Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fake News Distorts Migrant Invasion Via Selective Emotion…

An invasion force, a virtual army of over 7,500 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico, is hellbent to illegally cross the US border.  Along the way they break laws and destroy obstacles in their path.  So far they have illegally entered Mexico, and as of October 23, they have 1,000 miles to go to the closest US border crossing.

In fact, Mexican news outlets HERE are now reporting that there are over 14,000 who are part of the march north.

The fake news on main stream media puts their misleading, emotional  spin on the whole corrupt affair with their selective photography and misleading interviews.

Here are two examples:

While showing the 7,000-mostly-man march, ABC Evening News reported,

“Trump, meanwhile, in a series of tweets asserted that "criminals and unknown Middle Easterners" are amid the crowd, for which he offered no evidence. ”

To demonstrate that Trump is a liar, ABC switched over to their Latin reporter, Bio Benítez, who they proudly claim was dispatched into the middle of the mob, where he interviewed a very sweet woman and her son to prove that Trump was wrong.

Or could it possibly be true that ABC News performed a selective, well scripted slander of Trump out of their leftist play book by picking out one of the very few  women and children in the mob of over 80% men?

ABC ignored this headline from two days earlier:

100 ISIS Terrorists Caught in Guatemala as Central American Caravan Heads to U.S.

Here is more of the story from Judicial Watch:

In a startling revelation, Guatemala’s president announced in the country’s largest newspaper that nearly 100 ISIS terrorists have been apprehended in the impoverished Central American nation. Why should Americans care about this? A caravan of Central American migrants is making its way north. Let’s not forget that Guatemala is one of the countries that bombarded the U.S. with illegal immigrant minors under Barack Obama’s open border free-for-all. They came in droves from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala through the Mexican border and for years Uncle Sam rolled out the welcome mat offering housing, food, medical treatment and a free education

A terrorist could have easily slipped in considering the minors, coined Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), were not properly vetted and some turned out to be violent gangbangers who went on to commit heinous crimes in their adopted land of opportunity. In fact, the nation’s most violent street gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), was energized by the barrage of UACs. The Texas Department of Public Safety even issued a report documenting how the MS-13 emerged as a top tier gang in the state thanks to the influx of illegal alien gang members that came with the UACs. At the time more than 60,000 UACs—many with criminal histories—had stormed into the U.S. in a matter of months. Tens of thousands more eventually made it north.

Much more evidence exists of Middle Easterners and non-Latin elements are part of this invasion as reported by Laura Ingraham below:

Women and children are positioned near the front of the marching mob as “human shields” to intimidate police and to present a wonderful pro-migrant, but false, photo op.

Does ABC care about this?  Apparently not.  They would rather use their emotion-laden air time to slander our President.

Here is another example of Fake News from the left-leaning Associated Press.  In a recent report they highlighted quotes from fellow leftists, in highly emotional fashion:

““It is a shame that a president so powerful uses this caravan for political ends,” said Irineo Mujica of the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras — People Without Borders — which works to provide humanitarian aid to migrants.”

Political ends?  My God, this is a freakin’ illegal invasion by a lawless army!  The AP report continues…

“Some have questioned the timing so close to the vote and whether some political force was behind it, though by all appearances it began as a group of about 160 who decided to band together in Honduras for protection and snowballed as they moved north.

“No one is capable of organizing this many people,” Mujica said, adding that there are only two forces driving them: “hunger and death.”

I’ll add several more “forces driving them”: 

  • Free American welfare
  • Free American medical care
  • Free American education
  • Free American meals
  • For some unknown number,
    • an opportunity to terrorize our nation
    • an opportunity to rape, steal, and kill
    • an opportunity to expand their cartels and peddle drugs

The AP was so kind as to send in a team of their emotion pandering  leftist journalists to further report this:

A team of AP journalists traveling with the caravan for more than a week has spoken with Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans, but has not met any Middle Easterners, who Trump suggested were “mixed in” with the Central American migrants.

This coming from  “a team of AP journalists”, likely comprised of 20-somethings sympathetic to this event or who were likely incapable of distinguishing a “Middle Easterner” from a “Middle Martian.”

Here is more selective interviewing:

Ana Luisa Espana, a laundry worker from Chiquimula, Guatemala, joined the caravan as she saw it pass through her country.

Even though the goal is to reach the U.S. border, she said: “We only want to work and if a job turns up in Mexico, I would do it. We would do anything, except bad things.”

Denis Omar Contreras, a Honduran-born caravan leader also with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said accusations that the caravan is harboring terrorists should stop.

“There isn’t a single terrorist here,” Contreras said. “We are all people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. And as far as I know there are no terrorists in these four countries, at least beyond the corrupt governments.”

