Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fear Me, America!

For those out there alarmed at the prospects of war with North Korea, I can only say that once again you have been duped. What is it exactly that makes you think North Korea is a threat anyway? It's a lot of hand-waving to distract you from other matters.

The greatest threat to you, my friends, is the loss of your freedom. The global elite think they know what's best for the sheep and the cattle. You see, there are far too many of us. We've been allowed to breed way past what nature can provide, or so they tell us. The truth is, there are so many of us now, if we discovered what was behind all the lies and greed and wars and corrupt governments and banks and were moved to action, we could easily overpower our leaders and their paid stormtroopers.

To make matters worse, we're all going to die because of the blinking climate change. They say the discussion is over. No more debate. We're all gonna die.

Before that happens, however, the government and the media says we must drop our old-fashioned morality and accept new ways of having sex. I don't know if I'm up for that. Additionally, those of us in America must stop believing in borders and national sovereignty because, you know, it's not good for a global perspective. Yep, we're going to change our laws to be more inclusive. We're adding sharia law to municipalities so Muslims will feel more at home. Heck, Christian churches are being pushed out anyway for being patriarchic. Well, that's okay, you can still be a Methodist.

Plus, there is no room for bigots anymore. Yes, I mean you, white America. You've been pampered long enough. Your free pass is over. No more free speech for you.

The globalists and the forces of the progressive left now control your television set and whatever your little mind thinks about. Make no mistake, it is they who anoint our leaders. They want you to be afraid and they do not want you to have faith in anything beyond their control. You live by their rules.

Still concerned about North Korea? Don't be. In a show of force this week, NK splashed two rockets that were intended to send fear into the hearts of all Americans. North Korea has between 10 and 24 nukes, or so they say. The US has thousands. Task Groups from the US Seventh Fleet are presently cruising the waters off the Inchon Peninsula and armed with enough ordnance, nuclear and otherwise, to make North Korea little more than a memory.

There's plenty to be wary about, but North Korea isn't one of them; unless, that is, you're vacationing in Pyongyang.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Science Delusion

Rupert Sheldrake on science and belief. 18 mins 19 secs.


"It was raining hard in 'Frisco, I needed one more fare to make my night. A lady up ahead waved to flag me down, She got in at the light.

Oh, where you going to, my lady blue, It's a shame you ruined your gown in the rain. She just looked out the window, and said "Sixteen Parkside Lane".

Something about her was familiar I could swear I'd seen her face before, But she said, "I'm sure you're mistaken" And she didn't say anything more.

It took a while, but she looked in the mirror, And she glanced at the license for my name. A smile seemed to come to her slowly, It was a sad smile, just the same. And she said, "How are you Harry?" I said, "How are you Sue? Through the too many miles and the too little smiles I still remember you."

It was somewhere in a fairy tale, I used to take her home in my car. We learned about love in the back of the Dodge, The lesson hadn't gone too far. You see, she was gonna be an actress, And I was gonna learn to fly. She took off to find the footlights, And I took off to find the sky.

Oh, I've got something inside me, To drive a princess blind. There's a wild man, wizard, He's hiding in me, illuminating my mind. Oh, I've got something inside me, Not what my life's about, Cause I've been letting my outside tide me, Over 'till my time, runs out.

Baby's so high that she's skying, Yes she's flying, afraid to fall. I'll tell you why baby's crying, Cause she's dying, aren't we all?

There was not much more for us to talk about, Whatever we had once was gone. So I turned my cab into the driveway, Past the gate and the fine trimmed lawns. And she said we must get together, But I knew it'd never be arranged. And she handed me twenty dollars, For a two fifty fare, she said "Harry, keep the change." Well another man might have been angry, And another man might have been hurt, But another man never would have let her go... I stashed the bill in my shirt.

And she walked away in silence, It's strange, how you never know, But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for, Such a long, long time ago.

You see, she was gonna be an actress And I was gonna learn to fly. She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky. And here, she's acting happy, Inside her handsome home. And me, I'm flying in my taxi, Taking tips, and getting stoned, I go flying so high, when I'm stoned."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Confederate Heroes Day

Confederate Memorial Day is also called Confederate Heroes Day in Texas. It is a public holiday observed by the US states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas since the end of the American Civil War to remember the estimated 258,000 members of the Confederate States Army, Navy, Marines, and militia who died in combat while fighting the damn yankees. The day is also marked by observances in other states (God bless them.). It is observed in late April in most Southern states to recall the surrender of their last major field army at Bennett Place on that date in 1865. The war officially ended with the signing of Presidential Proclamation 157 on August 20, 1866.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Inverted Symbolism

An upside-down cross, or the inverted cross, is a symbol with a long history and, in modern times, divergent meanings. As its name implies, an upside-down cross is simply a Latin cross turned so that the crosspiece is closer to the bottom than the top. A person hanging on such a cross would be positioned head-downwards.

