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Pope Andy Stanley Speaks.

Pope Andy has spoken.

So glad we have him to tell us what we have to and don’t have to believe. Meet the author of Selective Scripture: My life on the theological cafeteria plan.

The Rev. Andrew Stanley/North Point Community Church in Alpharetta

December has apparently proven to be an interesting month for the Rev. Andy Stanley, son of a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta — one of the largest congregations in the country.

Though it is only now breaking in to the open, the Baptist world has been rocked by a Dec. 4 sermon in which the son of famed TV evangelist Charles Stanley discounted the importance of believing in the virgin birth of Jesus.

The rest of the pathetic piece here.

He’s too smart to call a moron. Wait. I know. Heretic.

Words mean things.  The implications of his statements are far-reaching:

  • he renders all the prophets false.  Pope Andy should remember that false prophets were stoned.  He might have been stoned when he spewed this heresy, but that’s a different post.  In fact, that is probably the most charitable assumption that could be made in Pope Andy’s favor.
  • He dismisses two thousand years of Church history.  But he answers to no man, so screw history.  You may recall the early Creeds that were a summary of the necessary beliefs to be considered a Christian.  Right in there is “born of a virgin.”
  • C.S. Lewis once presented a trichotomy:  “Jesus could not just be a good man.  He was either a liar, a lunatic, or [exactly who he said he was] Lord.”  Pope Andy makes Christ one of the first two.
  • Yesterday, January 1st, was the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.  Pope Andy makes the Mother of God, just mom.  Her humility, her obedience, her example: no big whoop to Pope Andy.
  • Since he makes our Lord, just an ordinary guy, Pope Andy has more in common with the pseudo religion of Islam than he does with Christianity.  Islam is a political system; Pope Andy is a multi-millionaire charlatan.

It may be 2017, but I’m kinda missing 1017, when heretics were more . . . expeditiously dealt with.

Surgery went remarkably well.

Especially considering the patient was just a blob of tissue.


According to CBS Saramento:

A first-of-its-kind surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had a happy ending just in time for the holidays.  Doctors are celebrating a successful fetal surgery on a baby boy while he was still growing inside the womb.

Bobby Angeles and Khae Saetern named their little boy Matthew, which means “a gift from God.” It’s a fitting name when you consider the loss they’ve experienced and the loss they almost faced.

In the last three years, they’ve dealt with infertility, miscarriages, a baby girl who was stillborn. Then their unborn son had a serious condition that threatened his life. “Every moment, I am thinking when I’m driving, ‘Please God. Just take care of my son. Please God,’” Angeles said.

Matthew Tobias Saetern-Angeles was not expected to make it. But now two months later, he’s sporting a hearty head of hair and sleeping like a champ. “We just wanted to scream down the hallways, we’re going home! we’re going home! In the car, we took a picture of each other with the baby. We’re on our way home, this is really happening,” Angeles said.

While still developing in the womb, Matthew was diagnosed with hydrops, which creates excess fluid in the chest. The options for the soon-to-be-born baby boy seemed to be beyond the scope of modern medicine.

That’s when doctors at UC Davis Children’s Hospital stepped in with a suggestion that was both high risk and high reward.  “Everything happened so fast, so you really don’t have time to digest everything,” Saetern said. “We had our concerns and we had our questions, but ultimately, we left it to the doctor to decide what was in the best interest of the baby and my health.”

At 32 weeks, doctors made a small incision in Saetern’s stomach and used a catheter to drain the fluid from Matthew’s chest, completing the hospital’s first successful fetal surgery.  “Without that procedure, who knows where we’d be right now?” Angeles said.

The couple says the best part of bringing Matthew home is being able to put him in his crib. They’ve had a nursery decorated and ready to go for quite a few years and now they can finally use it.

In case we needed it, this medical breakthrough reminds us that the recently passed law in Ohio that prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is long, long overdue.

And I can’t wait to hear how CNN’s resident imbecile scientist, Chris Cuomo, gets all intellectual sounding (you know, cuz we need to be able to measure brain waves and little non-science stuff like heartbeats shouldn’t be the basis.) Idiot.  Abortophile.

