She’s an immigrant who supports DACA protections. She’s also a fiscally conservative Republican, the type that California desperately needs as they plummet further into economic distress. But Democrats are trying to prevent her from being the first Korean-American woman in the United States House of Representatives.
Young Kim is a Republican. That’s all they need to know to oppose her.
In the tight 39th district race in California, fiscal conservatives must come together to put her in office. Her opponent, Gil Cisneros, is a long-time proponent of Medicare-for-All, a dangerous policy that would bankrupt the state if enacted or demolish the country if brought about nationwide. Obamacare may be broken, but it can be fixed. Medicare-for-All cannot be fixed. If it’s ever realized, the economic burden on most taxpayers, rich and poor, will be outrageous.
Kim worked for long-time Congressman Ed Royce until he announced his retirement. He asked her to run because, as he put it, nobody knows the district better than she does. That message has been spreading, but Democrats are doing everything they can to paint her as an outsider. Judging by the polls, their devious tactics may be working.
They’ve even tried to paint her as a tax cheat, which even leftist Politifact had to deny in their fact-checking investigation.
Mainstream media continues to spread lies about many Republicans running for the House, but their attacks on Kim have been exceptionally aggressive. It’s not that they don’t want a Korean-American woman to be in the House of Representatives. They just don’t want the first one to be a fiscally conservative Republican.
To my fellow Southern California voters, I ask that you fight against the lies of mainstream media and Young Kim’s opponent. Her knowledge of the 39th district and her exceptional business experience are exactly what we need on Capitol Hill.
Republican @YoungKimCD39 adds urgency to her message, says who wins the #39th “is all going to come down to a few votes” says she’ll bring common sense to #Sacramento and Washington and will ditch “high speed rail to nowhere” Reporting for @kcrw #midterms #california pic.twitter.com/MSWFQg4Zel
— Jenny Hamel (@HamelKCRW) November 3, 2018
Free speech and the anti-vaxxer movement
Put aside, for the briefest of moments, whatever you believe about vaccines. I’m not going to try to convince you one way or the other about vaccinating children and the alleged health risks posed by vaccines. I’m not even going to get into the debate about whether or not parents should be compelled to have their children vaccinated. I want to talk about free speech (technically, freedom of thought) and whether or not human adults can be trusted with making their own choices.
I’ve done my own research about the science in favor and against the anti-vaxxer movement. I made my decision based on this information. What my decision was isn’t relevant for this discussion. The point that needs to be first considered is the fact that there is data is out there for people to read. The videos are there for people to watch. The opinions are available for people to digest.
But that may not be the case for long. Those opposed to the anti-vaxxer movement are urging everyone from tech companies to the federal government to the United Nations to essentially outlaw any information that does not conform with the majority opinion. Much of these efforts are driven by the pharmaceutical industries themselves, but most is driven by concerned citizens who believe parents should not have a choice about their children’s healthcare as it pertains to vaccines. Their argument is a good one: When anti-vaxxers put their own children at risk, they put other people’s children at risk. This is a textbook argument about one person’s rights impeding on another person’s rights.
The counter argument is that if vaccines are so effective, then there’s no reason for those who have their children vaccinated to worry about being exposed to children who are not vaccinated. Again, it’s a good argument.
And that’s the point. There are good arguments on both sides when it comes to rights. The science is heavily weighted towards favoring vaccinations, but that doesn’t mean the science that talks of risks of vaccinations should be stifled.
As is usually the case, I am referring specifically to freedom of thought rather than freedom of speech, since technically there’s no freedom of speech issue here with private companies banning anti-vaxxer information. They are private companies, and while they inappropriately enjoy certain protections as content platforms while simultaneously invoking their privilege as content aggregators, the bottom line remains the same: thoughts are being suppressed because they’re considered dangerous by some.
This isn’t a 1st Amendment issue because as of right now, the government isn’t involved in the suppression as far as we know. That means the battle over whether or not information from anti-vaxxers should be shareable on social media, searchable on Google, and discussion-worthy on mainstream news outlets is becoming a series of oversteps on the part of the companies helping with suppression. This should concern everyone regardless of their choices and beliefs regarding vaccinations.
Those who have followed this topic over the past few months are likely aware Google and Facebook, among others, have embraced certain types of policies with varying levels of transparency behind them in an effort to make anti-vaxxer information as inaccessible as possible. Those opinions are quashed now and the crackdown hasn’t even reached its apex. Now, GoFundMe is no longer allowing fundraisers for anti-vaxxer organizations on their platform, either.
