The Lutheran Faith in St. Cloud

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Martin Luther…founder of the Lutheran Faith would not be happy about the scandalous current developments by the  out of control refugee resettlement arm of his Church….Lutheran Social Services…..We in St. Cloud believed initially that they were a faith filled organization trying to help true refugees.  Initially many people out of interest regarding costs of the program attended one of the first leadership meetings in St. Cloud and discovered that the people in charge were elusive and angry about logical questions. At one of the subsequent meetings citizens found the doors locked with an armed guard present at the door.  They continued on to open up our community to 20,000 refugees and acted disturbed along with our Mayor and majority of the City Council and others when a larger and larger group of people asked to pause and called for a moratorium until economic data could be assembled. As it stands now Mayor Dave Kleis and 6 of the 7 council members have given the go ahead for Lutheran Social Services to bring in 225 more primary Somali refugees and to follow will be thousands and thousands more with no impact study approved ever and potentially very little if any vetting.   Federal Law US 8…Section 1522 is not being followed as to local control.  Our people are losing confidence in our city leadership and our local representatives Rep Jim Knoblach, Tama theis, and Tom Emmer.  
 
Martin Luther….” He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.  He who accepts evil without protesting it is really cooperating with it.”  
 
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The Distorted Window Through Which Americans Perceive Reality

One of the print and electronic news media’s flawed policies is personified in one statement:  “….. if it bleeds, it leads“.  Instantly, our news is distorted by the negativity, bias and general acceptance of almost any kind of violence.  Transportation and vehicle accidents, war, pestilence, riots, famine, genocide, floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like, dominate the front pages of our newspapers and are the lead stories for evening Television news.  On the other side of the negative picture we get political and individual corruption, fraud, adultery, betrayal, treason, murder, robbery and unbridled greed, added to our daily diet of information.  Every little sordid detail is trotted out for those who gorge on the grief of others, or thrive on doom and gloom, in soap-opera fashion.

From Boston to Berkley, from Ferguson to Baltimore, from Seattle to Miami, we are forced to witness the bad behavior of a minute fraction of the American population, leading us to believe that everything is going to Hell and society is collapsing before our eyes.  In fact, the news media is the carrier of the diseases of violence, dissention, division and racism.  Their reporting on violence only spawns more violence, division and racism, all for the sole purpose of increasing their ratings.  The recent riots and violence in Charlottesville, VA were a glaring example.  The news media alone is responsible for this insane rush to tear down historical statues, as Democrats engage in self-flagellation.  It was in fact Southern Democrats of the 1860’s that wished to preserve slavery.

In spite of this distorted picture of America, we have a totally distinct identity that is only marginally represented by the worst in us.  What we see and hear every day is not the real America and does not represent the true and beautiful character of her people ….. a people steeped in responsibility, self-reliance, industriousness, goodness, charity and compassion, under that great symbol of freedom, our American flag.  If the rest of the world watches American news every day, through the distorted window of the print and electronic media, it is no wonder the people of many countries think we are decadent, self-absorbed and inherently evil.  The truth is, such a view of our America could not be farther from the truth.

For over 12 generations, since some brave and courageous men mapped out a blue print of liberty to govern this great nation from sea to shining sea.  The American people, in spite of their faults, have done what the people of no other country on earth have done.  They have become the beacon of light for the rest of the world, founded on the principles of individual liberty and the God-given goodness that comes from being free.  Their sacrifice has freed over a billion people who were locked in slavery or war.  Their productivity feeds a hungry world.  Their voluntary generosity has lifted millions out of abject poverty or those ravaged by natural disasters.

Americans are farmers and factory workers, nurses, doctors, engineers, draftsman, pilots, truck drivers and fast food employees.  We are rich, middle class and poor.  We are religious and non-religious.  We are adventurous on one hand, while being cautious on the other.  We believe in fair play.

We are mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and children of every stripe, size and color, who live by some very basic, overriding principles of honesty, integrity, honor and family.  Most of us have a deep sense of goodness about us and constantly try to overcome the ever-present evil that resides within us.

We have worked hard for what we have obtained and what our Nation has achieved.  We should be proud of what we have accomplished and not hang our heads in shame because others are jealous of our success.  Our inventiveness, creativity and industriousness have made us the richest nation on earth and have enriched every other nation in one way or another.  Our compassion and generosity exceeds that of any other country or culture on this planet.

But that’s not all.  Just think of the wide range of scientific American research going on right now in the areas of power and electricity.  Think of the research in genetics to unravel the mysteries of inherited diseases and other conditions and what part that research will have in finding the root causes of these conditions and their respective cures.

Think of the research in food types and production to increase our food supplies.  Consider the research in and use of fiber optics, or the research in rubber and plastics and new materials and fabrics.  This research is fueled by the fires of commercial enterprise and in some cases, from the moneys that are collected by our government, as in the NASA space program.

