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PC USA Presbyterian Church of USA Votes to Redefine Marriage as Two People and allow Elders to marry same sex couples

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/june/pcusa-permits-pastors-to-perform-same-sex-marriages.html

BookofOrder2013-2015CoverPagePictureQuote from article:

“The new “authoritative interpretation” of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Book of Order gives individual pastors discretion to perform same-sex ceremonies where the practice is legal. The addition, which passed a general assembly vote 317–238, states:

teaching elders may conduct a marriage service for any such couple in the place where the community gathers for worship, so long as it is approved by the session; or in such other place as may be suitable for a service of Christian worship. In no case shall any teaching elder’s conscience be bound to conduct any marriage service for any couple except by his or her understanding of the Word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The assembly also voted to change the definition of marriage in the Book of Order, the denomination’s governing constitution. The proposal changes language referring to marriage as a “civil contract between a man and a woman” to marriage as “a unique commitment between two people.”

The new definition, which must be approved by the PC(USA)’s 172 prebysteries, says in part:

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community.

The same paragraph in the old definition reads:

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man. For Christian marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.

That motion, which passed 429–175, must be approved by 87 of the denomination’s 172 presbyteries in order to be incorporated into the Book of Order in 2015.” End Quote

PC USA logoThis ‘move’ was coming, obviously, since the PC USA was the first “Church” to ordain openly gay clergy. October 10, 2011, just three years ago.

First openly gay pastor ordained in the PCUSA speaks

Source CNN. for article click above.

 

Naturally a schism would ensue.

Presbyterian Church schism over gay ordination splits congregations

 

N4TM Commentary

I read through the General Assembly’s documents over this recent vote to allow “Teaching Elders” to perform same sex weddings where it is civil law to do so. I would encourage you to read through this link and discern the terminology, the rationales presented by varying Presbyteries.

http://www.pc-biz.org/PC-Biz.WebApp_deploy/%28S%28l2dllyh4qfm5es2kkqqafcxg%29%29/IOBView.aspx?m=ro&id=4593

It is clear upon reading through that these so called Christians are legislating their church based on their own flesh, not on the Word of God. They are appeasing man by succumbing to the culture around them. They are justifying their actions by stating they have been a “Church” whose focus is on social justice. There is a continual theme that Jesus loved all people and was inclusive in his teaching and living. Men always refer to the breaking of bread among the heathen as justification for their acceptance and allowance of sin. The varying presbyters also clearly and repeatedly state that God’s word is left to  INTERPRETATION. This is typical of the ignorant and hedonistic church of today isn’t it? It’s all about “how you believe the word ministers to you.” Excuse me, no it’s not, God’s Word teaches God’s Word. He is clear and has spoken plainly through his prophets in the Old Testament and through his Disciples and Apostles in the New Testament. There is no grey area with God Almighty. The word of God is clearly against homosexuality and its perversion, so how then do these institutions of men justify marriage between same sex couples? You literally have to throw the bible out of your church to justify these actions, and that is exactly what they have done by scripting their own set of rules: The Book of Order, the Book of Confessions, and the Book of Common Worship. Then they make assemblies of men (and women) who meet and vote and decide to change their own rules anytime they see fit, to better coalesce with the modern society.

The PC USA has a committee that meets and determines the “Doctrinal soundness” of an issue, guess what? They see nothing Doctrinally wrong with marriage between to loving committed same sex couples. Never mind what God says will happen to these loving law abiding citizens for partaking in their homosexual lifestyle, remember the Word of God has no authority in the PC USA any more.   It’s all about how you feel about what God means because He is a wishy washy God who’s led by emotions and doesn’t have any sense of Righteousness or Holiness for that matter…(this is what they are doing by governing themselves by themselves).

