Senator Tim Scott Joined us on the show today. We talked all the big issues..Including Benghazi and Immigration.
The headline is: Sheheen & Loftis suggest $200,000 for SC Hacking Compensation Fund. That may be one of the dumbest things I've ever read. But wait there's more. Loftis and Sheheen made the announcement as the House begins deliberations over the budget. The measure they called for would require an amendment to the existing budget bill. In order to be reimbursed from the fund, a South Carolina taxpayer would have to submit a claim to the Treasurer’s office and proof that a financial loss occurred as a result of the breach.
$200,000 would cover approximately 9 victims. Bloomberg reports that the average person loses $22,346 to having their ID stolen. 4% of American's were victims of identity theft last year. So using 4% as an expected amount this year 200,000 South Carolinian's should have their ID stolen. So after you compensate the first 9 what do you tell the other 199,991 victims?
Oh but that's right! Victims have to submit proof that their identity was stolen because of this breach, and not from the hundred or so other ways thieves normally steal identity. Well sans a criminal being caught and confessing that he got the residents ID from the hack, that's as impossible as proving who gave you a cold. So then no one will be compensated.
This is the kind of mindless grandstanding I'd expect from a "garden variety" Democrat as ViPer Biden would say. But Curtis, brother, what are you doing? Stick to fighting with the Retirement Investment Commision as that actually means something. Hitching your wagon to Vincent Sheheen's "fight for the little guy parade" is only going to get you laughed at. Because the joke is he's only fighting for more power.
I apoligize in advance for this blog post going so long. I like to keep them to reads of just a couple of minutes but this issue demanded a few more minutes.
Monday, Vermont legislators passed a law that allows for Doctors to issue lethal doses of medicine to terminally ill patients if the patient requests it. A similar bill was shot down in 2007. VT becomes the first state to pass this type of legislation and their Governor has already said he would sign it if it passed. Oregon, Washington and Montana have similar laws that were implemented either by referendum or court order. There are safeguards in place to make sure this doesn't morph into some sort of parent abuse from kids who don't want to help pay for nursing homes. A Doctor must sign off that the patient has less than 6 months to live, and is of sound mind. Then the patient has to declare 3 times their wish to die. Once in writing to request the prescription that will end their life. Then they have to have 2 other witnesses sign off that they were told by the patient of their request to die. So for the people who were protesting this bill because they see elderly being killed by their kids I would say this bill does everything possible to protect them from that. People will still kill their parents for greedy reasons but this bill in my opinion doesn't make it easier to do.
I look at this bill like I look at all laws, from two perspectives. First as a Christian and then as an American. There are certain laws I disagree with because I believe they go against God's law. Abortion is legal in America yet I believe it should be illegal, as the baby is the one having a crime committed against it. I understand the perspective of the pro choice folks that bringing an unwanted baby into the world is more cruel than aborting it as a fetus. I disagree with that assessment based on God's word. He is the creator not us. If I believed that a human being was the creator of life than of course that creator should have the right to end it without the created's consent.
The Patriot Act is a law I disagree with based on my assessment of the Constitution. As an American I believe the Government doesn't have the right jump over the checks and balances we set up at the foundation of this nation. They should have to prove to a Judge that a wiretap is needed before getting one. However the Patriot Act doesn't violate God's law.
This assisted suicide law is about American's love of freedom. We have the right to decide what's best for ourselves. That's why so many people are outraged when NYC government outlaws large sodas. I know it's bad for me, but it's still my choice. This law is the ultimate "it's bad for me" in that it will kill you, but it's still my choice. As an American I have no problem with people choosing what is best for them.
When it comes to God's law I'm not as certain. The Bible has lots of examples of suicides or assisted deaths. From Judas to Zimri there are lots of people who die at their own hands. There are two who were dying and asked for help. Israel's first King was Saul who asked his armor-bearer to kill him as his army was about to be defeated, "lest these uncircumcised will come pierce me". About 100 years before Saul, in the book of Judges, Gideon had a son Abimelech who declared himself King of the Jews. As he attacked the city of Thebez, a woman dropped a millstone from the city wall on his head. Abimelech asked his armor-bearer to kill him "lest they say a woman killed me".
Both of these men are clearly violating God's law and this is just the end of their law breaking. I don't see any examples of Godly people being assisted in "death with dignity" in the Bible.
The Bible does declare that born again Christians have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them. So a believer would have to ask themselves who they are to kill the body that the Holy Spirit lives in. In 2nd Corinthians the Lord also says; "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In Ecclesiastes God talks about how He has set a time for everything including a time to be born and a time to die. It made so much sense the Byrds turned it into a pop hit!
But life is a lot more messy than a simple pop song or a few Bible verses. What about people who are facing miserable deaths? One that has always broke my heart is ALS. "Lou Gehrig disease" is just a devastating death that takes years to happen. Near the end the patient is struggling to swallow and eventually for breath. If someone can avoid that misery who are we to say 'no, you must suffer?'.
I pray that I'll never have to face a decision like that. For me personally I would like to believe I will trust God and hang on as long as He wants me to for whatever purpose He would like. I do feel like assisted suicide may violate God's law but it's not black and white in my mind. I can interpret passages like God has numbered my days to mean He has allowed for Doctors to help extend or shorten my life. I also trust that through Jesus Christ, God can forgive any sin except for the quenching of the Holy Spirit as warned of in Matthew 12:32. So if a believer is asking God to lead and they still choose to end their life, I believe that with Jesus as their councilor, all will be forgiven.
So with all that being said I hesitantly approve of this law, fully expecting a hearty rebuke from some brothers and sisters in Christ. Or possibly a passionate atheist or follower of another religion to jump in to the mix! I look forward to that conversation today on air around 4:30. If you can't call feel free to leave us a comment on our facebook page or e-mail us Rash@wvoc.com
At about 4 mins. into it, he has something interesting thoughts about calling 911. Then at 5:30 it is obvious that he has done too many of these "celebrity" interviews!
Hussain Al Khawahir arrived Friday at the Detroit airport from Saudi Arabia via Amsterdam. He had a visa and a Saudi Arabian passport and told officers in the baggage control area that he would be visiting his nephew at the University of Toledo, the complaint said. Officers noticed a page missing from his passport. Once the passport page was discovered missing they searched his luggage and found a pressure cooker. Kawahir initially said that he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because pressure cookers are not sold in Saudi Arabia, the complaint said. The man then changed his story and admitted his nephew had purchased a pressure cooker in America before, but it "was cheap" and broke after the first use. Today Kawahir was in federal court in Detroit, making his initial appearance on charges that he knowingly used an altered Saudi Arabian passport with missing pages, and made a materially false statement to a customs officer about the pressure cooker in his possession, all to gain entry into the United States