"And said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ --Matthew 4:6-7
There is far more in those verses then just an improper challenge toward God. There is something here that flies in the face of any type of "name it-claim it" or prosperity messages. It is tempting God.
Satan quoted a couple Bible verses. Psalm 91:11 and 12. He did not misinterpret them. But he did challenge God to fulfill them (at east verbally anyway). Jesus understood. Instead of saying "hey that's really out of context and not applicable here," he said "You shall not tempt the lord your God." (Duet 6:16)
The Bible is not a book of spells and incantations even though many a prosperity teacher seems to apply the selected verses that way. Using it in the way Satan did is an example of how manipulative people function--and those who desire to subvert the Bible to a book of spells and incantations. That's not how this works...that's not how any of this works.
If we live or act carelessly and expect that God's grace will be there to cover your errors...you may be presuming upon Him something he has not promised. When God created the heavens and earth He established natural laws...like gravity. Gravity describes the inescapable affect that everything that goes up will come down. It is what keeps us on the ground and not floating recklessly into space. If you wish to quote a scripture to help you defy gravity....you would be making a big mistake. Gravity is like a host of other cause and affects (reap what you sow, etc), that are an inescapable reality. That's why prosperity messages fail. They promise gain that if you do this and this will happen. It doesn't work that way. That's not how any of this works.
It is an act of presumption. And very vain presumption. It presumes that if I say this verse...I will defy gravity. Or if I say this verse...then I will become rich. Or if I give you money, God is required to pay me back times 10.
The term "pro-Life" is a political slogan which has, for the most part, lost its sense of meaning (especially in the pro-Trump era). It shows in their arguments. Personally I do not know anyone who has had or contemplating an abortion ever say "I am going to the abortion clinic to kill my baby." For the person to decide to get an abortion there are much more issues at play in the life that the mother is living. I am not defending their choice..but there are real issues going on in peoples lives.
Pushing the pro-life argument to its own logic, the basic argument would have to say that If abortion is murder and then women should be locked up for murder....and currently we would call that Texas.
Though I was a very active prolifer in the 80s I was mainly political but did my share of picketing. The 80s prolife movement relied on politics as its base...and many people, including myself, believed that politics and Christianity were the same thing. I was doing work for the Lord. In hindsight...if everything was truye back then... it means Christianity is a failure because it couldn't control politics and politicians. It would mean that in the scheme of things we could only declare victory for Jesus if we got a politician to act....and at no time in Biblical history is there any record of Gods people having to elect pro-life politicians so they could please God. In fact "Democracy" would not be Gods choice for a government in spite of what the so-called conservative evangelicals say. God's choice has always been a Monarchy. You can read that in the Bible yourself.
And a simple basic rule is that God does not share his glory with anyone and certainly not a politician.
Abortion is the result of a failure of the Church to act as Christians in their own cities, towns, or settlements. As Christians are to be "the salt of the earth"(per Jesus words), it is the church that is at fault for many problems in the world...because politics won't or can't fix them and the American church has spent the last 40 plus years weaponizing themselves like a political action committee. The Christian world..especially in America...is busy doing "Christian" things with their Christian groups and thinking they are being a witness to the world by being self/church absorbed. However, the world is not looking at the Church very much any more because too many have made it clear that you got to join, or give money and say all the "amens" in the proper place. In other words..they have become so unimpressed they aren't looking anymore. Why should they? The Church has had plenty of time to offer answers and actions but simply have not. Real Christians have access to the truth about the world and where it's going and could be key in offering answers and aid. Instead, they are going to have another potluck, bring in Santa for Christmas service and who knows what else now..as I, truthfully. havent got much involved in those things in many years.
At the foundation of everything, the Church (Christians) etc have lost their vision. The race is not to have a political victory, it's to end up before God some day and have Him address us as a "good and faithful servant" and bring as many folks as we can with us. We are just passing through this world....the Church is mainly just teaching people how to get by in this world. IMHO (Guess I wrote a book)
Lin Wood released a recording of a call in which Flynn says QAnon is a CIA-created disinformation campaign.
Onlookers reported having chills as they watched the senior at Forrest County Agricultural High School in Brooklyn, Mississippi, remove the coveted crown and place it on the head of her friend and classmate Brittany Walters.
Brittany's mother, A.J. Walters, an employee at the high school, had died from cancer just hours earlier.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Sunday that while he encourages people to get vaccinated, he’s also against larger vaccine mandates, noting that he believes “in individual liberties and freedoms and people can make decisions on what's best for them.”
Another covid variant detected in Africa. They have a very small percentage of people vaccinated. Naturally a variant will occur. If it hits the US then blame the anti-vaxxers. Its all on them now
‘Stop the Steal’ organizer Ali Alexander just surfaced and posted this, saying he will cooperate with the J6 Committee: “The only reason I’m going is because I don’t want to go to jail. Under the threat of imprisonment, I will be privately deposed this December” by the Committee. pic.twitter.com/0xYpPvPh1A— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) November 27, 2021
There have long been concerns about the quality of investigations into the suspicious deaths of young Black men in the state, especially when police are involved.
The Department of Justice announced this week that it would crack down on airline passengers who throw tantrums. Now, if Attorney General Merrick Garland would only get around to doing something about people who plot the overthrow of our government and a former president who's serially obstructed justice and abused power we might be getting someplace.
Michael Cohen believes prosecutors have enough evidence for indictments against Donald Trump’s kids Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr., and others in Donald’s world. Cohen told CNN, “I believe personally they have more than enough in order to bring the indictments … yesterday.”
