Boys Will Be Boys?

Just some thoughts lately.

Men behaving badly – “boys will be boys” – IS a cultural dynamic that has been largely accepted/tolerated/permissed, even ENCOURAGED. And on the flip-side of our society, we emasculate our men, over-feminist (yes, I said that correctly) ALL male motives, devalue their protective and ambitious instincts, and champion the merging of genders – as if that solves anything? (unless perhaps it’s this very socially adolescent attempt to bully .. err .. um .. “correct” bad behavior that has in fact FUELED it?)

But why should we be surprised? If we throw out, as a society, any notion of absolute truth, the only virtue is “tolerance” expressed as “having a right to not be offended,” then everything goes helter skelter, standards are made and measured only by FEELINGS, there IS no objective morality except the majority narrative which is altogether subject to the winds of change, and parents have been ROBBED of the opportunity to educate and talk openly with their kids, either because of their own intrinsic laziness, self-centeredness, fear of embarrassment, or fear of some authority deeming such RIGHTFUL transparency and direction as “offensive” to the Collective or the State.

For all our supposed “openness” as a culture, STILL the best advice given by most dads to their sons is “make sure you use a rubber,” and girls are left pretty much without ANYTHING – including the ability to stand up against “inappropriate” behavior or (God-forbid) actually DEFEND themselves .. Because – well, we’re supposed to wear provocative clothing and we’re built as a culture NOT to praise true beauty, but seduction.

So … what’s a family to do?

brother-and-sister-hugging-picture

Apart from God – or at LEAST the NOTION of an objective standard of right/wrong/ethics/morality, we’re ALL lost in the whirlpool. We will all be abused and abusers in some way, but don’t worry – even the last vapors of any “meaning” to the term “abuse” will themselves eventually lose any moral or emotional buoyancy on the waves of our collective subjectivism and drown suffocatingly in the sea of our lost critical thinking and hyper-inflated, soul-numbing, react-instantly world.

an-intelligence-explosion-will-allow-machines-to-make-better-machines

Never you mind; just have patience, we will all be one, on our own terms (or so we think). And thus given over to ourselves, we are already destroyed.

 

Lest God himself intervenes. Again.

 

cross_typography_by_seqora-d3ceffb

 

Just thinking out loud.
~Leah

WWIII – Update. PPS Report – Days of Chaos

I am a big supporter of L.A. Marzulli – a fellow “Watchman” and brother in Christ. He is persistent and bold, and not afraid to admit if he gets a thing wrong. But his work is PROVOCATIVE. Please take a watch of #23 Days of Chaos, linked below, and feel free to peruse the rest of his site as you feel led! I thank God for L.A. and the growing number of others like him, in these Last Days.

Even so, come quickly, Lord.

Blessings!
~Leah

L.A. Marzulli's Blog

Commentary & Analysis

by

L. A. Marzulli

There are millions of us who are tired of the Weasel’s in the media who are not reporting what’s going on. The media are in the tank with Clinton. Shame on you!

_____________________________________________________________________

days-of-chaos

In Other News!

Are we seeing the beginnings of WWIII…

____________________________________________________________________

Rigged Elections? It’s in-your-face media manipulation and unless we get out the vote all is lost. 4 more years of Obama’s policies on steroids. The Globalists will win.
___________________________________________________________________
This is a behind the scenes look at what is happening in the Middle East!
____________________________________________________________________
 
L. A. Marzulli & Russ Dizdar Interview. September 2016!
____________________________________________________________________

Watchers 10 and Nephilim Hybrids –  SHIPPING NOW!

 DNA EVIDENCE REVEALED!

GO TO> www.lamarzulli.net

TNephilim HybridsW10 FRONT

Every civilization has stories of gods coming from the sky and producing offspring with human women. Most people tend to dismiss the stories as nothing more than a…

View original post 267 more words

“THE TIPPING POINT IS HERE”

Read today, a transcript from Clinton Insider, Dick Morris, via Front Page Magazine:

 

Dick Morris: The Tipping Point Is Here

Veteran political strategist discusses his new book and the dire stakes in the 2016 election.

Editor’s note: Below are the video and transcript to Dick Morris’s address at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s October 5th meeting of the Wednesday Morning Club. 

DICK MORRIS:  I want to focus why I’m saying this is the last election, not that we’ll become a dictatorship or anything like that, but three things will happen if Hillary wins, which will be irreversible, in this country.

[THE FIRST….]

The first is that 12 million to 15 million currently illegal immigrants will get the right to vote, and the Supreme Court will ratify that, and we [Republicans] will never win another election for 20 years. That’s one.

[SECONDLY….]

Secondly, about 500,000 to a million immigrants, refugees and immigrants from terror-sponsoring countries, like Iraq and Syria, will come into the United States, creating here a domestic body of potential terrorists equivalent to that which has basically destroyed France and Belgium and is coming very close to destroying Germany, Scandinavia and Britain.  And we didn’t have that base of terrorists here before, but they’re coming in.

(Obama just announced that next year he’s admitting — and it’s his right as president — 110,000 new refugees from Iraq and from Syria.)

And when we talk about extreme vetting [regarding these refugees], what the hell does that mean?  We’re going to call their high school guidance counselor?  We’re going to look at their academic records?  We’re going to investigate their college admission files?  These are countries where we don’t even have an embassy, and we certainly have no capacity to gather intelligence.  And to be sure of their intentions, we’re going to say, “Are you really, really, really, really not going to blow us up?”

Now, [in the vice presidential debate] in addition to tremendously helping the Trump campaign, the vice presidential candidate for the Democrats said that typing immigrants based on country of origin, as opposed to the content of their character, was un-American and unconstitutional.  Oh, really?  Ever since the Immigration Act of 1926, the entire immigration system of the United States has been based on quotas that vary from nation to nation to nation.  That’s been how we do it.  We don’t just say the first million people, and then blow a whistle.  We say India can have 33,000.  Pakistan can have 27,000.  Brazil can have 18,000.  And picking and choosing who we want to come to the United States is the core of the immigration policy of the last 100 years.

And during the Clinton administration, and before that the Bush and Reagan administrations, there was a list of countries that are terrorist sponsors.  There was a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, about five or six or seven of them — North Korea; Cuba; Libya, at the time; Iraq; Iran — and then a list of about 20 countries that harbor terrorists — Saudi Arabia and various other countries — Egypt and a variety of them.  And we had special immigration restrictions on those categories of countries.

Now, when Trump said originally that he wanted to keep Muslim immigrants out of the United States; that was unconstitutional.  We can’t have a religious test.  But we can damn well have a geographic one, and that is what Trump is proposing.  That is what Hillary will not do.  And we would then have a seedbed of potential jihadists throughout this country that we will never get rid of.

[THE THIRD THING …. THE TIPPING POINT ….]

And the third thing that’ll happen is more consequential than the first two.  The tipping point that separates America from Greece and our [other major] cities from Detroit will have been passed.  When Obama took office, 76 million Americans were on Welfare.  That doesn’t count Social Security or Medicare or veterans benefits.  That’s Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, Food Stamps, Welfare and the like.  Seventy-six million.  That has now gone up to 107 million.  And the number of American adults employed full time was 137 million when Obama took office, and, now, it’s 114 million.  So just slightly more people working than collecting.  And if you look at that rate of those lines crossing, they’re going to cross soon after Hillary takes office, and then they’re going to separate wildly.

And one of the consequences of the dialogue the Congress has had about tax cuts, with the Republicans pushing them and the Democrats say you’re just giving it to the rich, is that the conservatives and the Republicans have skewed a lot of their tax cuts toward low- and middle-income taxpayers, and, as a result, huge numbers of people have stopped paying taxes, and you now have a majority of Americans who pay no income taxes.

That, by the way, does not include, at least for the Census Bureau, Donald Trump.  He arrived at it in a different kind of a way.

But the point is that a majority of the American people now don’t pay income taxes, and the top 10 percent of the country — well, the top one percent of the country pays 40 percent of the tax revenues, and the top 10 percent, 80 percent of the tax revenues, a tremendously progressively skewed system.  But that means that they can vote higher spending and higher taxes with complete impunity because none of them are going to pay it.

