Aurora Colorado is a decent sized city, which butts up against Denver to the East and South, and in most part, it is an average city of 325,000 plus residents. The average age of 33.2 yrs. sets it as a younger wage earner community and caters to that age group. With several golf courses and 24hr, fitness centers a dozen or more coffee shops, an abundance of k-12 schools, an adequate number of hospitals, and a police department that could be larger but adequate. Crime is not going rampantly out of control, but Aurora has its share of murders; 7.1 per 100,000 residents; and three of the three death row inmates in Colorado, are from Aurora.
In all accounts, Aurora Colorado is a tame community situated just a stone’s throw from the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, which provide a grand vista of snow capped mountains and foothills giving way to the prairie where it starts its Eastward journey to the Midwest; to be fair, it sounds like many peaceful Colorado communities.
Yet, in the early morning hours of July 20, 2012 and just into the midnight screening of the new Batman film, a man dressed in tactical body armor and a gas mask tossed 2 canisters, presumably tear gas, into a crowded theater auditorium, then, allegedly, opened fire with a semi-automatic assault rifle, bringing chaos and carnage to the scene.
This brought a slumbering Aurora to full disbelief and for those who had loved ones, at the movie event went racing to the crime scene. Along with the city police, county sheriff, FBI, and state police, ambulances, and the fire department. The police quickly captured their suspect, who seemingly was waiting for them to arrive, and simply standing by his car, parked near the rear entrance of the auditorium.
But this tranquil scene of capture would not compare to the carnage just inside the door, there would be first responders trying to secure and preserve the scene, while hundreds of movie goers would be attempting to get as far away as possible, some wounded, some just traumatized over the ordeal of just moments before. Fire fighters, paramedics, and police trying to locate all the wounded, and preserving the scene as a crime scene in the midst of chaos can be a difficult task.
The press meanwhile was adding to the chaos with each newsperson and camera team trying to be the first to get an interview with the authorities, the first question would be what happened or why did this happen? The coverage has been overwhelming, coverage of the carnage that is, not the coverage over the individuals who acted on personal values and love for their neighbor.
As did one African American young man, from all accounts not even out of his teens, who helped a wounded white mother and her small children to safety, even though he was shot in the thigh himself. Those stories were rarely reported for the first few days, unlike the blood and guts of the mayhem, or the second-guessing of the shooter’s mental status in hopes they may be fortunate and guess why he did it.
The reason of why may never really be understood, and perhaps that is the frustration that attracts the news media to the dung-pile; like blue-tail flies to spilled molasses. There are far too many stories that give us a better picture of what happened, and they are coming from the victims.
The drilling of the police spokesperson for answers to questions that he cannot and should not answer during the investigation, which leaves everyone wondering more about what went on, and frustrated over who is telling what story, and how true is the story or even if the story had to be manufactured.
Yet, it will not be long before the focus of a nation will no longer be on Aurora, Colorado, that is until the trail of a lunatic begins. Until then, this not so small, not so innocent Rocky Mountain town will return to its routine, where the residents will be more concerned about school, fighting the commute to work, and what’s for supper, or should we take in the special midnight showing of a film at the Century 16 theater complex tonight?
Nonetheless, when the sun sinks behind the snowcapped vista of the Front Range, how soon will the media let Aurora get back to being itself, when will the media let the wounds heal, and the legal process provide closure to the families who lost loved ones. Every time they ask a question, especially “how do you feel about what is happening?” It is one more time that they have to relive the horrific event, as individuals and a city trying to get on with their lives. However, the media will always sensationalize a tragedy and squeeze out every drop it can, regardless of who or what someone may feel. Oh, this one is not any different, as they may say, not until another, fresher, story comes along.
Thanks R.S. Helms
Why Change the Name?
By: R.S. Helms
Somewhere in the vastness of the unseen government tricks and games, a decision was made to change the name of Social Security. It will no longer be Social Security Act of 1935, but instead, Federal Benefit Entitlement/Payment. So who cares?
