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Posted: 07/19/2013 in Education

A coalition of black leaders slammed an effort by a D.C. progressive group to exclude them from the growing controversy over the immigration overhaul, which they say will put millions of blacks out of jobs…

Of course one must also ask, “Will it knock Hispanics out of the line in preference to Muslim immigrants?”

OMG, who would have ever thought about this sort of an issue?

Happy Father’s Day

Posted: 06/10/2012 in Education

A day for remembrance, respect, and love for Fathers.

A wise saying states, “When we point a finger at others… there are three more pointing back at us!”

America has never or ever will have a President that often points the blame finger at others, as does President Obama. Since taking office, the world has heard President Obama day after day blame anything and everything for his failures — even our former President Bush.

However, we eventually see through the fallacies in his speeches (readings) after we wait for truth to surface – as it always does. President Obama is rooted in Veritaphobic religions that serve to teach their members how to become emotional instead of logical. Such actions create people who prefer tossing fact and truth out the door but believing anything and everything that suits his or her needs and get emotional about it.

Thus, if a Veritaphobic member believes they can fly, then there is no room for argument. They get in the face of opposition and yell until they shout them down. No, the silence doesn’t prove their point, but instead they falsely believe the silence is a victory for their cause. However, within moments, days, or weeks, an explosion of fact and truth hit to expose the fact these members can’t fly. Now, with a willing “State-run Media” in their pockets, there will be no cameras, tape recorders, or on scene reporting of the facts. This leaves the public to believe falsely that members of the Veritaphobic religions can really fly.

Today, America has a President that can do nothing wrong – in his own and political party eyes, points his blame finger at everyone else, and a Media that could care less about fact and truth. Perhaps this scenario best visualizes the urgent critical crisis in America that must create change and hope.

Hal Jackson Radio Pioneer

When the news of Hal Jackson’s death reached our family this week, it dawned upon us that President Obama would point his blame finger at this great radio pioneer entrepreneur as an enemy of the State, too. Then others like Elijah McCoy, George Washington Carver, Madam C. J. Walker, Otis Boykin, Dr. Patricia E. Bath, Lewis Latimer, Lonnie G. Johnson, Garrett Morgan, Carlos Slim, and other successful entrepreneurs came to mind. All of these great people having one fact in common… they never waited for a Government handout to succeed.

Meanwhile, the news is beginning to filter in from non-traditional media resources that Wisconsin is seeing a major turn-a-round in their financial and employment debacle thrust upon its citizens by Labor Unions and years of Democrat rule. In addition, we are receiving news other States that have curtailed Labor Union rules and Democrat Party tax and spend attitudes.

In addition, US Democrat Congressional Members refuse to accept these facts but continue to hold upon their Veritaphobic religious beliefs that taxes, controls, big government, more spending, increased political powers, and the destruction of business, personal wealth, employment, and sound financial principles is their way to nirvana! What’s amazing is how they continually use their charm to fool the masses about their true intent. However, for non-Veritaphobics, God teaches us an important lesson about these sorts: Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

After multiple studies of common themes that run through successful minorities, here is some insight that might prove valuable as we face the massive issues confronting this Great Nation.

Most wealthy minorities state they feel these character traits should be a part of everyone’s philosophies…

  • control spending
  • never considered winning the lottery
  • take financial risk but don’t be stupid
  • work hard and long hours
  • never feel rich
  • never flaunt wealth
  • be frugal bargain hunters
  • defer gratification today to create a better tomorrow
  • have a “nose” for financial opportunity
  • be good at getting and processing information and discount misinformation
  • be independent thinkers that believe in their own decision-making abilities
  • be politically conservative in financial matters
  • be liberal toward people, philanthropy, and charity
  • be serious about God and family responsibilities
  • be highly money motivated and prefer money to material items and/or things
  • hate paying taxes
  • favor direct ownership of assets they can control
  • be ready and willing to invest access funds into other business ventures and real estate
  • be driven to aggressively increase wealth
  • be willing to take controlled risks, especially with some personal involvement
  • seek to decrease personal financial exposure in business and investment deals
  • prefer using “Other People’s Money” to enhance their own wealth
  • be driven to primarily build financial security for their families and loved ones
  • offer an excellent education for children
  • fear family failures
  • fear the IRS, taxes, and tax return audits
  • fear losing all of their money and power (particularly strong among people who grew up in poverty)
  • fear loss of assets as a result of an “unwarranted” lawsuit or government confiscation
  • be dedicated toward minimizing taxes
  • be driven to avoid mistakes at all costs

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Did you realize… McDonald’s has made more millionaires, and especially black and Hispanic millionaires, than any other economic entity ever, anywhere (washingtonpost.com)?

