Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The passing of a good man

It is with great sorrow that I am posting this.  My father, Brian Sutton, passed away yesterday,
February 23, 2010.  He was a good man, a devoted husband, father, and friend.  I know he will be missed by many.

We love you, Dad.  Rest in peace until we see each other again.

Abby

Sunday, December 6, 2009

TIME FOR CHRISTIANS TO STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS!

In Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the local school authorities have decided to remove all vestiges of Christmas celebration, even Santa Claus and candy canes, from the school.  The authorities there stated that it was their job to educate the children, not brainwash them with religion.  Needless to say, the vast majority of the parents of the students have protested this action, even to the point of threatening a lawsuit.

In one segment of the story, they showed tape from a community meeting at the school.  One mother suggested that any student would be able to put up any symbols of other religions so that the school would not just be celebrating the Christian holiday of Christmas.  Another woman countered that this would not work as it would be impractical to try to represent every possible religious view.  But that is not what was suggested.  The first mother suggested letting any student represent alternative religious celebration if they chose to do so.  Unless this class is the most religiously diverse class in history, I seriously doubt that there would be a need to represent every viable religion in the world.  And this diversity of religion could be a learning experience for the children, thereby meeting the goal of educating, not brainwashing, the students.

The question is, whether you are talking about a school or a courthouse or any other public property, WHEN DID THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, WHO BELIEVE IN GOD AND JESUS, LOSE THEIR RIGHTS TO PRACTICE THEIR RELIGION FREELY AND WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE?!?!

The first article of the Bill of Rights states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."  What does this mean??  It seems pretty straightforward and clear to me, but it has been a source of real conflict and confusion in our country for about the last half century.  Somehow, somewhere, our courts have taken a stand to completely separate government and religion, but that is not what was written in our Constitution.  Our founding fathers, most of whom were practicing Christians, never intended that religion would be removed from government.  Their intent, clearly, was to see to it that the government could not, and would not, establish a National religion, or favor one religion over another.  To interpret the Bill of Rights and the intent of the founders of this country in any other way is just stupid.

OK, so we are not all going to agree on this subject.  Whatever happens to majority rules.  I believe in Jesus Christ as being the Son of God and my Savior and Redeemer.  I believe in One God Almighty, the Creator of all we are and all we have.  Under our Constitution, I am allowed to believe as I wish, just as others, who disagree with me, are allowed to believe what they choose and worship, or not worship, as they see fit.  I have no problem with this view.  Live and let live.  This is what our Constitution is all about...the individual having free thought and free expression without fear of government interference or persecution.  This belief was one of the underlying principles that prompted the Pilgrims to brave the mighty Atlantic Ocean to come to Plymouth Rock in order to escape religious persecution in Europe.

But when did we confer on the minority the right to tell the majority when and where they could or could not practice their religion freely.  I think that this situation has basically been the product of the old adage that tells us the squeaky wheel will get the grease.  One atheist threatens to sue over Christmas decorations in a school or courthouse and the powers that be fold like a house of cards to avoid legal problems.  We have all seen it happen at one time or another.

Well, fellow Christians and other people of religious faith, I say it is time that we reverse this trend and start taking back our rights to practice our religion freely at any time, in any place!  FROM NOW ON, WHEN ONE PERSON OR SMALL GROUP TRIES TO INFRINGE ON OUR RIGHTS BY THREATENING LAWSUITS, LET'S GATHER OUR MAJORITY AND BRING REAL PRESSURE TO BEAR ON THE COWERING DECISION MAKERS WHO HAVE COWTOWED FOR TOO LONG TO THIS LOUD MINORITY WHO WISH TO BRING THEIR WILL TO BEAR ON ALL OF US! 

