davidl on January 6th, 2017

We are all conceived, and born, as either a male or female.  This is just a biological fact.   By social custom we choose to use the restroom that conforms to our god given sex.  For the vast  majority this system works just fine.  Never content to leave what works alone, social justice warriors are now demanding that people who aare in denial about their biological sex be allowed to use any and all restrooms at their whim.
Texas ponders a strike against tranny insanity, from Dallas Morning News:

AUSTIN — Cities like Dallas and Austin could have to undo local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination if Texas passes the so-called bathroom bill unveiled Thursday, a proposal panned by the business community that’s wreaked havoc on other states’ economies

[…]

Those decisions would be left entirely up to each private businesses under this bill, which could choose to allow transgender men to use the men’s room, or restrict patrons to use only those restrooms that match their “biological sex.”

Normal people, those not in denial of the god-given biological sex, are quite content to use the restroom whick conforms to their sex.  In contrast, those in denial want to use either restroom at their whim.   I hardly call it discrimination to ask all biological males, or females, make the same choices.

As a senator, Barack Obama was not smart enough to convince some twenty odd senator to vote for him for party leader rather than the both cranky and senile Dirty Harry Reid.   Yet the left would have us believe that Obama, or as I call him Dim Won, was some major intellect.

More over just smart does one have to be to become chair of a grievance studies department at Princeton?   I guess having an IQ somewhere around Dim Won’s average line of bowling. from Mark Finkelstein, Legal Insurrection:

Now, in the waning days of a Dem presidency, a touching trust in the judgment of the president is in evidence on the left. On today’s Morning Joe, Prof. Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of Princeton’s African-American studies department, said he is “struck” that anyone would question President Obama’s judgment that sanctions against Russia are warranted. After all, argued Glaude, the president “has sworn to protect this country.”

The time time line according to David Burge a/k/a Iowahawk, via Clarice Feldman:

  • John Podesta, like 100% of everyone who has ever had a email account, received a password phishing email. He fell for it.
  • According to some accounts, the phishing email had Russian fingerprints/characteristics in its metadata.
  • Whatever the case, the password purloiners downloaded his emails, which eventually got into the hands of Wikileaks, who made them public.
  • The emails were mildly embarrassing, revealing frequent circle jerking between the DNC and journalists. Mostly embarrassing to media.
  • At the time of their release (Oct) they were hardly covered by any media, and largely dismissed as a big fat nothingburger.
  • Not one of the people whose emails were revealed has ever disputed their authenticity or provenance.
  • Fast forward to December. The October nothingburger has now magically transformed into “vote hacking” and “election hacking.”
  • New narrative: treasonous Trump operatives conspired with Putin to hypnotically mesmerize Clinton voters into pulling the wrong lever.
  • This is not Alex Jones or angry conspiracy kook Facebook uncles, it’s the NYTs, the WaPo, our beloved State Radio.
  • How effective has this been? If polls are to be believed, 50%+ of Democrats believe the Russians literally modified vote tallies.

There is no need to invoke a conspiracy for can be better explained by stupidity.   The Clinton campaign either had no clue on how to protect information, or no interest in doing so.

As for motivations, Dim Won knew everything in October but wasn’t motivated to act until after Mrs. Clinton lost the election.

China hacked into a million government records and Dim Won does nothing.  John Podesta falls for a phishing scam and Dim Won expels thirty-five Russian diplomats.

 

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/01/obama_a_political_corpse.html#ixzz4UhwWCq1G
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Eric Florack on January 2nd, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen I urge you to consider the words of Thomas Jefferson…

“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia, 1782

Jefferson is saying of course that  we cannot maintain  Liberty  absent that conviction.  He’s quite right.  But just as important…..Underneath that conviction of whence rights come is another conviction… That God exists.
Both historically and currently government itself is the biggest usurper of Human Rights. Is it any wonder that the Believers in big government have been trying to use the power of government to convince us that God does not exist? To separate the American people from that belief?
Just something to think about today.


davidl on January 2nd, 2017

I remember watching a clip from Game of Thrones in which the murder of both of mother and her newborn son was debated. What was disturbing to me, is that the advocates of murdering the two were making rational arguments, Such was the state of Game of Thrones universe.

