This President Understood What it Means to be an American — Happy 4th of July

“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take.” –Thomas Jefferson

In honor of Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, this video was made to show the President’s deeply held beliefs. It is not meant to be political, but rather, to show that even while holding the highest office in the land, he stayed true to his faith.

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Evolution versus “deaf, dumb and blind” believers in Earth being only 6,000 years old

Numerous sciences support the biblical account of creation. History, culture and the greatest men of intellect and character also support creation and a chronology of 6,000 years.

Pat Robertson of the 700 Club said on TV, “you have to be deaf, dumb and blind to think that this Earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence.” He might be right if he meant inorganic rocks when “earth was without form” in Genesis 1:2 before God created according to the rest of the chapter.

But if Robertson meant life on earth existed many thousands or millions of years ago, Robertson may be ignorant—either uninformed or ignoring evidence from numerous branches of science, as well as the best historical records we have, the Bible and the witness of Christ.

1. Astronomy: “May 5, 2000: The date that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line up with the sun and moon—the first time in 6,000 years.” TIME Magazine, Jan 17, 2000. This quote from the European edition supports biblical chronology dating the Creation (when God put “lights in the sky for signs and seasons,” Genesis 1:14)  to 4,000 years BC.

2. Sir Isaac Newton, one of the greatest intellects of all times, known for his laws of physics and development of calculus, was also an excellent student of Scripture. His chronology of the Bible puts the earth at 6,000 years after Creation on the same year as the above factoid from TIME.

3. Archeology is a science and findings in the Mesopotamia support Genesis as a factual book of history by finding references to Abraham’s grandfather, Eber, from which we get the word Hebrew.

4. Anthropology supports the biblical account of the creation week because cultures worldwide have observed a 7-day week from antiquity, and many languages refer to the 7th day as sabbath, shabbat, sabado or similar.

5. Geology supports the Flood in Genesis as a basis for glaciers and ice at the poles and Grand Canyon phenomena. For more, the reader may browse  the Creation-Evolution Encyclopedia online.

6. Genesis was written by Moses, a credible source of law as the central sculpture over the Supreme Court entrance suggests. Would we expect Moses who wrote “You shall not bear a false witness” to write a fictional account of the Flood or of Creation?

7. What about the 4th Commandment which says, “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…” and gave us the 7th day as a memorial of His creative act. Do we think Christ knew better and He just went along with a Jewish thing to observe the Sabbath that the Jews kept?

8. Abraham Lincoln wrote, “In regard to the great book…It is the best gift God has given to man. But for it, we would not know right from wrong. I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book upon reason that you can and the rest by faith, and you will live and die a better man.”

Dr. Florence Stratemeyer, Professor of Education at Columbia University’s Teacher College reviewed Ellen White’s book, “Education” and eulogized her insights on a balanced curriculum to address the whole person, body, mind and spirit. The book’s chapter on Science and the Bible supports harmony of science rightly interpreted with the biblical account and shows serious problems with evolution, pg 130. Having done homeschooling, Education is the best basic support for it that I know.

I attended a conference in Washington, D.C. with hundreds of scientists who believe the biblical account of Creation. My website offers further information this topic at http://chooseabetterdestiny.com click on the 2nd link in the right column. You may also sign up for a free daily email at: http://www.creationmoments.com/ (bottom right).

The Great Soccer Mystery

On Monday, March 8, 2004, in the Colorado Avalanche’s 9-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, Todd Bertuzzi of Vancouver “sucker-punched” Colorado’s Steve Moore, driving his head into the ice and breaking his neck. Bertuzzi was suspended for the remaining 20 games of the season, and although Moore eventually recovered, his professional career was over. He never played hockey again.

Thinking about the Moore-Bertuzzi incident, it occurred to me that we may have lumped a whole lot of athletic activities into a single category called “sports,” when some contests can only be loosely described as such. I’ve always felt that the activities we call “sports” should be divided into four basic categories: perfect sports, imperfect sports, spectacle, and… soccer.

For example, American-style football is a perfect sport. It is a game of violence, but there are rules to the violence that are strictly enforced. It is the best, most perfect of all sports.

Baseball is a perfect sport. The phoniest thing about baseball is the way they argue. How many people do you know who argue by screaming at each other with their faces just inches apart, throwing spittle all over each other? It’s disgusting, but no more disgusting than the spitting and crotch-scratching that most baseball players engage in. With the inflated salaries they make, one would think that they could have their jock itch treated by a qualified dermatologist.

The other problem with baseball is the strike zone. The rule book says that the strike zone is from the inside edge of home plate to the outside edge, and from the knees to the letters. So why do the owners allow each and every umpire to have his own version of the strike zone? It’s almost enough to make baseball an imperfect sport.

Track and field, swimming and diving, gymnastics, lacrosse, volley ball, squash, racket ball, and golf are all perfect sports. Tennis, too, is a perfect sport, except for its silly scoring system. If you have no score, you have “love.” When you score one point you have “15.” If you score again you have “30.” And if you score a third time you suddenly have “40.” Why not “45?” If at some point both players have the same score… 15-15, 30-30, or 40-40… it’s called “deuce,” which means “two.” It’s probably a scoring system designed to be unfathomable just to keep the riff-raff off the tennis courts.

Basketball is the best example of an imperfect sport. Not only is it intensely boring, if you tune in to the last thirty seconds of a basketball game you’ll see all the excitement you’re ever going to see. So why not have thirty second basketball games? Given the number of momentum-killing timeouts that coaches call in the closing minutes of a game, they could stretch two or three minutes into thirty minutes of commercial messages.

But the biggest rap on the game of basketball is the scoring for foul shots. If a player steals the ball and races down the floor for an easy lay-up, chances are some huge 300 lb. galoot will land on his back and crash him to the floor. When that happens, the player who is “mugged” gets to stand about sixteen feet from the basket and shoot two free-throws. If he’s lucky enough or skillful enough to make both of them he’s awarded two points, the same number of points he would have made had he not been smashed to the floor.

So where’s the advantage? Where’s the penalty? The game of basketball could be improved 1,000 percent by merely making foul shots worth two points each and allowing no timeouts in the last five minutes of a game.

But none of these, perfect sports or imperfect sports, has the long and proud tradition of the “spectacle.”

We don’t know what games prehistoric man invented to amuse himself. We do know that the Mayans played a game in which the players attempted to throw a ball through 6 in. round holes in stones attached to the front of the first row of spectator seats. It must have been about as boring as watching a basketball game or a soccer game, but the excitement came at the end of the game when the captain of the winning team was decapitated by the local high priest. That was “spectacle,” but it’s almost a certain bet that there weren’t a lot of MVP trophies sitting on mantles in Mayan homes.

Then, in the early Christian era, the local town folk in Rome enjoyed some real knee-slappers as
they watched the Christians dashing around the arena, trying their damndest to be the last one
eaten by the lions. That was spectacle.

Later, the Spanish found a way to get even with the animal world by arming a whole bunch of guys with spears and swords and turning them all loose on a single bull. That’s spectacle.

In the modern era, we have professional ice hockey, and its first cousin, professional wrestling. Ice hockey could, and should, rank right up there with football as one of the greatest of all perfect sports. It should be a game of beauty and grace, a game of speed, skill and athletic ability, but it’s played as if it were a common street fight. It appeals to the most visceral side of human nature and attracts fans, most of whom would pay to see an autopsy or a fatal car crash. It is not sport, it is spectacle.

