Monday, April 21, 2014

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Movie Corner: Heaven is for Real



Heaven is for Real is the true story of young Colton who visits heaven, holding the hand of our Savior, while the surgeon and surgical nurses are fighting with everything they have to save his life. It is based on the book with the same name.

The movie opens with Colton's father who is a volunteer fireman, wrestling coach, and pastor at the local church. We see family life unfold in a small Nebraska town until Colton's appendix bursts and his life hangs in the balance.

When Colton recovers he begins to share his experiences with his father, who oddly enough, experiences his own crisis of faith because of these experiences. As the movie goes on, bits and pieces of his experiences unfold and the entire town is shaken in one way or another. 

Are we afraid heaven isn't real, or are we afraid that it is? This is the main question of the film.

It was poignant, powerful, inspiring and incredibly uplifting. It is a true story told in an understated fashion. Knowing what I know of the roles that Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly, I was some startled at the casting. However, it only took 15 to 20 minutes for me to forget their crass television shows and be immersed complete in the story of the Burpo family.

I give Heaven is for Real a solid 5 out of 5 stars. It is a movie worth seeing, and definitely worth adding to the home library, both book and movie. Both Colton, and a young girl (who is a remarkable artist and painted this rendition) who had a similar experience both say this is what Jesus looks like. This is Akiane's Jesus Christ. In fact, young Colton's reaction when he saw this painting of Jesus was startling. He definitively said this is what our Savior looks like.

There are many who doubt these children saw what they saw, but I am not one of them. Remember, Jesus Christ said:

Matthew 18:3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

When a four-year-old tells you he visited heaven, then gives specific, and accurate, accounts of who he met and what they said, then the conclusion must be that heaven is, indeed, for real.

The naysayers may say what they will, but God lives. This is I am certain of and I look forward to the day when I will see Him again.


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

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I am Candace Salima

My name is Candace Salima. I am married to the love of my life, Alvin E. Salima. I am not a racist, nor am I the white Coretta Scott King. I am descended of kings and queens, but recognize and honor those who came to America in the 1500s and carved a nation out of this great land. My ancestors, and relatives now, have served in every war this nation has ever fought. I stand for God. I stand for Family. I stand for America. I stand for the U.S. Constitution. I stand, and always will. I am Candace Salima, and that is enough for me.


This picture was taken in the early spring of 1995 and is our engagement picture. I do adore this man of mine.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Senator Mike Lee Opening Statement at Comcast-Warner Hearing

WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Lee, Ranking Member of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, delivered the following remarks at the start of the hearing regarding the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable:

As prepared for delivery

Lee: “Today’s hearing has received significant attention, and for good reason. The proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner has implications for two markets that affect the everyday lives of the vast majority of those in my state and in the country as a whole. Most Americans pay a monthly bill for video and broadband internet. In fact, as recently as 2012, ninety percent of U.S. households with a television paid for a TV subscription. And a recent study concluded that approximately 70 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 18 have broadband access within their home.

“The parties to this proposed merger have carefully structured their transaction. The two companies do not currently compete in each other’s footprint, and the combined company would have less than 30 percent of the video market—a number some have suggested acts as a kind of safe harbor for concentration in that market. Comcast has vertically integrated with NBC Universal—a complicating factor for a large distributor of video content and broadband internet that is seeking to become larger. But, as the company points out, it remains subject to conditions stemming from regulatory approval of that transaction. In addition, the companies argue that this merger will produce efficiencies, increase service for Time Warner customers, and facilitate increased innovation.

"The proposed merger has nonetheless raised concerns. This transaction takes place against the backdrop of significant pre-existing concerns with respect to the competitive state of the market for video and broadband internet. I have heard concerns for some time that the effects of robust competition, whether experienced in terms of pricing or quality of service, are not currently enjoyed in these markets. It is important that this Committee take account of the state of competition in the markets for video and internet as pre-existing issues may make it more likely for a large transaction to pose a competitive threat. At the same time, if concerns related to this transaction result only from issues affecting these industries as a whole, it may be unfair to the merging parties to impose only on them conditions designed to ameliorate competition. Regardless of the outcome of the agencies’ review of this transaction, I believe it is important for Congress to continue to monitor the competitive state of these markets.

Concerns with this transaction also arise from the nature of the services at issue. Internet, in particular, is of obvious importance to American families and businesses. The combined company will potentially control greater than 50 percent of high-speed internet access in the country. Markets change quickly, and government must be careful not to step in where economic forces will better direct and incentivize future investment and development of new products. But where the stakes are high—and they surely are high with respect to Americans’ access to the internet—any potential for anticompetitive effects or undue control of that market must be carefully scrutinized.

“As with any matter before this Committee or the relevant enforcement agencies, it is essential that we apply proper economic analysis and ground our conclusions in the evidence. By ensuring that we protect competition, and not any individual company or competitor, we can help create market conditions that benefit consumers and promote economic development.”

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Movie Corner: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America is my favorite superhero, and Chris Evans is the best one yet. That's neither here nor there though. Alvin and I anxiously awaited the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. My husband is a Marvel comic books aficionado and he regaled me with stories of how Bucky, the Winter Soldier, eventually ends up being a good guy. . .




Captain America, the First Avenger, opens with a super secret S.H.I.E.L.D. mission with Cap's new team and the Black Widow. It's exciting, lost of fighting and action, pithy lines, etc. But when the mission is complete and the unexpected dealt with, Cap finds out that the Black Widow was there for a different reason. This is the beginning of an action packed film filled with surprises, betrayal, and unending excellent fighting scenes.

Here's a little something about me, earn it and I'm intensely loyal for life. For some weird reason, I just love Captain America. So this movie, while completely awesome, had some rough moments for me.

So here's the main push, HYDRA is still alive and well in the world and has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. at it's highest levels. No one can be trusted, not even Cap's own team, Strike. Cap and the Black Widow, along with Falcon, fight through to not only reveal what is happening, but to save millions of lives.


