'We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war.' - Sidney Drell (no replies)        
'..My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

'The harsh rhetoric on both sides increases the danger of miscalculations and mistakes, as do other factors. Close encounters between the military aircraft of the United States and Russia have become routine, creating the potential for an unintended conflict. Many of the nuclear-weapon systems on both sides are aging and obsolete. The personnel who operate those systems often suffer from poor morale and poor training. None of their senior officers has firsthand experience making decisions during an actual nuclear crisis. And today’s command-and-control systems must contend with threats that barely existed during the Cold War: malware, spyware, worms, bugs, viruses, corrupted firmware, logic bombs, Trojan horses, and all the other modern tools of cyber warfare. The greatest danger is posed not by any technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one?

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..the Cuban Missile Crisis, when a series of misperceptions, miscalculations, and command-and-control problems almost started an accidental nuclear war—despite the determination of both John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev to avoid one. In perhaps the most dangerous incident, the captain of a Soviet submarine mistakenly believed that his vessel was under attack by U.S. warships and ordered the firing of a torpedo armed with a nuclear warhead. His order was blocked by a fellow officer. Had the torpedo been fired, the United States would have retaliated with nuclear weapons. At the height of the crisis, while leaving the White House on a beautiful fall evening, McNamara had a strong feeling of dread—and for good reason: “I feared I might never live to see another Saturday night.”

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The personnel who command, operate, and maintain the Minuteman III have also become grounds for concern. In 2013, the two-star general in charge of the entire Minuteman force was removed from duty after going on a drunken bender during a visit to Russia, behaving inappropriately with young Russian women, asking repeatedly if he could sing with a Beatles cover band at a Mexican restaurant in Moscow, and insulting his military hosts. The following year, almost a hundred Minuteman launch officers were disciplined for cheating on their proficiency exams. In 2015, three launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Montana, were dismissed for using illegal drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine, and amphetamines. That same year, a launch officer at Minot Air Force Base, in North Dakota, was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for heading a violent street gang, distributing drugs, sexually assaulting a girl under the age of sixteen, and using psilocybin, a powerful hallucinogen. As the job title implies, launch officers are entrusted with the keys for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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..A recent memoir, “Uncommon Cause,” written by General George Lee Butler, reveals that the Pentagon was not telling the truth. Butler was the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for all of America’s nuclear weapons, during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush.

According to Butler and Franklin Miller, a former director of strategic-forces policy at the Pentagon, launch-on-warning was an essential part of the Single Integrated Operational Plan (siop), the nation’s nuclear-war plan. Land-based missiles like the Minuteman III were aimed at some of the most important targets in the Soviet Union, including its anti-aircraft sites. If the Minuteman missiles were destroyed before liftoff, the siop would go awry, and American bombers might be shot down before reaching their targets. In order to prevail in a nuclear war, the siop had become dependent on getting Minuteman missiles off the ground immediately. Butler’s immersion in the details of the nuclear command-and-control system left him dismayed. “With the possible exception of the Soviet nuclear war plan, [the siop] was the single most absurd and irresponsible document I had ever reviewed in my life,” Butler concluded. “We escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion.” The siop called for the destruction of twelve thousand targets within the Soviet Union. Moscow would be struck by four hundred nuclear weapons; Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, by about forty.

After the end of the Cold War, a Russian surprise attack became extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, hundreds of Minuteman III missiles remained on alert. The Cold War strategy endured because, in theory, it deterred a Russian attack on the missiles. McNamara called the policy “insane,” arguing that “there’s no military requirement for it.” George W. Bush, while running for President in 2000, criticized launch-on-warning, citing the “unacceptable risks of accidental or unauthorized launch.” Barack Obama, while running for President in 2008, promised to take Minuteman missiles off alert, warning that policies like launch-on-warning “increase the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation.” Twenty scientists who have won the Nobel Prize, as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists, have expressed strong opposition to retaining a launch-on-warning capability. It has also been opposed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Senator Sam Nunn. And yet the Minuteman III missiles still sit in their silos today, armed with warheads, ready to go.

William J. Perry, who served as Secretary of Defense during the Clinton Administration, not only opposes keeping Minuteman III missiles on alert but advocates getting rid of them entirely. “These missiles are some of the most dangerous weapons in the world,” Perry wrote in the Times, this September. For many reasons, he thinks the risk of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War. While serving as an Under-Secretary of Defense in 1980, Perry also received a late-night call about an impending Soviet attack, a false alarm that still haunts him. “A catastrophic nuclear war could have started by accident.”

Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman launch officer, heads the anti-nuclear group Global Zero, teaches at Princeton University, and campaigns against a launch-on-warning policy. Blair has described the stresses that the warning of a Russian attack would put on America’s command-and-control system. American early-warning satellites would detect Russian missiles within three minutes of their launch. Officers at norad would confer for an additional three minutes, checking sensors to decide if an attack was actually occurring. The Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack System collects data from at least two independent information sources, relying on different physical principles, such as ground-based radar and satellite-based infrared sensors. If the norad officials thought that the warning was legitimate, the President of the United States would be contacted. He or she would remove the Black Book from a briefcase carried by a military aide. The Black Book describes nuclear retaliatory options, presented in cartoon-like illustrations that can be quickly understood.

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Although the Air Force publicly dismissed the threat of a cyberattack on the nuclear command-and-control system, the incident raised alarm within the Pentagon about the system’s vulnerability. A malfunction that occurred by accident might also be caused deliberately. Those concerns were reinforced by a Defense Science Board report in January, 2013. It found that the Pentagon’s computer networks had been “built on inherently insecure architectures that are composed of, and increasingly using, foreign parts.” Red teams employed by the board were able to disrupt Pentagon systems with “relative ease,” using tools available on the Internet. “The complexity of modern software and hardware makes it difficult, if not impossible, to develop components without flaws or to detect malicious insertions,” the report concluded.

In a recent paper for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Andrew Futter, an associate professor at the University of Leicester, suggested that a nuclear command-and-control system might be hacked to gather intelligence about the system, to shut down the system, to spoof it, mislead it, or cause it to take some sort of action—like launching a missile. And, he wrote, there are a variety of ways it might be done.

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Strict precautions have been taken to thwart a cyberattack on the U.S. nuclear command-and-control system. Every line of nuclear code has been scrutinized for errors and bugs. The system is “air-gapped,” meaning that its networks are closed: someone can’t just go onto the Internet and tap into a computer at a Minuteman III control center. At least, that’s the theory. Russia, China, and North Korea have sophisticated cyber-warfare programs and techniques. General James Cartwright—the former head of the U.S. Strategic Command who recently pleaded guilty to leaking information about Stuxnet—thinks that it’s reasonable to believe the system has already been penetrated. “You’ve either been hacked, and you’re not admitting it, or you’re being hacked and don’t know it,” Cartwright said last year.

If communications between Minuteman control centers and their missiles are interrupted, the missiles can still be launched by ultra-high-frequency radio signals transmitted by special military aircraft. The ability to launch missiles by radio serves as a backup to the control centers—and also creates an entry point into the network that could be exploited in a cyberattack. The messages sent within the nuclear command-and-control system are highly encrypted. Launch codes are split in two, and no single person is allowed to know both parts. But the complete code is stored in computers—where it could be obtained or corrupted by an insider.

Some of America’s most secret secrets were recently hacked and stolen by a couple of private contractors working inside the N.S.A., Edward Snowden and Harold T. Martin III, both employees of Booz Allen Hamilton. The N.S.A. is responsible for generating and encrypting the nuclear launch codes. And the security of the nuclear command-and-control system is being assured not only by government officials but also by the employees of private firms, including software engineers who work for Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Lord Des Browne, a former U.K. Minister of Defense, is concerned that even ballistic-missile submarines may be compromised by malware. Browne is now the vice-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit seeking to reduce the danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, where he heads a task force examining the risk of cyberattacks on nuclear command-and-control systems. Browne thinks that the cyber threat is being cavalierly dismissed by many in power. The Royal Navy’s decision to save money by using Windows for Submarines, a version of Windows XP, as the operating system for its ballistic-missile subs seems especially shortsighted. Windows XP was discontinued six years ago, and Microsoft warned that any computer running it after April, 2014, “should not be considered protected as there will be no security updates.” Each of the U.K. subs has eight missiles carrying a total of forty nuclear weapons. “It is shocking to think that my home computer is probably running a newer version of Windows than the U.K.’s military submarines,” Brown said.In 2013, General C. Robert Kehler, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the risk of cyberattacks on the nuclear command-and-control system. He expressed confidence that the U.S. system was secure. When Senator Bill Nelson asked if somebody could hack into the Russian or Chinese systems and launch a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead, Kehler replied, “Senator, I don’t know . . . I do not know.”

After the debacle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union became much more reluctant to provoke a nuclear confrontation with the United States. Its politburo was a committee of conservative old men. Russia’s leadership is quite different today. The current mix of nationalism, xenophobia, and vehement anti-Americanism in Moscow is a far cry from the more staid and secular ideology guiding the Soviet Union in the nineteen-eighties. During the past few years, threats about the use of nuclear weapons have become commonplace in Moscow. Dmitry Kiselyov, a popular newscaster and the Kremlin’s leading propagandist, reminded viewers in 2014 that Russia is “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.” The Kremlin has acknowledged the development of a nuclear torpedo that can travel more than six thousand miles underwater before devastating a coastal city. It has also boasted about a fearsome new missile design. Nicknamed “Satan 2” and deployed with up to sixteen nuclear warheads, the missile will be “capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France,” an official news agency claimed.

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Russia’s greatest strategic vulnerability is the lack of a sophisticated and effective early-warning system. The Soviet Union had almost a dozen satellites in orbit that could detect a large-scale American attack. The system began to deteriorate in 1996, when an early-warning satellite had to be retired. Others soon fell out of orbit, and Russia’s last functional early-warning satellite went out of service two years ago. Until a new network of satellites can be placed in orbit, the country must depend on ground-based radar units. Unlike the United States, Russia no longer has two separate means of validating an attack warning. At best, the radar units can spot warheads only minutes before they land. Pavel Podvig, a senior fellow at the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, believes that Russia does not have a launch-on-warning policy—because its early-warning system is so limited.

For the past nine years, I’ve been immersed in the minutiae of nuclear command and control, trying to understand the actual level of risk. Of all the people whom I’ve met in the nuclear realm, Sidney Drell was one of the most brilliant and impressive. Drell died this week, at the age of ninety. A theoretical physicist with expertise in quantum field theory and quantum chromodynamics, he was for many years the deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator and received the National Medal of Science from Obama, in 2013. Drell was one of the founding members of jason—a group of civilian scientists that advises the government on important technological matters—and for fifty-six years possessed a Q clearance, granting him access to the highest level of classified information. Drell participated in top-secret discussions about nuclear strategy for decades, headed a panel that investigated nuclear-weapon safety for the U.S. Congress in 1990, and worked on technical issues for jason until the end of his life. A few months ago, when I asked for his opinion about launch-on-warning, Drell said, “It’s insane, the worst thing I can think of. You can’t have a worse idea.”

Drell was an undergraduate at Princeton University when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. Given all the close calls and mistakes in the seventy-one years since then, he considered it a miracle that no other cities have been destroyed by a nuclear weapon—“it is so far beyond my normal optimism.” The prospect of a new cold war—and the return of military strategies that advocate using nuclear weapons on the battlefield—deeply unnerved him. Once the first nuclear weapon detonates, nothing might prevent the conflict from spiralling out of control. “We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war,” he said.

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin confront a stark choice: begin another nuclear-arms race or reduce the threat of nuclear war. Trump now has a unique opportunity to pursue the latter, despite the bluster and posturing on both sides. His admiration for Putin, regardless of its merits, could provide the basis for meaningful discussions about how to minimize nuclear risks. Last year, General James Mattis, the former Marine chosen by Trump to serve as Secretary of Defense, called for a fundamental reappraisal of American nuclear strategy and questioned the need for land-based missiles. During Senate testimony, Mattis suggested that getting rid of such missiles would “reduce the false-alarm danger.” Contrary to expectations, Republican Presidents have proved much more successful than their Democratic counterparts at nuclear disarmament. President George H. W. Bush cut the size of the American arsenal in half, as did his son, President George W. Bush. And President Ronald Reagan came close to negotiating a treaty with the Soviet Union that would have completely abolished nuclear weapons.

Every technology embodies the values of the age in which it was created. When the atomic bomb was being developed in the mid-nineteen-forties, the destruction of cities and the deliberate targeting of civilians was just another military tactic. It was championed as a means to victory. The Geneva Conventions later classified those practices as war crimes—and yet nuclear weapons have no other real use. They threaten and endanger noncombatants for the sake of deterrence. Conventional weapons can now be employed to destroy every kind of military target, and twenty-first-century warfare puts an emphasis on precision strikes, cyberweapons, and minimizing civilian casualties. As a technology, nuclear weapons have become obsolete. What worries me most isn’t the possibility of a cyberattack, a technical glitch, or a misunderstanding starting a nuclear war sometime next week. My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

- Eric Schlosser, World War Three, By Mistake, December 23, 2016


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The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

          'The Carmichael Show' Smashes Stereotypes: Defends Bush, Bashes Obama        

For all conservatives sick and tired of being trashed and talked down to by network television, boy, do I have a show for you!


          My Little Herb Garden         
Treasures from the mountain

The last two weeks I've delved right into exploring the medicinal wild plants that grow around here. For a short time I had a herbalist to show and share with me some of this wealth of plant wisdom. Now that this guide is gone, I'm lead only by the pleasantly infectious inspiration. There is an overwhelming abundance that is going to provide me with a lifetime of learning (according to Floral Palestina, this land is blessed with close to 2,700 species of wild plants!). I've been hiking in the surrounding areas and conservatively collecting branches for slips and re-planting in my little herbal garden. This of course will is part of the Perfumer's Botanical Garden I'm establishing around the studio.

I'm showing you the early beginning, although they look quite unimpressive on camera. In person they have the charm of new beginnings as well as virgin strip of land and stony terrain and distant view of the Mediterranean; I am also delighted by the gentle healing energy that emanates from the plants for those who connect to these types of being. And for those who find it more difficult to connect to plants that way - the scents that each provide speak for themselves. Even a little stroke on each plant will give off the scent and you can mix and match to create your own "finger perfume".

Morning in the medicinal herb garden

From the wild, I've adopted some amazing plants - both old and new to me, that grow on the mountain behind my house. So all in all, my botanical collection is rapidly growing - even beyond the original wishlist I've created. And I'm rather happy with it.

From my slip foraging, I managed to keep alive a couple of types of germanders - Cretan germander (Teucrium creticum), which looks a lot like rosemary but smells completely different - more like olive leaf, actually, and likewise has an intensely bitter taste; and cat-thyme germander (Teucrium capitatum), which has a sweet, almost resinous fragrant silvery foliage. The latter is highly medicinal and rivals only the local wild sage (Salvia fruticosa), more of the Savory of Crete (Satureja thymbra) and a similar plant, with an almost identical flavour and fragrance that has flowers with a structure similar to Lavandula dentata, which is called Spiked Savoury (Thymbra spicata). It would be difficult to find information online in English on many of these plants because they are unique to Israel.  I've also adopted some cistus plants, although they are not the Cistus ladaniferus I am seeking but two other local species that are not as resinous, yet somewhat fragrant depending on the season. And I am crossing my fingers that two seedlings of bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) that my herbalist guide carefully uprooted from the wadi (dry creek) floor, will also survive and make it to the miniature forest I want to create behind the perfume studio. And most immortally - I am hoping that the two little twigs of Israeli Thyme (Coridothymus capitatus) that we found on the rocky North beach will grow up some roots and flourish. They are quite rare site here inland, and in fact a protected species. They have a striking look when they get mature and an intense yet slightly floral aroma that I love. It truly deserves a post of its own, with photos and all. Along with Origanum syriacum (also grown in my garden), the other varieties of thyme and savoury I mentioned before, some sumac and sesame seeds it forms the spice mixture called "Za'atar" that some of you may be familiar with from Lebanese grocery stores and Middle Eastern restaurants.

Thymbra spicata צתרנית משובלת

Naturally growing wild in my garden is also white horehound (Marrubium vulgare), a highly medicinal plant that grows in astounding abundance, several mastic bushes and probably more plants that I did not know were medicinal but will find out later. There are also still two plants that I found on the mountain to make slips that I haven't identified yet, so the search is not over. Lastly, I scattered seeds of blood helicrysum, a local wild plant (Helichrysum sanguinum) which I also hope will come out next winter. By that time I hope I will forget about it altogether so it will just be a pleasant surprise...

Dam HaMakabim (Helicrysum sanguinum) coming into seed

Lastly, to be fair and square, I promised to tell you which plants I put in from the nursery (the ones my brother brought me), so that you know if you guessed it right. They were several types of lavender (mountain Savory of Crete (Satureja thymbra), several types of lavender (Lavandula pinnate, L. dentate, L. angustifolia), one artemisia and - to my utmost excitement - two immortelles (Helicrysum italicum), often called "curry plant".

Morning in the medicinal herb garden

Also you should know, that among those who participated in this context, we got two worthy winners who will receive a sample kit of all my herbaceous fragrances,  are Ruby Clover and Melissa Menard. The kit includes ArbitRary for the basil, Ayalitta for the sage, Immortelle l'Amour for the immortelle of course, l'Herbe Rouge for the lemongrass, hay and lavender and Lovender - which is quite obvious. I've also included a sniff-peak of Inbar, my new, wild-oregano infused amber concoction which is not even for sale quite yet :-)

Putting together the kits made me also realize how little attention I've been giving the herbaceous notes.




          Selective Amnesia of Reagan’s Legacy        

Amazingly and audaciously, the mainstream media and liberal pundocracy has created a narrative that President Obama’s newly found centrism is molded in the inspirational optimism of President Reagan.  This narrative seems confusing, when many liberals excoriate Reagan’s economic policy as the grim reaper of capitalism coming to instill all the inequities of the free market.


Reagan, like the Tea Party, believed heavily in the primacy of the individual over the government and limited self-government constrained by the Constitution.  
Reagan, in his “A Time for Choosing” speech, echoed these sentiments by saying, “A government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”


On the flipside, President Obama in his State of the Union Address enunciated the greater need for “investment” (i.e. government spending and subsidies) wrapped in the rhetorical trappings of American exceptionalism and greatness.   This deceptive rhetoric attempted to mask the policy that undergirded Obama’s State of the Union address which called for more dubious government subsidies for green energy and an increase in spending for high-speed rail boondoggles.  If American citizens were groping and longing for high-speed rail,  wouldn’t it be flourishing by now after nearly 30 years since the French launched their Paris-Lyon TGV line?

 
If there is no demand for these industries, how else can government make them appealing, but by way of force, coercion or wasteful subsidizing hoping to create a market for these currently unwanted and inefficient products?

 
Are we to forget the GM bailout,  Dodd-Frank financial regulation and an intrusive government intervention into our healthcare system?  Do President Obama’s policies even close to matching his own rhetoric in the State of the Union, let alone Reagan’s?


These pontificators may be well-intentioned, but it is more than condescending to attempt to link President Obama with the former President merely based on oratorical flourishes and Reaganesque-style optimism.  Their ideas on the proper function and role of the government stand in stark contrast.


As AEI’s Steven Hayward insightfully notes, Reagan believed that modern liberalism unequivocally left him.  

Reagan's invocation of Paine, as well as his quotation of John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" sermon, expresses the core of his optimism and belief in the dynamism of American society, a dynamism that can have unconservative effects. But he explained his use of Paine in conservative terms way back in his 1965 autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me? "The classic liberal," Reagan wrote, "used to be the man who believed the individual was, and should be forever, the master of his destiny. That is now the conservative position. The liberal used to believe in freedom under law. He now takes the ancient feudal position that power is everything. He believes in a stronger and stronger central government, in the philosophy that control is better than freedom. The conservative now quotes Thomas Paine, a longtime refuge of the liberals: 'Government is a necessary evil; let us have as little of it as possible.'"

Maybe It is time for President Obama to return to some of Founder's writings in order to rediscover his inner centrism.  He can begin with Thomas Paine.

 


          Milo's earlier article "An Establishment Conservative's Guide to the Alt-Right"         

I have started reading “Dangerous” by Milo Yiannopoulos on Kindle ($2.99) since this first self-published printing sold out so quickly.  I note also that the Washington DC Metro refused to carry ads for Milo’s book.  (I don’t have the scale to advertise mine on the Metro).

I have to note already that Milo's definition of "intersectionalism" is interesting.

Milo refers to a preview essay that he and Allum Bohkari wrote on March 29, 2016 on Breitbart, “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right”, which I thought I would pass along here.
Milo seems to distinguish modern GOP republicans (who would allow a strip mall to replace a historic building if it made enough money) with “natural conservatives”, who prefer “homogeneity over diversity”, etc.  Living in a large tribe or culture involves sharing common risks.  It’s a lot easier to do what you have to do, even at a personal, intimate level, if you have confidence all your peers have the sane impulse to do it, and that “norms” have some kind of cultural meaning mapped on to virtue.



All of this, however, does not clearly separate out the populist right.

The article refers to a National Review article, March 28, 2016 in National Review by Kevin Williamson, “The Father Fuhrer” – Trump indeed, even well before the GOP convention last year.
Milo says that the alt-right is about western supremacy, not white supremacy.


          Spine Surgery Treatment        

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          Facebook 操弄 Trending 裡的新聞        
看了 Gizmodo 與 Facebook 的對話,就有種之前某長輩常說的「沒被抓到就不算犯罪喔~」的感覺:「Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News」。 Gizmodo 接到前員工的線報後,再加上透過關係問到其他的前員工,證實了標題的消息: Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked … Continue reading
          Choosing Gifts for Dad for Christmas        
Whether your dad is ultra-conservative or laid back, getting him the right gift this holiday season does not have to be a major challenge. The best gifts for Dad for Christmas range from tools to toys to cuff links. Guys love their gadgets at every age. They also love having high-quality items for their self-care. […]
          PETITION TO REPLACE ADAM LAMBERT WITH SUN HO FOR COUNTDOWN 2016 CONCERT        
Following the outrage by some conservative religious people who felt that it was inappropriate for Adam Lambert to headline the 2016 concert organised by Mediacorp at The Float at Marina Bay, some Singaporeans have started another petition for Sun Ho to replace Adam Lambert at the concert. 
 
These people believe that Sun Ho is in a better position to represent a "dignified family event" that is not "offensive and potentially divisive" because she embodies values such as family, money, booty-shaking, money, some criminal case, money, God, money, church, and, of course, money. And most importantly, there is no "gay agenda" to turn people and children who watch the performance, gay.
 
The petition which was started 3 days ago has amassed over 300 signatures! For more information, or to sign the petition, please click here.

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          Politicians and Water: The Murray Darling Basin Scandal Fallout        

The ABC Four Corners program “Pumped” which was screened on 24th July has illustrated how important scrutiny of the establishment is to the rule of law in our democracy. It also illustrates why the ABC is under threat from many politicians and other powerful players who see any effective scrutiny of their operations as an intolerable threat to their way of doing business, a way that is against both the general community interest as well as the national interest.
The outrage from the revelations of water theft and other illegality by big irrigators in the northern NSW area of the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) has increased over the days since the program was screened.  Politicians have been left scrambling and forced to change tack following the strength of the reaction and the condemnation of the inadequacy of their initial responses.
In NSW the Nationals Minister for Primary Industry, Niall Blair, was forced to change from an internal inquiry conducted by his department to an independent inquiry.  Blair was excessively optimistic in thinking that such an internal inquiry would be acceptable given that Four Corners had revealed a questionable relationship between Gavin Hanlon[1], his department’s Deputy Director General (Water), and big irrigators in the upper MDB.  In addition there was the important question of why the department had failed to act on departmental compliance officers’ reports of licence breaches and meter tampering. And there were questions about the role of the former water minister Kevin Humphries in dealing with the large irrigators.
The NSW Opposition has also taken action referring both the former Nationals water minister Kevin Humphries (Member for Barwon) and a senior bureaucrat (presumably Gavin Hanlon) to ICAC.
The Federal Government reaction was initially almost dismissive.  The Minister for Water Resources, Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce[2], as well as attempting to downplay the water theft by comparing it to cattle rustling, claimed that it was a matter for NSW and that there was no need for Federal Government involvement. Billions of dollars of taxpayer funds have been used to buy back water for environmental flows and instead of being used for this purpose this water has gone to the big irrigators in the upper Barwon-Darling.  Presumably the taxpayer funds had come from the Federal Government. This would surely make it a matter of very great interest to this government which, seeing it is so concerned about budget repair, would surely be appalled at the waste of billions of taxpayer dollars.
Joyce’s totally inadequate initial response was compounded shortly afterwards with what he said in a speech to irrigators in a hotel at Shepparton, a speech which was recorded by one of those attending.
Joyce said, "We have taken water, put it back into agriculture, so we could look after you and make sure we don't have the greenies running the show basically sending you out the back door, and that was a hard ask.”
"A couple of nights ago on Four Corners, you know what that's all about? It's about them trying to take more water off you, trying to create a calamity. A calamity for which the solution is to take more water off you, shut more of your towns down."
Even a dinosaur like Barnaby Joyce should have been aware that anyone carrying a smartphone has the capacity to secretly record what others are saying.  In the political sphere we have seen how damaging this can be in the cases of Christopher Pyne and One Nation’s James Ashby. The Shepparton recording has certainly damaged Joyce and has added volume to the calls for him to be sacked from the Water portfolio.  Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen as the Prime Minister has enough problems in his own party without alienating Joyce and the Nationals.
By Sunday 30th the scandal became a matter that the Federal Government had to act upon despite Joyce’s earlier labelling it a state matter. The Federal solution was for the Murray Darling Basin Authority to carry out an independent basin-wide review into compliance with state-based regulations governing water use. The Authority is to report by 15th December 2017.  The Government saw this review as complementing the other investigations of the Four Corners allegations.
However, this is a case of far too little too late.  The MDB Authority is scarcely a body able to conduct an independent review of what has obviously been happening under its watch.  Furthermore a cynic would see the reporting date of 15th December, just before the Christmas holiday season, as a typical government move to ensure that the review report would receive minimal attention and be forgotten about over the holiday break.
The Federal Opposition, like its NSW state counterpart, has also taken action on the scandal.  It requested that the Auditor-General expand his current audit of the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.  The Auditor-General will now include how the federal department is monitoring the performance of NSW under the National Partnership Agreement on Implementing Water Reform in the MDB relevant to the protection and use of environmental water.
Unsurprisingly, the South Australian Government, which has long been concerned about the lack of water reaching the end of the Murray-Darling system, was outraged by the allegations.  It is calling for a judicial inquiry, a much stronger investigation than those arranged by NSW and the Federal Government.  SA senators from Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Party and the Conservatives have joined their state government in calling for a judicial inquiry.
This scandal has a long way to run yet.  There are major questions to be answered about the National Party – both state and federally - and its relationship with the big irrigators and its apparent indifference to the needs of other irrigators further down the system.  There is also the question of its influence on the workings of the NSW Department of Agriculture.   And just what role has it had in limiting the effectiveness of – perhaps even of sabotaging - the Murray Darling Basin Plan?
For both Federal and NSW state Liberal leaders there is the question about the advisability of having resource management portfolios in the hands of Nationals and of putting both Agriculture and Water in the same portfolio.  Each of these governments has a very poor environmental record.  What has been happening on the Barwon-Darling reinforces the view that keeping “in good” with the Nationals is far more important for the  Liberals than ensuring that environmental policies are in the best long-term interests of the state and nation.
[1] Gavin Hanlon joined the NSW Department of Primary Industries in December 2014.  Prior to this he had been Managing Director of Goulburn Murray Water since 2011.
[2] The water portfolio was removed from the Environment Department and allocated to Joyce as a result of the agreement with the Liberals in 2015  following  Malcolm Turnbull becoming Prime Minister.

Hildegard
Northern Rivers
2ndAugust 2017

Guest Speak is a North Coast Voices segment allowing serious or satirical comment from NSW Northern Rivers residents. Email northcoastvoices at gmail dot com dot au to submit comment for consideration.

          A crucial week for justice        
On Tuesday we'll see if our elected political representatives yet again undo the good work of our unelected representatives as the Legal Aid Bill returns to the Commons for MPs to consider the Lords' amendments.

Peers made changes to the Bill that would mean that the worst of the legal aid cuts in the legislation would be removed. Access to legal aid and the way that it is delivered would be protected for those who have suffered domestic violence, for vulnerable children and for disabled people.

The government will be no doubt keen to use financial privilege as an excuse to overturn these changes like they did recently to reverse changes to their controversial welfare reforms. However, if costs are to be used as an excuse as removing access to free legal advice to hundreds of thousands of people when they need it most, perhaps Ministers should consider the £43 million spent on consultants by the MoJ in the last year and the £12m that's been wasted an an e-Working system that is years behind schedule and has virtually collapsed.

What's really happening to our legal system here of course is that it is becoming increasingly the preserve of those who are able to pay for it. As Heather Brooke pointed out last week, while 140 local courts have been closed and legal aid is cut, £300m has been invested in the Rolls Building (home of the failed e-Working system) which is to handle high-end commercial disputes for a mostly foreign clientele.

It's not just Russian Oligarchs that are benefiting from changes to our justice system. The Association of British Insurers has admitted it will profit from the legal aid cuts. Last year it was revealed that the Justice Minister responsible for driving through these reforms, Jonathan Djanogly will personally profit from the plans as he has a personal stake in the insurance industry. Now that's what I call financial privilege.

Possibly the best hope of amendments - like Baroness Scotland's that ensures victims of domestic violence have access to legal aid and former Paralympian Tanya Grey Thompson's that ensures those who are eligible aren't forced to phone a call centre for advice - surviving the glare of the coalition is the lack of time Parliament has been able to afford to the legislation between the Easter break and the end of this parliamentary session. Who says MPs having long holidays is a bad thing!

If you'd like to contact your MP to ensure we don't lose out on legal aid when we need it most visit the 38 degrees site ahead of Tuesday's vote.
          Beware sharp corners        
Ever looked at the 38 degrees campaign site and thought to yourself, "well saving our nation's forests and healthcare from being sold off is all very well but what if I want to ban homosexuals from getting married or stop foreigners from using our education system, where do I go to sign up for that?" Well worry no more because the right have come up with their own version called Right Angle.

Heralding itself as "Standing up for Britain's silent majority" it aims to give a voice to all those people who had concerns about stuff they presumably never even realised they were bothered enough to do anything about before now.

So what have they gone with for their first progressive cause for social justice? Well they've 'reclaimed' a 'popular' Lib Dem policy of lifting the tax threshold to £10,000. They claim to be doing this on behalf of low earners.

On the face of it you could be forgiven for thinking this seems like quite a fair campaign. After all they claim it would cut taxes for millions of British people, not just millionaires. But hang on, what's this? Research carried out by the Institute of Fiscal Studies that reveals that those who would really benefit from this policy would be some of the richest households in the country.

Well that's a relief, for a moment there I thought the Tories had gone all soft on us and were standing up for the poor. It turns out that despite claims it would put £60 extra in each of our pockets, one-third of all adults would get no benefit at all as they already earn too little to earn income tax. The changes could also cause 200,000 extra families to lose child benefits.

As Richard Murphy puts it on his Tax Research blog "Isn’t it odd that the first thing Tory front @UKRightAngle campaigns for favours the rich?"

I look forward to their future campaigns which I am sure will unmask some of the Party's true and nastier colours.
          CBI attack 'Greenest Government Ever' for feed-in tariff cuts        
Cuts in feed-in tariffs being brought in before a government consultation has even ended, will lead to the loss of thousands of jobs according to the CBI.
Channel 4 News are reporting that John Cridland, the CBI director general has warned that the low-carbon sector risks being de-railed by the move and calls it the "the latest in a string of government own goals."

For a Party that claimed they would be the greenest government ever, the Conservatives have a funny way of going about it. Proposing to put the traffic speed limit up to 80mph, threatening to sell-off our forests, culling badgers, the list goes on...

Only last month a group of the country's leading environmental groups criticised the government for only managing to meet two of their 16 green pledges.

It seems the government need to start acting on the promises that helped get them elected in the first place. That said, anyone gullible enough to think that the Conservatives were really going to be the champions of the environment were only fooling themselves. An emblem with a tree on it shouldn't have fooled anyone.
          What the Conservatives need to achieve this week in Manchester        
Cameron must convince the public that they do understand what he's on about really
People within a few yards of Whitehall understand that David Cameron is in control because they really get him. They see him everyday and think he looks just the ruddy part. The rest of us however have not the slightest idea what he's going on about. Cameron must carefully explain in words of no more than two syllables, very loudly, that just because people don't understand the Big Society, it doesn't mean it's not a super dooper idea. It's our fault we don't get it, not his.  

Cameron must blame the riots on people not getting married any more
The PM reacted incredibly well to the riots. He flew back off holiday, invented the word 'criminality' and cancelled all leave for the police officers he's about to sack. He must ensure that riots are perceived as society's problem, not the government's. People in society can't just go on living life differently and in a diverse manner. They need to get married, go to church more often and stop relying on the state to sort their problems out. If they've got no hope for their future, they need to stop blaming the government for their ills, and point the finger squarely at that single-Mum of theirs' who can't afford to keep them in education and Nike Air Max fussions.

Osborne must keep saying the word 'deficit' to scare people
The Chancellor needs to make people see that them losing their jobs, their homes and their pensions will somehow make things better for everybody in the long term and promote growth. Tell voters the next time they get their car repossessed to think of how massive that deficit is. At least that's one less car on the road so other commuters can get to 80mph quicker on the motorways on their way to their job that no longer exists. All this kind of thing supports growth, trust us.

Tell people their fuel price rises aren't our fault
Rather than admit that privatisation of our fuel service providers has led to bills spiralling out of control, blame it all on climate change. That's right, it's not because shareholders at British Gas or EDF want a nice Christmas bonus that your Great Aunt Mavis has hypothermia, it's because scaremongering environmentalists are making things up about natural resources.

Boris shouldn't talk about what he's achieved
With the London mayoral elections coming up next year it's important to show just how popular old Boz is with party members. If you see him wave at him, laugh at whatever he says but don't whatever you do, start talking about what he's achieved in the last three years. Ponderous silence doesn't play well to the media.

Tories shouldn't try and understand people from Hackney
They're not like you and me. Some of them even talk in funny, street lingo that just sounds like random noise. We shouldn't try and speak their language else we'll look as stupid as Richard Madeley did when he did that impression of Ali G. Don't waste time trying to understand these people, they're not likely to vote for you anyway. 

The above is in response to a tory diary piece on Conservative Home.



          No post conference boost for Ostrich-like Lib Dems        
Usually political parties receive a bounce in the opinion polls after their party conference. Mass media coverage should give them the platform to impress the voting public with their key messages. However, it appears that the limelight has done nothing to revive the Lib Dems' flaccid popularity.

The latest YouGov poll sees their approval rating remain at 10%. Having been at their conference earlier this week, I can't say I'm surprised.

Another Lib Dem delegate leaves conference
Walking from Birmingham's Paradise Circus shopping parade towards the conference centre, there is a stall selling Ostrich meat. I have to say it was appropriate. The party certainly seem to have their head in the sand.

I expected to find the Party leaders in bullish mood but what really did surprise me was the attitude of most of the grass root members I encountered. Despite their disastrous May election results they seem intent on putting their fingers in their ears and just carrying on regardless.

It's as if they've bought into the notion that we're in this coalition government for the duration, we might as well bend over and take whatever it is the Tories want to give us. The odd snigger about Osborne's coke use aside, they're acting like they've got no choice other than to their bidding. What's the point arguing about the things we once cared about like tuition fees, we might as well just accept it and get on with it.

The party seem very inward looking. They honestly don't seem to recognise there is vindication for the anger directed towards them. In their minds it's more a case of mindless resentment of them being in power rather than any sense of justifiable anger because they're allowing the Conservatives to carry out ideological cuts they have no mandate for.

It's a shame because I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who would like to vote Lib Dem again but on this week's performance they've been given little reason to rediscover any belief in them.


          FreedomWorks' Member of the Month for August 2017: Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)        

FreedomWorks is proud to name Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) as Member of the Month for August 2017. Rep. Franks has supported lowering taxes and voting for policies that contribute to FreedomWorks’ pro-growth agenda.

Rep. Franks currently serves on the Judiciary and Armed Services committees. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Franks spent his time working on children’s issues. He served in the Arizona State Legislature and later worked with the Governor as the cabinet-level director of the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children. Rep. Franks also had a hand in state and local advocacy, founding the Arizona Family Research Institute.

With his conviction to protect the Constitution and support policies to shrink government by cutting wasteful spending and bureaucratic over-regulation, he has maintained a lifetime score of 92 percent on FreedomWorks’ Congressional Scorecard. Our scorecard is calculated by tracking the votes of members of Congress on key issues of economic freedom and individual liberty.

In the 115th Congress, Rep. Franks co-sponsored H.R. 3167, the Debt Ceiling Alternative Act, sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.). This bill would hold the federal government accountable for the money it borrows from the American people. It would take a fiscally conservative stance in response to reaching the debt ceiling by requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to issue GDP-linked bonds to pay the principal and interest on public debt.

Rep. Franks, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, has also held a principled stance on healthcare reform He said, "The federal government is not known for its ability to keep entitlement spending under control. ObamaCare has been the perfect example of what healthcare looks like in the hands of an unimaginably large bureaucracy. Premium cost hikes have crippled American families, Medicaid is failing those most in need, and regulation is stifling innovation.”

FreedomWorks is proud to honor Rep. Franks as Member of the Month for August 2017.


          House Rural Broadband Caucus Urges FCC to Support TV White Space Broadband        

Recently, the economic disparity of the urban-rural divide has garnered substantial attention, especially as it relates to Internet and technological expansion. Rural economies suffer from a lack of Internet connectivity relative to urban areas, with rural adults being 10 percent less likely to have broadband or smartphones than urban adults.

The House Rural Broadband Caucus (HRBC), a group of legislators seeking solutions for the digital divide between rural and urban America, believe that TV white space broadband could help close this gap.

The HRBC announced its support for TV white space broadband in a bipartisan letter signed by 43 members of the caucus sent today to the Federal Communications Commission. Among these members were conservative stalwarts, Reps. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Tom Garrett (R-Va.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), and Mark Meadows (R-S.C.). The HRBC sees TV white space as a solution for the lack of Internet service providers and expensive or non-existent cable deployment in rural communities.

TV white space is unused high propagation radio frequency spectrum that, if allowed, could provide devices with Internet connectivity at low infrastructure costs. Technology companies believe that it could provide Internet connectivity through TV white space at 20 percent of the cost for cable broadband. The technology is proven, as hospitals, mega-churches, and schools already legally use white space spectrum for unlicensed devices.

To create a private market for TV white space broadband, providers would need three available channels totaling at least 18 megahertz of unlicensed spectrum. The HRBC letter requests the FCC to set aside a third channel in addition to the two white space channels already authorized for unlicensed use. If the FCC were to accept such a proposal, rural Americans could see the cost of broadband access plummet.

FreedomWorks Foundation has already filed comments with the FCC and wrote about the benefits of TV white space. In accordance with the HRBC, FreedomWorks believes that TV white space is a formidable market solution for expanding competition, lowering prices, and closing the urban-rural divide in connectivity.

FreedomWorks supports the HRBC’s endorsement of TV white space broadband and urges the FCC to consider allocating an additional channel for unlicensed white space use.


          Some Republicans Just Don’t Want to Repeal ObamaCare        

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon released the following statement about the defeat of the skinny repeal of ObamaCare:

“Last night’s vote was a slap in the face to every conservative who has been promised that Republicans would repeal ObamaCare. Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins voted against the ‘skinny repeal’ of ObamaCare, theoretically the least repeal that can be achieved because so many Republicans went back on their votes for a 2015-style repeal. The Republican Party has been all about ObamaCare repeal for the better part of a decade, and now we see that they have been writing checks to voters that they knew the Bank of Obama wouldn’t cash. Now that President Trump would sign it, they have exposed themselves as frauds.”


          Key Votes on Amendments to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219        

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote on amendments offered to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219, in the manner prescribed on each amendment below. As is always the case, FreedomWorks reserves the right to key vote any amendment brought to the floor for a vote.

NO – Amendment #2: Sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), this amendment would prohibit funds provided by H.R. 3219 from being used to “propose, plan for, or execute” another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). A 2013 report by the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) estimated that the first four rounds of BRAC save approximately $8 billion annually. The 2005 BRAC is saving nearly $4 billion annually. This amendment against a new round of BRAC would prevent further cost-savings from becoming a reality.

YES – Amendment #19: Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), this amendment would eliminate the CBO’s Budget Analysis Division. The amendment transfers the authority of the division to the Director of the CBO.

YES – Amendment #20: Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), this amendment would make a 1 percent across the board rescission to the spending levels provided by H.R. 3219, with exemptions for Capitol Police and other security-related accounts.

YES – Amendment #26: Sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), this amendment would reduce the appropriation to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) by more than $25.4 million.

YES – Amendment #39: Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), this amendment would make a 1 percent across the board rescission to Division D of H.R. 3219 – the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

YES – Amendment #40: Sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), this amendment would save taxpayers money by prohibiting inflated prevailing wage requirements established by the Davis-Bacon Act.

FreedomWorks will count the vote on these amendments to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219, on our 2017 Congressional Scorecard and reserves the right to score votes for amendments not listed above. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.

Sincerely,

Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks


          Key Vote YES on the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act, Amendment 271 to H.R. 1628        

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote YES on the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act. This language will be offered as an amendment to H.R. 1628.

This amendment is virtually identical to the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill – the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, H.R. 3762. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 52 to 47, with only two unsurprising Republican defections.

For more than seven years, Republicans successfully campaigned on ObamaCare repeal. They made floor speeches in support of repeal, and they voted to pass a repeal bill less than two years ago. Grassroots conservative activists are not going to accept excuses if Republicans fail to pass a bill that they have passed once before.

The ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act would repeal much of ObamaCare – including the tax and cost sharing subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and the taxes that came with the law – with a two-year delay to pass a replacement. This delay provides more than ample time to reach an agreement on a replacement bill or package.

President Donald Trump has indicated that he will sign a 2015-style ObamaCare bill into law. Senate Republicans should do as they did in December 2015 and pass a bill that delivers on their frequent promises to repeal ObamaCare.

FreedomWorks will triple-weight the votes for the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act. Additionally, FreedomWorks reserves the right to retroactively key vote any amendments during the so-called “vote-a-rama.” The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.

Sincerely,

Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks


          Motion to Proceed: This Is a Step Forward in the Process        

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon issued the following statement on the Senate's passing the motion to proceed on legislation related to ObamaCare:

“This is a step forward in the process. Republicans must remember that they campaigned on ObamaCare repeal for more than seven years. The 2015 repeal bill is what conservative activists were promised, and it's what they expect.

“We will do our best to hold wayward senators who want to defraud their constituents to their campaign promises and their voting record.”


          States Lead the Way on Criminal Justice Reform        

Over the past several months, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a step back on federal justice reform efforts, regressing to purportedly “tough on crime” stances. From advising increased penalties for nonviolent offenders to more recently promising an increase in the use of civil asset forfeiture by the federal government, Sessions has been doing everything in his power to give the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s full support to 80s-era policies from which many conservatives have abandoned in favor of evidenced-based practices that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.

A study from the Urban Institute found that increased penalties were at best mixed in reducing crime with other factors beyond incarceration driving down the incarceration rate, no evidence it drove down drug crime, and the use of imprisonment as a deterrent to be very costly. As of 2015, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the developed world at 25 percent while the total number incarcerated has increased by 500 percent over the last forty years.

Meanwhile, the recidivism rate within three years of release increased by five percent between 1983 and 1994, highlighting a failure of harsher sentences to reduce both incarceration and reimprisonment. Keeping in mind that over-incarceration costs taxpayers at all levels of government around $80 billion each year, and those costs are only rising, it comes as no surprise that the “tough on crime” mindset has become both costly and unpopular after failing to get tangible results.

