by baldilocks

Many of my Facebook friends – most of whom are conservatives — are arguing about controversies of recent vintage and of this particular day: whether or not to continue watching the NFL, whether Christians should allow their children to take part in Halloween festivities or participate in those festivities themselves. I find it amusing, as I do with most purse fights.

But today is also another anniversary: the 500th anniversary of the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, signaling, in hindsight, the Protestant Reformation. I put up a short status noting the occasion and received not one bit of blowback from my Catholic friends like Fausta or our host!  Not one bit of purse fight. I’m almost disappointed!

Seriously, I love that noting this event in 2017 is almost mundane, especially since the split between the two parts of Christianity generated lots of bloodshed all those centuries ago and did so for some time in the previous century.

The evolution of this relationship between Catholics and Protestants was exemplified by the fact that, when my great-aunt was alive, I would drop her off for Mass at St. Brigid Catholic Church in South Central LA, continue on to my Protestant non-denominational church in Glendale, then, when my church’s service was over, come back to retrieve her.

Having read a lot about theology and church history, one overarching theme seems inescapable to me – every church denomination is capable of falling into error, division and even violence because we forget these things: that God believes in freedom and that our primary commandments are to love Him and each other. I, for one, don’t want to forget.

God bless the peace between His children and Happy Reformation Day …

And thank you, my Catholic friends, for the love and for the reconciliation.

Also, this seems like a good place to put a link to Peter’s book, The Perfect Protestant and Catholic Prayer.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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After missing the true nexus of recent events in Russia, it should not be surprising that the media have embraced the “good” side of the 1917 Communist takeover.

Having spent a fair amount of time in Communist countries, I didn’t see much of this good side of Communism, which is one, if not, the most evil political philosophy in the history of the human race.

Communist subjugated people, stripped them of their dignity, and killed millions.

Nevertheless, the media have found many positive aspects of this criminal culture in analyses of the 100 years since Lenin and his cronies took control.

Not surprisingly, DaTimes is the most egregious purveyor of fiction about the Russian revolution in its series called “The Red Century.”

Here is an excerpt from one story about how women in Communist countries had better sex.

Some might remember that Eastern bloc women enjoyed many rights and privileges unknown in liberal democracies at the time, including major state investments in their education and training, their full incorporation into the labor force, generous maternity leave allowances, and guaranteed free child care. But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under Communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.

Can DaTimes seriously argue that Communist dictators were responsible for major improvements for women, including education, training, child care, and working environment? I suggest that DaTimes assign only one of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn books to its reporters and columnists.

It should be noted that DaTimes still hasn’t returned the 1932 Pulitzer won by Walter Duranty, the newspaper’s hack in the Soviet Union. He insisted the stories of a Ukrainian famine that killed millions were false.

DaTimes also describes New York City’s salad days as a hotbed of Communism in the United States. The New Republic put its criticism of the series well:

…when you read about how American Communists and fellow-travelers had the best of intentions and were on the right side of history, bear in mind that these people were at best noble dupes and useful idiots for an evil empire.

Read more at http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/452410/new-york-times-communism-series-red-century-lies-about-socialism

At least Bret Stephens, who seems to have lost his way since joining DaTimes, doesn’t follow the lockstep approach of his news organization.

Although he didn’t point the finger directly at his employer, Stephens wrote last week:

An ideology that at one point enslaved and immiserated roughly a third of the world collapsed without a fight and was exposed for all to see. Yet we still have trouble condemning it as we do equivalent evils. And we treat its sympathizers as romantics and idealists, rather than as the fools, fanatics or cynics they really were and are.

But DaTimes is not alone in its quest to resurrect the good life of Communism. DaPost tries to erase from the map a variety of current Communist countries, such as China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Cuba because they no longer practice “true Communism.” Only North Korea still does.

It would seem that the progeny of the useful idiots who participated in supporting Communism during the Cold War have taken up residence at some of the nation’s news organizations to rewrite history.

I suggest we toss Communism ideology on the scrap heap where it rightly belongs and only remember the evil it did.

 

The New England Patriots shocked their fanbase today trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the winless San Francisco 49ers for a 2nd round draft pick.

This means that of the three backup quarterbacks the pats had at the start of the year, none are left, two have been traded and the #4 man Julian Edelman is out for the year, meaning New England has two weeks (thanks to the bye) to fill that role.

Now while I suspect that the 2nd round pick for next year might be used to find the replacement for Tom Brady for the 2020 season but for right now we need something different.  Someone is playing shape, who wouldn’t mind being a backup, that you can get inexpensively, someone who has experience starting in the NFL and as we are talking a backup for the Pats, someone with playoff experience would be a real plus and if it was someone with at least a little bit of familiarity with the system that would be awesome.

Finally you need someone without a big ego who would add to,  rather than disrupt the chemistry in the locker room and that you could release at the end of the year if you decided to go long on QB drafts.

That someone?  Why Tim Tebow of course.

I can hear the cries now:  DaTechguy you’re crazy, why on earth would  you sign Tebow except to beard all the  kneelers and their supporters, and I admit that is an appealing thought but there are a bunch of logical reasons why Tebow is the best choice for the job.

Tebow has been a backup before and would love another chance to play in the NFL.  Because of his season playing baseball he is in great physical shape, dare I say playing shape.  He has experience as a start both in the regular season and in the playoffs and has had success in both.  Furthermore he was in the Patriots camp a few years ago and thus has some familiarity with the system so he would be an easier fit as a backup than most people out there and has a reputation for hard work that would be a perfect fit for the Patriots way.

Financially not only would the Pats be able to sign him for peanuts (without trading anything of value) but Tebow is the ultimate team player, a plus in the locker room, a hard worker and with so little ego that the thought of making trouble for Brady or anyone on the team would be the last thing on his mind.  Finally if at the end of the season the Patriots decided to go a different route (which they certainly would) he would,  rather than complain, give a huge thank you to the organization for giving him another chance.

Lastly if God forbid Brady goes down, Tebow has experience in big game both at the college and pro-level.  While not a great mechanical quarterback he is a leader of men, a person cool under pressure and most important of all, he’s lucky and believe me if you lose Tom Brady in to injury during the playoffs the thing you are going to need more than anything else is luck.

For all of these reasons if I’m Bill Belichick Tim Tebow is the guy I sign to backup Tom Brady for the last 8 games of the season and the playoffs in the hopes that I don’t have to use him.

Closing thought, if you’re the owners of the NFL this is the dream signing that would make the conversation shift dramatically and stay shifted.  It would have the potential to actually bring fans back who are upset.  It’s a win win.