State Sen. Bob Hall: Senate Bill 1356, A Real Solution to “Texting While Driving”

The following is from an email from Texas SD-2 Senator Bob Hall. I fully agree with SB 1356. Please read his message and respond with your input. Pilots in command and drivers behind the wheel bear responsibility for harm to fellow travelers, whether airborne or zipping down a public thoroughfare. – John White, Rockwall, Texas

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Senate Bill 1356, A Real Solution to “Texting While Driving”

The Texas House has passed and the Senate has considered in committee legislation that would create a misdemeanor offense of using a handheld device to read, write, or send a text-based communication while operating a moving vehicle that is not stopped. Regrettably, the proposed solution will actually increase vehicle accidents.

Distracted driving that results in a vehicle accident (18 percent of all accidents) is a serious problem that needs a serious solution. But research does not support the banning of hand-held electronic devices to solve this issue. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (a premier organization on the issue) has multiple studies that show no decrease in accidents when cell phone bans were implemented. In fact, in many instances, accidents actually increased after the ban. Also, the data shows that prohibiting the use of cell phones has done little to stop the use of cell phones while driving. Banning is not the answer.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2013 show distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all fatal crashes. Of that 10 percent of accidents, only 14 percent of crashes involved the use of a cell phone. In other words, 86 percent of fatal “distracted driving” accidents were caused by activity other than cell phones which was only 1.5 percent of all accidents.

  • “Distracted driving” is more serious than just cell phone use.
  • Distracted driving includes all distractions.
  • Texting bans do not reduce accidents.
  • 2013 Data:
    • Total injured – 2,213,000 (100 percent)
    • Distracted driving – 424,000 (18 percent)
    • Cell phone use – 34,000 (1.5 percent)

Senate Bill 1356 would provide that any person causing a collision from the operation of a moving motor vehicle commits an offense if the person is engaged in an activity that is not related to the operation of the motor vehicle and interferes with the driver’s ability to pay attention to the road. An offense would be a Class C misdemeanor for minimal damage, or a state jail felony if the collision results in serious bodily injury or death.

The bill would prohibit local authorities from regulating or prohibiting distracted driving, ending the patchwork of regulation we currently have in place. Existing statutes prohibiting the cell phone use by minor drivers and cell phone use in school zones would not be affected.

If we want to improve vehicle safety and reduce the problem of distracted driving, we must address the whole distracted driving issue, not just a fraction of it. An accident caused by a distraction other than cell phone use is no less serious than the one caused by an individual on their cell phone. And, if the statistics are correct, it is much more likely to occur.

That is why I have filed Senate Bill 1356 which would address the reduction of distracted driving accidents by focusing on the punishment of the consequences, rather than the banning of any specific activity. Driving is a serious responsibility and failure to recognize that should be treated seriously.

If you have input on this item, please provide them to my Legislative Director, Kathi Seay.  She can be reached by email at Kathi.Seay@senate.texas.gov or by phone at 512.463.0102.

If you are interested in reading other pending bills and sending any comments to our office, they may be found at http://www.legis.texas.gov/.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to represent you in the Texas Senate.

Sincerely,

Senator Bob Hall

Urgent prayer request – Venezuela has run out of other people’s money

As Margaret Thatcher wisely noted about the end of socialism, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

 

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“The South American nation of Venezuela is about to erupt.

“Thousands of citizens are fed up and are now taking to the streets to express their anger and frustration towards President Nicolas Maduro, a man that has forced a sizable portion of the population to go to bed hungry and live without the necessary medications they need to stay alive.

“And according to the Economist, that’s not all, inflation is estimated to exceed 1,600% this year, a situation that will make it even more difficult for the average person to purchase food when it’s available.” CBN News, 12 April 2017 http://tinyurl.com/mxdl94a

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“To say life is hard in Venezuela is an understatement. The socialist regime has continued to fail their people in every way imaginable. Thousands of natives are forced to stand in lines for necessities like food and medicine. In January the first infant death from starvation in Venezuela this year was reported. Citizens have had to take measures including the consumption of dogs, cats, and exotic animals in an extreme attempt to survive.” – Natural News, 14 February 2017 http://tinyurl.com/l3d4e4k

Most of South America is struggling economically, nutritionally, and spiritually. The empty promises of socialism remind us that socialism shall forever remain an unproven economic theory.

My Cuban friends endured a similar fate after the Soviet Union withdrew its support from that island bastion of socialism.

