Monday, July 18, 2016

A Matter of Days Now!: The Miracle and Magnificence of America

We are just days away from the official launch of The Miracle and the Magnificence of America.

With 27 chapters, over 450 end notes, and over 95,000 words, The Miracle and Magnificence of America chronicles from the very beginning of this nation--from the time of Columbus--until the modern era, how the hand, the Word, the wisdom, and the blessings of God made the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known.

The back cover reads:

On June 21, 1776, just days before the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, wrote to his cousin, Zabdiel Adams, a graduate of Harvard University and a renowned preacher of the Gospel. He said, “Statesmen…may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”

Of course, the only source of “pure Virtue” is the Creator who has endowed us with our “certain unalienable Rights.” The Miracle and Magnificence of America reveals how the “Religion and Morality” of Jesus Christ laid the foundation for the greatest nation in the history of humanity and is the foundation for the lasting—but tragically fading—liberty enjoyed by hundreds of millions of Americans for over two centuries.

The Miracle and Magnificence of America will be available at Amazon, Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, as well as other online retailers. Stay tuned for more information!

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Saturday, July 16, 2016

We Have a “War on Cops” because of the War on the Family

Just so we’re clear, here’s the left’s narrative on the police in America: There’s widespread and institutionalized racism inside America’s law enforcement agencies, and black Americans are especially targeted. This racism has led to the deaths of a disproportionate number of innocent black Americans. In order to stop this heinous activity, we need more gun control legislation, more wealth redistribution, more job and education programs, and thus Americans need to elect more Democrats.

Heather MacDonald (more than once), Larry Elder (more than once), and a host of others have provided mountains of evidence that prove beyond any reasonable doubt that there is no widespread special targeting of blacks by U.S. law enforcement. In addition to the crime statistics, consider: Of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., 30 percent have a black police chief. Of the 50 largest sheriff’s departments in the U.S., 12 percent were led by black Americans. (Remember, blacks are about 13 percent of the U.S. population, and sheriffs are usually elected.)

Barack Obama, the U.S. President and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military—the largest, most powerful military in the world—is a black man. The U.S. Attorney General—the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the U.S. government—Loretta Lynch, is a black woman. The previous U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is a black man. No doubt there are racists within U.S. law enforcement—as there are in almost any agency, institution, or organization in America—however there is no way a nation achieves the racial diversity detailed above if widespread, institutionalized racism exists.

In spite of this information, whenever the national conversation turns to confrontations between white cops and black suspects, the narrative at the beginning of this piece—the narrative of Black Lives Matter—dominates the mainstream media. Remember, the Black Lives Matter movement gained national attention because of a lie. Black Lives Matter was founded after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. However, the movement became known nationally after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

After Brown’s death, the supposed gesture and words of surrender by Brown—“Hand’s Up, Don’t Shoot!”—became a frequent rallying cry for those protesting Brown’s death. However, after a U.S. Department of Justice investigation, it was concluded that Brown didn’t have his hands up and didn’t cry “Don’t shoot” when Officer Wilson shot him. Even liberal apologist Jonathan Capehart had to admit that, “‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie.” Nevertheless, as we see today (scroll about one-third the way down), the narrative continues.

One of the reasons the deceptive liberal narrative about black lives is so doggedly defended and regularly repeated is that the truth about the very real suffering in the American black community runs counter to modern liberal dogma. The biggest reason for the rampant lawlessness and poverty that is so prevalent in the black community is the breakdown of the family.

It has been widely reported for years now that the out-of-wedlock birth rate among American blacks is over 70 percent. Almost always, mothers are left to raise their children alone. In U.S. cities, where the violence and poverty among U.S. blacks is most pronounced, the out-of-wedlock birth rate is even worse. For example, in Chicago about 80 percent of black children are born to single mothers. Today, only 17 percent of American black teenagers reach age 17 in a family with their biological parents married to each other. In no state in the U.S does black family intactness exceed 30 percent.

Social science is finally revealing what sound morality and good common sense always told us: Children of single mothers do worse in almost every metric measured: school achievement, poverty, crime, emotional well-being, drug use, delinquency, violent behavior, and so on. These negative outcomes are even worse for black children born to single mothers. Millions of black youths—because of the frequent absence of fathers, especially black males—are growing up poorly disciplined, poorly educated, and poorly churched.

