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Douglas Carpenter

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Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
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Is the Democratic Party a real force for progress or is it a lesser of evils?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 23, 2013, 04:01 AM (6 replies)

Dear Phil (duck dynasty) Robertson, Thank you for educating people regarding God's Law

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1 : 9) . The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21: 7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.

from Being liberal Facebook Page:

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 21, 2013, 09:25 PM (38 replies)

Duck Dynasty - The Robertson family photos right before they grew the beards and did the TV show

More 'Duck Dynasty' before the beards: Robertson family photos

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 21, 2013, 04:42 PM (15 replies)

small boy: "Fox News Says Santa Claus is supposed to be white"

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Dec 20, 2013, 02:59 AM (4 replies)

Rep. Ryan Floats Tying Keystone XL to Raising Debt Ceiling

Source: Wall Street Journal

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on Tuesday floated the possibility of pressing the White House to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a GOP condition for raising or suspending the debt ceiling.

“We’ve never just done nothing,” Mr. Ryan said in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio program. “We want to make sure that we’re taking steps in the direction of fiscal conservatism, of fiscal responsibility. I, for one, think we need to do more in the energy sector. I believe we need to approve Keystone pipeline. We need to produce regulatory certainties to all this private capital that develops this energy boon. We could be an energy independent continent within a decade if we stop the government from stopping it from happening. If we just get the government out of the way, it could be a real renaissance of oil and gas exploration in America, lower our gas prices, stop sending this money to foreign countries.”

The White House has said the debt ceiling will need to be raised or suspended by March – at the latest – so the government can continue borrowing money to pay its bills. The White House has also said it will not negotiate policy changes in exchange for a debt ceiling increase, but Mr. Ryan and other Republicans have said the White House will have to accept some conditions or policy demands.

Mr. Ryan, in the radio interview, suggested that a regulatory or procedural change, such as the Keystone pipeline, was a more likely possibility than a structural change to a program like Medicare. He said, for example, that he has pushed for certain changes to Medicare, but he has run into resistance from Democrats.

Read more: http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-407880/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 17, 2013, 03:50 PM (9 replies)

Statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders on the recent NSA ruling from Federal Court

Bernie Sanders
Shared publicly - 11:50 AM

Judge Says NSA Spying Likely Unconstitutional:

In a blistering ruling, a federal judge on Monday declared that the wholesale collection of Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency is likely to violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. Moreover, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said, the program probably isn't effective in fighting terrorism. Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded ruling.

“In my view, the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner,” Sanders said. “Today’s ruling is an important first step toward reining in this agency but we must go further. I will be working as hard as I can to pass the strongest legislation possible to end the abuses by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.”

In the important ruling, Judge Leon granted a preliminary injunction in favor of two men who challenged the bulk collection of phone records and said the records should be destroyed. With a government appeal almost certain, the judge stayed enforcement of his decision.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:39 AM (13 replies)

Forbes: Paul Ryan And The Republicans Are Lackeys To Democratic Party Big Spenders

Obviously, I don't agree with this editorial - But I do think it is a good idea to keep track of what the enemies of the human race are thinking.

Now Republicans and Democrats have come together on Capitol Hill for a new budget agreement which increases both outlays and taxes. Bipartisanship in action! That the Democratic Party wants to spend more is hardly surprising. But the GOP has demonstrated yet again that its principal role in Washington is to hold the coats of Democratic spenders when they raid the Treasury.

The legislation adopted by the House drops sequestration, which actually trimmed federal outlays, and hikes spending over the next two years by $62 billion. In return, Congress promises to lower the collective deficit over the next decade by $85 billion—while spending tens of trillions of dollars. The accord raises revenue, including a very real $12.6 billion in airline taxes. There are a few spending reductions—kind of. The bulk of them are entitlement caps a decade hence, which even Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, admits are of “dubious validity.”

The only surprise in the sell-out was the role of House Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Although no radical, he nevertheless had seemed committed to a more responsible budget path. Yet he traded real current spending increases for fake future spending cuts, a standard congressional tactic running back at least to the infamous Reagan tax hike of 1983.

Of course, the real issue is entitlements, but these programs don’t much interest Congress since the fiscal flood won’t fully hit until after 2023. Explained CBO: “Under current law, the aging of the population, the rising costs of health care, and the scheduled expansion in federal subsidies for health insurance will substantially boost federal spending on Social Security and the government’s major health care programs, relative to GDP, for the next 10 years and for decades thereafter.” Absent serious and meaningful reforms “debt will rise sharply relative to GDP after 2023.”

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 16, 2013, 08:50 AM (5 replies)

Pope: I knew good Marxists; label doesn’t hurt me

By Associated Press, Published: December 15

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is shrugging off the “Marxist” label that some ultra-conservatives might apply to him because he frets that economic growth doesn’t always help the poor.

In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa published on Sunday, Francis is quoted as saying: “Marxist ideology is wrong.” But the Argentina-born pontiff added he has “known many Marxists who were good persons, and that’s why I don’t feel offended” by the label.

He also mentioned that at a recent public audience at the Vatican he told a mother whose baby was crying but who was ashamed to nurse in the pope’s presence: “Please feed him!” He said he wants to tell all humanity to feed the hungry.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Dec 15, 2013, 09:11 AM (14 replies)

Is there nothing we can do about repeat disruptors - even if juries will not act?

I am referring to this disruptor in this thread. An alert brought a crazy 0-6 vote to let stand - which only encouraged this disruptor to double down

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Dec 11, 2013, 11:39 PM (1 replies)

How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?

I've been asked to play Santa Claus for a work-related Christmas Party coming up soon. A fine gentleman and respected physician I work with offered to loan me his Santa Claus outfit for the upcoming occasion. When I was trying it on at his place the other night he casually mentioned that we need to hide what we are doing from his twelve-year-old son who is lurking around because he still believes in Santa. I thought that was a bit odd that a twelve-year-old would still believe in Santa Claus. But, chatting about the subject with some friends of mine - I have found more than a few who are sure they still believed in Santa Claus at twelve and some of them are sure their children still believed in Santa up to that age.

Maybe it is just me and the time and place I grew up - which was in two different small rural towns in upstate Western New York and Northwestern PA - but I am absolutely certain that I ceased believing in Santa Claus by the time I was six and was in the first grade. I cannot image or remember anyone believing in Santa Clause by the age of ten when I grew up. But maybe this is a change in how children are raised or maybe it was just peculiar to my particular circumstances.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 9, 2013, 03:42 PM (29 replies)
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