Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hypocrite Nancy Pelosi Calls Religious People Hypocrites For Not Opposing Immigration Policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about immigration
to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana
on Thursday. (Mike Moore/Journal-Gazette/AP)
Nancy Pelosi hates it when people quote the Bible. 
Many Democrats do.

They tend to treat religion as they treat the Constitution: They hate it unless they can selectively pluck part of it to suit their momentary requirements.

When they find a suitable bit, they twist its meaning to progress their agenda.

BizPac Review reports that "Pelosi lambasted [US Attorney General] Sessions for quoting the Bible and chastised people of faith for not calling for a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. She also criticized him for not demanding an end to the separation of children from families of illegal immigrants during the prosecution of adults. Pelosi’s comments came in light of President Donald Trump’s stated refusal on Friday to sign an immigration bill that House Republicans were finalizing."

But California Democrat Pelosi went on to hypocritically accuse Sessions of -- hypocrisy. It should be remembered that under President Obama, a Democrat, tens of thousands of children of immigrants were separated from their parents. In 2013 alone, 72,410 immigrants who claimed one or more U.S.-born children in 2013 were deported. In just one year. By Obama's I.C.E.

"The very hypocrisy of the Attorney General to quote the Bible," said Pelosi, "the hypocrisy of all people of faith in our country not to clamor for what the administration is doing to end — whether it’s to deprive the dreamers of the respect they deserve or whether its taking babies away from their mothers and fathers."

That's rich. Pelosi is a leader of the Democrat Party, the same party that booed God at their 2012 presidential convention, complaining that Sessions should be more faithful to the teachings of the Bible. Talk about hypocrisy; telling others to obey the Lord's word when she and her party deny His existence. Pelosi seems to think (erroneously) that the Bible requires citizens of a nation to disobey their own laws and to not protect their own borders.

Sessions -- and Trump -- say that illegal aliens and their children are separated upon entering by existing law. Democrats deny that, but they have short (or selective) memories. Or maybe they never read this article at Vox.com....
Unaccompanied children who are caught crossing into the US are supposed to stay in the custody of Border Patrol agents for no more than 72 hours. During that time, they're screened by a Border Patrol officer.
Because the government was so overwhelmed by the influx in spring and summer 2014, many of these children were held in Border Patrol custody for more than 72 hours, or held in intermediate detention centers — some of which were makeshift spaces on military bases. When the number of children decreased at the end of summer 2014, the average amount of time children spent in Border Patrol custody dropped back to under 72 hours.
Once the Office of Refugee Resettlement receives a child, it's responsible for keeping the child in an HHS facility while it finds a relative or family friend who can take the child on. (The 2014 crunch made it difficult for HHS to screen relatives appropriately.) If no relative can be found, the child is placed in long-term foster care.
The whole kerfuffle began when AG Jeff Sessions defended the separation of children from their illegal alien parents. He did so in a speech to police officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Thursday, June 14. Sessions cited Romans 13 from the Bible, and reminded his “church friends” to that the Bible passage directs the faithful to obey a nation's laws.


Watch Sessions's full remarks here: https://youtu.be/REXqfluiO00
"Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves," Sessions said. "Consistent, fair application of law is in itself a good and moral thing, and it protects the weak." More at USA Today.

Romans 13 says, in part, "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves," and also, "They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience." (Source: NIV, biblia.com)

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked by a reporter about Sessions' statement: "Where does it say in the Bible that it's moral to take children away from mothers?"

The Bible doesn't say that, of course, and Sanders said she didn't know about Sessions's comments. But she echoed Sessions. "It is very biblical to enforce the law," she said. "That is repeated throughout the Bible." She was surely referring to Romans 13.

To clarify: Jeff Sessions is in charge of enforcing existing laws. The separation of children from parents who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally is mandated by law, and that law was made before the Trump Administration took power. As has been widely reported throughout the Obama administration, that law was followed. Now it's the Trump Administration's turn to enforce the same law, but Trump Derangement Syndrome requires that the Democrats condemn POTUS for doing the same thing.

Some might see a contradiction for Democrats by disagreeing with the Bible. They are, essentially, the party of Big Government, yet they deny the very Bible that says that existing authorities "have been established by God." In a parallel universe, they would embrace the Bible because of it's legitimization of government's authority.

Another example of Democrat religious hypocrisy (and there are many, indeed) is Tim Kaine. He was Hillary's goofball sidekick and candidate for V.P. in 2016. Kaine is reputed to be a deeply faithful Catholic. He's openly expressed his discomfort with abortion frequently. But he goes along with the party line and looks the other way as millions of American babies are killed in their mothers' wombs.

