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Thursday, July 26th, 2007 | Author:

It is as simple as applying the Bible to the problem. Let them marry!

Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?”  -1 Corinthians 9:5

Cephas is Peter after all. They claim that Peter was the first pope. Even if he was,  I don’t believe that this can be proved, he was married! If the pope was married, then let the priests and nuns marry. That is, after all, the biblical thing to do.

Sometimes the answer is just laying right there in front of us. Just think of how many young lives could have been spared a lifetime of agony if the leaders had followed the simple teachings of the Bible rather than church traditions.

The homosexual molestation side of things, that is a topic for a future blog.

Ike

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 | Author:

One day, one decision turned the life of Adolph Hitler to a new direction that the world will regret throughout history. Adolph was an artist and had great expectations of becoming an accomplished artist. I saw a documentary that dealt with his life and this was included in their comments. They showed the pictures that he had painted and I thought that they were quite good. He applied to a prestigious art school but they chose to turn him down, He was infuriated with their decision and this turned his life away from a peaceful direction to one that made him famous too. This one cost millions of people’s lives. The world would have been much better off with his art, no matter how good or bad it was.
The moral of the story is that we should be careful in making choices that affect other people’s lives.

Ike

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Friday, July 13th, 2007 | Author:

It seems like our thought police are at it again. The new hate crimes legislation is being forced through the congress even now. The vote will come up in just a couple of days. Every time we turn around we seem to have our freedoms in the crosshairs of liberals from both sides of the aisle.
I have lived sixty years now in this great nation and proudly served in our military during the Viet Nam War. I am getting very bugged over what I see and hear daily. They named this bill after Matthew Shepard, the gay man who was beaten to death by violent men. Why name it after him though? I agree that what was done to him was a godless act but at the same time what gays do to children is equally godless. I think that it would be good to represent the teen aged boy, who a few years ago, was raped by two gay men until he died and this is not the only case of this sort. Isn’t this a hate crime just as violent? As I remember, there was very little said about this violent crime. This is hypocrisy to the highest degree. According to research, only 0.8% of the American population calls themselves homosexual according to the last US census. This small, less than one percent group, is also responsible for 40% of all sexual molestation of our children. Why isn’t this area of hate crimes even mentioned. Why is this not included in this bill?
Anyone who dares remind our legislators that homosexuality is an abomination before Almighty God is treated with anger and hatred. This does not mean that folks who hold to God’s word hates anyone. The opposite is actually true. I am not including the evil deeds of protesting at a gay funeral. That is flat out sin. Love is the core of our God and it is the core of all true Christians. Protecting one sin leads to more sin against our innocent children. Children don’t seem to matter that much today, from the womb upwards. Nearly fifty million babies have been murdered in their mother’s wombs and our liberal brethren fight to keep it legal. Where are these wee folk represented in this legislation?
Folks, the next election will be the most important for many years. What honest, moral citizens do in the ballot box will determine the future of this great nation. You and I will be responsible for who will be elected and the consequences this will bring. It is interesting that the approval rate for congress right now is lower than it is for President Bush. This congress has done nothing but open investigations on minuscule issues and push horrible, rights stealing junk like this bill. We don’t need a favored group in our nation. “And justice for all,” is still legal as far as I know.
Take the time to express your feelings to our elected officials. When the heat  level comes up it pops sweat on the forehead. This brings instant results and things change for the better. Let’s light up the switchboards of those who lead the push on this legislation.
Our nation is in slipping into serious trouble and if things do not return to sanity we will see the bottom fall out and America will again go down. This could even bring another depression. God has ways of getting a nation’s attention but loves it when He doesn’t have to.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”      Proverbs 14:34

This issue is as serious as a heart attack. It is never popular to speak out boldly on such issues as this. This was a biblical issue long before it became a political one. It remains a moral issue no matter who disagrees. God ultimately has the last word on all things. My goal is to turn as many away from the consequences as possible since I truly love all people.

