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What Easter Means to Me March 28, 2018

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I look at my life before Christ and I am struck by the fact that it doesn’t seem like my life.  I was born again on Palm Sunday in 1980.  I was thirty years old.  That has been thirty-eight years ago.  When I was first saved I mourned for all the years I had spent wasting my life trying to do it on my own.  I remember praying and asking God to give me as many years to serve Him as I had wasted denying Him.  Now, that is just one of the answered prayers in my life.

From the first day I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior I have done have never denied Him and standing on the faith He has given me I never will.  Have I always served Him?  Yes.  Have I always served Him well?  He will be the judge.  Have I ever fallen short of what He would have me be?  Yes, constantly, consistently, and often consciously.  Just as the greatest sinner and the greatest saint I will stand or fall based on His grace.

In my years before Him I lived my life into a dead-end of self-seeking, selfishness, and self-loathing.  Though I denied He even existed He reached out to me.  Though I took His name in vane he loved me.  Though I followed hedonism into every type of sin He washed me as clean as a new born baby, as clean as a new blanket of snow.

Jesus delivered me from alcoholism, from drug addiction, from hatred, from envy, and shame.  He gave me a new life complete with a new wife, a son, a healthy mind, a healthy body, and a new name.

What He has done for me He will do for you.  He loves you as much as He has ever loved anyone.  Your name is written on His hand and no one not sin, not hatred, not failure, and not the devil can snatch you out of His hand.

Trust in Him.  Reach out to Him and He will reach out to you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Being God He did not grasp at that but instead emptied Himself and became a man.  Living a perfect life He was sacrificed for the children of Adam paying the price for every sin and opening the way through faith to become the children of God.  For if we will confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord an believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead we will be saved.

And salvation is not just pie in the sky.  It is not just a far off reward for a life of toil and pain.  Salvation is a right now new life, a life where we will never be alone for He will send His Spirit to live within us.

Don’t let anything hold you back when Jesus wants to hold you up.

This is what Easter means to me life from death and life evermore.  An old song sums it up rather well:

Living he Loved Me
Dying he saved me
Buried He carried my
My sins far away
Rising he justified me
Freed me forever
One day he’s coming back Glorious day

Have a blessed Easter.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

Problem Solved March 26, 2018

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As suggested numerous time in these dispatches there is a way to build the wall by making an end run around the Democrats who are dedicated to open borders.

President Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of the military.  There can be no doubt about that.  Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Commander in Chief clause, states that “the President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States.”  It can’t get much clearer than that.

Mr. President use some of that windfall money you got for the military those spendthrifts in Congress forced down your throat to build the wall.

The Army Corps of Engineers can build thousands of miles of levees, dams, artificial lakes, and all sorts of other things.  They have all the equipment needed to build a wall.  They have all the expertise needed to build a wall.  And they follow you orders.  So, order them to build the wall.

Problem solved.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

Trump Got Played March 24, 2018

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This is the art of the deal?  Schumer and Pelosi get everything they want and Trump supporters get nothing?

Yes, the military needs what it needs but the President should have vetoed this monstrosity, shut down the government, forced the RINOs to come back from their vacation and send up individual appropriations.

This is a debacle.  Why should anyone vote for any Republican when the Democrats still rule the roost?

What’s next amnesty for the so-called dreamers?  That will turn into amnesty for millions with more on the way.  Anyone who is arrested will say they were brought here as a child.  All they will have to do is say that and the judicial legislators will give them a pass.

So when I say Trump got played I am beginning to think so did we.

Build the wall!  End the wars!  Make America great again!

Signing this pork barrel budget buster wasn’t the way to do it.

Very very disappointed….8—(

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Random Thoughts III March 21, 2018

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Why would someone be upset about deporting children but not upset about aborting them?

Democrats want DACA.  Trump offers DACA but they can’t vote for 12 years.  Democrats turn that down.  Does that show what they really want?

In California they can make plastic straws illegal but they can’t seem to make illegals illegal.

Socialism: Policies so good they have to be mandatory.

Mark Zuckerberg calls President Trump a fascist as he deletes posts, pages, and accounts of people he disagrees with.

The same people who call Preside4nt Trump a fascist are the same ones begging him to take everyone’s guns away…go figure.

Jay-Z: stabbed his own producer, punched his sister-in-law in the face on an elevator, and shoots his own brother.  He now says he is offended because he doesn’t like President Trump’s tone.

