Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Alcohol and Pot Will Help Fill WA Budget Hole

State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, D-Seattle, is sponsoring a bill to legalize marijuana. The bill will be introduced in the 2010 Legislature.

Under the bill, Marijuana would be sold in the 160 state run liquor stores state wide.

Dickerson has explained how her bill will help both individuals and help the state solve it's $2.6 billion shortfall next year.

First she says it will help individuals with addictions.

Under the bill, customers, 21 and older, will buy marijuana at the 160 state run liquor stores and will pay a tax of 15% per gram. Her plan will dedicate most of the money raised to substance-abuse prevention and treatment.

So the state legalizes and sells more addictive drugs so they can help those who are addicted.

Forget for the moment that marijuana is a proven gateway drug and is harmful to an individuals health.

Forget that Ron Brooks, president of the National Narcotics Officer's Associations' Coalition, told Rachel LaCorte at AP, ( same link from above) that he fears that if legalized, marijuana would contribute to more highway accidents and deaths, as well as a potential increase in health care costs for those who smoke it.

Forget all that, because:

Secondly, this bill will join alcohol sales to help fill the state budget hole---as it is called.

Dickerson says, "Our state is facing a huge financial deficit and deficits are projected for a few more years."

She also says, "We need to look at revenues and see what might be possible."

Dickerson believes her measure could bring into the state coffers as much as alcohol does----more than $300 million annually.

That would be more than $600 million from pot and alcohol. Just think what could be accomplished by expanding the number of state run pot and alcohol stores. Just by doubling the number of stores we could easily see over a billion dollars a year income. Think how many people that would help.

Preposterous? Was it last year or year before last that these lawmakers considered expanding the number of liquor stores in the state to increase revenue?

I agree with Brooks.

He says state law makers need to ask themselves, "If they believe we really will make all that revenue, and even if we did, will it be worth the suffering, the loss of opportunities, the chronic illness or death that would occur?"

Rep. Dickerson says she wants to "start a strong conversation about the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana."

The conversation has begun. Be assured it will be a strong one.

Would the state legislature really pass such a bill? You tell me. Take a look at the left to far left majority in the present legislature. Take a look at how much money they don't have.

Would the present Governor sign a bill such as this? One that would help so many people.

Vigilance and action is, I believe, the tone for 2010. We must watch this session very, very closely. We must also become active in replacing a number of lawmakers in the 2010 elections.

We will have a lot to say in this regard over the coming months. Seat by seat, I believe we can begin to reclaim the state and the principles that bring greater, not fewer personal freedoms. And protections rather than assault on family and marriage. And education in the classroom rather than social engineering.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Janet Napolitano: "The System Worked"

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Janet Napolitano: "The System Worked"

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN on Sunday, regarding the attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas day, "One thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked."

It did? The emperor has no clothes.

What worked is the common sense of the passengers. They subdued the guy so he couldn't detonate his bomb.

After being publicly called out on her statement, she withdrew it yesterday.

There is one thing I would like to point out about this ridiculous statement. Actually two.

First, America continues to choke on political correctness. We need to profile people for security purposes.

Phillip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International, an aviation and security training and consulting company in London, said yesterday, "The real problem lies in our determination to screen everybody in exactly the same way using technologies that are not fit for the purpose."

If you read his column, you will learn he is a strong advocate of profiling for security purposes.
He said, "Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year old alleged perpetrator of the Christmas Day attack, should have been identified as a potential threat to the flight both in Lagos and again in Amsterdam. Here was a passenger who had bought an expensive ticket in cash in a country different to that of his port of embarkation or his intended destination, was traveling without any checked luggage for a two-week trip over the Christmas period, and about whom some agencies, and his father, had security concerns. It’s not rocket science we need; it’s the deployment of common sense."

Common sense. He advocates commonsense profiling.

Secondly, this incident, again, brings up the question of "truth" with this president and his administration.

It seems this administration will say anything to anyone to move their agenda forward and cover their back.

Even the Canada Free Press, whose logo states, "Because without America, There Is No Free World," is asking the question, "Does Obama Have The Ability to Tell The Truth?" regarding the economy, climate and health care.

There is a heightened cynicism and distrust for government in America that I have not seen in my lifetime. With the exception of a few, Jimmy Carter is generally viewed as one of the most ineffective presidents in recent times. However, his "malaise" doesn't even approach the conflicted confusion we see emerging in our country as we conclude the first decade of the 21st century.

I am certain you have read the words of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

God help us.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Saving of America

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Bryan Fischer, formerly with the Idaho Values Alliance, now with AFA, has written an excellent blog column.

He addresses the question, "Has God left to the American people any instruments by which they may draw the nation back from the edge of self destruction and re-align the nation with the laws of Nature and Nature's God?"

I, as Fischer, believe the answer is yes.


Bryan Fischer-Focal Point
THE SAVING OF AMERICA - A MANIFESTO
Date: 12/23/2009 12:49:42 PM

America is not just at a "crossroads," as Rep. Parker Griffith recently said when switching from the Democrat Party to the GOP this week, but at a "precipice," to use the president's own malapropism.

When the president said that Democrats were on the "precipice" of enacting the complete government takeover of health care (he subsequently used the word "cusp") he spoke truer than he knew, just as the high priest did in Jesus' day when he said "It is better for you that one man should die for the people" (John 11:50).

A precipice, of course, is a cliff, and once a hiker or a nation goes over one, the hard landing can do a significant amount of damage to a body or a body politic.

The question then becomes whether a nation about to topple into an abyss can be pulled back from the brink, and if so, how.