Ike

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Thursday, July 12th, 2007 | Author:

Dear friends,
I just wanted to make you aware of an issue that I am dealing with in my new city in Texas. Our library as well as libraries all over America, have a serious issue that must be dealt with. It deals with a policy that was set in place back when libraries were fully decent places to visit, before the introduction of trashy movies and books. Are you aware that underaged students can check out PG, PG 13, and R rated movies on an ordinary library card? If a child goes to the video store they are carded and will not be allowed to check out things that are above their age level. I feel that most libraries are not fully aware that this is happening but that is very much a wish more than it may be reality. There are many today who want to sexualize young children and this is a subtle way to get it started. Once sexual images are in their young minds it switches on their sexual interest button and it will remain on, as Dr. James Dobson points out.
Our local library, in a small city in Texas, has about 75% R rated movies on its shelves. These are ordered by the choice of the person who orders movies. It is probably the same in your library.  Take a look at the percentage in your library and it will surprise you.
Will you take the time to check your local library’s check out policies on this and see to it that it is changed. Two young girls worked to have this changed in our city in California a few years ago. The students are issues cards that allow them to check out materials appropriate to their age. Let’s protect out kids from trashy movies. Will you help? Thanks.

Ike

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Monday, July 09th, 2007 | Author:

It seems that dealing with government issues is on the back burner as the 2008 election fury heats up. Important issues are being tabled in order for candidates to sell themselves to the voters.
It bugs me to hear sound bites from the news media repeated verbatim by ordinary citizens and when quizzed about why they say this they collapse because they have no more ability to defend their adopted positions. I love listening to Michael Medved since he is masterful at doing this very thing. Callers come roaring at him with something they have heard a liberal say and when he begins to ask specific questions they fall apart and change the subject. Their mentors do the same thing before tv cameras where there is no one to ask the tough questions.
Have American citizens become so mindless as to accept everything they hear on television or read in newspapers as gospel truth? Bias is so thick that you can walk on it and it is the equivalent to telling lies and hoping ordinary people will just swallow it without ‘thinking’ about it first. Are we so lazy minded that we no longer check out statements to see if there is any accuracy in what was said? It would serve us well in this election year to remember some quotes from our founding fathers on elections and intellectual integrity. Here are just a few.

John Jay said concerning  electing the right people to high office, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

I remember a statement made by Barbara Boxer after the 1994 conservative sweep of both houses. She said we must see to it that no Christian be elected to congress. The effort to rid our country of God and His influence can and must be stopped. We must do everything necessary to protect our freedom of speech. The way to do this is to elect men and women who are moral, honest and humble to serve the American people and respect their desires. After all, they do pay the bills to keep this nation running. People who will respect the freedom of others to believe as they choose. Christians are commanded by God to do this.

“ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
–John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”                                            October 11, 1798

If we choose to elect the godless and arrogant to high office then our system of government will be inadequate  to carry out the will of the people and will ultimately collapse. Are we so foolish as to believe that our way of life could be taken away from us? God is still in total control of the events of mankind.
We are a Republic form of government, not a Democracy. Republics are a will of the people government while a Democracy allows the most powerful to ride roughshod over the will of the people, as we have in many places today. Christianity is the only religion on earth that sets people free to follow God because of our love for Him rather than fall under the hand of religious brutality. Arrogant leaders desire only one thing: to rule over the people and thwart their will by demanding obedience to their will. Nero, Caligula, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein and others like them stand out in history as some of the most brutal. These were godless men.“I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best Book in the world. It contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen.”
                                                                  December 25, 1813 letter to Thomas Jefferson

 

 

“Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.”                        John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, April 19, 1817In all the insanity of the coming months we need to remember upon what and upon whom this nation was founded. This is a Christian nation and it behooves us to elect Christians to govern us.

Ike

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Sunday, July 08th, 2007 | Author:

Evolution is in big trouble and yet some still cling to a sinking ship. This is the third in a series of blogs on evolution’s failure as quoted from evolutionary scientists and others who see its demise.

(Underlining and bold are for emphasis only)

“Eighty to eighty-five percent of earth’s land surface does not have even three geological periods appearing in ‘correct’ consecutive order it becomes an overall exercise of gargantuan special pleading and imagination for the evolutionary-uniformitarian paradigm to maintain that there ever were geologic periods”                                                                                        (John Woodmorappe, geologist).

“That a mindless, purposeless, chance process such as natural selection, acting on the sequels of recombinant DNA or random mutation, most of which are injurious or fatal, could fabricate such complexity and organization as the vertebrate eye, where each component part must carry out its own distinctive task in a harmoniously functioning optical unit, is inconceivable. The absence of transitional forms between the invertebrates’ retina and that of the vertebrates poses another difficulty. Here there is a great gulf fixed which remains inviolate with no seeming likelihood of ever being bridged. The total picture speaks of intelligent creative design of an infinitely high order”
                                            (H. S. Hamilton MD, The Retina of the Eye-An Evolutionary Road Block).

“My attempts to demonstrate evolution by an experiment carried on for more than 40 years have completely failed”                                                       (N. H. Nilson, famous botanist and evolutionist).

