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General Election (Nov. 3rd): Recommendations coming soon

Hey fellow WA voters,

If you haven’t already voted, I wanted to let you know that I will be posting my research & recommendations soon.

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October 23, 2009 Posted by | Politics | 2 Comments

REJECT R-71: Sign waving this Saturday (24th) all across the state

Come join us this Saturday (24th) at Burnham drive in Gig Harbor at 10am! (just off of Highway 16)

Don’t live near Gig Harbor? How about Spokane, Tacoma, Lacey, DuPont, Mukilteo, Long View, or Maple Valley? Yep, they’re waving signs this Saturday too, but have different times/places/details. Go here for more info:

http://www.protectmarriagewa.com/index.php/upcoming-events

We will be waving R-71 signs (on Harbor Hill) and would love to see you there. Come as you are with umbrellas and rain-gear—just in case. Signs are provided, but if you have your own, please bring them. Any of your time would be greatly appreciated! Ballots are out, people are voting, and we are promoting. REJECT Referendum 71!

Go to http://www.protectmarriage.com for more info, reasons to REJECT, resources, and how you can help. One thing you can do is make the event picture your profile picture! That really helps spread the word. Thanks! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=159838888492&ref=nf

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With so much at stake, we urge you & your family to take action! Please don’t let this one pass by you, it’s too important of an issue. Of all the things on the ballot this would be the one to REJECT and inform others about.

It will have major affects on the future. Concerning one of these, a friend of mine observed, “SB-5688 [referendum 71] has the potential to affect pastors and teachers of God’s Word; it has the potential to affect a pastor/teacher’s ability to speak against sin.” She goes on to say that “what Christians are allowed to speak” is “important and relevant to daily living.”

You may be confused and thinking, “But I thought is was just about equal rights & benefits that we all would want if we were in their shoes?” Maybe for some; however, glancing back at the past record of the homosexual movement in WA politics and considering the remarks from the leading legislators for SB 5688, it is clear they are aiming for homosexual marriage, one step at a time.

The approval of R-71 would be a crucial step to further this plan. Just look around you and learn from the affects this action has had on CA, IA, and MA. And, by the way, the bill benefits homosexuals are asking for can be reached through a lot of paperwork (personally know some domestic partners)… this bill is not necessarily needed, but would only making it easier and equal to marriage. Please correct us if we’re wrong about this.

Also, remember our Non-Discrimination Act? That sure throws a wrench into the works. Although it may have been passed to truly protect homosexuals from discrimination, it has put the rest of us in a hard place, even more so if R-71 is approved and the homosexuals continues their steps towards requesting marriage (which would probably be a mere court case since R-71 sets the perfect stage for them).

Our freedom of speech, religion, and conscious will be even more in jeopardy. Let us learn from the past and the track record of similar actions in other states. Churches stripped of their 501c 3 because they refused to perform homosexual ceremonies, photographers sued & fined because they declined job opportunities for homosexual ceremonies, schools revising their curriculum to include the homosexuality as normal & accepted, etc.

We can’t control how people live their lives; the homosexual lifestyle is a choice. However, it wouldn’t be such a big deal if they just found people who would do things for them. But to sue people who have personal reservations about this issue, that’s not right. Must our freedom be weakened so homosexuals can have more freedom? Where is the equality in that?

We hope your decision will be based off of scripture.

Also, keep in mind that debate really all boils down to the question, “Is homosexuality genetic or behavioral?” Talk with counselors & x-gays, read studies, and search God’s word. We personally believe homosexuality is a behavior, and because of this, the approval of R-71 would be very undesirable. That action communicates that the state will recognize behavior and grant special rights to them so they live the way they want and still get benefits. What would stop people from asking the state to recognize and allow pedophilia, polygamy, and bestiality? This isn’t over-reacting–it’s critical thinking; something to consider.

Some questions to ask yourself: “Should the government being recognizing this? Should taxpayer money support this? Is it possible for domestic partners to receive these benefits already? What would the affects of this law be if approved? How would this affect generations to come? Is this really an equality issue? What has happened in Iowa and California after they did a similar action that we are facing right now?”