Two things are very expensive in international affairs: threats when they fail and promises when they succeed.

President Kennedy put men on the moon.  President Obama put men in the ladies room.

What criminals want most is a disarmed victim.

Why the study of History is exciting:

  • If we learn how we got here we can better understand here.
  • If we learn how the past became the present we can better anticipate the future.
  • It gives us the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others.
  • It isn’t all about memorizing names and dates to regurgitate on an exam. It is about investigating the lives of people just like us who lived in different times and in what were essentially different worlds.
  • Being a student of History is in many ways like being a time traveling detective.

The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe.

The more Trump is investigated the more crimes involving prominent Democrats are exposed.

Recently a demonstrator was seen holding a sign that said, “If Trump isn’t Hitler than I’m a moron!”  Enough said?

If guns kill people then I guess pencils misspell words, spoons make people fat, and cars make people drive drunk.

Smooth seas never made a good sailor.

The Left’s answer to homicidal maniacs attacking innocent people is to disarm innocent people.

Wouldn’t it be great if the Masters of the Universe in Washington were as interested in spending control as they are in gun control?

When were young our grandparents try to tell us about their lives and we’re bored because it doesn’t interest us.  Later we wish we would have written it all down.  Then when we’re old we’re disappointed when our grandchildren couldn’t care less about the life we’ve lived…it was all so long ago.  That is part of the circle of life.  Very few people know the names of all eight of their great grandparents.  Few know even the names of three.  In a generation or two, at most three for most of us even our names will be forgotten.  All things in life will pass.  Only those things done in Christ will last.

From the “He Said What?” Department:

“Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”  President Kennedy from his message: Those Participating in Roosevelt Day Commemoration, 29 January 1961.  This was before we went through the looking glass.

The Maryland shooter of 3-20 was 17 years old.  He used a 9mm Glock.  According to Maryland law you must be 21 years old to purchase a hand gun.  Criminals don’t follow laws….that’s what makes them criminals.  And he was stopped by one man with his own gun.  No CNN, no vigils, no walkouts…the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media apparently didn’t notice.

Undocumented isn’t a race, it’s a criminal.  So why is someone a racist if they see a problem with twenty million + criminals being allowed to walk around, work, and demonstrate with immunity?

In Stockton, California during walkouts for gun violence students were arrested on charges of battery, vandalizing vehicles, and assaulting police offi8cers.  Doesn’t this prove the point that it isn’t the gun that’s the problem it’s the moral values and ethics of the people who commit the crimes?

Hillary needs a device around her neck with a button for, “Help I’ve fallen and I can’t quit getting back up.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

We Need Education Not Indoctrination March 20, 2018

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After more than twenty years as a Pastor/House Painter I returned to school in my forties to become a History professor.  I saw that the lack of a historical perspective was an important part of the foundation of a dumbed down herd of sheeple being systematically programmed by the Progressive Educational Complex.

Watching my son go through public school and being involved in community liaison committees I saw that education in America was no longer attempting to teach people how to think they were instead teaching people what to think.  I was determined to try my best to stand against the wave.   A decade of full time school and work later and I was teaching college.

I was privileged to help build a dual enrollment program that allowed high school students earn college and high school credit from the same class.  The last year I was involved in this program over ninety students graduated with their AA and the High School Diploma at the same time.  I appreciated the opportunity to help these young people get a leg up on their educational careers.

During this experience I was tasked with observing the work of various high school teachers involved in the program.  I found many doing more indoctrination than education.  Here was a typical assignment in a political science class: Watch Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” and then write an essay about how many lies President Bush told the American people to trick them into going to war.

I told the teacher that no matter what we think about the War in Iraq her assignment was not objective in any way and was designed to influence the performance and views of the students.

When I finally had the opportunity to administer a Political Science Department at a major university I told the professors that our goal should be for students to ask us after the class was concluded, “Are you a conservative or a liberal?”  We should be that even handed.  We should strive to guide our students into critical thinking not herd them into any prescribed ideology.

After more than twenty years as an educator and administrator I see that so many of our teachers come out of progressive schools spouting progressive dogma and blinded by their world view to the validity of any other way of thinking that they are molding future generations into clones of those who molded them.

People with conservative views often wonder how their own children turn into Obama zombies blindly saluting the flag of Planned Parenthood and worshiping at Al Gore’s altar of global warming while mouthing every PC platitude ever invented by the ACLU.  It shouldn’t be surprising when this happens.  We are being taxed to pay people to compress young skulls full of mush into mind numbed robots ready to march to the polls and vote for Nancy Pelosi or someone just like her.