Thus, gangs and crime have become far too common in the black communities of America. Sadly, these broken and vulnerable black families typically live in the most dangerous parts of our nation. From the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, until the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011, there were 4,485 U.S. casualties. The city of Chicago alone had 4,265 murders during the same time period. Perhaps the most shocking statistic of all when it comes to black Americans and violence is that black men in the U.S. are half as likely to die if they are in prison than if they are not.

However, easily the most dangerous place for a black child in America is the womb. This is horrifically sad when one considers that a mother’s womb should be one of the safest places in the universe. Since the Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973, abortion has killed more black Americans than crime, accidents, cancer, heart disease, or AIDS. Since 1973, abortion has taken the life of more black Americans than any other single cause of death. Again, in U.S. cities, these numbers are even more staggering. In New York City, in 2012, more black children were aborted than were born.

As Mother Teresa warned us, “the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” Thus, we should not be surprised that, where there is rampant abortion, there is also rampant violence. In spite of all of this, Black Lives Matter and their liberal apologists refuse to stand up for black children in the womb.

As I have often said, after our relationship with our Creator, the most important relationship in the universe is the relationship between a husband and his wife. Any other type of union is a perversion of one of the oldest truths in the history of humanity. Such a conclusion is in direct opposition to the pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, pro-big-government—which could all be summed up as the anti-family—agenda of today’s American left. For decades now, modern American liberals have waged war on the family. They have lied about sex and sexuality, about the importance of mothers and fathers, about marriage, and about life in the womb. The rotten fruit of these lies is widespread death and destruction. It is the politics, policies, and practices of liberalism that have robbed America’s black communities of peace and prosperity and turned our police officers into targets.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Law is Dying because Morality is Dying

Tuesday, after FBI Director James Comey spent about 15 minutes laying out the legal case against Hillary Clinton, and then spent about three minutes declaring that he was going to ignore the evidence and recommend no legal action against Mrs. Clinton, the Blaze’s Matt Walsh declared that “The Law is Dead.”

Walsh writes,

July 5, 2016. 11:15 a.m. One day after America’s 240th birthday. 
When historians conduct their autopsy on Lady Justice, that will be the time of death. That is the precise moment when Justice drew her last labored breath, cursed our ridiculous country and our hopelessly corrupt government, and collapsed. Sure, she’d been in bad shape for a while, but there was no surviving the final blow. When it is explicitly announced and made public that the wealthiest and most elite and most liberal are indeed above the law, the charade of “law” cannot continue. There is no law. We are living under the rule of men, not of law. We are subject to the whims of petty tyrants and bureaucrats. They are subject to no one on Earth.

I don’t think Comey’s presser heralds the end of law in the U.S., but he surely did put another nail in the coffin. Like the Supreme Court rulings on abortion and marriage, few should be surprised at this outcome. America has been on a long ugly road when it comes to law and justice, reason and logic, morality and truth.

Two days prior to this year’s Independence Day, noted Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias asked, “Whatever happened to the American Soul?” He continued,

We are truly at the cliff’s precipitous edge and the fall could be long and deadly. Why? We have a deep crisis of the soul that is killing us morally and we have no recourse. We have no recourse because the only cure has been disparaged and mocked by the elite and the powerful. And those very ideologies are now presiding over the slaughter of our citizens while the abundance of speeches is inversely proportional to the wisdom they contain and Reason bleeds to death before our eyes… 
How many families will be shattered and offered up at the altar of our foolishness?...I propose to you that multiple killings have preceded the horrors with which we now live. Those killings prepared the ground for the literal burial of our own people.
Three killings in particular are as real as the carnage we see when suicide vests are detonated: the death of morality, the death of truth, and the death of reason.

To illustrate the death of morality, Dr. Zacharias recalls the comments of Robert Shapiro, the famous attorney who helped represent O.J. Simpson in Simpson’s murder trial. While being interviewed by Megyn Kelly, Shapiro was asked if justice had been served in the Simpson trial (Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his wife Nicole and Ron Goldman). Shapiro utters a “pathetic answer,” telling Kelly, “There is legal justice and moral justice. Legal justice was served.” Thus, as is common among those corrupted by liberalism, Shapiro divorces law from morality.

