The following was written by Rolley Haggard and published on July 1st, 2015 in LifeNews.com:
A little over 58 million babies have been aborted in America since January 22, 1973. Few of us have any idea how many “anythings” 58 million is. Here’s something I did that might help us all to grasp the enormity of that number:
I opened a Word document. I typed periods across the top line, no spaces in between. I repeated the process until I got to the bottom of the page. When I was done there were 50 lines with 165 periods each, for a total of 8,250 periods filling the page.
Then I repeated the process, page after page, until I had 58,000,000 periods.
I wound up with 7,030 pages.
I then printed off all the pages. It took over 14 reams of paper (a ream is 500 sheets). The resulting stack was almost 30 inches high, about up to my waist.
As I sat gazing at that mind-boggling quantity of dots, like one who has for the first time peered through a powerful telescope at a faraway galaxy containing innumerable stars, it occurred to me that on those occasions since 1973 when the church has been used by God in any worthy capacity (and it has) it has been far more a case of Him using us “in spite of our unfaithfulness” rather than “because of our faithfulness.”
I later told a Christian friend about my little experiment. His first response was, “Dude, you just killed a bunch of trees there!”
Yeah. Trees. That’s the kind of “tragedy” we get worked up about.
“Wisdom is justified of her children.”
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” — John 10:10
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life…” — Declaration of Independence
In the wake of abortion videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, Congress is debating defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The government provides 41% of all Planned Parenthood revenue totaling $528.4 million in 2013. That same year, Planned Parenthood reported that it performed 10,590,433 “total services” and 327,653 (or 3.1%) of those services were abortions. Opponents claim that Planned Parenthood’s business is as much as 94% abortion. What is the truth?
A bill that would allow a person to sue for the wrongful death of an unborn child under Mississippi’s wrongful death statute has passed in the House.
House Bill 1338 states, “Whenever the death of any person or of any unborn child shall be caused by any real, wrongful or negligent act or omission, or by such unsafe machinery, way or appliances as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured or damaged thereby to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, or whenever the death of any person or of any unborn.”
House Bill 1338 was filed by Rep. Chris Brown of Aberdeen and passed 78-37. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Mississippi’s 2012 law unconstitutional that would have required doctors that perform abortions in the state to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
While the same court upheld a law in Texas that had a similar provision, the court determined that, because the law would shutdown Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, it would create an undue burden on women by forcing them to travel outside the state to exercise “the established federal constitutional right.”
Gov. Phil Bryant says the state will appeal the ruling.
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Tavish Kelly is co-owner of Kelly Firearms, a retailer and manufacturer of guns in Picayune and he believes that the protection of liberty is the only legitimate function of government. A former chairman of the Pearl River Republican Party, he has been very active in the county and state party activities.
Valedictorian of his Pass Christian High School class, he is an Eagle Scout, graduated from Mississippi State University with degrees in Political Science and Mathematics, and is studying Constitutional Law at Ole Miss.
The issues below issues and the positions are taken from Kelly’s campaign website:
- Abortion: Believes that life begins at conception and that abortion is a violent trespass upon another human’s rights. However, he does not think this is an area for the Federal government but for the states: “The Constitution contains no provisions enabling the Congress, President, or Supreme Court to regulate, allow, or forbid abortion. This power is thus reserved to the States and the people, respectively, under the Tenth Amendment.”
- The Federal Reserve: Does not like the Federal Reserve and wants to return competition back to the monetary system.
- 2nd Amendment: Sees the right to keep and bear arms as one of the most important freedoms and the 2nd Amendment should prevent any and all Congressional legislation infringing upon that right. Desires the repeal of laws such as the Firearms Act, Gun Control Act, and Brady Act.
- Patriot Act: Wants to repeal the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act as a violation/circumvention of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- Marriage: Believes it is the union of a man and a woman administered by God. Kelly sees that the regulation of marriage by government through various means has been corrupted by the political process. Desires to free governmental infringement in marriage and repeal of statutes that attempt to define and control it.
