As I have said multiple times in the past, I believe President Donald Trump will be re-elected this November for a variety of reasons (though with the warning that people should not be complacent here and go out to vote, while also reminding people that a lot can happen between now and the 2020 election). From the booming economy to the weak Democrat field, there is good reason to believe Trump will be re-elected. And according to a Gallup poll, Democrats will have to combat people being generally happier with the state of this country today than by the time Barack Obama left office.
Gallup recently released a survey in which they asked people a number of questions relating to their level of satisfaction regarding any particular subject, such as the overall quality of life in America or the position of women in the nation or the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the nation.
And the numbers tell a great story for Trump and a frightening one for Democrats.
According to Gallup, the following are the issues with which Americans are broadly satisfied at the start of this new year:
ALL of these numbers, to one extent or another, should worry Democrats trying to get elected because they completely destroy any sort of argument that they can try to make.
Democrats said that Trump would make living life Hell for Americans; Americans are vastly satisfied with their overall quality of life and the ability to attain upward economic mobility through hard work. Democrats said that Trump was “weak” because he wasn’t starting any new wars against our foreign enemies (which they switched to “Trump is a warmonger” because he killed Soleimani, fully expeced that to spark WWIII, when nothing of the sort has occurred); Americans are very satisfied with the strength and preparedness of our country to protect us from foreign enemies and terrorism. Democrats said that Trump’s very election would cause the stock markets to crash and that his policies would lead to economic stagnation, if not a total collapse and recession; Americans are very satisfied with the state of the economy and “fears of recession” were only coming from partisan propaganda outlets in the fake news media. Democrats said Trump would be devastating for women; Americans are very satisfied with women’s positions today.
And perhaps one of the biggest ones: Democrats said Trump would be devastating for LGBT people in America because he’s such a “homophobe”; Americans are satisfied with the acceptance of gay people in the country. Of course, homosexuality is still a sin, but considering how often the Democrats like to accuse Trump of being a homophobe, the fact that Americans are satisfied with how gay people are treated is terrible for the Democrats.
Now, there are a slew of other issues which Americans show a great amount of dissatisfaction in. For example, “the nation’s laws or policies on guns” where 42% of people are satisfied with the way things currently are while 55% are dissatisfied with the way things currently are. However, this could mean a couple of things: either people are dissatisfied because the current gun laws/policies don’t go far enough aka they want more gun control, or people are dissatisfied because they think current gun laws/policies are too overreaching and think there should be less gun control. Conservatives and liberals both could very easily be dissatisfied with the current gun laws/policies in our nation but for two very distinct reasons and the poll does not ask a follow-up question asking if it is because they want more or less gun control.
They just ask the, at times, fairly vague question of whether or not they are satisfied with this issue and, again, there can be different reasons for a particular answer. Meanwhile, the opposite is not the case, because those who are satisfied think that the way things currently are with this level of gun control in America is satisfactory.
The same thing can be applied to the question on “The level of immigration into the country today,” where 35% are satisfied with it and 57% are dissatisfied. Leftists want more immigration to the point where it’s basically uncontrollable and conservatives want less immigration to the point where we almost have closed borders (an idea which I think people should consider, though illegal immigration levels have been declining as of late). And again, regarding the issue of “the nation’s policies regarding the abortion issue,” you find 32% satisfied with the status quo and 58% dissatisfied, with one side of the aisle being dissatisfied because they want abortion up to the point of birth and the other side being dissatisfied because killing babies in the womb is somehow legal and considered morally acceptable by people.
But regardless of that slight problem with the poll, we move on to what I believe to be the most important part of it and the worst thing for Democrats to see: the issues on which people are more satisfied today than by the time Obama left office.
Meanwhile, the overall quality of life, influence of organized religion, the nation’s energy policies, our system of government and how well it works, government regulation of businesses and industries, the size and influence of major corporations, and the moral and ethical climate have all also gone up in the last three years, though by nowhere near as much as the ones listed above, with quality of life having increased by 4 percentage points, the size and influence of major corporations increasing by 2, the moral and ethical climate increasing by 1 and the rest increasing by 3 points.
But if you would care to look back at the issues that increased by a lot over the last three years, what stands out to you? Well, to me, a lot of things stand out, such as the state of the economy, though I was not surprised by that at all. What I am specifically talking about here are two things: the state of race relations and the position of blacks and other racial minorities in the nation.
And here I thought Trump was supposed to be a horrifying racist who will put black people back in chains, segregate everything and send us back to pre-emancipation eras of racial relations. Well, that’s what the Democrats were telling everyone, at least. Perhaps the single most preferred word for the Left to throw at Trump (and his supporters) is the word “racist”. They love calling him that despite not having any real reason to do so. Hollywood, despite having known him for decades, hadn’t called Trump a racist even once until he decided to run for POTUS as a Republican. All Democrats, when they hear Trump and his supporters wanting a wall at the southern border, can’t help but react with scorn and hatred, believing that desire to be for racist reasons rather than security ones.
Trump was supposed to be the “racist-in-chief”, as many on the Left (at least on Twitter) choose to call him, and yet, racial relations are better off today than they were when THE FIRST BLACK AMERICAN PRESIDENT was in office. Race relations, by the end of Obama’s tenure, were awful. And no one was surprised by that, considering how often Obama would support black thugs or criminals when they were, unfortunately, shot and killed by police officers. Showing just about no remorse when police officers in Dallas were shot and killed by a BLM supporter also didn’t help race relations any.
But Donald Trump, the guy most often smeared as a racist by the true racists in the Democrat Party, has helped race relations over the last three years. And not by a little bit, but by a lot. A 14% increase in it is quite good. Granted, the bar was already fairly low by the time Trump entered office, but again, he was smeared as a racist and the Left assured people that he would be awful for blacks and minorities in general. And yet, the complete opposite is true, as is often the case when we are talking about Democrats predicting the future.
Democrats predict we will die in 10 years? A load of crap. Al Gore has been predicting we’d all die in 10 years for 30 years. Democrats predict the economy will collapse with a Trump presidency? The opposite wound up happening. The funny thing is that some Hollywood celebrities and Leftists are trying to tell people “we are screwed” if Trump wins AGAIN.
Just about every prediction the Left has made about anything, let alone about Donald Trump, has been utterly wrong. The economy has gotten better, the country is getting stronger, our enemies fear us again, our “allies” know they can’t take advantage of us anymore, and race relations are better today than when Obama left office. These are all things that should terrify and demoralize the Democrats, particularly if those numbers stay about the same, or even improve, by the time of the election.
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
The “woke” Left hates white people. This much is clear. The “woke” white people hate their own skin color, hate the “privilege” they supposedly have, hate the “bias” they supposedly have and have been conditioned to think they should be at the bottom of the totem pole of race because they have been taught to believe that they have always been at the top and that justice demands they be at the bottom. It is utter insanity and even those who AGREE with this sentiment, if they are white themselves and attempt their best to appease such nutjobs, will be attacked for the fact that they are white.
This is what Jeanine Cummins, the author of “American Dirt”, is currently facing. The book, according to Vox, is a fictional tale of a woman and her son “fleeing their home in Acapulco, Mexico, for the US after the rest of their family is murdered by a drug cartel. Lydia [the main character] is a bookstore owner who never thought of herself as having anything in common with the migrants she sees on the news, but after she comes up with the plan of disguising herself by posing as a migrant, she realizes that it won’t really be a disguise: It’s who she is now.”