Meanwhile back in our universe and time, from AP:

One person was seriously hurt when a pre-teen suicide bomber detonated her explosives early during an attack in Nigeria on Saturday, and an angry crowd captured another female bomber and lynched her, AFP reported.

No one had claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred near a food vendor selling noodles around 9:30 p.m.; however, the incident resembled the type of assault typically used by the Boko Haram terror group. Two girls under the age of 10 had blown themselves up in December in attacks that injured 19.

“[Judging] from her corpse the girl was around 10 years old,” witness Grema Usman told AFP of the New Year’s Eve bomber

In the words of William Sherman, “War is Hell.” I certainly long for the luxury of a world where all children are deemed innocent and are protected. Yet when children become weapons of war does such a virtue remain affordable.
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Eric Florack on January 2nd, 2017

Observe the evidence of the end times.

In a video published by The Daily Xtra, in partnership with The Transgender Project, Wolscht says he “can’t deny I was married. I can’t deny I have children.” But he also says that living as a six-year old child, with the support of two older friends who act as his parents, is part of how he’s “moved forward now[.]”

“I’ve gone back to being a child. I don’t want to be an adult right now,” he says.

According to Wolscht, “I was trans” before meeting and marrying his wife, Maria. At 46, he decided to live as a woman – and Maria told him to “stop being trans or leave.” So he left, starting hormone therapy in 2009.

After multiple attempts at suicide, losing a job, and being homeless, Wolscht says, “I have a mommy and a daddy – an adopted mommy and daddy – who are totally comfortable with me being a little girl.”

“Insanity”, some of you will say. And that’s absolutely correct.
That being said however, here’s a rather important question… At exactly what point did this situation Traverse into insanity?

Eric Florack on December 31st, 2016

Me, elsewhere…
Look, even absent Russian influence let’s talk about what actually moved the needle on this election. Whoever it was that attained the emails, those documents, attained #genuine #articles. Nobody, not even the Democrats has disputed the idea the documents and what they revealed were true. So, what influenced the election was the distribution of the truth. 
Somehow I don’t see that as particularly Criminal.
Now let’s look more directly at the charge were involved with this revelation. For this part I have to refer back to something that I already wrote a few weeks ago….
Does anybody remember Ted Kennedy sending a letter to the Russians back in 1984 trying to delegitimize the election of Ronald Reagan?

Does anybody remember the hell-raising that Al Gore brought to the table over his losing the election?

There’s more to this list of course but you get the point I think. It’s impossible to look at the current situation without examining the history of the thing.

And by the way let’s also remember that several laws were broken to provide the Russians with uranium. And now based on what Hillary Clinton’s people are saying it was the Russians that caused her to lose the election? I don’t think so.

Even if we ignore this, does anybody really think that if the Russians were going to hack the election that they would allow Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote?

I mean, look. Anybody who’s read anything I’ve written in the last year knows full well that I am no way a Donald Trump supporter. The fact of the matter is that absent Hillary Clinton’s criminality there is no way Donald Trump wins the presidency.

And isn’t that the real Point here? We’re not just talking about covering up a political loss. We’re talking about muddying the water to prevent prosecution for criminality on a scale seldom seen at these levels of government previously.

Stalin you see taught his lessons well.

At the end of the day all this is about muddying the water so as to prevent effective prosecution. The Democrats know full well that there is a chance albeit a small one, that Donald Trump will actually have the stones to respond to the public outcry for Democrat blood.

If you doubt me on this, ask George Zimmerman about the value of a narrative that is well entrenched before facts show up.

davidl on December 30th, 2016

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Vladimir Putin:

“We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts,”

Source.

davidl on December 30th, 2016

Statement from the soon to be former President of the United States:

Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior

Source.

Does cyber harassment include calling Dim Won, a/k/a Barack Obama stupid?  If so, I plead guilty.

The bottom line is that Dim Won accused the Russians of hacking the election, but his intelligence agencies, such as they are, could find no evidence of election hacking.   Never the less, fake news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post proclaimed the election was hacked.  News flash, phishing is not hacking.  Phishing is targeted trolling for fools, to entice them to do something stupid.   Example, John Podesta giving some stranger his password.

davidl on December 29th, 2016

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Senator Ted Cruz:

Like bitter clingers, President Obama and Secretary Kerry are spending every last minute of this administration wreaking havoc domestically and abroad. With their last breath in office, they have struck at Israel, through the United Nations and through today’s disgraceful speech.

