Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Murder the Iranian People!

If our gutless leaders don't nuke these people "back to the stone age," they are surely unAmerican and unpatriotic, are they not?

If they won't use nukes, the least they could do is put down a few hundred thousand children with stiff sanctions.

end sarcasm

I thought this documentary was definitely worth an hour of my time.

I'm not sure what happened to the video in an older post, "Images of Iran," so this post supplements that one.

My memory never serves me well, but apparently, as I review that earlier post, back in 2008 there was talk about how close Iran was to having a nuclear weapon, and threats were being made against Iran. Threats which always seem to fall on the people rather than their "rulers."

End the War on Drugs

Failed War On Drugs

Unlike the last three Presidents of the United States, I've never used drugs. Never even been in possession of any.

I've never been persuaded (and nobody's ever tried to persuade me) that drugs would help me serve the Lord Jesus Christ better.

  • The Bible says human beings were created to "exercise dominion over the earth." It has always seemed to me that drugs were designed to evade dominion.
  • The Fourth Commandment says: "Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work...." Will drugs help me "remember," or are they designed to help one forget? Will drugs help me do all my work? Or are they designed to replace work.
  • The Fifth Commandment is, “Honour thy father and thy mother." Will I be able to express honor to my parents if I'm intoxicated? Will they be impressed to see me on drugs? Will they feel honored?
  • The Sixth Commandment is, “Thou shalt not kill.”  If I'm stoned will I be able to write a coherent letter to President Obama explaining why I'm Sick of Sanctions and urging him not to kill more people in Iran?
  • The woman next door wants to kill her baby. Can I give her the moral and emotional support she needs if I'm hallucinating?
  • I have 19 homeless people living in my home. I'm trying to help them get a job and save up first- and last-month's rent on a place of their own. Shall we all do drugs?
  • The Seventh Commandment is, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." The duties required by the Seventh Commandment include:
    • chastity in body, mind, affections, words, and behavior; and the preservation of it in ourselves and others; watchfulness over the eyes and all the senses; temperance, keeping of chaste company, modesty in apparel; marriage by those that have not the gift of continency, conjugal love, and cohabitation; diligent labor in our callings; shunning all occasions of uncleanness, and resisting temptations thereunto.
  • Solomon wrote parts of the Book of Proverbs:
    • To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words, {17} Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. {18} For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; {19} None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life; {20} So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness. Proverbs 2:16-20
  • Will I be more chaste, more faithful, more righteous, if I'm under the influence of drugs?
  • The Eighth Commandment is "Thou shalt not steal." The duties required in the eighth commandment are,
    • truth, faithfulness, and justice in contracts and commerce between man and man; rendering to everyone his due; restitution of goods unlawfully detained from the right owners thereof; giving and lending freely, according to our abilities, and the necessities of others; moderation of our judgments, wills, and affections concerning worldly goods; a provident care and study to get, keep, use, and dispose these things which are necessary and convenient for the sustentation of our nature, and suitable to our condition; a lawful calling, and diligence in it; frugality; avoiding unnecessary lawsuits and suretyship, or other like engagements; and an endeavor, by all just and lawful means, to procure, preserve, and further the wealth and outward estate of others, as well as our own.
  • Will I be able to do these things, and be a leader in my community to promote these things, if I'm on drugs?
  • The Ninth Commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
    • Zechariah 8:16  - These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
    • Proverbs 31:8-9 -  Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. {9} Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
    • Luke 19:8  - And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
  • Do drugs make me more Accurate, keen, discerning, and able to speak the truth?
  • Do drugs help me become more Accomplished?
  • Do drugs increase my Alertness?
  • Do drugs help me cultivate empowering Aspirations?
  • Does using drugs make me more Available to help others?
  • Do drugs make me more Charitable?
  • Does intoxication make me more Compassionate?
  • Do drugs help me keep my Composure?
  • Do drugs help my Concentration?
  • Do drugs increase my Confidence?
  • Do drugs make me more Contented?
  • Do drugs make me more Cooperative?
  • Do drugs help me Counsel others?
  • Do drugs give me realistic Courage? (not hallucinating courage which is non-rational and unrealistic)
  • Do drugs help me achieve greater levels of Courtesy and good Manners?
  • Do drugs help me become more decisive?
  • Do drugs help me achieve develop deference toward others, and to become less selfish?
  • Will doing drugs make me more dependable?
  • Do drugs make me more determined?
  • Will drugs give me more diligence?
  • Do drugs give me more discernment?
  • Do drugs enhance my self-discipline?
  • Will using drugs reward me with greater discretion?
  • Will drugs make me more earnest?
  • Will drug use make me more efficient?
  • Will using drugs increase my endurance?
  • Will drugs give me more energy and enthusiasm?
  • Will drugs make me more faithful?
  • Will using drugs give me additional foresight?
  • Will drug use help me be more forgiving?
  • Do drugs give me the frugality that my grandparents would have admired?
  • Will drugs make me more generous?
  • Will remarkable gentleness be the fruit of drugs?
  • Will my children want to follow my model of gratefulness when I'm intoxicated?
  • Do drugs increase honesty? Honestly?
  • Do drugs give users more hope?
  • Do drug users show more hospitality (dealers excluded)?
  • Does drug use make me more industrious?
  • Will I have more initiative as the result of drugs?
  • Will I show more interest in people after drugs have their effect?
  • Will drugs give me lasting joy?
  • Will drugs make me a son of Abraham:
    "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.
  • Is greater kindness the result of intoxication?
  • Given that Love means obeying all of God's commandments (Romans 13:8-10), will drug use empower me to love my neighbor?
  • Will drug use make me more loyal?

Perhaps my doctor will say the answer to some of these questions is "Yes." Perhaps my priest, counselor, court-appointed psychiatrist, professional life coach, or spouse will say the answer to some of these questions is "Yes." Perhaps we might all agree that a judicious use of marijuana, LSD, or opiates might be beneficial.

But should this man be the one making that decision for me?

Congressman Billy Long

Making this decision -- and putting me in prison for 20 years if I disagree with his diagnosis -- is not one of the powers enumerated in the Constitution as being one he may exercise.

Perhaps in another post I will ask questions M-Z