Welcome to the APRIL 2014 blog!
The Word for today
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:23-25 KJV).
“You can keep your healthcare plan!”
“I lost my plan.”
“Then you must not have liked your plan.”
I just read that if Putin has his Russian armies invade Ukraine [any farther] that a major sanction will be imposed: they will be forced to sign up for Obamacare. All troop movements seem to have halted at that announcement. Shall we applaud?
Here’s a good campaign slogan for those Obama supporters running for office: “We’re spending $41 billion of your money this year and we’ve insured almost as many people as we’ve uninsured.”
Stats for blue state bleeding hearts
Are you as tired as I am of politicians who are ignoring the facts about gun control in order to buy votes from their left-wing followers? Think on these 2013 stats:
Tobacco use took 529,000 lives
Medical errors killed 195,000
Alcohol abuse accounted for 107,000 deaths
Motor vehicles accidents: 34,485
Accidental poisoning: 31,758
Drug abuse: 25,500
Unintentional falls: 24,792
Non-firearm homicides: 16,799 (#1 weapon used in violent crime is a baseball bat)
Firearms homicides: 11,493
Shouldn’t the government go after baseball bats? But then most citizens enjoy them safely, for sport. But couldn’t the same be said of firearms? But the Washington hardheads and bleeding hearts aren’t listening.
Source: Center for Disease Control, FBI, U.S. Fed. Gov’t
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Life is too short…
…to spend it with a kicking cow!
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People in Proverbs
Solomon and others share their wisdom about nineteen different people in the Book of Proverbs—from the Man of Understanding to the Stupid Man, from the Virtuous Woman to the Contentious Woman, from the Generous Man to the Offended Man and thirteen others. We deal with their traits, both good and bad. These lessons serve as sermons, Bible lessons or just personal devotional reading.
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The Other Second Amendment
Seventh-graders at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, recently received a workbook including some lessons on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But what they’re learning serves the Left’s agenda and —surprise—it’s pure propaganda. On the page dealing with the Second Amendment, the book explains, “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.” On the contrary, the Second Amendment’s plain language says nothing about “certain weapons” or registration. What’s ironic is that registration almost always leads to confiscation, which the lesson notes the British tried to do. What should be confiscated is that workbook.
Source: The Patriot Post
We have to acknowledge that the pro-Islam, anti-Christian sentiment flooding our schools and colleges would not be happening if the White House was not behind it. Who would have thought that in five years we would have virtually the entire print and visual media behind the effort to demonize our founding fathers, mock our Christian ideals, and send us sledding down the hill into socialism. They are doing so not only with the blessing of the administration, but evidently at their behest. That is the reason all student loans were reassigned to a single source with strict government controls. No college would have access to the loans and other financial processes unless they toed the administration’s line in the classrooms.
If you haven’t checked out your child’s textbooks recently, I suggest you do so. For more info on how Islam is being projected in public schools, check it out at http://worldviewweekend.com/video/islamic-lies-americas-textbooks-clip-1.
Speaking of higher education…
…or perhaps it should be better known as “lower education,” Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY has installed a course called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus.” The course will be a “media reconstruction” of who she really is, as if college students needed to know. I suppose Skidmore wanted to keep up with Rutgers University which has a course on Beyoncé. Rather than education, such courses hasten the deconstruction of the American mind to a level lower than ever before. How low will education get before we Apostolics realize what is really taking being taught in our colleges and universities? Nothing should surprise us anymore.
The God of the OT vs. the God of the NT
This issue perplexes some minds because their perception of the judgmental OT God is not the same as the grace and mercy God of the NT. Unbelievers and atheists complain that the judgmental God as portrayed in the OT is unlike that portrayed in the NT, so with words they build a mean and hateful image of God from the OT, condemning His “rough justice” and demeaning His character by comparing His actions to their own humanistic view of justice.
