19 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-5-17

  1. Oh, I see they are referring to Eph. 4:24 and Col. 3:10 where it talks about putting on the new man ” which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” and ” put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: “.

    Still it would seem odd to me that those are the only two characteristics referred to when scripture says we are made in the image of God. I have sometimes wondered what else ‘the image of God’ might entail.

    The article has some interesting points and is a good read. :–)

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  2. I have spent half the day with my Dad. Among other things, I helped him set up some credible news sources on his computer. He uses Facebook to keep up with all the comings and goings of family and friends. We have a large extended family, and he lives in the vicinity of the headquarters of the church he has been intimately involved with for over 80 years. So FB is very helpful in keeping up with activities.

    However, it has recently become an aggravation as well. I don’t know if it’s just me, but there seems to be much more ‘news’ on FB, and much of it is just garbage. Hence my efforts to bookmark alternate sites for Dad, to reduce the temptation to follow click-bait, and to make sure what he’s getting is reasonably accurate. I bookmarked Washington Times, Examiner, the Stream, NRO… and told him just to be careful when going on Drudge (because I know he will go there with or without a bookmark). :–)

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  3. Interesting.


    “For Baby Boomers and Generation X, the summer job was a rite of passage. Today’s teenagers have other priorities. Teens are likeliest to be working in July, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that’s not seasonally adjusted. In July of last year, 43 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds were either working or looking for a job. That’s 10 points lower than in July 2006. In 1988 and 1989, the July labor force participation rate for teenagers nearly hit 70 percent.

    Whether you’re looking at summer jobs or at teen employment year-round, the work trends for teenagers show a clear pattern over the last three decades. When recessions hit, in the early 1990s, early 2000s, and from 2007 to 2009, teen labor participation rates plunge. As the economy recovers, though, teen labor doesn’t bounce back. The BLS expects the teen labor force participation rate to drop below 27 percent in 2024, or 30 points lower than the peak seasonally adjusted rate in 1989.

    Why aren’t teens working? Lots of theories have been offered: They’re being crowded out of the workforce by older Americans, now working past 65 at the highest rates in more than 50 years. Immigrants are competing with teens for jobs; a 2012 study found that less educated immigrants affected employment for U.S. native-born teenagers far more than for native-born adults. Parents are pushing kids to volunteer and sign up for extracurricular activities instead of working, to impress college admission counselors. College-bound teens aren’t looking for work because the money doesn’t go as far as it used to. “Teen earnings are low and pay little toward the costs of college,” the BLS noted this year. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Elite private universities charge tuition of more than $50,000.

    Or maybe, as cranky old people have asserted for generations, teenagers are just getting lazy.

    A recent BLS analysis offers another theory, backed up by solid data. It appears that millions of teenagers aren’t working because they’re studying instead.

    Over the last few decades, education has taken up more and more of teenagers’ time, as school districts lengthen both the school day and the academic year. During the school year, academic loads have gotten heavier. Education is also eating up teenagers’ summers. Teens aren’t going to summer school just because they failed a class and need to catch up. They’re also enrolling in enrichment courses and taking courses for college credit.”


  4. None of the public schools I’m familiar with can afford to offer summer school except for children failing who have to repeat course work. I think they’re pushed out by adults and here in the People’s Republic, you can’t even get a job at McDonald’s until you are 18.

    Some of it is attitude. I’ve been trying to hire a kid to scan my photos for years at $12 an hour. No takers yet. 😦

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  5. And they can’t figure out what the problem is.


    “The number of potential UK-based terrorists on the radar of the British security services is as high as 23,000, it has emerged.

    The figure is more than six times the figure previously released by the Home Office at the time of last month’s Manchester bombing.

    Then, it was revealed the security services had 500 live investigations into more than 3,000 suspected radical jihadis, including about 400 people who have remarkably been allowed to return to our shores after fighting with terror group Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

    But, it has since emerged a further 20,000 radical Islamists have been considered a “person of interest” to the security services at anyone time, according to a security services source.”

    “But, independent peer Lord Carlile called for the reintroduction of tougher control orders banned in 2012 over human right fears.

    He said it was a “grave mistake” to abolish the orders that allow security services to monitor terror suspects.


    “How did London Bridge killer Khuram Butt slip through the net despite being probed by cops and MI5 and filmed unfurling an ISIS flag?

