Saturday, May 30, 2009
*I pray they will peacefully gather instead of the protests that occurred after the November 4th election. Church goers just going to church were harassed and rocks thrown at.
ESSENCE.COM: Do you know Judge Sotomayor?
HILL: She and I were in law school together; she was in the class ahead of me. I know who she is and knew her in law school, but I have not followed her career closely and haven't been involved with her socially. At Yale I had a very favorable impression of her. She was very friendly and genuine, but also very serious and dedicated to her work. The thing I admire about her in terms of her career is that she came into a situation where she took full advantage of all the opportunities she had in front of her. Not only did she excel in law school - where she was an editor of the Law Review - but after leaving law school she was a prosecutor, she practiced in a law firm, she was nominated and served as a judge at the district court level, and moved on to the appellate court level. All of those things are to be admired and used as an example of what can happen when an individual is really given an opportunity and chooses to respond and accept the full breadth of responsibilities.
From Essence here.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Activists in the San Francisco Bay area, including several clergy members, said they planned to block the street outside the courthouse and to be arrested in a mass show of civil disobedience if the justices do not invalidate the measure.
"Words are not enough right now. We believe it's time to put our bodies on the line to show that separate is not equal," said Kip Williams, an activist with One Struggle, One Fight, a group that was launched in response to Proposition 8's passage.
From Breitbart.com here.
This will be a mess for years to come in California. We need to educate the masses about marriage. Gay marriage supporters say it's a civil rights issue. But if we look at it as a behavioral issue, sexual orientation is a behavior. A right is were you can live, work, and go to school. The right of a human being is not denied marriage because marriage is between one man and one woman. A person has a right to marry another person of the opposite sex.
We must put up the shields and stand tall. The opposition is out to cause havoc. We must all be like Miss CA and speak out in support of Marriage as "One man and One Woman." Today is a good day, but we must not give up the fight.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
It has been argued that gay unions should be acknowledged by the state as marriage. The primary reason given is that of equal access to marriage, that is to say, the freedom to marry. This argument is unclear because everyone is free to marry. Every adult regardless of sexual orientation is free to marry one member of the opposite sex. That is because marriage is exactly that, a civil and religious contract between a man and a woman, “by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them.” Nobody is denied access to a marriage contract. So to be honest, in reality, there is no inequality.
In spite of this the argument continues to imagine inequality exists because homosexuals are not free to join in marriage with whoever one wants regardless of sex. But the problem is nobody is free to marry a member of the same sex, because that isn’t what marriage is. The bounds of marriage apply equally to all. Again, there is no inequality.
From Say Anything Blog here.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The California Supreme Court says it will issue its long-awaited decision on the validity of the state's same-sex marriage ban on Tuesday.
The high court announced the pending opinion on its website Friday morning.
Justices are considering a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn Proposition 8 as having been put on the November ballot improperly.
The court also will decide whether to allow the estimated 18,000 gay couples who got married in California before the measure passed to stay wed.
Court observers have doubted the Supreme Court would invalidate the ban, which was approved by 52% of the state's voters.
Since the arguments, three states -- Iowa, Maine and Vermont have joined Massachusetts and Connecticut in making same-sex marriage legal.
The Supreme Court of California page here.
I hope and pray that Traditional Marriage is upheld for the survival of our country, our state of California and all kids who want to grow up and be raised in a one man/one woman family.
That attack itself was, of course, the most devastating strike in a series of terrorist plots carried out against Americans at home and abroad. In 1993, they bombed the World Trade Center, hoping to bring down the towers with a blast from below. The attacks continued in 1995, with the bombing of U.S. facilities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the killing of servicemen at Khobar Towers in 1996; the attack on our embassies in East Africa in 1998; the murder of American sailors on the USS Cole in 2000; and then the hijackings of 9/11, and all the grief and loss we suffered on that day.
