Three Dog Night!!!!

Yeh, I’ve highlighted them before, but, today, I’m doing it because of the particular songs.

I’m on the road to Shambala!!!

You see, I have my own view of a perfect world.  I don’t pretend it exists on earth today.  Nor, do I believe man can create one.  But, I can imagine! 

 

 

And, then, there’s this … which is a lament from not listening to his mom.  Today, traditional and conventional wisdom is disregarded.  Indeed, it is scorned. 

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The Fall Of The Roman Empire And Mercenaries

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There were, of course, many, many reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire.  Often times, it’s difficult to determine a cause from a symptom, such as it is when considering the mercenaries Rome hired. 

Many of the mercenaries Rome hired had a natural antagonism towards Rome to begin with.  But, Rome would hire them, thus, enriching and strengthening the mercenaries which had a natural antagonism towards Rome.  With the better view of hindsight, we can now see and understand how Rome’s actions were of supreme idiocy, and this alone was a huge contributor, if not the primary cause, of the fall of Rome.

Fortunately, history doesn’t repeat itself …….. Oh, wait!!!!!!!

U.S. Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria

When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terroristsdirectly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

According to the Pentagon, Syrian “rebels” being trained and “vetted” by the United States are receiving “compensation” to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America’s proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these “new” terrorists are receiving a stipend.

Reuters also reported on alleged obstacles the Pentagon claims it is facing regarding the ability to train the death squad volunteers due to a lack of ability to “vet” them appropriately as well as a bizarre incident where fighters abandon the mission after having received training from the US military. The reason provided by the Pentagon was that the fighters did not want to sign a contract to avoid fighting Assad. But, in the same report, the Pentagon states that there was no such contract – only one requiring them to “respect human rights” and “the rule of law,” so the reason provided for the disappearance of these fighters lacks legitimacy. One can only speculate as to where these “trainees” disappeared to. …..

Read the rest at the link. 

Well, anyone with an operating synapse knew this was happening.  But, for our government to admit is ….. well …. it crushes my spirit. 

Don’t get me wrong, I think Assad is a scumbag, and he truly is a tyrant.  However, it isn’t just questionable, but, supreme idiocy to fund even greater scumbags and tyrants to overthrow Assad. 

ISIS was created by the funding of the US and our allies in this madness. 

This is what happens when leftards, who reject history and make up pretend worlds, (such as believing Cuba is some sort of ecological Nirvana) run things.   

May God be merciful to my children and grand-children. 

 

h/t Dirk

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Marriage Laws And The Distinctions Without Difference ……

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I haven’t wrote much about the SCOTUS decision to allow gay marriages.  I may in the future, but, I won’t make it a cornerstone.

But, I do have this to say ……..

So, there’s this …..

Polygamous Montana trio file for wedding license

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy – holding multiple marriage licenses – but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.

“It’s about marriage equality,” Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. “You can’t have this without polygamy.”

County clerk officials initially denied Collier’s application, then said they would consult with the county attorney’s office before giving him a final answer, Collier said.

Yellowstone County chief civil litigator Kevin Gillen said he is reviewing Montana’s bigamy laws and expected to send a formal response to Collier by next week. ……

You can read the rest at the link, but, I would point readers to these excerpts …..

“My second wife Christine, who I’m not legally married to, she’s put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy,” he said. …..

… Anne Wilde, a co-founder of the polygamy advocacy organization Principle Voices located in Utah, said Collier’s application is the first she’s heard of in the nation, and that most polygamous families in Utah are not seeking the right to have multiple marriage licenses.

“Ninety percent or more of the fundamentalist Mormons don’t want it legalized, they want it decriminalized,” Wilde said.

A federal judge struck down parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law two years ago, saying the law violated religious freedom by prohibiting cohabitation. Bigamy is still illegal.

The state has appealed the ruling, and the case is pending in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

My marriage is defined as one man and one woman uniting to be a family unit of one.  I don’t give a damn about what the SCOTUS had to say.  In the case of my marriage, it is from a higher authority than the SCOTUS.  I was married in the eyes of God.  That the state government gave us a piece of paper didn’t make my marriage any more legitimate. 

From my understanding of the legal precedent set by the SCOTUS, I can see absolutely no reason or rationale to prohibit the polygamists.  If 2 men can marry, and if 2 women can marry, then why can’t 2 women and a man marry?  If one is okay, how can there be no justification for the other?

This, of course, renders the piece of paper the state gave me entirely meaningless.  It doesn’t add legitimacy, it creates illegitimacy.  Fortunately, I don’t view my marriage as state sanctioned.

It is a sad day to realize the nation I’ve live in and love has become a Godless nation.  This probably speaks more to the failings of the Christians in this nation than anything else. 

