Yearly Archives: 2013

Ryan’s Hope

For those of you who wholeheartedly supported the Romney/Ryan ticket, particularly when the future conservative superstar Paul Ryan was added, you may be feeling disappointed in Ryan’s latest fiscal compromising on the budget. Then there’s the immigration compromise, but that’s for another day.

We are the Truth Watch so let me help understand Ryan’s seemingly inexplicable slide to the middle; it was totally expected. I can tell you the exact day I knew this about Ryan and thusly he lost my support. It was during the election when Ryan said he was comfortable with Romney’s stance on abortion, which differed from Ryan. In other words, he was willing to compromise his position on abortion because Romney’s was “a vast improvement to the status quo.”

Here’s where the lack of my surprise of Ryan’s shifting his conservative positions on fiscal and national security did not surprise me.

Any person, who can compromise on the issue of life, and more specifically baby murder, will have no problem compromising on the budget or illegal aliens. The Bible clearly explains this sequence of selling-out: “he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8)

My buddy Steve Deace clearly explains the problem. Elected officials such as Paul Ryan are people of positions and not convictions. The former will compromise even on core values whereas the latter will stand rock-solid against such compromise.

I pray one day Americans will finally come to understand this phenomenon.

Barry Is No Harry

truman_buck_stopsHere is a famous picture of President Harry S. Truman with a sign on his desk that says, "The Buck Stops Here."

While I would not have agreed with much of President Truman's domestic policies, when it came to foreign policy he was a hawk compared to many of his predecessors.

What you could always admire about "Give "Em Hell Harry" is that he was plain-spoken and intellectually honest. Again, that doesn't mean you would always agree with him, but you could respect him.

Here's a video of Harry Truman in his later years explaining a president's level of responsibility:

In fact, Barack Obama has invoked a revised version of President Truman's famous saying:

The problem is Barry, no one is buying "The Buck Stops With Me" mantra. Just take a look at these highlights from this past week's press conference to the failure of ObamaCare. Please watch the whole video because it is very revelatory:

You are watching a man completely disconnected from reality and suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. When you watch the press conference, there is no way this man is allowing the buck stop to with him. He can say it does, but his mangled explanations were still deflections of responsibility for the complete and unresolvable failure of ObamaCare.

Truman Obama ResizedIn light of this, we have a new picture, call it a revision of Harry Truman, because Barry, you're no Harry. (Hat tip Jason Zoglmann)

 

 

 

 

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What Is A Christian Conservative?

Living in the Florida Panhandle, three of the four major networks television stations we get are out of Mobile, Alabama. Because of that, we get to see all the political campaign ads for various local, state, and federal campaigns. Currently there is a runoff campaign between Bradley Byrne and Dean Young for the US Congress seat being vacated by Congressman Jo Bonner. Mr. Byrne is running the following ad:

Whenever I hear a candidate describe himself as a Christian conservative, then that always peaks my interest. Both terms have been so watered down to lose their original meaning. 

I visited Mr. Byrne's website to read up on him. Mr. Byrne writes his "faith in Christ is [his] foundation. Our nation faces a moral crisis, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As God called the people of Israel back time and time again we in America have the responsibility to heed His call and do His will."

So far so good.

His biography further states that he is a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, AL. Okay, that made my antenna go up. For the last ten years or so, the Episcopal Church has done a seismic shift in its denominational doctrine when it comes to gay marriage and last year approved same-sex blessing services.

At the Episcopal Church's website, of which is linked to at St. James' website, their page "LGBT in the Church" states "To our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters: 'The Episcopal Church welcomes you!'"

The Bible clearly condemns homosexuality and no attempt by liberal theologians to twist scripture to fit the modern acceptance of what the Bible declares an abomination will change that fact.

I wanted to get the opinion of the Rector of Saint James in Fairhope so I emailed Rev. Mark H. Wilson. Here is my email:

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From: David Jeffers
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 1:30 AM
To: Mark Wilson
Subject: Question about Saint James

Rev. Wilson,

Does Saint James Episcopal Church support the Episcopal Church’s General Convention House of Bishops’ vote of 111-41 to authorize a trial rite for same-sex unions? If yes, have you or would you perform a same-sex ceremony?