Gay marriage is not a “right” and it’s not a matter of civil liberties. If it were so the LGBT community would be peachy over the 19 states (and counting) that have legitimized their sin. This has been and always be a moral issue. If it were not a moral issue then why have an entire organized religious institution make such proclamations? This assault on marriage “equality” is an assault on God’s word and His truth. The decapitation of the church body, whether it be the PC USA or any other and all other denominations, is akin to the Great Apostasy. It’s a falling away from God’s truth. There are those who would argue that these people who call themselves Christian are unregenerate, not truly born again, “Christians,” so this massive exodus of people who are falling away into false teaching were never really “from us” so they go out and don’t return. Or, one can consider that they were at some point followers of Christ and adherent to the solid gospel truths, but rather than stay true, they chose to leave the truth for a lie, and hence are heaping on for themselves false teachers and false doctrines and further teaching it to others. The truth is no longer in them and they are being turned over to reprobate minds. God himself will srnd strong delusion to those who choose the lie. Not long ago the porn industry was the only place you would see same sex acts. Now it’s on normal every day TV. Kids in elementary school are encouraged to challenge their gender identity and try on other sexualities as though it’s a new outfit. This issue of same sex marriage may be ordained right now by men and women; and sanctioned by a church, albeit a false church, however, their sanctification of sin doesn’t change God’s truth and His word about homosexuality.

This is the “Pastoral Letter” from the General Assembly out to the individual Presbyters

http://cascadespresbytery.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Pastoral-Letter-on-Marriage.pdf

 

 

 

Search area for MH370 can now be ‘discounted’

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/29/world/asia/malaysia-missing-plane/

This is a big, “No duh.”
I Googled Malaysian plane to see what the latest is on this story and it appears Capitan Obvious disseminated the same story to all the news outlets: tell them “the plane is now believed to not be in the area where the pings were heard.”

It would be funny if it wasn’t down right injustice for the family members who have been continually mislead and emotionally raped this entire time of this so called “search.”

Planes don’t disappear. The world’s governments know what happened.

“I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag Christian pregnant woman sentenced to death Marriage photo A 27 year old Graduate of the School of Medicine at Khartoum University and lifelong Christian, Meriam Yehay Ibrahim  Ishag, also, 8 months pregnant; has been sentenced to death for “Apostasy.”

She’s lived her whole life as an Orthodox Christian in a Muslim country, the Sudan, her charge of Apostasy is apostasy against Islam for marrying a Christian and having two children by him. She has a 20 month old in jail with her and she is currently 8 months pregnant.

“Implying that her sentence might be annulled or reduced if she converted to Islam, the Public Order Court information, Mrs Ibrahim she had until tomorrow, Thursday, May 15, 2014 to pursue this option.

As of Thursday 5/15/14, “Meriam stoically refused to forsake Christianity, her lifelong faith, and the religion of the mother who raised her. Agence France Presse (AFP) described how just prior to her sentencing, “an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes,”— likely one last ditch effort to convince Meriam to renounce her Christian faith, and become a Muslim. But despite the possibility of having her sentenced reduced, perhaps even annulled by “accepting Islam,” Meriam refused this coercive conversion, and calmly told the presiding Sharia judge the objective truth:

I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.

In response, Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa, addressing Meriam by her father’s Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah, rendered his Sharia-based punishment sentence:

We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged.

Judge Khalifa also sentenced Meriam to 100 lashes for “adultery.” Source: PJ Media: article written by: Andrew Bostom

N4TM Commentary:

I came across this story in several sources:

Al Jazeera  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/05/sudan-woman-given-death-penalty-apostasy-20145159264775754.html

BBC  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27424064

AP  http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268812/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=anpfjKt2

NY Daily News  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/sudanese-woman-faces-death-hanging-refusing-recant-christianity-article-1.1793562

Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/sudan/10833226/Pregnant-woman-faces-death-in-Sudan-for-apostasy.html

And they all say the same thing. The story from a Christian perspective is interesting and troubling. It is weird how these stories across so many different platforms all have the same basic information and nothing more. I t reminded me of the Christian in Iran who is being held. With great fervor the “International Christian Community” at large rallied behind him and still do to get him released.  I have found few details about who he (really) is, why he was there (the real answer), and why he’s not being released. It seems like they instantly become political toy things once the media catches wind of their situation. Obama is not in a rush to rescue the Christian, Saeed Abedini, from within Iran. Nor will Obama, especially not for a female, move any swifter on behalf of Meriam’s release. There was a terror attack in Kenya overnight, their day, and the recent cause with a hashtag to bring kidnapped Nigerian girls back to their homes is failing as well is more evidence of the constant turmoil taking place in Africa. Africa, specifically the ‘Horn’ of Africa, that held the old names like Kush and Phut, should give us pause. I always take note of the  happenings over there even if I don’t always write about them. This young lady may be hung already as her sentence is now more than 24 hours old. I think she was very brave in what she said. I had happened to be doing a study yesterday on another brave young woman, Esther, then also looking into areas in the Bible that mention the Holy Spirit and his role. I came across this verse before pulling together this post on Meriam:

