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Fairness Doctrine

Thursday, June 28, 2007 2 comments

Don’t worry this has nothing to do with Paris Hilton. The democrats are trying to muzzle conservative talk radio. Congressman Dennis Kucinich is reintroducing the Fairness Doctrine (article). This would allow the government to monitor and make sure there is a balance on the media airwaves. I have a few problems with this. First, it is a violation of the first amendment. Secondly, conservative talk radio does not claim to report news. They simply give their perspective on current events. I think this the democrats trying to compensate for the failed liberal talk radio ‘Air America’. I don’t think this has a chance, but it just goes to show how the democrats love big government and want to control everything. They need to leave private networks alone, they already have PBS and NPR. Rush Limbaugh has more listeners than both.

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2008 Election Update

Sunday, June 24, 2007 0 comments

Senator Barack Obama joined the list of many who claim right-wing evangelicals have politicized their beliefs. My response to Sen. Obama is that I hold the Bible higher than our constitution. I respect and admire our constitution, but I believe the Bible is the inherent written word of God. I tell my democratic friends all the time that the democratic party forced me to the republicans. I do not consider myself a republican, but an evangelical conservative. I call myself an evangelical because Christians should evangelize not force their beliefs. That would turn America into a theocracy. Sen. Obama should be more concerned with the extremists that are taking over his own party. Such as the feminists, environmentalists, and the homosexuals. When the democratic party starts caring more about saving babies rather than trees, then I will give them support. Christians are sticking up for the Judeo Christian principles this country was founded on. 52 of the 55 founders of the constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies. Here are a few quotes:

“Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”
John Jay the first Supreme Court Justice

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Patrick Henry

I will continue with this topic more when I discuss the misinterpretation of “separation of church and state”. For further information on statements by Senator Obama or information on the church he attends here is the article.

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Irony, Salaries, and Privacy

Thursday, June 21, 2007 0 comments

The irony continues as I discuss topics and they become center stage in the news. I have been conducting an investigation to find out how much the first gentleman's staff gets paid. Most people are unaware that he has three staff members that are paid by taxpayers. I called his office to verify this information and they confirmed. Ironically, the Lansing State Journal made my job a lot easier. They created a data base that gives the salary, title and date of hire of 53,000 state employees (link). You can search by name. This is all legal under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. This was started in 1977. This data base was shut down most of the day due to high volume, probably state employees checking their information on their 15 minute breaks or lunch hour (so they claim). This resulted in a furry of anger from state employees. Let me remind you that anyone can get this information, the LSJ just made it much easier. State employees flooded the comment board with complaints (23 pages last I checked). Many cancled their subscription. After reading many comments, I was appalled by the reaction of the state employees. They demanded salary information from LSJ employees. Two of them openly gave their information: Derek Melot the assistant editorial page editor makes $60,194 and John Schneider a newspaper columnist makes $76,544. As the state employees cried invasion of privacy and threatened cancelations they posted home addresses of the reporter and editor. This is going too far. I understand their frustration, they do receive a lot of scrutiny and blame. However, they should. Taxpayers have the right to see how their money is being spent. Yet this data base is only going to help a few sincere people like myself who are trying to better the government. I think it will mostly be used by people who know state employees and are shallow enough to search their salaries. So my advice to all state employees that feel a personal attack has been made against them is to get over it. You chose to work for the government and be a public servant. Most state employees don't have a problem ridiculing legislators, but don't realize they are in the same line of work. For the most part state employees have a sweet deal, enjoy it. The unions and democrats are behind you 100%.

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Come On Down

Monday, June 18, 2007 2 comments

This is extremely rare that I post something about entertainers, however Bob Barker is an exception. Barker recently endorsed Rosie O'Donnell to be his successor for 'The Price is Right' (article). I think Rosie would be a horrible host. For one, she is too controversal. Everybody liked Bob Barker. I had an interesting discussion at work about who would be a good replacement. Some names that were tossed around were Wayne Brady, Regis Philbin and Ellen DeGeneres. Who do you think would be the best replacement?

