Deep Thought: Why is sexual abuse common?

-Church

What’s the State of the Church’s Child Abuse Crisis? February 25, 2014 /
by Sarah Childress Senior Digital Reporter, FRONTLINE Enterprise Journalism Group pbs.org
“..The first report that church officials received about Father Shawn Ratigan, compiled by a Kansas City Catholic school principal in May 2010, was troubling.

Ratigan had taken hundreds of photographs of children, Julie Hess, the principal, wrote to church officials. He had tried to interact with kids on Facebook, and sometimes had physical contact with children in ways that appeared to other adults to be “boundary violations.”A pair of girl’s underwear was found in a planter in his backyard…”
‘Spotlight’ portrayal of sex abuse scandal is making the Catholic Church uncomfortable all over again By Michelle Boorstein November 9, 2015 washingtonpost.com
“..“Sexual abuse of minors is a problem that affects many institutions in our society,” wrote Cesareo, head of the body charged with making sure the church enforces the rules it created after the scandal exploded. “In 2002, the Catholic Church recognized that it was not immune to this issue.”

Survivor advocates have bristled in the past when church leaders have declared the abuse crisis in Catholicism over, or have tried to remove focus from the institution itself. When Pope Francis this summer met in Philadelphia with survivors and included some people whose perpetrators were outside the church, many survivors who spoke out were angry at what they saw as a diluting of responsibility…”
Corey Haim Murdered Exposing Pedophiles in Hollywood , 14 September 2010 bbc.com
“..The Catholic Church has faced a raft of allegations of child sex abuse by priests and an inadequate response by bishops. Here is a round-up of some of those events:..”

-Family

The Healing Years documentary: healing from child sexual abuse 7 min excerpts


“Published on Sep 18, 2010

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“An exhibition of abundant courage and great heart. Thank you.”
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“A message of hope, healing and empowerment.”
William G. Steiner, Childhelp USA

“An excellent film…
Library Journal

“This powerhouse of a film.. banishes shame & celebrates women’s power.”
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Features Former Miss America, Marilyn Van Derbur and her courageous story of healing from the child sexual abuse by her father, Janice Mirikitani, President of Glide Memorial Church, her inspiring story of healing and launching much needed support groups for women survivors of sexual abuse, also substance abusers, and Barbara Hamilton, who ended generations of child sexual abuse in her family by healing in her later years. Distributed by Tubemogul.”

Joyce Meyer Opens Up About Being Raped by Her Father Over 200 Times-“I Never Felt Safe” Posted on April 27, 2016 Kelsey StraeterKelsey Straeter faithit.com
“…Even as Joyce started to open up about her dark past, she always referred to it as “sexual abuse”—but in a recent interview posted on her website this week, she admits that term is truly not enough anymore. It was rape.

“Literally, what he did was rape me, every week, at least once a week, until the time I was 18. My father, who I was supposed to be able to trust, who was supposed to keep me safe, raped me a minimum of 200 times,” she said.

“He didn’t force me physically, but through lies, and manipulation, and fears, and threats, I was still forced,” she added. “My father did rape me, numerous times, at least 200 times.”..

The main reason she is being so transparent in her testimony now is because she’s grateful that God’s grace and freedom have released her from the “pretending game” she had to play for so much of her life.

Though the pain and suffering ran deep for many years, Joyce has now been able to find healing through the love of God, who has shown her what a true father’s heart looks like. She even fell in love with her adoring husband, Dave, who reaffirmed that a man’s hands can be gentle, respectful and kind.

“How can that have happened to me, and me be standing here today, if God is not alive and well?” she said. “I want people to know how good God is, and that your struggle is worth it, your journey is worth it. Don’t give up.”

Joyce now loves her life as a mother, grandmother and worldwide Christian speaker, and she hopes that in sharing her story, others may find healing….”

Joyce Meyer Overcomes Abuse


“Published on Sep 5, 2016

Joyce was abused by her father during her childhood and teenage years – here’s her story of healing and forgiveness.

Filmed and produced by Joyce Meyer Ministries. Edited with permission by Lens Stories for RealDeal Trust. All Rights Reserved.”

-Hollywood

Corey Haim’s A-list rapist may finally be named — what took so long? 1 day ago (9.20.16) by Caroline Goddard sheknows.com

“..Feldman has been discussing the sick environment of Hollywood child sexual abuse for years, even detailing the abuse both he and Haim suffered in his memoir, Coreyography. Most recently, last spring he told The Hollywood Reporter about parties for preteen actors where predators groom their next victims, and said that he and Haim had attended many. And he’s not the only one speaking out.

Elijah Wood said he was protected from such predators because his mother would not allow him to attend the parties, and although he later denied firsthand knowledge of rampant sex abuse in the industry, he gave some very telling quotes to the Sunday Times.

“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind,” he said.

“There is darkness in the underbelly. If you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

More: Corey Feldman details Hollywood sex abuse conspiracy

Even Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, said the abuse was an open secret in Hollywood…”
Actor Corey Feldman Exposes Pedophile Hollywood Elite , from youtube.com
Corey Haim Murdered Exposing Pedophiles in Hollywood , from youtube.com

The Hollywood Sex Abuse Documentary That You Almost Couldn’t See Adam B. Vary
BuzzFeed News Reporter buzzfeed.com
“..

The documentary creates a stark and sobering portrait of a loose network of Hollywood professionals — some outsize personalities like Collins-Rector, others Hollywood insiders with far smaller profiles — who use their positions of power and influence to sexually abuse and exploit underage (in the film’s case, male) actors whose nascent careers they’re supposed to be supporting. The movie, directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), premiered to some fanfare last November at the DOC NYC festival. But despite Berg’s pedigree and its startling, headline-grabbing subject matter, no top-tier distributors picked up the film for release…”

An Open Secret
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Pedophiles in Hollywood Conspiracy + Charlie Sheen + UK Stars + MUCH MORE , from youtube.com
“..Published on Dec 29, 2014

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Elijah Wood Clarifies Comments on Hollywood Pedophilia By DANIEL VICTORMAY 24, 2016 nytimes.com
“…The actor Elijah Wood clarified his remarks on Monday after suggesting in an interview with a London newspaper that sexual abuse of child stars was more widespread in Hollywood than had been reported.

After the interview with The Sunday Times drew international headlines and questions, Mr. Wood put out a statement emphasizing that his comments weren’t based on personal experience.

“Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated,” Mr. Wood said. “But as I made absolutely clear to the writer, I have no firsthand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen.”..”

-Mission Field

Paul Young – Pt 1 – Sexually Abused Missionary Kid


“Published on Apr 8, 2011

Paul tells his story of being sexually abused on the mission field from the age of 4 by the tribes his parents were trying to reach, and then by other kids at missionary boarding school. He discusses the consequent sexual addiction, porn use, and adultery that ensued.”
*shack movie

-Shame

Sexual Abuse: I Am A Survivor


“Published on Feb 16, 2012

The aftermath of sexual abuse can be devastating. For Hannah, it manifested itself through alcoholism, eating disorders and even cutting herself… all before she turned 18. This is her story.”

=>Homework

What Does the Bible Say About Guilt And Shame? – OpenBible.info

Answer

Why Do People Sexually Use or Abuse Children? 1in6.org
A very important question, asked by many people.
And a question – a search or quest, even – that some will struggle with for years.
“…..
Fearing they somehow brought it on themselves, and hoping that understanding the other person will prove it wasn’t their fault.
Still loving the person who used or abused them, and hoping that understanding why they did it will bring healing to their relationship.
Hoping that understanding why the person who used or abused them will help them to prevent other children (perhaps their own), from ever being sexually abused.
Feeling that life is unfair, unjust, random and/or meaningless, and hoping that understanding how someone could sexually abuse a child will bring some order and meaning to life.
Focusing on the other person, including why they did it, can be a way of avoiding one’s own responsibility, as an adult, for dealing with harmful effects in one’s own life, including self-destructive and harmful behaviors. (We mention this possible reason with no criticism of those to whom it applies. It’s not uncommon, and totally understandable, among those still struggling with major negative effects.)

