What’s Worse Than the Las Vegas Shooting?

In the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a maniac shot and killed 58 innocent people.  What could be worse?

Imagine a day when this tragedy was repeated 50 times, and 2,900 people were killed.  Then the same thing happened the next day, and the next.  That day is today, yesterday,  and tomorrow.  Every single day, doctors and mothers kill 3,000 unborn babies in the U. S. through abortion.  But, somehow, that’s OK because we have a federal law saying so.  These children are more innocent than any of us–never having committed a single act of hatred or violence against anyone else, or probably not even having a single thought of ill will.  Yet they were legally aborted–assaulted and killed, not with guns but with scalpels and deadly drugs.

Abortion is like having 50 Las Vegas shootings every day.

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Trump’s Agencies Spent $11 Billion Last Week

I like President Trump, but he’s not a fiscal conservative.  To see how his agencies wasted $11B of taxpayer money in the last week of FY2017, click here for the details exposed by OpenTheBooks.com.

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Abortion Arguments

What are the arguments on abortion?  Biblical, scientific, political, choice?  Click here to read more.  

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Lou Holtz Speech

In a recent speech, Lou Holtz said:

“Everybody needs four things:

1) Something to do
2) Someone to love
3) Something to believe
4) Something to hope for”

Application:

1) Be grateful if you have a job, or an unfulfilled mission.
2) Be grateful if you have a spouse, children, or grandchildren.
3) Be grateful if you believe in Jesus Christ as your savior who died on the cross for your sins.
4) Strive to finish your mission from Christ, and be rewarded at His Judgment Seat.

Holtz also said, “Don’t tell people your problems–90% don’t care, and 10% are glad that you have them.”

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Can Christians be Demon Possessed?

While a Christian cannot be indwelt by a demon spirit, a Christian can be greatly influence by Satan and by a demonic spirit. Christians can be demonized, and there may be very little practical difference between being demonized and being possessed.  Please see Dementia and Demonic Influence.

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The Ultimate Human Rights Violation

Human rights are defined to be moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behavior, and are regularly protected as legal rights in municipal and international law. They are commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights “to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being,” and which are “inherent in all human beings” regardless of their nation, location, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status. They are applicable everywhere and at every time in the sense of being universal, and they are egalitarian in the sense of being the same for everyone. They are regarded as requiring empathy and the rule of law and imposing an obligation on persons to respect the human rights of others, and it is generally considered that they should not be taken away except as a result of due process based on specific circumstances.

At the top of every list of human rights is the inherent right to life, protected by law, such that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of life. For example, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its 3rd session on December 10th, 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Article 3 of the UDHR says, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” This would seem to be the ultimate human right.

Other human rights that are generally agreed upon are: the freedom from torture; the freedom from slavery; the right to a fair trial; the freedom from unlawful imprisonment or execution; the freedom of speech; the freedom of thought, conscience, and expression; the freedom of religion; the freedom of movement; women’s rights; sexual orientation and gender identity; the right to work and trade; and, the right to water and sanitation.

However, none of these other rights have meaning without the first: the right to life. How can one have the right to a fair trial or to water if he is denied the right to life; i.e., if he is dead?  Article 6.1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states:  “The right to life is the essential right that a human being has the right not to be killed by another human being.”

Note that none of this discussion puts limitations of this right to life. It’s not that this right can be denied for certain people because they live in a certain place, or because they are of a certain gender or a certain age. So, the United States of America is in horrid violation of this right to life because we willingly kill one million completely innocent unborn children every year. That’s our law, and this ultimate violation of human rights, and our biggest cause of death, must be allowed. Where is the right to a fair trial for the unborn? Where is the freedom of speech or thought or conscience or expression or religion or movement or water or sanitation for these unborn human beings? Where is their right to speak out for women’s rights, sexual orientation, or gender identity? We deliberately removed all of these rights from the unborn when we willingly and arbitrarily kill them. Where was their due process; their freedom from unlawful execution; or, the right not to be killed by another human being?

The most dangerous place for an American is in the womb.

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When Will We Start Winning Wars?

During the past 16 years, the U. S. has sent some two million troops to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have lost 6853 (U. S.) lives, and we have had total casualties of 57614, which is about the same number of U. S. deaths in Vietnam. Hundreds of thousands of veterans who have returned have applied for mental health or rehabilitation, have acquired drug and alcohol conditions. Many veterans are now homeless, and many families have been split up. Plus, we’ve spent trillions of dollars. In addition, countless hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians have been killed, injured, or displaced.

These Middle East wars started with President Bush. President Obama ramped down the number of U. S. troops, causing us to later have to re-take cities that we had already taken once. And, now President Trump is ramping the number of U. S. troops back up. I think we have to start asking some questions. Have these two wars been worth what they’ve cost us, especially in casualties, and are they worth continuing? Since we supposedly have the strongest military in the world, when will we get a Commander-in_Chief actually that actually wins these wars?  Why Don’t We Win Wars Anymore?  

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What if Believers are Wrong?