The book, as one can tell, was supposed to get people to be angry at Trump and his policies regarding the southern border and illegal immigrants (even though the vast majority of these illegals are not actual refugees seeking shelter but are people seeking to take advantage of the welfare state that is the U.S.), and it was endorsed both by Oprah Winfrey, who added the book to her monthly “Book Club” recommendations, and by Salma Hayek, both of whom are, obviously, Leftists.
Cummins was also paid handsomely for it, receiving a seven-figure advance for writing the novel and, according to The Daily Wire, “publishers were so convinced it would be a bestseller that they ordered a first printing of more than half a million copies.”
In her authors’ note, she wrote: “At worst, we perceive [illegal immigrants] as an invading mob of resource-draining criminals, and, at best, a sort of helpless, impoverished, faceless brown mass, clamoring for help at our doorstep. We seldom think of them as our fellow human beings.” Yeah, the former description is more accurate of them, to be honest.
We see them essentially marching their way to the United States, holding flags of their home countries and forcing their way into our country. If they were visibly armed, or if this were any other time period in human history, there’s no way people wouldn’t consider this an invasion. What’s more, they come into this country, demanding tax payers pay for their residence, their food, their comfort, etc., all-the-while they lambast the country, call it racist, illegally vote for Democrats, and many break many more laws than just immigration ones, with plenty of cases of illegal immigrants raping, killing, or raping AND killing young, American girls. Many bring with them disease, drugs, illegal guns, and sexual slaves with them.
I believe I’ve said this before, but I will say this again: the closest thing this country has to slavery in this day and age is found at the southern border thanks to the illegal immigrants and the cartels running things there.
And the idea that we don’t think of them as “our fellow human beings” is ludicrous at best and slanderous at worst. It is precisely BECAUSE we think of them as fellow human beings that it angers us when we see adults using children and posing as their parents in order to enter, without having any intention of taking care of that child henceforth. It is BECAUSE they are human beings that when we see and hear of stories of the drug cartels using children as drug or gun mules, and often selling young girls into sexual slavery, that we explode in rage and demand that something be done about it to either stop or dissuade this sort of action. If there is no benefit, financial or otherwise, to running such a slave trade at the southern border, the cartels won’t seek it and will go to something else.
What’s more, it’s not like these woke Leftists think of them as “fellow human beings” themselves because our fellow Americans are our “fellow human beings” too and they are being put aside in favor of illegal immigrants. The Democrat Party wants these illegals in because they know they are unlikely to vote Republican. They sought the same of blue-collar, union workers in decades past, but since that bloc has become unreliable for them, they are seeking alternate voters (even if they have to openly break the law in order to win). Our fellow Americans, in the meantime, are required to foot the bill for these foreign law-breakers and if they complain at any capacity, they will be excoriated and slandered as being bigots, racists and xenophobes, not to mention white supremacists.
But despite how insanely woke Cummins was trying to be, despite how hard she was trying to appease the woke Leftist crowd, she is being lambasted for this book by virtue of being white.
A review accused Cummins of writing “trauma porn” and that the fictional story was “cultural appropriation” because she was telling the story of Mexicans while being white herself (apparently, breaking the law is part of the Latin American culture, according to this critic who has zero self-awareness towards his or her own racism). The critic also wrote: “American Dirt fails to convey any Mexican sensibility. It aspires to be Dia de los Muertos but it, instead, embodies Halloween.”
The critic also lambasts Cummins’ decision to depict America as a “shining city on a hill”, which the woke Left claims it is no such thing. “Mexicanas get raped in the USA too. You know better, you know how dangerous the United States of America is, and you still chose to frame this place as a sanctuary. It’s not,” obviously writing directly to the author in that last part.
If this country is so dangerous for illegal immigrants (and I find it deliciously ironic that the critic only mentions Mexicans and refers to illegal aliens mostly as these Mexicans, an act that would get people yelled at not five years ago), then why do they continue to come here? For many people, the U.S. is portrayed as a sort of sanctuary, which is the reason why so many choose to come here, be it legally or illegally. For the longest time, my immediate family has wanted to come here, believing fervently that this was and still is the greatest country in the world and that economic opportunity awaited us, provided we worked towards it.
That, to a certain extent, is what many people think. Of course, most immigrants, be they legal or illegal, come here to take advantage of the welfare state. But there are some who do want to come here, legally, and work towards the American Dream. Illegals, however, are more likely to not seek that because they do not care for the rule of law. They want to be taken care of, not to work hard towards great financial success.
The woke Left, however, chooses not to see them for what they are. The electoral Left (those who are either elected Democrats/Leftists or are running for some level of government office) sees them as a voting bloc that will help them transform this country into the socialist hellhole they envision (that won’t be too different from the socialist hellhole those same illegals left). People like Cummins, who actually and sincerely believe illegals to be good, helpless people simply seeking a better life (largely because she likely believes Man is good by nature and likely because she's never actually lived in Mexico), will naively wish to help these illegals, be it writing books that exalt them or protesting on the streets in support of them.
I would jokingly say that I don’t know why the Left is obsessed with making criminals their main voting bloc, but I know exactly why it is that they do it: power.
But regardless of that, I do not feel even a little bit bad about Cummins. This is what the woke Left brings. You can never be woke enough. If you are gay and black, but are a man, you aren’t woke enough. If you are gay, black and a woman, you still aren’t woke enough. If you are white, despite whatever beliefs you may have or whatever attempts at appeasing the woke crowd you make, you aren’t woke enough.
These people are mentally unwell. They live in their own fantasy world and when reality bites them in the rear, they throw temper tantrums and try to deny reality as much as they can, to the point where they might either advocate or engage in violence (just look at the Project Veritas videos of various Bernie staff members advocating violence against opposition).
It is impossible to satisfactorily appease people who choose to live in a world of insanity and it makes no sense to even try.
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”
CNN, the most laughable name in news, has recently been trending thanks to a viral clip of a segment showing CNN host Don Lemon, far-Left opinion writer Wajahat Ali and Never Trump traitor Rick Wilson mocking and insulting Trump supporters’ intelligence, education and even insinuating that we are illiterate.
Speaking about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his altercation with a Left-wing NPR reporter who lied to Pompeo and broke an off-the-record agreement the two of them had and he asked her to identify Ukraine on a map (she couldn’t), the three stooges made sure to back the Left-wing NPR reporter and lambast not only Pompeo, but Trump and everyone who supports him.
Covering the most relevant parts for this article, Rick Wilson eventually said: “[Pompeo] also knows deep in his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it. He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world, and so that’s partly him playing to their base and playing to their audience, you know, credulous boomer demo that back Donald Trump, that wants to think that Donald Trump’s a smart one, and y’all – y’all elitists are dumb.”
Ali continued with the mockery: “You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling even though –“ and he was interrupted by Wilson continuing his own mockery: “Your math, your reading.”
Throughout all this, of course, Don Lemon is laughing his butt off, finding it extremely hilarious to mock people in a very elitist way (with zero sense of self-awareness of their elitist mockery).
