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Aaron Hernandez, England, and Facebook: How's this for a twist? Aaron Hernandez committed suicide because under the state of Massachusetts law, if you die during a appeal of a conviction, the original conviction becomes null & void. This means he technically never violated the New England Patriots contract, thus his daughter is now entitled to the remainder of the guaranteed $15 million the Patriots owe him @NFL_MEMES <p><a href="http://youngvolcanoe-s.tumblr.com/post/159807212883/libertarirynn-now-everyone-on-facebook-is" class="tumblr_blog">youngvolcanoe-s</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/159806972379/now-everyone-on-facebook-is-suddenly-a-legal" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Now everyone on Facebook is suddenly a legal scholar. This is the biggest load of nonsense I’ve ever read.</p></blockquote> <p>It’s an actual thing though. Philip DeFranco covered it today <a href="https://youtu.be/kbwPLPuHKCQ">https://youtu.be/kbwPLPuHKCQ</a> (around 4:00).</p></blockquote> <p>I know that there&rsquo;s an archaic Massachusetts law in play. But it&rsquo;s highly unlikely he that it will play out to allow the Hernandez estate to take the money. Especially with the civil trial coming up. They may not be able to point to the guilty verdict but there&rsquo;s still a preponderance of evidence of his guilt. Besides who&rsquo;s going to pay the legal fees for the family to fight the contract dispute?</p>
Aaron Hernandez, England, and Facebook: How's this for a twist?
 Aaron Hernandez committed suicide because under the state of
 Massachusetts law, if you die during a appeal of a conviction,
 the original conviction becomes null & void. This means he
 technically never violated the New England Patriots contract,
 thus his daughter is now entitled to the remainder of the
 guaranteed $15 million the Patriots owe him
 @NFL_MEMES
<p><a href="http://youngvolcanoe-s.tumblr.com/post/159807212883/libertarirynn-now-everyone-on-facebook-is" class="tumblr_blog">youngvolcanoe-s</a>:</p>

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<blockquote><p>Now everyone on Facebook is suddenly a legal scholar. This is the biggest load of nonsense I’ve ever read.</p></blockquote>

<p>It’s an actual thing though. Philip DeFranco covered it today <a href="https://youtu.be/kbwPLPuHKCQ">https://youtu.be/kbwPLPuHKCQ</a> (around 4:00).</p></blockquote>

<p>I know that there&rsquo;s an archaic Massachusetts law in play. But it&rsquo;s highly unlikely he that it will play out to allow the Hernandez estate to take the money. Especially with the civil trial coming up. They may not be able to point to the guilty verdict but there&rsquo;s still a preponderance of evidence of his guilt. Besides who&rsquo;s going to pay the legal fees for the family to fight the contract dispute?</p>

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Abraham Lincoln, Black History Month, and God: <p>Black history month day 9: human rights activist, abolitionist, and speaker Sojourner Truth.</p> <p>Sojourner Truth was born born Isabella “Bell” Baumfree around the year 1797. She was born into slavery in Ulster County, New York. In 1826, Truth escaped slavery with her infant daughter. Two years later she went back and sued for the custody of her son, a suit she actually won becoming the first black woman to win a case against a white man. She later described her escape “I did not run off, for I thought that wicked. But I walked off, believing that to be right.”</p> <p>In 1843 she became convinced that God has called her to leave the city and go into the countryside “testifying the hope that was in her.”, and thus changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth. In 1851 at the Ohio women’s rights convention, Truth delivered her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?”. According to some reports, the speech known today is actually a rewritten variant of her original speech written in a stereotypical southern dialect, as in actuality the NY native Truth’s first language was Dutch and she spoke with a Dutch accent for the remainder of her life. During the Civil War Truth helped recruit forces for the Union army. She remained very active in abolition and other human rights causes, and despite her illiteracy, she toured around with conventions giving speeches and even meeting president Abraham Lincoln. </p>
Abraham Lincoln, Black History Month, and God: <p>Black history month day 9: human rights activist, abolitionist, and speaker Sojourner Truth.</p>

<p>Sojourner Truth was born born Isabella “Bell” Baumfree around the year 1797. She was born into slavery in Ulster County, New York. In 1826, Truth escaped slavery with her infant daughter. Two years later she went back and sued for the custody of her son, a suit she actually won becoming the first black woman to win a case against a white man. She later described her escape “I did not run off, for I thought that wicked. But I walked off, believing that to be right.”</p>

<p>In 1843 she became convinced that God has called her to leave the city and go into the countryside “testifying the hope that was in her.”, and thus changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth. In 1851 at the Ohio women’s rights convention, Truth delivered her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?”. According to some reports, the speech known today is actually a rewritten variant of her original speech written in a stereotypical southern dialect, as in actuality the NY native Truth’s first language was Dutch and she spoke with a Dutch accent for the remainder of her life. During the Civil War Truth helped recruit forces for the Union army. She remained very active in abolition and other human rights causes, and despite her illiteracy, she toured around with conventions giving speeches and even meeting president Abraham Lincoln. </p>

<p>Black history month day 9: human rights activist, abolitionist, and speaker Sojourner Truth.</p> <p>Sojourner Truth was born born Isabel...

