Indiana baby box gives Baby Hope a second chance

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“A volunteer fire department in Indiana has helped a newborn in need with the use of a controversial “baby box.” According to the Chicago Tribune, the alarm on the Safe Haven Baby Box at the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department has been tripped before by curious passersby. So when Chief Mick Pawlik went to investigate, he thought it may be another false alarm. It wasn’t…” Continue reading: Newborn girl left in ‘baby box’ at Indiana fire department http://www.koco.com/article/newborn-left-in-baby-box-at-indiana-fire-department/13514690

 

Baby box dedicated at northeastern Indiana firehouse http://wdtn.com/2016/04/27/baby-box-dedicated-at-northeastern-indiana-firehouse/

“Baby hatches have existed in one form or another for centuries. The system was quite common in medieval times. From 1198 the first foundling wheels (ruota dei trovatelli) were used in Italy; Pope Innocent III decreed that these should be installed in homes for foundlings so that women could leave their child in secret instead of killing them, a practice clearly evident from the numerous drowned infants found in in the River Tiber…” Read more: Baby Hatch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_hatch

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Our “gun violence as solution” problem

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In the wake of this horrible massacre today, I know everyone is thinking about what we can do to stop these tragedies from happening. How do we save and protect people better? Is this a gun control issue, a mental health issue, mix of both or something else? What is the solution? ~ Amanda Jaegar, THV11 Little Rock, AR

“I have, therefore, chosen this time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth too rarely perceived. And that is the most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.” ~ President John F Kennedy (American University, June 10, 1963 (source)

We have a problem America. Our problem is we believe gun violence is a solution to certain problems.

What problems? you ask? It doesn’t matter what problems. And that itself is a problem.

Our “gun violence as solution” problem is the problem. Once we believe some problems can only be solved by gun violence it doesn’t matter what those problems are.

As a society, we make a distinction between the use of gun violence for self defense and the offensive use of gun violence. We allow the use of gun violence in self defense, for both corporate and individual self defense.

Our problem, in America, is that we have confused offensive and defensive. Our nation’s military travels the world attacking people for no good reason and we call it “self defense” when it’s not: it’s offensive.

NATO used to be defensive. Since the 1990s, and the collapse of the USSR, NATO has gone on the offensive, attacking countless millions of peoples across the globe. We call this “self defense” when it’s not: it’s offensive. We’re attacking people for no good reason.

As a society we venerate our military. They are heroes! And, because our military is actively engaged in the offensive use of gun violence against countless innocent peoples around the globe, this is a problem.

When I was in the infantry I learned we had two purposes: 1) kill people; 2) break things.

This is what the military does. This is why we should use the military only in self defense. America has been on the offensive, globally, since the Spanish-American War, which was over 100 years ago. That’s a long time. The Spanish-American War was ginned up by yellow journalism, or: propagandistic, sensationalistic, tabloid style, fake news.

A guy recently murdered 26 people in a church in Texas, during a Sunday morning service. Everyone wants to know why, but the how tells us about our problem.

There are countless reasons why someone would murder someone else. A murderer could be delusional, not being able to tell reality from fantasy. A murderer could be sane and kill for logical, but illegal, reasons.

There are countless ways of murdering someone. Our particular interest here is the use of gun violence as a solution. A solution too many people, mostly men, use to solve what they perceive to be a problem (e.g., an imaginary enemy, a cheating lover, an entire nation (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria…).

Speaking of Texas, do you remember when Chris Kyle, the so-called American Sniper, was honored at a memorial service at Texas Stadium? His casket was placed on the fifty yard line.

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The American Sniper at Rest on the 50 yard line at Texas Stadium

What message does this send to the men, young men, and boys of the USA?

I’ll tell you what message: Gun violence solves problems. And, like I said, it doesn’t matter what the particular problem is. Fill in the blank ________ with whatever problem you have (e.g., my wife left me, people at work hate me, I’m a loser and I’m mad at the world, whatever…)

An even worse message is: You can become a hero and a role model for others by killing people

Chris Kyle is held up as a hero and a role model. The mercenary corporation Kyle founded has the motto: “Despite what your momma told you… violence does solve problems.”

