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Hello Dave.

The shirts arrived in Berlin today. Thank you very much. You`ll get my next order soon.

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    A Message from Dave

    TOLERANCE AND PRINCIPLES OF ESTABLISHMENT

    "In the practice of tolerance, ones enemy is the best teacher."

    ~ Dalai Lama (Tibetan Buddhist)

    People that preach tolerance are preaching the destruction of our nation. Tolerance is one of the many tools of Satan. It works similarly to political correctnessa one way street to appease evil and undermine establishment. Tolerance plays off of the fearful and ignorant, the formula is simple, tolerance is a deception that motivates people to think they are doing good and by showing tolerance they expect reciprocity (reciprocal treatment) but the only reciprocity that will come is in the form of loss of human freedom and volition.

    I include volition because volition is the cornerstone of all human freedom and the establishment principles from which our forefathers used to create our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights gave us the right to execute our volition, the right to choose our own path. What the ignorant do not understand is freedom is responsibility and responsibility has consequences when abused. We should treasure our freedom and not tolerate its abuse.

    "The greatest threat to freedom, as well as the most formidable enemy of it, is a supported cause against it"

    ~Don Williams, Jr.

    Tolerance or toleration has been the subject of debate throughout the history of people and nations in the areas of social, cultural, and religious practices, which covers a lot of ground. I think the debate can be broken down like this.

    Starting with this question: What should we tolerate or not tolerate?

    The answer to this question lies in the principles of establishment for our country and its people. When principles are violated the individual and our country risk the loss of freedom. The same way our soldiers put themselves at great risk when they violate principles on the battlefield. When our soldiers are trained they learn dos and donts learning military acronyms creating endless check lists ingrained to memory. Unfortunately most of the failures in combat can be traced back to someone not following prescribed military doctrines pertaining to security, contingencies, immediate action drills, criteria for route selection, terrain analysis, lack of reconnaissance, SOPs, never under estimate your enemy, etc. Soldiers on the battlefield learn fast not to compromise these doctrines, for the penalty comes fast and severe.

    For our nation it is not so fast, but the penalties are severe. See tolerance works off what I call the creeping method. It works like this. When income tax was first instituted it was 1% and supposed to end after WWI. But now what we pay in taxes and the invasion of privacy is unbelievable with no end in sight because they just keep taking more and more a little at a time. If they had tried to institute a large tax like we have now it would have been rejected. But tolerance knows how to creep in and exploit. We have all experienced how tolerance gets us in trouble when we tolerate the wrong people and their behavior which brings us back to what to tolerate or not.

    The answer to this is simple. But the execution can be difficult because the answer is to not tolerate behaviors that go against principles of freedom and establishment. Which I will briefly outline. In order to discern tolerance one must be armed with principles and understand them to a point of making applications of those principles in their life. Unfortunately there has been a great breakdown for many generations in our country not passing these principles down in the home, our churches, and schools. So a large part of our population is not equipped with the knowledge to make good decisions and unaware of the consequences to our country towards being tolerant to the compromise of principles of establishment.

    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

    ~Aristotle

    This is a good time to give a brief outline of the basic principles of establishment upon which our country was founded.

    Principles of establishment distinguish between war against tyranny and revolt against authority a very important distinction because that is where the battle lines are drawn. This is a good time to mention ours was a war for independence for our freedom. Not a revolutionary war. England was not overthrown just thrown out.

    I will attempt to take you through the four basic establishment principles upon which freedom is preserved and show how tolerance destroys that freedom.

    I Volition is freedom of choice which gives the human race regardless of nationality, sex or any other factor the right to life, liberty, ownership of property, privacy and the pursuit of happiness . . . provided the individual does not violate the laws of establishment and the common laws of our nation. Tolerance embraces evil which seeks to take away volition or free will. The same way a jealous boyfriend imposes his will becoming a tyrant, not leaving his girl friend free to love him of her own free will.

    II Marriage is the basic unit upon which society is built. It is a union between one man and one woman. It serves for both the framework of love and the basic function in life for the protection of freedom. The first marriage began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, divinely ordained. When married a husband and wife take a vow of responsibility towards one another that usually goes something like this . . . for better or worse, in sickness or health, until death do you part. Etc. Tolerance undermines this principle of establishment by attacking this institution in many ways. It grew its roots in the 60s where the responsibilities in marriage were undermined through rejection of authority which led to the feminist movement to emasculate males. Men not fulfilling their responsibilities fueled the feminist movement which is in full swing today. The results of this are already in, they are winning. Marriage vows are tossed aside at the slightest whim of selfishness and ambition. We have a society of broken families with dysfunctional children thrust upon society. We have record crimes, violence, school dropouts, illegitimate children, drug and alcohol abuse, the list is endless. And now the gay community is demanding special rights and laws forcing their perverse lifestyle on to everyone else with same sex marriages and schools brainwashing our kids that it is normal a natural choice, or you are born gay, etc. How can freedom be preserved with broken generations of people rejecting responsibility, authority and no frame of reference for right and wrong? Answer, it cant.

    III Family is the second unit for the perpetuation of the human race. Every baby is born with free will which must be protected during their entire period of childhood. Parents must train that freewill to make proper decisions. Children must learn when to say "yes" and when to say "no". Parents must instill proper norms and standards of thinking teaching them how to correctly evaluate things or situations they will face in life along with respect for authority, and self discipline. It is the parents responsibility to protect, provide for and train children.

