Russia Hacks the Oscars

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Breaking News! It’s official! Russia hacked the Oscars! Putin switched the envelopes for the best picture award. There were loud cries of moral indignation and righteous outrage from the left-wing Hollywood Elites. Many tears of grief were shed resulting in elaborate Oscar gowns, some valued at many thousands of dollars, being totally ruined … stained with tears and running mascara!

An unnamed highly-placed source within the Oscar organization stated that spontaneous protests are currently being organized and will commence just as soon as they can get funding from George Soros and the signs they ordered back from the printers. #NOTOURLALALAND.

Hillary Clinton, just back from her latest staged “accidental” meet up with a loyal young female supporter in the woods, was quoted as stating she was ” 100% behind the downtrodden, disenfranchised and forgotten Hollywood Elites and would certainly be there for them in 2020!”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, upon hearing the news of this catastrophic occurrence, quickly went on the record, stating that, “This is simply additional evidence that President Trump should be impeached.  It should be illegal to traumatize the loyal supporters of so many undocumented illegal immigrants that cross our borders illegally! It is un-American and contrary to our unique American heritage,  After all, we are a nation of laws!”

President Trump, reacted to the news early this morning by tweeting, @POTUS Freaking Awesome!  The mainstream media outlets were outraged, then they were even more outraged, and finally, they were even more outraged! (Did I mention the mainstream media was outraged?)

The one bright shining light in this disastrous tragedy … Warren Beatty handled it calmly and brilliantly by doing exactly what actors do best. He read what was printed on the card even though it was dead wrong!

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Executive Order Limiting Muslim Entry To The U.S.

PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES

 

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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

 

     Section 1Purpose.  The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States.  Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans.  And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.

 

     Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States.  The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.

 

     In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.  The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law.  In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

 

     Sec. 2Policy.  It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.

 

     Sec. 3Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern

(a)  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall immediately conduct a review to determine the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.

     (b)  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit to the President a report on the results of the review described in subsection (a) of this section, including the Secretary of Homeland Security’s determination of the information needed for adjudications and a list of countries that do not provide adequate information, within 30 days of the date of this order.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence.

     (c)  To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening of foreign nationals, and to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals, pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).

     (d)  Immediately upon receipt of the report described in subsection (b) of this section regarding the information needed for adjudications, the Secretary of State shall request all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification.

     (e)  After the 60-day period described in subsection (d) of this section expires, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested pursuant to subsection (d) of this section until compliance occurs.

     (f)  At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment.

     (g)  Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.

     (h)  The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall submit to the President a joint report on the progress in implementing this order within 30 days of the date of this order, a second report within 60 days of the date of this order, a third report within 90 days of the date of this order, and a fourth report within 120 days of the date of this order.

 

     Sec. 4Implementing Uniform Screening Standards for All Immigration Programs

(a)  The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall implement a program, as part of the adjudication process for immigration benefits, to identify individuals seeking to enter the United States on a fraudulent basis with the intent to cause harm, or who are at risk of causing harm subsequent to their admission. This program will include the development of a uniform screening standard and procedure, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that the applicant is who the applicant claims to be; a process to evaluate the applicant’s likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society and the applicant’s ability to make contributions to the national interest; and a mechanism to assess whether or not the applicant has the intent to commit criminal or terrorist acts after entering the United States.

     (b)  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of this directive within 60 days of the date of this order, a second report within 100 days of the date of this order, and a third report within 200 days of the date of this order.

 

     Sec. 5Realignment of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2017

(a)  The Secretary of State shall suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days.  During the 120-day period, the Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, shall review the USRAP application and adjudication process to determine what additional procedures should be taken to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States, and shall implement such additional procedures.  Refugee applicants who are already in the USRAP process may be admitted upon the initiation and completion of these revised procedures.  Upon the date that is 120 days after the date of this order, the Secretary of State shall resume USRAP admissions only for nationals of countries for which the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence have jointly determined that such additional procedures are adequate to ensure the security and welfare of the United States.

     (b)  Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.  Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.

     (c)  Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.

     (d)  Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I determine that additional admissions would be in the national interest.

