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Michigan Same-Sex Marriages

After a federal judge ruled on Friday March 21 that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, on Saturday March 22 the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati halted Gay marriage in Michigan as it needed time to consider the state’s appeal of the judge’s ruling. CLICK HERE

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Sarah Palin On The Offensive

With the situation heating up in the Ukraine, former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin made news with a post on her Facebook page when she said:

Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as “an extremely far-fetched scenario” by the “high-brow” Foreign Policy magazine. Here’s what this “stupid” “insipid woman” predicted back in 2008: “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

Some in the media are characterizing her comments as an “I told you so,” but one can’t help but believe that this is simply a matter of setting the record straight, given the Foreign Policy magazines dismissal of her comments.

Her 2008 comments can be seen on our video page. Click Here.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Super Bowl Interview With President Obama

During his live interview with President Obama, Bill O’Reilly confronted him with some very pointed questions.

O’Reilly touched on issues such as the launch of the HealthCare.gov site, the terrorist attacks in Benghazi Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, the IRS targeting of conservative groups and the like.

One could sense the tension between the two men at times during the interview.

The interview can be seen on our video page. Click Here.

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Franklin Graham says father is weak needs prayer.

In an interview with WBTV Charlotte, Franklin Graham said of his father, that “His vitals are good. He is so weak though, just a cold could take his life.” Graham added,
“He could be this way for many months, “But he could also get his strength back.” He “knows when I’m in the room,” and “He recognizes me and will say a few words to me, but to be able to carry on a conversation has been difficult since Christmas.”

Regarding Heaven, Franklin Graham said of his dad, “Whenever that day comes, he’s ready. He’s worked hard all of his life and he’s been faithful to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ his entire life.”

Graham told WCNC Charlotte, “My father is only okay. After his birthday he had an infection in his lungs. He has not been able to recover and regain his strength from that short hospital stay.”

Please keep Billy Graham and his family in prayer during this difficult time. He has served the Lord faithfully in many roles and for a very long time.

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Arguments Related To Hobby Lobby Case To Be Heard By Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby craft stores will share arguments related to the Department of Health and Human Services’ policy concerning employer mandated insurance coverage regarding abortion-inducing drugs on March 25.

Hobby Lobby will be represented by the the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. They are owned by and maintained by a family of Christians that do not support the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate abortion-inducing drugs and are looking to the Supreme Court for a remedy as it relates to upholding their religious rights.

No doubt the Founders ever envisioned a country where abortion and abortion-inducing drugs would be an acceptable practice. No doubt the Founders would have ever supported the forcing a business owner to abandon their religious freedoms merely to uphold the morally questionable practices of individuals.

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Colorado Marijuana

In its first week of selling marijuana for recreational purposes to adults age 21 and older, retail sales were approximately 5 million dollars.

Colorado expects to obtain about 70 million dollars in tax revenues in 2014.

Sadly, as other states catch the enticing smell of tax revenues from the sale of legalized marijuana, others are sure to follow.

With students in the United States beginning to fall behind the rest of the world in terms of academic achievement, further dumbing down young adults 21 and older with recreational pot surely isn’t the answer.

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New York City SUV Attack – The Heart of the Matter

Many of us have seen the graphic footage of Alexian Lien and his family’s SUV contending with a swarm of bikers on the highway and streets of New York City (For footage see link below). Some time has passed since the incident took place and both sides are beginning to speak up.

As they say, there are always two sides to the story, but more times than not, both sides are seldom equal in nature.

For instance, one of the bikers, Berger “Choppa” Matthews, said to FOX 5, “In the beginning it was a genuine accident. What he did, what the Range Rover did was an act of road rage.”

FOX 5 said that Matthews claims that they were “afraid that he would hit someone else, so they chased the SUV up one of New York City’s busiest highways. Matthews said that he was the person who ran up to the SUV and opened the door. Claiming that he was trying to pull out the keys so no one else could be hit.”

Really? This sounds like someone who got caught on camera and is attempting to find a way out. Why? Because no one in their right mind would pull their motorcycle in front of an enraged driver, run up to their door and attempt to grab the keys from the ignition.

Another rider who used his helmet to smash the SUV window said he was knocked off his bike (which was parked roughly 15 feet in front of the SUV). The rider said, “As he take off, he hit me and he just kept going. Once he hit me off my bike, I got angry and I chased after him.” The rider added, “Two minutes prior to that this guy almost took my life from me. And I’m the aggressor because I smashed the window. Payback for him hitting my bike. He hit me off my bike.”