What is surprising about this is that the states seem to be taking the opposite direction in pursuing criminal justice reform. From increased protections implemented on civil asset forfeiture to expanding licensing opportunities, states have been leading the way in creating new methods to reduce crime, incarceration, and recidivism. The amount of work and variation is actually quite amazing.

One such reform was pursued in the state of Kentucky. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed SB 120 into law, which would eliminate a blanket ban on getting a job license and instead transfer it to a licensing board which will review each case. This will open up opportunities for previous offenders to now get jobs which will make it easier to reintegrate into society.

The state legislation comes at a very important time for both the country and the state of Kentucky. A report from Reason magazine highlighted that prevention from getting a license due to a criminal record can increase the recidivism rate. There have been repeated cases where individuals have had problems getting licenses because blanket bans like the one in Kentucky have prevented them from getting jobs.

A study by Arizona State University economist Stephen Slivinski found that recidivism increased by a whopping 9.4 percent in states that had blanket bans for former offenders while in states where it was easier for them to receive licenses it decreased by 4.2 percent. In addition, it was found that “between 60 and 75 percent of released prisoners remain unemployed one year after getting out” which is a problem since a Manhattan Institute Study found that employed individuals are more likely to return if they do not find a job relatively soon to release. Overall, a job is more likely to get people out of crime and reintegrated into society so reform like that in Kentucky will be a step in the right direction.

For Kentucky, especially at the moment, this will help address problems it is facing. At the moment, Kentucky is failing to fill 110,000 job openings and ranks as having the 47th lowest job participation rate in the country. Getting reformed offenders into the job market will reduce that rate and help get new applicants for the jobs it is failing to fill.

Similar concepts have also been pursued in the state of Illinois. As the Reason magazine article also notes, Illinois had passed a law in 2011 to ban all licensed healthcare professionals with a previous criminal record. This had initially been done since sex offenders had somehow managed to get licensed as doctors and nurses, but the problem is that the law was far too broad, applying to all former offenders as well.

This included one Carlos Romero, who had left prison in 1993 and had been working for two years as a respiratory therapist with no legal issues after release until his license was revoked in 2013 because of the 2011 law. Romero and several other individuals who had not committed a legal wrong after release had lost their licenses. In response, he worked with State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) to create an appeals process that would allow him and others with a previous conviction to make an appeal to get their license back. In 2016, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law, allowing Carlos and countless others a chance to get their jobs back and remain proud contributors to the economy.

This is not the only reform the state of Illinois has pursued. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a bill to add burden of proof requirements to the police’s use of civil asset forfeiture, a tool that allows police to seize from accused individuals who have not been convicted. Though the bill has not yet been signed by the governor, it has veto proof majorities in both houses. Considering the fact that Chicago Police Department has acquired $150 million in assets from low income and minority neighborhoods and it has included “things like flashy jewelry, flat screen TVs, and a copy of the Call of Duty: Ghosts video game,” this reform is clearly needed.

Kentucky and Illinois are not the only states have pursued reforms. In Nebraska, State Sen. Laura Ebke (L-Crete) is pursuing the same reforms as Kentucky, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has implemented civil asset forfeiture reforms in Arizona to allow for more transparency, the state of Louisiana passed ten new laws on various justice reform topics this year, and many, many, MANY other states have done similar work. It would appear that across the country, states doing everything to find new and smarter ways to address and reduce crime in ways that drive down recidivism and restore rights.

The DOJ is continuing to pursue “tough on crime” policies, but the states continue to believe it is better to be “smart on crime.” Increased penalties have been tried for decades and there is lackluster evidence that it has accomplished its goals at a reasonable cost. Meanwhile, states are pursuing newer, fairer, smarter, and better ways to reduce crime, protect rights, and promote outreach. With trends the way they are now, the country will like continue down this path with the states continuing to lead the way on justice reform.


          Capitol Hill Update: July 24, 2017        

Schedule:

The House and Senate are in session this week.

There are five (5) legislative days remaining for the House before the August recess and 53 legislative days remaining in the year. The Senate will supposedly work through the first two weeks of the August recess.

House:

The FY 2018 budget resolution, dubbed "Building a Better America," was marked up and approved by the Budget Committee on Thursday in a party-line vote. The budget would reduce the budget deficit by $6.5 trillion over the ten-year budget window and eventually come into balance in FY 2027, creating a $9 billion surplus.

Perhaps one of the most important components of the budget is that it begins the reconciliation process for fundamental tax reform. There are also reconciliation instructions for 11 House committees to find roughly $200 billion savings or reforms in mandatory spending.

The FY 2018 budget resolution isn't on the calendar for the week. It's unclear if House Republican leaders will bring it to the floor.

Additionally, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, H.R. 2997, introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) could come to the floor for a vote this week. The bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and reforms the United States' out of date air traffic control (ATC) system. FreedomWorks has released a key vote in support of the 21st AIRR Act.

On Monday, the House will consider 17 bills on the suspension calendar. Most of the bills on the suspension calendar related to veterans or active military issues. There are three bills on the suspension calendar that relate to small businesses and investment. The House will also consider the Intelligence Authorization Act, H.R. 3180, sponsored by Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on suspension.

There are three bills on the suspension calendar for Tuesday, including the Medicare Part B Improvement Act, H.R. 3178, sponsored by Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and a yet-to-be-numbered resolution that will impose sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

The House will also consider H.J.Res. 111, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, to cancel the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) giveaway to trial lawyers. The rule put restrictions on the use of arbitration to settle disputes over consumer products. This would lead to more class-action lawsuits, benefiting trial lawyers and hurting consumers. FreedomWorks has signed a coalition letter in support of H.J.Res. 111 and will likely include the vote on our 2017 Congressional Scorecard.

For the balance of the week, the House will consider at least four more bills on the suspension calendar. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219, will also come to the floor. This is the consolidated appropriations bill, or "minibus," for the Department of Defense, the Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Energy and Water. Like virtually every other bill to come to the floor this year under "regular order," the Make America Secure Appropriations Act is subject to a rule to limit or prevent amendments from the floor.

On Thursday at 10:00 am, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled "The Need for the Balanced Budget Amendment." The witness list for the hearing has not yet been announced. Twelve constitutional amendments have been introduced in the House that would require a balanced budget. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is the sponsor of two of them, H.J.Res. 1 and H.J.Res. 2. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), the primary sponsor of H.J.Res. 15, is among the House conservatives who have introduced a balanced budget amendment.

The committee and subcommittee schedule for the week can be found here.

Senate:

Presumably, the Senate will vote this week on the motion to proceed to the House-passed version of H.R. 1628. It's still unclear on what happens next. A vote to proceed to the House-passed version has always been the first step. The next step will be for an amendment to the bill that will substitute the language of either the Better Care Reconciliation Act or language similar to the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill, now called the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act. FreedomWorks' key vote on the motion to proceed applies only if the base text that will be substituted is similar to the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill.

At least a few Senate Republicans have backed away from their votes for the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill, which was passed in December 2015 with the support of all but two Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins. Moderate Republicans who refuse to vote for the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill have demanded $200 billion in Medicaid funding offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to get them to support the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Some parts of the Better Care Reconciliation Act are in limbo, however, as the Senate parliamentarian has apparently ruled that provisions limiting funding for Planned Parenthood and tax credits for plans that cover abortion will require 60 votes. Other provisions that may require 60 votes include the State Innovation Waivers. Many of these provisions can be altered to make them withstand a Byrd rule challenge, as was done in 2015.

The Senate still has several nominees to consider and, on the legislative front, the FDA Reauthorization Act, S. 934; the National Defense Reauthorization Act; and the debt ceiling are among the items awaiting action.

Separately, Senate Democrats are rolling out their "better deal" economic agenda today, which is a rehashing and repackaging of virtually every leftist policy proposal in recent years. The agenda is Democrats' attempt to find a message after a string of special election losses around the country.

The full committee schedule for the week can be found here.


          FreedomWorks Announces FreedomFighter Award Winners        

FreedomWorks today announced the FreedomFighter Award winners for 2016. The FreedomFighter Awards recognize members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty. FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon and FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye presented the awards Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol Visitors Center. Photos of the individual presentations are available here.

Eligibility for the award is based on votes on FreedomWorks’ Congressional Scorecard. In 2016, FreedomWorks scored key votes in favor of several issues, including repeal of ObamaCare through the 2015 reconciliation bill and the override of Obama’s veto, preventing IRS abuse and protecting free speech, protecting citizens from warrantless searches, spending cuts, and reducing regulation.

“FreedomWorks activists across the country can be proud of these members’ votes last year. They showed a commitment to economic liberty and individual freedom,” FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon said. “With a Republican in the White House and so many big legislative items on the to-do list in this Congress, including fundamental tax reform and reducing regulation, conservative grassroots activists are watching our scorecard to see who delivers on their campaign promises and who changes their tune.”

“These defenders of liberty get this award to thank them for their critical votes on legislation important to our activist community,” FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye said. “This event allows us to thank them on behalf of our activists to thank these members and encourage them to keep fighting for limited government, lower taxes, and fewer unnecessary job-killing regulations.”

FreedomFighter Award Winners for 2016 Voting Record

Senate (5)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) , Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

House (56)

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.V.), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.), Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.), Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.)


          Jeff Sessions’ Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Should Concern Conservatives        

FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye released the following statement on the recent action from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to increase the power of law enforcement to confiscate property of people who are innocent until proven guilty:

“Jeff Sessions' tendency to expand state power against people who have not been found guilty should concern conservatives. We've made real progress in curbing civil asset forfeiture in the states, and Sessions would usurp these reforms and take property from people who have never even been convicted of a crime.

“The Justice Department’s own Inspector General raised serious concerns about the forfeiture program in a report in March, saying it lacks proper oversight. By expanding government power to take property without appropriate due process, even when state laws don't allow it, Sessions is signaling he answers to no one.

“FreedomWorks calls on Congress to rein in our attorney general and pass aggressive civil asset forfeiture reform now."


          Liberal Democrats to demonstrate against Brexit at Tory conference        

Richard Vaughan reports on iNews today:
The Liberal Democrats will abandon political party protocol by joining pro-EU campaigners to protest against Brexit outside this year’s Conservative Party Conference. 
Activists are planning to stage one of the biggest marches in opposition to Britain leaving the EU when the Tories stage their annual conference in Manchester in October.  
And they will be joined by the Lib Dems who will break the conventional truce that prevents parties from disrupting other political conferences. 
The party said it did not take the decision "lightly", but said such action was necessary to prevent the Government pressing on with a "harmful" Brexit.
He goes on to quote Tom Brake:
"Brexit is the battle of our lives and it is vital we make the Conservatives see the strength of feeling against their disastrous extreme Brexit, which threatens to crash the economy and damage the life chances of millions."
The question is whether Labour will mount a counter-demonstration in support of Conservative policy.
          Sarah Palin wins restraining order against father-son pair        
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won another round in court on Monday against a Pennsylvania teenager accused of stalking the outspoken conservative, telling a judge, “I fear for my friends’ and for my family’s safety.” The three-hour Anc...
          Portal Of Active Women        
This web portal is a woman's blog that provides interesting points of view published by conservative woman about fresh social and politic events and news and problems of women in all spheres of life.
          Crazy Donald and Chinese nukes: Pence compromise vs. greater risk of H-bombed D.C.        
Thank you, Sarah Palin. Friday you reminded us what a whack job The Donald is, even if your language was more indirect. Here he’d led you to believe he was a constitutional conservative. But now he’s bragged about a plan for Indiana to pay $7 million in incentives over a decade to keep a Carrier […]
          Jefferson Republican Party        
Those of you who feel like the GOP does not support your ideals in government, there is a new party who may make a difference: The Jefferson Republican Party. I am joining this party. If you are a conservative without a political home and are a conservative, maybe you should give them some support too! http://www.jeffersonrepublicanparty.com
          It's getting tough        
Well, this week has been tough for the country, heck even the world. Credit is drying up, markets are in a panic, small businesses are laying off employees in droves. I saw this personally with bank loans this week on a travel trailer I own.

I am not at all happy about the federal government getting involved in this crisis, but the country and small businesses are in a complete panic. A local company auto dealer laid off nearly 40 employees this week. Sales are at an all time low - from about 150 cars per week being moved to 20 per month.

I am fortunate enough to not have car payments, but everything I have is at least 12 years old.
88 honda civic
91 honda civic
96 chevy suburban

All paid for. I can't image a car payment on top of my mortgage and property payments.

I do think that this regulation is leading us towards socialism. Whats amazing is that many Americans know how to solve this problem without more tax payer money. It's simple conservative economics.

- The USA needs to go into complete isolationism
- Get out of NATO and foreign entaglements
- Stop supporting foreign dictators who hate us
- Become completely energy independent through wind, nuclear and oil drilling.
- destroy the welfare state and limit welfare to 12-18 months one time
- start using land to farm additional crops. The world is coming to a food shortage.
- Export goods instead of import
- Diversify the workforce and have Americans learn to farm again
- Drill, Drill, Drill and export what oil we don't use.
- Nuclear power and wind power to charge autos of the future - plug in hybrids
- Upgrade the energy grid to support this new infrastructure
- Broadband internet and technology connectivity everywhere to stimulate this diversified workforce, telecommuting
- Build a huge wall at the border, tazer anyone coming across the border illegally
- Get rid of regulation and zoning which deprives land owners from significant value and possible small business start-ups
- Reduce the capital gains tax from 0-5% to get businesses to bring their money back to the USA
- Reduce building regulations so land owners can build low cost houses on their own. It costs more to permit a mobile home than it costs to put a used one on a piece of property. It's extorsion and artificial inflation of the market to increase government's taxable property value.

Do this and watch this economy boom....

If only the politicians were not so entagled with their own special interest groups.. this could be implemented and America would once again lead the world in productivity, exports and wealth.
          Happy 4th of July        
This 4th of July is another time to celebrate our Independence. It was somewhat of a sombering year here in Chico, as the abundant wildfires had most fireworks cancelled. It was the first year in my life where Fireworks were not going to be displayed. At about 11pm my son ran downstairs as he saw some fireworks from his bedroom window. We all got in the car and drove towards the fireworks. It was the local Chico baseball team having fireworks at Nettleton stadium. We saw the last 2-3 minutes, the kids were happy and we went back home. This 4th of July was a trying day for myself and my family on a personal level as we had to take my 3 year old son to the emergency room when he drank something he shoulden't have. He is okay.

We spent the day at home after this incident and laid low.

Our national Independence is becoming an interdependence upon other nations in terms of borrowing money, and oil. It is becoming so apparent that oil is the lifeblood of this economy. The senate and congress better get their act in gear. Americans are actually becoming more united than I have ever seen when I talk to people. It isn't about the war any longer, it is about the slumping economy at home and the oil economy. I hope that you all speak to your friends and family about the oil crisis, and how we need to drill here, drill now. See newt.org for that information. We should make this our Oil independence day and declare to meet our own needs at home by whatever means necessary, ANWR, oil shale, etc. Thomas Jefferson never wanted us to be 'hocked' to a local banker who is in turn 'hocked' to a foreign banker. That's essentially what we have with Oil. Jefferson knew this situation would be disastrous for the republic.

The doom and gloom surrounding the media's daily negative agenda provides a constant reason to be bitter and worried. That we should let our government fix this problem is their answer.

I submit to you who read this blog and who are independent minded to not despair, but rejoice in the fact that you are making preparations and live your life in a manner that you can take care of yourself, and are not reliant upon the government. The agrarian lifestyle is going to re-emerge in the years to come. The US of A once was an agrarian country through the mid 20th century, where we all met our own needs. Look at the situation we now deal with when we move away from this mindset.

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July. We should pray for this country and thank God for what blessings we have. Regardless of what CNN and the local newspapers will tell you, the USA is still the greatest country the world has ever seen, and we are blessed by it's people through their generosity, hard-working nature and conservative roots- not political leaders in the government who seek to have us become part of Europe.

Brock
          Russell's Cabin        

I have been talking over E-mail to a very nice gentlemen named Russell out in the North East. He has built a beautiful cabin as shown from the picture here, and has been helpful in me making a decision about what to build. Here is a picture of his gorgeous 16x20 cabin. His blog as is at http://logcabinhomestead.blogspot.com . He built the cabin some 10+ years ago and has lived in it for several months at a time with his 3 kids. They also rent it out. on the weekends. http://www.logcabinhomestead.net

Russell told me that the total cost to construct the cabin for everything except power, road work, etc was around $20,000. He said he could have saved thousands if he would have had someone mill the lumber on-site or work with a logger. Notice the comp roof on the house alone will run several thousands, versus a DIY metal roof. The comp is more attractive and will have a better insulation value than metal. Currently, metal roofing is about $2.33 per linear foot for a 26" wide piece.

Overall Russell has about 40K into the project when including hooking up power and road work. I can empathize with these costs as my power hookup alone with PG&E is looking at around $22-$25k even with PG&E discounts.

Russell's blog features daily updates on critters, substructures and gas price talk. A great place to visit if you are a conservative Christian.
          Covenanting 6/19 Solemn League & Covenant 1/8 Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 4/17        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Covenanting 6/19 Solemn League & Covenant 1/8 Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 4/17
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 8/9/2017
Bible: John; Galatians 3:15
Length: 81 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Covenanting 5/19 The National Covenant 3/3, Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 3/17        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Covenanting 5/19 The National Covenant 3/3, Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 3/17
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 8/9/2017
Bible: Ezekiel; Galatians 3:15
Length: 78 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #48 Westminster Confession 8:3 The Lord Jesus was Furnished for Office of Mediator        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #48 Westminster Confession 8:3 The Lord Jesus was Furnished for Office of Mediator
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 8/8/2017
Bible: Psalm 45:7; John 3:34
Length: 90 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #47 Westminster Confession 8:2 The Son of God Took Upon Him Man's Nature & Properties        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #47 Westminster Confession 8:2 The Son of God Took Upon Him Man's Nature & Properties
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 8/8/2017
Bible: 1 John 5:20; John 1:14
Length: 94 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #46 Westminster Confession 8:1 God Chose Jesus to be the Mediator Between God & Man        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #46 Westminster Confession 8:1 God Chose Jesus to be the Mediator Between God & Man
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 8/8/2017
Bible: Isaiah 42:1; 1 Peter 1:19-20
Length: 89 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Covenanting 4/19 The National Covenant 2/3, Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 2/17        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Covenanting 4/19 The National Covenant 2/3, Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 2/17
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 8/5/2017
Bible: Jeremiah; Galatians 3:15
Length: 82 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Covenanting 3/19 The National Covenant 1/3, Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 1/17        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Covenanting 3/19 The National Covenant 1/3, Examples Of Covenanted Reformation 1/17
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 8/5/2017
Bible: Revelation; Galatians 3:15
Length: 90 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Covenanting 2/19 Descending Obligations Of Covenants & Biblical Prophecy, OT and NT        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Covenanting 2/19 Descending Obligations Of Covenants & Biblical Prophecy, OT and NT
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 8/5/2017
Bible: Isaiah; Galatians 3:15
Length: 83 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Covenanting 1/19 Public Social Covenanting Under the New Testament & Eschatology        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Covenanting 1/19 Public Social Covenanting Under the New Testament & Eschatology
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 8/4/2017
Bible: Hebrews; Galatians 3:15
Length: 86 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #45 Westminster Confession 7:6 Christ is the Substance of the Covenant of Grace        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #45 Westminster Confession 7:6 Christ is the Substance of the Covenant of Grace
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 8/1/2017
Bible: Colossians 2:17; 1 Peter 1:10-12
Length: 88 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #44 Westminster Confession 7:5 Covenant Of Grace Differently Administered in OT & NT        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #44 Westminster Confession 7:5 Covenant Of Grace Differently Administered in OT & NT
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 8/1/2017
Bible: 2 Corinthians 3:6-9; Luke 10:23-24
Length: 101 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #43 Westminster Confession 7:4 The Covenant of Grace is Commonly Called a Testament        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #43 Westminster Confession 7:4 The Covenant of Grace is Commonly Called a Testament
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 8/1/2017
Bible: Hebrews 9:15-17; Luke 22:20
Length: 90 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #42 Westminster Confession 7:3 Covenant Of Grace Freely Offered, Salvation In Christ        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #42 Westminster Confession 7:3 Covenant Of Grace Freely Offered, Salvation In Christ
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 8/1/2017
Bible: Genesis 3:8; Ephesians 2:2
Length: 87 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          King Jesus 17/17 The Magistrate's Power & Taxation, National Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 17/17 The Magistrate's Power & Taxation, National Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Isaiah 49:22-26; Romans 13
Length: 84 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 16/17 Magistrate’s Power Circa Sacra 2/2 National Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 16/17 Magistrate’s Power Circa Sacra 2/2 National Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Current Events
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Isaiah 60:3; Romans 13
Length: 67 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 15/17 Magistrate’s Power Circa Sacra 1/2 National Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 15/17 Magistrate’s Power Circa Sacra 1/2 National Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Micah 4:1; Romans 13
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 14/17 National Church Way 3/3 Christ & the Apostles, Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 14/17 National Church Way 3/3 Christ & the Apostles, Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Isaiah 49:22-26; Romans 13
Length: 59 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 13/17 National Church Way 2/3 New Testament, Nat. Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 13/17 National Church Way 2/3 New Testament, Nat. Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Psalm 67:6-7; Isaiah 60
Length: 59 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 12/17 National Church Way 1/3 The Jewish Church, Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 12/17 National Church Way 1/3 The Jewish Church, Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Ezekiel 47:1-12; Daniel 7:13-14
Length: 59 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 11/17 The Church's Mission to the Nations, National Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 11/17 The Church's Mission to the Nations, National Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Daniel 2:34; Daniel 2:35-45
Length: 66 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 10/17 Christ & the Nations 4/4 Son of David National Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 10/17 Christ & the Nations 4/4 Son of David National Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Psalm 110; Romans 13
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 9/17 Christ & the Nations 3/4 Like Unto Moses, Nat. Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 9/17 Christ & the Nations 3/4 Like Unto Moses, Nat. Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Acts 3:22; Acts 7:37
Length: 68 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 8/17 Christ & the Nations 2/4 Greater Than Abraham, Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 8/17 Christ & the Nations 2/4 Greater Than Abraham, Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: John 8:53; Romans 13
Length: 61 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 7/17 Christ & the Nations 1/4 Second Adam, National Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 7/17 Christ & the Nations 1/4 Second Adam, National Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Corinthians 15:45
Length: 61 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 6/17 The Gospel & the Nations 3/3 New Testament 1/1 Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 6/17 The Gospel & the Nations 3/3 New Testament 1/1 Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/31/2017
Bible: Revelation 19:11-16; Romans 13
Length: 76 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 5/17 The Gospel & the Nations 2/3 Old Testament 2/2 Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 5/17 The Gospel & the Nations 2/3 Old Testament 2/2 Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/29/2017
Bible: Psalm 22:27-13; Psalm 72
Length: 61 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 4/17 The Gospel & the Nations 1/3 Old Testament 1/2 Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 4/17 The Gospel & the Nations 1/3 Old Testament 1/2 Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/29/2017
Bible: Isaiah 2:2-4; Romans 13
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 3/17 Biblical Relation Between Church & Nation 2/2, Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 3/17 Biblical Relation Between Church & Nation 2/2, Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/26/2017
Bible: Daniel 7:13-14; Romans 13
Length: 62 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a --few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much --of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #41 Westminster Confession 7:2 First Covenant Made With Man Was a Covenant of Works        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #41 Westminster Confession 7:2 First Covenant Made With Man Was a Covenant of Works
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/25/2017
Bible: Genesis 2:17; Galatians 3:12
Length: 87 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #40 Westminster Confession 7:1 God Condescends To Man, Covenant Theology, Blessedness        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #40 Westminster Confession 7:1 God Condescends To Man, Covenant Theology, Blessedness
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/25/2017
Bible: Isaiah 40:13-17; Job 9:32-33
Length: 83 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #39 Westminster Confession 6:6 Every Sin Brings Guilt and Wrath Upon the Sinner        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #39 Westminster Confession 6:6 Every Sin Brings Guilt and Wrath Upon the Sinner
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/25/2017
Bible: James 4:17; Matthew 25:42-43
Length: 92 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          King Jesus 2/17 Biblical Relation Between Church & Nation 1/2, Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 2/17 Biblical Relation Between Church & Nation 1/2, Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/25/2017
Bible: Isaiah 2:2-4; Romans 13
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a --few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much --of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          King Jesus 1/17 Reformation Of Nations & the Church, National Church Establishments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: King Jesus 1/17 Reformation Of Nations & the Church, National Church Establishments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/24/2017
Bible: Psalm 2; Romans 13
Length: 54 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #7 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Honor        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #7 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Honor
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/22/2017
Bible: Romans 13:7; Romans 13
Length: 64 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #6 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Taxation        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #6 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Taxation
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/22/2017
Bible: Romans 13:6; Romans 13
Length: 66 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #5 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Obedience        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #5 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Obedience
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 7/22/2017
Bible: Romans 13:5; Romans 13
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #38 Westminster Confession 6:5 This Corruption of Nature Remains in the Regenerated        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #38 Westminster Confession 6:5 This Corruption of Nature Remains in the Regenerated
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/18/2017
Bible: 1 John 1:8-10; Romans 7:14-23
Length: 88 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #37 Westminster Confession 6:4 From This Original Corruption All Actual Sin Proceeds        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #37 Westminster Confession 6:4 From This Original Corruption All Actual Sin Proceeds
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/18/2017
Bible: Romans 5:6; Colossians 1:21
Length: 85 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #36 Westminster Confession 6:3 The First Couple is the Natural Root of All Mankind        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #36 Westminster Confession 6:3 The First Couple is the Natural Root of All Mankind
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/18/2017
Bible: 1 Chronicles 1:1; Luke 3:38
Length: 90 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #35 Westminster Confession 6:2 Our First Parents Fell From Original Righteousness        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #35 Westminster Confession 6:2 Our First Parents Fell From Original Righteousness
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/11/2017
Bible: Genesis 1:26-27; Ecclesiastes 7:29
Length: 88 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #34 Westminster Confession 6:1 Our First Parents Sinned in Eating the Forbidden Fruit        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #34 Westminster Confession 6:1 Our First Parents Sinned in Eating the Forbidden Fruit
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/11/2017
Bible: Genesis 3:13; 2 Corinthians 11:3
Length: 87 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #33 Westminster Confession 5:7 God's Providence May Be Seen as General and as Special        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #33 Westminster Confession 5:7 God's Providence May Be Seen as General and as Special
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/11/2017
Bible: 1 Timothy 4:10; Psalm 104:24
Length: 89 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #32 Westminster Confession 5:6 God, as a Righteous Judge, Blinds & Hardens Wicked Men        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #32 Westminster Confession 5:6 God, as a Righteous Judge, Blinds & Hardens Wicked Men
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/11/2017
Bible: Romans 1:24-28; Romans 9:13-18
Length: 86 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #31 Westminster Confession 5:5 God Does Not Solicit or Seduce Any Man to Sin        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #31 Westminster Confession 5:5 God Does Not Solicit or Seduce Any Man to Sin
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/4/2017
Bible: James 1:13-14; Matthew 15:18
Length: 83 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #30 Westminster Confession 5:4 Sinfulness Proceeds Only From the Creature, Not God        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #30 Westminster Confession 5:4 Sinfulness Proceeds Only From the Creature, Not God
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/4/2017
Bible: Romans 11:32-34; 2 Samuel 24:1
Length: 87 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #29 Westminster Confession 5:3 God in His Ordinary Providence Makes Use of Means        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #29 Westminster Confession 5:3 God in His Ordinary Providence Makes Use of Means
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/4/2017
Bible: Acts 27:31; Isaiah 55:10-11
Length: 78 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #28 Westminster Confession 5:2 All Things Fall Out Through Nature Of Second Causes        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #28 Westminster Confession 5:2 All Things Fall Out Through Nature Of Second Causes
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 7/4/2017
Bible: Acts 2:23; Ephesians 1:11
Length: 88 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #27 Westminster Confession 5:1 God Upholds All Creatures by His Most Wise Providence        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #27 Westminster Confession 5:1 God Upholds All Creatures by His Most Wise Providence
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/27/2017
Bible: Hebrews 1:3; Daniel 4:34-35
Length: 90 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #26 Westminster Confession 4:2 After God Had Made All Other Creatures He Created Man        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #26 Westminster Confession 4:2 After God Had Made All Other Creatures He Created Man
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/27/2017
Bible: Genesis 1:27; Luke 23:43
Length: 88 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #25 Westminster Confession 4:1 It Pleased God for His Glory to Create the World        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #25 Westminster Confession 4:1 It Pleased God for His Glory to Create the World
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/27/2017
Bible: Psalm 115:3; Ephesians 1:11
Length: 89 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #24 Westminster Confession 3:8 How is This Doctrine of Predestination to be Taught?        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #24 Westminster Confession 3:8 How is This Doctrine of Predestination to be Taught?
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/27/2017
Bible: Matthew 11:20; Luke 10:20
Length: 88 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #23 Westminster Confession 3:7 Calvinism & Reprobation: God Passes By The Non-Elect        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #23 Westminster Confession 3:7 Calvinism & Reprobation: God Passes By The Non-Elect
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/20/2017
Bible: 1 Peter 2:8; Romans 9:17-22
Length: 89 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #22 Westminster Confession 3:6 God Hath Foreordained the Elect Unto Glory by His Will        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #22 Westminster Confession 3:6 God Hath Foreordained the Elect Unto Glory by His Will
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/20/2017
Bible: Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:4
Length: 89 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #21 Westminster Confession 3:5 God Chose Without Any Foresight of Faith in the Elect        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #21 Westminster Confession 3:5 God Chose Without Any Foresight of Faith in the Elect
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/13/2017
Bible: 2 Timothy 2:19; John 13:18
Length: 84 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #20 Westminster Confession 3:4 The Number of the Predestinated Cannot Be Changed        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #20 Westminster Confession 3:4 The Number of the Predestinated Cannot Be Changed
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/13/2017
Bible: 2 Timothy 2:19; Psalm 33:11
Length: 85 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #19 Westminster Confession 3:3 God's Decree, Predestination, Election & Reprobation        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #19 Westminster Confession 3:3 God's Decree, Predestination, Election & Reprobation
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/6/2017
Bible: Luke 22:22; Acts 4:28
Length: 83 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #18 Westminster Confession 3:2 Calvinism, God's Foreknowledge & God’s Eternal Decree        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #18 Westminster Confession 3:2 Calvinism, God's Foreknowledge & God’s Eternal Decree
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 6/6/2017
Bible: Matthew 11:26; Ephesians 1:5
Length: 89 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #17 Westminster Confession 3:1 God From Eternity Ordained Whatsoever Comes to Pass        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #17 Westminster Confession 3:1 God From Eternity Ordained Whatsoever Comes to Pass
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/30/2017
Bible: Ephesians 1:11; Matthew 25:34
Length: 92 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Bright Lights, Big Post        
Warning: This post is long. I won't apologize for it, but I don't expect you to read it. If you want, you could divide it up to before race day and after, though I think you'll miss the theme if you do. I don't even have it in the headline.
Enjoy. I guess.


My life feels like it began after I had kids.
This is a cliche turned on its head (you see what I did there?) because it's not meant to be a caption for "The Family Circus." My life feels that way because of the way it seems to be rushing by without me getting so much as a glimpse of it. Time flies when you're having fun. It flies even more when you're too busy to have it.
When Jayden was born six years ago, I began to notice that whole chunks out of the year just seemed to vanish. I distinctly remember three things. Finishing the 14ers, the first time I played online poker for money and Jayden's birth. The rest, even when Kate told me she was pregnant, is a smear. And then life seemed to get smooshed into globs of seasons without any kind of a calendar to mark it. It was hot, then cold, only we were inside most of the time, changing diapers and collapsing into bed. Vacations were the same every year, a trip to Kansas to see Kate's grandmother and my parents. We'd put the tree up at Christmas. Then we would take it down.
The girls were born a couple years later, and I'll be damned if I can recall much of anything in that first year. I remember being tired.
Time, by then, was indistinguishable. Songs I loved felt like they were released just weeks ago, and someone had to tell me it was a couple years ago. Metallica's "Death Magnetic," my favorite recent album, came out in 2008. That's a high school career ago.
My high school career, those four years in high school, still feel like 20 to me. I can tell you what albums came out then and what I was doing every month in my life. I can point out the grocery store that let us buy beer and the other that almost had us arrested. I know all the movies.
I was busy then, too, almost as busy as I am now. But I marked my life with moments. There were so many moments. There were moments in my life that I'll remember forever.
I love my kids dearly, but when you're a parent, at least in the first six years I've done it, I've found myself so bent on surviving them, and life, and all the crap that comes in between, that it's easy to forget to have moments.
There are a ton of milestones, but most of them are your kids', not your own, other than their births. And if you don't have anything to write down anything significant on the calendar, how do you know when it's time to turn the page?
Which is the longest lede you'll ever read from me, in perhaps the longest blog post I'll ever write.
Other than a few times in my life, say, Jayden's first day of Kindergarten or my first marathon, I had run out of moments. The #wpbt started to feel that way as well. Even those special trips sort of blurred together. And then I decided to run the Vegas Half Marathon.
Well, we did.
That's kind of the point.
• • • 
It's hard to explain what the #wpbt is to people, and so I treat it like Fight Club. You know the first rule of Fight Club, right? I followed it.
My life is so different back home. I don't drink much, play poker much or even stay up past 10 p.m. much. When I had a 40th birthday surprise party, I didn't get drunk, to the crushing disappointment of one of my best friends.
I also find it hard to explain to people why running has taken over my life. I hated it for so many years. I always thought it was because I had to shave my mountain climbing down to a nub after the kids were born, and I needed something to keep me motivated to stay active. But I've thought about this trip a lot the last few days, and I've come to two conclusions why both things mean a lot to me.
The first is the milestones.
The second is the people.
• • •
Sure, the roads were snowpacked Thursday morning, even icy in spots, but the thought of my plane being cancelled never occurred to me until I heard it announced over the loudspeaker in the small airport in Fort Collins.
Running's taught me more than anything else how to deal with adversity. Climbing laid the groundwork, but when you're running, adversity is only a few steps behind. Cramps, side stitches, unplanned trips to the bathroom, hunger, thirst, cold, heat, dogs, wild animals, your balance, your sense of direction, nausea, black ice, injuries, 5 a.m. wake-ups, bad food, your GPS, a leaky Gatorade bottle, other runners and even your very breath (really, especially that) all conspire to screw you over, probably when you least expect it.
Whatever running hasn't taught me how to handle, being a parent takes care of the rest, like dealing with puke and poop or a bad night's sleep.
So I can handle just about any situation, and I was handling it. I was handling it like a motherfucker as I shuffled back to my car, until I heard the message that another flight wouldn't be available until Friday evening.
I was going to miss half the fun after not being at #wpbt last year.
I was instantly, totally crushed.
I said so on Twitter.
Then I started getting tweets back.
I had to pull over my car to read and respond to all of them.
They were offers to get me on another one-way flight using their miles.
I can think on my feet when I'm a reporter, a runner or a climber, but in the rest of my life, I'm a planner. 
It took me a moment to gather my thoughts.
I didn't know how I'd get home, and I wasn't sure if I'd get a refund from this flight, and if I didn't, I'd have to suck it up and go Friday night. My head was swimming. Did I have time to get to Denver's airport? Could I still make it that Thursday night? Was it worth it? How much more money would it cost me?
A small voice whispered to me. This is like the race you are about to run.
I was home maybe five minutes. I called the airline and (woot!) and got a refund. I was packed, my bag was in the car, and I was ready to go.
April's offer was the best. With her 25,000 miles, she could get me off the ground at 3 p.m. 
Book it! I Tweeted, as I was on my way to the airport, in the car, with Christmas music blasting through the speakers. 
She did. 
First Class.
For $75.
It wasn't lost on me that this reminded me of two other times when people did something completely selfless and unexpected that required a sacrifice, and both those other times involved the same sense of community I got from climbing and get now from running. Once was just after the time a decade ago when I got trapped in a rock avalanche and barely escaped with my life. I was beaten up, bloodied and a bit broken, and I had a long way to go. Eight miles. A quarter-mile into the hike, someone offered me his hiking poles. I turned them down at first, until my Dad chased the guy down after I stumbled down the trail a couple times. I could not have made it without them. We returned them a week later.
The second was during my first marathon, and I was at mile 20 when I got hit by severe cramps. People gave me their bananas, pretzels and drinks. I made it across.
In both cases, these were adventures that people planned far in advance, and they brought that food and drink (and the poles) in case something bad happened to them. Instead, they risked their own well being to give them to me.
April took time out of her day and gave me a shitload of airline miles just so I could get there Thursday night and have dinner with some bloggers.
I bought her meal that night.
• • •
By now you're wondering why I decided to run the race. Or, most likely, you no longer care and have moved on to Angry Birds. I don't blame you.
Still with me? Wow.
A couple years ago (oh man, I'm REALLY trying your patience now, aren't I, I mean, how much exposition can one blog have), John, aka Bad Blood, wrote me, wondering how he could run a 10K in 48 minutes. It was for a bet. Rob, aka Gordon, aka um, G-Rob, was losing a bunch of weight, and Blood bet him some pounds against his time. 
I knew Blood a bit, mostly because we both liked music that scared most people, but I was happy to help because, well, I love talking about running, probably way too much. So I put him on a plan, taught him how to run speed work and tempo runs, and he crushed the race. It was really fun. So when he wanted to do a half marathon, I helped him with that, too, and it turned out to be really, really fun. He got hooked on the running, and I got hooked on the help. We stayed in touch throughout the years.
When Rock and Roll sent me an e-mail stating that the race would be held that night, I registered, not knowing, or caring, how it would work with #wpbt. I had a feeling John would want to do it too. He did.
Only he had a surprise. Others were interested too.
They were only interested at first. Brad, aka Otis, seemed especially nervous about it. I knew Brad a bit, too, as I had met him during a trip two years ago, while Steel Panther blasted in the background, and he was kind of a legend among the #wpbt, and he was a pretty darn good writer and was really supportive of my own writing, which, of course, meant a lot because I tend to write long, rambling sentences with a lot of commas.
So, OK. I wrote him an email, explaining that a half marathon really, truly, honestly wasn't as hard as it sounded. At least the training wasn't. You didn't have to run all day, every day, while whipping yourself like a monk. Really, for what you get out of the race, it's a pretty good deal.
John just told Brad to pull his head out of his ass and sign up.
I'm not sure what worked more.
G-Rob, fresh off losing 100 pounds, which would leave me weighing about as much as my 6-year-old, and Doc signed up as well. We had a group.
I volunteered to help right away just like I helped John. Part of me likes being the guru. But mostly I do it because I remembered when I first started running, and so many great runners, people who were destroying me in races, turning in times I never thought I'd run, helped me. They waited for me on group runs, talked to me about different ways to run and introduced me to the concept of runs having a purpose, not just strapping on shoes and getting out there. I remembered that, and I thought it was time to pay them back by (sigh, I hate this expression) paying it forward to others.
The e-mails among our group started back in the summer. They didn't stop until it was time for the race. They meant far more than I thought they would when they started.
• • •
No, I'm not breaking this into parts. Deal with it.
• • •
As excited as I was for the race, I felt conflicted when I got there Thursday night. I was eating with Astin, Heather, April, Dawn, Ryan and later Michelle.
(By the way, I liked how we sort of ditched the nicknames for the most part this year and called each other by our real names. I occasionally referred to them if I needed them or wanted them, aka Bad Blood is such a badass name that it fit before we headed out to the race. But for the most part people went by their actual names. It was time).
The food was fantastic, but I chose not to drink, and I worried about eating too much greasy or fried pickings. It was like that most of the weekend. Vegas is usually the one place I don't have to be on guard all the time, and yet I had to be. I focused on eating rice, pasta, breads, pancakes and fruit and not drinking, in addition to drinking a lot of water.
The race doesn't happen until you hit the starting line, but really, it begins a few days before, when you load your body with carbs, try not to eat anything that will screw with your stomach on race day and try to get rest. You also probably shouldn't drink a lot.
What helped was not only were my running partners following the same program, but many of the rest of us bloggers were too. This time seemed far mellower than any other. I even saw AlCan'tHang sober a few times. I preferred it that way. We're all older now, and it's nice to act like it a little bit. There were no wheelchair stories, and as disappointing as that was, acting like adults does mean sacrificing a little fun.
So Thursday and Friday were fun, but they involved poker (with Jordan and Carol, mostly, which was awesome). Then Otis came to town Friday afternoon. You all know the story by now. I'll let him tell the bulk of it. But his father died suddenly earlier that week.
I'd already written him off for the most part, though a part of me, selfishly, really wanted him there. We all did.
Otis/Brad had really embraced running, and I got as much joy out of coaching him than anyone I've ever helped. He was thankful, of course, but more than that, I could see what it did for him spiritually. I told him for weeks as he got on the program that running really would become enjoyable, and one day, after those many weeks, I got an email from him, explaining how he'd finally had that day. Running, the outdoors and mountain climbing are much more to me than a way to exercise, and finally Brad felt that way too.
I hoped he was going to go, but our group let him make that decision.
He sent us an email that he was coming when I was on my way to the airport.
We spent Friday night, after an appearance at the mellow blogger mixed game, at the Monte Carlo poker room. It's a run-down place, close to the opposite of the Aria poker room.
It was exactly what we needed.
John arrived late that night.
It was good to have our group together.
• • •
You won't find many details of the nights here. I"m not afraid to share them, of course, as they were fairly tame, especially by Vegas standards, but this post is long enough, and there were some special times that don't need to make the Internet. We had a wonderful pasta dinner Saturday, the night before the race, picked by Brad, where we reflected on our training and the guys surprised me by buying me dinner. I was so touched I forgot to say no.
The place was located next to the Palms, and we played a wild game (one of several that weekend, and those wild games meant me picking my spots while they splashed around a lot of chips), and I'll just say two words: Jose Canseco (the guy's kinda a whiner at the table).
That Saturday was especially mellow: We picked up our number for the race, played the tournament and cheered Brad's min-cash before we went to the runner's Expo that night and then dinner.
We got in fairly late but slept until 10 a.m. Sunday. After a pancake breakfast, we decided the best thing to do was play a little poker to take our mind off what we were facing.
I'd never run a night race before, especially not something as ardrous as a half. I grabbed a large Gatorade to drink over the afternoon with Brad. At the last second, he picked up a couple black pens.
When I sat at the poker table, I instantly pulled off two huge bluffs and was betting like a maniac. In other words, I was playing exactly like I usually DON'T play. What was going on? I didn't even realize what I was doing until someone whispered, "I'm gonna get this wild guy." I laughed to myself and snapped out of it.
I'm an aggressive runner, and just a few hours before the race, I was ready to tear it up. I was in running mode.
I switched that off for the moment and settled into my usual careful play, and soon enough, I looked over at Bad Blood, and he nodded at me. I smiled and my mind began to travel down a darkening tunnel. I love it when my brain does that on its own and I don't have to force it. It usually means I'm going to have a good race. Pain, nausea and weariness can't penetrate that zone.
We got up to go to our rooms. It was time to get ready.
• • •
Before the race almost makes racing worth it on its own. The anticipation is incredible if you let it be that way. If you don't let the nerves and doubts take over. Your stomach rumbles, your tapered legs tingle and your lips snarl.
I told the guys during our incredible dinner the night before that I go over in my head what Kansas' coach Bill Self said to his troops the night before the Final Four, when we eventually went on to win the title in 2008. It sounds cheesy, but when you're going through something like a long race, cheesy works. In this case it's a pretty simple statement, not a Gipper cheer.
"You can't hope good things happen tonight," he said. "You expect them to."
There are always things in a race you can't train for. Maybe there's stomach problems, weather, injuries, other runners and the crappy unknown, like a small piece of broken pavement that's just big enough to trip you. But what I've found, and really love, about running is if you do the training, it pays off in a race. It really rewards you with the time you put into it. Many sports aren't necessarily like that. Football and baseball rely too much on the circumstances. Even mountain climbing, my first love, isn't that way because the weather and the altitude play such huge roles in whether you make your goal or not.
So if you do the training, it's foolish to hope good things happen during a race. You should expect them to.
You may want to skip this next part. It's a race report and will include my thoughts on my time during the run. You may find this the most interesting part of the blog. But I doubt it.
• • • 
Brad and I were silent as we got dressed for the race, which I took as a good sign. It meant he was sure of what he was wearing, carrying and using for the race. That's the first step to keeping your nerves under control.
I was most worried about Brad. G-Rob seemed to be as self-assured about the race as he is about everything else in his life, including his hair. He wasn't cocky by any stretch, but he seemed to know he would run relatively slow but also that he would finish. Bad Blood looked sharp and was going to run well and fast, and I knew he knew how to focus (in fact, there was an outside chance he would beat me, I thought). Doc was exactly like G-Rob and had already run a half earlier that year.
But I not only expected Brad to be emotional before the race, I thought he might push it a little hard and let the moment overtake him. I was hoping he'd run an even, fun race where he didn't have to walk. Running an even race is harder than it sounds. I've rarely done it.
I had concerns about myself, too, namely whether my bitchy hamstring would hold up. I expected it to hurt. I just didn't want it to prevent me from running. I didn't know if the crowds would hold me back a bit. And I really wanted to PR, but a lot has to go right. We'd been up late every night even if we got a good night's sleep.
The bloggers wished us well, and OhCaptain took over photo, which was sweet, but I was already in a zone. I allowed one smile for Iggy, who shouted my old blogger name as we left. 
After the promised shuttles didn't deliver, we started walking to the starting line. I tried to look out for my runners as best I could, but I failed miserably as a coach in this spot. We were rushed, as were 25,000 other runners, it seemed, and so it was crowded, and I would like to blame the race officials for that, and I can and will, but ultimately it's up to you to get to the race in enough time. I barely got us there before the start, and Blood didn't even get to check his bag. 
All this robbed us somewhat of the electricity before a big race. It was still there, but a good portion of it went to worry and concern of us reaching the starting line. It's the one thing I still regret about the way things went.
I had planned a small speech for them for days, but I also had to pee, bad, and I saw some bushes to the side. It would be my only chance among the crowds. I pulled in my runners and said to them to not start too fast, have fun and remind themselves how thankful they should be before the start of the race to be there. Then I gave them a hug. It was too fast of a goodbye.
I dashed off to the bushes, hoping an officer wouldn't see me. 
I was now on my own. 
I entered corral 2 and was immediately thankful for it. Even the runners corral 3 were bunched together like cattle in the pens, but they let us spread out, and there weren't very many runners. I knew right away that I wouldn't get trapped behind a crowd, and that thought relaxed me.
I'll admit that I was annoyed at first when Mike McCready from Pearl Jam began to play our national anthem. I use the song as a final way to get focused before what's facing me. It helps remind ME how lucky I am to be at the line. But I shook off the irritation after the first few notes. I mean, look at where I was. I was in VEGAS, about to run the strip at NIGHT, and the guitarist from PEARL JAM, one of my favorite bands, was there, tearing it up. If I have one flaw, it's that sometimes, I forget to have fun. I told myself this, above all other things, would be really, really fun.
So when I crossed the line, and my chip beeped, and I was off, I held back that first mile, running at a conservative pace of 7:45. It would be the only mile that I didn't run by feel. I held back and held back, almost to frustration, because that's when I have my best races, when I let my body ease into it. 
I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing it was, even better than I thought, to run the strip. Seeing the lights of Vegas in the middle of the strip makes you realize how overwhelming, and, yeah, beautiful in an obnoxious way, it all is. And the PEOPLE. There were so many people watching us and cheering for us like we were athletes, like we mattered. I've never had half that many spectators. Many people called for my Colorado shirt, and I loved it.
Iron Maiden wrote about the loneliness of the long distance runner because it IS lonely. You are there, in your head, with your doubts and your courage. Sometimes a little cheer goes a long way to quieting those fears, even from people you don't know.
And yet, a lot of people I DO know who where there.
I was silently thrilled, even flabbergasted, at how the #wpbt embraced the race. Not only did they volunteer to talk to us about it (which is dangerous since I might keep you for a while), they seemed generally interested in what we had to say. A good chunk of the group showed up for it, and though I didn't see them, I looked for them as the miles got tougher, and knowing they were probably out there helped in ways I can't explain. I love running, but I also know it's not a spectator sport. I would imagine watching a bunch of runners stream by is probably about as exciting as watching someone play live poker without the hole cards. But they showed up, shook our hands after, and Pauly even told me he had fun being out there. I wonder what he was on. I may want it next year. Drizz packed us beers! Beers!
Anyway, once I got to mile two and saw the Bellagio on my left, I threw off the shackles and decided to let my body tell me what I could run. I was looking for a pace that was just beyond comfortably hard. A half marathon is a long way, so I couldn't run completely balls out, like I do many times in a 5K, and yet it's still a race. I settled on a pace that left me breathing hard, but not gasping, and that got my legs moving, not straining. It would hurt, bad, to trip, but the motions felt relaxed yet quick. It's probably the same pace I would use if I were dashing away from a pack of zombies.
I looked at my watch. That pace was 7:15 per mile.
That's over 8 miles an hour if you're scoring at home.
Shit. Really?
I knew I'd run faster. The elevation in Vegas isn't sea level, but it's not 5,000 feet, either. And it's the flattest course I'll run, so I knew I wouldn't bonk on a hill. Still. It was a little scary to see that pace. I have run races too fast at first, and by the end, you're so miserable, you want to burn your shoes. My 10K split was the second-fastest 10K I've ever run. Even in this year, by far the greatest I've had running, I ran two 10Ks that weren't as fast.
Fuck it, I thought. I know I can finish. I know I can run below 1:45 (I ran 1:40 a month ago in Denver, which was a PR). I know that if I get back to mile 10, I"ll have the Vegas lights to lead me home.
I took a deep breath. And then I ran.
• • • 
By mile 7 and 8, as we darted through the darker areas of downtown Vegas, both in lighting and in humanity, I felt tired, and my chest tightened a bit, but I felt all right, mostly thanks to the incredible, 40-degree weather most of the night. The pace, regardless, was torrid for me and would put me close to a crash. I resolved to do what I could to avoid it. I ripped open a Powerbar gel and gulped it down and hoped for an aid station to take away the taste. I took a salt pill. I did find a station, got pissed when they didn't seem to have any sports drink and tried to focus on the next step. I needed that dark tunnel in my mind back. Arch Enemy came over the iPod. That's what I needed. "Battery low," it chirped at me. Oh please don't give out, I said to it.
I got caught up in a group as we swerved the corners, and I fought for space with some dude who refused to move over an inch so I wouldn't have to hop the curb. He gashed my wrist with an elbow and got an elbow in the ribs in return. I can be a polite runner, but if someone tries to cut me off, it's Braveheart time. I would never shove a runner - that's like ramming a car on the highway - but I will throw elbows. He got the message and backed off. 
It turns out I ran a 6:59 mile at this point. It would be my fastest. Things got harder after that. I managed to stay around 7:20 or so, which makes me happy, but probably the toughest thing about a half marathon is also the most obvious: You have to keep running, hard, after you've put on some serious miles. Even at mile 11, when I had the strip back and the bright lights, I knew I was fading. I also knew at this point that I had a shot at 1:37 and didn't want to blow it, and even a pace of, say, 8:30, an aggressive pace for two-thirds of the runners out there, would blow it. I was straining, and my legs felt like a stuffed animal being pulled in a fight between a brother and sister. The only good news was my hamstring wasn't bothering me any longer, which probably was because I was too tired to care.
I apologize I didn't see the bloggers cheering on the sideline. I was trying so hard not to see anything but the lights and the finish line. I was hurting by that point, just trying to hard to seal away 1:37 and knowing I could crash at any moment. I was floating around a 7:35-7:40 pace and was afraid I could not hold even that much longer.
And then I saw the finish line.
I stepped across.
I didn't celebrate when I finished. I bent over and slowly walked over to grab a foil wrap. I grabbed a water and a drink and tried to breathe. Everyone around me was dead, too, barely able to walk or breathe. It felt good to me to be with them. We WORKED. We nodded at each other or patted each other's shoulder on the way to the exit out of the chute. We'd worked against, and with, each other most of the way. I spent a little time at the trash can, with a coin flip's chance of puking, and then the nausea went away and then I felt a tap on my back. He was the guy I fought at the corner. 
Good run, he said. You too, I said.
I waited, far too long, for Blood but knew I'd missed him, and then later Otis and the others. I looked for the bloggers. I finally shivered so hard someone came over and asked me if I needed a doctor, and so I went inside Mandalay to warm up and catch the shuttle. I waited inside there, too, for a long time, but I finally rode the bus home.
I pressed my nose against the glass when I saw an In and Out Burger.
• • • 
I made it up to my room without seeing anyone, which was the plan since I needed to decompress, stretch and become myself again. After touching base via my phone with Blood and Brad, knowing the others wouldn't be far behind, I stripped off my sticky clothes and took a shower. The warm water felt like heaven. 
I was just about to leave the room, texting my running friends back home anxious to hear my time, when I heard the door open and Brad came through.
We hugged each other, unabashedly, and then Brad talked like one of my kids for 10 minutes straight. I knew exactly what he was feeling, but it was so rewarding to see it from someone else and know that I helped him get there. It's that crack-like, addicting feeling of accomplishment. Ultimately it's why we run. It was an emotional run for him, as I thought, but it also seemed to be a great, fun experience too.
And he ran the whole way.
I came back down and got warm greetings from Blood, who crushed the race, and many other bloggers, which felt great. I was almost embarrassed at how much everyone cared. 
We had to eat in the food court, and plans didn't exactly go like we had hoped, but they never do. We ate, played some table games (I broke my Pai Gow cherry; that game is fun) and then, finally, had a private poker game at the Monte Carlo. 
Brad called it an epilogue in an email to us. As usual, he found a great word for it. Though I like to think of that game, the race, really the whole weekend, as something else.
I think, for once, I've got an even better word than Brad for it.
I'm calling it a moment.

