This is one of those local news stories you will never see in the national news:
Police Chief Calls Teen Gun Violence an “Epidemic” https://youtu.be/d1aHIhIfXG8
This is one of those local news stories you will never see in the national news:
Police Chief Calls Teen Gun Violence an “Epidemic” https://youtu.be/d1aHIhIfXG8
Beyoncé’s adopted the whiteness standard of beauty
Every time I see a photo or video of Beyoncé I think the same thought: “She’s pretty… because she looks white.”
Beyoncé is currently taking some heat for putting on a pro-black (read= Pro #BlackLivesMatter) Super Bowl 50 Half Time Show.
The irony is that Beyoncé goes out of her way to look white.
She throws blackness in the face of a majority white and hispanic Super Bowl 50 audience while appearing — for all intents and purposes– to be a white woman.
Perhaps when she adopts an afro — in place of her long blond hair — people will pay more serious attention to her?
Beyoncé’s adopted the whiteness standard of beauty…
When Whiteness is the Standard of Beauty – Sociological Images: https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2014/05/16/white-as-beautiful-black-as-white/
Beyoncé references Black Panther Party at Super Bowl halftime show: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/02/08/beyonce-references-black-panther-party-at-super-bowl-halftime-show/#
Not Ready To Stop Obsessing Over Beyoncé And ‘Formation’? We Got You http://n.pr/1mpLkci
It’s time to change the March for Life date to sometime in the spring
Blizzard 2016 has, I think, proven — once and for all — that the March for Life organizers need to choose a safer season for their event.
It’s time to change the March for Life date to sometime in the spring.
March for Life doesn’t have to be in January just because that’s when the court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision.
Thousands of teens travel by bus to Washington, DC every January for March for Life and it’s dangerous to be traveling during January, because of the potential for winter weather.
It’s irresponsible of the organizers of March for Life to schedule their event during a dangerous winter month.
The organizers know thousands of teens will be traveling to and from Washington, DC for this event and they need to begin taking responsibility for their safety by scheduling the event for sometime during the spring.
I hope the 2016 blizzard makes the organizers of March for Life re-think the January date, because they are putting people’s lives at risk.
I live in Pennsylvania and we knew Monday this storm was going to hit Friday night.
The March for Life folks played it off like “We’re not going to let the weather stop us!” but, in my opinion, during a blizzard of historic proportions, this is simply foolishness talking.
Dear March for Life:
Please change the date of your annual event to spring.
It will be safer for everyone when you do.
Green Bay “March for Life” group stranded in East Coast blizzard
“A ‘March for Life’ group from Green Bay’s Catholic diocese is stuck in the East Coast blizzard on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A parishioner says traffic hasn’t moved since 10 o’clock last night. Other stranded drivers are running out of gas and coming into their bus for warmth…”
Read more: Green Bay “March for Life” group stranded in East Coast blizzard – http://wbay.com/2016/01/23/green-bay-march-for-life-group-stranded-in-east-coast-blizzard/
Hundreds of Omaha students stranded on Pennsylvania turnpike as snowstorm slams East Coast
“Dozens of students and chaperones from the Omaha area have been stuck for 11 hours on a Pennsylvania interstate, trying to get home in the snowstorm blasting the east coast.
“Deacon Tim McNeil with the Archdiocese of Omaha says 330 students and adults attended the March for Life in Washington D.C., Friday. The group took seven buses to the nation’s capital and left Friday afternoon, a day ahead of schedule, because of the storm.
“Now, six of the seven buses are stuck behind a crash backing up traffic in Pennsylvania. ..”
Continue reading: Hundreds of Omaha students stranded on Pennsylvania turnpike as snowstorm slams East Coast http://www.ketv.com/news/dozens-of-omaha-students-stranded-in-pennsylvania-turnpike-as-snowstorm-slams-east-coast/37593882
Stranded in the blizzard: John Carroll students stranded 14+ hours on highway
“For one group of students from John Carroll University, a trip to Washington DC turned into a bit of a snow odyssey.
