The 2020 presidential campaign season has already begun.
New Hampshire, like Iowa, is an early primary state. That’s why Joe Biden went to New Hampshire last Monday and Tuesday, May 13-14, 2019, blabbering about “restoring the working class in America”.
But Biden also said something that should alarm every gun-owner.
Unreported by other news media, AWR Hawkins of Breitbart is the only reporter of the 6-7 other media accounts I’ve read who took note of this. In Hawkins’ words:
Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted that the “Second Amendment exists” but stressed during his speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday that it does not say everyone is “entitled” to own a gun.
Biden, who was taking questions at a small outdoor venue . . . also spoke about past gun bans he supported. He specifically referenced the 1994 “assault weapons” ban and noted that it also “limited the number of bullets in a clip.” Additionally, he spoke about being former President Barack Obama’s point man for gun control following the December 14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.
He said, “There are so many other things we can do to make schools safer, other than arming teachers.” He did not specify, however, what those other things are. Rather, he pivoted to the next question.
Since announcing his candidacy on April 25, Biden has skyrocketed in the polls to be the leading candidate among the plethora of Demonrat presidential aspirants. Biden has more than tripled his margin of advantage over his closest competitor – Senator Sanders – from 4 points to 20 points, according to Morning Consult.
Christa Case Bryant of The Christian Science Monitor says Biden’s “front-runner status can be attributed in part to the strong support he’s getting from African American voters. But it’s not only that…. Biden’s calls to unify a deeply divided country appear to be resonating with many voters whose No. 1 priority is ending what they see as a dangerous presidency that is corroding American democracy…average people who yearn not only for more comfortable financial circumstances but also a deeper sense of dignity and pride.”
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
When he [Judas] had left, Jesus said, “…My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
A new commandment: “Love one another”.
With those three words, Jesus swept aside all the strictures and legal minutiae of Judaism, including six of the Ten Commandments. For if you think about it, if we truly “love one another,” we would:
Honor our fathers and mothers (5th Commandment).
Not kill or murder (6th Commandment).
Not commit adultery (7th Commandment).
Not steal (8th Commandment).
Not bear false witness against our neighbor (9th Commandment).
Not covet our neighbor’s wife/husband or anything that belongs to another (10th Commandment).
But what is love?
In our corrupt times, the word “love” is used to justify any or all deeds, even the most perverse. Pedophilia is called “man-boy love”; bestiality is called “zoophilia” — love of animals; incest is given a veneer of faux science by calling it “genetic sexual attraction”.
“Love” has become a synonym of the Church of Satan’s motto, “Do as thou wilt”.
So what is love?
Here are some clues from Holy Scripture.
(1) Love is selfless and self-sacrificing
1 John 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Few of us will be called to die for someone else, but many have and do sacrifice for others: parents for their children; adult children for their elderly parents; care-givers for the elderly and sick; all who give their money, time and labor for another or a good cause, with no benefit to themselves.
So this is one measure of love: How much will you sacrifice for another?
(2) Other attributes of love
From the famous passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
(3) The way to God is through the heart, not the mind
Reading St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, I was struck by the rest of the passage:
1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I understand the above passage as St. Paul’s reminder to us that, in the end, the way to God cannot be accomplished through our mind alone — our efforts to know and understand God, the unimaginably awesome being who created the Universe. As St. Paul reminds us: “for we know partially”. How can the created ever fully know the Creator?
The great St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), the philosopher-theologian who wrote tomes of impeccable logic and reasoning, but lived only to the young age of 49, knew well the limits of human intelligence and how “partially” we know.
On December 6, 1273, St. Thomas had a mystical experience while he was celebrating Mass, after which he abandoned his scholarly routine and refused to write again. When his friend and fellow theologian Reginald of Piperno begged him to get back to work, St. Thomas replied:
“Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me” (mihi videtur ut palea).“
Three months later, on March 7, 1274, St. Thomas passed, leaving the Summa Theologica uncompleted.
There’s a reason why the Greatest Commandment of all begins not with our minds, but with our hearts.
May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, is in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Arnold Classic Africa sporting event.
This morning, May 18, 2019, Schwarzenegger was watching a rope-skipping competition in the Sandton Convention Centre when he was approached to take a Snapchat video of the children skipping. Schwarzenegger obliges and is filmed as he gets up from his seat and then takes a video of the children while speaking into the phone camera.
In a video that has gone viral, a man (circled red in screenshot below) can be seen lurking behind Schwarzenegger.
