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KILLING SNAKES

We all know the story of “Adam and Eve” in the Bible. After God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, he told them not to eat the fruit of a certain tree located in the lush paradise. We also know that Eve was tempted by Satan, who had taken on the form of a snake, to partake of the fruit from the forbidden tree. Eve ate the fruit and gave some to Adam, who also ate the fruit. Adam and Eve were subsequently driven out of the Garden of Eden by God. For tempting the woman, God cursed the snake and made it to crawl on its belly. Furthermore, the snakes would from then on be hated by mankind and killed for no other reason than that they were snakes.

Until recently, killing snakes was no big deal, even if they were the non-poisonous kind. About the only snake that was not subject to being killed just because it was a snake was the king snake. King snakes do kill poisonous snakes and have always been considered good snakes. Here in the south where snakes, both poisonous and non-poisonous are abundant, killing snakes is common. It’s often done for sport.

With the ushering in of political correctness by the left, we are now being indoctrinated by the animal rights wing of the Democrat party that you shouldn’t kill snakes, even poisonous snakes. It fact, liberals are now saying that you should not use the phrase, “poisonous snake.” Instead you should refer to the snake as “venomous.” I don’t care which of these two terms you use, getting bit by one of these snakes can kill you if medical help is not sought.

For about the last five or six years, here in the state of Alabama, and I assume anywhere in the south, snakes have come out of winter hibernation in droves. Forestry agents have warned people to be very careful, especially when walking in wooded areas, and around rock formations. On social media, pictures have been posted of snakes hanging out in very unlikely areas such as gas station pumps.

The most common poisonous snake in Alabama, and in most of the south, is the copperhead. The copperhead is generally a small snake and can easily camouflage itself around leaves, grass, and sticks. I’ve heard my Daddy say that a bite from a copperhead won’t kill an adult man, but you’ll swell up and get so sick that you think you’re going to die. Thus, medical attention must be sought after a bite. Other poisonous snakes found in Alabama include the cottonmouth/water moccasin, the timber rattler, and the coral snake. Most bites to humans in Alabama come from copperheads and cottonmouths.

In addition to there being more snakes out and about the last several years, snakes seem to have grown bigger. I indicated above that copperheads are generally small snakes, but many folks have reported seeing the snake up to six feet in length, and as big around as a  man’s thigh.

Snakes are generally thought to hibernate in cooler weather with many of them dying due to the cold. Thus, in late fall and winter, we don’t think much about snakes, and the possibility of running up on them.

With the left, particularly the animal rights wing preaching to us that we shouldn’t kill snakes, poisonous or not, because they are a major part of the eco-system. Poisonous snakes are known for keeping the rodent population in check.

After contemplating the reasons for more snakes and bigger snakes in Alabama, I came up with the following: God cursed the snake, indicating that the snake would be a hated creature and killed for no other reason than the snake was a snake.

Now, we’re not doing that. We’re not killing snakes just because we see one. We’re letting the snake live because it is so vital to our eco-system.

Winter here in the south has been harsher than usual. Al Gore and Democrats blames the extreme cold that is gripping the nation on global warming, the result of President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord.

On January 7, a picture, taken in Tallassee, Alabama was posted on Facebook of an extremely large cottonmouth/water moccasin on top of ice that had formed on a creek in a wooded area. The person who posted the picture said that the snake seemed lethargic and near death. It probably was closed to freezing to death. If properly armed, the photographer would have been wise to kill that snake immediately.

In reading the comments, it surprised me that so many folks felt sorry for this satanic creature and thought its life should be spared. Several the commenters preached that if you leave these snakes alone, they will leave you alone. That’s not always the case. In fact, I had a close encounter with a cottonmouth while skiing at a local lake years ago. I spilled in the vicinity of the snake, who went after me. I barely made it into the boat before he sunk his fangs in me. I guess the typical liberal response would be, you shouldn’t have been skiing on the lake, that’s the territory of the snakes and the fishes.

Back to my theory that because the animal rights whackos advocate that we should not kill snakes is why there are so many of them out and about, and why so many are becoming gigantic. When I asked my minister about this, he rolled his eyes and said, “I don’t know.”

