"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

"The Ride of Sybil Ludington" by the Future Poet Laureate Maci Nichols from Enid, Oklahoma (USA)

Future Poet Laureate Maci Nichols
Every so often you come across a teenager who elevates your belief that the future of the United States of America is bright. This week, I read a poem written by 14-year-old Maci Nichols of Enid, Oklahoma. 

Maci has been homeschooled her entire school career by her parents, Matt and Kayla Nichols. Maci works part-time at Kristi's Kitchen and volunteers at her church's food pantry. She is active in her church's youth group and is great friends with the adult women in her mother's Life group. Maci is also a pianist, taking lessons regularly to become a classical pianist. 

In addition to writing and playing the piano, Maci enjoys outdoor adventures (camping, backpacking, spending time on her grandparents’ farms, etc..) and drawing. Maci is the oldest of 3 siblings and her siblings love their older sister!

Maci is a devoted Christian and gave her life to Christ at the tender age of 9. She is a lover of liberty, a defender of truth, and is utterly unshakeable in her convictions. Her mother, a woman of conviction as well, says of Maci:

"Maci's writing terrifies me at times. I don’t know what to do with it. I don’t understand it at all.  I love it; I can’t comprehend it. We’ve always been a family who reads aloud, and only well-written books at that. We’ve read poetry to Maci since she was an infant. We all enjoy it immensely! We don’t teach formal writing in our homeschool until 9th grade.  Yes, you read that right. In fact, she began her first online writing class today. Up until this point, all she has done is read the best “real” books we can find on each subject and write a short, daily essay retelling the passage. No formula. No thesaurus. No five paragraphs of undeniable stupidity.

The method is seemingly working okay. My other two kids write well for their age. Maci, though, is different. She doesn’t only write her assigned essay; she writes in her free time. From the age of 9, Maci's been composing poems that rival "The Ride of Sybil Lubington." Maci has bits of paper and notebooks all around her room where she catalogs every inspiring idea that crosses her mind and every beautiful new word or turn of phrase that she falls in love with. She refuses to write poetry from assignments. It must be inspired.  I’ve asked her before how in the world she does this. Her response is basically that she doesn’t “do” it. She waits for it to come to her, and when it does, she writes it down – as if this is the most natural, normal thing in the world.  

You will be hearing from Maci Nicols in the years to come!

Sybil Ludington, the subject of this poem by Maci Nicols, is the most heroic person of the Revolutionary War, a woman whom most Americans are unfamiliar with.

Sybil was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War. On April 26, 1777, the 16-year-old daughter of a colonel in the Colonial Militia, Henry Ludington, made an all-night horseback ride to alert militia forces in the neighboring towns of what is today's Putnam County, New York of the burning of Danbury, Connecticut by British forces.

Sybil Ludington rode her horse 40 miles through the night in Putnam County, New York, to warn approximately 400 militiamen under her father's command that British troops were planning to raid Danbury, where the Continental Army had a supply depot. Ludington was said to have warned people asleep in their homes by banging on their shutters with a stick and yelling "The British are burning 
Danbury!"

She used a stick to prod her horse and knock on doors. She returned home soaked with rain and exhausted, but most of the 400 soldiers were ready to march. The American militia arrived too late to save Danbury, but they were able to drive General William Tryon and his men to Long Island Sound. Ludington was congratulated for her heroism by friends and neighbors and also by General George Washington

In 1935, New York State erected a number of historic markers along Ludington's route. A commemorative statue sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington was erected near Carmel, New York, in 1961. Smaller versions of the statue were erected on the grounds of the Daughters of the American Revolution headquarters in Washington, D.C., on the grounds of the public library in Danbury, Connecticut, and in the Elliot and Rosemary Offner museum at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.[23] In 1975, Ludington was honored with a postage stamp in the "Contributors to the Cause" United States Bicentennial series.

The Sybil Ludington 50k Run has been held in Carmel, New York each April since 1979, a 50-kilometer (31 miles) foot race. The course of the race approximates her historic ride and finishes near her statue on the shore of Lake Gleneida

Have you never heard of Sybil Ludington? 

Allow future poet laureate, Maci Nicols, to introduce you to Sybil. . It's because of people like Maci Nicols that I have hope in the future of our great country Maci is a modern Sybil.

The Ride of Sybil Ludington

By Maci Nichols

 

On a cold, dark night in seventy-seven

When a faint light glowed ‘round the frame of heaven,

When the breath of the wind waged war on the rain

And the battle betwixt them was fought in vain,

Then out of the darkness there came a sound

Like a distant, rhythmic drumming.

A sound which echoed the stormy night

And taunted the winds and the sky;

The sound of a rider who rode in spite

For Liberty willing to die.

 

With courage Ludington handled the reins

Despite the storm, the fear, the pain.

All through the night Sybil Ludington rode.

Her cry of defiance continually flowed.

Her eyes with valor and bravery glowed.

Ludington’s warning echoed the night;

The sound of a rider who rode in spite.

Her horse’s hooves like thunder rung,

Like the thrum of a distant beating drum.

 

Her name no less than Paul Revere’s;

Her task no less than vital.

