published Thursday, August 21st, 2014

GOP courting economic failure and other letters to the editors

GOP courting economic failure

Nick Hanauer is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a net worth of about $1 billion, which puts him in the one hundredth of 1 percent of all Americans. Everyone needs to read "The Pitchforks Are Coming for Us Plutocrats." He wrote it as a warning for his fellow wealthiest of the wealthy, but each one of you needs to take heed of the way people such as the Koch brothers via their puppet GOP politicians are doing to our country. You must seek to find out the truth. The old saying "what you don't know won't harm you" was disproved long ago. Today's GOP will do nothing for the middle class and lower income people. One of their favorite idiotic words now is "usurper." They speak of suing or impeaching President Obama. What absurdity! This is just one way they abuse our taxpayer money. They will not change unless they are voted out of office. Given enough power, they will wreck the economy. If you are so uninformed as to vote for any one of today's Republicans, you are basically voting for the possibility of an economic disaster.

WALTER M. BENTON, Signal Mountain


Stop Intolerance In Our Hearts First

A recent article disturbed me. It referred to the UTC student arrested for crossing into the "free speech perimeter" to confront a street evangelist There are so many things wrong here. Why did UTC allow such an "evangelist" on campus? Why do the students feel the best way to handle this is to confront her? Going to jail only hurt the student; it did not change the way this "evangelist" will preach. I understand standing up for what you believe. But to do it in such a way only stoops to her level. The main point is there is so much hate and intolerance in this world. Hate and intolerance, to begin with, bring about a polarization that divide us. In the end, they bring violence and murder. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody." But hate and intolerance begin in the heart. We need to start in our own heart. Stop the hate, the intolerance! Learn to live with our differences and love one another. It's the only way.

ED VICKREY JR., Ringgold, Ga.


God, Jesus Made Clear Definition Of Marriage

Fellow Christians, we need to let our voices be heard on the issue of gay marriage in our state. Our marriage laws are being challenged this week in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. These kinds of decisions should not even be left up to the courts. If you have any doubt about what a legal marriage is, consider this. In Matthew 19:5-6, Jesus said, "He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said for this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh." There is no question about what Jesus and God the Father constitute to be a marriage. Genesis 19 makes it very clear what God thinks of sodomy -- it is wickedness. Please, let's not further corrupt our country and bring down God's judgment upon us. No, I am not being hateful, nor am I a bigot. I would speak in tough love to anyone who is confused or misled otherwise. God is loving and merciful and will forgive our sins when we accept his authority in our lives and confess them.

CAROL BAUER, Ooltewah


Westview Vandal Should Get Fines, School Labor

The individual who vandalized Westview Elementary School should not go to prison. Instead, when found guilty, he should be fined the maximum under the law. He should be held fully responsible for the damage and destruction. Thus, in addition to the fine(s), he should repay all costs of damage repair/replacement and restoration, and over time should be authorized to deal with his mess. Also, the man-hours expended should be documented, and his assigned community service hours should at least double that number. All of those hours should be spent doing repair and maintenance for the school system. Eventually, he might come to understand what he did.

ALLAN PHILLIPS, Tunnel Hill, Ga.


Turner Pledges Advocacy For District 7

Residents I want to extend a special thank-you to the residents of District 7 who voted for me and put their trust and confidence in my ability to lead our district forward. As I said throughout my campaign, I will always be committed to focusing on what truly matters, and that's the people of District 7. During the past year, I have met with thousands of people while canvassing door-to-door and listened to their concerns and hopes for our community. This dialogue is important for all elected officials, and I strongly encourage anyone to call me if they have concerns or issues with county government. I want to be a true voice for our entire community -- a voice that will always promote accountability, efficiency and transparency within our local government. I am truly honored and thankful to have your support, and I look forward to being your advocate on the County Commission.

SABRENA TURNER


You Can Have Influence: Pray

I'm outside enjoying the summer with no real concern of someone doing intentional physical harm to me or mine. In particular, I'm not concerned with Hellfire missiles smashing through the house; or seeing tanks and militia if I go out; or facing armed men demanding I denounce my faith in Christ or die. Literally. Right now we're privileged, yet often complacent. Our freedoms are many until legislated away. Some politician's greed caused our economic spiral as much as Wall Street. School-sponsored prayer was declared unconstitutional in 1962, and thousands have no Bible education -- only faulty conclusions not drawn from real knowledge. Many don't know the value of prayer as an effective tool for meaningful change. We sip coffee, unable to see such horror happening here. It could. We decide we have no influence. Yet, we do if we pray.