Not a single terrorist in the army of 7,500.  He would know.  I’m sure he did a security check on all 7,500 hundred of them.  And he certainly has no bias; no axe to grind.  Certainly not.

And there you have it, from the unbiased, squeaky clean Associated Press, with emphasis on the first syllable of their name.

Thank God for Trump who has the kahunas to state facts not driven by blind deceptive emotion – and who hopes to defend US citizens from a lawless, blood-sucking hoard. 

Or is it kinder and gentler to suggest “there are many fine [lawbreaking] folks in that group [army] heading north.  It is highly unlikely [likely] that there are any [likely hundreds of] bad people [MS-13; ISIS; pedophiles; ex-cons] among the poor migrants [army well-funded by someone] who just want a place to work and be family [aka Honduran mafia][suck blood].


PS:  For those who question my use of the term “army” when referring to this group of “walkers”, I offer you this further explanation:

When a large mass of organized people – e.g.  7,500 to 10,000 - comprised of foreign, non-citizens, who along the way violate laws and destroy property, with intent to illegally enter another nation and further intent to consume that nation's resources with an unknown significant number likely a criminal or terrorist element, heck yes it is an invading army.  There is little significant difference between walking and marching.  The results will be the same as if they were a literal invading army.

Definition of “army”:  A large body of people organized and trained for land warfare.  “Warfare” means “Armed conflict. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic: guerrilla warfare; chemical warfare [in this case illegally breaking down barriers and or crossing borders with intent to influence or control the defending nation and subjugate  its resources.].  A state of disharmony or conflict.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Subliminal Assimilation–Influencing our culture obtusely…

I’ve frequently expressed my hope that churches would more directly promote Biblical truths that impact the moral lapses in our culture.  A recent blog HERE listed all the things that sermons scrupulously avoid.  Repeated below is a list of what most churches avoid discussing to avoid offending…

Don’t discuss homosexuality.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss gay marriage.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss abortion.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss out of wedlock pregnancies.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss the government’s incentive sapping welfare system. It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss excessive reliance on government entitlements.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss the evils of Islam.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss the overblown role of government that displaces personal and church responsibilities.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss rampant illegal immigration.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss patriotism and building a strong nation.  It might offend someone.
Don’t discuss the Christian foundations of our nation.  It might offend someone.

It is not unusual for churches to take several weeks – virtually hours worth of sermons - to elaborate on a few verses of Scripture.  I’ll use  the first  9 verses of Philippians, potentially the subject of 2 or 3 sermons, as an example:

Philippians  (NIV)

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons[a]:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Show me one word, phrase or verse in those 9 verses that noticeably or specifically addresses ANY of the cultural or governance issues facing our nation today.  “Good works”, sure.  “Pray with joy”, good.  “Love may abound”, right.  “Pure and blameless”, absolutely.

Some will suggest that these noble but vague admonitions are enough to get us on the right track toward addressing the moral problems facing our culture.  I will suggest that such noble, but vague, admonitions constitute nothing more than hoping for subliminal assimilation and eventual application to our cultural lapses.   We are expecting people to use their imaginations to somehow apply these ideals to specifics amidst the hundreds of hours of explicit contradictory media we are exposed to every day. 

Stated another way, we are asking people who listen to a half hour sermon comprised of highly generalized admonitions to overcome much larger quantities of explicit exposure to liberal and immoral media and entertainment.  

I suggest that the Christian thing to do – not the Democrat or Republican thing to do – is for the Church to relate these fine admonitions, in unmistakable terms and examples, to the the things the Church today seems hell-bent on avoiding (see my list, above).   Every one of the moral lapses in our nation that I list above are addressed in Scripture in some form or another.  Sometimes those clear Biblical positions are discounted with the excuse that the Bible has conflicting sections or is subject to various interpretations.  True.  Truth can be distorted or misapplied.  Sure, many people believe the Bible is just fables.  But it is the responsibility of the Church to apply these sound Biblical principles to our lives and our culture in ways that minimize the need for subliminal assimilation – vague impressions without explicit guidance.

Here are excerpts from earlier blogs that elaborate on this point:

These are all components of what many Church leaders define as “politics”, discussion of which is to be avoided at all costs.  Off limits.  Don’t cause dissension.  Don’t offend.  Let’s avoid these topics so we can attract more members – more potential “converts” or more revenue.  This “big tent” priority sounds more like the aspiration of a political party than a legitimate priority of the Church.

The whole Bible, from beginning to end, discusses the relationships between God, governments, and mankind.  It begins with the first interactions between Adam and Eve and God, with Satan as the  foreshadow of government:  The antagonist; the interloper.  The relationship between God, the people, the Laws, the Judges and the Kings continues throughout the Old Testament.  The New Testament brings about a cleansing from oppressive Laws through Jesus Christ.  It renews the spirit of the personal relationship between God and the individual which was  intended from the beginning.  Throughout, it continues to demonstrate the tug of war between our innate evil tendencies and what God desires of us as a “higher law”, superior to all the laws created by either secular or religious laws.

