May 21, 2018

Law West Of The Pecos River In The Late 1800's


A young farmer and his wife, Justice and Chastity Martyr, lived with their 6 year old son, Tex, in the hardscrabble, dry land country of West Texas. They eked out a living from the stony ground there and even had a wild, Chickasaw plum tree thicket on their property. They were barely getting by but were very frugal and happy working 14 hour days. They even went, in their wagon, to the little "once a month" church, ten miles away on first Sundays.

A well known rogue thief, marauder and suspected murderer, Hassle Ruckus, who just got out of Huntsville prison, moved in to a vacant shack on a small spring fed creek about a mile away. There he was making moonshine with corn he had stolen, by the light of the moon, from farmers living on more fertile soil a few miles away.

Hassle had come to "borrow" various tools from the Martyrs several times, but couldn't hide his brooding, intimidating disposition. He never returned the tools and Justice had to go after them to do his own work. Each time Hassle would ask Justice how a no account dirt farmer ever managed to hook on to such a beautiful and desirable little wife. Then he would bust out in raucous laughter. Chastity was scared to death of him and and Justice assured her he would protect her, but he knew he couldn't stay around the house all the time, never knowing when Hassle might appear. Justice worried secretly about what this brutish, slovenly lout might do. Chastity, having been taught to love your enemies and not judge others, but to forgive them, decided to have Justice take this worrisome neighbor one of her prized quart jars of plum jelly. Maybe that would neutralize and soften Hassle's mean spirit. Justice didn't like the idea but finally agreed and took the jelly over to the man he most disliked of all the men he knew. It made Justice feel like a mouse, it made Chastity feel like a rabbit, and it made Hassle feel like a wolf, and he showed it, and sneered when he told it.

Two weeks had passed when Hassle showed up at the Martyr's door with the empty jar and brazenly wanted to trade it in on another jar of  "Cuddly Chastity's sweet jelly". Justice stepped toward Hassle and growled that they didn't have another jar for him and for him to get off his property and stay off.
To this, Hassle began to curse and swear that he would go anywhere he liked and do what he pleased and no stuck up, high hat, farmer could tell him what to do. With that, he slammed Chastity's jar on the floor shattering it into a thousand pieces. He roared out at Justice that he would soon die of lead poisoning and Chastity would be making jelly and buttered biscuits for him.

A sleepless week passed for Justice and Chastity. There was no official law, back then, in that part of Texas and Hassle Ruckus could not be arrested for empty threats anyway. There is no law against threats, filth, and scumbaggery.

Another week passed and Justice awoke one morning and went out to do his chores, when he saw smoke arising from the direction of Hassle's shack. When Justice got there, four other farmers stood looking at the smoldering shell of Hassle's shack with the door still on its leather strap hinges, and three cedar fence posts braced against the door ... on the outside. They all agreed that Hassle Ruckus must have been careless in fixing his morning coffee ... and they reported that to the Texas Rangers in Waco. Self appointed Judge Roy Bean, in Langtry on the Pecos, two hundred miles away, verified that that is exactly what had happened. Nobody in Texas challenged it.

Another week passed before Chastity asked Justice what happened to those three cedar posts he had cut to finish the fence around her garden.

A story of virtual reality before fake news became fact and common sense ruled... by Rayburn Blair

May 19, 2018

Kerry Meets Secretly With Iran To Overthrow Trump

Democrat Leaders Guilty Of Treason

Democrat leaders guilty of treason, not to mention hypocrisy

Collusion Is Usually a Dirty Word. So Where's the Outrage Over Kerry's Secret Meetings on the Iran Deal?

Democrats routinely express outrage over claims of collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So where is the outrage over revelations that former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with Iran's foreign minister to strategize over how to undermine President Trump's plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the meetings after the Boston Globe broke the news, declaring, "We don't see the U.S. just as Mr. Trump; the United States is not just the current ruling administration." Think about what this means. Iran is a terrorist state responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq, whose leaders hold rallies where thousands chant "Death to America!" Kerry was working with a sworn enemy of the United States to try to undermine the foreign policy of the elected president of the United States.
I thought we didn't like Americans who colluded with our enemies.
Kerry's meetings with Iran's leaders were not isolated incidents, but part of a formal lobbying campaign that included phone calls with European Union leaders and meetings with the presidents of Germany and France in which, the Globe reports, he discussed "the details of sanctions and regional nuclear threats in both French and English."
On Twitter, Trump suggested that Kerry might have violated the Logan Act, which says: "Any citizen of the United States ... who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government ... with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government ... in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both." In fact, no one has been prosecuted under the Logan Act in more than 160 years, and most conservative legal scholars consider it unconstitutional.
Although what Kerry did was probably not illegal, it was deeply hypocritical. Recall that in 2015, when Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and 46 other Republicans wrote to Iran's leaders informing them of the Senate's constitutional role in approving international agreements, Kerry was incensed. "My reaction to the letter was utter disbelief," he said at the time. "To write leaders in the middle of a negotiation ... is quite stunning ... [and] ignores more than two centuries of precedent in the conduct of American foreign policy," Kerry said, adding that he would never have interfered in that way "no matter what the issue and no matter who was president." What a difference three years make.
Cotton is a sitting United States senator. The Senate has a constitutional role in foreign policy. Kerry is a private citizen.
He has a constitutional role in nothing.
Kerry's defenders compare him to Henry Kissinger and other former secretaries of state who regularly meet with world leaders.
"Secretary Kerry stays in touch with his former counterparts around the world, just like every previous Secretary of State,"a Kerry spokesman said. But Kissinger does not conduct rogue diplomacy. When he meets with foreign leaders, he usually coordinates with the White House, often carrying messages for the president, and then briefs administration officials afterward. Kerry did none of this.
This is not the first time Kerry has interfered in U.S. diplomacy as a private citizen. In 1970, he flew to Paris and met with the North Vietnamese while they were in the midst of negotiating the Paris Peace accords with Kissinger. Kerry admitted then that his actions were "on the borderline of private individuals negotiating." What he did last month was not on the borderline.
Kerry would not have had to resort to rogue diplomacy if he had negotiated a better deal. The agreement he struck could not even muster the support of a simple majority in the Senate, much less the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a treaty. As Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., correctly points out, the Obama administration "made a bad deal with Iran without support from Congress. ... American foreign policy makes lasting progress when it is led by the President, approved by Congress, and presented honestly to the American people." Kerry has no one to blame but himself for Trump's decision to withdraw. And he certainly has no business colluding with America's enemies against America's president.
Follow Marc A. Thiessen on Twitter, @marcthiessen.
(c) 2018, The Washington Post Writers Group

