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Teaching People To Fish

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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

One of the stories regarding Jesus that always struck me as miraculous (as it does most people) is the feeding of thousands of people.

The First Miracle, “The Feeding of the 5,000” (Matthew 14:13–21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15.) is known as the miracle of the five loaves and two fish.

The second miracle, “The Feeding of the 4000” is reported by Mark 8:1-9 and Matthew 15:32-39 and is known as the miracle of the seven loaves and fishes.

Jesus said to his disciples:

“I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

His disciples answered:

“Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”

“Jesus told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children. After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.”

The spiritual interpretation of seven is that is God’s perfect plan.  Now we as modern people not having witnessed this event interpret it as being magical.  We also are under the impression that since Jesus is the son of God, of course he could just wave a magic wand and feed thousands of people whereas we have a hard time feeding ourselves.

But there is no mention of magic wands or motioning of the hands commanding fish to just appear onto the shore.  When I was a toddler, movies like Star Wars and Superman were in the theatres, The Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman were on TV. As I grew up in the church, my reference point for people in the Bible were literally the comic book characters and later on athletes.  Because I (and just about all of us) think of the Bible being akin to a comic book, we managed to convince ourselves at some point in our lives that “it can’t be done”.  But this perspective of Jesus and the other people mentioned was way off-base.  Jesus didn’t walk around with a magic wand or appear to be seven feet tall with super human strength.  IF this were the case, people would surely believe he was the messiah.  But this was an unbelieving generation.  In our times, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning would be what we expect in a messiah.  But Jesus was not this kind of messiah.

So how did Jesus feed thousands of people?  He had a skill: he knew how to fish and how to make bread.  He made a fishing net and started with two fish.  He had two loaves of bread and used these to demonstrate how bread was made.  Do you know how to make a fishing net or bread? Probably not! You just go to the grocery store.  Guess what? There weren’t grocery stores in those times.

Another problem in the time of Jesus was that when the harvest was plentiful, the people who arrived first tended to pick every fruit off the tree.  They would eat some of it, some of it goes bad and thus someone doesn’t eat at all.  The proper thing to do would be to only take what is needed and leave the rest for others to come pick.  Even today, this mentality persists.  Then there is the way food is made with all its additives, food coloring and processing. But you can do research on your own.

So now that you realize our problems can’t be solved via politics, learn to become self-sufficient and also learn to work with others.  You must get off your knees, stop worshiping idols and put your heart, mind, and spirit to use.  From there, results will flow outwards.

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January 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Posted in General, Politics

What Is To Come From Unrest In Egypt?

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“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising them…selves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.”
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15 RSV)

“Radical Muslims” is the catchphrase of the age. It is a phrase designed to instill fear which leads to hate, then anger then suffering. Once upon a time, it was barbarians, a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world, blacks plotting, women having opinions, etc… The same tactic that has been used to divide and conquer for thousands of years.

Admist chaos, someone always emerges portraying themselves as a restorer, redeemer, bringing a new way that has never been tried before. There is nothing new under the sun.  Egypt is being set up to keep watch over the southern part of the peninsula where the CIA and other intelligence operatives are working to incite violence between Shiites and Sunnis. Expect some more false flag attacks in Yemen, Qatar, the Balkans and Japan within another 6-12 months.  Thus the explanation will be “crisis in the Middle East leads to higher prices” when in fact it is a cover for the further devaluation of the “dollar”.

Mohammed ElBaradei is now being anointed by the corporate media as the possible savior of Egypt.  But even a minimal amount of research will show that he is a Rockefeller/Soros puppet.

It is equally interesting that CNN, Fox News and other portions of the mainstream media are covering this non-stop whereas they practically ignore a presidential candidate like Michael Badnarik or Ron Paul. Why? Because they are aiming for change based on freeing one’s heart and mind. But politics is exactly the opposite.

The main thorn is that Egypt hasn’t established a central bank. So it becomes convenient to get rid of one tyrant whom the global elite has propped up all these decades for one (potentially) that will establish a central bank. The frustration in the streets is real. But they need to be careful about embracing another. If history is any indication, they will unwillingly do so.

The U.S. government (in conjunction with the global elite) have greatly strengthened their military and supported this president in order to keep the oil flowing through their canal to the west.  Sunni and Shite tensions are being heightened all along the southern borders of the Middle East in an effort to cut off the oil flow to the west. He who controls the narrow canals and straits over there–controls the west. The people are sick of this western supported government and want to overthrow it. What will be created in the vacuum? It is likely under a elite funded and backed “Muslim government” (but merely a puppet of the elite), Coptic Christians and Roman Catholics will be persecuted to an even greater extent and the oil flow into our country will trickle–causing unrest in our country similar to this.

