20 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-27-21

  1. But first I must start with something DJ posted from the Salvation Army…..

    “But although we remain committed to serving everyone in need—regardless of their beliefs, backgrounds, or lifestyle—some individuals and groups have recently attempted to mislabel our organization to serve their own agendas. They have claimed that we believe our donors should apologize for their skin color, that The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society, and that we have abandoned our Christian faith for one ideology or another.

    Those claims are simply false, and they distort the very goal of our work.”

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    This is damage control CYA because donations are down due to leaderships idiocy.

    I posted weeks ago links to the Salvation Army’s own materials. They’re lying when they say people have misrepresented them.

    They posted that info, and now they’re CYAing.

    Lying like this is decidedly non-Christian too.

    Here’s the links again.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/184xr9KICHSqsYUvLAKHqeRAcfVnnAhZK3bdmRaSpROM/edit

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    https://www.salvationarmy.org/isjc/think

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    Now they’re trying to hide this, what with donations in the toilet. Stop falling for the lies of leftists.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/chrissalcedo/2021/12/06/salvation-army-hides-its-own-woke-materials-in-preparation-for-multimillion-holiday-fundraising-season-n2600153

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    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/12/23/salvation_armys_woke_descent_hurts_those_it_serves_146936.html#!

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    “Sadly, we live in a day and in a (broken) culture in which groups on both the far left and far right are all-too-quick to try to make political hay out of something — or anything — and thereby slander all kinds of folks and groups — and churches, too.”

    They made hay of it because it was legitimate criticism for stupid policies that the SA is now deceptively trying to hide. That’s the truth here. Doesn’t that still matter?

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  2. Well, at least they didn’t blame the weather for this round of Biden’s labor shortage due to his mandates.

    “More than 3,000 flights canceled worldwide amid airlines’ staffing issues”

    https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/aviation/587239-more-than-3000-flights-delayed-worldwide-as-airlines-cite

    “More than 3,000 flights scheduled for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have been canceled globally, according to the website FlightAware.

    Around 20 percent of those canceled for Friday involved travel within, into or out of the United States, FlightAware said.

    So far, 4,604 flights have been delayed. About 500 flights are delayed within, into, or out of the United States on Friday.

    United Airlines and Delta Air Lines said Thursday that they had canceled hundreds of Christmas Eve flights.

    United Airlines confirmed that more than 100 flights that were scheduled for Christmas Eve have been canceled by the company as it grapples with the spread of the omicron variant.

    A spokesperson for United said on Thursday that “we’re seeing about 120 cancellations planned for Friday.”

    “The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,” United said in a statement.

    “As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport. We’re sorry for the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays,” United added.

    Delta said Thursday it has “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying – before canceling around 90 flights for Friday.”

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  3. Don’t tell me, tell beholden to the Chinese Biden, Dems, and the Romney globalists of the R party, who cheer this stupidity.

    “Wall Street and Silicon Valley must stop bankrolling communist China”

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/wall-street-silicon-valley-communist-china-john-ratcliffe

    “We have achieved a rare moment of political consensus in Washington, D.C. that China and its ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pose the greatest threat to U.S. national security.

    However, Silicon Valley and Wall Street have continued fueling the rise of the CCP with massive investments and commitments to bolster China’s economy, while eschewing their patriotic duty to take similar steps here at home.

    In the absence of moral courage from America’s financial elite, we need a regulatory framework to protect our nation and its people from China’s ambitions to subjugate the world to its authoritarian model, and from the rise of American oligarchs who view themselves as citizens of the world, rather than citizens of the country that made their success possible.

    In recent days, journalists uncovered that Apple CEO Tim Cook secretly struck a $275 billion deal with Chinese authorities “promising Apple would do its part to develop China’s economy and technological prowess through investments, business deals and worker training.”

    The socially conscious Mr. Cook once opined that “human rights is about…treating people with dignity and respect” and declared that Apple is “about changing the world” and “you don’t do that by staying quiet on things that matter.” But Mr. Cook and Apple have been conspicuously silent about the CCP’s mass surveillance state and the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

    In another example of the moral depravity of some American business tycoons, billionaire Ray Dalio dismissed a question about Beijing’s human-rights abuses by asking if he should also look at America’s “own human-rights issues.” He continued this absurd line of moral relativism by shrugging off China’s policy of “disappearing people” who disagree with the regime, saying, “that is their approach, we have our approach.”