May 18, 2018

Mueller Fesses Up... Can't Indict Trump

After Spending A Year And Tens Of Millions Of Our Tax Dollars Trying To

Now turn the tables and indict that long list of Democrats everyone knows is guilty.
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This headline from Washington Times...

Since Mueller can’t indict Trump, what’s he doing with a grand jury?

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This from Conservative Daily Post:

https://conservativedailypost.com/mueller-admits-he-cant-indict-president-trump/

Mueller Admits He Can’t Indict President Trump

Mueller told Trump's legal team he will not indict the president, Giuliani tells Fox News. @johnrobertsFox has the story. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller told President Donald Trump‘s legal team that his office does not have the legal authority to indict the president, according to Townhall.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who serves on Trump’s personal legal team, also said that Mueller’s team has ignored five information requests from the president’s team, and that he found it utterly dumbfounding that Trump was fully complying with the special counsel, yet they refused to show the White House the same respect.
On Wednesday, Giuliani revealed that Mueller’s team informed the White House that no indictments will be brought against Trump. The bombshell report comes after Mueller has spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on his witch hunt and wasted everyone’s time for more than a year.
“All they get to do is write a report,” Giuliani said. “They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.”
Giuliani said Mueller’s team told him that a 1999 memo from the Department of Justice specifically stated that federal prosecutors do not have the legal authority to indict a sitting president.
The memo was written after Special Counsel Kenneth Starr‘s investigation led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton for perjuring himself when asked about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Starr was appointed to investigate allegations that the Clintons broke the law and funneled millions of dollars through an Arkansas company. But his investigation moved into Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, which was outside of his job description. That’s not to say that Clinton shouldn’t have been impeached for his affair, sexual activity in the Oval Office, and lying to federal officials about it — he should have, and was.
The memo was written so that future special counsel investigations couldn’t lead a never-ending witch hunt against a president for alleged crimes unrelated to their job description. The 1999 memo is the only thing stopping Mueller from spending years investigating Trump and everyone and everything he has ever been associated with, for decades.
But more importantly, the explosive announcement from Giuliani signals the Russia witch hunt may soon be over. Mueller’s team has been leading investigating for a year, and hasn’t produced a single shred of evidence that Trump colluded, broke the law, or did anything improper with Russia.
The liberal Resistance has spent two years leaking, lying, false reporting, and smearing Trump, and this report puts the final nail in the coffin. They are all liars and owe Trump an apology for calling him a traitor and claiming the election was rigged.
Mueller has conceded there’s no proof whatsoever to support any of those left-wing fantasies! And now the truth is finally coming out.
Below is a report from Fox News, where they discuss how Mueller’s office is conceding they cannot indict Trump:
Mueller told Trump's legal team he will not indict the president, Giuliani tells Fox News. @johnrobertsFox has the story. #SpecialReport https://fxn.ws/2Gp6dik 
— Fox News (@FoxNews) 6:05 PM - May 16, 2018

May 15, 2018

What's Happening In Jerusalem Is A 4018 Year War

Between sons of Abraham, Isaac, son of promise, and Ishmael son of doubt. 

They are fathers of the Jews and Arabs. One legitimate, the other illegitimate. The conflict is not either of their faults, but Abraham's and Sarah's. However, we are all responsible and accountable for our own actions. This battle will only end when Jesus establishes his Millennial Kingdom ... in Jerusalem.

The name, Jerusalem, occurs 806 times in the Bible; 660 times in the Old Testament and 146 times in the New Testament. Additional references to it occur as synonyms. The first reference to the city, in the Bible, is in the synonym form, "Salem". The date was approximately 2000 BC, in Genesis 14:14-23, 4018 years ago.

