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The Face of Mormonism?

We hear from Harry Reid that Mitt Romney should not be the face of Mormonism.  First off most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints don’t usually refer to themselves as Mormons.  It is a term that is tinged with unpleasant and unflattering associations and it is confusing for the general public.  “Mormons” don’t worship the prophet Mormon from the book of the same name, nor do we elevate the Book of Mormon over the Bible. The actual name of the church more closely expresses the beliefs and doctrines of the church and it’s 14,000,000 plus adherents throughout the world.  We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, in His Father (our eternal father) and in the Holy Spirit.  We believe in the commandments and doctrine contained in both the Old an New Testaments and those in the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ) and the other books of scripture.

That said, which of the members of  the “Mormon” church is more deeply aligned with the scriptures, commandments and doctrines contained within the Christian Scriptures? Would that be the one who belongs to a political party that favors the murder of innocents who have yet to be born ( or if Pres. Obama had his wish even those who were born after their mothers had consented to have them assassinated)?  Would it be the party of same sex marriage in complete disregard of the doctrine contained in the scriptures forbidding such practices?  Would that be the party of tax and spend -stealing from those who have to give to those who refuse to work?  Would that be the party of dimmitude that seeks to suppress the rights of followers of Christ while they advance the rights of atheist, agnostics and followers of Allah over everyone else?  Would it be the party who sees nothing wrong with the adoption of Sharia law, a law like unto the one fulfilled by the death of Jesus Christ, which occurred so that we could live a higher law (maybe that wasn’t such a good idea, seems a lot of people need to be told how many steps to walk and what to do every minute of the day)?  Maybe it’s the party of it’s OK to lie about someone as long as you’re doing it for the good of the country?  Or perhaps it’s the party of “we can’t even find integrity in the dictionary” because we’ve been publicly educated and can’t spell, read or think in a logical fashion, but we an tell you how we “feel”?

I for one am tired of Harry Reid pretending he knows something about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and then standing on the floor of the Senate and lying about another member of the Church for political gain.  And then when he’s been proven wrong (as with Gov. Romney’s tax return which Reid agitated for month for) he doubles down, tries to distract attention by thinking up new lies and innuendos, and refusing to apologize or even acknowledge he was wrong.

So while I agree Mitt Romney should not be the “face” of Mormonism, neither should Harry Reid.  Reid should also stop throwing the Church  under the bus every time it’s convenient for him.  He has done and does today a really good job of pretending he’s not even a member most of the time.  He should go back to doing that because as an example of what “Mormons” believe and how they act he’s pretty pitiful and I feel truly sorrow for him.  May God have mercy on his soul.

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Charity never faileth

Candidate Romney gave 30 % of his income in 2011 to charity.  Ten percent is the tithe he paid to the LDS church but he probably paid more than that, just like he paid more in taxes then he owed.  Just thought I’d insert a little reality into this discussion, because you know that people who don’t belong to the LDS (Mormon) church know so much more about it than people who’ve actually been members for 30, 40, 50 years.

First Tithing is a commandment and just like any other commandment, it is up to the individual whether or not they are obedient to it.  No one comes to your door with guns or a warrant for your arrest if you don’t pay tithing.  It won’t get you thrown out of the church or shunned (which Mormons don’t do, that would be the Amish – very fine, upstanding folks as well).  True there are things you can’t do but you couldn’t do them if you were disobeying other commandments as well. They’re commandments not suggestions.  So giving to your church is a choice just like giving to Planned Parenthood, PETA, MoveOn.org and Acorn.  All of these groups have agendas.  Makes no difference whether they’re religious or secular (and some might argue that all of them are religious in nature as people choose which god to worship whether they admit it or not) and some people have engaged in uncivilized behavior in behalf of all sorts of causes on the left and on the right.

As for what constitutes a charity, those who don’t give at all don’t get to decide who’s eligible to receive someone’s money.  PETA to me is a political entity not a charity and I wouldn’t give them a moldy sock.  There are plenty of scams out there to take peoples  money for things they didn’t plan to give to. That said the main difference between the Romneys of the world and the Obamas of the world is one thinks giving should be up to the individual, un-mandated.  The other thinks giving should be not only mandated but that the individual doesn’t get to decide who gets their money.