Joss Whedon does an excellent job at all levels of filmmaking with Captain America, but he did an entirely too good of a job making the Winter Solder a really, really bad guy. In fact, Whedon did such a good job that I expect I will have an extremely difficult time accepting Bucky as anything but a super bad guy. Alvin didn't care for the lengths they went to in order to make Bucky soulless. He insisted that Bucky is Cap's sidekick and he didn't like how that part of the story unfolded.


There were times in the movie where an early bullet to the brain of multiple bad guys would have saved our team a great deal of trouble. But the story didn't call for it, although logic did. (Yes, there must be logic, even in a superhero movie.) I really had a hard time watching the Winter Soldier beat the crap out of Captain America. It just didn't set well with me. But Cap prevailed and won the day, of course.

Nonetheless, the story is amazing, matched only by the filmmaking and acting. Ironically, given my political bent, I saw a serious parallel of what is unfolding in America today.

I give Captain America a solid 4 out of 5 stars


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Movie Corner: Draft Day

Alvin and I were invited to see an early screening of Kevin Kostner's new film, Draft Day.



Draft Day is a sports comedy-drama film directed by Ivan Reitman and is scheduled for release on April 11, 2014.

The movie opens on the waning hours until the NFL Draft begins. It was intriguing to watch this extremely stress-filled period (I've seen it from the player's viewpoint) from a General Manager's viewpoint. The machinations, negotiations, pressures from those who don't see the big vision, conflict, etc. really played well on the big screen.

Kostner, as Sonny Weaver, did an excellent job portraying the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns as he works throughout the day to recruit the one player he believes will turn his team around. Throw in the love interest played by Jennifer Garner, an unexpected pregnancy, the extremely hard to get along with coach, Dennis Leary, and the slightly crazy, bereaved mother. Kostner proves he's back with this movie, no question.

While I expected mild enjoyment of the movie, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself completely engaged in the plot and the lives of those playing out on the big screen. Very well done, and everyone should go see it.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend to anyone that loves football you'll really enjoy it.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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I'm a Christian, and I think Noah Deserves a 4 Star Review

I review movies often, but Russell Crowe's Noah is one I decided to never watch because it has nothing to do with the story in the Bible. However, this very clever gentleman went and saw it and wrote this freakin' awesome review. I have to share it, I laughed so hard. I have included it in it's entirety.



On Friday, my wife and I had a very rare date night.

Naturally, we decided to spend it being pummeled by the blaring condescension of the most insipid, absurd, unimaginative, clumsily contrived piece of anti-Christian filmmaking to come along since, well, probably just last week.

In fact, if I learned anything from Noah, it’s this: despite popular perception, you can often judge a book by its cover. Also, giant deformed rock monsters make for awkward supporting characters.

We’ll meditate on that second item in a moment, but it’s the first point that should be especially emphasized.

Christians: you’ll hear people insist that you can’t criticize the movie until you’ve seen it. Noticeably, the loudest voices in this camp are the ones who will (rather coincidentally, I’m sure) profit immensely if you meet their challenge.

Don’t.

Don’t bother.

You can hate this film without watching it, for the same reason that you can assume Citizen Kane is slightly superior to Need For Speed, without having seen either of them.

Just use context clues. Use your judgment. Use your money on something else.

Noah is a major Hollywood blockbuster, made by an atheist director best known for his previous flick where a mentally disturbed lesbian ballerina goes insane and bleeds to death on stage. Already, a critical person might be slightly concerned about his handling of the Bible, considering what he just did to the ballet.

These concerns grew from suspicion to reality before it was even released, when the man himself came out publicly and professed Noah to be both an environmentalist propaganda piece, and the “least Biblical” Bible film ever made.

He wasn’t lying.

But he forgot to mention that it’s also a terrible film.

The way I figure it, I must now convince at least two people to skip this movie in order to cancel out the twenty dollars I just contributed to Darren Aronofosky’s and Russel Crowe’s coffers.

What better way to do that than by spoiling the entire thing?

So here goes a thorough synopsis and spoiler, which will hopefully quell your curiosity and alleviate any urge you might feel to go and experience this ridiculous train wreck for yourself:

We are first introduced to the Noah of Noah on a hill in the barren wasteland of the Fallen. In a captivating and subtle initial sequence, our protagonist castigates his son for pulling a flower out of the ground, right before rushing to the aid of an injured dog.

A scraggly band of Bad Guys soon show up with the wicked intentions of devouring the animal’s flesh, because, in this story, the Height of Evil is to stave off your imminent starvation by hunting wild game. (If only they’d developed Noah’s ability to be a strict vegetarian in an environment almost entirely devoid of vegetation.)

The Bad Guys attack Noah, not realizing that he’s a vegan Martial Arts master. Noah proceeds to kick some serious butt, leaving all of the Bad Guys bleeding on the ground.

One of them looks up at him in awe and terror. “What do you want?”

“Justice,” Noah growls with a determined gaze.

I was expecting him to then whisper, “I’m Batman,” and disappear, but I realized that superhero movies wouldn’t have dialogue nearly so clichéd as this embarrassing farce.

At any rate, Noah wants justice. Of course, this is coming from the same dude who will spend the rest of the movie contemplating murder-suicide and threatening to stab babies in the face.

But, hey, nobody’s perfect.

After a troubling nightmare, Noah, for unclear reasons, sets off to find his grandfather Methuselah, who, for unclear reasons, hangs out in a cave and drinks hallucinogenic tea all day.

On the way, our heroes encounter a group of the aforementioned Rock Monsters.

The Rock Monsters — a cross between the Ents from The Lord of the Rings, Transformers, and Muppets — are fallen angels who came down to Earth to help the humans after mean ol’ God cast Adam and Eve out of Eden. The ‘Creator’ was ticked at the angels for being big softies, so he cursed them and turned them into Giant Stone Gumbies.

