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How Black Was Jesus?

Fred688 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 7:22 AM
God's son, and messenger, transcends all man's attempts to debase his message to the world. His message of redemption is, in reality, spread by the mockers. It is for us,who understand and believe God's message, to use these "introductions" to further communicate the Gospel and God's plan of salvation. May we have the strength (and grace) to do this without hatred and rancor. Our God lives.
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GOP Insanity

Fred688 Wrote: Aug 25, 2014 9:54 AM
Yes, Romney could win. Yes, Romney would be an improvement. After all, he respects economic laws and can use them for the benefit of the economy and country. But, he is a supporter of big, croney, government. He will also submit to manipulation by powerful interests who have learned to "have their way" with government, to their self-benefit at the expense for the (productive, working) public. There are a number of principled conservatives who can better represent the American people and regain our prosperity. Let us support one of them. and
Once again, a long gun is magically transformed into the ubiquitous "assault rifle". Apparently the accurate use of words in not part of the training of a Reuters reporter.
Aid, without the edifying touch of a loving giver, may nourish the body (briefly). But it does little to alleviate the underlying causes. The human touch, from dedicated and loving Christian missionaries, does change lives, permanently. Coulter does not understand the Great Commission.
And my son did go to Haiti for several years to support missions there. He came back profoundly matured and with an an enhanced appreciation for God's blessings on America (and a love for the Haitian people). Your daughter missed out on what would (probably) have been a deeply edifying experience.
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Cash for Russian Clunkers

Fred688 Wrote: Jul 30, 2014 9:57 AM
Without detracting from John's points, several questions need to be answered: 1) Was the procurement process somehow biased in favor of the Russian company? 2) Are the RD-180's the finest engines available for this purpose? 3) Have our "touchy-feely" laws made our producers non-competitive in the world market for these engines? The issues here are multi-faceted and complex. They will not be solved by the simplistic demand to "Buy American".
No service is as bad as French restaurant service. Some years back (about 15) we ate at a restaurant in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The waiter was openly hostile (I think he hated Americans). We have avoided France in our travels since (although we have many good friends there). So, Paris Tourist Authority: Sue me.
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Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

Fred688 Wrote: Jul 14, 2014 11:01 AM
"Senator Rand Paul, the only politician inside the Republican Party who seems to have guts these days". What are you smoking? We have a number of strong and principled leaders in the Republican Party (and, no, I am not including Boehmer), Now, let us see which of these leaders can get political traction.
Martin: I have no doubt that what you say is true. But, I hope that someone can provide specifics as to the extent of snooping (government and private). "Back-doors" require the collusion of hundreds, if not thousands of engineers, code writers and designers (and yes, bureaucrats). Perhaps we need another Snowden to provide hard data.
"One hundred forty-four people on death row have later been found innocent and freed from prison since 1973." This one statement undermines the credibility of this polemic. First: No one in our justice system is found "innocent". The appropriate finding is "Not guilty", which means that is not sufficient evidence to convict "to a moral certainty" (typical jury instruction verbiage). In these 144 cases, reasonable doubt was later raised to show that this criteria was not met in establishing the original conviction. Few, if any, were actually proven "innocent".
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