Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Vote For Trump is Slap in the Face Of Jesus!


[Photo from http://williamkendallbooks.blogspot.ca]

For years Tim LaHaye wrote books about the so-called Rapture with a friend, Jerry Jenkins.  The books were a huge success, unfortunately, and screwed up a lot of people ignorant of the Bible.  But LaHaye became very important in “evangelical” circles.  In fact, Time magazine in 2005 declared him to be one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the U.S., and went on to call LaHaye and his wife “The Christian Power Couple.”

Tim has died.  I’d say “God rest his soul,” but I’m afraid he’s not going to meet his maker for he was a fakir from the word “go.”  His theology was twisted and irresponsible with no connection to the Jesus he claimed to follow.  None!  He was a Christian supposedly, but as we’ve come to learn, that, in many cases, means nothing.  All kinds of people claim to be Christian but it's quite obvious that Jesus would not know them.  The term, "Christian Power Couple," in and of itself, implies a denial of all that Jesus taught!

Jesus, of course, was not a Christian, either.  Assuming he was a real person, we learn from the Gospel stories that he was a Jew, that he attended the synagogue, that he was well-learned in the Hebrew Bible, that he was a rabbi (teacher) and that he taught NONE of the doctrines that comprise the Christian faith in its various forms today.

My point is that if evangelical Christians today would actually follow Jesus, whom they claim as their “savior,” they would act very differently than they do.  So, we must conclude that their religion is a sham and they are essentially and fundamentally hypocrites.  


But I want to discuss Donald “The Traitor” Trump, who has said on numerous occasions that he is a Christian.  I want to discuss Trump and his “evangelical” Christian followers as their lives relate to the Jesus of the Gospels.  We shall see that, in fact, they actually deny and disavow Jesus by their words and by their actions.

The other day I received an email containing a link to a film by the con man and Christian crook, Dinesh D’Souza.  It was sent by an “evangelical” Christian to many other evangelical Christians (I got it because I am related to the sender).  The film is a horrible hackneyed attempt to crucify Obama and particularly Hillary Clinton as well as all Democrats for destroying the world.  

D’Souza should have no hearing in the evangelical world!  He’s a convicted felon who was fired as president of King’s College in New York, a small evangelical school which serves as the home of Campus Crusade for Christ, because of an adulterous affair with Denise Odie Joseph who was at the time already married.  At the time D’souza was married to Dixie Brusker with whom he had a child.  

In the end he married someone else altogether, a woman named Debbie Rancher - the ceremony conducted by the father of Ted Cruz, Rafael Cruz.  

Obviously, we have a whole packet of hypocrites involved in this mess.

But, perhaps worse than that is the fact that D’Souza was convicted of “felonious election fraud,” for which when he finally admitted his guilt he was sentenced to 8 1/2 months in a half-way house.

The sad part of all this is that millions of evangelicals will watch this film on YouTube and come to believe that Hillary Clinton is of the devil and should never become president.  And it’s all lies!  Lies by one who claims to be an evangelical Christian but does not know or follow Jesus.  


And it’s another example of the fact that evangelical Christians these days no longer even pretend to follow Jesus.  They follow power and fame and money but not Jesus.  They try to protect themselves and their possessions with government and military might.  So, they will vote for Donald “The Traitor” Trump.  But a vote for Trump is a slap in the face of Jesus!

Here’s why:

The Gospels are not the first books in the New Testament.  They were placed in that position by the Church Fathers in the 4th century to make it appear that Jesus came first and everything else flowed from him.

The truth is that Paul’s letters were the earliest “books” of the New Testament, and the first was the Letter to the Romans, written sometime around 50 C.E.  Paul’s letters indicate that there were a number of “Christ” groups in the Mediterranean early on - people who followed a “Christ,” which is the Greek word for Savior.  Paul preached that their Christ was really Jesus.  He did this to root his theology in history, in Judaism in particular; for while he was probably not the rabbi he claimed to be, he was Jewish.

The gospels were written at the end of the first century by persons unknown to us; persons who had never met Jesus in the flesh.  Therefore, their accounts are 2nd hand.  The earliest of the gospels is Mark and Mark is based upon an earlier document known simply as “the source.”  Thus, you will see Mark is rather bare-bones.  Matthew and Luke, writing later, used Mark as their framework to which they added other stories.  You’ll note that the gospels do not present anything like an historical narrative, but are a collection of stories and vignettes thrown together, sometimes with little rhyme or reason.