And finally, there is “football,” the game that we in America call “soccer”… a game that is in a category all by itself.

To understand how Americans feel about soccer, just imagine a football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas longhorns with 70,000 screaming fans sitting in the stands, but a game in which both coaches call the same “up the gut” offensive running play, time, after time, after time, for the entire game… no passing, no field goals, just a hand-off to a running back who hits the middle of the defensive line. What spectators would see for an hour is three-and-out, punt, three-and-out, punt, over and over again. The excitement of it would compare well with a soccer match. Boooring!

On Wednesday, June 25, columnist Ann Coulter, not a soccer fan, expressed herself on the subject of European-style “football.” She wrote, “If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”

Coulter surmises that, if Michael Jackson had treated his chronic insomnia by viewing a taped replay of Argentina vs. Brazil, instead of injecting himself with Propofol, he’d probably still be alive today… but bored.

We can all hope that an American soccer “fetish” will not evolve into the sort of hooliganism associated with European-style “football.” In Europe, the violence created by soccer “hooligans” became such a problem that British soccer fans were banned from some matches on the continent.

In recent days, at the World Cup finals in Sao Paulo, masked hooligans singled out the British fans who’d hung British flags from the awning of a bar where they were drinking prior to the match between Uruguay and Great Britain. The anti-British hooligans ran into the bar, smashed glasses, turned over tables, and ripped down the flags. After throwing missiles at the fans, the attackers fled and tried to board a bus, but were chased down by police. Fifteen were arrested.

So the question remains, why is it that soccer attracts so many acts of hooliganism? It probably has something to do with the fact that watching a soccer match is about as exciting as watching paint dry or watching grass grow. I suspect I’d be angry too if the only major sporting event available to me was soccer and the only beer I had to drink was Guinness Stout. Sitting through ninety minutes of watching a bunch of guys running up and down the field, kicking a ball, not touching it with their hands, while swilling that evil-tasting concoction would be enough to drive anyone insane.

Never before has such a boring event been the root cause of so much violence. That it should stir as much excitement as it has among so many American millennials is a complete mystery. If we could figure what it is that has caused so many of them to go absolutely bonkers over World Cup soccer, we could probably also understand why so many of them voted for Barack Obama.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of demonstrators protesting against the FIFA soccer World Cup Brazil 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil [EPA]

Live Report and Commentary From Miami: Defending Florida’s Marriage Amendment in Court By John Stemberger

I was in Miami yesterday afternoon and evening to attend the court hearing where six same-sex couples are suing the Miami Dade Clerk of Court asking the judge to strike down Florida’s Marriage Amendment which was passed by just under 5 million voters in 2008 when 62% of Floridians defined marriage between one man and one woman.

The courtroom was an older but beautifully ornate room that has been totally restored and is actually the same courtroom Al Capone was tried in years ago.   The courtroom was packed with about 60% supporters of marriage and about 40% gay rights activists.  There was an overflow courtroom with about another 150 people watching by video who were mostly our supporters.  Marriage supporters wore small signs saying “Respect my Vote”.

I appeared on behalf of Florida Family Action as “Amicus” (friend of the court) and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel represented us.  I also presented an affidavit to the court which gave a very personal and detailed account of my motivation for leading the four year effort to pass the amendment.  The “Stemberger affidavit” was referred to several times during the hearing.

Overall, the legal arguments presented for same sex marriage were surprisingly weak.  After the first short legal argument, the other lawyers arguing spent a lot of time reading stories, citing antidotal evidence, misrepresenting the impact of multiple cases, and generally dispensing an assortment of inappropriate political rhetoric before the court.  In contrast, Mat Staver had a command of the law, the Constitution, legal procedure and the social science research.  His case was compelling and clear.  Not surprisingly, none of the plaintiff’s gay-rights lawyers ever cited let alone mentioned the only clear and controlling legal precedent before the court – Florida’s Constitution and its marriage definition.

One of the lawyers for the Plaintiff’s made the stunning statement that when we as voters amended the constitution to define marriage that this represented the “tyranny of the majority”. Seriously?  Amending the constitution is tyranny?  It was hard not to just LOL.

He then claimed that studies show “two parents are better than one” and that “gay people and straight people make equally good parents”.  But that is not the issue.  The comparison is not the mere quantityof parents — one vs two.  The issue is whether a mom and a dad are superior to two moms and what isbest for children.  And an enormous body of social science research is crystal clear.  Having both a mother and a father produces the highest levels of human flourishing for children.  And the absence of a mom or a dad produces significantly increased levels of social maladies.  This exposes the real weakness and problem with same sex marriage.  Their position devalues the uniqueness and importance of gender in the rearing of children.  Their Position has to be that two moms are just as good as a mom and a dad– and this is empirically false.  With all due respect to Mr. Mackelmore, (the white rapper) the love of a father is not the “same love” as a mother.  And law and policy should reflect the opportunity for children to have the best chance of having both a mom and a dad.

I was very thankful that the Attorney General’s office moved to intervene in the case and had a lawyer appear in person.  But it was disappointing that the lawyer only made one point in a couple of minutes and then quickly sat down.  Much was made by the other lawyers and the judge about the inadequacy of the AG lawyer’s response in the case but it was still good that they asserted the rights of states (through the people) to define marriage.

Lawyers for the Dade County Clerk of the Court who were sued as the Defendant stated that they were “neutral” in the matter and not taking a position.  But then in the next breath they reminded the court that Florida marriage license applications have the words “husband” and “wife” and asked the judge to tell them what to do if the court enters an order and same-sex couples go to get licenses with forms that are not “gender neutral”.  Neutral?  Not so much.

Even Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer had a lawyer representing the City Council (using our local tax dollars) saying that they were in support of homosexuals marrying.  They argued that because Florida was an “anti-gay” state that we were losing “millions and millions” of dollars a year in revenue from same sex couples who might otherwise get married in Florida.  Between Disney “Gay Days”, Key West’s year round gay celebrations, no less than 25 gay-pride weeks and parades all over the state and the “gay-friendly everything” that goes on in Dade and Broward Counties, it was honestly hard for me to not just burst out in open court with laughter hearing this all argued with a straight face.  Anti-gay Florida?  The left plays fast and loose with the facts and indeed with reality itself.

After the hearing there was a heated demonstration outside on the steps of the courthouse. Check out this video to the left linked into the image which shows the back and forth between the crowd.  The natural marriage supporters clearly out numbered and even dwarfed the homosexual rights protesters.  With the crowds shouting in the background I also did several TV and radio interviews and made statements in a press conference with Mat Staver.  The crowds were shouting back and forth to each other and were divided between yellow caution tape.  It was quite a circus and both emotions and security were high.

The high point of the whole day for me occurred after my last TV interview.  A young, neatly dressed reporter asked me several insightful questions and unusually inquisitive follow-up questions.  I did my best and gave him the most honest and sincere responses I could.  After the interview he pulled me aside and asked to speak with me privately.  He said, “Listen, I am an openly gay man.  But I want you to know how much I appreciate the answers you just gave to me and how respectful you were in talking about gay persons not even knowing that I am one of them.” Wow– Thank God for whatever grace he has given me to be able to make that kind of an impression on this young reporter.  Please pray for this man.