Christian apologists for this movie have claimed that the Rock Monsters are, in fact, “Biblical” because Genesis does make vague mention of “giants.”

That’s like turning Jesus into an Olympic figure skater and calling it “theologically accurate” because the New Testament says he walked on water.

Still, the Rock Monsters are great unintentional comic relief, so I certainly wasn’t upset to have them along for the ride.

Skimming over a few parts: Methuselah gives a roofie to Noah, prompting a hallucination about the ark. Noah and the gang and the Rock Monsters then start building the ark. More Bad Guys arrive, intending to takeover, but they’re scared off by the Rock Monsters.

In this “version” of the story, only one of Noah’s sons, Shem, boards the ark with a wife. Ham, completely wife-less, is a tad displeased at the notion of default celibacy for the rest of his life.

Understandable, I suppose.

Eventually, he runs pouting into the woods, falls into a hole filled with corpses, and finds a girl sitting among all the dead people. They fall instantly in love — the classic “how we met” story — and the two of them head back to the ark. Unfortunately, Ham’s girlfriend gets caught in a bear trap and trampled by a human stampede along the way. Classic breakup story. Noah forces Ham to abandon her and leave her to die.

Ham is mad. He pouts some more.

Here’s Ham, searching ditches and mass graves for a bride. The movie apparently takes place sometime before Match.com came into existence.

Noah also pouts. Everybody is pouting. And then it starts pouring.

As the rains begin, the Bad Guys make their climactic charge on the boat. We are then treated to an extended sequence of Rock Monsters swatting swarms of drowning people.

Interestingly, only the Main Bad Guy comes up with the clever idea to, you know, go around the Rock Monsters.

The Main Bad Guy’s genius maneuver pays off, and he successfully manages to sneak onto the ark.

Luckily, Noah and crew aren’t forced to make room on the ship for the Rock Monsters, because they’re all ascended into heaven as a reward for kicking a bunch of humans in the head for twenty minutes.

Sadly, all of the (unintended) levity and humor goes up right along with them.

The rest of the film will now be dedicated to a brooding Noah glumly obsessing over his belief that the Creator wants all human beings to perish — himself and his family included.

This forces him to have that difficult family meeting where he explains to his kids that humanity is wicked and they all must die.

But, as usual, it’s right when you plan the obliteration of mankind that your adopted daughter announces she’s pregnant. We’ve all been there. Am I right, parents?

Noah is less than happy about the news, and tells Shem and Ila that, if they have a girl, he will murder it the moment it is born.

Needless to say, Noah doesn’t attend the baby shower and things are generally pretty awkward for the next nine months.

Meanwhile, as Noah plots to murder his grandkids, and Shem plots to kill Noah if he tries, the Bad Guy stowaway is also plotting with Ham to kill Noah. Ham is willing to cooperate with the homicidal plan because he’s still upset that his girlfriend of four minutes was trampled to death. Essentially, this has become a floating soap opera. Think Days of Our Lives meets Waterworld.

Side note: If you doubt the Bad Guy Credentials of the Bad Guy, the writers made sure to include a scene where he bites the head off an endangered lizard while sermonizing about the glories of being a carnivore (this is how vegetarians see the rest of us). His Bad Guy Monologue consists entirely of simply and accurately quoting Scripture (this is how you identify the bad guy in a Hollywood movie).

The next several minutes of emotional-manipulation-disguised-as-plot-development center around the drama inevitably created when a dad wants to kill his grandchildren, and all of his children want to kill him in return.

Finally, in the predictable climax, the Bad Guy tries to stab Noah, but Ham — getting cold feet over the whole patricide thing, I guess — ultimately decides to kill the Bad Guy instead. In the midst of the chaos — wouldn’t ya know it? — Ila goes into labor.

Shem makes a halfhearted attempt to stop Noah from becoming humanity’s first abortionist, but is easily tossed to the side.

Ila gives birth to twins — both girls. GASP. Noah charges at the infants with knife in hand, but has a sudden change of heart. Even though the Creator wants him to wipe out all of humanity, he refuses.

That’s when they hit land.

Next thing you know, Noah is drunk in a cave, depressed that he didn’t have the guts to murder his twin granddaughters. Ah, regrets. We all have ‘em.

Following a pep talk from Ila, Noah decides that maybe it’s OK if people repopulate the Earth. The Creator decides to go along with this new plan.

The end.

I’ve heard the movie compared to Titanic and Gladiator. Personally, I’d say it’s more of a cross between Mutiny on the Bounty and The Shining. Only far less coherent than any of them.

I’ve also heard some “Christian leaders” endorse this steaming pile of heretical horse manure. I’m tempted to accuse them of being cowardly, dumb, or dishonest, but I’ll just give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they slept through the most troubling parts — like the part at the beginning, and the end, and all of the parts in between.

It’s true that it might be a bit difficult to discern the “message” in a film so filled with explosions (the Bad Guys have bazookas, naturally), monsters, and infanticide, but any supposed Christian “leader” ought to try a little harder. Pay a little closer attention. If you do, you’ll see a tale that entirely perverts the nature of God, while flipping sin and immorality on its head.

Aside from a brief glimpse of something that appeared to be either rape or cannibalism, wickedness is portrayed as mostly a matter of eating meat and mining the earth for resources. Noah — a righteous man in the Bible — is stripped of his righteousness in favor of obsessiveness. God is stripped of any characteristics at all, apart from vindictiveness.

It’s not that ‘Noah’ strays from the text — of course it does, the actual text is only a few pages long — it’s that the movie completely and utterly distorts the message and meaning of the original story.

This movie is not an adaptation of anything at all. As far as I can tell, both Noah the Movie and Noah the Bible story have in common: a guy named Noah, a boat, some animals.

That’s it.

