The first two quotes are meaningless in the grand scheme of what Franklin and Adams both believed.
Franklin was talking directly to the notion that Faith must be LIVED outwardly daily and not just expressed in a building once a week. A central truism to the 2nd Great Awakening in the USA.
Adams was speaking of “religion” which in the 1700′s venactular has a VERY different definition than it does in 1900′s and 2000′s USA. Adams would have defined “religion” as the congregation that a person worships with or the “name” of their specific church ie Congregstionalist of Boston or Dansbury Baptist or Dutch Quaker even a Moonie.
Words like Christian or Jew or Muslim or even Pagan would not be seen as a persons “Religion” but their way of life or philosophy, even their Cultural History.
Your Jefferson quote tells exactly my point. Jefferson “believed” in GOD and Jesus Christ. He “believed” in and “followed” the teachings of the Bible but he disagreed with the “philosophy” of Christianity and how the multitude of churches in arguing with themselves, fighting among themselves, and constantly claiming each other as false ROBBED an enlightened person of a relationship with GOD and Christ by polluting the message with politics and practices.
We have folded (progressive nature tonoervert word meanings for gain) denomination and religion and even Faith into one word and meaning – the church you attend.
I am a Christian in the Catholic Church but my Faith is in GOD and Jesus Christ
From Wikipedia: "The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's condensed composition is especially notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels which contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages indicating Jesus was divine."
You, sir, know not of what you speak.
 July 10, 2015 at 12:23pm
CA is still a 55-45 state by voting and registration. It is just the crappy political sytem with the gerrymandered districts that keeps the state screwed. And the fact that even most of the GOP Reps are RINOs and Progressives as well.
But still, by voting people the state isn’t that far left. Even most of the Dem people are moderate not socialist.
Real problem with CA is that SF and LA and any other large metro area is infected with commies and illegals. The suburbs and rural areas are mainly moderate to conservative.
I left 4 years ago now because after just 3 years of Obama I knew what was coming. CA and NY are the testing grounds. If they turn total Commie in those two states we will have OPEN Commies running for office and pulling the Dem Party into open advocates of Communism. Just those two states and Oregon and WA mean Hillary already has half the Electoral votes needed for President.
The next two years are going to be very very hard on constitutional minded people.
Prepare well friends.
We should get some plans together for central group meeting locations for when it all hits the fan.
Anyone have access to 50-100 acres where we can hold up a couple 100 families? Rebuild? Go John Galt?
No. Seriously! Anyone?
 July 6, 2015 at 8:08pm
50 Cent is actually Really conservative and libertarian in most things. He is pro 2nd amendment, fairly faithful to his church (despite song lyrics), and goes in for limited government and states rights.
Don’t know about the rest of her history but isn’t christianity all about forgiveness and starting over. Maybe her and Russell want to start over together and do things right? Can’t make her a virgin again but doesn’t mean they can’t be celebate before marriage.
Since you seem like a smart Christian (unlike many others here). What happens when a couple is divorced after having sex? Are they just supposed to go hide in a basement and live a life of shame for the rest of their life? Seems pretty anti Christian.
 July 6, 2015 at 8:02pm
Don’t know of her or her behavior but she isn’t dressed bad. Maybe a little too much side cleavage but nothing you don’t see at any award show or Prom for that matter.
There was that Victoria Secret model that was openly Christian and after 2-3 years left them because she found a good godly man and wanted only him to see her in skimpy underwear. Doesn’t mean she wasn’t a Christian.
Yes okay. Being modest in dress is better than showing it all but what is modest? wearing a bed sheet 24/7? Burqa? Full body bathing suit only showing ankles and wrists like in the early 1900′s?
Personally I don’t want my daughter or wife in a bikini but tub top and boy shorts are okay assuming they are with family or me. A tight skirt or gown is okay as long as nothing is hanging out the top or bottom ( skirts are knee length no shorter- for shorts I go for the Catholic School standards – finger tips or longer)
The “Christian” thing to do would be to quietly and privately tell the other lady that maybe less is more or that she needs to leave somethings to imagination. Calling her a skank or whore or other names isn’t going to make people want to be more modest. It will just get you called a zealot or nut job or prude.
And remember. “What is good for the goose is good for the gander”. Apply your standard to men as well as women. Men get away with showing skin WAY more than ladies but nobody calls them gigolos or tramps or immodest.
 July 6, 2015 at 7:47pm
There is a new series in HBO called “Ballers” staring Dwayne Johnson “the Rock”. He plays a retired football star turned financial planner. He tries to help the new kids not repeat his mistakes, like getting swindled out of $750K by his money manager and living the “Baller” life by throwing money away and letting family and friends mooch off the player.
