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Upcoming Book Signing Events with Dr. Robert Owens January 24, 2017

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January 27 – 29 Des Moines, Iowa @ Iowa State Fairgrounds 4-H Building Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

February 3 – 5 Cedar Rapids, Iowa @ Hawkeye Downs 4400 6th St. Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

February 10 – 12 Ottumwa, Iowa @ Bridgeview Center, 102 Church St. Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

February 24 – 26 Waterloo, Iowa @ McElroy Auditorium 257 Ansborough Ave. Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

March 10 – 12 Des Moines, Iowa @ Iowa State Fairgrounds 4-H Building Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

March 17 – 19 Cedar Rapids, Iowa @ Hawkeye Downs 4400 6th St. Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

March 31 – April 2 Marshall Town, Iowa @ Central Iowa Fairgrounds 1308 E Olive St. Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

 

NEW BOOK COMING SOON

Then Came Trump

In Then Came Trump Dr. Robert Owens shares insights about where we have come from, where we are now, and where the Donald promised to lead us.  Featuring Dispatches from the History of the Future these essays are guaranteed to provide food for thought as current events you remember are placed in an historical and constitutional context.  A text without a context is a pretext.  In today’s world of fake news the progressive spin of the wall-to-wall megaphone of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR cartel pumps out its left-leaning version of the day’s events.  This combined with the stories they make-up out of whole cloth need to be balanced.  This book is an attempt to provide that balance. We have labored in the darkness of the Obamanation.  We have waited for a light at the end of the tunnel that was not another progressive steamroller chugging down the tracks.  We have looked for anyone who could cut the Gordian Knot and loose the potential of America again.  Then came Trump.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Trump Makes America Great Again – Why Wait January 18, 2017

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I know the snowflakes and their geriatric leaders are freaking out because they have lost the keys to the gravy train.  However, out here where Americans work every day to pay the bills our President, The Donald isn’t waiting to take the oath to fulfill his oath to us.

Just like the interminable hostage crisis that Jimmy Malaise Carter couldn’t solve solved itself when the Gipper took the oath of office.  As Ronaldus Magnus placed his hand on the bible and raised his hand the Ayatollahs deiced, “We don’t want to mess with him,” and sent them home.  So too as BHO’s death grip on the throat of American enterprise weakens people begin to see the light at the end of the collectivist tunnel. Just the promise of fewer regulations, tax relief, and the Commissars returning to their faculty lounges is enough to inspire entrepreneurs to hope again.  It is enough to ignite America’s Can-do class to once again plan and project growth instead of stagnation.

Just look at what has already been announced and imagine what will happen once the assault on American enterprise has finally ended.

As reported by Warner Todd Huston in Breitbart:

Ford: 700 Jobs to Start

As January began, Ford Motor Company went public to tell Donald Trump that they are ready to deal with the new administration and also noted that at least 700 new jobs were on the table with more to come as the year rolls onward.

SAP SE: 400 Jobs

German business-software maker SAP SE is adding nearly 400 jobs to its Pittsburgh and suburban Philadelphia facilities, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Amazon.com: 100,000 Jobs

Amazon is eyeing a huge expansion starting this year and recently announced it intended to add up to 100,000 workers to its retail staff in new facilities across the nation.

Many of these jobs will be in brand new fulfillment centers the online giant plans to begin building this year.

Lockheed Martin: 1,800 Jobs

Aeronautics leader Lockheed Martin told President-elect Trump that it intends to hire over 1,800 new workers in the coming months.

Indeed, Lockheed feels that its expansion will bring even more jobs indirectly. CEO Marillyn Hewson said of the new jobs, “when you think about the supply chain across 45 states in the U.S., it’s going to be thousands and thousands of jobs.”

GM: 1,500 Jobs and $1 Billion Investment

General Motors said this month that it is looking to re-invest in factories in the U.S.A. and will add some 1,500 or more jobs to its roster of workers. The plans will include a one-billion-dollar plan to build new manufacturing lines in the U.S.

Bayer AG: $8 Billion Investment

The Trump transition team is touting a commitment by German-based Bayer AG pharmaceutical company to invest an additional $8 billion in the U.S.A. in research and development in cooperation with Monsanto AG.

The announcement came on the heels of a “very productive meeting” between the Trump team and Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto chief Hugh Grant.

Walmart: 10,000 Retail Jobs, 24,000 Construction Jobs

Retail giant Walmart is eyeing an expansion plan to build new stores that will eventually amount to some 10,000 new jobs in outlets across the country. But it will also mean up to 24,000 jobs for construction workers needed to build the new stores.

Walmart intends to build at least 59 new stores in fiscal year 2017, according to a statement by the company.

LKQ: 150 Jobs and New HQ in Tennessee

Publicly traded automotive company LKQ Corp is establishing a new headquarters in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. It is a sign that the company feels that the automotive industry in the U.S. is on track to grow in the age of Trump.

Add to that other announced industry expansions: Carrier 1,100; US Steel 10,000; IBM 25,000; Soft Bank 50,000; Dow Chemical 1,000; Tesla 1900; Sprint 5,000; One Web 3,000; Black & Decker 100; Chrysler 2,000; Toyota 5,000; and Apple 2,000 and it becomes apparent how much change some real hope can inspire.

