Zero Issues Amnesty Decree ……. Networks Hide From Lowinfo Citizens

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Well, Townhall has this, but, they also kinda got it wrong …..

Wow: Four Networks to Pass on Obama’s Historic Amnesty Address

That is to say, they won’t cover it live. The Hill reports:

Three major networks will not air President Obama’s prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.

Officials with ABC, CBS and Fox confirmed to The Hill that Obama’s 8 p.m. speech from the White House will not be carried on their networks. CNN reported that NBC would not be carrying the address either. Cable news networks are expected to carry the address, as is the Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo.

Why? In part because the White House did not give them advanced notice, and in part because the major news networks are in the business of making money:

A source at one of the major networks told The Hill that the White House did not officially request prime-time coverage on the networks Thursday, a big night for ratings given popular shows on several networks, including ABC’s “Shondaland” schedule of shows created by producer Shonda Rhimes.

As a business decision, this seems like a no-brainer. Ratings will be much higher carrying “popular shows” than another groan-inducing and “prime time” presidential address. And furthermore, since at least two Spanish-language networks will pick up President Obama’s remarks, this isn’t a total disaster.

“Given their allies in all the right places,” Hot Air’s Noah Rothman recently observed, “it’s hard to imagine that the White House is exactly inconsolable over their snub by the broadcast networks.”

Indeed. If viewers who regularly watch these networks tune in (as they almost certainly will), the news of the president’s executive amnesty will reach its intended audience. Of course, this isn’t an ideal situation, but nor is it a terrible one, either.

The fact is, the networks aren’t carrying it because they’re pro-amnesty.  Yes, even Fox is pro-amnesty.  Just ask Rupert Murdoch

It’s being televised live, in Spanish, but, not to the English speaking part of the nation. 

Nor is it a business decision.  This action holds the interest of millions upon millions of Americans.  The decision not to televise it live is a political decision, not a business decision.  It’s very difficult to believe the networks, all of whom are hemorrhaging money, (except Fox) would suddenly decide to lay their politics aside in order to make some money.  Does anyone honestly believe NBC would do so?  Get real.    

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Gems 2014 — November 20 Scripture Selection: James 2

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 20 Scripture Selection: James 2

Food for Thought: James 2:14, 17-16

Who could resist this hot topic?! Well, I sure can’t. But before we address today’s selection, let us review Romans 10:8-10: “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Drawing from both James and Romans, we can come to some conclusions regarding the whole faith versus works question: First, believing that there is a God is not what saves you from your sins and the consequences of them. (Remember, even the demons believe and tremble!) Nor does faith alone save you. There are plenty of people who put their faith in a false religion, and though they may be sincere, they still have not entered the saving faith. The apostle Paul makes it clear that the faith must be based on the “word of faith” which he and his co-laborers preached (Rom. 10:8). If it is based on some false teaching, the foundation will crumble. Once someone believes in the truth of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then there is something to do, something that should naturally flow from his/her lips: the profession of faith. If he/she truly believes it, it will come out of his/her mouth. That is an action. In addition, precisely because he/she believes, he/she will take action as evidence of that faith.

James 2: 21-25 gives the examples of the faith in action of Abraham and Rahab. Abraham could not just say, “Yes, Lord, I believe you,” and stay where he was. He so trusted the word of God that he went where the Lord sent him. He later proved his faith again by taking Isaac to offer him as a sacrifice (vs. 21). If he hadn’t obeyed God, then his so-called faith in God and His word would have been empty. Really, it would not have been true faith. (See Gen. ch. 11-22 for his story.) Likewise, because Rahab believed in the God of the Israelites and knew the destruction that would come to her people, she took action to save herself and her family. Her faith compelled her to do something, something which saved her and her family (See Joshua ch. 2-6 for her story).

