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For or Against Initiative 1000?

Thoughts anyone?  Will you be voting for or against Initiative 1000, and why?

From Faith and Freedom Network:


Last week Initiative 1000 was certified for the Washington State ballot.

Now, the citizens will decide if they want to become the second state to legalize physician assisted suicide.

To help you decide, out-of-state money will be paying for ads and flyers to flow toward your media and your mailbox.

A lot of money.

You will not only see and hear ex-Gov. Booth Gardner’s appeals, but those of others in similar circumstances.

Joel Connelly, a columnist for the Seattle PI, has written an excellent column on the subject. His second on this issue.

While we often do not agree with Connelly’s positions, we not only agree but appreciate his thoughtful and thorough reporting on the matter in his July 27 column.

He points out that upwards of a couple of million dollars from out-of-state are already committed to the campaign.

He also quotes the 2007 Death With Dignity National Center report stating that after a considerable amount of research they feel that Washington is a great opportunity for them to have a success. “We,” they say, “have never had such great odds of success as we have in Washington in 2008.”

This, of course, is why they are directing such resources toward the effort.

Connelly points out that there are profound ethical issues at stake in this, and indeed there are.

He says he will vote “no” on I-1000, which is breaking with the position of his own paper and probably most others in the media.

I sincerely hope people of faith and conservatives will do the same.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom


July 29, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | 8 Comments

Cindy McCain

Here is an e-mail I received about Cindy McCain.  I tested it with www.truthorfiction.com and it is true!  I knew nothing about her until I read this:


“There was an article in the Wall Street Journal on Cindy McCain, John’s

wife.  All I ever saw was this attractive woman standing beside

John.  I was surprised how talented and involved with world problems

she is.  This is a summary of the article.


She graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs teacher.


After her Dad died she became involved with his beer distributing firm and is now the chairwoman.  Sales have doubled since she has taken over

from her father.


They have a marriage prenuptial agreement, her assets remain

separate.  She is involved around the world clearing land mines – travels to these

countries on a detonation team and service on their board.


They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq , another son in the Naval Academy ,

a daughter recently graduated from Columbia Univ. , an adopted daughter in

high school, and a son who is the finance guy at the beer firm.


Raised kids in Phoenix , Az rather than Washington DC.(better

atmosphere)  He commuted.


In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh . 

Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate.  She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems.


They have a Family Foundation for children’s causes.


She’s active with ‘Halo Trust’ – to clear land mines, provide water and food in war ravaged and developing countries.


She will join an overseas mission of ‘Operation Smile’, a charity for

corrective surgery on children’s faces.


She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers. 

She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery



I’m surprised the media is so quiet about her attributes. She sounds more

capable than Hillary or Obama.  We would really get two for the price

of one.  A person with business and international experience. 

John did work for the firm for a while when he left the Navy.  She,

however, has the real business experience.  Very interesting.”

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | Leave a comment

Sheriff Joe

Here is an e-mail I received the other day.  I went to truthorfiction.com and it’s true.
“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.


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

Voting Resources and Guides

Here are some resources Wall Builders listed for ya’ll as you vote: 

Voting Guides

***WallBuilders has released a 2008 Presidential Voters’ Guide, which looks at the stance of the major Presidential candidates from both parties on eight key issues. Read and download the Voters’ Guide here.

The pro-family organizations listed below provide voters resources for most states. Click on the organizations’ links to get more information.

Know the Candidates and Issues

Click here to track Federal legislation and find out how your Congressman and Senators are voting.

 Sites like Project Vote Smart, On The Issues, iVoteValues, Easy Voter, and The Ballot, provide a wealth of non-partisan information on voting and candidates (including biographies, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings). Another way to access voter information for your state is to use a search engine (i.e., google or yahoo) and type in “voter guide” or “voter information” along with key words like “pro-family” or “Christian” and the name of your state. 

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | 2 Comments

Caucus this Saturday

Hey, are you going to the caucus this Saturday at 1pm?

     You can vote twice in Washington for the presidential primary.  With your ballot, and at the caucus.

     I’m rooting for Huckabee, because, even though it looks like McCain will get the nomination, the more delegates Huckabee has, the more weight he can bring to the convention.  This could raise his chances for becoming McCain running mate.  Being a Vice President is better than nothing!

To find out more info and where to meet go to: http://www.wsrp.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=6885

You need to know your precint number (found on your voter’s registration card) and it would be helpful to know what legislative district you live in.

What is a caucus, where is the caucus, who can go, what happens at a caucus, who can go? 

McCain: He wants to bring the troops home in victory and with honor, is pro-life, and has a lot of experience.  But, he is pretty liberal.  There is a fair amount of evidence that he almost became John Kerry’s running mate last election.  Also, he almost crossed over to become a democrat… so, he is sort of on the fence.

Huckabee: He has the same view as McCain about wanting to bring the troops home, but in honor and victory (and being smart about it).  He was Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. for 6 years and Governor for 10 years.  Worked with a democratic congress and got a lot done, including tax cuts (after he had raised taxes to improve their roads, which the majority of the people voted yes to).  He is pro-homeschooling and has a solid Christian stand on issues.  He is an advocate for the FairTax.  He is very level headed and a very good speaker.  One thing I’ve heard is that you can’t pin point the thing you don’t like about him.  He is a very smooth talker.  I’ve heard he isn’t very good at foreign policy, and can be a little to compassionate when it comes to dealing with terrorists… but, I’d encourage you to research up on that.

February 8, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | 5 Comments

Who I’m rooting for… (I’ll do the “and why” part later)

I got an e-mail from a good friend of mine, and thought you’d be interested in reading my response. 

“Hi Betsy,
I wish I had a good answer to send you [about which candidate she was rooting for and why].  Even James Dobson decided to announce that he can’t endorse any candidate.  What are you hearing from your other friends?”

Well, it’s really hard, because all of the Republican candidates have something I don’t prefer about them.  When talking with people, they seem to feel the same way; no candidate really outshines the others.  But, since one of them will be nominated, I’d go for the lesser of 4 evils. : )  I’m going for Huckabee, because he seems to share my values and where I stand on issues more than any other candidate.  Unfortunately, with the results of Super Tuesday… it’s not looking as good as I hoped for Huckabee.  He’s in 3rd place out of 4 (McCain, Romney, and Ron Paul).  But, Super Tuesday isn’t the end of the Primary Elections.  There are still 18 states left!



CNN has a really helpful and informative webiste about the Presidential Race.  Go to http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/

February 6, 2008 Posted by | Huckabee, Political Updates | 1 Comment

Presidential Race ’08

Which candidate are you rooting for and why?

January 20, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 17 Comments

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December 17, 2007 Posted by | Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

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