… MORALLY SUPERIOR to Republicans.
… MORE HONEST than Republicans.
… SMARTER than Republicans
The following was written by Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics and is reprinted with permission.
At the beginning of the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey stood on a snow-covered bridge preparing to jump into the icy river below.
He was going to kill himself after concluding that he had made a mess of things and that his life had counted for nothing. Then, at the height of his despair, he was visited by Clarence – an angel who showed him all the lives he had touched and how different his community would be had he never lived. In the end, George came to see that he had walked onto that bridge because he was allowing his life to be defined by its failures.
There is a valuable lesson in that for the pro-life movement.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision and, for those of us who fight for the unborn, I often get the feeling that our self-doubt and sense of failure has grown with each of those years. While we don’t question the rightness of our cause, the enormity of its challenges makes us question whether our blood, sweat and tears have bought very much. This attitude seems to be reinforced when you recognize that, for all our efforts, we have not returned legal protection to one baby in one state. On the surface, it seems that all we’ve really done is minimally regulate the circumstances under which they can be killed.
While that analysis may be technically accurate, the picture it paints is misleading. Although few, if any, would call me an angel, I want to point out what our country would be like had my brothers and sisters in this struggle not done what they have done.
When I started Life Dynamics in 1992, there were over 2100 abortion clinics in America. Today, there are just over 600 and most of those that remain are gasping for air. But be assured, if the pro-life movement had never existed, there could easily be one in every mall and strip shopping center in the country.
Now if you think the idea of mall-based abortion franchises is too crass even by Planned Parenthood’s standards, you don’t know much about Planned Parenthood. In reality, this is precisely the kind of thing they would do if they could get away with it.
You might also be tempted to think that the American people would not tolerate something this outrageous. If so, I remind you that, fifty years ago, those same people would have labeled you insane if you had predicted that they would soon be driving past free-standing abortion businesses with toll-free numbers, Yellow Page ads and credit-card decals on the front door. Moreover, they would have hauled you away to some asylum if you had predicted that these barbarians would be doing late-term abortions on healthy babies being carried by healthy moms, or that it would be legal for 12-year-old girls to be taken to these places and aborted without their parent’s knowledge.
The point is, if you consider that these things happened in a country with a vibrant pro-life movement, it is quite reasonable to predict that there would be abortion franchises in the malls of a country with no pro-life movement. In that environment, we could also expect to see abortion pills hanging in bubble packs at the check-out counters of every convenience store in the country. In fact, they’d make the perfect companion to the large variety of condoms and “personal lubricants” that are hanging there now.
The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is that, without the pro-life movement, America would have devolved into a country where the killing of an unborn child has no more moral significance than the pulling of a tooth.
Now, for those who think I am exaggerating about these things, let me introduce some facts you may not have considered.
In the early 1920s, the Soviet Union became the first industrialized nation in the world to legalize abortion. Many years later, several studies were conducted to determine how that decision was playing out. To put it mildly, the findings were stunning.
One published study documented that the average Soviet woman had nine abortions during her child-bearing years. Other research documented that 90 percent of all first pregnancies in the Soviet Union and 60 percent of all subsequent pregnancies were legally aborted. It is also known that, of the remaining pregnancies, many of them ended in illegal or unreported abortions. The result was that, according to one American researcher, in some parts of the Soviet Union it was not uncommon for women to undergo as many as 28 abortions.
Today, the Russian government is saying that the health consequences of this have been catastrophic for that nation’s women. Additionally, economists are saying that the demographic realities brought on by Russia’s artificially shrunken population will inevitably cause an economic meltdown. In fact, some demographers are arguing that this collapse has already begun.
The important thing for us to recognize is that the Soviet experience with abortion is a prototype for what happens in any country where the abortion industry is allowed to operate without opposition and, thus, without restraint. Make no mistake, had it not been for the American pro-life movement, what happened in the Soviet Union would have been duplicated right here. We would not now be standing on the graves of 50 million dead babies; we would be standing one the graves of 150 million or 250 million or … God only knows how many. Think about that the next time you start to question what the blood, sweat and tears of the pro-life movement have bought.
