Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Today, due to our conditioning of death on screen, more should be able to tolerate the footage, but let me assure you, many scenes are absolutely sickening! I don’t know which was worse, witnessing thousands of decomposed dead or the thousands of tortured, emaciated half-dead. Never underestimate mans’ ability to exhibit evil.
I don’t care how tough you are, this show will rock your world! This is not a film you will quickly forget. Catch it on HBO if you dare...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
What bureaucrats will you trust to judge doctors' performance? My prediction on the fallout of these changes is more doctors will stop accepting Medicare. This may actually be the goal of the program, fewer doctors could enable more government control.
If you don’t think our government wants to control senior healthcare, you don’t have to look any further than the Messenger Update and see how Wise Regional is “taking ownership” of nursing homes. Why? State law allows them to receive more money from Medicare/Medicaid because the facility is “affiliated with a public entity”.
Lawmakers giving public entities preferential treatment could be considered redistribution or discrimination of the private sector. It will be these same entities who get a free pass when they implement 32 hour shifts to bypass full time employee benefits. Ask around, see if it’s not already happening.
In New York, the “nursing homes are seizing control over patients.” Is this a possible future trend?
If you don’t think health care costs in America are a big deal, a few disconcerting facts may be in order. Such as: “medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptsy in the U.S.” and “one in four people say their medical debt exceeds their emergency savings”.
This may not concern you now, but based on percentages and law of averages, it will be a concern for most Americans or someone they love. I see very few individuals who can remain above the fray.
Surveys and Polls: When an entity pays to have someone conduct a poll or survey, is it not logical that the polling agency would ask what results the
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Human beings have hated and feared accountability since the beginning. We have always justified our actions, good and evil, or shifted the blame, so we could maintain the belief we were either right or not guilty. Even when we were wrong and admitted it, our first tendency was to dismiss it and explain our reasoning, instead of taking responsibility and making amends.
The world hated Christ because, in his words, “…I accuse it of doing evil.” John 7:7
Jesus accused the powerful Church leadership and the overtly religious of evil behavior and attitudes, calling for accountability, which created anger and hatred.
Christ also explained why his followers are hated, “…remember that [the world] hated me first. …I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.” John 15:18-19
Followers of Christ chose to follow and be accountable to him and his laws, (some thousands of years old) and not to participate in beliefs and behaviors that are contrary to those laws and the teachings of Christ; to keep separate from those who practice otherwise. Christians have been hated, ridiculed, persecuted and killed for adhering to their belief system. The same is true when they failed to adhere to their beliefs.
War, murder, torture, abuse and persecution have also been demonstrated by those professing to be Christians, another reason hatred could be justified. And even though many of these actions are completely contrary to the teachings of Christ, some were ordered, approved or hidden by Church leadership, whose actions continue to warrant fear, anger and hatred.
Isn’t it amazing how the world picks and chooses who it hates? Governments, corporations, police, the rich, the poor, religious groups, society, liberals, conservatives, ect… Even more amazing is who it chooses to hold accountable.
When people or entities called to be accountable respond with indignation, anger or hatred, they don't realize the opportunity for examination and proven responsibility. An accounting may be within our rights and a reasonable request. However, it has created hostility, aggression and violence throughout the history of humanity.
I believe each and every person on earth, at some point in their life, has experienced fear, anger, resentment or some other negative emotion when called into accountability for their actions. From a speeding ticket to a questionable tax return to pretending to be sick and playing hooky, it just seems to be a reality of human nature.
Another reason the world may hate Christians is because they think they will be allowed to bypass judgment (be unaccountable) for their actions when entering eternity. This concept could easily create more resentment and hatred. However, there are several places in the Bible where it states that everyone, Christians included, will give an account for their actions, the book of Romans is one.
People actually need little reason to hate anyone, unless coping with guilt. For those who feel their lifestyle, beliefs or behavior threatened or condemned, Christ and his followers pose a threat to their culture; this culture. Why else would our very own President state the U.S.A. is no longer a Christian nation or call the Sermon on the Mount radical?
As Christians, we are commanded to act out of love if we are to be victorious. It helps to remember the identity of the real enemy, and that nothing happens on God's green earth without his knowledge.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
If the shadow of crisis has passed, why are there unprecedented increases in the national debt, poverty, food stamps, welfare, civil unrest, home grown terrorism, health care premiums, businesses leaving the country, illegal border entries and foreign policy failures?
He boasted the US gained 11 million private sector jobs in the last 5 years; although, during his administration, total employment has grown by only 6.4 million.* Half truth?
And then there’s the statement that since 2010 “manufacturers added 800,000 new jobs” but neglected the fact that there has been a net decline of 321,000 manufacturing jobs since January of 2009.*
And in case you didn’t get the memo, the government’s health care website is sharing personal data, intentionally.
Please remember, this is the same President who has been outspoken about protecting personal online data.
Also remember, your medical record is worth more to hackers than your credit card. You may not think it’s relevant, but I do since trust is not rational.