8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. Luke 12:8-12

Most recent update on Saeed Abedini: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/20/american-pastor-saeed-abedini-imprisoned-in-iran-pens-easter-message/

 

**As always, Links are not to be considered as “endorsements” but rather for informational purposes only.

**please don’t give me the speel about “Orthodox” are not true Christians. I’ve heard it before and this article is not to debate doctrinal lines but to relay news that is happening in our world. “Christians” are being attacked in many nations and I believe it is going to reach the shores of the US one day. It would behoove you to pay attention to these stories now rather than shove one’s pretentious nose in the air and disregard human life because they’re not of your particular ism, doxy, ite, ist, ed, er, etc..

Fast food worker protests spread

fastfoodworker1Fast food worker protests spread http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27433801

What planet do these people live on!!??
This is an excerpt from the article:

” ‘It’s disgusting’

Outside a Domino’s pizza chain in the middle of Manhattan, around 150 protests were gathered at midday.

Chanting “it makes no sense”, they said they were there to protest about not just their low wages, but rising income inequality.

Shantel Walker has been working as a manager at a Papa John’s pizza chain since 1999, and she currently makes $8.50 per hour.

She says that is not significantly more than the $7.25 she was getting just a few years earlier – and she insists it is certainly not enough to live on in Brooklyn, New York, where her monthly rent is $500.

“It’s disgusting – sometimes I don’t even bring home $10,000 a year and [some people] make $10,000 an hour,” she told the BBC.” END of Quote.

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What? Who makes $10,000 per hr? Save the ubber rich?

These people have a disproportionate assessment of their worth for flipping burgers and pressing a button to deliver 32 ounces of Diet Coke. No. No, you’re not supposed to “live” on burger joint salaries. Fast food jobs are entry level jobs. They are for high school students paying their dues getting a taste of what menial jobs are like so they can catch a fire to go on to college and further their education so that when they are 25 years old they are not still saying ,”Would like fries with that?”

Can’t pay bills on $7.25 an hour? Like I said these are jobs for kids. If you have a family and rent, cable, iphones, get your nails done on a weekly basis, then you have your priorities mixed up. No, you don’t get to have unlimited data and a smart phone if you can’t afford the plan. Sprint has gone as far as allowing people to make a “framily” out of anything so you can share the bill. If you can’t afford these luxuries than don’t have them. You’re not entitled to a smart phone and cable, theater movies, new kicks whenever you feel like it and oops, you don’t make enough for your real bills like Water, Electric, gas, etc.sprint abomination of the nuclear family for data plans

What these fast food workers really want is to become part of a slave race where they will be given a wage increase to maintain mediocrity and a lifestyle that gives them the illusion that they are “succeeding” when they are not, they are expendable. Yes, anyone can do your job, that’s why it’s minimum wage and why if you don’t like it you should make efforts to excel and better yourself instead of bringing everyone else down. There are people with degrees that don’t get paid $15.00 an hour. They have toiled in school and have paid large amounts and gotten into debt to try to “better” themselves and they are not picketing. Either they are sucking it up and enduring looking for the job that will open up or they go back and change their area of focus in school.

minwagehike500k_v3Business people know that if they have to up their minimum wage employees pay for these menial jobs they will only do so by the strong arm twisting of the Nation State; however, in turn they will cut jobs, cut hours, and ultimately there will be more unemployed as a result. I guess I’m just sick of seeing these entitlement knuckle heads whining and complaining while they expect someone else to fix their problems. This is not just a trend in the US it’s a tidal wave of oppression and acceptance of oppression world wide.