To put it simply, Democrats have a problem with religion. They (a) don't understand it, (b) see it as a challenge to their own power, (c) hate God because they are inherently miserable creatures, or (d) all of the preceding.

Also See:
Thousands of U.S.-Citizen Children Separated From Parents, ICE Records Show (2014)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Special Video Trump Showed Kim Jong Un: "A Story Of Opportunity"

from 'A Story Of Opportunity For North Korea'
North Korea suddenly lights up in this video shared by President
Trump with Kim Jong Un at their Singapore meeting.
(From the White House page on Facebook)
President Trump shared a video with Kim Jong Un when they met in Singapore on Tuesday. The title of the video, "A Story Of Opportunity For North Korea," was made specifically for Kim and his attending advisors. It's a moving appeal to the leader to grab the reins of history while opportunity presents itself. Watch the video below.

Cleverly presented as if it was a movie trailer, the video speaks directly to Kim about becoming a historic agent of change for good. It is clever for a couple of reasons. First, it's a faux trailer for a non-existent movie. Kim isn't stupid, he undoubtedly got that. Second, a trailer is for a movie that is yet to be seen, and the smart metaphor presented by this video "trailer" is that Kim has an opportunity to help make that exciting film.

Trump and Kim shake hands in Singapore
The usual crowd of NeverTrumpers and naysayers are criticizing the video as "propaganda." I believe that if pressed, Trump & Company would admit that that's what it is.

But it's propaganda in the same way that a mushy letter to someone you're courting is propaganda: You want them to get excited by the promise of a wonderful future. This was undoubtedly crystal clear to Kim and his people.

For years, we've all seen satellite images of North Korea, dark next to its brightly lit up neighbor to the south. I think the most clever moment of this video is that image, in which -- through movie magic -- North Korea suddenly lights up as fully as South Korea. That had to strike a nerve with Kim.

According to Real Clear Politics, "The White House appears not to have publicized the video, which was intended for Chairman Kim."  However, the White House did post it to it's Facebook page this afternoon.

"History is always evolving, and there comes a time when only a few are called upon to make a difference," the narrator of the video says. "But the question is — what difference will the few make? The past doesn’t have to be the future. Out of the darkness can come the light, and the light of hope can burn bright."

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Brendan Greenley. He wrote, "This is the English version of the video 'trailer' that President Donald J. Trump showed Chairman Kim Jong Un during their historic summit on 6/12/18. This is a rip from the official White House press conference live stream, where they showed the video to reporters before the President took questions."  Greenley's YouTube posting includes a transcript. Below: English version. See the Korean version here.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Breaking: Trump, Kim Shake Hands in Historic Singapore Meeting

Skeptics said it wouldn't happen, but it just did. For the first time ever, a U.S. President is meeting with the leader of North Korea. 

Donald Trump with Kim Jong-un meet at US-North Korea summit
Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
SINGAPORE (AP) — President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un kicked off a momentous summit Tuesday, with Trump declaring the two would have a “great discussion” and Kim saying they had overcome “obstacles” to get to this point.

Before a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat. (More at AP)

The Guardian newspaper (UK) is live blogging from the Trump-Kim meeting.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un before their meeting in Singapore
Photograph: AP
Recent blurbs:

(Approx 9 PM ET) - Trump and Kim shake hands in Singapore

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met at the Capella hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore, the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

They shook hands on the steps of the hotel before cameras. By Trump’s standards it was a relatively low-key handshake, with no jerky movements, though it lasted for about 12 seconds.

Trump and Kim will first have a one-on-one talk before they are joined by advisers for talks later this morning.

So far, so good. Optimism from both sides. The world watches, hopeful.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Crumbs, Continued: Pelosi Belittles Strong US Economy With Lies

The U.S. economy has come roaring back under President Trump. That has Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats losing their minds.

In a press conference last Thursday, June 7, Pelosi was asked about the May unemployment figure of 3.8%, the lowest it has been in 18 years. A reporter asked her if she thought the low lever was a good thing.

Pelosi's odd response:

"This has happened before," she said, "The people say, 'Oh my goodness... the unemployment rate is down. Why isn't my purchasing power increasing?'"

"Because our economy will never fully reach its possibilities unless we increase the consumer confidence," she explained.

"This is one unusual time, and I follow it closely, where the unemployment rate is down but the dependence on subsidies -- whether it's food insecurity, housing subsidies and the rest -- has not gone down because of the wage stagnation."