Now, I am not the least bit surprised to see people with darkness filling their hearts mocking Trump and his administration and his supporters. These are people who, at the same time, will “call for unity” while lambasting the side that does not agree with everything they have to say. These are people who honestly believe the b.s. they sell to their audience and could not properly identify how many genders there are, all-the-while flaunting Harvard and Yale degrees like they are worthwhile treasures that only the best of the best are able to obtain and as though they should be revered as gods for having such “education” (even though college is more for indoctrination).
I am not surprised one bit by this, because this is far from the first time CNN has decided to show pure, unadulterated hatred for those whom they honestly despise and wish they could rid the world of. I’ve already written an entire article dedicated to how much of a hypocritical slime ball Don Lemon is for, in the same breath, calling for an end to “demonizing” others and proceeding to demonize others. I’ve also covered another segment in which Lemon and other guests on his show mocked Kanye West shortly after demonstrating he supported Trump by saying that “Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read.”
Don Lemon has a long history of being a hypocritical, hateful idiot who either piles onto the hate or laughs at the face of it. I can guarantee that if a segment on Fox News had done this about Obama supporters in the Midwest, there would be a full nuclear meltdown about it, with everyone involved in that segment being forced to apologize, alongside the entire network, and with petitions to take Fox News off the air.
But because this is about them “dumb” Trump supporters who “can’t read, can’t spell, can’t find countries on maps” (btw, a Morning Consult poll back in the beginning of the year asked people to identify Iran on a map and only 27% of Democrats could find it, as opposed to 28% of Republicans and 31% of Independents, so who is it really that can’t find countries on maps?), “can’t do math, and are so intellectually-deficient as to subject themselves to vote for Trump”, it is perfectly acceptable to throw by the wayside any semblance of tolerance or love or compassion that they claim to have for others and it is perfectly acceptable that such people get this kind of treatment from a major news organization that really can’t afford to play so loosely with their ratings.
The people that profess tolerance display none of it. The people that claim to be professionals showcase their unprofessionalism. The people who swear they are bearers of truth spew lies and slander about others. The people who claim to want to “save America” show their true hatred for it and those who even might slightly dissent from their collective thought. The people that claim to hold valuable knowledge and superior intelligence will deny science and spout science fiction all for the sake of an agenda where the Democrat Party gets more and more power and these idiots somehow think they will have some share in that.
Again, I am not at all surprised that the network that ran the Russian hoax for two and a half years, still pretty much does, and continues to lie about Trump and Ukraine, would, once again, display their utter contempt for those that refuse to vote as they do. When hatred fills your heart, this is what you tend to do: display it for all to see. They just think there are enough people out there who absolutely agree with them and are laughing with them at Trump supporters that it’s perfectly okay to do this and they would suffer zero repercussions.
They hate Donald Trump, they hate you, they hate what you stand for and, in all likelihood, even if they never admit it, would agree with the Bernie supporters in the Project Veritas videos about sending Trump supporters off to “re-education camps”. Their viewpoints are so fragile that they cannot stand that there are those who disagree and display that contempt with mockery and open hatred, with some honestly wishing in their hearts that we would get sent to concentration camps to be “re-educated” or killed if we do not comply.
This, alongside many other reasons (primarily abortion) is why I say the Left is satanic and the Democrat Party is the party of Satan. The hate that they foster in their hearts comes from Lucifer himself and they do his bidding happily. Any notion that Jesus might be able to save them is met with an allergic reaction from these people, coupled with even more mockery.
The good news for them is that if Saul of Tarsus, who went around looking for Christians to persecute and execute, can be saved, then there is a possibility that these people might as well. I often note the doctrine of predestination (which some Christians do not believe in, but I assure you, there is plenty about it in the Bible) and how God chooses to save some. That doctrine, I believe, is very much sound and applicable, but God is the only one who knows whom He will save and whom He will not save. He is the only one who decides on whom His mercy will be shown and on whom it will not.
This is why I do not necessarily say that any one of these Leftists, on an individual basis, is destined for Hell. They are, currently in their unsaved states, Hell-bound, but God chooses whom He will save and He might save one or two or all three of them at one point or another. Is it likely? Not from what I can tell, but it definitely is possible with God. Again, Saul of Tarsus, who was essentially an elitist like these people in his own time (possibly the most highly educated person of his time) went around in search of Christians to arrest and prosecute, which would often lead to death and the Lord Jesus came to him and saved his soul, later becoming an extremely important apostle (having written almost half of the books in the New Testament) and changing his name to Paul.
If one were to make comparisons, that would be like Jesus converting a Nazi brownshirt in search of Jews (sort of). If Saul could be saved, just about anyone could be as well. That doesn’t mean that they will be saved, as again, God is the one to make that decision and is not going to leave people’s salvation up to chance (which, as I have said many times in the past, is nothing more than mathematical probability and does not have any inherent power), but it does mean that they might be.
Right now, of course, as far as Don Lemon, Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali go, I cannot tell what is in their hearts (apart from hatred) or what lays for them in the future. However, I do hope and pray that they will be saved by the Lord and they will turn from their hatred. I pray this, not because they deserve the Lord’s forgiveness, grace or mercy, because they do not, but because it would be better for them to turn to God than continue down the path they are on. It can be hard to love your enemies (and this is something I often have trouble with), but we are still commanded to do so. We are to love our neighbors and our enemies, praying for them that they might turn to the Lord for their salvation.
This does not take away from the unprofessionalism and the vile display of hatred that they showed on live television. That should be totally rebuked and excoriated and I believe Trump will make a campaign ad out of it (at least, he should) to remind everyone what the elitist Left thinks of us. But beyond anything else, we should at least pray for their souls to be saved and for their hearts to be turned to the Lord, away from the hatred of Satan and towards the love of God. Will it happen? Only God knows and only God decides.
“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”
This is not a sports website or a basketball website by any stretch of the imagination. What happens in the world of sports or the NBA is largely irrelevant to this website unless it has something to do with immoral business dealings by the league with authoritarian communists or when a basketball player asserts that there is vast racism in this country when there largely is none. Some topics relating to sports are relevant to this website, but many are not.
But it should come as no surprise to long-time readers of this website that I, personally, am a big basketball fan and have been for years. I stay in tune with many of the things happening in the NBA from trades, to free agent signings, to individual player stats to win columns, etc. Basketball, though not close to the level of politics and theology, is a big passion of mine. So hearing the news of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players to have ever set foot on the basketball court, has honestly both shocked me and left me in mourning, at least to some extent.
Of course, I never met the guy or knew him personally and he certainly never knew I existed, but that does not really matter. The whole basketball world, from the fans to the players to the coaches and those in the executive offices and lower on the corporate ladder, is in mourning over this extremely unexpected and horrific event.
The fact that it was not only him, but also his 13-year-old daughter and 7 other people apart from them (9 total, with another 13-year-old apart from Kobe’s daughter, at least according to TMZ) also perished in this incident makes it all the worse because of the potential of those lives. Kobe’s playing career ended in 2016, but he was not done with the game. Gianna, Kobe’s daughter, had dreams of continuing her father’s legacy and enter the WNBA, likely dominate in that league as her father did for so many years in the NBA.