Nine-eleven caused everyone to take a serious second look at threats that had been gathering for a while, and enemies whose plans were getting bolder and more sophisticated. Throughout the 90s, America had responded to these attacks, if at all, on an ad hoc basis. The first attack on the World Trade Center was treated as a law enforcement problem, with everything handled after the fact – crime scene, arrests, indictments, convictions, prison sentences, case closed.
That’s how it seemed from a law enforcement perspective, at least – but for the terrorists the case was not closed. For them, it was another offensive strike in their ongoing war against the United States. And it turned their minds to even harder strikes with higher casualties. Nine-eleven made necessary a shift of policy, aimed at a clear strategic threat – what the Congress called “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” From that moment forward, instead of merely preparing to round up the suspects and count up the victims after the next attack, we were determined to prevent attacks in the first place.
Full text of speech here at the Weekly Standard.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Four men due in court Thursday to face charges of plotting to bomb Jewish sites and shoot down military planes were arrested after planting what they thought were explosive devices near a synagogue and community center, authorities say.
Federal authorities announced the arrests of James Cromitie -- a.k.a "Abdul Rahman," David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh, on charges arising from a plot to detonate explosives near a synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and to shoot military planes located at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh with Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles.
The suspects were arrested shortly after planting a mock explosive device in the trunk of a car outside the Riverdale Temple and two mock bombs in the backseat of a car outside the Jewish Center, authorities said.
Meantime, New York City's mayor and police commissioner reassured Bronx worshippers following the revelations that the four men plotted to bomb their Jewish temple.
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Raymond Kelly met privately with congregants Thursday inside the Riverdale Temple. Kelly said neighborhood security was heightened to improve residents' "comfort level."
Kelly reiterated that the men allegedly "wanted to commit Jihad." Bloomberg warned against stereotypes. The mayor stressed that the temple is open to people of all faiths, including a Muslim girl who sometimes prays there.
Officials said the arrests came after a long-running undercover operation that began in Newburgh. Federal authorities tell CBS 2 HD the motive for the attack was revenge over the United States' involvement in Afghanistan.
Cromitie, said to be the leader of the group, is the son of an Afghani immigrant and an African-American woman. It is that connection to Afghanistan, investigators say, and an unhappiness with America's ongoing war efforts abroad that allegedly drove him to become a terrorist.
From WCBSTV here.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
"Americans will prioritize cost over quality right up until the moment they realize that it's their quality that they are sacrificing," writes the Republican pollster Frank Luntz in "The Language of Healthcare 2009," a brilliant new analysis of the public's health care concerns that also serves as a roadmap for defeating Obamacare. Basing his conclusions on extensive polling and focus-group research, Luntz writes that the public is very worried that a government takeover of health care -- Obamacare -- will result in politicians and government bureaucrats making decisions about what kind of care patients will receive and when they will receive it.
"Nothing else turns people against the government takeover of health care more than the realistic expectation that it will result in delayed and potentially even denied, treatment, procedures and/or medications," Luntz writes. "When asked which was a higher priority -- spending less on health care or being treated in a timely fashion -- timely treatment beat cost almost unanimously."
People know that delayed and sometimes denied care is a way of life in other countries with national health care systems. And when they hear the president's repeated emphasis on cutting costs, they sense that there's no way Obamacare can not result in delayed and denied treatment. Luntz urges Republicans to make that the focus of their challenge to the president's plan. "It is essential that 'deny' and 'denial' enter the conservative lexicon immediately," Luntz writes, "because it is at the core of what scares Americans most about a government takeover of healthcare."
And the most scary part is when your special needs kid is denied therapy or treatment and will be denied a life like a regular kid. Or even die at a young age or at birth because the care was not there. If we have choice the parent will pay for the service if insurance denies payment. But to deny a parent even the choice to get therapy or surgery that will save the life of the child and/or improve the child's life is a crime.