Children, Club, and Dogs: A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Don't change horses until they stop running bug is closc Daylight Saving Time termites. how? looks dirty impossible Mr math 2. ¡Strike while the . It's always darkest before 4 Never underestimate the power of You can lcad a horse to water but Don't bite the hand that 7. No news is miss is as good as a You can't teach an old dog new o. If you lie down with dogs, you'll 11. Lovc all, trust 12. 13. An idle mind is 14. Where there's smoke thcre's 5. Happy the bride who 16. A penny saved is stink in the morning mc the best way to rclax ution s all the presents not much he Muskctccrs. 19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you have to blow your nosc. 20. There are none so blind as 21. Children should be seen and not Stevic Wonder 22.fat first you don't succccd 23. You get out of something only what you 24. When the blind ead the blind 25.A bird in thc hand And the WINNER and last one! 26. Better late than get new batteries. cc in thc picturc on the box get out of the way. is going to poop on you. pregnant you should probably go to TheMetaPicture.com <p><a href="http://laughoutloud-club.tumblr.com/post/156076897278/these-were-actually-answered-by-first-graders" class="tumblr_blog">laughoutloud-club</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>These Were Actually Answered By First Graders</p></blockquote>
Children, Club, and Dogs: A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six
 students in her class. She presented each child
 in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known
 proverb and asked them to come up with the
 remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe
 these were actually done by first graders.
 Don't change horses
 until they stop running
 bug is closc
 Daylight Saving Time
 termites.
 how?
 looks dirty
 impossible
 Mr
 math
 2. ¡Strike while the
 . It's always darkest before
 4 Never underestimate the power of
 You can lcad a horse to water but
 Don't bite the hand that
 7. No news is
 miss is as good as a
 You can't teach an old dog new
 o. If you lie down with dogs, you'll
 11. Lovc all, trust
 12.
 13. An idle mind is
 14. Where there's smoke thcre's
 5. Happy the bride who
 16. A penny saved is
 stink in the morning
 mc
 the best way to rclax
 ution
 s all the presents
 not much
 he Muskctccrs.
 19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you have to blow your nosc.
 20. There are none so blind as
 21. Children should be seen and not
 Stevic Wonder
 22.fat first you don't succccd
 23. You get out of something only what you
 24. When the blind ead the blind
 25.A bird in thc hand
 And the WINNER and last one!
 26. Better late than
 get new batteries.
 cc in thc picturc on the box
 get out of the way.
 is going to poop on you.