  

          #16 Westminster Confession 2:3 The Godhead, Three Persons, of One Substance and Power        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #16 Westminster Confession 2:3 The Godhead, Three Persons, of One Substance and Power
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/30/2017
Bible: 1 John 5:7; Matthew 3:16
Length: 97 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #15 Westminster Confession 2:2 God Hath All Life, Glory, Goodness in and of Himself        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #15 Westminster Confession 2:2 God Hath All Life, Glory, Goodness in and of Himself
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/23/2017
Bible: John 5:26; Acts 7:2
Length: 92 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #14 Westminster Confession 2:1 Of God and of the Holy Trinity: Only One True God        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #14 Westminster Confession 2:1 Of God and of the Holy Trinity: Only One True God
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/23/2017
Bible: Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:9
Length: 93 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #13 Westminster Confession 1:10 The Supreme Judge of all Controversies is Scripture        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #13 Westminster Confession 1:10 The Supreme Judge of all Controversies is Scripture
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/16/2017
Bible: Ephesians 2:20; Acts 28:25
Length: 87 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #12 Westminster Confession 1:9 The Rule of Interpretation of Scripture is Scripture        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #12 Westminster Confession 1:9 The Rule of Interpretation of Scripture is Scripture
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/16/2017
Bible: 2 Peter 1:20; Acts 15:15-16
Length: 86 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #11 Westminster Confession 1:8 The Bible Should Be Translated into Common Languages        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #11 Westminster Confession 1:8 The Bible Should Be Translated into Common Languages
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/9/2017
Bible: Matthew 5:18; Acts 15:15
Length: 93 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #10 Westminster Confession 1:7 Things Necessary for Salvation are Clearly Propounded        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #10 Westminster Confession 1:7 Things Necessary for Salvation are Clearly Propounded
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/2/2017
Bible: Psalm 119:105; 2 Peter 1:19
Length: 83 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #9 Westminster Confession 1:6 The Whole Counsel of God is Contained in the Bible        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #9 Westminster Confession 1:6 The Whole Counsel of God is Contained in the Bible
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 5/2/2017
Bible: 2 Timothy 3:15; Galatians 1:8-9
Length: 90 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          The Lord Jesus Christ Said, Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: The Lord Jesus Christ Said, Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 4/28/2017
Bible: Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Establishment Of Gospel, Reformation, Truth Over All Nations Before the Second Coming        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Establishment Of Gospel, Reformation, Truth Over All Nations Before the Second Coming
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 4/24/2017
Bible: Isaiah 2:2-4; Ezekiel 47:1-12
Length: 66 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Then Christ Arose, and Rebuked the Winds and the Sea; and There Was A Great Calm        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Then Christ Arose, and Rebuked the Winds and the Sea; and There Was A Great Calm
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 4/22/2017
Bible: Matthew 8:23-27; Matthew 8
Length: 65 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Movies 3/3 Christian Sanctification, Entertainment, Theater, TV, Recreation, Phones        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Movies 3/3 Christian Sanctification, Entertainment, Theater, TV, Recreation, Phones
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 4/22/2017
Bible: Matthew 5:27-29; Matthew 5:18-19
Length: 70 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Movies 2/3 Christian Sanctification, Entertainment, Theater, TV, Recreation, Phones        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Movies 2/3 Christian Sanctification, Entertainment, Theater, TV, Recreation, Phones
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 4/22/2017
Bible: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; Hebrews 12:14
Length: 70 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Movies 1/3 Christian Sanctification, Entertainment, Theater, TV, Recreation, Phones        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Movies 1/3 Christian Sanctification, Entertainment, Theater, TV, Recreation, Phones
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 4/22/2017
Bible: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7; Romans 6
Length: 66 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #8 Westminster Confession 1:5 Assurance of the Infallible Truth of the Holy Scripture        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #8 Westminster Confession 1:5 Assurance of the Infallible Truth of the Holy Scripture
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 4/18/2017
Bible: Romans 3:2; Isaiah 30:21
Length: 78 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #7 Westminster Confession 1:4 Authority of Holy Scripture Does Not Depend Upon Man        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #7 Westminster Confession 1:4 Authority of Holy Scripture Does Not Depend Upon Man
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 4/11/2017
Bible: 2 Peter 1:19; 2 Timothy 3:16
Length: 78 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #6 Westminster Confession 1:3 Of the Holy Scripture. Which Books are the Apocrypha?        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #6 Westminster Confession 1:3 Of the Holy Scripture. Which Books are the Apocrypha?
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 4/4/2017
Bible: Romans 3:2; Luke 24:27
Length: 82 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #5 Westminster Confession 1:2 The Holy Scripture. Books of the Old & New Testaments        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #5 Westminster Confession 1:2 The Holy Scripture. Books of the Old & New Testaments
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 4/4/2017
Bible: John 10:35; Mark 7:9
Length: 91 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #4 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Ministers...        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #4 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Ministers...
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 3/27/2017
Bible: Romans 13:4; Romans 13
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation--resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in--much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you--take responsibility for your soul and spend a few--shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of--the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar,--http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside--Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's--truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive---http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor,--Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg--Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Christ's Mediatorial Reign 5/5 Fate of Nations Which Reject the Gospel Of God's Grace        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Christ's Mediatorial Reign 5/5 Fate of Nations Which Reject the Gospel Of God's Grace
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 3/26/2017
Bible: Psalm 9:17; Romans 13
Length: 68 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar,--http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Christ's Mediatorial Reign 4/5 Duty of Nations Favored With the Gospel Of God's Grace        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Christ's Mediatorial Reign 4/5 Duty of Nations Favored With the Gospel Of God's Grace
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 3/26/2017
Bible: Acts 9:15; Romans 13
Length: 70 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar,--http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Christ's Mediatorial Reign 3/5 The Kingdom of the Stone Crushes All Ungodly Kingdoms        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Christ's Mediatorial Reign 3/5 The Kingdom of the Stone Crushes All Ungodly Kingdoms
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 3/26/2017
Bible: Daniel 2:44; Romans 13
Length: 69 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar,--http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Christ's Mediatorial Reign 2/5 Mediatorial Dominion, Lord Over All, King Of Kings ...        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Christ's Mediatorial Reign 2/5 Mediatorial Dominion, Lord Over All, King Of Kings ...
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 3/26/2017
Bible: John 17:3; Romans 13
Length: 69 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar,--http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Christ's Mediatorial Reign 1/5 Duty of Magistrates Favored With the Gospel, the Bible        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Christ's Mediatorial Reign 1/5 Duty of Magistrates Favored With the Gospel, the Bible
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 3/26/2017
Bible: Psalm 22:27; Psalm 2
Length: 69 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar,--http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #3 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Good Works        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #3 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, Good Works
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 3/21/2017
Bible: Romans 13; Hosea 8:4
Length: 65 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation--resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in--much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you--take responsibility for your soul and spend a few--shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of--the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar,--http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside--Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's--truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive---http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor,--Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg--Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #3 Westminster Confession, Introduction 3/3 Epistemology, Can We Know Absolute Truth?        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #3 Westminster Confession, Introduction 3/3 Epistemology, Can We Know Absolute Truth?
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 3/21/2017
Bible: John 18:37-38; 2 Timothy 3:7
Length: 66 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #2 Westminster Confession, Introduction 2/3 Epistemology, Can We Know Absolute Truth?        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #2 Westminster Confession, Introduction 2/3 Epistemology, Can We Know Absolute Truth?
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 3/21/2017
Bible: Matthew 11:27; John 17:21
Length: 62 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #2 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13 Hermeneutics        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #2 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13 Hermeneutics
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 3/20/2017
Bible: Romans 13, Romans 13:2
Length: 63 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst--of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter---Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive---http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author,--Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at--http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #1 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, John Calvin        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #1 Biblical Civil Government Versus Satanic Civil Government, Romans 13, John Calvin
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 3/20/2017
Bible: Romans 13; Revelation 13
Length: 61 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation--resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst--of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter---Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive---http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author,--Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at--http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          #1 Westminster Confession, Introduction 1/3 Epistemology, Can We Know Absolute Truth?        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #1 Westminster Confession, Introduction 1/3 Epistemology, Can We Know Absolute Truth?
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 2/28/2017
Bible: Romans 11:36; Proverbs 16:4
Length: 62 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          #4 Westminster Confession 1:1 Holy Scripture, Bible, Light of Nature, Gospel, Jesus        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: #4 Westminster Confession 1:1 Holy Scripture, Bible, Light of Nature, Gospel, Jesus
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Teaching
Date: 2/28/2017
Bible: Proverbs 20:27; Acts 14:15-17
Length: 92 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but you have seldom or have never read older Reformed literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of theological and spiritual insight which is lacking in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed theology. If you think of yourself as conservative, the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly Reformed. There are more solid resources for less money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend you take responsibility for your soul and spend a few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e., the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4-------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.- Free resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Providence 7/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Providence 7/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 12/22/2016
Bible: Romans 9; Ephesians 1
Length: 89 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Providence 6/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Providence 6/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 12/22/2016
Bible: Romans 9; Ephesians 1
Length: 86 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Providence 5/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Providence 5/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 12/22/2016
Bible: Romans 9; Ephesians 1
Length: 83 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Providence 4/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Providence 4/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 12/22/2016
Bible: Romans 9; Ephesians 1
Length: 87 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Providence 3/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Providence 3/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 12/22/2016
Bible: Ephesians 1; Romans 9
Length: 78 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl
          Providence 2/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Providence 2/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 12/21/2016
Bible: Romans 9; Ephesians 1
Length: 88 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          Providence 1/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF        
A new MP3 sermon from Still Waters Revival Books is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Providence 1/7 Calvinism, Reformation, Predestination, God's Decree, Calvinists, WCF
Subtitle: Jim Dodson Messages
Speaker: Jim Dodson
Broadcaster: Still Waters Revival Books
Event: Bible Study
Date: 12/21/2016
Bible: Romans 9; Ephesians 1
Length: 90 min. (64kbps)

Overview: See covenanter.org for many free Reformation resources.----Puritan Hard Drive at http---ow.ly-fPY4o----If you love the Bible, then you may well be--Reformed. If you think of yourself as Reformed, but--you have seldom or have never read older Reformed--literature, prepare to be challenged. The Puritan--Hard Drive provides primary sources and depth of--theological and spiritual insight which is lacking--in much of what is passed off as genuine Reformed--theology. If you think of yourself as conservative,--the older Puritan and Reformed authors will help you--sort reality from myth in your quest to be truly--Reformed. There are more solid resources for less--money here than anywhere else. I highly recommend--you take responsibility for your soul and spend a--few shekels for this cup of cold water in the midst of the modern religious desert.----- Jim Dodson, Reformed Presbyterian -Covenanter- Scholar, http---www.covenanter.org-----If you want to understand Reformed theology -i.e.,--the whole counsel of God- the Puritan Hard Drive is--unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and--Second Reformations gave us the most faithful--Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of--the Apostles, and there is no other resource,--outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much--of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive -http---ow.ly-fPY4o-.----May the Lord continue to use this most profitable--tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses--the whole world -Isaiah 2-2-4------- Pastor Greg Price -Covenanter Pastor, Author, Theologian, etc.-----Free online resources by Greg Price at http---ow.ly-uHHAl----More Free SWRB Reformed Resources http---ow.ly-vXqTJ
          And Now, an Impassioned Oratory from Noted Psychotic Glenn Beck        
Good evening, dear sweet America. Last night I carefully explained to you how providing health care coverage to people who are uninsured is the same as pouring gasoline on them, lighting them with a match, and then pushing them down a flight of stairs. Tonight, we discuss something even more important. Something bowel-shakingly alarming. This morning, I was enjoying my customary breakfast of lard, rum, and scrambled eggs when I happened to stumble upon something very upsetting. Look at this box of eggs. Look closely.That's right people: PROGRESSIVE pastured eggs! Deviously hiding from the hormones and antibiotics that would otherwise compel them to grow up to be proud American fowl! When I saw this, I did the only responsible thing: I induced vomiting, then wrapped myself in a blanket and cried. I cried for America. Now, you might say, “Hey, Glenn, what’s the big deal here? They’re just eggs!” But let me tell you friends, this is a very serious threat to our way of life.

We all know that the progressive movement is a cancer in America and that it is eating our Constitution before our eyes. Make no mistake, socialist revolutionaries lurk amongst us and with this stunning development, it is clear to me that they are now knocking at our very barnyard doors.

Who knows what tiny feathered menaces are incubating in these progressive eggs? Who can possibly hope to contain Komrade Kluck when he breaks free of his eggshell confines and recruits others to his insidious Marxist cause? Friends, we need a national chicken registry, and we need it now. We need to know the whereabouts and agendas of these clucking menaces before it is too late. Socialist fowl present a clear and present danger to our fragile republic. These subversive chicks threaten to make cuckolds of us all. Who will take a stand against rampant tyranny such as this? In these dangerous times, when will someone finally give a voice to the aggrieved white male?

Who exactly is behind this insidious plot? Why, none other than our old friend Margaret Hamburg, head of the shadowy and mysterious arm of government known as the FDA. For months, Mrs. Hamburg has refused to denounce the gender confusion caused by that rancorous beast, the Cadbury Bunny. And as if living in a world where deviant rabbits could lay eggs wasn’t bad enough, now she’s taking things to the next level: the widespread indoctrination of millions of our nation’s chicks! With this development, the Obama administration moves one step closer to realizing its horrific progressive agenda—a Prius in every garage and a Marxist chicken in every pot.

Sweet tropical Jesus, the mere thought of this scares me. And when I'm scared, I cry. I cry a lot.This crisis ruffles my feathers. It ruffles them to my very core. Has no one learned the lessons from the classic conservative literary masterpiece that is Chicken Little? It was written by Horatio Alger and tells the story of one brave young chicken’s struggle to alert his barnyard friends and family of the looming socialist menace. Sadly, nobody listens to him and then, of course, the Rapture happens.

This book won many awards and was even presented to Margaret Thatcher by President Reagan as a gift for emerging victorious over the puffin menace in the Falkland Islands War. I highly recommend it. But let me tell you, if these progressive eggs become commonplace, we may never see the likes of courageous Chicken Little ever again, and that scares me. And it should scare you, my sweet precious America. Little by little, our freedoms, the principles of capitalism, the idea that we control our own lives and make our own decisions are all being stripped from us. Tonight, I ask you to join me in this fight and rise up against our leftist chicken overlords.

Good night and good luck to us all.

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          The Conservatives show their true colours on tax havens: they’re what we should aspire to, they say        
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          The Twenty-Nine Bombs        

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          Obama Not as "Green" as He Would Like You to Think        
Future Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama might not be as "green" as he appears. And I don't mean "inexperienced." Last year Obama came under fire from conservatives for giving a series of speeches on the need to reduce carbon emissions by breaking America's addiction to SUVs, while arriving and departing in a GMC Envoy. When the story broke, Obama's press secretary, Tommy Vietor, issued a statement saying that Obama liked to roll in a Flex-Fuel SUV, which suggested that he was indeed practicing what he preached. Unfortunately for Obama, many clever conservatives did their research and found out that the GMC Envoy does not come equipped with Flex-Fuel technology.

But now, Obama's committment to being Green is being challenged by environmentalists on both sides of the aisles (Washington Post article here). In a Grist article entitled, "Even Stevens?" reporter Amanda Griscom Little descibes the problems environmentalists have with the "Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007" co-sponsored by Obama and Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning. According to the article, "Coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology uses a highly energy-intensive process to convert coal into diesel fuel for cars or jet fuel for airplanes -- an appealing prospect to the coal industry in Obama's home state of Illinois, but not to [environmentalists] and others concerned about global warming." Little goes on to explain the problems with CTL technology:
David Doniger, policy director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, has supported coal gasification as a viable alternative to coal-burning power plants, but explains that CTL is not as promising an alternative to conventional gasoline or biofuels. "Coal-to-liquid is, in the best-case scenario, no worse for the climate than oil-derived gasoline -- and no better," he says. The best-case scenario assumes that CTL producers find a way to capture their carbon emissions. Problem is, none of the current CTL projects actually involve carbon capture. Without that step, the climate impacts of CTL fuel are far worse than those of gasoline. According to an NRDC analysis, a 35-mpg car powered by the CTL fuel that's currently available would generate as much carbon dioxide pollution as a far less efficient 19-mpg car that runs on conventional gasoline.
The Bunning-Obama bill "which would expand tax incentives for CTL and help jumpstart the industry with public-private partnerships, was first introduced by the senators in spring of last year." It appears that for Obama, regional politics trump environmentalism. It will be interesting to see how many of his Democratic collegues will support the bill and undermine the Dems climate control promises. One thing is for sure: Obama's "100 percent approval rating from the League of Conservation Voters for his environmental voting record in the Senate last year" is certain to decrease this time around.
          About Jackie Robinson        

Who was Jackie Robinson?

 

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was the first black Major League Baseball. Robinson broke the baseball color barrier when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to play in the major leagues, (aside from the 1880s, before the MLB was organized) he is most known for bringing social justice to baseball, which had seperate leagues for blacks (the Negro leagues) and whites for six decades. His character and skills are what helped him challenge the traditional basis of segregation, which was prevalent in all areas of American Life, and was a catalyst to the Civil Rights Movement. Robinson was not just any other baseball player, he strived for success and achieved it, as he helped the Dodgers get to six World Series' and win it all in 1955. He was Rookie of the Year in 1947, MVP in 1949 and a six time All-Star from 1949-1954. He was then inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1962 followed by all of MLB retiring the Jackie Robinson Jersey: number 42, in 1997, an honor reserved solely to Robinson. 

Pre Baseball Life

Jackie was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of farmers during a Spanish flu and smallpox epidemic. He was the youngest of five children, after his brothers Edgar, Frank, Matthew, and Willa Mae. He was named "Roosevelt" as a middle name, in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt, who died earier that month. The Robinson's moved to 121 Pepper Street in Pasadena, California after their father left them in 1920. Their mother worked various jobs to support them as they grew up in relative poverty even though Pasadena was considered an affluent place. They attended Washington Junior High School followed by Muir Tech High School. The Robinsons were superb athletes. Matthew was a silver medalist in the 1936 Olympics and he and Frank inspired Jackie to seriously pursue a career in sports. Jackie played on the Muir Tech football team as quarterback, basketball team as a guard, track team as a jumper, tennis team and baseball team as both a catcher and shortstop. In 1936, he won a Tennis Tournament and played in the Pomona baseball tournament all star team with fellow future Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Bob Lemon. 

After High School, Jackie went on to Pasadena Junior College where he continued his involvement in sports. He also was elected to the Lancers, a local organization responsible for helping patrol school activities. In 1938, Jackie joined the All-Southland Junior College baseball team and was selected as that years MVP. He also received honors for his outstanding community service, even though he sometimes acted against those around him who seemed racist. While playing football for PJC, Jackie broke his ankle. A few days before Jackie's 19th birthday he was arrested for vocally disputing the arrest of a black friend of his. He quickly earned a reputation for being one who won't shy away from beligerrance in the face of racism.

After graduating from PJC, Jackie's brother, Frank, was killed in a motorcycle accident which helped Jackie make a decision to move to L.A. where he could console Frank's family. Jackie decided to attend UCLA where he met is future wife, Rachel Isum, and won varsity letters in all the major sports. He won the 1940 NCAA Mens Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the Long Jump,jumping a whopping 24 Feet 10.5 Inches. Ironically, in that year, robinson batted .097 for the UCLA baseball squad. In 1941, he took a job with the NYA as an assistant athletic director, as it would have been impossible for him to get a job as a proffesional athlete due to the color barrier. Later that year he traveled to Hawaii where he had an opportunity to play for the racially mixed semi-pro Honolulu Bears' football team. After that season he would move back to L.A. to play for a local football team, not realizing that the US involvement in World War 2 would sidetrack him for a little while and end his short football career.

Robinson was drafted to the Army in 1942 and was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. Throughout his 3 plus years in the Army, he was always treated as a subordinate by the White controlled military. He still managed to become a second lieutenant in 1943, and joined the Black Panthers Tank Battallion, the first Black tank unit to see combat in WWII. However, jackie was never in combat. After getting engaged to his College sweetheart, Rachel, he was sidelined after injuring the same ankle he hurt back in high school. He would finish his army service as a coach for army athletes until 1944 when he was discharged. While in the Army, Robinson made close ties with boxer, Joe Louis, as they helped each other struggle in the white dominated Army.

In early 1945, after working some part time coaching jobs, Jackie received an offer from the Kansas City Monarchs to Play professional Baseball in the Negro Leagues. He signed a contract worth $400 a month as he played for the Monarchs for 1 Season. He played 47 games at shortstop batting .387. The Negro leagues were'nt for Jackie as he didn't like their unorganized style. Luckily he received a secret offer from the GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, to come to NY and play for their Minor League team. They offered him $600 a month on the condition that he would be able to take abuse from other players for being the only black, but contain himself from fighting back. Jackie accepted, and immediately left the Monarchs for NYC where he would marry Rachel Isum, who was in NY studying to be a Nurse. Jackie would start with the Dodgers' AAA club in Daytona Beach, FL that next season.

Baseball Career

In 1946, Robinson arrived at Daytona Beach, Florida, for spring training with the Montreal Royals of the Class AAA International League (the designation of "AAA" for the highest level of minor league baseball was first used in the 1946 season). Robinson's presence was controversial in racially charged Florida. As he was not allowed to stay with his teammates at the team hotel, he lodged instead at the home of a local black politician. Since the Dodgers organization did not own a spring training facility (the Dodger-controlled spring training compound in Vero Beach known as "Dodgertown" did not open until spring 1948), scheduling was subject to the whim of area localities, several of which turned down any event involving Robinson or Johnny Wright, another black player whom Rickey had signed to the Dodgers' organization in January. In Sanford, Florida, the police chief threatened to cancel games if Robinson and Wright did not cease training activities there; as a result, Robinson was sent back to Daytona Beach. In Jacksonville, the stadium was padlocked shut without warning on game day, by order of the city's Parks and Public Property director. In DeLand, a scheduled day game was called off, ostensibly because of faulty electrical lighting.

After much lobbying of local officials by Rickey himself, the Royals were allowed to host a game involving Robinson in Daytona Beach. Robinson made his Royals debut at Daytona Beach's City Island Ballpark on March 17, 1946, in an exhibition game against the team's parent club, the Dodgers. Robinson thus simultaneously became the first black player to openly play for a minor league team and against a major league team since the de facto baseball color line had been implemented in the 1880s. Later in spring training, after some less-than-stellar performances, Robinson was shifted from shortstop to second base, allowing him to make shorter throws to first base. Robinson's performance soon rebounded. On April 18, 1946, Roosevelt Stadium hosted the Jersey City Giants' season opener against the Montreal Royals, marking the professional debut of the Royals' Jackie Robinson. In his five trips to the plate, Robinson had four hits, including a three-run home run. He also scored four runs, drove in three, and stole two bases in the Royals' 14–1 victory. Robinson proceeded to lead the International League that season with a .349 batting average and .985 fielding percentage, and he was named the league's Most Valuable Player. Although he often faced hostility while on road trips (the Royals were forced to cancel a Southern exhibition tour, for example), the Montreal fan base enthusiastically supported Robinson. Whether fans supported or opposed it, Robinson's presence on the field was a boon to attendance; more than one million people went to games involving Robinson in 1946, an amazing figure by International League standards. In the fall of 1946, following the baseball season, Robinson returned home to California and briefly played professional basketball for the short-lived Los Angeles Red Devils.

The following year, six days before the start of the 1947 season, the Dodgers called Robinson up to the major leagues. With Eddie Stanky entrenched at second base for the Dodgers, Robinson played his initial major league season as a first baseman. On April 15, 1947, Robinson made his major league debut at Ebbets Field before a crowd of 26,623 spectators, including more than 14,000 black patrons. Although he failed to get a base hit, the Dodgers won 5–3. Robinson became the first player since 1880 to openly break the major league baseball color line. Black fans began flocking to see the Dodgers when they came to town, abandoning their Negro league teams.

Robinson's promotion met a generally positive, although mixed, reception among newspapers and white major league players. However, racial tension existed in the Dodger clubhouse. Some Dodger players insinuated they would sit out rather than play alongside Robinson. The brewing mutiny ended when Dodgers management took a stand for Robinson. Manager Leo Durocher informed the team, "I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fuckin' zebra. I'm the manager of this team, and I say he plays. What's more, I say he can make us all rich. And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded."

Robinson was also derided by opposing teams. Some, notably the St. Louis Cardinals, threatened to strike if Robinson played. After the threat, National League President Ford Frick and Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler let it be known that any striking players would be suspended. Robinson nonetheless became the target of rough physical play by opponents (particularly the Cardinals). At one time, he received a seven-inch gash in his leg. On April 22, 1947, during a game between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies players called Robinson a "nigger" from their dugout and yelled that he should "go back to the cotton fields". Rickey later recalled that Phillies manager Ben Chapman "did more than anybody to unite the Dodgers. When he poured out that string of unconscionable abuse, he solidified and united thirty men."

Robinson received significant encouragement from several major league players. Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese once came to Robinson's defense with the famous line, "You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one of them." In 1948, Reese put his arm around Robinson in response to fans who shouted racial slurs at Robinson before a game in Cincinnati. A statue by sculptor William Behrends, unveiled at KeySpan Park on November 1, 2005, commemorates this event by representing Reese with his arm around Robinson. Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg, who had to deal with racial epithets during his career, also encouraged Robinson. After colliding with Robinson at first base on one occasion, Greenberg whispered a few words into Robinson's ear, which Robinson later characterized as "words of encouragement." Greenberg had advised him that the best way to combat the slurs from the opposing players was to beat them on the field.

Robinson finished the season having played in 151 games for the Dodgers, with a batting average of .297, an on-base percentage of .383, and a .427 slugging percentage. He had 175 hits (scoring 125 runs) including 31 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs, driving in 48 runs for the year. Robinson led the league in sacrifice hits, with 28, and in stolen bases, with 29. His cumulative performance earned him the inaugural Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award (separate National and American League Rookie of the Year honors were not awarded until 1949).

Following Stanky's trade to the Boston Braves in March 1948, Robinson took over second base, where he logged a .980 fielding percentage that year (second in the National League at the position, fractionally behind Stanky). Robinson had a batting average of .296 and 22 stolen bases for the season. In a 12–7 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 29, 1948, he hit for the cycle—a home run, a triple, a double, and a single in the same game. The Dodgers briefly moved into first place in the National League in late August 1948, but they ultimately finished third as the Braves went on to win the league title and lose to the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Racial pressure on Robinson eased in 1948 as a number of other black players entered the major leagues. Larry Doby (who broke the color barrier in the American League on July 5, 1947) and Satchel Paige played for the Cleveland Indians, and the Dodgers had three other black players besides Robinson. In February 1948, he signed a $12,500 contract (equal to $120,914 today) with the Dodgers; while a significant amount, this was less than Robinson made in the off-season from a vaudeville tour, where he answered pre-set baseball questions, and a speaking tour of the South. Between the tours, he underwent surgery on his right ankle. Because of his off-season activities, Robinson reported to training camp 30 pounds (14 kg) overweight. He lost the weight during training camp, but dieting left him weak at the plate.

In the spring of 1949, Robinson turned to Hall of Famer George Sisler, working as an advisor to the Dodgers, for batting help. At Sisler's suggestion, Robinson spent hours at a batting tee, learning to hit the ball to right field. Sisler taught Robinson to anticipate a fastball, on the theory that it is easier to subsequently adjust to a slower curveball. Robinson also noted that "Sisler showed me how to stop lunging, how to check my swing until the last fraction of a second". The tutelage helped Robinson raise his batting average from .296 in 1948 to .342 in 1949. In addition to his improved batting average, Robinson stole 37 bases that season, was second place in the league for both doubles and triples, and registered 124 runs batted in with 122 runs scored. For the performance Robinson earned the Most Valuable Player award for the National League. Baseball fans also voted Robinson as the starting second baseman for the 1949 All-Star Game—the first All-Star Game to include black players.

That year, a song about Robinson by Buddy Johnson, "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?", reached number 13 on the charts; Count Basie recorded a famous version. Ultimately, the Dodgers won the National League pennant, but lost in five games to the New York Yankees in the 1949 World Series.

Summer 1949 brought an unwanted distraction for Robinson. In July, he was called to testify before the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) concerning statements made that April by black athlete and actor Paul Robeson. Robinson was reluctant to testify, but he eventually agreed to do so, fearing it might negatively affect his career if he declined.

In 1950, Robinson led the National League in double plays made by a second baseman with 133. His salary that year was the highest any Dodger had been paid to that point: $35,000 ($338,091 in 2012 dollars). He finished the year with 99 runs scored, a .328 batting average, and 12 stolen bases. The year saw the release of a film biography of Robinson's life, The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Robinson played himself, and actress Ruby Dee played Rachael "Rae" (Isum) Robinson. The project had been previously delayed when the film's producers refused to accede to demands of two Hollywood studios that the movie include scenes of Robinson being tutored in baseball by a white man. The New York Times wrote that Robinson, "doing that rare thing of playing himself in the picture's leading role, displays a calm assurance and composure that might be envied by many a Hollywood star."

Robinson's Hollywood exploits, however, did not sit well with Dodgers co-owner Walter O'Malley, who referred to Robinson as "Rickey's prima donna". In late 1950, Rickey's contract as the Dodgers' team President expired. Weary of constant disagreements with O'Malley, and with no hope of being re-appointed as President of the Dodgers, Rickey cashed out his one-quarter financial interest in the team, leaving O'Malley in full control of the franchise. Rickey shortly thereafter became general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Robinson was disappointed at the turn of events and wrote a sympathetic letter to Rickey, whom he considered a father figure, stating, "Regardless of what happens to me in the future, it all can be placed on what you have done and, believe me, I appreciate it."

Before the 1951 season, O'Malley reportedly offered Robinson the job of manager of the Montreal Royals, effective at the end of Robinson's playing career. O'Malley was quoted in the Montreal Standard as saying, "Jackie told me that he would be both delighted and honored to tackle this managerial post"—although reports differed as to whether a position was ever formally offered.

During the 1951 season, Robinson led the National League in double plays made by a second baseman for the second year in a row, with 137. He also kept the Dodgers in contention for the 1951 pennant. During the last game of the season, in the 13th inning, he had a hit to tie the game, and then won the game with a home run in the 14th. This forced a playoff against the New York Giants, which the Dodgers lost.

Despite Robinson's regular-season heroics, the Dodgers lost the pennant on Bobby Thomson's famous home run, known as the Shot Heard 'Round the World, on October 3, 1951. Overcoming his dejection, Robinson dutifully observed Thomson's feet to ensure he touched all the bases. Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully later noted that the incident showed "how much of a competitor Robinson was." He finished the season with 106 runs scored, a batting average of .335, and 25 stolen bases.

Robinson had what was an average year for him in 1952. He finished the year with 104 runs, a .308 batting average, and 24 stolen bases. He did, however, record a career-high on-base percentage of .436. The Dodgers improved on their performance from the year before, winning the National League pennant before losing the 1952 World Series to the New York Yankees in seven games. That year, on the television show Youth Wants to Know, Robinson challenged the Yankees' general manager, George Weiss, on the racial record of his team, which had yet to sign a black player. Sportswriter Dick Young, whom Robinson had described as a "bigot", said, "If there was one flaw in Jackie, it was the common one. He believed that everything unpleasant that happened to him happened because of his blackness." The 1952 season was the last year Robinson was an everyday starter at second base. Afterward, Robinson played variously at first, second, and third bases, shortstop, and in the outfield, with Jim Gilliam, another black player, taking over everyday second base duties. Robinson's interests began to shift toward the prospect of managing a major league team. He had hoped to gain experience by managing in the Puerto Rican Winter League, but according to the New York Post, Commissioner Happy Chandler denied the request.

In 1953, Robinson had 109 runs, a .329 batting average, and 17 steals, leading the Dodgers to another National League pennant (and another World Series loss to the Yankees, this time in six games). Robinson's continued success spawned a string of death threats. He was not dissuaded, however, from addressing racial issues publicly. That year, he served as editor for Our Sports magazine, a periodical focusing on Negro sports issues; contributions to the magazine included an article on golf course segregation by Robinson's old friend Joe Louis. Robinson also openly criticized segregated hotels and restaurants that served the Dodger organization; a number of these establishments integrated as a result, including the five-star Chase Park Hotel in St. Louis.

In 1954, Robinson had 62 runs, a .311 batting average, and 7 steals. His best day at the plate was on June 17, when he hit two home runs and two doubles. The following autumn, Robinson won his only championship when the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series. Although the team enjoyed ultimate success, 1955 was the worst year of Robinson's individual career. He hit .256 and stole only 12 bases. The Dodgers tried Robinson in the outfield and as a third baseman, both because of his diminishing abilities and because Gilliam was established at second base. Robinson, then 37 years old, missed 49 games and did not play in Game 7 of the World Series. Robinson missed the game because manager Walter Alston decided to play Gilliam at second and Don Hoak at third base. That season, the Dodgers' Don Newcombe became the first black major league pitcher to win twenty games in a year.

In 1956, Robinson had 61 runs, a .275 batting average, and 12 steals. By then, he had begun to exhibit the effects of diabetes, and to lose interest in the prospect of playing or managing professional baseball. After the season, Robinson was traded by the Dodgers to the arch-rival New York Giants for Dick Littlefield and $35,000 cash (equal to $299,192 today). The trade, however, was never completed; unbeknownst to the Dodgers, Robinson had already agreed with the president of Chock full o'Nuts to quit baseball and become an executive with the company. Since Robinson had sold exclusive rights to any retirement story to Look magazine two years previously,[165&91; his retirement decision was revealed through the magazine, instead of through the Dodgers organization.

Legacy

Robinson's major league debut brought an end to approximately sixty years of segregation in professional baseball, known as the baseball color line. After World War II, several other forces were also leading the country toward increased equality for blacks, including their accelerated migration of to the North, where their political clout grew, and President Harry Truman's desegregation of the military in 1948. Robinson's breaking of the baseball color line and his professional success symbolized these broader changes and demonstrated that the fight for equality was more than simply a political matter. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that he was "a legend and a symbol in his own time", and that he "challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration." According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robinson's "efforts were a monumental step in the civil-rights revolution in America ... [His&91; accomplishments allowed black and white Americans to be more respectful and open to one another and more appreciative of everyone's abilities."