“None of five museum officials could offer a single example of a transitional series of fossilized organisms that would document the transformation of one basically different type to another”
                                                                                          (Luther Sunderland, science researcher).

“The entire hominid collection known today would barely cover a billiard table, but it has spawned a science because it is distinguished by two factors which inflate its apparent relevance far beyond its merits. First, the fossils hint at the ancestry of a supremely self-important animal-ourselves. Secondly, the collection is so tantalizingly incomplete, and the specimens themselves often so fragmented and inconclusive, that more can be said about what is missing than about what is present. Hence the amazing quantity of literature on the subject ever since Darwin’s work inspired the notion that fossils linking modern man and extinct ancestor would provide the most convincing proof of human evolution, preconceptions have led evidence by the nose in the study of fossil man”
(John Reader, “Whatever Happened to Zinjanthropus?” New Scientist, Vol. 89, No. 12446, March 26, 1981, pp. 802805).

“The evolutionist thesis has become more stringently unthinkable than ever before”
                                                                                                                 (Wolfgang Smith, Ph.D.)

“The only competing explanation for the order we all see in the biological world is the notion of Special Creation” (Niles Eldridge, Ph.D.., paleontologist and evolutionist, American Museum of Natural History)

“A growing number of respectable scientists are defecting from the evolutionist camp moreover, for the most part these ‘experts’ have abandoned Darwinism, not on the basis of religious faith or biblical persuasions, but on scientific grounds, and in some instances, regretfully”
                                                                     (Wolfgang Smith, Ph.D., physicist and mathematician)

“As yet we have not been able to track the phylogenetic history of a single group of modern plants from its beginning to the present. The more scientists have searched for the transitional forms that lie between species, the more they have been frustrated”
(John Adler with John Carey: “Is Man a Subtle Accident,” Newsweek, Vol. 96, No. 18, November 3, 1980, p. 95).

“Despite the bright promise that paleontology provides means of ‘seeing’ Evolution, it has provided some nasty difficulties for evolutionists, the most notorious of which is the presence of ‘gaps‘ in the fossil record. Evolution requires intermediate forms between species and paleontology does not provide them” (David Kitts, Ph.D., “Paleontology and Evolutionary Theory,” Evolution, Vol. 28, Sep. 1974, p. 467).

Well, I find this very mind blowing! Darwin said that if the theory had not been proven by his death, it was probably wrong.

What new theory will replace evolution. My guess is that outer space life forms did it. One actual theory of how life began was that a ‘germ’ traveling on a meteorite hit the earth and popped off and began life on earth.
QUESTION: How could a germ survive the entry heat of a meteroite? The lengths some will go to sell a theory.

Ike

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Sunday, July 08th, 2007 | Author:

There are lots of oxymorons in our language. In case you don’t know what an oxymoron is, they are total contradictions in terms. Note only a few.

Giant Shrimp: A shrimp is thought of as a small thing yet they call this one giant.

Planned Parenthood: The only thing that this group plans is to prevent parenthood.

No, Lord!: This one is the biggest of all. How can we call Him Lord and tell Him NO about anything He commands us to do?

Just a few musings.  

Ike

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Wednesday, July 04th, 2007 | Author:

I am very surprised today at the new media buzzwords. Somehow they expect their ‘ignorant public’ to swallow their new buzzwords without examination since, after all, they said it! The media seems to be very active in dividing people, not in bringing them together. You’d think that they must have some kind of an agenda, wouldn’t you?

Homophobia is such a word. What they want to convey by this NONSENSICAL word is that anyone who disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle, including God, is an obvious hater of homosexuals. Unfortunately, their one word fits all is bogus and so is their new buzzword. There are always haters on both sides of a hot issue, but not all are this narrow minded.

Homo means same.  Phobia means fear. Homo is a prefix that is used in many words.

Homogenized for instance or homologous or hemostasis just to name a few.

Put them homo and phobia together and you end up with a fear of sameness. What is that supposed to mean? If you have an all girl softball team, all the girls would be afraid of each other because they are all the same, females.
A den of cub scouts would work out the same as well as football teams and women’s and men’s groups.
Personally, I am not afraid of sameness. Sameness makes a great army, sports team, retreats, fishing buddies and many other groups..

What I am trying to point out here is the “new buzzword maker” blew it royally. They must have failed English grammar in school. I get offended every time I hear this stupid word. It is an attempt to slander anyone who believes that homosexuality is a sin, which the Bible clearly says that it is. It also names thousands of other sins.