All loss of life is tragic, particularly when it comes in this manner. No one in Kobe’s family could’ve possibly prepared, even a little, for last Sunday. But I hope that in this grief and time of mourning, the Bryant family, as well as the families of the people who likewise perished aboard that helicopter, come closer to God and that He would bring them closer to Him, so that they might seek His comfort and, if not quite yet saved, that they might be saved.
As far as Kobe and Gianna go, I would like to believe that they are playing for Heaven’s basketball team now. The reason I say this is because of the various sources saying that the guy, and his family, were/are all Catholic.
Now, if you are indeed a long-time reader of mine, you know my irks with the Catholic Church and the doctrines they teach. They emphasize a relationship with the Church as opposed to Christ and have many other doctrinal problems, let alone political and social problems that have plagued the Church for centuries (Dictatus Papae, anyone?). However, that does not mean that the entirety of the body of that church is cast off from God’s sight and presence. For all the problems within the Catholic Church (problems that are not exclusive to the Church), there are, indeed, some among the Church who are saved, provided they put their salvation on Christ and not the Church.
Kobe Bryant and his family, I believe, are among those who have been saved. Why do I say this? Well, while Kobe has been raised Catholic (which alone does not necessarily save someone), after the rape allegations were made against him, he sought the counsel of a priest who advised him to let God control that situation. Kobe said of that meeting with the priest that “that was the turning point”, supposedly in reference to him trusting his life to the Lord.
One could also assume that his faith had influence over his family as well, possibly giving Gianna, Kobe’s oldest daughter, the opportunity to trust the Lord with her life as well. Now, I will say that I do not know for certain whether this is the case, but for my own sake, without having substantial evidence to convince me in one way or another, I believe Gianna did also make it into Heaven alongside her father (and I hope whomever else in that crash that perished also received the Lord Jesus into their hearts and repented of their sins before this).
It is this faith that saves us and this faith that tells us the meaning of life. I’ve already mentioned this to some extent in a previous article relating to British youth being “the least happy generation”, but the answer to the meaning of life can be found in the shorter catechisms of the Westminster Confession of faith, particularly in the first one (though I will mention all the ones I consider to be relevant for this).
The first shorter catechism found in the Westminster Confession of Faith asks the question: “What is the chief end of man?” The answer to this question is: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”
Again, I’ve already mentioned this once, but to reiterate: this right here is the meaning of life. We are created in God’s image so that we may glorify and enjoy Him forever. This is how every Christian should try to live: doing everything for the glory of the Lord.
The seventh shorter catechism asks the question: “What are the decrees of God?” The answer reads: “The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.”
With this, we know that God is in control and that nothing is a surprise to Him. He already knew and foreordained everything had happens, knowing the day and the hour in which we all pass.
The 20th shorter catechism asks the question: “Did God leave all mankind to perish in the state of sin and misery?” The answer reads: “God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.”
God, in all of His wonderful love and grace, has given to us a Savior and Redeemer so that we would not have to suffer His wrath and perish due to our sin.
The Lord has put purpose into our lives and that purpose is to glorify Him. This is not a purpose that is exclusive to those who believe (though belief in God is a prerequisite, otherwise one would not glorify a being that they do not believe exists) but a purpose given to each and every single one of us. We are to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
God also already knows whether or not this is something we will strive for and, not only knows it, but has preordained it. He has elected some of us to believe and be saved by the works of His Son Jesus at the cross.
And in all of His ever-lasting love for us, who do not deserve such love and grace, God has given us a path to salvation through His Son Jesus. And while the Westminster Confession of Faith is a Protestant document, many of the doctrines it teaches are fairly universal. God loves us. He has given us a purpose to glorify Him, doing everything in His name and for His glory, and ultimately, we shall enjoy Him forever. This is not merely a Protestant thing – it is a Christian thing.
This, I hope, is how Kobe lived his life and I hope he is, indeed, enjoying God forever, having been saved by the Lord Jesus.
I also hope this is how the other passengers lived their lives, or at least tried to, and can all now enjoy the Lord in Heaven.
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Impeachment is supposed to be a serious path for a country to take and it is supposed to have many effects and implications, including the possibility of a fairly struggling economy, if not at least making the economy take somewhat of a hit. But the Democrats have made such a clown-show of this impeachment process from the start that virtually no one cares, President Trump will in all likelihood be re-elected, and the economy is absolutely roaring right now.
According to a survey from Gallup, U.S. economic confidence stands at a 20-year high with an Economic Confidence Index of +40. Gallup explains: “Americans’ buoyant confidence in the economy in Gallup’s latest poll, conducted Jan. 2-15, likely reflects the U.S. unemployment rate’s continued stay at a 50-year low. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to reach record highs – and flirts with reaching the 30,000 marker.”
Gallup’s index takes into account two components: Americans’ current economic conditions and economic outlook for the future. “The current conditions component score of +54 is the result of 62% of Americans saying the economy is ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ and 8% describing it as ‘poor’. Meanwhile, the economic outlook component score of +26 is the result of 59% saying the economy is ‘getting better’ and 33% saying it is ‘getting worse.’”
No idea who is saying that the economy is getting worse, aside from maybe the fake news media, though they have mostly dropped the “we’re headed towards a recession! Everyone panic!” act. But apart from that strange figure, the rest of these numbers are pretty good. Consumer confidence seems pretty high and for good reason.
Gallup also found that the least amount of Americans in the last 19 years, since the Gallup began compiling this information, would name the economy as one of the country’s greatest problems. Only 10% of Americans say that the economy is a problem today.
In their conclusion, Gallup writes: “Rarely in the years that Gallup has tracked public ratings of the economy, since the early 1990s, have Americans had higher confidence in the economy than they do now. Nearly six in 10 describe the economy’s current state positively, and a similar percentage say it’s getting better.”
They also note how these numbers could help Trump to get reelected, which makes perfect sense and I agree. It is extremely rare, almost unheard of, for an incumbent president to be defeated while also enjoying a great economy. And considering this is the best economy we have had in a long time, combined with the fact that not one person on the Democrat debate stages could beat Trump, I’d say that his chances for reelection are very good (though that is, of course, not a license for complacency. Complacency is a killer for all campaigns and if we want to keep making America great again, we cannot let the bloodthirsty, insane Left get within 10 feet of a government office, wherever we can).
The impeachment of Donald Trump is so inconsequential (provided Republicans don’t completely blow it and have some of their more, shall we say, rogue members foolishly commit political seppuku and remove Trump from office) and such a farce that few people seem to care and the economy knows it. Any threat to a popular president presiding over a good economy will make the economy stumble at least a little. But the Democrats have been blowing this impeachment for so long (and continue to do so) that no one honestly believes Trump’s office is in jeopardy of removal. Even the usual suspects among the Republican Party are witnessing the Democrats blowing this and trying to stay away from it as much as they can.
I believe impeachment has signed the Democrat Party’s death warrant for this election season, but this strong economy should be the final nail in the coffin if it stays around these numbers (and it is entirely possible that we will see even better numbers, but I will keep from making such predictions as plenty can happen between now and the election).
In fact, the only reason they are trying to impeach Trump is because of how likely he is of winning in 2020. Adam Schiff has already practically admitted to that, though coming from the idea that Trump will “try to cheat” in 2020. They are trying to delegitimize the next election because they know they don’t have a prayer of beating Trump, so they have to try to do something here (though will likely prepare to get their butts kicked on this and will try again once Trump is reelected). The economy doing this well is simply another sign that the Democrats will not win this year, on top of all the other reasons.
