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No, your children are NOT angels

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A few years ago when my youngest was under 2 years old, I went to pick him up from his daycare late in the day. He ran to me as usual and I picked him up. I quickly noticed human bite marks on his arm. I calmly asked the teacher what happened and she informed me, clearly nervous about my potential reaction, that another child had bit my son. Still calm, I asked why. The teacher informed me that my son had pushed the other child down and took his toy.

The teacher was clearly afraid I would go off on them about it protecting my kid from the “bully,” and, as I found out later, that’s because that is the normal reaction of parents. I simply looked at my son and said, “I’d have bit you too!” My son was actually the one being a brat, and he got bitten for it. Served him right.

Last week, Dave Urbanski of The Blaze reported about 17-year-old Danta Wright laughing in court as his murder victim’s mother tearfully tried to read her statement to the court. The sad disregard for life and lack of empathy for this mother who’s life he destroyed is bad enough. What makes ME crazy is that his mother decided to make excuses for him, saying that his laughing is part of his “mental illness.”

Mental illness? Ok, I might buy that. But if he was that mentally ill, why was he out roaming the streets instead of home? Where were YOU mom? Why was he in a position to kill someone?

Back in 2015, a young man named Adric White held up a Family Dollar store. A licensed concealed handgun holder walked in on the armed robbery and shot White, defending the lives of the people White was threatening. This was the 2nd armed robbery for White in a month. When it was over, White’s family said the CHL holder should have “minded his own business.”

Minded his own business? Really? Their son held up a store at gunpoint and their response was that the hero of this story should have “minded his own business?”

Guess what? If they had done a better job raising this young man, the hero COULD have minded his own business, which I’m certain he would have rather done anyway.

Michael Brown is another example. His thug mother has been in trouble with the law plenty, and naturally she made the cop her son viciously attacked after robbing a convenience store out to be the bad guy instead of recognizing her son as the thug he was.

Hey, parents! Take some responsibility for your own actions and recognize your children make mistakes too. When they do, chastise them accordingly. When you don’t, they end up becoming a Michael Brown or a Danta Wright!

I know some people will think this is a racial or economic issue, but let me point out to you all the white, middle to upper-class kids joining Antifa and causing mayhem in the name of imagined injuries. Thugs are thugs, no matter what their racial or economic background.

Discipline your children! That’s part of parenting. Too many people today aren’t interested in parenting, just in breeding. Parenting in today’s me-centric culture is ugly and leads to people who have no place in a civilized society. Don’t like it? Too bad. The truth doesn’t stop being the truth because it hurts your feelings or those of the kids you failed to discipline growing up.

I refuse to let my kids turn into thugs like Antifa or your garden variety criminal. It will be interesting to see in 15 years if those parents who used to get mad at the teachers at my son’s school over the fact that their kids were bullies, will be proud of what their kids have become.

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  1. SummerShine (@SilverSummerSun)

    August 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Thank you. I’m a Mom, Grandma and high school teacher. I’m not quite sure what is happening out there, but we have a current generation of students who are less confident, less responsible and less ambitious than any I’ve seen in over 20 years of teaching.

    Example: In an AP Studio class I was teaching I pushed a variety of different materials and approaches knowing that having experience in a wide range would make students more employable. Two different sets of parents took me to task for their students’ failures to turn in ANY work. One girl only wanted to do cartoons-and not original cartoons, the other one had an inflated sense of her own importance. With the first parents I stressed that I was trying to help the student adapt by having a range of abilities. The mother then told me in no uncertain terms that her child was raised to start at the top and that she was going to succeed by doing the same unfinished cartoons she had been turning in as project. Even my very liberals and normally reticent student teacher was aghast. It seems nobody is expected to pay their dues anymore.

    Even marginal students have parents filling them daily with affirmations of their abilities. And heaven help the teacher who dares question the work ethic of a student because outside of school is time for everything except studying. No wonder Russian and Chinese kids are kicking ours butts.

  2. Earnest

    August 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Nothing like good old fashioned personal responsibility when it comes to issues like this, Ben. When you don’t correct the child when they are young & teach them right from wrong then you end up with a bunch of entitled hellions. Well written & cosigned!!!

  3. renadee

    August 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    On #LivePD last night, there was a mother of an 11 year old and a 13 year old who probably had spoiled them all their lives. Now that they are teenagers, she can’t do anything with them so when they got into an argument over a bracelet, she called the police. That’s our America now!

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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazov’s book “Jihadist Psychopath”

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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazovs book Jihadist Psychopath

Jamie Glazov, managing editor of FrontPage Magazine and host of The Glazov Gang, has written a book that political commentator Dennis Prager says is “one of the most important books of the present time.” That book is “Jihadist Psychopath” and I just ordered a copy for myself.

