Category Archive:Family

i know how I will feel for her…but most importantly I know how she will feel for me.  Her feelings will draw out my instincts to protect and lead the household on the correct path.  The dancing, the closeness..the energies, will be something to behold.  It’s just a matter of time.  The visions that i do see are not detailed..except right now for her hair color…the rest is the feelings…and the dances…:)  i await her with great anticipation….
Tracy Chapman
For My Lover
Two weeks in a Virginia jail
For my lover for my lover
Twenty thousand dollar bail
For my lover for my lover
[Chorus]
And everybody thinks
That I’m the fool
But they don’t get
Any love from you
The things we won’t do for love
I’d climb a mountain if I had to
And risk my life so I could have you
You, you, you…
Everyday I’m psychoanalyzed
For my lover for my lover
They dope me up and I tell them lies
For my lover for my lover
[Chorus]
I follow my heart
And leave my head to ponder
Deep in this love
No man can shake
I follow my heart
And leave my mind to wonder
Is this love worth
The sacrifices I make
Two weeks in a Virginia jail
For my lover for my lover
Twenty thousand dollar bail
For my lover for my lover
Everyday I’m psychoanalyzed
For my lover for my lover
They dope me up and I tell them lies
For my lover for my lover
[Chorus]

It has been an interesting few months.  The Lord and life are taking me and have taken me into directions I would never have gone on my own.  It started with Bruce Conley asking me to assist in a restart at a church that is now called North Valley Church.  I was highly hesitant but because it was Bruce and the amount of respect I have for him I agreed to attend for at least 12 months.  So far in the past couple of months we have voted on a new pastor, his old church is going to assist our church in re-starting things, we are making plans for the new church’s name and legal entity, and in general getting things tidied up to start rebuilding this church community.  Pastor Dan comes from Summit Trace church in Frederick.  He is leaving there as head pastor and coming to restart North Valley.  I have seen a huge example of stepping out on faith with him leaving a well established, highly respected and well funded church to one that nearly was sold(land, building, everything).  Now Dan has stepped in and with some assistance from Summit Trace, he is taking a huge leap of faith.  That leap of faith continues with his choices for staffing.  A church(at least the Baptist ones I have been involved with) have the deacons and/or elders(one or the other..sometimes both if large enough), and then the trustees.  The trustees are the ones that tend to the physical(building, utilities..etc etc) and legal affairs of the church.  The next leap of faith I refer to is Pastor Dan asked me today if I would serve as a Trustee of North Valley Church.  I was blown away….in my eyes this is a HUGE honor…and a massive responsibility.  He said he chose me because I have run a business in one form or another for more than a decade(which is true)…I asked him if he was sure and he told me yes.  I agreed.  We have not had a vote yet..and that is forth coming…i am honored and humbled…and a bit nervous.  This is a huge responsibility and i intend to take it seriously…

For a very long time…years..after heather died This song really describes how i felt on a daily basis. The only thing i had to keep my sanity whilst I tried to figure out who i was, where i was, how i was going to move forward, and what the F*&^ is next was my extremely close friends, my kids, and most importantly my faith in Jesus.
 
There were many days i didn’t sleep at all. I would lie down, but true sleep was fleeting. I was restless, and rarely truly slept. To have part of yourself ripped away..in 3 days…was traumatic. I still suffer from what is called Widow’s brain. I found a series of articles that describe what I have been experiencing. The symptoms are reduced..but the biggest one that affects me still is i will be talking and I simply freeze. My mind doesn’t go blank..i know what i want to say but the ability to continue has paused. All I can do is wait for it to pass and i will pick up exactly where i left off. It was so severe at one point I couldn’t hold a long conversation with anyone verbally..i would freeze so often I had to walk away. it took years for me to fugue out what was going on..i had seriously considered medical help…i thought maybe i was stroking or something..it got that bad.
 
The only memory hole i have though is a small time when i got put to sleep by my mother in law after having been up for nearly 96 hours straight as heather was slipping away. the other memory gap i have is right after i left the hospital. i do not remember going to the Kia, getting in, driving home, getting out of the kia…going inside…and lying down in bed. I went beyond dark. I did not wake up again until the next day…24 hours..literally. I recall someone finally getting a hold of me on the phone saying they were going to call the police had i not answered…then i have a 3 month gap where it was getting the estate together, burying heather, and getting ready to move on…except..i have very scattered memories of the intervening months.
I could go on and on and on.  Let me give you a few links to look at.
part 1
part 2
part 3
One thing i have figured out..and it’s a back and forth with me.  I do not wish to live out my days alone..but i most assuredly do not want to go through this again.  This part I place firmly in the Lord’s hands.  Left to my own device I would not take an opportunity when presented in this arena.  This one where faith has to prevail.
I think this song would describe a family member of mine who i know, to this day 4 years later, is in that exact same place I was in. I hope one day he can see fit to reach out to me and maybe we can walk down his path together..one soul that was lost to another soul that may not be lost but definitely needs to figure out maybe the other three.  BTW everyone and especially this person(if he gets referred to this post), the biggest thing you have to let go of…is the guilt.  It does nothing but tear at you every single time.  It still haunts me at times…but with the help of the Lord I am moving through it.
 

 
[Intro]
Need a little bit of green
Just to lay my head to sleep
We’ve let each other go
But my mind still intervenes
 
Can’t seem to get you
Out of my mind
Can’t seem to remember
What it’s like to feel fine
 
Need a little bit of green
Just to lay my head to sleep
We’ve let each other go
But my mind still intervenes
 
Can’t seem to get you
Out of my mind
Can’t seem to remember
What it’s like to feel fine
 
[Chorus]
Oh my, oh my
The things this does to me (yup, yup)
Oh my, oh my
Feeling like I can’t breathe
Oh my, oh my
This is a tragedy (yup, yup)
Oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my
 
[Pre-Chorus]
Head feeling heavy
Haven’t slept in days and days and days
Eyes wide open
This feeling stays it stays it stays
True to this feeling
About these distant ways
Not much of a believer
But this time I pray
 
[Chorus]
Oh my, oh my
The things this does to me (yup, yup)
Oh my, oh my
Feeling like I can’t breathe
Oh my, oh my
This is a tragedy (yup, yup)
Oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my

What is happening to men these days?  They have been buried/destroyed/maligned by the modern anti-male, militant feminist, SJW culture.  It has led to sad situations,the rise of MGTOW, a subsequent rise is the number of men unwilling to marry or even be in any kind of long term relationship with a woman, sexual misbehavior by women(in the name of “being strong”, and a culture of men’s abuse by women.  Recognize this?  I see it all the time now..and it’s time for it to stop.   This is not accidental…this is a choice or condition brought on by modern parenting.  If folks are truly interested in “social justice” it’s time for the misogyny against men to stop.

This is what modern culture is doing to women, and by extension, men. If you do not want men to checkout on you…do not treat your partner/husband this way. It gets old very quickly. It definitely changed my interactions with just about everyone else from the female gender.  It is infesting my kids and they find out really fast how quickly I will not put up with this nonsense in my house.  Ladies it’s time to throw off modern culture and stop lying to yourself and others with the we do not need a man culture.  Be careful what you wish for…you will get it…and then what?

 

 

 

A young college couple sat down in the dunkin i was in working on various remote projects.  Listening to their interaction was depressing.  The dude was acting like a whipped pulpy and the female he was with was taking great joy in denigrating him and not only insulting him but also using the fbomb towards him.  His response was basically to laugh, cover his face and cower.  It was embarrassing to watch.  the female was taking every opportunity to insult him..however his responses(the cowering and refusing to stand up for himself) also encouraged the bullying by his companion.  the times i looked up her contempt for him was plainly showing on his face but his response was to cower and try to hide in plain site.  I guess this is what modern parenting and the schools have wrought.

 

Can a Christian wife withhold sex as a way to change her husband’s bad behavior?

Can sexual refusal be used by a wife to change her husband’s bad behavior? Does God allow sexual refusal as method for addressing wrong behavior on the part of a husband? Can bad behavior on the part of a husband justify a sexless marriage?

I recently received this very heartfelt comment from a Christian wife named Jenn and you can see how much she is hurting as you read this. I would be willing to bet there are many Christian wives that face a very similar scenario. The emotion runs deep in this story, and I think for some valid reasons.

Jenn’s story

“I agree that a sexless marriage is not God’s plan and that both parties should do everything in their power to maintain their physical union and covenant. However, I do not believe it is appropriate to give a blanket statement that denying sex in a marriage is sin. Sometimes, refusing sex becomes necessary as an effort to PRESERVE THE MARRIAGE when the husband repeatedly shrugs off spiritual leadership in the home, ignores the wife’s emotional needs, treats the wife as a roommate, does NOT consistently do the steps you outlined above (going on dates, upgrading around the house, show any type of affection, etc.) leaves ALL THE PARENTING TO THE WIFE, and then just expects to get laid!

Continuing to engage in intercourse under those circumstances is submitting to sexual abuse, even though there is no force or violence involved. Continuing to engage in intercourse for the wife leaves the door open for bitterness and resentment to fester. NO! The wife does NOT want to live in a sexless marriage, but neither does she want to be devalued and violated, either.
Yes, private communication was sought out to correct these issues… as was counseling that went on for 18 months… communication among godly, loving friends. To make matters worse, this person is an elder and a counselor in the church! Is all this grounds for divorce? Most say no. Does one uproot the children because one spouse is spiritually lazy and hypocritical? Difficult call.

Should the pleading spouse continue to allow the husband to treat her this way? Or should she stand her ground that she needs to be valued and cherished? The sexless part is actually the decision of the husband for refusing to correct his behavior out of pride.
So before you heap on condemnation, perhaps you should spend more time encouraging the husbands (or the wives, for that matter) to deeply investigate WHY there is no interest in sex in the first place.”

My response to Jenn and any other Christian wife who finds herself in this situation

I believe it is possible based on Jenn’s statements that her husband is sinning against her by not “knowing her” as the Bible commands him to do:

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” – I Peter 3:7(KJV)

I wrote a post a while back entitled “10 ways to know your wife” – and these things are a challenge and admonition to all of us as Christian husbands (including myself). Yes we will fail as husbands and we may not do all these things as we should, but we need to get up each and every day and ask ourselves as men – “Am I communicating with my wife as I should? Do I know her concerns? Am I addressing areas where she needs my help?”

God knows that a wife needs her husband to know her on a spiritual, emotional and physical level. This is why he commanded husbands to dwell with their wives “according to knowledge”. A man cannot know his wife as God would have him to without talking to her, and listening to her on a daily basis.

Sometimes we as Christian husbands can become so wrapped up in our careers, hobbies or even our ministries (as this woman’s husband is a church elder and counselor) that we can become neglectful of the needs of our wives and children. This woman’s story should serve as reminder for each of us as believing husbands to make sure we are knowing our wives as God would have us to.

The second thing that Jenn’s husband might be doing is neglecting to honor his wife. This is a duty that God calls Christian husbands to. He does not appear to be honoring her in her role as his helpmeet. I also wrote a post on this subject entitled “12 Ways to Honor you wife” where I go into detail on how a man can honor his wife.

A big part of honoring one’s wife – is to show her that she is valued and to praise her for her work in the home. It is also about making sure that her children are respectful of her. From what I saw in this woman’s sad account – it appears her husband may not be doing any of this. This story should serve as admonishment to all of us as Christian husbands how it makes our wives feel when we don’t know them(talk to them and listen to them) and when we don’t honor them(value them and praise them).

It appears that if this woman’s account is accurate – her Christian husband has been neglecting many of his duties to her (and perhaps his children as well).

Is withholding sex a tool that God allows a wife to use to change her husband’s behavior?

Jenn as well as many other women (Christian and non-Christian alike) believes that withholding sex is valid and justified tool when a husband is neglecting his duties to her and his children. But as sad as these types of stories are – two wrongs never make a right. God does not allow for sex to be withheld as a tool to modify bad behavior, or to encourage right behavior on the part of a spouse (either the husband or the wife).

“Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” – I Corinthians 7:3-4

“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” – Ephesians 5:24 (KJV)

The Scriptures are clear in the area of sex that a wife is to willingly give her body to her husband, she does not have the power to deny him or withhold sex from him. The Bible says she is to submit to her husband in “every thing”, and this includes in the area of sexuality.

The only way sex can be halted or denied in marriage is by mutual agreement to do so for a short time. People talk about consent in regards to sex all the time. Biblically speaking sex is only to occur in marriage. But in the context of marriage, consent is about ceasing from having sex for short period (mutually agreeing to not have sex). Consent is not about ALLOWING sex as sex is a duty and responsibility in marriage – it is a central part of the marriage covenant that you freely give your body to your spouse for the purposes of sex.

I have talked in previous posts about a husband having the right to discipline his wife, to motivate her to repent and change her bad behavior. But a husband is never allowed to use sexual denial to his wife as method of discipline. So for instance, if a man’s wife keeps denying him and then eventually she comes to him for sex – he is not allowed to deny her because she previously denied him.

The Bible tells us we should not repay evil for evil:

“Recompense to no man evil for evil..” – Romans 12:17 (KJV)

A wife in the same way is not allowed to deny or withhold sex from her husband in an effort to reform his bad behavior. When a wife withholds sex from her husband because of his bad behavior in other areas – this is a textbook example repaying evil for evil and God will not bless such actions by a wife.

In fact when we look at sex from the wife’s role, this is just one part of her overall submission to her husband. God does not allow a woman to stop submitting to her husband in any area of her life (including sex) in order to reform his bad behavior – except if he asks her to engage in an immoral or sinful activity.

But doesn’t giving a husband sex when he behaves wrongly encourage bad behavior?

Many women ask this question, and I think Jenn is inferring it by her comments above. The answer is that it is never wrong to do what God has commanded, in fact it is ALWAYS right to do what God has commanded. Short of a husband asking his wife to engage in a sinful activity – she is always to submit to him (including submitting her body to him for sex).

The Bible tells us this:

“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” – I Peter 3:9 (KJV)

In God’s view if a woman’s husband is treating her sinfully by neglecting his duties to her, she is to repay this evil behavior by blessing him with her continued submission, even in willingly giving her body to him for sex.

I know what I just said sounds CRAZY from a human perspective. But this is God’s way, not man’s way.

I completely realize that Jenn’s head is probably spinning right now and I truly feel for her situation with her husband. If she does not withhold sex, but blesses her husband with her body – freely and willingly won’t this tell him that everything is ok and she is fine with his neglectful behavior?

No – and here is the reason why. Jenn and any other woman can continue to bring her grievances about his neglect of her and her children. Nothing stops her from doing that. I think it would really make a man’s head spin, that his wife brings her grievance before him in a respectful manner in one hour, and later that evening willingly gives herself to him when he initiates sex with no attitude or hesitation. This can be a powerful tool for change in a husband, when he sees that his wife continues to submit to him, even though she has legitimate grievances with him.

Isn’t this abusive behavior?

Jen said this about submitting her husband sexually under these conditions:

“Continuing to engage in intercourse under those circumstances is submitting to sexual abuse, even though there is no force or violence involved.”

This is not sexual abuse for her husband to have sex with her while neglecting her legitimate needs in other areas.

Her husband’s behavior in other areas may definitely be inconsiderate, neglectful and sinful by Biblical standards. But him asking for sex and her yielding to him for sex(regardless of his failings outside the bedroom) is NOT sexual abuse. I have said this in previous articles and I will say it again here. Christian wives need to be very careful of using terms like “abuser”, “rapist” and “molester” when it comes to their sexual relations with their husbands. Unless a husband actually rapes a woman(has forcible sex with a woman he is not married to), touches a person other than his wife in a sexual manner, or actually physically abuses his wife, his children or others these terms have no place in these kinds of discussions.

Let be clear as I always have to be in these posts. If a husband forces himself sexually upon his wife, Biblically speaking this is not rape but it could be abuse. So in that case it might be legitimate to call the husband an abuser, but it would still not be right from a Biblical perspective to call him a rapist.

But based on this story, there does not seem to be any forcible sex going on.

But won’t allowing sex to continue cause bitterness in the wife?

Jenn said this about bitterness:

“Continuing to engage in intercourse for the wife leaves the door open for bitterness and resentment to fester.”

I think we could safely say, and Jenn would probably concede that bitterness toward her husband has definitely “festered” in her heart. God says this about bitterness:

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” – Ephesians 4:31

Someone once said of bitterness, “Bitterness is like talking poison when you are mad at someone for wronging you, and then hoping they will die from it”. I have many men write me with bitterness in their hearts towards their wives over their wife’s sexual denial – some say some very hateful things toward them and I have to remind them that they need to let go of that bitterness, that it is a sin against God, their spouse and really their own bodies (because it hurts you when you are bitter).

This same truth would apply to Jenn and other Christian women that are dealing with husbands who are sinning against them by neglecting their duties.

A wife needs to understand the source of her bitterness towards her husband about sex

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; “ – Hebrews 12:14-15(KJV)

If you don’t understand the root of your bitterness as a Christian wife, then you will never be able to remove it. The reason you grow bitter and resentful toward your husband when he initiates sex is this – you believe he did not earn it.

Let me put this another way. It is very easy for us as men to shut our wives out, to stop talking to our wives when they deny us sexually. It is easy for us to grow bitter and think – “She wants me to sit down and talk with her when every time I go to touch her she tells me “not tonight honey”. But our wives do not have to earn the right to talk to us by having sex with us. Talking to our wives, whether we feel like it or not is a duty of every husband.

In the same way as a Christian wife you must realize the truth that your husband does not have to earn sex with you by talking to you(as he should), honoring you(as he should) and doing other nice things for you. He has a right to sex with you because of the vows you made to him and before God.

When you as a Christian wife let this truth really settle in your heart, then you will find that you are no longer bitter at your husband when he goes to have sex with you – even when he is not doing right in other areas.

Does the husband’s behavior warrant divorce?