Is the God of the OT the same as the Father and the Christ of the NT? Of course! There has never been, nor will there ever be more than one God—“Ye are my witnesses, saith The Lord…that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am He: Before me was no God formed, neither shall there be after me…I am The Lord and beside me there is no savior…” (Isaiah 43:10). “I and my father are one” (John 10:30).
“But they seem so different,” some say. Jesus appears so altrusistic, so gentle, so loving, so full of grace and mercy. True, but these virtues are focused on by liberals and pointed out by non-believers to undergird the “feel good” religious flavor of the current religious scene. God in the OT is not always spewing wrath and judgment, and the God of the NT is not always presented as issuing passes to sinners. Here is what the God of the OT said: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19,20). How kind and generous and loving is that?
Here is what Jesus of the NT said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). John saw Jesus as a righteous Judge: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war…And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Revelation 19:11,15). How wrathful does Jesus appear there?
Deity in both testaments was sovereignly operating in different dispensations, with a different methodology, and with a different purpose. Yet detractors like to point out how the Flood, the judgment of Sodom, and the displacement and deaths of the Canaanites were examples of a God with a killer instinct. They simply miss the point.
The introduction of sin in the Garden of Eden called for judgment on all men who would not choose to obey the commandments of God. Sin, without payment, demands retribution, and we see plenty of it in the OT. The judgment God declared through the Flood was because “the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). In Sodom it was “because their sin is very grievous” and not even 10 righteous men could not be found among them (Genesis 18:20,32).
In Jericho and throughout the Land of Canaan, God ordained a cleansing of those who would in the future be a threat to the people of God, opposing them militarily and corrupting them spiritually and socially, finally influencing them into idolatry. However, the Jews did not annihilate the inhabitants and were indeed let astray by them, damning both Jew and Gentile to be harshly judged.
Some say the OT judgments were for public recognition of extreme sin. Even so, there was usually a way of escape provided for “innocent” persons, and a remnant was mercifully saved from the judgment.
In the OT, the Jews were chosen to express that payment for their’s and Adam’s sin by blood sacrifices, as a type of sacrifice for the potential covering of the sins of the whole world. In the fulness of time, He came Himself, wrapped in a body that was prepared for God by which He would accomplish His purpose, a body that would serve as the ultimate and final sacrifice. Virgin born, Christ was the God of the OT in human form, expressing the love and mercy that are the hallmarks of God’s essence—“God is love” (I John 4:8). While Jesus is known more for His grace and mercy than for His judgmental role, yet He will be the judge of the whole earth, of the saints at the Rapture and the judgment seat of Christ, and of all lost sinners at the White Throne. He is saving out of the extreme wickedness of the world a remnant—the church, called by His name, filled with His Spirit, and destined for eternal life in Heaven.
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord….To wit, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 5:19). The cross of Christ, with arms reaching back to Eden and forward to the end of time, is the link between the testaments. The one who died upon it appeals to all, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink…Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (John 7:37; Matthew 11:28). That’s the loving, kind, forgiving God that I serve.
More signs of the times
In a Podiatrist’s office:
“Time wounds all heels.”
At an Optometrist’s office:
“If you don’t see what you’re looking for,
you’ve come to the right place.”
On a Plumber’s truck:
“We repair what your husband fixed.”
At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
“Invite us to your next blowout.”
In a Non-smoking Area:
“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”
On a Maternity Room door:
“Push. Push. Push.”
Outside a Muffler Shop:
“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”
In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:
“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”
At the Electric Company:
“We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be delighted.”
In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”
Why we speak out about psy drugs in the military
We have been accurate about our reporting on drugs in the military. We are gradually debilitating our military personnel by forcing them to take psy drugs. Is all of this planned in order to weaken our military? If you dare, check out this documentary:
For you history buffs out there
What goes around comes around. Right? How did Hitler’s planbook fall into the hands of Putin? It is 1938-39 all over again. Mother was changing my diaper when Hitler broke through the border roadblocks and rolled his Blitzkreig into Poland, ostensibly to protect the German citizens and German interests there.
