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Your Child Isn’t Vaccinated and You’re Proud?

Parents shouldn’t be proud their children aren’t vaccinated, they should be ashamed. Yes, your unvaccinated child is a danger. Not just to other unvaccinated children, but to vaccinated adults as well.

Most people don’t understand that vaccines are 90% – 99% effective in preventing disease and 100% effective against moderate to severe cases. An unvaccinated child has an 80% chance of contracting a preventable infectious disease and passing it on to other unvaccinated children, adults with compromised immune systems or even adults that were vaccinated as children, but over time, the protection has become less effective.

Think this is hyperbole?  Click below to view an interactive map of vaccine preventable outbreaks from The Council on Foreign Relations:
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Yes, diseases that once took so many lives and then, because of vaccines, had virtually been eradicated.

In 1988, the World Health Assembly unanimously agreed to eradicate polio worldwide. As a result of global polio eradication efforts, the number of cases reported globally has decreased from more than 350,000 cases in 1988 to 187 cases in 2012 (as of November 14, 2012). Only three countries remain endemic for polio in 2012: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. – World Health Organization

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So why wouldn’t a parent vaccinate their child against potentially deadly diseases? The most common reason they cite is their belief in a link between vaccines and Autism, particularly those containing Thimerosal and the measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

“Many studies have examined possible links between vaccination and increased prevalence of autism. This research has paid particular attention to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, vaccines containing Thimerosal and the total number of vaccines administered during early childhood or any one doctor’s visit. These studies have not found a link between vaccines and autism. – autismspeaks.org”

Do you remember this?
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Or this?
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I don’t, and neither does any person in my generation. If you didn’t grow up in this era, be thankful for vaccines.

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STATE OF THE UNION SUCCINCTLY SUMMED UP

Barack Obama’s SOTU in under a minute … 

 

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Conservative Facebook pages marked for takeover by online liberal group

File this under, “I couldn’t make this up” –

It’s recently come to light that a group of liberals on Facebook have put together a list of about eighty conservative Facebook pages and have marked them for infiltration and takeover. The list was accidentally posted to the Citizens’ Post Facebook page. When they realized what they had done, the list was immediately taken down and a group page where they had been congregating was deleted.

Some very popular conservative pages like The pro-Sarah Palin “Barracuda Brigade” and the pro-Phil Robertson “I Stand with Phil” pages were among those listed as targets. Several pro-gun pages were also listed along with a justice for Benghazi page.

The online message concluded with the phrase “Moar Gotes,” an apparent reference to a technique used by Facebook liberals as “goating,” where pages are infiltrated and taken over by users posting multiple pictures and memes involving goats. (I told you I couldn’t make this up)

How does this happen? A liberal “troll” will con his or her way into the good graces of a page owner by posing as a conservative. This could take months. Once the person has been granted the proper privileges, he or she then takes over, removing all other administrators and flooding the page with various goat memes, thus shutting down the page.

Examiner.com’s David Thornton explained:
“Jason Doolin, owner of the conservative Citizens’ Post page on Facebook, said that Patrick Blair, posed as a representative of The Freedom Alliance and contacted him several months ago about helping him to expand his page. Blair gained his trust over a period of months.
There is a real Freedom Alliance as well, a Virginia based charity organized as 501(c)(3) organization that educates young Americans in civic responsibility and provides scholarships to the children of American soldiers.

Thornton added that Patrick Blair, “apparently operated several fake conservative Facebook pages and websites as a cover.”

According to Thornton, Blair conned other conservatives into helping him, only to delete their work later on, replacing it with goats. He also reportedly admitted “duping conservatives and ‘goating’ their pages.”

Thornton said he was uncertain why goats are used.

Owners of conservative pages should be extremely careful about those with whom they operate. Moreover, they should carefully examine and thoroughly vet those listed as administrators.

Above all, page owners should never, ever, grant manager access to anyone they do not know extremely well.

So what did we learn from this goat rope? (pun intended) The tolerant progressives believe in freedom of expression as long as it agrees with their ideology.

Here’s a .doc with a list of targeted sites:

sites listed for infiltration by liberal group

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160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed in Franklin County, N.C.

This is an outrageous act that’s barely been covered by the main stream media. Why all the secrecy? Most likely because implications could have far reaching consequences for some of North Carolina’s more affluent families. They may have burned the evidence, but the truth will usually rise from the ashes.
Do you think someone is trying to bury the truth? Comment below, I’d really be interested in your thoughts.

Stumbling in the Shadows of Giants

I rarely re-blog, but this one deserves being spread far and wide.

Timeline of the Destruction of 100 Year Old Franklin County, NC Records

Please read the whole post included above – but the gist is as follows:

– This summer a new Clerk of Court in Franklin County discovered a trove (an entire roomful) of documents, some dating back to 1840, in a previously sealed room in the Franklin County, North Carolina Court House.

– Recognizing the historical value of these materials, she contacted the local historical society to assist in reviewing the materials, preserving them, and inventorying the materials.

– The Local historical group enthusiastically poured themselves into the project, mobilizing volunteers and the whole community – securing space to work, materials, and finances – in order to catalog and preserve the bounty of record books, photographs, deeds, chattel records, land grants, deeds, wills, personal correspondence, and countless…

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Speaker Boehner, install a select committee on Benghazi now!