The CDC says no cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant have been detected in the United States yet.
Joseph Ivy has lived through dark days.
The Nettleton native allows his faith to guide him every day. Often quoting from the Bible or Martin Luther King, Jr., Ivy has learned to live a life that reflects the words.
Mississippi is unveiling a new app that’s designed to store someone’s driver license on their phone.
Voters in Minneapolis and St. Paul this month approved ballot initiatives to enable the Twin Cities to cap rent increases. Santa Ana, Calif., did so in October. And Michelle Wu, Boston’s new mayor, campaigned earlier this year on restoring rent control — an idea that Massachusetts' Republican governor has repeatedly objected to but says he’d be willing to discuss to help tackle housing woes.
Mississippi lawmakers said the ban on most abortions after 15 weeks would make Mississippi 'the safest state in the country' for the unborn.
He was the theater’s most revered and influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century and the driving force behind some of Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated shows.
in a move that has raised eyebrows among diplomats, investors and ethics watchdogs, Mr. Kushner is trying to raise money from the Persian Gulf states for a new investment firm he has founded. So far, he is having only mixed success.
British Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers that the newest variant may be more transmissible than the delta variant and render vaccines less effective.
Only two among our six-member congressional delegation voted in favor of the infrastructure act, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Republican Reps. Trent Kelly, Michael Guest and Steven Palazzo voted no.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has a podcast now, called Firebrand. He was joined by fellow pro-Trump stalwart Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who weighed in on the growing battle within the Republican Party — suggesting that House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) “doesn’t have the votes” to become speaker if the GOP flips the House in 2022.
Lauren Boebert has made her feelings about Ilhan Omar well-known. She’s obviously got strong political opposition to Omar and other Democrats, but attacking her for her background as a Somali refugee and her religious beliefs is also high on the right-wing agenda, and Boebert does not shy away from the opportunity.
Nov 25, 2021: MediaIte: Young Turks Hosts Completely Lose it While Brutally Mocking Kid Rock’s New Video
The Young Turks founder and host Cenk Uygur and co-host Ana Kasparian cracked each other up as they roasted Kid Rock and his new music video.
“Cable news programmers have long been unashamed to claim that everything is ‘breaking news’ — and not just news but ‘breaking news’ — to make you, the viewers think that something big just happened,” Abrams opened on his NewsNation show.
Conspiracy theory-endorsing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a bill this week to award Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal.
The former president is sitting on at least $105 million in cash collected by spreading the same lies about the election that incited the assault on the Capitol..
A jury in Virginia decided Tuesday that a who's who of U.S. white supremacist leaders and hate groups should pay more than $25 million in damages to plaintiffs who said they suffered physical or emotional injuries during the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
Lara and Eric Trump used burner phones to communicate with organizers of the 1/6 insurrection. The January 6th Committee became suspicious when they saw communications between Eric and event organizers that couldn’t be traced back to his personal phone.
All three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder. Tucker Carlson's plans for a All-White Supremacist Thanksgiving Show has been foiled.
On the evening of Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, the 35-year-old attorney who would jump-start the #StopTheSteal hashtag says he was meeting with Trump campaign officials in Philadelphia.
Among the Magnolia State contenders are Christone Ingram, Cedric Burnside, Charlie Musselwhite, Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton.
Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson unveiled his plans to relight the bridges that cross over the Mississippi River and he wants to do it with colored lights, music and more.
Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) officials reported Wednesday that 432 new coronavirus cases were found in the last 24 hours.
Michael Flynn, former president Donald Trump's one-time national security adviser, claims "global elites" are plotting to "impose" a new virus on the world, after their "little plan" of "COVID tyranny" failed.
Pastor Darrell Scott blasted Candice Owens after Travis McMichael, his father Greg, and William "Roddie" Bryan were convicted of the felony murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.
According to complete, but unofficial returns, Rod Hickman won the runoff against optometrist Dr. Minh Duong, getting 60% of the vote, to represent Senate District 32, WTOK-TV reported. Senate District 32 includes all of Kemper County and parts of Lauderdale, Noxubee and Winston counties.
In the last few decades most ex-presidents have written a book about their presidency. Trump is releasing a picture book. Should not be a surprise since Trump --and I mean it is a fact--that Trump does not read stuff and cannot write either. All his past business books had ghost writers. Trump is the GOP's Dr Suess.
Right wing Fox talking head, Mark Levin, interviewed Trump about his "picture book." Levin listened to Trump ramble on and on and on...and, of course, never challenged Trump on any of the lies he was spewing. If you have any doubts about Trump mental instability this would clinch it. I saw a few pieces of it through David Pakman's show although I heard the entire show wont be broadcast til this weekend. What I have seen is cringeworthy. I havent seen the whole interview but if you took a drink every time Trump refers to the "they" that are out to get him or the "theys" that contact him to endorse his lies...you would die
A move Tuesday by President Joe Biden to release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve is more symbolic than it is a practical effort to reduce rapidly escalating gas prices in the United States, according to Connecticut economists, scholars and fuel industry experts.
Hinds County neighbors voted in favor of Tyree Jones to be the next Hinds County sheriff on Tuesday, November 23.
On the problem of evil, Pew’s pandemic philosophy survey finds few Americans blame God or doubt God’s omnipotence, goodness, or existence.