I pay for my daughter's treatment under a Developmental Pediatrician. Insurance does not pay. I don't mind because my husband budgets the money each year to a Medical spending account. And I like to have choice because it benefits my child and other children. Some therapy or treatments are covered and some are not under insurance. But let the parent make the choice instead of the government.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts directed employees earlier this month not to log onto the Drudge Report website with government-issued computers due to potential viruses on the site.
In an email message sent May 4, Paul Harvey, an information-technology official for the Boston office, wrote that security specialists with the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the Department of Justice asked them “to reformat/reimage two computers because the user visited the drudgereport.com site.”
“Please avoid the Drudgereport website from the [United States Attorney’s Office] computers,” Harvey wrote.
Harvey said that if employees had a “work related reason to visit the site,” access could be provided off the government network.
Read more: "U.S. Attorney's office tells employees not to log on to Drudge Report - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com" - http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22574.html#ixzz0FbgvFocH&A
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The Vice President and I just met with leaders from the House of Representatives and received their commitment to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill by July 31.
We also have an unprecedented commitment from health care industry leaders, many of whom opposed health reform in the past. Monday, I met with some of these health care stakeholders, and they pledged to do their part to reduce the health care spending growth rate, saving more than two trillion dollars over the next ten years -- around $2,500 for each American family. Then on Tuesday, leaders from some of America's top companies came to the White House to showcase innovative ways to reduce health care costs by improving the health of their workers.
Now the House and Senate are beginning a critical debate that will determine the health of our nation's economy and its families. This process should be transparent and inclusive and its product must drive down costs, assure quality and affordable health care for everyone, and guarantee all of us a choice of doctors and plans.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Rep. Peter T. King, the ranking Republican on the committee, said the report "made an impression" in his New York district as well.
"I don't think it reflects well on the department, and I know you want to address it," Mr. King said.
David K. Rehbein, commander of the American Legion, said the withdrawal of the report "validates our objections."
"It did not contain any evidence," Mr. Rehbein said. "It was an unfair and unsubstantiated stereotype based on Timothy McVeigh."
The report also said "rightwing extremism" may include groups opposed to abortion and immigration, among several other threat assessments.
Californians will vote next Tuesday on a series of budget-related propositions, and one thing is clear from new Rasmussen Reports telephone polling in the state: Voters aren’t in the mood for tax increases to ease California’s budget woes.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of California voters oppose raising state income taxes to eliminate the budget deficit. Raising the state sales tax is opposed by 69%.
At the same time, 69% favor major cuts in government spending to eliminate the budget deficit. Just 16% oppose the spending cuts.
There is strong support for one concept that will be on the ballot next week. Ninety percent (90%) of voters say legislators should not get a pay raise if they fail to pass a balanced budget. Just five percent (5%) disagree.
In fact, most California voters want to go even further. Seventy percent (70%) believe that if the legislators can’t balance the budget, they should take a significant pay cut.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
From Sac Bee here:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hitting the road, warning of dire fiscal consequences if the special election ballot measures don't pass. But a majority of Californians say they prefer to take their chances and vote "no," according to a new poll.
In a Survey USA poll of measures 1A-1F, five of the six initiatives appeared headed to defeat with just a week to go before the election.
A plurality of voters favored one measure -- Proposition 1F -- which would ban pay raises for state elected officials when there is a budget shortfall. Prop 1F was favored by 45 to 35 percent.
The cornerstone of the special election, Proposition 1A, trailed 51 percent to 38 percent, according to the poll. Prop 1A would impose state spending restrictions and a "rainy day" budget fund while triggering $16 billion in extended tax hikes.
The Proposition 1B educational funding measure -- which is pegged to passage of Prop 1A -- trailed 50 percent to 41 percent, according to the poll.
Proposition 1C, would allow $5 billion in borrowing from a revamped state lottery, was by far the least popular measure. It trailed 52 percent to 29 percent and was losing in every geographic region in California.
Majorities also opposed Propositions 1D and 1E. The measures would allow voter-approved funds for child development and mental health programs to be used for other purposes.