Just as Schwarzenegger hands over the phone, the man runs up and in a flying leap, kicks Schwarzenegger in the back, screaming, “I need a Lamborghini!”
Schwarzenegger tumbles forward into a crowd of people while the attacker is held down by security.
Shortly afterwards, Schwarzenegger takes his seat by the side of the court again, seemingly unharmed by the incident. A short while later, however, he and his team get up from their seats and move through the convention center, which is where the video ends.
In a tweet this morning, Schwarzenegger assures his fans:
Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.
Arnold Sport Festival Africa issued an official statement citing organizer Wayne Price as saying the assailant is “known to the police for orchestrating similar incidents in the past”. The statement says Schwarzenegger is “fine and still in good spirits,” has no intention of laying charges and will continue with another appearance tomorrow as planned. (CBS News)
Here’s a better video showing the attack from another angle:
Schwarzenegger, solid as a boulder, does not appear to have been injured in the video. It’s his attacker who crumpled to the ground and was immediately hauled away by security.
People seem to be getting crazier by the minute . . . .
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A leftst female student on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill received a quick dose of justice after she stole an anti-abortion sign from the pro-life group Created Equal.
The student grabbed the sign from Austin Beigel, a peaceful protester, and walked off with it – not realizing that an officer would meet her at the end of her path.
“Did you steal their sign?” the officer asked the feminist.
“I just moved it,” she responded.
“Well you took it,” the officer confirmed.
Beigel — who was also assaulted by another leftist last month — and his pro-life teammate captured the whole scene on their GoPros, and what unfolded was beautiful for the eyes to behold.
“I can’t believe y’all protect them,” she said attempting to walk away before the officer reminded her she wasn’t going anywhere.
“Right now you’re being detained,” he told her.
The young feminist then had the nerve to ask the officer why she was being detained. With a look of disbelief on his face, the officer responded, “Uhh…larceny. You stole his sign.”
I’m sure you can guess what happened at this point: the student pulled out her cherished “victim card.”
“I moved it 50 yards,” she said as she tried to weasel out of the situation.
“I don’t care if you moved it one foot,” the officer responded before he gave a needed lesson in ethics. “You don’t have the right to take someone’s property. Period. I don’t care what the circumstance is.”
“I know you may not agree with what’s being said,” he continued. “But you don’t have the right to take someone’s property. Okay?”
The officer consulted dispatch appearing to ask if he was okay to arrest the woman, and soon enough he placed the student under arrest.
“So listen, do we need to make this difficult and cause a scene?” the officer asked the lefty. “Take your backpack off, turn around, and put your hands behind your back.”
“I cannot believe this is happening,” she said while in shock. “Is there something else that I can do?”
“No. I just told you you’re under arrest,” the officer explained. “I cannot un-arrest you. The judicial system must do that.”
The feminist finally complied and she was led away in handcuffs and tears.
Here’s the video:
Note: On April 2, 2019, pro-abort UNC journalism student Jillian Ward, 19, was arrested for assaulting pro-lifer Austin Beigel, punching Beigel in the face and stomach. (FoxNews)
A female UNC administrator had the nerve to ask Ward not to press charges against Ward. Here’s the video:
That’s what spending over $300 MILLION taxpayer dollars annually get you…
From SF Gate: Despite creating hundreds of new shelter beds and spending more than $300 million annually on homelessness, San Francisco has seen the number of homeless people in the city rise by 17% since 2017 — with a whopping amount of that increase coming from people living in vehicles.
A preliminary summary of January’s one-night street count released Thursday pegged the new number of homeless people in the city at 8,011, but that number is sure to be lower than the more complete count to be released in July. That’s because it was calculated using federal guidelines, which don’t account for as many types of homelessness as those the city uses.
Still, the federal data give an early glimpse of what city officials will be finding out in more detail later, and the glimpse is bracing.
The number of people living in cars, RVs and other vehicles has risen by 45% since the last one-night count was taken two years ago. That much has been anecdotally evident for months, particularly in industrial Bayview neighborhoods, where vehicle colonies have sprouted in ever-increasing numbers over the past year.
Overall, the new count indicates at least 1,153 more homeless people are in the streets compared with two years ago, when the federal tally set the total number at 6,858.
