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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Should We Blindly Support President Trump?



It has been just two weeks since the new President Trump was sworn-in as our 45th Commander-in-Chief. He has made several executive orders and has attacked Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a federal judge. President Trump has loosened ACA regulations and has allowed the pipelines to continue construction. He has ended the TPP and appointed Neil Gorsuch for the Senate to nominate to the Supreme Court. What in the world is going on? Who does he think he is? Are these moves legal and constitutional?





Many of my fellow Christians supported Mr. Trump for president in the general election because he was better than Hillary, the lesser of two evils, and because he ran for the Republican Party. Some believers, including me, contributing Editor Aaron M Fugate opposed President Trump because we feared his desire for absolute power and his many liberal views. Although I do not disagree with all the moves by our current leader, I certainly disagree with his methods. Let me explain.





First, these executive orders are illegal, unconstitutional, and weak. They are illegal because he is subverting with several of his orders, including the ACA, which is still law today but now has no teeth (no pun intended). They are unconstitutional because section 8 states


1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;


2: To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;


3: To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;


4: To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; Source (http://constitutionus.com/).


Contributing Editor Jim Peet would respond that a U.S. law now allows the president to ban dangerous immigrants from certain countries/areas, but I would argue that law does not conform to the Constitution. Yesterday, "Federal Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee who presides in Seattle" an unelected official halted the order (source). Some of my friends then celebrate because of this check and balance in the federal government. This is not a good thing. On the one hand, the king of 320 million people makes a law and on the other hand the king of a few million burns up the order, making himself king for a few days. This is worse than the days of the Papal Bulls.


 


This is not what the Founding Fathers envisioned. Where is the Congress? Why can't they write a law "To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization"? The role of the Congress has continually been diminished over the past few decades. Now the legislative branch of the government could go home and nobody would tell the difference. President Trump would appoint his cabinet and judicial nominees and they would support his executive orders. Meanwhile, other judges would overturn his orders and we would get nowhere. Instead of this craziness, we could have a Congress that passes and repeals laws on an occasional basis that are then signed or vetoed by the President. Then the judge would interpret those laws and let the Executive branch enforce those laws. The judges would also abandon their extraconstitutional role of determining if a law is constitutional or not. It is time for the American people, who elected their congressmen and congresswomen, to tell the President and judiciary to decrease their roles. We need more Congressional representatives. Our current congress represents about 740,000 people per House member. The 1st congress had 65 representatives for 4 million people. That is a ratio of 1:61,500. Now our Congressmen have to speak for 12 times as many Americans and they are supposed to speak for the "diversity" of their district. That is not possible now. We need more congressmen and congresswomen. We need our President to use the Congress to pass the laws that he wants. Laws will stand the test of time and are rarely thrown out by ridiculous judges. We as American believers should pray for our President and oppose him when he leaves his bounds.


 


Second, the President is submitting to this unelected judge. We Conservatives have long bemoaned the overreaching power of the Judicial Branch. Why can't our President tell Judge Robart to pound sand? This President has been known to break rules, written and unwritten. He speaks his mind whether you like it or not. He strikes deals with opponents and supporters alike. It is time for our elected Executive to disobey the unelected judges who are leaving their bounds to limit everyone else. If any president has the backbone to stand up to the men and women who legislate from the bench, it would be this one. I am actually surprised that President Trump is conforming to the decisions of a judge. Not much has changed from the days of President Obama. Our previous president let the judicial branch change the definition of marriage without signing one law. Our current President is also letting the courts make laws. This is what I have warned against for years. I cannot name five people in the history of the world who wield the power that our judges have. Mao killed 70 million Chinese and Stalin killed 50 million Russians, but our Supreme Court has killed at least 60 million babies with the raising of five hands in three separate instances. Plus, the U.S. courts have told millions of people that they cannot define their marriages. King George III would blush at the power wielded by our justice system.

It is time for America to give the power back to the elected officials in the Congress, legislature, city councils, and county boards. It is time for us to return to a republican form of government and to leave the aristocracy that we fought against in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. I may support conservative dictatorships, but we did not set that up in America, so until we overhaul the Constitution, let's stop being Bohemian and return to being American.


 


We as Americans should support our President when he agrees with the Constitution and the Bible and should oppose him when he leaves those boundaries. Just because he is part of a certain party does not mean you have to support or oppose him all the time.


