“Post Truth”

By Andy Reese
Truth and Lies and You and Me
The Oxford dictionary named “post-truth” its word of the year for 2016. It is defined as: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Telling the truth is less important than being able to influence or manipulate someone to believe what you want them to believe. 
We used to call that lying.
To deceive means to “cause to believe a lie”. I intend someone to rely on my word even though I know it is not true. Or perhaps I have simply not taken the time, expended the effort, to insure my word is, in fact, true instead of lies in the guise of fact. I pass on gossip, be it political gossip or personal gossip. God does not distinguish political lies from personal lies. It is not innocent, just naive.
I am not as concerned with the damage my deceit will cause, to an individual or a nation, as I am to influence someone to my way of thinking, and voting, to gain respect, to be seen as smart or with it or relevant.
When one repeats a lie we used to call that lying.
When Satan, the Father of Lies, approached Eve everything he said was the truth – but not the whole truth. But his intent, using half-truth, was pure deceit. It was to cause her to buy into something untrue; to disparage the reputation of the One True God. To destroy a reputation unjustly. And it worked deadly well.
 In the last year a torrent of outright “false news” and slanted half-truth stories were propagated, passed along person to person without even the slightest effort at fact checking. Read and click. And this was done by those who call themselves Sons of God, filled with the Spirit of Truth, not of this world. Both Google and Facebook were taken to task for enabling such dishonesty. Google apologized. You and I? Not so much? The church is strangely silent.
We seem to have gained an ability to influence an election by trading away our ability to influence a culture and lost a measure of authenticity, clarity and legitimacy in the bargain. 
The church is to be salt, preserving against rot and bringing out the best. But If the salt of the earth loses its saltiness it gets thrown out and trampled underfoot. 
We used to call telling half truths lying.
After David attempted to deceive and then conspired to kill the husband of the woman with whom he committed adultery, and then lied about it he is brought face-to-face with both his action and himself. He writes this in Psalm 51: “Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge. You desire truth in the innermost being. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
His sin, his attempted deception, was ultimately against God; a God who desires truth at the core of His children; uprightness. Truth. At my core.
David called it lying; and repented with weeping and grieving.
Jesus brings the real issue into stark clarity: “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth” (Jn 8)
They did not start as liars. But when I sacrifice speech that is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth (in love and for uplifting purposes – Eph 4) on the altar of convenience, manipulation, influence, and self aggrandizement I unwittingly take sides against the Spirit of Truth and with the Father of Lies. And when I continue that practice unrepentant my ears dull to truth, my heart hardens to compassion, and the purity within my innermost being becomes clouded and twisted.
I start to become a liar. And I respond in anger when this is pointed out.
Dear ones, there are lasting and even eternal horrible consequences of our lying.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. What you sow you will reap.” Gal 6:7 
“I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Mt 12:36-38
Paul gives us the simple solution: “Therefore having put off lying falsehood, let each one speak truth with his neighbor, because we are members of one another.”
Put it off. Put lying off. 
You need me to do that. I need you to do that.
“Because we are members of one another.” 
I need the truth you see and hear. I need it. I am incomplete without the view from where you stand. The puzzle is incomplete without your pieces. I need you to speak truth to me. I need to be able to trust it is true. I need to know when you are not sure, when it is just opinion. I need you to be part of me. I need you to call me on lying. I need you. I need you to speak truth to me. I starve without it. A nation starves. 
And maybe, just maybe, you need me to speak truth to you too.

Newsflash Canada 

From Rod aWatkins,  SanDiego, CA
News Update from Canada
 

The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution. 
 

Canadian border residents say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, liberal arts majors, global-warming activists, and “green” energy proponents crossing their fields at night.
 

“I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota.   “He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken.  When I said I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”
 

In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming. Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies. 
 

“A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Alberta border patrolman said. “I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley cabernet and some kale chips.  When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.
 

Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that actually contribute to the economy.
 

In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ’50s. 
 

“If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.
 

Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD’s, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones. 
 

“I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said.  “After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?