On May 15, 2019, Alabama’s Republican governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act— America’s most restrictive anti-abortion law that makes it a felony for doctors to perform or attempt to perform an abortion in the state. The new law allows no exceptions for rape or incest but does allow for abortions in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
The Alabama pro-life law so enraged feminist and author Jill Filipovic that she proclaims men are to be made incontinent, their pubic bones crushed, and a quarter inch be “required” to be “cut off of a man’s penis for every pregnancy he creates”.
Not to be outdone by Filipovic in viciousness, Joy Behar, the medusa co-host of the execrable ABC daytime talkshow, The View, calls for the forced sterilization of the men who’d voted for the Alabama Human Life Protection Act.
As reported by Kristine Marsh for NewsBusters, on May 15, 2019, the hosts of ABC’s The View criticized the abortion banning bill that was passed in the Alabama Senate the night before. Co-host Joy Behar cried sexism, while Whoopi Goldberg complained about religion influencing politics.
After introducing the topic, Behar sneered that the men who voted for this bill should be forced to be sterilized. She asked, “Can we look at the panel of men who did this? What do they have in common?” as the producers put a giant image of the twenty-five Republican Senators who passed the bill.
Behar answered her own question: “They’re all men. All white guys.”
The audience of women chuckled.
Behar then said: “Maybe we should make it a law they should all be required to get a vasectomy. That would solve the problem.”
The audience cheered uproariously and applauded their approval.
To watch the video of this segment of The View, go to NewsBusters.
Here’s what Joy Behar and the audience of The View really look like:
An illegal alien from Kenya is a serial killer who preys on elderly women.
On May 16, 2019, authorities in Dallas, Texas, said former health care worker Billy Chemirmir, 46, who was previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman has been charged with killing at least 11 more elderly women in Dallas and Collin counties.
Chemirmir, a Kenyan citizen, is living in the U.S. illegally.
Chemirmir murdered the women by smothering them with pillows. He also robbed the women of their jewelry and other valuables.
Chemirmir’s 12 victims were:
Phyllis Payne, 91, who died May 14, 2016.
Phoebe Perry, 94, d. June 5, 2016.
Norma French, 85, d. Oct. 8, 2016.
Doris Gleason, 92, d. Oct. 29, 2016.
Minnie Campbell, 83, d. Oct. 31, 2017.
Carolyn MacPhee, 81, d. Dec. 31, 2017
Rosemary Curtis, 76, d. Jan. 19, 2018.
Mary Brooks, 87, d. Jan. 31, 2018.
Martha Williams, 80, d. March 4, 2018
Miriam Nelson, 81, d. March 9, 2018
Ann Conklin, 82, d. March 18, 2018
Lu Thi Harris, 81, d. March 2018.
Chemirmir is also accused of trying to suffociate two other elderly women in Collin County: a 93-year-old woman on Oct. 29, 2017, at the Parkview Elderly Assisted Living facility in Frisco, and a 91-year-old woman in her Plano apartment in March 2018.
The 93-year-old victim told police that a well-dressed man knocked on her door and said he was a maintenance worker. When she told him she didn’t need any work done, he forced his way inside and knocked the woman from her walker to the floor. The man grabbed a pillow from the couch and tried to smother her. The victim told police she “began to pray, believing she was about to die.” Jewelry was discovered missing from her apartment, and cell-phone records put Chemirmir in that location around the time of the attack. He was indicted on the attempted murder charge in May 2018.
Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin said at a news conference that Chemirmir used his “health care experience to his advantage, targeting and exploiting seniors. This is terribly disturbing.”
Authorities said they are reviewing 750 unattended deaths of elderly women — including deaths that were previously ruled as resulting from natural causes — to determine whether they could be linked to Chemirmir.
In addition to the murder charges, Chemirmir is being held on a charge of being in the country illegally. His bail is set at more than $9 million.
Liberalism is way, way worse than a mental disorder.
The Left are evil.
Already hysterical over Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp’s signing of the fetal heartbeat bill into law, with has-been actress Alyssa Milano calling for a sex strike in protest, the Left are now foaming-in-the-mouth rabid over Alabama’s near-total ban on abortion.
Two days ago, on May 15, 2019, Alabama’s Republican governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act— America’s most restrictive anti-abortion law that makes it a felony for doctors to perform or attempt to perform an abortion in the state. The new law allows no exceptions for rape or incest but does allow for abortions in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
Seven hours after Governor Ivey tweeted that she had signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act into law, Filipovic posted this venomous and truly evil tweet:
Pregnancy and childbirth cause serious and permanent changes to many women’s bodies. Require that a quarter inch be cut off of a man’s penis for every pregnancy he creates and see how quick we are to force women to indelibly risk and chance their bodies.
