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WATCH: Melania Offers Hope, Encouragement for Nation Battling Opioid Epidemic

It’s wonderful to see the First Lady using her platform to address such a devastating and widespread crisis in a way that brings hope that we can battle this together. 

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At a recent town hall forum held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, First Lady Melania Trump offered wisdom and encouraging insight regarding America’s current opioid epidemic.

“It is very important that we educate them and tell them how dangerous the drugs are and can be,” the First Lady said. “It really can mess you up for the rest of your life.”

After first addressing the audience in a thoughtful and encouraging speech, Melania sat with former Fox News host Eric Bolling, who lost his son to an opioid overdose in 2017, and discussed her “Be Best” campaign, launched earlier in the year.

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According to the White House website, the Be Best campaign concentrates on the three pillars of well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse and will “champion the many successful well-being programs that provide children with the tools and skills required for emotional, social, and physical health.”

In battling the opioid epidemic, the Be Best initiative seeks to support families of those affected by opioid addiction and to help educate the public on the dangers of opioid abuse.

Melania also shared that she herself is not insulated from this epidemic, which can affect anyone, anywhere, so she has frequent talks with her 12-year-old son, Barron, on the issue.

“I teach him what is right, what is wrong,” she said. “I will always tell him that [drugs] could be very dangerous and they could mess up your mind and body, and to love yourself more than you love drugs.”

“It is very important that we educate [children] and tell them how dangerous the drugs are and can be,” Mrs. Trump said. “It really can mess you up for the rest of your life.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen joined Mrs. Trump for the discussion, noting the medical, not moral, nature of opioid abuse and what the Trump Administration is doing to combat the issue.

At the conclusion of the town hall, Secretary Azar urged the audience not to be afraid to ask for help from any of the various public and private agencies leading the fight against the opioid crisis. If you need help, call the Health and Human Services substance abuse hotline at 1-800-662-HELP for information on both local treatment and recovery services in your area.

It’s wonderful to see the First Lady using her platform to address such a devastating and widespread crisis in a way that brings hope that we can battle this together.

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The Bold Bovine: Art by Doug Giles

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[written by Doug Giles and republished with permission.] For those of you who’ve read the book the Leftists love to loathe, namely, The Bible, you know that King David went through more crap than Michael Moore’s colon. His brothers didn’t like him. King Saul sought to kill him and The Philistines weren’t big fans of his either.    Later in life, because of his sin of bumping uglies with Bathsheba and having her old man offed, his own kid sought to dethrone him as a consequence of David’s dalliance.    Suffice in to say that his ‘walk with God’ was messy.    David constantly needed God to bail him out and to come through in a big way with His supernatural power and boy howdy, did God ever show Himself mighty on David’s behalf!    In Psalm 92:10 David said, ” … You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.”   King David said God made him akin to a … wild bull?   Yes, Dinky. David said God made him like a wild bull.   When’s the last time you’ve heard that preached at your Hipster Feelgood Church? Never I’m a guessin’.   In light of Psalm 92:10 I’m starting a series of oil paintings depicting both ancient and current wild bovines as a homage to Ps.92:10 and a reminder to my clients that when you get into deep doo-doo, don’t curl up in the fetal position and wet your big Christian diaper. Call out to God and ask Him to make you like a wild bull that kicks demonic ass.   Here’s the first in my series of bold bovine. The original is sold but we have prints available. We print on luster paper, museum quality canvas, wood and for all you metalheads, yes, we print…

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LA County Now Lifting Ban On Indoor Worship Services ‘To Align With Recent SCOTUS Rulings’

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Los Angeles County has decided to finally follow the Constitution and honor the First Amendment right of freedom of religion — a right handed down by God Himself — and lift a ban on indoor church worship services over the weekend after recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of houses of worship. Gee, how nice of them to allow folks to do what God commands them to do and hold services inside a building like normal people. This should never have been something that needed a Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution is pretty clear that the right to freely expression religion is protected. via Daily Wire: “The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with recent Supreme Court rulings for places of worship,” the county said in a press release Saturday. “Places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Places of worship must also assure that attendance does not exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of six feet between separate households.” “Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community,” the release continued. “Because Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community is critical. This is an absolute win for religious liberty, one of the most important and fundamental rights our republic was established upon. In fact, it was our forefathers seeking after religious…

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