 











 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

8 U.S. Code § 1182 - Inadmissible aliens




8 U.S. Code § 1182 - Inadmissible aliens


Excerpt:

(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President


Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.
Comment: For all Americans who are in a tizzy about Trump's executive order ... example: Schumer tears up as he calls Trump's immigration ban 'mean-spirited' ... it is legal! And other Presidents have exercised the same authority. Another worthwhile read: Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria.  What I am hearing and reading: #MuslimBan , #Hitler, #Unconstitutional

Update:




Meanwhile for the outraged, consider this:


Wisconsin Union membership in free fall after Act 10


For unions in Wisconsin, a fast and hard fall since Act 10

Nationally, no state has lost more of its labor union identity than Wisconsin since 2011, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis found. Union members made up 14.2% of workers before Act 10, but just 8.3% in 2015. 
The bottom line: 132,000 fewer union members, mostly teachers and other public workers — enough to fill Lambeau Field and Miller Park, with thousands more tailgating outside.

The decline has put Wisconsin, the birthplace of public-employee unions, near the bottom third of states for unionized workforce.

Wisconsin union membership down nearly 40 percent since Act 10

Union membership in Wisconsin is down nearly 40 percent since Republicans passed legislation known as Act 10 that all but eliminated collective bargaining for public workers, new federal data show.

In 2016, the percentage of public and private workers who were members of unions was 8.1 percent, or 219,000 union members. That’s down by 136,000 members, or 38.3 percent, since 2010 levels, the year before passage of Act 10, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Comments: Image sources: Miller Park, Lambeau Field. More on 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. Opinion: It's about the freedom to NOT join a Union. It's about Right to Work. More on Wisconsin here:

Unions Suffer Latest Defeat in Midwest With Signing of Wisconsin Measure

For decades, states across the South, Great Plains and Rocky Mountains enacted policies that prevented organized labor from forcing all workers to pay union dues or fees. But the industrial Midwest resisted.

Those days are gone. After a wave of Republican victories across the region in 2010, Indiana and then Michigan enacted so-called right-to-work laws that supporters said strengthened those states economically, but that labor leaders asserted left behind a trail of weakened unions.

Now it is Wisconsin’s turn. On Monday, Gov. Scott Walker — who in 2011 succeeded in slashing collective bargaining rights for most public sector workers — signed a bill that makes his state the 25th to adopt the policy and has given new momentum to the business-led movement, its supporters say.

“This freedom-to-work legislation will give workers the freedom to choose whether or not they want to join a union, and employers another compelling reason to consider expanding or moving their business to Wisconsin,” Mr. Walker said.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Interview with Senior Editor

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Contributing Editor Aaron M. Fugate interviewed his brother and fellow Colts fan, Benjamin Fugate. Feel free to answer these questions in the comments below.

Here is the discussion in its entirety:


1. What is the meaning of Thanksgiving to you?

It is living a life that is thankful to the God of the Bible for his many blessings and trials that he sends upon our lives and the settling s down for one day to actually commemorate what God is already doing.

2. What is the meaning of Christmas to you?
Christmas a time for us to remember that God almitghty chose to humble himself and become a man, so that he could save mankind from what we rightly deserve.

3. Which parts of the message of Scriptures are being ignored by mainstream Christianity today?

We are forgetting who God really is. We have made a God that is much easier to digest and comprehend. We forget that altogether different than us and he has higher thoughts and higher plans.

4. What do you think of the upcoming Trump presidency?
I am really tense about President-elect Trump. I do not trust him at all. I do hope and pray that he is pro-freedom, pro-Israel, and pro-constitution, but I doubt he will be consistent in those regards. I am expecting that he will repeal the Healthcare law and allow the states to have healthcare exchanges!

5. What disappoints you about President-elect Trump?

I am disappointed that he was allowed to run as a Republican canddiate. He should have been allowed into the GOP primary. He is not a conservative and never will be. He had every right to run for president but not representing the party of Lincoln and Reagan!

6. What stunned you the most about the 2016 election?

That Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and that Mrs. Clinton is not contesting the election!

7. How should Christians respond to the Trump presidency?

Christians should resepct president-elect Trump. Nevertheless, they must continue to oppose him if he opposes Scripture and the Constitution! They must also continue to worshhip God, not Donald!

8. In what direction should conservatives move now?
We need to leave the GOP now and start our own party. This is very similar to the days of Zachary Taylor, who helped ruin the Whig party, even though he also won an election! Somewhere in central Wisconsin, I pray that some men and women arte getting together to start a new, peaceful, resistance movement!

