By Pastor George Kelly:

In 2008, the American people elected Senator Barack Obama as the first president of African-American ancestry.

Mr. Obama’s election win was a combination of different factors. The American people were upset with many different issues of the Bush II beleaguered Presidency. Wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq; the debacle known as “Hurricane Katrina”’; explosive growth in the National Debt ; a Wall Street financial meltdown – and a perceived culture of corruption that engulfed the Republican party that controlled both houses of Congress.

President Obama was handed the keys to the White House and he and his Democratic party were given overwhelming majorities in both the US Senate and House of Representatives. President Obama promised bold action on a number of domestic fronts that had allegedly been neglected during the previous 8 years when George W. Bush was the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The new president took his mandate and proceeded to pass a Stimulus bill, Cash for Clunkers, and the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) Mr. Obama was also blessed with a national press corps that virtually fawned and cheered over his every political move. Life was a bed of roses for the newly installed President.

However, things began to happen that tore away at President Obama’s aura of invincibility. There were alleged scandals with selling guns to Mexican terrorists (Fast and Furious); the IRS abuses of targeting political opponents (conservative groups); the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and several other Americans in Benghazi – while the Ambassador-to-the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice ostensibly went on the major Television Networks and said that an anti-Islamic video was responsible for the carnage in Benghazi.

Through these “alleged scandals,” the White House never fully took responsibility when their narratives collapsed – especially when it was shown that it was Al Qaeda and not an anti-Islamic video that led to the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi.

It appears that the Washington, D.C. National Press Corps appears to be curiously pliant behind the Administration’s lack of candor. With the exception of the bungled Web Site accompanying the launch of the Affordable Care Act that the press corps had not gone after President Obama with anywhere near the zest and zeal that they did when George W. Bush was in the White House.

This brings us to the current situation with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and the George Washington (GWB) bridge scandal.

It has been duly noted that officials within the Christie administration engaged in petty politics by exacting retribution on a Democratic mayor Mark Sokolich in Fort Lee for his failure to endorse Governor Christie in his bid for re-election. It seems that key members in Governor Christie’s inner circle arbitrarily closed down some of the key access lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge.

For his part, Governor Christie categorically denies that he had any knowledge of these events. Governor Christie for his part has fired key aides and has accepted full responsibility for the actions of his subordinates.

The National Press Corps has descended upon Trenton, New Jersey as if it were Washington, D.C. – as they should. It is the prerogative of the fourth estate – the Press Corps – to be feisty and to get to the bottom of the story. If Governor Christie lied, then he deserves to be exposed. Over the last couple of days there has been a flurry of news stories on the GWB mess and “who knew what and when did they know it.”

Conversely, one can only ask why the National Press Corps has not shown the same level of curiosity in ferreting out the facts concerning the debacles of “Fast and Furious,” “Benghazi,” the “IRS targeting of conservative groups” – and the President’s broken promise of “if you like your Health Plan you can keep it.”

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By A.P. Dillon

Last week we looked at Moral Monday in North Carolina and how it’s now spreading to neighboring states.  I mentioned that was not a bug but a feature. In this installment, we’ll look at the union ties to Moral Monday, a quick look at a movement I’ve dubbed Occupy 2.0 and how the AFL-CIO’s “Organize the South or Die” campaign all figure into the mix.

Occupy 2.0

We’re going to start with this little label I’ve started for the coordinated Fast Food strikes we’ve seen happening in various cities around the country. I’ve called this movement Occupy 2.0 since it seems to be just a rebranding of the original Occupy. In fact, I think I state as much in the first article I did about Occupy 2.0 where I dissected the group behind the first strikes in New York. That group was NY Communities for Change (NYCC) and I wrote about it here in McRaging In NYThrough a little digging I managed to track NYCC back to ACORN and tie it to Occupy Wall Street.

All of these groups are backed by unions. You might recognize shiny storefront groups like Fight for 15, Action Now,  Raise Up, Low Pay is Not OK and Living Wage.  Dig even a little, you’ll find the connection. Raise Up and Low Pay Is Not OK seem to be connected.  I go into detail about these two in my article Occupy 2.0: Fast Food Worker Protest In Charlotte, Durham.  What I do know is the Raise Up, at least in NC, is Moral Monday:

Picketing in front of Art Pope owned Maxway in Raleigh @ncnaacp @NCStateAFLCIO Forward Together, Not One Step Back! pic.twitter.com/jJzFJLGq6l

— Raise Up For 15 (@RaiseUpfor15) December 18, 2013

Let’s Review

  1. Raise Up is the NC AFL-CIO & Moral Monday tied.
  • Low Pay Is Not Ok is out of NYC. Low Pay is Not OK is tied to The Other 98%, which is the “infrastructure partner” of US Uncut.
  • US Uncut is run by Carl Gibson, the professional arrestee/agitator arrested at Moral Monday in NC and also at the ALEC Moral Monday Coalition protest in Chicago.