Now, let me give you a very specific example of Hillary’s tax plans.  If your personal income — you and your spouse together– is $200,000, you now pay FICA, Social Security, 13 percent.  If you’re self-employed, 6.2; if you’re employed, the employer, 6.2, on the first $118,000 of income.

Hillary’s proposal, which Kaine reiterated, was to — quote — “adjust the cap,” which means tax your entire income for Social Security.  So if you make $150,000, let’s say, you’re going to be paying 12 percent of $30,000 in additional taxes.  If you make $200,000, you’ll be paying 12 percent of $70,000, about $10,000 of extra tax payments.  And then add it up, folks.  You have a 40-percent tax bracket maximum.  Then you’re going to add 13 percent for self-employment FICA tax with no limit on it.  Then you’re going to add three percent Medicare tax.  Then you’re going to add state and local taxes, and you’re going to be up around a 63 percent tax bracket.  You’ll literally be paying two-thirds of your income to the government of each additional dollar you earn.  So unless you have a really interesting alarm clock, why get out of bed?

And that tipping point we’re seeing all around us in the massive withdrawal of Americans from the workforce.  We have literally 15 million Americans who have decided not to work for a living during the Obama presidency.

Now, in some cases, that was forced by layoffs, but, in most cases, it was somebody who was laid off, couldn’t get another job and just decided they’d retire at 50 or 55 and try to make a go of it, and their immediate thing is to go on cash-transfer payments.

When Ronald Reagan took office, one third of the federal budget was entitlements, cash transfers, money given out.  Now, two-thirds is.  Literally, we have taken welfare and made it truly national and embraced tens and even hundreds of millions of people on it.  And Hillary would just continue that trend.

But the premise of my book is not simply the right against the left, the Republicans against the Democrats.  It’s very, very similar to a book by a friend of mine, an odd bedfellow for me, Ralph Nader.  My wife worked very closely with Ralph when he was setting up the Public Interest Research Organization Network and worked closely with him on some of his books.  My wife used to be worse than we are.

And Nader’s latest book is called “Convergence,” and he argues that the left and the right in this world are converging, with the enemy being the establishment, the elites and globalists and the global economy.  And I believe that that is true.  I believe it is that phenomenon that impelled the Sanders campaign, the Trump campaign and another campaign I was privileged to work on, the Brexit campaign, because all of those were statements by the victims of the global economy that they want their national leaders to speak for them, not to act as the colonial governor appointed by the UN and the IMF to keep their country in line, which is essentially what Obama has been and what Hillary would be.

And when you think about it, the world has turned totally upside down.  Ninety-plus percent of Wall Street money goes to Hillary, not to Trump, and blue-collar, working-class voters are almost all voting for Trump, if they’re white, overwhelmingly for Trump, and it’s the college-educated upper-class white voters that are voting for Hillary.

The Democratic Party is now the party of the rich, and the Republican Party is now the party of the working class.  It’s distorted a little bit because of race, which is an artifact of past policies, but when you look at the fundamental base of the two parties, you see that change.

And it goes all the way back to Abraham Lincoln. The reason Lincoln opposed slavery was not just that he was morally opposed to it, but he grew up with his father, Tom Lincoln, as a subsistence farmer in a log cabin, subsistence farm where they ate what they grew, and they never had any cash income left to do anything, maybe buy a plow every once in a while, and that’s it.  And there was no escaping from it.

Thomas Jefferson idealized that, calling them “Yeomen Farmers,” but, now, we see them for what they were, subsistence farmers, and we understand how that’s a trap from which you never escape.

But Abe Lincoln found a way to escape.  When he was a young man, very young, he got a job working on a riverboat in the Mississippi River.  And, for the first time, he got a cash income, and he saw that wages were the key to upward mobility, and he went to open a store and save money, and, ultimately, became an attorney and became fairly successful.  By the time he was elected president, he was one of the top utilities lawyers in the country.

But Lincoln understood that you can’t have a wage system when five million people can be forced to work for free.  You can’t have a wage system with that.

And Donald Trump understands that you cannot have upward mobility for the wage-earning working class with 12 million to 15 million [Mexican illegal immigrants] willing to work for almost nothing.  It holds the wages down and it stops income growth.  It promotes stagnation, and it creates the very income inequality that the left complains so correctly and so vociferously about.

And the liberals say, “Oh, these are jobs Americans don’t want — landscaping, hospitality, construction.”  But that’s not true.  The fact of the matter is that over half of the people who hold those jobs are, in fact, American citizens.  We want those jobs.  We just want them to be paid well.  And if there’s always someone waiting outside the door who’ll do it for half what you’ll do it for, you’re never going to get upward mobility.  And it is that realization, I believe, that is sparking and kindling the working-class rebellion that is animating the Donald Trump candidacy.  And you combine that with the flip side of it, which are trade deals.

By the way, just on immigration, I always said that the Republican Party wants immigrants to work, but not vote, and the Democratic Party wants them to vote, but not work.  (Laughter.)  The Democratic Party’s unions don’t want the competition.  The Republican agro-businesses want the employees, and then there’s that dichotomy.

But, now, that’s no longer true.  Now, you really have an understanding throughout the entire ranks of the working class Republican Party about the dangerous effect of illegal immigration.

Now, Trump is quoted in this ridiculous, out-of-context quote saying that Mexicans are drug addicts and murderers.  Well, first of all, he said most of the people are very good people.  And some are.  One quarter of the inmates of federal prisons are illegal immigrants, who comprise three percent of America’s population.  And they’re not in for immigration.  They’re in for real crimes.  And 14 percent of state and local prisons in the United States inmates are illegal immigrants.  So it’s clear that there is a disproportionate focus on that.

Now, you know, the other day I was on a plane coming in from Europe and I watched “Elvis and Nixon,” the movie.  And Elvis used to have a pistol by his night stand, and he’d shoot the TV anytime he didn’t like what was on it.  And the next day they had to buy him a new TV, and he’d run through like 50 of them over the course of a year.

Well, I sure felt like shooting the TV in the last couple of debates, most recently when I heard Kaine last night talking about how horrible it would be to have a deportation police force.  Well, in 1995, when I went to work for Clinton in the White House, we talked about immigration policy, and we both agreed that it was terribly important to increase the number of deportations, which, at the moment, were about 110,000 a year.  And we designated an eager young staff member who was ruthless in getting it done, who succeeded by dint of his efforts in increasing the deportations to 280,000 a year.  His name was Rahm Emanuel.

And Obama did them one better.  He raised it to 400,000 a year.  Now, in the last years, when he’s going after the Latino vote and pushing immigration reform, he’s tailed off and it’s now down around 100,000 again.

But the idea of deportation police is something that has always existed and has existed with greater intensity in the Clinton administration than any of the prior Republican administrations.

There’s another cute artifact of history.  Do you know that Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton built the first wall on the border with Mexico?  Just drive south of here, go south of San Diego, and the entire Mexican-California border is walled off, a 325-mile-long wall, 20 feet high, in many cases, to stop illegal immigrants from coming in.  And it is foolproof.  They come in other ways, but never through that.

And, then, in 2001, when the United States Senate considered legislation to increase the appropriation and build the wall all the rest of the way across the border, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton voted yes and talked about the need for and the importance of a wall.

And I believe that the wall and deportation are key elements of any policy that we can adopt.  Now, of course, we’ll have our hands full first with criminal immigrants, the ones that are in prison right now.  At the moment, the policy of the American government is to let them out.

I just did a story a few weeks ago about a Haitian immigrant who came here 19 years ago illegally, and 17 years ago, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder.  And after serving his sentence with no parole, he was let out on parole on a related gun charge.  And when he was released from prison, they notified ICE and said, “This guy is here illegally.  We’re letting him out now on the murder rap.  Deport him.”

ICE went there, took custody of the guy and then contacted Haiti, from whence he came, and Haiti said, “We don’t want him.”  And INS said, “Okay.  We’ll let him go,” which they did.