The Thin Blue Line is Human

#ThinBlueLine #StopKillingCops

So true, plagiarized from another friends post.

Being a cop means clearing your own home at gunpoint because the wind blew open the door. It’s strategically picking a restaurant seat to see the whole room, and rarely making eye contact in conversation because you’re constantly scanning, watching, planning your next move if things go bad. It’s long hours, missed birthdays and holidays, all for average pay. It means never having an ‘off’ switch, never letting your guard down, even among family and friends. It means being the only one introduced, even while off duty, by your title and career choice, so everyone looks at you a little differently and watches you a little closer.

To those on the outside, who have never pinned a badge to their chest and strapped on a bullet resistant, not bullet proof, mind you, vest, and a pistol, if not two, and went out into a world that despises you for the uniform you wear and what you represent, you may think we’re simply being hypervigilant, or that we’re overreacting. You may think that due to the size of an area or what you see on the surface that bad things don’t happen here. And that’s good, because the less evil you see the better we’re doing at our jobs. But the truth of the matter is that if this is what you believe, you’ve probably never stared down the business end of a gun held by someone that wants to do you harm. You’ve probably never received death threats or promises to harm your family all because you did your job and did it well. You’ve probably never heard the final call of an officer who was killed in the line of duty and will never return to their families after their shift, or performed CPR on someone who overdosed in front of their child all because they were chasing that next high. You’ve probably never had to do any of these things, and that’s good, because I wouldn’t wish any of that on my worst enemy.

So before you make the decision to spread more hatred towards police while you sit comfortably in the protection they provide you, I ask that you think twice before doing so. It’s not just a job, it’s a calling and a lifestyle that only 2% of the population take on. Police line of duty deaths are up 56% from this time last year, yet the outrage from the public is not about that, and you’ll rarely hear about it in the news. Tomorrow will come, and that 2% will once again pin on their badge and strap on that gun and vest to start another tour of duty. It’s time that the police stop being the most despised profession in the world, and stop being assassinated for the piece of metal on their chest. Despite your political affiliations, despite who you did or didn’t vote for, this is something we all need to come together as a country to change. This is a change of the hearts of the American people, and it doesn’t matter who’s in the White House because it starts with each and every one of us. Make the change to teach the next generation to respect law enforcement, and raise them up to be responsible, contributing young men and women who our forefathers would be proud of. Make the change to show love to one another, and together we’ll see the hatred chased back into the dark corners of society rather than running rampant on our city streets. Without our men and women of law enforcement to protect us, the future of this country is a violent one that I hope we never have to see come to reality.

After the Count –Post election reflections

I can’t help it, I have to share one piece of political commentary from Steve Hilton of Stanford University:

“A shockingly high number of Americans are really struggling financially, and have been for years, even decades. Their incomes are down, they see jobs disappearing, and opportunities for their kids vanishing.

Worse, they have seen this happen, unabated, regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans have been in power.

No wonder they’re angry and want change. No wonder they responded to a political outsider who wasn’t tainted with the failures of the last twenty years. And no wonder that they were even prepared to overlook Donald Trump’s personal flaws and checkered history in order to give a massive middle finger to the political, media and business establishment that made itself richer while they, working Americans, got poorer.

To dismiss all that as racism, sexism and all the other -isms that the politically correct establishment threw at Trump and his supporters (just as the establishment hurled similar insults at Brexit supporters here) is just a cynical attempt to evade responsibility for the failure of the ruling elite’s policies.

For many years, we’ve been living in a world run by bankers, bureaucrats and accountants who have pushed a technocratic agenda of globalization, centralization and unlimited immigration that has improved life for poor countries, and for rich people in rich countries, but which has undermined the economic security and social stability of working people in the west.

The effect has probably been starker in America than anywhere else. But it was almost totally missed by the establishment. They failed to see that policies which they viewed as being ‘cosmopolitan’ and ‘progressive’ were actually causing real hardship in parts of the country they rarely, if ever, visited.

Instead of understanding, empathizing and trying to do something about it, politicians and, vitally, most of the American media simply dismissed any opposition as prejudice.”