Wake up America! We must rid this Nation of all the Veritaphobics that falsely believe the solution to anything is big government, higher taxes, and more spending!

Why would any person invest their life’s savings, borrow extra money, work 80+ hours a week, spend every night crying and praying over the daily crisis, baby-sit adult employees, fight government agencies, pay massive amounts of taxes, constantly make changes to comply with government edicts, and wrestle with battles royal every day to stay in business? Some refer to this type of person as an “entrepreneur.” Those having tried to run their own business call business owners, “Super-heroes!” An entrepreneur is anyone highly motivated and driven to achieve and take others along the hike to the top of the mountain of business success!

Government, however, always seeks to take everyone to the “bottom” of the mountain so everyone is financially equal – while attacking entrepreneurs, greatness, or business success. Why?

Government is an inherent malfunctioning bureaucratic management system designed for “spending addicts” by spending addicts. Void of “personal” accountability for their habit, bureaucrats seek to design and manipulate the system to maximize spending under the excuse of “doing what’s best.”

Normally, high-ranking government officials soon falsely believe they are more powerful and important than God. With their power, they can wave their hands and fix and/or repair just about anything – so long as they keep getting re-elected. However, what they fail to mention is that whatever they do or don’t do, it’s going to cost more and hurt the masses more than if the private sector does it.

As soon as the bureaucrats sink into their spell of being popular and able to gain re-election, it doesn’t take that much longer for the “God Syndrome” to come upon them. This syndrome when diagnosed in public officials takes control of their brain and convinces them they are more powerful than God and the masses need to believe in them and forgo any relationship with God. Then they go about their duties with the wish to make God appear impotent while they become the fertile and more powerful solution to every problem known to man.

How Does God and Business Work in Tandem?

Pure capitalism is the only economic system ever designed that allows “everyone” within a society to benefit and achieve – regardless of pedigree, community stature, color of skin, background, or wealth. No, America wasn’t the creator of the Capitalistic system. Most are shocked to learn that it was in fact the only business system offered by God from day one.

This is a wonderful reflection of God’s infinite wisdom. We must then understand He is the God of LOVE. Love is all about doing what is best – regardless. Therefore, everything God does is for “all” – not just a special few. It’s like understanding eternal “salvation.” God sent His only begotten Son, even Jesus Christ, not to ‘condemn’ the world, but that the ‘world’ (not just a special few) would be saved through Him. Therefore, if it’s good enough for God, then it’s good enough for all.

In addition, we may also be shocked to learn that God mandated the first 10% Flat Rate tax system (tithing) on citizens while exempting business. In turn, God mandates Governments manage their affairs with no more than 10% tax levies on the masses – regardless of earnings, so that all have an investment into the nation and local governments.

Why did God intentionally exclude business taxes? Businesses produce products and services consumed by people or other businesses. Businesses produce profits for their owners, employees, investors, stockholders, and those associated with the business. When people receive money from a business, taxes are due. God’s plan should be sufficient for anyone.

Therefore, in God’s infinite wisdom, we must understand no business would ever be able to pay taxes! The funds available within a business are for payment of business operations, salaries, supplies, overhead, utilities, and its investors. For this, the business produces a product and/or service that is sold for $X.

If businesses pay taxes, then the price of their product and/or service is price adjusted to accommodate such an increase in their system. This means all taxes imposed upon business pass to the consumer. God mandates a tax that does not exceed 10% on the consumers. If government invents business taxes, consumers must now add that tax to their personal tax burdens. The really bad news is that inflated currencies created by business taxes are bad for consumers, business, government, charities, the poor, the rich, and all others – regardless of the product or service!

