Gems 2014 –

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

September 17 Scripture Selection: John 16:16-33

Food for Thought: John 16:23-27

In addition to Jesus sending back the Holy Spirit, we can see in today’s passage yet another benefit of Jesus leaving the earth. No longer would it be necessary to ask Jesus to ask the Father on our behalf. Jesus was letting the disciples know that they could go directly to the Father and ask in the name of Jesus. He reassured the disciples that the Father loved them because they loved Jesus and believed that He came from the Father.

As believers, we have the same position in Christ that the first disciples did. We love Jesus and believe that He is the Son of God. Therefore, we can also believe that the Father loves us (with agape, unconditional, unselfish, flawless loved) and will hear us when we pray to Him, asking in the name of Jesus (vs. 23, 24, 26). We have an instant audience with the Father anytime and favor with Him, as well. In fact, Hebrews 4:16 tells encourages us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

The departure of Jesus was to great advantage for mankind. Having fulfilled His task in us and setting up His Kingdom, He ascended on high and was seated at the right hand of the Father. Hebrews 1:3 describes the position that Jesus transitioned to and where He is found even today: “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” It is precisely because He is there, that we can approach the Father with confidence and ask anything in the name of Jesus, and get results.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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I Think We’re Done Here ….. Arctic Ice Minimum

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Now, other data sets do not show this.  It’s one of those ‘some do, some don’t’ things.  Which ones are right, and which ones are not?  Well, who’s to say?  Certainly no one has ever accused Atmos as being biased for skeptics.  Jaxa has, but, it’s still showing a very slight decline in the ice, albeit, at a much larger extent than Atmos.  But, that’s the way of the climate lunatics. 

No one can agree on what is real and not real when it comes to measuring crap we can’t properly measure.  The graph above is in millions square kilometers.  But, then, so is Jaxa’s, only 1.3 million sq/km more.  But, that’s the point.  We’re talking millions of square km, but, Atmos says we’re now increasing by 8/100 of million sq/km, while Jaxa says we’re still decreasing by 11/1000 over the past few days. 

Regardless, the ice is done shrinking for this year, and it will expand very soon.  No records have, nor will be broke this season. But, there will be an overall increasing trend over the last 7 years or so.

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Is Inventory And Production Related?

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This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. 

For some reason ……. well, because leftards love the “solutions” to the dire economic conditions around the world, the media tries to put a happy face on all the bad economic news we have, and for a simple reader, they’d believe all is well. 

So, I got a little chuckle when I read these stories, over a period of 3 days ……. here’s some great news the AP put out!

US business stockpiles up 0.4 percent in July

AP News | Sep 12, 2014

You can read the story and feel the beaming happiness of it all.  Yesterday, I read this ……

US factory output drops 0.4 percent in August

And, you can read the ‘all is still well’ bs in this story. 

In the meantime, they don’t seem to make the connection. 

Factory output drops in response to an increase in inventory.  The one and only reason to do this is because there is no expectation of an increase in demand.  …….  which the lunatics said was the reason for the increase in inventory for July. 

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I’ve Two Questions About The Arrest Of The British Woman Arrested For Confronting Her Sex Abuser

The story is here.

A victim of Rotherham’s child sex abuse scandal confronted a man she says groomed her – but was left shocked when she was the one arrested.

The woman was shocked when she saw the man walking through the town’s centre on Friday and decided to challenge him over the allegations.

But she was tackled by two police officers and pushed up against a wall during her ‘thuggish’ arrest, a witness has said.

A damning report released last month detailed how 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the area over a 16-year period.

The Times reported that a woman whose case is being investigated by authorities – but has not yet been interviewed – was arrested after tackling a man she says groomed her when she was 15.

A witness accused the police of ‘acting like insensitive thugs’, telling the paper: ‘A police van came and six male officers piled out.

‘Two of them dragged her away, handcuffed her, put her against a wall and then shoved her into the back of the van.’

