• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

When Will Twits at Twitter and Facebook Ever STOP EXCLUDING CONSERVATIVES?

I wonder if Twits at Twitter and Facebook ever go outdoors.   Do they see, absorb anything outside the computer?  Have they ever seen, heard of “wild cucumber”?  In Minnesota this time of year it grows about a foot per “day”…..in “vine” length, that is!  It climbs trees and can wrap  conifers.  It’s dead by midAutumn, but seeds produced will begin their trek through life again  around midJune next year where spaces of soils are exposed to sun and moisture.

Twits at Twitter and  Facebook have a reputation of ignoring  folks of conservative  thought and deed, especially those of us who enjoy viewing the world of “wild cucumber” and might know what a Chamaecyparis is.

Please read about the dilemma conservatives face who bother with Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/06/isnt_there_some_way_that_facebook_and_twitter_can_be_forced_to_stop_excluding_conservatives.html

Clucking Lefty “News” Ditsies Circle Donald Trump to Celebrate Their Magnificent Stupidity

Our gifted President, Donald J. Trump pulled a fast one on the lefty news turkeys nesting on the White House grounds this past Friday morning.   He chose to tolerate their gobble-gobbles for a full hour, the first President to do so in decades, perhaps a century!

The President is a proud man who likes people who don’t turkey cluck and gobble!

Only a ditsy leftist cluck could be mindless enough to ask the question in the following scene:

Trump: I’m Soft On Kim Jong Un’s Human Rights Record Because I Don’t Want To See A Nuclear Weapon Destroy Your Family

This is excellent salesmanship of his weird whitewashing of Kim a few days ago on Fox News, inviting the viewer to step into his shoes and see things from the perspective of situational ethics. What would you do?You have a lunatic cult leader armed to the teeth with the world’s most destructive weapon. Trump’s not exaggerating when he says war could lead to 30 million people dying. When you criticize him for softballing Kim, is it really the softballing you object to or is that the price of the softballing is too low for now? Because listen: If he really could swing a deal in which Kim disarms in return for the world turning a blind eye to how he treats his people, gulags and all, a lot of Americans would take that deal. They’d ease their moral pangs by telling themselves that disarmament and liberalization will lead the regime in time to treat the population better, and they might be right. But that’s a secondary consideration. At the end of the day, you do what you need to do and say what you need to say to avoid a nuclear holocaust. The situation dictates one’s moral response, not any sense of absolute morality.

If you go that route, though, you’ll end up in Appeasement Valley with no way out. If we’re willing to tolerate the current system of gross human-rights abuses in the name of averting nuclear war, logically we’d also have to tolerate whatever new abuses the regime comes up with. Pick any Nazi horror you like — mass extermination, medical experiments, you name it. (Medical experiments on captives wouldn’t be new to North Korea, actually.) What atrocity could conceivably be so terrible that, per Trump’s thinking, it’d be worth breaking off relations over it and risking nuclear war? Kim could scale up his crimes against humanity infinitely and we’d have to shrug it off so long as he’s “only” committing them against his own people. It’s the logical endpoint of Trump’s approach to everything. Look out for number one. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the same reasoning should have led the U.S. to tolerate Hitler so long as he solemnly vowed to stay away from WMD and stuck to gassing only the Jews within his own borders.

And even that would turn slippery eventually. If, in the end, we’re all about looking out for number one — America first, and last — would we break off relations and involve ourselves in a nuclear war if Kim dropped the bomb on Seoul or Tokyo? Why? It’s okay for him to murder people within his own borders on the other side of the world but an impardonable affront for him to murder people just across the border? It’s not a coincidence that Trump wants American troops off the peninsula.

Anyway, it’d be nice to believe that he’s telling the truth here about viewing this problem through the cold lens of realpolitik. Certainly it’s partly true. But he’s made too much noise over the years about admiring the “strength” of authoritarian dirtbags like Putin to believe that some portion of his whitewashing of Kim isn’t heartfelt. If a ruler goes a little overboard in taming the locals, well, sometimes that’s what strength requires.

 

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/06/15/trump-im-soft-kim-jong-uns-human-rights-record-dont-want-see-nuclear-weapon-destroy-family/

The Ideal Family Begins with a Mom and a Dad!

Why Moms and Dads Both Matter in Marriage

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by Jenet Erickson  at the Public Discourse        (Article sent by Mark Waldeland)

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Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable—they both add distinct benefits to the development of children. Courts and legislatures can change legal definitions, but they cannot alter biology or psychology.