Does your head hurt yet trying to follow this web?  Well, take an aspirin because it’s not over yet.

Another strong player in these fast food protests here in NC is FLOC – Farm Labor Organizing Committee. They’re basically an arm of the NC AFL-CIO. There’s also Triangle Jobs With Justice. It’s led by Adam Sotak – Moral Monday arrestee, Democracy NC’s organizing director and on the board of the “NC Vote Defenders”.  Also at Triangle Jobs with Justice is Nick Wood, who is the organizer for FLOC.

By the way, Moral Monday’s Defacto Leader was at one of the Fast Food Strikes… along with one of the NC Vote Defenders who posted this photo on their Facebook page:

 

 

Union Involvement In Moral Monday

What’s a protest without your union help? About 50 people on a sidewalk. That’s what Moral Monday was –  A handful of folks not getting much media attention even if they do get arrested. You need a bigger crowd if you want to get noticed. Well, a bigger crowd is what happened Reverend Barber called in his SEIU friends from NY.

The crowd was astroturfed; a source on the ground that day reported to me they witnessed three buses with NY and NJ license plates unloading around the corner from the North Carolina General Assembly at the June 3rd event. In fact, two prominent members of from the SEIU were arrested at a Moral Monday protest on June 3rd – Estela Vasquez and George Gresham. You can look them both up in the Civitas Moral Monday database.

Ms. Vazquez, a ‘woman of distinction‘, was also more recently arrested in Washington, D.C. during the big, loud immigration rally that took place on October 8, 2013.  For a full accounting of the SEIU in NC prior to the Fast Food strikes breaking out both in NC and other states, read an article I did back in June of 2013. That article also covers how the AFL-CIO astroturfed one of the other larger Moral Monday events in Asheville. Excerpt:

On June 24th’s Moral Monday, the AFL-CIO made sure anyone who wanted to get there had a bus to hop on as well.  Note that the President of the NC AFL-CIO, James Andrews, was voluntarily arrested on June 24th.  About 1,200 showed up for that according to police, not 3,000 or the 8,000 the NAACP was claiming. Math is hard. Note: AFL-CIO is backing Kay Hagan; main reason is Immigration.  Remember, Unions see illegal immigrants as pumping new blood into their ranks. Also, with union support like this, look for the ‘Moral Mondays’ theme to go national.

“Look for the ‘Moral Mondays’ theme to go national.”  Well, I called it last June and here we are in January 2014 with Georgia, Alabama and recently added South Carolina jumping in:

Moral Mondays in North Carolina spawned Truth and Justice Tuesdays in Alabama. When the Georgia legislature returns to session soon, a new Moral Monday protest will greet lawmakers there. Activists from a dozen states recently met in Raleigh with the founders of the Monday protests launched in response to Republican reforms in education and social services. One participant told The Associated Press that, “A lot of us are looking at it as a Southern strategy, the kind of Southern strategy that hasn’t existed in many decades.” – FayObserver.com (1/1/14)

Southern Strategy? You mean like forming a new party like the State’s Rights Democratic Party a.k.a the Dixiecrats?

Organize the South Or Die

That’s really what the campaign is called – “Organize the South Or Die“.  The NC AFL-CIO makes no bones about hiding the fact they want to take over the South. It bears noting, before moving on, that unions are scarce to none in the South. A lot of right to work states down here. Union memberships are dropping. The South is gaining in population steadily.  I suspect that infusing their numbers the true motivation behind the union involvement in Moral Mondays.  MaryBe MacMillan verifies this notion; emphasis is mine:

For decades, southern states have been “right to work for less” and have limited or denied their public employees the right to collectively bargain. Given the region’s culture and laws, unions have not invested heavily in organizing the region. And so, it’s no surprise that voters in the South keep electing state and federal officials who vote time and again against workers’ interests.

The anti-worker culture of the South has an impact far beyond the Mason-Dixon line. Southern Tea Party conservatives block progressive policies in Congress. Companies are increasingly moving to the South in order to lower labor costs and avoid union contracts. And more states are adopting the union-busting laws that originated in the South and now form the basis for ALEC model bills.

What happens in the South affects the nation, and the region’s influence will only grow as the South gains in both population and political representation. So what does that mean for the labor movement and for workers? Is our future one of greater worker exploitation, continued decline in union membership and increasingly hostile laws?

One of the major flaws of her argument is in the first emphasized sentence — especially in North Carolina. We were under Democrat control for nearly 150 years. Only recently has the Republican party taken control. Granted, North Carolina Democrats in the past were more center leaning but those centrists are long gone. Replacing them are increasingly far left leaning ones.