South Yorkshire Police told today how they had been hoping to interview the woman in the weeks before the arrest, after they were told of the historic allegations by another organisation.

But they only realised that she was the woman they had been trying to speak to after her arrest, and have now released her on bail.

After her treatment at the hands of officers, the woman has been reluctant to talk to police and her complaint against the man is therefore yet to be officially recorded. ………

‘The woman was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. …..
…. Public anger over the abuse has been fanned by the refusal of Shaun Wright, who was Rotherham’s councillor in charge of children’s services during the scandal and is now the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner, to resign.

Obviously, my first question would be, why is this guy still in the position he’s in?

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Clearly, regardless of his intent and effort, or even perhaps, lack thereof, Mr. Wright failed in his duties.  And, as the Police and Crime Commissioner, he’s failing, again.  The right and honorable thing to do is to step down and let someone more capable and competent step up.  But, if he won’t step down, the people need to remove him. 

My second question is this ……

Where are all of the left of center women’s and children’s rights advocates?  Why isn’t the UK suddenly inundated from protesters around the world protesting the deplorable treatment of these innocents at the hands of these foreign animals?

There are, of course, many, many more questions to ask, but, those were what I would consider the most immediate. 

Other questions would include things like, how did it become against the law to confront an abuser simply because the abuser was of a different race or ethnicity?

You know, if these things were confined to the only the UK, I would say, ‘that’s the UK’s problem, they should sort it out.’  But, I don’t believe these problems are confined to the UK.  In one form or another, it is a plague upon Western civilization and we need to fix these things, and quickly.

h/t Dirk

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I Weep For Our Children

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My mum is so pissed off about this.

1:48 PM – 13 Sep 2014

I beginning to believe there is a coordinated effort to cause Western civilization to collapse from stupidity.  I believe most people involved in this effort are people posing as educators. 

h/t Dirk

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Gems 2014 — September 16 Scripture Selection: John 16:1-15

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

September 16 Scripture Selection: John 16:1-15

Food for Thought: John 16:7, 13, 14

When Jesus walked the earth, He was the one filled with the Spirit, transferring information to the believers and manifesting the power of God. Well, in essence, He still is. Now He does so through His Body, the Church.

Ephesians 1:22, 23 makes this concept clear: “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” He is the Head, and we are the members of His Body. Now we, the Body of Christ, get our information directly from the Holy Spirit for guidance in all things and for truth. No wonder Jesus told the disciples it was better for Him to leave! They couldn’t imagine how that could be at the time, but when the Holy Spirit was sent to them, it all made sense. Now they could experience the presence of the Lord through the Holy Spirit whereas before, the disciples were limited to only whatever they could get from being in direct contact with the Lord Jesus. With the multiplication of the disciples found all around the world, the Holy Spirit directs the Body of Christ and can be in all places at the same time.

If Jesus thought it would be for our advantage that He leave and send us the Holy Spirit, we should be ever mindful of Him and the benefits that He offers us and gratefully embrace Him. Unfortunately, so many believers are either ignorant of those benefits, or prefer to reject the move of the Spirit, opting for human efforts, instead. This causes the Church to be lethargic and much, much less effective. We all need to learn to depend on the Holy Spirit daily. He has so much to say to us, so much to show us, and so much to do through us.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Leftards And Math ….. “Teach for America” An International Disgrace, Fails At Logic And Math!!!

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So, I’ve gone on a bit of an internet journey to find this ….. my bold.

Teacher group: Math is ‘the domain of old, white men’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a Teach for America website, culturally responsive teaching in math is important because “math has traditionally been seen as the domain of old, White men.”
white privilege and prejudiceAs reported earlier this week, Teach for America groups across the country are committing themselves to “culturally responsive teaching,” a radical pedagogy used by communist Bill Ayers and other blatant anti-American indoctrinators.

The site, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teach for America, says that because math is seen as a domain for old, white men, many students cannot identify with it. Therefore, educators should find ways to relate math to the lives of their students.

