Does Michele Obama live in a house built by slaves?

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On Tuesday evening at the DNC convention in Philadelphia, Michele Obama said the following:

“So that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”

This statement is a  great sound byte, but is it true?

In the late 1800’s, the original White House was built by a combination of slaves, free slaves, and contractors.  However, in the War of 1812, the British burned down the White House. Over the last 200+ years, the White House has been built, rebuilt, remodeled, and expanded. The only original part of the White House is a portion of one of the exterior walls.

If you live in a housing development that previously was farmland, then we do not boast that we live on a farm. It used to be a farm, but not anymore. Michele Obama does not wake up in a house built by slaves but lives on the property where a building built partially by slaves existed.

Verdict: Mostly false.

Proof of Hillary Clinton’s Intent

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FBI director, Jim Comey, announced that he would not recommend charges against President-elect Hillary Clinton concerning her exclusive use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.  She was identified with being “extremely careless” but not “grossly negligent”. The primary reason for no charges was no proof of intent. The law does not require intent, but Comey stated that no reasonable prosecutor would accept  this case due a history of requiring intent for this crime.

Intent is rarely proved by a confession but by circumstantial evidence. I will present the case for intent using circumstantial evidence.

  • Secretary Clinton set up her personal email server before she was sworn into office. She used this unsecured email system for all of her ­email: personal, work and classified.
  • The law requires for all government departments to assign an Inspector General to independently oversee security issues. President Obama never nominated an IG during Secretary Clinton’s four-year tenure,  earning him the distinction as the only president not to appoint an IG since 1957.
  • ­Lied under oath that:
    1. She never sent classified email on her server.
    2. She never sent any emails marked classified on her server.
    3. She testified that her lawyers read each email and were conservative in their deletion of private emails.
    4. She turned over all of her work related emails.
    5. She only used one email device.
  • Hid her email system from congressional committees for over two years.
  • Unilaterally had her lawyers delete emails that they decided were not work related. They followed by wiping the devices clean to ensure the least chance of recovery.
  • Refused to turn over her server until the FBI requested it.
  • The FBI found thousands of work-related emails on her server.
  • The FBI found 110 emails, marked classified at the time of their origin, in 52 chains on the server.
  • Brian Pagliano, the IT specialist that setup Secretary Clinton’s server, pled the 5th when questioned about the server setup. The FBI negotiated immunity for his testimony.
  • Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, was hired as Clinton’s personal attorney. She could invoke attorney/client privilege when questioned about her official duties as chief of staff.
  • Clinton and her immediate staff, all employed the same attorney to represent them.
  • Violated the Freedom of Information Act by not turning over all of her work related emails upon terminating her work at the State Department. They were turned over after 2-3 years, but only after over half of the emails were deleted by her lawyers.

 

This seems to be enough to prove intent with circumstantial evidence. I believe that a reasonable prosecutor could prove intent even though it’s not a requirement under the statute.

Daily Bread in Acts

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Human nature has not changed since the foundations of the world. Selfishness, pride, and justification are not new. In Acts 6, an incident occurs that could happen today.

And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

The Grecians are the Gentiles. This is a division of the body of Christ where there are no Jews and Gentiles in the spirit. The Jews were being racist by omitting the Gentiles during the daily sharing of food provisions. This is not an accounting problem, but a spiritual problem. The Gentiles have always been second class citizens to the Jews. They called them “dogs”. This act was an intentional shortchanging justified by “we are better than them”. The Gentiles complained to the apostles about this unfair practice.

Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

The apostles remind the disciples that they have an apostolic ministry serving thousands of members.

Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

The apostles instructed the disciples to choose seven from the disciples that have the following traits: stellar character, active in the manifestations of the spirit, and spiritually wise. These men will oversee the daily distribution. Notice that the apostles did not pick the seven, but delegated the election to the disciples. Delegation is one of the keys to a growing church.

This was not a counting problem that could be solved with a project manager and a bookkeeper. This was a spiritual problem that needed to be confronted and resolved, especially among the Jewish disciples. That’s why these men needed to be strong believers.

