Archive for May, 2016

Health Care Is Our Leading Cause of Death

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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A new Johns Hopkins study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. This includes deaths from surgical mistakes, incorrect medications, and treating the wrong patient, and it places medical errors just behind heart disease and cancer as our biggest killers.

However, the exact number of these types of deaths is probably much higher because this estimate doesn’t include things like errors in diagnoses and breakdowns in communications. Most of all, it doesn’t include the countless times that an egotistical doctor can’t admit when he is wrong. The real number of deaths from medical errors is probably easily 500,000. How can this be?

Well, doctors come out of medical school with an unwarranted chip on their shoulder. They recognize that they have spent more time and money on their education than most people, and somehow they think they can do no wrong. Then when the inevitable mistake occurs, they can’t admit it. They use their training to their own advantage by manipulating the records to make themselves look better. And we patients are partly to blame because, for unknown reasons, we agree to elevate them in social status and treat them like gods. Everybody needs to know that doctors make mistakes.

Why is it not difficult for me to believe that doctors would resort to immoral and illegal tactics to save their own reputations? Well, it’s because I’ve been to see doctors a few times. I can see and sense their huge egos and feelings of superiority. I also know that they make tons of money, and, unlike in previous days, that seems to be the driving force behind their careers. During the past two years, two of my regular doctors have retired to their tropical islands at about age 50. Their excuse: Obamacare paperwork–while trying to help hurting people didn’t seem to enter into their retirement plans. Whatever happened to the day when doctors felt like they should work into their seventies or eighties to help justify the high cost of their education, and to help people as long as they could?

Furthermore, doctors intentionally cause the deaths of 100,000 HEALTHY babies in the womb every year by performing abortions. Consider the truth about the leading causes of death in the United States each year:

•Abortion: 1,000,000
•Medical Errors: 500,000
•Heart Disease: 500,000
•Cancer: 500,000

Or, here’s another way to look at it:
•Healthcare: 1,500,000 (1,000,000 Intentional & 500,000 Medical Errors)
•Non-preventable: 1,000,000

Why did we modernize the Hippocratic Oath and delete the “first do no harm” objective? Doctors are supposed to help people, not hurt them or abort them. They’re also supposed to be honest.

Unborn Black Lives Matter

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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Since all Black Lives Matter, it follows that Unborn Black Lives Matter (UBLM) as well. African Americans make up about 12.6% of the U.S. population (U. S. Census), but Black mothers account for about 35.4% of all abortions (The U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)). African American mothers have over 5 times more abortions as white mothers (The Alan Guttmacher Institute). On the average day in America, 1,876 Black babies are killed by abortion.

A Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader once made a gruesome observation. A few years ago, 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster in Los Angeles outside a pathology laboratory. Some 12,000 to 15,000 of them were Black babies (Erma Clardy Craven).

This has resulted in an astounding loss of life, and these are our own children that we’re talking about. Some 16 million innocent Black children have been willingly and eagerly killed through legalized abortion since 1973.

Considering that the Black population of the U. S. today is about 36 million, the deaths of these 16 million innocent children constitute an enormous loss (Michael Novak). Without abortion, our Black population would be about 52 million, over 30% higher than it is with the killing of our own children. Abortion has killed three of every ten African Americans. In other words, African Americans should make up about 18.2% of our population instead of only 12.6%.

We may call this genocide–the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group. Or, we may call it infanticide–the act of killing an infant. We may also call it murder, whether or not the courts choose to extend the right to life only to “citizens.”

Since 1973, for every African American that has died due to (other) “violent crimes,” 42 totally innocent African American kids have died from abortion (CDC National Vital Statistics Reports). About six times as many African American children have died from abortion as the total number (all ages) of African Americans who have died from heart disease during this same period.

Consider the 1,876 daily abortions of Black babies in the U. S. At that rate:

– We kill more Black babies every day than all U. S. deaths in the 15-year Afghanistan War (1,742).

– In only two days, we kill more Black babies than the number of people who died on 9/11 (2,606).

