THIS IS AN issue that really gets under my skin (below). It is bad enough that the military has been watered-down with political correctness, and being feminized to the point that they becoming ineffective because of misguided missions, BUT now it looks like Christian service men (and women) are being persecuted in a place where there should religious liberty.
The next step I fear is that we Christians will some day will have to fear military, because I see a day coming that our military will be a tool of a future tyrannical United State government that will persecute Christian citizens.
Check out the blog article below from the Christian Post:
Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment
By Todd Starnes , CP Op-Ed Contributor
June 14, 2013|11:13 am
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.
The amendment was authored by Rep. John Fleming, (R-La). It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.”
The Obama Administration said the amendment would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.”
“With its statement, the White House is now endorsing military reprimands of members who . .
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ACCORDING TO BREITBART.COM, “West Virginia Senator Manchin Shocked to Learn Obama Not a Friend of Coal Industry.”
You can’t be serious? Or maybe he is that stupid! If you are that stupid then you are in the dark on an issue that most of know already. It is not like Obama’s war on coal was a war that he kept a secret.
It’s clear now that the President has declared war on coal. http://t.co/xoiC13H27K
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
Pres. Obama’s proposal will have disastrous consequences for not only the coal industry, but also American jobs and the economy.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
“Congress thus far hasn’t given Obama the “cap and trade” bill he wants, so he is going to do an end-run around Congress and order the EPA to hit electricity-producing coal plants with expensive new regulations to limit the output of greenhouse gases.
This is Manchin’s attempt to impress the voters back home in West Virginia coal country. He’s acting surprised, but Obama has literally said that he is looking for energy prices to skyrocket for years:
For his shocked – SHOCKED! – act today, I hereby give West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin this week’s “Captain Louis Renault’ Award! Well done, Joe!”
FOR AN AMERICAN “church” culture that sees Jesus as a great example, the article below from CNN Belief Blog is NOT surprising.
Don’t get me wrong. I think that films can lead to great worldview discussions, and I am sure many film stories do have a type of Christ-firgure from time to time.
However, it is another thing when a movie marketing campaign goes out of its way to market to pastor, and encourage sermon notes about “Jesus, the super hero.” A pastor job is to properly preach the word, and administrate the sacrament, not to preach from a pop culture movie.
Disclaimer, I am making this comment before I even seen the move. Article below:
Superman: Flying to a church near you
By Eric Marropodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) – As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.
Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing “Man of Steel” to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.
The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.
“How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask.
(Disclaimer: CNN, like Warner Bros., is owned by Time Warner.)
Similar campaigns to corral the country’s large number of Christians into the movie theater have been used for “Les Miserables,” “Soul Surfer” and “The Blind Side,” all of which had at least some faith angle.
Baltimore pastor Quentin Scott is among dozens of ministers who received . . .
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Superman: Flying to a church near you | CNN: Belief Blog
HERE IS MY second post today on partisan politics.
However, this would be funny if it was’t so tragic, because it is illustrating that the United States is being lead off a cliff as blind sheep.
You can also read this on Doug Giles’ ClashDaily site. I don’t know if he wrote this parody or he read somewhere else.
A Psalm of Obama
(To be sung by children, K-12, every morning of their seven-day school week.)*
The State is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
It makes me lie down in federally owned pastures.
It leads me beside quiet waters in banned fishing areas.
It restores my soul through its control.
It guides me in the path of dependency for its namesake.
Even though our nation plunges into the valley of the shadow of debt,
I will fear no evil,
For Barack will be with me.
The Affordable Care Act and food stamps,
They comfort me.
You prepare a table of Michelle Obama approved foods before me in the presence of my Conservative and Libertarian enemies.
You anoint my head with hemp oil;
My government regulated 16-ounce cup overflows.
Surely mediocrity and an entitlement mentality will follow me
All the days of my life,
And I will dwell in a low-rent HUD home forever and ever.
*Special Note: For union workers teaching their subjects this psalm in government schools, it is to be regarded as a psalm of exquisite beauty. The main subject is the watchful care that the Government extends over its dependents and the consequent faux assurance that you must make them feel that the State will supply all their needs. The leading thought—the essential idea—is to get gullible Americans to fully believe that Big Government will provide for them and that they will never be left to want. Make certain the dumb bastards get that message, okay?
HERE IS A LITTLE PARTISAN politics for readers of After Skubalon, Light! blog.
For most people who know me, knows that my theology is Reformed, and my politics is very conservative. With that said, I do try to keep the “two kingdoms” separated as I comment on politics as much as I can.
It is not surprising to me what Carville says about “80% of Democrats are Politically Clueless,” because the proof is the result of the last election, or they know and they voted for what they wanted.
I am sure that (for being partisan) that political liberals are counting on the cluelessness of their base.
Below is an excerpt of what Carville said about Democrats:
“Ideologies aren’t all that important. What’s important is psychology.
The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.
Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality.
What amazes me is that you could take a group of people who are hard workers and convince them that they should support social programs that were the exact opposite of their own personal convictions. Put a little fear here and there and you can get people to vote any way you want.
