Wow what an incredible crowd at the Pond Ballroom tonight. 2500 ballots printed, all were given out and some people were turned away, I estimate about 3,000 people there. Its great to see so many people involved in the process. People want things to change.
March 7, 2012
February 21, 2012
The Idaho Senate passed a bill today making it a crime to text while driving. I doubt that the accidents caused by distracted drivers will decrease by enough to actually make it worth the loss of freedom imposed by it. Because the law is on the books, will it prevent people from being selfish and stupid? I don’t really think it will. Having the law on the books does however absolve the cellular industry somewhat of culpability should someone who is injured by a distracted driver decide that the industry has deeper pockets than the one actually is responsible; it also allows insurance companies to deny damage claims in accidents caused by texters, as the driver was violating the law when the accident occured. It is a sad fact that legislatures all over the country pass laws that feel warm and fuzzy on the surface, but actually serve to protect a special interest who has lobbied for the bill. The PEOPLE are not served or protected by this bill. Words on paper will not create a shield around a toddler on the sidewalk who is in the crosshairs of a selfish, innatentive texter. If no one is protected by the words on the bill, why write, debate and pass the bill in the first place. A better solution would be to educate the public to the dangers, and severely punish those that engage in patently stupid behavior. Common sense cannot be legislated, but stupidity can and should be severely punished.
January 3, 2012
When you have political ambitions, you can either take a stand on issues and remain true to who you say you are, or you can go with the flow of public opinion and only say things that will be popular and non-controversial. I am at that point right now and what I am about to say will not be popular, and will not be prudent concerning my ambitions for both political office and possible career paths, but saying nothing would be pandering to the lowest common denominator simply to avoid losing face. Saying nothing would be a politically wiser move, but then by saying nothing, I become a part of the problem.
Hoku Corporation is poised to be a major employer in Pocatello, and many privileges, as well as outright gifts in the form of land, access, and revised zoning to accommodate have been afforded to the company to bring them here. They have been given major breaks, and have also already gone through a round of lay-offs because construction and production have been delayed. Now, unable to meet their utility bill with Idaho Power (a private, for profit company; just like Hoku,) they have gone to government through the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to keep the power on through use of a temporary injunction. Here is where it gets tricky and controversial: If government is used to coerce (force) one company to provide a product or service to another company in the name of "public good," where does it stop? This is purely socialism at its finest, and I am disgusted that it has happened here in Idaho.
The power of government has been used, right here, in our back yard, to steal from one company and give to another. If you just do simple math, at the standard rate of 18% for a late bill payment, and the 41 day late bill, the government just allowed Hoku to steal $38,416 from Idaho Power. This is just from the November bill, this doesn’t count what accrued in December, or what has already been used this year. We will all be paying for this through higher utilities, and it is courtesy of your government. If they can steal from one company, one with many many employees, and their own legal department to protect them from things like this, what is to stop them from stealing in the name of public good from a much smaller business that doesn’t have the legal defense ability that a company the size of Idaho Power has. If you are a small business owner, you need to be concerned about this. The government has turned socialist right in front of our eyes, and NOTHING was done to stop them.
November 15, 2011
The Media’s latest smear on Herman Cain has me a little angry. I should not expect them to be fair, they have an agenda and a pony. Their pony is clearly Mitt Romney, who can do no wrong in their eyes, he’s almost a tingly sensation causing Obama to them. False, and transparently fabricated sexual harassment accusations couldn’t take him down, so lets make a big deal about him pausing to collect his thoughts. He was working on 4 hours sleep, and he paused. Give him a break. The Bible says in James 1, verses 18 and 19: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." It tells us to collect our thoughts before speaking. He did exactly that. I respect the man. I’m still not a supporter because of his connections to the Federal Reserve, but I find the media’s treatment of him to be abhorrent.
November 1, 2011
Think indoctrination and propaganda only happen in grade schools? Think again. Quote taken from my wife’s college biology textbook: "What Is Life A Guide To Biology" by Jay Phelan (Instructor Edition, First Printing). "Consider for example, that although human babies quickly and easily develop a fear of snakes, they don’t easily develop a fear of guns. Given that more than 30,000 people are killed by guns in the United States each year, while fewer than three dozen people are killed by snakes, it would seem that we ought to be very afraid of guns and relatively unconcerned about snakes."
Phelan does not cite his source for the statistic, and also fails to account that snakes have a sentience, self-preservation instinct, and mobility, while guns are tools made of metal with no inherent intelligence, no mobility and no need to feed or protect themselves. He also fails to mention that many more are killed by automobiles than by guns, yet doesn’t editorialize that we should be afraid of cars. There are many ways to kill people, many of them involve tools (of which, a gun is a tool) but the killing is not done by the tool, but rather the wielder of that tool.
We are paying universities to lie to us and feed us propaganda advancing a liberal agenda. Fortunately an un-indoctrinated mind can easily spot this for what it is, retain it for the test, tell the professor what they want to hear in order to receive a passing grade and then quickly disregard the un-truths provided by the text.
October 31, 2011
October 21, 2011
I respect and admire home schoolers, and every home schooled child I’ve ever seen has been more mature, and more able to hold an intelligent conversation than were his or her peers that were not home schooled. Here is a good article about why that may be…
Homeschooling: Parenting from Galt’s Gulch « Undoctrination.org: undoctrination.org/2011/10/21/homeschooling-parent…gulch
October 7, 2011
A company should not have to be made to bow to the religious whims of it’s employees. Perhaps if these workers got together and formed their own company they could run it they way they thought was proper, but until then and while they wish to remain employed, they should clock out for their prayer times. The fact that the company even allows the indulgence of time to pray is incredible, they should be happy with that accommodation. Expecting to be paid for the time is pushing the boundary, and may even offend paying customers who have to wait. This is creeping Sharia, it must be stopped.
Bottom Line – Muslim drivers suspended over praying time: bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/07/8206772-…43001
October 6, 2011
This will be an interesting tenth amendment battle, especially if all the product is cultivated, produced and sold only in California. My personal opinion is all drugs are bad if used simply to escape reality, this one however does have clinical research that shows significant cancer fighting properties, as well as pain relief and appetite restorer for those suffering chronic illnesses (pun intended.)
Calif. pot dispensaries told to shut down – US news – Crime & courts – msnbc.com: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44806723/ns/us_news-crime_and…IeYyM
August 24, 2011