Importantly, people may not be fully aware of some reasons why they’re asking why the other person (or people) did this to them. They may not recognize some hopes they have for the benefits that such understanding could bring. That’s totally normal. Over time the full significance of this question in your life may become clearer – or completely change as other aspects of your life change…”
Why would an adult sexually abuse a child? stopitnow.org
“..Some adults sexually abuse a child to feel the power and control they don’t feel in their relationships with other adults. Sometimes, adults who have intimate sexual relationships with other adults may sexually abuse children in moments of unusual stress, such as after the loss a job or during a divorce. Some adults are primarily sexually attracted to children, and some never act on those feelings. Some adults act impulsively when presented with an unexpected opportunity to sexually abuse a child. Other people, particularly youth with high social status or with social or emotional delays, may not even fully understand the harmful impact of their actions…”
An Ongoing Sex Drive Directed Toward Children

What Causes Someone To Molest?
childmolestationprevention.org
“..
A few sexual abusers will sexually touch a child because they are profoundly intellectually disabled, or they have developed a brain disorder, or they are psychotic. Close supervision and, when appropriate, medications to control the disorder often stop child molesters in this group.

George does not fit here.

Some abusers will sexually touch a child because they have an antisocial personality disorder. Think “anti-society.” People with this disorder may be social, even glib. So why do we call them “antisocial?” Because they believe that the rules of society do not apply to them. They break many of society’s rules. Essentially, antisocials lack feelings for others. In the mind of an antisocial, all of the rest of us, including children, exist to be used. The child molesters in this group appear most often in horrific accounts you see on television and in the newspaper.
..”

-Healing

The Secret to Being Healed from Sexual Abuse



“Published on Nov 22, 2015

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Neutral Perspective: Dakota Access pipeline project’s Pros & Cons

PROS

Dakota Access Pipeline Threat: What You Need to Know Chelsey Luger 3/19/16 indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

There’s a new oil pipeline

“…
All permits have been filed, all four states have approved the project, and at least 90 percent of landowners along the route have agreed to voluntary easements. The project promises economic development, jobs, tax revenue, and hefty payouts to the landowners along the way…”.

In North Dakota, People Vs. Oil Pipeline Protest Strengthens By james macpherson, associated press ·NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. — Aug 13, 2016, 10:59 AM ET abcnews.go.com
“Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners announced the four-state pipeline in 2014, days after North Dakota Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple urged industry and government officials to build more pipelines to keep pace with the state’s prolific oil production, saying that would reduce truck and train traffic, curb natural gas flaring and create more markets for the state’s oil and gas…”
5 things to know about the Dakota Access Pipeline Updated 7:54 AM ET, Wed August 31, 2016
By Madison Park, CNN cnn.com
“2. Why is the pipeline being constructed?
The project developer, Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Crude Oil, says the pipeline would help the United States become less dependent on importing energy from unstable regions of the world. It says a pipeline is the safest, most cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to move crude oil, removing dependency on rails and trucks.
It also estimates the pipeline would bring an estimated $156 million in sales and income taxes to state and local governments as well as add 8,000 to 12,000 construction jobs.
The proposal comes as a glut of cheap oil has devastated North Dakota’s economy. The state had enjoyed a major boom, but after hitting highs in 2014, it suffered a major economic downturn.
The project developers say the $3.7 billion project will “bring significant economic benefits to the region that it transverses.”..”

NEUTRAL

The Stream – Pipeline standoff at Standing Rock


Al Jazeera English
“Published on Aug 29, 2016

On The Stream: Native Americans protest a massive oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota.”

Not all the Standing Rock Sioux are protesting the pipeline
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By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Updated 5:21 PM ET, Thu November 3, 2016 cnn.com
“…Wishing they’d go home

No one makes this clearer than Robert Fool Bear Sr., 54, district chairman of Cannon Ball. The town he runs, estimated population of 840, is just a few miles from the action. It’s so close that, given the faceoffs with law enforcement, you have to pass through a police checkpoint to reach it.
It’s about time people heard from folks like him, he says…

The crackdown also maddens Valandra’s 25-year-old daughter, Elaina, who works here at “the Z,” as locals call it. She grew up believing racism didn’t exist; not anymore.
She brings up the recent acquittal of Ammon Bundy and six others, who occupied a federal wildlife refuge earlier this year.

“The Bundys were armed to the teeth, and they’re acquitted,” she says.
She pulls up a Facebook post, showing a photo of a number scrawled on a man’s arm after he was arrested Thursday and words likening the treatment to what Nazis once did. Online comments and the stereotyping of her people leave her stunned. She wants people to know this battle isn’t about race.
“It’s about water, not just native people,” she says. “We don’t get another Earth.”…

…A shrug of indifference
Ten miles west of the protests, a man who doesn’t want to be named, for fear of retribution, admits he looks forward to the pipeline. It’ll mean fewer trucks barreling down these rural highways and fewer trains flying down the tracks.
Back at Cannon Ball, however, Carl Bruce, 52, isn’t afraid to say his piece. For this Standing Rock Sioux who has lived his life here, the pipeline doesn’t matter. If it breaks, he says he’d just work around it…”




“…The PSC is using the best techniques possible to keep our water safe.

“The pipe itself is heavier duty when crossing a water body. There are block valves on both sides of the water crossing to allow for shut down of the pipeline,” says Julie Fedorchak, ND Public Service Commissioner.

Fedorchak says pipelines are the safest and cleanest option available.

But people not in favor of pipelines say there should be more choices to.

“We’re often asked if you’re not for pipelines then you’re obviously for more train traffic. More train traffic, more trucks. I think that we’re limiting our options,” says Nicole Donaghy, Field Organizer, Dakota Resource Council.

And the Dakota Resource Council says many pipelines in operation are owned by offenders of repeat spills. They say the company which was responsible for the Bear Den Bay Spill had a record of spills.

“That same company Crestwood Arrow had four previous spills that year. So we have repeat offense, we have repeat offenders here in North Dakota that are running these pipelines,” says Donaghy.

The commission says it’s impossible to build anything that is 100 percent safe

“You can’t ensure that there’s never going to be a leak. I mean, that’s an impossible task, just like you can’t ensure that a train is never going to come off the tracks or that a truck is never going to crash carrying any of these kinds of products that we use every day,” says Fedorchak.

But Fedorchak says all pipelines go through incredible scrutiny and are as safe as possible.

Fedorchak reiterated that the Dakota Access Pipeline will not come into physical contact with the Missouri River, as it will be deep underneath the river bottom sometimes as deep as 90 feet.”
Voices from Standing Rock | The Washington Post Video by Zoeann Murphy, McKenna Ewen Published on December 2, 2016 washingtonpost.com
“…Most were peaceful and shouted “Water is life.” But one young man suddenly tried to push his way through the line of riot police, who threw him to the ground and cuffed him. The man screamed “Help!” and “I’m being kidnapped!” over and over and spat at the officers.

Bryson shook his head. To him, it was obvious the man had provoked arrest, for the benefit of the news cameras.

“This is what the community is tired of,” Bryson said. “We are one pin-drop away from this escalating to a really violent situation.”
….Recently, the protest has been “hijacked by extremist environmentalists” from out of state who harass workers, one of whom was beaten up at a gas station because he was wearing a safety vest with the company logo, Bryson said. People have put dirt into gas tanks of heavy machinery, smashed windshields and committed other acts of vandalism, reports confirmed by local police.

“Guys have gotten a lot smarter — traveling in groups, not wearing company branding or labels,” Bryson said. He himself received an anonymous email that included a photo of himself, his wife and his three small children taken from his Facebook page and his home address. It said: “We hope you enjoy burning in your home with your children.” He turned it over to police.

And it’s the out-of-towners, he said, who have turned the Dakota Access standoff into “a racial issue.”

“The only people creating a race issue or anything along those lines is out-of-state people that are just adding fuel to the fire, most of them being white themselves,” he said.

Bryson said Native American culture has always been “a big part of the community” in North Dakota. He said that he went to school with Native Americans who were “like brothers” to him: “We slept at each other’s houses, ate dinner together all the time as children.”

He is sympathetic to concerns about burial grounds and water purity but said that he thinks the project still can be completed safely and sensitively.

“To say that we’re doing this because we don’t care about them is totally not what it’s about at all,” he said.

Bryson said about 15 of his union members working on the pipeline were Standing Rock Sioux from the reservation. But nearly half of them have asked to be taken off pipeline work because “they were getting a lot of heat” from family members and others in their community…”

-Christian Perspective

Why One Standing Rock Pastor Won’t Preach About the Pipeline-Tonya White Mountain lives out the Christian call to be a peacemaker Interview by Kate Shellnutt/ December 5, 2016 christianitytoday.com
“…During a recent trip, a truck tried to drive her off the road. After her twin sister recounted several incidents of aggression toward Native American drivers and cars with bumper stickers opposing the planned Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), she realized it might not have been a random case of road rage.

For locals like White Mountain, the contentious pipeline debate isn’t constrained to the protest sites covered on the news. The tension spills over to the roadways, the hair salons, and even the church pews.

The greatest challenge for churches like hers, Good News Assembly of God Church in McLaughlin, South Dakota, is being a faithful witness amid political and racial polarization…

Speaking as a Native American, I have to say that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has never ceded the lands north of the Cannonball River. Those were lands that were “given” to the Standing Rock tribe during the treaty of Fort Laramie. Our tribe never did cede those lands back. They were chipped away at over the years. It’s an issue that for me, personally, I feel strongly about. But being that it’s a personal issue as a Native American, I did not, have not, and will not take a stand behind the pulpit. To me, it’s more of a political issue…

… In my travels, I noticed—all over the country—wherever there’s a minority, there’s going to be issues of discrimination. But it’s not really discrimination. It does boil down to the fact that it is the sin nature of human beings. As strongly as I feel about the whole DAPL issue, it does boil down to the fact that we are dealing with a fallen race. Until our Lord returns, there will always be issues that divide…

Every time I mention it when I’m behind the pulpit or in prayer meetings, I remind people that we are called to pray for everyone, and we are called to pray for those in authority over us. I reminded the congregation that whether or not we agree with either side, we are to pray for souls. I remind them that the things we see on Facebook or TV, we should be praying for the safety of the people—the police included. Anytime I ask for people to pray for the water protectors, I also reminded them to pray for the police, the military, and even the DAPL security. We’re all souls in need of saving…”

CONS:

Dakota Access Pipeline Threat: What You Need to Know Chelsey Luger 3/19/16 indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com
“…
But to those who oppose the pipeline, the environmental impacts are not worth the money. They are more concerned with the health and well-being of their people and land, and with the health and well-being of future generations. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is trying to stop the pipeline—and might be the only entity with the ability to actually prevent the project from moving forward…”

1 mn gallons of oil-drilling byproducts leaked into N. Dakota drinking water
Published time: 10 Jul, 2014 17:28 rt.com
“…The cleanup is expected to last for weeks, according to Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety at Crestwood Midstream Partners LP. A subsidiary of Crestwood – Arrow Pipeline LLC – owns the underground pipeline.

Jones believes the leak started over the Fourth of July weekend, but was only detected when the company was sorting through production loss reports, according to AP.

“This is something no company wants on their record, and we are working diligently to clean it up,” Jones said.

Yet Karolin Rockvoy, a McKenzie County emergency manager, visited the site of the leak and said, based on the amount of devastation done to local vegetation, the spill had probably gone undetected for some time.

The pipeline was not equipped with technology that alerts operators of a leak, Jones said. Last year, the state legislature rejected legislation mandating pipeline flow meters and cutoff switches.

It is as yet unknown how much of this saltwater – between 10 and 30 times saltier than sea water and considered an environmental hazard by the state of North Dakota – found its way into Bear Den Bay, which leads to Lake Sakakawea.

The lake supplies water for the reservation, where the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes live in an area of western North Dakota that is experiencing an unprecedented drilling boom.
..”

Leonardo DiCaprio Stands With Great Sioux Nation to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
Lorraine Chow By Lorraine Chow ecowatch.com
“…The people of Standing Rock, often called Sioux, warn that a potential oil spill into the river would threaten the water, land and health of their reservation.

In DiCaprio’s tweet, the Oscar-winning actor and clean energy advocate said he was “standing with the Great Sioux Nation to protect their water and lands,” and linked to a Change.org petition that urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The petition was written by 13-year-old Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer on behalf of Standing Rock youth. It states:

A private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks.

My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux.
..”

Rezpect Our Water: Sign our petition


“..Published on Apr 27, 2016

We, the Standing Rock Youth, oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Missouri and Cannon Ball River because it poses a serious threat to our water and our land. This campaign echoes our belief that together, we can protect our water and our future.

Join our mission for clean safe water by signing our petition urging the Army Corps of Engineer NOT to sign off on a construction permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. With YOUR help we can work to maintain and protect this sacred land.

SIGN OUR PETITION: http://www.change.org/RezpectOurWater
Spread the word: @rezpectourwater
..”

Whistleblower John Bolenbaugh tears up explaining Standing Rock’s importance, from youtube.com
“..Published on Nov 18, 2016

Whistleblower John Bolenbaugh, (a former oil employee), who has spent his life savings documenting oil spills– and who turned down a 60 million dollar settlement explains the dangers of oil pipelines everywhere, and why they are designed to fail. Oil companies profit from the insurance companies who pay them to clean up their own messes. These messes are poisonous because of the molotov cocktail of chemicals used to thin the tar sands. As John puts it, he is definitely not a tree-hugger, and was not an environmentalist in any way until he saw how it was making people sick. When he realized the gravity of the situation, (as he says in his own words), “he had to do something about it or go to hell.”
John is an encyclopedia of the horrors of big oil. I hope there are more interviews to come.
#NoDAPL, #StandingRock, #JohnBolenbaugh #MassMovement

Also– Watch John’s eye-opening evidence on video– you won’t want to miss it!

**It should be noted that DAPL workers were the one’s who beat me up and put the cut on my forehead. John corrects himself after he says “police,” but I wanted that to be clear.
..”

DAPL’s Worst Nightmare: Big Oil EXPOSED By Whistleblower from youtube.com
“Published on Nov 21, 2016

Energy Transfer Partners: (214) 981-0700
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers: (202) 761-0010; (202) 761-0014
Department of Justice: (202)-353-1555; (202)-514-2000
White House: (202)-456-1414; (202)-456-1111

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https://www.paypal.me/OcetiSakowinCamp
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Full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SALGY…
http://helppa.org/

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton (https://twitter.com/JordanChariton) spoke with John Bolenbaugh, a whisteblower who exposed the oil industry’s cover up of major oil spills throughout the United States. These spills have polluted water, giving fish and other animals tumors, as well as causing debilitating illnesses in human beings.

For more, subscribe to TYT Politics: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMo…

-Veterans

Veterans to deploy for Standing Rock By Sophie Lewis, CNN Updated 11:55 AM ET, Wed November 23, 2016 cnn.com
“..
“I’m going for religious reasons. I’m not a leader. I’m not in charge. We are self-organizing this,” Clark said. They are hoping for a turnout of 500, but, “if we only have 20 or 30, that’s what God provides us,” he said.
Clark decided to take action after an elder from Standing Rock called him about the protests. “When she described what was going on, it brought tears to my eyes,” he said. “People are concerned about the way the elders who are praying are being brutalized, and what we are doing to the planet.”
Wood said, “If we don’t stand up for the oppressed, that’s the snowball that starts that leads to everyone else’s oppression.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a libertarian, a conservative, or a progressive, this is everyone’s fight,” he said…”

U.S.A flag Hoisted Upside down by Retired U.S NAVY #Patriots for #Nodapl

FACTS

Debating still to support or not to support, here are some facts I found…

Column: What Dakota Access Pipeline protesters aren’t telling you
By Shawn McCoy on Nov 14, 2016 at 7:58 a.m. .inforum.com/
“…In September 2014 alone, the Corps made five unsuccessful attempts to meet with Standing Rock Sioux leaders. The next month, a meeting was arranged, but “when the Corps timely arrived for the meeting, Tribal Chairman David Archambault told them that the conclave had started earlier than planned and had already ended,” according to a federal judge.

At a planned meeting the next month, the tribe took the pipeline off the agenda and refused to discuss it. This stonewalling by tribal leaders continued for a year and a half.

Typical of the misinformation spread during the protests is a comment made by Jesse Jackson, who recently joined the activists in North Dakota. He said the decision to reroute the pipeline so that it crossed close to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s water intake was “racism.”

He did not mention, possibly because he did not know, that the company is paying to relocate the tribe’s water intake to a new spot 70 miles from the location of the contested pipeline crossing…”
Dakota Access Pipeline Protests: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Published 11:00 pm EST, September 3, 2016 Updated 10:56 pm EST, November 25, 2016 heavy.com
“…The elder, Allard, told the Seattle Times: “I am a common man, a man of prayer. We live our lives in peace and nonviolence.” The newspaper said he persuaded the protesters known as “Water Protectors” to put rocks back in the river and take down barricades. He told the newspaper the tribe would try to win the argument with prayer, not violence.

However, the Water Protectors have claimed they were subjected to human rights abuses, including being placed in what they felt were shelters similar to dog kennels…”
The Protests Over The Dakota Access Pipeline Explained 9:51 AM 11/06/2016 dailycaller.com

The Tribe Never Took Part In The Initial Consulting Process

The Army Corps of Engineers attempted more than a dozen times between 2014 and 2016, according to court documents, to discuss the DAPL route with the Standing Rock. The tribe either failed to respond to requests for consultation or dragged its feet during the process.

The Corps sent a letter to the tribe in October of 2014 with information about the proposed pipeline routes as well as maps documenting the known cultural sites the Corps had identified.

“In addition, the letter requested that any party interested in consulting on the matter reply within thirty days,” the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote in August. “No response was received from the Tribe.”

The head of the North Dakota Public Service Commission mirrored the judge’s decision earlier this week, telling reporters that the tribe had plenty of time to voice concerns before the pipeline’s construction.

Julie Fedorchak, who serves as the chairman of the commission, told National Public Radio in an interview Wednesday that Standing Rock Sioux did not participate in the nearly 30 hours of meetings held to determine the pipeline’s southern route.
..”

..The tribe has attempted to meander around that problem by arguing the land is theirs under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.

“This demolition is devastating,” Standing Rock Chairman David Archambault II told reporters in October. “These grounds are the resting places of our ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings there cannot be replaced. In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground.”

The treaty was forged between the U.S. government and the Great Sioux Nation, not Standing Rock. Still, tribe members have challenged the treaty and others like it in court for not being honored…

Check the Facts – Standing Rock Fact Checker


“Published on Sep 21, 2016

Standing Rock Fact Checker is committed to reporting on what’s fact and what’s fiction with regards to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

This represents the first in what will become a series of videos aimed at doing just that—focusing on the facts, and refuting erroneous claims.

Despite claims made by pipeline opponents, the opposition has not been peaceful, pipeline workers fear for their lives, and protestors have inaccurately reported the facts.

As always, stay tuned for more from Standing Rock Fact Checker.

http://standingrockfactchecker.org/

CNN caught lying about the situation at Standing Rock FAKE reporting , from youtube.com

-Abuses

Female Water Protectors BRUTALIZED By Oil Police


“TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton (https://twitter.com/JordanChariton) spoke with Angie Spencer, a female water protector and trauma councilor who was arrested near the Standing Rock Sioux camp on October 27th, 2016.

Pipeline Protestor Sophia Wilansky Was NOT Injured By A Concussion Grenade Posted at 12:42 pm on November 25, 2016 by Bob Owens bearingarms.com
‘..There were actually several 1-pound propane canisters recovered from the site of the explosion by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). You’ll note that the more severely damaged of the two canisters, shown in two different angles in the second and third photos above, seem to have coagulated blood and tissue upon them.

If testing does confirm that the material on the propane cylinder is blood and tissue, then there is clearly enough to get a DNA match to the person who left that genetic material behind.

While the ATF was cataloging the apparent components of a faulty improvised explosive device (IED, a kind of bomb) that domestic terrorists/protestors attempted to deploy against police lines, agents with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) went to the hospital to acquire Sophia Wilansky’s clothes, and they confiscated it into evidence.
..”

Standing Rock Protester Shot in Face With Tear Gas Canister May Go Blind Justin Glawe
11.29.16 8:10 PM ET thedailybeast.com
“…That’s when police opened fire, according to a lawsuit filed by Dundon on Monday in federal court. The protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline were choked by tear gas and struck by rubber bullets and bean bags, the lawsuit states. In sub-freezing temperatures, police soaked protesters with a water cannon over and over again…”

-Freedom of Press?

Arrests of Journalists at Standing Rock Test the Boundaries of the First Amendment
Alleen Brown

November 27 2016, 7:00 a.m. theintercept.com
“..The arrests of journalists and filmmakers covering the front lines of the Dakota Access pipeline fight highlight the limits of press protections and the central role of police, prosecutor, and court discretion in deciding whether or not members of the press should face legal consequences when covering protests. The arrests and violent crowd suppression tactics also reflect the refusal of police to discriminate between peaceful protesters, aggressive agitators, and journalists…”

-History of Oil Spills

Health: Effects from Water Contaminated by Oil Spills goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

Legal Issues

https://www.facebook.com/theCLDC/

Water Protectors file class action suit for retaliation and excessive force against brutal police
by Lauren C. Regan on November 28, 2016 in Articles, cldc.org
BRAVE Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues

-Politicians

Obama Finally Addresses Standing Rock – Suggests Rerouting The Pipeline , from youtube.com
Standing Rock Chair: Obama Could Stop the Dakota Pipeline Today & Preserve Indigenous Sacred Sites


“Published on Nov 4, 2016

http://democracynow.org – President Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering rerouting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, amid months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of more than 200 other Native American nations and tribes from across the Americas. “My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans,” Obama said. “And I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline in a way.” Meanwhile, on Wednesday, police deployed pepper spray and tear gas against dozens of Native American water protectors during a standoff at Cantapeta Creek, north of the main resistance camp. At least two people were shot with nonlethal projectiles. Video and photos show police firing the pepper spray and tear gas at the water protectors, who were peacefully standing in the creek. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had ordered police to arrest the Native Americans and destroy a bridge that members of the camp had constructed over the creek in order to protect a sacred burial ground they say is being destroyed by construction and law enforcement activity.

Trump sells his stake in Dakota Access Pipeline developer Jacob Pramuk,CNBC 11 hours ago (12.5.16) yahoo.com

-Veterans

Wes Clark Jr. at Standing Rock: General’s activist son heads to N.D., driven by “spiritual fire” and “ready to be killed” Alli Joseph
Monday, Dec 5, 2016 05:30 AM CST salon.com
Gen. Wesley Clark’s son and namesake on why protecting the environment is a human issue, not an Indian issue

“…When Phil Young called me to say that elderly women who were praying were being beaten, children were being bitten by dogs, people were being put into dog kennels, it brought back memories from my childhood where I was sitting in church and hearing the gospel, with Jesus saying, “What you do to my brothers, you do to me.” Suddenly it made sense. Now it’s like a spiritual fire has been lit inside me. So I’m going to do whatever is right for people defending their resources. I’m no Jesus: I’ve been a sinner. But I do believe in “do unto others.”

The most important things in life are kindness, compassion, honesty, caring for neighbors. Most important is forgiveness. I am going out there literally ready to be killed, and if that’s what happens, I don’t want any violence to come out of it. I want forgiveness.

We are raised in America to be spectators. The vast majority of children don’t play sports in school; they watch games. Life is about living not watching other people do it. It’s not enough to go to church and say you believe; you have to live it. I’m nothing special. Everyone is going to Standing Rock with the same idea. We will not stop until this country gets it right, until we live by our proposed ideals…”

-Violent Protestors?

Activist: What They Are Not Telling You About the Standing Rock Protest


“Published on Nov 3, 2016

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Visiting?

5 things every non-native needs to consider before visiting Standing Rock by Jen Deerinwater
September 27, 2016 matadornetwork.com

-Weapons used against protestors

concussion grenade merriam-webster.com

Sonic Weapons being used on Protestors at Standing Rock- North Dakota Pipeline , from youtube.com

Police deploy water hoses, tear gas against Standing Rock protesters
BY Joshua Barajas November 21, 2016 at 10:08 AM EST pbs.org
“…Activists can be heard on several Facebook Live videos shouting “No DAPL!” (Dakota Access pipeline) as law enforcement appeared to use water cannons, tear gas and sound weapons against the people amassed on the bridge….”

Police threw grenade at DAPL protesters – father of activist who faces amputation Published time: 22 Nov, 2016 09:24 Published time: 22 Nov, 2016 09:24

Edited time: 28 Nov, 2016 23:06 rt.com
“…Speaking outside the Hennepin County Medical Center on Tuesday, Wayne Wilansky confirmed his daughter was facing 20 or more surgeries in hope of saving her arm.

Wilansky said that witnesses clearly saw law enforcement officers throwing the concussion grenade.

“This is not Afghanistan, this is not Iraq… we don’t throw grenades at people,” he said, blaming the local and state authorities for Sophia’s injury.

“Even president Obama, who I love, said 3 weeks ago, ‘We’ll wait and see.’ What is there to wait and see? People will die if the situation isn’t stopped,” Wilansky said.
..”

ACTION

Rezpect Our Water, rezpectourwater.com
“..We, the Standing Rock Youth, oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Missouri and Cannon Ball River because it poses a serious threat to our water and our land.

This campaign echoes our belief that together, we can protect our water and our future.

Join our mission for clean safe water by signing our petition urging the Army Corps of Engineer NOT to sign off on a construction permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. With YOUR help we can work to maintain and protect this sacred land.
..”

Thousands of Facebook users check in to Standing Rock to confuse police monitoring pipeline protest Andrew Griffin
@_andrew_griffin
Monday 31 October 2016
13 comments independent.co.uk

It isn’t clear whether the call originated with people at the North Dakota protest or if it’s a hoax — but people are using it as a way of expressing solidarity all the same

SIGN DOWN BELOW
www.change.org/rezpectourwater

-Prayer

Why I Stand With Standing Rock (As a Christian Pastor and Human Being)


“500 Clergy Come to Standing Rock by Indigenous Rising Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJjF3…

Veterans Head To Standing Rock To Support ‘We The People’ by The Real News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOJ7U…

Trespassing on Your Own Land at Standing Rock by Fusion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPlKa…

“Mni Wiconi” Short Film by Divided Films with support from the WK Kellogg Foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDuq…

Clergy Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery by Chas Jewett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1x6z… and https://www.facebook.com/chas.jewett/…

BARBARIC Dakota Access Oil Police Cause Mass Hypothermia by TYT Politics:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. On Obama’s “No Brainer” DAPL Choice by TYT Politics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIJgM…

Standing Rock Tribal Council meeting minutes with ETP/DAPL representatives that occurred September 30th 2014, by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: https://www.facebook.com/402298239798…

Some of the places you can make donations to (all of these are legitimate, official sources):
http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/donate
http://standingrock.org
https://medichealercouncil.com/donate/
https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
https://www.gofundme.com/waterissacred

Send EXTREME COLD weather gear to:
Kevin care of Lindsey Norton
PO BOX 1281 Cannon Ball ND 58528

Items desperately needed: wool blankets and socks, Visa gift cards, non-cotton thermal underwear, indoor propane heaters, sub zero sleeping bags, extreme weather overalls and gloves, extreme weather coats, feminine hygiene products, incontinence pads, horse supplies, jerky, nuts and dried fruit. NO LIGHTWEIGHT, COTTON ITEMS, PLEASE. Winter on the prairie is no joke!

Petition:
Dear Pres. Obama: Will you Honor Your Commitment to Protect The People of Standing Rock?
https://action.groundswell-mvmt.org/p…

Some Alternative News Sources:
Unicorn Riot: https://www.facebook.com/unicornriot….
Digital Smoke Signals: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalSmoke…
Oceti Sakowin: https://www.facebook.com/OcetiSakowin…
Sacred Stone Camp: https://www.facebook.com/CampOfTheSac…
TYT News Network: https://www.facebook.com/TYTnetwork/?…
Indigenous Rising Media: https://www.facebook.com/Indigenousri…
Democracy Now! https://www.democracynow.org

You can contact me, Nicole at: blaackbirdsinging@gmail.com.”
Tucson pastor arrested at North Dakota pipeline protest
By Curt Prendergast Arizona Daily Star Nov 12, 2016 tucson.com

Christian Communities Support Standing Rock Sioux Protection of Land and Water from Dakota Access Pipeline creationjustice.org
“…Join in prayer for Standing Rock. We have collected liturgical resources and prayers from the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
…”

A Day of Prayer at Standing Rock #WaterIsLife By PNW Conference – Nov 4, 2016 pnwumc.org
“…Today 544 clergy and people of faith gathered at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. We said prayers, and burned the Doctrine of Discovery with high ceremony. We then were smudged with lovely smoke and walked together to the bridge where militarized police block the road.

Rev. John Floberg had negotiated a truce for a few hours and that allowed us to gather there. We walked up singing Dona Nobis Pacem–after all, we are clergy. We formed an enormous circle, then gathered together again to hear the speakers.
..”

Call to Standing Rock: Dec. 4th Interfaith Day of Prayer standingonthesideoflove.org
Why Christians Should Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Marlena Graves 11/17/16 thinkchristian.reframemedia.com
“..Standing Rock is more than a protest over water rights. It is an icon beckoning us to behold the litany of atrocities and injustices that have been committed against indigenous peoples. It’s a call to look, listen, and confess of the sins that have been committed against them. Standing Rock is a call to lament and repent. Only when we admit to wrongdoing can we then ask Native Americans how we might produce fruit in keeping with repentance…”

-Make a Difference

Christmas Dream Box waeministries.com
“…In 2012, over three-thousand Christmas gift and food basket donations were generously provided by faithful partners to children, adults, and elders of the Lakota nation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. However, despite this overflowing demonstration of kindness and charity (the spirit of Christmas, itself), not everyone on Pine Ridge was able to celebrate the tradition of Christ’s birth. Let’s give Christmas Away this year…”
http://tipiwakanchurch.org/

UPDATE:

The Seventh Generation: Youth at the Heart of the Standing Rock Protests | ABC News


“Published on Feb 28, 2017

For months, the International Indigenous Youth Council has helped steer the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

I decided to go to #StandingRock myself after a high volume of visitors to this blog, so I can build the credibility and share my notes from my personal experience…

My Personal Adventure Visit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation: Day #1 -Friday, December 2nd 2016

Good News Circle of Tribes

Baseball: Following My Minnesota Twins 2015 Highlight Season

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 73 47 .608 –
Minnesota 60 61 .496 13.5
Detroit 59 61 .492 14.0
Chi White Sox 56 63 .471 16.5
Cleveland 56 64 .467 17.0

Twins pour it on Orioles as Duffey cruises Aug 20th 2015
“BALTIMORE — Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey was unfazed by a downpour that stalled Thursday’s start by two hours and 31 minutes. In just his third Major League start, the 6-foot-3 rookie responded to the delay like a veteran, going 7 2/3 innings to lead the Twins to a 15-2 victory and their fourth straight win over the Orioles this season.
Duffey was aided by a five-run second inning from the Minnesota offense, which drew some early boos from Baltimore fans directed at starter Miguel Gonzalez. After an 11-pitch first inning, Gonzalez tossed 40 pitches in the second as four different Twins players picked up an RBI in the frame….”

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/15493892/v356772583/dozier-talks-about-his-work-with-amigos-for-christ

Duffey earns first MLB win as Twins top Tribe By Jordan Bastian and Betsy Helfand / MLB.com | 12:26 AM ET (Sat. Aug 15th 2015)

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 68 45 .602 –
Minnesota 57 56 .504 11.0

Sano leads Twins to elusive series win (8.12.15)

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_08_12_texmlb_minmlb_1&lang=en#game=2015_08_12_texmlb_minmlb_1,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Escobar’s walk-off double caps Twins’ comeback
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/142522410

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 64 44 .593 –
Minnesota 55 54 .505 9.5
Detroit 53 56 .486 11.5
Chi White Sox 51 56 .477 12.5
Cleveland 49 59 .454 15.0

Hunter rallies teammates, wins game with HR By August Fagerstrom / MLB.com | 1:06 AM ET m.twins.mlb.com

Veteran outfielder motivates team to battle back, gets it done with ninth-inning blast

CLEVELAND — A wise man named Torii Hunter once said after a gutsy victory in Cleveland, “When trees are in hurricanes and storms, all they do is grow deeper roots so they won’t tip over. That’s what we have to do is grow deeper roots, dig deep and try to withstand the storm.”

Hunter played the role of motivational speaker during the Twins’ 10-9 victory on Saturday — and the role of philosopher after it.

The team was on the heels of a deflating four-game sweep, and manager Paul Molitor said before Friday’s contest that the team needed to figure out a way to weather the storm.

The Twins appeared to respond well, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead against rookie pitcher Cody Anderson, but the lead was one they quickly relinquished, as the Indians tagged starter Mike Pelfrey and reliever A.J. Achter for nine runs over the next two innings….”

Twins Talk: Hicks Has Arrived! 23 Stories and Photos by Gordy Jones Jul 15 .kmrskkok.com

“great to watch Aaron Hicks as he blossoms into a solid major league outfielder, and as a hitter who can drill the ball with authority.

Aaron grew up in Southern California, playing golf and baseball nearly every day. People who know say he could have gone pro in golf if he had chosen to take that route, and maybe even could do that today if he devoted 100% of his focus to his clubs rather than his bat. But he chose baseball, and although there were a few hiccups on the road to where he is today, folks who knew him, and knew of his athleticism and talents on the field, knew that he’d one day be a lot more than just a capable ballplayer.

Aaron graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2008 in Long Beach, where he hit .407 (114-for-280) with 24 doubles, 10 triples, and 6 home runs in 97 career high school games. The multi-talented young man also pitched for his high school team, going 11-2, with a 1.11 ERA in 94 innings. He was drafted by the Twins in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft in the 1st round (14th overall). Aaron made his major league debut in 2013 on opening day as the leadoff hitter. But slumps and injuries prevailed, and Aaron bounced around between New Britain, Rochester, and Minnesota for the next two seasons. Being a great competitor, at times Aaron was very frustrated — but he always held his head up high and showed great patience. Torii Hunter would often call him, and offer him some mentoring thoughts. Even Hall of Famer Dave Winfield had a chat with Aaron at spring training. Dave told me, “The man has talent. At times like this I wish I could be a coach for a week, and just work with the guy. He just needs to refine a few things, and he’ll be fine.” Nowadays, Dave is a special assistant at the Major League Baseball Players Association. Part of his job is visiting every camp during spring training and talking to the guys about what they can and can’t do contractually, and offering some friendly, expert advice.

I talked to Torii about his protégé. He said, “Aaron Hicks is playing well. He’s really been playing some great defense; I think he’s helped us out a lot. His bat is starting to come alive. And then you throw in his defense — he saves a lot of runs – and for us, those are like RBIs.” I said I understood that Torii was trying to help mentor young Hicks. My mistake: I used the word “trying”. “No! I don’t TRY! I do! Trying is for losers. I do.” He paused for a moment and then went on: “You know, Dave Winfield mentored me. He had me for a year here, then throughout the years I had the chance to hang out with him. He gave me a lot of insight. I’m just doing the same thing.”

When I last talked to Aaron, I congratulated him on how things are coming together for him, and asked him what’s different. He said: “I don’t know…I just stay positive about the game, I set goals, and I compete. And every at-bat, I make it a tough at-bat.” I told him how much I enjoy watching him make those great catches in center field, and he replied, wearing a big Torii-type grin, “Thank you. I enjoy making those catches! It’s great playing next to Torii, too. For me it’s a learning experience every day. He gives me something new every day; something to think about. You know, it’s fun to have him here. He can be crazy, too, but a good crazy, making it fun in the clubhouse.”

Major League Fans!

A few weeks ago I told you about an actor named Tony Todd whom I was reacquainted with through Torii Hunter. He was a guest of Torii’s at Target Field a little over a month ago. Tony is a great guy, and we hit it off. We had actually met 20 years ago during the filming of “Little Big League,” in which Tony plays ballplayer Mickey Scales. We have recently stayed in touch, and a couple of weeks ago Tony called me and wanted to order a couple of my children’s books, “The Baseball Guy.” He wanted one signed to himself, and the other to “Charlie.” Tony grew up with Charlie Sheen, Star of “Two and a Half Men,” and “Anger Management” (with Tony Todd). Both are very funny, but Sheen’s role as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in “Major League” is the best…especially to a guy who’s been around the game.

Last week I was taking the boys to “Minions” when my phone began ringing — three calls in three minutes, which I ignored. Finally, I thought it could be important, so I picked up. Calling from L.A., on the other line was Charlie Sheen. He wanted to thank me for my book, said he was honored to receive it, and called me a “F’n” genius. He said my inscription to him was as nice as the book. Then we talked baseball, and it was just like having any of my buddies on the phone. He was sincere, nice, and a real baseball guy. He also told me how much he enjoyed watching my friend, the late, great Kirby Puckett play. He even invited me to California to meet him, which I’d like to do in the future. Baseball fans come from all walks of life, and live in their own little world. You never know whom you’ll meet. Baseball is all about fun, and all about “winning.””

Rising MLB Star Has Old School Faith cbn.com

http://cbn.com/tv/embedplayer.aspx?bcid=3600951716001

“Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is a rising Major League Baseball star with a faith that keeps him levelheaded.”

Twins Blog: Homestand Notes – All Star Break Edition by Dan Cook, WCCO Radio July 12, 2015 8:19 PM minnesota.cbslocal.com

“The Twins just finished a successful seven-game homestand, going 6-1 against the Orioles and Tigers and now begin a well-deserved break from the grind of the season as the All Star break is upon us….”

Sano delivers Major firsts for Twins’ offense
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/134500062
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com | @RhettBollinger | 1:20 AM ET + 0 COMMENTS
KANSAS CITY — The Twins called up top prospect Miguel Sano in hopes he could help jumpstart their struggling offense, and he ended up factoring into both runs scored against the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Sano went 2-for-4 with his first career RBI and his first career run, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, was impressed with what he saw from the 22-year-old rookie…

June 4th 2015
Twins rally, top Red Sox to secure split By Alec Shirkey and Aaron Leibowitz / MLB.com | 7:28 PM ET
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/128573464/twins-capitalize-on-errors-rally-past-red-sox
“BOSTON — The Twins scored four runs in the ninth inning Thursday to earn an 8-4 victory over the Red Sox and a four-game series split at Fenway Park.

In a game that featured five errors and a litany of baserunning blunders, the go-ahead run scored when Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was unable to handle a low throw by catcher Blake Swihart on a Joe Mauer bunt. After that, the floodgates opened…”

W L PCT GB
Minnesota 32 21 .604 –
Kansas City 30 20 .600 0.5
Detroit 28 27 .509 5.0
Cleveland 25 27 .481 6.5
Chi White Sox 24 27 .471 7.0

Pitching

RK Player Team W L ERA G GS▼ SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
1 Hughes, P MIN 4 5 4.96 11 11 0 0 69.0 86 38 38 12 7 45 .302 1.35

2 Gibson, K MIN 4 3 2.61 10 10 0 0 62.0 59 20 18 5 21 30 .253 1.29

2 May, T MIN 4 3 4.45 10 10 0 0 56.2 61 28 28 4 9 50 .271 1.24

2 Pelfrey, M MIN 4 2 2.59 10 10 0 0 59.0 55 19 17 3 18 27 .251 1.24

5 Nolasco, R MIN 5 1 5.51 7 7 0 0 32.2 44 23 20 1 10 28 .324 1.65

6 Milone, T MIN 2 1 4.55 5 5 0 0 27.2 31 16 14 7 12 13 .282 1.55

Batting

RK Player Team Pos G AB▼ R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1 Dozier, B MIN 2B 52 205 44 54 17 3 10 26 22 50 3 1 .263 .339 .522 .861
2 Mauer, J MIN 1B 52 198 23 52 11 2 1 30 17 35 1 0 .263 .320 .354 .673
3 Hunter, T MIN RF 48 188 28 53 10 0 8 35 15 34 1 2 .282 .332 .463 .794
3 Plouffe, T MIN 3B 50 188 23 49 10 1 8 30 21 44 0 0 .261 .333 .452 .785
5 Santana, D MIN SS 47 172 21 38 7 3 0 11 2 47 4 3 .221 .239 .297 .535
6 Escobar, E MIN LF 44 145 14 33 8 0 3 20 3 38 1 1 .228 .250 .345 .595
7 Suzuki, K MIN C 42 142 14 34 6 0 2 15 14 16 0 0 .239 .317 .324 .641
8 Vargas, K MIN 1B 29 105 12 26 3 0 3 10 7 30 0 0 .248 .295 .362 .657
9 Robinson, S MIN LF 33 80 15 20 2 0 0 9 7 13 3 1 .250 .307 .275 .582
10 Hicks, A MIN CF 21 71 8 18 1 0 1 2 4 13 5 1 .254 .293 .310 .603
11 Schafer, J MIN CF 27 69 9 15 3 0 0 5 3 23 0 3 .217 .250 .261 .511
12 Rosario, E MIN CF 21 68 6 19 1 0 2 10 2 23 4 1 .279 .296 .382 .678
13 Arcia, O MIN LF 19 58 6 16 0 0 2 8 4 15 0 0 .276 .338 .379 .718
14 Herrmann, C MIN C 16 44 8 8 2 1 1 7 3 11 0 0 .182 .234 .341 .575
15 Nunez, E MIN 3B 16 42 6 12 5 0 1 4 3 5 0 2 .286 .333 .476 .810
16 Bernier, D MIN SS 4 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .200 .333 .400 .733
17 Nolasco, R MIN P 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
18 Pelfrey, M MIN P 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000

Why the Twins are at the top of the AL Central By James O’Hara June 4 at 8:00 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/04/why-the-twins-are-at-the-top-of-the-al-central/
So far the Twins have combined a good bullpen with some great luck to rocket to the top of the Central. And their luck hasn’t only been during the game, they have also benefited from a relatively easy schedule in such a tough division, with 30 of their 50 games coming against teams currently below .500.

MAY 31st 2015
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=min
W L PCT GB
Minnesota 30 19 .612 –
Kansas City 29 19 .604 0.5
Detroit 28 23 .549 3.0
Chi White Sox 23 26 .469 7.0
Cleveland 23 26 .469 7.0
*note: 2nd best MLB Team http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/mlb/standings/

With best record in AL, Twins never want May to end By Betsy Helfand / MLB.com | 7:42 PM ET
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/127767744/with-best-record-in-al-twins-never-want-may-to-end
“It’s May 31st and I think maybe we’re going to change tomorrow to May 32nd,” Molitor joked shortly after his team recorded its 20th victory of the month.

The Twins capped off May with a 6-5 victory over Toronto on Sunday, marking the first time they’ve finished a month with 20 victories since 1991.

The victory also sealed the eighth series win of nine in the month and put Minnesota a half-game up for first place in the American League Central….

Minnesota ended May with a 30-19 record — the fifth most victories through 49 games in team history. After the Twins starting 1-6 and finished April 10-12, Hunter said the team has made some adjustments…

Paul Molitor has surprising Twins in tie for first in tough AL Central
Ian Denomme By Ian Denomme
7 hours ago (5.28.15)
Big League Stew
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/paul-molitor-has-surprising-twins-in-tie-for-first-in-tough-al-central-141509689.html
Yet despite those star-studded teams at the top, as June approaches it is the Minnesota Twins who have been the surprise of the division, racing out to a 28-18 record and a share of first place. The Twins didn’t make any sexy offseason moves unless you count signing 39-year-old outfielder Torii Hunter, or pitcher Ervin Santana who was suspended for 80 games before the season even began.

For a team that has averaged just 66 wins over the last four seasons, the Twins biggest offseason move was hiring Paul Molitor as their new manager. Molitor, a Hall of Famer and Minnesota native, had no previous managing experience but took the task of rebuilding a team that regularly won the division in the early part of this century under Ron Gardenhire.

After completing a sweep of the Red Sox on Wednesday night and extending their win streak to five, it seems the rest of the league is starting to take notice of the Twins.

You won’t find many Twins players on major-league leaderboards. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is their early WAR leader, Joe Mauer – a career .317 hitter – is batting just .276, but as a team they’ve scored the eighth most runs in the majors. Pitchers Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey are off to fine starts sporting ERAs of 2.72 and 2.77, respectively. But the Twins’ team ERA of 3.94 is only 16th best in the majors.

It’s hard to say whether the Twins are for real or if this is early-season, small sample size luck. They seem to be a team that is a jack of many trades, but master of none. Sometimes being just pretty good at everything can go a long way, just ask the Royals. Last season they were 14th in runs scored, dead last in home runs, 12th in team ERA, and 26th in fielding percentage. Doesn’t sound like a team worth watching, but they rode that all the way to within a game of the World Series.

Maybe Molitor’s miracle Twins can do the same in 2015….

*tied for 1st

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 28 18 .609 –
Minnesota 28 18 .609 –
Detroit 27 20 .574 1.5
Cleveland 21 25 .457 7.0
Chi White Sox 20 24 .455 7.0

Twice as nice: Twins ride homers to sweep Sox
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/20150527126954826?game_pk=414346

6th best team in MLB
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/126508936/twins-ricky-nolasco-notches-100th-victory
5.26.15

Kansas City 28 16 .636 –
Minnesota 26 18 .591 2.0
Detroit 26 20 .565 3.0
Cleveland 20 24 .455 8.0
Chi White Sox 19 23 .452 8.0

8th best team in MLB

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_23_minmlb_chamlb_1#game=2015_05_23_minmlb_chamlb_1,game_state=Wrapup

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 28 14 .667 –
Detroit 26 18 .591 3.0
Minnesota 24 18 .571 4.0
Chi White Sox 19 21 .475 8.0
Cleveland 19 23 .452 9.0

Perkins (16) saves (pace to get 64 for season record)

http://www.kare11.com/story/sports/mlb/twins/2015/05/06/twins-rosario-homers-on-1st-pitch-of-his-career/70923392/

12-12 record (3rd place) 5.2.15
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_02_chamlb_minmlb_1&mode=wrap

http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/118706422/twins-offense-turns-corner-in-set-with-royals

MINNEAPOLIS — After being routed in the home opener against the Royals on Monday, the Twins were 1-6 and still reeling after a frustrating first week of the season.

But they bounced back, winning two straight against previously-unbeaten Kansas City, including an 8-5 win in the rubber game on Thursday afternoon that saw Minnesota post season high totals in both hits (14) and runs. It was the first series victory of the season and it came against a club that entered the series with a 6-0 record.

http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Wetmore_Why_I_disagree_with_Hunters_decision_to_try_to_steal_home042315

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/13/10-reasons-the-minnesota-twins-are-above-500/

Spring Training

Standings
2015

American League
Team W L PCT GB
Oakland 22 11 .667 –
Kansas City 20 10 .667 0.5
Toronto 19 13 .594 2.5
Boston 17 12 .586 3.0
Tampa Bay 15 13 .536 4.5
LA Angels 15 14 .517 5.0
NY Yankees 17 16 .515 5.0
Houston 12 12 .500 5.5
Minnesota 13 16 .448 7.0
Cleveland 14 18 .438 7.5
Seattle 13 17 .433 7.5
Chi White Sox 11 17 .393 8.5
Baltimore 12 19 .387 9.0
Detroit 12 20 .375 9.5
Texas 9 19 .321 10.5

National League
Team W L PCT GB
NY Mets 19 12 .613 –
LA Dodgers 16 11 .593 1.0
San Diego 17 12 .586 1.0
Arizona 19 14 .576 1.0
St. Louis 13 11 .542 2.5
Miami 14 12 .538 2.5
Pittsburgh 15 13 .536 2.5
Cincinnati 15 14 .517 3.0
Colorado 16 16 .500 3.5
Atlanta 15 17 .469 4.5
Chi Cubs 15 17 .469 4.5
Philadelphia 14 17 .452 5.0
Milwaukee 13 16 .448 5.0
Washington 11 16 .407 6.0
San Francisco 13 21 .382 7.5

Grapefruit League
Team W L PCT GB
NY Mets 19 12 .613 –
Toronto 19 13 .594 0.5
Boston 17 12 .586 1.0
St. Louis 13 11 .542 2.5
Miami 14 12 .538 2.5
Pittsburgh 15 13 .536 2.5
Tampa Bay 15 13 .536 2.5
NY Yankees 17 16 .515 3.0
Houston 12 12 .500 3.5
Atlanta 15 17 .469 4.5
Philadelphia 14 17 .452 5.0
Minnesota 13 16 .448 5.0
Washington 11 16 .407 6.0
Baltimore 12 19 .387 7.0
Detroit 12 20 .375 7.5

Cactus League
Team W L PCT GB
Oakland 22 11 .667 –
Kansas City 20 10 .667 0.5
LA Dodgers 16 11 .593 3.0
San Diego 17 12 .586 3.0
Arizona 19 14 .576 3.0
Cincinnati 15 14 .517 5.0
LA Angels 15 14 .517 5.0
Colorado 16 16 .500 5.5
Chi Cubs 15 17 .469 6.5
Milwaukee 13 16 .448 7.0
Cleveland 14 18 .438 7.5
Seattle 13 17 .433 7.5
Chi White Sox 11 17 .393 8.5
San Francisco 13 21 .382 9.5
Texas 9 19 .321 10.5

PRESEASON

Torii Hunter answers fan questions

“Published on Dec 19, 2014

Torii Hunter answers fan questions from social media. #AskTorii”

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Sharing God’s Love in Our City’s Streets?

Do you ever encounter “homeless” people begging you for money whenever you walk the streets of a city or even driving around a neighborhood? What do you do? Do we walk pass them to ignore them? What would Jesus do?

Story 1

I admit, I have many times ignored these individuals because I was in a hurry or just had bad “judgment” on them. Well, last weekend I decided to “do something” . I was walking from

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…to the Minneapolis Convention Center on a Sunday morning (July 13th 2014). I was there for the All-Star festivities (e.g. Fan Fest). As I was walking towards Nicollet Avenue, a guy came by walking besides me asking for money. I then told him I rather not give him money, but instead of food. He declined and asked for money to buy some food instead. Well, he was very persistent, which I kept being persistent. I then “tried” to quote a Bible verse “Silver or gold I don’t have, but I have Jesus” (paraphrased this because I forgot the exact order..lol).

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Anyways, he just continued to walk with me to Nicollet Avenue as he shared his name (Isaac). I then smiled and replied, “that’s a name in the Bible”. He then said, “I know, I’m already born-again and saved” (I questioned myself in thought, “what is he doing here then?”). Anyways, I know we all go through some “wildernesses”, so I wanted to help this guy out to build his faith too. I asked him about his background, which he told me he already has a job. However, it’s only with a temp agency. I’ve had jobs with temp agencies before, so I somewhat can relate. I asked him what he’s good at , but he was persistent about the money thing again. Along the walk, I noticed a street preacher (lady) reading Bible verses, which is the same corner where I’ve seen others before. I thought to my self that this is so ironic! I then told him to come to Morris where there are many jobs available. He said, he might do this in the future. I then asked about his family, which he told me he has siblings in Indiana. I asked what made him move here from there. He replied, the “jobs opportunities”.

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We then sat down in a bench where there were other “homeless” people around the area getting ready for the “big day” to beg for money. I told him I would love to pray for him about his current circumstances, which he obliged. I was chatting too much as I was holding his hand about to pray that he told me, “I thought we were going to pray together”. I stopped talking and started praying for him with a smile. He then persistently ask for money again, so I told him “no” and took him to the Walgreens around the corner. I told him he can get whatever he “needs”, so he shopped around and picked a deli sandwich and a snack (?). I even told him to get a drink as it’s supposed to get warm later on. He picked a drink and kindly double checked if he can get one. We then went to the counter and I bought his items As we left the store, I gave him more encouraging words (forgot what I said) as he joined his peers by the bench we were sitting before to pray.

I then continued my way to the Minneapolis Convention Center for Fan Fest 2014!

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Story 2

I had to share this story because this was another unique individual homeless guy. I was walking to church (St. Paul Cathedral) with my parents last evening for mass (church service). I noticed this “homeless” guy fixing his bicycle that was upside down-along with his personal stuff on the side of the sidewalk besides the church entrance. I was about to ask if he needed help, but I just continued to walk past him and up the stairs to the entrance. I was inclined to turn around, but decided to do so after we got to our pew after the “procession” (priest and team walking from the back to the front and do an intro) in the church building. During this time, I thought of that “forward email story” about the church people passing by this homeless guy and no one did anything. The “church people” didn’t realize that homeless guy was actually their “new pastor” , which he would later share..that’s it-that was the “sermon message” itself..

Church Mistreats Homeless Man Who is Pastor in Disguise

Churchgoers Ignored the Pleas of A ‘Homeless’ Man. An Hour Later They Cried from Shame. TeamGodVine last update 07/09/2017, 11:06 PM godvine.com
“…A Pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000-member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change…
He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares, dirty looks, and people looking down on him. As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce to you our new Pastor.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ ‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry, and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?” He then dismissed service until next week.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in.” Be a Christian all you want, but at least follow the teachings of Christ if you’re going to claim the title.

Matthew 25:35-45…”

Well, I felt the urge to to be used by God to reach out to this man in case no one else did by the “church building”. When I went down the stairs, I noticed this guy was ready to head out as his bicycle was in the upright position and all his belongings that was scattered was all packed up. I went over and asked if his bicycle was all fixed. He told me, yes and explained what was wrong (e.g. loose chain). He would not stop talking after that as he would end up sharing a lot about his situation after some “curiosity” question…

“Name is Patrick and originally from Des Moines-Iowa. I have been traveling all over the country. I plan to stay at a motel in Cottage Grove (Sal: “I told him that the bike trail from downtown to Cottage Grove is block due to construction”. I knew this before as I tried to ride my bike from where my parents live in the East Side to Downtown St. Paul). Would you be able to drive me? (Sal: “I told him that I would if I had a bigger vehicle and I explained to myself that I’m in the middle of “mass” with my parents). He then shared that he knows the people at the motel and then started sharing about his past-” I have to be careful of girls/ladies, I have to keep out of trouble (Sal: thinking that he was in trouble in the past and running away from it). I did drugs, like meth and other types of drugs… (Sal: He mention others, but can’t remember)…(Sal: He was non-stop in telling me some other stuff that I don’t remember what else he shared). He knew I just came from church, so he shared about Christians he has met (Sal: I noticed an African American guy just walking away after chatting with him and Patrick just put a Bible with his “stuff” packed in the back of his bicycle)…

..I started to grow in compassion for him with discernment (asking God what to do and say as I didn’t want to be lied too as I have been with past conversations with homeless people). I shared earlier how he has a cool name and I reminded him of “St. Patick”, which I wasn’t able to share more as he was “non-stop” in chatting /sharing with me. I noticed my time was long and my parents were probably wondering where I am. I didn’t want to leave without at least praying for him. I asked if I could pray for him, so I quickly did . I was closing my eyes, but opened to realize he started to kneel. I felt like I should’ve kneeled with him. I remembered one of the teaching at a church conference to pray with people in the “same level” as a sign of humility. I felt bad I didn’t as I wondered what people around me were thinking. After praying for him, I decided to give him some “change” (cash) to help him out . I then told him to stay away from those drugs with a smile :), which he told me he will and started to chat more. I showed him with my body movements that I had to leave, which I felt I could’ve stayed longer to hear more of his story. I had so many questions based on what he already shared. For example, what drew him to the streets? I felt like something bad he did and left/ran away from home because of shame. I forgot to pray about that, so let’s pray together…

“Heavenly Father, we lift Patrick up to you. We ask that You personally reveal your compassion to him and heal him of any past hurts. May you used another follower of Yours to share the “Good News” with him. We pray that the “seeds of faith” that others and I have shared will grow..in Jesus’ name..Amen”

Thanks for praying for me. I actually have been praying for him before writing this blog as there were other things I wished I could’ve done to “reach out” to him more. It seems like God has really touched my heart this past week about “reaching out to” homeless people with other related events (e.g. Prior to mass last night, I shared various videos of “reaching out” to homeless people after I won free tickets to this music event earlier last month that was given by this Christian non-profit organization called “Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities“..

I forgot to tell him about this homeless shelter with the few chance to share/talk as he was a “chatter box”. I was able to tell him about Minnesota Teen Challenge after he shared about his drug use and later “alcohol” use (shared that he’s been sober for 6 months). This was part of my prayer that God will protect him from temptation and the addiction.

Well, that was my personal story this unique encounter. When I returned back to mass, I came in the middle of the priest’s message (e.g. important to talk with God at least 10 minutes a day…) as I missed the 3 readings. My parents never asked where I went too as I was going to share until they asked me, but I probably should since I remembered my mom asking earlier today, “are you mad for some reason..?”. I didn’t correlate the two as I thought it was about something else.

The following day (today), I went to my local church in St. Paul. The pastor shared in his message about reaching to those homeless people with signs (see one of my related stories-> Folks with Signs Along the Highway Exit Ramps Part 1 ) along the highway exit ramps. I just feel this has been a theme that God is trying to show me and the “church body” to NOT forget about these people. What about you?

What do you think? Did I do the “right” thing? Is this what Jesus would’ve done? Did I share God’s love? What could’ve I done better?

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