Hat tip: Conservative Review.

davidl on December 29th, 2016

J. Forbes Kerry Lurches off stage in what we can only hope is Lurch’s final speech as Secretary of State. Lurch opined out the dream, delusion, of two states, one Jewish and the other Palestinian, living side by side by together in peace. It stands to reason, not necessarily Lurch’s forte, that in order for any two states and neighbors to live together in peace, both must accept the other state’s right to exist. The Pali’s have never accepted Israel’s right to exist and rejected mulitiple two state proposals, due the nasty inclusion of a Jewish state, from JVW, Patterico’s Pontifications:

Giving a farewell (and not a moment too soon!) speech at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry backed up the Obama Administration’s ugly betrayal of Israel at last week’s U.N. Security Council session, and in a way that only a smug, pompous, crass, rich dilettante who travels with a full security detail could, he essentially demanded that Israel open themselves to Islamofascist violence

[…]

[T]o advance this proposition now, after the Administration’s cluelessness towards events in Egypt, wrong choices in Libya, and ugly dithering in Syria has made things in that region far worse than they should be — to pivot and blame Israel for ruining the peace process under those circumstances is a level of delusional make-believe that I wouldn’t have thought even these vacuous narcissists would stoop to. The foreign policy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry has been relentlessly awful for eight years, and good riddance to that horrid crew.

Everybody has to right sometime, given Lurch’s long history of being wrong, this does not appear to be the time.

davidl on December 27th, 2016

Tranny wars continue as the main stream media continues to ignore basic biological science, from Abbot Koloff, North Jersey

From the moment he joined, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado eagerly looked forward to camping trips and science projects as a member of the Cub Scouts. But his expectations were dashed after his mother said she received a phone call from a scouting official who told her that Joe would no longer be allowed to participate because he was born a girl.

Kristie Maldonado said she was stunned because her son had been a member of Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus for about a month, and his transgender status had not been a secret. But some parents complained, an official from the Northern New Jersey Council Boy Scout told her – even though her son had been living as a boy for more than a year and was accepted as a boy at school, she said

Koloff fails to cite Joe Maldonaldo’s birth name. However if Koloff has actually been awake in his high school biology class, he would  have known that calling a girl a boy does not make her a boy, not even in New Jersey.

As for Mother Maldonado, when did she plan to explain to her daughter that she was born a girl and will die a girl.

Eric Florack on December 26th, 2016

Having received word of the retirement of Dr Thomas Sowell, I can’t help but think that conservatism has lost a great voice going forward.

I personally believe that his writing should be required reading in high school particularly in the schools of the inner city. Trouble of course is that such schools are run by people who are convinced that he is not a real black person, whatever that means.
Actually, I take that back. I do know what they mean. I have said that for decades now that most if not all problems attributed to race and racism are in fact based in culture. The good doctor has never seen any value in what I will euphemistically call Black street culture. His acceptance and adoption of mainstream American culture has put him on the outs with the Welfare Society of today. That cultural battle is one that the good doctor has been fighting all of his adult life as far as I can see.
As He suggests, being age 86 is certainly a formidable reason to retire. His writing and his insights will certainly be missed to some degree. But one thing I’ve always in my readings of his work is that they have attended to points of logic and reason that reach beyond the political immediate.
I will close by adding my voice to the long list of well-wishers. Thank you, Doctor.

davidl on December 26th, 2016

The girl who yelled wolf.  Jill baby, your fifteen minutes of fame are up, from Hill:

Jill Stein is continuing her push to investigate the integrity of the U.S. electoral system, with lawyers for the former Green Party presidential candidate asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to probe the issue.

“We write to urge the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the integrity of our nation’s election system generally, and our nation’s voting machines specifically, based on the information we discovered in the course of this representation,” reads the letter from Stein’s counsel dated Friday.

[…]

Recounts uncovered no widespread voter fraud or hacking.

Stifle yourself.

Eric Florack on December 24th, 2016

Edtor’s note:

Once again as in years past, I’ve found my inbox filled with messages from longtime readers who wonder if I’m going to be re-posting “A Bithead’s Christmas”, and begging me to do so.