Yet fame, it faded with the years

As did the reins and bridle.

In the hour of peril the people shall hear

The hurrying hoofbeats of Paul Revere.

But listen closely in hour of need

For those hoofbeats are backed by another steed.

Not the soul of one, but two, go riding,

Daring the wind and the rain.

Two souls in tandem riding, riding –

Riding in Liberty’s name!

 

Sybil Ludington's Ride

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

"Humane Without a Brain" Is Liberal Government

I just returned from New York City after spending three days in the Bronx, Times Square, and Midtown. New York City has historically been one of my favorite cities to visit, and Rachelle and I have been in NYC on numerous occasions.

I was shocked at the negative transformation that has taken place since the last time I was in NYC (2019).

Homeless are sleeping on the streets, even in Times Square, Manhattan, and Midtown. Drug deals - hard drug deals (cocaine, heroin, etc.) -  are conducted in the open without the threat of arrest. Crime is skyrocketing. A little four-year-old girl was hit with a stray bullet in Times Square a few weeks ago during broad daylight. The video of the police officer carrying the limp, bleeding wounded girl to safety went viral. Trash is everywhere on the streets, and the city feels unsafe. 

Liberalism has destroyed New York City. More specifically, liberal government leadership on the city, state, and federal levels has destroyed NYC. 

We went to New York City to connect with the New York Police Department, encouraging them on the 20th Anniversary of 9.11, and to hand out school supplies to kids and minister to families in the Bronx Burrough, the place New Yorkers themselves voted as "the most difficult and dangerous place to raise a family."

The NYPD officers were wonderful. We prepared hamburgers for them, gave them prayer grams from people in Oklahoma, and encouraged them. They said, "It's nice to be recognized and encouraged. We know there are people in New York City that appreciate us, but they keep quiet. We only hear those who are targeting us."

A sergeant for the NYPD took me around his precinct. I asked him why crime is skyrocketing. What he told me is very revealing about why New York City is in such terrible straights in 2021. 

When Mayor Rudy Guliani came into power (1994), he implemented what he called "broken windows policing."  Mayor Guliani believed smaller crimes prosecuted lead to larger crimes prevented. Mr. Guiliani said in 1998:
"Obviously murder and graffiti are two vastly different crimes. But they are part of the same continuum, and a climate that tolerates one is more likely to tolerate the other."

Crime rates plummeted in New York City during Guliani's tenure (1994-2001). Felony arrest rates rose 50 to 70 percent. When arrests for burglaries increased 10 percent, the number of burglaries fell 2.7 to 3.2 percent. When the arrest rate of robbers rose 10 percent, the number of robberies fell nearly 6 percent.

But liberals have taken over in New York.

I asked the NYPD officer, "Why are Times Square and Manhattan so different than they were just a
decade ago?" 

He responded: 

When Covid-19 hit, the New York City government moved tens of thousands of homeless people in high dollar hotels that were "empty" because tourism had come to a halt. For over a year, the homeless stayed in the hotels. Just this past spring (2021), the city began removing the homeless from the $400, $500, and $600 a night Manhattan hotels. 

The hotels were destroyed. 

The homeless had nowhere to go.

The skyrocketing crime in Times Square and Manhattan is a direct result of the liberal government leaders being humane without a brain. 

Our church and Forgotten Ministries in Enid are providing shelter to the homeless. But one of the requirements to have shelter is to work on addiction recovery and personal responsiblity. 

Handouts help nobody. Helping people find transformation in Jesus Christ elevates an entire culture. 
Wisdom is Personified in Jesus the Messiah. Christ transforms lives. 

Liberalism is a person being humane without a brain. 

Monday, September 06, 2021

It's an Agenda when the FDA Lies about Ivermectin

Covid-19 is a contagious disease. Though over 99% of people infected with it will survive, hundreds of thousands of Americans will die from complications related to catching Covid.  All Americans will eventually be infected with Covid since it is more contagious than the flu and there will be no cure. Some people will have Covid and experience long-haul symptoms. Most people will get sick with Covid and recover fully. 

One death is too many. That is why the United States should do everything possible to mitigate Covid's disease symptoms.

And that is why it is a crime against humanity for the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as other U.S. government agencies to lie about ivermectin to U.S. citizens. 

That's right. Government agencies charged with public health are outright lying to us, trying to pretend ivermectin is "dangerous to humans," "made for animals," and should be avoided at all costs. 

There are 63 peer-reviewed scientific studies on the effectiveness of ivermectin in the battle against SARS-CoV-2. Ivermectin works. Ivermectin saves lives. It's been proven over and over again. But the United States FDA and CDC, as well as America's media, seem intent on either covering up the effectiveness of ivermectin or outright lying about it. 

For example, a recent national story appeared declaring that people in Oklahoma were "overdosing on ivermectin" and keeping emergency rooms clogged. I know a thing or two about Oklahoma hospitals. That story is not true. It is an outright lie, In fact, the very hospital mentioned in the story released a statement this past weekend

"Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room. With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months. NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose. All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care. We want to reassure our community that our staff is working hard to provide quality healthcare to all patients. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue and as always, we value our community's support."
You would have thought that the New York Times, ABC News, the Washington Post, and other leading news media outlets would have checked their facts before publishing such a nonsensical story about ivermectin overdoses. But no, it seems the agenda is to keep American citizens from thinking ivermectin is a safe, effective drug that mitigates Covid-19 symptoms. 