9. What are some of your solutions for reform in America?

First, we must cut federal spending by 50 % on January 21st. The best way to start this is by stopping all of our interventionist wars in the Middle East. Second, we must give more power back to the states by repealing all of the Supreme Court rulings and repealing thousands of federal laws.


10. Who will be the 46th President of the United States?

Mike Pence, after Mr. Trump unfrtunately has to resign because of health issues. Then, Amy Klobuchar will defeat Pence in the 2020 election!

11. Who will win the Super Bowl?
The Dallas Cowboys

12. How can fundamentalist churches grow in this century?
By preaching the word of God with no drawbacks and by having more services on weekdays. Also by conducting neighborhood Bible studies

13. How would you explain the gospel to an unsaved person?
By going through the Romans road (1:20, 3:23, 5:8; 6:23; 10:9-13) and explaining Ephesians 2:8-10


14. How can the church glorify God today?
By preaching the God of the Word in season and out of season and then living a life that is subject to his rule.

15. Do you have a plan for becoming president in your lifetime?
Yes, I would like to run for president in 2024 as an independent candidate with Kyle Courtney as my vp candidate, if it is the Lord’s will.

16. Should the NFL keep the tie or work on a new solution to overtime games?
I like the tie, but I would just a have a full 15-minute OT period for any game tied at regulation

17. Is a border wall becoming of a land of opportunity?
A border wall is necessary to protect our opportunity for immigrants and citizens alike. We need to totally overhaul our immigration system with labor-based solutions and immigration quotas that help our nation avoid discrimination over ethnicity.

18. In what ways does the United States of today resemble the U.S.S.R. and Nazi regimes of yesteryear?
First of all, we basically just have one ruling party. If you do not vote for the Communist party or Communist-lite party then you are weird and useless. Second, our federal governmennt runs our lives. We are not allowed to have inexpensive light bulbs and televisions because of federal laws that are unconstitutional and anti-capitalistic. Finally, government involvement is taken for granted in this country and if you question government ideas like light rail and people’s stadiums you are dumb!

19. How would you combat the very pervasive politics of fear that have overtaken the U.S. today?
The most tyrannical governments rule by fearmongering and then providing solutions to the problems that are really not that detrimental. Government needs fear to control its subjects. However, many politicians are very successful at calm-mongering, especially after the government “solves” the problems.

20. Should the U.S. register all Muslims  within its borders, keep track of their movements, and prohibit any more Muslims from immigrating to the States?


The USA should not monitor its citizens’ private lives in any way, shape, or form, without a consitutionally-binding warrant for each person being monitored. Any monitoring of American citizen activity without a warrant should put government officials in jail.
However, the states should monitor all immigants until they become full citizens. We can solve all immigration problems by requiring all imigrants to have jobs when they enter the nation. Plus, the best, kindest solution is immigration quotas. The great Dwight D. Eisenhower had immigration quotas and they worked wonders in the 1950s. The tyrant, Lyndon B. Johnson, took away the quotas. Quotas would be a great way to decrease numbers when certain parts of the world are producing too many terrorists. We could also increase numbers as immigrants are successful businessmen and businesswomen.

Interview with Contributing Editor Aaron M. Fugate

Happy Thanksgiving!

Senior Editor Benjamin Fugate interviewed his brother and fellow conservative Aaron Fugate, the author of Overcomers, a novel about two people called to protect a nation from chaos. Here is the interview in its entirety:

1. What is the meaning of Thanksgiving to you?
 
Thanksgiving is a day to slow down, look back, and remember the good things that the Lord has done for us this year.
 
2. What is the meaning of Christmas to you?
 
Christmas is a day to slow down, look back, remember the gift of Christ to us, and praise the Lord for redemption.
 
3. Which parts of the message of Scriptures are being ignored by mainstream Christianity today?
 
A lot of what defines the character of God is being forgotten by the church today. In American Christianity, we tend to have an idea that we can shape God into and image that we like and can live with, but this is patently false. God is not just Whoever you want Him to be. His character is clearly defined in Scripture and is immutable.
 
4. What do you think of the upcoming Trump presidency?
 
I think that Donald Trump will expand the power of the federal government beyond anything we've ever seen and advance the cause of white supremacists in America for years to come.
 
5. Which of Trump's plans are you pleased to see him work on?
 
Really, none. Nothing of Trump's platform conforms to the Republican agenda from 2001-2015. The Republican party has sacrificed everything that they fought for the last fifteen years just to put a liberal in the White House.
 
