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Kyiv stands strong! Kyiv stands proud. It stands tall. And most important, it stands free.
You make me proud
During one of the greatest persecutions ever brought against the church, for more than 200 years under the successive rule of some of the most cruel, evil men ever to serve in ancient world government, the church never participated in an insurrection aimed at overthrowing the government or a rebellion aimed at fighting against it. It continued to pursue its mission and purpose, living righteously in the middle of a pagan culture. It was a position that caused people to take notice of them, putting them in a position to hear their testimony and come to redemption through the gospel of Christ. Instead of being wiped out by persecution, the church experienced revival, in terms of impact on the world, greater than any that has happened since. It succeeded in bringing about a change in the government, conquering by transformational and spiritual change, not by violence.
So put down your sword. You're not going to bring revival to the United States, or fulfill the purpose of the church to glorify God by overthrowing the government. It's not going to come about by making deals with a President who celebrates his immorality, uses it to enhance his personal fame and uses the benefit he gets from your support to do more of it. And no matter how you have personally evaluated the "worldview" of the other side, they're not stopping you from carrying out the mission and purpose of the church, which is glorifying God and testifying to his grace and truth through the redemptive message of the Gospel of Jesus.
Get away from the politics that makes you blame the other side, and stop using them as an excuse for why you're not doing what the scripture says you should be doing, and you might actually see a revival.
Ill be ok even though its wrong. Get on that minimum wage Joe.
I love Governor Andy Beshear
Clemson to strip name of John C Calhoun from honors college
Beshears Republican predecessor, Matt Bevin, opposed attempts to remove the statue as a sanitisation of history. But on Saturday Jason Nemes, a Republican state representative, told the Courier-Journal: Today is a symbol we are moving ahead. Its a recognition of the sins of our past.
We honor our history, the good and the bad, but I think its a wonderful thing that we dont want to celebrate Jeff Davis anymore.
On Friday, the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted to move the Davis statue to the site where the Confederate leader was born. From the capitol, state representative Derrick Graham, an African American Democrat, tweeted: Hes gone, yall. Glory, Hallelujah!
Like Nancy always says, "it's all about the children "
On Wednesday night I attended the New York Film Festival and witnessed a cinematic masterpiece, the film that last month won the top prize as the Best Film of the Venice International Film Festival. Its called Joker and all we Americans have heard about this movie is that we should fear it and stay away from it. Weve been told its violent and sick and morally corrupt an incitement and celebration of murder. Weve been told that police will be at every screening this weekend in case of trouble. Our country is in deep despair, our constitution is in shreds, a rogue maniac from Queens has access to the nuclear codes but for some reason, its a movie we should be afraid of.
I would suggest the opposite: The greater danger to society may be if you DONT go see this movie. Because the story it tells and the issues it raises are so profound, so necessary, that if you look away from the genius of this work of art, you will miss the gift of the mirror it is offering us. Yes, theres a disturbed clown in that mirror, but hes not alone were standing right there beside him.
Joker is no superhero or supervillain or comic book movie. The film is set somewhere in the 70s or 80s in Gotham City - and the filmmakers make no attempt to disguise it for anything other than what it is: New York City, the headquarters of all evil: the rich who rule us, the banks and corporations for whom we serve, the media which feeds us a daily diet news they think we should absorb. This past week, a week when a sitting President indicted himself because, in true Joker style, he was laughing himself silly at Muellers and the Dems inability to stop him, so he just quadrupled down and handed them everything they needed. But even then, after ten days of his flaunting his guilt, he was still sitting with his KFC grease-stained nuclear codes in the Oval Office, so he told
Captain Sketchy to fire up the helicopter, the sound of its blades revving up, meant only to alert the reporters to scurry outside for the daily press conference Trump walks outside into the deafening cacophony of the whirlybird and publicly and feloniously asks the Peoples Republic of China to interfere in our 2020 election by sending him dirt on the Bidens. He and his magic carpet of hair then walked away and, other than the citizen howls of CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!, nothing happened. As Joker opens this weekend, Joker, Jr. Is still still sitting at John F. Kennedys desk in the Oval Office on the days he shows up to work, dreaming of his next conquest and debauchery.
But this movie is not about Trump. Its about the America that gave us Trump the America which feels no need to help the outcast, the destitute. The America where the filthy rich just get richer and filthier.
Except in this story a discomfiting question is posed: What if one day the dispossessed decide to fight back? And I dont mean with a clipboard registering people to vote. People are worried this movie may be true
oo violent for them. Really? Considering everything were living through in real life? You allow your school to conduct active shooter drills with your children, permanently, emotionally damaging them as we show these little ones
that this is the life weve created for them. Joker makes it clear we dont really want to get to the bottom of this, or to try to understand why innocent people turn in to Jokers after they can no longer keep it together. No one wants to ask why two smart boys skipped their 4th-hour AP French Philosophy class at Columbine High to slaughter 12 students and a teacher. Who would dare ask why the son of a vice-president of General Electric would go into Sandy Hook Elementary in
Newtown, CT and blow the tiny bodies apart of 20 first-graders. Or why did 53% of White women vote for the presidential candidate who, on tape, reveled in his talent as a sexual predator?
The fear and outcry over Joker is a ruse. Its a distraction so that we dont look at the real violence tearing up our fellow human beings 30 million Americans who dont have health insurance is an act of violence. Millions of abused women and children living in fear is an act of violence. Cramming 59 students like worthless sardines into classrooms in Detroit is an act of violence.
As the news media stands by for the next mass shooting, you and your neighbors and co-workers have already been shot numerous times, shot straight through all of your hearts and hopes and dreams. Your pension is long gone. Youre in debt for the next 30 years because you committed the crime of wanting an education. You have actually thought about not having children because you dont have the heart to bring them onto a dying planet where they are given a 20-year death-by-climate-change sentence at birth. The violence in Joker? Stop! Most of the violence in the movie is perpetrated on the Joker himself, a person in need of help, someone trying to survive on the margins of a greedy society. His crime is that he cant get help. His crime is that he is the butt of a joke played on HIM by the rich and famous. When the Joker decides he can no longer take it yes, you will feel awful. Not because of the (minimal) blood on the screen, but because deep down, you were cheering him on - and if youre honest when that happens, you will thank this movie for connecting you to a new desire not to run to the nearest exit to save your own ass but rather to stand and fight and focus your attention on the nonviolent power you hold in your hands every single day. Thank you Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, Warner Bros. and all who made this important movie for this important time. I loved this films multiple homages to Taxi Driver, Network, The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon. How long has it been since weve seen a movie aspire to the level of Stanley Kubrick? Go see this film. Take your teens. Take your resolve.
This is excellent and why I'll always be a Michael Moore fan. I admit to buying into Joker propaganda. Moore is setting me straight once again.
Thank you, Michael Moore.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
If ever time travel becomes possible, I would like to travel back and meet this woman. She is one of my heroes. I am using the following quote from her for the introduction to my next book.
Take the snake, the fruit-tree and the woman from the tableau, and we have no fall, nor frowning Judge, no Inferno, no everlasting punishment hence no need of a Savior. Thus the bottom falls out of the whole Christian theology. Here is the reason why in all the Biblical researches and high criticisms, the scholars never touch the position of women.
Says it all!
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