    These two darlings of the American business world are emblematic of a broader sentiment in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street. They believe that doing business with the CCP simply means more opportunities for growth, or as Mr. Cook naively put it, “world peace through world trade.” ”

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    More like Chinese dominance thru world trade and idiocy.

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  4. So it’s an exact replica….. 🙂

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  5. This is what the fear mongering by media and Dems (I know, I repeat myself…) has wrought…..

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    “COVID-positive Vermonters with no symptoms clog up ERs”

    https://www.wcax.com/2021/12/22/covid-positive-vermonters-with-no-symptoms-clog-up-ers/

    “Some Vermonters who are able to find antigen tests and then test positive are clogging up emergency rooms.

    The emergency department at the Rutland Regional Medical Center has been overwhelmed with asymptomatic folks.

    Dr. Rick Hildebrant is RRMC’s medical director. He says some people who test positive with a rapid test go to the emergency room looking for a PCR test.

    The Vermont Hospital Association says it’s hearing similar stories from other parts of the state.

    Hildebrant says those who are asymptomatic and receive a positive antigen test should stay home and reach out to their primary care provider.

    He says the only time to go to the ER is if you have a positive test and are very sick.

    Hildebrant says the flood of asymptomatic people is preventing others in need of immediate care from getting it.”

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  6. Paul prayed day and night because he knew how easily people could lose sight of what is true. Salvation Army proves it when they push the CRT materials and teachings. Racism is sin and that needs to be preached as well. There are so many ways to go off-base and unbalanced in our churches. When they do this, they make it difficult to continue giving to them, except perhaps on a very local level and in specific ways.

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  7. Ya think….?

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    It’s a Christmas miracle!

    Or an end around due to obvious staffing shortages.

    It’s one of them…..

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  8. “Schiffty Character

    Russia hoax booster and January 6 hawk Adam Schiff doesn’t let reality get in the way of his political goals.”

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/schiffty-character/

    “Earlier this month, Representative Adam Schiff was reported to have doctored a text message between former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Republican representative Jim Jordan in the ongoing investigations of the House January 6 Committee. This report should hardly come as a surprise.

    On the House floor, Schiff was confronted by Republican Congressman Jim Comer for peddling the “Russia hoax.” He responded by launching into a tirade of circumstantial evidence that was supposed to prove Trump-Russia collusion. Given Schiff’s most recent ethically questionable choice in the January 6 Commission, it is worth recounting his central role in the collusion investigations.

    Schiff was one of the main proponents of the collusion theory from day one. Throughout the 45th president’s tenure, the congressman continuously assured the Trump-deranged media that there was “plenty of evidence” of collusion with Russia hiding “in plain sight”, and that the proof was “more than circumstantial.” Despite substantial evidence to the contrary, he also continued to maintain the legitimacy of the legally abominable FBI application for surveillance warrants on then-Trump aide Carter Paige, one of the main premises justifying the subsequent Mueller investigation.

    Schiff was undeterred when House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes released a memo in 2018 that detailed this corrupt FISA process. Nunes, a Republican congressman also from California, presented damning proof that the entire application was largely predicated on the now-debunked dossier by Christopher Steele—in reality, a political operation funded by the Clinton campaign through research firm Fusion GPS. Nunes’ memo was immediately denounced by the entire Democrat establishment as false, and Schiff subsequently responded with a memo of his own. The latter purported to document the errors of its Republican-derived counterpart.

    Naturally, the Schiff memo was the story that stuck for the zealots of the Russia collusion cult in Washington and their media enablers; this, despite the fact that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz would go on to confirm the veracity of the very claims on which Schiff was attempting to cast doubt. The Wall Street Journal previously documented the exact falsehoods in the Schiff memo and the inspector general’s refutations here.

    When Schiff was called out by Comer on the House floor, the former launched into a series of “Are you aware?” questions that were ostensibly meant to maintain support for the Trump-Russia thesis (outside of the Steele Dossier). Yet Schiff’s statements are still based on, to use his own words, mere “circumstantial evidence.” It is worth considering Schiff’s reasoning behind each claim:”

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  9. Odd, the media seems unconcerned with her rights being violated…..