The AFL-CIO is leading the charge and even adopted an official resolution at their convention. The final statements of which announce their intent to assault the South:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Twenty- Seventh (27th) Convention of the AFL-CIO adopts as one of its top priorities a Southern Strategy that will include a long-term commitment to organize the South; and BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED: That the AFL-CIO strongly impress upon every one of its affiliates to adopt the same long-term commitment necessary to sustain a strong and viable workers’ movement in the Southern Region of the United States.

The NC AFL-CIO is already putting it into action, with a panel set up for January 29th at Duke University. It’s unclear who will be attending or speaking. If you want to see all of the groups involved in “Organize the South Or Die”, you have no further than to browse the hashtag #OrganizeTheSouth on Twitter. And we have now come full circle:

 

 

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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Venezuelan actress and former Miss Universe runner-up Mónica Spear was murdered, along with her ex-husband Henry Thomas Berry, in front of their five year old daughter on Monday, the Feast of the Epiphany, while on vacation

Thomas Berry – who moved to the South American country when he was seven – and Monica Spear Mootz were held up by a gang after their car broke down on a motorway.

The couple were attacked by a gang of five men as their vehicle was being loaded on to a recovery truck.

Daughter Maya Veliz was hit in the leg and is under police protection while being treated for her injuries.

Travel firm boss Thomas, 39, died after being shot several times in the chest. Monica, a 29-year-old soap star who was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004, was hit in the armpit.

Maya’s cries eventually alerted other passerby on the unsafe, un-patrolled highway where the murder took place – a road the locals don’t travel at night.

We mourn the horrible crime, and the death of this beautiful couple on a religious holiday meant to celebrate the child Jesus Christ, but the fact is, 75 people have been murdered in Venezuela since January 1st. Venezuelan blogger Juan Cristobal Nagel names others who were murdered on Monday.

Venezuela’s official homicide rate last year was 39 per 100,000 inhabitants, but non-government organizations put the figure at nearly twice that for a total of 24,000 deaths. The murdered rate has quadrupled since the late Hugo Chavez took office in 1999 and embarked on his Bolivarian Revolution. By 2004 the interior ministry had stopped releasing official crime figures.

What is the government’s reaction to this tragedy? The Minister for Interior, Justice and Peace (yes, the guy heading the department that hasn’t released official crime stats in nearly ten years), after flying over the crime scene, declared that crime is a societal problem, and “we’re all guilty,” ignoring the deleterious decay of the justice system and its institutions.

Daniel Duquenal asks, asks,

Why is there such insecurity in Venezuela, roads or elsewhere? Because the regime does not care. Because the regime in fact wants it. Because the regime knows very well that people standing for hours in line for a few pounds of flour, or hidden at night at home after nightfall are not going to have much time or mood to be actively criticizing, and even less conspiring.

Opposition members are assaulted on the floor of the National Assembly; marauding motorcycle gangs climb over the body of a dying truck driver; beautiful families are assassinated on a dark road at night.

A country dies.

Fausta blogs on American hemisphere politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.

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Nothing influences the decisions we make today more than our understanding of the past.  This influence extends to all aspects of life, from the spiritual and political to the mundane choices we make everyday.

Generally speaking, history can be divided into just two categories: the personal and the secondhand stories that society passes down.  The history that we personally experience is much more limited, but we understandably give it more weight.  After all, we bore the consequences of that experience, good or bad, so it naturally makes a bigger impact.  Experience is the hardest teacher and all that.

That’s why we tend not to notice the impact of non-personal history lessons.  We don’t feel as connected.  Yet their influence is every bit as important.

Movies are a great example of how much we can be influenced by second-hand stories.  During the two or three hours when we are learning of the characters’ histories and followings their decisions to the conclusion, we make a lot of decisions ourselves.  We decide who is the good guy, and who is the bad.  We decide who to root for.  We decide how we want the movie to end, and how we expect it to end.

What about a movie with a well-executed, unexpected twist?  When it turns out that a key bit of information was withheld, the revelation at the end makes a huge impact.  Think Crying Game, The Usual Suspects, The Others, Frailty, Fight Club, and of course, The Sixth Sense. (Come on, you know you didn’t see it coming.)  the sixth sense

After the conclusion you spend the next hour in amazement, replaying scenes in your mind and trying reconcile the new bit of information with what you had already decided.

That’s just a shadow of the very real impact that real history has on us.

Here’s an interesting real world example of history’s influence.  Ani DiFranco is a music artist with a particular audience.  Both she and her audience’s understanding of the past certainly impacted her decision to cancel a ‘Righteous Retreat,’ which she had accidentally allowed to be held (gasp!) at a plantation site. Serious You Guys.  That is outrageous if you are a member of her audience.  Out-rayyyyy-jus.

(By the way Ms. DiFranco, some of the points you made were fair enough, but it won’t fly with your audienceThe Political Correctness Police give no lenience, not even for one of their own.)