“Fox 8 spoke with Halle Harringshaw, 22, a member of John Carroll’s Respect for Life student group. They left for Washington DC a few days ago to participate in the March for Life there. They heard the storm was coming, so they left the march early Friday to try to beat it.
“But their plan didn’t work. And now they’ve been sitting on the highway just outside of Bedford, PA for 14 hours…”
Continue reading: Stranded in the blizzard: John Carroll students stranded 14+ hours on highway http://via.fox8.com/9zJqc
Tri-state buses stranded in Pennsylvania snowstorm
“Many of the 200-plus tri-state residents stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike have left the warmth of their tour buses to help free other stuck drivers.
“The five-bus caravan left Washington, D.C. shortly after Friday’s March for Life in an effort to avoid a historic snowstorm. But a traffic jam near Bedford, Pa. — likely caused by semi tractor-trailers unable to ascend a snow-slicked hill — stopped them in their tracks…”
Continue reading: Tri-state buses stranded in Pennsylvania snowstorm http://www.thonline.com/news/breaking/article_fc025d9e-c1de-11e5-8a8a-733b55854595.html
More than 200 Eastern Iowans stuck in East Coast blizzard
“The group from Dubuque that went to Washington D.C. for the “March for Life,” rally then left right afterward, has been stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for about 10 hours…”
Read more: More than 200 Eastern Iowans stuck in East Coast blizzard http://www.kwwl.com/story/31036029/2016/01/22/eastern-iowans-in-washington-dc-despite-blizzard
Snowstorm Strands Students on Bus for 14 Hours on Pennsylvania Highway
“The students from Owensboro Catholic High School have been stuck for over 14 excruciating hours on Interstate 76 because of the winter storm… The nightmarish situation started around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The more than 40 high school students had left the March of Life in Washington, D.C., traveling the 175 miles for their hotel in Somerset, Pennsylvania, when they became trapped on the highway…”
Read more: Snowstorm Strands Students on Bus for 14 Hours on Pennsylvania Highway http://nbcnews.to/1S1wAi8
80 miles of Pa. Turnpike closed for rescue of stranded drivers
“The Pennsylvania National Guard, state police, and local firefighters are helping Turnpike teams get the stranded drivers on their way.
“A Turnpike spokesman said emergency crews have been walking through the backlog of traffic to attend to any medical situations and bring fuel and food to some drivers…”
Read more: 80 miles of Pa. Turnpike closed for rescue of stranded drivers http://wp.me/p5hgQ6-18oe
Pa. National Guard called to help stranded motorists on the Pa. Turnpike
“The Pennsylvania National Guard has been called out to help stranded motorists along the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford and Somerset counties, officials said…”
Continue reading: Pa. National Guard called to help stranded motorists on the Pa. Turnpike http://s.pennlive.com/kATWFNL
It only takes an inch of snow for Washington, DC to become a disaster area…
An inch of snow, icy roads unleash 9 hours of traffic chaos across D.C. region http://wpo.st/NHd51
A group of local students have left Washington DC ahead of the March for Life rally. http://bit.ly/1UgpVxT
Blizzard won’t stop march, but safety concerns cancel some trips to D.C. http://wp.me/p5DZKA-15K
Park Service Closes National Mall in DC at Noon Friday Ahead of Blizzard http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Park-Service-Closes-National-Mall-in-DC-Ahead-of-Big-Storm-366202561.html
New Vatican Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” ~ Jesus Christ (Matthew 15:24)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 1.16)
“but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” ~ Saint Paul (1 Corinthians 1:23)
“God of Goodness and Father of Mercies, we beseech Thee by the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and by the intercession of the Patriarchs and Holy Apostles, to look with compassion upon the remnant of Israel, so that they may come to a knowledge of our only Savior Jesus Christ, and share in the precious graces of Redemption. Amen.”