– In only three days, we kill more of our own Black children than all U. S. deaths in the Iraq War (4,488).

– Every month, we kill more Black babies than all U. S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,209).

– It takes only eight months for us to kill as many Black babies as all U. S. deaths in World War II (405,399). In other words, we cause more death to our own African American community every eight months as what Germany and Japan brought upon our whole country in four years of the worst world war in history.

– In a little over one year, we kill more Black babies than all U. S. deaths (both sides) in the Civil War (750,000). Again, we do to ourselves (our African American community alone) every year what it took four years of civil war to do to our entire country.

– Every two years, we kill more Black babies than all U. S. deaths in all wars (1,354,664). So, in the past 40 years, abortion has killed twenty times more Black children than all U. S. deaths in all wars. This is an astonishing number.

“[Martin Luther King, Jr.] once said, ‘The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.’ How can the ‘Dream’ survive if we murder the children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate.” (Alveda C. King).

The African American community, and everyone else, should be revolted by this latest civil rights issue. Unborn Black Lives Matter because we have murdered 30% of our African American population through legal abortion–far more than all other types of death combined. Of all of those aborted Black children, how many would have grown up to be civil rights leaders, pastors, entrepreneurs, Congressmen, Senators, or U. S. Presidents?

The Love of Marriage

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

The Bible uses different words for “love,” and each of them applies to marriage:

The Greek word “agapao” refers to a mental attitude of esteem, free of ill will, sacrificially seeking the welfare of the object of our love.  It’s above an emotional love.  This is the kind of love, first and foremost, that God has for us.  In Ephesians 5:25, a husband is told to love his wife.  He is to have a mental attitude free of ill will toward her.  This is the love that causes a husband to want to pursue good things for his wife–to make sacrifices for his wife even at his own expense.

The Greek word “eros” is the sensual love that a husband has for his wife which is expressed in physical ways.  This is a very private matter for each couple, but also a crucial part of marriage.  A husband can most effectively express this kind of love if he first has the “agapao” type of love for his wife.  However, of course, “eros” requires that the couple is physically together.

The Greek word “phileo” used in the New Testament speaks of emotional attachment.  It’s an unreasoning emotional expression, or friendship.  Here’s a good example of this kind of friendship:  Every night when I come home, I drive into the driveway and raise the garage door.  As the store starts to come up, I’m in eager anticipation to see if my wife’s car is there yet.  If her car is not yet there, I’m disappointed.  However, if I see that her car is already there, I feel a sense of relief because I’m longing to see her due to our deep emotional attachment.  Then it’s even better if she’s waiting at the back door to see me.

Sometimes these emotions lead to a physical rendezvous–a kiss, or something more–and sometimes they don’t.  A wise man once told me, “Most of marriage is spent at arm’s length.”  However, whether we’re physically together or not, the mental love and the emotional love are there all the time.

If You Know You Can’t Predict the Weather, Why Try?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

In early April, the local weathermen in Dallas failed to foresee the widespread storms that brought baseball-sized hail to the Dallas area which caused $1 million in damages. So, they immediately started predicting the next storm–two weeks ahead of time when the storm system was still near Japan.

Doomsday was set for April 26th and the dire warnings became worse each day.  On a scale of one to five, all of North Texas was at a four (next to the worst).  They used their usual terminology, as though weather science is a fact instead of a theory:  “WE WILL GET LARGE HAIL,” “WE WILL GET 60- to 80-MPH DAMAGING WINDS,” etc. They tracked these storms by the minute:  “It will arrive in (your city here) at 10:37 PM.”

Schools were closed and events were canceled.  The storm would bring grapefruit-sized hail. They said that it was going to be so bad that they called it a “PDS” storm–a “Particularly Dangerous Situation”–the first PDS prediction in five years.  (Is this like “Double Secret Probation?”)

Well, instead, we got a nice gentle nine-tenths of an inch of rain.  Here’s a standing forecast that’s better than listening to the weathermen:  “Might rain; might not.”

