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Trump v. Kelly (and Everybody Else)

January 27, 2016

Ballot Check Yes No

Once again, almost committing myself to vote for Trump, I pull my mental pencil back from the ballot.

Not again, I cry inwardly. Not again. With all of the talent and knowledge Trump could bring to the presidency, why does he not see the damage he will do with his petulant pettiness and pointless vindictive vendettas?

Did Trump think he could truly make it to the Oval Office without being challenged about his Question Markstatements on women? Kelly did him a favor. And you would think a man ready to “speak his mind” would have thanked her. Her hateful question?

“Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’ …

Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.

Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”

Trump CandidateA truly presidential man would have seen this as the perfect opportunity to set the public straight on his respect for women. A truly prepared presidential candidate would have anticipated this and all other potential challenges to his candidacy. He wouldn’t have been surprised. He would have had his response prepared and delivered it without a single misstep.

If this question is enough to feed Trump’s factory of bile and engender his retaliation, what Trump Meanwill 4 years of his leadership foster in a culture force-fed on Twitter?  Haven’t we suffered enough of 8 years of pique and trivial pursuit?

So, now Trump is ticked. Everyone is supposed to suffer his pain: Fox, Roger Ailes, Megyn Kelly…and most especially…the voters. Trump’s henchman on Laura Ingraham’s show positively celebrated his prediction that no one will watch the debate. Muscle KidTrump, apparently, is THAT big! Wow!

Or…Trump is THAT small? Absolutely! He has had five months to show America what really matters, what REALLY makes him mad. Trump has given us months of calling everyone Stupid. And months of declaring that Mexico and China WILL do what he says. He’s going to be the Global Bigshot. Just trust him.

So a Global Bigshot spends all his ammunition for a World War on a woman who reads a list of his own statements and asks him to explain?

It is getting harder and harder to imagine voting for Trump. A truly presidential man should have better things to do…and better ways to do them!

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*For further information on debate questions for Trump:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/26/here-are-the-megyn-kelly-questions-that-donald-trump-is-still-sore-about/

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Supreme Court – Death of the Martyrs

June 30, 2014

US Supreme CourtToday is an interesting juxtaposition of the modern effort to “kill” faith fought through the U.S. Supreme Court as compared to a similar first century effort of Nero, Emperor of Rome, to “kill” faith.

“Killing Faith” is always accompanied by victims. Today, June 30, on the Calendar of Saints, is set aside to remember the early Christian martyrs who followed the fate of St. Peter and St. Paul, victims slain under Nero’s command.

Victims in the battle against faith are often beheaded, crucified and burned at the stake.  Joan of Arc

What about the victims of this modern American battle? Liberals maintain that these victims are the more “progressive” people in the country who “deserve their choice” to handle embryos, fetuses and the pre-born “according to their conscience.”

Liberals would have us believe the Supreme Court decisions announced in the past week are a tragic loss for America. Liberals denounce Christian opponents as the radicals…trying to impose their faith on the culture.

If only those pesky, noisy, irritating Christians would go home and pray in their bedrooms! They should consider themselves lucky for being able to wear their silly crosses at work (for the time being). Don’t they realize they could be living under Nero…or Hamas?

Clearly, Christians are a thorn in the side of secular “humanists” who see nothing wrong with partial birth abortion, much less contraception. Up to now, these “humanists” have succeeded in maintaining partial-birth abortion as a “choice.” And if they have to rewrite the American Constitution to achieve this? It seems they consider this a small price to pay.

Ultrasound 32 wkMaybe one day, we will be able to honor the blood of millions of tiny martyrs in the battle to defend the dignity of human life in the Land of the Free. Does anyone remember what was revealed in the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell?

In 2011, Gosnell and various co-defendant employees were charged with eight counts of murder:

The murder charges [against Gosnell] related to an adult patient, Karnamaya Mongar, who died following an abortion procedure and seven newborns said to have been killed, by having their spinal cord severed with scissors, after being born alive during attempted abortions. In May 2013, Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder in the deaths of three of the infants and he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar….He was sentenced instead to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

What did the Gosnell trial teach us? How does this illuminate the tremendous victory today at the Supreme Court for Christians who are able to truly live out the foundational truths of their faith? And what does this portend for the future?

