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Things are getting crazier in America

Alice and the Cheshire Cat

I TOLD YOU THINGS ARE GETTING CRAZIER

By David Limbaugh • Townhall.com • July 7, 2015

Lately I’ve shared my lament that in America today we are witnessing a surreal transformation of the greatest nation in history. Last week, a spate of headlines made this point better than I could make it on my own.

I was minding my business, mind you, surfing the Internet to check out the news and political sites and forums I customarily visit, and these news and column headlines, most from last week, some from a bit earlier and a few from this week, bombarded me. I wasn’t looking for trouble. Nor was the satirical website The Onion one of the sites I visited. The world is upside down, inside out, sideways, crazy, nutso. Bad is good; up is down. Left is right; right is wrong. Evil is good; insanity is sanity. Abnormal is normal. Circles are squares. Hot is cold. Luke warm is red hot — among Republicans, anyway. Common sense is uncommon. The world is otherworldly. Dissent is “hate.” Diversity means conformity. The good guys are the bad guys; virtue is vice; sophistry is intellectualism; jerks are celebrated; debauchery is glorified; the holy is debauched. Let me share some of these headlines, which speak for themselves — loudly and depressingly.

• Shakespeare’s Works — Too Hard, Too White.

• Obama Red-Faced: Iran Nuclear Stockpiles Grew 20 Percent in 18 months.

• Obamacare Dangerous to Our Health.

• Eye-Popping Premium Increases.

• Obama, Clinton Want To Enforce ‘Correct’ Thinking in America.

• High School Denies Pro-Life Club!

• Pentagon Officials Call Out Obama’s ‘Pathetic’ ISIS Strategy.

• Shabazz Calls on Nation of Islam, New Black Panther ‘Army’ to Defend Black Communities Against Police Brutality.

• Obama: Climate Change Deniers Endangering National Security.

• Team Clinton Swarms Sunday Interview Shows, Minus Hillary.

• Antonin Scalia Is Unfit To Serve: A Justice Who Rejects Science and the Law for Religion Is of Unsound Mind.

• In L.A., Obama addresses Washington’s Dysfunction: “I Did Not Say I Would Fix It.”

• Authorities: Gay Slur Carved Into Utah Man’s Arm Was Staged.

• Justice Department: Transgender Students Can Use Bathrooms that Match Their Gender Identity.

• Political Correctness 101: Praising America, Virtues of Hard Work Dubbed ‘Micro-Aggression’ On Campuses.

• Video Shows U.S. Citizens Willing To Ban American Flag.

• Are Americans of Faith in Danger?

• Obama Administration Says Redskins Nickname Could Block Potential Stadium Deal.

• TV Land Drops “Dukes of Hazzard” Amid Confederate Flag Controversy.

• Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Catholic School.

• Terrific: Attorney in Charge of Releasing Lois Lerner ‘Lost’ Emails Now in Charge of HRC’s Emails.

• For Obama, Rainbow White House Was ‘A Moment Worth Savoring.’

• Montana Polygamist Family Applies for Marriage License.

• 74 Children Executed by ISIS for ‘Crimes’ That Include Refusal To Fast, Report Says.

• New Undercover Footage Shows VA Officials Admitting of ‘Unaccountability at Every Level.’

• Black Teacher Hits Handicapped White Child, Tells Him Black People Fought To Not ‘Serve White People Like You.’

• Girl Scouts Raise $250K for Transgender Cause.

• Teen Leads Mob in Ransacking of Georgia Walmart.

• U.S. Debt Headed Toward Greek Levels.

• Obama Administration Invokes Executive Privilege on Benghazi Probe?

• United Church of Christ Anti-Israel Extremism.

• U.S. Troops in Afghanistan ‘Feel Abandoned.’

• More than 42 Million Muslims ‘Support ISIS.’

• 17 Shot Since Monday Morning in Baltimore.

• Baltimore Mayor Wants Park Named for Robert E. Lee Changed, Other Monuments May Come Down.

• Christian Preachers Brutally Beaten at Gay Pride Festival.

• Seattle 6th Graders Can’t Get a Coke at School, but Can Get an IUD.

• Local Minister Urges the Flying of Black Liberation Flag This Weekend.

• Christian Bakers Face $135K Fine and Gag Order Over Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple.

• Center for American Progress Helped Craft EPA Talking Points, Emails Show.

• White House Blames GOP for Kathryn Steimle’s Slaying, Rise in Gun Violence.

• 10 Killed, 55 Wounded in Fourth of July Gun Violence in Chicago.

• Shock: Arizona Paper Decries Border Fence As Too High For Mexicans To Safely Jump.

