Do you think he got the message? LOL
H/t FOTM’s CSM
First, President Ebola insists that those beheaders of ISIL/ISIS, aka the Islamic State caliphate that’s wreaking destruction across the Middle East, are neither Islamic nor jihadist. (See “Obama announces U.S. ‘counterterrorism’ policy against ISIL“)
Now, a pair of academics at the City University of New York (CUNY) are blaming what used to be called global warming, now “climate change,” and overpopulation for the creation of those poor ISIS folk who are just trying to survive amidst parched lands.
In an article for the Huffington Post, “How Climate Change Helped ISIS,” history professor Charles Strozier and research associate Kelly Berkell at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, write that “As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State, many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria’s extremists.”
“Many became climate refugees” from a four-year (2006-2010) drought in Syria that “devastated the livelihoods of 800,000 farmers and herders; and knocked two to three million people into extreme poverty.”
Strozier and Berkell continue: “While ISIS threatens brutal violence against all who dissent from its harsh ideology, climate change menaces communities (less maliciously) with increasingly extreme weather.”
The two academics call on Americans to consider the link between melting glaciers and a stronger Taliban: “If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes to catastrophic weather in Afghanistan—potentially strengthening the Taliban and imperiling Afghan girls who want to attend school—would we drive more hybrids and use millions fewer plastic bags? How would elections and legislation be influenced?”
Neither Strozier nor Berkell is even remotely trained in climate or political science.
In addition to being a history professor, Charles Strozier, Ph.D. is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City’s Greenwich Village. He describes himself as “gay friendly.”
For her part, aside from being a “research associate” at John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Center on Terrorism, Kelly A. Berkell is an attorney who had practiced securities and corporate litigation in Manhattan and Boston before moving into the public sector.
There is a ferocious spiritual war in America, and Oklahoma City seems to be at the center, targeted by malevolent people and forces.
In 2009 when Republicans were in control, the state legislature gave the green light for a Ten Commandments statue, paid for with private funds, to be placed outside the state capitol building in Oklahoma City.
Three years later, in November 2012, a 6-feet tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments was erected.
Almost immediately, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) leveled a lawsuit to remove the monument, claiming that it violated the state constitution’s ban against using public property to support church or religion.
The ACLU’s lawsuit was followed by the New York-based Satanic Temple declaring their intention to build a 7 ft. tall statue of their master next to the Ten Commandments — all in the name of “religious parity.”
Then, on September 21, 2014, a local satanist group conducted a blasphemous “Black Mass” right smack in the Oklahoma City Civic Center.
Three days after the satanic Black Mass, on September 24, 2014, a recent convert to Islam, 30-year-old Alton Nolen, walked into a Vaughan Foods administrative office in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, and attacked two female employees with a knife. Nolen beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, and repeatedly stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, who survived the attack. (See “Of course he did: Obama Official Praises Mosque Of Oklahoma Beheader Alton Nolen”)
Mark Vaughan, the company’s chief operating officer, who is also a reserve sheriff’s deputy, shot Nolen, stopping the attack. Nolen was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and may also face federal charges as well.
Writing for CNN, Mel Robbins is incredulous that the FBI refuses to call Nolen’s attack and beheading a terrorist attack:
It was a terrorist attack, and everyone knows it. Why won’t the government say so? The Washington Post reports that the FBI found ‘no indication that Alton Alexander Nolen was copying the beheadings of journalists in Syria by the Islamic State … adding that they are treating this as an incident of workplace violence.’
Workplace violence? You can’t be serious! Oh wait — the FBI must mean “workplace violence” as in the case of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the terrorist convicted in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that killed 13 people and left many more wounded.
On September 19, 2014, the ACLU’s lawsuit to remove the Ten Commandments monument was thrown out by an Oklahoma County judge.
So satanists took matters into their own talons.
Zak Patterson reports for Oklahoma City’s KOCO that at approximately 9 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2014, a man drove his car into the Ten Commandments monument and smashed it into pieces.
The suspect told the Secret Service, upon his arrest, that Satan had told him to do it. He admitted that he had urinated on the monument before running it over.
The suspect reportedly also made vague threats at the Oklahoma City Federal Building and said he would kill President Obama and spit on a photo of Obama. The man was taken into custody. The vehicle involved was abandoned and has since been impounded.