Remember God’s destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah?  Genesis 19 tells the whole story and Romans 1:24-32 is printed as follows. 

“Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

These verses reveal the truth from God’s own lips and should be a warning to all who disobey them. But I hasten to say that God hates the sin not the person. Some will try to deny that these verses deal with homosexuality but if you just read it there is no doubt. Denying it will not take away the consequences after we die. The list of sins is long that casts one into Hell. God wants His creation to believe the truth, not lies. The truth is not about putting people down or hate speech. It is about God’s love for all human beings. Note His ultimate purpose. Could we accuse our doctor of hate speech when he or she tells us that we have a deadly disease and that we will die if we don’t take immediate action? That would be ridiculous. Note God’s true feelings about people.

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”                                         2 Peter 3:9

Repentance simply means doing a 180 and going the other way, away from sin. All human beings are precious to God and He desires to forgive all people of their sins and to make them a part of His forever family. The tragedy is that this has become a media circus and those in the homosexual lifestyle, like any other persons committing sin, have been pushed into the corner and told to fight it out since this makes good “film at 11.” Many gays have turned to God and He has forgiven them and they are now living lives that please Him. I can say without any doubt that I love all people as God has commanded me and all Christians to do. It is really tragic when so-called believers use degrading and slandering terms to strike out at homosexuals. Isn’t it time for all people to stop calling names and to enter into an honoring dialogue so that we can listen and speak the way we were made to do? What would Jesus do if He met a sinner face to face? Would He just ignore them? NO WAY!  Talking it out is always preferable to taking it out. If we actually started talking it out what would the media have to show on their talk shows and news programs?So, the next time you hear HOMOPHOBIC you will remember our little ‘find the definition’ illustration and throw this hateful word where it belongs, in the ashheep of history. Someone has wisely said, “You never lift people up by putting them down.” “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”                                                                                John 3:16

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL OF YOU.

Pastor Ike

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Tuesday, July 03rd, 2007 | Author:

I was thinking the other day about Hollywood movie actors. They are an interesting lot as they play the roles of real heroes. It struck me odd that often the only image that people get of the Wright brothers, Charles Lindberg, Chuck Yeager, Anne Franke, missionaries, business people, astronauts etc. etc. is the one from the silver screen. Did it really happen the way it is depicted? Was it as explosive, dynamic and filled with thrills as we have been led to believe? We have all see overgrown musclemen, attractive women play the roles of people who were real life heroes as they faced firing squads, burning at the stake, alligator infested jungle rivers, spies, terrorists and teachers who actually lived the life and may not have even caught our attention if we had seen them at the market. Someone has wisely said that a hero is one who stayed at it just five minutes longer than the ones who gave up trying. Hollywood’s definition of a hero is quite different from reality. I am sure that the definition of a hero is one who does something heroic to save lives or help someone else and can never qualify one who is injured or has a disease of their own.
My family watched a really old movie tonight about Pierre and Marie Curie and their search for the radical new element Radium. The story unfolds as the two meet and marry then go on for the next five years working in the most miserable conditions imaginable as they smelt eight tons of ore by hand into a stain on the bottom of a test dish. It is so telling as the actors show the agony and ultimately the ecstasy when Radium is finally shown to be real. Their contribution to science changed most of what the world knew about science at the time. Radiation to treat cancer and nuclear powered ships came out of this pair’s dogged stubbornness to find a breakthrough. Millions of other unsung heroes labor in some part of the world tonight keeping the peace, saving lives in an emergency room, capturing a murderer or rapist, guarding violent prisoners as they pay their debt to society for some vicious crime against society.
I know that telling such a story is rewarding for many actors but it is certainly not the same as having lived it out in real life. I troubles me that often we become enamored with Hollywood actors and they seem to get the glory for discovery, exploration, battleground victories and life saving when many if not most of these folks never faced a crisis in their lifetime. Stunt men and women do a lot for their images also. Being driven home by their chauffeur is the most dangerous thing of their day. I often quip that people who do talk shows and tell the news would be out of a job if someone, somewhere didn’t do something for them to talk about. Sports casters seem to be the hero when they never even break a sweat.
Can you imagine Chuck Yeager, on October 14, 1947, in the Bell X-1 aircraft as he was propelled through the air by rocket engines, flying into what, up to this point, had been something that had killed all who tried it before him? When the sonic boom occurred that historic morning, those on the ground simply got ready for another funeral at a cemetery that held the bodies of many test pilots who never became famous. History tells us that there would not be another funeral that day but a real life champion had been where no man had gone before.
Isn’t it time to put this hero vs. actor in its place? People go gaga over an actor that they happen to see in public while walking right past real life heroes every day. They wear a variety of uniforms but we often fail to see greatness as we brush right by them.
I remember when Christopher Reeves, who played Superman, fell from his horse and broke his neck. Because he was a famous actor the press immediately called him a hero. What he did is what many unnamed people have done throughout history he simply fell off his horse and broke his spine leaving him paralyzed. What is heroic about this? I think the term “Hero” needs to be used more selectively. The military men and women who rescued Jessica Lynch from Iraqi forces should hold that title without question. California Highway Patrol officers, police and fire folks who save lives and rescue people from horrendous situations every day often go unnoticed. Mountain rescue teams, the Coast Guard and many other organizations prove their place of respect every day without notice unless an emergency happens. By the way, when did you last stop a public servant and thank them for being out there on the job? I do this often as I have walked in their shoes in time past and I know what a thankless job they do every day. Ever thank a cop for giving you a speeding ticket? He or she might have saved your life by doing so.
A hero of mine is the man who led me to eternal salvation by telling me about Jesus Christ. He took the time to care about a lost businessman who was without spiritual direction and feeling totally empty inside. He made the effort to prepare one more evangelistic sermon, chose to offer an invitation to believe in the Savior even on a Sunday evening service when it was just usually the Christians who showed up for this time together.
Well, these are just a few of an old man’s musings but I thought you might be interested in them. I hope that the Lord has touched your heart tonight as we took a look at real life heroes and I hope that we were all  prompted in our hearts to take a moment to thank God and them for making a difference in our lives. You just never know but what tomorrow could furnish you an opportunity to be a hero to a very needy someone. Just keep doing the best you can and even if you never are discovered by those around you just remember that God sees everything done to make life a little better for those who brush shoulders with you every day.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”           Galatians 6:9