October 23, 2009 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Special Feb. Election

For us Washingtonians who have special elections an get ballots with ONE initiative on it… here is my recommendation:

South Kitsap School District No. 402
Proposition No. 1 School Support Replacement Levy 

Vote NO

Not to sound cold hearted or sound like I don’t want to help out schools, but why throw more money into the government’s pot?

They’re already struggling to use the money they have…. do you really think this levy money is going to get to the schools?  Or do you think it’s going to disappear into the “Government funded programs money pot”?  You decide.  

Don’t just listen to me, think about it yourself….think about history and what has happened.  What was the purpose of the gas tax?  Improve our roads? I don’t know about you, but that tax has been around a year or so and I haven’t seen impressive improvements.  That’s just one example.

Where is my money going?  If you don’t know the answer to that question, then do you really want to be like, “Hey there government, here’s some more money for a good cause!”.  No!  If you don’t know where it’s going, you shouldn’t vote to give more.  Is it really going to be effective and really help schools?  If you don’t know, vote no.

Anyone done debate?  Apply what you learned.  Solvency? Inherency? Significance?  Engage your mind and see why you should vote yes or why you should vote no.  Back it up with reason and principal.

Thoughts anyone?

January 31, 2009 Posted by | Politics | 1 Comment

Just so you know…

Hey everyone,
You’ve probably been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while.  As you know, I’m really involved during the election season, and when I’m not, I’m serving in a teen ministry called TeenPact that teaches the basics of our government in a weeklong classes at state capitals across the nation.  I’ll be staffing some of these classes, so I’ll be traveling a lot in the next few months. Sorry for not being as active as I use to be.  I’ve turned more of my political focus to TeenPact, but don’t worry, I won’t completely abandon you.  One of my passions is to provide citizens with information so they can be well-informed voters, and hope to continue this through my blog.

When elections roll around, I’ll try to upload some informative and beneficial posts.  Feel free to contact me anytime with questions or thoughts, and I’ll get back to you.

Blessings,
The blogger 😀

 

P.S.
Political update (although some of it is quite obvious)

  • Barrack Obama is now our current President
  • Christine Gregoire is our re-elected Governor.  
  • Go to http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature so you can follow current bills
  • Go to http://vote.wa.gov/Elections/WEI/?ElectionID=26 to see the election results from last year.  
  • Some of you may have different legislators now, so go to http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx and find out who they are.  
  • If you have kids from ages 8-19, I’d hightly encourage you to check out http://www.teenpact.com and seriously consider having them attend the WA state class.  If you’re interested, contact me and I’ll give you more info.

January 31, 2009 Posted by | Politics | 1 Comment

Voter Resources

Hey everyone,
With the General election approaching, I’d like to offer you some great resources to help you make well-informed votes.

http://www.fpiw.org/index.php?section=43 (voter guides for all of WA)
http://www.faithandfreedom.us/pdf/FFNEndorsements08.pdf (endorsements)
http://www.kvi.com/onair/kirby (Conservative Talk Radio Kirby Wilbur endorsements-check when election is closer)
http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=5386 (Presidential Guide)
http://www.cc.org/voter_guides (Christian Coalitoin voter guide coming soon… you can pre-order them for distribution)
http://www.kitchentableblog.com/EF08H02.pdf (Family Research Council Presidential voter guide)
http://www.lc.org/media/9980/attachments/voter_guide_wallbuilders.pdf (Wall Builders Presidential voter guide)
http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=94 (Huge voter resource website)

So, recheck my blog in the coming weeks.  I’ll have more recommendations from myself and others.

 

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Primary Election Recommendations

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August 19th, 2008 Primary Elections
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Here are others that I trust:

Faith and Freedom network:  http://faithandfreedom.us/2008_judicial_pick.html
KVI’s Kirby Wilbur: http://www.kvi.com/onair/kirby

Vote for:  (?= didn’t research)

