Hey Wayne, don’t forget to mention:
That Socialism can look “ok” for a time assuming it’s population tolerates the plethora of taxes it levies to support the freebies. HOWEVER, it is a very brittle system that cannot sustain economic downturn, one bad recession and it usually never recovers, if it even takes a recession to trigger a rapid decline in the first place.
Additionally, Socialism has a problem with scale. When it works temporarily, it is usually in smaller countries and especially ones with state-owned resources, like, oil. Finland and Norway only have slightly more than 5 million people each and they are not growing. America has more than 20 states with more people than that! Norway gets over 30% of its GDP from oil, Finland was ok for a few years, but it’s in trouble now with a large aging population, it is approaching the debt limit set by the EU. So, these countries have had a few “good” years, but today they look a lot more like the rest of Europe than a shining example of Socialism at work. They simply aren’t a good example for what a country as large and diverse as America should do in the future. But the American “proletariat” has never been more ignorant these days, if we set up a few more freebies and wreck the economy a bit more, it could become a reality that we will need to live through before we come out the other side. Who knows how long that will take and what might happen to us in the mean time…
August 28, 2015 at 12:19pm
You may have heard about the honor system in the Far East? It is part of the fabric of their culture, for better or worse. They worship their ancestors and any violent acts bring dishonor to everyone in the family alive and dead. Look at the murder rate in general, it mirrors the gun crime numbers. Japan is a very different culture, so Apples and Oranges my friend.
As for America, we are each sovereign people, for better or worse. Where are the highest gun crime rates in the USA? In the cities with the most stringent gun laws.
[-4] August 28, 2015 at 12:11pm
Forget all the “jesus juice” Christians, you get ZERO people’s attention with all of your preaching, instead you repulse them. You don’t have to be a Christian, Muslim or Jew to know that our bodies and the universe around us were DESIGNED by a Creator with knowledge and wisdom beyond our own. His rules and laws are good. They bring peace to the chaos that Mankind sows. We can read about the core values of them at the Mt. Sinai event in the Bible. Just do what he says, it isn’t about religion, it is about acknowledging and bowing before SOMETHING bigger than our own capricious desires and it’s about how we treat one another.
 August 26, 2015 at 4:25pm
I prefer Low INFORMATION Obama Voters (L.I.O.F.s). Many of his staunchest supporters have plenty of education, they just won’t pursue or accepts the information they need to to see what a poor decision voting for the man actually was. They rely solely on emotion and impulse. That, and most couldn’t reason their way out of a paper bag. So, I suppose perhaps it could also be LIOFs: Low IQ Obama Voters . ;-)
 August 26, 2015 at 2:42pm
She’s on point. “If black lives matter, then everybody’s lives have to matter TO EVERYONE.”
July 14, 2015 at 11:00am
1st and most important commandment seems to get shortened to fit on placards and such. Here is the full text Exodus (Shemot) 20:1-6:
And God spoke all these words, saying,
“I am YHVH your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I YHVH your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS…
All the “commandments” were given to the children of Israel, All the “commandments” were cited when the 10 Matters (not “commandments” in the original Hebrew) were given. The 10 Matters are a broad outline to the framework of the covenant between Israel and God. They are meant for the world, Israel is supposed to teach it to everyone by example. God’s instructions.commandments are called the Torah and it is the essence of God’s righteousness for this world. Only it can bring order out of the chaos of mankind’s avarice. All of it is optional, but know that you will face the anger of YHVH the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob if you willfully violate them and hate his righteousness.
 June 16, 2015 at 10:45am
They ARE Jews. They AREN”T the people of Israel that God led out of bondage and made a covenant with at Sinai. There is a huge difference. Israel and Judah were exiled from the land for taking on the sinful ideas and practices of the people around them. Hmm….
 June 16, 2015 at 10:39am
So true. This group would cancel God’s appearance too, he would have many things to say that would offend them as well. But go figure, a LOT of modern Orthodox Jews today will tell you they aren’t even sure that God exists!!!!