Hitler must be grinning under that Charlie Chaplin mustache if he can see what is going on in the Ukraine. Déjà vu!
Who is cool and who is not
E. L. Holley used to say, “I quote others to better express myself.” Here are some quotes from Greg Gutfeld’s new book Not Cool:
“The definition of cool: popularity without achievement. It’s how President Obama got the youth vote. Ask any kid who voted for him, ‘Why did you do it?,’ and the convoluted, wide-eyed answer will ultimately translate into: ‘He’s cool and that other guy wasn’t.’ (Now they’re paying the brunt of Obamacare. Suckers.)”
“Assorted slugs on death row are cool; their victims, forgotten roadkill. This theme runs through art and pop culture like E. coli in a Tijuana cafeteria. There are more movies, songs, plays, and websites about killers than about their victims. Victims are boring; their tormenters, deep.”
“In movies it’s the crazies who are cool and the decent folk who are demonic. And what you end up with is a culture more fearful of institutionalization than the people who need to be institutionalized. Only in the counter-earth of Hollywood could such be pulled off with a straight face (which could explain the massive popularity of Botox).”
“Fact is, the desperate desire to be cool has skewed our culture toward nihilism, carelessness, and ineptitude. It is now cool to be an idiot. A jackass. It’s cool to be a failure, as long as your failure is the basis for a reality show. And on the reality show you can do what’s considered ultimately cool: ‘raise awareness.’”
“How we got to a place where men in skinny jeans rank higher in achievement and status than men in military-issued camouflage is a mental journey beyond the limits of my simple, sodden brain. (Granted, it’s a short journey.)”
Ed.: This is not necessarily a recommendation of the book. I am just sharing some thoughts of the author who is a witty conservative commentator, an increasingly rare genre.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Connecticut lawmakers passed strict new gun control laws. Critics pointed out that none of them would have prevented that atrocity, but the legislature passed them anyway. They required that all rifles labeled as assault weapons be registered with the state. It is sad that many blue state lawmakers don’t know the difference between an assault rifle and a semi-automatic .22 we hunted rabbits with as kids.
Well, many gun owners cited the principle of civil disobedience against what they saw as an unconstitutional law and simply refused. There are an estimated 372,000 such rifles in Connecticut, and only 50,000 applications for registration came in by the deadline. The state then said those who missed the deadline had to give up their rifles. That just reinforced the longtime fear of gun owners that the Left dismissed as paranoia: that gun registration would be followed by confiscation. So now, gun owners were even more motivated to keep quiet.
This stand-off inspired one of the dumbest newspaper editorials in modern times. The Hartford Courant argued that gun owners who refuse to comply with the new law somehow be identified, arrested, charged with a felony and jailed for up to five years. Never mind all the police work that would take, just imagine the cost of jailing 322,000 gun owners for five years. It’s always amusing to me when “progressives,” who once loved the idea of civil disobedience, suddenly start screaming, “Off with their heads!” if anyone takes a principled stand against one of their own policies.
Those who think there should be nationwide gun registration should look to Connecticut to see why that would never work. In a University of Chicago survey, 30 percent of U.S. citizens admitted to owning guns. That’s about 100 million people. And those are just the ones who openly admitted it. As we saw in Connecticut, that’s not a reliable figure. Remember the argument from the Left for immigration reform, that we can’t arrest 11 million people? Well, try arresting 100 million people. Especially when they all have guns! – Patriot Post
World Vision caves
World Vision defines itself as a “Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”
Christianity Today now reports:
World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.
Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America’s largest Christian charities.
In an exclusive interview, World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns failed to explain to Christianity Today the rationale behind changing this “condition of employment,” whether financial or legal pressures were involved, and whether other Christian organizations with faith-based hiring rules should follow World Vision’s lead.
There is a doctrine floating around that each of us has a personal angel who looks just like us. Pity mine.