    Tolerance seeks to take that responsibility or freedom away. It starts in our schools with the government catering to special interests groups wanting to indoctrinate our children with their false interpretations of history, the theory of evolution, science, perverse values, and deviant social behavior, etc. For the ones who do not drop out of school they go on to our universities where they think they are there to save the world encouraged by our absurd professors instead of learning and submitting to academic authority. As you can see the authority and responsibility of parents has been replaced by special interest groups leaving parents in many cases helpless.

    IV Nationalism is Gods way of protecting the human race. The human race is divided by various races, languages, geographical locations and nations. If the entire human race was under one government then there would be tyranny with a vast majority of people deprived of there free wills. Internationalists are continually trying to crank up one world, one government in defiance of nationalism. Selling the United Nations, communism, socialism, religious domination, Islam for one. Before World War II most of Western Europe had moved toward Internationalism. Communism was making inroads in those countries. World War II woke them up for awhile, how quickly they forget. Its on the move again and here in the United States people are still under the illusion of communism or socialism and the welfare state. The only way freedom can be preserved in our nation is through establishment principles and when we forget we will learn the hard way through national disasters and eventually national catastrophe.

    In our Nation our government was designed to protect and safeguard our freedoms a government by the people for the people. Something we as a nation have forgotten. In Patrick Henrys famous speech ending with "give me liberty or give me death". He was talking about establishment principles, I Volition, and IV Nationalism which provides protection for I Volition.

    I will outline the seven principles of nationalism our forefathers intended.

    I Internal protection for national entity. This is achieved through proper law enforcement and administration of the law backed by the people. There must be good systems of establishing evidence in court, strict punitive measures and immediate release of the innocent.

    Tolerance has created great apathy in regards to law enforcement. Criminals go to jail for brief periods. We hear on the news how criminals are released only because of overcrowding and then most repeat their crimes. Murderers and criminals guilty of capital crimes languish in our jails on the tax payers dime instead of being executed. Where is the justice in that? The victims are forgotten. Most recently we had two Border Patrol Agents put in jail for doing their jobs on the testimony of an illegal alien who smuggles drugs across our borders.

    II External protection from foreign enemies. This is the responsibility of the Military. Every soldier should know that participation in military action demands the surrender of freedom in order to gain freedom for the nation. This means when you enter into the service you give up certain rights and freedoms or as they use to say when I first entered the Army I was a G I meaning government issue or more simply put government property, meaning you submit to the discipline and authority essential in training soldiers. A well trained professional military in turn, will preserve freedom through victories on the battlefield. Soldiers should never feel guilty for killing in war, it is your job to destroy the enemy and never forget why you are doing it. You are protecting your sweethearts, wives, families, friends and your country.

    "If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win."

    ~ Thomas Sowell

    Tolerance has excused draft dodgers our last President was elected as a known draft dodger and the leaders of our country have excused everyone from service except volunteers to carry this burden. Society and the leadership has allowed antiwar protests and demonstrations to take place without discouraging them and speaking out against these activities especially at our schools. Our soldiers are dogged by traitorous journalists. And Marines fighting for our country are incarcerated accused of war crimes in reaction to the press and public opinion for doing their job. War is not civilized and is not suppose to be. It is all about winning.

    III Government structure must have a system of laws with law enforcement methods of communication and education that emphasizes the true importance of freedom. Tolerance has prohibited this by pushing agendas of special interest groups and socialism.

    IV The economics of a nation must be based on free enterprise capitalism and businesses unhindered by government. This was the foundation for prosperity in our country. Our government was not supposed to regulate business the source of our prosperity.

    Tolerance unfortunately has moved us to embrace socialism with heavy taxation and regulation on business, causing many businesses to shut down and some to move out of the country. We are no longer competitive in the international market with a huge trade deficit growing.

    V There must be common law which functions under the principle of objectivity. There are two types of common law: the laws that regulate government function and the laws that regulate activities of the people in the framework of a national entity. Legislation was not designed to intrude upon freedoms, it was supposed to protect freedom as well as your life, your rights and your property.

    Tolerance has turned legislation into a devise to intrude upon our personal freedoms in almost everyway. I find I am constantly miffed and offended by what is happening and find it hard to deal with if I think about all the freedom eroded and gone in my life so far and when I speak of it to younger generations they just give me a blank look, they do not understand responsibility.

    VI There must be a common culture in a national entity. Our culture must reflect the spiritual values and principles this country was founded on, the morality of the people, the nobility of the people, the patriotism of the people, the language of the people. Our culture of freedom should express the greatness of our country in its literature, entertainment, drama, art and music.

    Tolerance has embraced into our culture glorification of drugs, violence, alternate life styles, etc. We all know the list and now it is embracing Islam. I felt a pit in my stomach when I heard about the first Muslim US Congressman Keith Ellison swearing on the Koran, the very one Jefferson had read to understand and use to defeat our Islamic enemies. Jefferson waged the first war on terror on foreign soil against the Muslim Barbary states.

    VII The administration of government must function in compliance of the foregoing six principles just mentioned.