Buy, hey Chrissy, if we require brain waves, who’s going to fill your slot on the news?

Trump makes converts

It helps when they are cowardly liars in the first place.

trumpdillerA small retinue of celebrities made some promises, some profane; others just silly.   If Donald Trump wins the White House (which was a preposterous thought, said they) they would move to Canada.  It kinda made me wonder which side they were on.  I mean, it was like a buy one, get one free deal.  Get the Dems out of the White House and get a few morons out of the country!

One such bloviator, I should have pursued before the election: Barry Diller.  The media billionaire promised to “move out of the country or join the resistance.”  He went on to say that he “would take any bet” that he would have to do neither.  Man, I wish I had bet him a few million bucks.  Ironically, his bashing of Trump was that he (like Diller himself) was nothing more than a media figure.

Having lost the bet and having decided to neither move nor resist, Diller sings a slightly different tune:

Diller said it appears the president-elect will bring about “almost undiluted change.”

One of the changes the United States will see is that Trump “is a better negotiator than someone who has trained in government,” Diller said. He added that he’s hopeful that Trump will actually be “really good across the table” and not “manhandle people” or “do one-off things that just sound good.”

As Trump pressures companies to keep jobs in America while threatening to slap them with tariffs for moving jobs, Diller said he has a feeling he won’t be getting one of those calls. When asked about his opinions on Trump’s recent dealings with Boeing and United Technologies, Diller said that “it’s interesting stuff” and that “it’s never happened before.”

I could go on and on as to why, but I think Diller is nothing short of being a hypocrite (do you think he got to be a billionaire by not manhandling people?) and a weenie.

Let’s see, the election was about a month ago.  Let’s do a little look back shall we?  Russia has said that like to be our friends now, Jeff Sessions is named Attorney General, Mattis is going to be Secretary of Defense, Carrier has decided to stay in the US, and a Taiwan tech giant is investing $50,000,000,000 in the US.  I won’t say that’s impressive, but I haven’t had a month like that in, like, ever.

And Trump’s not even President yet.  Pardon me if I seem a little hopeful.

If Trump keeps this up, he’ll keep making converts.  Heck, even the weenies are signing on.

When messiahs fail.

hillary-fallingThe Cult of Clinton in the former Republic.

I’ve not been a huge fan of President-Elect Trump, but I’m getting there.  I also enjoy writing “President-Elect Trump”.  It seems only appropriate in this season of Thanksgiving to not have to attach that title to the Hildebeast.

Probably the most enjoyable part of the whole post-election observation, is watching all the celebs’ and media talking heads’ faces melt every time they have to deal with their fallen angel’s demise.   I’ve written of my glee elsewhere.  My goodness this is fun to watch.

Some have criticized my gloating as being unchristian.  Of course, this coming from a quarter that has never before in their lives been even remotely concerned about what Christianity – and the true Messiah, Jesus – has to say about anything.  He was the One that rose from the dead.  Hillary, not so much.  Maybe their right though.  I’ll take care of that in Confession later.  Or not.

I was thinking of a time when mocking false messiahs and their surrogates was a little more fashionable.  Come to think of it, those opportunities don’t come along too often, as evidenced by the fact that I have to go back about 3000 years:

And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”  And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.

I Kings 18: 27-29

emojiIt’s just an analogy and to head off my critics, I’m not saying that President-Elect Trump (I love saying that)  is a messiah of any type.  But there is a takeaway from this story for Team Trump: prosecute Hillary Clinton.  Like you promised.  Like justice demands.  You want to “heal” this country?  Justice does that.

 

Brendan O’Neill seems to share at least some of the giddiness in a well-written piece:

If you want to see politics based on emotionalism over reason and a borderline-religious devotion to an iconic figure, forget the Trump Army; look instead to the Cult of Clinton.

What’s funny about this is not simply that it’s the biggest chattering-class hissy fit of the 21st century so far — and chattering-class hissy fits are always funny. It’s that whatever you think of Trump (I’m not a fan) or his supporters (I think they’re mostly normal, good people), the fact is they’ve got nothing on the Clinton cult when it comes to creepy, pious worship of a politician.