Look at the progress we have made in the world of medicine, even with all of its problems.  Look what we take for granted for medical care in this country.  Look at the machinery that has been developed for the world of medicine.  Magnetic Imaging Machines, breathing machines, heart-lung machines, blood monitoring machines, CAT scanners, X-rays.  We don’t know all of them because were not in the world of medicine.  All we know is that if something goes wrong you have a place to go where people care for the most part to see that your problem is resolved the best way they can, complete with flaws.  We provide medical services in the United States that can only be provided here.

Let’s take a little closer look at technology over the last 15 years and what the computer has done in providing a continuous flow of information so that people can learn more and do things quicker.  Watch how fascinated a child is as he makes keystrokes on a keyboard of a computer and sees the response on the computer screen.  They absorb it like a giant sponge and love every minute of it.  Sure there are side effects but we will overcome them.

Look at the excitement that was generated by the recent solar eclipse.  Millions of families traveled hundreds of miles and braved endless traffic jams to witness the Sun disappearing behind the moon, an event that only lasted for two minutes.  Those millions of people weren’t thinking about violence, riots, politics, or corruption.  They were awed by a natural event that only occurs on rare occasions.

The doomsayers will tell us that we are going to run out of power.  We are going to run out of oil.  We are going to pollute the environment with our cars and our industry.  Our automobiles are going to quit running and our airplanes will quit flying and our ships will no longer ply the open seas.  Sorry folks, it will never happen.

Some day in the not to distant future, we are going to develop power sources that will literally boggle the mind.  Our vision is that each home, each office, each business or building will have its own centralized power unit.  And in that power unit will have the source of power to purify our drinking water, destroy our raw sewage and gray water, heat and cool our homes and offices and provide the electrical power for our lights and appliances.

Think of it.  Those in your twenties watch how our planet will shrink in your lifetime.  In ten to twenty years there will be airplanes that will leave the United States, sail up to the stratosphere or higher, glide at two to five times the speed of sound and land in Russia in a couple of hours.  At 3,000 MPH we can go halfway around the world in 4 hours.

Personalized transportation will change dramatically.  There will be air corridors for small, personal air units whether they use the principals of helicopters and small aircraft or some new strange power yet to be discovered.  Maybe we will find a way to offset or neutralize gravity.

Folks.  We are going to the stars and nothing anybody does will stop that.  No amount of fear of the unknown.  No amount of nay saying about financing.  We will find the money.  Ever since man first burned himself with fire and realized he could use it to his advantage or transported some object by rolling a log and converted that idea to the wheel, he has been forever driven towards more knowledge, more understanding and a wider, larger, broader world in which he can explore.

But all that excitement, creativity, generosity and goodness is being eclipsed by the picture that is being painted about us in our Newspapers and magazines and on our radios and TV’s and even the Internet, every single day.  The information we receive is not representative of who we are.  The propaganda, lies and distortions from our government and special interest groups that we absorb from these venues, warps the vision of who we are and what our true reality is.

There is no crisis here.  There are just problems to solve and challenges to meet.  Challenges are met by enterprising individuals working together collectively with a common purpose and goal.

If we allow our government, special interest groups, the news media, or the money changers and power brokers who cloud our vision, to divide us and destroy our American sovereignty and our God-given, natural freedom and goodness, that allows our unique individuality to blossom, we will descend into the Hell of the collective and it will take a bloody revolution to restore freedom and liberty.  If left alone by government, American individuals will once again, with all our strength, power, beauty, compassion, spirit and the joy of wonder, will lead man on into the coming centuries for the good of all mankind, just as Americans have led the world for the last two and a third centuries, under our cherished flag of freedom.   Hell no we are not perfect, but then who is?

 Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“.  Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners.  Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” (http://www.stusa.us/) and “Getting Even With Government” (http://www.gewgov.com/).   Ron can be reached for comment HERE.

 

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Criminalizing Whistleblowers: Update from Red Herring Alert

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 – BY  JUSTICE4GRAZZINIRUCKIFAMILY

https://justice4grazziniruckifamily.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/criminalizing-whistleblowers-rha/

After being exposed for corruption and criminal activity, Dakota County retaliates against blogger Dede Evavold

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The courts are continuing to legitimize malicious actions against me to silence me into submission. Yesterday I received 3 new charges for another writer’s posts on Red Herring Alert. At this rate, I will have a life sentence without the possibility of parole in a few months. See previous charges       MINNESOTA: COME ON VACATION-STAY ON PROBATION- https://redherringalert.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/minnesota-come-on-vacation-stay-on-probation/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CASE AND DAKOTA COUNTY TREATMENT OF Ms Evavold, PLEASE SEE LINKS BELOW:

Fox 9 News Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=047jixzdTwU

David Rucki Says Blog Threatens Him

https://ppjg.me/2017/08/02/beware-the-next-blog-post-may-be-a-threat-to-someones-safety/

See sentence Ms Evavold received compared to child abuser  https://redherringalert.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/things-that-make-you-go-hmmm/

The Revolving Door of Convoluted Court Hearings

https://redherringalert.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/the-revolving-door-of-convoluted-court-hearings/

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Globalists vs Patriots: The Art of War

by Dave Hodges- THE COMMON SENSE SHOW-

America, in its present form, cannot be saved. Christians will be persecuted and many of us will not survive the tumultuous events that are coming our way. However, there is great value in maintaining the fight. We must never let the spirit of freedom and devotion to our Lord be extinguished.