Also, do you support the ordaining of transgendered individuals for the ministry?

Thank you so much for your time.
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Now those questions seem to be simple yes or no questions. Here is Rev. Wilson's reply:
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From: Mark Wilson
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:52:12
To: David Jeffers
Subject: RE: Question about Saint James

David,
 
I would be happy to share my thoughts and opinions with you.  My telephone number is listed bleow.
 
Blessings,
Mark

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I have had this type of response before, mostly from politicians, and in most cases it is an avoidance tactic. A telephone conversation leaves room for he said, she said. An email response is a record that can't be misquoted or taken out of context. It was very telling to me that he wouldn't answer my questions via email. I know for a fact my pastor would have answered those questions clearly and concisely.

As a Christian, I cannot attend a church that belongs to a denomination that is committing heresy of any sort, not just homosexuality. As a Southern Baptist, if my denomination was to take the same road as the Episcopal Church, I would leave it without hesitation. Of course this is just one man's opinion and the voters of Alabama's 1st Congressional District will have to make up their own minds.

Any honest intellectual conversation on historical and traditional Christianity does not embrace the LGBT lifestyle.

Now to Mr. Byrne's declaration that he is a conservative. It would be interesting when he had a change in political beliefs because although he criticized the national Democrat Party for being too liberal as far back as 1984, he remained in the party of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Al Gore, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Bill and Hillary Clinton until 1997. His record leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to conservatism.

Patriots, we must be skeptical of RINOs and liberals wearing the veil of Christian conservative. Many of those same men and women have already been elected to Congress and we've already witnessed enough of compromising "conservatives" and there is no room for anymore.

Choose wisely Alabama 1st Congressional district.

The Cupboard Is Not Bare

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(Artwork by Jason Zoglmann)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said that the federal cupboard is bare when asked about cutting deficit spending instead of raising the debt ceiling once again.

Now bless her heart I'm sure Mrs. Pelosi truly believes that because she's never seen a government program that she didn't want to start (if it would buy her votes).

Nor has there ever existed a government program, even if proved to be a failure (which would mean most), that she would be willing to cut.

I once actually had a pleasant conversation with Nancy Pelosi on the phone and so let's just say this blog post is my way of returning her nice call. I want to help the former Speaker of the House and any other legislator who believes the cupboard is bare.

Trust me sister, thar's plenty pork that can be cut.

The good folks at Citizen's Against Government Waste annually publish their Prime Cuts Summary of government programs that could be easily cut from the federal government. Here's a quick rundown of that summary:

(The savings would be over a 5-year period)

Cut $61.76 billion from Department of Agriculture subsidies

Cut $785 million from the Commerce Department by eliminating the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Cut $18 billion from the Department of Defense in unnecessary and unrequested spending

Cut $2.3 billion from the Department of Energy by privatizing two federal utilities programs

Cut $24 billion from Health and Human Services Department by eliminating 50% of improper Medicare payments

Cut $18 billion from Department of Housing and Urban Development by eliminating the Community Development Block Grants and Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America)

Cut over $2 billion from the Interior Department by suspending federal land purchases and eliminating Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Recreation Grants

Cut nearly $7 billion from the Justice Department in community grants

Cut $6.45 billion from the Labor Department by repealing the Davis-Bacon Act and ending OSHA's Harwood Grants

Cut $7.85 billion from the Transportation Department by ending subsidies for Amtrak and ending the Essential Air Service (EAS). EAS is a prime example of a temporary program that has morphed into a monster.

Save $730 million by having the Treasury Department switching from paper $1 bills to coins.

Further cuts could be realized by eliminating the following worthless programs:

AmeriCorps - $3.5 billion; Legal Services Corporation - $2.1 billion; National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts - $1.7 billion

And my favorite cut of all! We could save $9.6 billion over the next five years just by reducing by 25% our support to the United Nations, which means we would save $38.4 billion if we just stop supporting it altogether and throw them out of our country.

