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Found Difficult & Left Untried

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“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult, and left untried.” – G.K.Chesterton

Today I watched the news. Yesterday I watched the news. Tomorrow I will watch the news. I’ll go to Facebook and read a multitude of funny statuses, I’ll watch a viral video of a dog refusing to get into a bath, or see a photo of the sunset that someone took with their camera while relaxing on a deck, cup filled with rum and coke. I’ll see Christmas celebrations, political cartoons, and someone will post about having a cold. I’ll know that the flu is going around, and that my old coworker had a date last night. I’ll see that over 100 children were mercilessly slaughtered in Pakistan so that the gunmen who took their lives without care could earn paradise and virgins after death, and below that, I’ll find a recipe for a Christmas cookie that is sure to blow the minds of all the guests at my next Christmas party. On Instagram I’ll see what Amy made for dinner, and what Jason’s new sunglasses look like. I’ll know that with only 3 ingredients I can make a cake in a mug that is sure to curb my craving for sweets, and I’ll know that JcPenney’s is selling the most adorable scarves. Somewhere in this mix I’ll see the casket of a soldier pulled off a plane, while a wife drapes herself over a flag, and if I scroll further down I’ll find that weight loss photo from Christy, and she’ll tell us the secrets to her success. On Twitter I’ll be told that the Government is warning against eating raw cookie dough, and that kids are unhappy with school lunches. I’ll learn that 4 little boys were beheaded by terrorists, and that the chemicals in my hand soap could lead to cancer. I’ll find that I can lose 5 pounds in a month if I drink 2 liters of water every day, and that my state may run out of salt for the roads. I’ll scroll past the face of someone killed on the street, and I’ll click on a link that shows us what a child would look like if her parents were Tom Hiddleston and Jennifer Aniston. I’ll take a test to see what color my personality is, and behind the little pop-up containing my questions I’ll see the number of women and children who are trapped like animals in the sex trade industry. I’ll go to a Christian Christmas celebration and I’ll listen to women and men discuss cookies, their children, and how good God is to them, and in the time it takes them to tell me how God has blessed their family, where their daughter goes to school, and how they like to spend their weekends, a child’s life will be obliterated in a womb somewhere in my own country, a daughter, maybe my age, will be raped in the Middle East because she is a sex slave, or maybe a young black man in Chicago will be killed, and I’ll never learn their names.

“Is life not full of opportunities for learning love? Every man and woman every day has a thousand of them. The world is not a playground; it is a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday, but an education. And the one eternal lesson for us all is how better we can love.” – Henry Drummond

I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit scrolling through the void and the empty. I enjoy moments of light hearted discussion, funny statuses, and the levity of everyday life. My family laughs, we laugh all the time, and I’m thankful for this gift, but as I look around this world as 2014 comes to an end, I see so much pain, and I see Christians sitting on the sidelines, or in many cases, just adding to the pain. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying life and the blessings we have been granted, but in our happiness, our heart must break for those mourning. I read a story about a girl who was burned alive, and the world was sickened. Days later we find that she dated a gang member, and the sickened responses changed into opinions of responsibility on her part for dating a gang member. She may have been hanging around the wrong crowd, but is her life somehow less valuable because of such a choice? It’s as though upon learning who her friends were will make her bed less empty, or her parents less broken. Is she less worthy of a post on your wall because of her dating history? I just keep asking myself, “when will we care again?” When will we begin to see the life behind the story? When will we shake with revolt at injustice? When will we see an unborn child, and not a problem? When will we see a daughter, and not a statistic? When will we see a father, and not some aged criminal selling loose cigarettes? When will we see people as Christ sees them? When will we see a son, and not a gang member? When will we see a child desperately wanted by God, and not just a recruited 8 year-old in the Middle East wielding a gun? In the same way that the left should see a brother, and not just a soldier. A  father, and not just an ambassador that became collateral damage. A son, and not just a border patrol agent who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

That’s not to say that justice should not be served. We can seek justice, and still feel heartbreak when it is fulfilled. When we no longer feel heartbreak, we are the ones in need of the heavy hand of justice. I see jokes online about human life that was lost and it makes me angry, I see people that try to belittle a life so that they can bolster another person or sell a t-shirt, and it makes me angry. I see people disregarding human life and then posting a bible verse, and I honestly don’t know what to say.

My prayer is that in 2015 we find a way back to who we are as Christians. That we find value in every life, or what that life could have been in a better world, even if that life is lost in a justifiable manner. I pray that we see that each life, regardless of what they wear, where they live, and what crimes they have committed, was formed by our creator. While their end may be justified, our response is not. Evil will always exist, but we can stop feeding it by allowing ourselves to be desensitized, we can stop feeding it by taming our egos, we can stop feeding it by ending our hunger for power. That doesn’t mean we let injustice go without punishment, it means that we enter all debates facing our country with a heart that desperately wishes that life was not lost, if we did so, jokes would be out of the question. A human life is not a punchline or a one-liner for our t-shirt. That doesn’t mean that we can’t share our favorite recipes on Facebook, but it does mean that we should stop and reflect on the pain and ask ourselves what we can do to help. How can I be a voice for this woman, man, or child. How can I attribute value to this life before I scroll down to see the cartoon my friend posted? How can I look at this from a different perspective? It means starting the base of your opinion first on what Christ would be concerned with, the life, and build our opinions from there, not on our preferred hero, or our assigned winner. Always remembering that a life with a future, a life that could have been lived for Him, a life that He found value in, was lost.

Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless.” – Francis Schaeffer

Basically, Christians, we can do better. We can love better. We can be better at being His face to the world, and that might mean giving up your fandom, it might mean losing likes on Facebook. Last week it hit me that I can get a multitude of likes for a one-liner about Hillary Clinton, while a status about Eric Garner or beheaded children in the Middle East goes unnoticed. We can do better than that. It doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy statuses about Hillary, it just means that we shouldn’t shield ourselves from something that we don’t want to hear or read. It means that degrading a life, or ignoring an injustice because you don’t have a partiality towards the victim, can’t be fixed by a status about your blessings, and a bible verse that serves as no more than a cherry on top of your blessed sundae.