Really? Bikers are gathering around the vehicle, you stop your bike in the middle of the highway and Berger Matthews runs up to the SUV, pulls open the door and you expect Lien to just sit there and do nothing? As soon as he stopped his bike on the highway in front of this vehicle, he was asking for trouble. Be real. You also sound like someone who got caught on camera, smashing someone’s window with a helmet, and looking for a way to justify your actions.

Lastly, we have the words of Gloria Allred, attorney for biker Edwin Mieses, Jr. (the biker who was run over by the SUV, shortly after Lien clipped Christopher Cruz’s back tire when Cruz deliberately slowed down in front of the SUV). Allred says in a press conference that Mieses was “an innocent victim trying to help the driver of the SUV when he was run over. Edwin Mieses is 32 years old. He is an accomplished and aspiring musician. He is a devoted father who takes care of his two children, ages 15 and 9. He has been living with the mother of his children for more than 16 years. They are a family and they look after one another. She has been at his side at the hospital ever since the tragic events last Sunday. Edwin, Jay is not the member of any gang. He loves to ride motorbikes and he came to New York City with his best friend to participate in a ride, nothing more. He did not know any of the other participants other than the friend that came with him. Most importantly Edwin is a human being and he has a heart. He had no malice or ill intentions toward Mr. Lien or his family whatsoever. “

The Boston Herald reports that, Mieses who lives in Lawrence, MA has “a six-page criminal record that began at age 12 with a negligent driving charge and includes jail time for drugs, guns, resisting arrest and other convictions, according to court records.” The Herald also said Mieses, “never got a driver’s license in the Bay State, the Registry of Motor Vehicles said, but he was frequently nabbed behind the wheel, and even sentenced to jail for driving without a license.” If that isn’t enough, he has “15 guilty findings for criminal offenses including distribution of cocaine, possession of a firearm without a permit, knowingly receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and several motor vehicle violations, court records show.”

FOX News said, “Allred refused to comment on the fact that Mieses hasn’t had a valid driver’s license or permit in the state of Massachusetts since 1999. She said it was irrelevant to the case because he wasn’t on his motorcycle when he was run over by the SUV.”

After reading Gloria Allred’s comments and comparing it to the Herald’s report, one wonders how she can stand in front of the media and share such comments with a straight face. Incredible!

Indeed there are two sides of the story. The problem is, only a fool would buy into what Matthews and the other biker are using as justification. They got caught on camera and some have been arrested. They are looking to justify their actions with unacceptable reasons.

In terms of Edwin Mieses, if you were respecting the law to start, you would not have been in New York City in the first place, but clearly this man has no respect for the law, and now his family and lawyer want to hold Alexian Lien accountable for hitting someone who was breaking the law simply by being there.

When push comes to shove, what is the heart of the matter?

New York State Senator Aadriano Espaillat hit the nail on the head when he said during a press conference, “I don’t see why you can have 500 motorcycles that are doing wheelies and are out of control, stopping traffic, totally stopping traffic on the highway or some streets and doing whatever they want.” Espaillat added, “I am concerned that this neighborhood has become, you know, the wild west of motorcycle driving.”

That is the heart of the matter. There should never be a large group of motorcyclists riding in pack in any town or city period–never mind a confined area like New York City. Taking part in pack riding down the streets and highways of New York is not asking for trouble, but creating trouble for those who must contend with it.

I have road bikes and enjoy it. I have friends and family who ride as well, but if they took part in an event like this and encountered issues, they would not find sympathy from me. Not because I’m against biking, but because pack riding not only overwhelms the roads, but more importantly drivers are not used to dealing with it, and this in turn can be an unsettling experience for many.

If driving amid a large pack of riders can be unsettling for many, having a biker slow his bike down to within inches of your vehicle as Christopher Cruz did, having numerous riders pulling up alongside you and stopping all around you on the highway, or having someone like Berger Matthews pulling open your door and lunging in, would unnerve most everyone, biker and non-biker alike.

Regardless of these biker’s backgrounds (police officers, EMT, FedEx…), if you place any one of them in Alexian Lien’s situation, they may have found it more than unsettling. Some may fool themselves into believing that they would have been fine with, or risen above everything going on around them, but when you don’t have a clue as to the intentions of those swarming around you, it isn’t difficult to understand why some may feel threatened and feel the need to protect their family.

It’s very sad and unfortunate that the situation turned out the way it did for both sides of the story, but pack riders would be wise to learn from the situation. Don’t assume that those driving around you feel comfortable with your presence—a pack of bikers is perceptually not viewed the same as a bunch of cars driving in close proximity to most drivers. If you do something out of the norm while on a highway, some people may become defense and lead to unintended consequences. In the end, hopefully some good comes from it.

