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The FreeDumm-ies Of The Press

Published January 26, 2011 by glaumland

It’s been a while since I have read Animal Farm by George Orwell. It’s an amazing story and one that should be required reading for all (I know, that isn’t exactly freedom).

But perhaps as important as the story is the preface that was not printed with most editions of the book. How telling is that? Here’s an excerpt, thanks to Wikipedia:

“The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary. … Things are kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervenes but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact.”

Now replace ‘England’ with ‘United States’ and ‘British’ with ‘American.’ Unfortunately, Orwell’s observation about the Brits during WWII is just as accurate about the Mainstream Media today. Whether the story (or absence of one) is about the economy, sharia, Obama-care, Sarah Palin, climate-change, abortion or many other topics, the MSM is out to promote their agenda, not to report facts. Just look at the TV line-ups and you see how much time is devoted to ‘opinion journalism’ from left and right. Where it used to be that an opinion of a publication was delivered on the editorial page, these days it seems that most journalists feel that it is their opinion of events, and not the facts, that are important.

Now I see a report that PBS Newshour is the most trusted source of news. Yeah, right. Personally, I figure since my tax dollars pay to keep Public Television on the air, it is good to keep an eye and ear on them. Imagine my surprise (silly me, I actually was!) that there was no coverage of the grand jury indictment handed down against Kermit Gosnell of the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society. It is a big story, and bound to bring the issue of abortion to the national forefront. But I guess PBS isn’t interested. Not even a whisper on their show or website. And according to Brent Bozell over at Townhall.com, ” “CBS Evening News” had one story, NBC’s “Today” “offered 50 vague words and ABC couldn’t be bothered. Rachel Maddow anchored an entire hour-long special on the shooting death of abortionist George Tiller, but a Nexis search finds no one on MSNBC could even whisper the name of Kermit Gosnell. (CNN and Fox News each followed the story for a few days.)” Is that journalism?

Specifically, my take on the Gosnell story is that it isn’t even right to call this man a ‘doctor’ as physicians take an oath ‘to do no harm.’ How he got away butchering babies and women for decades is something I don’t understand. Here’s another quote: 

Associated Press reported, “Prosecutors described the clinic as a ‘house of horrors’ where Gosnell kept baby body parts on the shelves, allowed a 15-year-old high school student to perform intravenous anesthesia on patients and had his licensed cosmetologist wife do late-term abortions.”

 I’m not a proponent of medical lawsuits, but I think that the administrators for the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, and the Philadelphis Health Dept. should be liable for damages. In whopping big amounts. Maybe there should be some convictions of public officials, as well. Hopefully the PA attorney general pushes this until the very end, not only convicting the people who did wrong, but also putting the fear of God into others who might think this is acceptable behavior. Read this post from Michelle Malkin for more horrific abortion scandals: http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/26/beyond-the-philadelphia-horror/. The press better wake up soon because this is set to explode into a major national controversy.

I don’t believe abortion is right and I don’t believe it is a right. I was ambivalent about this issue when I was younger, thinking everyone should decide for themselves. However, my views were crystallized when we lost our first child at 14 weeks of pregnancy. The OB-GYN didn’t even realize the baby was gone, and a nurse talked about our ‘spontaneous abortion.’ That’s the medical term for miscarriage, but it is too many letters to write in a chart, so the abbreviation ‘SAB’ is used instead. To be told I had aborted my child, even with the qualifier of ‘spontaneous,’ was too much. Unfortunately, we lost that baby and two others. And I began to realize exactly how precious life is, especially those little lives. To some they may be ‘fetal tissue’ or a ‘cluster of cells’, but to me they are a miracle of creation, genetically unique from all other life.

But back to the main issue of this blog, which it the freedom of the press NOT to report news. When did it happen that journalists elevated themselves & determined that they should give us the stories that are important to them? Why do they think that their opinions are of any interest to us? Where do they get off preaching to us? How will this end?

Huh, isn’t that funny. I just asked the most important questions in journalism: Who, What, Where, When & How. And that’s all I ask; give me the facts and let me decide for myself what the news means to me.

By the way, here’s some other news that hasn’t made the news:

Staff Sargeant Patrick Zeigler was shot in the head 4 times by Major Hasan during the Fort Hood shooting (more aptly termed Act of War or Act of Terrorism, but you won’t see that in the MSM). Sargeant Zeigler has endured multiple surgeries to repair his head wounds, and has made tremendous strides in his recovery. His fiance and now wife Jessica has charted their journey at http://patrickjessica.blogspot.com/. Why is it that we’ve gotten moment-by-moment updates on Congresswoman Giffords but hardly any reports about the victims of Ft. Hood? Because it fits the message of the journalists.