 pregnant
 you should probably go to TheMetaPicture.com
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<blockquote><p>These Were Actually Answered By First Graders</p></blockquote>

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College, Driving, and Pizza: TIRED OF SEEING THIS? Even if everyone worked hard and went to college, someone would still need to make our pizzas, stock our shelves, drive our cabs. Quit looking down on them and assuming they deserve to l poverty ive i XFACEBOOK.COM/ WAC <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/147822139572">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p> The Misleading Claim: “Even if everyone worked hard and went to college, someone would still need to make our pizza, stock our shelves, and drive our cabs. Quit looking down on them and assuming they deserve to live in poverty.”<br/><br/> The Rebuttal:<br/> The fatal error in the above claim is the presumption that demand for a specific job is static and will always exist; that there will always be someone making our pizzas, stocking our shelves, and driving us around in taxis. While this may have SOME truth to it, in that a declining occupation might not entirely disappear, it fails to acknowledge that such a decline in demand is precisely what necessitates the low wage in the first place. Understand, advocates of freer markets generally don’t assert that hard working individuals “deserve to live in poverty.” What we contend is that people earning low wages are typically offering labor that is either “low in demand” or “'high in supply.” The valuation characteristics of this labor, then, mirror that of a product few people wish to buy or too many people wish to sell.  <br/><br/> It just so happens that pizza-making, shelf-stocking, and cab-driving jobs are declining in demand.<br/><br/> ■ PIZZA-MAKERS:<br/> Pizza has gotten cheaper to produce. Per Franchise Direct, citing a pizza franchise industry report from 2010, “The development and implementation of new technology and marketing strategies has enabled the pizza industry to adapt to growing consumer demands for cheap, fast, and convenient products.” [1]  Part of this increased productivity means fewer “pizza makers” are required, as the art of pizza making has increasingly become commercialized into an efficient process which utilizes less labor. The major chains are known for utilizing “assembly line” techniques, relying more on pre-made or partially prepared products, shipped to individual shops, and thus requiring less labor to render a finished product. According to Pizza Marketing Quarterly, who issues an Annual Industry Analysis, in 2003, independently owned pizza shops represented 50.7% of sales for the pizza industry, while major corporate chains made up the remainder. [2] Ten years later, however, that number had fallen to 40.33% of sales, with major chains increasing their share to nearly 60%. [3] The point is clear; the increased share of major pizza chains equals a downward trend in the necessity of qualified pizza makers.<br/><br/> ■ STOCKING CLERKS:<br/> Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to Industries, “Stocking Clerks” are on a list of the 30 fastest declining occupations, expected to decline by 7.7% over a decade. [4]<br/><br/> Other notable yet disappearing occupations from this list? [5]<br/><br/> ● Woodworkers - 40% decline<br/> ● Photo Process Workers -36.3%<br/> ● Textile Operators - 24-31%<br/> ● Clerks - 27.8%<br/> ● Computer Operators - 24.7%<br/> ● Bookbinders - 21.8%<br/> ● Radio Operators - 16.3%<br/> ● Gas Pump Operators - 17.5%<br/> ● Pharmacy Aides - 11.1%<br/> ● Shoe Workers - 10.3%<br/> ● Utility Meter Readers - 10.3%<br/> ● Printer Technicians - up to21.2%<br/> ● Projectionists – 8.4%<br/> ● Farmers – estimated 8.5% from 2006 to 2016<br/> *Matter of fact, from 1790 – 1990 the share of the labor force involved in farming declined from 90% to 2.6%. [6]<br/><br/> The point? Specific types of jobs aren’t always here to stay. Markets shift, demand changes, and the need for some jobs decline.<br/><br/> ■ TAXI DRIVERS:<br/> As with the above occupations, taxi drivers ALSO aren’t impervious to changing markets. Many are now deeply threatened by the quickly expanding “ride-sharing” alternatives, such as Uber. “Donna Blythe-Shaw, a representative for the United Steelworkers and the Boston Taxi Drivers Association, said cabbies, concerned they could be driven out of business by unregulated ride-sharing companies, have waited long enough for reform. She said business is down 35 to 40 percent as a result of companies such as Uber, Lyft, and SideCar.” [7] With such rapid declines in demand for taxis, would it really be surprising to find out their take-home pay has also declined?