4.25.2019

News: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's response to the mass murder of more than 300 Christians and others in Sri Lanka


Creative writing to avoid using the word Christians.
I never thought I'd live to see the day when this would start to be the new normal but it looks like it's here. 

And this editorial I read by Mr. Prager hit more than a few nails on the head. You can follow the link to read the whole article, but I was especially interested in the part about the actual tweets Obama and Clinton sent out after the attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka.  Christians... not just "Easter worshippers".

Come on... you can say it!  C H R I S T I A N S.  LOL.  Then again, maybe they are afraid they'll burst into flame if they say the 'C' word. 



SOURCE:  https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/sri-lanka-bombings-anti-christian-terrorism/
By Dennis Prager

April 23, 2019 6:30 AM

"..... That is why it is important to understand Clinton and Obama’s tweets: to understand the Left, not to understand her or him.

Here are the tweets:

Obama: “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”

Three hours later, Clinton tweeted: “On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”

As they both spelled “worshipers” the same idiosyncratic way and used the term “Easter worshippers,” it is likely that either they had the same writers or Clinton copied Obama.

Here’s what’s critical: Neither used the word “Christians.” And in order to avoid doing so, they went so far as to make up a new term — “Easter worshippers” — heretofore unknown to any Christian.

When Jews were murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Clinton mentioned the synagogue in a tweet. But in her post–Sri Lanka tweet, despite the bombing of three churches filled with Christians, Clinton made no mention of church or churches. In a tweet after the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, she wrote that her heart broke for “the global Muslim community.” But in her latest tweet, not a word about Christians or the global Christian community.

Obama similarly wrote in his tweet about New Zealand that he was grieving with “the Muslim community” over the “horrible massacre in the Mosques.” But in his tweet about Sri Lanka, there is no mention of Christians or churches.
The reason neither of them mentioned Christians or churches is that the Left has essentially forbidden mention of all the anti-Christian murders perpetrated by Muslims in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and of all the Muslim desecration of churches in Europe, Africa, and anywhere else. This is part of the same phenomenon — that I and others have documented — of British police and politicians covering up six years of rape of 1,400 of English girls by Muslim “grooming gangs” in Rotherham and elsewhere in England.

Essentially, the Left’s rule is that nothing bad — no matter how true — may be said about Muslims or Islam and nothing good — no matter how true — may be said of Christians or Christianity.

Clinton’s post–New Zealand tweet also included these words: “We must continue to fight the perpetuation and normalization of Islamophobia and racism in all its forms. White supremacist terrorists must be condemned by leaders everywhere. Their murderous hatred must be stopped.”

She made sure to condemn “Islamophobia,” but she wrote not a word about the far more destructive and widespread hatred of Christians in the Muslim world, seen in Muslims’ virtual elimination of the Christian communities in the Middle East, the regular murder and kidnappings of Coptic Christians in Egypt, and the murder of Christians in Nigeria. She calls on “leaders everywhere” to condemn “white supremacist terrorists,” one of the smallest hate groups on Earth, but never calls on leaders everywhere to condemn Islamist terrorists, the largest hate group on Earth.
 
These two tweets tell you a lot about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. But far more importantly, they tell you a lot about the Left.







4.16.2019

Pondering over Coffee: The abortion debate - and the difference between the UDDA on when a human is declared 'dead' verses when a baby is declared 'alive'


When New York passed the law making it OK to kill a baby right up until it would naturally be born - and even letting it die if it happened to survive the abortion, it bothered me and I found myself pondering a lot of different things over my morning coffee.  When more states started to argue the same 'law', I watched, read, and pondered over morning coffee.  Then a couple states declared a heartbeat law - if the baby has a heartbeat, it's alive and you cannot kill it by abortion.  The fight over 'when' a child is able to legally be killed while still protected in its mother's womb goes on....

And it was during the morning I was reading a couple of those news articles that I clicked on another story that dealt with doctor's declaring someone 'dead' or 'alive' and when they make the call to do everything in their power  to keep them alive, based on a few of the medical 'tests' they do.

This could be a really, really long post.  SO much to this topic!  But, this is supposed to be a quick, 'rambling over coffee' entry.  Not a dissertation or a novel. 

