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I am sorry you can no longer read porn in a Nebraska prison ( good )

The leaders of the Nebraska prison system have decided starting in January that inmates in a Nebraska prison will not be able to read, or look at porn reading material.
Good for them. No one has a right to read porn while in prison. If you like you can read a story about this, right here.

Junior high Sexual offender

A junior high kid in Texas could be labeled a sex  offender. “The 14 year old is being tried for aggravated sexual assault of a child for having sex with his 12 year old girlfriend.” That is what the Houston Chronicle reported.

“He had consensual sex with his little girlfriend and he loved her. They were boyfriend-girlfriend,” the teen’s mother told the Chronicle.

Most of the time I am for bringing the hammer down on those who have sex with children. But if what I read is correct this was two kids having sex. Instead of labeling the 14 year old, or putting him on trial it might be better to teach him along with his girl friend why it is wrong for them to have a sexual relationship.
( If you like you can read more about this case by clicking here.

Goodbye, Rob Sherman – My Friendship with a Departed Athiest

( The blog post below I just found the other day, though it was written a few years ago by the Senior Pastor of the Moody church,Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer. Even though it is an older sad post, it makes some points which are still true here in 2017. )

I considered the well-known atheist Rob Sherman a friend.

On Saturday December 10, I was saddened to learn that Rob had been killed in a single-engine plane accident in Marengo, a distant Chicago suburb.
Though we found ourselves on opposite sides of these important issues, our friendship transcended our differing political views. We also talked about his background, his family, and his love of airplanes.
I gave him a copy of John’s Gospel and urged him to read a chapter a day asking the simple question, “Who, according to this book, is Jesus Christ?” I told him he could read it as a skeptic, but that he owed himself the opportunity to just read it! Sadly, when I met him a year later, he admitted that he not taken up my challenge.
Goodbye, Rob. I regret that you did not come to believe in a God who loves us enough to send His Son to die in our stead. I pray that your unexpected death will be a reminder that life is short and eternity is long, and that preparing to die should be our highest priority.
Goodbye, Rob. I regret that you did not come to believe in a God who loves us enough to send His Son to die in our stead. I pray that your unexpected death will be a reminder that life is short and eternity is long, and that preparing to die should be our highest priority.
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Some school rules need to be broken, or changed otherwise it can be said leaders lack compassion

For the most part I believe students should follow the rules of the school they attend. If they do not,they should be punished. From my work at a daycare I have viewed what happens when bad behavior is allow to go on with no action being taken by the folks in charge. Too often that is what is taking place, or not taking place in schools, and day cares today.
Well here is a case where I think the rule should be rejected by all involved.
Amy Dickes is getting closer to another milestone that will be painful.
Her teenage daughter, McKenna Smith, should be getting ready to graduate from high school with the senior class in Waverly, Nebraska.
Sadly McKenna died last July at the young age of 17. She had suffered with juvenile Huntington’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder.
The students at Waverly High school wanted to show her family they cared. So the senior class came up with the idea of leaving a chair open at graduation to commemorate the teen. While she was ill students had fundraisers for her and wanted to honor her during the graduation.
Great idea from some caring students you might think. Well the leaders of the Waverly school district said no. You see they have a policy which states they can not honor a dead student. ( District denies graduation memorial )
The superintendent Bill Heimann said the district is just trying to be consistent.
I would disagree.The school leaders may not have meant it this way, but they are looking heartless.
I know schools struggle how to handle deaths of students like if they take their own lives. Still in this case that is not an issue. This teenager died from an illness.
Under the policy accepted memorials include scholarships, a brick or bench purchased for the Learning Garden at Waverly High, plantings on school grounds with a commemorative marker, donations of books or other school supplies, or establishing a fund for a school or particular activity.
Memorials should not disrupt the school day, infringe upon the separation of church and state, or involve pictures of the deceased, the policy states.
I guess a class could not give a Bible in the name of the student.
This is crazy. There are times when rules that were meant for good should be broken. Here is an example say I am out walking at night. I hear a kid crying in a pool because he, or she doesn’t know how to swim. Then I see a sign which reads no swimming. Would a good person let a kid die because of the rule. No of course not.
Well this school policy could cause a lot of hurt feelings over honoring a dead student which is already sad. Come on Waverly do what is right. Help this family, along with your students heal from a sad event.

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Fox News and me

Let me start off this post by writing when the Fox News channel came to my cable system I was very excited.For years I became a faithful viewer.

