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At Shearer Academy, memorization is a vital aspect of spiritual formation and sharpening our minds. Scripture has much to say about hiding God’s word in your heart and knowing his Word for yourself and for others. Second Timothy 3:14-17 says:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
This year we have committed to memory Psalm 103, Lamentations 3:22-23, Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 19, John 15:1-8, and Psalm 121.
As we study American History this year, we are now turning our attention to noteworthy speeches of this period. My oldest is memorizing a portion of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream,” my second daughter is memorizing “The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln, and I am working on “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth. While committing these to memory, we study the historical background and context of the speech, which is always fascinating. Additionally, these speeches provide wisdom and context to our many political and cultural discussions.
Here’s the transcript of Sojourner’s speech, “Aint’ I a Woman?” given at the Women’s Convention in December 1851 in Akron, Ohio.
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.
iTunes has a good recording of the speech at “Every Tone a Testimony” by Various Artists.
Having lived a good portion of my life in northwest Minnesota and being part Norwegian, this list made me laugh. For all you like-minded people, here is a little something to make you chuckle. Enjoy.
1. Der’s only one God, ya know.
2. Don’t make that fish on your mantle an idol.
3. Cussing ain’t Minnesota nice.
4. Go to church even when you’re up north or at the lakes.
5. Honor your folks.
6. Don’t kill. Catch and release.
7. There is only one Lena for every Ole. No cheatin’.
8. If it ain’t your lutefisk, don’t take it.
9. Don’t be braggin’ about how much ya shoveled.
10. Keep your mind off your neighbor’s hotdish.
Environmentalist wackos intend to inflict their ideology on the world, whether we agree with them or not.
This is just insane.
Yeah, right. The more “news” that spews forth from the O Camp and Democrats in general, the more I see a class system ala Imperial Rome. The politicians are the elites, the aristocracy, the ruling class. We are the plebs, the common people, the masses or hoi polloi.
The list is long and will grow, but let’s look at two examples from today’s news that demonstrate this great divide.
Case in Point #1:
Caroline Kennedy is interested in replacing Hillary Clinton in her soon-to-be-vacant NY Senate seat. What political experience does Caroline Kennedy have other than being an attorney, an author, serving on various Boards, and some stump speeches for other candidates? None.
BUT her last name is Kennedy.
Case in Point #2:
The Obamas will be vacationing in upscale Kailua on the island of Oahu for Christmas. Having lived on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for two and a half years, which is a stone’s throw from Kailua, I am quite familiar with the area. Dumps in Kailua cost $750k. Anything in that area along Kailua beach is pricey, like millions pricey. To be sure, it is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. Kailua is on the windward side. Because it receives more rain than the leeward side of Honolulu, the lush beauty and the majestic Ko’olau mountain range are awe-inspiring. When it rains, spontaneous waterfalls cascade the mountains. It really is something to behold.
Kailua is the quintessential beach town–laid back and slow. Obama’s vacation digs will be relaxing and serene. He will be vacationing like a king. Somehow, I can’t imagine the locals being happy about the traffic jams he will cause since there are only a couple of main streets. Hopefully he won’t go anywhere or the locals will be stuck going nowhere fast.
Hey, if Obama wants to vacation in one of the most expensive places in our country, knock yourself out! My problem is this: drop the class warfare rhetoric and stop pretending that you’re one of the common people. Common people don’t live in million dollar houses, complain about the price of arugula at Whole Foods, send their kids to an elementary school that costs $28k+ per year, or vacation in multi-million dollar beachfront homes in Hawaii no less. That isn’t common people livin’, but living like a king.
An interesting tidbit to his getaway vacation spot: from his beachfront view and across the lagoon, he’ll see the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, home of the awesome Marines (one of the five military branches stationed on the islands). The above picture is one I took while living there. It’s a typical view from the Kailua side of MCBH, with the multi-million dollar oceanfront “civilian” properties of Kailua across the water in front of the Ko’olau mountains.
