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Everybody likes to talk about his or her Constitutional rights or their rights as enumerated in the Constitution of the United States of America. It’s a common talking point and is declared many times by many people. It is also, unfortunately, brought up many times in the wrong venue. What I mean by that is there are actually places or venues in this country where you have absolutely no Constitutional rights and our elected leaders do not have to observe the limits imposed on them by this document. But I digress. The structure of this incredible document is set out in its preamble. The preamble reads:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It sounds really special doesn’t it? It sounds special because it is. Because of this document “We the People” have some very important and singular enumerated rights.  But first, notice where the authority for our Constitution lies. The authority lies in us, “We the People.” None of the authority of our God given rights lies in or is given to us by the government. The government grants us no rights at all. They can only grant us privileges, which they can revoke at any time. Our founding fathers knew all of this; they also knew that most government, given enough time, would revert to tyranny. Because of this fact our Constitution was crafted to be a singular piece of genius in the annals of world governments. This undeniable fact is a major point most people completely miss. The other point missed is the fact that the Constitution prohibits or limits the authority of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of our government over us, “We the People.” It not only enumerates what the government has the authority to do it enumerates what they cannot do. It is very clear on both of these points. Our founders made sure of that. So what happened? Well that an interesting question and I don’t think you are going to like the answer. But first a little background.

Who makes law in our government? It is clear that the only branch of government dedicated to that task in the Constitution is the legislative branch our representatives in Congress and the Senate. Once voted on and passed in both houses all legislation is then sent to the executive branch for signature to enact it. The executive branch only has veto power as a balance but generally this rarely happens.

That all being said, I want to ask you readers a question. Since all the above is true where in our founding document is the authority given to the executive branch to make binding law without the approval of the house of representatives and senate; without your approval? Read the Constitution and see if you can find the provision. I’ll help you out; you won’t find it because it doesn’t exist.

Then how can the president enact law? He can he do this and much more with the stroke of a pen by setting out what is called an “executive order.” Here is a link to some of the latest executive orders signed into law in the gun control battle. These are binding laws that were never voted on in either house and yet were enacted without your approval. Nevertheless, they are, once written, the law of the land. Here are the latest ones.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/16/obama-to-announce-gun-control-proposals-shortly/

For everyone reading this, the questions you should be interested in answering are: How is all of this possible? What authority subjugated my rights and authority under our Constitution? Is the Constitution even active? If not when did it stop? Why did it stop? How did this happen? You can make this a fun exercise by calling your congressman and senator and ask him or her these same questions. When you ask you will no doubt hear them or their staff dance around your question hoping you will get confused. Why would they do that? They are going to do that because they don’t want you to know the real answer. If you do some research, however, on executive orders you can begin find out the answers. Once you find the answers to those answers those answers will bring to light another set of questions. I’ll give you some help. Go onto Google and look up and read Proclamation No. 2039 and Senate Report 93-549.

To end this article I have added the following tidbit that was written by Al Barcroft an exceptionally bright attorney who is very familiar with exactly what is going on and why. When he was asked if Barrack Obama was acting unconstitutionally and ignoring the Constitution by making law he replied:

First, Barrack Obama is not operating unconstitutionally. Second, we have been under Martial law since at least 1933. Third, these two facts do not relate to each other. (Read Proclamation No. 2039andSenate Report 93-549)

The Constitution grants two types of authority. One type, Article III, for the sovereign American people [those who fought King George III and seized sovereignty by conquest] is common law in nature, and is memorialized primarily in Articles One through Ten of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution [the Bill of Rights].  Anything Congress can vote on cannot affect this authority nor the people entitled to this authority [except by their consent].

The other type, Article I Section 8, is for those not entitled to the Rights protected by the Constitution. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution, only those who were then citizens of one of the several states, and their posterity, became members of this new sovereign [Dred Scott, standing case law]. Those who had supported the British [many more than fought against them], Indians, blacks, new immigrants, and even women [although second generation women were sovereign under the law], were NOT citizens of one of the several states.  Article I Section 8 was for them. At Article I Section 8, the Congress is granted full legislative authority over Washington, D.C., the territories, and possessions, but not over the several states.  This grant of authority is political, not geographical in nature; therefore, one subject to this authority would be subject to it wherever he/she might be.  The Statutes at large and ALL law passed by the Congress was for these subjects, nobody else.

In 1868 with the passing of the 14th Amendment, a new group of people, the freed salves, were added to this group; and, a new name was given, citizen of the United States. At the same point in time, Congress passed a law that allowed expatriation from the effects of the 14th Amendment thereby avoiding involuntary servitude. The 14th Amendment did not convey full Constitutional rights, only those privileges and immunities actually memorialized within the14th Amendment itself.

In 1935, Congress passed a bill [Social Security Act] that allowed those not otherwise covered and benefited by the 14th Amendment to join in the benefits.  To do so, it would be necessary to voluntarily waive anything else that person might be entitled to because citizenship of the United States makes one subject of/to the United States; and, is therefore, exclusive of any other authority.

