Media Bias In Coverage of Focus on the Family Event

http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/commentary/a0035627.cfm

Focus on the Family recently held their “Love Won Out” conference, which deals with homosexuality. Current and former homosexuals as well as family members and friends attend to learn Biblical ways of dealing with homosexuality.

I have long since come to the conclusion that I can’t trust the mainstream media, which I have come to call the “entertainment media”. The Liberal Media is a redundant and overtired phrase. It seems that every time I hear a story on one of the nightly newscasts, which I only watch if I’m at someone else’s house anyway, and the story doesn’t appear to have blatant bias so that I accept it, and it comes up in conversation later, I find that Peter Jennings or Dan Rather or Brian Williams or Matt Lauer or whoever else conveniently left out several facts that are necessary to a proper understanding the issue. And so, I have come to largely ignore the entertainment media and do my own research when I need to know about current events.

And so I leave you with the account of a “news” team that didn’t want to cover an event, and showed it publicly.

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For Those Who Have Packed My Parachutes

As a veteran of 6 years in the Navy and 3 in the Navy Reserves, I feel a sentimental attachment to things like this. The following is an email I received today, and I am posting it in it’s unedited entirity as a thank you for those who have packed my "parachutes" that I have not known.

Thank you all.

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in  Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air  missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and  spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now  lectures on lessons learned from that experience!

One day, when  Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up  and said, "You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft  carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

"How in the world did you know  that?" asked Plumb.

"I packed your parachute," the man replied. Plumb  gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, "I guess it  worked !" Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I  wouldn’t be here today."

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about  that man. Plumb says, "I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy  uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how  many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’  or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor."  Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in  the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of  each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, "Everyone has  someone who provides what they need to make it through the day." He also points  out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over  enemy territory — he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his  emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these  supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that  life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello,  please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has  happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason As  you go through this week, this month, this year, people who pack your parachutes.

I  am sending you this as my way of thanking you for your part in packing my  parachute. And I hope you will send it on to those who have helped pack yours!

Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding  jokes to us without writing a word. Maybe this could explain it: When you are  very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do — you forward  jokes. And to let you know that you are still remembered,  you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess  what you get? A forwarded joke.

So my friend, next time when you get a joke, don’t think that  you’ve been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you’ve been thought of  today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a  smile, just helping you pack your parachute.

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CBN News – A Radical Gospel: Practicing What We Preach

CBN News – A Radical Gospel: Practicing What We Preach

It sounds so simple, and yet at the same time, how many of us are actually doing it? We pray, we may fast, we read, we share our concerns with our church friends, but how many of us truly take the Gospel out there to the world? I’m guilty of this myself.

I’ve had the thought on my heart for a little while, and this article gives me the perfect excuse to launch into it. I have, to this point, kept my blog fairly secular. That wasn’t actually my intent; just the way it has worked out. I’m not even sure if my blog is read regularly, but I guess if I updated it regularly, maybe it would be read.

Read the article and come back for my thoughts.

I have not always been a Christian. Contrary to popular or denominational belief, nobody is. That is why Jesus told us (Joh 3:7) ” Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. ” It was almost three years ago that I was born again. Prior to that I wasn’t. I wasn’t very happy to have the Gospel preached to me in those days. I had no need for it. What I was doing was just fine. That, of course, doesn’t make it right. Some of us have a habit of getting a little overzealous in our preaching. We somehow believe that it is up to us to save everyone. Yet that is not the case. The Lord Jesus didn’t convert everyone, and what makes us think that we will too? Besides, our job is to preach the Gospel. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict people.

I would like to say that I believe that “Accept Jesus Christ or go to Hell!” is a HORRIBLE witness. Any of us who use or have used it should be ashamed of ourselves. When did the Apostles use that in that book of Acts? Did Paul or Peter or Jude recommend it? I don’t think so. We use that when we get exasperated and run out of arguments, and cast it out as a nuke in the hopes that it will hit the target. I’m not aware that it ever has in almost 2000 years of church history. Maybe it won compliance, but I doubt it’s ever won a heart.