A husband being “spiritually lazy and hypocritical” is not grounds for Biblical divorce. Now if a man fails to provide for his wife and children and just sits on a couch all day while they lose their home and starve that may be another issue. But nothing I have seen in this story would allow for Biblical divorce.

A wife is not responsible to discipline her husband

A wife is not Biblically responsible (or allowed) to discipline her husband. The husband is spiritually responsible for his wife and his children and as the head of his wife and his home he has the right to attempt to discipline. As I stated in previous posts when it comes to the wife I don’t believe physical discipline is warranted or prescribed by the Scriptures. But other types of non-physical discipline like taking credit cards away, or stopping household upgrades may be used as discipline.

God does not hold a wife responsible for her husband’s wrong behavior, he only holds her responsible for her own behavior.

A situation like this can be extremely frustrating for a Christian wife, and we can see that all throughout Jenn’s post. But she and any other wives facing this type of situation needs to make sure they take a step back and realize they are not their husband’s mother, they are his wife.

What recourse can a wife take in this situation?

I think we can see that scripturally speaking a wife has no right to discipline her husband for sinful behavior and she does not have the right to stop submitting to him in any area, including in the area of sex because of his sinful behavior. To do so amounts to repaying evil for evil – something that is very plainly condemned in the Scriptures.

But a wife can continue to bring her grievances to her husband in a respectful way. She can ask her husband to attend counseling as this woman did.

But what if the husband never changes his ways?

Jenn would most likely respond to my last comment that “I tried counseling with him for 18 months and nothing changed! He says he will change with the counselor but he comes home and nothing changes!”

Is it possible that even if Jenn repents of her bitterness, and submits herself in all ways(including sexually) to her husband that he will still not change his ways and do what God would have him do as a husband? Unfortunately the answer is yes – he may never change his ways.

Also it can help to realize that you are not the only woman or man that faces these issue of being mistreated by their spouse. I often get emails from Christian husbands asking if they can divorce their wives for less than Biblical reasons.

These are some of the things they ask about:

They ask if they can divorce their wives for belittling them and disrespecting them – the Bible says no.

They ask if they can divorce their wives for going against their wishes and disobeying – the Bible says no.

They ask if their wife is giving them sex, but with a bad attitude and she just lies there like a dead fish can they divorce their wives – the Bible says no.

They ask if their wife is too involved in her career and other activities outside the home can they divorce their wife? Unless their wife is sexually denying them or cheating on them they cannot divorce her for being too involved in her career.

The truth is that we live in a sin cursed world and sometimes people do not submit themselves to God and repent. Sometimes our spouses have horrible attitudes, or they are neglectful of our feelings. Sometimes spouses are extremely selfish.

I believe though in these cases where husbands are not doing what God says they should do for their wives – Christian wives can get through this difficulty by depending on the Lord, and recognizing that their submission to their husband, is really them submitting to God.

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:22

So perhaps from a human perspective, your husband has done nothing to earn your submission. But would say you don’t owe God your submission? It is God who is commanding you to submit to your husband.

What Jenn and other Christian wives need to do in this situation

Acknowledge your hurt and your feelings of disappointment with your husband, don’t bury it, don’t repress it. Give it to God, Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.(I Peter 5:7)

Pray and ask God to forgive you for any bitterness you are harboring in your heart toward your husband. Pray that God will strengthen you to be able to submit to and please your husband with a right heart and a right attitude. Pray that God will change your husband’s heart and reveal his sin to him so perhaps he will be the husband that God meant him to be.

Pray that God will continually remind you that your submission to your husband is really submission to God himself.  When you submit to your husband it pleases God, especially when he knows it is hard for you to do it because of your husband’s behavior.

All of us need God each day, we can’t live this Christian life in our own strength.

I have the house to myself for about half the day(until Alessa comes back home) and I finally have some time to relax with some good music. After the emotional storms I have been hit with during the past few months, I have been saying daily to the Lord thank you for my truck…and I am still giddy over how He provided for me to get it. Now that things are feeling more settled(despite the storms raging around me) I can now fully appreciate another gift. Shortly after heather died I had some money and I spent quite a bit on house repairs and the hvac upgrade. I put a little aside for myself and the one thing I purchased was some computer speakers….not just any speakers..but Kplisch THX Promedia 2.1 speakers(i thought about getting two sets for front and rear..but my computer is not near my tv so i decided against it). I had heard the Bose acoustimass 2.1 system for computers but there were a ton of negative remarks about build quality and durability…which surprised me. the Kplisch come from another name with a high pedigree in the audio world so I grabbed them.tonight I sit with a server upgrade going behind me, Some good music, and my own thoughts..when I heard this song come over called Hunting happiness.  I have always been a sonic fan..aka a fan of good sounding audio.  It doesn’t happen much anymore unfortunately with most of our music either slightly compressed(CD audio) or even more compressed(MP3, Ogg Vorbis, etc etc).  Luckily Spotify allows me to run at the highest possible digital compression.(one day I’ll try out Tidal is which lossless compressed music but that discussing is another blog post).  This song came on and it was a nicely done mix with the bass not being so heavy it rattles everything sending me scrambling for my subwoofer’s controls to tone it down.  This mix has a good blend of mid-bass and low end bass.  I heard this sub doing some really low notes I have not heard it doing before.  I snatched up my phone and fired up my Spectroid app to see what kind of tones this system was putting out.  I was quite shocked to hear and see 45 hertz tones not only coming through on the screen but so clearly that it belied the size of the sub that comes with my speakers.  I can tell by listening that i do not have much more in terms of low end capability nor loudness..but at this level it is silky smooth and seems to be coming from behind the exact center of the monitor.  Bass, while TECHNICALLY being non-directional, can be influenced a great deal by placement in your room.  I was pleasantly surprised I have this sub exactly where it needs to be for the clearest sound and the best soundfield.  20 years ago I had a Velodyne subwoofer that was nearly 16 inches in diameter to produce the kind of bass this Promedia system is putting out now.  These speakers will not approach the sound pressure levels of the Velodyne or my old rack audio system i built many years ago but the advances in 20 years of audio technology are impressive..:)  The song I am enjoying as i type this? Hunting happiness.  How many of us get caught up in life  either in purpose or accidently and get intoa rut?  The Lord has a great thing planned for this children…it’s Heaven.  The Lord does not say we will have eternal happiness on this earth…but it’s waht is to come is what we are to look forward to.  I am surrounded by gifts of the Lord…as Thanksgiving approaches..let’s not forget the thank HIM for jsut the fact we are alive at all….but the things of life are nice to have.  It isn’t Christmas time..but it IS time to give thanks.  What have you thanked the Lord for in the past week?…the past three days?…today?  Do not look past today into Christmas as the world would have you do…do not forget everyday is a day to give thanks.  Thanksgiving is the time we should give thanks more than usual.

Hunting Happiness

[Verse 1]
Beautiful lights shine like champions
But I find the fault in the stars
Cause I’m so caught up hunting happiness
That I cannot see it’s hunting me

The moment I start feeling comfortable
I hear a voice in my head
Fast cars paint guides on the pavement
And say “don’t look back, find greener grass”

[Chorus]
The road to paradise is easy to pass
And you’ll never see the sign if you’re moving too fast
I’m so caught up hunting happiness
I move so quickly that it can’t catch me
Ooooooh, ooooh

[Verse 2]
Show me a shot of a miracle
And I’ll find the dirt on the frame
It’s easier chasing a fantasy
Than trusting your heart won’t rip mine apart

[Chorus]
The road to paradise is easy to pass
And you’ll never see the sign if you’re moving too fast
I’m so caught up hunting happiness
I move so quickly that it can’t catch me
Ooooooh, ooooh
Ooooooh, ooooh
Ooooooh, ooooh
Ooooooh, ooooh

[Bridge]
If I could stay still
Just for a minute
I’d find myself in it

If I could see clear
And count all my blessings
Instead of the seconds
Ooohh

[Chours]
The road to paradise is easy to pass
And you’ll never see the sign if you’re moving to fast
Oh, I’m so caught up hunting happiness
I move so quickly that it can’t catch me
Ooooooh, ooooh
Ooooooh, ooooh
Ooooooh, ooooh
Ooooooh, ooooh

My late wife honestly.  For the longest time I felt lost…now it is a more frightening time…moving on without her.  I type this with tears flowing because an episode of 911 drove home this point for me.  Substitute the name Heather for Abby here and it is mostly accurate as to my feelings.  The thing about Heather that haunts me the most is the tiem I had to sign the DNR on her.  I then fell asleep…I had been awake for nearly 90 straight hours….but that is what haunts me..is signing her death warrant.  It was her time to go..it just doesn’t help me feel any better.  Me and Heather had some rough times…but I am a better man from her being here with me for the short time she was here.  I think the behind the scenes trigger was finally realizing the Kia is gone.  Yes I sold it and the vehicle is now in WVA getting the repairs it needs..but it never hit me as to what that meant.  She’s gone…and I am moving on…no matter how hard that is going to be.  She will always be a part of me…I will see her again once my time is done here.  Here is my haunting for this year’s Halloween:

 

Here is the song in the background:

I’ll use you as a warning sign
That if you talk enough sense then you’ll lose your mind
And I’ll use you as a focal point
So I don’t lose sight of what I want
And I’ve moved further than I thought I could
But I missed you more than I thought I would
And I’ll use you as a warning sign
That if you talk enough sense then you’ll lose your mind
And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be
Right in front of me
Talk some sense to me
And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be
Right in front of me
Talk some sense to me
And I’ll use you as a makeshift gauge
Of how much to give and how much to take
I’ll use you as a warning sign
That if you talk enough sense then you’ll lose your mind
And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be
Right in front of me
Talk some sense to me
And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be
Right in front of me
Talk some sense to me
Oh, and I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be
Right in front of me
Talk some sense to me
And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be
Right in front of me
Talk some sense to me

I recently bought a newsed(thanks to Chris K..I told him I was stealing this one)…Ford Escape./  I am VERY thankful to the Lord for giving me the means to purchase it and I have noticed something.  In terms of tidiness…i take MUCH better care of the truck than i ever did for my other two vehicles that I basically inherited.  I then came to a startling revelation.  I do not know when, how, or where….but it is time for me to leave the house I am currently living in.  Now i will just wait for the Lord’s guidance on where, when, and how this move is going to happen…and to start seriously preparing for it.

I have personally experienced what this text below talks about.  I got this from a shared Facebook post.  I have amended it into a form I like without changing the meaning of the post.

The death of a spouse or partner is different than other losses, in the sense that it literally changes every single thing in your world going forward.  When your spouse dies, the way you eat changes.  The way you watch TV changes.  Your circle of friends changes (or disappears completely).  Your family dynamic/life changes(or disappears completely).  Your financial status changes.  Your job situation changes.  It effects your self-worth, self-esteem, confidence, rhythms.  It effects the way you breathe.  Your mentality.  It even changes your brain function.(Ever heard the term “Widow Brain”?  if you don’t know what that is, count yourself as very lucky.)  It changes your physical body.  Your hobbies and interests.  Your sense of security.  Your sense of humor.  Your sense of woman/manhood.  EVERY SINGLE THING CHANGES.  You are handed a new life that you never asked for and you do not particularly want.  It is the hardest, most gut-wrenching, horrific, life-altering thing to live with.

The job hunt has turned into a great pit of nothingness.  Usually when i hit this it means it is time to change direction…and so I have gone back into self-employment full time.  I have a new plan and a good core of clients that stuck with me during my trip into the corporate world.  I am now looking to rebuild things.  I will go down this road until I am presented with yet another direction from the Lord..:)

It’s been nearly 3 years since my wife died.  I have been in what I would call a personal morass.  I have seemingly been stuck in one spot…unable to move forward.  I was then blessed with a good job opportunity…but the sacrifice required was immense.  I had to sacrifice my nearly 15 years of self-employment.  This self-employment I had built from nothing up to what it was when I received the job offer.  That was a full stop moment for me.  I had to pray and honestly think about this.  Eventually I knew this was the right choice…but it was a hard one in terms of burning down everything I had built for nearly 2 decades.  The Lord has a habit of doing that…how much do you trust me Christian?  Are you willing to give up something very meaningful to you to trust in me?  That is the overarching theme of the Christian walk.  The job paid well and the benefits were the best I have ever seen…and better than many in my circle have ever seen.  When that employment ended I now had no additional income from the business I burned down and was in an even worse financial prospect going forward.  This time I had no doubts about what to do….I sat and waited on the Lord to guide me.  Eventually it was putting an application on Ziprecruiter…the result was a phone call within about 10 minutes.  Now I once again wait on the Lord to see where I am headed.

The hardest thing to get through has not been the death of my wife itself…but the lingering after effects.  I learned of something called widow’s fog or widow’s brain…and it describes perfectly the issues I personally encounter on a daily basis.  For a while it has bothered me…i began to wonder about my own sanity.  Luckily one of my moms friends lost her husband and she posted about widow’s brain on Facebook.  At least I know this is not a permanent condition..:)

Some sage advice fro my mom:  Think positive thoughts and don’t let any negative thoughts get in your mind. Concentrate on only good news and getting the job. Give it all over to God and just follow HIS path. I know HE is working for you. It is what it is…this could definitely be the door that HE is opening for you. Be thinking about what you are going to say about why you left. As someone who hired and fired that will be a very important answer. As a suggestion, don’t even suggest that it was anyone’s fault at all…you may just say that their was a personality conflict that couldn’t be resolved…which is true and this way they won’t know if you quit or were let go…not a lie, just stating the facts…don’t say any more than you are asked about that is my suggestion. You are definitely well qualified and now all you have to do is pray that God will work with you to take comments and/or suggestions without commenting anything…just remain quiet if necessary. Unfortunately this is not our personalities, but sometimes we have to remain quiet.

A song has been put into my mind that is oddly relevant to my life.  The name of the son is Bridges Burn by needtobreathe.  I heard as the trailing music on Chicago Fire.  There are several poignant statements in this song.  The  lyrics talk about wanting to watch burn all their bridges.  When you are intense mental pain and you feel you cannot stand it..you want to relieve it…somehow.  Ultimately you want there to be some point to your pain..a lesson, an eventual relief, something.  You jsut want it gone..bury it..cover it up…destroy it…something to gain freedom from whatever pain is being felt.  Folks turn to multiple remedies:  Drugs, addiction, isolation, murder, suicide, jsut to name a few.  I am blessed that the Lord has given me what has been called a “bulldog faith” that i simply refuse to let go of.  It has been my lifeline more than once and continues to sustain me.  Multiple times I have hung onto that faith…Jesus is good…He has carried me when I simply could not move anymore.  There is nothing that truly makes life easier…we all have huge trails we face everyday….it is simply how you get through it…without getting permanently stuck…or worse..going down into a pit.  If you are feeling stuck..or worse going into a pit…keep one thing in mind.  Jesus will help you..even when you screw up…and you will…This second pit I am in is one of my own doing because I simply didn’t keep my trap shut.  Jesus has come beside me and is comforting me..but he is also forgiven me for my mistake and has already told me he has something else coming…I know wait to see what my heavenly Father has for me.  it’s time to move forward…:)

The lyrics go as follows:

Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo
Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo
Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo
Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo dooIt’s time for moving on
There’s some things you can’t forget
It’s sinking us like a stone
I just wanna bury it

I wanna watch all my bridges burn
Stand in the rain ’til the page is turned
Dance in the light of a lesson learned, lesson learned
I wanna leave everything that hurts
Never go back to the way we were
Set it on fire, baby, watch it burn, watch it burn

Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo
Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo

Out into the unknown
We traded in our regrets
Not gonna go alone
‘Cause we’re gonna finish this

I wanna watch all my bridges burn
Stand in the rain ’til the page is turned
Dance in the light of a lesson learned, lesson learned
I wanna leave everything that hurts
Never go back to the way we were
Set it on fire, baby, watch it burn, watch it burn

Burn it all, set me free
And let the smoke blow on out to the sea
I need to find somewhere I can believe
I need to know there’s a chance we can be
Burn it all, set me free
And let the smoke blow on out to the sea
I need to find somewhere I can believe
I need to know there’s a chance we can be

I wanna watch all my bridges burn
Stand in the rain ’til the page is turned
Dance in the light of a lesson learned, lesson learned
I wanna leave everything that hurts
Never go back to the way we were
Set it on fire, baby, watch it burn, watch it burn

Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo
Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo
Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo
Da-doo, da-doo, doo doo doo, doo doo

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For a long time I tried to figure out how Heather went from pneumonia to sepsis to dead. After talking to quote a few medical folks(most of whom would not say officially) I have learned C.Diff is what finally got loose. right after she died I had several close friends of hers and mine tell me to take immediate hazmat style precautions in terms of what Heather had laid on or used or anything else. Luckily my military experience helped to figure out immediately the actions to be taken…everything she has touched, has fluids on, etc etc was immediately double plastic bagged..and then double trash bagged. and thrown out. I still had lingering questions about how this got so out of control….
 
 
C.Diff can also ravage a person due to the current medical procedure of starting large doses of general antibiotics instead of waiting for a culture. In many cases this works but now with this kind of bug around this leads to all of the good gut bacteria being decimated. C.Diff then explodes because it is immune tot he general antibiotics. By the time the doctors had any clue it was too late for heather. They tried switching to a targeted medication…but it was too late.
 
If you like to eat large quantities of Ice Cream…i would seriously consider severely limiting your intake…also keep in mind that hospitals are some of the most dangerous places you can be…do not eat theses kinds of products while hospitalized…and not for a while afterwards either. In this way my diabetes is a blessing in disguise.