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Happy Fathers Day

Sunday, June 17, 2007 1 comments

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there. Most everyone knows the fifth commandment "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you." (Exodus 20:12). Well what if someone grew up in a home that the father was not a good example. Today most psychologists would blame someone's problems on their parents. The Bible gives a different answer. Ezekiel 18: 2-4 says "What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge'? "As I live," says the Lord God, "you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. " This statement about eating sour grapes is saying their forefathers sinned and they inherited it. God explains that He rejects this blame shifting and emphasizes individual accountability. The death mentioned is physical death, we know this from Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." People are not stuck in a bad cycle, they can overcome and break it. I would encourage everyone to read the rest of Ezekiel chapter 18 for further information on overcoming such a problem.

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Delfino Traded

Saturday, June 16, 2007 0 comments

The Detroit Pistons have traded Carlos Delfino to the Raptors (article) for two second round draft picks. One in 2009 and the other in 2010. This is another waisted draft. Just like Darko Milicic. Who I may remind you was drafted before Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. I like Joe Dumars for what he has done as a player and what he has done as president of basketball operations, but drafting is not going well. Are the Detroit Pistons turning into the New York Jets of draft picks?

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Happy Flag Day

Thursday, June 14, 2007 2 comments

This is a holiday that I think people don't give as much attention to as they should. Most people don't know proper flag etiquette. One person specifically is Governor Granholm. In 2003 Granholm issued a proclamation to lower the American flag statewide to half-staff when a Michigan soldier dies. The flag code does grant governors to order the lowering of flags for government officials, but not soldiers. This practice is an oxymoron. Isn't the reason people die for their country is so the flag can be raised? I personally think that this is a political anti war protest. As someone who has served in the military I strongly oppose this practice. There is an article by the wall street journal addressing this very issue. I am aware that I found it on a military families against the war website, however it does list both viewpoints. I don't think everyone who supports this practice is anti war, but they may be ignorant on flag etiquette. Regardless of your viewpoint on the war, what is your opinion on this matter?

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Oil Solutions

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1 comments

Do you think government should cap oil prices or profits? I personally do not support that idea. I hold a laissez faire type of view. The question then moves on to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. I am all for that. Another alternative was mentioned by Congressman Walberg. A co-worker of mine forwarded me this article about Congressman Walberg's suggestion of drilling in the Great Lakes. I personally think there is no way drilling in Alaska or the Great Lakes will happen while there is a democrat controlled U.S. House of Representatives. However, everyone is complaining about gas prices and I don't see many people giving up their cars for bikes and public transportation. What plans do you support in regards to our oil dependency?

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Ballot Proposals in 08?


There are many proposals that people are trying to get onto the 2008 ballot. Some have a chance and others are a long shot. Here are a few with my opinion.

- Part-Time Legislature (Has momentum since people are frustrated. I like the idea if they tie in a pay decrease and extend term limits.)

- Fair Tax (Long shot, but I like the idea)

- Right to Work (Longer shot in this union state, but I really like the idea)

- Graduated Income Tax (Long shot, people voting to support giving their money to government... I don't think so.)

- Medical Marijuana (No way. These stupid hippies try the medical angle every year so they can smoke pot legally.)

What are your thoughts? Or is there one I did not mention.

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Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers (article). What was even more amazing is that he was still throwing over 100 mph in the ninth inning. He also added 12 strike outs. This makes it harder for me to answer that question "Who's your Tiger?". Since I like them all I would have to atleast give my top three. (1.) Curtis Granderson (2.) Justin Verlander (3.) Carlos Guillen. So who is your Tiger(s)?

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MSU Looses MoJo


As you have probably heard (article) guard Maurice Josesph transferred to Vermont. Joseph averaged 5.9 points and 16.8 minutes a game last season. Obviously with three high caliber recruits coming in, Joseph knew his playing time would be reduced even more. I don't think this hurts MSU at all. Joseph's offense was hit or miss and his defense was below average. Vermont is excited about his arrival. This just goes to show the quality of MSU basketball when another school is excited about getting one of your bench players. What are your thoughts about MOJO's departure? Happy, sad or care less?

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