To paraphrase James Carville, it’s the economy and the Democrats’ open incompetence, fella (not going to call you stupid as you very clearly are not).
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Back in the 1980s and 90s, the idea of female independence was something that many people, particularly Leftists, wanted and pushed for. They demanded that women have “the same rights” as men do (even though they do have the same rights) and even still do that to this day, when trying to argue in favor of abortion (which is odd, considering men cannot have abortions). They demanded that girls stick with each other, have each other’s backs and fight against “the patriarchy” (again, something they still largely do). Any sort of sexual, physical, emotional or psychological abuse of a woman would be considered reprehensible behavior and evidence of how “all” men are sexist, misogynistic, dangerous pigs who cannot be trusted.
But with the arrival of transgenderism, particularly with men “identifying” as women, the Left has come full circle and now celebrates when a biological male enters an MMA octagon, fights a biological woman, and FRACTURES HER SKULL. THAT is not considered physical abuse in the least. It is not considered wrong. Matter of fact, it is considered morally right and a wonderful thing; so much so that a sportswriter for a gay sports organization dubbed the abuser the “bravest athlete in history”.
The writer of that article says that the professional abuser “is an indelible part of LGBTQ sports history” who has “opened possibilities for trans athletes in women’s sports that will be felt for generations.”
The reason as to exactly why we should consider the abuser so brave is never actually given, probably because the writer fully expected just about everyone who read his piece to be in full agreement with him. “Well, of course he’s brave, he’s the first transgender athlete in women’s mixed martial arts!” Why does that make the guy brave? The guy is physically stronger, has greater muscle mass and has denser bone structure that makes him more durable. This is the equivalent of someone beating a Mortal Kombat game on the easiest difficulty with cheat codes and calling that an impressive feat worthy of awe.
The guy (and no, I am not going to address this abuser by his preferred pronoun or “identification” because he does not deserve it for making a mockery of science and for working towards the legitimization of his torment of women) is very obviously cheating because he knows that he can’t beat many other men in the world of MMA, so he has to go after women like a complete coward (kind of want to use the stronger “P-word” here, but I will hold myself back).
He excuses his beating up of women with “I’m not the first female MMA fighter who’s broken another fighters’ bones.” Well, considering he isn’t female at all, I’d say he’s right, but the argument of “female MMA fighters break other female fighters’ bones” doesn’t work here because of the aforementioned point that he is not female and because NO ONE ELSE IN THE WOMEN’S DIVISION IS LIKE THIS GUY BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE IS A GUY! Again, he is physically stronger than the women. He is far more capable of breaking the women’s bones, breaking more of them and breaking them with far greater ease, than the other combatants are. When you have such a physical advantage, you do not belong in a particular division or class.
Wrestling and MMA fighting is supposed to be split by weight-class. Why? Because a 280-pound behemoth of a man fighting or wrestling a 190-pound man would be pretty unfair to the lighter fellow. How can a woman be expected to fight a MAN and have that fight be seen as in any way fair?
Now, I do understand that the guy actually (surprisingly) weighs only 143 lbs. and that is heavy enough to contend in the Featherweight class of fighters, which is the heaviest for the women’s division. But again, he has denser bone structure and bigger muscle mass. He is still physically stronger than the other women in the octagon purely by virtue of higher testosterone and GENERALLY BEING A GUY!
Now, of course, I am not saying that women cannot ever beat men in a physical fight. I am certain that if I were to fight (most) of the women in the women’s MMA tournaments, I would get my behind kicked for a variety of reasons (form, technique and general combat skill that I overall am lacking in). But if I were to diligently train as fighters tend to do and gain some muscle, I would become even heavier (most likely), learn to fight and would be able to hold my own in a fight, and in all likelihood, I would dominate in said fight against a woman.
I’ve used this argument before, but it’s always worth mentioning: most female tennis players who have played against men have lost to the male tennis players. Venus and Serena Williams have both lost, one after the other, to a man who was outside the top 200 in the men’s division and who claims to have played like someone outside the top 500 (though hard to tell the weight of that statement, so let’s just stick with the fact that he was, indeed, outside the top 200 and destroyed both Williams sisters, who both were at the top of women’s tennis at the time).
They lost because he was a guy, so he was physically superior to the Williams sisters and the competition they usually have. To their own admission, the guy got to balls that would usually “be winners” against women.
The two best female tennis players in the world (at the time) lost to a guy outside the top 200 purely because of his physical superiority. Now replace the Williams sisters with female MMA fighters who routinely take physical punches and hits as a job and replace the male tennis player with a male MMA fighter. That is considerably worse because at least the tennis match was not a physical event centered around fighting. The Williams sisters lost a match to him, each. Female combatants who go up against the male fighter stand to lose far more than just the match. Again, the guy fractured a woman’s skull. He can inflict fatal damage to female combatants (thankfully, he is retired now, but if he is the supposed trailblazer for transgenders in women’s MMA fighting, it could only be a matter of time before some guy straight up kills or permanently injures a woman, all for the sake of woke culture).
But despite the very deadly risks of having biologically male combatants fighting female combatants in women’s MMA, the Left celebrates the prospect as some sort of moral victory for progress. They have gone full circle from saying “men hitting women is bad” to “men hitting women is brave and courageous”. Of course, they don’t say that they are men, but that is precisely what they are and what God and science say they are.
There is no denying that transgender “women” are actually men. And there is no denying that the Left is now celebrating the prospect of men beating the crap out of women, for the sake of “progress”. These people are evil.
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”
Earlier this week, President Trump was in Davos, Switzerland, where he was set to give a speech in front of the World Economic Forum. The speech he gave is perhaps one of his best speeches of his administration that not only lambasts the climate cult’s ridiculous fearmongering apocalyptic predictions but also gives a positive message of hope for the future of the country, and any country that follows a similar path, as all good presidents do.
Of course, as many speeches go, it is far too long for me to write out the entire transcript of it and make the points that I wish to make, so let us highlight some important parts.
The President began his speech by noting how the U.S. is “boldly embracing American energy independence” in order to protect our security and our economy, and not allowing us to become dependent on imported energy from “hostile nations.” He pointed out how “while many European countries struggle with crippling energy costs, the American energy revolution is saving American families $2,500 every year in lowering electric bills and… prices at the pump.”
He also pointed out that, with this independence and with allowing for innovation, U.S. companies and researchers are leading the way and “we are on the threshold of virtually unlimited reserves of energy, including from traditional fuels, LNG, clean coal, next-generation nuclear power, and gas hydrate technologies.”
This, of course, goes against the climate cult’s narrative that there will be fuel shortages if we continue to depend on fossil fuels and that dependency on such fuels is “not sustainable”. With fracking, we are capable of producing far more energy than before without needing to worry about any sort of “shortage”. Of course, fracking is considered taboo to the climate cult not because it is not a good energy option, but because it IS a good energy option and it helps the fossil fuel industry and helps to continue generating energy without the need of the expensive and ineffective garbage the cult would force upon us.