I’ve approached a few other Christian friends about this, and I get the same reaction. Well, I think it’s legit. We’re not killing off snakes like we used to and they are multiplying and growing. Could it possibly be global warming because President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord? Ask a liberal and see what they say.

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THE ONLY SOLUTION TO OUR NATION’S PROBLEMS

And the only solution to any of our problems!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve never solved a problem in my life, never fixed anything, never got myself out of a jam. Okay, in the year 1999, after I found out that my job and my department were being transferred to the offices of our parent company in Cincinnati, I decided to study computer programming in hopes of getting to stay in Birmingham, instead of having to relocate to a different region in the country. I was an only child and my Mom was aging, and was going to need me to be down here. I took classes, worked hard, and launched a new career. People complimented me, telling me how brave and how smart I was to do something like that.

Just four short years ago, I had grown extremely unhappy with my current job. My short-term memory wasn’t as good as it was when I was younger and the stress was overwhelming. Plus, my department was making sweeping changes that I was not sure I wanted or was able to be a part of. I was scared, and my attitude toward work was bad, something I had never experienced in my life. I decided to “run the numbers” and found that I could live comfortably for a while on my current assets. I quit my job, and took steps to start my own business. Today, in addition to writing for and managing this blog, I also own and manage a sports information website, have published and promoted a fiction novel, and have several writing projects in the pipeline, including a sequel to my current novel. I’m also in the beginning stages of starting a book publishing/author services company. WOW! Look what I’ve done.

WRONG! I didn’t do any of the above. Like I said, I’ve never solved anything in my life. God did all of the above. He put ideas in my head and guided me. In 1999, I don’t recall having said, to God, “I can’t handle it, please help. In 2013, I did. Both times he guided me.

We all face problems as we pass dwell on earth. We generally solve them, some quickly and easily, some not so quickly and not so easily. But it’s never us that solves our problems, it’s always God, whether we just do what we have to do, or find ourselves down on our hands and knees, crying, telling God, that we don’t know what to do, please help.

The hate emanating from the left toward newly elected and inaugurated President, Donald Trump, his family, his administration, his supporters, and Republicans/Conservatives in general has reached epic proportions, a level, of which, none of us thought possible. The attempted assassination attempt, which targeted Congressional Republicans, injuring Rep. Steve Scalise and others served to put Americans on notice that there is nothing liberals won’t say or do in their attempt to destroy President Trump, the United States of America, and all of us who don’t agree with their governing philosophies.

The left won’t even attempt to discuss issues such as health care, the economy, tax reform, immigration, foreign policy, and the environment. All they seem to want to do is “spread the hate” and destroy as much as possible, including property, lives, etc.

When President Trump was elected and subsequently inaugurated, I expected fights and conflict. I anticipated battles over health care, the Mexican wall, foreign policy, gun control, homeland security, etc. I expected Democrats to accuse Republicans of hating the sick, hating the poor, bowing to big business, hating women, hating gays, and all the other things they’ve accused us over the years. But I have to tell you, never in my wildest imagination did I think the hate and lies from the left would grow to the level that it has. And I don’t think anybody else did either.

You can get on predominately liberal forums and threads, and refute the things they are saying with facts until you are blue in the face. They’re still going to lie and call you names. A couple of days ago, I saw where a liberal on a thread said that Obama never blamed his processor, George W. Bush, for his problems. WHAT A WHOPPER! Is there anyone that can with a straight face that this is true. Mind-boggling, simply mind-boggling.

With things in the state they’re in, I can’t see how our continued responses to the lies and hate coming from the left, with the actual truth, is going to change things. Liberals aren’t going to change and suddenly start examining things with an open mind as we continue to point out lie after lie they’re telling.

God’s always in control, but I don’t think he’s automatically sending us the tools and the wisdom to deal with what’s taking place in our country. Does God want us to turn to him? Does he want us to get down on our knees and say, “God, help us, we can’t do this.” God always wants us to come to him, he’s never too busy to listen to our teeny-tiny whiney problems.

Yes, God gives us the ability to solve some of our problems, even though we may not always acknowledge his presence in our lives. He even allows us to take credit and boast of our abilities (LOL), while still loving us unconditionally.

Is God signaling us to turn to him and ask him to tone down the hate and the lies that are ravaging this nation? I think, absolutely, he is. Does he want us to stop pushing back against what is being said and done by the other side? I don’t think so. But, we need God, we need to directly turn to God because he is the only solution to this problem and all other problems.