Obama — and every President since Franklin Roosevelt —  operates solely under Article I Section 8 authority. His subjects are former slaves with no standing other than citizen of the United States [so what would they be if they expatriated?]; or those who have chosen to be governed under Article I Section 8 by their own consent. A method of expatriation is provided, so the servitude is totally voluntary. Therefore, Obama is not operating in an unconstitutional manner. He operates outside the Constitution by the consent of those he governs.

The exact same scenario applies in the judicial system. That’s why they have no jurisdiction over you unless you have taken a social security number, thereby accepting the benefits and agreeing to voluntary compliance”. 

Aint that a kick in the teeth?

 

© Richard Woodling 2014

 

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What Do You Do When Life Deals You Lemons?

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Most of us go through life without ever having to think about what a precious gift it is. Occasionally, however, things happen to us that interrupt our routine and make us consider this question: a spouse dies, a serious accident happens, a relationship ends, you get sick. When these events occur everything about how you viewed life changes. You are faced with many questions one of these is invariably, why me?

This post is about my disability and me. While I am going to deal with an extremely personal experience and how it changed my life, this story is important for other people going through similar trauma. While this story is about the events that precipitated these changes how I dealt with them is the real story.

In 1999 I was forty-nine years old. I worked in the financial services industry. I dealt in investments, insurance, trusts and estate planning. I traveled extensively in my work doing one on one service. I was married and had a young son. I had just bought a new home for my wife’s father and us. My wife and I were taking care of him as he was dealing with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. All in all things were going well, or so I thought.

Like many men I just won’t go to a doctor unless I am fairly certain that I might die if I don’t. I’m not quite sure why men react this way; it’s just the way we’re wired I guess. In September of 1999 on a Friday I got up in the morning to start a new day and immediately noticed something odd; my feet were completely numb. I’m not talking mild tingling I’m talking stone cold dead can’t feel a thing numb. Now I’m not a doctor but I understood immediately that this was not a good thing. It especially worried me because I had been having some problems with my general condition for about two years. It was nothing obvious that I could pin down just some vague weakness and general malaise. I had dismissed this initially as being attributed to a lack of exercise and my generally sedentary job. I immediately called my doctor and made an appointment. I got in to see him that afternoon.

My doctor was an older gentleman who had a very fatherly bedside manner. I liked him a lot. So I paid close attention when he said after examining me “Well, I’m not sure what you have, but I can tell you it’s not good.” “I think we need to get you to a neurologist.”

Oh great, I thought to myself, that’s exactly what I needed to hear.

At that point panic kicked in; I mean serious panic! When I called to make an appointment I was informed that the regular neurologist at my health plan was out of town and I wouldn’t be able to get in to see him for about a month; that was way to long. I frantically searched for another one in my PPO book and made some calls. I finally found one who could see me immediately. I then got my primary doctor to give me a referral and I made an appointment to see him the next week.

When I got to his office I told him about what had been going on with my general condition and the appearance of this new symptom. He examined me for only about ten minutes, did some visual tests and then declared, ” Well, you have Multiple Sclerosis.” “What,” I asked,” “Are you sure?” “Oh yes.” he replied, ” It’s about a 95% certainty, but we’ll do an MRI just to be sure.”

I thought to myself “Multiple Sclerosis what the hell is that?”

Oh great! My first question, since I knew nothing about MS was am I going to die from it? I was relieved when he said no probably not. Wait did he just say probably not? He did say that life from this point on would be very inconvenient for me. “Oh great”, I thought. Wait a minute what did he mean by probably not?

The MRI confirmed his diagnosis; I had lesions (scars) all down spine and in my brain. I did indeed have MS.

After the MRI my health spiraled out of control. I had several back-to-back full blown MS attacks. They call these attacks exacerbations. It’s a nice fuzzy term for a full bore frontal physical assault by this disease. How did it feel? A close analogy would be how you might feel if you had survived a head on car crash with a larger truck. I was literally flat on my back unable to do anything for about three months. I couldn’t get up, I could barely move. I thought my life was over.

Now I was brought up in the 50s. Most people of that era had fundamental faith in several key elements of American life. They all were certain the Government would never ever lie to you, the court system was where you went to get justice and if you got sick doctors would know why you were sick and could cure you. That’s what I was always told and it’s what I believed. Most people, I found, also believe this.

So imagine my surprise and utter astonishment when on a follow up trip to my neurologist I asked him two innocent questions that shattered my life. I asked him “Why do I have MS?” I followed this up with this question. “What can we do to cure this?” His answers stunned me. He informed me that the medical community knew nothing about what caused MS, nothing. Before I had time to process that he went on to state that they didn’t even know why the few drugs available for the management of MS symptoms worked. I was dumbfounded. They didn’t even know how the drugs used to manage MS symptoms worked? I then thought, manage! I don’t want this disease managed I want to get rid of it. Visions of Richard Pryor and me side by side in twin wheelchairs danced through my head.

