Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Praying for Ferguson: Some Facts about the Situation to Inform Your Prayers

Most of the businesses destroyed (on Monday night) were minority owned

Before and after pictures of the damage

Legal scholars praise the grand jury for fairness beyond the norm

Convicting Darren Wilson would have been difficult
(my thought: not everyone feels that the process fairly addressed Michael Brown's death. Our law enforcement may have to re-evaluate the freedom to use lethal force in such situations and the expectation of some kind of public trial when someone dies in these circumstances. Perhaps there needs to be more of a hesitancy to use lethal force on the part of police rather than the current threshold of a perceived threat to themselves or to the public (not to say that the Michael Brown case didn't meet and even exceed that threshold).  I know not everyone would agree with this but the following cases should give us pause:  13 year old killed with replica assault rifle, 12 yr old boy with toy gun killed by police, and the recent case of a 12 year old with BB gun being killed by Cleveland police are a few cases in point). 

Scores of documents, including testimony from the proceedings as well as reports and interview transcripts considered as evidence, were released by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch. The documents are also searchable, using the search bar at the top right of each document. 

Michael Brown's parents went to the UN about their son's killing earlier in November
Michael Brown's parents call for non-violent protest

(Fact-checking the claim by Guiliani)
By Jon Greenberg on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.

"I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks," Giuliani said in his Nov. 23, 2014, appearance on the show [NBC's Meet the Press].

His point was that the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white cop was "the exception," and if the country is concerned about black homicides, then it would do better to focus on African Americans.

I'll add this thought here

Think about the logic of mob riots in one's own community: Some officer you don't know killed some guy you don't know so you loot and burn businesses of people that you do know who had nothing to do with it.

Even though the destruction is extensive and the mob is rather large, think of how many of the citizens of Ferguson AREN'T rioting though they disagree with the verdict. Let's not judge the whole of Ferguson's minority community on the actions of what probably amounts to a small percentage of the whole.

The rioters are opportunists, thugs, who have no respect, no honor and apparently no future because they have no respect and no honor. If I saw police in riot gear, I would stay away. These confront officers, commit violence against them and willfully destroy and loot in front of them, including police vehicles. What is even more sad are the politicians, media (TIME magazine author excuses the riots and then makes the crazy, self-loathing claim so many white liberals do: "If anything, I am racist because I am white."and civil rights leaders who make excuses for their behavior.

Pray for Ferguson:

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's parents (not to mention other family members and friends)

Darren Wilson, the officer involved, and his wife that he just married last month

Gov. Jay Nixon

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles

National Guard members and commanders

The Ferguson police and other state and local police

Minority members who feel that the decision by the grand jury was unjust but who seek redress peacefully

The troublemakers who riot, loot and commit acts of violence

Those who lost businesses/personal property to the riots

Pray for the spiritual well being of this community.  May much good come out of much evil. God is able. 

Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Putin Targets the Scandinavians


Benghazi consulate attack: Report clears US response

The inquiry by the Republican-run House Intelligence Committee also said there was no intelligence failure and no delay in sending a CIA rescue team.

My note:  this removes a serious charge of leadership incompetence away from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- a big boost to her potential campaign

Human Rights Campaign's Homosexual Founder Charged with Sexual Abuse of Boy

Bean is facing two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that involves an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy. Police state that there may be additional victims involved and others may also be arrested as part of the investigation.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Great Thanksgiving Read for You and Your Family

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving 

[Kindle Edition]
Eric Metaxas (Author)

Print Price: $6.99
Kindle Price: $1.99 
(save $5.00 off of regular Kindle price)

My review:  A delightful and heart-breaking story about a child's journey from his peaceful tribe in what is now Massachusetts to being taken hostage and sold into slavery. Follow Squanto from those innocent early days in America to Spain where he is sold as a slave and then to England where he is able to return home. See God's providence in placing Squanto into the hands of Christians who treated him well and understood his desire to return home. Read how God used him back in his homeland to help settlers escaping persecution in Europe survive in an unfamiliar new land. A great Thanksgiving day read for you and your family.

For those concerned about how it appears on the Kindle, I read it on my Kindle for PC with no problems. Everything was right where it belonged and the story flowed nicely.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Websightings: Vicious and Bloody Attack Kills 4 Jews Praying in Their Jerusalem Synagogue, Speaking to Your Boys about Kardashian, Russian Ministries Changes Its Name, Holiday Stories and Single Parent Encouragement

Jerusalem Terror Attack Leaves 4 Jews Dead, 8 Seriously Wounded and the 2 Palestinian Attackers Dead

Utilizing a pistol and meat cleaver, two Palestinians committed an act of vicious and murderous hatred on a prayer gathering of 25 in a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem.

The amount of blood at the scene gives a sense of the terror and the atrocity committed there. 

Word is that this in the pre-1967 portion of Jerusalem, not what the Palestinians often call "occupied" Jerusalem.

Fifth person dies

Abbas condemns (but calls for end to Jewish provocations)

4 Widows and 24 fatherless with one act of terror

Russian Ministries Becomes Mission Eurasia
outspoken ministry in the Ukrainian conflict changes its name to avoid confusion as to its allegiance/mission

5 Things I Plan To Tell My Teenage Boys About the Nude Photos of Kim Kardashian
Great example of what to say to your boys about the objectification of women, porn, what the Bible says and what they can and should do

Blessings To You And Your Family This Year
This re-post of something Dr. James Dobson shared some years ago has a couple of great stories in it for Thanksgiving/Christmas.  In it, he provides a perspective that should encourage single parents.