Christians are being slaughtered by the scores in “moderate, peaceful” Middle East countries. (Oh, and let’s not forget Russia or China as well) Here’s a recent article in Big Peace: http://bigpeace.com/ipt/2011/01/16/the-middle-east-christian-onslaught/. I see that Al Qaeda is not only posting plans for making bombs on their websites, but now, for the sake of convenience  I’m certain, they are also posting the locations of Christian churches. Sure, I know that Islam is a peaceful religion. Sure, I know that I can’t use words like ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist’ or ‘crusade’ because I might offend someone. Sure, I know that it isn’t right to profile people who prefer Arab dress. How do I know all of these things? Not because I decided they were true, but because the MSM told me so!

Lee Stranahan @ http://leestranahan.com/ has been doing extensive work on the Pigford Fraud. It looks as though our tax money that was set aside to compensate black farmers for discrimination has been wasted through excessive attorney fees and payments to people who aren’t (or weren’t) farmers. Lee interviewed two gentlemen that had aired their frustrations with this situation to Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop (yeah, THAT Sanford Bishop, of the Congressional Black Caucus). In response, depending on the time of day and who he was talking to, Bishop reported that a) sure there was fraud but policing it wasn’t in his job description, b) he’s surprised to hear about any fraud and those gentlemen must surely be doing too much drinking, and c) sure there was fraud and that is why the legislation had anti-fraud provisions, and oh by the way, those gentlemen are just disgruntled. What a load of PIGCRAP from a man elected by Americans and paid by Americans to be in service to America. So what does the MSM have to say about this? (…Crickets…)

Ok, this turned into a really long post and rant. But my overall message is this…get out on the web and look at lots of news sites and really find out the stories that should be in the news. Take your opinions and your thoughts back from the MSM journalist and make up your own mind. It’s time we all started thinking and talking. Evil can’t survive in the sunlight.

Until next time…

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Killing Babies Is A Blessing? Not In Glaumland!

Published April 2, 2009 by glaumland

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m in the midst of downloading updates here in dial-up land, which gives me time to peruse the net and blog. THIS is what I found that has me steamed today…

As of 3.30.09, the Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge has elected Dr. Katherine Ragsdale as its new dean. Hat tip to Via Media for the info:

http://blog.beliefnet.com/viamedia/2009/03/abortion-is-a-blessing.html

I went to Ragsdale’s blog site to check the information out for myself, and guess what? That page is no longer active. Imagine that. But this page was…

http://ragsdalesermons.blogspot.com/2005/03/word-with-evangelicals-about-abortion.html

But just in case this page also disappears, let me pull out a few juicy tidbits…

This was a talk delivered by Rev. Katherine Ragsdale to the Mars Hill Forum, 1.25.96:

I am, of course, a pro-choice Christian.” I think, to be Christian, has to do more with surrendering our choices and following the will of God. It was the first choice (to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge) that brought sin into the world. It would seem to me obvious that as humans our choices are often what get us into trouble.

Are we working to reduce joblessness, to support wages that are sufficient to support families, to see that safe and affordable child care is available to every family that needs it, to provide adequate parental leave, and to assure that everyone has access to adequate health care?…Yet, although we may hold these foundational beliefs in common, it is also true that there are differences of opinion between faith groups, and even within faith groups, about what it means to put these beliefs into practice.” This passage really seemed weird to me, until I realized that Ragsdale spends a lot of time in Washington lobbying (perhaps not the correct word, but seems accurate to me) on social issues. It seems to me that these are issues that are better tackled by society/government than by religious institutions. I do believe that where churches feel they are drawn into this work missionally (such as child care), they can do marvelous things that no government agency can hope to imitate. I want to make sure to mention that doing these things does not get anyone closer to heaven – we are sinners PERIOD. But it is a marvelous gift to others (and perhaps mostly to ourselves) to share the love of God by serving them.