The one good thing I have to say is at least these people are flipping burgers for a year or longer and are holding down a job. But don’t accept a slave labor situation, if you think this is an attempt to simply raise the wages for “hard” workers it’s not. It’s the equivalent of giving the slaves a day off here and there or tossing them your table scraps to keep them satisfied with being slaves. It’s not the fault of the people consuming cheap genetically modified processed foods, it is to some degree if not entirely, the fault of the worker who gets comfortable working in places like fast food restaurants who hopes for nothing more in life.

 Excerpt from ArizonaFamily3:

Minimum wage in Arizona is $7.90 an hour, which is more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

“I feel the need to protest because making minimum wage is just not enough,” Rochelle Jordan, part of the so-call “Fight for 15″  told 3TV’s Jill Galus. “I have to struggle to take care of my daughter.”

Jordan said she nothing left after paying rent and basic bills.

In its Out of Reach 2014 report, the National Low Income Housing Coalition says Arizona housing costs more than low-wage earners can afford.

In order to rent a two-bedroom home at the fair market value of $911 in Arizona, an individual needs to make $17.52 an hour, $3,037 per month or $36,447 per year. That’s more than twice the minimum wage in Arizona, which went up to $7.90 at the start of the year. The federal minimum wage is less — $7.25 an hour.

Even though Arizona’s minimum wage is slightly more than the federal mandate, a person making $7.90 an hour would have to work 89 hours a week, 52 weeks a year to afford that two-bedroom home.

The battle for a higher minimum wage and the right to unionize without retaliation has gone global with strikes and protests in a total of 34 countries on six continents.”

End of quote Source Here: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Fast-food-workers-in-Phoenix-other-cities-to-walk-off-jobs-in-demand-for-higher-minimum-wage-259374321.html

 

It’s not supposed to be a lifestyle job! It’s called, MINIMUM WAGE, not “Living Wage.”

 

More on the Ridiculous, excerpt:
Swiss to vote on $25 an hour minimum wage

Demonstrators demand a monthly salary of at least 4,000 Swiss Francs, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 1, 2014.(Photo: Laurent Gillieron, AP)

GENEVA, Switzerland – A vote on Sunday to establish a minimum wage of $25 an hour would make mostly immigrants here in agriculture, housekeeping, and catering among the world’s highest paid unskilled workforce.

The vote comes after hundreds of fast-food workers walked off their jobs in many U.S. cities and in more than 30 countries on Thursday in a protest for higher wages. If the Swiss proposal passes, the country would have the highest minimum wage in the world.

But some who would be eligible for the higher wage worry that it may do more harm than good.

Luisa Almeida is an immigrant from Portugal who works in Switzerland as a housekeeper and nanny. Almeida’s earnings of $3,250 a month are below the proposed minimum wage but still much more than she’d make in Portugal.

Since she is not a Swiss citizen, she cannot vote but if she could, “I would vote ‘no’,” she says.

“If my employer had to pay me more money, he wouldn’t be able to keep me on and I’d lose the job.”

Almeida’s concern illustrates the dilemma that faces the movement to have governments and not the market decide how much people should be paid at a minimum.

Forcing employers to hike wages means they must cut expenses to accommodate the higher labor costs. That often means less hiring, or some firing.

But Patrick Belser, Senior Economist in the Wage Group of the International Labor Office in Geneva says the initiative could work.

“International experience has shown that minimum wages can prevent labor exploitation without any negative effect on the economy,” he said.

Yet, Besler worries that a minimum wage of $4,500 a month “is probably a little too high.

“If it is accepted, the effects on employment would have to be carefully monitored, and a mechanism for social dialogue should be created to discuss its effects and possible future adjustments of the rate,” he said.

Currently, Switzerland does not have a minimum wage law. Industry-specific pay scales are determined by employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements between employers and trade unions. However, 90% of Swiss workers earn well above the proposed minimum and are already among the highest paid in the world.” End of quote
Source: USA Today via Drudge

Harvard Hosting Black Satanic Mass

Harvard Will Host ‘Reenactment’ of Satanic Mass http://tiny.iavian.net/2a5j @drudgereportapp
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http://www.thecrimson.com
Black Mass Cancelled Amid Uproar As Cultural Studies Club Withdraws Sponsorship | News
Quote:
“Whether they have it at Harvard or at some other location, this is repugnant. No other community would stand u p for this,” he said. “We recognize that we’re a country that allows free speech, but we’re also a country that shares in the common good. There’s nothing good that comes out of desecrating the central element of the Catholic Church, which is the Eucharist.” End of quote.
N4TM Commentary
This story caught wind. The RCC reps didn’t like this ceremony taking place and they ended it. Unfortunately, no major Christian objection that I see, just Catholic.
Old post:

It’s being put on for cultural and “historical” purposes. Because they can.
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(CNSNews.com) – A Satanic Black Mass reenactment is scheduled to take place at the Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall at Harvard University on May 12, with the Mass performed by The Satanic Temple, which is being hosted for the event by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club.

