Regarding socialism, it wasn't that long ago, only about 10 years, that Democrats were singing a different tune. In reaction to a 2009 Newsweek cover entitled, "We Are All Socialists Now," then Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., at a town hall meeting in 2010, exclaimed, "I don't think anybody in this country believes in socialism. I don't know 'em, and I don't hang out with 'em, but maybe you do."
You can't hardly say that anymore. Socialism/communism/leftism is on the rise, especially among younger voters. A Fox News poll from just a couple of weeks ago "finds 31 percent of voters view socialism favorably, up 6 percentage points since February (the first time the question was asked)." MORE
The survey's recently published Table R-1 for 2018 lists the average "detailed expenditures" of what the BLS calls "consumer units."
"Consumer units," says BLS, "include families, single persons living alone or sharing a household with others but who are financially independent, or two or more persons living together who share major expenses."
In 2018, according to Table R-1, American consumer units spent an average of $9,031.93 on federal income taxes; $5,023.73 on Social Security taxes (which the table calls "deductions"); $2,284.62 on state and local income taxes; $2,199.80 on property taxes; and $77.85 on what BLS calls "other taxes."
The combined payments the average American consumer unit made for these five categories of taxes was $18,617.93.
At the same time the average American consumer unit was paying these taxes, it was spending $7,923.19 on food; $4,968.44 on health care; and $1,866.48 on "apparel and services."
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You do understand – do you not – that the Democrats' war against America and Satan's war against God are one and the same conflict?
Modern people in a modern world – isn't that always the case, though? – long ago convinced themselves that an all-powerful creator God was a fantasy disposed of long ago by earlier generations, a convenient myth concocted by primitive peoples to help them explain the world around them.
Today, however, we are so much more sophisticated than the "modern" generations that came before us! Rather than believing in a pre-existent creator God who made everything out of nothing (creation ex nihilo), our modern world believes that everything created itself out of nothing. My, what intellectual progress! What academic brilliance!
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Who Was Against Christmas?
By Paul V.M. Flesher
Picture the following scenario. Crowds of Americans rioting in the streets. Two opposing groups shout loudly, vying to have their messages heard and heeded. The groups meet. Confrontation ensues. Fistfights break out. Church windows are smashed. What are these rioters fighting about? Christmas. One group favors celebrating Christmas, the other opposes all Christmas observances. This isn't an imaginary event, it is history. It happened in Boston on Christmas day in 1706.
In America's increasing love-affair with Christmas (both the Christian and commercial versions), we have forgotten that there was a time when much of European and American Christianity thought that Christmas should not be celebrated. In the riot described previously, the anti-Christmas group consisted largely of Congregationalists (Puritan descendants), Baptists, and Presbyterians, while the pro-Christmas group comprised mostly Anglicans (Episcopalians). The notion that Christians of any stripe should not want to celebrate Christmas is so foreign to our present concept of the holiday, that we need to review some history to understand it.
Prior to the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, Roman Catholicism celebrated the "Christ Mass." It was one of many special masses and feasts of the Catholic Church celebrating key events in Jesus' life or the birthdays of saints. The three main Protestant movements that ultimately came to America had three different reactions to this situation.
First, although the Anglican Church developed a Protestant theology, it kept much of Catholic liturgy, including festivals celebrating aspects of Christ's life and the feast days of many saints. It gave special emphasis to the celebration of Christmas.
Second, after Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral in 1517, special liturgical observances began to be frowned upon. The Lutherans thought that the celebrations of saints' days were too much and so cancelled them. But they still emphasized observing events in Jesus' life, and so continued with joyous Christmas festivities.
Third, the Calvinists in Switzerland banned all Christian holy days not mentioned in Scripture. That approach meant that the Sabbath was acceptable, but nothing else. Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and other celebrations were to be treated as normal days with nothing special about them.
The Calvinist position came to be quite influential in Great Britain, even though it never altered the position of the Anglican Church. John Knox brought Calvinism to Scotland as Presbyterianism where Christmas was banned in 1583, while the Puritans brought Calvinism into England, where it became influential in circles both within and outside of the Anglican Church. During the Civil War in 1647, Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan followers outlawed Christmas observance. It was brought back in 1660 at the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II.
From England, both sides brought their Christmas beliefs to America. The Puritans (later becoming the Congregationalists) were joined by Presbyterians, Quakers, Methodists (despite their founders' pro-Christmas predilections), and Baptists on the anti-Christmas side, while the Anglicans dominated the pro-Christmas side, and were later joined by the Lutherans and the Dutch Reformed.