<br/><br/> CONCLUSION:<br/> Yes, in a hypothetical world, if EVERYONE went to college and developed additional skills, some of those college educated people WOULD still end up making pizzas, stocking shelves, and driving cabs, but it would - as always - be the least skilled among us who performed such tasks. And it just so happens that “pizza-maker,” “stocking clerk,” and “taxi driver,” are occupations with declining demand. Thus, their lower pay IS justified. Again, those choosing to offer labor which is either low in demand or high in supply position themselves to be on the lower end of the compensation spectrum. It’s THEIR choice not to change careers.  You can’t blame anyone else.<br/> —————————–<br/> Citations:<br/> [1]<br/><a href="http://www.franchisedirect.com/foodfranchises/pizzafranchises/pizzafranchiseindustryreport2010/80/275">http://www.franchisedirect.com/foodfranchises/pizzafranchises/pizzafranchiseindustryreport2010/80/275</a><br/><br/> [2]<br/><a href="http://www.pmq.com/September-October-2004/Pizza-Power/">http://www.pmq.com/September-October-2004/Pizza-Power/</a><br/><br/> [3]<br/><a href="http://www.pmq.com/December-2013/Pizza-Power-The-2014-Pizza-Power-Report/">http://www.pmq.com/December-2013/Pizza-Power-The-2014-Pizza-Power-Report/</a><br/><br/> [4] [5]<br/><a href="http://www.boston.com/jobs/2013/12/30/the-fastest-declining-occupations/PRZVnJg25iIBgJFyv70BxN/story.html#slide-2">http://www.boston.com/jobs/2013/12/30/the-fastest-declining-occupations/PRZVnJg25iIBgJFyv70BxN/story.html#slide-2</a><br/><br/> [6]<br/><a href="https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/farmers_land.htm">https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/farmers_land.htm</a><br/><br/> [7]<br/><a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/22/taxi-drivers-protest-uber-boston-offices/0YlRN0hHAHVhcxFIQ2X5aI/story.html">http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/22/taxi-drivers-protest-uber-boston-offices/0YlRN0hHAHVhcxFIQ2X5aI/story.html</a> <br/></p> </blockquote>
College, Driving, and Pizza: TIRED OF SEEING THIS?
 Even if everyone worked
 hard and went to college,
 someone would still need
 to make our pizzas, stock
 our shelves, drive our
 cabs. Quit looking down
 on them and assuming
 they deserve to l
 poverty
 ive i
 XFACEBOOK.COM/
 WAC
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/147822139572">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p>
<blockquote>
<p>
The
 Misleading Claim: “Even if everyone worked hard and went to college, 
someone would still need to make our pizza, stock our shelves, and drive
 our cabs. Quit looking down on them and assuming they deserve to live 
in poverty.”<br/><br/> The Rebuttal:<br/> The fatal error in the above 
claim is the presumption that demand for a specific job is static and 
will always exist; that there will always be someone making
 our pizzas, stocking our shelves, and driving us around in taxis. While
 this may have SOME truth to it, in that a declining occupation might 
not entirely disappear, it fails to acknowledge that such a decline in 
demand is precisely what necessitates the low wage in the first place. 
Understand, advocates of freer markets generally don’t assert that hard 
working individuals “deserve to live in poverty.” What we contend is 
that people earning low wages are typically offering labor that is 
either “low in demand” or “'high in supply.” The valuation 
characteristics of this labor, then, mirror that of a product few people
 wish to buy or too many people wish to sell.  <br/><br/> It just so happens that pizza-making, shelf-stocking, and cab-driving jobs are declining in demand.<br/><br/> ■ PIZZA-MAKERS:<br/>
 Pizza has gotten cheaper to produce. Per Franchise Direct, citing a 
pizza franchise industry report from 2010, “The development and 
implementation of new technology and marketing strategies has enabled 
the pizza industry to adapt to growing consumer demands for cheap, fast,
 and convenient products.” [1]  Part of this increased productivity 
means fewer “pizza makers” are required, as the art of pizza making has 
increasingly become commercialized into an efficient process which 
utilizes less labor. The major chains are known for utilizing “assembly 
line” techniques, relying more on pre-made or partially prepared 