A non-consecrated communion host will be used in the reenactment, according to Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple.

“While Black Masses are supposed to utilize a consecrated host, ours is merely representative of a consecrated host,” Greaves told CNSNews.com.  “It is not consecrated. We neither believe in nor invoke the supernatural.”

“To us, the Black Mass is an amalgamation that developed through time based on witch-hunting fears and later adopted by some as a declaration of personal Independence against what they felt to be the stifling authority of the church,” said Greaves.

He further said that during the Black Mass reenactment, representatives of The Satanic Temple will provide narration on the academic and historical aspects of a Satanic Mass.

A flyer with an image of a goat-headed, Satanic figure standing on an altar surrounded by damned souls was posted at the Harvard campus announcing the event.  It states that the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is hosting “a reenactment of a satanic black mass performed by The Satanic Temple ** with commentary and historical context **.

The flyer further says the Mass will occur on May 12 at 8:30PM in the Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall, and that admission is free.

The Harvard Extension Hub, part of the Harvard Extension School, provides information on “school news, blogs, stories & events,” and it posted an “Official Response to Cultural Studies Event” on May 7 about the Black Mass on its website.  (The Harvard Extension School is Harvard University’s primary resource for continuing education courses.)

The “official response” states, “An independent student organization, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, plans to host a controversial student event involving a historical reenactment of a black mass ceremony that has a narrator providing historical context and background.

Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple, which is scheduled to conduct the Black Mass reenactment at Harvard University on May 12, 2014.

“Students at Harvard Extension School, like students at colleges across the nation, organize and operate a number of independent student organizations, representing a wide range of student interests.

“Harvard Extension School does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization. But we do support the rights of our students and faculty to speak and assemble freely.

“In this case, we understand that this independent student organization, the Cultural Studies Club, is hosting a series of events—including a Shinto tea ceremony, a Shaker exhibition, and a Buddhist presentation on meditation—as part of a student-led effort to explore different cultures.”

The Queen’s Head Pub is in Memorial Hall, which is at “the heart of Harvard’s campus” and was “dedicated in 1878 as a monument to Harvard alumni who died during the Civil War,” it states on its Facebook page. The Hall was completed in 1876, and the Queen’s Head Pub was built in the Hall’s basement in 2007. The pub is 12,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 450 guests.

Harvard University was launched in 1639 through a financial gift from the Protestant clergyman John Harvard.  In its early decades, Harvard trained many Protestant ministers who went on to serve the various Christian churches of New England.

The Satanic Temple, which is scheduled to perform the reenactment Black Mass, is the same group that is trying to have a statue of Satan (depicted as “Baphomet”) installed on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Concerning the “child-friendly” Satan statue, Greaves told CNSNews.com, “Our monument will stand in honor of those unjustly accused, the slandered minority, the maligned out-groups, so that we might pay respect to their memory and celebrate our progress as a pluralistic nation founded on secular law.”

Historical beginnings of Harvard
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Harvard_University

MANHUNT ANNIVERSARY: Long way back for wounded deputy

Source Press Enterprise: http://www.pe.com/local-news/reports/dorner/dorner-headlines/20140208-manhunt-anniversary-long-way-back-for-wounded-deputy.ece

In the nearly 12 months since four rifle bullets ripped into his body, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Collins has seen an outpouring of support.

Restaurants and civic groups have raised money for his family and that of Detective Jeremiah MacKay, who was killed in the gunfight in the San Bernardino Mountains. Collins rode in the Victorville Christmas parade. Deputies had a barbecue for him at the station.

He even threw out the first pitch at an Angels game, noting that the ball made it to the plate despite the walker he used to make his way to the mound.

