2016-10-25T15:37:33.939-04:00What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington. Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC: ● FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress; ● SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health); ● THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated; ● FOURTH, a 5 year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service; ● FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government; ● SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections. On the same day, I will begin taking the following 7 actions to protect American workers: FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205 SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal. SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law: FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting. Next, I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration: 1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate. 2. End The Offshoring Act Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax free. 3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public -private partnership[...]
2016-10-25T07:36:48.443-04:00The CDC has reported that men who have sex with men contract HIV at 44x the rate of men who don’t. New syphilis cases are 81.7% MSM. During 2011–2015, the chlamydia rate in men increased 20.0%, compared with a 0.3% increase in women. Gonorrhea is increasing 3x faster among men than women. Oral and anal sex, multiple sex partners including bisexual behavior with girlfriends or wives, and IV drug use will do that. Men who have sex with men also have much higher rates of suicide, eating disorders, depression and addiction. As any heterosexual couple can tell you, a marriage certificate issued by the state doesn’t fix you if you’re a mess. Marriage doesn’t solve deep seated unhappiness, self esteem, career losses, unemployment, rejection by loved ones or distorted body image. Unfortunately, that’s the direction the LGBTQ torchbearers went--legal marriage intended for establishing families the foundation of society. Rather than work for legal recognition for a lifestyle that fit their needs--perhaps a 5 year contract or unique financial regulations for support--they demanded complete acceptance from churches, government, society and family--a “just as if” marriage. That became the goal; not the betterment of their followers. And they got it.
2016-10-25T05:26:49.297-04:00I rarely repost internet memes, but this one in Rusty’s e-mail really had appeal. It reminds me of the Gospel of Matthew 25, and also the form of Communion we used/use in the Church of the Brethren which is a community meal and foot washing.An eye witness account from New York City: On a cold day in December, some years ago: A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.A lady approached the young boy and said, 'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!' 'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,' was the boy's reply. The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel. By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, 'No doubt, you will be more comfortable now..'As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her:'Are you God's wife?'[...]
2016-10-24T15:46:15.393-04:00The 2016 Democratic Party platform calls for taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, including a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, the often-cited federal provision that prevents some federal taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions. The platform also states the Democratic Party will “stand up for Planned Parenthood,” which killed more than 325,000 unborn human beings in 2013 and does trafficking in body parts of aborted babies.
2016-10-24T11:41:27.277-04:00More and more artificial sweeteners are used in our food with approval from the FDA. The consumer believes this will help with weight loss, but that’s not the case.
2016-10-24T07:18:57.764-04:00"On the left you have the Democrat party, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Fordham Institute and teachers unions fighting to eliminate the current state charter school system. They weigh in with over $13 million in political contributions, and a ground team of advocacy support for Democrat legislators. Their efforts, according to a press release from the Ohio House and Senate Democratic Caucus, have resulted in “20 bills and dozens of amendments to bring more accountability to Ohio’s charter schools.”
2016-10-24T06:29:03.741-04:00All Christians, whether or not Catholic, have a wonderful opportunity for instruction in the faith taught by Charles Craigmile, previously president and CEO of Forseva which he sold to Equifax in 2014.and now CEO of Revenova and philosopher at the Church of St. Mary, Lombard, Illinois. The first year was the catechism, second was the first 500 years and Fathers of the Church, third Catholic Social Teachings and now in 2016 "Christian Apologetics for the 21st Century--Overcoming Modern Barriers to Faith." It covers secularism with emphasis on Stephen Hawking and his book The Grand Design (2010), which I'm actually watching for the third time, evidence for God in physics and metaphysics, whether religion is inherently dangerous as a basis for society, the proper understanding of the Bible, and the dictatorship of relativism vs. true Christian faith. It's like having a college course taught by a youthful professor with a good sense of humor, but because it's on YouTube you can pause and review what the professor just said. Not only was I in college 50+ years ago, but I had no philosophy or religion in college or high school. Also, since I've been a Lutheran since 1976, I've had no church teaching or history between the letters of Paul and the break with Rome in 1516.
2016-10-23T20:34:53.834-04:00"At the beginning of the [third] debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked the candidates about gun control, with Hillary faking up a fear for the “toddlers” exposed to gun violence. Moments later, she was defending abortionists, presenting herself as the eternal defender of “Planned Parenthood.” In what passed for a tough question in the debate, Wallace asked her why such support extends to partial-birth abortion. She said that “heartbreaking cases” justify it. Translation: she still supports near-infanticide for disabled unborn children. This from a candidate who plays the moral superior to Trump for having “mocked” a disabled reporter. This from a candidate who says “America is great because America is good.” Later in the debate she said that the government has a responsibility to take care of the unhealthy. Apparently not at the beginning of life. In Hillary’s America, unhealthy babies do not enjoy the same rights as healthy ones. Up to moments before their birth, Hillary sanctions their killing."