In Boston, the Puritans outlawed Christmas in 1659. Although the ban was lifted in 1681 when the British government took control of the colony, an armed guard had to protect the governor on his way to church on Christmas of 1686. When the colony reverted to local control in 1689, Christmas again fell out of favor.
The objection to Christmas by Americans was two-fold. First, for Calvinist theology, it reflected the pagan character of Catholic worship. Christmas was not a biblical holiday and had not even become a Christian festival before the late 300s; it was a creation of the church, not of Christ. Second, the holiday was accompanied by extensive reveling. Celebrations were not primarily worshipful, but involved feasting, game playing, heavy drinking, shooting, and gambling. For the over-indulgers, it brought out the worst of their excesses. Since the holiday celebrated the Savior's birth, such immoral behavior was seen as sacrilegious.
During the 18th century, Christmas observance began to be more accepted. Church-goers turned their attention to purifying the holiday of its excesses, rather than rejecting it altogether. By the 1750s, even New England hymn books contained Christmas carols. By the early 1800s, Christmas was observed with an emphasis on family and children.
In 1836, Alabama became the first state to make Christmas a legal holiday. Other states followed suit; even Massachusetts legalized Christmas in 1856, almost 200 years after its ban. But the last state, Oklahoma, did not join in until 1907. So next Christmas, 2007, will be the centenary of Christmas being the first religious holiday whose celebration across the United States is sanctioned by law.
Excerpts from Fox News John Gibson's Book "The War on Christmas...."
As a matter of American history, however, some of the strongest complaints about the public celebration of Christmas have been lodged from within the Christian tradition—by devout Christians who had little use for the holiday. For a surprising number of American believers, the chief concern wasn't putting Christ back into Christmas. It was taking Christmas out of Christianity.
Liberal plots notwithstanding, the Americans who succeeded in banning the holiday were the Puritans of 17th-century Massachusetts. Between 1659 and 1681, Christmas celebrations were outlawed in the colony, and the law declared that anyone caught "observing, by abstinence from labor, feasting or any other way any such days as Christmas day, shall pay for every such offense five shillings." Finding no biblical authority for celebrating Jesus' birth on Dec. 25, the theocrats who ran Massachusetts regarded the holiday as a mere human invention, a remnant of a heathen past. They also disapproved of the rowdy celebrations that went along with it. "How few there are comparatively that spend those holidays … after an holy manner," the Rev. Increase Mather lamented in 1687. "But they are consumed in Compotations, in Interludes, in playing at Cards, in Revellings, in excess of Wine, in Mad Mirth."
After the English Restoration government reclaimed control of Massachusetts from the Puritans in the 1680s, one of the first acts of the newly appointed royal governor of the colony was to sponsor and attend Christmas religious services. Perhaps fearing a militant Puritan backlash, for the 1686 services he was flanked by redcoats. The Puritan disdain for the holiday endured: As late as 1869, public-school kids in Boston could be expelled for skipping class on Christmas Day.
The Puritans are the most cited example of anti-Christmas spirit, but not the only one. Quakers, too, took a pass, reasoning that, in the words of 17th-century Quaker apologist Robert Barclay, "All days are alike holy in the sight of God." The Quakers never translated their dismissal of Christmas into legislation in their stronghold in Colonial Pennsylvania. But local meetings, as the Quakers call their assemblies, urged their members to disdain Christmas and to be "zealous in their testimony against the holding up of such days." As late as 1810, the Philadelphia Democratic Press reported that few Pennsylvanians celebrated the holiday.
Observance of Christmas, or the lack thereof, was one way to differentiate among the Christian sects of Colonial and 19th-century America. Anglicans, Moravians, Dutch Reformed, and Lutherans, to name just a few, did; Quakers, Puritans, Separatists, Baptists, and some Presbyterians did not. An 1855 New York Times report on Christmas services in the city noted that Baptist and Methodist churches were closed because they "do not accept the day as a holy one," while Episcopal and Catholic churches were open and "decked with evergreens." New England Congregationalist preacher Henry Ward Beecher remembered decorative greenery as an exotic touch that one could see only in Episcopal churches, "a Romish institution kept up by the Romish church."
Naturally, some celebrants of the holiday complained about the abstainers. In 1867, Reformed Church minister Henry Harbaugh protested that Presbyterians in his Pennsylvania neighborhood "spend the day working as on any other day. Their children grow up knowing nothing of brightly lit Christmas trees, nor Christmas presents. God have mercy on these Presbyterians, these pagans." You can hear the echo of that sentiment today, in the criticism of the megachurches that have announced that they will be closed on Christmas, because their leaders think congregations and church staff would rather remain home with their families. "Our culture does not need any encouragement to be more self-centered or narcissistic, or to stay at home on Sunday," Bible scholar Ben Witherington III wrote on Beliefnet last week. "Shame on you, megachurches."