14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan....
16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter....
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet ....

Abraham fought a league of wicked kings, defeated them, and restored the stolen spoil taken, to its rightful owners, less 10%, which he gave to The King of Salem who had come to bless Abraham. 
Abraham rejected the king of Sodom's settlement offer to him of all the spoil, and worldly wealth... but, the captives would be his. Righteous Abraham chose to set the captives free. The King of Salem (Jerusalem), at that earliest date of Genesis 14, was Melchizedek. Salem means "Peace", and is a synonym of Jerusalem. The King of Salem, Melchizedek, was an early appearance of Christ in earth. Read Hebrews 7:1-7 very carefully, word by word. It reveals who Melchizedek was.            


Jerusalem, where God's Temple would be built by His people, the Jews, is declared to be "His tabernacle" on earth and "his dwelling place in Zion." Zion is Hebrew for "Highest Point".
"In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion." Psalms 76:1-2.     God gave the "promised land" to Israel, including Jerusalem, its highest point, and "capital" city to the Jews, in Genesis 12:1-6 and 15:18.      
"In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates." Gen.15:18.

So what is happening today in Jerusalem is an elemental continuation and partial fulfillment of God's gift, Canaan Land, to the Jews, including Jerusalem, in about 2000 BC, 4018 years ago, as an everlasting possession.

Below, from FOX News yesterday...

By Penny Young Nance, of FOX News, is president and CEO of Concerned Women for America.

On May 14, 1948, just after a provisional government proclaimed the new State of Israel, President Truman said: “This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new State of Israel.” 

In that moment, the United States made history as the first nation to recognize the legitimacy of the new Jewish state. And now, 70 years later, the U.S. is making history again as our great nation will legitimize the State of Israel, our ally and friend, by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital. 

American evangelicals are responding: “It’s about time.” 

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a promise that was made to the American people and Israel in 1995, when Congress voted almost unanimously to locate our embassy in the capital of the Jewish state, just as we do in every other nation in the world. 

Monday – the 70th anniversary of U.S. recognition of Israel – will be an historic moment. We are thankful to President Trump for making good on a promise that his predecessors chose to ignore. I am honored to represent Concerned Women for America supporters as I attend this historic event. 

While the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a game-changer on the world stage, it is uniquely important to American Christians. 

Although imperfect, like any nation, Israel is a representation in the Middle East of the ideals and principles that we hold dear as Christians. It is much more than a political performance; it is about giving Israel the respect it deserves as a nation that is dedicated to democratic ideals. 

The United States is making history with this embassy move. Once again, we hope to see others around the world do the right thing and follow our lead. 

Israel stands for human rights. Israel cares for the least of these. Israel is inclusive. Every Israeli is supported and represented, regardless of whether they are Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Christian, male or female, young or old. 

Women have been an integral part of the modern State of Israel since its beginning. Golda Meir, the original “Iron Lady,” served as minister of labor and foreign minister before becoming Israel’s prime minister in 1969. She was Israel’s fourth prime minister and the third female prime minister in the world, and she led Israel during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. 

Israel has always prioritized diversity within the Knesset, its 120-member unicameral parliament. Women and minorities – including Arabs and Druze – have been represented in the Knesset since its inception. Today 33 members of the Knesset are women and 18 members are Arabs. 

The Israeli people have proven their dedication to upholding justice and always working towards improvement. 

After the fall of the Soviet Union Israel became a destination country for trafficked women, and prostitution became a prominent issue. Because of this, in 2001 Israel was ranked as a Tier 3 country for human trafficking on the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report – the worst possible ranking. 

The Israeli government took definitive action against sex traffickers, working to protect women and children and bring criminals to justice. For six years in a row, Israel has been ranked a Tier 1 nation in its efforts to combat human trafficking, signaling its success in fighting this grave injustice. 

Although it receives little recognition on the global stage, Israel continues to go above and beyond in its service to the world. Last summer, Israel unveiled Operation Good Neighbor, the secret operation it had been conducting in Syria to keep starvation away from thousands of Syrians while also providing free medical care. The Good Neighbor is an appropriate name for Israel. 

Since its beginning as a small nation in the midst of the Middle East, Israel has been committed to wide-reaching humanitarian relief and global development. Despite animosity from much of the world, it continues to always be a helping hand, often providing the first responders to natural disasters – whether they be earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, or Hurricane Katrina in the United States. 

In 2016 the United Nation’s World Health Organization recognized the Israeli Army’s field hospital as “number one in the world.” The U.N. has been known for having a negative attitude towards Israel, but it could not ignore the humanitarian efforts of Israel. The nation’s army field hospital is regularly sent abroad to provide aid at natural disaster sites. 

The United States is making history with this embassy move. Once again, we hope to see others around the world do the right thing and follow our lead. 


May 14, 2018

To Whom Does Jerusalem Belong? Muslims Or Jews


Historian, Josephus, was there and recorded the Roman destruction Of Jerusalem, God's Temple, and the dispersion of the Jews... 

This from World News Media

The Romans Destroy The Temple In Jerusalem 70AD

References: 
 Josephus' account appears in: Cornfield, Gaalya ed., Josephus, The Jewish War (1982); Duruy, Victor, History of Rome vol. V (1883).