So I looked at the uniform declaration of death.  There is actually an act drafted in 1981 by a Presidential commission so everyone could get on board with the same 'rules' as to what constitutes a person being legally declared dead.  It's a model states could use and emulate.



UDDA Overview

The Uniform Declaration of Death Act was drafted in 1981 by a President's Commission study on brain death. It was approved by both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) shortly after its publication. Health care is primarily handled on a state-by-state basis, so the intent of the Act was to provide a model for states to emulate.
 The UDDA offers two definitions for when an individual may legally be declared dead:
  1. Irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions; or
  2. Irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.
The most common type of death is the first one, in which the heart has stopped beating and/or the patient is no longer breathing (usually followed by brain death). But sometimes (as in the second definition), an individual may be kept "alive" through the use of ventilators and feeding tubes even though there is zero brain activity. Most states consider brain dead individuals legally dead and remove them from life support, although the body's other life functions may be maintained until organs are harvested for donation.

Well... that got me thinking about those two definitions.

Because babies have working circulatory and respiratory functions in utero.
And babies have working functions of the brain, including the brain stem.

So... doesn't that mean that unborn babies should by law be declared 'alive'?

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Then I did a quick search of baby development stages.




Week 21: Baby can suck his or her thumb
Week 25: Baby responds to your voice
Week 26: Baby's lungs develop
Week 26: Baby's lungs develop

Twenty-six weeks into your pregnancy, or 24 weeks after conception, your baby's lungs are beginning to produce surfactant, the substance that allows the air sacs in the lungs to inflate — and keeps them from collapsing and sticking together when they deflate.
This week marks the end of the second trimester. At 27 weeks, or 25 weeks after conception, your baby's nervous system is continuing to mature.

Week 28: Baby's eyes partially open

Twenty-eight weeks into your pregnancy, or 26 weeks after conception, your baby's eyelids can partially open and eyelashes have formed. The central nervous system can direct rhythmic breathing movements and control body temperature.

Week 32: Baby practices breathing

Week 33: Baby detects light


Fetal development 31 weeks after conception

Thirty-three weeks into your pregnancy, or 31 weeks after conception, your baby's pupils can change size in response to a stimulus caused by light.




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Seems to me it's pretty black and white.
The same rules that legally declare someone alive and it's murder to let them die or not offer medical care, certainly aren't applying to the smaller sized human who has those same functions but is allowed to be killed with a scissor snip to the back of their neck, with saline injected into their body and to have their little arms, legs and head ripped violently from their body in an abortion.

Can you just picture someone on a hospital bed on a ventilator; being examined by doctors; they shine a light in their eyes to see if the pupils react (they do) and the patients heart is beating.  But the doctors declare them ok to kill anyway?  So they get a large pair of sharp scissors and snip the back of the patients neck to severe their spinal cord or inject the patient with a saline solution to kill them.  And because they can, just grab a saw and saw through the body's arms and legs and rip them off - tossing them aside into a body bag laying there on the floor.

All done.  Nurse, clean up this mess. I'm going home to have a beer.





It's just the coffee talking..............







https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20046151
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20045997

4.12.2019

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4.07.2019

One Minute History: Aldi's Supermarket - founded in 1913

SOURCE: https://news.sky.com/story/how-beyond-the-grave-cash-row-could-seal-aldi-reunification-11683203

https://news.sky.com/story/how-beyond-the-grave-cash-row-could-seal-aldi-reunification-11683203

Tonight I was looking over random news stories and this one caught my eye, although not for the actual story itself.

It's about the supermarket giant Aldi's and Sky's Ian King explains how Aldi could solve several issues by reversing its 1960 split through a possible buyout.  But... I really don't have any interest in that.  What I DO have an interest in is history of almost any kind.  And although I know of Aldi's, I had no idea of it's history.  Now I do.



Aldi was founded in 1913 in Essen, in the industrial and mining heartlands of the Ruhr in northwestern Germany, by Anna Albrecht. In 1948 in the ruins of post-war Germany, her two sons Karl and Theo took over the running of the business.

The pair eventually fell out over whether Aldi - the name comes from an abbreviation of the words 'Albrecht Diskont (Discount)' - should sell cigarettes, with Karl arguing against on the grounds that it would attract shoplifters.

The upshot was that the business was split in half in 1960. Karl and his family took control of Aldi Sud, the arm of the business operating in southern Germany, the UK, Australia and Ireland and which trades under the Aldi name in the US.