As the Supreme Court considers whether to redefine marriage in genderless terms, scholars supporting gender-diverse parenting filed an amicus briefurging the Court not to eviscerate this fundamental norm of marriage given its crucial benefits to the development of children. If same-sex marriage is constitutionalized, the message the law will send is that the gender of parents becomes valueless, since any two adults will do.

Gender Diversity Is in Our Genes

In the late 1970s, Azim Surani tried to create new life using two sets of genes from only a mother, or a father. Everything then known about genetics suggested that with the right number of chromosomes, life would develop normally, even if all of its genetic material came only from a female or a male. But the eggs with only the mother’s genes could not survive. A similar fate met the eggs implanted with two sets of father’s genes.

As science reporter Paul Raeburn describes, Surani discovered that mothers and fathers each contributed something in their genes that was critical to sustaining life. These “paternal” and “maternal” genes appeared completely indistinguishable in every way, yet expressed themselves differently depending on whether they came from the mother or the father. And both were essential to the survival of the egg.

The essential need for both a mother and a father to provide genetic material for survival parallels what social science tells us about the importance of mothers and fathers in children’s development. Fathers and mothers bring similar, even indistinguishable, capacities that enable healthy child development. But like the complementarity of the left and right halves of the brain, they also bring distinct capacities that provide complementary, irreplaceable contributions to children’s healthy development.

Coo and Cuddle vs. Tickle and Toss

Consider what social science research reveals about how mothers and fathers distinctively influence children’s social and emotional development. Mothers are biologically primed to provide nurturing oriented toward creating a strong attachment relationship. Dramatic increases in oxytocin and oxytocin receptors during the process of giving birth and caring for infants act like a switch in mothers, turning on maternal behaviors. New moms find themselves expressing positive feelings, affectionately touching and gazing at their infants, and engaging in “motherese” vocalizations. Infants’ levels of oxytocin parallel their mothers’, producing feelings of calm and well-being that similarly bond mother and offspring.

Fathers also experience significant physiological changes that “prime” them for bonding. But the same hormones elicit different types of responses. Instead of inviting “security-inducing” behaviors, fathers’ levels of oxytocin are associated with “stimulatory” behaviors, like tickling and bouncing. This suggests a biological foundation for what we observe all around us. While mothers are more likely to “coo and cuddle” their infants, fathers are more likely to “tickle and toss.” These differences foreshadow more extensive complementary patterns exhibited across children’s development.

Identity and Emotional Capacity vs. Social and Relational Capacity

A mother’s capacities are uniquely oriented toward identity formation and emotional security. Her ability to detect, interpret and respond in positive, non-intrusive ways to her infant’s needs has been identified as the strongest and most consistent predictor of a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Neuropsychological studies indicate that mothers have a uniquely sensitive ability to modify the stimulation they give to their infants, matching their infants’ inner state and providing the optimal “chunked bits” of positive interaction needed for development. In the process, children experience positive effects on memory, cognition, stress tolerance, and emotional and behavioral regulation, as well as cardiovascular, metabolic, and immune function.

In this secure attachment relationship, children develop their own sense of identity while learning to appreciate, understand, and empathize with the feelings of others. From infancy on, children are more likely to seek out their mothers for comfort in times of stress. And mothers are much more likely to identify, ask about, listen to, and discuss emotions with children. A mother’s unique orientation toward identifying, expressing, regulating, understanding, and processing emotions is not only important for self-awareness and emotional well-being; it also lays a foundation for moral awareness, including a sense of moral conscience with the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong.

Fathers demonstrate a complementary influence. While mothers are uniquely important in developing secure identity and emotional understanding, fathers are uniquely important in developing social and relational capacity. Interestingly, this complementarity is reflected in the way mothers and fathers hold their infants. While a mother is likely to hold her infant to enable maximum contact with her face and body, a father is most likely to hold the infant in a way that gives the baby the same view of the world as the father has. This “football hold” orients the infant’s face outward, toward others.

It is fathers’ involvement with their children that consistently predicts how they relate to others. Father closeness during a child’s adolescence has been identified as the key predictor of empathy in adulthood, as well as marital relationship quality and extra-marital relationship quality in adulthood. In contrast, lack of father involvement has repeatedly been associated with delinquent and criminal behaviors, even into adulthood. For boys, the mere presence of a father in the home predicts less delinquent behavior.