 April 13, 2015 at 1:14am
The difference was that this young man includes the fear of God in his conversation with the police and probably most other people he deals with. Hopefully the policeman does as well.
When people fear God there is peace, when people ignore and hate God there is chaos.
When people hate God there is chaos....right. But, why should people FEAR God? Opposite of hate is LOVE. If we all love God, we love ourselves and others around us.
 March 30, 2015 at 12:59am
“He has made it clear that LGBT couples, like Brad and me, are now unwelcome in his state,”
Sorry George, a better description of the law would be something like:
““He has made it clear that LGBT couples, like Brad and me, are now unwelcome to run rough-shod over other people’s religious tenets in his state,”
 March 26, 2015 at 11:14am
Most Christians have never ventured to read or attempted to understand what they didn’t understand in the Old Testament. The new testament is 85% a creation of the Roman Catholic Church to create a religion with Jesus as its centerpiece. The problem is that all Christian doctrine is based on Paul not the teachings of Jesus. Jesus was a devout Jew and taught a return to the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) and this didn’t sit well with Rome. So, the reason that faith is faltering is that everyone can see and feel the holes in the Christian foundations, which although Jewish contain none of the Jewish understanding of the Bible. Ever person who loves God and loves truth and is fed up with religion should get on YouTube and listen to some of the bible studies and countermissionary videos from Jews For Judaism Canada. I’m not saying that people should be Orthodox Jews, because they have just as many issues as the Church. I’m saying all the worlds religions have it wrong because they are based on a “one man, private revelation from God” model (even Paul). However the revelation to the Jews at Mount Sinai was a national revelation to 100s of 1000s of people at once, the only one of it’s kind. It is our closest link to God by Nature.
Zec_8:23 Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”
I am a Methodist. Our doctrine is based on the only two rules Christ laid upon us. "Love the Lord Almighty with all your heart and soul" and "Love each other as I have loved you."
I'm not sure of this revelation at Mt. Sinai: could you tell me more?
All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction which is instruction in righteousness, or so says 2 Timothy 3:16. By your post am I to conclude that you think that not all of the Bible is inspired by God? Then there is the little problem that the Church is essentially founded upon what the Epistles say. The Law is there, except for one of the 'Big 10' Care to say which one is not included? The Lord spoke prophetically of all this when He says what is written in John 16:7-15 which is that arrival and purpose of the giving of the Comforter a.k.a. the Holy Spirit.
God let the Gentiles in on the party (so to speak) because when He charged Israel to tell all the nations of Him, they didn't do it. The 'writings of Paul' are the explicit laying out of God's heart to accomplish what Israel failed to do. The Roman Catholic church really had little to do with the 'writings of Paul', as Paul himself saw to it that not only the letters that bear his name were preserved, but the correct order in which they appear in the NT as well. Doctrine, reproof, correction; sin, righteousness, judgment. These are ALL laid out and how God wants us as believers to deal with them in the order of the 7 Church epistles. What Rome did (or more accurately) was to preserve this order over the centuries that the Canon of the NT was developed.
I do agree with your assessment that the Church has forgotten its "Jewish roots" though.
I would not suggest that "all the worlds religions have it wrong because they are based on a “one man, private revelation from God” model" ...
I would not suggest that they have it "wrong" - because...
EACH and EVERY god / religious (and ANY / EVERY other) belief is but a PERSONAL INTERPRETATION. A personal perspective.
As this story above pretty much presented it.. Life is but a personal interpretation / a drawn conclusion (at the time) of the different inputs, information and experiences , amassed in one's life up unto that point of time in one's life.
Ever hear of a "life changing experience'?
It happens all the time.
That may be the doctrine however...
How each individual interprets such and then acts on such is unique to every individual. And sometimes those interpretations and actions can vary greatly - as I am sure you are aware.
When you make an argument, it is more believable when it is based in fact. Questions for you:
Can you cite evidence that the NT is 85% a creation of Roman Catholics?
If the Catholics did create 85% of the NT, why does it matter whose teachings (Jesus' or Paul's) Christian doctrine is based on?
