Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Keep Austin Free of TSA Tyranny

During times of crisis, one act of courageous leadership can inspire many others to rise up and boldly do their duty.

The City of Austin has just such an opportunity now. Unlike many major US cities, Austin has yet to have the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) full-body scanners installed in their commercial airport, and if Texas’ capital city were to forbid the TSA from installing these invasive machines at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), it could spark a national movement for liberty.

The good news is this: On December 14, the Austin Airport Advisory Commission (AAAC)—the official body tasked with giving Austin City Council input on airport policy—passed a unanimous resolution calling upon the Council to “oppose the installation of AIT’s at ABIA and further oppose the practice of invasive body searching.”

What’s more, a broad coalition of diverse groups has risen up in support of the AAAC’s resolution to check TSA tyranny in Austin, including the Travis County Republican Party, the Libertarian Party of Texas, ACLU-TX, Texans for Accountable Government (TAG), the Central Texas Republican Liberty Caucus, and We Are Change Austin. (To add your group to this list, send an e-mail here.)

Momentum is building to see Austin become a safe-haven for liberty—and we encourage you to join the effort.

It’s time to rally to “Keep Austin Free”!

To find out what you can do to be a part of the growing movement, visit TSA

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Lost Arts of Womanhood

Biblical womanhood has become a lost art as feminism has pervaded our culture and reshaped the priorities of women for nearly a century. While in bygone generations, communities were blessed with many thriving Proverbs 31 women who contentedly and joyfully served the needs of their households, honored their husbands, and raised their children in the fear of Lord, today precious few examples of this exist.

Yet God has begun a work of revival in the hearts of a growing number of women who desire to turn back to His sure paths of biblical femininity. This cultural shift back to the Bible has prompted a longing in ladies’ hearts to live out the precious and powerful vision of womanhood that the Scriptures describe.

Vision Forum is pleased to offer a special set to aid ladies in their quest to reclaim biblical womanhood — the Recovering the Lost Arts of Biblical Womanhood Collection.

Happy Birthday General Robert E. Lee!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Celebrate Reagan's Upcoming Birthday!

If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter, and they're on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They're individuals and families whose taxes support the government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our national life.

~Ronald Reagan in his 1st inaugural address

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Texans to TSA: You keep scanners, we'll keep privacy

Posted: January 16, 2011
By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WorldNetDaily

You've heard the Texas jokes, such as: A New Yorker points to Niagara Falls and tells a Texan, "You don't have anything like that!" To which the Texan, "Naw, but we got a plumber who can fix it in 30 minutes."

Now, a government advisory board in Austin, joined by a team of citizen groups, is asking the city council there to tell the federal Transportation Security Administration that the government can keep its invasive airport pat-down procedures and nude-imaging scanners, and they'll keep their privacy.

It is the Austin Airport Advisory Commission that has resolved, in a petition to the city council, that it is recommending the city "oppose the installation of [advanced imagescanners] at [the Austin airport] and further oppose the practice of invasive body searching and encourages the city council to inform the TSA, the state and federal delegations of such opposition."

A petition, already signed by tens of thousands, is demanding action against the intrusive airport screening procedures implemented by the Obama administration.

The dispute over the invasive procedures has been heating up since before Thanksgiving, after the federal government announced it was ramping up security at the nation's airports. It is installing X-ray machines that look through a person's clothes, essentially allow TSA personnel to view a nude image of the passenger.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wesley Strackbein Testifies Before Austin City Council

Austin City Council Testimony: Wesley Strackbein

By Wesley Strackbein

Honorable Mayor and City Council Members:

My name is Wesley Strackbein, and I’m a seventh generation Texan. My ancestors braved the hardships of early Texas, because they knew that—on this ground, in this state—men could live free.

While their new life in Texas had its challenges, the constitutions governing my family’s adopted state guaranteed liberties not recognized in their homeland of Germany—a real blessing they cherished.

This legacy is precious to me, and as a steward, I cannot sit idly by as despots move to rob our children of the sacred trust bequeathed to us by our forefathers.

Washington has declared war on the Constitution, and it’s time for Austin to fight back.

As you well know, the TSA has mandated the use of naked body scanners and intrusive pat-downs at our airports where no probable cause for wrongdoing has been shown—a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

This abuse is outrageous, and it must be opposed. Your own Airport Advisory Commission has rightly urged you to forbid the scanners and invasive pat-downs at Austin’s airport. Travelers at ABIA must be protected.

The question of jurisdiction has been raised, and it’s an important one.

Wherever you are in this debate, City Council, one issue is beyond question: The Federal Government cannot use one constitutional power as a club to bludgeon another constitutionally protected right. In the name of protecting us, Washington cannot suspend citizens’ right to free speech, right to due process, right to keep and bear arms—or “right to be secure in their persons.” To do so would break our charter covenants and subvert the very foundation of this Republic.

What then is our recourse?

Read the rest of Wesley's testimony here.

Bradley Pierce Testifies Before Austin City Council

Austin City Council Testimony: Bradley Pierce

By Bradley Pierce

Honorable Mayor and City Council Members:

Thank you for your kind attention.

My name is Bradley Pierce. I am an attorney and citizen of Williamson County and call the Austin Airport my homeport. I am also a husband and a father. My wife, who is pregnant with our first child, is with me today.

I care about my family. I care about their protection and their future. Because of that, I am here to respectfully request that the City of Austin refuse to permit TSA or anyone else to operate X-Ray scanners or perform enhanced pat-downs in the Austin airport.

I care about protecting my family. Many parents tell their children never to let anyone, stranger or otherwise, touch you in certain places, and if anyone does, to come tell Daddy and Mommy immediately. Now when we go to the airport, where the rules apparently do not apply, Daddy and Mommy are expected to surrender our children to a stranger to perform on them the very things we have told them were so wrong, and Daddy and Mommy are supposed to stand idly by and say, “It’s okay, honey. It’s the government.”

Read the rest of Bradley's testimony here.

Keep Austin Free

Watch Wesley Strackbein, Brad Pierce and Heather Fazio speak out against the installment of scanners in Austin's airport via live streaming online today at Austin's City Council meeting.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Kirk Cameron interview with Harris Twins

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Joel Salatin on Dominion

"If your vision can be accomplished in your lifetime, it's too small." -Joel Salatin

Polyface has been widely praised by sustainable-farming advocates and foodies for its commitment to Earth- and animal-friendly practices, including rotational grass grazing, humane treatment of animals and local processing. Salatin now spends a great deal of time traveling around the world, giving speeches and presentations on how to copy his success; his son Daniel now oversees the day-to-day operations at the farm.

One huge difference — for a commercial farm — is the diversity of products. Polyface has an annual average population of 6,500 laying hens (for eggs), 24,000 broilers (for meat), 1,000 head of cattle, 200 hogs, 500 turkeys and 250 rabbits, according to its website.

“We've mixed it all,” Salatin said. “That diversity, and the scale that we operate at, is unique.”

Another big asset is Salatin's willingness to treat his farm as a viable business and hire sufficient help, he said.

“We're business people, not just farmers — but we run the business with a vision of healing the planet,” he said, before adding, “If your vision can be accomplished in your lifetime, it's too small.”

Salatin fervently believes that smaller-scale farming is the necessary future for America.

“There are 35 million acres of lawn in the United States, if we want to just look at land (that could) produce food,” he said. “There are 26 million acres devoted to housing and feeding recreational horses. Those two combined are enough to feed the country. And we haven't even talked about the golf courses.”

Read the entire article here.

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