During the tenure of our Regulator-in-Chief it is estimated that 107,000 jobs were created or saved per year.  Since the unexpected victory of Himself and even before the official beginning of the Trump Revolution by my estimation he has added 220,650.  Not bad for a prequel.  Just imagine the growth we will see in the coming years.

Remember the Democrat controlled Creature from Jekyll Island will do its best to slow or sink the economy.  The rent-mob Progressive grass-roots simulation will do its best to agitate.  The nomenclature in Congress and the bureaucracy will do its best to malign, de-legitimize and possibly impeach The Donald.  However, I believe that they will not be able to get the lightening back in the bottle.  I believe that unlike the Reagan Revolution this re-birth of the American Spirit will not be betrayed and sold out by a thousand points of light and led into decades of darkness.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Fake News is Old News in the Drive-By Media January 12, 2017

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You want some fake news?  I’ve got some fake news for you right here.

The GOP has no plan to replace Obamacare.  That is the headline the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media try to scare the low information voters with.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

As reported by Matt Vespa in Red State: The GOP not only proposed alternatives to the monstrosity of Obamacare at the time they had been advancing proposals before BHO was even elected.  We can start with the five comprehensive health reform proposals that have actually been introduced in Congress:

  1. Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act (S. 1783) introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) July 12, 2007.
  2. Every American Insured Health Act introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) with co-sponsors Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mel Martinez (formerly R-FL) and Elizabeth Dole (formerly R-NC) on July 26, 2007.
  3. Senators Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Healthy Americans Act on January 18, 2007 and re-introduced the same bill on February 5, 2009.
  4. Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 introduced by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) on May 20, 2009.
  5. R. 2300, Empowering Patients First Act introduced July 30, 2009 by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).

In addition, the GOP has developed a rich menu of potential replacement plans for Obamacare that are not of the centrally planned socialist sort but instead conservative market-oriented health policy:

Then there is the plan Bush the Younger actually proposed in 2007 which was shot down by the Democrat majority.

It was a sweeping health reform plan that would have replaced the current tax exclusion for employer-provided coverage with standard tax deductions for all individuals and families. The Bush plan called for a tax deduction that would have applied to payroll taxes as well as income taxes. Moreover, if one were worried about non-filers, the subsidy could easily have instead been structured as a refundable tax credit in which case even those without any income taxes would have gotten an additional amount. This is the kind of policy detail that easily could have been negotiated had the Democrats been in a cooperative mood in 2007. They were not.

What’s sad is that the Bush plan actually was superior to Obamacare when it comes to providing universal coverage. Remember, Obamacare actually does not provide universal coverage. The latest figures from CBO says that when it is fully implemented in 2016, Obamacare will cut the number of uninsured by only 45%, covering 89% of the non-elderly. Even if illegal immigrants are excluded, this percentage rises to only 92%. In contrast, the Bush plan (without a mandate!) would have cut the number of uninsured by 65%.

And looking back even though that font of fake news “If you like your doctor,” Obama says that he tried to get the Republicans to contribute to the creation of Obamacare however the record is very different.  He didn’t consult with them at all.  Instead he rammed it through using legislative tricks and deceit.  It was an unconstitutional law to begin with, and it hasn’t improved with age.  Even today Democrat leaders continue to perpetrate the fake news that Obamacare was a bipartisan effort.

So how does the soon to be extinguished and soon to be reversed and repudiated Obama regime react to the flurry of fake news in their allies the Drive-by Media?  Why of course they seek to censor everyone else by passing the “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” which of course is designed to stop anything that contradicts the establishment’s fake news, disinformation, and propaganda.   How fake can you get?

And if his parting shots are not enough there is the promise from the Regulator-in-Chief that he isn’t going anywhere.  He campaigned on Hope and Change and all we can do now is hope for change.  Four years of anti-American foreign and domestic debacles that will prayerfully end as We the People make America great again.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Solution to the Social Security Shortfall January 10, 2017

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What is the maximum amount you pay into Social Security?

When you have wages or self-employment income that is covered by Social Security, you pay Social Security taxes each year up to a maximum amount that is set by law. That amount has changed frequently over the years. For 2016, the maximum amount of taxable earnings is $118,500.

That means if you have income of two million dollars in 2016 you only pay the Social Security tax on 118,500.

Why in all the razmataz about making the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share is this never mentioned?  All our Progressive fellow-citizens ever talk about is raising income tax rates which always leaves loop holes for the rich who can afford tax shelters, tax lawyers and armies of accountants while Joe Six Pack pays the new rate.

If the political savants who occupy the seats of power really want to cover the coming Social Security shortfall and make the system solvent for years to come close this loop hole.  Require everyone to pay social security tax on everything they earn including payouts from trust funds, dividends from stocks, interest from bonds, etc.

Just like a flat tax let everyone pay the same rate just level the playing field and let the rich pay on everything they make just as those who make less than 118,500 per year have to.  Problem solved.

Does anyone think this will ever happen?  Does anyone think this will ever even be proposed?  It is just like ending abortion by using the constitutional authority of Congress to limit the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court over abortion and making the abomination of Roe V Wade moot.  The simple solution is never even mentioned, let alone proposed or debated.

It’s like a shell game run by a huckster on a card table in the park.  Move the shells after every election and no one ever finds the pea.