As an example, if government imposes a new tax on eggs of $2.50 a dozen, who wins? We must learn the first law of taxation, “Businesses do not pay taxes – only consumers pay taxes.” Consequently, the price of eggs would automatically jump by $2.50 per dozen.

A $2.50 tax increase on eggs doesn’t start and stop with the egg producers. Business taxes are always like falling dominoes. When the tax shows up on the new price of eggs in the grocery store, consumers face difficult decisions. Will it be business as usual and egg purchases remain constant, or will the consumer cut back on egg purchases? Experts tell us that any product increase forces consumers to look for alternative solutions. If one doubts this, speak with NetFlix and find out what happened when they summarily raised their prices. They lost millions of customers!

Let’s then assume that consumers cut back on egg purchases. This means the grocery store must cut their orders for eggs. When the order reductions hit the farmer’s desk and they can’t sell all the eggs produced, then they have to find ways to cut their supplies.

Soon, farmers discover that without the level of sales they had they cannot afford any luxuries. They must lay off workers, sell vehicles and equipment, and ask for debt payment extensions, since they will not be able to operate as planned.

Banks that have financed egg producers will begin to see their profits dwindle and go into the red. When this happens, banks use protective measures by creating new lending criteria that makes business loans near impossible to get. Now, every business in town suffers causing everyone issues from a seemingly innocent $2.50 tax.

Finally, please consider how this new egg tax has enriched anyone. No, the manufacturer (farmer) didn’t win. The consumer didn’t win. The poor and needy didn’t win. The banks didn’t win. The local businesses didn’t win. Wait, is government the only winner?

Who in government understands the basic fact that on average a 1% increase in tax rates takes 9 times that amount out from the private sector? Any government that goes over the 10% flat tax rate is a government headed toward a suicidal mission that will collapse a society. No, please don’t take our word for this fact, but look around at the cities, counties, States, and Nations that are now bankrupt. How are they dealing with business taxes? What is their greatest tax rate?

“When Government over reaches its tentacles and thrusts itself into the Business Community, everyone loses.” Yes, shockingly even the Government that foolishly taxes business ends up being the big losers. Isn’t stupidity bliss?

Governments do not give to the economic well-being of any society but are instead a “financial drain” on societies. Government is inherently a “spendaholic.” That’s why God places a maximum limit on government spending without any provision for increasing this amount.

Factually, governments are abusive toward taxpayers and today’s bureaucrats seem it is not their responsibilities to be good stewards of taxpayer money. Instead, today’s government agencies tell us they accept a certain percentage of waste and corruption. Can we imagine any private sector business allowing this? President Obama promised to cut 300 Billion in government waste and fraud. Has he succeeded? Please let us know when he does!

Void of profit incentives, government turns a deaf ear upon wise and established financial techniques in favor of “financial theories” like Keynesian economics. Government must adhere to simple math and forgo new-age math and gimmicks that powerful Government leaders display in their plans to overthrow God.

US Governments see fit to disobey God and saddle businesses in America with all sorts of taxes…

  • Accounts Receivable Tax
  • Building Permit Tax
  • CDL license Tax
  • Cigarette Tax
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Dog License Tax
  • Excise Taxes
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
  • Fishing License Tax
  • Food License Tax
  • Fuel Permit Tax
  • Gasoline Tax (now 44.75 cents per gallon)
  • Gross Receipts Tax
  • Hunting License Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Inventory Tax
  • IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
  • Sales Tax
  • School Tax
  • Sales Tax
  • School Tax
  • State Income Tax
  • State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
  • Telephone Federal Excise Tax
  • Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
  • Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
  • Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
  • Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
  • Telephone  State and Local Tax
  • Telephone Usage Charge Tax
  • Utility Taxes
  • Vehicle License Registration Tax
  • Vehicle Sales Tax
  • Watercraft Registration Tax
  • Well Permit Tax
  • Workers Compensation Tax
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America’s true living legends — a former P & G executive, an acclaimed author, a dynamic teacher, and one of the world’s most highly rated speakers. It was he who changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as “Partnering”. Here is part of a speech given by Lou Pritchett April 15, 2012

Patriot or Traitor?