People of faith are eternal optimists, because we believe, as the Founder of Christianity taught us, that "all things are possible with God."

So the question then becomes whether God has left to the American people any instruments by which they may draw the nation back from the edge of self-destruction and re-align that nation with the laws of Nature and Nature's God. The answer, I believe, is yes.

Our goal must be to use the same strategy employed by the Founding Fathers at the time of America's birth. They made use of the tools of representative government to free themselves from the yoke of tyranny, and only resorted to force in self-defense and in defense of their newly proclaimed independence.

The Founders met in Philadelphia in 1774 as the chosen representatives of the American people, directed by them to consider the question of political tyranny. They met with authority delegated to them by the people to counsel together on their behalf and find a way forward.

Our solution today must involve the same reliance on the time-honored principles of representative government. The alternative, sadly, is civil unrest and violence. There is a dangerous level of anger across the land at this particular point in history, an anger intense enough to kindle our own version of the bloody French Revolution.

But hope is rapidly diminishing that we can look to Washington for a way out of this morass. When the Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress, we wound up with domestic spending that was almost 50% higher than we had under President Clinton. The Democrats have controlled the purse strings since 2006, and our federal debt, already at stratospheric levels, is about to leave the orbit of the earth entirely.

I certainly am not advocating in any way, shape or form that we abandon the effort to elect genuine conservatives to the halls of Congress. But barring something utterly unforeseen, Democrats will still control the Senate at this time next year and will control the thermostat in the Oval Office until at least January of 2013. Placing our hope in sending better officials to Washington is a slender reed on which to depend.

So, where do we look for a solution that will honor the Constitution and the principles of representative government? I believe we must turn our attention now to state legislatures who will exercise their Tenth Amendment rights under the Bill of Rights and simply, firmly and politely refuse to submit to any directive that comes from Congress or the Executive branch that has no warrant under the enumerated powers listed in the Constitution.

I'll have more to say about his in subsequent columns, but the bottom line for today is simply this: somebody has to say "No" to Congress, and that somebody is the legislature of each state in the union.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Jesus Christ: A Light in the Dark

The other night my wife and I, along with some of our family, drove up to the view point at Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill's Highland. The lights of the city were spectacular, as always. While looking across the city, a few clouds cleared and a quarter moon hung just above the Space Needle.

Lights are truly a thing of beauty.

As we drove down the hill into downtown, I remembered the words of John, who said of Christ, "In Him was life and the life was the light of men."

I also remembered that he said, "And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:4,5)

In our world of uncertainty, fear, rebellion and confusion, may the spirit of Christ light your heart and your way. May you experience the fullness of life through the life that is the light of the world.

God bless you and your family at this Christmas season and throughout the coming year.

Gary Randall and the Faith and Freedom staff.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Visions Of Sugar Plumbs

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While a majority of Americans oppose Obama's health care plan---for a variety of reasons, there are those who see it as a gift. A miracle from Pennsylvania Avenue.

As these folks tuck themselves into the blankets of a new world socialism, there is ---well, visions of sugar plumbs dancing in their heads.

Senator Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is facing a very tough re-election bid next year. But not to worry. He gets a $100,000 million for a new hospital for the folks in his district. That should salvage a few votes.

A number of other well documented gifts have been spread around in the purchasing of the politicians.

However, everyone isn't into sugar plumbs this Christmas.

Senator Ben Nelson got his sugar plumb from Harry Reid and thought he had hit a home run, until he checked with the people he supposedly serves in Nebraska.

They are not doing sugar plumbs this year.

There is much more than a clatter on the roof----the people are through the roof mad.

His phone lines are jammed and while attending a public gathering in Omaha last weekend, he got an earful. And the message wasn't "Happy New Year."

Nelson says he feels like he went home and was "bit by the family dog."

Indeed.

Perhaps other elected officials who have drifted into the brave new world of dismantling America and redistributing the wealth will get "bite" in 2010 as well.

Or, will rethink their core values.

Rep. Parker Griffith, D-AL, a medical doctor, has done just that and announced this week he is quitting the Democratic Party and joining the Republicans. He says his core values don't match with theirs.

He said, "I want to make it perfectly clear that his bill is bad for doctors, our patients and will have unintended consequences far beyond what we know today."

Yes it will.

There are a number of great candidates stepping forward in Washington State this coming 2010 election. As we move into the new year, we will be working with them and encouraging you to do so as well.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"This Bill will reshape our nation and our lives."

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Calling the Obama health care bill a "monstrosity," Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said, "This is not renaming the post office. Make no mistake----this bill will reshape our nation and our lives."

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI. referred, on the floor, to those who do not support the bill as being influenced by, "The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups."

He said they are desperate to break this president. You can connect the dots.

Senator Harry Reid says all those who do not support Obama's health care "reform" are on "the wrong side of history." John McCain and others promised to fight until "the very last vote."

So it would appear that Obama wins----America loses, even though a majority of Americans oppose his health care bill.

Syndicated columnist George Will has an interesting take on the matter. He said yesterday in his column, "Two Empty Triumphs: Copenhagen and Congress," that he thinks Obama loses in Copenhagen and in Congress, because both deals are hallow, even though he got a deal in Copenhagen and has now gotten a health bill through the Senate.

Will mentions the problems that the liberals in Congress and the President have said they want to fix and asks how does this bill solve those issues.

It doesn't. Not even the rising cost of health care. Will concludes saying, "They will need mental health care to cure their intellectual backlash."

Perhaps so, however, many of us are even more focused on the moral issues of life, than the political fall out.

The issue of life cuts deeply into the American culture, and in this way McConnell is right. This bill principally reshapes our nation and our lives. And the President knows it.