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

These disciples chose an excellent group of men, led by Stephen. Natural problems can be resolved with natural talents, but supernatural problems require people with spiritual maturity.

 

The Ties That Bind

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It’s the day of Pentecost. The apostles were faithful and waited in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit.  At 9am, they were in the temple and started breathing heavy when suddenly cloven tongues as of fire distributed on each of them. They began to speak in tongues and all of the non-locals understood at least one of the languages.  Peter then proceeds to deliver one of the greatest sermons in the Bible. Later that day 3000 people are saved and become new members of the body of Christ. Over 3000 people are born again on the first day of the Church. Wow! How did they organize and function? Most churches would struggle with 3000 new people showing up on a Sunday morning. God provides us a framework for how the early church grew and expanded. These same principles still work today.

All of the New Testament (Gospels, Acts, Church letters, Revelations) was written 20-60 years after the day of Pentecost. They had no scripture to guide them in how the church operated. They did have the Holy Spirit to guide them.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

They were diligent and dependable at fellowshipping and following the apostles doctrine (had to be oral), sharing meals, and prays together.

Fellowship is the Greek word koinonia

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

Fear does not mean scared but it means to give reverence or respect. This was the fear of the lord. The apostles demonstrated that God was present and working in their lives.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

They were believers (Romans 10:9-10) and spent time together.

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Notice that possessions and goods are plural. This was not a commune. They share of their abundance with their neighbors so that nobody lacked. They gave freely. It was not commanded or legislated.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

They were daily, with a common purpose, in the temple. They shared meals together in their homes. These were community groups which are scalable, affordable, and homey. People were thankful for their food and had their hearts knit together with the love of God.

47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

They praised God, which means they practiced the presence of God, acknowledged God, and worshiped God with thankfulness.  They had favor (grace) with all the people. They did not have favor with all of the Jews but they had favor with the believers.

God added to the church daily all that had a desire to be saved. This was an exponential growth because this loving, committed environment was irresistible.

 

Helpers Of Your Joy

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In Matthew 16:8 Jesus teaches that human reasoning is one of the enemies of believing God’s word.

Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith [believing], why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

John 7 is an example of human reasoning blocking believing.

We descend into the conversation where the people are discussing with the religious leaders Jesus status. Some thought he was a prophet, others thought that he was the Christ.

40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth, this is the Prophet.

41 Others said This is the Christ. But some said Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

They knew that he was raised in Galilee but were unaware that he was born in Bethlehem, fled for Egypt with his family as a toddler, and returned to settle in Galilee.

44 And some of them would have taken him, but no man laid hands on him.

45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

The officers were impressed with how Jesus spoke with authority.

47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?

48 Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

49 But these people who know not the law are cursed.

Now let’s examine the human reasoning of the Pharisees. First, they accused the officers of being hoodwinked by Jesus words. Then, they asked them to consider that none of the rulers or religious leaders believed in him. This is the “majority is right” argument. Finally, they cursed the people for not knowing the law. This is human reasoning times three. They are persuasive, but are they right? The leaders introduced doubt, promoted reasoning, and pronounced fear due to ignorance.

50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)

51 Does our law judge any man, before it hears him, and knows what he does?

52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

Nicodemus thinks that their statements lack justice. They then attack him, by doubling down on Jesus is not a prophet since he is from Galilee.

53 And every man went unto his own house.

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

Every man went home, but Jesus went to the mount of Olives, probably to pray.

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him, and he sat down and taught them.

The people arrived with humble hearts, ready to receive the words of life. The religious leaders came with prideful hearts, ready to reject Jesus and his words; Ensuring that the people understood why they were right and Jesus was wrong. The word of God is truth. Beware of leaders attacking the Word, presenting a skewed view, or promoting fear.

2 Corinthians 1:24

Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Leaders are called to be helpers of your joy and not to lord over your believing.

Non-Diverse Judicial Branch

Diversity and inclusion is a hallmark goal of the government and business community. Our Supreme Court is not as diverse as other institutions.