“He is an incredible role model,” San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said of Collins. “He has made a heck of a recovery and is back to work.”

Behind all the accolades is a long, grueling course of treatment punctuated with pain. He was in a medically induced coma for nine days, underwent more than two dozen surgeries and had bone grafts taken from his hips to rebuild his jaw, a portion of his left arm and his left leg below the knee.

All this for a 27-year-old Yucaipa resident who was so convinced he was about to die at the time of the shooting on Feb. 12, 2013, that even as blood was pouring from his wounds, he reached inside his vest to get his iPhone so he could call his wife, Lila, and apologize for getting killed and leaving her to raise their 3-week-old son, Benjamin, by herself.

The phone had been shattered, taking a bullet that otherwise may have penetrated his chest. It may well have saved his life, he acknowledged.

A HAIL OF GUNFIRE

Collins, a six-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department who had been living his dream to work as a patrol deputy, was an acting detective on the day of the mountain shootout with fugitive ex-Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner.

Collins and another deputy had just pulled up to an intersection in the San Bernardino Mountains when the first of several Christopher Dorner sightings was broadcast over the radio. Eventually, they and four other officers arrived at the cabin where the fugitive was holed up.

Collins walked up a driveway to the cabin into a hail of gunfire. Even after he was hit four times, the deputy remembers hearing as many as 30 more shots.

Collins’ head was tilted slightly downward, and the first bullet entered his face just below the left nostril, piercing his upper palate and exploding through the inside of his mouth, splitting his tongue and blowing out the right side of his jaw.

Another round pierced the outside of his left wrist and exited the inside of the arm.

Yet another round struck his left leg just below the outside of the knee and passed through the inside of the leg. It left his foot paralyzed for months, posing what in the end was one of the biggest obstacles to his return to work.

It took about 50 minutes from the time the gunfire erupted until Collins and MacKay could be evacuated by helicopter. Collins asked his rescuers to lay him face-down so he wouldn’t drown in his own blood.

Recalling that his two brothers, who work in the department, had warned him to be careful, Collins told a paramedic in the helicopter: “Give my badge to my wife and tell her I love her and tell my brothers I’m sorry.”

‘I’M NOT DEAD’

When the helicopter landed at Loma Linda University Medical Center, McMahon was waiting in the emergency room.

“I was thinking, ‘Is the sheriff really here? Am I dreaming?’ He came over and talked to me,” Collins said. “I told him that I was sorry for getting shot.”

It was at the hospital that Collins began thinking he would survive. “I made it this far, and I’m not dead,” he said he reasoned to himself.

The sheriff held his hand as medical personnel prepared to wheel him into surgery. He was placed in a medically induced coma and didn’t wake up for nine days.

“The day I finally start remembering stuff was the day of MacKay’s funeral,” Collins said. “It was on TV.”

That was the first he knew that MacKay, whom he had lain face-to-face with on the ground in front of the cabin, had died in the gunfire.

“It didn’t seem real,” he said.

INTENSIVE CARE

Collins was in intensive care for a month, undergoing his first 20 surgeries and the temporary reconstruction of his face. Metal and other surgical materials stretched from the left side of his jaw clear around and up to his right ear.

“When I woke up they had wire around each tooth,” he said.

The bone grafts had already begun.

It was two to three weeks before he was well enough to be placed in a wheelchair and moved outside to see his son for the first time since the shooting.

“It was a big moment to see him,” Collins said.

A web of pins and metal braces were placed in and along his leg, extending it straight outward, with his paralyzed foot dangling at the end.

Then he moved to a rehabilitation hospital within the Loma Linda campus, where he underwent a week of mild exercises with a hand bike, and leg lifts.

FINALLY BACK HOME

When he returned home, five weeks after the shooting, family members had posted American flags for a quarter mile along the Yucaipa street where he lived.

Inside the home, his father and brothers had moved furniture from a ground-floor office to the garage, and his wife had a hospital bed moved into in the room. His brother Matt bought a 70-inch television and installed it in the living room.

Home Depot donated a special, high-seat toilet for the bathroom and Collins’ father removed the shower doors and installed rails.