I was born in “year two” of the Great Depression (1931) and spent The first 10 years of my life influenced by the extreme hardships of the Depression. By today’s standards my family was about a mile below today’s so-called ‘poverty level’; but if you never ‘had’— doing without was not so ‘bad’. Borrowing shoes to graduate from the 8th grade didn’t seem at all demeaning because most of the 8th graders did the same thing.

In June 1944, my only brother, Joe, was killed in action on Utah Beach in Normandy, France during the D-Day landings. Exactly one year later, my father died and left me, my mother, and my sister to go it alone. And alone we went. My mother went to work at a department store, my sister dropped out of school and joined her and I went to work shining shoes on the streets of Memphis for a dime a shine. Government assistance was not available and if it were I am confident my mother would have refused it because she never wanted the government involved in our lives.
I mention this bit of personal history to help you understand that Millions of Americans, including your parents and grandparents, grew up like me during the Great Depression and never expected nor wanted the government to offer them anything other than an opportunity…. and now; to see what Obama is trying to do to our country tends to make you crazy.
As some of you know, my “Scare Me” letter went viral with millions of hits on the Internet during the past 3 years. I have now written a Follow-up letter, which I will now share with you. It will be released to the press tomorrow morning.”
“In April 2009, I sent President Obama and the New York Times a Letter titled “You Scare Me” because, as a candidate, he promised to “fundamentally transform America.”
Now, after observing his performance for over three years, he no longer scares me— he terrifies me for the following reasons:
FIRST– He has done more to damage America’s standing in the World, to lower the standard of living in America, to impoverish future Generations and to shake our faith in the country’s future than any other American president in history.
SECOND– With a compliant Democrat congress, a lap-dog media, and a weak, almost nonexistent Republican opposition; he has shattered the America’s dream of job security, home ownership and rugged individualism for millions of Americans and has poisoned and divided our civil society with his politics of envy, class warfare, race warfare, and religious warfare which he is using as fundamental building blocks for his socialist agenda.
THIRD– Culturally, he remains totally out of touch with traditional American values. This has absolutely nothing to do with race or where he was born, rather it has everything to do with where, how and with whom he was raised, schooled, educated, trained and associates with still today.
FOURTH– He has surrounded himself with naïve academicians, lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats and socialist leaning czars who arrogantly think and behave exactly as he does. People who offer no balanced suggestions or devil’s advocate positions…. think in lock step with him that big government is the answer to all our problems.
FIFTH– He not only encourages but aids and abets the unionization of all American industry…. the albatross around the neck of the free market. In turn, they give the money and muscle to intimidate his opponents.
SIXTH– He has increased the national debt by over 30% in just Three years. If re-elected and this rate of increase continues, America will be burdened with an unsustainable 20 trillion-dollar debt which will result in the Country’s financial death. Recovery will be impossible —- America will be the Greece of 2016.
SEVENTH– Given his fanatical beholding to the environmental and ‘man-caused global warming fringe, he has deliberately discouraged U.S. fossil fuel exploration and production while wasting millions of tax payer dollars on solar, wind and algae experiments. He refuses to accept that oil, gas and coal are not America’s enemies, they are America’s assets which, properly managed, could make us energy independent within a generation.
EIGHTH– He views the U.S. as a power in retreat which abused its World dominance. Therefore he systematically apologizes round the world. Last March he whispered to Russian President Medvedev “–this is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility”. Just what is the secret that Obama and Putin are concealing from the American people until after the election? With what other leaders has he made similar secret agreements?
NINTH— Finally, after all his miss-steps, bad decision-making, poor management, and zero leadership, the fact that he has the audacity to seek re-election should terrify every American.
I predict that if re-elected, future historians and political interpreters will look back at the eight year period 2008-2016, and conclude “the 44th President of the U.S. allowed the takers to overpower the payers which resulted in the greatest economy in history vanishing from the face of the Earth.”
Farewell America, the World will really miss you! Lou Pritchett April 15, 2012

Folks, let’s please attempt to make some sort of rational understanding from the recent comments made by the President of the United States. It appears that his research suggests that America needs to focus upon “Birth Control” and “Same-Sex Marriage.”

Does he have a valid point? Are these the most critical issues facing America, today?

