Clinton testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015 (from here)
Clinton testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015 (from here)

The picture above is that of a “nasty woman”. The female of our species may be smaller, but few men go through life without ever beating a hasty retreat from an angry woman. In fact, Proverbs records such a retreat as an act of wisdom.

Proverbs 21:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

Imagine Donald Trump’s anguish.  For three 90 minutes sessions he had to put up with a tongue lashing from Hillary Clinton. If he were married to her, he could have escaped to a luxurious rooftop at one of his mansions. Instead, he was trapped in close proximity with a nasty, cold blooded woman determine to verbally eviscerate him. It goes against every instinct and social convention for a man to take such abuse without heading for rooftops.

So how did the news media report the matter? Well, Trump slipped up. He stated the obvious and shared his misery: “Such a nasty woman”.

Well, Hillary Clinton is a woman. She certainly has made every effort to make sure we know it. And as Donald Trump observed, she debates like a “nasty woman”.

What can we do about it? Well, we might want to think long and hard about who is most responsible for making this presidential campaign something so unsuited for children to watch. Meanwhile, let’s all pity and pray for poor Bill Clinton. May he always be able to find a quiet rooftop.


In my first post in this series, PART 1, I focused on the politics. Because I am into politics, that’s was my immediate response to Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man? Ortberg’s book, however, is not about modern politics. Ortberg’s book is about how Jesus changes people. Thus, Chapter 2 is about how Jesus changed the way we see each other, all made in the image of God.

To illustrate just how readily the people accepted the megalomania of their king, Ortberg uses the brutal reign of King Herod The Great. In contrast, Ortberg tells us how the ancients once disposed of unwanted children. They aborted unwanted newborns, often by leaving them to die on dung hills. Because Christians opposed infanticide, that practice slowly died. Eventually, Christians established orphanages to care for unwanted children.

God Cares About All Of Us?

In Chapter 3, Ortberg expands upon that simple, but jaw-dropping belief: we are all made in the image of God. Everyone has the potential to be our brother or sister in Christ. Here Ortberg provides some insightful bible exposition and recalls. From the Bible we learn that Jesus told us that God cares deeply for each of us.  Jesus called for us to be humble, to love each other, not to lord over each other.  From history we learn how early Christians applied Jesus’ teachings. In a world where it is every man for himself, Christian stood out. Christians stood out because they loved each other, and they even cared for strangers.

Christian slowly learned to despise and to oppose and an age-old institution, slavery. Now we have to imagine a world where slavery is normal. Of course, nobody wants to be a slave, but there was a time when nobody saw anything wrong with owning slaves. Jesus changed that. Because He taught us the values of love and humility, He taught us to see each other as one of God’s children. Who enslaves a brother or sister? Who enslaves someone they love?

When Women Became People Too

"Country Gentleman" magazine cover, November 1922. The 19th Amendment giving all women the right to vote wasn't ratified until August 1920. (from here)
“Country Gentleman” magazine cover, November 1922. The 19th Amendment giving all women the right to vote wasn’t ratified until August 1920. (from here)

Chapter 4 reminds us there is nothing new under the sun.  Today, because of its government’s one child policy, China suffers a shortage of women. The Roman Empire had a similar problem.

In the ancient Greco-Roman world, there was a huge shortage of women — about 140 men for every 100 women.  What happened to the other women?

The were left to die when they got born the wrong sex. (from Chapter 4, page 47).

What does the Bible say about women, particularly the New Testament? It shows that Jesus cared about women. Like men, God made women in His image too.

Counter to the conventions of His day, Jesus taught women and accepted their help in His ministry. When He died on that cross, the women He taught showed the most courage by staying with Him. In the quest to spread the Gospel, women too died as martyrs.

It took hundreds of years, but eventually Christians observed something in the Bible at odds with their experience in the world. The Bible says men and women stand equal before God. The world says men and women are not equal. So determined followers of Jesus Christ set about changing the world to conform to the Word of God.


campaign.pngI just finished listening to the last debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  My guess is that the news media will play up Trump’s refusal to say a priori that he will accept the results of the election.  Instead, he simply said he will wait and see.

Is Trump supposed to say something just because it looks good? Didn’t Trump say Clinton belongs in jail? She is crooked. She should not be running for president.

