Sarah Copus, NOT a typical teen star!

In the past, I have been harshly critical of popular music trends and their being so centered on teens and their shallow interests.

Not to mention the fact there so many young performers have no real talent and are just manufactured and marketed by record producers and labels to make money.

But then I found an incredible exception! Remember these people?
https://dalehusband.com/2016/04/17/the-most-beautiful-couple-in-all-of-texas/

Their daughter, Sarah Copus, is now 13 and has put out a solo album. In addition to singing so beautifully that her voice nearly rips my heart out (Listen to her on a 2002 song here on a YouTube video I made), she can play various instruments, though she seems to prefer the harp the most.

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Here is her website:

https://www.sarahcopus.com/home

And her new Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017114896356

And this is her solo album:

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Samples from her works are here:
https://www.sarahcopus.com/music

And yet….there was one brief time when Sarah’s very life hung in the balance and she and her vast potential could have been lost forever!

Starting on page 44 of this magazine issue, we can read a short biography of Sarah. Including an account of how she almost died from a deadly form of pneumonia at age two. It was so bad that she needed surgery to drain one of her lungs of fluid and her immune system was ruined, requiring her to avoid contact with other children for at least two years. But despite, or perhaps because of, that isolation, she became totally focused on music and later started assisting her parents in the recording studio for 2002 songs.

This raises an interesting question. Sarah no doubt survived because her parents could afford the best health care she could get, perhaps due to their having adequate health insurance. But what if Sarah had been born to a poor family that could not have afforded health care, or even health insurance, before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) lowered health insurance rates for people who could not have previously afforded it? Even worse, what if she had been born in Africa, which is not only extremely disease ridden, but has very few health professionals to deal with all the illnesses? She would have had just as much beauty  and potential talent, but she also would have most likely passed away and the world would have been deprived of what she could have given us.

And that is exactly why the repeated attempts of Republicans in the U S Congress to repeal Obamacare angers me so deeply. Basically, they consider those who are in poverty to be worthless. But what is worthless is the idea that some people are fit to live and others are not for ANY reason other than issues of character! There is no way of knowing how many loving and brilliant children have been sacrificed over the years and around the world because of this willingness of conservative hypocrites (in America and elsewhere) to leave some of them behind to die. Indeed, Obamacare itself is really not enough.

We really should have SOCIALIZED MEDICINE for everyone!

From “victim” to victimizer!

I have friends who have deluded themselves into assuming dogmatically that any teenager who has sex with an adult and even has a baby with him or her is automatically a victim of sexual abuse. I have never believed this (I think if force was not used, it should not be called rape and age is irrelevant). Now I find a story that seems to prove how right my position is.

https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/man-fathered-former-high-school-211822550.html

Man Who Fathered Former High School Teacher’s Son Allegedly Kills Them Both: Source

A former high school teacher’s former student has been accused of killing both her and their young son — born from an affair that made headlines in 2013 — a New York City police source tells PEOPLE.

An NYPD spokesperson declined to comment on the case, but the department source says Isaac Duran was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder in the deaths of former Dewitt Clinton High School teacher Felicia Barahona and her 4-year-old son, Miguel.

The 36-year-old mother and Afghanistan War veteran was found dead Monday morning in the living room of her Manhattan apartment, according to the police source, who confirms that she was strangled with an electrical cord and Miguel was drowned in the bathtub. The boy was found face-down, floating in the filled tub, the source says.

Their bodies were first discovered by the apartment building’s superintendent, who checked on Barahona after noticing a foul odor that seemed to be coming from her unit.

Duran was taken into custody later Monday, according to the source.

Under “intense questioning,” PEOPLE’s source alleges that Duran “owned up” to the killings — at one point “referencing Satan.”

Duran’s custody status was not immediately available Tuesday afternoon. It was unclear from court records if he had been before a judge yet, entered a plea to his charges or whether a bail amount had been set for him.

It was unknown Tuesday if Duran had retained an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

According to the NYPD source, Duran initially denied having any involvement in the deaths and told detectives he hadn’t been to Barahona’s apartment building since 2012, when their son was born. However, police discovered that Duran was spotted on surveillance video entering and leaving the building over several days.

Barahona’s relationship with Duran first became public in March 2013, after an internal investigative report was obtained by multiple local news outlets.

According to those reports, Barahona began having sex with Duran after he turned 18, though they later split in early 2012 before Miguel was born. Barahona was fired from Dewitt Clinton High in August 2012.

Her family could not immediately be reached.

Still want to claim that young man was merely an innocent victim of abuse? No, he was the real abuser here. The teacher was wrong, but she and her child did not deserve the death penalty!

Another case of a teacher/student sex stunt!

I sometimes wonder if in the past it was actually common for adult teachers and their underaged students to engage in sexual relations, since we in recent times so often hear of such things in the news. Now it appears that one way a younger boy or girl can get rich is to have sex with a teacher, claim to be a victim of abuse and file a lawsuit to get millions of dollars from the experience. How convenient!

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Let them be hypocrites

A website titled Let Them Marry promotes Christian standards for marriage.

http://letthemmarry.org/

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him”
(Genesis 2:18)

There are thousands of godly young men and women who are ready to be married but are not – this is not good.

It is time for godly men to seek out the biblical path for marriage, to search out the cause of delayed or denied marriages, and to put away unbiblical ideas surrounding the marriage process.

Note: Contrary to vicious internet rumors we do not support or in any way condone child sexual activity of any sort, child marriage, or any other illegal activity. Nor do we support or condone forced marriages. We believe that parents should NOT seek a spouse for a child where that child has not actively sought for the parents to do so.

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Jehovah, the Homophobe.

Recently, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, one of the many Christian based cults founded in the 19th Century, produced an attractive and professional looking video with a clear message: Jehovah will not allow gays and lesbians into Paradise.

Watch that video here:

Afterwards, consider the following questions.

How do we know that Jehovah invented marriage for us? Why him and not some other god?

What if Jehovah told us to reject interracial marriage too? The Mormons have a book that condemns people with black skin!

What if Jehovah ordered us to kill anyone above the age of 65?

How do we know there is a Paradise for us to go to?

How do we know that gays and lesbians will be excluded from Paradise?

Indeed, how do we even know Jehovah exists at all?

We KNOW that gays and lesbians exist and that some of them are PARENTS.

Using one or more things that may not be real to attack things or people that are certainly real is irrational.

And making something cute to teach BIGOTRY is the worst kind of brainwashing!

It does not matter if you say, “God hates fags!” or if you say, “Jehovah does not approve of your gay lifestyle and he will love you more if you change.” Sugarcoated bigotry is still bigotry, period!

A Mature Discussion About Religion

(A father is washing dishes in the kitchen. His ten-year old son enters.)

Son: Father, why do atheists hate God?

Father:  Who told you that nonsense?

Son: Uncle Bob was talking about religion with Mother in the living room.

Father: (Lowers his voice) Son, your uncle is an idiot. Atheists do not hate God because you cannot hate something if you do not believe it exists.

Son:  So what are we supposed to believe about God?

Father: I can only tell you what I believe and I expect you to make up your own mind later. I believe in the God of Christianity, which is also said to be the God of Judaism and Islam.

Son: Then I choose to believe as you do.

Father: So be it.  But as you grow older and learn more, you may reconsider that view. If you do, no matter what you end up with, I assure you that I will always love you.

Son: Thanks, Father.