Think about it for a minute.  If a school principal is afraid of a lawsuit brought by one person, how would that principal react to a lawsuit coming from the other side where 200 or 500 or 1000 people were suing to PROTECT their rights of free exercise of religious beliefs and free expression of those beliefs.  Which way do you think your school boards and administrators and mayors and town managers going to go, once they are faced with that type of choice.  IT IS TIME FOR ALL PRACTITIONERS OF FAITH TO STAND UP AND SHOUT, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!"

And how about stores and shopping malls who are so concerned with offending non-Christians by using the word CHRISTmas instead of the more generic Happy Holidays.  Currently, approximately 77% of Americans consider themselves to be Christian.  So, perhaps we Christians should show the stores and malls of America that, instead of worrying about the other 23%, maybe they should concern themselves more with NOT offending the 77% of us who view the upcoming holiday as the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Maybe we should show those stores and malls that, unless they want to give real recognition to this holiday, they need not worry about us doing our CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN STORES THAT GIVE NO RECOGNITION TO CHRISTMAS!!   If we did this, how long would it take the stores to change their advertising and their policies where Christmas is concerned??  NOT LONG, I GUARANTEE IT!!

Therefore, in closing, I want to encourage all Christians and practitioners of other religious beliefs to stand up for their rights and bring America back to the founding principles that have made this the greatest and most free country the world has ever known.

AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!

THE DEATH OF COMMON SENSE--An Obituary Printed in the London Times

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.  It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.  Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

-I Know My Rights
-I Want It Now
-Someone Else Is To Blame
-I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.   R.I.P.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mr. President, Tell My Why?

Mr. President, could you please explain the reasoning you have used in allowing your Attorney General to hold the terrorist trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and others in a civilian court in New York City??  I listened to AG Eric Holder testify before the Senate several days ago concerning this decision and I heard him say that KSM does not get to choose the venue of his trial, but rather he (AG Holder) would make that decision and he had done so.  However, given the uproar that this decision has caused, one is forced to believe that such a decision would not have been made without your approval.  So I ask you, President Obama, why are you doing this to our country?  What is there to be gained by such a move and at what cost?

We already have heard AG Holder state that he is confident that he has plenty of evidence to get a conviction and, ultimately, the death penalty for KSM's crimes.  However, if we are going to accord KSM all the rights of an American civilian facing criminal charges, then there are some real questions to be addressed.  Questions of coercive interrogations are going to put an obvious taint on much, if not all, of the information obtained from KSM.  Now, my understanding is that KSM was ready to plead guilty before a military tribunal and face sentence for his crimes.  Given that fact, what does a trial in New York City get for the American people that we don't already have?  To give KSM and his cohorts and lawyers the chance to bad mouth America on a world stage is nothing short of STUPID...unless, of course, you wnat this kind of negative publicity for the country you supposedly love and are sworn to protect.  It is even possible that, given the rules of evidence in a civilian court, that KSM could be acquitted of the charges against him and go free.  What benefit to we gain that makes taking that chance a good gamble?

Another consideration is the monetary cost of such a trial.  Tell me, Mr. President, how many millions of dollars of TAXPAYER MONEY will be spent on this whole process, when you take into account all the legal fees, including all appeals, all the money for additional security in the courthouse, the extra security in general that will be required in New York City and all the other items that will be a necessary expense for this extravaganza.  It would seem to me that, before you spend those hard earned tax dollars to get a conviction for a criminal who already wants to confess, you should consider the wishes of those of us who will foot the bill, THE TAXPAYERS.  And, as I am sure you know, Mr. President, several well known polls have already shown that the public is against this decision.

Given these considerations, one is forced to wonder what your real agenda is here.  Do you really believe that this trial, in this setting, is really in the best interests of this country?  Or is this the manifestation of a desire to politicize this matter as a means of putting the Bush administration on trial in an attembt to deflect criticism for your own poor political record as president thus far?

It is time, Mr. Obama, for you and your left wing liberal friends to get past their fixation on the perceived mistakes of the Bush administration and quit trying to keep bringing the country backwards in hopes that this action will somehow propel your administration forward by favorable comparison.  DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICA, MR. PRESIDENT, AND CHANGE THIS DECISION FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYONE INVOLVED.