Given the corrupt nature of the opposition, if he thinks they are trying to rigged the election, why should we expect Trump to say he doesn’t really believe the Democrats are trying to rig the election? Does he know how far the Democrats are willing to go to steal the election? Do any of us?

We are a divided nation. Because we have made our government so powerful we have reached the point where some people will do anything to be in charge of it. Anything.

Hillary Clinton belongs in jail. She can deny it with a straight face, but the facts make her unshakable composure a lie.

Consider, for example, how Clinton responded to the question about WikiLeaks. She blamed the Russians.  Now the Russians are our great enemy? And they don’t want another president like Obama in charge? Did you note that she never said that the WikiLeaks documents are not truthful?

Am I comfortable with what WikiLeaks does? No, but we don’t disregard information just because we don’t like the source.

You think otherwise? Then I suggest you need to do more research. Instead of just listening to the mainstream media, that portion owned by just six huge corporations, check out some of the smaller guys. We need to get our news many different angles as can.

Here are just a few sites worth visiting, and they don’t even have to be news sites.


confusedWell, here is the last post in this series on quotes out of context.  I would like to say I entirely understand the response I got, but I don’t. The best I can do is make some observations.

Most of the opposition’s comments in this series landed on the first post in the series. Why? Well, here are my guesses.

  • The post was a straightforward defense of Donald Trump.  There was no mention of H. Clinton. So H. Clinton’s supporters could attack Trump’s supposed narcissism without much fear they would have to defend H. Clinton.
  • The topic is fuzzy. Everyone knows Trump supporters would not stand by him if he started shooting people in the street, but it sounds awful to gun control freaks. Apparently, since sensitive souls can’t take such talk we must condemn it. Still, I wonder how such sensitive souls survive all the violence in the mass media.

Anyway, I would like to thank the commenters.

silenceofmind took the time to remind us that the news media’s bias has become dangerous to our republic.  He also pointed out that “one of THE Donald’s attributes that is so attractive is that he is completely unsullied by political correctness”.

novaDemocrat (AKA novascout) fomented confusion.  He described Trump’s utterance as useless braggadocio, even going so far as to say that people understood what Trump meant when they first heard the remark out of context. Shrug! He is entitled to his opinion.

Stephen thought Trump’s hyperbole imprudent.

But Prudence would dictate that you should not make such violent, hyperbolic statements to begin with.

Here is a list of examples of hyperbole. Here is an explanation of hyperbole as a literary device. People use hyperbole because exaggeration sometimes serves a purpose. If we let the news media deliberately misrepresent what people say to us, at some point we must blame ourselves for wilful ignorance.

Tony only made one comment (here), but it was a doozy. Here we get an elaborate explanation of how we choose our leaders the same way we choose our favorite soda pop and a hateful string of unsupported accusations against Trump. That comment simply disregarded the fact of news media bias.

One last observation, really a question. Has Trump manipulated the news media, or has the news media manipulated Trump? I don’t know.  There is little doubt that Trump’s willingness to express himself frankly and colorfully attracts media attention. However, frank, colorful statements are also easily distorted. So there is a trade-off.

The trade-off worked for Trump in the primaries. Will it work for him in the general election. Arguably, the news media wanted Trump to win the primaries. Given, for example, how a certain ten-year old video was held until October, that is sort of obvious. Nevertheless, Trump had to be aware the media would turn on him after the primaries.  So everything he said would eventually be used against him, and it has been. So how did he plan on dealing with it? Did he have a plan? I don’t know.

What about our plan? As voters, we want the best candidate to lead our country? However, we all have out own opinions about what that best candidate should look like.  That’s is why we have to vote, but voting doesn’t solve the problem of choosing the best candidate. We still have to learn about the candidates, and we still have to give the needs of our country some thought. That requires homework.

If we don’t do any homework, the news media will just tell us what to think. Everyone is biased, and that especially includes so-called objective journalists.  Therefore, if we want to learn about the candidates, we have to take the time to listen to them. That includes checking out their websites and listening to some of their campaign speeches. Otherwise, instead of voting based upon our own biases, we will be voting based upon the biases of our favorite talking heads.

Anyway, my future posts will focus on the issues.  Which of the candidates is more qualified? Which of the candidates has the best agenda.

BTW, here are the second and third posts.