"Unless we have a very significant increase in wages and bigger paychecks, we are going to increase the frustration of America's families because they'll be saying, 'Hip hip hooray, unemployment is down. What does that mean to me in my life? I need a bigger paycheck.' That's the apprehension American families have had for a while," she said. (Transcript via Real Clear Politics)

Pelosi's answer is, frankly, disconnected from reality. Has everybody's financial situation improved under Trump? Of course not, but Pelosi contradicts herself with that answer.

Monday, June 4, 2018

India's Deadly Open Wells

Villagers lower a ladder to a leopard trapped in a well.
Photo: Caters News Agency
A leopard was recently rescued by villagers in Dhundi, a village in central India near Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The story, with video, immediately went viral on Monday, June 4. It's a heartwarming story of human kindness.

But it is also a story about human carelessness. Far too often, leopards and other animals fall into vast, open wells. The lucky ones are rescued. "Another leopard was also rescued from a well using the same technique last month, after it had fallen into a well" near the same tiger reserve, reports The Daily Mail.

In May, Times Of India reported that, "An adult male leopard, estimated to be 4-5 years old, was rescued from a partially full well at Tudal, Gaondongorim, by range forest staff on Saturday."

In another report, in April, the Times reported that, "A five-year-old leopard, which fell into a 15m deep well was rescued on Saturday morning by forest officials. The leopard fell into the well while chasing a dog."

The Daily Mail reported on the rescue of a leopard from a well in late April. The cat fell 40 feet into the water while chasing a mongoose. Their story includes a video of a dog being rescued from a well.

In March, The Hindu newspaper reported that, "A two-year-old leopard that had fallen into a dry well in a village in Tumakuru district was rescued with the help of a wooden ladder." Wooden ladders seem to be a favored method of rescuing the big cats.

Mahi Upadhyay died after falling into an open well.
Photo via Aljazeera
There are hundreds more stories of leopards and other animals being rescued from open, unprotected wells in India. It's no mystery why animals fall into the wells. They're chasing prey or, in some cases, being chased. The don't see the big hole and down they go. Sometimes, a human falls in.

In June, 2012 four-year old Mahi Upadhyay died before she could be saved after falling into an open well. Aljazeera reported that the rescue wento on for about 85 hours, during which "more than 100 rescue workers drawn from the army and fire brigade, worked alongside neighbourhood residents to remove her from the narrow 68ft (21m) well - without success." According to Aljazeera, "doctors said Mahi had been dead for days, and possibly died from a lack of oxygen within half an hour of falling into the well."

Aljazeera's report pointed out that, "Mahi isn't the first young victim of a borewell carelessly left open in India." Much of the blame goes to illegal drilling for water. "In the past few years, several children have fallen into these open wells, most of which are illegally drilled in order to extract water in areas where groundwater is depleting."

Just hours after Mahi's body was recovered from the well, reported Aljazeera, "a 17-year-old boy fell into an open well in Howrah in the eastern state of West Bengal. A team of reportedly ill-equipped rescue workers pulled out the boy's corpse some 10 hours later." (Read the full story by reporter Sudha G. Tilak here.)

The Wildlife Society of Odisha has urged government "to barricade open wells with a view to saving animals, especially the elephants, which fall into them and die," Telegraph India reported last December.

The article the misfortunes of many other animals that fell into these unbarricaded wells.

"While most of the 85 animals were rescued, 12 animals, including seven elephants, died. Other wild animals, which had fallen into open wells, included sloth bear, rattle, pangolin, spotted and barking deer, wild boar, monitor lizard, jungle cat and fishing cat, the survey indicated."

Funny thing about India. They have some of the world's best technicians, scientists and doctors. They have a space program. But they just can't seem to figure out how to put a simple barricade over an open water well.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Why Mothers Day Is Problematic

No offense meant, but... Happy Mothers Day! This, of course, is meant only for people who celebrate their female parent on the second Sunday of May every year.

But not everyone cherishes the day. Some folks are actually offended by it. Some are simply confused, not only by the day but by just what a "mother" actually is. Really.

Blogger and YouTuber Mark Dice breaks this down for us in a darkly amusing video (below). Mothers Day cards, he points out, are now offensive to social justice warriors (SJWs), because "the word 'mother' refers to a woman who gave birth to a child," but since liberals "have embraced more than 58 different genders they're upset at the word 'mother' is associated with a woman." Yep. Those SJWs think men can -- or should be able to -- give birth as well. Confused? Good! You're mentally fit. Dice gives more details about why the unfit SJWs are so troubled by Mothers Day.