If you’re looking for a movie more obviously inspired by Biblical precepts, go see anything else. Go see The Lego Movie. I’m sure even that will bear a closer resemblance to Scripture than emo Noah and his gang of Boulder Creatures.

But what if you don’t care about the Bible and you just want to see a good movie? The critics seem to love this film, don’t they?

Yes, they do. They love it because they’re a herd of politically correct cattle and this is a movie that they’re ‘supposed’ to like. It’s made by an ‘important’ director. It’s ‘controversial.’ It’s upsetting a bunch of Tea Party types.

Plot and script be damned; it’s already got all the necessary ingredients for critical acclaim.

Remember, these are many of the same critics who panned The Passion of the Christ — a beautiful, bold, and mesmerizing retelling of the greatest story ever told.

Politics and theology aside, The Passion is art. Noah is a marketing strategy.

And, in fairness, maybe it ought to be reviewed on those terms.

You can’t condemn it for being a poor Biblical adaptation, because it isn’t a Biblical adaptation.

You can’t condemn it for being a bad movie, because it isn’t a movie.

It must be considered as it is: a gimmick. A brilliant gimmick, for sure.

If the movie studio wanted to spin a yarn about mythical beasts, epic battles, homicidal sea captains, and a pagan Earth god, they could have done so. They could have called it anything. They could have told their own story. But they called it Noah because they knew that the supposed connection to the Bible would garner immediate fascination. They knew there would be controversy, and controversy sells.

They padded it with enough action movie clichés to draw interest from secular crowds, they hid the outright blasphemy well enough to please gullible Christian crowds, and they mocked Biblical theology blatantly enough to delight the critics.

They came up with a way to make millions while exploiting the various sensibilities of different audience demographics.

That was their first and primary intention, and in it they succeeded wildly.

As an adaptation or retelling of Judeo-Christian theology, it’s a blatant mockery.

As a film, it’s like the script for a Syfy Network miniseries got shoved into a blender with the treatment for a Lifetime channel made-for-TV movie and then mixed with enough moping nihilism and environmentalist sermonizing to fool pretentious elitists into using words like ‘daring’ and ‘relevant’ when describing it. In other words, it’s aggressively abysmal.

But, as a money-making ploy, it’s a downright masterpiece.

Final assessment:

Four Stars for marketing

No Stars for quality, substance, coherence, meaning, or theological accuracy.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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America's Artist, Jon McNaughton's Angel of Liberty

The Vision of George Washington is not so well known by most Americans, but it is worth consideration as our country stands in peril of loosing everything we hold dear. At a time when our financial solvency and our national security are more vulnerable than we have ever been, what will save us from the doom that lurks at our doorstep? I chose to paint this vision at the triumphant moment when the Angel of Liberty bursts upon the scene. Whether or not the vision is authentic, is debatable, but the message it contains is timeless.


Jon McNaughton's painting of George Washington's Vision. Learn more at Jon's website.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

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We Must Not Fail, America

I love America and everything about her. From her inception, she was born of the minds of men and women who craved freedom and liberty. She was not perfect, but the birth of this nation provided a foundation of freedom that was built deep and strong. Throughout the years of our young nation, we formed and molded a people who thrived on self-responsibility, working hard, and helping their neighbors. We grew into a super power and began defending freedom all over the world, much to the dismay of the despots of the world. In the 80's and early 90's we had an economic boom in America unmatched by any point in our history. People worked for the American Dream and found it.

Now we face trouble. Our republic is no longer with the advent of Obamacare. Our federal government is out of control. Corruptions reigns from the White House to the House of Representatives and every administrative department in between. We have another election coming up, and in order for any candidate to win they must win by a margin large enough to overcome the corruption that is a cancer eating away at the bedrock of America, the right to vote freely. America must unite if we are to restore the republic and give the generation following us a brighter future. But most of all, we must strengthen the family unit, for if the family is strong, so too is the nation. Father, mother and children must work to keep their families strong, and we must, as a nation, turn to God for forgiveness and protection.

Remember who you are, both as children of a loving God and as Americans. We are that last bastion of freedom to the world, and it is crumbling under the machinations of evil men and women. Stand strong, America. We shall prevail. We must not fail.

Remember that Harold B. Lee said,

"Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the new Jerusalem. This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won't fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges.

"I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through. (Ye Are the Light of the World, Harold B. Lee, p350-51)


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Monday, March 3, 2014

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Book Review: River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

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by Jayne Ann Krentz
Romantic Suspense

Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors, bar none. I have been reading her books since she wrote serial romances back in the 80's, but loved her writing even more when she made the jump to romantic suspense and the broader market. She never disappoints, ever.

River Road is a departure from her paranormal series that she has focused on for the past few years. A teenager, a hyper responsible young adult, and a serial rapist/killer create the nucleus of this story. The backliner of River Road reads like this:
It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue. 
Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.


A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue.
As always, Krentz's writing is crisp and the twists and turns in her stories keeps the pages turning. we have her standard alpha male, which I always admire, and the plucky heroine who is convinced she can take care of herself. Sometimes I think that type of character needs her head examined because she rarely wants to accept help, even when she needs it. Nonetheless, Jayne has delivered characters I invested in and a story that kept me up until 2:00 a.m. until I turned the last page.

Set in California's wine country, we have a glimpse into winemaking, running a hardware store, and forensic genealogy. Fun little asides are Jayne's trademark.

I loved River Road, and will continue to buy Jayne's books for both my bookshelf and my Kindle. I absolutely love having the same books on my Kindle, travel is so much easier now!

River Road Hardcover
River Road Kindle



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Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Newtimber: Fractured by Karen E. Hoover

Introducing Newtimber: Fractured, an exciting YA urban fantasy novel by Karen E. Hoover, author of The Wolfchild Saga and others.