GINA HEMBREE


Too Bad Fleischmann Couldn't Win On Merits

Nothing is more repulsive in politics than negative ads. They appeal to the ignorant and work. Competent candidates don't need them. Because of this, Republicans have once again nominated a lousy, incompetent congressman. Fleischmann wouldn't know what to do if he wasn't opposing President Obama. Weston Wamp nailed it in his concession. Fleischmann did "deceive thousands of Tennesseans." I admire Wamp; he has class. Fleischmann's negative ads about Wamp were more vicious than the ones he leveled against Robin Smith. However, Robin didn't help herself with her ads against Obama while state head of the Republican Party. Democrats didn't forget. Had she not done that, she would have been running for re-election as congresswoman from the 3rd District. To their credit, a host of Republicans condemned the negative campaigning of Fleischmann. My hope is these individuals will be against negative ads against Democrats as well. We need to oppose this slime. I took Albert Gore Sr. to the airport years ago. He told me, "I want to win on my merits and not the demerits of my opponent." What a statement, a sentiment long past on the American political scene. How sad!

WILBOURNE C. MARKHAM SR., Walden, Tenn.


Study Finds Divorce Numbers Are Lower

It's long been wrongly believed half of America's marriages end in divorce and that the problem is just as bad in churches as the rest of the country. Harvard-trained researcher Shaunti Feldhahn tried for years to find actual research to prove it but couldn't. So, in her book, "The Good News About Marriage," Feldhahn lays out what she found during her eight years of investigating divorce statistics. First, the divorce rate is far below 50 percent and much lower for those who attend church. The overall rate for America is around 31 percent. People who live together before marriage have a higher divorce rate than the 31 percent. The studies of people who regularly go to church show a much lower divorce rate; for them, the divorce rate is under 20 percent. Thus, faith does make a difference and does transform those who practice their faith with their spouse. So be careful about believing statistics or people. The Bible says, "Test all things; hold fast to that which is good." Not only are Christians called to be salt, they are called to test things and take them with a grain of salt!

D.D. NAVE, Elizabethton, Tenn.

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"God is loving and merciful and will forgive our sins when we accept his authority in our lives and confess them." CAROL BAUER, Ooltewah

Your god encouraged his followers to commit rape, incest, slavery, and genocide for his glory.

Is that the best god you can come up with? Is your Jehovah really a loving and merciful authority? Is your god so concerned with sexual organs? Is Paul's penis really more important than mass starvation? Is Mary's vagina of supreme concern rather than cancer, AIDS, ebola, and all the other little nasties your god created?

Time to get another god, or better yet, drop all that foolishness about supernatural gods. There are none.

But there are many gullible Bible Humpers.

August 21, 2014 at 8:09 a.m.
LibDem said...

allahsyoungerbrother, Meet me Sunday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot. We're going to stone Sabbath shoppers.

August 21, 2014 at 10:56 a.m.

I'll bring a few extra stones for women with short hair, disobedient children, people who buy pork, catfish, and shrimp, astrologers, blasphemers, and those wearing clothing woven from more than one material.

It's always a great day to glorify the loving and merciful Jehovah by killing people.

August 21, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,..." "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,..."

Romans 1...Authorized King James Bible

Malleus Deum Verum

August 21, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

Orr wrote: "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."

I think that sums up Orr.

After all, Orr wrote in his profile originally he was a "Missionary to India."

After pointing out to Orr he had also claimed to be a mental health credentialed therapist (lie) and a credential scientist (lie) Orr changed his profile to "Office Mgr. for Missionary Outreach to India."

Of course, this was not his first lie nor will it be his last.

Another "Liar for Jesus" exposed.

August 22, 2014 at 8:06 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++allahsyoungerbrother,

Because of a commandment of our Lord, God, and Saviour, Jesus Christ of Nazareth; {John 13:34} Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

Therefore,allahsyoungerbrother, I proclaim that I do love you and wish to only bless you in the precious name of The Lord God of Hosts, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.>I will not state that you are lying, only that you are mistaken in your claims above.

Please check, with my written permission, the records of the past Joe Johnson Mental Health Center. There you will find that for 8 years I was a fully privileged Psychological Counselor.

Also, my credentials regarding my degrees of expertise within the field of quantum physics and mechanics has been fully disclosed in earlier posts of the TFP. I shan't take any additional time for re-information on this issue. I repeat, I love you in the precious name of YHVH, Jehovah God, and, will not label you a liar.......only 'mistaken' due to being misinformed.

Malleus Deum Verum

August 23, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.

Orr wrote: "Please check, with my written permission, the records of the past Joe Johnson Mental Health Center. There you will find that for 8 years I was a fully privileged Psychological Counselor."

