Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Hairs-Breadth Challenge

Via David

About three years ago I met a young Chinese woman, Leiling, at a networking event. Going by the English name Julianna, she was clearly intelligent, educated, cultured… someone who had every positive thing going for her.  Yet she was trapped in a dead-end job with no prospects.  Her ambitions were to become a nurse, and I urged her to continue with that pursuit.  From the moment we started talking I got the impression that she had tremendous potential… sabotaged by a truly abysmal appraisal of her self-worth.

During our conversation I encouraged her to understand that she had the world open to her if she could just finish her education.  I attempted to get her to grasp that she had enormous worth simply as a human being and to see herself having that value.  And I tried to counsel her to improve herself as well, and made mention, several times, of the concept that she should wake up every morning and say the following:

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It’s Not About Respect Or Freedom Of Expression

Via David

Mika Brzezinski has committed a Kinsleyesque “gaffe.” Michael Kinsley defined that as an occasion on which a politician unwittingly tells the truth. I submit that the definition applies with equal accuracy to mask slippages among media figures. 

The luminaries of the media really would like to control what you think, Gentle Reader. They aspire to the authority of Orwell’s Ministry of Love. That President Trump has denied them the homage they expect from the White House has evoked their counterfire. Not that that’s likely to have the effect they seek. 

Allow me to add a snippet from a great and unjustly neglected novel:

NRA Video: Truth Doesn't Matter to The New York Times

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POTUS Trump on Nancy Pelosi: “I Think She’s Incompetent… She’s Done a Terrible Job”

Via Billy

President Trump: “Well I’ve been watching Nancy’s statements. I think she’s incompetent actually if you look what’s going on with the Democrats and the party it’s getting smaller and smaller. In a certain way I don’t like to see it because I like a two party system. And we’re soon going to have a one party system. I actually think a two party system is healthy and good. But she’s done a terrible job. I think she’s wrong. There are those who say I’ve done more than anyone in 100 days.”

Save the Robert E. Lee Statue

Via Billy

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In an article entitled "Historic Preservation Still Unites Us" First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe touts the worthiness of historic preservation: "May we Virginians, and all Americans, continue to enjoy history through preservation and never take for granted that its lessons are the guideposts to a better future."

We could not agree more with this statement but recognize that in the Commonwealth of Virginia there exists a hypocritical double-standard regarding historic preservation. Confederate monuments and memorials are currently the lowest hanging fruit - ripe and easy targets for those who view history with tunnel vision. It should not be this way - we as Americans should protect our past instead of shunning it. Existing memorials in our public spaces should not be banished from their long-standing locations based on emotion and divisive politics. The poet John Donne famously wrote "no man is an island," and these monuments are not islands either - they are connected to the communities in which they reside. And they tell a story, not just about the events and people they depict, but about those who commissioned and sculpted them to vivid life. If historic preservation matters, it should matter for all Registered Historic Landmarks, and not just those deemed "acceptable" by the powers that be.

The attorneys retained to fight Charlottesville City Council's vote to remove the Robert E. Lee Monument from Lee Park are diligently preparing their case. Rest assured that they do not take this charge lightly and will proceed with filing at the precise and practicable moment.

We appreciate your patience, support and contributions as this issue moves forward. If you have donated, Thank You. We have been touched by the messages we have received and the willingness of people across the country and even overseas to contribute to save history. If you haven't donated and feel this issue is important, please consider a contribution - no amount is too small to help us win this battle:

Checks payable to: The Monument Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 483, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902. All contributions are tax deductible.

Why Is There a Bump in the NC/Va Border?

Via Sister Anne

As proud North Carolinians, we hold certain truths to be self-evident. Consider them tacit additions to our state’s constitution. For starters, we’re First in Flight. (Sorry, Ohio.) Also, blue isn’t just blue here: It’s Carolina blue, or it belongs to that other school 10 miles down the road that shall not be named by this UNC-CH alumna — at least not without a fury of expletives to follow. Then there’s our tongue-in-cheek mantra that really functions as our unofficial state motto: North Carolina is the “vale of humility between two mountains of conceit.”

Oh do we ever have a complicated history with our neighbors in every which way — Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia — so much so that it’s permanently notched within our borders.

What funny things, state lines. Unlike out west where the borders are straight and the states are boxy, there are many snags in our Southern fabric.

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Wife of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens applauded for more than 2 minutes during Trump speech

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Voters say Democrats hurting party, nation with scorched-earth anti-Trump tactics: Poll

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Even Democrats say it’s better for party, country to work with White House

The Democratic Party’s never-ending anti-Trump siege isn’t just bad for the country, it’s also hurting Democrats with the voters.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday found that 63 percent of those surveyed said it was better for the country as well as the Democratic Party for Democrats to work with President Trump instead of countering him at every turn.

Just 29 percent agreed that it’s better for the party and the nation for Democrats to oppose Mr. Trump “in every way possible.”

Trump won't fill hundreds of administration jobs

Via Billy

President Trump doesn't plan to fill many of the hundreds of appointed political jobs in his administration because he thinks they're unnecessary.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump said he's been hit for not filling about 1,200 administration jobs that require Senate confirmation, but people don't understand that he's not trying to fill many of those jobs.

"A lot of those jobs, I don't want to appoint someone because they're unnecessary to have," Trump said. "In government, we have too many people."

“Dixie Rising–Rules for Rebels”

Via Billy

Just this past week I came into possession of a new book by Ron Kennedy called Dixie Rising–Rules for Rebels which was just published this year by Shotwell Publishing  in Columbia, South Carolina. Shotwell Publishing is not a fancy, slick-paper outfit. They publish “meat and potatoes” books, mostly for Southern folks who want to know the truth of their history and have an accurate idea of what goes on in the South today.

This latest book by Ron Kennedy is the kind of book that tells you what you need to do to resist the federal leviathan and the political sucklings that live off of it, who promise you one thing at election time and then do the exact opposite once you have voted them into office. It is based on the same format as Alinski’s Rules for Radicals, but where Alinski presents a program for tearing down decent society, Ron Kennedy presents one for preserving decent society, especially Christian society.

Go to the police department and start smashing windows wth a bat. :)

Via Billy

Teachers union melts down on Twitter after Trump mentions vouchers

Via Billy

Trump said that "families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them." (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation's largest unions, went into a Twitter meltdown after President Trump mentioned school vouchers in his speech Tuesday night.
The union pumped out more than two dozen tweets attacking the idea in the minutes after Trump mentioned it, with several of the comments using all caps to emphasize that vouchers were bad, bad, bad ideas.

Media applaud Trump's first joint session speech

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Journalists applauded President Trump's first joint session address on Tuesday, calling it presidential and predicting that it will be popular beyond his core base of supporters.

"This will be, I think, a very well-received speech for Donald Trump," said liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow after the speech. She said part of the reason was "because of expectations" for Trump are lower, since he is not a typical politician.

US Army puts Muslim in charge of 14,000 mostly Christian soldier's spiritual needs

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In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health.

He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers.

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