Basically the U.S. government has dug our graves while We The People looked the other way for the past century. It is the people themselves who are the true defenders of liberty and they need to not fall into the age old trap of divide and conquer that the elites have used to enslave the people for thousands of years.

We must learn that there is no political solution. Politics basically operates on the mantra of comfort and safety with the condition that you give up your heart, mind and soul. No wonder Jesus gave up political power when tempted.

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January 29, 2011 at 12:34 am

Posted in Banking/Money, General

Are We Just In Fear of Everything?

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Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering” Yoda

You have to admit: we live in a world predated on fear. Granted fear is a natural response to certain situations in our environment.

But fear is perhaps the one emotion that is easy to truly get carried away with. It can harbor distrust, resentment, and is even used by the elites to foster an environment where people will support tyranny because it is being done “to provide security”.

The things people fear can be everything from not getting a salary increase or losing their job, being betrayed by a family member or friend (The Bible cites numerous examples), new ideas, an unfamiliar culture or language,  starvation,  even women putting on makeup or wearing a bikini (try going back 100 years ago.)

So how should you respond when you find yourself in one of these situations or perhaps some other situation that is causing fear? Keep in mind that regardless of the times we live in, there is nothing new under the sun. Yes even death is something that will come to us all. Fear is an emotion. There is nothing wrong with fear in and of itself. But being able to properly channel the heightened senses into productive measures is important. It would be no different than if it was anger, lust, hunger, etc… Supporting tyranny because the tyrants falsely claim that they will make all our problems go away is not the solution.

So if fear is overcoming you and keeping you from reaching out, then perhaps it is time to find ways to keep  your fear in check. Turn off the TV, find productive things to do, do what you can to help someone else in need, etc…

Allowing your mind to be preoccupied with fear will only lead to more suffering.

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January 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Posted in General

Judge John M. Roll: A True American Hero

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By Sheriff Richard Mack

On January 8, 2011, Federal District Judge John Roll was gunned down by a maniacal coward lunatic. Since this unspeakable and unimaginable tragedy much has been said about who caused this tragedy or who may have prompted its occurrence. Some of this rhetoric bordered on the absurd.

I would much rather talk about the good people who had their lives snuffed out before their time and to pay tribute to who they were and what they stood for. Certainly, a beautiful little nine year old angel, named Christina Green, deserves to have her life displayed as an example to others to learn from and enjoy. So, I will do that regarding a man who changed my life and helped alter American history; Judge John M. Roll. He was an honest man and a principled judge. He stood for what he believed was right despite the possible consequences. I met Judge Roll back in 1994, in fact, it was in his courtroom. He was the judge who first heard my lawsuit against the Clinton Administration. Judge Roll had the courage to take a strong stand against the very entity that controlled his salary and career. He actually had the audacity to tell Congress and President Clinton that they exceeded their authority when they made the Brady bill a law.

I was extremely nervous when I walked into Judge Roll’s courtroom. There was a big crowd of supporters and numerous reporters and cameras outside the courthouse. Although I had been to court many times before, this was the first time it was in front of such a crowd of onlookers and the Press and in Federal court. I remember looking at Judge Roll and relaxing somewhat; he was nice looking and rather young, about my age. He had already defended me with at least two pretrial motions that he ruled on, both in my favor. The first one was the Federal Government’s attempt to remove me from the case entirely by claiming I had no standing to sue them in the first place. They argued that only the county’s Board of Supervisors could represent the county in such legal actions. Judge Roll said this was wrong because it was the sheriff being commandeered by the Federal Government, both officially and personally. Next, my lawyer asked for an injunction against the government from being able to arrest me for “failure to comply.” (There was an actual provision in the Brady bill that threatened to arrest the sheriffs if we failed to comply with this unfunded mandate from Congress.) Judge Roll seemed legitimately concerned about this threat throughout the entire lawsuit. Janet Reno herself wrote a memo to the Judge and assured him that the Feds had no intention of arresting me and that the threat of arrest within the language of the Brady bill, was only intended for the gun shop owners, not the sheriffs. Judge Roll, as he announced his decision regarding the injunction said that Janet Reno was not allowed to change the law “by fiat” nor interpret the law for Congress. “Mack’s injunction is hereby granted,” the Judge said calmly and sternly.