He then violated his parole, was rearrested, re-incarcerated, re-expelled, rereleased, and ICE again released him onto the streets.

This happened a third time, and this time he murdered somebody, a 21-year-old woman, a lovely girl, and that was the story I was covering.

And this is the norm now.  There is no method of holding people who have been convicted of crimes who are here illegally.  That’s what Sanctuary Cities are all about.  And I would ask you what is the difference between Sanctuary Cities that say, “We’re not going to enforce federal immigration laws in New York City,” and John C. Calhoun saying, “We’re not going to enforce the tariff in South Carolina.”  What is the difference between Sanctuary Cities and nullification, the core of the issue that underscored the Civil War?

But in addition to immigration, the other issue that is pressing is trade.  The stats are daunting.  When the United States signed NAFTA and it was approved under the Clinton administration — and I supported it — we had a $1 billion trade surplus with Mexico.  We now have a $70 billion trade deficit with Mexico.

When China was let into the World Trade Organization by President Clinton in 1984, we had a $40 billion trade deficit with China.  We now have a $400 billion trade deficit with China.

Now, bear in mind that this doesn’t mean all Americans are impoverished by it.  Many are enriched by it.  Two-thirds of the technological exports from China are by American-owned companies.  Half of all Chinese exports are from American- or European-owned companies, not Chinese-owned.

So what’s happening, really, is a kind of rebounding effect.  They outsource jobs, are able to manufacture stuff for dirt-cheap wages, subject American workers to a global wage scale, in which case they have to compete with people in Cambodia, and the wealth that they generate is then rebounded to the upper class in the United States through a wildly-inflated and soaring stock market and corporate profits and bonuses.  So it’s upward redistribution of income within the United States and within other European countries.

And this gain that goes on, that also funds lobbyists and PR people and all of the acolytes of China and of Mexico, continues, and nobody calls it what it is, trickle up, redistribution of income as a result of our trade policies.

And I think Trump is absolutely right for calling a halt to it.  We’re in an era right now where the Bretton Woods Agreements of 1944 that opened the world and gave America the lead part in the world and made the dollar the global currency, that agreement was at a time when the United States was two-thirds of the world’s GDP.  Now, we’re 20 percent.  And at a time when the U.S. overwhelmingly could tolerate and indeed sought immigrants to come into the country.

And the United States, by tolerating trade deficits, was the locomotive that pulled Japan and pulled Germany and pulled South Korea and pulled Taiwan and pulled Singapore and pulled Thailand and increasingly has pulled China out of poverty.

You know the greatest anti-poverty program in the world is capitalism.  Nothing the Pope has done has alleviated poverty nearly as much as capitalism, where 1-1/2 billion people in the world, out of six billion, have been lifted out of poverty from E&D to C&D wage levels, still not luxurious, but not starving and not so poor that they can’t afford to buy anything.  But this free-trade system is really hurting the United States.

Now, I have to tell you that I think it’s a little bit phony to talk about manufacturing jobs coming back to the United States.  Don’t tell Trump I said that, but, come on, in a few years, there will be no manufacturing jobs.  It’ll all be done by robots, and we’re protecting the jobs of American robots as opposed to Chinese robots.

The robotic ability means that you no longer have to take the nine parts of your cellphone and produce them in nine different low-wage countries, getting the best rate in each country, and then bring them together and assemble them in a tenth country and sell them in the United States.  You don’t have to do that because the robot will work for free, and a lot lower than any wage would be.  And, therefore, you can assemble it right here in the United States.  You can make it here, and, increasingly, we will.

The volume of global trade has doubled in the last 30 years.  I expected it to halve in the next 20 years, because there will be no need for that global exchange ’cause robotics will replace cheap labor.

How will people live?  How will people make a living?  And the answer is we will move to the service sector, and the manufacturing will go the way of farming, where one percent of our labor force feeds the world, and it’ll continue to exist. We’ll continue to have great stats, good profits, probably better than we have now, cause there’s no reason to outsource, but very little in the way of employment.  And that is the insidious nature of what Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton are doing to the United States.

There is the TPP, Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement.  Now, understand that 75 percent of the trade of the United States with TPP countries is already free trade.  It’s Canada and it’s Mexico.  It’s NAFTA.  The free trade, no tariffs, free flow of goods is only incidentally the purpose of the TPP.  The real purpose is to set up a global regulation of commerce and industry outside of the spectrum of American laws.  Let me give you an example that would warm any liberal’s heart.

We love dolphins, Flipper and everybody, and dolphins were becoming extinct, because tuna fishermen had nets they cast over square miles of ocean and then harvested  everything that’s there.  And the tuna couldn’t escape, which is fine.  But the dolphins couldn’t either, and the dolphin kill was threatening the existence of the species.

So the environmentalists got together and came up with a new net that the dolphin could escape from, but the tuna couldn’t.  Then the question was how do you persuade the world’s fishing fleets to reequip and pay the extra cost?  So somebody had a brilliant idea.  They went to the American tuna companies and said, “If you buy from companies, fishing fleets that have these new nets, you can put ‘Dolphin Safe’ on your can of tuna.”  If you go home tonight and you look at all your tuna cans, you’ll see “Dolphin Safe” on every one of them.  And that has driven the old nets out of business.  Everything is the new net, and the dolphin population is doing just fine.  No governmental action.  All privately done.

Then Mexico sued the United States before the World Trade Organization [WTO] saying this was an unfair trade practice, because it was benefiting countries that used the nets and opposing countries that did not.  And the WTO, which is the final world on this stuff — there’s no appeal from it — ruled in favor of Mexico.  And six months from now, none of your tuna cans are going to have “Dolphin Safe” on it, because the World Trade Organization has ruled it, and that supersedes the Congress and the state legislatures, and it’s a fiat.  It can’t even be done voluntarily.  You go to jail for it.  It’s illegal.  World Trade Organization overcame that.  And it’s for that kind of global governance that TPP is really being pushed.

But behind TPP is the real villain, the T-I-S-A, TISA, Trade In Services Agreement.  That will do to the service sector in the United States what free trade has done to the manufacturing sector in the United States, because it provides for free flow of labor, and modeled after the European Union, you know, where a Romanian can get a job in London.  [If you go to] Dublin these days — I just came back — you don’t need any Irishmen waiting on the table or anything or checking in the hotel.  Everybody’s Eastern European, and it’s because of the free flow of labor.

Well, under this planned free flow — the treaty is still secret; it’s being negotiated, but WikiLeaks published a text of it two months ago — Sheraton could announce that it is going to ask — take all of its hotel workers in Latin America and move them to the United States, and they’ll be able to come in here regardless of immigration laws, regardless of any restrictions, and, in many cases — depending on the category of the worker — not be subject to minimum wage and other protections in the United States.

So you’re looking at a plan, essentially, to globalize the labor force in the service sector, just like it’s been globalized in the manufacturing sector, and that will mean the erosion of service jobs within the United States, not just manufacturing jobs.

So both trade and immigration are truly issues where the left and the right converge, and they converge no place more accurately than in Hillary Clinton’s foundation, where, essentially, it’s a sales effort where anybody can bribe the secretary of state or the American government by putting massive amounts of money into that foundation.

[And then there’s] the story of uranium …

Where we essentially gave away 20 percent of our uranium supply to Putin in return for a $1 million speaking fee for Bill.  That pistol, the Elvis Presley pistol, almost was used last night when Kaine began excoriating Trump for his business dealings in Russia.  What’s worse than pocketing a $1 million bribe into your joint checking account in return for the secretary of state approving the sale of 20 percent of America’s uranium reserve to Russia?  And we’re not self-sufficient in uranium.  Our power plants only have about a 40- or 50-day supply.

So in all of these cases, you’re dealing really with the merger of the left and the right in their opposition to the global economy, against the establishment.  And that was what happened in Brexit.