By the Cult of Hillary Clinton, I don’t mean the nearly 62 million Americans who voted for her. I have not one doubt that they are as mixed and normal a bag of people as the Trumpites are. No, I mean the Hillary machine—the celebs and activists and hacks who were so devoted to getting her elected and who have spent the past week sobbing and moaning over her loss. These people exhibit cult-like behavior far more than any Trump cheerer I’ve come across.

Trump supporters view their man as a leader “fused with the idea of the nation”? Perhaps some do, but at least they don’t see him as “light itself.” That’s how Clinton was described in the subhead of a piece for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. “Maybe [Clinton] is more than a president,” gushed writer Virginia Heffernan. “Maybe she is an idea, a world-historical heroine, light itself,” Nothing this nutty has been said by any of Trump’s media fanboys.

“Hillary is Athena,” Heffernan continued, adding that “Hillary did everything right in this campaign… She cannot be faulted, criticized, or analyzed for even one more second.”

That’s a key cry of the Cult of Hillary (as it is among followers of L. Ron Hubbard or devotees of Christ): our gal is beyond criticism, beyond the sober and technical analysis of mere humans. Michael Moore, in his movie Trumpland, looked out at his audience and, with voice breaking, said: “Maybe Hillary could be our Pope Francis.”

Or consider Kate McKinnon’s post-election opening bit on SNL, in which she played Clinton as a pantsuited angel at a piano singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” her voice almost cracking as she sang: “I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya.” Just imagine if some right-leaning Christian celeb (are there any?) had dolled up as Trump-as-godhead and sang praises to him. It would have been the source of East Coast mirth for years to come. But SNL’s Hallelujah for Hillary was seen as perfectly normal.

Like the prophets of baal, Hillary and her surrogates, still have no clue what happened in the last election.  Let’s not forget that those who fail to understand history are destined to repeat it.  And that is good news, indeed, worthy of your happiest, most gleeful emoticon.

 

 

Cardinals Contemplate act of Correction.

Oremus.

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Cardinal Burke says if Pope won’t clarify ‘serious error’, Cardinals must make ‘formal act of correction’

 

According to LifeSiteNews:

After joining a group of four cardinals in releasing a call for Pope Francis to clarify grave errors in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Raymond Burke has now indicated the cardinals are contemplating a “formal correction” should the pope fail to address their concerns.

The cardinals had written to the pope with their concerns on September 19, but after failing to receive a response for nearly two months, they released the letter publicly on Monday morning.

Now, in an interview with the National Catholic Register’s Ed Pentin, Burke discusses the next steps should the pope fail to address the cardinals’ concerns. Here is Pentin’s question and the cardinal’s response:

What happens if the Holy Father does not respond to your act of justice and charity and fails to give the clarification of the Church’s teaching that you hope to achieve?

“Then we would have to address that situation. There is, in the Tradition of the Church, the practice of correction of the Roman Pontiff. It is something that is clearly quite rare. But if there is no response to these questions, then I would say that it would be a question of taking a formal act of correction of a serious error.”

5 ways to know if Donald Trump Lied to us.

rioting-after-obamaTrump was elected by a wide variety of people.  A variety of wide people voted for Hillary.  I previously offered five reasons to vote of Donald Trump.  Those were compelling point, obviously.  I’m sure his election was based largely – if not solely – on that post.

His election, for me, was this really weird combo of elation and uh-oh.  I’m so glad that Hillary lost, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be rioting right now if she hadn’t.  I don’t care how much George Soros paid me.

So to be fair I’ve come up with five ways to see if we’ve been lied to.  Sadly, it seems like Donald Trump himself is reading from my playbook and checking them off one by one.  It’s been a busy week for him, you know.

These are all promises made by President Elect Trump when he was just candidate Trump.  So I don’t think it’s asking to much for him to get back to us when they get crossed off his to-do list.