The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.
Truth is relative. Truth is what you can make the voter believe is the truth. If you’re smart enough, truth is what you make the voter think it is. That’s why I’m a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to.”
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“I want to say I envy the Catholic priest, because when they have someone in confession it’s all kept secret. When I have somebody asking me for advice, it spreads worldwide and it’s misunderstood.” – Pat Robert responding to his response to a question on marriage and alzheimer.
I have many friends that think of me as a “religious” guy and I really hate the word religion because of its broad associations in the mind of my friends. I fear that my friends might think that I may common opinions or worst common theology with someone like Pat Robertson.
I denounce Pat Roberts especially when come to his theology!
When friends ask me about my “religion” I do tell them I am a covenant Christian or Christian reformed. I emphasize the word covenant or reformed to give myself an opportunity to explain to them how I am distinct from the nutjobs like Pat Robertson and I don’t consider myself part of the “mainstream” of American Christianity culture. Been there, done that, bought the T-Shirt, not going back.
OUR MIGHTY GOVERNMENT is hard at work micro-managing every aspect of our lives here in the land of the free.
They are in our gas tanks, our light bulbs, our toilets, our washing machine, and our showerheads. In some area of the country they are hard at work trying to regulate the color of the our homes, and the color of cars we drive (no black cars or dark color roofs because it can raise the earth’s temperature).
There has been proposal to install “smart meters” on our houses (they are really stupid meters) to regulate the temperature of our homes and dictating when we can or can’t run household appliances, like a dish washer.
NOW, JUST LIKE OUR SUVS, THEY HAVE ICE MAKERS IN OUR FRIDGE AS THEIR NEW TARGET. OH SKUBALON!! WHEN WILL IT STOP!
Check out the article below::
EDITORIAL: Global-warming zealots to ban ice makers
Energy efficiency standards to expand scope of product confiscation
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES – 1:00 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2011
Ice makers are the latest target in the left’s ongoing war against the conveniences of modern life. Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a report that may condemn this essential household item to the contraband list that already includes functional light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and showerheads.
Those looking for an easy way to cool down their drinks with ice cubes are guilty of increasing their refrigerator’s energy consumption by about 12 to 20 percent. That’s unacceptable to global-warming alarmists at the Department of Energy (DOE) who are hard at work finalizing regulatory standards for the fridge. The proposed changes will increase prices by an estimated $2 billion per year, but DOE justifies this added expense by claiming consumers would save $37 in electricity costs over the lifetime of a typical side-by-side.
Paying more up front to obtain paltry energy savings might << Click HERE to continue on the sources website >>
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It is scandalous shenanigans!
Below is a new Citynet television ad and some links of some stories appearing in local West Virginia newspaper about Citynet’s plan for broadband deployment to undeserved area of our state and the misappropriation of federal funds by West Virginian politicians.
I haven’t been adding new entries to my blog recently but I haven’t given up on it. I am usually busy at work or too tired to think when I am not working; but, for now, my West Virginia readers please read. — Thank you.
Citynet in the Local Paper::
- Scope of Broadband Project Clarified by George Hohmann, The Charleston Daily Mail, (11/18/2010)
- West Virginia Broadband Council to Hear Broadband Grant Dispute on December 15th, 2010 by Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette, (11/17/10)
- Citynet Renews Attack on Broadband Plan by George Hohmann, The Charleston Daily Mail, (11/17/2010)
- Citynet: State Wasting Internet Funding, Favoring Frontier by Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette, (11/16/2010)
I KNOW IT will hard to believe that West Virginia politics would have any scandalous shenanigans but I am witnessing it firsthand.
At the beginning of the Obama administration, a massive bill was passed for the sole purpose to re-electing democrats and to redistribute of wealth in this country. Although I think that 98% of this spending of this bill a hideous waste of taxpayer’s money some of the government spending of the bill is legitimate.
One aspect of the spending of the bill, that I could argue is legitimate spending, is helping underserved areas of our country expand deployment of broadband Internet. I could argue that building a data infrastructure is no different from any other civil needs like roads and utilities that biblically and constitutionally government can have role. I will admit that I would prefer the state government to manage these projects instead of the federal government, but in a stretch, I think that this kind infrastructure spending is legitimate (or at least more legitimate than other wasteful pork projects).
However, what happens is that the 2% of legitimate government spending are then pissed away because of local shenanigans at the state level. In the case of West Virginia local telecommunication companies have applied for stimulus grant money to be use to deploy broadband Internet to underserved areas of our state by building a middle-mile infrastructure so businesses, telecommunications companies and state government can tap into broadband Internet.
It was a good plan until Governor Manchin and his cronies arranged to have Frontier to use the money to provide the state government with mediocre broadband on outdated last-mile network technology. I am sure that our governor is getting some kind of kick back for this shenanigan.
Citynet, the company that I work for, has responded by petitioning the federal government to suspend all funding of this project. Please read excerpt of bullet points of an 8-page letter from our CEO, Jim Martin, of his objection to the spending of the funding for broadband deployment in the state of West Virginia:
- 700,000 homes and 110,000 businesses – The state’s initial application boasted that the grant would provide high-speed Internet access to at least 700,000 households and 110,000 businesses. However, now the state plan excludes those households and businesses and provides only potential benefits to state agencies. This difference should be reconciled.