For centuries, the inverted cross was considered a Christian symbol, based on an ancient tradition that the apostle Peter was crucified upside down. One version of the story says that Peter, facing martyrdom by crucifixion, requested that his cross be inverted because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Christ. The upside-down cross, sometimes called the Cross of St. Peter or the Petrine cross, thus became a symbol of humility. The inverted cross is sometimes associated with the pope, who Catholics believe can trace his authority back to Peter. Artwork featuring the Petrine cross may contain an overlay of the “keys of heaven,” based on Matthew 16:19.

Recently, however, it is common for the upside-down cross to be used as a symbol of atheism, humanism, and the occult. Several black metal bands use an inverted cross to call attention to their supposed devotion to Satan. Upside-down crosses appear in horror movies such as The Omen and The Conjuring as a signal of demonic activity. The symbol crops up in tattoos, on pendants, and as a logo on t-shirts. Sometimes, it is accompanied by statements such as “Believe in Yourself,” “There Is No God,” “Black Mass,” or “Not Transformed.” In these contexts, the obvious intent of the inverted cross is to declare an opposition to Christianity. Turning the cross upside down becomes a means of denying the truth of Christ and mocking His sacrifice.

So, what is the meaning of an upside-down cross? It depends on the context. When the symbol is used in a church setting, it is most likely a reference to Peter and the manner of his death. In other contexts the inverted cross is often an anti-Christian symbol. In our fallen world, holiness is often mocked and what is good and pure is twisted by the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4). The cross, a symbol of Christ, is turned upside down to become a symbol of the devil.

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Just Beer

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Climate Change -- Another Government Program

Environmentalists are being used by globalists to push the false propaganda of a threat to humanity and the Earth due to carbon emissions. Why haven't you figured out yet that the whole thing is a scam designed to replace western culture with beehive socialism? As a result, environmentalists are called “watermelons” – green on the outside, red on the inside. Red – as in Communist.

Well, environmentalism is now all about ending capitalism. Exaggeration?

The 1970’s Global Cooling Compilation – Looks Much Like Today: “A compilation of news articles on the global cooling scare of the 1970’s.”

Flash back forward – and it is suddenly, magically, Global Warming. Which – when the planet stopped warming nearly two decades ago – suddenly, magically became Climate Change. All (totally irreconcilable) variations on a theme. It’s the greatest scam on Earth.

The ultimate goal remains the same – to end capitalism. And the fuel of capitalism – is oil. Gut the oil industry – and you undermine the entire capitalist system. And they are always looking for new and inventive ways to do it. To wit:

The Dangerous Ideological Roots of Climate Disclosure: “Having failed in their attempt to paint energy companies with the same brush as tobacco companies, environmental activists have switched tactics and are now accusing publicly traded oil and gas corporations of hiding the true costs of climate change to their businesses. The effort threatens to change the current focus of financial reporting—which is to provide salient information to investors—and instead serve the policy agenda of liberal activists.”

The anti-capitalists are nothing if not resilient:

“It’s no surprise that global-warming activists are turning to financial disclosure as a political tool. Labor unions and environmentalists have become adept at using shareholder leverage to embarrass corporate managements, forcing them to spend time and money on compliance and defense, and steering them toward the activists’ social and political goals. However, attempting to subvert reporting requirements goes well beyond what these entities have attempted.”

And a consistent government assistant in the anti-capitalism movement – hails from very Lefty New York State:

Crazy enough to believe in climate change?
“They have enlisted New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman to lead the cause. Earlier this year, he announced that he is looking at whether Exxon Mobil ignores the true risk of global warming in evaluating its energy reserves. If global warming accelerates, Schneiderman’s logic goes, then Exxon would be stuck with fossil fuel reserves rendered worthless by future regulations or a concomitant reduced demand for oil.”

Get that? Schneiderman is attempting to punish ExxonMobil – for failing to properly guess and then calculate how much government will punish ExxonMobil in the future. Of course, he’s by no means the only government flunky in on this – the lackies at the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are too:

“In 2010 the SEC issued an interpretive guidance document to remind companies to disclose business risks created by climate change.(T)he SEC wanted companies also to disclose the potential impact of legislation, regulations, and international accords related to climate change on their businesses, as well as any negative effects on the production process or consumer preferences.”

The multitudinous layers of government demand companies accurately project the cost of prospective, as-yet-non-existent taxes, laws and regulations – that the multitudinous layers of government might at some point in the future impose.

Obnoxious? Absolutely. Hypocritical? More than a little. We can’t get government to accurately assess the damage done by the taxes, laws and regulations they have already foisted upon us, even though there is existing law requiring that they do so.