Okay.  Now that we’ve established history’s pervasive impact on individual perspective and decision-making, let’s look at some examples of history that our children learn at school.

In Hillsborough County it appears that the 6th grade Social Studies textbook is Holt’s People, Places, and Change.  (It’s actually rather hard to find out what textbooks are used, and I cannot verify whether this book is still in use.)  I have a copy of this textbook, thanks to Amazon.com.  It’s coverage of U.S. history, from colonization through the Revolution and the ratification of the Constitution, is six pages long.

That’s a lot of history in very few pages.  It’s theoretically possible that more in-depth coverage takes place before or after 6th grade.  I doubt it, though.  The 3rd and 4th grade social studies books were chockfull of nothing.  Heck, I remember my own history books and classes being chockfull of nothing, with the exception perhaps of Mr. Bob Guy’s A.P. U.S. History class in 11th grade.

Back to the book.  In those scant six pages, slavery and women’s rights are mentioned twice, so there’s that narrative reenforcement.  Also, George Washington’s contribution to our nation was highlighted.

Would you like to guess which trait the authors would have General Washington remembered for?

Perseverance?  No.  Courage?  No.  Strategical prowess?  Nope.

The correct answer:  Citizenship.

Which doesn’t even make sense.  The text doesn’t even say “good citizenship.”  It just says, “citizenship.”  How, exactly, does the fact that he was a legal member of our nation make George Washington an important historical figure?

Compare that textbook to the one from the Sonlight homeschool curricula, which just happens to be the one I use:  The Landmark History of the American People.  This book’s coverage of U.S. history, from colonization through the Revolution and the ratification of the Constitution, is 80 pages long.  It doesn’t mention slavery and women’s rights even one time in those 80 pages.

Ooh, does the author wants to hide this shameful past?

Nope.  There are whole chapters devoted to these topics, later on in the two volumes.

Do you know what else the Landmark History includes, which People Places and Change does not?  The actual text of the actual documents.  Technically, the U.S. Constitution is on page 95 of People Places and Change, but it’s a tiny illegible sidebar, with the following caption:  “‘We the People’ begins this signed copy of the U.S. Constitution.”

Isn’t it awesome, the way “We the People” reinforces the socialist and communist narrative about the “People’s Party?”

Anyway.  In conclusion.  How much does the “women and slaves weren’t included!” six-page narrative influence the everyday decisions of young people today?  How much would the “George Washington’s perseverance, great courage and good judgment was key for this nation!” 80-page narrative influence that same set of young people?

That’s the part no one can quantify.  Yet, I’m pretty sure it matters.

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Author on New Year’s Day

By John Ruberry

The high temperature tomorrow is expected to reach -11 in Chicago tomorrow. That’s without the windchill. We may face 48 hours of subzero weather for the first time in twenty years. About two feet of snow has fallen since New Year’s Eve where I live in Morton Grove, Illinois.

It’s snowing here as I begin this post.

Welcome to global warming–2014 edition.

Yes, I’m aware that a week of weather does not define our climate. But today’s a good day to delve into the White House global warming agenda and its War on Coal. Forty-five percent of our electricity comes from coal, which is an abundant domestic energy resource. Depending on who is doing the counting, anywhere from 207 to 285 coal plants are scheduled to close in the next decade. Citing climate change and its clean air regulations President Obama’s radicalized EPA–not our elected Congress–is behind the shuttering of these plants.

The ripple effects of the War on Coal will be widespread. With fewer coal plants, obviously there will be less need for coal miners. In a letter to the president, Democratic and Republican state legislators in Kentucky declared, “Coal is not just an energy source, it’s a way of life.”

Colorado coal train
Coal train, Colorado plains

You can make the same argument about coal and the rail industry.

Few commodities are as essential to railroads and railroad jobs as coal. Fully 25 percent of railroad revenue, one-in-five railroad jobs and 40 percent of freight cars owe their existence to coal, according to the Association of American Railroads.

That paragraph comes from the United Transportation Union, which endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket in 2012.

When less energy is generated, the cost of it goes up–of course that’s basic economics. Obama’s climate change agenda is not just a war on coal and other fossil fuels,  it’s also a war on American prosperity.

I just looked out the window. It’s still snowing.

It’s cold, but Obama Winter hasn’t arrived yet.

By Steve Eggleston

A week after completing a regular season that saw the fewest local blackouts of games, two, due to not “selling out” stadiums, the National Football League nearly saw three of its four playoff games blacked out. It took businesses buying thousands of tickets in Cincinnati, Green Bay, and Indianapolis after the 72-hour deadlines to sell out the games were extended, twice in Indianapolis, to end the threat of blackouts of the games on stations with broadcast signals that reach inside of a 75-mile radius circle around the stadiums.

