Monthly Archives: January 2013

Open letter to President Obama (Part 228 B)

Superbowl commercial with Tim Tebow and Mom.

 

President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here. I know you are not pro-life but I wanted to share some pro-life material with you regardless.

I have often wondered why we got to this point in our country’s life that we allow abortion. The answer is found in the words of Schaeffer.
Philosopher and Theologian, Francis A. Schaeffer has argued, “If there are no absolutes by which to judge society, then society is absolute.” Francis Schaeffer, How Shall We Then Live? (Old Tappan NJ: Fleming H Revell Company, 1976), p. 224.

The Arkansas Times article, “Putting the fetus first: Pro-lifers keep up attack on access, but pro-choice advocates fend off the end to abortion right” by Leslie Newell Peacock is very lengthy but I want to deal with all of it in this new series.

 
click to enlarge ROSE MIMMS: Arkansas Right to Life director unswayed by fears of return of illegal abortion.
  • ROSE MIMMS: Arkansas Right to Life director unswayed by fears of return of illegal abortion.

Rita Sklar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, said,”Women’s bodies are used as a political football and it’s time that stopped.”

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Is this debate really about the woman’s body? Does the woman even have the same blood type as the unborn baby? Or is this about a life being snuffed out? Take a look at this moving story that Arkansas abortionist Dr. William Harrison told below about the lady that will soon “finish her doctorate at the University of California at San Francisco.”

I used to write letters to the editor a whole lot back in the 1990’s.  I am pro-life and many times my letters would discuss current political debates, and I got to know several names of people that would often write in response letters to my published letters. One of those individuals was a Dr. William F. Harrison from Fayetteville. Later I found out from reading an article by David Sanders that Dr. Harrison was an abortionist. Dr Harrison died from leukemia on September 24, 2010. Here is a post from Jason Tolbert from July of 2010:

KFSM in Fayetteville is reporting that abortist William Harrison is closing the doors to his abortion clinic in nothwest Arkansas for health reasons. In an ABC News story a few year ago, Harrison said he had performed over 10,000 abortions and was comfortable with the taking of life.

I now write a column for Stephen Media in a spot once held by conservative David J. Sanders who is currently running for the Arkansas House of Representatives.  Sanders shadowed Harrison in his abortion clinic and wrote of series of columns on the experience.  I think these are prehaps Sanders’ best work…

Harrison is sure that what he does is right, but he confessed to the enormous costs that come in his line of work. There were threats against his wife and children and staff. He commented that if he “had known” everything – the threats, the risks – that would take place over the years, he might not have decided to provide abortions.

Some years ago, a 16-year-old daughter of a close friend of the family had gotten pregnant. “Their Baptist minister had advised her parents that she shouldn’t have an abortion and that (if she did) she would regret it the rest of her life. But had I had the choice, at the time, I would have advised (the mother of the teenager) to have that child aborted,” he said as he stared at his desktop.

“Well, she had her baby. She’s as smart as a whip,” he said. Now, years later, that baby is grown and about to finish her doctorate at the University of California at San Francisco.

I asked him if that sent chills up his spine. His response: “Absolutely.”

Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your commitment as a father and a husband.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com

If you would like to know why the #1 abortionist in the world changed to a pro-life advocate then check out these posts:

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 11)

ABORTION – THE SILENT SCREAM 1 / Extended, High-Resolution Version (with permission from APF). Republished with Permission from Roy Tidwell of American Portrait Films as long as the following credits are shown: VHS/DVDs Available American Portrait Films Call 1-800-736-4567 http://www.amport.com The Hand of God-Selected Quotes from Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D., Unjust laws exist. Shall we […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 10)

Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, a leading pro-life advocate and convert to Catholicism, died at the age of 84 on Monday a week ago in his New York home, after a long struggle with cancer. The Hand of God-Selected Quotes from Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D., Chapter 12 is titled To The Thanatoriums, an allusion the Walker […]

On eve of Shutdown Republicans cave on demand concerning eliminating Planned Parenthood Funding

The pro-life position is very important to a great many of the freshmen members of the House of Representatives. As you can see above in the clip from the film series Whatever Happened to the Human Race? by Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop, the unborn baby is a child, but we are treating many […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 9)(Donald Trump changes to pro-life view)

When I think of the things that make me sad concerning this country, the first thing that pops into my mind is our treatment of unborn children. Donald Trump is probably going to run for president of the United States. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council recently had a conversation with him concerning the […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 8)

My sons Wilson (on left) and Hunter (on right) went to California and visited Yosemite National Park with our friend Sherwood Haisty Jr. March 21-27. Here they are standing in front of the tallest waterfall in North America. The only surviving founding member of NARAL, Dr. Bernard Nathanson gives his testimony of NARAL’s foundation of […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 7) Have you wondered why we have abortion in the USA?