Here’s a screenshot of Filipovic’s tweet in the event she takes it down:
Filipovic promptly followed her “cut off men’s penis” tweet with another one calling for men to be made incontinent and their pubic bones be fractured:
Honestly what if we just forced a quarter of men to be incontinent with every pregnancy they created? Fractured a third of their public [sic] bones for every child? That would be unconscionable. It’s also what’s pregnancy means for women.
Would you believe Filipovic actually has a husband?
In February 2018, she married Ty McCormich, a foreign correspondent who was the Africa editor at Foreign Policy magazine from 2015 to 2018.
Hollyweird types and progressives who don’t live or vote in Alabama reacted as predicted to the new Alabama Human Life Protection Act. Read about their responses on the link.
Many were upset that white republican men signed off on this law (which was signed by a woman governor). Libtards wanted to know how men would react if they had to carry a baby to full term if they were raped.
My question is: Why can’t one imagine the love and potential for a child conceived from rape?
Here are some stories of people, conceived by rape, who survived the “indignity” of being carried to full term.
Eartha Kitt: Eartha was born on a cotton plantation near the small town of North, South Carolina, or St. Matthews on January 17, 1927.
Her mother Annie Mae Keith was of Cherokee and African descent. Though she had little knowledge of her father, it was reported that he was a son of the owner of the farm where she had been born, and that Kitt was conceived by rape.
Angelina Jolie’s adopted daughter Zahara: In 2007 the mother of Angelina’s Ethopian adopted daughter spoke out about her rape which led to the birth of Zahara. She said, “I think my daughter is a very fortunate human being to be adopted by a world famous lady. I wish them both all the success they deserve.”
Martin Sheen and his wife Janet, who was conceived by rape
Liberal actor Martin Sheen’s wife, Janet: Despite Martin being a devout liberal, he is also a devout Catholic. From Life Site News in 2011:
“Sheen, a complex character whose Catholic devotional life and pro-life views have not stopped him from backing the presidency of Barack Obama, was interviewed by Gay Byrne; the interview was released on Irish broadcaster RTE’s website April 3.
Byrne asked Sheen: “The liberal causes that you espouse are readily identifiable with people in the movie business, but your anti-abortion stance is very strong indeed. And tell me what you told me on the late late show in 1987 as to why that is.”
Sheen replied, “Well we had pregnancies with our grandsons, three specifically. And we welcomed these children and encouraged the mothers to have the children and gave them support. The lads were not happy at the time but they came to love these children. We have three grown grandchildren, two of them are married, they’re some of the greatest source of joy in our lives.”
Sheen went on to note that his wife Janet struggled after the conception of their fourth child, but chose life despite the circumstances after speaking with a therapist.
However, Byrne asked about Janet, “was she not born because of a rape?” Sheen responded that his wife would rather that he not speak about it, but does admit that she was conceived in rape. Byrne followed up, suggesting that “if there had been an abortion she would not exist.”
Sheen relates further that even after birth Janet’s mother contemplated “dumping her in the Ohio River.” She was raised by aunts till she was six, after which her mother, with a new husband, “came to collect her,” he said.”
“Valerie Gatto shouldn’t be alive today. The model and former Miss Pennsylvania is considered successful by today’s standards, but most people would never guess she is a child of rape.
Her mother was brutally attacked at knife point when she was just 19 years old. Her attacker intended to kill her. Somehow, she got away thanks to the help of a bright light.
“Whenever my mom managed to get away, he was going to murder her, but there was just this bright flash of light, and he got scared and didn’t want any onlookers to see her and what he was doing to her. So, that light gave my mom the opportunity to run away and escape — and if that bright light didn’t appear, she would have been murdered,” Gatto told Trib Live.
Her mom later realized she escaped with not just her life, but a pregnancy. Gatto’s mom did not want to abort her but decided to raise her with the support of her family.
Today, Gatto is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and pageant winner. While her life had a tragic beginning, Gatto chooses to focus on the positive.
“I live my life not thinking of it as something negative but looking at how to turn a negative into a positive. … A lot of people could benefit from this type of story — not just young women story — about how to protect themselves and how to prevent the crimes. It’s a story that could inspire a lot of people and, if I stay a strong person, I can inspire many other people,” she said.