The next time you hear one of our purveyors of the perpetual political ponzi programs say they are going to fix the Social Security shortfall listen carefully for the one solution which would solve the problem.  You will undoubtedly hear the crickets serenade you back into the semi-conscious nearly comatose condition they hope defines the average American voter.

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The Lamest Duck of All January 5, 2017

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Long ago and far away, back in an America before Hope and Change changed our hope to dread, we used to have peaceful and dignified transfers of power when one party replaced the other in the Oval Office.  When Bill Clinton and Ross Perot defeated George the First he left Bubba the following note:

Dear Bill,

When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.

I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.

There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.

You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.

Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting for you.

Good luck,
George

That was a class act and a hard one to follow especially for people who allow partisanship and acrimony to eclipse good taste and good manners.

Even the Clinton loving New York Times reported that the transition from the Clinton Inter-lewd to George the Second was anything but dignified.  It was instead sophomoric. According to the Times:

The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said today that “damage, theft, vandalism and pranks did occur in the White House complex” in the presidential transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush. The agency put the cost at $13,000 to $14,000, including $4,850 to replace computer keyboards, many with damaged or missing W keys.

Some of the damage, it said, was clearly intentional. Glue was smeared on desk drawers. Messages disparaging President Bush were left on signs and in telephone voice mail. A few of the messages used profane or obscene language.

“A Secret Service report documented the theft of a presidential seal that was 12 inches in diameter from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building,’’ next to the White House, on Jan. 19, 2001, the accounting office said.

Six White House employees told investigators that they had seen graffiti derogatory to Mr. Bush on the wall of a stall in a men’s room. Other White House employees saw a sticker in a filing cabinet that said, “Jail to the thief,” implying that Mr. Bush had stolen the 2000 election.

Following in the tradition of the now discredited and finally discarded Clintons the classless exit is being delivered not by nameless faceless staffers but instead by POTUS himself on the world stage.  Unfortunately the last days of our first anti-colonialist president and his anti-American regime is marked by the only bi-partisan approach of his divisive reign.  RINOs in Congress are helping him in his efforts to torpedo the incoming Trump Revolution from accomplishing the work we have sent them to the swamp-on-the-Potomac to accomplish.

From the president who sent his own campaign team to Israel to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in his election we get hyperbolic outrage at accusations of Russian hacking and leaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.  He says he knew about the hacks months ago.  Yet he didn’t think they were worth mentioning until his hand-picked successor and his policies were rejected at the ballot box.

Now he fires a salvo of impotent sanction at the Russians.  Putin laughs them off as the ineffective flailing of a lame duck.

Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona told MSNBC, President-elect Donald Trump was the real target of the sanctions, which booted 35 Russian intelligence operatives out of the U.S. and shut down Russian intelligence complexes in New York and Maryland.

“This administration somehow has the notion that this would change the election. They’re really trying to delegitimize the election itself. That’s the main motivation here,” said Franks, a member of the House Committee on Armed Services.

“And I think it’s just unfortunate that this president forgets that most of these e-mails came from WikiLeaks, who claimed they got them from disgruntled DNC staffers.”

In addition to being misdirected they were ineffective and merely showed the impotence and ineffectiveness of the Obama Administration.  According to former UN Ambassador John Bolton Putin showed utter contempt for Obama in his measured response to his President Obama’s better never than late response to the accusations of Russian hacking.

Kellyanne Conway, who will serve as Trump’s counselor to the president, told CNN Thursday, “I will tell you that even those who are sympathetic to President Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote ‘box in’ President-elect Trump.”

Personally I would like to echo an astute observation by Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst “The perception that an outgoing U.S. president is trying to box in and sabotage the foreign policy of his successor hurts the global reputation of America’s democratic system.”

We also have BHO’s stunning reversal of American policy allowing the condemnation of Israel to go forward.  After protecting Israel with our veto power since 1949 in the waning days of his soon to be repudiated and reversed Progressive regime BHO ordered his team at the UN to abstain from a key vote.  Thus the anti-Jewish UN was finally able to condemn Israel and add fuel to the flames of hatred.  Not only did the Obama administration refuse to block the move they are accused by Israel of helping to write the resolution and for pushing others to vote for it.

The blizzard of economically strangling regulations continued to pour out of the Obama White House even as it slowly sinks beneath the political horizon.  President Obama poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to an analysis of his team’s expansion of federal authority.  While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama’s team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of dollars.

The 2016 total was the highest annual number of regulations under Obama.  The proof that it was an overwhelming year for rules and regulations is in the Federal Register, which ended the year Friday by printing a record-setting 97,110 pages, according to the analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

We only have one president at a time.  We all get that.  And until January 20th 2017 that is still BHO.  Unless he does an abrupt U-turn, ends his attempts to undermine his successor, thwart the will of the people, and show a little class to his everlasting shame he may well be remembered as the lamest duck of all.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

 

Then Came Trump December 27, 2016

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So that was Christmas, and what have we done?  Another year over and a new one just begun!

In the still sweet morning of December 26, people start preparing for the next blast of holiday cheer. Happy New Year!!!

What will 2017 bring?

The Progressives from George Read-My-Lips Bush through the Clinton Inter-Lewd, George Endless-Wars-For-Peace Bush, and Barack the Destroyer managed to turn Ronaldus Magnus’ Morning in America into Mourning in America.  We watched a slow motion train wreck as we won the Cold War and seemed to be on the verge of losing the peace as the centralizing finger wagers did their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and then came Trump.