Before attempting to understand why President Obama hopes we all focus upon birth control and same-sex marriage, let’s attempt to think “outside the box” and ask every day questions like…

(If you are not familiar with U-6 unemployment rates, The U-6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts “marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons.” Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the “marginally attached workers” include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over.)

  • Where does America stand with its debt picture? Click Here
  • Is America on its way toward becoming financially secure? Click Here
  • Are America’s bankruptcy filings starting to level out and decrease? Click Here
  • Is America addressing the demands for Food Stamps? Click Here
  • Is America’s military ready to protect us? Click Here
  • Are government schools preparing our children for life? Click Here
  • Is the US Senate producing a budget as required by law? Click Here
  • Is Congress performing according to the expectations of citizens? Click Here
  • Is the US family pleased with current prices for food, shelter, clothing, taxes, fuel, utilities, repairs, and other needs? Click Here
  • Is illegal immigration a problem for all Americans? Click Here
  • Does the President of the United States have close friends that alarm most Americans? Click Here
  • When we total votes after the 2012 election, will America doubt the results? Click Here
  • Will America overcome the green energy/global warming hoax? Click Here

If these questions meet your satisfaction, then perhaps the following videos will give even further insight into why President Obama wants to turn the focus upon birth control and same-sex marriage.

The above information suggests we have a President and Congress that hasn’t lost their vision. That vision is to tax and spend America into financial ruin. We have a President that is more about “theories”’ than “fact.” Can anyone imagine that President Obama cares about the unemployed, the homeless, the starving, our youth, and the future of America?

Since President Obama can’t run on his record of achievement – everything he has tried has failed, one could then understand why he prefers to focus upon anything but the State of the Union.

In this way, he avoids difficult questions and the BM Press (Big Media) is more than willing to always “tote his bucket” and make him seem saintly. After all, should anyone mention that Black unemployment is now heading north of 20%?

The world needs to be praying that American voters will gain insight into who and what President Obama and Congress is up to, vote the rotten apples out of office, and let’s return America to greatness for all – not just a few elitists!

We have two people employed by the US Government that have many similarities but vast difference. You decide which one is the greater of the two!

We would say both men…

  • could be members of a racial minority (however one may be ½ white)
  • attained high government place
  • took oaths of office to protect and defend the US Constitution and America from ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic

We would then say only one of these two men will…

  • supported their oaths of office
  • suggest that big Government is the answer to all problems
  • take their job, career, and responsibilities seriously
  • place politics ahead of duties and responsibilities
  • allow his responsibilities and duties to be easily derailed by the media, political theories, and/or opinion – disregarding fact and truth
  • trash job responsibility in favor of segregating America into groups and pit one group against the other in attempting to incite harm and bully people to his personal will
  • trash job responsibilities to deny the well-being of America as a “whole”
  • allow other governments, employees, and others to take all risk so he can publicly and insanely promote himself as a hero
  • use his place to lie, cheat, mislead, harm, and/or upset some Americans in the hope of personal gain and increased power
  • prefers being a Veritaphobic and fights to corrupt fact and truth, at any cost
  • sees America as an arrogant country that needs to be brought down to its knees, even destroyed, and corrected by pushing it into a Socialistic or Communistic society mold
  • sees America as the place to get all the money needed for selfish goals and hidden agendas at the cost of all other Americans and the other countries that depend upon Her

Here are these two men… surprised? You shouldn’t be!

Mr. Jose Rodriquez

Now, to make things even worse, we have one of these two men – yes, even the President of the United States, telling America the other tried and proven staunch supporter of America and our safety and freedom is an anti-American, a traitor, a torturer, a misfit, and basically scum of the earth.

However, before one jumps to a bad conclusion, let’s take a moment to inspect the people who President Obama admires, hires, and supports… Richard Holbrooke, Jeffrey Crowley, Ed Montgomery, Alan Bersin, David J. Hayes, Ron Bloom, Dennis Ross, Todd Stern, Lynn Rosenthal, Gil Kerlikowske, Joshua DuBois, Jeffrey Zients, Cameron Davis, Daniel Fried, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Vivek Kundra, Dennis Blair, George Mitchell, Kenneth R. Feinberg, Cass R. Sunstein, John Holdren, Earl Devaney, Herb Allison, Aneesh Chopra, John Brennan, Adolfo Carrion Jr, Andy Stern, George Soros, Anita Dunn, Carol Browner, Vance Jones, and Bill Ayers. Unfortunately, most of these people are or admit to being Socialist, Communist, anti-business, anti-US Constitution, anti-capitalist, and/or anti-American.