When it comes to the disconnect between morality and the law in the U.S., we have long been warned. As I pointed out years ago (and as I've suggested often), and as Ben Franklin declared, “Laws without morals are in vain.” Additionally, in 2003, after the Supreme Court foolishly reversed itself and legalized sodomy across the U.S. (Lawrence vs. Texas), the late, great Antonin Scalia warned, “State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers’ (the 1986 Supreme Court decision upholding Georgia’s sodomy law) validation of laws based on moral choices. Every single one of these laws is called into question by today’s decision; the Court makes no effort to cabin the scope of its decision to exclude them from its holding.”

Scalia continued, “The Court embraces… the fact that the governing majority in a State has traditionally viewed a particular practice as immoral is not a sufficient reason for upholding a law prohibiting the practice.” He concluded that, “This effectively decrees the end of all morals legislation.”

In other words, over a decade ago, no less than a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court warned us that liberals were “amputating” (to borrow from Dr. Zacharias) the law from morality. However, instead of an “amputation” what we are really seeing is more of a transplant. On November 18, 2003, just four and a half months after the Lawrence decision, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts ruled in favor of legalized same-sex marriage. Thus Massachusetts became the first state in the U.S. to grant marital rights to same-sex couples.

Writing for the majority, the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts court, Margaret Marshal, referenced Lawrence in the ruling: “Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code.” But of course, the only way to redefine the oldest institution in the history of humanity is to “mandate our own moral code.”

The biggest obstacle to writing one’s own moral code is Christianity. As The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (of the Southern Baptist Convention) recently put it, “in the twentieth century, more and more people began to see Christian morality as standing in the way of a new moral code: the morality of self-fulfillment. Throwing off burdensome traditional mores, people began to imagine life without a bothersome God standing watch.”

Recent Barna research “highlights the extent to which Americans pledge allegiance to the new moral code.” As Barna summarizes, this “morality of self-fulfillment” can be summed up in six guiding principles:

As we sadly see, this “morality of self-fulfillment,” otherwise known—as I noted last August (referencing philosopher Michael Novak)—as the “theology of self,” has crept into the church. This “morality of self-fulfillment” or “theology of self” is nothing new. As Genesis chapter 3 reveals, the desire to “be like God”—to rule our world—is nearly as old as humanity itself.

What is new, at least for the United States of America, is that such a wicked philosophy has now become deeply embedded in U.S. law. Again, all law is rooted in someone's idea of morality. We either are going to be governed by the morality of the Law Giver or the “morality of self-fulfillment.” Americans must simply decide, by whose morality we wished to be governed.

(See this column at American Thinker and The Patriot Post.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Friday, July 8, 2016

Liberals Fiddle While Black Communities Burn (UPDATED)

I don't yet know the complete story of the MN or LA shootings where black men were killed by police in what some are calling suspicious circumstances. Few do know the complete story. If the police acted criminally, let justice be done. However, we do know that institutionalized police violence is FAR from the biggest problem the black community in America faces. As many U.S. cities have suffered from the "Ferguson effect," the real problems in the black community become more clear. As Heather MacDonald reveals:
Violence in Chicago is reaching epidemic proportions. In the first five months of 2016, someone was shot every two and a half hours and someone murdered every 14 hours, for a total of nearly 1,400 nonfatal shooting victims and 240 fatalities. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one per hour, dwarfing the previous year’s tally of 53 shootings over the same period. The violence is spilling over from the city’s gang-infested South and West Sides into the downtown business district; Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies. 
The growing mayhem is the result of Chicago police officers’ withdrawal from proactive enforcement, making the city a dramatic example of what I have called the “Ferguson effect.” Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, the conceit that American policing is lethally racist has dominated the national airwaves and political discourse, from the White House on down. In response, cops in minority neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities around the country are backing off pedestrian stops and public-order policing; criminals are flourishing in the resulting vacuum. (An early and influential Ferguson-effect denier has now changed his mind: in a June 2016 study for the National Institute of Justice, Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri–St. Louis concedes that the 2015 homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was “real and nearly unprecedented.” “The only explanation that gets the timing right is a version of the Ferguson effect,” he told the Guardian.)
Like across the rest of the U.S., the vast majority of the victims in the Chicago violence are black Americans. The vast majority of the perpetrators are young black males from broken (read: "fatherless") homes. For decades now numerous liberal policies have undermined the family in America--especially the black family--and just as is the case with terrorism and Islam, liberals across the U.S. ignore the real causes of the evil that plagues us and continue to play their foolish political games.