Think of where we were just a few short weeks ago:

  • an unopposed invasion on our southern border
  • a collapse taking place in our manufacturing sector
  • a loss of allies due to our own unreliability
  • a growth of enemies due to our own weakness
  • Detroit and other once proud cities decaying before our eyes
  • attacks on cops, Christmas, and anything else we held dear becoming common place
  • the Progressives where so self-assured that they would pound the last nail in our coffin, Hillary Clinton, they didn’t even bother to mount a campaign beyond attack adds

And then came Trump.

The Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media as represented in the shrinking megaphone of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC CABAL and their cable and print sister wives haven’t given up.  They are doing anything they can to help the Progressives delegitimize The Donald.  There is no burden to great, no sacrifice of credibility to shameful, no lie so ridiculous that they will not print or broadcast in their efforts to undermine the draining of the swamp.  The silent majority has tried their hope and change, and they want to change it back to what it was before: America.  The little people of Big Media thought they had their version of new speak, new thought, group think, PC mind control down pat. And then came Trump.

The cry baby poor losers and their snowflake minions are squawking like a goose getting a mammogram.  The celebrity limousine liberals are threatening to leave the country.   The neo-cons are plotting and planning to sabotage the agenda people voted for.  Every liberal you know repeats the talking points of the DNC pumped out by the pseudo-news anchors and thinks these are their own opinions.   Chicken Little assures us the sky is falling. And then came Trump.

People say, “What if he breaks his promises?”

I say, if I give ten dollars to a charity to do good I have done good.  If that charity then takes my ten dollars and throws it away, that is on them.  It may be shown that we were naïve.  It may be revealed that we were gullible.  But I know when I am faced with the choice between the last nail in my coffin and a chance, I will vote for the chance every time.

I also know that I have a promise:

A thousand may fall at your side,

And ten thousand at your right hand;

But it shall not come near you.

Only with your eyes shall you look,

And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,

No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

The election has come and gone.  2016 has come and gone.  Many looked forward to 2017 with dread.  We saw nothing before us but the continued decline of our great nation, the last best hope of mankind, managed by the very collectivist Progressives who were orchestrating that decline.  We saw ourselves being swamped by the import-a-voter invasion designed to relegate us to nothing more than a tax base for the next dystopian utopia.  In Christ we always have hope.  In the world our hope was about to be crushed under the juggernaut of New York’s Sixth Crime Family and their massive political machine. And then came Trump.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  A new day is dawning in America.  The Progressives thought we would go with a whimper instead of a bang.  However we refused to go gently into that good night.  We refused to let hope and change kill our hope so we voted to change the course of History.  First came a determination that the nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. And then came Trump.

Happy New Year!!

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Merry Christmas or Mary’s Christmas? December 22, 2016

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In December of 1914 in the first bitter winter of a long bitter war the solders of the German Empire and the soldiers of the British Empire defied the orders of their officers.  They abandoned their hastily dug entrenchments, that would soon grow into an elaborate maze of trenches stretching from Switzerland to the English Channel, to meet each other in no man’s land. They sang hymns and exchanged gifts in a spontaneous outpouring of the feelings of peace, fellowship, and forgiveness which were then the staples of a Christ centered Christmas season.

If you drench yourself in the torrent of Christmas movies that bombard us from Thanksgiving till December 25th you see that the spirit of Christmas in emotional America isn’t about the Christ child who came into a lost world to die as a payment for sin and to rise again to bring new life in harmony with God.  It is instead about the sentimental ideal of love and the boy gets the girl or is it the girl gets the boy?  Who knows, sometimes they throw in a curve that really builds the suspense.  There are movies about Santa Clause, his sons, his daughters, his elves, and wingless angels all of whom help people learn the true meaning of Christmas, which is never about Christ and always about family and friends and being nice people.

In commercial America, Christmas is about Black Friday and discounts so deep they remind me of the street vendor in Mexico who follows you shouting “I’ll give you 110% off if you buy two!”  The Chia Pets come out along with snuggies, pet rocks, and every other doodad imaginable to buy for people who already have too much.

The mountains of presents which obscenely bury Christmas trees in so many American homes are ripped apart by sugar-high children. Children who get into a frenzy of getting so intense they never have time to appreciate what they get. All they want is to get something else.  The beautiful wrapping paper, the miles of ribbon, and the forests of bows are stuffed unceremoniously into big green garbage bags soon on their way to landfills.

The problem with being a Historian is that you are constantly looking for the context, the background, the circumstances in the past that created the circumstances you face in the here and now.  Sometimes when you discover the story behind the story it isn’t what you thought it would be.  Sometimes it is the opposite of what you thought you would find.  Take Christmas for instance.

The early Church never celebrated Christmas.  Why didn’t the early Christians celebrate the festival honoring the birth of Jesus Christ?  For the same reason they didn’t honor either birthdays or anniversaries. It was known that the celebrating of any day or date was a custom of the pagans.  By the word ‘pagans’ they meant people who still lived in the darkness of superstition. In an effort to divest themselves of all pagan practices, they did not even set aside or note down the date of their Savior’s birth.