    Oh, that’s right…. She supports the wrong political party….

    “Surveillance Video Shows D.C. Police Beating Women on January 6

    The video supports what Victoria White told Julie Kelly in a series of interviews earlier this month for American Greatness.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/12/26/surveillance-video-show-d-c-police-beating-women-on-january-6/

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    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!!!

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  10. And just wait until the bad reactions to giving the jab to the kiddies begins as well…

    What about the kids…?

    “Surgeon General alarmed by rise in child suicides triggered by pandemic”

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2021/12/27/surgeon-general-alarmed-by-rise-in-child-suicides-triggered-by-pandemic-n437864

    “U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is shedding some light on a growing crisis of child mental health issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has produced an epidemic of mental health challenges for young people. As the second year of the pandemic ends, the state of children’s mental health has hospitals, teachers, and health professionals thinking an epidemic has already arrived.

    Earlier this month, Murthy issued an advisory on the youth mental health crisis that is emerging from the pandemic. The advisory calls for “a swift and coordinated response” as the crisis grows.

    “Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide — and rates have increased over the past decade.” said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. “The COVID-19 pandemic further altered their experiences at home, school, and in the community, and the effect on their mental health has been devastating. The future wellbeing of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation. Especially in this moment, as we work to protect the health of Americans in the face of a new variant, we also need to focus on how we can emerge stronger on the other side. This advisory shows us how we can all work together to step up for our children during this dual crisis.”

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health challenges were the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in young people, with up to 1 in 5 children ages 3 to 17 in the U.S. having a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder. Additionally, from 2009 to 2019, the share of high school students who reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness increased by 40%, to more than 1 in 3 students. Suicidal behaviors among high school students also increased during the decade preceding COVID, with 19% seriously considering attempting suicide, a 36% increase from 2009 to 2019, and about 16% having made a suicide plan in the prior year, a 44% increase from 2009 to 2019. Between 2007 and 2018, suicide rates among youth ages 10-24 in the U.S. increased by 57%, – PDF and early estimates show more than 6,600 suicide deaths – PDF among this age group in 2020.

    Dr. Murthy told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that mental health issues were a growing concern before the pandemic, with an increase in the number of cases rising for decades before the pandemic. He points to the loss of loved ones during the pandemic, as well as mitigation measures like lockdowns and school closures that bring on depression from isolation as reasons for an increase in mental health issues.”

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  11. Re Salvation Army — It’s important also (which was my point) to hear what the organization/church has to say about what has occurred and the claims that have been made by those outside the fold and who perhaps have more of a political ax to grind.

    Christians always should exhibit fair-mindedness and not be quick to judge or jump to a particular conclusion. Unfortunately, we do not live in times that are conducive to that. Social media and the general tenor of our debate in this country make judgments quick and cast in stone.

    The SA has a long history that also needs to be weighed. And their response indicated they were concerned (and no, I don’t think their concern was about money; they’ve long been listed as one of the most faithful organizations that spends little on ‘administration,’ with most of their funds going to more direct aid).

    It seems to me they recognized that particular study resource needed clarification and they withdrew it; that’s an honorable move on their part. In these cases with fellow believers Christians should strive give the benefit of the doubt until more can be learned. If the source acknowledges there was a valid concern expressed — and thus withdraws the material — I see that as acting in good faith.

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    ~ The Salvation Army occasionally publishes internal study guides on various complex topics to help foster positive conversations and grace-filled reflection among Salvationists. By openly discussing these issues, we always hope to encourage the development of a more thoughtful organization that is better positioned to support those in need. But no one is being told how to think. Period.

    In this case, the guide “Let’s Talk About Racism,” was issued as a voluntary resource, but it has since become a focus of controversy. We have done our best to provide accurate information, but unfortunately, some have chosen to ignore those efforts. At the same time, International Headquarters realized that certain aspects of the guide may need to be clarified.

    Consequently, for both reasons, the International Social Justice Commission has now withdrawn the guide for appropriate review.

    We at The Salvation Army remain undeterred in our mission because we are confident in the power of the gospel, and because millions of vulnerable Americans need our help. And we remain deeply grateful for the support of a generous public—people from all walks of life and from all parts of the country—who help us meet human need wherever it exists. Our supporters know that ours is a message of love, even for those who disagree or attack us. That is the model set by Christ, and we strive to follow it every day. ~
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  12. But as I and others have demonstrated DJ, this isn’t one brochure, this is numerous publications by them. There’s a plethora of examples at the links I provided.

