It amazes me how ignorant people are regarding Service Dogs. Sadly, there are the scammers out there, but everything these days has some kind of scammer forcibly attached to the real thing. I have a Service Dog, I am a disabled Veteran, I have PTSD, TBI, and a whole host of other injuries/disabilities. I went to war 3 times, and it was on my first tour when I acquired most of my current difficulties, yet I continued to serve another 4 years, partially because my injuries were not immediately noticeable nor immediately diagnosed. I am also very fortunate to live in the Great State of Texas. That said…
It seems to me, from many of the stories I’ve read/heard, that most problems regarding Service Dogs allowed in public places is centered with the Houston area. Notice I did not say ALL. I travel a lot between DFW and West Texas, and the very few times I had someone say “you can’t bring that dog in”, my immediate response is “This is my Service Dog” and they have always been happy with that. I’ve only had a handful of people even ask me what my SD does for me. Granted, my SD was professionally trained and knows 86 commands, but I do know many Vets who choose to train their own SDs, which is perfectly legal.
People also have an amazing time MISunderstanding what PTSD actually is. Medicine and Science combined have recently discovered that PTSD is actually a Brain injury, which makes sense why it so commonly mimics symptoms of TBI. Stop drinking the Flavor-aid.
July 10, 2013 at 2:06pm
New King James Version (NKJV)
Marriage and Divorce
1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.
2 And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’
5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
MALE and FEMALE
ADAM and EVE, not adam and steve
Jesus was concise and to the point in this regard, and He never needed to clarify it because the message was simple. By this statement alone, He clearly defined marriage. Trying to reinterpret it to fit your own devises only serves to put words in Jesus’ mouth that He never said.
July 2, 2013 at 11:32am
For those talking of using Puff the Magic Dragon and/or a Spectre, here is a time-lapse presentation of the Spectre firing in Afghanistan, affectionately titled “Afghani Torndao”:
If people want to call me nit-picky, then sowhat, but I have to correct you on something. It is not 1%. It is 0.45%.
July 1, 2013 at 5:45pm
Thanks for serving, Brother. I remember the first time I came home to my family from deployment. And the second. And the third.
It NEVER gets old, and is just as heartwarming and heartbreaking each and every time.
June 14, 2013 at 4:57pm
There is no time limit on crimes against humanity. Genocide is such a crime, and should be punished once caught, no matter the age of the person. He lied to enter the U.S. He very likely lied to his second wife and all of their children.
Yes today’s issues are of paramount importance, but so is mass-murder. He was in command of units that performed atrocities. Even if he did not personally pull a trigger, as being one in command he would have given the order to his men.
Anyone who thinks he did his “job” with a gun pointed at him is looking for a wooden needle in a haystack. He proudly wrote of his service in WWII. No one coerced into service would be proud of it.
June 14, 2013 at 12:38pm
Skeptic, you are mis-interpretting what “separation of church and state” means.
The main portion of Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”
The comment was made about protecting the Church FROM the State, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
June 13, 2013 at 5:20pm
I am a Veteran. I married a foreigner. She came to America LEGALLY, and fought for six long, difficult years to become an American citizen. Those nincompoop twitter-twits can sit on their pointing fingers and spin for all I care. Every veteran I know would proudly stand with this young man, and many would stand in front of him. Yup, that’s right: hurl your insults at us, while we shield this young child who deserves NONE of your ill-treatment. Just make sure you are prepared for our return volleys, because you WILL be hurting afterward.
Pecos-Count me in! Nothing grinds my arse more than someone messing with a kid.
I can guarantee that none of these twits would insult me or you to our face, but pick on a kid from their I-phone...I better stop now or it will never post.
Almost every one of those twitter accounts are gone. They had to bail out because of the blitz they got. They look like they were all young or college aged but definitely not college educated. They all very well could be OBAMA voters!
I truly believe this is a left wing progressive set up. This is exactly the way they do things. Make it seem like the nutcase conservatives are nothing but racist. I am extremely right wing and I love people of all races. Some of my best friends in life have been Hispanic and black. Every conservative I know feels the same way. All ask is that they come here legally. Then, I'm all in to help them succeed. Trust me on this....the left is NOT above doing these despicable things.
Yep, standing with you Pecos1...
This precious talented child is one of America's best. He loves his Country, and also his Heritage. Shouldn't we all?
For the record, I started school in Culver City, Calif in 1950. Many of my classmates and friends were of Mexican descent, but were Americans as were their families for some generations. I also had Asian friends whose families had returned to their homes after the war. We had Jewish kids in class and I think some from Moms who were war brides from Europe, Japan, some black kids etc. Funny, from 1950 to 1963 when I graduated from high school, none of us gave a rip what last name you had, or what color you were or where you family came from or any other thing except the usual dumb and stupid kid stuff. I cannot believe their is so much hatred in this country, but I do not remember it starting until I was a young adult and was accused, as a group, of being racist. I believe this is all the stirring of pot for political reasons, and I am sick of it. I am not remotely against any person, or group. I am however very against breaking laws of immigration, because it is way to much. Treating a kid like crap, not knowing where he is from, but assuming, is wrong. They are putting anger ahead of their brain.
