On the State of Political Rage: A Tri-Part Battle; Nevertheless, Hope

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

THE RAGE

Are you beginning to think that the current state of rage on the part of the far left in the United States is unprecedented–and very disturbing? If so, you join a growing number of people with the same serious concern.

How bad has it become?

Here is a very recent example:

http://ijr.com/2017/01/790842-protester-calls-on-crowd-to-start-killing-people-wait-till-you-find-out-what-she-does-for-a-living/

Spoiler Alert: the subject of the above report, who is an African-American woman spewing profanities, racism, and a call to criminal activities against President Trump, European-Americans, and law enforcement officers, is a pre-school teacher, and in her diatribe she gives an example of how she apparently will infuse her lesson plans with her rage by encouraging children in her care to,  “throw that f*cking cop car in the garbage.” Continue reading

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On the EO RE: Immigration–Beware the Deceptive Straw Man and Keep Calm

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Is it heartless and hateful to enact reasonable immigration restrictions? Is it so black-and-white? Or is there a “straw man” lurking somewhere?

ONE VIEW

A friend of mine, also a blogger, whose work I admire for the normally scholarly care she takes in citing her sources in context, posted an uncharacteristically non-scholarly commentary on President Trump’s recent Executive Order (EO) regarding immigration.

Her summary lacked her usual care in citing (and considering) original sources, and can be summed up, I think, in her emotion-based argument, quoted here, supported by a hypothetical “hard case”: Continue reading

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“I Am Not A Disgrace to Women Because I Don’t Support the Women’s March,” by Vanny Byington

I simply cannot think of a better way to put this.  Continue reading

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A Plea to Anarchists and Protesters Planning Violence On Inauguration, 2017

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

The plea: step aside for a few moments and carefully think it over. There may be a lot more at stake for you than you think…

I have said it many times during this U.S. election season: in all of the years I have been eligible to vote (45), I have never seen such a level of raw rage. Continue reading

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“Fake News” and “News Bubbles”–On Selling the Need to Eliminate Freedom of Speech

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

“They were interchangeable tools, and the catchy phrases continued without abatement.” ― Robert A. Caro (who writes about power and power brokers).

Of late, headlines seem peppered with two new expressions–“fake news” and “news bubbles”.

Say, what?

What’s happened to the news? Continue reading

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On Self-Help Lists, GOD-Help Lists, and How I Succeeded Despite Math

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

For those who are reading this for the “How I Succeeded Despite Math” part, skip to “Real Life Math Story,” below. 

ON SELF-HELP LISTS

Recently, I viewed a number of  good “self-help” videos on strategies to overcome self-defeating thinking, one of my perennial New Year’s resolutions. It was easy to get caught up in presentation after presentation on the myriad ways and means to get a (mental) grip and get going. Continue reading

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On Personal Spiritual Revival: How, Here, Now!

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

INTRODUCTION

The hue and cry of many believers today is for revival so that Christians wake up from the many Gospels-du-jour that seem to have reduced the Word of God in many places to one or more of the following: positive thinking, New Age “speak your own reality,” pomp-and-circumstance exhibitions, and/or Sunday morning rock concerts (a stupor of a different kind).

More importantly, however, is the need for revival to overcome the Christian-phobic and anti-Christian times in which we live. Continue reading

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