• California Family Supports 4-Year-Old’s Decision To Transition from Male to Female.

• Illegal Alien Who Murdered Woman Went to San Francisco Because It Was a ‘Sanctuary City.’

• Chris Matthews: Hillary Clinton is ‘More of a Conservative … Traditional Politician.’

• Netanyahu Says Nuke Deal Getting Worse by the Day.

• Chicago Convulsed By Another Violent Weekend; Top Cop Blames Justice System.

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To David Limbaugh’s list, I add these other crazy headlines (h/t FOTM’s MomOfIV, CSM, Glenn47, and marblenecltr):

• Christian Colleges’ Right to Deny Married Housing for Gay Couples Is ‘On the Edge of the Indefensible’

Electric Cars Can Be Worse For the Environment Than Gas-Guzzling Vehicles

Meet the First Trans Pastor Officially Ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church

Oregon State Issues Gag Order Against Opposing Gay Marriage

• Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

Millions Going to Train Teachers On ‘White Privilege’

• ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

• Is Plastic Surgery a Sin? Doctor Argues ‘Jesus Performed Plastic Surgery’

• Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

• You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History

• How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built [Only] Six Homes

• Court Rules Disabled Patient Can be Starved to Death Against His Will

• Selfie With Parents’ Sex Toys? Alameda Teacher Accused Of Assigning Bizarre Extra Credit For Sophomores

Why Would Anyone Want An Eyeball Tattoo?

• Schools Ask 12-Year-Olds If They’ve Had Anal Sex

Marine Court-Martialed For Refusing to Remove Bible Verse

Obama Gives Amnesty to Child Molester

• Former [black] Obama Admin Aide Rapes 2 Women, Gets No Jail Time

• Obama blocks Iraqi nun from describing Christian persecution

• US Police Departments Using “Spy Rocks” to Spy on Citizens

With the hindsight knowledge of the past 6½ years, I truly believe America reached a tipping point or “jumped the shark” when millions elected Barack Obama to the White House in 2008, then re-elected him in 2012.

Do you think America has crossed the Rubicon, past the point of no return? Sound off!

~Éowyn

Will the Biblical Antichrist Be a Muslim?

Mideast-Beast

Author Joel Richardson and his book, MIDEAST BEAST

Has the enemy been unmasked?

Author Joel Richardson argues pursuasively that the Antichrist, his empire, and his religion will come from the Middle East and not Europe as has been widely taught by many modern prophecy teachers.


The subject of the end times has become a total hairball of confusing and conflicting theories. Joel Richardson lays out a compelling case for the possibility we’ve been looking in the wrong direction for years. The evangelical world has been European centric in it’s interpretation, sometimes accusing the Catholic Church, sometimes accusing Russia of being the in league with the antichrist. But the prophetic scriptures have been specific in the naming of the geographic home of the antichrist’s origin, and that is today’s Turkey.

Food for thought.


Strange sound of trumpets in sky is that of ancient biblical musical instrument?

“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” -Matthew 24:31

6 days ago, I published a post on the inexplicable sound of trumpets and other eerie noises in sky heard across the world.

The most disconcerting of the strange noises is what sounds like the blowing of trumpets or a similar brass musical instrument in Terrace, British Columbia, which you can hear in the beginning of the video below.

From WND:

In June 2013, Kimberly Wookey of Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, first caught the sound, and has continued her recordings through May 7 of this year.

Wookey said on YouTube: “On the morning of August 29, 2013 at approximately 7:30am I was awoken by these sounds. I shot out of bed realizing it was the same sounds I had heard before and I ran looking for a camera to try to capture them with. I came out into the living room to find my seven-year-old son awake and scared wondering what was going on. He had said the noises woke him up as well and shook his window. I managed to record three clips showing almost five minutes of these strange sounds. After it was over and I sat down at the computer to upload the video. After checking my Facebook I noticed a lot of locals had heard the same sounds again but this time it was far more widespread. I have no idea what these sounds are but it is pretty strange and I am glad that I was able to catch them this time and share what I heard. The sounds were heard again on Sept 8th at 6:30am so far we have confirmed reports of it being heard from town to the lake, 25km [15.5 miles] away.”

Now, compare the “trumpet” sounds heard in British Columbia with the sound made by an ancient Hebrew musical instrument called shofar in the video below.