The state would be better off expanding Medicaid even if the federal Build Back Better bill that would provide health care coverage for poor Mississippians becomes law, a diverse group of health care advocates claim.
Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, Fox News contributors since 2009, have resigned from the network in protest over Fox News star Tucker Carlson’s recent Patriot Purge docu-series. The special, which is currently airing on Fox’s online streaming service Fox Nation, pushes a range of conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, including the baseless claim that the deadly riot was a “false flag” orchestrated by the federal government.
I heard someone say today while going on some tiny rant about "socialism" how someone said "we have to spend our way out of debt." Now I think I may have heard that a long time ago from a right wing talking head trying to explain what he said Obama was doing, but I cant even find that opinion anymore. The guy today claimed he "knew what socialism is" but I think he's poorly educated on what Democrats are all about. Anybody know the source of "we have to spend our way out of debt." ??
K-12 public school teachers in Mississippi are paid lower starting salaries than their peers in 15 other Southern states, according to a new analysis of pay rates across the region.
A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday rejected a claim that the Memphis area has been taking water that belongs to Mississippi from an underground aquifer that sits beneath parts of both states.
I recollect hearing as far as back when I was a kid about the Israelites making a golden calf in order to worship it. The message was always that God had commanded that we should not worship any graven image. And then having the idea reinforced by the Charlton Heston movie "Ten Commandments" which, back in the day was a yearly TV event usually played around Easter.
No big deal, on my part, as I always thought I would not ever see any logical reason to worship anything made out of any kind of metal. However, now in retrospect, I realize I have worshipped the "golden image" many times in my life. I was enlightened recently through a 1956 book I have in my personal library called "Bible Fires - Messages on Bible Characters" written by Robert G. Lee (Zondervan Press). At a closer look it does seem pretty odd that these people who had seen such great signs and miracles by God would suddenly dump Him in exchange for a golden calf. But...that was not the message. As Lee writes "Looking upon this golden calf the people said (shouting, I think): "These be thy gods, O Israel!" Rather, thy god....the golden calf gave them false and belittling ideas of God...and thus decreased their faith and hope in Him. .....God was still to be worshipped but in the form of a calf."
Ouch. I have many times experienced the miracles and touch of God in my life...but when things got tough or God seemed far away....I have been very guilty of trading in the real God for an image that made more sense at the time. "So," continues Lee, "the sin of the people was not in a breach of the First but of the Second commandment." They did not wish to repudiate God but simply to worship Him under the similitude of a calf." It was through this initial effort that their morals began to crumble and they began a festival of celebration marked by adultery, drunkenness, and fornication (to name a few things) all while believing they were worshipping God when, in truth, they were worshipping an image of God they had created. It was only through the intervention and pleading of Moses to God on their behalf that He did not destroy them. Shortly after that Aaron's sons were killed for offering a strange fire to the Lord. Aaron was complicit with the creation of the golden calf...and this was something his sons were likely to have been observing. The father is a powerful force and energy in any child's life.
Always seek the God who is there and not the God we want to be there. They are not always the same and one not always real.
A jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of ALL charges in Kenosha. I have no words.
Not guilty doesn’t mean innocent.
This is one of those days when I am so embarrassed to ever having been pushing rightwing propaganda ever.
CBO estimates enacting H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, would result in a net increase in the deficit of $367 billion over the 2022-2031 period, not counting additional revenue that may be generated by additional funding for tax enforcement. The BBB's cost of $367B will be offset by $480B in revenues from tax enforcement (per Treasury), resulting in a net deficit REDUCTION of $113B.
Apparently not the end of the world as Republicans said would happen
Donald Trump Jr’s big conservative event in Missouri is cancelled after JPMorgan Chase refuses to let them use their payment processing system because they don’t want it used for “hate, violence, or racial intolerance.”
Thats a pretty big step for a business like JPMorgan Chase. On top of that:
Rupert Murdoch told Trump to get over 2020 and move on. Have to see how Fox news hosts react to that now.
Paul Gosar of Arizona, posted an animated video on Twitter that portrayed him stabbing Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York in the neck. Blood spurts out of her wound. Gosar then flies to a large image of President Biden to battle him.
<<Republicans are fighting what I guess they think is a culture war by going after Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and the Cookie Monster.
Other puppets & characters they have attacked:
Mr Potato head
Cartoon characters they have embraced:
“From all the information we’ve learned, I believe my brother to be a co-conspirator in a coup attempt against the United States government. So I think expulsion is actually the most appropriate next step,” says Jennifer Gosar, younger sister of Rep. Gosar.
Tim Gosar, brother of Rep. Gosar, on supporting his censure: "It comes down to kind of a choice and that is, do you support somebody that's reckless, that's dangerous, that's unhinged? Or do you step up and work for the soul of our country?"
Gosar's family have long been aware of his problems and even actively campaigned AGAINST during his last election
With what I know about the Kyle Rittenhouse case, I dont see any reason that he should have been where he was with a gun except to shoot someone. He was only 17 and no dog in the fight at the event. He came to stalk people with a gun. On top of that, his mom drove him there and dropped him off.
The judge in the case was clearly doing everything he could to help Rittenhouse and was very hostile toward the prosecutors. The phone belonging to the judge presiding over the closely watched double homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse rang at least twice during the trial with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” as his ringtone. The song has been heavily used at rallies headlined by former President Trump rallies.
We are moving into a time where we will see less and less justice and decisions will be made in the legal system based on partisan politics.. .. It is mostly corrupt already but it will get worse.