As we go forward, it is important to never forget that this is not a war between the pro-life movement and the abortion lobby. It is a war between the abortion lobby and the unborn. The pro-life movement is merely a collection of soldiers who volunteered to fight on the side of defenseless children who would, otherwise, be left alone to face these remorseless and amoral cowards.
In the final analysis, we are stronger today than we’ve ever been. For all our faults – and they are many – we have made it clear that whatever sacrifices must be made, we will make; whatever burdens must be borne, we will bear; and whatever obstacles must be overcome, we will overcome.
We have lived this commitment – and we will keep living it – because that is what God expects of us. Two thousand years ago, He promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against us – and we understand that if the front door of an abortion clinic is not a gate into hell, then hell does not exist.
So, while it is true that the pro-life movement has not yet won, it is just as true that we will never quit. Despite the setbacks we might face and the battles we might lose, we are going to continue doing our duty and trusting God to deliver the promised victory. But until that day comes, we will not allow Satan to rub our noses in our failures. We will be proud of what we have accomplished, unapologetic about where we have tried and failed, focused on the battle in front of us, and resolute about the future.
And we’re going to leave the snow-covered bridges to our enemies.
The Forehead Chakra is said to be the gateway to one’s inner wisdom.
It is also known as The Third Eye Chakra.
And Satan is known as The Lord of the Flies.
Bookworm recalled Isaac Asimov’s 1953 short story called “Flies”, in which Casey (one of the characters) is always surrounded by flies, because they believe he is their god Satan. Although the flies worship Casey, he considers them inconveniences to be destroyed. I’m guessing the fly in this video can relate.
Most of Obama’s numerous fly incidents have not ended with national broadcast television huzzahs about his “Ninja-like reflexes”:
At PoliNation, the Grunt of Monte Cristo pointed out:
In the spiritual realm, extreme sanctity and extreme evil are often manifested as signs in the physical world. This is a lot more common than you might think. Living saints, for example, were often said to be surrounded by the smell of roses.
Conversely, the presence of real evil is sometimes accompanied by an actual stench, and sometimes the presence of flies or other vermin around them. This man obviously has a problem with flies during some of his appearances, even in the middle of winter. That’s not a good sign.
This is what the Left says about The Fly Worker:
Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being … who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet. …
There’s a vast amount of positive energy swirling about that’s been held back by the armies of BushCo darkness, and this energy has now found a conduit, a lightning rod…. People and emotions and ideas of high and positive vibration are automatically drawn to him.
It’s exactly like how Bush was a magnet for the low vibrational energies of fear and war and oppression and aggression, but, you know, completely reversed. And different. And far, far better.
Didja catch the anti-Christian slurs in there?
As for the alleged “magnet for the low vibrational energies of fear and war and oppression and aggression”, let’s just say that George W. Bush was unashamed of his faith in Jesus Christ. I’ve heard he reads the Bible all the way through once every year! Here are examples of “Bushco darkness”:
Let me think how those compare with Obama’s policies. Hmmm. I think Pope Benedict XVI has the best take on all this:
I came across these words of Our Lord the other day and it got me curious to know if this “gotta happen before He comes again” sign had been fulfilled yet. So I googled. There are 196 nations in the world. I looked them all up and learned that, indeed, the Good News has been preached to ALL NATIONS!
Nations where Christians are not persecuted, grouped by size of population, then alphabetically
Nations where Christians are persecuted, grouped by degree then ranked by severity (2013 Open Doors list)
Note: The majority of these nations have <10% Christian population. Where it is more, the nation is starred.
SUMMARY of persecution sources
Eritrea* – All evangelical churches were closed in 2002 following a government ban on religious groups other than Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran and Islam. The government is very hard on non-traditional Christians, but members of the Orthodox Church also report on evangelical believers, and Muslim extremists are ready to take over where the government leaves off. When believers are discovered they are arrested and held in shipping containers in military camps. At least 105 Christians were arrested in 2012, and 31 Christians were reported to have died in prison.