Merry Christmas, and may your Holiday be filled with the warmth and love of a God that sees worth in all of His creations. May our hearts be molded to be more like His, and less like the world’s. May we see people through His eyes, void of labels. May our hearts break for what breaks His.

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” – Winston Churchill

Let’s Talk About Equal Pay, Purple Penguins.

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“Every single Republican voted against equal pay for women. Every. Single. One.”

Did you hear that, Purple Penguins? Every single Republican. Every. Single. One. They all hate women. They sit around plotting your demise, wondering how they can get you back in the kitchen where you belong. They sit there in their La-Z-Boy recliners, planning to send you back to the 1950’s where June Cleaver vacuumed in heals, and Lucy the ditzy housewife was always getting in trouble with Ricky. They want you barefoot and pregnant, not making the same wages as your male counterparts. They want you to be a woman who has nary a hair out of place while working on a perfect meatloaf in your hot kitchen, glistening with perspiration while they sit in their ivory towers with a firm grasp on your ovaries. Ward – relaxing with paper in hand – need only snap his fingers to bring June to his side, that’s the way they want it to be, ladies Purple Penguins. Without equal pay rights, we women will be back to the days of maki…..

Wait…wasn’t the Equal Pay Act signed in 1963?

Yes. Yes it was. So what is this “equal pay” stuff you keep seeing? It’s about the Paycheck Fairness Act, soon to be followed by the ‘If You Have Lady Parts, We’ll Fool You Act,’ and the ‘Let’s Get Those Boobs To Vote For Us Act.’ Why do you keep seeing propaganda that talks about equal pay for women? Well, it’s simple: They think you’re dumb. Not just run of the mill ‘Oops I put the colors in with the whites’ dumb, but more like ‘Hey, do these paint chips taste funny to you?’ dumb.

But don’t be angry at the left, it’s a special kind of love they have for you. Kind of like the love that Ted Bundy had for his victims, or the love that Hugh Hefner has for his bunnies. You serve a purpose; you’re an item, a voter, and an easily manipulated piece of flesh. They say “jump,” and you ask them how high, then when they are through with you, you’ll be lucky to walk away with any dignity whatsoever. Or in the case of Monica Lewinski, a book deal. This is how the left treats women on a daily basis, you’re good enough to garner votes, but if you step out of line you’re worthless. You’re a fun time, but say the wrong thing and you might just find yourself suffocating in a channel off of Chappaquiddick Island. This is why your illusionary 23 cent wage gap is important to them, but they’ll call men who support genital mutilation “moderate,” and “peaceful.” Betty makes less than Bob because she has less experience and they go all, “CALL UP THE TROOPS!”… Little girl is mutilated and then made into a child bride with the cries of “Coexist” from liberals in the background.

Example: Blake Lively recently published a piece complementing the Southern Bell ideals on her website Preserve. Left leaning Vox did not appreciate her article, and said the following:

“This week, Blake Lively, a popular human with great hair who supposedly stars in movies sometimes, made the most interesting move of her career: she accidentally published pro-slavery propaganda.”

But give other actresses who are simply popular humans with great hair a microphone at the DNC, and suddenly they become the most brilliant individuals in the world, and if you don’t listen to them you’re a slave to the Republicans. Put Lena Dunham in a onesie and have her dance to a song by a man who makes his living singing misogynistic trash, but she’s pro-choice, so clearly she’s beyond criticism. Put Beyonce in a thong and make her an item, but if she stands up for liberal principles she’s suddenly the picture of Feminism. I’m sure that all of the basement dwellers staring at her photos on their computers right now are thinking, “Man, I bet it’s not all body, I bet she’s super smart too.”

Hahahah…hah…hahahahah….Ok, back to the post.

Liberals are so vehemently against individuality that it seeps through their pores, and the women who fall for their rhetoric and share the ignorance with a sense of accomplishment are similar to kids who decided to show their Mom how they learned to paint on the walls with their split pea soup. It’s gross, it’s messy, it’s going to smell for a while, the adults are stuck cleaning it up, and you just can’t wait for them to grow out of that stage.

So what is the bastion of feminism known as equal pay? Well, other than being a glorious talking point for Emma Watson and Kristin Bell (ivory tower theatrics), it’s the “easy job.” When I’m cleaning my house and my nephew wants to help I enthusiastically say, “Well, Bud, you know how you can really help me out? Grab the Swiffer and take it all over the house a bunch of times.” Why? Because he can walk around for hours with that Swiffer, collecting stagnant little dust bunnies and not hurting anything. It’s just a way for me to keep him occupied for hours on end, and make him think he is doing something incredibly useful. Equal pay and reproductive rights are the Swiffers of the Democrat party, they’re the easy job that they can talk unassuming females into carrying around, and in the process they help them collect votes from unassuming dust bunnies women. They might as well pat them on the head upon completion and say, “Good puppy, now you may add “Feminist” to your Facebook bio.” Sure, some liberal women go rouge and run into restaurants yelling about their chicken named Snow, or send vagina cookies with their middle school child, but all in all, the majority tend to stay on the reservation preaching the script.

I remember watching a movie once where all of the men were in the cigar room discussing business, and when a woman entered the room she was basically told not to worry her pretty little head about business affairs. This is pretty much the same thing. Let’s see these “strong” women talk about the labor force participation rate.

Sandra, Why is the LFP at a 36 year low?

Beyonce, What’s the difference between the U-3 & U-6 unemployment rates?

Gwyneth, Where was President Obama’s glorious face on the night of the Benghazi attack?

Lena, How many families lost their insurance, and now can’t afford insurance because of the ACA?