June 13, 2013 at 10:42am
This HARRYPOTTER character is just trying to stir the pot, and sadly most people are taking the bait. Among his claims, he says the Bible is innaccurate because it was rewritten by several people over thousands of years, yet in reality the Bible was written by several people, over a 1500 year period, AS EVENTS UNFOLDED. Unlike his claim, events in the Bible were written about as they happened, or shortly there after.
To me, the rest of his dribble is just that. He/she/it is baiting others into arguments. Plain and simple.
"AS EVENTS UNFOLDED" -except that it wasn't written down for a long time after the events happened, the stories were passed down via oral traditions like poems and songs. You know how easy it is for things to get misinterpreted when they're written down, can you imagine how much they change if someone remembers the words wrong when they're passing it down?
June 13, 2013 at 9:58am
All the whiners on here are the girlyboys. Proverbs17-12NLT, you need to change your name.
REAL men would gladly try this belt on. I always found it fascinating when one of my babies was kicking around in mama’s womb, and I would try to catch every kick or movement I could. Now my youngest is almost six. I miss it sometimes.
For all the girlyboys complaining about this belt, if you want to meet REAL men, go to the nearest town where there is a military base. Most of those serving are Men, though there is still a small, but increasing, number of women.
June 12, 2013 at 10:34am
People scream about “gay rights”, which is BS, and they scream how businesses are not allowed to refuse them service, even though businesses clearly have signs stating, “We have the right to refuse service to ANYONE” (emphasis mine). Some here claim being homosexual is a “natural” right. Well, let’s have some “natural” education, shall we?
It is biologically unnatural for males to be with males, and females to be with females. Simply biologically speaking, you can have roosters with roosters, and hens with hens, but in order to have an egg, it REQUIRES a rooster AND a hen. It is biologically impossible for two hens to create an egg together, just as it is biologically impossible for two roosters to create an egg together.
The homosexual argument is invalid.
June 3, 2013 at 4:30pm
Bill Maher is about as squared away as a soup sandwich. I will be one of those wounded vets riding with Bush in the near future. In no way would I blame Bush for my injuries. To do so would be comparable to blaming Campbell’s for making a soup sandwich.
 June 3, 2013 at 1:00pm
Eddie Ray Routh’s PTSD did NOT cause him to kill Chris Kyle. Every news report attempting to pin a veteran’s crime on PTSD has been followed up with a report showing the veteran had OTHER issues, such as bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.
Anyone categorically blaming PTSD as the cause, without learning ALL of the details, is stupid. Plain and simple.
May 13, 2013 at 2:39pm
But officer, that black powder is Pepper…..
May 8, 2013 at 1:47pm
Blackcrow, that was very racist of you. Why are you so quick to blame an entire people for what their government does? It’s like blaming all Iranians for Amhadinajad’s action, just because they are Iranian. Or, blaming Iraqis for Saddam Hussein. Or Russians for Stalin and Lenin and Marx. Or Christianity for Catholic-specific atrocities. Your actions are no better than those you point a finger at.
May 1, 2013 at 6:06pm
27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”
May 1, 2013 at 6:05pm
Think someone can be stuck here if they have trouble leaving (meaning that ‘person’ would have to be more powerful than God)? Read this: Luke 16:19-31
19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell[d] from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ (cont’d)
May 1, 2013 at 3:38pm
CAIR likely sponsored the video.
May 1, 2013 at 12:24pm
(part 2) Familiar spirits are demons, or fallen angels, and can possess people:
“Acts 16:16-19 (NKJV)
Paul and Silas Imprisoned
16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”
18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.
19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.”
You must be careful about what you claim is a demon or is of God.
May 1, 2013 at 12:21pm
JGRAHAM III, you said:
The record of Saul and the witch of Endor carries the explanation that she ‘had a familiar spirit’, which is an evil spirit that impersonates a dead person for whatever gain the damned thing anticipates getting. In the case of Saul it was his own destruction as the record shows. What the familiar spirit tells Saul isn’t prophecy but rather what the devil’s intended plans for Saul were. Samuel, being dead, wasn’t there, but Saul in his desperate state of mind was grasping at straws and bought into the lie.”
You are in error. When the witch saw Samuel, she cried out deception:
“12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!”
What was supposed to be a familiar spirit, instead was the real Samuel. God sent Samuel’s spirit to convey the message Saul was looking for, but not the one he wanted to hear. The witch fully expected something else to occur, but by a sovereign act of God, Samuel’s spirit, not a ghost, appeared. (cont’d)