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Television: the Drug of the Nation

Aside from an occasional football game, I do not watch television at home. However, once a year I take a one day trip out of town and I use the time in my hotel room to monitor what the nation is watching.

Last year, I stumbled upon Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which I had never seen before. I watched about fifteen minutes of it, and I couldn’t believe the stupidity of it all, and how bad the acting was. Even worse, the actors weren’t playing characters, they were playing themselves. If someone can’t even play themselves realistically, then they really have no talent.

I also spent some time last year watching Disney and Nickelodeon, and I was appalled at the way almost all of their shows subtly, or not so subtly, present sexuality to their young viewers. I also noticed that 90% of the so-called humor on these shows is based on ridicule and humiliation. I shudder at the thought of how many young viewers are losing their innocence and their souls by watching these shows. And how millions of clueless parents are so quick to plop their kids down in front of anything Disney, thinking the brand stands for wholesome entertainment, innocence and purity, when the reality is anything but.

This year, I scanned through a wide swatch of so-called “reality” shows, and they were all awful. I switched to sitcoms and comedy and was amazed at how unfunny they all were. I’m not saying that as some kind of conservative cynic, but as someone who has studied and worked in comedy, and who knows how to make people laugh. None of these shows were funny at all. Not even a sliver. Without their canned laughter, they’re nothing.

All of which begs the question, who watches this crap? And what is going on in their minds?

Obviously, millions of Americans watch this drivel. Not just millions, but tens of millions, hundreds of millions. They can’t all be Obama voters.

And what about the people who make these horrid shows? Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I remember when acting was an art, and there was something that existed called talent. Have you ever been to an acting class? I’ve been to plenty. Actors used to be taught by professionals who stressed the importance of the director and the actors working together to serve the script or play. The ultimate goal was to honor God and elevate man. Today that’s all gone. Now it’s all emotion for emotion’s sake, and acting has been turned into a narcissistic display of self-expression. “Look at me!” is all anyone seems to care about, from the writers and directors to the actors to everyone in between.

I’ve heard television called the “boob tube” and the “hypnotist in the corner.” Both are apt descriptions. Consider the word “program.” Television networks are obsessed with “programming.” Viewers tune into their favorite “programs.” Where else does the word “program” appear? Well, in mind control, for one. Mind control subjects are “programmed.”

Perhaps that is what television has become: an ingenious device to dumb down the masses by programming their minds into whatever their handlers want them to believe. Vigilant Citizen and Henry Makow have both written extensively about this. So have many others. Instead of a Roman circus, the public is given an endless parade of talentless driven and told what to think, how to behave, and who to vote for. God help us all.

It’s Monday, quiz time…you know the drill: How many people were shot in Chicago over the weekend?

Myfoxchicago.com: Four people have died and at least 24 people — including a 3-year-old boy — have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The 3-year-old boy was shot in the head Friday night in a home in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The gun may have been accidentally discharged by the boy or a playmate about 7:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of West Monroe, police said.

The boy was identified by family members as James Jenkins. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, officials said. “Everybody is just in shock right now,” Annette Garvin, the boy’s aunt, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We are trying to put everything together.”

Police were questioning a person of interest Saturday evening and searching for the male owner of the gun, which had not been recovered.

The most recent fatal shooting occurred Sunday morning in the Little Village neighborhood. A 17-year-old boy was talking to friends in the 2200 block of South Marshall a few minutes before 6 a.m. when two people walked up, shouted gang slogans and opened fire, police said. The teen was shot twice in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Earlier Sunday, three men were shot — one fatally — at a party in the West Side Austin neighborhood, authorities said. The three were at a backyard party in the 5000 block of West Potomac about 2 a.m. when someone came out of an alley and fired multiple shots, police said. A 33-year-old was shot in the torso and was unresponsive on the scene. The medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

A 35-year-old man was shot in the elbow, torso and hip and taken to West Suburban Hospital, where his condition had stabilized. A 36-year-old man was shot in the back and was in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Forty minutes later, four men were shot — one fatally — at a lounge in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said. The men were inside the lounge in the 8300 block of South Halsted about 2:40 a.m. when someone inside a passing vehicle fired shots into the club, police said.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

A 39-year-old was shot in the buttocks and also taken to Christ, where his condition had stabilized. A 32-year-old was shot in the chest and taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. A 41-year-old was shot in the left ankle and taken to Little Company of Mary.