products, shipped to individual shops, and thus requiring less labor to 
render a finished product. According to Pizza Marketing Quarterly, who 
issues an Annual Industry Analysis, in 2003, independently owned pizza 
shops represented 50.7% of sales for the pizza industry, while major 
corporate chains made up the remainder. [2] Ten years later, however, 
that number had fallen to 40.33% of sales, with major chains increasing 
their share to nearly 60%. [3] The point is clear; the increased share 
of major pizza chains equals a downward trend in the necessity of 
qualified pizza makers.<br/><br/> ■ STOCKING CLERKS:<br/> Per the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to 
Industries, “Stocking Clerks” are on a list of the 30 fastest declining 
occupations, expected to decline by 7.7% over a decade. [4]<br/><br/> Other notable yet disappearing occupations from this list? [5]<br/><br/> ● Woodworkers - 40% decline<br/> ● Photo Process Workers -36.3%<br/> ● Textile Operators - 24-31%<br/> ● Clerks - 27.8%<br/> ● Computer Operators - 24.7%<br/> ● Bookbinders - 21.8%<br/> ● Radio Operators - 16.3%<br/> ● Gas Pump Operators - 17.5%<br/> ● Pharmacy Aides - 11.1%<br/> ● Shoe Workers - 10.3%<br/> ● Utility Meter Readers - 10.3%<br/> ● Printer Technicians - up to21.2%<br/> ● Projectionists – 8.4%<br/> ● Farmers – estimated 8.5% from 2006 to 2016<br/> *Matter of fact, from 1790 – 1990 the share of the labor force involved in farming declined from 90% to 2.6%. [6]<br/><br/>
 The point? Specific types of jobs aren’t always here to stay. Markets 
shift, demand changes, and the need for some jobs decline.<br/><br/> ■ TAXI DRIVERS:<br/>
 As with the above occupations, taxi drivers ALSO aren’t impervious to 
changing markets. Many are now deeply threatened by the quickly 
expanding “ride-sharing” alternatives, such as Uber. “Donna Blythe-Shaw,
 a representative for the United Steelworkers and the Boston Taxi 
Drivers Association, said cabbies, concerned they could be driven out of
 business by unregulated ride-sharing companies, have waited long enough
 for reform. She said business is down 35 to 40 percent as a result of 
companies such as Uber, Lyft, and SideCar.” [7] With such rapid declines
 in demand for taxis, would it really be surprising to find out their 
take-home pay has also declined?<br/><br/> CONCLUSION:<br/> Yes, in a 
hypothetical world, if EVERYONE went to college and developed additional
 skills, some of those college educated people WOULD still end up making
 pizzas, stocking shelves, and driving cabs, but it would - as always - 
be the least skilled among us who performed such tasks. And it just so 
happens that “pizza-maker,” “stocking clerk,” and “taxi driver,” are 
occupations with declining demand. Thus, their lower pay IS justified. 
Again, those choosing to offer labor which is either low in demand or 
high in supply position themselves to be on the lower end of the 
compensation spectrum. It’s THEIR choice not to change careers.  You 
can’t blame anyone else.<br/> —————————–<br/> Citations:<br/> [1]<br/><a href="http://www.franchisedirect.com/foodfranchises/pizzafranchises/pizzafranchiseindustryreport2010/80/275">http://www.franchisedirect.com/foodfranchises/pizzafranchises/pizzafranchiseindustryreport2010/80/275</a><br/><br/> [2]<br/><a href="http://www.pmq.com/September-October-2004/Pizza-Power/">http://www.pmq.com/September-October-2004/Pizza-Power/</a><br/><br/> [3]<br/><a href="http://www.pmq.com/December-2013/Pizza-Power-The-2014-Pizza-Power-Report/">http://www.pmq.com/December-2013/Pizza-Power-The-2014-Pizza-Power-Report/</a><br/><br/> [4] [5]<br/><a href="http://www.boston.com/jobs/2013/12/30/the-fastest-declining-occupations/PRZVnJg25iIBgJFyv70BxN/story.html#slide-2">http://www.boston.com/jobs/2013/12/30/the-fastest-declining-occupations/PRZVnJg25iIBgJFyv70BxN/story.html#slide-2</a><br/><br/> [6]<br/><a href="https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/farmers_land.htm">https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/farmers_land.htm</a><br/><br/> [7]<br/><a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/22/taxi-drivers-protest-uber-boston-offices/0YlRN0hHAHVhcxFIQ2X5aI/story.html">http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/22/taxi-drivers-protest-uber-boston-offices/0YlRN0hHAHVhcxFIQ2X5aI/story.html</a>

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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/147822139572">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p> The Misleading Claim...