And about the no crisis war on terror, when’s the last time a President restored relations instead of imposed or continued economic sanctions with a country on the U.S. Terrorism list. He just did it with Cuba. Reuters Please use facts, not opinion, if you intend to justify his actions.
*Source USA Today
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Whitehouse sent me an email this morning. The subject line was:“How to watch the State of the Union:” It says “The very best place to watch is Whitehouse.gov/SOTU.” They will provide "interactive features" and "shareable charts and graphs".
Do you think they will also provide a second opinion, opposing views or countering commentaries? On the bright side, at least there was no executive order demanding me to tune in.
Have you noticed that the U.S. National debt has grown so big that even hard core conservatives won’t talk about it anymore. Most people are in complete denial, but the right is terrified someone’s going to cancel our credit card…soon.
Question of the Month: “Do we really need a State of the Union address anymore?” He wants to sell a new tax
And on the other end of the spectrum is Senator John McCain calling for boots on the ground to combat jihadists in Syria and Iraq. He might be right, but he won't be popular!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
First, the big test is if you can be honest with yourself. If you can’t be honest with yourself, then you may be of the unaccountable variety and already innocent without question or investigation.
Second, let’s make sure we’re on the same page.
Evil - morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: harmful; injurious:*
Compromise - a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.*
Integrity - adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.*
Historically, evil, in action, is demonstrated by murder, rape, rage, abuse (hurting others), deceit, theft, oppression, bribery, extortion, adultery, idolatry, deceit, malice, slander, hypocrisy, self-centeredness and/or influencing others to do the same. The root of evil in man is said to stem from pride, envy, wrath, greed, lust, laziness, gluttony and despair. This is not a complete list.
You may not believe some of the actions listed above are evil, and that's okay. You are not being asked to conform to a belief system, but to see if you actually adhere to your own.
Where the rubber meets the road, the reality check:
Have you ever committed an evil action?
Are there consequences to these actions?
Is there ever a valid justification for these actions?
Do these actions occur on a regular basis?
There is a very long list of justifications, but the real question is do you mask these actions by justifying them? Back to the honesty question…Have you ever justified greed by calling it ambition? Justified pride by calling it self-respect or strength of character? Justified lust by calling it passion? Justified wrath by calling it truth? Justified gluttony by calling it a compulsion? Justified lying by declaring the greater good? Justified slander by calling it justice? Justified theft by calling it need?
Is there a price on your integrity? Is there a money amount or some other justification or motivation for the compromise? Might the price be excessive fear, insecurity, loneliness, or possibly just the desire for pleasure?
If you are a person of integrity and stand up for your beliefs, our culture will cast intense judgment. They will condemn you, call you rigid and accuse you of being out of touch. The choice not to compromise your beliefs will get you labeled a fanatic, a zealot, a radical; intolerant of others. And because we, as imperfect humans, are unable to maintain perfect adherence to our belief system, we are then cast as hypocrites.
If you don't believe our culture hates integrity and accountability, just look at the wholesale condemnation of the Christian church (all denominations) for adhering to its belief system. They demand for the church to change and not maintain its belief system; some of which over 3,000 years old! If they will judge, criticize and condemn the church for adhering to its belief system, trust me, we as individuals don't stand a chance.
Although I acknowledge that all church leaders and members do not adhere to their belief system and do not demonstrate integrity; this should not be used as another justification for more compromise. This might be a sign that one should choose another church instead of fighting its leadership, doctrine or theology.
Lastly, I find it takes much more courage and strength of character not to compromise one's integrity than to go along with the status quo. To stand up for your beliefs and not condone, participate or promote our politically correct culture. How I admire men and women of integrity, who possess courage, character and resolve. They command respect and admiration through honesty, loyalty, sincerity, reliability, civility, selflessness and service to others. These are my heros, my encouragers, my supporters. May you be one of them...
*Definitions courtesy of Dictionary.com
Friday, January 16, 2015
What a Hoot!CIA Clears Itself Of Snooping On Senate Computers Yahoo I suspect the Senate won't have much to say on the subject…
Now this is funny! A Boston.com associate editor wrote that Boehner’s “pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins” in reference to a bartender’s death threat by poisoning. Proper amends were made as the editor was fired and the chief executive of the website sent an apology to Boehner’s office.
I thought it comical that the President was calling for new laws to bolster cybersecurity at the same time they hacked the U.S. Central Command Twitter account. Does anyone think new laws will stop this crime? Sure worked with the war on drugs.
In Operation Choke Point, the Dept of Justice put businesses in the gun & ammo industry on a list with escort services and Ponzi schemes. Bankers were sent the list and have shut down bank accounts for numerous gun shops. They should rename it the Dept of Injustice…
Do we really need a study by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy to tell us that local taxes hits the lower wage earners the hardest? Once you start adding them up it could surprise you. NY Times
More fallout from that report by the Institute: Texas is a member of “The Terrible Ten”. This may be difficult to acknowledge, but based on these numbers, Texas is third in the nation for the most unfair taxes to those with lowest income.
