I enjoy a lot of diverse types of music. Until today, Disturbed wasn’t included in my list of “likes”. Sure, they have some catchy tunes and big beats, but I don’t like profanity and swearing. Then I heard something amazing from Disturbed‘s frontman, David Draiman, a cover of a song I’ve enjoyed for many, many years.

Music from Simon and Garfunkel are a bit before my day, but it’s generally “good” music, and I enjoy it despite the fact that I didn’t exactly grow up with it. One of my favorites is The Sound Of Silence.

Now Disturbed has covered the The Sound Of Silence and, in my opinion, it’s better than the original.

“When I cut the vocal, I had just finished tracking another song, and it was the end of my work day. I was exhausted, and I wasn’t expecting to have to sing anymore…” — Disturbed frontman David Draiman

The manner in which the lyrics are conveyed in this version make it much more pointed and specific to the troubles and events that surround us today, making those words more pointed and relevant. To me it sounds like an anthem for our day.

Political Correctness is The Sound of Silence

Here are some of the lyrics.

…a vision softly creeping, left its seeds while I was sleeping…
… in the naked light I saw, ten thousand people, maybe more,
People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening.
… no one dared to stir the sound of silence.

…And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they’d made…

“Fool”, said I, “you do not know! Silence, like a cancer, grows!
“Hear my words and I might teach you, take my arms then I might reach you.”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell, and echoed in the wells of silence.

The “coincidences” just keep piling up. Today, September 25th, 2015, John A. Boehner announced that he will resign one of the most powerful positions in the world – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Background

In these United States, national government is divided into three branches:

  1. The Executive Branch: the President of the United States of America heads the Executive Branch
  2. The Legislative Branch: the Legislative Branch is divided into two components: the House of Representatives and the Senate
  3. The Judicial Branch

Senate

The Senate was originally designed to represent the Several States – not the People in those States. Two Senators were appointed by the Legislatures of each of the States. These Senators could be recalled to report on their performance in the Senate at any time – and could be immediately replaced by the Legislature of their State. Today, however, States have surrendered this power and have given it to the People of the States – except for the recall, report, and replace powers which were lost completely.

The Vice President of the United States (VPOTUS) is the ex officio President of the Senate. He has the power to cast tie-breaking votes and the right to act as presiding officer over the Senate. Even though the VPOTUS is the President of the Senate, the day to day operation of the Senate is carried out by the President pro tempore – well, sort of.

Modern Presidents pro tempore rarely preside over the Senate. In practice, the junior senators of the majority party typically preside in order to learn Senate procedure.

The rules of the Senate give the President of the Senate (or President pro tempore) very little power (in contrast to powerful office of Speaker of the House).

The Vice President (currently Joe Biden) is the first in line of succession to replace the President of the United States.

The President pro tempore of the Senate (Currently Orrin Hatch) is the third in line of succession to replace the President of the United States

House of Representatives

Representatives are elected by the People of the State which they will represent. Every State has at least two Representatives, but most have more than that – based on population. The House of Representatives is lead by the Speaker of the House, who has historically belonged to the political party that holds the majority of seats – today that’s the Republicans.

The Speaker of the House is second in line of succession to replace the President of the United States.

January 6th, 2015, the newly elected House of Representatives voted to elect their Speaker. Those elected were a particularly conservative bunch, and it was assumed that the historically not conservative John Boehner would not be elected to the seat. Some did not vote for Boehner, but when he won re-election he removed those who voted against him from their positions on Senate Committees – a move that many felt was vindictive and punitive.

Mia Love, the first black woman to represent the People of Utah, shocked some conservatives when the first vote she cast as a new congresswoman was to keep John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Many of her constituents claimed they had lost faith in their “hero”, and that she had shown her “true self”.

John Boehner Resigns

Boehner struggled to manage the challenges of partisan politics, and to address the increasingly conservative viewpoints of the Republican members of the House.  In 2013, President Obama refused to sign a Continuing Resolution to fund the United States federal government, and caused a shutdown that ran from October 1st to October 16th, 2013. The President and the mainstream media blamed the shutdown on the Republicans, who had successfully added a provision to delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) to the bill. President Obama apparently felt it was more desirable to shut down the government (by refusing to sign the bill) than to delay the implementation of his health care bill – but that’s not the message he was able to “sell” to the People, he successfully blamed the shutdown on the Republicans, despite the fact that it was his missing signature that shut down the government. What’s more, Democrats refused to come to the negotiation table leading up to and during the shutdown – a move that most characterize as a way to make the shutdown “more painful”.