Theo and his family took control of Aldi Nord, the part of the business that operates in northern Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Spain and which also runs the Trader Joe's chain in the US.


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THAT was the "one minute history" of Aldi's I was interested in. 

I glanced through the rest, to see there was fighting over running the company and the extravagant lifestyle of some of the family members that own Aldi's and it's subsidiaries.  I wasn't paying too much attention until I ran into another little interesting tidbit half way down.  



Both Karl and Theo, who were brought up in poverty after their father - a miner - was forced to retire due to emphysema, were notoriously frugal.

That showed itself in the way both arms of Aldi operate to this day, with no flashy displays and customers picking products out of boxes, while the brothers themselves lived simple lives and eschewed the trappings of wealth.

Theo, in particular, preferred to live a secretive life after he was kidnapped at gunpoint in 1971. A devout Catholic who attended mass every Sunday, he avoided being photographed, while taking a different route to work each day in an armoured car.

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As I said, the story wasn't about the history, it was actually about the fighting of the two families, and the extravagant lifestyle of "Babette" and the reading of a will recently and well... a whole lot more.

It gets into the dirty laundry of the family that I really had no personal interest in but IF my readers are interested, you can read the whole article at Sky.  Link at the top and the bottom of this post.





Babette, it has been reported, subsequently refused to disclose to them the location of the urn containing Berthold's remains. In response, neither Babette nor her children were allowed to attend Cilly's funeral last year.

Babette's public profile could not be more different from that of her late mother and father-in-law. She flaunts her wealth regularly at society events where her wealth is shown off ostentatiously, while she has also appeared on Let's Dance, the German equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing.

She also fought a high-profile court case some years ago after a former friend, Dorothee Achenbach, wrote a novel called Now Everyone Knows My Laundry in which, Babette claimed, the main character - a greedy individual who indulged in an extra-marital affair - was based on her.



To read the article please visit: https://news.sky.com/story/how-beyond-the-grave-cash-row-could-seal-aldi-reunification-11683203



4.06.2019

No, LDS Mormons are absolutely NOT Christians. It's a cult started in 1830 and follows 'prophets' better known as profits


The information is out there, and with the help of the plethora of books and internet available today you can study yourself out of the cult of Mormonism by learning the truth.

If these posts help someone, anyone, even one person out of the cult... then it's all worth it. 


"I believe in honesty. I believe in transparency. I believe that investigators and members deserve to have all of the information on the table to be able to make a fully informed decision as to what the information means to them and how they would like to proceed with it. Anything short of this is an obstruction to the free agency of the investigator and member."   

 -Jeremy Runnells

Mormons are the only 'religion' (cough cough) to absolutely BAN their members from learning their own true history. They use a brain washing tactic of repeating from the beginning that if you read or hear anything that scares you into thinking it MIGHT say anything bad about Mormonism or the LDS, then you have hurry and close the internet browser, toss the book, shut down the person talking and walk away! It's called "anti" and they are scared to death of their members learning the truth.

Every other honest religion will tell you study. Take your time and study, learn, research... and NOT only church-approved sources. That's ridiculous! But it's what Mormons are taught. If it's not LDS sanctioned, they aren't to look at it, read it, hear it, or listen.

Up until about 10 years ago LDS Mormons were NOT ALLOWED TO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS. Young Mormons these days are told to call themselves Christians... trying to win over to new converts. But the belief system is absolutely different from even the BASIC belief system of Christianity. Sadly, most Mormons don't even know this... because they are not allowed to learn it.

SO many resources out there to gain knowledge. The CES letter is very well known. And for good reason.


CES Letter is one Latter-Day Saint's honest quest to get official answers from the LDS Church on its troubling origins, history, and practices. 

Jeremy Runnells was offered an opportunity to discuss his own doubts with a director of the Church Educational System (CES) and was assured that his doubts could be resolved. After reading Jeremy's letter, the director promised him a response.

No response ever came.

 __________________

LINK: https://cesletter.org/
PDF Download to read: https://cesletter.org/CES-Letter.pdf


NO the author of the CES letter is not 'anti' Mormon.
Jeremy's own words: No. I reject this vague, loaded, and Orwellian term. It's used by the LDS Church and programmed into its members to turn off exposure to "the rest of the story" that the Church does not want its members to know. It's a "turn it off" switch that also kills off critical thinking in members relating to the LDS Church's truth crisis.

