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Don’t fight the Christmas spirit

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I know you feel it. I know because I feel it too. For a couple weeks now, the idea of Christmas has been slowly creeping into your conscience. You’ve seen the Christmas sections already on display at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and the grocery store. You’ve commented on Facebook about how ridiculous it is that Christmas stuff was out before Halloween!

What is it about Christmas that always makes us feel so good, and why is it we can only have that feeling once a year? Why shouldn’t we feel that way all the time?

You’ve questioned if it’s ok to start your Christmas shopping… You have had a few really good ideas already. But you pushed it down. “No”, you said to yourself, “it’s too early”.

You’ve even thought about watching that first annual Christmas movie, but you keep telling yourself you’ll wait until Thanksgiving, then all bets are off!

Why? Why are we yearning for that Christmas spirit already? Has it really been that tough of a year? All the negativity: Bickering, divisiveness, finger pointing, and anger. All the negative happenings: Mass shootings, natural disasters, and civil unrest… We lost Jerry Lewis, Bill Paxton, Tom Petty, two Allman Brothers, one Batman, and Benson. Yeah, 2017 has been a tough year.

It makes sense that the idea of being together with loved ones and drinking hot chocolate around a fireplace would be appealing. It’s tough to resist the feeling you get when unwrapping a gift specially chosen for you. Or watching their face light up when they unwrap the one you picked out just for them… It’s a good feeling. So is turning on the radio and hearing Bing Crosby crooning out White Christmas as snow falls from the sky.

What is it about Christmas that always makes us feel so good, and why is it we can only have that feeling once a year? Why shouldn’t we feel that way all the time?

Replace the bickering with compassion, all the divisiveness with acceptance, the finger pointing with forgiveness, and all the anger with love. Go out of your way to get someone a small gift here and there – even if it’s just handing someone a dollar on the street. Be the one to reach across the aisle and listen to their concerns. Make time to be together with loved ones. Put your phone down for an hour or two each day and be present. Spend your time doing things that matter with the people who matter most. Let yourself feel. Let yourself laugh. Don’t hold back the things you feel, tell them. This is how we feel that spirit all the time.

Maybe there isn’t any hard evidence of a collective conscience out there. But when so many of us are individually yearning for that Christmas spirit so early this year, you have to wonder if there really is something there. Something we can’t see but all feel… A way we are all connected on a spiritual level that can’t be measured. Like our faith in God, a faith in the good in others. Maybe it’s time we tap into that faith.

A full time engineer by trade, Dan is a conservative, Christian, father, and veteran. He considers himself a rebel against the dominant liberal culture.

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    November 10, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Yahshua Messiah was born around the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
    The men that came and brought gifts to Him were actually of the order of Daniel. Daniel was shown the time when Messiah would come – 490 years – and Daniel instructed the men he taught to bring the gifts and annoint Him as Mashiach (Messiah) at that time.
    Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 

    The constellations appearing to them gave them the confirmation that this was the time that Daniel had told them about and they were very glad!

    Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
    (Mat 2:1-12)

    Please step outside of your confinement and realize that the Most High is calling His people to His kingdom now.

    Yahshua is returning to save Israel. He spoke to Israel with everlasting WORDs – Hear o’ Israel – I am one and you shall love YHVH with all your being.

    xmas is not for His people. (Jer 10:1-16)

    Jer 10:16  The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former (Creator) of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The YeHoVaH Tzavaot (Lord of Hosts) is his name. 

    hands be strong.
    Mat_10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    Mat_15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    Act_2:36  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

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GOP plays pro-life card in an election year bluff for votes

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GOP plays pro-life card in an election year bluff for votes

With another year of failure behind them and a midterm election ahead, the GOP is busy doing as it always does under such circumstances, squeezing a boatload of bills through Congress designed to give the appearance that they’re keeping their word to the conservative base of the party.

An ace-in-the-hole often played by the Gang Of Phonies when they are desperate for our cash and our votes is the pro-life card, which explains their plan to hold a show vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act (BAASA) later this week.

