Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Three More Years: To Protect And To Defend"

While most young men would be out having fun on a nice warm Sunday afternoon in New York City, Christopher Jerome of Harrisburg, Va., was being sworn in for another three years in the Navy by Lt. Carl Gerhard. The swearing in took place in front of thousands of tourists, local and other navy men in the heart of Times Square. When asked why he decided to re-enlist, Jerome said, "because my job is the best job in the world". Although he isn't married, he said there is someone special in his life and then turned and gave a smile to a young lady standing nearby _________________ "God Bless America!"

"America The Beautiful"

As performed by the Northeast Navy Showband in Times Square: New York City: Sunday evening May 24, 2009 Soloist: Audra Ratliff: Musican 2nd Class Officer of Waxahachie,Texas.


O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"Cry The Beloved Country"

Quiet as it’s kept 378 civilians were killed over the weekend in Sri Lanka.
While there were a few stories on the internet and some buried in newspapers, there hasn’t been much of an outcry as there is over Darfur. How is it that hundreds of people are being slaughtered women, children, men and babies and no out pour of support or rage?

According to published reports, the conflict between the Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tigers has been going on for decades. The Tamil Tigers, also known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, have been fighting for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka’s minority since 1983. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the war. The latest incident has sparked international calls for a ceasefire, as fear that more innocent lives will be lost.

Entire generations are being extinguished _ it’s genocide and yet the United Nations sits back and watches? How much blood? How many bodies? How many lives lost before the world gets mad?

If this was Israel would the world or United Nations sit still?

“and we are not saved…”

Monday, May 4, 2009

"The Next Supreme Court Justice"

Who will he pick? Will it be a hit or miss?

President Barack Obama can not afford to allow politics to be involved in his selection of the next Supreme Court Justice. He _ I am sure _ is not taking the matter lightly, for all eyes will be on him. Those same eyes will have their own personal agendas and want him to choose a candidate of their liking.

Like the person he chooses, he must exercise great jurisprudence in making his selection. The person he selects should be as humanly possible free of any blemish and impropriety. There should be no hidden tax issues or secret agendas. This person must have the aptitude to understand the law of the land and interpret it (The Constitution) without prejudice and malice or political persuasion. No legislating from the bench.

While at times, public opinion may seem to be the governing way to go, ultimately it will be this Judges understanding of the law which must prevail. But then too, justice is blind, but it must be able to see and hear and move with the times applying and interpreting the laws of the land as needed.

The perfect example of a Supreme Court Judge would be the biblical King Solomon. In my opinion, traits that an ideal judge should possess can be found in Psalms 15. When King David asked who would abide in the holy tabernacle:

"He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteosness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour, In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury , nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved".

"and we are not saved..."