Yesterday afternoon, the President sent out an email thanking Harry Reid and all those who worked so hard to get the bill through the Senate----including his own organization, "Organizing America." He highlighted what he feels are the landmark aspects of the bill, concluding, "These are not small changes. These are big changes. They are fundamental reforms. They will save money. They will save lives."

Interesting.

Let's put the money aside for the moment. Whose lives will he save?

In the late 60's and early 70's "Values Clarification" was introduced into the nation's textbooks. One of the most memorable little story problems this study introduced was that of three people in a boat which could only sustain two people. Who should be thrown overboard? The process included personal value and productivity.

It does not appear "sanctity of life" is a priority for this President. While the President and his colleagues have repeatedly promised no taxpayer money for abortion, their bill does in fact pay for abortion.

With his $500 billion or so cut to medicare expenses, it would seem that the elderly, most often the least productive adults and most in need of medical assistance are also not a priority.

Senator Maria Cantwell, in support of this bill that expands the killing of unwanted, unborn children and reduces medical assistance to the less productive elderly when they need it most, told KOMO 1000 News yesterday morning that this health care bill will be very helpful to the state budget.

This bill further defines a culture that is moving more and more toward a culture of death, than a culture of life.

Abortion. Euthanasia.

God help us.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

James Bopp, Jr., "Setting The Bar For Political Wannabes"

James Bopp, Jr., our attorney in the matter of protecting the names of those who signed the R-71 petitions, has written an article published in the Washington Times titled "Setting the Bar High For Political Wannabes".

Bopp is a devout Christian and active conservative.

I felt many of our readers would find the article interesting, informative and inspiring:

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BOPP: Setting the bar for political wannabes


Jim Bopp Jr.

OPINION/ANALYSIS:

Newt Gingrich created a stir in April when he warned of a third party in 2012. "If the Republicans can't break out of being the right-wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third-party movement in 2012," he said. Eight months later, that dreadful prospect seems real.

We got here because governing became all about power and not about Republican principles, leading to out-of-control government spending, deficits, earmarks and finally bailouts during the George W. Bush administration. It also became all about "winning elections," not about advancing the conservative agenda.

It began in 2004 when the Republican Party backed incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate primary. It was followed by millions of dollars of Republican Party money flowing to Lincoln Chafee in 2006; tens of millions of dollars more to elect the moderates' poster boy John McCain in 2008; and most recently $900,000 to keep afloat Dede Scozzafava in New York's 23rd Congressional District last month.

This left the Republican Party with a tattered image: a weak and indecisive party ready to sell out its principles to gain power. It also led to electoral defeats in 2006 and 2008. Only 20 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll in October, the lowest figure in that survey since 1983. And 73 percent of Republican voters believe their leaders in Washington are out of touch with the party base, according to a separate survey in Rasmussen. "They betrayed our trust," say many former Republicans.

But this is not because conservatism is unpopular. On the contrary, conservatism is "the dominant ideological group" in 2009, at 40 percent according to Gallup, outnumbering moderates for the first time since 2004 and twice the number who claim to be liberal.

Much of the growth in self-identified conservatives is among independents, 35 percent now compared with 29 percent in 2008.

This opened the door for the "tea party" movement. We are seeing one of the rare truly spontaneous grass-roots movements in our nation's history. It is overwhelmingly conservative and has a much higher favorable rating than the Republican Party.

But even more ominous, according to a December Rasmussen survey, if the tea party movement were actually a third party, its candidates would be more popular than Republicans, by 23 percent to 18 percent. But Democrats would win with 36 percent. Another Rasmussen poll, taken in November, reported a similar dynamic. In a hypothetical race between Mitt Romney and President Obama would be tied at 44 percent, but if Lou Dobbs was added to the race, it would be Mr. Romney 34 percent, Mr. Obama 42 percent and Mr. Dobbs 14 percent.

Now, if one would listen to all the liberal pundits and Democrat activists, what the Republican Party needs to do is "reach out" to moderates, accept diversity of opinion and not "threaten retribution on Republicans for voting their conscience," as Christie Todd Whitman puts it. Thus, their prescription is to "keep the Republicans where we got them" - mired in a series of electoral defeats. If this poison pill was to be swallowed whole, a conservative third party is likely to emerge, guaranteeing Mr. Obama's re-election. In the meantime, Mr. Obama may be able to get some of the Republican congressional votes he needs to remake America in his socialist image.

Of all political parties in American history, the Republican Party has been the one that was willing to stand on principle - and as a result, win elections. The Republican Party turned aside Stephen Douglas in favor of Abraham Lincoln, because it believed that slavery was inherently evil. Ronald Reagan was nominated and elected after declaring that "a political party is not a fraternal order. A party is something where people are bound together by a shared philosophy."

And this again is the hope of the American people for the Republican Party. In a November 2008 Gallup poll, 37 percent of Americans, 59 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of independents wanted the Republican Party to become more conservative. And support for conservatives certainly has grown in the past year.

All Republicans have been heartened by the overwhelming, often unanimous, opposition of Republican members of Congress to Mr. Obama's march to socialism. Further, we are all encouraged by the recent public opinion trends against Mr. Obama's policies, although there is nothing inevitable and irreversible about a trend. And for the members of the Republican National Committee, we were given that privilege so that we might lead.

So what is missing? It is not rhetoric, because no one really doubts that we are good at claiming to be conservatives. However, saying "just trust me, again" will not earn us that renewed trust.

What is missing is acting as if conservatism actually matters.