In the Fourth Century, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.  Controversy, heresy, and false teaching began to plague a church now swollen from small groups of dedicated disciples ready to suffer persecution with and for Christ to a massive bureaucratic organization crammed with those who wanted to be part of the religion mandated by the government.  Naturally the Church began to lose its fervor and fire: the zealous faith that exploded out of Israel and spread through the Roman world.  Unfortunately, just like today, the Christian leaders of that time not knowing the true secret of the Church’s growth, looked to outward sources to bolster their flagging faith. Celebrations and entertainment began to surface within the church.

In 354 AD – Bishop Liberius of Rome declared that Christians everywhere should celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25.  Since the early Christians didn’t record the actual date of Jesus’ birth how was December 25th decided upon?   Most scholars agree that the birth of the Redeemer did not take place in the month of December at all. In fact, the 25th of December was not even chosen by the Christians, but by the pagan Romans.

When the Romans of that age noticed that the days grew shorter each year during the months of November and December, they began to fear that the earth might be dying. Therefore with the ‘return of the sun’ at the end of December resulting in longer days, the Romans began to celebrate the “Feast of the Sol Invictus” (the Unconquerable Sun) on December 25. Soon many Christians began to join in this pagan festival and the various celebrations that went with it. Their faith wasn’t vibrant enough (or real enough) to stand against the strong pull of the festivity and celebration around them. They drifted with the crowd.

Thus, in order to keep the Christians away from all the pagan rituals that were part of this worship of the sun, Bishop Liberius of Rome declared, in 354 A.D., that all Christians everywhere should celebrate the birth of our Lord on December 25.

Did this celebration continue unbroken? No. During the rule of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of Britain and the Commonwealth, the celebration of Christmas was banned because of “the heathen traditions surrounding this sacred event.” From 1649 to 1658 no celebration was allowed except for special church services on Christmas Eve. Cromwell was a dedicated Christian who lived by the commands and principles of Scripture.

We must recognize a parallel in what took place in church history and what is taking place in this day and age. The pagan festivities of the fourth century and Cromwell’s day are much like the commercial celebration of Christmas today.

Christians no longer participate in the worship of the sun or the sun god as in the fourth century. The centerpiece of Christmas is now no longer the sun but the unconquerable Santa Claus. This white bearded, chubby benefactor typifies the god of this age – materialism. It was Coca Cola who first gave the white bearded individual his red suit to go with the advertising color of the popular drink. What this plump, rosy cheeked individual has to do with the advent of the precious Lamb of God, I cannot even begin to understand! Writer Jonathan Skinner puts it this way: “A white-bearded old man has thrown the baby out of the cradle, and his trinket-filled grotto has replaced a rustic stable…The spiritual has been swallowed by the secular, the sacred obliterated by sentiment. Christmas has been gutted of its meaning.”

These humanistic and unscriptural traditions have quietly crept into the church when true faith and real worship were fading. All this is reflected in the entertainment aspect of much of the Christian worship of today. If we claim to be Christians and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, let us distance ourselves from the commercial (and pagan) celebration of the so-called Christmas season. Holy celebration is Scriptural but must begin from within in the hearts of those who claim to follow Jesus. The crazy rushing whirl that typifies the celebration of Christmas today has nothing to do with our servant Lord who had no place to lay His head.

Instead of obsessing over the war on Christmas waged by Progressives who desire to erase all that made America great, and instead of campaigning to get Christ back into Christmas perhaps we should pray for a revival that will get Christ back into Christians.  Instead of worrying about whether we are allowed to say Merry Christmas, we should be concerned that so many have lost sight of Mary’s Christmas.

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The December Revolution December 19, 2016

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What the Democrat cry-baby sore losers and their snowflake generation supporters are calling for is nothing less than a coup.  They are attempting to intimidate Electors into breaking faith with the citizens of their States.  In many cases they are attempting to con these Electors into breaking the laws of their States.  All of these machinations in a desperate attempt to steal the election fairly won by Donald Trump and hand it to someone else in a December Revolution.  Failing to install either their own failed candidate or someone who will play ball with them they seek to through the election into the House to delegitimize The Donald.

They just can’t believe that the voters in enough States to win the electoral vote were so stubborn, so heard-headed, so intent on salvaging their country they successfully resisted the Progressive’s wall-to-wall propaganda driven attempt to pound the last nail in our own coffin.  Progressives can never admit they lost because people rejected their ideas or programs.  No, it’s always because of the vast right-wing conspiracy, the trickery of the Republicans, the stupidity of the voters.  Or this year’s newly minted excuse, the Russians.  It can never be because people see through their shop-worn rehash of Soviet era collectivism.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I voted for Trump and no Russian told me to do it.

When President Clinton won twice, with overwhelming media support, because Ross Perrot split the vote that was fair.  When President Obama won, with overwhelming media support, with “Hope and Change” that was fair.  When he won, with overwhelming media support, because “If you liked your plan you could keep your plan” that was fair.  However when Trump wins against the odds, attacked by every side that is beyond the pale.

And forget about that, “She won the popular vote” smokescreen.  If you study motor voter on the Left Coast alone you will see that more than enough illegal immigrants were granted voting rights to turn that around.

They are now blaming the Electoral System.  If you read the Constitution there is no mention of the people voting for the president at all.  All that is mentioned is the legislatures of the several States choosing Electors who then choose the president.  In the election of 1824 there were States where the people never did vote, just the State legislatures and their chosen Electors.