These are petroleum businessmen – not regulatory soothsayers. There’s only one way for them to know how much governments will damage them in the future. That is for governments to pledge to not damage them in the future.

But they are thoroughly ensconced in their propaganda – so I’m sure they aren’t holding their breath waiting for that -- but they should because, you know, the air is poisonous and such.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Moment Of Clarity

As a social integrating concept, diversity does not work. Diversity does not make us stronger. As a matter of fact, diversity helps to fragment communities and foment discord. Diversity does not work as an answer to social integration. I mean, think about it. You want to throw Jews and Muslims together in a Chicago high-rise? No! Of course not. So why would we insist on throwing together other "diverse" groups whose members, or at least a portion thereof, hate one another for racial or religious reasons? Heck, I generally can't stand government workers. I sure don't want to live beside one. Diversity. Ha! What a load of steaming animal byproducts.

The wise and judicious Democrat US Senator Al Franken of SNL fame.

Maxine Waters is still calling for the President's impeachment on NO GROUNDS at all other than disagreement with his politics and his skin color. I'm sure Maxine will soon pick up on the next news piece:

Twenty-five researchers made a drastic break away from ethical standards by meeting at Yale University on Thursday to discuss evidence questioning the commander-in-chief’s mental health. The "experts" were unanimous in their conclusions that the president suffers a combination of personality disorders and they defended their conclusions by saying it was their ‘ethical responsibility’ to warn the American public about the ‘dangers’ Trump poses to the country. They insisted the president displays anti-social, narcissistic and chauvinistic tendencies that, they believe, are grounds for impeachment.

On a side note, I feel that the government should pay off my mortgage and buy me a new pickup because I have put up with bitter and self-centered relatives and bosses my entire life. I deserve a break and a position of great importance.

I keep wondering about the Bible verse written on Aaron Hernandez' forehead. Was it written backward? Did he use a mirror or maybe he had one of his pals in jail ink it for him. John 3:16 was the verse. Ya think somebody snuck in there and killed old Aaron and made it look like a suicide? There's a pretty good chance that's the way it went down. Edit: now the MSM is saying Hernandez may have offed himself because he wanted to hide the fact he was secretly gay. Speaking of which, in a recent interview, Kaitlyn Jenner (aka Bruce Jenner, Kat to her closest friends) says if you go after the transgender community, then she'll go after you. To my knowledge, I have no transgender friends, neighbors, or relatives. It has never crossed my mind to "go after" one of those people.

If you're a member of the Democratic Party, for all intents and purposes, you are a communist. If you voted Democrat in the last election, your ideology identifies you as a communist. My guess is, you have no problem being labeled a communist because you have no sense of history and little to no regard for freedom. Also, you probably think Hillary is the smartest woman in the world which permanently marks you as a total idiot. You should subscribe to Maxine Waters' Youtube channel.

I don't think Bill O'Reilly is much of a loss to the conservative side. He will be replaced by half a dozen others with better temperament and brains.

Nationalism is on the upswing, in case you haven't noticed. Lots of liberal hand-wringing over the new perception. Yet, with all that said, it's best to remember, Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Thank you, Mr. William Muny, for helping to clear the bar after closing.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Texas Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoleta lindheimeri)

I ran across one of these critters today while looking for a, oh well, never mind. These types of snakes are good to have around so I wished him well and we parted company. Here's the lowdown on the Texas rat snake.

The Texas rat snake is one of the most commonly encountered species of non-venomous snake in North Texas and this is especially true for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These are large snakes capable of growing more than 77 inches (2 m) in total body length. The largest individual recorded measured 86 inches (2.18 m). Despite their size, Texas rat snakes are non-venomous and pose no threat to humans. This species is highly adaptable to a wide range of environments including forest, grasslands, suburban areas, and even locations within an urban setting.

The presence of this snake in any setting near human habitation is a strong indicator that rodents such as rats and mice are also in the vicinity. These snakes are effective and efficient predators of disease spreading rodents. Diseases such as the plague and Hantavirus can be fatal to humans and have been identified from rodent nest in the Tarrant County. Fortunately, snakes are immune to these and do not transmit the illnesses to people. Asides from disease, rats and mice are responsible for damage to buildings, crops, and homes. Because of the benefit this snake serves, it should not be killed or molested.

Texas rat snakes are excellent climbers and there have been occasional reports of Texas rat snakes climbing the sides of brick walls on buildings. This can be the result of the snake-detecting the presence of rodents, which often seek shelter in attics. This species will also climb trees in pursuit of eggs, birds, and squirrels. In many rural areas where poultry are maintained this snake has earned the common name ‘chicken snake’. This is due to the snake’s enthusiasm for freshly laid chicken eggs and chicks.