Besides that, who is going to believe someone who has that as their best argument? How many of use were conversions that took years of seed planting and nurturing before we were led to Christ? It’s possible that to win one soul, you may have to spend DECADES of careful witness before a soul is convicted. Sometimes it happens at once, sometimes it doesn’t.

Dr. Anthony Flew, the atheist professor who recently decided that there is evidence for intelligent design, has been witnessed to by C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis, as my understanding has it, died the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It took a long time for THOSE seeds to take root, didn’t it?

All I’m saying is, let’s cut out the weak arguments. Let’s live our lives at a witness for Jesus, always ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us with meekness and fear. Study your Bible, and learn to reason. People will respect that.

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Eat Yourself Thin

Statistics vary, but you may have noticed by looking around that many Americans are overweight; even obese. You may even be one of us. You may find yourself getting heavier and heavier each year and you may have even given up on trying to do anything about it. Maybe you’ve told yourself that it’s your lot in life. You may have rationalized that it’s your DNA, your family history, your lifestyle, or anything else.

Once the waist size starts creeping up, there does not seem to be much that you can do about it. And yet, something needs to be done. We’re putting more stress on our hearts, lungs, circulatory systems, knees, backs, and pretty much everything else when we’re obese. It’s not good. We’re also shortening our lifespans.

So what can we do about it? Maybe you’ve tried every diet out there, but you can’t find one that has the staying power.

I have spent the better part of my life fighting this battle myself. I’ve been there, and done that. I’ve learned practically everything I should need to know to win this battle, and yet I can’t seem to.

Before I go any farther, I will add the disclaimer that I’m not a doctor and nothing I say should be taken as medical advice. However, though our society certainly needs doctors, I don’t believe that all medical knowledge belongs in the hands of white smocked “priests”, who like in pagan religions must make intercession with health for us. We must bear a responsibility for our own health. That means that we must do our own homework. It won’t be easy either. You can’t exactly trust the mainstream or entertainment media. They’re often poorly informed and have their own agenda anyway. We’ve been fed the benefits of the low fat diet for decades, and yet there is evidence now that it was based on bad science. However, though there is a lot of good information regarding alternative medicine, there is also a lot of quackery. It’s up to YOU to sort it out. Nobody can do it for you. But we as consumers can start educating ourselves and demanding truth in reporting and beneficial products.

Doctors have to spend a long time in school. And yet, often they really only know what they’re told by their instructors and medical journals. Many doctors know little about nutrition or about supplements. I had a doctor tell me that there’s no credible evidence that Vitamin C has any effect on coughs. Actually, there are plenty of case studies, but nobody has paid for the “double blind” study without which the orthodox medical community won’t take anything seriously.

Our bodies are equipped with the ability to repair and heal themselves. Often, phamecuetical intervention can actually cause more harm than good. It is sometimes needed; I’m not disparaging that. However, though our bodies are equipped to heal and maintain themselves, unless we provide the materials and environment, we’re fighting an uphill battle. To borrow terminology from my time in the Navy, if the repair locker isn’t stocked you can’t repair the breech in the hull.

As I write, I’m at 240 pounds on a medium build male’s 5’9″ frame. My ideal weight is calculated at around 165. I’m really pushing the limits here. I admit, I do bear a lot of responsibility. I sit at a desk all day. I don’t exercise. I eat way too many carbs and sugars. I would rather have a bowl of pasta than a chicken breast and vegetables. But I also realize that way is counter productive.

I’ve spent time doing research. As I’ve always battled weight, I’ve been throught quite a few programs. In the Navy, I was constantly bouncing off the top of the weight standards. I would weigh in out of standards, be placed on mandatory PT (Physical Training), get my weight back down, then end up right back as, what we used to call, a “Mando Commando”.

So far, I’ve had my best success on the Atkins Diet, which is now referred to as the “Atkins Nutritional Approach”. I have a lot of admiration for Dr. Atkins. He went against the mainstream for decades, constantly scoffed at and charged with all kinds of medical heresies, yet he kept getting results with his patients and so charged ahead knowing he was right. I have several of his books, and I have grown quite an admiration for the man. His death was a great loss to us all.

The problem I’ve had with Atkins is that, soon after starting, I will cave in to sweets or pizza or a Chinese buffet and not get back on again.