In the year 66 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. In response, the Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the generalship of Vespasian to restore order. By the year 68, resistance in the northern part of the province had been eradicated and the Romans turned their full attention to the subjugation of Jerusalem. That same year, the Emperor Nero died by his own hand, creating a power vacuum in Rome. In the resultant chaos, Vespasian was declared Emperor and returned to the Imperial City. It fell to his son, Titus, to lead the remaining army in the assault on Jerusalem. 

The Roman legions surrounded the city and began to slowly squeeze the life out of the Jewish stronghold. By the year 70, the attackers had breached Jerusalem's outer walls and began a systematic ransacking of the city. The assault culminated in the burning and destruction of the Temple that served as the center of Judaism. 

In victory, the Romans slaughtered thousands. Of those sparred from death: thousands more were enslaved and sent to toil in the mines of Egypt, others were dispersed to arenas throughout the Empire to be butchered for the amusement of the public. The Temple's sacred relics were taken to Rome where they were displayed in celebration of the victory. 

The rebellion sputtered on for another three years and was finally extinguished in 73 AD with the fall of the various pockets of resistance including the stronghold at Masada. 

Our only first-hand account of the Roman assault on the Temple comes from the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius. Josephus was a former leader of the Jewish Revolt who had surrendered to the Romans and had won favor from Vespasian. In gratitude, Josephus took on Vespasian's family name - Flavius - as his own. We join his account as the Romans fight their way into the inner sanctum of the Temple: 

"...the rebels shortly after attacked the Romans again, and a clash followed between the guards of the sanctuary and the troops who were putting out the fire inside the inner court; the latter routed the Jews and followed in hot pursuit right up to the Temple itself. Then one of the soldiers, without awaiting any orders and with no dread of so momentous a deed, but urged on by some supernatural force, snatched a blazing piece of wood and, climbing on another soldier's back, hurled the flaming brand through a low golden window that gave access, on the north side, to the rooms that surrounded the sanctuary. As the flames shot up, the Jews let out a shout of dismay that matched the tragedy; they flocked to the rescue, with no thought of sparing their lives or husbanding their strength; for the sacred structure that they had constantly guarded with such devotion was vanishing before their very eyes. 

...No exhortation or threat could now restrain the impetuosity of the legions; for passion was in supreme command. Crowded together around the entrances, many were trampled down by their companions; others, stumbling on the smoldering and smoked-filled ruins of the porticoes, died as miserably as the defeated. As they drew closer to the Temple, they pretended not even to hear Caesar's orders, but urged the men in front to throw in more firebrands. The rebels were powerless to help; carnage and flight spread throughout. 

Most of the slain were peaceful citizens, weak and unarmed, and they were butchered where they were caught. The heap of corpses mounted higher and higher about the altar; a stream of blood flowed down the Temple's steps, and the bodies of those slain at the top slipped to the bottom. 

When Caesar failed to restrain the fury of his frenzied soldiers, and the fire could not be checked, he entered the building with his generals and looked at the holy place of the sanctuary and all its furnishings, which exceeded by far the accounts current in foreign lands and fully justified their splendid repute in our own. 

As the flames had not yet penetrated to the inner sanctum, but were consuming the chambers that surrounded the sanctuary, Titus assumed correctly that there was still time to save the structure; he ran out and by personal appeals he endeavored to persuade his men to put out the fire, instructing Liberalius, a centurion of his bodyguard of lancers, to club any of the men who disobeyed his orders. But their respect for Caesar and their fear of the centurion's staff who was trying to check them were overpowered by their rage, their detestation of the Jews, and an utterly uncontrolled lust for battle.  

Most of them were spurred on, moreover, by the expectation of loot, convinced that the interior was full of money and dazzled by observing that everything around them was made of gold. But they were forestalled by one of those who had entered into the building, and who, when Caesar dashed out to restrain the troops, pushed a firebrand, in the darkness, into the hinges of the gate Then, when the flames suddenly shot up from the interior, Caesar and his generals withdrew, and no one was left to prevent those outside from kindling the blaze. Thus, in defiance of Caesar's wishes, the Temple was set on fire. 

While the Temple was ablaze, the attackers plundered it, and countless people who were caught by them were slaughtered. There was no pity for age and no regard was accorded rank; children and old men, laymen and priests, alike were butchered; every class was pursued and crushed in the grip of war, whether they cried out for mercy or offered resistance. 

Through the roar of the flames streaming far and wide, the groans of the falling victims were heard; such was the height of the hill and the magnitude of the blazing pile that the entire city seemed to be ablaze; and the noise - nothing more deafening and frightening could be imagined. 

There were the war cries of the Roman legions as they swept onwards en masse, the yells of the rebels encircled by fire and sword, the panic of the people who, cut off above, fled into the arms of the enemy, and their shrieks as they met their fate. The cries on the hill blended with those of the multitudes in the city below; and now many people who were exhausted and tongue-tied as a result of hunger, when they beheld the Temple on fire, found strength once more to lament and wail. Peraea and the surrounding hills, added their echoes to the deafening din. But more horrifying than the din were the sufferings. 