Gibson briefly refers to the Puritan ban on the holiday but otherwise avoids any mention of division within the Christian tradition over how to celebrate it. His "war on Christmas" is purely a clash between secularists and believers. It's worth remembering, however, that in past American battles over Christmas, the combatants on both sides were Christian soldiers.
A federal judge has affirmed a Colorado law that effectively bans business owners from freely expressing in public their religious beliefs about marriage and homosexuality.
Colorado was the loser in a similar dispute, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state show "hostility" to the Christian beliefs of Jack Phillips in its handling of his refusal to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Since then, openly homosexual Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pursued a gay-rights agenda that includes allowing people to indicate their sex on driver's licenses according to their "gender identity" and banning counselors from helping young people who want to rid themselves of same-sex attractions. MORE
At one time, the elite at least attempted to conceal their boundless enthusiasm for population control from the general public, but now they aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.
On Tuesday, an alarming new study that advocates global population control as one of the solutions to the “climate emergency” that we are facing was published in the journal BioScience. This document has already been signed by 11,258 scientists from 153 different countries, and it openly calls for a reduction in the human population of our planet. This has always been the endgame for the climate change cult, but now a big push is being made to make the public believe that there is a “scientific consensus” that this is necessary.
You can find a summary of the report here, and I would very much encourage you to read it, because it is essentially a blueprint for where the elite intend to take humanity in the years ahead.
Watch the Movie "Executive Action" from 45 years ago explains just how the Deep State and the liberal left are doing today. Bill Gates, a large proponent of population control basically has said the same thing!
Thanksgiving Day, as celebrated in North America, is a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings enjoyed by these nations and their citizens. However, to many people, its meaning is lost. It has become simply another day for huge meals, dinner parties, get-togethers or reunions. What does Thanksgiving mean to you?
Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and family gatherings—these are all commonly associated with most Americans’ and Canadians’ yearly celebration of giving thanks—Thanksgiving Day!
Pew stated: "More than eight-in-ten members of the Silent Generation (those born between 1928 and 1945) describe themselves as Christians (84%), as do three-quarters of Baby Boomers (76%). In stark contrast, only half of Millennials (49%) describe themselves as Christians; four-in-ten are religious 'nones,' and one-in-ten Millennials identify with non-Christian faiths."
Some scholars, like Byron Johnson of Baylor, object that some Americans described as "nones" actually attend non-denominational churches, but are misclassified as if they are unbelievers.
In 1798, Timothy Dwight, the president of Yale, warned, "Where there is no religion, there is no morality. … With the loss of religion…the security of life, liberty and property are buried in ruins."
The scary thing about Christianity losing influence in society is what it means to morality in America – and thus to freedom. As William Penn once noted, "If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants."
Yet our cultural elites do so much to banish any vestiges of religion in the public square.
A Satanist 'children's ministry' in Tennessee has announced plans to teach their beliefs to students who don't want to study the Bible.
Knox County officials said they were considering a program that would allow pupils to miss class for church-sponsored bible study.
Local school board members are preparing to vote on a proposed Bible Release Time program for students who want to attend an hour-long Christianity course at a local church.
But the group of Satanists have responded to the proposal by launching the Satanic Children's Ministry of Knoxville, because they believe public schools should not promote religion, and if they do, all religions should be represented. MORE
Medicare has already become a system to be gamed. A Medicare patient went to an optometrist for new glasses, knowing that glasses are not covered under Medicare. When asked for an insurance card, she said she did not have insurance for glasses, but they wanted the Medicare card anyway.She had a rather comprehensive examination, was given a new prescription for lenses and proceeded to choose her frames and pay for her new glasses.
Several months later, she received a “Medicare Summary Notice for Part B.” Medicare was billed $817.09, approved $552.07, and paid out $432.82. The patient was told that the maximum she may be billed would be $110.41, or 20 percent of the approved amount. She never received a bill.