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Having served in Washington, DC since the 1970s, Sen. Thad Cochran is no stranger to politics or to Mississippi. Seeking to return for his 6th term in the U.S. Senate, Cochran is facing his toughest Primary contest since first becoming a Senator.
With over 30 years in politics, there is little that Cochran doesn’t have a record or position on. The positions below are taken from his campaign website:
- Economy: Supports free enterprise, lower taxes, and economic opportunity. Believes governments role is to create an environment where opportunity exists for everyone who wants to seize it. Opposed bailouts, the stimulus package, Obamacare, and IRS targeting of individuals.
- Spending: Wants to get spending under control and has repeatedly co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Entitlement spending comprises 55% of the federal budget and must be limited. Attributes his role as an appropriator as being responsible for rooting out wasteful spending proposals than anyone else in Congress.
- Healthcare: Opposes Obamacare and has voted to oppose, defund, or repeal it. Forced the National Institutes of Health to put a great focus on Mississippi academic research partnerships leading to the Guyton Research Complex in Jackson.
- Energy: Supports an “all-of-the-above” policy to harness all of our country’s energy resources. Desires to make Mississippi a leader in energy independence. Opposed to a “carbon tax” and is dedicated to blocking EPA over-regulation.
- Agriculture: Reduce regulations to save taxpayer dollars and help farmers and help negotiate the current farm bill which slashed duplicative programs.
- Abortion: Pro-life and desires “to bar the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions.” Cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2011 and wants every health plan under Obamacare to disclose any coverage of abortion in the plan’s marketing and advertising.
- 2nd Amendment: “[B]elieves that the Second Amendment right of the American people to keep and bear arms is not negotiable.” Opposed efforts such as the UN Arms Trade Treaty which threaten the 2nd Amendment. Works tireless to equip first responders.
- Education: Championed Ready to Learn to encourage broadcasters to create educational programming for early childhood. Opposed Common Core. Helped make Mississippi’s community college system a national model.
- Immigration: “[C]onsistently voted against inadequate immigration legislation.” Voted against Reagan’s amnesty bill in 1986; “one of three Senators in history to vote against every comprehensive immigration reform bill that sought to provide amnesty to those who have entered our country illegally (1986, 2006, 2007, 2013).” No path to citizenship for those here illegally. Enforce existing laws.
- Infrastructure: “[H]e has ensured that needed improvements to[Mississippi’s] interstates, bridges, and railways have been made.” Working hard to keep jobs at Stennis Space Center and that the state is an attractive venue for private aerospace ventures.
- National Security: Has always supports the missile defense technologies necessary for global security and defense of Israel. Supports shipbuilding needs of the navy and other federal organizations and that many of them “would not have been built in Mississippi” without his leadership. Made the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg the flagship research facility for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Supporter and advocate of Israel.
- Emergency Management: Secured $29 Billion after Katrina to rebuild basic infrastructure. Helped make Mississippi the national model for how to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.
- Marriage: Cosponsor of the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act which would bar the Federal Government from discriminating against individuals and organizations upon their faith-founded belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
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A lawyer and former state Senator, Chris McDaniel is attempting to upset incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran to become the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. The Christian Science Monitor listed McDaniel as the top candidate that could be “the next Ted Cruz.”
Representing Jones County in the Mississippi Senate since 2008, he is a Partner at Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson and McDaniel, PLLC, a general civil and trial practice in Laurel. McDaniel’s attorney profile lists his practice areas as general litigation, insurance defense, personal injury, commercial litigation, constitutional law (civil rights), education law, consumer products litigation, mass tort litigation, and complex multi-party litigation.
The following positions were taken from McDaniel’s campaign website:
- Healthcare: Volunteered his time in Mississippi’s suit against Obamacare. Opposed Medicare expansion, supports defunding, repealing Obamacare. Desires commonsense healthcare reform, increased choice, health savings accounts, and allowing insurance across state lines.