     (e)  Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest ― including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship ― and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.

     (f)  The Secretary of State shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of the directive in subsection (b) of this section regarding prioritization of claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution within 100 days of the date of this order and shall submit a second report within 200 days of the date of this order.

     (g)  It is the policy of the executive branch that, to the extent permitted by law and as practicable, State and local jurisdictions be granted a role in the process of determining the placement or settlement in their jurisdictions of aliens eligible to be admitted to the United States as refugees.  To that end, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall examine existing law to determine the extent to which, consistent with applicable law, State and local jurisdictions may have greater involvement in the process of determining the placement or resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions, and shall devise a proposal to lawfully promote such involvement.

 

     Sec. 6Rescission of Exercise of Authority Relating to the Terrorism Grounds of InadmissibilityThe Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Attorney General, consider rescinding the exercises of authority in section 212 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182, relating to the terrorism grounds of inadmissibility, as well as any related implementing memoranda.

 

     Sec. 7Expedited Completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System.

(a)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States, as recommended by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

     (b)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the President periodic reports on the progress of the directive contained in subsection (a) of this section.  The initial report shall be submitted within 100 days of the date of this order, a second report shall be submitted within 200 days of the date of this order, and a third report shall be submitted within 365 days of the date of this order.  Further, the Secretary shall submit a report every 180 days thereafter until the system is fully deployed and operational.

 

     Sec. 8Visa Interview Security.

(a)  The Secretary of State shall immediately suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program and ensure compliance with section 222 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1222, which requires that all individuals seeking a non-immigrant visa undergo an in-person interview, subject to specific statutory exceptions.

     (b)  To the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of State shall immediately expand the Consular Fellows Program, including by substantially increasing the number of Fellows, lengthening or making permanent the period of service, and making language training at the Foreign Service Institute available to Fellows for assignment to posts outside of their area of core linguistic ability, to ensure that non-immigrant visa-interview wait times are not unduly affected.

 

     Sec. 9Visa Validity Reciprocity.  The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment.  If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable.

 

     Sec. 10Transparency and Data Collection

(a)  To be more transparent with the American people, and to more effectively implement policies and practices that serve the national interest, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall, consistent with applicable law and national security, collect and make publicly available within 180 days, and every 180 days thereafter:

     (i)   information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; convicted of terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; or removed from the United States based on terrorism-related activity, affiliation, or material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national security reasons since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later;

     (ii)   information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and

     (iii)  information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and

     (iv)   any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.

     (b)  The Secretary of State shall, within one year of the date of this order, provide a report on the estimated long-term costs of the USRAP at the Federal, State, and local levels.

 

     Sec. 11General Provisions.

(a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

     (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

     (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

     (b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

     (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Justice or Vengance

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This Sunday also just happened to be September 11,2011 and the 10th anniversary of the attack on the world trade center in New York City.  In church I listened to a sermon by Reverend Joe Minarik that talked about forgiveness versus vengeance.  It was a well thought out sermon and I did enjoy listening to it, and it is often very true that some people mistake revenge for justice.  We all need to find forgiveness in our hearts for those people who have offended us … or how can we expect God to forgive us? 

How does that translate to September 11, 2011 and the actions this government took to punish the perpetrators of that heinous attack?  Did the U.S. seek revenge or justice.  Does forgiveness mean there is no consequences for evil actions?  Can we forgive those who do us wrong and still expect justice?

Consequences are sometimes necessary for us to learn … and I would say it was justice that most Americans sought after 9/11.  Not revenge!  Revenge would have been the indiscriminate murder of 3000 muslim innocent men, women, and children.  That did not happen.  Though we can argue about whether what we did was the right thing, anyone of sound mind and intellect should be able to accept that it was measured, restrained, and that every attempt was made to only go after Al Qaeda associates and their supporters.  We did not Nuke the Middle East.  I think my thoughts on Iraq should be clear from earlier posts, and yes, even Obama stated that Afghanistan was the “right war to be fighting” to achieve justice for the victims of the World Trade Center bombing.