P.S.  Heroes love it when we thank them, so take the time to do it, even though it might embarrass them just a bit.

By the way, thanks Malcolm Gibson for telling me about Jesus. I love you brother.

May the Good Lord bless you and keep you forevermore.  

Ike

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Tuesday, July 03rd, 2007 | Author:

From early childhood I was taught to always tell the truth or there would be serious consequences. Does that mean that I never told a lie? By no stretch of the imagination! Even in childhood I was often caught in a spot and it seemed safer to tell a lie and avoid facing the music than to fess up and deal with my problem head on. I not only had to face the music for whatever I had done but now for telling the lie. Do parents have sonar or something?

How about you? Have you ever told a lie? If you say that you have, then this qualifies you to be called a liar. I am amazed at how serious a problem this is with God. He actually places lying in the Big Ten, “You shall not bear false witness.” In other places God sets a long list of possible sins and then adds the word “All” to the sin of lying.
“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”                                                          Revelation 21:8

Now, it seems reasonable to expect that people, created in the image of God, would want to please the benevolent Creator, Provider and Sustainer of all life on this planet!
So, how do you think man is doing in this area? Are we getting better at telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? As we go through our daily lives we have to admit that truthfulness is getting rarer all the time. The news media seem to believe that if they say a lie long enough, loud enough and sincerely enough that the ignorant citizenry of America will swallow it hook, line and sinker, and many do! The American people are not stupid. No one likes to be lied to so why not ‘just tell the truth?’

How are we doing so far?

“A trustworthy witness will not lie, but a false witness utters lies.” “A truthful witness saves lives, but he who utters lies is treacherous.” “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape.”                                                      Proverbs 14:5, 25; 19:5

Sounds pretty serious to me! So, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best, where would you rate the civilized land of America in truth telling?  I would have to give our nation at least a D. It seems that our adult population has been a poor influence on the young generations around us. Most high school students admit to cheating on tests and lying to teachers and parents daily. We adults have to remember that children do what they see far more than what they hear. Why do kids get into drugs, sexual encounters, pornography, smoking, drugs and other harmful things? Because adults produce it, model it and usually use older kids to pass it on to children.

Are we really getting the whole truth from our elected officials? I think this one can be answered without my illustration.The list would run long of elected officials here and around the world who deliberately avoided the truth. Remember the definition of ‘is is?’

We won’t even talk about truthfulness in some major corporations will we? Enron, Cigarette companies on nicotine, drug companies and the ‘side effects’ etc.

The truth will set you free! But like Vicks-Vaporub it must be applied in order to work.

Ike

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