Maybe liberals will tell us that we need more abortions of black children. After all, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's vision has only been partially realized: Only about half of the black population in the U.S. has been wiped out by abortion.

And now it seems, those political games have again turned deadly. Late Thursday evening, at a Black Lives Matter Next Generation Action Network protest in Dallas, TX, four five police officers were killed and 11 7 more injured. Again, few details are in. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: A self-described "black power group," has claimed responsibility for the Dallas cop murders. "Black Power Political Organization" wrote on its Facebook account that it was behind the attack and that "more assassinations are coming".

We are NEVER going to solve the problem of violence in the black community, we are NEVER going to solve the problem of the "War on Cops" until we stop waging war on the family.

Trevor Thomas

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Johnny Needs Jesus

Johnny Manziel’s life reeks of sin.

In case you are not familiar with Johnny Manziel, statistically, Manziel is one of the greatest college football quarterbacks of all time. After earning the starting quarterback job at Texas A&M in the fall of 2012, Manziel went on to have an historic season. Along the way to becoming the only freshman (though a redshirt freshman) ever to win the coveted Heisman Trophy, Manziel broke Archie Manning’s 43-year-old SEC record of most yards total offense in a single game. He became the first SEC player ever to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.

Among many other notable records, Manziel holds the NCAA FBS (formerly Division I-A) freshman record for total yards offense and rushing yards by a quarterback. In 2012 he was virtually everybody’s First-team All-American. In other words, in the world of college football, “Johnny Football,” as he became known, was a big deal.

Waiving his junior season at Texas A&M, in 2014, Manziel entered the NFL draft. He was drafted 22nd by the Cleveland Browns. In June of 2014, Manziel signed an $8.25 million contract that included a $4.3 million signing bonus. With millions in disposable cash, “Johnny Football” was not “Johnny Be Good.”

In fact, it seems that Manziel has become as famous for his off-the-field antics as he was for what he did on the field. Manziel has fallen so far that he is no longer in the NFL. After two disappointing seasons, Cleveland released him in March of this year. In addition to that, in this year alone Manziel lost the representation of his marketing agency and his endorsement deal with Nike, and he was fired by two NFL agents, including the renowned Drew Rosenhaus. It was the first time in Rosenhaus’s 27-year career that he’s ever fired an NFL player-client.

In a nutshell, what Johnny Manziel has done is party himself into unemployment. There were plenty of signs that Manziel was a bit “out of control” long before the Cleveland Browns invested millions of dollars in him. Just prior to the 2012 season, Manziel was arrested on several misdemeanor charges surrounding a late-night fight in College Station, Texas. Just after his Heisman-winning freshman season, in early 2013, Manziel was dismissed early from the Manning Passing Academy. Manziel said it was because he oversleept after his phone died.

When questioned as to whether alcohol played a role in him oversleeping (Something like, “Were you hungover Johnny?”), Manziel was evasive in his answer. He added, “I’m still a sophomore in college. I’m still going to do things that everybody in college does, and I’m going to continue to enjoy my life.” In other words, Johnny wants to rule his world.

Of the tens of thousands of words spoken and written by sports journalists covering Manziel, how often do you think the first sentence of this piece has been uttered, or even hinted at? Whether his athletic successes or his off-the-field failures, for years now Johnny Manziel’s life has been relentlessly covered by a seemingly ever-present media. Though it seems obvious to most everyone that Johnny Manziel “needs help,” that he needs to “make changes” in his life—quite unsurprisingly—virtually no one in today’s media is pointing toward what Mr. Manziel really needs.

As my wife Michelle and I were engaged to be married, we went through several sessions of excellent pre-marital counseling. I say “excellent” because of the efforts of our licensed professional counselor, and the fact that the counseling was done from a Christian worldview. Any other form of counseling is a waste of time.