It is apparent that the politicians do care, especially during the election cycles. The politicians on both sides of the isle use social security money to fund some of the pork legislation coming out of Washington. However, not only some of the pork legislation is financed from the Social Security “trust” fund. a comprehensive in-depth study shows, at times some of the other social related spending is coming out of the Social Security trust fund. Food Stamps, Veterans Benefits, other forms of welfare, such as the 208 housing scam, some areas of Medicare, and the new Medicade expansion, under the Obamacare health care plan.
Some states have seen the government scheme to pay for it, and knowing that the federal funding will only be for a short while, then reverting to the states to pick up the whole tab. If the Social Security Act of 1935, can be established under a new name, it leaves only the imagination, as to what can happen next. I believe that Obama will find a way to use Social Security trust fund money to pay for some of his national mandatory socialized healthcare mess.
However, the name change, so far, has been less than noticed, and to some politicians the less press the better. Reminiscent of Nancy Pelosi “we don’t have to read it, we don’t have to know what is in it to vote, we can came back and find out what it consists of.” From the time, Americans start work, until they reach retirement age they pay, as individuals, as well as the employer into the Social Security trust fund. Each paycheck, you put 7.65%, your employer coughs up 7.65% (total 15.30%), of your gross earnings for that pay period, and each pay period you work until you retire or die.
that money goes into the Social Security Trust Fund, then the government “invests” money from the trust fund into government bonds, which pay for other things, infrastructure, and welfare, not just Social Security benefits. So how does it feel to think Harry Reid could have used our Social Security Trust to pay for the Nevada “Cowboy poet’s festival?” In truth, and when used the way it is misused, the government is getting 15.30% additional tax per employed worker.
Over the period of the past 3 and a half years, the bonds have lost a good deal of their return value, that is why everyone is looking at the value of the dollar, the more they print the less value. All that money borrowed from China is backed by government bonds. The Social Security trust is hemorrhaging our non-tax money, our retirement or retirement supplement, through government inflicted stab wounds.
During the period of 1982 – 2009 Social Security took in $2 trillion more than they paid out. The Social Security/OASDI is estimated to produce $31.6 Trillion in surplus by 2085, so when the politicians tell us that Social Security is broke; they are simply lying to us. They will produce chart after chart showing that the government is spending most of its revenue from taxes on Social Security benefits; it is just paying back to the trust fund, or meeting the required payment on the bonds that are not worth face value. Of course, they will never include an itemized breakdown of what they call Social Security benefit expenditures.
By putting Social Security under another name, Federal Benefit Entitlement opens the door for cutting, under the Entitlements. They have already put the language together, by calling it an entitlement! Social Security is not an entitlement; it is a government mandatory savings account for retirement and retirement supplication. Nonetheless, early on, the additional benefits were added on and included: spouse and dependant benefits, disability, Medicare, and the list goes on. Most entitlements should either be cleaned of their corruption and fraud, or shut down. They are doing very little for the people who really need them, but offer more and more ways to defraud as the community organizers and activists find the loopholes. Social Security disability certainly needs to be purged of the fraud, and now that the computer is so widely used, many on disability can be retrained into just about any field and become self sufficient, making more than on disability. Unemployment extension should go back to the regular payment limits, and not put the burden on the taxpayer, but leave it with the contribution of unemployment insurance that the employer pays into for each of his employees.
For the retirees, no one has your back; AARP has been “debating” these concerns for more than two years, according to Barry Rand. Nonetheless, AARP will fall in line and follow Obama, just as they did with the health care, telling the seniors who are members that Medicare would not be messed with, and of course, that turned out to be a lie, but AARP is doing just fine, making nearly seventy percent of their profits from insurance sales. Which is a nice income package for the fat cats running the organization and the stockholders, or do they have any stockholders.
Social Security does need some tweaking and maintenance, some holes patched up here and there, it needs some strong purging, and a watchdog. Therefore, the government cannot use any of the money for any reason, except for retiree benefits, any attachment to the word benefits would have to be approved by a civilian board and then an act of congress, not a presidential order, or a regulatory agency.