“Jane Roe” or Roe v Wade is now a prolife Christian. She’s recently has done a commercial about it.   _______________________________ I have often wondered why we got to this point in our country’s life and we allow abortion. The answer is found in the words of Schaffer. Philosopher and Theologian, Francis A. Schaeffer has […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 6)

Modern man’s humanist thought has brought us to the point now that many people realize that they could not find final answers and that would lead to despair. Many people then took leaps into the area of non-reason to find some kind of meaning in life. Some people actually tried to look at communism and […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 5)

Modern man’s humanist thought has brought us to the point now that many people realize that they could not find final answers and that would lead to despair. Many people then turned to trying to find answers in the area of non-reason. There were no fixed values and they just held on to the two […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 4)

Richard Land on Abortion part 3 On the Arkansas Times Blog this morning I posted a short pro-life piece and it received this response: We have been over this time and again SalineRepublican, and I think we all know the issue: when does the right of a woman to control her own body yield to […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 3)

Vice Admiral C. Everett Koop, USPHS Surgeon General of the United States Francis Schaeffer Main page Francis Schaeffer and Dr. C. Everett Koop put together this wonderful film series “Whatever happened to the human race?” and my senior class teacher Mark Brink taught us a semester long course on it in 1979. I was so

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 2)

This is such a great video series “The Silent Scream.” I have never seen it until now and I wish I had seen it 30 years ago.  Take a look at the video clip below. I wanted to pass along a portion of the excellent article “Bernard Nathanson: A Life Transformed by the Truth about […]

Abortionist Bernard Nathanson turned pro-life activist (part 1)

Sherwood Haisty is taking my sons Hunter and Wilson to Grace Community Church in the Los Angeles area this morning where Dr. John MacArthur is pastor. They will be attending both Sunday School and Worship. I wanted to pass along a portion of the excellent article “Bernard Nathanson: A Life Transformed by the Truth about

 

Ghosts of Ole Miss broadcast Part 3 #6 Arkansas v. #3 Ole Miss wrapped up 1962 football season in 1963 Sugar Bowl.

America’s Game – 1962 Ole Miss Rebels National Champions – John Vaught

I am doing a series on the “Ghosts of Ole Miss broadcast.” I enjoyed watching the Ghosts of Ole Miss broadcast on ESPN on 1-27-13 with my mother. She went to Ole Miss in the early 1960’s. Also living in Little Rock my wife has relatives that were also present and involved at Central High during the 1957 Little Rock Central High School Crisis. It is amazing that the neighboring states Arkansas and Mississippi both were a part of history like this.

#6 Arkansas v. #3 Ole Miss wrapped up 1962 football season in 1963 Sugar Bowl. Wikipedia reported the top ten rankings of each team in the 11 week season of 1962:

AP Poll

While the AP Poll began ranking 25 teams in 1989, it ranked only 10 teams in 1962.

  Preseason Week 1
Sep 24
Week 2
Oct 1
Week 3
Oct 8
Week 4
Oct 15
Week 5
Oct 22
Week 6
Oct 29
Week 7
Nov 5
Week 8
Nov 12
Week 9
Nov 19
Week 10
Nov 26
Week 11
(Final)
 
1. Ohio State (41) Alabama (1–0) (14) Ohio State (1–0) (18) Alabama (3–0) (23) Texas (4–0) (21) Texas (5–0) (23) Northwestern (5–0) (34) Northwestern (6–0) (24) Alabama (8–0) (22) USC (8–0) (20) USC (9–0) (19) USC (10–0) (42) 1.
2. Texas (1) Ohio State (0–0) (19) Alabama (2–0) (19) Texas (3–0) (20) Alabama (4–0) (24) Alabama (5–0) (18) Alabama (6–0) (15) USC (6–0) (6) USC (7–0) (17) Mississippi (8–0) (15) Wisconsin (8–1) (9) Wisconsin (8–1) (5) 2.
3. Alabama (3) Texas (1–0) (3) Texas (2–0) (3) Penn State (3–0) (3) USC (3–0) Northwestern (4–0) (8) USC (5–0) (1) Alabama (7–0) (9) Mississippi (7–0) (3) Wisconsin (7–1) (7) Mississippi (8–0) (12) Mississippi (9–0) (2) 3.
4. Michigan State (2) Penn State (1–0) (3) Penn State (2–0) USC (3–0) (1) LSU (3–0–1) USC (4–0) (1) LSU (5–0–1) Mississippi (6–0) (9) Wisconsin (6–1) (8) Texas (8–0–1) (3) Texas (9–0–1) Texas (9–0–1) 4.
5. LSU LSU (1–0) Georgia Tech (2–0) Mississippi (3–0) (1) Mississippi (3–0) Wisconsin (4–0) (1) Texas (5–0–1) Texas (6–0–1) (1) Texas (7–0–1) Minnesota (6–1–1) (1) Alabama (8–1) Alabama (9–1) (1) 5.
6. Mississippi (2) Michigan State (0–0) USC (2–0) LSU (2–0–1) Ohio State (2–1) (2) LSU (4–0–1) Mississippi (5–0) (1) Arkansas (6–1) Missouri (7–0–1) Alabama (8–1) Arkansas (9–1) Arkansas (9–1) 6.
7. Purdue Mississippi (1–0) (1) Mississippi (2–0) Washington (2–0–1) Arkansas (4–0) (1) Mississippi (4–0) Michigan State (4–1) (1) Missouri (6–0–1) Arkansas (7–1) Arkansas (8–1) LSU (8–1–1) LSU (8–1–1) 7.
8. Duke Georgia Tech (1–0) Washington (1–0–1) Arkansas (3–0) (1) Northwestern (3–0) (3) Washington (4–0–1) Arkansas (5–1) Wisconsin (5–1) Minnesota (5–1–1) LSU (7–1–1) Oklahoma (7–2) Oklahoma (8–2) 8.
9. Penn State USC (1–0) Miami (FL) (2–0) Purdue (1–0–1) Washington (3–0–1) Arkansas (4–1) Washington (4–0–2) LSU (5–1–1) Northwestern (6–1) Penn State (8–1) Penn State (9–1) (3) Penn State (9–1) (2) 9.
10. Washington Missouri (1–0) Army (2–0) Ohio State (1–1) Wisconsin (3–0) Michigan State (3–1) Auburn (5–0) Minnesota (4–1–1) LSU (6–1–1) Oklahoma (6–2) Minnesota (6–2–1) Minnesota (6–2–1) 10