Beginning his major league career at the relatively advanced age of twenty-eight, he played only ten seasons, all of them for the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his career, the Dodgers played in six World Series, and Robinson himself played in six All-Star Games. In 1999, he was posthumously named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

Robinson's career is generally considered to mark the beginning of the post–"long ball" era in baseball, in which a reliance on raw power-hitting gave way to balanced offensive strategies that used footspeed to create runs through aggressive baserunning. Robinson exhibited the combination of hitting ability and speed which exemplified the new era. He scored more than 100 runs in six of his ten seasons (averaging more than 110 runs from 1947 to 1953), had a .311 career batting average, a .409 career on-base percentage, a .474 slugging percentage, and substantially more walks than strikeouts (740 to 291). Robinson was one of only two players during the span of 1947–56 to accumulate at least 125 steals while registering a slugging percentage over .425 (Minnie Miñoso was the other). He accumulated 197 stolen bases in total, including 19 steals of home. None of the latter were double steals (in which a player stealing home is assisted by a player stealing another base at the same time). Robinson has been referred to by author David Falkner as "the father of modern base-stealing."

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me ... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." —Robinson, on his legacy

 

Historical statistical analysis indicates Robinson was an outstanding fielder throughout his ten years in the major leagues and at virtually every position he played. After playing his rookie season at first base, Robinson spent most of his career as a second baseman. He led the league in fielding among second basemen in 1950 and 1951. Toward the end of his career, he played about 2,000 innings at third base and about 1,175 innings in the outfield, excelling at both.

Assessing himself, Robinson said, "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me ... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." Regarding Robinson's qualities on the field, Leo Durocher said, "Ya want a guy that comes to play. This guy didn't just come to play. He come to beat ya. He come to stuff the goddamn bat right up your ass."

Post-baseball life

Robinson as ABC sports announcer in 1965

Robinson retired from baseball on January 5, 1957. Later that year, after he complained of numerous physical ailments, his doctors diagnosed Robinson with diabetes, a disease that also affected his brothers. Although Robinson adopted an insulin injection regimen, the state of medicine at the time could not prevent continued deterioration of Robinson's physical condition from the disease.

In his first year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, Robinson encouraged voters to consider only his on-field qualifications, rather than his cultural impact on the game. He was elected on the first ballot, becoming the first black player inducted into the Cooperstown museum.

In 1965, Robinson served as an analyst for ABC's Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts, the first black person to do so. In 1966, Robinson was hired as general manager for the short-lived Brooklyn Dodgers of the Continental Football League. In 1972, he served as a part-time commentator on Montreal Expos telecasts.

On June 4, 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform number, 42, alongside those of Roy Campanella (39) and Sandy Koufax (32). From 1957 to 1964, Robinson was the vice president for personnel at Chock full o'Nuts; he was the first black person to serve as vice president of a major American corporation. Robinson always considered his business career as advancing the cause of black people in commerce and industry. Robinson also chaired the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) million-dollar Freedom Fund Drive in 1957, and served on the organization's board until 1967. In 1964, he helped found, with Harlem businessman Dunbar McLaurin, Freedom National Bank—a black-owned and operated commercial bank based in Harlem. He also served as the bank's first Chairman of the Board. In 1970, Robinson established the Jackie Robinson Construction Company to build housing for low-income families.

Robinson was active in politics throughout his post-baseball life. He identified himself as a political independent although he held conservative opinions on several issues, including the Vietnam War (he once wrote Martin Luther King, Jr. to defend the Johnson Administration's military policy). After supporting Richard Nixon in his 1960 presidential race against John F. Kennedy, Robinson later praised Kennedy effusively for his stance on civil rights. Robinson was angered by conservative Republican opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He became one of six national directors for Nelson Rockefeller's unsuccessful campaign to be nominated as the Republican candidate for the 1964 presidential election. After the party nominated Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona instead, Robinson left the party's convention commenting that he now had "a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler's Germany". He later became special assistant for community affairs when Rockefeller was re-elected governor of New York in 1966. Switching his allegiance to the Democrats, he subsequently supported Hubert Humphrey against Nixon in 1968.

Protesting the major leagues' ongoing lack of minority managers and central office personnel, Robinson turned down an invitation to appear in an old-timers' game at Yankee Stadium in 1969. He made his final public appearance on October 15, 1972, throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the World Series. He gratefully accepted a plaque honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of his MLB debut, but also commented, "I'm going to be tremendously more pleased and more proud when I look at that third base coaching line one day and see a black face managing in baseball." This wish was fulfilled only after Robinson's death: following the 1974 season, the Cleveland Indians gave their managerial post to Frank Robinson (no relation), a Hall of Fame-bound player who would go on to manage three other teams. Despite the success of these two Robinsons and other black players, the number of African-American players in Major League Baseball has declined since the 1970s.

Family life and death

After Robinson's retirement from baseball, his wife, Rachel Robinson, pursued a career in academic nursing—she became an assistant professor at the Yale School of Nursing and director of nursing at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She also served on the board of the Freedom National Bank until it closed in 1990. She and Jackie had three children: Jackie Robinson Jr. (born November 18, 1946), Sharon Robinson (born January 13, 1950), and David Robinson (born May 14, 1952).

Robinson's eldest son, Jackie Robinson Jr., had emotional trouble during his childhood and entered special education at an early age. He enrolled in the Army in search of a disciplined environment, served in the Vietnam War, and was wounded in action on November 19, 1965. After his discharge, he struggled with drug problems. Robinson Jr. eventually completed the treatment program at Daytop Village in Seymour, Connecticut, and became a counselor at the institution. On June 17, 1971, at the age of 24, he was killed in an automobile accident. The experience with his son's drug addiction turned Robinson, Sr. into an avid anti-drug crusader toward the end of his life.

Robinson did not long outlive his son. Complications of heart disease and diabetes weakened Robinson and made him almost blind by middle age. On October 24, 1972, he died of a heart attack at home in Stamford, Connecticut, aged fifty-three. Robinson's funeral service on October 27, 1972, at New York City's Riverside Church attracted 2,500 admirers. Many of his former teammates and other famous black baseball players served as pallbearers, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson gave the eulogy. Tens of thousands of people lined the subsequent procession route to Robinson's interment site at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, where he is buried next to his son Jackie and mother-in-law Zellee Isum. Jackie Robinson Parkway also runs through the cemetery.

After Robinson's death, his widow founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation, of which she remains an officer as of 2009. On April 15, 2008, she announced that in 2010 the foundation will be opening a museum devoted to Jackie in Lower Manhattan. Robinson's daughter, Sharon, became a midwife, educator, director of educational programming for MLB, and the author of two books about her father. His youngest son, David, who has ten children, is a coffee grower and social activist in Tanzania.

Awards and recognition

According to a poll conducted in 1947, Robinson was the second most popular man in the country, behind Bing Crosby. In 1999, he was named by Time on its list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Also in 1999, he ranked number 44 on the Sporting News list of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team as the top vote-getter among second basemen. Baseball writer Bill James, in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, ranked Robinson as the 32nd greatest player of all time strictly on the basis of his performance on the field, noting that he was one of the top players in the league throughout his career. Robinson was among the 25 charter members of UCLA’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984. In 2002, Molefi Kete Asante included Robinson on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans. Robinson has also been honored by the United States Postal Service on three separate postage stamps, in 1982, 1999, and 2000.

The City of Pasadena has recognized Robinson in several ways. Brookside Park, situated next to the Rose Bowl, features a baseball diamond and stadium named Jackie Robinson Field. The city's Human Services Department operates the Jackie Robinson Center, a community outreach center that provides early diabetes detection and other services. In 1997, a $325,000 bronze sculpture (equal to $470,522 today) by artists Ralph Helmick, Stu Schecter, and John Outterbridge depicting oversized nine-foot busts of Robinson and his brother Mack was erected at Garfield Avenue, across from the main entrance of Pasadena City Hall; a granite footprint lists multiple donors to the commission project, which was organized by the Robinson Memorial Foundation and supported by members of the Robinson family.

Major League Baseball has honored Robinson many times since his death. In 1987, both the National and American League Rookie of the Year Awards were renamed the "Jackie Robinson Award" in honor of the first recipient (Robinson's Major League Rookie of the Year Award in 1947 encompassed both leagues). On April 15, 1997, Robinson's jersey number, 42, was retired throughout Major League Baseball, the first time any jersey number had been retired throughout one of the four major American sports leagues.

As an exception to the retired-number policy, MLB has recently begun honoring Robinson by allowing players to wear number 42 on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day. For the 60th anniversary of Robinson's major league debut, MLB invited players to wear the number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day in 2007. The gesture was originally the idea of outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr., who sought Rachel Robinson's permission to wear the number. After receiving her permission, Commissioner Bud Selig not only allowed Griffey to wear the number, but also extended an invitation to all major league teams to do the same. Ultimately, more than 200 players wore number 42, including the entire rosters of the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. The tribute was continued in 2008, when, during games on April 15, all members of the Mets, Cardinals, Washington Nationals, and Tampa Bay Rays wore Robinson's number 42. On June 25, 2008, MLB installed a new plaque for Robinson at the Baseball Hall of Fame commemorating his off-the-field impact on the game as well as his playing statistics. In 2009, all uniformed personnel (players, managers, coaches, and umpires) wore number 42 on April 15.

At the November 2006 groundbreaking for a new ballpark for the New York Mets, Citi Field, it was announced that the main entrance, modeled on the one in Brooklyn's old Ebbets Field, would be called the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. The rotunda was dedicated at the opening of Citi Field on April 16, 2009. It honors Robinson with large quotations spanning the inner curve of the facade and features a large freestanding statue of his number, 42, which has become an attraction in itself. Mets owner Fred Wilpon announced that, in conjunction with Citigroup and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Mets will create a Jackie Robinson Museum and Learning Center, located at the headquarters of the Jackie Robinson Foundation at One Hudson Square in lower Manhattan. The main purpose of the museum will be to fund scholarships for "young people who live by and embody Jackie's ideals."

Since 2004, the Aflac National High School Baseball Player of the Year has been presented the "Jackie Robinson Award".

Robinson has also been recognized outside of baseball. In December 1956, the NAACP recognized him with the Spingarn Medal, which it awards annually for the highest achievement by an African-American. President Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 26, 1984, and on March 2, 2005, President George W. Bush gave Robinson's widow the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress; Robinson was only the second baseball player to receive the award, after Roberto Clemente. On August 20, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced that Robinson was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento.

A number of buildings have been named in Robinson's honor. The UCLA Bruins baseball team plays in Jackie Robinson Stadium, which, because of the efforts of Jackie's brother Mack, features a memorial statue of Robinson by sculptor Richard H. Ellis. City Island Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida—the baseball field that became the Dodgers' de facto spring training site in 1947—was renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark in 1989. A number of facilities at Pasadena City College (successor to PJC) are named in Robinson's honor, including Robinson Field, a football/soccer/track facility named jointly for Robinson and his brother Mack. The New York Public School system has named a middle school after Robinson, and Dorsey High School plays at a Los Angeles football stadium named after him. In 1976, his home in Brooklyn, the Jackie Robinson House, was declared a National Historic Landmark. Robinson also has an asteroid named after him, 4319 Jackierobinson. In 1997, the United States Mint issued a Jackie Robinson commemorative silver dollar, and five dollar gold coin. That same year, New York City renamed the Interboro Parkway in his honor.

In 2011, the U.S. placed a plaque at Robinson's Montreal home to honor the ending of segregation in baseball. The home is located at 8232 avenue de Gaspe south of rue de Guizot Est and near Jarry Park and close to Delorimier Stadium, where Robinson played for the Montreal Royals during 1946. In a letter read during the ceremony, Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow, wrote: "I remember Montreal and that house very well and have always had warm feeling for that great city. Before Jack and I moved to Montreal, we had just been through some very rough treatment in the racially biased South during spring training in Florida. In the end, Montreal was the perfect place for him to get his start. We never had a threatening or unpleasant experience there. The people were so welcoming and saw Jack as a player and as a man."

Career statistics

YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGTBSHSFIBBHBPGDPE
1945 Kansas City 47 163 36 63 14 4 5 23 13       .387                  
1946 Montreal 124 444 113 155 25 8 3 66 40   92 27 .349                 10
1947 Brooklyn 151 590 125 175 31 5 12 48 29   74 36 .297 .383 .427 252 28     9 5 16
1948 Brooklyn 147 574 108 170 38 8 12 85 22   57 37 .296 .367 .453 260 8     7 7 15
1949 Brooklyn 156 593 122 203 38 12 16 124 37   86 27 .342 .432 .528 313 17     8 22 16
1950 Brooklyn 144 518 99 170 39 4 14 81 12   80 24 .328 .423 .500 259 10     5 11 11
1951 Brooklyn 153 548 106 185 33 7 19 88 25 8 79 27 .338 .429 .527 289 6     9 10 7
1952 Brooklyn 149 510 104 157 17 3 19 75 24 7 106 40 .308 .440 .465 237 6     14 16 20
1953 Brooklyn 136 484 109 159 34 7 12 95 17 4 74 30 .329 .425 .502 243 9     7 12 6
1954 Brooklyn 124 386 62 120 22 4 15 59 7 3 63 20 .311 .413 .505 195 5 4a   7 13 7
1955 Brooklyn 105 317 51 81 6 2 8 36 12 3 61 18 .256 .378 .363 115 6 3 5b 3 8 10
1956 Brooklyn 117 357 61 98 15 2 10 43 12 5 60 32 .275 .382 .412 147 9 2 2 3 9 9
TotalsBrooklyn13824877947151827354137734197 740291.311.409.47423101049772113107
 Career155354941096173634267161867248   .316    97   

a The sacrifice fly (SF) as a unique statistical category did not exist in Major League Baseball from 1940 through 1953. Any pre-1954 sacrifice flies by Robinson would be reflected in the sacrifice hit (SH) category.

b Likewise, the intentional walk (IBB) category only became a unique statistic beginning in 1955. Any intentional walks issued to Robinson before that year would be reflected in the walk (BB) category.

 


          UCP finance critic rents out subsidized apartment        
Derek Fildebrandt is shown in Strathmore, Alta., Monday, Jan.26, 2015. Fildebrandt, the finance critic for Alberta's new United Conservative Party, says there is nothing wrong with using his taxpayer-funded housing allowance to make money. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Alberta UCP finance critic says nothing wrong with renting subsidized apartment


          Some things that piss me off        
In no particular order:

- Lawyers, they created a market for themselves with all those crazy legal terms which as a consequence requires the existence of lawyers to make the world go.

- Commercials for prescription medications, especially ones where the side effects are worse than what they cure. (Ex. "May increase chance of asthma related death" for an asthma medication)

- That Wendy's commercial where the guy is like "What would george washington have thought if he knew one of his dollars could buy a whole burger!" Ya, well back in his day the dollar was worth more. In the depression, you could buy 20 REAL burgers for a dollar.

- Swine flu. It's the freaking flu, and like what, 20 people died from it and like 200 are sick in mexico, so the world panics? Maybe if you washed your hands after taking a dump you wouldn't get the swine flu.

- XNA. People are like "DO OU USE XNA? YOU SHOULD USE XNA OMG YOUR GAME WOULD ROCK IN XNA" without really knowing what xna or c# is. Nevermind I use a mac, and XNA would tie me down to a platform which I hate, without the power of c++ and without the market penetration of flash.

- Windows and it's horrible DLL system

- Builds of software libraries where they give you the source and expect you to compile it yourself. Then you do, and the lib only works on my computer, even in release mode. What am I supposed to do? Compile the sources on install for everyone's computer? Just give me the headers and the .lib/.dll/.a/framework!

- Conservatives who are calling for an impeachment of Obama after 100 days, just because he's not on the same side as them and they're bitter for losing. Newsflash, Bush did way more questionably legal things than Obama, and yet I still didn't think he should have been impeached, despite not agreeing with him at all, and thinking he should have never been elected.

- Not having a car whilst in college really ties me to my apartment and makes me dependent on amazon for delivering food, which really sucks when I'm low and in a pinch.

- Commercials for "magic weight loss" products. Hey I got a product for you, the secret's in this pamphlet and it'll only cost you 4 easy payments of $19.95+s+h, but you get the first half of the first word for free! Excer____.

- Commercials for "magic beauty products" which are like "YOU HAVE A PIMPLE YOU UGLY BUY OUR CREAM OR YOU FAIL AT LIFE"

- Axe body spray commercials. "Hey buy our spray which smells like ass, and women will have sex with you." Unfortunately it doesn't work that way, and its sad to think people fall for this.

That is all for now
          R.G. LEE – A Peerless Pulpiteer        
Long before the Conservative Resurgence, Dr. R.G. Lee was the Southern Baptist champion of biblical infallibility and inerrancy. In his sermon, “The Word of God – Not Broken and Not Bound,” first published in 1930, Dr. Lee proclaimed, “All who wrote [the Bible] are immortalized by their writing of this great Book, supernatural in origin, divine in authorship, human in penmanship, infallible in authority, infinite in scope, universal in interest, personal in application, regenerative in power, [and] inspired in totality.”
          Modifying Conservative        
Perhaps the GOP is looking for an apocalyptic Nixon conservative.
          Black Boys and Gorillas: The Cincinnati Zoo Incident and Alice Walker’s “Entertaining God”        
Earlier this summer, a three-year-old boy entered a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and was violently and repeatedly dragged through a moat by a 450-pound gorilla before zoo officials killed the gorilla and rescued the boy, who sustained no serious injuries. News of the encounter between boy and gorilla, only ten minutes in total, and the subsequent killing of a western lowland silverback gorilla, one of a critically endangered species, spurred a lot of response on the web. Outraged by the gorilla’s death, news stories and independent commenters questioned the zoo officials’ haste in killing the gorilla without trying other methods of rescuing the boy first, the boy’s mother’s childrearing abilities, and even the jail record of the boy’s father (not present at the time of the incident). These kinds of responses might seem ridiculous at first glance. Yes, it is tragic that a gorilla was killed, but the incident is not incomprehensible. Haven’t most of us momentarily looked away from a child under our care only to turn back and find him or her doing something dangerous? And, in any case when a child is the grasp of a wild animal, wouldn’t most of us agree that he or she should be saved in the timeliest way possible? As others have since pointed out, race is the underlying issue in many of the comments that people have made regarding this little boy and his parents, all of whom are black. The disparaging—and cruel—remarks that people have made regarding these three are ultimately unsurprising, given the predominant understanding in the US of black fathers as absent, black mothers as negligent, and black boys as delinquent.

In interesting ways, the Cincinnati Zoo incident echoes the plot of Alice Walker’s short story “Entertaining God” (1973). “Entertaining God” contains three sections that seem to connect only loosely. In the first section, a black teenager, named John, leads a gorilla away from the Bronx Zoo, performs ritual sacrifice to the gorilla, and is killed by the animal; in the second one, John’s father dies in a tornado; and, in the third, John’s mother attempts, only somewhat successfully, to connect to her dead son by performing poetry readings for college students. Stereotypes of black men, women, and boys are in play in this story as well, as John’s father has left his son to pursue a relationship with another woman, John’s mother is distant and clearly unaware of her son’s plans for the gorilla, and John himself succeeds in stealing an animal from the zoo.

In preparation for teaching “Entertaining God” next semester, I poked around in the MLA Bibliography database to get a sense of the critical conversation surrounding Walker’s work. It turns out that there isn’t much written about her short stories at all, and some of what I found isn’t flattering. In “Alice Walker: The Achievement of the Short Fiction,” for instance, Alice Hall Petry discusses Walker’s “capacity to produce stories that are sometimes extraordinarily good, sometimes startlingly weak” (12). Petry seems to place “Entertaining God,” included in Walker’s first collection, In Love & Trouble, in the second category, claiming that “the story comes across as a disjointed, fragmentary, aborted novella” (21). According to Petry, the story “would make no sense to a reader unfamiliar with Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood” (21), a novel that also includes a series of episodes with a teenaged boy—in this case white—and a gorilla. Although I agree with Petry that Walker’s stories are hit or miss, I see “Entertaining God” as a better one. I think that the story coheres thematically, despite the fact that each section takes on a new main character and setting, and that it provides the details needed to comprehend its meaning. And, although familiarity with Wise Blood might enhance a reader’s appreciation for the inclusion of a gorilla, the Cincinnati Zoo incident provides a new context for the story, placing it in conversation with those who have questioned the parenting abilities of the mother and father in Cincinnati and the value of their son’s life in comparison to that of a zoo animal as well as in historical relationship to the shooting of a gorilla to save a black boy’s life. I would argue that the three vignettes presented in the story portray the struggle for and difficulty (impossibility?) of survival for black men, women, and children in a white supremacist culture, both of which are still at issue in the rhetoric surrounding the recent Cincinnati Zoo incident.

As the title indicates, “Entertaining God” is particularly interested in religion in a way that the commenters on the Cincinnati Zoo shooting have not been. The subheading for the first part of the story, “John, the son. Loving the God given him” (99), suggests that what follows will depict an act of worship. And, indeed, John’s two days with the gorilla, at first “drowsy from the medicine the zoo keepers had given him” (99) and later “powerful and large and twitching with impatience” (105), are depicted as a journey toward the spiritual ecstasy that inhabits John’s final act of sacrifice to the idolized gorilla. To begin, John and the gorilla hike to the top of a hill near the zoo, a vantage point from which John is able to observe the activities of everyday human life below, perceiving the “cars whiz[ing] to and fro” as insect-like nuisances, “wasps or big flies,” to be “swatted” away in order to focus on his higher purpose with the gorilla (100). When the gorilla passes out as an effect of the drugs he received before John led him away from the zoo, John prepares a loaf of bread and bottle of red wine, traditionally used to symbolize the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood in the Christian sacrament of communion, for giving the gorilla “the homage he deserved from him” the next day (101). When he wakes up the next morning, John is “exhilarated” (102) and begins to build a fire “with slow ritualistic movements” (103). He positions the still-groggy gorilla above him, on “a shallow rise overlooking the fire,” and proceeds to burn several pieces of bread and repeatedly “[bow] all the way down to the ground in front of the gorilla” (104). Finally, John pours the contents of the wine bottle into the fire and lays “the burnt offering at the feet of his savage idol” (105). By this time, the gorilla has reclaimed full consciousness and is frustrated by John’s destruction of each item of food before him. Predictably, even to John, who anticipates with some relish that, after the ritual, “everything [will] be over” (101), the gorilla quickly dispatches with the boy and eats the burnt bread.

In its depiction of John’s experiences with the gorilla, the story reveals that the boy is simply “embrac[ing] the God that others—his mother—had chosen for him” (100). Here, John’s mother is singled out as having significantly contributed to the designation of the gorilla as John’s God. After learning more about the mother’s character in the course of the story, however, it becomes clear that she would never literally encourage the worship of a gorilla. She is, however, at least before John’s death, fervently devoted to assimilation to the dominant white culture, taking great pains to approximate whiteness in both her appearance and behavior. In the last minutes of his life, John’s father reflects on the changes that she underwent in the first years of their relationship. He was initially attracted to her because she was “loose and fun and because she had long red hair” (106). After they were married, though, she stopped dying her hair and started wearing gray suits. Because he was a hairdresser, she had him “conquer the kinks” to create an “unimaginative” hairstyle, and he found that “the duller he could make [her] look the more respectable [she] felt” (106-107). She acted as if she would have liked to change her husband’s appearance as well, having their wedding pictures “touched up so that he did not resemble himself,” replacing his “black and stubbly and rough” skin in the photographs with “olive brown and smooth” skin (106). When John was born, his parents discovered that the child possessed “all of the physical characteristics that in the Western world are scorned,” that “[h]is nose was flat, his mouth too wide” (108). John’s father recalls that “John’s mother was always fussing over John but hated him because he looked like his father instead of her. She blamed her husband for what he had ‘done to’ John” (108). In this passage, it is unclear whether John’s mother “hated” her husband or her son because of either of their characteristically African American features, but, either way, her son ultimately internalizes her antipathy toward blackness, learning to view his father “with an expression faintly contemptuous” (108) and destroying his own black person through self-sacrifice to the gorilla. Fittingly, as she is the one who chose John’s God, “[o]nly his mother had been able to piece together the details of his death” (110). In response to her son’s death, John’s mother seeks to “vindicate herself from former ways of error” (109) and, thus, begins writing poetry lamenting her previous attempts at “incipient whiteness” (110). Although John’s mother didn’t tell her son to worship the gorilla that he takes from the zoo, she clearly feels responsible for his misguided act of self-sacrifice and atones for her mistakes by reversing her position on assimilation. Through John’s mother’s attitudes toward race before her son’s death and her drastic reversal of these attitudes after his death, the story makes the symbology of the gorilla very clear. It represents that which is most predominantly worshipped in the story’s setting of the US in the 1960s and 70s—whiteness.

John’s father had rejected this worship of whiteness after he left John and his mother, marrying “a sister in the Nation” and then endeavoring with her “to preach the Word to those of their people who had formerly floundered without it” (107). Instead of assimilating, as John’s mother did, John’s father had followed the custom of many in the Nation of Islam of taking the last name of X (107), a practice intended as a reminder that the ancestors of many black individuals in the US were stripped of their surnames and renamed by slaveholders. Unlike John’s mother, John’s father’s new wife “wore his color and the construction of his features like a badge” (108). Still, in the moments before his death, John’s father recalls that he had chosen “a new religion more dangerous than the old” (108). The danger of his new beliefs is perhaps most fully manifested in the tornado that takes his life. In the world of this story, it seems that neither acceptance nor rejection of white supremacy can ensure a black person’s survival.

Besides John’s mother, there are two others who do likely survive in “Entertaining God,” however. When they realize that they are destined for the belly of a tornado, John’s father and “the plain black girl who was his second wife . . . . r[u]n toward the refrigerator, frantically pulling out the meager dishes of food, flinging a half-empty carton of milk across the room, and making a place where the vegetables and fruits should have been for the[ir] two children to crouch” (105). John’s father imagines that the children will be rescued after the storm and will mostly forget “in twenty years the plain black girl and the man who was their father” (106). The implication is that the children will live—knowing nothing of the gorilla that killed their brother and remembering little of the tornado that took their parents. At the end of the action relayed by the story, readers are then left with three characters: a “black radical [poet]” (109) who inspires “new proud blackness and identification with their beauty” among the students—about the same age as her son would have been had he lived—who attend her readings (111) and two children who will grow to adulthood among the rhetoric of “the Black revolution” (109) espoused by the activists and poets of John’s mother’s elk. Instead of fulfilling the stereotypes of black men and women that they seem to fit upon first glance, the three adults in “Entertaining God” actively work to protect their children and to create a changed world for future generations. The story leaves open the possibility that the students who John’s mother inspires with her poetry and the two children who John’s father and stepmother shelter from the tornado will live fulfilling lives in a world changed by the difficult social projects undertaken by those of the older generation introduced in the story.

This hope for the future, which is partially concealed within the sad story of John’s death at the hand of a gorilla, is perhaps realized in its contemporary corollary, the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo. Like “Entertaining God,” the incident in Cincinnati began with a black boy’s violent encounter with a gorilla. Unlike in the story, though, the Cincinnati Zoo incident ended with the rescue of the boy. That the boy’s rescue has been challenged and his mother and father’s willingness and ability to parent questioned does not change the fact that the zoo officials very quickly chose the survival of a black boy over the life of a gorilla. Read in tandem with “Entertaining God,” the Cincinnati Zoo incident perhaps indicates some amount of social progress. In the case of the Cincinnati Zoo, black life was protected, at least initially. It did not succumb to the white supremacy that destroys it in Walker’s story. The public backlash against the boy in Cincinnati and his parents are of a piece with other movements in the contemporary US through which radical social conservatives are voicing their desperation in opposing the unstoppable train of social progress that has transported us from the revolutionary poetry and Black Nationalists of the 1960s and 70s to the Black Lives Matter movement in the present and that must—and will—continue to move us, despite the protests of white supremacists, toward a future of racial equality.

Works Cited

Petry, Alice Hall. “Alice Walker: The Achievement of the Short Fiction.” Modern Language Studies19.1 (1989): 12-27.


Walker, Alice. “Entertaining God.” In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women. Orlando: Harcourt, 1995. 

          No Divergence from "Mama Bear" Stereotype in Veronica Roth's Divergent        
My almost 11-year-old daughter recently received Divergent (2011), by Veronica Roth, as an early Christmas present.  The gift came from a family member who had taught English in a middle school for the past several years, so, thinking that it was already vetted by an expert, I felt pretty safe letting Taegan read the book.  Besides, Taegan reads at at least a 10th-grade level, and she’s been choosing books from the Young Adult section in the library for a few months now.  Granted, I try to assess each YA book for its levels of violence and sexual content before letting her check it out, but, honestly, how much can you tell from a cover?  I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the idea that she will probably, at some point, read content that is somewhat inappropriate for her, but I guess I’d rather her read that than not at all due to boredom with the books that are classified as Juvenile. 

Anyway, I picked up Taegan’s copy of Divergent one day last week, and we ended up reading it together.  The book upheld my expectation of a YA novel in its inclusion of some violence and sexual content.  It was titillating but not explicit; perhaps more importantly, nobody got past first base.  Even so, Taegan said that it contained the most kissing that she has ever encountered in a book.  J  Going through it with Taegan actually gave me the opportunity to talk to her a little bit about what she was reading, though, which ended up being a good thing, I think. 

Divergent is frequently compared to The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, due to its similar themes and target audience.  It is a bestseller, and Lionsgate Entertainment is currently producing a film version of the story.  The novel is the first in a trilogy about a dystopian world where people are strictly organized, according to their dominant personality traits, into five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, and Amity.  It is also a coming-of-age story, portraying Beatrice—or Tris—Prior’s discovery that she is Divergent, which means that she doesn’t fit neatly into one faction; her subsequent choice to leave her home faction of Abnegation, because she is unwilling to live an entire life in a state of self-denial; and her successful initiation into Dauntless, where she struggles to hide her differences from the other initiates.  In the ending chapters, the novel depicts the beginnings of a war between Erudite and Abnegation.  Erudite’s attack is fueled by the insertion of computer chips into members of Dauntless and their use Tris’s Dauntless peers as combatants.  By the end of the novel, Tris is uniquely positioned—because she is Divergent—to quell the violence of the war and change the structure of her society for the better. 

Divergent is interesting in several ways, but I am most intrigued by its portrayal of Tris’s mother, Natalie Prior.  Although the critics have said very little about her, Natalie plays a crucial role in the development of the story’s narrative arc, as she ends up teaching Tris that which I would argue is the primary lesson of the novel.  In the heat of battle, Natalie courageously sacrifices her life for her daughter, an act that proves that self-denial and bravery are sometimes one and the same—not opposite from each other, as the division between Dauntless and Abnegation seems to suggest.  By extension, Tris begins to realize that no one is merely one thing or another, that every personality combines elements of selflessness, courage, knowledge, honesty, and kindness.

Natalie is portrayed as foundational to Tris’s journey of self-discovery and cultural awareness, even from the opening pages of the novel.  The story begins with Natalie and Tris locking gazes in a mirror, a moment that might suggest, of course, that the two see each other in their own reflections.  According to Abnegation rules, members of the faction may utilize mirrors only on the second day of every third month, and, this time, Natalie is taking advantage of the opportunity to cut Tris’s hair (1).  Tris needs to look her best for the upcoming Choosing Ceremony, where she will elect the faction in which she will spend the rest of her life.  Tris perceives Natalie as the perfect model of self-abnegation, “well-practiced in the art of losing herself” (1).  But, in this instance, Natalie surprises Tris: “Her eyes catch mine in the mirror.  It is too late to look away, but instead of scolding me, she smiles at our reflection. . . . Why doesn’t she reprimand me for staring at myself?” (2).  Natalie surprises Tris again at the Choosing Ceremony, defying the motto, “Faction before family,” when she assures Tris that she will continue to love her no matter her choice (41).  Certainly, Natalie’s words contribute to Tris’s election to enter into Dauntless, but Tris continues to think of her home faction and her new one as stark opposites, telling herself, “I am selfish.  I am brave” (47). 

When Natalie visits Tris on Visiting Day, she complicates her daughter’s perception of the division between the two factions.  Tris learns that her mother wasn’t always as selflessness as she appears to Tris: Natalie was a transfer to Abnegation and originated in Dauntless (188).  Even more shockingly, Natalie displays traits that Tris never saw in her before.  When the older woman tells Tris that her father isn’t attending Visiting Day because he “has been selfish lately,” Tris is stunned: “More startling than the label is the fact that she assigned it to him” (179).  Tris deduces that her mother must be angry with her father to call him “selfish,” and she is shocked that Natalie is capable of such an emotion.  Natalie is also easily able to shake hands with Tris’s Dauntless friends, even though shaking hands is not acceptable in Abnegation, where the gesture indicates too high of a level of self-possession (181). 

After Visiting Day, Tris begins to call on the image of her mother as both an inspiration for moments of self-sacrifice and a source of strength when she is faced with challenges.  After a fellow initiate is brutally attacked by a competitor, Tris volunteers to clean up the blood, thinking, “Scrubbing the floor when no one else wanted to was something that my mother would have done.  If I can’t be with her, the least I can do is act like her sometimes” (209).  In a later scene, Tris dreams that her mother engages her in the process of cooking crows, birds that have repeatedly swarmed Tris in the simulations that she has undergone throughout initiation (301).  In this dream, Natalie is depicted as herself a force of power and, also, as a source of encouragement as Tris is learning to overcome her fears.

I would argue that the climax of the novel occurs at the same point where Natalie most surprises her daughter by displaying bravery much like that of Tris’s Dauntless peers.  When the war between Erudite and Abnegation breaks out, Tris is discovered as Divergent and taken to become a test subject for Erudite officials, as they attempt to learn how to control even the most irrepressible among them (437).  Natalie rescues Tris from her confines and then courageously runs into a crowd of soldiers, knowing that they will kill her but that her daughter will escape (443).  Tris later announces to her remaining family that, since leaving Abnegation, she has learned how to be both brave and selfless and that, “Often they’re the same thing” (457).

Some might read Natalie as a powerful mother figure and her depiction in the novel an improvement from, say, the portrayal of Katniss’s mother—weak and overcome by her circumstances—in The Hunger Games.  Surely, Natalie is strong and wise; she lives and dies as a testament to the important overlap between fearlessness and self-sacrifice.  But, at the same time, Natalie’s characterization is stereotypical.  She fits the type of the “mama bear”—or the “mama grizzly” so infamously celebrated in Sarah Palin’s campaign rhetoric in 2008.  In literature and film throughout the ages, the “mama bear” is subservient until her child is threatened, at which point she becomes fearless and ferociously powerful.  Michelle Rodino-Colocina argues that the “mama grizzly” ideology articulated by conservative female politicians such as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman “st[ands] to further the interests of wealthy, white patriarchs rather than working to end sexist oppression” (89).  It characterizes women as motivated solely by the wellbeing of their children and, in doing so, reduces their own claims to subjectivity.  Although Divergentgives us a strong female lead in Tris, its depiction of Natalie Prior as a “mama bear” does little to challenge this harmful sort of ideology regarding the place and interests of women.  In addition to kissing, the “mama bear” is another thing that I’ll need to talk to Taegan about.

Works Cited

Rodino-Colocina, Michelle.  “Man Up, Woman Down: Mama Grizzlies and Anti-Feminist Feminism during the Year of the (Conservative) Woman and Beyond.”  Women and Language 35.1 (2012), 79-96.


Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: HarpersCollins, 2011.

          John Murray Day        

We celebrated John Murray Day at our house this week.

We’ve been attending a local Unitarian Universalist church for a couple of months, and, in a church-sponsored parenting book group, I recently encountered John Murray for the first time. According to uuworld.org, Murray is “often referred to as the father of American Universalism, helping to found Universalism as a denomination in the 1790s” (par. 10). The story goes that fierce winds prevented Murray from leaving the shore of New Jersey for his intended destination on September 30th, 1770, and, because he was detained, he agreed to speak at a Universalist meetinghouse, thus preaching the first Universalist sermon in America. He went on to serve as a minister for the first Universalist church in Massachusetts for the better part of the next couple of decades. As a Universalist, Murray espoused that salvation was for everyone, not just “the elect,” as the Calvinists of his day believed (or “the saved,” as contemporary conservative Christians believe today). Universalism of Murray’s time was driven by the belief that if Jesus was sacrificed for all of humanity, as the Bible states, then even non-believers could not be doomed to Hell. Today, Universalism is much less confined within a Christian worldview and, in UU theology, has come to stand for the inclusion of all people, regardless of faith or creed. Many Unitarian Universalists see Murray as helping to build the foundation for acceptance of difference within a religious community.

In order to commemorate John Murray’s contribution to Unitarian Universalism, my family and I instituted a new ritual involving dessert! (As my husband says, my daughter and I can turn anything into an opportunity to consume chocolate.) We started with two scoops of ice cream. I poured chocolate syrup over one of the scoops, and we all observed how it flowed over the ice cream. I then stuck an Oreo part-way into the other scoop, taking care to position it so that it was perpendicular to the bottom of the bowl. I poured chocolate syrup into the ridge between the two chocolate wafers of the Oreo, and we observed how it flowed differently than it did in the first. We talked about how the ice cream represents the world and the Oreo represents a person, like John Murray. The syrup flow over the Oreo demonstrated, then, that one person can make a difference in how the world experiences the forces of life. After discussing the demonstration, we all had Oreo sundaes!

Okay, so maybe it’s a stretch. But I wanted to find a way to celebrate this day, one of the only “special” days of a specifically UU history. It is important to me to reinforce that we are a family grounded in a free-thinking spiritual tradition, a tradition founded on principles of Universalism, both of the new definition and the old.

Perhaps because I come from an evangelical Christian upbringing, I see the concept of Universalism not just as a tenet of the UU church but also as a marker in my own spiritual journey. To move beyond the (fear-based) belief in Hell has been a major milestone for me and has allowed me—just as it allowed the Calvinist-turned-Universalist John Murray, I suspect—to join in meaningful community with believers and non-believers of all sorts.

I also believe that we might all benefit from the adoption of a belief in Universalism, as it seems to me to not only prevent our condemnation of each other to spiritual damnation but also, and perhaps more importantly, to pave the way from toleration to associationism, a journey that very well might led all of us to further spiritual enlightenment by virtue of learning from others. In a post over at A Commonplace Blog, D.G. Myers defines toleration: “Toleration, on my showing, would entail the unspoken agreement to put up with religious differences without ever undertaking the impossible mission of reconciling them, which—in the absence of any logical method for doing so—can only end in coercion or violence —separatism to learning from each other” (par. 6). Myers thus describes toleration as enduring the religious opinions of others without budging on our own beliefs. As Kevin points out in a comment, though, it seems a bit ridiculous to envision living in harmony with people of differing beliefs but remaining unchanged by this diversity. Kevin states, “Perhaps the world’s religions aren’t as insular as [Myers] suggest[s], aren’t self-contained circles” (Myers, par. 11).

Indeed. It seems to me, in fact, that the concept of Universalism allows for a more positive—and perhaps more practical—way of living with difference, a way that Daniel Harper at Yet Another Unitarian Universalist describes as associationism. Harper sees associationism as “refer[ing] to a form of voluntary association in which local organizations or voluntary associations are connected into a larger association or network of local organizations, by means of written records (minutes of meetings, bylaws, etc.), and formal and informal exchanges between associated local organizations (informal local cooperation, formal regional and national conventions, annual meetings, etc.)” (par. 8). In short, associationism allows people of divergent belief systems to come together in community, to support each other, to work toward common goals, and to help each other attain spiritual enlightenment. Associationism differs from toleration in that it implies more than a respect for spiritual difference; instead, it opens up the possibility of learning from the diversity of a common religious community.

John Murray Day is, for me, then, not just an opportunity to rejoice in my family’s recent inclusion into a local spiritual community but also a celebration of Universalism itself, a concept that has played a major role in my own religious liberation and that offers the promise of uniting us for the purpose of individual and communal spiritual growth. And, of course, the kids and I liked the ice cream and Oreos!
          Motherhood and the Law of the Father in Nuruddin Farah's "Dictatorship" Trilogy        
As many critics have noted, Naruddin Farah’s trilogy “Variations on the Theme of African Dictatorship” represents the patriarchal structure of the family as reinforcing the power of Somalia’s governmental regime under the General (a stand-in for the historical figure of Siad Barre, who led the Somali Democratic Republic from 1969 to 1991 as military dictator). Certainly, traditional gender roles that position the father/husband as the unqualified head of the family and his children/wives as powerless and therefore submissive to his commands map easily, according to Naruddin’s novels, onto the structure of a dictatorship, which situates one omniscient and all-powerful man above a citizenry at the mercy of his dictates and their often violent enforcement. I claim, however, that Naruddin also portrays motherhood, both as a familial position and a conceptual framework, as playing a crucial role in the maintenance of the General’s regime.

The extent to which motherhood functions to underpin the oppressive Somali government is most fully explored in the first two novels of the trilogy: Sweet and Sour Milk (1979), which introduces this issue even in its metaphorically rich title, and Sardines (1981). The final novel in the series, Close Sesame (1983), sidelines the issue of motherhood in favor of a final look at the patriarchal family structure and its tribal counterpart, the traditional Somali clan system. I will therefore focus in this post on the first two novels. In Sweet and Sour Milk, Loyaan undertakes to determine the cause for the sudden death of Soyaan, his twin brother, which appears to have been ordered by the General in response to Soyaan’s subversive politics. The novel introduces a host of mother figures, including Loyaan and Soyaan’s mother, Qumman, who, out of fear for her children’s lives, discourages their political activism. The second novel centers on the strained relationship between Medina and Samater, who differ in their approaches to dealing with the General’s government and, by extension, the continued oppression and abuse of women and girls personified in Samater’s highly conservative mother, Idil. While Idil works to maintain the political and social status quo, Medina and other mothers throughout the novel offer us alternative approaches to motherhood. In both novels, mothers are depicted as subjugated to the rule of their husbands and the dictatorship, but they are also powerful in that they either visit—in true Kristevan fashion—the Law of the father upon their children or actively resist the rule of the patriarchal family and government structure.

Although she recognizes that her son’s death was a work of foul play, Qumman insists on blaming other women—Soyaan’s mistress Margarita and her husband’s other wife Beynan, for instance—for his demise. In this way, she deflects responsibility for Soyaan’s murder from the oppressive military regime and—though unwittingly—reinforces the patriarchy’s conventional suspicion of women and breeds distrust within her own community of women. Fearful for her only remaining son’s life, Qumman also tries to prevent Loyaan from pursuing the truth or resisting the government in any way, hovering close to him during a communal “broom party” in an effort to ensure that he does not verbally or non-verbally challenge the officiating government personnel (212). As J.I. Okonkwo points out, “[T]hrough loyalty, service and emotional hold over sons and husbands, Qumman’s generation of women, deeply conservative, militate against individual freedom and progress” (219). We find another—perhaps more extreme and certainly more deliberate—example of this type of maternal control over the potential subversive acts of her children in Idil of Sardines. As I mentioned in a previous post on genital mutilation, Idil insists that she will have her granddaughter, Ubax, circumcised, even if it means that she has to steal the eight-year-old away from Medina and Samater. When Medina moves away with the young girl in an effort to escape Idil’s threat, Idil arranges for a more suitable—conservative and submissive—wife for Samater. Samater ultimately rejects both his mother and the new woman, forcing them to leave his house, but not without arousing the anger of the state.

