18 December 2012

Not Much of a Warmup

It was -12 when we went to bed last night, but only -4 this morning. At least there's the prospect of getting above zero today ... that's a nice change of pace.

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I see where the "gimme a warm fuzzy" crowd organized candle-light vigils "for the victims of the Connecticut shooting" in Anchorage & Palmer (a town to the north of here). Could someone please explain to me how lighting a candle will help those folks some 4,000 miles away?

Didn't think so.

It only serves to make said "warm fuzzy" crowd feel better about themselves. And I'm sure that remark will probably upset some folks.  Truth is often painful; too bad.

I also see where the head of Anchorage schools is reviewing campus security. Now that's helpful.

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School attack unlikely to change Alaska delegation's opposition to assault weapons ban. Good. It's not about firearms; it's about neglecting the mental health of troubled youths.

I refuse to surrender my God-given, unalienable rights because some nutjob stole guns and then murdered those people. I haven't done anything wrong, and will NOT accept punishment because someone else broke the law.

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The biggest story in local news is that a large downtown bar/nightclub has closed due to political opposition to the renewing of its liquor license. Said bar leads the list of violent acts/crimes, with 27 in the last five years (per the local newspaper). I'm sorry for those who have lost their jobs during the holidays, but the bar itself? Not so much.

That's enough for this morning. 


Matt said...

I've never understood the candle thing as well. It seems rather shallow to me, especially when it's advertised that the candle lighting is the only thing happening.

Even when Christ died, the Apostles didn't light candles (at least for that reason). No, those boys did what we should probably do. They went fishing.

But, I'm not much on fishing.

I'll stick to prayer.

Max said...

How dare you say it's not about firearms, haven't you listened to, read, or watched the news at all?

I just wish the NRA would stop the silent treatment. It's getting old.

ProudHillbilly said...

As someone else pointed out, at the same time one person with a gun was doing evil, about 94,000,000 gun owners were not.

Rev. Paul said...

Matt, understood. And prayer is the most powerful tool we have, so go for it.

Max, I say it precisely because I watched the news and heard the empty-headed progressives parroting their old lies about "evil" guns ... but you knew that. :) And yeah, the NRA has already waited a day too long.

PH, that's exactly correct. Well said.

Old NFO said...

Rev- Can't call the exact scripture to mind, but wasn't there one about public prayer and hypocrisy in Matthew 6?

Rev. Paul said...

Old NFO, you mean Matthew 6:1-6 -

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."