Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Clement of Rome chastises the first century Christians at Corinth

“So the worthless rose up against the honoured, those of no reputation against such as were renowned, the foolish against the wise, the young against those advanced in years. For this reason righteousness and peace are now far departed from you, inasmuch as every one abandons the fear of God, and is become blind in His faith, neither walks in the ordinances of His appointment, nor acts a part becoming a Christian, but walks after his own wicked lusts, resuming the practice of an unrighteous and ungodly envy, by which death itself entered into the world.”Chapter III of The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Clement of Rome (ca. 96).  Christian Classics

Sounds so familiar, doesn’t it, like it could be this week, but this is the letter of Clement of Rome to the Corinthians.  Any Christian who suspects the first century church had it all together should read the church fathers. Early Christians seemed to be following every whim and whiff and lust of the culture, and squabbling among themselves.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Gay backlash

From the Wall Street Journal:

“It didn’t take long for the backlash to emerge after the Supreme Court handed down Obergefell v. Hodges. From opponents of same-sex marriage one heard the usual empty talk about constitutional amendments and civil disobedience. The fiercer—and uglier—backlash came from the victors.

A case in point is the Patriot-News. The Harrisburg, Pa., paper rushed out an editorial that began celebratorily enough: “June 26 just became a de facto national holiday for gay Americans. . . . [Justice Anthony] Kennedy nailed it: There are no rights more fundamental than due process and equal treatment under the law.”

Not even free speech? Definitely not, according to the Patriot-News, which in the same editorial announced this new policy: “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.””

But remember, it’s all about love.

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN (humor)

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13.. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!

Note: In the last update, OED added twerk, FLOTUS, yarn-bombing, and crowdfund. That sounds sort of American English to me. The first edition took 44 years to complete 1884-1928.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The President was heckled at the LBGT Pride gathering, but . . .

“The press reported on this “scolding” approvingly. NPR noted that the president “shut down” the heckler. CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley called it a “smack down.” Missing from the fawning coverage was a revival of the insinuation that, because of his race, President Obama has been the “most disrespected president in history.” Why? Perhaps because the heckler wasn’t a Republican or a right-wing pundit but an illegal immigrant and transgender activist protesting the detention of LGBTQ migrants slated for deportation.”  Matthew Hennessey

Blackface actors insult blacks, drag queens insult women

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Blackface” is a style of theatrical makeup that originated in the United States, and is used to make an actor look like a Black person, but in a very exaggerated way. It is the countenance of an iconic, racist American archetype—that of the “darky,” as Blacks were often called in the past. Blackface also refers to a genre of musical and comedic theatrical presentation in which blackface makeup is worn. White blackface performers in the past used burnt cork, and later greasepaint or shoe polish, to blacken their skin and exaggerate their lips. They’d often wear woolly wigs, gloves, tailcoats, or ragged clothes to complete the transformation. Later, Black artists also performed in blackface. http://www.blackhistory.com/content/61585/blackface

The Left will call this hate speech

SCOTT WALKER: " I call on the President and all Governors to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. No one wants to live in a country where the government coerces people to act in opposition to their conscience. We will continue to fight for the freedoms of all Americans."

About that rainbow flooded White House Obama set up

The White House doesn't belong to the current residents and their values; it's the people's house. Leftists are all about tearing down the flag--this one. They don't care about what happened 150 years ago. They re-enslaved those who were set free.

Christians for a Sustainable Economy's photo.

Which party cares about minorities?

While one U.S. party attacks a flag, monuments, statues and historical sites of a war that was won 150 years ago, another party saves lives. One party says they care about a past they can't change, the other party actually does something about saving the future.

“Right now [2013] abortion on demand in the black community, according to the archives of the Tuskegee Institute, from 1882 to 1968 – 86 years – the Ku Klux Klan lynched 3,446 Negroes,” [Walter] Hoye said. “While it took the Klan 86 years to accomplish this, abortion on demand in America accomplishes that in less than 4 days.” Hoye's numbers are based on the Guttmacher Institute's (research arm of Planned Parenthood) fact sheet on induced abortion in the United States. Tuskegee's records also show 1,297 whites were lynched. Abortion is seen as a compassionate way to keep children from the effects of poverty and poor parenting, even by some Christians.  Twisted.