Today we find ourselves on the eve of another shutdown because Republicans in the House want to add provisions to the Continuing Resolution that would defund Planned Parenthood (after ten videos showing top leadership negotiating to sell parts from aborted babies have surfaced) and prohibit abortions where the fetus is capable of feeling pain (after 20 weeks). President Obama has promised to veto any bill with those provisions – including a Continuing Resolution. Put another way, if Republicans defund Planned Parenthood or prohibit abortions after 20 weeks, President Obama has promised to shut down the government – though he and the mainstream media will likely blame this on Republicans again.

Speaker Boehner is under intense pressure from conservatives in his party and is even facing an effort by some that would declare the Speaker of the House position vacant (essentially a vote of no-confidence in Boehner) that, if successful, would all but end his political career.

Due to those and other conditions, today Boehner announced that he plans to resign not only his position as Speaker of the House, but his Congressional seat as well – vacating both at the end of October 2015.

Once the Speaker seat is vacated, a new election will be held in the House. Representatives would likely cast their votes along party lines, which would put Representative Kevin McCarthy of California (the current Majority Leader) as the likely winner.

However, some of the more conservative Representatives would like Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to serve in the position (Ryan has said he does not want the job). Nonetheless, if the Republican vote is split between two (or more) candidates, it’s entirely possible that a Democrat would be elected to the position – which would be very unusual.

“John Boehner has been a great leader of the Republican Party and the House of Representatives. This was an act of pure selflessness. John’s decades of service have helped move our country forward, and I deeply value his friendship. We will miss John, and I am confident our conference will elect leaders who are capable of meeting the challenges our nation faces. I wish John and his family well as he begins the next phase of his life.” – Representative Paul Ryan

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who many conservatives call a RINO (“Republican in Name Only”) due to his fairly Liberal voting record, was surprised, and said that Boehner’s resignation had “perilous implications” for Republican prospects going into next year’s elections.

“It means that’s it in disarray. Basically he has been unseated. And that’s not good for the Republican Party. We’ve got to unite and recognize who the adversary is.” – John McCain

 

Many conservatives feel this is an opportunity.

 “Too often, Speaker Boehner has stood in the way. Today’s announcement is a sign that the voice of the American people is breaking through in Washington. Now is the time for a principled, conservative leader to emerge. Heritage Action will continue fighting for conservative policy solutions, and we look forward to working with the new leadership team.” – Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive of Heritage Action

It’s clear that Boehner wants to avert another government shutdown while on his watch. In the past Boehner has relied on Democrats to sidestep conservative resistance to budget deals with the White House.

“He will be free to prevent a government shutdown, as he has said he wants to do, by doing what he’s done numerous times, and that’s to pass a bill with [Democratic Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi’s help. After that, he can ride off into the sunset.” – Omar Sharif, SG Americas Security

Boehner had this to say:

“My mission every day is to fight for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government. Over the last five years, our majority has advanced conservative reforms that will help our children and their children. I am proud of what we have accomplished.

“The first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution that we all love. It was my plan to only serve as Speaker until the end of last year, but I stayed on to provide continuity to the Republican Conference and the House. It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. To that end, I will resign the Speakership and my seat in Congress on October 30.

“Today, my heart is full with gratitude for my family, my colleagues, and the people of Ohio’s Eighth District. God bless this great country that has given me – the son of a bar owner from Cincinnati – the chance to serve.”

What does all this mean, and does anyone else think it’s ironic that the announcement came on September 25th, 2015, the Day of Atonement?

Some years ago a song by Green Day was popular – “Wake me up when September ends”. It was a somber song.

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when September ends

Like my father’s come to pass
Seven years has gone so fast
Wake me up when September ends

Autumn has officially started and September is drawing to a close, but there has been a lot of talk about “the End of September” and something big looming.

Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement and is ten days after Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

In ancient Israel, the calendar was based around the cycles of the moon – more specifically, around witnessed observations of the cycles of the moon. The new moon must be witnessed by two people. Rosh Hashana, the New Year, was supposed to begin at sunset on September 12, but at the time, Israel was being slammed by the worst sand storm the country has ever seen – it lasted six days.

Those who still rely on moon sightings claim that, according to scripture, Rosh Hashanah was delayed by two days. Since Yom Kippur starts 10 days after Rosh Hashana, it too would be delayed by two days – sunset on Thursday, September 24, which is 6:34 PM (GMT+3).

Although the practice of witnessed observation of the moon isn’t practiced in modern Israel, many more traditional Jewish people still use this method to determine the timing of their holy days.

The End of September

Yesterday (September 23rd) we talked about the “coincidences” surrounding the number 266 and what all that means (or could mean).

Today, September 24th, the Pope addressed a joint session of Congress – for the first time in history.

Tomorrow morning, September 25th, the Pope is scheduled to make an appearance at United Nations General-Assembly.

September 25th marks the end of the “500 days to avoid climate chaos” that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius spoke of on May 13, 2014, when he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Since the Pope an POTUS talked about climate change. what might be said at the United Nations tomorrow?