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God is good.  I got my first paycheck from my new job and it alone is almost what i normally make in one month.  I started the day with $1995 in my account and as i walk in the door this evening i have…$523 left.  The vast majority of that is bills that have been left to wait as I didn’t have the funds to pay them off.  Now they are paid…we have everything we need food and grocery wise..and i have money in the bank left over that only has to last for two weeks before I get more funds in.  My eldest is freaking out because we usually have to make that money last the rest of an entire month.  For the first time in literally years we could actually afford to buy a month’s worth of everything we need.  Between the cat supplies and the groceries we spent $540.  Now by raw numbers I could have cut a hundred or so off of that..but that would have been getting everything at Walmart and Costco.  The intangibles that most folks do not see are the amount of time it takes to drive to Frederick, the time spent in the zoos of Costco and Walmart..and the trip back home..plus the fuel.  My time is worth  at a minimum of 36 bucks an hour.   It is about 1 hour of travel time, more than 2 hours in Walmart and then 2 hours in Costco.  That alone is $180 dollars.  I usually burn 10 bucks worth of fuel..so $190 bucks.  This does not take into account the wear items on the car that have these miles put on them or the oil changes…etc etc etc.  I am just doing the most obvious one that folks see..time and fuel.  We usually spend around $350 at Costco and Walmart combined.  In total it is $350 + 180 = $530.  I spent 10 more dollars this month than I normally would shopping in Frederick.  We are not totally familiar with Weiss yet..once we are that $10 expense will go down to a negative number and then we are saving money.  In this case folks…shopping locally does save you money as long as you take proper accounting of the intangibles.

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When my eldest was between 2 and 10 there were nearly weekly instances of her saying or doing something that at first were not funny but then turned out to be hilarious.  Tonight..at 9 years old…it was finally time for the youngest to do something that at first was nearly scary…but then once some investigation was completed the truth was very funny.

My youngest comes downstairs after her nightly shower with a severe case of skin peeling.  She was only a little concerned until i noticed both of her arms were covered in peeling flakes.  The concern must have showed on my face because my youngest got real upset really fast.  I then heard that the peeling was covering her whole body.  I began preparations to possibly run to the hospital as I thought she had contracted some horrible disease and my eldest began talking to her sister and then…began chuckling.  That stopped me cold and I asked, “what’s so funny?”  It turns out the youngest thought this was a skin moisturizing bottle:

Needless to say we were all rolling after that.  I will be picking up a bottle of moisturizing lotion tomorrow and the youngest is now back in the shower(with her sister helping her) removing the facial mask…from her entire body….:)

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I have been doing a fair amount of commenting on Facebook.  However this post needs more formatting control than what i can do on Facebook easily.

I am not a total MGTOW type but I can see some of their points.  There lies fault on both sides in the current male and anti-male conflict going on.  The death of my wife has forced me to look at myself, about my shortcomings, and examine some of my beliefs but mostly reaffirm beliefs I have always held but laid dormant for decades.

this is an interesting debate: https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/unshakable-belief/

One excerpt I am posting here:

And there is something else here as well – I have nothing to back this up except my gut – but I suspect a subversive ‘fake it til you make it’ dynamic would also come into play here. Long a mantra men new to Game, it think it would also act on women, but less consciously; for I suspect it is hard to fake femininity for any length of time without actually becoming feminine. Just about all women have the true feminine inside them – and faking it would inevitably tap into it. I suspect that once they see the power of their femininity (and make no mistake, femininity and submission ARE female power, in relation to men) many would continue down the road to authenticity. Just like men, many women too have never experienced true femininity.

Since men have checked out..from my generation to the current generation mentioned about, women are beginning to realize(again) that this ultra militant anti-male propaganda has taken their choice of truly mate-worthy men away. How do they find them now? They get em young..like 18 or even younger…when they can be shaped and molded(or so they think) into their vision of “perfect men”. However since women who are now acting with some sense of true feminism…laced with heavy doses of desperation…think they can mold these young boys into their version of men…but they inevitably get outed because young men and boys are braggarts…always have been..and no amount of anti-male ideology is going to change that.  Be careful what you wish for ladies.

The paragraph above is very revealing for the enormous spike in male pedophilia. Because women are screaming various anti-male slogans, using the state to brand men rapists, deadbeats, among other things(even moreso if you are white..and State forbid if you are Christian…and GOD forbid if you aren’t a Churchian)…and using the power of the gov’t to make it financially, mentally, and emotionally uneconomical to bother with women they have gone to things they can find that are “good enough”. What many anti-males do not understand is men do not desire perfection..good enough is just that…good enough. If there are no other options available we will check out and be perfectly fine with “good enough”.  Men will always be on the lookout for something better but it will be evaluated thoroughly, over a long time, and be looked at with abject and open skepticism until it is proven to be better than what is available. That can be years, decades, or even a lifetime in the making.  For some men the thought…or the reality of being alone without a mate leads to the same destructive desperation that has led to the rapid rise in male pedophilia.  Whereas women are emotional, and often mercurial creatures; men are much more logical, long term thinking, and objective. There are exceptions of course…and those exceptions are what make things interesting.(Of course there are those in both genders that are jsut mentally ill in whatever way..this post is about rational folks).

My take on things? Defcon 2 right now. I am on the lookout for future disturbances and doing my best to build up myself to be self-sustaining….if that means having to work two jobs(my business and another job…or taking a full time job long enough to get 100% out of debt and then get back into self-employment) so be it. The more i dig into things the more my radars go off and the more cautious i get in terms of my long term viability. I have two kids to provide for…the gov’t is NOT a viable long term solution(never has been actually)..and so far i have been able to stay off the gov’t welfare teat.  Due to many factors I am only concerned with getting my girls onward in life ready for things to come.  I cannot give them everything but they will have the benefit of my life experiences(which is much more vast than many folks realize).  Conceited?  You can call it that…but i know what i know.  Those few that have taken the time to REALLY get to know me(and there are very very few) know i say this with confidence..not false pride.  Divine intervention will be required for me to deviate from my singular course of action(in terms of relationships with the fairer sex) or most churches for that matter.  I have not lost my faith in Jesus.  To the contrary, it has been immensely strengthened.  My biggest hurts, most vicious attacks, and biggest problems have been from, plotted by, and carried out by Churchians masquerading as Christians.  Real Christians are few and far between.  To the few I actually respect, keep up the good work in your own way.

 

I have been asked what I was feeling right after Heather died.  The days immediately after her death I do not remember much. I literally slept nearly 24 hours the morning I somehow drove myself home and then collapsed on my bed with no concern about anything else. The next month is a blur as well. Over the intervening 24 months I still struggled with recalling my feelings..or if I had any. Now it’s just over two years from her death and I heard one song that describes how I felt pretty well.
I have also been asked after the obvious trauma that put me through, how have I moved forward?  One name is all you need to know.  Jesus Christ.   I can tell you this…if I did not have my Jesus in my life I am not sure I would have been able to move forward in the timeframe I have.  I still have my nights where I break down.  There are some days I just fall apart.  While I try to not let my girls see me lose control there are some days I cannot help it.  The number of days I break down either in private or in eyesight of my girls are decreasing…but I am not sure it will ever cease.  What I do know is that with Jesus at my side and as my guide I will make it through this life.
 
Karmina
All the Kings Horses
 
I knock the ice from my bones
Try not to feel the cold
Caught in the thought of that time
When everything was fine, everything was mine
Everything was fine, everything was mine
 
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
 
Run with my hands on my eyes
Blind, but I’m still alive
Free to go back on my own
But is it still a home when you’re all alone
Is it still a home when you’re all alone
 
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
 
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
 
There is a reason I’m still standing
I never knew if I’d be landing
And I will run fast, outlast
Everyone that said no…
 
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
 
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me back together again

I made a post last year about how the push to put Narcan in the hands of all first responders was going to enable more overdoses.  I am not saying this is the only reason but it is one of the biggest reasons.  The economic circumstances for so many people has not changed…or in many cases has gotten worse.  This has been part of the reason the overdose problem is getting even worse.  Now as of June 1, 2017 anyone can get narcan without a doctor’s prescription.  This also does not include any medical training requirements, only a crash course in symptom recognition and how to administer this powerful drug.  So now this drug is now being carried around by not even first responders but regular civilians.  I can hear the , “what if you had overdosed.  Wouldn’t you want somebody to help?”  My answer?  Not unless you were an EMT or paramedic with proper medical training.

Keep in mind an opioid overdose is rarely spontaneous.  It is a choice to take more and more of the drug..unless you are addicted to the point where you can’t get away from it….”doing it for fun”.  I am not against drug addiction intervention treatment either.  HOwever this push for Narcan everywhere only enables folks to continue to make poor choices.  As with most “feel good” response plans this has disastrous second order effects.  For those who are truly addicted…I am all for this lifesaving substance…as long as it is followed up with appropriate intervention by appropriate medical professionals.  Narcan everywhere however is only going to enable the further explosion of overdosing by those who wish to not be responsible for their own actions.

I think Narcan should be only administered with either an actual prescription or by properly medically trained first responders.  This gives the best balance between getting the drug to those who really need it vs to those who do it because they no longer have to fear the results of poor choices.  I am a big proponent of personal responsibility.  If you make a poor conscious choice…you should suffer the consequences of that choice.  So if an ambulance cannot get to you in time..even if you were hooked by a “friend” or some other reason…i am sorry..too bad.  Yes this means folks are going to die…it also means that those who choose this poor choice of action will suffer the consequences of said poor choices.

I’ll give you a personal example.  I am a type 2 diabetic because of years of poor eating habits and lack of physical activity due to my chosen field of expertise.  I do not expect “diabetic drugs everywhere” like narcan folks are asking for as I am now dealing with my poor choices and having to change my lifestyle.  Obamacare took my insurance away from me so I am out of meds and the physical alone is $700.  The medication is not very expensive.  I am not moaning here about my poor choice…I am living with the consequences of it.  Why do I not have insurance?  I make too much for subsidies(which do nothing to offset the monthly cost) and the costs of coverage right now would cost me more than 1k/month.  That’s more than my mortgage of $755/month.  I literally cannot afford two mortgage payments.  What does that 1k/month get me?  I have a deductible of 10k first of all.  This means i have to spend 10k in medical expenses out of pocket before bronze kick in..which is 60%.  That insurance does not cover the following:

  1.  any out of pocket expense the physician charges.
  2. no coverage for balance billing(which many providers charge)
  3. no coverage for any other fees, co pay, other medical charges, equipment charges that are charged.

Only after 10k in deductibles does the 60% coverage kick in.  All in all I am looking at 21k per year before I get ANY coverage.  That’s more than 45% of my GROSS income(mind you Social Security is considered taxable gross income and counts in these calculations).  As I am self-employed my taxes alone take a majority of the rest.  So I have two choices.  Shut down my business, work for somebody else who may or may not take my family dynamic into account, or reduce my income to a point that I can get all of the gov’t assistance(ebt, medicaid, food stamps.etc etc etc) and basically become a ward of the state.  I do not want to live like the latter and I do not want my kids learning to live like that either.  Right now any job I have been able to find would have any gains in income be immediately offset by the massive increase in daycare costs for my youngest that would be incurred by me taking a job.  One day a solution that is acceptable(either my business will grow to the point this is not an issue or i will be able to find a job with enough extra take home pay that daycare expenses will be manageable) will come up.  Until then I will soldier along with help from friends and family…but most importantly from Jesus Christ himself.

For those who are overdosing because you do not have to suffer the consequences for your poor choices…shame on you.  The folks in this society who live with their choices have zero sympathy for you.  For the ones who have a truly devastating medical condition?  I truly hope you get the help you need before it’s too late.  Right now resources for you are being taken by those who wish to abscond from their personal responsibility.

That’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw my phones notifications and the first one was from Jessica Shullenbarger and Arden Herzberger about Heather’s one year anniversary of her passing.  As the tributes roll in, and there will be many of them all of which she deserved, all I can say is first keep them rolling in…today is about heather….and next…this is going to be a hard day…one I would hope would not come.  It is here anyway, as cruel as life can show itself to be, all I can do is ride the emotional waves that today is going to bring.

I just got done with a cry.  Not one of loss but one of shame.  I let an entire side of my family down and it jsut hit me how much that relaly bothers me.

My Mother in law asked me recently if I had gone to Heather’s grave recently.  i admitted I have not been since we buried her.  I had to explain that as of that day I would not be able to drive back for quite some time.  My MIL told me something that made me feel quite ashamed of myself.  She had been to Heather’s grave and found it in disrepair.  My MIL has taken steps to get it rectified.  I honestly was struck nearly silent at my inability to go there and all i could say was, “You are a stronger person than I”.  Father’s are a strong bunch but sometimes what I have seen mothers do is also astounding.  here was a woman not a year removed from loosing her daughter and had more fortitude to check on her daughter’s grave than I did.  Needless to say I felt ashamed of myself.  I was being honest as well I know that when i go and visit heather on her birthday I will be torn up for quite some time.  I owe some people an apology and they will get it once I share this with them.

 

All i can say is I sincerely apologize that I was not the one properly tending the grave.

This is not going to go over well with some close friends of mine but here goes.  There has been a long standing push to get narcan in the hands of every possible first responder as a way to “combat” the scourge of opiate overdose that is running rampant.  When this first started here in Frederick County, Maryland ambulance crews and paramedics have it onboard and I have no problem with them having it as they are properly medically trained.  That quickly became not quick enough as it was then pushed that people are still dying…we need to get them into the hands of the sheriff’s office and any other LEO’s that can “usually respond before the EMT’s do”.  I argued against this for a variety of reasons.

  1.  Leo’s are NOT medically trained.  They are given a crash course in symptom recognition and administration.  There are other protocols yes but the fact of the matter is if they administer narcan and there is an adverse reaction they have just put the life of that person in even more danger.
  2. EMT’s ARE medically trained and even then they have protocols to follow that include consultation with personnel on the scene AND the inbound paramedic before a dose is given.

I also argued against non medical personnel carrying these things for another reason.  It WILL remove the fear of dying from a CHOICE you make to take a powerful drug for non medical reasons.  I am not concerned about the illegality that is another issues separate from this one.  I was told I was wrong, heartless, narrow minded, and called bigoted.   I decided to not fight anymore and let things play out.  Sure enough it took a couple of years but now it has begun.  I shall elaborate.

I was getting maintenance done on my vehicle when I saw somebody I have watched grow up over the years.  He didn’t look as good as he normally did but what set me off was the obvious heavy drug use of his passenger.  My stare must have been noticed because I was then told a story about this person’s long history of drug abuse.  However this person stayed on “the lighter stuff” to stay away from the consequences of the heavy stuff.  As of this day, that pattern had recently changed..  The young person recently went to South Baltimore with some “friends” to get some heroin and have some fun.  Everyone did their doses but the young man went right into OD.  His friends responded by literally dumping out of the vehicle and basically leaving him for dead.  A passerby called 911 and a LEO arrived first and gave him narcan which saved his life.

You may think that’s a good thing…actually it isn’t.  The ensuing conversation revealed the disturbing truth.  The young man intends to go back and do more heroin.  Why?  He now knows(as do many many others) that they can safely OD as long as they are in high visibility areas and the first thing they get is narcan…they get all the benefits of the high and no real other issues.  When asked why would he do this he replied, “with narcan everywhere overdosing isn’t that big a deal”.  When I heard that all I could do is shake my head.  Opioid dependency is the product of two things.  Our bad economy and the lack of fear of death due to OD.  The war on drugs and the “humanitarian” responses are going to cause this epidemic to explode even IF the economy turns around.  May God have mercy on our populations.

For those who think appeasement of those who are against the biblical view of Christianity…look at the following.  Do you think that living in fear of what others think is going to protect you?  Absolutely not.  Appeasement only leads to more aggression.  Folks just look back through history for that one.  Churches if this act passes you are now too late to protect yourselves from direct governmental interference.  Even if you give up your NPO status this act “authorizes” (in direct violation of the Constitution) the gov’t to start ordering ANYONE or any business to comply with any request irregardless of their Christian beliefs.  yes this is targeted against Christians as the Muslims and other religions would be exempted.  I am not saying ti is going tob e immediate but if this act passes how bold are churches willing to be in defending their beliefs?  I can truly say most will not…and it will be time for Christians to remove themselves from places like Facebook so as to be able to weather the incoming persecution storm.  So churches what are you going to do now?  Soon even giving up your NPO status is not going to protect you.  Are you still willing to stand not only for the bible but for the US Constitution?  When i see a church that shows me they are willing to make that stand I’ll attend it.

 

So the Supreme Court has established “same-sex marriage,” and that will quiet the LGBT crowd, because, after all, they got what they wanted, right?

Not even close.

How about protections for LGBT people in jobs, jury duty, credit applications, housing, facilities that provide exhibitions, facilities that provide recreation, facilities that provide exercise, facilities that provide amusement and even facilities that provide “gatherings”?

Already, there’s a bill in Congress to do all those things and much more.

It even would gut the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act so LGBT-based discrimination complaints could be brought against churches that follow the Bible, which teaches homosexual behavior is a sin.

The “Equality Act” would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.”

It would unilaterally change public school desegregation standards “to provide for the assignment of students without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Churches that hold to biblical beliefs about sexuality would not be immune, according to Paul Kengor, whose book “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage” addresses the problem.

He shows how, beginning with Karl Marx and continuing with Margaret Sanger, Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and assorted ’60s radicals, formerly fringe concepts have been accepted. And they’re being used by leftists to attack traditional marriage.

“I think we’re already seeing what’s next from the ‘LGBT’ and same-sex-marriage movement – that is, an aggressive and uncompromising push for forced acceptance, forced compliance, and forced acquiescence,” he said. “For these people, ‘tolerance’ doesn’t actually mean ‘tolerance,’ just as ‘diversity’ doesn’t actually mean ‘diversity.’ What they want is a very selective tolerance and very selective diversity, which, of course, isn’t actually real tolerance or real diversity.

Kengor said they support what Marcuse called “repressive tolerance.”

“They are going to coerce those who disagree with their movement and their agenda, and that will include an aggressive attempt to force religious believers into full compliance with their movement and their agenda,” he said.