Remember while the Mormons don’t come to your door to extort money from you (just to share their message, which takes a few moments and when you say thanks but you’re not interested, they go away) the government doesn’t even bother to contact you directly.  They simply access your paycheck and take whatever they want for whatever reason they deem necessary.

I don’t know choice versus compulsion? It seems like I’ve heard that argument before.

Revelations 12:7 , 17

7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,…………

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the COMMANDMENTS of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Same war different battlefield.

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This just in from the Drudge report…… Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife (and a female disciple).   I suppose those of an anti-Christ persuasion think this will bring Christianity to it’s collective knees.  Christians will leave their faiths in droves they will think.  This is just the crack in the wall they can exploit.  I can just see some of the most ardent detractors of religion rubbing their hands in glee.  I hate to urinate on your Wheaties, but I’m reasonably sure that most Christians aren’t floored by this “new” line of thinking.

In the New Testament we’re told that there was a group of women who followed Jesus. They were in various and sundry locations but for sure they were there at the Crucifixion and some were there at the tomb.  Some of them were probably family of both Jesus and his Apostles, some were just followers (and that makes them disciples ie followers of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought.  In this case a personal follower of Christ (including his 12 apostles) during his life, and I would add any one who follows the doctrine of Jesus Christ to this day.

Anyone who calls himself a Christian is indeed a disciple.  Some of us are good disciples who try to follow the doctrines laid out in the New Testament.  Some of us are not as good.  We’ve allowed the world to dictate to us the perimeters of our discipleship.  Still men, women, children, rich, poor, educated or not if you claim a relationship to or with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ you are a disciple.  So women even then could be disciples.  They couldn’t be priest in the Temple because that was not a role assigned to them.  If the “scholar” who has unearthed this find thinks that this will buttress the argument that women should hold the priesthood (to beat up the Catholics and Mormons -with members running for president/vice president) they’ll need to think again.  There is no special training, not qualifiers for being a disciple save a belief in and on Jesus Christ as the Savior of Mankind.

As for the idea that Jesus was married.  Personally I don’t care if he was or not.  It would explain some things to me though.

1. Why did the early church find it necessary to suppress the importance of Mary Magdalene and emphasize the role of Mary the mother of Jesus.

2. In a time when single men and women didn’t travel together why was Mary (Magdalene or Lazarus’ sister) traveling with the Apostles.

3. Christ came to earth, was born in the common way, was presented at the temple, was Baptized, all things he shouldn’t have had to do.  He was the Son of God.  Sinless.  Why should he have had to do these things?  Well if He came here to fulfill all righteousness then why shouldn’t he fulfill ALL of the Sacraments including marriage.  It is not right for man to be alone. If it’s not right then ……………

4. Whether or not Jesus was married has no impact on my faith,

 ” faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” Alma 32:21 (Book of Mormon)

I have faith because I have had the truth seared in my heart by the Holy Spirit.  I know because I asked.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5.

So, I guess what I’m saying in 1.000 words or less is, this is a non story.  It doesn’t make a difference in the message, nor does it make a difference in how I live my life.  It doesn’t bring me closer to Christ nor does it put an impediment in the relationship I have with him.  If, as I believe, he suffered for me in the Garden, he suffered for not just the sins of commission, he suffered for the sins of omission, he suffered for the offenses, the hurt feelings, the broken hearts, the mistakes, the failures, the inadequacies, the insecurities and all other “feelings” Satan can use to destroy faith.  Before we come to him in agony he has already been there, he has already felt what we feel, he’s suffered what we suffer only he did it for everyone, disciple or not.  It is truly humbling to know that one being was willing to lay down his life for us all. The debt we are to pay? Do the things God asks us to do, so that we will be happy, healthy and filled with joy.

It’s so very hard to do?  That’s what the world would have us believe.  I wonder just whose message we’re listening to.

 

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Violence in America?

Apparently the FBI is warning of violence erupting in this country over a film used as an excuse for the rioting and murders committed in Libya and Egypt since Sep. 11 in a report from ABC news. Now far be it from your humble host to ascribe bad behavior to one of the most “trusted” sources for new in the US, but doesn’t the perpetuation of this behavior fit into the business model these characters have been using for the last 20 years.  When there isn’t news to tell make the news.  If one has to perpetuate violence to give the media something to report on, and no one can trace it back to them, will anybody care?  The whole tree, forest, sound argument.

To have as their handmaidens the FBI however has to just gaul members of the “lame steam media”.  Not to mention that the explosion of violence does not fit the meme “Islamic tolerance”  or the narrative of “Islam the religion of peace”.  The fact that the Obama administration and the Clinton state department ignored warnings about said violence and that the  “commander in chief” couldn’t be bothered to attend intelligence briefings or that the president was depending on the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo to protect and defend the American embassy is ludicrous in the extreme.  Added to the reports that the ambassador made it impossible for the Marine guard to do their job by restricting the use of live ammunition and we have a perfect storm scenario.

So what is a president to do?  Why apologize of course.   Apologize to rioters, looters, arsonists, bullies and murderers. Apologize for something a more thick skinned god would laugh off.  How many movies, TV shows, songs, commercials, art exhibits, plays and government regulations are offensive to the Christian God?   How often are Christians offended, ridiculed, abused and defamed?   The fact that the Pope is visiting Lebanon and people are protesting it, threatening to harm him and any other Christians they can find, make taking the Muslim Brotherhoods statement not simply ironic but patently ridiculous.  One cannot believe they can ascribe one set of behavior to others that they refuse to follow themselves.  Show me some REAL tolerance and then maybe we’ll talk, otherwise get out of my face.

But back to the FBI’s report. There are some real gems in there.

“the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention.”

“First responders should remain aware of the potential for spontaneous large crowds and protests that could overwhelm resources and should be vigilant for possible efforts to encourage peaceful protesters to commit acts of violence,” the warning said.

“the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention.”

“First responders should remain aware of the potential for spontaneous large crowds and protests that could overwhelm resources and should be vigilant for possible efforts to encourage peaceful protesters to commit acts of violence,” the warning said.

Urging ” faith based organizations to promply report suspicious activities that could indicate pre operational plotting against Jewish, Coptic, Islamic or any other faith based communities”.

Now forgive me if I seem a tad dense but exactly who are we are we supposed to be afraid of  the Jews who I don’t think have ever rioted (in this country), torched cars, thrown bottle rockets?  The Copts (who I had to look up because even as a history major I thought they had died out years ago) the native Egyptian Christians who I’m sure are wild and crazy group when riled. Even though they are the largest Christian group in Egypt I’m reasonably sure they aren’t dedicated to “covert or die” ideology.

This leave the Muslims who seem to be the most frequent participators in chaos, treason and murder and the rest of the “faith based communities. Yes those violent hordes of Mormons or the thundering cadre of Catholics not to mention the scurvy crew of Amish that are so often involved in civil disobedience.  Seriously folks, it’s not like we’re talking former Weather Underground members here. These are not OWS types who can stomach massive hypocrisy and political expedience. It seems as if maybe the FBI is more concerned that the usual suspects will find themselves finally on the sticky end of the lollypop.  Should they start something in the hinterland of America they may find themselves in a volatile situation and little to no local support. One wonders if the Christian majority will react as the Muslim majorities in many Middle East countries react.  Will they throw rocks and bottle rockets, kill the young, old, infirm.

Seems to me we kn0w who to fear.  They’ve worked hard at trying to get us to be afraid of their tantrums.  We should treat them like the children they are.

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It is now time to get serious.  We’ve been playing this game long enough. We’ve hoped our allies would assist us. We’ve waited for the UN to support us.  We’ve been attacked on our own soil and on sovereign soil around the world.  It is now time for it to stop. What can we do? What should we do?

First we need to fire the morons who have orchestrated this latest debacle.

Second we should stop watching, stop supporting, stop paying people to lie to us, to spin the news to make their agenda more palatable to the “great unwashed”.

Third we need to insist that our government which we pay for, stop sending any aid and  money to any foreign government who’s citizens support a Kill America/Americans agenda.  No American companies should be supported who do business there. No visas from these countries.  If you want to go there you can’t come back here.  No students allowed to study here and no money for any reason.  Organizations that previously sent support to these countries and groups should be watched.  If there is any reason to suspect collusion the organization should be disbanded and the members either expelled or jailed.

Fourth we need to start producing our own oil, gas, and alternative fuels.  We need to beef up the military and give the intelligence community what they need to protect us.  We need to do more in research and development and we need to keep our secrets secret.

Fifth we need to stop treating each other like we are our worst enemies.   There are worse enemies out there than people who disagree with you on tax issues or on school choice or on abortion rights.  There are people out there who want to kill us, you, me, our children, our parents, our posterity and if they could manage it they’d erase from being our ancestors.  They HATE us, what part of that do you not understand? They seek to destroy us and all we hold dear.  They are our true enemies and no amount of spinning, no about of rhetoric, no amount of dimitude will make this go away, make it better or make it different.

We are out of time and out of options.  There is no other choice, either we stand up or we give up.  Our choice.  It’s way past time to take the country back.  To rescue it out of the hands of lobbyists and special interest groups.  Either you’re an American or you’re not. No hyphens, no qualifiers, no allegiance to other bodies.  American first or please go away. Find another place to live.  Don’t let the screen door hit you on your way out.  Don’t try to come back.  The only immigrants we accept is those who will assimilate, those who are willing to forsake all others and cleave unto the Constitution.

One country, one language, one people, unless we do this we might as well pack it in.  Those who don’t have the stomach for loyalty and fealty are free to go.  I hear Canada is nice, the Mid East is a hot bed of tolerance and acceptance especially for those who engage in alternate lifestyle choices.  Russia should be heading back to socialism/ communism and China’s economy according to the powers that be is booming. So long, have a good life.

Don’t write.  As a matter of fact don’t give us another thought.  We won’t be thinking of you.

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Yesterday the main stream media gave president Obama his Mrs. Lincoln moment.  You know the” Other than that Mrs. Lincoln how did you like the play?” question.

Now far be it from me to dog pile on the president.  After all as the smartest person in any room he’s ever been in he knows more then I do about a whole host of issues.  He knows how to play golf 100+ times, he knows how to skip intelligence briefings, he knows how to spin his responsibilities onto someone else (who doesn’t even have access to the situation), he knows how to smooze  with the Hollywood elite and how to use a digital pen to sign condolence letters to families of military members who’ve died in action.  He also knows how to take credit for other peoples work, how to frame the debate to demonize his opponent and how to bow and scrape to sociopaths and religious bigots.

Apparently what he doesn’t know how to do is supervise his own people.  It seem that surprise, surprise, surprise the Marines in Egypt didn’t have bullets for their guns.  How could this happen?  How do you have people guarding an embassy in a country that is only nominally neutral in their support of democracy (actually it has become a theocracy) and you don’t issue them bullets for their guns?  Why are they even issued guns at all?  We all know the presidents feelings about the right to bear arms and his desire to take guns out of the hands of the general public but I don’t think anyone believed he and his administration would consider  not authorizing bullets for the guns of Marines at the consulate in Egypt.

Now before you start with the “It’s not the presidents fault. It’s the fault of the ambassador in charge over there”. The woman in charge one Anne Patterson ambassador to Egypt “did not permit Marine guards to carry live ammunition. She neutralized any US military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US embassy”, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon .  US officials will not confirm or deny the report, which of course means it’s most probably true.

The report sited in this article goes on to maintain that Obama relied on the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government to keep our embassy and officials safe.  One wonders who he was counting on to keep the ambassador to Lybia safe and how the protestors knew exactly where and when to find him?  More of Obama’s “friends” in high places?   The salient point is that Obama assigned this woman her post, if he didn’t vet her, if he didn’t know what she was doing, if he wasn’t aware she refused to issue Marines the equipment necessary to the protect and defend the sovereign land on which the embassy sits in Cairo than he shouldn’t be in charge of hiring the guy who pooper-scoops after Buddy.

