Here's what caught my eye this week:
This was the best put together article on the recent decision on same-sex "marriage" from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. It's longish by blog standards, but I think it is important to read so as to give you proper ammunition for discussions with those who think Bob and Burt should be able to get married because, after all, they love each other. You're not going to get far by quoting the Bible.
Fed Appeals Court: No Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage – States can define marriage as 1 man, 1 woman
Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit overruled lower court decisions that had struck down state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The 6th Circuit Court ruled that constitutional amendments passed by popular vote in Michigan (2.7 million votes), Kentucky (1.2 million), Ohio (3.3 million) and Tennessee (1.4 million) do not violate the U.S. Constitution. Citizens remain free to define marriage as a male-female institution.
Today’s decision helpfully explained why these laws are constitutional, why it is reasonable for citizens to support such laws, and why arguments for court-imposed redefinition of marriage do not succeed. It also sets the stage for marriage to return to the U.S. Supreme Court. read the rest
The question that keeps coming up:
SOCIOPATH: Is The Man In the White House Mentally Ill?
Written by Dave Daubenmire, a veteran 35 year high school football coach who was spurred to action when attacked and sued by the ACLU in the late 1990s for praying with his high school football team. After a two year battle for his 1st amendment rights, the ACLU relented and offered him an out of court settlement.
If you have children, this next article should take your breath away. So many of his executive orders fly under the radar.I am not asking this with my tongue in my cheek. I am as serious as a judge. As I sit here and write, I am listening to Mr. Obama’s press conference. Something is very wrong with this guy. He is either mentally ill or demon possessed. Either choice is a possibility. But something is definitely wrong with him. He seems somehow inhuman. read the rest
Obama’s Mental Health Mandate
Using the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as its justification, the Obama administration has recently given the psychiatric business and pharmaceutical industry a major gift by quietly introducing a behavioral and mental health program in public schools throughout the United States. The maneuver was initially laid out on January 16, 2013 in President Obama’s executive policy, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence. read the rest
And finally, a great read on protecting yourself from propaganda.
We don't watch TV. I'm not stating this in a "I'm better, smarter, more intellectual than you" way. I don't cast aspersions on those who do watch TV. We don't have cable so our choices are limited, and I prefer to read. Both reading and TV watching can certainly be described as escapism.
We actually own a big flat screen TV and often bemoan the fact that it never gets watched. There's a new Criminal Minds coming up this Wednesday that I may have to watch if I can stay awake long enough.
One thing I have noticed is that not watching TV has sharply curtailed my spending. We think that modern advertising does not affect us. It does. Companies spend tens of millions of dollars in order to push your buttons and make you buy something. Those who think it doesn't affect them are probably the most vulnerable.
It's the same with MSM. Since we don't watch TV, I'm spared the Sunday morning talking heads, the daily newscasts, and the local news - all of which are designed to manipulate you. I rarely go to Fox News or any other main stream outlet online.
Step one in the article is:
Shortly after reading this, I was perusing the comments on an article about the current Russian aggression in the Ukraine, and a commenter said something about WWII. Another commenter shot back along the lines of, "Do we have to rehash WWII? That was a long time ago."Look at each breaking mainstream media news story through the eyes of true history instead of the artificial context mainstream media presents the story in. Does it fit into what we know of historic events? Or are those enforcing mainstream media narratives asking you to believe a sequence of events or a narrative that doesn’t add up logically?
This person saw no reason to re-visit what most sane people would consider current history to shush out possible reasons for anything that's going on in the world today. Talk about living in a bubble. That person is indicative of who is being targeted by the MSM. And I'm sure their numbers are legion.
These 3 Simple Things Will Block The Damaging Effects Of Mainstream Media News In Your Life
If you have not watched The Century of the Self, I can highly recommend it.Life is one huge psychological journey. This is what I believe. You are what you think you are. You control your journey and how much you actually enjoy it. You control how happy (or for that matter how sad and miserable) you will be because you control your own thoughts. Yes, you make decisions every day on what thoughts you will allow into you mind. You also make decisions about how you will approach things in your life including new information. The choice of personal attitude toward things, preconceived notions, and good or bad assumptions about the world around us is all within our reach and control. For this reason I want to discuss a bit about how your mind should operate when you come across mainstream media news read the rest
All four episodes are HEREThe Century of the Self is a British television documentary series by Adam Curtis, released in 2002. It focuses on how the work of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have analyzed, dealt with, and controlled people.
[...]The business and political world uses psychological techniques to read, create and fulfill the desires of the public, to make their products or speeches as pleasing as possible to consumers and citizens. Curtis raises the question of the intentions and roots of this fact. Where once the political process was about engaging people's rational, conscious minds, as well as facilitating their needs as a society, the documentary shows how by employing the tactics of psychoanalysis, politicians appeal to irrational, primitive impulses that have little apparent bearing on issues outside of the narrow self-interest of a consumer population.
Time for breakfast...
Have a wonderful weekend.