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    June 29, 2015

    The Slow Death of the Death Penalty

    For over three weeks the northern part of New York state was on edge following the escape of inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt. Sweat was serving a life sentence for the killing of a sheriff’s deputy. Matt was doing 25 years to life in the kidnapping, torture and hacksaw dismemberment of his former boss.

    With more than 1,300 officers on their trail, apprehension was only a matter of time. The damage from their escape escalated quickly. While the two men were thought to be near the prison, the citizens of Dannemora were made prisoners in their own homes. Several schools in the area were closed. The search has already cost several million dollars.

    The news reporters have asked many questions but the one that they will never ask is: “Could we have avoided this mess by initially executing these two dirt bags?”

    Because the press is part of a war on capital punishment they would never dream of pondering this option. The liberal media is very organized in their opposition to law enforcement. Whenever someone is released from jail for a crime they allegedly didn’t commit, the press automatically sets aside all other news to cover the “wonderful” news. When someone is put to death, the press talks about how sad it is that the appeal process ran out.

    It has become so difficult in this nation to carry out a death sentence that over a dozen states have given up on the process. Nebraska has just become the latest state to abolish the death penalty. The most common argument used against capital punishment this: It is inefficient, expensive and out of place for today’s values.

    The reason why it is inefficient and expensive is because politicians and law enforcement have become too cowardly to carry out sentences. There are 31 states that still have the death penalty for violent crimes, and only five states have carried out an execution this year. If it wasn’t for Texas and Missouri, there would have only been four executions so far this year.

    Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was just given a death sentence for the attack that left three dead and 260 people wounded. Tsarnaev may have gray hair by the time his date with the executioner comes up. There are 61 other people on federal death row, and the last execution took place a dozen years ago.

    All states and the federal government use lethal injection as their primary method of execution. Anti-death penalty groups have managed to convince lawmakers that all other forms of execution present an unconstitutional risk of causing severe pain. Now they are going after lethal injection by arguing in court that even the most powerful sedative causes some form of discomfort.

    Once the left does away with the death penalty, their next target will be to declare life imprisonment as “cruel and unusual punishment.” Europe is ahead of us in this level of leniency. I still cannot believe Anders Behring Breivik, the Norway shooter who killed 77 people, was only given 21 years in jail because that is the nation's maximum penalty.

    If liberals could see what the vast majority of executed criminals face in the afterlife, they wouldn’t have any complaints. The cruelest methods we could devise for ending the life of a condemned person is trivial when compared to the horrors of hell.

    I think the reason why Satan is so active in combating the death penalty is because he faces the ultimate death sentence. Jesus said the devil was a “murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). He may think that if he can find pardons for his earthly minions, maybe somehow the same twisted logic can be applied to him.

    People who try to clog the legal system with endless appeals for all these psychopaths clearly don’t understand God’s final verdict on sin. The Bible plainly says, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man” (Genesis 9:6).

    Death in this world is of minor importance. The second death is the one we should all seek God’s mercy to avoid.

    “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

    “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:13-15).

    --Todd


    Blinding and Binding America

    I can't get out of mind the stories of how the victors over kingdoms would sometimes slaughter the families of the defeated king, then blind him. He would then be bound and led into captivity, if he wasn't himself killed. We, of course, know of such a biblical story of the Babylonians blinding and binding Israel's king in such a way (Jeremiah 52: 11).

    In that instance, the king had invited the Babylonians to see all the great treasures within Israel's Temple and governmental coffers. That foolish act soon brought the visitors along with the military hordes to bind and rob the nation, taking whomever they chose into captivity to be subservient to the captors.

    Jesus' words should echo in the spiritual ears of Bible believers today, upon observing things going on within the American government: "No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house" (Mark 3:27).

    Also, the apostle Paul's words should ring loudly in forewarning: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Timothy 2:13).

    The above seems to me to apply to what's going on with our own nation in a sense. Our population, even our senators and representatives, have been blinded. The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that is being forced upon America showed the vast riches of this country to those who lust after them. This portends, in my view, the blinding and binding of this nation's citizenry-- actions that will soon take us into captivity under global gulag.

    The very people we elected in the 2014 midterm elections now seem to be ready to cave to the wishes of an administration that has demonstrated time and time again it is not the "transparent" entity it promised, but one that wishes to keep us in the dark while it plots changing America into a socialist world order.