Dr. Jennifer Clark hopes the U.S. is simply at a COVID-19 plateau and not the beginning of a winter surge, but indicators are concerning.
The weekly new case counts in 14 states — including Oklahoma — have increased by at least 25% from the prior week and by at least 15% in 24 other states, according to federal government data.
A Capitol rioter who also happens to be a former Republican candidate for the New York state legislature — and who received over 16,000 votes when running for the seat in question -- has been caught and charged for their involvement in January’s violence. The rioter in question is Gregory Purdy, and besides a slew of misdemeanor offenses, he also faces charges including civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers — all of which would appear to be felonies. Purdy has been charged alongside his brother, Matthew Purdy, and a third individual, Robert Turner, who traveled with Gregory at one point.
In a rare move, news mogul Rupert Murdoch told Trump to get over 2020 and move on. The former President has continued to claim that the election was “rigged”.
Democrat Kelvin Butler of Magnolia was sworn in to the Mississippi Senate on Tuesday, returning to the seat he previously held for 12 years.
When Magnolia State state residents rejected the constitutional amendment ten years ago this week by a 58%-to-42% vote, they defied national expectations. The Personhood Amendment, also known as Amendment 26, would have enshrined a definition of the word “person” in the state constitution that would have included even fertilized human eggs, theoretically banning all abortions.
The settlement came in response to allegations that the archdiocese had violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair facilities damaged by Katrina, a 2005 Category 5 storm that caused billions of dollars in damage.
On Saturday evening, the Twitter account PatriotTakes posted a clip of a large gathering at Cornerstone in which a crowd was chanting “Let’s go, Brandon,” a saying that has become a popular euphemism for “F*** Joe Biden" in recent weeks.
A joint investigation by the commission and Office of the Attorney General found these companies have allegedly called hundreds of people whose numbers are listed on Mississippi’s Do Not Call Registry.
Governor Tate Reeves says he's looking to bolster education in the state by investing more in education. He says improving educational attainment is a critical part of moving Mississippi forward economically. He’s proposing a $1,300 teacher pay raise for next year and $1,000 increases for the following two years to attract and retain instructors. Reeves says the increase will make Mississippi’s salaries more competitive with other states. The Southern Regional Education Board reports the average teacher salary in Mississippi is $45,000 per year, $3,000 to $12,000 less than neighboring states.
Top good news of the say is that Steve Bannon has been taken into federal custody on contempt of Congress charges. But, there's more: Alex Jones liable by default in all Sandy Hook defamation suits A Connecticut judge’s ruling combines with decisions in Texas to grant a clean sweep for families of shooting victims in their cases against the Infowars host.
Another piece: Beto O’Rourke is officially running to unseat Texas Governor Greg Abbott in 2022. Abbott has become an enemy of logic and a proponent of disinformation. I am all for O'Rourke on this one.
While it made headlines thanks to former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn urging the United States to “embrace one religion,” the three-day event and the latest stop of the “Reawaken America Tour,” was remarkable in itself for its collection of election conspiracy theorists, such as My Pillow CEO Michael J. Lindell and Flynn, alongside Alex Jones of Info Wars and anti-vaxx champion Sherri Tenpenny.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ proposed budget for the upcoming year includes money for teacher pay raises, a water and sewer improvement grant program and a plan for eliminating the state income tax, according to recommendations he released Monday.
Right after Jesus ascended into heaven, Acts 1:13-14 describes the Apostles saying,..Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
were the extreme wing of the Pharisees. In contrast with other Pharisees they believed only God had the right to rule over the Jews. They were willing to fight and die for that belief. For them nationalistic patriotism and religion were inseparable."
And tax collectors:
“These greedy and cruel profiteers made their profit by collecting much more than they spent for their contracts (cf. Luke 19:2-8). The system allowed constant abuses of the public. We have evidence from Egypt that occasionally the publicans [tax collectors] were accompanied by the military or police to extort money from the public."
did not accept Roman rule,
did not pay Roman taxes,
and were willing to kill their political enemies.
The tax collectors:
sided with the Romans,
collected taxes for the Romans,
and became political enemies of their own people.
BUT Jesus called Zealot and tax collector alike to be his apostles, and as stated above:
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Michael Flynn tonight: “If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God.”
No one can deny that that comment isn't about as Christian Nationalist as it gets (so far). A forced theocracy.....just like what the Taliban have except instead of the islamic flag it become an American flag. Everyone walks around with a gun. Vigilante justice.
There have been nine deaths in kids ages 0-17 in Mississippi since the pandemic began.
Seven of those deaths were in 2021 and 264 kids ages 0-17 have been hospitalized with Covid in Mississippi. Dr. Timi Adepeoj says vaccations of children 5-11 are low.
An Associated Press investigation has found that the federal Bureau of Prisons, with an annual budget of nearly $8 billion, is a hotbed of abuse, graft and corruption, and has turned a blind eye to employees accused of misconduct. In some cases, the agency has failed to suspend officers who themselves had been arrested for crimes.
November 13, 2021:
"A Federal grand jury has indicted Steve Bannon.
Steve Bannon did nothing wrong," tweeted Matt Gaetz today.
In reality-speak that translates to "Bannon is without a doubt guilty. "
No one wants Gaetz to vouch for your character.
Mark Meadows did not show up for his deposition..along with Steve Bannon. Trump is doing everything he can do block release of his west wing documents.
