Planned Parenthood Official Argues for Right to Post-Birth Abortion

Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates has reluctantly shown the true desires of Planned Parenthood. That desire is to kill infants even after they are born. Her statement that the decision of if a child lives or dies should be between the patient and the health care provider provides a telling moment. When a child is born alive that child becomes the patient. A health care provider to is provide health and care. Extinguishing life does neither.

Like every other immoral issue when an inch is given a yard is taken. This has morphed from a personal decision of a woman to control her body to the outright murder of another person by a publicly funded killers in lab coats.

This is sick, evil and even pro choice supporters ought to recognize the facts and speak out against it.

Explaining My Opposition to Same Sex Marraige

I'm rarely asked to explain it. When someone who supports same sex marriage finds out that I strongly oppose the idea, most are quick to label me homophobic, bigoted, or intolerant, but I'm hardly ever asked to explain exactly why I oppose the idea of same sex marriage. Maybe people don't really care why and I guess that's as good a reason as any. But for those who are curious, I can assure you it's not out of bigotry or a mean spirit.

There are actually several reasons why I stand against the idea of same sex marriage and I didn't form my opposition overnight. I've spent a considerable amount of time contemplating the issue.

In my radio days you could not just spout off your opinion without having a solid basis from which to defend it. Thousands of people heard every word and many were lined up to take you to task if you did not completely understand what you were talking about.

Most people tossing out their opinion on gay marriage have not really thought about much. They base their support on emotion. If you are gay and really want to get married, I would much rather talk to you than someone who just posts a little red flag on Facebook to show they are hip. If I reacted based strictly on emotion, I don't think I would have much opposition to the idea. On the surface it sounds perfectly reasonable. If two people love each other and want to get married why should anyone oppose that?

I'm not against love. In fact we could use more of it. The problem is most of us no longer even understand what love is. Love in society had been replaced by "like" or "lust". We love the beach and love our smartphone and that outfit at the mall. We are attracted physically to others and hope that lust leads to some form of love. If it doesn't, oh well on to the next relationship. Even real love does not mandate marriage.

So let me explain a few reasons why gay marriage is a bad idea.:

Equality. All this talk about equality and gay rights is worthless. Things are equal as they stand. Anyone who wants to get married can do so assuming they are of legal age. Even gay people can get married. They just  have to marry a person of the opposite sex. The same rules apply to straight people so marriage today is in fact already equal.

Definition: Marriage means two different things joined together to create something new. If you marry red and yellow you get orange. If you marry red and red you get red. Nothing has happened and therefore it's impossible to "marry" two of the same.

When two people get married they enter into a legal and binding agreement. If the definition of "marriage" is suddenly changed, you have now effectively nullified every agreement under the old definition. No one is married anymore since the basis of the legal definition had been significantly altered. If you buy a house under a contract and the meaning of "house" suddenly changes to a cardboard box that agreement is no longer valid.

Laws of Nature: It's always puzzled me how some gay people try to mirror the heterosexual family dynamic. They want to marry, raise children, have a house and a white picket fence. Putting all opinions aside, and scientifically considering the issue, two people of the same sex can't biologically reproduce. Nature won't allow it. Good luck lobbying to change the laws of mother nature.

Christianity: I know I'm going to offend some dear friends by saying this but if you claim to be a Christian you can not support same sex marriage. Homosexual acts are clearly and expressly forbidden on several occasions in the Bible. It's declared an abomination. The offense is so severe the penalty is death. To have any other view rejects the Bible and the teachings of Christ.

For my Catholic friends, the teaching of the church on this issue is clear. Marriage is a sacrament. A sacrament can't not go against scripture. If you disagree with the church then please stop claiming to be Catholic. You're lying to yourself and being hypocritical to both sides.

Society: There are a million things that have caused the decay of society. I certainly can't blame homosexuality for it. Still there are several steps we have taken that have led us to where we are today. Lewd music, movies, distortion of sexuality, divorce, abuse, destruction of the family, loss of faith and morals the list goes on and on. We have rotted as a nation. We have promoted perversion in the mass media and allowed an entire generation to consume it as entertainment. As a result, we are now actually debating the 2000 year old definition of the word marriage.

There are so many more gay people today because we have failed to demand morals and standards of ourselves and our children. Homosexuality is a choice in the sense that one chooses to act or not act upon it, but boys are not taught to be men. Often times a father is not even in the home. Girls are not taught modesty and expectations are lowered and we continue to spiral out of control with a majority of people cheering it on or simply dismissing issues as no big deal.

For the record, I don't think government should be telling us how to live our life. It's pretty sad the we would turn to Washington, DC to tell us what marriage is and what it isn't. After all the shouting, flag waving and finger wagging is done on both sides, what the supreme court says doesn't even matter. That's because the real Supreme Court isn't in Washington, DC.