2016-10-23T17:15:03.303-04:00For years I've had an on-line subscription to Washington Post, except it isn't. I signed up years ago, and I don't pay for it. It's about 8-10 articles daily, not the whole paper, and not even what you see if you go directly to the website. If I really dig or if they throw in some freebies I might get something about music, art, sports or the suburbs. A Google search will often turn up an article in the Post that wasn't part of my "subscription." Hey, you get what you pay for, and in this case, it's all Hillary, all the time. Either she owns the Post or they own her.
2016-10-23T13:39:01.933-04:00First, he's like Mrs. Clinton. I think her lies are pathological; his are probably just political--wants so badly to have a legacy. Second, the figure for the uninsured was always incorrect even back in 2009; always a lie, always a myth. Many "uninsured" people were eligible for Medicaid then and hadn't bothered with the red tape--they just went to the ER. A goodly number were single men with no dependents who weren't working. Now they have even less incentive to work. Many people didn't want to sign up for employer's health insurance because they were young and didn't want the pay the co-pay (I can remember arguing with my own young adults about this 25 years ago). Many people chose to just pay their own health costs, or negotiate for it, which actually can be cheaper, especially now.This is not to say there weren't any Americans without health insurance (which is different than healthcare--by law everyone had that). Question: why not a program to target them instead of dismantling a system that was working for 80% of the population? Answer: Because he wanted to control 1/5 of the economy. The end goal is single payer. So in his latest inaccurate speech in Florida about Obamacare, which is failing big time with rising costs, here's the fact check by the Daily Signal.1. 20,000,000 more people have health insurance. "Though the uninsured rate has reached a historic low and 20 million Americans now have health insurance, the majority of those who enrolled in coverage under Obamacare qualified for Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act loosened the guidelines for Medicaid eligibility, and since the law was passed in 2009, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded the program. 97 percent of the new enrollees, or 8.99 million people, enrolled in Medicaid. And of course, it's the states that have to pick up those costs, and states can not run a deficit the way the federal government does.2. When a Democrat governor replaced a Republican governor he wanted the money and found he actually saved money with the expanded Medicaid because of fewer ER visits. "Despite the president’s claim, recent findings from a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that expanding Medicaid won’t stop patients from using emergency rooms for primary care." Oregon did a study in 2008 and found the same thing--use went up--40% increase.3. Obamacare has not affected the coverage for most Americans. "Though the majority of Americans receive their health insurance coverage through their employers, consumers purchasing plans both on and off the exchange have seen their narrower networks, canceled policies, and increased deductibles and premiums." President Obama apparently doesn't read social media where people are posting photos of their notices of increase.4. The Federal government is covering the cost of Medicaid expansion. This is a big duh! It's not Monopoly Money. It's still our tax money, sir. And it's only for 3 years and then the silly governors like John Kasich of Ohio who took the carrot rather than have a spine will have to find that money. "An August report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary found that the cost of Medicaid expansion for 2015 was $6,366 per person—49 percent higher than past estimates."5. “Most people today can find a plan for less than $75 a month at the HealthCare.gov marketplace when you include the tax credits that the government is giving you.” Face smack.The government doesn't "give" anything. It takes. "Of the 17.3 million people who purchase plans sold in the individual market in 2015, 7.3 million received subsidies that lowered the cost of their health insura[...]
2016-10-23T08:40:55.685-04:00I really enjoy receiving "The World's Healthiest Foods" newsletter and find the nutrition charts very interesting (web page is awkward and difficult to navigate). But today's featured recipe is "Mediterranean Cod with Tomatoes." One pound of cod serves four, and it has 200 calories. Really? That would send me to the frig or pantry very quickly looking for something more satisfying.