Sometimes I get the feeling that some people do not mistake vengeance for justice, but instead they mistake justice for vengeance.  “vengeance is mine … saith the Lord” is often quoted by certain Christians as an exhortation to stand by and  to do nothing when horrific acts or events are playing out.   To me, Jesus’s lesson of “turning the other cheek” is not an admonition to go meekly to the slaughter … it is the defiant act of a warrior.  It clearly says, “that slap didn’t faze me … would you like to go for the other cheek as well!”  I have never bought into the Marvin Milktoast version of Jesus Christ.  Marvin Milktoast could not have survived 40 days in the desert,  run the money-changers out of the temple, faced down Satan and demons, or endured the suffering Jesus endured during his crucifixion.  Jesus was a warrior … like David or Sampson …a warrior for God … with a keen understanding of where and when not to use force or violence.

God gave us as sense of right and wrong, a free will, and a thinking mind!  The belief that “divine intervention” is the only biblically correct means to stop the evil acts of others is simply a cop-out and an excuse to avoid personal responsibility.  I am reminded of a story about a pious man sitting on his roof as the flood waters rose about him.  A truck came by and his neighbors shouted for him to climb in;  they were headed for higher ground.  He refused their help, saying that he had faith God would rescue him.  The water kept rising.  A boat came by and the rescuers hailed the man.  Again the man refused rescue saying that he was waiting for God to come and save him.  Still the water kept rising.  A helicopter flew overhead and tried to lift the man to safety.   Again the man refused, yelling that God would save him. The water continued to rise.  Sometime later the man stood at the Pearly Gates and Peter opened them to let him in.  The pious man, his faith shaken and feeling somewhat miffed, asked Peter why in Heaven’s Name God had not come and rescued him?  Why did God let him drown?  Peter looked at the man and said, “Sorry. God was sort of busy that day.  However, he did manage to find the time to send you a truck, a boat, and a helicopter.  Why did you not jump on one of those?

While violence is and should always be the last resort, the fact is that if only evil men are willing to use violence, only evil men will win.  Here are a few quotes I like:

“An unwillingness to deal forcibly with violence does not equate to moral rectitude!”

~ Mary Malmros

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it!”

~ Pericles

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing!”

~ Edmund Burke

 

 

What Is A Patriot Warrior?

The Spirit of a Patriot Warrior!

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Do You Love Your Country?

Patriot Warriors are simply people who believe in the underlying principles that this great country was founded on; the “inalienable rights” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In todays America, there are some people who would deny the Creator simply so they can deny you your inalienable rights … because rights that merely emanate from men … in the form of a government … can easily and legally be taken away from you by another man or another government.

People tend to hold on tighter to rights they believe emanate from God … and are often willing to die to preserve them. Inalienable Rights cannot be legally or easily taken away for you by man or even a government!

These left-wing liberal/secular-progressive/socialists count on the fact that rights simply allowed you by other men, or by a government, are not often worth dying for.

There are some wealthy people in this country that simply do not want you to have “inalienable rights.” They want to be in charge, and to rule a socialist American patterned after that shining beacon of world liberalism, France … or maybe Sweden. They want to create a country where you and I know our place … and where they can lead the aristocratic lifestyle they long for … the lifestyle they imagine the old European aristocrats living.

And … of course they … and those Americans gullible enough to accept their liberal propaganda and mass media brainwashing, will deny such a devious plot exists. Put the proof is in their own words, the words of those like Sara Brady, George Soros, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others:

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Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.“
— Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum, The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.

For more on the George Soros / Barack Obama connection, Click here to visit Road Sassy … a new favorite blog I discovered!

The hardcore socialist, Hillary Clinton wants to empower the government to take whatever it wants from you and give it to who ever it wants. It is very easy to see her leanings in the disastrous “HillaryCare” attempt (“It’s time to put the common good, the national interest, ahead of individuals”), and in her idea that the “village” (state) should raise the child.

Consider Hillary Clinton’s September 28 pitch to a Congressional Black Caucus symposium:

“I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they … have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that down payment on their first home.”

Given roughly 4 million annual births, Clinton’s proposal would cost taxpayers some $20 billion each year.