Can you tell me how the NT teaching that Jesus appeared to over 500 people after his resurrection led you to the conclusion that Christianity is based on a "private" revelation from God?
You are partially correct, however, the Roman Catholic Church did not "create" the NT. The NT was written and completed before the end of the 1st century AD. There was no "Roman Church" until Constantine. The NT was written by disciples of Jesus, Mark, Luke and Paul. The Law was given to the Jews, but neither they nor we Gentiles could keep it. Hence, the necessity for the death and resurrection of Jesus for sin and sinners. His death was foretold and pictured in the OT by the sacrifices which were part of the Law given to Moses. So, the OT foretells the coming of Jesus, the Gospels record that coming including His death and resurrection, and the letters of Paul and others explain the meaning and implications of His coming. This is a simplification to be sure, but can serve as a framework for understanding God's plan of saving sinful mankind through His Son. God bless.
Christianity and Catholic are not the same. It's simple, you believe in the Bible as the inspired word and that Jesus is who he claimed to be, or you don't believe it. If you do believe, then you understand that what the Catholic Church does, adding and subtracting from the Bible is what many people have issue with and why they have turned away from God. Much of what occurred in the Holy Roman Empire was Pagan in nature and had to do with life long control and fear. Read about Limbus Infantum. If you have faith and believe in the Bible and Jesus, you hurt no one and try to live to a higher standard. Christians don't force people to make a choice or die, and Christians certainly didn't wage war in the name of Christ. Maybe you should check out a non-denominational church that teaches only that which is in the Bible. They are typically not the Church that many of us grew up with.
” The NT was written by Jesus’ disciples, Mark Luke and Paul”
You forgot to include John George and Ringo.
We don’t know who wrote the four gospels, but it sure wasn’t any eyewitnesses.
As for Paul, he never even met Jesus when he wa alive.
You are right to say most Christians don't understand the OT, but you need to include yourself among the misinformed because you left out one very important detail. God warned the Nation of Israel over and over in "the Law and the prophets" that if they didn't get their act together, He (God) would cut off Israel and turn to another nation to fulfill His purpose and plan for mankind.
2000 B.C. God created Israel and instituted the Law of Moses A.K.A. "Judaism" in 1600 B.C. as the vehicle by which He would reestablish relationship with man. Israel failed God and turned to idolatry over and over and over again in the 1600 year period of the Law.
After Israel rejected John the baptist, Jesus as their messiah, the prophesied Holy Spirit, they killed the apostle James and stoned Stephen, God made good on His warnings and He cut off Israel and He turned to the gentile nations and gave us a system that would "provoke the Jews to jealousy". When Paul spoke this in Romans 11:11 he was quoting Deuteronomy 32:21. Look it Up.
We call this new system "Christianity" and it is in fact God ordained by the OT as well as the writings of the apostle Paul.
 March 25, 2015 at 6:31pm
The owner and the burglars either have a mutual friend, or a contractor/employee that saw the safe installed is involved. It could also be that the owner liked to shoot his mouth off about his arsenal at the range or local gun dealer and the wrong person overheard it.
 March 22, 2015 at 10:34am
Cruz is informed, you appear to not be so. Don’t be a lemming. How many times has mainstream science been correct outside of verifiable facts like Newtonian physics and industrial chemistry? That’s correct, not very often. Have you read Origin of Species? If you had you’d know that if Darwin were alive today he would have thrown out his theory of inter-special evolution because he states plainly that his entire theory is hinged on the corollary that the cell is a sack of protoplasm with no actual structures in it? Micro-evolution and adaptation? Yes. An omoeba can become Albert Einstein given enough time? No.
Do you know what gasses are of concern for the greenhouse effect? Do you understand why CO2 CAN’T be one of them given present conditions? Why then is the whole climate change scare focused on reducing a gas that no longer raises atmospheric temperature measurably for an increase today because it is above the 180PPM threshold we crossed AT LEAST 150,000 years ago? A gas that if it dropped by 10% from it’s present level would be approaching the MINIMUM concentration needed for plants to grow and maintain the food chain on earth.