Texas rat snakes use constriction to kill their prey. Upon encountering a prey item, the snake strikes out, secures a grip with its teeth and immediately wraps its body around the animal. Once the coils are around the animal, the snake flexes its muscles as the prey exhales. This prevents the prey from inhaling another breath and it eventually dies of suffocation. Once the prey is dead and unable to resist, fight back or present a health risk to the snake, the rat snake begins to feed.

Texas rat snakes are bold and ready to defend themselves from perceived threats. When approached they may vibrate their tail; raise the front portion of their body off the ground in an ‘S’ shaped configuration, hiss and sometimes strike. Striking and biting are often a last resort after being harassed. If the snake is grabbed it will usually bite and smear fecal matter onto its captor. The wound caused from the small needle-like teeth of this species to the hand is superficial at most. Often the bite mark is gone within a day or two.

As seen in the photographs, adult specimens can be variable in coloration from one location to the next. Specimens found in the eastern portion of the state often bear a dark gray base coloration while those encountered in the oak woodlands of central Texas display a more yellowish tint. Despite the regional variations in color, the flesh between the scales of this snake is reddish orange.

Unfortunately, this beneficial and harmless species is often confused with venomous snakes such as copperheads, cottonmouths and western diamondback rattlesnakes. Because of its size, this species has also been the source of many ‘boa and python’ sightings. This is not because Texas rat snakes are difficult snakes to identify, but instead because the individual making the claim is not familiar with snakes native to Texas.

The Kardashev Scale

The Kardashev Scale speculates about advanced civilizations while grouping intelligent civilizations into three broad categories by the amount of energy they use:

A Type I Civilization has the ability to use all of the energy on their planet. We’re not quite a Type I Civilization, but we’re close (Carl Sagan created a formula for this scale which puts us at a Type 0.7 Civilization).

A Type II Civilization can harness all of the energy of their host star. Our feeble Type I brains can hardly imagine how someone would do this, but we’ve tried our best, imagining things like a Dyson Sphere.

A Type III Civilization blows the other two away, accessing power comparable to that of the entire Milky Way galaxy.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's April 19th, the anniversary of the bloody attack on the Branch-Davidian complex outside Waco, Texas where the US federal government gassed and burned 82 men, women, and children in a show of force. The criminals in the FBI and ATF and Special Ops groups were never brought to justice. The operation was carried out in the first days of the Clinton presidency (1993) and was ram-rodded by none other than Hillary Clinton herself. Overview of the Davidian Massacre.

Why has there been such a cover-up of the truth about Waco? Simply put, the truth is too terrible for the American people to hear: federal agents twice attacked and murdered a total of 82 civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly. And the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our “Constitutional Republic” let them get away with it. All branches have a vested interest for finding federal agents innocent of all crimes – protection of their own perks and privileges.

Don't Let Me Down

Our press has really let us down. A free press is required in a democracy to act as a watchdog on both government and corporate forces. Unfortunately, the US no longer has a free press. It is, rather, owned and manipulated by the very forces it is supposed to watch. How corrupt have we become? So corrupt, in fact, most people have quit paying attention and have invited the corruption into their personal lives.

What's the press NOT writing about that they should? For one thing, they won't report on any tragedy that’s not Western-centric. For example, the outpouring of fury, despair, and grief by the corporate press over the Paris attacks highlighted the bias of the mainstream media towards Western victims of terrorism. There were two suicide bombings in Lebanon the day before the events in Paris, killing 37 and wounding 180, but they were only mentioned in passing in the sensationalist coverage of France’s tragedy, nor were they mentioned in the minutes’ silences and vigils conducted across the Western world in the aftermath.

From the horrors of the Congo’s bloody civil war to Erdogan’s persecution of Turkish Kurds, from Boko Haram’s ongoing reign of terror in Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon to the plight of Sudanese refugees, the mainstream media picks and chooses which human lives deserve our empathy and which don't.

Have you heard about the Indonesian fires? The Indonesian wildfires that caused devastation to the country’s people and wildlife last year were largely ignored by the mainstream media until several months after the devastating event began. The fires were started by loggers to clear the way for controversial palm oil plantations and caused health problems for over one million people. The World Bank estimates that the fires destroyed 2.6 million hectares (6.4m acres) of rainforest between June and October, costing $16.1bn and causing untold loss of life to the endangered animals who depend on the forests for their survival. Probably one of the biggest stories you heard nothing about because Indonesia is far way and poor.

