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Electoral Theft By Judicial Gavel
Thursday, October 02, 2014
The Obama Administration, through the actions of a federal appointee, has once more expressed its intent to steal the upcoming Texas elections.

This past week, US Dist. Judge — and Obama appointee — Nelva Ramos of Corpus Christi set aside Texas’ voter ID law, comparing it to a poll tax, and demonstrating not only her support of the White House’s liberal agenda but also her ignorance as to what actually constitutes a poll tax.

For those who are unaware of the history behind the “poll tax” in Texas, the $1.50 tax state voters had to pay to be allowed to exercise their franchise… their right to vote was ruled to be unconstitutional back in 1966.

This action was apparently followed by state legislation that required individuals to register annually for the right to vote, an action Ramos reportedly described as a “poll tax without a tax,” and which was subsequently declared unconstitutional in 1971.

It was apparently this “poll tax without a tax” upon which Ramos based much of her recent ruling, after all the Texas voter ID law went above and beyond in its efforts to provide a path for all legal voters in the Lone Star State to cast their ballots.

Not only were multiple forms of identification accepted under the Texas law, but the law allowed for individuals unable to acquire such identification due to financial reasons to do so without undo expense.

Where is the intent to disenfranchise members of the public, or as the recent ruling suggested a section of the voting public?

From what we can tell, this intent exists only in the minds of Judge Ramos, outgoing US Attorney General Eric Holder — who has targeted a law in Texas that has been allowed in other states, and approved by the US Supreme Court — and of course, others of their ilk.

The State of Texas, the counties and subdivisions which comprise it, and yes… the United States of America have a responsibility to ensure that the individuals voting upon both leadership candidates and various state measures and local issues have the legal right to cast a ballot.

To ignore that fact is to destroy the credibility of the electoral process.

We whole-heartedly support the idea that everything possible should be done to ensure that a citizen of this state and this nation with a right to cast a ballot should be allowed to exercise that right.

But in this age of identification fraud steps must be allowed to ensure that one person gets just one vote.

The actions and intent of anyone, or any political entity, who supports otherwise threatens to return the entire country to the days of New York City’s Boss Tweed and the corruption of the Tammany Hall political machine.

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Hypocrisy Reigns Among Gun Control Advocates
Thursday, September 04, 2014
One doesn’t have to look any farther than the national news to locate hypocrites among the “gun control crowd.”

For those who are unaware, Irish-born actor Liam Neesom — a reported naturalized citizen of the United States — who has made his mark in Hollywood with firearm in hand, has expressed the opinion that the Second Amendment is folly that would have this nation’s founding fathers turning over in their graves if they knew how it was being implemented.

Kind of reminds me his fellow thespian, Danny Glover of “Lethal Weapon” fame, who espouses similar views but doesn’t mind taking the money from such action movies to fund his own liberal agenda.

What such a statement suggests, along with the fact that Neesom is a dyed in the wool hypocrite, is that his understanding of US history — and especially the reasons why the Bill of Rights was added to the US Constitution — is to put it mildly… lacking.

Of course, if he were up on his British history, he might understand that the actions of his ancestral king and countrymen were among the reasons the Second Amendment was set in place.

It also suggests that Neesom either doesn’t understand or care about the opinions of a large portion of his fan base, namely those who believe — as the motion picture characters Neesom often portrays — that the Second Amendment is a right guaranteed to individuals, just as the other nine amendments of the Bill of Rights are.

While not a tinsel town favorite, the second hypocrite to make the news of late is billionaire Paul Allen, of Microsoft fame and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, who reportedly has jumped on the gun control bandwagon of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to the reported tune of $500,000.

What throws Allen in the same barrel of muck as Neesom is the fact that while opposing the private possession of firearms, Allen is a collector of military armament. Reportedly, Allen owns among other things a Soviet Scud surface to surface missile, a M55 self-propelled howitzer and numerous war planes.

Most recently, he’s been in the news regarding his purchase of a World War II era German Panzer IV tank.

Author George Orwell apparently captured the thought processes of Allen and Bloomberg in his novel “Animal Farm,” in which the author stated, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

As one television commentator has noted on numerous occasions, Bloomberg doesn’t want the common man to possess a weapon to defend himself, but the former mayor reportedly doesn’t mind arming his personal security detail.

Many years ago, a friend of mine almost traded his pickup for a US Sherman tank, also of the World War II era. At the time the anti-gun gunk had only begun to percolate, and the thing that stopped the trade was my question: How are you going to get it home?

Then, as now, there apparently aren’t any regulations covering the purchase of such military weapons. You can’t buy a handgun from an FFL dealer without getting approved by Washington, DC, but if you have a hankering for something that can lob an 88 mm round a couple of miles away… have at it.

As someone else said, they apparently forgot to close the “tank loophole” in the federal firearms act.

Fortune, fame and hypocrisy seem to go hand in hand among the high advocates of gun control.

And while it may be difficult, but not impossible, to stay away from Microsoft products, I certainly won’t be cheering for the Seahawks, or watching a movie featuring Liam Neesom.

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Grace Is What Sets Christianity Apart
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Philip Yancey writes that at a British conference scholars from around the world were discussing the most basic beliefs that set Christianity apart from other world religions.

As they debated some important possibilities, C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked, and he was told that they were asking what Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions might be.

He answered, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”

Yancey continues, “After some discussion, the conferees had to agree. The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eight-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish covenant, and Muslim code of law — each of these offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional.”

We could never be saved by our own effort or by keeping any law, as St. Paul makes clear.

“We all [sinned], all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ” (Eph. 2:3-5, The Message).

It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? Yes, and that’s a good sign! Real grace always sounds that way as it amazes those who receive it. (Read the Gospels!)

Real grace is always a little and maybe a lot scandalous. If no one who thinks you’re too gracious, you’ve probably not felt and internalized enough of the grace of God yourself.

If our churches aren’t regularly accused by some folks of being too gracious—too loose, too accepting, too free from law— that’s a very bad sign.

It almost certainly means we don’t understand how much grace we’ve received and how rich is God’s supply.

Read the Scriptures! The Good News, the real Thing, the real Lord, has always scandalized people by the depth of his love and mercy.

If you’re God’s child, you don’t have to live a fearful, tentative life. Indeed, how dare you!?

You don’t have to be careful lest you exhaust God’s amazing resources by being too loving, too gracious, too joyful, too genuinely free.

God’s supply of love and grace, joy and freedom, is boundless! You don’t have to live like the “one talent” servant in Christ’s parable (Matthew 25:14-30).

Afraid that he might make some mistake and tick off his master, he made the worst mistake of all, not loving his master.

If we’re living lives cowering in fear, afraid to dance before our God because we might miss a step, we’re making the biggest mistake of all, not knowing and loving our Father as we should — the Father who continually amazes his children by the depth of his love and mercy, his grace and joy, and the genuine freedom that only he can give.

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