You said you were a credentialed Mental Health Therapist, not a counselor. Where's your advanced degrees to be a licensed therapist?

YOU DON"T HAVE ANY! Another lie.

What degrees in science do you have?

YOU DON'T HAVE ANY! Another lie.

Missionary to India? Another lie.

I have no problem calling you a liar as that is what you are.

Your love is as fake as the other lies you tell. The records of your own posts say so.

ORR THE LIAR. Prove me wrong.

August 24, 2014 at 7:38 a.m.

Orr,

It's extremely funny to see you constantly twisting in the wind to explain your lies.

While you are not a missionary, therapist, or scientist, you are an example for kids to show the lies and deception FundyNutZ use.

My thanks for continually proving the lack of credibility of creationism and fundamentalist xian literalism.

It's wonderful to show children the value of agnosticism against the failure of religious fundamentalism.

August 24, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++allahsyoungerbrother,

It is my desire to love you in the Holy Name of Our Lord God, and Saviour, The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. To show you honor and respect is paramount.

Could we start at the beginning? I have checked all my posts and cannot come up with something, which that'something' would be a mistake, that you assert I said. Namely, that I stated I was a licensed therapist. If you would please provide this post date and time, the debate will be over on this one. Then we could move on the the next assertion you have made regarding things you say I have claimed. I would like to see evidence of this particular assertion first.

allahsyoungerbrother, is this fair enough? I do genuinely love you in, by, and through The King of Glory, Jesus Christ.

Thank You...Malleus Deum Verum

August 24, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.

Claims of being a therapist. Take all the time you want to figure out your semantics.

Next. Where's your science credentials? What degrees do you hold? Where did you get your degrees? You made the claim but can't provide proof.

You claim to be a published author as well. What publishing company? What books did they publish?

How does one go from mistaking being a "Missionary to India" as you claimed to being "Office Mgr. for Missionary Outreach to India"?

Lie after lie after lie. Do you tell your Jesus about your lies?

August 24, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++allahsyoungerbrother

Dear, dear allahsyoungerbrother, this 'DID NOT' produce any quote with me stating that I am a 'LICENSED THERAPIST'. Please go back, re-read, then copy and paste for me and yourself. I can certainly understand that you wanted my quote to be 'LICENSED THERAPIST', but, Lo, as you can see...it did not/does not state that. I don't blame you. You don't want to believe me and be re-converted to belief in Jesus Christ. So, please, go copy and paste my actual quote, place it on this thread, then you will see. I gave no such misrepresentation. If you choose to not copy and past and provide evidence, I understand; I still love you in Jesus Christ. Believe in The Lord Jesus Christ before it is eternally too late.

Malleus Deum Verum

August 24, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++allahsyoungerbrother,

No, wait dear, dear, loved one: I will do the work of copy and paste for you: Here it is, please behold the actual quote and believe! kwo

"Now, having said that, and, having been a therapeutic counselor

for a major Chattanooga mental health center, I have listened to

scores of individual heterosexual individuals. These individuals

were 100% drawn to the opposite sex (musta' been the 'gene

thingy'). Anyway a great number of these individuals would have

liked a 'harem', but, chose to follow the way of Jesus Christ."

Malleus Deum Verum

August 24, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++allahsyoungerbrother,

My dear loved one, here is what you stated; I will copy and paste your direct quote/statement: Following is the quote: Here is the quote:>>>>>>>

"You said you were a 'credentialed Mental Health Therapist', not a counselor. Where's your advanced degrees to be a 'licensed therapist'?" (Direct quote by allahsyoungerbrother) You are mixing/confusing some correct information with some incorrect information. This is a very serious mistake. I love you in the Lord Jesus Christ and would never press charges against you for this. But, please be careful! I know someone on here who may be looking for people to be Libelous just so he can get lawsuit money, or whatever.

Li·bel ˈlībəl/ noun

1. LAW a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation. synonyms: defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, calumny, misrepresentation, scandalmongering;

Malleus Deum Verum

August 24, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++allahsyoungerbrother,

As you can see how very wrong you were/are; I did not ever say I was a (with a capital 'T' and 'C') Therapeutic Counselor.

I did not ever say I was a "Credentialed Mental Health Therapist".

I did not ever say that I have an "advanced degree" as a licensed therapist'.

You said all of this dear allahsyoungerbrother. I did not say/claim any of what you accuse me of. Why do you do such a thing? I will tell you. I think you just do not want to accept the true love that I have for you and want to show to you in Jesus Christs' Holy Name.

I am not angry with you, au contraire; I love you through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary's Cross.

Ken ORR

August 25, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.
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