I’m not and astronomer. I’m not even much of a stargazer. I simply haven’t had the opportunity since I’ve lived in or near cities all my life, and about the only stars one can see at night are blinking neon. So frankly, I kind of ignored the whole story of the Magi following the Star of Bethlehem to the baby Jesus. “OK,” I said to myself, “so it was a shooting star.” …and that was that.
But in truth that wasn’t that. There is much more to the Star of Bethlehem, and thank God for Rick Larson who demonstrated that in the “Star of Bethlehem” movie. It’s a must see for everyone! Read more…
There is lots of gun smoke filling our airwaves regarding the urgent need for gun control to prevent more instances of school violence. I briefly alluded to this in the post Newtown.
Is there any verifiable correlation between crime rate and gun control? What do the facts really say?
A quick search of the internet for “gun control and crime rate” provides many articles and studies showing just the opposite effect: Gun control either increases crime rates or has no effect on them. Most studies generally concluded that gun ownership – not gun control – is more likely to reduce crime rate.
One solitary article in the entire first page of results did not clearly support the above conclusion. But even that one New York Times article begrudgingly admitted that crime rates dropped with gun ownerships and rose with gun control – although the article cited other unknown reasons as the cause of this situation.
Please you make up your own mind based on true facts and data. This link, I believe, provides a good reliable, neutral source of much statistically accurate and truthful information.
All is not as it looks!
I received this in an email forward from a friend:
The Night Before Jesus Came
‘Twas the night before Jesus came, and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house! Read more…
Last week the U.N. voted 138 to 9 to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s status from “entity” to “non-member state”. This happened in spite of the Palestinian Authority’s continuing commitment to the destruction and appropriation of Israel’s territory, Israel’s opposition to the measure before the U.N, and the fact that Palestine has never been a people or a viable state.
In fact, Palestine cannot survive without Israeli life support and huge amounts of global welfare. For example, Palestinians get their electricity from Israel, but owe $200 million in unpaid electric bills to Israel in spite of receiving about $1 billion annually in foreign aid.
When the votes were counted, 138 countries voted in favor, 9 opposed, and 41 abstained.
Here is a listing of how each country voted: http://qz.com/32657/heres-how-countries-voted-on-palestinian-statehood-today-and-israeli-statehood-65-years-ago/
One of the most interesting elements of this resolution is that it specifically requires the withdrawal of Israel from Jerusalem, citing the Palestinians’ “inalienable rights” to the city as justification:
… the need for the withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem…
The U.N. resolution is in reality nothing more than a poorly veiled attempt to delegitimize and destroy the modern state of Israel through political means, having failed to do so militarily. For the full text of the U.N. resolution, click here.
Actually, the vote is not surprising. It was predicted by the prophet Zecheriah 2,600 years ago and is yet another sign that we are nearing Biblical end times (Key text has been highlighted in bold): Read more…