Now, just what works are involved in expressing our faith, or as evidence of our faith? Certainly, they are nothing man-imposed. There is not out there (other than believing with our heart and confessing with our mouth) a list of requirements written by any man, council, or denomination in order to be saved or to maintain our salvation. However, if the person has truly been born again, there will be evidence of his/her new spirit and a natural desire to please the Father. That evidence is found in the fruit (that which is produced) of the Spirit. Such fruit is found in Galatians 5:22, 23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” A person, though not yet perfected or mature, who has accepted the new life in Jesus will show signs of it by doing things that reflect the presence of the Spirit within him/her. It is unavoidable because a person who has received Jesus as Savior has received His nature (II Pet. 1:2-4). He/she will do what Jesus does. That is why the Word tells us to be led by the Holy Spirit and walk by the Spirit (Rom. 8:13). Everyone must make decisions as to what to do based on faith according to the situations at hand, not just to fulfill some imposed quota.

It all comes down to this: I do not HAVE to do any particular thing to impress God or earn my salvation; rather, I WANT to do things that please Him because I love Him. No pressure. Just love.

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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We Say Goodbye To Jimmy Ruffin …….

 

Sigh.

Jimmy was the brother of another one who has already passed on, David Ruffin …..

Jimmy was a veteran of the US Army. 

For an outsider, Jimmy’s story can’t help but say “if this”, and “but, that”. 

While he may not have been the most celebrated of the brothers, I consider him the more successful. 

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LOL!!! Mother Jones Let’s Some Truth Out!!! Says Your Baby Is A Socialist!!!!

Oh boy!!!  This is going to be a fun one!  Be sure to bookmark this page or the linked page to be used in future online debates and discussions!

For those not familiar, Mother Jones is a leftarded rag somewhere left of the Huffington Post.  So, they come out with this story …….

Science Says Your Baby Is a Socialist

Psychologist Paul Bloom discusses the moral lives of children.

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There’s an audio at the link.  But, here are some excerpts …..

At the playground, I watch my 10-month-old son beeline to the center of the sandbox where there is a bright pink shovel. But before he gets there, a rambunctious 2-year-old snatches up the coveted toy first. As my son watches the shovel slip away, a wobbly 14-month-old comes over and offers him a half-chewed cookie. I tear up a bit at this random act of kindness. It’s probably just “hormones,” but I am touched by the empathy that this little person is showing my child.

What caused this toddler to “do the right thing” and show kindness to a stranger? …….

….. Philosophers like John Locke and psychologists like Sigmund Freud took for granted that we are born with a blank moral slate. But Bloom rejects that. He argues that babies actually have a natural sense of morality and fairness—one that simply emerges, like many other developmental milestones. “I think all babies are created equal in that all normal babies—all babies without brain damage—possess some basic foundational understanding of morality and some foundational moral impulses,” says Bloom on the Inquiring Minds podcast. “They’re equal in the same way that all babies come with a visual system, and the ability to move around, and a propensity to learn language.” …..

…. Bloom thinks this sense of morality emerged via Darwinian evolution, just like every other adaptive trait that marks our species. But how can he tell? How does one study morality in babies who can’t wax poetic? Scientists have come up with several clever solutions to break the language barrier…….

Okay, from these paragraphs, we can see the author is telling us socialism is a form of good morality.  Let’s see what it says next …….

….. Babies under the age of 1 then watch another character either reward or punish the naughty and nice pigs by handing out treats; the babies show a preference for characters who reward good and punish evil. Toddlers are given the opportunity to administer the reward or punishment themselves, and they tend to punish the hinderer and reward the helper.

Interestingly, as the toddlers get a little older, this sense of fairness seems to morph into pure egalitarianismat least when it comes to distributing other people’s stuff. “There’s a lot of research suggesting that when it comes to divvying up resources that strangers possess, they are socialists—they like to share things equally,” says Bloom.

Children are “very egalitarian when it comes to other people,” says Bloom. “When it comes to themselves, they’re not the slightest bit egalitarian.”

When asked to hand out treats to other people or to stuffed animals, 3- and 4-year-old children will divide resources equally, if at all possible. Even if they know that one person deserves more of a resource than another because she worked harder for it, they will still opt for equal distribution. In a study of 5-to-8-year-olds, when it was impossible to divide resources equally—for example, if the children were given five erasers to distribute to two people—they would even throw the extra eraser in the trash instead of giving more to one person than the other.

But what happens when the children being studied are themselves the lucky recipient of the extra resources? Well, that changes everything. “So, they’re very egalitarian when it comes to other people,” says Bloom. “When it comes to themselves, they’re not the slightest bit egalitarian. Particularly when dealing with strangers, they want everything.” So while babies do seem to have an innate capacity to separate good from evil, their moral lives are still fairly limited. “Babies are kind of jerks,” Bloom says.