Some of this may be due, in part to the discipline style of fathers. Fathers intervene to discipline less often than mothers, but when they do, they exhibit more firmness and predictability. In contrast, mothers use more reasoning and flexibility in carrying out consequences. Children, in turn, are more likely to comply with their father’s requests and demands than with their mother’s.

More significantly, fathers influence children’s social and relational capacity through their play. Compared to mothers, fathers are much more likely to interact through play. And that play is strongly predictive of the quality of children’s peer relationships. In repeated studies, fathers who spent more time in positive play with their children had children with the highest peer ratings. When fathers were more responsive, patient, playful and less coercive in their play, children showed less aggressiveness and more peer competence, and they were better liked.

As one report noted, “Rough-housing with dad” appears to “teach children how to deal with aggressive impulses and physical contact without losing control of their emotions.” Through play, fathers help children learn how to temper and channel emotions in a positive, interactive way and gain confidence in their ability to do so. As children age, fathers focus less on physical play and engage in more peer-like verbal play in the form of sarcasm and humor. Peer-like verbal play allows a father to tease and joke with a child, within the safety of the father-child relationship, thus strengthening children’s sense of identity and social confidence. While mothers consistently build self-understanding, fathers consistently build social-relational understanding.

Learning Foundation vs. Orientation and Achievement

This same type of complementarity is exhibited in the mothers’ and fathers’ influence on children’s cognitive development and educational achievement. Indeed, mothers seem to be biologically and psychologically primed to provide just the right kind of emotionally sensitive, cognitively stimulating interactions.  Mothers are also are more likely to focus on teaching children in their interactions. For example, while fathers may use a toy to engage with a child, mothers will focus their child on the toy, describe it, and teach about it.  This verbally rich, teaching orientation has important implications for cognitive development, including memory, problem-solving, and language advancement.

Fathers complement the foundational contributions mothers make to children’s cognitive development and build upon it. When fathers are “involved, nurturing, and playful,” children exhibit higher IQs, language development, and cognitive skills. One explanation for this is that children with involved fathers show a social-emotional readiness for learning, including being better able to handle the stresses and frustrations associated with schooling. Fathers also uniquely influence children’s expressive language development, because they are more likely to use a broader vocabulary. Mothers, by contrast, often simplify their language to ensure understanding.

Fathers also play a central role in academic achievement. Children with involved fathers were 43 percent more likely to earn “A” grades, 33 percent less likely to repeat a grade, and 98 percent more likely to graduate from college. Part of this is due to the fact that involved fathers are likely to help with homework and provide financial support for college. But involved fathers also monitor and guide children’s behaviors, helping them avoid behaviors that might negatively impact school achievement. Indeed, they seem to be uniquely able to foster a learning environment with just the right mix of “engagement, affection, and supervision.”

Most significantly, fathers build children’s learning capacity by orienting children toward learning in critical ways. First, compared to mothers, fathers’ interactions are characterized by arousal, excitement, and unpredictability in a way that stimulates openness to the world, with an eagerness to explore and discover. Second, fathers have a unique ability to encourage risk-taking while ensuring safety and security, thus inviting children to pursue opportunities that translate into educational and occupational success. Third, involved fathers consistently focus on helping children learn to do things independently and to find solutions to their own problems, building both capacity and confidence. Finally, fathers tend to be more “cognitively demanding” of their children, pushing them to deepen and demonstrate their understanding. Where mothers are more likely to reach in and help children solve a problem, fathers hold back while still offering support, again building capacity and confidence. This area again demonstrates a complementarity between mothers and fathers that is critical, each being irreplaceable by the other.

Gender Identity and Sexual Development

The importance of mothers’ and fathers’ complementarity becomes particularly obvious as a child attempts to make sense of his or her gender. During this period (beginning around eighteen months), both the “same-sex-as-me parent” and the “opposite-sex-from-me-parent” play vital roles. In the words of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead, “One of the most important learnings for every human child is how to be a full member of its own sex and at the same time fully relate to the opposite sex.  This is not an easy learning; it requires the continuing presence of a father and a mother.”

The continuing presence of fathers emerges as particularly important in the sexual identity of girls. Girls who are not reared by their biological fathers are much more likely to engage in sexual relations at an early age and to become pregnant as teenagers. Father absence has been identified as the single greatest risk factor in teen pregnancy for girls. In fact, the presence and emotional closeness of fathers seems to “set the reproductive strategy” girls use throughout their lives. Perhaps, as Professor Bradford Wilcox concludes, this is because “Girls raised in homes with their fathers are more likely to receive the attention, affection, and modeling that they need . . . to rebuff young men who do not have their best interests at heart.”

