There are many people who say that our only serious immigration problem is that there are 12 million immigrants in the country who are technically illegal.  These people tend to believe that the only problem with 500,000 illegal immigrants per year is that they are, in liberal-speak,  “undocumented.” They believe that everything would be fine if legal immigration were made easier and employers could have more legal guest-workers. The problem with this is that our legal immigration levels are also unprecedented. Legal immigration is now averaging about 1.0 million per year. Previous to 1987, it averaged only 300,000 per year, and the rate of illegal immigration was much lower. According to Harvard labor economist, George Borjas, himself a Cuban immigrant, a total immigration level of about 500,000 per year is the maximum that will not hurt native-born Americans and their families.

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McKameys-2009

This week’s article is certainly about one of the more popular groups in Southern Gospel Music, The McKameys, and if there is one word which could describe them it would be sincere. Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love for the Lord, sincere in their love for the music they sing, and sincere in their need to spread the Word to others through their music.

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Panic is an ugly thing … especially when it rises out of a sense of political desperation.  Right now, the political Left is coming unhinged at precisely the moment a very real sense of cohesion is beginning to build on the political right.  At this writing, polls show a Democrat meltdown in Massachusetts with Republican Scott Brown surging to as much as a nine point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley. 

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The more I see and hear of what is going on in our nation's Capital the more certain I become that we have filled it with traitors and haters of our Republic.  Their major goal is not simply to feather their own nest, as is the goal of many politicians, but to destroy the government of the world's greatest experiment in freedom and liberty.  Their target is Biblical Christianity.  Whatever their professed religions may be, Christian freedom is anathema to them.

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Do you remember the saying, “When the going gets tough the tough get going?” Or, how about, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”  I think this one is my favorite, “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise.  Dream more than others think is practical.  Expect more than others think is possible.”

These are all fairly famous quotes on desire and determination to win.  The spirit of America is the spirit of winning.  Maybe Patton said it best to his troops in the movie that bears his name.  “Americans love a winner.  Americans will not tolerate a loser.  Americans despise cowards.  Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.”

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Gold-City---Music-Corner

This week’s feature group is Gold City.The group is made up of quite an array of talent. Some of its members have sung with some of the best groups in the business. Let’s take a look at the members of Gold City, but first let’s look at the founder who had retired from the road but is back with the group on a permantent basis, Tim Riley.

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“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When I was a little boy I would often go outside on Christmas Eve and look for the Christmas star.  I had heard the story of the wise men since I was old enough to remember Christmas.  I even played a wise man in the third grade Christmas play at church but I never really understood who they were or why they would have looked for the star in the first place.

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