  1. Prosecute  Hillary Clinton.  The Clintons are a political dynasty.  I don’t doubt that they are crushed by this setback, but they are not going away.  Chelsea is already been reportedly posturing for politics.  Investigate Hillary, Bill, The Clinton Global Initiative, The Clinton Foundation.  Root out this criminal enterprise from our midst.  Now!  Trump seems to backing off his promise to lock Hillary up.  Let’s hope that was just the fatigue of war speaking.
  2. Repeal Obamacare.  I know Trump said he’d repeal and replace.  I think it would be a boatload better if he just repealed it and do what government ought to do and get out of the insurance business.  After his first meeting with Obama, Trump said he would consider the President’s request to keep some portion.  I hope he’s done considering.
  3. Drain the swamp. Getting rid of bureacracy is going to be Trump’s most difficult task.  While he has tons of business experience AND he has heretofore been very skilled in surrounding himself with competent people, he has no political experience.  I think there is some overlap, but not much.  One thing he could do – and this would make his life so much easier – is to refuse to appoint Secretaries to most of the Cabinet positions and cut their budget to just barely enough to pay the janitor to keep the buildings clean (for sale to the private sector in a few years).  And in case you’re taking notes, Mr. Trump, you can start with Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development.  Did I mention Labor and Energy?  It would put a cap on some of these career politicians who are queuing up (and sucking up) right now for a place at the government trough of money and power.  And how much fun would that be!
  4. Build the wall.  Government’s first duty is to protect its citizens, especially from foreign enemies.  Those enemies are unvetted and unvettable.  And they are pouring in through our southern border.  Should Muslims dare to attack us again, turn their little patch in the desert into a sea of glass.  No negotiations, no diplomacy. Just destruction.  I’m not even that concerned if Mexico pays for it, but I must admit that would be a nice touch.  But if you really want to begin deportations with a bang: Deport George Soros first.
  5. Supreme Court.  If this country survives, nothing would be more meaningful in a political sense than the generational impact of filling the Supreme Court with Justices in the mold – as you promised – of Antonin Scalia.  Question #1: “For any potential Justice: Will you vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if you get the chance?  Any answer besides “You bet” ends the interview.  Break this promise and we’ll know your no different than the duplicitous miscreant you defeated in the recent election.

Democrats see red!

Unless, of course, there’s actually red to see.

election-mapDonald Trump – make that President Elect Donald Trump – took so much guff when he declined to ratify an election that hadn’t even taken place yet.  The talking heads immediately went apoplectic.

CNN’s Van Jones, that self-appointed guardian of the democracy, became a sputtering, incoherent moron.  You may recall, among his more artful analogies, that “you can’t polish this turd” comment was joined by his conclusion that Trump’s refusal to endorse something that hadn’t happened yet was a sufficient to disqualify Trump from the race.

Turns out that Jones is a sputtering and incoherent nincompoop all the time.  I apologize for attributing that condition as a response to Donald Trump.  Now that the actual election is over (note to Van: Trump won! Nanny, nanny, boo boo!), Jones is demanding to be heard, crazily bullying anyone who might have something to say that doesn’t perfectly coincide with his hysterical victimhood, pondering the question of “how do I tell my children what happened?

Hey, Van, try:

Honey, yesterday we had a free and fair election where tens of millions of people voted to pick our next president.  Daddy didn’t get his way with this one, but that’s OK.  Lots of times in life you don’t get your way.  When that happens the best thing to do is to learn from your mistakes and do better next time.

I know that takes a few seconds longer than “Oh,no. We’re going to die. help, Help, HELP!!!”  But I think it might be better.   Geesh!  Is “Van” short for “Vanessa.”  What a girl!

Looks like the only turd that can’t be polished is Van Jones.

And this insanity – this denial of democracy in action – is everywhere.

Donna Brazile, the interim leader of the Democratic National Committee, was giving what one attendee described as “a rip-roaring speech” to about 150 employees, about the need to have hope for wins going forward, when – as Hillary Clinton would say – a staffer identified only as Zach stood up with a question:

“Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this?” he asked, according to two people in the room. “You backed a flawed candidate, and your friend [former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself.”

“You are part of the problem,” he continued, blaming Brazile for clearing the path for Trump’s victory by siding with Clinton early on. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.”