Judging from the math curriculum recommended, this TFA group, like all other social justice educators, wants minorities to believe that what relates most to their lives in America is racism and oppression.

For example, the site recommends “Critically Conscious Mathematics” and “Radical Math.”

Radical Math was created by educator Jonathan Osler several years ago while teaching at El Puenta Academy in New Jersey. Osler taught Radical Math along-side Cathy Wilkerson, a former member of the Weather Underground Organization (with Bill Ayers) who once participated in a plot to detonate a nail bomb at a dance for military personnel at Fort Dix.

Radical Math provides hundreds of social justice math lessons obviously meant to indoctrinate. For example, lesson titles include “Sweatshop Accounting,” “Racism and Stop and Frisk,” “When Equal Isn’t Fair,” “The Square Root of a Fair Share” and “Home Buying While Brown or Black.”

Today, Osler is director of the San Francisco Teacher Residency, a teacher training and job placement program created by the San Francisco Unified School District and Common Core assessment creator and validation committee member, Linda Darling-Hammond.

Astonishingly, in proudly promoting ‘cultural competence’ and ‘critical consciousness’ in education, the TFA website’s home page links to a Wikipedia definition of critical consciousness that describes it as a concept developed by Paulo Freire and grounded in post-Marxist critical theory.

As recently reported, the site also contains letters from 5th grade students asking text publisher Houghton Mifflin why they did not include in their textbook the fact that Christopher Columbus ‘burned, slayed and hanged’ Native Americans who would not find gold for him.

In keeping with their racism-of-evil-white-men theme, the site uses a story, involving racism against African Americans, of course, to suggest that the idea that math is neutral, rational, and logical is a myth and the premise that 2 + 2 = 4 is “naive.”

Here’s the story:

… a European explorer (presumably Francis Galton, the man who invented eugenics) agrees to trade an African shepherd two sticks of tobacco in exchange for one sheep. When he offers four sticks of tobacco in exchange for two sheep, however, the shepherd declines; the explorer later tells this story as evidence of the shepherd’s inability to comprehend simple mathematical reasoning and as “proof” of intellectual inferiority on the African subcontinent. But, if sheep are not standardized units, as there is no reason to believe them to be, then doesn’t it make sense that the second sheep might be worth far more than the first? And then doesn’t our premise of 2 + 2 = 4 look awfully naive?

If Teach for America, as a whole, does not agree with the content of this particular website that bears its name, now would be a good time to say so. Although TFA’s reputation has not been stellar as of late, the ideals and methods expressed in this particular website are beyond fringe, not to mention senseless.

I could and should go on for days with this utter stupidity, but, I can’t find the words to express my hatred for people who would harm children in such a manner. 

The people involved in this need publicly whipped, jailed for a period of years, and then sentenced to never have any thing to do with children for the rest of their miserable idiotic lives. 

These people pose as educators??? 

To the people (I use the word loosely) of Teach For America,

The notion of 2+2 equaling 4 is predicated by the notion 2 equals 2.  In other words, the 2’s are standardized.   How stupid do you have to be not to realize this?  As far as the sheep being standardized, we have no way of knowing given the lack of information provided.  But, knowing no two animals are equal, we can assume some things, such as the tricky concept of if things are not equal, then they are unequal.  However, it is true civilizations did standardize animals for trade, assuming they met some sort of standard metrics.

 

At first, I thought this simply a ploy to create a strawman to knock it down and poison children’s minds, which is Marxist SOP.  But, upon consideration, I’m coming to the real belief leftists don’t understand the essence or concepts of math.  Sure, some can learn the rules of math, and the more one learns, the more one learns it is not a perfect concept and cannot explain all there is to life.  But, it’s deeper than that for leftards.  The stupid runs harsh and deep for them. 

You see, it doesn’t matter what sort of economic model you live under, or what sort of government you live under.  That person, who comes to take from you, and all societies, economies, and governments have such people, that person understands such basic math.  He even understands 2+2=4=(2-2)+(2+2)=4.  All he’s looking for is people who don’t understand such concepts. 

