Which is it?

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Police are bad.

Only police can have guns.

Police are getting too militarized.

Only police should have guns.

Police are racist.

Where are the police in the poorer minority neighborhoods?

Gun-free zones are safe.

Latest shootings of multiple people happened in gun-free zones.

Concealed handgun license carriers could go on a shooting spree.

No one was carrying in the gun-free zone mentioned above because they followed the law.

Men are evil patriarchs.

Gender is fluid.

Federal government increased budget limit to satisfy needs of country.

We’re facing another shutdown because budget doesn’t satisfy needs of the country.

More laws are needed to prevent violence.

Every law on the books didn’t prevent violence yesterday.

Republicans are racist.

The Republican party ended slavery, passed Civil Rights laws, and are fighting against minority genocide via abortion.

Not everyone has full access to birth control.

Allowing over-the-counter sales of birth control is a terrible idea.

Planned Parenthood is necessary for rural women’s health.

Planned Parenthood is only in large cities.

Needing a government ID to vote is wrong.

You need a government ID to get a library card.

People should be able to have sex with whoever they want.

Every person must constantly ensure that their partner(s) still wants to have sex at every moment of the encounter.

All boys are potential rapists.

Boys who identify as girls should be able to shower with girls.

Republicans hate the LGBT community.

We must banish the gay couple who asked a Republican to dine with them.

All truth is relative.

Climate change is a fact and denying it is evil. #Science

Everyone should be able to think for themselves.

Disagreeing with my statement is a threat to my well-being.

We are open and tolerant to all.

Shakespeare is a white bigot who shouldn’t be taught.

Men and women should be paid equally for the same job.

I worked harder than that man, I should get paid more.

Journalism is a necessary expression of truth.

“Can we get some muscle over here?”

#AllLivesMatter

Racist.

“A man stabbed two people to death today” What a horrible man.

“A man shot two people to death today” BAN GUNS!

The Quran is a holy book for the Muslim people.

The Bible is a hate-filled book for racist white Conservative Christians.

Israel was bombed with rockets.

Israel is clearly the evil aggressor.

You getting your way is #WhitePrivilege

Me getting my way is reparations.

Everyone should be treated equally by same standards.

You haven’t met your prescribed minimum of minorities and women in this fire department.

We believe in rewarding people who merit it.

Minorities and women need a different standard for college acceptance.

Girl power!

Boy power!

Misogynist!

Killer was diagnosed with mental issues.

Addressing mental issues is demeaning and creates stigmas.

ISIS is contained.

We are creating a new terror threat alert system.

This list could probably go on forever.

I’ve got a life to live.

 

I’m Back!

Howdy! I’m back from the campaign trail. I’ll be writing about my experiences in a bit and I’ll pick up on the podcasts because they are fun! Expect more guests locally and from around the nation.

Also – I won my campaign but not without many hours of prayer and lots of help from my friends and the voters! Now the real fun begins!

Running for Office

Yesterday, I filed with my local township to run for a position on our board of directors.  I’ve always been the kind of person who encourages and supports others and now I’m on the receiving end of that. It’s humbling to have people tell you that you are someone they trust and believe in. The thought that continues to rise in my mind is “Do the right thing, even when it’s not easy”. I’ll pop by here from time to time and share what’s going on. The first thing I’ve learned about a politician is that it’s not easy to say “I’m the guy”. Not easy, but if I truly believe it, necessary.

Here’s my official announcement in our local online paper. Officially Filed

Would You Charge Your Kid 4% Interest?

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Would you charge your kid 4% interest on money he/she borrowed from you? My dad did.

My parents parented intentionally. Their goal was to mold my sister and me into well-adjusted, capable, responsible adults. Rarely was a decision made without some wisdom behind it. I’m not saying they were perfect or didn’t make rash decisions, but, their approach to parenting allowed for those imperfections without losing perspective of their goal.

My father set his mind to ensure that we were wise in managing our money. He also wanted us to be good employees. When he agreed to buy something for us, say a video game, we would have to buy it and then give him the receipt. No receipt? He wouldn’t pay us back. His rationale? That’s how it works in the real world. Travel on business but don’t turn in the receipts? Kiss that plane ticket money goodbye.

When I graduated from college, I got a job in Plano, Texas. I had zero money for any deposits for the apartment, water, electricity and so forth. I asked my dad if I could borrow the money and he said yes, with a 4% interest. We drew up a contract together and set the payment schedule and amount due each month. While some people would argue that he was taking advantage of me, I never felt more loved. He was teaching me about life because he wanted me to be as successful as I possibly could.

I’ve never spent more than I have earned. I’ve never taken a loan I couldn’t repay. I have learned how to manage my money wisely. And, all of this is because my dad was loving enough to expect receipts, charge me interest and treat me as the adult I was becoming.

