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Reader Appreciates Column, Local Newspaper’s Effort
Thursday, October 30, 2014
To the Editor:

I was very impressed with Dr. Sheets’ article, “Something Special About Elementary Pep Rally.” I was very touched that the group from the high school wanted to have a “mini” pep rally with the Dillman students.

“How thoughtful,” was my first thought as I read the article. After all, the Dillman students will soon be in high school.

We do not live in Muleshoe, but it has always been home to my husband and I. And how proud we are of our alma mater each week as we read the football scores and articles, like Dr. Sheets’ article.

Thank you Journal for standing behind our school and home town.

I agreed with Dr. Sheets, it is great to be part of the Mule “team.” And hooray for the young people who wanted to extend their cheers, etc., to the Dillman students.

Mamie Blaylock, Mineral Wells Full Story
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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Warning: Paragraph One Is a Lie!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Not only does size matter, it’s the only thing that matters.

That statement is a lie; it smells of the smoke of hell. But few lies are more deeply held by our terminally shallow society.

We might as well tattoo it on our foreheads. We embrace it like a lover. We suck it in like life-giving oxygen even as its pollution shrivels our souls. Why not bow down and chant Paragraph One 10 times daily? We can’t imagine that it might not be true.

But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “Wash your ears out with this!”

“Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted.”In a fallen world, spreadsheets and bank statements and analyses of gross national product, etc., probably must be counted. Quantified. Measured. Weighed.

But not everything can or should be. Not what really matters. Taking a cue from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I wrote a book one time entitled “How To Measure a Rainbow.”I’m pretty sure the point was, you can’t do it! But, oh, how we try!

Even in the one organization devoted to a King and kingdom whose life-giving values are always counter to this world’s dance with death we blindly fall to Paragraph One.

In his heartwarming memoir “The Pastor,” pastor Eugene Peterson calls his colleagues to be true to their calling and not desecrate their vocation by becoming “religious entrepreneurs with business plans.”

For years, he met with a group of pastors encouraging each other to live life with and love God’s people, something far deeper than just morphing into religious CEOs running organizations in competition with other religious CEOs.

They were pastors calling people to worship God and find their identity in him.

Occasionally, a group member desiring to “maximize his effectiveness,” meaning he wanted a bigger church so badly he could taste it, would cut and run.

(Of course, there were other moves in and out and to different churches for valid reasons.)

But the pastors tried to remind each other that bowing to size and seeking to worship (and be worshiped by) a crowd is idolatry and that God’s people, congregations of whatever size, are to be treated with respect and dignity as holy and of immense value not because they are large. Because they are his.

Knowing that we are God’s, we worship him. Everything else springs from that worship. To worship means “to acknowledge worth.”

If we are first and foremost worshipers of God, then our outreach and evangelism and mission work and service become the beautiful fruit of worship.

If we don’t, it begins to rot by becoming just something else we try to count and quantify and stick on a pie chart so we can worship our work, our “effectiveness,” ourselves, rather than our God.

Worship reminds us that Paragraph One is a lie.

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