6. What disappoints you about President-elect Trump?
 
He has consistently proven to be untrustworthy to control his mouth (let alone lead a nation) and supports taking away freedoms from people simply because the worship differently from him.
 
7. What stunned you the most about the 2016 election?
 
That Trump won. He really connected with the heartland of America, which is something that the Democrat party must examine in order to compete in the next election cycle.
 
8. How should Christians respond to the Trump presidency?
 
With faith in God and a desire to search the scriptures to see how to live godly in a godless world. We must also reach out in solidarity to religious groups who are seeing their rights threatened (without compromising our theology) because our rights could very well be the next to go.
 
9. In what direction should conservatives move now?
 
Away from Trump, and if necessary, away from the United States altogether. We must not compromise on our principles for political gain. We have a unique opportunity to define our message and promote our brand of inclusive Conservatism.
 
10. What are some of your solutions for reform in America?
 
We must come together from all walks of life and all ideologies to promote a conservative consensus agenda for bettering life for all Americans.
 
11. Is America ripe for a revival?
 
No, but individual American Christians may be in a better position to come back to God.
 
12. Who will be the 46th President of the United States?
 
Muriel Bowser.
 
13. Who will win the Super Bowl?
 
The New York Giants.
 
14. Which baseball curse will be broken next?
 
The Cincinnati Reds' 26-year World Series drought.
 
15. What solutions do you propose for professional sports?
 
Competition. The big sports leagues need to be forced to improve their product by having other leagues compete with them.
 
16. How can fundamentalist churches grow in this century?
 
By holding firm to the truth of the Bible and working harder than ever before to reach the world around us and disciple Christians.
 
17. Who is the cutest child in the world?
 
It's a three-way tie among Lucas, Jason, and Nicolas Anderson.
 
18. Why should people read your book?
 
My book is the result of a lot of hard work on my part and it is the outpouring of my heart in story form. It is also a compelling, exciting tale of adventure, daring, and intrigue.
 
19. How would you explain the gospel to an unsaved person?
 
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10
 
20. How else can the church glorify God today?
 
By worshipping him in a biblical and reverent manner.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Comments on the latest news

Here are some facts and opinions on the latest news in the country of the USA:
  1. Opinion based on fact: Shooting someone five times is rarely necessary, especially when that person stops being a threat after a couple of shots, if he ever was a threat.
  2. Fact: Retaliation violence is never the answer. 
  3. Fact: Federal investigations are rarely necessary. We have state Attorney Generals and special prosecutors for these situations.
  4. Opinion: If you do not trust the government, then do not protest at the governor's house for justice. Instead, hire a lawyer and a private investigator to look into this incident. 
  5. Fact: This country does have many factions and fringe groups. Division will always be present when 320 million are in view. Pushing for an unity is dangerous, if not impossible. For example, after 9/11, the "United we stand" movement turned people away from God.
  6. Fact: You will never get this many people to agree on major policies unless you are Christ or the Anti-Christ. 
  7. Fact: All humans are of one race. When you kill a black-skinned person, you are killing one of my relatives.
  8. Fact: Everyone who has a tragedy in his/her family needs compassion and comfort. 
  9. Fact: We all need prayer and everyone needs the Savior, Jesus Christ. 
  10. Fact: Bible-believing churches have open doors to all people to attend any service or to seek counsel and comfort. 
  11. Fact: I do not have enough hours in the day to cry for everyone and their lost loved ones. But I do have time to pray for you.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

NBA Playoffs Predictions 2016

Lost Lake Tribune 2016 NBA Playoff Picks

Eastern Conference 
Cavaliers in 6 over Pistons
Pacers in 6 over Raptors
Heat in 7 over Hornets
Celtics in 6 over Hawks

Semifinals:
Cavaliers in 7 over Celtics
Heat in 5 over Pacers

Finals:
Cavaliers in 5 over Heat

Western Conference 
Warriors in 5 over Rockets
Spurs in 4 over Grizzlies
Trail Blazers in 7 over Thunder
Mavericks in 5 over Clippers

Semifinals
Warriors in 5 over Mavericks
Spurs in 6 over Trail Blazers

Finals:
Warriors in 7 over Spurs

NBA FINALS:
Warriors 4 games to Cavaliers 1 game
Finals MVP: Steph Curry

Note: I want to pick the Raptors to win the East, but they are playing my beloved Pacers!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#StandWithNC



In a Nation such as ours where we have voiced that we are "One Nation Under God." to allow an ordinance to take place in which allows men full access to any female public accommodations such as bathrooms in local businesses, restaurants, and school locker rooms and showers, sounds ridiculous. Why? Because a law being passed that contradicts the already established Ordinance Of which, God created both Male and Female. should not be changed for any reason. Sounding a bit strong and controversial right? Well,it is controversial. Because  within this ordinance lies a "safety issue." 