France slipped into Martial Law and nobody said anything. The truth is, the terrorist attacks in Paris were used as justification by the French, British and German governments to join military strikes in Syria. They were also used as justification by the French government to severely restrict freedoms at home. Immediately after the events of November 13 (2015), the French government began closing down alternative news sites. The President also declared that anyone’s house could be searched without a warrant, websites could be blocked without warning, and citizens could be put under house arrest without a trial. Activists hoping to march in Paris at last month’s Climate Conference were disappointed to learn that France’s state of emergency also included a ban on protests. Some French politicians are pushing to install GPS trackers in rental cars, re-write the Constitution to allow for martial law, block free wifi and Tor, and combine state databases, which would give the state access to citizens’ personal medical records.

Amnesty International, along with many French bloggers, expressed concern that the Government had imposed martial law in response to the terrorist attack. They have a point. Isn’t a restriction of freedoms at home exactly what extremists would want? John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director of Europe and Central Asia, said in November: “It is a paradox to suspend human rights in order to defend them.”

Many bloggers agreed and said they were scared about the situation in France. One wrote:

I’m currently living in Paris, the city where some fanatics killed people because they were listening to music, watching a football match, or simply enjoy beers in a bar. I was living in the neighbourhood of where those tragic event happened. Now I’m scared.
I’m not scared of terrorists.
I’m scared of my own country.
I’m scared because different is now starting to mean dangerous.

The anonymous blogger goes on:

France’s emergency measures were reported by the mainstream media, but there was little analysis or debate about whether they are justified: the myth we have to trade in our freedoms to get security has become a normal part of everyday life.

When is somebody going to tell the truth about ISIS? A growing body of evidence strongly suggests the Islamic State:

Would not exist at all if it weren’t for the Pentagon’s terrible handling of the 2003 Iraq invasion
- Is funded and armed by Western allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia
- Continues to grow due to oil sales to Turkey
- May have ties to the British government and Israel
- Appears to be part of a bigger geo-political plan by the USA and Britain to destabilize the region, using the corporate press to lie to the public in order to gain popular support for more endless oil wars. (Shades of 9/11!)

Why do they call it ISIS anyway?
I know. Do you?

The mainstream media continues to peddle the tired old narrative that the Western coalition are in Syria specifically to fight ISIS. If this were true, it would be logical for these countries to support Russia in its war against the terrorist organization. Yet coverage of Vladimir Putin in the corporate press continues to be entirely negative, despite the fact Russia single-handedly took out 40% of the Islamic State’s infrastructure in just one week. The revelations above have been completely censored by the corporate press, which is becoming less credible by the day.

You see, the thing is, mainstream is no longer mainstream. The press takes its marching orders from the highest bidder. These days, that is the globalists, the corporatists, the socialists, and the communists. Generally, people in the US seem to have forgotten that communism is the greatest source of death and disorder in modern government.

What's really crazy is that the proponents of socialism admit lives will be lost in the long march toward equality. What they fail to admit is that individual freedom simply can no longer be tolerated and that it will take billions of lives in order to control the destiny of everyone on Earth. And that's what they want to do.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

That's right, it's tax day in the US. I don't know about your country, but here in the US, if you're late paying your taxes or fudge the numbers or just don't pay at all -- you can wind up donating all your property to the federal government and your freedom as well. They will put your derriere in jail for a long time alongside murderers, rapists, paedophiles, convicted lawyers and used car dealers. There is no special cushy cell for tax cheats. The most important thing for the US government is to keep those taxes rolling in. It's not fair, it's not right, but it is the way it is.

The US government uses the federal income tax system as a way to oppress the American population. Obama used the IRS as a weapon against his political enemies. It probably wasn't the first time that happened, either. Remember Lois Lerner taking the 5th?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice." -- John Adams

Sunday News And Views

It's Easter! Happy Easter!

Hired Leftist thugs attacked President Trump supporters in Berzerkley, California and the mayor instructed the police chief to stand down. They want Trump supporters to be beaten. These California mayors and the mayors of so-called sanctuary cities in the US are likely to see a pushback they cannot control. And the Democrat-inspired civil war continues. Lawsuits for everyone! Eventually, somebody went to work because 16 rioters were arrested.

Maxine Waters continues to make asinine remarks about anything related to the President. She is bold along with her massive stupidity as she calls for the impeachment of President Trump on the grounds of... GROUNDS! We don't need no stinking grounds! We don't need to give a reason to impeach Trump! He's racist! That's all you need to know!

In other Democrat hand-wringing this week, now the global hand-warmers say we have only 10 years to save the planet. That's not much time. They better get busy and begin attacking more conservatives in the streets or else, ya know, the ice caps are going to melt and we're, like, going to drown. Or something.

President Donald Trump has appointed freedom of conscience and religious liberty defender Roger Severino to head the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). What a stroke of genius. You see, Severino is a Christian.