It’s extremely important to understand this point: I would rather a government say vaccinations are mandatory than for the “information czars” of social media and search engines to quash ideas that are unpopular with the majority. That’s not an opinion swayed by my personal perspectives on vaccinations; I’d feel this way whether I was a Big Pharma lawyer or Charlie Sheen. But we’re adults. We can discern information and should be allowed to do so. Some will choose wisely. Others will not. It’s not the responsibility of tech companies or governments to tell us which information is too dangerous for our petty little minds to access.
Just give us the facts and let us make up our own minds.
When government says vaccinations are mandatory, there’s recourse for those against them. When Facebook, Google, or GoFundMe think anti-vaxxer advocates are worth hiding or removing altogether from their platforms, there’s no recourse.
Why prophecy matters but interpretations do not
With the internet, there is no shortage of Biblical interpretations, especially when it comes to end times eschatology. We often cover it ourselves here, but there’s an important thing to remember. Prophecy is for recognition, not for interpretation.
The awakening that seems to be happening in recent years points to the idea that much of the Christian world is coming to an understanding that we really may be living in the prophesied end times from Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, the Gospels, and others. So many books of the Bible offer explanations of what will take place just prior to the returning of our Lord and Savior.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. – Matthew 24:5 (KJV)
This awakening is doing two important things, one good and one bad. The good part is that it’s making believers more cognizant and watchful while placing a sense of urgency on us to right our own paths and exposing others to the Word. The bad part is that it’s making it easier for false prophets, false teachers, and false religions to be able to mislead the masses towards an incorrect conclusion. We feel there’s a very good chance that the adversary will use Bible prophecy to paint an erroneous picture. In fact, we believe they will quote the Bible to justify many of their actions. That’s not written as such and we’ve considered the possibility that it may be impossible for them to do so, but our current leaning is that they will do it. We’re seeing at least a little of it today.
Interpreting Bible prophecies is very dangerous. It can take people down a dark path. It can make them draw conclusions that are false. We’ve seen time and time again when people will interpret Bible prophecies to mean certain events are going to happen at certain times. These false interpretations have led many astray and even cost people their souls. That’s not the intent of prophecy in the Bible. Its intention is so we will have a point of reference to identify events when they happen, not before.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 (KJV)
It is very easy to try to anticipate things such as the mark of the beast, the fall of New Babylon, the identity of the antichrist, and any number of prophecies. We’ve been caught doing it ourselves. Know this: if you study your scriptures and pray on them then when the prophecies start to come to pass, you will recognize them. Trying to define them ahead of time can take you in the wrong direction, especially with the rise of false prophets.
Some false prophets today are even telling people not to study prophecy. I think their intentions in some cases may be in the right place but they are giving the wrong message. It’s not that we shouldn’t study prophecy. We simply shouldn’t try to make prophecy fit into current events. It will be obvious. There will not be a symbolic abomination of desolation. There will not be a subtle appearance of Christ. There will not be a secret rapture.
Despise not prophesyings. – 1 Thessalonians 5:20 (KJV)
If you take the Bible at face value, the prophecies will come alive for you as they happen, letting you know that your faith is justified. The Bible gives no warning about the events in a way that allows us to prepare. The woes, the trials, the tribulation will be clear and we must be prepared spiritually rather than physically. As prophecies in the Old Testament pointed to Yeshua’s first coming, prophecies in the New and Old Testament point to His second. The old prophecies that came true vindicated the beliefs of the apostles and gave them the foundation they needed upon which to build the church. The new prophecies will, in our opinion, help to bring people to the faith before it’s too late. They will also help believers going through the tribulation to stay true through the roughest of times knowing that the Bible was correct and their perseverance is righteous unto the end.
Know prophecy. Read it. Pray about it. Share it with others. Don’t try to interpret it, especially when doing so is an attempt to attribute current or upcoming events. We are given signs and we know what is coming. It is fruitless to try to anticipate them before they happen, but it is necessary to recognize them when they do. That’s the whole point of them.
I was born in Northeastern Oklahoma. But my family first left there when I was 6 years old. After I did Elementary School on the south Oregon coast, we were back in Oklahoma for just a short period when I was in 6th and 7th grades. But, I haven’t lived in my childhood home area since 1962.
