Friday, September 26, 2014

Jihad in America? Oklahoma woman beheaded by recent Muslim convert

30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he entered the front-office of a food distribution center in Moore, Oklahoma, where he proceeded to attack 54-year-old Colleen Hufford with a knife, severing her head.

Nolen then proceeded to attack 43-year-old Traci Johnson with the same knife when Mark Vaughn, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot Nolan - who is now hospitalized but expected to live.

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself. 

This comes just three months after the June 25 fatal shooting of a New Jersey teen by 29 year-old Ali Muhammad Brown who confessed to killing the teen as an act of "jihad" because the victim, Brendan Tevlin, "was Christian."

Whether these brutal attacks are really acts of jihad, or if they are merely the acts of lost men just looking for an identity, either way, we obviously have a problem on our hands. Are these young men being actively recruited by Radical Islam, as we've all heard is happening in America? Or are these acts the product of a bored, godless culture where thrill kills are becoming more common? And to what extent do we need to fear copy-cats of such brutality who do so for nothing more than the sick need for attention?

Radical Islam terrorist groups - from ISIS to Hamas - have promised a global caliphate that calls for the death of all infadels - aka, non-Muslims. ISIS, in fact, recently promised to carry out its deadly jihad in America and raise its flag over the White House.

Is this the beginning of that promise coming to fruition? Or should we continue to bury our heads in the sand and pretend there is nothing to worry about?

Either way, for now, I am grateful for Mark Vaughn's presence - and the weapon he had on hand to stop a second murder from happening today. Like the old saying goes, the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a weapon, is a good guy with a weapon. Maybe anti-gun activists should take a second look at our right to bear arms from the perspective that this right actually does save lives. 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Illegal immigrants to get ID cards, discounts & free perks

Making good on his campaign promise, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several months ago in his State of the City Address that New York will issue identity cards to illegal immigrants, a move that is, to say the least, controversial. 

But it gets worse: yesterday, di Blasio added that the cards will also grant illegal immigrants free memberships to top cultural institutions, from Carnegie Hall to the Bronx Zoo. And officials hinted the cards eventually will provide illegal immigrants discounts at movie theaters and other commercial entertainment venues, as if being here illegally is honorable and deserving of reward. Maybe if I were to leave America, renounce my citizenship, and then re-enter America illegally, I could receive the free healthcare, education, and now entertainment, that I and all legal working citizens currently have to pay for ourselves, but that illegal immigrants receive for free.

de Blasio and his pro-illegal immigration supporters argue that ID cards improve the relationship between the immigrant community and the local police. They add that IDs recognize immigrants’ humanity and dignity even though those immigrants broke federal immigration laws to enter the U.S. 

Moreover, a New York Times investigative report revealed that 6 million aliens pay payroll taxes, which means that illegal aliens must have fraudulently obtained Social Security cards, falsified I-9 forms under penalty of perjury, or committed identity theft, all of which are felonies (in addition to the crime of entering the country illegally).

di Blasio says the ID cards - and the perks that come with them - are a way to acknowledge humanity. But they also endorse illegal immigration, make it easier for deportable aliens to remain, and represent a security threat. 
With these cards, however, de Blasio would also be committing a felony. According to Sec. 274 of the federal immigration code, any action that: “encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law” is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment.
Like his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio is an immigration reform advocate. Even so, the ID cards put innocent New Yorkers unnecessarily at risk. Once the essentially worthless cards become available, they could lure ill-intentioned people to New York. Then, without having to verify beyond a reasonable doubt who they are, they could assume multiple identities and, like the 911 terrorists, hide in plain sight. 
So why would a progressive like diBlasio encourage such a risky thing? Simple. Doing so encourages these illegals to vote for Democrats. But they don't have the right to vote, you say? Sure they do. It's called voter fraud. It's rampant, and the left's hysterical opposition to voter ID laws makes it easy for illegals to vote.
I guess New York's mayor and his cronies have forgotten what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, and that they're oblivious to the radical Islam threat currently being made by ISIS to raise its flag over the White House and bring its deadly jihad to America (in fact, one man who brutally shot and killed a New Jersey teen back in June confessed it was an act of jihad). But so what as long as the Democrats can stay in power with whatever means it takes, right?
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Friday, September 12, 2014