Yes! I said a safety issue. Did you know, evidence shows that bathrooms are one of the most prevalent places in which sexual assault and rape occur? creating an ordinance such as this one violates the right to privacy, causing a very high risk of increasing sexual assault.

On March 23, 2016 the General Assembly of the State Legislation of North Carolina held a "special session". A session is which elected officials, including the Governor NC. came together to put to vote on a proposed  bill that would rule against the Charlotte Bathroom Ordinance. I sat in on that session. After listening from public comments of both sides, as well as from our own elected officials, over this bill;  I as Christian, and as an Individual, NC citizen, am against the very idea that Men should have access to any accommodations that are strictly for the female gender. Because its common sense.and if the common sense makes sense, then seek no other sense.  Furthermore it's wrong to change something that has already been established and ordained By God. in order to "comply" with the culture around us. many of you that maybe reading this might agree/disagree with what i have shared. if you don't totally agree, you have that right. But at least i hope i have given some insight to  how far away our nation  as a whole has drifted further away from the Morals and beliefs of which our founding fathers had. Godly Morals for which they stood and fought for. laws being passed by any groups of individuals, that are harmful to both women and children should not be allowed to ever become in effect. Yes there is freedom of speech, but the right to freedom of speech should not be used loosely. Neither should it be neglected or tossed aside.

Lost Lake Tribune's North Carolina Editor, Bobby Anderson




Monday, March 21, 2016

LLT Sports Roundup

by Guest Editor Aaron M. Fugate

Madness is upon us! The NCAA Tournament has busted more brackets than ever before and provided many last-minute heroics. One of the most exciting games happened just last night. The University of Northern Iowa may be responsible for the worst collapse in Tournament history.

The question has been asked whether the game was a great choke or a great comeback. Let me make the case for the former. A&M was the right team in the right place. UNI may have had the worst clock management ever. Let's run through it. The whole last minute + 2 OTs were just atrocious. 4 turnovers in the last 44 seconds. Players who couldn't even inbound or throw the ball off an opponent out of bounds. Inbounders not moving along the baseline. Guys not moving or getting open to help out a teammate being trapped.

20 seconds to go in regulation, they finally throw it long and a man gets open. But instead of wasting clock, he heads straight for the hoop. Had he wasted two seconds, A&M wouldn't have had enough time to come back. Even the points he got were no good. He could have just as easily made them up after a few seconds and a foul.

End of 1st overtime, tie game... UNI opts not to go 2 for 1. Yes, the three went down, but your chances are much better with a quick score than with a three from a guy who hasn't scored all day. Play for the last shot.

Speaking of last shots, there were 4 seconds (four seconds!) left and the UNI player heaves up a desperation three from Tulsa. Pass the ball! Get it to someone who can take a better shot!

Finally, in 2OT, the last two-pointer they missed was just dumb. Why not pass the ball to someone who can take a better shot? Don't force up a terrible look. Bad ball movement will kill you.

I'm no Aggies fan, but I was glad to see them pull it out when the zebras were against them. It seemed for a while that they were letting 'em play under the Aggies' hoop, which is fine for the the situation, but they sure were calling touchy fouls in UNI's favor on the other end. Looked like the refs wanted the crazy upset to happen to make March Madness more interesting. Wonder how common that is. It sure isn't necessary.

All in all, we saw a team that knew nothing of how to close with a big lead. We may have seen the worst choke ever in college sports -- certainly the worst clock management in a very, very long time.