That’s actually also what just happened in Colombia, where the peace agreement was rejected.  People are rebelling against the established authorities and saying, “You are not governing in my best interests.”  The Colombians could not understand why these animals who had committed unbelievable atrocities would now be given 10 free seats in Congress, and they understood the real reason they were, in Colombia — I just got hired to do a campaign there — was because they would have immunity and could not be prosecuted for their crimes while they were rebels.  But people are rebelling against just this kind of governance, which is in the interest of the wealthy, in the interest of the upper class.

My close friend, who’s in the audience here, Simon [Barsky], who is my best friend for decades — so nice that he could come – [he and I] took a course called Contemporary Civilization, and I read a quote that I put in the dedication of my first book, written when I was 30 years old, in 1977, and it was from Daniel [Hartigan], the enlightened economic philosopher, and he said, “The wisdom of the few may be the wisdom of mankind, but the interest of the few is not the interest of mankind.”  And that truly summarizes the dogma and the gospel of both the left and the right today.

So when the Bushes and the Romneys and the Kasichs and the McCains do not support Donald Trump — this is not an occasional defection from the Republican Party akin to those moderates who defected when Barry Goldwater was nominated because he went too far in a lot of respects.  It’s not people jumping ship because of Trump’s ethics and persona.  It is the logical consequence of the realignment of parties that is taking place, and you now have 20 percent of the Democratic Party voting against Hillary and 20 percent of the Republican Party voting against Trump, and that — those are both very important and very good things, because they ultimately are presaging the kind of partisan realignment.

Within the Republican Party, it really is the difference between the very wealthy Republicans, the multi-billionaires, the Koch brothers, and the Wall Street magnates, who, for years, dominated the Republican Party, and the coming power in the party, which is the Tea Party, the small businessmen, the independent entrepreneurs, the social conservatives, who do not speak for the establishment and speak for the American people.

And the marvelous thing about Trump is that he is embodying that.  He is bringing that vote out — the polling in the last week was terrible because he screwed up the debate horribly, and his national numbers were bad, not horrible, but four or five points behind.

But, even so, he was carrying Ohio by five, and he was within three in Pennsylvania.  That’s a huge turnaround.  That means the working-class voters in America, the uneducated, downscale, white garage mechanic, who has never voted for 30 years, thinks they were all crooks, won’t participate in any political survey, because he’s not a likely voter, but he’s going to vote for Donald Trump, and he’s going to reenter the political process with Joe the Plumber.  Remember him?  He is coming back.  And we’re really getting a resurgence here, which is a magnificent opportunity to vindicate the prophesy of Ronald Reagan.  It is to rekindle the Reagan Democrat, who animated the growth of this party and this movement in the 1980s and will continue to do it now.  So I believe Trump is really accomplishing a transformation of our party and of our politics that’s very important.

Now, let’s spend a moment on the minority votes, starting with African American.  The issue here is not whether Trump wins seven percent of their vote, as Romney did, or 16 percent of their vote, as Bush did.  The issue is what’s the turnout.

Romney lost to Obama by 4.1 points in the popular vote.  Half of that — two points — came from the black turnout rising from 11 percent to 13 percent of the vote.  Push it back to 11 percent and he loses half of his margin right away.

And since Hillary’s not black and there’s not the same level of enthusiasm for her that there was for Obama, as long as there’s not a fear of Obama, there’s a very good chance of knocking that turnout back.  And it’s to try to incite that fear that the Democrats try to enflame racial tensions in cities, the Black Lives Matter movement and all that stuff, which is to try to create a sense of racism and kindle a sense of racism, so it militates for a higher African American turnout.

And, as David [Horowitz] pointed out, in three-quarters of the cases, when they investigate it, the cop was not at fault.  The guy who was killed was, in fact, armed or, in fact, had just committed a felony.  In Ferguson, he’d just robbed a store.  But it is a deliberate policy of the party to enflame those relations to try to jack up the turnout.

But there is an issue that the Democrats did not count on that Donald Trump is using to make huge inroads among African Americans, and that is school choice, which is truly the civil rights issue of our time.  We all know that housing segregation is the norm.  Whites and blacks, except very middle class blacks, do not tend to live in the same neighborhoods.  And if you assign people to the schools based on their zip code, you take that segregation and you put it into the classroom.  You functionally reverse Brown v. Board of Ed. and reinstate Plessy v. Ferguson.  You de-integrate the schools.

And when you add to that the issues of educational quality and getting around the power of the teachers unions to keep incompetent teachers on the job and to maintain control of the system, you see how crucial it is to give people a choice of schools.  Now, Hillary says she’s for public school choice, but not for private or church school choices.  In other words, we should not have the same ability to send our children to private schools that Chelsea Clinton had and Obama’s children do.  But that issue, which pits the unions and the teachers and the service providers against the service consumers, the parents, really creates a fissure that’s enormous.

I do a lot of work on school choice, and I worked with a woman in Washington, D.C., who heads the movement there. I asked her how she got involved.  She is African American, and she said, “I was one of the nine girls who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.  But they had to call out the 82nd Airborne to escort us into school, and I’ve been spending my life fighting for civil rights.”  And it’s her line, “This is the civil rights issue of our time.”  And Trump recognizes it, and Hillary can’t, because she’s bound up by her supporters.

Now, when we look at the Latino vote, people often ask me, “When will the Republicans begin to do better in the Latino vote?”  And I answer, “When it’s not called that anymore.”

How are we doing with the Polish American vote, huh?  How about the German American vote?  Hum?  Italian Americans?  Irish Americans?  I don’t know.  I haven’t seen the breakout on that in 40 years.  And that’s really where the Latino and Hispanic vote is headed.

There are two kinds of Latino voters in America.  One third of them are immigrants, and they are still voting based on immigration and will vote overwhelmingly for Hillary.

Two thirds are native or born here, and they put immigration fourth in their list of priorities, behind education and jobs and healthcare, and we have a very good chance of very significant inroads with that second group.

So I’m fairly optimistic about this election.  I’m not prepared to predict a win now.  I got in trouble last time.  And there won’t be a hurricane this time.

But I think that we’re clearly on the right track.

I want to just speak about a personal note before we go on.  You may know people who you met at the age of 30 and you know them at 70, if you’re at that advanced age, as I am.  And they’re kind of the same, but they’re kind of different.  You know, they had big ears, but not that big.  Their nose was kind of weird, but not that huge.  Over the years, the tendencies have just gotten more and more.

Well, when I worked with the Clintons, they were not fundamentally corrupt.  They did some stuff.  Her work in the futures market was terrible.  It was an outright bribe to exempt Arkansas chicken poultry producers from environmental standards that the EPA was imposing, and, in return for the exemption, Jim Blair, the lobbyist for the industry, paid Hillary a $100,000 bribe by managing her futures trading.  And he managed for 15 people at once and took all the wins and put them in Hillary’s account, which is how, in nine months, she made $100,000 profit.  And when she reached a hundred, which was the agreed amount of the bribe, she dropped out of the market.  There was that.  There was Whitewater, where they cut some corners and stuff.

But, fundamentally, back then, the Clintons wanted money in order to get power.  “Give me campaign contributions, so I can buy TV ads, so I can get elected to office.”

Now, it’s reversed.  They want public office and power in order to make more money.  The bribes go up.  They go up when you’re running for president.  They go up when you’re secretary of state.  They go up when you’re running again for president, and they really hit the jackpot when you become president.

And Hillary will not agree to close that damn foundation down once she becomes president.  It’s a bag.  Bill Clinton has become a bagman.  He goes around the world collecting money, and Hillary does favors for the people who contributed the money.

Now, some say, “Well, what favors?  What quid pro quo?”  Hey, the meeting is the favor.  The ability to talk about it is the favor.

There’s a cute story.  You may remember it, Simon.  This guy gave John Kennedy $1 million when he was running, and Kennedy said, “Oh, that’s great.  That’s wonderful.  What can I do for you?”  And he said, “Oh, I don’t know.  Just get the nomination and we’ll talk.”  Then he gets nominated and the guy gives him another million.  “Well, this is so generous of you.  What can I do for you?  Cabinet?  Ambassadorship?  What do you want?”  And he said, “Not now, Jack.  Just get elected and we’ll talk after that.”

