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Lesson learned from the #MAGAkids incident

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Lesson learned from the MAGAkids incident

Learning from recent history so we don’t have to repeat it.

Perhaps the best way to assess the situation with the “#MAGA kids” or #Drumgate Is to break it down into lessons we all need to learn. It is unfortunate that these incidents keep on taking place with the consequences becoming more and more dire. It can only get worse from here on out if we are not careful.

1. Learn the Facts first. We live in an age of instant communication. This doesn’t mean that it has to lead to instant outrage.

Until the invention of the telegraph information moved at the speed of the horse or the speed of a marathon runner. It wasn’t until the Internet became ubiquitous with a cell phone in every pocket that the dream of instant communication became realized. The same can be said of the parallel developments in visual communications. Photography came of age in as the telegraph the same century, but it involved wet panes of glass in large cameras with very slow shutter speeds. It wasn’t until the advent of television and satellites that this became instantaneous. These days, everyone has a miniature TV studio in their purse or pocket to instantly broadcast video in real-time.

Someone pasting up a newspaper edition or writing the copy for a news reader had to gather the facts of as story – and dare we say it – the luxury of having the time to get things right before presenting the story to the public. These days anyone and everyone can post a story or video that can become instantly viral, before the facts become known. A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can be properly researched.

Paradoxically speaking, we’ve lost something in having to take our time to disseminate information. It’s impossible to fully comprehend what is taking place with a short segment of out of context video with an accompanying hashtag. As in the present case, our ability to instantly convey outrage can be extremely harmful to the truth and our society at large. One writer over ‘The Atlantic’ conveyed this idea in her story: I Failed the Covington Catholic Test Next time there’s a viral story, I’ll wait for more facts to emerge.  That is a lesson for us all. Take the time to learn both sides of the story, before spouting off about it. This isn’t a game of who can be outraged before anyone else. People’s lives and livelihoods are at stake here.

2. It’s racist to convey guilt or innocence merely by skin color or intersectionality.

If it’s wrong to judge people on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character, then it would follow that’s also wrong when combining this with other immutable characteristics. Let us be clear, there were those who instantly judged the actors in this morality play merely by these attributes.

Two of the groups were instantly judged to be morally superior to the third group because of their skin color. In addition to this, the one side of the now infamous two-person confrontation is reported to be a Vietnam era veteran while the other happened to have ‘politically incorrect’ headgear.

The one side of the confrontation was deemed to be in the right merely by skin color and intersectionality while the other was deemed wrong for the same reason. Perhaps if everyone had taken the time to learn about sides, they wouldn’t have rushed to judgement, particularly in regards to Mr. Nathan Phillips as reported here and on Glenn Beck.

Does it really have to be stated that these kinds of tactics are divisive in the extreme? That instead of heeding the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we are heading for our own doom on the opposite tack?

3. Leftists don’t deserve to be labelled as Liberal or progressive.

Soon after this story broke, a Democratic Congressman, Rep. John Yarmuth made what he claimed afterward to be a ‘joke’ in wanting to ban the wearing of certain headgear:

I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out what is going on. They seem to be poisoning young minds. [1/2]

This is but one example of the assertions made by those on the Left to somehow punish these high school kids for the ‘crime’ of standing around in a public place, waiting for the buses to take them home.

That the Left has become openly hostile to Liberty should be enough to render them to be unworthy of the laudatory moniker of Liberal. It should also be noted that their rejection of modernity with their embrace of postmodernism contravenes their self-labeling as ‘Progressives’.

4. The Left has the predilection for falsehoods and violence.

Projection is one of the nation’s Socialist-Left’s most prevalent psychological failings. Quite often this malady causes them to accuse others of what they are doing. They will complain about ‘fake news’ until the bovines return to the barn while running with at best incomplete data on a story or at worst disinformation. Some media outlets have backtracked on their original stories, but have they explained what truly happened?

Similarly, they revel in accusing the Pro-Liberty Right of fomenting violence, while wholeheartedly engaging in the practice. Witness current events with this story. Even after the facts were finally revealed, they persisted in trying to ‘Dox’ these teenagers to the point of incorrectly targeting others.

Leftists love to talk about ‘gun nuts’ to the point of trying to force unconstitutional and unnecessary gun confiscation SWATing – so-called ‘Red Flag’ laws on everyone. Meanwhile, it is they who stay unhinged in making threats to innocent children.