Now, that you know President Obama’s close friends, wouldn’t you agree that Mr. Jose Rodriguez is the exact opposite of President Obama? Mr. Jose Rodriguez is an unselfish man who dearly loves his Country and would never become friends and associates of terrorists, traders, and misfits. He is willing to fight for his Country. He’s a man who has gone out on the limb, repeatedly, to do duties that protected America and in turn never expected or received any accolades or attempt to spike the football.

Wake up America and don’t be fooled by the slick-tongued President. Shouldn’t you get facts before you consider another vote? Is it possible to confirm that President Obama is a pro-American? Aren’t his goals the opposite of Mr. Rodriquez? Do we need an American enemy in the White House?

Oh yes! Perhaps one more note… could Mr. Rodriquez be a Puerto Rican?

‘Tis Christmas…

It’s not just another year gone by but another time to pause in our busy lives to give thanks for the one and only living God, even Jesus Christ, that has given each of us so very much…

  • The sun to keep us warm,
  • The earth to live on,
  • The moon to shine through the night,
  • Knowledge to make us stronger,
  • Families to get us through the rough spots in the road,
  • Stars that allow us to look up and marvel at the sights,
  • Clouds that turn into bursts of fresh water to nurture the earth, animals, and people,
  • Rainbows that tell us the world will not be destroyed by another flood,
  • Trees to give shade and food,
  • Grasses to allow us to look upon the fields and admire her beauty,
  • Lakes and oceans to give endless supplies of fun, food, travel, and beauty,
  • Oil and gas to power our way into the future, and
  • The only begotten Son of God, even Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of the world, and guarantee eternal life!

Yes, God is a wonderful God that loves us very much and continues to give to all of His children as He sees fit.

As we go through this festive season, let’s all try to remember our responsibilities toward one another (By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-36)… why we are on this earth (And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought and his (Satan’s followers or fallen Angels) angels, Revelation 12:6-8) or as we know it as the war between Satan and Jesus Christ… and what God expects from all of us in living within a Christ centered life (Casting down imaginations (false doctrines), and every high thing (false teachers) that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6… And that ye study, to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12).

And she (Mary) brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes (the cloth used during those days to prepare bodies for their funeral), and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-8

Luke 2:15-17 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them about this child.

Matthew 2:9-11 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

The many millions of dollars in gifts provided to Joseph, Mary, and Jesus would allow them to become great leaders of the world.

Secular history teaches us that Joseph went on to become the largest Carpenter known to the world (in today’s American vernacular this term would be a General Contractor). His specialty was building ports all over the world to generate greater commerce opportunities and allow business opportunities to spread to all people from all lifestyles.

Joseph expanded his career immediately after the Christ Child was born and built homes where his work would take Mary and their Son. Joseph provided the finest and best of what his wealth could give for his family. They were always at the highest levels of wealthy societies and prominence within the cities where their homes were located.

This escalation of wealth and prominence soon forced many government rulers to feel threatened since Joseph, his company, and his family was not beholden to any government leader for their success and wealth.

Government leaders had worked hard to convince and rule the masses with an iron fist. Legislators were successful at convincing the masses the only way they could succeed and have any sustenance would be from government – not personal work ethics.

Suddenly, legislators found themselves up against something they had never met – free enterprise. Joseph and his family never needed any government to help them succeed. Whereas legislators were busy teaching the masses that government was the only solution to success.

Preferring to destroy Joseph, legislators linked together in a scheme to destroy Joseph’s family and kill the Son of God that was busy teaching the masses about God’s wisdom. Legislators had never been up against a force as strong as Christianity and they had no idea how to deal with it and continue to make people dependent upon them – not God.

Today, we know the rest of the story. Government leaders were successful in forcing Joseph to take alternate courses to continue his business and the only begotten Son of God was nailed to a cross, similar to a common criminal, and mocked by government officials and followers as the enemy to government.

