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The Biggest Threat To America’s Future is the Media

The Biggest Threat To America’s Future is the Media


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The Biggest Threat To America's Future is the Media
The United States of America is by far the most powerful nation on planet earth spending about as much on defense as the entire rest of the world. According to a report on globalization from Credit Suisse, the US has maintained its position as the world’s strongest military.  As an example,  although Russia has the most substantial number of tanks approx. 15,000 with the US coming in at around 8,000, the US tops the list in military aircraft with approx. 14,000, submarines at 72, and 11 aircraft carriers.

Media bias, misinformation, and deceit are inescapable

There is just no realistic way for any outside entity to physically take over the streets of a country whose known weaponry is capable of incinerating the globe many times over. You will never see an Iranian tank rolling down Park Avenue in Manhattan. And the reason many Hollywood sci-fi movies have the invading extraterrestrials focused on taking over and destroying Washington DC and not Rome or Caracas is that much of the movie-going world realizes that if Washington goes, it’s pretty much game over for the rest of the big blue marble.
So, with the odds of any real threat of invasion to the U.S. coming from a foreign country at near zero,  the only possible way the American people can lose their freedom is through an internal collapse.  A breakdown not only of the rule of law, culture, and language but Judeo Christian values upon which America built its foundation.
If there ever was a playbook on the specific steps needed to be taken to dismantle America from within it is indeed in use today.  There is no secret how the left has been amazingly successful in such a short period.  Outnumbered and without supporting evidence or facts to back up their globalist, anti-American rhetoric, the left relies entirely on the full support of the media.
Today, the media in The United States is not an objective seeker and disseminator of truth.  In truth, the media serves as the propagandist and protector of the forces that want to change America from a Constitutional Republic to a socialist state.  The evidence is clear and overwhelming of the countless times the media has selectively covered that which promotes leftist ideals and ignored or altered the facts of that which exposes the sinister leftist agenda.
The clear examples of media bias, misinformation, and deceit are inescapable.  It’s hard to imagine that the news organizations we have all grown up with and trusted all of our lives are now actively undermining our system of government and using their far-reaching influence to divide the population in their effort to control better.

Continuous and relentless leftist propaganda distributed by the media most certainly has an impact on the American psyche

With the full assistance of the media, the leftist plan to alter America’s course from a free to a significantly oppressed society has now become more of a reality.  Continuous and relentless leftist propaganda distributed by the media most certainly has an impact on the American psyche.  It is the deliberate intention of the media to successfully elevate the fringe leftist element in America and demonize all types of speech and opinion that run counter to the leftist program.  The media can no longer hide behind the benign image of a sometimes left-leaning communications entity because it has exposed itself for what it indeed is; an active participant in the dismantling of traditional American values. Anything short of acknowledging this realization is dealing with the self-defeating activity of self-deception.
The pervasively destructive demand for politically correct language extinguishes the essential means of communication. It is a fundamental part of liberty that dictates that Americans need to speak freely and openly without concern regarding hurting the feelings of others.  Political correctness is a weapon in the arsenal of the left, and free-thinking Americans should resist legitimizing such a tactic and refrain from using that weapon against themselves.
It is not hyperbolic to say that today’s mainstream media is an enemy of truth, conservative thought, and the authority of the United States Constitution.  Many young, as well as some seasoned journalists in today’s media, are not capable of reporting the truth either because of their leftist indoctrination in liberal universities or out of fear of the consequences from the leftist editorial board of most media outlets.

There is no question that the left aims at changing America in the worst possible way but their efforts would go largely unnoticed if it not for a sympathetic and like-minded media.

Witness: Teacher Threw Basketball at Shooter

Jason Seaman was shot subduing young gunman; female student in critical condition

http://www.newser.com/story/259795/witness-teacher-threw-basketball-at-shooter.html

A file photo of Jason Seaman, when he played football at Southern Illinois University. He is now a seventh-grade teacher credited with stopping a shooter.   (Southern Illinois University via AP)A file photo of Jason Seaman, when he played football at Southern Illinois University. He is now a seventh-grade teacher credited with stopping a shooter.   (Southern Illinois University via AP)

(Newser) – More details are emerging from Friday’s shooting at a middle school in Noblesville, Indiana, and they continue to tell a similar tale: Seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman likely saved lives with his quick action. Police say a male student at Noblesville West Middle School asked to be excused from class, then returned with two handguns. “He pulled the gun out of his pocket and everyone started screaming, and trying to get behind stuff, like the desks and tables,” seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker tells ABC News. “And he started shooting.” Seaman, who played college football, happened to have a basketball in his hands and threw it at the shooter as he ran toward him and tackled him, says Ethan. He says that Seaman, who was shot three times, swatted the gun away and laid on top of the student so he couldn’t move.