  1. Free speech – Yes, even Christians have the right to speak in America. Remember that wonderful liberal “right to choose?” Yes, you can choose to listen…or not. Ear plugs can purchased at your pharmacy even as you pick up your prescription for birth control.
  2. No – According to Webster’s, Christian is not yet synonymous with bomber. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared it legal for Christians to “walk about the country,” you will have to meet them with honest, factual information instead of court orders. We have established…once again…that America is a land where the free can battle freely on the field of ideas.
  3. Yes – Maybe one day Christians…and many other non-Christian people who value life…may convince the culture at large that killing even one little infant in Gosnell’s clinic is evil. If that horrifies a liberal…you can look back to the days when Christians said that owning even one slave was evil. Evil is evil. Evil is not defined as a democratic “choice.”Flag Bible
  4. Finally – Evil…when it is legal…is still evil! Evil…when it is approved by the majority…is still evil! Does anyone remember Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini?

Thanks to the hard work and steadfastness of all the fighters in the battle to defend religious liberty! It is this very liberty that founded our country. And one day, liberals may open their eyes and realize that it is this same religious liberty that can save our country.

The CDC: Dereliction of Duty, Pt 2

June 11, 2014

Sitting on the plane, waiting for takeoff, I opened the newspaper in my lap. I couldn’t believe my Condom Pkgseyes!

Finally! Finally, the truth about condoms was coming out. In the newspaper. Everyone would finally hear the truth about condoms.

This meant I could get my life back. I could quit researching and writing about condoms and sex education. I could return to my garden and plant flowers instead.

For the past five years, I had spent hours in the library and at the keyboard. On the telephone, I interviewed sex educators from all parts of the country. Interviews were transcribed, and information was organized into file folders. And I was on the plane, now, headed for a Miami conference on sex education.

Condoms were the culprit. At the time, with HIV/AIDS taking hold in our culture, we had very little knowledge about the disease. People were dying, and we still didn’t have the whole story about how they contracted HIV or when we might have a cure.

Condoms were our only ally. Condoms protect. Use a condom. Use a condom consistently and correctly…every time…everywhere…put a basket of condoms in the bathroom, in the school office…everywhere! Now! Use a condom!

Condoms made us feel safe. We could still have all the sex we wanted…with whomever we wanted…as long as we used a condom…consistently and correctly. Our sex was safe. Protected. We were protected…and safe!

CDC Logo StethAfter all…the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, was looking after us.

Linking arms with Planned Parenthood, SIECUS and state health departments, the CDC gave its nod to wrapping the United States up in one giant condom campaign for “SAFE SEX”:

  • 2000, Planned Parenthood Ohio held a condom giveaway – a bright yellow coupon redeemable for free condoms and a MacDonald’s gift certificate.Condom MacD
  • 2000, Planned Parenthood Southern Arizona spent $100,000 on “Use Condom Sense” campaign that featured billboards on buses showing a 13-year-old girl holding up a condom. Included in the campaign, 19 condom machines were placed in teen hang-outs, including the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department.
  • 2002, Planned Parenthood celebrated the introduction of The Planned Parenthood Condom with a coupon for a free condom – or – four free condoms if you paid for STD and/or HIV testing.
  • 2006, Planned Parenthood sponsored a condom art contest.Condom Lollipop
  • 2006, Planned Parenthood offered condoms packaged like lollipops and promoted condom key chains.
  • 2006, Planned Parenthood Michigan’s teen program held condom art workshops. “Make a beautiful creation out of condoms, find out all the facts on using condoms correctly, and get a free gift.”

Where was the CDC?  CDC Logo  Nodding, winking…and sleeping.     Sleeping Boy

Promoting condoms came at a price…paid by the US taxpayers…a staggering sum of dollars handed out through government grants. One report documented over $2,000,000 divided Dollar Signbetween Planned Parenthood ($991,109) and four other organizations. Grabbing every dollar possible, the ACLU, SIECUS and 32 groups held a press conference designed to stop funding of abstinence programs.

