Beginning tomorrow and continuing each Wednesday, I am beginning a new post called, “Tim’s Wednesday’s Thought of the Day”. These thoughts (no more than two sentences) will be in the form of a question directed to you; my loyal reader that I hope you will noodle and ponder on throughout the day. While I would love for you to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment on via FB or Twitter, it is not a requirement. Mainly, these thoughts are for you to discuss with your friends and family. Tomorrow’s thought will be on the subject of marriage. Now, on with Tuesdays with Tim…
1. Being homosexual doesn’t send you to hell. Being apart from God sends you to hell. We all were born in sin and born in unrighteousness. #acceptJesusasyourSavior
2. ISIS released videos recently showing blindfolded men tossed head-first from a 100 foot building – for being gay. ISIS has been executing women and children – for being Christian. In other more important news, Bruce Jenner is now known as Caitlyn Jenner – now that’s a real story about courage.
3. McDonald’s has announced that it’s testing a new $4.00 breakfast bowl in Southern California that blends kale and spinach with turkey sausage and egg whites. On this new menu item, the company said that “they are on the path to becoming a modern, progressive burger company.” While I seldom eat at McDonald’s or any other fast-food restaurant for that matter, I certainly hope that those golden fries don’t face an untimely death in favor of carrot sticks.
4. Dear Pro Life Movement: We must be pro-life after the child is born by giving financial support via taxes, rescuing children from human trafficking, giving them healthcare or adopting them. I’m tired of the people that proclaim they are pro-life yet are quick to forget the kids after they are born. All lives matter…unborn and born.
5. I agree with Governor Wolf in that the Republican leadership last week orchestrated a stunt to embarrass the governor by unanimously voting against the governor’s budget – hey GOP: stop playing games, sit down at the table and get this pension mess cleaned up as well as the budget – same for the democrats. While Gov. Corbett was in office, the Republicans were in charge of the government, saw the pension crisis coming and couldn’t pass anything substantial. While the PA Senate has introduced legislation to correct the pension problem going forward, I haven’t read anything regarding the massive bill that is coming due to school districts and municipalities in 2017. I’m a Republican and I can’t sit back anymore and not call a spade and spade. Same for the governor’s office. Principles over party.
6. To the person who told me last year, “you can’t criticize the raising of property taxes because you don’t know how it works”, please be advised that I am learning how it works.
7. I can safely say that I can multi-task in doing small things at work or at home; however, when faced with a crisis or a huge issue that faces me, I become laser focused to resolve it. While I may be naïve on how governments work, it does appear from my home office in Brickerville that governments do not seem willing to become laser focused on solving crises now or ones looming over the horizon.
8. From the “is this the USA” category: the US Embassy in Indonesia celebrated the July 4 holiday on June 4 in order to respect Ramaadhan, which begins June 17 and runs for a month. What’s next? We stop celebrating New Year’s on January 01 and move it to match up with the Chinese New Year that begins between mid-January and mid-February?
9. You may be wondering why I am a registered Republican because I use this space at times to criticize the GOP on all levels. I believe that it is our duty to question with boldness our leaders within a political party, church or organization that you may be a member. I am a member of the GOP because, of the two national parties, they best match my principles. Further, I am smart enough to realize that the two-party system in the US is not going away anytime soon. Although I choose to be a member of GOP, the GOP doesn’t define me. If they defined me, then they would control me. As a child of God, He is the only one that defines and controls my thoughts and actions.
10. Before we talk about more funding in any area of the local, state or federal governments, we should first shore up the budgets, pensions and/or other deficits we are facing. Only after we take care of those issues should we begin to discuss increases in funding. We can’t spend ourselves out of deficits
(author's note: I promise that next week’s Tuesdays with Tim post will contain some lighter content)
BONUS CONTENT: My son Andrew graduates from high school today. While there are so many good words and phrases that I can say about him, the best word that comes to mind is: PROUD. I’m proud to call him my son and I am so very proud to be his dad. Congratulations Andrew, you deserve it. I’ll always be with you and will always be just a phone call (or text) away.
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