I’m Not Proud to Be an American

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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If my dad could hear me say those words, he would roll over in his grave. He spent three years under fire in the nasty jungles of the South Pacific during World War II. He felt that his sacrifices were justified and worthwhile, actually fighting for the freedom of his fellow Americans against tyrannical forces who demonstrated that their goal was world-wide conquest.

However, that was the last war that we’ve won, and today America is much different:

– Our military fights wars (and even starts them) when we shouldn’t even be involved in other nations’ struggles, such as their own civil and religious wars of the Middle East. We fight them with no intent to win. We supposedly have the best military in the world, but we haven’t been able to win a war since World War II, including Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Yet we are willing to send our youth into wars we refuse to win, and have them die or sustain debilitating injuries. 100,000 have died in our losing efforts in the past 70 years, and we’ve been losing them for 15 years in Afghanistan, so far.

– We try to spread democracy to other nations where we’re not welcomed, only to see them fall into something worse such as civil wars or communism. Then if we do happen to cause a dictator to fall, another one takes his place. If we defeat one group of Muslim rebel forces, they switch sides, start a new radical terrorist group, and move to another area where it’s easier to kill us.

– Our intelligence shouldn’t even be called “intelligence.” It finds WMDs where there are none, but it can’t find real threats like 9/11.

– On 9/11, we weren’t even able to protect ourselves from four hijacked renegade jets that killed nearly 3,000 innocent civilians. It’s unbelievable that even after the first jet hit the World Trade Center, we weren’t able to shoot down the second one before it struck the second tower an hour later.

– At Waco, we went blasting into a compound where we “thought” they might have illegal weapons, even though they hadn’t used them illegally. We killed innocent men, women, and children.

– Our criminal justice system is a joke, with its rich lawyers, judges appointed (not elected) for life, frivolous lawsuits, and fraud. We waste time in the courts determining if Tom Brady should be suspended for a few games for deflating footballs. We spend millions searching for his lost Super Bowl jersey.  We let murderers go free and fill our jails with non-violent possessors of an ounce of marijuana. We send innocent people to prison; we apologize 25 years later when DNA evidence is presented; then, we make them millionaires for life–guilty or not.

– Our government is corrupt, and the only thing we can understand about our election process is that it’s unfair and outdated. One has to be rich to get elected, then there are no term limits on his era of corruption. Our presidents lie under oath and abuse power, and they’re supposed to be the epitome of law enforcement.

– We have too many laws, and not enough freedom, at all levels of government. I pay 40% of my income to taxes and I receive very little back in benefits (no government employee or pension checks, no monthly benefits checks, etc.). The 70,000 pages of the IRS code doesn’t work. It can’t find billions of dollars in unreported income of drug dealers, but it can find time to audit middle-income Americans. We over-regulate and over-tax businesses and consumers, then we bail out the industries that we forced into bankruptcies, all at taxpayer expense. Obamacare doesn’t work, except for the individual mandate that fines people who can’t afford healthcare. What sense does that make?

– Proper healthcare and pharmaceuticals are cost-prohibitive for most Americans, even with expensive insurance. Our healthcare and drugs usually don’t help much anyway. In fact, they often make matters worse with incorrect diagnoses, wrong prescriptions, unnecessary and botched surgeries, and staff infections from filthy hospitals.

– Despite great advances in civil rights, we’re unable to put our racial hatred behind us.

– We eagerly and legally kill one million innocent unborn children each year by abortion. Yes, climate change may be real; we may be causing it; and, it may eventually raise sea levels and be a threat to us. However, abortion is real too, and it’s here now–killing millions.

Yes, sorry Dad, but it’s not the same country you fought for.

Child-Like Faith

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

I recently witness the faith of a child.  My four-year-old grandson contracted a skin rash from an unknown source.  It covered much of his body and it itched.  I called him to tell him that I was praying for him, and he said “God healed me.”  Although the rash actually remained for another day or so, the itching had subsided, and he knew that God had healed him, in spite of still seeing the rash on his skin.  Faith is believing without seeing.