College Student Hunger Growing Problem on Campuses – Alternatives?

The president of Purdue U. acknowledges the growing problem of student hunger. Let’s call it what it is: extreme poverty.

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Read related story from CNN http://cnnmon.ie/2gzFEL7

The chief reason college student poverty is the penchant to live on borrowed money. So long as students can get loans, college tuition will outpace inflation.

What’s the obvious answer?

Of any graduating class, only 25% actually go to work in the field of their degree. Student debt is now

According to The College Fix, “Federal student loans, while increasing, generally hovered at around $100 billion from 1995 to 2010, but spending since then increased tenfold to a whopping $1 trillion.” Read more from The College Fix http://bit.ly/2gBIcIL

Ronald Reagan famously observed, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Students who graduate with a $200,000 student-debt ‘albatross’ about their necks can expect to be paying the loan back at the time they begin drawing Social Security.

How about some creative thinking?

Lumerit Scholar (formerly CollegePlus.org) says, “College shouldn’t send students into irrecoverable debt. College shouldn’t hold students back from pursuing their passions. And it shouldn’t force students to bend their lives around strict schedules and redundant requirements.”

Suppose you earn your degree unconventionally and then go about life without the student-debt ball-and-chain holding you prisoner the rest of your life.

Learn how from Lumerit Scholar https://collegeplus.org/

John White
Rockwall, Texas

The Truth About the Dakota Pipeline Protests


The Daily Signal interviews Cong. Kevin Cramer – Video source: The Daily Signal Facebook page

Highlights

  • Bakken oil moves today by trucks, train, and pipeline
  • Pipeline is 85% complete
  • Pipelines are the most efficient, the safest, the most environmentally friendly mode of oil transportation
  • Pipeline, when complete, will move approximately 575,000 barrels per day

Information Resources

The Des Moines Register – 12 things to know about proposed Bakken oil pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project – Quick Facts About Dakota Access Pipeline

Rockwall Conservative – Standing Rock Sioux have no standing to sue against Dakota Access Pipeline

Rockwall Conservative – Lies, Damned Lies, and Facts About the Dakota Access Pipeline

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement – Bakken Pipeline Fact Sheet

Forbes, April 3, 2013 – What Are The Top Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Oil Exploration?

NPR StateImpact, October 28, 2014 – Why Is the U.S. Still Importing So Much Oil?

Tomi Lahren, a native of the Dakotas, addresses the issue from the point of view of her nativity. Source: Tomi Lahren on Facebook

Muslim immigration crisis on both sides of the border

Click here to view the Spanish version | Haz clic aquí para ver la versión en español

Narration
The following text is from my Facebook comment to a Cuban girl whom I love as a daughter. She is a Cuban refugee and was sympathetic to the Muslims seen in the above video.
The formation of the European Union facilitated this crisis. Each of the European nations is unique, one from another. The European Union effectively removed national borders. Borders no longer exist.
 
What is happening now is a repetition of the history of the spread of Islam on the European continent. The history of the Muslim invasions of Europe is complex.
 
The history of Muslim imperialism began about 1,400 years ago. The Muslim empire encompassed more countries, a larger geographic area, than the British empire.
 
You can see this as a simple case of refugees fleeing the violence. Well, yes, the Syrians and others are truly fleeing the violence.
 
The history of Islam is full of all kinds of violence. Muslims kill more Muslims than any other people. Murder, rape, robbery, mass slaughter, beheadings and beatings are at the foundation of Islam and the administration of these violent acts is prescribed in the Koran.
 
Yes, the situation of the Syrians is tragic. But are you aware of the plight of the French and European communities that are flooded with Muslim refugees?
 
Maybe you think those refugees would be grateful to the Europeans for letting them in. Instead of behaving like guests, Muslims strive to take over neighborhoods, cities and governments. Muslim refugees do not leave violence behind; They bring her with them.
 
I suggest that you do not compare the plight of Cuban refugees with that of Muslim refugees. Cuban refugees make life better for the people of my country. But Muslim refugees make life worse for the native Europeans.

