Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 5/23/16 at 7:09 PM | Michael Bresciani
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ec 3: 1)
Some say that we are caught between a rock and a hard place in this election season. Others conclude that since Ted Cruz is out of the running, we are left with only the lesser of two evils. It may be that what is relative is now being forced upon us, but regardless of how we view the dilemma we are faced with things that are readily apparent.
Because of Donald Trump’s obvious lack of class, savvy and statesmanship we will suffer a loss if he is elected president. Contrarily, the nation will be completely lost if we elect Hillary Clinton and the Godless liberalism that has eroded our morality and our freedom is allowed to continue under a Clintonian administration.
It can be said in several ways, but the truth cannot be denied. We cannot possibly compare Donald Trump with Ronald Reagan, but we also dare not fail to compare Trump with Clinton. It is a good thing that Mr. Trump wants to “make America great” - but we would be better off if we had a great man to lead the charge. Making billions and blazoning your name across tall buildings is the poorest definition of greatness, but these are desperate times. FULL POST
Posted 5/19/16 at 4:32 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Bo Copley, an unemployed coal miner, who gained media attention after he challenged Secretary Clinton’s statements about the coal industry, is a strong Christian who has been at the heart of the revival sweeping West Virginia.
He prayed and fasted before meeting Mrs. Clinton, then invited her to attend a revival meeting that night only five minutes away from their encounter.
Copley gave his life to the Lord in grade school, influenced by his grandparents’ strong faith and involvement in the Church of God. He re-dedicated his life in 2002, was baptized again, and tried “to live the best I could from that point forward.”
He attends the Regional Church of God at the epicenter of the revival and the pastor of the church, Mitchell Bias, lives across the street in Delbarton.
Copley was a maintenance planner at the mine before his layoff in September 2015. The mine declared bankruptcy earlier this year. FULL POST
Posted 5/18/16 at 11:39 AM | Karen Kramer
According to studies at the Academies of Science, genetically engineered crops are safe for both humans and animals. More than 900 studies were reviewed by a committee of fifty scientists and researchers.
They analyzed data stretching over twenty years of genetically modified crops. While genetically engineered (GE) crops were introduced to increase crop yields—it appeared that crops did not increase significantly.
In the Midwestern United States, GE crops did have lower pest populations, but it also increased herbicide-resistant weeds. It was also noted that GE crops did not affect monarch butterfly populations.
Genetically engineered crops artificially manipulate the genetic material of plants to help them be pest resistant and to withstand certain herbicides. This allows farmers to spray crops for weeds, while not harming the crops.
To determine whether GE foods were harmful to humans the committee compared disease reports from the US and Canada, where these foods have been eaten since the mid-1990s and in areas of the United Kingdom and western Europe, where they have not been widely consumed. FULL POST
Posted 5/17/16 at 6:54 AM | Michael Bresciani
Honestly, why does anyone have to ask this question? Since it is not a law, but only a tradition that presidential candidates open their tax records to the public, why has Donald Trump refused to show his records to the world?
He is breeding suspicion and controversy. While it is true that some internet sites feed us questions galore and attempt to pass it off as news – this one is begging for an answer.
Donald Trump entered the great “Birther Controversy” with great fervor and some think that it was his interest in the matter that forced Barack Obama to produce his birth certificate. There are still many who believe Barack’s mysterious document is a fake.
Now, it is Trump’s refusal to show his tax records that are making some believe he is a fake.
He has stated that he will show his records, but not until after the November general elections are finished.
How convenient. Won’t it be too late? Will someone raise the specter of an impeachment or will they just throw their hands in the air and give up? How far did the cry for impeachment get when Obama started ignoring the congress, the constitution, and just about everyone in the nation? FULL POST
Posted 5/16/16 at 9:51 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Nope, President Obama You Are Wrong. I love and respect President Barak Obama. However, once again he is Wrong. Please let common sense prevail when it comes to transgender washroom’s policy. In the beginning God created male and female. I don’t care who or what you feel like, you were created either male or female. Having said that, it is your choice, right and privilege to be anyone you choose to be as long as you don’t take away my privilege’s to be whom I choose to be.
There must be order. Separate bathroom was created for a reason. It provides order. Males as determine by what lies between their legs goes to male bathroom. Likewise, females use female bathrooms. Please tell me what is so hard about that. When does minority rule? Are transgender people in the majority? I think not. Wisdom is truly turned backwards to suggest anything else.
Of all the issues that America is facing and particular the African American community i.e. poverty, lack of resources, high crime, murder/violence, need for jobs for ex-felons etc. surely President Obama could have weighed in on something else. I’m, once again disappointed in President Obama stance on this issue because of his claim to be a Christian and statement that he prays every night. FULL POST
Posted 5/15/16 at 4:01 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Dr. Saul Davis survived the horrific Cocoanut Grove fire, which killed 492 people on November 28, 1942. He and his wife narrowly escaped the stampeding crowd, suffocating toxic smoke, and bellowing flames. When sharing his account, Dr. Davis said something that applied far more widely than to his one harrowing experience: “My brother always said, ‘Don’t follow the crowd because the crowd is usually wrong.” Dr. Davis then went on to give credit to how that underlying concept helped him escape the chaotic, stampeding crowd and deadly fire.