Another comment I saw and clipped……

This is what a friend of mine wrote today & how I feel. I tried to get those around me to realize we have to be a part of the change to make this world/country a better place. We cannot just sit around & expect others to fix all the problems…so just thought I would share this:

“Now that the election is over, I’ll weigh in.

We have just witnessed, in my humble opinion, the second American Revolution. Thankfully not as a war, but a revolution where the American people have stood up against those directing the government and said, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not taking it anymore!”

This election was not about Trump vs. Clinton, it was about the will of the American people vs. the will of the political organizations. Trump not only fought Clinton, and the Democratic Party, but the Republican Party as well. The incumbent Republicans made it clear early on that Trump was not their candidate of choice, even though he was the choice of the Republican voters. This demonstrates how broken the system has become. The “NeverTrump” movement did its best to derail Trump’s candidacy, but the true American spirit prevailed. The will of the people prevailed over the will of the political machines.

Now we have the same momentum, opportunity, and responsibility as our revolutionary war forefathers, to build this magnificent country into the best it has ever been, and leave a lasting legacy to our children and grandchildren that we can all be proud of.

God bless the American people, and God bless the USA.”
And another reflection/reaction from my friend in the Midwest…


I’m finding out some things very quickly today:

Those people who buy into all of the Facebook and Internet drama, also cause it and live by it. 

They have nothing better to do with their lives, and They thrive on it. their lives have more meaning when nothing goes their way and they have something to cry about.  Trump becoming president is in all reality the best thing that has happened to these people. They can cry about that for years to come while attempting to garner sympathy.

They actually believe they are drawing sympathizers by threatening to leave society, move out of the country, prepare for world war three, throw out more false information as if they are blessing us with her not life-changing information we have never heard before. They take everything to the 3rd degree. 

They get on here every day and eat up every bit of doomsday bullshit they can possibly ingest, from some of the most ridiculous ‘news’ sites,  left leaning or right-leaning,   All Out lying, everything is bad,  Trump is a racist, Hillary is a murderer, junk you could ever find on the Internet, and regurgitating that the rest of us as if it were the word of God.  

I’ve seen some very laughable reactions to Donald Trump winning. 

“don’t forget he’s got the rape court date coming up and he  can’t be sworn in!”  “I refuse to except him because his wife is a porn star!”  He’s a Russian spy, and now we are ruled by the Russians!” 

And then there is the usual bigot homophobe junk that was created on the Internet for the benefit of these crybabies to whine about, etc. 

These People feel like their hatred gives them the right to spew any kind of crap they can in order to change other peoples minds. 

They are in deed to slanderers without self-control. 
We are doing these people NO favors by showing sympathy to them in the comments section on Facebook. Just tell it to them like it is!  It’s The only way to bring them around and stop the whole self-destructive “poor me” thing. 

These people are sore losers in life. That’s how they got to be this way. 

Also they have been spoiled and coddled, and have never been made to swallow a dose of reality in their entire life!

Don’t feed into it!
And yet another comment made by someone very close to me……

Let us start the healing…

A great start would be to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in schools each morning  – stressing liberty and Justice for ALL.   Then followed by the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and then by the preamble to the Constitution and finally by a recitation of the Ten Commandments and then the Golden Rule.   Racism, prejudice and inappropriate anger and violence is something very easy propigated from generation to generation.  Only intentional  instruction in the home and reinforced in the public square will reduce this in culture.  Change of heart, followed by the mind. 

I grew up in my formative years being called a Honkey, bakkay, white boy, Yankee and told to “go home” and CIA operative by some from a different race than me. I was a minority by a margin of 100 to 80,000.  Did I let this effect the way I feel about blacks? Heck no. Why,  because I saw in my parents a love for people of all color and nationality.  We all bleed red when it comes out of our skin.

May I never lose my love of the HUMAN race.   Oh yeah, I learn this from my Heavenly Father!!!

And from my fellow kite enthusiast…..and fellow Texan….