The judge did not rule from the bench after the hearing and it is unclear when she will rule.  The real concern here is that if the judge were to rule against our position (finding some new right of marriage out of thin air, defying the highest law of the land-Florida’s Constitution) then the six same sex couples could immediately run down to the courthouse and get marriage licenses.  Unless the Attorney General’s office files a motion to stay (halt) the judge’s order until the federal lawsuits are heard then the couples could be granted illegitimate marriage licenses based on a single judges opinion before any appeal and final hearing of the matter.

The judge sounded unapologetically warm and inviting to the plaintiff’s pro-gay rights positions.  Honestly, she sounded so biased it felt like she was coaching the oppositions attorneys and helping them to not forget certain points, etc… I was really taken back by how comfortable she felt just coddling the other side’s arguments in an open and public court.  Sadly, from my perspective she did not even try and attempt to appear neutral in her demeanor and questioning.  At this point we can only pray that she does the right thing.

But the bottom line is this–if the judge does her job and follows the law in Florida we will prevail.  If she ignores the constitution and ignores the will of the people, then she could rule against us and with a stroke of a pen strike down the vote and intentions of millions of Floridians.

Please continue to pray for us and for this case and follow us on Twitter and check out all of the photos of the hearing and rally on our Facebook page.  Stay tuned for further updates and news on this historic and developing story.  Thanks again for your faithful support of our mission to fight for life, marriage, family and liberty.

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In Their Own Words: Amendment 2’s Attorney Says Pot Could be Recommended for Throat Pain, Trouble Sleeping & Problems Eating

The proponents of Amendment 2 have frequently defended their Amendment by citing the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling on the ballot summary language; but, the Vote No on 2 Campaign today revealed that during oral arguments, Amendment 2’s constitutional lawyer, Jon Mills, said that pot could be recommended for other conditions, specifically citing throat pain, trouble sleeping and problems eating.

During his oral argument in front of the Florida Supreme Court on December 5, 2013, Mills was asked to explain the broad catchall of “other conditions,” to which he gave an example of an individual having a conversation with their doctor.  During this hypothetical conversation, Mills stated that if the patient says: “I have throat pain, I can’t sleep, I’m having a problem eating…” that medical marijuana would then be an option for a doctor to recommend to someone with those issues.

To view the video clip of Mills’ statements, click the below video clip:

“The proponents of Amendment 2 have gone to great lengths to make Florida voters believe it would truly only be for those suffering from ‘debilitating diseases,’” said Constitutional Attorney Susan Kelsey.  “In fact, you don’t have to look any further than their misleading ballot title – Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.”

“Yet by the Amendment 2 attorney’s own admission, during oral arguments in front of the Florida Supreme Court no less, doctors may be able to recommend pot to someone who suffers from ‘other conditions,’ such as throat pain, trouble sleeping and problems eating,” continued Kelsey.

The title and summary is all that most voters will see on the ballot, but if they wanted more information they would have to delve deeper to see that the authors defined a “debilitating medical condition” to include cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions.

“Nowhere in the ballot title, summary or the definition of ‘debilitating medical condition’ do the authors list things like throat pain, trouble sleeping or problems eating.  Why?  Because they are trying to trick Florida voters into believing that pot will only be used for the list of truly terrible diseases that they list in the definitions.  But their own attorney affirms what we’ve been saying all along – this Amendment with the qualifier ‘or other conditions’ is pot for any purpose,” concluded Kelsey.

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Florida: Pro-Marijuana Activist calls those who oppose its legalization “Nazis”

On June 26, 2014 representatives from the pro-marijuana group Florida CAN visited AMVets Post #301 in Ellington, FL to hold a forum on Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in the Sunshine state for medical use. Support for Amendment 2 is dropping in the polls. Approximately twenty-five people attended the forum, of which six were veterans.

The title of the presentation was “Let’s Talk About It: Open Forum on Cannabis in Florida.” The “let’s talk about it” part of the forum was one sided. The event was not an open forum. There were no opposing views presented and those who raised questions about the known negative impacts of marijuana use, especially by children, were shut down. The wife of one veteran who attended asked some hard questions was confronted by members of the panel after the forum.

During the forum the panel members used emotion rather than facts on the use and abuse of marijuana to make their case. The used cherry picked data and made misleading, and possibly false statements, to those in attendance to push for passage of Amendment 2.

Watch this video by Kevin Sabet, President Obama’s former Drug Czar and author of “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana.” After watching this video you will see how the forum panel members repeated some of these myths, like marijuana is harmless and non-addictive. To read all of the seven great myths about marijuana click here.

Kara Kampmeyer, President of Florida Angels of Mercy

Kara Kampmeyer, President of Florida Angels of Mercy

Panel members included: Kara Kampmeyer, President of Florida Angels of Mercy, Haydon Fouke a cancer survivor, Cathy Jordan and Robert Jordan, Mo Barnhart, CannaMom, Renee Petro, CannaMom, A.J. Bowman and Ryan another cancer survivor.

Kara Kampmeyer heads up the non-profit organization Florida Angels of Mercy to assist people in purchasing marijuana. It was Kampmeyer who stated that denying Floridians access to marijuana was akin to what “the Nazis did to the Jews.” She encouraged veterans to contact her if they need assistance with purchasing marijuana.

Mo Barnhart and her 3-year-old daughter Dahlia discussed the benefits of cannabis oil in treating her daughter’s brain cancer. After the forum Mo stated that while she was for using hemp oil to help Dahlia, she did not want her 12-year old son to have access to marijuana. She was against its general legalization.

Renee Petro said she was illegally utilizing hemp oil for her 12-year-old son. The Florida Department of Children and Families (FL-DCF) came to her house and questioned her children about her ability as a mother. Petro told them, “We are not criminals. As an American do we have rights? We do, but we don’t.” It appears FL-DCF gave her a pass for breaking the law by giving her children illegal drugs.

A.J. Bowman stated his concerns that even if Amendment 2 passes, Florida counties may opt-out as a “dry county?” Hayden Fouke stated, “I don’t care who uses it for whatever reason. There is a movement to keep cancer patients from having quality of life. We can’t let all the confusion of money at the last minute scare people.”

Fouke then said that marijuana is “the only drug on the market to improve the appetite.” He said, “I use a quarter of a brownie every day to kick-start my appetite.” At the same time Fouke said that marijuana helps people to lose weight, stating “From a patient standpoint, I can assure you that this [marijuana] works. It does not allow the (inaudible) in your stomach to hold the fat, so people who use marijuana have smaller waistlines. I am not some burned out hippie.” So which is it, a drug to gain weight or lose it?

Ryan, who shared his cancer story, believed that marijuana is the only reason he is still alive.

The moderator showed slides from 2011- Florida Medical Examiners Report summary of drug related deaths stating there are zero deaths from marijuana and marijuana is “Not a big gateway drug.” The facts are that the 2011 report shows 894 deaths from Cannabinoids and the 2012 report shows 384 deaths caused by Cannabinoids. According to the National Institute of Health Cannabinoids are the chemical components of cannabis (marijuana).

The following is a audio tape of the one hour forum:

Intolerance Florida Style: In any War of Ideas support the Civilized man (or woman)

When tolerance on any issue becomes a one way street then civil society is at risk. Case in point, tolerance is something that homosexuals demand.

Homosexuals demand that everyone embrace their unhealthy lifestyle as something good and “gay.” They demand schools allow children to access homosexual websites in the name of their “particular needs“. They demand that Christians, Jews and Muslims not follow their religious beliefs and speak out against sodomy. They demand that those who support traditional marriage be singled out and demonized for being intolerant. They demand an “equal right” to marry, when there is none.