There’s one thing in particular from the sessions that I’ve never forgotten. Our counselor pointed out to each of us that we would inevitably, at some point in our marriage, discover things in the other that we would not like. He looked at Michelle and said, “You can’t change him.” He then turned to me and said, “You can’t change her.” The reason: there’s only one agent for real change in anyone’s life, and that is Jesus Christ.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see.” Powerfully describing how the grace of God changes us, Amazing Grace is probably the most famous hymn in history. It’s appeared on over 11,000 albums. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton. By his late teenage years Newton became eager to escape the constraints of his mother’s religion (she was a Puritan and died when John was seven), and rule his world. Along this destructive path, Newton embraced “freethinking principles,” and became “arrogant, insubordinate,” and “lived with moral abandon.” Describing himself, Newton wrote, “I sinned with a high hand,” later adding, “and I made it my study to tempt and seduce others.” In other words, his life “reeked of sin.”

Newton’s story as a repentant slave trader who became a powerful force in the abolition movement is well known. On the change that Christ made in his life, Newton declared, “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.”

Newton’s declaration “I am not what I used to be,” represents well the metamorphosis, the “new birth” that all who accept Christ experience. As Jesus told the Pharisee Nicodemus, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

Just days ago, Johnny Manziel’s father, Paul Manziel, spoke out about his son’s destructive path. “He’s a druggie. It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie,” Paul Manziel said in a recent phone interview. Paul added, “I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. That’s about all you can say. I don't know what else to say.”

When discussing the intervention efforts the family has made thus far on Johnny’s behalf, Paul declared that “the system failed. I had him in rehab and he escaped and the doctors let him go, and that is a whole other story. So I mean I had him [in rehab] and the system failed. It didn’t work.

“He has more money than me, so he can outrun me. Like I said, there are two things that are going to happen: He’s either going to die, or he’s going to figure out that he needs help. It’s one of the two. But we’ve done everything that we can do. Life goes on. You can’t just chase somebody that's not willing to listen. The story is not going to change. It’s the same…We’re so far past what everybody thinks we are past. People are ignorant. It’s just a horrible story. That’s all there is to it.”

Paul added that he hoped Johnny “goes to jail”, because right now, “that would be the best place for him.” (I’ve heard those exact words spoken about a member of my own family.) Paul Manziel concluded, “I’m done. I’m done talking about it. I’m doing my job, and I’m going to move on. If I have to bury him, I’ll bury him. That’s the fact. So if not, if he calls me and needs help, I’ll go get him. Until then, he’s on his own. I’ve done everything I can do.”

How sad. I know well the brokenness and hopelessness of which Paul Manziel speaks. I know all too well what substance addiction can do to a family. My uncle Mack, my mother’s brother, literally drank himself to death, dying at the age of 40 of cirrhosis of the liver. Uncle Mack’s death is far from the only substance-related tragedy we’ve experienced.

My beloved father-in-law was hit and killed last year by a cocaine-addicted man with a rap sheet as long as my arm. Our family will suffer the consequences of that man’s addiction for the rest of our lives. Read my wife’s account of our journey here.

Nevertheless, our family has kept hope and has seen miracles (and still hoping for more) because of the power of Christ. I don’t mean to imply here that the Manziel family has not turned to Christ during this crisis; maybe they have. If not, I say, run! Run now to the only real hope any of us has. If the Manziels are already looking to Christ, then I say, stay strong, cling to your faith, endure, and pray. Pray that Johnny will have divine encounters that will point him to the truth. No matter how far someone has fallen, no matter how many financial resources they have, they can’t “outrun” God.

Copyright 2015, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Thursday, June 30, 2016

BREAKING: U.S. Military Now to Allow Service of Big Red Birds with Fuzzy Pink Feet

I suppose there's only one thing now to decide: is liberalism, as Michael Savage told us a decade ago, a mental disorder, or as Tom Trinko at American Thinker recently concluded, evil to the core?

Seemingly never tired of "struggling against reality," the Obama administration Pentagon has decided to allow "transgenders" to openly serve in the U.S. military. At a press conference today, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said,
I'm announcing today that we're ending the ban on transgender Americans in the United States military. Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender.
Poor Max Klinger would've been devastated, as would have the television executives at CBS. For the first seven seasons of the legendary TV show M*A*S*H*, CBS garnered millions of laughs from Americans who watched Corporal Max Klinger dress up as a woman in a silly attempt to garner a "Section 8" and a discharge from the U.S. Army. Leave it to the Obama administration to undermine one of the greatest television shows of all time.