    Tolerance has allowed bureaucracy to expand and grow out of control creating a system of power and jobs in government which promotes nothing except mediocrity contributing to the loss of freedom and prosperity.

    We have all experienced the creeping method of tolerance in our personal lives in many different ways, may be with a loved one or friend that has become a drug addict. Out of kindness we showed support and tried to help them or give them a second chance, cover for them, give them money, etc. but the story always ends the same way by tolerating their behavior you just prolong the inevitable and as most of us know no good deed goes unpunished we usually become a victim of their behavior and they eventually go on to hit bottom and have to decide to help themselves and take the long hard journey to recovery or waste away a drag on society. This is one example of many. But they all start and end the same way. The same is true for our nation few remember the many great things our nation has done for the world. Leaders around the world use us as a patsy and punching bag to rally support and gain power.

    "Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions."

    ~ G.K. Chesterton quote

    It is time to make a stand for what freedom we have left before all is lost. I urge you all to exercise your right to vote responsibly and say no to tolerance and the enemies of freedom and exercise your right to free speech responsibly at the appropriate times and change the momentum in the direction of freedom.

    Hooah!
    Dave Thomas

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    A Joke...

    A large group of Taliban soldiers are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand-dune. "One Texas soldier is better than ten Taliban."

    The Taliban commander quickly sends 10 of his best soldiers over the dune whereupon a gun-battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.

    The voice then calls out, "One Texan is better than a hundred Taliban soldiers."

    Furious, the Taliban commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gunfight commences. After 10 minutes of battle, again silence.

    The Texan voice calls out, "One Texan is better than one thousand Taliban". The enraged Taliban Commander musters a thousand fighters and sends them over the dune. Cannon, rocket and machine gun fire rings out as a huge battle is fought. Then silence.

    Finally one wounded Taliban fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander, "Don't send any more men, its a trap...There's two of them."




    An American Mom is
    WALKING A MILE FOR A SOLDIER
    This Summer

    NYSE founder Marcia Hawkins is a woman who wears many hats. And the most important hat these days, in her opinion, is being the mother of a deployed soldier. As many of you know, Marcias son, Cary, has been in Iraq with the 25th Infantry Division for a year, now. Fortunately, mother and son are able to stay in touch by phone and internet, and when theres any way she can help, she does.

    Usually, helping out takes the form of the weekly care packages that she mails to her sons unit which are subsidized by clearance bin and bottled water sales at the Shop. But after a while, that didnt feel like enough.

    For in talking to Cary and his infantry friends, Marcia became increasingly aware of the small and large sacrifices involved in the daily life of a deployed soldier, and the way in which acts of great courage become commonplace in wartime. She wanted to find a powerful way to let all the soldiers know how much their efforts are recognized and appreciated "back home." And thus the idea of Walking a Mile for a Soldier was born.

    Over the course of seven days in August, Marcia and an expanding group of parents and friends of deployed soldiers are walking to the nations capital to highlight their support of the individuals whom we, as a country, have sent to the front lines.

    Marcia is quick to disengage from the question of politics: "It is not about Democrats versus Republicans, pro-war or anti-war. Its just about the soldiers who are over there doing what theyve been sent to do, day after day."

    The Walk will be launched from the South Deerfield Fire Station and proceed southwesterly through the main streets of small towns for approximately 400 miles, to the steps of the Capital. An RV and several autos will accompany the walkers, to provide respite along the way, and ensure that the walk can be completed in the allotted week.

    "Well drive through the major cities and walk through the country towns, talking to people along the route. Theres a lot of support out there for our soldiers, and I want them to know it."

    The walkers are still looking for a company or individual to lend the use of a large RV for the Walk. Donations and/or Sponsorships to cover costs of food and lodging en route are also welcome. More information about the Walk can be found on the website, www.walkamileforasoldier.com. Or you can contact Marcia directly, via email, at mhawkins@newyorkshopexchange.com.




    Feedback from Last Month's Newsletter

    Subject: Bitterness & The First War on Terror




    Well written and thought out, as a true soldier should think.

    Steven S.Baum




    The 1st war on terror is not over, it continues, only this time with the barbaric Muslims. Kidnapping for ransom, head taking still abounds, the total war solution for our country and way of life must be soberly addressed.

    Once committed, we can not waver, even if it means calling old farts like me back in harness. JUST ASK, I'LL GO!

    Dannemann, Karl (MAJ, USSF) retired.




    I believe that your newsletter regarding bitterness, the 1st war on terror, and it's relevance to today are right on target. People holding bitterness against our President, our actions around the world, and the ongoing bickering over who is right or wrong; it only helps those who are hell bent on destroying our country. We as a nation need to stop and think about the soldier, sailor, marine, & airman that protect us from those outside threats, instead of creating bitterness which can only threaten us from within. I am not a veteran, but my father served in the USAF and my grandfather & grandmother served in the Army during WWII. So I do not know firsthand what our men and women go through, but I have tried to learn from them the way to selflessness, honor, and integrity. Bitterness can only lead to the negative, and your words speak the truth. On a side note, I just want to share that I look forward to your newsletter each month. Although my life did not lead me to enter military service, I look back and wish that I did when I was younger. My path lead me to become a firefighter, so in some small way I am giving back to my community and country. But I will always support our fighting men and women, because freedom is not free. Your newsletter provides inspiration and encourages me to be a better citizen, husband, father, friend, and professional on the job. I believe Edmund Burke said it best, "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." So I pray that this good citizen and our good nation takes your words to heart, so that evil does not triumph.