I suspect we agree on the marvelous goodness of God the Creator. I imagine you agree with me that all life, indeed all of creation, is sacred and that our stewardship of it is a holy trust given us by God in creation……We differ as to whether faithful application of our beliefs requires vegetarianism, or tithing, or pacifism. We differ about whether capitalism is compatible with Christian faith and life. We disagree about whether conscientious objection to military service should be merely an option, or, instead, a requirement, of all Christians…We disagree about whether women should be ordained, or infants Baptized, or whether to use wine or grape juice when we gather at table together.” God is great. All life and all creation is sacred. Just as God gave the Israelites the Torah and the 10 Commandments, we have the Holy Bible as our guidelines. Luckily, it is not left up to us humans and our choices to decide whether a thing is right or wrong, we have God’s Word to guide us. Sola Scriptura.

“…anti-choice Christians…” I think the term is PRO-LIFE Christians! “Why can you not show the same respect for others?” Silly woman, that is just the point. Pro-Life respects the embryo, just as much as the adult.

I imagine you will respond in one of two ways. That you will tell me that the Bible prohibits abortion and so there is no room for individual conscience. Yet surely you know this is not true. The Bible is silent on the subject. Or, perhaps you will try to tell me that abortion is the taking of a human life and this is proscribed by the Bible. Again, I would point out first that the Bible is, indeed, not so clear that it is always wrong to take a life. But, more to the point, to attribute personhood to a fetus begs the question…The Bible does not make a claim for fetal personhood; indeed, it suggests otherwise.” A few Bible passages for you lady:

You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13).

Tell me, what isn’t clear about this Commandment. Crystal clear, I would say. It is only when mankind tries to “interpret” what God means that we get into trouble. Sola Scriptura.

Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? (Job 31:15).

Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God (Psalm 22:9-10).

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).

This is what the LORD says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you…(Isaiah 44:2).

Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you (Isaiah 46:3-4).

And now the LORD says—he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength (Isaiah 49:5).

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:4-5).

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:41-42, 44).

How this woman can suggest that the Bible doesn’t say anything about unborn children, or fetal personhood as she calls it, is beyond me. I think these Bible passages are pretty clear about God’s involvement in the creation and development of a baby. Perhaps we need to buy Dr. Ragsdale a new Bible or even an audio Bible. She obviously isn’t reading the one she has. Sola Scriptura.

You who argue against abortion in the name of God must stand up and clearly and unequivocally oppose this violence and the violent rhetoric that spawns it. This violence is enacted in the name of pro-life Christians. This violence is perpetrated in your name. If you do not clearly, constantly, and publicly denounce this violence, you implicitly condone it. Furthermore, the name of God is invoked in support of this terrorism. That, it seems to me, is blasphemy. It is not something I would like to have to answer for at the day of judgment.”

I do oppose the violence that she talks about (killing & injuring abortion providers). It’s just that I oppose the violence against the babies as well. As for answering to God on Judgement Day, I would certainly not want to show up with the blood of all of those aborted babies on my hands.

This is a hard topic. And I will admit that 20 years ago my opinions were different. But difficulty in conceiving, three miscarriages, and almost losing one of my live-born children have changed my ideas on the sanctity of life. So now I believe that once a sperm and an egg have conjoined, there is a unique and valuable life, viable or not. And so Dr Ragsdale, to you I would say:

An embryo is a blessing.

A fetus is a blessing.

An unborn child is a blessing.

A child who is miscarried is a blessing.

A child who is still-born is a blessing.

A child who is born with only moments to live is a blessing.

A child who is born developementally disabled is a blessing.

Even a child who was conceived in sin or may cause the mother’s health to be in jeopardy is a blessing. (This is especially a hard one. I can’t necessarily understand or justify it, but that is where I have to have faith in God’s love and mercy.)

It’s not about choice – it is about faith. Either you trust God and His Word, or you don’t. You can’t re-write it, you can’t say, “but He meant something else,” and you can’t say He was wrong. Sola Scriptura.

Until next time…

UPDATE: I happened to find a lovely post on The Anchoress that fit in here perfectly.

http://theanchoressonline.com/2009/04/01/miracles-indeed/

One Nation, Under God

Published March 3, 2009 by glaumland

I attended the worship service at our church on Ash Wednesday. It was wonderful to have a church full on this festival, with the atmosphere so much different than the drama and problems of the old church. But that’s part of an old blog.