Even though my confidence in him was less than enthusiastic I decided to listen to what my neurologist recommended for treatment. The initial treatment recommended consisted of daily steroid infusions. This, he explained, was to try to reduce the inflammation. Since I had no other options available I decided to see if any of his recommendations would help. So I started the steroid therapy. It did absolutely nothing to relieve the exacerbation; In fact the steroids were horrible physically.

He then prescribed Interferon-b injections. Interferon-b is the drug Avonex and a favorite treatment for MS. This drug is about $4000.00 a month. Wow what’s up with that? The Avonex seemed to slow the exacerbations but physically the Avonex injections were worse than the disease. After an injection I was useless for about two days. The drug would knock me out in bed; I couldn’t even get up. Since I learned the exacerbation sometimes came in waves, as the initial attacks abated I was slowly able to get back to work. But nothing was the same; I was constantly worn out and tired. The bad thing about MS is that the disease makes you constantly tired and drained of energy. This is what I immediately noticed. Just walking to the kitchen or the mailbox was so physically tiring I had to rest for four or five hours. The least amount of exertion and I was done for the day. Over the next few months I slowly resigned myself to the disease.

This is when my mindset began to change. What I had been taught about doctors was completely false! I felt violated. What else was a lie? I reasoned that I could probably do a better job of helping myself than my neurologist. I was the only one in this game that had a personal stake in it. My neurologist wasn’t sick I was. There had to be something better and I vowed to find it.

So I began to read a great deal about MS in particular and disease in general. One thing that caught my attention immediately was an area of research in the possible cause of MS. It was thought that some sort of viral or other infection triggered the auto immune response of the body attacking the myelin on the nerves. This made complete sense to me. There seemed to be no other in depth information about this research though. I do remember tucking this away in my memory as fairly interesting.

On August 2, 2000 I was in Las Vegas Nevada for a business meeting. At this fortuitous meeting, I sat next to Gordon Melcher President of East Park Research. Gordon introduced himself to me and after a bit told me about how pathogens like fungus, virus, mold and parasites were some of the main contributors and root causes of disease. These diseases included MS, many cancers, herpes, shingles Alzheimer’s, flu, colds and respiratory infections; just to mention a few. They caused disease because the pathogens would suppress the immune system to a point that the body couldn’t ward off the disease and protect itself. My mind clicked. The research into MS about a viral or some other infection possibly triggering the disease was dredged from my memory.

I had taken the first step.

I continued my research and discovered some amazing facts. On the MS side I actually spoke with two RNs that had been clinically diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and had actually cured it! I was startled. On questioning them they told me they had zeroed in on nutritional supplements to reverse the effects of the disease. This sounded crazy but that’s what both of these women, who were trained in western medicine, were telling me.

On the general aspect of my research I found some amazing answers to western medicines lack of understanding of my condition and most disease states generally.

I discovered that the medical establishment did not know what caused most disease. That was a real shocker. So if you asked your physician why do I have multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, ulcers, diabetes, or just about any condition they just don’t know the base cause. What you get instead is a list of contributing factors but you get no focused “this is why you have this disease” answer to your question. I reasoned how can they cure it if they don’t know what causes it? This piece of information explained why I got the “nobody knows” answer from my neurologist.

I engaged in this research for years. What I discovered and have personally put into practice has served me well.

MS has a host of symptoms that it can manifest. Some people get some of these but not others. There are, however, some symptoms that are common to all MS patients. Here is a list of the common ones, all of which I did have and all of which I eliminated: brain fog, vision problems, cognitive issues, waves of exhaustion, loss of energy and stamina. I eliminated all of these with high doses of nutritional supplements; very specific supplements targeting different engines in my body. It was amazing and personally empowering.

Even though this did wonders for my body the MS attacks had done some serious damage to my nervous system.

I also learned a lot about cancer. I was especially interested in this as I had three relatives die from various forms of cancer. What I discovered about cancer and standard cancer treatments was, to say the least, shocking.

The biggest thing I learned from all my research was this. If you get gravely ill, whether you get well or you die is completely your choice. Your decision as to what treatment you take or not take will determine the outcome. The treatment choices are your decision alone and no one else’s. I have known people who put all their faith and trust in a physician’s decisions and are now dead because they did. They never took into account that all they were to their doctor was just another patient. They weren’t that doctor’s mother, brother, sister, wife or husband. I’m not against western medicine and this is not an overly harsh criticism it’s just the way it is.

Life is curious. Most of us travel through it thinking we have it handled and have total control. But sometimes, when things happen to derail your course, you are faced with the reality that you have absolutely no control. Some people react to these kinds of events in a negative way. They get completely thrown off track, mentally devastated and never recover. I, on the other hand, took it a different way. The MS forced me to slow down and consider some of the bigger questions of life that I had been completely ignoring. It was actually refreshing.

One thing I had to deal with was the financial devastation my MS caused. Although I had helped myself physically with my research the MS had given me some major physical blows. The disease had dramatically affected my mobility by scaring my spinal cord and the right lobe of my brain with lesions. This basically shorted out the nervous pathways to my legs. As a result I couldn’t walk or drive a car. I couldn’t easily meet with people in their homes or travel. I had to find something else to do.