Animals, Bad, and Blessed: Your core values tell you "thou shalt not kill" but your killing machine says "Shut up God, this is 'Merica!" Pew pew <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://moofles.tumblr.com/post/41734084815/gop-tea-pub-proudgayconservative-well">moofles</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/41733882076/proudgayconservative-well-actually-it-says">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://proudgayconservative.tumblr.com/post/41731987426/well-actually-it-says-thou-shalt-not-murder-the">proudgayconservative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Well actually it says “thou shalt not murder”, the hebrew word does not translate as kill.</p> <p>There is a distinct difference between “kill” and “murder” even in our modern day legal system.</p> <p>If I kill a man who is attempting to murder or rape or rob me, that is not murder. That is self-defense. Which is exactly why (along with hunting and sports) that most gun owners own weapons.</p> <p>Congratulations for showing your stupidity again!</p> </blockquote> <h2>Exodus 22:2-3</h2> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Exodus 22:2-3</strong>  <sup>2</sup> “If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.   <sup>3</sup> “<u>If the sun has risen on him</u>, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There are two cases here. In the first case, if someone breaks into your home at night, and you kill him, you are not held guilty of murder. You are not deserving of capital punishment. You do not need to flee to a city of refuge to preserve your life. The understanding is that at night, it is dark, and if someone has invaded your house, they do not announce if they are there merely to steal jewelry and tools. In the dark, you have no way of knowing if someone is coming to kidnap, to rape, or to murder. You are thus blameless if the criminal is killed in that situation. The passage does make it clear that if a man is breaking in at night with the intent of theft <em>or worse</em> (rape, murder, kidnapping, etc.), the defendant can righteously defend himself with lethal force to prevent the commission of the crime).  </p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the second case, it says “if the sun has risen on him”, and you kill the intruder, you are guilty of his bloodshed.  The understanding is that in daytime, there is light, and you can discern the intentions of the home invader. The crime in question here is theft (“if the <strong>thief</strong>”). It is not legitimate to kill someone who is merely stealing your property. In creating civil laws, we see here that not all crimes are worthy of death.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the daytime, it is assumed that the intention of the intruder can be discerned. If he is a thief, he may not be killed by the defendant. However, if the intruder is there to commit a different crime—assault, murder, kidnapping, rape, etc.—different laws/rules would apply. Though the crime of theft is not worthy of death, kidnapping was worthy of death (Exodus 21:16, Deut. 24:7) as was murder.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Matthew Henry writes: “…if it was in the day-time that the thief was killed, he that killed him must be accountable for it, unless it was in the necessary defense of his own life. … We ought to be tender of the lives even of bad men; the magistrate must afford us redress, and we must not avenge ourselves.” <br/><br/></p> <h1>Possession of weapons and skills with weapons a good and useful thing</h1> <p class="MsoNormal">Having looked at a number of passages that deal with weapons and self-defense, let’s spend a little time discussing Scripture’s view of owning weapons and being skilled in their use. The imagery of weapon use and skill at weapons use is often employed in Scripture, and it is often portrayed as a positive or desirable thing. The Lord’s might is something good, and it is often depicted using martial terms (Zec. 9:14, Psa. 7:13, 18:14, 21:12, 64:7, Hab. 3:11, Deu 32:42, 2 Sam 22:15). The Scriptures are a sword (Eph. 6:17; Heb 4:12). A sword comes out of the mouth of Christ (Rev. 1:16, 2:16, 19:15).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Possession of weapons is never discouraged in Scripture. In fact, in 1Sam 13:19ff, it is negatively reported that no spears or swords were found in Israel because of the Philistines:</p> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>1 Samuel 13:19-22 </strong> <sup>9</sup> Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”…  <sup>22</sup> So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let’s look at two verses from the Psalms:</p> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 144:1</strong> Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:</p> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 18:34 </strong>He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Skill and ability to use weapons here, whether literal and/or metaphorical, is positively portrayed in these verses.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Further, we have accounts of David, not a soldier, not a law enforcement officer, but a youth, employing ranged weapons skillfully (with God’s help) against bears and lions. This is domestic use of lethal weaponry, non-military use, with non-military training. The weapons used by young David are not “kiddie” slingshots. They are powerful enough to kill a bear and lion—in today’s market, we’re talking about a .44 magnum, not a .22, in the hands of someone too young to be in the army.