    Prophetically speaking, it could perhaps be no other way. America must lose sovereignty and national autonomy. The world must be loosed from the dollar that monetarily interlinks the continents, thus prevents globalization as envisioned by the minions that are prophetically scheduled to appear in these final days of the age, as foretold by Paul the apostle.

    "Evil men and seducers" (women, too) are indeed waxing worse and worse, as the KJV would have it. We are to just keep our noses out of our governmental masters business while they plan our futures of global gulag. In much the same way, Ms. Pelosi said of the Obamacare debacle, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” Republican Congressman Paul Ryan declared about the TPP trade bill, “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to.”

    One Senator isn't buying it. His protest follows.

    It has become increasingly clear that the President’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is far more than a trade deal. It forms an enduring, self-governing political entity with vast regulatory power. Yet fast-track – which has led without fail to the adoption of every covered agreement since its inception – would rush it through with less legislative scrutiny than a Post Office reform bill...

    The President has refused to answer the most simple but crucial questions about how he plans to use fast-track powers. He will not even answer whether he believes his plan will increase or reduce the trade deficit, increase or reduce manufacturing jobs, or increase or reduce wages. Concerns raised about how this new Pacific Union will impact our sovereignty have been met with only a continued unwillingness to reply to any questions about the limits of its reach and power. (Jeff Sessions, Breitbart.com, SEN. SESSIONS: SLOW FAST-TRACK NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, June 21, 2015)

    The TTP deal will doubtless give President Obama authority to make all sorts of arrangements that he has been wanting to make in treaty negotiations. He couldn't successfully complete those because of congressional and public opposition. The well-founded fear is that fast-track executive authority will have us waking up one day to find that we must give up our guns to the confiscators. Such authority might be tied to international or global agreements buried in the details of the TPP, thus bypassing the Second Amendment and all congressional oversight.

    Because of the same hidden treaty-like protocols, we might also find on that morning that we now must pay confiscatory taxes to the global community to which we are tied through the TPP or whatever hybrid develops from that arrangement. Perhaps we will also be told that our homes will now be fitted with special thermostats to bring us in compliance with carbon emission standards/electric usage, etc. These possibilities might be in the offing, according to those who carefully monitor the climate-change fanatics who surround this presidential administration and the climate-change controllers around the world.

    My own congressman and senators -- in whom I've placed considerable hope -- have caved and are now supporting this TPP, fast-track deal. Apparently, they, like others who are embracing it as "good for America," have learned nothing. In responding to an email sent by my son in which he expressed concern for the TTP deal, the congressman said the following:

    "I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are concerned that TPA [Trans Pacific Agreement] cedes too much authority to the President. This is simply not true. TPA strengthens the system of checks and balances in the Federal Government and gives Congress and the American people a say in trade negotiations. With TPA, we are, in fact, intensifying--not weakening--congressional oversight to all future trade negotiations.

    I suppose the intensive oversight Congress and the people will be given must first be denied us by blinding us, because the TTP is hidden from our view. We are told we must trust that it is the best thing for us. The question is: Why should we?

    First, this is a president who is determined to change America to a socialist economic system. He has proven this at every turn. The economy has gone swiftly downhill in every reporting period, once the truth has been fully revealed.

    Secondly, we apparently haven't learned the painful lesson that more of our liberties are taken from us with each passing trade deal. When our sovereignty is made subservient to global regulations, our national protections dissolve.

    Bill Clinton gave us NAFTA (which was also fast-tracked, as were its successor trade deals). Since that time, other trade catastrophes have resulted. For examples, CAFTA, KORUS and the Panama Free Trade Agreement.

    We have now come to the worst of the lot, the TPP, which, under the guise of free trade, would put raw economic power, at America's expense, into the hands of a few powerful monetary elite.

    The blinding of the nation is not only fiscal and geopolitical. It is spiritual, as its citizens move ever farther away from God and the moral foundations on which the Founding Fathers placed America. Its binding with the chains of global godlessness seems to be on the fast track.

    The Lord, however, is never surprised, and eternally in control. The time is quickly approaching when He will deal with those who want to replace Him within the affairs of man.

    "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure" (Psalms 2: 5: 4-5).

    --Terry