Daniel Greenfield, Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, made a video about the book that prompted me to order it. Both men are respected defenders of freedom and watchmen over the threat of jihad in America, Israel, and around the world.

As he is wont to do, Greenfield points to leftist politicians as enablers of the jihadists by turning a blind eye to the rise of sharia law across America.

“These servants of the people, public servants, they’re actually masters of the people. They prefer to dictate than to be dictated to. Now, of course, Islamic terrorists will, in their own time, dictate to them. They will dictate to them using Islamic sharia law, but as far as the left is concerned for the moment, these are the people who need them, who are badly, desperately in need of being defended and protected and of course will happily trade their votes in exchange for getting a few benefits on the side.”

He continues on, examining the book’s sober pronouncements of intolerance of anything and anyone who does not bow to sharia law. To jihadists, there is only one acceptable way to live and all other perspectives must be subjugated or eliminated.

“Islamic terrorists have no attraction for anything really positive in life,” Greenfield continues. “They’re drawn to destruction. They’re drawn to emptiness because they themselves are empty. They’re hollow, and that is a central principle of Jamie Glazov’s excellent book.”

Patriots ranging from Steven Emerson to John Bolton are publicly recommending this book. I ordered my copy after watching Greenfield’s video. Freedom-loving Americans should watch it and consider reading “Jihadist Psychopath” by Jamie Glazov.


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Matt Walsh speaks out on #CovingtonCatholic students and the fake controversy surrounding them

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Matt Walsh speaks out on CovingtonCatholic students and the fake controversy surrounding them

When white Catholic students wearing MAGA hats are caught on video face-to-face with Native Americans on one side and Black Hebrew Israelites on the other, they’re definitely bigoted white supremacist hatemongers who went out looking for minorities to persecute. At least that’s how mainstream media and a good chunk of social media reacted when they saw the initial videos and images of smirking MAGA children.

But that’s not how it went down. It was the exact opposite of how it went down.

When the story first broke, I saw many of my fellow conservatives on Twitter scolding the kids while the progressive gangs attacked them. I held my tongue. It’s not because I don’t speak out against bigotry regardless of which side of the political, religious, or cultural aisle it comes from, but something seemed fishy. Other than having a disconcerting smirk, I didn’t see anything in the kids that resembled the type of bigoted outbursts we’ve seen in the past from actual white supremacists, Antifa, or other hate groups.

It seemed staged. As it turned out, it wasn’t quite staged, per se, but it was manufactured by the two “victim” groups who went after the MAGA kids, not the other way around. As political and religious commentator Matt Walsh asked, were they supposed to drop down to the fetal position when approached by the two groups?

Hot takes on social and legacy media are often based on incomplete pictures. Before people get outraged and attack others over perceptions based on partial evidence, perhaps we should wait until the whole story comes to light. Just a thought.


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Does Matthew 22:29-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch?

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Does Matthew 2229-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch

Extra-Biblical texts such as the Book of Enoch are often frowned upon by churches. Some see 1 Enoch as fake. Others say it’s a good historical reference but not inspired. The Ethiopian Bible includes it as scripture. Should we read it?

To understand the answer to this question, we need to consider three things. First, it was referenced as holy by many of the early church fathers, but was excluded from official canon. Second, Enoch is referenced multiple times in the Bible: Genesis 4 and 5, Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5, and Jude 1:14. Third, Jesus makes a statement in Matthew 22:29-30 that references “scripture” but what he is saying is only found in 1 Enoch.

Many who oppose the validity of Enoch say that it was written after the Book of Jude because the it includes the quote that Jude references, but fragments of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which most scholars date to before Jude was born.

The scripture in question is Matthew 22:29-30:

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Nowhere in the 66 Books of the Bible does it say angels neither marry nor are given in marriage. What did Jesus mean when he said “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures” in reference to the angels not marrying?

Here is 1 Enoch 15:5-7:

5. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. 6. But you were ⌈formerly⌉ spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. 7. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.

Hmm.

As with anything regarding extra-Biblical texts, I must urge caution. Many who believe 1 Enoch is authentic refute the authenticity of 2 Enoch and 3 Enoch. Then, there’s the question of inspiration and protection of the text. Many Christians believe the Bible has been able to survive and flourish despite so many attempts to disrupt it is because it has been protected over the millennia. If that’s the case, why was Enoch not included the whole time?

The answer to this question, to those who believe in its authenticity, may be found in the first two verses of the manuscript.

1 The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be 2 living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is 3 for to come. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them:

If Enoch is real, it’s meant for a later generation living in the day of tribulation. If it’s a fake, then it’s intended to deceive those in the end times. Either way, it’s understandable that it would not be included in most Bibles.

I tend to believe 1 Enoch is legitimate, but not to the point that I would teach on it. Not yet. Much more prayer and study is required before I would ever risk misleading anyone.

Nevertheless, the reference in Matthew 22 is compelling.

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