Friday, October 24, 2014

Democrat Election Fraud Already Underway, UPDATED 

One reason Election Day has become Election Month in some states is to give Democrats more opportunity to commit election fraud.  And given that almost three-quarters of statewide races with margins of under 1% have been won by Democrats since 1998, it appears election fraud is one thing Democrats can do very well.

And, sure enough, election fraud is already underway in Illinois, where the sitting Democrat Guv happens to be in trouble.  A Republican candidate for state representative, Jim Moynihan, while early voting found that the machine kept casting his Republican votes for Democrats. 

Everyone was very gracious all around and supposedly fixed the problem.  But how many GOP votes were cast for Democrats before the problem was discovered?

But Cook County is right on it.  Yes, sir:

Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.

“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”

Ah.  Well I’m sure it was an *honest* “calibration error.”

Democrat election fraud is also surely way under in North Carolina to re-elect Demorat Kay Hagan.  Illegal aliens have already helped out by registering to vote there.

But a state that may outdo them all on election fraud this year is Colorado.  Both Democrat Senator Mark Uterus Udall and the gun-grabbing Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper are in trouble.  And the Guv and his Demorat Legistature have changed the election laws so that they practically invite election fraud.  Mailing out ballots to everyone and same-day registration stand out.  It is safe to say that efforts to steal the election are well underway there.

One Coloradan, Sarah Hoyt, has just written with eloquent anger on what Democrats are doing to Colorado.  And she says what others, even yours truly, is hesitant to say:

Will we tolerate this?  For how long?  Why doesn’t anyone else realize that under the cover of seeming openness they’re making our votes mean nothing?

And why don’t the clever fools in the Democratic Party realize that when you block the ballot box, people will come at you another way?

True, the country has long reacted with remarkable peace after stolen elections, even after the stolen 2008 Senate race in Minnesota that “elected” Al Franken and ended up giving Obamacare the needed 60th vote.  (By the way, Minnesota, are you really going to re-elect that fraudulent turd?)

But it is presumption for Democrats to think they can keep stealing elections with little price to pay, especially when their fraud furthers tyranny.  And that’s probably all I should say . . . for now.

Hoyt has a simple but to the point remedy for the present:

I’m not calling for revolution.  I’m hoping very much we can avoid it.  I’m exhorting those of you in CO and similarly blinkered states to vote and to vote Republican . . . while we can still turn these election rules around.  And do it before they become cemented in place. Even if we have to hold the squishy Republicans’ feet to the fire.

Now I am not thrilled with the Republican Party.  And I have voted third-party on occasion and will do so again.  But Hoyt is right.  For all their faults, most Republican officials seek to further the integrity of elections through Voter ID and other measures, and they oppose fraud enabling such as same-day registration.

And we must have legitimate elections.  The current toxic mixture of tyranny and stolen elections cannot be allowed to continue if we wish to continue as a nation with a semblance of freedom and the rule of law.

MORE: Deroy Murdock gives an idea on how massive election fraud is likely to be in Colorado due to mail-in ballots.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

“An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed” 

You may have seen my take on the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod, which is that Pope Francis is acting too much like a Pope Rowan and is not to be trusted.  Harsh, yes.  And, as I stated then, I am among those who hope my take proves to be mistaken.

But for a much lighter, probably more perceptive, and downright funny take on the Extraordinary Synod, I point you to George Weigel for a short and excellent read.

It is too short to excerpt much, but this was my favorite part:

2. The 2014 Synod demonstrated the extraordinary self-confidence of bishops from dying local churches who nonetheless feel quite comfortable giving pastoral advice to local churches that are either thriving or holding their own. Many northern European bishops and theologians (and bishop-theologians) acted as if the blissful years when they set the agenda for the world Church at Vatican II had returned. That these same bishops and theologians and bishop-theologians have presided over the collapse of western European Catholicism in the intervening five decades seemed not to matter to them in the slightest. Happy days were here again.

Yes, the similarities with liberal bishops in the Anglican Communion are hard to miss - even through the laughter.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: Seeking the Secret Place - The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis 

I’ve been reading a lot from and about C. S. Lewis this year.  I think Alister McGrath’s recent excellent biography C. S. Lewis - A Life and coming across two small out-of-print books by Lewis in Oxford may have prompted this direction.  In any case, when I heard of this book, Seeking the Secret Place, about his spiritual formation, about the influences on his growth as a Christian, I knew I had to read it as well.  (So, yes, the book has been out for ten years, but it is new to me.)

Not only was I not disappointed, Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis exceeded my expectations. Lyle Dorsett backs his book with extensive research.  As Director of the Wade Center at Wheaton College, he had unusual opportunity to travel, interview, and dig into a treasure trove of primary sources.  He particularly made use of Lewis’ correspondence.

The result is a very readable book that covers some lesser known aspects of C. S. Lewis' personal life and spiritual growth.  Lewis’ relationship with Father Walter Frederick Adams of the Cowley Fathers is an important focus as is Lewis’ faithfulness in his sacrificial commitment to respond thoughtfully to letters, even to fan mail and to those asking a bit much of his time and effort.

I must emphasize the book is not only of historic interest, although it certainly is that.  It can be very helpful to those seeking to grow as Christians themselves. I personally find both the guidance given to Lewis and the guidance he gave to others very instructive and edifying.  Further, I am already using excerpts from Seeking the Secret Place in teaching others.