    Damage control. Nothing more.

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  13. I read the Sally Ann guide –scanning most of it and slowing down where they call for repentance — and I honestly don’t see anything scandalous. Much of the beginning is standard American history some of which I learned at a conservative American evangelical college. And yes the founding of the US is intertwined with the racism of its founders — color guided slavery, 3/5ths clause, etc; never mind Supreme Court decisions like Dred Scott and the latter compromise of the New Deal to allow redlining.

    Most of the guide is fairly boilerplate — my school board had a similar workshop with the biblical references and a greater emphasis on indigenous communities. Canada too has racism intertwined in its founding — with broken treaties, residential schools, Chinese head tax, etc. Acknowledge problems in a nation’s history is not CRT; its just history. All “white” commonwealth nations have had similar issues — New Zealand made peace with its Maori population and shares the islands, Australia took a long time to end its Whites Only immigration and the treatment of aboriginals as less than human. I’ve mentioned Canada already but in the US things get complicated; not only is there issues with the indigenous population, the US had plantation slavery similar to many of the Latin American colonies and like many of the Latin countries has yet to resolve it. When Chavez won his first election, TV commentators were still referring to him as a black monkey — the Venezuela elite descended from Spanish colonizers whereas Chavez descended from black slaves and indigenous people. I see parallels in the US in the Birther movement, where some couldn’t accept Obama as a real American. Throughout Latin America, what the North American media reports as a left vs right political battle is often countries grappling with their indigenous/slave past vs the European elites. In some US political issues, these issues linger in the background.

    The Sally Ann has a far better history than most churches and they even state this in their guide. For much of America, Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week. What the Sally Ann seems to indicating is a need to repent, admit and apologize for the institutional and systemic sins of the past. The Anglican and United church did this over a decade in terms of the residential school system. The Canadian parliament did the same and even the Catholic Church apologized. Institutional decisions of the past do linger in both the institutions and society at large. You can’t cancel history and start fresh without reconciliation from the past.

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  14. AJ — there’s always good news, both in the world and personally. Maybe this will change your mind. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/
    The world, for the most part, is a better place than when I was young. Violence is down, child and spousal abuse isn’t tolerated or ignored, more people are educated, empathy is crossing religious, ethnic, racial, linguistic etc divides. My parents enjoyed the dinner I cooked for them, we faced timed with their great grandchildren –useful new tech, my daughter moved back home, etc…

    More good news, each new variant of Covid although more contagious is less lethal. When organisms improve one ability others decrease in efficiency. A virus rarely becomes more contagious and more lethal at the same time. And a virus doesn’t want to kill its host — its like burning down your house with your in it. Perhaps covid is evolving too be less lethal so it can keep its host. Its learning violence close to home isn’t a good idea — maybe humans will learn the same lesson.

    I wonder if the asymptomatic crowding ERs are avoiding their primary care giver because they don’t have one or can’t afford one. When one can’t afford a family doctor visit, the ER is the only option. I have a solution….. Strange Canadian hospitals don’t have the same problem.

    Ignoring the science and cutting isolation time to solve labor issues is probably not a good idea but is reflective of social – economic system who’s first reaction is threaten the health of its workers. Reminds me of an Arkansas school board who solved their labor shortage with what they called a new and creative solutions; child labour. Instead of raising wages to increase new workers, they are paying students below the legal minimum wage to clean schools. Child labour — what a new and creative idea…..

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  15. I see the right wing populists are acknowledging what the left has been saying for a century — the oligarchs ruling America care nothing for the nation and its people other than a source of profit. Now that they realize this, maybe they will join the left and taxing the wealthy……

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  16. Ruminated about the Sally Ann while walking my dog — when you need to cancel the Salvation Army, you might want to rethink your political or social opinions.

    I can’t believe I didn’t comment on the irony of the right wing complain about police violence at a protest. I thought they would say something along the lines of; “You’re at the front of the mob that broke into the Congress and you’re complaining the police hit you? What do you expect being at the front of a mob? If you don’t want to be beat, don’t be in a mob”

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