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Why The Word ‘Woke’ Encapsulates An Evil, Self-Defeating Ideology

My eye was drawn to this article by the headline. I really dislike the word "woke". Personal thing you know. I find it kind of queer. Not in the new homosexual use of the word, but the old-fashioned, actual meaning. Then I continued with the article because I found its topic of Gnosticism to be interesting. Somewhere along the way I got an odd feeling in my gut as I read. For those of you who h...
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The American dream is a prayer to the future.

Handcart Company
I've heard many definitions of the American Dream over the years. More often than not it is about a wife, a car, a house, and a fine job to pay for it all. For me, those things aren't the dream, but rather the products of that dream. The term comes from comes from historian James Truslow Adams who wrote in 1931 that it was "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and full...
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Christians Are Outraged Over Jennifer Lawrence’s Heretical New Movie

Heart in hand
Just as I can't comprehend how someone can be "outraged" over a salute, I cannot conceive of gathering that depth of emotion over a movie either. Note that I specify outrage as the thing I don't understand. Anger, frustration, sadness, and other emotions are within the scope of what I consider reasonable reactions but I reserve outrage for only a few acts and really movies and YouTube videos don't...
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Will CNN Disavow Anthony Bourdain’s Threat To Poison President Trump? | Daily Wire

Bourdain
Once again I find myself, not offended. When famed chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain was asked what he would cook for Kim Jong Un or President Trump he replied simply, "Hemlock". I think this is terribly funny and clever. It's a poison you know, the one that killed Socrates. I don't think for a moment he meant it or that the Secret Service needs to go out to his home and take fin...
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CNN’s Don Lemon and reporter’s moment of body positivity

Don Lemon Gay Man Shames Woman for Being Fat
A reporter was covering hurricane Irma and she wanted to describe just how powerful the wind was and what it felt like to be in it. That's good television you know. It's like on a cooking show, the audience can't taste or smell the wonderful confection so the host has to describe it all as best they can. Well, sitting comfy at home we can't feel the wind so she wanted to convey the absolute power ...
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9/11: Perhaps it’s time we DO forget

We will never forget poster
I want this to be understood in the manner in which it is intended so I will explain as carefully as I can the meaning of this statement, "I hope we do forget". In all grief there must be an end. There must be a time after time that healing has taken place and the one in grief can move on, move forward. Not to do so is unhealthy. I do not mean to never mention it, nor to fail to comprehend it. ...
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Joel Osteen fails to address scandal | Daily Mail Online

I am going to be upfront with you, I have a bias against televangelists. Though I am generally a fan of religion and spirituality I am not a fan what I call "cash for prayers". I realize churches need money to operate and I'm not opposed to donations to keep them going. I'm not opposed to people paying a tithe as the scriptures discuss, or giving to the church so the church can help the poor. I'm ...
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Get a Job and Stop Begging on the Roadway

Get a Job
Personally I don't run around telling people to get jobs. Even though I wish they would. I sometimes marvel at the fact that someone will be standing on a corner with a sign for eight hours begging for cash among a hundred businesses. I wonder to myself if they have applied to all of them, to some of them, or to none of them. I've been tempted to gather up applications from the area and hand them ...
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Your Skin Color Does NOT Make You Special

Man with Confederate Flag
Your race, whatever it is, is nothing to be proud of. That's because you didn't do anything to become a part of it. It takes no skill, talent, work, or special effort on your part. It's unearned as it were. It simply happens to you. It's collectivist nonsense. Ayn Rand put it well when she wrote, "Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism...
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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Monuments Men Book Cover
During WWII Adolf Hitler had the treasures of the earth scooped up to become the property of his glorious Reichstag. Someone had to save the history, the paintings, the sculpture, the work of the masters. It was decided that a special unit would be created. We know them now as the Monuments men. "The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comp...
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Schrodinger’s Cat and Abortion

All Humans are Feral
Sometimes I hear things that make my head hurt. This is one. In the video below the woman's argument in favor of abortion is - well - I call it the "Schrödinger's Cat" argument for abortion. She says, "But, what I think is actually among early fetuses there are two very different kinds of beings. So, James, when you were an early fetus, and Eliot, when you were an early fetus, all of us I thi...
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The “M” word and why I use it

Peck
There's something that has always confused me a bit and that's the insistence on the part of people with the various forms of dwarfism at being called "little people". The article below states, "The word 'midget' has been sometimes used to refer to people of short stature, but is now considered to be a slur by the majority of the members of our community." While it might be considered a slur by th...
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Racism and the Tower of Babel

bable
I recently posted a link on Facebook to an article explaining how there are over 7,000 languages spoken on earth. This brought up the bible story of the Tower of Babel in the comments. I got to thinking about that story and thought I would share a couple of thoughts on it. It's a very interesting story in that God's reasoning is clearly stated. Basically, he wanted us not to get along with each...
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Labels are Important

Why labels matter
You grab the can of beans from the shelf ready to make a spicy bean burrito. You have the tortilla on the burner getting warm, the salsa and cheese standing by. The can spins round and round as the tiny little blade severs the lid so you can get to the contents. CORN! you find corn in the can, but the label indicated "beans"! Frustrated you try again, still corn. Did the whole world go mad? Wor...
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There is Nothing More Childish than Socialism

Socialism is childish not kind
The below article laments that in many ways the children have become the authority figures and the adults have become the children. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR a clear marker of cultural decline, something that represents an inescapable cul-de-sac in the American ideal of forward progress, just ponder the all-too-familiar image of the kindergarten-aged child whose parents have outfitted him (it’s usua...
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