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We might be tempted to think that was just for dealing with animals that could threaten sheep. But aren’t <em>humans</em> worth even <em>more</em> protection than sheep?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We understand that according to Scripture, in matters not of worship or church government, whatever is not forbidden is permitted. I’m not making a claim that ownership of weaponry for the purpose of self-defense is <em>required </em>of the believer. It is not required, but it is <em>permitted</em> by Scripture.</p> <h2>Perspective</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Fourthly and finally, keep the right perspective on this. Though we see sanction and even a qualified directive from Christ to possess personal weapons, we must remember three points. First, in the remainder of the New Testament, we have no further examples of believers taking up the sword. Secondly, the emphasis in the remainder of the New Testament is decidedly <em>not</em> geared toward the issues of physical self-defense or righteous use of lethal force. Rather, we see more emphasis on Godly living, suffering affliction and persecution for Christ, and grasping the precious doctrines of Christ and the Gospel.  Thirdly, possession of weapons and acquiring the skill to use them in self-defense is permitted but not <em>required</em> by Scripture.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Believers should be conscious that personal self-defense is legitimatized by the Scriptures, just as the use of construction tools, cooking tools, transportation tools are legitimized by Scripture. And these matters of self-defense should hold in our minds and in our affections the same position as those other legitimate, but transitory, matters.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The tendency in some circles is to make the topic of self-defense of <em>primary importance</em>. Though heavenly beings do battle and render judgments with the sword, in the perfection pictured in both the garden of Eden and in the Heavenly city, the <em>primary</em> activities are fellowship with God, fellowship with His people, singing in worship, and living in peace.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>That</em> is our destination.<br/><br/>And there ya go. The Biblical explanation in short. The Bible also states that we are to obey the laws of man.</p> <h3><a class="bibleref" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+13%3A1-5&amp;version=ESV">Romans 13:1-5</a><span class="note"> </span></h3> <p>Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. <br/><br/><br/>You asked for it with your little contrived picture. You got an answer I am sure you will try and construe. Try being the key word.<br/><br/>Check mate. Try again with a new game.</p> </blockquote> <p>oh <em>snap</em></p> </blockquote>
Animals, Bad, and Blessed: Your core values tell
 you "thou shalt not kill"
 but your killing
 machine says
 "Shut up God,
 this is 'Merica!"
 Pew pew
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/41733882076/proudgayconservative-well-actually-it-says">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://proudgayconservative.tumblr.com/post/41731987426/well-actually-it-says-thou-shalt-not-murder-the">proudgayconservative</a>:</p>
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<p>Well actually it says “thou shalt not murder”, the hebrew word does not translate as kill.</p>
<p>There is a distinct difference between “kill” and “murder” even in our modern day legal system.</p>
<p>If I kill a man who is attempting to murder or rape or rob me, that is not murder. That is self-defense. Which is exactly why (along with hunting and sports) that most gun owners own weapons.</p>
<p>Congratulations for showing your stupidity again!</p>
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<h2>Exodus 22:2-3</h2>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Exodus 22:2-3</strong>  <sup>2</sup> “If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.   <sup>3</sup> “<u>If the sun has risen on him</u>, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">There are two cases here. In the first case, if someone breaks into your home at night, and you kill him, you are not held guilty of murder. You are not deserving of capital punishment. You do not need to flee to a city of refuge to preserve your life. The understanding is that at night, it is dark, and if someone has invaded your house, they do not announce if they are there merely to steal jewelry and tools. In the dark, you have no way of knowing if someone is coming to kidnap, to rape, or to murder. You are thus blameless if the criminal is killed in that situation. The passage does make it clear that if a man is breaking in at night with the intent of theft <em>or worse</em> (rape, murder, kidnapping, etc.), the defendant can righteously defend himself with lethal force to prevent the commission of the crime).  </p>
<p class="MsoNormal">In the second case, it says “if the sun has risen on him”, and you kill the intruder, you are guilty of his bloodshed.  The understanding is that in daytime, there is light, and you can discern the intentions of the home invader. The crime in question here is theft (“if the <strong>thief</strong>”). It is not legitimate to kill someone who is merely stealing your property. In creating civil laws, we see here that not all crimes are worthy of death.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">In the daytime, it is assumed that the intention of the intruder can be discerned. If he is a thief, he may not be killed by the defendant. However, if the intruder is there to commit a different crime—assault, murder, kidnapping, rape, etc.—different laws/rules would apply. Though the crime of theft is not worthy of death, kidnapping was worthy of death (Exodus 21:16, Deut. 24:7) as was murder.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Matthew Henry writes: “…if it was in the day-time that the thief was killed, he that killed him must be accountable for it, unless it was in the necessary defense of his own life. … We ought to be tender of the lives even of bad men; the magistrate must afford us redress, and we must not avenge ourselves.” <br/><br/></p>