Draining the swamp, one government agency at a time.

Even with all the news that does find its way to the American public, you can't really believe anything you see or read these days. It's ideology versus ideology so pick a side. There isn't going to be any room for conscientious objectors. You won't be able to stand on the sidelines without being hit. The Democrats and globalists appear to want to force confrontation. Okay, so let's give 'em what they want. See you in Berzerkley.

There are lots of side-shows in the news. The real work is going on without much fanfare. For instance, are you aware that beginning after the election of Donald Trump to the White House, peadophile rings across the nation were being busted up and members arrested? These include several prominent Democrats, so I've beel told. One rumor claims the wealthy head of a car dealership in Weatherford was arrested, but it cannot be verified.

Is North Korea a problem? Not really. Another side-show.

Global domination by one, misinformed, hungry-for-power group. Now, that's a problem.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review of The Shack

I rarely go to the cinema anymore because it has gotten to be such an expensive proposition. First, there is the ticket, of course. Even with discounts for being a veteran or a senior citizen or a child maybe, admission is often 100% more than it was when I was attending the triple Wednesday horror show at the Bellaire Theater in Houston. Once you're inside, the smell of popcorn drives you crazy until you relent and purchase a bag. For $25, you can buy a big container, take it home with you and bring it back next time. They'll presumably fill it up without ever charging again, but you still have to pay $25. If you want a one shot deal, you have to pay $4 or $5. Naturally, all that popcorn makes you thirsty and Dr. Pepper is the only liquid that can satisfy that sort of thirst. Cha-ching, another $4 to $5. If you've got a sweet tooth, that's another 4 or 5. Anyway, it's too dang expensive to go to the movies anymore, but I did anyway because my date wanted to see a particular show.

Okay. She wanted to see a movie entitled The Shack. Derived from the popular Christian book, The Shack overall has a gracious message that is presented via an unorthodox view of the nature of the Holy Trinity and in so doing commits several egregious heresies. It could have been a little more entertaining (it was long and slow) and if you like didactic and preachy, then this is one for you...

The story opens with our hero as a boy (Mackenzie, Mac) watching his drunken Christian father beat his mother. Afterward, Mac pours strychnine into his father’s alcohol bottles yet this murderous plot is ignored for most of the movie. These scenes remind us that white Christian males in the US are secret drunks bent on controlling their wives and children through physical coercion and cruelty. At this point, we are being set up to appreciate the ultra-wisdom and philosophy of the long-suffering black American woman.

Years later, Mac is grown and we see him and his family on a camping trip. When the older daughter and son capsize in a canoe, Mac swims out to save them leaving the youngest daughter Missy alone. Missy is subsequently kidnapped by some nut roaming the woods. A manhunt is instigated and they find Missy’s red dress and blood on the floor in a shack in the Oregon Mountains.

Time passes and one day Mac finds a letter in his mailbox inviting him to the shack to renew his relationship with “Poppa.” Poppa is the name his wife and daughter gave to God.

Mac suspects the letter is from the murderer and so takes his neighbor’s four-wheel drive truck and drives to the shack. On his way, he almost collides with a truck -- it's a plot point. Mac finally makes it to the shack and has a bit of a mental breakdown. On leaving, he meets up with a guy who he thinks might be the killer but as it turns out, the guy is Jesus. Yes, THAT Jesus. Jesus asks Mac to return to the shack, which has been supernaturally restored and there he meets the other two sides of the Holy Trinity. God the Father is portrayed as an African-American woman who looks like Mac’s childhood neighbor; God the Holy Spirit is portrayed as an Asian woman.

If God was a woman...
I found that part of the story to be particularly blasphemous. Why? Because the producers attempted to anthropomorphize aspects of God and while doing so, they pictured God in an iconic politically correct light. So the Holy Spirit is a beautiful Asian woman with magic powers and broad sex appeal. The female black version of God was a ringer for the Oracle in the Matrix movies with the same sort of smart-mouthed banter we've come to expect from portrayals of black people in our sold-out and useless media. By the way, the "banter" is weak and generally poorly written.

All righty then, these three aspects of God try to help Mac forgive Missy's unknown murderer by sending Mac on different quests. On one excursion, Mac meets a woman sitting on a throne who says she is the personification of Wisdom and explains that Mac is trying to be a Judge in place of God.

Returning from the cave, Mac walks on water with Jesus and then is sent on another quest to bury his daughter. Afterward, Mac is allowed to view departed spirits, one of whom turns out to be his father, who forgives Mac, apparently for poisoning him to death with the strychnine. At that point, God tells Mac he can either stay or return home. That's when we learn old Mac actually got hit by that truck mentioned beforehand and he's been recuperating all the while in a hospital bed. All that God stuff? It was all in his head. Or was it?