A musical instrument of ancient origin made of a horn, traditionally that of a ram, the shofar frequently is mentioned in the Old Testament, Torah, Talmud and rabbinic literature. As examples:

  • The blast of a shofar emanating from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai made the Israelites tremble in awe (Exodus 19:16).
  • The shofar was used to announce holidays (Ps. lxxxi. 4), and the Jubilee year (Lev. 25:9).
  • The first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) is termed “a memorial of blowing” (Lev. 23:24) or “a day of blowing” (Num. 29:1), the shofar.
  • The blowing of the shofar signified the start of a war (Josh. 6:4; Judges 3:27; 7:16, 20; I Sam. 8:3) and was employed in processions (II Sam. 6:15; I Chron. 15:28), as musical accompaniment (Ps. 98:6; comp. ib. 47:5) and inserted into the temple orchestra by David (Ps. 150:3).
  • The shofar was blown in the times of Joshua to help him capture Jericho.

Note that the “trumpets” described in Numbers 10 are a different instrument. The Hebrew word for “trumpet” is חצוצרה‎ or ḥaṣoṣrah, whereas the word for shofar is שופר).

Today, observant Jews still use the shofar for religious purposes.

H/t FOTM’s CSM

~Éowyn

Sufferings of Christ described 700 years before His birth

Isaiah

Isaiah presented in amazing detail many aspects of the Messiah’s life and death.

He predicted the nature, stature and mission of Jesus Christ in such exact detail that we are left with nothing we can do but either call Jesus, “LORD,” or turn away.

In the 53rd chapter of the Book of Isaiah we see a picture of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. We also are given the meaning of his suffering.


suffering-servant

ISAIAH 53

“Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?

For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished. 

He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.

For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”


RisenThere you have it

The suffering, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. You could imagine Isaiah standing with John at the foot of the cross, or walking with Mary to visit the tomb and being told by an angel, “He has risen just as He said.”

Jesus-ascensionAnd we could easily imagine Isaiah standing among the disciples looking up as Jesus ascended into a cloud.

But no, Isaiah wasn’t there. He saw these events 700 years earlier. And he understood the full meaning and power of Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

Because of his brilliant vision of the things to come, Isaiah is sometimes depicted as an eagle, a bird with amazing eyesight.

Hope-in-the-Lord


“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”


 

Glenn Beck: I Stand Tonight With Israel

This video was made years ago and is even more true today


I know there are people out there who will take issue with Glenn Beck, and I am one of them on some topics, but his words in this video express my own thoughts.

“Killing Jews” ad approved by NY judge is sponsored by pro-Israel group

A district judge just ruled that ads posted on New York City buses and subways reading, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah,” are acceptable under First Amendment protections.

If you were outraged by the judge’s decision, you are not alone. I, too, raised my eyebrows when I saw the headline — until I read further, to the part saying the ads are meant as PARODY aimed at Muslims, sponsored by the pro-Israel pro-Jews group, American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI).

Michael F. Haverluck reports for OneNewsNow, April 25, 2015, that next to AFDI’s ad’s statement, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah,” is the image of a young man in a checkered headscarf with the words, “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

Ironic and confusing to many, the ads were created by the pro-Israel group, American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), intended to counter and mock ads launched in 2012 and 2013 by CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), which ran in several cities across the United States to promote so-called “peaceful” versions of Islam with the message, “#MyJihad is to build friendships across the aisle. What’s yours?” However, the CAIR ads did not run in New York City because of a disagreement between CAIR and the New York Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA).

The AFDI proposed four “parody” ads to the MTA, which approved three, except the “Kill Jews” ad because MTA Security Director Raymond Diaz feared the ad would incite violence, especially toward Jews. Diaz explained that “What matters is not AFDI’s intent, but how the ad would be interpreted.” The ad could be read as a “call to violence” because the CAIR ads that it is mocking never ran in New York City.

So AFDI took their dispute with Diaz and the MTA to court.

Manhattan-Federal-Court-Judge-John-Koeltl

Yesterday, April 28, 2015, United States District Judge John Koeltl ruled that he cannot stop the MTA from running the ads and threw out its arguments in AFDI’s favor, declaring that “the ads could not reasonably be considered an incitement to violence, even if someone didn’t understand them,” The Washington Post reports. Koeltl states in his ruling:

“The defendants [MTA] admit that the actual intention of the advertisement is not to advocate the use of force, but to parody the CAIR ‘My Jihad’ campaign and to criticize Hamas and radical Islam. However, they argue that a reasonable New Yorker would not read the advertisement this way, but would instead read it as advocating the killing of Jewish people … The defendants’ theory is thoroughly unpersuasive. [MTA officials] underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements. Moreover, there is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads — offensive as they may be — are still entitled to First Amendment protection.

AFDI President and Co-founder Pamela Geller was pleased with the decision about her ad, which includes a disclaimer at the bottom, stating that it is “a paid advertisement sponsored by AFDI” and that it “does not imply MTA’s endorsement.” “This is a triumph for liberty and free speech,” Geller tweeted with the hashtags, “#freedom #victory #shariafail.”