This issue is becoming a political hot potato in Florida.

Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage is a plank of Republican Party Platform. The What We Believe 2012 Republican Party Platform states, “The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social studies that traditional marriage is best for children.”

Fort Lauderdale TEA Party member Danita Kilcullen sent out an email which pointed out that Republican Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Republican school board candidate Heather Brinkworth, who Governor Rick Scott recently appointed to the Broward County School Board, marched in the gay pride parade in Wilton Manors on June 21, 2014.

Since doing this Kilcullen has been demonized. In an email to Kilcullen, Carolyn Kelly states (WARNING: Graphic language):

Open letter to Danita…

Nice to see after all these years that you have turned into a good “Jesus loving, God fearing compassionate conservative”!! Danita as we get older most of us have figured out that life is too short to worry about this shit! Let everyone live their lives as they choose and if marriage is part of it, gay or straight, hallelujah! Danita your world view is about as small as a grain of sand on the beach…you and your “believers” cannot put the lid back on the can…life moves forward…its not static or going back two-hundred years as you and your tea bag minions would like it to!

Your group of people, the T-party (tea baggers) did not exist until after Obama was elected President…we all can read between the lines on that one, which reads racists and bigots! It is also is readily apparent that tea baggers as a group must be very miserable people by preaching so much hate to the world under the guise of Christianity. I feel sorry for you that you are so unhappy in your personal life that you have to exert this much energy to preach hate from a soapbox everyday of your life. You would like nothing more to bring the rest of us down to your level. Your message that you project is…if you aren’t white and straight please go back to the closet! Sorry Danita that your life so f*****g miserable that your blatant hatred for so many groups of people has not only ruined your life, but most of the people around you.

It turns out Carolyn Kelly used to be David Eckert. Kilcullen writes:

Carolyn Kelly once was David Eckert who married my best friend, Susan Roberts. David also became our best friend during their courtship and Brian & I were best-man/woman at their outdoor wedding on the intracoastal and our son, Julian, 3 or 4 years old was ring bearer. The marriage was troubled from the start and even during their dating period. They divorced and we tried to remain friends with both. Eventually we stopped hearing from David and he would not return phone calls. A couple of years later I got a phone call on my birthday from David saying he was ready to talk to us. We wondered if he might be gay.

The following day when we were supposed to meet him in one of all of our favorite restaurants, Brian came home and said, “Get ready… it’s worse than you can even imagine,” and told me he was wearing lipstick, had long fingernails, etc. I was already in tears on the way to the restaurant and said I could not go in. Brian said just come for as long as you can and we’ll leave when you need to. We walked in and I did not see him. I took a seat in a booth and Brian walked around looking for him. All of a sudden from out of the bar, walking toward me was a 6’2″ long-haired blond in blue jeans and a white, puffy, long-sleeved blouse, carrying a purse. He slid into the booth across from me and I instantly fell apart. He had breasts and obviously had been taking hormones and his voice was higher pitched. He said he had known since he was small (he was adopted). He said he had been receiving counsel for more than a year, that his family had abandoned him and that is what he was told to expect from both family and friends.

Then he told us he would be flying to London for the sex change. I sobbed the entire time we were there. When we left, I knew that David was dead and for me, it really was as if I’d been to a funeral. For two months I cried and grieved. That was our last contact.

Brian continued to try to talk him out of the surgery and had lunch with him a couple of times. Believe me when I tell you he was freak show and I did not want Brian seen with him, even though he was trying desperately to save him.

David had his surgery and until today we have had no contact. But because I fight this issue, he calls me a “hater.” I do not hate him.

There are two kinds of people. The loving and tolerant and the hating and intolerant. From this one email thread I think you can see the stark differences. One is civil, the other a savage. Ayn Rand wrote, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” In this case support the civilized woman against the savage man, now a woman.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of The Peoples Cube.

An 11 year-old asks: Which Parent Don’t I Need, My Mom or My Dad?

Grace (age 11) bravely reminded the Minnesota House Civil Law Committee that redefining marriage sends the message that one of her parents doesn’t matter in the eyes of the law.

Jenifer Marshal writes, “Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do I not need, my mom, or my dad?” It’s a question proponents of same-sex marriage cannot answer.”

Attorneys will echo Grace when they appear before the Supreme Court to defend two marriage laws defining the institution as the union of one man and one woman. The Court hears arguments on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 on California’s Proposition 8 and Wednesday, July 2nd on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Marshal notes, “Americans are free to live and to love as we choose. And we’ve learned to make do in many circumstances when, for one reason or another, a mother and father cannot permanently be together with the children they’ve brought into this world. But we have continued to give unique status in law to the union of a man and a woman—the only relationship that produces children—as a permanent, monogamous, and exclusive relationship. We uphold this ideal in the interest of children, of limited, constitutional government, and of America’s future.”

Is all love equal?

“Love is Love,” same-sex “marriage” advocates are fond of saying. At a recent protest in Weyburan, Saskatchewan, Canada, a pro-“gay” activist said, “It doesn’t matter who you love, it just matters that you love.” The implication is that homosexual sex and relationships are equivalent—morally, practically and health-wise—to natural sex and relationships (i.e., marriage) between a man and a woman. But is that true?

Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says no, it is not.  Below are the reasons why:

Capacity to Produce Life

Sex between men or between women alone can never produce children.  “Gay parenting” requires a previous heterosexual relationship by one or both of the same-sex partners, or adoption or artificial means to acquire a child.  That child will then intentionally be denied a father or a mother.  In contrast, heterosexuality and natural marriage produce children, families and future generations.

‘HIV Is a Gay Disease’

Homosexual sex between men is the biggest risk factors for HIV/AIDS. A stunning 94-95 percent of all HIV diagnoses in 2011 among boys and young men were linked to homosexual sex, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports.[1] A 2008 CDC study of “gay” men in 21 major cities found that nearly one in five were HIV positive while 44 percent of those did not know it. [2] Facts like these have led some homosexual activists to admit that, “HIV is a gay disease.”[3] Yet students rarely are educated on the heightened health risks associated with homosexual behaviors.

CDC slide demonstrates the strong correlation between

CDC slide demonstrates the strong correlation between “male-to-male sexual contact” and HIV among adolescent boys and young men. To view the full CDC slide presentation, go HERE; to read the related AFTAH article, go HERE. Yellow highlighting did not appear on original CDC slide.

Viral Hepatitis and High-Risk Homosexual Sex

“Among adults, an estimated 10% of new Hepatitis A cases and 20% of new Hepatitis B cases occur in gay or bisexual men,” the CDC reported in October 2013. The disproportionate risk is linked to high-risk sexual behaviors by “men who have sex with men” (MSM). The CDC reports: “Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter—even in microscopic amounts—from an infected person. Among men who have sexual contact with other men, Hepatitis A can be spread through direct anal-oral contact or contact with fingers or objects that have been in or near the anus of an infected person.”[4]

Sex Practices Common Among Homosexual Men Are ‘Highly Efficient Ways of Transmitting Disease,’ Says ‘Gay’ Writer

“Some practices common among gays–especially rimming [mouth-to-anus sex] and anal intercourse–are highly efficient ways of transmitting disease.”–”Gay” writer Jack Hart, Gay Sex: A Manual for Men Who Love Men [5]

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A 2010 CDC study on “Intimate Partner Violence” among homosexuals and bisexuals found higher rates of “rape, physical violence, and/or stalking” among lesbians and bisexual women compared to heterosexual women–and higher rates of “sexual violence” among homosexual and bisexual men compared to heterosexual men. Go HERE to read CDC report summary.