Oh well, at least M*A*S*H* provides us with an opportunity. In its desire to accommodate all things perverse, and in order to make transgenders feel more comfortable, I'm sure the Obama administration would not object to new military dress for soldiers who wish to carry on in the Max Klinger tradition. Thus, using Klinger as inspiration, I've come up with new uniforms for the U.S. Army. (The other branches of the military can do their own Google search.)

For a combat uniform, here are three options:

The purse accessory in the middle option could be used to carry extra ammunition, supplies, and so on. The large cover in the uniform on the right might prove more useful in desert combat situations.

For formal affairs, there is Army Service Uniform. Fortunately, Klinger was not shy about sporting dressier outfits.

Note all ensembles come with a cover, with the center and the right option also coming with a jacket. The umbrella in the first outfit also doubles as a weapon to use against those not properly progressive enough when it comes to the practice of men dressing as women, and vice versa.

Of course, we need even our trans-troops to remain in top physical condition. (They have to be able to run in heels, right?) Thus, we must provide them with a physical training uniform.

Note the flexibility allowed by the first uniform. The catcher's mitt is not standard issue. The middle option is for those soldiers who wish to perform physical training as a famous female movie character. (I mean, if we're going to allow for fantasy...) Again, Dorothy's picnic basket is non-issue. Option three has the advantage of doubling as a tent.

Klinger was so diversified in his attempts to get out of the Army that he provides us with literally hundreds of additional options should the need arise. There's his maternity line:

Though, as Colonel Blake did point out in this episode, in his condition, Klinger should not be smoking. However, I'm sure the Obama-led Army will soon allow (at taxpayer expense of course) Planned Parenthood personnel on all military bases and outposts in order to remedy such unfortunate incidents.

There's the wedding line:

The patriotic line (for when important dignitaries are on base):

And lastly, the escape line, for when our trans-troops decide it's time to go AWOL:

Once airborne, it's foolproof, as from the ground one will appear as a big red bird, with fuzzy pink feet.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New National Health Institute Survey Reveals: Those Engaging in Homosexuality Report More Health Problems

According to Reuters, "For the first time since its launch in 1957, the National Health Interview Survey in 2013 and 2014 included a question about sexual orientation." Among many other things, the report reveals that there are "substantial health disparities for LGB adults in the United States." These "health disparities" include the facts that those engaging in homosexual behavior "were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use."

Sadly, and foolishly, the researchers here make no effort to determine the reasons for these health disparities. With no science to back their conclusions, they merely declare that the revealed health disparities exist "potentially due to the stressors that LGB people experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination." Also, foolishly, the survey did not ask about sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). The health outcomes examined were "chronic conditions (cancer, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, hepatitis, and weak or failing kidneys."

Of course, as my "Dangers of Homosexuality" page reveals, homosexuals have "health disparities" because of their dangerous (and sinful) sexual behaviors. Additionally, once one abandons the eternal moral absolutes given by our Creator in the sexual realm, it becomes easier to abandon other moral absolutes. Thus the rampant drinking, smoking, and drug use among those engaging in homosexuality. Or, as is often speculated, homosexuals seek to numb themselves through drug and alcohol abuse in order to rid themselves of any guilt they feel due to their sinful behaviors. Of course, what those corrupted by a liberal worldview would have us do is lie and stop calling homosexuality sin.

Lastly, why would anything calling itself the "National Health Interview Survey" take so long (nearly 60 years!) to survey the health of homosexuals?! (Maybe they were afraid of what the answers would reveal?) And then when finally asking about the health of homosexuals, why would you NOT ask about STDs?!

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Benghazi is What Happens When the Liberal Narrative on Islam Prevails

The final Benghazi Report is out, and it is a revealing and thorough indictment of the actions of President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and many within the Obama administration.

After Benghazi, where four Americans were killed as the result of a coordinated attack by radical Islamists upon an American embassy, the Obama administration--including Hillary Clinton--immediately put forth the narrative that the attack was the result of a YouTube video, Innocence of Muslims, that was critical of Islam. Of course, the liberal mainstream American media--the same media we're suppose to trust to fairly cover the final Benghazi Report--played right along and helped further the lie that the attack was the result of a video.

In her deceit over the video, days after the attack, and after she had already declared that she knew the attack was not the result of any video, Hillary Clinton went so far as to shake the hand of Charles Wood, father of Benghazi hero Ty Woods, and told him, "We are going to have the filmmaker arrested." The efforts of Clinton, Obama, and others within the Obama administration and the media who aided and abetted the false video narrative, were so effective in their lies that the creator of the video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was arrested.