Ethiopia* – For years, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has persecuted believers who have left their ranks or joined renewal movements. But Islamic extremism has now become the dominant source of persecution. Converts and ‘underground believers’ have to be very cautious to avoid being traced. Muslim fanatic group, Kewarjah, is repeatedly blamed for attacks against Christians in the south-west. A new law banning all religious messages and talks from public spaces is expected to bring a wave of restrictions against Christians.
This started out as a continuation on the theme of Why We Are So Screwed (see https://polination.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/democrats-hate-god-its-that-simple/) but ended up being a bunch of fun stuff about the Jewish calendar and Noah’s Ark.
I confess that I was pretty much totally creeped out when I realized that the FIRST full day of Obama’s SECOND term was the FORTIETH anniversary of Roe v. Wade. ONE, TWO and FORTY are all Big Important Numbers in the Bible. And there’s no question Obama is THE most rabidly pro-abortion president EVER.
I’ve talked about ONE (God) and TWO (complementary or contrasting pairs) before, but I haven’t explored FORTY in any depth, so I did that this morning during my Bible and Java time on the couch. (Fave part of the day!)
According to my Bible Dictionary, FORTY is associated with new developments in the history of God’s Big Plan, particularly with periods of TRIAL and CHASTISEMENT.
Funny how in the number FORTY, there is a SINGLE number with TWO meanings. And when you add the ONE number with the TWO meanings you get, tada, God’s Big Number, THREE.
I started looking up the FORTY incidents my Bible Dictionary listed, beginning with Noah and the Ark, when God sent FORTY days and FORTY nights of heavy rain and drowned everybody but Noah and those with him in the ark.
Obviously, mega CHASTISEMENT for the sinful earthlings who drowned, but I’m thinking it was no picnic being shut up on that boat with all those animals in all that humidity, so mega TRIAL for the righteous. Ew.
But Scripture provides a bunch of actual dates and time frames within the whole story that got me intrigued. I had so much fun researching, it took up the whole day! I never did get to any more of the FORTY incidents. LOL
The Jewish calendar is composed of TWELVE lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days, for a total of 354 days. Like us, they use leap years to keep it from getting out of synch with the solar cycle. Below is a list of the common months and the major holidays with the 2013 dates for our calendar.
1. Tishrei (30 days)
- Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept 5, 2013.
- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Sept 14, 2013.
- Sukkot (Feast of Booths/Tabernacles) Sept 19-25, 2013.
2. Marcheshvan (29 days)
3. Kislev (30 days)
- Hannukah Nov 28-Dec 5, 2013
4. Tevet (29 days)
5. Shevat (30 days)
- In leap years, they stick an extra month in between Shevat and Adar.
6. Adar (29 days)
- Purim February 23-24, 2013.
7. Nisan (30 days)
- Pesach (Passover) Always begins on Nisan 15, lasts 7 or 8 days and celebrates God freeing the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Mar 26 – Apr 2, 2013.
8. Iyar (29 days)
- Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) – Apr 16, 2013.
- Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) – May 7, 2013
9. Sivan (30 days)
- Shavuot (Pentecost) – May 15-16, 2013
10. Tammuz (29 days)
11. Av (30 days)
- Tisha B’av (The Ninth of Av) A fast day that commemorates two of the saddest events in Jewish history that both occurred on the ninth of Av – the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE and of the Second Temple in 70 CE. July 16, 2013.
12. Elul (29 days)
According to Genesis 7 and 8:
2/10: The Noahs got themselves and the animals on to the ark during the second month, Marcheshvan, which falls in October.
2/17: The rain started a week later “in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month.”
7/17: The ark “came to rest on the mountains of Ararat” one hundred and fifty days later “in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month.” This date is always the third day of Passover, which falls in the spring.