Anyway, there are Christian affirmations in the movie, but these are mixed in with subtle, politically-correct messages. You might not like to hear this, but in Christianity, God is not a woman -- neither is any scriptural reference to God as a woman. Presenting the Holy Spirit and God Himself as female delivers a message to the audience that is opposition to scripture. And who is this "Wisdom" character represented by yet another female? Some demigod the Bible does not mention? Additionally, The Shack offers a non-scriptural view of the resurrected body that offers very little hope or joy, as well as an easy forgiveness that never asks Mac to repent of his own sins.

Homoiousianism is the heretical Arian doctrine that Jesus is of a similar, but not identical, substance or essence to God the Father. In the orthodox Nicene Creed adopted by Christian churches, however, Jesus Christ is of the identical substance or essence as God the Father. The heretical monophysite view of Jesus denies his human nature whereas the orthodox Christian position is that Jesus is both human AND divine. Ultimately, The Shack diminishes the need for Jesus Christ to have died on the Cross and passes along the notion we are really nice people who can be perfected.

One could write tons and tons of theological treatises about the aberrations and unorthodox views in the movie. In many ways, The Shack is a politically correct guide to spiritualism, Spiritism, cheap grace, and ignores the power of the Cross and the power of the Resurrection. All while calling itself Christian.

Even so, my guess is the producers of the movie tried to do the right thing. Unfortunately, in trying to repair the theology of the popular but misleading book, they failed to create a compelling, dramatic movie.

Most of the movie gives the audience a string of scenes punctuated by unconvincing speeches full of pithy phrases delivered with condescending expressions. It all made me wonder if God is going to make fun of me when I get to heaven (if I get to heaven -- maybe after this review, I won't make it.). Also, the movie has very little action. I did think the camerawork was good.

Like Siddhartha, The Shack teaches that we can create our own Heaven or Hell and that God is who you make Him (or a politically-correct Her) out to be and all our problems can be solved by just being nice. Oh brother, wait a minute. What brings us face to face with the power of the Cross, however, is that just being nice is never enough to reconcile us to God or our neighbors.

The Shack takes on the human condition and the nature of God in a fictional feature film. The results have implications for spiritually susceptible individuals. While The Shack is not anti-faith, or anti-Christian, it attempts to explain God’s nature outside of what scripture says and in so doing takes away the mystery and holy reverence. Strong caution is advised when viewing The Shack. Subtle blasphemy.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Most Persecuted People On The Planet

BBecause of the untrustworthy mainstream media, you probably think black people or Muslims, or maybe illegal immigrants are the most persecuted group of people in the world. Well, they're not. The fact is, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, with around 90,000 killed for their faith in 2016.

Massimo Introvigne, Director of the Centre for Studies on New Religions (Cesnur), told Vatican Radio that around half a billion Christians in the world are unable to express their faith completely freely, while around 90,000 – one every six minutes – died for their faith in the past year alone.

Referring to statistics from the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity, Mr. Introvigne said around 70 per cent of Christians murdered in 2016 died in tribal conflicts in Africa. These deaths were included, he said, because very often they involved Christians who refuse to take up arms for reasons of conscience.

“The other 30 percent, or 27,000, were killed in terror attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or government persecution,” he added.

He told Vatican Radio that the Catholic Church is currently considering possible sainthood for individual Christians killed in territories controlled by the Islamic State terror group. Some Christians, he said, had risked almost certain death by staying in these territories to give testament to their faith.

The statistics offer some hope, however, as the number of Christians killed is down from 105,000 in 2015 – although they remain the most persecuted religious group on the planet.

"If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you."
 -- John 15:20

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Other than Satan himself, communism may be
the greatest organized evil the world has ever known.

-- Edward Fagen

Drug Tests For All!

The Decatur, Texas, local paper claimed some unspecified person or persons requested outgoing school superintendent Rod Townsend institute drug testing on students. The proposal was quickly re-defined to affect only those students who compete and are involved in school activities and also those students who are deemed "at risk." So, the program, if instituted, will cost 50 or 60K a year, will profile students for drug use, test them, and then if the student is caught with drugs in his body, I suppose he'll be punished and/or sent to rehab or counseling which is sure to break mommy and daddy's bank.

The unnamed person or persons said drug testing was needed because Decatur High School has a drug problem. Who is this unnamed source with all the inside knowledge about Wise County and why is Rod Townsend even listening? As is often the case with the Wise County newspaper, it is not what is said that is most relevant and most interesting; rather, who is making these claims about drug use at DHS? Apparently, the editors at The Messenger do not want us to know.

Anyone living in Wise County knows that the drug of choice is alcohol. After that is speed. Truck drivers love that sh*t and sometimes I think 8 in 10 Wise County men are or were truck drivers.