“Don’t worry you’re pretty little heads about such issues, remember, you have ovaries and wages to protect.” – Democrats

See, those questions are above their pay grade. Those questions represent cleaning the fridge, rearranging the living room, scrubbing the floors, etc. that’s the real work. No, no…Women get to carry around the Swiffer of equal pay and reproductive rights, and get dressed up in vagina costumes with tampon earrings; they get to be the show that keeps people from looking behind the stage. They get to march for the right to kill their children, and throw urine at those who respect life. They get to have grotesque sex scenes in their TV shows, portray themselves as objects, and then beg for birth control from their leaders. That’s what women get to do.

But, back to the point, let’s talk about the Paycheck Fairness Act. A) Paying women less than men for the exact same job – when they have the exact same credentials – has been illegal for a while (shhhhh… don’t tell those ladies in the vagina costumes), and B) the data that they used to give the bill any meaning whatsoever was so contorted that we could accurately compare it to the face I make when I listen to Hillary Clinton talk.

Here’s the deal, folks…Men and Women make different career choices. That’s right, after those Purple Penguins grow up, they find that they have different ambitions. Males and females tend to migrate towards different areas of expertise. The data used for the Paycheck Fairness Act does not take that issue into account. SO, while men may choose to become brain surgeons more often than women, and women may choose to become pediatric surgeons more often than men, they get lumped into the same category. Now, clearly a brain surgeon would be paid more due to the higher level of skill set necessary when dealing with the brain. So it isn’t about their genitals, it’s about their career choices, folks. Woman are also more likely to take breaks during their career – by choice – to take care of their budding family.  Men also fill the majority of overtime paying blue collar jobs, while women tend to lean towards salaried white color jobs.

If you support a woman’s right to choose, then you should support the Republicans on this issue. The wage gap is due to the individual choices made by women. If a woman wants a more flexible lifestyle, she may choose to work less hours (which is more often in women than in men), she would logically be asked to take a pay decrease if she’s, you know, working less. This Act would open up doors for endless litigation if employers work with women on their flexibility and pay, so much so that employers will tighten the reins on negotiations with women. This doesn’t HELP women, it takes away their choices.

Does everyone remember the Lilly Ledbetter info that Democrats were circulating during the 2012 election? You know, the Republicans were against that too, because they hate women or something. Whatever happened to that, you ask? And what exactly was it? I’ll tell you:

Not getting paid as much as men who are equally qualified is called discrimination. The Lilly Ledbetter act was put in place in 2009 by Barack Obama and his handsome face…Once again, discrimination was still illegal before 2009. So, why did Lilly need her own act, you ask? See, Lilly had been approached by her manager with a proposition; she would receive her raise if she didn’t reject his sexual advances. Lilly wasn’t fond of his addition to her job requirements, as most of us wouldn’t be. Unfortunately for perverted coworkers, the vast majority of women do not sit around and think, “boy, I sure wish that 50 year-old suit wasn’t married.

Understand, Bill Clinton? John Edwards? Eliot Spitzer? I digress.

So, she refused, and she didn’t receive the pay raise. Every paycheck from that point on is considered a new case of discrimination. Once again, anti-discrimination laws were already in place, the Lilly Ledbetter Act wanted to change the statute of limitations. In the original anti-discrimination laws, the statute of limitations started counting down from the DAY of the discrimination. Well, Lilly didn’t report her story until later in her career, probably out of fear, but the statute of limitations clock started ticking the day her boss made a really, really, really gross proposition. The Lilly Ledbetter Act statute of limitations starts counting down on the day of your most recent paycheck (because each paycheck is considered a new act of discrimination). So, say you have a boss that gives you a similar Nicholas Sparks worthy offer and you turn him down, and then a year later he leaves. You have 2 new bosses between then and the time you report the utterly romantic proposal, both bosses give you raises without such vomit inducing terms, but even with those raises you still aren’t seeing the first raise due to your refusal of the first proposal. And so, every check is considered a new act of discrimination.

Why did republicans oppose this? Because they hate women? No. They didn’t feel that if an employee had been discriminated against in 2001 under a manager that left in 2002, the new management that took over in 2002 should not have to pay for the (unknown to them) discriminatory acts of the previous manager once the employee retires in 2016. Logical right? Because that would be like being abused by your father, and then making your step-father serve the prison sentence.

Fun Fact: If you double the turnout at the Sak’n Save Sandra Fluke “rally” of 2012, you will have roughly the amount of people that have used the Lilly Ledbetter Act. And that’s not much…

No matter where you stand on these issues, it is important to know the truth. This Lilly Ledbetter Act wasn’t a big deal for women’s rights by ANY stretch of the imagination, and the Paycheck Fairness Act could actually do more harm to women than good. The democrats like giving liberals an “act” that they can tout, because it makes them sound like they stand for something grand and glorious (even if the majority of women don’t even know what it is). But standing for something grand and glorious would be more like marching alongside minorities for civil rights when it wasn’t considered “cool.” Kind of like how the republicans marched for civil rights. Kind of like how George Romney marched for civil rights.

So, wouldn’t it be fair for human beings – male, female, and the purple penguins too – to be compensated for experience, quality of work, difficulty of job, and not what’s found between their legs? Well, that’s already the way it is. With our labor force participation rate continuing to reach new lows, the last thing we need is more bureaucratic tape for employers to muddle through. I’m not saying that there aren’t instances of discrimination, but this type of rhetoric and creating more issues for good employers (the vast majority) and women in the workforce, is not the way to solve those issues.

So, in closing, I’d just like to remind you that whenever I see someone post the ridiculous “Every single Republican voted against equal pay for women. Every. Single. One.” picture, I look at your post like an adult looks at a child after they catch them painting on the walls with their food. It’s a fairly balanced mixture of annoyance and pity.

Thanks for reading!

Mb

P.S. If you don’t get the “purple penguin” reference, you need to read the news more often.

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LOOK!! SHINY THING!!!!!