The Temple Mount, everywhere enveloped in flames, seemed to be boiling over from its base; yet the blood seemed more abundant than the flames and the numbers of the slain greater than those of the slayers. The soldiers climbed over heaps of bodies as they chased the fugitives." 

References: Josephus' account appears in: Cornfield, Gaalya ed., Josephus, The Jewish War (1982); Duruy, Victor, History of Rome vol. V (1883).

FBI Goes Public: Citizen's Right To Carry Gun Protection

It stops a lot of crime and murder.

If you were a serial killer or a professional criminal or a mugger or a Muslim terrorist, or an LA gang member, which political party's stand on our U.S. Constitution's 2nd Amendment would you support? A citizen's right to carry gun protection or to violate the the Constitution and make it illegal? Remember, this right is basic U.S. law.

2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."


This from The Western Journal

FBI Releases Pro-2nd Amendment Statement, States the Importance of Armed Citizens in America

Active shooter incidents are defined as any incident involving one or more individuals who are actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill those within a populated area — gang or drug-related shootings notwithstanding.
There were 50 active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017 combined, leaving many to question if America is, in fact, safer when armed.
However, a recent investigation by the FBI in April showed that, in numerous incidents involving active shooters, there were people who stopped them by use of a weapon.
“Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents,” read the report. “Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.
“The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.”
Ten active shooters had been confronted by citizens, and eight of them ended successfully, according to The Daily Caller. Four of those eight shooters were stopped by a lawfully armed citizen.
“In one incident, a citizen possessing a valid firearms permit exchanged gunfire with the shooter, causing the shooter to flee to another scene and continue shooting,” the report read.
Yet, in the wake of so many gun shootings and violence, the call for disarming American citizens remains.

According to Timothy Hsiao for The Federalist, it is not a matter of if guns increase violence, but if they are a good means of self-defense.
“What matters is not the risk (or lack thereof) that guns pose to society, but simply whether guns are a reasonable means of self-defense,” wrote Hsiao, adding that to defend one’s life is a basic dignity that cannot be taken away in the name of “social utility.”
“Rights function as moral ‘trump cards’ that override appeals to utility,” he said. “Like our right to life, our right to defend ourselves is a basic dignity that can’t be defeated just because it might produce a net benefit.”
In nearly all national survey estimates, the result saw that defensive gun uses by victims were nearly as common as offensive uses by criminals.
Though millions of Americans are legally permitted to carry firearms every day, most of them cite self-defense as the first and foremost reason to do so.

“The overwhelming majority of the time, those guns are never drawn in anger,” wrote Paul Hsieh for Forbes. “But innocent civilians can and do sometimes use their guns in self-defense.”
Any conversation, Hsieh added, that centers around firearm policy needs to acknowledge those that are saved by the legal use of guns and self-defense, such as those in the active shooter incidents.
“The value of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens should be measured in terms of lives saved or crimes prevented,” he said, “Not criminals killed.”
T

May 12, 2018

Why Is Mother's Day A Big Deal


We do not celebrate Mother's Day because Mothers are perfect. None of us had a perfect mother because there are no perfect people. But, as a major component of the world's population, mothers are, without doubt, nearer perfection than any of the other segments of humanity, except maybe, the new born babies they have produced. We celebrate Mother's Day because our mothers conceived us and carried us for nine months of inconvenience, weariness, sacrifice, and then went into the valley of the shadow of death to give us birth. That alone is good reason to honor and love our mothers, but most mothers went much, much further. Most mothers spent the next twenty years or so feeding us, washing our dirty clothes and cleaning up our daily messes in her house... with little or no help from us. Now that kind of commitment and love is deserving of far more than a once a year "Happy Mother's Day Mom", which isn't so happy for most mothers who have to still do all the work of cooking, cleaning the table and kitchen besides the extra messes everybody makes while celebrating her.

My mother, and my wife, Bettie fit the description and lived up to all their motherly obligations with little help and few complaints. Now, Bettie and I are in our late 80's and barely able to care for ourselves. I wore myself out and I and our six children wore her out. For that, Honey, I am truly sorry.
  
Many of you know that Bettie recently had a serious problem with her heart and vertigo, complicated by some other health problems, and was in the hospital/rehab 18 days for a pace-maker implant. She has been home now for about five weeks. Her nurse and the rehab lady come regularly and we have two other ladies clean house for us every two weeks. I have been playing cook. Breakfast is easy and frozen dinners are easier. Bettie did breakfast for the first time this morning and is recuperating very well. So tomorrow is Mother's Day and I come to you, precious Bettie, and all you other mothers out there to offer you a "never appreciated enough" Happy Mother's Day.  

Bettie (Bunnie) and I will celebrate our 68th Anniversary May 31. When God hands out the report cards, precious little wife, you will get a great big sun-shinny ... smiley face.  And we will live eternally healthy, happy and holy with our six children, most of their descents I pray, and thousands of friends, but best of all, with our Lord and Savior and Heavenly Father. Praise God. 