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2016-10-23T07:46:38.948-04:00https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/1599-Geneva-Bible-GNV/ "All but forgotten today, the Geneva Bible was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the 16th and 17th centuries. It was one of the Bibles taken to America on the Mayflower.Mary I was Queen of England and Ireland from 1553 until her death in 1558. Her executions of Protestants caused her opponents to give her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary." It was her persecution that caused the Marian Exile which drove 800 English scholars to the European continent, where a number of them gathered in Geneva, Switzerland. There a team of scholars led by William Whittingham, and assisted by Miles Coverdale, Christopher Goodman, Anthony Gilby, John Knox, and Thomas Sampson, produced The Geneva Bible, based on Greek and Hebrew manuscripts and a revision of William Tyndale's New Testament, which first appeared in 1526. The Geneva Bible New Testament was published in 1557, with the complete Bible appearing in 1560.A superb translation, it was the product of the best Protestant scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers and thinkers of that time. Men such as William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, and John Milton used the Geneva Bible in their writings.The Geneva Bible is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses and became the most popular version of its time because of its extensive marginal notes. These notes, written by Reformation leaders including John Calvin and others, were intended to help explain and interpret the Scriptures for the average reader.With its variety of scriptural study guides and aids—which included cross-reference verse citations, introductions to each book of the Bible, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations, indexes, and other features—the Geneva Bible is regarded as history's first study Bible.In 2006, Tolle Lege Press released a version of the 1599 Geneva Bible with modern spellings as part of its 1599 Geneva Bible restoration project. The original cross references were retained as well as the study notes by the Protestant Reformation leaders. In addition, the Old English glossary was included in the updated version."Why then do so many conservative churches only support the King James Version of the Bible (which has been updated and refreshed in modern language many times)? The Geneva version was filled with explanations and notes--it was a study Bible--which questioned the authority of the monarch. You can see why it was so popular with the colonialists who had left England in search of religious freedom.http://genevabible.com/"Recognizing that the Geneva Bible and its notes were undermining the authority of the monarchy, King James I of England commissioned the "Authorized Version," commonly known as the King James Bible, as its replacement. The King James Version did not include any of the inflammatory footnotes, of course, but it also altered key translations to make them seem more favorable to episcopal and monarchial forms of government.But the people were not fooled. The Pilgrims and Puritans preferred the Geneva Bible over the King James Bible, not trusting the king's purported good faith. The Geneva Bible was brought over on the Mayflower, and it is not an exaggeration to say that the Geneva translation and footnotes were the biblical foundation for the American Republic. . .. . . If it is worthwhile to read Shakespeare and Milton, then it is worthwhile to read the Bible that informed the minds of Shakespeare and Milton. If it is worthwhile to preserve our American Republic, then it is worthwhile to draw fresh inspiration from the book that ended the age of kings. . .. . . Th[...]
2016-10-23T08:20:22.921-04:00Abby Johnson used to work for Planned Parenthood, and she also had two abortions herself. Now she is a Christian and has a ministry to save other women from her mistakes--both working for abortion or having abortions. Here's what she says about nine month abortions. https://www.facebook.com/abbyjohnsonprolife/posts/1330729393603797"Yes, late term abortions do take place through the entire third trimester, including through the 9th month of pregnancy. According to the latest data, about 18,000 3rd trimester abortions are performed every year. These abortions can be performed for the "life or health" of the mother. What this means is that a late term abortion can be provided for any reason, as long as the doctor checks a box on her chart stating it was affecting her "life or health." No documentation of proof is required.According to several former late term abortion clinic workers who have come through ATTWN, [And Then There Were None] approximately 50% of 3rd trimester abortions are performed on healthy babies. In my own personal experience, we often referred women to late term providers who were pregnant with healthy babies...they wanted the abortion because they had just broken up with the baby's father, or because they lost their job or something similar.FACTS about late term abortion:Since the ban on Partial Birth Abortion, abortionists have come up with a different method...believe it or not, a more dangerous method for the woman.When a woman comes in for a late term abortion, her cervix is dilated through the administration of one of two medications called misoprostol (cytotec) and pitocin and/or laminaria/lamicel insertion. Laminaria are made of sterilized seaweed and look like tiny tampons. Lamicel are similar, but made of a synthetic material. The misoprotol is taken orally prior to surgery and may take several hours to work. Misoprostol is a medication administered to relax the cervix muscle so that the surgeon can dilate it easily. Pitocin is also used sometimes to help with this process and is administered through an I.V.If laminaria or lamicel is necessary to complete dilation, they must be inserted into the patient’s cervix by the physician prior to the abortion procedure. The laminaria/lamicel act like sponges by absorbing the moisture in the patient’s vagina and expanding to gently open the cervix.Laminaria/lamicel and misoprostol will be administered on day one. Also, on day one, the physician will also administer a medication called digoxin. This medication will be injected into the amniotic fluid. The fetus will then drink in the digoxin and will overdose in the womb. It can take up to 48 hours for death to occur. During this time, the mother may feel her child struggling to die in her womb.On day two or three, the physician will perform the surgical abortion after dilation of the cervix is complete—this may take several hours or overnight. The doctor will remove the laminaria (if applicable) insert a speculum into the vagina, and remove the unborn child using vacuum aspiration (suction), forceps and curettes. The surgical procedure takes approximately 10 – 25 minutes. After surgery, the mother is taken into the recovery room, where nurses will monitor her for approximately 45 minutes.You can find statistics on late term abortion at www.guttmacher.org. You can also find a detailed description of late term abortion procedures on various abortion provider websites such as www.drhern.com"[...]