So you see Dear Nancy, while you may not think cutting $165 billion in pork is not much, it would at least be a good faith act on the part of Congress.

Then there's the repeal of ObamaCare...

Obamanomics

Hello Mastercard?

Yes, this is Mr. Jeffers. I'd like to raise my debt limit to $10,000.

What's that?

Oh no ma'am, I am in no way increasing my debt or my liability and I'm surely not going to be a spendthrift.

No ma'am, this will allow me to pay the bills that I've racked up. I'm just preserving the full faith and credit of David Jeffers.

Excuse me?! I beg to differ ma'am, I'm not crazy. I just following the Obamanomics model.

Hello? Hello? She hung up on me.

I guess she needs to watch the video at the link below:

Obamanomics

Obama Obfuscations

obamanocchioHere are my brief thoughts on Barack Obama's speech on Syria on the eve of 9/11.

Obama said:

In that time, America's worked with allies to provide humanitarian support, to help  the moderate opposition, and to shape a political settlement, but I have resisted calls for military action because we cannot resolve someone else's civil war through force, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Obama, when it comes to the Syrian rebels, they are anything but moderate. And when it comes to fighting someone else's civil war, you did so in Libya.

Speaking on chemical weapons, Mr. Obama said:

Because these weapons can kill on a mass scale, with no distinction between soldier and infant, the civilized world has spent a century working to ban them.

My comment to that is, killing babies with gas is unacceptable, however abortion, even with the baby out of the womb, is just fine with you.

Twice he called America a democracy, even describing us as "the world's oldest constitutional democracy." To be exact Mr. Constitutional Professor, we are a constitutional republic.

Mr. Obama later said:

I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together .

You didn’t believe that when Bush was President and we were at war.

He then patronizes Americans with this statement:

It's no wonder then that you're asking hard questions.

Mr. Obama, these are not hard questions. They are logical and legitimate. Okay, for you that makes them hard. Carry on!

Then speaking on pinpricks, Mr. Obama said:

Let me make something clear: The United States military doesn't do pinpricks. Even a limited strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver.

Mr. Obama, I can think of at least 8 NATO allies, plus France, who are capable of doing limited and targeted strikes.

Next was this doozy of a statement:

We learned from Iraq that doing so makes us responsible for all that comes next.

Not to mention Egypt and Libya, which you didn’t mention.

Next comes his plea for bipartisanship:

To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.

I don’t think they really care about that. Remember they support full and unfettered abortion.

And just one last appeal for the children:

America is not the world's policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong, but when with modest effort and risk we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.

The most dangerous place in America for our children is in its mother’s womb. Syria is the least of their problems.

So while I did not watch Mr. Obama's speech (I'm 0 for how many ever speeches he's given), I did read it and was nonplussed and underwhelmed by his, or his speechwriters', words.

Done Deal

let'smakeadealSo are you surprised that most of the GOP Establishment is coming out in favor backing Barack Obama's senseless attack on Syria? My only surprise is how long it took me to figure out what actually went down.

I was reading my Twitter feed for the latest tweets on Syria and I found it interesting that I didn't see any Establipublicans commenting on the hottest news item of the day. So I went to the GOP's Twitter feed and lo and behold there's not been one tweet about Syria in a week. I found this strange and tweeted as much:

My tweet was replied to by Donnie Parker III that to be fair Barack Obama had not tweeted about it either. I told him that was because Obama was using congressional approval to attack Syria as a wedge issue within the GOP. Donnie replied it was also one with the Democrats. I made a joke that I didn't care that it was for the Democrats.

But then that got me curious. What were the Democrats saying on their Twitter page about Syria? Lo and behold the Democrats haven't tweeted about Syria. Hmm? Something smells rotten in D.C. No tweets on Syria by Barack Obama, the Democrats, or the Establipublicans.

And then it hit me. It's a done deal; it's been a done deal since last week. In fact you're already hearing the Establipublicans parroting the same talking points as Obama and the Democrats.