As another example, the FDA tweeted the following:


For the FDA to lie so blatantly, so publicly, about ivermectin, tells me that there is an agenda in the highest levels of government. The FDA themselves APPROVED Ivermectin for human consumption in 1996. Pharmaceutical-grade Ivermectin has been used for human consumption for DECADES. It is safe, cheap, accessible, and most of all, effective against the symptoms of Covid-19.

In fact, the U.S. federal government through the CDC is giving ivermectin to all AFGHANI REFUGEES that they are bringing to the United States. Do they think Afghanees are horses or cows? Of course not. They know that ivermectin is safe and effective against parasitic disease or they would not be prescribing it.  The following is from the CDC's own guidance for incoming refugees from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 


Ivermectin saves lives. Look at this chart from Africa. It is a comparison of the death rate in countries that use Ivermectin with those that don't use Ivermectin. Look how stunningly low the death rates are where Ivermectin is used.




But it is not just African lives that have been saved by Ivermectin. India's Covid-19 problem disappeared with the widespread distribution of Ivermectin to India's massive population.

Ivermectin is not a cure for Covid-19. There is no cure. Ivermectin is a cheap, effective, accessible, and safe drug that mitigates Covid-19's symptoms. If a person takes Vitamin C, D, and Zinc daily, and then has access to human-grade pharmaceutical ivermectin at the onset of symptoms, they can greatly reduce their risk of hospitalization and death, by as much as over 90%. 
"I have long been convinced that Nature has all the solutions we need to solve our past ... that will be the primary source of the treasures and solutions that we seek." ~Professor Satashi Omura, Nobel co-laureate for the discovery of ivermectin.
In March 2020, Dr. Satashi Omura, the Nobel Laureate discoverer of ivermectin, wrote in the Japanese Journal of Antibiotics that he hopes "ivermectin will be utilized as a countermeasure for COVID-19 as soon as possible." Ten years ago, Dr. Omura observed: "Ivermectin has continually proved to be astonishingly safe for human use. Indeed, it is such a safe drug, with minimal side effects, that it can be administered by non-medical staff and even illiterate individuals in remote rural communities, provided that they have had some very basic, appropriate training."

There are 8 things ivermectin does in mitigating the symptoms of Covid-19, keeping those who take it out of the hospital. Dr. Ryan Cole, a brilliant Mayo Clinic-trained pathologist, succinctly listed these eight different mechanisms in an exclusive interview with TheBlaze:

1. It inhibits binding at ACE2 and TMPRSS2, keeping the virus from entering our cells.

2. It blocks alpha/beta importin (the virus cell taxi), keeping it from getting to the nucleus.

3. It blocks the viral replicase zipper (RdRp).

4. It keeps the virus from assembling (3-Chimotrypsin protease inhibition).

5. Ivermectin strengthens our natural antiviral cell activity by increasing our natural interferon production (this counters SARSCOV2 activity, which inhibits cellular interferon).

6. It decreases IL-6 and other inflammatory cytokines through NF Kappa Beta downregulation, taking the patient from a cytokine storm to calm.

7. It binds NSP14, necessary for viral replication, and blocks it (equals less virus).

8. The most important mechanism is inhibiting binding to CD147 receptor on red cells, platelets, lung, and blood cell lining. Ivermectin keeps the virus from binding here and decreases deadly clotting.
There are several effective ways to mitigate the symptoms of Covid-19, but our United States government seems to want the masses to conform to only one - a therapeutic shot - and then to "keep track of those who have the shot" while making life difficult for those who don't.  

Covid will never be eradicated like measles and polio because Covid comes from the animal kingdom, unlike measles and polio. Even though we can not eradicate Covid, we all should do our part to decrease its symptoms. 

I write about Covid a great deal because there are two huge issues that Americans need to think through:

1. First, though Covid-19 is serious, it is minor compared to previous worldwide pandemics. However, the "powers that be" (WHO, the World Economic Forum, the FDA, the CDC, and the CCP) seem to have chosen Covid-19 as the trigger for a "great reset" for our world, moving nations toward a one-world unified government, a digital world currency controlled by the WEF, and top-down governmental control of the masses. 

2. My second concern, is that people are believing the lies and letting government leaders get by with their crimes. When the CDC declares that NOBODY HAS TO PAY RENT ANYMORE because COVID IS SO SERIOUS, then the United States has turned into a communistic government run by dictators. Sure, the United States Supreme Court OVERTURNED the absurd CDC guideline, but our PRESIDENT supported it. 

We are in trouble in the United States. And it is NOT COVID.  

We have leaders in our government lying to "we, the people" and either too many people are disengaged and quiet or too trusting and naive to do anything about it. There's a "great reset" coming. It will affect your finances, your ability to travel, your bank accounts, and your job. 

That's why I write about Covid-19 so much.