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Did the Philadelphia Eagles can Josh Huff for saying guns are good for self-defense?

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) saves a touchdown on a kickoff return by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff (13) on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff was pulled over by police earlier this week and arrested for possession of a small quantity of marijuana and a handgun and ammunition. But until he spoke up about why he carries the firearm, it looked like his job was safe.

Huff was reportedly pulled over on the Walt Whitman Bridge, which connects Philadelphia to New Jersey, at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities allege that Huff was in New Jersey at the time of his arrest for the small amount of marijuana and handgun. He was further charged with the possession of hollow point ammunition, which is illegal in New Jersey.

Despite the player’s arrest, it initially looked as though his position on the team was safe.

As reported by the Sports Xchange Tuesday:

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson expects wide receiver Josh Huff to play Sunday despite his arrest on firearm and marijuana charges.

“Obviously disappointed,” Pederson told reporters Wednesday. “Not what you want to see on a player’s day off.”

Pederson said that “nothing changes right now” regarding Huff’s status for Sunday at the New York Giants.

But something changed—perhaps because of his pro 2nd Amendment remarks to reporters who inquired about why he was carrying a gun.

I’m a professional athlete, what professional athlete doesn’t have a gun?” Huff asked Wednesday. “I have a wife and I have a son at home. My job is to protect them at all costs, and my job is to protect myself as well even though I know I have security here, but I have to protect myself as well.”

The player added: “I’m from Houston. You can’t trust a lot of people in Houston. There’s always somebody out to get you. You’ve got to protect yourself. Even when I’m back in Houston, I always have a gun on me, because there’s been several instances in Houston where I’ve lost a friend to gun violence, and he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, so why would I let that happen to me?”

On Thursday Huff was fired.

Source: Will County News

Big Pharma has sold Americans down the River Styx

Money and drugsI was reading The Washington Post the other day — it’s still a good paper for covering the Fed, politics and for getting the scoop on the inside the Beltway shenanigans) — and there was an amazing story on the front page.

And it wasn’t amazing in a good way. Seems like Big Pharma is fueling a national heroin addiction.

It once again underscores the fact that the fundamental American principles of our republic have all but vanished from our markets and our government.

I assume you have heard about the opioid-addiction problem in the U.S.

Let me catch you up on the latest. Now that doctors are handing out generic and brand name pain killers like candy, people are becoming addicted to them too. Since these opioids are derived from the opium poppy, they are as addictive as morphine and opium.

Morphine is believed to be the first drug extraction from a plant. It became available in 1805 for use, usually injected into the muscle, under the skin or into a vein.

Regardless of the method of ingestion, all these drugs are highly addictive. And the recent reformulation of these drugs by large pharmaceutical companies has been a boon in business for them in recent years.

In 2010 alone, there were 254 million opioid prescriptions filled in the U.S. That equated to almost every American being medicated round the clock for a month. And that was six years ago.

The problem is, when the prescriptions end, the dependence does not. So, these freshly minted addicts turn to something more accessible to get their fix — heroin.

The biggest danger in this is that heroin is not regulated and there are no “dosage” guidelines (I know, that sounds odd to hear about heroin). Some heroin is stronger than others, some is cut with bad fillers, the list goes on. No one is going to report being ripped off by their heroin dealer.

But that inconsistency means an addict may get something stronger than expected and end up overdosing. This has led to a national epidemic of heroin overdoses. And not in the big inner cities. But in predominantly white suburbia and small towns throughout the country.

The Post article shows a direct link between the conflicting interests of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Big Pharma. And how Big Pharma won.

Here’s an excerpt:

A decade ago, the Drug ­Enforcement Administration launched an aggressive campaign to curb a rising opioid epidemic that was claiming thousands of American lives each year. The DEA began to target wholesale companies that distributed hundreds of millions of highly addictive pills to the corrupt pharmacies and pill mills that illegally sold the drugs for street use…

… But the industry fought back. Former DEA and Justice Department officials hired by drug companies began pressing for a softer approach. In early 2012, the deputy attorney general summoned the DEA’s diversion chief to an unusual meeting over a case against two major drug companies.

“That meeting was to chastise me for going after industry, and that’s all that meeting was about,” recalled Joseph T. Rannazzisi, who ran the diversion office for a decade before he was removed from his position and retired in 2015.

