Thank you God, For Men. Real Men.

This is a re-post of something I wrote several years ago for Father’s Day. I think this Father’s Day weekend is a good time to share it again, and now is a good time to celebrate and appreciate God’s gift of manhood.

45 years ago today I was blessed to marry the most wonderful man in the world. From the time I met him, just before I turned 18, he became the yardstick I measured all men by. He’s never failed to keep that bar high.

He inspired this post. I love him with all my heart. He has my respect, my loyalty, my admiration. He deserved the best of wives in return, but never complained about settling for me.

26 God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.’

27 God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.

I had an experience this weekend that made me think about men, about masculinity. It seems manhood is under attack these days from many directions. Indeed, in my opinion, a part of what so offends so many people about President Trump, especially Hillary supporters, is his unapologetic masculinity. He is a man who knows his power and embraces it.

That being said (and I can’t believe I put it in here, knowing where it could lead) please don’t make this another political free for all. My point here is broader.

To all you guys out there, tough guys, whether you express that inner strength clad in a business suit or well worn jeans and work boots, please accept the appreciation and approval of those of us who celebrate who and what you are, and what you do. Every day in ways large and small, you go out and just get the job done. You don’t ask for approval, thanks, or cheers because it just wouldn’t occur to you, and you are too busy getting things done to stop for recognition. 

Lots of feminists have a problem with men. I believe they throw around terms like patriarchy,  which they probably never looked up in their Funk and Wagnalls. Some humans with an X chromosome, and a few without one, appear to be threatened by the reality of masculinity.

Get a grip chicks, if you are really okay with who and what you are, men are not a threat, but a gift, not competition, but complementary. If your “feminine power” must be derived from the destruction of the epic event of God’s creation, you are pathetic already and men have nothing to do with that failure, you own it.

I’m not even going to waste breath here encouraging men to not allow women to define their masculinity. He who does that is already beyond my poor advice.

ConnerJune20174Men. All ages, sizes, colors, and other assorted variations. You were different from the moment of conception, and thank God for that. As a child you were faster, stronger, dirtier, and louder. You were often fearless while I stood beside you weighing the odds and assessing the situation. You climbed the tree while I looked for the ladder. You snuck out with the family car while I was cajoling dad for the keys.

In my day, back in the Dark Ages, as we grew into teens and young men and women, you actually appreciated my femininity and rewarded me with attention and admiration. Many of you were kind enough to open doors for me, walk alongside the curb beside me, and lift heavy objects before I tried to. You paid the bill for our dates, and if you ever wanted another one, you walked me to the door.

Because God is good, and loving, and gives us abundant graces and good things, in the early days of my womanhood, I fell in love with this wondrous creature God made from dust and clay. That right there ought to be a hint to us, man from dirt, earthy, strong, fundamental. But, I digress.

I married a man. A for real not apologizing for it man. He has muscles and strength and brawn and intelligence and toughness, a toughness that nothing in this world has ever even come close to breaking. Not even a little crack. Not once in all our years (41 Monday) has he ever even paused in the face of terrible trials and hardships. Now, I know him. I know that he isn’t a robot and he isn’t superman. Sure he’s had doubts, fears, and moments of desperation.

He never once, not one time, not ever considered giving in to them. On his shoulders landed the burdens that would have crushed me and our family without him. God alone knows the weight he bore. His faith was apparent and he led our family to church, led us in faith and worship. The kind that isn’t really so much talked about as lived.

So today, as we honor fathers, I just wanted to throw out a little appreciation for men. I pray that as the world turns and we learn from our mistakes, someday it is popular and honored for men to be men again. Soldiers, sailors, welders, business men, salesmen, teachers, pipefitters, mechanics, electricians, truck drivers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, preachers, rabbis, priests. Fathers, husbands, sons.

Thank you, God, for making men. Thank you for making them in your image. If you, Father, are the model from which my husband was formed, I sure am going to be so happy to meet you. Thank you for all the wonderful men you gifted us with, especially your Son.

Added note. To all who were here with us when my grandson Conner had his heart surgery almost two years ago now, who have asked so frequently how he’s doing, I added his picture. Yep, he’s one of the next generation of fearless daredevil boys in the family. His favorite thing is climbing and jumping, which he’s in the process of doing here. Thank you all for remembering him.

Added note to the added note 😀: As I said, this post was written four years ago. Conner will be six this summer, God help us keep up with him.

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June 19th – 2021 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 151

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the JoeBama Administration and Presidency.

“This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. I have studied history for years and I cannot recall it ever happening. It may be that our task is impossible. Yet, if we do not try then how will we know it can’t be done? And if we do not try, it most certainly won’t be done. The Founders’ Republic, and the larger war for western civilization, will be lost.”

“But I tell you this: We will not go gently into that bloody collectivist good night. Indeed, we will make with our defiance such a sound as ALL history from that day forward will be forced to note, even if they despise us in the writing of it.”

~ Mike Vanderboegh

This thread will refresh daily and appear above the Open Discussion Thread.