Hillary Clinton has said: “I am a fan of a lot of the social policies that you find in Europe.”

It is important, however, to remember that socialists always exempt themselves from the restrictions they place on others. And, whatever they allow you to have … they will have a whole lot more … after all, don’t they earn it by taking care of you? ……. and you will have NO SAY in the matter at all. You gave up that say when you gave up your rights, voted them into office, and asked them to take care of you because you are unable to act and think for yourself!

So what is a Patriot Warrior!

Zee spells it out nicely on her blog Road Sassy! I love this quote:

I’m an American. Even during my hippie days, it meant something to me. I’ve never had a problem with it. Apparently there are those in the world who do.I’ve never been a political animal, it always having been something I could comfortably ignore. Until now. My politics have become an ‘a la carte’ adventure, a mosaic still being created. I have much to study, much to learn. But here is what I do know. I am frigging American to the bone and, the greatest threat to western civilization that I have so far espied is the one who comes riding in on the Trojan Horse of Liberalism Progressives.

So, be warned. Hell hath no fury as a woman who has found her allegiance and rediscovered her country. I’m an American.

Zee

How does one become a Patriot Warrior?

Culture Warrior

Here is a warrior code I try to follow. I adapted from the Traditional Warrior code found in Bill O’Reilly’s book, Culture Warrior … and use it in my karate dojo as well:

A Traditional Warrior Code

  • Always keep your word.
  • Always be considerate of others.
  • See the world as it it really is, not as you wish it were.
  • Honor and defend your country.
  • Always make sound-judgments based on the facts.
  • Respect and defend the rights and property of others.
  • Cultivate real mental toughness.
  • Defend the weak and vulnerable.
  • Deal with all problems in a straightforward and honest manner.

Not a whole lot in that code that left-wing liberals, socialists, or secular-progressives even try to follow … is there?

How do patriot Warriors handle life in the modern world? Here are a few examples:

  1. Warriors handle rejection by being persistent and eventually forcing people to believe in them, not by whining and crying about discrimination!
  2. Warriors say no to unemployment by studying harder and increasing their qualifications until they find a great job, not by looking for a government handout!
  3. Warriors handle unexpected events by being flexible and able to adjust to changing situations, and not simply by screaming “unfair!”
  4. Warriors handle failure by learning from it and using it as a step on the road to success, not by quitting or crying to the government for more handouts!
  5. Warriors say no to depression and unwanted emotions by attempting to achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and working to master their emotions, not by going on a cowardly murder/suicide rampage and killing innocent people!
  6. Warriors handle life’s problems by challenging them and working at them until they are solved, not by going to the government for yet another handout!

Becoming a Patriot Warrior!

How can you become a patriot warrior?

First, understand that letting yourself be overcome by the any problems the world throws your way, or resigning yourself to your fate is just a choice. Your subconscious mind simply scans its available choices every time it faces a crisis and selects the best choice available.

Therefore, becoming a patriot warrior is no more than adding a new choice in that list so that your subconscious mind can choose it. This choice is to fight on instead of giving up in the face of pressure.

Another step is working on changing your self-image from a helpless victim style to a pro-active warrior style. For example, instead of thinking “why does this always happen to me … why do I always lose my job;” you could think, “OK, the economy is shifting … what do I need to do to be able to take advantage of the change?”

A third step is to stop listening to the left-wing media that specializes in airing only the bad news and promoting the anti-American secular-progressive, socialist agenda. At least listen to both side of the discussion and make a decision on your own!

Listening to that left-wing media crap all day long would make anybody feel helpless and desperate. Do you ever ask yourselves why there is absolutely no good news from Iraq on CNN, MSNBC, or CBS?

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I always wondered that myself!

To make a long story short, patriot warriors do have problems and troubled times, and they understand our country is not perfect … but they still choose to look life straight in the eye rather than choosing to be victims, … and they realize that though, America is indeed not perfect, it is still better vastly than any other country out there … including France and Sweden!

Have you become a patriot warrior yet?