    Respectfully,

    Firefighter Paul Hogan
    Norwood Fire Dept
    Norwood, MA




    Dave,

    That was an excellent, well thought out piece of journalism. You hit the nail on the head and you can also apply your piece to police officers. I used to tell the officers I was training or supervising, that you will reach a fork in your career. One way will be to bitterness and complaining. The other way will be for those who accept the fact that things can be FUBAR, but will look for the good things and concentrate on the positive aspects of the job and life. I have seen a number of my friends take the wrong path and become bitter, withdrawn old men. Thanks for the time you took to put pen to paper for this great piece.

    SGT Adam Rickersey




    We are the instruments of political power, like the sword it can be wielded in many ways, and we are the servants to the free peoples of the world for those who are oppressed, the weak, for those who cannot defend themselves. To who would oppress, we are your worst enemies, and stand opposed.

    This includes those who betray us. I thought the article was brilliant; it highlights "strength in adversity, Courage with conviction, the willingness to get the job done others hasnt the stomach for.

    Being a veteran of the Iraqi can understand the bitterness, politicians, rarely care about those who have done so much on the frontlines.

    Bitterness, is that dark force that gets you when you lest expect it, But knowing that your actions have been and always are beyond reproach, Standing up for what is right even if it cost you your life, now that is the key. Even though I'm in a different army, the lessons are the same, this is a story My JNCOs and soldiers will read, and will understand the lessons from it.

    Thank you
    SGT Adam Rickersey
    The Australian Army




    The MRE Dinner Date!!

    "I had a date the other night at my place. On the phone the day before, the girl asked me to "Cook her something she's never had before" for dinner. After many minutes of scratching my head over what to make, I finally settled on something she has DEFINITELY never eaten.

    I got out my trusty case of MRE's. Meal, Ready-to-Eat. Field rations that when eaten in their entirety contain 3000+ calories. Here's what I made:

    I took three of the Ham Slices out of their plastic packets, took out three of the Pork Chops, three packets of Chicken-a-la-King, and eight packets of dehydrated butter noodles and some dehydrated/rehydrated rice. I cooked the Ham Slices and Pork Chops in one pan, sauteed in shaved garlic and olive oil.

    In another pot, I blended the Chicken a-la-king, noodles, and rice together to make a sort of mush that looked suspiciously like succotash. I added some spices, and blended everything together in a glass pan that I then cooked in the oven for about 35 minutes at 450 degrees.

    When I took it out, it looked like, well, ham slices, pork chops, and a bed of yellow poop. I covered the tops of the meat in the MRE cheese (kinda like velveeta) and added some green sprinkly thingys from one of my spice cans (hey, if it's got green sprinkly thingys on it, it looks fancy right?)

    For dessert, I took four MRE Pound Cakes, mashed 'em up, added five packets of cocoa powder, powdered coffee cream, and some water. I heated it up and stirred it until it looked like a sort of chunky gelatinous organism, and I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of it. Voila?Ranger Pudding.

    For alcoholic drinks, I took the rest of my bottle of Military Special Vodka (yes, they DO make a type of liquor named "Military Special"?it sells for $4.35 per fifth at the Class Six ) and mixed in four packets of "Electrolytes - 1 each - Cherry flavored" (I swear, the packet says that). It looked like an eerie kool-aid with sparkles in it (that was the electrolytes I guess... could've been leftover sand from Egypt ).

    I lit two candles, put a vase of wildflowers in the middle, and set the table with my best set of Ralph Lauren Academy-series China (that is EXPENSIVE... my set of 8 place settings cost me over $600 on sale at the Ft. Bragg PX ), and put the alcoholic drink in a crystal wine decanter.

    She came over, and I had some appetizers already made, of MRE spaghetti-with-meatballs, set in small cups. She saw the dinner, saw the food, and said "This looks INCREDIBLE!!!"

    We dug in, and she was loving the food. Throughout the meal, she kept asking me how long it took me to make it, and kept remarking that I obviously knew a thing or two about cooking fine meals. She kind of balked at the makeshift "wine" I had set out, but after she tried it I guess she liked it because she drank four glasses during dinner.

    At the end of the main course, when I served the dessert, she squealed with delight at the "Chocolate mousse" I had made. Huh? Chocolate what? Okay... yeah... it's Chocolate Moose. Took me HOURS to make... yup.

    Later on, as we were watching a movie, she excused herself to use my restroom. While she was in there, I heard her say softly to herself "uh oh" and a resounding but petite fart punctuated her utterance of dismay.

    Let the games begin.

    She sprayed about half a can of air freshener (Air Freshener, 1 each, Orange scent. Yup. The military even makes smell good) and returned to the couch, this time with an obvious pained look.

    After 10 more minutes she excused herself again, and retreated to the bathroom for the second time I could hear her say "What the hell is WRONG with me???," as she again send flatulent shockwaves into the porcelain bowl. This time, they sounded kinda wet, and I heard the toilet paper roll being employed, and again, LOTS more air freshener.