If you can afford to eat out for lunch, you probably aren’t adversely effected by these taxes & fees. “Everything Is Awesome” unless you have to do without...
So, if you’re the Taliban and you don’t want your emails read, what do you do? Make them look like spam. Pretty smart. Extramarital email communication could be masked as CONSOLIDATE YOUR DEBT.
Cheap Oil Cost 756 U S Steel Workers Their Jobs Investors.com You ain’t seen nuthin yet! Texas economy will tailspin...
Why do I not believe the Saudi Prince who is convinced we will never again see $100 barrel oil? Two reasons: 1. I believe he said it to look suprised when it does. (misdirection) 2. One perfectly placed bomb would drastically change oil prices overnight. The USA playbook has proved bombing can be good for the economy. If your government was facing bankruptcy would you bomb a few Middle Eastern refineries or a nuclear weapons facility in Iran? I read a statement that I can’t quit thinking about. “Without Poverty, Ignorance and Guilt there would be no liberalism.” The acronym it referenced made the statement meaningless.
Why do I not believe the Saudi Prince who is convinced we will never again see $100 barrel oil? Two reasons: 1. I believe he said it to look suprised when it does. (misdirection) 2. One perfectly placed bomb would drastically change oil prices overnight.
The USA playbook has proved bombing can be good for the economy. If your government was facing bankruptcy would you bomb a few Middle Eastern refineries or a nuclear weapons facility in Iran?
I read a statement that I can’t quit thinking about. “Without Poverty, Ignorance and Guilt there would be no liberalism.” The acronym it referenced made the statement meaningless.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Freedom of ___________.
Who decides? ______.
A. The government
B. We, the people
Suggestion: choose very carefully
Who decides? ______.
A. The government
B. We, the people
Has Vegas set odds on an executive order allowing the President to remain in office? Or martial law that would keep him at the helm? I think you might be surprised how much action that bet would get, with the right odds. How high would the odds have to be for you to put $10 on it?
Welcome to hope & change in American!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
CNN broadcasts the Paris attackers are “activists”. They also broadcast Sarah Palin is an “extremist”. Do you see a failure in communication?
Based on the new liberal definition of “activist”, they can now rewrite history and rename the following leaders as activists: Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Leopold II, Pol Pot, Ante Pavelic, Mao Ze Dong, Augusto Pinochet, 9/11 killers, ect…
If enough journalists get “activated” by acts of “activism”, will the terminology change back to “murder” and “terrorism”. I believe it will be the guys signing their paychecks who will make that decision.
Oppose liberal ideology or the current administration, you are a racist. Kill 4 Jews in the name of Islam in Paris, you’re an activist.
What’s the difference between “hostage-takers” and “terrorists”? Sympathy.
For future reference, activists using nonviolent action will be know as lobbyist interns or journalists.
Those who kill
terrorists activists will now be know as “reactionaries”. Stolen, in part, from the RealJamesWood
Odd they consider it a bombing at the NAACP building in Colorado Springs but workplace violence at Fort Hood.
Odd that the ones telling us Islam is a religion of peace are the same ones telling us Michael Brown had his hands up. Stolen from Patrick Dollard.
Odd how liberals will rage over a Twitter post but excuse, sympathize or justify murder, rape and terrorism.
And if you are wondering why President O’bama wasn’t in Paris with other world leaders, it’s because he’s a community organizer.
And then there's the rumor that the French government asked him not to participate in the parade because they were afraid that thousands of his fans from the NO GO zones would attend and get all the media attention.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Senator Graham has a valid point. Why send your lead attorney to Paris for terror talks unless you want to suggest to the world that you consider terrorism a crime and not an act of war?
I was unaware that France has over 700 “No Go” zones that are off limits to non-Muslims, “…where the government has all but surrendered authority to the Muslim community.” Fox News What goes on there is not good…
Not to be outdone, the US State Dept has issued a warning to US citizens traveling abroad about increased violence and kidnapping. Presently, when traveling abroad, I recommend no facial hair and dressing in an unkosher manner. Is that racist or reality?
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Just because one believes in the deity of Christ does not make them a follower! Lucifer and the fallen legion are believers, does that make them Christians? If I believe I’m a Democrat and profess it to the world but vote for Republicans, what does that make me?
You will know Christians by their love for one another. John 13:35. Love is an action, demonstrated by patience, tolerance, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, faithfulness, humility, honesty, generosity, hospitality and charity to name a few.
If you believe everyone who claims to be a Christian is actually a Christian, then you are naïve or similar to race baiters, creating doubt, drama and speculation as to one’s devotion to doing God’s will through the power of Christ and His teachings.
Before you condemn all Christians as hypocrites, please keep in mind:
1. Christ himself said, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” Math 7:21
2. Christ had the biggest problem with those claiming to be religious. He condemned them.