Even though the governments used false charges to get their way and murder Jesus Christ, we find millions of people still pausing every December 25th to remember God’s great works and to worship His Son who died for you and me so we would have eternal life. That eternal life is still available for everyone today – not just for a special few.

You can have eternal life right where you sit, now, by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. There are no isles to walk, baptisms to attend, or buildings to enter. The gift is free and it is for anyone willing to ask.

Ephesians 2: 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Consider the reality that Democrats from the President to the local political party members are supporting the dedication of anyone to sit on their back-sides and demand the rest of us pay for their lifestyles.

 

Please watch this You-Tube Video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7lfaSmDxVZQ

Squatters Occupy Houses Worth More Than $8 million

December 4, 2011 7:04 PM

FORT WORTH (AP) – One person moved into a dead neighbor’s house. Another came from Memphis, Tenn., to Fort Worth to lay claim to a $2.7 million mansion.

Tarrant County has become the go-to place for an assortment of squatters claiming other people’s houses as their own, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in Sunday’s edition.

A Star-Telegram study of Tarrant County documents shows that squatters have claimed and looted other people’s houses in Fort Worth and numerous suburbs with a total value exceeding $8 million.

Tarrant County Precinct 7 Constable Clint Burgess, whose precinct includes the fast-growing suburb of Mansfield and other parts of southeastern Tarrant County, has asked the Texas attorney general’s office to step in and help bring order to the chaos.

“Everybody is just trying to learn what in the world is going on,” Burgess told the newspaper. “It’s the craziest thing how anyone could be so brazen as to just break into a home and start living in it.”

The chaos results from a loophole in a state law that allows squatters to claim property if no owner is on hand to challenge the claim. Squatters are claiming houses they insist are abandoned by filing affidavits of adverse possession with county clerks, paying a $16 filing fee, keeping current with property taxes and pledging to live in the house for at least three years.

Properties in which owners have died or are absent because of job duties or illness are at risk. Some property owners have returned home to find their houses trashed or looted.

“This is the worst thing that I’ve been through,” said Arlington accountant Joe Bruner, whose neighbor’s home was occupied by two squatters last month. “It’s not healthy for anybody — for the neighborhood, for the county. It’s just not healthy for humanity. You don’t come in and steal somebody’s home.”

The squatters loaded a commercial garbage bin with the owner’s belongings while the homeowner was in Houston having chemotherapy, Bruner said.

Homes vacant after mortgage foreclosures are also ripe for the picking because ownership is hard to discern. The Star-Telegram reported that some financial institutions it contacted were unaware that squatters had claimed and occupied homes for which the institutions were servicing loans.

One such place was the $2.7 million mansion, which had been vacant for about two years before it was claimed by a 28-year-old former Memphis, Tenn., insurance agent.

The mansion had been foreclosed on in January, and a real estate firm had been trying to sell it when the squatter arrived in August and tried to claim the place. According to police reports, she called police and told them they had no authority to evict her because she had adverse possession.

Chase Bank had serviced the foreclosure, and Chase spokesman Thomas Kelly said it has no power to evict squatters. Bank of America, which owns the house, does have that power but it has had to stop marketing the house until it can get the squatter’s affidavit dismissed.

A neighbor, retired physician Ben Termini, said the county clerk’s office has been derelict in screening these affidavits. “They should prove the property is meeting the standard for adverse possession,” he told the Star-Telegram.

Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia said that with thousands of documents being filed with her office, it’s not feasible to spot the fraudulent ones. “But as soon as these bad actors came to our attention, we did do our due diligence,” she said.

However, that wasn’t until Nov. 7, when District Attorney Joe Shannon advised Garcia that the affidavits were likely illegal. Garcia said her office is now sending notices to property owners about adverse possession affidavits filed on their properties.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Texas Towns Find Fast Solutions To Water Problems?

December 3, 2011 4:09 PM

GROESBECK (AP) – In a tranquil state park in Central Texas, workers are busily piecing together massive yellow pipes that spell salvation for this city. The pipes run along a park road, slither between trees, cross a street to avoid an ancient cemetery, hug a state-owned easement and then land at a treatment plant.

Without it, what everyone fears most would come true: The water will stop running.