It should matter when we govern. It should matter when the Republican Party conducts its affairs. And it should matter when candidates want our money. We are being held accountable by the American people regarding whether our deeds meet our words and we must likewise hold our candidates and officeholders accountable. Nothing short of that will be enough.


Jim Bopp Jr., an elections-law attorney in Indiana and member of the Republican National Committee (the party's governing body), is the founder of the only separate organizations within the RNC in its history: the Republican National Conservative Caucus and Conservative Steering Committee, originally established to elect a conservative RNC chairman.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christian Medical Association CEO Quits AMA

Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the 17,000 member Christian Medical Association, has sent a letter of resignation to the American Medical Association, canceling his membership.

Dr. Stevens says, "I can no longer associate with or support an organization that is unscientific, unprofessional and controlled by special interests."

He is asking the CMA's 17,000 members to carefully consider if they should continue their membership in the AMA.

Stevens told the AMA they have violated their own ethical statements at the behest of a vocal pro-abortion faction within the AMA.

He said, "Your resolution on right of conscience states that, 'AMA reaffirms that neither physician, hospital, nor hospital personnel shall be required to perform any act violative of personally held moral principles.' Yet you have worked vigorously at the federal level to overturn the only federal regulation that protects your members from this type of discrimination."

Dr. Stevens says the AMA's support of abortion and embryonic stem cell research, same-sex marriage and medical marijuana are examples of how their policies contradict and undermine the positions of many physicians and has resulted in membership declining from three in four practicing doctors being members in 1960, to one in five today.

Having met Stevens and shared a few public meetings with him, this does not surprise me. He is indeed a man of character and principle.

I sincerely hope his action will provide courage to others, both in and out of the medical field, to take a stand.

The fundamental institutions of our country---medicine, education, finance and the church, are experiencing a realignment, not primarily based on politics or in the case of the church, denomination, but on principle and deeply held beliefs.

It seems we have entered a time when everything that can be shaken is being shaken.

Pray for and support those who take the kind of stand Dr. Stevens has taken.

God bless you.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Historic Public Christmas Service Held in Communist Vietnam

They came, they worshiped, they prayed, they sang and they celebrated the birth of Christ---publicly.

For the first time in more than 30 years, the communist government of Vietnam gave permission for a public Christmas celebration. Since the communist take over more than 30 years ago, Christians have been persecuted--- sometimes severely, and forced to meet in secret--- in home churches.

More than 35,000 people attended the service and when the pastor gave an invitation for people to accept Christ, personally, more than 8,000 responded.

As I read the account and watched the 2 minute, 30 second video, I wept.

Having spent a good amount of time in Vietnam in the early 70's, just prior to the communist take over, I came to know the people and the pastors well. I worked with them, preached in their churches and helped them start and build new churches. I know from personal reports of some of the persecutions and hardships they have suffered in the past three decades.

CBN news reported on the story and has provided a video report from the event. Please take 90 seconds and watch it.

Overwhelmed by the response and the opportunity to worship publicly, the organizers fell to their knees and wept, thanking God.

The moment will move the heart of any believer and hopefully cause all of us to fall on our knees---at least in our hearts and remember the words of the Christmas carol--- "Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel's voices, Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born---"

These kinds of moments will also cause us to thank God for the freedoms that remain in our country---and hopefully deepen our resolve to stand and do what we can do to protect those God given freedoms.

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God bless you and Merry Christmas.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pastor Acquitted of Hate Crime Charge

In 2002, Pastor Stephen Boissoin sent a letter to his local newspaper, criticizing the pro-homosexual rights curriculum in the education system.

His letter carried the heading, "Homosexual Agenda Wicked," and said in part, "From kindergarten class on, our children, your grandchildren, are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators."

A human rights activist filed a complaint against the pastor, supporting his case with the fact that a homosexual had been beaten two weeks after the letter had been published. The activist contended that the beating was evidence that the pastor's speech could incite violence, therefore it was a "hate crime."

This month, Judge E.C. Wilson overturned the ruling of the Alberta, Canada Human Rights Commission that had ordered Pastor Boissoin to stop all public criticism of homosexual behavior and to pay $5000 in damages to the plaintiff.

Can that happen here in the United States? Is this a snapshot of our future?

I believe it is.

Having personally experienced the wrath and rage of the homosexual activists and their friends in the media, it is not difficult for me to see this as a very real possibility.

The Christian Post, in reporting this story says, "The case of Boissoin, which had been on going for more than seven years, was used by conservative Christian leaders as an example of what could happen if DC lawmakers passed an expanded hate crimes law."

In October our Congress did indeed pass the expanded "hate crimes" bill, over the strong objections and lobbying of James Dobson, Chuck Colson , Tony Perkins and millions of conservatives and people of faith across the nation who predicted that such a law could lead to actions by "thought police" who consider verbal attacks or speeches to be "hate crimes".

Although these men lost the battle to defeat this bill, some of us believe it was a battle that had to be waged. We thank them.

With the roll out of SB 5688 in Washington State and it's direct impact on the discussion in public school classrooms across the state, we wonder how homosexual activists will use the federally expanded "hate crimes" legislation to silence and punish those who think differently and say so out loud.

Time will tell.

Public education is indeed a petri dish for social experimentation. There is no doubt that some in public education in the state will seize the opportunity provided by SB 5688. They will strategically target our children and grandchildren, psychologically abuse them with biased information regarding sexual orientation and brainwash their thinking, suggesting that homosexual behavior is normal. They will use the passage of SB 5688 as support, in that it normalizes homosexual behavior and rewards adultery for those over 62.

We will continue to stand, God willing, for what we believe is consistent with Judeo-Christian values and against what is not.