Footage of the incident

Bikers speak out

Boston Herald’s findings on Edwin Mieses, Jr.

FOX News coverage of Gloria Allred’s press conference

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Michigan State University Professor’s Outrageous Classroom Remarks

As we contemplate the following remarks by professor William Penn, let’s keep in mind that this was a literature class, costing students approximately $2,580 – $9,012 for 3 – 4 credit hours (depending on if you are an in or out of state student). Regardless of who the professor was slamming, that’s a whole lot of money to pay to hear anything beyond the subject you are paying to be taught.

Professor Penn couched the following statement between some other non-class related statements he made saying, “I’m a college professor. If I find out you’re a closet racist, I’m coming after you,” to his students. He then said, “This country still is full of closet racists. What do you thinks going on in South Carolina and North Carolina? Voter suppression is about getting black people not to vote. Why? Because black people tend to vote Democratic. So why would Republicans want to do it? Well because, the Republicans are not a majority in this country any more. They’re nothing but dead white people or dying white people.

The professor added, “Be for warned. I’m eccentric. I hate bureaucracy. I will say what I think. I in no way mean to offend you. If I do, I said it. Come up, tell me. I will apologize. And I absolutely don’t mean to offend you, even if you are a Republican, I don’t mean to offend you in this class. Outside of the class is a different matter. OK.”

The professor does not see himself as a liberal Democrat, but “fairly conservative” because he has a “business orientation.” This lead to his next set of comments, “If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them,” the professor noted. “They are cheap. They don’t want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.”

Professor Penn encourages those who are offended to come to him for an apology. Really? Why must anyone paying between $2,580 and $9,012 be put in a position where they are offended and have need for an apology? Likewise, what student in their right mind is going to go up to a teacher spewing forth such comments and request an apology? One has got to believe that most students would fear that such a demand would negatively impact their grade.

Sadly, stuff like this is not limited to Michigan State. While attending well regarded state university in New Jersey back in the ’80s, a replacement professor for a Theater class I was required to take spent the entire class informing the students why all religion was false. It had nothing to do with Theater, but it was an effective soapbox as each of us was held captive to his hour long rant.

I have heard of similar reports from other students, in other universities who were forced to pay for this sort of treatment. Thus, this treatment is not isolated to one school, and in every instance I have heard of, it comes from those preaching liberal beliefs.

What is the difference between these sorts of “teachers” and the Soviet era Marxists, Hitler’s Nazis and the like? There doesn’t appear to be much difference at all.

Thank you “modern” liberal universities for “teaching” our children–at a cost much higher than the immense tuition you charge.

To hear the professors comments go to our video page. Click Here.

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Dr. C. Everett Koop Dies at 96

Dr. C. Everett Koop as an evangelical Christian strove to find and promote balance between his faith in Christ and the many controversial issues he confronted as Surgeon General of the United States and later as a public citizen. Below we have provided Dartmouth’s Press Release of Dr. Koop’s death. We have also provided links to other content that may be of interest to you:

The End Is Not the End — C. Everett Koop on death and dying

C. Everett Koop Biographical Profile in the National Library of Medicine

Association of American Medical Colleges Interview with C. Everett Koop in 2008

HANOVER, N.H.—Former Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop, MD, a pioneer in the field of pediatric surgery, a leader in the fight to create a smoke-free nation, and founder of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, died peacefully in his home in Hanover, N.H. on Monday, February 25, 2013. He was 96 years old.

A 1937 graduate of Dartmouth, Dr. Koop was known as “America’s Family Doctor” during his time as Surgeon General of the United States from November 1981 until October 1989. Surgeon General Koop applied his skills as a clinician and healer to address the health challenges of all Americans and all people worldwide. During his tenure, he continued the fight against tobacco and focused new national attention on diet and nutrition, the benefits of physical activity, mental health issues, environmental health hazards, disease prevention, and health promotion. At a time of a new emerging threat to the public’s health, Dr. Koop became the voice of calm and compassion, of knowledge and facts as the federal government’s chief spokesperson and educator on HIV/AIDS. Using the best science and evidence he spoke candidly and honestly to young and old to address the many dimensions of this threatening disease.

Known for his trademark bowties, suspenders, and clipped beard, Dr. Koop, belovedly called “Chick” by his friends, was the first official to call for a “smoke-free nation.” He made history in 1988 with a landmark Surgeon General report, “The Health Consequences of Smoking-Nicotine Addiction,” credited with beginning the changing of the tide in public attitudes and public acceptance of smoking. He highlighted the dangers of second hand smoke to the non-smoker, raising the debate to address the harm for all exposed, and called for consistent warning labels on all tobacco packaging.

