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July 2, 2020

Russia, Rushmore, and CHAZ | Ben Johnson on God and Pot | Kathy Branzell on Prayer and the 4th of July | Bombs bursting in air

Carmen offers brief opening commentary on the outcome of Russia’s week long to change that nation’s constitution allowing Vladimir Putin to remain in office through 2036. When he first entered high office, as Russia’s prime minister in 1999, Putin was just 46. In 2036, he will be 83. From Russia we turn to headlines featuring Mt Rushmore. 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota – President Trump plans to attend 4th of July event and first fireworks at the site since 2010 (pending the weather). But the New York Times posted an article advocating the memorial be destroyed and tweeted: “Mount Rushmore was built on land that belonged to the Lakota tribe and sculpted by a man who had strong bonds with the Ku Klux Klan. It features the faces of 2 U.S. presidents who were slaveholders.” Carmen noted that the city and state of New York are land taken by the Dutch native peoples. And, that the paper, city and state derive their name from the Duke of York – borther to King Charles II. The two helped establish the Royal African Company (RAC) which controlled all English business in African slave trading. So, if the NYTimes wants to right the wrongs of history, it might consider starting with its own name, heritage, building, island, city, state and those with whom the paper has done business and for whom it has provided advertising over the years.  The truth is, nobody’s skirts are clean here. 

Carmen talks with Ben Johnson about the reclamation of the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or Capital Hill Occupied Protest, a several city block portion of Seattle which had been ceded to protesters by the mayor. The police returned to restore order and the world got to see what self-governance by ancharists looks like. The mayor of New York has responded to similar demands by those seeking to establish a City Hall Autonomous Zone by slashing the city’s police budget by a Billion dollars. Yes, billion, with a B.  Carmen and Ben also discuss God and pot, the destruction of statues and the way the system is designed to work. 

In the second half, Kathy Branzell returns to talk about prayer. Wow! How we need that!  Kathy reminds us that even Jesus needed to pray – how much more then do we need to pray? We need prayer to know God, to incline our ear to Him, and to find the necessary hope for the living of these days. Kathy takes us to Nehemiah 3 and at the end of the conversation there’s a discussion about the national anthem and Ft McHenry you have to hear!


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