Green Bay has sold out Lambeau Field for every game, both regular season and playoff, since failing to sell out the stadium for a playoff game following the strike-plagued 1982 season, with the regular-season sellouts extending back into the early 1960s. Indianapolis has sold out every game in its series of stadiums for more than a decade. Cincinnati, which had two of its home games blacked out in 2012, sold out Paul Brown Stadium for every 2013 game.

A bit of history on the NFL blackout rule is in order. Prior to 1973, every televised NFL game was blacked out in the city where the game was played. This irked the politicians in Washington when the 1972 Washington Redskins had a great season. They did what angry politicians are prone to do and passed a law requiring the NFL, as well as other sports leagues with national TV contracts, to broadcast a local team’s game if it sold out that game at least 72 hours prior to its start.

The law expired at the end of 1975, but the NFL, not wishing to have its antitrust exemption threatened like it was following the 1972 season, kept the basic parts of that They extended the blackout requirement to any network affiliate with a signal that reaches within a 75-mile radius circle of a stadium. The NFL also allowed teams to purchase regular-season tickets for 34 cents on the dollar, to not count unsold club or luxury box seating against the sell-out requirements, and to ask for extensions of the 72-hour deadline to move any remaining tickets. At the same time, the FCC enacted sports blackout rules that, among other things, applied the NFL’s blackout rule to cable and satellite providers inside the 75-mile circle.

The NFL modified the “sell-out” requirement in 2012, allowing teams to have as few as 85% of the regular seats sold during the regular season to avoid a blackout in exchange for a larger cut of the revenue for seats sold beyond the relaxed “sell-out” threshhold.

Because the NFL both sets the ticket prices for playoff games and retains all of the ticket revenue, neither the reduced-price team buyout provision nor the relaxed “sell-out” threshhold apply for playoff games.

That brings us to this week. I’ll speak of the Packers’ experience because I call Wisconsin home and the Packers my NFL team. There are two sets of season ticket holders because of the legacy of the Packers playing some of their games in Milwaukee. While Lambeau Field holds a bit over 80,000 after the latest expansion, only 68,000 of those seats are “general admission” seats. Even though there are somewhere north of 60,000 people on the waiting list, the face value of the tickets is in the mid-range of NFL ticket prices, between $74 and $97.

Playoff tickets, ranging from $102 to over $300 as dictated by the NFL, went on sale to season ticket holders just after the Packers lost big in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day to drop to third in the NFC North and out of the wild-card hunt, with requirements to buy all three possible home games at the highest available ticket price level and, in a change from prior years, apply any unused balance toward next year’s season ticket invoice instead of having an option to receive a cash refund.

Needless to say, that didn’t receive a good response, with fewer than 28,000 general-admission tickets sold. On Monday, season-ticket holders had an exclusive opportunity to buy just the wild-card game against San Francisco through either Ticketmaster or the mostly-unused Lambeau Field box office. At 3 pm Monday, when tickets became available to the general public, there were still 40,000 tickets.

By that time, the forecast for Ice Bowl-quality cold on a late Sunday afternoon was widely known. Apparently, the NFL and Fox failed to check the forecast before scheduling the game for a 3:40 pm Central kickoff. By 3:40 pm Thursday, there were still over 3,000 tickets available, so the Packers applied for and received a one-day extension. At 9:30 am Friday, the Packers announced they had fewer than 1,000 tickets remaining, and at 11:30 am, they announced that several local businesses and the three Fox affilates that would have been forced to black out the game (Green Bay, Milwaukee and Wausau) had purchased the remaining tickets.

Re-enter the politicians. The FCC already has a proposed rule that would allow cable and satellite providers to ignore blackout rules applied to broadcast stations. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) already have a bill that would strip the antitrust exemption of any league that does any blackout. McCain used this as an opportunity to resurrect his bill.

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By Pastor George Kelly

At the beginning of each year, Americans are poised to enter the new season armed with the determination to improve upon their quality of life from the previous year.  Some people wishing to make firm their new commitments even issue forth personal decrees that are often referred to as “resolutions.”

Resolutions are quite diverse and they can take on different modes of expression.  Some Americans in an effort to obtain maximum physical fitness decide to shape and sculpt their bodies into rigorous physical health.  Their resolution may read as follows:  In an effort to greatly improve my physical and mental capacity, I endeavor to exercise so many minutes a day and lose so many pounds per month in the up and coming year.

Still others seek to increase their grip on financial peace and prosperity by enlarging their portfolio.  Perhaps their resolution for the New Year might be phrased as such:  I desire to live rich and happy today for tomorrow I may die.

We could all agree that over the last two centuries one of the distinct features of the American Dream has been that each successive generation grows and expands in its educational, economic, social, – and hopefully spiritual attainments.  The thought is that success is failure without a successor or successors to receive the fruit of one’s labors.