Norma Bruce's photo.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

There is no judicial branch

Andrew C. McCarthy: “Yet, for all the non-stop commentary, one detail goes nearly unmentioned — the omission that best explains this week’s Fundamental Transformation trifecta. Did you notice that there was not an iota of speculation about how the four Progressive justices would vote? There was never a shadow of a doubt. In the plethora of opinions generated by these three cases, there is not a single one authored by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor. There was no need. They are the Left's voting bloc. Once it has become a given that a critical mass of the Supreme Court is no longer expected, much less obliged, to do law, then the Court is no longer a legal institution. It is a political institution. That is where we are. We should thus drop the pretense that the Court is a tribunal worthy of the protections our system designed for a non-political entity — life-tenure, insulation from elections, and the veil of secrecy that shrouds judicial deliberations.”

Who is this man?

I wonder who paid for the disgraceful, gaudy light display at the people's house in Washington DC; I wonder why it was all ready to go when the SCOTUS decision was announced; I wonder why this president is so effortlessly divisive; I wonder why he lied to the American people about so many of his core values in order to get elected.

Justice Thomas dissent

CitizenLink's photo.

Millennials now outnumber the Boomers

It is the millennial demographic which now outnumbers the boomers that has made the cultural earthquake in drugs, marriage, pornography, genderism, and bigotry when its views are not accepted. They were more than willing to toss a bone of "love" and "dignity" and give up on marriage for themselves, which huge numbers didn't want anyway because it means commitment and growing up to face adult responsibilities. The White House lit up in rainbows yesterday, but until 2012, President Obama ran from and lied about this issue to maintain the support of blacks. This is what we've become, a nation of the duped led by a liar.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/25/millennials-now-outnumber-boomers-census-says/29294241/

Statement from NALC Bishop The Rev. John F. Bradosky

Contrary to Jesus’ authority and teaching about marriage that affirms the Father’s intention in creation, the decision by a majority of the justices of the United States Supreme Court today to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states is tragic, but not surprising. Many Americans live with the arrogance and delusion that contemporary wisdom makes our understanding superior to the revealed truth of God’s Word. In this context the high court’s ruling redefines relationships and marriage as a right preserved as a matter of human “dignity.” Such dignity is based on an individual determination of fulfillment and morality without regard to external truth or teachings that preserve the greater good of all society. The Supreme Court has foolishly endorsed this idolatry. . . .

NALC congregations and pastors can legally continue to teach, preach and practice our confession:

We believe and confess that the marriage of male and female is an institution created and blessed by God. From marriage, God forms families to serve as the building blocks of all human civilization and community. We teach and practice that sexual activity belongs exclusively within the biblical boundaries of a faithful marriage between one man and one woman. (Common Confession 6, Marriage and Family)

http://thenalc.org/wp-content/uploads/Documents/Teaching%20Statements/Marriage-Law-Cover-Letter-2015-JUN-26.pdf

Friday, June 26, 2015

Ten hymns on aging and our “golden” years

http://www.hymnary.org/hymnal/ALY1976

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I'm generally not a joiner, but as a age, I appreciate hymns and liturgy more. "The mission of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada is to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing." If the sermon, announcements and Sunday School lesson are a bust, and the layman reading the Bible passages mispronounces all the place names, hymns and liturgy are there for us to worship Jesus, the whole point of attending. This organization looks promising:  http://www.thehymnsociety.org/

Sing for Joy is the St. Olaf choir web site with beautiful choral music that follows the lectionary. http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As Justice Scalia said

“You would think the answer would be obvious—so obvious there would hardly be a need for the Supreme Court to hear a case about it,” Scalia wrote. “In order to receive any money under §36B, an individual must enroll in an insurance plan through an ‘Exchange established by the State.’ The Secretary of Health and Human Services is not a State.”