His first player he helps is a “bad boy” that likes to party and sleep around, always in trouble with the press and league. Rock is like this guys big bro. He gets him a fresh start after being canned by his old team.
The point of this post is the advice Rock gives to the player.
Obey the rules
No Twitter or FB or social media AT ALL!
Obey GOD’s rules as well and control you urges for quick pleasure.
Stay out of bars and nightclubs or strip clubs.
Sound advice to any person, athlete or not. Hit me a little off guard in a HBO series that also shows full rear nudity and topless women in various sex acts not to mention the language. Hopefully they will get away from these things as the series goes on and focus on the struggle to play it straight in an environment of vipers and reprobates.
 June 20, 2015 at 9:28am
Know what you talk about first.
Reagan agreed to the amnesty in exchange for the Dems agreeing to close and secure the border. The Dems NEVER held up their part. That is why we say “fence and security first” before even talking about anything else. We know the Marxist scum will lie about it again.
Next check out Dwight D Eisenhowers immigration reform act of 1954. He cut illegal immigration by 50% in a year and causes 50% of the illegals here to self deport in a year. How you ask? DENYING ALL Federal services to them. No welfare or food stamps or medical or education and POOF they went home!
So it CAN be done and it does work! Eisenhower by the way also was first with a civil rights act in 1954. Stopped and made toothless by none other than Mr. “War on poverty” overt racist bigot and all around bad A hole Lyndon Baines Johnson. The same guy that ten years later tried to take credit for the Republican authors and passed on party line vote Civil Rights Act. The Dem Prog POS hero LBJ for us. Just like the Dems today.
 June 11, 2015 at 10:04am
If and when you can prove HE doesn’t exist, let me know.
If and when you can “prove”
1- Macro Evolution not micro evolution which is more commonly referred to as “natural selection” or “adaptation” which is verifiable and can be witnessed in generations of a species.
2- the Big Bang which even Hawking has recently come out and said after 30 years the scientific community has to scrap and rethink everything back to Einstein’s Relativity. OH and the primary evidence for TBB – background radiation being constant, yeah that from the 60′s – WRONG not constant. wHOOPSY.
3- how about “proving” ANY theory about ANYTHING. Oh wait Science can’t prove a theory it is only the most widely “accepted” explanation at the TIME and always subject to modification or completely being disregarded.
Science only has a few TRUE Laws that have never had an exception in recorded Human history. Conservation of Energy and Thermodynamics, those are it. Everything else, even the most “provable” “we have 97% consensus” ideas are just that IDEAS and just like Newtonian Mechanics, can fall by the wayside after 300 years or sometimes after 30. Just go ask all those Climate Scientists from 1960-70 that spoke on the first Earth Day. WHOOPSY! Earth still here! No population catastrophe! No frozen Earth due to CO2 levels! No depletion of the Ozone -actually is better now than then. No Mass Famine or drying up of oil wells.
Be careful what you make your god, it might bite you in the end.
 June 9, 2015 at 4:38pm
technically Dead..the baby does have the scar of Original Sin from Adam and Eve but that is what Jesus died to remove from us.
Pro – you don’t know if the baby was or not but GOD will not hold a child under the age of Biblical consent (13) liable for the “sins” of the father/parent..even if that sin is not christening their child AND even if that sin is not believing in Jesus Christ..We are ALL GOD’s children first…and HIS GRACE covers us without exception. We are deemed INNOCENT until we are taught, learn, and presented to HIM again at the time of consent.
 June 9, 2015 at 4:32pm
i am sure they were a nice middle class family in that area of Fort Worth but at the time they were very “poor” in spirit and in need of the warmth and compassion of GOD’s Grace and Love.
being through a miscarriage or a still birth or even a medically necessary “mother or child” abortion is a scar you will carry with you forever…and I will…but losing one of my born children…after 9 weeks, 9 days or 9 years…that I do not know how I could handle…
GOD bless the Riddle’s, the Cafe, and the good people of Texas
 June 9, 2015 at 3:50pm
Desert…where did you get your info? watching some stupid youtube video or FB page or tweet?
Do you live in the area? Do you know where Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is? Do you know that the supposed DJ that tweeted out “a pool party” for $15/head with him doing the music is a DFW black mob takeover instigator and has a history of INVADING PRIVATE places for mob raves? Do you know that the PRIVATE POOL is part of the Craig Ranch subdivision, a private subdivision, with an HOA and had been set up for the PRIVATE RESIDENT ONLY pool party, which 90% of the black teens and the DJ HAD NOT BEEN INVITED TO as guests NOR where residents?