For boys, the effects on sexual development are just as significant but manifest themselves differently. Without the closeness and modeling of a father, boys engage in what David Popenoe calls “compensatory masculinity,” exhibited in rejecting and denigrating anything feminine while seeking to prove masculinity through violent and aggressive domination. In contrast, boys raised in homes with fathers are more likely to “acquire the sense of self-worth and self-control that allows them to steer clear of delinquent peers and trouble with the law,” including in their sexual behaviors.

The Precision of Parental Complementarity

In each of these developmental areas, the natural complementarity between mothers’ and fathers’ parenting strengths is surprisingly precise. Whereas mothers are biologically prepared to nurture, teach, and provide care that is especially important for foundational development, fathers are predisposed to take a facilitative approach to parenting, fostering self-reliance, achievement, and healthy peer relationships in ways that are particularly important especially as children begin to transition to adult life. Both mothers and fathers are needed to create life, and both are needed to best facilitate the nurturing of that life. Mothers do not father, and fathers do not mother. Each emerges as a unique source of distinct and critical nurturing in the development of children. Indeed, evidence of these distinct contributions confirms a long assumed proposition: namely, that the direct, continual involvement of both a mother and a father in the home is ideal for the child’s development.

Thus, mandating that gender diversity be legally removed from marriage destroys one of the most fundamental and scientifically documented norms of marriage, which plays a crucial role in a child’s social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development.

Without gender complementarity in marriage, children will be worse off—and society will suffer the consequences.

 

Polar Bear Troubles and Global Warming’s Barack youknowwho!

Former President Barack Hussein Obama was not an outdoor man……despite his golf escapes from Washington.   Nor was he churched in any way……Truth was often missing from his vocabulary.   He didn’t like non-partisan learned citizen America.

So for terror votes to strengthen his money bags, he turned to propagandize and  sell Global Warming…..that Warming white man Americans (with the exception of leftist Jews who financed him)  had caused  in their alleged  historic drive for power and greed.

Polar bears were disappearing from the Earth’s seas” the Leftists advertised!  There was not enough  ice left  upon which they  could sit, sun, and have fun!   “Damn those Americans” these Obamalings felt, spoke, taught, and wrote!

SCIENCE, CONSENSUS AND POLAR BEARS

by John Hinderaker   at PowerLine:

Polar bears have become an icon of the global warming movement. The theory is that global warming reduces the volume of Arctic sea ice, which in turn impacts polar bear habitat. Notwithstanding the fact that polar bears have survived through multiple ice ages and warm periods, and in recent years polar bear populations have grown rather than shrinking, the Left finds it convenient to use them for political purposes.

Polar Bear Science is a web site run by Susan Crockford, one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears, with over 35 years of experience and many scientific publications. Recently, she was viciously attacked in the New York Times (where else) by leftists who were outraged that she pointed out the fact, based on published data, that climate alarmists’ predictions about polar bear populations have not come true.

At Polar Bear Science, polar bear specialist Mitchell Taylor writes about scientific accountability in the degraded era in which we live. Who is Dr. Taylor?

Dr. Mitch Taylor was a member of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) as a polar bear scientist representing Canada for 28 years (1981-2008) but in 2009 he was booted out by chairman Andrew Derocher for his skeptical views on human-caused global warming. The group then changed their rules on membership to justify their actions.

Dr. Taylor writes:

It has become a lot more difficult to talk about polar bears since they became an icon for climate change as a cause.
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The new model [Regehr et al. 2016] guarantees that polar bears will decline by decoupling the model’s population projections from climate model forecasts of sea ice conditions….

[Footnote: By de-coupling I meant that Regehr’s model [Regehr et al. 2016] has no input from the GCMs [General Circulation Models] for sea ice dynamics. If you suddenly reduced CO2 levels somehow, the GCMs would respond by predicting an increase in sea ice. Regehr’s model uses a simple regression fit to sea ice decline as measured since the satellite record began in 1979. As you know, sea ice declined faster than the GCMs predicted. So the PBSG has have given up on the climate models and now they just use the historical slope to project continued sea ice decline forward. In other words, their current argument for up-listing polar bears due to anthropogenic global warming is now entirely independent of atmospheric CO2 levels. It seems the PBSG agrees that climate models are not predictive with respect to sea ice which was their central argument for up-listing them in the first place.

As practiced by the alarmists, climate “science” has no integrity.