In an ironic turn of events we segue to this  story  that broke several months ago but did not get much play in the “lame stream media”.  Back in April a report surface that the Department of Agriculture had placed a $100,000 order for ammunition with a munitions manufacturer.  Even before that, in February the Department of Homeland Security also purchased 65o, 000,000 rounds of ammunition, 15,000 gun cleaning kits and a request for a shooting gallery for .40  caliber handguns.  Then of course there is the FBI but that seems to be the most common sense request.  After all they do shoot bad guys, at least I think they still do, unless of course the president’s going to castrate them as well. In the article the author quotes the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, “When you  have omitted the impossible , whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth” and opines that we are “running out of impossibles and improbables.

So now it’s time to ask, who is really in charge at Defense?  Have the joint chiefs been effectively neutered?  Have we entered the Looking Glass only to find the Jabberwocky is actually in charge and bent on destroying all we love and hold dear.  Who will come to our aid and pick up the “worple” sword?   The cast of characters is stark:

Mad Hatter – Joe Biden

White Rabbit-Harry Reid

Red Queen-Michele Obama(and from the Disney version her small,insignificant husband),

Cheshire Cat- Bill Clinton

Walrus and the Carpenter-Barney Frank and Chis Dodds

Caterpillar- little Georgie Soros

and the star of our show the Jabberwocky- the bloated leviathan of the federal government

( you might cast them differently than I,  but my blog, my cast) We have entered some king of different dimension where up is down, black is white and right is never right and wrong is never wrong.  It’s time to climb out of the rabbit hole and get back to being grown ups

Isaiah 5: 20

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 WAKE UP, we’re here!

 

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As some of you know I hail from the Peoples Democratic Republic of Maryland.  Most people in the state are so liberal they agree with the sentiment “vote early, vote often, vote dead.  Nancy Pelosi’s father and grandfather were Baltimore politicians. Spiro Agnew who was thrown out before Nixon due to shady dealings came up from the ranks in Maryland politics.  There are people in the area who throw graduation parties for their underage children complete with copious amounts of liquor (they take and keep the keys to the cars to make sure there is no drunk driving -they’re responsible parents!) and get their just graduated high school children motel/hotel rooms at the ocean for the week after graduation so that they and their friends can go down and party safely.

From this nirvana of progressive high thinkers comes the story that high school football players were hiring prostitutes.  Oh the humanity!  Instead of hiring classmates to perform what ever service they were desiring or even better instead of coercing younger class members, they’re paying professionals.  Good for them, at least they’re involved in the economic system. Everybody’s business is failing under Barak I, the inept and incompetent.

Here’s the thing.  I grew up there.  The amount of sex, drugs, rock and roll going on 40 years ago makes this kind of story somewhat of a duh event.  Given the way most of these peoples parents grew up, with the progressive, Dr. Spock centric parenting they were force to endure, not to mention the single minded devotion of their parental units to their own selfish, venal, capricious interests, it would be surprising if any of them managed to grow up into something other than they are.

Now I know there are fine upstanding folks living in Maryland. At least there were 40 years ago. More and more though I hear people saying they used to live there or they were from there.  No one I’ve met is willing to go back except to go down to the ocean and even then after about 48 hours they’re ready to leave again. In my high school one of the coaches married three of his former students (of course they were legal but just barely) one right after the other.  Twenty years later he resigns siting “sexual addiction”.  Really?  That happened twenty years later.  All those cheerleaders he married had nothing to do with his “problem”.   Hey he was a great coach, had lots in common with the  boys apparently.  Go figure.

Yet everyone was surprised……..amazed …………..completely floored.  This is what happens in Liberal Utopia. Me I’d rather live in a place that has rules, regulations, taboos.   Where certain things just aren’t acceptable and where people understand the law of unintended consequences. If you continue to feed your children excrement you should not be surprised to find them feasting on it in their own dens.  You are what you are raised to be unless you have the determination and self discipline to cut the strings and move on.  Not too much of that going on in the PDRM………..Grandmom and Granddad have to watch the kids over the weekend.  Mommy and Daddy are going to party like it’s 1975.  (and they do most weekends, sobering up just enough on Sunday evening to bring back the kids, put them to bed and get them to school Monday morning.)

Is that a problem?

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