Today, my piece of paper means the same thing as someone engaged in bestiality. 

This brings me to the insanity of distinctions without difference.  Insanity is what we reap when we no longer base our lives and laws on the Word of God. 

So, a federal judge as ruled laws against cohabitation are unconstitutional …. precedence in this case has been clearly set for decades.  But, bigamy (that is holding a piece, or, pieces of paper pronouncing the cohabitation as ordained by the state) is still illegal.

My view is that the state never should have been in the marriage business to begin with.  Given the recent SCOTUS ruling and the recent federal judge’s ruling, it makes less sense for the state to be in the marriage business.  Anyone can marry anyone or anything.  And, anyone can divorce for any or no reason at all.  In the eyes of the state, I have no idea what meaning a “marriage license” has.  It doesn’t mean anything other than some people are hanging out together.  And, in the near future, it can also carry the meaning that someone and some animal are hanging out … and perhaps, some inanimate objects, as well. 

There is the issue of joint ownership of stuff and tax considerations.  I believe these can easily be overcome.  Other than that, I see no reason why the good Christians of this nation don’t move to decouple the state from the marriage business.  I believe that would a delicious move which would frustrate the lunatics of this world. 

 

h/t Hank

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Gems 2015 — July 2 Scripture Selection: Psalm 51-52

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

July 2 Scripture Selection: Psalm 51-52

Food for Thought: Ps. 51:7-14

Psalm 51 is a great passage for people who are tired of living a life without Christ and want a new life in Him. However, it isn’t really a completely accurate prayer for a Christian who has sinned, though repentance for having sinned is healthy and very helpful for cutting off the influence of the enemy from their lives and restoring relationships that have been harmed by a particular misdeed.

What many people do not understand is that when one accepts Christ as Savior, He literally moves in to one’s being by His Spirit and becomes one spirit with the person. I Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Notice also in Ephesians 1:13 that one is sealed with the Holy Spirit upon trusting in Him and receiving the Gospel of salvation. While it is possible to grieve the Holy Spirit by one’s actions, He does not leave. (Otherwise, He would be coming and going constantly.) Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” He promised to never leave, regardless of our failures. The part in us where the Holy Spirit dwells, with our spirit, remains sealed and untouched by sin. It is in the flesh and the soul (intellect, emotions, will) where the damage is done, yet it, too, can be restored.

King David did not enjoy this type of relationship with the Lord. Though he did appreciate the presence of the Holy Spirit upon him, David’s relationship was based on his actions and experienced Him in his soul and flesh, not in his spirit. However, the New Testament believer enjoys the benefits of the new covenant brought about by Jesus Christ. The burden of guilt has been removed by the constant, cleansing blood of Jesus, and He always lives to make intercession for us, preventing any separation between the believer and God (Heb. 7:25). Romans 3:33-35 explains this certainty that we have: “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

Of course, this is not permission to sin. (See Rom. 6:1, 2.) Knowing the love of God, who would want to?! And besides, sin does have its consequences in the flesh and soul and does not allow the Light to shine as brightly in our lives so that others can be drawn to it. However, despite our failings, the Lord does not desire that we carry around guilt when He paid such a high price to remove it. Rather, He desires constant communion with Him within our spirit, which we are free to have with Him anytime, regardless of our past mistakes.

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, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

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

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The GOP, The Ex-Im Bank And Stupidity

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I’ve probably had too many beers tonight to properly write about this.  And, I will write about this on more than one occasion. 

But, for tonight, let me state this clearly and unambiguously.  The closing of the Ex-Im bank is horribly un-American. 

For those who do not know, the charter for the Export/Import bank was not renewed.  It expired last night.  It is a governmental agency which facilitated loans which allow some of our businesses to sell to foreign entities.  There are 59 other nations which have a similar governmental bank, operating to do the same thing the Ex/Im bank does. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for shutting it down.  But, before one does, one must set in place a vehicle to supplant it through the private sector.  This was not done. 

People have become so wedded to ideology that they’ve failed to know or understand why such ideology is preferable.  The goal isn’t free trade, the goal is to do what makes the people more prosperous!  Free trade is simply the vehicle to make it happen. 

Here’s a story about this issue …. and I’ll post a couple of excerpts ….

…. Boeing employs about 80,000 people in Washington state, nearly 15,000 in Missouri and 8,000 in South Carolina. Executives at Boeing and General Electric Co. have warned that without credit support from Ex-Im, they could be forced to move production overseas to compete with foreign rivals that enjoy similar backing from their home governments….

…. Boeing customers are among the biggest recipients of Ex-Im Bank loan guarantees. In the most recent fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2014, the bank helped Boeing sell 61 widebody planes to foreign airlines by guaranteeing more than $7 billion in loans.

