March 2nd, 2014

the United States will attack Communist China

It is 11:09 AM late Sunday morning in the ice flow. I am trying to stay awake right now. This cold winter weather makes me want to sleep. Our furnace repair man just left. Our furnace went out this morning and we had to call our furnace people to come and repair it. I am sure our bill for the furnace repair will be around $800.00 dollars maybe more. There goes our tax refund check.

Carol went to church this morning and should be home soon. This winter weather is getting to her.

I got up this morning around 6 o'clock AM due to weird dreams. I got up but decided I needed to go back to bed so I went down into our open basement and laid down in the dark till 7:30 AM.

I have had a normal morning. Like I wrote I am out of it. I need to get out and move my stiff body.

Last night I watched some television and read "Hopeful Monsters" a novel by Nicholas Mosley.

This morning I read from the book "From Creation to New Creation". I wrote a couple of pages in my March 2014 diary this morning. So existence keeps crawling along.

This morning my friend Tim called to ask me some questions centered around the preaching and science of interpreting the Bible.

Well I will close since I am running on empty.

"[18] Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
[19] To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
[20] Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
[21] For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
[22] Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee." Psalm 33:18-22
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Russia and America go to war

Well I think the end of LiveJournal has finally come. If Russia and America go to war I am sure LiveJournal will cease to exist. The Russians own LiveJournal and I am sure the Russian government will shut down LiveJournal. The Russian government will not want the Russian people in contact with Westerners. So I suppose we should say are/our good-byes. Time to pull up stakes and head for the Promise Land.

I will miss LiveJournal but I knew in time all good things must come to an end.

Maybe I will see some of you on the other side.

I especially will miss LiveJournal because it is my only channel of communication with the outside world. I have no communication outside of our home. I live in isolation mostly. I rarely talk to anybody around here. I might talk to someone outside of my family once or twice a month. I do not think I have talk to anyone in depth in years. Once LiveJournal is blocked by the Soviet government I will have hardly anyone to share my inner self with.

Well I am falling asleep so I will close. It has been good to know all my LiveJournal friends. Remember I am on Facebook and have a blog in Diaryland titled "glorycloud".

glorycloud
http://glorycloud.diaryland.com/060528_50.html

"[10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
[11] Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
[12] Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
[13] Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
[14] Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." Second Peter 3:10-14
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The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Politics of the ‘Deep State’ essay by Henry A. Giroux

The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Politics of the ‘Deep State’ By Henry A. Giroux

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Posted on Mar 2, 2014

This piece first appeared at Ragazine.

Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member for 28 years with the Senate and House Budget committees, has written an essay for Bill Moyers & Company titled “Anatomy of the ‘deep state’.” The notion of the “deep state” has a long genealogy and serves to mark the myriad ways in which power remains invisible while largely serving the interest of the financial elite, mega-corporations, and other authoritarian regimes of commanding power. The form the “deep state” takes depends upon the historical conjuncture in which it emerges and the forces that drive and benefit from it can either be at the margins or at the center of power and control. The notion of the “deep state” also points to different configurations of power. President Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex is one example of the elements of the “deep state”that emerged in the post-World War II period. Another register can be seen in the coming of age of corporate power in combination with various forms of religious, military, and educational fundamentalisms in which war becomes aligned with big business, corporate power replaces state-based political sovereignty, religious extremism shapes everyday policies, and the punishing state works in tandem with the devolution of the welfare or social state.

Lofgren argues that the “deep state” “has its own compass regardless of who is in power.” This suggests that democracy itself and its modes of ideology, governance, and policies have been hijacked by forces that are as deeply anti-democratic as they are authoritarian. One instance of the undermining of democracy is evident in the overreach of presidential power by Obama is not only on full display, as Lofgren points out, in the power of the government to “liquidate American citizens without due processes, detain prisoners indefinitely without charge, conduct dragnet surveillance on the American people without judicial warrant and engage in unprecedented—at least since the McCarthy era—witch hunts against federal employees (the so-called ‘Insider Threat Program,” but also in the failure of Republican and Democratic party members, with a few exceptions, to raise their voices in opposition to this not so invisible form of authoritarian rule. The silence of the political and intellectual clerks speaks to more than a flight from moral, social, and political responsibility, it speaks directly to the political extremism that has imposed a new and savage order of cruelty and violence on vast members of the American public.

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