December 30, 2015 SnyderTalk: ‘Affluenza’ tells us a lot about Our Society

1--Intro Covering Israel and ME

“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)


2--SnyderTalk Editorial 5 New Temple MT


‘Affluenza’ tells us a lot about Our Society

The so-called “affluenza teen” was detained in Mexico.  See “The ‘affluenza’ teen case, explained” for background information.

I’m not a regular Rush Limbaugh listener, but if Katie and I are taking a long car trip, at noon I tune him in.

Limbaugh airs a variety of parody ads.  One of them is about people who suffer from “affluenza”.

Limbaugh coined the term.  It means that the person is unable to see things clearly or behave appropriately because he is too affluent.

I never dreamed that anyone would use affluenza as a defense in a real situation, but it happened and it worked.

I taught at the University of Virginia for 25 years.  In 1979 when I arrived in Charlottesville, UVA was about to announce a $400 million capital campaign.  At that time, it was the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken by a public university.

While I taught at UVA, fundraising never stopped.  It was one capital campaign after another until I departed.

Frank Hereford was President of UVA in 1979.  He was a “Virginia gentleman” with good sense.  Hereford kept fundraising in perspective.  Those who followed him as president were not cut from the same bolt of cloth.

By the time I retired, fundraising at UVA had become the tail wagging the dog.

Shortly before I retired, a colleague from the Development Office came to see me in my office.  In casual conversation, he told me that the V.P. for Development had told the development officers that fundraising was Job One at UVA.  Regrettably, he was right and I knew it.

That struck me.  If Frank Hereford had heard his V.P. for Development make a statement like that, there would have been hell to pay.

A True Story: One Example

UVA admitted the son of a wealthy entrepreneur whose company you would recognize.  I won’t mention the company’s name.  It’s not essential to the story.  The principle is important.

The son was a discipline problem.  One day, he hit a fellow student in the head with a 5-iron and injured him badly.  That led to his dismissal.

One of my leadership students who knew the perpetrator brought the subject up in class and wanted to talk about it.  He was concerned because he couldn’t understand why it took so long for UVA administrators to recognize the problem and deal with it.

He said that similar things had occurred several times and that if the guy’s father had not been wealthy, UVA administrators would have cut him loose long before.  I knew he was right.

The subject was germane so we talked about it.  Eventually, the class reached the conclusion that money can blind people to truth and subvert justice.

I agreed.  I saw evidence of it many times at UVA as fundraising was on the rise.

As an aside, one day I may write a book titled The Filmflam.  If I do, you should read it.

The Lesson

The apostle Paul said that the lust for money is the root of all sorts of evil. (1 Timothy 6: 10)  I’ve provided one good example.

We have reached the point where people with money are admired no matter how corrupt and perverted they are, and children with wealthy parents can get away with murder.  That tells us a lot about the condition of our society.

Paul also said that Yahweh does not show favoritism. (Romans 2: 11)  Neither should we.

Race, ethnicity, wealth, etc. cannot be allowed to subvert justice. The “affluenza teen” and his family are examples of this problem at work in our midst.  There are many others. We have the power to solve these problems, and we must solve them.

Justice matters to Yahweh.  I should matter to us, too.  In the end, it will matter whether we like it or not.



3--HNIY the Website


His Name is Yahweh, the website, is a companion of the book His Name is Yahweh.  Both of them explain the importance of God’s Name.

The website is loaded with factual information that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Yahweh is our Savior and that the Messiah is Yahweh.

I hope you will take a few minutes and explore the website.  I also hope you will share it with your friends and family.

It’s time for believers to tell the world about our God by His Name—Yahweh.

To see videos that explain the importance of Yahweh’s Name, click here.






13--Perspectives 2


Steve Apfel—Jesus the Palestinian:  …Considering it all, one fact stands out: the Middle East has turned into a Christian graveyard…all except for a barely visible slick of land. Jesus’ own people are alive and well there today – in Israel.

SnyderTalk Comment: I first heard the “Jesus was a Palestinian” lie in 1998.  For decades, Palestinian leaders have been trying to win Christian support for their sins by claiming ownership of the Messiah.

They don’t know him, so lying is no problem for them.

As a Christian who visits Israel regularly, I can say this without hesitation.  Christians are safe in Israel.  Israel is the only place in the Middle East today where we are safe.

I have Christian friends in Jordan who would disagree with me. Jordan is a special country by covenant. David’s grandmother, Ruth, was from Moab. It’s in Jordan.

Ingrid Carlqvist—Sweden: Rapes, Acquittals and Severed Heads: November 4: The Swedish Immigration Service sent out a press release, saying that it had hired close to a thousand additional employees since June. The Immigration Service now has over 7,000 employees, including hourly workers and consultants — double the 3,350 employees who worked there in 2012. Most of the new recruits work with the legal processing of asylum applications, but the units dealing with receiving migrants and filing their initial applications have also expanded considerably. As if the record influx of migrants this autumn were not crushing enough, the Immigration Service also had trouble retaining its staff. Employees complain about being badly treated: they are always expected to be on call, and possibly even work Christmas Eve.