I finished Junior High and High School and wandered the smoggy streets of West Los Angeles until I joined the U.S. Air Force at the height of the Vietnam era. Even though I wasn’t in Oklahoma, Oklahoma always has been and still is in me. Hawaii has now been home for many years, but my roots are still in Oklahoma’s Green Country.
On April 19, 1995 I was working here in Honolulu. It was from a good friend and co-worker who was also from Oklahoma that I first heard what had happened in Oklahoma City that day. Just saying it was a shock would be very much an understatement.
That was the day after my aunt had passed away down in Humble, Texas. My parents drove from their home in Northern California for her funeral. The 19th was a Wednesday and the following Saturday, I flew to join them in the Houston area.
I mention that because I would have certainly been able to more closely follow the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing if loss in the family had not happened concurrently. Remember, this was before we had internet and smartphones 24×7.
I found out from my cousin in Oklahoma that her adult daughter had been scheduled for an appointment there at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9 a.m. on April 19, 1995, but it had been cancelled. I hesitate to say it was through the grace of God, because only God knows why young toddlers were killed that day at their preschool. It just wasn’t my cousin’s time to go.
I don’t want to go into things that are already well documented about that tragedy. It was the 2nd anniversary of the ATF raid at Waco, Texas under Attorney General Janet Reno and President Bill Clinton. Timothy McVeigh was a sick man and we won’t go into his own perverse rationalizations.
I do however want to say a few things about his accomplice Terry Nichols. The FBI immediately dismissed any kind of conspiracy theory with international ramifications. But that’s typical FBI speak.
Terry Nichols wife was Filipina. He traveled at least twice to the Philippines in the early 1990s within just a few years before what happened at OKC. 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [KSM] was there during the same time span plotting Operation Bojinka which would have taken down multiple jumbo-jets over the Pacific Ocean and would have assassinated Pope John Paul II in Manila as a distraction and prelude.
Their concurrent presence in the Philippines is factual. Whether they were actually in the same place at the same time is something our American law enforcement and intelligence agencies don’t want to talk about.
There is absolutely no evidence, and it is not prudent to conclude, that either Terry Nichols or Timothy McVeigh was a convert to Islam or that OKC was an act of jihad. Such does not appear to be the case.
But it is reasonable to consider that Terry Nichols could have learned the art of bomb-making from KSM and/or Ramzi Yousef in the Philippines.
Today, we see Mexican drug cartels in cahoots with Islamic terrorists and learning methodology even though they do not share ideology. We see Communist North Korea and Islamic Republic of Iran cooperating with one another against mutual enemies.
Timothy McVeigh hated the U.S. government. Whether Terry Nichols was a co-planner or just accomplice isn’t the issue now. KSM also hates the U.S. government. I say that in present tense. McVeigh was executed but KSM is still in Guantanamo. He’s so evil that even Obama wouldn’t release him.
The tragedy in Oklahoma City 24 years ago today is very personal to many good people who lost family and friends there. A professional colleague of mine was friends with one of the two U.S. Customs agents who died there on that dismal day, Claude Arthur Medearis. The other slain agent was Paul D. Ice.
But we must learn lessons from these horrific attacks. One such lesson is that domestic terrorism and international terrorism are not always mutually exclusive.
McVeigh is in hell as Nichols and KSM await their turn. But there are many more with evil in their hearts both within and beyond our borders who would do us all harm. Today, social media facilitates identification of those with common objectives. Physically crossing borders isn’t always necessary for them to communicate and conspire.
As we remember all those who died in Oklahoma City nearly a quarter-century ago and their families who still grieve, let us be circumspect of dangers that lie ahead. Today, national news is hung up on the Mueller report and politicians are trying to use it against one another.
OKC symbolizes terror. So now also does Christchurch. If we’re unprepared, another city will soon join that unenviable list of terror symbols. Will it be your hometown? Don’t let that happen! We all need to take a deep breath and focus on things that really matter.
My letter of condolences written from Hawaii to Oklahoma Today Magazine was published in their special issue entitled “The Official Record of the Oklahoma City Bombing”. I still have a copy available but cannot locate it in a timely manner today. I just spent a considerable amount of time researching the Oklahoma Today online archives, but this issue is not included. It apparently was published as a book in its own right in 2005 and can be ordered from Amazon.
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