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Scandals happen. From the illegitimate son of Grover Cleveland to The Whiskey Ring and Credit Mobilier scandals during the Ulysses S. Grant Presidency, or maybe the Reagan era Iran-Contra scandal, the Nixon Watergate or Monica (No additional titling needed).

All of the above scandals either had the TV exploding with breaking news or tested the speed and efficiency of printing presses across the US. Reporters loaded with more questions than they’d ever have the opportunity to ask, grasping at any open door presented to them to break the next big story; motivated by the possibility of a career rocketing moment.

You could argue that all Presidential scandals have been politicized, they’ve been used – maybe even flaunted – by the opposition; whether you carried a torch for the targeted prosecutor Archibald Cox, or laughed at the sheer hypocrisy of feminists accusing the right of a war on women while sharing a stage with President womanizer himself, we’ve all found ourselves choosing sides and pointing fingers to the other side of the aisle.

But what makes the Obama scandals different? Well, let’s go over a few prior scandals:

Glover Cleveland: A child without a Father, socially unacceptable…especially when the Father is leading the country.

Ulysses S. Grant: His cabinet was a mess. He was disgraced with the scandals, yet defended those close to him. Partiality was no stranger during his presidency.

Watergate: Bribery, wiretapping, perjury, OH MY!

Bill Clinton: Oh giggles. Though aiding in the crash of the housing market should have been bigger news, President Clinton claimed the headlines with his tumultuous relationships instead.

Reagan Presidency – Iran-Contra was a bit more detailed as there were hostages that the Reagan administration was concerned with saving. Wrong or right in their actions, I still wanted to list it so as not to seem “partial” to conservatives. I’ll also take advantage of the opportunity to show you what Reagan said concerning the scandal:

“First, let me say I take full responsibility for my own actions and for those of my administration. As angry as I may be about activities undertaken without my knowledge, I am still accountable for those activities. As disappointed as I may be in some who served me, I’m still the one who must answer to the American people for this behavior….A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not. As the Tower board reported, what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages. This runs counter to my own beliefs, to administration policy, and to the original strategy we had in mind.”

We never really found out what exact roles Reagan played in the scandal; however, he still took on full responsibility for what happened within his administration.

The Obama scandals contain something that sets them apart from the rest. Far apart. Like miles apart. Oceans apart.

BODY COUNT

Fast & Furious: Although leftist enjoy tossing Operation Wide Receiver in our face whenever this is mentioned, I enjoy the fact that the tossing of this Bush gun running tactic is like a sweet pitch right over the plate. You see, during OWR the Mexican government was aware of the gun running, the guns were tracked, and once our government realized that the tracking devices were being removed the operation ended. Bringing up OWR actually helps in conveying the blatant disregard involved in Fast & Furious; A gun running scandal involving untracked guns and no knowledge of activities from the Mexican government. Fast and furious resulted in over 300 filled graves with individuals killed by our guns; left like calling cards to mock our stupidity and recklessness, US weapons show up at Mexican Cartel crime scenes.

Benghazi: If you don’t already know the details, you should. Unlike previous scandals, this scandal puts an entirely new level of meaning to the word ‘Scandal’. Specific orders given that guaranteed help was not sent to our brave men in Benghazi. For over 7 hours our government stood by while our Ambassador was raped and murdered, giving a “Stand down” order to anyone within the range of aiding the brave Americans under attack. No one has shouldered the blame, and we now know that those orders were given by the top of the food chain, not the low level employees who have been camped out under the bus during all of these scandals. Then to add yet ANOTHER twist to the scandal, a YouTuber is currently sitting in prison, and the Obama administration knowingly lied and deceived the people of this nation. The media ignores the truth about Benghazi so adamantly that most US citizens aren’t even aware of the victims that gave their life. The details of this case are so vast that they warrant their own post…book…impeachment.

IRS scandal: Targeting, auditing, profiling, OH MY!

AP scandal: The media finally awakens to the underhandedness of the Obama Administration.

Hundreds of graves? No.

Leaving Ambassadors to die? No.

IRS targeting conservatives? No.

Getting their phone records? Alright NOW you’ve crossed a serious line!

With shovels in hand the Obama administration is ready to bury any shred of evidence that points to them. But it seems as of late that in their quest to seek eternal innocence they’ve become rather sloppy in their crime scene clean-up. Like the robber that has to destroy the fan adorned with their fingerprints that they had to use to dry the newly applied paint on the walls that were scratched while removing the carpet that contained blood from their hand after they cut it cleaning up a vase that broke while they were trying to steal the stapler. Regardless of the actual crimes – despicable as they may be – any sane person would walk into the room and say “what the heck happened here!?!?”.

Now if only the media had been more like journalists and less like coconspirators back when Benghazi and Fast and Furious happened, we may not have the AP & IRS scandals going down right now. While they scrape the bottom of the dignity barrel for any shred of credibility they have left, those of us who saw the bloody writing on the wall in the first place are left clutching our pearls in shock over their new found interest.

While I’m hoping that the minor break in media malpractice continues until members of the Obama administration are held accountable, I won’t hold my breath. To be honest, I look at this sudden change and hope it is exactly what the media claims. I’ve viewed a few blogs from individuals who believe that the sudden outing of the last two scandals are very convenient for an administration that would rather deal with those scandals than face the facts being revealed about Benghazi.

I saw many posts from Republicans congratulating the President on taking “action” with the IRS debacle. As much as I’d love to give kudos, it’s hard for me to toss out accolades for someone who is a professional at throwing low level employees under the bus. I’ve also witnessed a lot of information that seems to suggest that Obama was more informed about the IRS targeting well before this. If that’s the case, it would bode well for him to throw his targeted blame takers under the bus and be over with this issue…Hmmmmm…Maybe there is a reason for his speedy action?

From another angle, you could say that taking care of such an issue in proper time would also paint him as a President who handles issues, which happens to be the exact opposite of what we are accusing him of doing in the first place. More motive? Let’s not forget that Obama puppet master George Soros gave millions to some of the groups that put pressure on the IRS to target Conservative Nonprofits.