As a result of these strategies, fuel is cheaper across the board and we are far from experiencing any sort of shortages. And at the same time, Trump noted that he is “proud to report the United States has among the cleanest air and drinking water on Earth… and we just came out with a report that, at this moment, it’s the cleanest it’s been in the last 40 years. We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world.”
This is not good news for the climate cult whatsoever. Their entire shtick is that we are killing the planet and making it dirtier and harder to live in, so we must turn over all of our rights and liberties to the government so that they can “solve” this “issue”. But reality is, as I have said time and time again, not what they make it out to be. Despite our usage of fossil fuels, we have clean water and air, which is far more than anyone could say about communist China. This is because we have the ability to use fossil fuels without compromising the environment around us.
But regardless, here is what I think is the best part of the speech:
“This is not a time for pessimism; this is a time for optimism. Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action. But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-teller – and I have them and you have them, and we all have them, and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the ‘70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives.”
“We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong, and unyielding bastion of freedom. In America, we understand what the pessimists refuse to see: that a growing and vibrant market economy focused on the future lifts the human spirit and excites creativity strong enough to overcome any challenge – any challenge by far.”
The President is absolutely right about everything he said here. Despite how eternally pessimistic and angry and outraged the climate cult and the whole of the global Left is, this is a time for optimism, not pessimism. At least in the U.S., we are seeing one of the greatest economies this country has ever seen, with unemployment rates the lowest they’ve been in 50 years across all demographics, the stock markets often hitting new record highs, consumer confidence being at all-time highs, and being the furthest away from a recession as an economy can get. Wages are growing, particularly for lower classes, and people are making more money than before, while also saving more than before thanks to tax cuts.
All of the apocalyptic predictions we are hearing lately (the climate puppet recently said we only have 8 years now to fix climate change and Michael Moore also chimed in and said that we only have four years to fix it, probably having said this after eating Taco Bell) are not only scientifically unsound and unwarranted, but they serve the purpose of trying to scare people into giving up their rights. Even the climate puppet, who was also at this economic forum, said “I said I wanted you to panic” and does not feel that that is in any way wrong or dangerous because of the purpose: to drive fear into people’s hearts.
Of course, she failed, as have many others, but the point remains that they are fearmongers. It is only fitting, then, that Trump would point out their ridiculous past “prophecies” that have very obviously not come true because they were not going to come true.
They predicted starvation, mass overpopulation, acid rain, fuel shortages, increase in strength and frequency of storms and mass extinction. In September of last year, I wrote an article detailing *some* of over 40 different predictions these partisan hacks have made over the years with not a single one of them having come true. They have no credibility whatsoever, nor do they have the science backing them up.
Whenever you hear them saying “the ice caps are melting”, you eventually find that there is more ice today than when that prediction was made. Every prediction they have made has not panned out and eventually, people begin to catch on to the b.s., or at least, that’s the desired outcome (indoctrination in our schools does a good job of fooling kids into continuing to believe this nonsense).
And we all know why it is that they make these apocalyptic predictions, even though none of them have any sort of chance of coming true. It’s as the President said and as I pointed out earlier: to obtain absolute power to dominate, transform and rule every aspect of our lives. They want to tell us what kind of lightbulb to use, not because it is good for us (many of the bulbs the Obama administration regulated onto us can be poisonous if broken) or for the environment, but because they want to be able to order us around – to have dominion over our lives as though they were God Himself.
Even the ones who do not believe in any sort of god believe in the power that God has and want it for themselves. This is the aim of the climate cult, but hopefully, reason will win out in the end and these people will be reformed, leaving behind the disastrous and destructive ideologies of the cult in favor of the Light of God.
Regardless of whether or not that will happen (I do believe some people within the climate cult can be saved), returning to Trump, as I said, this is perhaps one of his best speeches as president. Of course, he spoke far more than what I wrote about, but the rest of the speech basically was about recognizing the successes of the past as a result of people’s hopes and their ability to make progress without being impeded by a pesky government.
The message he wanted to give to the people of Davos was one of hope for the future. That so long as the human mind is free and entrepreneurs are not impeded in their desire to enrich themselves and improve people’s lives in however small or large manner, there will be hope for the future. Sure, there is far more hope to be found in the Lord than in Man, but as he was speaking in front of an economic forum, it makes sense that this sort of hope is what he would want to drive.
And he’s not wrong to do this either, as a free market economy is far more capable of granting people hope than a communist economy where few things are private.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
When the Left isn’t excusing itself for the horrendous act of killing the unborn, they attempt to do the second closest thing they can: completely pervert and destroy young children’s minds with lies, deceit, and utter perversion.
While they already do plenty of the first two when they indoctrinate kids into believing we are killing the planet, Democrats in Washington State want to do the third thing with young children starting from kindergarten.
Democrats in Washington State are pushing House Bill 2184, which states: “In accordance with the requirements in this section and any recommendations of the sexual health education work group… that are enacted by the legislature, every public school shall provide comprehensive sexual health education to each student by the 2022-23 school year.”
Radio host Jason Rantz of KTTH points out about the bill: “One section of the curriculum for teachers to use as a guide suggests talking to students about the penis as not having ‘any bones in it, but when people talk about an erection as a “boner”, they’re mistaken.’ Girls are taught about a ‘very sensitive little area at the top called the clitoris.’”
I don’t know about girls, but I learned about these sexual things, for the most part, in middle school, not necessarily because we had classes specifically dedicated to teach these things (I wouldn’t have payed much attention anyway) but because that is roughly the age when puberty hits us and we begin to ask questions about ourselves and our bodies.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD does not wonder about a “boner”. A FIVE-YEAR-OLD does not wonder about the clitoris. When I was around that age, I once went to a beach and saw a girl who was younger who, for some reason, did not have her bottom on. Embarrassing as it is to say this, I saw what she had and briefly made a mental note about how she didn’t have what I have. Then I promptly went about my business because I WAS AROUND FIVE YEARS OLD AND I DIDN’T CARE ABOUT THAT STUFF!
Wanna know what I cared about at that age? Watching cartoons while eating a sandwich and drinking orange juice. I cared about playing with my toys; playing with my Max Steel action figure; playing with my toy cars (I really liked cars back then, so I had a lot of them); going to friends’ houses to play with them and their toys. I cared about watching old Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network or Disney Channel shows (that were not old at the time) and generally watching and enjoying TV. I DID NOT CARE OR KNOW ABOUT SEXUALITY BACK THEN BECAUSE THAT’S NORMAL FOR SOMEONE THAT AGE!
But the Left cares not for the normal. They care not for what is right. They want to mold and manipulate young people’s minds, as evidenced by the fright they give them about climate change. They want to teach young kids about sexual things and, what’s worse, about how “some” boys don’t have penises and about how “some” girls don’t have a vagina aka about transgenderism, in an attempt to normalize it.
According to The Daily Wire, the curriculum has statements such as the following: “This lesson does, however, acknowledge that ‘there are some body parts that mostly just girls have and some parts that mostly just boys have. Being a boy or a girl doesn’t have to mean you have those parts, but for most people this is how their bodies are.’”
Rantz also noted how the curriculum suggests for 1st grade students, “teachers should have their students read ‘My Princess Boy’ before teaching the six and seven-year-olds about reproduction.”
That revolting book is about exactly what you think it is about: a gender-confused boy. On Amazon, the description says: “Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy.”