Then as the hearing proceeded I was called to the stand. The butterflies returned big time. As the Justice Department’s lawyer cross examined me, she did something unusual; she actually began to address the Judge while I am still sitting on the stand. She said, “why your honor, already in just the first four months of the implementation of the Brady background checks, we have denied over 250,000 felons from gaining access to handguns in this country.” I was thinking to myself what a crock her numbers were and wondering why we had so many felons on the streets all trying to buy handguns in government checked gun shops. Suddenly, Judge Roll interrupted the attorney and rebuked her with, “Counselor, do not pretend in this courtroom that your statistical analysis somehow equates to constitutionality.” I have to say that Roll’s understanding of principles amazed me. He was so professional and knowledgeable. He took his job and the Constitution so seriously. He was truly an exemplary Justice.

When Judge Roll issued his ruling on the Mack v. US case on June 28, 1994, he said two things that absolutely floored me. The first one was the order of the court which summarized his findings:

“The Court finds that in enacting [the Brady bill] Congress exceeded its authority under Article 1, section 8 of the United States Constitution, thereby impermissibly encroaching upon the powers retained by the states pursuant to the Tenth Amendment. The Court further finds that the provision, in conjunction with the criminal sanctions its violation would engender, is unconstitutionally vague under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Judge Roll, of all the dozens of Judges who had heard this case from me and the other six sheriff defendants, was the only one who ruled that the Brady bill violated the Fifth Amendment as well as the Tenth. It was pursuant to Judge Roll’s insight and sensitivity to the threat this “law” posed to us, the sheriffs, that this case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

When I read the other Judge Roll principle, it truly brought me to understand how astonishing this man really was. He said:

“Mack is thus forced to choose between keeping his oath or obeying the act, subjecting himself to possible sanctions.”

To have a federal Judge actually grasp the full extent of my personal motivation for filing this case was absolutely remarkable. He touched my soul with this comment and it is recorded in my books and memory forever. He was truly before his time. Now, his work is a part of American history. His legacy should be one of honesty, courage, and living up to his oath as a true defender of our nation’s rule of law. He changed my life and showed us all that the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land.

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And so I ask, is it possible that this will go down as yet another government “conspiracy” to silence those that do not comply? I find it interesting that no mention of Judge Roll’s judicial proceedings/determinations have made it to the lamestream media yet. Seems to this theorist, that the media were too quick to blanket the marketshare with rehashed 2nd  Amendment “evils” than to shed light on the irony that Judge Roll was pro 2nd Amendment and his many court decisions to stand against federal intrusion.

(Editor’s Note: Rep. Giffords was also Pro 2nd Amendment too. If any political statement was to be gathered from this, it further explains why it is good for us to be well-armed)

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January 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Posted in General, Media

Other Sights and Sites of Interest

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Here are some sights and sites of interests from my trip to Texas

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. – Talked with a representative on the sidewalk after visiting the Alamo.

Pat O’Briens – nice place to spend your nightlife. They hosted the opening night of the Mud Crawl with the Mud King and Queen candidates.

Saltgrass Steak House – a lovely restaurant along the Riverwalk

American Football Coaches Association

Gridiron Heroes – met Chris Canales at the AFCA Convention in Dallas. It is now a national organization that seeks to support athletes who have spinal cord injuries.

Silver Leaf Resorts – I visited the Hill Country Resort north of Austin. While I don’t have the money or time to commit to this now, it is certainly a possibility in the future. It would beat staying in a hotel.

Premiere Parking Company – This gives you an idea of what is going on.           A phony front that poses as a parking company. They use a device called “Boots” and fake ID’s which can be ordered off the internet. At least in Texas, they target out of state vehicles and have hired thugs from the drug cartels such as MS-13 to do their dirty work. The address is non existent and the phone number was out of the country. Upon further investigation, these kind of parking scams are happening all over the country. Furthermore, the local police department and FBI look the other way. It goes to show why you can’t rely on government.

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January 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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Long Awaited Visit to the Alamo

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“Be always sure you are right, then go ahead.” Davey Crockett

I’ve had a certain fascination with Texas and the Alamo in particular since boyhood. That is what happens when you grow up hearing stories of Davy (actually he went by David ) Crockett as well as Daniel Boone and Alvin York. Finally in 2011, I made the long-awaited trip to the Lone Star State. Before then, I had never been further west than Nashville.

The current complex is not nearly as large as the original, so don’t be overly disappointed. What exists is mostly the Long Barracks on the east end, the chapel and some modern structures on the property such as the library. The north and west wall are gone (mostly due to structural damage from the siege and passage of time as well as the main entrance and gate structure on the south end.

It is thought that William Barrett Travis was commanding his final post on the far end of the north wall while Davy Crockett and about a dozen volunteers from Tennessee defended the weakest point at the south end between the chapel and main entrance.

Overall it was a trip worth taking.

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January 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Posted in U.S. History