A 13-year-old girl, Ella Whistler, was the only other person shot, and her family says she is “doing well” after surgery and remains in critical condition, reports WTHR. Seaman, meanwhile, released a statement from the hospital. “I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great,” he says, per the Indianapolis Star. “To all students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.” A former student of his who is now a freshman in high school tells the newspaper that Seaman used to tell his class during active-shooter drills that he would keep them safe. “I especially remember that he would throw himself on top of the shooter if he had to, which he proved today.” Police have not identified the shooter or speculated about a motive.

God may have put you in a lonely place for an incredible reason

God may have put you in a lonely place for an incredible reason

Cigna released their U.S. Loneliness Survey this month and reported that loneliness among Americans has reached “epidemic levels.” Their survey of over 20,000 Americans found that nearly half reported sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent). The survey used a 20-item questionnaire that assesses subjective feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

The potential effects of loneliness on health are well established. A 2013 study on loneliness showed elevated levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which can increase the risk of heart disease, dementia, and Type 2 diabetes and suicide attempts.

Loneliness is prevalent in society. The rising numbers of single adults, the breakdown of the family and the loss of neighborhood and community have all contributed to an immense sense of loneliness in many people’s lives.
Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology at Brigham Young University reports loneliness peaks in adolescents and young adults, then again in older adults. She says, “Older adults should not be the sole focus of the effects of loneliness. We need to address this for all ages.”
Tom Wolfe the great American novelist who just recently passed away wrote, “Loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and a few solitary men, is a central and inevitable fact of human existence.”
If you feel lonely remember God cares for you. He knows about loneliness. Jesus experienced the greatest loneliness of all when the Father forsook him on the cross. God knows and cares.
The response to loneliness may be to take up a new hobby, make more time for friends or get a pet. Loneliness is seen as something bad and we must take action to overcome it. But God can help transform it into something beneficial for us.
Loneliness can cause us to seek God in a deeper way
We are so busy we often leave little time for God. When we are alone God has the opportunity to speak to us and receive our undivided attention. Nine times in the gospels we are told that Jesus went away to a lonely place to be with the father. Jesus sought out solitude so he could seek the father’s will for his life.
Many of the early church fathers were called desert fathers because they sought out the desert as a lonely place to find God. In fact, the Hebrew word for lonely can also be translated as solitude or desert.
When we are alone and seek after God we will be rewarded. He will give us increased discernment so desperately needed today. This kind of guidance and wisdom does not come without setting apart time to be with God.
Sometimes God causes us to seek him by driving us to him through the loneliness we experience. We can get angry, depressed or we can see it as a gift. Loneliness is a great benefit if we have drawn closer to Christ.
Loneliness can be used by God to develop our character
In loneliness God reveals our weaknesses and works on changing them. God will test and even increase our patience while we wait in our loneliness. Our deficiencies, insecurities and defense mechanisms are revealed in our aloneness, which God can then use to strengthen our character.
Paul knew the power of weaknesses becoming strengths when he said, “When I am weak then I am strong.” When we are alone our commitment is tested and our true character shines through. Being faithful alone gives us confidence we can be faithful in community.
Amy Carmichael knew about loneliness. She was a missionary to India for 55 years and twice because of accidents had to spend months alone. In her solitude she wrote many books.
In one of her books, “Gold By Midnight,” there is a boy who takes a walk in the woods and in the deepest, darkest place finds a patch of lovely orchids. In that lonely place God brought forth great beauty. And God can cultivate beauty in your character through loneliness.
Loneliness can inspire us to greater creativity
Carl Sandburg wrote, “Shakespeare, Leonardo de Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio or looked at a TV. They had loneliness and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that then the creative mood in them would work.”
Creative problem solvers are needed in our world. Imagine the great things God would do if we could tap into His creativity for us. I recently spent five days alone writing. I had so many insights and got so much more done alone than I could when I am around people.
In “Life Together” Dietrich Bonheoffer wrote about the need for community and solitude. He said, “If you refuse to be alone you are rejecting Christ’s call to you and you can have no part in the community of those who are called.” He wrote such strong words because he knew the importance of time alone with God.
God wants to give us dreams and visions of what can be done through us and that can come through aloneness. Your greatest achievement may be birthed out of your loneliness.
Loneliness can create in us a desire to serve
When we are away from people we can come to appreciate humanity more. What we learn in our loneliness can give us a heightened sensitivity to others. There is a time apart and there is also a time to be in community.
True community involves our serving one another in love. Sometimes the very fact of our loneliness results from our sitting instead of serving.
A boy once asked a lonely old man, “What is life’s heaviest burden?” The man responded by saying, “To have nothing to carry.” We are needed to do a work no one else but us can do.
In our loneliness we can see what needs there are and then determine how God can use us to meet them. There is so much to be done and God may have to put us in a lonely place for a season so that we can get a greater burden to serve.
God makes a home for the lonely. It is a place where he can work in us it is a place that can be very beneficial for us. It is not a place to avoid for we are never alone. God will never forsake us, but he will transform us.
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Rick McDaniel is the author of the recently released book “Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks.” He is also the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, VA. You can find him on Twitter at @rickmcdaniel.