I invite your prayers of intercession for the desperate people of Venezuela. Their chief need is a nationwide spiritual revival. Between now and such time there comes a spiritual revival, ask the Lord to deliver the people from the ham-fisted tyranny of a socialist government led by a belligerent former bus driver.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

The most valuable swamp land in all America

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson foretold our present-day situation.

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Where is the greatest concentration of wealth? Hint: It’s not in any of the fifty states or any of the commonwealths.

Last year, the District of Columbia paid Uncle Sam $37,000 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes. The next closest was Delaware, at $16,000 per person.

“It’s where the money is,” said Roberton Williams, a fellow at the Tax Policy Center. “The reason the District pays so much in taxes is that there are a lot of high-income people there.”AP Top News 16 April 2017

Since the foundation of our Republic, the consolidation of power in Washington, District of Columbia has grown unabated. As Jefferson warned, the consequences remain apace the corruption.

Recent news stories feature Maxine Water’s incessant rants against President Trump. Other news stories reveal her corrupt practices over her many years in office.

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Maxine Waters was first elected to Congress in 1990

Holy scripture warns, “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.

Foggy Bottom corruption isn’t endemic to a political party. Corrupted governments have been around since the dawn of mankind dating back to the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan.

We aren’t sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned…Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come…For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many…Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person [Jesus Christ] obeyed God, many will be made righteous.Romans 5:12-19 NLT

By what means do we stamp out corruption in government? Try as we may, there is nothing we citizens can do to eliminate corruption – sin – from the centers of power.

Long before Thomas Jefferson voiced his warning, a plan was set in place to make us whole. There is this one verse in the Bible that addresses the big ‘why’ Jesus Christ came to dwell among men, to die and resurrect himself from the grave. This verse is found in 1 John 3:8.

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

That word destroy means to loosen, break up, dissolve, melt, put off, to deprive of authority. When linking 1 John 3:8 with 2 Corinthians 5:17 we can understand we are all born as sinners – you, me and Maxine Waters alike.

What am I saying? While car buying the appearance and odors of a used car cannot reveal its old nature. But, a new car has that unmistakeable odor and appearance of a vehicle never before owned by anyone.

This is the work of Jesus Christ in our lives. He destroys, he loosens and undoes all the work of Satan in our lives. We become new creations as though sin never happened.

God the Father did not send his son just to get us off the hook. His purpose is to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.

Jesus works today in the lives of politicians, government employees, you, and me to restore us to God’s original design for his family.

Yes, Jesus died for our sins. He defeated death through his ordeal and by resurrecting himself from the dead to return to Heaven where God continues his work of restoration of all mankind through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

Today, April 16, 2017, is Resurrection Day celebrated to commemorate the Passover.

All authority comes from God who is exposing the corruption of authority throughout the world today. It is God who uses the agency of elected officials to “drain the swamp”.

May God drain the swamp and bless America as he reveals his Son to all mankind.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Not a Rumor: A Great Revival Is on Its Way

Loren Cunningham - founder of YWAM

“Loren Cunningham is the founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), an organization that has equipped and sent more than five million people on short-term mission trips. God called him to ministry at age 13, and later gave him the vision to call and equip waves of young people to wash up on every continent on earth to share the gospel message.” – Voice of the Martyrs

In the following podcast, Steve Strang interviews Loren Cunningham who speaks to the future and a coming spiritual revival the likes of which the world has never experienced.

Podcast: YWAM Founder Loren Cunningham Believes a Great Revival Is on Its Way

Whereas in times past, pastors, priests, evangelists, and leading Christians have been honored leaders in America, we are today reviled as homophobic, sexist, and hateful. 52 of the 55 signers of the U.S. Constitution were so honored. In today’s world, the unbelievers revile Vice President Pence because he will not dine alone with any woman other than his wife.

Around 1,960 years ago, the Apostle Paul, writing to Roman Christians, foretold present-day circumstances.

  • The people become unthankful, foolish in their hearts, and reprobate (morally depraved and unprincipled)
  • Professing to be wise, they become fools
  • Cease to honor God
  • Rampant homosexuality among men and women

Romans chapter 1:28-32 NKJV

“26 For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

Persecution is not coming – it’s here now

 Loren Cunningham says the keys to overcoming persecution as we move into this next global revival are Tenacity, Endurance, Kindness.

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As God consolidates his sons and daughters, local churches move into powerful and Revive Texaseffective strategies to win the lost and to build the Kingdom of God.