We’re going to begin looking at what Jesus really taught by heading into the Gospel according to Mark.  Jesus begins his ministry forthwith (there’s no birth story here!) by teaching in various synagogues.  And we learn that he was very inclusive, healing the sick and ministering to those considered outside of respectable society.  He wasn’t bound by religious conventions:  “And looking around at those who were sitting in the circle about him he said, ‘Here are my mother, and my brothers.  Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister, my mother.’”  (Mark 3:33-35)

In other words you become part of Jesus’ inner circle not by going through ritualistic motions or following religious precepts, but by DOING the will of God which is to love and care for your fellow human beings; all of them!  His message was an active message.  You don’t get to heaven by chanting or praying or reading the Bible.  You’ve got to be out there DOING the will of God, which as we will see, includes NOT voting for Trump.

Narcissism defines Donald Trump.  Narcissism means to be most concerned about one’s self; to love one’s self to the exclusion of other people.  Here’s what Jesus said about that:  “Anyone who wishes to be a follower of mine must leave self behind; he must take up his cross and come with me.  Whoever cares for his own safety is lost…”  (Mark 8:34-35)

Then there’s this message to twice-divorced D. Trump:  “What God has joined together, man must not separate. … Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her…”  (Mark 10:9-12)

A vote for Trump is a slap in the face of Jesus!


Throughout the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus meets and and heals people hanging on the lowest rungs of society - children, first-century illegal immigrants, convicts, etc.  These folks included the deaf, the dumb, the leprous, and the crazies.  NOT ONCE DID HE SAY HE WANTED TO BUILD A WALL AROUND HIMSELF!

In Mark 10:17ff, Jesus is confronted by a stranger who wanted to gain the kingdom of heaven and had kept all the commandments.  Jesus said “One thing you lack; go, sell everything you have, and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; and come, follow me.”  

But he wasn’t done.  The rich, he said, have almost no chance of entering the kingdom of God!  “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

A vote for Trump is a slap in the face of Jesus!


What about those who hate the government and don’t want to pay their taxes:  Jesus was asked by the Pharisees if it was right to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor.  He asked for a piece of silver.  When it was given to him he asked whose face was on the coin.  “Caesar’s,” they said.

Jesus said, “Pay Caesar what is due to Caesar, and pay God what is due to God.”  (Mark 12:15-17)

Just after this exchange, Jesus is asked what he thinks is the most important commandment.  If you’re into self-aggrandizement, power, pride, money, status, etc., you will not like his answer, which is, in summary:  Love the Lord your God with everything you have - no reservations, and then, he added a second, very important commandment: love your neighbor as yourself.  Which means, of course, love your neighbor wholeheartedly, even if he or she is a Mexican or a Muslim.

Oops!  Trump fails on that one too!  So a vote for Trump is a slap in the face of Jesus!


Let’s move on to Matthew, which is the 2nd book in the New Testament as it is currently construed.  Matthew and Luke are very similar, but each have added stories particular to them.  They both took Mark’s gospel and added a variety of embellishments, such as birth stories.  The birth stories contradict one another, but church people never have been worried about such things, for they make up doctrines and ignore biblical passages they don’t like.

In Matthew, chapter 5, we first encounter the so-called “Sermon on the Mount.”  This is the sermon that political demagogues like Trump and followers of Ayn Rand, such as Paul Ryan, don’t like at all.

For Jesus turns the tables upside down.  “Blest are the sorrowful…Blest are those of a gentle spirit…Blest are those who hunger and thirst to see right prevail…Blest are those who show mercy…Blest are those whose hearts are pure…Blest are the peacemakers…”

Oh, the ignominy, the horror.  All these things directly contradict what Donald Trump teaches and how Donald Trump acts.  

Later, in that same chapter, Jesus raises the bar even further.  He notes the law says one shall not commit murder, but Jesus says “anyone who nurses anger against his brother shall be brought to judgment, and “if he sneers (at his brother) he will have to answer for it in the fires of hell.”

Trump is in big trouble!  So are those who vote for Trump!  A vote for Trump is a slap in the face of Jesus!

Here’s one Trump ignores big time.  If someone sues you, don’t countersue, but come to terms.  Somewhere I read that Trump is currently involved in over 2,500 lawsuits!  

Even worse for Trump and his Trumpees:  “Do not set yourself against the man who wrongs you.  If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn and offer him your left…

“You have learned…’Love your neighbor, hate your enemy.’  But I tell you this: ‘Love your enemies and pray for your persecutors…”

For those righteous and pious evangelicals who insist on praying in the pubic square, who insist that they have a right to cry out to their god in schools and courts and congresses, Jesus has some harsh words:  

“Be careful not to make a show of your religion before men; if you do, no reward awaits you in your Father’s house in heaven.”