As we prepare for Holy Week, Lent gives us an excellent opportunity to take an honest assessment of our lives (impossible without the guidance of the Holy Spirit), of the length and width and depth of our sinful natures, and of our inability to do any thing which will decrease the distance between ourselves and our Loving Creator. To realize that Christ came as a lowly baby to experience our humanity and then submitted to a most horrific death, truly humbles me and resonates to the very core of my soul. Then to travel from the depths of despair to the highest high on Easter Day is too wonderful for words. It’s something amazing to experience.

“One nation, under God.” Although the original Pledge of Allegience (written in 1892) didn’t include this phrase, it was added in 1954 under President Eisenhower’s administration. The reason it was added was to identify that America was remarkable because she was blessed and empowered by her Creator, and not by any man made effort. And as such, having overcome a Great Depression and a World War, she indeed stood as a shining beacon on a hill, just like President Reagan said many years later.

“This nation, under God.” President Lincoln was present at the dedication of the national cemetery at Gettysburg, PA in 1863. By that fall, there had been over 250,000 casualities from the Civil War, and the Battle of Gettysburg itself had 7500 deaths, over three times the number of residents in the prosperous town. Although the romance and popularity of the war was waning, President Lincoln brought forth the idea that the war was more than about maintaining a unified country, but about defending the very freedoms, of ALL men, that were guaranteed by the founding fathers.

So it all goes back to the men who established and shaped our government. Did they INTEND  for America to be a nation, UNDER GOD? What did these men say? (Please read Michael Medved’s article at http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelMedved/2007/10/03/the_founders_intended_a_christian,_not_secular,_society?page=full&comments=true for the complete picture; it’s not too long and very well written.)

  • President George Washington: “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
  • President John Adams: “Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. A patriot must be a religious man.”
  • President Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?”
  • President James Madison: “religion is the basis and Foundation of Government,” and later wrote that “the belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good…. is essential to the moral order of the World and the happiness of men.”
  • Chief Justice John Marshall: “The American population is entirely Christian, and with us Christianity and Religion are identified. It would be strange indeed, if with such a people, our institutions did not presuppose Christianity, and did not often refer to it, and exhibit relations with it.”
  • Justice Samuel Chase: “Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion, and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”

And now we’ve arrived at a time where Christianity is increasingly becoming marginalized in American life and government. Much like the environment found in the French Revolution, we are now experiencing the American “Age of Reason,” where the accomplishments and excesses of man are celebrated. Christianity, along with Christian morals and values, are being pushed aside in favor of an enlightened and tolerant stand (commonly called political correctness). Sadly enough, this insidious movement is occuring even in the religious establishment as more churches seek to be “open” and a place where the focus is about “me and my worship experience.” But that is another blog, as well.

What concerns me at this moment is the division occuring between Christianity and our government. I believe that President Obama and the current administration are making serious attempts to make the separation even larger. I do not believe that Obama can even be called “Christian” as his prolonged allegience to Rev. Wright’s black liberation theology is not at all Christian, nor even Biblical. He has already changed (in the quiet darkness of a Friday afternoon without press) essentially Christian mandates: he has opened American coffers to pay for abortions over-seas, and he has rolled back the conscience rule. Although Obama says that determining when life begins is “above his paygrade,” he obviously believes that the “right to choose” only belongs to those who wish to end life, and not to those health care providers who do not want to participate in ending life. We’ve got a chief of staff who frequently, and apparently casually, throws out the f-bomb in public. And we have told China that human rights take a back seat to buying our national debt. Any moral rock that America has stood on for these last 2 and 1/2 centuries is now being jack-hammered away by people who want to be seen as “smart,” “progressive,” and “popular.”

Not only did we have to endure an inaugural speech and prayer that attempted to mollify believers of all kinds (and also non-believers), the present administration is going all of the way: prayers where Jesus isn’t mentioned (for fear of offending people – “throwing gasoline on a fire”) and requesting prayer transcripts 24 hours ahead of time for vetting purposes. What needs to be vetted? If anything, that in itself is a violation of the freedom of religion and the separation between church and state. It IS ok to have a prayer at a political event, but it is NOT ok to tell the person giving the prayer what they can or cannot say. It will be interesting to watch this as we get deeper into this presidency.

Let me end with two quotes:

From Rush Limbaugh: “All politicians, including President Obama, are temporary stewards of this nation. It is not their task to remake the founding of this country. It is not their task to tear it apart and rebuild it in their image.”

From Thomas Paine: “Man cannot make, or invent, or contrive principles. He can only discover them; and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author.”

I agree with the founding fathers. Let’s go back to the original game plan.

Until next time…