    Back to the couch. She smiles meekly as she decides to sit on the chair instead of next to me. She sits on my chair, knees pulled up to her chest, kind of rocking back and forth slightly. Suddenly, without a word, she ROCKETED up and FLEW to the bathroom, slammed the door, and didn't come out for 30 minutes.

    I turned the movie up because I didn't want her to hear me laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks.

    She came out with a slightly gray palor to her face, and said "I am SOOOOOO sorry. I have NO idea what is wrong with me. I am so embarrassed, I can't believe I keep running to your bathroom!!" I gave her an Immodium AD, and she finally settled down and relaxed.

    Later on, she asked me again what I had made for dinner, because she had enjoyed it so much. I calmly took her into the kitchen and showed her all the used MRE bags and packets in the trash can.

    After explaining to her that she had eaten roughly 9,000 calories of "Army food" she turned stark white, looked at me incredulously, and said "I ate 9,000 calories of dehydrated food that was made 3 years ago?" After I concurred, she grabbed her coat and keys, and took off without a word.

    She called me yesterday. Seems she couldn't take a dump for 5 days, and when she finally did, the smell was so bad, her roommate could smell it from down the hall. She also told me she had been working out nonstop to combat the high caloric intake, and that she never wanted me to cook dinner for her again, unless she was PERSONALLY there to inspect the food beforehand.

    It was a fun date. She laughed about it eventually, and said that that was the first time she'd ever crapped in a guy's house on a date. She'd been so upset by it she was in tears in the bathroom while I had been in tears on the couch.

    I know, I'm a butthead, but it was still a funny night, even though I didn't get lucky.

    Word of Truth

    Tolerance

    By Rev G.J. Rako
    LTC (Ret)
    IN USAR

    I am growing increasingly intolerant of those that misrepresent the definition of toleration. The far left, the media, and the ever increasing PC types would have us believe that to be tolerant means to condone, or approve of the destructive thoughts, motivations and actions of others. They spuriously call Christians intolerant for believing that faith alone in Christ alone is the only means of reconciliation with the living God. Soon this lack of toleration on our part will be identified as a hate crime. Persecution of Christians is just around the corner. They do not tolerate Christians or the absolute standards of the Bible.

     

    Webster defines the word tolerate;

    Main Entry: tolerate

    Function: transitive verb

    Inflected Form(s):

    tolerated; tolerating

    Etymology:

    Latin toleratus, past participle of tolerare to endure, put up with; akin to Old English tholian to bear, Latin tollere to lift up, latus carried (suppletive past participle of ferre), Greek tlenai to bear

    1: to endure or resist the action of (as a drug or food) without serious side effects or discomfort: exhibit physiological tolerance for, 2 a: to allow to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradiction. b: to put up with <learn to tolerate one another>, the act of putting up with something or somebody irritating or otherwise unpleasant.

     

    Oxford dictionary: tolerate

       verb 1 allow (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) to exist or occur without interference. 2 patiently endure (something unpleasant). 3 be capable of continued exposure to (a drug, toxin, etc.) without adverse reaction.    DERIVATIVES toleration noun.    ORIGIN Latin tolerare endure.

     

    They wish us to accept without question every degenerate, evil, vile human practice. The true function of toleration is enduring their degeneracy, socialism, activism, and false standards. Live and let live is the principle of toleration. The Bible states that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God. However, as a Christian I tolerate their freewill choice to be homosexuals, until they attempt to force their lifestyle on others or me. Homosexuality, adultery, lying, cheating, stealing, and a host of other activities are sin. Why do I not see adulterers, liars, or thieves having pride parades to legitimize their evil lifestyles? They do not force their sinful behaviors on others calling them alternative lifestyles that we are suppose to accept. Our schools are not teaching that murderers, liars, thieves and cheaters are born that way and that students should experiment with these practices to find out who they really are. If you take a stand against this bizarre behavior of accepting the homosexual lifestyle you will be criticized, vilified, and maligned.

    Socialism is constantly gaining ground in government and with the people of the United States; it is one more example of evil that Christians should barely tolerate. No child left behind is an abysmal failure and waste of our tax dollars. Anything that big government controls with an endless ever-growing bureaucracy ensures mediocrity at best and a complete failure at worst. I would say that graduating high school seniors who cannot read constitutes a complete failure. This is supposed to be the "land of the free home of the brave." With the intrusion of government, we are no longer free and there are very few brave, because displaying the characteristics of bravery or any kind of aggressiveness are no longer politically correct.

    What then is the Christians responsibility when interacting with people that possess these evil philosophies? First, never compromise divine norms and standards that you have learned from solid Bible teaching. You stand your ground and keep your principles intact. Second, people have a right to think or believe anything they wish without any interference from you or me. The application of impersonal love to those you find unattractive, obnoxious, or repulsive either physically (my, you are shallow), or philosophically means you tolerate them. You always treat people with dignity and respect, even if they are way out in left field.

