The title of this post is the title of the article posted and linked to below and what you are about to read will make more sense if you read the post from the Slow Facts Blog first. He has written a good piece and I posted a comment to his post and want to expand on what I said in my comment.
The publicity may play a part in what has created the mass murderer/school shooter and you have given a pretty good argument for your cause and I think you have a partial answer, but only a partial one. The larger part of what is missing are things like the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, I have been told it is a rarity in schools now days. The reciting of that pledge as well as the singing of the National Anthem helped me grow a love for this country, are kids being given a love for this country in school today? I am amazed to read that it is now possible to graduate from college with a bachelors degree and never have taken an American History class in your life. I read this in an online article written by a parent amazed at his child’s non-exposure to American history. I am afraid I do not have a citation for this article since I found it unbelievable upon first reading and had to read it several times to verify my understanding of what was being said at the time.
The onslaught against religion and morality in the public square is well known and documented by by the MSM. Do I have to talk about the other entertainment outlets discharging(as in sewer) filth into society? What passes for music is far more explicit than what was allowed in even the earlier years of my life. These things as well as many others were and are the fabric that holds society together, this fabric has been under attack by the political left for most of the last fifty years and the attacks are increasing with smaller and smaller amounts of time passing between attacks. Why do many on the right as well as the left attack this Republic and the principles it was founded upon for a globalist or socialist agenda that has never been shown to work better than the Capitalist Republic we had in the past?
In closing I cannot imagine a healthy society where a mother considers it a right to be able to kill her own offspring, yet that is considered by some to actually be healthcare! I am of the opinion that the young people of today don’t value life very highly because they have not lived enough of life to realize just how precious a thing it is and the older folks do a very poor job of showing them. How high a price can you set when it can be destroyed for the price of an abortion and we spend time in our schools teaching them to be pro-choice, that they only exist because their parents allowed them to continue existing and being able to snuff out the life of their children is a positive thing? What kind of self-worth are we giving them in that situation? We need to start repairing the fabric of society while we still have a society to repair, it will be to late when the socialist/globalist’s have already taken over. VOTE! while you still can vote for a non-socialist or globalist candidate.
I’m a consumer of news just like you are. After each mass murder, the news media shouts that attacks on our schools and churches are a growing epidemic. “Experts” appear on the news and tell us to turn in our guns to make America safer. Once we read past the headlines, then we can see that the media might not be interested in the truth. We are building mass murderers here in the US, and the news media is complicit in killing our kids.
It is easy to blame guns, but that doesn’t explain why we have mass murder today. Guns were far easier to get 50 years ago. They were also far more common. You could buy a gun at a gas station or at a hardware store back then. Children, even kids in New York City, brought their guns to school,..yet we didn’t see mass murder like we…
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I write this because of the absurdity of considering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for the Nobel Peace Prize. I cannot fathom how such a violent, hate filled and unreasonable group can even be spoken of in the same sentence except as a contrast to the peace prize. When I read that someone in the Norwegian Parliament had nominated them I wondered how they could even explain the logic of such a move? I soon found out. In the interests of full disclosure I am an American of a more right wing and conservative viewpoint so have a hard time understanding the logic of the European Left. I will quote from Bjørnar Moxnes press release:
As a member of the Norwegian parliament, I proudly use my authority as an elected official to nominate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nominating the BDS movement for this recognition is perfectly in line with the principles I and my party hold very dear. Like the BDS movement, we are fully committed to stopping an ascendant, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world, and securing freedom, justice and equality for all people. . . .
Where should I start in refuting what he says? I don’t disagree with the fact that as a member of the Norwegian Parliament he can nominate them or that it may be in line with his principles to do so, but from there we disagree completely.
That Israel is a growing and thriving democracy but how can you call Israel racist? The BDS movement is comprised of people who refuse to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist! I don’t think you can be anymore racist then that! I can speak to and discuss the politics of the left and do not simply dismiss them due to that fact until you get to the extreme left but again, in the interests of full disclosure I don’t deal well with the ideas of the far right either. I would consider myself far right centerist. I am deeply concerned about the legitimacy that would be given to the BDS movement by this award. The fact that he opposes something simply because it is right-wing is telling about his politics. I want to just comment about the last part of what I quoted by asking a question. How can you talk about seeking “freedom, justice and equality” if you refuse to acknowledge your opponents right to exist? This doesn’t seem very equal to me! I don’t think their is much justice in their position either. I am not welded to the idea of a two state solution unless both sides are committed to the safety and security of each other and right now I don’t think either side will really commit to that situation.