“Having transformed two major parts of the law, the Court today has turned its attention to a third. The Act that Congress passed makes tax credits available only on an ‘Exchange established by the State.’ This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere.”

As Scalia sums it up: “The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.’ That is of course quite absurd.” The practical consequence is that despite the limiting language, tax subsidies will continue to flow to people who buy medical-insurance policies in the majority of states, which have not established exchanges.”

In my opinion, we no longer have 3 branches of government.  In fact, I’m not sure what the Supreme Court is.  It doesn’t seem to be about what the law says, even a poorly written law like Obamacare which no Republican voted for and no Democrat read. This is the end of the American experiment; words mean nothing.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Never waste a crisis, Mr. President

I personally hope the governor of SC will remove the Confederate flag, but then all progressives, Democrats, Occupiers, Socialists and junior faculty who teach college freshmen Communist mush will have to promise not to go after other forms of free speech and memorials. Ha. We know that will never happen. The flag demand is just the prelude to a symphony of rage, so bring it down if you wish, but don't for a minute think it will stop there.

Ft. Hood where the Muslim terrorist who wasn't considered either but killed 13 and injured over 30, is named for Confederate General John Bell Hood. I've never understood that because although he was considered very brave, he was reckless and lost a lot of battles. Maybe he helped the North win and that's why it's named for him. And plenty more are also named for Confederates with a vast majority of US Army installations below the Mason-Dixon line named after Confederate generals. So no, I don't think if these demands are met (remove a flag flying over SC) it will end, [motto of the President's aide, Emanuel, Never waste a crisis]. And of course, all the U.S. military, if you know anything about the left.

http://www.examiner.com/article/should-u-s-military-bases-named-after-confederate-generals-be-renamed

Wal-Mart, Amazon and others to stop selling Civil War confederate symbols

Our educational theme this week at Lakeside is WWII. We've reviewed the horrors of the European theater and the Pacific theater. Within just a few years after the end of the war on two fronts we were trading partners and chummy with Japan and Germany. Our academics were agonizing over whether the bomb was necessary and paying reparations to Japanese Americans. My father brought home souvenirs made in Japan after the war when just a few months before Americans were trashing everything that had a Japan stamp on it. The U.S. rushed to save the starving and battered Germans and helped rebuild their cities we had been destroying.

But it seems we have a segment in our own country, primarily leftists who are unhappy that in the last 50 years Democrats have lost the vote south of the Ohio River particularly the last decade, that just must continue to punish the South. The internet is alive with calls for retribution—150 years later—for the sins and evil of Dylann Roof.  The patriotism in the southern states could put the North Eastern blue states to shame as they push our country toward socialism and statism, the very political ideas our fathers and grandfathers fought. Major retailers are rushing to please their government bosses, removing the remnants of the Confederacy while still selling Nazi paraphernalia. But then Nazi is short for "National Socialist," a system of government where private businesses were allowed but the government regulated everything from the idea to the owner to the employees to the supply chain to the consumer. A system that taught, "You didn't build that."

On Tuesday, several well-known retailers, including Wal-Mart and eBay [as well as Amazon, Target, Etsy, Sears], announced they would no longer sell or offer merchandise featuring the Confederate battle flag. But, Twitchy said, a number of people noticed a bit of hypocrisy in the items remaining for sale.

Walmart, for example, continues to offer Che Guevara posters for a mere $46.55. Guevara, Biography.com said, "was a Marxist revolutionary allied with Fidel Castro who went on to become an iconic cultural hero." The retail giant also offers at least three Lynyrd Skynrd CDs that prominently feature the battle flag as of this writing. We contacted Walmart to determine if they intend to remove the items but have not received a reply. The retail store, however issued a statement on its decision. [we never intend to offend anyone].

http://www.examiner.com/article/hypocrisy-seen-efforts-to-scrub-confederate-battle-flag-from-public-view