“Again, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; they love to say their prayers standing up in synagogue and at the street-corners, for everyone to see them. …when you pray, go into a room by yourself, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is there in the secret place.”

Matthew 6:19ff:  “Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth…store up treasure in heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Chapter 7:  “Pass no judgement, and you will not be judged…Always treat others as you would like them to treat you: that is the Law and the prophets. 


And there is so much more.  I’d urge you to read it for yourself.  Jesus welcomes the outcast, the despised, the hated Samaritans, the crazy people, those who had no resources and no hope.  He told his followers to not lie, or bear false witness.  Think about where Trump lands on those issues.  He’s proven over and over again that he hates people different than he is with a passion and that he is a pathological liar.

Notice also that Jesus said nothing about birth control, abortion, homosexuality, capitalism, socialism, the “right” to own and shoot guns or about any of the other hot-button issues that drive the evangelicals to do their dirty work and allows them to justify their completely ignoring of the Jesus they claim to love.

I remember one video where Trump, with hate filling his face, is waving his wee little fists at DNC speakers crying out he wants to hit them, hit them so bad!  His fury is palpable because they had the gall to criticize him.   


In summary, Jesus said that the first and great commandment is to love God with your whole being and to love your neighbor as yourself.  That is the whole of the Law and the prophets.

To vote for Trump is to break both of those commandments.  A vote for Trump is a slap in the face of Jesus.




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Full Speech Obama at DNC. July 27, 2016. Democratic National Convention ...

Democrats Work Together For Our Country





Democrats vs. Republicans or Love vs. Hate



You saw nothing like this at the RNC.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TRUMP KNOWS THE WAY! AND WHY TRUMP MUST QUIT THE RACE



This has got to be the worst home-made video I've ever seen!  But it is funny...if you don't throw up watching it!  This guy is a clone of many of my neighbors in Florida...they've never met a Trump they didn't like.

But now Trump has done something so egregious, so self-serving, so against everything we stand for and so unpatriotic that he needs to go home to his tower, lock himself in a closet and come out only at night with the other crawly things.

Here it is as explained in a headline from The New York Times:  "Trump Calls On Russia to Hack and Release Clinton's Email."

Here's what da Trump said:  "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," which references email Sec. Clinton says are personal and have been deleted from her private email server.

The New York Times notes that Trump's comment "was an extraordinary sanctioning of a foreign power's cyberespionage, with Russia already accused of meddling in the election."

I think we're going to see much more information regarding Trump's ties to Russia and Mr. Putin before this is over.

Can you imagine a Democrat saying and doing the things that Trump does? That Democrat would be tarred and feathered and hung from the nearest tree!


Thanks to Americablog.com for the video.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Da Trumpf - All The Reasons to Vote NO!


The following link is an excellent compilation as to why every citizen of this great land should vote against Donald Trump.  It is very effective for it uses Trump's own words and actions to show clearly that the man is unfit for public office!

http://www.vox.com/2016/7/21/12218136/donald-trump-nomination-afraid


[Thanks to my friend, Bob Poris, for calling my attention to this article]

Mr. Creepy and Daughter


Notice how quickly she backs away from him; it's almost like this has happened before.


The above from The Daily Irritant by Professor Chaos.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Heil Trumpf


This is from Getty Images via Crooks & Liars.

Who Better Than Laura Ingraham To Fly The Nazi Salute At The RNC?


That thing did actually happen. At the end of her speech, Laura Ingraham appeared flew the Nazi salute in honor of her hero, F├╝hrer Drumpf. This will become more common in the next few months, I predict. Along with loyalty pledges and brownshirt armies. It CAN happen here.…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rantings of a Demented Candidate

This post is the work of my friend, the very creative William Kendall, and is reprinted with his permission.  Please visit him at his blog here.


So, the Republican convention is underway, and I thought I'd take the obnoxious
voice of Donald Trump again and speculate on the sort of crap he might blather on with. Needless to say, finding his voice is highly revolting. And odds are what he actually says will be much worse.


“I’ve just gotta say, folks, it’s great to see all of you out here ready to confirm what we already know: that the only person who can take this piece of crap party back to power is me, me, and me. Donald Trump. Because I am the best. I am the greatest. I do great things, folks. Everybody knows it. They know that the Trump name stands for quality and integrity and all that good stuff.