The Electoral College wasn’t designed to make sure not that unqualified people didn’t become president as the media tells us today.  It was designed to make sure presidents were elected by a majority of the States and not just by the most populous ones.

Electoral majorities do not appear spontaneously like clouds before a shower. They are constructed by national political parties that build them with an eye to the Electoral College’s enforced need for a diverse coalition of States.  Therefore, the Electoral College system demands that the winning majority are not geographically confined to a few populous States but are instead reflections of a nation-wide decision as opposed to a mere majority of the Citizens of New York, California, Texas and Florida.

This election is no singularity.  Of the forty-eight elections since 1824 eighteen resulted in presidents who won less than 50% of the vote.  In 1860, Abraham Lincoln, received 39.9 percent.  In 1912, Woodrow Wilson won just 41.8 percent of the popular vote.  In 1992, Bill Clinton won 43 percent of the popular vote.  This has happened before and it will likely happen again.

What may never happen again is this mass movement of patriotic Americans who have risen up and demanded that the Progressives quit engineering and managing our decline.  We demanded that the silent majority be heard instead of being drowned out by the Progressives and the aggressive ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC propaganda machine.  We demanded that someone lead us out of the wilderness and back to the mountain top.  We have demanded an America first administration dedicated to making America great again.

This is no fluke.  This is no mistake.  This is a new beginning.  This is the true December Revolution.  It is scheduled to happen today.  Let the bells ring and the choirs sing.  This is the culmination of the Tea Party revolt of 2010 and the repudiation of the Progressives and their collectivist ways.  This is the dawn of a rebirth for limited government, personal freedom and economic opportunity.  Mark this day down in your calendars and your minds.  This is a day you will want to tell your grandchildren about.  This is a day when the people triumphed over the political elites and marched with their pitchforks and torches to drain the swamp.

Today Donald Trump will be officially elected president of the United States!  This is the day the Lord has made!

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Who Hacked the Hackers? December 15, 2016

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The sore loser cry babies who refuse to accept the results of American voters will do anything to make the vote of the people for Donald Trump appear illegitimate.  Their lame attempts at frivolous recounts have only exposed their own corruption and added votes to the Donald’s bottom line.  So it is time for a new approach.  Blame it on the Russians.

I remember back in the 1980s when we finally had a president with a plan to end the Cold War.  These same bleeding heart limonene liberals fell all over themselves opposing the Gipper.  They marched, they colluded with the enemy and they endlessly attacked him and his plan through their operatives masquerading as journalists in the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media.

Now when the evidence is flimsy at best and manufactured at worst they are indignantly riding their high horses to another catastrophic defeat.  Even the help of all the RINOs in Congress won’t help these repudiated Clintonistas put Humpty Dumpty Hillary back together again.

Their megaphones in the media are filling the airwaves with the lie that all our intelligence services agree the Russians hacked our election and caused the defeat of the anointed and the victory of the barbarians.

Let’s see how that squares with reality.

Top US Spy Agency Doesn’t Back CIA View on Russia Hacking

According to Reuters the leaders of the U.S. intelligence community do not embrace a CIA assessment that Russian cyber-attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election.  While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA’s analysis of Russian hacking operations, it does not endorse their assessment because there is a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

The position of the ODNI, which oversees the seventeen agency-strong U.S. intelligence communities, gives Trump an informed position to dispute the CIA assessment.

 

 

Former Army Intel Officer Rejects Hack Theory: CIA’s Brennan Playing ‘Info Warfare’

A retired Army intelligence officer dismissed the theory that the Russians hacked the election in favor of Donald Trump, instead putting forth his own theory — CIA Director John Brennan is playing political games.

Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer stated that in his opinion Brennan is trying to undermine the president-elect out of deference to his boss, President Barack Obama.

Shaffer said, “This is purely political, and I believe that John Brennan is a political animal. Everything they are telling me is Brennan is doing this out of loyalty to President Obama. It’s called information operations, information warfare, and that’s what I believe is going on.”

Ultimately what’s more dangerous the DNC hack or the criminality it exposed?

These leaked emails, whether by Russia, China, or some teenager in his mother’s basement expose possible criminal activity by Secretary Clinton and New York’s Sixth Crime Family using her office as the launching pad for a pay-to-play scam to solicit tens of millions of dollars from foreign heads of state.

There was also evidence that Clinton’s campaign staff colluded with their not-s-covert supporters over at the Clinton News Network (CNN) before her debate with the Donald in order to help her in the debate and sway the results of the election.

In addition, Clinton’s campaign staff and the DNC colluded to undermine and destroy the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders.

Clinton’s staff and members of the DNC all knew that Sanders was soliciting millions of dollars for his presidential campaign.  All the while they also knew that while he was doing so, they were conspiring to do everything in their power to undermine his campaign and guarantee his failure.  According to some lawyers, that could be seen as honest services fraud.

Then there is the history of American politicians working with the Russians to influence our elections.  Hint: it wasn’t conservatives and it wasn’t Putin.