Hmm, let’s see ……. distributing other people’s stuff ….. check …. rewards the undeserving …… check ……. would squander and destroy things rather than let other people have stuff ….. check ……  are greedy and egocentric when it comes to their own stuff …… check ……. are jerks ….. check 

Yep, babies, (more accurately, toddlers and young children) are socialists.  Or, we can say, conversely, socialists have the moral compass of a toddler. 

Thanks, Mother Jones!!!! 

This is simply another in a long string of affirmations of what we all already knew about socialists. 

h/t Twitchy

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Climate Reminder!!!! Global Warming Is Melting The Arctic!!!!!

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Graph is in million sq/km.  source

Yep, surely are having a meltdown —- of rational thought. 

The graph is interesting, though.   In spite of showing almost a zero trend, there are other things in the graph to note.  Notice the graphing between 2007 and 2013.  While there’s no appreciable trend, the highs are higher and the lows lower than the rest of the graph.  What changed?  I’ve no idea, but, the frequency is notable different.  

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Economic Writers Continue Their Idiotic Drivel …… Inflation Too Low In The UK!!!!!

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UK inflation rate edges up from 5-year low

LONDON (AP) — The rate of inflation in Britain has edged up slightly to 1.3 percent in October, but remains well below the Bank of England’s target of 2 percent for the 11th month in a row.

The Office of National Statistics says the annual rate of consumer price inflation rose from a five-year-low of 1.2 percent in September.

Intense price wars among supermarkets put downward pressure on food, clothing and gas prices.

Chris Williamson, the chief economist of Markit, says prices look set to drop further in coming months, with oil and commodity prices falling.

Williamson says the Bank of England is concerned that low inflation could turn to deflation, “inducing another economic slump as consumers defer purchases in the hope of lower prices in the future.”

Oh, sure, absolutely can see this happening. 

The average Brit would surely say, ‘nope, I’m not eating for a while.  I think I’ll be able to be a grand bargain on food later.  Nope, I’m not wearing clothes anymore, because I think the prices on socks will be falling soon.  And, I’m definitely not going to buy any petrol until the price drops by at least another 25 pence’.  Yeh, I can totally see that happening. 

No one can truly believe that nonsense. 

All this is, is an intentional act of deception for the common person.  They wish to lie to people about deflation so the various banks and governments can continue to take from the common man (and woman). 

Inflation robs people of their wealth.  But, inflation is necessary in order to finance government debt and spending.  When you rob people of their wealth, you rob them of their freedoms, and increase their dependency.  This is what inflation, in order to finance government debt and spending is designed to do.  This is what governments and central banks around the world have agreed to do.  This is what they’re actively pursuing. 

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Shock News!!!! More Americans Disapprove Zero’s Amnesty Than Approve —- Obama Doesn’t Care!!!

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In spite of the leftarded slant to the poll, an NBC poll shows where more Americans (48%) oppose Zero’s executive amnesty plan, than support it (38%).

For those who still may doubt the LSM’s leftarded advocacy rather than just reporting just look at NBC’s headline …..

NBC/WSJ Poll: Nearly Half Oppose Executive Action on Immigration

While technically true, it’s intentional deception. 

If the wording of the poll were proper, there would probably be a bit more in opposition in the poll and a bit less for it. 

Of course, that’s neither here nor there.  Obama simply doesn’t have the authority to do so.  Some may argue he does with “prosecutorial discretion”, but, what he’s going to do tomorrow is a far cry from refusing to prosecute.  What he’s doing is advocating and encouraging people to violate US law. 

To me, this is just another example of the many, many examples which demonstrates the US and the people of the US are not a priority for Obama. 

It isn’t that he believes this action is good for the US.  He knows it isn’t.  He even said so in his “Audacity” book.  He knows this will harm the wages of the American citizen, he has stated this in the past.  It’s just that he doesn’t care, or as is more likely, he’s actively working against the interests of the US and her people, as he is working against other people in Western Civilizations.  