As I believe I’ve told you in previous years, I get more email about this one single post, these 2900 or so words, then I have about anything else written here. And it happens every single year. Either this one post is particularly good, or the rest of it is comparatively bad. You’ll forgive me if in my vanity, I believe the former. I take that they’re using Email, instead of simply leaving comments, to mean that I’ve struck a very personal and private nerve. Touching people in that fashion is a very rare thing, and one I take very seriously, so the answer to the question is “Yes, of course I’ll run it again”.

Understand going in, it may not be politically correct. I seek no absolution, no forgiveness, for it’s being overtly Christian in nature, any more than I seek absolution or forgiveness for anything else that I put into these spaces. It is what it is, because Christmas is what it is, and because I speak my mind on the topic at hand, whatever that is.

Christmas, and thereby, Christianity itself, has been going on for a little over 2000 years, in spite of all the naysayers, protesters and government regulations that history has managed to toss up in those 2000- plus years. It does so, because at the core of it all, is a message…….. a message that all the naysayers, protesters and government hacks will never understand, much less conquer. It is a message that will survive the ravages of time, government, and liberals, fascists, and anything and everything else, long after you and I are no longer even a memory in this world. The Christmas message, you see, is eternal, and ever green.

(Evergreen. I am suddenly struck with the symbolism here)
There is something of a journalistic precedent for this as well. . . I do not pretend to hold myself quite so high in the world as these media outlets who have such traditions as “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”… but they’ve been getting away with such things for well over 100 years, so I suppose I can get away with it, here.

One of the things that man has always found fascinating about the Christmas story, is that you can reread it all your life, and every time you reread it, you find a new truth buried within it, so perhaps that’s WHY we get away with repeating such stories. It’s perhaps where such traditions come from.

 

So with all this in mind, and with the hope of helping you find new meaning in this season… and peace… a personal peace… in these troubled times, I will offer once again this year:

A Bithead’s Christmas

I find myself wanting to take more seriously, the challenge of writing to the subject of Christmas, today, than I have in years past. It’s not clear in my mind as to why, but this isn’t unusual… I never really do have a firm grip on why I want to attack a subject in these spaces. In fact, the writing of a coulmn for me has becomes more an effort of exploring a subject; the codification of random thoughts. The act of putting those thoughts into words on a screen allows me to think about, and RE-think about the subject at hand. My thoughts on a given subject often do not fully take shape until such time as I’ve re-written them twice. Often, indeed… usually, the ideas are already there, waiting to be cast into words, but not fully defined until the act of sitting down and typing them out. I suppose this subject is no exception.
To this effort, some blogs, this time of year will quote the great Gospels of Christ’s arrival, and expound on that. And that’s worthy, and right. Some others will take the secular angle of the holiday and go off on that. That too, is fine, though frankly it’s always for me missed the core of the topic, a little.
But not me, for either of those tacks. Not this year. I’m going to go off the beaten path, for this post, at least in context of this blog, given it’s Christmas, and off the beaten path in terms of the Liturgical calendar, given it’s me. I’m going to stick with the meaning of Christmas, but to point it up, I’m going to turn to something a little later… about 30 years later… for my subject. I trust you’ll see why when I’m done.
This story is in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. We’ll use Luke’s version for the purpose.

In Luke 18 it reads:

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Now, all three versions add a little something to the story, and I suggest you read them yourself to get it all.

