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Words of advice to conservative warriors

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Doug Giles of Clash Daily has important words of advice for conservative bloggers, readers, news-junkies, and activists:

I know way too many folks on the Right that are fighting for “our country” and for “family values”, and yet they don’t “value” their own family. Heck, I know several people that are more well known in Tea Party circles than they are at their own kitchen tables. It’s gross. I know that’s harsh but … someone’s got to say it.

Over the last few years my wife and I have spent more time than we’d like listening to haggard tales of marriages that are on the rocks and kids that are jacked up simply because mom or dad were busy “saving the world.” Yep, some folks pre-occupation with “rescuing America” has left their children and/or spouses more neglected than Rosie O’Donnell’s Dead Sexy Abs DVD.

In addition to the loss of family, we can also be so entrenched in this fight for the soul of our nation that we not only lose our soul but our health, as well. I don’t know about you but I’d like to be around once we toss these clowns out of DC. The “concerned citizen’s” brutal life style of little sleep, junk food and no exercise is a lethal cocktail that I don’t want to drink.

So, how can we strike a happy balance? How can we be effective in our efforts, rich in our relationships and not have raccoon eyes and be one tick away from a stroke? Here’s five things that I believe will help us combobulate:

1. Learn how to dial down. Turn off the news. Turn off social media. And have your kids hide your cell phone on the weekends. Dear salvation egoist: believe it or not, the world will turn without your monitoring of Twitter and Facebook around the clock. No one was made by God to field this much political slop on a regular basis. Moses’ father-in-law told old Mo’ in the book of Exodus that if he didn’t chill and delegate then he was going to snap. Look it up. It’s science.

2. Get out in nature. I know I’m going to sound like an old hippie but, folks, we’ve got to have a regular dose of the irregular wild to keep us tethered to reality. King David said God restored his soul in green pastures and by still waters and not with Zanax. That’s one of the reasons why I will continue to fish and continue to hunt; at least fish and hunt on private lands and waters not affected by the Shutdown.

3. Watch comedies. A lot of activists are meaner than snakes. They’ve got a snap factor that makes Obama look sedate. Here’s an FYI: You’re miserable to be around. Lighten up. Laugh. Be the Churchillean “Happy Warrior”, por favor. Try not to say “communist” so often and chuckle a little more.

4. Enjoy your spouse and love on your kids, in person, and not via Skype.

5. Get off your butt and exercise. Get the blood flowing. Drop 20-200lbs. We’re going to need you around to help sort this nation out after we get the corrupt-o-crats out of office. And, if for some reason our efforts don’t work out, you’d better get fit because it’s the zombie apocalypse and, if you saw World War Z, these new zombies can haul ass.

The only advice I’d add to Giles’ list is:

6. Don’t forget or neglect the most important relationship in your life — the one with God. 

Pray to Him. Formal prayers are not necessary; in fact, rote recitation of familiar prayers is just that — rote. Instead, talk to Him, as you would with a beloved friend. Tell Him your worries and your troubles. Ask Him for strength, perseverance, and courage. Count all your blessings and thank Him.

Above all, tell Him you love Him with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and with all your strength.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13

~Eowyn

Columbia U. prof who pled guilty to incest compares it to same-sex marriage

Don’t say we at FOTM hadn’t warned you about the slippery slope.

On December 13, 2010, I did a post about David Epstein, now 48 or 49, a “popular” Columbia University political science professor who was charged with a felony count of incest with his daughter. Sources said the daughter was over 18 when the “consensual relationship” began in 2006 and that the two often exchanged twisted text messages. Epstein faced up to four years behind bars if convicted.

David Epstein. Can you imagine having sex with this dweeb? Ewww

At the time, blogger TheOtherMcCain identified Epstein as a Huffington Post blogger, Palin hater, and Obama supporter. In other words, Epstein fits the whole shebang of the Leftist pervert profile.

Thanks to Doug Giles of Clash Daily, who just discovered this news, I’m alerted to Epstein’s oh-so-predictable defense. Giles cited an article from Daily Mail of October 8, 2012, which quotes Epstein’s lawyer Matthew Galluzzo saying this to ABCNews.com:

“Academically, we are obviously all morally opposed to incest and rightfully so. At the same time, there is an argument to be made in the Swiss case to let go what goes on privately in bedrooms. It’s ok for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home. How is this so different? We have to figure out why some behaviour is tolerated and some is not.”

Jackie Carrero and Mikey Zhong of the Columbia Spectator note that David Epstein is still employed as a political science professor at Columbia University, even after he copped a guilty plea (to the misdemeanor of “attempted incest”).

See also our other posts on the deviant academe:

~Eowyn

Florida Atlantic U. punishes student who exposed “stomp on Jesus” assignment

Just two days ago, I did a follow-up on Trail Dust’s post about an instructor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Deandre J. Poole, who did a class assignment that required his students to write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper and then stomp on the paper.

pooleDeandre J. Poole (photo left)
Instructor, FAU
Email: dpoole3@fau.edu
PhD from Howard University
Areas of Specialization: Intercultural Communication, Leadership and Communication, Political Communication

Poole just happens also to be a local Democrat Party official — vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. The same Democratic Party the majority of whose delegates to last summer’s Democratic National Convention, in three successive voice votes, said no to including the word “God” in the party platform.

The anti-Christian outrage came to light only as a result of information provided by student Ryan Rotela, who had refused to participate in the class assignment and was punished by being suspended from the class.

Ryan RotelaRyan Rotela

Although the university at first had defended the class assignment, last Friday night (March 22), the university administration issued an apology: “We sincerely apologize for any offense this has caused. Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.” Blah, blah, blah.

In the same statement of apology, FAU also states: “no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the university as a result of any activity that took place during this class.”

Now comes news that shows not only is the university not sorry, they also lied in their statement because Rotela has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class, according to documents obtained by Fox News.

From Doug Giles of Clash Daily, March 25, 2013:

According to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”

“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute, told Fox News the university’s behavior is “outlandish” and called their press release “inaccurate.”

“We believe the university punished him in retaliation for him exposing the class assignment to the public,” Sasser said. “Sadly, it is a testimony to the indoctrination that some of the public schools and universities are engaging in – to demonize anything that was valuable in the culture.”

The Liberty Institute wants Rotela reinstated with full credit for the course – along with an apology.

Friends, let’s go to war!

Here’s contact info for Florida Atlantic University (FAU):

Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D.
President of FAU
Office of the President
Florida Atlantic University
Administration Bldg., Room 339
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
tel: 561.297.3450
fax: 561.297.2777
Email: president@fau.edu

FAU President & POSl to r: POS, Mary Jane Saunders, her husband

Rozalia WilliamsRozalia Williams, Ed.D (photo left)
Associate Dean of Students
Office: Liberal Arts, Rm. 109
tel: 954-236-1236
fax: 954-236-1234
Email: rcwillia@fau.edu

UPDATE (March 27):

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling on the state university system chancellor to investigate the class assignment. “As we enter the week memorializing the events of Christ’s passion, this incident gave me great concern over the lessons we are teaching our students,” Scott wrote in the letter to Chancellor Frank Brogan. “The professor’s lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom.”

Meanwhile, after student Ryan Rotela retained the legal services of the Liberty Institute, the university had a change of heart – profusely apologizing — again — and promising to clear his record. (Read more, here)

~Eowyn