- Taxes: Believes the tax code is a mess and must be reformed. Supports scrapping the existing tax code and moving to a simpler, flatter tax system. [Stated in an interview with Bryan Fischer that he did know whether the Fair Tax or the Flat Tax was best.]
- Education: Desires to repeal No Child Left Behind, eliminate federal government control over education, and restore education to the states, local communities, and parents. Supports school choice. Opposes Common Core.
- Immigration: Opposes amnesty and supports enforcement of existing laws including securing the border. Introduced the Employment Protection Act to require all companies to check legal status of potential employees.
- Energy: Reduce foreign oil dependence by expanding domestic energy use. Supports offshore drilling, drilling in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), Keystone pipeline, and opposes subsidizing alternative energy forms.
- Agriculture: Unleash agriculture from federal regulations and control from Washington. Supports repealing the Death Tax in its entirety to enable the transfer of farms to children without penalty.
- Economy: Regulations are strangling jobs and small businesses. Washington is addicted to spending and our country is on the verge of financial crisis. Must cut spending, pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. Supports making permanent the temporary ban on earmarking.
- 2nd Amendment: Opposes all efforts to undermine the 2nd Amendment. Sponsored legislation that required the state to honor any valid concealed carry permit issued by another state.
- National Security: Will fight for the men and women of the military to ensure support in and out of uniform. Wary of engaging in foreign entanglements but acknowledges the need to remain vigilant of many threats. Wants to reevaluate foreign aid process. Will oppose all treaties that compromise American sovereignty. Committed to the U.S. military remaining the strongest in the world and will not appease our enemies.
- Abortion: Pro-life and believes in the responsibility to protect unborn life.
- Marriage: Believes marriage is between and man and a woman and will vote to protect that definition.
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Rep. Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) is an attorney and Baptist pastor. And in her report in the Clarion-Ledger, Analysis: Gipson wields influence, Emily Wagster Pettus says he is one of the most influential lawmakers in the state.
As the chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee, he was influential in a number of bills including House Bill 585 (improve efficiency and costs of the state’s criminal justice system) and House Bill 1400 (banned abortion at 20 weeks). He helped push through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Senate Bill 2681) in spite of all the opposition.
Gipson is a notably vocal opponent of gay rights since President Obama changed his stance on gay marriage in 2012. He has remained a staunch opponent of gay rights even with calls for his resignation and the other pressures associated with taking a Biblical stand on a range of issues.
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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves filed a summary of the legislative session headlined “Session Ends with Balanced Budget, Efficiency Measures, Investment in Education.” The release documents the major legislative achievements to include education initiatives, the budget, public safety, reinforcing 2nd Amendment issues, and efforts to make Mississippi “business-friendly.”
David Elliott interviewed Gene Taylor, candidate for the 4th Congressional District, on WLOX’s “Sunday Night Extra.” The video was posted to Taylor’s Facebook page. Elliot asked about Taylor’s changing party affiliation and Taylor said he has always been pro-life, for a balanced budget, and a strong national defense and the Republican Party is a better place for him to be.
Taylor hit his main primary opponent, Rep. Steven Palazzo, for supporting the Biggert-Waters Act and the weaknesses of the Flood Insurance Reform Bill signed into law by President Obama earlier this week. He also stated that Palazzo voted to cut the Department of Defense budget and says that those cuts are directly responsible for causing the U.S. Air Force to move aircraft from Keesler AFB [the Air Force says it is in response to Army and Marine Corps strength reductions]. Taylor believes that, by voting against Hurricane Sandy relief, Palazzo will not be able to obtain the support of others in Congress when south Mississippi inevitably needs relief in the future.
In 2009, Taylor went against Democrat leadership by voting against Obamacare and pledged to vote for the best interest of the people of south Mississippi.
The Primary Election is June 3rd.
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