Most times that Christians hear this text or read it, a child is being baptized. The apparently intended thrust of reading it in those situations is to make a loose connection with the Children being accepted by Christ. And, that’s a valid angle for the story. But, think about the story line, here, so you can get the flavor of what I’m going to describe to you. There’s a far bigger angle that many miss.
See, Christ has been playing “superstar” for a while, now. He’s been attracting flat out huge crowds wherever he goes. The disciples are starting to become concerned for the (human) well being of Christ. Children are, then as now, a source of some stress to adults already under stress, so the disciples decide, wordlessly to give the Lord a break. But Jesus says.. “Hey… No.. Let ’em come… It’s OK. ” Apparently, seeing some remaining resistance in their eyes, he reinforces the command with a statement that must have shaken them badly. “It’s to the likes of these as belongs the Kingdom of God.”
Now, It’s not hard for us to imagine what’s going on in the minds of the disciples…. They must have felt a little put back… While not saying so, they must have figured they had an inside track to Heaven. (Shrug) It’s human nature.
The passages don’t record if they said anything, but you just know what they’re thinking, here… “Comon, Jesus… We’re tryin’ to give you a break here! And you elevate these lowest of low, mere children, into the ownership of heaven? You raise a polite nothing to a path to heaven and eternity? What’s THAT about?”
And you know, Jesus knows it too. He knows full well what they’re thinking, because watch what he comes back with: “I’ll tell you the truth;”, he says, “Unless you change… Unless you transform, and accept the kingdom of heaven like a child, you’ll never enter it.”
But what does he mean, here? He’s talking, I’m afraid, about how you lose touch with happiness and the sense of wonder, as you become an adult. That loss prevents us from seeing the Kingdom of heaven as it is.
For most of us, the happiest times of our lives was when we were children. When we’re younger, we have less in the way of cares, and troubles. Let’s admit, too, that as we get older, we become aware of, and allow more and more sadness into our lives.
It’s true; It’s a hard world out there, and being adults we’ve come to understand this, in a way of understanding that only long exposure and experience… and lots of scar tissue, can bring.
It seems that every year we have more worries and concerns.

Oh, yeah, do we EVER worry. We worry about our health, and those concerns increase with advancing age. We worry about our jobs, about our investments, our savings, about the future in general. Retirement is a concern. Will we have enough? We’re too fat, we’re too skinny. We’re too tall, we’re too short, our once wavy hair is still waving… Only, it’s waving bye-bye. We worry about the future our kids will have and the normal growing up problems, but we also worry about the future that we’ve left our kids. We look at the news, and we wonder what kind of a world have we left them? We even worry if we worry too much.
We’ve seen marriages and relationships we thought would pass the test of time, pass away, instead. Things we had hoped would come to pass, didn’t, and those we’d not dreamed, in our wildest nightmares would happen, did. We see loved ones die. Jobs disappear. Hearts get broken.
And friends, those are just the hum-drum... The everyday worries that every generation has had, since Cain bopped his brother’s bean with a rock. Then you get into the problems particular to us and our times; AIDS, oil shortages, cancer, drugs, the way our own technology seems to be spiraling out of our control…And Islamofacists.

Ah, yes, there’s nothing at all, to my mind, like the specter of 3000 plus people dying on national television, in Washington, NY and Pennsylvania… while we watch, to remind us that we’re not in control.
And yes…. it’s all about control, if you think on it for long. All these things I’ve listed are worries about things we cannot control, try as we might.

The list of these reverses, these scars, gets longer as the years progress, and it starts eventually, to break down the positive outlook in every one of us… Each according to their ability to resist. Each step, each worry, each bit of emotional scar tissue, if you will, moves us farther away from the relative joy of our comparatively carefree childhood.
By now the sharper among you will notice where I’m going with this; This is where Christmas comes in. This is why Christmas holds a special place in our hearts, and our traditions.
You see, even for the not-so-religious, it is a time of renewal of our fragile human spirit. All of the hurts, small and large, become less pronounced, and fade under the soft glow of the lights, the candles, the fireplace, and the smile of the children.

Have you ever noticed that it’s the children, in fact, that do us the most healing? Christmas, it’s said, is for the children. Presidential speechwriter and WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan noted recently about some of the qualities of children:

“They are susceptible to wonder. A child can look at a red toy car in the red-green glow of Christmas tree lights and imagine an entire lifetime. A child can play with a new doll and smell good things being cooked and hear sweet music and it can make that child imagine that life is good, which gives her a template for good, a category for good; it helps her know good exists. This knowledge comes in handy in life; those who do not receive it, one way or another, are sadder than those who do.”

Of course, we move away from that ability as we grow older. Our long experience has hardened us to the realities of the world around us, and perhaps jaded our point of view. But here comes Christmas, which gives us, individually and collectively, the chance of looking at the world through the wonder-filled eyes of a child once again… Becoming childlike ourselves in the process, and becoming healed and renewed.
The experience is a far deeper one for those who have accepted the Christmas promise, and it’s meaning. Reacting to that promise includes allowing someone else to run the controls of our lives. Remember I said it was all about control? Well, I want you to think about the features of being a child. It was Randall Jarrell, I think, who once quipped:

“One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.”

Well, let’s remember.

