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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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Notes From Pastors’ Conference
Thursday, June 12, 2014
As I write this column, I’m attending the Biannual Coke County Pastors’ Conference.

“Biannual” is not one of my mother tongue’s brightest children. Wishy-washy, and depending on which authorities you consult, it can mean either “occurring twice a year” or “occurring every two years.”

“Semi-annual” and “biennial” already handle “every two years.” I need “biannual” to pay for its keep, quit playing it both ways, fully adopt the best verdict, and mean “occurring twice a year.”

The Coke County Pastors’ Conference occurs twice a year. Biannual.

But if you call Coke County to inquire about the conference, most folks — county, clergy, Chamber of Commerce, and the smartest yard dogs — won’t know anything about it, even though it’s been happening biannually for well-nigh 30 years.

That’s probably because the conference leaders, four of them, billed on all advertising as having accumulated collectively 175-200 years of ministry experience, are all my brothers, sons of G. B. and Wilma Shelburne. And we are the full roster of planners, speakers, attendees, and target audience members.

Oh, and I exaggerated a bit about the advertising; honestly, there is none, though we do send each other notices about the upcoming event each time around, including inquiries as to whether any one of us has a pending funeral (we’ve accumulated two since we’ve been here this time), wedding, church meeting, etc. Anything that might affect conference attendance. (And it better be a very good reason!)

The conference is held at the lovely and historic Key Place in Robert Lee, Texas. Well, we think it’s lovely, though our wives would pay good money not to stay here. (They’d likely engage in pernicious behavior, vacuuming and such). But it is certainly historic, our Granddaddy and Grandmother Key’s old home here.

Some sessions are held at the old kitchen table. Same table as a thousand years ago when we were kids except now we’ve got a light fixture on the ceiling above the table, not just old wires holding a socket and bulb with moths and other flying insects in continual orbit.

The best sessions are night meetings around the fire pit in the back “patch.” (“Yard” would be far too pretentious.) On one side is the pecan orchard. One tree is hardly an orchard, but this sole survivor is grandfathered in.

On the other side is a densely-brushed creek, surely home to some interesting neighbors we never see.

In the midst of other serious business at the conference, we manage to confer some on, well, pretty much everything.

Granddaddy Key was a wise man. When he planned and built this humble Key Place in 1928 he blessed far more folks than he could imagine.

I wonder. What might the Father of us all have in mind even for this little place when “the heavens and earth” are all made new?

And when our Lord says he has gone to prepare a “place” for us, that sounds exciting to me. All God’s family together.

I doubt we’ll need to do much conferring. Just some amazing praising!

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