In fact, Samater’s decision to eject his mother from his home is treated as an act of treason. Samater is picked up by government officials, held in prison for a period of time, and subjected to various acts of torture before he is finally allowed to return to his wife and child. In this sequence of events, we see Idil the matriarch positioned as a representative of the General and his regime. An offense against Idil is perceived by the state as an offense against the General. In addition to a father-figure, then, the General becomes a mother-figure. A passage in the first novel of the trilogy describes the General and his dictatorship as taking on the role of both mother and father to the abandoned orphans of Somalia: “[A]ny unclaimed babies found in the city’s garbage bins or unpatrolled streets were trained to consider the General their father, his revolution their mother, and the regime’s generosities to them their breast-feed” (235). In fact, the novel’s very title, Sweet and Sour Milk, suggests both the role that women play in perpetuating the violence of the military regime through their efforts to protect their children and the ways in which the head of the state acts as a mother himself, indoctrinating his subjects into a harsh world by laying down the Law, his own law of fear and violence. Recurrent imagery in the novel depicts mothers nursing, refusing to nurse, unable to nurse, and weaning their children. I read these women as representative of the state—and the general himself. Together, they portray the General as an abusive mother. He suckles his citizenry in the rhetoric of equality and freedom and then abandons them to hunger and desperation, all in a careful plan to ensure their dependence on his random and infrequent acts of nurturance. In that they care for their children and then limit their children’s struggles against an oppressive government and in that they take on the symbolism of the state—which protects and kills at whim—conservative mothers in Farah’s trilogy raise their children on the sweet and sour milk of the first novel’s title.

Not all mothers in Sweet and Sour Milk and Sardines reinforce the Law of the dictator, however. Especially in the figure of Medina, Farah offers us a woman who acts as a strong leader for the young women in her community and encourages both her surrogate and biological daughters to question the government and engage in political activism. Interestingly, though, in all of her zeal to teach her daughter to resist the General’s militaristic regime, Medina has to consciously work to avoid taking on the qualities of a dictator herself. Medina recalls at one point the words of her progressive father: “You must leave breathing-space in the architecture of your love; you must leave enough room for little Ubax to exercise her growing mind. You mustn’t indoctrinate, mustn’t brainwash her. Otherwise you become another dictator, trying to shape your child in your own image” (17). Even as Medina struggles against the General in her political life and her mother-in-law who represents the dictatorship in her personal life, she must proceed with caution in her relationship with her own daughter, for, as Derek Wright points out, “The freedom which Medina forces prematurely upon Ubax is at times almost as oppressive as the obedience Idil has forced upon Samater” (103). In this way, Farah again insists on the power of motherhood, a power that many women use to initiate their children into the way of the Law and that Medina must moderate in order to raise a free-thinking daughter.

Because women (as mothers) are so potentially powerful in resisting the dictatorship, Farah situates their full freedom—from arranged marriage, circumcision, purdah, censorship, etc.—as crucial to the development of a just government in Somalia. In that they continue to suffer the terrorism and indoctrination inherent to a dictatorship, however, mothers in Farah’s novels often function to serve the state by teaching their children the Law that, ironically, oppresses them and also by serving as honored symbols of the dictatorship itself. It is in fact because Farah is so sensitive to the continued victimization of women and the political consequences of this victimization that popular and scholarly critics agree, as blogger The Activist Writer claims, for example, that he is one of Africa’s leading feminist authors.

Bibliographic Notes: Those who have discussed the patriarchal family structure as reinforcing the General’s dictatorship include R. John Williams and Derek Wright. For further discussion of the significance of milk in Somali lore and tradition, see Abdourahman A. Waberi.

Works Cited

Farah, Nuruddin. Close Sesame. Saint Paul, MN: Greywolf P, 1983.

---. Sardines. Saint Paul, MN: Greywolf P, 1981.

---. Sweet and Sour Milk. Saint Paul, MN: Greywolf P, 1979.

Okonkwo, J. I. “Nuruddin Farah and the Changing Roles of Women.” World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma 58.2 (1984): 215-221.

Waberi, Abdourahman A. “Organic Metaphor in Two Novels by Nuruddin Farah.” World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma 72.4 (1998): 775-80.

Williams, R. John. “'Doing History': Nuruddin Farah's Sweet and Sour Milk, Subaltern Studies, and the Postcolonial Trajectory of Science.” Research in African Literatures 37.4 (2006): 161-76.

Wright, Derek. “Parents and Power in Nuruddin Farah's Dictatorship Trilogy.” Kunapipi 11.2 (1989): 94-106.
          #LarryOQuestion: Conservatives in Support of Postponing the 2020 Election?        
#LarryOQuestion: According to The Washington Post, half of Republicans stated they would support postponing the 2020 election if President Trump suggested the delay. Is this because Republicans blindly follow President Trump? Or is there a deep concern regarding voter fraud? Share your thoughts today on The Larry O'Connor Show.
          The Beckoning of Nuclear War        
SUBHEAD: A glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to our "national security" managers.

By John Pilger on 4 August 2017 for JohnPilger.com -
(www.johnpilger.com/articles/on-the-beach-2017-the-beckoning-of-nuclear-war)

[IB Publisher's note: As much as Trump may not wish a nuclear exchange with Russia, he seems quite amenable to turning North Korea into an ashtray. World War III may begin in  Guam and relay to Hawaii on its way  to the US mainland. Here in Hawaii it may mean Duck and Cover!]


Image above: Detail of original paperback cover of Nevil Shute's 1957 novel "On the Beach". From (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034087528868).

In Nevil Shute's book "On the Beach" the US submarine captain says;
"We've all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you're never ready, because you don't know when it's coming. Well, now we do know and there's nothing to be done about it."
He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

The war was over in a month. The United States, Russia and China were the protagonists. It is not clear if it was started by accident or mistake. There was no victor. The northern hemisphere is contaminated and lifeless now.

A curtain of radioactivity is moving south towards Australia and New Zealand, southern Africa and South America. By September, the last cities, towns and villages will succumb. As in the north, most buildings will remain untouched, some illuminated by the last flickers of electric light.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

These two lines from T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears. The endorsements on the cover said the same.

Published in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when too many writers were silent or cowed, it is a masterpiece. At first the language suggests a genteel relic; yet nothing I have read on nuclear war is as unyielding in its warning. No book is more urgent.

Some readers will remember the black and white Hollywood film starring Gregory Peck as the US Navy commander who takes his submarine to Australia to await the silent, formless spectre descending on the last of the living world.

I read On the Beach for the first time the other day, finishing it as the US Congress passed a law to wage economic war on Russia, the world's second most lethal nuclear power.  There was no justification for this insane vote, except the promise of plunder.

The "sanctions" are aimed at Europe, too, mainly Germany, which depends on Russian natural gas and on European companies that do legitimate business with Russia. In what passed for debate on Capitol Hill, the more garrulous senators left no doubt that the embargo was designed to force Europe to import expensive American gas.

Their main aim seems to be war - real war. No provocation as extreme can suggest anything else. They seem to crave it, even though Americans have little idea what war is. The Civil War of 1861-5 was the last on their mainland. War is what the United States does to others.

The only nation to have used nuclear weapons against human beings, they have since destroyed scores of governments, many of them democracies, and laid to waste whole societies - the million deaths in Iraq were a fraction of the carnage in Indo-China, which President Reagan called "a noble cause" and President Obama revised as the tragedy of an "exceptional people"He was not referring to the Vietnamese.

Filming last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, I overheard a National Parks Service guide lecturing a school party of young teenagers. "Listen up," he said. "We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom."

At a stroke, the truth was inverted. No freedom was defended. Freedom was destroyed. A peasant country was invaded and millions of its people were killed, maimed, dispossessed, poisoned; 60,000 of the invaders took their own lives. Listen up, indeed.

A lobotomy is performed on each generation. Facts are removed. History is excised and replaced by what Time magazine calls "an eternal present".

Harold Pinter described this as "manipulation of power worldwide, while masquerading as a force for universal good, a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis [which meant] that it never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest."

Those who call themselves liberals or tendentiously "the left" are eager participants in this manipulation, and its brainwashing, which today revert to one name: Trump.

Trump is mad, a fascist, a dupe of Russia. He is also a gift for "liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics", wrote Luciana Bohne memorably. The obsession with Trump the man - not Trump as a symptom and caricature of an enduring system - beckons great danger for all of us.

While they pursue their fossilised anti-Russia agendas, narcissistic media such as the Washington Post, the BBC and the Guardian suppress the essence of the most important political story of our time as they warmonger on a scale I cannot remember in my lifetime.

On 3 August, in contrast to the acreage the Guardian has given to drivel that the Russians conspired with Trump (reminiscent of the far-right smearing of John Kennedy as a "Soviet agent"), the paper buried, on page 16, news that the President of the United States was forced to sign a Congressional bill declaring economic war on Russia. Unlike every other Trump signing, this was conducted in virtual secrecy and attached with a caveat from Trump himself that it was "clearly unconstitutional".

A coup against the man in the White House is under way. This is not because he is an odious human being, but because he has consistently made clear he does not want war with Russia.

This glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to the "national security" managers who guard a system based on war, surveillance, armaments, threats and extreme capitalism. Martin Luther King called them "the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today".

They have encircled Russia and China with missiles and a nuclear arsenal. They have used neo-Nazis to instal an unstable, aggressive regime on Russia's "borderland" - the way through which Hitler invaded, causing the deaths of 27 million people.  Their goal is to dismember the modern Russian Federation.

In response, "partnership" is a word used incessantly by Vladimir Putin - anything, it seems, that might halt an evangelical drive to war in the United States. Incredulity in Russia may have now turned to fear and perhaps a certain resolution. The Russians almost certainly have war-gamed nuclear counter strikes. Air-raid drills are not uncommon. Their history tells them to get ready.

The threat is simultaneous. Russia is first, China is next. The US has just completed a huge military exercise with Australia known as Talisman Sabre. They rehearsed a blockade of the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea, through which pass China's economic lifelines.

The admiral commanding the US Pacific fleet said that, "if required", he would nuke China. That he would say such a thing publicly in the current perfidious atmosphere begins to make fact of Nevil Shute's fiction.

None of this is considered news. No connection is made as the bloodfest of Passchendaele a century ago is remembered. Honest reporting is no longer welcome in much of the media. Windbags, known as pundits, dominate: editors are infotainment or party line managers. Where there was once sub-editing, there is the liberation of axe-grinding clichés. Those journalists who do not comply are defenestrated.

The urgency has plenty of precedents. In my film, The Coming War on China, John Bordne, a member of a US Air Force missile combat crew based in Okinawa, Japan, describes how in 1962 - during the Cuban missile crisis - he and his colleagues were "told to launch all the missiles" from their silos.

Nuclear armed, the missiles were aimed at both China and Russia. A junior officer questioned this, and the order was eventually rescinded - but only after they were issued with service revolvers and ordered to shoot at others in a missile crew if they did not "stand down".

At the height of the Cold War, the anti-communist hysteria in the United States was such that US officials who were on official business in China were accused of treason and sacked. In 1957 - the year Shute wrote On the Beach - no official in the State Department could speak the language of the world's most populous nation. Mandarin speakers were purged under strictures now echoed in the Congressional bill that has just passed, aimed at Russia.

The bill was bipartisan. There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms "left" and "right" are meaningless. Most of America's modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.

When Obama left office, he presided over a record seven wars, including America's longest war and an unprecedented campaign of extrajudicial killings - murder - by drones.

In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the "reluctant liberal warrior", dropped 26,171 bombs - three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day.  Having pledged to help "rid the world" of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.

Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama - with his secretary of state Hillary Clinton at his side - who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the "deporter-in-chief".

One of Obama's last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618billion to the Pentagon, reflecting the soaring ascendancy of fascist militarism in the governance of the United States. Trump has endorsed this.

Buried in the detail was the establishment of a "Center for Information Analysis and Response". This is a ministry of truth. It is tasked with providing an "official narrative of facts" that will prepare us for the real possibility of nuclear war - if we allow it.


Video above: "On the Beach" the complete 1959 movie from Nevil Shute's  novel. From (https://youtu.be/Ue8hC5qqMt4).

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          South Korea's stubborn peace effort        
SUBHEAD: Peace movement refusing to give up is taking the long view of its campaign. 

By Jon Letman on 4 August 2017 for Truth Out -
(http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41486-taking-the-long-view-why-south-korea-s-peace-movement-refuses-to-give-up)


Image above: Jeong Young-hee is a Korean tangerine farmer in Gangjeong village on Jeju island. Like many residents, she strongly opposes the newly built South Korean naval base just two miles from her farm. Photo by Jon Letman. From original article.

In August, 1945, as Japan smoldered in the ruins of war, the question of what would become of the Korean peninsula after 35 years of Japanese occupation and a Soviet army advancing southward spurred the hasty selection of an artificial division along the 38th parallel drawn by two American officials as a border between US and Soviet "zones of occupation."

That line, never intended to be permanent, hardened like stubborn mud before the newly liberated Korea ever had the chance to form an independent, unified and democratic nation. Today 38°N still marks a potentially catastrophic flashpoint between North and South Korea.

The DMZ -- demilitarized zone -- despite its name, is one of the most militarized places on the planet. This hyper-militarization, in fact, extends south across the peninsula and today, 64 years after an armistice halted (but never formally ended) the Korean war, South Korea remains peppered with scores of US military installations -- at least 80 by the Pentagon's own count.

US bases, and the 28,500 US troops and joint military exercises they support, are not only opposed by North Korea; many South Koreans see them as a problematic construct that perpetuates the likelihood of war.

Despite frequent media coverage of North Korea's highly choreographed military parades, increasing missile launches, and Kim Jong-un's threats to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire," far less attention is paid to South Korea's tireless, well-organized peace movement opposed to militarism on both sides of the DMZ.

South Korean civil groups and NGOs like People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions are skilled at forming coalitions with peace activists and religious groups opposed to a military buildup, which they see as increasing tensions with the North and militarization across Northeast Asia.

Your Old Farm Is Our New Base


Image above: Candle light protests have been held outside the Seongju County office nightly since the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system was announced in July 2016. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

With the bulk of US bases concentrated in and around Seoul and within range of North Korean artillery, the US is in the middle of a major realignment of its forces as it consolidates bases, moving tens of thousands of troops, their families and civilian contractors to US Army Garrison Humphreys in the city of Pyeongtaek, 40 miles south of Seoul.

In 2002, when the US announced its plan to triple Humphreys in size, Pyeongtaek residents living around the base organized fierce protests that raged for five years.

Thousands of police were deployed, citizens were arrested and villages were demolished. In the end, however, the base's walls were pushed outward, and Camp Humphreys grew from just over 1,000 acres to more than 3,400 acres, making it the US's largest overseas military base in the world.

Now in the final years of construction, US Army Garrison Humphreys is equipped to serve as the new headquarters for the Eighth US Army and US Forces Korea command center.


Image above: A representative of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions holds an anti-THAAD banner at a demonstration in Soseong-ri, Seongju County, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

The Humphreys expansion is slated for completion by 2020 and will eventually be home to up to 46,000 military and civilian personnel living and working behind razor wire-topped walls and gates.

The $10.7 billion expansion, the US's largest-ever peacetime military construction project, is being paid for overwhelmingly (around 90 percent) by the South Korean government. In 2016, Gen. Vincent Brooks (now head of US Forces Korea) publicly stated that it's cheaper to station US troops in South Korea than in the United States.

The Humphreys expansion does have supporters in the community, and many businesses have come to depend on the US military's presence.

Pyeongtaek's city government, unable to refuse the influx of thousands of US forces, has done its best to promote Humphreys' expansion as an opportunity to court non-military business and infrastructure investment and push for internationalization through increased cultural exchanges with military personnel and their families.

Still, many residents view the base as an unwelcome intrusion on Korean sovereignty and a source of crime, pollution and noise from military aircraft like F-16s, A-10 Thunderbolts, Chinook and Apache helicopters.


Image above: Demonstrators march toward the former golf course in Seongju County where the controversial THAAD antimissile defense system is being deployed by the US. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

Since 2002, Kang Song-won of the Pyeongtaek Peace Center has been working closely with residents from communities affected by Humphreys, particularly those who were forcibly relocated from the villages of Daechu-ri and Dodu-ri. Kang works with volunteers to monitor military incidents and accidents around the base.

Beyond the noise and inherent danger, he told Truthout the most harmful impact of Humphreys' expansion has been the deep divisions sown in the community between base supporters and opponents.

Giving up, however, is not an option. "Even though we lost the fight against the US military, I think it is still necessary to keep fighting ... against the problems of the US military base," Kang said.

Island of Peace, Tides of War


Image above: US Army Garrison Humphreys is a helicopter base in what will soon be the the United States' largest overseas military base. Just beyond the fence are small farming villages. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

An hour's flight south of Seoul is sub-tropical Jeju island. Home to nine UNESCO Global Geoparks and a World Heritage site, the volcanic island is renowned for its natural beauty and biodiversity both on land and sea. Jeju has also been heavily developed for tourism. On the south coast, in Gangjeong village, is the site of a new Korean naval base.

Muddying its primary purpose, the base is sometimes called the Jeju Multipurpose Port Complex and is touted as having a (future) dual civilian-military function, but for now it's strictly a Korean naval base and headquarters for the South Korean Navy's Mobile Task Force Flotilla-7, which includes Aegis warfare destroyers, KDX III helicopter destroyers and a submarine force command.

Like the expansion of Camp Humphreys, the 2007 announcement of the Jeju naval base sparked widespread outcry from residents opposed to the militarization of what was dubbed "Island of Peace" in recognition of Jeju's horrific April 3 massacre (1947-54).

In that massacre, as many as 30,000 island residents were killed by Korean forces over a seven-year period beginning in 1947 during the US military administration that occupied the southern part of the Korean peninsula immediately after the August 1945 defeat of Japan.

As in Pyeongtaek, Jeju base protesters clashed with the police for years. Base opponents, including the former mayor, were arrested and heavily fined but in the end, the base was built.


Image above: Many of the residents protesting against the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system are elderly farmers who don't want their remote mountain village to be militarized. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

Tangerine farmers Jeong Young-hee and her husband Kang Sung-won have been growing Jeju's famous citrus varieties for 30 years in greenhouses less than two miles from the base. Young-hee and Sung-won are concerned about the environmental impact of the base, especially the effects on the sea -- including soft corals, sea urchins, abalone and other marine life -- and the destruction of what was a sacred lava rock coastal field called Gureombi.

Construction on the base is not yet complete. Young-hee and Sung-won worry that as it grows, if a future exclusion zone (a zone that would restrict new construction) is declared, it would surround their farm, almost certainly driving down land values.

Peeling one of her sweet hallabong oranges, Young-hee explains how the base has caused a rift between friends and family members. The base has also divided many citrus farmers and Jeju's famous Haenyeo free divers. "Our relationship was destroyed," says Young-hee, who joined her male counterparts in shaving her head as a gesture of protest against the base.


Image above: Retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon holds a daily mass along along a roadside site that doubles as a protest against the Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

In the early days of the struggle, when base opponents pointed fingers at the US accusing it of pressuring South Korea (also known as the Republic of Korea), South Korean officials denied that the base would permanently host US warships.

This year, in March and June, US warships made their first visits to the Jeju base with short, inconspicuous port calls similar to what was recommended in a 2013 US Army War College strategy research project. Last January, US Pacific Command's Adm. Harry Harris suggested the possibility of deploying the US's newest, most lethal stealth destroyer, the USS Zumwalt to Jeju waters.

The Jeju navy base became operational in February 2016. Resistance continues daily, with activists gathering each morning in front of the entry gate to perform one hundred bows as a nonviolent, meditative protest.

Nearby, in a roadside tent chapel, retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon leads a daily mass, before joining protesters who gather with flags and banners playing raucous music outside the base.

The mood of the protesters is defiant and the message is serious: they want a shift away from militarization of the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia.

This week (July 30-August 5), for the eighth year since 2008, apeace march is underway, in which activists are walking from the Jeju naval base around the island to raise awareness of the continuing struggle and to call for peace.

In Defense of Who?


Image above: Guards look out from behind a razor wire fence surrounded the new South Korean naval base on Jeju island, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

South Korea's latest struggle against militarization began in July 2016 in rural, traditionally conservative Seongju County 135 miles south of Seoul.

Residents of Seongju and neighboring Gimcheon were caught off guard when the central government, under deposed President Park Geun-hye, offered Seongju to the US as a location for the US antimissile defense Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

For more than a year since that announcement, daily protests have been taking place in Seongju and elsewhere around the country. In June, an anti-THAAD protest of several thousand people briefly and peacefully surrounded the US embassy in Seoul.

THAAD manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the system is intended to defend "US troops, allied forces, population centers and critical infrastructure against short and medium range ballistic missiles."

Seongju residents and Koreans across the country, however, recite a litany of reasons they are opposed to THAAD, from environmental and health concerns to the lack of a democratic process to ever-increasing deployment of foreign weapons, as well as economic repercussions and tension with its neighbors China and Russia.


Image above: Korean Army personnel stand guard at the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area outside the Military Armistice Commission buildings along the tense border. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

Two weeks before South Korea's snap election on May 9 this year, the US, citing North Korean threats, hurriedly began the deployment of THAAD in what had been a golf course outside a small village called Soseong-ri.

When South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in learned that his own Ministry of Defense had failed to notify him of the presence of an additional four THAAD launchers, Moon called for a temporary suspension of THAAD to conduct an environmental assessment.

That suspension, however, is being reevaluated now as South Korea considers deploying additional launchers in response to a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test last week.

Like other aspects of the military alliance between the US and South Korea, THAAD is supported by some South Koreans and reviled by others. And like the communities in Gangjeong village on Jeju and Pyeongtaek near Seoul, the people of Seongju and Gimcheon are divided.

Speaking at a candlelight vigil outside the Seongju County government office on May 30, three local women were eager to share their thoughts with Americans.

On this 310th day of consecutive protests, the women told Truthout they wanted their lives back the way they were before THAAD.

They said their community was being torn apart -- even relations between parents and children were being strained by strong disagreements over THAAD.

Some of their neighbors have given up opposition to THAAD, either accepting it as unavoidable or simply focusing on other matters.

These women, however, refuse to give up and say they feel a responsibility to attend nightly demonstrations against THAAD. They also admit feeling a growing resentment toward what they see as an unequal alliance.

"We are starting to have anti-American sentiments even though we don't hate Americans," a woman who identified herself as Mrs. Kim said.

"To be honest, I want the US military to go home," said a second woman, who also goes by the name Mrs. Kim, adding the English phrase, "Yankee, go home."

The Truth Is Very Powerful


Image above: Demonstrators perform 100 bows for peace six days a week as a protest against the South Korean Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

Even as new bases are built, old bases expanded and more weapons imported, what fuels South Korean peace movements in the face of overwhelming power?

In Seoul, Jungmin Choi who works with Durebang (My Sister's Place), an NGO that provides counseling to foreign women working in bars and clubs near US bases, says those women are living witnesses to the impact of military bases.

Choi calls the impacts of the bases "indescribably huge" and both tangible and intangible, but insists, "we believe this fight cannot be defeated … we will fight in a creative way with a long-term view."

On the other side of the country, Jeju base opponent Choi Sung-hee says that even though the Jeju base is operational and US warships have started visiting, the protests must continue.

Not only does the military know it is being watched, but protests build solidarity with other anti-base movements across South Korea and internationally, in places like Okinawa, Guam, the Philippines and Hawaii, particularly among women.


Image above: A protester is blocked by a security guard as he sits in silent protest outside the entry to the South Korean naval base on Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.

"That's the role of people ... we should constantly demand: we do not need arms, we do not need THAAD, we do not need more military bases," Choi says. "If the people's movement is strong, I think it can also influence the decisions of the South Korean president."

Nearby, in the St. Francis Peace Center, Father Mun carves messages of peace into wooden boards after each morning's protest. Nearly 80 years old, Father Mun has been a peace activist for decades in Pyeongtaek, on Jeju and elsewhere acting, in his words, as "a witness for truth."

When asked why he continues to resist in the face of overwhelming power, Father Mun declared, "The truth cannot be thrown away. The truth will stand up some day. The truth is very powerful. So, I believe the truth is going to win all enemies."

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          An evolutionary cul-de-sac        
SUBHEAD: Disappointments to my inner Neanderthal, who, wrinkling his jutting brow, mutters, What’s next?

By Brian Miller on 23 July 2017 for Winged Elm Farm -
(http://www.wingedelmfarm.com/blog/2017/07/23/on-becoming-an-evolutionary-cul-de-sac/)


Image above: Chain drum lifter rated for 2,000pound loads available from Amazon.com available for under $100. From (https://www.amazon.com/Vestil-CDL-2000-Chain-Lifter-Capacity/dp/B002KLJUSK).

I was 16 when I put brand new brakes on my car. It took most of an afternoon, and it was a task that finally completed gave me a real sense of accomplishment. True, I had a couple of small parts left over. But I was young and I operated under the assumption that the auto parts store had given me either spares or parts that didn’t go with my model.

Once finished, I climbed in the driver’s seat, turned the ignition, and took off down the road. Wow! It was a smooth ride and I felt great. That is, until I came up fast to my first stop sign and applied the brakes.

Odd feeling, pushing down on the brake pedal at 50 miles an hour and encountering no resistance. It’s a memory I can still summon readily to this day. Fortunate for me, the auto engineers had built in a backup breaking mechanism called the emergency brake, a handy invention that I deduced might be best to deploy … quickly.

I give you this preamble as evidence that even though a person comes from solid civil engineering stock, basic mechanical skill is not an inherited gene. We all have the friend, often on speed dial, who is great at teasing out the workings of ‘most any thingamajig.

But my solutions to mechanical failures are victories hard won. The puzzles that five-year-olds routinely solve on Facebook in a cute two minutes elude me — sometimes for hours, and sometimes for many years.

The Neanderthals who lurk in my ancestry were a smartish but conservative group of bipeds. They developed a reliable tool kit over the millennia to make their lives run smoother. But then they apparently had a community meeting and said,

Enough is enough, and they settled in for the next 100,000 years and made no new improvements. I kind of admire that about them; perhaps we could learn a thing or two from that approach to technology.

But then there is my H. sapiens DNA. It allows me, eventually, to not only see a solution but also want to implement it.

Yesterday, for instance, we were unloading 55-gallon-drum feed barrels. Cindy backed up the tractor and boom pole to the bed of the truck. Dangling from the boom pole was a nifty contraption called a barrel lifter.

This simple invention is the best $40 we ever spent. It has two metal “hands” at the end of a chain that grab the edge of the barrel. Once the boom pole is raised, the barrel lifter and barrel in tow swing up and out of the truck bed. No muscling required.

The first barrel was a breeze. The second barrel presented a slight problem. It didn’t completely clear the bed of the truck. Taking on my finest Thinker pose, I struggled for a solution. After some minutes, the little gray cells began to sing: It’s the weight, I deduced triumphantly!

Each 300-pound feed barrel removed took more weight off the truck suspension, thereby raising the bed of the truck a couple of inches and causing each subsequent barrel to drag along the tailgate when hoisted. But voilà!

A few adjustments to the tractor’s three-point hitch, which in turn shortened the top link’s angle after each barrel, gave the boom pole a higher lift. Problem solved.

This Eureka moment may not mean much to you engineering types. But small successes like this one are huge to my sapiens self. Victories for H. sapiens, yet disappointments to my inner Neanderthal, who, wrinkling his jutting brow, mutters, What’s next? Will he be wanting to invent block and tackle?

Perhaps. But I must leave that astonishing accomplishment for later. I’ve just had a brain flash that there just might be a better way to knap flint! Stay tuned.

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          Sinclair Broadcasting is Trump TV        
SUBHEAD: The owner of  the most TV stations dumps Fox News to become Trump's mouthpiece.

By Staff on 30 July 2017 for Common Dreams -
(https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/30/classic-propaganda-sinclair-broadcasting-pushes-aside-fox-news-become-trump-tv)


Image above: The Sinclair Broadcasting cut a biased deal with Jared Kushner and the Trump campaign. Now the Trump FCC is paying back the favor. From original article.

“It’s unheard of to have one company pushing one specific agenda reaching so many people and doing it in a way designed to evade local input”

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, the Sinclair Broadcasting group cut a deal
with Jared Kushner for “good” coverage of the Trump Administration, which seems to have paid off.


Politico reported last December:

Sinclair would broadcast their Trump interviews across the country without commentary, Kushner said. Kushner highlighted that Sinclair, in states like Ohio, reaches a much wider audience — around 250,000 viewers[sic]— than networks like CNN, which reach somewhere around 30,000.

With Fox News suffering several major setbacks in the past year, Sinclair Broadcasting is making moves to become the new giant of right-wing media. Many are now calling Sinclair 'Trump TV.'
David D. Smith built Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. into the largest owner of television stations in the U.S. after taking over his father's television company (with his brothers) in the late 1980's.

With David as president and CEO, the Sinclair Broadcast Group blossomed to 59 stations in less than a decade. By 2014, that number had nearly tripled to 162. Smith stepped down earlier this year and became executive chairman.

The Smith family has heavily funded conservative Republican candidates. David Smith's Cape Elizabeth, Maine summer home, just 5 miles down the coast from Common Dreams' Portland office, regularly serves as a meeting place for right-wing politicians like Trump's HUD Secretary Ben Carson and conservative commentator Armstrong Williams.

Journalist David Zurawik, who has covered local television for roughly thirty years, is speaking out against Sinclair Broadcasting Group. In a recent segment on CNN on Sunday, Zurawik said:
“They come as close to classic propaganda as I think I’ve seen in thirty years of covering local television or national television. They’re outrageous! Whatever the White House says, you know, President Trump believes there was voter fraud and he sets up this commission to get data from the states and the states rightfully push back because it’s very intrusive data — Boris Ephsteyn’s piece on it ends with, the states should cooperate with President Trump.”
And John Oliver took aim at the Sinclair Broadcasting group earlier this month, examining the far right station’s ownership of many local TV news stations:
“National cable news gets a lot of attention with their big budgets and their fancy graphics packages. Meanwhile, local news often has to do a lot more with a lot less.”
The Sinclair Broadcasting group has close ties to the Trump administration and is forcing local stations to air pro-Trump news segments. Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai rolled back a key Obama administration regulation that had prevented Sinclair from further expansion. The green light from the Trump administration allowed Sinclair to purchase 42 more local stations from the Tribune Media company, extending its reach to 72 percent of American households.

Oliver went on to show clips of broadcaster Mark Hyman railing against “political correctness and multiculturalism”.
“Hyman is a commentator and former executive at Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Sinclair may be the most influential media company you’ve never heard of. Not only are they the largest owner of local TV stations in the country, they could soon get even bigger.”

“If the opinions were confined to just the commentary or the ad breaks, that would be one thing. But Sinclair can sometimes dictate the content of your local newscasts as well, and in contrast to Fox News, a conservative outlet where you basically know what you’re getting, with Sinclair, they’re injecting Fox-worthy content into the mouths of your local news anchors, the two people who you know, and who you trust, and whose on-screen chemistry can usually best be described as two people.

“You may not realize it’s happening because Sinclair and its digital news subsidiary Circa not only produce and send packages to their stations; they even write scripts that local anchors use to introduce the pieces. For example, this Tuesday night, anchors at Sinclair stations all over the country introduced a story about Michael Flynn like this.”
Oliver's footage then showed multiple Sinclair broadcasters in different locales introduce a report about Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, by downplaying the investigation as just a “personal vendetta” against Flynn.

They are called “must-runs,” and they are sent every day to all the local stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting — video reports that are centrally produced by the company. Station managers around the country must work them into the broadcast over a period of 24 or 48 hours.


Today, the Portland Press Herald (Maine) reported:
Marc McCutcheon of South Portland was watching WGME’s evening newscast as he has for half a century when something came on that shocked him.

In the midst of the local news, a taped commentary from President Trump’s former special assistant Boris Epshteyn appeared on the screen, trumpeting the administration’s position with what he thought selective use and abuse of facts.

McCutcheon, a small-business owner and political independent, describes the experience as “surreal,” “extremely jarring” and “so out of place with the friendly, local broadcast from news people I’ve come to trust over the years.” There was no rebuttal, no context, no alternate point of view – a situation he found concerning.

WGME-TV (Channel 13) and WPFO-TV (Channel 23) each carry the segments nine times a week on orders from their owner, the Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the nation’s largest owner of local television stations and an aggressive, unabashed disseminator of conservative commentary supporting the Trump wing of the Republican Party.

“It’s unheard of to have one company pushing one specific agenda reaching so many people and doing it in a way designed to evade local input,” says Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, a Washington-based group that opposes media consolidation. “The idea of having local stations offer an array of viewpoints is great, but what we get with Sinclair is one set of political leanings being broadcast everywhere.”

Epshteyn, a 34-year-old Russia-born investment banker, is a friend and former Georgetown University classmate of the president’s son Eric Trump who ascended rapidly within Trump’s campaign.

“Bottom Line With Boris” commentaries echo the White House’s own talking points. After former FBI director James Comey said in televised congressional testimony that the president had pressured him to let go of parts of his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Epshteyn asserted to Sinclair viewers that Comey’s appearance had been more damaging to Hillary Clinton than the president.
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          New GOP Rules for Discussing the President        
We're still trying to get used to the idea of Democratic nominee Barack Obama actually being President of the United States.

To help us get acclimated, the wingnut freakazoids have kindly provided criticism that follows the new GOP Rules for Discussing the President. Steve Benen explains.

DEPT. OF POTS AND KETTLES.... Either the president's conservative critics have very short memories, or they assume we do.

SNIP

The irony is almost overwhelming. A loyal Bushie, who heard his boss spend years engaging in shameless demagoguery (see "clouds, mushroom" and "uranium, from Africa") based on nothing but neocon fantasies, believes presidents have to keep their rhetoric in check and never forget to be "truthful." Sure, Blakeman, tell us another one.

Keep in mind, Obama's dire warnings about the economy are well grounded in reality. It's not "insane" to fear an economic collapse given the situation we're in. The president has a choice -- pretend the news isn't scary, or give honest assessments while vowing to act. Bush preferred the prior approach; Obama prefers the latter.

What's more, have you noticed the bizarre double-standards we've seen emerge in recent weeks?

When Bush uses over-the-top language to convince Americans about perceived security threat, he's being "presidential." When Obama issues dire warnings about the economy, he's being "pessimistic."

When Bush ignores the congressional minority, he's being "principled." When Obama engages the congressional minority but declines to give them what they want, he's being "partisan."

When Bush trashes constitutional norms, it's evidence of "seriousness." When Obama is in the Oval Office without a jacket, he's being "disrespectful to the presidency."

When liberals criticize Bush during a crisis, they're traitors who are aiding and abetting the enemy. When conservatives criticize Obama during a crisis, they are doing their patriotic duty.

Good to know.

          Is A Capitalist Meltdown Upon Us?        
I'll only be 53 on my next birthday in late July, yet it already seems like I've lived a tiring amount of history. Only 20 years ago, the world saw the meltdown of Soviet-style communism -- and many observers, largely neo-conservatives, interpreted that as an ideological culmination, "the end of history." There was even an influential book written with that title. (Does anyone remember that author now? And, does he want to remember that book? Yeah, I know -- Francis Fukuyama.)

It appears that reversals of fortune can happen quickly. Now it looks like the allegedly venerable ideology of "free-market" capitalism is on the ropes, and in serious danger of going down. Who would have thought it?

Die-hard Marxists did. I've never been one of them, even as a long-ago radical all of 23 years old. I still know three people who have continued to call themselves Marxists in total defiance of dismissal or ridicule, and they are probably gloating a lot now. The economic train wreck they kept dogmatically predicting finally seems to be in front of us.

But even as America sleepwalked through our Second Gilded Age (circa 1981-2005), I grew skeptical of the Marxist vision. "Historical inevitability" always sounded like a religious tenet, without the pure superstition; and Marxism itself, a sort of quasi-religion for embittered atheists.

We should be as cautious about awarding hard-line socialists a victory here, as much as "we" (in the editorial sense) should have checked for our wallets the minute Reagan started talking about trickle-down and Phil Gramm started talking about deregulation. The past century should have taught us that the answer lies in between.

Starting with the excesses of laissez-faire: America has, for the past 30-ish years, seen the roller-coaster ride that happens with that sort of economic policy. An elite grows very rich, a minority near the bottom slips much further down, and most people tend to stagnate in the middle.

There are cycles of boom and bust. The booms are good for most people, but especially good for a few. The latter group inevitably forms a "Why Should I Have To Pay Taxes?" lobby and gets bonanzas from lawmakers eager to please. And since these are the people of ostentation and material success, their influence is great among fashionable "thinkers" of the day.

Now the big bust is upon us. It's a bit like 1933 all over again -- not as grim or total in devastation, but it's likely to get worse. President Barack Obama has warned us that this is so.

But history, with its entire lesson, should be heeded, and it seems like Obama is one who will do so.

There were very good reasons for the meltdown of the Soviet empire 20 years ago. Contrary to right-wing mythology, Reagan and his military buildup had little to do with it. Post-Soviet Russian economists recall the problems as internal, and any intellectually honest person knew what they were. There's no need for me to recite the litany here -- Americans heard it all for decades.

But, let's face it, die-hard socialists out there -- state-run enterprises have a poor track record. The employees seem to lack incentives to produce. Cooperatives tend to degenerate into personal conflict, power struggles and chaos. And as for the concentration of power in the hands of "vanguard revolutionaries" -- the horrors and enormities of that have been abundant just in the past century.

I don't think it's hard to argue for a sense of balance and measure. In America, it seems like the compromising wheeler-dealers -- the FDRs, the Trumans, the LBJs, the Ted Kennedys -- got more done for working Americans than any of our homegrown radicals ever did.

But there is little doubt that there's been a sea change, and it's been back toward socialist thinking. The Nobel Prize committees have not been known for their sympathy toward socialist-leaning economists, yet Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has more or less come out in favor of the nationalization of U.S. banks. That would be a major step toward socialism of some fashion. Why not? We've just given the bastards $700 billion in taxpayer money to keep them in business. Here's a link to the interview with Stiglitz.

And, it appears that such state power would be the only thing to force the shameless swine who run these enterprises to behave themselves. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., made a speech on the Senate floor about the Wall Street oinkers who had themselves awarded $18.4 billion in bonuses while their enterprises got in on the aforementioned $700 billion, because of reckless and disastrous mismanagement. Here's another link to reports on this issue, and to a video of McCaskill's speech. Be patient, the video seems very rough.

So, what should be the ultimate American destination, in an era of "capitalist" meltdown? The Swedes, with a hybrid socialist-capitalist system, don't seem to do badly, with avowed Socialists predominantly in power since 1929. Their booms are smaller, but so are their busts. Their people don't live in fear of homelessness or inability to afford basic health care. Right-wing humorist P.J. O'Rourke, when asked about the Swedes' seeming happiness with their stable system, said that they are all insane -- but that their insanity is distributed equally among the people.

It's a funny line. But there's nothing funny about facing a mortgage foreclosure, or about the welfare rolls shrinking even as joblessness is rapidly expanding. With a growing U.S. underclass, it may be time to take a second look at the socialist mind-set -- despite the old Marxist baggage. Nobody requires us to go to extremes.

Crossposted at Manifesto Joe.
          A Tale of Three Prayer Breakfasts        
Three years ago, in 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher's "Prayer Breakfast" was an orgy of sectarian bigotry, a greasy "fuck you" to everyone who didn't share the speakers' narrow conservative Southern Baptism, an object lesson in why combining religion and government is history's worst idea.

This year, on the same day that invitations to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's "Prayer Breakfast" landed in state employees' email inboxes, The Economist brings us the latest lesson from President Obama, this one on how to do a "Prayer Breakfast" right, if you must do one at all.

I think the final proof that Barack Obama plans once and for all to elevate respect for Americans who don't practice a religion came at this morning's National Prayer Breakfast:

There is no doubt that the very nature of faith means that some of our beliefs will never be the same. We read from different texts. We follow different edicts. We subscribe to different accounts of how we came to be here and where we’re going next – and some subscribe to no faith at all...

We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together. Jesus told us to "love thy neighbor as thyself." The Torah commands, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow." In Islam, there is a hadith that reads "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." And the same is true for Buddhists and Hindus; for followers of Confucius and for humanists. It is, of course, the Golden Rule - the call to love one another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.


A notable repetition—not just once, rote, but twice, to let you know he means it.

As for that second passage, did Mr Obama just endorse a name for the group struggling to name itself? Some don't like "atheist" or "nonbeliever" because they are definitionally negative. The coinage of "Brights" has failed to catch on for the obvious reasons. But "humanist" has a nice, positive feeling, and a history.

Mr Obama went on to announce a White House of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships. A Bushian thing to do? No, he continued:

The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another - or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state.

Interesting. I'm not sure if Mr Obama isn't trying a little too hard to please everyone here, but the fact that he is trying to please everyone—and remember that a major presidential candidate said not long ago that "freedom requires religion"—is striking.

Now that he is not doing backflips for Rick Warren, citing his favourite Bible verse in a "faith debate" or dodging conspiracies that he is a Muslim, Mr Obama is also free to say things like

I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I've ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done.

A few years ago, Daniel Dennett, an atheist philosopher, wrote
Politicians don't think they even have to pay us lip service, and leaders who wouldn't be caught dead making religious or ethnic slurs don't hesitate to disparage the "godless" among us. From the White House down, bright-bashing is seen as a low-risk vote-getter.

Not this White House.


Cross-posted at They Gave Us A Republic ....

          It’s time for the PCs to right the fiscal ship         
Former Progressive Conservative Premier Alison Redford left a trail of fiscal wreak and ruin in her wake. Yet, a reversal of deficits, debt and overspending has not happened since her departure.
          PCs Would be Unwise to Bring Health Premiums Back        
At their recent convention, Progressive Conservative Party members voted to reinstate the Alberta healthcare tax/premium.
          Alberta Liquor Lessons for Ontario         

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader, Tim Hudak, is proposing to take a page from Alberta in reforming his province’s liquor regime. In short, ending the government decreed monopoly in favor of at least some degree of private competition modeled on Alberta.


          AB: Explanations are due on Redford and sister’s expenses        

Premier Allison Redford’s sister – Lynn Redford – has been caught in an ethical conundrum of unambiguous clarity. Caught red-handed spending taxpayers’ money on Progressive Conservative events and fundraisers, Lynn Redford has a couple steps that she must take on her own.


          Alberta: What a difference six months make        

What a difference six months make

“The only absolute for me is to run balanced budgets and budget conservatively”
– Ed Stelmach, November 2006.

With recent talk of the Alberta government running a deficit next year in order to drain the Sustainability Fund of its savings, it’s worth a sober look at how we ever got to this point.

During the 2006 Alberta PC leadership race, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) questioned each of the candidates as to where they stood on different issues.


          Alberta Advantage first, Canada Advantage next        
Since Stephen Harper and the Conservatives took office in January 2006 taxpayers have no doubt noticed some changes on the taxes paid to Ottawa. Most noticeably, and welcomed, was the reduction in the GST from 7 percent to 6 percent, to now 5 percent. This tax reduction will put $10-billion back into the pockets of Canadians each year.

          150 Things to Know on Canada’s 150th Birthday        
On the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday here are 150 things to know...