<h1>Possession of weapons and skills with weapons a good and useful thing</h1>
<p class="MsoNormal">Having looked at a number of passages that deal with weapons and self-defense, let’s spend a little time discussing Scripture’s view of owning weapons and being skilled in their use. The imagery of weapon use and skill at weapons use is often employed in Scripture, and it is often portrayed as a positive or desirable thing. The Lord’s might is something good, and it is often depicted using martial terms (Zec. 9:14, Psa. 7:13, 18:14, 21:12, 64:7, Hab. 3:11, Deu 32:42, 2 Sam 22:15). The Scriptures are a sword (Eph. 6:17; Heb 4:12). A sword comes out of the mouth of Christ (Rev. 1:16, 2:16, 19:15).</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Possession of weapons is never discouraged in Scripture. In fact, in 1Sam 13:19ff, it is negatively reported that no spears or swords were found in Israel because of the Philistines:</p>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>1 Samuel 13:19-22 </strong> <sup>9</sup> Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”…  <sup>22</sup> So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Let’s look at two verses from the Psalms:</p>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 144:1</strong> Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:</p>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 18:34 </strong>He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Skill and ability to use weapons here, whether literal and/or metaphorical, is positively portrayed in these verses.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Further, we have accounts of David, not a soldier, not a law enforcement officer, but a youth, employing ranged weapons skillfully (with God’s help) against bears and lions. This is domestic use of lethal weaponry, non-military use, with non-military training. The weapons used by young David are not “kiddie” slingshots. They are powerful enough to kill a bear and lion—in today’s market, we’re talking about a .44 magnum, not a .22, in the hands of someone too young to be in the army.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">We might be tempted to think that was just for dealing with animals that could threaten sheep. But aren’t <em>humans</em> worth even <em>more</em> protection than sheep?</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">We understand that according to Scripture, in matters not of worship or church government, whatever is not forbidden is permitted. I’m not making a claim that ownership of weaponry for the purpose of self-defense is <em>required </em>of the believer. It is not required, but it is <em>permitted</em> by Scripture.</p>
<h2>Perspective</h2>
<p class="MsoNormal">Fourthly and finally, keep the right perspective on this. Though we see sanction and even a qualified directive from Christ to possess personal weapons, we must remember three points. First, in the remainder of the New Testament, we have no further examples of believers taking up the sword. Secondly, the emphasis in the remainder of the New Testament is decidedly <em>not</em> geared toward the issues of physical self-defense or righteous use of lethal force. Rather, we see more emphasis on Godly living, suffering affliction and persecution for Christ, and grasping the precious doctrines of Christ and the Gospel.  Thirdly, possession of weapons and acquiring the skill to use them in self-defense is permitted but not <em>required</em> by Scripture.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Believers should be conscious that personal self-defense is legitimatized by the Scriptures, just as the use of construction tools, cooking tools, transportation tools are legitimized by Scripture. And these matters of self-defense should hold in our minds and in our affections the same position as those other legitimate, but transitory, matters.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The tendency in some circles is to make the topic of self-defense of <em>primary importance</em>. Though heavenly beings do battle and render judgments with the sword, in the perfection pictured in both the garden of Eden and in the Heavenly city, the <em>primary</em> activities are fellowship with God, fellowship with His people, singing in worship, and living in peace.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><em>That</em> is our destination.<br/><br/>And there ya go. The Biblical explanation in short. The Bible also states that we are to obey the laws of man.</p>
<h3><a class="bibleref" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+13%3A1-5&amp;version=ESV">Romans 13:1-5</a><span class="note"> </span></h3>
<p>Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. <br/><br/><br/>You asked for it with your little contrived picture. You got an answer I am sure you will try and construe. Try being the key word.<br/><br/>Check mate. Try again with a new game.</p>
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<p>oh <em>snap</em></p>
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