The promoters of the idea use Acts 12:15 as a proof text. But to draw a doctrine from something shouted to Rhoda from her friends as she was looking through a peephole at a man standing outside the door asking entrance, is ludicrous. Nowhere in the Scriptures is that concept put forth. Those in the house were wrong. Rhoda was the only one who was right—it wasn’t an angel, it was Peter! To build a doctrine on the supposition that those in the house knew that each individual has a visible look-alike angel is superstition at best and heresy at worst.
Questions come to mind: Since I don’t look like I did when I was 20, has my twin angel aged with me? What if I get a face lift? Will my angel have to get one too?
I suppose it makes one appear very spiritual to claim knowledge of such twin angels. Many “Ooohh and Ahhhh” at their testimonies, which could be the motivation for such tales. But recent history reveals that some who claim frequent visits by angels, have their luggage toted through airports by them, find lost articles for them, and give them directions when they are lost, often turn out to be spiritual frauds. They find it easy to be disingenuous about other things too. They are forced to tell a story to prop up another one. They tend to be unsure and unsteady in the faith. They seem to be open to other far out theories and ideas. Such fads wax and wane, waning when the “angels” sometimes turn out to be quite human—blondes and brunettes. Oops…do you remember any female angels in the Bible?
Now, before you come after me with a cross and hammer and nails, please understand that I believe in angels. God evidently furnished the universe with them. They are present with the people of God and minister in ways we don’t always know or understand. Got that. I don’t doubt every angel story. But one should not build his ministry or personal popularity around angel encounters. Or construct doctrines built entirely on subjective experiences.
The nose grows
The President says his healthcare plan is working like it is should. Hey, he has already won “Liar of the Year” award, so what is one more? Did he actually expect to unilaterally make 36 (and counting) changes and extensions in it in order to accommodate the unions and others of his political base? I think everyone knows the truth, but his base won’t speak up because they are the benefactors. The Republicans won’t speak up because they are afraid of looking like Ted Cruz or Mike Lee. The Democrats won’t challenge the president because most are presidential bootlickers. It is up to you and me to remind folks that he is doing exactly what he said he would do—fundamentally changing America. He is turning this Republic into a second class socialist state. If we don’t wake up and speak up, your children may be living under a totally different kind of government in ten years.
Comedian Conan O’Brien reportedly quipped: “The White House announced a change to Obamacare. They keep making adjustments. They say people can now keep their insurance plans for two more years. When asked what would happen after two years, Obama said, ‘After two years, I don’t give a —-.’”
In early March the individual mandate was rolled ahead for two years. In late March, the sign-up deadline was extended for two weeks and the fine for not signing up was forgiven for those who claim a “hardship” because of whatever. Obamacare is like a black hole in outer space, pulling everything close into it. It is more mysterious than the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner. Our only hope is to change the numbers in Congress and then the White House.
Nancy Pelosi recently scolded a reporter for referring to “Obamacare” by that moniker—even though the president himself has said, “I actually like the name.” “[B]y the way, it’s called the Affordable Care Act,” she insisted. “I know you didn’t intend…anything derogatory, but it’s called the Affordable Care Act. I tell [Obama] the same thing I told you. Affordable, affordable—there’s a reason. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable.” We’d say calling it “affordable” is derogatory [I would call it a misnomer], but to each her own we suppose. In any case, Pelosi still insists that Democrats will run successfully on ObamaCare this fall, because, she says, “I believe it’s a winner.” Evidently, she still hasn’t found out what’s in it. – Patriot Post
Why are the supporters of Obamacare still pushing it in spite of the pain it is causing individuals, businesses, as well as doctors and hospitals? Because it is not about alleviating pain, it is about power. I don’t say these things from a strictly partisan political perspective, but from the fact that these policies will affect the ministry of the American church, both at home and abroad.