And did you see John Calipari getting outcoached by Tom Crean in the IU-Kentucky game? That was embarrassing for Coach Cheatipari. Crean adjusted to the pressure on his best player and the injury to Robert Johnson. Calipari didn't adjust to IU's defense and that cost his team the game. IU is a dangerous team that has been improving all year. Look for them to challenge and maybe upset UNC later this week.
In the NFL, many rule changes are being proposed, but none of them are addressing the real issues. The list of proposed changes is here. The things that aren't being proposed are absolutely atrocious. NO fix for the catch rule. NO fix for the fumble-through-the-endzone rule (the offense should keep possession of a ball fumbled through the EZ. Anywhere else on the field, the defense has to control the ball inbounds, but not in the endzone? Makes no sense.) NO fix to the ridiculous overtime rules (just play an extra quarter!). And suggesting that touchbanks on kickoffs be moved to the 25? Absurd. Let's define what a catch is, let's change the fumble possession rule, let's have a fair overtime, and let's have real kickoff returns again. Otherwise it's time to move on from the NFL. It needs competition anyway.
In Major League Baseball, former pitcher and current washed-up madman Goose Gossage has been in the news lately for saying that a classy man like toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was a "disgrace to the game" for his famous bat flip in the AL Wild Card round against the Rangers last year. Boston Red Sox Designated Walker and Home Run Hitter David Ortiz had some smart things to say about the controversy, from CBS Sports' Eye on Baseball:
“When a power hitter does a bat flip, you don't hurt nobody. If I hit a homer, did a bat flip, threw it in the stands and break a couple of people's heads, I understand. But that's not what it is,” he added. “When you see a pitcher do a fist pump when they strike out any one of us, or jumping on the mound, I don't see anybody talking about that. Nobody's talking about that. Act the same way when we do a bat flip. It's emotion. It is, ‘I got you.' Just like a pitcher does, ‘I got you,' when they strike [you] out. As a hitter, I don't mind. You got myself out? Good for you. They work hard to do [that]. But when I get you, good for me. Period.”
 I've long felt this way. If you hit a home run, make a slam dunk, catch/rush for a touchdown, win a Grand Slam, or score a goal, you've earned the right to celebrate (not excessively, but still. The problem is with guys who celebrate routine plays that they should be making. Bautista's bat flip is not the problem). Especially in the playoffs. I'm glad Ortiz spoke up and said this, because Goose Gossage should not be the prevailing voice on baseball etiquette.

Well, there it is! Your LLT Sports Roundup for 3/21/16. Enjoy the madness!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Alert: New Blog for Guest Editor Aaron M. Fugate!

I am happy to report that I now have my own blog. I will still contribute to the LLT occasionally, but most of my posts can be found at www.hoosier-sconnie.com from now on.

Guest Editor Aaron M. Fugate

Society and Double Standards, Part 2 & Primary Thoughts

Click here for a link to my podcast, which is part 2 of my blog from last week and some thoughts on the Republican primaries.

Guest Editor Aaron M. Fugate

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Society and Double Standards

a column by Guest Editor Aaron M. Fugate

The views expressed herein may or may not be those of Senior Editor, Ben Fugate.

In case you (somehow) missed it, yesterday was International Women's Day.

I have been blessed to have had many godly female influences in my life, including my mother, sister, grandmothers, aunts, and others. In modeling godly womanhood, they have helped to teach me to a better man.

Unfortunately, most women these days are faced with a roadblock in the way to achieving the opportunity to influence others they way the women in my life have helped to shape me.

This roadblock is called feminism.

Of course you ask (and if you aren't asking this right now, you'll have to forgive me, as I can't read minds), "How is feminism inhibiting women from being all that they can be? I thought feminism was made for the purpose of empowering women?"

Newsflash: Feminism isn't about empowering women. It's about women controlling other women.

A common criticism of feminism is that it is more about hating and degrading men than it is about lifting up women. While this is true, I don't find it to be the worst thing about the movement. The worst thing about feminism is that it sends myriad mixed messages to women.

Feminism tells women You can do anything you want to -- unless it's homemaking, of course. If you're raising a family, you're doing womanhood wrong. In fact, if you're not a CEO making just as much as men, you're probably not fulfilling your potential.

This is utter bunk. Ask any woman who has raised a family well -- there is no higher calling than being a mother. Being a mother does not mean that you aren't successful. Success isn't judged by the money you make or the number of lives you change. Absolutely nothing is lacking from the life of the woman who "only" raises her children up in the truth. This isn't to say that women can't or shouldn't be CEOs, just that your family should be your first priority if you have one. This goes for fathers as well. No man who has a family should forsake time with them in pursuit of the dollar. (See? Equality.) And honestly, being a CEO likely isn't all it's cracked up to be. Doing what you ought to be doing with your life, not what feminists tell you you ought to do, is more fulfilling than anything else. I mean, I'd gladly have a family of my own instead of all the money that I have. Haha, I'm just kidding. I don't have money.