There was absolutely no way a black dragon hovered outside of Newtimber. Sianna rubbed her eyes, but the dragon was still there, clutching a round object that looked like a spotted egg. And then the egg fell, hitting the ground like an atomic bomb, sending out waves of a slow-moving fog that distorted everything it touched.
The citizens of Newtimber change. The old man down the street stretches into a screaming tree. Sianna’s skateboarding friend, Matt, transforms into a giant green dragon. Pegasus. Sirens. Griffins. Vampires. Zombies. Creatures from the myths of every culture come to life through the people.
Even Sianna changes, her skin becoming stone hard, and she gains the ability to travel from the human realm into the dimension of the fae, using it to free her father from prison and enlist his aid in battling the evil bent on taking over the world.
One person to heal a family, a town, and save the world. It seems an impossible task, but with the help of her new friends, it could happen.
Right?
Newtimber: Fractured will be released early summer 2014 by Trifecta Books. Visit www.trifectabooks.com for exciting updates about this great new series!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Utah's Caucus Night is Coming Up

Every two years you have the freedom and opportunity to make your voice heard. To express your opinion; And no matter where you come from, in Utah you make the difference. Your vote counts. And anyone can participate. So join us! It starts right here, right now in your neighborhood. Join us at your local neighborhood caucus. Remember...it's you that makes the difference.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Check here at the beginning of March to find the location of your Caucus.

 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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AuthorText Bursts onto the Horizon

Check it out my fellow authors and readers! How cool is this?

 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Tea Party Response to Obama's SOTU given by Senator Mike Lee

Senator Mike Lee gave the Tea Party response to Barack Obama's State of the Union Last night. It was a brilliant speech, striking the right tone on every note, much unlike the SOTU.

Senator Lee said, “Today, Americans know in their hearts that something is wrong. Much of what is wrong relates to the sense that the ‘American Dream’ is falling out of reach for far too many of us. We are facing an inequality crisis — one to which the President has paid lip-service, but seems uninterested in truly confronting or correcting.” 

 Here is the entirety of the speech.



Lee made an excellent point, “But where does this new inequality come from? From government — every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats, and special interests.” Senator Mike Lee

All inequality in America comes from the abuses by our federal government through overburdening regulation: i.e., the 2,700 page Obamacare law has 27,000 pages of accompanying regulations. This is only one example. If you look at everything else the American people are being crushed by our government, you'll find the burden to be astonishing. Nearly 60% of every paycheck goes to some sort of state or federal taxes when you add in the "fees" that are "not taxes".

Without question it is time for Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Tim Scott to lead us out of this unholy mess we've gotten ourselves into. There are a number of good candidates, who will join Mike Lee, running for federal office around the nation, ones that I support strongly. 

They are:

California: Tim Donnelly for Governor
Connecticut: Carl Higbie for U.S. Congress
Georgia: Jack Kingston for U.S. Senate
Kentucky: Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate
Maryland: Dan Bongino for U.S. Congress (Text BONGINO to 33733)
Montana: Ryan Zinke for U.S. Congress
Nebraska: Ben Sasse for U.S. Senate
Nevada: Niger Innis for Congress
South Carolina: Bill Connor for U.S. Senate
South Carlina: Tim Scott for U.S. Senate
Utah: Craig Bowden for U.S. Congress (Text BOWDEN to 33733)
Utah: Chris Stewart for U.S. Congress (Text STEWART14 to 33733)

State Races

Utah: Bill Both for House District 22 (Text BOTH to 33733)
Utah: John Stevens for House District 57 (Text STEVENS to 33733)
Utah: Sione Tavake for House District 51 (Text SIONE to 33733)

When you opt-in to the campaigns of these candidates, you are then able to make donations with your phone, participate in polls, receive instant communication from them, and participate in contests. There is no cost to you to participate if you have a texting plan on your phone. You will receive no more than 4 to 5 messages a month, generally speaking.

I will continue seeking out good candidates from across the nation and post them here and in the sidebar of this blog. If you find statesmen running in your area of the country, please let me know who they are. I'll speak to them and help them if I also find them to be a statesman.

In the meantime, kudos to Senator Lee. A job well done, sir.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Movie Corner: Lone Survivor

Last week Alvin and I finally had the chance to see Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor. First, may I say that this is a movie that every single American should see. The price the men and women of our military pay is it exorbitant. We should be an extremely grateful nation dedicated to taking care of the needs of these men and women. And second, thank you to Mark Wahlberg for doing such a stellar job in portraying this stark event in America's military history.

The movie takes us through the events that took place on an Afghanistan mountain in 2005. Marcus Luttrell's SEAL Team 10 was tasked with gathering intelligence on a particularly brutal Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah, who was rumored to be close to Osama bin Laden. This was known as Operation Redwing. (Learn more about that here.)
Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates' heroism and mutual support renders an experience that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.
The movie takes us through the events on that mountain, as one by one the SEALs fall. These men are heroes and watching the decisions they made, how hard they fought, and not giving up until they expelled their last breath, was extremely difficult to watch. I'm not ashamed to say I wept. Although it was actors on a screen, each represented a real man who gave their last full measure of devotion to their nation.

The film is brilliantly made and it is heart wrenching to watch. I've read liberal reviewers who attempted to destroy the film, but you have to a be a particular kind of heartless bastard to watch this movie and know that the true events being played out cost the lives of three exceptionally good men and heroes. 

Some are finding it fun to second guess the decisions these men made on that mountain. Others sit in their warm little homes and ridicule them. I would never presume to be so foolish or arrogant as to second guess Luttrell's team. I am not a Navy SEAL. I have not been through Navy SEAL training (BUDS). I have not fought in war, not have I had to deal with the godforsaken Taliban who are little more than animals. Actually, that's an offense to animals, so let me rephrase. The Taliban have wholly embraced evil and more likely have a resemblance to demons than animals. 

Nonetheless, Marcus Luttrell has made it clear that the decisions made were good decisions, specifically stating that "knowing and proving" are two different things. The goatherds that compromised the mission, in hindsight, should have been killed on the spot, but again, knowing and proving are two different things.