Giving good instruction on basic math is one of the best things a person can do for a child.  Giving poor instruction attempts to doom a person to a life of servitude to predators.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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The EU, Our Allies ……. Buying Oil From ISIS?

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EU members purchased oil from ISIL: Official

A senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group.

In a briefing to the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, EU Ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybas-kova said some European countries have purchased crude from the ISIL.

She, however, refused to disclose any names despite pressure by some Parliament members to do so.

The EU official also warned against any support by the West for separatist Kurdish groups who, she said, would destabilize the Middle East.

Earlier reports accused Turkey of buying and transporting oil from both the ISIL and Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. According to the reports, Western intelligence agencies could track ISIL oil shipments as they moved across Iraq and Turkey.

ISIL reportedly controls eleven oil fields in northern Iraq as well as Syria’s Raqqa province.

US intelligence officials estimate that the Takfiri militants earn more than USD 3 million a day from oil profit, theft, human trafficking and ransom. They say the militants sell oil and other products via established networks in Turkey, Jordan and Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Turkey has denied reports of involvement in ISIL’s oil smuggling operations.
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Yeh, okay, Turkey.  Why in the world is Turkey part of the EU, I’ll never know.  Why Turkey is part of NATO, I do know.  It should not be, today. 

Turkey has slowly become radicalized.  They weren’t always this way.  Now, rather being, as was once thought, a stabilizing force in the Mid-East, they’re playing with the lunatics. 

But, Turkey is one, not some.   

But, there is something more to note about this report.  “Support … for separatist Kurdish groups would destabilize the Middle East”?

Uhmm ….. derp!!!  Destabilize the Middle East?

I can’t think of a better quote to describe the muddled, idiotic thinking of the West’s diplomats than that.  WTF????  What’s stable in the ME?  Jordan?  If this is stable, then, it needs destabilized!!!!

But, we all know what that statement is about.  It’s about the flow of oil …….  as North America sits atop of more oil than the ME has. 

h/t Dirk

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A Note To The Crazies Pretending To Be NFL Fans!!!! Peterson And Rice Situations Are Not Equivalent!

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Look you can have your own opinion as to right and wrong in both of these cases, and you’re certainly entitled to it.  But, it’s not the same. 

Now, there was a time when the NFL fans were mostly men.  Real men who knew what football was about.  Today, we have people who follow the game who have no idea what the game is about.  Which is understandable, because the NFL has bastardized the game so much. 

Everyone disciplines their child.  Everyone does it in a different manner than anyone else.  In my world, putting a boo-boo and a child’s ass when they needed it wasn’t something to be admonished, it was something to be admired.  It’s easy to just say, ‘well, they’re kids’.  Parenting is hard. 

For those parents who claim they never laid a hand on their children, and they turned out fine ……  you’re they’re parent, you’d say that.  More than likely, what you raised are amoral scumbags.  I’ve seen it too often.  Sure, some are successful in life, and more and more are becoming successful in this amoral and immoral world …. I believe a few of our philosophers had something to say about trying to be pious in an immoral world. 

But, regardless of one’s view on a parent physically disciplining their children, this isn’t the same as playing knockout with your fiancé.  Quit trying to draw parallels! 

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What Are They Going To Do? Stamp Your Lunch Ticket With “No Dessert”? —- In Vermont They Did!!!

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Sometimes, as a young person there were certain situations where a person asks, “what are they going to do?” “Stamp your lunch ticket with “no dessert” on it?  When I went to school, everyone had lunch tickets or cards and whatnot for the school lunch.  The situations would be that you were going to do something which was discouraged by the rules, but, no real consequences were laid out by the rules, or, you were already suffering the max punishment for violating some rule, or another, and so the saying came to be. 

Townhall has this ….