Feminists also laud promiscuity. (I'm not going to get into the whole Chloe-Grace Moretz vs. Kim Kardashian thing here, but this kinda has to do with that). They say If a woman wants to be promiscuous, let her. No one should tell her what she can or can't do. At the same time, don't let anyone acknowledge that you are promiscuous. No one should be able to say that you're doing the wrong thing. Not that promiscuity is wrong, but those who say it is are wrong. I mean, they're correct, but not right.

Sound confusing? Try being a woman and being inundated with these messages every day

If feminism is good for women, let feminists answer these simple questions:

If promiscuity is OK, then why is simply acknowledging a woman's promiscuity "shaming" her? You can't be shamed for doing something good. If you admit that calling a woman promiscuous is shaming her, then you acknowledge that promiscuity is shameful.

Second, if you say that immodesty has nothing to do with promiscuity, that a woman can be immodest but not promiscuous, then why do those point out immodesty get accused of shaming promiscuity as well?

Go ahead and explain these, feminists. I'll wait.

Feminists are intent on making all female characters in media as dangerous, driven, and desperate as possible. They have to be independent. They can't possibly need a man, or want to raise a family. 

Thankfully, books are being written that present women who are real -- because the female characters are based on real women, not feminist ideals. One such book is my own. (Yes, this is a shameless ad for my book, because book sales are low and I have rent payments to make. Also, I'd like to finish saving for a new used car before I'm 40.) Overcomers is a book you need to read to find realistic portrayals of women in current media.

One last question for the feminists: If no man should be able to tell a woman what to do, why is it OK for women to tell other women what to do and think?

Women today, especially impressionable young women (and young men are impressionable, too. Don't start.) are told how to think by women. They are told that if they don't let feminism define them, they're surrendering to a patriarchal society. However, if you do let feminism define you, you'll be confused very quickly. I believe feminism is intentionally confusing so that it is less defined. If it were more defined in its beliefs and objectives, it would be easier to take down. As it is, it's all over the map and is thus harder to combat. Feminism is about control, like I said earlier. If you can tell women how to think, you can control them. And many women let feminism tell them what to think because they've been told so long that it empowers them

Women, you don't need feminism to empower you. You are already strong if you find your strength in Jesus Christ.

Thankfully, many women see through the error of feminism and don't let it shape their worldview.

I thank these women for their example.

And now I must go. I have pizza to eat.

Aaron M. Fugate

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Response to Aaron M. Fugate, the Republicans, the Democrats, and the Americans!

Have we had enough of the American experiment? I honestly hope so. The American experiment is failing the American people. Trillions of hard-earned dollars are stolen from the hardest-working Americans every year and then spent by Washington, Sacramento, Austin, Tallahassee, Albany, Springfield, etc. This money is wasted to fund wars we will never win, Seniors who will still need more income, welfare recipients who can work almost any entry-level position available, research projects that will never enhance quality of life, transit projects that create more congestion, and on nations that hate the very existence of America except when it comes to the money they steal from us. 

When the U.S. Constitution was signed, our Founding Fathers attempted to build a small government that promoted moral, social, religious, fiscal, and political conservativism (not Tory Conservativism). The Founding Fathers pushed for protection of the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, private property, the indiscriminate justice system, and individual conscience. Now it is illegal to say things that are politically uncorrect, we are not allowed to act upon your religious beliefs, we have to rent our real estate from the government, hate crimes make justice look at the victim instead of at the crime, and our consciences are being burned to a crisp by pop culture. If Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Henry came back from the dead today they would raise up a Continental Army to defeat the forces of President Barack Obama, Gov. Jerry Brown, and all the other elected tyrants of this country. The legislation that passes today would make King George III and the 18th-Century Parliament blush!

What does this mean for the election of 2016? There are two criminals running for President who have the nominations all but sewn up. With a few more victories on Saturday, Mr. Donald Trump and Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton will represent their respective political parties. It is like choosing being Thing One and Thing Two. On one side there is a man that has broken vows with two wives, has supported abortion multiple times, is a staunch supporter of same-sex unions, is a ruthless dictator, and has enough bigoted statements to fill a three-hour radio program. Wait, which candidate was I talking about? Anyways, on nearly the same side is a woman who supported a rapist, adulterous president, who has pushed for abortion limits to be lifted, had no plan to save four ambassadors in Libya, and broke the law by leaving thousands of e-mails available to even the most amateur of hackers. In 2016, that is the choice that 320 Millions Americans have to rule over them for at least 4 years! If I had predicted this about a year ago, you would have laughed me to my face! Thankfully, there are several governors, many legislators, the entire Congress, and one-third of the US Senate up for grabs as well. As far as I am concerned, Americans should vote on all other races and leave the presidential circles empty. Maybe, a conservative Senators, Congressmen, governors, and legislators will provide a counterweight to the fourth most liberal President ever (behind BHO, LBJ, and FDR). 