But, recently I’m starting to face my own mortality. I’ve had high cholesterol for years. It’s not even worth getting checked again. I know it’s high, and my weight has climbed since then. The last few months I’ve been getting frequent headaches. I couldn’t figure out why, until a friend mentioned that my blood pressure could be too high. Oh, boy, now it’s time to do something. I also noticed that I don’t have much energy and I’ve been walking especially sluggish lately.

And so, once again, I have embarked on the Atkins journey. I have not yet started a formal “Induction”, but I’ve been sticking to low carb foods such as meats and salads. We’ve had a couple of low carb wraps this week. My wife doesn’t care for low carb pasta, but I don’t mind it. After only three days, my headaches have stopped and I have a marginal amount of energy.

I will continue to report on my progress for those interested. In the meantime, do your homework. If you’ve battled obesity, don’t despair. It is possible to do it without starving yourself, hence the title of this blog entry, “Eat Yourself Thin”. You have to eat, you just have to learn how to eat right. I’ll add more thoughts in the days to come.

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Free Coffee- NESCAF� Taster’s Choice

I’ve never been a fan of reality television. My wife enjoys Big Brother. I can’t stand it. I see most of these reality shows as a testimony of the deprivation our culture has fallen to. Not only will people go to really great lengths of scheming and lying and tricking to win a half a million dollars, but the folks at home will sit there and cheer them on as if they get to partake in the winning funds.

And of course, you don’t want to get me started on the lengths they’ll go to to make sure that every human condition imaginable gets equal representation. I remember the first Survivor when there were reports that contestants were told to keep the homosexual on as long as possible in order to keep those viewers. The game was rigged before it began.

So when "The Apprentice" premiered on NBC, I paid it no mind at all. I figured it was just another trash reality show and I had no desire to watch it. But when the third installment came out, my ears perked up. It pits high school graduates against college diplomas. That actually got me interested. I have a mere high school education, plus some military technical training, and it seems that some of the stupidest people I’ve known are college graduates (this is not a reason to drop out- there are plenty of idiots and ignorant fools who haven’t or even have finished high school. You know who you are.) If you take a look at the reports that are coming out of our universities these days, you’ll assume that PhD’s and common sense are mutually exclusive.

And so, I watched the first episode with great interest. According to Mr. Trump, the high school graduates have the higher net worth. I missed the second episode, where the college graduates won, but with three episodes down, the high school diploma holders have won two for three.

I am not in any way saying not to get a college education. I think we should all be educated. But learn real knowledge, not junk.

I am so far enjoying "The Apprentice". Instead of people lazily hanging around a house playing stupid games, this is a real world show. People actually have to use knowledge, skills, and teamwork. If they try to screw each other they will end up screwing themselves. This I can enjoy.

The point to this whole blog entry is the free coffee offer. Last night the contestants had to run a marketing campaign for Nescafe. At the end of the show, they made an offer for a free two week supply. That got my attention. So, the first chance I had this morning, I logged on and ordered mine. If you’re a fan of coffee and free offers, you might want to take this one up. And if you know me and my taste in television, my recommendation of "The Apprentice" may carry some weight. However, don’t watch TV at the expense of your family or your responsibilities.

NESCAF� Taster’s Choice

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Good Source For Daily News

In The News

The New American is a great publication, and it now offers daily updates. It is a great magazine, written from a conservative Constitutionalist perspective about what is going on behind the scenes. Everything they report on is well documented fact and they are never given to emotion in their reporting, although much of their subject matter easily could be dark and sensationalist with a lesser group or writers. Check it out, and also check into the "http://www.stoptheFTAA.com  campaign, as well as the http://www.getusout.com campaign.

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Maintaining a Healthy Brain- Dr. Sears

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I have an interest in health, and from time to time I’ll do research. Today I came across this article about fish oil and brain health. It was very interesting. I have been taking Omega-3 supplements for a few years now, and this reinforces what I’ve learned so far.

I don’t know much about Dr. Sears’ diet (I’m an Atkins guy myself) but this article is sound.

As a side note, some people have trouble with the after taste fish oil produces. You can take Flax Seed Oil instead, as it contains the same nutrients without the fish oil burp aftertaste.

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