It is time to put a stop to this.

And a state delegate from Virginia has a great idea on how to do this.  Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates Dave LaRock explains that his resolution asks the Board of Education to come up with a code of ethics for teachers in grades K-12.  Like the federal Hatch Act, LaRock’s resolution inspired by conservative pundit David Horowitz would prevent individuals from using their position to promote their political views or support a specific candidate.

This seems like commonsense education control to me.

Contact your local state Representative or Senator and ask them to sponsor a similar bill in your state.  Let’s see if we can wrest control of education out of the hands of the progressive operatives who have captured it.  It took the progressives more than 100 years to subvert the Republic it may take us just as long to bring it back.

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Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event March 19, 2018

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When:       Friday        March 23 4 PM – 9 PM

Saturday    March 24   9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      March 25   9 AM – 3 PM

Where:      Sergeant Bluff Community Center

903 Topaz Dr

Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All ten of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Two novels –America’s Trojan War, and a sequel America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again. Three books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, and Then Came Trump.  Three History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, and America Won the Vietnam War! And a book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.   All of these books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Dr. Owens’ Book Signing Event March 16, 2018

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When:       Saturday  March 10   9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      March 11   9 AM – 4 PM

Where:      Survival & Green Living Expo

Lake County Fairgrounds

1060 East Peterson Rd

Grayslake, Illinois 60030

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All ten of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Two novels –America’s Trojan War, and a sequel America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again. Three books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, and Then Came Trump.  Three History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, and America Won the Vietnam War! And a book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.   All of these books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow March 14, 2018

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Science fiction has predicted many of today’s realities from cell phones to tablets.  Many things that are today part of History like walking on the moon, organ transplants, and space stations were once flights of fancy.

Futurists build current events on a foundation of History to provide a launching pad for visions of what is to come.  One of the most widely recognized Futurists is Alvin Toffler whose seminal works include Future Shock and The Third Wave.  He is also the one who told us, “Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.”

Have you ever heard of Ray Kurzweil?

If you haven’t you are about to.

The Wall Street Journal has described Kurzweil as “the restless genius.”  Forbes calls him “the ultimate thinking machine.”  He has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States  He has also been called “the rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” while according to PBS he is one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America.”

His inventions are breathtaking and they impact our lives on a daily basis.  These inventions include the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Here is my question for today “Is Ray Kurzweil a futurist?”

Today, many websites attribute Mr. Kurzweil with accurate predictions about where the world will be tomorrow.  In his latest book, The Singularity is Near he describes the singularity as, a reference to the theoretical limitlessness of exponential expansion) that will see the merging of our biology with the staggering achievements of “GNR” (genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics) to create a species of unrecognizably high intelligence, durability, comprehension, memory and so on.  This is a bold prediction; however, bold predictions do not a Futurist make.

There is a fundamental difference between someone who is a professional writer and observer of humanity such as Toffler and someone who is a technological genius with almost unlimited resources who is actively working to make his predictions reality.  Toffler reads studies and interviews on his way to predictions of where society and technologies will go next.  Kurzweil traded in his massive private business built upon his inventions to become Google’s Director of Engineering whose sole job is to make the company’s computers smarter than humans.  He is working every day to improve artificial intelligence and then wed that to cutting edge robotics and human interface to produce the very singularity he is predicting.

Reaching back to the science fiction genre which I referenced earlier we are looking at the rise of the machines, the coming of the cylons, skynet, and the matrix.  These of course are all fiction; however, the reality we face brings this question to my mind, “Once we design and build machines that are smarter than we are and they design and build machines that are smarter than they are what do they need us for?”

The projected development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) foresees a time when machines not only rival but surpass human capabilities.  Once this happens will we know when these super intelligent machines cross the threshold from hyper abilities to self-awareness?  These scenarios are troubling, even terrifying yet most people would dismiss them as the science fiction they mirror.  There is another aspect of this technological revolution that is not quite as far-fetched and not quite as unbelievable: automation.