There is one other solution. This would be for all the true Republican presidential candidates (except for Sen. Rafael Edward Cruz) to pull out of the primary race (if they have not already) and put all their support and delegates (if allowed) to work for Ted Cruz. Then Cruz should promise to have Rubio as his running-mate and take the fight for the nomination all the way to Cleveland! This is not 1976 when Reagan forced Ford to have a convention vote, but the only chance to have something similar is for all Americans to vote for Ted Cruz in the primary and in the General Election! It is sad that I have to support two ineligible candidates for President and Vice President just to make sure that America has a good "leader". 
With much reservation and warning, I support Texas Senator Rafael Edward Cruz for President of the United States. 
However, I will not be voting for Cruz or Rubio because there are major issues with the eligibility of both candidates.
What are your thoughts? Is there another solution? Is there any way to explain the issues with Cruz' and Rubio's eligibility problems? Who will win the nominations? All these questions are for you to answer!

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Editorial: My Endorsement for President in 2016

a column by Guest Editor Aaron M. Fugate
The views expressed herein may or may not be those of Senior Editor, Ben Fugate.

As guest editor of this influential blog, I have come to recognize that I have a distinct privilege: I have the platform necessary to endorse a candidate for President.

I do not take this opportunity and the responsibility associated with it lightly. This has not been a quick decision for me and even as of 7PM yesterday evening, I was not convinced of my selection. But I have done my homework and am confident in my choice.

I have chosen to endorse John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, for President.

As Governor, John Kasich oversaw a great economic boom in his state. He has consistently supplied the state of Ohio with common-sense solutions for its issues.

John Kasich, most importantly, has executive experience, which no other current candidate has. He has experience balancing a budget. He has a track record of cutting taxes and stimulating the Ohio economy.

John Kasich has been a ruthless enemy of Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion advocates for his entire tenure in office. He has made abortions extremely difficult to get in Ohio, and ultrasounds mandatory before most abortions.

Kasich may be seen as somewhat of a moderate in his party, but he is not tainted by the fleeting special interests of the tea party and he is conservative where it counts. In fact, liberals in his state and across the nation have long recognized Kasich as an enemy who is not sympathetic to their causes.

Kasich has the most executive experience of any Republican candidate remaining. He is not a flawless candidate, like Scott Walker, but he doesn't have to be perfect. His few shortcomings can be made up by a conservative Congress.

John Kasich is not a response to anyone, like Obama was to Bush, Trump is to Obama, and Rubio is to Trump. Kasich may be seen as a moderate, but voting for him is not settling like we were forced to do with McCain and Romney.

America is a nation in distress, meeting a crossroads; we need a Governor for this crucial time. Vote for John Kasich for President!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Thoughts on the Supreme Court "Opening"

For those who think that the Supreme Court opening should be filled immediately by a President Obama appointee, please remember that the Supreme Court is not required to have NINE justices. The only requirement is an ODD number.

For years, SCotUS had seven justices. It was President FDR who threatened to keep adding justices to the Supreme Court until he got what he wanted.
The Supreme Court has been ruling outside of its Constitutional bounds for years, that is why Scalia was the best SCotUS justice in over 100 years! Scalia made every attempt to keep the court inside its Constitutional mandate.
The Senate has every right to deny President Obama's appointees to any court opening. Three of the last four Republican presidents had appointees denied including Reagan and Nixon having multiple appointees declined. No one batted an eye when Harriet Myers pulled back her nomination on her own accord. Thankfully, Bush 43 appointed Alito, another solid justice.
If you think that we must obey King Obama and give confirm his appointee,  me suggest this compromise: How about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the most liberal justice since the Warren court, and the oldest justice also step down after SCotUS goes in recess this July. Then, President Obama may have ONE appointee and the next president can fill the other "opening".

The best solution would be to disband the Supreme Court altogether. The Supreme Court along with other USA judges and courts were created to rule ON CRIMINAL cases not on the constutionality of state and federal laws. We DO NOT need the Supreme Court. We need a Congress, a President, 50 governors, 50 legislatures, and 320 million Americans worshipping God according to the Scriptures!

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