Promoting condoms, finally a national pastime, left little money or incentive for the government to deliver another message to teens…abstain from sex. In fact, messages that encouraged sexual abstinence for teens were mocked. In extreme outbursts of hostility, legislators even accused abstinence programs of “killing teens.”

The CDC?  CDC Logo  Nodding, winking…and sleeping.        Sleeping Boy

Ironically, as king of the SAFE SEX condom campaign, Planned Parenthood failed the condom tests performed by Consumer Reports Magazine. Of the 23 condoms tested, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Honeydew and Assorted Colors condoms scored the worst. Not taking this lying down, Planned Parenthood submitted their condoms to “independent testing.” Anyone surprised that Planned Parenthood then proclaimed their condoms “excellent”?

Condoms made us feel safe. Our sex was safe. Protected. We were protected…and safe!Heart Flying

At a college presentation on Valentine’s Day, a young man stood at the front of the crowded auditorium, raised his right hand and spoke for all Americans, “I pledge allegiance to the condom.”

Now, finally, twenty years after HIV struck America…

Finally, sitting on the plane bound for Miami, I read the national story on condoms again and closed my eyes in gratitude. “Finally,” I told myself, “someone is paying attention to the truth Alarm Clockabout condoms. The press is finally reporting on the medical truths about condoms.”

The CDC?  CDC Logo  It blinked, shook its head…and woke up. Finally.

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NEXT WEEK:  The CDC: Dereliction of Duty, Part 3, The Truth about Condoms…Finally!

LAST WEEK:  The CDC: Dereliction of Duty, Part 1

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The CDC: Dereliction of Duty, Pt 1

June 5, 2014

CDC LogoWe have much to thank the CDC for!  It is on the forefront of many health battles.  CDC medical teams even risk their own lives, rushing to the aid of victims around the world, most recently fighting the Ebola virus.

But…there is one health threat that suffers from the failure of the CDC to be truthful with the American people.  We are suffering.  And the CDC is worse than silent…the CDC ignores and silences expert voices and research that could protect us.

It is hard to imagine the CDC Ostrich Runactually putting the health of people at risk.    For years, we watched the CDC run from one threat to the next:  drugs, tobacco, polio, small pox.  We learned to trust the CDC.  That was before the sexual revolution and…

…the discovery of AIDS.  The AIDS epidemic officially began on June 5, 1981, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report newsletter reported unusual clusters of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in five homosexual men in Los Angeles.  Over the next 18 months, more PCP clusters were discovered among otherwise healthy men in cities throughout the country.

Ostrich HaltThe CDC was stopped dead in its tracks.  It scrambled to identify the HIV/AIDS connection and its methods of transmission and treatment, as people worried about “catching” the HIV virus.  Every human activity was originally suspect:  drinking cups, sharing straws, kissing, open cuts, mosquito bites, injections…and of course…sexual activity.  Without the Internet, information followed slowly on the trail blazed by gossip and greased by fear.

Ryan WhitePerhaps no one more clearly tells the story of AIDS in the early days than Ryan White, an engaging, fun-loving young teen who eventually died of AIDS.  In December, 1984, over four years after the first American incidence of AIDS came to light, Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS.  Up to this point, the disease had largely been associated with the male gay community.  White suffered from hemophilia, and was infected with HIV from a contaminated blood transfusion.

White became an instant poster child for AIDS.  Clearly, he was an innocent victim.  Nevertheless, he was expelled from his middle school, triggering a lengthy court battle and thrusting him into the international spotlight.  Through the courage of White and his family, America and the world began to sift through all of the fears about AIDS and separate fact from fiction.

CDC Logo StethBy now, the CDC had lost its grip on the messaging for AIDS.  Ostrich RunRunning from one public relations crisis to the next, the CDC forgot its ultimate foundational role as the defender of public health.  Instead of demanding that public bath houses, a known haven for promiscuous gay sex, the CDC decided to make certain they focused on reassuring the American people that they were not in danger of infection.  The key to health, according to the CDC, was protection.  Protect Yourself!  Wrestling coaches were told to stop the match if a student got cut.  They were given medical latex gloves to wipe blood off the wrestling mat.  Meanwhile, parents were reassured…yes…the family could safely share eating utensils.