1. Today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the world’s most popular political leaders.
2. Justin Trudeau emerged out of the shadows and into the political spotlight when delivering the eulogy at his father’s funeral, the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau in September 2000.
3. The four pallbearers at the funeral were Justin Trudeau, the Aga Khan, former President Jimmy Carter and…the late Cuban autocrat Fidel Castro.
4. Justin Trudeau’s brother, Alexandre Trudeau, is a fearless filmmaker, who was Embedded in Baghdad before, during and after the U.S. invasion in 2003.
5. While Justin is a social media star, his father was the true showman, who once famously pirouetted behind Queen Elizabeth’s back.
6. In fact, this was just one of many colorful moments. To this day in Canada to give the ‘Pierre Trudeau salute’ means something, very interesting…
7. And who can forget the moment featuring the Rolling Stones, the paparazzi and the Prime Minister.
8. However, the elder Trudeau also did some amazing things for Canada. For starters, until 1982 when he brought it back to Canada, the constitution was effectively governed by the Queen of England.
9. That same year he pushed through the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms.
10. This protection of Canadian rights and diversity did not emerge overnight. Back in 1971, the elder Trudeau declared the new Canadian multiculturalism policy.
11. Four years earlier, in 1967, Pierre Trudeau uttered these famous words: “There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” when he decriminalized homosexuality in sweeping changes to the criminal code.
12. It took Canada until 2005 to legalize same-sex marriage, being the first nation outside of Europe and fourth in the world to do so.
13. However, while things were eventful under Pierre Trudeau they were also turbulent. He suspended civil liberties during the ‘October Crisis’ in 1970, when he invoked the ‘War Measures Act’ after a provincial cabinet minister was kidnapped by separatist militants.
14. He also enacted the National Energy Program in the 1980s which effectively federalized revenues from energy resources in Alberta, creating long-term hostility towards the federal Liberal Party in the years to come in Western Canada.
15. Trudeau was also an antagonist to separatist ambitions in Quebec, delivering two fiery speeches, one in 1980, and another in 1995 to thwart referendums for independence.
16. All in all, the elder Trudeau served for 15 years but he wasn’t the longest serving Prime Minister. That would be William Lyon Mackenzie King, who served for 21 years.
17. In second place was the founding Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, who served for 18 years – and who also had a bit of a drinking problem.
18. When Canada was founded in 1867, there were only four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
19. In fact it was not until 1949 that the last province, Newfoundland joined Canada, and that was only after a barely won referendum.
20. Canada also has three Territories: the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavat, the latter being formed in 1999.
21. The country is extremely ‘big’, the second largest in the world with over 2 million lakes, among other things.
22. But, 75% of Canadians actually live within 100 miles of the U.S.-Canada border.
23. This may be one of the reasons why the U.S.-Canada economic relationship is the largest in the world, estimated to total US$630 billion in 2016 alone.
24. Close to 30,000 trucks cross the border every single day between the two countries.
25. While things are rosy today, it wasn’t always so. During the War of 1812, the Canadas, as the British colonies were known then, went to battle with the U.S., ultimately burning down the White House on August 24, 1814.
26. War was quite frequent back then due to competing French, British, and American ambitions. After fierce fighting, the 1763 Treaty of Paris essentially gave the British control over much of French Canadian land.
27. In addition, one cannot forget that much of Canadian land belonged to the First Nations, who have been marginalized, ostracizied, occupied and colonized throughout much of Canadian history.
28. During Canada’s first years, a group of people called the Metis who were ethnically mixed between First nations and European descent, rose up in rebellion, ultimately establishing a short-lived provisional government in 1870.
29. The leader of that rebellion Louis Riel was ultimately ranked as the 11th Greatest Canadian.
30. That battle was only one of many for the acknowledgement of the rights of First Nations. One of the worst stains on Canadian history was the residential school system that at one point put a third of all First Nations children under the care of the state.
31. Thousands of students died, and many more were subject to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
32. While today, people acknowledge some of these aspects of history, the fight is not over. One of the scandals that was a campaign issue for Justin Trudeau, was the plight of up to 4,000 missing or murdered aboriginal women.
33. Canada’s history has not always been one of inclusivity. The Chinese Exclusion or Immigration Act of 1923 effectively banned immigrants of Chinese origin.
34. This was a culmination of violence and protests against immigrants from East and South Asia, including riots in 1907 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
35. Today, whites are expected to become a minority in Vancouver by 2031 (although I suspect this has already happened).
36. 20.6% of Canadians are foreign-born today and 19.1% identify themselves as visible minorities. 3% of the population identifies as Muslim.
37. There are more Sikhs in the Canadian Cabinet than there are in India’s government (4 versus 2).
38. It was not until the 1940s, however, that Sikhs truly received voting rights.
39. Canadian women achieved the right to vote around the same time as women in the U.S. in the late 1910s.
40. Canada also became home to a number of Black Canadians due to the Underground Railroad, although racism has reared its ugly head in Canada as well.
41. While ethnic and racial struggles have been real, so have class struggles. A lot of this culminated in gained labor rights and ultimately universal healthcare.
42. The ‘grandfather’ of universal healthcare was actually New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas, who was named the Greatest Canadian in that (in-)famous poll.
43. Tommy Douglas is also the grandfather of prominent Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland.
44. Kiefer Sutherland’s father is Donald Sutherland, who married Tommy Douglas daughter, prominent public figure, Shirley Douglas.
45. While living in the U.S. Donald Sutherland retained only Canadian citizenship but lost the right to vote due to the Conservative Party’s new laws in 2015.
46. This also led to a rallying cry by then candidate Justin Trudeau, that “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”
47. There are almost 3 million Canadians living abroad but many retain a vibrant Canadian identity.
48. For example, the Terry Fox Run, a hallmark of Canada, has been held in over 60 countries by countless millions over the years.
49. Through these runs over $650 million has been raised for cancer research.
50. And it is all inspired by Terry Fox, who ran the Marathon of Hope in 1980 after losing one leg to cancer.
51. He ended his run after reaching 5,373 kilometres over 143 days.
52. Inspired by Terry’s courage, a fellow West Coaster, Rick Hansen embarked on a Man in Motion World Tour for two years in 1985.
53. He criss-crossed 34 countries raising $26 million along the way.
54. It also inspired the song St. Elmo’s Fire, which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts.
55. The best-selling Canadian artist of all time remains Celine Dion, who has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
56. It appears though that fellow Canadian Justin Bieber may soon beat her on the charts.
57. There are a lot of Canadian singers, that are quite prominent, but they often live abroad, like Bryan Adams.
58. In fact, Bryan Adams and Beverley Hills 90210 star Jason Priestly went to the same high school, Argyle Secondary School in Vancouver.
59. And while Bryan Adams is known for his singing, he once mixed up the lyrics of the Canadian national anthem.
60. The Canadian national anthem, ‘O Canada’, was itself composed in 1880.
61. However, the lyrics of the anthem were originally French and were then translated into English.
Originally published in Huffington Post
Muslim Liberals Caught in No Man's Land
"Islam is the motherload of bad ideas." - Sam Harris
"That's just a fact." - Bill Maher
When the host of Real Time on HBO, Bill Maher, tag-teamed with 'new atheist' Sam Harris, to lead an assault on Islam last week, it was Batman-to-be Ben Affleck who stood up as the inexplicable first line of defense against the disjointed attack. Rounding out the panel of record, was New York Times activist Nicholas Kristof and Republican-lite Michael Steele. The debate - in which, of course no Muslims participated - quickly went viral. In the messy aftermath, Sam Harris even claimed that the media reaction vindicated him and proved his point. 
While Maher and his sidekick, Harris - and for that matter the entire Dawkinsian crew - may not be the bigots that Affleck accused them of being, they certainly should not feel any sense of self-absorbed vindication. They are not emissaries of the truth nor do they represent the vanguard of neo-enlightenment. Rather they come across as pseudo-intellectual bullies driven by a vain desire for celebrity, feigning any concern for the 'victims of Islam' they cite in remarks branching from their central diatribe against the religion. In effect, they silence the very Muslim liberals and champions who are leading the charge for a more just, equal, and tolerant (i.e. liberal, I guess) Muslim world, forcing on them a Faustian and false choice between identity and values. 
Just today, Malala Yousafzai, the ardent campaigner for girls' education from Pakistan and a proud Muslim, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, five of the last twelve recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have been Muslim. These five alongside millions of others seek to promote progressive and positive change in the Muslim world. They constitute everyday Muslims, not necessarily Islam incarnate. The reason this distinction is important is that treating as equal the Muslim world and the ideology of Islam is a misdirection that confuses an evolving 1,400-year philosophy with a disaggregated non-body politic of 1.5 billion people. As I wrote on these pagesseveral weeks ago, it does not mean ignoring a problem but diagnosing it accurately: 
"There is no crisis in Islam. But, there is, conversely and unmistakably, an existential crisis (or crises) in the Muslim world...The approach of religious discourse divorces us from what is the larger crisis facing the Muslim world, which is one of being mired in a political, social and economic malaise, characterized by hollow leadership and disintegrating states, an environment into which extremism seeps."
Malala and others are the vanguard in the fight being waged by Muslim liberals, one that is just unfolding, and which contests a broad range of injustices, inequalities, and intolerances in Muslim-majority countries. Yet, these individuals are also caught in a tripartite 'battle' that is ongoing: within the West, within the Muslim world and between the West and Muslim world. These battles are not clear-cut by any means, but each places the Muslim liberal effectively in no man's land. 
Within the West, we are witnessing the rise of xenophobic and anti-immigration sentiment broadly in the conservative movement, and in the United States, most acutely, on the fringes of the Republican Party. This has been exacerbated by the War on Terror, in which, domestically, the Muslim constitutes the ubiquitous bogeyman. So mainstream is this sentiment, that a series such as Homeland entertains many Muslim Americans, even though it not-so-subtly portends that every Muslim from a secular journalist to a CIA agent could be a threat, simply because he or she is Muslim. More tangibly, in terms of everyday consequences, each new mosque in the U.S. now faces anti-Sharia protestors, including from sitting politicians (who conveniently forget the meaning of the First Amendment). 
In Europe, however, while there has been similar sentiment from the conservative side of the spectrum, such as from political parties such as the UKIP or BNP in the United Kingdom, it has often dovetailed with a similarly xenophobic liberal view, such as that espoused by Sam Harris. Much akin to the convergence of the liberal humanitarian perspective with the neoconservative movement in recent years (e.g. prior to the Iraq War in 2003), this neo-liberalism is partly a revivalist movement of the White Man's Burden. Overall, within this battle, Islam is portrayed as a flawed essence, and there can be no equivocation. When an assured liberal such as Reza Aslan appears on CNN, he is forced to choose between Islam and liberalism, and asked to re-confirm that indeed Islam is the threat. Meanwhile, the anchors (on CNN) fail to realize that this would mean he would be asserting that he himself (and many members of his family) have an essentialized evilness about them. Whether or not a person like Reza Aslan is liberal is cast aside due to this inability to disavow Islam.
Yet, it is not just Muslims on the American side of the Atlantic who are caught up in this game. In the Muslim world's own multi-dimensional civil war, we see hyper-nationalists and Islamists battling it out, overlaid with a layer of sectarian strife. Muslim liberals - a term used loosely without weighing the religiosity of individuals - are often the last ones in the streets pushing for open societies. Take the example of the exemplary Alaa Abdel Fattah in Egypt, who, fresh off from being released from prison on bail after being charged for encouraging a demonstration, had his nomination for the prestigious Sakharov Prize revoked. He, like all Muslims, inevitably faced the pro-Israel test, and (two weeks ago) failed. Already under threat of condemnation from within their countries, Muslim liberals within Muslim countries are abandoned in their hour of need by the haughtier-than-though 'critics' in the West. Muslim liberals may be fighting for democracy, against gender discrimination, and for the rights of minorities, but they likely have not reconciled with Zionism. Ask Malala for her views on Israel: you may not like the answer
Finally, since 9/11 (and before as well), Western countries have increasingly been at war in the Middle East and within other majority-Muslim countries. The recent strikes against ISIS are just one recent example. In this battle, again the Muslim liberal is caught in no man's land. On one hand, he or she will surely be in favor of crushing the cancer that is ISIS but not by any means necessary nor will this mean broad support for the securitization of the interaction between the West and the Muslim world. When a recent video surfaced on Fox News from the Harvard campus, where many students alleged that the U.S. had a more detrimental footprint, overall, on the world stage than ISIS, the headline read, "Twisted Ivy: Harvard students say US bigger threat to world peace than ISIS." Imagine, a Muslim making the same statements as in the video. Game over. 
When Bill Maher and Sam Harris pontificate from their plush perches, criminalizing a faith, which has 1.5 billion adherents, they think they are doing the world a big service. Nothing could be further from the truth. It should be pointed that Muslim countries are not uniquely in crisis and that broadly there are many countries in crisis in the developing world. In addition, America's homophobia is only now beginning to subside for example, and in many ways is still real (so no real claim can be made of some type of civilizational superiority). And many of Burma's Buddhist monks would have something to say about religious militancy being the dominion of Islamists only. Nevertheless, there are indeed a myriad of unique problems within the Muslim world, which is in a deep crisis. Yet, there are also countless Muslim leaders, intellectuals, clerics, philanthropists, and others, facing these problems, and trying to stand-up to illiberal phenomena in their communities and societies. They already are well aware of the challenges in front of them and do not need lectures from people far-removed from the very violence they face. 
Maher's (and others) self-titillating orgies of intellectual masturbation demonstrate a total lack of awareness. Perhaps they'll be comforted by the controversy they spawn, indulging their egos as they eye retweets and dollar signs. As for the Muslim liberals on the frontlines? Once again they are caught in No Man's Land.
Original Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taufiq-rahim/muslim-liberals-caught-in_b_5965546.html

          The Dubai Model and the new Arab world         

Johann Hari’s article “The Dark Side of Dubai” in The Independent in 2009, crystallized the hyperbolic writing on the Gulf emirate in the recent past:

“This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.”

Of course, Dubai did not crash into history and Hari was dislodged from his perch due to a plagiarism scandal a few years later. Yet, for many commentators and journalists, any mention of Dubai still evokes a sense of moralistic derision – Dubai the land without culture filled with a people without history. For the youth of the region, however, Dubai represents something different: jobs, a relatively open society, and a government (in progress) that works. As countries in transition, like Libya, Tunisia and Egypt look to transform their own societies, Dubai is an enigmatic model in the distance.  


What is the Dubai model? It is hard to fully capture the multi-faceted nature of it in just a few words, but there are several key dimensions. In addition, the unique (and transferable) aspects of the Dubai model, however, are less to do with its political system, and more about the policies pursued. In fact, too much time is spent in the region debating the political system rather than the impact of policies on the ground enacted by any ruling group or party.

Fundamentally, Dubai made itself open to people flows from around the world, with all its associated risks. This has meant that its small population – today 90% of residents are non-citizens – has been able to build an economy depending on an externally generated labor and consumer market. In addition, to unskilled labor, Dubai has also been keen to open itself to the best talent from around the world.  Take Dubai Aluminum (DUBAL) as an example, founded n 1979 and predicated on leveraging international talent and expertise. In fact, in its initial year of operation, few of the 1,386 employees were Emiratis. Yet that has changed over time, as DUBAL has grown to become the world’s largest aluminum smelter. Understanding its own labor market and taking advantage of regional and international labors flows and talent has been critical to the Emirate’s success. 

Despite being in conservative surroundings, Dubai has also ensured that it functions as an open society, in terms of social and religious practices. While this diversity can raise tension, like last summer’s #UAEdresscode campaign for example, there is an open coexistence, as can be witnessed while walking on JBR Walk, along the beachfront, with full-length niqabs side-by-side with what could well be described as the opposite of that! This openness has also contributed to Dubai becoming a global hub, and now the 7th most visited city in the world, with 10 million tourist arrivals annually. This did not occur overnight, and was linked to the gradual (and sometimes sudden) growth of the hospitality industry and expatriate population. Being an open society, however, does not just mean bottles and bars; the government has consistently emphasized gender empowerment in all fields as a matter of policy, including in key positions, political and economic.

In addition to people flows, Dubai has ensured an inflow of capital, by building a financial sector and set of institutions to leverage the capital-rich environment around it. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has created a separate regulatory environment and court system to provide security to investors and companies alike. In addition, while still not perfect, it is relatively easy for any foreigner to set up a local free zone company, allowing him or her to deploy capital, which subsequently generates employment (albeit more for non-locals than Emiratis). The stability of Dubai and the strength of its soft and physical infrastructure has meant that in times of uncertainty, capital finds its way there; last year that included $8 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), a 25% increase from 2011.

In order to spur growth and absorb investment, Dubai borrowed a page from several economic models (Singapore & Hong Kong among them) and cluster-based theories (see Michael Porter). Take a look at the growth of the aviation sector in Dubai, which in 2011, directly or indirectly contributed $12 billion towards the GDP, and accounted for 125,000 jobs (in a city of 2 million people).  The same can be said for the logistics (e.g. Dubai Ports) and retail sectors (e.g. Majid al-Futtaim & City Centres), all of which have benefitted from an ecosystem approach that has included new regulation, government-driven investment, and infrastructure development. Emirates Airlines did not become one of the world’s leading airlines by accident or in isolation.

Finally, on a consistent basis, Dubai has pushed excellence in public services, culminating in the Government Summit earlier this year, which convened public servants from across the country to “exchange best practices.” In Dubai, there are regular awards for government excellence given to high-performing departments. In fact if you go see the Director-General of the Dubai Courts, he will likely give you a PowerPoint presentation on their caseload, wait times, and improvements.

Lest, anyone think that everything is ‘perfect’ in Dubai, it is not. There are a number of issues, ranging from political prisoners in the country (due in part to a stifling intellectual/political climate) to the lack of legislative oversight to continued labor exploitation (far less than before but still problematic, given there is still no minimum wage). Societally, there are also a number of challenges, including naturalization, obesity, and a growing culture of materialism, none of which should be taken lightly. And, for the local Emirati population, there is a high rate of unemployment due to a mismatch between expectations and skills and the needs of the labor market. None of these should be under-estimated for both the moral issues they pose as well obstacles they may present to the viability of Dubai's success, as is the case in many transformative development contexts. 

The Dubai model works quite obviously, in Dubai. While other countries – especially those in transition – cannot copy-and-paste what Dubai has done, particularly on migration, cultural change, and government led-investment, they can still apply lessons from Dubai’s experience. Although it may seem that Dubai had the guarantee of Abu Dhabi behind it or capital flows in the Gulf to harness, every country has an advantage, which can be used as a foundation. Egypt has the largest consumer base in the entire Arab world that can drive industry. Tunisia has some of the highest literacy rates and education levels in the region, and an established tourist bridge with Europe. Libya has tremendous oil-wealth and a strong connection to the Sub-Saharan economy.

The fragility of transitional countries means that everything must be done to improve.  What Dubai has demonstrated is that there can be positive momentum and development on areas that affect the quality of people’s lives and their livelihoods. There remain critical challenges in front of it, but there is also something that works in Dubai, and it’s about time that some of these lessons are transferred to the wider region. 

          The (Counter?)Revolution in #Egypt will be Televised (and Tweeted)        
Around midnight in Cairo the night of Tuesday, July 2, millions of people in Egypt awaited the President of the Republic, Mohammad Morsi, to respond to the 48-hour ultimatum delivered by the country's military on Monday: resolve your differences with the protestors or we will do it for you. With the deadline fast approaching, and due to hit at 4:30pm local time the next day, Morsi rejected the challenge by the military in a tweet. Then, he came on television and delivered what was the most important speech in not just his life but in the history of the Muslim Brotherhood movement he represents. And it was a spectacular failure. While not as long-winded as the two-and-a-half hour speech he had given just days earlier - akin to a State of the Union - it was just as hollow. His near constant use of the word 'legitimacy' began to elicit uncontrollable laugher in many corners (with the usage count of the word at around 75 in the speech). With millions of Egyptians on the streets across the country - some in support of him but many if not most in opposition - and the military's ultimatum in the background, Morsi had seemingly put the final nail in his own coffin.

Just 30 months after the ousting of the dictator for the past 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, street protests in Egypt culminated on Wednesday night in a coup d'etat, effectively overturning the 14 democratic elections since February 11, 2011 (the total voting cycles for the parliament, presidency and constitution). Indeed, it was broader than a coup d'etat, as the Tamarod (rebellion) movement that brought millions of people to the streets was a grassroots uprising that gathered millions of signatures from ordinary Egyptians, and more significantly, managed to coalesce a previously disparate and dispirited opposition. Additionally, deposed President Mohammad Morsi had governed incompetently and non-inclusively, which seemingly left the invitation open to change. Yet, what transpired this week, especially in the final sequence of events, could be the initial salvo of a counter-revolution 2.0, potentially endangering the process of democratization in Egypt for years to come.

While things seemingly have not changed that much in Egypt, and in many ways have gotten worse, a lot has transpired. Following the departure of Mubarak and his gang from the scene, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took charge of managing the country's affairs. It took nearly a year to hold parliamentary elections. When it did happen, in late 2011-early 2012 the Brotherhood's party (the Freedom & Justice Party or FJP) took 38% of the vote, followed closely by the more conservative Salafist party, Al Nour, which took 28%. Given that this body would determine the fate of the new constitution (and the assembly to draft it), the fact that it was dominated by 'Islamists' already meant the new era of Egypt was handed a poisoned chalice in the eyes of many. Six months later, in June 2012, the Presidential elections saw a run-off between a former Prime Minister but tainted 'remnant' of the old Mubarak regime, Ahmed Shafiq, and Mohammed Morsi (representing the Muslim Brotherhood). Morsi won, and with the backing of protests in the famed Tahrir Square, also managed to wrest plenty of executive authority from SCAF. Within two months, Morsi also seemed to assert civilian control over the military, with a shuffling of key positions in the defense establishment.

Then on November 22, 2012, with full executive powers, and the parliament in limbo (due to pending court cases), Morsi assumed essentially legislative powers and declared himself immune from judicial oversight until a new constitution was formed. In essence that gave birth to the current movement (well at least the National Salvation Front that formed 2 days later and was a hodge-podge of opposition groups, including figures such as Mohamed El Baradei) which culminated in Morsi's removal from office this week. Morsi and the FJP then ham-fisted a constitution through a referendum, which garnered the support of 64% of the voting public. However, the process was not led by consensus and Morsi appeared to be increasingly marginalizing the judiciary, which many viewed as being too linked to the old regime, especially given that many senior judges were appointed by Hosni Mubarak (the judges had their own democracy movement in 2006 so not a unified group by any means). Yet for many in the opposition, the judiciary was still a check against Morsi and the Brotherhood's power. And there were also complaints about the ikhwanization of the state; given what transpired this week, this appeared not to have been the case.

Nevertheless, the concentration of power by the Brotherhood and its non-inclusive method of governance as described above, could have overcome minor challenges from the opposition, if Morsi had enacted policies that improved the lives of everyday people. His approval rating had begun to drop dramatically, falling to 28% of the public just weeks before his overthrow. This was mainly due to the inability of the government to turnaround the economy, with 25% of Egyptians below the poverty line, unemployment on the rise, and the country's fiscal health on the decline. Meanwhile, his approach to foreign policy of aligning with the US, engaging with Iran, partnering with Qatar, and leading the charge on Syria, did little to assuage a frustrated public waiting for change at home in their daily lives that had yet to materialize. And sectarian clashes that mainly killed Shiites and Christians tarnished the impartial role the President was assumed to play, given that he was close to figures that were prone to incitement.

In the backdrop of all of this, the Tamarod movement, which started just several months ago (in April), began to tap into the widespread anger and frustration. Gone was the gloss of a technocratic 'Islamist' party - a la the AKP in Turkey, who incidentally are having their own issues - replaced instead by the reality of the FJP in Egypt. And gone also was the mystique of a survivalist Brotherhood that was the David against the Goliath of the last half century; the Brotherhood was now the Goliath, and seemingly squandering the power that it had accumulated. The Tamarod activists claimed to have gathered 22 million signatures, in a country of 93 million people, which seems patently ridiculous for many demographic/logistical reasons (in the course of just two months). Nevertheless, their demands were clear, and principally centered on early Presidential elections (Morsi had served one of a four-year term). They were supported by umbrella opposition groups such as the National Salvation Front, April 6 Movement, and others, and with their deadline of June 30 for Morsi to respond coming fast, thousands and then millions began to fill Egypt's squares (some as noted in support of Morsi).

By Wednesday, just prior to the removal of Morsi from power, several implications of what was transpiring were already clear. Firstly, the Tamarod movement, and subsequent mobilization demonstrated that there could be an organized opposition to Islamists in the 'new' Arab world, and that this secular alternative could mobilize numbers. This could have far-reaching consequences in other countries such as Tunisia, where Islamists like the Nahda Party hold sway, as well as eventually (in the longer-term) in autocratic countries where often the only strong opposition movements are bogeyman Islamists movements. Secondly, Morsi's reign had as noted above, dulled - as power does to any party - the shine of the Brotherhood. It has been noted, for example that the clashes that led to the separation of the West Bank & Gaza Strip, and undermined the Hamas victory in Palestinian elections, only emboldened Hamas instead of forcing the movement into the pubic accountability spotlight.

Of course, in the euphoria of what the opposition was about to gain, the darkness just around the corner might have seemed far away. With millions on the street, and the military indicating a willingness to force itself on the scene as the arbitrator, Morsi offered a new constitutional process, a unity government of technocrats, and an accelerated schedule of new parliamentary elections but it was too little too late it seemed for the street, especially with the military now backing the activists' play. And so instead of a negotiated agreement with President Morsi, or a legal process through the courts, or any other process through civilian authorities, it was the military that removed Morsi from power. The crowds in Tahrir Square cheered but the supporters of the deposed President, in Nasr City (also in Cairo), jeered. In a carefully choreographed display, the civil secular state - with an associated roadmap essentially a reset of the revolutionary period - was re-established by three initial speeches: first by General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, head of the armed forces (appointed by Morsi), second by the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, and third by the Coptic Pope. Short statements followed from a range of opposition figures, including a representative of Tamarod and El Baradei and the conservative Nour Party.

If you are an opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood, this was indeed a victory. And given the direction that Egypt was going, if you are an Egyptian, you can only hope that this could lead to a more positive future. Whatever the case, however, the military re-takeover appears to also be a re-launch of the counter-revolution. The autocratic powers that be in the region were effusive and immediate in their praise of the military and the coup. More worryingly, was the systematic campaign of arrests that already started to unfold late into the night of Muslim Brotherhood activists, leaders, affiliated journalists, and yes even Mohammad Morsi. The military is looking not just to referee the playing field but to define the playing field and the players allowed on it. That's not democracy. It may be that in the modern Arab world the demographics are such that the debate is about choosing between liberalism and democracy, but isn't that the false choice of the last 40-50 years offered by autocratic rulers in the Arab world? And there is nothing 'rosy' about liberal autocracy versus religious autocracy in this region. In fact, if anything, liberal/secular authoritarianism has been the bane of decay in modern Arab history: the Baath parties in Iraq and Syria, Ben Ali's Tunis, Mubarak's Egypt, and the list goes on.

Yet, unless the Egyptian military is kept in check, it will likely go down the path it knows best and one that it has followed since 1952, which is to systematically crush dissent and marginalise and exclude the Muslim Brotherhood. All indications today point to a proclivity to re-instate this exclusion, which could lead to an Algeria scenario of the 1990s, albeit in a different form, of course. Paradoxically, as this new Pandora's Box is opened, the only hope to keep the military in check is the very street and youth who demanded its removal from the scene, and then demanded it to come back to its role as guarantor of the state. Hopefully the tamarod or rebellion, will keep that spirit, now that they have been given a share of the power.





          The Muslim Brotherhood in Denial (not just a river in Egypt)        
There's a lot to say about what's going on in Egypt, and a lot of great analysis out there. So I will simply re-post here a status I had on Facebook which I think sums up on the high-level the situation:

Today in #Egypt there are uncountable millions on the streets demonstrating in rebellion (#tamarod) against a President that the people democratically elected. And the military under their reconstituted form (i.e. SCAF) have backed their play and essentially called for a 'roadmap' towards an orderly transition. This is just 30 months after #Tahrir Square came to the world's attention when the then dictator for 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, was forced to step-down from power. So it is a little confusing. Adding to the confusion..The party in power is the Freedom and Justice Party, or Muslim Brotherhood. The people in Tahrir? Most of them Muslims, many devout, and still opposed to their so-called Brothers. Somewhat allies of the youth-driven, secular (not same as atheist) political opposition are the Salafists (Al Nour Party) or more conservative Muslims, who find themselves also calling for the President to step down. What should we make of all this? Some people may take this to mean that this is a strike against the role of Islam in government in the Arab world. Perhaps, but likely we won't see the same movement - yet - in Tunisia or Yemen and we now have a long ways to go in whatever Syria ends up (thanks to Assad & his enablers from all sides). Essentially, this ended up being a transaction between people and those in power. The Brotherhood in Egypt didn't fail because it started to ban alcohol or force women to wear Niqabs; no they failed because they failed to govern effectively. They failed to protect women in the streets from sexual assault. They failed to protect logically Egypt's interests with foreign countries like Ethiopia. They failed to stabilize an economy with any plan whatsoever. They failed to realize that appointing a member of a foreign terrorist organization that killed tourists in the 1990s to the position of Governor in a province that depends on tourism was a bad idea. The Brotherhood failed in Egypt not because they were Muslim - for their opponents are also Muslim - but because they failed to improve the lives of the very people that elected them. But here's the rub...and it's three-fold. First, removing them from power through the military's might could set back the country for decades to come. Only a negotiated democratic roadmap should be accepted. Second, the end of President Morsi's tenure, does not and should not mean the end of the Brotherhood. They are still Egyptian, will still be Egyptian, and will still have the support of many people. They are part of the political fabric of the country. And finally, the fact that the Brotherhood fails does not mean that the patchwork National Salvation Front - i.e. the Opposition - will succeed. Thus far their alliance is based on opposition to something rather than a coherent ideology. Moreover, their ideas for economic development and governance are no more clear, practical, or informed than the Brotherhood's. And so we end up with one takeaway, and this is applicable to all 'transition' countries. There will always be backsliding and regression in post-revolution environments. The key is to self-correct and aim to go two steps forward and one step backwards, rather than the other way around. Good luck to all our friends in #Egypt. They'll need it.

          Another Coup for the Outgoing Emir of Qatar        
In July 2010, the (now outgoing) Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, traveled to South Lebanon to bask in the gratitude for his country's largesse in supporting reconstruction following the Israeli bombardment just four years earlier. The $300 million (and beyond) committed by the Gulf state was very much appreciated by the Shiite armed movement Hezbollah, who ensured billboards in the South and on Airport Road in Beirut were decorated with notes of thanks to the Emir. It was a conspicuous visit because Qatar had stood out amongst the GCC in taking a strong if not controversial stand. Hand-in-hand with Hezbollah, the Emir, was not apparently one of the "half-men" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pointed to in the Gulf during the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war. In fact, the Emir and Assad were quite close, if not close friends, and were frequently in touch.

In 2013, Qatar finds itself at the forefront on a number of regional issues, most notably the conflict in Syria, which had pitted the Emir in direct opposition to his old friend Bashar Al Assad. In fact, on the sectarian front, hosting firebrand spiritual figure, Yusuf al-Qaradawi who recently called for a Sunni-led jihad, and allying almost openly with Muslim Brotherhood movements in the region (which brought criticism from people as far afield as Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef), has increasingly prompted the question: Has the politically adept Qatar lost its touch?

Once again, however, the Emir of Qatar (who I'll refer to by his initials HBK) shocked the region with another unprecedented move - this time the transfer of power to his 33-year old son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (the 'new Emir'). In doing so, HBK put Qatar back on the political front-foot and raised the pressure on regional allies. And in typical style, he added another deft touch in his address to the nation with a quote (and the only quote outside from scripture) from Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the fourth Caliph in Islam and the first Imam of the Shi'a Muslims: 'Teach your children other than that what you were taught; as they are created for a time other than yours."

It was nearly 18 years to the day, on June 27, 1995 [although official Qatari sites list his 'start-date' as June 26] that the outgoing Emir, HBK, came to power in a bloodless coup with the aid of his current outgoing Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamid bin Jassim al-Thani (HBJ) and other figures. He dislodged his father, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad, at the time, under largely benign circumstances but also as Qatar was starting to truly increase its economic base. When HBK took the reigns, the country was bit-player on the regional scene, with a GDP of $8bn. Today, the country is a regional powerhouse, punching far above its weight with a GDP in upwards of $170bn. The transformation, after HBK's rise, began in a number of areas:
  • In 1995 (August), the Emir alongside his wife, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, launched what has become one of the largest foundations, Qatar Foundation, dedicated to 'knowledge' and social development in the country and wider region;
  • In 1996, the State of Qatar launched Al Jazeera, initially only in Arabic, which shocked the region by becoming literally the only widespread outlet of independent voices (from the 'regimes') in the region; 
  • And in 1997, Qatar Airways was relaunched and became a symbolic flagship for the country, although it is not clear whether the carrier will ever truly be profitable.
Economically, with growing revenues from natural gas over the last decade and a half, the departing Prime Minister, HBJ, effectively became the CEO of the country. In addition, to governing national investments through the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund, HBJ also built up constituent vehicles like Qatari Diar, which looked to deploy billions of dollars in capital throughout the region, including in places that would traditionally be 'off-the-grid' like Libya, Syria and the Palestinian Territories.

Yet, while the transformation of Qatar happened on several levels - and Sheikha Moza led a number of key initiatives that have separately built up the profile of the country - the Prime Minister & Emir particularly forged a formidable political duo, implementing a plan for political leadership which led to alternating reactions of admiration and consternation in the region. HBK & HBJ became in recent years, the guiding and influencing force on a number of key regional files. It was a strategy of multi-faceted engagement and relevance, often replete with paradoxes, that even until now has confounded observers and analysts, who were always late to the party in understanding and engaging with Qatar.

For example, while condemning Al Jazeera Arabic for links to Al Qaeda, the U.S. government in September 2002 began moving its Central Command (CENTCOM) Headquarters in part to Doha. Qatar maintained an Israeli trade office since the late 1990s (closing intermittently during the Intifada and in 2009 during the Gaza War), while also building up relations with Hamas throughout the 2000s. The country maintained strong links within the GCC, and also with Sunni allies such as leader of the Future Party Saad Hariri, but in 2008 it was their ties with Hezbollah that allowed them to forge the Doha Agreement, averting what could have been a dark period of civil strife in Lebanon. There was no end to the political engagement: peace talks on Darfur, engagement with the Taliban, mediation between Chad and Sudan, and the list goes on.

On the political level, while the period prior to the Arab awakening was characterized by engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders, in early 2011, it seemed that Qatar was starting to play a much more partisan role. Previous allies such as Syria's Assad, and Libya's Gaddhafi fell by the wayside very quickly, with Qatar in fact leading efforts in the fight to topple both dictators. And in other 'revolutionary' environments such as Egypt and Tunisia, where the ruling parties are Islamist, Qatar has become the political football for its perceived support for Islamist movements. Critics ask why figures like Qaradawi (mentioned above) are based in Qatar? Why was the state mosque in Doha named after the founder of Wahhabism, the particularly conservative brand of Islam, in 2011? And why has a station like Al Jazeera portrayed only one side of the story, often with an 'Islamic' bent, the last two years especially?

Yet, the criticism has only grown commensurate with the prominence of Qatar in the region. On one hand, the policies of Qatar were simply part of its strategy of engagement in the region, to demonstrate leadership but also fundamentally relevance - important for a small country that previously lived in the shadow of Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Arab uprisings and subsequent rise of Islamist movements in the region was a tremendous opportunity for Qatar to provide indispensable leadership. Yet, leadership and unique prominence, has consequences, and it is likely that the inflection point of a transfer of power, provides a moment for reflection, especially as the region comes to terms with its new (and oft-changing) dynamics. What was immensely popular in late 2011 no longer is definitively so. For example, in Egypt, President Morsi's approval rating has notably dropped from 70% to 40%.

Thus, the transfer of power to a new ruler, in Sheikh Tamim, means that Qatar can assess its strategic position and alignment. Perhaps, the country could benefit from a broader engagement given rising divisions in the region, and once again capture the role of lead mediator? Domestically, Sheikh Tamim will play close attention to catalyzing the role of his generation in the country's leadership. After all, Qatar had yet to enact the legislative or Shura Council that HBK promised when he rose to power, and enshrined in the Constitution ratified 9 years ago. The first step will be the announcement of a new cabinet that will replace what is increasingly seen as a gentrified political elite with new or younger faces. It is also expected that there may be a rise in salaries of Qataris employed in the public sector, at a smaller scale, however, to a similar announcement in 2011. Most important, however, will be a new dialogue and series of consultations that the new Emir will have with Qatari citizens, whose expectations have risen with new-found wealth and prosperity. In particular, with 70% of Qataris under the age of 30, engaging youth will be a priority. Do they feel included in the governance of the country and its institutions? Are there sufficient opportunities for employment and growth? And do public services meet their expectations?

As Sheikh Tamim assesses the domestic situation, he does have a strong ally in his mother, Sheikha Moza, and the institutions she leads that address youth, health and education. And he will rely on  experienced hands like Sheikh Abdullah al-Thani to evaluate macro-projects like the Qatar World Cup preparations and the development of the national railways. Yet, both on the national and international fronts, the new Emir is not without experience or preparation. While observers were caught off-guard, it is thought HBK had planned for this day far ahead of time. The ascension of the Crown Prince to the leadership, began in earnest over the past two years. In fact, when significant announcements like the salary increase from 2011 were made, it was from Sheikh Tamim's office. He was also front and center, for example, when the move was made to shift Hamas headquarters out of Syria. And the then Crown Prince had been taking an increasing "foreign affairs role" amidst the Arab uprisings.

While the policies that Qatar will follow will likely be unchanged in the short-term, we will have to wait and see what path the new Emir forges in the long-term. Yet, his father has assured that he enters on the political front-foot. Even in his departure, the outgoing Emir left as he came in - with a coup. Upending traditions in the region, he ensured that he would leave the scene at the ripe (for the GCC) age of 61, leaving power to his son who is only 33. This is next to countries such as Saudi Arabia, where the King is 91 (if not older) and where power has never been transferred to the 'next generation', passed instead from brother-to-brother among the descendents of King Abdelaziz (since his death in 1953). Or take Bahrain, where the Prime Minister, Khalifa bin Salman, has helmed the government for over four decades without interruption.

Certainly, the move by HBK has not ushered in a democracy in Qatar; it is still an authoritarian state. And the ascension of Sheikh Tamim does not automatically assuage any of the concerns (real or perceived) ranging from migrant rights to nepotism to regional interference. Nevertheless, in its own way, Qatar has provided the region with a new revolutionary moment. Now we wait to see how the day-after, always the hard part, plays out.


          When did Canada go wrong on Israel/Palestine?        
A lot has been written in the subsequent weeks following Canada's strong stand and vote against Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. The government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel, in an almost intrinsic and essentialist stance. It is a relationship that Harper has said he would defend at any cost:



Bolt defended himself remarkably well and he wasn't backing down when he wrote about the incident in his column:
TO ALL those who called me with sympathy for being attacked on Tuesday by masked protesters: stop it.

Sympathy is for losers. And we must be losers no more.

So I want your high-fives instead. I want you to laugh at the CCTV footage of the haymaker I gave one of the three men who jumped me and blinded me with a thick liquid outside a Carlton book launch I was to speak at.

Their sort has ruled the streets for too long, particularly in Melbourne.

The main part of his column was a strong argument to close the borders to avoid the terror threat. It's worth reading in full, but here are some highlights:
But did Khayre’s rampage finally shock our politicians into admitting the truth?

Did they finally concede they’d run a refugee program that put Australians in danger?

As if. Here is the response of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: “There are some very, very grave questions … How was this man on parole?”

Wrong. The gravest question of all is actually this: why was this jihadist in Australia in the first place?

Why did our politicians let in Khayre and hundreds, even thousands, of people much like him?

Stop blaming the judges and the police and everyone except the damn politicians who have opened our gates to exactly the mayhem they now pretend to tackle. Our politicians have been wilfully, dangerously, recklessly blind to the danger they’ve imported in their narcissistic urge to seem kind, no matter what the cost to the rest of us.

...So why are we running a refugee program that again and again puts Australians in danger? That brings in terror?

Wouldn’t it be both safer and cheaper to help refugees where they are right now — overseas — rather than pay millions to bring over a lucky few and cross our fingers they’ll fit in?



          Salon flips out over Identitarian campaign        
I saw this on my Twitter feed:



The leftist Salon website has noticed the European Identitarian campaign I wrote about last month. What is happening is that there are ships being operated by various NGOs which are picking up illegal immigrants from the coast of Africa and, in contravention of international law, ferrying them to Europe (they are supposed to be taken to the nearest African port).

The Identitarians have launched a campaign to operate a vessel of their own, a bit like the Rainbow Warrior, to block the NGO ships. The campaign has, to the consternation of Salon, quickly raised funds. (At our last meeting of the Melbourne Traditionalists we raised money to send off to this campaign.)

In their hit piece, Salon quotes one of the Identitarians as saying:
This massive immigration is changing the face of our continent. We are losing our safety, our way of life, and there is a danger we Europeans will become a minority in our own European homelands.

The Salon piece then continues:
The group writes that “humanitarian NGOs traffick hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in Europe and endanger the security and future of our continent. They are responsible for the mass drowning of thousands of Africans in the Mediterranean.”

As The Observer recently reported, the group has raised nearly $100,000 in less than three weeks through an anonymous crowd funding campaign. The group says it plans to pay for vessels, travel costs and film equipment. Italian Identitarians claim they have been offered ships and support from people with boat driving licenses.

The Identitarian statements sound reasonable enough to me. And, as I wrote in my original post on the campaign, it is a template changer - it marks a shift toward a more activist response to what is happening in Europe. And this, I expect, is what has caught the attention of the leftists at Salon.
          Unhinged liberal parenting        
Let's say that you're a liberal and you believe that the highest good is a freedom to be self-defining. What does that mean for how you parent?

In a previous post Mark Moncrieff (of Upon Hope) observed that,
I think the most important word here is the word "raise", children need to be raised. But "being free to be whoever they want to be" implies that children can raise themselves.

It's a good insight and led me to respond as follows:
That's a good way of putting it. And you can imagine why this is so. If you are a liberal and you think that there are no objectives purposes in life and that people should just "be themselves" however they see fit, then there is little purpose to parenting your child - there is nothing definite to raise them toward. Parenting just comes to mean accepting unconditionally. Not imposing anything. Giving the child confidence to "be anything you care to be". The parents are just there to ferry the child around as a kind of support crew, rather than transmitting culture, identity, purpose, wisdom, values.

As it happens a news item appeared last week to illustrate concretely how this works. A Canadian mother is raising her son to be gender fluid. Look at how she explains her decision:
I want my son to grow up knowing he has a voice. Grow up knowing he can do and be ANYTHING he wants to be in this world.

Because I am the parent he needs me to be, he knows ... That me and his father will love him without fail.

Some days he says he wants to be a girl with a vagina and we simply tell him, “When you’re an adult, you can certainly make the decision to change to that if you wish”. ...We support our child in whoever they are and look forward to seeing how their gender expression manifests as they age.

Here we have the logic of liberal parenting set out openly. First, the belief that the highest principle is one of being self-determined or self-defined, as when she says that she wants her son to "Grow up knowing he can do and be ANYTHING he wants to be in this world."

This leads her to the idea that her role is not to interfere with who the child becomes, but instead to take the "support crew" role ("We support our child in whoever they are").

The assumption is that the child will become "the best version of themselves" by himself alone; that he will, in Mark Moncrieff's words, raise himself while his parents look on with interest.

One final point. The father is partly at fault here. Mothers have an instinct to give unconditional love to their children, fathers have a stronger instinct to socialise their sons toward a successful manhood. The father in this case is not even trying.

Father and son

          Clarifying BlogHer's editorial policy        

You're absolutely right, Adrienne, in that BlogHer does ask editorial contributors to provide evidence to support their assertions.

I should have asked Karen to back up her claim of affiliation of older conservative voters with the Tea Party, and provide evidence they hold those beliefs, before publishing. This was a lapse in the editing process, and I regret the error.

I have asked Karen for an update of this post with that clarification.

Julie Ross Godar
aka Honeybeast
Managing Editor, BlogHer


          Tea Party 101        

Heather,

If I didn't respond, I apologize. I'm just coming off of an intensive political campaign. I'm just now returning to normal life activities like laundry, grocery shopping, getting to the salon, seeing friends, etc. For about 1 month, I was waking up every 2 hours to check email at night. I wasn't able to respond to all comments.

Sometimes, I think it would be helpful to do a Tea Party 101 post with the history and organization of the movement.

There is no such thing as Official Tea Party (TM) like there is a Democratic National Party or the Republican Party.

Some grassroots members have organized after starting rallies and events in their hometowns. Following the 2008 election, conservatives were able to largely take over Twitter using the #tcot hashtag. From there, conservatives organized events around the country and it took off.

Please note that most of these events were in reaction to Republican votes. Most conservatives were upset at the 2008 results, but even more angry that Republicans voted for TARP.

Groups like Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Express have been successful in fundraising and organizing, but they are only part of the movement. Not every tea party chapter is affliated with any national movement. Some choose to be. Some aren't.

