Just FYI!, That is Just wrong

U. S. Congress vs. Free Enterprise and A&E Shows Their Bigotry

First, let me get on my soapbox over Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La) introducing the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act which seeks to get rid of the “must-carry” rules which require cable and satellite companies to carry free, local television channels.  If this were to pass, it would squash all local free television channels out of being.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I enjoy being able to switch channel and see what is going on locally.  This would, however (and I believe this is the real agenda of the bill) also stop the cable and satellite companies from having to broadcasting free religious programming.  This is wrong and I urge everyone to contact their representatives and ask that they vote against it.  If they don’t then you know the cable networks have them in their pocket.

Second, let me voice my extreme disappointment in an action that the A&E network has taken against Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.  He recently did an interview with GQ magazine in which Mr. Robertson said that if everybody loved G-d, repented of their sins, stopped their sinful ways, and loved everybody that everything would straighten out, and that when “everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong … sin becomes fine.” The reporter then asked, “What, in your mind, is sinful?

Mr. Robertson answered, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.  Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God,” he warned. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

He also said, “It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking, “There’s more there! She’s got more to offer.” I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

GLAAD issued this statement:

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

Cruz, who cited an August Public Policy Polling survey showing 56 percent of Louisiana residents supported same-sex marriage, stopped short of calling for an all-out boycott of “Duck Dynasty.” Despite Phil’s strong words, however, he insists he’s a Christian who doesn’t condemn others — even if they are “sinners” in his mind.

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job,” he told the magazine. “We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?” Still, Robertson insisted that his family “really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and… everything will turn around.”

http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/tv-news/-duck-dynasty–star-s-anti-gay-remarks-spark-outrage-134231650.html

A&E has issued this statement: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.’ His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz added: “What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike. By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”

FYI, Cruze: There are many, many people who go to Church each Sunday, yet have no idea  what the Bible actually says.  These are not Christians.  They are no more Christians than the farmer is a cow because he goes in the barn daily.  A Christian is someone who:

  • Diligently seeks to follow Jesus’ example and live their lives to glorify Him.
  • Walks in love and does not judge (who is going to Heaven or not. It is not judging if you know someone is sinning and tell them so)
  • Tells the non-believer about the love and saving grace of G-d through Jesus Christ
  • Believes and stands on the what the Bible says.  All of it.  And
  • If they see someone with sin in their lives, fulfills their responsibility to tell them.

Glaad is just trying to stir up trouble.  Again! 

If Yahoo! had bothered to read the entire article, as I did – foul language by the writer and all, they would have seen that this one paragraph by Phil Robertson was just that.  Yahoo! has taken it out of context and glaad is crying over one man’s opinion and a quote from the Bible?

Let me state right here that this is the problem that most people have with gays.  I am not talking about the gay lifestyle, but the people themselves that are so mean, hateful, and vengeful – like the people at glaad.  And their community does suffer because of the stupid, antagonistic actions of Glaad. Here is the problem:

  • Glaad is an incendiary organization:  If you do not agree with their point of view, not only are they  going to proclaim loudly that not only are you wrong but also that you must be stopped and punished for disagreeing with them. Yes, they want you punished! (Way to win friends and influence your enemies.  Thumbs up, you guys!)
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Thumbs Up (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)

  • Glaad does not represent the views of the gay community:  Read the 67, 118 comments on this story at Yahoo!.  I did not read all of them, by any means, but did read quite a few and  have yet to read one that agrees with Glaad.  Every single one that I read agrees that Phil Robertson has the right to believe what he wants and has the right to voice his opinion.
  • All of the comments that I read by gays actually said what glaad and a&e did is wrong.
  • People can trample and burn Our Beloved Old Glory while on American soil with no one allowed to try to stop them, yet let someone say that homosexuality is wrong and Sally bar the door  Mr. Robertson did not threaten, nor say anything mean or hateful, yet THIS is what happens?

I know that A&E have the right to fire whoever they want for what ever reason they want to trump up, but like the photographer and baker that refused to take part in a gay wedding, it may be the law, but that does NOT make it right.  (There is a big difference in someone walking into a store and making a purchase and forcing someone to participate in an event that their religion states is a sin and abomination.  Big difference.  B I G difference.  And this latter one is just wrong.)

UPDATE: Many of the Robertson’s following have stepped up to the plate and let their voices (and opinions) be heard.  By Thursday morning, one fb page demanding Phil’s return to the show had 300,000 likes.  And that was just one page.  

The Robertson family released this statement yesterday afternoon on their webpage: We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support.  The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision.  We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word.  While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.  We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.   Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

Phil, you did good and we support you.

First Paula Deen now Phil.  A&E’s true colors sre really shining bright this year, aren’t they? Maybe now the Dynasty Gang will get on a good (read “thicker skinned”) network that is worthy of the fame and money this family will bring in. Here’s hoping.