So, so far, the 3 who seem most guilty are Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and Mark Meadows. But if anyone has been paying attention we already knew that they were, along with others....and will quite possibly include some Senators and Representatives.
Donald Trump told ABC it was “common sense” for his supporters to chant “Hang Mike Pence!” In Trump's world Committing a Coup is just “Common Pence”
I have just added "The Post Millennial" to my list right wing propaganda sources. You can generally tell which sites are the right wing ones by typing the news report into Google. The info will not show up in any mainstream or reputable news sources but a long list of right wing propaganda and click-bait sites will all be reporting the same thing. They put the "bait" in "click-bait."
Feedback Blog Post
Nov 13, 2021: CNN: Fact check: Viral video purporting to show vaccinated woman's plane tantrum is fake
The viral video is a staged scene from a professional film. The tantrum-throwing woman is an actor, as is the supposed pilot who challenges her at the end of the video. The video was produced by a man known as Prince Ea, an entertainer and creator of online content who has a history of using authentic-sounding titles about hot-button social issues to get people to watch his scripted footage.
GOP is overseeing the banning of books. Book burning coming next? Taken from the playbook of that 1930s dictator from Germany. Kansas has pulled some books from school districts. The Texas attempt to ban certain books is back firing. The books are now selling to people who want them at record rates. And apparently a lot of people want them.
"If you're willing to walk among us unvaccinated, you are an enemy," Gene Simmons, KISS frontman said Wednesday in an interview on "TalkShopLive."
"I don't care about your political beliefs," he added.
Experts say that the Blue whale is the loudest animal on earth and has been know to emit a loud pitched whine as loud as 188 decibels (a rocket launch is only 180).The most irritating whine on earth still belongs to Donald Trump.
He is still trying very hard right to the last minute to get a judge to block records from getting to the Jan 6 committee. Clearly he has something to hide. But we already knew that. Just curious how damning it is. On a related note, prosecutors recommended their harshest Jan. 6 sentence yet — 51 months — for JACOB CHANSLEY, the ‘Q Shaman’ who became a symbol of the insurrection.
GOP Congressman Paul Gosar publishes a tweet threatening the life of AOC and Pres. Biden. The GOP remains silent about it. Have they all been radicalized now?
Once upon a time if ANYONE threatened an elected officials life the FBI showed up almost immediately.
Ignoring it breeds escalation.
Feedback Blog Post
Former President Donald Trump scored two big legal victories Friday and avoided having to sit for a deposition in a defamation lawsuit after former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos agreed to drop her claims, according to a court filing, and a New York judge granted Trump's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen against the Trump Organization.
Superintendent Marcus Boudreaux notified parents of students at Biloxi High earlier this week that a third gun was found on a student. As a result, the district has implemented enhanced security measures at the school, including random weapon checks with a metal detector.
Mostly composed of Republican-leaning states with vaccination rates on the lower end of the spectrum, this coalition includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Moments before news broke that Steve Bannon was being indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday, he was putting forth his master plan for national domination.
The former adviser to Donald Trump told his viewers on War Room that the Trumpified GOP “is taking over all the elections.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) appeared on MSNBC shortly after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena. Also happening on Friday was the arrival of the deadline for former Trump chief-of-staff Mark Meadows to comply with the congressional subpoena he received.
Weeks after narrowly rejecting a proposal to give essential employees a pandemic pay bonus, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors has changed its course and approved the move.
Attorney General Lynn Fitch said in that time frame investigators encountered 49 potential victims and made the arrests for crimes including human trafficking, promoting prostitution and statutory rape.
Steve Bannon, former President Donald Trump’s political strategist, was indicted by a grand jury Friday on two charges of criminal contempt for defying a House subpoena.
A city in Mississippi is settling a lawsuit brought by a white former police lieutenant who said he was moved within the department to prevent a Black subordinate’s promotion.
The DeSoto County School District, from July 28 to Sept. 30, heard from dozens of parents and community members asking for a mask mandate, according to emails obtained by Mississippi Today through a public records request.
Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Thursday his intent to allow the state of emergency he declared in early 2020 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic to expire on Nov. 20.
“Rest assured, we’re following all the health protocols to keep everyone safe. And it is so great to be here with all my fellow artists, tested and together,” Bryan said, and then smirked: “Or immunized. Who isn’t? Just playing.”
A group of House Democrats is introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) for posting an altered, animated video that depicts him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and swinging two swords at President Biden.
A paramedic who, along with two others, was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during protests against racial injustice in Kenosha, Wisc., last year said in an interview that the teenager was an “active shooter.”
Mike Turner (R-OH) appeared on Fox News’ show and discovered the depth of Carlson’s betrayal of our American Constitution. The Ohio representative ended up trying to explain why we would rather have Ukraine as our ally than Russia. Life in Russia has been cold since its President aka dictator Vladimir Putin sucked all the power into his quarter, And that coldness does not just refer to its climate.
The Biden administration has now formally rejected claims of executive privilege regarding documents and testimony that have been demanded by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot from Mark Meadows, who served as chief of staff in the Trump White House.
Former President Trump on Thursday endorsed Texas Rep. Michael McCaul (R), who previously said Trump “very well may have” committed impeachable offenses on and before Jan. 6.
Lawyers for former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block the National Archives from turning over his White House records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
The paramedic seriously wounded last year by Kyle Rittenhouse said Thursday he was unnerved watching "your would-be murderer" on the witness stand.