Some of the shows I very much liked was Newswatch. On it a panel  talked about how the media reported on different news events.
Then there was a show called After Hours which was hosted by Cal Thomas. Cal would have somebody in the news on, and also some soul from the entertainment world on. Cal had an idea lets discuss things not put those down who disagree with us. As happens too much on TV, and in the world of politics.
I also liked the show Hannity and,Colmes.The two hosts were different like night, and day. Though you could tell they liked each other as people. My views most of the time were closer to Hannity’s,but Colmes ways a somebody on the left who those of us on the right could like.
Over the years I became a faithful viewer of Bill O’Reilly. Though Bill was not always on the right when it came to politics.I liked how he stood up for the comman man. I would eat my dinner every week night while I watched his program. I loved how Bill reached out to the family of a young girl who was killed by a man who should have been in prison, or at least not living in America.
I did not always agree with Bill. I did think his book on killing Jesus should have used the Bible more as a guide than other items. I also did not like some of the things he wrote about President Reagan in his book on killing Reagan. So I did not always agree with Bill. Still I watched him every night. In fact the night seemed different when he was away from his chair.
I believe today Fox News has changed, and not for the better.
First off Cal Thomas is not on. A choice Fox made. Thomas always was a light in a dark room,and had wisdom in the points he made. He is a guy that everyone can look up to. Even those who don’t agree with his politics, or his evangelical Christian faith. Cal goes out of his way to be friends with everyone.No matter if they are on the left, or right. At the same time he doesn’t back down from his deeply held convictions.
Fox News a few weeks ago took off Bill O’Reilly. Perhaps they had no choice. There were women who said he had mistreated them.Though those cases had not gone to court.It drives me nuts that those on the left including those who are yelling for women’s rights had no trouble, or little trouble with how Bill Clinton treated women. While he was president.Those on the right don’t get their day in court. Bill loses his job for what he may have done, or not done, but Clinton remained in the White House after it was proven what he did. I would have liked Fox to have said let’s give Bill a day in court.
Fox has also canned Greta Van Susteren. Bill, and Greta won’t even given a chance to do a final show to thank their faithful fans.If I recall right both went on vacation, and then fired before they returned.I liked how Greta on her show honored police officers who had been killed just for doing their job.
So while Fox News still has good folks on the channel I have made the choice not to watch it as often.It seems to be changing. Yes, Hannity is still on. Though his show is not on at a good time for me. And Bob Beckel is still on with the network. It has changed.
Yes Fox is better at reporting the facts than the other networks.Still it seems like Fox has forgotten her viewers.
I am hopeful another news network will come to my cable that will be like Fox News when it first started.

A lesson in how not to be thankful!

Returning home after walking my regular course one afternoon last fall, I came across an unusual scene. In front of the Christian school that I pass by were two men I know who work there. One was kneeling beside the sewer opening at the curb while the other was actually lying on the pavement and trying to reach down inside. A nicely-dressed woman was standing nearby.

I stopped to help and discovered they were trying to retrieve a schoolbook that had somehow fallen down into the sewer and which was lying, safe and dry for the moment, on a bit of concrete shelf. Being dressed down in shorts and T-shirt and already dirty, I offered my help and got down beside my friend. Though taller and having a longer reach, I couldn’t get to the book either even though I got down as far as I could into the sewer opening. Even using a pole with a gripping device wouldn’t work.

Well, we worked at it quite awhile before my friend thought about possibly prying the manhole cover from its rust-encrusted position so that he could drop inside. It wasn’t easy and the iron cover proved heavy and cumbersome – but it worked. Once we had that done, it took just seconds for him to retrieve the book and but another minute to maneuver the manhole cover back into place. Our efforts had produced a successful conclusion and, I don’t know about the others, I felt a wonderful sense of achievement.

But the most notable detail of this story was one that wasn’t wonderful at all for that was the inaction of the young girl whose book had been saved. During the whole time of the adventure – 15 minutes since I had showed up and who knows how long before that – she merely sat in a nearby car, messing with her phone. It was the girl’s mother who had stood alongside watching our efforts in her daughter’s behalf. The mom was encouraging and very grateful. But, even when the book was retrieved, the girl herself displayed no gratitude, not even interest. The mother was embarrassed when she finally had to direct her daughter to roll down the window to acknowledge the favor. The girl let the car window come down, took the book from her mom’s hand, gave us a slight and quick smile and…zip…up went the window again and she returned her attention to her phone. The mom repeated her own thanks and assured us that her daughter was grateful too. The evidence of that, however, could hardly been weaker.
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Lessons from so called TV preacher Benny Hinn

I should admit straightway that Benny Hinn is well outside the mainstream of evangelical Christianity in both his theology and practices. Many inside the world of evangelical Christianity might say that what he does has nothing to do with what “we” do. But to a watching and skeptical world, the theological and ethical differences between a Benny Hinn and those who follow much more biblical models of behavior are difficult to discern. And that’s the first lesson we can learn: We should be more direct and straightforward about “calling out” organizations that do not follow biblical models of behavior and ministry. Defending the Gospel does not mean merely defending it against the Richard Dawkinses and Peter Singers of the world, but also against the Benny Hinns and Creflo Dollars.

Secondly, Christian organizations should be models of transparency and financial disclosure. Currently, the law requires tax-exempt organizations to file Form 990s. These forms have basic information about an organization’s financial condition. The law also requires organizations to make these forms available to the public. (A great source for 990s is http://www.guidestar.com.) However, churches are exempt from this requirement.

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Problems at the Nebraska prison

Here in Nebraska there is a problem at the state prison in Tecumseh. In the pass there have been riots, and even deaths at the prison.Then a few weeks ago an inmate was strangled to death by his cellmate.
Something the leaders of the Nebraska prison need to explain why was the inmate who was murdered,who was in prison for forging a check was put in a cell with a man charged with murdering a farmer.
There is no way these two should have been in the same cell.
If you like you can read about this issue at the prison on Omaha.com

Democrats are against helping gay folks

Read a post from Rev. Franklin Graham.