Hello, Cleveland! Well, those members of the community who got in here, anyway. I don’t give a crap about any of those stupid protesting ****ers out on the other side of the police lines, let me tell you. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in Cleveland, and let’s be honest... this is probably the last time I’ll ever come here, because let’s face it, the place is a hellhole, folks. Hell on Earth, let me tell you. When I get into the White House, I’m gonna build a wall right around this cesspool of a city and turn it into a prison, just like that movie, Escape From Forrest Gump, with Kurt Russell taking shots at Tom Hanks, right? And I’m gonna sentence Rosie O’Donnell to spend the rest of her life right here, believe me. Have I mentioned what a disgusting cow she is? It’s terrible, just terrible.


I know, some smarty pants reporters are going to be saying, hey Donald, you can’t sentence anyone to anything. You’re not a judge. Well, you know what I say to that? **** you! First thing I do when I get into the White House, I’m gonna be passing laws that revoke your rights and let me do whatever the **** I want! Emperor Donald, folks, that’s me.
And let me tell you something, folks. There are a lot of people out there who look at me and they criticize. They dare to question me. They think they’ve got the right to make fun of me. They refuse to bow down and worship me as I so richly deserve.


Well, **** that! Because I’ve got big plans, folks, big plans. As part of naming myself Emperor For Life, Supreme Majestor, and His Stupendous Greatness Lord Donald, which all of you vermin are gonna have to memorize, I’ll be passin’ a law that makes even the slightest criticism of me illegal and punishable by terms of seventy years hard labour in the Donald Trump re-education camps. You heard me right, folks.


Because anyone who makes fun of me, says I’ve got little hands, or thinks my hair isn’t actually real hair, they’re gonna end up there. Along with everyone who voted against me, believe me. Because the Trump campaign is gonna keep track of every ballot and who voted for who and what their social insurance number is. Don’t ask me how we’re gonna do it, we got ourselves a hell of a system. And after the election’s over, we’re gonna be busy settlin’ scores and puttin’ people behind bars and into forced labour and all that great stuff, am I right, folks?


You know what I expect outta life? What I’ve already got. Incredibly hot wife, I mean have you looked at Melania? She’s smokin’ hot and sexy and never in her life would even dream of plagiarizing anything. Let me tell you, folks, she’s almost as hot as my daughter Ivanka. And don’t worry, just because I’ve already divorced twice for younger women every single time doesn’t mean that’s gonna happen again anytime soon.
I haven’t had a chance to go out to Eastern Europe and scope any hot babes for the position of Mrs. Trump #4. Just kidding, believe me, trust me, that’s just a joke. Hey, if I’m lyin’, may lightning strike Justice Ginsberg.


Speaking of the old bat, let me tell you, she’s absolutely disgusting. First order of business after I’ve suspended your rights and all of democracy, I’m havin’ the whole Supreme Court arrested and locked up in my Trump re-education camps. Just because. We don’t need nine morons in black robes lookin’ like something outta a bad movie from what’s his name? Oh yeah, a bad movie from Olaf Bergman tellin’ us what to do. We just need me tellin’ you what to do. Like it was always supposed to be.


Where was I? Oh, right, tellin’ you what I expect outta life. Like I said, I already got that hot wife, and she’s gonna look all hot and sexy and gorgeous and amazin’ as First Lady. I got lots of people sayin’ to me, yes sir and right away, Mr. Trump, and let’s not forget, as you wish, dread lord of darkness. I got all of that. I got respect, let me tell you. I got respect from everybody and everything. I got respect comin’ outta my ass.


Everybody knows what a great guy I am. I mean, the blacks love me, even when I’m dumpin’ all over them or havin’ their homes torn down or plannin’ on revoking the 13th Amendment. The Mexicans love me. Doesn’t matter if I’m callin’ them rapists and demandin’ they pay for the yuuuuuuuuge wall I’m gonna have built. Muslims love me, even if I think all of them should be kicked outta the country, believe me folks, that’s the first order of business when I get into the White House. Civil liberties, my ass.
Anyway, who else loves me? Women love me. Because every woman wants nothin’ more than to have a rich guy take care of ‘em and tell ‘em what they should do, right folks? Well, to be fair, not every woman. I mean, that Megyn Kelly, she doesn’t seem that impressed with me. Don’t know why, what did I ever do to her? Except that whole thing about blood comin’ outta her whatever. Hey, you know what? I still stand by what I said.