At the time I was struggling with this I didn’t have a clue of what I was going to do. However my faith in God kept me going. I prayed to God for a solution. I knew, because of my faith, that a solution would present itself and it did. By a serendipitous series of events I became involved in an unrelated business that I found I had a knack for. This was an answer to my prayers and helped replace the income from my prior life. This new direction also involved my writing skills. I had been writing for years but had never seriously considered it as a profession. This disease changed that and now I am a full time writer. I have also just published my first book and am currently working on several more.

The lessons I learned from this are you never know where life is going to lead you. Even if it takes a wrong turn you should never ever give up. It’s also no ones fault when things go bad; stuff just happens sometimes. Don’t blame the universe and don’t blame God no one is out to get you. The best course is when bad things happen to you pick yourself up, move forward, and be thankful you have been given this most precious of gifts.

© Richard Woodling 2013

 

 

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Contract, Contract Who’s Got Your Contract?

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You and I are very lucky to live in a time of unprecedented discovery both scientific and technological. We are witness to achievements never before realized in the annals of civilization. For the first time in recorded history the common man has at his disposal creature comforts of every kind and description. If we want and desire something, the things that we want and desire are easily within our ability to acquire.

The fundamental change that precipitated this new paradigm is simply that most of us in the Western Hemisphere don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. The acquisition of the prerequisites of life, food and shelter, do not consume all of our daily time and energy. All we seemingly have to worry about is what football game to watch or what movie we want to see next. As a Nation we are rich with accomplishments and victories. We have defeated Communism, we have conquered the Moon, and we are the most powerful nation on Earth. We are at a stage in our history and cultural development where we are fat with success.

Partly as a result of this congratulatory self esteem, we as a nation have become secure in the belief that we are superior and free; that we live in a society governed by Democratic rule. While reveling in our achievements though, we have lost sight of the fact that we have become greedy and intellectually lazy. We have also failed to recognize that while our attention was diverted elsewhere, we have been bound in chains and enslaved.

One of the most ingenious ways ever devised by man to enslave his fellow man is for the master to bind the slave and then convince the slave he is still free. A slave who is convinced he is free will work three times as hard for the master as a slave who knows he is a slave, won’t he? Once the slave is convinced of his freedom, the master can then put the slave out to pasture like a poor cow and make use of him and his labor. Under such a scheme, the slave is never conscious of his bondage. The shackles he wears are invisible. How is this possible…by using the chains of contract. By binding the slave with contract obligations the slave is convinced beyond all doubt that he is free. He does not see his chains. He perceives he is free because life, from his perspective, is straightforward and simple. The slave does what he wants. He buys what he wants. It is easy for him to acquire all the creature comforts he desires with the money and credit the master supplies. He owns a vehicle, has a mortgage on his residence, he pays his taxes, he has a savings and a bank account and can travel where he pleases. He is, by all tests of the senses, a free man! He is also convinced of other “truths” he sees around him that reinforce these beliefs. He knows with certainty that the courts and the police are there to protect him and to jail criminals. He learned from the “Perry Mason” show that if he has a legal problem, a lawyer will serve and protect his interests. He sees on “The People’s Court.” that the courts and judges dispense justice. He learned in the public schools he attended way back that the government belongs to the people. He also learned that his government is Democratic and is there to protect his interests. He votes for the candidate of his choice on election day. He is full of himself. He is confident. He is blinded by the world around him.

How did you become a slave? No one came and bound you in chains yet bound in chains you are. It was done with guile and with purpose using adhesion contracts. These are the invisible chains you carry; the enforceable bonds of contractual obligation. Make no mistake, if you stray from your obligations you will pay. You will be tried in a federal administrative court for your failure to uphold your contract. These courts are not judicial but procedural. They are this way for a reason; to enforce your contract obligations.

Did the people put up a fight as they were made legal “persons,” enslaved and thrown into contractual bondage by the very authorities they looked to for protection?  No, because the people were most agreeable to this new arrangement. Why, because they were promised limited liability and something for nothing. Greed was the master’s primary tool to motivate the people and greed was the people’s ultimate downfall. By using greed to motivate you into contract and then coercing you to acquiesce to that contract, the master has guided every thing around you to your detriment and to his advantage. The master used the something for nothing carrot and you agreed to the new arrangement by your silence. What is something for nothing? Look around you at the examples and remember. Prior to the market and housing crash it was “Buy a new car with no money down at 1% APR” “Buy a new home with no money down.” “Earn 8.5% interest on our Certificate of Deposit” Open a NOW bank account at 5.75% Interest. These are just some of the carrots that have been used to enslaved you. What about now? Nothing has really changed other than now millions of Americans are buried under piles of debt they find difficult or impossible to dig themselves out of. If you look around the traps for your greed are still everywhere. Turn on the television; pick up the newspaper. It’s a buy now and pay later world. Enslaving you with your greed and turning your labor into the master’s profit is the order of the day. It is the best laid trap ever conceived.

