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Imran Khan – An Ideology; A Hope
Imran khan; a former sportsman, philanthropist, an active politician and 3rd most influential leader of 2012 according to the Global Post is the only hope left for the people of an economically diminishing state as such as Pakistan . By so far, Imran Khan is considered as the most popular leader in the country’s history. In 1996 Khan formed his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). It was founded initially as socio-political movement which envisioned to embody anti-corruption policies and to put an end to the endless corruption in the country. However, the road towards success is never easy. His party...
Why I’m Giving Up Politics for Lent
Okay, this is an easy one. I was getting tired of all the polling and endless speculating before the 2012 elections.  Two days after President Obama was re-elected, the Republicans were threatening to run us off the fiscal cliff and were still trying to find a cover-up in Benghazi.  It’s draining and, frankly, I’m bored with the same old arguments that bounce around the media echo-chamber by the same old talking heads.  I feel like I’m watching one long rerun.  So I’ve decided to give up politics for Lent.  (Just in case you think I’m getting off easy, I’m also...
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Time for Christians to Make a Choice
I’m ready for this election to be over.   As with most hotly contested campaigns, it’s been full of half-truths and outright lies.   And, while I have my opinion on the source of the vast majority of deception, the casual observer simply sees partisan bickering and endless gamesmanship.   The result can be a cynical electorate who loses interest in the whole political process.   I’ve noticed many Christians who seem to fall into this category.  Already suspicious of politicians, they hear the hypocrisy espoused in the campaigns and no longer trust either party to be a viable part of the solution. In...
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How Mormonism Shaped Mitt
Say what you will about Mitt Romney; he is a devoted to his religion.   A mutigenerational Mormon, he has held high-ranking leadership positions and donated millions of dollars to the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).   For many, religion goes to the core of their belief system, so what does it mean for Mitt to be a Mormon?    Of course, Mitt is not just any Mormon; he inherited the special status that comes with being the son of a wealthy Governor.   Looking into Mitt’s religious experience might provide some insight into his character and an explanation to some of the...
The Right To Bare Arms
I Didn’t Want To Write This Post. Gun Control.
Do you know where I grew up? Arkansas. Laugh it up. Har-dee-har. “You married to your sister, Ray?” No. My cousin. But thanks for asking. In Arkansas, just like the current state I live in (Kentucky), guns are a huge part of life. The majority of gun use is by hunters who love to shoot ol’ bambi between the ears every deer season. And duck hunting is huge. From what I understand, Duck Dynasty is a big show. I refuse to watch it. I live in it. Same reason I won’t watch most reality television. The Kentucky Turtle Man, housewives...
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How The Electoral College Works
Did anyone notice that a presidential election is about to happen? I know, right? Did you know there’s a presidential election right around the corner? You couldn’t have guessed. It’s not like it’s in the news/ads/television/radio/blogs/internet or anything. I just wanted to write a note real quick about a great podcast that you should be listening to called “Stuff You Should Know.” I’ve been listening to it for about six months or so and it has some great material. I listened to one yesterday about the electoral college and how it affects the presidential elections. I had no idea. I...
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The Radical Agenda of Ryan and Rand
I will admit it, when I read Atlas Shrugged several years ago, I got caught up in the scrawling epic with bigger than life characters.  Apparently, Paul Ryan enjoyed it too; so much so that in 2005, at a banquet honoring the author, he said, “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.”  While he has since tried to walk back from those remarks, it’s clear that the Vice Presidential candidate’s political ideology has been heavily influenced by Alisa Rosenbaum, the Russian immigrant...
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Which Way Am I Called to Follow?
In this hot political season, with voices raised about guns, jobs, freedom, the American Way, I find myself pausing to ask: which Way am I called to follow? Whose priorities should I to pursue? Before Christians were called Christians, they were called Followers of the Way. The Way was Jesus: simultaneously the path itself, guide and example, companion on the journey. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” But he also said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself and take up his cross daily...
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Where have all the Conservatives gone in the Church of England?
Conservative: holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics As the Church of England continues its journey to oblivion as a result of its war over marriage, I find myself asking a question: where have all the conservatives gone? Let me explain by taking a step back in time. It is the thirteenth century and England had just emerged from the six year strike by England’s priests. Jack, a peasant farmer, wishes to marry Florence a young girl from the neighborhood. Jack asks his Parish Priest what he must do to...
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You Say You Want A Christian in the White House
I should confess right off that I voted for George W. Bush in 2000 because, in part, he was a man of faith.  He called himself a “compassionate conservative,” which was how I liked to think of myself.   After a couple of years, I realized the man I had voted for wasn’t very compassionate or conservative, at least not fiscally.  By the end of his second term, I was ready for someone totally different.   Yet, even though my politics had shifted, I still wanted to vote for someone that shared my values. In 2007, I heard a rumor that Barrack...
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