5. We are headed for trouble if the Left continues to use these tactics. The politics of intersectionality are going to rip this country apart.

Does it really have to be stated outright that pitting various groups against each other will lead down a dead-end? That the racism and intersectionality politics from the Left is inherently divisive?

We can acknowledge that these types of tactics are present on both sides, but it is most prevalent on the socialist-Left. It should be obvious that the Left in particular needs to halt this practice before it causes harm.

The Takeaway.

These types of events have happened in the past, and yet many still have yet to learn from them. Now that the full story has come out, everyone should assess what they did wrong in this situation and learn from their mistakes. Some have already done this, others have already made up their minds, unencumbered by facts. These are the people who need to learn the lessons of this case. Let us hope that they will, or we will be doomed to repeat them with even worse consequences next time around.


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  1. Gene Ralno

    January 23, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Just a few minutes of searching the internet and a couple of phone calls would do the trick. A video by retired SEAL Don Shipley has surfaced that reveals precisely what the subject Native American is all about. It’s great and should close the book on this incident.

    https://www.redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2019/01/22/nathan-phillips-dd-214-released-shows-hes-not-quite-claims/

    Nathan Phillips (aka Nathan Stanard, his adopted name) enlisted in a reserve unit, served four years as a refrigerator mechanic in Lincoln, Nebraska and El Toro, California. He never left the states and was discharged as a private. The video comments that perhaps his DD-214 doesn’t say “honorable discharge” because of his multiple AWOL charges.

    I’d add that although all the services have reconnaissance functions, the title of Ranger belongs to the Army. The Marine Corps has no such unit and only reactivated the title of Raider in 2015. Thus, his claim to have been a “recon ranger” is a bald faced lie. Incidentally, he specifically claimed he was “a veteran from Vietnam” as corroborated by an archived version of an Indian Country Today article that states he “…described coming back to the U.S. as a veteran from Vietnam….”

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Joseph as a type of Christ for gentiles and Jews to understand

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Joseph as a type of Christ for gentiles and Jews to understand

Whether for Jews, gentiles, or both, the Bible is loaded with messages intended to point to Yeshua as the Christ, our Messiah, Lord, and Savior. One of the most compelling stories that tells of a type of Christ is in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, in which Joseph is presented in a way that points to the Messiah to come to the world.

Many Bible scholars and theologians have talked about this. It’s the type of revelation that hits us hard when we connect the dots and realize the intense similarities between a man through which God saved Israel and the Christ through which the world is saved. It’s also a story that is not, in our opinion, discussed enough in churches. The significance is too important to pass over casually.

The Bible uses types throughout. Sometimes, a person can be a type that refers to someone in the past. Usually, they point to the future, giving us further affirmation of the timeless nature of the Father. Let’s look at a handful of similarities that point to Joseph as a type of Christ.

Men without Condemnation

Only Abraham is discussed more in the long book of Genesis than Joseph. Nearly everyone is presented with great faults, including Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even Noah, a just man, made a mistake after the flood that allowed Canaan to be cursed for eternity.

Joseph has arguably one fault described in the Bible. He may or may not have bragged to his brothers about his dreams in a way that was not truly humble. He told them as well as his father that they would all bow down to him someday. One can argue that he had to tell them and that he wasn’t doing so to brag but to declare a truth. Whether humbly or not, it was God’s Will for Joseph to tell of the dreams because this put it into his brothers’ hearts to betray him. Had they not, Israel would not have been able to go to Egypt and survive as a nation, at least not in the way that it happened in the Bible.

Genesis lays no condemnation on Jospeh. Yeshua is without sin, a status obviously higher than Joseph. If Joseph had no major faults and maintained faith in God throughout his story, then Yeshua magnified this to the point of righteousness. Joseph was only a man and therefore sinned, but he was without apparent flaw worth noting in the text. Yeshua was flawless.

Sent by His Father to Check on the Flock

This is a neat little note. Joseph was sent by his father to check on his brothers and the flock of sheep that they fed. Yeshua was sent by His Father to gather the brethren to tend to the flock.

While checking on the flocks, both were betrayed.

Betrayed by their Brethren

Joseph was cast into a pit while his brothers contemplated his fate. He was then taken by the Midianites and sold into slavery as his brothers watched helplessly.