Social Security is our money, and apparently, government cannot be trusted to keep it safe for our children and their children to come. First off, the politicians do not need to rename it as something that it really is not! we need our President and congressional leadership to start telling us the truth, stop lying and cooking numbers, trying one scam after another to get what they want, regardless of the cost.
The latest Rasmussen poll has congress’ rating at 7% for doing a good to excellent job. If you had that sort of approval rate on your job, your employer would fire you! The government has gone wild, and using your money to get there. So watch the horizon, the issue with turning over your constitutional rights to be subject to the U.N. is only the beginning of no constitution and merging into a global socialist government controlled by the U.N.
The Compromising, Accommodating Christian Church
By R.S. Helms
I read an article from Townhall magazine, entitled “The currently cowardly church needs a mega dose of the rebel spirit. Written by Doug Giles, it was a good article and one that I have been expressing for over the past decade. Where Mr. Giles seems frustrated about the Evangelicals being ‘cowards’ and letting the left continue to remove the integrity of the country, the founding principles, morals, and ideologies of personal freedom, and responsibility. It is difficult but right to call it like it is, and to expose the true character of the believers, and those who only play church!
The article is well done and ‘spot-on,’ although this article takes a different path to the same destination the intention is similar. The intention is to light a fire under the pantaloons of, not only the Evangelicals, but also the Christian church as a whole! Mr. Giles started his column with an excerpt from the Declaration of Rights, Maryland. (“Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. –Declaration of Rights, Maryland”).
The Christian church has been under attack for six plus decades, and that which started out very subtle, un-threatening, conversational points of debate, gained momentum and before long began to erode the foundational principals, which the nation was founded on. Over time, the moral principles and integrity of this nation was in bankruptcy!
The persecution has continued at an ever-quickening pace, and it is more vicious than ever before. The liberal attacks are multi-purpose, as they hit several areas to further divide the Christian community. Whole denominations have fallen to the pressure and Christian hatred, delineated by special radical interest groups riding on the coat tails of the liberal and progressive ideologists and movements.
If one should notice the rhetoric against the “evangelicals” over the past several years, in an attempt to finish off the Christian power at the voting booth. Now with every election, (always the most important), the church becomes more and more the church of compromise, accommodating the ideologies of the world, not Christ. Rev. 2:12, starts the letter from Christ to the church at Pergamos, (the church of compromise), a church that let sin influence their faith because they compromised in order to accommodate evil. What is the price to be loved by everyone? That everyone speaks well of you, or don’t speak of you, which would be better? There is no utopian Christian church! No matter if this nation was founded on Christian principles, morals, and integrity, no matter if this nation is known worldwide as a Christian nation, persecution has, and always will be present, that is a promise of God, and I do hope that His grace will not allow the persecution to be what it was in the past.
For the past five years, the largest protestant denomination in the world, Southern Baptist, has watched a slow exodus of members, and while they keep trying to figure it out, they will continue to exit. Nonetheless, in large part is the persecution, along with a denominational leadership that has not visibly stood their ground and defended the faith to those who are doing the persecution. They continue to hold fast to the faith, and the integrity of solid Christianity, however, have not showed any backbone against the enemy in our own government. If they continue to be silent, people will leave. All the remaining members will be satisfied with holding to more traditionalism and “church-religion ideologies” than actually living the biblical doctrines. Standing firm in the faith, and not worry about being politically correct; if that is what they want, then that is what they will get, they may as well go the way of the PCUSA, and then leftwing liberals will leave them alone.
In this world today, we are headed helter-skelter for a one world religion, as well as a one world government, of which the United States would never join as we stand. However, if we are to go the way of the present administration’s ideologies it will require the changing of our culture’s faith in Christ, to no biblical faith. That is not something that lays somewhere in the distant future; it is now, as the church becomes more and more a church of compromise and accommodation.