I ask that you go to the web site of an organization called United With Israel and go to there Calls To Action page and read more about this situation and make your voice be heard with theirs and hopefully many others. Trust me on this, NO true Christian believer wants to take the Holy Land from the Jewish People, they are G-ds Chosen People and that has not and will not ever change. Jesus Christ was a Jew and he was arrested after observing Passover. The Early people in the Christian Church still worshiped in the synagogues. I am just a simple believer and have no fancy theological degrees but do know deep in my heart that Israel is the land of the Jewish people and NO ONE should be trying to take it away from them. How much do I believe it you ask? If I wasn’t 58 years old and didn’t have a moderate to severe disability I would join the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) to fight for Israel. I do know that I can write and speak and will do so as long as I can to help both the Jewish people and the Nation Of Israel, who are so closely intertwined that is probably more correct to speak of them as halves of one thing. That is my view of the situation.
The nation of Israel has endured a constant onslaught since it was created by a UN resolution in 1948. Their capital is Jerusalem and has been for years, they are to my knowledge the only nation that has had their selected capital not recognized by other nations. Israel is the ONLY Jewish state in the world, and why can’t they set there own rules for who is a citizen? I find the hypocrisy of the world toward Israel and their ability to make normal decisions about their own sovereignty is reprehensible and needs to change, Trump did change something, he recognized Israel’s right to select it’s own capital. The two state solution will never work until the Palestinians are willing to recognize Israels right to exist! There are a few who don’t believe in a two state solution and think a single secular democratic state is the only solution. The secular democratic state is nothing more than the elimination of a Jewish state and the Palestinian’s cherished main goal!
I do not understand why there is such a blind spot in most people that seems unwilling to recognize reality when it comes to Israel. There is a cliche that bears repeating: If Israel laid down it’s arms they would be destroyed, If the Arabs laid down their arms there would be peace! There is one other thing that must be mentioned, How can there be peace in the Middle East if as a matter of policy the Palestinian Authority does not yet recognize Israel’s right to exist! Until they are willing to recognize Israel’s right to exist there can be no peace. Until people are willing, like President Trump Wednesday, to recognize reality, there won’t be a long lasting peace in the Middle East. Meanwhile, my Granddaughter needs to remember the correct capital of Israel, Jerusalem!
This is a very good article on the bill to create national reciprocity, an idea that on it’s face should be completely unnecessary, why isn’t a concealed carry permit treated exactly like a drivers license? I understand that would be anathema to states like New Jersey or Maryland, but they are exactly the states making it necessary by their complete unwillingness to issue permits to residents.
I hope that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell can find it in their hearts to pass this bill.
Their unwillingness to pass any legislation that might advance the agenda of President Trump should anger any freedom loving American. President Trump has been fighting a two front war since he took office with the Democrats on one side and the GOP establishment (GOPe hereinafter) on the other. In the case of a RINO like John McCain he should be listed on the same side as the Democrats. This has created a situation where GOPe candidates like Luther Strange get primaried by better candidates like Judge Roy Moore, God Bless Him. I am hopeful that many Republican GOPe candidates get treated just like Luther Strange and the message is loud and clear that Senators or the Representatives in the House that will not support the President won’t be supported anywhere else!
The current GOPe leadership is seems to be unwilling to stop the advance of the progressive globalist state. This enrages me because it seems that the party has globalist dreams of it’s own with cheap labor flowing across nonexistent borders and keeping profits high and real wages low. You may be wondering how this applies to the bill being discussed? I mention this only because it also brings to mind the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, another thing that the Senate has not addressed and stopped in it’s tracks. This treaty needs to stopped and consigned to the trash bin of history and national reciprocity passed! This article does a nice job of discussing the problem and if you live in Rep. Massie’s district give him a call and let him know what he needs to do, cosponsor H. R. 38 and help get it moving and then work on his Senate colleagues to vote for non-ratification of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, this would give the Congress success on two important items for freedom loving Americans! God Bless America!
In an unrelated item, I extend my deepest sympathies to the people of Las Vegas for the horrible losses that occurred yesterday from the attack. I will be praying for everyone effected by this tragedy please join me in praying for them and for America.
My friend David Cole wrote an outstanding article. I will comment tomorrow, but I want everyone to read David’s article on national reciprocity first. He allowed me to reprint it here. RM
Much has been made recently over Congressman Thomas Massie’s “calling out” of Speaker of the House of Representatives’ Paul Ryan refusing to move concealed carry reciprocity legislation forward. The problem is that while Congressman Massie is being publicly critical of Speaker Ryan’s inaction on reciprocity, Massie himself has yet to lend his name as a co-sponsor to H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.