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CLIMATE CHANGE ALARMISTS

In 2015, then President Barack Obama signed into law, the Clean Power Plan to slow the rate of climate change or global warming. It was to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. According to townhall.com, it was the first action of the United States government to do so.

Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, directing the EPA to abolish this legislation. As you can imagine, the left went bonkers.

John Hawkins, in an article on townhall.com, entitled, 5 Reasons It’s Dumb to Panic Over Global Warming, listed quotes from some well-known liberals. Van Jones, Communist, and Obama’s special advisor for Green Jobs, was quoted as saying, “Trump may have just signed a death warrant for our planet (at least, a planet that is livable for humans). And the lies he told to justify it have real consequences for real Americans, her and now.”

Another quote, this time from our friend, Michael More: “Historians in the near future will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began, thanks 2 Donald Trump…Trump has signed orders killing all of Obama’s climate change regulations. The EPA is prohibited henceforth from focusing on climate change.”

Mr. Hawkins points out that the left doesn’t worry about deficits, terrorists, health care costs, out of control spending, teachers’ unions’ strong-hold over public education, the government’s out of control spending, etc. Instead they freak out and the possibility of the planet burning 100 years from now.

The 5 reasons not to panic over climate change/global warming are as follows:

1.There is Actually No Scientific Consensus on Global Warming. Whenever any of us conservatives indicates that climate change/global warming is a hoax, particularly man-made climate change, the left always throws out that 97% figure representing the percentage of scientists that think that man-made climate change is real. Mr. Hawkins says that’s simply untrue, and reflects that, “A 2012 poll of American Meteorological Society members also reported a diversity of opinion. Of the 1862 members who responded, 59% stated that human activity was the primary cause of global warming, and 11 percent attributed to the phenomenon to human activity and natural causes in about equal measure, while just under a quarter, 23 percent, said enough is not yet known to make a determination.” Then last year, it was found that nearly six in ten climate scientists didn’t adhere to the so-called consensus on man-made climate change, per a study by the Dutch government.
2.Even if Global Warming is Happening and Mankind is Responsible, it may still make Sense to do Nothing. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, called climate change, “perhaps the most fearsome weapon of mass destruction,” and claims that unless we act, it could pose “the most catastrophic, grave threats in the history of human life.” Yet the UN Climate Panel found that the total cost of climate change by the 2070s is less than 2% of GCP. This means global warming is a problem, but is not by any means the end of the world. Its cost is equivalent to a single year of recession over the next 60 years. This comes from Bjorn Lomberg, of nationalpost.com in an article dated September 23, 2014. When you compare the threat, which we’re not sure is actually a threat, of climate change to what the world faces now, we acting like the person who is seriously injured in an automobile accident, but obsesses over the fact that her new Vera Wang dress was ruined.
3.Global Warming Theories are more Art than Science. Mr. Hawkins reminds us that we live in a world where scientists cannot tell us for sure whether it’s going to rain tomorrow, but we still have people assuring us of what the weather is going to be like in 100 years. Climate models used by scientists to predict how much human activities will warm the planet have been over-predicting global warming for the last six decades, according to a recent working paper by climate scientists, Michaels and Knappenberger. Climate models used to predict global warming have been consistently and egregiously wrong for decades.
4.We Don’t Have a Good Way to Even Know What Temperatures Were Centuries Ago. You often hear claims that every year is supposedly the “hottest on record.” Yet, we only started doing meaningful worldwide measurements in 1880, and many of those early numbers are considered to be unreliable. It’s been a mild winter in central Alabama. In fact, there have been very few days that I wore a winter coat, but do work out of my home. There were probably some days that I just didn’t go outside. We broke and came close to breaking a number of records for highest temperature on a number of days. It seemed like most of those record-breaking or near record-breaking days went back to the early 1900s. This leads me to think that we many have been in a warm cycle similar to the one that some say we are in today, back then. Also, when I was growing up in the North Alabama town of Cullman, about sixty miles north of where I live now, we would have at least one three to six-inch snow every winter. That’s not happening now, although Cullman did have about a three-inch winter before last. When I was in high school, our regular football season ended the first week in November. For the last two or three games, it was always cold. Now it’s not, leaving me to conclude that our climate is cyclical.
5.We’re in the Middle of a Global Warming Pause. Mr. Hawkins questions how we can be in a pause if liberals are claiming that we just broke a new record with every passing year. Because these “record-breaking years” are within the statistical margin of error.