Thank you and God bless the United States of America!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

And Obama's Hits Just Keep On Coming!



Hey, President Obama, congratulations on another stunning policy success!! Yes, I am certain that bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 911 mastermind, to the courts of New York City instead of those stodgy old military tribunals will turn out to be one more, in a long line, of stunning policy successes. Not only will this decision result in millions of dollars being spent for the security of such a trial, but it will also open New York City to heightened levels of danger. I am sure most New Yorkers will agree that it has gotten a little dull in town, so this excitement will certainly be a welcome diversion.

And, hey, who knows, what with the more defendant-friendly rules of evidence, he might even be acquitted and walk free from his crimes. Or, if he is convicted, he will be able to avail himself of years of appeals of that conviction, while living on in a prison at the expense of this country's taxpayers.

Yessirree, Mr. President, I gotta say it!! Job well done!! Now get busy with that lipstick!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

An Open Letter To President Obama

This letter is an open letter to President Obama, written by respected businessman, Lou Prichett, formerly of Proctor and Gamble. Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America 's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you. You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support. You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American. You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll. You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core. You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others. You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail. You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad. You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector. You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one. You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves. You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world. You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations. You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals. You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people. You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient. You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do. You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view. You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

TRUE - CHECK: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise! Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going.. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.

The Duties Of A Leader

I woke up this morning and read the news that former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, spent the weekend at Fort Hood, visiting the men and women who were wounded this past week and the family members of the wounded and slain soldiers. That is what a true leader does in a time of national tragedy.

But where was President Obama??? Oh, yeah, he was behind closed doors with his partners in crime, twisting arms to get the razor thin margin needed to ram through his unwanted and unnecessary "healthcare reform." For those of you who have been suffering with bouts of BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), I ask you to clear your minds for one minute and think about this. With the mass murder of our soldiers fresh on the minds of most Americans, where should we expect our Commander-in-Chief to be? I think we all know the answer to that question, deep in our hearts, and we know that, once again, President Barack Hussein Obama has failed another leadership test.

While our heads our now clear, for the moment, let's take a quick look at the past ten months of the Obama presidency.

All of you BDS sufferers are so quick to point out that you think President Bush lied to the American public about the weapons of mass destruction believed to be in Saddam Hussein's possession. Never mind that most members of congress believed that fact, as well as virtually every major intelligence organization in the world. Congress was misled or mistaken. But not President Bush--HE LIED!! Right?!?! Okay, let's pass on that one for a minute and take a look at Obama's record for honesty.

Before his election, President Obama promised a new era of politics, not the same old stuff from the same old people. Once elected, he gave us the same old people in most of the key posts of government. Biden, Clinton, Emmanuel, et al are all well known names in the DC circle of political hacks.

President Obama said we are going to pay as we go...no more deficit spending. Hmmm, I guess our new 2 trillion dollar deficit is not real or else, we were lied to about this.

We were promised that all new legislation would be available on the internet for all citizens at least five days before any votes. Whoops, on the TARP and other bailouts, that didn't happen!!

We were promised complete transparency, not the closed door, Democrats only meetings that have taken place in the last couple of weeks.

Speaker Pelosi pledged that THIS congress would be the most honest in our history. Currently, no less than 16 of its members are under investigaion for dishonest dealings involving unpaid taxes, undeclared income, bribery and other felonies and misdemeanors.

Well, you know the old joke. How do you tell if a politician is lying to you??? His (or her) mouth is moving. This joke has probably never rung truer than with our current administration and congress.

Oh, well, I guess if people are unhappy enough with their current circumstances, they will turn to any leader who can promise them what they want to hear, regardless of whether that leader intends to keep those promises. After all, the citizens of Germany did it back in the 1930's and that worked out pretty well, didn't it??

GOD BLESS AND KEEP OUR BELOVED UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!