Tom’s Sunday Sermon for Nov. 30, 2014

Natalie Dubose is one of those lucky people who always knew exactly who she wanted to be. You see, from the time she was a young child, Natalie loved to bake. Folks in her neck of the woods say Natalie makes a heavenly Caramel Pecan Cake.

Natalie would peddle her treats by setting up a booth at flea markets every weekend, dreaming of the day she could set up her own shop. That day came this past July when the African-American single mother of two opened Natalie’s Cakes and More at 100 S. Florrisant Road.

In Ferguson, Missouri.

Walgreens, Quik Trip, O’Reilly’s and other retailers have deep resources and can rebuild if they so choose in the aftermath of the riots in Ferguson. Natalie is not so fortunate. She poured about every dollar she had into her shop. Tears streamed down her cheeks as she surveyed the immense damage to her life’s dream.

Word spread about Natalie’s plight and a crowdfunding site was created to help Natalie get her business back on its feet. It’s not about about a few people giving a ton of money. It’s about a ton of people giving a few dollars.

The account reached $98,241 in the first 20 hours and now exceeds $250K. “May God turn this tragedy to a lesson in the power of the love of strangers,” wrote one donor. “I stand w you Natalie and pray God’s blessing and protect on you.”

“Ferguson Verdict Explodes Media’s Lying Racial Narrative” — by Ben Shapiro

On Monday night, the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri freed Officer Darren Wilson from the possibility of indictment over his shooting of 18-year-old black man Michael Brown. The prosecutor before the grand jury, Robert McCulloch, explained why the indictment had been rejected: the evidence, both physical and eyewitness, supported Wilson’s case that he had acted in self-defense.

McCulloch added pointed criticism of the media that drove the case in the first place, ripping the “insatiable appetite” of social media and “non-stop rumors” driven by it. The initial accounts pushed by social media, McCulloch said, were “filled w speculation and little, if any, solid or accurate evidence.” But he saved his harshest criticism for the media machine itself: “The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything, to talk about, followed closely behind w the non-stop rumors on social media.” McCulloch finished by stating that evidence mattered, and that no one’s life should be decided based on “public outcry or for political expediency.”

The lecture was well-deserved.

Just as the media did during the George Zimmerman trial and in the aftermath of Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin, the media attempted to cram the square peg of the Wilson-Brown shooting into the round hole of white police racism. That meant portraying Brown as the latest sainted racial victim; this time, rather than the Trayvon Martin narrative of hoodies, Skittles, and iced tea, the media hit upon the notion that Brown was a “gentle giant.” The Brown family, Al Sharpton, MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, and other major media outlets ran w the story that Brown was a “gentle giant” who wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Then, it turned out that Brown had robbed a convenience store minutes before his altercation w Wilson.

Similarly, the media trotted out the story of Dorian Johnson, Brown’s friend, who said that Brown held his hands up in surrender after being shot in the back, and that Wilson executed Brown. The entire media ran w that one originally; the lie spawned an entire “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” movement. Of course, it later turned out that Johnson had helped Brown rob the store, and that all available autopsy evidence contradicted Johnson’s story.

But never mind: the media had somehow turned the true story of Michael Brown – the story of a 6’5″, 289-lb 18-year-old strong-arm robbing a convenience store, confronting a police officer and attemting to take his gun, running away, turning back to charge that officer, and being shot multiple times – into the story of Emmitt Till. Never mind that there was not a single shred of evidence suggesting that Wilson targeted Brown based on his race; never mind that Brown matched the description of the robbery suspect because he was the robbery suspect; never mind that Brown attacked an officer twice. No, this was a pre-ordained narrative for the media: white racist police officer strikes down young black unarmed man. The result of that overwrought and outright false media-generated controversy: extended riots in Ferguson.

The story beat the facts. So the media ran w the story.

So did President Obama. In 2013, Obama told America that Trayvon Martin could have been his son; in this case, Obama told the United Nations that riots in Ferguson represented America’s nasty racial legacy.

As the grand jury verdict neared release, the media built up the story. We were warned of riots if Wilson escaped indictment; Erin Burnett of CNN said that such a verdict would be the “nuclear option.” Nancy Grace of Court TV helpfully added that Michael Brown’s height did not “mean he was a violent teen.” And the Brown family attorney, Benjamin Crump, openly stated that the grand jury was corrupt, long before the verdict.

Predictably enough, the Michael Brown case fell apart the moment it hit the legal system. It turns out, as Robert McCulloch said, that evidence still trumps media hype in the legal system – at least sometimes.

Now the media, humiliated again, riot. Ezra Klein of Vox.com asked, w the legal insight of a mentally malfunctioning goldfish, whether Michael Brown had an advocate in the grand jury hearing (the answer: that’s not how grand juries work). Fellow non-lawyer Chris Hayes of MSNBC lamented that the grand jury procedure was “so far removed from normal criminal procedure it’s unrecognizable.” The New York Daily News considered this obscene first mock-up headline: “Killer Cop Goes Free.”

With the media breathlessly covering the riots they helped to stoke in Ferguson, rioters set the city aflame. Shots were fired; protesters threw batteries, rocks and bottles; stores were looted. The media feigned head-shaking rue. Meanwhile, President Obama explained that Americans who ignored all the evidence to convict Wilson were reacting in “understandable” fashion – because, as always, evidence means nothing the left when in conflict w feelings and perception of victimhood.

Truthfully, the angry and sullen reactions of those who wanted Wilson tried are understandable. They’re understandable because most Americans live in the evidence-free narrative created by malicious media liars, and the politicians they enable. They live in the evidence-free world of the political left, which maintains that America remains deeply racist, that every white cop is Bull Connor, and that every black man shot by police is a Selma marcher. So long as they live in that world, racial reconciliation will remain a dream, and racial polarization will remain a tool of the political and media elite to sell papers, raise cash, and drive votes.

News, notes and whatever:

Call to action: Republicans have expressed outrage and opposition to President Obama’s lawless amnesty executive order. But outrage and opposition are not action. I encourage you to contact your Senators and urge them to block all funding for the president’s executive order. Believe me, Senators pay attention to these messages. Thank you!

How effective has Texas pro-life legislative efforts been? A few years ago, Texas had 40 abortion clinics. Now, it has less than ten and counting.

The Pope is visiting Philadelphia (September 2015) and there is a movement to get him to visit the site (3801 Lancaster Ave) where abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell murdered 1,000’s of babies by cutting their necks w scissors after they were born alive.

The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s lawyers. Thanks to a Sermon recipient for sharing.

According to the Department of Agriculture, nearly one in five Americans celebrated Thanksgiving on food stamps.

The old taxi-service racket has been upended by new competitors. An average 7-mile taxi fare in Chicago is $26. Uber will do it for $12.29

Trivia for sports fans: “the grove” is called the “holy grail” of college football tailgating. At what school does the grove reside? Hint: it’s a SEC school.

Patrick Henry — “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

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