North Koreans to execute 33 Christians
This news was reported on 5 March 2014 in a smattering of media outlets. Mark Shapland, in Britain’s Daily Mail, noted that “Thirty-three North Koreans face execution after being charged with attempting to overthrow the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un. “The Koreans have landed themselves in hot water after it emerged they had worked with South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook and received money to set up 500 underground churches. It is understood they will be put to death in a cell at the State Security Department.”
Apparently Kim Jong-un feels threatened by these Christians, and either out of paranoia or hatred of their faith he is claiming that they tried to overthrow the government. In many respects, this despot resembles Herod the Great in his last days: he was so paranoid that he began killing friends, relatives, even infants in Bethlehem because of one there who was born a king (unlike Herod himself).
Sadly, very few news outlets have reported on this story at all. Besides the Daily Mail, the Washington Times (not to be confused with the Washington Post), Christian Post, Breitbart, The Examiner, and an assortment of less-known outlets have brief reports. I could not find the story at all in any of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers. This means that the news is not getting out.
I am not sure what the best steps are for believers who want to advocate for these 33 Christians. But I would think that in the least we could write to our local news agencies and ask them to cover the story. Some may even wish to write to their representatives in Washington. And, of course, we can pray.
Source: Dr. Daniel Wallace
Families should stay together
Bill Yosses, the White House chef has resigned, ostensibly because Michelle Obama doesn’t agree with his frequent use of certain foods she thinks promote obesity. However, other issues apparently are involved. He is moving to New York since his husband of three years, Charlie Jandusay Fabella Jr., lives there.
Yeah, you read it right.
Source: Peter Grier, Decoder Buzz
Speaking too quickly
If you’ve ever worked for a boss who reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will recognize this.
Magnum Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.
On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”
A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make $400 a week. Why?”
The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.”
Feeling pretty good about himself the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?”
From across the room a voice said, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”
One should wait until his mind is started before putting his tongue in gear. “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).
Swedish megachurch pastor converts to Catholicism
Ulf Ekman, a Charismatic megachurch pastor in Sweden recently resigned his church, announcing that he was planning to convert to the Roman Catholic Church. He also resigned from the board of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Korea, one of the world’s largest congregations, where founding pastor David Yonggi Cho and his son were recently convicted of embezzling $12 million.
In his resignation letter, Ekman explained more of the reasoning behind his conversion to Catholicism:
I discovered how little I really knew about [Catholics], their spirituality and their beliefs. Unconsciously I carried many prejudices and bad attitudes and have been quick to judge them without really knowing what they actually believed. It has been good to discover and to repent from nonchalant and shallow opinions, based not on their own sources but on their opponents, and to discover a very rich heritage, a strong theological foundation and a deep love for Jesus Christ among them.
Swedish Evangelical Alliance general secretary noted, “For those who followed Ulf Ekman, the transition to the Catholic Church is no surprise. He has over a long period of years been enthusiastic, both in books and articles, about a clear Catholic theology.
One by one…
Think about it
Blending with pop culture to win it to Christ is like trying to develop a mental disorder to win those in the psych ward. Don’t blend, stand out! – Dr. Daniel Blash
Nothing can deceive unless it bears a plausible resemblance to reality. - C. S. Lewis
I am told that 99.9% of the contents of D-Con rat poison is not poison. Only a miniscule amount is harmful. Yet it kills. Paul observed, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (I Corinthians 5:6). A little lie, an insignificant deception, a small amount of guile can ultimately be deadly.
Weep for your children
• 280,000 babies from 0-1 year old are prescribed mind-altering psychiatric drugs.
• 198,000 children 0-5 years old are taking ADHD drugs which are in the same class as cocaine, morphine and opium.
• In the U.S. alone, 10 million children are currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs—more than 1 million of them are under the age of five.
Parents are quite simply not being given accurate information about psychiatric labels (mental disorders) or the drugs being prescribed to “treat” their children.
Parents need to know that psychiatric drugs are not a solution for their children and that they do have a choice.