“For that, they will enlist the long arm of the state, and they will seek to do so with liberal politicians as their handmaidens. The force will take the form of fines, pickets, boycotts, demonization and, in some cases, incarceration,” said Kengor

In Kentucky, a county clerk, Kim Davis, already was put in jail for nearly a week for refusing an order from U.S. District Judge David Bunning to violate her faith and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Activists obtained their marriage licenses from her deputies, under a judge’s order, while she was in jail, and now they’re taking her to court again demanding she reissue the licenses with her name on them.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/equality-act-creates-lgbt-rights-everywhere/#VSyQPPPAgocb53wu.99

Americans have allowed themselves to be so pussified..yes that’s right..pussified that we will cower in fear.  It turns out the shooter reloaded TWICE! Not from his belt but from a backpack?!?!?  Come on folks if within that amount of time you cannot bring yourself to at least charge this asshat then frankly anyone who got shot and died while allowing this fool to reload deserves what they got.  Call me insensitive but this is the final straw for me in terms of the wimping of the American public.  For all your citizens who voted in people who advocated gun control, who advocated the dumbing down of the education system, who voted for representatives who hate this country….the blood of every massacre victim now and in the future is on your hands.

 

Go ahead folks, call me “insensitive.”

The shooter reloaded two handguns with ammunition from his backpack during the killings, Downing said. Harper-Mercer was “firing on people who were just lying there,” Downing said.

The shooter reloaded twice?!

Further, he didn’t have his magazines immediately at-hand (e.g. in a belt pouch or similar) and got them from his backpack?

What are we talking here — 10 seconds or so for each reload?  The people in the room, who had just witnessed their friends getting shot in the head, sat still for long enough to allow this clownface to reload twice?

It gets better.  What I have long maintained is that these shootings are about control and as soon as challenged by anyone who gets aggressive the shooter tends to kill themselves because control is the entire point.

This is why the shooters go to “Gun Free Zones” to commit their horrific act — they know that law-abiding citizens will not be carrying arms suitable for attempting interruption of their control.  It’s also why the mall shooter who was confronted by an armed citizen retreated into a side hallway and shot himself; he lost controleven though the citizen never got a shot off because there were too many other people in the area he might have hit by accident.

And it’s why this shooter, once wounded, killed himself instead of going down fighting.

He didn’t come to fight, he came to exert “control” and murder defenseless people.

As soon as that paradigm was shattered in this mind he was done.

If we removed that paradigm from his consideration by dropping the so-called “Gun Free Zones” that he read as “Murder Here, You’re In Control”, thereby raising the risk that he would confront others willing and able to offer armed resistance to his plan, the assault probably wouldn’t have happened.

But until such a change takes place (and it only will if you insist that the Second Amendment be enforced as written, America) the fact remains that if you find yourself in such a circumstance your best option is to take any tactical advantage, no matter how fleeting, to attack.  There were two such opportunities here and while there is no guarantee of success it certainly beats lying on the ground while the shooter reloads; not only might you succeed in preventing him from getting that mag into the gun it’s a hell of a lot harder to hit a moving target than one that’s quietly lying on the floor.

 

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I usually do not post things of a personal nature here but since my beliefs are part of my businesses foundation I feel this is appropriate. Since my wife died over memorial day I have been having to adjust to such a huge loss and trying to keep not only myself together but also keeping my family together, continuing to operate a business, and start a new advertising campaign. It has been hard to say the least. I have had folks tell me they do not know how I am continuing to go on. Honestly I almost didn’t. The first month was so chaotic I just wanted to shut down this business and go work elsewhere. The name of the business is Emmanuel Technology Consulting for a reason. i truly felt led not only to start this business but I felt led to honor my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in doing so. That is why the business logos are very prevalent signs of the cross. That is why I am as open as I can be about things. It is also why I am willing to work with folks even to the point of “leaving money on the table”. I did not start this business to become wealthy but I did start this business to make a living for my family.

It has taken from My 26th until tonight for me to really be able to find a song that really inspires me without triggering my ongoing grief about the loss of my wife. Casting Crowns was one of my wifes favorite music groups of any genre and honestly one of mine as well. I had the following lyrics going through my head for the past week abut I could not recall what song it was from. Here is the lyric “snippett” that was running around in my head:

When You call my name, I’ll run to You
I’ll do anything You ask me to
Falling on my knees I worship You, my Lord
We give You glory
We give You glory
We give You glory
We give You glory

Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia

Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia

When You call my name, I’ll run to You
I’ll do anything You ask me to
Falling on my knees I worship You, my Lord

We give You glory
Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia
We give You glory
Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia

We give You glory
Alle Alleluia
Alle Alleluia
We give You glory
Alle Alleluia
Alle
We give You glory

figure it out yet? It is by Casting Crowns and the song is “Glory”. I have been thanking the Lord for many things during these past few months. The fact that I know beyond a shadow of doubt that my wife is in heaven singing praises to the Lord. The fact that her death put me in a much better financial position to get badly needed repairs to our house completed. The fact that I am finally able to embark on a major marketing campaign bigger than anything I have ever attempted. This includes this website, new shirts, hats, signs for my vehicle, trade memberships, trade shows and other things. What has given me the inspiration for all of this? My own personal faith in Jesus Christ. I named the business after Him so I am letting Him guide my steps. My life is not anywhere back in even a few pieces but with His help it is coming together in so many ways it is hard to keep up with. New things are beginning, old things are being swept away and new things are being revealed. Is it easy? Absolutely not. Jesus says the walk of a believer is hard but He will never abandon me nor forsake me. I have seen this not only in my personal life also in my family, my business, and my own faith. He has carried me for the past couple of months although I just recently figured that out. I now know why those lyrics are in my head. Alle Alleluia Alle Alleluia to he who has carried me when I didn’t know it. Pastor Bill Mullins, wherever yhou might be now, I am striving to get that “bulldog faith” back. It looks like the Lord thinks it’s about time I do the same thing..:)

I was going to make a book sized blog post but for right now i simply do not wish to take the time to write one of my missives. I am not going to tag anyone because i do not want this to be construed as i am targeting any specific person. I have draft posts about various incidents i had at my old church. Dating all the way back to 2009(i think that’s the earliest one) to the using of CPS as a weapon against me and my family in 2012 to the latest long term conflict that has resulted in me leaving my old church. I also have many many folks saying they want to be involved in my girls lives and so on and so on.

The offers of help are appreciated trust me….the statements of wanting to stay in the girls lives i understand….but…..folks…..it’s time to back off and chill out.

Me and the girls are being suffocated by everyone wanting to stay close. We have not even had a chance to get our lives together as our own unit yet. I am not going to take the girls into a cave..cement the entrance..and never come out….but we need time to breathe. We need time to grieve. We need time to figure out our own family dynamic.

Allow me to explain something basic to everyone who interfaced with Heather Warren more than me. I have my limits on repeated requests for the same thing in rapid succession. If you ask me once wait…use patience. If it is in my facebook feed or my text messages I will get around to reading it. If i do not decide it needs action that second it will not get responded to or acted upon. If you start repeatedly asking the same thing over and over i will simply install a block with no warning nor explanation. Once i feel your request warrants my attention i will bring the block down and address the request.

After the new year the amount of requests i am going to address(much less honor) for travel are going to be curtailed. I want us(me, chloe and alessa) to have time to get our lives in sync. I am still figuring out chloe’s school things…the same for alessa’s. I need time to get to know them much more than i ever did. I have the job of two parents to do. I still do not have all of heather’s affairs in order and i need to concentrate on that. I am not overwhelmed per se but in order to finally get a handle on everything we all(the warren family) need to get our own affairs in order.

If you want to take this as me being isolationist that’s your prerogative but this is not my intent. This is not a permanent situation but it is for the short term future. Please continue to make your requests and such but if is a delay it is because it is not that requests turn for me to address yet. if it is a true emergency trust me the delay will be minimal..if any.

Gay marriage is only the beginning. Words do have meaning and do have consequences Mr. President to wit:
This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.

Do not think that this stop with gay marriage but all other kinds of marriage band are going to fall now. I do not believe this was an unintentional act either. I think you were fully cognizant of the ramifications of this ruling.  That second sentence says it all Mr. President.  It will soon be legal to marry anyone or anything you wish and as i warned in a previous post (Obama’s lawyers even said the following during arguments: Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. )

So churches I repeat my call.  When are you going to drop your NPO status to at least buy some time before you are TOLD you must officiate gay weddings or loose your tax exempt status?  How many will capitulate to keep that (inset golem) “preciousss” tax break?  The ones that boldly have faith in God and renounce their NPO status and adhere boldly to the Bible are the ones who will flourish….the rest will flounder.

This will put me at odds with some friends I know.  I see it this way.  If a church doesn’t want to perform a same sex ceremony they shouldn’t have to.  They should also not fear reprisals(VERY common right now) from same sex couples either.  A new wave of attacks and persecutions are going to fire up.  My question is are the militant LGBTQ’s also willing to go after the Mulims for whom homosexuality is more violently opposed?  If they are so right where’s the outrage against the Muslims?

Will Texas grow the required set to actually do this?  I truly hope so.  The instant this gains traction i’m heading to Texas..:)

 

From the Texas Constitution, article 1, section 1:”Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States…”As TexasSecede.com points out: Note that it does not state “…subject to the President of the United States…” or “…subject to the Congress of the United States…” or “…subject to the collective will of one or more of the other States…”This means Texas has loyalty only to the Constitution, and when the federal government abandons the Constitution, Texas has no obligation, moral or legal, to recognize any government that has betrayed the law of the land the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.Also from the Texas Constitution:All political power is inherent in the people … they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper.From the Texas Declaration of Independence:When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived…[it is] the inherent and inalienable right of the people to… abolish such government, and create another in its stead…From the U.S. Declaration of Independence:….governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed……whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends [i.e., protecting life, liberty, and property], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government……when a long train of abuses and usurpations… evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

via Fact check: Texas has both the legal and moral right to secede from a corrupt union – NaturalNews.com.

My mom moved me out of the public school rat race and put me into a montessori school for a time.  Until she couldn’t afford it any longer.  I thrived in this loose type of learning environment.  We were allowed to learn much like this mexican teacher teaches.  Actually this man isn’t a teacher.he is truly an educator.  We need educators in our schools not teachers.  Until the federal government is told by the electorate to get our of our schools AND we also demand the same of our state and local officials we are going to continue in this “education” morass of Nazi style schooling.  This is one of the reasons homeschoolers do so much better than public school kids most of the time.

 

Bobs Blog: How can our education system produce students who learn, grow, thrive, innovate, and problem solve?.

Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America? Once upon a time such a notion would have been unthinkable, but these days things are changing dramatically. All over the United States, evangelical Christians are being called “extremists” and evangelical Christian organizations are being labeled as “hate groups”. In fact, as I will detail later on in this article, a U.S. Army Reserve training presentation recently specifically identified evangelical Christians as “religious extremists”. This should be extremely chilling for all evangelical Christians out there, because as history has shown us over and over again, when you want to persecute a particular group of people the first step is always to demonize them. And that is exactly what is being done to evangelical Christians today. Just look at how evangelical Christians are being portrayed on television and in the movies. Just look at how much hate is being spewed at Christians on the Internet. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, both of which are considered to be among the most prominent “civil rights” organizations in the United States, are seemingly obsessed with attacking evangelical Christians. It has become trendy to bash Christians, and that is a very frightening thing. After they have finished demonizing evangelical Christians, what will the next step be?

via » All Over America Evangelical Christians Are Being Labeled As “Extremists” And “Hate Groups” Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

The flu vaccine isn’t safe at all.  Just by the EPA standards for mercury the current crop of vaccines have more than what the EPA says is safe by quite a bit.  hit the link for the full details.  there is no mercury free vaccine.  Also read the inserts..most vaccines say they haven’t been tested for safety or efficacy(working).

 

From the Archives… Debunking Flu Shot Myths with Megan Pond – Episode 140 – Off The Grid News.

Home with dada – time lapse (Original) – YouTube.

Excerpts From Lupe fiasco’s Battle Scars:

Hope the wound heals but it never does

That’s cause you at war with loveYou at war with love, yeah

I saw this last night as i was heading to bed..jimmy fallon had Lupe on and i loved this song.  Sometimes as i think about my life the scars of past events in my life get to be a weighty thing to behold as the biggest scars are those caused by trusted folks are loved ones.  Those scars are often the ugliest, deepest  and most jagged.   I’ve been thinking about this song and my own scars…. it does bring back painful memories including one that’s fresh caused by someone i trusted.  However behind that painful scar is one that has finally been closed..as much as it’s going to be..:)  I’ve forgiven this person but trust me i won’t ever forget..:)

Then just leave thenYou shouldn’t have but you said itAnd I hope you never come backIt shouldn’t have happened but you let itNow you’re down on the ground screaming medicThe only thing that comes is the post-traumatic stresses

Lupe mentions the post-traumatic stresses…man don’t we all carry some?  Some of our own doing..some not..some there’s no way we could be the cause yet we get them anyway.  This song has also opened my eyes in other areas about despair.  What an insidious emotion this is.  I can remember a time when i felt that.  It’s the darkest, sneakiest emotion i can think of…others may disagree though on this point.

These battle scars, don’t look like they’re fading

Don’t look like they’re ever going away

They ain’t ever gonna changeThese battle scars, don’t look like they’re fading

Don’t look like they’re ever going awayThey ain’t ever gonna change

What can you do in this regard?  I like songs that help…or sometimes force me to loo inwards.  the experience may not be pleasant but it is always informative and a learning experience.  i honestly think the Lord put this song into my lap because it’s draw is otherwise inexplicable..:)  I’m not looking to feel hurt..i’m not into self-infliction of discomfort or pain.  there’s so much we oftentimes don’t see due to our own self-imposed disbelief…the Lord has showed me something though very interesting.   Don’t stop trusting just because somebody trusted or is a member of a trusted group.  Be more cautious in your trust but don’t shut all trust down.  Easy to type and difficult to implement properly.  Nobody’s perfect….I’ll make mistakes.  The trick is to not be afraid to make them…. just make sure you have Jesus to guide you..and if you fall He’ll carry you..:)

 

Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars [Official Music Video] – YouTube.

Read the rest of the article linked below..it’s sobering.

 

According to the CNN timeline for the Sandy Hook tragedy, “Police and other first responders arrived on scene about 20 minutes after the first calls.” Twenty minutes. Five minutes is forever when violence is underway, but 20 minutes — a third of an hour — means that the “first responders” arent likely to do much more than clean up the mess.

via Column: Reflections on Newtown.

Unfortunately when we continue our examination that we find that there is evil in the world.  There are those who disrespect other people’s rights.  Some of them may want to kill you.  Everyone who undertakes to murder believes their reason for doing so is justified.  That they may be objectively insane doesn’t change their view of the world.  Their desire to see you die is in direct conflict with your right to live.

In that situation one of you will be victorious, and the other will not.

It is your decision, and only justly your decision, how you resolve this conflict.  You have the right to surrender your life if you so wish, but in doing so you are making a decision that only you, and nobody else, has the authority to make.

President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg demand that you cede this decision to an insane criminal.

They are attempting to demand that you not defend your right to life, although they will not themselves do what they demand of you and cede their decision to any person who is insane and would kill them.

They in fact spend millions of your taxpayer dollars to prevent the very victimization they demand you submit to from happening to them.

There is only one sane response to that demand, and it is for you to insist that these people perform an anatomically-impossible act.

Now let’s put this in the context of your children.

When a child is born it is defenseless, hungry and cold.  The newborn baby is dependent upon its parents for everything, other than oxygen from the air, that it needs to survive.  It is incapable of feeding itself, it is incapable of adjusting its environment and bodily covering to deal with environmental changes such as heat or cold, and it is incapable of disposing of the waste products from bodily processes in a manner that will not make itself and others ill.  That child, during the next 18 years, undergoes growth in both mind and body, to the point where (hopefully) he or she is capable of discharging those responsibilities alone.

But until that time comes, you are that child’s protector.  You are the one ensconced with the responsibility to protect that child’s life.

That child’s right to life is unalienable but as that child’s parent you are the one charged with defending that right.

How dare you refuse to discharge that responsibility!

Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama, along with many others have, thus far successfully, demanded that you intentionally refuse to defend your child’s right to life as soon as that child enters a school — and they then attempt to compel you, by law, to have that child attend some form of school!

How dare you consent in place of that young person who is too young to do so!

They have the gall to tell you that your children must be unarmed targets while armed guards stand at the ready next to them on a literal 24 hour a day basis to prevent the same thing from happening to them, while forcing you to pay for their protection.

How dare you accept this premise while they smugly stand with their Secret Service and Police, armed to the teeth, not even willing to step inside a hotel without security first checking to make sure there has been no evil laid in!

Now I would like it very much if we could find a way to rid the world of evil.  Simply making all guns disappear, which is incidentally a factual impossibility, is unfortunately insufficient.  One of the worst mass-murders committed in the 20th century was undertaken by a man with less than a gallon of gasoline and two matches; he killed 80 people here in the United States and is currently in prison for life.  No gun law in the world could have changed that outcome, for he did not use a gun. Another nutjob blew up a federal building in Oklahoma; he used fertilizer, diesel fuel and a truck.  Likewise people have murdered with cars, SUVs, swimming pools, common household goods used as poisons along with sporting goods, including baseball bats, golf clubs and even their bare hands.  A not-insignificant number of murders in China in recent years have been committed (in schools no less!) by knife-wielding assailants.  Your kitchen contains more than enough implements of destruction to murder virtually anyone, especially if taken by surprise.  Harris and Klebold at Columbine not only used guns, they also attempted to blow up the school with tanks of ordinary propane; fortunately the detonators failed to work.

I don’t see anyone talking about banning outdoor BBQ grills.

via Obama’s Hypocrisy Problem On Guns in [Market-Ticker].

this excerpt is spot on…hit the link for the rest of the post…it is totally true…time for folks to put their actual thinking caps on instead of taking the spew on tv as gospel folks.

 

Why does the media only cover guns in the face of such tragedy? Why don’t they discuss it when we can examine the subject coolly and rationally, and maybe get somewhere?

