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The Book of Matthew

Friday, April 3, 2015

In the 26th chapter of the book of Matthew, we learn a lot about the final days and hours of Jesus’ life.

MATTHEW 26 : 1-5
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (3) Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, (4) and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. (5) “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”

Look at Matthew 26:5 again. “Or there may be a riot among the people.”  – Even in the days of Jesus, government knew to fear the people.

MATTHEW 26 : 14-16

(14) Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests (15) and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. (16) From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

It took 30 pieces of silver for Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus to his captors. 30 pieces of silver. What do we trade our values for today? What price tag do we put on our integrity?


(36) Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” (37) He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (38) Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

(39) Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Here Jesus knows what he is about to face and is praying to God that “if there is another way possible, please let us use that route… But don’t do as I wish, do as You wish.”


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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is attempting to reclassify and ban the most common ammunition for the most popular rifle sold in the United States as “armor piercing,” in what appears to be a spiteful attempt by the Obama administration to cripple the supply of ammunition to AR-15 firearms that the President has long sought to ban.

M855 ammunition is very popular as a practice and target round for AR-15 shooters, and is used in some kinds of hunting.

Yesterday we discussed one way to strip the ATF of the power to ban common rifle ammunition that they are dishonestly attempting to reclassify as pistol ammunition, which is to make a simple change to the definition that the ATF is abusing.

Some very sharp people have noted that we might not even need to go that far, as the M855 doesn’t meet either part of the two-part definition that the ATF is perverting.

18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) provides:

(B) The term “armor piercing ammunition” means—

(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium; or

(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.

Let’s look at a picture of a cutaway M855 bullet. There are several variants of M855 bullets with slightly different steel insert base shapes, but they all follow this same basic design.

A cutaway of the M855 bullet shows that it does not meet the definition of an “armor-piercing” bullet.

There are two parts to the definition that ATF is perverting in application to the M855, the first part being, “a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium…”

You’ll note that the definition requires the projectile or projectile core to be “constructed entirely” of one or a combination of hardened metal alloys. But as out cutaway clearly shows, the M855’s prjectile is constructed of a lead core (darker, denser metal in the rear) and a steel insert in the front of the bullet (lighter colored, lighter weight metal in the front). The M855 fails to meet the criteria to be classified as armor-piercing under part one of this two part definition.

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As if anyone needed further proof that gun control extremists are complete idiots, once again, they show their cards. 

When these people can’t even get the terminology correct, it shows that they have zero to little understanding of the inanimate objects they are trying to ban from society.

Nevermind they don’t bother looking at crime stats and defensive uses of firearms.

Forget the fact criminals never obey gun control laws.

Just throw out the window that these people create more victims while enabling criminals. They just don’t stop.

From Bearing Arms:

A small group of Democrat lawmakers and anti-liberty activists are still attempting to exploit the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary to push for more restrictions on your liberty:

Newtown activists on Thursday helped introduce the first gun safety bill in this Congress, officially kicking off the gun control debate on Capitol Hill.

The bill would ban large capacity ammunition clips for everyone but military members and law enforcement officers. It was introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, in the House and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in the Senate.

The bill’s proponents characterized the legislation as a needed safety measure, like seat belts or airbags, that would save lives, not only those threatened by a mass murderer, but also police who are often outgunned by criminals.

Eight states, including Connecticut and the District of Columbia, ban high-capacity magazine clips. But congressional Republicans have resisted efforts for a federal ban, and for any new federal gun restrictions.

Dave Stowe, vice chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance and the Newtown Foundation, insisted there should be bipartisan support for the bill, saying, “What I see is an issue that does not take sides.”

Yes, the group actually called them “magazine clips” in their press release, and the clueless Northeastern media regurgitated the term and the group’s falsified claims without a bit of fact-checking or introspection.

Magazines and clips are, of course, two completely different things.

What these people want to do is turn millions of law-abiding citizens who own firearms that have ‘magazines’ with a larger capacity than 10 rounds, into criminals.

Since these people are clearly freaking clueless about firearms, it proves they are only about gun control and not safety.

How do these simpletons know how many cartridges it may take for someone to defend themselves?

Will it take 1 or will it take 12?  Oops, if you are defending yourself from multiple attackers or a meth-crazed lunatic, you are SOL … oh .. and possibly dead.

Once again the gun control extremists in Congress prove they are nothing but brain dead hacks who aren’t interested in gun violence but gun control.

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RUSH: The CEO of Gallup — I’ve always thought Gallup was part of the State-Run Media.  I always thought of Gallup as almost, not quite, but the official pollster of the Obama Regime.

The CEO, Jim Clifton has a piece: “The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment — Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.

“Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is ‘down’ to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market. None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right.”

This guy is telling us something — this is striking — you as members of the audience of this program have known for 15 years what the U-6 and the U-3 unemployment numbers are.  The U-3 number is what’s reported.  And what he’s talking about, the U-6 number, does count people who’ve given up and are no longer working.  The number that’s released, this 5.6% number, does not count the millions of people who were unable to find a job in four years and have given up looking.  This guy thinks he is issuing breaking news.  And, sadly, to a bunch of low-information voters, he is.

So when he says the big lie, 5.6 unemployment, all he’s talking about is the U-6 versus the U-3 number.  These are categories, capital U, letter U, 3, it’s just a category, U-6 is another one.  But the unemployment number every month that’s reported is U-3.  They do not count, as unemployed, people no longer looking.  The U-6 number is the real — and that’s up at around 12% right now.  And his point, that’s the big lie.  The big lie is that real unemployment is closer to 12% than 5.6.  Now, you in this audience have known this, for, gosh, how many years?  The CEO of Gallup decides to publish it today as though it’s breaking news.  And I’m sure to some people it is, sadly.



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Narratives can’t change facts.

A team has to be good to get to the Super Bowl, but the winner has to play a great game to win. That’s the way it is in any professional sport. But the difference between good and great is often the difference between executing the little differences a little better than your opponent.

If you do not win in professional sports, you do not reap the rewards or spoils of victory such as big salaries, product endorsements or lucrative speaking fees.

In most other endeavors in life, success is achieved by perfecting the basics, mastering the details between good and great, and outperforming your competition. You are then rewarded based on specific metrics and goals.

In politics, there are no metrics and goals other than getting elected. Elected officials do not impose metrics and goals on themselves by which to be held accountable. It’s just a never ending series of promises and political claims of success, which are subjective at best. And if they win at getting elected, but lose at doing the job for which they were elected, they get paid anyway.

I’m talking about members of Congress and the presidency.

It takes a great leader in the White House to achieve good results in Congress. We have not had such a leader in decades. That’s why we are living in a political nightmare. We go from bad to worse instead of from good to great.

In President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20, he claimed that “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”

Oh really! Here are a few facts by which we can measure his tenure as president:

  • Annual Gross Domestic Product growth has been about 2 percent per year, which is less than half of the economy’s capacity for growth.
  • The lowest labor participation rate in decades, which means a real unemployment rate of more than 10 percent instead of the widely reported 5.6 percent.
  • Americans who have joined the food stamp program since 2009: 13 million
  • Americans who have fallen into poverty since 2009: 5.5 million
  • Decline in median household income since Obama became president: $2,484
  • Number of Americans who will no longer have employer-sponsored health insurance thanks to ObamaCare: 7 Million
  • Increase in family health premiums under Obama: $4,154
  • The United States of America has no foreign policy strategy.