My reasons are purely hypothetical and hopefully not true; however, I know how this administration works. They calmly bury the screaming boxes of evidence while releasing exactly what they want you to see. So, I’d caution those who are boarding the Thank Goodness The Media Is Finally Doing The Right Thing plane headed to Obamafinallydidsomethingrightville. Because I’ve heard of those flights, and the stewardesses are always serving kool-aid.

I would encourage everyone to read this —–> http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/15/beck-ties-together-benghazi-irs-ap-scandals-fundamental-transformation/

Cough…Sneeze…Boycott…

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On Friday I stumbled out of bed in what can only be described as an impeccable audition for a movie based on the coming Zombie apocalypse, due to the shards of glass I felt as though I was swallowing, I was grasping at my throat and speaking with the rasp of Marlon Brando; clearly I have a multitude of acting options. Zombie Godfather anyone? AmIRight?

After a couple days of sleep, cold pills, garlic tea, apple cider vinegar, honey and fish oil, I’m finally feeling like I’ve crossed over from “I’m going to die” to “watch it, I’m still not feeling great and the snark is strong.”

So what does one do at 2am while they’re choking down garlic tea? Or at 3am when steaming their face with a hot towel wrapped around their neck? Or at 1am while sitting on the couch dazed and confused and not even sure how I got there? Well, I decided to read Twitter and Facebook. I was able to catch up on all of the bitter – media hating – feelings circulating throughout the US…

I didn’t even know that parts of the US were still awake at that time…unless they were like me, choking down garlic water and fish oil…like a boss.

So, I started thinking about a conversation that took place on Twitter Thursday between Tweeters that have significant followers and more pull in the Conservative movement then I do. They were discussing the idea of taking down NBC, I concurred with them; NBC is the weakest link in the industry and thusly, the easiest kill.

I know, I’m even creeping myself out.

Basically their point is that by taking out NBC you send a message to the rest of the stations that we have reached the end of our rope with the media bias that blatantly ignored the mountains of evidence standing between the Benghazi victims and the truth, or the fact that the IRS is targeting innocent Americans simply because of their political stance. But you see – as those brilliant tweeters noted – we can’t possibly believe that ignoring NBC News would do any good. No, their bread and butter is in the entertainment television that airs during primetime. They also brilliantly pointed out that avoiding all channels, while noble, is a bit of a bigger bite than anyone is willing to take. Reach for the obtainable goals.

Point being, aren’t we tired of complaining yet? If we are adamantly against their truth censorship, why are we boosting their ratings? For entertainment purposes? So let me get this straight, when it comes to Benghazi we are revolted by their silence, yet we’ll watch our favorite show on their channel while we tweet about the evil media bias.  

Example: Pass the popcorn and tub of ice cream, I’m going to rant about NBC on Twitter while I watch The Voice.

Mull it over. *Jeopardy Music*

In addition to the blatantly obvious option we clearly aren’t capitalizing on with the news channels, why are we watching shows with false equality preaching  frequenters of Rodeo Drive? They preach on equality, yet attack us daily on Twitter and Facebook, mock us in movies, manipulate masses into hating us, and what do we do??? Being like the chronically enabling wife of a drug addict, we help them of course!

Example: We are like victims of the Soviet Union scattering outside intelligence for the dictators.

Somehow liberal entertainers have come to believe that they are the Lionhearts of world peace and unity, the Musashi of equality. Just for fun I thought about giving their tactics a run by punching someone in the gut and saying “bullying is bad!”…But then I realized that unless I am wearing something from the newest collection by Dolce & Gabbana and surrounded with bodyguards, my newly acquired ideals of helping the world finally realize the anti-violent truth would be futile.

This week I was reminded of a meeting that took place in the summer of 2012, a breakfast involving the leader of the free world and multiple A-list celebrities. Ok…so mostly b-list.  Clearly lacking the credentials for involvement in the green energy discussions (unless you count emission ranting about airplanes…WHILE ON AN AIRPLANE), we must ask a simple question: why exactly were these red carpet gods there? Clearly the stars themselves exuding the sheer confidence in the fact that they’re advocates for all that is good and right made them qualified by status alone; however, the President on the other hand knows why such involvement was necessary, and it didn’t involve the brilliant brains situated behind the flawless faces.

See…Now you understand why I get my full 8 hours of sleep every night. Because in the shadows of the night, in the natural expectorants that cause the coughing up of lungs, in the putrid stench of garlic tea – the boycotter awakens in me.

So, like the great Twitterers (sp?) suggested, I’m beginning with NBC. It’s basically a 12 step program…I might even suggest some anniversary chips for those of us who make it past seasons of The Voice without watching. I’m also giving up a lot of movies, making a choice not to go see some of the new movies in theaters, etc.  If the entertainment industry wants to become the US version of the Goskino, I don’t want to have anything to do with their rise to power…ok, more power. I’m starting to see the entertainment industry as not just being “biased” at this point, but as painting Socialism as the paragon of fairness while silencing any truth.

I went down the list of NBC shows, and to be honest I had a few on there that are in the series recording list on my DVR. For a brief moment I thought about ONLY watching those shows, slapping myself across the congested head for such an ignorant idea did indeed happen. It was 2am, people! I then remember 5 words that I will repeat whenever I think about supporting the targeted network after its most brutal display of leftist safety netting yet… “What difference does it make?”… Then it hit me, those boxes coming home from Benghazi containing the remains of Americans could have been filled with the remains of my family members. In the poignant words of Mr. Nordstrom: It matters.

It didn’t matter who was in those boxes to Hillary and Obama, standing over the caskets they spewed vitriolic lies and knowingly misled this country. The networks in question continuing to insult the intelligence of Americans with empty claims and false comparisons, propaganda that would give the Soviet Union a run for its money. Treating journalists with integrity as outcasts and spinning their own stories so as to take blame away from the people responsible.