This is the sort of filth Washington State Democrats want young kids to read and I doubt this sentiment is contained within the borders of that particular state. The Left is EXTREMELY disturbed and this is one of the MANY reasons I say that they are evil. There’s just no other way to explain this sort of disturbing behavior. Wanting young kids to learn about sex and transgenderism is SICK and DEPRAVED and anyone who defends this perversion is just as twisted as the people pushing for it at the State’s capital.
This, by the way, goes against the will of the people, who 54% say that “sex education for children in grades K-5 should not be required,” according to The Daily Wire. But public opinion be damned, these perverts want to destroy young people’s minds and they will do everything within their power to do it.
And unfortunately, they will likely get their way, barring some miracle, as both legislative chambers in the State of Washington are controlled by Democrats, with the House having 57 Democrats to 41 Republicans and the Senate having 28 Democrats to 21 Republicans, so the disgusting bill will, in all likelihood, be eventually passed (if before the 2020 election) in both chambers of State Congress.
Despite the fact that most people do not want young kids to be taught about sexual education (though 54% is about 46 percentage points too low for my liking) and despite how clearly evil and disgusting it is, the Democrats in this State will push to teach young kids about things they couldn’t care less about and things that will only end up either confusing them further about a subject they couldn’t care less about or end up messing them up profusely, which is likely the desired outcome for the Democrats, though they would never admit it.
But beyond everything else, these sons and daughters of Satan will seek to cause these young children to sin against the Lord, because that is their desire, even if they don’t know it or believe in a God to sin against in the first place.
In Matthew chapter 18, the disciples asked Jesus “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus called a child to him, put him in the midst of them and said: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world for temptations of sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!”
Now, before anyone says it, yes, I know that this is not about a literal child, but about a Christian being humbled, like a child, but being led astray by someone who is evil and forcing the Christian to sin against God. That teaching from Jesus was about “the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” being those who humble themselves before the Lord, similar to how a child humbles himself and is ready to be taught, not necessarily about actual children being led astray. However, there is no doubt in my mind that there are children in the State of Washington who go to public school and are believers of the Lord Jesus. And with this sort of curriculum, they are being led astray so as to sin against the Lord.
In this case, the Bible passage’s meaning takes a bit more of a literal meaning than it was originally intended, but the point remains: the evil Left is causing believers in Christ, who humble themselves in His name, to sin against the Lord. This is the great evil that the Left is doing, following their father the devil in his evil deeds.
The Left, in all their evil, believes God has no place in school, but that it is perfectly acceptable to teach young kids about sexuality and about transgenderism as being perfectly normal and moral. Unsurprising to me, but revolting nonetheless.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
As I was reading financial and technology news I came across this article from Fox Business News. I have to admit that I felt a little sick to my stomach when I read this report of Hollywood bringing James Dean back to life….to give him a role and a career! Can you believe it?
Here’s what Fox Business recently reported:
“The men bringing James Dean back to life for a forthcoming film are aiming not just to give his digital likeness a role, but a whole new career.
Dean’s planned appearance in the Vietnam War movie ‘Finding Jack,’ and the possibility of future parts, comes as digital de-aging and duplication of real actors has tipped from cinematic trick into common practice. And it's giving new life to old arguments about the immortality and dignity of the dead.
‘Our intentions are to create the virtual being of James Dean. That's not only for one movie, but going to be used for many movies and also gaming and virtual reality,’ said Travis Cloyd, CEO of Worldwide XR, who is leading the design on the Dean project. ‘Our focus is on building the ultimate James Dean so he can live across any medium.’”
If you’re feeling uneasy about what these people are trying to do, it’s because God put in you His morality so that you can discern right from wrong.
You see, these people are justifying their actions by what some of their predecessors in other movies did:
“’This is disruptive technology,’ Cloyd said. ‘Some people hear it for the first time and they get shaken by it. But this is where the market is going.’
The revival of the dead, often done clumsily, has been happening for much of Hollywood's existence.
Footage of Bela Lugosi, combined with a double holding a cape over his face, was used in 1959’s ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space,’ released after the horror star's death. Bruce Lee’s film ‘Game of Death,’ left unfinished before his 1973 death, was completed using doubles and voice overdubs and released five years later. ‘The Fast and the Furious’ star Paul Walker died in 2013 before shooting was done on ‘Furious 7.’ His two younger brothers and others acted as stand-ins so his scenes could be finished.
Even Lennon, and many other dead historical figures, were digitally revived in 1994 in ‘Forrest Gump.’
But the technology of recreation and resurrection has taken a major leap forward in quality and prestige, with the extensive de-aging and re-aging used in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’; a young Will Smith digitally returning to play opposite the current version in last summer's ‘Gemini Man’; and Carrie Fisher, whose younger self briefly returned digitally in 2016's ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ and appeared again after her death, in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.’
Let me decode this for you. What they mean to say is they’re going to push for this “new normal” in technology until you accept it as normal as if normal meant “right”.
So what if Bela Lugosi was brought to “life” by a double in 1959 to finish a project? So what if Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death” film was completed by doubles after his death? So what if Lennon appeared next to Forrest Gump? In the first two cases, doubles were used for one particular purpose: to finish a film, and the practice stopped there. Nobody else brought Bela Lugosi or Bruce Lee back to life to give them careers. Even Lennon appearing with Forrest Gump (or any other doctored video of actual people, such as JFK, for that matter) is not really a moral problem when it’s done this way.
Doctoring a video to place yourself in the swearing in of, say, JFK or Donald Trump as President, can be artistic, but not morally wrong. Even making yourself look younger or older in a photo or video can be artistic but not morally wrong (unless you’re using it to fool people into thinking you’re younger or older than you are for a larger purpose, such as fraud). The key is: what’s your motive? Vanity? Just trying to look better? Or fraud where you’re actually trying to steal something from someone?
But let’s face it, bringing a dead man to life for PROFIT is EVIL. They’re doing this for MONEY. Not to mention the idea that they’re going to CREATE a digital image of James Dean, not use old footage as was the case with John Lennon in Forrest Gump, is morally wrong.
Morality cannot be based on what's normal at the moment! Slavery was normal, but it was wrong. Abortion is somewhat normal, but it’s still wrong. Transgenderism is also somewhat normal (or they’re trying to normalize it), and it’s still wrong. Having males compete against women in sports is being pushed as normal, but it’s still wrong. And bringing people back from the dead, pretending they’re alive and giving them a role in a movie is as wrong as talking to dead people, or the Ouija board game, which attempts to contact dead people and having them talk to you!
What I find fascinating is what Pablo Helman said:
“Pablo Helman, the visual effects supervisor behind the de-aging of Robert De Niro and others in ‘The Irishman,’ said he considers that moral dilemma in his work.
‘The main question that you need to ask yourself is why do it?’ Helman said. ‘You know, just because you can do it doesn't mean you should, you know? That would be one thing that I'm always questioning: Is it in service of the story?’”
Why you do it, is the question. “Is it in service of the story?” HA! So now morality is based upon a certain action being in service of the story? Slavery was definitely in service of the Southern economy. Was it right? So what if a few make hundreds of millions of dollars, in service of the story out of this?
The question of morality is not decided by the majority and it’s not decided by economics or arts – it’s decided by God Himself.