Come to think of it, I wonder if he’ll stop and visit the Marines since it is literally right around the corner. Doubt it. Not that the Marines care. They’re too busy defending freedom and keeping us all safe.
An endless supply of sexism today! Oh joy. This time courtesy of MesS-NBC. ***CONTENT WARNING***
Let’s hope the producer will get help for his obvious inability to handle stress and latent misogyny.
(thanks to commenter joannathemaid)
The adulation and idolatry worship of the mere mortal messiah Barack Obama continues.
STREET NAME: Check.
SCHOOL NAME: Check.
CITY NAME: Check.
Already sealed: MOUNTAIN
Still working on it: B.O. NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Normally, accolades such as these occur after a person has performed well and actually done something. I guess just being “Barack Obama” is sufficient for his cult followers.
PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) rears its ugly head and the Left and the MSM city slickers are in a tizzy again courtesy of, guess who?: Sarah Palin! You’d think they were obsessed with her or something . . .
Doing what governors do prior to Thanksgiving, Governor Sarah Palin pardoned a turkey. While at the turkey farm, she gave an impromptu on-camera interview as the other not-so-fortunate gobblers were prepared in the background for our Thanksgiving feasts next week.
This is outrageous because? Someone give these lefties and liberal MSM elites a clue. They wouldn’t be such blubbering hypocrites if they showed some outrage at the barbaric practice of abortion on demand and partial birth abortion. The beasts are these liberal idiots who will sound a clarion call to defend an animal, but not an innocent baby.
This pithy, sobering email comment from NRO sums up the Left’s outrage perfectly:
She should tell the media that she apologizes and she’ll do her next interview inside an abortion clinic.
(h/t Power Line)
Since I am a home educator, Joy Behar’s comments about homeschooled children being “demented” caught my eye. (I never watch this drivel. Ever. I read about the story online.) Ironically, Whoopi Goldberg was homeschooled, to what extent I do not know.
The humdinger begins around the 6:00 mark and putters out around 7:30.
Ms. Blowhard owes an awful lot of people an apology. Will she? Doubtful. Does it matter? Anyone with an ounce of common sense recognizes that she is a graceless, clueless, arrogant, vulgar, crass individual. My daughters have more class and respect for others in their pinkies than this grown woman. Why she still has a job is beyond me. Why people listen to her and give her the time of day is another mystery.
If you want to exercise your First Amendment rights (while you still can), then you may send ABC a complaint here.
As the wise sage Solomon penned, “Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”
h/t Michelle Malkin
Freedom of speech is acceptable only when I agree with you.
The final tally of California’s Prop 8:
The people voted and they voted to define marriage between a man and a woman. Get. Over. It. Move. On.
Welcome to the Banana Republic.
Obamamessiah weekend slobfest below.*
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said God’s divine plan for the world is the reason President-elect Barack Obama won the election, and that God will make sure Obama has the vision needed to guide the country through current economic and social woes.
Speaking Sunday at Mosque Maryam, the movement’s headquarters, Farrakhan gave a speech titled “America’s New Beginning: President-elect Barack Obama” and warned the packed audience that having a black president will not mean the end of racial inequity in the U.S.
The prime minister of Antigua “plans to rename its highest peak after Barack Obama.”
Kenya declares a national holiday after President-Elect Obama.
Not to be upstaged, a civil rights organization in Kansas wants November 4 to be a national holiday, commemorating the day “America grew up” by electing Barack Obama as President of the U.S. Forget Presidents’ Day, they want The President’s Day!
To Obama be the glory.
Newsweek: Under God: Is Obama a (or the) Messiah?
Slate: Inaugurated the Obama Messiah Watch in 2007
Ben Shapiro weighed in.
*Excuse me while I go and take a shower.
In Philadelphia, police arrested a young man wearing a McCain/Palin t-shirt at a post-election rally for President-Elect Obama.
No resistance to the officers, yet they rough him up. DBKP thinks they probably saved his life.
There is no dissent in the Age of Obama.
Gird your loins people.
Irrationality hangs in the air.