Who’s more royal, Bushes or Clintons?

Clinton_Chelsea_Elle_2015_AprilWhy do would-be Presidents protest against American royal families? Perhaps because many Americans subconsciously crave royalty. Is there a Freudian slip in Elle this month? “In her May issue editor’s letter, ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers writes: ‘There is something innately regal [royal] about Chelsea [Clinton]…a calling to make the world a better place.” (emphasis added)

This “calling” is foretold by The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman as “the all-but-guaranteed eventual ascendancy of President Chelsea Clinton.”

Thanks to George Washington, America has fended off hereditary rule for more than 200 years. Would-be Presidents condemn American royalty from both sides of the political fence. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Maryland, has spoken with the clearest voice, “The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth between two families,” speaking to Ari Melber (MSNBC) in almost the same words he said to George Stephanopoulos (ABC) two weeks ago.

Will Barack Obama be the only non-Bush/Clinton president for 36 years, from 1989-2024?

Freeman may be right, “We always want what we don’t have and so America, a country founded at least partly as a reaction against the idea of a royal family, can’t help but create royal versions of its own.”

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Love and Martyrs

?????????????The Archbishop of Kenya is far too experienced in responding to martyrdom. His latest response of love and grace came poignantly on Good Friday, but it is only for the latest in a series of attacks.

• In 2012, 17 Christians were butchered in a church in Garissa, Kenya. (photo on left)
• In November 2014, 36 non-Muslims were slaughtered while working in a quarry and 28 non-Muslim bus passengers were shot to death at close range. (photo on right)
• This week at Garissa University, 147 Christians, mostly students were rounded up and executed. (photo below)

How does the Archbishop respond to this escalation of martyrdom?

On this Good Friday we gather in our churches across Kenya in the shadow of a great and terrible evil. People who deal in death have slaughtered 147 people in Garissa, most of them students, and brought wrenching anguish to their families and a deep sadness to our nation.

These young people died because they were Christians. This attack was a calculated manifestation of evil designed to destroy our nation and our faith….

Jesus’ death upon the cross was not in vain. By his death, death has been destroyed. The stone rolled away and the empty tomb of Jesus assures us that death does not have the last word….

While governments have a vital role, even more important are the hearts and minds of ordinary people. Let us covenant together before God that we will never ever surrender our nation or our faith in Christ to those who glory in death and destruction. We will not be intimidated because we know and trust in the power of the cross, God’s power to forgive our sins, to turn death into the gate of glory and to make us his children for ever.

CLICK HERE for the Archbishop’s full response.

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Redefining Marriage: Group Marriage


Group marriage is a next logical step in our culture’s redefining of marriage. An early step is a religious group marriage in Thailand this week, not yet recognized by civil law.

How many people can share in a group marriage? 30? 100? What is marriage? Is marriage any group of people who elect to share property and erotic relationships?

“Three gay men from Thailand have tied the knot in what is thought to be the world’s first three-way same-sex marriage.

“Happy newlyweds Joke, 29, Bell, 21 and Art, 26, took the plunge on Valentine’s Day after exchanging their vows in a fairy-tale ceremony at their home in Uthai Thani Province, Thailand.

“The three blushing grooms are thought to be the world’s only wedded male threesome and have since become internet sensations after photos from their big day went viral.” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2972542/They-look-like-new-boy-band-s-world-s-THREE-WAY-sex-marriage-Gay-Thai-men-tie-knot-fairytale-ceremony.html#ixzz3TfBfLXxX

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Pray…Then Sue?

Sizzling-platter“An Applebee’s customer who was burned while praying over his plate of sizzling fajitas has been told he cannot sue the chain.”

Praying at mealtime is good. Praying in public is a good witness. Praying and then suing the restaurant for serving piping-hot food…not so much!


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Good-bye Rights

If our rights are given by law, then our rights can be taken by law! If our rights are granted by government, then our rights can be taken by government! That is the cry of the Declaration of Independence. Somebody please tell CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and actor-activist Ben Affleck.

Today, Chris Cuomo said, “Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man.…  Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.” He subordinates human rights to human laws. Try telling that to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

If Cuomo cannot get an Attaboy from our Founders, he can at least count on actor-activist Ben Affleck for support. Last October, Affleck said the following in a debate with Bill Maher:
“We are endowed by our forefathers with inalienable rights.”

What did Thomas Jefferson actually write in the Declaration of Independence? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

President John F. Kennedy declared, “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

Wouldn’t you love to watch a team debate of Cuomo and Affleck vs. Adams and Jefferson?

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The Cost of a Cabin

Snow2 vert2 My cabin is boring beige
The hazy clouds are layers of lavender, pink, white and blue
High above a half moon nods a slanted greeting
As we jet north, the fields far below hue from tan to white
Infrequent towns are hoisting their street lights
Rural roads form a patchwork crazy quilt
Sections square in even Midwestern miles
In between are random mixtures of 320, 160, 80 and 40 acres

Each of these fields has a story
Sweat-irrigated earth
Tilled with tears
Bought with blood
Fifty years ago in that 80, Ralph lost his right arm to a corn-picker
Fifty years earlier, over the fence William first kissed Bertha under the willow
Across the creek William was gored by his bull
Widow Bertha milked the cows morning and evening
Drove the one-horse plow
Chopped the wood
Carried the water
Baked the bread
Wept on her washboard
Grew old too young

Bertha’s great-grandson dismounts his air-conditioned tractor
Eats his lunch in the shadow of her stone fireplace
The skeletal remains of William and Bertha’s once-laughing cabin
A moment of inspiration
He sees himself and his wife and their almost-born child
Cozied on a couch
Watching a fire-tongued log on this ancient stone hearth
He pulls his carpenter pencil from his jeans
And a fertilizer invoice from his shirt pocket
He sketches and laughs
He loves his fields and sees his cabin
Little does he know their price

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Most Overused Word of 2015

Blah blah blahThe most overused word of 2015 is absolutely “absolutely.”

As you listen to interviews, you can hear it before the interviewee even says it: “Absolutely.” Anytime the answer could be “Yes,” “Sure,” “Certainly” or “Probably,” you will hear “Absolutely.” Unfortunately, now that we’ve pointed this out for you, its overuse may drive you insane.

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