Currently, the Ex-Im bank is servicing about $100 billion in loans. 

But, let me tell you about the “Boeing” employees.  I work in a plant of about 200 workers.  We’re just one plant of many working for the same company.  I do something only 2 other people in the world do.  I work with them.  The thing we do …. we don’t sell our product to Boeing.  But, the people we sell our product to, sells our product to Boeing.  But, many, most people in this plant work and make products which end up at Boeing.  The 100,000 + Boeing employees only scratches the surface of the workers who may be effected by the failure to renew the charter of the Ex-Im bank.  

The company I work for also contracts with entities such as Airbus, which has an equivalent to the Ex-Im bank to support them. 

Free trade only works when everyone is playing by the same set of rules.  I’m a firm believer in free trade.  It works, always.  But, it is only free trade when everyone is trading by the same set of rules and standards. 

I’m all for ending the Ex-Im bank.  But, before one does that, one must set in place a structure which allows for a private entity to supplant it!!!!  There is none in the US!!!!!!!  Imbeciles! 

Will one pop up?  Maybe …. probably not.  By the time one could, we’ve already lost. We’re talking about a bank capable of being on the scale of adding $100 billion in serviceable loans!!!!  What dumbass believes some private entity can suddenly pop up and do what the Ex-Im bank is doing?  Is it that people don’t believe Boeing should be selling to foreign nations?  Or that I should work for France rather than the US?  What special sort of stupid doesn’t understand that it’s better that my work product should stay at home rather than export the wealth I created to Europe? …………

Note!!!!!  Okay, I understand the way I worded this may be confusing to some people.  Please allow me to expound ……

I work for a company, in which Boeing is the ultimate beneficiary.   What I do and the pay I make is agreeable (barely) to me.  It provides for me and mine.  Other people, American workers, handle what I did and it provides for them and theirs.  And then, they send it on to Boeing employees, and what they do with it allows for them and theirs to be provided for.  Isn’t that nice? 

But, without the Ex/Im bank, if I still retain a job, it is likely the ultimate beneficiary of my work product will probably be France and the Eurozone ….. isn’t that nice?  I mean, as an American?

I despise globalists.  I despise people wedded to an ideology without thought.  You can’t, or, rather, you shouldn’t simply yank the floor out from underneath the people you’re supposedly trying to help.  Dumbasses!

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Pic Of The Day!!!!!!!

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Beautifully brilliant! 

You can read about the origins of the pic here

It’s a play on the “co-exist” bumper sticker seen often in the US. 

For those not well versed in English, or the imagery …..it spells “Comply”, and every bit of the pic is about people demanding you comply with their wishes, rather than attempting to “co-exist”.

 

I think this is a keeper!

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Tweet Of The Day!!!!! The Fantastical And Fanatical World Of Leftards Exposed By The NY Times!!!!

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Yes, these are both images of current Cuba. 

So, the NY Times had this to say ……

NYT Science @NYTScience

The embargo and socialism helped protect Cuba’s environment. Now, “the tsunami is coming” http://nyti.ms/1LItpIj pic.twitter.com/0eX1Ez6Z9G

The lenses of fanatical socialism (there’s no other kind) are so fixed they will refuse to see reality.  Many times, I’ve seen where leftards held Cuba up as some idiotic sort of example of the Utopia socialism will bring you.  But, it’s all imaginary.  None of it is real. 

The poverty and hardships the Cuban people have had to go through since Castro took over is well documented, along with the loss of lives and freedom for people who wished for better. 

The notion Cuba’s environment is somehow to be more desirable than a semi-socialist state (we all are living in a semi-socialist state, if not an outright socialist state) is beyond absurd, it is a patently false notion. 

It’s difficult to distinguish between the ignorance of a leftard and the overt act of deception of a leftard.  This is because they’re willfully ignorant, and have no qualms about lying to your face.  One just never knows. 

Twitchy documented several worthwhile responses.  But, I think this is the best one ….

Kevin D. Williamson @KevinNR

@NYTScience Cuba’s environmental conditions are, by Cuba’s own account, a mess. pic.twitter.com/gpswuwV49P

3:08 PM – 1 Jul 2015

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Yep, the Cuban Utopia is about to be wrecked by re-engaging with the US. 

There is, of course, much more to say about all of this.  But, I think it’s a good start to a lengthy thread for the commentators.

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In Other News …. The Religion Of Peace ….

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The jihadist terror group Islamic State responded to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage by killing accused gay men by pushing them off a roof.

Released on the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing homosexual marriage across all 50 states, the video shows ISIS militants pushing several men off a high roof to their deaths.