Thank you for your support in standing with us.

God bless you.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Hanukkah, Morality and The People's Response

Last week Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. was asked by CNSNEWS, "Is it morally right to use tax dollars from pro-life Americans to cover insurance plans that cover abortion?"

Her answer? "Is it morally correct? Yes, I believe it is. Abortion is legal and there are certain very tragic circumstances that a woman finds herself in."

Asked the second time, Feinstein said, "Please, we pay for a lot of things we may or may not agree with..."

Translation: If it's legal it's moral.

Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., agreed and said it would be "morally wrong" for members of Congress to vote against the health care bill.

So, who defines morality?

If the US Congress passes a law, does that affirm it to be moral, even if it is in indirect conflict with the basis on which our legal system was developed and our Constitution framed?

All law is based on something. If not the Judeo-Christian principles which our Founders held, what then?

All law is based on either man's ideas or God's principles.

While English law was a combination of Roman-biblical law, with a bit of Enlightenment influence, the colonies choose what they felt to be a better way. Colonial law was far more biblical than that of England and was conceived with the desire for self-rule based on humanity's moral responsibility to God. The Founders believed that God was the ultimate source of law. Walk around Washington DC and read the inscriptions on and in the buildings.

They believed man's law must have it's origin in God's revelation. They believed any law that contradicts biblical revelation is illegitimate. It was from this that they declared their independence. They believed that it is the creator that endows man with rights, which human laws must be framed to protect.

They believed there is a law, a system of absolutes, derived from biblical principles, that transcends man and his institutions.

We have wondered far from our Founder's beliefs, with some members of Congress now suggesting that if they pass a law, the effect of the law is moral---because they passed it. To oppose it is "immoral", even if it requires people to pay taxes to kill unborn children.

During these days of Hanukkah, I'm reminded that ancient Israel once faced a similar circumstance.

In about 167 BC, Antiochus IV Epiphanes decided to forbid the observances of the Jewish faith and commands in the land of Israel.

The Greco-Syrians occupied their land and had been systematically attempting to Hellenize the culture and force pagan practices and beliefs on the Jews and their children. Massive cultural assimilation was under way using fear, intimidation, reeducation and the redefinition of basic social constructs.

Laws were changed with out regard, to support the new morality.

The Jewish Temple was mocked and desecrated.

With a small army, led by a motivated Judah Maccabee, the large army of the Greco-Syrians was defeated. By 165 BC, the Maccabees were triumphant. On the 25th of the Hebrew month Kislev, the Maccabees reclaimed their holy temple and decided to "re-dedicate" it. Hanukkah means "re-dedicate".

Judaism had defeated the hedonistic Hellenists and restored the nation to one that properly accepted God's authority.

Lights were lighted and are said to have burned long past the supply of oil for the lamps. Eight days. A miracle.

Some have likened the current "tea party movement" to that of the Maccabees. Most Americans---Jew and gentile, find great inspiration in the account of Hanukkah.

In America, our cultural battle is not unlike that of the ancient Maccabees, except ours is fought through the legal and political systems of our country.

Some may ask, "Who will be our American Judah Maccabee?" Certainly our country needs leadership. Fortunately we have the opportunity to choose at the ballot box.

Perhaps it is not a Judah Maccabee that is needed so much as people from every walk of life to feel the call---sound a clear message and begin to take back the country. In America, under our systems, perhaps "re-dedication" will precede the battle. Re-dedication will lead to the restoration of those Judeo-Christian values upon which this country was founded and has thrived.

James Russell Lowell was once asked by the French historian Francois Guizot, "How long will the American republic endure?"

Lowell's response? "As long as the ideas of the men who founded it remain dominate."

The work and ministry of Faith and Freedom is to inform and inspire people to have the will and courage to stand against those forces that destroy lives and nations and to stand for those Godly principles upon which great lives and nations are built.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

China: "Population Control Key To Climate Solution"--- Obama's Science Advisor Agrees

China has told the delegates and those in attendance in Copenhagen that population and climate change are intertwined, but the population issue is a blind spot to those seeking to solve climate change.

Zhao Baige, representing China, told the audience that as a result of family planning policy, which in China is an enforced one-child only policy, their country has seen 400 million fewer births, which has resulted in 18 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions per year.

She also said enforced population control is great for the economy. She pointed out that "Each $7 spent on basic family planning would reduce CO2 emissions by more than one ton," whereas it would cost $13 for reduced deforestation, $24 to use wind technology, $51 for solar power, $93 for introducing hybrid cars and $131 for electric vehicles.

Nothing like that would ever be taken seriously in America, one could say. Well, it is already being taken seriously by some who have significant influence in policy making. And the delivery system is already in place.

Canada's national newspaper came out yesterday with a very supportive column.

Diane Frances, witting for Canada's national paper Financial Post responded by saying, "A planetary law, such as China's one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birth rate currently, which is one million births every 4 days."

She points out that if we all would follow China's lead in the one-child policy, by 2075 the world's human population will drop from it's current 6.5 billion to a more earth friendly 3.43 billion. If not, she says, the earth will be burdened with 9 billion souls by 2050.

She says humankind must recalibrate it's behavior to account for the fact that the world can only accommodate so many people, "especially if billions get indoor plumbing and cars."

No one in our country would accept this---right?

There is already a philosophical disposition toward this thinking in the White House and the two necessary delivery systems are in place to facilitate enforced birth control and the recalibration of behavior and beliefs.