Nevertheless, might this writer suggest that there is a resolution that is often overlooked that might be embraced for the year of 2014?  Let us endeavor to “forgive and to extend forgiveness ahead of time.”    

Why is forgiveness a concept worth valuing and savoring?

Forgiveness is vitally important if we are going to live at peace with ourselves and with one another.  Human beings are social creatures.  Very few of us conduct our lives in complete solitary confinement.  Many of us are part of families; families celebrate, laugh, cry and commiserate together.  Many of us are in marital or in interpersonal relationships of various degrees.  Human beings will make mistakes and invariably harm one another.

The poet Alexander Pope stated with great accuracy that, “To Err is Human and To Forgive is Divine.”

Before this month is over it might be helpful for us to make a list of people who hurt us in 2013 and then add to that list people whom we suspect/fear or realize we may have offended… 

A good practice is to forgive ahead of time and ask others to do the same.

At the doorpost of the entrance to our home there is a plaque that contains the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life

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By A.P. Dillon

In Part II of A Primer on the Left in NC, we looked at the leader of the “grassroots” Moral Monday movement, Reverend William Barber. This week, it’s important to learn about the start of Moral Monday and their tactics because, as I predicted, it’s spreading.  Just this past week, Barber met with various unnamed activists from 12 other states with the intent to help organize Moral Monday’s elsewhere. One of the attendees was Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Alabama. I view this as the reaction of the organized Left realizing how much power is held by the individual states. Too many for the comfort of the Left are under Republican leadership.

 

Moral Monday

Moral Monday really consists of a small core group of people and organizations that have been made to look large and loud. This is done using the BPNC attack memo as a model with the help of unions, outside agitators and help from local media. The talking points are less than factual and typically start with the word ‘regressive‘. That term has become a running joke locally.

Oh no, more regressive policies ==> NC Is One Of The nine states (and one District) that won 2013 http://t.co/iwC3CjTGM8 #ncpol #ncga #ncgov

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) January 1, 2014

 

Reverend Barber, as we saw last installment, is the defacto leader of Moral Monday. This “grassroots” movement complete with slogan and leader is driven by two things. It’s important to note here that no one seems to know how Moral Monday is being funded. What we do know is the lost control of power in the NC General Assembly was one of the driving factors, the other was money.

“We want to send a shock wave through this state,” state NAACP president the Rev. William Barber told the crowd estimated at about 200 people.

“If you thought we fought in 2013, you ought to see how we fight in an election year.”  – Citizen Times

The above quote came from Barber the Monday prior to Christmas. They called it the ‘Moral Monday Redemption Service‘.  It’s hard to say how many showed up two days before Christmas in the rain to protest, Barber claims 200 above. Anyone following Moral Monday could have predicted that Barber would say that because it’s always ‘hundreds’ or ‘the biggest protests yet’. Here’s a picture from the “Forward Americans” Facebook page.

“Forward Americans” is run by Jen Guerin Ferrell,  a Moral Monday participant who waved to her to little kids as she was arrested. Ferrell unsuccessfully ran for a local town council spot. The winner of that race was an NC Justice Center employee who also has ties to Moral Monday. Remember, NC Justice Center started BluePrint NC.

Here’s Another shot right of the ‘Redemption Service’ from the NC NAACP Twitter feed:

A sea of umbrellas at the #MoralMonday Service of Redemption pic.twitter.com/YeRzohP5xU

— NC NAACP (@ncnaacp) December 23, 2013

 

The Moral Money

The money being the $100 million in state funds that the Historic Thousands on Jones street (HKonJ) was receiving. Via Civitas:

As the head of the NCNAACP and the organizer of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ), he is the originator and ringmaster of the “Moral Money Monday” protests. Barber has said in many places that the HKonJ organizations are the organizers and force behind the “Moral Money Monday” protests.

It is a collection of groups that, like Barber’s group, has benefited handsomely from taxpayer dollars. While he cloaks his actions in morality and even the trappings of Christianity, going as far as wearing religious garb at the protests, his interest is really about that least religious of concerns – Mammon, or money.

Civitas also points out that Barber himself has stated this is not a spontaneous movement:

William Barber, NC NAACP President, has acknowledged that “Moral Mondays” are not a “spontaneous action.” He said that the seeds of the recent protests were first sowed  when he and others formed a coalition of liberal groups called Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ). In 2013, HKonJ became the coordinating umbrella organization for the groups protesting at Moral Mondays. But as I have noted, it might be more appropriate to call “Moral Mondays” – “Money Mondays.” Here’s why.

A Civitas study shows that HKonJ affiliated groups have received more than $100 million in direct state grants in recent years. These include $33 million for the Community Development Initiative, $20 million for the Minority Support Center, and $17.5 million for the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development.