The reality is that I’m not “anti-Mormon.” I’m happily married to a Mormon, for Zeus' sake. I’m not anti-her or anti-anyone of my Mormon family and friends. I have no problem whatsoever with the Mormon people. These people are not LDS, Inc. and LDS, Inc. are not these people. If I’m “anti” anything, I’m anti-LDS-Inc.-hiding-and-obfuscating-its-truth-crisis-from-investigators-and-tithe-paying-members-who-deserve-to-know-all-of-the-disturbing-information. Whew…that was a mouthful. Also, I’m anti-Justin-Bieber.
Critic? Fine. Anti-Mormon? No.


The CES Letter has been debunked.
No, it hasn't.
Several apologists and organizations have attempted to debunk it and failed.


Jeremy is the leader of the "anti-Mormon religion".
No. I have a hard enough time being the leader of Jeremy Runnells and his life. I was accused by a General Authority of being the "leader of the anti-Mormon religion," which I find absolutely hysterical. The truth is that the movement - if you can call it that as it's not organized - has no leader. Nor should it have any leader.

As I tell folks who might see me as a leader: "Stop following others. Lead yourselves. Never give away your own power and authority."


Jeremy was excommunicated from the LDS Church.
No, I was not excommunicated. I resigned my membership.
Anyone who makes this claim is either misinformed or lying. I submitted my resignation during my Kangaroo Court in April 2016.


Jeremy's only goal is to get people to leave the Church.
No. My goal is not to get people to leave the Church. I have no idea what's best for people and their own lives. I don't presume to know what's best for people and their own lives.

Some people decide to leave the Church. Some people decide to stay in the Church. Both decisions can be just as valid.

My goal was to get official answers to the LDS Church's truth crisis back when I was trying to restore my testimony. I achieved my goal in a different way than I expected: the LDS Church has no answers to its truth crisis and will attempt to punish those who openly ask the questions it does not like being asked.

I believe in honesty. I believe in transparency. I believe that investigators and members deserve to have all of the information on the table to be able to make a fully informed decision as to what the information means to them and how they would like to proceed with it. Anything short of this is an obstruction to the free agency of the investigator and member.



PDF Source: https://cesletter.org/CES-Letter.pdf
 

Because it might help someone out there in the Mormon cult... if it only helps one, then it's worth it

SOURCE:  Why I left the Mormon Church to follow Jesus - https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2015/August-2015/The-Christian-Why-I-left-the-Mormon-Church-to-follow-Jesus
Keep your mind open. Don't shut it down. Search. Look for answers. Look for proof. If you truly believe in the prophet Joseph Smith, then what do you have to lose?  

The Christian: Why I left the Mormon Church to follow Jesus

Lynn K Wilder served in the Mormon Temple and as an LDS professor in Utah. She explains what convinced her to leave.

During my 30 years as a Mormon, I sincerely believed that mystical ‘spiritual experiences’ aligned me with my heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost (I believed in three separate gods, but no Trinity) in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

When a patriarch laid his hands on my head to give me a blessing, complete with Jewish lineage, I felt something like electricity course through my body. I was frequently overcome with emotion serving as an ordinance worker in the Chicago Temple or as a professor at the Church’s leading education institute, Brigham Young University. I bore testimony that Joseph Smith restored ‘the only true and living Church’.

Sincerely, I trusted feelings that flowed from these experiences, not aware that they might be counterfeit; rooted in what the Bible calls ‘another Jesus’ who teaches ‘another gospel’. Today, I neither trust feelings alone nor the sought-after visitations of spirits in the temple as fitting measures to test truth. One must also engage the brain and read the Bible.

CHALLENGED BY THE BIBLE

While he was a Mormon missionary, our third son, Micah, read the Bible several times, eventually challenging his Mormon family to do the same. Like cold water in my face, I was stunned to find profound doctrinal conflicts between the Bible and the LDS scriptures.

As a Mormon, I believed the Bible was missing precious truths revealed in our own faith, but I wanted to look at it for myself to decide. As soon as I read it, I recognized obvious doctrinal conflicts, and I reasoned: ‘If they teach different terms of salvation, they can’t be the same Jesus.’