Introduced in the House on January 3, 2017 by Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina, H.R. 38 has languished in committee since January 12th. And while the influence of the Speaker must certainly play a part, one has to question why Massie has not…
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This post started as a response to a question someone else had raised and I felt it deserved some expanding and further discussion. You can read that and an excellent discussion on what is happening to the liturgy here. The author of the question I was responding to said this: “At any rate, something has changed. “Maybe it is just because everyone is contracepting and children seem much more rare than before.”
Modern society, and we Catholics are included with that, have stopped considering children as a blessing and the medical community seems to consider pregnancy a disease to be dealt with and “cured” or eliminated so that other lives can continue uninterrupted. I wonder how many more people would be in the pews if contraceptive use was not as rampant as it is in the church today. It has been written there would be a substantial number more children and adults in the pews as well as vocations in the Convents and Carmels if this was the case.
It used to be very rare to see an only child, now it is commonplace. Would there be as much of a vocations problem in the church today if every family had three or four kids on average instead of 2 or even one? I was discerning a call to the priesthood when I was younger and was amazed at the overall attitude I encountered, many people when they heard told me I would be wasting my life and shouldn’t do it. I lived in a small parish and news traveled fast. When did this start happening? In my case it was the late seventies and early eighties’s. Do a large percentage of the people in parishes feel that way?
I submit they do and that is precisely because there are fewer children and service to the church is not considered as important due to disobedience on life issues. This means that service to the church is not considered as a gift but a burden to be avoided as a waste of life, which in a bizarre way your life is considered more important in today’s society but only in terms of you and not in terms of being open to new life or a vocation. We are much less aware of what a gift to ourselves as well as a gift to God a life of service to the Church can be instead of a burden, are we really being that selfish? Can we change that, and how? Is it possible that The Holy Father, Pope Paul VI was really more prophetic that he is usually given credit for? These are questions that we all need to answer.
This is a fantastic book and not only well written and emotionally challenging but creates an awe inspiring picture of two men who are shining examples of what it means to be both top officers and compassionate human beings. I wish I was half the man these two young men were starting to become. The book will be a excellent addition to anyone’s library.
I was truly awed by the stories of the two men and all they accomplished in their far too short lives. They both were described as having incredible work ethics and morals as well as incredible drive to succeed as Military officers. They were credits to the traditions of the U.S. military and both officers I would have followed just about anywhere. The beginnings of the Travis Manion Foundation are also covered in the book, which seems to be a wonderful legacy of two young men who were gone far too young.
The piece below is one I can agree with about the events in Charlottesville. I condemn the events of this weekend as does Brother Casey Cole OFM. I do not want there to be any place in my world for that kind of evil like the KKK, Vanguard America or any other racist or white supremacist group.
I also want to call out the groups who came or sent people to attend the counter-protest who couldn’t even be bothered to file for a Parade or Protest Permit. I don’t really feel like a permit should be required to exercise your 1rst Amendment rights but I also recognize the Cities need to know what is occurring inside it’s own borders. This is really a topic for another day.
The primary focus of his piece is that of reaching out and build bridges to these groups to help them to reorient themselves to a proper Christian Faith and renounce their white supremacist ways and opinions. I did not even think about that for a second until I read the piece on his blog and that says a lot about me. I was so focused on denouncing their actions that I did not consider the person performing the actions. Brother Casey did not make that mistake, he immediately focused on the person and not the action. I am of the belief that the violent protestors on both sides need to be punished for what they did and still believe that to be the case. But if we value our Christian beliefs we should try to reach out to those individuals in charity and help them develop true Christian beliefs and everyone around them should be doing the same thing. If that had been done by the people around him, would James Fields be sitting in the jail tonight? I don’t know the answer to this question and only God can truly give us the answer but Brother Casey does raise a question that we all must answer; Do my actions today advance the Kingdom Of God and Christs teaching or further hate and division? I know I was quick to think about punishing the guilty and never considered the bridges that we should build to end this hate. I know he has shown me the plank in my own eye in this instance, but I was more concerned about the splinter in other peoples eyes. We still have much to learn from Charlottsville I will hopefully carry forward this lesson from Charlottesville, it will be far better to be building bridges to the people around you instead of focusing on punishment for misdeeds. Because I know that I am not perfect and occasionally do things that others may not like!