The poll of 1,300 California adults -- including 1,096 registered voters -- was conducted May 8-10 on behalf of KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego and KFSN-TV Fresno.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Throughout our Nation’s history, Americans have come together in moments of great challenge and uncertainty to humble themselves in prayer. In 1775, as the Continental Congress began the task of forging a new Nation, colonists were asked to observe a day of quiet humiliation and prayer. Almost a century later, as the flames of the Civil War burned from north to south, President Lincoln and the Congress once again asked the American people to pray as the fate of their Nation hung in the balance.
It is in that spirit of unity and reflection that we once again designate the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer.
Let us remember those who came before us, and let us each give thanks for the courage and compassion shown by so many in this country and around the world.
On this day of unity and prayer, let us also honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. We celebrate their commitment to uphold our highest ideals, and we recognize that it is because of them that we continue to live in a Nation where people of all faiths can worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience.
Let us also use this day to come together in a moment of peace and goodwill. Our world grows smaller by the day, and our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife; and to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. As we observe this day of prayer, we remember the one law that binds all great religions together: the Golden Rule, and its call to love one another; to understand one another; and to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.
The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2009, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon Americans to pray in
more thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
From Fox News here.
God bless the President and his lovely wife and children. My we all pray as a nation that lets us have the freedom to pray and worship god.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The event's evangelical character earned it a White House welcome during President George W. Bush's eight years in office. But Brian Toon, vice chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, says to date, there's been no mention of a White House observance being held this year.
According to an article this past week in the Colorado Springs Gazette, advocacy groups for so-called inclusive dialogue on faith in America are "trying to break what they perceive as the organization's monopoly on the event."
One group that has been leading this and promoting the event with GWB for the past 8 years. But prayer is universal and the White House can still support prayer without any group. The anti-prayer groups such as the left is controlling Mr. Obama's policies and Mr. Obama is staying away. Who knows but he is silent. Prayer is universal and anyone can participate if they choose.
Here is the history of the National Day of Prayer:
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America's leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
From Patrick Ruffini at "The Next Right," here:
What made Kemp different is that he had an original idea of what conservatism could be. The post-Reagan period leading up to the Contract with America was a period of intellectual ferment for the movement. Kemp led the way in advancing a conservative idea that could appeal to non-traditional Republicans, with enterprise zones and school choice lifting more of the poor into the middle class. It was compassionate conservatism -- but actually conservative.
The Republican Party in the '90s then faced many of the demographic problems it does now. Perhaps in contrast to today, there was an actual good-faith attempt made to solve those problems, led by Kemp. Building a GOP that could appeal to urban areas may not have been the most logical next step politically, but it created an ambitiousness in the realm of ideas that we lack today. In the '90s, we were electing Republican mayors in big cities like Rudy Giuliani, Steve Goldsmith, and Bret Schundler who created a model for how conservatives could govern deep in Democratic terrain.
Friday, May 01, 2009
By a 249-to-175 vote, the House passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act today. Among other things, the bill would add gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the list of protected categories under federal hate crimes law. A companion bill, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, has already been introduced in the Senate.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer claims the legislation "does not affect free speech or punish beliefs or thoughts. It only seeks to punish violent acts."
However, what if a Pastor or Pro-Marriage group speaks against Gay Marriage and Homosexual behavior?
Under the hate crimes bill, Lafferty contends a pastor who delivers a sermon denouncing homosexuality or transgenderism could potentially be prosecuted for hate speech.
This bill will constitute hate speech when one feels they are offended by it. What about those who think it is hate when they are called a bigot because they are religious, believe in God and believe Marriage is between One Man and One Woman? The Gay community has shown lots of hate toward the Prop. 8 supporters. Many Prop. 8 supporters have been threatened while going to worship at Church. Many Prop. 8 supporters homes were vandalized for having signs in their yards and their signs stolen. All because they wanted to show their First Amendment rights.