This article describes the nature of the war we are engaged in. As Christians, we are too focused on the here-and-now. We need to become more forward thinking. As Americans, we are focused on too many individual battles. We are being assailed from every direction. However, we need to work with the end in mind.

Our goal should be the preservation of our ideals. Keeping the fight alive accomplishes this goal. We are tremendously outspent and our enemy has unlimited resources designed to enslave us. However, reinforcements are on the way. At some future date, victory will be ours. However, we cannot expect to overcome the New World Order, we just need to hang on to our values until Jesus returns.

The final defeat for the satanic globalists will come when they are all thrown into the Lake of Fire by a just and righteous God.

In the meantime, it is time to take an inventory of the attributes needed to successfully maintain the fight and the traits to be avoided, if we are to persevere until the Lord returns.

The Illusion of Victory Without Divine Intervention

A close friend and confidant recently said to me  that the Democrats are done. They are so exposed to the American people that nobody will follow them. I must admit that I fell into that type of thinking at one time and sometimes, I even believe that I can help put the Democratic Party out of its misery. However, that will not happen because they have the temporary protection of the forces of the underworld.

My friend is right about one thing. The Democrats are Satan’s agent in this country. This is not about political beliefs anymore, this is about light and darkness, good and evil.

I base my beliefs on the fact that the Lord bestowed a word of knowledge to me. He told me that I was not going to win this struggle, in the present time, I could only help to keep alive the resistance movement and subsequently preserve the ideals of freedom contained in the Bill of Rights and to keep alive the Christian faith.

Democratic Ideals That Challenge Freedom and Beliefs of Christians

In preparing for any conflict, it is important to know who your enemy is. There are many targets I could choose with regard to this end. However, s stated, I do not believe there is a better group which personifies pure evil than the present version of the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party has fallen into abject treason against the Republic as well as promoting a spirit of hedonism that has its roots in Satanism. This is not hyperbole, this is reality.

Below are a partial set of standards set forth by the Democratic Party:

Continue Reading at:  http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2017/10/21/globalists-vs-patriots-the-art-of-war/                 

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The Distorted Window Through Which Americans Perceive Reality

In a book we wrote a number of years ago entitled “Our Cosmic Connection“, we opened one of the chapters with the following observation:  “In spite of all of our individual and collective faults, there is a ‘great good’ that exists in a very large number of us.  That good is personified in a wide range of human traits and behavior including private and public achievements, bravery, courage, sacrifice, industry, creativity, empathy, generosity, spontaneous volunteerism and spirit, either as individuals, or as a society.   Unfortunately, due to the ‘distorted window’ through which we view our information, that ‘great good’ in us seems to be eclipsed by an over-zealous emphasis on that which appears to be ‘bad’ within us.”

One of the print and electronic news media’s flawed policies is personified in one statement:  “….. if it bleeds, it leads“.  Instantly, our news is distorted by the negativity, bias and general acceptance of almost any kind of violence.  Transportation and vehicle accidents, war, pestilence, riots, famine, genocide, floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like, dominate the front pages of our newspapers and are the lead stories for evening Television news.  On the other side of the negative picture we get political and individual corruption, fraud, adultery, betrayal, treason, murder, robbery and unbridled greed, added to our daily diet of information.  Every little sordid detail is trotted out for those who gorge on the grief of others, or thrive on doom and gloom, in soap-opera fashion.

From Boston to Berkley, from Ferguson to Baltimore, from Seattle to Miami, we are forced to witness the bad behavior of a minute fraction of the American population, leading us to believe that everything is going to Hell and society is collapsing before our eyes.  In fact, the news media is the carrier of the diseases of violence, dissention, division and racism.  Their reporting on violence only spawns more violence, division and racism, all for the sole purpose of increasing their ratings.  The recent riots and violence in Charlottesville, VA were a glaring example.  The news media alone is responsible for this insane rush to tear down historical statues, as Democrats engage in self-flagellation.  It was in fact Southern Democrats of the 1860’s that wished to preserve slavery.

In spite of this distorted picture of America, we have a totally distinct identity that is only marginally represented by the worst in us.  What we see and hear every day is not the real America and does not represent the true and beautiful character of her people ….. a people steeped in responsibility, self-reliance, industriousness, goodness, charity and compassion, under that great symbol of freedom, our American flag.  If the rest of the world watches American news every day, through the distorted window of the print and electronic media, it is no wonder the people of many countries think we are decadent, self-absorbed and inherently evil.  The truth is, such a view of our America could not be farther from the truth.