    Personal love is having an attraction to someone or something, the object of personal love. I love (personal) ice cream, because I am attracted to the flavor, consistency, and sugar. Impersonal love, on the other hand is the expression of your integrity toward someone who is unattractive, repulsive, or in some way irritating to you. Impersonal love is another word for tolerate. Someone is unattractive or completely antithetical to what you believe, but the standards of integrity in your soul from Bible doctrine allow you to tolerate them. As you tolerate them, you from your own character treat them with respect and fairness, even if they do not deserve it. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten [uniquely born] Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. God does not love the world or the fallen, sinful creatures in it personally. This verse is an expression of Gods impersonal love. God loves us personally only after we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The moment we believe in Christ God bestows upon us forty things. One of these forty things is the imputation of perfect righteousness (2 Cor.5:21).

    God personally loves His own righteousness; therefore, He now loves us personally, because we now possess His perfect righteousness. This divine righteousness given to us at the moment of salvation gives us for the first time something attractive to God.

    Likewise when we deal with people in our own periphery that are acting in an irritating way or whose philosophies are directly opposed to our own we can apply impersonal love, or toleration. Toleration remember, is not agreement with their false standards. We are called to love our neighbor as our self and to love our enemies. We are not called to be attracted too, compromise with, or to be sweet to evil people. I do not like everyone in which I come into contact. However, I can love them impersonally from my own integrity.

    The humanity of Jesus Christ the perfect God-Man voluntarily went to the cross and took our place. He became our substitute. On the cross, He bore our sins and not just ours but the sins of the whole world. God the father judged every sin ever committed and the work of salvation was complete. This great act of impersonal love secured our salvation and guaranteed eternal life to any who would believe in Christ. (Acts 16:3) Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

    I tolerate a great many people and policies. I do not have to like them. I have, over the years had relatives, friends, or co-workers who were liberal or recreational drug users, or simply had a different viewpoint than mine. I tolerated (expressed impersonal love through my virtue) those things I disagreed with or found repulsive in some way. I did not bend to their evil thoughts or lifestyle. (1 Cor. 15:33) Be not deceived, evil companions corrupt good morals. (Prov. 13:20) He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools brings harm.

    Toleration is impersonal love for all mankind. Toleration is not bending your standards to those who do not possess standards. Toleration is not approval of degeneracy because the rest of the world seems to be going along with it. Toleration is the application of your integrity to others as you display respect and dignity toward them.


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    Quotes & Jokes

    "We're aware of the risks, the harder we train, the smoother it will work out when we get there."

    Royal Tongan Marine Capt. Tau Aholelei on his 55 man, all-volunteer Royal Tongan Marine Detachment on heading to Iraq to guard the Multinational Coalition Force command center at Al Faw Palace, August 2007


    "The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else."

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    "Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready."

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    Obituaries

    Two Special Forces Soldiers killed in Iraq


    U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, August 25, 2007) ? Two Army Special Forces Soldiers died Aug. 23 from wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device near Al Aziziyah, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

    Sgt. 1st Class Adrian M. Elizalde, 30, a Special Forces engineer sergeant, and Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Tully, 33, a Special Forces medical sergeant, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash., were fatally wounded while conducting a combat patrol.

    Elizalde and Tully were deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as members of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force ? Arabian Peninsula.

    Elizalde, a native of Calif., volunteered for military service and entered the Army in May 1996 as an infantryman after graduating from High School in 1995. He served four years as an infantryman and scout with 3rd Bn., 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment (AIR), and another three years as a Long Range Surveillance Detachment team leader with Company D, 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He later earned the coveted "Green Beret" after graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2005. Elizalde was assigned to 2nd Bn., 1st SFG(A) at Fort Lewis Wash., in Mar. 2006.

    Elizalde is survived by his daughter, Sydney Grace of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and also by his parents, Jorge and Teresa Elizalde of Renton, Wash.; and sister Rachel Elizalde of Renton, Wash.

    Tully, a native of Pa., volunteered for military service and entered the Marine Corps in Feb. 1993 after graduating from High School in 1992. He later transferred to the Army in 1997 and was assigned as an infantryman in Company E, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Tully then served as a LRSD assistant team leader in the same unit one year later before earning the coveted "Green Beret" after graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006. Tully was assigned to 2nd Bn., 1st SFG(A) at Fort Lewis Wash., in Dec. 2006.

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    Joseph DiMartino, 80; retired Navy SEAL and a man of the sea

    Three years ago, retired Navy lieutenant and SEAL Joseph DiMartino received an unexpected call from the Army Corps of Engineers.

    The Army was searching for underwater explosives that had been planted during World War II off St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    "Joe knew exactly where they were and told them right then. He had a clear memory of them," said his wife, Joan Bruyere.

    Mr. DiMartino, a part-time resident of Coronado for the past 18 years, died Aug. 15 in San Diego from complications of lung and brain cancer after a brief hospital stay. He was 80.

    In the close-knit world of the SEALs, Mr. DiMartino held a special place. At 17, he volunteered for a Navy demolition unit that landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

    He later became a member of the Navy's underwater demolition team and was among the first recruits in the introduction of SEAL teams in the early 1960s.

    Roy Boehm described Mr. DiMartino as a true man-of-warfare. "That's the highest compliment one special operations member can call another," Boehm said.

    Boehm joined the underwater demolition team in 1954. He said he immediately noticed Mr. DiMartino's leadership qualities and learned much from him.

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    World News and Articles

    Scouts banned from eating burgers and bangers - because of religious beliefs

    By Luke Salkeld
    Published: 3rd August 2007

     

    It was the glorious dawn of dibdibdobbing. A hundred years ago Lord Baden-Powell set out with 20 lads, his mission to teach them to hunt, light a fire and build shelter in the great outdoors.