We have lived with automation all of our lives.  People have been displaced by innovation since the Sumerian water wheel took the place of people with buckets bringing water from rivers into their fields.  I can remember people telling me in the 1970s, “I’m a keypunch operator, I’ll always have a job.”  Today machinists, tool and dye makers, auto workers, and many people have been replaced by machines.  Tomorrow white collar workers will face the same fate as so many of their blue collar brethren.  Why do we need accountants when machines can fill in the same programs they use today to figure taxes and current accounts?  Who needs teachers when lectures can be delivered by speech technology, questions answered by Watson type question answers, and tests grade themselves?

Look to Futurists like Toffler who are predicting where we are headed and look to inventors like Kurzweil who are telegraphing where they are headed and a collage of futures points to the tomorrow today will become.

It is my contention that we as a people, as a society, and as a civilization need to address this soon approaching brave new world.  When I speak to people about these coming changes the almost universal reaction is, “Not in my lifetime.”  I believe this is a combination of wishful thinking, hiding our heads in the sand, and having no idea what is going on around us.

This is a social dislocation approaching at speeds unforeseen.  I don’t believe these changes are decades away.  I believe within a decade they will be upon us.  Large percentages of blue and white collar workers will be displaced.  Machines will take the place of humans in many areas and humans will not be able to compete with them.  If we allow this to come upon us with no preparation we will be swamped by the rising tide of change and drowned in the tsunami of innovation.

Change is accelerating as the interconnectedness of communication accelerates the cross-polarization of ideas.  After tens of thousands of years the use of the wheel had not spread all the way around the world.  Today something is invented in America this morning, improved in India this afternoon, and spawning new ideas tomorrow in China.  We cannot contain the explosion of technology because someone somewhere will always seek to move beyond the known to the unknown.   No matter what glories we have beheld yesterday tomorrow is coming whether today is ready or not.

Long ago Toffler told us, “Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.”  He also predicted and predated Kurzweil’s Singularity when he said, “The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I’m talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.”

How long will it before our cars drive themselves, 3-D printers create human organs, and the government has the ability to monitor everyone at once?  How long will it be before you cannot tell the difference between speaking to a computer on the phone and speaking to a human?

Failure to plan is planning to fail.  If we as a society do not stop living in yesterday and face up to the challenges of today we will sacrifice our future.

And always remember, it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

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Who Needs The Truth? March 13, 2018

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Yesterday the House Intelligence Committee closed its inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and issued its report.  However unless you search out alternative sources for the news you’d never know it.

What were their findings?

“The committee confirmed that the Russians were indeed trying to cause chaos in the election, claimed they weren’t out to help candidate Donald Trump specifically and that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

After wall-to-wall coverage about the charges of collusion when the first investigation is complete and its conclusions released what do the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media do?  They basically ignore it except for a little backhanded criticism.

ABC’s World News Tonight gave the news 27 seconds.  “There’s late word coming in from the House Intelligence Committee that they are moving up to wrap up their Russia investigation? Republicans on the committee saying they have found no evidence of collusion.” said anchor David Muir to Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl.

Karl appeared to be almost irritated by the committee’s findings: “These are the Republicans that control that committee.  The finding is hardly surprising.  And given how partisan that committee is, it’s not going to have any impact on the overall debate over Russia.”  He ended the segment by holding out hope that the Senate and special counsel investigations would find something incriminating against the President.

CBS Evening News only gave 31 seconds to the House committee’s findings. “Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said there was no collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.  They also say that while Russia tried to interfere with the elections, they do not agree with U.S. intelligence that the Russians were trying to help Donald Trump.”

NBC didn’t even mention it.   After months of 24/7 Trump bashing about collusion the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) gave the story of one of the major investigation’s findings less than a minute of combined airtime (58 seconds).  Obviously they would rather spend time pumping out the speculations of their Never-Trump commentariat than actually inform anyone about what might really have happened.

The slow motion coup grinds on.

The low information voters who digest an exclusive diet of this propaganda mouth the distortions and outright lies of the progressive media and believe these are their own personal opinions.  The presstitutes broadcast the storyline from the usual Democrat playbook. The dumbed down sheeple taught what to think instead of how to think swallow it all leaving their opinions and votes like scat along the foggy trail to the truth.

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Dr. Owens’ Book Signing Event March 12, 2018

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When:       Saturday  March 17   9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      March 18   9 AM – 4 PM

Where:      Survival & Green Living Expo

Lake County Fairgrounds

1060 East Peterson Rd

Grayslake, Illinois 60030

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All ten of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Two novels –America’s Trojan War, and a sequel America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again. Three books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, and Then Came Trump.  Three History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, and America Won the Vietnam War! And a book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.   All of these books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

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