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Personal Response to the Race-Baiters

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Okay, I wasn’t going to weigh in on the racial issues which are dividing our country- but I’ve fought the urge for too long now. Race-baiters, I’ll play…

I continuously see members of the black community proudly displaying their “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gear or flashing their newest “I can’t breath” t-shirt (someone should teach them the difference between “breath” and “breathe” so they don’t look so incredibly uneducated). I see rappers and entertainers following the likes of Al Sharpton (who has $4M in unpaid taxes) and encouraging the racial tensions to come to a boiling point. To such a  boiling point that they encourage the killing of police officers and then have the nerve to rely on the police officers to keep them safe during riots… Those same riots where they are rioting against police officers… Irony?

I see seemingly educated “leaders” of the black community who attempt to make a correlation between the case of Officer Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown and the case of some nameless coward who executed two NYPD officers as that same in their patrol car before blowing his own worthless face off instead of actually fighting it out. To make this even more astronomically stupid, they will then claim that this is somehow a display of white supremacy as they fail to realize that the two slain officers were named “Rafael Ramos” and “Wenjian Liu.” Someone explain the white supremacy in that…

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Gun control advocate and independent filmmaker Rejina Sincic has created what she calls a PSA aimed at “reducing gun violence in schools and communities.”

The video depicts a teenage boy sneaking into his mother’s room, taking a gun out of her dresser drawer (who knows if it’s loaded or unloaded), putting it in his backpack and then taking it to school. After class, he waits for the other students to leave then puts the gun on the teacher’s desk and says, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”

Certainly nothing could go wrong in that scenario, right?

Bearing Arms points out:

In the real world, such an act would result in the boy facing numerous felony charges (exact charges depend on state laws) possibly including weapons theft, unlawful possession of a weapon by a minor, illegal concealed carry of a weapon, carrying a weapon onto school property, assault, and brandishing.
There’s also the very real chance that someone could be hurt or killed by an accidental discharge of the gun.

Imagine if teenagers really did follow Sincic’s advice en masse? We would have hundreds of guns showing up, potentially loaded, on school property. The students would face expulsion from school and possible felony charges.

If your goal as an activist is to create a cultural shift, encouraging children to steal their parents’ property, endanger themselves and others, and break multiple laws is not the way to do it.

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Regardless of skin color, I think it’s safe to say that most people agree that looting businesses and burning them to the ground is a pretty poor way to make a point.

In fact, it often has the opposite effect intended, causing the very racism and unfairness being complained about to become more deeply ingrained in society.

Fortunately, there are still tons of decent people left in the world who put color aside and focus on doing what’s right, such as these black residents in Ferguson who came to the rescue of white business owners in the area, helping to protect their property.

From Opposing Views:

The white-owned Conoco gas station has remained open, though, because a group of male black Ferguson residents are keeping guard.

Derrick Johnson, a 6-foot-8 man, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near the station’s convenience store entrance. Three other men joined Johnson, each armed with pistols.

The men said they are protecting the store out of respect for the white owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years, reports Inquisitr.

According to R.J., the men have chased away several groups of teenagers that were rampaging through the area.

This is an awesome display of the kind of unity that this country needs much more of.

What these citizens are doing transcends color and focus on right and wrong. It’s wrong to destroy the property of others and to take what doesn’t belong to you, regardless of whether or not the reason for your anger is justified.

We can only hope there are more folks like Johnson out there who are willing to look beyond superficial things like race and focus on doing good things for others.

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What’s The Difference?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

In Mobile, Alabama on October 6, 2012, Officer Trevis Austin shot and killed an unarmed 18 year old male named Gilbert Collar. Despite public pressure for an idictment, a Mobile County Grand Jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

No riots, no looting, no protests, no lawlessness.

On August 9th, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an 18 year old male named Michael Brown. Despite public pressure for an idictment, again a Grand Jury refused to bring charges against the Officer, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

Rioting, looting, protesting, lawlessness ensues.

If you want to understand the difference in the two situations, you should look at a picture of Officer Trevis Austin and the 18 year old he shot, Gilbert Collar. You should then look at a picture of Officer Darren Wilson and the 18 year old he shot, Michael Brown. You’ll see a stark contrast.

Tell me again who is responsible for the racial divide?