Rather shocked at those numbers, she looked more closely at the charges that were approved:
Eye and medical exam for diagnosis and treatment, new patient: $147.01 Photography of content of eyes: $20.41 Examination of right eye by ophthalmoscope with retinal drawing: $26.01 Examination of left eye by ophthalmoscope with retinal drawing: $26.01 Photography of the retina: $58.17 Microscopic evaluation of deep cells of the eye: $40.24 Ultrasound of eye disease, growth, or structure (right): $79.79 Ultrasound of eye disease, growth, or structure (left): $79.79 Measurement of field of vision during daylight conditions: $74.64
TOTAL for CLAIM APPROVED: $552.07 TOTAL PAID by Medicare: $432.82
All this for a healthy, asymptomatic patient who just needs new glasses! It is clear that Medicare has become a cash cow for enterprising “providers.” This does not appear to be fraud, just creative billing for services that were not asked for and probably not needed. Medicare was willing to pay, but the self-paying patient might have been content with item No. 1 only, unless it revealed a cause for concern. And what is No. 6? An ophthalmoscope is a microscope for examining the deeper structures (see Nos. 3 and 4), and a slit lamp is a microscope for looking at the structures in front. All eye examinations by an eye doctor would routinely include these for both eyes every time.
Somewhere Bill Maher is smiling. A new Pew Survey (Oct. 17, 2019) has come out, reporting a decline of Christianity in America and the rise of the "nones." The nones are those who have no religious affiliation.
The report states, "65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or 'nothing in particular' now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share."
Included in the bad news is the report that people are attending church less frequently: "Over the last decade, the share of Americans who say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month dropped by 7 percentage points, while the share who say they attend religious services less often (if at all) has risen by the same degree."
I was very moved by a recent opinion piece by Erick Erickson on the atoning sacrifice of Union soldiers in the Civil War for the sin of slavery.
His purpose was to rebuke the New York Times for its pursuit of reparations for the descendants of slaves, noting that the debt had been fully paid in blood. He reminded us that this was a consensus of our nation at the time, invoking President Lincoln's second inaugural address:
"The Almighty has His own purposes. 'Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.' If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses … if God wills … every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword."
If you are a true Conservative or Populist or Liberal this should HORRIFY YOU! These are modern day Highway robbers who can keep your cash- if they just think it's from drugs. The Amtrak secretary had amassed $854,460 from the DEA for his work snitching on riders.
FEW HOURS characteristically behind schedule, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief rolls into Albuquerque, New Mexico.Two plainclothes agents come aboard the train on a rainy day in March 2019.
One agent walks to the back of the aisle in the first coach car and waits, quietly observing. The other is tasked with getting people to talk and open their bags. His name is Jarrell, or Jay, Perry, and he’s done it hundreds of times before.
More problematically, Perry has been captured on surveillance footage boarding empty Greyhound buses and pulling bags out of the checked luggage bin. One clip captures him pressing on a bag so aggressively that he appears to be tackling it. But he stops short of opening the bag, which would be blatantly unconstitutional. Several people that Perry has seized cash from insist that they are not drug couriers and, in fact, were never criminally charged as such, though that didn’t help them get their money back.
Perry is not the only cop riding the rails. His tactics offer a case study in how law enforcement targets mass transit in the war on drugs, generating thousands of busts and a steady stream of revenue from seized assets.
In 2006, an Armenian couple described officers growing belligerent during a trip on the Southwest Chief the previous year when the couple was hesitant to agree to a bag search at Albuquerque. The couple said that the agents then pulled out Diana Arutinova’s bras and underwear from her bag, while making jokes, and threw clothing and shoes from her luggage onto the floor. Edgar Manukian demanded the officers’ names.
“You want my name? What are you gonna do about it, asshole?” Perry allegedly responded. Arutinova stepped between the men and said Perry then grabbed her by the arm and shook her so hard that her head struck the wall several times, not letting go until she screamed. Her arm was bruised from where he grabbed her, she later claimed in federal court. The ACLU of New Mexico that year helped the couple file a lawsuit against the United States government, Perry, and two other cops. (The ACLU of New Mexico’s Simonson says they later reached an out-of court settlement with the DEA.)
What was practiced in the shadows is now pushed onto the masses.
The Epstein scandal has revealed the dark underbelly of the global elite. Powerful men and women are trafficking children, and they enjoy destroying innocence.
In order for these people to survive, the rest of humanity needs to be twisted into adopting their satanic mindset. These sick individuals have a vested interest in maintaining a morally bankrupt, defeated people that will not revolt against the rape and murder of innocent children.
“At this point there seems to be an inherent, intuitive grasp of what Satan can mean in a heroic context…”
Many of the recent mass shooters have been open satanists. The Dayton shooter wrote that he wanted to “Strike fear into the hearts of children of God; Show them the hell that waits below.”
Andrew M. Lobaczewski’s 1998 book entitled Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes) discusses in depth the nature of psychopaths and their exploits when in positions of power.
These types are threatened by normal people in a moral society. MORE
Hopefully this will scare the hell out of you, but it probably will not because we as a nation have become immune to the evils of the deep state. How many are aware that our government devised methods to turn people into assassins! And we did this over 60 years ago!
