Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Media, The Mind And The Moral Mess

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More than 88% of American adults watch television every day, and the average adult watches a little over 5 hours each day.

Children and teenagers watch a little over 3 hours per day.

Evidence is mounting that in its presentation of violence, sex and profanity, or even the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, television shapes those who watch it.

Certainly television is having a negative effect on children. But it isn't only children, studies are now showing that adults are also being significantly influenced in their moral beliefs by what they see on television.

The media, all media, but particularly television, has become a medium of propaganda. And a transformational cultural power in America.

NBC has created its "New Normal" while Fox gives us the girls and gays of "GLEE"---ABC, "Modern Family."

The result of this is the cultural confusion and mess of today.

While NBC openly mocks Jesus Christ, the media tries Pastor Robert Jeffress for being anti-Semitic and homophobic, declaring him guilty.

Christian leaders are now beginning to push back. On many fronts.

Pastor David Jeremiah is pushing back very hard.

And a secular progressive Hollywood insider is actually admitting, in an article, that there is a left wing agenda in Hollywood and they are succeeding in transforming the culture.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Sequester Jester

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As the world turns toward "Sequester," fear spreads across the land. All the kings men and his horses are appearing on every television show in the country, each with his or her version of how America may nearly end if sequestration happens.

Yesterday, the administration raised the terror threat and warned that illegals could flood across the border if we go to sequestration.

We also learned yesterday that the President's salary will not be affected by sequestration.

Peggy Noonan, writing for the Wall Street Journal in an article titled, "Government by Freakout" says:

The president's sequester strategy is like Howard Beale in "Network": "Woe is us. . . . And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!"

It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout.

That's what's happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs.

Meat won't be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back.

Mr. Obama has finally hit on his own version of national unity: Everyone get scared together.

Lets look at the 700,000 children who will be dropped from Head Start.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

President's "No Intention" Comments Are Not Reassuring

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Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he will block the nomination of the John Brennan confirmation for Director of the CIA until he gets a straight answer from Brennan and the President.

Paul's concern is in regard to the use of drones to track and kill people. Particularly in America, and American citizens in foreign countries.

You would think that would be an easy question to answer with clarity.

And you would think the answer would be, "We will not kill Americans on American soil or elsewhere."

But that is not what he is saying.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

President Urges Supreme Court To Redefine Marriage

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Late Friday afternoon, as offices were closing and workers were heading home for the weekend, President Obama's White House delivered a brief to the Supreme Court.

The message?

His brief is formally urging the Court to declare unconstitutional the portion of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) law that bars recognition of same-sex marriages by the government for income tax purposes, federal employee benefits, immigration and a number of other programs.

The President is also including so-called same-sex "marriage" in his immigration reform proposals.

Will he also insert himself into the California Proposition 8 matter also scheduled to come before the Supreme Court beginning March 26?

Does the President have more in mind than just these specific cases?

Is he preparing to make an all out push to redefine marriage nationally, even though he has repeatedly said he believes it is a matter for individual states to decide?

There are now some Republican "conservatives" who are saying they think there is a case to be made for "conservatives" to support same-sex "marriage."

But first, Tim Eyman, Mike Fagan and Jack Fagen have unleashed the wrath of the Seattle Times, the Spokesman Review and other papers across the state. GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur agrees with the papers and is calling on Eyman to apologize.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Tim Tebow Cancels First Baptist Church

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Associated Press is reporting that Tim Tebow called Pastor Jeffress and told him he needed to avoid controversy right now "for personal and professional reasons."

Tebow posted this on Facebook and Twitter: "While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!"

Prior to the cancellation, homosexual activist bloggers and some mainstream reporters and sports writers were publicly challenging Tebow's decision to appear at the 11,000 member Dallas First Baptist Church, labeling Pastor Jeffress as a "controversial evangelical Christian."

Why are they calling Pastor Jeffress controversial?

He told "The Fan" radio program 106.7, "We have been mischaracterized and misquoted as being a hate-spewing church. For us to simply say that Jesus Christ offers salvation to anyone who believes in him, and that sex should be between a man and woman in marriage, that that should be considered hate speech, I don't understand that. It really shows you not that the Word of God has changed, but society has changed."

So, did Tebow cave to the homosexual activists pressure?

How does Pastor Jeffress and the church feel about his decision?

What message does this send from the evangelical community to those who seek to redefine morality, replace biblical truth with relativism, secularize America and re-make the culture?

And what should biblical Christians take from this episode?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

President Obama: Defying Moral Law

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Who decides what is and what is not moral?

Is the President of the United States given that kind of moral authority?

The Pope?

Public opinion of the majority in a democracy?

When Obama was a state senator in Illinois, he opposed a bill that would have simply defined born babies as "persons."