Democrats Secretly Worked With Russia to Oppose My Dad

In an article by Michael Reagan in Newsmax:

Former intelligence officer Herbert Romerstein dug through the Soviet archives after the fall of the USSR and uncovered secret documents written by KGB agent Victor Chebrikov. The documents revealed that Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy had sent a friend, former Senator John Tunney of California, to contact the KGB. Tunney’s mission: undermine then-President Jimmy Carter.

On March 5, 1980, as Kennedy was challenging Carter in the primaries, Tunney met with the KGB and urged the Soviets to sabotage Carter’s foreign policy efforts. It’s amazing: Two high-ranking Democrats — a sitting U.S. senator and a former senator — sought Soviet help in undermining American foreign policy and manipulating an American election.

One 1980 document stated that Kennedy offered to condemn President Carter’s policy toward the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in exchange for KGB help. News accounts of that period prove that Kennedy did, in fact, openly criticize Carter’s Afghanistan policy.

Even more amazing: President Carter himself was also willing to jump into bed with the Soviets. In the closing days of the 1980 presidential campaign, while trailing Ronald Reagan in the polls, Jimmy Carter sent a political ally, industrialist Armand Hammer, to a secret meeting with Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin at the embassy in Washington. Hammer asked the Soviets to help Carter win votes in key states by allowing Jewish “refuseniks” to emigrate to Israel. The Soviets rejected Hammer’s request.

In January 1984, former President Carter approached Ambassador Dobrynin in person. Carter wanted to derail President Reagan’s defense buildup, and asked for help from the Evil Empire in unseating President Reagan. It’s not clear if the Soviets gave Carter what he wanted.

Then there’s Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. He privately told Ambassador Dobrynin that it was in everyone’s best interests if the Soviets would help the Democrats keep “that demagogue Reagan” from being re-elected. O’Neill warned Dobrynin that the “primitive instincts” of this “dangerous man” would plunge the world into war.

It must have amazed Anatoly Dobrynin that these prominent liberals — Ted Kennedy, Armand Hammer, Jimmy Carter, and Tip O’Neill — all viewed President Reagan as more dangerous than any Communist dictator. Historian Paul Kengor observed that the Soviet archives showed “the lengths to which some on the political left . . .were willing to go to stop Ronald Reagan.”

Why did the KGB documents come to light? They surfaced because Ronald Reagan toppled the Evil Empire, ended the Cold War, and thwarted the joint Democrat-Soviet effort to manipulate the election.

And if all else fails we could always go to the horse’s mouth.  According to Fortune magazine, “Julian Assange claims Russia isn’t behind WikiLeaks’ hacked Clinton emails.”

The latest revelations in this fast unraveling story of Russian leaks and possible interference in the election of Donald Trump involves an explosive revelation which will no doubt be hidden from the low-information voters who receive all their news from the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC CABAL.

An ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails – they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for ‘disgusted’ Democratic whistleblowers.  Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told Dailymail.com that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.

Murray insisted that the DNC and Podesta emails published by Wikileaks did not come from the Russians, and were given to the whistleblowing group by Americans who had authorized access to the information.

Murray said, “Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians.  The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.”

He said “The leakers were motivated by disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”

Here’s another bombshell exploding on the flank of the politically motivated fake news campaign by the Progressive establishment to de-legitimize the election of Donald Trump.  According to Frank Gaffney in Newsmax:

In telephone conversations with Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey assured the president-elect there was no credible evidence that Russia influenced the outcome of the recent U.S. presidential election by hacking the Democratic National Committee and the emails of John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

What’s more, Comey told Trump that James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, agreed with this FBI assessment.

The only member of the U.S. intelligence community who was ready to assert that the Russians sanctioned the hacking was John Brennan, the director of the CIA, according to sources who were briefed on Comey’s conversations with Trump.

“And Brennan takes his marching orders from President Obama,” the sources quoted Comey as saying.

In Comey’s view, the leaks to The New York Times and The Washington Post alleging that the Russians tried—and perhaps even succeeded—in tilting the election to Trump were a Democratic Party effort to delegitimize Trump’s victory.

Looking at the leaks about this whole affair former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra told Newsmax TV on Wednesday, “It is not the agency that is doing this. It is rogue employees within the CIA who are leaking this information.”

Here’s the real hack that attempted to subvert our election:

The recent re-count in Michigan revealed there were too many votes in 37% of Detroit’s precincts

Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books.

This is the same old same old vote rigging by the Democrat machines that have presided over the destruction of our great cities.  What these political hacks have done to Detroit is what they were planning for the country as a whole.  However, the working people of America finally got up off the couch, the silent majority final spoke with one voice, and instead of the managed decline of the Obama-Clinton CABAL we are on the road to Make America Great Again!

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Back When I was a Boy December 14, 2016

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I think one of the hardest things about growing old is that you can remember what a pound of hamburger cost fifty years ago ($.45), so when the government assures us over and over there is no inflation we sort of get a disconnect going that seeps into many different areas of our lives.

Wise men say that History repeats itself.  Those who have studied the facts and lived long enough to get a seasoned perspective understand that if it doesn’t repeat itself it sure does rhyme.  Which leads me to an observation made by every generation since time began; every generation believes that the one following it is made up of a bunch of molly-coddled softies who will obviously allow the world to go to hell in a handbasket.

As a still surviving though somewhat battered member of the boomer generation I am beginning to think that when the Greatest Generation thought this about us they may have been right.  By every metric imaginable except of course technological toys and wonders we have presided over the decline of America.