Education

All eight judges are graduates from Ivy League law schools: Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

Religion

Over 45% of the US claims to be Protestants, 23% are Roman Catholic, and 2% are Jewish. The Supreme Court makeup comprises five Roman Catholics, 3 Jews, and 0 Protestants. John Paul Stevens retirement in 2010 completed the last term of a Protestant.

% of US Population % of Supreme Court
Protestant 46 0
Roman Catholic 23 62.5
Jewish 2 37.5

Note: The nominee to replace Antonin Scalia is Merrick Garland, a Harvard graduate of the Jewish faith.

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The quote above is from Supreme Court justice, William O. Douglas. Since all of the judges come from Ivy League schools, where liberalism dominates, then most graduate with a liberal mindset. Criminal law interpretation is clear-cut, whereas Constitutional law interpretation is softer. Not because Constitutional law is unclear, but because progressive judges believe in a living constitution. This is a fluid interpretation based on social norms, political climate, what the judge thinks “should” be right, and extra-constitutional sources. I believe that Justice Douglas is correct when he states that 90% of a Supreme Court decision is emotional and that the other 10% is justifying why the emotional choice is right.

Liberal Mindset + Emotional Decision + Living Constitution =  Unconstitutional Conclusion

Conservative judges are not taught to be conservative in most law schools. Therefore, a judge becomes a conservative by choice and convictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Identification

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North Carolina is at the center of the national debate over self-identification. The city of Charlotte passed a local law allowing men to choose which bathroom, locker room, or shower based on their choice. The state of North Carolina passed into law, HB-2,  a state law to nullify the Charlotte law. This new law said that people would use the bathroom based on the sex designation on the­­ir birth certificate. This unleashed national outrage.

Paypal halted their new 400 employee office targeted for Charlotte. California and New York governments banned employee travel to North Carolina. Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and Boston canceled concerts in protest.

Attorney General Roy Cooper refuses to enforce the NC law, claiming  unconstitutionality. (Note: Mr. Cooper is running for governor in the November election against Gov. McCrory. I left a voicemail and sent an email to Mr. Cooper’s office the day of his announcement, requesting his justification for how it violated the constitution. Mr. Cooper’s office has not responded as of this article.)

US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, declared that NC is in violation of Title 7 (Civil Rights Act) and Title 9 (university discrimination); threatening to withhold federal funding for schools and roads as a punishment.

President Obama parrots the same as the DOJ, speaking about NC discrimination at press conferences in the US and in Great Britain. He has not proposed for congress to pass a law to resolve this perceived problem.

The DOJ gave NC three days to respond to their request that NC overturns HB-2. NC asked for more time but was refused.  On the deadline date, NC did respond – with a lawsuit suing the DOJ. The DOJ responded with a countersuit.  Why a countersuit?  The NC case was filed in the eastern NC US district court and The DOJ case was filed in the middle NC US district court. This allows the DOJ to hedge their bets that one of the two courts will favor their case. Regardless, this is probably headed to the Supreme Court.

The opposition claims that the case is only about transgender people. This is about government over-reach concerning state’s rights. The DOJ is wanting to redefine the term “sex” in Title 7. The original meaning in the 1970’s was biological gender. Now the DOJ is redefining the term to mean “gender-identification”. The DOJ enforces the law, but Congress writes the law.

If discrimination is based on identification then when does it end? Can I identify as a handicapped person and receive benefits? Can I identify as an African American and receive scholarship money as a minority? Where is the dividing line between reality and identification?

I agree with Gov. Pat McCrory. I do not want men in the bathroom with my wife or daughter. HB-2 was a needed, but not perfect law. Stand strong, Governor, in support of common sense and decency.

The NC lawsuit elevates this case from an NC issue to a 50 states issue. I don’t believe that NC is the last of the 50 states to resist bathroom openness. But yet, NC is under the microscope for taking a stand, bullied by musicians, businesses, and local governments.

Our constitution is resilient when protected and defended. It becomes brittle when viewed as a living constitution due to a Humpty-dumpty mindset.

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’