  • U.S. Congress- Doug Cloud
  • Governor- Dino Rossi
  • Lieutenant Governor- Marcia McCraw (KVI Carlson’s favorite)
  • Secretay of State- Sam Reed (but…he did covered and approved of the messy 2004 Gov. election)
  • State Treasurer- Allan Martin?
  • State Auditor- Brian Sonntag (he is a Democrat, but he just does his job and doesn’t let his views get in the way)
  • Attorney General- Rob McKenna
  • Commssioner of Public Lands- Doug Sutherland
  • Superintendant of Public Schools- Randy Dorn? … just not Teresa/Terry Bergeson
  • John R. Adams?
  • 26th Rep Pos. 1- Jan Angel (has good experience and is a great lady for the job)
  • 26th Rep Pos. 2- Marlyn Jensen (would be better than Larry Seaquist)
  • 35th Rep Pos. 1- Brad Gehring (I’m not really satisfied with him or his opponent’s experience for the job… but he is a little more experienced and seems more right on with issues.)
  • 35th Rep. Pos. 2- Randy Neatherlin (out of them all, he’s the best, but do keep in mind that he is a Mason… I’m not trying to be mean, but religion is important to note.)
  • Sup. Crt. Pos. 3- Michael Bond (he’s the right guy for the job… Mary Fairhurst is pro-choice and pro same-sex marriage)
  • Sup. Crt. Pos. 4- Charles W. Johnson (currently in this position already and doing fine)
  • Crt. of Appeals Div. 2 Dis. 2 Pos. 1-Tim Ford (he’s with all the Dino Rossi, Jan Angel, Marlyn Jensen yard signs… that’s gotta mean something 🙂 )
  • NO on Initiative 1000 (no assisted suicide please!)
  • …and any other G.O.P./Republicans on the ballot. 🙂

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 2 Comments

Sheriff Joe

Here is an e-mail I received the other day.  I went to truthorfiction.com and it’s true.
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“You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well………
 

Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!


Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.
The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.
 
I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.
 
Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.
Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a ‘Git-R Dun’ kind of Sheriff.

TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIO
 
HE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFF
 
AND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER
THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona ) who created the ‘ Tent City Jail’:
He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
 
He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.
 
He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.
 
Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn’t Get
Sued For Discrimination.
 
He took away cable TV Until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.
 
When asked why the weather channel He Replied, So They Will Know How Hot It’s Gonna Be While They Are Working
ON My Chain Gangs.
 
He Cut Off Coffee Since It Has Zero Nutritional Value.
 
When the inmates complained, he told them, ‘This Isn’t The Ritz/Carlton…..If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Come Back.’
 
He bought Newt Gingrich’s lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails.
 
When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.
 
More On The Arizona Sheriff:
 
With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports:
About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued
Pink Boxer Shorts.
 
On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached
138 Degrees Inside The Week Before.
 
Many Were Also Swathed In Wet, Pink Towels As Sweat Collected On Their Chests And Dripped Down To Their PINK SOCKS.
 
‘It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,’ Said James Zanzot, An Inmate Who Has Lived In T he T ENTS for 1 year. ‘It’s Inhumane.’
 
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: ‘It’s 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear,
But They Didn’t Commit Any Crimes,So Shut Your Mouths!’
 
Way To Go, Sheriff!
 
Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves.”

June 27, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Compare Candidates’ morals to God’s morals

“As we look at all the candidates who are asking for our vote in 2008, we must not only be aware of their past voting record if they have previously held an elected office, as important as that is, but we must be sure we know what they believe. A favorite line from liberals and secularists is, “Well, it really doesn’t matter what they believe or what they do in their private life.” You will recall that that was the mantra we heard following Bill Clinton’s extra curricular activities.

 

…people of faith should compare the candidate’s voting records and their personal beliefs to the core Biblical beliefs that most all people of faith embrace.

 

Noah Webster, the father of our public education system, said, ‘If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted.’” ~ Gary Randall, President of Faith & Freedom Network

 

Couldn’t have said it better myself. : )  I always strive to keep God in the center of my presidential race discussions, because that’s what really matters.

 

Old news: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have officially dropped out of the race.  Ron Paul is still in the race with 21 delegates nationwide and no states.  Do you think McCain would consider Huckabee for a Vice…?  Here are some Vice possibilities.  A great resource on the presidential race is http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/.

 

April 17, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 2 Comments

Presidential Race ’08

Which candidate are you rooting for and why?

January 20, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 17 Comments

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