What Adrian Rogers said to pro-abortion activist at the U.S. Senate in the 1990’s

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Picture of Adrian Rogers above from 1970’s while pastor of Bellevue Baptist of Memphis, and president of Southern Baptist Convention. (Little known fact, Rogers was the starting quarterback his senior year of the Palm Beach High School football team that won the state title and a hero to a 7th grader at the same school named Burt Reynolds.)

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I have a lot of respect for the teachings of Adrian Rogers and I have posted many of his videos over and over and over  before. He has taken up many issues such as alcohol, drunk driving, evolution,  character,  9/11, profanityconfronting atheists (like Antony Flew, , Carl Sagan),   and he has impacted millions of lives throughout this country through his Love Worth Finding tv  and radio ministry.

Adrian Rogers looks at Scripture to reveal what qualities God requires of leaders and the choice He respects.

This quote below was taken from the message “The Leadership Crisis in America, Part 1” which can be found at the 22 minute mark of the video above.

Adrian Rogers

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”  Proverbs 29:2

This quote below from Adrian Rogers, past President of the Southern Baptist Convention was taken the late 1990”s.

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I was in Washington D.C. testifying before a Senate Committee on the subject of abortion, and I told Senator Orrin Hatch what I felt the Bible had to say about this matter. When I went out of that room, a woman met me in that hall. She put her hands on her hips and looked in my eyes. She was a lawyer. She said, “Mr. Rogers, I want to tell you something. You don’t understand what it is like for a woman to have an unwanted pregnancy. You don’t understand that trauma.”

I said, “Let me get you straight lady. What you are saying is this. If someone causes you trauma then you have the right to eliminate them.” I said, “Because you causing me trauma right now. Suppose I were to put both of my thumbs in your windpipe and began to throttle you? At least you could scream. At least you could run. At least you could cry for help.”

She backed away and I am sure she went somewhere and said that Baptist preacher threatened to throttle me, but you see these little ones, these babies in the womb can not speak for themselves and it is the king who must speak for them.

“Open thy mouth for the dumb [unable to speak] in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)

God is speaking to the leader and God says to the leader you speak up for these.

“Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.” (Psalm 94:20-21)

Somebody may say, “What if it is legal?” Just because it is legal doesn’t make it right. When Supreme Court justices degree that little preborn babies are no longer individuals then what they have done is “frame mischief by a law” and that is an abomination to God. I think is so clearly and graphically illustrated now by this thing of partial birth abortion. You hate to describe it, but they take a little baby in the birth chanel and the doctor arranges for a breach birth so the little feet will come out first and the hips and the chest and the arms and the baby is all born except for the head and then the doctor takes a pair of sharp sissors and then inserts those sissors at the base of the skull and then he takes a tube and sucks the brains out of that little child.

Somebody says it is legal. Friend learn this: EVERYTHING THAT IS LEGAL IS NOT RIGHT.

In Jeremiah 22, God says through Jeremiah to the king, “If you shed innocent blood, God swears by Himself that He is going to destroy your nation.”

“Woe unto him that builds a town with blood and establishes a city by iniquity.” (Habakkuk 2:12)

When I come to vote if that man or woman will not stand up for the unborn then they shall not have my vote period.

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SEC Football Recruiting

I am not so mad anymore about Arkansas being ranked number 64 in recruiting this year while Auburn is #20 and Tennessee is #30 and even Kentucky is doing better than us. That is because they racked up lots of players when they had coaches during the year while we had John L. Smith. What could you expect with him?

New SEC coaches play catch-up in recruiting

 

The Southeastern Conference football programs with new head coaches have been easy to spot in the league recruiting rankings this winter. They’re toward the bottom.

Before Tennessee’s Butch Jones, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops can turn around the autumn fortunes at their respective schools, they must assemble their inaugural signing classes. Recent history has shown that coaches do what they can in their first few weeks and then make the most of their second batch of signees.

“I think for Bielema and Butch Jones and Stoops, this class is going to be the hardest,” said longtime recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg, who is now with Scout.com. “It’s a short recruiting window, and recruiting is about relationships. Let’s face it, Stoops has never been a head coach before, and Butch and Bielema have been at Midwestern teams but are now coaching in the SEC.

“It’s going to be difficult, but those athletic directors had to make the best hires for the long term. It’s not about recruiting as much as it is picking a coach who can turn things around. When all things are equal and they have a full year to recruit, like they will with the 2014 class, all three of those programs should do well.”