Domestic Partner Violence Higher for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals

“Rates of some form of sexual violence were higher among lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual women and men compared to heterosexual women and men,” the CDC reported in 2010.

“Forty-four percent of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime…

“Four in 10 gay men (40%), nearly half of bisexual men (47%), and 1 in 5 heterosexual men (21%) have experienced SV [sexual violence] other than rape in their lifetime. This translates into nearly 1.1 million gay men, 903,000 bisexual men, and 21.6 million heterosexual men.” [6]

Anal Cancer

“The incidence of anal cancer in gay men is approximately 80 times that of the general population.” [7]

Syphilis

“In 2012, 75% of the reported primary and secondary syphilis cases were among men who have sex with men (MSM)/” the CDC reported. [8]

Dr. Stephen Goldstone

Anus: ‘Highest Risk Place for STDs,” Says Homosexual Doctor 

“[An] anus is the highest risk place for STDs [sexually transmitted diseases].”–Dr. Stephen Goldstone, The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex: A Medical Handbook for Men [9]

Sources:

1. ”CDC: 94 to 95 Percent of HIV Cases among Boys and Young Men Linked to Homosexual Sex,” AFTAH website, September 11, 2013 [link HERE]; links to CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] presentation, “HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults,” National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatisis, STD and & TB Prevention, Div. of HIV/AIDS Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_Adolescents.pdf.

2. CDC Press Release: “1 in 5 men who have sex with men in 21 U.S. cities have HIV; nearly half unaware,” National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention; “The CDC study tested 8,153 MSM in 21 cities participating in the 2008 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS).” [link HERE]

3. Sharon Bernstein, “HIV Ads Embrace, and Stun, Audience,” Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2006: “the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center had embarked on a controversial ad campaign with this stark declaration: ‘HIV is a gay disease,’ with the tag line ‘Own It. End It.’ on billboards and in magazines.” [story link HERE].

4. CDC, “Viral Hepatitis: Information for Gay and Bisexual Men,” October 2013; http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Populations/PDFs/HepGay-FactSheet.pdf.

5. Jack Hart, Gay Sex: A Manual for Men who Love Men (Revised & Updated, Second edition, October 1998). Published by [now defunct] Alyson Books (Los Angeles, New York), pages 194, 212-213. [AFTAH link HERE] Full quote by Hart, a homosexual, is below:

“Many sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) occur more often among gay men than in the general population. Several factors contribute to this difference: Gay men have the opportunity to engage in sex with more people than do most heterosexual men, and some practices common among gays–especially rimming [oral-anal perversion*] and anal intercourse–are highly efficient ways of transmitting disease….”

6. NISVS: “An Overview of 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation,” The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), 2010: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/cdc_nisvs_victimization_final-a.pdf

7. HIV Essentials 2013 (Sixth Edition), by Paul E. Sax , Calvin J. Cohen, Daniel R. Kuritzkes, (Jones & Bartlett Learning: Burlington, MA, 2013), p. 132. [Amazon book link HERE]

8. CDC, “Syphilis & MSM (Men Who Have Sex With Men) – CDC Fact Sheet; page last updated: January 7, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/STDFact-MSM-Syphilis.htm

9. Dr. Stephen Goldstone, The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex: A Medical Handbook for Men, (Dell: 1999), p 16; in the passage, Dr. Goldstone, a homosexual and “gay” advocate, is urging condom use. For more quotations by Goldstone, see this AFTAH article. [Amazon book link HERE]

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Michele Obama, Jill Biden: Their Husbands are Firing our Military at an Alarming Rate

There are many stories being written about the shoddy care our military veterans are receiving from the Veterans Administration. The untold story is that of how President Obama is firing our military by the hundreds of thousands. This is a crisis for those military members and their families who are suddenly out of a job.

These reductions-in-force have created a national crisis that is turning into a national scandal. A jobs crisis for U.S. military veterans. Jobs is the top issue with these recently fired veterans, just ask any veterans service organization, they will tell you it is all about jobs.

So, President Obama created this crisis and his wife Michele and Jill Biden, the Second lady, have decided to make political hay while the sun shines. They are trying to turn lemons into lemonade with their hire a veteran radio promotions under the “Joining Forces” campaign. On the Joining Forces website Michele and Jill plead, “Support for our Heroes -Let’s make sure no veteran has to fight for a job at home after they fight for our nation overseas.” You may have heard Michele and Jill on iHeartRadio stations asking business to hire veterans, as their husbands continue to reduce our military to pre-WWII levels.

Michele and Jill write in a Fortune Magazine op-ed, “But the challenge of giving them that chance is only becoming more urgent. In the coming years, more than a million service members will be hanging up their uniforms and transitioning to civilian life. That’s on top of the hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses already out there looking for work.”

Millions more of our military will be fired. But don’t be alarmed, we will back-fill them with homosexuals, cross dressers and transgenders. Like the new recruitment effort using the transgender “Warrior Princes“, the former Navy SEAL Chris Beck, now Kristin Beck.  Bill Gertz from The Washington Times reports:

“Who’s paying for this?” the official asked. “Especially in these trying fiscal times with reduction-in-force boards, selective early retirement boards and early terminations for our enlisted ranks, someone is wasting money by mainstreaming a transgendered veteran?

Ms. Beck said she is not “pushing” for transgender integration in the military. “I am speaking about being a ‘human’ and the value of people in the armed forces,” she stated in an email. The military is looking at allowing transgenders in the military and “I am giving them correct information instead of stereotypes and misguided information of the past,”

Ms. Beck said, adding that 13 nations permit transgenders in their armed forces.

Read more…

Never let a good crisis, particularly one that you created, go to waste.

EDITORS NOTE: Below are the top 10 military employers in the country, based on Payscale’s skilled labor criteria.

1. Booz Allen Hamilton

Business: Provides consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “Booz Allen has maintained a deep and long commitment to the nation’s military community that began with our work assisting the U.S. Navy at the dawn of World War II and continues today with the Military Health System, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and our many engagements with the Department of Defense and armed services.”

2. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Business: Fortune 500 company provides scientific and technical products and services that contribute to the security and well-being of communities throughout the world.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “SAIC has a long-standing commitment to supporting military veterans and their families. The company currently employs more than 10,000 military veterans, comprising nearly 25 percent of SAIC’s workforce, and was ranked No. 24 on G.I. Jobs Magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers
list.”

3. Northrop Grumman

Business: Designer, systems integrator and manufacturer of military aircraft, defense electronics, precision weapons, commercial and military aerostructures.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “We employ thousands of veterans worldwide and are committed to hiring and assisting our military-experienced candidates and employees. You bring a unique set of skills to our company, and have a first-hand appreciation for our business, products, and services. We value the training and
leadership development that candidates gain from their military service and experience.”

4. L-3 Communications

Business: L-3 is a prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “L-3 is proud to employ more than 15,000 veterans of the U.S. military, helping them use their unique training and skills to meet our customers’ needs. Many of L-3’s top business leaders are former military personnel who provide critical insight and support for using L-3’s advanced technology and
services to protect our country’s freedoms.”

5. Lockheed Martin

Business: Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin focuses on Aeronautics, Electronic Systems, Information Systems & Global Solutions, and Space Systems.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “At Lockheed Martin, we have a long-standing commitment to successful job transition for America’s veterans — providing opportunities for them to continue contributing to the security of our nation even after their military service.”

