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Saturday, November 26, 2016

News Weakly - 11/26/2016

Thank you for your service
Sgt John Perry was killed last week by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Because Sgt Perry accosted the bomber before he reached his target, Sgt Perry saved hundreds of lives. They reported that they found him shielding a woman when he died. In gratitude for this selfless service, passengers on a flight the family was taking to get to their son's funeral booed them because the air crew was trying to get them to their destination and asked the rest to wait while they deplaned first.

In an America that is no longer much concerned about the Constitution (think 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, electoral college, etc.) or even America as a community, this isn't very surprising. As one who served, I would like to thank Sgt Perry and his family for their service to this country and apologize for a nation that often forgets what protects their freedoms.

Meet the Press
Here's an excellent example of spin. NBC News chose to headline their story about Trump's Chief of Staff's Meet the Press interview as "Reince Priebus on Muslim Registry: 'Not Going to Rule Out Anything'." Muslim groups are ready to fight the upcoming Muslim ban. CNN is moaning about how it failed in the past and it's wrong, wrong, wrong. Everyone appears to be glossing over the fact that Priebus stated, "We're not going to have a registry based on a religion." He specified a ban on people "radicalized".

Without defending or attacking such a ban, I'd like to point out that the "press" who is intent on "informing the public" is not particularly intent on doing it fairly or evenly. Let's not let truth get in the way. Spin it. Because I'm not at all sure why there would be an outcry in America demanding that people whose singular intent is to kill and destroy as many Americans as possible be allowed into this country as a matter of rights. But let's not frame it that way.

The State of the Union or the Union of the State?
So they're pressing on. They've actually filed to have a referendum put on the 2018 ballot for California to secede from the union. They're calling it a "Calexit". When the South did it, there was war. When Texas did it more recently, there was ridicule. When Californians did it, they ignored it. (Some counties in California have begged to be made their own state, since California politics do not reflect their views.) But now it's a good idea. Trump was elected. That won't do. The most diverse melting pot state in the Union is "culturally different from the rest of the country". (Um ... yeah ... what did you expect? When I was in California we were proud of that.) And some media outlets insult California. Time to go.

So, ignoring the disunity of their own state and the union of the country, they want to take their marbles and go home. Stay tuned, boys and girls. This might get interesting. (I doubt it, but it might.)

History Repeats Itself
Remember how this went?

Democrats raise outcry against Trump, concerned that his inflammatory words could cause violence.

Democrat supporters hire people to cause violence at Trump rallies.

History repeats itself.

In debate Trump says he won't accept election results if he loses. Hillary supporters ridicule him.

In election, Trump wins. Hillary supporters won't accept the results of the election and demand a recount.

Very strange, indeed.

To Its Logical Conclusion
Okay, follow this through. The Bible says that humans have a problem. We "exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." (Rom 1:25) That is, we have a truth problem. The result of this truth problem is a failure to love the truth (2 Thess 2:10), a deceitful heart (Jer 17:9), a debased mind (Rom 1:28). We are blinded (2 Cor 4:4) and deluded (2 Thess 2:11). Following that, then, to its logical conclusion, we read that there is no such thing as a male body. The article assures us that we are "carelessly referring to women who are trans as having 'male genitals' or being 'born with a male body' or being 'anatomically male.' This language is both factually wrong and dangerous."

From their view, science is wrong, there is no male or female, and all you dopes out there that think so are "factually wrong" and dangerous. Welcome to the deceived heart, the debased mind, the blinded world.


Craig said...

Unless I'm completely wrong CA is in horrible financial shape and it seems as if secession frees the rest of us from being on the hook for that. It also evens up the electoral map. I also suspect that plenty of businesses will leave CA before secession which further weakens the economy.

I say good riddance.

Stan said...

See, Craig, it's people like you who are hurting Californians' feelings and making them want to go. (I'm being sarcastic, of course, but that was included in their complaint.) I have friends and family in CA. I don't know what they'd do if it changed countries.