Whenever the possibility presents, throw sand into the machinery…

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Saturday June 19th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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Arizona Audit Liaison Ken Bennett Explains Current Status of Maricopa County Audit and Next Steps

Former Arizona Secretary of State and current senate liaison for the Maricopa County audit, Ken Bennett, gives an interesting interview to John Fredricks Outside The Beltway podcast to share the current status of the Maricopa County audit.

Mr. Bennett notes the hand audit of the original ballots is nearing completion as they finish out the last several batches of duplicated ballots. However, the audit of the electronic records is more challenging because the Maricopa Board of Supervisors are refusing to give information related to the Routers used (verification of non-internet connection) and administrative passwords for the tabulation machines.

Additionally, the auditors need to review 1.9 million envelopes that need to have signatures in order to qualify as valid mail-in ballots/votes.  Without signatures the envelopes should never have been opened and the ballots disqualified.  The audit team needs to check the envelopes for signatures.  There will also be a few weeks where physical canvassing of the region will take place for identified “voting anomalies” (ex. 52 ballots from a single family home).   The entire process is likely to flow into August before the final report is assembled.  WATCH:

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Glenn Greenwald Asks Reasonable Questions About the FBI’s Involvement in January 6th Capitol Hill Event

While journalist Darren Beattie insults CTH for pointing out the flaws in his advocacy (calling CTH “autistic and stupid“, duly noted), journalist Glenn Greenwald focuses his intellectual armament against the correct enemy highlighting the pattern of the FBI infiltrating and manipulating domestic groups.  Greenwald has a solid outline on Substack worth reading (excerpt):

Greenwald – […] “If the FBI had advanced knowledge of what was being plotted yet did nothing to stop the attack, it raises numerous possibilities about why that is. It could be that they just had yet another “intelligence failure” of the kind that they claimed caused them to miss the 9/11 attack and therefore need massive new surveillance authorities, budget increases, and new Patriot-Act-type laws to fix it. It could be that they allowed the riot to happen because they did not take it seriously enough or because some of them supported the cause behind it, or because they realized that there would be benefits to the security state if it happened. Or it could be that they were using those operatives under their control to plot with, direct, and drive the attack — as they have done so many times in the past — and allowed it to happen out of either negligence or intent.” (continue reading)

Greenwald’s points, and his historic references, are well taken; actually, Greenwald’s outline reminded CTH of an event in 2015 that in hindsight has a very similar pattern and reference point(s).

Do you remember the 2015 Waco, Texas, Twin Peaks shooting/massacre?

Everything about the “Twin Peaks” massacre in 2015 was sketchy from the outset.  There were local, state and federal law enforcement units surrounding the gathering of the bikers at the restaurant.  No-one admits exactly who started the shooting (claims are disputed) but when the smoke cleared many of the dead bikers were shot by .223 rifle ammunition, later identified as the ammunition carried in the weapons of the SWAT and federal snipers who were pre-positioned around the venue.

Hundreds of shots were fired from the perimeter of the building by law enforcement directly into the crowd.  You might remember the FBI (“federal law enforcement”) took over the investigation and the forensics results from bullets retrieved were sealed as part of the investigation.  Almost two-hundred people were arrested, many charged with “conspiracy”, but not a single person was ever convicted of any crime.  Only one case brought to court, and they couldn’t even get close to a conviction. Not a single conviction of any crime.

After a few years of obfuscation, muddled attempts at framing prosecution, and a district attorney who would not release any information to the defense lawyers, the prosecution dropped the cases against all of the people involved.

Poof, just like that, the story of a massive shooting event just disappeared…

2019 – “Such was the mayhem of the gunfight that erupted between biker gangs at a Texas restaurant four years ago, that it may never be entirely clear how the clash that left nine people dead and 20 injured actually unfurled.

But the public now knows exactly how the criminal investigations into the bloody shootout ended: after 177 arrests and 155 indictments, there was one trial and no convictions.

[…] Little evidence has been made public, but details obtained by the Associated Press suggested that four of the bikers were struck with bullets from .223-caliber rifles – the only type of weapon used by Waco police that day.

Police and the district attorney’s office declined to comment on those details at the time, but defended the officers’ use of force.” (read more)

There was not a single conviction for any crime, ANY CRIME, for any of the 177 people arrested. All of the cases were just dropped.

It was absolutely certain the feds had undercover agents in both the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs (ie. gangs), as law enforcement had attributed a wide-variety of criminal behaviors including drugs, racketeering, murder, conspiracy and violence to both nationwide organizations.  Approximately three years after the Twin Peaks massacre, in 2018, the leaders of the Bandidos were arrested on unrelated charges.

The framed-up charges of “conspiracy” against those 177 arrested bikers in Texas have a similar smell to the 200 arrests, some for “conspiracy”, in the January 6th DC riot.

Perhaps once the January 6th political narrative is exhausted those prosecutions will also be dropped, and poof – the story will just disappear.

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