ReutersUS-led air strikes kill IS leaders linked to Paris attacks: A U.S.-led coalition has killed 10 Islamic State leaders in the past month with targeted air strikes, including individuals linked to last month’s attacks in Paris, a spokesman for the coalition said on Tuesday. “Over the past month, we’ve killed 10 ISIL leadership figures with targeted air strikes, including several external attack planners, some of whom are linked to the Paris attacks,” said U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIL. “Others had designs on further attacking the West.”

CNNBlast kills 26 people; Pakistani Taliban faction claims responsibility: At least 26 people were killed in a blast Tuesday in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, police said. The explosion took place at the city’s National Database and Registration Authority offices — where Pakistanis get ID cards and passports. Several other people were injured in the attack, said Saad Wazir of the Mardan police. Police believe a suicide bomber drove his motorcycle into the office building.

NewsweekIslamic Militant Groups Killed Dozens of Journalists in 2015: Report: France and Syria were the deadliest countries for journalists in 2015. Pictured is the front page of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, headlined “C’est Reparti” (Here We Go Again), at a kiosk in Nice, France, on February 25.

NewsweekISIS Document Reveals Group’s Policy on Sex Slaves: Two Yazidi sisters who escaped from captivity by Islamic State militants sit in a tent at Sharya refugee camp on the outskirts of Duhok province July 3. On Tuesday, reports revealed a document that sets out the group’s policy on how to treat women who are kept as sex slaves.

Uzay Bulut—Turkey’s Murderous Assault on Kurds: The Turks have begun another massacre in Kurdistan, this time bigger than before, and imposing curfews to pin down their victims. It is the latest demonstration of Turkey’s 90-year-old extermination campaign against the Kurdish population. In Turkey’s Kurdistan, since August 16, there have been 52 open-ended, round-the-clock curfews affecting 17 towns, in which approximately 1,299,061 people reside (2014 population census), according to the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV). Those are predominantly Kurdish towns.

AlgemeinerIsraeli Expert Says Hezbollah Retaliation for Kuntar Assassination Likely to Come in Asia, Thailand: Hezbollah’s retribution against Israel for allegedly assassinating arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar in Syria will likely be against a target outside the Jewish state, said Professor Uzi Rabi, the director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University, according to Maariv on Monday.  Predicting a “measured and calculated response” by Hezbollah, Rabi said it could happen in “Thailand, Asia or somewhere abroad.”

Washington PostFinland blocks refugees from cycling across Russian border into Lapland: Despite the geographical distance and inhospitable winter weather, Finland has emerged as an unlikely destination for refugees and migrants in recent months. More than 30,000 refugees seeking asylum have traveled to the country this year, a dramatic increase from the typical 3,000 or so. As the year draws to a close, this sharp surge in arrivals has prompted an unusual move from Finnish authorities: a restriction on bicycle border crossings in Lapland.

Yoel Guzansky, Zvi Magen, and Oded Eran: Russian Nuclear Diplomacy in the Middle East: Israel cannot ignore the procurement of advanced Russian weapons systems by its neighbors, or their accelerated entry into the nuclear field; these plans are liable to serve as a basis for obtaining greater know-how and as a cover for building nuclear weapons capability, certainly if the transfer of know-how includes enrichment capability. For its part, Russia is being careful to maintain positive relations with Israel, which it regards as an important regional player. Israel also regards Russia as a key player in the region, and the two countries are coordinating their moves in order to prevent a clash between their military forces in Syrian territory. At the same time, Israel expects Russia to take its security interests into consideration.

The GuardianBoycott and Sanction Power to Be Stripped from UK Councils: The UK Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is drawing up new guidelines to prevent local authorities from mounting their own “boycott and sanction” campaigns. The directions, which will be issued early in the new year, are expected to make clear that councils’ procurement and investment policies must be consistent with UK government foreign policy. “Councils should not be using pensions and procurement policies to pursue their own boycotts and sanctions against foreign nations,” a DCLG spokesman said.

Washington PostAl-Qaeda-Linked Groups Seeking to Take Back Spotlight from Islamic State: In recent months, al-Qaeda’s affiliates have stepped up attacks on Westerners and expanded control over territory. The moves reflect the global threat still posed by al-Qaeda and signal an intensifying rivalry with the Islamic State.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror and Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman—Jordanian Security and Prosperity: An Essential Aspect of Israeli Policy: Israel has a strategic interest in, and long-standing commitment to, the safety, security, stability and prosperity of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In current times, the relationship is buttressed by a broad-ranging series of cooperative ventures in the strategic, security, diplomatic, economic and energy fields. The stability and prosperity of Jordan has been a central element of Israeli national security policy for three generations. In 1958, David Ben-Gurion facilitated steps taken by the West to help the Kingdom resist the pressures of Nasserist radicals. In 1970, Golda Meir – in close coordination with the U.S. – was willing to risk war in order to compel Soviet-backed Syrian forces to reverse their invasion of Jordan.












5--HNIY Print form 2

His Name is Yahweh explains why the Name of God, Yahweh, is so important.  It’s available in eBook format and in paperback.  It’s also available for free in PDF format.

  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


14--Blessings from Revelation 2

Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now.  There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


Other Books by Neil Snyder

  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided.  They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make.  As they say, forewarned is forearmed.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.

15--Concentric Circles 5

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