News you may not have wanted to know
TREMBLE, PUTIN…THE DRAG QUEENS COMETH
Headline: Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser
Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, service members here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops. Are the armies of the “evil empires” of the world are shaking in their boots, fearing that they might someday face the dreaded drag queens on the battlefield?
FLEE YOUR GROUND?
“Police say a woman reported to be in labor and her boyfriend were robbed in Annapolis as they headed to a hospital,” the Associated Press reports. Actually, the boyfriend wasn’t really robbed because he “fled,” leaving his pregnant girlfriend to fend for herself against three assailants. The crime happened in Maryland, so of course the only people armed were the perpetrators. But whatever happened to chivalry?
Questions: Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Or marriage? He left his girlfriend, but would he have left his pregnant wife? Was he really the father? Remember, the farther we get from conforming to God’s ideal, the more sticky situations we find ourselves in.
OBAMACARE FOR ILLEGALS
You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. When government expands entitlements, illegal aliens always end up with a piece of the pie. Obamacare promoters relented to GOP pressure to include an illegal alien ban on eligibility and vowed endlessly that no benefits would go to the “undocumented.” But denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. It’s the Obama way. Obamacare now appears to be all-inclusive.
Need we be reminded that it might not be just Costa Ricans or Guatemalans or Mexicans wanting to mow your lawns, but Iranians, Russians, or Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists who are coming across the Southern border? Some of them might be getting into place to mow [down] something besides your lawn when the time is right.
ITS ONLY INTOLERANCE WHEN CHRISTIANS SHOW IT
Even wedding photographers must take same sex wedding pictures. Last August, a New Mexico photographer lost her case before the state Supreme Court, which ruled that, despite her Christian faith, Elaine Huguenin did not have the right, First Amendment or otherwise, to decline to take pictures at a same-sex commitment ceremony. Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth sued Huguenin and her husband Jonathan, with whom she operates the studio, despite there being other Albuquerque photographers who were happy to take their business. The case is a poster example of the intolerance foisted on us by the homosexual agenda.
Now the Supreme Court will decide in the coming days whether to hear Huguenin’s appeal. While she will “gladly serve gays and lesbians,” she doesn’t want to photograph a same-sex “marriage” or commitment ceremony. She contends that her photography constitutes speech and she should not be forced to “create expression conveying messages that conflict with [my] religious beliefs.” Photographers had better have a written policy or some kind of document that will protect them.
The Justice Department announced that it will not bring charges against the Democrat poll worker who voted for Obama five times.
NAVIGATOR IS TERRORIST
Somehow, Obamacare’s horrible news never ceases to amaze us. National Review’s Jillian Kay Melchior reports the latest: “A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator, assigned to helping folks sign up in Illinois, while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.” When she was 21, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh helped carry out the plot while a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist terrorist group. The bomb was hidden within a candy box on a grocery store shelf. When it detonated, it killed two students, Eddie Joffe and Leon Kanner, and wounded numerous others.” But not to worry; Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, says the horror stories about Obamacare are all lies. He probably was speaking of this one as well.
This just in before posting: Harry Reid declares he didn’t call the stories lies. But what is not lying is the video of him calling them lies.
One of the most beloved books in my library is the one that contains all of the Norman Rockwell drawings. They are so nostalgic that my eyes get a little misty looking at them. They speak to us of a kinder, gentler time, so I have replaced this month’s cartoons with Rockwell’s paintings. Enjoy.
WHERE AMERICA’S WOES REALLY BEGAN
JERRY AND ROFFIE?
Thanks to the greatest American artist (imo)!
Rosie the Riveter
Elinor Otto was the original “Rosie the Riveter” at a Chula Vista, CA plant during WWII. She is now 93 years young. Elinor still picks up the riveting gun every morning to work on cargo planes at the Boeing plant in Long Beach, CA. Wow! You go, girl! Make the century run!
“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”
“The glory of the Incarnation is that it presents to our adoring gaze, not a humanized God or a deified man, but a true God-man.”
– Benjamin B. Warfield
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