The cleanup is underway and parts of the Ten Commandments monument will be restored.
The ACLU of Oklahoma made this statement following the incident:
“The ACLU of Oklahoma and our clients are outraged at this apparent act of vandalism. While we have and continue to seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds through the judicial process, the Ten Commandments constitute a strong foundation in our clients’ deeply held religious beliefs. To see the Ten Commandments desecrated by vandals is highly offensive to them as people of faith. Our Oklahoma and Federal Constitutions seek to create a society in which people of all faiths and those of no faith at all can coexist as equals without fear of repressions from the government or their neighbors. Whether it is politicians using religion as a political tool or vandals desecrating religious symbols, neither are living up to the full promise of our founding documents.”
An official with the US Attorney’s Office said if enough evidence is found against the suspect regarding his alleged threats against the president then a report will be submitted to the US Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call OHP at 405-425-7709.
The police have since identified the man as Michael Tate Reed Jr., 29. He is from Roland and was taken to Oklahoma County mental facility for an emergency order of detention and a mental evaluation.
Reed’s mother, Crystal Tucker, said her son “would never deface something that meant so much to him. He takes the Ten Commandments very seriously.” Tucker said Reed has been battling breakdowns for two years ever since he was injured at work four years ago. (See “Psychiatric nurse says half of patients have a spiritual affliction”)
Tucker said when her son “has these breakdowns, the one thing that is foremost in his mind, his religion, is the thing he takes it out on.” But Reed does not worship Satan, the mother said. “Anyone who knows Michael, knows he loves his God. Right now, everyone is praying for him.”
Well, mom. I suggest you ask your son who “his God” is.
While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man’s, he said, “I know how you feel. My Mom makes me ride in the stroller too.”
As I was nursing my baby, my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, “My mom has some of those, but I don’t think she knows how to use them.”
Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a little wistful. “In ten years,” I said, “you’ll want to be with your friends and you won’t go walking, biking, and swimming with me like you do now.” Carolyn shrugged. “In ten years you’ll be too old to do all those things anyway.”
Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day, I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her needle. “No, no, no!,” she screamed. “Lizzie,” scolded her mother, “that’s not polite behavior.” With that, the girl yelled even louder, “No, thank you! No, thank you!”
On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson innocently said to my son, “Dad, I know babies come from mommies’ tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?” After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust, “You don’t have to make up something, Dad. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer.”
Just before I was deployed to Iraq , I sat my eight-year-old son down and broke the news to him. “I’m going to be away for a long time,” I told him. “I’m going to Iraq .” “Why?,” he asked. “Don’t you know there’s a war going on over there?”
The late Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children stricken with cancer, AIDS, and blood diseases. One afternoon, he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. A counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn’t know Newman was a famous movie star, explained, “That’s the man who made this camp possible. Maybe you’ve seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle?” Blank stares. An eight-year-old girl perked up. “How long was he missing?”
and here’s one that’s *not* from the mouth of babes . . . .
At the graveside funeral of the old man’s wife, there was a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance.
The old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, “Well, she’s there.”
H/t FOTM’s pnordman!
Now All I can say is this is a beautiful thing. In the “Immortal” words of That trailblazer of Racial Harmony , Rodney King…
A black couple that owns a wedding chapel has been offering their facility to couples for years. People from around the country visit the charming chapel set in a beautiful wilderness area to get hitched.
But a few months ago, a couple came in wanting to do a KKK-themed wedding. At first, the couple, Roy and Esther Black, thought it was a joke, something from a David Chappelle comedy routine. They wondered where the hidden cameras were.
To their surprise and shock, however, they found out that the couple was serious. They wanted to dress in their KKK garb and have the Blacks perform the ceremony. The best man and maid of honor would also be dressed in KKK attire but, like the couple, without hoods.
As nicely as they could, the Blacks said they couldn’t do it. They were opposed to the beliefs of the KKK. They suggested that if they really wanted a KKK-themed wedding that they should go elsewhere.
The couple was irate and decided to file an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the Blacks.