There's no clear leadership. No top-down government. And the movement wants it to stay that way.

I've never said that there wasn't racism, but it is a very small percentage.

My emphatic response was that this is not a theme we can allow to progress. When racism does occur at Tea Parties (I've never personally seen it), people react and shut those people up.

This is the media focusing on a subject that they don't understand. Most of it is hyperbole.

As noted earlier, for every "sign" of racism, I can give you evidence of death threats, Nazi propaganda from the left. And this is personal. I've been the target of a lot of hate mail and have been called Nazi/Brownshirt/Fascist more times than can be counted.

Neither side has clean hands here.

As to your comment on voting, really? With 10% unemployment, it seems pretty easy to get to the polls on election day.

Furthermore, if your state doesn't have early voting, you can request an absentee ballot if you know that you won't be able to go vote.

Most polls are open from 6 a.m. to at least 7 or 8 p.m. If asked, employers are supposed to let you off to vote.

I've worked in retail, I've worked for the government, I've worked for nonprofits of all stripes and I've worked in the private sector in TWO different states.

Never had a problem voting.

Aside from laziness, there is absolutely no excuse to not vote.

Keep trying...

Adrienne works in the conservative movement and blogs at Cosmopolitan Conservative.


          This is personal        

I can find just as much racism googling liberal events and anti-war protests that occurred under President Bush.

I have attended rallies on both the right and the left. Have either of you done that? I documented in first person the messages of hate and death threats that liberals carried around. In my opinion, this is just as bad as some of the supposed racism.

Karen, in what ways am I distorting your words? I've asked you to directly respond to FACTS that I've presented. You refuse to do that.

My qualm with this post is that it was allowed to be published. As someone who has submitted a number of front-page Blogher posts, I am REQUIRED to document and link almost every sentence that I write. Sometimes my posts go through a number of rounds of edits and compromises.Most of my paragraphs are almost solid blue to back up what I write.

There is absolutely no evidence that this occurred with Karen's article.

All I want are fair and equal standards to apply to everyone who covers politics.

If the personal is political, then Karen needs to learn to face the people that she is calling racists.

She needs to know that she's is personally insulting grandmas, housewives and women business owners. She's calling ministers, nonprofit managers and fellow bloggers racist with her blanket and unproven language.

The tea party is a large, unorganized group of people. There probably are racists, but I've never encountered any in the untold number of events that I've attended in both DC and Tennessee.

How many have either of you attended? Are you just basing these opinions on HuffPo or DailyKos articles?

Have you talked to people in the Tea Party? Have you asked the little grandmas why they're protesting for the first time in their lives?

Oh, and consider this study the next time you scream, "RACISM."

I am outraged that this type of writing is tolerated here and I will continue to be angry until this issue is addressed, and Karen apologizes.

Adrienne works in the conservative movement and blogs at Cosmopolitan Conservative.


          Good people have become a defeated class in Blair's Britain        

"...Such a development could not have taken place overnight. My wife, who is French, was attracted to the culture of this country because, as late as 1979 or 1980, the people, including administrators in hospitals, were obviously upright, whatever else their failings might have been. A quarter of a century later, all that has changed; deviousness, ruthlessness, an eye fixed on the main chance, sanctimony in the midst of obvious wrongdoing, toadying and bullying have become the ruling characteristics of the British people, or at least those of them who are in charge of something. The old virtues - stoicism, honesty, fortitude, irony, good humour and so forth - can still be found, but only in people who are of no importance, at least in the public administration. If I may put it very strongly, good people are like a defeated class in this country.

How has this all happened? I think that the spread of tertiary education has had quite a lot to do with it. First, it created a very large class of people who had to be found white collar jobs, since there is nothing more dangerous for a society's stability than a large number of unemployed people who consider themselves to be intellectuals. The obvious way to absorb such people was the expansion of the public service.

Second, the expansion of tertiary education resulted in the over-intellectualisation of society. Unfortunately, the average or median level of intellectual activity was very poor, but it meant that the concept of virtue in society changed. Henceforth, virtue was not the exercise of discipline, self-control or benevolence for the sake of others, but the expression of the right opinions of the moment. This could not have been better illustrated than in the case of the Conservative front-bencher, a former colonel who was very much liked and respected by his black soldiers, several of whom he promoted, and who defended him vigorously, who said something marginally unacceptable (its truth or untruth was not important), and had to be sacked as a consequence. Sticks and stones may not break my bones, but words will always hurt me.

When words become the test of virtue, they also become the masks of vice. That is why sanctimony and ruthless self-interest are such powerful allies."
          Mr. P talks to Sir Basil Seal...And proves he is the chap...        

Mr. and Mrs. P



"Once again it takes an Englishman to say the things publicly that I have said privately for years--and never out loud for fear of being dragged into a hollow square of middle-aged men dressed in black t-shirts and jeans with shaved heads and wire-rimmed granny glasses who proceed to deprive me of my button-down shirt.

"Be an individual; join our group" is a slogan that covers more than just clothing in this country. It sums up the whole range of life, from the politics we follow to the books we read (or buy and keep on the coffee table to give the impression that we have read them). It is a land where anything formal and beautiful is immediately smeared with the label "conservative", where "creativity" in art is a code word for a kind of free-form chaos that mirrors and ratifies the moral abyss in the lives of those who create the it as well as those who patronize it.

You have merely scratched the surface, my dear Basil...but what a surface to scratch. You had better make sure all your shots are up to date."
          Monarchy in the age of New Labour        


Peter Hitchens:


"...Anyone who tries to discuss the political role of the monarchy is immediately banged over the head by tedious quotations from Walter Bagehot (it helps a lot if you know this is pronounced Badjot), who for some reason is believed to be the last word on the subject, thanks to some 19th-century scribblings that have become famous. He limited the functions of the monarch to muttering hesitant advice, and perhaps warnings, into the ears of ministers. This is taken as a sort of gospel on the subject.

And this might have worked in the dead era when the British establishment was run by gentlemen. Though don't be so sure. George V exerted all his influence to obtain a peaceful settlement in Ireland in 1921, which few can object to, but was he entitled to do so? He may well have gone beyond his powers in helping set up the National Government of 1931. Edward VIII came close to causing complete constitutional catastrophe. George VI utterly disgraced himself when he publicly lauded Neville Chamberlain's catastrophic surrender at Munich in 1938, an error he atoned for later but which oughtn't to be overlooked, ever. It is not often enough remembered that George VI and his Queen (the future Queen Mother) invited Chamberlain on to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to bathe in the cheers and admiration of a gigantic, deluded crowd, the whole embarrassing scene illuminated by the only anti-aircraft searchlights then available in London.

There are a couple of interesting fictional reflections on this that are worth looking at. George Macdonald Fraser's 'Mr American', one of his few non-Flashman books, contains an well-observed and historically well-informed depiction of Edward VII and examines the cunning and shrewdness that monarch used to keep pre-1914 Britain from flying apart. Constantine Fitz Gibbon's enjoyable and bitter Cold War thriller 'When the Kissing Had to Stop’ has some cunningly-described scenes as various highly responsible and senior persons try to use the traditional safeguards of the British constitution to prevent a pretty obvious coup d'etat. In an entirely believable way, they all persuade themselves that they are powerless to act until it is too late, and the putsch, with all its terrible consequences, succeeds.

Princecharles_1 Why does this matter? I think our obsession with 'democracy' as the only thing that makes government legitimate tends to blind us to the importance of other things. Why do we make such a fetish out of universal suffrage? If you had a choice between liberty and democracy - which are by no means the same thing, which would you pick? If you had a choice between the rule of public opinion and the rule of law, which would you pick? Are we safer with both Houses of Parliament 'elected' by party machines, or with at least one House whose members are immune from 'democratic' party pressure?

Actually, pure democracy would be unbearable, since every politician, to survive or prosper, would have to be a crowd-pleasing Blair type (actually, this now seems to be more and more what we have got).

Even assuming that we could reconstruct something like a decent education system, it is hard to see how a state governed purely by the popular will could be anything other than a corrupt anarchy, or a demagogic dictatorship. The purest product of mass democracy since it came into being was Adolf Hitler - whose National Socialists would have won an absolute majority in the Reichstag under our first-past-the post system, by the way. This isn't an argument against that system( which I favour) just a warning against being complacent.

Mass opinion can prevent good actions, as well as stimulating bad ones. It was American democracy, and the fervent campaigns of the America Firsters, that prevented Franklin Roosevelt from aiding Britain against Hitler. US public opinion was dead against involvement in a European war, and it's still not clear what would have happened if Hitler hadn't declared war on the USA after Pearl Harbor.

So most serious wielders of power in democratic states devise ways of frustrating, or getting round the 'people's will' which they praise in public. Mostly, these days, these anti-democrats are of the left. In the US, a largely liberal elite has for decades been using the unelected third chamber of Congress - the Supreme Court - to pass radical social legislation. In Canada, left-wingers who could never get anywhere in parliamentary politics have exploited the 'Charter of Rights and Freedoms' to do the same sort of thing.

And the European Convention on Human Rights gives liberal judges and the lawyers the same power to intervene here. The balance of our mixed constitution, partly as a result of this, has tipped heavily towards the Left. Parliament, especially the House of Commons, is now the servant of a left-wing governing party, not at all its master. So who or what can speak for tradition, for conservative opinions, for private life and family, for inheritance and continuity? Certainly not the Tory Party, which flatly refused to defend the hereditary principle against the attacks of Baroness Jay (who just happened to be the daughter of Jim Callaghan, and had no other visible qualification for her grand post as Leader of the Lords, in one of the best jokes of the 1990s).

That Tory failure to defend heredity was a warning to the British people and the monarchy that worse was to come. We all actually value inheritance - we expect to leave, or be left our goods and wealth in legally enforceable wills. We all know that we inherit important characteristics and gifts from our parents, and hope to pass such things on. Our state, with its memory and experience stretching back a thousand years, inherits each generation the principles of law and justice and liberty wrought by centuries of experience and combat. So what is wrong with a Head of State who embodies this idea?

Nothing, except that he or she gets in the way of the Left's desire for total control over the state, especially over the things previously regarded as politically neutral and so loyal to the crown - the civil service, the armed forces and the police. All these bodies are now increasingly politicised. I think that the moment is approaching when the monarchy has either to assert itself or be abolished. The danger is that, in asserting itself, it may get abolished as a punishment, while being slandered as unrepresentative, elitist etc. It will be a very difficult and risky moment..."


          Straftäter orientieren sich an Böll-Stiftung, "Inquisition" bei Google – News vom 10. August 2017        
1. Der FAZ-Journalist "Don Alphonso" (Rainer Meyer) berichtet auf Twitter mehrere interessante Dinge.

Zunächst mal ist der Wikipedia-Artikel über ihn in einem sogenannten "Edit War" festgefahren. Ich kenne das von dem Wikipedia-Artikel über mich: Das radikalfeministische Lager möchte seine Gegner so schlecht darstellen wie möglich, andere Wikpedianer versuchen, den Neutral Point of View zu schützen. In der Regel setzen sich bei so etwas die Feministinnen durch, weil sie so hartnäckig und so widerwärtig auftreten, dass anderen Leuten irgendwann schlicht die Lust vergeht, sich mit solchen Leuten noch länger abzugeben. Also lässt man sie sich austoben. Von Wikimedia dürften die Ideologen ohnehin Rückendeckung genießen; Einhalt geboten wurde ihnen von Wikimedia auch, als es gegen mich ging, nie. Erwartungsgemäß enthält Meyer auf eine offizielle Presseanfrage zu diesem Treiben auch keine Antwort. Angesichts dieses moralischen Verfalls der Wikipedia tweetet er: "Ganz langsam fange ich an zu verstehen, was WikiMANNia antreibt."

Des weiteren belegt Meyer, dass sich auch Autonome bei ihren Straftaten auf Feindbilder beziehen, die von der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung verbreitet werden – hier auf die berüchtigte Schrift Hinrich Rosenbrocks, in der dargelegt wird, wie man die Männerrechtsbewegung am besten bekämpfen könne. Meyers Kommentar: "Sage also keiner, man habe nichts gewusst."

Und schließlich berichtet Rainer Meyer auf Twitter: "Heinrich Alpin hat aber auch schon 2015 geholfen, Arne Hoffmann zu denunzieren. So wichtig war er dem."

Spannende Anschlussfrage: Wer steckt hinter "Heinrich Alpin"? Da ich ein recht gutmütiges Kerlchen bin, ist die Zahl der Antimaskulisten außer Andreas Kemper, die mich persönlich auf dem Kieker haben, überschaubar. Martin Rosowski, Vorsitzender des Bundesforums Männer, verleumdet mich in seinen Mails zwar schon mal als "Frauenfeind", dürfte aber Besseres zu tun haben, als bei Schwarzen Listen mitzumischen. Auch Thomas Gesterkamp müsste eigentlich anderweitig ausgelastet sein. Jörg Rupp hat sich lautstark von den Grünen verabschiedet, weil sie ihm viel zu rechts waren; er macht jetzt sein eigenes Ding. Bleibt eigentlich nur Hinrich Rosenbrock, der seit Jahren in der Versenkung verschwunden ist.

Diese Logik setzt natürlich die Annahme voraus, dass es sich bei "Heinrich Alpin" um jemanden handelt, den ich namentlich kenne. Es kann aber natürlich auch jemand Unbekanntes sein, den zum Beispiel Andreas Kemper gegen mich aufgehetzt hat. Auf Kempers Facebookseite etwa zieht sein Klüngel über "Elendsgestalten wie Arne Hoffmann" her. Hass steckt an. Genau dieser Reproduktion von Hass hätte ja der grüne Pranger gedient. Wie gesagt: Auch Straftäter orientieren sich an Produkten aus dem Hause Böll.



2. Das Bundesforum Männer klagt über Reaktionen, nachdem man sich dort gegen die Jungenbeschneidung positioniert hatte:

In einzelnen Reaktionen auf das Positionspapier wird diesem allerdings vorgeworfen, es handle sich dabei "um ein massiv ausgrenzendes Papier, das darauf zielt, jüdisches und muslimisches Leben in Deutschland unmöglich zu machen." Gegen diesen Vorwurf verwahrt sich das Bundesforum Männer und weist ihn entschieden zurück!


Uuuh, karma is a bitch! Aus eigener Erfahrung weiß ich: Abstreiten hat in solchen Fällen noch nie geholfen. Immerhin seht ihr jetzt vielleicht, wie man sich fühlt, wenn man in eine anrüchige Ecke gestellt wird. Aber ihr habt in euren Reihen ja Leute, die sich mit üblen Unterstellungen auskennen; vieleicht beratet ihr euch mit denen.



3. In einem "Zeit"-Artikel setzt Alice Schwarzer ihre Scharmützel mit Genderforscherinnen fort. Der Beitrag trägt die Überschrift "Der Rufmord".



4. Die Ruhrbarone legen eine deutsche Übersetzung von James Damores "Google Manifest" mit einigen Ergänzungen vor: "Was wirklich im Manifest steht". Dabei kommt der Autor auch über die flächendeckend verzerrende Darstellung in den deutschsprachigen Leitmedien zu sprechen:

In den Berichten darüber liest man sehr wenig über die Inhalte des Dokuments, dafür umso mehr Empörung. Der Standard nennt das Dokument "sexistisch", während er keinen einzigen Inhalt des Dokuments zitiert, nur Einschätzungen Dritter. Die Süddeutsche fasst in einem Artikel völlig falsch und grotesk verzerrt die Inhalte so zusammen, dass der Autor als absolutes Monster dasteht. Bei t3n titelt man "Diversität — nein Danke". Wenig überraschend stellt VICE’s Motherboard die Stimmen in den Vordergrund, die sich über den Sexismus des Autors aufregten und Tweets mit ihrer Interpretation des Dokuments und sehr vielen wütenden Emoji schrieben. Auch die deutsche Twittersphäre synchronisiert sich mit dem Medientenor.


Einer meiner Leser, der Einblick in die deutschen Presseagenturen hat, ließ mir zu meinem letzten Blogbeitrag, in dem ich dasselbe Problem angesprochen habe, wesentliche Informationen zukommen. Ihnen zufolge waren die meisten Medien schlicht einem Kurztext der Deutschen Presse-Agentur gefolgt, der die Überschrift "Google feuert Mitarbeiter nach sexistischem 'Manifest'" getragen hatte. Später am Tag (um 16.12 Uhr) schickte die dpa eine "Berichtigung" mit veränderter Überschrift "Google feuert Mitarbeiter nach umstrittenem 'Manifest' gegen Frauen" heraus. Diese neue Meldung war ein wenig differenzierter und erwähnt etwa, dass James Damore von Teilen der Google-Belegschaft auch Zuspruch erhalten hatte.

Mein Leser schreibt mir hierzu:

Mir ist nicht bekannt, welche internen Überlegungen zur Änderung der Überschrift führten. Meistens geht so etwas zurück auf Kritik von Kunden oder von anderen Redakteuren, denen das schief oder fragwürdig erscheint. Der Kollege aus dem Ressort Netzwelt, der diesen Text geschrieben hat, ist hochgeschätzt und sehr kundig. Sein Schwerpunkt sind Tech-Themen, Computer, Software, Telekommunikation etc.

Die neue Überschrift mit dem Dreh "gegen Frauen" ist immer noch problematisch. Das eigentliche Problem aber, nicht nur bei Themen mit Bezug zur Geschlechterdebatte, liegt darin, dass die Medien mit ihren bis zur Magersüchtigkeit abgespeckten Redaktionen nur noch wenige Themen selbst bearbeiten und sich ansonsten auf die Nachrichtenagenturen verlassen. Und der Google-Fall ist ein typisches Thema aus der zweiten Reihe, wo nur noch wenige gut ausgestattete Redaktionen selbst einen Mitarbeiter einsetzen. Und so steht dann in allen Zeitungen das Gleiche - einschließlich der Überschrift.


Dabei bleibt der Kontrast zwischen deutschen und englischsprachigen Medien scharf. Bei der "Süddeutschen Zeitung" etwa greift Nina Bovensiepen ganz tief in die Klischeekiste:

Das antifeministische Manifest des Google-Mitarbeiters ist rückständig und dumm. Zustimmung bekommt er nur deshalb, weil er die Ängste vieler weißer Männer vor den Veränderungen im Arbeitsumfeld ausspricht.


Deutschlandfunk Kultur hat einen Sinologen (Chinakundler), Tilman Spengler, zu James Damore befragt, wobei Spenglers Einschätzung die Überschrift des Artikels wurde: "Ich hätte den Kerl schon aus Gründen der Dummheit gefeuert".

Spiegel-Online sprach auch gestern noch von einem "sexistischen Schreiben". Selbstverständlich wurde die Kommentarfunktion unter dem Artikel abgestellt.

Christian Schmidt hat heute Morgen etwas genauer betrachtet, mit welchen Methoden deutsche Leitmedien den Inhalt von James Damores Memo verzerrt wiedergeben, und veranschaulicht das anhand der "Süddeutschen Zeitung". Unter anderem wurde in der allgemeinen Berichterstattung eine Grafik in Damores Memo verschwiegen, die auf einen Blick deutlich gemacht hätte, was seine tatsächliche Position ist. Christian Schmidt kommentiert:

Ich finde es unglaublich, dass eine solche Grafik, die ganz deutlich macht, dass [Damore] nicht von absoluten Unterschieden ausgeht, herausgenommen worden ist. Natürlich: Mit dieser Grafik wäre ein Entstellen seiner Meinung noch schwieriger gewesen. Viel Text wird vielleicht nicht gelesen, aber eine solche Grafik fällt sofort ins Auge.

Es ist erschreckend, wie verzerrt die Darstellung in den Medien ist. Die meisten der Journalisten scheinen nur Artikel über das Manifest gelesen zu haben. Sie lesen noch nicht einmal eine leicht zugängliche Primärquelle oder recherchieren etwas, warum jemand so etwas schreiben könnte und ob das in der Wissenschaft vertreten wird.


In englischsprachigen Beiträgen ist das Niveau deutlich höher. Ein kenntnisloses Aufgeplustere, um sich als den großen Antisexisten zu inszenieren, gibt es dort in zahlreichen Beiträgen nicht.

Daily Signal etwa berichtet, dass Frauen in Führungspositionen Google wegen des Rauswurfs Intoleranz vorwerfen.

In der kanadischen Globe and Mail stellt die Neurowissenschaftlerin Debra Soh klar: "No, the Google manifesto isn’t sexist or anti-diversity. It’s science".

(Vermutlich hätte der Chinakundler Tilman Spengler die Neurowissenschaftlerin Debra Soh auch "aus Gründen der Dummheit gefeuert", wenn sie über ihr Fachgebiet und damit den Inhalt dieses Manifestes spricht. Warum müssen deutsche Intellektuelle eigentlich immer wieder bei Themen, bei denen sie sich überhaupt nicht auskennen, Andersdenkende großspurig zu Idioten erklären, nur um billigen Applaus beim politisch korrekten Publikum zu ernten?)

In der auflagenstarken Zeitschrift USA Today erläutert die liberale Feministin Cathy Young, warum James Damore einen legitimen Standpunkt vertritt:

The Google memo mostly avoids such overgeneralizations. It repeatedly acknowledges that sex differences are a matter of tendencies, not absolutes, and do not predict anything about any specific person. Far from embracing traditional sex roles, it suggests that working to change inflexible male roles and expectations and free more men to choose lower-paying, lower-status occupations could help narrow the gender gap in the tech sector. Damore urges Google to "treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group."

(...) Some of the memo's suggestions — for instance, to uncouple diversity initiatives from empathy and moralism — are excellent and validated by the reactions to the memo itself. One Twitter user wrote that Damore was "committing violence" by writing it, and that "people feared for their safety" as a result.

Could the memo contribute to negative stereotypes of women in tech workplaces? Perhaps. But the overreaction, including Damore’s firing, is likely to do far more harm. It will make anyone who questions the "diversity" party line — who believes, for instance, that unequal numbers may not automatically prove discrimination — feel that he or she is in a hostile environment. And it will lend credence to complaints in the modern workplace that men are the beleaguered sex.


Die Washington Post merkt an:

The tech site Mashable assailed anyone who defended Damore as being part of the "alt-right." The problem, chiefly, is that many critics claimed Damore said things he did not and painted the things he did say in the worst possible light.

It is, for example, true that Damore said women suffered from "neuroticism" more than men, but he made clear he was using the psychological, scientific terminology for suffering higher anxiety and having a lower stress tolerance in job and life situations. He did not mean it as a pejoratively as the left painted it. In fact, he did not pull his statements out of thin air or make them up. Damore based his statements on sociological and psychological studies that are accepted by the scientific community, of which he is a part.


Macht dieser Artikel jetzt die "Washington Post" auch zu einem Teil der "neuen Rechten"?

Der National Review wirft Google "Inquisition" vor:

[Damore] argued — and Google quickly confirmed — that nonconforming political and social ideas are ruthlessly suppressed and punished within the firm, that those holding conservative (or simply non-left) views are subjected to a hostile work environment, and that the predominance of conforming views creates a problem of confirmation bias.

(...) Google is attempting, in its Orwellian way, to redefine "diversity" as "homogeneity," to redefine the respect for genuine human differences as the demand for absolute conformity, to redefine openness as closure and tolerance as prohibition. Its bias problems are not limited to its personnel practices: Conservative outlets and publications are routinely excluded or marginalized by services such as YouTube and Google News, just as conservative voices frequently are silenced on Twitter and Facebook.


Wenn ein Konzern, der international so mächtig ist wie Google, das politische Denken beeinflussen möchte, ist das ein brisantes Thema – außer für die deutschen Medien. Die sehen nur das Problem "zu viele weiße Männer".

"Breitbart" läßt einen ehemaligen Google-Mitarbeiter zu Wort kommen, der behauptet, Google würde sogar Suchergebnisse politisch manipulieren. Sollte man diese Behauptung komplett ignorieren, weil die Quelle "Breitbart" ist? Ist man ein Nazi, wenn man eine "Breitbart"-Meldung aufgreift?

Für die "New York Times" jedenfalls, rechtsradikaler Tendenzen eher unverdächtig, stellt "Breitbart" eine relevante, verlinkenswerte Quelle dar. Die Zeitung berichtet:

Few Google employees came out publicly in defense of [James Damore], but some surreptitiously showed their support by leaking screenshots from internal Google posts of employees saying they planned to create blacklists of people who did not support the company’s diversity efforts. The screenshots appeared on Breitbart News, which has championed Mr. Damore’s memo.

"Despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up those very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of getting fired," Mr. Damore wrote in an addendum to his original memo. "This needs to change."


Auszüge eines Interviews des Totalitarismus-Kritikers Professor Jordan Peterson mit James Damore stehen hier online.

Amerikanische Leitmedien im Vergleich mit deutschen Leitmedien: Bei diesem Thema sind sie wie Tag und Nacht. In den USA wird die Debatte längst differenziert geführt. Hierzulande ist Damore eben ein Idiot, über den man Kaffee gießen sollte, und der Leser solcher Beiträge hat die Klappe zu halten. Was "Sexismus" ist, bestimmt die neue Priesterschaft zwischen Spiegel-Online und Süddeutscher Zeitung.



5. Nach einem Urteil des Europäischen Gerichtshofs dürfen homosexuelle Männer jetzt Blut spenden – nach einem Jahr Enthaltsamkeit.

Der Deutschen Aidshilfe geht die neue Richtlinie nicht weit genug. "Eine HIV-Infektion kann man heute sechs Wochen nach dem letzten Risiko sicher ausschließen", sagte Vorstandsmitglied Björn Beck. Eine Frist von einem Jahr schließe hingegen die meisten schwulen und bisexuellen Männer weiterhin unnötig von der Blutspende aus.


Wie man das Jahr Enthaltsamkeit überprüfen möchte, bleibt ohnehin offen.



6. Auf "Broadly" beklagt sich die Feministin Yasmina Banaszczuk über Sexismus gegen Frauen auf Demonstrationen. Sie erwähnt, dass entgegen des Klischees in den sogenannten "Schwarzen Blocks" auch viele Frauen mitmarschieren und fühlt sich dadurch diskriminiert, dass sich Polizeigewalt in erster Linie gegen Männer richtet:

Kleinere Frauen würden zuerst aus der Gruppe gezogen, um die Reihen zu destabilisieren. Danach werde noch härter gegen die verbliebenen Demonstranten vorgegangen. (...) Katja sagt, dass die Polizei Frauen eher als gesprächsbereit und weniger bedrohlich wahrnehme. "Das geht so weit, dass eine Frau bei einer Blockade mal recht offensiv im Weg war und sie dann den Typen neben ihr mitnehmen wollten. Der hatte sich keinen Zentimeter bewegt, war aber halt groß und vergleichsweise laut." Auch Anna hat ähnliche Erfahrungen gemacht: "Bei Straßenblockaden wurde ich durchgelassen, weil ich eine Frau bin. 'Geh mal durch, Kleine. Hier wird's gleich hässlich.'" Was auf den ersten Blick wie eine angenehme Sonderbehandlung klingt, ist letztlich einfach nur Diskriminierung. (...) Am Ende bleibt das Ohnmachtsgefühl, das viele Frauen auch aus ihren Sexismuserfahrungen im Alltag kennen.




7. In einem australischen Café müssen Männer 18 Prozenz mehr zahlen als Frauen – "und das hat gute Gründe" meint Tasnim Rödder im feministisch geprägten Magazin ze.tt. Denn Männer verdienten im Durchschnitt deutlich mehr als Frauen. Bei einer Umfrage unter dem Artikel entscheidet sich die Mehrzahl der Leser jedoch für folgende Antwortmöglichkeit: "Ich unterstütze die Hausordnung nicht, weil Männer sowieso öfter an die Kasse gebeten werden."



8. Das ebenfalls feministisch geprägte Magazin "Salon" titelt: Dang — looks like those women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings were illegal. Untertitel: "Turns out that when men whined about being banned from the screenings, they had a legal point." Wer hätte das gedacht? Wobei für "Salon" weiterhin gilt: Wenn Männer gegen Diskriminierung protestieren, dann wird das Wort "whine" verwendet – zu deutsch: heulen, quengeln, winseln, jammern. Echte Kerle sind das nicht. So transportieren auch Feministinnen uralte Geschlechterklischees.



9. Das linksliberale Magazin "The Atlantic" beleuchtet, wie Männer zur neuen Minderheit an Universitäten geworden sind. An manchen Hochschulen machen sie inzwischen nur noch ein Sechstel der Studentenschaft aus.



10. Ein Video der Zeichentrickreihe "Die Simpsons" verarscht feministische Social Justice Warriors.



11. Und noch einmal die Post. In meinem letzten Genderama-Beitrag hatte ich einen FAZ-Artikel über ein Urteil des Düsseldorfer Verwaltungsgerichts zitiert. Dazu schreibt mir ein Leser:

"'Die Frauenförderung hat zwar Verfassungsrang, doch sie steht nicht über allem anderen', sagte [Richter] Müller in der mündlichen Verhandlung. Vielmehr gelte es, die beiden widerstreitenden Interessen von Verfassungsrang – die Gleichberechtigung und das Prinzip der Bestenauslese – miteinander in Einklang zu bringen. Durch den Erlass des Ministeriums würden jedoch schlechtere Frauen besseren männlichen Bewerbern vorgezogen."

Wenn die FAZ den Richter hier richtig zitiert, dann finde ich bedenklich, dass er behauptet, die Frauenförderung habe Verfassungsrang. Im Grundgesetz ist von Frauenförderung nirgends die Rede, vielmehr von der im nächsten Satz genannten Gleichberechtigung. Bezeichnend, dass die inzwischen mit Frauenförderung einfach gleichgesetzt wird. Eine im Wortsinn verstandene GleichBERECHTIGUNG wiederum steht keineswegs im Widerstreit zum Prinzip der Bestenauslese, sondern beide ergeben sich auseinander: Gleichberechtigung herrscht, wenn der Zugang zu öffentlichen Ämtern nur nach Eignung vergeben wird, und es kann nur dann von einer Bestenauslese gesprochen werden, wenn alle die Chance haben, ihre Eignung zu beweisen. Hier wird wie so oft das Wort GleichBERECHTIGUNG im Sinne von GleichSTELLUNG verwendet und der letzteren damit durch die Hintertür Verfassungsrang verliehen. Bedenklich, wie gesagt, obwohl das Urteil insgesamt erfreulich sein mag.




12. Da ich nicht von jedem von euch/Ihnen die Mailadresse für ein persönliches Dankeschön habe, auf diese Weise: Ganz herzlichen Dank für die Spenden der letzten Tage! Ich freue mich sehr darüber. Einige von euch sind offenbar gerade durch die aktuellen Genderama-Beiträge dazu motiviert worden. Ein Leser aus Österreich begründet seinen Dauerauftrag auch explizit mit "der Berichterstattung über den Vorfall bei Google":

Ich hoffe, daß ich damit einen Beitrag leisten kann, damit Sie diese für mich sehr wichtige Arbeit, die ein Gegengewicht zur sehr einseitigen Berichterstattung in den sogenannten Qualitätsmedien darstellt, auch weiter fortsetzen können.

          Google attackiert die Meinungsfreiheit, deutsche Medien üben den Gleichschritt – News zum 9. August 2017        
1. Der "Economist" berichtet über die Entlassung James Damores bei Google, nachdem Damore in einem Memo Kritik an seinem Arbeitgeber geäußert hatte:

"This isn’t a question of legality or policy. This is a question of virtue-signalling," says the boss of a prominent tech startup, reflecting the view of many in the Valley.


Einer meiner Leser schreibt mir zu diesem Fall:

Der Google-Mitarbeiter der sich kritisch zur Diversity-Politik seines Arbeitgebers äußerte, hat es soeben in die Nachrichten geschafft (N24, 8.8.17, ca. 11:30 Uhr):

Der Bericht hatte sinngemäß den Tenor, dass ein Google-Mitarbeiter gefeuert worden sei, weil er Frauen (aufgrund ihrer Biologie) generell ungeeignet für technische Berufe halte. Was für eine krasse Verkürzung und Falschdarstellung! Das macht mich echt fassungslos. Nicht mal eine Nachrichtensendung erfüllt noch meine Mindeststandards für eine halbwegs ehrliche Berichterstattung. Was mich vor allem ärgert ist, dass nach einer solch falschen Berichterstattung niemand, nicht einmal pure, nackte Opportunisten, eine Lehre aus der Geschichte ziehen könn(t)en. Selbst wenn sie wollten.

Ein normaler Zuschauer wird sich denken, dass der Mensch wohl zu Recht entlassen wurde. Denn: Jemanden allein aufgrund seines Geschlechts im Vorfeld für ungeeignet zu erklären, wäre zweifelsohne und unbestritten sexistisch. Welcher heute noch ernst zu nehmende Mensch würde das Gegenteil behaupten? Dieselben Leute aber, die nach dieser Nachrichtenmeldung dann zur Tagesordnung übergehen, gucken später dann vermutlich sehr verduzt, wenn sie ihren Job verlieren, weil sie in irgendeinem Kontext die Biologie als einen möglichen Faktor für eine unterschiedliche Gewichtung bei der Berufswahl als Argument anführen.

Ich hoffe inständig, dass sich die Entscheidung, Damore zu feuern, noch als Rohrkrepierer erweisen wird.


Bemerkenswert ist, dass die deutschsprachigen Leitmedien fast durchgehend schon in ihren Schlagzeilen die feministische Perspektive als Tatsache ausgeben. Nur einige Beispiele von mehreren Dutzend Artikeln: "Google entlässt Mitarbeiter wegen sexistischem Text" titelt die "Zeit", "Google feuert Mitarbeiter wegen sexistischen Manifests" Österreichs "Presse", von einem "sexistischen Pamphlet" spricht Spiegel-Online, und "Google feuert Mitarbeiter nach sexistischem Manifest" titelt die "Frankfurter Allgemeine". Sogar der Wortlaut dieser Schlagzeilen ist weitgehend derselbe.

Ich weiß es nicht, warum in unseren Medien immer noch eine derart unstillbare Sehnsucht danach herrscht, im Gleichschritt zu marschieren. Die angelsächsischen Medien haben allen Grund, sich bis heute über den "German goosestep" lustig zu machen. Ich habe KEINEN deutschsprachigen Artikel gefunden, in dem Google dafür kritisiert wurde, eine bestimmte Ideologie durchzusetzen, indem der Konzern unbotmäßige Untergebene schlicht entfernte. Das ist im angelsächsischen Sprachraum anders. Sicher, auch dort überschlagen sich die Leitmedien mit Falschdarstellungen. Im Gegensatz zu Deutschland geben dort aber zahlreiche Magazine Widerworte und verteidigen in ihren Artikeln die Meinungsfreiheit.

Ein paar Beispiele. Das Magazin Quilette schreibt über James Damores Essay:

This essay may not get everything 100% right, but it is certainly not a rant. And it stands in sharp contrast to most of the comments, which are little more than snarky modern slurs. The arrogance of most of the comments reflects exactly the type of smug self-appointed superiority that has led to widespread resentment of the left among reasonable people. To the extent that such views correspond to those at Google, they vindicate the essayist’s claims about the authoritarian and repressive atmosphere there. Even the response by Google’s new VP in charge of diversity simply ignores all of the author’s arguments, and vacuously affirms Google’s commitment to diversity. The essay is vastly more thoughtful, linked to the science, and well-reasoned than nearly all of the comments. If I had one recommendation, it would be this: That, before commenting on these issues, Google executives read two books: John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind."


Das sind auch zwei Bücher, die man in deutschen Redaktionsstuben großflächig verteilen sollte.

Das linksliberale Magazin "The Atlantic" stellt klar, dass Damores Manifest keineswegs "anti-diversity" sei:

Its author, who was later fired, began, "I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem."

The balance of his memo argues that he is not against pursuing greater gender diversity at Google; he says it is against the current means Google is using to pursue that end and the way the company conceives of tradeoffs between the good of diversity and other goods.

(...) The author specifically objects to using what his memo calls discriminatory means to achieve greater gender diversity, then adds that he has concrete suggestions for changes at Google that would “increase women’s representation in tech and without resorting to discrimination.” In his telling, this could be achieved by making software engineering “more people-oriented with pair programming and more collaboration” and changes that would “allow those exhibiting cooperative behavior to thrive,” as well as offering more opportunities for employees to work part time.

Whether one regards those suggestions as brilliant, rooted in pernicious gender stereotypes, or anywhere in between, they are clearly and explicitly suggestions to increase diversity in a manner the author regards as having a stronger chance of actually working than some of the tactics that he is critiquing.


Was davon kommt bei den selbsterklärten Bannerträgern des deutschen Qualitätsjournalismus an? "Sexistisches Manifest".

Das Magazin Quartz kommentiert:

By getting fired, Damore proved his own point — that many of Silicon Valley’s leaders remain unwilling to engage with socio-political views different from their own.


Der "National Review" titelt "Lena Dunham and Google Demonstrate Why Our Free Speech Culture Is Slipping Away" und berichtet wie folgt:

An anonymous employee penned a multi-page memo addressing why there are fewer women than men in key fields in the tech industry. In the memo, he noted that Google values gender and racial diversity but has created an "ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed." This means that Google responds to gender imbalances with "extreme and authoritarian" measures. At the extreme, it views all gender disparities as "due to oppression." Its authoritarian response is to "discriminate to correct this oppression." The writer than explores at length cultural and biological differences between men and women and then proposes some measures to increase female representation in the field without resorting to discrimination.

(...) The primary victims of this new culture of groupthink are social conservatives and other dissenters from identity politics. In field after field and company after company, conservatives understand that the price of their employment is silence. Double standards abound, and companies intentionally try to keep work environments "safe" from disagreement. Radical sexual and racial politics are given free rein. Disagree — and lose your job. It takes a person of rare constitution and moral courage to speak up. And that’s precisely how the far Left likes it.


In einem weiteren Artikel stellt auch der "National Review" klar, dass es sich NICHT um einen frauenfeindlichen Text handelte:

The author (...) states repeatedly that he believes in diversity, and there’s no reason to doubt his self-description as a classical liberal. His exclamation-point-free memo is hardly a rant. He expresses the hope that "open and honest discussion with those who disagree can highlight our blind spots and help us grow."

How naïve. The witless and inflamed reaction to his document instead underlines his point about "a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence."

It is one thing to disagree with the memo; it is another thing to believe the views therein should be forbidden. Former Google engineer Yonatan Zunger says that if it were up to him, the author would be summarily fired and escorted from the building immediately by security (you can’t take a chance with such a danger). Entrepreneur Elissa Shevinsky believes that the memo could run afoul of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act — i.e., it might be illegal. Google’s diversity officer, Danielle Brown, didn’t quite go that far. She offered a pro forma assurance that different views are welcome at Google. Nevertheless, she stipulated that the opinions of the author are "incorrect" and added, ominously, that any discussion needs to be in accord with "our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws." Her case would have been much stronger if she had actually rebutted any of the author’s statements about sex differences — assuming that she could.

A line in the memo about women being more prone to anxiety has drawn particular ire — as if the author made this up. As the publication Stanford Medicine notes, "Women are twice as likely as men to experience clinical depression in their lifetimes; likewise for post-traumatic stress disorder." An article in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews likewise says that "female-biased conditions include depression, anxiety disorder, and anorexia nervosa." This doesn’t mean that men are superior, just that they are different and more prone to other problems — among them, alcohol- and drug-dependency, schizophrenia, dyslexia, autism, Tourette syndrome, and attention-deficit disorder. It’s not bias against men, or in favor of women, to note these tendencies.


Für die deutschen Leitmedien ist das schon längst viel zu differenziert und kompliziert. "Sexistisches Manifest" muss genügen. Es will sich ja auch keiner in irgendwelche Nesseln setzen. Wer weiß schon, wann der grüne Pranger wieder online geht.

Der "Daily Wire" spricht von Firmenfaschismus :

James Damore, the author of the memo, told Bloomberg he had indeed been fired on grounds of "perpetuating gender stereotypes." Which is weird, since gender stereotypes are the basis for Google’s "diversity policy," which suggests that more women must be hired in order to enrich the workplace. If men and women are identical, no such diversity policy would be necessary or praiseworthy.

All of this proves that Damore was absolutely right that Google has a blindered view of politics that hinders their capacity to engage in business. Google has been accused in the past of biasing search results toward the Left, and they’ve long been accused of promoting political leftism as opposed to a free and open diversity of thought.


CNBC berichtet in einem Artikel darüber, warum die Entlassung James Damores illegal sein könnte, folgendes:

In a reply to the initial outcry over his memo, the engineer added to his memo: "Despite what the public response seems to have been, I've gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired." The law protects that kind of "concerted activity."

Second, the engineer's memo largely is a statement of his political views as they apply to workplace policies. The memo is styled as a lament to "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." California law prohibits employers from threatening to fire employees to get them to adopt or refrain from adopting a particular political course of action.

(...) Third, the engineer complained in parts of his memo about company policies that he believes violate employment discrimination laws. Those policies include support programs limited by race or gender and promotional and hiring scoring policies that consider race and gender. It is unlawful for an employer to discipline an employee for challenging conduct that the employee reasonably believed to be discriminatory, even when a court later determines the conduct was not actually prohibited by the discrimination laws. In other words, the engineer doesn't have to be right that some of Google's diversity initiatives are unlawful, only that he reasonably believes that they are.


Diskriminierung von Männern? In den meisten deutschen Leitmedien selbst heute noch nicht der Rede wert.

Der "Federalist" sieht James Damores als Opfer eines politisch korrekten Mobs und kommentiert:

One of the problems with this kerfuffle was that the vast majority of the histrionic reactions on social media and elsewhere have misrepresented not only what the memo says but also its purpose. The memo was neither a screed nor anti-diversity. It was the kind of unvarnished, dispassionate, and meticulous case that I imagine many engineers offer. It’s difficult to believe anyone who read through it with an open mind could interpret the author’s notions as an attempt to consolidate the patriarchy or to make life less diverse in his field.

The other, bigger problem is that the reaction to it demonstrates that the author is completely right about the lack of ideological diversity and its consequences.

The unnamed engineer’s contentions about the bias at Google is a near-perfect summation of the dangers manifest in all close-minded institutions, including most of the news media and many universities. He points out that conflating "freedom from offense with psychological safety" shames people into silence. Further, he argues that these monocultures foster unhealthy environments where people can no longer honestly debate important topics. Finally, and most destructively, he says these bubbles then promote "extreme and authoritarian elements."


"Breitbart", aus Sicht deutscher Leitmedien und einem befreundeten Grünen unter den Genderama-Lesern eine Website, die auf keinen Fall zitiert oder verlinkt werden darf, wenn der Verlinkende nichts als rechtsextrem beschimpft werden möchte, hat sogar eine eigene Interviewserie "Die Rebellen von Google" begonnen, in der Google-Mitarbeiter berichten, wie in diesem Konzern Hexenjagden und Intoleranz regieren. Lesen Sie NICHT, ich wiederhole, lesen Sie NICHT das soeben verlinkte Interview. Sie fangen an, plötzlich unkontrolliert "Heil Hitler!" zu schreien, sobald Sie das tun. Klatschen Sie lieber brav mit, wenn Google einen Mitarbeiter "wegen Sexismus" entlässt.

(Hadmut Danisch hat mit der Verlinkung des "Breitbart"-Beitrags übrigens gerade dasselbe Problem, wie ich bei der Recherche zu dieser Debatte sehe. Man macht es nicht gerne, aber der leitmediale Einheitsbrei bringt einen derart zur Verzweiflung ...)

Falls Sie in den nächsten Tagen irgendwo in den deutschen Medien einen Artikel finden, der ähnlich wie die zitierten angelsächsischen Medien aus dem Gleichschritt ausbricht und pro Meinungsfreiheit argumentiert, freue ich mich über den Link. Ich rechne nicht damit. Stattdessen bekommen wir etwa von Angela Gruber Spiegel-Online folgendes serviert:

Es wäre wünschenswert gewesen, dass ein solches Schreiben ohne Reaktionen im Google-Intranet versandet. Einfach, weil niemand über solche Thesen diskutieren will.


