How To Live Under An Unqualified President by John Piper


#1382

Yeppir, mine too. It’s a painful process.


#1383

:slightly_smiling_face:


#1384

Well, I didn’t know where - to put this quote. But I can identify 100% with it. :blush:

“Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours, for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.”-- Jacob Nordby


#1385

Talk abut crazy:
The National Rifle Association has accepted contributions from about 23 Russians, or Americans living in Russia, since 2015, the gun rights group acknowledged to Congress.

The NRA said in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., unveiled on Wednesday, that the sum it received from those people was just over $2,500 and most of that was “routine payments” for membership dues or magazine subscriptions.

Isn’t that a horrible scandal, compared to this:

Meanwhile here’s what the Uranium One take looked like for the Clintons.

The Clintons and their foundation raked in a cool $145 million in donations and “speaking fees” just from Uranium One- and Rosatom-affiliated donors while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was supposedly keeping all Clinton Foundation business at “arm’s-length.”

But that’s not a story. The NRA getting $2,500 from a handful of members in Russia is. And that story comes to us from NPR which took plenty of cash to push the Iran Deal.

A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group’s annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets.

But that’s not a story either. $2,500 in donations. Now that’s a story. Better get those FBI raids started.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/269859/nra-got-2500-russian-donors-clintons-got-145-daniel-greenfield


#1386

Well, this is a war a waging, but the total disconnect from the left and the right is frightening. I would hope that there would be folks from both sides who can ‘see the bigger picture’ and start to work towards what we need as a nation and not what mamby pamby groups (on both sides) think they need. We have got to look at the forest, at what is good for ‘everyone’ :neutral_face:


#1387

“Intelligence is knowing the right answer. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.”-- Tim Fargo

Here’s a question, for all you political “experts” out there. How do we handle, the 800 pound gorilla? Which is China behind North Korea and Russia behind Syria.


#1388

James Comey…


#1389

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#1390

This meeting is taking place at Wheaton College, the home of Billy Graham. It’s in today’s evangelical newsletter:


#1391

quote
There’s not much to say about the Alfie Evans case that wasn’t already said about the Charlie Gard case. Both children are/were murdered by a medical system where euthanasia is not only a cost-saving measure, but also a measure of the authority of the system. In both cases, Alfie and Charlie had to be prevented from seeking treatment outside the NHS to make a point about defying authority.
There have been other such cases. Some involving babies. Others involving disabled adults.
As the left ramps up its talk of “free everything”, it’s a useful reminder that nothing is free.
Free people don’t get free stuff. Slaves do. Free health care means that you are the property of the state. Free health care for your children means that they are the property of the state.
When you accept freebies, you eventuality lose the ability to determine the terms on which you receive them. You aren’t really getting anything. A determination has been made that you will or won’t receive them. And you have no say in that.
When you let the system take care of you, you belong to the system.
It really is a cookbook.
end quote - Daniel Greenfield


#1392

So sad . . . My husband somehow just heard about poor little Alfie and his desperate mommy and daddy this morning and he’s all broken up. Pisses me off… THIS is your life/death on socialized medicine. I hope GB is proud. I hope the Bernie squadron is awake for this one. Please stop assuming WE are the heartless ones here. We hate socialized medicine because we are old enough to know better. It’s a “little” thing called history that is apparently out of fashion and irrelevant to oh-so wise socialist/fascists.


#1393

Alfie%20Evans

This is little Alfie Evans; condemned to die by British judges because he’s not worth treating. The Italian government has a medical jet waiting for him at the nearest airport to bring him to his new home in Italy, but British authorities will not let his mommy and daddy take him from the hospital even to die–let alone to receive treatment in Italy. Poland wants this little family, too. But the British judge has decreed he must die–whether by suffocation or if he insists on breathing, by starvation. SHAME. The police have warned that social media posts are being watched and may be acted upon. IOW, "Not only must you NOT attempt to save this child, you must NOT dare complain about the decree of death for his high crime of not being perfect.

THIS is the face of socialized medicine.


#1394

As DaveB indicated, with Alfie Evans, it is “Déjà vu all over again!” (to borrow a phrase from Yankees legend Yogi Berra):

Donald Trump offers help for critically ill baby Charlie Gard: White House staff say they have spoken to British family who lost long legal fight to take son to US for treatment”

We remember 1 Timothy 2:2:

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority.”

And,

“Our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood,” and “The weapons of our warfare are NOT carnal.” Ephesians 6:12, 2 Corinthians 10:4.


#1395

I’m pretty sure in England doctors are government employees. Hardly anyone wants THAT in the US. It’s possible to have universal healthcare without the horrors of the UK’s system. Government funding for private insurance is the ideal balance of equity and choice. Basically what we have now but there should be bigger subsidies for people who don’t receive insurance through an employer.


#1396

There’s been quite a bit of anti-socialism expressed on this thread, as if it were the greatest evil, or at least one of the greatest.

The well-known Russian novelist Leo Tolstoi (1828-1910) was a believer in socialism in the sense of doing everything in common, but one who was strongly opposed to Marxism. He died before the Communist system was established in Russia, but he had some interesting things to say against Marxism which eventually led to Communism. His comments were quite perceptive. The following quote is from the August 3 entry in his “Journal of Leo Tolstoi”:

  1. It is absolutely clear that it is much more profitable to do everything in common, but the reasoning about this is insufficient. If the reasoning were sufficient then it would have happened long ago. The fact that it is seen among Capitalists is unable to convince people to live in common. Besides the reasoning that this is profitable, it is necessary that the heart be ready to live like that (that the world point of view should be such that it would harmonise with the indications of the reason), but this is not so and will not be so until the desires of the heart are changed, i.e., the world point of view of people.

  2. Even if that which Marx predicted should happen, then the only thing that will happen, is that despotism will be passed on. Now the capitalists rule, but then the directors of the working people will rule.

  3. The mistake of the Marxists (and not only they, but the whole materialistic school) lies in the fact that they do not see that the life of humanity is moved by the growth of consciousness, by the movement of religion, by an understanding of life becoming more and more clear, general, meeting all problems and not by an economic cause.

  4. The most unthought thing, the error, of the theory of Marx is in the supposition that capital will pass from the hands of private people into the hands of the government, and from the government, representing the people, into the hands of the workers…


#1397

Good stuff.


#1398

Pilgrims Beat ‘Communism’ With Free Market


#1399

Initially, I thought Tolstoi’s Plowman Story was told by Tolstoi himself in this 1908 recording. But today, I found out it was told by John Wanamaker. But it’s well worth a listen.


#1400

Sadly, Alfie Evans passed. Even though I’m not a big fan of the UK’s health system, I don’t see this as much of an indictment of them. The kid’s brain was mostly water. His condition was untreatable.


#1401

Yes, here’s the BBC news report on it at Alfie Evans: Legal battle toddler dies. And here’s some recent articles…from the Patheos Catholic newsletter…at The Uses of Alfie Evans and What Happens When We Abandon Subsidiarity #AlfieEvans.

On the other hand… I don’t believe the US health system… is the “best in the world”. And neither does the World Health Organization…via their rankings, of world health systems. And I also feel conventional medicine…can benefit from partnerships… with complimentary and spiritual, medical and healing systems.

The Native American perspective is this. The medical doctors and hospitals, can keep the person alive. But the spirit still lives and is aware of what’s going one. Sometimes with the help, of Native American medicine men and women…the spirit can be guided back - into the body. Or they can continue with their journey towards death. And if they come back…more often than not…they can make a full recovery.

And there MIGHT be other options. :wink: