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Facts and Factions

Mainstream_American Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 10:23 AM
Curt, did you vote Libertarian (Obama) in the last Presidential election?
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Facts and Factions

Mainstream_American Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 10:22 AM
true liberal Wrote: "So, if you are a Tea Party member or supporter, how do you regard McConnell?" Since I consider Tea Party values to be the same as Mainstream American values, I guess I'm a member of the Tea Party. I regard McConnell and all politicians as tools. That's right; McConnell is a tool. If he is the best candidate in the upcoming election, he is a useful tool. If he returns to the Senate and becomes a tool that is not useful, he should be treated as all useless tools and we should discard him in favor of a useful tool. BTW, the Donkey party and the GOP are also tools. The Dem Party is a tool that should have been discarded long ago. The GOP is a damaged tool in need of repair. The Tea Party is aware of the need for a Mainstream American conservative Party and establishment Republicans are aware of the Tea Party's desire to transform the GOP - and that's why they're scared of the Tea Party.
What if? Imagine a world as described in Genesis chapters 1-5; a world where it did not rain for two millenia. Where was all the water? Just imagine the earth as a biosphere in which the atmosphere was laden with water that never fell as rain. Imagine a globe which was not tilted on its axis (we're just imagining here) --- with the exception of the extremes at the North and South Poles, such a world would probably have a temperate, even a tropical climate. It would be a climate so totally different from our world that conditions could well have been conducive to incredible longevity in humans. "And it came to pass that the waters of the flood were on the earth. All the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days." What if "the fountains of the deep" gushed forth with a force greater than any volcano - a force great enough to cause upheavals that created rocky mountain ranges and grand canyons - a force great enough that it caused the earth to tilt on its axis? Personally I find the above account more believable than the conjecture of many that people were stupid enough to think that the world consisted of Mesopotamia and nothing more. However, I do not dismiss the far-fetched theories of other people. I wonder why they dismiss all theories but their own?
Joycey, that theory is as factual as any of the other speculations in the comment section for this column. You point,in a very credible way, to the core Nature of God as a merciful Creator. Of course (to paraphrase a liar), at this point in history what difference does it make? There are two important questions for every person living in 2014 to answer: 1. Where will you spend eternity? 2. What will you do with Jesus?
"There are none so blind as those who refuse to see." - Matthew Henry (paraphrased) WRH, what is the point of your comment? Do you think that you will persuade Dennis? Is Prager going to read your little comment and say, "Golly! WRH Bill has a great point! I never thought of that before! Boy do I feel stupid!"? Do you think you're going to impress everyone with your intellect? I'm just curious. This is not really about you; I'm just seeking insight from someone like you - adamant non-believers who feel compelled to comment on columns that reference scriptural or spiritual themes. WRH Bill, it's almost as if you feel you must make a comment refuting this column in order to prevent yourself from being convinced by it. I'd sincerely like a genuine response. I guess I'm making a comment hoping you'll be able to reply in a way that will allow me to stop feeling so much pity for you.
The account of Noah in the Bible gives a vivid insight into the Character and Nature of God. God is a God of Perfect Justice. He is also a God of infinite Mercy and Love. Nice column, Mr. Prager. I look forward to hearing your opinion of the movie
Tinsldr2 Wrote: "I absolutely see no confrontation..." You seem to be missing my point. The confrontation is not one person with another person; the confrontation is either between one person and God, or between one person and himself (or his conscience). As to the second point, I still believe American taxpaying civilians have a right to be on the military bases that are funded by those same taxpayers (if we were talking about private militias - which do not exist - I would not be talking about this). The security protocols to which I alluded are simply a nod to prudent security measures, not a concession to the Constitutional right I believe to be at issue.
Let's say I'm in the military and someone in my path is pleasantly offering me a Bible. I have a number of choices. -I can politely refuse the Bible; -I can politely take the Bible and discreetly throw it in the nearest waste receptacle; -I can politely take the Bible and read it and refuse to believe it; -I can politely take the Bible and read it and accept its claims, and accept Nature's God, and accept Christ the Creator, both referenced in our founding documents. (notice I'm assuming all military personnel will respond politely - that's just part of being a soldier) Either way, the person handing me the Bible has confronted me with an even greater challenge than any challenge I will face on the battlefield. If the book is simply made available on a shelf that says, "free-take-one," the personal nature of a confrontation with Ultimate Truth is removed. I, as a soldier, am deprived of part of a tradition in which my predecessors participated; a tradition which made them better officers and soldiers. Even soldiers who, when confronted with the Bible reject it, are still better soldiers than they would be without experiencing that confrontation. We need to try to ensure that the Gideons be allowed to continue their practice of handing out Bibles at Maxwell AFB.
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Win Lose or Draw

Mainstream_American Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 11:59 AM
Of course, if ours were still the Constitutional Republic our founders envisioned, this trial would never have taken place and there would be no need for a Center for Student Rights, religious liberty legislation, or the Line Item veto Bill for Higher Education. Since this is no longer that Constitutional Republic, we need to immediately join Professor Adams (and others on the front-line) in this non-violent fight for basic freedoms. In the meantime, we should also be preparing to take up arms, if necessary, to fight for those basic freedoms in the event our non-violent efforts fail. (Yes, people, our national situation IS that dire --- God help us - please.)
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Ban Bossy, No Way

Mainstream_American Wrote: Mar 14, 2014 5:57 PM
" ... you relied on Chavez’s inaccurate analysis of the movement." MikefromDE, why don't YOU give us an accurate analysis of "the movement." (I see this "movement" as very similar to a bowel movement - please enlighten me, if you think I'm wrong)
Frightening imagery.
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