Rabbi: Pope at synagogue may surprise https://youtu.be/Js8gvbKLszA
Pope visits synagogue https://youtu.be/CfO9uO1b4hM
Relations between Catholics and Jews take another step forward | Opinion http://s.nj.com/iR2yPHG via @njdotcom
Michael Matt and Christopher Ferarra discuss the Vatican’s statement against sharing Jesus with the Jews… Vatican Scandals: An Appeal to Pope Francis to Stop the Madness – https://youtu.be/bI2X34v8QY0
Dr. E. Michael Jones discusses new Vatican document, “The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable” on Jewish-Catholic dialogue. The document conflicts with traditional Catholic doctrine at many points… Talk Show Israel – Dec. 16th, 2015 – https://youtu.be/dNPlDYzOn8I
Catholics shouldn’t try to convert Jews, says new Vatican document http://www.religionnews.com/2015/12/10/vatican-catholic-jews-jewish-anti-semitism/
On the ‘conversion’ of Jews: The new Vatican statement https://shar.es/1GhUEO
New Vatican document reflects on relations between Catholics, Jews – http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2015/new-vatican-document-reflects-on-relations-between-catholics-jews.cfm
Vatican Issues New Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations http://go.aleteia.org/aLjqsHS
A Jewish perspective on ‘Nostra Aetate’ 50 years on – Vatican Radio http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/1167416
Curses for Disobedience
“But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out… And the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the LORD will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life…” (Deuteronomy 28:15-19; 64-66)
AJC Critical of New Vatican Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations
“[Rabbi David] Rosen expressed disappointment that the new document fails to acknowledge “the centrality that the Land of Israel plays in the historic and contemporary religious life of the Jewish people,” and the groundbreaking role of Nostra Aetate in leading to the diplomatic accord between the Vatican and the Jewish State.
“The establishment of full bilateral relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See — very much guided and promoted by Pope John Paul II — was one of the historic highlights on the road since Nostra Aetate, reflecting more than anything else the fact that the Catholic Church had truly repudiated its portrayal of the Jewish people as condemned wanderers to be homeless until the final advent,” said Rosen…”
Read more: AJC Critical of New Vatican Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations http://www.jewishpress.com/news/ajc-critical-of-new-vatican-document-on-catholic-jewish-relations/2015/12/10/
The Enemies of Christ at Christmas (December, 1956)
“This Christmas men are looking to the Holy Land, and they are listening — not for the strains of “Glory to God in the Highest,” but for the sounds of war upon earth. And we might say: It is just. God long ago crashed the Temple of Jerusalem to the ground, and cursed its people, the Jews, to be forever homeless and wandering. If the world has defied this Divine judgment and supported a Jewish return to Palestine, then let the world bear the consequences of God’s righteous anger.
“But this leaves a greater part unsaid. For the Holy Land is infinitely more than a geographical locality which God has forbidden to the Jews. It is, for all time, the precious countryside where God became the Child of a Virginal Mother, and where God as Man walked and taught and died for us. It is, indeed, God’s Land.
If, therefore, we are anxious this Christmas, our concern is this: The leaders of our nation have proposed that Christian boys be ready to shed their blood in order to make the Jews secure within the borders of the Holy Land. But should this happen, should Christian lives be spent to keep God’s Land in the hands of His crucifiers, the price of such betrayal will not be confined to the deserts of the East. We will be paying, in kind, on bloody Main Street, U. S. A.”