Stephen Hawking has said that a belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death. Well, I’m not afraid of death; in fact, I look forward to it. And yet, as the hymn says, “I Know Whom I Have Believed,” in Jesus Christ, my savior. I believe that He died on the cross for my sins, and that, because of this, I will spend eternity with God. So, could Stephen Hawking be wrong, or am I wrong?

Well, I’ve heard this said: “I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is.” If I’m wrong, I will have lived my life as a believer in vain. If Stephen Hawking is wrong, he will have lived his life as an unbeliever, only to awaken to the awful truth in his afterlife that he indeed lived his life in vain. Which is better? To believe in God and find out it didn’t matter? Or not to believe and find out that it did?

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Trump Ramping Up the Afghan War

I like President Trump, but I believe that he is wrong about the Afghan War by sending some 4,000 additional troops there. It’s the longest war in our history, and after 16 long years of losing our soldiers, we’re still not willing to win it. We’ll continue to lose the lives of our young soldiers, all at taxpayers expense (over $1 trillion in Iraq & Afghanistan during the last 16 years; that’s: $1,000,000,000,000.00). The terrorists will continue to kill our soldiers; we know that more will get killed in helicopter crashes; we’ll continue to spend billions of dollars per month; and, our homeland will be no safer for it. The whole Mideast is in continual war that is not winnable, and now they’ve pulled us into it as well.

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First-Responders Abuses

Murder is legal; policemen are bullies; money buys justice; and, our legal system is sorry:

In May, 2013, Fort Worth police officers Richard Hoeppner and Benjamin B. Hanlon went to the wrong house and Hoeppner shot an innocent 72-year grandfather seven times, killing him. The officers blamed their GPS system, poor lighting, etc. On January 29, 2014, a grand jury failed to indict the officer. This (so-called) “public servant” not only shot and murdered the grandfather, but he shot him seven times. Think about that. Do you suppose that shooting the man six times might have been plenty? After the sixth shot, what prompted the officer to shoot the seventh time, other than making sure that the murder was complete, probably in order to ensure that the only honest witness to the crime couldn’t testify? If the grandfather had murdered the officer, there is no doubt that he would have been charged. So, in Texas, police officers are apparently above the law, with the freedom to murder. Hanlon, was later fired for falsifying a report unrelated to this incident.

In December 2013, State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced a North Texas teenager, Ethan Couch, to 10 years’ probation for driving under the influence and killing four pedestrians and injuring 11. His attorneys successfully argued that the teen suffered from “affluenza” and needed rehabilitation, and not prison. While on probation, Couch then committed more crimes and fled to Mexico with his mother.

On 01/24/14, Josh Brent, a Dallas Cowboy, killed his buddy when he crashed his car while driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 10 years probation. A Dallas Cowboy can kill someone and get only probation. This is despite that facts that he was a felon; he was a habitual offender; he had prior DWIs; he had prior DUIs, under the influence of alcohol and drugs; he had no drivers license; and, he had no insurance.

On March 16, 2014, a video went viral of Albuquerque policemen opening fire on a mentally ill homeless man, James Boyd, who was no threat to them and turning away from them. They shot him six times. While he lay helpless, they continued shooting and they released a police dog on him and let it chew him up. These are just bullies who like to scream, “Drop your weapon,” and “Get down on the ground;” and, fix tickets.

How many times have Dallas policeman (alone) shot and killed an unarmed mentally impaired man or an unarmed teenager?

In July, 2013, teenager Ye Meng Yuan didn’t die when a plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport. She actually survived the impact, only to die minutes later after a fire truck ran over her. First-responders initially claimed that she was accidentally run over because she may have been covered in firefighting foam. The truth didn’t come out until six months later when a video revealed that emergency workers saw Ye’s injured body on the ground before she was fatally struck. Nobody was prosecuted.

Sometimes the decisions of our first-responders backfire. On June 30, 2013, 19 firefighters decided which way a the wildfire at Yarnell, Arizona, was moving. They were wrong, and it overran them, costing them their own lives.

Our policemen are paid well, with our tax dollars. Our veterans get essentially free health care for their PTSD, etc., with our tax dollars. They can all get 50 years of retirement after only 20 years of service (only the public sector), with our tax dollars. They get their perfect job of excitement, public recognition, and discounts on everything from free meals to lower interest rates on mortgages and insurance.

In 2013, a police office in the DFW area stopped to help someone on the side of the road. He was struck and killed by another car, so he gets honors funded by the taxpayers. Hundreds of officers in hundreds of emergency vehicles, some from various states up to 1500 miles away, formed a parade for miles at his funeral, all at taxpayer expense. When a civilian does it, and it wasn’t even his job, he goes unnoticed and his family can’t even afford an obituary in the newspaper.

All of these first-responders chose to do what they love. They know the risks, and they weren’t drafted. They wanted the adrenalin rush. They also wanted to be well-paid, have free healthcare, and free retirement after only 20 years of service, all paid for by the real heroes here: the honest American taxpayers. All government workers are a burden to all taxpayers. They milk the system, and some of them are necessary, but we shouldn’t forget about the taxpayers who pay for all of it.

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