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‘Never been so proud to be a Texan’: America’s best in the face of the worst

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As the first major hurricane to hit the US in years prepared to make landfall right on top of me, it amazed me how people could so easily forget or ignore the human factor. Sorry attempts to claim Hurricane Harvey was caused by man-made climate change, despite there being fewer tropical storms in the last decade than any time in the last hundred years were predictable. Then you had those who didn’t want to pray for Texas because we vote red. Let me tell you something, if you base whether or not you’ll pray for someone based on their political beliefs, I don’t want the help of whoever it is you’re praying to, because it’s not God.

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Meanwhile, where things were actually happening, friends from just down the road in Houston reported to me amazing stories of ordinary citizens helping rescue their fellow citizens from the rising flood waters that were overtaking the city. The state and local authorities received more than 2000 calls for rescue. When calls couldn’t get through, pleas for help went out on social media, and everyone chipped in to help get the word out.

The Cajun Navy has arrived in Houston from Louisiana to help. Governor Abbott and his team gave these experienced but unofficial rescuers permission to enter the area and help Texans make it to safety.

There was a minimum of looting. The looting that did occur was quickly stopped by the police, and lucky for the looters it was. I doubt ordinary citizens would have been nearly as tolerant of that stupidity.

It will take a long time for Houston to recover, but recover it will. People bound together to help one another, in spite of the incompetence of the local political leadership, but that is a story for another article, another time. People will put their lives back together, and the ones who have lost everything they’ve worked their entire lives for will work for it again. Families wi help families. Neighbors will help neighbors.

The ones who have never worked for anything in their lives will expect to have it all handed back to them on a silver platter again, I’m sure, but hard working Americans look at those with scorn.

The Federal response has been perfect according to Governor Abbott, but it seems to me to be largely unnecessary. State officials have a great plan and are executing it flawlessly. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. The Federal response is supposed to work smoothly with the state response, and only as needed. Those thinking President Trump needs special recognition can just keep that to themselves, and those that want to condemn him and Texas because we’re largely “climate deniers” can shove it.

I’ve never been so proud to be a Texan as I am right now. People working together, and it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or by what name you call God. It should be a great time for everyone to be proud to be an American, but in times like these, when the best is brought out in so many of us, it seems that the worst is brought out in so many others.

Sorry Joy, this isn’t even close to true, and hurricanes have been happening since long before the Industrial Age, so you can take your Communist propaganda shove it. Joy later acknowledged there was a FEMA director, but refused to take the tweet down because she loves pushing her climate change narrative.

(Note the enormous disparity in the number of retweets and likes between the original and the correction.)

The best and worst. That’s what disaster brings out in people. I wonder what the Left would say if we decided not to help when Hurricane Sandy hit during the Obama years. Should we have said “Oh, they elected Obama, so they’re getting what they deserve?” Yeah, I know people who did that, and I was just as disgusted by them as I am by the liberals who do that about Texas.

Everyone needs to try to retain their humanity, and remember there are real people whose lives have been destroyed by a NATURAL disaster, the kind that has been around for as long as recorded history. How about everyone stops trying to push a political agenda for 3 minutes? Is that really so hard? Apparently it is for the likes of Joy Reid.

Frankly, that’s fine. People like that are miserable no matter what. Texans will keep on helping one another, and we don’t need or want the input of people like that. Much of the country has this same spirit. The coasts don’t know about it because it’s in what they call “flyover country.” The heart of America doesn’t whine and cry about the FEMA response, we do it ourselves.

God bless Texas.

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  1. Patrick Griffith

    September 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

    A climate change denier, and a Christian. You disbelieve that for which there is a mountain of evidence, believe that for which there is none, and belittle those whose beliefs are grounded in logic and reason. And, here I thought there was a chance we could become friends.

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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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