Our parents conquered the world and then defended their conquest against that destroyer of hope the USSR for fifty years until that great gulag of nations collapsed under its own weight.  Then in 1992 we repudiated those who had won the war and secured the peace.  Following a colossal betrayal, “Read my lips,” our generation took the reins and proceeded to run the whole thing into the ditch.

First we have the Clinton inter-lewd with its fake prosperity courtesy of the peace dividend, the dot com bubble, and the Contract with America Congress.  Then we have George II and endless wars for peace combined with a guns and butter economy at home where couples making a combined income of 40,000 could buy $400,000 houses.  This was followed by BHO and his anti-colonialist disdain for all that had made America great combined with a micromanaged centrally-planned economy guaranteed to sweep us into the dystopian trash heap of History.

Then faced with Mrs. “The Last Nail in Our Coffin” Clinton and Mr. “Take a Chance on Me” Trump we chose Mr. Chance who may well end up being the last Boomer president.  All of us who chose the chance are now waiting with baited breath praying he will do what he said he would do.  If he does, this last Boomer president may well bring back the glory of our parents and we will hand this off to the X Generation and give them a shot at preserving it for those who come after them.

Back to my theory that each generation sees the one following them as the ruin of all that is holy and why that is in reality a truism as old as time.

The Greatest Generation was once known as the Silent Generation until we re-christened them because of their stolid plodding through FDR’s Great Depression and their solid performance in WWII.  They looked askance at the music and the counter-culture of the Boomers.  Those few who actually were Hippies did ride a sociological tsunami that did in fact change our culture. The draft dodging flag burning micro minority rose to the top of the political world with the Watergate Congress and hang on to power to this day.  The rest of us went to work.  Eventually most of us followed the predictable trajectory.  The liberal firebrands of youth become the worker drones of middle age and eventually the conservative mossbacks of old age.

Remember the Generation Gap?  Today it feels more like a Generation Gulf, or close encounters of the third kind.

Generation X seemed to come out of the womb with an eye for style, a penchant for name brands, and an ability to work for what they wanted.  They are mostly moving through the worker drone phase right now.  Their younger brothers and sisters of Generation Y or the Millennials are now shedding their youthful fire and entering into middle age.  Now come the Centennials or as some of us call them the Snowflake Generation and we see the fruit of our loins terrified of micro-aggressions, seeking safe places, and protesting elections when they didn’t even bother to vote. Oh what is the world to do?

Take a beat, take a breath, and step back.  Yes, when we see our grandchildren crying because they think someone might have looked at them crossways we wonder about the fate of the Republic.  Instead of bemoaning our coming fall once these limp-wristed get a trophy for showing up crybabies take over remember they have several stages of growth coming before they get there.  There’s nothing like raising kids and working twelve hour days to support them to put a little steel in your spine.  Give them time.  Their rebellious attitudes and oh so delicate sensibilities will crash upon the reef of 3 AM feedings, paying the bills, buying the house, and worrying whether Social Security will be there when they need it.

The young always act as if youth was some clever thing they invented not knowing that we all were once young, and if we survive we grow old and things generally seem to carry on from there.

The only lesson we learn from History is that we don’t learn the lessons of History.  As far back as records go every generation has thought the next was going to be a disaster forgetting that they are the ones who raised that next generation and having a little faith in how their example and time would mellow youth into old age.

Remember everything is relative.  The next time you find yourself telling some young whippersnapper how you walked to school uphill in both directions in a blizzard without a coat think of the story of two old men.  One says, “Why back when I was boy all I had to play with was a stick.”  The other old man his eyes blazing with jealousy at the frivolous prosperity of others exclaims, “You had a stick!”

Just as an interesting by-the-by:

Average Cost Of New Home Homes
1930 $3,845.00 , 1940 $3,920.00, 1950 $8,450.00 , 1960 $12,700.00 ,
1970 $23,450.00 , 1980 $68,700.00 , 1990 $123,000.00 , 2008 $238,880 , 2013 $289,500
Average Annual Wages
1930 $1,970.00 , 1940 $1,725.00, 1950 $3,210.00 , 1960 $5,315.00 ,
1970 $9,400.00 , 1980 $19,500.00 , 1990 $28,960.00 , 2008 $40,523 , 2012 $44,321
Average Cost of New Car Cars
1930 $600.00 , 1940 $850.00, 1950 $1,510.00 , 1960 $2,600.00 ,
1970 $3,450.00 , 1980 $7,200.00 , 1990 $16,950.00 , 2008 $27,958 , 2013 $31,352
Average Cost Gallon Of Gas
1930 10 cents , 1940 11 cents , 1950 18 cents , 1960 25 cents ,
1970 36 cents , 1980 $1.19 , 1990 $1.34 , 2009 $2.051 , 2013 $3.80
Average Cost Loaf of Bread Food
1930 9 cents , 1940 10 cents , 1950 12 cents , 1960 22 cents ,
1970 25 cents , 1980 50 cents , 1990 70 cents , 2008 $2.79 , 2013 $1.98
Average Cost 1lb Hamburger Meat
1930 12 cents , 1940 20 cents , 1950 30 cents , 1960 45 cents ,
1970 70 cents , 1980 99 cents , 1990 89 cents , 2009 $3.99 , 2013 $4.68

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