Autoritäres und freiheitliches Denken prallen hier frontal aufeinander. Und wieder einmal ist die Kluft zwischen Redaktionsmeinung und Leserkommentaren unter dem Artikel riesig. Unter vergleichbaren Artikeln sieht es nicht anders aus.

Dezidierte Technik-Magazine ticken übrigens ähnlich, was die journalistische Gesprächsbereitschaft mit Menschen anderer Meinung betrifft. So erklärt Jessica Tomala bei "Giga":

Ich bin zwar keine Programmiererin, sondern Redakteurin, aber würde ich mit James Damore, dem Verfasser des zehnseitigen internen Manifests bei Google, zusammenarbeiten: Ich hätte meinen morgendlichen Kaffeebecher wohl einfach über seinem Kopf ausgeleert.


Damit hätte sie es James Damore einmal so richtig gezeigt. Von wegen, Frauen wären neurotisch. Ha!

Ach ja: Was macht eigentlich Deutschlands Linke, wenn ein marktbeherrschender Konzern Arbeitnehmer feuert, weil diese Arbeitnehmer missliebige Ansichten äußern und Diskriminierung beklagen? Auch von dort höre ich gerade nicht sehr viel.

Julian Assange immerhin hat James Damore inzwischen einen Job bei Wikileaks angeboten. Eingeleitet wurde dieses Angebot von einem klaren Statement Assanges: "Censorship is for losers".



2. Leider ist der deutsche Hang zum Gleichschritt nicht einmal das einzige gravierende Problem in unseren Medien. Um ein weiteres Problem zu beleuchten, legen Hanna Herbst und Nora Kolhoff im Magazin "Vice" einen geradezu maskulistischen Text vor: "Versaute Klassenfahrt" und "Sex-Lehrerin": Wie Medien über Missbrauch durch Frauen reden.



3. In der Printausgabe der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen" von morgen findet sich auf Seite 8 der Artikel "Die Grenzen der Frauenförderung" von Reiner Burger. Der Untertitel des ausführlichen Beitrags, der leider nicht online steht, lautet "Die nordrhein-westfälische Polizei darf Männer im Bewerbungsverfahren nicht benachteiligen".

Der Artikel handelt von einem Gerichtsurteil, nach dem drei junge Frauen vor dem Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf geklagt hatten, wegen ihrer geringen Größe nicht als Polizistinnen eingestellt worden zu sein. In dem Artikel heißt es:

Die 2. Kammer des Gerichts nutzte die Gelegenheit allerdings, um sich grundsätzlich mit der Sache auseinanderzusetzen und um zum wiederholten Mal die Grenzen der Frauenförderung aufzuzeigen. Ganz allgemein gebe es "einen Trend", die Frauenförderung über alles andere zu stellen, monierte der Vorsitzende Richter Andreas Müller.


Der Hintergrund: Um bei der nordrheinwestfälischen Polizei eingestellt zu werden, müssen Frauen mindestens 1,63 Meter und Männer mindestens 1,68 Meter groß sein. An Männer wird ein strengerer Maßstab angelegt, damit sich das Verhältnis der Polizeibeamten zugnsten der Frauen verschiebt.

Die zwischen 1,63 und 1,68 Meter großen Männer werden also im Namen der Frauenförderung systematisch aussortiert, ohne dass sie im Bewerbungsverfahren zeigen können, ob sie nicht doch objektiv besser geeignet sind als andere Bewerber. Diese Regelung ist nach Auffassung des Gerichts verfassungswidrig. Nach dem im Grundgesetz verankerten Prinzip der Bestenauslese dürfe der Zugang zum Beamtenverhältnis nur von Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung abhängig gemacht werden. "Die Frauenförderung hat zwar Verfassungsrang, doch sie steht nicht über allem anderen", sagte Müller in der mündlichen Verhandlung. Vielmehr gelte es, die beiden widerstreitenden Interessen von Verfassungsrang – die Gleichberechtigung und das Prinzip der Bestenauslese – miteinander in Einklang zu bringen. Durch den Erlass des Ministeriums würden jedoch schlechtere Frauen besseren männlichen Bewerbern vorgezogen.


Das allerdings war das Ziel der rot-grünen Landesregierung unter Hannelore Kraft gewesen. Frauen bekamen im Aufstiegswettbewerb einen Bonus gewährt. Das OVG allerdings hatte in dieser regelung einen Verstoß gegen das Grundgesetz gesehen. (Genderama berichtete.) Dieser Auffassung schloss sich jetzt das Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf bei seinem aktuellen Urteil an. In der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen" heißt es hierzu:

Damit ist die Entscheidung des Düsseldorfer Verwaltungsgerichts zwar im Kern ein Männerschutz-Urteil. Wird es rechtskräftig (...), werden aber drei Frauen als Erste von ihm profitieren. Denn hätte das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen eine rechtskonforme Mindestgrößenregelung gehabt, dann hätten die jeweils knapp unter 1,63 Meter großen Klägerinnen wohl nie eine Chance bekommen, am Bewerbungsverfahren der Polizei teilzunehmen.


Putzig ist mal wieder, was deutsche Medien aus dem Urteil machen: Gericht kippt Mindestgröße für Polizistinnen. Der Artikel unter der Schlagzeile, natürlich die "Brigitte", erweckt den Eindruck, es sei die Diskriminierung von Frauen unterbunden worden. Noch irrer ist die Darstellung des Sachverhalts beim SWR. Dort heißt es:

Die Mindestgröße für Polizistinnen in Nordrhein-Westfalen ist verfassungswidrig. Die Richter am Verwaltungsgericht in Düsseldorf gaben einer Klägerin aus Oberhausen recht. Sie hatte sich bei der Polizei beworben und war nicht zum Auswahlverfahren zugelassen worden, weil sie anderthalb Zentimeter kleiner als die erforderlichen 1,63 Meter ist. Die Düsseldorfer Richter entschieden, die Körpergröße habe wenig mit der Eignung von Polizeianwärterinnen zu tun. Sie verwiesen unter anderem auf die Bundespolizei, die auch ohne eine Mindestgröße auskomme. Die Bewerberin müsse jetzt zum Auswahlverfahren zugelassen werden.


Immerhin gelingt es auch der "Zeit" den Fall korrekt darzustellen und u erklären, dass es um eine Diskriminierung von Männern geht. Irreführend ist hier nur die Überschrift: "Polizei muss kleine Frau als Bewerberin akzeptieren."



4. Ebenfalls in der Printausgabe der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen" von morgen findet sich ein Beitrag von Rainer Meyer ("Don Alphonso"), betitelt mit "Das Vermächtnis der schwarzen Liste". Der Artikel bezieht sich auf den grünen Online-Pranger und stellt dazu zunächst einmal Andreas Kemper vor, dem Beitrag zufolge ein "54 Jahre alter Aktivist und Soziologiedoktorand aus Münster, der seit mehr als zehn Jahren im Internet einen erbitterten, privaten Kleinkrieg gegen Männerrechtler und Gegner der Genderideologie führt."

Hey, Kemper hat einen neuen Abschnitt für den Wikipedia-Eintrag über sich, sogar aus einem anerkannten Leitmedium. Ich hoffe, er freut sich ein bisschen.

Der FAZ-Artikel führt aus, was die meisten Genderama-Leser ohnehin schon über den grünen Pranger wissen. In einer Passage erfährt man folgendes:

Wer bei diesem Portal wen beschuldigte, war nicht offensichtlich. Zwar basiert Agent*In auf jener Wikimedia-Software, auf der auch die deutsche Wikipedia aufgebaut ist, wo Kemper und andere Aktivisten teils offen, teils anonym ihren Feldzug für ihre Vorstellungen von Sozial- und Geschlechterpolitik führen. Während aber bei Wikipedia die Versionsgeschichte, die Diskussionen und die Autoren gesehen und recherchiert werden können, ist Agent*In um diese Funktionen beraubt. (...) Auf die Frage, wie viel Geld die hauptsächlich durch Steuergeld finanzierte Böll-Stiftung für Agent*In ausgibt, verweigerte von Bargen die Auskunft.

Diese intransparente Konstruktion und ihre erkennbare Ausrichtung, die zur Rufschädigung von Biologen, Journalisten, Bloggern und vielen weiteren genannten Gruppen beitragen sollte, zogen in den Medien von rechts bis links viel Kritik auf sich.


Bekanntlich nutzte das Versteckspiel wenig:

Erste Tarn- und Klarnamen, darunter der von Andreas Kemper, konnten durch eine simple Suchabfrage eruiert werden. Offensichtlich hatten die Böll-Techniker die Tücken der Wikisoftware unterschätzt. Erst nach der Darstellung des Lecks bei FAZ.net wurde die Lücke geschlossen. Mit reiner Spielerei an den URLs der Beiträge war es nicht nur möglich, die Veränderungen der Beiträge aufzurufen. Die Versionsgeschichte des Projekts vom 15. Dezember 2015 bis zu den letzten Änderungen stand offen im Netz. Über 7000 Seiten konnten erfasst und minutengenau erfasst werden. Obendrein zeigte sich nicht nur jede Änderung, sondern auch jeder Name der Autorenschaft. Ein kleines Team hatte Agent*In gepflegt, ergänzt und juristisch weniger angreifbar gemacht. Personen, deren Namen genannt wurden, konnten zudem ihre "Akten" herunterladen und erkennen, was einem umfassenden Redigat im Frühjahr 2017 zum Opfer gefallen war. Kemper hatte Anfang 2016 den größten Teil der Beiträge angelegt, und teilweise Formulierungen verwendet, die datenschutz- und persönlichkeitsrechtlich problematisch waren.


Wiewohl die Verantwortlichen für dieses Projekt mit einer baldigen Rückkehr drohten, wird das von Sicherheitsexperten bezweifelt:

Auch Bereiche, die mit Passwörtern gesichert waren, stellten kein großes Hindernis dar, zumal Benutzernamen tagelang bekannt waren. Ob sich weitere Zuträger finden, die bei einem derartig unsicheren Projekt mitwirken wollen, ist fraglich: Die fast durchweg negative Resonanz zeigt, wie kritisch das Anlegen von schwarzen Listen mit "Feinden" durch eine mit Steuergeld finanzierte Parteienstiftung gesehen wird. Nur radikalfeministische Websites, linke Aktivisten und Genderforscher stellten sich vorbehaltlos hinter das Projekt.




5. Die Schwarzen Listen wiederum haben grundsätzliche Fragen zur "Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung" ausgelöst. Was ist das eigentlich für ein Verein? Handelt es sich wirklich um eine Stiftung? Warum gibt es innerhalb dieses ohnehin schon feministischen Vereins noch einmal ein eigenes feministisches Institut? Warum spielen Männer dort nur eine Rolle, solange sie Frauen dienen? Und wieso werden Menschen, die für die Rechte von Jungen und Männern eintreten, dort als Feinde behandelt, mit denen es keinen Dialog geben kann? Das Blog Man in the Middle hat seine Rechercheergebnisse über die Böll-Stiftung zusammengetragen und gelangt zu dem Urteil: Faktisch handelt es sich um ein Matriarchat.



6. Die Brigitte versucht, den Leuten endlich einzubläuen, dass der Feminismus nicht männerfeindlich ist.



7. Vor ein paar Monaten noch haben sich etliche Feministinnen vor Lachen auf dem Boden gekugelt, als sie hörten, dass tatsächlich Männer gegen Filmvorführungen nur für Frauen wegen Diskriminierung klagten. Die verantwortliche Kinokette hatte den Spott online angeheizt und zusätzliche Veranstaltungen dieser Art angesetzt. Inzwischen hat sie im Rahmen gerichtlicher Vergleichsverhandlungen ihr Fehlverhalten eingestanden:

In a settlement offer July 18, Missy Reynolds, director of real estate and development for the Drafthouse, called that decree a 2tongue in cheek moniker" and said the theater wouldn’t actually have denied men admission if any had purchased tickets.

The theater admitted it made two mistakes: underestimating the hubbub the screenings would create and advertising them as women-only. "Respondent did not realize that advertising a ‘women’s-only’ screening was a violation of discrimination laws," the movie theater’s offer to the city says.

(...) City records indicate one of the men with a complaint pending offered to settle in exchange for the theater changing its discrimination policies and publicly apologizing on Facebook. The other complainant asked the Drafthouse to pay him $8,892 — roughly three times the estimated value of tickets and concessions for the women-only screenings.

The Drafthouse responded to both with the counteroffer saying it would update its company discrimination policies using "Wonder Woman" as a case study, share letters describing the men’s points of view with employees and send each man a "Wonder Woman" DVD.

An agreement has not yet been reached and negotiations are ongoing.




8. Die US-Marines ließen durchgehend männliche Einheiten gegen gemischtgeschlechtliche Einheiten antreten und gelangten zu einem Ergebnis, dass die deutschen Leitmedien wohl als zutiefst sexistisch bezeichnen würden:

Overall, the report says, all-male teams and crews outperformed mixed-gender ones on 93 out of 134 tasks evaluated. All-male teams were universally faster "in each tactical movement."


Wenn das US-Militär sich an Google orientieren würde, hätte man dort die Verantwortlichen für diesen Bericht längst entlassen. Nachdem man sie mit Kaffee begossen hätte natürlich. Das Magazin Quartz hingegen stellt dreist in Frage, dass das Ideal der Gleichstellung tatsächlich Menschenleben wert ist:

Risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires or interests of an individual, or group of individuals, is more than bad military judgment. It is morally wrong.

          Telepolis berichtet über Liberale Männer in der FDP – News vom 26. Juli 2017        
1. Auf Telepolis berichtet Peter Mühlbauer unter freundlicher Verlinkung von Genderama über die Liberalen Männer in der FDP und stellt ihre Positionen vor. Anders als etwa Heide Oestreich in der "taz" gelingt ihm dies ohne hämische Abwertung. Und er fügt weitere interessante Informationen hinzu, die dieser Tage bereits in der Online-Männerszene diskutiert wurden:

Inwieweit [die Positionen der Liberalen Männer] Aufnahme in die offiziellen Positionen der FDP finden, hängt davon ab, ob sich ihre Vertreter auf Parteitagen durchsetzen - was wiederum damit zusammenhängt, wie viele Personen es dort gibt, die damit nur schwer kompatible Positionen vertreten. Am explizitesten macht das die von Matteo Müller, Benjamin Brandstetter und René Oehler ins Leben gerufene und am Wochenende über Soziale Medien bekannt gewordene Gruppe der "Progressiven" in der FDP, die zwar angibt, die Liberalen nicht "spalten" zu wollen, aber mit Gendersternchen und einem ähnlichem Duktus operiert wie vor fünf Jahren die "progressive" Peer Group in der Piratenpartei (...).

Unter "Liberalismus und Geschlecht" heißt es im Webauftritt der "Progressiven in der FDP", man sei "auch liberale Feminist*innen" [sic], denn der Liberalismus "brauch[e] Feminismus" und man müsse "Gender Studies ernst nehmen und deren Erkenntnisse nutzen". Deshalb sei man auch für die "Einführung von Unisextoiletten" und die "Nutzung gendersensibler Sprache".


Wie schwer vereinbar sind diese beiden Positionen in der FDP? Mit Gendersternchen dürften es die sogenannten "Progressiven" im liberalen Lager ohnehin schwer haben; bei anderen Themen ließe sich womöglich ein Konsens finden. Solange die Genderstudien sich in einem Zustand befinden, in dem auch dezidiert Linke wegen der Wissenschaftsferne dieses Fachs dessen Abschaffung fordern, geht hier wohl wenig. Aber was wäre, wenn sich dieser Bereich irgendwann ernstzunehmender Wissenschaft annähert, statt lediglich feministische Ideologeme beispielsweise vom Täter Mann und Opfer Frau stützen zu wollen?

Immerhin wäre ein echter Konflikt zwischen Befürwortern und Gegnern der Genderstudien im Vergleich zu dem, was aktuell stattfindet, bereits ein Schritt nach vorne. Denn bisher sieht es so aus, dass das eine Lager Kritik an verschiedenen Aspektenen dieses Bereichs äußert und das andere Lager sich einbunkert und "Nazis!" brüllt.



2. Selbst das feministisch orientierte Magazin "ze.tt" sieht den Online-Pranger, den Andreas Kemper & Co. für die Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung erstellt haben, skeptisch:

Klickt man auf die Einträge im Wiki, fällt eines sofort ins Auge: Sie sind auf das für die Böll-Stiftung scheinbar Nötigste reduziert. So steht unter [Frauke] Petry neben eines sehr kurzen Abrisses ihrer Tätigkeit nur, und wirklich nur, das: "Wie Andreas Kemper auf seinem Blog berichtete, teilte Frauke Petry während der Leipziger Buchmesse 2014 in einem Interview mit der Jungen Freiheit mit, die AfD sei nicht mehr vorrangig eine Anti-Euro-Partei, sondern eine Familienpartei, und Familienpolitik, so Petry, sei Bevölkerungspolitik". Da bietet das tatsächliche Wikipedia sicherlich mehr Informationen über die Politikerin.

Das Böll-Stiftungs-Wiki wirft mit solchen Einträgen allerdings mehr Fragen auf, als Antworten zu geben: Wer selektiert die Informationen und wonach werden sie ausgesucht? Die Einträge lesen sich eher wie eine schwarze Liste als ein wirkliches Lexikon.

(...) Das Wiki verursacht selbst bei denen, die Antifeminismus und Homophobie bekämpfen wollen, einen merkwürdigen Beigeschmack und wirft die Fragen auf: Brauchen wir so etwas wirklich? Ist diese Art der Berichterstattung schon Hetze? (...) Auch die Broschüre, welche "die Emanzipation der Geschlechter, Gleichberechtigung, Antidiskriminierung und Anerkennung aller sexueller Orientierungen und geschlechtlicher Identitäten" schützen will, vermittelt den Eindruck, wir würden in einer schwarz-weißen Welt leben. Als gebe es lediglich falsche Sichtweisen und richtige Antworten.


Hier findet man den vollständigen Artikel von Milena Zwerenz.

Seit ich Andreas Kempers Veröffentlichungen beobachte, bin ich dabei in der weit überwiegenden Mehrzahl auf nichts anderes als persönliche Denunziation gestoßen. So etwas lässt sich heutzutage offenbar bereits als "Forschung" verkaufen. Daraus ein Geschäftsmodell samt Reklame für das eigene Blog zu machen ist zwar in seiner Dreistigkeit fast schon bewundernswert. Aber wenn selbst das eigene Lager vor dem kruden Schwarz-Weiß-Denken zurückschreckt, das diese Veröffentlichungen zeigen, sollte man sich vielleicht doch mal den einen oder anderen Gedanken mehr machen, ob man im Eifer der Begeisterung für die eigene Ansicht wirklich noch das Richtige tut.

Derweil beschäftigt sich auf den Seiten der "Welt" auch Henryk Broder mit dem grünen Online-Pranger. Broder findet ihn ganz unterhaltsam,

bis das Amüsement über dieses skurrile Dossier der Erkenntnis weicht, womit man es zu tun hat: einer Massendenunziation von Menschen, die nichts anderes verbrochen haben, als in Fragen von Ehe, Familie und Moral anderer Meinung zu sein als die Verfasser der Liste, die ihre Meinung für die einzig richtige und zulässige halten.


Dies sei nicht die Aufgabe einer aus Steuermitteln bezahlten politischen Stiftung, erklärt Broder, was für ihn die Frage aufwirft, ob die die Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung hier bereits am Rande der Legalität operiere. "Vom Progressiven zum Totalitären", urteilt Broder jedenfalls, "ist es oft nur ein kurzer Weg."



3. In der Frankfurter Allgemeinen blickt Don Alphonso auf eine andere Hetzjagd zurück, bei der die Meute überzeugt davon war, dass der Verfolgte zu den Bösen gehörte und deshalb alles verdiente, was er erleiden musste – den Fall Paul Nungeßers, der von dem "Matratzenmädchen" Emma Sulkowicz offenbar fälschlich der Vergewaltigung bezichtigt wurde. Ein Auszug aus Don Alphonsos Text:

Clinton, Obama, Gillibrand, fast die gesamte feministische Szene, der hasserfüllte Mob, die amerikanischen Medien und die Deutschen, die kritiklos abgeschrieben haben, was dort stand, und die weitgehend ignorierten, dass der Betroffene von den Vorwürfen freigesprochen wurde, obwohl die Universitäten scharf gegen jeden Vergewaltigungsverdacht vorgehen müssen, weil ihnen von der Obama-Administration unter Verweis auf Title IX der Entzug staatlicher Gelder angedroht wurde: Sie alle sind bis auf die Knochen blamiert. Die gefeierte feministische Kunstaktion ist nun etwas, das sich nicht wiederholen wird, und die frühere Heldin Emma Súlkowicz verweigert auf Medienanfragen bislang jeden Kommentar.

Dafür steht sie in einer Reihe mit den anderen beiden ebenso prominenten wie falschen Vergewaltigungsbehauptungen: Zuerst hatte der Fall von “Jackie” Furore gemacht, die bei einer Verbindungsfeier Opfer einer Gruppenvergewaltigung geworden sein wollte. Es dauerte eine Weile, bis sich herausstellte, dass Jackie sich das alles nur ausgedacht hat – mit verheerenden Folgen für die Universität und die Zeitschrift Rolling Stone, die mit einem schockierenden Fall Aufmerksamkeit erzeugen wollte, und mehr davon bekam, als ihr lieb sein konnte. Kurz danach flog die Schauspielerin und Feministin Lena Dunham auf, die in ihrer Autobiographie von einer Vergewaltigung durch einen Republikaner berichtet hatte: In einer demütigenden Stellungnahme war der Verlag gezwungen, die Angaben von Dunham zu korrigieren, die ungeachtet dessen weiterhin die feministische Sache an der Seite von Hillary Clinton befördern wollte. Sobald Clinton Präsidentin wurde.


Die folgenden Absätze von Don Alphonsos Artikel handeln von dem Aufruhr gegen die aktuelle US-Bildungsministerin, nachdem die sich unter anderem mit Männerrechtlern getroffen hatte, um eine Lösung für die wachsende Misere an amerkanischen Universitäten zu finden. (Genderama berichtete.)

Nach diesem und anderen Artikeln gegen feministische Vorverurteilungen ist es wirklich ein Wunder, wie schon einige anmerkten, dass Don Alphonso in der Schwarzen Liste des grünen Genderlagers nicht geführt wird. Warum Henning von Bargen und Andreas Kemper in diesem Fall nicht ebenfalls längst "Kreuzigt ihn!!" geschrieen haben, wird man mir mal in einer ruhigeren Stunde erklären müssen.

Übrigens hat Don Alphonso auf Twitter eine berechtigte Frage zu dem Pranger der Grünen gestellt.



4. In einem aktuellen Beitrag des FOCUS kommt ein Business-Experte zu Wort: "Die Frauenquote ist nur was für Kontrollfreaks".



5. Eine neue englischsprachige Website soll Männerrechtler ("Mens Human Rights Activists") miteinander in Verbindung bringen.



6. Die Universität Princeton verfügt jetzt über einen "Men's Engagement Manager". Yeah, werden jetzt einige sagen, endlich gibt es für diese Minderheit auf dem Campus auch einen Fürsprecher! Diese Vermutung wäre natürlich grundnaiv; der "Men's Engagement Manager" ist für ganz andere Dinge da.



7. Die Website "Whisper" hat Aussagen von Frauen zusammengestellt, die erklären, warum Männer bei Verabredungen bezahlen sollen. Für alle, die eine zu hohe Meinung vom weiblichen Geschlecht haben, sollte das ein wirksames Gegengift sein. (Und natürlich haben wir in dieser Reihe auch die typische Feministin, die dann an althergebrachten Geschlechterrollen festhalten will, wenn es ihr nützt.)



8. Auf den Seiten des populärwissenschaftlichen Magazins Psychology Today erklärt der Professor für Sozialpsychologie Lee Jussim, warum es keineswegs "Sexismus" zu verschulden ist, dass es so wenige Frauen in naturwissenschaftlichen und technischen Fächern gibt.



9. Die Abneigung dagegen, auch Frauen für ein Verbrechen angemessen zu bestrafen, wird immer bizarrer:

A woman who admitted she pulled the plug from her fiancé’s kayak and was "euphoric" as she watched him drown in the frigid Hudson River dodged murder and manslaughter raps Monday, taking a plea deal for the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Angelika Graswald, 37, who had faced 25 years to life in prison if convicted at trial now faces as little as 16 months to four years behind bars.

And with time served since her imprisonment in 2015, the slap -on-the-wrist sentence could see her released on parole as soon as December, her lawyer said.


Die New York Post berichtet.



10. Die aktuellen Staffeln von "Game of Thrones" werden wegen ihrer "starken Frauenfiguren" von Feministinnen gefeiert. Das ist mehr als grotesk:

Game of Thrones is ripe with undeniably cool, badass women. Cersei blew up thousands of her citizens without a second thought. Brienne took on the Hound in single combat, and won. Daenarys has freed whole cities, acquired three dragons, and gained the Dothraki army by burning the other Khals to death. Arya murdered the entire Frey house in one sweep. (...) What each of these women have in common, what binds them together perhaps even more than their shared gender, what makes them cool, is their penchant and tolerance for a certain amount of brutality. Whether their cruelty is seemingly justified (Arya, Brienne) or solely for personal gain (Cersei, Ellaria), whether they physically engage in this violence themselves (again, Arya and Brienne) or merely commission others to do it for them (Cersei, Dany, Sansa), these women aren't afraid to raze, torture, manipulate, and murder in order to achieve their goals.


Diese Beobachtung Jordan Petersons trifft. In einer geistig gesunden Welt läge hier die Frage nahe, ob G.R.R.Martin mit den aktuellen Staffeln nicht schlicht den Feminismus und seine rasende Aggression persiflieren möchte, was jene Feministinnen auch noch feiern, die zu blöd sind, Blutdurst und Massenmord problematisch zu finden, solange diese Dinge von Frauen ausgehen. Die Aussage von "Game of Thrones" könnte ja gerade sein, dass die feministisch gefeierten Figuren wie Arya und Daenerys, sobald sie in eine Machtposition gelangen, sich umstandslos zu Grausamkeit und Metzeleien hinreißen lassen, was aber von kaum einem Zuschauer kritisch gesehen wird, denn das sind ja die weiblichen "Heldinnen" und "Vorbilder". Leider sieht Peterson stattdessen als Hauptproblem, dass Frauen "traditionell männliches Verhalten" wie beispielsweise "Brutalität" übernähmen, und diese Imitation von Männern sei ja nun wirklich problematisch.



11. In einem aktuellen Interview sprach sich die bekannte Serienschauspielerin Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men", "The West Wing" etc.) für männerfeindliche Darstellungen in TV-Serien aus. Die Publizistin Laura Perrins bezieht dagegen Stellung. Ein Auszug:

Misandry is quite nasty and not necessary for female equality or emancipation. Is this what we have to do now – portray men as "gross, weird, nerdy or evil suppressors", in order to make ourselves feel good, because if that is the feminist deal then I’m out. This is why I have been out for many years.

(...) So man-hating feminists of feminism, you should really drop the misandry; it is not a good look. Perhaps go and watch Dunkirk, a film is based on fact not fiction, and see what men have sacrificed for your freedom. They died so you could make this hate-filled art. A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice.

          Republican Party In Palm Beach Lauds GOP Anti-Environmental Crusader ... by gimleteye        

Alfie Fanjul (l) and Pepe Fanjul (r), top Palm Beach County Republican donor. The brothers head a billionaire dollar empire carved out of federal subsidies and corporate welfare programs protecting Big Sugar, the primary polluter of Everglades wetlands

The Republican Party of Palm Beach County has invited James O'Keefe to be its keynote speaker at its mid-summer event.

A press release describes O'Keefe as "an award winning journalist". In fact, he is better known as a right-wing activist who infiltrated ACORN and an office of Planned Parenthood and also invites legal action against himself.

In 2010, O'Keefe was convicted of breaking into the offices of Sen. Marie Landrieu:

Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe was sentenced to three years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor charges stemming from his involvement in a break-in at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) office. In January, O’Keefe and three others were arrested by federal authorities at Landrieu’s office on allegations of phone-tampering. Prosecutors initially said they caught four individuals in the process of committing a felony, but the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors."

O'Keefe and the Florida GOP meant to time his visit to Palm Beach County -- where virulent anti-environmentalism is coordinated through the Fanjul & US Sugar Corporation cartel -- with revelations of his incursion into the League Of Conservation Voters; an attack rebuffed yesterday by LCV with the California Attorney General.

The local GOP press release crows, "O’Keefe was ultimately credited with having a significant impact on the 2016 presidential elections for his October Surprise video series."

In "Has James O’Keefe Accidentally Stung Himself Again?", New Yorker writer Jane Mayer -- who chronicled influence peddling of the nation's largest polluters in "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" -- writes:
In the latest chapter of his strange career, the League of Conservation Voters, a national environmental-advocacy group, has filed a complaint against three individuals who infiltrated its operations, at least two of whom, the group alleges, “could be associated with” O’Keefe and have past ties to him. The group’s leaders recently began to suspect that they were being scammed, and decided to go to the authorities before O’Keefe or his alleged associates released any material on their own.
The timing of the Florida GOP conspiracy with O'Keefe occurs within context of a massive erosion of environmental rules and regulations by the Trump White House.

It is the identical strategy Florida polluters are planning to blend into the important 2018 political races where Big Sugar's main apologist, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam, is poised to be the GOP candidate to replace Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott, who counts on campaign financial support from Big Sugar, will likely aim for the senate seat held by incumbent Democratic Bill Nelson.

Overshadowing Florida's nasty, anti-people and anti-environmental politics is a recent report by federal scientists to the Trump administration calling climate change a greater, current threat to economic and national security than earlier estimates. According to the New York Times:
The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.
The Trump White House has not released or commented on the report and was hoping, perhaps, that a titillating "explosive" revelation against LCV would help its cause in climate change denial.

Governor Rick Scott has prohibited state agencies and staff from using the words, "climate change", although Florida's economy, real estate and tax base is most vulnerable to its impacts in the nation. Recently, the US Department of Agriculture ordered "climate change" to be similarly deleted from its communications.

In the New Yorker report, Mayer contacted O'Keefe for comment. He responded:
“I don’t comment on investigations real or imagined, or work with mainstream reporters who operate in bad faith,” he told me. In 2016, I wrote an article for this magazine about O’Keefe’s bungled attempt to sting George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, a liberal nonprofit group that O’Keefe had targeted.

O'Keefe, in his role feeding the beast of disinformation through channels like Fox News, Breitbart, Infowars and Rush Limbauch, will dine on lobster tails at the Palm Beach GOP anti-environmental love-fest at the Polo Club of Boca Raton, 5400 Champion Boulevard, Boca Raton at 6:30PM on August 17.

          Tracking Russian Propaganda In Real Time ... Kevin Rothrock for Meduza        
NEWS
Tracking Russian propaganda in real time The trouble with a new automated effort to expose Moscow's ‘active measures’ against Americans
 Meduza  04:31, 03 августа 2017 
Pixabay edited by Meduza
On August 2, The German Marshall Fund of the United States unveiled a new online tool — a “dashboard” — designed to “provide a near real-time look at Russian propaganda and disinformation efforts” on Twitter. The organization describes the project as a direct response to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, noting that “many have warned Putin will be back in 2018 and 2020.” In an opinion piece for Meduza, Kevin Rothrock reviews the recent history of American efforts to unmask Russian propaganda, and takes a critical look at potential flaws in this latest online resource.

What was PropOrNot?

Last November, The Washington Post published a remarkable article about how a “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’” during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, citing a report by “experts” at an anonymous website called PropOrNot.
After initial excitement about the story, the newspaper came under fire for promoting unverified allegations against alternative American news outlets. Critics called PropOrNot a “McCarthyite blacklist.” To PropOrNot, merely “exhibiting a pattern of beliefs outside the political mainstream” was “enough to risk being labelled a Russian propagandist,” Adrian Chen wrote in The New Yorker.
Simply put, PropOrNot bungled its mission completely. On the one hand, the anonymity of the website’s managers invited suspicions about their expertise and agenda. On the other hand, PropOrNot was so transparent about its methodology (talking openly about “red-flagging Russian propaganda outlets” and of course naming specific websites) that it was easy to dispute and dismiss the blacklist. Add to this PropOrNot’s childish, sometimes obscene behavior on Twitter, and it’s no mystery how this project ended up a humiliating dumpster fire.

What is the Hamilton 68 dashboard?

Hamilton 68: A Dashboard Tracking Russian Propaganda on Twitter
The Alliance for Securing Democracy / The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Researchers at The Alliance for Securing Democracy, an initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, say they’ve been observing and monitoring â€œRussian online influence” for three years, so it’s a good bet that they took notice of PropOrNot’s spectacular failure, while developing the “Hamilton 68 Dashboard,” released on August 2.
According to The German Marshall Fund, the “dashboard” is designed to “shed light on Russian propaganda efforts on Twitter in near-real time.” The “Hamilton 68” website offers a dozen automatically-updated columns tracking “trending hashtags,” “trending topics,” “top domains,” “top URLs,” and so on.
“Our analysis is based on 600 Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence activities online,” Laura Rosenberger (a senior fellow at the alliance) and J.M. Berger (a non-resident fellow) wrote in a blog post on August 2.

How does Hamilton 68 differ from PropOrNot?

Hamilton 68’s propaganda list is a secret. Unlike PropOrNot, Hamilton 68 does not disclose the identities of the 600 Twitter accounts. All we know of the project’s methodology is that its researchers selected 600 Twitter accounts according to three types (whether there are 200 accounts for each type is unclear): “accounts that clearly state they are pro-Russian or affiliated with the Russian government”; â€œaccounts (including both bots and humans) that are run by troll factories in Russia and elsewhere”; and “accounts run by people around the world who amplify pro-Russian themes either knowingly or unknowingly, after being influenced by the efforts described above.”
The German Marshall Fund says it refuses to reveal the specific accounts in its dataset because it “prefers to focus on the behavior of the overall network rather than get dragged into hundreds of individual debates over which troll fits which role.”
The lack of methodological clarity (for the sake of avoiding “debates”) has already led to some misleading coverage in the media, with outlets like Business Insider reporting that “Hamilton 68 is now working to expose those trolls — as well as automated bots and human accounts — whose main use for Twitter appears to be an amplification of pro-Russia themes,” despite the fact that the website doesn’t actually reveal the names of any Twitter accounts.
For people unimpressed by talk of “600 Twitter accounts,” J.M. Berger told Ars Technica that his team could have expanded the dashboard to “6,000 almost as easily, but the analysis would be less close to real-time.” If that doesn’t sound scientific enough, Berger also emphasized that the 600 selected accounts were identified with a “98-percent confidence rate.”
The German Marshall Fund is no ragtag bunch. Unlike the anonymous potty mouths who launched PropOrNot, Hamilton 68 sports some impressive talent. The project is reportedly the brainchild of Clint Watts, a “former FBI special agent-turned disinformation expert,” who worked alongside J.M. Berger, a fellow with the International Center for Counterterrorism studying extremism and propaganda on social media; Andrew Weisburd, a fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security; Jonathon Morgan, the CEO of New Knowledge AI and head of Data for Democracy; and Laura Rosenberger, the director of the German Marshall Fund's ‎Alliance for Securing Democracy.
The Alliance for Securing Democracy has a hell of a mission statement. It begins simply, “In 2016, American democracy came under unprecedented attack,” before outlining the organization’s commitment to “documenting and exposing Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.” Putin’s name appear six times in the text.
The Alliance for Securing Democracy also boasts an all-star Advisory Council that includes members like former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Estonian President Toomas Ilves, journalist and conservative pundit Bill Kristol, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe Admiral James Stavridis, just to name a few.
With figures like these backing Hamilton 68, it’s no surprise that the project is enjoying a lot of favorable attention from prominent people on Twitter.

What are the problems with Hamilton 68?

The researchers say “the accounts tracked by the dashboard include a mix of such users and is the fruit of more than three years of observation and monitoring,” citing a November 2016 article by Weisburd, Watts, and Berger, titled, “Trolling for Trump: How Russia Is Trying to Destroy Our Democracy.” The text outlines a wide array of Russian “active measures” designed to erode Americans’ faith in their democracy, including efforts as serious as military-orchestrated hacker attacks. Hamilton 68, however, doesn’t claim to track secret Russian hackers, and what we (supposedly) get is relatively underwhelming.
“Attributed government or pro-Russian accounts.” We actually have some idea which accounts Hamilton 68 is tracking, when it talks about this group of Twitter accounts. At the top of the dashboard, there is a widget called “Top Tweets of the Last 24 Hours” featuring a repeating rotation of “top tweets” by Russian state Twitter accounts. At the time of this writing, the accounts displayed belong to the Russian Foreign Ministry, RT America, RT.com, Sputnik International, and RT UK News.
The Alliance for Securing Democracy says its goal with this project is to “spread awareness of what bad actors are doing online” and to help journalists “appropriately identify Russian-sponsored information campaigns.” But what journalist needs a “dashboard” to know that the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account belongs to “Russian-sponsored information campaigns”? And what is the use of singling out that RT America tweeted about a school explosion in Minneapolis on August 2? Perhaps Russian “active measures” aim to “erode trust between citizens and elected officials and democratic institutions,” and maybe reporting on tragedies or infrastructure failures in America furthers this aim, but characterizing such tweets as “what bad actors are doing” comes eerily close to branding such journalism a Russian propaganda effort.
“Bots and human accounts run by troll factories.” All we know about this category in Hamilton 68’s methodology is that researchers periodically have to “replace accounts that are suspended,” meaning that the dashboard possibly doesn’t monitor a full 600 Twitter accounts at all times, if the deleted bots on the list aren’t replaced automatically. According to Weisburd, Watts, and Berger, bots are a “key tool for moving misinformation and disinformation from primarily Russian-influenced circles into the general social media population,” citing fake reports about a second military coup in Turkey and a gunman at JFK airport.
These incidents stand out, however, because they’re so rare and extreme, and Hamilton 68’s focus on bots risks overlooking the typically futile background noise these accounts produce online. Because the accounts aren’t identified, moreover, there’s no way of knowing if the bots reflected in the dashboard weren’t temporarily hired to promote pro-Russian content before some other client — a shoe company or a vitamin manufacturer, for instance — ordered the latest campaign. This may be a wild, silly hypothetical, but we don’t know any better, with the raw data hidden from us.
“Accounts run by people who amplify pro-Russian themes after being influenced by Russian propaganda efforts.” This is far and away the trickiest, most problematic aspect of The Alliance for Securing Democracy’s new project, and it’s also presumably where researchers wanted most to avoid “debate” about their selection criteria. How do you identify “pro-Russian amplifiers” if Russian propaganda’s themes dovetail with alternative American political views? One of the problems with PropOrNot, in Adrian Chen’s words, was that it unfairly targeted media outlets that “exhibited a pattern of beliefs outside the political mainstream.”
Hamilton 68 tries to dodge this issue by concealing the people it says are “pro-Russian amplifiers.”
J.M. Berger says the project’s selection process has a “98-percent confidence rate,” but that’s an easy claim to defend, when you won’t tell anyone who's on the list.
Kevin Rothrock

          I wish every Trump voter would read this article ... by gimleteye        

Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House


Lots of Trump voters had become disaffected by the dysfunction of Washington DC and believed a "disrupter" had a better chance at positive reform as any conservative GOP candidate. We tried to warn you.

Trump turns out to be exactly the president that extremists wanted; one who would tear apart the functions of executive authority and radically realign regulatory matters in the hands of the states. 

As Michael Lewis points out for Vanity Fair, there are many critical functions of the federal government that are necessary to the health and security of all the American people, and that these functions rely on capable, qualified civil servants.

Lewis points out the tragedy unfolding as a result of the Trump presidency; only halfway through his first year. Trump's indifference and incompetence has crushed the personnel ranks of the Energy Department, now headed by the most clueless appointee in the agency's history, former TX Gov. Rick Perry. (Ukrainian pranksters recently engaged Perry in a half hour discussion broadcast to the world. He thought they were representatives of the Ukrainian prime minister. Oh well.)

The same disintegration of talent and expertise is happening in other federal entities: from the State Department to the US EPA and Department of Interior, from the FDA to the USDA. Trump said he would "drain the swamp". Nothing could be further from the truth.

He has created a viper's nest of influences in the White House, all competing for his attention from one second to the next. Meanwhile, the functions of the federal government are crumbling. The GOP Congress is not lifting a finger.

It is a dangerous world, Trump supporters have made it much, much more dangerous.




          Why Dr. Oz Should Not Be the Ebola Czar        
And Other Answers for Michael Reagan Conservative radio host Michael Reagan, son of former president Ronald Reagan told online newsrag Newsmax today that the president shouldn’t have appointed a political guy to be the Ebola czar. He’d much rather have TV medical charlatan Dr. Oz. Okay, maybe we’re being a little unkind about Dr. Oz. […]
          Someone to watch over me....        
There’s a saying old, says that love is blind
Still we’re often told, "seek and ye shall find"
So I’m going to seek a certain lad I’ve had in mind...

Although he may not be the man some
Girls think of as handsome
To my heart he carries the key

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me...
Someone to Watch Over Me...George Gershwin

Well it seems the general consensus is that I should go for it... this online dating thing...especially as some of you think I should share all the gory details of my quest... so in fact, I'm being selfless and doing this for you!

Have been thinking a lot about what kind of man/men I'd like to meet, what would make my heart go ping... and other body parts reverberate...and prompted to think even more following some recent blog posts... doesn't help that I've been listening to Ella Fitzgerald sing the Gershwin Songbook... boy that man could write a melancholy love song...

Mez recently discussed Love or List?... should you make a list of attributes that you might want in a partner, and what if people don't meet the requirements of the list. And Indiana talked about that Dreaded Question - why are you still single? and gave what I think is a wonderfully succinct and heartfelt response "I am yet to meet someone I can rely on to be both there for me and to be the person I need, not just want. I am yet to meet someone whom I can believe enough in to give up my own total self-reliance"

And so, we come to me, and what is it that I am looking for - I've mentioned different things in this blog since I started in February... most recently stating I yearn for someone who gets me... someone who is clever and funny and kind and kooky ... and wants to wrestle naked...no doubt I'll be doing some more thinking about this but here goes...

ADDENDUM: Need to clarify the list below is not a checklist, have no plans to meet someone and then determine whether they are right or wrong based on the below... I'm someone who goes a lot more on gut or intuition in my responses to people, both male and female. It's just a bit of fun about my ideal man... and by putting the desire out there into the universe I'll be curious to see how many of these attributes can be found... though the Naughty, Lusty, Kissable and Available things are non-negotiable!

I do think it's interesting that the commentors to date who have expressed horror have all been male... lol

The ABCs - Miss Frou Frou's Ideal Bloke needs to be:

Available - both physically and emotionally - i.e. live within in a reasonable distance, and actually single
Blokey - I actually don't mind blokey blokes - the blokier they are, the more girlie I become
Clever - not looking for a Mensa candidate, but someone who can hold their own conversationally on a gamut of interests
Dependable - I don't mean a doormat, but if you say you're going to do something, you do it or least let me know if you can't
Employed - don't care what you do, but you need to have some form of work, preferably something that you are passionate about. If you have a mundane job that provides an income for you to follow your muse, that's ok too...
Funny - if you make me laugh, you've almost won me over...
Grounded - for all that I enjoy foolishness, I want someone who has a clear idea of who he is and what he wants, partly cause I need someone to pull me back to earth on occasion
Honest - I will forgive most things, but not lies
Imaginative - linked to funny, clever, lusty, naughty and uninhibited... use your imagination
Juggler - capable of keeping several balls up in the air, work, family, hobbies, me...
Kissable - kissing is important... but I'm not a girl who will kiss someone just because... I need to want to kiss you... and you need to want to kiss me - often!
Lusty - sorry, have no interest in having a purely cerebral relationship... you need to want to play - often!
Manly - I like guys who are masculine - and all that means, not prissy, not afraid to get their hands dirty, a bit hairy, hard in all the right places.
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