“Great” Britain Imprisons Man for Speaking Out Against Child Rape

By Jim O’Neill
Arrested for “breaching the peace” while reporting on a Islamic grooming gang trial?
Has the United Kingdom become a police state?
Jail = a death sentence for Tommy Robinson.
Come to your senses United Kingdom!
#TommyRobinson https://twitter.com/lauren_southern/status/1000026509380280320 …
Geert Wilders, Dutch Politician and international Freedom Fighter
English patriot and social activist Tommy Robinson has been arrested and purportedly sentenced to 13 months in prison for attempting to report on a Muslim “grooming gang.”  Great Britain (I use the term “great” loosely) has issued a gag order on media, barring them from reporting on Robinson’s plight.  Nothing to see here folks, move along.
Robinson has been active for several years exposing the epidemic of Muslim rape gangs targeting non-Muslim England children and has been routinely arrested and jailed by UK police attempting to silence him.
Across the UK dozens of Muslim Rape Gangs have been exposed as operating sex trafficking rings targeting non-Muslim girls, some as young as 10, for sexual exploitation, drug peddling and torture. Several deaths have been linked to these gangs.

Roibeard O’LongainActivist Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months for covering Muslim rape trial                                                                      

As I mentioned, if you rely on the British MSM to get your news the chances are slim to none that you are even aware that Tommy Robinson has been arrested, let alone imprisoned (a prison sentence for Tommy may well be tantamount to a death sentence).

   [The] MSM policy of “if we don’t report it, it hasn’t happened” attitude has hit us here in the UK with full force: if you look at today’s MSM, the arrest and jailing of Tommy Robinson yesterday simply didn’t happen.

Vivian EvansIT DIDN’T HAPPEN…ON THE JAILING OF TOMMY ROBINSON

 

If #Tommy is put on a regular prison wing he will not survive. This is how the British State cleanses those it would prefer silenced. At least the Russians do it in the open #Skripal #TommyRobinson https://twitter.com/kthopkins/status/971503388503486464 …

Martin Barillas “Katie Hopkins says fellow activist could be killed while serving sentence: is she right?

If you to dare speak the truth in Britain these days you are viciously attacked as a knuckle-dragging racist buffoon, as a matter of course.  The Powers That Be have a jackboot firmly on the throat of the British people.  Truth has become “hate speech” and patriotism is regarded as xenophobic subversion.

Tommy Robinson has warned the USA numerous times that what has happened to once great Britain is inexorably making its way to America.  But for the grace of God and Donald J. Trump it would already be here.  May God guide, bless, and protect Tommy Robinson.  Laus Deo, power to the people!

MEMORIAL DAY – 28 MAY 18 – DECORATION DAY




Photo from a recent Pleasanton Memorial Day observance shows members of the American Legion, VFW color-guards and local Scouts posting the colors.

Hero dogs: saves newborn baby; fosters orphaned ducklings

God is so good…don’t you just love these wonderful creatures.

Pedo Programming Exposed: ‘Show Dogs’ Pulled From Theaters

‘Show Dogs’ Pulled From Theaters Over Claims It Groomed Children for Sexual Abuse

Parents outraged after movie normalizes sexual abuse

The studio that produced the film Show Dogs pulled the movie and re-edited it earlier this week over allegations it sexualized children.

In a stunning about-face, the PG-rated film, which hit theaters May 18, underwent revisions after bloggers pointed out it absurdly promoted allowing strangers to touch one’s genitals.
The movie centers around talking dogs, with one tough street dog, Max (voiced by rapper Ludacris), infiltrating a dog show to help locate a missing panda.Writing for the Macaroni Kid blog, Terina Maldonado had the viral breakdown that turned heads after she took her family to watch an advance screening.