Even now after some reporting has been done they are still managing to cover for our President. In the world that every other President lived in -Democrat or Republican – this would be a Presidential term ending occurrence. Yet somehow they have managed to place some blame on Clinton, some on the lower men on the totem pole, some on a few higher ups, the majority on republicans, a bowl full on Jay Carney, and nothing on the President of the United States…you know…their boss.

So what do I want out of this? Do I think the networks are going to shut down because of 1 person boycotting, or 100 people boycotting? No. But if we join the cause and encourage others to put aside their personal entertainment addictions for the sake of the Benghazi victims, Gosnell victims, etc. maybe we can make an impact. Maybe we can dent the ratings. Maybe we can send a message that those men deserve proper news coverage, those children and women deserve proper news coverage.

So, will you join me? Will you be a voice for those who are no longer with us? Will you fight the media bias you claim to hate?

So grab a book, take a walk, or watch other channels…Even if you never see them fall to their knees apologizing for their mistakes, you have the knowledge that you stood for something on behalf of the Benghazi victims. You’ve proven that in some little way that to you…

 “it matters”.

Deafening Silence

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“‘Mr Wilberforce, we understand you are having problems deciding whether to do the work of God or the work of a political activist,’ says Clarkson.

‘We humbly suggest you can do both,’ adds Hannah More.”

The unique and true story of William Wilberforce is profound, his political career started when we was young, but yet we could argue that he became even more political after becoming an evangelical Christian. His political opinions – though grounded before his conversion – were now backed with a certain passion, a passion demanding that he stand for those who were voiceless.

In a time when many people were content to sip their tea – tea sweetened by slave grown sugar – without recognizing the atrocities that afforded them their comforts, he was not. Without a doubt, Wilberforce knew that any comforts or financial gain obtained at the expense of the life or freedom of another human being was atrocious and unacceptable. The obvious evil he waged a war against was widely ignored by “God fearing individuals” who turned a blind eye and ignored brutality because their tea was sweetened, and their tobacco abundant. Over 75% of the foreign income in Britain came from slave grown products, Wilberforce was determined to show that no matter the cost, enslaving and killing millions of innocent people was not acceptable for ANY comfort.

It’s amazing to me how far we have fallen morally, in the current world we live in, the conscience mind is now considered a plague needing healing. The naïve mind is now the acceptable: Embrace the beliefs of the morally corrupt and you too can join the army of common thought, you may now focus on your comforts without guilt of where they were birthed. Recognizing the corruption is considered a flaw. Recognizing evil is what it has always been, an invitation for persecution.

We as Christians sit back in our pews mumbling prayers to a God that we prove we don’t even begin to understand through our actions. We run from all things political in the name of Faith, not realizing that in our retreat we have led the enemy to victory and the bloody trail of disregard is ours to own. When did truth become taboo? At what point did honesty become “unchristian”?

SIDE NOTE: 24 of the men that signed the Declaration of Independence attended seminary, or held a degree in biblical teachings.

Who exactly owns the blame for the darkness? Is it darkness itself, or is it the individual who refuses to turn on the light? If the darkness is guaranteed do we then refuse to turn on the light in the name of “knowing the outcome”?

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” – Winston Churchhill

I hear people say daily that we should be “REACHING THE LOST! NOT FIGHTING THE GOVERNMENT!”…And yes, it’s usually in that screaming – highly effective – typing tone. But what if these two objectives went hand in hand? What if by being involved in politics you shine more light into a dim world by illuminating the truth little by little? But what if it’s more than that, what if standing up for what is right is a biblical principle?

The truth is that by being informed and being able to educate others concerning the real issues plaguing our nation, you are able to illuminate not only our need for basic human compassion and care, but a need for individuals to find God. Every political action that we take effects someone’s livelihood. Every time we vote blindly we are putting someone into power that can change the life of another human being, or ourselves.

The truth: Our government is financially supporting countries that torture/murder women. Countries that brutalize little girls. Blind voting in this last election gave us a President that not only believes in financially supporting these tyrannical governments, but helps to put them into power.

It isn’t about the tax money coming out of YOUR paycheck to pay for the support of these brutal acts of carnage, it’s about the fact that as Christians we should be standing against those that support such evil acts. But in ignorance we help them, and in ignorance we do so all in the name of a deeper – not of this world – relationship with Christ. We use Him as a blinder…Not as armor…as a blinder.

The truth: Our country slaughters over 3000 children daily in the womb.

I once read a true story about a girl that went undercover as a teen, she was with a pro-life group that wanted to experience the response girls receive when in the situations we tend to judge without experience. She was playing a girl that had just learned that she was pregnant. She went to every church in her city and told them of her predicament, that her parents would not let her come back home unless she went through with an abortion. After visiting the multitude of churches she walked away with well wishes for choosing life, the promise of future prayers, and the deafening silence of being alone. If she was the character she was playing, sleeping hungry in her car or having the abortion would have been her only 2 options.

The girls who are actually in that predicament need people that are the answer to prayers…You can’t open your house up to EVERY girl in that situation, so how do you help? How about the Pregnancy Care Resource Centers that are non-profit and don’t receive the financial help from the government like Planned Parenthood does? Many PCR centers have lists of people, or even Hannah Houses that are willing to help. But instead our silence on this political issue has continued the growth of Planned Parenthood, and they will gladly give those girls an abortion without regard to their mental health. Planned Parenthood and feminist owned the “war on women” narrative during the last election, not enough people stood up and called them out on the blatant lies they were telling, in turn, they also owned the female vote. They have helped to hide the crimes of sexual abusers, and they are a money making machine that victimizes not only the innocent lives taken within their facilities, but the Mothers and Fathers who are manipulated into thinking that their choice to terminate a life will not live with them forever.

The truth: The economically uneducated populous has led to the increase of poverty, and a loss of hope. It has created an atmosphere that historically encourages the growth of pain and suffering.