Then Kennedy’s elected, gives him another million for the inaugural expenses, and Kennedy is constantly asking him, “What do you want?”  And, then, in March, he calls Kennedy and says, “You know, I know you appreciate all the contributions.”  And Kennedy said, “Of course, I do, but, you know, I’ve appointed all the ambassadors and the Cabinet is full.  What can I do for you?”  And he said, “Not really any of that, Jack.  Just can I have lunch with you two weeks from Tuesday at the Lion d’Or Restaurant in Washington?”  Kennedy said, “Yes, sure.  Of course.  But I’ll have you at the White House mess and we’ll have a private luncheon together.”  And he said, “No, no.  I’d like to do it there.”  “Okay.”

So he gets all of his clients, all of his business associates, all of his customers, his relatives, his friends to the restaurant, and half an hour later, Kennedy comes walking in and says hi to him, and he said, “Not now, Jack.  I’m busy.”

And that’s how the worlds of money and influence work.  If you can go to a Third World Country and say, “Well, last week in my lunch with the secretary of states, she said –“you can have anything in the damn country.  You want oil rights?  You want the cable system?  You want the TV system?  You want the phone system?  You want the mineral-extraction stuff?  You want the contracts to build the roads?  What do you want?  You can have it all because of your relationship with the secretary of state.”

And it is paying that kind of currency which is the core of the bribery that lies at the basis of the Clinton Foundation.  And I am just appalled by that corruption and that bribery.  Think about it for a minute, $238 million of income since they left the White House, about 30 of that from books.  Okay.  Fine.  They sold well and they’re entitled to that.  Two-hundred million from speaking fees and consulting fees.  Out and out bribery.  You pay — People like me speak for free, but you pay somebody $25,000 to give a speech, okay.  You pay a former president $100,000 to give a speech, fine, $150,000.  A million, that’s a bribe.  And we’re talking about wholesale bribery in every aspect of this.  And I just find that reprehensible.

I’m not happy that Donald Trump didn’t pay taxes.  I don’t buy the argument that he didn’t make a voluntary contribution.  When you have a real estate loss, you work at it.  You get depreciation.  You cut the angles.  You meet with your accountants and your lawyers.  And, yeah, he legally could do it, but you shouldn’t do that and run for president, but it was no great harm.

The Clinton Foundation is literally the wholesale selling of favors and power and influence in the United States Government.  We have never had a corrupt president.  Richard Nixon was, but not personally.  He died poor.  Ulysses Grant had to finish his memoirs in an effort to get enough money for his wife to live on after his death.  Warren G. Harding committed suicide heavily in debt.  We’ve had presidents whose administrations were corrupt, but we’ve never had a president who was personally corrupt, and that is truly what Hillary Clinton is.

So I think we’re going to do okay, but I do want to stress that this election is not between Trump and Hillary to be fought out between them.  It’s all of us to be fought out with all of our associates and friends.

Let me see a show of hands here.  How many people are good friends or work colleagues, close to someone who’s probably going to vote for Hillary?

Okay.  Now, I don’t know if in another year that would have been true, and I’m sure that I could go to a Democratic event and ask the same question in reverse and have just as many hands in the air.  So this is a civil war.  This’ll be fought out over the breakfast table, over the poker game, over the bowling club, in the book club, in the parents’ association meeting.  And that’s why Eileen and I wrote this book, to give you ammo for those fights, because the future of the United States of America is riding with you that night.

Thank you.

QUESTIONER:  Could you comment on the precarious nature of our global financial system, how the Fed and the other central banks are in collusion and how the political process going on today interacts?

DICK MORRIS:  Oh, my God.  You want me to spoil everybody’s digestion?

Okay.  You asked for it.  There are two cycles at work, which are combining and will combine shortly for the perfect storm that will devastate our economy nationally and globally.

One is, of course, the normal business cycle, the ups and downs that have always characterized free-market capitalism.  And the way that works is that when you enter a recession, excess profits, companies that are not profitable, companies that are not — employees that don’t do good work, companies close.  They get laid off and it goes down.  And then the system recovers and it goes up again.  Prices drop to a point where people can afford to pay it, and then once they can afford to pay it, the prices go back up again and you come out of that trough.

There was a recession in 1920 and ’21 that is almost unknown, and yet it was like the third biggest recession in American history, and the reason it was unknown is the government did absolutely nothing to stop it.  Calvin Coolidge and Harding were in charge, and it was their philosophy not to do anything about it, and the result was a miraculous recovery . After eight months of nothing happening, the unemployment rate dropped from like 17 down to eight or nine or six and the economy completely recovered.

Laissez faire might not work as well now, but the problem is that the Federal Reserve Board has stopped that recovery from happening.  It’s like somebody that gets sick and is running a fever.  The purpose of the fever is to kill the bacteria, and if you take aspirin and you lower the fever, you’re not going to get rid of the bacteria and you’re not going to become healthy.

And whenever the Fed saw signs of the economy going down, it flooded the economy with massive amounts of money.  The balance sheet of the Fed was $800 billion when Obama took office.  It is now $4.5 trillion, with an economy slightly larger, but not much.

And the result has been that the economy can’t get well.  It can’t leverage.  It can’t get rid of all of the excess.  It can’t prune it back.  It can’t do the normal recovery that goes on in the economy, because of the flooding with printed money.

And, now, that’s being taken up globally by every country in the world to a point where there is a massive flow of cash, without anything to back it up, saturating the markets and making them appear healthy, when, in fact, they are not.  They’re desperately, horribly, horribly sick.  And that flood of money is going to continue and is going to worsen.

Now, the Fed stopped quantitative easing.  The reason they stopped quantitative easing was not a policy.  They couldn’t do it anymore.  The Fed doesn’t print money.  The Fed enables credit.  So the Fed goes to you and says, “I would like you to be able to borrow $1 million.  I’ll give you the borrowing rights to $1 million.  I won’t print $1 million.  I’ll give you the borrowing rights, and if you accept that, and you borrow the million, you’ll then lend it out to other people and it’ll help the economy move.  And until you begin to write checks on that million, it’s not created as money.”

The problem is that nobody is willing to borrow now.  Everybody who’s credit worthy is already maxed out.  Corporations are sitting on $2 trillion of cash.  Banks are sitting on $1 trillion of cash.  And by “cash,” I mean they’ll put it under the mattress rather than invest it in their own companies.  That’s how insecure they feel about the economic situation.  The foreign cash that Trump talks about bringing back is another good example of that. Well, so, at some point, when quantitative easing has run its course throughout the world, you’re going to have a huge, humongous stock market crash in the United States.

But that’s not the bad news.  (Laughter.)  There is something to overlay that with that’s called the Kondratieff Cycle, which is the long-term cycle of the global economy, and it’s based on the simple concept that debt piles up globally to a point where it’s unsustainable and then comes crashing down.  And after it crashes, the generation that was there when it crashed have learned their lesson and don’t borrow anymore.

But their children don’t know it much.  They think about borrowing.  And the grandchildren completely forget about it and borrow like hell and do the same thing all over again.  And he posited that this was a 50-year cycle.

And if you look at the economy from the crash of 1730 in Argentine Railway Shares; the crash of 1770 and ’80 in the U.S., a land-speculation crash; the crash of the 1830s, a banking problem when Jackson closed the National Bank; the crash of the 1890s, which was basically an agrarian economy crash; the crash of the Great Depression — And we’ve been due for one for quite a while now, for the last 10 or 20 years.

And the global level of indebtedness has gone completely berserk.  In 2000, the total debt — mortgage debt, personal debt, corporate debt, national debt, every debt combined — was $130 trillion.  Now, it is $230 trillion, and the GDP of the Planet Earth is only $75 trillion.  So the debt is now three times our theoretical ability to pay it.

When this hits the fan, it will be the perfect storm of these two things combining, and will, I think, create unbelievable disaster for a five- to 10-year period.  Sorry about that, but you asked.