The Bible clearly teaches that salvation is a free gift. One crosses from death to life instantly upon believing in the one who paid for my sins on the cross. There was no waiting until the end of my life to see if I had done enough. No Mormon temple works – whose signs, tokens and handshakes are actually Masonic – are required for eternal life.

THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHES THAT SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT

Jesus himself said: ‘One greater than the temple is here’ (Matthew 12:6, ASV). Which Jesus was I to believe?

MORMON JESUS VERSUS BIBLICAL JESUS

The Mormon Jesus and the biblical Jesus teach a different nature of Christ and, at the very crux of Christianity, they teach different ways to salvation. Even LDS prophet Gordon B Hinckley said: ‘The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.’

According to LDS teaching, the Mormon Jesus was born as the first spirit child of a probable heavenly mother and heavenly father. This Jesus is a created being. He was not a god initially but earned his way to deity over time. The second spirit child was Lucifer. Both brothers presented their plans to the Council of the Gods for the future salvation of those on earth. Jesus’ plan was accepted, while Lucifer took a third of the host of heaven and was cast down. Then came the rest of us. Men might one day earn godhood. Women bear spirit children throughout the eternities as queens and priestesses to their husbands.

None of this matches the biblical account, where Jesus is God and Lucifer is a fallen angel. Indeed, the greatest lie Satan fed us in the garden was that we could be ‘like God’, yet this is what Mormons believe.

There are other important ways in which Mormon teaching does not match biblical teaching on Christ’s atonement, but most significantly the Mormon Jesus teaches that membership in the LDS Church is required for eternal life. According to the Bible, his Church is a body of believers. No organization can save.

IS THE LDS CHURCH BECOMING CHRISTIAN?

So, has the Mormon Church rescinded its most pernicious doctrines? Not really. According to LDS scripture, polygamy is an eternal principle and dark skin is a curse. Although many do not know or accept these teachings, they are still presented in their scriptures, in official Church manuals and in the sacred temple. The official Church website portrays these books of Mormon scripture as ‘pure truth’ and ‘utterly reliable’.
Although polygamy is no longer practiced physically in this life, if a first wife to whom a man is ‘sealed’ (in marriage for this life and the next in the temple) dies and he is sealed to a second, he expects to be married to both women in the hereafter.

In 1978, LDS prophet Spencer W Kimball reported a revelation from God. Blacks could hold the priesthood. All who were worthy could now enter the temple, be sealed as families in the next life and receive eternal life with the Father. The admission that all (males) are equal in God’s sight mirrors Bible teaching; however, the teaching that dark skin is a curse still exists in 26 Mormon scriptures. Was Joseph Smith incorrect when he wrote them down as revelations from the Mormon Jesus?

Many anticipate that the LDS Church is morphing toward biblical Christianity. Nevertheless, as long as Mormonism reveres Joseph Smith as a prophet, teaches that Christ failed to establish a Church that would last but Smith did, and supports his extra-biblical scriptures as truth, these teachings are far outside mainstream Christianity. Doctrines such as the nature of God, who Jesus is, the condition of humankind, the creation, salvation, atonement, marriage and eternal life are just a few of the divergent teachings.

Mormons often sound the same as Christians, but since barely one religious word actually means the same between the faiths, always ask a Mormon, ‘What do you mean by that?’

Mormons say they believe in Jesus. Some have even encountered him. Only Jesus can judge the heart, but given that LDS teachings contradict Bible teachings, one has to ask which Jesus?

Although it came at a cost, my whole family and I ended up leaving Mormonism in order to follow the real saviour.


Four facts about Mormonism

1. There are more than 15 million Mormons in the world today, including approximately 190,000 in the UK
2. The LDS Church is governed by a ‘prophet’, in a line going back to its founder, Joseph Smith
3. As well as the Bible, Mormons revere three books of teaching and scripture: The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines and Covenants
4. Mormons believe that they can be baptized on behalf of dead relatives in order to bring them to salvation


Lynn K Wilder is author of Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church (Zondervan) and is co-founder of Ex-Mormon Christians United for Jesus; unveilingmormonism.com

4.05.2019

18 Coffee Themed e-Cards, Meme's and Sayings....




If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably seen me use these. Just some random coffee themed meme's or ecards, etc. I found on the internet through a random search; and smirked, smiled, laughed or just liked.






























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