Five minutes later, a man was shot to death in the South Side New City neighborhood. The 40-year-old man was sitting on a porch in the 800 block of West 50th Place when a light-colored vehicle pulled up about 2:45 a.m., police said. As the man walked up to the car, someone inside fired shots, striking him in the chest, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

At least 18 other people have been shot across the city since 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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These poor residents. When is somebody going to do something about the gun violence in Chicago?

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Are You Young and Dumb?

Here’s a quick quiz. Please answer A, B, or C, and please
be honest with yourself. (And note that young does not necessarily correspond to chronological age.) Are you:

A) Young and intelligent.

B) Young and misinformed.

C) Young and dumb.

Young and intelligent is weighing all sides of an issue and
then forming a viewpoint based on facts and logic. Most young
and intelligent people began life young and misinformed.

Somewhere along the line, they decided that maybe there were two sides to the stories they were being told, and then went out to investigate for themselves. Approximately 5-10% of the American population is young and intelligent.

Young and misinformed is believing everything you’ve been
told by your college professors and the mainstream media.

There’s no shame in being young and misinformed. 90% of all
Americans were young and misinformed at one time or another, and a good 60% of adult Americans remain in this group.

Someone who is young and misinformed has a distorted view
of reality, but is still intelligent enough to consider
alternative viewpoints. They just have never been exposed to
those alternative viewpoints.

Young and dumb is somebody who is not only young and
misinformed, they are also incapable of considering and judging
any viewpoints other than what they currently believe.

Even worse, the young and dumb don’t want to hear
alternative viewpoints. Their emotional state is so fragile
that to even consider alternative viewpoints is positively
frightening. Therefore, they refuse to look at any evidence
that contradicts their own myopic and misinformed view of the
world. They value opinion and emotions over facts and logic.

30% of all Americans are young and dumb, and they include
some of the most esteemed and educated individuals in our
country.

If you’re wondering where you fit in these three examples, ask yourself this:

Are you aware that aka Barack Obama is a pathological liar and who has broken the law on numerous occasions, including ordering the IRS to attack his opponents?

Are you aware that Michael Brown was videotaped performing a violent strong-arm robbery minutes before he was shot, and most likely assaulted the police officer who did shoot him?

Are you aware the Hillary Clinton left four Americans to die and then later infamously proclaimed, “What difference at this point does it make?”

Are you aware that the mainstream media routinely twists facts and fabricates lies in order to advance a leftist agenda?

Are you aware that most American universities are centers of leftist indoctrination?

If you answered YES to these five questions, then you belong in the first group. You are young and intelligent.

If you were caught off-guard by these questions, and have no idea how to answer them, you belong to the second group, the young and misinformed.

If you denied the reality of these five questions, then, alas, you are a member of the third group, the young and dumb. Please seek help now and at least attempt to educate yourself. The fact that you are on this site and reading this is a good sign and a good start. You’ve taken the first step to becoming young and intelligent.

Mike

Famous atheist Richard Dawkins says it’s our moral duty to kill the mentally retarded

“In a world without God, everything is permitted.”
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

In addition to exterminating millions of Jews, Nazi Germany also killed gypsies (Romani), Christians (Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe are examples), the physically handicapped, and the mentally retarded, including those with Down Syndrome.

Now a famous atheist, 73-year-old British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, says it would be “immoral” not to abort a baby with Down Syndrome, which is another way of saying it is our moral duty to kill those with Down Syndrome.

Richard Dawkins, 73

Richard Dawkins, 73

Dustin Siggins reports for LifeSiteNews that in an exchange on Twitter on August 20, 2014, Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be “uncivilized” and “immoral.”