6. U.S. Department of Defense

Mission: As the nation’s largest employer, the Department of Defense provides the military forces with what is needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

7. BAE Systems

Business: BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide and a primary focus on five home markets: the US, UK, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia and India.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “At BAE Systems, ‘We protect those who protect us’ is a mantra that we take to heart. It defines our commitment to our customers, our employees and especially to those individuals who have contributed to ‘protecting us’ directly as a member of the military service. It is our goal to provide
mission-centered work that veterans and reservists alike can identify with, contribute to, and become passionate about.”

8. Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)

Business: CSC is a leading information technology (IT) services company.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “Whether through recruitment, philanthropy or volunteerism, CSC is proud to support our heroic military service members and their familes. CSC values America’s military community for its loyalty, diversity and strong work ethic. We will help you realize your professional aspirations through valuable career choices.”

9. CACI International

Business: CACI International provides professional services and IT solutions needed to prevail in the areas of defense, intelligence, homeland security, and IT modernization and government transformation.

Mission Statement for Veterans: “CACI employs veterans at every level of the organization, from staff to senior leadership. We work side by side with the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies, providing professional services and IT solutions to solve their problems and secure our nation’s interests. We take great
pride in service to our country and to those who have served in the military, recognizing that you have the talent, character, and commitment to duty that will help make our clients’ missions successful. As a military professional, you understand these priorities and possess skills that translate to what we do at CACI. We invite you to explore our job opportunities to find the right fit as you take the next step in your career.”

10. The Boeing Company

Business: Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

Group Demands Schools Allow Children to Access Homosexual Internet Sites

Blake Neff from Freedom Outpost reports:

An advocacy group is calling for the federal government to loosen Internet filters in schools as a way to assist the homosexual community.

In a paper released Thursday, the LGBT Technology Partnership and Institute argues that the homosexual community has “particular needs” for the Internet that call for government action. In particular, the group is urging a reform of the government’s E-Rate policy that they say is blocking low-income individuals and students from accessing important LGBT resources and reaching out to other members of the homosexual community.

Read more.

Homosexuals are asking schools to open up a Pandora’s Box to internet pornography, LGBT pornography in particular. If the federal government forces this upon the states then children at school will have access to multiple homosexual dating and pornographic websites. If you Google the words “Internet gay sites” you will get 198,000,000 links. The top links are to gay dating sites like GayCupid.com (WARNING: this site contains materials not suitable for children or adults).

Dr. Judith Reisman has studied the impact of  pornography on individuals, families and society. In her column “The Porn Factor: The Path from Playboy to Sex Offender Is Well Traveled” Reisman writes:

Pornography and Pedophilia

From 1994 to 2007, at least 19 state legislatures in the U.S. passed laws named for a raped and murdered child. In my considered judgment, almost every lust-crime is now energized by pornography. There is plenty of evidence to back me up. For instance, in 1984, FBI Agent Ken Lanning testified about pedophiles’ use of pornography at a Senate hearing on the “Effect of Pornography on Women and Children”:

Adult pornography is also used, particularly with adolescent boy victims, to arouse and to lower inhibitions  …  A child who is reluctant to engage in sexual activity with an adult or to pose for sexually explicit photos can sometimes be convinced by viewing other children having “fun” participating in the activity … A third major use of child pornography collections is [for] blackmail … If the child threatens to tell his or her parents or the authorities, the existence of sexually explicit photographs can be an effective silencer. The pedophile threatens to show the pictures to parents, friends, or teachers if the child reveals their secret.

John Rabun, then Deputy Director of the National Center for Missing Children, stated at one of the hearings:

100 percent of the arrested pedophiles, child pornographers, pimps, what have you . . . had in their possession at the time of arrest, adult pornography. . . . [It was used] for their own sexual arousal . . . [and] particularly for the pedophiles, was a form of self-validation, “it is OK because I see it in other places. It must be all right, it is published nationally . . .”

On September 16, 1987, before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families in the House of Representatives, legal counselor Alan Sears testified:

In child pornography cases in Los Angeles County, police officers testified that since they began to ask the question, over 95 percent of the children involved in that activity had had pornography used as part of the softening up or the inhibition-lowering process to seduce them and induct them into this activity … [A] substantial number of the men who go on to be abusers were abused children themselves. Pornography plays a significant role in the training of our young people to become sexual abusers.

Detective Lt. Darrell Pope, Commanding Officer of the Michigan State Police Sex Crime Unit, testified at the same hearing:

[I]n 1977, I did a research project where I looked at 38,000 case histories [of sex crimes] and found that 41 percent of those reports indicated that, in fact, pornographic materials were used just prior to or during the actual act. (emphasis added).

Pope interviewed hundreds of sex offenders about their porn use, and “almost to a man,” the reply was: “I used it for one of several reasons: One, to encourage me.” Pope went on:

I can remember talking to one young man who was 19 years old; he said, “It excited me and then I got to thinking about it and I wanted to know how it felt.” … He wanted to know how it felt to rape a woman and kill her … And when we arrested this young man and searched his home, we found a pornographic magazine depicting this very thing that he had done.

This effort is just another step towards the recruitment of children for sex, homosexual sex. Nothing more, nothing less.

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“As most of you know, I do a lot of training regarding the influence of popular culture on drug use, especially as it relates to marijuana. Our children are surrounded by books, magazines, fashion, television, movies, music and the ever present celebrities [see Mia Farrow tweet above] who extol the virtues of pot. These factors, combined with the business of Big Marijuana, and pro-pot lobbying organizations that spend millions to sell the idea of surrendering to the drug culture, are undoing decades of drug education work in America – all while the federal government (and many states) turn a blind eye to the social, economic and legal chaos being inflicted upon us,” notes Jessica Spencer, Florida Statewide Coalition Director for VoteNo2.org.

In a new study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, new evidence has emerged regarding the prevalence of pro-pot messages through Twitter and other social media outlets.

pro pot tweetYouth Regularly receive Pro-marijuana Tweets

Hundreds of thousands of American youth are following marijuana-related Twitter accounts and getting pro-pot messages several times each day, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found.

The tweets are cause for concern, they said, because young people are thought to be especially responsive to social media influences. In addition, patterns of drug use tend to be established in a person’s late teens and early 20s.

In a study published online June 27 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the Washington University team analyzed messages tweeted from May 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, by a Twitter account called Weed Tweets@stillblazintho. Among pro-marijuana accounts, this one was selected because it has the most Twitter followers — about 1 million. During the eight-month study period, the account posted an average of 11 tweets per day.
“As people are becoming more accepting of marijuana use and two states have legalized the drug for recreational use, it is important to remember that it remains a dangerous drug of abuse,” said principal investigator Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, PhD. “I’ve been studying what is influencing attitudes to change dramatically and where people may be getting messages about marijuana that are leading them to believe the drug is not hazardous.”

Although 19 states now allow marijuana use for medical purposes, much of the evidence for its effectiveness remains anecdotal. Even as Americans are relaxing their attitudes about marijuana, in 2011 marijuana contributed to more than 455,000 emergency room visits in the United States, federal research shows. Some 13 percent of those patients were ages 12 to 17.

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A majority of Americans favor legalizing recreational use of the drug, and 60 percent of high school seniors report they don’t believe regular marijuana use is harmful. A recent report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said that more Americans are using cannabis as their perception of the health risk declines. The report stated that for youth and young adults, “more permissive cannabis regulations correlate with decreases in the perceived risk of use.”