Nov 11, 2021: Time: Inside Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic—and the Biggest Fight for Abortion Rights in a Generation
Her clinic, known as the Pink House for its bubble-gum-colored exterior walls, is at the epicenter of the fight over abortion access, in Mississippi and the country. On Dec. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, about a Mississippi state law banning nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. If the court allows the law to remain in effect, the decision will effectively hollow out Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion before fetal viability. “This is not gonna just affect Mississippi,” Brewer says. “It’s gonna affect women everywhere.”
Number of Ted Cruz Republicans who have suffered or died from Covid: too many to count
Number of Muppets who have suffered or died from covid: none.
1 - Christians must never allow themselves to equate the biblical Kingdom of God with any human political party or nation (John 18:36; Isaiah 9:7; Matthew 6:33, Philippians 3:20, Revelation 11:15). As Christians we must be diligent in maintaining and preserving the distinctiveness between the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world. We must never fuse the two. The great "utopian illusion" that easily enters our politics is that peace, harmony, and prosperity for all can be brought about in the world through human political means.
2 - Christians must never allow ourselves to elevate a specific politician to a messianic or savior status (1 Peter 3:15). In our entertainment and celebrity culture, it is becoming more common for people to infuse politicians with almost a messianic or savior status. In other words, people begin to believe a politician's extraordinary promises and that they actually can single-handedly produce almost supernatural social results. As Christians, we have one Lord, and we must resist all attempts to exalt any human politician to unrealistic heights.
3 - Christians must not just vote, but more importantly, must pray for our government and the leaders of all political parties (Matthew 5:44, 1 Timothy 2:1-2). In our polarized political society, many Christians are tempted to bless the politician or political party they support, and curse the other one they don't. The Bible is clear that we are to pray for all political and government leaders, even our political enemies.
4 - Christians must always remember that our ultimate security is in Christ and in the unshakeable kingdom of God, no matter what presidential candidate or party wins (Hebrews 12:26-29). One of the dangers that many Christians seem to often fall into is that we begin to elevate the outcome of presidential elections to an apocalyptic status. In other words, if our presidential candidate or party does not win, we begin to see it as the end of the world.
When we allow ourselves to understand politics in apocalyptic terms, we at the same time express an unbelief in the sovereignty and Lordship of God over his creation and human history. Yes, elections have real consequences for people, but in the larger scheme of history, don't worry, no matter who becomes our president, God is in control and will take care of things and the outcome will be up to Him and Him alone.
5 - Christians must never allow ourselves to bring the divisiveness and polarization of political parties into the church, the family of God (Romans 16:17, 1 Corinthians 1:11-12). In recent times I, personally, have taken extra notice and discernment if I walk into a church and an American flag shares the space with a Christian flag.
We cannot allow partisan politics to divide the body of Christ. Individual Christians have freedom of conscience before God and the Bible, and as a result, we must accept the fact that there will be diversity of political opinions in the church. We must never allow diverse political perspectives cause conflict and divisions in the church.
6 - Christians must never allow ourselves to demonize or dehumanize another person - no matter what politician it is - because every single human has been created in the image of God (Colossians 3:8, Matthew 7:1, James 4:12). Christians must not engage in demeaning and judging other people, no matter whether we agree with them politically or not.
7 - Christians must never engage in angry confrontational arguments, instead of being open to learn through civil debate and dialogue (James 1:20, Philippians 2:14-16, 2 Timothy 2:14). When we interact with other people with hard-core dogmatic positions, we demonstrate an ugly pride that demeans the character of Christ. As Christians we must humble ourselves, understand that as humans we are limited in our understanding, and that we all can learn more about the very complex issues that face our nation. Christians must always engage in politics through a path of reason and civility.
8 - Christians must never allow ourselves to become so intertwined so closely with one political party that we forfeit our independent identity as followers of Christ. When we do, we lose the prophetic voice to speak and clarify biblical truth to all politicians and political parties (1 Timothy 3:15, Ephesians 4:15, Romans 3:4).
9 - Christians must never allow ourselves to engage in partisan politics by supporting divisiveness between races, between male and female, between rich and poor, and between the young and old (Matthew 5:9, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Electoral politics is all about dividing society into specific voting blocks. And as a result, politics usually divides our society, instead of uniting it. Christians must always function as peacemakers and reconcilers in the public square, and resist every temptation to join the political tactics of dividing people for political gain.
10 - Christians must not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of simply cursing the darkness through negativity, instead of constructively engaging our world as preserving salt and illuminating light (Matthew 5:13-16). The cultural and missional mandate of kingdom Christians requires us to stop cursing the darkness and start lighting more candles that reflects God's truth, compassion, and love.
The national defense company 'Elbit Systems of America' is working with the Department of Defense to develop a new radar imaging system for army helicopters.
When Greg Parker was a senior at the University of Mississippi, he noticed something missing on the campus of the state’s oldest public university: a publication that celebrated the talents of its LGBTQ+ students and their allies. “I can’t remember quite when the idea for a magazine first came up,” Parker admitted. “But I attended the Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, and someone did a panel on zines.”
More than 160 people from across the region gathered last week in Fredericksburg to officially launch planning for the upcoming Rappahannock Area Celebration with Will Graham. The evangelistic outreach, which is planned for June of 2022, will feature music from Christian artists and encouraging messages from Will Graham. Graham is the grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham and son of Franklin Graham.
We must not confuse the Kingdom of God with our country. To say it another way: "We should not wrap our Christianity in our national flag.”