FOX NEWS
reported, when President Obama appointed John Holdren as his science advisor, that Holdren had floated the idea of forced abortion in some of his writings. In fact, he has written favorably of "compulsory sterilization" and the creation of a "planetary regime" that would oversee human population levels and control all natural resources as a means of protecting the planet.

And yesterday, advisor Holdren began making his case before Congress. He told them that the earth could be reaching the global warming "tipping point" and that would be followed by a dramatic rise in sea level.

Please read these four linked stories. Then consider this:

As America has devalued life with more than 50 million "legal" abortions and counting, denied the idea that America is a Christian nation, evicted the Creator from public life, with a majority of the voters, elected a hard-left, progressive as President who is advised by people like Holdren, is it too much to think they would not consider such ideas?

It is not specifically on the Copenhagen agenda, but it is on the minds of some---perhaps many. Who would take China seriously?

Borrowers are said to be slaves to the lender. Keep in mind that we are not the lender in our relationship with China.

Planned Parenthood has proven they are ready and capable of increasing "family planning" in communities across the country and public education seems to major in "recalibrating" our children.

Pray for America. Pray for a spiritual awakening and renewal---pray that it begins with you---and me.

God bless and guide us.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gov. Gregoire Headed to "Save the World Party"

The Seattle PI is reporting that Governor Gregoire is leaving for Copenhagen tomorrow. The purpose of the trip is to participate in saving the world from sudden and sure destruction from global warming.

The Governor will be joining at least 15,000 delegates, 45,000 green activists and 5,000 journalists. I am certain the US press will present the 12-day proceedings as though they really are creating consensus and moving the gospel of Gore forward.

However, the European press is seeing the event through a different lenses and are taking a closer look.

While the US press will likely report it as a "furrowed brow" world-changing event, others are already seeing it as a "12-day green jamboree".

It's ironic that the climate change event will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town of about 140,000 people. I think Bellevue's population is 123,771.

The Telegraph-UK gives a brief overview of the transportation required for such a climate change summit:

LIMOS and PRIVATE JETS.

The Telegraph says there are already more than 1,200 limos ready to go with more being brought in from Germany and Sweden.

There are more than 140 private jets set for the event with more expected, in fact the airport can't accommodate all of them, so many will be dropping off their passengers, flying to Sweden and other destinations, to park for the summit, then returning for their passengers.

Number of Electric or Hybrid Cars to be used.

5.

That's right, 5. The country doesn't have those kinds of cars. They're too expensive.

Hypocrisy.

There is already a rift between rich countries and poor countries. The poor countries feel there has been a "bait and switch".

A NASA scientist who has been a long time advocate for global warming and climate change is now saying he hopes the summit fails.

The party atmosphere seems out of character with the supposed nature of the event. Sex workers in the city are even offering their services for free to registered delegates.

While Western nations are being asked to pay into a fund worth around 100 billion (pounds) a year to help developing countries protect themselves against rising sea levels---think about how many miles of seawalls that will require, help them build their own wind turbines, clean power plants and solar panels, the developing countries are mad.

They have discovered a secret document they are calling the "Danish text" which has been leaked in advance of the summit. The document, said to have been written by people from the UK, the US and Denmark, will, according to spokespeople from developing countries, shift more power to rich nations and less to poor nations and force poor countries to reduce more emissions, sooner than had been previously agreed upon.

One diplomat described it as, "A very dangerous document for developing countries. It is a fundamental reworking of the UN balance of obligations. It is to be super imposed without discussion on the talks."

I don't know or care to know all that is behind this, however, it seems the poor countries want the money but not the level of performance that is being asked of them and that they were told one thing and got something else.

Those of us who live in America are learning a bit about being told one thing and getting something else.

Dr. Jim Hansen, a NASA scientist and long time advocate for global warming and climate change is so pessimistic about the summit, he says, "Any deal that emerges from the talks will be so flawed, it would be better if the talks end in collapse."

The cost of the event has been conservatively estimated to be 130 million (pounds)---6.3 million on flights, 20 million on hotels and 3.3 million on food.

The Telegraph says Copenhagen has created a "parallel conference" for those who deny global warming and will be coming to the city. They have also created a temporary prison in an abandoned brewery with 360 cages which can house 4,000 people.

The Telegraph also is reporting that the legal prostitution business in Copenhagen was offended by a post card put out by the government which said, "Be sustainable, don't buy sex." Now the local sex workers union has announced that it's 1400 members will be giving free sex to anyone with a delegate pass.

Matthew Sinclair with the Taxpayers Alliance says the politicians attending have already conceded that not much will come from the conference and even if they sign something, the growing skepticism of the public won't accept it. He says this will be an excellent photo opportunity for politicians.

I agree. But given the urgency of climate change, I would remind those living in parts of Washington State to remember not to light a fire in your fireplace today. They are checking chimneys.

God help us.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

US Supreme Court to Conference on R-71 Names

Our attorney, James Bopp, Jr., notified us yesterday that the State of Washington has filed their Brief in Opposition to sealing the names of those who signed R-71 petitions.

The State continues to demand the names be released to the public over our objections that there are those who wish to harass and do harm to those who signed.

James told me the case will be conferenced by the Supreme Court on Friday, January 8. We will hear if it is granted on the 8th or the 11th.

We will keep you updated.

I have linked a copy the State's Brief in Opposition.

Thank you for your support.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Will President Obama Tell the Truth in Copenhagen?

Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, says it is "dishonest" for the President to go to Copenhagen and make his planned announcement.

Here's why.

On November 26, the White House announced that President Obama would personally attend the Climate Summit on December 9. Then, they changed his schedule saying he would attend on December 18.

The White House also said the President will announce that the US intends to reduce it's carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2020 to 17% below what they were in 2005.

