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51st State

I’m just wondering whether we’ve already applied to be the 51st state, or do we have to wait till after ‘Brexit’? If they’re quick Eire could become 52nd and that would solve the ‘hard border’ problem (not!).

We are, naturally, closer to the Americans than we are to the Europeans. That must be so despite America being 3/4 full of European migrants, UK being completely full of migrants and Europe being a mixed, migrant population. The US constitution is based more on French than British, and their current president is a self-obsessed ego-maniac, which must be good reasons to want to join up.   …  see the post here

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Propaganda Trap – and the danger to Truth

[This is my new post – to read all of it go here]

Unsurprisingly, to those of us who try to keep an eye on what’s going on in the Middle East, there’s a propaganda ‘war’, and gullible western media is falling for it. The excerpt below is worth reading as a comment in itself, but please go to the article as well.

‘Larry Derfner, the American-turned-Israeli who is one of that country’s most experienced reporters, is hammering away at the truth on his Facebook page:

I’ve been arguing all day against Israel’s policy of continually bombing Syria, Lebanon and Iran, pointing out that they’re not bombing us, we’re bombing them, which means we’re not acting in self defense, we’re the aggressors. . . For [people with the opposing opinion] it doesn’t matter how many times Israel bombs the enemy and the enemy doesn’t bomb back — Israel is still bombing in self-defense and the other side is still the aggressor. Why? Because Israel is Israel and Iran/Syria/Lebanon is Iran/Syria/Lebanon. Israel is right because it is good and they are wrong because they are bad. . .’    from Mondoweiss  (read the article here)

Following Trump’s attempt to rip up the nuclear deal with Iran, Britian, Germany and France are hurrying to agree that agreement on missile development and regional interference is essential.  While I heartily agree I have to say, they, the ‘West’ have got their angle of view distorted.  In the modern era Iran has been attacked a number of times but, to the best of my knowledge, has never initiated an attack.  What they do ‘under the radar’ is as opaque as any, and there’s plenty of competition – from ‘the West’.

Think about the word ‘regional’ in regional interference.

1984, and counting…

‘We increasingly inhabit a time and place in Western history when humility is perceived to be a sign of weakness; when meekness is taken for a vice, not a virtue; when puff is more important than substance; when leadership, even in church, frequently has more to do with politics, pizzaz, and showmanship, or with structure and hierarchy, than with spiritual maturity and conformity to Jesus Christ; when the budget is thought to be a more important indicator of eccesiastical success than prayerfulness; and when loose talk of spiritual experience wins an instant following, even when that talk is mingled with a scarcely concealed haughtiness  that has learned neither humility nor tears.’

How I wish that I had written that;  it is the first paragraph from chapter 1 of Don Carson’s ‘From Triumph to Maturity’  published in 1984 (IVP); and it could not be more relevant today!

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