For over 12 generations, since some brave and courageous men mapped out a blue print of liberty to govern this great nation from sea to shining sea.  The American people, in spite of their faults, have done what the people of no other country on earth have done.  They have become the beacon of light for the rest of the world, founded on the principles of individual liberty and the God-given goodness that comes from being free.  Their sacrifice has freed over a billion people who were locked in slavery or war.  Their productivity feeds a hungry world.  Their voluntary generosity has lifted millions out of abject poverty or those ravaged by natural disasters.

Americans are farmers and factory workers, nurses, doctors, engineers, draftsman, pilots, truck drivers and fast food employees.  We are rich, middle class and poor.  We are religious and non-religious.  We are adventurous on one hand, while being cautious on the other.  We believe in fair play.

We are mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and children of every stripe, size and color, who live by some very basic, overriding principles of honesty, integrity, honor and family.  Most of us have a deep sense of goodness about us and constantly try to overcome the ever-present evil that resides within us.

We have worked hard for what we have obtained and what our Nation has achieved.  We should be proud of what we have accomplished and not hang our heads in shame because others are jealous of our success.  Our inventiveness, creativity and industriousness have made us the richest nation on earth and have enriched every other nation in one way or another.  Our compassion and generosity exceeds that of any other country or culture on this planet.

But that’s not all.  Just think of the wide range of scientific American research going on right now in the areas of power and electricity.  Think of the research in genetics to unravel the mysteries of inherited diseases and other conditions and what part that research will have in finding the root causes of these conditions and their respective cures.

Think of the research in food types and production to increase our food supplies.  Consider the research in and use of fiber optics, or the research in rubber and plastics and new materials and fabrics.  This research is fueled by the fires of commercial enterprise and in some cases, from the moneys that are collected by our government, as in the NASA space program.

Look at the progress we have made in the world of medicine, even with all of its problems.  Look what we take for granted for medical care in this country.  Look at the machinery that has been developed for the world of medicine.  Magnetic Imaging Machines, breathing machines, heart-lung machines, blood monitoring machines, CAT scanners, X-rays.  We don’t know all of them because were not in the world of medicine.  All we know is that if something goes wrong you have a place to go where people care for the most part to see that your problem is resolved the best way they can, complete with flaws.  We provide medical services in the United States that can only be provided here.

Let’s take a little closer look at technology over the last 15 years and what the computer has done in providing a continuous flow of information so that people can learn more and do things quicker.  Watch how fascinated a child is as he makes keystrokes on a keyboard of a computer and sees the response on the computer screen.  They absorb it like a giant sponge and love every minute of it.  Sure there are side effects but we will overcome them.

Look at the excitement that was generated by the recent solar eclipse.  Millions of families traveled hundreds of miles and braved endless traffic jams to witness the Sun disappearing behind the moon, an event that only lasted for two minutes.  Those millions of people weren’t thinking about violence, riots, politics, or corruption.  They were awed by a natural event that only occurs on rare occasions.

The doomsayers will tell us that we are going to run out of power.  We are going to run out of oil.  We are going to pollute the environment with our cars and our industry.  Our automobiles are going to quit running and our airplanes will quit flying and our ships will no longer ply the open seas.  Sorry folks, it will never happen.

Some day in the not to distant future, we are going to develop power sources that will literally boggle the mind.  Our vision is that each home, each office, each business or building will have its own centralized power unit.  And in that power unit will have the source of power to purify our drinking water, destroy our raw sewage and gray water, heat and cool our homes and offices and provide the electrical power for our lights and appliances.

Think of it.  Those in your twenties watch how our planet will shrink in your lifetime.  In ten to twenty years there will be airplanes that will leave the United States, sail up to the stratosphere or higher, glide at two to five times the speed of sound and land in Russia in a couple of hours.  At 3,000 MPH we can go halfway around the world in 4 hours.

Personalized transportation will change dramatically.  There will be air corridors for small, personal air units whether they use the principals of helicopters and small aircraft or some new strange power yet to be discovered.  Maybe we will find a way to offset or neutralize gravity.

Folks.  We are going to the stars and nothing anybody does will stop that.  No amount of fear of the unknown.  No amount of nay saying about financing.  We will find the money.  Ever since man first burned himself with fire and realized he could use it to his advantage or transported some object by rolling a log and converted that idea to the wheel, he has been forever driven towards more knowledge, more understanding and a wider, larger, broader world in which he can explore.

But all that excitement, creativity, generosity and goodness is being eclipsed by the picture that is being painted about us in our Newspapers and magazines and on our radios and TV’s and even the Internet, every single day.  The information we receive is not representative of who we are.  The propaganda, lies and distortions from our government and special interest groups that we absorb from these venues, warps the vision of who we are and what our true reality is.

There is no crisis here.  There are just problems to solve and challenges to meet.  Challenges are met by enterprising individuals working together collectively with a common purpose and goal.