“Dr. Koop did more than take care of his individual patients—he taught all of us about critical health issues that affect our larger society,” said Dartmouth President Carol L. Folt. “Through that knowledge, he empowered each of us to improve our own well-being and quality of life. Dr. Koop’s commitment to education allowed him to do something most physicians can only dream of: improving the health of millions of people worldwide.”

Wiley W. Souba, MD, Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, said, “Dr. Koop has had a profound influence on the health of all of us in our nation. We have been fortunate to have him in our midst at Dartmouth and at the Geisel School of Medicine. He constantly reminded us of the important lessons that he learned in his professional life of caring for children that could show us how to provide healthcare for people of all ages.

“Dr. Koop was not only a pioneering pediatric surgeon but also one of the most courageous and passionate public health advocates of the past century,” said Souba. “He did not back down from deeply rooted health challenges or powerful interests that stood in the way of needed change. Instead, he fought, he educated, and he transformed lives for the better.”

In 2003, Dr. Koop donated many of his papers to the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. This collection, containing material from 1937-2003, documents his activities as Surgeon General during the 1980s and the many public health issues with which he was concerned. Speeches, articles, briefings, presentations, and letters tell the story of a career that took Dr. Koop from Cornell Medical College to Surgeon-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to the highest medical post in the land.

Joseph O’Donnell, MD, professor of medicine and psychiatry at Geisel and long-time friend of the former Surgeon General, said: “Having Dr. Koop here was like having a treasure in our midst. He always kept the health of the public in focus and showed us all—students, faculty, staff and communities—how to be advocates for change.”

Dr. Koop was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1916, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1937, with a degree in zoology, and received his MD degree from Cornell Medical College in 1941. After serving an internship at the Pennsylvania Hospital, he pursued postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine) in 1947. He was named Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1959 and Professor of Pediatrics in 1971. He also served as Surgeon-in-Chief of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Many future leaders of pediatric surgery trained under him.

Dr. Koop was sworn in as the nation’s 13th Surgeon General on Nov. 17, 1981, appointed to the post by President Reagan. Additionally, he was appointed Director of the Office of International Health in May 1982. As Surgeon General, he oversaw the activities of the 6,000 member U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, in addition to advising the president and the public on health matters such as smoking, diet and nutrition, and the importance of immunization and disease prevention. Specific responsibilities included serving as an ex-officio member of the Board of Regents, National Library of Medicine; Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Board of Directors, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; and the Board of Governors, Gorgas Memorial Institute. His lasting legacy as our Surgeon General was to use best evidence rather than politics to inform decisions about health topics.

Serving with Dr. Koop as an Assistant Surgeon General, Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH—now a fellow of the Koop Institute at Dartmouth—said, “Dr. Koop will be remembered for his colossal contributions to the health and well-being of all mankind and as one of our greatest Surgeons General. Dr. Koop was a dear, dear friend and mentor; I was in awe of his passion for children and his extraordinary ability to engage the public and simultaneously disarm his detractors with great wit, wisdom and charm.”

In 1992, Dr. Koop returned to Dartmouth to establish the C. Everett Koop Institute, a partnership of educators, scholars, researchers, and practicing physicians dedicated to developing programs addressing critical health care issues. He envisioned the newly created Institute as a place that would shape medical school curricula to create “a doctor for the 21st Century, grounded in science and Hippocratic principles, but infused with the necessity of focusing on the needs of the individual, the family and the community.”

Under Dr. Koop’s leadership, Dartmouth’s medical school led the way in promoting mentoring relationships between medical students and practicing physicians, and in creating curricula that investigated medicine from a holistic perspective. While at Dartmouth, Dr. Koop also was the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Koop’s leadership at Dartmouth led to the founding of the Dartmouth Center on Addictions, Recovery and Education (DCARE). One of its most successful endeavors is the Koop Scholar program through which medical, graduate, public health, and undergraduate programs tackled mentored projects on issues of addictions and met with Dr. Koop monthly. Another DCARE program set the stage for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to become a tobacco-free facility and have carefully trained tobacco treatment specialists. Each year, the medical center hosts an annual Koop Tobacco Treatment Conference that focuses on new developments in that field. Together with the medical center’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Koop Institute also sponsors an annual C. Everett Koop Future of Medicine lectureship, bringing luminaries to campus to honor Dr. Koop’s legacy and discuss creative ways to address health care’s most vexing challenges.

