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rinkeby-riots

A policeman inspects a burned out vehicle following the riots in Rinkeby, Stockholm.

Some things seem to naturally go together. Peanut butter and jelly come to mind as a natural pairing. Baseball and summertime? I’m in. Even the terms “blowhard” and “politician” evoke a certain warmth of familiarity within me.

 

But riots and Sweden??!! Surely, you jest! Nevertheless, as they say, truth is stranger than fiction…

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Global cooling. Global warming. Climate change. Yawn.

For decades we’ve been lectured by the so-called best and brightest about how environmental disaster looms just over the horizon. Humanity’s only hope, we are told, depends upon our willingness to hand over every last penny, every last freedom in our possession to the all-wise, all-knowing globalist keepers-of-the-flame who alone possess the vision to lead us, the benighted masses, through this our darkest hour.

Oh, spare me. Please!

I haven’t written much about environmental issues in this blog space. But since environmental fear mongering has been a permanent part of the globalist playbook now for decades, it behooves me to pay a bit more attention to it.

To that end, a couple of items caught my attention recently.

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President Trump sigs the executive order for the border wall, 1/25/17.

Well, one full week into the new Trump administration, and, despite all the hyperventilating from the snowflakes, it appears that the world indeed has not come to an end.  Who knew?  So what shall we say about this surprising state of affairs?  Let’s find out. 

Build That Wall

Ask any Trump supporter, or for that matter any Never-Trumper, what he thinks the candidate’s most important campaign promise was, and I suspect many, if not most, respondents would say “Build that wall!” This, of course, refers to Trump’s promise to build a roughly 1,900 mile long border wall between Mexico and the US to prevent illegal immigration across the nation’s southern border.

It’s an audacious plan. And one that has outraged the entire establishment, everyone from Pope Francis, to the progressive secular left, to the RINO Republican right, to the former president of Mexico. Some observers have tried to argue that Trump didn’t mean he intended to build a literal wall. All that was just talk, you see. It was promise to fire up the base, which would soon be dropped when the realities of governing set in.

Well, apparently Trump was entirely serious about what he said, as Wednesday “he signed executive orders instructing construction of a wall on the southwest border, a crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities and directives that would make effectively every undocumented immigrant a priority for deportation,” as the Huffington Post reports.

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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in Washington

Newly sworn in President Donald Trump shakes the hand of Chief Justice John Roberts, 1/20/2017.

In case you haven’t heard, we had this little thing called a presidential inauguration this week. It seemed like a pretty big deal. So for that reason, and the fact that my alternative was leading with a story on Davos, the annual Dr. Evil convention held in Switzerland, it seemed good to me to kick things off this week with a word or two about the Trumpocalypse.

Mr. Populist Goes to Washington

For generations, the Democrats were the party of the little guy, the blue collar worker, the poor. They were the idealist revolutionaries manning the barricades against the oppressive establishment.

The Republicans? Well, they represented The Man. You know, like the top hat bedecked fellow with the monocle from Monopoly. The one who just can’t wait to overcharge you for rent in his hotel on Park Place.

But now in 2017 you can say goodbye to all that.

With his remarkable campaign and unlikely victory in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has sent shockwaves through the establishments in both political parties. It is now the Democrats who are the defenders of the New World Order globalist establishment, the representatives of the bi-coastal elites, the champions of privilege.

And the Republicans, it is they who have become the party of the common man.

Maybe there really is something republican about the Republicans beyond just the name. After all, it was the Republicans who fought off the South’s attempt to break up the republic during the Civil War. And today it is the Republicans – not the establishment Republicans, but the rank-and-file conservatives within the party – who have been most effective in defending the sovereignty of American republic against the globalists pushing for world government.

And while I don’t count myself as a populist – populism is a mish-mash of often contradictory ideas intended to benefit the little guy; as a Christian, I believe in limited government, the rule of law, and private property – I’m certainly a lot more comfortable with President Trump than the Wicked Witch of the West the Democrats tried to foist on us.

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Ark Encounter rainbow lights.

 

We’re down to the last day of 2016. To say the least, it’s been an interesting year. One which, Lord willing, I’ll review in a little more depth later this weekend. But for now, here’s a few thoughts on the news from this past week.

The Ark and the Rainbow

Since the Ark Encounter theme park is located just a little south of Cincinnati, from time to time articles about it appear in the local paper. For those who may not be familiar with Ark Encounter, it’s a park built around a full sized replica of Noah’s Ark. Having opened in the summer of 2016, the attraction is part of Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry, which runs the Creation Museum, located in the Cincinnati area.

The main message of both Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum is that the history presented in the early chapters of Genesis is just that, actual, literal history. Adam and Eve were actual people. There really was a Noah who built an actual ark of a certain size and shape. God really did end the world as it was know by means of a cataclysmic flood that wiped out all human and most animal life except what was on the ark, etc.

This is sound Bible teaching, but definitely not the sort of thing that plays well in some quarters. In some cases, opposition comes from within the Evangelical community. In others, it comes from without.

LGBTQ activists are the latest group to be put off by Ark Encounter, this time by a light display that baths the replica ark in rainbow colored lights at night.

As Ham puts it, the rainbow is not a symbol of “freedom, love, pride or the LGBTQ movement.” It is the sign of the Noahic covenant, God’s promise to never again destroy the earth by water.

Naturally, LGBTQ activists reacted with scorn to Ham’s comments, with one expressing concern for the effect Ham’s message will have on younger people.

But who has the real compassion for young people wrestling with the sin of homosexuality? A man who presents the truth of what God says in his Word, or a man who peddles the lie that homosexuality is merely a lifestyle choice with all the ethical weight of a decision on what color carpet to install in the family room.

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fake-news

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Week In Review. Too long for my taste. I’ve been a political/economic/world events junkie for as long as I can remember, and I really do enjoy reading and writing about the events of the day.

So, let’s get on with the business at hand…

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