You’re NOT in control of much of anything. Someone who knows better, and is by far more powerful than we, is running things. And looking back, I’m sure most of us would conclude that having that situation back would be of comfort to us. Haven’t we all wished to resign from the world of adulthood at times?

I guess this would be a good place to slip in a parallel story.

Consider the fictional person of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Think about how the story develops; He’s had some serious emotional setbacks in early life… and those have become a self-feeding, never ending circle by the time we meet him, 7 years after his best friend’s death.

All these setbacks have made him cold, and hard, and for all outward appearances, non-feeling. He’s covered with emotional scar tissue. Being hard, is his way of dealing with what he cannot control. Only after his overnight experience do all these cares get swept away, along with his anger of not being able to control his situation…. The realization comes to him that he never really WAS in control in the first place, so stop fretting about it all… Think about what are essentially the first words out of his mouth as he realizes that the weight of his worries.. Not unlike worries you and I have had, are gone; “I’m as light as a feather….” The weight of that scar tissue… And all the concerns they represent having been lifted off his shoulders…
“…and as giddy as a Schoolboy!”

Like.

A.

Child.

“I’ll tell you the truth”, he said, “Unless you change.. Unless you transform, and accept the kingdom of heaven like a child, you’ll never enter it.”

Amazing parallels, aren’t they?

I’m reliably informed that Charles Dickens was not as a rule what one would call very religious. Yet, in looking at the parallels in these two story lines, I must wonder in all honesty if he didn’t have some help with “A Christmas Carol”.
Now, you’ll notice I took some liberty with the way the Biblical text was quoted. Some liberty, I say, but not very much, really, since it’s long been pointed out by Bible scholars that the word that earlier versions of the text had as ‘change’ were really translated from the ancient Greek word for “transform”. This is a major point, because it demonstrates what the first step is, and whose it is… yours.
And no, change and transformation are not the same thing. The best description I’ve ever thought of to explain the difference between the two, runs along these lines:
If I take a rock, and in the other hseasonoflight1920_xthumb.jpgand I take a large hammer, and I hit the rock with the hammer, and break it, I’ve changed that rock. If I take that same rock, and take a small hammer and chisel, and very carefully, perhaps over a period of decades, sculpt that rock into a flower, I’ve still merely changed that rock.
Transformation, on the other hand, is when the rock itself, as a matter of responding to it’s own will, becomes a flower. And of course that’s beyond the normal power of the rock, by any standard we know.

What Christ therefore is saying is, that we must become children, as of a matter of our own will. Which is, as I say, impossible by any standard we know…. Which in turn leads us to the source of all things, who teaches us how, and gives us the power to do it.

You see, the externalities I mentioned, the lights, the fire, the children…and that which Dickens writes of… the giving, the being open to what joys are around us, and so on, helps toward the goal of understanding the Christmas promise, but it’s not the whole deal.

At the core of it all… (and this is a connection that, alas, many people never make…) is that the one whose birth is being celebrated every December the 25th, is the one who takes over that long list of worries. But understand, here…THAT’S WHY WE CELEBRATE!!

With those worries removed, lives get changed, hearts mended, child-like perspectives restored in a way that the lights, carols and greenery can never do on their own. And the newly remade Children find that twatchinghe authority and responsibility and all the ponderous weight connected with them, are taken away by the one who said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”.

Now, I must warn you; There are those who will resist being told all of this… to the point of removing such joy as they find, wherever they may find it, often using the power of governments, and force of arms to have it removed from town squares and schools, mocking, persecuting and yes, even killing those responsible for the spreading of the news of this miracle.

It’s a sad truth, that a world used to darkness, you see, will continually fight to see the darkness continued. That warning given, however, I will say to you also, that it’s no accident, Christmas being called the season of light, and that Christ is called the light of the world.

If I have one wish for this Christmas, it is that you will be open to the light…. With the wondering eyes of a child.

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Eric Florack on December 23rd, 2016

Said Elsewhere, remarking on somebody else’s comments about the war on Christmas..

I don’t know if it matters much. First of all because the war on Christmas will go on regardless of the Battle Tactics and any given point. But more importantly what are they forcing us to say these days? Happy holidays?
Have any of them stopped to consider holidays is actually a contraction for holy days?
Guys in all seriousness I want you to consider something. One of the fastest ways to tear a culture apart is to get people within that culture to forget who they are and eventually to disclaim it.