Scout.com had nine SEC teams in its top 25 entering the weekend, headed by Texas A&M at No. 3, LSU at No. 5, Georgia at No. 6, Florida at No. 7 and Alabama at No. 8. None of the teams with new coaches were in the top 25, with Auburn 27th, Tennessee 42nd, Arkansas 55th and Kentucky 58th.

“I think Auburn is in a little better situation considering Malzahn knows the program and has put together a killer staff with more SEC ties than the others,” Newberg said. “I think it will be easier for them in that regard, but it’s harder at the same time because of big brother in the state and because no one knows what’s going to happen with the NCAA.”

Compiling a top-10 national class has been next to impossible for SEC first-year coaches, as it’s been done once in the past decade according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com. Tennessee’s 2009 class under Lane Kiffin was headlined by running back Bryce Brown, safety Janzen Jackson and receiver Nu’Keese Richardson, and it was ranked No. 8 by Scout.com before imploding.

In 2010, Derek Dooley signed a class for the Volunteers that Rivals.com ranked No. 9 nationally. That class had quarterback Tyler Bray, receivers Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers, tailback Rajion Neal, offensive linemen Ja’Wuan James and James Stone and defensive end Jacques Smith.

Tennessee’s 2010 class mostly stuck together but went just 16-21 in three seasons.

“You’ve got to become very familiar with the high school programs and the talent in your state first, and then probably work out from there,” said Alabama receivers coach Mike Groh, who was the recruiting coordinator last winter when the Crimson Tide landed tailback T.J. Yeldon, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive backs Landon Collins and Geno Smith. “That’s usually the starting point. You identify the position needs your team has and then who those players are that you think you have a great chance to get and who has an interest in your program.

“It’s a challenge for any program going through a transition.”

Alabama, which will be seeking its third consecutive national championship this year, plays all four SEC teams with new coaches. The Tide have won three of the past four BCS titles, and they have finished No. 1 four of the last five years in Rivals.com’s team rankings.

Such a streak would seemingly result in prospects feeling there were not as many opportunities at Alabama compared to other programs, yet the Crimson Tide are compiling another elite class.

“I would just simply look at how many freshmen we do play each and every year,” Groh said. “I think if you look at that number statistically, it would say that we are not afraid to play young players, and I think it speaks to our ability to develop a young player to where he can be very effective.”

The schools with new coaches have a long path to get to where Alabama is right now. Auburn and Tennessee each has a national championship in the BCS era, but a disappointing first-year class could put both programs even further behind the rival Tide.

And good first-year classes are getting tougher to assemble because most prospects have made their decisions.

“There are less official visits in January than there were a decade ago, because the process has accelerated so much,” Newberg said. “I remember when schools would host two dozen kids in a weekend and we would spend Sunday calling 100-plus kids to figure out how the visit with. Times have changed.”

Ghosts of Ole Miss broadcast Part 2 Both Arkansas and Ole Miss had racial problems in 1960’s while also have their best years in football then

Ole Miss Applauds 1962 Undefeated Rebels

I am doing a series on the “Ghosts of Ole Miss broadcast.” I enjoyed watching the Ghosts of Ole Miss broadcast on ESPN on 1-27-13 with my mother. She went to Ole Miss in the early 1960’s. Also living in Little Rock my wife has relatives that were also present and involved at Central High during the 1957 Little Rock Central High School Crisis. It is amazing that the neighboring states Arkansas and Mississippi both were a part of history like this.

Some people could argue that Ole Miss had their best years in the 1950’s and 1960’s. However, there is no argument concerning Arkansas. The hogs best years were in the 1960’s. Maybe the transistion hurt both programs at the first because blacks were relunctant to play for them because of their history? Take a look below at the final polls from those years.

AP Final Polls
(Began 1936)
UPI Final Polls
(Began 1950)
Harris Final Polls
(Began 2005)
USA Today Final Polls
(Took over from UPI in 1991)
1960
1. Minnesota
2. Mississippi
3. Iowa
4. Navy
5. Missouri
6. Washington
7. Arkansas
8. Ohio State
9. Alabama
10. Duke
11. Kansas
12. Baylor
13. Auburn
14. Yale
15. Michigan State
16. Penn State
17. New Mexico St.
18. Florida
19. Syracuse
(tie) Purdue
1960
1. Minnesota
2. Iowa
3. Mississippi
4. Missouri
5. Wisconsin
6. Navy
7. Arkansas
8. Ohio State
9. Kansas
10. Alabama
11. Duke
(tie) Baylor
(tie) Michigan State
14. Auburn
15. Purdue
16. Florida
17. Texas
18. Yale
19. New Mexico St.
(tie) Tennessee
 
1961
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Texas
4. Louisiana State
5. Mississippi
6. Minnesota
7. Colorado
8. Michigan State
9. Arkansas
10. Utah State
11. Missouri
12. Purdue
13. Georgia Tech
14. Syracuse
15. Rutgers
16. UCLA
17. Rice
(tie) Penn State
(tie)    Arizona
20. Duke
1961
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Louisiana State
4. Texas
5. Mississippi
6. Minnesota
7. Colorado
8. Arkansas
9. Michigan State
10. Utah State
11. Purdue
(tie) Missouri
13. Georgia Tech
14. Duke
15. Kansas
16. Syracuse
17. Wyoming
18. Wisconsin
19. Miami (Fla.)
(tie) Penn State
 