QUESTIONER:  I’ve been reading all these articles about rampant voter fraud.  And I wondered if you think that’s going to have much of an impact.

DICK MORRIS:  Yeah, I think it will.  We, as pollsters [talk about] statistical margin of error. Now, we need the statistical margin of theft.

The proof that it’s happening was that North Carolina initiated a system with Kansas that was really the mover for [tightening the laws] it in which 26 states, the Red States, pooled their voter information data.  And North Carolina found that 75,000 people had voted in North Carolina in 2012 and had also voted in another state in 2012.  Same first name, same last name, same birth date, and in about 20 percent of the cases, where they them, the same Social Security Number.

So what happened was that Dick Morris moves from New York to Florida, and when you leave New York, you don’t call up and say, “Cancel my voter registration.”  You just don’t vote.  So I vote in Florida.  And then they notice that Dick Morris isn’t voting, and some guy comes along, maybe with an illegal immigrant, and said, “I’d like you to meet Dick Morris.  He’d like to vote.”  And the inspector says, “Great.  And I can’t ask you for a photo ID, so you can vote.”  And 75,000 votes in North Carolina were cast with that, and probably twice as many, because 24 states refused to participate in the study.

So this is just a huge problem, and the goal of the photo ID movement is to stop voter fraud.  So we just have to win it by convincing enough margins so that that does not steal the election from us.

 

[emphasis mine]

 

 

Watch this on shame and trauma

A couple of years ago Diane Langberg spoke on shame and trauma for the American Bible Society. I highly recommend this 56 minute presentation. She talks about the experience of shame, the stickines…

Source: Watch this on shame and trauma

To avoid spiritual abuse church leaders should do this

Anyone in a power position recognizes the possibility of abusing that power. Bosses can take advantage of vulnerable employees, parents can abuse children, and church leaders can manipulate pa…

Source: To avoid spiritual abuse church leaders should do this

Calling Good, Evil and Evil, Good

These Last Days are RIFE with an inversion explosion.

Today alone, I’m seeing headlines regarding polyamory, gender bending and inclusion, rumors of wars, predictive programming regarding political candidates on both (all?) sides of the (various!) aisles, and by the way, yes we’re hearing from extra-terrestrial aliens, oh oops our bad, no we’re not …

We are living in days that .. wow, I’m (only!) 40 years old, and I am JUST old enough to be able to admit that I NEVER predicted it would look like this.  That’s admittedly a condemnation on my OWN lack of self-awareness and education.  I humbly confess.  But the fact remains, GOD predicted this day would come, and that we would want our ears tickled, and we would FAIL (absolutely FAIL!) to be lovers of the truth .. and yet if we would be WITH God, we must worship Him in Spirit AND in Truth!!  (John 4:19-26 NKJV)

Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE do not grow weary in doing good, especially to those of the household of Faith .. for in due season?  If we do not give up?  But rather if we Persevere?  And we are faithful to adhere to the very WORD of the Living God?  We will REAP if we ENDURE to the End.  But we MUST endure!  (Matthew 24:3-14 NKJV)

Oh my dears. 😦❤

There is so much I could “blog” about.  So much I could say that would turn MOST of your heads, to the degree many of you would look at even me as some kind of contemporary heretic.  If I were to say all that I am seeing, all that I am thinking .. though I am not concerning myself with all these things  –  We can only “do” what we “can” with what we “have” .. but ..

ABOVE ALL!  We have the SURE and certain promises of our God, the one true GOD, and HE is faithful.  HE is all-powerful.  HE has KNOWN the End from the BEGINNING.  He is NOT surprised, he is NOT willing that any should perish, and he is NOT now, and never shall be, thwarted in HIS good purposes.  (Isaiah 46:5-13 NKJV)

Our Spiritual Enemy comes in to steal, kill and destroy!  (John 10, NKJV) Our Spiritual Enemy is the one who BREEEEEEATHES accusation against the brethren!  (Revelation 12:7-17 NKJV)  Our Spiritual Enemy is the one who disguises himself (themselves) as an angel of “light” .. (2 Corinthians 11:12-15 NKJV) and it is incumbent upon ALL of us to be DISCERNING in These Last Days!

Because ALL the world around us is going to be CONVINCED that Evil is Good, and Good is Evil.  We are wrestling NOT against (mere) flesh and blood, but against Powers and Princes and Principalities of the air .. Extra-dimensional .. (Hmmm .. Extra-terrestrial if you prefer?) .. (Ephesians 6:10-20 NKJV) and there IS a great coming DECEPTION.  So powerful that by this Lying Spirit even the “elect” MAY be deceived!  (2 Thessalonians 2 ESV)

There will be a kind of “Christianity” that seems right to man, but the way thereof is DEATH.

Be WATCHFUL.  Be VIGILANT.  Be SOBER and ALERT, for these days are ever increasingly EVIL. 

BUT!!

GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN US THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD!!  (1 John 4:1-6 ESV) And HE is Faithful. And. True.

Jesus, Yeshua, the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of the Almighty God, is our one sure HOPE and foundation.  KING of kings, LORD of lords.

Do not grow weary!  Do not give up!  (Galatians 6:7-10)  Seek HIM, and HIS Spirit, and LIVE in fellowship with him – by his WORD and his PROMISE and his RIGHTEOUSNESS.  In due season we SHALL reap, if we DO NOT LOSE HEART.

(cf 1 Timothy 3, Revelation ch. 19-22 (NKJV))

Blessings!

~Leah

*************

2 Timothy 3

English Standard Version (ESV)

Godlessness in the Last Days

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

*************

jesus-returns-with-the-church-saints-at-end-of-the-tribulation

Even so, come quickly, Lord!

 

That’s Too Much Like Right ..

Oh dear.  Read this, today, and knew I needed to “share” if for no other reason than to keep it in front of my own thinking and awareness.  I’d say “enjoy!” except .. Well, it’s more likely to prick and bleed. 🙂😦

Blessings!

~Leah

********

Perfectionism

********

Too Perfect: When Being in Control Gets Out of Control

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been surprised at how many times “control” issues have emerged as a major issue in counseling Christians with anxiety and/or depression. (It’s been a major factor in marital counseling too.) As I couldn’t find any Christian books which dealt specifically with this subject, I bought Too Perfect: When Being in Control Gets Out of Control, put on my Calvin spectacles and started reading.

The book emerged out of the challenges and frustrations the author, psychiatrist Allan Mallinger, faced in trying to counsel obsessive people. Like other mental-health professionals, he found “obsessive people often are controlling or cerebral or distrustful or secretive or emotionally constricted or resistant to change or all of the above.”

Yes, they often have many virtues such as being hard-working, reliable, self-controlled, honest, etc. But their striving for excellence in themselves and others makes them too perfect for their own good. As Pascal said: “When we would pursue virtues to their extremes on either side, vices present themselves.… We find fault with perfection itself.” Their perfectionism means that are never at ease with themselves or with anyone else.

By this point, you might be thinking, “Am I looking in the mirror?” Well, here are examples of the kind of person Malinger has in mind:

  • The person so driven to meet professional and personal goals that she can’t abandon herself to a few hours of undirected leisure without feeling guilty or undisciplined.
  • The person so preoccupied with making the right choice that he has difficulty making even relatively simple decisions usually regarded as pleasurable: buying a new stereo; choosing where to go on vacation.
  • The person so finicky that his pleasure is spoiled if everything isn’t “just so.”
  • The “thinkaholic” whose keen, hyperactive mind all too often bogs her down in painful worry and rumination.
  • The perfectionist, whose need to improve and polish every piece of work chronically causes her to devote much more time than necessary to even inconsequential assignments.
  • The person so intent upon finding the ultimate romantic mate that he seems unable to commit to any long-term relationship.
  • The person so acclimated to working long hours that she can’t bring herself to cut back, even when confronted with evidence that the overwork is ruining her health or her family relationships.
  • The procrastinator who feels angry at his “laziness”—unaware that the real reason he is unable to undertake tasks is that his need to do them flawlessly makes them loom impossibly large.