Faith Daniels: “It doesn’t matter how you were conceived.”
“AT AN OCTOBER TAPING OF HER DAILY NBC talk show, scheduled to air March 4, Faith Daniels was moderating a discussion of a disturbing topic: women who become pregnant as the result of rape. She seemed every inch the dispassionate observer, moving smoothly between one woman, who had opted for an abortion, and another, who had chosen to carry her pregnancy to term. But just before cutting to a commercial, Daniels, 35, made a startling disclosure to her guests. “There are many adoptees—including this one—who were conceived in the exact same way,” she said, a slight tremor in her voice. “It really doesn’t matter how you were conceived. Only what you’ve become.”
Though Daniels has spoken openly of her adoption in the past, she had never before divulged publicly what she learned only in 1985 about its circumstances: that her own birth mother, then an unwed 17-year-old, had become pregnant with Faith after being beaten and raped by a young man she had been dating.
If Daniels’s viewers were stunned by the revelation, the reporter herself has remained a model of equanimity. “[The circumstance of conception] isn’t something that’s a cross to carry or that I dwell on,” she says now. “Date rape is truly an awful thing. But if a child is the result, and is placed in a loving home, there should be no stigma.”
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President Trump is finally doing something about the toxic practice of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and blogging platforms like WordPress censoring, suspending, banning and outright de-platforming conservatives and Christians.
This blog, Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM), has repeatedly been victimized by the social media tech giants in their continuing effort to silence us.
Our suffering began on August 15, 2018, when WordPress, in the early morning, pre-dawn darkness, arbitrarily and without forewarning took down FOTM, which I had founded nearly 9 years ago in December 2009. I was told that FOTM had violated WordPress’ terms of service, but was not told exactly which term(s) of service we allegedly had violated, nor what FOTM had done that constituted such violation. This is what makes WordPress’s takedown entirely arbitrary.
At the time when WordPress took down FOTM, this blog had more than 63 million views, which is a phenomenal achievement since FOTM is a non-commercial blog, owned and staffed by unpaid volunteers.
The abrupt taking down, without forewarning, of FOTM led to a frantic search for an alternate blog host-server, followed by the herculean task of moving FOTM to our new server — a task with which we were unfamiliar, resulting in countless previously-published posts that were now in “Draft” mode. Altogether, we had more than 75,000 “draft” files that required me to inspect and re-publish one-by-one because many of those “draft” files are duplicate posts. As of today, there still remain nearly 47,000 “draft” files. I have already resigned myself to the reality that many of our previously-published posts will never be re-published because I simply don’t have the time and energy to go through them all.
But that wasn’t the end of FOTM‘s troubles.
In the early morning darkness on November 6, 2018, Facebook took down FOTM‘s page with thousands of followers. Facebook also took down Dr. Eowyn’s personal FB page.
Even after we moved to another host-server and resuscitated FOTM on August 23, we repeatedly experienced spam and distributed denial-of-service bot attacks, which resulted in periods when FOTM was inaccessible.
In total, moving FOTM to another host-server and the periodic attacks incurred costs of more than $2,000, as well as ongoing costs of $15 a month for a managed Cloud server with capacious data storage that is necessitated by those tens of thousands “draft” files.
The most recent blow was, once again, struck by WordPress.
Although FOTM had been moved to another host-server, we continued to use WordPress as a blogging platform or template because our readers are accustomed to FOTM‘s format.
On April 16, 2019, WordPress abruptly and without forewarning canceled the Premium Jetpack software for which I had paid $99. That software is what enables features like readers’ comments, blog count (number of views) and other statistics. So vindictive is WordPress that not only did they cancel our Premium Jetpack, they also disabled FOTM from using their free version of Jetpack.
That led to another crisis that FOTM and our readers had to endure and overcome, which we eventually did by restoring some, but not all of the Jetpack functions, with individual “plug ins”.
Needless to say, since the systematic attacks on FOTM began last August, our number of views has declined precipitously. This blog once had an Alexa ranking of 200,000-something worldwide and 43,000 in the United States. No more….
President Donald Trump has heard our cries for help.
The Trump White House has created a way for us to relate to him how we’ve been mistreated — as individuals, websites, and blogs. This is the message on a new White House webpage, “Tech Bias Story“:
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear “violations” of user policies.
No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.
Below the message is a box with the word “Start”. Click “Start” to tell President Trump your account of how you’ve been mistreated.
Thank you and God bless you, President Trump!
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