Because then we might learn something. Because then the public could become educated, and the media does not really want this to happen. Because then you might learn that guns have social utility, and are indispensable — that guns serve good purposes — instead of being pounded with the hopelessly false idea that arms are bad.

If the media covered guns without tragedy as a background, you would learn that guns save lives, which is why we want our police heavily armed, with high-capacity magazines, and high-powered rifles, and all the ammunition they can carry. You would learn that you need guns and ammo and full-capacity magazines — for the exact same reason.

You would learn that your need is even greater, because YOU are the first responders, and police are always second. You face the criminals first, in every event. Police, with all their deadly bullets only show up later. Police are the second responders. Media stories are always wrong about that. That’s what you say.

….

Because so-called “news” media gun stories are not news, they are propaganda. Showing the image of a mass murderer 100 times a day isn’t news, it is propaganda. Because staying on the same single event for a week or more isn’t news — even reporters would call it old news, or yesterday’s news, or yellow journalism, if they were being honest — a trait many have long since lost the ability to exercise. It is propaganda by every definition of that term.

It is designed to disgust, and cause revulsion, and motivate mob mentality. It serves no news purpose other than to induce fear and cause terror. In five minutes you have told the story, nothing new is added, yet it rolls on with images on endless loop. It promotes evil, encourages copycats,  with zero redeeming news value. It violates every rule of ethical news behavior there is. That’s what you say.

But here’s the bottom line as far as I’m concerned. Here’s the Pulitzer Prize, waiting for you if you want one. Should people who put scores of guns into the hands of drug lords get one-month sentences — like we saw the very day before this massacre — is that right? If you get the laws you’re shouting for, would it matter if that’s what the Justice Dept. does with them?

Why isn’t THAT discussed? How did you let that skate by? Don’t tell me you covered that story, if you simply reported the government handout, that Fast and Furious smugglers Avila and Carillo were sentenced. That’s not reporting, that’s reading.

via THE TRUTH About Guns — And The Media in [Market-Ticker].

I’ve seen this statement more and more that mass shootings are not on the rise.  I’m not sure i agree with that one..but the rest of the points in this article are spot on.

 

A few things you won’t hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre:

Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media.

In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.

The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.

Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K–12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.

Almost all of the public-policy discussion about Newtown has focused on a debate over the need for more gun control. In reality, gun control in a country that already has 200 million privately owned firearms is likely to do little to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. We would be better off debating two taboo subjects — the laws that make it difficult to control people with mental illness and the growing body of evidence that “gun-free” zones, which ban the carrying of firearms by law-abiding individuals, don’t work.

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First, the mental-health issue. A lengthy study by Mother Jones magazine found that at least 38 of the 61 mass shooters in the past three decades “displayed signs of mental health problems prior to the killings.” New York Times columnist David Brooks and Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson have both suggested that the ACLU-inspired laws that make it so difficult to intervene and identify potentially dangerous people should be loosened. “Will we address mental-health and educational-privacy laws, which instill fear of legal liability for reporting potentially violent mentally ill people to law enforcement?” asks Professor Jacobson. “I doubt it.”

Gun-free zones have been the most popular response to previous mass killings. But many law-enforcement officials say they are actually counterproductive. “Guns are already banned in schools. That is why the shootings happen in schools. A school is a ‘helpless-victim zone,’” says Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff. “Preventing any adult at a school from having access to a firearm eliminates any chance the killer can be stopped in time to prevent a rampage,” Jim Kouri, the public-information officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, told me earlier this year at the time of the Aurora, Colo., Batman-movie shooting. Indeed, there have been many instances — from the high-school shooting by Luke Woodham in Mississippi, to the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo. — where a killer has been stopped after someone got a gun from a parked car or elsewhere and confronted the shooter.

Economists John Lott and William Landes conducted a groundbreaking study in 1999, and found that a common theme of mass shootings is that they occur in places where guns are banned and killers know everyone will be unarmed, such as shopping malls and schools.

via The Facts about Mass Shootings – John Fund – National Review Online.

Laws don’t stop massacres….read on.

 

But they’re not what people are promoting, especially those who are always looking for a way to shove you in the hole — right after they remove your ability to resist.

And let’s not kid ourselves — that’s exactly what happened in Connecticut.  The teachers and staff in that school had no lawful means to resist, because they accepted (and probably even supported) the fallacious argument that laws (paper) stop bullets.  They learned, too late, that this argument is and always has been false.

A murderous thug, enabled by foolish reliance on pieces of paper, shoved them in the hole.

If you believe that “gun control” (of any sort) will stop these events you’re suffering from a severe case of logical fallacy — or delusion.  The worst mass-murder in a school wasn’t committed by Adam Lanza.  That distinction belongs to former school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe, who got*****ed off about a property tax levy and detonated three bombs in Bath Township, Michigan, killing 38 elementary school children, two teachers, a handful of other adults and himself.  Nearly 60 were injured.

That murderer also killed his wife and set his farm buildings on fire just before he set off the bombs. 

Believe it or not, Bath Township got off light.  There were over 500lbs of additional explosives planted in the buildings that failed to go off; he intended to destroy the entire school and presumably kill everyone inside, but the second device failed to explode.

Nor do you need a gun to commit mass-murder in general.  One of the worst mass-murder events in US history was committed in 1990 with a gallon of gasoline; Julio Gonzalez, who was later convicted of arson and murder, spread gasoline on the entrance to the club and set it ablaze.  87 people died.  Not only did the gasoline cost far less than a gun, it is much easier to obtain.  Do you recall any hue and cry for the banning of gasoline, or even for gasoline-powered weed-eaters and lawn-mowers (or, for that matter, portable generators) — the predicate items that for sane people compel them to buy and use a portable gas can, and thus make portable gas cans available to homicidal maniacs?

Next, let’s talk about the school once again, because here we see an over-reliance on half-measures and “feel good” ideation as well.  The school locked the doors and required a buzzer to enter, which sounds reasonable.  The problem is that they didn’t armor the glass in the immediate vicinity of the door, making possible a trivial forced entry.  A person intent on homicide doesn’t care if he breaks a window (a petty crime) first.  You can’t reasonably replace all windows with shatter-proof panes (e.g. wired-mesh glass that can be shot through but will not break in a fashion that allows entry) but you can do so for that glass in an entry door or in its immediate vicinity, and you can for small windows in and immediately in the vicinity of classroom doors.  You can also equip classroom doors with cylinder deadbolt locks that require a key from the outside to open, but can be operated without a key from the inside.  These enhancements, which are pretty inexpensive, would have thwarted the shooter’s forced entry into the school and if he gained entry to the building would have prevented his entry into the classrooms.  There are reports that teachers had to use file cabinets and their bodies to barricade the doors; one was shot and injured doing so.  That’s outrageous when a quality deadbolt-equipped door and metal frame bolted to the structure of the building costs only a few hundred dollars. 

I want to know who was behind the changes made to “secure” this school and what sort of analytical process was undertaken, whether it was debated in the open at a school board meeting, whether the public was involved, and whether the public was invited to think about and comment on the path undertaken and its expense.  Again, while hindsight is always 20/20 if the fact that a plate window was in the immediate vicinity of a “locked” door was not looked at as a security problem then I question both the people and the process involved in “hardening” this installation.

Next, let’s talk about the adults in the school.  We already require training on sexual assault, child abuse and similar issues for school teachers and administrators.  Why do we omit self-defense from this list, when our teachers and administrators claim the right of in loco parentis during school hours for our children? 

That omission is asinine.

via Solutions For CT: There Are Some in [Market-Ticker].

With what I’ve been seeing…i’d say no.  Read the liked post as it contains several cartoons that i can easily cut an paste here.

 

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?.

I invite anyone opining on this massacre read this entire article at the link below.  there are some facts in here you will never hear about in the “mass media’ at all.  Read all of the facts here before pining…

 

We’ll start with the guns.  They are reported to have been legally owned by the shooter’s mother and included a Glock pistol, a Sig pistol and a .223 caliber rifle.  The rifle has been reported to be a sporting variety commonly used for target practice or hunting varmints; if the make and model reported are correct it is indeed a hunting variant (it has a fixed stock as hunting rifles typically do, no flash-hider on the front or other “scary looking” but immaterial cosmetics, etc.)  Sig makes extremely high-quality (and commensurately expensive) pistols; Glock of course makes highly-reliable and well-respected weapons as well.  A little-known fact about Glocks is that for many people they “point” funny due to a different grip angle than most other pistols; some people find them very difficult to shoot accurately for this reason.  That may be why the mother owned both (she may have bought one and not liked it, then bought the other.)  The rifle was found inside the car the shooter drove and since he never came out of the school building once going in it must be presumed that he did not use that gun in the school assault.  There is nothing particularly-remarkable about the weapons used in this assault; they are common guns used lawfully by millions of Americans for hunting, target practice and defensive purposes.

Of note is that the shooter could not have legally acquired the pistols, as he is not 21.  Federal law requires one to be 21 years of age before purchasing a pistol at retail.  In this particular case, however, it doesn’t matter whether he was 21 or not as he didn’t buy any of the weapons involved; they were lawfully purchased by his mother who the assailant murdered prior to assaulting the school.

In other words the shooter effectively stole the weapons used in the assault.  We do not know at this point (and may never know) the exact order of events in terms of his acquisition of the weapons but what we do know factually is that he murdered their owner, ending her ability to report the theft or to resist what he intended to do with them next.

That is, there was no “gun control” violation involved in this assault.  The bad guy did not obtain the weapons through lawful means and he also did not (legally or not) circumvent the background check system by, for example, buying them privately from someone (the much-maligned “gun show loophole” that people talk about but is almost-never actually implicated in an assault.)  Rather, the assailant removed the weapons from their lawful owner through, either directly or indirectly, the crime of murder.

As a retired school teacher with no reported criminal history, there was utterly no reason to prevent the mother from owning these firearms for perfectly reasonable and lawful purposes, such as paper-punching or self-defense.  Being divorced — as a single woman — she had every right and reason to be armed for defensive purposes, particularly in her own home.

via CT School Shootings; Facts Before Hype in [Market-Ticker].

I came home last night and gave my older daughter a big hug…i then proceeded to explain to her about one of the reason so many folks died that horrid day.  Gun Free Zones = Turkey Shoot.  I’m not going to be blithe and say armed staff could have eliminated all deaths..that’s simply idiocy.  However,  armed staff would have meant fewer folks would have died.  Most school building on the interior are not made of bullet resistant materials like concrete but usually drywall and maybe some cinder blocks.  Right now if somebody comes into the school with the purpose of killing anything .40 caliber and larger isn’t going to be stopped by interior constructions.  unfortunately this means the current lockdown scheme simply means you cower in your classroom hoping the killer(s) don’t come to your door   If they do..unless the teacher tries to intervene and gets shot) you are as good as dead.  Unfortunately modern education(fueled by modern liberalistic gov’t) have so ingrained the fear of guns into the population’s brains they don’t realize that the first and last line of true defense is now gone…their own personal armaments.  This massacre was over before the cops go there.  News reports are saying the cops got there instantly…that’s a lie.  Even in my small town where i can literally walk to the police station in under 10 minutes it still takes a minimum of 3 minutes for an officer to arrive.  This was probably over in about that time.  The cops are purely a reactionary force.  if you want to keep your kids safe is school your choices are limited:

1.  Truly education them about their surrounding at school.  That means you need to intimately familiarize yourself with the building inside and out.  You need to know how its hallways and classrooms are laid out..what the interior is made of and know your child’s classrooms so you can train your child on proper egress procedures.  Son’t let your children become sitting ducks.

2.  let the schools and local cops handle it.  Ref other mass shootings for the results.

3.  pull your children out of the public school system until the anal cranial infection clears itself.

 

guns are used more often by responsible owners more than double to stop(and prevent crimes) than they are to commit them.  As long as the gun control folks have their way the mass shootings in schools, malls, hotels, churches…anywhere the turkey shoot mentality exists is not only going to continue..but may very well increase.  The answer to this isn’t just more guns..i can agree there…the answer is more properly trained, self-armed gun owners packing.  If schools are truly interested in our children’s safety they’ll get properly trained gun owners into the schools…if this turkey shoot mentality continues…children will continue to die at the hands of those who know where the easiest prey is located.

The instant we both don’t have to work and can pull our kids out of public schools you can bet we are going to do just that.

Anna Engelsone of Rockville said she didn’t think twice about starting to send her 10-year-old daughter, Liz, to school on a Ride On bus this school year.

When her daughter’s principal told her Montgomery County Public Schools was contacting Child Protective Services, she was shocked.

“As a parent, when someone says they are even considering that, it makes you feel threatened and defensive,” Engelsone said.

But the school never followed up with Engelsone, and now she wants other parents to know her story.

She posted it on Free-Range Kids, a blog that advocates for parents to let children to be trusted to have personal responsibilities. Greater Greater Washington, a local blog, picked the story up.

Not every 10-year-old is fit to ride a public bus alone, Engelsone said in an interview, but that is up to the child’s parents to decide. Liz, a fifth-grade student at Garrett Park Elementary School, is mature enough to handle it, she said, and she is doing fine.

In her posting, Engelsone includes emails she claims came from Garrett Park principal Elaine Chang-Baxter that detail how the school system wanted CPS to investigate, not to determine neglect, but to confirm the appropriateness of Engelsone’s decision.

“I didn’t need CPS to tell me what was safe and what wasn’t,” Engelsone said in the interview. “I imagine they have much better things to do with their time than advising parents with mundane decisions.”

Engelsone said her family moved from inside the Garrett Park service area to just outside this summer. She continued to send Liz to the school, which is now about 3 miles from where she lives, because she likes the school, she said.

Once her transfer application went through, she received a call from Chang-Baxter saying MCPS wanted the principal to call CPS, Engelsone said.

 

Gazette.Net: Rockville 10-year-old’s Ride On route to school raises questions.

It starts at home…then goes to our churches. I have to say i’m guilty of the home bound version.  I’m not nearly where God wants me to be.  Secondly, our churches.  If the church body won’t regulate the church according to first the Bible then secondly it’s own founding documents then the issues are going to continue.  For all Christians it’s time to get things back under His control…and it all starts at home…and in my case it all starts with me.

Several restaurants, hotels and retailers have started or are preparing to limit schedules of hourly workers to below 30 hours a week. That is the threshold at which large employers in 2014 would have to offer workers a minimum level of insurance or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 for each worker.

The shift is one of the first significant steps by employers to avoid requirements under the health-care law, and whether the trend continues hinges on Tuesday’s election results. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has pledged to overturn the Affordable Care Act, although he would face obstacles doing so.

Let’s not mince words — that’s a 25% reduction in the impacted worker’s gross wages!

It’s already started with some “pilot projects” among certain employers, and this will spread.  Bank on it.  The results will be catastrophic for people in this income class, as on top of having gasoline double in price over the last four years along with other forms of energy rising precipitously along with food and health care now you’re going to see a 25% reduction in their working hours, meaning that their income is going to come down by that same 25%!

Both Darden (corporate parent of Red Lobster and Olive Garden) and some Subway franchises have been testing these changes already.  When the first “real” bite comes from Obamacare in as of January 1st 2014, expect all the lower-wage service industries to do exactly this.

via Obamacare Is About To Whack Personal Income in [Market-Ticker].

The White House thinks that schools are providing too much discipline to black students, and it is proposing race-based quotas for school suspensions. Thats right, affirmative action for school discipline. Could Asian students be disciplined more to meet quota requirements? Thats what Trifecta thinks. Hear what race-based school discipline means for American education.

via PJTV – Suspending Disbelief: Obama Administration Proposes Race-Based School Discipline System – Trifecta.

I don’t know at this time…but I’m thinking this NPO has been shutdown for good.  They’ve gone totally dark.  This is never a good sign.

 

Bussard problems puzzle employees, partners – The Frederick News-Post Online.

Listen to this episode from Karl Denninger.  It very well explains what the government can now compel form the american nation.

 

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I agree with vox on this one.  Take a gander at his posting below:

 

First, I would note that Paterno’s actions did not, in any way, make him “an accomplice to child rape”. An an accomplice is a person who is present at the scene of the crime, actively participates in its commission, and has the same degree of guilt as the person he or she is assisting, is subject to prosecution for the same crime, and faces the same criminal penalties. None of this applies to Paterno.

So, let’s take a look at what Paterno actually did, as opposed to the rhetorical exaggerations of the preening moralists who are presently in competition to see who can feign the most outrage:

Louis J. Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the F.B.I. who spent the last seven months examining the Sandusky scandal at Penn State, issued a damning conclusion Thursday: The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a “total and consistent disregard” for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sandusky’s assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity. That publicity, Mr. Freeh said Thursday, would have hurt the nationally ranked football program, Mr. Paterno’s reputation as a coach of high principles, the Penn State “brand” and the university’s ability to raise money as one of the most respected public institutions in the country….

Mr. Freeh’s investigation makes clear it was Mr. Paterno, long regarded as the single most powerful official at the university, who persuaded the university president and others not to report Mr. Sandusky to the authorities in 2001 after he had violently assaulted another boy in the football showers.

What is new here is that whereas before we knew that Paterno had reported Sandusky’s actions to the correct authorities, now we know that he was the one primarily responsible for matters not going any further. Whereas before it appeared that his only failing was the excusable moral one of doing no more than his legally defined duty, now we know that he was the main instigator of the coverup. This is a very different thing, and I note that it is actually considerably worse than anything Paterno’s most vehement critics accused him of doing previously.

And yes, it does change my opinion to a certain extent. In light of the latest revelations, I think it would be appropriate for the Penn State football program to receive the death sentence for three or four years from the NCAA. That would send the most unmistakable message to everyone, and would be the one punishment that Paterno would have felt most deeply. How Penn State chooses to respond is really no concern of mine, but as a general rule, I don’t favor whitewashing history. If I were the responsible individual at Penn State, I would not remove Paterno’s name from the various buildings he funded and tear down his statue, but rather seek to use him as an example to teach about the dangers that hubris poses to even the most upstanding and successful.