If we allow our government, special interest groups, the news media, or the money changers and power brokers who cloud our vision, to divide us and destroy our American sovereignty and our God-given, natural freedom and goodness, that allows our unique individuality to blossom, we will descend into the Hell of the collective and it will take a bloody revolution to restore freedom and liberty.  If left alone by government, American individuals will once again, with all our strength, power, beauty, compassion, spirit and the joy of wonder, will lead man on into the coming centuries for the good of all mankind, just as Americans have led the world for the last two and a third centuries, under our cherished flag of freedom.   Hell no we are not perfect, but then who is?

Tell us what you THINK.

 Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“.  Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners.  Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” (http://www.stusa.us/) and “Getting Even With Government” (http://www.gewgov.com/).   Ron can be reached for comment HERE.

 

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C., at Hillsdale College’s Eighth Annual Constitution Day Celebration.

-By Tom Cotton of Arkansas-

Last year, for the first time in our nation’s history, the American people elected as president someone with no high government experience, not a senator, not a congressman, not a governor, not a cabinet secretary, not a general. They did this, I believe, because they’ve lost faith in both the competence and the intentions of our governing class of both parties! Government now takes nearly half of every dollar we earn and bosses us around in every aspect of life, yet can’t deliver basic services well. Our working class, the forgotten man, to use the phrase favored by Ronald Reagan and FDR, has seen its wages stagnate, while the four richest counties in America are inside the Washington Beltway. The kids of the working class are those who chiefly fight our seemingly endless wars and police our streets, only to come in for criticism too often from the very elite who sleep under the blanket of security they provide.

Donald Trump understood these things, though I should add he didn’t cause them. His victory was more effect than cause of our present discontents. The multiplying failures and arrogance of our governing class are what created the conditions for his victory.

Immigration is probably the best example of this. President Trump deviated from Republican orthodoxy on several issues, but immigration was the defining issue in which he broke from the bipartisan conventional wisdom. For years, all Democrats and many Republicans have agreed on the outline of what’s commonly called comprehensive immigration reform, which is Washington code for amnesty, mass immigration, and open borders in perpetuity.

This approach was embodied most recently in the so-called Gang of Eight bill in 2013. It passed the Senate, but thankfully we killed it in the House, which I consider among my chief accomplishments in Congress so far. Two members of the Gang of Eight ran for my party’s nomination for president last year. Neither won a single statewide primary. Donald Trump denounced the bill, and he won the nomination.

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Federal Judge Reaffirms Tradition of Congressional Prayer

Saturday, 14 October 2017- by Dave Bohon

A federal judge has reaffirmed the constitutionality of prayer in the U.S. Congress, ruling that Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer opening each congressional session, along with the House rules that govern the practice.

The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Daniel Barker, president of the atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation. Barker had charged that Congress denied him the opportunity to offer an opening invocation, while extending the honor to religious chaplains.

In her October 11 decision, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer pointed out that House rules barred Barker from offering the invocation because of his lack of faith. She also noted that the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress’ two-century-long tradition of prayer does not conflict with the First Amendments establishment clause, which states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.

But if Congress tradition of prayer does not conflict with the establishment clause, then why would prayer in the public schools be considered a violation of the establishment clause? Yet the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the latter to be a violation. How can this be? Judge Collyer did not address this question, which fell outside the scope of the case she was deciding.

 In her opinion, Collyer wrote that to decide that Mr. Barker was discriminated against and should be permitted to address the House would be to disregard the Supreme Court precedent that permits legislative prayer.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) applauded Collyer’s ruling, noting: Since the first session of the Continental Congress, our nation’s legislature has opened with a prayer to God. Today, that tradition was upheld and the freedom to exercise religion was vindicated. The court rightfully dismissed the claims of an atheist that he had the right to deliver a secular invocation in place of the opening prayer.

Ryan said that since the return to Congress of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot and severely wounded in an attack on him and other congressmen in June, this institution has been reminded about the power of prayer. I commend the District Court for its decision, and I am grateful that the People’s House can continue to begin its work each day as we have for centuries: taking a moment to pray to God.

Scalise also applauded the ruling, posting on Twitter: Our rights come from God, so it’s only fitting that the House begins each day united in prayer.

Following the ruling Barker complained that a bias against the nonreligious had prevented him from participating in my government. The judge’s acquiescence in this inequity sends a crystal clear message that our government, founded upon our entirely secular Constitution, may discriminate with impunity against atheists and freethinkers.

By contrast, Tony Perkins of the Christian-oriented Family Research Council reflected that for over 240 years, our elected representatives to the federal government have begun their public duties with prayer. When a session of the House of Representatives is opened, a prayer seeking God’s guidance is offered. Among other things, this is a reflection of the faith of many people across America.

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YOUR State can legally withdraw from the Refugee Program

 

 A state is permitted to withdraw from the Refugee Resettlement Program

 

 by Ann Corcoran

For as long as we have been writing RRW, a year and a half now, I’ve wondered how it is that no refugees are resettled in Wyoming. I had heard the state had opted out of the program but I could never figure out how this was done.