© Richard Woodling 2013

 

 

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What Is Your World View?

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I bet you didn’t know you had a worldview.  Well everybody has one. Your worldview is fundamentally a lens, a pair of glasses so to speak, by which you interpret and judge facts about reality. The worldviews presented below are, in the authors mind, conclusive. Although some might argue the point the worldview choices available, once distilled, become an either or proposition like black and white or day and night.

 These worldviews are generally formed because at some point in life everyone will ask themselves these questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose? What happens when I die? When pondering these questions one thing becomes clear. Your answers to them will result in your adoption of one of only two basic worldviews. There are, of course, some variations on this theme but they all distil themselves into only these two choices. You and the universe are either the result of a cosmic accident, as Darwin suggests, or you and the universe are the consequence of intelligent design by a supernatural God. There literally is no middle ground.

  Science has struggled to answer this question for centuries. What has personally intrigued me about this is that some of the brightest minds in western civilization have already concluded that we are, in fact, the product of a personal creator and not the side effect of some alleged natural process. These great intellects include Blaise Paschal, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, St. Thomas Aquinas, Johannes Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus, Sir Isaac Newton and George Babbage to name just a few among their ranks. Although the reader may disagree with their conclusions the fact is that there has never been, even to this day, one concrete or demonstrable piece of evidence to prove that we as human beings are the product of a natural Darwinian process.

 In the 20th century there have been many vocal opponents to the creation view that continue to try and sway both public and political opinion. One of the most prominent critics is Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins is an esteemed English evolutionary biologist and has been one of those at the forefront of advocating the naturalistic explanation for life. What is stunning about Dawkins objections to creation is that he always veers away from the facts and begins attacking the character of the person disagreeing with him. His arguments also take on an atheistic and caustic anti God spin.

Is this rhetoric the mark of a scientist seeking the truth, or does it more accurately illustrate a disillusioned and angry man on a mission to paint believers in creation as ignorant hicks? If you listen closely to his message it is clear that that is exactly his goal. His message, though, has major flaws. The flaws lie in the fact that he presents no evidence to back up any of his views. In fact, when asked specifically how the first self-replicating organism came to be, professor Dawkins admits on camera that neither he nor anyone else has a clue. This is a stunning admission by the good doctor! He blatantly claims Darwinian evolution is a scientific fact out of one side of his mouth and out of the other side tells us that neither he nor anyone else has a clue how it all started. Wait, isn’t that what Richard Dawkins is an expert in? Hasn’t Richard Dawkins loudly proclaimed evolution as an undisputed scientific fact? How can it be a fact if no one, including Richard Dawkins, knows how it started? Can you see something wrong with this picture? Watch his admission for yourself by clicking the link below.  

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZtEjtlirc

  Another fact about worldviews is that your choice is personally staggering. If you determine that everything and everyone is the result of random chance and cosmic accident then it follows that (1) there is no creator to answer to; (2) your life and your actions will have absolutely no consequence because there is nothing in our universe beyond what you and your senses can perceive; (3) there is no absolute truth or ultimate purpose to your life therefore the truth will always be relative; and (4) in the final analysis your life will be viewed as ultimately meaningless and without consequence because it was an accident in the first place. Ultimately your death will hold no more significance to the cosmos than that of a candle being snuffed out.

 If the cosmic accident scenario prevails in your worldview then the law of the jungle will also prevail as your personal foundation. Your actions or reaction to situations you encounter in life will only be in regard to self-interest and personal gain. But it doesn’t stop there. All science, philosophy, governments, civilization and individuals are built on one or the other of these two worldviews. This conclusion is inescapable.

Did God create life or are we the result of some cosmic blunder? Does your belief stem from fact or from assumption? It’s an intriguing question wouldn’t you agree? Regardless of where you ultimately stand on this question before you make your decision you should set aside all your presuppositions aside and study the data objectively. If you do that I think you will be surprised at what you find.

 © Richard Woodling 2012

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Are Gun Bans Really The Answer?

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Every time I watch a media news anchor, D.C. pundit or other alleged expert interview a victim or bemoan the fact that something needs to be done to control gun violence in America, my blood boils.  It’s not the fact that something needs to be done, I’m all for that. It’s what they never report and what they don’t tell you about the problem. This withholding of information, in my view, borders on a criminal act!

Let me show you what I mean. The population of the U.S. is approximately 300,000,000 the population of Canada is approximately 33,000,000. Canada’s population is about 10% of the U.S.

The FBI has estimated there are about 200,000,000 firearms in the U.S.  Of course the news anchors and experts will tell you that’s because it’s way to easy to get a gun in America. The number of guns in the U.S. is about two thirds of the U.S. population number. What about Canada? The National Firearms Association has estimated there are about 21,000,000 firearms in Canada. That’s about two thirds of the Canadian population number. And guess what, you can get a gun just about anywhere in Canada. It’s a gun loving country. Everybody has a firearm in Canada.