There is a full listing of the money involved above. Read the whole article. It is important to note here that one of HKonJ’s supporters under that umbrella is The NC Justice Center; founder of BluePrint NC.  Given the rhetoric, occupy style tactics and general theme of sowing discontent, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this movement was a planned and coordinated BluePrint NC style campaign. Remember the attack memo said to cripple, eviscerate, pressure and slam and that is what Moral Monday went out and did.

 

Beginning Of Protests

Moral Mondays started in late April and ran all the way through the Summer session. I covered most of them. The protests started small. The first one on April 29th only had a few dozen people show up. The April event had 17 people arrested, which was a lot given that not that many showed up.

The next one, May 7th, drew about the same size crowd.  Most of them were arrested, which was about 30 people. It was the May 7th event that unveiled the Marxist flavored slogan they would use all Summer long: Forward Together. One guess who inspired that one.

It was the third event when the name Moral Monday was introduced. At the May 13th event, a bigger crowd had come, 49 were arrested and that crowd consisted of a lot of clergy friends of the Reverend’s and far Left leaning academics. All kinds showed up to Moral Monday and to support it. Including friends like Saladin Muhammed, who is a socialist at heart:

Muhammad, a founding member of Black Workers For Justice, led the organizing as an organizer of the national United Electrical Workers Union (UE) that formed the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union-UE Local 150, which has been a leader in the campaign to repeal the N.C. state ban on collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. – Southern Workers Assembly

 

No One Was Arrested Who Did Not Wish To Be

The protests eventually got bigger – with no small thanks to outside help like the SEIU out of NY. There were other outside agitators, who didn’t exist according to local Media WRAL. Just ask ‘reporter’ Carl Gibson, who the News and Observer actually photographed being arrested, yet didn’t follow-up on.  Luckily, I did and it led me to groups in other states using the Moral Monday name — but that is another story for later. By the way, Mr. Gibson has tweeted to me recently.

#2013TaughtMe that my tweets can be used as only mildly inaccurate oppo research by right-wing bloggers like @LadyLiberty1885

— Carl Gibson (@uncutcg) December 20, 2013

@uncutcg Mildly inaccurate? You mean you’re not a professional protestor who was arrested at Moral Monday in NC? #ncpol #2013TaughtMe

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) December 21, 2013

The bigger the protests, the more arrests there needed to be. That’s how you get media attention, you get arrested. The imagery of civil disobedience due to ‘regressive’ policies of the NC General Assembly is supposed to tug on your heart-strings. It’s supposed to instill a sense of outrage, but it usually helps the cause if you actually have something substantial beyond being mad your party is out of power.

The Voter ID law (VIVA) was called racist, as expected. What was not totally unexpected was the theatrics that ensued when the public read the bill, agreed with voter ID over all and then started turning a deaf ear to the whining. Those theatrics were caskets:

Read the full story behind this pile of mortician style fail.

There was a lot of noise and fury around the abortion safety bill which the Left called a ‘sneak attack’ and mocked it being attached to a motorcycle safety bill by using the hashtag #MotorCycleVagina on Twitter. According to Moral Monday, pretty much anything the NC General Assembly passed, was ‘regressive, racist and taking NC backwards’.  Like I said earlier, ‘regressive’ is now a running joke in North Carolina, now you can see why.

What also helps if your arrest isn’t a carefully orchestrated event. What I mean by that is, everyone who was arrested chose to be— usually ahead of time. They even wore ribbons on their arms so they could be readily identified.  They volunteered.

These arrests and the subsequent overtime and court costs fell on the North Carolina taxpayers. When offered a deal to help the over 900 cases move through the system at a faster and more cost-effective manner, Barber and a core group refused. They wanted their show trial. These people didn’t think they should have to face the consequences of their ‘civil disobedience’.  Well, they got their wish and the verdict was guilty. To the very end, Barber complained. I recently wrote about the verdict and summed it up thusly and linked to a local article:

If you were serious about your civil disobedience enough to be arrested, man up and take the verdict handed down.  Talk about wanting to have your cake and eat it too. If Moral Monday wants to further shred their credibility, they’re succeeding by “Moving Forward Together and Not One Step Back”.

“I’m also concerned that you know in most civil disobedience, the people that participate in the disobedience recognize that there’s to be some consequence,” says Willoughby. “I mean, that goes back to the sixties and Dr. King, I mean, those folks came to court and pled guilty and accepted responsibility for what they’ve done. These folks don’t really seem to want to accept responsibility for anything, and it’s um- makes it difficult to manage the cases.” – WUNC

Indeed. They don’t want to accept responsibility for anything. That’s how the NC General Assembly came to flip Republican in both houses, take the Lt. Governor and Governor’s spots. It’s likely they will stay that way, which has Democrats in the state turning up the heat with protests, ironic yet factually incorrect signs, arrests. Sounds familiar no?