    A century on, it seems the original flame of Boy Scouting is not burning quite so bright.

    For at a jamboree to mark the centenary of that original trip, there is no singing around the glowing embers of the camp fire - because there is no fire.

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    Selling Out America

    By Alan Caruba
    Published: August 2007

     

    On August 20-21, in Montebello, Quebec, secure behind a cordon of fifteen miles maintained by the Canadian Mounted Police, Security Quebec, and reportedly even the U.S. Army, the leaders of America, Mexico, and Canada will meet to further discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and, no doubt, the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC).

    Whatever media coverage might occur will be tightly controlled by SPP spin doctors and whatever public statements the presidents and prime minister make will have been carefully vetted to insure they arouse no concern among the citizens of the three nations. Instead, the meeting will be described as "a dialogue" and that all they?re doing is discussing the further "harmonizing" the laws of the three nations so they can improve trade and other mutual concerns.

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    Hal Sutton

    By TheGoal.com
    Published: August 2007

     

    At 25 years old, I had just beaten the best, Jack Nicklaus. Although I had had success winning the U.S. Amateur while in college and had won on the PGA Tour after my first year in 1982, 1983 was my breakout year. First, I won the TPC in March and now I had just won the PGA against Jack. I was being heralded as the "next Jack Nicklaus" - pretty heady stuff for a young player. These two wins had thrust me into the #1 position on the money list. It was an exciting time of my life.

    Fast forward to seventeen years after my first win at the TPC. It was March, 2000 at the Tournament Players Championship in Ponte Vedra. Here I stood with one hole to go. I realized I could win this prize a second time and beat the undisputed best golfer in the world, Tiger Woods. Standing on the 18th fairway, I hit my second shot. As the ball left the club I said, "Be the right club today!" When it landed only 8 feet in front of the hole I let out a "Yes!" I turned and slapped the hand of my longtime caddy and friend, Freddy Burns. Tiger looked over and gave me two thumbs up. I won again!

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    Al-Qaida Plans Nuclear Attacks on 7 U.S. Cities

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    The newly released book "The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World," (Prometheus Books) paints a frightening picture of al-Qaida's nuclear ambitions ? one every American must read.

    Seasoned investigative reporter and former FBI consultant Paul Williams reveals the alarming potential for nuclear terrorism on U.S. soil and the sinister connections among organized crime, illegal immigrants, and al-Qaida.

    Recently, FBI Director Robert Mueller, in an interview with NewsMax, confirmed Williams' main claim. Mueller said al-Qaida's paramount goal is clear: to detonate a nuclear device that would kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.

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    Special forces rescue woman

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    Christina Meier has been working for the Christian organization Ora International and was captured by a criminal gang in Kabul over the weekend.

    Norwegian special forces participated in storming the house in Kabul where she was being held and Meier was freed without any shots being fired. She was taken Monday to the German ambassador in Kabul, where she was reported to be in good shape.

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    USSOF and ANA push insurgents in northern Helmund

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    GERESHK, AFGHANISTAN ? In southeastern Afghanistan, there are three constants: frequent enemy activity, searing heat, and special operations forces hunting the enemies of peace and prosperity.

    Special operations Soldiers and Marines and Afghan Security Forces routed a tough group of Taliban insurgents using air strikes, rockets, and an imposing show of force June 23-24 in the area of Washir, Helmund Province, Afghanistan.

    "A U.S. and Afghan patrol was ambushed and suffered casualties while conducting a morning patrol in the area," said an Army special operations officer. "The enemy was bringing more fighters into the town and they were looking for a big fight so the U.S. and Afghan element drew back and called for air strikes and reinforcements."

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    Submarine replica found near Queen Mary ship in Brooklyn

    By Anthony M. Destefano

     

    It was September 1776 when a crude submarine known as the "Turtle" failed in its attempt to blow up a British ship in New York Harbor during the Revolutionary War.

    Friday, a homemade replica of the Turtle caused its own commotion near the passenger ship Queen Mary 2 anchored off Brooklyn, triggering a massive security alert and landing a controversial New York artist in some trouble.

    Police harbor units leapt into action Friday morning after an NYPD detective saw two unauthorized vessels approaching a security zone around the Queen Mary, docked in Red Hook, officials said. One vessel, a pear-shaped wooden submersible with a total height of about eight feet, was being towed by an inflatable raft, and the aquatic entourage pulled to within 25 yards of the cruise ship.

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    SOTG trains with Brunei Special Forces

    By Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso, MCB Camp Butler

     

    ABOARD USS HARPERS FERRY (Aug. 30, 2007) -- Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force?s Special Operations Training Group recently conducted a specialized training with the Royal Brunei Land Force? Special Operations Platoon Aug. 4-8 in the Borneo Jungles of Brunei.

    During the event, Staff Sgt. Freddy Arencibia, a scout sniper with SOTG, conducted USMC Scout Sniper Employment Training, Counter Sniper Training and Urban Sniper Tactics in addition to troop leadership courses based on his own experiences while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Arencibia?s major points of discussion were dealing with combat stress and remaining calm no matter what the situation.

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    Why Study War?