God Is Not Dead

God, Jesus, and Inalienable Rights

We The People …

Personal religious beliefs are a touchy subject for many people, but the fact remains that our country was founded on a belief that embraces the ideal that “man is endowed by his creator with certain inalienable rights.” This fact is reflected in the Declaration of Independence, on many of our monuments, on our money, in our National Anthem and in other historic American music.

The Ten Commandments, while not the only source by any means, did help form the basis for our system of justice, and until recent years, could be found on the walls of many courthouses throughout this country. They are still found, along with a depiction of Moses and many other other important lawgivers, as part of the symbolic architecture of the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Perhaps ten to fifteen percent of the people living in this country are uncomfortable with this fact, many try to deny it, and still others actively seek to have any reference to God erased from American culture. In my opinion, this movement by left-wing progressive liberals is simply an attempt at tyranny by the minority … because eighty-five to ninety percent of Americans claim some level of Christian religious practice in the lives. In a true democratic republic … 85% would beat 15% hands down any day of the week.

The fact is that, by definition, without a God, there can be no “inalienable rights.” This, in essence, would mean that our “right” to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are merely granted to us by whatever regime happens to be in charge at the time … and therefore … could be revoked at any time by whatever regime happens to be in charge later.

Some political actors and citizens living in this country would actually like to see this happen and are working toward that goal. Not all American citizens are happy with our “American experiment” and long for a return to the Aristocratic lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthy in Europe … at the expense of the rest of us … the peasantry.

Now, I am not a Bible thumping Christian. I believe there is much, much more to the Christian story than that which can be found in the Bible alone. The Bible is certainly an important piece of the Christian puzzle. It is certainly a guidebook for Christian moral values; and it is also certainly a good history of the development of Christianity and Christian thought.

However … though the Bible is certainly a book written by men who were truly inspired by their firm belief in God and who felt awe for his wondrous creation, it was not written by God himself. And … whether you accept the doctrine of “Original Sin” or not, we all know that man has his flaws and is certainly not infallible. Therefore, I have a very real problem with the idea of a literal interpretation of the Bible.

I do however have, and have always had, a firm and unshakable belief in God, and with it, a firm and unshakable belief in our God-given inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I also believe that living one’s life according to the teachings of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is the true path to follow.

That being said, I do not find anywhere in Christ’s teachings, the many prohibitions, and guilt trips that organized Churches and their leaders like to inflict upon their faithful parishioners. In fact, the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, and the many parables told by Jesus as passed on to us through his disciples, can all be distilled down to one central core idea … the golden rule:

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also unto them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Today, many modernists like to argue that Jesus was not the Son of God, but that he was simply a great moral teacher. They just cannot except his claim to be the Son of God.

However, if Jesus was not the Son of God, and was simply a man … and then, as a man, said the sort of things He did say, Jesus would not be considered a great moral teacher. He would be considered either a lunatic (on the same level with a man who says he is an eggplant) or an evil, plotting liar.

We, as human beings, simply have to make a choice! Either Jesus was and is the Son of God … or Jesus was a madman … or something worse.  You could simply dismiss Jesus outright as a liar and a fool … or you could dismiss Jesus as an evil, plotting liar… or you can accept Him as the Lord God. But to consider him nothing more than a great moral teacher is simply patronizing nonsense. Jesus, by his words and actions, did not leave that choice open to us!

Creationism v. Evolution

Creation

Recent events in the scientific community have proved, at least to me, that one of my deeply held core beliefs is true. That core belief holds that science and religion do not disagree … unless, of course, you happen to adhere blindly to the extreme of either side of the science (science requires atheism) v. religion (literal interpretation of the Bible) argument and choose to ignore the evidence.

Here, in a nutshell, are the two extremes of the argument:

On the one side, we have prominent evolutionist, Richard Dawkins, who holds the point of view that evolution requires atheism. He claims “Faith is the great copout, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.” He argues that faith is the belief in spite of the evidence, or perhaps, because of the lack of evidence. Dawkins states that faith, being a belief that isn’t based on any true evidence, is the principal vice of any religion.”