One of the primary ways in which the need to be in control (of oneself, others, life’s risks) manifests itself is perfectionism. When control and perfectionism combine, a whole family of personality traits is produced, including:

  • A fear of making errors
  • A fear of making a wrong decision or choice
  • A strong devotion to work
  • A need for order or firmly established routine
  • Frugality
  • A need to know and follow the rules
  • Emotional guardedness
  • A tendency to be stubborn or oppositional
  • A heightened sensitivity to being pressured or controlled by others
  • An inclination to worry, ruminate, or doubt
  • A need to be above criticism—moral, professional, or personal
  • Cautiousness
  • A chronic inner pressure to use every minute productively

Mallinger points out that many of these traits are valuable and necessary for success. Problems arise when they become dominant and inflexible — that’s where checklists like this come in helpful.

They’re also useful because one of the greatest difficulties in counseling people with such self-generated anguish is that most obsessives are unaware that they’re harming themselves and others. Few, if any, come and say, “Hello, I’m an obsessive perfectionist with control issues!” Most come for another issue or, most commonly, because a loved one, a colleague, a boss, or a friend has encouraged them to seek help.

Having noted the symptoms, Mallinger says the next step is to trace the underlying cause or causes. I’ll return to that tomorrow, and I’d encourage all parents to tune in.

 

[Reblogged from headhearthand.org, by David Murray]

“Congratulations” ..

Thank you all!

This man – friend + brother + fiancé + husband – is my best friend for nearly 10 years, and the champion of my “best self” as well as exemplary in his own pursuit of HIS “best self” .. God’s grace has been inexplicably and awe-inspiringly amazing as he has LED us, has REVEALED himself to each of us, and we both cannot help but spontaneously burst into prayer from moment to moment – even as we see the “world” falling apart around us, our confidence in HIM grows day by day, and our commitment to walk side by side IN this life is louder than either of us thought possible.

God has written a story, here, that both of us thought was only for the love stories in movies .. and it’s been at times a HARD road (we don’t sugar-coat it, “romance” is a LONG awaited prize for us BOTH, even INSIDE our friendship-come-love-story!), but oh so worth it. Even the fact that we have had to face “hard things” together in this past decade has only made us both stronger, more “at peace” (with, God-willing, more wisdom and maturity), more willing and ABLE to be a “safe place” for each other in the stepping forward for what we believe God is calling us to be and do, together.

To the extent you rejoice WITH us, thank you!

To the extent you “pity” either of us for “taking so long” – please do not! The “life” we have each lived has LED us to this point, and better prepared us than MOST married couples we’ve known over the years! 🙂

And to the extent that you may be in “awe” of the sweetness of the love we (at last!) enjoy, please know – REAL love is HARD won. We are always works in progress, but we have “built” on a solid foundation – both our committed FRIENDSHIP to one another, and the dependence we have on the GRACE of God to carry us from this to that .. Any real (merely human) “romance” isn’t easy, but it has BECOME a “fairy tale” by virtue of our longevity and always fighting FOR one another, and now “fighting alongside” one another. 🙂

As cliche as it may seem, 1 Corinthians 13 – in its ENTIRETY – is defining to us as a couple:

“1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” …. 🙂

We are aware of “when” we are in God’s timeline, we are expectant that these “last days” will bring both trouble, AND the sure confidence of Jesus’ soon return. In the meantime, we seek to be faithful, vigilant, and HOPEFUL, and “champion” one another in our life ahead. 😉

Blessings,

~Leah

 

315179-love-story

Be Led By Peace…

Our “work” is the FRUIT of our faith, not the basis. GRACE is the root of our faith AND our “doing” for God’s sake. It is the natural “overflow” of our hearts, not the means by which we secure God’s approval. Too many of us “Christians” get this backwards, and too many of us nevertheless THINK we believe Grace precedes our “efforts” .. but we still live BUSY and EXAUSTED lives .. (Guilty as charged😦 )

It is a constant NEED to be “filled with the Spirit” to ensure that we KEEP our minds stayed on Jehovah, the FRUIT of which is PEACE. If our “working” robs us of our PEACE, it might be a good first clue that something is amiss in our inner world!!

THANK YOU LORD, for those near and dear to us who help us “notice” when we’re not being led by peace so we can do the necessary course-correction and return to RESTING in the “work” of prayer.

Make us more DEPENDENT on you!

Be Still and Know that HE is God!

Ephesians 2:1-10

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

fruit

Blessings!

~Leah

Confess With Your Mouth

I was reminded again, yesterday morning, listening to a sermon online, about a very critical KEY to KEEPING our “deliverance,” to STAYING free!

God has given us his very precious word, to be sure.  And we may “believe” it with all our .. um ..  minds .. give rational assent, find the apologetic arguments persuasive, et al.  It’s MUCH more difficult to believe it with all our HEART!

GUARD YOUR HEART, FOR IT IS THE WELLSPRING OF LIFE!

And if the HEART is the interface between our mind (Soul) and Spirit – and I believe that’s the best explanation I have ever heard for this, by the way – it is CRITICAL that we guard our heart, and BELIEVE .. in our HEART.  Else the disconnect between our mind (Soul) and Spirit can be severe.  (And if we love Jesus, this disconnect can even cause us to LOSE this “love” .. why else would Jesus have to instruct his own church to RETURN to their first love?  Because they had let other things in which CHOKED it out!)

And we fall vulnerable to easy deceptions, we embrace “old lies” and disconnect with our own Spirit; and quite frankly, the Enemy of our souls couldn’t wish for more.  Because the Enemy is after our HEARTS .. If we belong to Christ, our spiritual Enemy cannot “possess” our Spirit – we belong to GOD.  BUT if this Satan Accuser of the Brethren (or any of his underlings) can block the “interface,” if he can sever the connection, he can – and with our “agreement” (?!) – LOCK us up so wholly in our “minds” and mere intellectual rationality .. then he CAN render us effectively POWERLESS!

BUT ARE WE IN FACT POWERLESS?

Are we in fact “powerless”?  NO!  But if we are disconnected from the “power SOURCE,” namely JESUS, how can we be surprised that we get lost in our own thoughts, and self-defeating talk, and intellectually superior games – even justify them in the name of “theology” and in the end, become completely inactive concerning the Power of the Spirit and the CALLING of God to go into ALL the world and make disciples?  (Meanwhile we pat ourselves on our backs for all the “good” we’re doing by deep Bible-studying in our private little corners, growing spiritually FAT on the thing that was meant to ENERGIZE us to BURN for the Kingdom of God??)

If we allow the Enemy any access to our HEARTS, he can HAVE our MINDS.  (Because he has our own PERMISSION to enter – our lack of vigilance, our silence IS tacit agreement!)  This is why Scripture is so clear about how great the battle for the mind actually is, how we are to TAKE CAPTIVE (like a prisoner of war!) EVERY thought and render it subservient to Christ.  And once our hearts HAVE been delivered from the “legal” access of our great spiritual Enemy(ies), it is thus all the more ESSENTIAL that we stand vigil at the borders, do NOT allow any .. um .. “illegal immigrants” (if you’ll pardon the analogy) to cross over.  We must GUARD our HEARTS, so we can experience the flow of GOD’S Spirit (in communion with ours) and so permeate our thoughts, KEEP our minds STAYED on him (because he promises the fruit of this is PERFECT PEACE)….

DO YOU LACK PEACE?

If we aren’t experiencing “perfect peace” – that’s a good indicator our MINDS aren’t stayed on HIM – and if our minds aren’t stayed on HIM, that’s a good indicator that somewhere along the line we let the enemy have some “access” to us .. we believed a lie, or resurrected an old one (one of my pet favorites has to do with how very intrinsically UNLOVABLE I am, how UNDESERVING I am), we let down our guard and vested our “hearts” on something OTHER than God (creating a heart “idol” as it were) .. We even do this by letting our minds OBSESS (or “agitate like a washing machine” as my spiritual mom/discipler/counselor once told me), instead of TAKING back that thought, making it CAPTIVE to Christ, and so shutting the GATE on the Enemy before he can put his foot in there and cause disruption in our HEARTS, and so break our fellowship in the Spirit with our Beloved Jesus!