In the wake of yet another tragedy yesterday, after yet another clash of ideologies that has resulted in violence, many Church leaders have called upon all Christians to “build bridges.” Taken at face value, who can argue with that from a Christian perspective? We are called to love our enemy, to include those who are different from us, to welcome the stranger, and to forgive those who offend of. Of course we are supposed to build bridges, we say.
But that’s not what I’m going to do. At least, not in the way that it’s normally meant.
You see, a bridge is a wonderful structure that connects two isolated areas and allows people to travel freely from one side to another. Generally, this is a good thing, as people who would otherwise never encounter each other are able to come together in the middle—maybe even go to the other side—to…
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This blog post makes me ashamed and angry on many levels, I do not believe I could be as courageous in the face of death. This shames me and probably many others who will choose to remain silent. The anger comes from the attack happening and being ignored by the mainstream media after an initial halfhearted report. We all understand in this fallen world that evil exists and there are going to be martyrs, but this is doesn’t excuse what happened. The fact that I was unaware of what happened until today tells me that coverage was minimal at best. The post below angers me because the truth sometimes hurts.
I am ashamed by the depth of my belief and sometimes despair I will ever change. I will admit I have always desired a deeper faith but have been unwilling to put in the work and effort required. Although I can attest to the power of prayer as I can now walk when Doctors and Physical Therapy seemed to feel that I had reached maximum improvement with just limited ability to walk. I had many people tell me they were praying for me to be able to walk independently, I wasn’t smart enough to know when to give up so I can walk better than staff ever thought I would be able to do. I am just telling you this so that you can understand I have no excuse for my spiritual laziness. I read stories like this and I want to almost weep in shame, but I don’t and wonder that I am not alone in this judging by what I read in the Christian/Catholic press. Please read the post below and I hope that you can take something positive from what the author writes.
When 22 people died outside a concert hall in Manchester, England, the media coverage was wall to wall. The cry went up that something must be done! Journalists followed the investigation. Press briefings were scheduled regularly. With broken hearts, we pored over color photographs of the victims, many of them only children, and we listened to bystanders describe their horror. The world grieved as the story unfolded for a week.
Five days later, 29 Christians in Egypt died when terrorists attacked their bus. Forty-two others were seriously injured and the assassins got away. That story vanished in less than 48 hours. No color photos. No interviews with authorities. No tragic details.
Here’s what you probably never heard. The Christian group of parents, grandparents, and children were traveling in two buses to pray at a monastery. Their vehicles were stopped by terrorists outside the town of Minya. After the buses were…
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People need to let go of this psychotic need to destroy President Trump, I understand they are driven into a frenzy because Hillary didn’t win the Presidency but the level of vitriol that he has been subjected to is unreasonable. The way that people and organizations have worked to obstruct his every move and declare his every statement or action as Presidential overreach or obstruction and even treason is disgusting. I am deeply upset and angry, but not at the President. I am angry at people who seem to put destroying this Presidency ahead of what is best for the country.
I firmly believe that he is trying to his best to fulfill the office of President and would do a reasonable job if given the opportunity. That Congress isn’t passing legislation on the agenda that he campaigned upon I am sure is cause for celebration in the Democratic Caucus. That he may never have that opportunity is a given, this gives rise to what is the far greater problem in all this disruption, the damage to the country. I am deeply concerned about the damage being done to not only the presidency, but the free press and Congress and the confidence in all three as well as the country as a whole. The destruction of these institutions and the confidence in them can be laid upon the shoulders of both political parties and leftist elements of society.
The politicians on both sides of the aisle have worked to disable and disrupt this president almost from the day he was elected, people such as Senator John McCain and Maxine Waters being two examples. Senator McCain has often spoken in ways that kept the focus on the most negative and damaging viewpoints and information leaking from the halls of government. Representative Waters is well-known for having called for the impeachment of the President before he even took office and her drumbeat for impeachment has only grown louder over the latest supposed misdeed.
Which brings me to the third group that needs to be singled out, the hard leftist rioters, they should be charged with at least sedition and if the violence gets to the point that there is constant and severe property damage and injury or even loss of life it be considered making war on the United States and the rioters be charged with treason. You will notice I said rioters and not protestors. Treating protestors harshly is wrong and a violation of the First Amendment and that would be inexcusable. I do not want to see legitimate protestors silenced anymore than I want legitimate questions or debate silenced, but much of what is being done is corrosive to the political process and to the country. Corrosion will damage steel underpinnings and I am afraid of what the corrosive atmosphere is doing to the underpinnings of the country. I can only ask that you join me and pray for the country.
God Bless The United States Of America.