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Super Bowl Sunday and Singing Our National Anthem

Just a little something I came across tonigt. It’s credited to “A Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan”, but you know how that goes as far as letters floating around the internet I don’t know who originally wrote it and so far I’ve had no luck finding where it originated from, but I’d like to shake the person’s hand that did.
Nanthem

So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing our National Anthem at a sporting event. Save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten – straight up, no styling.

Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love – not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.

Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Spiritual. We’re getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help.

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STATE OF THE UNION SUCCINCTLY SUMMED UP

Barack Obama’s SOTU in under a minute … 

 

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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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10 Things You’ll Want To Know On Monday

Starting today, From My Perspective will be trying out a new feature . Be prepared for Monday morning water cooler chat –
Ten Things You’ll Want To Know On Monday will be a short list ,of current events that are trending this week, in no particular order.
Let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to see in the future.

WATER COOLER CHAT

1. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN FOUND NOT GUILTY
After 16 hours of deliberation, jury finds that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” to himself — Florida’s definition of self-defense. Keep reading on: [FOX]
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2. SNOWDEN REQUESTS ASYLUM IN RUSSIA – RUSSIA SAYS IT HAS NOT RECEIVED ASYLUM APPLICATION
Senior Kremlin officials said Saturday that Russia’s Federal Migration Service had not yet received a formal appeal for asylum from Edward J. Snowden. And the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, insisted that the government had had no contact with him. Keep reading on: [The New York Times]

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3. HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO RESIGNS
Janet Napolitano, who has served as the head of the Department of Homeland Security since 2009, announced that she is resigning to become the president of the University of California system. The Obama administration has not announced a replacement. Keep reading on: [USA Today]
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4. AL QAEDA-LINKED MILITANTS KILL SYRIAN REBEL LEADER
The Free Syrian Army has vowed revenge after Al Qaeda linked militants assassinated a top rebel commander opening up the possibility of a conflict between Western-backed rebel forces and Islamists in Syria’s civil war. Keep reading on: [DailyMail]
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5. BOSTON STRANGLER SUSPECT TO BE EXHUMED
The remains of a man who confessed to being the Boston Strangler were exhumed Friday by authorities working to connect him to the January 1964 killing of Mary Sullivan, the last of 11 women believed killed by the serial killer. Keep reading on: [CNN] 
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6. NO SIGN OF EQUIPMENT FAILURE ON ASIANA PLANE: NTSB
There are no signs of failure of the autopilot or other key automatic flight equipment on the Asiana plane that crashed in San Francisco last week, the head of National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. Keep reading on: [Reuters]
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7. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE DONATED TO SANDY HOOK FAMILIES
Millions of dollars in donations that poured into Newtown, Conn., after the Sandy Hook school shootings, will be distributed to victims’ family members and survivors this summer. Keep reading on: [ABC News]
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8. GLEE STAR CORY MONTEITH FOUND DEAD IN VANCOUVER HOTEL ROOM
Cory Allan Michael Monteith, a Canadian actor best known for playing Finn Hudson on the hit Fox TV show “Glee,” was found dead Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room, he was 31. Keep reading on:[HUFF POST] 
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9. TEXAS STATE SENATE PASSES ABORTION RESTRICTIONS
The Texas Senate voted 19-11 early Saturday to pass sweeping restrictions on abortions, the conclusion of a weeks-long standoff over reproductive rights in the state. Keep reading on:[Washington Post]
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10. TSARNAEV PLEADS NOT GUILTY
In his first public appearance since the Boston Marathon bombing, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty in a packed federal courtroom Wednesday to a host of charges stemming from the attack that left three dead and hundreds wounded. Keep reading on:[Wall Street Journal] 

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News Station Reports on Asiana Flight – Gets Punk’d

Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU purportedly learned the names of the flight crew of Asiana flight 214, which crashed last Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing two. Little did they know that the list they received was actually a list of some very fake Chinese names…. The anchor read the names off the teleprompter and obviously missed the practical joke. KTVU listed the pilots names as:

Captain Sum Ting Wong
Wi Tu Lo
Ho Lee Fuk
Bang Ding Ow

The station read a statement later in the broadcast:

Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash.
These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologize for the error.

You have no idea how hard it was for me to report this with a straight face – AI

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Guns, Guns, Guns by comedian Steve Crowder

Comedian Steve Crowder on gun control and alternate names for gun bans. –

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Robo Cockroaches Developed By Researches

 

Meet Robo Roach

Meet Robo Roach

Semi-robotic insects that can be controlled with a mobile phone are being developed by researchers.
File this under, “I couldn’t make this up.”

The unusual project is being debuted at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh and is designed to be a neuroscience learning tool. The brainchild of scientist Greg Gage, the “RoboRoach” will be equipped with a special backpack that can communicate directly with the neurons in the insect’s antennae.

“This is not just a gimmick, the technique is the same as that used to treat Parkinson’s disease and in cochlear implants,” said Gage. “The point of the project is to create a tool to learn about how our brain works. We are pretty certain that this doesn’t impose pain on the insect and they still have free will because they adapt very quickly and ignore the stimulation.”

The backpack is detatchable

The backpack is detatchable

The backpack is detachable

Once the backpack is placed on the insect, its movements controlled via a mobile phone or other device by communicating directly with the neurons in the cockroach’s antennae. This allows the user to control what direction the insect moves.

“This is not just a gimmick, the technique is the same as that used to treat Parkinson’s disease and in cochlear implants,” Gage told BBC News. The point of the project? To create a tool to learn about how our brain works.

I say, the next thing you know, someone is going to invent a flying spider then we’re all screwed.

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments…

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