This law is wrong because it states a behavior as a right. (The change of your sex, having sex with who you want, and sexual orientation* are behaviors.) Your rights are violated when you are denied your right to free speech, right to vote, right to work, right to attend school, and church etc. Never has a behavior been a right. I don't get away with a robbing a bank because I felt I wanted to just go and do it. Stealing is a Behavior. I chose to do it or not to do it. And its not a right.
UPDATE: What is sexual Orientation? Answer Here:
What is sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation refers to an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes. Sexual orientation also refers to a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Research over several decades has demonstrated that sexual orientation ranges along a continuum, from exclusive attraction to the other sex to exclusive attraction to the same sex. However, sexual orientation is usually discussed in terms of three categories: heterosexual (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of the other sex), gay/lesbian (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of one’s own sex), and bisexual (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to both men and women). This range of behaviors and attractions has been described in various cultures and nations throughout the world. Many cultures use identity labels to describe people who express these attractions. In the United States the most frequent labels are lesbians (women attracted to women), gay men (men attracted to men), and bisexual people (men or women attracted to both sexes). However, some people may use different labels or none at all.
51890. (a) For the purposes of this chapter, "comprehensive healthThe supporters of Same-Sex marriage claim that the schools will not teach it at all. But If the legal definition of marriage changes to same-sex is just like opposite-sex marriage it will be taught in the schools. The law states "Pupils will receive instruction to aid them in making decisions in matters of personal, family, and community health." So if we give the child a choice to marry when they grow up to marry a same sex or opposite sex, the law is there to do it. Prop 8 was important to state the 14 words defining marriage between One Man and One Woman. It is the legal definition and our state education code depends on that definition to be taught in the schools.
education programs" are defined as all educational programs offered
in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in the public school
system, including in-class and out-of-class activities designed to
(1) Pupils will receive instruction to aid them in making
decisions in matters of personal, family, and community health, to
include the following subjects:
(A) The use of health care services and products.
(B) Mental and emotional health and development.
(C) Drug use and misuse, including the misuse of tobacco and
(D) Family health and child development, including the legal and
financial aspects and responsibilities of marriage and parenthood.
(E) Oral health, vision, and hearing.
(F) Nutrition, which may include related topics such as obesity
(G) Exercise, rest, and posture.
(H) Diseases and disorders, including sickle cell anemia and
related genetic diseases and disorders.
(I) Environmental health and safety.
(J) Community health.
(2) To the maximum extent possible, the instruction in health is
structured to provide comprehensive education in health that includes
all the subjects in paragraph (1).
(3) The community actively participates in the teaching of health
including classroom participation by practicing professional health
and safety personnel in the community.
(4) Pupils gain appreciation for the importance and value of
lifelong health and the need for each individual to take
responsibility for his or her own health.
(5) School districts may voluntarily provide pupils with
instruction on preventative health care, including obesity and
diabetes prevention through nutrition education.
(b) Health care professionals, health care service plans, health
care providers, and other entities participating in a voluntary
initiative with a school district may not market their services when
undertaking activities related to the initiative. For purposes of
this subdivision, "marketing" is defined as making a communication
about a product or service that is intended to encourage recipients
of the communication to purchase or use the product or service.
Health care or health education information provided in a brochure or
pamphlet that contains the logo or name of a health care service
plan or health care organization is not considered marketing if
provided in coordination with the voluntary initiative. The
marketing prohibitions contained in this subdivision do not apply to
outreach, application assistance, and enrollment activities relating
to federal, state, or county sponsored health care insurance programs
that are conducted by health care professionals, health care service
plans, health care providers, and other entities if the activities
are conducted in compliance with the statutory, regulatory, and
programmatic guidelines applicable to those programs.
51891. As used in this chapter, "community participation" means the
active participation in the planning, implementation, and evaluation
of comprehensive health education by parents, professional
practicing health care and public safety personnel, and public and
private health care and service agencies.