Fifty Things I Am Thankful For–Part III

1. My dad’s work ethic.
2. My mom’s giving heart.
3. Surprise visits from my sister whom I miss.
4. My brother, one of the good guys in the medical field.
5. Early Thanksgivings.
6. God, who only expects me to live one day at a time.
7. When God closes one door in my life, He is already leading me to an open one.
8. My healthy dogs.
9. Jerry B. Jenkins and The Christian Writers’ Guild for investing in me.
10. Hardworking Americans who make this country great in spite of obstacles.
11. Susan Sanchez. I feel safe with you.
12. Janice Mason Mitchell who has gone the extra mile for me.
13. My expanding blog audience for taking the time to read my musings.
14. A new car.
15. My DVR. I hate commercials.
16. A community of fellow writers who knows the struggle of getting published.
17. Pandora.
18. My appetite. Did I mention I love food?
19. The fact that my church starts at 9:00 AM.
20. Classical Music.
21. The smell of popcorn.
22. Fresh air.
23. Airplanes.
24. Landscaping. Think about it. I live in Arizona.
25. Heaven because I deserve Hell.
26. Writing Conferences.
27. My writing mentors DiAnn Mills and Julie Allyson Ieron who’ve become friends.
28. Color.
29. Variety. Even though I like my routine, it keeps life from getting boring.
30. The water heater.
31. New projects.
32. A clean room.
33. The way my sister makes me laugh.
34. Simple instructions.
35. My gourmet coffee maker.
37. Online Reference tools.
38. Trips.
39. Bible reading plans.
40. The chance to succeed.
41. The opportunity to review books.
42. The dishwasher.
43. Family time.
44. That God knows what He’s doing when it’s too dark for me to see.
45. My alarm clock. It keeps me on schedule.
46. Storage space.
47. Pictures.
48. People who know the value of time.
49. Good manners.
50. Good writing.

Note: Part I and Part II can be found in the Archives.

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Voter Fraud and Voter I.D. By Thomas Sowell

One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting.

Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.

The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book “Injustice” by J. Christian Adams. He was a Justice Department attorney, who detailed with inside knowledge the voter frauds known to the Justice Department, and ignored by Attorney General Holder and Company.

One of these frauds involved sending out absentee ballots to people who had never asked for them. Then a political operator would show up — uninvited — the day the ballots arrived and “help” the voter to fill them out. Sometimes the intruders simply took the ballots, filled them out and forged the signatures of the voters.

These were illegal votes for Democrats, which may well be why Eric Holder sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil.

As for race-based “voter suppression,” amid all the political hysteria, how many hard facts have you heard? Probably none that supports that claim. Widely available free photo identification cards mean that poverty is no barrier to voting.

Since blacks and whites both have to show photo I.D. for everything from cashing checks to getting on a plane, why has requiring a photo I.D. for voting caused such shrill outcries?

Unfortunately, this is part of the cynical politics of promoting as much racial polarization and paranoia as possible, in hopes of getting more black voters to turn out to vote for the Democrats.

Nothing is too gross when promoting racial hysteria in an election year. Veteran Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel from Harlem declared that Republicans “don’t disagree — they hate!” According to Rangel, “Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and that they won the Civil War!”

Republicans did win the Civil War. That’s why there is no more slavery. It was a Republican president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It was a Republican-controlled Congress that voted for the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery.

In the 1960s, a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. If we are going to talk about history, let’s at least get the facts right.

Only an utter ignorance of history, in this era of dumbed-down education, could allow demagogues like Rangel to get away with the absurdities that abound in election year politics.

Images of lynching and Jim Crow laws that made blacks sit in the back of buses are used against Republicans, even though the “solid South” was solidly controlled by Democrats during that era.

Bull Connor, who turned police dogs and fire hoses on civil rights demonstrators, was a Democrat. So were other Southern segregationists. In those days, you could go hundreds of miles through the Jim Crow South without seeing a single Republican official. That is why political observers called it “the solid South.”

Perhaps the biggest voter fraud of all is the fraud against black voters, by telling them bogey man stories, in order to try to get them to come out on election day to vote for Democrats.

The most cynical of these bogey man ploys is Attorney General Holder’s threats of legal action against schools that discipline a “disproportionate” number of black boys. Unless you believe that black boys cannot possibly be misbehaving more often than Asian American girls, what does this political numbers game accomplish?

It creates another racial grievance, allowing Democrats like Holder to pose as rescuers of blacks from racist dangers. The real danger is allowing disruptive students in ghetto schools to destroy the education of other black students — in a world where education is the only hope that most ghetto youngsters have for a better life.

Sacrificing these young people’s futures, in hopes of gaining some additional black votes today, is as cynical and fraudulent as it gets.

Thomas Sowell, a National Humanities Medal winner, is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Posted on November 4, 2011

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Thank You To All Who Have Served

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Review of Keepers of the Covenant

Keepers of the Covenant

In Lynn Austin’s Keepers of the Covenant, the Jews are days away from extinction. As they are held captive in a foreign land for disobeying God’s laws, the Lord orchestrates a way of escape, but it comes with a price. Wives become widows, and children are left fatherless. Convinced that his people will forget God’s salvation in Babylon, Ezra, leads the exiles back to the Promised Land. Will he remain faithful to his calling as he shoulders the responsibility of leading his people?

Keepers of the Covenant tells the biblical story of Israel’s prominent and beloved priest. As historical fiction, it traces the second wave of exiles who return home from Babylon. The characters are relatable and empathetic. The plot is intriguing, entertaining, and filled with fascinating historical tidbits. The story is theologically solid. Austin’s knowledge of Old Testament Law is amazing and her grasp of biblical history is unlike any author I’ve read.

The only drawback in Austin’s work is the constant summarizing and sermonizing. It interrupts the flow of the story, detracts from valid theological points, and makes the book seem longer than it is. A little lighter touch and Keepers of the Covenant would be the perfect book.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Review of 50 Women Every Christian Should Know

50 Women Every Christian Should Know

In her book, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know, Michelle DeRusha writes brief biographies of women who impacted their societies and cultures. Each profile is five to seven pages long and summarizes these significant women who lived from the Middle Ages to the present day. Highlighting each woman’s life and beliefs within their historical contexts, 50 Women is not a critique of their various theological viewpoints. It is, however, helpful in educating the reader about the lives of influential women who may have been overlooked.

50 Women Every Christian Should Know is useful in filling gaps in Christian history. The biographical and historical information is interesting and informative. The profiles of Katharina Von Bora, Fanny Crosby, Edith Schaeffer, and Flannery O’Conner are especially enjoyable. However, the work lacks depth. Some of the women discussed dabbled in mysticism and entertained theological error. There seems to be an absence of biblical and political discernment throughout. No doubt each woman had an impact on her society, but there is too much ecumenical emphasis. These women deserve to be known, but are not on equal theological footing. Not without historical value, 50 Women should be read with caution in mind.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Why We Need the Electoral College

Katherine Wacker:

Not a Presidential year, but critical information….

Originally posted on Katherine's Chronicle:

With the Presidential Election now days away, most Americans are keeping an eye on the national polls. Many are wondering who’s going to win states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. But why is winning certain states more important than winning the popular vote? It’s because our Founders envisioned the United States as a constitutionally limited republic and set up the Electoral College which, actually votes to elect the President. So what is the Electoral College? How does it work and why does it matter?
The Electoral College is made up of electors chosen by the voters of each state to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice. This structure was prescribed in Article I Section II of the U.S. Constitution. With the District of Columbia included, the total number of electoral votes is five hundred and thirty-eight. That number is determined by the number of House members, plus…

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