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Written by Allen West:

I’ve joined family members of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack and more than 70 fellow conservative and military leaders in sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner demanding that he install a select committee to once and for all get the answers and the truth regarding the tragic events of September 11, 2012.

There is widespread support for a select committee to get to the bottom of disturbing questions surrounding the attack, as H.Res. 36 has 178 cosponsors. Yet Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor refuse to bring it to the House floor for a vote. You have to wonder, is there something they know that they prefer not come to light?

We can no longer accept silence, obfuscation and inaction on this subject.

You can read the letter here.   Please feel free to download and circulate it widely.
Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/01/speaker-boehner-install-select-committee-benghazi-now/#ohQWqyezBBqHESex.99

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2 years after death, woman gets her Christmas Wish for family

Have tissues ready and a few minutes to compose yourself afterward: Man receives letter from dying wife 2 years later. The letter — and a wish — was to be given to him only after he’d found love again. Prior to her death, Brenda Schmitz had made arrangements with a friend to deliver the letter to radio station KSTZ in Des Moines, Iowa. Brenda had always been touched by the “Star” 102.5 Christmas Wish program that a Des Moines radio station runs each year.

The station takes submissions of Christmas Wishes and consults with local partners to grant some of them.

“About a week and half ago we got a letter in the mail,” Scott Allen said Friday night. He’s the brand manager at the station, KSTZ “Star” 102.5 FM. “We’ve been doing the Christmas Wish program for 20-plus years. We’ve never received a wish like this, ever.”

Brenda Schmitz, in an undated photos. (star1025.com)

Brenda Schmitz, in an undated photo. (star1025.com)

Dated Aug. 3, 2011, Brenda Schmitz’s letter lists three wishes.

“I have a wish for David and the boys and the woman and her family if she has kids also,” she wrote. “I want them to know I love them very much and they always feel safe in a world of pain.” David and Brenda had four sons: Carter, Josh, Justin and Max.

Station officials told David Schmitz on Thursday that they were granting a Christmas Wish for him. But he didn’t know about Brenda’s letter until he was in the studio and on the air — hearing host Colleen Kelly read his wife’s words.

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Me and My House Will Serve the Lord and Not Watch A&E

Steven Ruffatto

Steven Ruffatto Asst. Professor
Criminal Justice at Harrisburg Area Community College 

Dear A&E,

Thank you for bringing us a show that was family friendly and fun to watch. I greatly appreciated the fact that my Christian family could watch a Christian family on TV as opposed to much of the garbage that is reality TV. Unfortunately, you have done a disservice to Phil Robertson as well as the Christian AND non-Christian fans of Duck Dynasty.

Freedom of speech means that we are all free to speak what we believe. The Supreme Court does restrict some speech. In fact they specifically address such speech that may cause panic or physical injury. The example they give is that someone cannot scream “fire” in a crowded movie theater when there is no fire.

Me and My House Will Serve the Lord and Not Watch A&E

Phil Roberson in his “I Am Second” video. (Source: I Am Second screen shot)

Why, because it would cause a panic and people would get hurt. Did Phil Robertson’s speech meet this criteria set forth by the Supreme Court? No, it did not. The only people who panicked were the A&E executives that decided to pull Phil from the show.

Phil Robertson spoke what he knew to be true according to the Bible. Does that ruffle some peoples feathers because it goes against what they want to do? Yes it does.

The members of GLAAD are free to speak out against Christianity and those that believe in the Bible. How is that speech any different than Phil’s?

Under the U.S. Constitution they both have a right to express their thoughts and opinions. So why is Phil being punished for expressing his opinions? Why are you punishing Phil Robertson for being a Christian? This was not an incident of homophobia or hate speech.

Me and My House Will Serve the Lord and Not Watch A&E

This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, “Duck Dynasty.” The A&E channel says “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. In a statement Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson’s comments in GQ magazine. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

Homosexuality is clearly defined as a sin in the Bible just as other sins are listed. Stating it as a sin does not make someone anti-gay. Phil even stated, “we should love God and each other.”

If GLAAD and the LGBT community expect everyone to be tolerant of their views, opinions, and lifestyle choices, they too must be tolerant of Bible believing Christians, their views, opinions, and lifestyle choices. For A&E to succumb to the pressures of “political correctness” speaks volumes about your true concerns.

However, I would remind you that tolerance is a two-way street.

At this point what is needed is a clarification about your programming and your ant-Christian stance. If you are truly an anti-Christian station, which the move to pull Phil from the show based on his Christian beliefs reveals you to be, please be up front about it. You will most likely lose viewers based on this incident.

However, do not for a minute believe that you are losing viewers because of Phil’s comments. You will lose viewers due to your reaction to his comments.

Therefore, without clarification from A&E that you support Christians and Christian beliefs as much as you support GLAAD and the LGBT community, then  “As for Me and My House We Will No Longer Support or Watch A&E.”

Respectfully,

Steven D. Ruffatto


Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

I’d really like to hear your thoughts. To me, this goes way beyond a TV show or family. It’s about political correctness trumping freedom of speech. What do you think? Please leave your comments below.

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