May 11, 2018

This Strictly For You Few Keeping Up With World Trends Of Sea Change Variety


From Nikkei Asian Review

China sees new world order with oil benchmark backed by gold

Yuan-denominated contract will let exporters circumvent US dollar

DENPASAR, Indonesia -- China is expected shortly to launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan and convertible into gold in what analysts say could be a game-changer for the industry. 

The contract could become the most important Asia-based crude oil benchmark, given that China is the world's biggest oil importer. Crude oil is usually priced in relation to Brent or West Texas Intermediate futures, both denominated in U.S. dollars. 

China's move will allow exporters such as Russia and Iran to circumvent U.S. sanctions by trading in yuan. To further entice trade, China says the yuan will be fully convertible into gold on exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong. 


"The rules of the global oil game may begin to change enormously," said Luke Gromen, founder of U.S.-based macroeconomic research company FFTT. 

The Shanghai International Energy Exchange has started to train potential users and is carrying out systems tests following substantial preparations in June and July. This will be China's first commodities futures contract open to foreign companies such as investment funds, trading houses and petroleum companies. 

Most of China's crude imports, which averaged around 7.6 million barrels a day in 2016, are bought on long-term contracts between China's major oil companies and foreign national oil companies. Deals also take place between Chinese majors and independent Chinese refiners, and between foreign oil majors and global trading companies. 

Alan Bannister, Asia director of S&P Global Platts, an energy information provider, said that the active involvement of Chinese independent refiners over the last few years "has created a more diverse marketplace of participants domestically in China, creating an environment in which a crude futures contract is more likely to succeed." 

China has long wanted to reduce the dominance of the U.S. dollar in the commodities markets. Yuan-denominated gold futures have been traded on the Shanghai Gold Exchange since April 2016, and the exchange is planning to launch the product in Budapest later this year. 

Yuan-denominated gold contracts were also launched in Hong Kong in July -- after two unsuccessful earlier attempts -- as China seeks to internationalize its currency. The contracts have been moderately successful. 

The existence of yuan-backed oil and gold futures means that users will have the option of being paid in physical gold, said Alasdair Macleod, head of research at Goldmoney, a gold-based financial services company based in Toronto. "It is a mechanism which is likely to appeal to oil producers that prefer to avoid using dollars, and are not ready to accept that being paid in yuan for oil sales to China is a good idea either," Macleod said.

Yuan-denominated gold contracts have significant implications, especially for countries like Russia and Iran, Qatar and Venezuela, said Louis-Vincent Gave, chief executive of Gavekal Research, a Hong Kong-based financial research company.
These countries would be less vulnerable to Washington's use of the dollar as a "soft weapon," if they should fall foul of U.S. foreign policy, he said. "By creating a gold contract settled in renminbi [an alternative name for the yuan], Russia may now sell oil to China for renminbi, then take whatever excess currency it earns to buy gold in Hong Kong. As a result, Russia does not have to buy Chinese assets or switch the proceeds into dollars," said Gave.
Grant Williams, an adviser to Vulpes Investment Management, a Singapore-based hedge fund sponsor, said he expects most oil producers to be happy to exchange their oil reserves for gold. "It's a transfer of holding their assets in black liquid to the yellow metal. It's a strategic move swapping oil for gold, rather than for U.S. Treasuries, which can be printed out of thin air," he said.
Market share
China has been indicating to producers that those happy to sell to them in yuan will benefit from more business. Producers that will not sell to China in yuan will lose market share.
Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, is a case in point. China proposed pricing oil in yuan to Saudi Arabia in late July, according to Chinese media. It is unclear if Saudi Arabia will yield to its biggest customer, but Beijing has been reducing Saudi Arabia's share of its total imports, which fell from 25% in 2008 to 15% in 2016.
Chinese oil imports rose 13.8% year-on-year during the first half of 2017, but supplies from Saudi Arabia inched up just 1% year-on-year. Over the same timeframe, Russian oil shipments jumped 11%, making Russia China's top supplier. Angola, which made the yuan its second legal currency in 2015, leapfrogged Saudi Arabia into the second spot with an increase of 22% in oil exports to China in the same period.
If Saudi Arabia accepts yuan settlement for oil, Gave said, "this would go down like a lead balloon in Washington, where the U.S. Treasury would see this as a threat to the dollar's hegemony... and it is unlikely the U.S. would continue to approve modern weapon sales to Saudi and the embedded protection of the House of Saud [the kingdom's ruling family] that comes with them."
The alternative for Saudi Arabia is equally unappetizing. "Getting boxed out of the Chinese market will increasingly mean having to dump excess oil inventories on the global stage, thereby ensuring a sustained low price for oil," said Gave.
But the kingdom is finding other ways to get in with China. On Aug. 24, Saudi Vice Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed al-Tuwaijri, told a conference in Jeddah that the government was looking at the possibility of issuing a yuan-denominated bond. Saudi Arabia and China have also agreed to establish a $20 billion joint investment fund.
Furthermore, the two countries could cement their relationship if China were to take a cornerstone investment in the planned initial public offering of a 5% state in Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's national oil company. The IPO is expected to be the largest ever, although details on the listing venue and valuation are yet scant.
If China were to buy into Saudi Aramco the pricing of Saudi oil could shift from U.S. dollars to yuan, said Macleod. Crucially, "if China can tie in Aramco, with Russia, Iran et al, she will have a degree of influence over nearly 40% of global production, and will be able to progress her desire to exclude dollars for yuan," he said.
"What is interesting is that China's leadership originally planned to clean up the markets next year, but brought it forward to this year. One interpretation of that change is that they have brought forward the day when they pay for oil in yuan," said Simon Hunt, a strategic adviser to international investors on the Chinese economy and geopolitics.
China is also making efforts to set other commodity benchmarks, such as gas and copper, as Beijing seeks to transform the yuan into the natural trading currency for Asia and emerging markets.
Yuan oil futures are expected to attract interest from investors and funds, while state-backed oil majors, such as PetroChina and China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) will provide liquidity to ensure trade. Locally registered entities of JPMorgan, a U.S. bank, and UBS, a Swiss bank, are among the first to have gained approval to trade the contract. But it is understood that the market will be also open to retail investors.