1962**
1. USC
2. Wisconsin
3. Mississippi
4. Texas
5. Alabama
6. Arkansas
7. Louisiana State
8. Oklahoma
9. Penn State
10. Minnesota
**Only 10 ranked.
1962
1. USC
2. Wisconsin
3. Mississippi
4. Texas
5. Alabama
6. Arkansas
7. Oklahoma
8. Louisiana
9. Penn State
10. Minnesota
11. Georgia Tech
12. Missouri
13. Ohio State
14. Duke
(tie) Washington
16. Northwestern
(tie) Oregon State
18. Arizona
(tie) Illinois
(tie) Miami (Fla.)
 
1963**
1. Texas
2. Navy
3. Illinois
4. Pittsburgh
5. Auburn
6. Nebraska
7. Mississippi
8. Alabama
9. Oklahoma
10. Michigan State
**Only 10 ranked.
1963
1. Texas
2. Navy
3. Pittsburgh
4. Illinois
5. Nebraska
6. Auburn
7. Mississippi
8. Oklahoma
9. Alabama
10. Michigan State
11. Mississippi State
12. Syracuse
13. Arizona State
14. Memphis State
15. Washington
16. Penn State
(tie) USC
(tie) Missouri
19. North Carolina
20. Baylor
 
1964**
1. Alabama
2. Arkansas
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Texas
6. Nebraska
7. Louisiana State
8. Oregon State
9. Ohio State
10. USC
**Only 10 ranked.
1964
1. Alabama
2. Arkansas
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Texas
6. Nebraska
7. Louisiana State
8. Oregon State
9. Ohio State
10. USC
11. Florida State
12. Syracuse
13. Princeton
14. Penn State
(tie) Utah
16. Illinois
(tie) New Mexico
18. Tulsa
(tie) Missouri
20. Mississippi
(tie) Michigan State
 
1965**
1. Alabama
2. Michigan State
3. Arkansas
4. UCLA
5. Nebraska
6. Missouri
7. Tennessee
8. Louisiana State
9. Notre Dame
10. USC
**Only 10 ranked.
1965
1. Michigan State
2. Arkansas
3. Nebraska
4. Alabama
5. UCLA
6. Missouri
7. Tennessee
8. Notre Dame
9. USC
10. Texas Tech
11. Ohio State
12. Florida
13. Purdue
14. Louisiana State
15. Georgia
16. Tulsa
17. Mississippi
18. Kentucky
19. Syracuse
20. Colorado
 
1966**
1. Notre Dame
2. Michigan State
3. Alabama
4. Georgia
5. UCLA
6. Nebraska
7. Purdue
8. Georgia Tech
9. Miami (Fla.)
10. SMU
**Only 10 ranked.
1966
1. Notre Dame
2. Michigan State
3. Alabama
4. Georgia
5. UCLA
6. Purdue
7. Nebraska
8. Georgia Tech
9. SMU
10. Miami (Fla.)
11. Florida
12. Mississippi
13. Arkansas
14. Tennessee
15. Wyoming
16. Syracuse
17. Houston
18. USC
19. Oregon State
20. Virginia Tech
 
1967**
1. USC
2. Tennessee
3. Oklahoma
4. Indiana
5. Notre Dame
6. Wyoming
7. Oregon State
8. Alabama
9. Purdue
10. Penn State
**Only 10 ranked.
1967
1. USC
2. Tennessee
3. Oklahoma
4. Notre Dame
5. Wyoming
6. Indiana
7. Alabama
8. Oregon State
9. Purdue
10. UCLA
11. Penn State
12. Syracuse
13. Colorado
14. Minnesota
15. Florida State
16. Miami (Fla.)
17. N. C. State
18. Georgia
19. Houston
20. Arizona State
 
1968
1. Ohio State
2. Penn State
3. Texas
4. USC
5. Notre Dame
6. Arkansas
7. Kansas
8. Georgia
9. Missouri
10. Purdue
11. Oklahoma
12. Michigan
13. Tennessee
14. SMU
15. Oregon State
16. Auburn
17. Alabama
18. Houston
19. Louisiana State
20. Ohio
1968
1. Ohio State
2. USC
3. Penn State
4. Georgia
5. Texas
6. Kansas
7. Tennessee
8. Notre Dame
9. Arkansas
10. Oklahoma
11. Purdue
12. Alabama
13. Oregon State
14. Florida State
15. Michigan
16. SMU
17. Missouri
18. Ohio
(tie) Minnesota
20. Houston
(tie) Stanford
 
1969
1. Texas
2. Penn State
3. USC
4. Ohio State
5. Notre Dame
6. Missouri
7. Arkansas
8. Mississippi
9. Michigan
10. Louisiana State
11. Nebraska
12. Houston
13. UCLA
14. Florida
15. Tennessee
16. Colorado
17. West Virginia
18. Purdue
19. Stanford
20. Auburn
1969
1. Texas
2. Penn State
3. Arkansas
4. USC
5. Ohio State
6. Missouri
7. Louisiana State
8. Michigan
9. Notre Dame
10. UCLA
11. Tennessee
12. Nebraska
13. Mississippi
14. Stanford
15. Auburn
16. Houston
17. Florida
18. Purdue
(tie) San Diego State
(tie) West Virginia

Open letter to President Obama (Part 228)

 

President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

I hate that so many times in the history of the USA our national leader will not cut the federal budget and attempt to balance it like everyone else has to balance their family budget at home. Why not you be the first since Bill Clinton to attempt and balance the budget?