The official Twitter account of human rights watchdog group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, using the “Love Wins” hashtag, tweeted that four gay men were pushed to their deaths to “celebrate” the ruling.

The tweet also included photos of the execution, including one particularly graphic photo. Reader discretion is advised.  ….. read more at the link.

In this asinine absurd nation (the US), Christians are considered the enemy by many leftards.  But, the same lunatics who support Gay marriage also advocate and celebrate “cultural diversity” to include extreme lunatic Muslims such as the ISIS group.  Sure, no, they don’t openly advocate for ISIS, but, allow for it, and cause other lunatics to support maniacal groups such as ISIS, through their “tolerance” for everything which is wrong, rather than anything which is correct. 

But, we’re told such extremists are such a small minority of the Muslim faith …. right?

REPORT: ISIS Could Have 42 MILLION Supporters in the Arab World

Yeh, well, I know the influence a small minority of lunatics such as 30-40 million people can have. 

California, the scourge of the US has about that many people, too

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Confederate Flag Issue Going Well Beyond Ridiculous To Absurd …… “Dukes Of Hazzard” Pulled From TV Land!!!!

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Really?

TV Land pulls reruns of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’

The latest victim of the growing controversy over the Confederate flag is the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

A TV Land spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that the network has pulled reruns of the series from its schedule, which had been airing twice a day.

The network declined to comment on why the episodes were removed, but the southern-set show has come under fire recently for its depiction of the Confederate flag, which is emblazoned on the hood of the Duke Boys’ signature 1969 orange Dodge Charger.

Warner Bros., which owns “The Dukes of Hazzard,” last week halted production on toy replicas of the car dubbed the General Lee. That followed moves by other retailers such as Walmart and eBay to stop selling items bearing the Stars and Bars after the deadly church shooting in Charleston, SC, in June.

A Change.org petition telling Viacom and Warner Bros. to “Stop Banning Dukes of Hazzard” had collected nearly 400 signatures since launching on Tuesday.

“The Dukes of Hazzard” originally aired on CBS from 1979-85 and followed the adventures of cousins Bo Derek (John Schneider) and Luke Derek (Tom Wopat) who raced around town in their trusty stock car.

This article originally appeared in The New York Post.

Really? 

Now, I was never a huge “Dukes of Hazzard” fan, but, anyone who watched that show knows and understands there’s not a thing offensive about it ….. other than the lame slapstick. 

It’s absurd.  I don’t care about the “Dukes” not airing, but, I do care about the absurdity some fellow Americans are engaged in.  It needs to stop. 

Let us also recognize, this is part of the ultimate goal of leftards.  It is to destroy everything uniquely Americana.  It’s time to tell the children they’ve gone to far and have taken advantage of our goodwill once too often.   

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Bonus Gems!!!! June 29 Scripture Selection: Psalm 45-46

Apparently, I lost a day, June 29, to be more precise.  For anyone who became confused about our calendar, I apologize.  We don’t really skip June 29 and have just a June 30 in its place. 

In this particular instance, we can’t very well just skip the Bible reading and message and go on.  So, for completeness, here’s the post I neglected to post.   

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 29 Scripture Selection: Psalm 45-46

Food for Thought: Ps. 45:2-5; 13-15

The most fabulous, regal wedding is soon coming! It is not only the wedding of the century, but of all eternity. And the happy couple, arrayed with adornment and raiment of the highest of elegance, is the most celebrated and prominent ever to be.

The majestic Bridegroom is King Jesus Himself. The Word makes several references to Him as the Bridegroom, among which are Mark 2:19 (“And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.’”), and John 3:28-29 (“You yourselves bear me (John the Baptist) witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice.”).

Who does He marry? The glorious Church that He loved and gave Himself for. She has been prepared for the wedding, sanctified, and cleansed “with the washing of water by the Word that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish (Eph. 5:25-27).” She is the royal daughter who is radiant and gloriously clothed with many robes and who shall enter the royal palace (Ps. 45:13-15).

The culmination of this grand marriage is discussed in Revelation 19:6-9: “… ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. …‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”

Jesus wants us all there and in Matthew 25:1-13 advises everyone to be prepared for His unannounced entrance to collect His Bride. The great thing is that all we have to do to be called is to make ready for it by first being sure that we are believing members of His Body, the Church, sanctified, cleansed, holy, and without blemish. Thankfully, that is accomplished with the washing of water by the Word, Who is Jesus. Through believing in Him as Lord and Savior, He cleanses us (I John 1:7). Then, we are able to be clothed in the proper raiment of fine linen, the “righteous acts of the saints” for the wedding, the event of all eternity, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

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, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

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

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