All men are fallen. I still think Paterno was, for the most part, a good man who made a very foolish and counterproductive attempt to protect his reputation and his football program. Was it wrong? Certainly. Did it have evil consequences? Most likely. Does it merit a harsh punishment? Definitely. But was it indicative of an evil or malevolent intent? I don’t believe so, and to conflate the moral failings of a Paterno with the overt and predatory evil of a Sandusky is a fundamental mistake. It is important to remember that this is not simply a Joe Paterno scandal, but rather a Penn State scandal.

The Freeh report is somewhat ironic in that Louis Freeh would certainly know a coverup when he sees one, given his involvement in similar whitewashes of Ruby Ridge and Waco.

via Vox Popoli.

Many people mistakenly believe one of the roles of government is to protect them from physical harm.   However, this is not the case.  One only has to look up the concept of “affirmative duty” to understand what the Supreme Court has defined as the role of any government entity in regard to protection of citizenry; both at Local/State and Federal levels.  In short it can be encapsulated as:

The burden to defend and or use deadly force, is a right that lies with you personally to act accordingly, and appropriately, should you fear for your life and/or limb.  The government does not have any affirmative duty to do this for you. 

In South v. Maryland, 59 U.S. (How.) 396, 15 L.Ed.433 (1856) – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local law-enforcement had no duty to protect individuals, but only a general duty to enforce the laws.  This is a distinction which needs to be clearly understood.

The affirmative duty to protect arises not from the State’s knowledge of the individual’s predicament, or from its expressions of intent to help him, but from the limitations which it has imposed on his freedom to act on his own behalf, through imprisonment, institutionalization, or other similar restraint of personal liberty.

If you are under the care or custody of the ‘state’ then, and only then, do they have a specific duty to protect you from harm.   Or, if the ‘state’ has diminished your capacity to protect yourself, then they “may” arguably be in a position of affirmative duty, but only to the extent the state has diminished your capacity to act on your own behalf.

In all other considerations the “state” only has the duty to enforce the law.

If law enforcement has no affirmative duty to protect the citizenry, which they absolutely do not, and the police have argued numerous times in court to prove they are under no responsibility to protect a person from physical harm, then why should the group without affirmative duty be espousing that an individual remove their legal and constitutional right to protect themselves.?

via Unwilling To Be Victimized – Vancouver Woman Whoops Two Teenage Attackers | The Last Refuge.

Will detail at the end of the series.

5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen | Cracked.com.

Now i’m not sure about ADHD but this below paragraph is very fitting for me:

As an ADHD kid myself, and father to two more, this may also explain something I have found troubling my whole life. I don’t react well to praise. Tell me you like this article and I may just shrug it off. Tell me you hate it and we can have a good argument — well an argument at any rate. Praise doesn’t give me the hit it gives you — I need a lot of it to feel it.

 

Here’s some more to provide context:

What they found was the ADHD people had fewer of these cells, meaning our brains are less capable of processing dopamine, the chemical “attaboy,” than other people. It’s all gone into theJournal of the American Medical Association.

If you don’t have many cells that process dopamine, the best way to get a healthy dose in your brain is to flood it with chemicals that produce dopamine. Stimulants. That’s why Ritalin andAdderall help ADHD kids. These same chemicals overstimulate a brain with a normal load of dopamine receptors, which is why your kid just gets high on them.

But the study also explains a lot more. Eating stimulates dopamine, so fat ADHDers are self-medicating in the same way as their cousins who try benzedrine or other drugs. So does exercise, which may be why Michael Phelps stays in the pool all day.

This may also be why ADHD “poster boy” Robin Williams reported that, when he used cocaine, he felt quiet, normal, and sane. Cocaine also stimulates dopamine. This may also be why he later became an alchoholic. Alcohol helps stimulate the natural release of dopamine.

This may also be part of what drove Williams to be a comic and actor. Loud applause stimulates dopamine. It may explain why so many other ADHDers are so ambitious, so driven to succeed at their passions. We need more real attaboys to stimulate our limited dopamine receptors.

How interesting.  gives me something to think about in terms of how my own brain works..and about one other person as well…

via Now we know why Ritalin works | SmartPlanet.

I wonder how many of your own people you have to destroy before you’ll realize you are only advancing the agenda of Satan with your attacks on each other. I wonder how many more destroyed lives the churches will allow before the pastors grow a set and start enacting biblical discipline on their congregations. I wonder many more destroyed fellowships have to be endured before Pastors will start taking their flocks to task. I wonder how many congregations will continue to play the power and mind games they play before they realize they aren’t being Godly but Satanic?  How many individuals faith do you have to destroy for your own satisfaction?   I wonder how many congregations being destroyed it will take for these people to stop being Satanic and start being godly?

What hurts the most,
Is being being so close
having so much to say
watching you walk away

You never when
what could have been
not seeing that loving you
is what i was trying to do
(courtesy of rascal flatts)

Here is the full song and it nearly perfectly details my feleings about “fellow Christians”.

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let em out

I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while even though
Goin’ on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m okay
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And havin’ so much to say
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losin’ you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ it
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still harder gettin’ up, gettin’ dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade, give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And havin’ so much to say
(Much to say)
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do, oh
Oh yeah

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And havin’ so much to say
(To say)
And watchin’ you walk away

And never knowin’
What could’ve been
And not seein’ that lovin’ you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

Not seein’ that lovin’ you
That’s what I was trying to do, ooo

 

My inspiration for this post is a video on youtube.  Listen to his rendition and then read below after pondering the lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk9ByJZ0vrQ

 

pastors, churches, congregations, PEOPLE it’s time for this lunacy to stop before we are relegated to an small… ineffective minority.  let’s not reject those with a passion for Christ..let’s embrace them.  it’s time for the destruction of each other to stop. If you truly want revival…when somebody cautiously enters your house looking for fellowship let’s welcome them as a member of Jesus’s family.  If you truly believed that it wouldn’t take nearly 10 years for someone to be truly welcomed.  The first act should be welcoming the person to your house of God…not immediately recruiting for whatever clique or fiefdom you have setup.  The first ongoing act should not be to see how this passionate person can be brought to heel….the correct way is to find out how that person can be plugged in and that god given fire been utilized to re-light the church’s beacon of Jesus’s light..not a systematic plan of attacks and whispers to keep the church’s light at a comfortable level that you can control.  how many churches are spiritually empty?  I’ve known quite a few and am currently worried about another one.  I could go on for much longer but most folks have already tuned out by now.  For those truly brave souls who have read through…and are truly moved to jump into your church and institute some change let me know you’ve found this inspiring.  As the Spirit inspires me i’ll post more here.

I’ve been trying to be “more civilized” the past few years…it’s gotten me more problems with folks who think they know more than me about many things they have no idea about.  The lid’s off now…:)  I’m going to express how i feel and if folks can’t handle it..too bad for them.  My loving wife likes to tell folks i’m a redneck…that hasn’t shown much…i won’t be vulgar or destructive but the filters are gone now…if i don’t like something..or you..you’ll know…right then.  I’ve had a better life when I’ve remained true to myself….it’s a hard lesson to learn..one I’ve recently been reminded of by a coward recently.  Now i have the Gov’t getting into my affairs.  It’s time for this lunacy to stop…and it’s time to get out of any kid of incorporated “city” entity…Frederick county isn’t rural enough anymore…because of Frederick city.  Their cancer is now spreading into the rest of the county..of course it’s a symptom of the state of Maryland being the way it is.  I’m looking for Kentucky or maybe Tennessee type rural area. Some folks are in for quite the awakening….i’ll leave those details as a “surprise”…watch for the rattlesnake..they tend to bite when tread upon..:)  My previous post with Aaron Lewis has some great lyrics:

 

I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

That’s where i’m going…as Charlie Daniels says at the end of the song:

I love my country…I love my guns.

I love my family…I lvoe the way it is now

And anybody that tried to change it has to come through me.

That should be all of our attitudes

Cause this is america and a country boy is good enough for me son.

Just how i feel about everything..not just the government..but about most groups of people as well….seeing as how many of them think they know how to run my life.  Get out and leave me and my family alone.  Even Brunswick is feeling too big these days…time to start praying for a change in homestead location.

 

AARON LEWIS – “Country Boy” (Official Video) – YouTube.

Well I grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn’t know
My pops picked the place up for 1500 bucks back in 1964

My grandfather was a drinker back in the day he put em down
But a war is known to change a man and the whiskey is known to change a man

That’s not me
I rarely drink from a bottle but I smoke a little weed
I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Now it’s been 12 years since I sold my soul to devil in L.A.
He said sign your name here on the dotted line and your songs they all will play

He set up shop on sunset, he put me up at the marquee
He said you wanna sell a million records boy better listen to me

He said change your style, whiten your smile, you could lose a couple pounds
And if you want to live this life, you better lose that wife, do you need your friends around?

And I said no, that’s not me
Cause the biggest things in life are your friends and family
[- From :http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/aaron-lewis-lyrics/country-boy-lyrics.html -]
And I like my jeans and my old t-shirts
And a couple extra pounds never really hurt
Cause a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Cause Hank taught me just how to stay alive
You’ll never catch me out the house without my 9 or 45

I got a big orange tractor and a diesel truck
And my idea of heaven is chasing whitetail bucks
And as a country boy you know I can survive

Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel
One is the colors that fly high and proud
The red, the white and blue
The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made
“Don’t tread on me” is what it says and I’ll take that to my grave
Because this is me
I’m proud to be an american and strong in my beliefs

And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause I’ve never needed government to hold my hand
And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause my family has always fought and died to save this land
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Louisiana is embarking on the nations boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.”We are changing the way we deliver education,” said Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican who muscled the plan through the legislature this spring over fierce objections from Democrats and teachers unions. “We are letting parents decide whats best for their children, not government.”

via Louisianas bold bid to privatize schools | Reuters.

See how the lie is set up?  The premise put forward — that everyone needs medical attention at some point, and virtually everyone needs insurance to pay for it, is put forward as a “fait accompli” without first asking the following questions:

  • Has it always been this way? Can you, for example, show us that health insurance was necessary in, oh, 1776?  1850?  1913?  1953?  1970?
  • Has everyone “needed” medical attention “at some point” historically as well?  Was that true in 1776?  1850?  1913?  1953?  Or 1970?

It’s a fact that virtually everyone has in fact “needed” medical attention “at some point” historically.  But America, and the rest of the world, managed to economically progress for hundreds of years without force-placed “insurance” or the government being materially involved in health care.

An honest inquiry is therefore forced to ask the following question: What happened?

That’s relatively simple: Government happened.

via The Mental Disease Called Liberalism (Health Reform) in [Market-Ticker].

In terms of after we’ve raised our kids and what not?  I don’t relaly want to give up my business..per se..but i DO wish to give up the rat race…this song by blackmoor’s night sums it up very well.  While I don’t ascribe to the apparent pagansistic ways of blackmors night there’s no doubt you can be a Christian and love Celtic music.  I’ve always been so drawn to the Celtic music I’m curious if I’ll wind up there “later in life”.  If not someplace similar in this country…I would live in a house with no internet..phones..etc etc..not totally modern free..but no anything else.  I would then drive a self-imposed commute to my literal office where i would carry out my business duties for ECC.  I might even start a christian Celtic music studio.  I’ve always wondered why there aren’t any really overt Celtic Christian musicians…maybe i could change that.  My wife says it’s going to be interesting to watch me age…i hope it will be just as interesting to watch me mature into the man i really want to be in all facets…:)

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Looking out and I’m wondering where I am
While I’m stuck in the daily traffic jam
I decide to get out and leave the world behind me
Everywhere there are people passing by
Empty faces and not a friendly smile
Under stress, loneliness, a part of our city

Now I finally have decided
I will leave it all behind
And discover something better
And l know where I will find
Find a place of harmony, of laughter and of dreams
It you want me, that is where I’ll be

I’ll be waiting on the Highland
With its wonderful serenity
Where the stars glow and the brooks flow
That’s my way of life
When the mountains on the Highland
And the nature is surrounding me
When the wind blows
That’s all I need, all I need

On the highland when I was a child
I would play with my friends and we were wild
And we all loved the moors, the nature and it’s freedom
And we went for ghost hunt in the mist
I remember the first time I got kissed
By the shy neighbour guy, who whispered “be my girlfriend”
But I longed for some excitement
So l travelled ’round the world
After that I settled down and
I became a city girl
Went to parties every night and lived intensively
Now I know it’s not a life for me

I’ll be waiting on the Highland
With it’s wonderful serenity
Where the stars glow and the brooks flow
That’s my way of life
When the mountains on the Highland
And the nature is surrounding me
When the wind blows
That’s all I need
On the Highland, on the Highland, you will see

Oh my darling, I would hate to leave it without you
I’m sure you love the highland too

If you join me I can promise
You’ll stay until eternity

I’ll be waiting on the Highland
With it’s wonderful serenity
Where the stars glow and the brooks flow
That’s my way of life
When the mountains on the Highland
And the nature is surrounding me
When the wind blows
That’s all I need
On the Highland

On the Highland

All the mountains on the highland are embracing
and surrounding me

Molotov Mitchell nails this one.  Let’s look past the distortions of the media and media mongers and race baiters like sharpton and jackson.  Watch the linked video for another perspective.

 

WND: Trevon Martin:  How well and accurately put.  Let’s Stop the Race Vampires

Listen to the supremes vs the constitution episode below.  It details what is on the public record about the travon issue..and it’s a much different picture than what the media is protraying.    It’s time to look at the public record..folks don’t listen ot the media they aren’t interested in facts they just want to continue to take away rights underthe guise of keeping your safe.

 

The focus folks is in one place and one place only — was the use of force justified. 

That’s it.

The facts as we currently know them support that Zimmerman was attacked from behind, was flat on his back, was assaulted from the top and not free to escape. That’s consistent with both witness reports and physical evidence as noted in the above report.  I note that both former Governor Bush and the author of the “Stand Your Ground” law have both said that the Castle Doctrine is inapplicable to this circumstance and they’re correct; an altercation in which you are physically prevented from leaving by someone sitting on you after knocking you to the ground removes all consideration of that law from the decision process and the legal evaluation.

That there are contrary witness reports is not surprising; if you’ve ever looked at reports from a particular “simple” incident such as a traffic accident there are frequently very different things reported by the various witnesses.  The job of the investigating agency is to filter this information by both assessing the credibility of the witnesses and the physical evidence.  That which is contrary to the physical evidence can’t have happened, no matter how many people claim it did.  A couple of years ago I was a witness to a horrific traffic accident that was described very differently than what happened by one of the drivers and a couple of other witnesses — unfortunately for them the physical evidence (skid marks on the roadway and point of impact) were inconsistent with what they claimed they saw, but entirely-consistent with what I saw and reported.  The young driver (who they tried to pin the accident on) was in fact not at fault as the other vehicle emerged from between two trucks in a line and entered his lane outside of an intersection leaving him less than a car length to react — it was literally impossible for him to have avoided the collision as the distance covered by a vehicle during the best-case human reaction time exceeded the distance between the vehicles at the lawful speed for that section of road.  I suspect my testimony, which I was happy to provide in written form, saved him from at least a chargeable accident and perhaps a suspended or revoked license.

In this case Zimmerman had a documented physical injury on the back of his head that was bleeding when he was “cuffed and stuffed”, along with bleeding from his nose.  It was also apparent from physical evidence that he was on his back on wet ground (grass stains and water on the BACK of his shirt.)  Reports are that Martin was shot in the front of his body, not in the back, so he was facing the weapon when it discharged.

These are physical facts that to the best of my knowledge are not in controversy.

If Zimmerman was the aggressor how did he get injured on the back of his head with sufficient force to cause bleeding?  Further, if he was on top of Martin how did Zimmerman’s shirt get grass stains on the back?  Such claims are inconsistent with the physical evidence.

The media has refused to present a reasonably-recent picture of Martin.  There are multiple ones floating around on the Internet; one I’ve seen is of highly-questionable provenance and thus I discount it’s probative value until and unless it is validated as real.  But there’s likely a reason that all of the pictures presented thus far are four years or more old and show Martin when he was 13 — and not now, when he was 17.  This sort of blatant “in your face” distortion ought to be ringing everyone’s alarm bells at high volume — that it isn’t is very disturbing.

via It’s Time To Stomp On The Left – MarketTicker Forums.

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This is going to work well.  Because you want to have things exactly your way however it is and don’t get it you are going to cause the cancellation of various after school activities that specifically help students to expand their horizons and help them move forward in life. That’s interesting that in one hand the unions says we want appreciation but then they are going to take an action that while legal goes against the very thing they say they don’t want to do.  Folks wonder why i don’t like modern unions…it’s right here in plain view in our county.  The commissioners next time need to let the teachers strike then use replacements until the teachers themselves start loosing their own incomes(strike funds last maybe two weeks).  The teachers will realize they union isn’t helping them at all…at least the smart ones will.

 

Frederick County teachers are upset with budget decisions made by the Board of Education, and beginning March 30 will “work to the contract,” according to Frederick County Teachers Association president Gary Brennan.Theyll put in 100 percent during their seven-and-a-half hour workday to teach and grade papers, but theyll take a duty-free lunch, as the contract stipulates, he said.Once their workday is up, teachers will go home to their families, leaving any papers left to be graded at school, since they are supposed to have time during the school day for grading, according to Brennan.Brennan said the action centers around budget decisions made at the Feb. 22 board meeting where the board decided to put in a request for extra funding from county commissioners while balancing the budget by slashing the proposed salary resource pool for employee raises in half.The budget also includes possible furlough days dependent upon negotiations and the reversal of a 1.5 percent salary adjustment in fiscal 2012, which was a one-time stipend.”We feel that both the BoE and the county commissioners have not shown the commitment to public education that employees have,” Brennan said.The decision to implement a work-to-rule action was made unanimously March 8 by the unions representative assembly, which includes members from every school, according to Brennan.The teachers association is asking all of its nearly 2,800 members to participate in the upcoming work-to-rule. Teachers are going to work to the spirit and letter of their contract, Brennan said.The expectation during the action is that teachers will perform up to contract expectations, but it may take longer to assess student work and to get back to parents, as teachers will have to prioritize their core functions, he said.”What they really want from the community and the elected officials is appreciation,” he said.Ballenger Creek Elementary School will cancel its annual talent show because teachers volunteered their time for the event and were not compensated, according to a letter sent home to parents Friday.Theres probably a laundry list of similar situations in the county where after-school programs will need to be canceled, Brennan said.He said this action is “horribly negative,” but teachers have come to be taken for granted.”Its not a positive thing, but what I hope comes from it is a recognition of how much educators in this county do to see children succeed,” he said.

via Teachers: We wont work off the clock – The Frederick News-Post Online.