The conversation began when Dawkins tweeted that “Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area.” The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases in Ireland.

A Twitter user named Aidan McCourt asked Dawkins if “994 human beings with Down’s Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012″ was “civilised.”

Dawkins replied: “Yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings.”

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Later, Dawkins said that “the question is not ‘is it ‘human’?’ but ‘can it SUFFER?’”

In perhaps the most shocking moment, one Twitter user wrote that s/he “honestly [doesn't] know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma.”

Dawkins advised the writer to “abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

According to Dawkins, the issue of who should be born comes down to a calculation based upon possible suffering. “Yes. Suffering should be avoided. [The abortion] cause[s] no suffering. Reduce suffering wherever you can.”

It is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher.

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome said they were “happy.” At the same time, 99% of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97% said they were proud of them.

Only 4% of parents who responded said they regretted having their child.

Scientist though he is, Dawkins is simply wrong about fetuses babies in the womb not feeling pain. It is now well-established that 20 weeks into a pregnancy, unborn children can feel pain. Likewise, unborn children have emotional reactions to external stimuli — such as a mother’s stress levels — months before being born.

In other words, the unborn baby DOES suffer when he or she is aborted.

Finally, if “suffering” — as conjectured and determined not by the sufferer but by “scientists” like Dawkins — is the criterion for killing someone, then we might as well bring back Hitler and the Nazis.

Didn’t you know that the Nazis fervently believed that, in exterminating millions of human beings, they were doing good by eliminating the sub-human (Untermensch) so as to prevent them for polluting the human gene pool?

See also “Atheist Richard Dawkins says nothing wrong with pedophilia.”

~Eowyn

Dubuque teachers to monitor students’ heart rates

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Macon.com: Dubuque (Iowa) teachers will be able to monitor students’ heart rates through a web-based program while they exercise at school.

The program gives Dubuque Community School District teachers an idea of physical activity levels by middle school and high school students while they exercise in class, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported.

Students will place straps containing heart sensors around their chests. The sensors will send data about the students’ heart rates that will be projected onto a screen or wall in class while they’re exercising.

The online application that collects the data is called Polar GoFit. It also shows how close a student is to reaching his or her target heart rate and maintains a record of how long students remain in those zones.

Jackie Hart Weeber, a health and wellness teacher at the Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School, said she is excited to see how the program will affect her students’ motivation levels in class. She said the program will give students instant feedback and shows “if they are doing well or if they need to be working a bit harder.”

“I no longer have to grade students just by looking at them,” she said. “Now I know if they are really working.”

The district’s wellness coordinator, Amy Hawkins, said the program is an effort to keep students active and make exercise more rigorous.

“The district’s goal it to put an emphasis on how important health and fitness is to our youth and to our whole community,” Hawkins said. “By making the kids more aware of their fitness levels, I think it will motivate them to want to continue improving those levels.”

The district adopted Polar GoFit after seeing similar technology used in Cedar Rapids schools.

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Tennessee public school suspends student for saying “Bless you”

Dyer County High School

If you’re a student at Dyer County High School, a public high school in Newbern, Tennessee, you should know that you can get suspended for the heinous crime of saying “Bless you.”

Michael Clark reports for Channel 5 WMC in Tennessee, Aug. 20, 2014, that Dyer County High School suspended senior Kendra Turner  for breaking a class rule by saying “bless you” to a classmate who’d sneezed.

Turner said her teacher told her saying “bless you” was for church, “that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right.” When Turner defended her actions, she was told to see an administrator. The girl finished the class period in in-school suspension.

Students sent WMC Action News 5’s Michael Clark a photo of the teacher’s white board that lists “bless you” and other expressions that are banned as part of class rules. (I’ve circled the words “Bless You” in red.)

Dyer County High School whiteboard

Turner’s youth pastor Becky Winegardner said, “There were several students  that were talking about this particular faculty member there that was very demeaning to them in regard to their faith. This was something that had come up previously in the last few weeks just since the beginning of school and I shared with all of those students what their rights were.”

