Ken’s view on the political side of the world…
So I was challenged with a great question:
Should Christians own Weapons (Guns), or rely solely on on prayer?
I consider myself to be a Christian, I also happen to own a gun shop. The person that challenged my thought process made it seem like it was a dichotomy, mutually exclusive, I couldn’t have it both ways. I could not be a Christian and believe in owning guns for self defense. Was this true? Was I misguided somehow? I din’t think so, but I needed to know. What I learned as I researched the subject was that it wasn’t a dichotomy at all. In fact Jesus even told his Disciples to go and sell their clothing to purchase swords. (The equivalent sidearm as compared to today’s handguns) Swords weren’t used for hunting, they were simply used to kill people, as are handguns. In fact after careful consideration, prayerful reading of scripture, I believe that it is not only our choice to defend ourselves but in actuality we are called by God to do so. If we fail to protect our family we fail morally. In brief, not resisting evil is an evil of omission, and an evil of omission can be just as evil as an evil of commission.
Read on to see what I learned.
Subject: FW: Information Notice 7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level
This is an email I just sent out to all of the employees of www.ThatCompany.com
It’s a good headline in the big scheme of things.. It means that the economy is recovering.
It’s a TERRIBLE headline if you are a day from being approved and cannot get funded until next fiscal year (October 1), and the contract you are under requires you to close by August 14th.
Our building deal just went up in smoke. Today we were expecting the bank to give us our letter of commitment, thereby committing to a loan on our new office building. However, with this news the loan can’t be funded until the Federal Government’s next fiscal year (October 1, 2015) or unless congress takes action (ha-ha our Congress taking action, there is nothing funnier) , and since our contract would require us to close on the building by August 14, 2015, we simply cannot go forward under those conditions / risks.
That said the situation also just cost us to lose approximately $10,000. We had hard money spent on the Survey, appraisal, and environmental study, along with additional costs to our CPA firm for preparing and re-preparing numerous financial reports in pursuit of this loan.
All is not lost however. Simply delayed. The building may or may not be available when the SBA 7a program is funded in October. If it is available, we can obviously make another offer and pick up where we left off (if the seller would be willing to tie it up again for us, as it obviously didn’t work out to well for them this time). If the building is not available, then we are back at a new square looking for a new location. But having been through this once it won’t take us long to get approved again. The only difference being; we’re $10,000 lighter as the environmental, Survey, and appraisal are useless on any other property.
Obviously, I am not too happy. I damn sure didn’t want to lose 10 grand, and even more so I didn’t want to waste all of this time. I have spent the better of the last 4 month working on this. It really is a “bummer” to have come this far, poured this much time and effort in, only to have it all wasted at the last moment.
On the positive side had this announcement come 2 business days later we might have been on the hook for an additional $15,000 in earnest money. Timing is everything.
And for those that want more… below is the actual announcement from the SBA to our lender yesterday. Sigh…
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From: Burr.Gail [removed@SunTrust.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:56 AM
To: Ken Knorr
Subject: Information Notice 7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level
Here is the email from SBA that speaks to the 7(a) funding.
From: Bryant, Rosalind D. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 08:48 AM
Subject: Information Notice 7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level
|TO:||All SBA Employees||CONTROL NO.:||5000-1344|
|SUBJECT:||7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level||EFFECTIVE:||7-22-2015|
In recent months, SBA’s 7(a) program has experienced unprecedented demand from America’s small business community. SBA has already approved over 45,000 loans this year totaling more than $16.5 billion, a 25 percent increase over this same period last year. At this rate of usage, the program will hit its FY 2015 loan volume ceiling of $18.75 billion before the end of the fiscal year and likely within the next few days. Once this statutory cap is reached, SBA will be forced to suspend its 7(a) small business lending until the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2015, unless the 7(a) loan authority is increased.
SBA recognizes that any lapse in the 7(a) loan program would impact thousands of entrepreneurs and businesses who rely on the program to overcome their inability to otherwise secure the credit necessary to start or expand their business. SBA is working with Congress to avoid a suspension by raising the statutory loan cap, but there can be no assurance as to the timing or likelihood of a legislative solution.
Accordingly, SBA is providing information in anticipation of the end of the availability of 7(a) loan authority. Applications will be processed up to the point of approval and then will be placed into a queue awaiting the availability of program authority (the “Queue”). Once program authority becomes available due to Congressional action or as a result of cancellations of loans previously approved this fiscal year, applications in the Queue will be funded in the order they were approved by SBA, with the exception that requests for increases to previously approved loans will be funded before applications for new loans.
There is sufficient program authority to fund loans already accepted for processing by SBA’s Loan Guaranty Processing Center. Applications submitted under delegated and non-delegated processes after the date of this Notice will be placed in the same Queue. Applications placed in the Queue awaiting the availability of program level may experience significant delays and may not be funded until on or after October 1.
The Certified Development Company (504) Program continues to have available capacity to fund 504-eligible loans through the end of the fiscal year.
SBA Field Offices must notify lenders about this Notice. Questions concerning this Notice should be directed to the lender relations specialist in the local SBA field office. The local SBA field office may be found at www.sba.gov/localresources.