I guess we remember the funny line from "Naked Gun" that "anyone can be an assassin" explaining how through mind control, people could become hynoqptized into killing people, then forgetting they did it. It was funny, or is it?
Over the past few weeks we have had at least three mass killings and the Deep State murder of Jeffery Epstein (YES MURDER- only an idiot would believe anything else- and we PREDICTED HIS MURDER!). I guess most do not understand what they are watching on their television sets. I will explain. What we are seeing is DEEP STATE inspired events to take away ALL OF YOUR RIGHTS! To abolish the Bill of Rights, your right to self protection, and the nations thousands have died to protect! We are at war. At war with our own government! Small business are being attacked by the EPA, the IRS and OSHA. Your savings are being robbed by government taxes, and little by little, every right that you were given by your creator is being abolished! You might not be aware, but God predicted this would happen to us and our coming enslavement by foreigners!
The CIA in the 1950's started a new mind control experiment called MK-Ultra. MK-Ultra’s “mind control” experiments generally centered around behavior modification via electro-shock therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs, toxins, and chemicals. These experiments relied on a range of test subjects: some who freely volunteered, some who volunteered under coercion, and some who had absolutely no idea they were involved in a sweeping defense research program. From mentally-impaired boys at a state school, to American soldiers, to “sexual psychopaths” at a state hospital, MK-Ultra’s programs often preyed on the most vulnerable members of society. The CIA considered prisoners especially good subjects, as they were willing to give consent in exchange for extra recreation time or commuted sentences.
President Trump (bottom right) announced that America would walk away from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty earlier this year, in a move which came into effect on Friday. The treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev (top) in 1987 and banned all-but the most powerful nuclear weapons, and was credited with putting a stop to the Cold War arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. America has accused Russia of violating the treaty by developing the 9M729 cruise missile (bottom right) and said that it needed to tear up the deal in order to counter that threat, and weapons being developed by China which was never a signatory to the treaty.
Forward: Queers think they have a right to demand businesses to bake them cakes, using the civil rights laws of the 60's as a guideline. Just when did your rights of a business owner not mirror your rights as a citizen. For example, you can now discriminate who you allow into your own home, or which family members can come to your family picnic, but the second you start a business, you loose these same rights you have for your personal life. It isn't constitutional, but it is the law today. We think these laws a good, yet history shows us for every movement, there is a counter result. I mean nobody could argue that the 1964 rights act was bad for black Americans right? WRONG! The law decimated black owned businesses and communities and led to the situational poverty among blacks today. Don't believe me, here is an article from a black writer from a black magazine called The New African. You would think some racist white southern bigot wrote this. You may think so, but the writer is absolutely correct in the points and facts presented.....
As a result of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the black middle class were able to live wherever they wanted and could afford. Consequently, they fled inner city areas like Chicago’s South Side and Washington DC’s U Street Corridor neighbourhoods where they had been safe from the hostile white world. They were drawn to the white suburbs.
The black neighbourhoods had established black-owned cinemas, black-run churches and black mutual aid societies, but the black middle class gave up this black independence for the chance to move into America’s lilywhite suburbs. They were eager to live in the integrated America that Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. had spoken so eloquently, and tantalisingly, of in his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington.
Notwithstanding my long association and friendship with publisher Joseph Farah – who we all pray will have a full recovery from his recent serious stroke – I have written about 700 columns for this great publication over the years since I founded Judicial Watch, ran for the U.S. Senate in my home state of Florida and then founded Freedom Watch, which I run today. Indeed, I have compiled all of them in a four-volume work titled “Essays of a Mad Man,” which is available by going to Freedom Watch’s website at www.freedomwatchusa.org.
One of the many reasons I love and respect Joseph and his fine staff is that WND allows me to express my unvarnished views and legal exploits without censorship. The publication is also the most pure of all conservative websites as it does not give quarter to political correctness to churn advertising dollars and to jingle the change for its top brass.
However, despite WND’s principled leadership in the conservative movement and unafraid reporting based on ethics, morality and the Judeo-Christian heritage and way of life, there are other so-called conservative news sources that play both sides of the proverbial street.
Perhaps the biggest and most powerful offender has become Fox News. Once conceived of and run by a conservative ideologue, Roger Ailes – who had serious problems with the vile way he treated women, such as my client Laura Luhn, who was sexually abused and harassed by Ailes – the network, upon Ailes’ forced resignation, was effectively taken over by Lachlan Murdoch, a closet liberal. And his father, Rupert, who turned over this network control to his heir, is no real conservative either, but simply a businessman who understood that Ailes could exploit conservative viewership for cold cash.