I feel like a pendulum this election season. Something will happen that makes me want to eviscerate Obama’s statist policies and I’ll write a foaming-at-the-mouth post warning that the President is turning America into Greece.

But then Romney will do something odious and I’ll sound the warning sign with a we-don’t-need-another-big-spender-like-Bush post.

Today, it’s Obama’s turn on the chopping block. I went on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business News program and commented on the fact that the President doesn’t have a fiscal plan.

We started by discussing the President’s failure to embrace the findings of his own Fiscal Commission and then shifted to the big-picture issue of whether the American people have become ensnared by the dependency mindset and are willing to vote for Greek-style fiscal policy.

Published on Aug 16, 2012 by

No description available.

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One thing I should have added is that Obama actually does have a fiscal plan. He’s just not willing to be as honest as the leftists who have admitted that you need to screw the middle class with higher taxes to fund big government.

My own personal guess is that he would impose a value-added tax if he thought it was politically feasible. Not that I’m showing any great insight. After all, Obama already has made the ridiculous statement that a VAT is “something that has worked for other countries.”

But because he’s running for reelection, he’d rather just demagogue the Ryan plan rather than show his own cards.

P.S. Even the cartoonist for the Washington Post doesn’t think the VAT is something that is working for other countries. This cartoon is a classic and definitely worth sharing. And you can enjoy other VAT cartoons here and here.

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Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your commitment as a father and a husband.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com

“Music Mondays” here on the www.thedailyhatch.org

Would you like to know the spirtual meaning of these words above by Coldplay or find a christian response to the song “The Last Resort” by Papa Roach? You could if you checked out “Music Monday” here every week and see all the videos and articles. Take a look at the links before that refer to these songs:

 

“Music Monday” The Monkees (Part 3)

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Otis Redding and Memphis “Music Monday”

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A Christian response to Papa Roach’s song “The Last Resort” (Part 2)

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Insight into what Coldplay meant by “St. Peter won’t call my name” (Series on Coldplay’s spiritual search, Part 3)jh61

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Taking on Ark Times bloggers about abortion on the 40th anniversary date of Roe v. Wade (Part 6) For many pro-abortionists ” …the problem is not determining when actual human life begins, but when the value of that life begins to out weigh other considerations”

 

In the film series “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?” the arguments are presented  against abortion (Episode 1),  infanticide (Episode 2),   euthanasia (Episode 3), and then there is a discussion of the Christian versus Humanist worldview concerning the issue of “the basis for human dignity” in Episode 4 and then in the last episode a close look at the truth claims of the Bible.

Francis Schaeffer: How Should We Then Live? (Full-Length Documentary)

Francis Schaeffer Whatever Happened to the Human Race (Episode 1) ABORTION

Francis Schaeffer: What Ever Happened to the Human Race? (Full-Length Documentary)

Part 1 on abortion runs from 00:00 to 39:50, Part 2 on Infanticide runs from 39:50 to 1:21:30, Part 3 on Youth Euthanasia runs from 1:21:30 to 1:45:40, Part 4 on the basis of human dignity runs from 1:45:40 to 2:24:45 and Part 5 on the basis of truth runs from 2:24:45 to 3:00:04

 

Dr. Francis schaeffer – The flow of Materialism(from Part 4 of Whatever happened to human race?)

Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical flow of Truth & History (intro)

Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of History & Truth (1)

Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of Truth & History (part 2)

Francis Schaeffer pictured above._________

The 45 minute video above is from the film series created from Francis Schaeffer’s book “Whatever Happened to the Human Race?” with Dr. C. Everett Koop. This book  really helped develop my political views concerning abortion, infanticide, and youth euthanasia, and it gave me a good understanding of those issues.

Over the years I have taken on the Ark Times liberal bloggers over and over and over concerning the issue of abortion. I asked over and over again for one liberal blogger to come forward and tell me when they thought an unborn baby should be protected by our government and finally I got someone to do that. In fact, several stepped forward. Now let me talk about another problem. What happens when people get to the point that they concede the point that the unborn baby is human but they still want to end it’s life because of their own selfish desires? (Take a look at Francis Schaeffer’s discussion below of the January 11, 1982 issue of Newsweek Magazine.)

This is the point that I think that many pro-abortion advocates are today. Take a look at this recent article, “SO WHAT IF ABORTION ENDS LIFE?: I believe that life starts at conception. And it’s never stopped me from being pro-choice,” by   published by Salon.com on January 23, 2013. In that article Williams asserted:

I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me. I believe that’s what a fetus is: a human life. And that doesn’t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice.

I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.