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What did Chris Kyle do to become so famous? He solved the perceived problems of our nation’s government by killing people with a high powered rife, from long distances.

In other contexts, a sniper, like Kyle, would be considered a coward. The guy who killed two Pennsylvania state troopers a couple of years ago was called a coward by police, because he had killed the troopers with a rifle from a long distance, which was considered a cowardly act. How does Kyle’s killing go from cowardly to heroic? By reversing the meanings of what he is doing. According to what we are told by government/media Kyle is protecting Americans. But in reality Kyle is 10,000 miles away from American killing people who were never a threat to us…

As I said above, our problem, in America, is that we have confused offensive and defensive. Our nation’s military travels the world attacking people for no good reason and we call that “self defense” but it’s not: it’s offensive. Our military is used to promote the interests of our government and the interests of transnational corporations.

Until we, as a nation, begin dealing with our “gun violence as solution” problem we will never solve our gun violence problem. People follow our government/media example. Our government sends its military around the globe to murder people with guns, bombs, and rockets, and our media glorifies the use of violence in television, film, and music.

We hear a lot about racism today, but what about militarism? America is militaristic. And our militarism breeds our “gun violence as solution” problem.

Militarism: the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests.

MLK foretold our predicament fifty years ago. We have failed to deal with our militarism; therefore we have come to the end of the dead end road of national disaster…

“As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked, and rightly so, ‘What about Vietnam?’ They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.” (Martin Luther King Jr., 1967)

“I am disappointed with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. We are presently moving down a dead-end road that can lead to national disaster.” (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967)

Source: Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/pacificaviet/riversidetranscript.html

Relevant links to more articles and videos…

Patmos, The Emperor Worship Cultus, and The American Sniper https://mark1marti2.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/patmos-the-emperor-worship-cultus-and-the-american-sniper/

The Cult of the American Sniper https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/the-cult-of-the-american-sniper/

Yes, we have a gun and violence problem. But ultimately, we have a heart problem http://via.wtvr.com/U8efc via @HolmbergCBS6

Police Chief Calls Teen Gun Violence an “Epidemic” https://youtu.be/d1aHIhIfXG8

13-year-old accidentally kills himself on Instagram live https://youtu.be/qvGy4cP_R30

BB guns looking like real guns https://youtu.be/S_xt85iITFs

RAW: Video shows suspected gang members waving guns and cash https://youtu.be/npLJFmYNNNM

Former Delta employees charged in gun smuggling case https://youtu.be/nNnyXhf5-9c

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams reacts to the murder of a 5 month old girl… https://youtu.be/XkCcC6U-CiI via @YouTube

Aavielle Wakefield | 5-month-old girl dies in shooting on Cleveland’s east side https://shar.es/17QFQT via @wews

Plan to fight Milwaukee’s gun violence announced https://youtu.be/MIEEMNH4Hg4

Police say two men fired shots at a group of kids just hanging out outside a rec center http://wkrg.com/2017/10/19/police-answering-shots-fired-call-at-george-hall-elementary-witness-shooting-at-nearby-rec-center/

“Guns. Media. Mental Illness. Lax Security. All these and more have been offered as explanations for the tragic mass shooting…” Read more: A Militaristic Culture https://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/26/a-militaristic-culture/

The root of gun violence? Our militaristic culture. http://wapo.st/1X0BzxS?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.2540fdb13c2c

“Using violence and aggression to impose its will on others is the fundamental purpose of the military…” Read more: The Bullying of US Militarism Pervades the Entire Society http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/37975-the-bullying-of-us-militarism-pervades-the-entire-society

Shoot To Kill: http://data.baltimoresun.com/news/shoot-to-kill/

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The truth is out there, but it’s getting harder to find

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“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” ~ Edward Bernays

I’ve noticed Google’s search results are turning up mostly mainstream news articles at the top of its results lately. I’m sad to see this happen, and I’m glad I’ve already done a lot of online research. Google used to be good, now it’s not. The days of open source online researching are pretty much over.