On the other side of the argument, we have Christian fundamentalists who attack science as deceitful or even dangerous, and point to a literal interpretation of the Bible as the only reliable means of discerning scientific truth. The late Henry Morris, a leader in the creationist movement is a prime example, claiming, “Evolutions lie permeates and dominates modern thought in every field. That being the case, it follows inevitably that evolutionary thought is basically responsible for the lethally ominous political developments, and the chaotic moral and social disintegrations that have been accelerating everywhere.” For Henry Morris, when science and the Bible disagree, science has obviously misinterpreted its data.”

However, for me, the belief in God has always been an entirely rational choice, and, despite the best efforts at dissuasion by many of my friends and acquaintances, I have always felt that the principles of faith are, in fact, entirely complimentary with the principles of science.  St. Thomas Aquinas tried to make this argument many years ago, some argue he succeeded and some argue that he failed … but in Thomas Aquinas’s defense, he did not have the powerful tools of modern science at his disposal.

The Human Genome: An Instruction Manual Written By The Hand Of God

Human Genome

In June of 2000, President Clinton made a speech in which he said, “Without a doubt, this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by humankind. …Today, we are learning the language in which God created life. We are gaining ever more awe for the complexity, the beauty, and the wonder of God’s most divine and sacred gift.”

The Human Genome is made up of all the DNA of our species; it is the “hereditary code of life.” This recently discovered text is a mere 3 billion letters long and written in a bizarre and cryptographic four-letter code. This code is so amazingly complex that, if we attempted an out-loud reading of this code at a rate of one letter per second, it would take thirty-one years, reading day and night, to complete it. If we were to print this code out in a regular sized font on a normal bond paper and then bind them all together, it would result in a tower of paper as tall as the Washington Monument.

As Dr. Francis S. Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, stated, it was a humbling and awe-inspiring experience, when he realized he was looking at the instruction manual on how to build a human being, a manual previously known only to God.

I ask you … who else could have written this book? Do you honestly believe that something so complex and so precise … evolved by accident? The odds of that are so fantastically remote that they defy any kind of scientific credibility.

This is a text that could, at least in my opinion, be on one level even more profound than the Bible … it is truly a “sacred text” that was actually written by the hand of God himself!

Dr. Francis S. Collins

By the way, Francis S. Collins is no longer an atheist.

This Human Genome revelation also brings into question many of man’s previously held beliefs and should also bring to a screeching halt several of man’s heated debates:

Here are a few examples:

First, it provides powerful support for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. How can I say that you might ask? Creation and Evolution are opposing theories … aren’t they? Not any more! Unless, of course, you choose to cling to a literal interpretation of the Bible (a text inspired by God) and ignore the Human Genome (a text written by God).

Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory basically states that man evolved from a common ancestor with natural selection operating on randomly occurring variations. Using the human genome as a whole, a computer can now construct a tree of life based solely upon the similarity of the DNA sequences of multiple organisms. And … it can do this without the fossil record, carbon dating, anatomical observations, or finding the “missing link.”

Evolution, Intelligent Design, Creationism; these are man’s terms … they are name given to man’s attempts to explain his own creation and, in truth, have no consequence to a God who exists outside of time, and who by definition, can not exist inside the very universe He created. God, in his creation of life, could have used any of these theories, a combination of these theories, or none of these theories … as they are defined by man. He is, after all, God.

The unlocking the human genome also proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that at the DNA level, all mankind are genetically the same … we really are one race … descendant from one common source … a scientifically provable Adam and Eve.

Wow! That kind of knocks a really big hole in the arguments made by racial purists … doesn’t it. In fact, it blasts those misguided, often hate-based ideas into smithereens.

Listening to the current battle raging between theologians and scientists, an astute observer could easily ask, “Haven’t we heard this same song before?” These conflicts between man’s interpretation of scripture and man’s scientific observations are nothing new … just the same old song and dance, my friends.

Galileo

Remember Galileo? Galileo was a brilliant scientist and mathematician born in Italy in 1564. He is the one who first told us that the earth actually revolves around the sun. Which … in the 1500-1600’s, was a terrible blasphemy condemned by the Church.

A Dominican Friar, Caccini, stated that geometry is an instrument of the devil and mathematicians should all be banished as authors of heresies.