EVERY LITTLE YIELD TO THE FLESH

We think these things are so LITTLE!  We deceive OURSELVES into thinking that giving in to temptation in this or that little thing won’t really matter, after all, it’s all “under the blood” and God’s GRACE is so GREAT .. blah blah blah.  But EVERY little yield to the flesh – even if that “thing” our flesh desires isn’t intrinsically sinful (all things are permissible, NOT all things are profitable, and I will be mastered by none, as Paul authored!) – can be an ACCESS point, a place where we have perhaps blatantly abandoned our post, or to a lesser degree just got a little distracted.

Oh dear, how could we DO this??  (And I do it so EASILY!?)  When we KNOW the consequences are so DIRE?? so DEADLY??  It’s not that our little “yield” heaps condemnation on our heads .. God must constantly remind me (because my “mind” wants to fall prey to believing otherwise) .. THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION! for those of us who are IN Christ Jesus! ..

And it’s not even as if the “flesh” is itself intrinsically bad.  We DO have this fleshy “tent” in which we dwell, so there are things “in the flesh” that are genuinely BASIC to our (current earthly) lives .. We have to eat; we make love to our spouses; we do need sleep and arguably some measure of recreation .. But it’s when we are YIELDING to our flesh OVER our Spirit that we have problems; we let our flesh master US instead of the other way around .. Gluttony (too much!), Immorality (against God’s intent & loving provision/protection!), Addictions to gaming or movies or SLEEPING or WHATEVER .. We let these things MASTER us, and we don’t even know how it happens, because by the time it’s obvious, the million little yields that GOT us here were but whispers in our MINDS .. but they add up.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO STAND FIRM?!

So where is our VICTORY?  Where is our STANCE?  How do we HOLD our ground?  How do we KEEP the land we have already conquered (or that has been conquered on our behalf, more accurately!)?  The Promised Land is OURS by rights; so how do we GET the Giants OUT?!  (The story of Israel gives us the answer – FAITH IN THE GOD OF ANGEL ARMIES!)

Oh dear, I was so KINDLY reminded by God of this just yesterday, and it immediately brought relief to MY SPIRIT.  (See, just the reMINDer *ahem* broke some of the shackles on my HEART .. see it’s all interwoven, it’s all about “flowing” as a whole self according to God’s creation of the human being as IMAGE of the TRIUNE God!) ..

God’s very WORD SET us FREE and KEEPS us free!  God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a .. oh yeah .. SOUND MIND!

It might be oversimplifying, but if you don’t have, or aren’t being LED by PEACE, you are (most likely) IN some kind of “fear” .. (examine your hearts to see if there be any truth to this – what are you AFRAID of?!) .. If you are in FEAR, you are not in FAITH .. If you lack FAITH, how do you GET more “faith”?  .. Well, FAITH comes by HEARING, and HEARING by the WORD OF GOD!

DO YOU LACK FAITH? GET MORE WORD!

Lack Faith?  Get WORD!  It’s such a simple equation!

And did you know your HEART (and Spirit) can RECEIVE the WORD even if your MIND is resisting it?!

Did you know you don’t have to “feel” like reading the Bible for it to nevertheless PENETRATE to your Heart and Spirit?

Because the WORD of God is SHARPER than any two-edged sword and can DIVIDE even between the THOUGHTS and INTENTIONS of the HEART!!

hqdefault

It can DISCERN between the Soul (mind) and Spirit .. (Why is this so hard for us to grasp?! Why do we, as Christians, go so out of our way to conflate the realities of the unseen as though mind/soul/heart/spirit are all ONE thing .. our “inner” man?  OH, when we get this WRONG, we fall PREY to so many other DECEPTIONS!!)

BE ENCOURAGED!  THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE SURE!

Your “MIND” doesn’t even have to AGREE beyond the point of CHOOSING to pick up the WORD!  Your “MIND” doesn’t have to LIKE it, per se, to make your MOUTH speak the PROMISES of God OUT LOUD!  Your “feelings” about the matter don’t have to tell YOU what to do, YOU tell your FEELINGS what to do – “Take a backseat, I need to do this, and I don’t ‘care’ if you don’t ‘feel’ like reading this chapter this morning, God told me this is what we need to do, so you’re going to sit down, and we’re gonna DO this!”

And THAT’S where the miracle of God’s POWER is first MANIFEST to overcome your “fleshly” resistance.  Jesus PROMISED that He (and His Father) would make their DWELLING with us!!  THAT’S where the miracle of God’s PRESENCE is manifest to OPEN your Heart to RECEIVE!  We SPEAK the truth of God’s promises OVER ourselves, and we have PROPHETIC POWER to affect CHANGE in our own Hearts and Spirits, and ultimately to CHANGE OUR OWN MINDS, which in turn, ushers in the GRACIOUS GIFT of “feeling” the PEACE of God ruling in our lives.  This in turn makes us ABLE to be LED by the Peace of God!

And this is all as simple as .. quoting a single verse to your own reflection in the mirror some morning.  (Break the chains!)  Picking up your Bible and settling on just one Psalm or Proverb or a favorite verse, and READ OUT LOUD for five minutes.  (Break the chains!)

Oh dear, hearing the WORD brings FAITH .. it creates its OWN momentum, and you cannot HELP but walk in VICTORY (cuz it was already always YOURS to begin with!)  Do not let the Enemy TAKE BACK what is rightfully YOURS because of Christ!!  The freedom FROM sin, and the freedom TO FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IN THE SPIRIT THRU CHRIST .. These are your rightful INHERITANCE because of the blood of the only true LAMB of God, the only true GATE of God, Jesus HIMSELF who went through the veil of death on your behalf!  HE conquered death and hell so we could be MORE than conquerors.  WE GET THE SPOILS of HIS VICTORY in this war!!  Ah, and HE HIMSELF is the treasure!  HE is our healing!  HE is our “self-control” in the face of overwhelming temptations.  HE is our sacrificial love!  HE is our Victorious Warrior and IT IS FINISHED! because of the Cross and the Resurrection!

CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH!

I have peppered (by phrase and fragment) many Scriptures throughout this update, so I will try to go back and add references for you, so you may DIG DEEPER into the WORD for yourselves.  Or I may add as a new post – a kind of addendum to serve as perhaps the springboard for your CONFESSING WITH YOUR MOUTH that Jesus is Lord, that the promises of God are TRUE and cannot be broken, and his WORD will ENDURE!

But if you are feeling defeated, today?  Even a LITTLE bit!? .. Just SAY something!  One little truth of God to WAKE UP your heart, he himself is the LANGUAGE of our Heart and Spirit, and deep calls to deep, so ONE LITTLE WORD has the power to FELL the Enemy!  The ears of your Heart cannot HELP but leap for joy as in the “womb” of your “inner man”, because it RECOGNIZES the voice of its GOOD SHEPHERD!  Your HEART can HEAR the words coming out of your OWN MOUTH!  So season your SPEECH with the Word and Promises of God.  SOW into the garden of your own Heart, and WATCH the miracle of a bountiful harvest!

So SAY something – Just remember ANYTHING from your memory verses when you were a child.  God SO loved the world that he GAVE his ONLY begotten son, that WHOSOEVER would BELIEVE on HIM, would RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE!! and NOT perish!  REMEMBER the Savior of your Heart!  REMEMBER the Lover of your Soul!  And PREACH yourself happy!  SPEAK the language of your Spirit, and TAKE BACK what is rightfully yours – the very fellowship with God himself for which you were MADE! and live your VICTORIOUS life (PEACE even THROUGH the storms of this life!) ..

JESUS IS “your best life now” (if you’ll pardon the allusion to the famously heretical!) just as much as the earthly storms of this life are the “worst” you will experience in light of eternity.  This life is as close to “hell” that ANY who is IN Christ will ever get .. And when all is said and done, we get HIM forever!!

Oh dear, Jesus is SO good!

Blessings❤

~Leah

confess with your mouth