To a reasonable and prudent individual, the above should bring to the conclusion that the validity of climate change/global warming is unconfirmed and questionable. Yet, folks like Al Gore, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Gina McCarthy all have insisted on many different occasions that “it’s settled, climate change/global warming exists.

Furthermore, these are other far-left zealots won’t even acknowledge studies or new statistics that affirms otherwise.

I know you’re probably tired of reading this, but I’m not going to stop. If Democrats, liberals, progressives, or whatever they want to call themselves, were the champions of the middle class and lower income individuals they claim to be, they would jump at any chance to disprove climate change, and not be in such a whirlwind to snatch us off of fossil fuels, a source of inexpensive and reliable energy, and transition us to the more expensive and unreliable green energy sources.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REFUGEE EXECUTIVE ORDER

The following is a brief article about President Trump’s Refugee Executive order, illustrating points that the reader should be able to use when having a conversation with if liberal, if it comes to that.

According to National Review, the order does the following:

  • Temporarily halts refugee admissions for 120 days to improve the vetting process.
  • Caps refugee admissions at 50,000 per year.
  • The order imposes a temporary 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. These are countries either torn apart by jihadist violence or under the control of hostile, jihadist governments.
  • The ban is in place while the Department of Homeland Security determines the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public safety threat.
  • Included in the ban is an important exception that Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked. Hopefully this would allow interpreters and other proven allies to enter the U.S. during the 90-day period.
  • The president’s order also puts an indefinite hold on admission of Syrian refugees to the U.S. until such time as it is determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest. This is largely a return to the order the Obama administration had in place from 2011 to 2014, virtually slamming the door on Syrian refugee admissions.
  • President Trump also issued a directive to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”

Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees – Separating Fact from Hysteria

According to theconservativetreehouse.com,  there are two aspects to the Trump refugee executive order.

President Trump Releases Statement – U.S. Media Officially Twisted Like Pretzels

  • One aspect pertains to a 120-day pause on Syrian refugees.
  • The second aspect pertains to a 90-day pause on visas for seven countries outlined as “nations of concern” by prior law and Obama’s DHS policy.

Against the reality of President Trump simply following an almost identical refugee pause process as did Barack Obama in 2011, the media are twisting in the wind trying to make Trump into the evil persona they believe he is while maintaining that former President Obama is a saint. Obama put a six month ban on Iraqi refugees in 2011 and the media was silent, while Trump puts a 120-day suspension on Syrian refugees in 2017 and the media explodes. Furthermore, Obama selects seven countries for enhanced visa security policy and the media is silent while President Trump uses the same Obama DHS policy and the same seven countries for a 90-day visa suspension and the media explodes.

According to the New York Times, a growing group of Republican lawmakers criticized the president’s refugee policy. On Sunday, January 29, certain Republicans said the process, while initiated with the right intention, had been too hastily enacted, and warned that it could backfire against U.S. interests. Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, led the criticism, saying in a statement that the president’s order was not properly vetted and that it could be seen as the United States turning its back on Muslims who had risked their lives to serve as interpreters for the country’s military and diplomats.

Growing Number of GOP Lawmakers Criticize Trump’s Refugee Policy

McCain said the plan was carried out without proper consultation of United States allies and that it mistakenly lumped together the country’s adversaries such as Iran, with allies like Iraq. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that while he supported stronger screening, the order had been poorly implanted, especially for green card holders.

Democrats didn’t waste any time in displaying their dislike of the refugee executive order by showing up in airports across the country. Obviously, these protestors didn’t bother to study the aspects of the order, having only a desire to protest the new president and inconvenience as many travelers as possible. Had there not been protests by Trump haters, carrying on their vows resist anything this president accomplishes, would those who needed to be detained for additional questions been able to get through the process with additional expedience?

One also has to wonder, in the zeal of Chucky Schumer and the Senate Democrats to delay the confirmation of many of the president’s appointees, some items that may have slipped through the cracks in the refugee executive order and other orders could have been prevented.

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