R-71 UPDATE: As of the Wednesday evening report, Elections Division crews have now checked 79,195 names. The total was up about 6,200 over the previous day.
The error rate rose again in the latest count, to 11.67 percent cumulatively. If they’re to qualify for the ballot, backers need to keep their error rate under 12.4 percent by the time all 137,689 of their signatures are checked.
The bottom line, so far, is that 69,949 signatures have been accepted. It takes 120,577 valid Washington signatures to place a referendum on the ballot – 4 percent of last year’s total vote for governor.
The latest report said 9,246 signatures have been rejected – most of them (7,805) because they couldn’t be found on the state’s database of registered voters. Checkers also have turned down 700 because the signature doesn’t match the one on file and 703 for being duplicate or triplicate signers. Another 38 await an electronic signature from their home county that can be compared with the one on the petition.
Statistics from Secretary of State's Office
"American Babies are Ruining Everything"
We mentioned President Obama's top science advisor, John Holdren, a couple of weeks ago, pointing out his radical views on population control and his advocacy for it.
Evidently some professors at Oregon State University agree and have published a study titled, "Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals."
It wouldn't matter what these guys believe, except that they and others who share their views are teaching our children and advising our President---and unfortunately shaping the beliefs of the next generation.
Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax at OSU are suggesting in their study that if you truly care about the environment, it's not enough to use funny looking light bulbs, get rid of your SUV and ride a bike, but you must also stop ruining everything by having babies.
The "basic premise," the study reports is that, "a person is responsible for the emissions of his descendants."
This week Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Seminary spoke to the issue, saying this view is anti-Christian.
The Wall Street Journal has written an excellent article on the matter titled, "American Babies are Ruining Everything".
In it they quote an email from Murtaugh which says he is not offering policies, "only some complicated arithmetic showing the likely effects of an individual's reproductive activities on future carbon emissions."
However, if you accept his assumptions, it means when a friend has a baby, you have to think we're all the worse for it. When you have one, you have burdened the world for generations to come.
The Journal points out that the new sounding words like "carbon footprints" is really a new reference to the old Malthusian view of people breeding themselves to destruction.
Homosexual activists have picked up on this view and often refer to normally married couples as "breeders".
Dr Mohler has also picked up on this discussion and definitely does not agree with Murtaugh's assumptions. In fact he addressed it on his radio program last week.
He says this view is anti-Christian and that Scripture is very clear on the blessings of having children.
He said, "One of the responsibilities of Christian people is to produce godly progeny. Nowhere in the Bible is there any kind of blessing upon any form of thinking that would see children as a burden, in fact both, especially the Old and the New Testament, were given to us at a time when many other people were sacrificing children on alters."
Indeed. And in our so-called enlightenment of the 21st century we continue to sacrifice our children through abortion under the guise of "choice," marriage and genetically connected children under the guise of "equality" and common sense under the guise of politically correct, socially engineered policies.
And we potentially sacrifice a part of our children every time we send them into the abyss of public education to be exposed to people like Murtaugh, Schlax and Holdren.
William Mcgurn, who wrote the piece for the Wall Street Journal, concludes, "We're not likely to get far with a "science" that defines the problem as American babies."
Nor are we likely to get very far without the influence of Judeo-Christian principles in our culture.
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