― Francis A. Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto
A state appeals court has ruled against a Tishomingo County man who claimed that he was deprived of his constitutional right to a speedy trial after waiting in prison over three years.
Sincerely, a Realist.😎
Brian Williams, the square-jawed news anchor laid low by a fabulism scandal who mounted a career comeback with a popular 11 p.m. talk show on MSNBC, announced on Tuesday that he would step down from his program after a five-year run and depart NBC News entirely at the end of the year.
In a court filing, the Biden administration is warning that the Mississippi-backed lawsuit asking courts to block enforcement of the president’s employer COVID-19 vaccine mandate “would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day.”
Senator Kaine was in Fredericksburg for stops on Monday with City School officials and Germanna Community College. Senator Kaine heard about the pre-k program in the city and discussed the universal pre-K initiatives he is pushing to pass as part of the Build Back Better bill.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and others have condemned Rep. Paul Gosar after the Arizona Republican tweeted an altered anime video that depicted him killing her with a sword and attacking President Joe Biden.
The two remaining candidates in the race for Hinds County Sheriff will face off in a debate at Jackson State University Thursday ahead of a runoff election later this month
Twitter added a warning label Monday to a tweet from a Republican lawmaker that depicted an animated killing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and an attack on President Joe Biden — saying the post violated the company's rules about "hateful conduct."
But the tweet, from Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., will remain accessible for the "public interest," Twitter said in its notice.
Men cannot find God in their imaginations. Only he seeking for Him apart from their imaginations can they find Him. The imagination is spoken of as a “vain thing” in scripture that can weaken or usurp the effectiveness of the word of God. The word “imaginations” here could be translated “reasonings of natural men.” The worlds reasonings are foolishness to God. So we must cast down false reasoning for truth.
The principles of the other sciences, either are evident and cannot be proved, or they are proved by natural reason in some other science. But the knowledge proper to this science comes through revelation, and not through natural reason. Therefore it is not its business to prove the principles of the other sciences, but only to judge them. For whatsoever is found in the other sciences contrary to the truth of this science must be condemned as false.
Congress allocated $1.8 billion for Mississippi through the American Rescue Plan, and the first half of the money arrived in the state treasury in May, weeks after legislators finished their 2021 session.
For nearly a month, workers came and went, trying to stem the tide erupting from a clogged pipe. But to no avail: Bolden's front yard was cleaved by a river of sewage. Her neighborhood of tidy ranch houses in Mississippi's state capital became hostage to an overpowering stench, one reflecting the rot at the heart of the city's water system.
After a day of negotiations, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk late Friday evening.
Amusing to find that the same people who claim "God will take care of them" against Covid and ignore mask mandates don't believe God can take care of them if it is enforced. That GOP "God" seems pretty weak and petty
A GOP Texas state lawmaker is asking schools to report whether they have any of the 850 books he identified that deal with sexuality, racism, abortion and U.S. history that he says "might make students feel discomfort, guilt ... or psychological distress."
This is an authoritarian effort at reshaping the emotions so that lying & persecution can proceed without "guilt" or "discomfort" or other expressions of the conscience. Textbooks will have to feed their agenda in complete disregard for what is true or what is real.
It's the early stages of Fascism whereas the beginning has already been sown into the fabric of what is making much of the GOP tick. Enter the evangelicals that have long been driven by a "what I feel" form of the gospel and suddenly the weirdness of things like QAnon and other conspiracies take root and begin to flourish. "Feelings" and "Faith" when forming political ideologies is generally a toxic mix that has no boundaries. Hence, John Kennedy can become Keith Richards and rather than mock it they embrace it cuz, as the person I quoted yesterday (Neese) says "it feels like something happened so it did".
When they began to spin the idea that anyone in their way..especially Democrats...are "evil" and "godless" and "socialists and communists" along with "baby killers" their break from reality began.
There is no Biblical remedy as they confirm among themselves a "form of godliness" yet they lack the power thereof."
The days of America as we knew it...may very well be gone already.
A federal judge has shielded seven Republican lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office from having to testify about a controversial new elections law — including testifying about any involvement by the governor’s office in trying to block three University of Florida professors from serving as expert witnesses.
In Defense of Failure
The quality that should mark the Christian church is not goodness, but grace, not merit, but mercy, not moralism, but forgiveness, not the enshrinement of success, but the acceptance of failure. Lacking the nerve of failure, we have suffered a failure of the nerve--to dare to dream dreams, venture visions, and risk getting splinters that come from cutting against the grain. (I am not sure of exact source of this paragraph as it has been used many times but I think it belonged to a writing from 1977 by a man named Leonard Sweet)
Most of our education, beginning with kindergarten, has been seriously deficient when it comes to preparing us to confront and handle failure. We Americans are part of a culture that fears failure and worships the golden-calf of success. Only our comic figures like the Charley Brown or Wile E Coyote are acceptable symbols of failure. Ministry depends on willingness to endure the risk and the possibility of defeat without becoming psychologically damaged or professionally destroyed. The church NEEDS people who are not afraid to fail.