At the start of this article, it was mentioned that Moral Monday is spreading. This is not a bug, it’s a planned feature. In the next installment, we’ll look at the role unions are playing, what a term I’ve developed called Occupy 2.0 and the “Organize the South or Die” campaign.

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

By Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

My friends at New York Latin Culture have been doing a countdown of New Year’s traditions to celebrate the arrival of the new year around the world. Among the traditions, is

wearing yellow underwear at the moment when New Year arrives. According to beliefs, doing so brings wealth and prosperity in the coming year.

Colombians and Venezuelans both like to greet the New Year in yellow undies.

New yellow undies.

Colombia’s economy has been doing well lately

Annual inflation fell to its lowest rate since 1955 last month, even as the economy grew at the fastest pace in the Andean region.

Colombians can find a wide array of any yellow undies they need.

Venezuela’s economy, on the other hand, is a disaster, with the government hiding the numbers while claiming an official annual inflation rate of 54% when the implied annual inflation rate hits 261%. Additionally, shortages of consumer goods in Venezuela

stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government’s controls on foreign currency.

Yellow undies are no exception: Agencia Carabobeña de Noticias (News Agency of Carabobo, ACN) reported that this year, Yellow Underwear is Rare and Costly, with panty prices increasing by 73% and 185% (depending on the shop) since 2012. Bra inflation was worse, with prices increasing by 300% to 500%. Men’s underpants doubled in price (the article doesn’t specify jockeys or boxers). ACN also itemized the rise in prices in the foods traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, with similar results.

Is the underwear shortage and inflation a regional occurrence? El Siglo sent out its reporters, who came back not only saying there was a wide variety of styles and prices available in Maracay (without mentioning actual prices), they even found shoppers who swear by its effectiveness. El Siglo, on the other hand, bills itself as a Bolivarian newspaper, which I interpret as loyal to the ruling party.

In brief: Disastrous economic policy hit the New Year’s bottom line.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2014,
Fausta
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By Linda Szugyi

I’ve never done the New Year’s resolution thing.

The way I always figured, why start the new year by setting yourself up for failure?  I mean, if you haven’t reached a particular goal in your life already, how is a new digit going to make it happen?  I can’t even remember to write the new year on my checks until April or so.  It is highly doubtful that I will have remembered to keep a resolution in the meantime.

Besides, resolutions are just one more way to stress ourselves out.  If there is one thing we all need less of, it is stress.  Perhaps the best resolution one could ever make would be to worry less.  But how, exactly, does a person worry less when he has just given himself a new resolution to worry about?  Now there’s some pretty inescapable logic right there.

Still.  The ‘worry less’ resolution is mercifully non-quantifiable.  Without a clear-cut division between success (size 8!) and failure (size 14?!?), failure isn’t even an option.

So there you go.  The fail-proof resolution for 2014:  worry less.  Easier said than done, but at least you can’t fail.  I think I’ve even figured out a shortcut to the goal:  ignore the experts.

Experts are a major source of worry in today’s society.  They specialize in every conceivable topic, so let’s pick just one to discuss:  food.

Experts told us to stop eating fat.  Then they told us it’s okay to eat fat as long as it’s the good fat.  They explained how animal fat is the bad fat, until they decided that trans fats are the bad fat.  Then they explained that sugar is the real bad guy.  And also the processed foods.  Unless it is milk, and then unprocessed is very, very bad.  Speaking of milk, aren’t the processed ones suspect unless the word “organic” is prominently displayed, and the price jacked up accordingly?  And wasn’t soy milk is a better alternative, until it wasn’t?

They told us that salt is really bad, until it wasn’t anymore.  They warned us against caffeine almost a whole century ago.  For the sake of variety, they took a rest from finger-wagging about fat, sugar, and salt, and explained how wheat is bad, especially the part called gluten.  Some of them focused on artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup.  For some experts, meat is the culprit.

Basically, unless you are eating an apple or a carrot grown in your own back yard, somebody out there disapproves.  No wonder we are all stressed out.

The technological advances of our society are wonderful, but they have given us the impression that life is too complex to figure out on our own.  Modern society has decided that only the experts know best.

But that’s not true.  Even experts lack key information, and risk is an inherent part of life.  Think about Christopher Columbus.  He may have been a great sailor and explorer, but it’s not like he had a GPS when he set out across the Atlantic.

We don’t need GPS precision for every aspect of life.  Instead, we need to rely on our common sense and natural skepticism.  We need to trust our own instincts instead of the latest expert opinion.  Our society’s quest for protection against unknown dangers–its obsession with safety–is part and parcel of the madness that elected a planet-healing president.  Unfortunately, even conservatives fall prey to this mentality.

So let’s all do our part to bring rugged individualism back to our culture, by ignoring the experts and worrying less.  Do what your own conscience–guided by God if you are so inclined–tells you.  And have a great 2014.

happy new year