More recently, he has been waging war with Catholics and other conservative, pro-life Christians, requiring them to act against their faith by buying or providing health care plans that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

Now, by decree, he is standing against natural moral law in regard to military policy. And he is mocking "equality." Something he has vowed to support.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has executed a directive from the President that requires the military to treat co-habitating homosexuals as if they are "married" couples.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Stealing the Children at Taxpayer Expense

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for taxpayer funded "Universal" pre-school.

The following day, he traveled to Georgia for a photo-op with pre-school children.

What's up?

The government is trying to get its hands on your children at an even younger age.

From the time kids are 5 or 6 years old up through their senior year in high school, government run schools, which are run by far left secular progressive teacher's unions and Planned Parenthood, have our kids about 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, for most of the year.

Are they educating them or indoctrinating them?

Robert Knight, a well known researcher, author and speaker says, "They use that time to teach them just enough English and math to pass standardized tests, while they force feed them a secular, progressive mindset that views American capitalism as a world problem and more government as the solution."

R.C. Sproul, Jr., son of the well known and highly respected evangelical theologian and pastor says, "Christians shouldn't have their kids in public schools."

He says public schools are not failing, they are doing exactly what they were designed to do.

I'm reminded of a warning from the farewell address of Moses to the people of Israel---and those who would follow regarding God's truth and their children.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NBC Slams Tim Tebow and First Baptist Church of Dallas' Pastor

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NBC is publicly slamming both football player Tim Tebow and Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 11,000 member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Again.

Both Tebow and Jeffress have been the target of public media and in every case it has been related to the public expression of their biblical beliefs and faith.

Here is NBC's latest attack and their view of the football player and the pastor.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cultural Infection Spreads to USDA

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The cultural infection of political correctness has spread to another government agency. This time it's the United States Department of Agriculture.

In an era when common sense in government has become an endangered species and you think you've seen and heard it all, you discover you haven't.

Let me tell you about what the USDA employees were required to chant about the Pilgrims---yes, those pilgrims, and how much it cost you the taxpayer.

I also want to announce that there is a cure for this infection.

But first ...
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Back On Daily Radio

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"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalms 11:3).
After considerable prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to take some definite and significant steps, that I feel are appropriate in light of recent election results. As you know, we witnessed the defeat of most everything Christian or conservative in this past election----the election and re-election of secular progressives who remain in the majority in the state legislature, the redefinition of marriage and family, legalized pot and Republicans trying to act like liberal progressives under the guise of being "moderate" in order to "win"--- which didn't work out all that well. Nor will it in the future.

The cultural walls are being destroyed, the cultural foundations are crumbling. Too many Christians are silent.

It's time to look and move forward. The actions we take must not be wrapped in mere "busyness" under the guise of effectiveness, nor activities staged to promote the prominence of certain personalities or advance certain personal aspirations and ambitions.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Voter Fraud. "It Never Happens." Really?

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I questioned a few things when Dino Rossi lost to Gregoire a few years ago and was assured by a Republican Secretary of State such things never happen.

When someone questions a national election result, the response usually goes something like this: "A person casting two votes gets jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightening strike."

Lightening is striking multiple times in multiple places.

The President announced in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that he is creating a non-partisan commission, "to improve the voting experience in America."

That could mean different things to different people. Especially when we discover that one of the two lawyers that will lead this improved voting experience is none other than Bob Bauer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Obamaland--A Place Absent Reality

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Kennedy had his Camelot. Obama has his Obamaland.

Some Americans live in Obamaland. Some live in Realville.

As President Obama "fiddled" with gun control, global warming, homosexual rights, increased minimum wage, increased taxes and a litany of lofty, socialistic big government ideas last night in his State of the Union Address, Realville is burning.

In his 6600 word speech he promised a big bag of goodies, then wrapped it in this promise: "Nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase the deficit a single dime. It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government..."

The operative word would be "should."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Onward Secular Progressive Soldiers

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The march of the secular progressive soldiers continues as their drumbeat echos across the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

While a pastor was pressured to step back from giving the invocation at the Presidential Inauguration a couple of weeks ago because of a sermon he gave that explained biblical teaching regarding homosexual behavior, we now see the progressive stormtroopers on the attack toward one of the world's most renowned neurosurgeons because he doesn't hold their secular relativistic worldview.

Dr. Ben Carson, head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is being excoriated because of comments he made during his speech at last week's National Prayer Breakfast.

Carson has earned the respect of people across this country and around the world because of his work, his humility and his charity. This is a brief overview of his awards and recognitions.

He is a conservative who deeply believes in the sanctity of life, the biblical model of natural marriage and biblical principles as trustworthy for a sure cultural foundation.

He is also a devout, biblical Christian.