The nerve to fail is required of our pastors and church leaders. Jesus sowed love and compassion, and he reaped death on a cross. No matter how hard we try there will always be some people who just wont accept us. Jesus failed the worlds great "litmus test of success" and reminded us "You will be hated by all on account of My name" (Matt 10:22). The "Christianized super-ego" will judge the quality of a ministry on the popularity of it rather than the quality of it. And it is too often how we gauge the viability of any ministry we approach. Have we taken the time to consider that the "hate vs love " ratio of any ministry should NOT be a gauge of anything but rather the quality of the message and the resilience of the committed in spite of failure? After his first sermon, a newly appointed youth pastor, was approached by a critical senior spokesman and asked "How can you expect to please 700 people?" The pastor replied, "I did not come to please 700 people. I came to please one. "
Phillip Brooks, in the late 1800s, wrote: "If you are afraid of man and a slave to their opinions, go and do something else. Go and make shoes to fit them. Go even and paint pictures which you know are bad but which suit their bad taste. But do not keep on all your life preaching sermons which shall not say what God sent you to declare, but what they hire you to say."
Billy Sunday had a more earthy way of putting it: "Some preachers have to be wet nurses to a lot of two hundred pound babies sitting in the pews." The saddest epitaph to be engraved on any saints tombstone is "He never offended anyone."
The United States yesterday delivered another shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to The Bahamas, making good on the Biden administration’s promise to share vaccines with the world.
Our geologist colleague Casey Luskin had that experience the other day when he was interviewed for an hour by an extremely thoughtful, well informed, and philosophically sophisticated Muslim in the U.K., Subboor Ahmad. You can find Subboor’s YouTube channel with all his podcasts here.
Mississippi is rescinding a policy that would have simplified the process of changing the gender listing on a driver’s license.
The Mississippi Department of Health reported zero new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, making Nov. 3 the first day since June 30 without a pandemic-related death in Mississippi.
Lots of Qanon and Trump supporters, many wearing maga hats waited at Dealy Plaza in Dallas yesterday for the return of John Kennedy Jr.
He never showed up. Go figure
They believe that Trump will be reinstated and become “1 of the 7 new Kings. Most likely the King of Kings,” a reference to a biblical passage in Revelations 17.
Many believe Kennedy is a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. And a lady named Neese best exemplifies Trumpvangelicanism when she said: “Well, do you have faith in our God or not?” Neese asked rhetorically, in reference to JFK’s notable absence. “I know I do and part of faith is continuing to have it, EVEN WHEN you can’t see. No matter what, I think the majority of us know that something is happening. We can feel it! (Rolling Stone)
State Senator Chris McDaniel told a rally of about 400 people this weekend that “My body is my temple. My immune system is part of my temple. I have faith in God to be a healer. I don’t want to put my faith in men.” He and the rally were protesting vaccine mandates. The appalling thing about McDaniels words is that he calls God into his equation. The weak and older folks who want to live and not be infected are dismissed and he makes the argument all about himself and "his" people...which I presume include a lot of red hatted magas. He also assumes power over the the folks who may not be "saved" into the Christian faith. God tends to give special favor at time to the weak...so I think he should re-evaluate his "God" card.
Lindsey Graham Reportedly (Washington Post) Called for Law Enforcement to Shoot Jan. 6 Rioters During the Attack: ‘He yelled at the Senate sergeant-at-arms.
“What are you doing? Take back the Senate! You’ve got guns. Use them.” The South Carolina senator was adamant. “We give you guns for a reason,” he repeated. “Use them.”
Doesnt sound much like a friendly tour of the Capital.
GRAMMY®-winning country musician Marty Stuart will be the recipient of the third annual Crossroads of American Music Award at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi’s 2021 Gala, which will take place at the Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Wednesday, December 1, at 6 pm. Presented by Walmart, the 2021 GRAMMY Museum Gala will feature a special appearance by Stuart, who will accept the award and perform live. Tickets for the 2021 Gala went on sale on October 15. Additional sponsors include Quality Steel Corporation and Visit Mississippi. More details will be announced soon.
After almost three hours of lively arguments on Monday at the Supreme Court, a majority of the justices seemed inclined to allow abortion providers — but perhaps not the Biden administration — to pursue a federal court challenge to a Texas law that has sharply curtailed abortions in the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated a lower court ruling against multiple religious employers seeking an exemption to a 2017 New York regulation requiring employers to provide healthcare plans that include coverage of medically necessary abortions.
A series of Election Day contests may serve as a barometer of how far left Democratic voters in New York State want their party to go.
Mississippi M.O.V.E. will offer rides to polling precincts in Hinds County on Tuesday, November 2.
Latest books for my library:
1. The Axioms of religion by Herschel H Hobbs & EY Mullins. 1977. Interesting book. He touts the Baptist church as being a great spark in the Christian world at the time, though he saw a revival of it because the new President, Democrat Jimmy Carter, was a Baptist. Much of todays Baptist church rejects Carter and demonizes Democrats for no reasonable theological reason I can see that holds any "Biblical" reality. I should probably qualify that mostly Southern Baptists reject Democrats....and have no viable observation about the rest. I have another book by Hobbs where he goes through the whole Bible and offers perspectives and illustrations on it. A commentary, I suppose, but with maps and pictures.
2. Handbook of Theology by Norvell Robertson. This is a 1983 reprint of the original which was published in 1874. Not a lot of what I would consider "new" theologies but he does tackle some old in a fresh way, at least from the stuff I have seen so far.
3. Precious Thoughts by John Ruskin. This is a 1st edition from 1865. This was a leather bound edition but the cover has worn quite a bit. Considering the date he makes no mention of any American Civil War but draws colorful commentary (his "Precious Thoughts") from the arts, especially in France.
While Mississippians are calling for Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) to call a special legislative session, the governor said adjustments still need to be made to the proposed medical marijuana program.