When a CNN anchor called what happened on that far away mountain, senseless, Marcus said to Jake Tapper, “I don’t know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness really never came into it,” he said, shifting in his seat. “I mean, where did you see that? Because there was never a point where we just felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.”

If viewers of this movie can come to understand the extraordinary nature of the men of this SEAL team, then you will come to understand the nature of true heroism and courage.

Thank you, Marcus. Thank you to your men for...for, everything. God bless you and God bless America. And to Mark Wahlberg, thank you for the extraordinary job you did in telling their story.


I give Lone Survivor a solid 5 out of 5 Stars and if I could give more, I would. This is a must-see movie for every single American over the age of fourteen. The language is rough, the story is brutal, but it is the reality of what our men face when they stand for America. These are real men, real heroes, and they had families that love them dearly. It is critical for America to understand the price that is paid so they can sleep at night.


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Friday, January 17, 2014

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Freedom, A Precious Gift

I have had much to ponder as of late. I have been studying the scriptures and have come to realize how very unique America is and has always been. So many nations throughout history were never able to allow the mantle of freedom to rest comfortably on their shoulders. Before long, they would cry for a king. Thus they succumbed themselves to the whims of wicked men and cried unto the Lord when things went wrong. For millennia this cycle repeated itself, nations conquering nations and the people always paying the price. 

At the founding of our nation, many had come from all the corners of the earth. Some stayed. Some died. Some left. But of those who stayed, a great nation sprang forth. By 1776 those who craved freedom and liberty served notice to the United Kingdom, and the Revolutionary War commenced. Untold miracles were wrought on behalf of the Americans and we embraced freedom and liberty, accepting the responsibilities of protecting it.

For two centuries America continued to flourish, even during our down times we fought our way out and continued to be free. Presidents came and went, some preserved the Republic, and some chipped away at it. Some used a chisel and some a sledge hammer (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton). But we flourished and continued to grow. Occasionally, the tree of liberty was watered with the blood of patriots, and America grew in strength and power. We stood as that beacon of liberty to the world and we were pleased to do so.

During my lifetime, and I am fifty now, I have watched freedom and liberty dwindle in America with great rapidity. The people handed it to their leaders while others fought within the paths the founding generation gave us in the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to restore the greatness and uniqueness of the American experiment.

God always intended us to be free. The rights of free speech, freedom of religion, and the right to peaceably assemble are gifts from God, not from man. The Second Amendment was given to us by the Founding Fathers to protect those God-given gifts.

And here we are today with fifty million Americans on welfare, fifty-four millon on government assistance, with an economy struggling from a gross burden of over regulation and the overreach of government. Millions of Americans are unemployed, as businesses struggle to stay open under the ever growing behemoth of Obamacare. An astonishingly large number of Americans look to Barack Obama, a man steeped in the wickedness of communism, as their "savior". But the only Savior the world has is Jesus Christ, and Obama is dismantling America at great speed.

America literally stands at a crossroads: should we live up to the responsibilities we've been given and uphold and strengthen the Republic, or should we succumb to the weak and destructive European socialism? In November of 2014 we have the opportunity, and responsibility, to go to the polls and elect good and wise men and women. But will we? Will we seek out the statesmen among us and work to get them elected. 

Ezra Taft Benson said, 
"unlike the political opportunist, the true statesman values principle above popularity, and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise and just."

For me, I attempt to stand for truth and righteousness in all times, things and places. That, of course, causes unpopularity to be levied toward me. But my Heavenly Father and Savior are very real to me. As I have mentioned before, I will not shuffle off this mortal coil and face them, the Founding Fathers and my ancestors with the report that I "just didn't want to do my part to protect our freedom and liberty because it was too hard."

Popularity is fleeting and corrosive. What should last is a sound mind, steadfast heart and dedication to eternal principles. What should last is our devotion to God. What should last is our dedication to preserving freedom, for it is an eternal and precious gift fought for by the American people and handed down generation to generation. But it requires each generation to renew the dedication and fight to keep the flame of freedom burning brightly in America, and I fear this last generation is throwing it away.

Ronald Reagan said, 
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protect, and handed down for them to do the same."

2014 will be the year where we ultimately decided whether to continue down this path with certain destruction at the end (seriously, we are $17 plus trillion in national debt, and $100 trillion in unfunded debt), or we shake ourselves off, pick the tools of freedom again and restore America to that place where the American Dream is alive and well.

God bless America, and God bless each of my fellow citizens. We've got a monumental decision ahead of us, what will we ultimately decide? As for me and my house, we have chosen to serve God and preserve liberty.

I have been actively researching and seeking out candidates across the nation. As I have done so, I have come to find men who I believe will hold the line in Congress and in their state races.

What do I mean by that? These are men of courage, honor, integrity, and a clear understanding of the proper role of government. And sadly, there is a sore dearth of that in our nation. We need these men to win across America.

Bill Both, UT
Bill Connor, SC
Dan Bongino, MD
Carl Higbie, CT
Craig Bowden, UT
Jack Kingston, GA
John Stevens, UT
Matt Bevin, KY
Rob Maness, LA
Ryan Zinke, MT
Shane Osborn, NE
Tim Donnelly, CA


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Monday, December 30, 2013

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The Mormon Effect by the Federalist Press

I have been looking for an original article posted shortly after the 2012 presidential election that was written. It was originally published on the Canada Free Press called "Smart Mormons" by Mike Jensen (22 January 2012). The Federalist has reprinted the article in its entirety:


During the 2012 presidential campaign, that awesomely deep well of perpetual wisdom, Alec Baldwin, proclaimed that if Barack Obama were not black, his vote total would have been 20 percent higher.

People of real intelligence realize that the opposite was probably true: if he had been white, his vote total would have been 20 percent lower. The African-American voting bloc combined with enough whites suffering from liberal guilt guaranteed a higher vote total for Obama.

