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Jim Humphrey

Shortly before he was martyred, the Apostle Paul wrote the Philippians from a Roman prison: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Philippians 3:8 – 9.

Many years before this, Paul wrote the third chapter of Romans, encapsulating the doctrine upon which this statement is based. The “all things” Paul counted as loss was what he at one time trusted for righteousness; he was “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;” Philippians 3:5. But he subsequently learned from the Lord Jesus Christ and documented in Romans that all the things he had counted on for his righteousness were worthless and the only thing that counted came through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

While much of the region is stuck at home under the governor’s “stay home, stay safe” order, the Metro regional government is charging ahead with a $7 billion “T2020” transportation package focused on an expensive and unneeded light rail line. Unlike Metro’s recently passed taxes for housing services, T2020 will impose hundreds of dollars in new taxes on just about every working person in the region.

To fund its massive spending plan, Metro has settled on a new poll-driven tax: a payroll tax anticipated to cost about $250 million a year. Approximately 925,000 people work in Metro’s jurisdiction, so the payroll tax will be about $270 a year per employee. Where will that payroll tax money come from?

In most cases, the payroll tax will fall on the workers. A review of the research on payroll taxes concludes that workers tend to bear nearly all of the burden of payroll tax, even if the tax is levied on their employer: “virtually all applied incidence studies assume that both the employee share and the employer share are borne by the employee (through a fall in the net wage by the full amount of payroll tax).” Continue reading

Sylvia Thompson

When Barack Obama was imposed upon the American people by the progressive Left in his bid for President of the United States in 2008, many American people acquiesced and voted for him. They did so without knowing much of anything about him. Some were so beaten down and worn from carrying the burden of “being white,” they essentially conceded to electing a “black” man with no substantive qualifications for the job and a very suspicious past. We now know what a travesty he and his administration were to our nation.

Somewhat in keeping with the terrible racist record that Obama set during his presidency, we are now seeing the spread of a virulent racism throughout our nation under the rubric of Black Lives Matter (BLM).

I am dismayed to witness how this dangerous group successfully cows so many leaders in political office (especially Republicans) into submission. It is difficult for me to know if the average American is similarly cowed, but I sincerely hope that’s not the case. I hope this is just a matter of feckless government leaders. But telling incidents have drawn my attention to the possibility that many Americans are about to allow themselves to be duped, again, as with Obama.

No one wants to be considered unconcerned about black lives. So, many buy into the mantra of the racist mobs that black lives matter above all other lives. Never mind that many blacks who routinely kill other blacks don’t have a problem with demeaning black lives. Neither do mothers who routinely abort unborn black children. Continue reading

Jerry Newcombe

America is undergoing its cultural revolution right now, obliterating as much of the past as possible. Over the weekend, we saw “social justice warriors” in Rochester, NY, tearing down a statue of Frederick Douglas—even though he was an ardent abolitionist.

And some in the cancel culture even want to tear down statues of Jesus. noted on June 6 that “[s]ocial justice activist Shaun King unleashed a barrage of comments on social media Monday claiming that statues of Jesus Christ are ‘a form of white supremacy’ and should be torn down. King is the co-founder of Real Justice PAC and supports the Black Lives Matter movement.”

I’m the last person in the world to follow professional sports, but even I know about all the protests against the National Anthem, as if America in 2020 were South Africa in 1980.

Last week, the National Football League announced that a different anthem will be used this year at the opening of the football season. As reported July 2 by NPR: “’Lift Every Voice and Sing’[—]the song known as the Black national anthem[—]will play at the start of every season opener game, coming before ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’” Continue reading

Kayleigh McEnany, Photo Credit: Wikipedia

On July 11th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.

Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.  There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.  Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election.  The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist.  As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface.  These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice.

This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone.  Roger Stone is well known for his nearly 50 years of work as a consultant for high-profile Republican politicians, including President Ronald Reagan, Senator Bob Dole, and many others.  He is also well known for his outspoken support for President Donald J. Trump and opposition to Hillary Clinton. Continue reading

Lloyd Marcus

President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech was extremely important for two reasons.

 One: Trump gave terrified corporations permission to stop groveling to BLM.

Fake news media are masters of illusion. Their celebratory reporting deceived corporations into believing a majority of Americans support Black Lives Matter’s absurd demands. Therefore, corporations wrote several million dollar please-don’t-attack-my-business checks to BLM. Corporate CEO’s had their advertising agencies produce TV commercials telling blacks that white America sucks and blacks deserve to demand anything they want.

I was stunned to see Christian political activist Ralph Reed say America should launch a civil rights agenda. What the heck is brother Reed talking about? America gifted the first black president two terms. Oprah is worth $2.6 billion. Reed’s opinion is a perfect example of the deceptive power of fake news media. Anyone watching TV these days could easily conclude that blacks are suffering the same racial injustice they did in the 1950s. This is an outrageous lie promoted by Democrats and fake news media. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

The real problem in our world is not hunger, poverty, crime, racism, abortion, injustice, war, or exploitation. These all are the RESULTS of our real problem. The single seed from which all these problems germinate and grow is our rebellion against God.

God created mankind and put him in an idyllic environment with only one restriction. “And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’ (Genesis 2:16–17) As you know, Adam decided he was better suited than God to determine what was good and what was evil. He rebelled against God, and that has been the history of mankind.

Each of us is born with an inherent dislike for anyone telling us, “No.” When we are just a toddler, the word most often used in the English vocabulary is “No.” How many children obey without putting up a fight? Just take a few minutes to observe moms with small children in checkout lines at a grocery store. The child grabs a candy bar. When the mom quietly shakes her head, does the child quickly put it back without a battle of the wills?

You have probably heard the story of the little boy who was arguing with his mom. She demanded he sit down. The boy did so, but muttered to himself, “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing on the inside.” It’s not any easier for us as we grow older. We don’t like it when we are told what to do. In this time of pandemic, when I am told that I must wear a mask, like the little boy, on the outside I put my mask on, but on the inside, I keep my face uncovered. Continue reading

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, Washington Update

July 8, 2020

For the Small Business Administration (SBA), it was a rocky launch to be sure. Desperate to get dollars in the hands’ of U.S. employers, the entire process was rushed out the door hours before it was set to take effect. Without barely a crash course, local banks braced for the flood of applications — which, we know now, didn’t always get the scrutiny they deserved. As most taxpayers know, it’s one thing to help Five Guys — and quite another to help 16,000 at the country’s biggest abortion business.

And yet, more than a month and a half has gone by since Planned Parenthood’s loan cheating story hit the wire — and the money still hasn’t been returned. Despite letters from more than 120 members of Congress, calls for investigation, accusations of criminal fraud, the billion-dollar “nonprofit” has only tightened its grip on the enormous check (which, we know now, was more than double the original $80 million figure). Continue reading

Sylvia Thompson

I was born at the end of World War II, into the Boomer generation. At that time, there was systemic racism throughout the United States, not just in the South, as some in other parts of the country would have you believe.

The country functioned under laws that divided blacks from all other ethnic groups (even other minorities; Mexicans and Asians were part of white America). My parents’ generation and those who came before them experienced even more injustice than did my generation.

That said, today what is transpiring is not systemic racism, but rather a skillful manipulation of poorly educated (including some who have college degrees), resentful American blacks, who are oblivious to being used. They are “useful idiots.” Documentation abounds revealing Democrat party complicity in the destruction of the black community, so I will not reiterate those facts here.

One must have lived through systemic racism to know that what we have today is not it, but is rather a sinister, malevolent plan to destroy America as founded.

Much of the current problem with American blacks stems from pathologies introduced into the community by ideological progressives, primarily Democrats. Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

We are not out of the woods yet. New Zealand sought to eliminate COVID-19 rather than merely “contain” the virus and had very few deaths, per capita, as a result. The more “industrial” countries (US, UK, Italy, France) did less testing and had increased per capita deaths. Americas appreciate their freedoms but where do we draw the line.

Many people believe the way to control the spread of disease lies more in what kind of field the germ (be it bacteria or virus) lands on. That field is your God-given body. It means that keeping yourself as healthy as possible will go a long way towards avoiding disease. Stay as healthy as possible! Let’s not focus so much on the disease as the person.

Vital force is that magic that makes us “alive.” This is a good time to maximize essentials of good health-good appetite, digestion, elimination, and sleep. Remove conditions such as pain and stressors as much as feasible. Start with the basics-water (6-8 glasses a day), good food (fresh, organic, not packages), adequate sleep (7 -10 hours), sunshine, (15 minutes every day the sun shines). If these seem too simple to you, ask yourself how many of us are doing them. It’s harder than you think- put water and vegetables on your daily list and track your progress.

Simple things like sleep can mean it’s easier for your body to stave off infections. Fifteen minutes a day of sunshine to your upper chest (where the thymus gland lives) goes a long way towards giving you a faster response to any infections. Real sunshine works better than pills-get out to that garden! Continue reading

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