After all, doesn’t Psalm 93:1 say that “The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved,” and Psalm 104:5 also states that “He set the earth on its foundation; it can never be moved.” Ecclesiastes 1:5 states that “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.”

Tell me … is the problem really with God’s wondrous creation, or could it simply be that man’s inspired descriptions of it … fall a little short?

Copernicus wrote “To know the mighty works of God; to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power; to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of his laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge.”

That, my friends, is the job of science …

God Is Very Much Alive

Contrary to the pronouncement by Friedrich Nietzsche, God is certainly not dead!

I have known that for a long, long time. Every time I stand on some Smoky Mountain peak at sunrise, or paddle my canoe slowly up some wild and pristine Adirondack stream, or gaze up at night at the star-filled heavens, … and my eyes and ears take in the awesome beauty of his creation and I can feel God’s presence in my soul.

And now … thanks to science and the Human Genome Project, we have the scientific proof that can be seen with our own two eyes. The human genome is the secret to one of God’s greatest miracle … how to create a man!

The War Between Science And Religion

Albert Einstein

A scientist, Albert Einstein, saw the poverty of a purely scientific world view. Einstein wrote, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

The Bible, in Proverbs 19:2 warns us against having a well-intentioned but misinformed religious fervor saying, “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge.”

I think it is about time to put this silly, escalating war between religion and science to rest. It has never really been necessary at all. This war has been initiated, perpetuated, and intensified by extremists on both sides, who, like Chicken Little, like to run around screaming a warning of imminent ruin and destruction … if the other side is not quickly vanquished.

Science is not threatened by God … science is simply man’s attempt to understand God’s creation. Science by its nature is self-correcting. Bad science does not stand long before honest scrutiny. And God is certainly not threatened by science … after all, God made it all possible. The more we learn about our Universe … the more awesome it becomes … the more we become truly aware of God’s hand in its creation.

Sincere seekers of the truth embrace both science and religion … both call to them equally. It is time to abandon the same old tired war between science and religion … and to answer that call. The future of our world depends on it.

I am reminded of a joke about a group of scientists who struggle to uncover the secrets of the universe. They strive hard … advancing up that steep mountain … step by painstaking step … sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing … often having to begin again … and … finally … finally … reaching the mountain top! And … what do they find when they get there? A group of priests who ask, “What took you so long?”

Afghan Journalist Sentenced To Die For Article Download!

Ok … Ok, I know all the progressive, left-wing liberals out there in la-la land believe the United States of America is the true evil empire and that we should be more tolerant of other cultures …. embrace the Taliban … and be more understanding of Osama Bin Laden’s noble war to bring truth to the unenlightened Western infidels and to correct all that is wrong in the world today.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is right … is the war is lost? Are Hillary and Obama absolutely right … should we pull our troops out … let the terrorists consolidate their hold over the rest of the known world first?

What happens then … when we are truly all alone in the world? Do we wait … so we can fight them in our own back yard. According to some, that would be the “smarter” … more “PC” way to win the war against terror!

I mean, after all, who the heck do we think we are … defending our principles and our way of life from attacks by radical Islamic terrorists … of all the nerve.

… Give me a break!!!!

Here is another fine example of the kind of world we will live in after the democratic party’s complete surrender of the United States of America to Islamo-Fascist rule.

A 23-year-old Afghan journalist, Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, was sentenced to death Tuesday by a three-judge panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for distributing an article about Islam and women’s rights.

[Do feminists support surrendering to radical Islam? If so, I wonder why … they really should really rethink that position … and take a good at who they are going to vote for in the upcoming November election.]

The article … which he downloaded from a website that Muslim clerics have determined is insultling to Islam … dared to questioned why, if Muslim men can have four wives, why can’t a Muslim woman have four husbands.

Enraged judges said the article humiliated Islam … and members of a clerics council have pushed for Kaambakhsh to be executed. His case now will go to the first of two appeals courts. Muslim clerics are busy leading protests to keep Kaambakhsh from being released.

Jean MacKenzie, country director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, which helps train Afghan journalists, believes that Kaambakhsh is really being punished for stories written for IWPR by his brother, Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi.