Of course, we now know that the Obama administration repeatedly lied to and misled the American public about the Benghazi attack. Then, four years later, the Orlando massacre happens, and the Islamic apologists within the Obama administration again attempt to cover-up what really happened when a radical Islamist kills 49 inside a nightclub.

As if it needed to be said again, liberals simply cannot be trusted when it comes to Islam, radical Islam, and the safety of Americans. Marco Rubio could not have been more right when he declared,
Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being commander-in-chief of the United States," Rubio said at the Jan. 14 debate. "Someone who cannot handle intelligence information appropriately cannot be commander-in-chief, and someone who lies to the families of those four victims in Benghazi cannot be president of the United States."
Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mateen's Motivations, in His Own Words (UPDATE)

Because we live in a world where truth is relative, where the oldest institution in the history of humanity (marriage) can be redefined to mean whatever we want it to mean, where biological sex has no meaning--where males are females and females are males--where a child in the womb is not really a human being worthy of protection, it should come as no surprise that the clear motivations of a radical Islamist who killed 49 Americans at an Orlando nightclub are called into question.

I know, let's let the killer, Omar Mateen tell us why he murdered over four dozen of his fellow citizens. Here's Mateen's own words from his 911 call:
In the name of Allah the Merciful, the beneficent [said in Arabic]. Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of Allah [said in Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings. My name is--I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State. I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may Allah protect him [said in Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
Later, on three separate occasions, Mateen spoke with police negotiators. The transcripts of those calls have yet to be released, but a summary by the FBI declares,
In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now.”
During the Orlando massacre, Mateen posted the following on Facebook:
"I pledge my alliance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi...may Allah accept me," Mateen wrote in one post. "The real Muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west....You kill innocent women and children by doing us taste the Islamic state vengeance."
In addition to Mateen's own words, we now now know that Mateen's father was a longtime Taliban sympathizer. According to reports, "Mateen attended a mosque with a Florida man who would later become a suicide bomber in Syria. In part because of that connection, the FBI investigated Mateen twice as a possible jihadist threat." 

In other words, we know Mateen's motivations. He killed in the name of Islam. Perhaps there were other mitigating factors (there's evidence Mateen was involved in the homosexual lifestyle) in Mateen's massacre, but to ignore the clear role of Islam is dangerous, and the height of foolishness.

UPDATE: Several news outlets, along with columnists not corrupted by liberalism, are now reporting that Omar Mateen was not a homosexual. Some of this information was out several days before I first posted this piece. Admittedly, and tellingly, I had not heard this information. It's no surprise that the mainstream media would not want to draw too much attention to the facts that contradicted their preferred narrative (that Mateen was a self-loathing homosexual). 

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World

Thursday, June 23, 2016

While Democrats Protest Against the Second Amendment, Nearly 3,000 Babies Died

As Washington Democrats staged a foolish "sit-in"—Isn't it amazing how good liberals are at doing nothing?—in order to gain a vote on gun-control measures that will do nothing to prevent gun violence, over 2,800 of the most defenseless Americans were slaughtered inside their mother's womb. Of course, Washington Democrats—to the tune of nearly 60 million since the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision—have long been directly complicit in the deaths of unborn children.

Meanwhile, as they continue to foolishly flail about—I mean sit on their bottoms—when it comes to guns, Democrats also continue to display a dangerous ignorance on the real threats to Americans. What kind of administration tries to hide from Americans what almost anyone who'd paid attention to the Orlando atrocity for 15 minutes already knew was true?! What kind of administration tells us that we need "compassion, unity and love" when it comes to dealing with terrorists and terrorism, but will not come to the aid of the most defenseless among us?! The answer is simple: an administration corrupted by liberalism.

As I've noted before, for liberals, attempting to claim the moral high-ground is like a community organizer winning the Nobel Peace Prize: it only happens with willful suspension of reason and facts—which means it happens a lot in liberal circles. Because the moral demands of liberalism are few and malleable, any movement born of liberalism will have a corrupt morality. Today's sit-in is no different. All these Democrat fools are accomplishing is again demonstrating why no one should ever vote for a liberal.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World