In Deuteronomy 18:10-12 we read: “anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD”.
By doing these things – creating digital beings of people who have died so that these images assume a role in a movie (not even acting as self!) is an abomination to the Lord. There’s a reason people have a negative reaction to these things, as Cloyd confessed. It’s occultism. It’s Satanism. They don't need to do any of this - they can just hire a real, living actor. So why do this unless you're working knowingly or unknowingly for Satan himself!
God has written His law in our souls. It’s wrong what Hollywood is doing. People know it. The authors of this evil know it. You know it and I know it. It’s simply wrong. And it’s always wrong to do wrong.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14:
“So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.“
Politics has infected a lot of things, but perhaps the worst thing that it could have infected was the field of science, as science relies on empirical data and facts, but now has been reduced to nothing more than a sort of democracy, where the mob rules what is considered “science”. It is extremely difficult to have an honest scientific conversation about the climate without someone bringing up talking points from the climate cult that make zero sense to those who are not intellectually deficient.
However, speaking to the House Committee On Science, Space and Technology, a sincere climate scientist absolutely shredded the talking points of the climate cult, though without necessarily naming any names (though you and I both know the two people he likely was talking about).
Michael D. Shellenberger, President of Environmental Progress, got to speak in front of this House committee regarding the science of climate change. He began by explaining his background in the field:
“I am an energy analyst and environmentalist dedicated to the goals of universal prosperity, peace, and environmental protection. Between 2003 and 2009, I advocated for a large federal investment in renewables, many of which were made as part of the 2009 stimulus. And since 2013, I have advocated for the continued operation of nuclear plants around the world and thus helped prevent emissions from increasing the equivalent of adding 24 million cars to the road.”
“I also care about getting the facts and science right. I believe that scientists, journalists, and advocates have an obligation to represent climate science accurately, even if doing so reduces the saliency of our concerns.” For this, I predict the man will be labeled a “climate denier” despite the fact that he does believe in man-made climate change. The guy, unfortunately, does not quite understand the very reason as to why it is that some scientists, journalists and advocates do not represent climate science accurately. They don’t claim that Miami, Los Angeles or other cities around the world will be flooded in the next 10 to 20 years because they believe it to be true, but rather, so that people will be scared enough to the point where they will vote for the people who claim to have an answer to this “issue” in the form of hardcore communism.
But regardless, he continued: “No credible scientific body has claimed climate change threatens the collapse of civilization, much less the extinction of the human species. And yet, some activists, scientists, and journalists make such apocalyptic assertions, which I believe contribute to rising levels of anxiety, including among adolescents, and worsening political polarization.”
That part was particular great, because we all know what ridiculous climate cultish “warnings” he was referring to. AOC has advocated that we only have about 12 years to implement the socialist GND before the world ends, and the now-17-year-old climate puppet has famously declared that humanity was facing “mass extinction” as a result of climate change, both of which are nonsensical apocalypse warnings that are only meant to scare people to the point where they will willingly give up their rights and freedoms in exchange for “safety” from climate change.
But as it usually works out, those who give up freedom for safety gain nothing. Benjamin Franklin once famously said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” And he’s certainly right, but that’s not where it ends. Those who would give up their liberty for some safety deserve neither and will receive neither.
Just look at Venezuela. They were told to give up their weapons and that doing so would make the country safer, but the country is more dangerous today than it was back then and now, they have no liberty either.
Look, also, at China, or in specific, Hong Kong. I remember, back when the Hong Kong protests were still a major story, watching a video of a woman asking the Hong Kong protesters why they wanted freedom if they would lose their safety (not putting that in quotation marks because I don’t remember the exact wording of the question, but that was the general point: why give up safety in exchange for freedom?) What the woman fails to understand is that liberty GIVES THEM safety.
Remember, the protests began because the Chinese government wanted to pass an extradition bill that would allow them to take people from Hong Kong and arrest them and send them to mainland China if they “perceived” that person to be a threat to the State. What part of that gives the people of Hong Kong any sort of safety?
But regardless, bringing this long tangent to an end, the reason people like AOC and Greta Thunberg make such ridiculous claims is to get people to be scared enough to vote into power those who claim to have an answer to the problem they create. They don’t have a vested interest in the truth.
But Shellenberger does appear to be interested in the truth, at least, as much as he understands it. “My colleagues and I have carefully reviewed the science, interviewed the individuals who make such claims and written a series of articles debunking them.”
Again, it’s possible that some in the climate cult will brand Shellenberger a “climate denier” but they don’t have a real reason to. He does believe in climate change, particularly man-made climate change as he suggests in the following quote: “While climate change may make some natural disasters more frequent and extreme, the death toll from extreme events could and should continue to decline, as it did over the last century by over 90 percent, even as the global population quadrupled. Does that mean we shouldn’t worry about climate change? Of course not. Policymakers routinely take action on non-apocalyptic problems. And the risk of crossing unknown tipping points rises with higher temperatures.”
The guy does believe in man-made climate change and believes policymakers have the ability to pass into law certain policies that will help to “fight back” against climate change. Of course, the guy is definitely wrong here. I’ve already discussed, at length, how there is no discernible link between climate change and extreme weather events, so the first sentence in that last quote is technically incorrect. As far as “unknown tipping points” rising “with higher temperatures” goes, this one can also be tackled by the fact we’re living in the Modern Warm Period and that there have been two other warming periods like this, at least as far as we know (and in all likelihood, there are many more), that occurred about a thousand years ago or so (known as the Medieval Warm Period) and one that occurred while the Roman Empire existed (known as the Roman Warm Period).
The sort of “higher temperatures” we experience today are nothing new, particularly for this planet, and the advancement of technology allows us to survive any sort of dynamic climate patterns, so it is unlikely that this planet will face a “tipping point” as Shellenberger and others worry about. Not that there is a link between hurricanes and climate change, but technology has allowed us to better survive hurricanes that occur. The places where we find the highest death tolls in this day and age are places that are fairly behind in technology and infrastructure (i.e. poor countries in the Caribbean).
So Shellenberger is perhaps unaware of the erroneous statements he made there, but if anything, they go to show that he’s not some random scientist that “was paid off by big oil”, as conspiracy theorists on the Left might try and argue.
This is why I say that he is a sincere scientist. He is not outright telling the truth on this matter, but it could very well be because he is simply ignorant to the truth. But at the very least, errors and all, he is sincere and honest enough not to take what many other scientists and, in particular, climate cultists are saying at face value and say “yeah, they’re right. We’re screwed unless we employ this long wish-list of socialist policies that will totally not be ineffective at combating climate change”.
Shellenberger then also went on to advocate in favor of nuclear energy, arguing that solar and wind energy, while popular, are unreliable and make electricity expensive as a result of large land use and large material requirements, all for the fact that they cannot replace the energy output of fossil fuels.
Regardless, it is nice to see someone who tries their hardest to be objective on an issue that has been so politicized that it’s practically impossible to be, or be perceived as, entirely objective. Again, he isn’t right about everything, as I have said. But at least he’s honest enough not to join the mob and demand action be taken out of fear of complete global annihilation.
He believes climate change is a threat, but he doesn’t believe it will kill us all, particularly in the extremely short timespan that insane cultists have presented.
“Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.”
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