Apparently, among their other endearing qualities, Dems are cannibals too!

Even the ancient philosopher queen, Jane Fonda, noted that she had been “hit by a truck.”  For a second, I thought one of my prayers had been answered, but it was just a figure of speech.  Outgoing (as in leaving, not as in charming) Senator – and documented prevaricator – Harry Reid noted that the new President has “emboldened the forces of bigotry and hate.

Frankly, one of the most hilarious aspects of this election was watching the media and Hollywood elites implode.  And they are so stinking arrogant, so blinded by their false ideological way of thinking, that they don’t even get what happened.  They lost, they lost based on ideas and worldview, not because of the melanin content of their skin or whether they have indoor or outdoor plumbing.

It was a repudiation of all things Obama: unconstitutional executive orders, disastrous trade and immigration deals, Obamacare, and the Clinton criminal syndicate.

Jane Fonda is right: they got hit by a truck.  But they never saw it coming and even now don’t even have the license plate number.

What a great day!

 

 

When Dems collide.

It’s generally a good thing . . . and it always makes a lot of noise.

This is just delicious icing on the Trump cake.

donna-bDonna Brazile, the interim leader of the Democratic National Committee, was giving what one attendee described as “a rip-roaring speech” to about 150 employees, about the need to have hope for wins going forward, when a staffer identified only as Zach stood up with a question.

“Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this?” he asked, according to two people in the room. “You backed a flawed candidate, and your friend [former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself.”

Some DNC staffers started to boo and some told him to sit down. Brazile began to answer, but Zach had more to say.

“You are part of the problem,” he continued, blaming Brazile for clearing the path for Trump’s victory by siding with Clinton early on. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.”

Thank you, Donna. Thank you ever so much.

Repeal. Don’t Replace.

Dear President Elect Trump:

Congratulations.  Listen, I know you’re kinda busy right now, so I’ll get the point.

You won the White House and both houses of Congress are in Republican hands.  This hasn’t happened since the 1920s.

Your election sure seems like a repudiation of all things Obama.  Yippee!  As you’ve said on multiple occasions, Obamacare is a disaster.  You campaigned on “repeal and replace.”

The free enterprise system has been pretty kind to you and I was thinking wouldn’t it be nice if a couple of hundred million citizens got a fresh breath of free enterprise air for themselves!  Wouldn’t that be intoxicating!

That way, you’d only have to repeal and not replace.

How cool is that when all you have to do is get out of the way!

See ya’ around.

Michael Hirsh

Trump’s first broken promise.

What a difference a day makes.

I admit that I stayed up until an announcement was made.  Probably the most enjoyable part of my evening – and early morning, was watching the various talking heads have to walk back what they have been saying over and over and over again.  I switched networks just to try and make sure I laughed at all of them.

I’ve always had some misgivings about Trump, but I voted for him anyway.  I’ve given my reasons elsewhere and I stand by those.  Like him or not, though, his ascent to victory is really pretty amazing . . . if for no other reason, demonstrating Trump’s focus and resolve.  I don’t recall any other politician in my lifetime to stand up – and succeed – against such an array of personal attacks from so many different quarters.  Not the least of those, from a dozen or so Republicans who swore to support the nominee – and didn’t.

Chief among these was Ted Cruz who committed political suicide on national television at the GOP convention only to try his hand at self-resurrection.  Sadly for Cruz, that’s only worked once in human history.

Trump’s victory speech was calm and measured, and generally laced with the fluff one might expect at such a moment.  And I get the whole thing about being a gracious winner, but Trump also seized the opportunity to urging us all to thank Hillary Clinton for her years of service to the country.  I threw up in my mouth.

I was looking forward to her serving many, many more years.  I know a quaint little place in Kansas.  Wasn’t this the same guy that less than a month ago promised to direct his DOJ to investigate and indict Hillary?  Wasn’t this the guy that said, “If I win, you’ll be in jail.”?

Still, there is reason to hope.  So many celebrities have promised to move to another country if what happened, happened.  Bon voyage!  Good riddance.  Maybe Hillary will too!  I was hoping I could have suggested a country without an extradition treaty.