Riot at Ephesus

After showing the protesters trying to rip themselves into the Supreme Court building, the news organizations that have been accused of “fake news” said that it was not a mob.  Hunting down Senators in their offices and blockading them in elevators and screaming at them is not considered a mob mentality.  Trying to rip elderly people out of a car and beating them up simply because they a) white and b), are driving down a road where people are protesting is not considered mob activity.

Think of what we have been saying on this blog over the years about the meaning of words and the fact that words mean things.  Look at the words that mean whatever certain people want them to mean and the way phrases are twisted to cloud or obscure the truth.  Politics of a certain nature corrupts whatever it touches because it denies, as a matter of practice, reality and wants to confuse  issues and voters.  Now we have the word “mob” being redefined.  A mob is people gathered peacefully at a rally who actually seem happy and jocular and may chant “lock her up” on occasion.  A gathering of such people at Fargo one day was called by some, a mob.  No fires were set, nothing was defaced, and people enjoyed themselves but it was called a mob.

We know there was an organized mob that came and protested at the pipeline sites here in North Dakota and created an environmental disaster.  We know that they were paid for by a political party.  We know there was an organized rally that turned Paul Wellstone’s memorial into a political rally that sounded like a mob.  We saw video of the craziness that took place in the Senate having to be organized by teaching folks what to say by rote.  A guy on a ladder shouting “I am here to see my Senator” and the crowd repeating like robots shows how a mob is created.  I wanted the video to show the guy saying “I am here to see my Senator and then say your Senators name” and have the crow repeat the same words exactly.  What I have seen of these angry folks is that they don’t know who their Senators are and some of them, I am convinced, have no idea what they are protesting or what they believe.  By the way, for those of you out there who are desperate to hire folks to work for you, good luck with these folks.  CEO’s of companies that are hiring may have to spend a few days in a rally session telling new hires to repeat after them the rudiments of going to work and doing a job.  Think of the folks that are running for office now that have economic degrees from some so called prestigious colleges, who think that the electoral college developed because of slavery.  They are going to need remedial civics classes to even understand the nature of their jobs.

Where do mobs come from?  Well here might be a hint.

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota teacher has resigned after a message allegedly appeared on her Twitter account suggesting someone should assassinate new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The Rosemount special education teacher has since deleted her Twitter account, but a tweet that read “so whose gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh” was reported by Twitter users to the FBI and Secret Service.

Here is an article about University of St. Thomas professor John Abraham –

Abraham’s argument is that unless Republican “climate deniers” are voted out of office, more hurricanes will bring more death and destruction to the southeastern U.S., which tends to vote GOP lawmakers into office.

“Climate deniers will try to say this article is gleeful about a hurricane. It is not,” the Minnesota professor claimed. “First of all, this hurricane and all hurricanes that hit land can cause death and destruction. I pray that people heed warnings and get out of the way. I hope people stay safe, regardless of their understanding of climate change and its effect on storms.”

However, Abraham goes on to write that “elections have consequences and if we as a society want to create a better world and reduce climate change, we have to vote for people who understand science, who believe in facts.”

“Climate deniers are making these storms worse by stopping action on climate change. What the hell do we expect to happen when the deniers are writing the laws?” Abraham wrote.  The main problem with Abraham’s argument, however, is there’s little to no evidence global warming is making hurricanes more intense or frequent. The United Nation’s latest climate report, released Sunday, found there’s little to no evidence global warming is making hurricanes more extreme or intense.  (This from the Daily Caller and the Guardian.)

A scientist with no data that calls people who reject his hypothesis deniers has some issues, but the point is these are educators who can have the capacity to get young folks who by definition are stupid, (that is why they go to school) riled up into a mob is classic.  By the way this guy is from Minnesota too.  We write this blog about the connections between North Dakota and Minnesota and the partnerships we have together.  I would like to thank Minnesota for sending their rent- a -mob folks to North Dakota to corrupt the Cannonball River and raise all kinds of hell but maybe you didn’t know what your politicians had cooked up.  Minnesota is also selective about when they call for a mob.  They asked for one when there was an accused women abuser and there was no evidence of abuse.  They not only don’t want a mob around an accused abuser when there is actual evidence because he is a Minnesota politician that checks all the boxes on craziness.

This from the caller again

“Two weeks after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced a review of domestic abuse allegations against Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the public still has scant information about the probe.

The DNC has offered no details on who exactly is running the probe, what evidence they have uncovered or when they expect to have enough information to either affirm or withdraw their support for Ellison.

Ellison, the deputy chair of the DNC and Democratic nominee for Minnesota attorney general, is accused of physically and emotionally abusing his ex-girlfriend, liberal Sierra Club activist Karen Monahan.”

Notice there are no calls from the party to have a mob go to Ellison’s offices, confront him on the streets or in cafes and accost him whenever he appears.

So the wonderful word “mob” gains access to those special words that mean what a certain political party says they mean, no more and no less.

I still like the definition of mob from the Bible – notice that Luke is putting the best construction of everything and calls the a “crowd” or an assembly.

Acts 19 New International Version (NIV)

The Riot in Ephesus

23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. 25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”

28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.

32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.

 

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