Today a kind reader sent me this section from the Code of Federal Regulations that answers my guestion!  A state is permitted to withdraw from the Refugee Resettlement Program.

The following is from Section 400.301, Withdrawal from the Refugee Program from 45 CFR.The Director is the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Department of Health and Human Services.

(a) In the event that a State decides to cease participation in the refugee program, the State must provide 120 days advance notice to the Director before withdrawing from the program.

(b) To participate in the refugee program, a State is expected to operate all components of the refugee program, including refugee cash and medical assistance, social services, preventive health, and an unaccompanied minors program if appropriate. A State is also expected to play a coordinating role in the provision of assistance and services in accordance with 400.5(b). In the event that a State wishes to retain responsibility for only part of the refugee program, it must obtain prior approval from the Director of ORR. Such approval will be granted if it is in the best interest of the Government.

(c) When a State withdraws from all or part of the refugee program, the Director may authorize a replacement designee or designees to administer the provision of assistance and services, as appropriate, to refugees in that State. A replacement designee must adhere to the same regulations under this part that apply to a State-administered program, with the exception of the following provisions: 45 CFR 400.5(d), 400.7, 400.51(b)(2)(i), 400.58(c), 400.94(a), 400.94(b), 400.94(c), and subpart L. Replacement designees must also adhere to the Subpart L regulations regarding formula allocation grants for targeted assistance, if the State authorized the replacement designee appointed by the Director to act as its agent in applying for and receiving targeted assistance funds. Certain provisions are excepted because they apply only to States and become moot when a State withdraws from participation in the refugee program and is replaced by another entity. States would continue to be responsible for administering the other excepted provisions because these provisions refer to the administration of other State-run public assistance programs.

[60 FR 33604, June 28, 1995, as amended at 65 FR 15450, Mar. 22, 2000]

Based on that Section c, it looks like they aren’t going to let any state out easily.

For the entire Code of Federal Regulations for Refugee Resettlement, go here.  It is a treasure trove of information.

An afterthought: I don’t know how many times over the last year and a half we have heard officials at state or local level say there is nothing they can do about refugees coming to a particular community’s all the federal governments doing they say. Well this puts a lie to that notion, a state can say NO and it looks like a state can say, slow down the numbers!

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Those That Can Fix It Just Keep Kicking the Can

On November 8, 2016 the American people assessed the damage inflicted on the nation by years of collectivist mis-government and delivered a thundering verdict at the polls. The election of Donald Trump signaled the culmination of one process in our politics and the beginning of another.  What culminated was the growing disenchantment of the American public with shopworn practices generally called “liberal” but which in their devotion to big government and hostility to individual freedom are in fact illiberal and reactionary.

What began was a painstaking effort to restore America to the path of greatness from which it had been derailed by more than a generation of excessive government.  By creating an opportunity for such restoration, the election of Donald Trump was a marvelous beginning.  But it is crucial to stress that it WAS a beginning and that years of work and struggle remain before our liberties are once again secure.

The federal government of the modern era spends far more money and exercises far more power over our daily lives than our founding fathers could possibly have envisioned and far more than the average citizen of the present hour can possibly imagine.  And driven by the dynamics of the welfare state psychology, that spending and the accompanying power have been expanding at a giddy rate that is equally hard to fathom.

Most observers are now willing to admit, the end result of all this spending and government regulation has been a cataclysmic failure.  We have created such enormous and costly burden of government spending, taxes and regulation on the home front that we have crushed the productive vigor of the economy while feeding the fires of inflation and excessive increases in the money supply.

Simultaneously, we have seen a drastic weakening of our national posture oversees.  Despite the constant outcries that we hear about the military-industrial complex, the truth is that we have actually financed our recent binge of domestic handouts by siphoning money from essential military needs.

In all these respects, the task confronting the Trump Administration and the country can be summed up under a single heading:  “To reclaim control of the political system, the economy and the freedom of the average citizen from the elitists who have created all this enormous power and who, because so much of it is insulated from popular authority, still exercise tremendous influence on national policy.”

A major part of the problem is the sheer size of the federal government.  The central government has grown to such monstrous proportions that it has sucked the lifeblood from our states and local communities, profoundly changing the nature of our federal system.  But at the same time, it has become so huge that it is often beyond the control of federal officials – at least the elected ones.  To a degree that the average American only dimly comprehends, it runs according to its own momentum.

It is this enormous, rudderless federal government that is the basic source of our economic problems, i. e. run-away spending, confiscatory taxation and oppressive regulation, which together have crushed the life out of our economy.

Until President Trump is able to push his budget and tax rate cuts through Congress, the projected outcome will be a continually declining standard of living, the continued loss of jobs, more government intervention, higher inflation and the ultimate prospect of financial panic and collapse.