I truly do wonder if many on the Arkansas Times Blog would agree with Williams or not. So I asked that question on the Arkansas Times Blog on 1-28-13 and the person using the username, “Vanessa” responded, “Not all life is sacred.”

The article by  and the response by Vanessa made me think about what I had heard Francis Schaeffer say back in the early 1980’s. I was able to watch Francis Schaeffer deliver a speech on a book he wrote called “A Christian Manifesto” and I heard him in several interviews on it in 1981 and 1982. I listened with great interest since I also read that book over and over again. Below is a portion of one of Schaeffer’s talks  on a crucial subject that is very important today too.
A Christian Manifesto
by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title.
Stalin,Mao,and Hitler versus our  view in the USA today of acceptable killing 
NEWSWEEK January 11 1982 HOW LIFE BEGINS THE BOMB CLAY
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The January 11 Newsweek has an article about the baby in the womb. The first 5 or 6 pages are marvelous. If you haven’t seen it, you should see if you can get that issue. It’s January 11 and about the first 5 or 6 pages show conclusively what every biologist has known all along, and that is that human life begins at conception. There is no other time for human life to begin, except at conception. Monkey life begins at conception. Donkey life begins at conception. And human life begins at conception. Biologically, there is no discussion — never should have been — from a scientific viewpoint. I am not speaking of religion now. And this 5 or 6 pages very carefully goes into the fact that human life begins at conception. But you flip the page and there is this big black headline, “But is it a person?” And I’ll read the last sentence, “The problem is not determining when actual human life begins, but when the value of that life begins to out weigh other considerations, such as the health or even the happiness of the mother.”
We are not just talking about the health of the mother (it’s a propaganda line), or even the happiness of the mother. Listen! Spell that out! It means that the mother, for her own hedonistic happiness — selfish happiness — can take human life by her choice, by law. Do you understand what I have said? By law, on the basis of her individual choice of what makes her happy. She can take what has been declared to be, in the first five pages [of the article], without any question, human life. In other words, they acknowledge that human life is there, but it is an open question as to whether it is not right to kill that human life if it makes the mother happy.
And basically that is no different than Stalin, Mao, or Hitler, killing who they killed for what they conceived to be the good of society. There is absolutely no line between the two statements — no absolute line, whatsoever. One follows along: Once that it is acknowledged that it is human life that is involved (and as I said, this issue of Newsweek shows conclusively that it is) the acceptance of death of human life in babies born or unborn, opens the door to the arbitrary taking of any human life. From then on, it’s purely arbitrary.
It was this view that opened the door to all that followed in Germany prior to Hitler. It’s an interesting fact here that the only Supreme Court in the Western World that has ruled against easy abortion is the West German Court. The reason they did it is because they knew, and it’s clear history, that this view of human life in the medical profession and the legal profession combined, before Hitler came on the scene, is what opened the way for everything that happened in Hitler’s Germany. And so, the German Supreme Court has voted against easy abortion because they know — they know very well where it leads.
  On 1-24-13 I took on the child abuse argument put forth by Ark Times Blogger “Deathbyinches,” and the day before I pointed out that because the unborn baby has all the genetic code at  the time of conception that they will have for the rest of their life many scientists were pro-life. I have also answered some of the questions that pro-abortion bloggers have asked me such as what should be the punishment for doctors that perform abortions if abortion is outlawed and I also answered questions concerning the movie “The Cider House Rules” and I now have discussed the PBS film series “The Abolitionists” and how that relates to this issue of abortion.

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‘Ghosts Of Ole Miss’: The Complicated History Of Racism And Football In The South

By Travis Waldron on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Ole Miss students rally against integration, 1962 (via Associated Press)

This fall marked the 50th anniversary of the “last battle of the Civil War,” the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi, when President Kennedy sent the National Guard and ultimately the U.S. military into Oxford, Mississippi to force the school to enroll James Meredith, its first African American student. That fall, the Ole Miss football team went undefeated and untied and finished ranked third in the country, and the program hasn’t reached a similar level of success since. 

The history of Meredith’s enrollment and the riots that ensued on a campus that still openly celebrated the Confederacy is one that goes under-taught in history books across the South, and the story of the all-white Ole Miss football team that conquered the Southeastern Conference that fall is one that doesn’t get remembered much by SEC football fans outside Oxford. But ESPN’s Wright Thompson, a Mississippi native, and documentary director Fritz Mitchell captured both stories beautifully — and addressed the past, present, and future of racial relations in Mississippi and at its flagship university — in “Ghosts of Ole Miss,” a documentary in ESPN’s 30 For 30 series, last night.

The hour-long film weaves through the history of Mississippi segregation and racism, and the pride Ole Miss fans take in the school’s football program, up until Meredith’s enrollment, when riots that remain a sore spot for the campus and the community erupted. Football played a role both in exacerbating and alleviating the warfare that took place on the Ole Miss campus. It was at halftime of a football game between Ole Miss and Kentucky that a Nuremberg-like rally broke out when Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett fed off a frenzied, rebel flag-waving crowd and ultimately reneged on a secret deal he had made with the Kennedy brothers to allow Meredith to enroll. It was a football player, Buck Randall, who saw the carnage of the original riots and attempted, to no avail, to stop them. And it was football that both acted as a point of pride for ashamed Mississippians — “We’ve got to show the world that we’re not all bad,” head coach Johnny Vaught told the team before a game against Houston — and highlighted the lack of true equality afforded Meredith, who couldn’t attend football games because of safety concerns.