The 17% is the amount mandated by the "cap-and-trade" passed by the House----but not by the Senate.

Senator Inhofe says if the President makes his planned announcement in Copenhagen, he will not be telling the truth, and he and his administration knows it.

Inhofe says the bill will not even get a vote in this Congress. I have linked a CNSNEWS video interview with the Senator.

Honesty does not seem to be an important element in the global warming discussion.

Alan Caruba has written an excellent non scientific article on this matter of integrity and global warming, titled "Climategate: A Willful Ignorance," in which he quotes the highly respected Richard Lindzen of MIT who has said, "Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into plausible claims of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll back of the industrial age."

Columnist George Will is also quoted: "On such (climate) models we are supposed to wager trillions of dollars---and substantially diminished freedom."

Caruba's column is worth reading.

Willful ignorance may well be more dangerous than inconvenient truths, that are ultimately found to not be true at all.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Abortion: "A God-Given Right"

FYI: Many have asked which stores are friendly toward "Christmas" this year and which are not. A group has complied a list which you will find interesting and helpful. I have linked it for your convenience. "How Christmas Friendly are Retailers?"
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Abortion: "A God-Given Right"

God is often blamed for things He did not do and credited for things he has not done.

Such was the case last week at the Capitol.

At a rally quickly organized by Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), God and America's Founding Fathers were given credit for something neither have done.

The Capitol rally was convened to react to the Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich, amendment to the House health care bill, which would prohibit any federal money from paying for any part of a health insurance plan that covers abortion and was successfully attached to the House bill in a bipartisan vote.

Oh my.

Democrats are not supposed to do those kinds of things.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., called Stupak's amendment "a stain" and urged the crowd to make him and those who are supporting him, "feel the wrath."

But it was the main speaker, Reverend Veazy, who defined the spirit of the pro-abortion activists.

After vilifying the US Conference of Catholic Bishops who helped Stupak get the vote, Veazy clarified the position on abortion of both the Founders and God Himself.

He said, "Don't let anybody tell you that religious people don't support choice. You not only have a Constitutional right for abortion, but you have a God-given right."

God, forgive us and help us. We have lost our way.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Pro-Homosexual Workshops in Jr. High Without Parental Knowledge

It is likely a sign of things to come in Washington State. With the commitment of some homosexual activists within the public school system and the empowerment and affirmation that comes with the passage of SB 5688, what has happened in the Santa Barbara School District, will most certainly happen here.

So-called "workshops" were held in a junior high school that clearly were designed to advance a homosexual agenda and indoctrinate children, without properly notifying their parents.

The "Just Communities" organization presented a three day-three session "leadership" workshop to the kids. It included handouts defining homosexual terminology such as queer and transgender and listed "heterosexism" as "oppression that pushes people down who are LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning) and pushes up people who are straight."

Questioning? This is now a sexual orientation?

The workshop included a section under "heterosexism" that asked the student to answer a three part question: "How are LGBTQ people discriminated against or mistreated in the United States, in your local community and in your school?"

Two other exercises were called "Act Like A Man Box" and "Act Like A Lady Box". In these, students were asked to imagine what their parents or other adults say to them that make them feel they must stay inside the "man" box and "lady" box.

They were asked, "What's hard about being in this box all the time? What qualities help us resist the pressure to be 'in the box'?"

When the leadership of the workshops were asked by a student about Proposition 8, they were told "...those parents who voted yes [they are] prejudiced and discriminatory."

How can this happen in a public school classroom? When parents found out---after the fact, what had been presented to their children, they asked the same question.

The school district's response was a mirror image to what nearly always happens: Shock--agree with parents---then promise to see it doesn't happen again.

In this case the teacher admits she did not disclose the actual materials to her supervisor in advance and that her email to parents was vague and she apologizes.

The Santa Barbara School District has now told the parents they will be sure protocol is followed for future workshops conducted by outside organizations.

Pacify the angry parents, promise to watch these kinds of things---then return to business as usual. And by the way, we need to pass a new school bond---for the kids.

God help us. Be vigilant. Be discerning. Be active. And always be prayerful.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

SB 5688 Became Law Today

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SB 5688 Became Law Today

SB 5688 became law at 12:01 AM today. Washington homosexuals have "everything but marriage" which is the final stepping stone to deconstructing marriage in the state.

Secretary of State Sam Reed and Governor Gregoire have made it official.


There were 951,822 votes in favor of approving SB 5688 and 838,842 who voted to reject it and preserve marriage.

My comments are directed toward the 838,842 citizens who believe in natural marriage and believe that it should be protected.

The impact of this law will be presented as socially compassionate, a major step forward for so-called equality and essentially benign culturally, by a press who led in passing it.

However, the financial impact will be significant as it becomes reality and the long term erosion of the traditional family and the historic institution of marriage will become apparent over a longer time frame.

It is the immediate impact on our children that concerns many of us today--myself included. For those of us who hold a biblical and historical worldview on natural marriage will find our children, and in my case grandchildren, being taught principles and norms that we do not embrace.

The many redefinition's of terms historically associated with marriage---such as "husband" and "wife" will now be altered and become the topic of discussion in classrooms across the state.

While many teachers will proceed with hesitation and reluctance to redefine marriage, some activist teachers and administrators will seize the opportunity mandated by law to "re-educate" our kids and grand kids. The primary class will be sex ed.

What is not normal and has been rejected by every society in human history and by every major religion, will now be normalized in classroom discussion.

