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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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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…