All these numbers, if you look closely, have close ratios: Canadian population is about 10% of the U.S, Number of guns in both countries is about two thirds of their respective population. What about cultural differences? Sorry can’t help you there. Canadians watch the same Hollywood movies we do, their kids play the same violent video and computer games our kids play. Yet firearm homicide rates between the two nations are off the scale, not even close.

Firearm homicides in the United States in 2009

Number of deaths: 11,493

Firearm homicides in the Canada in 2009

Number of deaths: 179

Wait a minute something is seriously wrong here isn’t it? For there to be any parity Canadian firearm homicides would have to be 10 times their current rate to match the U.S. but, hey kids, they aren’t.

Well there is one more element that’s never discussed. Most of the mass murderers in the U.S. were using prescription psychotropic drugs when they engaged in these murders..  What does that tell you? Well common sense would tell you that a person who has the capacity to kill another human being without any provocation is clearly not playing with a full deck. If they are or were seeking medical help for depression or other behavioral problems, the recommended common treatment is drug therapy. In the U.S. the three most prescribed drugs for depression are Zoloft, Lexapro and Prozak. They are all SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They supposedly have a proactive impact on the body through boosting serotonin levels, which is supposed to help these conditions. It all sounds good, however, one of the biggest concerns is that these drugs are over-prescribed which unnecessarily subjects patients to severe adverse side effects and possible withdrawal symptoms. It has been reported that suicidal thoughts and increased aggression are tied to the use and overuse of these drugs. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at the numbers here and conclude that there might be a connection between these medications and the rise in these mass killings. Why isn’t anyone talking about this? One good reason might be that the pharmaceutical drug companies are an extremely powerful force in this country and don’t like negative press.

Here is a YouTube video that addresses this very issue.  Watch and process.     Click Here To Watch YouTube Video

So is banning firearms going to help? No, because there are some major cultural problems in this country that need to be addressed. Banning guns is not going to help that. If bans occur without addressing the root cause of the problem it’s guaranteed to make things worse.

So don’t get mad at the guns. Don’t get mad at the people who own the guns. Get furious at the news people, experts and government officials who are lying to you and trying to mold your opinion and, in my view, have a hidden agenda on this issue.

© Richard Woodling 2012

 

 

 

 

 

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String Theory and Biblical Creation

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The new science of “String Theory” is amazing! It attempts to explain that everything in the invisible subatomic world from photons to atoms and neutrons are constructed not of any tangible material but only come into existence as a result of tiny vibrating strings of pure energy. I personally believe science is finally on the right track.  But just what is a string in string theory?

Just as a normal string on a guitar has a resonant vibration that produces a sound strings in string theory also have a resonant vibrations but instead of producing sound, they produce matter and even the invisible forces that hold our universe together. One resonant vibration pattern might result in the creation of a photon while another resonant vibration of a different string results in creating a neutron or a proton or a graviton and so on.

String theory follows Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2 i.e. that energy and mass are equivalent. The more vibrational energy a string produces the more massive a particle that string can produce. In string theory this equivalence seems to correlate for the different masses of different particles and forces in our universe. A lower-energy string creates a less massive particle than a higher-energy string. What determines the type of particle seems to be the movement of the string and the energy associated with this movement. While string theory is still in its infancy what excites scientists so is that it appears that string theory will be able to explain and bring together in one unified formula the theory of everything, which was Einstein’s greatest dream.

From a biblical perspective string theory fits hand in glove with the biblical account of creation where God spoke the universe into existence. He spoke it and it was created:

Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Gen 1:6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Gen 1:7  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

Gen 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

Gen 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Gen 1:20  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Gen 1:24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

As an analogy when we speak what happens? Air moves over our vocal cords and the vocal cords send out vibrations that carry your thoughts as words and ideas through the air. These words and ideas are physical things. Ideas and the words that express them are so powerful that they can change societies, start wars, and bring into creation new things.  Think of Martin Luther King, Hitler, Thomass Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.

The incredible parallel here is that string theory has exactly the same characteristics that are attributed to the  creation event in the Bible!  The Bible even  seems to speak of the science of string theory.

Hebrews 11:3 

“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Doesn’t this verse seem to be speaking about the same things that we are seeing in string theory?  How could a 3000 year old book know that?

Another intriguing aspect of string theory is the fact that it has concluded that our physical reality is composed of at least ten dimensions; The three that we are physically aware plus time and seven others that we cannot directly experience. This discovery is intriguing because in the 13th century Nachmanides, a Jewish rabbi and scholar, determined from studying the creation account in Genesis that our world was composed of ten separate dimensions.

My final thought is, String theory is going to take physics and science into a completely new direction and into a new understanding of the world. I’m just not sure that many scientists are going to like what they find there.

© Richard Woodling 2012

 

 

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On Being An Author and Crowd Funding.

