(I got this from my nephew’s FB page)
Here in the 21st century how many Christians still observe the day given as Christ’s Birthday, as His Birthday? Yet, it seems that so few choose to walk in His principles. So, is it easier to keep this Holiday, or His Birthday than it is to keep His Commandments? Or, in this modern age are His words of no matter because we judge ourselves by our own righteousness?
America, if we the people give up the Liberty of the Second Amendment believing that the Government will protect us in our times of peril then we will most certainly lose our freedom, our God-given rights, our Country, and our lives.
Where you have liberty and all of the basic human rights given to you by God Himself, then you have a Country worth fighting for. If you do not have these things then you do not have a Country, all you have is labor and death to leave to your children and their children.
We should all work each day as though we will grow old. Yet each night we should bow our knees and pray that we do not die on the morrow.
Does anyone really own the title to a piece of land? Remember, the Lord gives and if He wishes, the Lord has every right to take away. All things belong to the Lord for they were His before us and they will be His after even the thought of us is gone. Yet no free people can tolerate a Government that puts themselves upon God’s Throne. Governments do not give freedom to the people. It is the people who allow the Government to exist, not the other way around!
A free people’s rights come from the laws of God, not from inside the D.C. Beltway!
What will be the American History of 2018 that is left to the future generations, if indeed there be any? Is this generation truly nothing but Donkey dung or Elephant manure? For what good or what freedom can come from the mouth’s of two Domesticated Beasts who’s master is a Dragon?
If the people are allowed to have no freedom of choice by their Government then the people’s only free choice is to remove that Government!
We have all heard the old saying about their being too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Yet if the labor of multitudes of Indians go only to behoove a small number of Chiefs, these few Chiefs will grow to consider the many who made them what they are as nothing but parasites not even worthy of their crumbs!
As death draws us near to our bed what is it that we hope for or believe? Did we leave God’s Light in the eyes of our children or the love of freedom upon their hearts? Or, will the memory of us be forgotten once the dirt is shoveled upon our face?
If “We The People” are so ignorant as to send Lawyers to be in “Our Congress” how can we expect anything except double talk as they fill their pockets at the people’s expense?
If a person in your country seeks a position of power and they request you have confidence in them, consider their request if you wish. Yet make sure of two things. Make sure that their feet are bound with chains to your country’s Constitution, and their heart to the Constitution of ‘The’ Creator. For if either one is not bound as such, the people will know only misery, poverty, and an early death!
(I hope that you liked at least some or even one of these and if not, I hope that they at least made you either smile, or think. Good night, and God bless.)
TO LIVE IN PEACE
O to live in peace
Why does this have such a majestic ring
Isn’t this something that all sane people wish to be
Why does so many in peace name seem to die each week
It has never been since Adam that God’s peace was free
Strength and prayer, the armor that keeps a free people free
Forsake either one and in this world we will soon cease to be
Is this the year that to God Himself, all leaders bow their knee
To live in peace with freedom should be a world motto for thee
Simple mathematics, no peace, no freedom, leaves only tyranny
LIVE UNTIL YOU DIE
What price do we put on our days
We all toil we labor and we sweat
Heartbeats given cannot be re-gotten
Youth like life itself quickly fades away
Old man, shakes from life’s lessons received
Bodies will age yet the mind keeps deep dreams
Memories both good and bad linger in the gray
Rocking in our chairs, what will our memories be
Doctor tells you it’s a short time till you die
Do you ever wonder if in this life you ever lived
If tonight we leave will anyone notice we’re gone
Life is up too one’s own inner circle of the mind
Live your life, breathe the fresh air of your psychological freedom
Governments and employers may rule our bones, but never our Souls
The Comforter within liquidates the stress lain upon us so we can live
Enjoy your freedom, breathe the fresh air, live all the life that you can
Dirt baths are a race that none of us will win in the end for the end is the end
Laid in the dirt it is over, no more chances to frolic with our children, or theirs
What will it really matter that we spent our life toiling as you and I have done
Our history flies by us, what can we say we did today, if tonight this life ends
Is there any ground that is not stained with innocent blood
Through the thousands and thousands of human years told
Every Clan every village every woman every child and man
There are shadows that move in the back swamps at night
Every Pod sprouts out into the light showing good seed and rotten
Here in the U.S. our own History shows we invaded every neighbor
There is blood on the hands of everyone who survived a cleansing
Freedom ain’t Free if all flows to the top end of big Gov and Corporate
How many fields and streams have flowed red with the innocent
Political Media spin put up a face act all amazed to learn about you
Ain’t nobody without a little dirt kicked onto a family grave
We won our freedom but how many free people did we kill
Some blood were proud of spilling, some were ashamed of
Can any Country live Free without making a mistake of two
There are dark shadows in the forest and swamps of all Lands
Protect With Both: Your Bible And Your Gun