And now, as a parent myself, my job is to raise my kids with the same goal in mind and yes, I will charge them interest.

Right Straight from the Heart podcast – February 23, 2015

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1940washingmachineadTune in as I talk about:

  • Modern appliances – Did they simplify our lives?
  • Screen time – how much is too much & how do you know?
  • ISIS primer – they actually have a mission

Check out The Atlantic article, What ISIS Really Wants by Graeme Wood

Psalm 127:2  You rise up early, and go to bed late, and work hard for your food, all for nothing. For the Lord gives to His loved ones even while they sleep.

Keep the Federal Government out of School Choice

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Vouchers2The federal government is moving to get ahead of states in the school choice arena and it could effectively create a nationalized education system. “Common Core is the latest effort by big government disciples to strip away state rights and put Washington, D.C., in control of everything.” – Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.

This is not a direct indictment of Common Core standards as it is an indictment on how the federal government is using tax dollars to take over schools using the words “School choice” as their Trojan horse.

While some people consider Governor Jindal to be hyperbolic, they should first read through House Resolution 5. House Resolution 5, sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R) of Minnesota, titled “Student Success Act” was first introduced during the 113th Congress. The bill passed the House on July 19, 2013 but did not pass the Senate. Rep. John Kline (R-MN)50% has reintroduced the bill and it is currently being reviewed/updated by the House Education and the Workforce committee. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)46% is creating a similar bill for the Senate.

“Jindal names the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the suit, which argues that states are forced to cede their “sovereign authority over education policy to the federal government” to receive federal grants and police waivers linked to adoption of the standards.” – Los Angeles Times, Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds, says Common Core violates states’ rights

House Resolution 5 (HR5) requires states who accept federal funds for school vouchers waive all rights to legislate or operate state level education. While the verbiage is written in the positive, implying that states retain their rights, that retention is tied directly to federal funds. Note, “the Secretary” is the Secretary of Education, currently Mr. Arne Duncan. (excerpts from HR5 filed in July 2013).

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Retention of rights and authorities

No officer, employee, or other authority of the Secretary shall enforce against an authority of a State, nor shall any authority of a State have any obligation to obey, any requirement imposed as a condition of receiving assistance under a grant program established under this Act, nor shall such program operate within a State, unless the legislature of that State shall have by law expressly approved that program and, in doing so, have waived the State’s rights and authorities to act inconsistently with any requirement that might be imposed by the Secretary as a condition of receiving that assistance.

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Why All the Concern About What I Believe

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Why are random strangers so concerned with what I believe to be true? And why are they so ready to beat me over the head with “science”? I don’t beat them over the head with the Bible. Ever. They’ll cite Darwin as if he’s a god and not just a regular man. They’ll point to graphs and then fall apart when I say I don’t necessarily agree with the findings. “How can I be so blind? How can I be so ignorant? How can I be so trusting of some magical man in the sky when SCIENCE is right here staring me down?”, they say exasperatedly. Well, because I believe differently. I’ve done my research, studied the hard sciences and mathematics, read the findings, taken into account various reports by other men and women and I’ve come to my conclusions logically, rationally and with faith.

I believe God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is in them. I don’t subscribe to everything that Darwin posits but I do understand hybridization and mutation. Those two things are real and repeatable. I do believe that mankind contributes pollution to the atmosphere and that landfills will eventually become a force to reckon with. I don’t believe that mankind has the ability to drastically effect the weather/climate/whatever.

I don’t believe that the government has the authority to define marriage because I believe that marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman.

I believe that individuals are the best determiners of what is best for them. I believe that “the government” is just a bunch of people who don’t know better for me than I do but that “the government” has roles & responsibilities outlined in the Constitution that they should be doing and no more. I believe that private businesses can outperform the government in everything that isn’t in the Constitution (and probably in that too but it’s not their job).

I believe in helping people have a better life for themselves but that just giving people stuff isn’t the way to help them. I believe that the world would be a much better place if people would invest in their relationships with their God, themselves and their families and friends.

I believe that loving people and supporting them is the best way to live life.

And apparently, as I’ve noticed on Twitter and Facebook, my beliefs cause some people great angst. I’m one person, yet I can aggravate the heck out of some stranger because I hold certain beliefs. They will scold me, challenge me, call me names, try to denigrate me – and others – because we have beliefs that don’t align with their own.

Why?

Why does it bother some people so much that I don’t believe the same things they do? Why does it bug people that I believe in God? It’s my belief. I haven’t and will never force someone to believe what I believe. What causes them so much strife that they must “troll”, pursue and curse me for what I believe? I’m not a high profile journalist, politician or Hollywood product that has influence over millions of people.

What are they so scared of?