After meeting with school administrators, Turner’s parents say the school leaders claim the outburst was a classroom distraction and that she shouted “bless you” across the room. The teacher claimed Turner was being disruptive and aggressive.

Yesterday, Aug. 19, Turner’s classmates showed their support by wearing hand made bless you shirts.

Turner said she doesn’t want trouble for her teacher but says she’ll stand up for her faith, “It’s alright to defend God and it’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”

Here’s contact info:

Peggy Dodds, Principal
Dyer County High School
1000 W Main St
Newbern, TN 38059
(731) 627-2229

Peggy Dodds (l); Dwight Hedge (r)

Peggy Dodds (l); Dwight Hedge (r)

Dr. Dwight L. Hedge, Superintendent
Dyer County School District
159 Everett Ave.
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone: (731)285-6712

~Eowyn

Immigration case dropped for driver in deaths of Forest Grove girls

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KGW.com: An immigration judge has dropped the deportation case against Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, the woman who struck and killed two Forest Grove girls playing in piles of leaves. Brought to the U.S. from Mexico as a young child, Garcia-Cisneros had temporary permission to be in the country through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Ms. Garcia-Cisneros was released from ICE custody Aug. 14 after an immigration judge dismissed her case,” said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Andrew S. Munoz.. KXL radio first reported the news of the decision.

Munoz referred further questions to Department of Justice officials, who declined to release any details of the release to KGW.

She contacted Washington County Community Corrections officials on Monday and met with a probation officer, said assistant director Joe Simich. Her probation officially started on Jan. 31 and will end Jan. 31, 2017, he said. She was credited for time served while held by immigration officials, he said.

Under terms of her probation, she is not to contact victims and she needs to schedule her 250 hour of community service. She also surrendered her driver’s license. Simich said.

On Oct. 20, stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abby Robinson, 11, were alone in the street, playing in a leaf pile when Garcia-Cisneros drove through it, felt a bump and kept going. Garcia-Cisneros, 19, was found guilty Jan. 15 on two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver.

She was sentenced to three years probation and 250 hours of community service in a courtroom packed with the victims’ emotional friends and family. She was released from the Washington County Jail within and taken into federal custody on an immigration hold.

“Cinthya, I forgive you. I do,” Anna’s mother and Abby’s stepmother Susan Dieter-Robinson said through tears while looking straight at Garcia-Cisneros during the sentencing. “There are consequences to our behaviors. That’s what we told our girls.”

She told the court how horrible it has been to live through this tragedy in the public eye. While reading her prepared statement, Dieter-Robinson took everyone through her emotions the night of Oct. 20, 2013. She explained how it had been the perfect fall day and the girls were so happy. She wasn’t home when she got the frantic call from her husband, Tom Robinson, of the terrible news.

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The girls had been playing in a freshly-raked leaf pile in the street when Tom Robinson briefly went inside. That’s when Garcia-Cisneros, on her way home with her brother and boyfriend, drove through the leaves, not knowing the children were there. Both girls were killed.

“I knew it was an accident,” Dieter-Robinson cried. “The person who hit them didn’t know it had happened.”

Garcia-Cisneros testified that she heard about the deaths later and panicked. She confessed when police showed up at her door the next day.

“You made a choice not to come back and that greatly impacted how I got to say goodbye to my daughters. You were one block away, and I’m sure, scared,” Dieter-Robinson said to her.

The family asked the judge for no prison time, only probation. And before he granted that wish, it was Garcia-Cisneros’ turn. Through tears, she told the girls’ family she wished she could hug them.

Upon hearing the new Tuesday that Garcia-Cisneros would not be deported, Dieter-Robinson released the following statement to KGW:

Today is like any other day without our girls. Through our grief we have chosen to love and celebrate the joy that they have brought into our lives and the lives of so many others. We don’t want Anna and Abigail’s lives to be remember by the tragedy but rather by the love story they are all teaching us to live.

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