggering eighty to ninety percent. (...) 
While many children were born to slaves in the Americas--the millions of their descendants are citizens in Brazil and the United States of today--very few descendants of the slaves that ended up in the Middle East survived. 
While most slaves who went to the Americas could marry and have families, most of the male slaves destined for the Middle East were castrated and most of the children born to the women were killed at birth. 
– John Alembillah Azumah

Most of those slaves had no choices.

Personally, I’m glad that those on my mother's side of the woodpile chose to live. Their descendants received liberty anyway -- and those descendants include those who are still mad at Kanye West for being freer than they are and for taking advantage of it.

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