Crisis de inmigración musulmana a ambos lados de la frontera

Haz clic aquí para ver la versión en inglés | Click here for the English version

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El siguiente texto es de mi comentario de Facebook a una joven cubana a quien amo como hija. Ella es una refugiada cubana y estaba simpatizando con los musulmanes que se ven en el video anterior.
La formación de la Unión Europea facilitó esta crisis. Cada una de las naciones europeas es única, una de otra. La Unión Europea eliminó efectivamente las fronteras nacionales. Las fronteras ya no existen.
 
Lo que está sucediendo ahora es una repetición de la historia de la expansión del Islam en el continente europeo. La historia de las invasiones musulmanas de Europa es compleja.
 
La historia del imperialismo musulmán comenzó hace unos 1.400 años. El imperialismo musulmán abarcaba más países, una mayor área geográfica, que el imperio británico.
 
Tú puedes ver esto como un simple caso de refugiados que huyen de la violencia. Bueno, sí, los sirios y otros están verdaderamente huyendo de la violencia.
 
La historia del Islam está repleta de toda clase de violencia. Los musulmanes matan más musulmanes que cualquier otra gente. El asesinato, la violación, el robo, la masacre en masa, las decapitaciones y las palizas están en la base del Islam y la administración de estos actos violentos está prescrita en el Corán.
 
Sí, la situación de los sirios es trágica. Pero, ¿eres consciente de la difícil situación de las comunidades francesas y europeas que están inundadas de refugiados musulmanes?
 
Tal vez tú piensas que esos refugiados estarían agradecidos a los europeos por permitirles entrar. En lugar de comportarse como invitados, los musulmanes se esfuerzan por hacerse cargo de los barrios, las ciudades y los gobiernos. Los refugiados musulmanes no dejan atrás la violencia; Ellos la traen con ellos.
 
Te sugiero que no compares la difícil situación de los refugiados cubanos con la de los refugiados musulmanes. Los refugiados cubanos hacen la vida mejor para la gente de mi país. Pero, los refugiados musulmanes empeoran la vida de los europeos nativos.

This is why we have the Electoral Collge

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Every four years, the same old drumbeat to eliminate the Electoral College can be heard again.
 
Why do we have the electoral college? First of all, it is part of the framework of our federation of states, specifically Article II, Section 1.
 
Next, it’s a little helpful to understand our country is a union of sovereign states. The states are where We the People live. Few people who are citizens of our country, very few, live in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Solomon Islands, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, etc.
 
Each of the states, the District of Columbia, and the several commonwealths are practical democracies. Each Governor is selected by the popular vote.
 
Believe it or not, the constitutional role of the federal government is limited by the enumerated powers prescribed in the Constitution. ALL OTHER powers are reserved to the states,as per the Tenth Amendment.
 
The limited role of the President of the United States of America is to faithfully execute federal law within the boundaries of the enumerated powers.
 
It was never the intention of our Founding Fathers that federal bureaucrats would dictate how local schools are to function, what light bulbs you are to use, or how much water your toilet should be using each flush.
 
Election of the president by popular vote would require a constitutional amendment. If such were to be put before the states for ratification, it should have provisions to eliminate state legislatures and governors and repeal the Tenth Amendment.
 
Our form of government is a constitutional republic in which the lawmaking body represents the states in the Senate, the people of each respective state in the House.
 
Do the people of Gatlinburg, TN want lawmakers and a president from California dictating local building codes, school curricula, and the like? Do the weirdos in San Francisco want a president from Charlotte, NC to dictate their lifestyles? I believe the answer to both questions is ‘no’.
 
Our representative form of government upholds the principle of significance. Learn about The Principle of Significance via this link: http://wp.me/pwRGS-3rU
 
Let’s intentionally read and study the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Bible to preserve our nation as the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
 
John White
Rockwall, Texas

Family Dog Saves 3-year-old Girl’s life

Out in rural Cordes Lakes, Arizona, 3-year-old Victoria thought to look for the family dog Blue, a Queensland Heeler. Blue has been her constant companion since her birth.