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Just My Opines, That is Just wrong

I Just Don’t Get It

We are the parents of a grown son.  Thank goodness he’s grown!  Our parenting was probably considered quite strict, with me being the strictest. But:  I can not say enough how proud we are of our son.  He is one of the kindest, most generous,  self-sacrificing, all around best guys I know (Just like his father!).  He has never been in trouble and is always spot on to help elderly women with their groceries and buggies, small kids, etc.  His teachers, those worth having, loved him and many, many times have I been told how nice and polite he is.  It looks like our strictness pays off!

I would have the same kind of child if I were raising one today, though.  Why?  Certain things, music, movies, videos were not allowed in our home.  And still aren’t. We don’t miss them and neither did he.  (No, he did not mind at all being different.  He preferred it after seeing many friends involved with drugs, dead, in Juvie, or parents in their early teens.)

Miley Cyrus Twerking Obama and Putin

Miley Cyrus Twerking Obama and Putin (Photo credit: rtcosmin)

If I had a daughter, she certainly would not be listening to or watching that poor, messed up Cyrus child.  That girl need help!  And there is no way I would allow my daughter to emulate her.  Or several others.  Why would I want my child to dress and/or act like that, to have those opinions and think those behaviors are alright?  If you allow her to listen to/watch it, you tell her you approve of it. And  If you do, don’t be surprised if you wind up grandparents before in-laws.  And it may happen at a very early age.   “How early could they possibly think about sex?”, you may ask.  Get ready to be shocked.

Almost 2% of adolescents have had sex by the time they reach their 12th birthday.   That is about 2 out of every 100 kids.  Take any three sixth grade classes, and two of those kids either have had or are about to have sex.  SIXTH GRADE!!!!!  BEFORE THEY ARE OUT OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!!!!!!!!  16%  have had sex by age 15, one-third of those aged 16 have, nearly half (48%) of those aged 17, 61% of 18-year-olds and 71% of 19-year-olds have had sex.[1]

Remember, if you allowed this in your home in the form of music and video, you told her it was alright.  And it may not be her choice.

Young girls go around boys acting like these singers, and the boy says, “you want it, o.k.”  Even if she says “No”, if she still started it, and he does, would that still be rape?  Being a tease is a dangerous thing.  Especially now.  (This is the truth whether you want to admit it or not so don’t leave nasty comments.  I won’t post them.)  Sex is for after and within a marriage.  Period.  Any other time is going to cause physical or emotional problems down the road.  However...It is sooo not fair to tell the boys that they can’t no matter what she does, and have the girls acting like sluts and hookers.  That is just wrong.  So wrong. And the games that the boys play have them rape and kill and do it for fun.   And we wonder why rape is on the rise?

And by no means are the girls the only ones we need to monitor what they watch and listen to.  I will not even start on the lyrics to some of these things.  I have trouble believing that these are allowed on the airwaves.  When stores refuse to sell an artists someones recorded garbage, that should be a real tip-off.  If it is labeled as “explicit” on Amazon or i-tunes, don’t let it in your house!  Your kids will get over it.  I promise.  Why would you want them to listen to encouragements to rape and kill?   And the same goes for video games.  Why let them play games where their character can go in and rape women , kill people, vandalize property, and steal things?  If you allow them to play this stuff, should you be surprised if they act it out?  Because if you watch the news you will see that they do!

It is absurd for people to think these games do not affect those that play them. They change their thoughts and behaviors.  Want proof?  That is how the military desensitize soldiers so they will be able to kill.  It’s the same principle at work in your home.

As parents we want our kids to turn out to be responsible, self-sufficient, nice adults, but if we send these mixed signals, what chance do they have?

If nobody else really cares about these kids, I want them to know that I do.  I want this to stop.

For the kids sakes.  And ours.

I’m just sayin’.

 


[1] Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

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FYI, This Is Just Such A Good Thing I Had To Pass It On

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Just FYI!

Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston!

Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.

Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775.

On July 4th, 1776 these same extremists signed the Declaration of Independence, pledging to each other and their countrymen their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Many of them lost everything, including their families and their lives over the course of the next few years.

Lest we forget…

Let us not forget!”

People who claim “it won’t happen again” need to read this:

Posted by my friend https://www.facebook.com/vince.bevill on 12/6/2013

The registration/confiscation of assault weapons in New York City is legit.  It is the “New York Safe Act”.  They say they are wanting all “assault weapons” registered so they will know if anyone has one that shouldn’t: felons, the mentally unstable, etc.  Last time I checked, the bad guys don’t follow the rules, so they are not likely to oblige here, guys, and the mentally unstable probably don’t understand to.