Despite the connection, though, football and the 1962 Ole Miss team are a mere proxy for the overall story of self-exploration undertaken by Thompson, who wrote in an introductory piece yesterday that he hoped the lesson of “Ghosts of Ole Miss” would be that people from outside Mississippi would see how far it has come, while people from inside Mississippi would see how far the state had to go. Perhaps to an outsider, that seems a convenient narrative, a wishing away of the South’s racist past with a “yes, but” tale of how Mississippi has changed. But as a “southerner” (I’m a native Kentuckian, southern to some, not as much to others) whose native state has its own seminal racial moments in college sports, Thompson’s inner struggle with the history of his home state and its home school felt familiar. It is a struggle felt by anyone who is proud to be where they’re from but who has waded into our history, anyone who has resisted Southern tradition and conformity on racial issues or any other. It is a struggle felt by anyone who is constantly reminded by the inside world that we want to change too fast and by the outside world that we are not changing fast enough.

That struggle is apparent today on the Ole Miss campus, where the Confederate flags are gone but the Confederate statues remain; where the school has abandoned Colonel Reb but still uses the “Rebels” nickname that was spawned by the students who left to join the Confederate army in 1862; where students elected a black student body president this year but the band still plays “Dixie,” the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy, during football games.

Those are conflicts Thompson addresses, and they are complicated. There are moments of reflection from players from the 1962 team (“I’m appalled that we treated another human being that way,” one admits. “You sit by, and you wonder why.”) and there are moments of introspection about the present from Thompson himself. “I like ‘Dixie’ too,” he says near the end of the film, “even as I know how it must sound to black Mississippians. It’s hard to reconcile these thoughts.”

But you can feel the pain of truth in Thompson’s narration as he says it: it may be hard to reconcile those thoughts, but to continue, we must. “There are questions Mississippians won’t ask because we’re not prepared to hear the answer,” Thompson says. And as much as his story is about Mississippi, it is really about us all. Without those answers and the exploration it takes to find them, from Mississippians, Southerners, and Americans in general, it will always be impossible to reconcile the ghosts of our past with the promises of our future.

Arkansas should not take the federal Medicaid deal because the money is not free but we pay for it!!!

The Medicaid deals being presented by the federal government seem like great deals until you realize that the taxpayer will end up paying the bill and the taxpayer is us!!!!

January 25, 2013 5:09PM

Federal Money to the States Isn’t ‘Free’

Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist A. Barton Hinkle recently made what should be a simple point to understand, but it’s unfortunately one that few people seem to appreciate. Writing about the supposed win-win situation whereby states expand Medicaid coverage and the federal government foots most of the bill, Hinkle reminds readers that the “free” federal money isn’t really free: 

In Virginia, officials estimate expanding Medicaid would cost the state $137.5 million over nine years, while the state would receive $23 billion from Washington.

Other states report similar figures. California expects to enroll up to 910,000 residents for a cost beginning at only $46 million a year, while collecting $44 billion in federal funds over a six-year period. An Illinois study estimates that state would spend about $2 billion on expanded Medicaid over the next decade, while reaping $22 billion in federal funds. According to Danielle Holohan, who is in charge of New York’s insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion “actually works out to be an enormous savings” for the Empire State. And so on.

This all sounds great—if you are a state official. But if you are a lowly taxpayer, it leaves out one rather significant point: Where is all that federal money coming from?

No great mystery: Most of that money would come from taxpayers who live in the very states that are looking forward to these supposed windfalls. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, if every state signed up for Medicaid expansion, then the federal government would spend nearly $1 trillion over the next nine years—paid for by you.

So you don’t have to wait for Medicaid expansion to reap this sort of “windfall.” Just take 5 bucks out of your left pocket and put it in your right. As far as your right pocket is concerned, you’re 5 bucks richer. It’s free money!

In addition to not being free, federal subsidization of state spending makes it harder for taxpayers to understand and appreciate where their money is going and how it’s being spent. A Cato essay on fiscal federalism explains:

The three layers of government in the United States no longer resemble the tidy layer cake that existed in the 19th century. Instead, they are like a jumbled marble cake with responsibilities fragmented across multiple layers. Federal aid has made it difficult for citizens to figure out which level of government is responsible for particular policy outcomes. All three levels of government play big roles in such areas as transportation and education, thus making accountability difficult. Politicians have become skilled at pointing fingers of blame at other levels of government, as was evident in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When every government is responsible for an activity, no government is responsible.

As we’ve been arguing over at Downsizing Government, it is well past time that the trend toward greater centralization of power in Washington is reversed. With the country bouncing from manufactured fiscal crisis to manufactured fiscal crisis, the need for a return to fiscal federalism has never been greater.

Of course, getting federal policymakers to give up power is like asking a starving pit bull to part with a slab of beef. And even though state policymakers often complain when the feds get heavy-handed, their attitude is different when it comes to taking federal money. Why ask your state’s taxpayers to pony up the funds to feed your spending appetite when Uncle Sam can do the dirty work (or just use his credit card)?