Hey, there’s Scott Baio, ladies and gentlemen, give the great guy a big hand. Did I promise this whole thing was gonna be star studded or what? And we all know that Scott Baio, he’s a hell of a guy, real A-list material. Scott, I’m seriously thinkin’ of havin’ you be my Head Honcho Of Culture, or whatever the **** I’m gonna call it after the dumbasses vote me in. Nobody can do that job better than a truly great actor like you.


It’s great to see Scott out here. And Kirk Cameron. Hey, Kirk, any thought to becomin’ my Grand Poobah of State Theocracy? We’re gonna need one, but you’re gonna have to shift your focus to the Worship of Trump first. Because aside from bein’ an Emperor, I’m elevatin’ myself to god status too.
Hey folks, there’s old Pat Robertson there lookin’ like he’s about to stroke out. Fooled you, did I? You thought you’d be the Grand Poobah of State Theocracy in the United States Of Trump, right? Well, sorry, old man, but that just isn’t gonna happen.


You know who’s not here tonight, folks? Lots of Republicans who are refusing to bow down and acknowledge me as their rightful master. We’re talkin’ two former presidents. We’re talkin’ two former GOP presidential candidates. And yes, John McCain, I still stand by what I said. I don’t like guys who get caught and end up prisoners of war. They’re losers. Losers! I like winners. Winners like me.
And we’ve got plenty of Republicans out there who decided not to show up at all. They made up all sorts of excuses. They snickered when they asked if they’d support me. They said they were busy mowing the lawn this week. Well, boys and girls... mostly boys, because I don’t give a **** about career women. When I’m in the White House, I’m comin’ after every single one of you in this party who show me this kinda disrespect. 


You don’t disrespect a Trump. And what I end up doin’ to the Mexicans and the liberals and the Muslims and the blacks and the Daughters Of The Revolution isn’t gonna be anywhere near as bad as what I’m gonna do to you traitors, believe me, folks, I know what I’m talking about. We’re talking scorched earth, people, the mother of all throwdowns.
That reminds me of my old pal Saddam. You know, when you really got to know the guy, he wasn’t that bad. Sure, he slaughtered lots of people, but he made an effort to take pride in his work. You know who else does that? Winners.

Anyway, I’m gettin’ carried away with myself. Make America Great Again. That’s my motto. That and Donald Trump Is Master Of The Universe. Because let’s face it folks, believe me, I am. Everybody knows that, and when I’m done and Crooked Hillary is spending the remainder of her days in a prison cell, it’s not gonna end there. Because I’m gonna have her daughter and grandchildren serve her sentence after she’s gone. All part of my Destroy Freedoms And Rule With An Iron Fist agenda. Wait, did I say that out loud? I wasn’t supposed to say that out loud. Forget I said anything, okay, folks?


In closing, I just wanna thank my running mate. Mike Pence, governor of that great state of Indiana. This man, folks, he and I think alike. Mike, I swear, you’re not gonna regret hitchin’ your wagon to the greatness that is Trump. I mean, seriously, am I right, folks? We got the best team, the most amazing people workin’ for us, and we got all the suckers believin’ every line of bull we feed them.

Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, can possibly go wrong now. So don’t worry, Mike, we’re goin’ all the way to the White House.
Or as I’m gonna call it, the Trump House." 


Plagiarizing Trump



Note:  The above from Crooks & Liars comment section.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stephen Colbert Delivers Best Opening To The RNC Of All: 'Christmas In July'


Okay, has everyone had enough of the lunacy for one night? I sure have, so I was so grateful to laugh my butt off for a few minutes, thanks to our own Heather, who made this clip to close the night. Last call, folks. Enjoy the video, and we'll be back in the morning with more…

Friday, July 15, 2016

Why Trump Must NEVER Become President

Trump And O'Reilly Agree: It's World War III!


Right after news broke about today's attack in Nice, France, Donald Trump cancelled his news conference to announce his VP, realizing that the news cycle wouldn't put enough attention on it. Instead, he headed straight over to Fox News and Bill O'Reilly's show to talk about what he, Donald Trump the (proto)fascist, would do if he…

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ted Nugent Pretends Obama Wants a Race War

Seditious Ted Nugent Pretends That Obama Wants A Race War


Right off the bat, let's define a word that is not commonly used, in fact, I've never heard of it before today. Ephebolphiliac: an adult who is sexually attracted to adolescents. It is mandatory to have knowledge of this abnormal trait, because it's relevant to a person who calls our own President an 'evil man.' Ted…