May 9, 2018

No One who Still Wants The True God Is Hopeless


God used miracles, in Bible days, to convince unbelievers, bound by Satan and disbelief, to shock them into believing on Christ as their Messiah and Savior. Muslims, and all other followers of a false faith, are slaves to it just as those unbelievers Jesus dealt with in the Bible. So it is no great mystery if He still deals with seemingly hopeless cases today. No one who still wants to know the true, living God is hopeless.The devil doesn't give out permits to seek the truth. Anyone who loves and seeks truth above all else, including any religion or their own ungodliness, will find God. 

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jer. 29:13.

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13.

'Bat Creatures,' Then Dad Literally Sees 'the Light' of Jesus


CBN News

MELBOURNE, Australia – According to the latest census, the Muslim population in Australia has soared to more than 600,000 people making Islam the most popular and fastest-growing non-Christian religion in the country.
While extreme Islamization does pose a threat to Australian society, some Muslims “down under" have made decisions to leave their religion and embrace Christianity instead. 
We hear of many stories all around the world of Muslims converting to Christianity through dreams and visions. In Australia, CBN News met a Muslim man whose family was tormented by the devil until he experienced a supernatural encounter with Jesus. 
Ismail was a Turkish Muslim. He migrated to Australia when he was 19. Although he practiced Islam, he considered himself a moderate Muslim because he always had questions about God and Islam. 
He said he wanted to know who God was and the unknown about God. He was curious about the spiritual realm and wondered if witchcraft was from God or the devil.
In his search for answers, Ismail got involved with the occult not knowing that he opened himself to demonic spirits. He met a Turkish Muslim who called spirits using the Ouija board and a coffee cup. Ismail continued this activity with the spirit world until the manifestations of the devil became more and more frightening. 
He told CBN News about his encounter with demons. 
“I was making coffee. I was stirring the coffee and when I looked inside, I saw this creature live on the coffee, looking at me, behind me, hanging on the curtain. They were kind of human demonic bat kinda looking creatures; real long fingernails. And every time they were flapping their wings, there was smoke coming out of them. On the last day when actually I was leaving my friend’s house, he said, ‘Look, two of them are going with you!’”
For four years, Ismail’s two sons were tormented by these demons. 
According to Ismail, they drew sketches of the creatures with red eyes. 
“They came to our bed and they started shaking. My kid, he was on the bed and he was throwing fists. He was sitting on his bed and screaming, 10, 15, 20 minutes, I can’t remember. We couldn’t wake him up. I lay him down flat and I said, 'What’s happening?' He’s still there, still didn’t wake up. I freaked out.”
Ismail tried everything and prayed to Allah and the prophets but nothing worked. Out of his frustration, he sought the help of an Iranian Christian friend who brought him to a Bible study. There, he surrendered his life to Jesus and experienced a supernatural encounter. 
“I’m seeing this figure, He’s holding his hands up like this towards me. I could tell he was smiling. All I was seeing was this light coming from everywhere. It was just amazing. And actually, I have fallen in love with Him. That’s how I converted.” 
The pastor instructed Ismail to pray for two weeks, commanding the demons to leave their home. 
Ismail said, “Every night I was praying. I was saying, 'In the Name of Jesus Christ, you have no authority here. You demons leave in Jesus Name!'”
As a result, his children stopped having nightmares. Since then, Ismail hungered for the Word and began reading the Bible. He compared what the Bible said with the teachings of the Qur'an.
Ismail explained, “There’s nowhere in the book, nobody can find anywhere where Allah says, if you do this you will go to heaven. There is only one way and that is if you get murdered in the way of jihad. I now know the truth. Jesus is as real as you and me. He has created us. And only through His blood, can we come to God the Father. And He is an amazing, compassionate, graceful, forgiving God.”

May 8, 2018

Snopes Fact Checks With A Jaundiced, Left-Wing Eye

Where are the honest, Conservative fact checkers? Working, paying taxes, raising a family, and reading the news not perverting it as Snopes does.