My church, Gateway Church, with multiple campuses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, labors to make deep connections in our several communities through Revive Texas outreach during the 50 days between the Passover (Easter) and Pentecost. Learn Gateway Church’s strategy via this link:

https://gatewaypeople.com/ministries/global/events/revive-texas

Soli Deo Gloria

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Field Report from Samaritan’s Purse Trauma Hospital in Mosul, Iraq

Mosul is in the news—the Iraqi forces believe they have ISIS surrounded and will defeat them in this city in the very near future. One of our staff working at the Samaritan’s Purse Field Trauma Hospital sent this incredible report. It’s long, but it is gripping and I hope you will read it.Franklin Graham

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Source: Franklin Graham’s Facebook Page 3/13/2017

—My first day at the emergency field hospital just east of Mosul, Iraq was very much like my last day. Mortar strikes on civilians, children bloody and broken, black bags to hold the dead. The slow, solemn walk, cradling a ten-year-old in my arms, counting the steps to the morgue. Laying someone’s son down on cold gravel, reading his name one last time on the death certificate taped to the body bag.

Time of death 18:17.

Patient #855.

I’ll never forget the sounds of his dying. The rattling and the gurgling. I’ll never forget the songs we sung over him, the prayers strangled by grief and sorrow. The tear stained cheeks and our righteous anger. I’ll never forget the faraway look on his precious face. I’ll never forget his face. What was left of it.

Many of us were strangers a week before, two days before. Strangers taking care of other strangers. One set from the west, a land of peace and prosperity, one set from northern Iraq, a region ravaged by terrorism and war. And now here we all were, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, translators, construction workers, administrators, and HR reps. One and all hearts turned inside out and taking care of the dying while other new friends fight for the living in mobile operating theaters a few hundred feet away.

That last night may have been the worst. The toddler with ribs exposed from mortar wounds. 9 children in one day. But there were other days, other nights when I thought my heart might die. The toddlers with their feet shot off. The whole families targeted by drone strikes. The burnt and blackened restaurant patrons, victims of a suicide bomber. One night in particular I carried five children to the morgue. It leaves you breathless, concussed. The mortar of sorrow, a direct shot to the soul.

I’m processing, I’m free bleeding my heart and thoughts here so I don’t explode and because I don’t have the luxury of denial. I cannot separate my belief in a good and sovereign God and the suffering of innocence. If there is no reconciling the two than I am lost. We all are. Especially Christians, fools to be pitied of all men.

But what we found there, behind those blast walls, with the ceaseless drums of artillery fire, the strangled song of the whine and wail of one ambulance after another, was that hope is not a thing you wish for, it is the only thing afloat in a raging sea of chaos. It is what you hold on to, what holds on to you so you do not go under the relentless waves of grief. And we found that you hold on to each other. And you pray like gasping for your last breath. And you plead with heaven, even when heaven is silent. And you raise your broken hearts together in a pitiful little petition, more whimpers than words, and you beg, unified in grief, “Jesus please…..”

The Bible says that suffering produces hope. A comical, sadist thought when the belly is full and the sun of our futures never sets, always shines on our glorious destinies. But when the night never ends, when the morgue is full, when evil seems to be laughing in every shadow, on those nights you somehow see it. Suffering produces hope in this way: when terrorism and hate and the cancer of evil spreads over all that is good with a blight of darkness, the light still does not go out. There is a flame in the hearts of those who have known the love of God. There is a song of praise that is not stalled on their lips, is not silenced. There is a light in the inner places of those who have heard the Word of Life and believed. This is the flower of hope that grows in the garden of souls by heaven’s Holy seed. This is the hope that springs eternal, because it has always existed, always will exist apart from the human stain, in the Holy heart of God.

Suffering produces hope in the same way bomb blasts produce the broken bodies of children. It is the inevitability, the cause and the effect of universal laws. But only one will remain. Hope will swallow grief one day because Love will conquer all. But Hope is inevitable in us only when we trust, against our own instincts, in the goodness of God and allow ourselves to be taken deep into our own human frailty, far past vulnerability to the point of despair. And in that wasteland of our utter uselessness, in that wilderness of our unraveling, God is there, He is faithful, He alone, as He has always been, is holding the universe together and simultaneously holds us in the palm of His hand.

That is the only hope: that God holds His own in the palm of His hands while they yet suffer. And that the insatiable hunger of the mouth of Hell cannot devour the ragtag, broken band of believers called the church.