Nanny State: Vermont Bans Desserts in School

In what may be the ultimate Nanny State move, Vermont has outlawed consuming or bringing brownies, cakes, or cookies to school. The mandates are part of a new program titled “Smart-Snacks-in-Schools” and will apply to lunch items, vending machines, and fundraising events between midnight and half and hour afterschool.

Boston.com reported:

“These changes are really supporting the types of diets that we as a country should be following to have a healthy diet and lifestyle,” said Laurie Colgan, child nutrition program director at the Agency of Education, in an interview with the Vermont Watchdog.

This healthy lifestyle has already been instated within the school.

“The new school lunch pattern has low-fat, leaner proteins, greater variety, and larger portions of fruit and vegetables,” Colgan said. Additionally, “the grains have to be 100 percent whole-grain rich.”

Colgan said this does not have to mean an end for fundraising. Rather, she is encouraging schools to turn fundraising away from schools, and focus on non-food items such as flower bulbs, cards, and wrapping paper.

So what do you bring to celebrate your birthday with your classmates? Shelley Mathias, principal of Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington, suggested fruit shish kebabs.

Mathias also confided to the Vermont Watchdog that she has never seen desserts served at her school in the four years she has been there:

“The kids like kale here, and they eat broccoli.”

Really? Now there is certainly nothing wrong with encouraging healthy habits at school, but to forbid children to eat desserts is taking supervision to the extreme. This is just another Big Government power grab where laws replace individual responsibility.

Well, this is related to a post I have in mind for the near future.  In fact, this might screw up the effect of the post, but, it’s crap like this which really pisses me off. 

First and foremost, to get this out of the way, I don’t believe anyone has a fricking clue as to what we are and aren’t suppose to be eating.  It varies for everyone!  There isn’t a particular diet in the world which fits anyone other than the person who came up with it, and even that isn’t credible, at times.  And, when I say this, this includes crap nutritionists, doctors, health nuts, and anyone else who claims knowledge of such things.  They’re FOS.

 

I weigh the same as I did two years after I got out of high school …. 19 or 20 y/o.  I’m 50, or will be soon.  I’m 5’8”, and come in at 150 lbs.  I don’t work out, run, jog, or walk.  Oh, yeh, and I’m not that flabby.  My pulse is usually fine, unless I read some idiotic crap like the above, and my blood pressure, as of the last reading a month ago, is 108/68. 

My diet?  Yeh, I eat what I want, when I want, and how I want it.  I love a good steak.  Bacon is the bomb!  And, that flat bread bs irks the crap out of me!  A sandwich is some meat placed between two nice a full pieces of bread!  Did I mention bacon is the bomb?  Especially, when it’s fried in with a nice mess of potatoes!  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t only eat potatoes fried, I like them mashed, too, with a good gravy and butter!  And, I liked baked potatoes, especially if there’s an abundance of sour cream to put on it! 

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but, I do enjoy a big bowl of ice cream from time to time, with the Hershey’s chocolate syrup, of course.  But, I will take sugar with my coffee, and cigarettes.  Sometimes, on cool nights, I’ll take my coffee with some Irish crème.  But, that’s usually, but, not always all, I’ll do with the liquor.  You see, I’m a beer drinker.  I drink, not every day, but, most days.  No, not one or two, that would just piss me off.  I drink about 9-12 beers a night, sometimes more, sometimes, not at all.  Did I mention I smoke?  Two packs a day.

My cholesterol, as of the reading in the health fair my job provided, which told me my b/p, is within normal limits and my HGB A1C …. a diabetes marker is well within normal limits. 

This isn’t to say I won’t kick off tomorrow, or tonight, but, as far as I can see, all of the targets presented by the health community say I’m good to go.  But, I do everything wrong according to the people who believe they know the way to good health, so much so, they would mandate what parents can send with their children to school. 

Yeh, that’s the way to do it.  I would never presume to advocate my lifestyle, as far as eating, drinking, smoking, and exercise goes.  And, I certainly would never presume I could or should mandate it for others.  And, that would be the party of my lifestyle I would advocate for others.  Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone what that way?

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