- Economic development and job creation – The state plan would do absolutely nothing to empower high-paying-job-creating businesses or institutions. The federal government should request an explanation of why the state plan does not meet this basic goal of the federal legislation that authorized the broadband program.
- Creation of middle-mile infrastructure – Despite all the rhetoric, the state plan does not create a middle-mile solution. The state scheme provides only isolated fiber extensions to isolated state agencies. The state should provide maps, along with a detailed inventory of planned assets, and demonstrate how the plan would be a middle-mile solution that would benefit all West Virginians.
- Open-Access Network Facilities – The state plan talks about open network access. However, details of the plan indicate all assets would be owned by Frontier Communications, and the state has not published pricing for the use of these taxpayer-funded assets being given to Frontier. The current arrangement would not guarantee open access to the taxpayer-funded assets by competitors. Nor does the state plan require a usage rate that is reflective of the taxpayer dollars being given to Frontier. Further, the federal government should compel the state to provide an explanation of why it has ignored its fiduciary responsibility to manage the grant by turning over that responsibility to Frontier.
- Affordability – The state plan would not provide an affordable solution for the state agencies it potentially would serve. The plan does not even address affordability. The federal government should require the state to explain why affordability is not an issue and require the state to address the anti-competitive nature of the plan.
Jim Martin concluded his letter by saying, “On a personal note, I was born and raised in West Virginia and I have built a successful West Virginia-based business … I am compelled to force this issue to a productive end and I refuse to bow to the mounting political pressure…”
I am behind him 100%.
. . . and he is a minister too (but I don’t know how orthodox he is). However, check this quote by RC Sproul, “Doug Giles brings a sharp, humorous, bold and captivating style to communication.”
STATISM IS HERE and if it is defeated we will have a hard tyranny (not the soft tyranny we have now) here in the United States within 50 years.
The left is working hard to force pure statism on us and destroy the constitution. One example on the leftist are trying to force tyranny on us is to push for the abolishment of the Electoral College.
The United States does not have a direct democracy but a representative republic. If the Electoral College is done away with we will have tyranny of the majority. The states will smaller population will have little to say on how they are governed.
Click here to read on a good article on the Brilliance of the Electoral College and then check the article below how states like Massachusetts are working to bypass it:
Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College - July 27, 2010 05:09 PM | by By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote.
“What we are submitting is the idea that the president should be selected by the majority of people in the United States of America,” Senator James B. Eldridge, an Acton Democrat, said before the Senate voted to enact the bill.
Under the new bill, he said, “Every vote will be <<< Click HERE to continue to read the story on the source’s website >>>
WHEN I ATTENDED West Virginia State College years ago I had to take a Race and Gender Class which was nothing more than a sensitivity training course disguised as academics. This class was one step away from a Soviet Union style re-education GULAG designed to get my mind right in eyes of the elites in academia.
I have been reading on the Internet and watching cable news of a story of a graduate student in Georgia suing Augusta State University after being told she MUST go to a “diversity sensitivity training” and if she doesn’t change her beliefs or agree to the “re-education” plan that the university will expel her from the program.
Jennifer Keeton is a Christian working on a master degree on counseling and Augusta State University is demanding that she change her views on homosexuality or she will NOT graduate. According the reports I have been reading the university has taken steps to make her change her beliefs by giving her additional assignments to increase her exposure to the gay population and one of the assignments is to attend a Gay Pride Parade in Augusta.
The day is coming in this country the way it is in Canada where a minister’s sermon delivered in a church can get him thrown in jail and force him to go to a “re-education camp” to get his mind right.
Below is the story from FOX News and other related links ::
Lawsuit Claims College Ordered Student to Alter Religious Views on Homosexuality, Or Be Dismissed – By Joshua Rhett Miller – Published July 27, 2010 | FoxNews.com
A graduate student in Georgia is suing her university after she was told she must undergo a remediation program due to her beliefs on homosexuality and transgendered persons.
The student, Jennifer Keeton, 24, has been pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Augusta State University since 2009, but school officials have informed her that she’ll be dismissed from the program unless she . . . <<< Click HERE to continue to read the story on the source website >>>
- Christian Counseling Student Sues to Stay in School – AOL News
- Online site taking bets on Augusta State lawsuit – Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Georgia Grad Student Sues University Over Gay Sensitivity Training – ABC News
MAKE NO MISTAKES about it! Abama’s agenda is to control the people.
When the government has ObamaCare, Cap and Trade, illegal aliens made into citizens, control of insurance companies, the banks, credit card companies, the news media (which they already volunteered control over to the Obama administration), and running industries GM; he will be controlling the people!
It is the goal of this administration and if they get everything they want every thing you do will be under the control of our big, powerful, benevolent, and out-of-control GOVERNMENT!
The list of example can go on and on.
Listen to the clip below about the real goal of the liberals in Washington-