But the modern Church appears to prefer to ignore these themes.  It prefers justifying our surrender to the culture and government overreach, declaring its overly broad definition of “politics” as taboo; off limits.

Instead, the Church finds a comfortable corner of Scripture concerning faith, personal salvation, and how much better we will all feel.  Sin?  What’s that?  Can it even be defined anymore since such a large part of the Church not merely excuses but embraces what was formerly universally understood to be sin.  Without acknowledgement of “sin”, how can there be forgiveness and reconciliation?  Then who needs Christ?  Wow, we are now free from the constraints of religion.  Imagine, as John Lennon did.

And now, whether a misquote or a revelation from an apostate, an official of the Catholic Church has proclaimed “there is no hell” after earlier excusing himself from criticism of rampant pedophilia in the Church with “who am I to judge.”

Without a “hell” there is no constraint.  Both individuals and governments can do whatever they please.  Wipe away all sense of right and wrong, don’t judge, and we have the ultimate clean slate for us to be made in the image of government instead of in the image of God.  Who needs God if there is no sin and no hell?  This is the ultimate path to Communism, the “ideal” that has led to more dictatorships, more death, and more loss of freedom than any other ideology with the exception of Islam.

The Church is allowing the culture to destroy it by its silence.

HERE is a companion piece on the same topic, titled “Is the Church’s Focus Too Narrow?”.

And from one of my 50 favorite websites, American Vision, here is a worthwhile article titled “Should Preachers Address Politics from the Pulpit.”  It touches on something about preaching “the whole counsel of God.”  Modern churches should try it some time.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Conversational Tactics of a Liberal…

I attended a breakfast at a local restaurant with men from a Baptist Church in “mostly” conservative rural western North Carolina.

The two men across from me were discussing some unfortunate event when I flippantly mentioned that someone will blame it on Trump or on global warming.

That perked up the as yet unknown liberal seated next to me who pointedly asked me – “so you don’t believe in global warming?” 

I responded with “actually there is cyclical global warming, but unlike most on the left, I don’t think human’s have a significant impact.  The solar cycles have much more influence.”

He persisted with “so you don’t mind industries that destroy the environment.”  He mentioned and dwelt on decades-old deforestation from pollutants downwind from some factories.

“That is a bit of a red herring”, I answered.   “I don’t believe in shutting down entire industries or depressing our economy based on half-baked environmental hunches.  Yes, industries should be sensibly regulated, like the coal industry, with appropriate pollutant-trapping devices, but the Obama administration wanted to go to extremes based on overly presumptuous and arrogant ‘science’.”   And the clincher:  Pollutants from smoke stacks killing nearby vegetation has nothing to do with ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change.’   It is simply a poison applied to a plant, like a weed killer.  Consequently, his challenging comments were ‘red herrings’ on several levels.

FYI: Lies behind ‘global warming’; False science behind ‘global warming

Tactic One of Liberals:  Red Herrings - something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue. In this case it was an extreme, accusatory gesture.

This liberal’s “red herring” was an extreme absurdity, that I wanted to “destroy the environment because I didn’t believe in US human-caused global warming.”  My rebuttal was the fact of the left’s actions to destroy industries based on overly-presumptuous and arrogant science.  It is fact that Obama virtually shut down the coal industry for the sake of his dubious global warming presumptions.

A bit later the conversation drifted toward our little downtown, and the problem of parking.   I mentioned a city parking lot that charges $3.00 per hour – and the likelihood that such charges hurt local businesses.  I expressed hope the City would provide free parking to benefit businesses that already pay a fair amount of City taxes.

The liberal chimed in:  “There are only 600 residences in the City that pay taxes – that’s too few to support that!” 

I had to remind his tepid memory that 10 seconds earlier I was talking about businesses that pay taxes, not residences.  He deflected from and twisted the meaning of my example.

Tactic Two of Liberals:  Deflection – changing key words or ideas to discredit yours.  Deflection is a diversionary tactic so that one’s own point of view, one’s facts, remain unchallenged and unquestioned.   I was speaking of businesses paying taxes; he switched to word to “residents” paying taxes.

What made this experience less than warm and fuzzy was that this man has been in the area for decades, and had served on various boards and commissions for a number of years.  The words “loud”, “arrogant” and “over-bearing”  came to mind upon reflection of this unpleasant and challenging encounter.

These are the tactics of liberals.

Oh, I need to mention, while the outlying rural areas of the County are conservative, the little City itself is very liberal.


Lessons learned:  Not all Baptists are conservative and little Cities in the country can be quite liberal.