Indeed, “don’t follow the crowd because the crowd is usually wrong.” How true. How very true.
It’s little wonder that our Lord compared us human beings to sheep, which act like a highly-impressionable yet swiftly moving crowd. Observing sheep is akin to observing a crowd of people. If one gets scared or excited and runs, the entire group hastens to follow. Only the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, offers what we human beings need. Otherwise, like sheep, crowds of people can be stolen by a thief and killed. Take God’s Word to heart:
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His [own] life for the sheep. But the hired man [who merely serves for wages], who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away; and the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. The man runs because he is a hired hand [who serves only for wages] and is not concerned about the [safety of the] sheep. I am the Good Shepherd, and I know [without any doubt those who are] My own and My own know Me [and have a deep, personal relationship with Me]— even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My [very own] life [sacrificing it] for the benefit of the sheep.” (John 10:10-15, Amplified Version) FULL POST
Posted 5/12/16 at 12:35 PM | Karen Kramer
First off, I do support federal medical research to find cures for deadly and debilitating diseases.
But there’s a bunch of federally-funded scientific waste. Highlights of your tax dollars at work:
Did you know that birds given alcohol-laced grape juice slur their songs?
Americans forked over almost 2 million dollars to find out if we could outrun a dinosaur.
Why do people spill coffee when they walk? Researchers discovered that walking slower will “reduce the chance of spilling.” Duh.
Another half-million was spent studying whether or not Facebook is addictive.
Even with our separation of church and state, taxpayers gave $3.5 million to figure out why the face of Jesus appears on toast.
I bet you didn’t know that congressional female Democrats are less feminine than Republican congresswomen. Thankfully we only spent $50,000 on that National Science Foundation grant.
Speaking of Republicans and Democrats, almost a million dollars was spent figuring out which group is more disgusted by eating worms. FULL POST
Posted 5/10/16 at 11:38 PM | Michael Bresciani
Mr. Trump has promised that he will “make America great again.” It is a promise that Trump no doubt believes and it is relatively safe to think that he will endeavor to keep.
After a half century of involvement in eschatology, prophecy and the decline of our nation I must emphatically state the Mr. Trump is a day late and a dollar short. The worst of our decline has taken place in the last forty years and the levels to which we have sunk cannot be properly assuaged or coaxed back to our best days even by a multi-billionaire.
Now, Mr. Trump has become America’s entire new Ross Perot candidate on the GOP ballot. Early polls are already indicating that Trump is several points behind Hillary in the general election outcome.
A second dilemma has arisen and can be seen in the Tweets and Facebook comments of Americans who say they cannot vote for Trump as a matter of principle. Some have called for the unifying of the party in an effort to defeat Hillary. Others will not abandon their strong and principled beliefs because they are sure that Trump is not the right man.
Like this writer, they believe Trump means every word he says, but it is all else he says that drive them away from the man. The press calls Trump a phenomenon, but more honestly he should be called an enigma. He is creating an enigma in Americans who want what he says, but not him. FULL POST
Posted 5/10/16 at 10:11 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Broken hearts, broken trust. That's how many Americans feel about our country's leaders and current conditions. America, it's time to get our eyes back on Christ and not on people.
It's time to love and live like Jesus Christ. Take this verse to heart:
"If you do these things, God will shed his own glorious light upon you. He will heal you; your godliness will lead you forward, goodness will be a shield before you, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind." (Isaiah 58:8, TLB)
Indeed, it is our duty to pray and do all we can at a local and state level to honor God. We must protect the freedoms to worship God. We must pray and work hard to preserve "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".
Our country was built on Christian beliefs, as explained by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Remember, the current swirling mess of politics cannot hold a candle to God's greatness and power. So, let's release our fears to Him and place our country and our lives in His hands. We like to say, "When we do our best, He'll take care of the rest." (Can we get an "amen"?) FULL POST
Posted 5/10/16 at 4:27 PM | Karen Kramer
It’s all about money. But promises are cheap and sadly many of the Sanders sign-waving throngs haven’t even been taxpayers all that long.
We can blame it on youthful stupidity. But what’s Sanders' excuse for believing in fiscal nonsense?
The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington think tank, has fully analyzed the costs of Bernie Sanders' economic plans and concludes those plans would add $18 trillion to the federal deficit.
There just aren’t enough American upper middle class and rich people to tax enough for all of Bernie’s free stuff.
His free health care (run by the government, so we KNOW it will work) costs $30 trillion. But the tax policy findings indicate that the huge increase in national debt will lead to higher interest rates, causing our borrowing costs for our debt to substantially increase. And since the government needs to borrow all the money to stay afloat, there wouldn’t be money leftover for new businesses to borrow—which would “retard” economic growth. As if we haven’t had enough slow down over the last eight years. FULL POST