“I laid in the bed and I could get in the wheelchair,” Collins said. “That was kind of like my day. I would sleep. I’d wake up. I would watch TV. I would just kind of sit there and try not to hurt.”

Showering was a tedious, painful process, he said, in which his arm and leg would have to be wrapped in large plastic bags to keep them dry and he would have to sit on a shower seat with his leg and arm extended.

There would be more short trips to the hospital for surgery and more physical therapy. The pain gradually subsided and the therapy gradually became more physically demanding.

At one point, he began outpatient physical therapy in Loma Linda, using a walker to move around but able to drive his car.

“That’s when I started focusing on coming back to work,” he said.

Therapists had him try to walk. Then to run. Then they too were ready for him to return to work.

“The whole time I wanted to come back,” he said in a confident tone. “I’m 26. This is all I ever wanted to do.”

BACK TO NORMALCY

On Sept. 30, more than seven months after the shooting, he returned to the Big Bear station. He was greeted by dignitaries, reporters and fellow officers who cooked him the barbecue.

“I think I took one report that day,” he said.

He worked in the station for about a week in the role of a detective — not on patrol but investigating crimes — before transferring to the sheriff’s headquarters in San Bernardino.

Now he is working as a detective on a specialized crime-fighting team whose casework is kept confidential.

He is feeling stronger day by day, he said, and there are no physical restrictions on his work.

Despite the devastating wound to his jaw, Collins’ face appears minimally scarred. He credits the skill of his surgeons, saying with a grin: “I look better now than I did before this happened.”

He has no nightmares about the shooting, he said, and no signs — as far as he know — of lingering emotional trauma.

“I just want to get back and have everything back to how it used to be, try to get back to normal,” Collins said. “Obviously, it is not going to be the same ever again with the loss of Jeremiah and everything that happened. That’s in the back of everyone’s head.”

His son, Benjamin, is too young to understand what happened, Collins said, but he plans to explain it to him when he’s older — perhaps about 10 years old. He wants to talk about how his fellow officers risked their lives to lay down cover fire and pull him from the line of fire. And how the public has showered him with love.

He wants to tell his son that not everyone hates cops. “There are a lot of people out there who love cops,” he said.

“I feel bad for my wife having to do all that stuff for me, and my brothers,” Collins said. “They’re always worrying about me.

“I just wanted to get back. I’m OK, I’m OK. I’m back.”

MANHUNT ANNIVERSARY: Long way back for wounded deputy.

Glenn Beck’s Mea Culpa is more Misdirection

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This is where I tell you, “Told you so.” I reported often that Glenn Beck was an agent of change, exerting himself on the scene to divide and conquer the political landscape during his CNN Headline days and then his “Fox News” days. Certainly Fox has never been the same since Glenn Beck’s arrival and departure. He was a whirlwind. Stuffy and uptight Fox News only had that old goat, Bill O’Riley, who appeals to a particular demographic. Beck on the other hand brought with him his throngs of religious zealots, constitutionalists, and let’s not forget the bunker elk with their bug out bags and canisters of seed and gold bullion who are going to repopulate the earth in the event of the apocalypse.

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Glenn Beck did more than simply play out his role in “tearing the country apart;” he also, amassed the great apostate church to come together in a grand ecumenical push to restore “America.” Let’s not forget his forging the Mormon faith in front of Christian circles so much so that many Biblical illiterates vowed to, in the least, be a “good Mormon like Beck,” as opposed to a “narrow minded “Christian.”” It takes a special freak of nature to get all denominations that once opposed one another to join hands on the steps of the National Mall and pray to the god of America (idolatrous America). Beck is a great unifier not merely a destroyer. He loves everyone, including the Pope (then Benedict-but I’m sure he’s met the Jesuit one too by now). Beck and pals at FRC (Family Research Council) have done well to brainwash and rewrite history Americana. He’s done great in marketing end of days paraphernalia. He has garnered millions through his Villages speaking engagements and books. We can’t forget what he did for subscription to online TV and his clothing line of Skull and Bones and Illuminati symbolic wear.Glenn Beck Skull and Bones Clothing line 1791

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http://news4themasses.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/do-not-believe-beck/

http://news4themasses.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/christian-beware-of-beck/

http://news4themasses.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/the-power-of-becks-priests/

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