What myths do you believe? How much influence has political correctness exerted upon your beliefs, your opinions, your animosities?

Who would you ostracize from society? Who would you silence and not allow to speak? What research would you forbid? What history do you consider off limits?

YouTube changes search to combat Las Vegas conspiracy videos

“The company updated its search algorithm Thursday to promote authoritative news sources at the top of search results, according to a person familiar with the matter. YouTube has been working on the change for months, but decided to release it early after conspiracy videos surfaced on its site about the Las Vegas shooting…” Read more: YouTube changes search to combat Las Vegas conspiracy videos http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/technology/culture/youtube-conspiracy/index.html

 

 

“But what if the whole notion of the myth is itself a myth?” ~ Sharyl Attkisson

“In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages…”

 

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society… In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” ~ Edward Bernays

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Review: ‘Brand Luther’

brand lutherBrand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe–and Started the Protestant Reformation (2015) 400 pages $20.00 https://www.amazon.com/Brand-Luther-Unheralded-Europe-Reformation/dp/1594204969

The original subtitle of this book was much shorter: Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation

Luther and his Reformation depended upon the printing press and the printing industry to succeed.

It’s hard for us to imagine a world without the printing press but the printing press, with moveable type, was invented only a generation before Martin Luther was born. It’s also hard to imagine reform taking place within the long established Catholic Church before the printing press was invented.

When the Catholic Church decided to do something about Luther and his reform movement, the Church did what it had always done in such cases. Meaning it failed to appreciate and to counter the new information technology Luther was exploiting: printing.

Luther outprinted and outpublished his opponents. He buried them in pamphlets, which were cheap for printers to produce and brought nice profits to the printers.

Luther’s Catholic opponents found printers reluctant to publish their works, because the printers knew they weren’t going to be able to sell many copies of them.

As the author tells us:

Luther’s works outstrip those of any other author by a factor of ten; he outpublished the most successful of his Catholic opponents by a factor of thirty. (p.213)

One of the most important tactics Luther used was that, while his opponents were expecting formal discourses written in Latin, Luther went directly to the people by writing in German. This was key to the success of the Reformation.

Luther’s movement quickly led to increased schooling and literacy for boys and girls throughout Germany. And, as the author of this book points out (see 259-266) Luther should be given credit for promoting the education of young girls.

In short, this is a well researched, well written, and interesting book. It’s an important read for anyone interested in the Protestant Reformation.

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Review: ‘Knowing Jesus in the Old Testament? : A Fresh Look at Christophanies’

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Knowing Jesus in the Old Testament? : A Fresh Look at Christophanies, by Andrew S. Malone $10.36 (Free Shipping) Inter-Varsity Press 2015 (208 pages) https://www.bookdepository.com/Knowing-Jesus-Old-Testament-Andrew-S-Malone/9781783592043

I found this book online when I was looking for some common sense (and scripturally based) reasoning regarding ‘Christophanies’ or: pre-incarnate appearances of Christ in the Old Testament.

I found this book to be well worth the $10 it cost me, which included free shipping.

After numerous recent interactions with people online regarding issues surrounding the study of Christ (Christology) I began to see what I consider to be erroneous understandings of Christ. Namely, people referring to Jesus (or Christ) and his actions in the Old Testament (OT).

I have no problems with people referring to the Son before the incarnation, but I do have a problem with referring to Jesus in the OT. I also don’t care for people referring to Christ in the OT. Why? Because, although the Son is eternal, Jesus Christ was born of Mary in Bethlehem.