Which means it will be closer to 3-4 trillion once it’s all said and done.  Anyone who bought the lie of Obamacare bringing lower costs…if you have insurance..have you seen your premiums lately?  We have.

 

CBO: Obamacare to cost $1.76 trillion over 10 yrs | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner.

How narcissistic have we become in this country?  We’ll have the baby as long as it doesn’t have any “defect”?  i work with a down’s individual.  he is one of the most caring individuals you could meet.  His Down’s causes him some problems…which while they infuriate me at times don’t make him any less special in God’s eyes and that’s what i constantly remind myself as.  If you don’t want a “non-perfect’ child…don’t do the knocking boots thing at all.  Nothing gives you the right on this earth to murder your child..especially not this..we’ll keep the child only if perfect…or we’ll make somebody else pay for the costs of the child’s care…this is total and utter crap.

 

Ariel and Deborah Levy are arguing in a Portland, Ore., courtroom that their 4-year-old daughter Kalanit should never have been born.

A jury just awarded the Levys $2.9 million for the “wrongful birth” of Kalanit, who has Down syndrome. According to a story in the Oregonian, the Levys, concerned about the risk of Down due to the mother’s age, sought prenatal testing. They maintain that the lab and doctors at Legacy Health Care’s Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in North Portland botched the test. 

They say they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known what a properly conducted test could have told them — their fetus would be born with Down’s. Now, they want $3 million to pay for the lifetime costs of care for their child. 

The very fact that such a case can make it into a courtroom reveals a lot that is wrong with public policy and ethics in America.

via Vitals – Bioethicist: Parents shouldn’t have to sue over ‘wrongful birth’ of child with Down syndrome.

Just read the paragraph below as to what this stuff is and where it comes from.

 

“Pink slime” is bits of meat and muscle salvaged from slaughterhouse floors that are treated with a pink chemical to kill any dangerous pathogens. According to an earlier report by msnbc.com, the unappetizing pink goo is widely used in the food industry as an anti-microbial agent in meats and as a leavener in bread and cake products. It’s regulated by the U.S. Agriculture Department, which classifies it as “generally recognized as safe.” Nevertheless,  McDonald’s, have said they are pulling the infamous “pink slime” from their hamburgers.

via Vitals – ‘Pink slime’ panic grows online: Are we overreacting?.

Read this carefully.  this is the state the world is in..and where it is going.  If you are easily disturbed i would not read this until you have prepared yourself.

 

The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the articles authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society”.The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”Rather than being “actual persons”, newborns were “potential persons”. They explained: “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’

via Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say – Telegraph.

Does anyone actually believe the drug companies are really out to fix illnesses?  This vaccine has been shown to be deadly and now we want to vaccinate boys too?

 

Despite lackluster acceptance among girls for a vaccine to prevent cancer-causing sexually transmitted viruses, the American Academy of Pediatrics is fully recommending that boys get the shots as well.

Boys 11 and 12 should be immunized routinely, with three doses of a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the AAP said Monday in its online issue of Pediatrics. This formally updates the academy’s previous policy of “permissive recommendation” for vaccination of males.

The AAP has recommended since 2007 that girls ages 11 and 12 receive the HPV vaccine.

The new policy should end any resistance among health insurers to covering HPV vaccines for boys. Each HPV shot cost about $130 in July; three shots are needed for the vaccine to be fully effective.

Merck & Co.’s Gardasil is the only approved HPV vaccine for males; both Gardasil and Cervarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, are approved for females.

via Doctors call for HPV shots for boys – Washington Times.

this is the very reason i advocate to my daughter that if the school tells you to do something that is dangerous to you or others..do not participate…and i’ll deal with the school over it.  me and my wife are looking to get our eldest out of the public schools and we hope we can also not have to put our youngest into the prison camps called the public schools system.

 

Maryland’s highest court has ruled that state agencies are not required to ensure children aren’t served food to which they are allergic.

The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a former Frederick resident who sued after her 5-year-old daughter was served a peanut butter sandwich despite being allergic to peanuts. The decision was released Wednesday.

In 2005, Liana Pace, a kindergarten student at Frederick’s Hillcrest Elementary School, did not have a lunch or enough money to buy one. She was given a peanut butter sandwich, but told a cafeteria worker she wasn’t allowed to eat peanut butter.

According to the decision, “The worker mistook her protests as misbehavior and ordered her to eat the sandwich.” The girl went into anaphylactic shock and was given a dose of epinephrine to relieve the symptoms.

Her mother, Nicole Pace, sued the state of Maryland, the state Department of Education and others. The case was dismissed in Frederick County Circuit Court and appealed until it reached the Court of Appeals. Pace and her daughter no longer live in Maryland, according to the decision.

A spokesperson for Frederick County Public Schools could not be reached Friday.

The decision involved the National School Lunch Act, passed in 1946, which requires that free or low-cost meals be provided to schoolchildren.

According to the decision, “The NSLA was not designed to protect a particular subset of students, such as those with food allergies, but rather, to serve the needs of all eligible school-aged children.”

via Gazette.Net: Court: Frederick schools not liable in peanut allergy case.

This is an excerpt.  Hit the link at the bottom for the full article.  Very well written.

Currently in the Maryland Senate there is debate over the same-sex marriage bill that was recently passed by the Maryland House of Delegates. It is likely to pass and then be signed into law by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D).

 

The issue of legalizing same-sex marriage has gained tremendous momentum in the United States over the last 10 years. The acceptance of more open discussion of homosexuality has – in large part – been due to the rapid change in an ever-evolving media culture that allows for freer expression and celebrating life outside the norms of society.

 

Those who don’t embrace the homosexual lifestyle, but accept or tolerate it, are a majority of our society. The societal norm for couples is and will always be defined as a woman and a man. For those who won’t – or don’t want to – accept the gay lifestyle as the norm do so because they believe homosexuality to be unnatural or abhorrent.

 

The left, which flexes its might through bullying tactics, treats those with traditional values as “out of step” with society. They deride these same people as “homophobic” – a term, if defined properly, would mean fear of the same – or afraid of homosexuality. Those who don’t tolerate homosexuality are not afraid of anything; they either have religious convictions or personal belief that it is an immoral act. Because they hold these beliefs does not make them bigots.

 

In the United States there are estimated to be well over 11 million illegal immigrants – this number would be much higher if it weren’t for a faltering economy. Attempts at curbing the tide of immigration and even deporting those here illegally comes at a price for those supporting deportation. The left, which benefits by the presence of illegal immigrants, will frequently and unhesitatingly intimidate those who disagree with them.

 

They attempt to intimidate opponents by claiming racism. But aren’t all men and women from the same race – the human race?

via TheTentacle.com.

Unfortunately they took their story to Sony…I have to say i’m not surprised at the twists and omissions and additions that were made…:(

 

Based on the love story of two devout Christians, the movie version of “The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, strips the tale of its overt religious themes, which has some Christian reviewers concerned.The film is based on the true life story and book, “The Vow” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which draws heavily on that couple’s Christian beliefs and the power of God to heal and shepherd a marriage through difficult times.The book tells the story of  Kim and Krickitt, who met and fell in love over a long distance phone call in 1992, bonded over their Christian faith, and were married a very short time later. Just 10 weeks into their marriage, the couple survived a terrible car wreck that left Krickitt in a coma with severe head trauma. Upon waking, Krickitt experienced amnesia and was essentially married to a stranger, forgetting the last 18 months of her life.Throughout the book, it is the couple’s religious belief in the unbreakable vow of marriage that keeps them together.“You make a promise before God with your wedding vows,” Krickitt Carpenter told Fox411.com. “You have to take that seriously.”The studio version of the Carpenter’s marriage, however, strips the couple of their Christianity.“The movie doesn’t talk about faith significantly. It would have been nice to see more of it,” Kim Carpenter told Fox411.com. “The first book we wrote was extremely embedded in our faith, but I think the movie does depict the inspiration of the battle to hang in there. I think the audience realizes we are a people of faith.”

via Real-life Couple From The Vow Says It would Have Been Nice To See Christian References In Film | Fox News.

Komen just couldn’t resist the pressure by abortion groups.

 

Fierce controversy over a policy that cut — then apparently restored — funding for Planned Parenthood by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity has left some longtime supporters of both groups feeling whipsawed by the fallout.Fans who’ve worn pink ribbons and jogged in Race for the Cure runs and those who’ve supported women’s reproductive health services had mixed reactions following news Friday that Komen had agreed to amend criteria that would have barred Planned Parenthood from future grants.Some Komen supporters said the organization had alienated them forever by cutting funding in the first place based on perceived political pressure from anti-abortion groups.advertisement“It’s difficult for me to want to continue to support Komen now,” said Peg Callaway, 63, a lawyer from Omak, Wash. “It makes me mistrust the organization.”

via Vitals – Supporters grapple with Komen fracas fallout.

This guy leads other Marines to a massacre and gets no jail time…while this soldier killed a known insurgent in self-defense and get sentenced to life?!?!?  I’m former military and the military “justice” system is nothing like civil system.  The fact that soldiers are being ramrodded for purely political reasons is disgusting in the extreme.

 

After agreeing to a plea bargain on Monday, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich expected a sentence of 90 days in jail for slaughtering civilians during a 2005 massacre in Iraq. On Tuesday that term was nixed, and now the confessed killer will only be demoted.

A spokesman for the US Marine Corps base near San Diego, California told the media on Monday that “By pleading guilty to this charge, Staff Sergeant Wuterich has accepted responsibility for his actions.” Those actions — a starring role in a brutal massacre that left 24 people dead in Haditha, Iraq back in 2005 — led to eight Marines being faced with a multitude of charges over the last six-plus years. Wuterich was the last of the eight men to be brought to trial, but on Monday he accepted a plea bargain in lieu of continuing with his trial that involved, among other charges, nine counts of manslaughter against him.

The terms of the plea bargain, as reported Monday, were believed to include three months of containment in a military prison, the forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay and a rank demotion. On Tuesday, however, the harshest penalty for the staff sergeant was revoked and now Wuterich will see no jail time for his role in the murders.

On November 19, 2005, Wuterich led a squad of US Marines into two separate homes in Haditha, Iraq outside of Baghdad. The men opened fire on civilians, killing two dozen men, women and children, including an elderly man confined to a wheelchair. He would later admit to instructing his peers to “shoot first and ask questions later” and insisted that, despite no weapons ever being recovered from the Iraqi homes, that the American fighters were under assault.

On Tuesday, Wuterich admitted that his name will always be associated with that of “a cold-blooded baby-killer” and “an out of control monster,” but appeared emotionless when his scanty sentence was finally handed down, reports Reuters. He accepted guilt for leading the fighters through the massacre, but said that “the intent wasn’t that they should shoot civilians. It was that they would not hesitate in the face of the enemy.”

“The truth is, I don’t believe anyone in my squad … behaved in any way that was dishonorable or contrary to the highest ideals that we all live by as Marines,” added Wuterich.

via “Cold-blooded baby-killer” will get no jail time for Iraqi massacre — RT.

msnbc video: Planned Parenthood vs. breast cancer charity.

Oh this is interesting..:)  Blame the right-wingers..:)

So a boy who did not threaten teachers and student and simply had a pellet gun was shot and killed by police.  I know police defenders are going to say they were protecting themselves and others…did they to try something a little less lethal first?  There’s going to be a huuuuuuge lawsuit over this were some of the real fact are going to come out.  I don’t trust “law enforcement” because they have been shown over and over to lie and cover up.  Let’s see how the inevitable lawsuit plays out.

 

Police shot and killed an eighth-grader in the hallway of his middle school Wednesday after the boy brandished what looked like a handgun and pointed it at officers. It turned out to be a pellet gun that closely resembled the real thing.

The 15-year-old “had plenty of opportunities to lower the gun and listen to the officers’ orders, and he didn’t want to,” Interim Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said.

Shortly before the confrontation, the boy had walked into a classroom and punched a random boy in the nose for no apparent reason. Police did not know why he pulled out the weapon.

“We think it looks like this was a way to bring attention to himself,” the police chief said.

The boy, identified as Jaime Gonzalez, did not threaten students or teachers, and no one else was hurt.

The officers “took the necessary action to protect themselves and the other kids,” Rodriguez said. There weren’t many others in the hall at the time, but “they had every right to take the action that they took.”

via Eighth-grader killed by police in Brownsville school had pellet gun | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth.

Human Christmas Tree Protests Holiday Decoration Ban At Staten Island Ferry Terminal | Fox News.

Human Christmas Tree at Staten Island Ferry Terminal: MyFoxNY.com

Folks you REALLY need to read the entire article linked to in my last post.  HOwever for those who don’t follow links here’s the full story from the market Ticker which details the fallacies in the Govt’s story:

 

WASHINGTON – States should ban all driver use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

…..

The board made the recommendation in connection with a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year. The board said the initial collision in the accident near Gray Summit, Mo., was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash.

Ok, so the pickup driver (who was killed) may have been paying attention to his phone instead of the road, and hit a tractor trailer that had slowed down for construction.  That would be a nice narrative and certainly cause for concern if it were true. 

Let’s read carefully and see if it is:

Driver distraction wasn’t the only significant safety problem uncovered by NTSB’s investigation of the Missouri accident. Investigators said they believe the pickup driver was suffering from fatigue that may have eroded his judgment at the time of the accident. He had an average of about five and a half hours of sleep a night in the days leading up to the accident and had had fewer than five hours of sleep the night before the accident, they said.

So they’re not actually sure if he was paying attention to the phone at the time of the incident.  He had engaged in receiving and/or sending (heh wait a second… we’ll deal with that below) texts in the minutes leading up to the wreck, but they admit:

It’s not possible to know from cellphone records if the driver was typing, reaching for the phone or reading a text at the time of the crash, but it’s clear he was manually, cognitively and visually distracted, she (Deborah Hersman) said.

Actually, Ms. Hersman just admitted she doesn’t know exactly why the teen plowed into the tractor.  While the article says that 11 texts were either sent or received in the 11 minutes prior to the crash the direction of the messages is not disclosed nor are their timestamps.  If I send you 11 texts and your phone is in your pocket this pattern would be found in the telco records, but that in no way, without knowing more, evidences whether you pulled and read the texts or whether you sentany of them.  What if all of them were sent 10 minutes before he wrecked?  Ah grasshopper, perhaps the phone was in his pocket and he wasn’t manipulating it at all!  Why doesn’t the NTSB disclose the specifics?  Is it because what the data actually shows doesn’t fit their narrative?

Further Deborah assumes the driver was reading or sending the messages as proximately involved in the crash but being very tired the driver could have nodded off!  That will quite-reliably lead you to ram the guy in front of you, incidentally.  Ever driven while tired?  I have.  If you find yourself in that situation pull off the damn road at the nearest safe place and take a nap!  The life you save is very likely to be your own (and anyone else in the vehicle with you.)

Let’s continue onward here, because this story is about to get very interesting.

Let’s first look at the “justification” for the newly-pontificated NTSB position:

At any given moment last year on America’s streets and highways, nearly 1 in every 100 car drivers was texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a handheld electronic device, the safety administration said. And those activities spiked 50 percent over the previous year.

Sounds bad, right?  Keep reading.

The agency takes an annual snapshot of drivers’ behavior behind the wheel by staking out intersections to count people using cellphones and other devices, as well as other distracting behavior.

Now wait a minute.  Staking out intersections eh?  Were the drivers reading a text or something else on their screen doing so while safely stopped at a red light in traffic?  How else could the “stake outs” see with sufficient clarity (time, ability to discern if someone has said device in their hand, is using it, etc) unless the car is stopped?  Isn’t it funny how the “surveillance” claims to be taken in a place and through a form and fashion that would pretty much mandate that the person being looked at was not moving at the time?  Further, how about the guy (like me) who has said phone in a holder and it’s running a navigation program speaking directions (e.g. “turn right in 200 yards”)?  Do I count as an “offender” in this case because my screen is lit?  It sounds like from the above they count someone with a Garmin sitting on the dash as “distracted.”  What if my bluetooth earpiece is in my ear (easily visible) but I’m not actually talking to anyone?  How do you know? And by the way, if I’m stopped at a red light exactly what’s dangerous about looking at a text that was received some time prior when I heard the phone “bing”?  Exactly what am I going to strike while stopped at a traffic signal?  If I’m using my bluetooth earpiece or speakerphone to make or receive a phone call (stopped at a light or not) how does that conversation differ from one with the person in the passenger seat of the car?  Are we going to be told that all passenger seating positions must be walled off from the driver — and that no radio or navigation assistance may be fitted in the vehicle either?

Why do I smell intentional fraud upon the public in this so-called “study”?

Here’s why — back to the accident details:

The pickup, traveling at 55 mph, collided into the back of a tractor truck that had slowed for highway construction. The pickup was rear-ended by a school bus that overrode the smaller vehicle. A second school bus rammed into the back of the first bus.

So let me guess — the school bus drivers were using their cellphones too, right?  That would explain why both bus drivers didn’t notice that the truck in front had slowed down and they both got involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up.  It would also provide reasonable justification for the NTSB position.

