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Thoughts on the Sandy Hook School Shooting

On Friday, Dec 14th, a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and opened fire, killing 20 children and 6 adults before taking his own life.  Why he did this is currently a mystery, and may remain so, unless he left some written glimpse into his thinking prior to going on his killing spree.  But even knowing why he acted will never relieve the hurt of those most affected by this, whether students, faculty, parents, law enforcement, or the community of Newtown. My heart goes out to the parents of those who lost their little ones yesterday.  I …

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Spreading the Wealth

I was watching one of the campaign workers on the winning side of the recent election gush about what would be accomplished in the coming four years.  And during that she made a statement that I had heard before, but had never really thought about.  I do not remember precisely what she said but it was to the effect that they would continue the effort to level out incomes. Much of what is spewed out during election campaigning gets filtered out somewhere between my ears and conscious thought: not sure why this particular statement did not. But the thought has …

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The US Constitution and the President

In case you have not noticed, it is time to elect a new President for the US.  It is hard to imagine that this is news to anyone since the campaigning has been going on almost since the last election.  But I wonder how many of us really know what the job of the President of the US is?  From listening to campaign promises and the debates, it would be easy to get the impression that they are some kind of demigod, able single-handedly to accomplish great feats such as: reducing taxes while also reducing the national debt; putting everyone …

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Why Do Politicians Lie?

Is there anyone who really believes everything their favorite candidate for national office says during their election campaign?  Granted, there are some politicians who are honest and tell it like it is.  But they seem to be the exception rather than the rule, unfortunately.  But why do they do it?  And why do we let them get away with it? Could it be that we want them to lie?  After a great amount of thought (nearly an hour), extensive research (read another blog), and consultation (talked with my wife), I have come to the conclusion that most of us want to believe …

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Muppets, Chicken and Tolerance

Chick-Fil-A is a fast food restaurant specializing in chicken.  They have no stores where I live, but I have been into a couple while on travel.  They seemed to be clean and friendly with good food and service, so long as you did not want to eat on Sunday.  Chick-Fil-A is owned and operated by Christians who support Christian charities and traditional family values.  Anyone is welcome to eat at Chick-Fil-A’s, and, as far as I know, employment laws would prevent them from discriminating against people seeking employment based on sexual preference. The Jim Henson Company is in the entertainment …

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The Aurora Shooting: Why Did God Allow It?

You no doubt have heard of the shooting in an Aurora Colorado theater this past Friday morning.  It has been the topic of endless news releases and speculation as to just why an apparently quiet, intelligent and well adjusted individual would plot and execute such a grisly mass killing.  And, as of yet, no one other than the shooter seems to have any idea as to his motives. But there is another question concerning this event that some are asking: why would a loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing God allow such a tragedy to occur.  If there is such a God, why would he not …

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The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that …

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So Let Me Get This Straight

“If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 yrs. hard labor. If you cross the Afghanistan border illegally, you get shot. Two Americans just got eight years for crossing the Iranian border. If you cross the U. S. border illegally you get a job, a drivers license, food stamps, a place to live, health care, housing & child benefits, education, & a tax free business for 7 yrs …No wonder we are a country in debt. Re-post if you agree.” I have been seeing this posted on Facebook, by multiple friends, for several months now.  My assumption is that they …

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Homosexuals: Lock Them Up and Throw Away the Key?

I read an article yesterday that I found to be very disturbing.  Seems like Charles Worley, pastor of the Providence Road Baptist Church near Maiden N.C. decided to spice up his Mother’s Day sermon by advocating that all homosexuals should be rounded up and put into a big fenced enclosure until they had all died.  Although he was generous enough to permit helicopters to fly over and drop them in some food supplies. “I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers but I couldn’t get it pass the Congress – build a great big …

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How Much Government Is Enough?

Why do we need government, and what role should it play in our lives? Your answer to that will likely determine how you feel about your government, the U.S. for me, and your response to those who are seeking a place within government, from the President down to the local dog catcher.