Celebrating AFDI’s latest victory over the “Killing Jews” ad, Geller announced her plans to keep the message going, “With our NY win, our ads will make their debut on New York buses in the coming weeks. We want to run 100.”

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller and AFDI will get no sympathy from me if the “Kill Jews” ads result in violence against either Jews or Muslims.

What do you think?

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Éowyn

Imam: Muslims forbidden from befriending Christians who ally with Jews

Imran Hosein

A blogger who calls himself The Saker conducted a video interview with an Islamic imam and scholar named Sheikh Imran Hosein.

According to WikipediaSheikh Imran Nazar Hosein (born 1942) is an Islamic scholar, author and philosopher specializing in Islamic eschatology, world politics, economics, and modern socio-economic/political issues. He is the author of Jerusalem in the Qur’an.

Note: Eschatology is the branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.

Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1942 from parents whose ancestors had migrated as indentured laborers from India, Hosein is a graduate of the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in Karachi and has studied at several institutions of higher learning including the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Switzerland.

Hosein worked for several years as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago but gave up his job in 1985 to devote his life to Islam. He lived in New York for ten years, during which time he was the Imam at Masjid Dar al-Qur’an in Long Island, New York, as well as the Director of Islamic Studies for the Joint Committee of Muslim Organizations of Greater New York. Hosein is active in inter-faith dialogues with Christian and Jewish scholars while representing Islam in the USA.

In his “About” page, The Saker identifies himself as a Eur0pean, whose family “came from” Russia, who transplanted himself to the United States in 2002. He says that by 2007, he had become “an unrepentant Hezbollah-groupie and Nasrallah fanboy.”

Note: Hezbollah is a Shi’ite Muslim militant terrorist political party based in Lebanon, which is funded and supported by Iran.

He says his blog, The Saker: Stop the Empire’s War on Russia, “exploded” when Ukraine became a flash point, on which he clearly is pro-Russia. It’s not clear whether The Saker still resides in the United States because on his blog’s banner are the words “Now flying in Iceland.”

The Saker published the video interview with Sheik Hosein as a post on his blog on April 3, 2015. In his introduction to the interview, The Saker refers to himself as an “Orthodox Christian” and profusely, obsequiously thanks Hosein for his efforts in forging an alliance between Orthodox Christians and Muslims:

“I would like to express to you my deepest gratitude for all the efforts you have made towards making an alliance between Orthodox Christians – Romans – and Muslims a reality.”

Note: Are The Saker and the sheik referring to the movement called Chrislam?

In response to the first question submitted by The Saker on whether the Koran and/or Muslim scholars make a distinction between Orthodox Christians and Christians who ally themselves with Jews, here’s my transcript of Hosein’s answer (beginning at the 2:28 mark of the video below).

“My answer is that I am unaware of any prominent Islamic scholar who has given the views which I have given on this subject. I came to the understanding of the verses of the Koran on this subject in consequence of pioneering the branch of knowledge which we described as Islamic eschatology. But as I have explained the Koran on this subject of the two different Christian views, Islamic view of Christianity — number one, the Orthodox Christian or Rome, which the Koran speaks of in a very positive way. And indeed I have recognized when the Koran says they will be a Christian people who assure the greatest love and affection for you Muslims the time to come. I recognize that to be Orthodox Christianity or Rome. And on the other hand, a Christian people who would form friendships — an alliance with the Jews. This is condemned by the Koran and we Muslims are prohibited from maintaining any kind of friendship or alliance with such Christians.

This understanding of the Koran came as a consequence of my studies in Islamic eschatology. And it is by Allah’s kindness that I am pioneering this branch of knowledge today. Christians and Jews have a long history in Jewish eschatology, in Christian eschatology. But we do not have that, an Islamic eschatology, because the subject has been studied as part of the traditions of the Prophet of Islam and never as an independent branch of knowledge. And so yes, the answer is that at this point in time, I do not know of any another prominent scholar of Islam who holds this view that I have. But the good news is that as I have taught this subject and explained it, explain the Koran, wherever my words have reached, very la-a-a-rge numbers of Muslims around the world have accepted my views and in agreement with me. The dissenting views have been much much smaller than those who have embraced my views as correct and valid and the momentum is in this direction of greater and greater acceptance of the views that I have expressed.”

Christians like The Saker, “orthodox” or otherwise, who imagine that Islam is or can ever be a friend of Christianity are seriously deluded.

H/t Don Hank

See also:

~Éowyn