“The chapel was open to the public,” Blake Atkinson told a reporter for KLKA TV, “and since the chapel is advertised for weddings, the Blacks should be forced to perform our wedding. Public accommodation laws demand it”
“City officials told the Blacks, both ordained ministers who run The Chapel in the Pines, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its ‘non-discrimination’ ordinance requires the Blacks to perform wedding ceremonies for anybody that asks no matter what their beliefs are regarding the people who are asking to be married.”
Civil rights groups around the country are outraged over the decision of city officials. How is it possible for a couple like the Blacks to be forced to perform a wedding for a couple whose lifestyle and belief system they abhor?
Good question. The same can be asked of people who oppose same-sex marriage.
It is designed to show the absurdity of new laws being passed and enforced to mandate that the owners of places like the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, perform weddings for same-sex couples or go to jail or face stiff fines.
Coeur d’Alene officials told the Knapps privately and also publicly stated that the couple would violate the city’s public accommodations statute once same-sex marriage became legal in Idaho if they declined to perform a same-sex ceremony at their chapel. On Friday, the Knapps respectfully declined such a ceremony and now face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for each day they decline to perform that ceremony.
“‘The city somehow expects ordained pastors to flip a switch and turn off all faithfulness to their God and their vows,’ explained ADF Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. ‘The U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state law clearly stand against that. The city cannot mandate across-the-board conformity to its interpretation of a city ordinance in utter disregard for the guaranteed freedoms Americans treasure in our society.’”
What’s next? How will the tyranny be expanded? Look what’s happening in Houston, Texas. If the government can force the Knapps to go against their beliefs, then they can force others to do the same.
Homosexuals and the civil officials of Coeur d’Alene will argue that there’s no law protecting the KKK, and that’s the point. If the government can make up laws protecting one class, it can make laws to protect any class or any belief or nay group and make us pay dearly for any opposition.
Today, October 24th, the universal Church celebrates St. Anthony Claret, Spanish Catholic priest, writer, publisher, missionary, founder, queen’s chaplain, archbishop and refugee. It is incredible how talented this man was and what a hard worker for the people of God.
He worked as a weaver and designer in the textile mills of Barcelona, Spain, wherein he also learned the printing business and studied Latin. When he was 28 years of age, he became a priest, and indeed, was one of Spain’s most phenomenal and popular preachers.
Father Anthony gave missions and retreats, wherein he expounded mostly upon the true presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist and encouraging devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is reported that he kept Our Lady’s rosary always upon his person, as he knew it was one of his best weapons against evil.
When he was 42 years of age, he founded the religious order of the Claretians, who were missionaries. And, he was also appointed to serve as the archbishop of Santiago in Cuba. He instituted immediate reform by his constant hearing of confessions and constant preaching against sin, more particularly, his opposition to concubinage. He also taught black slaves.
Because of his outspoken Catholicism, an assassin slashed his face and slit his wrists. What is even more incredible is that Father John was the person who obtained freedom from imprisonment for this assassin. And, it was also Father Anthony that changed this individual’s death sentence to life in prison. In total, there were actually 14 attempts at his life.
Father Anthony helped Cubans own family-run farms, to support themselves and to bring food to market for people to buy. Thus, he aroused the fury of those individuals who marketed working in a single cash crop, namely, sugar.
He was recalled to Spain to serve as chaplain for the queen. But he made it very clear he would only serve in this capacity if he did not live in the palace, that he would come to hear the queen’s confession and that he would also teach children, and that he would not attend court functions.
During the revolution of 1868, he fled with the queen and her party to Paris, where he preached to Spanish colonies. He was a prolific writer and was interested in Catholic publications. He founded the Religious Publishing House, a publishing venture in Spain, wherein he published 200 books and pamphlets.
He attended Vatican I, where he defended the doctrine of papal infallibility. Indeed and in fact, American Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore said of him, “There goes a true saint.” He died in exile when he was 63 near the border of Spain.
Dear St. Anthony Claret, you showed by your life great courage, love and faith. He is the very opposite of being “lukewarm,” the temperature that Our Lord finds so repulsive. Please help us St. Anthony to stand for what is right and true, to stand for our Faith, no matter what the cost. We live in a world with “in-your-face” evil from all sides. We hope to learn from your example to serve God with passion and great love, the most important of all virtues.
Feeling bad for the poor, oppressed innocent people of Palestine? Watch this, and although you may still feel sad for their children, you will no longer feel burdened for their leaders.
Yup, they said that.