I didn’t write this, but I agree…  Simple enough to understand, i think, not rocket science>>>>>>>” I keep seeing people post on how they are terrified, or scared? Well.. what are you scared of exactly? War? Because that’s happening. School shootings? Because that’s happening. Pipeline? That’s been happening. Terrorism? Definitely alive and well. Going broke due to health insurance? Mm yes. Corruption throughout the system? Already there. Police officers being murdered? Yep, that’s happening. Bullying? Check. Loss of jobs? We’ve got that on lock. A tanking economy. Yep. Being discriminated against for your religion, political views, sexual orientation, race? That’s been going on. Rape, murder, violence, riots.. all going on and has been.

So tell me, what are you scared of that is not already happening basically everywhere? This isn’t a Trump problem, this is a people problem. Y’all need to reevaluate your own selves..

Maybe America is a little too scared and a little too easily offended.

Quit being scared, crying around, offended by everything.. step up and do your part as an American, no, as a damn human being. Treat others with respect, help and encourage one another, raise your kids right, be a contributing member of society. Make sure your hands are clean, that’s your job. Burning the American flag? Get out of here with that crap, how about you do your job to make it a better place.

But right now, all I see is hate. It’s disturbing, and the ones with the most hate are being exactly what they claim to be against.

Copy and paste if you agree….this is common sense to me!”
The only thing I am sure of anymore is that God is still on his throne and Jesus is still  Lord !!!!!!!!!!!
So we see different view s and common threads!!  But the underlying tone is basically ” buckle up, fly right!  And God Bless America!!!!

Dave’s Day Digging

  • My mate Dave was going some digging this morning.  He was looking to see what Hillary had acomplished while she was FLOTUS…well, …

this is what he sent me…

Donna Bauer
September 29 ·
 
How quickly we forget! If you’re over 35, take a walk with me down memory lane—you won’t believe what you have forgotten. If you’re under 35, read on—I promise you that you will be amazed at what you missed! (By the way, sadly, this isn’t a joke. I wish it was.)

REMEMBER WHEN BILL CLINTON WAS PRESIDENT?
(January 20, 1993 to January 20, 2001—two terms)

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over an attempt to reform health care.

Her proposed plan was so bad that many Democrats came up with competing plans of their own in protest, and in spite of threats and intimidation, on September 26, 1994, the “Hillarycare” bill was declared dead.

This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then, President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood—both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.

Next, she chose Janet Reno, which husband Bill described as “my worst mistake.”

(Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.)

Husband Bill also allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission—Lani Guanier was her selection.

After considerable backlash from prominent Democratic senators concerning Ms. Guanier’s radical views, Bill Clinton withdrew her name from nomination, stating that she did not represents the civil rights views that he had championed during his campaign.

However, apparently a slow learner, husband Bill continued to allow Hillary to make more recommendations.

She chose former law partners, Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department.

Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

(Is anyone wondering yet what her Supreme Court Justice appointments would be like?)

Many younger voters will have no knowledge of “Travelgate,” the first major ethics controversy during Bill’s presidency.

Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend, Harry Thompson—but the White House Travel Office refused to comply.

She trumped up allegations of financial mismanagement and reported seven long-time White House employees to the FBI. This ruined their reputations, got them fired, and caused a thirty-six month investigation.

Eventually, most of the employees were reinstated and Clinton associates were forced out of the travel office. Only one White House employee, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime—the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds; a jury acquitted him in less than two hours.

Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House Security.

When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the President denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House.

Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense.

Let’s look at some of her more notable decisions in this regard . . .

She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation, they settled with Ms. Jones.

She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor.

After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.

Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury, followed by his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath. (Sound familiar?)

After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had “mistakenly thought was hers.”

So you see, the email scandal and all of her malfeasance regarding the handling of Top Secret information, not to mention the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation, are nothing new.

Hillary’s entire political career has been nothing but a web of lies, corruption and destruction in her quest for power.

Is anyone else ready to say, “Enough is enough!”?

But unfortunately, I’m sure her loyal fans will say, “What difference does it make?”