Taking the breath away from another should never become easy
When a stranger comes to your door do you always ooze kindness
Self-famous Leaders take all of the rights, away from their slaves
Only the Wolves should have fangs, we others should bow down
Governments say that they are for the good of man, they mean them
The fool and the ignorant say there is no God that we have to obey
Everyone is a Spiritual Being who came from God and will go back
The so-called Left can not see the Spiritual ignorance they are in
Some folks on the Right want to use a tank to hunt down Bugs Bunny
The Left nor the Right are able to see that Freedom lies in the middle
Someone has always tried to deny the Works of a Divine Being, a God
There are always some who would give all your freedoms away, for peace
Why some Politicians so eager to have all their constituents unarmed
The foolish they try to kill God and education, at school and Peoples homes
A Free People only stay free by the Grace of God and their strength of Arms
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE ASIAN NEWS LETTER ‘WAGING NONVIOLENCE’)
The Chinese government moved forward last week on a controversial high-speed railway development with Hong Kong, a move that would extend Chinese jurisdiction onto the city’s territory. The announcement came amid increasing efforts by Beijing to assert Chinese authority in Hong Kong, in conjunction with the suppression of its pro-democracy movement. These efforts reached a crucial moment the previous week when four pro-democracy lawmakers were removed from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council by a Hong Kong court, posing a setback to the city’s political opposition to Beijing.
The legislators — Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Edward Yiu and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung — were disqualified for inserting small acts of resistance into their oaths of office, such as shouting slogans demanding universal suffrage or pausing for several seconds after reading each word. Leung held a yellow umbrella during the procedure to symbolize the student-led Umbrella Movement — a 79-day mobilization in 2014, during which tens of thousands took to the streets, marching and camping out in tents to demand full democracy.
While the opposition in Hong Kong lost significant political power with this court decision — as it no longer has the ability to veto pro-Beijing legislation — China’s tightening of control in Hong Kong may actually signal renewed opportunity for resistance. Transforming such repression into action, however, will require unity among Hong Kong’s divided opposition, as well as a clear strategy moving forward. Despite their disagreement in terms of how to achieve democratic transition in Hong Kong, the various opposition groups nevertheless share many common aims and would benefit from dialogue.
The three main factions in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement — Progressive Liberals, Traditional Pan-Democrats, and the Pro-Independence or Localists — have been at odds since the Umbrella Movement rocked the city’s financial district three years ago. The movement was instigated by Beijing’s refusal to permit open nominations for the city’s Chief Executive and Legislative Council elections.
Cleavages between the three groups are not so deep as to preclude any cooperation and have more to do with how each faction envisions a theory for democratic change in Hong Kong. The traditional Pan-Democrats favor negotiation with Beijing and seek to gain influence by working through the system by gaining more power in the Legislative Council. This approach seems to hold less promise after the recent removal of the four legislators. The progressive liberals, on the other hand, favor street protests, direct action and social mobilization to pressure both the Hong Kong and Chinese governments for reform.
It is with the third and most radical faction, the Localists or pro-independence advocates, that a notable challenge arises for finding common ground. The Localists favor a more militant approach and have not publicly renounced violence in their aim for secession. This stands in opposition to what the other groups see as key to winning popular support and pressuring authorities for democratic change: maintaining nonviolent discipline. As such, the Localists have found themselves excluded from the leadership of the Umbrella Movement.
At the same time, however, the Localists’ position on China also leads to self-exclusion. In distancing themselves from Chinese affairs, the Localists refuse to take action on issues related to the promotion of democracy in China. They do not see it as Hong Kong’s concern. That is why the Localists did not join the July 16 vigil commemorating the life of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died as a political prisoner in Chinese custody. Liu’s death — and the expedited, government-controlled ceremony to scatter his ashes — brought thousands into the streets in Hong Kong, demanding justice and resistance to Chinese authority.
Despite these disagreements, the opposition movement is ideologically aligned on many key points, such as the need for free elections, local autonomy and greater political freedoms. Although the Localists have not openly renounced violence, there are indications that they could move in this direction. Should they do so, they will be engaged in dialogue rather than pushed to the sidelines.
China’s tightening grip on dissent, both in the inhumane detention of Xiaobo and the recent crackdown on the four Legislative Council members, has set the stage for a renewed wave of mobilization among the people of Hong Kong. The path forward will depend on coordination among the opposition. Leaders will need to incorporate potential allies, develop a shared vision based on points of agreement, and identify the institutions and actors propping up Chinese control in Hong Kong to more strategically shape a campaign for full democracy.