Everything was spelled out by the CDC:  clean needles for drug users, latex gloves for classroom teachers, face masks for dentists.  Quit worrying about the mosquitoes.  Every area of life was managed for protecting the public from HIV…every area but one.   What is missing from this discussion?  Sex Logo Chalkboard

One can almost feel sorry for the CDC.  CDC  The sexual revolution had been in full swing for more than twenty years, reinforced with birth control, drugs and alcohol.  Sex was everywhere…because it was FREE.  Sex Gender Logos

Americans had grown used to their FREE SEX.  The CDC was caught in a social trap.  AIDS was clearly driven by sexual activity.  They could tell Americans to give up their free “right” to have sex with whomever and whenever.  Or they could…

Well, … options were slim.  One thing was certain.  We had an AIDS epidemic on our hands.AIDS Stop Hand  The CDC squinted its eyes and surveyed the American scene.  People expected them to do one thing…above all…Stop Aids.  How could the CDC stop AIDS without having to stop sex?

NEXT WEEK…CDC: DERELICTION of DUTY, Pt. 2

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Nevada Republicans – Kinder and Gentler

April 22, 2014

Rep Eleph HeartHmmm….

Inclusion?  That is now the party platform for Nevada Republicans?  What does that mean?Nevada

According to less than 50% of the 520 Nevada Republican Party delegates at their annual convention on April 19, it means…

  • IF…you believe that killing a baby via abortion is wrong?  You are, by definition of their platform, a Republican…and…
  • IF…you believe that dismembering a baby before birth is just fine?  You, too, are by definition of their platform, a Republican.

Life – killing it – protecting it – according to Nevada Republicans – it’s all the same to them.

Heart FlyingThis is the kinder and gentler America we have all been waiting for, right?  We want to make certain everyone has those nice cuddly feelings of being included – at least those who are already born.  If you are in the womb, you’re on your own.

The state’s GOP chairman Michael McDonald said dropping opposition to abortion and the redefinition of marriage is ‘where the party is going.’  He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.”

Marriage?  Why bother defining it any longer.  Inclusion is “in.”  Everybody…let’s just consider you BC Wedding Cakemarried, no matter to whom.  Same sex, three people, groups of ten…you’re all married…just sign the marriage license.  Best of all, you’re in Nevada.  Just drive through your friendly Las Vegas Chapel of Marriage and grab your license on the way out with your order of 5 glasses of champagne.

One wonders how America ever got to this point.

We can’t make decisions in America any longer if someone feels offended.  It’s all up for grabs – life, abortion, marriage.  Is this the same nation that abolished slavery at the cost of a four-year war and over 600,000 dead soldiers?

Heart PatchedIs abortion so innocent and inconsequential now that we are willing to turn our back on 1,200,000 dead babies each year in America?

Rational arguments for public policy are no longer needed.  Just decide how you feel about it.  And how everyone else feels about it.  Then if you are going to hurt someone’s feelings, make it legal.

Include everyone!  In everything!  We’ll all feel better for it.  Really!

Really?

Feelings have consequences.  One may feel it is entirely justifiable to own a slave.  There is actually one person in the world who felt it was permissible to marry a dolphin – and she did.  There is a Princeton Professor who feels it is best if we decide if a baby is “wanted” after we’ve gotten to know the baby for a couple of weeks…and then “end its life”…if we feel like it.

If every person in America feels like smoking marijuana, perhaps one day we will all be legally Rep Eleph FlagRocky Mountain high.  You think this might do damage to our brains?  Who cares?  We don’t need them anymore.  We’re just not that into thinking.  We are a nation of feelers.

As this rate, who needs political parties?

Let’s just collapse everyone into the “Feel Good” party.  Look at the money we will save on political campaigns and elections.  Hey…good news, too.  We can use that money to pay down the national debt…if we feel like it.

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Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/nevada-republicans-drop-pro-life-traditional-marriage-stands-from-party-pla/#ixzz2zYJfbQZG

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