My story actually started many years ago. In high school I was a star musician. I was a tuba player. Sounds weird but I had a musical knack and I was quite good at that bulky instrument. I was so good I went to music school to study with the thought of being in a major orchestra. What happened though was I drifted into pop and rock music and took up the electric bass. Thus began my pop music career. I became so desired as a bass player that I toured with some rather large groups back in the 70s as a sideman; I also did production work and studio recording. Because I got tired of traveling all the time, in my 30s I left the music scene and got into the business arena. I became involved in financial planning and insurance. I also got married and had a family; life was good. That was until about twelve years ago.

At that time I was struck down with Multiple Sclerosis; I was 49 years old when that happened. When I go MS the good life part came to a screeching halt along with all the income I made. Part of the problem with my MS is I am now unable to walk. To compound my problem my wife was also completely disabled from a terrible accident shortly after my MS diagnosis. On the plus side I did reconnect with my Christian roots during my early years dealing with this disease.

About six months ago I was over come by the thought and the spirit of putting my knowledge and experience to work by writing and publishing books with a Christian perspective and message. I have been writing essentially all my life and I am a strong believer in God moving you where you are most needed so I paid attention to my inspiration. As a Christian what better venue I thought than books to get the message out. This could also be a mission statement from me to believers and non-believers alike.

My first work was just recently published on Kindle. The title is “God, The Universe And Darwin.” It is a unique presentation on the question of mans origins. The book actually started out as a research project and then turned into a book as a result of the startling information I uncovered concerning Darwin’s theories and new discoveries in the physical sciences that related to mans origins. These new discoveries actually point to man and the universe as being created by God.

I was introduced to crowd funding quite by accident. A friend told me about it and I thought why not. Becoming a known or recognized writer of whatever genre you are drawn to is a long and slow process. As my process evolves I still have to try and support my wife and myself. Since I am unable to work and am pretty much confined indoors because of my lovely disease I thought this might be an answer for me. I have great faith in my ability and the fact that others will be drawn to my books and I also have faith that God has drawn me to this funding arena for a reason.

As a special bonus to all the folks that choose to help me I am sending a free copy of my latest book for you to read. Prior to your decision you may also go to my author website and look at the press page for more information on my present book and me. The web address is www.richardwoodling.com once there click on the Press Page and go to the clickable links for more information.

© Richard Woodling 2012

 

 

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How To Eliminate Probate At your Death

I used to live in Texas. One of the things that I found interesting about the county seats in that State was that the offices that surrounded the town square of the county seat were dominated by law offices. This puzzled me for years until I realized that most of these lawyers were making their money by doing probate work. What better place to have an office that right across the street from work. I also discovered that these same lawyers were mostly responsible for getting the probate judge elected. This was because that judge was responsible for appointing a lawyer to the counties probate cases. What a sweet deal. I can guarantee you it’s the same in every State. Probate cases are a cash cow for law firms.  But what is probate?

Simply put, probate at death, or more specifically final probate, is the legal process that transfers ownership of your or you and your spouses titled assets, other than beneficial instruments, to your heirs or other persons. It’s the law.  If you own titled assets in your name (money and or real property) those assets must be probated to transfer their title at death. This fact will become crystal clear if you ever receive an inheritance of property that has not gone through probate and then try to sell it. You will find that you are unable to because legally it isn’t yours. Why? Well a deceased persons name is on the deed that’s why! You have to go through Probate Court first to remove their name and transfer title.

Do wills have to go through probate? Absolutely! If you have a will and your heirs want to receive the titled assets in their name you essentially have an engraved invitation to Probate Court. All wills go through probate period. If you don’t have a will, don’t fret, when you pass away the State will write one for you.

Is probate a bad thing? Well, that’s like asking is the flu a bad thing. Some people get the flu and are uncomfortable for awhile. Some people get the flu and become deathly ill and some people die. Probate is exactly like that. Sometimes it’s unpleasant. Sometimes it’s harsh and offensive, but many times it’s devastating both emotionally and financially to families. That’s just the way it is. But unlike the flu, probate is completely voluntary. You don’t have to go through it if you arrange you estate correctly.

What’s wrong with the probate process? Several things from my perspective. One, it is a public forum. Let me ask you a question. Would you let a stranger go through all your financial records? Of course not. But when you die all your private affairs legally become public record. All  details about your life, specifically your will and a complete and detailed inventory of all your assets including your financial records, become public record available to anyone with an inquiring mind and a telephone. Do you find that hard to believe? Try it for yourself. Call the probate clerk in the county you live in and ask them to send you the probate record or the will of any deceased individual that died in that county. If you don’t know a name, have the clerk pick one at random for you; they don’t mind. The cost if you request this information be sent is generally $1 a page. All probate records are public information that has to be released on demand. If you have the time, stop in at the clerks office and you can browse through all the records they have on file for free. The clerks can even show you the ones that are being contested.

Which brings me to my next point. Your will has no inherent legal authority and can be challenged by anyone. Are you surprised? In probate court the judge even refers to the language in your will as “allegations”.  Not facts mind you, but “allegations.” Do allegations have any legal authority. The answer of course is no.