This $250,000 pipeline project will bring water from a rock quarry seven miles away to Groesbeck by Dec. 6 — the date that state officials monitoring the drought said the town would run out of water, finally sucked dry by Texas’ historic drought. But it is only a six-month supply. That’s enough time, Mayor Jackie Livingston hopes, to find a permanent solution.

“We will do anything, anything short of hauling water,” Livingston said.

Imperiled towns around Texas are finding short-term solutions to water supply problems brought on by the drought, some just in time to avert a crisis. But finding a permanent solution is tricky, and in many cases, expensive. That makes the plight of finding water doubly difficult: Even if they could find a fix, they also have to find the cash to pay for it.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says there are 11 towns with enough water to last six month or less. It is working to find quick fixes that cost tens of thousands — sometimes millions — of dollars for a few months of water. They hope that is long enough to find and complete longer-term projects, many of which these cash-strapped communities had delayed for years.

For the West Texas town of Robert Lee, there is a $1.55 million price tag to tap into the nearby town’s water supply with a pipeline. A neighborhood near the Louisiana border will pay $50,000 to drop a pump off a bridge into a deeper part of a lake.

An Austin-area community has paid about $10,000 to build a temporary barge to float a pipe over a water-filled hole that saved the town from hauling water, at least for now, said Pat Mulligan, president and manager of the Windermere Oaks Water Supply Company. But if the lake that supplies the area drops another six feet, they will have to haul in water by truck. Then, water bills will increase about 300 percent and residents in the 230-home subdivision could pay $300 a month for water — up from about $120.

Mulligan hopes the hole will supply water for a year.

“We’re at the mercy of the gods,” he said.

The state is treating the drought much as it would a hurricane, said Linda Brookins, director of the TCEQ water supply division. Officials contact towns every week. They hold urgent meetings. Experts walk rivers and reservoirs. Others help with grant and loan applications. Many are surprised to learn many state grants are only available for permanent solutions, and so are forced to take separate loans to fund temporary projects.

“The last thing we want is to see people run out of water,” Brookins said.

In Groesbeck, water troubles began this summer. Fort Parker Lake, once a grand reservoir, has been relegated to a series of mud banks and puddles.

It happened quickly: During a 90-day stretch of little rain and triple-degree heat, the town used 54 million gallons of water. Some 271 million gallons — an 18-month supply — evaporated.

“Sucked it out of the rivers and lakes,” Livingston sighs.

The day the lake got to a crisis point, alarming officials that it could actually go dry, the pitter-patter of rain interrupted a City Council meeting — just as state officials granted permission to lay pipe through the park. The pipeline company needed four days, and the work will be done just before Dec. 6.

The rain bought a few more days — and a weight lifted from Livingston’s shoulders.

But only temporarily.

Over the next six months, an engineering firm being paid another $98,000 will investigate the possibility of finding groundwater. Livingston is wary because the lower river is spring-fed and she fears tapping the aquifer will further harm the waterway and cause it to dry up, too.

And so she prays.

As does Robert Lee’s water superintendent Eddie Ray Roberts. The $1.55 million pipeline he’s building to get water from the nearby town doesn’t include the cost of actually purchasing the water. So the town has to find a cheaper alternative. Roberts’ solution?

“Prayer,” he says laughing.

He believes groundwater may be the town’s best option. But drilling wells could cost another $250,000, and it’s not a sure bet.

“If we go ahead and start drilling … and six months from now we have not found a well, we’re out of water,” he explained.

In Pendleton, a neighborhood along the Texas-Louisiana border, residents were surprised to find the intake pipe that draws water from the Sabine River was exposed, unable to suck in water for distribution to the community.

Jerry Clark, general manager of the Sabine River Authority of Texas, said the subdivision has permission to drop a pump from a bridge into deeper waters. Then they may put the pipe on a barge to get it to the deepest point possible, where the pipe will be protected from the slowly vanishing lake. The cost: $50,000.

“This is the most immediate thing that could be done,” he said.

Groesbeck’s mayor knows her pipeline is only a six-month solution. Now, she is considering buying the rock quarry and channeling water into a reservoir. Or she could drill wells. All she needs is money.

“When we find there’s really water to drill a well for, we’ll find the money,” Livingston says.

Even that is just a hope.

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