The progressives preach on the rhetoric of a utopian society, a society that offers equality, fairness and common good. Slavery, poverty, elitism, famines, genocides and holocausts have ALL been born out of this rhetoric. The “collective” ideology KILLS innocent people, and enslaves the rest. The class and race warfare infiltrating our nation does nothing but cause division among people, throughout history this rhetoric has done more damage to human compassion and respect for life than any other. There is NO good turnout from this ideology. It has never worked. Period. You don’t think your God belongs in this debate? REALLY?

The truth: The role of a woman has been distorted, leading to the loss of the family unit, the objectification of young girls, and the furthering of immorality. They have demanded equality with men, and we have disregarded it’s dangers. Young girls now find approval and worth in being the objects of men. Lena Dunham is the star of the HBO show Girls. In this show, college aged women practice casual sex, live irresponsibility, make poor choices and treat themselves as nothing more than objects. But these actresses and feminists starring in this show are glamorized and awarded as being role models for young women everywhere. We then dare question why women have such a low view of themselves and human worth that they make themselves that same object, then take pride in their ability to erase their “mistakes” by snuffing out an innocent life.

The truth: Fathers have abandoned their post because human worth has been trivialized. Somewhere within the feminist movement – the new feminist movement – Fathering itself has been trivialized. Children grow up to be violent, irresponsible and reckless because on the path to a fathers personal “wants” he has shown that the value of his offspring is lower in worth than his freedom to enjoy life. So we create more individuals who grow up more concerned about their own outcome than that of a fellow human being. Individuals who would vote for “free healthcare” even if it meant Grandma could be denied treatment for cancer because she isn’t a productive member of society once she reaches a certain age.

The truth: While you sit at your dinner party discussing how you shouldn’t be involved in politics, maybe someone in the Middle East is being executed for believing in the same God you do. Maybe a woman has been raped and therefore is “guilty”, now punishable by being stoned to death. Maybe a daughter is turning from the faith of her family and accepting Christ, but unlike your faith, this beautiful act of acceptance is a death sentence, probably a sentence carried out by her Father as an honor killing. Maybe a Christian store owner in Egypt is being crucified for his beliefs. The passive nature in politics, the refusal to learn or talk about the issues is what has led to our government financially supporting the governments that label those above acts as justice. And we as Christians use Christ as a crutch to shrug these horrid acts off as promised persecution and “nothing that you yourself can change”.

Instead of realizing that we belong in these issues, we stand in a dark room refusing to turn on the light.

I’ve said before that I know the outcome of this world, I know what happens. My God triumphs. My God wins. There is no budging in these facts. I am not perfect, and I could most definitely do more. But we learn religiously from the bible that eternal life is not just about living forever…It’s about the intimacy we are given with Christ. Knowing the outcome should not change what we morally support. Otherwise, what exactly is the point of the bible. Why not a one page document that simply says “Don’t worry, I win, just believe in me and sit tight until I come back”…

But it doesn’t just say that, does it?

In 1st Timothy 6:12 we are told to “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses”

Paul reiterates that “eternal life” is intimacy with Christ. The word “fight” was used in place of the Greek word “agonizomai”, which means to agonize, or to be in agony. To endeavor, contend with adversity…to accomplish. When translating the bible they used words like “fight”, “agonize”, “strive”, etc. depending on the context of the verse. We will never be without guilt or sin, it isn’t possible…But striving to be morally upright is commanded of us.

Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

1 John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Romans 15:1 “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

Wilberforce was blessed with the burdens of those who so desperately needed a voice. Christians are called to love and stand for those who are voiceless. Somehow we’ve fallen into this line of thinking that if we slap a bumper sticker on our car that reads “pro-life”, suddenly we become advocates for life. We find it just and right to paint “murderer” on a picket sign, but we fail to voice the truth about political beliefs that if put in practice would have afforded that – coldly labeled – “murderer” another option.

“He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.” – Benjamin Franklin

Being of both political and spiritual mind is not “serving two masters”. Through politics we are able to educate others on the inhumanity surrounding us, how our silence has let evil expand and how we can CHANGE it…Not just shove a bumper sticker on our vehicle and head off to our bible study.

When we stay content to simply “show up and vote”, we are the same as the Christian that is content to ONLY “pray” instead of both praying AND being the hands and feet. Missionaries around the world sacrifice their lives, their time, and their safety…They are true heroes. What happens in many of those countries can be changed by the politics of your country. We have a history of helping to overthrow tyrannical governments, but in the last 5 years we have helped dictators and tyranny to spread across many countries. WE, the USA have helped them harm others.

During operation Fast and Furious the US provided guns to Mexican Cartel members, those guns have been linked to hundreds of deaths. Mothers, Fathers, children, sisters, brothers…. We then voted to keep the individuals responsible for those deaths in Washington. What is your guess on the percentage of voters that knew the truth about that? What is your guess on the percentage of voters that knew about Benghazi and how our government watched as 4 men begged for help? Was it not your place to stand up for those innocent people?

The idea that because we carry a bible means that we can’t stand up for what is right, or be a voice for the innocent is astounding to me. We are on the brink of our country being destroyed, poverty being the norm, and lives being lost. If there was EVER a time for your voice to be heard, it is now.

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” – Billy Graham

The bible is filled with active/forceful verbs that describe what our life in Christ should entail. Flee, love, pursue, fight, agonize, take hold, etc…We are called to action. Obeying God with courage and doing what we know is right. Fighting through the deceitfulness and pain of this world…Being a voice for the voiceless. Persecution is promised! Ask yourself, when was the last time you were persecuted for your beliefs? When was the last time you gave evil a reason to want you persecuted?

Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace.” - J.C. Ryle

Pass The Pop-Corn

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Obamacare to be decimated!

Businesses thriving in employment friendly economic environment!

Gas prices going down!