In the picture above I hold in my hand a 50 caliber bullet taken from the body of a pre-teen boy. An ISIS sniper shot him because their’s is an ideology of fear. They target the weak, not just because the weak are a low-hanging fruit, but because most of us are weak. Most of us are trying to live our simple lives in peace. ISIS needs capitulation. They need submission. A sniper bullet in the side of a child reminds us the world is not at peace and things are not simple. It reminds us that suffering isn’t a concept, that no abstraction paralyzed this young man. It reminds us that we are fragile and vulnerable. It reminds us that to walk the way of love our hearts will be obliterated by suffering.

And so against all hope we hope, that Love will one day conquer all. But not human love. Only God’s selfless love, for with it carries His perfect all-powerful justice and the promise and ability to make all things new. Godspeed that day. Especially for the precious children of Mosul.

Deep State sabotage of Pres. Trump must come to an end – #DrainTheSwamp

On January 20, 2017, the New York Times reported WIRETAPPED DATA USED IN INQUIRY OF TRUMP AIDES.

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Still more on March 6, 2017, Lou Dobbs Tonight: Fmr. U.S. AG Mukasey’s take on Trump’s wiretapping claim 

Here’s the full Lou Dobbs Tonight half-hour video of March 6, 2017. As Lou points out, President Obama denies directly ordering a wiretap; he does not deny it happened.

The NY Times says is happened. Former U.S. Attorney General Mukasey says it very likely happened. Barack Obama does not deny it happened.

First and foremost, let’s pray for President Trump (1 Timothy 2:2). Let’s also pray the truth will be uncovered. As it is written in Mark 4:2, “For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.”

In an interview with Chris Wallace on a Fox News Sunday program on February 19, 2017 Rush Limbaugh warned how the ‘deep state’ is sabotaging this president. Give a listen.

Domestic spying evidently happened throughout the eight years of the Obama administration.

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Write and/or call your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative. Tell them to encourage President Trump to Drain The Swamp by firing all Obama appointees.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

ACLU calls for nationwide mob action to disrupt and undermine American society

Faiz Shakir is National Political Director of the ACLU. Why is Faiz anti-Trump, anti-Christian, anti-Rule of Law?

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Faiz Shakir appears on Iranian state television

Faiz Shakir, via ACLU email this morning, urges his followers to disrupt American society in order to undermine and destroy what We the People wish to do with respect to vetting Muslim immigrants, the border wall, and the rule of law.

I quote Faiz Shakir from his email:

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Throughout the history of our nation, it is only when large numbers of people [mobs] stand up and make their voices heard [translation: public disruptions] does the government respond to their calls for change [translation: intimidate Congress].

President Trump’s unprecedented attack on our freedoms requires that kind of grassroots energy and mobilization. We have to organize ourselves into a force so large and powerful that we cannot be stopped. [What we know for a fact is President Trump is restoring our freedoms as he pares down bloated, progressive-infested bureaucracies.]

That is what we are building towards with our People Power Resistance Training on March 11. Right now there are more than 1,600 events happening in 50 states.

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During his college years, Faiz Shakir was a member of the Harvard Islamic Society (HIS), which is affiliated with the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada. In 2000, HIS held an Islamic Awareness Week and Faiz Shakir served as the co-chair for the week’s events. One of those events included a fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation, a group which acted as the fundraising arm for Hamas in the United States.

Shakir went on to become the Editor-in-Chief at Think Progress (from 2005-2012), and Vice President at the Center for American Progress. In May 2012, he was appointed as a senior advisor and media director to Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Shakir co-authored the “Fear Inc.” report, which implicitly claimed that Islamophobia was the product of a Jewish conspiracy, and wrote positively about the Tunisian Islamist Al-Nahda Party and its genocidal head, Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi, who has engaged in blatant anti-Semitism and has said, “There are no civilians in Israel. The population—males, females, and children—are the army reserve soldiers, and thus can be killed.”

During his time at Think Progress, Shakir repeatedly attacked the Jewish State, endorsingfaiz-shakir-think-progress the Hamas aid flotilla to Gaza and attacking Israel’s attempts to defend itself against terrorists.

Under Shakir, Think Progress promoted Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamists, much as he tried to direct funds to Hamas during his Harvard days.

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Think Progress gets surprisingly low scores even among liberals. Not only do conservatives distrust it, but the general public and those rated mostly liberal split on it. – Frontpage Magazine, October 25, 2014