    By Victor Davis Hanson

     

    Try explaining to a college student that Tet was an American military victory. You?ll provoke not a counterargument?let alone an assent?but a blank stare: Who or what was Tet? Doing interviews about the recent hit movie 300, I encountered similar bewilderment from listeners and hosts. Not only did most of them not know who the 300 were or what Thermopylae was; they seemed clueless about the Persian Wars altogether.

    It?s no surprise that civilian Americans tend to lack a basic understanding of military matters. Even when I was a graduate student, 30-some years ago, military history?understood broadly as the investigation of why one side wins and another loses a war, and encompassing reflections on magisterial or foolish generalship, technological stagnation or breakthrough, and the roles of discipline, bravery, national will, and culture in determining a conflict?s outcome and its consequences?had already become unfashionable on campus. Today, universities are even less receptive to the subject.

    This state of affairs is profoundly troubling, for democratic citizenship requires knowledge of war?and now, in the age of weapons of mass annihilation, more than ever.

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    Tongan Marines join U.S. Marines in Iraq

    By Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald

     

    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq(July 13, 2004) -- U.S. Marines here with 1st Marine Division recently welcomed "friendly islanders" from Tonga with a warm "malo e leielei."

    Forty-five Tongan Royal Marines traveled from their tiny South Pacific island in order to support the division's security and stabilization mission in Iraq. They arrived earlier this month and are currently planning to stay for a six-month tour before heading home.

    This trip marks the first peacekeeping deployment for the Tongan Defense Service outside of the South Pacific.

    "All of my men volunteered to come to Iraq," said Tongan Capt. Maama Misi, platoon commander. "Our Marine Corps is very small and everyone wanted to come out here, but we could only bring a certain number."

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    U.S. Soldiers, Afghans Celebrate Independence

    By Army Pfc. Daniel M. Rangel

     

    CAMP TORKHAM, Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2007 ? Soldiers from the 66th Military Police Company, stationed out of Fort Lewis, Wash., accepted an invitation from the Afghan Border Police to take part in the Afghan Independence Day festivities held Aug. 19 on the Pakistan border at Torkham Gate.

    As part of the celebration, soldiers from the 66th MPs listened to speeches and watched Afghan children sing songs, which celebrated the occasion. After the performance, soldiers were invited to dine with their Afghan hosts at a lavish meal prepared for the event.

    The Afghans' hospitality comes after months of successful partnership between the 66th MPs and local law enforcement along the Pakistan border.

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    After drills are done, they sing

    By Tony Perry

     

    CAMP PENDLETON -- Far from their South Pacific island homeland, members of the Tonga Defence Services are training here for hazardous duty in Iraq.

    Long days are spent doing exercises designed to help them in the uncertain days ahead. There's live-fire weapons training. Hand-to-hand combat. Singing.

    Soon the 55 Tongans will deploy to the Middle East to assume security duties at Camp Victory, near the Baghdad airport.

    To the Tongans will go the responsibility of guarding the Multinational Coalition Force command center at Al Faw Palace -- an inviting target for insurgents -- as well as the rest of the sprawling base.

    Tongan Capt. Tau Aholelei said his troops were eager to get to Iraq.

    "We're aware of the risks," he said. "The harder we train, the smoother it will work out when we get there." Aholelei translated for his troops, most of whom are not fluent in English.

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    Tactical Tips

    There are two main ways to defeat an army: by destroying it through fighting or by cutting off its supplies so that it runs out of weapons, medication, food and drink, and then "starves" to death.


    When encircling an enemy? Surprise and concealing the attacking army's location, movements, and intentions are critical for success with this kind of tactic, since it depends on the defending army to have spread out thinly, not knowing where to expect the attack, while the attackers concentrate their forces in one location and destroy all in their way.


    Now for the bad news: The E Bomb. Any terrorist with an extra $400 and a modicum of technological savvy can wipe out all of our communications, computers, banking and just about anything else that relies on electricity, essentially crippling our economy and throwing us back, in a second, two hundred and fifty years, to a pre-industrial state.

    The culprit: a simple 'E-Bomb,' known in geek-speak as a Flux Compression Generator. For years, officials have warned about the consequences of a "nuclear pulse" from a modest nuke set off high in the atmosphere and its potential for instantaneously frying almost everything we rely on for transportation, communication, finance and defense. What no one tells you is that you dont need an A-bomb to create a nuclear pulse with its attendant consequences. A simple Flux Compression Generator will do just fine.

    "A typical FCG (Flux Compression Generator) consists of an explosives-packed tube about 12 inches in diameter, loosely wrapped with a copper coil that is connected to a capacitor bank. Such a device produces "a ramping electromagnetic pulse with peak currents of tens of millions of amps, hundreds of time stronger than a bolt of lightning."

    Put one in a small plane and you can stop a city. Put one in a high-flying passenger jet and you can bring several states, or even the whole country, to a crashing halt. "A properly constructed E-bomb can effectively fry everything electric and electronic within several miles of the point of detonation? And the pulse is just the beginning. During the next fifteen minutes or so, collapsing electrical systems and communications grids will distribute the pulse, and create their own smaller pulses, analogous to an earthquake aftershock. The entire affected electrical and communications system will tear itself apart ? self destruct."

    Source: The Dead Hand Journal www.thedeadhand.com

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