There are two ways to get a scientific consensus. One is to present the data and the analysis in a manner that is so persuasive that everyone is convinced. The other way is to exclude or marginalize anyone who does not agree. This occurs so commonly now that it has become an accepted practice. The practice of science has become secondary to governments, NGOs, journals, and scientists who feel that the ends justify the means.

The response to Susan’s work is politically motivated, not an argument against her conclusions. The journal’s response to this article and to her complaint was also political. Sadly, BioScience is not a credible scientific journal anymore. We have fake news and fake science.

Fake science is a good description for pretty much all global warming alarmism.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/04/science-consensus-and-polar-bears.php

The Disappearance of Beauty and Inspiration in Today’s Dying America

(I was born to be lucky.   My Mother was German, impatient, and determined to discover and be absorbed by beauty as her drug of choice.    She chose to seek and be  inspired by  beautiful music and landscape gardens.   Handel, Beethoven, Strauss Waltzes led her list of leaving ordinary life for an hour or so when she wasn’t at work.    In our life together before television, she chose me to be her partner in the world of picture puzzle making, one each week every winter for years.   Each magnificent scenery had to be made  of more than 2,000 pieces and every one a picture of a magnificent landscape garden otherwise the effort would be boring.  I have been under the influence ever since, now in my 84th year.)

 

America’s Fraud of the Century? Hillary? Barack?…..or Global Warming Al?

It’s April 15, 2018 today in Goopher State Minnesota.  Flaky Dems run the show here.

They, like 95% of America’s religiously devoted lefties, are indoor people.  Their Jewish brands don’t mix with  any   “outdoor working” white American men people.

They consider such animals (such as I)  failures, ignorant,  know-nothing Christians, Trumpies,  married with too many children;  subhumans who look and sweat like farmers  and   wear outdoor clothing whether plumbers or landscapers, electricians or snow removers, home builders or janitors, they all look like bums, obviously uncolleged,  the lowest of lows, unworthy of voting rights, citizenship, even conversation…..who know nothing about making real money, ….too dumb, too racist and sexist to vote for queen Hillary for President.

These Jewish  lefties are Al Gore fans, devoted religious  believers of Gore Global Warming from California to the Lake of the Woods to Florida and beyond across the seas.  He, also a lefty, is a successful multimillionaire made one,  preaching the leftist religion  “global warming”  wealthy indoor lefties thrill about….air conditioning forever!

Outdoor looking and/or working white males  still exist in Minnesota.    I was born in 1934 and began working outdoors in 1942.  Our Minnesota part of the Earth had colder and longer winters then.    Snow  still covered the state each April.   Ten, twelve-inch snows even fell in early May from time to time.   About fifty years ago the blessing of a mild global warming seemed to be coming our Twin City way.   Thirty five degrees below zero in winter began to disappear.   One could grow okra in ones back yard if one was pleased to do so.   Wider varieties of tomatoes, perennials, conifers, shrubs, even some beautiful Japanese maples arrived for planting in the southern half of the state…….along which came the worst garden pest in the world, the Japanese Beetle, finding  its way from Chicago to Minneapolis-St. Paul…..unless a colder winter dictated otherwise.

The Powerline article below was written by knowledgeable, very honest, reliable conservative man, John Hinderaker who lives in our Twin City land.   He is aware of the grand fraud of them all, the leftist politician, Al Gore-Barack Obama  sell that American capitalism is the principal  cause of the end of life on our Earth just around the corner  due to whiteman  made, Global Warming!

(Twelve thousand years ago our Minnesota was entering the last years of the last glacial age….about 500 feet or more under ice!  Democrats and other leftists don’t believe that, however.   They value  false news and fascism studies  over  learnings  in geology, climatology, geography, geomorphology,  astronomy, and such.    Until 65,000,000 million years ago Tyrannus rex and kin were running around the jungles of the Dakotas where ferns grew over 100 feet tall.   Do you know how that environment came to an end?   Politician Al Gore apparently doesn’t.

Winter in Minnesota 2018, it turns out, is making another  liar of liar lefty, global warming millionaire Al Gore.  It is Sunday, April 15, with around 25 inches of snow drop since April fools day here in the Twin Cities.   Our April this year is freezing and then some!

Please read the following article by Powerline’s John Hinderaker about the Al Gore Effect coming to Minnesota:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/04/the-al-gore-effect-comes-to-minnesota.php

I Attended Church Easter Sunday Where Good People Gathered for Inspiration, YET THE MUNDANE REIGNED!

