Monday, December 26, 2016

Responding to Christmas

Browsing YouTube this evening I found a Fox News video titled something about 'The War on Christmas'.  Realizing this is a place where I can contribute in a valuable way I tried to set the tone or reset the tone for discussions.  People of all faiths other than Christianity have many reactions to the huge deal the Christmas celebration has been made in to.  But especially atheists are upset and keep repeating the same old tripe.

Here was my response:
Everyone's first response to this premise (War on Christmas) is always going to be ignorant, abrupt, savage or flippant. So for any meaningful commentary you'd best review a compilation of facts found here: http://christianity.about.com/od/christmas/f/christmashistor.htm I could not even watch the rest of this video because it begs the same questions that atheists have blurted out for centuries- They want God to come down and dance a jig for them, do some cool magic tricks and take them back in time to do scientific investigations as to whether a virgin conception is possible. They would be dragging their MRI machine and a generator with them in the time machine. THEN and only then would they believe that God is who He said He is. Obviously from my phraseology you can tell I'm a believer. So with that the very simplest explanation I can give you as to why Christmas exists is that God came to earth and put on a man suit as one of 3 persons in the trinity. God the Son came the way you did but did not leave the way you will. He was and is considered a gift to mankind because our sins make us undeserving of forgiveness. Like if someone paid off a loan you have that you know you could never repay. People who have received this gift of forgiveness understand what a gift is. We give gifts, its in our nature to do so...part of our divine component if you will. For centuries Christians have wished so much to pass along this gift that they tied their celebration to existing festivals of a pagan nature. A tug of war for the soul that will never end until something happens. "The term Christmas appeared in Old English as early as 1038 A.D. as Cristes Maesse, and later as Cristes-messe in A.D. 1131. It means "the Mass of Christ." This name was established by the Christian church to disconnect the holiday and its customs from its pagan origins. As one fourth century theologian penned, "We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of Him who made it." For various and sundry reasons Christmas is offensive to many when other festivals of the world are not because Jesus Christ is the stone that causes men to stumble. He is the stone the builders rejected but that is the capstone. The foundation stone is Peter's confession that Jesus was the Messiah. That is why Peter's name was originally Simon and Jesus renamed him "Rock" in another language. So people just be honest in your living. If you are not a Christian please wish people a happy holiday because they probably are having one. And if you are Christian just be simple and wish people a Merry, Happy, (insert your positive adjective here) Christmas.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Correct Ingredients Make Ice Cream

If you're over 35, you lived through it, so read it and recollect. Amazing to me how much I had forgotten! For those under 35, read this, verify and don't 
forget.
When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over an attempt to health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn't get a vote in a Democrat controlled US Congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
  • Then, President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood - both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.
  • Next, she chose Janet Reno - husband Bill described her selection as "my worst mistake." Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
  • Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier's radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.
  • Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster committed suicide (presumably) , and Kennedy was forced to resign.
  • Many younger voters will have no knowledge of "Travelgate." Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson - and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.
  • Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the
    president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

  • Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the "bimbo eruption" and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:
    • She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.
    • She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor.
    • After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. Hillary's devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for 'lying under oath' to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.
    • Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, "I do not recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don't know" a total of 56 times while under oath.
  • After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
Now we are exposed to the unsecured keeping and attempted destruction of beyond Top Secret emails while Hillary was US Secretary of State and the "pay to play" schemes of the Clinton Foundation. What "shoe will fall" next?
But to her loyal fans: "What difference at this point does it make?"
I just can not believe any Democrat would support these liars, thieves, cheaters and murderers.
Author's Note: I copied this list of historical fact from an online source and edited for brevity and grammar. There is an easy explanation for the title.  It is more interesting to have a title like that than this one "The History of the Sinister Clinton Legacy".  The words are not my own but the history I lived through.  Much to my discouragement those years of public discourse of Bill Clinton's grotesque dealings caused the collective media dialog to dip into the sewer.  The coming out party of all this lowered the family friendly nature of television too.  It was during that time that I cancelled my cable subscription to preserve the sanctity of my home while raising 2 girls.  I have not subscribed to cable TV since.
During this period of time chronicled above I met my wife to be, got married, had two children and raised both of them, moved to 2 different states buying 2 houses in the process and last but not least discovered the Rush Limbaugh radio show while driving to work in Melbourne Beach. He helped me understand the goings on of these pitiful chapters of American politics, now history. - DaD

Most blog entries have pictures.  This is an ugly topic so I will post an ugly picture unrelated to the above article.