Is it such a shock to hear that Big Pharma is complicit in killing Americans for revenue? No, but it’s rarely revealed to the larger population.

As Bob Livingston has said for years now, the banksters have rigged the U.S. financial system for themselves. And now there’s overwhelming evidence that Big Pharma isn’t as concerned with your health as it is with expanding your eligibility to receive their products.

This is our “healthcare” system at work. And guess what one of the top selling drugs, that has seen 500 percent price inflation in recent years, is? A generic drug for heroin overdose victims called Naloxone. Manufactures are selling Naloxone like hotcakes at prices that make the EpiPen inflation look like small change. They’re making money making addicts and making money when they overdose.

I don’t blame you if you find that… well, disgusting. Maybe that’s why pharmaceutical stocks have not performed well this year. It’s likely after more of these investigations something in the system will change, which will also hurt their future pricing — Wall Street does not like uncertainty.

This is one more reason to get out of this market and stick to hard assets or at least exit the financial and pharmaceuticals sectors. This will be an issue the politicians will have to do something about. It will make them look good and there won’t be much change right away, but the base of those who support Big Pharma is beginning to slowly erode.

— GS Early

Source: Will County News

A Christian Pastor’s Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama

A Christian Pastor’s Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama
By: Dr. James Dobson
Is Trump good for America? I mentioned Sunday that I would speak on this next week. Unfortunately, I found that I was shoehorning this topic into my planned message. To properly present what I want to speak on Sunday, I may have to leave the Donald out of it! But let me take a minute for those that wonder and give some of my thoughts.

When I first heard that Trump (DT) was entering the race last year, I told my wife that perhaps it was a good thing for the party and America. I knew that he was not a “saint,” but I thought that he would be like a bull in a china shop. He is a disrupter and I believe America could use a fresh thinker especially in the political arena. I didn’t think he would get the nomination, but that he would shake up politics as usual. I was correct on the shaking up!

Lance Wallnau likens him to a biblical Cyrus. Someone who is dynamically used of God even though not perceived by many as a God follower. God has used many people in history that I would probably not like or agree with. I�m not sure I would have liked all the disciples, or David, or Moses. Somehow, God did not seem compelled to consult with me on His choices!

I have always admired Winston Churchill. He is seen as one of the greatest national leaders in the 20th century. Last year, I had the privilege of going through the War Museum in London. Winston is a key feature. His life is controversial. He was not always celebrated as a great leader. He was a bombastic, cigar smoking, at times crude, even misogynistic leader. It is alleged that he told off color stories to his children before bedtime! A woman once told him he was disgustingly drunk. His response was “My dear, you are disgustingly ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly!”

There are many websites that discuss the outlandish comments and activities of this great world leader. But, he had exactly what was needed to stop Hitler at the Channel, to rouse a nation to never give up and to partner with America to find final victory in Europe. You probably wouldn’t want him as your pastor, maybe not even your father, but he was the right leader for that moment in England’s history. Such a brazen man that would go up to the roof of his quarters in central London and smoke cigars as Hitler�s air force bombed all around him. I�m not sure I would have voted for him…. but he was the right man!

I think it would be awesome to have a righteous leader, one that understood the intricacies of the economy, health care, defense, immigration, with great sensitivity to religious institutions, a heart for the poor, a vision for the future. If that leader was a praying person, formidable in the word of God and loved the local church, I would rejoice! I do not think that is the choice we will have in November.

Instead….we will look for someone who is imperfect, yet will fit the times we are living in. Particularly, that �whoever� we vote for, will be someone who might possibly have the opportunity to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices. That could radically shape our culture in America for the next 30 years. The America of our grandchildren could be very different….and that may not be good. We cannot stand on the sidelines. A non-vote is a passive vote for a direction we may very well regret.

So…is Donald Trump good for America? I honestly believe that he has been already. He has shaken the political system. Do his comments offend me? At times! Do I agree with all he says? Not at all! But could he be a �Cyrus� being raised up by God to preserve America? Nobody liked Gen. Patton, but he sure WAS an instrument of the United States for the right things.

This I know. I will vote for the best chance for America. I will pray for our leaders as I have already. In the end – God will continue to be my source and my hope. I do believe that God has had a hand in America’s history. I hope and pray that He will also have a saving hand in America�s future.

Source: Will County News