In the coming months Faith and Freedom will be directing a great deal of our time and resources toward this issue. We will have an additional lobbyist in Olympia---in addition to myself and will be in constant contact with our elected officials regarding these matters and any new legislation the homosexual activists in the legislature may try to advance. We will also continue to focus on the preservation of traditional and biblical values relating to marriage, the family and our freedoms.

The R-71 campaign was brutal and was a setback for those of us who defend marriage. I know some of the 838,842 of you who voted to reject SB 5688 are disappointed and even perhaps discouraged, not only by the defeat in the election, but by some--- actually one, in the faith community, who publicly criticized us after the election---specifically me.

Don't be discouraged. While the remarks hurt, I have put it aside, decided not to respond publicly, to forgive him and move forward in what I believe God has called me to do. Your thousands of emails of support are deeply appreciated.

I ask that you do the same. Remember forgiveness is not synonymous with trust.

We are honored and blessed by the flood of emails encouraging us to rise above the criticism and move forward, promising their financial support to do so.

I thank you and am counting on that.

Most of our work, with the exception of direct lobbying, over the next months will be educational in nature and will be carried out through our Faith and Freedom Foundation, which is a non-profit, 501(c)3 educational foundation.

Your donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and your name will not be made public.

As we prepare for the next chapter, I expect the attacks to continue. I am spiritually and emotionally prepared for this. These are personal matters and I have dealt with them on a personal and spiritual basis.

The funding component is in the hands of others---like you. I am certain God will speak to hearts as He has spoken to mine and equally certain you and others will respond in appropriate ways.

If you feel what we are doing is worthy, please forward this to friends and family members whom you feel may want to join and support us.

We have no reserve. We are moving forward on the basis that we believe this to be God's leading in our life. if we are wrong we will simply be forced to go away.

You may make a donation online or you may mail a check to:

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Thanks and God bless you.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Joel Connelly's Echo Chamber

Recently the term "echo chamber" has been used to describe things with which one disagrees with or doesn't want to hear again.

Last Sunday, in his Seattle PI column, Joel Connelly, making a strong and passionate defense of Al Gore and his climate change colleague, used it again. I wasn't struck so much by the data he was presenting, but by the method in which he was presenting it---a method that is taking on the characteristics of a formula.

Let's call it the "Echo Chamber Formula."

This is how it works.

1. Echo chamber

If it isn't new, it isn't true. Discredit historical components that do not support the agenda. In defense of the comments made by global warming advocates at the University of East Anglia in Britain, he says it's no big deal. They were merely caught in "gossipy conversation about how to discredit global warming critics."

It is a big deal and it will likely become even bigger as the investigations begin. If the kind of climate legislation that is presently being proposed becomes law, it could be the proverbial "last straw" in breaking the back of America.

He says the critic's data and comments are a "Classic example of Junk Propaganda." "The klutzy profs at East Anglia," he says, "have become devil figures in a canny disinformation campaign, directed into an ideologues' echo chamber." Although they said what they said, I don't want to hear it any more, because it is contrary to where we want to go.

2. Attack the Messenger.

What the critics are saying cannot be true because those who are dissenting are, "Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge Report and the right- wing Daily Telegraph in Britain."

Mr. Connelly says of these folks, "They sit in New York TV studios, the Daily Telegraph's city room and Drudge's Florida's digs and spout falsehoods: The distortions, in turn, are eaten up by an audience that is sour, sedentary and suspicious of change."

So if you do or have ever listened to Limbaugh, digested the Daily, or did the Drudge Report, you are as bad as the messengers themselves. You are, sour, sedentary and suspicious. And you're afraid of change. You are called a "denier".

3. Attack the Message.

Connelly says those who deny the global warming message, "never go near the actual conditions that scientists are measuring recording."

Why then are they so persistent in their attempt to silence and discredit those scientists who disagree?

The most amazing part is the explanation of why the "deniers" message is gaining traction.

Connelly says it's because, "newspapers are contracting faster than glaciers and polar icepacks." And why are newspapers contracting--or going out of business? Probably because they themselves have become an "echo chamber" of the far left.

To affirm his homily, Connelly asks everyone to turn in their book of truth: Al Gore's new book titled, "Our Choice". Together we read Gore's words. "With budgets shirking, many news organizations have relied on shortcuts in covering disputes: Rather than devoting the time and resources necessary to investigate competing claims, they commonly use the 'one-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand' approach that can suggest a false symmetry between the merits of differing view points."

Connelly points out, "In other words, a flack's sound bite gets equal play with a scientist's finding."

At the heart of Mr. Gore's and his followers may well be best defined in the title of Mr. Gore's new book.

Indeed it is our choice. And as people become more informed, they become more inclined to resist the far left experiment.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"Merry Christmas" Preference Up From Last Year

In a new poll released this past Sunday, Rasmussen Reports has found that more Americans prefer "Merry Christmas" than did last year.

The Rasmussen survey found that 72% prefer "Merry Christmas" while 22% prefer "Happy Holidays".

The other 6% were unsure.

I found other data from the survey very interesting, including a political, partisan difference. Who do you think prefers "Merry Christmas"---Republicans or Democrats?

Interestingly, 91% of Republicans prefer "Merry Christmas" compared to just 58% of Democrats.

Seventy percent (70%) of adults not affiliated with either major political party prefer "Merry Christmas".

Last year, 68% of all adults preferred "Merry Christmas".

Rasmussen also found that married couples significantly prefer "Merry Christmas" over single adults.

With more people wanting to be greeted with "Merry Christmas," one would wonder if the "There is no God" campaign is having an effect. And if so, what effect? The leaders of the "No God" campaign have said they want people to think about these things. Perhaps people are thinking about it.

Merry Christmas.

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