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Updated 02 May 2015

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Just Some Thoughts...

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From A Layman's THEOLOGY:It may be that many Christians cannot get the priorities of prayer straight. For too many, prayer may be the exercise of "final resort" rather than the exercise of "first resort." In terms of the day, the time for prayer is at dawn, not at midnight. Praying at the outset is much better than praying only at the onset. A locomotive engineer friend once had about eleven seconds to "do something" when he realized his train was heading down a steep grade at high speed head-on into derailed cars of another train. After placing the brakes in "emergency," he quickly jumped from his seat on the first engine and, pushing the brakeman before him, raced over the running boards of two engines to the second of his three diesel engines, then pushed the brakeman inside where they and the flagman waited out the crash, which they survived. When asked how he could have reacted so quickly he explained that he had long-since formulated that exact plan in his mind in case he ever faced such a situation. So it is with the Christian. Living in the attitude of "unceasing prayer" provides the formula that will prescribe and inculcate the proper outcome relative to any situation, whether, death, grief, pain, illness, timidity or even great pleasure involving the good things that can sometimes "turn a Christian's head."

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Clark's Corner -

Professor Makes Moot Point

Lori Hartmann-Mahmud is chair of the international studies program at Centre College, Danville, Ky. In a recent column in the Lexington Herald-Leader, she discussed the plight of the impoverished people in Africa vis-a-vis the recent events concerning Libya, to wit, the Christian Ethiopians slaughtered (beheaded) there by Muslim butchers and the 700 people who set out from Libya and drowned in a shipwreck-attempt to make it across the Mediterranean to Sicily or Italy.

She could have also mentioned the Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya by the Muslims in February. Perhaps they were trying to find work, as Professor Hartmann-Mahmud gave for the reason the 28 Ethiopians trekked across Sudan to hopefully make it across Libya and the Mediterranean to Europe. Regarding the beheadings, ProfessorHartmann-Mahmud said, “The immediate cause of death was religious extremism, but the deep determinant was poverty,” i.e., these poor souls wouldn't have been in the wrong place if they just had jobs.

Well...maybe. This was the line taken by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf in February, implying that the U.S. should either create some jobs or help poor nations develop economies that would create jobs (presumably an alternative to killing ISIS monsters), a bit ironic in that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this month that 8.6 million potential U.S. workers are unemployed, so the powers-that-be, instead of fulfilling promises of job creation, have just eliminated the jobs lost in recession or determined that millions have just quit looking for work, or both, in order to contrive an unemployment rate of 5.5%, a huge example of disingenuousness. According to Forbes, the actual unemployment rate is 12.6%, so the U.S. can't even occupy its own workforce, much less that of other countries.

The professor picked Libya as her point of reference but she could as easily remarked the same situation with respect to Mexicans, Cubans and Central Americans trying desperately to get to the U.S. She would have been better served not to mention Libya since none of the tragedies she noted would have occurred there but for the callous, un-Constitutional and totally unlawful rape of Libya by President Obama from March to October of 2011, for which the number of civilian deaths in the un-provoked military assault has never been published. President Qaddafi was fighting al Qaeda in his own country when President Obama would not stop his murderous rampage until Qaddafi was dead, and it cost only $1.5 billion.

Fast forward to the present. As a result of the president's “little war in honor of the Arab Spring,” there is no government in Libya, which has been taken over by the Islamic thugs, both al Qaeda and ISIS, who are rampaging through sub-Sahara (those Ethiopians and Nigerians, for example – think Boko Haram) with the intent of establishing Sharia Law. This is a far more profound reason for the recent Libyan atrocities than just “religious extremism.” They would not have happened if Qaddafi had stayed in power overseeing his own civil war, nothing new for the Mideast—Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen—which is always comprised of civil wars.

The professor merely stated the economic obvious that could also apply to any large U.S. city, such as Baltimore currently, with the exception that the entitlement laws of the 1950s-60s, as well as subsequent enactments, actually constituted an attempt to address the problems of poverty. Baltimore has proven that laws are effective only when people take advantage of them...or not, as has mostly been the case. Unfortunately, in the third- or fourth-world regions she mentioned there's little hope.

When George W. Bush took office, he said there would be no nation-building, a promise not kept in the fiascoes of Iraq and Afghanistan, though the wars were necessary. President Obama made no attempt to nation-build or do anything else other than totally destroy a nation and get out. At least he learned enough in the Libya caper not to try that again, in Syria, for instance, notwithstanding his red lines.

The professor has a point; unfortunately, it is moot.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

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A Hymn of Justice:

O God of Right (pdf).

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A Thought for the Day:

[Mendacious Immorality]

A man of wit and I-Q high,
Bedazzling…everyone knew why –
Charisma flashing from his frame,
Delighting crowds and bringing fame;
Energizing voice, they said,
Fomenting hate, could raise the dead,
Galvanizing evil…vain,
He spoke a thousand years of reign
In which he would dispatch with glee
Killing was his plan of choice,
Let all the super-race rejoice,
Murdering inferior clods
Not kowtowing to their gods;
Ovens fired to white-hot heat
Prepared their ashes head to feet,
Quantified in millions and
Rounded up throughout the land.
Soon the civilized grew strong,
Tamed the beasts committing wrong,
Utilized superior mind
Venting vengeance nearly blind,
Wasting his ungodly horde –
Xenophobes – no – just abhorred
Yellow tyrants, cowardly clods,
Zombies thinking they were gods.

For the sake of a bit of nostalgia, important during the current pervasive malaise that is a mark of postmodern politics and the greed of a couple of generations, as well as a bit of humor, why not take a look at a couple of books that remark in a light way some of the events, especially connected to the Democrat party, that took place 2004-2010. They're described in the left column, DEMOCRATS & Other Suspects 2004-08 and Democrat World 2008-10, a sort of recession account treated humorously. John Kerry thought he had a lock on the presidency in 2004, when the Ohio returns shot him down, and Barack Hussein Obama saw his Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare, among other appellations—enacted into law, with new costly features of the act becoming known as the days go by, as Speaker Pelosi promised, with the employer mandate already years behind in its implementation by...yep...executive order, so what else is new? It’s all in good fun and represents for one thing that politicians, like all others, have feet made of clay and brains that are sometimes on vacation, if not altogether removed from the planet, the case for some of them.

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Nazi butcher Adolph Hitler's suicide 30 April 1945 - World War II

Managed the murders of 11 million people

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