    Butt, who was named as one of the three attackers along with Rachid Redouane, was filmed by C4 with an ISIS flag, was linked to notorious British ISIS executioners and was being probed by MI5 and cops for the past 2 years”

    “Butt appeared in a Channel 4 TV documentary last year called ‘The Jihadis Next Door’ about British jihadists where he was filmed unfurling an ISIS-style flag in London’s Regent’s Park.

    Dhar, who changed his named to Abu Rumaysah, also featured in the programme alongside firebrands Abu Haleema and his friend Mohammed Shamsuddin.

    Haleema had contact with a teenage jihadi who wanted to carry out a beheading in Australia, while Shamsuddin was an associate of Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary and joined a radical group after meeting hate preacher Omar Bakri.”


  6. Couldn’t have predicted it?

    Maybe it’s because you folks keep ignoring the obvious. Your open border policy doesn’t help either.


    “Here’s her statement, as broadcast on CNN this morning:

    “We could never have predicted the tragic turn which events would take. We could never have imagined the appalling depravity which led a cowardly and callous killer to target innocent men, women, and children, in the way that we saw in Manchester two weeks ago. Nor could we have envisaged the brutal attack that was carried out on the streets of London Saturday evening.”

    “Seriously? Why couldn’t she “envisage” the London Bridge attack, given that a very similar attack—in which a vehicle was used as a weapon of mass murder—took place on Westminster Bridge less than three months ago?

    As for Manchester outrage, there were echoes of it in the attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. In any case, how can anyone possibly be surprised, or find it hard to “envisage,” Islamic terrorist brutality in any form?”


  7. Yeah I wasn’t really buying that either Michelle, but then I am a cranky old person so…….. 🙂


  8. We have hired a 19 year old for the summer. She is our former youth minister’s daughter. Bless her heart. My wife has her scanning old files. My son and I are trying to find more interesting jobs just to give her a break. She will spend a couple of weeks serving as a leader at church camps. Michelle, I have no idea what we are paying her. My wife and the girl’s mother are good friends. I guess they worked it out.


  9. Is part of Great Britain being a terrorist target, due to the whole Brexit thing? Now they don’t have to accept the EU’s immigration policies. Great Britain has been very pro Muslim for many years, so that is the only thing that makes sense to me.


  10. ISIS targets are targets of opportunity. The actual participants/problem are children of immigrants from ex-British colonies especially Pakistan. Immigrants are not a problem as they came to Gr Britain for a better life but their children didn’t adapt as well. Much of the terrorist networks in Europe are the result of colonial ties. Recent political decisions are not a factor.

    Middle class children are busy volunteering and studying as opposed to working for a pittance. The minimum wage is too low to attract teens who have parents with the means to support them. Their time is better spent focusing on their potential career. In addition, employers are able to hire non-students for low wages year round and due to their precarious financial position, these employees are less likely to balk at poor pay and working conditions.


  11. I know of a teen going to summer school, not due to failures, but due to extra credits he needs to take for the next year. Apparently, it is a requirement, so other students will be doing the same thing.

    About London, I think American commentators are forgetting the history of the British people. First, many of the Muslims who come to Britain are from former holdings of the British Empire, holdings which are now part of the Commonwealth, which offers certain advantages to citizens of those former holdings. Thus, citizens of Commonwealth countries often go to Britain for education and to do business. I know Canadians who have gone and worked in England under the Commonwealth agreements. Secondly, the British have faced waves of terrorist attacks before, and the last time, it was due to a ‘Christian’ religious militant group from the neighbouring island of Ireland. So, how they regard the cause and effect of terrorism in their country isn’t necessarily the way Americans would view it.

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  12. HRW, I think ISIS has become the flashpoint for homicidal sociopaths, not necessarily just from Muslim communities – recall that the ISIS supporter who ran over a Canadian soldier the day before the lone wolf attack on our Parliament in 2014 was by birth a French Canadian of European descent.

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  13. HRW and Roscuro.

    First HRW…..

    “Much of the terrorist networks in Europe are the result of colonial ties.”

    Second Roscuro….

    “I think ISIS has become the flashpoint for homicidal sociopaths, not necessarily just from Muslim communities”

    Here’s the problem with your assessments. Not one ISIS supporting/supported terrorists has claimed that their attacks were the result of colonial ties. They have however claimed they are seeking to expand ISIS and Islam’s spread and domination of the infidel world. They have stated numerous times what their motivation is. But like most of Europe, you two keep ignoring the real problem. Is that a foreign (non-US) thing? It seems so.

    Muslims and their religion are the problem, so stop pretending they’re not.


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