The truth of the matter is, if Mitt Romney had not been a Mormon, his vote total might very well have been significantly higher.

In fact, according to a Gallop poll released in June of last year, while 4 percent of people said they would not vote for a black president, a full 22 percent said they would not vote for a Mormon. In fact, only atheists and gays ranked higher.

So Baldwin probably had it backwards, which he usually does, so that comes as no surprise.

What did come as a surprise to me is why people would have such negative views of Mormons. I have known lots of them in my life, and in most cases they have been hard-working, kind, generous family-oriented people—just the kind of people this country used to value (and maybe that’s the problem right there.)

Mormons have intrigued me ever since Mike Huckabee back in 2007 claimed that Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers. With the recent election over, I decided to check out Mormons a bit more.

My hope in doing this was to explain to readers who Mormons are and whether or not 22 percent of the people were justified in opposing having a Mormon president.

But instead I’m going to share an intriguing bit of Mormon theology I learned that I think makes them perhaps the most politically wise human beings on the planet. Ironically, this story stems from that Huckabee quote about the relationship between Jesus and the devil, but the lesson to be learned is one that, regardless of our political or religious views, we would all be wise to consider.

So here’s what I learned: Mormons, unlike most other Christian sects, believe that all humans lived a life before mortality. They call this the pre-existence or pre-earth life. At birth a veil is placed over our minds so that we don’t remember it (you’ll see why in a minute).

In this pre-earth life, we were all in the presence of God as His spirit children. Jesus was there—the first-born of God’s spirit children, and a leader in the councils in Heaven. Lucifer was also there, and was another leader among the children of God. He was called a “son of the morning.”

At some point in this existence, the Father called all of His children together to explain how things worked. All of His children would have to leave His presence and come to earth for a period of testing. The goal was to see if we would live a righteous life even when we had to live by faith, as we would no longer be able to remember God or heaven (that’s the reason for the veil).

If we would live a righteous life, we would be given the opportunity to return and live with God forever. Otherwise we would forfeit that chance, because no unclean thing can live in God’s presence. However, God knew that we would all make mistakes, so he would provide a Savior for the world. This Savior would live a sinless life, and because of that, he would qualify to pay for the sins of the world through what would be called the “Atonement.” If people would sincerely repent of their sins, then the Atonement would essentially erase their sins, and they could still return and live with God. The Father called for volunteers to be this savior, and two stepped forward: Jesus and Lucifer.

Lucifer said that he would be the savior and he would force everybody to live righteously, thus guaranteeing that all of God’s spirit children would return to Him in heaven [and he, Lucifer would receive all the credit/glory]. Jesus said that He would follow the Father’s plan and allow God’s children their free agency [and all the glory would go to God]. They could choose for themselves whether to live righteously and take advantage of the Atonement or whether to live in sin and forfeit the opportunity to return and live with God.

God rejected Lucifer’s plan, causing Lucifer to rebel and declare war on God. One-third of God’s spirit children joined Lucifer in this rebellion. In the end, the rebellion failed and Lucifer and his followers were cast out of heaven. They came to earth without bodies and now, continuing the war they started in heaven, they tempt men to do evil to one another and lose out on the chance to return to God. [Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:9; Isaiah 14:12]

PAY ATTENTION HERE; THIS IS THE GOOD PART

Now, any traditional Christians reading this will see similarities to their own belief system. Most traditional Christians believe that Lucifer lived in heaven as an angel, but then declared war on God and was cast out. However, the causes for that war are not necessarily clear in traditional Christian theology.

That is where Mormon theology is so intriguing. For Mormons, the greatest of all battles, the war in heaven, was fought over LIBERTY—or as they call it, “free agency.”Lucifer wanted to take it away, while God demanded that humans have it.

Although a Mormon might balk at my making comparisons between their religious beliefs and modern politics (and as I said earlier, every Mormon I’ve ever known was a very good person, so I apologize to any I offend), I see a direct correlation here. For a Mormon, the battle for liberty is not unique to this life; it is the core battle of the ages. Lucifer lost the war in heaven (he really thought he could beat God?), but the war continues on earth. So seeing the government become more and more tyrannical is not just a political concern; it’s a fundamental, eternal concern.

I’m inspired by this Mormon theological idea: God intended for humans to be free to make our own choices and live with the consequences of those choices. The Founding Fathers of this country said essentially the same thing in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evidence, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

My study of Mormonism has not only given me newfound respect for this people and their religion; it has also made me evaluate my own attitude towards the liberty that seems to be slipping through all of our fingers. Is this just something that is nice to have, and for which I thank the Founding Fathers? Or is it really something that is endowed by God, and that He expects me to fight for. According to Mormon theology, I already fought for this once. The fact that I’m here says that I was on God’s side in the war in heaven, and fought for liberty.

A Mormon might ask, why should any of us be less willing to fight for it here than we were there?

Reprinted from “SMART MORMONS,” Canada Free Press By Mike Jensen, January 22, 2013

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

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The Purpose of StatesmenPAC

The purpose of StatesmenPAC is to bring to the hearts of Americans the importance of our historic values which made this nation great.

We are living in historic times in America, but are hedged in by a mediocre Congress made up of mediocre individuals who gain more by going along with narrow, monied powers than by solving problems. StatesmenPAC is seeking 200+ men and women across America to run for Congress in 2014. They want people who have proven themselves through the fires of time and who have emerged with competence, integrity and strength. They expect statesmen to limit their contributions to less than the legally de minimus $200.

StatesmenPAC works with PSBtxt.com which provides communication tools, principally push texting, fundraising, polling, forums and grassroots development, thereby enabling candidates to communicate with their constituents as they are running for office and after, relying on the hearts of Americans to come together on national priorities. PSBtxt is developing grassroots across America, helping Americans understand that we will be heard if we simply unite in purpose.