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At first blush the reader of our column will be inclined to believe that this author wrote the previous passages, but they would be wrong.  We took these passages right out of a booklet by William E. Simon, Treasury Secretary under President Ronald Reagan.  The passages were written in 1980 over 37 years ago, in a short book entitled “A Time For Action.”  The only changes we made were to the date where we substituted November 8, 2016 in place of November 4, 1980 and substituted President Trump for President Reagan.  It’s an excellent short book and we encourage everyone to read it.

In 37 years nothing has changed except that the problems have grown worse ….. much, much worse.  For much longer than that, the Progressives and the fully embedded “Deep State” have thwarted any hopes of changing course.  So entrenched in their beliefs that they are “right” and their in-exhaustible lust for power, they are doing everything to impede or outright stop Trump from implementing his goals of America first, plentiful jobs, a healthy economy and peace through unbeatable military strength.  Their hidden goal is to destroy or discredit Trump by any means to the point that he will be politically impotent, if not forced to resign.  They have academia, the news media and a majority of the American people and now the entire sports community behind them to complete that goal.

This cabal of Progressives, academia and the news media attempted to do the same thing to President Reagan but were essentially unsuccessful, that is until the following four Presidents, at which time they became even more entrenched in America’s political system.  Under President Obama their entrenchment only strengthened.  The “System” they have created may actually be impenetrable.

The inescapable slide of America in the direction of all past countries, societies and cultures cannot be denied. What usually precipitates the destruction comes on the heels of three specific growing conditions.  The first condition is societal apathy, the second moral decay and the third, solidification of inflexible “Systems”, leading to rapidly increasing regulations, higher taxes and rising central government power.

Laws and special interests drive the “System” and as laws increase, the “System” becomes more inflexible, unsustainably expensive and grossly inefficient.  Eventually, these metastasizing maladies of inflexibility, rising costs, inefficiency and resistance to change, drive the “System” into corruption.  The “System” becomes so powerful that it becomes virtually impossible to change without an extraordinary effort.  Sometimes violence is the only way to change the “System”.  It is certain that one President in even two terms will not change the “System.”  The fix, if there is a peaceful fix, could take several generations.

People react to the seemingly impenetrable “System” by becoming more apathetic and resigned to the inevitability of the “System”, without considering the possibility that the “System” can be changed.  They feel helpless and impotent.  Or, maybe they are just plain lazy and the fight has gone out of them. But the reality is, it will take a great deal more effort to defeat the “System” than sitting on the couch watching “Dancing with the Stars” or Sunday Night football, hoping that someone else will do the job.

The “System” is an intertwined entanglement of interlocking national and international interests of commerce, finance and trade, accompanied by government enablers of the “System” in the executive, judicial and legislative branches. The tentacles of one interest are inextricably interwoven into the tentacles of all the other interests.  Finding out what drives one, leads to a complex maze of closed doors, backrooms and secret meetings.  All the sources are purposely hidden and camouflaged.  Traces to find the truth go down dead end paths, or are blocked by impenetrable obstacles.  Sources of the “System’s” power are elusive and they are anything but constitutional.  The “System” exists because of citizen apathy and survives, thrives and grows on the people’s money and special interest agendas.

Examples of the “System” are almost endless. Unions, socialists, environmentalists and the broad category of government, at every level, drive America’s public education (or should we say indoctrination) “System”.  Attorneys, judges, court clerks and tens of thousands of state and federal rules, drive the judicial “System”, such that if justice ever finds a court, it will have become a worldwide miracle.

Special interests, including internationalists, corporations, unions, socialists and environmentalists, drive federal, state and local governments and each is part of the “System.”  Corrupt politicians whose only priority is to get elected or re-elected, drive the legislative branch of government and are part of the “System.”  Even the good politicians, if that is not a contradiction of terms, will eventually be sucked into the “System” if they want to get re-elected.

The “System” gave us the 16th Amendment, the Federal Reserve, the Internal Revenue Service, the New Deal, Social Security, the Great Society, expanded welfare, free cell phones, Medicaid, Medicare and Obama Care with each one just another name for socialism.

The “System” brought Americans the suspension of the Gold Standard. The “System” gave us worthless money that is an instrument of debt, backed by nothing.  American currency is valueless, supported by a government-created mirage.

The “System” gave us a news media that is devoid of objectivity and now personifies a wholly liberal “System” bias.

The “System” gave us liberal colleges that now only espouse one liberal viewpoint and silences any other, sometimes violently.

The “System” gave us radical environmentalism that tells man he is a virus on the earth and must be heavily regulated and his basic freedoms must be denied.   The “System” gave us the international fraud of man-caused global warming.

The “System” gave us social justice, a liberal ideology that promotes and supports only the collective, never the individual or individual rights.  Under this ideology the U. S. Constitution has become virtually meaningless.

So you see ladies and gentlemen, this “Old Wreck” of a country is in dire straits.  Those sent to fix “her” are drunk with power and corrupt.   The essential parts necessary to fix the “Old Wreck” are no longer being manufactured and are out of memory.