So Seeking the Secret Place is a book to read both by those interested in the life and spiritual growth of C. S. Lewis and those concerned about their own spiritual formation.  If one finds oneself in both categories, it is then a must-read indeed.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Not Performing Gay Weddings 

As Maetenloch over at Ace of Spaces puts it:

Don't worry - allowing gay marriage will never mean that pastors must perform gay marriages or face prison. Oh wait never mind.

Two Idaho ministers have been told by the City of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that they must perform gay “weddings” in their marriage chapel or face jail and/or ruinous fines, up to $1000 per day.

Strange, we were told that warnings about attacks on religious freedom were scare tactics.  Now that the warnings are coming true, we are told our warnings are whining.  And we were told the movement toward gay rights and same-sex “marriage” was all about “tolerance.”

We were told lies.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

You might be a Texan author if… you release your novel at a GUN SHOW! 

You might be browsing to this post wondering who would be so Texan – or so crazy – as to release their novel at a gun show.  And the answer is . . . yours truly.

I will hold the release event for my novel Pilot Point at a table at the Corpus Christi Al Amin Shiners Gun Show on Saturday, November 8th.  It is located at 2001 Suntide Road, just off I-37 in Corpus.  Look for the building in the back.  Doors open at 9am, and I will try to be there all day.

It is a fun gun show, by the way, with a lot more than guns for sale.  I’ve visited it and lightened my wallet there several times.

Why am I releasing Pilot Point at a gun show?  One reason is I want to take my novel to people who I think would like it.  With Pilot Point being a very Texan novel and gun show attendees (like me) being very Texan, I think it a good match.  And I think this a better and more interesting release than a traditional book signing at a bookstore.  I intend to do those, too, but I thought a gun show would be much better place to release Pilot Point with a bang. (Sorry.  I couldn’t resist.)

Besides, it’s a GUN SHOW!

Now if only there was a gun show held at an Anglican church.  Remember that Pilot Point has a strong Anglican flavor, too.  Oh, well.

By the way, a reminder that Pilot Point is already available in print and Kindle form.  (Yes, book releases, like store “Grand Openings”, sometimes occur after a book is available.) I know not everyone can make it to South Texas for this event. ;)

I will say more between now and November 8th, so stay tuned!  And don’t forget to “like” Pilot Point on Facebook.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Wisdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch 

Tonight is the Eve of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  He was the Bishop of Antioch in the early 2nd Century and, during an intense persecution of Christians in that city, was condemned to death by wild beasts, to be executed at Rome.

And we do not know much else about him except from a number of letters he wrote to churches as he was being taken to his sentence.

But what letters they are!  Ignatius’ heart and pugnaciously joyful personality shine through these letters.  Impending martyrdom did not discourage him but emboldened him.  He even looked forward with eagerness to “get to God” through his grisly martyrdom in the Coliseum.

And his letters are full of wisdom, particularly in how churches should relate to their leaders.  He also took aim at heresies, particularly Docetism.

I wish to conclude by quoting a statement of his about heresies in his Letter to the Trallians.

[Heretics] mingle Jesus Christ with their teachings just to gain your confidence under false pretenses.  It is as if they were giving a deadly poison mixed with honey and wine, with the result that the unsuspecting victim gladly accepts it and drinks down death with fatal pleasure.

And so it remains today.  The inventors of just about every false religion and heresy, even if mad and blind, still realize that the person of Jesus Christ is important and attractive.  Even in their delusions, they are compelled to answer his question, “Who do you say that I am?”  So they include in their falsehoods what I call a “token Jesus.”  They give lip service to Jesus to add attractiveness and legitimacy to their false religion.  But it is not the real Jesus Christ, but a supposed Jesus who is not the Son of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  And, yes, the Jesus of “mainline” libchurchers is such a token Jesus.

Which St. Ignatius so well warned against some 1900 years ago.  God’s Holy Church does well to remember his courage and wisdom and to thank the Lord for his teaching and godly example.

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Houston Pink Shirt PR Lies 

Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her fellow pink shirts discovered yesterday that Americans and Texans do not take kindly to government bullying of churches.  So the Mayor and her City Attorney backed away from their own actions, claiming they did not know the subpoenas were that broad, that wasn’t their intent, they had been misinterpreted, etc.

But there is one problem.  They lied.

“The intent, [City Attorney] Feldman said, was simply to get all communications between pastors about the signature gathering instructions, a key part of a lawsuit opponents have brought against the city. Critics filed suit after Feldman announced they had failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum, claiming the city attorney illegally inserted himself in the signature verification process.”

That’s a blatant lie. The communications sought were not just about “signature gathering instructions.” They were, instead, an attempt to gather materials that would expose what the mayor and her cronies obviously consider to be the Neanderthal, homophobic attitudes of people who supported the petition. If that was not the case, why ask for stuff like “All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity,” or “all documents and communications…[dealing with] the topics of equal rights, civil rights, homosexuality, or gender identity”?

Then there is this tweet from the Mayor’s keyboard itself on exactly 11:12pm Tuesday night, the night before yesterday’s backtracking.

In case she or her staff deletes it, it reads, "If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game.  Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A"

So on Tuesday night, Mayor Parker is defending going after sermons. But on Wednesday, she did not really know about going after sermons.  Uh, huh.

But I’m nit-picking.  Besides, it is nice to see the pink shirt bullies nervous for a change.

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