– Crimesider – CBS News reported:
Prosecutors say Hunt, 19, contacted the girl almost daily since March 1, a violation that could put her back in jail, according to the paper. Court documents filed Thursday reportedly allege Hunt and the girl had contact through nearly 20,000 text messages and Facebook. “The state is in possession of over 25 lewd and lascivious photographs the defendant sent the child victim,” the court motion says, according to the paper. According to NBC affiliate WPTV, the state attorney’s office says Hunt sent sexually explicit photos, a video and the two even continued to secretly meet. “The court can basically hold Kaitlyn in pre-trial detention. Basically in jail until this case gets resolved,” Michelle Suskauer, a legal analyst, told WPTV. The station reports investigators also say Hunt’s mother texted the alleged victim and urged her to delete “everything” so no one would find out the girl and Hunt had spoken. (read the full report)
From the “That’s Just Outrageous File”
Kaitlyn Hunt, a high school cheerleader arrested on felony sexual assault charges for her relationship with a 14-year-old female classmate has been offered a plea deal on her 19th birthday. Authorities said Hunt was 18 when she had sex with her then-14-year-old girlfriend after the two met at Sebastian River High School in 2012. She is being urged to accept the new deal which would keep her out of jail and prevent her from being registered as a sex offender. Prosecutors want Hunt to plead no contest to two counts of battery and one felony count of interference with child custody. She would be subject to a curfew, have to perform 150 hours of community service and serve probation. Her case attracted a glut of publicity after her parents did multiple interviews, claiming that their daughter was only charged because she is gay.
If this was an 18 year old boy and a young girl there would be no outrage and no controversy. This is especially true since many others have been arrested and convicted under Florida law that puts the age of consent at 16 years. But since Kaitlyn and her “girlfriend” are homosexual an entire campaign has been built to get the authorities to “stop the hate” and drop the charges.
I feel bad for kids that make mistakes. But I feel worse for young children that are victims of deviant sexual predators. The Florida laws are designed to protect kids from these predators; and with the number of teachers getting arrested for sexual relationships with their students it is evident they are necessary. Letting Kaitlyn go without discipline under the law sets a dangerous precedent and shows that Bruce Colton is a gutless chicken, that is failing to serve his constituents.
The parents have pulled the press train up and Bruce is running for the door. REALLY?
Today the Orlando Sentinel (Lake Edition)ran an article on Tina’s Grandfather (Kenneth Wolfe, 93) who served in the pacific in World War II.
God Bless our troops, and those that served before them. Because of him (and those like him) you aren’t reading this in Japanese.
A PDF scan of the article is here: Grandpa Wolfe Article (you’ll want to rotate the view in Adobe)
You can also read the article online here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lk-guadalcanal-veteran-kenneth-wolfe-20130807,0,1786659.story
The mainstream media continues to sensationalize stories to maintain readership / viewership. Instead of providing a balanced view of news stories they instead have created a firestorm of hate. Facebook pages like “Justice for Trayvon” are filled with misinformed / under-informed albeit well meaning and understandably outraged people. This outrage is perpetrated and fueled by the media because they feed sound bites of news and “create” portrayals of those involved to appear exceptionally one-sided. Who can look at the child-like photos of a younger Trayvon side by side with a mugshot photo of Zimmerman and not immediately be swayed. Do they place the bloodied photo of Zimmerman next to the self portrait of Trayvon giving “double bird fingers”? Of course not, that wouldn’t create the emotional reaction of the viewer that these so called news organizations need to get better ratings. The more sensational the better. In fact these news organizations would love nothing more than to incite riots so that they can report on those as well.
When will Americans learn that mainstream media has an agenda? That agenda may just be to create social discord, so there is something more interesting to report on tomorrow….
Now watch the following video – Decide for yourself. Do you have all the information?
Don’t get me wrong, this video is one-sided too (in a different direction). But blend this information with what you already know and open your eyes to the whole truth.
The man preaches truth
First let me start this post with this thought: Trayvon Martin’s Death was a terrible tragedy.
That said, a tragedy does not a lawsuit make. The greatness of the American system of justice comes from a simple yet profound tenet, that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said “This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.” and Charles T. Sprading once stated “Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.”
Simply stated the State of Florida could not prove their case. The burden of proof beyond and to the exclusion of any reasonable doubt is a high standard. In fact it is VERY high and rightfully so.
The presumption of innocence, sometimes referred to by the Latin expression Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the burden of proof lies with who declares, not who denies), is the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty. Application of this principle is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial. The burden of proof is thus on the prosecution, which has to collect and present enough compelling evidence to convince the trier of fact, who is restrained and ordered by law to consider only actual evidence and testimony that is legally admissible, and in most cases lawfully obtained, that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If reasonable doubt remains, the accused is to be acquitted.
Why do we have the principal of presumptive innocence?
Because of God. It is very clear that God does not want us to punish the innocent.
The example appears in the very First book of the Bible (Genesis 18:23-32),as: Continue reading
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