We have essentially lost most of the last two generations of young people, who would have carried on in the faith. The Christian faith needs to forget all about the doctrines of man, and stand firm in solid biblical doctrine calling sin, sin and not something else, stand up to those in this administration who belittle and persecute Christians, ignoring Christian liberties and rights. This president tried the temper of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, with this mandatory contraceptive supply for those who work for a church concern. If that individual’s faith is such, that she can comfortably sleep around, then it is her responsibility to supply her own contraceptives, she has the freedom to choose that lifestyle, and with that freedom of choice comes the responsibility. It is not the freedom of presidential power to take away the churches religious freedom! Let’s see how the Supreme Court handles that part.
Christianity is the heritage of our nation, and that should still be, Christianity does not need to compromise the faith’s truths to accommodate something else. if the symbolism of the Judeo-Christian faith offends an Atheist, or a Buddhist, perhaps a Hindu or Muslim, that is simply too bad, the Christian church must not compromise to accommodate. When the remarks of the President demean, or belittle the Evangelical or “Bible clutching – gun toting” citizen of the southern “Bible-belt” Christian, don’t compromise your commitment to Jesus to be His witnesses, to accommodate such ignorance. Open our mouths and say something, especially when He comes back and would like people think he is a Christian for the vote.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently spoke to attendees of the African Methodist Episcopal church about Jesus and American politics.
She compared voting and political action to Christian faith. “It’s kind of like church,” she said. “Jesus was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day.” She went on; “Democracy is also an everyday activity. Being an engaged citizen should once again be a daily part of our lives.” … (From Bethany Blankly’s article Preaching Politics in Church; Religion Today.com contributor)….
Compromise to accommodate evil, is what happened when that AME church allowed her to use the church pulpit to lie, (be misleading) to the congregation, about Jesus and His adult ministry. Is it any wonder that the young Christians are turning to the world, is it any wonder why, once solid denominations are compromising the Bible and their faith to accommodate the world? If I wanted to be pleasing to the political power, in order that they would not include me in their campaign to make Christianity irrelevant, nullifying the morals, principals, and integrity which made the character of this nation great, and gave its citizens true freedom, then I understand their choice.
The 4th of July (2012)
By: R.S. Helms
The day started out like most holidays, a bit of extra time in bed, then in most households, the breakfast was a hit and miss, after all, it was a holiday and dad would be getting the grill ready, mom would be getting things ready for the grill, and the side dishes to go with grilled hamburger and franks. Some homes would be getting ready for the trip to a relative’s house for more of a reunion than a celebration in remembrance of our great nation.
Then some households would be simply enjoying a day off and a grilled steak with some friends. Watching a sporting event on the wide-screen TV, thinking it is a break from the normal hassle of the job, (if they have one), or political arguments on the TV, and after all, this whole thing of celebrating a history founded on tax protest, war, and individual freedom is so irrelevant to our modern lifestyle and new culture.
What has happened to the 4th of July, and why is it celebrated differently in various parts of the country? Should it matter if we live in a large sprawling metropolis, or more of a rural setting? Maybe a smaller city, or a good-sized town, where there is more of a mix in culture and there is something for everyone, and where the fireworks after dark are the only thing enjoyed by most of the whole mix.
From an e-magazine I receive through email, there was a cartoon depicting a crowd at a big fireworks display, and a boy was asking his father, “What are we celebrating father?” “I have no idea” was the father’s reply.
Have we progressed right through our heritage? It does seem that we have out grown the need for individual integrity, and integrity in government. Are we simply celebrating something out of redundancy, because we grew up celebrating the 4thof July? After all, in the heated race to get somewhere not known to us, our government has done its best to erase our heritage, integrity, and some of our freedoms. Some schools will send a student home for displaying the flag on their clothing, and it is no longer required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. They are attempting to re-write the history text books, doing away with history, except recent history. So it is no wonder that a young father would reply “I have no idea,” simply because it may not be in the agenda of political correctness.
With that question already posed, we need ask ourselves; why do I celebrate the 4th of July? Hopefully, you are one of the patriots who still feel proud of our nation, and our heritage.