Sorry, It took a while for me to wake up from my daydream of a post Romney victory 2013. Now I’m wide awake and ready to read all of the headlines that are surely giving the 4 victims of Benghazi Petraeus and his mistress their much deserved attention.

I like a good storyline, and this is clearly going to end up being on the big screen someday. It has everything needed for a real nail biter. Suspense, love, violence, tawdry affairs, jealous mistresses…and book deals. It’s Harlequin meets Tom Clancy. Jack Bauer meets Gossip Girl. Jason Bourne meets Desperate Housewives.

The interesting part to all of this is that the media and the Obama administration are running on the hopes that the American people are more drama thirsty than they are justice hungry. Maybe the 51% are. But for the rest of us this storyline is interesting, relevant, but STILL not taking our attention away from Benghazi.

Nice try, El Presidente! That was a noble effort you put forth to help the American people relieve themselves of the stresses accompanied by the Benghazi news, Mr. President.

As I sit here sipping water and eating Apple Cinnamon rice snacks (Apple flavored cardboard…with air) I can’t help but think of Hillary Clinton and her wine tasting adventures in Australia. Her wine tasting doesn’t bother me, it’s the fact that she is trying to get out of testifying about Benghazi. So while the bodies of Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty are 6 feet under, she continues to delay the truth to their family in exchange for wine tasting.

This doesn’t sit well with me. It shouldn’t sit well with you.

As for the indecency of Petraeus and his scandalous history, I’m with you…It’s wrong. As for the Democrats newly found moral code, I’m not so convinced. The party of Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton are revolted over the evil sins of an affair? Not likely. This was convenient.

Was the possibility of a truthful testimony from Petraeus so astonishingly intimidating that they proceeded to rip open the closet doors and drag out the skeletons of a secret known by some members of the administration for a year now? The problem with their plan of action was that while shining a light on the scandal and screaming “LOOK, SHINY THING!!!” they forgot that the scandal closet is so full that they mistakenly shined a light on a few things that we weren’t supposed to see. Unfortunately for them it didn’t include documents with descriptive bullet points on how all of this is Bush’s fault.

But it did have:

Broadwell’s collection of classified documents…

The conspicuousness of Jill Kelly and her twin sister. Who are these random people and WHY are they so involved in the Middle East?? The twin sister is a former “companion” of Charlie Crist?

How about the 911 call from Jill asking for diplomatic protection?

Plus MANY MANY developing updates…

In the immortal words of Gomer Pyle: “Surprise, surprise, surprise”

This is the point in the story where Obama thinks to himself “So THIS is why Stalin executed Generals instead of just smearing their reputation!” Though the reputation is clearly capable of smearing itself, we can be sure that the Obama administration gave it the “Forward” shove it needed.

The trust of Petraeus has been demonized now and forever more. Anything he should say is now seen as questionable and easily deniable. Well, at least that is the thought process of Obama and crew. Now not only is Petraeus a target for doubt, he is also in the position to absorb the brutal uppercut of blame that the angry Benghazi truthers are demanding be given.

Not. Going. To. Work.

We know that the chain of command was used in Benghazi, and while Petraeus has his own sword to fall on, We The People have enough “swords” to go around, and we stubbornly plan on holding ALL parties accountable. Including our Propagandist in Chief. And although Hillary is doing her country and the elitist 1% an upstanding service by tasting wines for future 1% fundraisers, she isn’t off the hook either.

As for all of the other interesting details making their way to the surface during this whole debacle, we welcome the info. Obama has given us so many issues to absorb at one time over the past year that we are more than willing to multitask.

As Beck reduced the Obama Admin to Al Capone and gang, I’ll double down. This administration is full of crooks, murderers, traitors, and thieves. If we as Conservatives don’t put our foot down and DEMAND that justice be served to Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, no one will. So from the bottom of my heart I ask you to grab a bowl of pop-corn and enjoy the show, but remember that this is war and we are fighting for the TRUTH! Don’t relent.

As Petraeus is the kingpin of this scandaliciousness, Obama is the “kingpin” of this country. With the amount of intelligence communications that went on during the 7 hours of Benghazi bloodshed, I believe Obama had to have known. I will go so far as to say that I believe Obama himself was nose deep in the Benghazi scandal. BUT, if they refuse to let dear leader fall on the sword at ANY cost, we STILL refuse to let Petraeus be the only one to take the fall. And remember, eventually Al Capone was held accountable as well.

4 men are dead, and while some individuals are cold enough to say “Stuff happens, people die”, we can’t accept this disgraceful and degrading view on the value of human life. This isn’t all political, this is for the sake of 4 men who deserve to have the truth released.

So while the Obama Administration gives off the feeling that they are as calm about the Benghazi debacle as Al Capone and his entourage were with cannolis and late night pizzeria meetings, we aren’t taking the bait. Thank you for the entertainment and the additional useful information, but you’re still the owner of our interests, Mr. President.

As for Carney. Every time that he names ANOTHER headline making scandal that Obama ISN’T aware of, it is just another thing that Obama doesn’t know about, but should. It insults the intelligence of those of us that follow the stories and know better. And for those that believe him, eventually they are going to start wondering if Obama’s domestic and foreign policy knowledge only consists of scoping out golf courses both in the states, and abroad…And that the only “reports” that get attention when they cross his desk are the reports of his approval numbers.

The way that we can hold our ground is by keeping their stories and their memories alive. Their voices were silenced. Ours were not. Let’s use them! Pray that the truth comes out, and that justice is served. Pray for the families who continue to suffer, for the Fatherless newborn, and for the parents, siblings and children who visit the graves of these men who for all we know could have been saved.

– MB

On a side note: Petraeus is now eagerly willing to testify. But let’s be honest…Obama didn’t let up on whatever he has over Petraeus head, whether it be information or violence, JUST in time for him to testify. Historical lesson: If Petraeus makes it to testify in one piece, he’s NOT going to sing like a bird. It’s that whole “History and it’s repetitive nature” thing.