Yeshua was betrayed by His people. One could take it further and point to those who knew Him as He grew up in Nazareth. They did not accept Him, even wanting to hurl Him off a cliff and few in His homeland believed that He was anything other than the carpenter’s son. Then, of course, we could look at Judas Iscariot, an original disciple who ultimately betrayed him.

With types, we can often see different degrees expressed. In Joseph’s case, he was betrayed to a life of slavery while Yeshua was betrayed to death. Joseph’s freedom was sold for 20 pieces of silver while Yeshua’s life was sold for 30 pieces of silver. Joseph saved nations. Yeshua saved the world.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of their betrayals is that both Joseph and Yeshua were falsely accused.

Two Criminals, One Saved

When Joseph was imprisoned, he came across two others who were condemned. He interpreted the dreams of the cup bearer and the baker. The cup bearer was to live while the baker was to die.

On the cross, Yeshua was there with two criminals. One mocked Him. The other worshiped Him. One would be saved. The other was condemned.

Not Recognized by the People

Joseph was 17-years-old when he was betrayed by this brothers. He was in his thirties when they would see him again and they did not immediately recognize him, even when they ate with him. They knew he was a powerful man who did wonderful works for the people, but they did not see him as their brother nor the person who would eventually save their nation. In fact, they feared him.

Yeshua was also in His thirties when He went to spread the Word of God throughout the land. He was seen by the Jews as a powerful teacher, a healer, even a prophet, but most did not see Him as the Messiah. His works were revered by most but there were those who did not recognize that these works were done through the Father. They both hated and feared Him.

Others

Bible History put together a pretty comprehensive list of similarities in the form of verses:

Joseph Jesus
Joseph was Loved by His Father – Genesis 37:3 God said about Jesus “this is my beloved son” – Matthew 3:17
Joseph’s brothers did not believe him and hated him – Genesis 37:4-5 The Jews Did Not Believe in Christ – John 7:5 and they hated him – John 15:24
Joseph’s brothers rejected his right to rule – Genesis 37:8 The Jewish leaders said “we will not have this man to rule over us” Luke 19:14
Joseph’s brothers conspired against him – Genesis 37:23 They took counsel against Jesus Matthew 27:1
They stripped Joseph of his garments –  Genesis 37:23 They stripped Jesus –  Matthew 27:28
Joseph was sold for silver – Genesis 37:28 Jesus was sold for silver –  Matthew 26:15
Everything Joseph put his hand to prospered –  Genesis 39:3 “… And the pleasure of the Lord prospered in his hand” – Isaiah 53:10
All things were laid into Joseph’s trust –  Genesis 39:4-8 God hath given all things into his hand – John 3:35
Joseph’s own brothers did not recognize him. The Jews did not recognize their Messiah
Joseph was tempted and did not sin –  Genesis 39:9 Jesus was tempted in all things yet was without sin – Hebrews 4:15
Joseph was bound – Genesis 39:30 Jesus was bound – Matthew 27:2
Joseph was condemned with two criminals – Genesis 40:2, 3 Jesus was crucified with two criminals – Luke 23:32
One criminal was given life and the other was condemned – Genesis 40:21-22) Jesus told one of the criminals “Today you shall be with me in paradise” – Luke 23:43
Joseph was trustworthy and wise –  Genesis 41:39 God said about Jesus “this is my beloved son in whom I well pleased” – Mark 1:11
Joseph’s brothers bowed their knee to him – Genesis 41:43 “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow” – Philippians 2:10
Joseph was 30 years old – Genesis 41:46 Jesus was “about 30 years old” – Luke 3:25
God planned the suffering of Joseph in advance to save many – Genesis 50:21 Jesus said “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall be saved” – John 3:16
Joseph was made ruler over all of Egypt – Genesis 41:42-44 Jesus said “all power has been given unto me” – 8:18
Joseph married a foreign bride who shared his glory – Genesis 41:45 Believers in Christ are “joint heirs” with him in his glory – Romans 8:17
Joseph was cast into a pit and then later delivered out of it – Genesis 37:24, 28 When Jesus died he descended into the lower parts of the earth, and later ascended into heaven – Ephesians 4:9
Joseph was imprisoned based on false charges – Genesis 39:19, 20 During the trial of Jesus false witnesses were brought in testifying against him – Mark 14:56
Joseph’s brothers later repented for what they did to him – Genesis 42:7 “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn” – Zechariah 12:10

As a representation of the coming Messiah, Joseph acts as the right type to be able to point Jews and gentiles to the truth. Joseph had no ministry per se, but he did represent the rise, fall, and complete ascension of a man whom God used to make the tribe of Israel a nation that would rise from Egypt and take the land that was promised to their father Abraham.