And how do I know this? Because I DO LIVE in the area and know people that LIVE in Craig Ranch. EVERYTHING…and I mean EVERYTHING that even Fox News has been reporting on this is COMPLETELY biased and one sided. I have not seen ONE report from an ACTUAL resident of Craig Ranch on ANY news agency. The man with the video was NOT addressed by the police BECAUSE he wasn’t doing anything. He wasn’t running, he wasn’t mouthing off, he wasn’t being hostile to the officers. THAT is why they ignored him and went after the teens that -FROM RESIDENT ACCOUNTS – showed up uninvited, were shouting racial slurs and profanity laced comments to the residents, the DJ refused to leave and was playing profanity laced F-this and F-that songs with YOUNG children at the pool, and the fight started when RESIDENTS tried to ask the teens to leave and they refused.
[-2] June 8, 2015 at 4:51pm
one name for you angel…and all others that think being wealthy is against GOD in some way…
you know..the son of David…the wisest man ever to walk the Earth…said to be the wealthiest ever as well…had over 1000 wives (political brides for the most part), stables with 100′s of horses and oxen, store houses of gold and silver and gemstones…from his mines in Africa..built the 1st Temple and lined the walls of the Holy of Holies with pure gold..
Wealth is the REWARD for doing what GOD commands but it should not be the MOTIVE for doing what GOD commands…
this is the ONLY place that GOD tells Man to “test ME in this”… if we are faithful to HIS plan for us and we JOYFULLY give of our selves and our wealth (whatever level HE gives us) and TITHE with a JOYFUL heart..then HE will REWARD us 10X’s what we give back to HIM.
I can name several preachers that have devoted their LIVES to GOD that have great wealth as well.
David Barton is one.
John Maxwell is another.
Paul Tsika is still another.
How about Rick Warren.
There is NOTHING wrong with doing GOD’s work and speaking HIS Word and being wealthy or poor for that matter. This fascination with poverty theology and prosperity theology is the problem. GOD gives us gifts that we are to use for HIS glory on Earth. IF those gifts come with great wealth or simply enough to scrape by, so be it. BE JOYFUL in what you have and GOD will multiply it, TEST HIM IN THIS and see…HE tells us to in HIS Word.
 June 8, 2015 at 2:09am
Same here grly
Been here 4 years now. From So Cal as well. Riverside County.
Just south of you about 10 minutes.
Came to TX because saw CA sliding fast about 10 years ago. Just couldn’t put up with it any longer.
Do what we did. Exercise your 2nd amendment rights. Get to Academy or Cabelas and stock up. The thugs down in S and SE Dallas like to come up the 75 and cause problems quite a bit.
Search for some groups like Allen Area Patriots online and get involved. Battle lines are being drawn even here in TX.
 June 8, 2015 at 2:02am
No no it wasn’t.
Craig Ranch is a PRIVATE subdivision with HOA owned parks and pools. They are for RESIDENTS ONLY.
The social media post was from a scumbag black riot takeover DJ who has a history of setting up and causing these things in the Dallas area. He should be in jail. And he was charging $15 a person even though he had no permit and no permission to be there.
This was all staged.
He started off playing vulgar profanity laced music and stirring up the teens. When the residents tried to get them to leave the teens and DJ escalated things with more profanity yelling threats racial slurs and started invading the pool area by force and jumping the fences.
So there went your argument. Better get better talking points from your leaders next time.
There were NO guest passes for this party it was for RESIDENTS ONLY. These kids arrived by the car load AFTER the a hole DJ set up and started being a d I c k and was told to leave. Cops aren’t to blame he is and he should be in jail permanently.
 June 8, 2015 at 1:49am
Nah Voice. This was a staged black riot takeover event by a Dallas area DJ that does this all the time.
He set up at the PRIVATE pool in the private community and then tweeted “pool party $15/person” and then sent out the address as he started bumping his profanity laced music in the private park area where families with small kids were. The real party was private for residents of Craig Ranch.
Very little of these kids were from the area. They arrived in car loads and immediately started yelling vulgar comments, threatening families, and forcing their way into the pool even jumping over the locked fences.
When residents tried to get them to leave they grew more violent and threatening which is what lead to the girl attacking a woman at the party legally.
This is not McKinney or north DFW teens. Most were from outside the area called in by the a hole DJ.
 June 8, 2015 at 1:38am
You are a fool. Find out the facts man. This was a private pool in a private community having a private party.