Read more: The Enemies of Christ at Christmas (December, 1956) http://www.fatherfeeney.org/point/56-dec.html
50th Anniversary: AJC and Nostra Aetate https://youtu.be/WcqJ-RRuzwg
Nostra Aetate 50th Anniversary https://youtu.be/_LCYRRR7Lfc
50 Years of Nostra Aetate (Beyond Belief, 7/12/15) https://youtu.be/MtdjbH9h0CA
Nostra Aetate – What it really is (E. Michael Jones) – https://youtu.be/Xc4zhrG_x4I
The Humiliation of the Word – Jacques Ellul
“This, then, is our situation today: through the eruption of unlimited artificial images, we have reduced truth to the order of reality and banished the shy and fleeting expression of truth. Strangest of all, we are not dealing with the identification of truth with reality already found in science. Instead, this “reality” is really fiction — literally simulated, depicted. This reality is falsified, but it constitutes the new visible human universe. It is a visible universe of proliferating images produced by all sorts of techniques. No longer are we surrounded by fields, woods, and rivers, but by signs, signals, billboards, screens, labels, and trademarks: this is our universe. And when the screen shows us a living reality, such as people’s faces or other countries, this is still a fiction: it is a constructed and recombined reality.” Jaques Ellul (The Humiliation of the Word; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (1985) p. 228)
I’ve just finished reading Jacques Ellul’s The Humiliation of the Word.
Although The Humiliation of the Word is a philosophical book about linguistics, it’s also a biblical theology… of the word and the image.
“In Jesus, truth rejoins reality, and reality becomes true and the bearer of truth.” (ibid, p. 252)
I bought the book because I recently caught a reference to it while watching (again) an old interview with Neil Postman, who is one of my favorite thinkers/authors (see after 29:00):
I was surprised I hadn’t noticed the reference to Ellul before. But, one day, while watching the (above) interview again, I did manage to catch it, searched for the book online, and found it available for a reasonable price (=about $20.00).
Having read Ellul before, I knew the book would be above my ability, and would stretch my intellect, which is what I wanted.
I was right about that.
Once I finished the book, I thought “I need to read this again.”
There’s no way I could do justice to the book by reading it through once and doing a brief review of it.
I need to read it again, take notes, read it once more, and really think about what Ellul is saying, in order to do it justice.
Having said that, I can say the book is very thought provoking, to say the least, and should be read by anyone interested in language, images, media, media ecology, and Neil Postman’s more popular (and more accessible) books.
Ellul, as a rule, is never light reading. And his The Humiliation of the Word is no exception to this rule.
The main point of the book, which Ellul makes, is that reality can be imaged, whilst the word (=truth) cannot.
The problem with our modern (and postmodern) society is that we live under a tyranny of images, whilst suffering a dearth of the word (=truth).
This tyranny we must resist, Ellul tells us:
“We must oppose triumphant methods, the elimination of ambiguities, and the resultant foreclosure of possibilities for the truth (which slips in through the gaps of coherent discourse). No gaps, of course, are left in computer language, algebra, and scientific certainty. The frozen surface of our intellectual world is like a smooth glacier. Rich and superabundant images have invaded everything; but then left only a desert. They have become the very key to science. We must radically deny that science can account for everything human, because truth always may be expressed through human beings.” (ibid, p. 258)
In short, the book is well worth reading. It’s quite thought provoking.
The Humiliation of the Word by Jacques Ellul (book) http://www.amazon.com/The-Humiliation-Word-Jacques-Ellul/dp/0802800696
The Humiliation of the Word by Jacques Ellul (.html) http://www.religion-online.org/showbook.asp?title=499
The Humiliation of the Word by Jacques Ellul (.pdf) http://media.sabda.org/alkitab-2/Religion-Online.org%20Books/Ellul,%20Jacques%20-%20The%20Humiliation%20of%20the%20Word.pdf
Pastor prays with man who enters church with rifle
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Sunday was absolutely a day of celebration at Heal The Land Outreach Ministries – just days after the pastor of the church managed to defuse a situation involving a gunman at the church.
It was a very frightening experience as a 57-year-old man walked in carrying the rifle in one hand, pointed up, and an ammo clip in the other hand.
The pastor and church members say what could have been a horrific tragedy on New Year’s Eve turned into another reason to give thanks…”
Continue reading: ‘God touched his heart,’ NC pastor says of disarming, praying with gunman in church http://wp.me/p5MgbW-uOY via @wncn