What needs to be done first in Wise County as far as drug testing goes, is to test all government employees once a month, including law enforcement. Then maybe we can consider testing our own children.

In related news, yesterday Jerry Jones asked the NFL to let his Cowboys smoke pot without consequences in the off season.

Here's an update on the DHS drug testing discussion: It was school board member Marsha Hafer who claimed drug use as a problem at the high school. “I’ve been approached by parents on this issue more than any other subject,” she said, then concluding “It is a problem.” So, it was nameless parents who claimed DHS has a drug problem?

Board member Wade Watson said the threat of drug testing would be a deterrent for student drug use. “For $50,000, if we save one student, it’s money well spent,” he said. For God's Sakes, man, we must think of the children! It's arguments like Mr. Watson's that have broken more than one municipal budget and led to out of control political correctness. You want to save children? Get their fathers involved in raising them.

They should drop the matter altogether unless, like I suggested above, they test everybody. Teachers and administrators included. Ya'll might be surprised to discover how many speed freaks are teaching your kids and working for your local school.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a psychological diagnosis used to explain the hysterical reaction and belligerent behavior of political snowflakes (you know who you are), directed towards anything related to President Donald Trump, as well as and especially his presidency. Originally, it wasn't intended as a logical argument, but what other explanation is there for the over-the-top behavior of liberals and Democrats? The AMA is now using the condition among its psychosocial symptoms of mental disturbances.

"After watching the Democrats humiliate themselves with their foul behavior towards Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearings, I came to the assessment that they are suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

By The Rivers Dark

By the rivers dark
I wandered on. 
I lived my life 
in Babylon.

And I did forget 
My holy song: 
And I had no strength 
In Babylon.

By the rivers dark 
Where I could not see 
Who was waiting there 
Who was hunting me.

And he cut my lip 
And he cut my heart. 
So I could not drink 
From the river dark.

And he covered me, 
And I saw within, 
My lawless heart 
And my wedding ring,

I did not know 
And I could not see 
Who was waiting there, 
Who was hunting me.

By the rivers dark 
I panicked on. 
I belonged at last 
to Babylon.

Then he struck my heart 
With a deadly force, 
And he said, ‘This heart: 
It is not yours.’

And he gave the wind 
My wedding ring; 
And he circled us 
With everything.

By the rivers dark, 
In a wounded dawn, 
I live my life 
In Babylon.

Though I take my song 
From a withered limb, 
Both song and tree, 
They sing for him.

Be the truth unsaid 
And the blessing gone, 
If I forget 
My Babylon.

I did not know 
And I could not see 
Who was waiting there, 
Who was hunting me.

By the rivers dark, 
Where it all goes on; 
By the rivers dark 
In Babylon.

by Leonard Cohen

The Only Hope

Liberal Democrats in the USA are on a mission. They are angry they lost the presidential election and their political party has fallen, yet it has not stopped the most caustic attacks I have ever witnessed in American politics and culture. They've made no bones about it, they will not quit their yelping and gnashing of teeth until President Trump is either impeached, ineffective, or dead. The political game continues to divide the American people by race, by sex, by class, by religion, by any means in order to destroy perceived white hegemony and transform the nation from a constitutional republic into a pure democracy. By the way, pure democracy is communism, in case you needed a quick review.

Now, I know some of you snowflakes out there think communism sounds like a pretty good deal. I mean, you're given a shitty little apartment along with a stipend for food and if you're lucky, maybe you'll be given a job picking up after those who rule over you. That's right -- the Pelosis and the Clintons and the Obamas of the world. Elite communists working to destroy what is left of American freedom.

For pity's sake, there's not much left anyway. Political correctness, propaganda, and outright brainwashing have taught the American viewing public that skyscrapers can burn up and fall at free fall speeds and that we need to go to war against the a-rabs while we invite millions of them into our country. Yes, that makes sense. Come on, how gullible can you be?

Want to destroy a sovereign nation? Here's how: Open the borders and let all the country's enemies in. Any cultural war we may perceive out there appears to have already been lost. Most of our politicians are sold-out globalist elitists. Any one of them has more money than I will ever hope to see and they keep on passing dehumanizing legislation. Good Lord, the Democrats want to re-write the Bible.

The only hope for America -- and I mean this -- is that Donald Trump indeed does turn out to be a conservative tyrant. The Democrat Political Party and the march towards globalism can be stopped, despite what the little red atheists say. Trump will have to institute martial law and arrest members of the government. Democrats are traitors to their country and the law of the land. They have lost their way and do not deserve positions of respect or power. The swamp is polluted and dangerous for the rest of the country. Drain it. Out, out, now.