StatesmenPAC uses texting tools and discussion forums on national issues to strengthen the link between candidates, their campaigns, their volunteers, their small funders and, ultimately, their constituents.

Through PSBtxt, texting tools candidates are able to fundraise, poll, push information to voters and engage them with contests. This is all done within seconds. A SinglePoint worldwide study on texting showed that 98% of people read a text within 3 seconds to 3 minutes. This is an astronomical read rate, with an equally astounding 70.6% click through rate.

PSBtxt has formed a partnership with StatesmenPAC to provide tools and best practices for 200 statesmen candidates for the US House and Senate in 2014. Just by running they will change the status quo. StatesmenPAC believes the election of a great many of them is likely as people all over the country ask themselves why their congressman doesn’t measure up.

We believe the election will be followed by a time of great prosperity and a restoration of American robustness.
John F. Kennedy said, “Let us not seek of the Democrat answer or the Republican answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept responsibility for the future.”
StatesmenPAC seeks men and women willing and able to shoulder the responsibility for the future. PSBtxt seeks both candidates and to empower the grassroots. Imagine, if you will, the ability to respond to a text, shaping the national debate.

Text JOHNADAMS to 33733 and PSBTXT to 33733 to become part of the movement to restore prosperity to America.



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Friday, December 27, 2013

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Are Healthcare Compacts the Answer to Obamacare

Actual affordable healthcare is one of the key issues I feel can be addressed. Breitbart.com has a thoughtful article on an interstate compact called The Health Care Compact that is worth debating and exploring:

by Leo Linbeck III

There is no need, at this point, to belabor the problems with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Suffice it to say that millions of Americans have been negatively impacted by the new law, and that number will grow in the coming months and years.

The question now is what to do about it. Democrats are dividing into two camps: those who want to stand by the President’s signature achievement until the bitter end, and those who are running from Obamacare, trying to save their political careers.

At the same time, Republicans are just trying to stay out of the way. Having voted against the bill, regained control of the House in its wake, and attempted to repeal the ACA multiple times, they are enjoying their moment of vindication. They rightfully fear that any attempt to “fix” Obamacare will allow Democrats and the media to portray them as “co-owning” any problems that occur downstream. And there will be more problems.

But while the Republicans are in a much stronger position than they were at the time of the government shutdown, they are still in a strategic quandary. On the one hand, Obamacare is exacting a very real human toll in the country, and the longer they stand aside doing nothing, the more they will be painted as insensitive and unresponsive to the damage. And many voters, in the midst of a personal crisis, don’t really care who caused the problem. They just want it fixed.

On the other hand, once Republicans provide specifics on the “replace” part of their “repeal and replace” plan, Democrats will switch from defense to offense. If history serves as a guide, we can expect Republicans to propose a policy cooked up in one of the top Washington DC conservative think tanks: Cato, Heritage, AEI, Manhattan, etc. Or perhaps they will dust off Rep. Paul Ryan’s free market plan for reforming health care. But no matter its provenance, their plan will be perceived as pushing a “conservative” solution for the country, designed and implemented in Washington, DC.

Such a move, once made, will put Democrats back on their home court, attacking Republican plans as heartless and greedy. And these attacks will continue into the 2014 election cycle.

So what can be done? Well, it might help to ask, “If you had to come up with the ideal plan going forward, what would it look like?” It might have the following elements:

Read More on Breitbart.com

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Judicial Tyranny Rules Against Utah

It is with a heavy heart I write this blog post today. On Friday, Judge Robert Shelby of the 10th Circuit Court indulged in a gross overreach of his power, violating the 10th Amendment rights of Utah, and overturned the 3rd Amendment to Utah's Constitution. Sixty-six percent of Utahns voted for this Amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Amendment 3 reads:
1. Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.
2. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.
An article in the Deseret News read:
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge Friday struck down Utah's voter-approved constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 
Although the U.S. Supreme Court upheld earlier this year that it would be left up to the states to decide whether they would accept gay marriage within their borders.

The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8), nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Judge Shelby not only ignored the SCOTUS ruling, but also the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land. In so doing, Shelby followed a long line of judges who feel they are allowed to legislate from the bench. It is called judicial tyranny, and it was in fine form in the 10th Circuit Court on Friday.

Utah was founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who fled America so they could worship according to the dictates of their own conscience. For more than a century Utah's communities were defined by that which was important to them: God, family and country. We knew we'd begun the battle for freedom in heaven, and it continues today, seven thousand plus years later.

THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
On Friday, when Shelby decided to defy his oath of office, he chose to tell the 66% who voted to maintain traditional marriage, finding it so important we amended our state constitution, that the voice of "We the People" was of no consequence to him. He chose to rule against thousands of years of precedent, and the U.S. Constitution. He should be promptly impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, but I fear they haven't the backbone for that either.

This has happened in state after state. The people vote to maintain traditional marriage, and the courts overturn it. It is a huge mistake and one that will cost America dearly in the long run. I defy history to show one incident where the embracing of homosexuality served society well.

Marriage, as a sacrament, is the sole purview of churches and has been for millennia. The federal government pushed its way in, in order to gain a piece of the pie, and messed it up as they have everything else. It has been suggested, and I am seeing the wisdom of it, that the government get out of the marriage business altogether. Leave it to the churches to manage, and then the issue of protection is no longer of importance.

Yes, there are many who will castigate me for this position, but mine is based on religion, history and current law as defined by the Supreme Court of the United States, not by the 10th Circuit Court.

To date, Robert Shelby denied the oral emergency motion to stay, but has agreed to hear the written motion to stay his decision in an expedited fashion. This will, again, find it's way to SCOTUS where they should strike down the 10 Circuit Court decision to overturn our 3rd Amendment, if they follow their own decision rendered earlier this year.

All in all, there are a huge amount of saddened individuals in the state of Utah.

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