2016-10-22T16:16:29.443-04:00"In 1908, National Geographic reported that Alaskan glaciers at Glacier Bay retreated eleven feet per day from 1894 to 1907, during the coldest years on record.
Glaciers are part of the romance of mountains; the very name gives the thrill of the lonely and high and awful even to those who are not quite sure what a glacier may be. There is grave news about glaciers; they are disappearing, it would seem. Swiss peasants who are not yet quite all modernised enough to think toy railways in harmony with the eternal hills, declare that the tourists who go to see the glaciers are the cause of the ruin. Wherever the mountain cars run the glaciers flee.It's a good thing we visited Alaska in 2001, 250 years after the glaciers were reported retreating.
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2016-10-22T15:23:40.094-04:00"The notion peddled by some "Never Trump" Republicans that they can keep Hillary from accomplishing what she wants for 4 years, then replace her with someone they prefer, is laughable. The fact that they should know this, and don't, is truly scary. Even more frightening is...perhaps they do. The Republican Congress has done nothing to stop Obama; why should we believe they will do so with Hillary? When they threaten to curb Obama with "the power of the purse," he simply calls their bluff and either bullies them into giving him what he wants, or simply does as he pleases through unconstitutional executive orders. A Republican controlled Congress has done nothing to defund Obamacare, slow down the TRILLIONS of dollars of debt he has accrued, prevent his treasonous acts with Iran, defund Planned Parenthood and their selling of babies' body parts (can you even believe such a thing even exists, and that the Obama’s and Hillary condone it?!), or stop any number of other inappropriate actions and wasteful expenditures. Much of Washington, DC is an out-of-control cancer that must be cut out.
2016-10-21T14:45:06.476-04:00Michelle Obama is stumping today for and lying for Hillary Clinton. She continues to put words in Trump's mouth about the election, even though in 2008 Mrs. Clinton's campaign claimed the Obama group fixed the Iowa votes.
2016-10-20T17:54:38.809-04:00Why were the first three questions of the 2nd debate about sex, instead of issues? Because Democrats run the show and they know sex gets people's attention. Look at the video carefully. Evidence exonerates Trump. The "crosstalk" on the bus which the media didn't bother to transcribe, explains it. He's actually talking about how women fawn over celebrities--they always dive in for the kiss. A show of acceptance. This was so clearly a set up by Billy Bush--he did nothing he was accused of--Bush worked very hard to get proof of Trump being gross. I've seen worse "assaults" in the church narthex after the sermon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok1Gd0CQsiM#t=29 [...]
2016-10-20T17:43:06.193-04:00The Wall St. Journal editorial board notes that in the eighth year of the Obama Presidency the U.S. is involved in 5 major global conflicts as Obama prepares to leave office. "The tide of war is building on multiple fronts and the U.S. can’t escape the consequences,” writes the editorial board. No we can't escape it, and he and Clinton won't be blamed either by our media nor our textbooks and historians in academe (are there any left?). He will leave office "clean" because nothing touches him, and the next president will be blamed.
2016-10-20T12:30:37.264-04:00"Chris Wallace of Fox News demonstrated a capacity to maintain tight control over the proceedings and pressed both candidates on the issues that neither candidate wants to address. In Trump’s case, Wallace went head on into the accusations against him of sexual abuse of women and Trump’s allegedly vulgar and predatory behavior.
2016-10-20T08:57:28.239-04:00Some history on accepting the election results. Although Al Gore was gracious when Bush finally won the 2000 election (law suits were being prepared in other states about their dead and displaced voters). Jesse Jackson certainly didn't accept the results. Nor did Dick Gephardt. The Democrats fought President Bush viciously for 8 years. It extended to back stabbing our soldiers in Iraq after supporting the war their own intelligence on WMD demanded. Al Gore went on climate change tirades to lick his wounds.
2016-10-20T08:48:13.970-04:00What Mrs. Clinton will gives us as Supreme Court justices. Outlaws.
JONAH GOLDBERG: "In her first answer of the night, Hillary Clinton was asked about the Supreme Court. She said justices should stand up to the rich and side with the people or some such treacle. It should support the usual favored groups, etc. It should fight big money and the powerful. And so on. Only problem: That’s not what justices are supposed to do. The Judicial Oath goes like this: “I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as _________ under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.” The relevant point is the same. Standing up to the rich is not the Supreme Court’s job. Standing up for the law is. And, sometimes, the law is on the side of the rich and powerful. You could look it up."
Remember the "wise Latina" Sotomayor fantasized about hitting one of her fellow judges with a bat. That's how judging with emotions and favoritism works.
2016-10-19T09:31:49.828-04:0096% of "journalists" contribute to Democrats. 23:1 stories on broadcast media this election period are on what Trump says compared to Clinton's 30 years of known scandals and crimes. 223:1 public librarians vote Democrat.