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Gems 2014 — November 19 Scripture Selection: James 1

Guest post Jeanette Andrade

November 19 Scripture Selection: James 1

Food for Thought: James 1:19, 26

What a challenge these scriptures are for most of us! The truth is, unless we rely on the help of the Holy Spirit and the powerful force of love, we will most likely fail at this miserably.

So many times, motivated by anger or an intense desire to set things right, we take matters into our own hands and want to straighten people out by “giving them a piece of our mind.” Anything done in the flesh will ultimately fail, as verse 20 says: “for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” This is also confirmed in John 6:63 where Jesus says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.” (See also Rom. 8:6-8.) True, blurting things out in anger may feel right at the time, and it may intimidate or harass some to the point that they will give the appearance of accepting the point—we may even get our way—but the root of the issue will not have truly been touched.

If we want real results that bring godly change, then God shows us in verses 19 and 26 just how to do so. We need to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,” and “bridle (control) the tongue.” The Bible plainly says that if we are not able to do that, then we are deceived if we think ourselves to be religious (devout). The Word further goes on to say that for a person who does not do so, his religion is useless. After all, what is the purpose of all the “spiritual activities” (i.e. prayer, Bible study, church attendance) that one does if we do not reflect the love and the will of the Father?! Otherwise, those practices are just empty rituals like those of any religion.

There is a time to speak, but it should be by the Spirit and in love. Second Corinthians 6:3-7 puts it this way: “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed… by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.” When Jesus is given a bigger place in our lives than our own egos (Acts 17:28), that is when great things get accomplished for Him, and we prevent ourselves from saying things we would later regret.

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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Shock News!!!! Keystone Vote Fails By One Vote In Senate Faux Vote!!!!

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¯\_(?)_/¯: Senate Fails To Move Ahead With Keystone Pipeline and NSA Reform

As Dan wrote earlier this evening, the Keystone Pipeline vote went down in flames. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Hail Mary ended in disaster; she fell one vote shy to invoke cloture on a bill that probably would not have saved her from defeat in her state’s upcoming runoff election on Dec. 6 against Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy.

Additionally, a bill to reform the National Security Agency post-Snowden also fell two votes shy of cloture; incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spearheaded the bill’s opposition. Yet, both bills are expected to return to the Senate floor next year. Keystone will probably pass, but the changes in the NSA bill will be quite different under a Republican Senate (via NYT):

[T]he vote only put off a fractious debate over security and personal liberties until next year. While a Republican-controlled Senate is less likely to go along with the kinds of changes that were in the bill, which would have ended the N.S.A.’s ability to collect bulk phone call data, the debate could further expose rifts between the party’s interventionist and more libertarian-leaning wings.

Under the bill, which grew out of the disclosures in June 2013 by Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor, the N.S.A. would have gotten out of the business of collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk. Instead, most of the records would have stayed in the hands of the phone companies. Analysts would still have been able to perform contact chaining, but they would be required to use a new kind of court order to swiftly obtain only those records that were linked, up to two layers away, to a suspect — even when held by different phone companies.

The bill would not have required phone companies to hold on to the records any longer than they already do for normal business purposes, which in some cases is 18 months.

With the bill’s defeat, the Senate faces a hard deadline for new legislation since the legal basis for the phone records program, a provision of the Patriot Act, expires in June.

If anyone was surprised by this, then they’re not paying attention.  Keystone was never going to pass under the Dim led Senate with a Dim White House.  They only allowed the vote as to attempt to show Landrieu’s willingness to stand up to Zero.  This vote only happened because Zero allowed it.  The vote tally was a foregone conclusion before the vote. 

As to the NSA part of the article, this too was a foregone conclusion before the vote, or it would have never been allowed to happen.  Of course, this issue wasn’t done without Republican cooperation.  It would have not, otherwise, been put up for a vote. 

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Open Thread While We Listen To The Crooning Of Engelbert Humperdinck And Barry Manilow

 

Ahh…. the 70s!!!!   There was so much happening musically and otherwise during the 70s.  Music was taking off in so many different directions, but, at the same time, there were a couple who were fantastic at more traditional musical entertaining.

 

 

 

 

I can sing Englebert, Barry is a bit more difficult for me.  I always have to change octaves when trying to sing him. 

Anyway, I’ve got to go to some peeps and will be posting later, today.

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