Three important points should be kept in mind as Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement looks ahead to the future. First, opposition groups must work to draw in as many potential allies as possible. Opponents of Beijing’s authority should not confuse the Chinese government with its citizens. Pejorative names and slurs for Chinese people — like the term “insects,” which some demonstrators have used — undermine the movement and fail to recognize that the Chinese are also victims of their government’s repression. Chinese citizens could be an important source of support in the movement against repressive Chinese rule. By incorporating the young, energetic students from the Umbrella Movement who are angered by the legislators’ dismissal, and the older people in Hong Kong who turned out to march in Xiaobo’s memory, the movement can unify different generations behind a common cause. Democracy must not be seen as only the ends, but also the means, for lasting societal change.
As the pro-democracy movement grows its base of actors, the second point that needs to be considered is the development of a shared vision. Factions in the opposition movement have been attacking each other because they hold different theories of change for Hong Kong. It is important to develop a vision that does not scare away traditional pan-democrats who want stability, while also accounting for the pro-independence faction, which wants to focus on Hong Kong’s internal affairs. Important examples show how dialogue regarding ideological differences can create a degree of consensus, such as the Tunisian dialogue platform that brought secular and religious groups into cooperation. There exists potential for Hong Kong’s opposition to find common ground on issues like urban development, independent judiciary, regulations on financial markets and improving Hong Kong’s position in East Asia. This kind of cooperation is hindered by the proportional representation system in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, which pits groups against each other to compete for votes. A coalition within the social movement would thus provide an opportunity to build unity.
Finally, it is important for pro-democracy groups to better understand their opponent. Successful resistance efforts always target a variety of pillars, or institutions, upholding a regime. The strength of Hong Kong’s financial markets and its importance as a regional economic hub serve as leverage against Chinese authority. Civil society in Hong Kong can work to create shadow economic monitoring mechanisms that prevent corruption in Chinese investment. By focusing on areas where China is weakest, the pro-democracy opposition can team up with civil societies in foreign countries, exerting pressure on their governments to withdraw support for Chinese intervention in Hong Kong’s domestic affairs.
By uniting together around common issues and playing to Hong Kong’s strengths, the Umbrella Movement can enter a new phase of mobilization. Rather than seeing Beijing’s crackdown as a setback to the pro-democracy movement, it could instead be seen as a sign that China is growing increasingly worried about pro-democracy sentiment in Hong Kong. The recent events may be an opportunity for the movement to regroup, refocus and renew its struggle for democracy in the months and years to come.
Just a Hard Top Junkie
I guess that’s what I have always been
Each day I drive this concrete sea
All my life I have spent a traveling man
Like a Gypsy with her crystal ball to see
Each day the old gray slab calls to me
Drawing all my breaths back to her again
Evicted from a common life
Drawn to see God’s great land
Friend or foe the old green stamp
Always has an outstretched hand
You work hard to be safe and free
Trying to feed and clothe the family
Thinking of the things I’ve done
Or the things I left for my Bride to do
So few possessions last, like relations lost
Drifting away then disappear like the setting sun
To all the soldiers, gypsies, bikers, and truckers
We all love our freedom, the people and the land
So sad that Big Brother tolerates no free thought
Never to be rewarded for the things we have done
Will we be confined to highways in the basement of Hell
Once our roaming is finished and our breathing is done
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BLOOMBERG NEWS)
French President Francois Hollande tells the French they have values to defend in the context of a new Cold War — a reference to both geopolitics and the country’s looming presidential election.
“There are moments in history when everything can be toppled. We are living through one of those periods,” Hollande said in a televised speech from Paris. “Democracy, freedom, Europe and even peace — all of these things have become vulnerable, reversible. We saw it with Brexit and with the U.S. election in November.”
Hollande, who came to power in May 2012, bowed out of France’s 2017 presidential race earlier this month, meaning today’s New Year’s eve address to the nation will be his last as head of state. The Socialist leader insisted to French voters that they have a responsibility on the global stage when they cast their ballots.
“France is open to the world, it is European,” Hollande said. “It is not possible to imagine our country crouching behind walls, reduced to its domestic self, returning to a national currency and increasingly discriminating based on peoples’ origins. It would no longer be France. That is what is at stake.”
Those remarks directly targeted the policies of National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who is committed to pulling France out of the euro, increasing restrictions on immigration, as well as putting up tariff barriers.
“Our main enemy is our doubt. You must have confidence in yourselves,” Hollande said.
Before it’s here, it’s on the Bloomberg Terminal.
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN NEWS NETWORK)
Hong Kong (CNN)The first day of the new Hong Kong parliament descended into farce as several young lawmakers staged curse-laden protests at the swearing in of city’s Legislative Council.
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