My mother first sent me  to  Lutheran Sunday School in 1938, the  year before I entered kindergarten at my neighborhood grade school.   As I gathered then and remember now, the quality, character, and nature of teaching at this Sunday School was equal in spirit and content to the learnings offered  at public school nearby where I attended Kindergarten through eighth grade, beginning in 1939……where until seventh grade very, very well educated, highly skilled  old maid school teachers dictated  schooling in an environment defended by adults.

Eventually seventh and eighth grade classes began to drift…..GI graduates of war, not school, who desperately needed jobs, were replacing the well educated retiring old maid professionals, but had spent their training time avoiding death at the battle fronts of the second world war.

We pledged allegiance to the country every day of school.   We were taught to be inspired both in school and Church.  Learning was uplifting….Singing hymns ….listening to glorious music was to  introduce us to beauty,  to make us  feel, be,  closer to  “God”.

At each Easter Sunday service our Lutheran Church choir of  twenty five to thirty members, would sing Handel’s Allelulia Chorus…about three and a half minutes long before the congregation… adding to the classic hymnal  beauties the CONGREGATION would sing before and after  the sermon.   The Bible of worship came from the King James English Court of Shakespearean language….the most beautiful English ever written…..now long lost because the 20th Century ministerial bureaucrats  dictated the population had become too ignorant to understand beautiful language and glorious music and the importance of learning the history of the human animal.

With the exception of the final ‘selection’ of music, the hymns of Sunday’s Easter  of today’s Lutheran church were quite forgettable.    The entire congregation seemed to agree….and merely stood to show respect.

After a very brief sermon maintaining the forgetable, Holy Communion was announced….and the public was instructed where the grape juice might be located if preferred over Church wine.

Such good people attended this hour!!  It was so noticeable!   There was such a warm attempt at fellowship especially  at the end of  the service.  May God Bless Them All!

I was depressed….and went home depressed…… I had stopped attending Church regularly about seventy years ago……I married a Presbyterian, who like most Presbyterians, became too bored with traditional  religious and spiritual life….and decided positive for atheism….(It would be cheaper for the pocketbook!!)

My wife to be and I  tried “Unitarian” for that day of our  marriage……and never returned to Sunday Christian Service together again except for funerals.

With the exception of ‘revivalists’, religious boredom throughout the country followed as the soul of western culture began its decline, for God no longer was allowed to survive. Money had to be made on Sundays as well as the rest of the week.   The neighborhood Churches began to disappear.

Even the beautiful Cathedrals became cold and empty!

To counter losses,  regardless of ‘sect’,  the  American JudeoChristian bureaucrats in “Church charge”,  decided to   dump the Bibles and hymns of aural beauty and story to match the collapsing  national level of learning  sentences of speech, writing, and phrasing to match the now ugly  language of the street allegedly to increase understandings easier.

Try to find a King James Version of the Protestant Bible.  If you can find one:

Go to  “GENESIS:  The First Book of Moses”…….touch its beauty with your mind and  ear:

Chapter 1:  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void;  and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.   And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.   And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.    And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament:  and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven.  And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:  and it was so.   And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:  and God saw it was good.   And the evening and the morning were the third day.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;  and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:  and it was so.”

That is Genesis Chapter 1:  versus 1 – 15 …..and the art of it continues and continues.

I don’t think today’s Americans are much aware of anything beautiful within our today’s  world of speech, writing or music.   There’s no money in it.  There’s no teaching of it….no practicing…..no searching for it.   Where would you go to become inspired by thought and/or music?   There is no God being worshiped  to inspire it.

We live today  in the America land of Obama.   Music has been reduced to repelling noise….its lyrics usually champion vulgarity.    Why can’t the JudeoChristian world compete?  It, after all, survived Nero’s Romans and the Coliseum!

I wonder how many of you, dear readers, have ever heard of  George Frederic Handel?

My generation of learning instructed that by fifth grade of school,  his name should  be  recognized as the composer of the most beautiful piece of musical story-telling in the world….his  oratorio, MESSIAH.

Warning:   Listening  to this hour and a half Oratorio may inspire enough emotion  to cause an aural  form of drug addiction.

I wonder how many more millions of Americans craving for aural beauty these days might attend Easter Services if  on that special Sunday a magnificent recording of this Messiah would become part of the service,  half immediately before Services begin and the closing half at Service  end.

I recommend the Georg Solti Chicago Symphony Orchestra Messiah at London for a  trial run.