Once again Americans are being played the fool. We're going to attack a sovereign nation on sketchy intelligence, of which some reports say the rebels actually gassed the civilians to draw America into attack Syrian President Bashar Assad.

What could possibly go wrong? What's that? Egypt and Libya? Oh, but those are not the same thing.

This week's The Truth Newsletter will go into more detail as to why attacking Syria is a bad idea. Be sure to sign up today to receive your copy when its released.

For Liberty!

Dave

Why I Write Devotionals

Whispers of Grace CoverI’m often asked what motivates me to write devotionals, and how I got started. It actually began quite innocently on New Years Day, 2008.

I felt the Lord prompting me to write down thoughts He was sharing with me during my quiet time. I wrote them in an email and sent it to about 40 people, primarily close Christian friends.

Over the years my devotional email list has grown to 240 people from all over the United States, plus friends in Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands. Only God could have made that happen.

A few months after I began writing them, I decided to name the collection, “Eavesdropping on God,” based on an idea I got from my pastor, Dr. Dennis Brunet. He has been known to walk up to someone during a sermon and say, “You and I can talk and we’ll just let the others eavesdrop.” So through these devotionals I am inviting you to eavesdrop on God’s conversations with me.

Over the years I have shared my heart with my readers. I’ve tried to be as transparent as possible, outlining the challenges, struggles, and victories of this journey called the Christian life.

About a year and a half ago, my sister Mary encouraged me to put my devotions in a book. I told her that it would be impossible, as I already had over 800 of them.  When she recommended that I organize them by subject or theme, I came up with three categories to use under the main title, Eavesdropping on God: One Man’s Conversations with the Lord.

It was then that I decided to start by publishing three books, all three have become a reality:  Shouts of Joy, Echoes of Mercy, and Whispers of Grace.

I am hopeful that Book Four, Glimpses of Hope, will be published by New Years Day.  In addition, I have begun working on Books Five and Six:  Visions of Faith and Windows to Wisdom, respectively.

Each book contains thirty devotionals to be read as a 30-day journey of spiritual growth. I’ve purposely left out page numbers because each book should be viewed as a collection of devotions that are read one day at a time, and not as a feat to accomplish in one sitting. To aid the reader, each book contains a customized bookmark that resembles the cover.

I had taken a hiatus from writing these devotionals in the past, but I began to miss them like one misses an old friend. This has become my quiet time and meditation, even though I write them down and publish them to the world. I post each one to my Salt and Light blog, and the link is shared on my social media pages.

You are invited to join me on this journey of the Christian life, even if you do not consider yourself a Christian. You can sign up to receive them via email, and feel free follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Most importantly, I ask for your purchase because I am confident they will become valued friends to you, as they are to me. Just click on the links below to get your desired format, Kindle or paperback.

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Hasan’s Hustle

imageSo once again the Pentagon's Perfumed Princes have been played by a lowly Army major. Relying on the political correctness that has turned our generals into military eunuchs, Nidal Hasan masterfully used our nation's moral relativism to his advantage.

 

FACT: Hasan's murder spree was an act of terror, but the military to this day calls it work place violence.

FACT: Hasan's radical views were well known by the Army and yet they allowed him to continue as though he was your typical Army officer.

FACT: Hasan demanded to defend himself and to have the Army provide him a defense team, which the Army dutifully paid for Edith tax payer dollars. Among those tax payers are the surviving family members of Hasan's murder spree.

Hasan never had any intention of defending himself. During the trial Hasan admitted that he was the shooter and that he was justified in killing innocent soldiers because he was an Islamic holy warrior.

So when the time came for Hasan to begin his defense, it took him three words to do so: "The defense rests."

Some four years after an obvious attack of terrorism at Foot Hood, Texas the only question left is will the military judge give Hasan his wish and grant him the satanic martyrdom he assumes awaits him.

The only thing awaiting Hasan is hell.

Mark Levin’s New Book

My dear friend Mark Levin has finished his long-awaited book on how to fix our broken government. Mark's newest book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic" will be released on August 13, 2013.

I'm looking forward to the next manifesto from our modern-day Thomas Paine.

Please pre-order your book today!