This comparison allows everyone today to understand the divinity of Yeshua and the coming reign of our Lord. In the end, Joseph was accepted by his people and set the path for their lives to come. The same will be said of Yeshua in the last days.

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Evidence points to some dinosaurs living beyond the extinction event

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Evidence points to some dinosaurs living beyond the extinction event

It is, for all practical purposes, nearly impossible for the vast majority of people who have received a modern education to even consider the possibility that dinosaurs are not as old as we have been told. It’s a topic that I’ve avoided because the presuppositions are so powerful among the general population.

Today, I decided to tackle the topic with one purpose: to start a discussion with those who have an open mind. I’m well aware that most minds will be closed and there will be much more sarcasm than discourse, but ridicule from the indoctrinated masses is a small price to pay if just one person can hear this and decide to dig deeper into science and the Bible to have the truth revealed.

It’s been instilled in our minds as common knowledge that the dinosaurs died off 65 million years ago in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event with the most prevalent alleged culprit being the impact of a comet or asteroid at Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. For the most part, anything that’s considered common knowledge can be sustained without anyone questioning the assumptions. For example, it was common knowledge based upon what was easily observable that the sun, moon, and stars revolved around the earth. That was finally debunked, of course, but scientific debate on the model of our solar system continued until the early 20th century.

A more recent example of common knowledge being wrong is the idea that acid caused by bad diet or stress is what causes ulcers. In 2005, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren won the Nobel Prize for Medicine by demonstrating that the vast majority of ulcers were caused by an infection of the bacterium H. pylori.

Now is not the time to debate young earth versus ancient earth, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that dinosaurs were around in the time of man. Even a brave segment of the secular scientist world has started questioning whether the extinction event killed off all of them based upon mounting evidence. There was even a formerly prominent professor who learned the hard way that bringing forth compelling scientific evidence of dinosaurs walking with men can earn people a quick entry onto the black list.

Over the centuries, intellectuals have had a difficult time having their worldviews shattered. The funny thing is that the existence of modern era dinosaurs doesn’t change much. It could mean that small pockets of the world were protected from the extinction event. One would not have to make huge adjustments to their worldview if this were the case which is why it’s so perplexing that they won’t even explore the possibility. It’s reminiscent of the persecution that Galileo received, only this time it’s not at the hand of the Christian church but rather at the hands of the church of science.

I want to go much deeper on the issue of why there seems to be reluctance at best and a systematic coverup at worst, but we’ll have to explore that on a future video. For now, I’d like to turn to a video we watched that gives a pretty interesting perspective. While I don’t agree with all of the conclusions or evidence, there’s enough good to make it appropriate for sharing.

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Houston library had Alberto Garza, a registered child sex offender, read stories to children for Drag Queen Storytime

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Houston library had Alberto Garza a registered child sex offender read stories to children for Drag

Conservatives know the LGBTQ community has their say in most aspects of life in America today. Their political and cultural influence is unquestionable and public organizations jump through hoops to appease the various groups. Many libraries have even embrace “Drag Queen Storytime” as a way to teach tolerance to children by allowing transvestites to read stories to children.

Houston Public Library is one such progressive public organization that has embraced the practice. Unfortunately, they didn’t do anything to protect the children that visit the library by allowing “Tatiana Mala Nina” to read for the children. The problem arose because”Tatiana” is actually Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old child sex offender.

My Take

Houston Public Library has apologized. Is that really enough? Mistakes happen, but there are certain situations and jobs in which extra special care must be taken. Our public libraries, which are often considered to be truly safe places and popular venues for children to learn, should be able to give a reasonable expectation to parents that registered child sex offenders are not given explicit access to children.

This is gross negligence. I may be in the minority on this one, but this is a terminable offense in my books. Someone’s head should roll.

Keep in mind I rarely call for anyone to be fired for a single offense, but this is literally the worst case scenario for a library administrator. When you give someone access to the children that come to the library, they cannot be convicted child sex offenders. That’s sort of a no-brainer.

Nothing will likely happen beyond the apology, but here’s hoping.

So many exceptions are made for “alternative lifestyles” for the sake of tolerance. But when this tolerance allows a convicted child sex offender to have access to small children, the exceptions have gone way to far. This is absolutely unacceptable.

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