Pop culture today is a narcissistic, dumbed-down, self-righteous idiocracy. More than ever today we need to think for ourselves read and NEVER trust a group of people all yelling about something that MUST HAPPEN NOW. Get the facts, get an education, and don’t be afraid to buck the system. Big ideas have never come from following popular trends.
Macroevolution and microevolution are the exact same thing. You simply need to consider microevolution over millions of years and BAM! You have macroevolution! It's really not a difficult thing to figure out actually.
I am getting an education. Now I don't know necessarily that greenhouse gases are a direct coefficient of sea level rises, but there is a distinct correlation between CO2 emissions and global sea level rise. There is a distinct correlation between CO2 emissions and ice sheet melt. If we don't have a President in the most important position politically on Earth who recognizes the sheer danger of climate change (global sea rise means coastal areas, where 50% of Americans live, are in danger of flooding and erosion) then we're all screwed.
By the way, I absolutely love that in one breath you question the science behind evolution, a process that is literally the basis for all biology and for all modern medicine, and then in the next you question climate change. It's perfect! Conservatives will eat up a story about a Palestinian Jew with no human father being the Son of the almighty God but when it comes to scientific fact there's apparently another side not being told
Never change guys, never change.
 March 18, 2015 at 1:58am
This clown obviously doesn’t understand the difference between American patriotism and the nationalism that he is speaking about. Time to learn about the founding of this country, Niose. Start with The 5000 Year Leap, then check out anything from David Barton. If you can’t see that America is an idea more than a country, then you are just blind to truth.
Right. American patriotism is based on evidence, love, and trust. Nationalism is ALWAYS based in blind faith in the government, fear, and mistrust of outsiders.
[-2] March 9, 2015 at 1:52pm
Magical Carpenter indeed. Once you prove that there is pretty much zero evidence to support the idea that he was God or even the messiah, you’re left with his “miracles” which Deuteronomy 13 tells us will help us to recognize a false prophet. In the late 3rd and early 4th centuries, the Catholic Church made that Carpenter into a God that no one had know nor had their fathers known. Exactly what Deuteronomy 13 warns. He also falsely predicts that there would be those among his disciples that would not taste death before the Kingdom came. Guess what, no Kingdom, no messianic age here yet. Now read Zechariah 8:23, then Jeremiah 16:19. It all starts to make a lot more sense, doesn’t it?
 March 9, 2015 at 1:32pm
So when you read the WHOLE bible you see undeniably that it was idolatry which was the primary sin that God’s people couldn’t seem to stop committing again and again. So, let me ask you all this; do we really think that idolatry has disappeared over the last 2000 years? Or has all the idolatry been consolidated into one object, one man that the Roman Catholic Church turned into God with no real poor scriptural support for the idea?
BTW, I define idolatry as looking to something or someone as God or even worshiping God through a person or object like the Golden Calf.
I notice the golden calf never reconstituted itself or even promised me an ice cream.
 March 9, 2015 at 12:50pm
Rule number one when playing stawk market: Buy low & Sell high. Trust me folks, in a struggling economy where the markets are used as propaganda; we’re high, WAY high, on-crack high. Eventually, the big boys are going to begin acting on this rule, it is a powder keg ready to blow. It would be best to figure out how to unload before they do, just sayin’.
 March 9, 2015 at 12:30pm
Because we need another hole in the Treasury to leak money? Because we need a department that will undermine our incompetent State Department who already has this job description? Do we really need any more help government employees working on ticking off our friends and emboldening our enemies. What could go wrong here?
March 8, 2015 at 2:07pm
Please send a well-crafted letter to this school, I just did, here is the list of names. Strange, no History department at this High School… Hmm
Dumping Walker based on your very shaky assessment of him being a flip-floper is eliminating the ONLY CANDIDATE with ACTUAL track record of fighting for anything important and who is a dyed-in-the-wool fiscal conservative. What we really need is not flashy it needs to be competent, honest and effective. Remember that any candidate is still a politician who is human and will thus be far from perfect. Talking about things in a cogent a heartfelt way tells me NOTHING, I want results. This is what Walker brings to the table.