There’s only one problem – that’s not what happened, and now we get to the meat of the NTSB scam and fraud upon the public by our so-called “civil servants”:

Investigators also found significant problems with the brakes of both school buses involved in the accident. A third school bus sent to a hospital after the accident to pick up students crashed in the hospital parking lot when that bus’ brakes failed.

Wait a second!

Our intrepid 19 year old dies because he’s stupid.  Whether that was due to driving while tired or texting we will never know for sure, but it doesn’t matter.  Murphy is a bastard and the kid’s ticket got punched.

However, by taking a material amount of the impact himself he may have actually saved lives as it appears both of the school buses behind him had non-working brakes!  And the presence or absence of a cellphone by the 19 year old, no matter whether it was in his hand or pocket, has nothing to do with that!

First rule of driving: You’re always responsible for your own situational awareness so that you can either stop or evade irrespective of what the vehicle in front of you does (or doesn’t) do.

If you hit someone from behind it is almost always legally your fault as you’re required to maintain that aforementioned situational awareness.

Now remember folks that a School Bus has a much higher driving position and thus higher sight line than a pickup truck.  As such the driver of the School Bus had to have been able to see the tractor rig slow in front of him as he could see over the pickup and in any event the tractor is ~10+ feet tall!

In short it is rather obvious that the school bus hit the pileup of the tractor and pickup not because the pickup struck the tractor but because the school bus driver was either not paying attention or was unable to stop, and the second bus hit him because the second bus could not stop either!  And why couldn’t they stop?

The NTSB says both buses involved in the collision had significant problems with their brakes!

Worse, a third bus from the same school district sent to pick up the students after the wreck crashed in the hospital parking lot when its brakes failed too!

What the hell did this accident and all the kids that got hurt, other than the 19 year old in the pickup, have to do with texting on a cellphone?

NOTHING!

Had the 19 year old not been distracted (or half-asleep, which seems at least as likely) he almost-certainly would have slowed and been hit from behind by the first and second bus anyway.

This is a massive scam folks.

You have a kid here who’s dead and can’t defend himself against the libel that he was somehow responsible for the injuries other than his own.  Whether he was distracted or fell asleep behind the wheel he paid for his offense with his life.  We don’t even know with any reasonable degree of certainty that he was actually looking at his phone in the first place. You can bet, incidentally, that if the NTSB had proof that he had been sending those messages or that he was actually reading them at the time of the wreck they would have said so.

What’s obvious, however, by the NTSB’s own statement, is that the injuries would have ended with the teen driver of the pickup but for not one but two separate school buses operating on the roads without properly-working brakes and/or attentive drivers and the third one sent to the hospital to retrieve the victims had defective brakes as well.  The risk of further injury to the kids was avoided only due to the bare luck of that third bus crashing in the hospital parking lot first!

So what do we have here?  Slander of this kid’s good name without evidence.  An attempted deflection of the actual cause of the injuries to the children on the buses through the desperate search for something, anything to blame those injuries on that doesn’t rest upon three poorly-maintained school buses without properly-working brakes that were being operated on the public highways — something the NTSB and DOT is directly responsible for.  And finally, in the best of Goebbels tradition by our jackbooted Nazi Government we have an outrageous overreach and attempt to advocate new legislation for the purpose of harassing motorists who are doing nothing wrong based on falsified evidence, slander and lies.

Of course it turns out that texting wasn’t the primary..or even the reason at all for the crash that is now being used by the feds to try to invade our lives even more. Sure texting while driving is dangerous..there’s no need for the Feds to stop into this. Read this story about who owns you for some background.  Right now just waling down the street you are probably going to break some law and you don’t know it.  Guess where that type of life exists or existed?  China, USSR, North Korea.  We don’t yell about it because it’s hidden…at least those other countries openly show their dictatorial ways…:(

Goebbels (er, Hersman) Appears At The NTSB in [Market-Ticker].

My younger daughter has decided she doesn’t want to wear pullups to nite nite anymore…i quote, “me no peepee bed..me no wear pullup me wear undies and be big girl”…:)

The latest in my fatherly adventures. We got Alessa a kid friendly cell phone. We got back from Va Beach and the phone turned up missing. I nuked the phone and a search was undertaken. The phone has not been located…yet. Heather maintains it is inside the house. We’ll see. What’s kewl right now is i re-activated my old rumor touch for her that’s been sitting for at least a year. I replaced it because it was horridly unstable. I had called Sprint and they said LG informed them the phone has known issues so i got a nearly free phone(my current smartphone). Once i re-activated the rumor touch the phone informed me there was a firmware update available rated critical by LG and i should update the device. I ran the update..took about 10 minutes for all the reboots and refreshes…and so far it’s working better than new. We’ll see if Alessa can hang onto this one…and how long the touch remains stable..:)

So in order to solve our nations debt crises…which the American people have allowed to happen….we are now to turn over total power to the boobs in congress who are doing nothing to stop the run away debts we have incurred?

As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending congressional elections for the next couple of years.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Karl says it perfectly:

Let me simply observe that such a “proposal”, if said other than in jest, is an open declaration by an elected official to literally seize power and refuse to cede either office or power to the will of the people.

Should such an act be contemplated, say much less recommended or acted upon, we no longer live in a Representative Republic and the remedies called for in The Declaration of Independence are the only ones remaining for any and all who intend to be a free people living in a nation that operates on the principles of a Representative Republic.

We have not lived in a truly representative Republic for a while as the gov’t in all of its forms have grown substantially in the past decades due to constant inaction by the citizens of this country.  This inaction includes either not voting at all or continuing to vote within the rigged and corrupted two party system we have now.  If no candidate on the available slate is representative of this country it is the duty of the citizenry to vote them out and vote in somebody else.  There is nothing in the Constitution that requires the citizenry to vote form a choice of two candidates.  It is time for the citizenry of this country to get out of the mentality that we are owed gov’t welfare and it is time to take our country back.  Americans right now we face a choice..we either take our country back now through the voting box in November…otherwise the only way we will get it back is the same way this country was formed..a war of Independence which will be bloodier than ever..due to the fact it will be a modern civil war on Independence.  I fear the American citizenry may not be brave enough for the peaceful path much less the non peaceful path.

A Representative Republic? That’s So Last Century in [Market-Ticker].

 

 

 

 

I don’t need to add anything..:)

  • A Retrosexual, no matter what the women insists, PAYS FOR THE DATE.
  • A Retrosexual opens doors for a lady. Even for the ones that fit that term only because they are female.
  • A Retrosexual DEALS with IT, be it a flat tire, break-in into your home, or a natural disaster, you DEAL WITH IT.
  • A Retrosexual not only eats red meat, he often kills it himself.
  • A Retrosexual doesn’t worry about living to be 90. It’s not how long you live, but how well. If you’re  90 years old and still smoking cigars and drinking, I salute you.
  • A Retrosexual does not use more hair or skin products than a woman. Women have several supermarket aisles of stuff. Retrosexuals need an endcap (possibly 2 endcaps if you include shaving goods).
  • A Retrosexual does not dress in clothes from Hot Topic when he’s 30 years old.
  • A Retrosexual should know how to properly kill stuff (or people) if need be.
  • This falls under the “Dealing with IT” portion of The Code.
  • A Retrosexual watches no TV show with “Queer” in the title.
  • A Retrosexual does not let neighbors screw up rooms in his house on national TV.
  • A Retrosexual should not give up excessive amounts of manliness for women.
  • Some is inevitable, but major reinvention of yourself will only lead to you becoming a frou-frou little puss, and in the long run, she ain’t worth it.
  • A Retrosexual is allowed to seek professional help for major mental stress such as drug/alcohol addiction, death of your entire family in a freak tree chipper accident, favorite sports team being moved to a different city, favorite bird dog expiring, etc. You are NOT allowed to see a shrink because Daddy didn’t pay you enough attention. Daddy was busy DEALING WITH IT. When you screwed up, he DEALT with you.
  • A Retrosexual will have at least one outfit in his wardrobe designed to conceal himself from prey.
  • A Retrosexual knows how to tie a Windsor knot when wearing a tie – and ONLY a Windsor knot.
  • A Retrosexual should have at least one good wound he can brag about getting.
  • A Retrosexual knows how to use a basic set of tools. If you can’t hammer a nail, or drill a straight hole, practice in secret until you can – or be rightfully ridiculed for the wuss you be.
  • A Retrosexual knows that owning a gun is not a sign that your are riddled with fear, guns are TOOLS and are often essential to DEAL WITH IT. Plus it’s just plain fun to shoot.
  • Crying. There are very few reason that a Retrosexual may cry, and none of them have to do with TV commercials, movies, or soap operas. Sports teams are sometimes a reason to cry, but the preferred method of release is swearing or throwing the remote control. Some reasons a Retrosexual can cry include (but are not limited to) death of a loved one, death of a pet (fish do NOT count as pets in this case), loss of a major body part.
  • A Retrosexual man’s favorite movie isn’t “Maid in Manhattan” (unless that refers to some foxy French maid sitting in a huge tub of brandy or whiskey), or “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” Acceptable ones may include any of the Dirty Harry or Nameless Drifter movies (Clint in his better days), Rambo I or II, the Dirty Dozen, The Godfather trilogy, Scarface, The Road Warrior, The Die Hard series, Caddyshack, Rocky I, II, or III, Full Metal Jacket, any James Bond Movie, Raging Bull, Bullitt, any Bruce Lee movie, Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, Fight Club, etc.etc.
  • When a Retrosexual is on a crowded bus and or a commuter train, and a pregnant woman, hell, any woman gets on, that Retrosexual stands up and offers his seat to that woman, then looks around at the other so-called men still in their seats with a disgusted “you punks” look on his face.
  • A Retrosexual knows how to say the Pledge properly, and with the correct emphasis and pronunciation. He also knows the words to the Star Spangled Banner.
  • A Retrosexual will have hobbies and habits his wife and mother do not understand, but that are essential to his manliness, in that they offset the acceptable manliness decline he suffers when married/engaged in a serious healthy relationship – i.e., hunting, boxing, shot putting, shooting, cigars, car maintenance.
  • A Retrosexual knows how to sharpen his own knives and kitchen utensils.
  • A Retrosexual man can drive in snow (hell, a blizzard) without sliding all over or driving under 20 mph, without anxiety, and without high-centering his ride on a plow berm.
  • A Retrosexual man can chop down a tree and make it land where he wants.
  • Wherever it lands is where he damn well wanted it to land.
  • A Retrosexual will give up his seat on a bus to not only any women but any elderly person or person in military dress (except officers above 2nd Lt)
  • NOTE: The person in military dress may turn down the offer but the Retrosexual man will ALWAYS make the offer to them and thank them for serving their country.
  • A Retrosexual man doesn’t need a contract — a handshake is good enough. He will always stand by his word even if circumstances change or the other person deceived him.
  • A Retrosexual man doesn’t immediately look to sue someone when he does something stupid and hurts himself. We understand that sometimes in the process of doing things we get hurt and we just DEAL WITH IT.

 

No Krakana: The RetroSexual Code…..

The typical wisdom during a potential disaster is to fill your bathtub up with water.  This is a good idea unless you avhe small kids where drowning is a major concern.  MOst folks don’t know they already have a bathtub’s worth of water stored in their houses that’s secured from little hands….your water heater.  How so you get to this water?  It’s fairly simple:

 

1.  turn off the breaker to the water heater and let it cool down

2.  find the drain valve at the bottom of hte tank…you’ll most likely need a flathead screwdriver to open it.

3.  let a small bit flush first…most water heaters collect sediment in the bottm(where the vavle is).

4. using a funnel/garden hose..something drain the water into a bucket or other container.

5.  pour into potty flush tank

6.  flush potty

 

Obviously i would not use this for drinking or cooking unless it was boiled first..but if you get enough 1 gallon jugs or something else fill those up with fresh tap water(cold) and store them in a safe place.  1 gallon per day per person is usually sufficient.

I had a long day at work yesterday..not a bad one.. just long.  It has been so dry my days with my mowing service employer have been just a few hours or non-existent.  I got home and i was tired but not dehydrated or overheated…i felt good for a days work well done.  I spent some great time at church talking with the youth pastor and chaired a meeting of the IT committee which i run.  All in all a productive night.  When I got home though things went sour quickly.  I began to feel light-headed, groggy..it then went to nausea, migraines, and sinus pressure.  I felt like i was going to throw up then i got dizzy and began shaking..nearly uncontrollably.  My wife who is my rock on this earth told me it has to be a spiritual attack,,,why?  I was not overheated…i was not dehydrated…i had not eaten fast food for lunch…nothing of the things i am prone to do during the day to get me to this state have i done.  We began praying….we prayed against the sickness hitting me in Jesus’s name.  We prayed the pure blood of Jesus over all of us.  I don’t know how long i was under this attack but finally the pain subsided enough…the dizziness faded…the nausea vanished…and for the first time..i felt tired enough to go to sleep…which i did.  I woke up sometime later and needed to take a couple of Tylenol but otherwise it’s over.  Other than not remembering anything else about last night and being a little disoriented today I am 100%.  Upon talking with my wife this morning I had a bit of divine discernment.  The whole family is getting “beatdown” because we have all decided we are going to start attending church activities on wed night.  Wed night is a powerful spiritual night at our church and we are going to jump into the pool….our good adversary apparently does NOT want us to do this….however he has not learned that at least with us..when you do stuff like this it only strengthens our resolve to do it.  For those who know me well I’m a pig headed(oh my goodness one of my cats just fell into the washing machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  rofl!  She got herself out though) and if you tell me not to do something that I am determined to do…well…look out..:)

As a recovering(it is like any other drug..you never truly kick the addiction) porn addict myself…this particular post hits close to home.  While nobody in my church has been “outed” I would hope they would not follow the example first shown in the linked post and follow the Galatians verse following later in the post.  I know I would look to help somebody in my shoes…I wonder..could your church be counted on to help you in this situation and not just summarily kick you out of the church wholesale?  Would church discipline need to occur?  Most assuredly. There’s tons of modifying circumstances… just ensure you are Biblicly backed before excommunicating a member.

 

70% of Christian, church-going men view Internet porn each week. I wonder how many of the men in Mark’s church saw how he was treated with his sin. I wonder how many of them are now determined that they will never, ever tell anyone in their church their secret, although they know very well they need help desperately.

I’ve talked with church leaders who have been ambushed by the situation of a brother within their congregation who fell morally. It is painful—especially when that brother was one of the leaders. There’s insomnia, lack of appetite, depression, and a strong desire to protect the congregation from feeling what they are feeling. I’ve never been in their shoes, and I hope never to be. It is, indeed, torture, but God has a plan for situations like this.

Unfortunately, the congregation does find out, and the truth is usually twisted and turned and mutilated way beyond what really happened.

This is one reason men keep their secrets. I’ve counseled dozens of men who have told me that they would never tell anyone in their church about their problem with porn addiction, or else they would immediately be ousted for good.

So what should a church do when one is caught in sin? I see an answer in Galatians 6:1-2,

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (NKJV)

“Overtaken” literally means to be caught red-handed. Paul is writing to the church in Galatia, and he tells certain ones what they should do, how they should do it, and why they should do it.

via Caught and Expelled for Sexual Sin: Is this What the Church Should Do? | Covenant Eyes.

REad this..but go to the linked page and follow the links as well.  We don’t need another law passed on emotion only….that is what several noted alws int he article talk about…also the patriot and patriot 2 acts were the same thing..in response to 9/11 which has led to the formation of the TSA and it’s sexual assaults on the American public.  How much farther do you want hte gov’t to go?  We are quickly becoming Amerika not America.

 

Many are outraged that a jury found Casey Anthony “not guilty”. An online petition has already gathered 650,000 signatures calling for a new law – “Caylee’s Law” – that would make it a criminal offense to fail to report one’s own missing or dead child to law enforcement within 24 hours (as Anthony failed to do.)

State legislators around the country are eager to introduce the laws. In the version of “Caylee’s Law” under consideration in Florida’s legislature, parents would be guilty of a felony even if their child was later found unharmed. In the Kentucky version, parents would face between one and five years in jail.

Laws passed when emotions are high tend to be poorly thought-out. As law blogger Josh Blackman points out:

If a parent actually killed her daughter, do you think she would tell the police so as not to violate some random federal statute?

And the potential unintended consequences are endless. What if the child has a history of getting mad and running away for a day? Or a week? What if the kid sleeps over at a friend’s place?

Salon.com points out that laws named after victims and passed in an emotionally charged atmosphere have a bad track record. Almost all the laws that go after sex offenders – “Megan’s Law”, the “Adam Walsh Act”, “Dru’s Law”, and “Jessica’s Law” – are named after victims. Yet as I’ve reported, those laws are responsible for locking up and stigmatizing innocent kids, like sixteen year olds who have consensual sex with a peer.

The government criminalizes too many things. Murdering your child is already against the law. So is lying to the police. We don’t need more laws.

via Dead Children Make Bad Laws – Stossel’s Take Blog – FoxBusiness.com.

Great Answer form Gov Christie.  It’s time to kill this tired, class baiting question and philosopy.

 

Christie: Children’s school “none of your business” – Ben Smith – POLITICO.com.

Now i have to de-propagandize my daughters about the environazi agenda.

 

Under the graduation requirement, public schools will be required to infuse core subjects with lessons on conservation, smart growth and other environmental topics. School systems will be able to shape their programs, but they must align with state standards.

via Md. approves environmental education requirement – The Frederick News-Post Online.

Are you teachers truly interested in student learning?  The ones on the educator effectiveness don’t.

 

All the teachers on the council voted against the new system.

via Md. to evaluate teachers on student performance – The Frederick News-Post Online.

Accidental my behind.  This young man purposefully stepped up and took on this enormous responsibility.  This is what family is all about.  Great job Adrian!  You are an inspiration.

Accidental dad takes care of nephew, niece – US news – Life – msnbc.com.