Therefore, he is a problem for the secular progressives.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Christian Athletes Have More Influence Than Pastors

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The Barna Group recently found that 2/3 of Americans say pro-athletes have more influence in society than faith leaders.

Clint Jenkins with the Barna Group, says he's not surprised, because he believes average everyday people live vicariously through talented athletes.

The survey explored awareness of 7 prominent athletes, by asking adults if they were aware of the athlete and their public expression of their faith.

Friday, February 08, 2013

God, Farmers, The Bible and Conservatism

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Most everyone in the world has likely seen the Super Bowl Dodge Ram commercial "God Made A Farmer" narrated by the late Paul Harvey.

In you have not seen it or would simply like to see it one more time, click here or watch below. I love this commercial.

A recent survey by the Barna Group has found which American cities are most "Bible minded."

Another recent Gallup survey has identified the most conservative states in America.

Their findings are interesting.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Cake Maker, Cake Maker, Make Me A Cake

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"Boy Scout Update: I'm sure you are aware that BSA decided to postpone a decision whether to lift the ban on homosexual members, until May.

It all started when a woman and daughter stopped by "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" in Gresham ,Oregon.

Aaron, Melissa's husband and business partner in the cake shop said, "I did my normal thing, where I asked what the bride and grooms' first names were so I could write it down on the contract."

He says, "She---the girl---giggled a little bit and then informed me it was two brides, at which point, I looked up from my paper, and said..."

It was then that all the assurances we have heard regarding homosexual legislation not imposing or undermining freedom of religious expression, seems to have evaporated.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

McKenna Helping Push Boy Scouts Toward Moral Cliff

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Today, the Boy Scouts of America will make a moral decision that will forever define their future.

They will hold to the moral values and principles they have maintained since their founding over a hundred years ago----or they will cave to pressure from large corporation donors who have caved to homosexual activists and social pressures from high profile personalities.

If they cave, there will be a mass exodus from their ranks, led by the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church, the LDS Church and hundreds of thousands of biblical Christians who have stood with the BSA.

Money, as is often the case, is, it seems, at the heart of the matter. However, the issue is driven by homosexual activist groups intent on forcing the BSA to abandon their long held, biblical values.

It is true that a number of major corporations have withdrawn, or threatened to withdraw their financial support if the Scouts don't abandon their biblical beliefs regarding homosexual behavior.

It is also true that a good number of high profile personalities through their association with these activist groups are helping push the Scouts off the moral cliff.

Rob McKenna is one of several you will know.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Battle For Heart And Soul Of GOP Has Begun

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A tale of "weeds and winners."

The New York Times (login required) has reported that, "The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by the far right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party's effort to win control of the Senate."

The group's name, "Conservative Victory Project," appears to be somewhat misleading.

The "Project" and its super PAC's mission is to remake the Republican Party around the notion that true conservatives can't win.

Apparently they are searching for safe, "moderate" candidates like Rob McKenna, Reagan Dunn and Bill Finkbeiner here in Washington State. Now I understand why Randy Pepple, McKenna's manager, told Republicans in a Seattle Times article after the election, "There's no need for panic."

Relax. Just keep running so-called "moderates" who support abortion and are, at best, wobbly on marriage, while asking for evangelicals votes. Sounds like a winning model to me.

The New York Times is also reporting that "Karl Rove and his allies...will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races, to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections."

Weeds and Winners.

Are true conservatives seen as flawed "weeds" who can't win by the Republican Party?

Was John Koster, although highly qualified, denied support from the state GOP in the 1st Congressional district last November because he was seen as flawed? Or a weed? Or simply a true conservative?

Some thoughts by me and others:

Monday, February 04, 2013

IRS: "Obamacare Will Cost Average Family $20,000 Per Year"

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Back on March 23, 2010, President Obama hugged HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, thanking them for helping ram his so-called "Affordable Healthcare Act" through Congress before members had even read it.

The President promised that now everyone would have "affordable healthcare."

Sometimes things are not as they seem.

Three years later we find it is not affordable.

But everyone will have it. Except those given special exceptions---like Congressional members, etc.

And if you don't "have it", the IRS will impose a penalty.

In an attempt to create an assumption of what people can expect as Obamacare comes in effect, the IRS reported last week that it will cost a typical family $20,000 per year.


Here are some details.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Atheism: "A Personal Relationship With Reality"

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Recently I have pointed out how Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other abortion advocates who wish to expand the abortion industry have begun using new and different words to push their agenda.

They are not alone in revising the way they deliver their message.

Now atheists are doing their own makeover and co-opting a phrase from evangelical Christians.

Their new message appeared yesterday on a 14' x 48' billboard in San Diego, located on MLK Freeway near College Avenue.

The billboard plays off a phrase and concept long associated with evangelicals. This is likely not an accident.

Deception most often shadows Truth.