More failed priorities…the bathroom edition

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Childhood poverty at an all-time high in U.S. …Meh

Another school shooting kills twenty children …Meh

Infant mortality in the U.S. at third world levels …Meh

Yet another church leader caught with child pornography …Meh

Transgender people need to use the bathroom …OMG THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

Photo By Sasha Kargaltsev, CC BY 2.0,


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If Everyone Acted Like Trump…


Reporter: “John Elway, what are you guys going to do about your quarterback situation?”

Elway: “Look, I know backs, okay. I know quarterbacks, halfbacks, fullbacks… even know cornerbacks. Nobody knows backs like me. The Broncos have the best backs, guaranteed. So I can tell you this, I will make The Denver Broncos Great Again!” ‪#‎Elway2016‬

Reporter: “Umm, okay. How are you going to be sure you don’t loose other key players to free agency?”

Elway: “Listen, we will build a wall around Denver. I know how to build walls, right. It worked for the Chinese. I will build a wall around Denver, and make the Patriots pay for it!” #Elway2016

Reporter: “A lot of fans loved Osweiler. How do you answer them?”

Elway: “Listen. We’re making a database of everyone who has an Osweiler jersey. We’re going to make sure they lose their season tickets; nobody with that traitor’s jersey gets in. If we find on in the stadium, we’ll ship him off to Aurora.” #Elway2016

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So, this is circulating around the internet lately…


Let’s consider this, shall we?

The first thing I noticed was Dr. Adrian Rogers was born in 1931, this quote is not from 1931.

Dr. Rogers is a minister, not an economist or political scientist. That’s right, the person who doesn’t think taxes are fair has no problem telling you Jesus wants you to give him 10% of your income.

What does the Bible say?

“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Mark 12:17 KJV

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” 1 John 3:17 KJV

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10 KJV

Of course, there’s the irony of a Christian saying, “you can’t multiply wealth by dividing it.” It seems Dr. Rogers for got about Jesus feeding the multitude of five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fishes. Oh, and the time he fed four thousand with seven loaves and “a few small fishes.” Maybe he should have spent more time reading his Bible instead of dabbling in politics.

If you are thinking I’m being a little harsh, let me remind you of my favorite Dr. Adrian Rogers quote.

“Well, I believe slavery is a much-maligned institution. If we had slavery today, we would not have this welfare mess.”
Are you sure you want to quote this guy?


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Bible Verses Americans Forgot (2.0)

Leviticus 23:22 (KJV)

“And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the Lord your God.”

Seems to me, God commanded farmers (i.e. business owners) to set aside some of his grain (i.e. profit) specifically for the poor. This isn’t giving it to a church or organization, this is directly to the poor. Oh yeah, and to strangers, which are foreigners. You know, like Syrian refugees.

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Bible Verses Americans Forgot…

ALG169046 The Transfiguration, 1594-95 (oil on canvas) by Carracci, Lodovico (1555-1619) oil on canvas 438x268 Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy Alinari Italian, out of copyright

ALG169046 The Transfiguration, 1594-95 (oil on canvas) by Carracci, Lodovico (1555-1619)
oil on canvas
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy
Italian, out of copyright

King James Bible, Proverbs 21:13

“Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”

Bill O’Reilly

“You gotta look people in the eye and tell ’em they’re irresponsible and lazy….Because that’s what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen.”


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Things I Ponder 2.0

Things I Ponder

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2015, Islamic State burns a few prisoners to death = savages beyond humanity.

1945, U.S. firebombs Tokyo, incinerating 100,000 men, women, and children = greatest generation.

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Things I Ponder….

Things I Ponder

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There are people who are fully in support of any bakery that refuses to bake a cake for a gay wedding, because they feel you have the right to run your business as you see fit, regardless of the law.  There are people who refuse to shop at stores that do not allow them to carry a loaded firearm inside, because the business should have to accept any legal behavior, even if they don’t agree with it. Why are these two views usually held by the same person?

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Tea Time!


“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

While enjoying a cup of tea at a proper English tea room, I pondered the significance of the journey. In modern culture, we eat in the car, sipping our coffee or tea in a disposable cup. We are rushing to a destination, whether it be work or play. On vacation, we often visit a city, rushing from our hotel room to an attraction and then back again. We see the sights, but we don’t see the country.
An English tea room serves their tea on fine china. Boiling water has tea placed in it then you must wait. No rushing, no disposable cups, no distractions. In Japan, the serving of tea is a ceremony, evoking traditions dating back hundreds of years. The destination (the tea) is not nearly as important as the journey (the ceremony). The tea is savored and your companions are enjoyed. That moment of the journey is important.
Our destinations become so important to us, we easily become blind to the world around us. It is time to enjoy the journey, whether it is a cup of tea in fine china, a cold beer around a campfire, or perhaps a late night gaze into the clear sky.

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This is America – We speak English!


I keep seeing these various posts demanding the speaking of English only in the United States, or lamenting the injustice of pressing one to get automated instructions in English. I feel this anger is a little misguided. After all, America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer.

When the British colonists first arrived, there were around three hundred languages spoken by the natives. This doesn’t include the Spaniards and the French, who already had settlements that had the audacity to speak non-English. Alongside the English speaking settlements were Dutch, Swedish, and German ones. By the time the U.S. officially became a country, there were at least six European languages spoken here, along with a large variety of native languages. We also imported African slaves who had their own languages as well. As the country grew, we made the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled our size (with French speaking inhabitants). We also acquired huge tracts of Spanish speaking lands (Florida, Texas, and California to name a few). Out west came a large number of Chinese immigrants who also spoke, unsurprisingly, Chinese. Within the last hundred years, Russian speaking Alaska was purchased and Hawaii (with its own language and culture) became a state. In fact, only seven states have English names! Seven! Even our capital is located in the District of Columbia, named after the Italian Christopher Columbus

So, when you have to press “1” for English, just be glad it is so close to the top.

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Affordable Care Act and Price Increases

Waitress_and_Daniel_SuarezSo, I recently read an article about the fallout from the Affordable Care Act. In the article, they showcase Buffalo Wild Wings, who began issuing a surcharge for ACA. The example shown was a receipt for $12.98 that added an additional .25. This was viewed as a tragic price increase, and accompanied by a chorus of “I-told-you-so’s.”

Twenty five cents a customer. That’s it. Now your waiter can go to the doctor if he’s sick. If your waitress is pregnant, she can afford prenatal care. What kind of inhuman monster is upset that they have to pay an additional quarter for their hamburger? What kind of company could allow it’s employees to go without health care when it was so cheap to provide?

It’s easy to be outraged when you think money is more important than people. I hope there are still a few in the United States that value people a little more.

Original Article Here

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