CFL vs incandescent bulbs: The government's version of making things better

It's Friday, so I felt like keeping things a little light today - well, if you can consider the complete lack of common sense by our government officials remotely light! So with that said, speaking of light, I was just thinking about some of the key differences between the expensive, government-pushed Compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb and the ingenious, inexpensive innovation known as the incandescent light bulb. For starters, CFL bulbs are made of glass tubes filled with gas and mercury, whereas incandescent bulbs consist of a filament made of a long, thin piece of tungsten metal. Meanwhile, CFL bulbs are being pushed on consumers, while incandescent bulbs are now banned, thanks to an unfortunate “energy” bill signed in 2007 by President George W. Bush, effectively reducing consumer choice.

But instead of going into the pros and cons of each, I think the main difference between the two bulbs can best be captured in the methods required to clean up a bulb should it ever break. If it ever happens to you, here are clear instructions for cleaning up each type of bulb.

1) How to clean up a broken CFL bulb (this is from the U.S. EPA website):
Before Cleanup…
  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. 
  • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
  • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:
          -- stiff paper or cardboard;
          -- sticky tape;
          -- damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces); and
          -- a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.

During Cleanup…
  • DO NOT VACUUM.  Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken.  Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
  • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.  Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard.  Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.  See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
  • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.

After Cleanup
  • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of.  Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors. 
  • Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
  • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.
  • If you have further questions, please call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

2) How to clean up a broken incandescent bulb:
  • Get out the broom.
  • Sweep it up.
  • Throw it away.

And people trust the government to make our healthcare system more simple? Hmm....

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Solemn Prayer Assembly for Peace and Guidance in Lansing, Sept. 6

In this day when the culture is teaching us that good is evil and evil is good, we need prayer more than ever. Even within the Catholic Church, guidance can be sorely missing, as is evident by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan's recent agreement to serve as Grand Marshall of the next St. Patrick's Day Parade - after parade organizers announced they would now allow practicing homosexuals to march in the parade. 

According to Dolan, it is not our place to "judge" homosexuals, so therefore turning a blind eye to their sin rather than trying to help them out of it, is okay. Meanwhile, thousands of human lives are snuffed out by abortion every day, the elderly are being "counseled" to end their lives prematurely with artificial means, and people seem to barely notice that Christians in the Middle East are being brutally murdered simply because they are Christian.

That is why tomorrow's Solemn Prayer Assembly for Peace and Guidance is so critical. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Capitol steps in Lansing, Michigan citizens will pray for God’s grace, counsel, and blessings for Life, Marriage & Family, and Religious Freedom—the heart & soul of America. Prayer petitions will be made for the following:

  • To Heal our land
  • To Uphold the sanctity of human life and vanquish the culture of death
  • To Restore marriage, God’s 1st institution, and its gifts of family life and civilization, which marriage bears forth to humanity for all time
  • To Safeguard and protect vulnerable humanity—most especially our little ones from conception to adult life
  • To Restore Religious Freedom under God and end the persecution of human beings because of their faith
If you can't make it to Lansing, consider gathering with fellow citizens locally and unite your community in prayer and solidarity with this Capitol Steps Solemn Prayer Assembly.
Distinguished Michigan leaders and prayer assembly speakers gathering on the Capitol Steps include Bishop Earl Boyea of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Rev. Paul Clark (Lutherans for Life), Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fowler, MI, Elder Dr. Levon Yuille, Pastor of Bible Church in Ypsilanti  & Joshua’s Trail at WDTK 1400 Radio, Minister Stacy Swimp of Revive Alive Missional Ministry, Pastor Austin T. Kreutz of Allegan Pastor of The Path, Gina Johnsen of Michigan Capitol House of Prayer, Sen. Tupac Hunter of Senate District 5, Fulton Sheen of Isaiah 58:12, Dr. Michael T. Ross, MD of Defending Our Father’s House, and many others.
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