Cavazos-Rehg said Twitter also is influencing young people’s attitudes about the drug. Studying Weed Tweets, the team counted 2,285 tweets during the eight-month study. Of those, 82 percent were positive about the drug, 18 percent were either neutral or did not focus on marijuana, and 0.3 percent expressed negative attitudes about it.

Many of the tweets were meant to be humorous. Others implied that marijuana helps a person feel good or relax, and some mentioned different ways to get high.

With the help of a data analysis firm, the investigators found that of those receiving the tweets, 73 percent were under 19. Fifty-four percent were 17 to 19 years old, and almost 20 percent were 16 or younger. About 22 percent were 20 to 24 years of age. Only 5 percent of the followers were 25 or older.

“These are risky ages when young people often begin experimentation with drugs,” explained Cavazos-Rehg, an assistant professor of psychiatry. “It’s an age when people are impressionable and when substance-use behaviors can transition into addiction. In other words, it’s a very risky time of life for people to be receiving messages like these.”

Cavazos-Rehg said it isn’t possible from this study to “connect the dots” between positive marijuana tweets and actual drug use, but she cites previous research linking substance use to messages from television and billboards. She suggested this also may apply to social media.

“Studies looking at media messages on traditional outlets like television, radio, billboards and magazines have shown that media messages can influence substance use and attitudes about substance use,” she said. “It’s likely a young person’s attitudes and behaviors may be influenced when he or she is receiving daily, ongoing messages of this sort.”

The researchers also learned that the Twitter account they tracked reached a high number of African-Americans and Hispanics compared with Caucasians. Almost 43 percent were African-American, and nearly 12 percent were Hispanic. In fact, among Hispanics, Weed Tweets ranked in the top 30 percent of all Twitter accounts followed.

“It was surprising to see that members of these minority groups were so much more likely than Caucasians to be receiving these messages,” Cavazos-Rehg said, adding that there is particular concern about African-Americans because their rates of marijuana abuse and dependence are about twice as high as the rate in Caucasians and Hispanics.

The findings point to the need for a discussion about the pro-drug messages young people receive, Cavazos-Rehg said.

“There are celebrities who tweet to hundreds of thousands of followers, and it turns out a Twitter handle that promotes substance use can be equally popular,” she said. “Because there’s not much regulation of social media platforms, that could lead to potentially harmful messages being distributed. Regulating this sort of thing is going to be challenging, but the more we can provide evidence that harmful messages are being received by vulnerable kids, the more likely it is we can have a discussion about the types of regulation that might be appropriate.”

This study was funded by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Florida: Learning from Colorado’s Marijuana Experiences

This C-SPAN video is an interview with Gina Carbone, founder of the Smart Colorado watchdog group. Carbone speaks about Colorado’s growing and profitable marijuana retail industry.

On November 4th, 2014 Floridians will be voting on constitutional Amendment 2, which will legalize the smoking of marijuana for “medical reasons.” Carbone provides the experience of Coloradans with marijuana. Colorado began the process of full legalization of marijuana with the legalization of marijuana for medical use only. As with all marijuana legalization initiatives to date the “devil is in the details” and the outcomes of its legalization become known only after the fact. There is huge money to be made and therefore huge money invested to pass “pot friendly” legislation and ballot initiatives nationwide.

The proponents mantra is an inherant individual freedom to use pot and that it does no harm to the individual or community. But is that true?

According the the Florida Attorney General’s website:

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) refers to a group of medical complications associated with the withdrawal process newborns typically experience after birth if their mothers have used addictive illicit or prescription drugs during pregnancy. Florida is seeing a growing number NAS cases and these babies are born suffering from withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, seizures, abdominal pain, incessant crying, and rapid breathing. In 2011, there were 1,563 instances of newborns diagnosed with drug exposure in Florida, a three-fold increase since 2007.

While the numbers of women in Florida giving birth to drug exposed newborns is still thankfully few as a total percentage of pregnancies, NAS afflicted newborns impose disproportionately higher costs on our health care and social service systems compared to healthy deliveries. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in April 2012 shows that, nationally, the number of babies born exposed to prescription drugs has nearly tripled in the past decade. The study indicates that 3.4 of every 1,000 infants born in a hospital in 2009 suffered from NAS. The study concludes that newborns with NAS require longer and more costly hospitalization. The cost of caring for a newborn with NAS was estimated to exceed $53,000 per infant in 2009.

With the rampant abuse of prescription drugs in the Sunshine state does any Floridian believe that medical marijuana will not also contribute to NAS once legalized?

Floridians can learn from the experiences of others.

ABOUT SMART COLORADO

Smart Colorado was formed in March of 2013 after the passage of Amendment 64. Smart Colorado is a growing group of concerned citizens from all walks of life who have come together to advocate for thoughtful and responsible marijuana policies that limit the unintended consequences for Colorado youth.

When it comes to marijuana regulation, we believe Colorado’s standards shouldn’t be the medical marijuana industry, which is widely known to be inadequately regulated. Nor should Colorado’s standards be the regulation of tobacco and alcohol, which are consumed by children at high rates despite laws prohibiting that. We should aim higher to protect Colorado kids from marijuana.

Smart Colorado believes it is critical for the public and Colorado youth to be informed on the latest facts and evidence based research on the health and safety impacts of early marijuana use.

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How to End Racism in America: Stop “Black Privilege” in the White House

Want to stop racism in America? I have a simple yet bold suggestion. Time to end “black privilege” in the White House!

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It’s the ENDA the Line for Contractors: Workplace Benefits for the “Sexually Confused”

ednaThe Family Research Council issued the following analysis of the impact of President Obama’s newest Executive Order giving workplace benefits to the “sexually confused”:

After 30 days of nonstop, in-your-face celebration, the White House is capping off “gay pride” month with its biggest gift yet. Next Monday, the pot of gold at the end of this President’s rainbow is an executive order giving special workplace benefits to the sexually confused. For the far-Left, it caps off a long fight to get the administration to do what Congress has not: order employers to put aside their profits, principles, and practices in the name of political correctness.

The President’s order implementing part of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) — once considered “too radical” even for his own party — forces government contractors and subcontractors to hire gays, lesbians, transvestites, and transsexuals — regardless of their legally protected morals. This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail — and from the federal government no less!

Earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden said “gay rights” should be everyone’s priority, “I don’t care what your culture is.” Apparently, that includes the business culture, whose companies will either be excluded from federal contracts because of their beliefs or have to violate their policies to get them. At the very least, it may force people who depend on government work out of business. At its worst, it will bully into silence every contractor and subcontractor who disagrees with homosexual behavior.

And unfortunately, this doesn’t just affect Fortune 500 companies but the government’s small business partners, who may have very legitimate reasons for not allowing someone to cross-dress on the job. “The gender identity provisions,” FRC’s Peter Sprigg warned in an op-ed for CNN, “undermine the right of employers to impose reasonable dress and grooming standards, by forbidding employers to use the most fundamental standard of all — that people be dressed in a way [that’s] appropriate for their biological sex!” Today, I reiterated the longstanding concerns FRC has with the legislation and the potential executive order with President Obama.

In one of the greatest ironies, the Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on religious liberty Monday — the same day the President plans on issuing his order steamrolling businesses with moral beliefs. Like the HHS mandate, the planned executive order puts employers in the position of deciding between their faith and their jobs. And its effects, which we won’t know until the language is released, could even affect social service contracts like Catholic Charities or overseas groups with USAID contracts.