If passed, BAASA would allegedly protect infants delivered alive after a failed abortion which begs the question, if a failed abortion delivers a live baby and a successful abortion delivers a dead baby, isn’t abortion the very definition of premeditated murder?

Premeditated Murder: The term that is used to describe a murder that was planned in advance and was carried out willfully. – Black’s Law Dictionary

In 2002–strangely enough, another midterm election year–George W. Bush signed a similar bill called the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA). While the bill claimed to provide legal protection for an infant born alive after a failed abortion, BAIPA failed to provide penalties or enforcement mechanisms to punish violators.

Without those provisions, the law was meaningless and made it possible for a baby killer like Kermit Gosnell–who routinely murdered babies by severing their spinal cords with scissors through the back of the neck or drowning them in toilets after being born alive–to become a millionaire.

While it can be argued that BAASA might do some good, this is simply an election year ploy that falls woefully short of doing what’s necessary to end the abortion holocaust.

For example, there has been no advance of the “most pro-life platform in GOP history,” which included commitments to defund Planned Parenthood, ban dismemberment abortions, and pass a Human Rights Amendment to the Constitution. In fact, Trump and the GOP actually supported the abortion industry by passing three spending bills in 2017 that fully funded Planned Parenthood.

As a supporter of the Federalist Party and the Convention of States project, I see this charade as more proof that conservatives need to leave the GOP and join these movements. Only by reigning in the federal government and returning power to the states will we bring an end to this holocaust.

What difference could it make? Well, Indiana State Rep. Curt Nisly just introduced a bill that would completely ban abortion in the state. In Roe v. Wade America, his chances of success are somewhere between slim and none. But in Constitutional America, where “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” NIsly’s bill would likely succeed.

BAASA may or may not become law, but it’s nothing more than a lame attempt by RINOs to save their jobs. The lives of the unborn deserve better than this.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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The 10 most genocidal leaders in history

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The 10 most genocidal leaders in history

Here is another list article from John Hawkins Grumpy Sloth website. This piece was written by Deena Lyon, and continues to warn those who love socialism siren song that it shall raise humanity up, and take care of humanity for a very long time.

Trouble is when you take the place of God himself and fear that people will turn on you, what can you do? You must shackle them in fear, up to threating and even carrying out the death sentence. You think big government will take care of the people, but more often than not, it becomes a weapon against the innocent and has murdered millions if not billions and trillions and googols of them. We as humans just never learn that we can’t better than or without God Almighty.

Most of the men listed here (sorry ladies, no devil women here) were leaders from the 20th Century. Only one man listed that took power in the late 19th Century.

Reference

The 10 Most Genocidal Leaders In World History

https://grumpysloth.com/10-genocidal-leaders-world-history/There must be a special place in Hell for the dictators on this list. The majority of them found Communism and/or Socialism to be the ultimate tool in committing mass murder. If you ever wonder how one person can kill millions just remember that government can be the most dangerous instrument known to mankind.

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Personalized Artificial Intelligence: Project Pai hopes to let you do things for yourself without you

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Personalized Artificial Intelligence Project Pai hopes to let you do things for yourself without you

Imagine having a digital “avatar” that could do things for you. It could interact how you interact, do things on your behalf, and possibly even replace you in certain situations. Sound impossible? It may not be for long.

Project PAI, which stands for Personalized Artificial Intelligence, hopes to build these avatars based upon your online interactions. It utilizes blockchain protocols to power the creation of a “virtual you” that you can unleash on the web and eventually through other venues.

Let’s fast-forward a bit with speculation. Could this ever be used to create an avatar that is so much like you, it replaces you completely? Could it be used to help grieving friends and family once you die? Could it sit in for you in meetings? The potential here is incredible, but it can also be scary. There was an episode of Dark Mirror that took it to the extreme, taking similar concepts and applying them to a synthetic body that replaced  a deceased husband.

Others, as you can watch in the video above, are even more skeptical about the potential this brings.

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