As anyone in possession of all the facts knows, it is not the weapons that are a problem, even in relation to the mass shootings. The real problem is that the common citizenry is underarmed.  In instances of a”mass shooting” stopped by police, the average number of deaths is 14.3.  When the citizenry was armed and stopped it, there is an average of 2.3 deaths.  But the media doesn’t want you to know that!

Instead of following England’s policy of total disarmament of the people, which has been disastrous, we should be following after the Israeli model as explained in this article by Don B. Kates.  He is talking about the Virginia Tech Massacre and why it happened:

That policy is the “gun-free zone.” Even if the victims had possessed permits to carry a gun, Virginia Tech forbade them to have that means of self-defense while on campus. This ensured that only the killer (who, of course, violated the “gun-free zone” policy just as he violated the laws against murder) and uniformed police would have guns. Obviously the university could not afford to station officers in every lecture hall.

Yet nothing less would substitute for the victims themselves having had the power to stop the massacre.

Israel has a better alternative. Decades ago, Palestinian terrorism was being directed at schools. Yasser Arafat calculated that small children can’t shoot back, and that killing them was the best way to terrify parents into fleeing Israel.

Israel’s response?

They armed schoolteachers and school bus drivers. Now, even suicide terrorists don’t attack schools — lest they be shot down before they can reach their helpless victims.

Thousands of civilians are armed all across Israel, as the following incidents illustrate:

* Shavei Shomron — A Palestinian shot into a kindergarten, but did not dare to enter. Next he attacked neighboring buildings, where he was killed by a civilian gun owner.

* Bethlehem — A terrorist threw one bomb into a supermarket, but was prevented from throwing another when a shopper shot him in the head with a gun from her purse.

* Tel Aviv — William Hazan, his wife, and some friends were eating in a restaurant when a terrorist began machine-gunning the establishment. Ducking under a table, Hazan killed him with a pistol he had carried for years.

Such incidents are numerous not only in Israel but in the U.S. as well. Last December, a woman parishioner shot and killed a gunman who had just slaughtered four unarmed people in a crowded Colorado church complex.

Three separate school massacres have been ended when good citizens violated the schools’ “gun-free zone” policies by rushing to their cars for guns with which they were then able to arrest the perpetrators.

But for those policies, they might have been carrying their guns, and the massacres could have been ended earlier — and with fewer deaths.

Since 1980, the majority of states have adopted laws under which five million law-abiding responsible adults have gun-carry permits.

Contrary to dire predictions, permit-holders have not abused the privilege — and murders and other violent crimes have been sharply reduced.

Everyone opposes violent crime (except the perpetrators). “Gun-free zone” policies which disarm everyone (except the perpetrators) facilitate murder rather than precluding it.

Universities and businesses who facilitate murder by imposing such empty symbolism should be held strictly liable for the killings those policies facilitate.

Don B. Kates is a criminologist and constitutional lawyer who is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute in Oakland, California.
The entire article can be found here.

If that is not enough to convince you that gun control is a huge mistake, here are a few more facts:

Like it or not, we have the right to bear arms and defend our selves, our families, and our property.  It has been proven, time and again, that disarming the people is counter productive, dangerous, and the wrong step to take to protect the people.  It is, however, a step toward tyranny.

Let me leave you with this:

  • “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” – George Washington[1]
  • “…’by some of us not owning a gun, or at least embracing the idea of one, are we setting ourselves up to be victims in a movie theater, a school, a public building, most of all in our streets, in our own neighborhoods, and in our own homes?,” he asked.

   “And armed with just our cellphones, our fists and our wits, are we setting ourselves up to be sitting ducks, defenseless in the    face of a sane, or an insane person, armed to the teeth and bent on killing,’ Lemon added.”[2]

  • “First they suppressed religion, then they confiscated our guns, then they just walked in.” KGB general on how communists took over Russia.[3]
  • Talking about Kennesaw, Ga: “The truly most effective means of gun control is the most overlooked.  I will show you one city and their way of virtually eliminating crime, then ask yourself, “If it works that well there, and the opposite way increases crime, why is  the federal government not doing this?”  Other nations do with great success.[4]  Why are there not more cities and states and countries doing this?”

Hidden agendas scare me.  Especially when they leave us, as people and as a nation, defenseless and vulnerable.

Makes one wonder just what their agenda really is, doesn’t it?


[1]Conservative Quote of the Day

[2] ‘LET’S TALK ABOUT GUNS’: CNN ANCHOR SAYS THIS IS MAKING HIM RETHINK HIS STANCE ON GUNS

It can also be found at Gun Control: By The Numbers: The REAL Facts on the matter Why I Did This page

[3]The Rant in Chattanooga Times Free Press Vol 144 No. 30 1/13/2013 edition page F3 

It can also be found at Gun Control: By The Numbers: The REAL Facts on the matter

[4]http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/646679/posts

It can also be found at Gun Control: By The Numbers: The REAL Facts on the matter Why I Did This page

 

 

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