The doctor’s testimony today helped explain the lack of DNA evidence. Shoddy forensic evidence collecting by the police and ME.
July 9, 2013 at 5:49pm
Charles, can you please point me to where Zimmerman was told to stay in his car. I’ve heard the 911 call multiple times and I never hear the operator say that. I do hear him ask Zimmerman what he’s doing right now and Zimmerman says he’s looking for a street sign for the address and the operator asks him if he’s following Trayvon and Zimmerman says yes. The operator then says “ok, we don’t need you to do that.” and Zimmerman says ok. Zimmerman at this point had been on foot for a while trying to see where Trayvon ran off to because he ran through a “cut through” where his vehicle could not go.
If Trayvon threw the first punch (breaking zimmerman’s nose) and then straddled and pounded his head into the cement (as this doctor corroborates) then Trayvon is guilty of aggravated assault (possibly use of a deadly weapon) and Zimmerman is justified in shooting him (self defense). Nothing the prosecution has presented shows the events happening differently.
May 30, 2013 at 6:35pm
I have to agree with concern here as well. Our party is often labeled as greedy and evil. While I truly believe in the free market I also believe there are greedy individuals out there that currently exploit or would exploit their employees or the market if they were able to. While corporations are meant to provide maximum return for shareholder investment the rewards for providing those great returns tend to be unevenly distributed at the top. My argument isn’t about fairness (who can say what that is?) its about doing right.
I don’t begrudge anyone to make as much money as they can and those that start their own business deserve to reap the huge rewards that it brings when it is done right. I personally own my own business and work a full time job at another company. At both places, employees are paid above “market” as I and my employer share a common belief that when you pay your employees well, they perform more efficiently. As a result both businesses are thriving and employees are happy! How do I know this? Our own employees fill out third party surveys which are then entered into a “best places to work”. We continue to be ranked in the top ten each year.
I agree that low skilled workers should not be paid a high wage and should seek to get better educated or learn new skills if they want to have a higher earning power. On the other hand, people that have a sufficient skill set should be paid well for their good work.
May 20, 2013 at 3:43pm
@Harry – actually a minor can not consent so the idea that this was two consenting people gets thrown out in a court of law. Now the real hangup here is if they had sex. If so, then this should be tried and prosecuted no differently than if the older girl was a boy. Which will result in conviction of sexual offense and she will be labeled and registered as a sexual predator for the rest of her life.
Do I think that is fair? No, but it is the standard in our society and she should get no preferential treatment just because she’s female and a lesbian.
February 28, 2012 at 3:24pm
My biggest problem with this mandate is not the religious aspect although I do agree with those who are taking that point of view. My issue that we keep skirting around is that somehow women are being denied contraception and that it should be free.
1) Contraception is readily available to all women. Heck Planned Parenthood gives it out!
2) Contraception is not a medical necessity! That is the purpose of medical insurance.
The idea that by denying women free contraception is somehow akin to going back to the stone age is ridiculous.
February 23, 2012 at 10:31am
Todd – I appreciate the fact that you support your candidate, but lets be honest about the debate last night. It was held in Mesa AZ, the second largest population of Mormons in the country and the state and national party got to pick who attended. The crowd was so overwhelmingly “Romney” to make it appear to everyone watching that he was doing great. This was definitely not Rick Santorum’s finest debate but if you ignored the crowd (which I did) and just listened to what was said, Romney had as many stumbles as Santorum did. His biggest stumble was the last question. Instead of taking the opportunity to describe a misconception people had of him, he went on this rabbit trail about the american people and then got arrogant with King about his right to answer how he wants.
February 3, 2012 at 11:30am
ASHIRA BEN YOCHANAN
Thank you for your informative response. I am always honored to discuss God’s word with someone who has spent time studying the scriptures. I must respectfully disagree with your statement about the meaning of the scriptures in Galatians. Paul had previously been to Galatia and helped establish the church there. However, some Jewish christians were following him and after he left they convinced the people that to be true followers they needed to start obeying the Law. Galatians 5 contains Paul’s admonish of this teaching. He starts by saying that following the Law is to put one’s self back into bondage and the only thing that counts is faith not obedience of the Law. He then goes onto say that we should use our freedom to live under the spirit and not of the flesh and that the fulfillment of the Law is a commandment that Jesus gave: “Love thy neighbor as thy self.”
That is not to say that the Law should be ignored. For the blessing (and curses) are from the Law and are still in effect today. Our righteousness as described in Galatians 3 comes through faith and believing not from works under the Law. Galatians 3:5-6 are probably my favorite verses. ” 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
February 2, 2012 at 6:34pm
Paul recognized that Christ’s ministers had the right to be fully supported by their respective Churches. To show that God demanded support of His full time ministers, Paul referred back to the Law of Moses. Though the Christian is no longer bound by the Law of Moses, that Law reflects the holiness and desires, the standards of God. In the Old Testament every tribe in Israel was given land as an inheritance from God. The Levites (priests) belonged to God (Numbers 8:14). Since they belonged to God, they cared for the things of God. Since they belonged to God, they shared in the things of God, the tithe, that came into the Temple
Of every sacrifice that was brought into the Temple, God allowed the Levites to take a portion as food. Of every offering of food or precious ornaments that came into the house of God, the Levites took a portion. Paul applied the principle of the Levites being supported by Israel to the New Testament minister. Though we in the New Testament are not bound by the Law, God has set aside ministers to carry His Word just as He set aside the Levites to care for the things of to care for the things of the Temple. God expects that His ministers be supported, not starved nor allowed to suffer, but be supported while they tend to His Word. Paul said that he and Barnabas had sown to the Corinthian Church spiritual things, therefore the believers there should have been more than willing to support them in carnal things (food, clothing, a place to stay, etc.).
February 2, 2012 at 6:30pm
My only problem with the use of these scriptures is that people interpret them to mean that having money or being rich is evil. No one should ever put their faith in their money or be covetous but that doesn’t mean you can’t have wealth. I could quote you a ton of scripture both new and old testament that talk about the blessings of God and having wealth. I’m not saying that there aren’t preachers out there trying to con people out of their money but I think its wrong to lump all TV preachers into this category. I don’t personally watch Rod Parsely but I do believe in the blessing doctrine. “Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Micah 3:10