Pope Francis:

“Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our ‘common home,’ we are living at a critical moment of history.”

President Obama:

“Holy Father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet — God’s magnificent gift to us. We support your call to all world leaders to support the communities most vulnerable to a changing climate and to come together to preserve our precious world for future generations.”

September 25th to September 27th is when The United Nations is going to launch their new “sustainable development” plan called “The 2030 Agenda”.

September 25th is when Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, ends (if the delay mentioned above is be observed).

September 28th is when Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, begins.

September 28th is the last of the four “blood moons” – it will be a “supermoon” that will be clearly visible from the city of Jerusalem. A similar pattern of eclipses happened just before and just after the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in 70 AD.

What does all that mean?

I don’t have any idea. I’m just putting pieces of a big puzzle together.

If I were to speculate at what the picture all those puzzle pieces make, here’s what I’d infer (and I could be completely wrong).

What did Pope Francis talk about in his address? Perhaps what’s more telling is what he didn’t address, namely abortion and same-sex marriage. That’s right, even though the Supreme Court recently came out with a ruling on same-sex marriage, the Pope didn’t even mention it (supporting it or condemning it).

Now, many Republicans want to:

  • defund Planned Parenthood (the number one leader in abortion services in the States),
  • prohibit abortions past 20 weeks (when fetuses are capable of feeling pain), and
  • require medical aid be provided to babies who survive a failed abortion.

And they’re attaching (or trying to attach) these as conditions on the Continuing Resolution to keep the government open for business (and prevent another government shutdown). The Pope didn’t mention anything about abortion, either. Odd given the proximity and timing.

Instead, the Pope talked about helping the poor, addressing the plight of immigrants, abolishing the death penalty, taking a stand against guns (despite being surrounded by armed guards), and climate change. That’s right, banning guns and protecting the environment were more important to the Pope than homosexuality and abortion. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions there.

Now, put that in line:

  1. The Pope and POTUS talked about climate change in their addresses on 9/24
  2. The Pope is speaking to the United Nations, presumably about climate change on 9/25
  3. The last day of the 500 days to prevent “climate chaos” is 9/25
  4. From 9/25 to 9/27 the United Nations is launching their new “sustainable development” plan called “The 2030 Agenda”
  5. 9/28 starts the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles
  6. 9/28 is the last of the four “blood moons” in this cycle – and it’s going to be a “supermoon”

What do you think? Coincidences?

Let me put this on the record right now: I am pro-choice – just maybe not how some define it.

Both the woman and the man had a CHOICE to be intimate together. They both had the CHOICE to engage in intercourse*.

The consequence of those CHOICES is ultimately the creation of another human being. From the moment those two pieces of the mother and the father combine, another person has been created. That person, too, has a CHOICE.

*In the instances where the woman didn’t have a choice (rape, incest, or extreme medical necessity to protect the life of the mother), that’s where the conversation of abortion becomes valid.

In the meantime, all those who believe it’s a woman’s body and a woman’s choice, I agree — except that her CHOICE was made when she chose to engage in intercourse. Any pregnancy (unwanted or not) is a CONSEQUENCE of that choice.

Everyone loves chocolate, right? But if you had your choice between a chocolate bar and a silver bar, which would you pick?

That’s exactly the question put in front of a bunch of random people in front of a coin shop.

“You’re a winner today! We’re offering a free Hershey bar, right out of the fridge, or a free silver bar – it’s 10 ounces, it’s a little tarnished. Which one do you want?”

One woman even said:

“But is it (the Hershey bar) real? It doesn’t seem real.”

Just so you know, a king-sized Hershey bar sells for right around $2.00. At today’s prices, a 10 ounce silver bar sells for over $150.

Source: Mark Dice

Many of you have asked about the specific objections the Party has to SB 54 (the Utah Legislature/”Count My Vote” compromise). Please see eight major objections below – (for the sake of brevity, preserving our Constitutional Rights is a given):

  1. The SB 54 “compromise” allows candidates who are not Republicans to run on the ballot as Republicans.
  2. It allows a candidate to be on the Republican primary ballot without having to get one Republican signature.
  3. It allows someone to win a Republican primary with as little as 10 percent of the vote, because there is no majority vote requirement.
  4. It forces the Utah Republican Party to have all 29 county conventions in a two week period.
  5. It does not allow the Republican Party to ensure that candidates running on the Republican primary ballot even acknowledge that they support the Republican Party’s platform.
  6. “Count My Vote” has never been about increasing voter participation. It has always been about finding another way to gain access to the Republican Party brand, and they are using the appeal of increasing voter participation as the rallying cry to do it.
  7. We have one state convention in 2015 to make all the required changes to comply with the aggressive 2016 timeline.
  8. If we can’t comply with the SB 54 requirements in time, Republicans may not be on the ballot in 2016.

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