Some a s s hat DJ who stages black riot take over events tweeted that he was at the pool and having a party. All invited. Car loads of black teens showed up and started jumping fences and threatening people to get in. They didn’t live there. They were trespassing. ALL of them. When the teens and DJ increased their vulgarity and threatening behavior the LEGAL residents called the cops. The teens were yelling profanity laced rants at the legal residents threatening them and being hostile a holes. They should have all gotten a good a s s kicking from the male residents of the community.
This was a staged event by a group of jack a s s es and their leader the DJ. The video is if a LONE officer that arrived first and was trying to make everyone leave. He was threatened and was VERY restrained when facing large numbers of violent a s s hole teens. This girl should have been slapped silly for being that big of a witch but her momma will probably try and sue because her kid is such a loser she will never be able to have a job that pays more then minimum wage, just like her momma and all her friends.
 June 8, 2015 at 1:26am
And that is what this black kids were too.
This was a PRIVATE community pool. This was inside a neighborhood with an HOA where people PAY annual dues for this park and pool area.
This was not just some county public pool or city pool.
Get your facts straight before making yourself out to be stupid.
Craig Ranch is a PRIVATE community that has several PRIVATE pool areas for LEGAL residents that pay the HOA fees. You can’t get into the pools without keys which is why the a s s hat teens were pushing their way through the gates and jumping the fences to get in as the legal residents were trying to get them to leave.
The a s s hats were being thugs and threatening and terrorizing parents with small children, yelling racial slurs at them, using every vulgar and curse word you can think of, and all at the prompting of an a s s hat DJ that stages these black riot take over events all the time.
They are lucky the good residents of Craig Ranch didn’t turn this into a blood bath when some CHL holder saw these a hole thugs threatening his wife and children.
 June 8, 2015 at 1:14am
Idiotic comment Greek
If you don’t obey you are likely to get forced. Cops in a riot situation don’t know or have time to find out who is who. These kids DID NOT live anywhere near this community and it was a private pool party. An A Hole DJ that does these “black riot” events all the time set up across from the PRIVATE pool and then tweeted that he was DJing the party for $15/head. Car loads of a hole black kids started showing up and pushing their way into the pool and jumping fences. The DJ was playing obscene F word laced music loud as heck and parents with small children were trying to stop the a hole and his a hole tweeter followers from causing problems. They were cursing and picking fights with the LEGAL party goers at this PRIVATE pool who were trying to get rid of the scumbags. The scumbag kids were the ones yelling racial crap and being violent. When the cops came the black a holes and DJ started to escalate the situation. This cop was ALONE when this video happened.
The Blaze needs to UPDATE this story with the facts on the ground from the LEGAL residents of Craig Ranch not the a s s hats that think they can just roll up and take over. Like I said, this DJ has a history or staging these events. He is a scumbag instigator that needs to be in jail.
All the FB and Twitter videos on this are BS. This area is less then 10 minutes from my house. The little scum are lucky there weren’t some CHL holders there or weight have some dead scumbags. Too bad really.
June 7, 2015 at 12:39am
Taurus are all ambi as well or at least I have not seen one that wasn’t straight from their site or at academy or cabelas.
Good to know FNH are as well.
Now if only Sig will do the same. Most makers have the ability to order them ambi if you go to the site and had it shipped to your FFL location but you have to pay the conversion kit cost. Usually about 75-100 extra
 June 5, 2015 at 1:07pm
stupid edit button doesn’t appear in my browser
 June 5, 2015 at 1:06pm
umm..yes, it does actually mean that GOD personally selected each and every pair of chromosomes that make you up, that is EXACTLY what the Bible verse means “I KNEW you before your were born…every hair on your head”.
HE had our NAME written into the Book of Life at the Dawn of Creation. We are born for a purpose under Heaven that only HE knows.
I have worn glasses since I was 11. I was able to get contacts at about 18. I don’t wear them now but I could and I could also just go down and get laser eye surgery. See, GOD had a plan. GOD created flaws in us to teach us. Ben Franklin was able to develop bifocals BECAUSE GOD had made human eyes flawed. 200 years later brilliant doctors developed first hard and then soft contact lenses. When that wasn’t enough, more brilliant doctors used their GOD given skills and knowledge and researched laser eye surgery which can not correct 80% of ALL vision flaws. Why? BECAUSE GOD ALLOWED the human eye to be flawed. It was a plan for the lives of those doctors, all the way back to Ben Franklin and beyond, to PUSH forward and expand human knowledge of the eye, vision in general, and how the brain works with our optic nerve.
Today they are even working on cybernetic implants that allow the GENETICALLY blind to SEE and deaf to HEAR!!
ALL because GOD ALLOWED certain genetic errors to occur or disease to exist. HE can turn ALL evil to HIS GOOD!
Believe it or not, doesn’t matter. GOD will still let you benefit from it.