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Easter 2018, II…

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This is no less sincere for being late,  but I didn’t want to rush this.   Please start with  links from  National Review,  then enjoy Pres. Trump’s  Easter message,  a far cry from any of Obama’s. Christians began with  the observance  of Good Friday,  the religious significance of  which apparently escaped  NBC’s Chuck  Todd.   He most certainly fails to comprehend what  “taking up the cross’  means,  and I wonder if he has ever contemplated the meaning of the  empty tomb.   For the first time in nearly a century,  Irish pubs  were able to open on Good Friday.

Pope Francis remembered his job in time to  celebrate mass  in St Peter’s Square,  which is an impressive and moving event even if you are not Catholic.   France is not nearly as Christian as it once was,  but the French police officer who took the place of the hostage last week,  and ultimately lost his life,  was  a believer.   His killer was of Moroccan descent and an Islamist.

There are  many reasons  to celebrate Easter and what it means.  Some Christians are content  to celebrate  without debating the reasoning behind it.   That’s fine  — if you live your life well,  mindful of Christian tenets,  you are doing well.   You are not required to go  this far  to prove that you believe.  If you are falling a bit short in the niceness department,  you can be pleased that the  Obamas no  longer occupy the White House,  or have as large a platform to amplify their anti-Christian views into actions.   Two words  will be enough for  all of  us.

Of course there is always an environmental skunk in the woodpile.  In this case it’s the University of Manchester in England warning us that foil-wrapped  Easter candies  ( nearly always chocolate and generally quite tasty) are bad for the environment.  An old Scotsman clearly doesn’t worry about the potential environmental disasters from the  106 year  old eggs  his family has.   I’d rather try the  newest candy  offerings.

First Lady Melania Trump  solicited eggs  from high school students in all 50 states instead of using professional designers from the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll,  at which some  30,000 guests  are expected.  The other skunk showed up in the form of CNN reporter Jim Acosta,  shouting questions  at Pres. Trump.

No one I know did this,  but I can understand why some parents couldn’t resist the fact that April Fool and Easter were on the  same day  this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm

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Does Joy…

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…Behar not know that the Mafia contributed millions to churches and charities?  Or could that be why she infers that giving to the church makes her a Christian?   Whatever the case,  her apology is obviously forced by ABC,  and even  more obviously  insincere.

She respects no religion,  and no  belief system which does not match hers.   If you think otherwise,  you haven’t been paying attention.   Listen,  I  know it’s a real drag to have to pay attention to these people,  but you need to know what your opponents are up to,  what they are thinking,  and what they are planning.

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March 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Billy Graham, R.I.P.

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If any man on earth  deserves to  rest in peace,  it is Reverend Billy Graham,  who spent most of his life preaching the Gospel.  He made the most of the technological advancements as they became available during his long career to enable him to reach  a huge global  audience,  and he went to most of the world to promote Christianity.   Like the rest of mankind,  he had his flaws,  and did some things for which he apologized,  but he never satisfied the progressive churches who wanted him to espouse their social justice causes and politics.

He will always be despised by liberals  — just witness the WaPo’s attack,  characterized  here.   MLK’s niece,  Alveda King,  has  a much  different view,  as do  many others  who actually knew Graham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Merry Hillary resistmas…

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British company Women To Look Up To is selling a Hillary Clinton Christmas tree  angel topper:  $108 for a standard size topper, but $943 for one destined for a tree over 10 feet.   Some are enthralled with what they see as a  must-have decoration  this year.

While I would prefer it over the sex toys the Clinton White House reportedly used for tree decorations,  I would be more likely to pay someone NOT to give it to me than actually purchase this topper or any of the others the company  thinks I should admire.

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December 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm

Thanksgiving 2017…

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If I were as big a liar as Barack Obama,  I would probably be sorely afraid of God’s judgment too,  which may be why he for eight years sought to portray Thanksgiving as a  harvest festival,  unlike Donald Trump who bluntly said God should be thanked,  and displayed a  touch of  humor.  That is in contrast to the popular media memes which commercialize the holiday for profit while removing any hint  of religiosity from the occasion.

You might hear a little about the Pilgrims,  and most of it will be the Left whining on about the  evil Pilgrims  who brought death and destruction to the Native Americans.   Chuck Norris offers a more  balanced view  of them,  as does Jerry Newcombe,  here.

You can brush off the various lefty groups intent on telling you the proper way to  celebrate,  or you can choose to be as  childish  and hateful as the media is.  You can look up how Thanksgiving was when you  were born.  You can acknowledge the reality that much of the world still regards the USA as a  place of hope  and promise.

You can be entertained by Debby Witt’s always entertaining  collections  of Thanksgiving-related links.   You can be lazy and pick a quote for the occasion from  this collection.

Wherever you are,  and however you choose to celebrate, find something to be thankful for,  recite it,  appreciate it,  share it and keep it in your heart throughout the holidays.  Remember Yuval  Levin’s words:  “Conservatism is gratitude.”   What Marc Thiessen is  thankful for  proves it.   George Washington viewed the practice of gratitude  as essential  to the American character.   Despite al the gloom and disaster, Kurt Schlichter has found  seven things  conservatives should be thankful for.

P.S.  There are now some  fascinating tomes  on the Pilgrims and their dealings with the Native Americans.

 

 

 

 

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November 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Global atheist convention…

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…was cancelled because so few people wanted to come.   Apparently touristy packages for February in Australia weren’t sufficient incentives for people to attend the  third annual  convention,  despite atheist novelist Sir Salman Rushdie being the headliner.   No word on what attendees of the previous two meetings thought of them,  or whether they just were not up for a third year of nihilism.

 

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November 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

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Witches everywhere…

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Halloween may be over,  but  the witches  are not.   The renewed interest in spiritualism and witchcraft stem from a variety of sources,  but a good chunk of it comes down to millennial confusion about religion,  which they don’t bother to learn anything about.   Witchcraft looks sexy and seems easy to access.  I can’t find a survey on whether white witches or black witches (good or evil,  not race) are the most popular,  but given that half of millennials would  rather live  in a socialist or communist country than a capitalist one,  I suspect they know as little about witchcraft as they do everything else in the world.

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November 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm