A. Dru Kristenev

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Former newspaper publisher, A. Dru Kristenev, grew up in the publishing industry working every angle of a paper, from ad composition and sales, to personnel management, copy writing, and overseeing all editorial content. During her tenure as a news professional, Kristenev traveled internationally as both a representative of the paper and non-profit organizations.Since 2007, Kristenev has authored four fact-filled political suspense novels, the Baron Series, and two non-fiction books, all available on Amazon.ChangingWind (changingwind.org) is a solutions-centered Christian ministry.Donate Here

Most Recent Articles by A. Dru Kristenev:

Flaws in liberal “logic” regarding the budget

May 27, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

One unremarkable guest (didn’t get his name, in any case) appearing on the Intelligence Report on FBN emphatically asked how poor people are served if the budget is cut that goes to the very people who provide the services? What he didn’t understand is that the budget allocated to administrators only fuels administration. For the most part, a minor percentage makes it into the pockets of those meant to be helped and certainly doesn’t further the goal of assisting them to no longer need services.

My mistake, that’s not the goal of government these days, is it? The goal, which is so evident by the Left’s banshee cries about a budget that halts the egotistic growth of administration, is to proliferate bureaucracies—generally because that is Congress’ definition of job creation and maintenance. Employment in the private sector (which is what government programs should be encouraging) gets poor people to the point of self-sufficiency; administration of entitlements and benefits, to be PC about it, keeps poor people in bondage to the services that serve them poorly.

Trump’s detractors lobbing unsubstantiated accusations while they fruitlessly search for nonexistent

May 20, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Straight from a no longer anonymous source—

After a year of turning over every rock and parting the branches of every bush, the source said that President Trump is probably the one individual with the least amount of dirty laundry ever to occupy the White House.

Flying overhead, J. Edgar Rostov Kite1 swooped down to reveal this and other secrets of the universe which he had been studying and perfecting for the last year. At the end of his rope, he admitted going to the extent of concealing himself by the drapes of the Oval Office after Inauguration Day in order to eavesdrop on the new president’s secret conversations (a difficult enterprise considering some kites have a wingspan up to six feet).

Still, it has all been for naught as Kite’s been unable to bury his beak into anything other than his own feathers. Missing his prey, his talons have only clutched the wind. Then, in the midst of all this frustration, he was ignominiously fired from his post.

Media is the Narrative

May 13, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

This is titled with apologies to Marshall McLuhan’s memory for the bastardization of his famed pronouncement, “the media is the message”. Truly though, the apology should be rendered by the media itself rather than a poor political missionary attempting to characterize the dissolution of the once-respected profession of journalism.

Perhaps it would be more fitting to say the ‘message is the narrative,’ but both turns of phrase are applicable. Media is the vehicle to disseminate tales as well as the embodiment of those tales contrived to promote a social outcome. In other words, media carries the narrative and is the narrative (message) at the same time. Either way, the narrative is propaganda, plain and simple.

Obama is the Macron template

May 6, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

We’re watching the final showdown between two reportedly unpopular candidates vying for the office of president… in France. At least, that’s the account in most of the mainstream press, along with the tale that Emmanuel Macron is a centrist and Marine LePen is a far-right neo-Nazi. Neither description appears to be grounded in much fact.

Familiar story? The international press is painting the French candidates in much the same light as they did our own contest between Clinton and Trump. On this side of the Atlantic, we hear it every election. The democrats are the moderates and the republicans are the right-wing reactionaries. But there’s more to this corollary than meets the eye.

Colleges produce SJWs at the expense of common sense and the nation

Apr 26, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Social justice wish lists have grown over the years by adding the impossible: reparations for slavery, controlling CO2 levels, eradicating offensive speech, selective homicide and regulating thought in general. Advocates of these causes have ramped-up assaults on anyone who disagrees. Flooding college campuses and spilling onto surrounding streets, their disruptions signal the disintegrating state of what we refer to as education.

It’s convenient to blame the rise of media, televised and electronic, for the increasing anger and violence among younger people, particularly those who’ve attended institutions of higher education. But are television and social media really the cause or is it a symptom of a deeply rooted malady?

House reps serve two-year terms for a reason

Apr 18, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

The Founders of this nation had good purpose in establishing two-year terms for representatives elected to the House that today’s politicians conveniently overlook or shove aside. James Madison, in Federalist Paper 52, examined the rationale for a longer term (though I’m tempted to use sentence in its place) of office as opposed to what was finally adopted within the Constitution:

Preemptive propaganda blaming America for coming attacks on Syria all in a day’s work for a former

Apr 12, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Typical of leftist ideologues and regime spinmasters, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin threw the first punch by making a completely unsubstantiated claim the United States is readying to launch an attack on the south side of Damascus. He then said that the United States will use chemical weapons against Syrian citizens and lay the blame at the feet of Bashar al-Assad.

This is exactly the kind of ploy utilized by dictators and would-be despots to deflect guilt from their own bloody hands. Dread strategies are likely already on the drawing board as they scan the horizon for a convenient patsy. Evidently, Putin thinks the new guy in town, who has shown he’s willing to take the bull by the horns, fits the description. If it weren’t so obvious it might be ingenious.

The role of a judge

Mar 23, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

As United States Supreme Court Candidate Neil Gorsuch is questioned, scrutinized and skewered by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, the underlying issue that is skirted, and apparently misunderstood by many of the members, is the proper role of a judge. Many seem to think that a sitting justice serves at the behest of politicians, imposing the “correct” thinking of the day according to their interpretation. More or less, they believe a judge should be actively working to promote the enlightened political agenda. Other members appear careful to inquire whether Gorsuch will follow the law irrespective of popular wisdom that is generally anything but wise.

Gorsuch, in his opening statement, said that he would be a “faithful servant of the Constitution” and “apply the law impartially.” But there is a long legacy of serving the greater good in judging the affairs of men… that greater entity being God.

Congress ignores ability to strike Obamacare, preferring to entrench control

Mar 20, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Instant gratification (we all recognize that phrase) in modern culture is now being realized via the instant construction of a house (won’t go into energy consumption to produce the plastic materials), designer food or other “produced” items from 3D printers. “Instant” healthcare is just another take on the concept and government has been feeding the populace on the lie of its affordability for years now.

But this is the reality—instantaneous creation of homes, steaks, clothing and healthcare result in no responsibility, no earning and no accomplishment. The universal consequence? There’s no appreciation for anything. What is created is no confidence and, ultimately, the acceptance of individual failure which feeds dependence.

House healthcare bill isn’t even remission of Obamacare cancer

Mar 10, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

About the term remission - it is an admission that the treatment used to diminish advancing cancer was inadequate and it is expected to recur. In healthcare lingo it infers that the cancer is not curable. (We won’t go into how the term cure isn’t applied to life-threatening diseases as it touches on how healthcare has taken on a litigious nature over decades, although that’s much the reason why government stepped into the healthcare mire in the first place.) In this instance, it is Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that’s an incurable cancer, and yet, the House leadership is trying to sell this so-called American Health Care Act as a cure. It isn’t even remission.

Who values land as sacred? Ranchers, not environmentalists

Mar 1, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

When it comes to disparate groups of protesters who claim to value the land, the line is drawn definitively between the raucous, violent rabble that descended upon the Cannonball River in North Dakota and the orderly numbers that arrived at Malheur Wildlife Refuge and the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.

Let’s list the differences, shall we?

The new Fifth Column

Feb 19, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

The fallout from Obama policies and hirings, which only expanded the growing liberalism under previous administrations, is at the center of mounting assaults against the American people that the federal government was created to defend.

Let’s talk real fascism

Feb 13, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

The tale of a country wallowing in economic depression, a third of its people out of work, many roaming the streets seeking something to do, something to eat… someone to blame. They rise up – the college students, the youth, the aimless striking out at hapless targets of their anger which is anyone who does not join their ranks. They throw epithets, punches, stones and Molotov cocktails, setting fire to businesses, homes and even human lives. Their ranks grow, upper echelon organization1 increases, violence spreads and their anger is not assuaged but redoubled.

Is it Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Franco’s Spain, Bolshevik Russia, Tito’s Yugoslavia, Mao’s China or Castro’s Cuba?

First Lady’s immigrant experience contradicts Left claims of Trump hate

Feb 3, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

After following through with a campaign promise to thoroughly vet incoming foreign nationals, liberals have gone overboard throwing whatever comes to hand at President Trump, coloring him as a racist monster who hates immigrants of every stripe. Claims scribbled on placards and spewing from microphones at exclusionary protests (Women’s March) and paid riots become more ridiculous with each venomous, contradictory recitation.

Community pitches in after natural disasters while FEMA twiddles thumbs

Jan 27, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Disorganization of federal agencies is never more evident than when a natural disaster strikes and the bureaucracy charged with coordinating relief efforts is nowhere to be found. The South has had more than its share of weather related tragedies over the last decade and, despite the numerous opportunities for FEMA to learn from past inefficiency, nothing has changed.

What has changed in Mississippi is how well the community and churches have garnered real experience on what not to do, turning it into lessons of what must and can be done. Number one on the list is – don’t bother waiting for the feds. Roll-up your sleeves, fire up the tractor, grab your shovel and chainsaw and dive in.