What could have been solely a fun movie for kids that would get my highest recommendation is damaged by a dark and disturbing message hidden, not so subtly between the fluffy dogs and glamorous parties of the show dog lifestyle. As part of any dog show, contestants are judged on their abilities and physical attributes. One part, in particular, is the inspection of the dog’s private parts. Being that Max is new to competing, he needs to learn the process so his partner, Frank, along with a former show champion work to get him ready for the final round of the competition. Since the inspection of the private parts will happen in the finals, Frank touches Max’s private parts to get him use to it. Of course, Max doesn’t like it and snaps at Frank for him to stop. Max is then told by the former champion, who has been through the process before, that he needs to go to his “zen place” while it happens so he can get through it. More attempts are made by Frank to touch Max’s private parts, but Max is still having trouble letting it happen and keeps snapping at him.
The day of the finals come and if Max doesn’t let his private parts be touched, he may lose the competition and any hope of finding the kidnapped panda. It all rests on his ability to let someone touch his private parts. The judge’s hands slowly reach behind Max and he goes to his “zen place”. He’s flying through the sky, dancing with his partner, there are fireworks and flowers-everything is great-all while someone is touching his private parts.

Maldonado says she, her husband and mother all picked up on the movie’s not-so-hidden message, but was surprised when her daughter said her favorite part was when Max had his privates touched and went to his “zen place.”
“With the #MeToo movement and all the talk of sexual predators in Hollywood, I couldn’t help but think this message, that is blatantly in the open for adults to see, but over a child’s understanding, is meant to groom children to be open to having people touch their privates, even though they don’t want it,” Maldonado wrote in the blog posted Sunday.
Following Maldonado’s post and critiques from other parenting blogs, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation released a statement taking Show Dogs and its producer Global Road Entertainment to task.
The film, they said, “sends a troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse… It contains multiple scenes where a dog character must have its private parts inspected, in the course of which the dog is uncomfortable and wants to stop but is told to go to a ‘zen place.’ The dog is rewarded with advancing to the final round of the dog show after passing this barrier. Disturbingly, these are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children—telling them to pretend they are somewhere else, and that they will get a reward for withstanding their discomfort. Children’s movies must be held to a higher standard, and must teach children bodily autonomy, the ability to say ‘no’ and safety, not confusing messages endorsing unwanted genital touching.”
On Tuesday, Global Road released a statement saying they accurately portrayed what goes on at a dog show, and did not intend for the film to send a sexual message to children.
The next day Global Road announced it was pulling the film and re-cutting it to remove the offensive scenes after a theater in Australia pulled the movie:

Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film ‘Show Dogs’ that some have deemed not appropriate for children… The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating.”

The re-edit was hailed as a huge victory for child abuse and exploitation advocates.
Here’s a trailer for the film, which does not include the disturbing content:

DISCONNECT Alexa Right Now…

Trump Picks Fierce Anti-Illegal Immigration Advocate for Top Refugee Job

Trump Picks Fierce Anti-Illegal Immigration Advocate for Top Refugee Job

Wants immigrants to use proper legal channels

President Trump has tapped a fierce critic of illegal immigration for the State Department’s top position overseeing refugees and migration.

The White House announced on Thursday that Ronald Mortensen, a former foreign service officer, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.
Mortensen, who supported Trump on the campaign trail, is a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit group that advocates for significantly reducing immigration in the U.S.
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Amazon Alexa Sends Couple’s Private Conversation to Random Contact

Shock: Amazon Alexa Sends Couple’s Private Conversation to Random Contact

Proof the device is glorified spy-tech

A family in Portland, Oregon has contacted Amazon after their Alexa device allegedly recorded private conversations and sent the audio files to a random person in the family’s contact list.

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The family’s entire house was connected to Amazon devices that controlled the heat, lights and security system.
When they received a phone call from one of the husband’s employees, saying, “Unplug your Alexa devices right now, you’re being hacked,” the family thought it was a joke.
The employee told them he received audio files of recordings from inside the house.
Danielle, who asked for her last name to be kept anonymous, told KIRO7, “At first, my husband was, like, ‘no you didn’t!’ And he’s like, ‘You sat there talking about hardwood floors,’ And we said, ‘oh gosh, you really did hear us.”
After listening to the recorded files for herself, Danielle admitted, “I felt invaded. A total privacy invasion. Immediately I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again because I can’t trust it.’”
An Amazon engineer looked at Danielle’s account and confirmed her story.
“He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes and he said we really appreciate you bringing this to our attention, this is something we need to fix!” she explained.
Danielle requested a refund, but Amazon has not responded.