Archives For July 2016

“Even biology tells us that a high degree of habitual well-being is not advantageous to a living organism.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn

At Harvard’s commencement in 1978, Soviet dissident exile Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn spoke to the graduating class, the future academic, business, and political leaders of America.  He told them that “intense suffering” had produced spiritual development in the East, and that our comfortable lifestyle in the West had produced in us a state of “spiritual exhaustion.”

Solzhenitsyn said that Americans had “lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility.”  He said we needed “voluntary, inspired self-restraint” to “raise man above the world stream of materialism.” Continue Reading…

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David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been cleared of all charges for making false drivers licenses.  The official charge was “tampering with government records.”  

Daleiden and Merritt were indicted for making fake IDs in a plot to trap the supposedly benevolent Planned Parenthood providers of medical care for oppressed women.  Oh, and who were harvesting and selling unborn children’s body parts.

And who were illegally manipulating the abortion procedures to maximize the saleability of harvested parts. 

The charges against Daleiden and Merritt were dropped at the request of the Harris County DA’s office who had originally considered indicting Planned Parenthood.  

Daleiden and Merritt had used the fake IDs to gain access to PP staff and produce several undercover videos.  The videos show Planned Parenthood officials and employees engaging in conversations and negotiations about the sale of body parts. 

You can see the videos here.  

In a related story, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, will be speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention.  She has a prime time slot right before President Bill Clinton.  


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Tutoring the Tutor

July 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

Beauty of the human spirit. Teachers love teaching because students teach us.

Mitch Teemley

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This is a true story.

I tutored at an inner city college for seven years. Many of my students were the first in their families to attend college. Some were the first to finish high school. Or not to sell drugs. A few have become my personal heroes.

My last student, a 19 year old pop culture drone, had just asked why she should “do punctuation.”

gamer_girl_by_ryuulavitz-d5hjpvn“Because punctuation is the only thing that separates us from the lower animals!” I replied, sarcasm phaser set on stun.

She shrugged and left.

My co-worker Trina, an African American grandma with a passion for cookies and Dostoyevsky, said, “Good point. My dog still can’t use a semi-colon.”

“If I get one more I’m-only-here-because-my-teacher-made-me knucklehead,” I curmudged, “I’m going to become a custodian.”

“This is community college, sweetie. You’re already in the recycling biz. Have a lemon cookie.” Before Trina could dispense the proffered…

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A Legacy of 100 Years

July 18, 2016 — 3 Comments

“It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.” Mitch Albom

One hundred years ago, there was a pottery worker from a small town in Ohio.  His young wife was busy tending her five children and expecting her sixth.  This next child was a son. The son’s life would lay a pavement of stone stories that would show others their way in life.

The young boy would rise early in the morning, long before school.  He’d buy 25 one-cent newspapers. Then he would sell the papers on a street corner for two cents. He gave his mother the 25 cents he earned and kept the other quarter for the next day’s work.

The year the Great Depression began, he was thirteen years old. By then, he had five younger siblings. But the children were orphans. Some were already grown and others went to live with grandparents.  Two single ladies who lived next door took the boy in so he could help them with men’s work.

The only sibling to finish high school, he absorbed learning. He carried Achilles and Ajax with him–Greek heroes of the Trojan War.  Continue Reading…

No one in Russia has ever had to inflate the effects of religious persecution

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Years later, I had to read [Night] again in preparation for a grad level course in Holocaust Literature–a class I had accidentally signed into. After all, who would sign up for Holocaust Literature on purpose?

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Enemies?

July 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

Mitch Teemley

ferguson-free-hugNo one makes things better by killing people who merely look like their enemies. And only one death–not an act of hate, but of love–ever brought anyone else back to life (Ephesians 2:5).

Please pray for those affected by the killings

in Baton Rouge, Saint Paul, and now Dallas.

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So first there were the fleas. They’ve lived in our house before. And in spite of the temporary presence of a dog, we concluded that my husband brought them home from his recent camping trip. He was infested. The dog was not.

So I stripped sheets from beds, powdered the house with borax, and sprayed the dog with a mild vinegar and water wash. Three of the beds weren’t made yet. But we could take care of all that after the family gathering. There would be plenty of time when we got back with some grandkids who were staying overnight so we could pick blueberries the next day.

The plan was simple. I’d make the beds. Paul could walk the dog. Bedtime would be later than usual but not unreasonable.

Then the plan changed. Continue Reading…

“If you’re fighting for religious liberty simply to win arguments for secular progressives, there are better things to do . . . If you’re doing it to carve out special places for your own rights and privileges, there are better things to do. We fight for religious liberty only so the Gospel can go forth freely.  Russell Moore

 

Every fight has a cost.

The founders of the United States of America knew that better than most of us ever will when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Continue Reading…