Dr. Koop received numerous honors and awards, including 17 honorary doctorates. He was awarded the Denis Brown Gold Medal by the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons; the William E. Ladd Gold Medal of the American Academy of Pediatrics in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric surgery; the Order of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella, the highest award of the Dominican Republic, for his achievement in separating conjoined Dominican twins; and a number of other awards. He was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor by France in 1980, inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1982, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

In May 1983, Dr. Koop received the Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of his extraordinary leadership of the U.S. Public Health Service. In September 1995, President Clinton awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Dr. Koop was a member of the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and other professional societies. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, he held membership in many international organizations. He also was author of more than 200 articles and books on the practice of medicine.

Dr. Koop was predeceased by his first wife, the former Elizabeth Flanagan, in 2007, and by their son, David ’69. He is survived by their three children, Allen Koop ’65, a visiting professor of history at Dartmouth; the Rev. Norman Koop, who is affiliated with the Dartmouth College Campus Ministers; and Elizabeth Thompson; his wife, the former Cora Hogue, whom he married on April 17, 2010; and eight grandchildren, including Jennifer Koop ’92, and Heather Koop Fulton ’95.

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Seth MacFarlane Jokes About Lincoln Assassination While Hosting Academy Awards

Seth MacFarlane the creator of The Family Guy hosted the 2013 Academy Awards. His show The Family Guy is known for being crude and lacking value except for those looking for a cheap laugh.

During the Awards ceremony while discussing the various actors who have played Abraham Lincoln in movies, MacFarlane said, “I always thought the actor who got most inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth.”

MacFarlane an atheist and vocal supporter of gay rights and marriage was led to support both after hearing a family member question if his gay cousin’s homosexuality could be “cured.” In an interview in The Advocate in 2008 MacFarlane referred to the comment saying that it was, “f—ing horrifying to hear from somebody that you love.”

Honestly Seth, it is “horrifying” to hear someone question if a gay person can be “cured” of such a lifestyle, but it’s perfectly fine to stand on stage and joke about Abraham Lincoln’s brains being blown out?

Seth, it’s “horrifying” that you are not sensitive enough to be horrified over joking about such a thing as the Lincoln assassination during a gathering meant to celebrate a movie based on the life of Abraham Lincoln. That is truly “horrifying.”

What’s wrong with this guy? What’s wrong with the Academy for having someone who makes a living off of this sort of stuff, host their event?

It seems MacFarlane has some double standards going on here. If one comments about “curing” someone of a gay lifestyle, that’s “horrifying.” But if you want to joke about Abraham Lincoln’s brains being blown out, that’s perfectly fine.

Before Seth condemns someone else for their ignorance, he ought to first resolve his own.

Information regarding Seth MacFarlane’s gay cousin found in Wikipedia – Seth MacFarlane

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Treasury Department: National Debt Tops $16 Trillion

When President Obama was sworn into office the United States owed $10.6 trillion dollars. During his time in office an additional $5.4 trillion has been added.

In a February 2009 speech the President said, “That’s why today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited, by half by the end of my first term.”

View Presidents quote on YouTube: http://youtu.be/SaQUU2ZL6D8

The Bible says in Matthew 5:37 “let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

What ever happened to “a man is only as good as his word” or “live within your means?”

Does the man’s word mean anything? If cutting the deficit is truly important to the President, why push to establish extensive medical care before ones fiscal house is in order? How about foolish exuberance and personal immaturity.

Four years ago, during the 2008 Presidential Campaign, idisciple.net went on record stating that Mr. Obama was too young and inexperienced to hold the highest office in the land.

Mr. Obama may be very well educated when it comes to book knowledge, but when it comes to life experience he is not even a remote second to Mr. McCain. If Christians like MM fail to see the big picture and help elect a young and inexperienced Obama simply to get us out of Iraq, do not be surprised if like King Rehoboam, Mr. Obama makes a fatal decision or two that has the American public wishing they had not pushed the young man into office before his time.

Some say we elected John Kennedy as President at a young age and he did just fine. For those with short memories, Mr. Kennedy’s youth and inexperience (Mr. Kennedy had far more life experience than Mr. Obama) encouraged our enemy the Soviet Union to try to place nuclear missiles in Cuba. As a result, the United States and the Soviet Union came very close to a full-scale nuclear war.

You see electing the young man you believe will keep you from war, may in and of itself encourage our enemies to test us all the more.”

[To read the complete article go here: http://idisciple.net/election-2008-bombs-or-babies ]

The terrorist attack and murder of the United States Ambassador to Libya, sadly confirms our foresight of several years ago.

It is our opinion that Mr. Obama has not grown into the presidency, and if elected for a second term, things will go from bad to worse, fiscally, diplomatically and in every other possible way.