Because of this wills can be and are contested regularly. Shocking  isn’t it? I can’t tell you how many times I have talked to people who thought that their will was carved in stone and no one, especially a family member, could contest or challenge it. Unfortunately that is simply not the case. Any person  for any reason can contest your will and the court has to stop the proceeding and hear their argument. That doesn’t mean that all contests are successful, they’re not, but even the unsuccessful ones can be costly and exasperating to the heirs. Consider this example.

I once knew a lady whose mother had passed away. The mother made several false assumptions about her will and estate. They were: 1) At her death her will would be settled in a timely fashion; a month or two at most and 2)  No one could contest her will period. Here is what actually happened. A sister in law who wasn’t an heir contested the will. The sister in law was upset that she didn’t receive an inheritance. Her contest was eventually unsuccessful but she severely damaged the estate in the process. Because of her, the probate was extended an additional 18 months and cost the estate $80,000.00 in additional attorneys fees. Total time in court over two years. Total attorney fees over $130,000.00. All that grief from a false premise.

Anecdotally, I can tell you several other stories of families slugging it out in probate court fighting over their deceased parents estate. It’s not very pretty and in all cases families are ripped apart. Don’t think it can happen to you? Don’t be to sure, attitudes and other wise good children can change rapidly when found money is on the horizon.

Is there a way to avoid this process and to have some certainty that your wishes will be carried out. Absolutely! You can set up a Revocable Living Trust. If the trust is properly written, executed and funded you still retain absolute control over all your assets. At your death however  there is no probate court proceeding, no lawyers and no lost time or lost money. Your estate can be settled literally in about an hour or so. The other exciting advantage of a trust is that a properly drawn trust cannot be overturned or successfully challenged. Now that’s exciting. Fights usually never get started when the parties realize that the Trust is all but unchallengeable and unbreakable. With a trust your wishes have a 100% certainty of being carried out; there are no court proceeding involved, no attorneys to pay and no months or years in court. Amazing! Another exciting aspect of a trust is that they are completely private. There is no inventory filed at the clerks office and no public record of your assets.

© Richard Woodling 2012

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Future Book Projects

Working Title: Private Contracts The Ultimate In Personal Protection

Synopsis: This book is about how to craft and use private contracts. Private contracts can be used by individuals to lease, sell or rent property, engage personal services or work, craft a marriage  contract, and a variety of other  uses.

What most people are not aware of is that the courts in America as well as just about every aspect of life in this country are all governed by contract law. Most of the contracts Americans are bound and obligated to are public contracts. All public contracts fall under the jurisdiction of public law. Private contracts, on the other hand, are just what they seem, they are private and are governed by private law. The law they fall under is the law of the contract. Private contracts are outside of public law but in case of a breach the courts can be used to enforce them. They are the ultimate tool in protection and flexibility.

Working Title: Our Gift From St. Petersburg

Synopsis: This book is about my wife and myself. Our marriage and our journey to St. Petersburg, Russia from Ft. Worth, Texas to adopt our son Robert.  The book will take you through our lives together and the lives of all the people that crossed our paths on this suspenseful journey to get our son out of an orphanage in St. Petersburg and back to America. It was a harrowing adventure filled with anticipation, lies, hope, treachery, despair, defeat, and finally redemption from a most unexpected source.

 

 

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Target Audience – Article Ideas

Target Audience

The target audience for God, The Universe And Darwin are Deists and Christians interested in the issue of mankind’s origins. This subject has taken on increased interest and curiosity as a result of new discoveries in the physical sciences of biology, astronomy and cosmology. Included in this target audience group are Darwin advocates whose ideas are coming under increasing skepticism for exactly the same reasons. The book has gotten reviews from Darwinist and some Christians who don’t want to discuss the issue at all they only want to attack the book and the author. This has made the book and the author a hot topic interest.

Article Ideas

DNA

An article on the role of information as a major component in the origin of life and where information fits into the Darwinian idea of evolution and natural selection would be a natural. Where did information come from? Is information a product or by product of matter?

The role of DNA in the origin of life is another topic of interest. Since, it has been found that DNA is solely responsible for all cellular replication, it follows that without DNA there is no replication and without replication there is no natural selection and without natural selection of course there is no evolution. As a consequence of this fact, Darwinists can’t use replication, natural selection and evolution to explain the origin of DNA. By doing that Naturalists would initially have to assume the existence of the very thing they are trying to explain.

Anthropic Principle

The conclusions of deliberate design found in the Anthropic Principle have their genesis in recent knowledge that the universe was only made physically possible by the settings of approximately 30 or so fundamental relationships and constants in physics. These fundamental physical constants, like the force of gravity and the strength of the strong nuclear force, describe not only how the universe works but also how it will ultimately behave.

What has recently been recognized about these forces and their settings is that if there were only minor changes in as few as one or two of the constants, these changes would make carbon based life and the observable universe impossible. This revelation has provided a strong indication that there was deliberate design behind the creation of the universe and the further proposition that this design was purposeful and not random.

 

 

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