Can you imagine what it was like on the ark, with the animals and the humidity and the motion sickness and the relatives living in close quarters? I bet the Pilgrims had a whole new understanding of the Noah story after their arduous boat ride across the Atlantic in their itty bitty, mega crowded Mayflower!
10/1: The level of the water “continued to diminish” until “the first day of the tenth month” when “the tops of the mountains appeared.” The tenth month is Tammuz; it falls in June.
11/10 part one: “At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch of the ark that he had made.” FORTY days after the first of Tammuz is the tenth of Av.
Both destructions of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem happened on the 9th of Av. I love it that the hope-filled day when Noah first opened the hatch of the ark was the 10th of Av. It’s like God gave the Jews a sign of hope about the Temples centuries before they would even need it.
11/10 part two: On this day, Noah “released a RAVEN. It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth. Then Noah released a DOVE, to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.”
I was puzzled about the RAVEN and the DOVE, until I thought to surf a bird guide and learned that ravens live on mountains and eat almost anything, including carrion, while doves live among tall grasses or groves of trees and eat mostly seeds.
The RAVEN didn’t come right back, because it was comfortable spending time on the mountains that had been exposed. But it “flew back and forth” for a while, maybe because ravens are really smart and this one knew the people on the ark were good for a meal of something other than carrion (which I expect was plentiful, what with the way dead animals float) and a place out of the wind to catch some zzzs.
Noah released a DOVE to see if “the waters had lessened on the earth”, because the dove would not be comfortable staying out until there was dry land and seed-bearing plants down in the foothills and valleys.
11/17: “Noah waited yet seven days more and again released the dove from the ark. In the evening the dove came back to him, and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf! So Noah knew that the waters had diminished on the earth.” They’d have been in July more or less.
11/24: “He waited yet another seven days and then released the dove; but this time it did not come back.” That was a good sign, since it meant there was not only dry land, but also plants that had flowered and were now bearing seeds in the valleys below.
1/1: “In the first month, on the first day of the month, Noah removed the covering of the ark and saw that the surface of the ground had dried.”
I was puzzled why Noah waited five weeks after the dove took off before removing the “covering of the ark”, but then I went back to the instructions God gave him for building in Chapter Six. There were only two openings, one “for daylight” (the “hatch”) and “the entrance on its side” (the “covering of the ark”).
Obviously, opening the latter was a big deal, both mechanically and because the animals would have gotten very antsy to be let loose once it was opened. It makes sense that he waited until he was sure there was habitat available for them.
Can you IMAGINE what it meant for the Noahs to get that Big Door open and start sending the animals off the ark? And wow … on New Year’s Day, no less! Best New Year’s Ever!!
2/27: The journey ended in Marcheshvan, the same month it had started the year before. “In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. Then God said to Noah: Go out of the ark.”
SUMMARY: The Noahs boarded on Marcheshvan 10, the rain began on Marcheshvan 17 and they debarked the following year on Marcheshvan 27. Since the Jewish lunar calendar is about eleven days shorter than our solar calendar, it works out that they boarded with the animals ONE week before the rain started, which is kinda like the SEVEN days of Creation, then were on board for ONE solar year. That is so cool!
40s in the Bible. See a list @ http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/40.html
Lessons from the Olive Tree @ http://www.pray4zion.org/LessonsfromtheOliveTree.html
About ravens @ http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Raven/lifehistory
About doves @ http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Ground-Dove/id
Hebrew calendar @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_calendar
Posted by Pistol Pete
I had intended to post yesterday,but my narcolepsy(yes,I do have it) was pretty bad yesterday.Seeing the hits we had,perhaps I should just shut up.
Hillary testified today,and as your humble correspondent predicted long ago she didn’t remember anything.I sure wish somebody on our side would give these libs a dose of what our people get when they’re testifying.Hillary! is in line for 2016 if Barky decides to give up the throne,so they had to clear her name.A few American lives seems a cheap price to pay.