Democrats swear their allegiance to Democracy but reject the legitimate, presidential election results when they lose. Hollywood, the world Capital of illusion and pretension, assumes that its genius in acting, feigning reality, and high living, gives it the loftier gifts of leadership, wisdom and political wizardry. The news media claims the hallowed Constitutional right of a free press as more sacred than holy scripture, while using that powerful liberty to destroy most of the other Constitutional rights and freedoms of the rest of the nation. Most Politicians slide into office on a slick pathway of promised prosperity, transparency and patriotism but retire as corrupt,  grandiose, millionaires. "Fact Check" sites seem to have carved out a left-wing nitch running parallel to "fake news", like two Democrat donkeys, hee hawing into the nation's ear... "adjusting" true facts to fit their political agenda.  

Their clandestine, left-wing objective is to shield Liberal causes, while undermining Conservative ones, in words which appear to be unbiased. Then print their "impartial" conclusions in bold green or red type that a lie is mostly true and a truth is mostly false. The vast majority of conservatives have already come to the same conclusion reached by Robert Knight in this Washington Times article.

The unreliable 'facts' of a fact-checking site


Snopes.com plays fast and loose with the First Amendment and makes Christianity a target. 

Snopes.com is handy at times. 

The "fact check" site is useful when vetting a news story that favors a progressive take. If even the left-leaning Snopes finds it false or mostly false, that's pretty persuasive. But not so much when it comes to something involving conservatives or conservative causes. 

This past week, Snopes jumped the shark. In a post about California Assembly Bill 2943, a frightening piece of pure-grade totalitarianism, Snopes belittled a conservative opponent and misrepresented the legislation. 

The anti-"conversion therapy" bill sponsored by San Jose Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low basically forbids provision of counseling, books, advice, referrals, etc. aimed at helping someone overcome same-sex desires or transgender identification. In other words, it criminalizes the sexual morality code of every major religion and especially Christianity – the real target. 

It should chill every freedom-loving American that this spectacular violation of the First Amendment passed the California House by a vote of 50-18 on April 19 and is now before the state Senate. 

Snopes.com logoSnopes focused on a response by Republican Assembly member Travis Allen to One America News Network's Liz Wheeler, who asked, "if this bill were to pass, would this prohibit the sale of the Bible, that teaches these things about sexual morality?" 

Mr. Allen replied, "Well, literally, according to how this law is written, yes, it would. This is, you know, PC culture, politically correct culture, gone horribly awry." 

Snopes smugly informs us that, "California Assembly Bill 2943 does not mention the Bible, Christianity, or religion at all, so when Allen claimed that the legislation would 'literally' prohibit the sale of the Bible, he was stating something that is demonstrably and clearly false." 

Really? 

In a brilliant takedown in The Federalist, author and academic Robert Gagnon explains why Snopes – not Mr. Allen – is dead wrong. 

"That the bill doesn't explicitly mention these things is irrelevant if the wording of the bill is broad enough to encompass them," Mr. Gagnon writes. "Sure, it is virtually impossible that California will immediately attempt to ban the sale of the Bible itself. Not even the hard left in California has that kind of chutzpah. But citations of Bible verses in the context of declaring homosexual practice and transgenderism to be morally debased could indeed get one into serious trouble with the law if it comes in the context of selling or advertising a product or service. 

"Snopes," he continues, "heavily shades the truth: 'What is clear is that [Assembly member Evan] Low's bill does not seek to outlaw all religious or moral instruction regarding sexuality and sexual orientation.'" 

Mr. Gagnon: "Read the bill. There is no religious exemption. There is no restriction to mental health professionals. This is not simply a 'gay conversion ban.'" Which would be bad enough. 

I read the bill. It is sweeping in its breadth. Mr. Low's legislation follows a current California law barring parents from procuring pro-heterosexual licensed counseling for minors, even those who have been molested. Pro-homosexual counseling is OK, of course. Opponents accurately call it the "must stay gay" law. 

Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver says the Low bill is "a dramatic infringement on First Amendment rights and is a classic viewpoint discrimination. It declares certain kinds of speech as consumer fraud." 

He notes that, "The Bible specifically refers to homosexuality in 1 Corinthians 6:9. Then verse 11 states, 'And such were some of you,' thus clearly stating that through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, people with same-sex attractions or who engaged in same-sex behavior can change. Advertising this passage or quoting it in a brochure would be considered fraudulent business practices under this bill." 

Meanwhile, Snopes is doing its best to persuade Christians not to worry enough to band together to stop these egregious violations. 

The fact-checking site was originally founded in 1995 by David and Barbara Mikkelson, who divorced in 2015. In December 2017, Forbes ran a piece that concluded Snopes has major credibility problems such as: David Mikkelson's "responses regarding the hiring of strongly partisan fact checkers and his lack of response on screening and assessment protocols present a deeply troubling picture of a secretive black box that acts as ultimate arbitrator of truth, yet reveals little of its inner workings." 

By the way, did you know that in December 2016, Facebook began relying on Snopes to weed out "fake news?" 

On the Snopes website, the "About Us" section lists David Mikkelson solely as founder, with no mention whatever of co-founder Barbara Mikkelson, who has been tossed down the memory hole. One of many inconvenient facts omitted by the "fact checker." 

Robert Knight is a Washington Times contributor and the author of "A Strong Constitution: What Would America Look Like if We Followed the Law"" (djkm.org, May 2018). This column first appeared on The Washington Times' website.