If Trump is not successful and the cabal of Progressives, academia, the news media and over half of the American population (the “System”) take him down and regain partial political power in 2018 and full power in 2020, the “Old Wreck” of America will be impossible to repair.  As long as those that today have the power to “fix it”, keep delaying or kicking the can down the road, a future Reagan or Trump will never be elected because Americans keep allowing history to repeat itself over, and over, and over again in furtherance of their own demise.  As long as Senator’s Collins, Murkowski, Paul, Portman and McCain keep the Republican Party from completing any meaningful legislation, the Republican Party is impotent, if not dead and will be replaced by the other party at the next election.

Many of our readers lament that we describe the problems but never the solutions.  “What are the solutions?”  There are no peaceful solutions as long as the Progressives, academia, the news media and over half the American population are in the majority and control the political process.  That’s reality.  Is there another solution?  Sure there is, but it’s very messy and violent and the outcome may not yield the desired result.

Do you “AGREE” with our assessment?

Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“.  Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners.  Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” (http://www.stusa.us/) and “Getting Even With Government” (http://www.gewgov.com/).   Ron can be reached for comment HERE.

 

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St Cloud , MN- A city targeted for Refugee Resettlement

by Ann Corcoran-

The dramatic change in demographic makeup and the escalation of tensions in St. Cloud came to my attention in the earliest days of writing this blog when my then blog partner, Judy, wrote in 2008 about how Somali students were harassing a service dog to such a degree that it caused the disabled student to leave the school.

See that story here.

It is a good thing that we captured some of that story because it seems to no longer be available at the St. Cloud Times, which surprise, surprise, seems to be the case for many of the articles we have reported on from St. Cloud in the ensuing 9 years.

Recommendation! I can’t do it here, but when I look at RRW’s archives on St. Cloud (that began with the dog abuse story) what immediately comes to mind is that what has happened to the city, now the third highest for the direct resettlement of Somalis in the state (Minneapolis and St. Paul, are numbers one and two), is that someone should do a documentary film or write a book about the transformation of a small American city that began with a meatpacking plant’s desire for cheap labor.

And what got me thinking about it this morning is this snarky editorial in the St. Cloud Times blaming the Christian haters for the tension there.

Before I get to that, take a look at my St. Cloud archive by clicking here.

A sampling of stories that you should look at include:

St. Cloud, MN Somalis turn up the stealth jihad heat, demand “human rights”

St. Cloud, MN a perfect example of community agitation to bring “change”

St. Cloud, MN update: refugees now arriving there directly from camps

On this last post, I checked data at Wrapsnet and St. Cloud was getting Somalis directly, immediately after 9/11, but I believe Lutheran Social Services MN (the resettlement contractor there) didn’t open an office in the city until 2010.

But, direct resettlement doesn’t tell the whole story because Minnesota leads the nation in secondary migration (Somali refugees placed in other states move to MN to be with their own kind of people.)

Here is some of the editorial from the St. Cloud Times showing its disdain for its Christian readers:

If Central Minnesota is going to look back on one year since the Crossroads Center attacks and ask about community relations and people getting along, we at least need to be honest.

When it comes to publicly exuding religious extremism in Central Minnesota and a lack of tolerance for others, it’s not from new immigrants nor Muslims. It’s from long-time residents. And Christians.

But there also is no denying a small, fervently vocal group of residents is working very hard to degrade new immigrants and Muslims to the point this group wants to ignore the First Amendment and move from an American democracy to a Christian theocracy. These citizens with concerns are using the First Amendment as you chronicle below. It is the SC Times attempting to silence speech with this editorial!—-ed]

Witness the continued march of anti-Islam guest speakers making stops across Central Minnesota, typically as invited guests of certain Christian pastors.

The latest came Sept. 12-14 when Christian pastor and former Muslim Shahram Hadian spoke in St. Cloud, Browerville and Freeport. His topics: “Trojan Horse of Interfaith Dialogue,” “Islam’s Assault on the Constitution” and “Islam’s March Toward Supremacy.”

Witness the handful of local folks who have shown up regularly at recent St. Cloud City Council meetings to use the public input period to demand City Council members stop the influx of immigrants.

Never mind that this is a free country, and people can live where they choose. These speakers also want city leaders to go into public schools and other places, programs and organizations over which the city has no control.

So how many Christians in St. Cloud have attempted to murder Muslims?

(Don’t miss Leo Hohmann here on the feckless FBI on Somali refugee Adan who attempted to murder Americans one year ago in St. Cloud.)

But, somehow, to the editors at the St. Cloud Times, it’s the Christians (exercising their First Amendment rights!) who are the haters?

The editors continue…

To be clear, Dahir Adan stabbing 10 people at Crossroads a year ago was among the most horrific crimes experienced in Central Minnesota. And, yes, it certainly met the definition of terrorism.

It is unsettling that even a year later the FBI is not providing more details, especially clarity as to whether Adan was acting alone.

More here.

I’m frustrated! The story of St. Cloud needs to reach all Americans, so someone in the larger media needs to do a full investigation, or better still write a whole book or produce a documentary film so that all of America can be warned!

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