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Victoria became lost in the frigid cold for fifteen hours before she was found in a frozen ravine, the dog covering her. Blue kept her alive and well, except for a little frostbite.

What’s in a name? Genesis 2:19 NLT says, “So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man [Adam] to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one.”

In English, ‘dog’ just means ‘dog’. That’s about it. Hebrew is different. The Hebrew word for ‘dog’ is ‘kelev’, a compound word meaning “like a heart”. Blue’s heart was for Victoria.

Blue stayed close to Victoria, closer than any human friend. This is a real-life example why we call dogs “man’s best friend”. You probably have your own favorite dog story.

Proverbs 18:24 says, “There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” You have a friend more loyal, more helpful, than any dog, a friend who would lay down his life for you. In fact, that friend did indeed lay down his life for you nearly two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ is this friend.

Blue understood Victoria’s need for companionship and a covering to protect her. Psalm 46:1 reassures us, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. He was born of a virgin, raised in a family with younger brothers and sisters. Jesus knows what it’s like to be human. Scripture says, “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds, you are healed.”

The traditional Christmas story of baby Jesus in a manger, helpless, incapable of surviving without his mom, highlights only the beginning of his 33-year lifetime on earth.

Jesus isn’t a helpless little nursing infant. Neither is he still hanging on a cross. Jesus is alive, having defeated death and the grave. He’s seated at the right hand of God the Father and he sent us his Holy Spirit to guide us and to warn us and to empower us.

Perhaps Christmas 2016 will mark a turning point in your life, as it was for me in 1974.

Preachers preach about him. Friends may talk about him. Has someone given you Christian literature or told you that you need Jesus in your heart? I know how to do all these things, but there is one thing that will make Jesus Christ more real to you, more relevant than any human persuasion.

It is my prayer for all who read this that Jesus Christ will reveal himself to you in dreams or visions or audibly. As Jesus remarked to the Apostle Peter in Matthew 16:18, he builds his church, his called out ones, upon this rock of revelation.

Persuasive words can change the mind of a logical man, but no one can change the mind of a man who has experienced a personal, divine revelation.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Cuba – A Nation Deceived by Castro’s Myths

Setting up definitions, an embargo is a restriction on commerce, esp. a government order prohibiting the movement of ships into or out of its ports, or restricting certain freight for shipment. A blockade is the closing off of a port, city, etc., by an enemy to prevent anyone from coming in or going out.

Did the U.S. ever blockade Cuban ports? Yes, President John F. Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba to enforce a “strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba” during the missile crisis on October 22, 1962, as the USSR faced off with the U.S. over Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. That one-and-only naval blockade ended less than one month later on November 20, 1962.

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Source: Telesur: L-R, Che Guevara, Raul Castro, Fidel Castro

From 1962 until his death, Fidel Castro fostered a myth of a U.S. naval blockade as the cause of poverty in Cuba. Facts run contrary to the myth.

Cuba has always had open trade with other nations and Cuba has enjoyed extensive trade with our nation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), “Since the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSRA) was implemented in 2000, the United States has exported nearly $5 billion worth of agricultural products to Cuba. These exports have been supported by the close geographical proximity of the United States to Cuba and the island’s strong demand for U.S. agricultural products. The United States has typically been the largest supplier to Cuba and has had the highest market share of the island’s imports in nine out of the last 11 fiscal years.

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Castro’s yacht Granma

Another myth was the origin of the name ‘Granma’ that became the banner of the Cuban Communist Party official news service.

Following his victory over Batista, Castro carved out a new province he named after his revolutionary yacht Granma.

My Cuban friends are surprised to learn that yacht Castro purchased from an American in Mexico was named Granma by the American to honor a grandmother.

I quote: “Fidel purchased the boat with $15,000 US provided by Cuban-Americans living in Florida. Fund-raising was coordinated by Carlo Prío Socarrás, a former Cuban president living in exile.”

For most of the years since his victory over Batista, Castro has been generally successful in deflecting responsibility for the extreme poverty and tyrannical oppression by propping up a false narrative of the ‘evil’ U.S.A. that maintained a blockade around Cuba.

John White
Rockwall, Texas