Life hasn’t exactly been rosy for the business community under this administration. First, the President’s policies kept the economy in the tank. Then he strangled the financial and energy sectors by passing a health care law that’s trampling employers’ freedom and crushing their bottom lines. Now, as if those burdens weren’t enough, the President’s party wants to tell companies how they should run their business, who they should hire, and what they can and can’t believe.

Obviously, the White House didn’t learn much from the lesson on lawlessness it got yesterday from the Supreme Court — because this decision just reiterates the President’s utter disregard for the legislative process. Congress hasn’t passed ENDA, and for good reason. If Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is serious about taking President Obama to court for legislating without Congress, Monday’s order should be court exhibit A.

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Heterogeneity: A Capital Idea! by Sandy Ikeda

When Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century was released in English earlier this year it sparked vigorous debate on the issue of wealth inequality. Despite the prominence of the word in the title, however, capital has not itself become a hot topic. Apparently none of his defenders have taken the opportunity to explore capital theory, and, with a few exceptions, neither have his critics.

To prepare to read Mr. Piketty’s book I’ve been studying Ludwig Lachmann’s Capital and Its Structure, which, along with Israel M. Kirzner’s Essay on Capital, is among the clearest expositions of Austrian capital theory around. A hundred years ago the “Austrian economists”—i.e. scholars such as Eugen von Boehm-Bawerk who worked in the tradition of Carl Menger—were renowned for their contributions to the theory of capital. Today capital theory is still an essential part of modern Austrian economics, but few others delve into its complexities. Why bother?

Capital is heterogeneous

Among the Austrians, Boehm-Bawerk viewed capital as “produced means of production” and for Ludwig von Mises “capital goods are intermediary steps on the way toward a definite goal.” (Israel Kirzner uses the metaphor of a “half-baked cake.”)  Lachmann then places capital goods in the context of a person’s plan: “production plans are the primary object of the theory of capital.” You can combine capital goods in only a limited number of ways within a particular plan. Capital goods then aren’t perfect substitutes for one another. Capital is heterogeneous.

Now, mainstream economics treats capital as a homogenous glob. For instance, both micro- and macroeconomists typically assume Output (Q) is a mathematical function of several factor inputs, e.g. Labor (L) and Capital (K) or

Q = f(L,K).

In this function, not only is output homogenous (whether we’re talking about ball-bearings produced by one firm or all the goods produced by all firms in an economy) but so are all labor inputs and all capital inputs used to produce them. In particular, any capital good can substitute perfectly for any other capital good in a firm or across all firms. A hammer can perfectly replace, say, a helicopter or even a harbor.

On the other hand, capital heterogeneity implies several things.

First, according to Mises, heterogeneity means that, “All capital goods have a more or less specific character.” A capital good can’t be used for just any purpose:  A hammer generally can’t be used as a harbor. Second, to make a capital good productive a person needs to combine it with other capital goods in ways that are complementary within her plan: Hammers and harbors could be used together to help repair a boat. And third, heterogeneity means that capital goods have no common unit of measurement, which poses a problem if you want to add up how much capital you have:  One tractor plus two computers plus three nails doesn’t give you “six units” of capital.

Isn’t “money capital” homogeneous? The monetary equivalent of one’s stock of capital, say $50,000, may be useful for accounting purposes, but that sum isn’t itself a combination of capital goods in a production process. If you want to buy $50,000 worth of capital you don’t go to the store and order “Six units of capital please!” Instead, you buy specific units of capital according to your business plan.

At first blush it might seem that labor is also heterogeneous. After all, you can’t substitute a chemical engineer for a pediatrician, can you? But in economics we differentiate between pure “labor” from the specific skills and know-how a person possesses. Take those away—what we call “human capital”—and then indeed one unit of labor could substitute for any other. The same goes for other inputs such as land. What prevents an input from substituting for another, other than distance in time and space, is precisely its capital character.

One more thing. We’re talking about the subjective not the objective properties of a capital good. That is, what makes an object a hammer and not something else is the use to which you put it. That means that physical heterogeneity is not the point, but rather heterogeneity in use. As Lachmann puts it, “Even in a building which consisted of stones completely alike these stones would have different functions.” Some stones serve as wall elements, others as foundation, etc. By the same token, physically dissimilar capital goods might be substitutes for each other. A chair might sometimes also make a good stepladder.

But, again, what practical difference does it make whether we treat capital as heterogeneous or homogenous? Here, briefly, are a few consequences.

Investment capital and income flows

When economists talk about “returns to capital” they often do so as if income “flows” automatically from an investment in capital goods. As Lachmann says:

In most of the theories currently in fashion economic progress is apparently regarded as the automatic outcome of capital investment, “autonomous” or otherwise. Perhaps we should not be surprised at this fact: mechanistic theories are bound to produce results that look automatic.

But if capital goods are heterogeneous, then whether or not you earn an income from them depends crucially on what kinds of capital goods you buy and exactly how you combine them, and in turn how that combination has to complement the combinations that others have put together. You build an office-cleaning business in the hopes that someone else has built an office to clean.

There’s nothing automatic about it; error is always a possibility. Which brings up another implication.

Entrepreneurship

Lachmann:

We are living in a world of unexpected change; hence capital combinations, and with them the capital structure, will be ever changing, will be dissolved and re-formed. In this activity we find the real function of the entrepreneur.

We don’t invest blindly. We combine capital goods using, among other things, the prices of inputs and outputs that we note from the past and the prices of those things we expect to see in the future. Again, it’s not automatic. It takes entrepreneurship, including awareness and vision. But in the real world—a world very different from the models of too many economists—unexpected change happens. And when it happens the entrepreneur has to adjust appropriately, otherwise the usefulness of her capital combinations evaporates. But that’s the strength of the market process.

A progressive economy is not an economy in which no capital is ever lost, but an economy which can afford to lose capital because the productive opportunities revealed by the loss are vigorously exploited.

In a dynamic economy, entrepreneurs are able to recombine capital goods to create value faster than it disappears.

Stimulus Spending

As the economist Roger Garrison notes, Keynes’s macroeconomics is based on labor, not capital. And when capital does enter his analysis Keynes regarded it the same way as mainstream economics: as a homogeneous glob.

Thus modern Keynesians, such as Paul Krugman, want to cure recessions by government “stimulus” spending, without much or any regard to what it is spent on, whether hammers or harbors. (Here is just one example.)  But the solution to a recession is not to indiscriminately increase overall spending. The solution is to enable people to use their local knowledge to invest in capital goods that complement existing capital combinations, within what Lachmann calls the capital structure, in a way that will satisfy actual demand. (That is why economist Robert Higgs emphasizes “real net private business investment” as an important indicator of economic activity.)  The government doesn’t know what those combinations are, only local entrepreneurs know, but its spending patterns certainly can and do prevent the right capital structures from emerging.

Finally, no one can usefully analyze the real world without abstracting from it. It’s a necessary tradeoff. For some purposes smoothing the heterogeneity out of capital may be helpful. Too often though the cost is just too high.

ABOUT SANDY IKEDA

Sandy Ikeda is an associate professor of economics at Purchase College, SUNY, and the author of The Dynamics of the Mixed Economy: Toward a Theory of Interventionism. He will be speaking at the FEE summer seminars “People Aren’t Pawns” and “Are Markets Just?