The real Supreme Court does not care about your opinion, your Facebook avatar or what bumper stickers you put on you car. It does not care that you think gay rights is the same as civil rights or that people should live how they want to live.

We can change the laws of man all we want, but the laws of God do not change. Those law does not evolve with the times or bend to the cries of political action groups. They don't care about poll results or how you feel about it. So if you really want to understand why I oppose gay marriage it comes down to this. I believe each and every one of us will stand before the true Supreme Court. Gay, straight, believers and non-believers. We will give an account of our life to be judged. At that moment I hope to honestly say that I hated no one, but spoke the truth in and out of season as the Lord commanded. Will you?

Hey Aren't You????

It still happens to me every now and then. I'll be talking with someone and they will remember me from my radio days. "Hey aren't you Powerball?"

The other day I met a gentleman who out of the blue just stuck up a conversation. He told me about how he was raised Catholic but in his teenage years became involved with a Neo Nazi group.

He used to pray the rosary under a poster of Hitler in his room. A bit of a conflict of ideas if you ask me.

You may wonder how he didn't see the conflict himself. If one only goes through the motions of religion and doesn't truly understand the foundation and teaching, then they are vulnerable to any and all ideas, both good and evil.

That is just what happened to this man. He ran from idea to idea thinking each one was right at the time. It wasn't until the responsibilities of a wife and children did he begin to really seek.

I'm happy to tell you he was given a Bible as a gift and began to read and understand. That brought him back to the truth. He shared with me that even though he rebelled against God, it was his early days in the church that showed him the way back home when he was ready to follow.

He talked about this radio show he used to listen to. It was the radio program I produced for years. When I told him I produced that program he smiled and asked, "Hey aren't you Powerball"? That whole time each topic, each guest, each caller was pulling on his heart.

I don't take credit for any of it. I was just blessed to be a part of it and was sorry to see it end when a new path was laid before me.

It funny how life changes so many things, yet was is good and true always remain, even if we spend years trying to bury it.

Assessing the Reassessment

In mid-2011-when all indications were that the County was on pace to complete the court-ordered reassessment and taxpayers would be getting notice of their new values as early as July-the Institute obtained two months of sales data on single family homes in order to compare the existing assessments on the homes with the new assessment as soon as it became available. Similar analysis was carried out in 2005 when the County was scheduled to unveil new assessment values for 2006. Unfortunately, the County chose to scrap the 2005 assessments leading to prolonged court cases ending in a Supreme Court order to reassess.

A week ago the County mailed the last of the 2013 reassessment notices out to residents in the north and west parts of the County. For the County as a whole, the new assessments put the total value of properties 35 percent above the assessed value currently in place. Changes in assessments vary widely across municipalities and school districts.

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Vatican says number of Catholics, priests, bishops worldwide increased

The number of Catholics in the world and the number of deacons, priests and bishops all increased in 2010, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.

At the end of 2010, the worldwide Catholic population reached 1.196 billion, an increase of 15 million or 1.3 percent, slightly outpacing the global population growth rate, which was estimated at 1.1 percent, said a statement published March 10 by the Vatican press office.

Catholics as a percentage of the global population "remained stable at around 17.5 percent," it said.

The statement reported a handful of the statistics contained in the 2012 "Annuario Pontificio," a yearbook containing information about every Vatican office, as well as every diocese and religious order in the world.

Officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State and its Central Office of Church Statistics presented the first copy of the 2012 yearbook to Pope Benedict XVI during an audience March 10.

Detailed statistics in the yearbook are based on reports from dioceses and religious orders as of Dec. 31, 2010.

The percentage of Catholics declined slightly in South America from 28.54 percent to 28.34 percent of the regional population, and dropped considerably in Europe from 24.05 percent to 23.83 percent. The percentage of Catholics increased in 2010 by just under half a percentage point in Southeast Asia and Africa.

The Vatican said the number of bishops in the world increased from 5,065 to 5,104; the number of priests went from 410,593 to 412,236, increasing everywhere except Europe.

The number of permanent deacons reported -- 39,564 -- was an increase of more than 1,400 over the previous year. 97.5 percent of the world's permanent deacons live in the Americas or in Europe.

The number of men joining a religious order showed "a setback," the Vatican said, with an increase of only 436 male religious worldwide in 2010.

The number of women in religious orders fell by more than 7,000 in 2010, despite showing a 2 percent increase in both Asia and Africa. At the end of the year, Catholic women's orders had 721,935 members.

The number of seminarians around the world showed continued growth, from 117,978 at the end of 2009 to 118,990 at the end of 2010.

In the last five years, it said, the number of seminarians rose more than 14 percent in Africa, 13 percent in Asia and 12.3 percent in Oceania. Numbers decreased in other regions of the world, particularly Europe, which saw a 10.4 percent drop in the number of seminarians between 2005 and 2010.

TSA Now Departing

One of America’s busiest airports, Orlando Sanford International, has announced it will opt out of using TSA workers to screen passengers, a move which threatens the highly unpopular federal agency’s role in other airports across the nation.

With Sanford International having originally been prevented by the TSA from opting out back in November 2010 when the federal agency froze the ability for airports to use their own private screeners, a law passed by the Senate last month forces the TSA to reconsider applications.

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Son of Oral Roberts Arrested on DUI Charge

Richard Roberts, the son of the late evangelist Oral Roberts, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper stopped the 63-year-old just past midnight driving 93 miles per hour in his Mercedes-Benz.

According to the arrest report, Roberts failed a breathalyzer and field sobriety test.
The officer "detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about Roberts' breath and person," the report said.

Roberts served as president of Oral Roberts University for 15 years before stepping down in 2007.
He currently hosts a nightly television show called, "The Place for Miracles: Your Hour of Healing."

Sounds like he should be hosting "Happy Hour with Dicky Roberts" 

Evangelical leader urges Gingrich to explain 'turbulent marital history'

A leading religious conservative warned Newt Gingrich Wednesday that he risks losing the support of evangelical women voters if the Republican presidential hopeful refuses to publicly address his "turbulent martial history."

"Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of evangelical women,"

Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in an open letter to the former House speaker. "You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote."

I have met and spoke with Mr. Land on a few occasions. I must say I find him a bit off base here. I'm not sure Mr. Gingrich needs to seek forgiveness from anyone but his ex-wives. Trust is indeed an issue but we are not marrying Newt we are voting for him.

Mr. Land urged the new GOP front-runner to take a page out of Arizona Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential playbook.

"Even my own mother, a rock-solid evangelical, was extremely uncomfortable voting for Sen. John McCain until he acknowledged to Rick Warren that the failure of his first marriage was the greatest regret of his life and it was his fault," Mr. Land, referring to the high-profile evangelical pastor who hosted both Mr. McCain and then-candidate Barack Obama in an influential forum during the 2008 race.

Why should any candidate beg forgiveness at the feet of Rick Warren? Mr. Warren himself has done some things that would cost him my vote for president.

There is an evangelical arrogance that appears often in it's leaders and they tend to over estimate their power and influence. How Mr. Land's mother votes does not really matter. She would have had to vote for Obama or not vote. Neither is a good alternative.

Mr. Gingrich's marital troubles, including two divorces have cast a shadow over his political career and presidential campaign, leaving many to wonder whether he can win over social conservatives in the nomination contest, which kicks off in Iowa where evangelicals play a major role.

Two of the Georgia Republicans three marriages are said to have fallen apart thanks to Mr. Gingrich's extramarital activity. Mr. Gingrich has acknowledged cheating on one of them, with his current wife, Callista, while he served as speaker and pushed for the impeachment of President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair in the late 1990s.

In a March interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Mr. Gingrich touched on his marriage problems, saying he had sought "God's forgiveness" for his actions.

"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate," Mr. Gingrich said.

"What I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them," he said. "I found that I felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness — not God's understanding, but God's forgiveness."

Mr. Land, though, suggested in his letter Wednesday that Mr. Gingrich still has his work cut off for him, while advising him to give a speech on his martial history in a "pro-family venue."

"You need to make it as clear as you possibly can that you deeply regret your past actions and that you do understand the anguish and suffering they caused others including your former spouses," Mr. Land wrote. "Make it as clear as you can that you have apologized for the hurt your actions caused and that you have learned from your past misdeeds. Express your love for, and loyalty to, your wife and your commitment to your marriage. Promise your fellow Americans that if they are generous enough to trust you with the presidency, you will not let them down and that there will be no moral scandals in a Gingrich White House."

Is there another agenda here? Mr. Gingrich was a Southern Baptist during his two divorces. He has since converted to Catholic. Will that be an issue for Mr. Land? While I don't condone his actions, I hope Newt tells Mr. Land to get the log out his own eye first.

PETA and the Prez

President Obama earlier this month quietly signed into law a spending bill that restores the American horse-slaughter industry, just a few months after a government investigation said the ban on slaughtering for human consumption was backfiring.

The agriculture spending bill Mr. Obama signed the week before Thanksgiving did not include a ban on the inspection of horse meat — a backdoor prohibition that had, since 2006, effectively halted the U.S. horse-slaughter industry.

In June the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s official investigative branch, released a report saying the ban had shut down U.S. slaughter, but that only depressed prices for horses here while causing many of the animals to be shipped to “foreign slaughtering facilities where U.S. humane slaughtering protections do not apply.”

In unusually blunt language, GAO suggested Congress and Mr. Obama reconsider the ban.
The options facing Congress were to further ban export of horses for slaughter or to lift the domestic slaughter ban. Congress chose the latter.

And the response from PETA..................................... Still waiting.

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