Jesus, by definition, is the God-Man (Greek: theanthropos). Jesus has both a divine and a human nature. He’s no more human than he is divine, and he’s no more divine than he is human. Ultimately, the dual nature of Jesus is a mystery, and we, as believers, are expected to maintain that mysterious balance whenever we speak or write about him. To go to either extreme, and express a position in which Jesus appears to be more God than man, or more man than God, is heresy. A balance, and an avoidance of error, is our goal whenever we speak or write about Jesus.

As I said, I’ve been dealing online with quite a few people in recent months who were speaking/writing about Jesus as though he were more God than man. For example, people were saying Jesus did things before he was born in Bethlehem. This is anachronistic, to say the least, and heretical to say the most. To me, this smacked of heresy… a too-high Christology that made Jesus God but not really man, since the dual natured Jesus — the God-Man — didn’t come into being until Bethlehem. The Son is eternal. He has always existed. He never came into being. Jesus, the God-Man, came into being when the eternal Son took on human flesh and became man (for us and for our salvation). This is the whole point of the incarnation. And this is also why most people will qualify their statement about Jesus, or Christ, doing something in the OT by saying the pre-incarnate Jesus, or the pre-incarnate Christ, did something.

But when people talk about the pre-incarnate Christ doing something in the OT they aren’t speaking about something the OT actually says, they’re speaking about something they believe. People have constructed the notion of a pre-incarnate Jesus in their own minds, mostly due to having a New Testament (NT) perspective as a Christian, and ‘discovering’ many appearances of a (supposedly) pre-incarnate Christ in the OT.

People do this because they are taught to do it. I used to accept the notion of pre-incarnate appearances of Christ in the OT, because that’s what I had been taught, too. But after the recent experiences I’ve had with people in discussing this issue, after reading this book, after thinking about the issue, and after pondering what the Bible actually says, I no longer believe we can say with any certainly that the Son, Jesus, or Christ appeared in the OT. As the author says:

“No one here doubts that God the Son has always existed and been active throughout history as part of the Trinity. What is in doubt is whether we should identify particular activities of the Son in Old Testament times and whether we can read any evidence of these in the pages of the Old Testament itself.” (p.177)

This book is something of a voice crying in the wilderness, because it seems almost everyone these days believes in OT Christophanies.  The author does the Church a great service by writing this (no doubt unpopular) book. It is well researched, well outlined, well written, and scripturally based.

If you’re at all interested in the subject of Christophanies I suggest you read this book.

For further reading, the author has also written an informative article on: John Owen and Old Testament Christophanies, by Andrew S. Malone http://www.theologian.org.uk/doctrine/johnowen.html

 

 

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America’s new Red Guard?

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Think it can’t happen here? The young lady in this video is advocating for cultural revolution and totalitarian ideology…

High school senior tries to cope with bigotry, racism after attacks in Charlottesville, Portland… https://youtu.be/u7ziLFEjgzs

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An Unreported on Pattern of Violence

 

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 The late Aavielle Wakefield

This post deals with an unreported on pattern of violence in the USA. Virtually every day, across the USA, black babies, children, and teens are at risk for being inadvertently shot and killed by black men. The pattern is there, the danger is real, and yet the national media never connects the dots and reports on this nationwide epidemic of violence.

This tragedy is left to local media to report on, which they do, faithfully.

I follow local news outlets across the USA and this is why I am able to collect many of these tragic news stories. The national media knows about these tragic events, and knows there is a nationwide pattern, but refuses to bring any national attention to it.

If only one of these babies had been killed by the KKK we would hear about it forever. But since all of these babies have been killed by black men it’s just local news. In fact, these types of shootings are so common that the media doesn’t consider them to be national news.

Ask yourself this question: “If I were a young black mother with babies, would I fear my babies were in constant danger of being murdered by the KKK? Or would I fear my babies were in constant danger of being murdered by black men in my neighborhood?”

Watch this tragic video playlist, and cry as I have. Why is this national pattern of black male on black child violence never discussed in the national media? Because the national media doesn’t care about black people. If they did, they would address this national tragedy daily, until something was finally done to stop it.

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