“We feel very strongly that this is a complete fabrication on the part of the authorities up in Mazar, designed to put pressure on Parwez’ brother Yaqub, who has done some of the hardest-hitting pieces outlining abuses by some very powerful commanders in Balkh and the other northern provinces,” MacKenzie said.

OK! So … does that make it alright? What about free speech and the Freedom of the Press. These used to be liberal war cries … sadly, not any more.

Liberals in America, and the rest of the Western world, have lost the will and the guts to wage war … or to even defend themselve … from illiberalism. Unfortunately, the radical Islamists have plenty of will … and guts!

When you cut to the chase, either Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh has been sentenced to die for reading and thinking about something he did not have permission to read and think about … or he has been sentenced to die because his brother, Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, thought and wrote things he did not have permission to think or write about.

Neither case bodes well the future of the modern world! Of course, if you want to live in a barbaric Dark Age … ruled by a Taliban-like Caliphate … well hey … go for it!

I, myself, am not too keen on the idea.

But … this certainly does look a lot like a war of clashing ideologies to me … hmmmm!

rushdie.jpeg

Anyone out there remember Salman Rushdie? Or … the teacher that was almost beheaded for letting her students name a Teddy Bear Mohammad?

We know where the left-wing liberals in New York and California stand. Of course … someone should probably remind our gay brothers and sisters that there are no gay Muslims … they are all dead … or just not yet executed! Just ask President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who stated there are “no homosexuals in Iran.”

Mahoud Ahmadinejad

But, what about the rest of America? What about the common everyday real Americans these left-wing liberal American apologists scoff at … and consider not intelligent enough to understand their radical anti-American enlightened ideas? What does America really stand for to them?

Why do the marines I have spoken with tell me not to believe what I see on CNN or what I read in the New York Times? Why do they volunteer to go back? Why do they hate Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama … I mean … after all … they just want to bring them home safely!

It is because they know what this country stands for! It is because, unlike Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and that military embarrassment John Murtha … and a few others who can’t see the forest for the trees … they understand the enemy we face! And … they know what the consequences are for losing this ideology-based clash of civilizations … we call the “War on Terror.”

Merry Christmas

I watched a video clip the other day on Fox News about two women from New York , Ughetta Jilleba and Dale Kolareck, who are expanding their “It’s OK to Say Merry Christmas to Me” campaign.  They are associated with the Pope John Paul II Court of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  This is such a wonderful idea. The money they raise goes to support food banks and the homeless.

I get so fed up with these secular-progressive liberals out there who claim to be so tolerant.  They are very tolerant … when it comes to  supporting gay rights, pardoning convicted cop killers, releasing pedophiles back into society, supporting terrorists who are attacking American citizens, pornography in prime time television, apologizing for America’s endless list of crimes against radical Islamists, or befriending local communist dictators.  However, when it comes to Christians and saying “Merry Christmas,”  somehow they are so easily offended and often nastily intolerant.

I am so glad to see that Lowes has backed off from selling “Family Trees” this year and is going back to selling Christmas Trees.  They are even re-releasing their “holiday,”  or dare I say it … Christmas catalog, to correct the little  “Family Tree” issue.

It is all so very odd to me!  I have never been offended by hearing “Happy Hanukah” or seeing Muslim women wearing their veils.  I personally think the Rastafarian “hair style” is a little extreme, but I am not offended by it. Why are these such open-minded, tolerant people so easily offended by wishing folks a Merry Christmas, Peace On Earth, or Good Will Toward Men?

Anyway, I ordered twenty of these “Its OK to Say Merry Christmas to Me” buttons.  I may order more.  I will certainly wear one and will give one to anyone I know that wants to wear one.  It is certainly OK to wish me a Merry Christmas!!  In closing I am going to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  If that offends you … get a life!!

If you wish to order some of these buttons (they are $1 each), here is their contact information:

Email cdjpii@aol.com or call 845-893-6368.

Checks or money orders may also be mailed to:
Catholic Daughters Court John Paul II
C/O: Hallel Missionaries
175 Route 340
Sparkill, NY  10976

Buttons cost $1 and car magnets cost $3.   

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