Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bahnsen vs. New York's decision to legalize Homosexual Marriage.



"Rules are really something. Human beings display their fallen human nature when it comes to laying down rules....There will be doubts and fears that will come to you when you confront the hostility of the World. You'll see points of view that are openly hostile toward Christianity...There are going to be more subtle presentations of antagonistic viewpoints...things that do not appear on the surface as openly opposing the Christian Faith and yet when you go to the heart of the matter they are just as clearly negative to and hostile to Christianity as the professor kicking the bible across the floor. You are going to hear in this day continually how homosexuals are an oppressed people that they are a specific minority that has been mistreated and particularly the worst mistreatment has come at the hands of Christians in western history...Are you competent to deal with this?...I wouldn't be saying it this way if the answer is, "No you're not", so why don't we all go home and go out to the swimming pool and do something more enjoyable than sit here and pretend that we're going to get ready. The bible says that you are competent to deal with that. That you are competent to deal with any criticism, any hostility and any kind of opposition be it overt or subtle that is raised against your faith as a Christian."

Watch the Greg Bahnsen's lecture on "The Myth of Neutrality" for free on Youtube by clicking here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued a statement

Updated 3:40 p.m.: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued a statement this afternoon saying the Senate will try to pass its version of the bill out of committee on Monday. Dewhurst also said he is working with the Attorney General "to address several issues that were raised when the bill first came up for a vote in the Texas Senate."

Although the full text is not yet available online, 20 House members (not including Straus) authored a resolution "urging Congress to take appropriate action to ensure acceptable treatment of the public by personnel of the Transportation Security Administration." It was filed and referred to the State Affairs Committee post-adjournment today.

Read the rest here.

Senator Dan Patrick addresses TSA Anti-Groping Bill

In regards to a Texas measure that would bar Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents from invasive inspections, Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Dist. 7) released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"The TSA anti-groping bill is important legislation that sends an important message to the federal government. This is evidenced by that fact that it has more than 100 coauthors in the House and enough votes to pass in the Senate. Even before passage, this legislation has already yielded results in that the TSA recently changed their pat down policies on children.

"I am greatly disappointed that negotiations on this bill have broken down so badly in the House at this critical point in the special session. If the House can resolve their differences, there is still time if they can pass it to the Senate before Monday."

Read the rest here.



Release: Speaker Straus, What Happened to "The Will of the House?"

Speaker Straus stated in his inaugural address that, "The will of the House should guide this House. And the will of the House does not begin in the Speaker’s office.... It begins with the 25 million people who are proud to call themselves Texans." But he didn’t give the will of the people or the House an opportunity today. Instead he acted alone and enforced his own will upon the process, bringing to a halt the efforts of over one hundred coauthors and many thousands of individual Texans who have called, emailed, faxed, and rallied in support of this bill.

Read the rest here.

Urgent Alert: Texas House Speaker Flip-Flips! Calls it a publicity stunt.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus flip-flopped on HB 41 today, refusing to allow the House to vote on this bill and calling it “an ill-advised publicity stunt.” This “publicity stunt” boasts 114 co-authors and is based upon HB 1937, the TSA Anti-Groping bill that passed the House unanimously 138-0 during the regular session under Speaker Straus’ oversight. So why was this a legitimate bill the first time around, and now nothing more than a publicity stunt? Simple put: Speaker Straus has flip-flopped.

URGENT ALERT: Call Speaker Straus’ office at (512) 463-1000 and tell him that you are outraged by his flip-flop on HB 41. Ask him to stand up for Texans’ liberty and the sanctity of our bodies and to schedule HB 41 for a vote on June 27. And call the co-authors of HB 41 and ask them to urge Speaker Straus to promptly bring the bill back to the floor.

TEXAS TRIBUNE

The TSA anti-groping bill hit another roadblock today when the House adjourned without considering the legislation as scheduled. “Our plane was not full to capacity,” House Speaker Joe Straus said, hinting that the House did not have a quorum present to pass the legislation. But that wasn’t the only reason the bill wasn’t heard.

“The bill, without some serious revisions, appears to me to be nothing more than an ill-advised publicity stunt, unenforceable…[and] misdirected at uniform security personnel,” Straus said. He argued the bill should be aimed “at Washington, at the bosses of these people.”

Today, Straus — showing a degree of public adamance not seen much this session — said the bill will never be considered on the House floor “as written.” The House is drafting a resolution to send a message to the appropriate people and address the issue of inappropriate searches “without making the Texas Legislature a laughing stock,” he said.

Read the rest here.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Perry Adds Anti-Groping Bill to Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announced he had added legislation that would make it illegal for TSA agents to engage in “intrusive touching” at airports security checkpoints without probable cause to the list of items for the legislature to consider during the special session.

The measure had previously failed to pass in the Texas Senate after the Justice Department wrote a scathing memo against the bill that threatened legal action against the state and the bill became enmeshed in Senate politics.

There are questions about what affect the legislation might have since airport security is a federal matter.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was accused of lobbying against the bill in May said he was “pleased” by Perry’s decision.

“I’m very pleased that Governor Perry agreed to add this legislation to his Special Session call,” Dewhurst said. “Addressing unreasonable and unlawful searches of innocent travelers by some TSA employees is an issue that affects all Texans who use air travel, and it should not wait until next Session.”

Read more here

Rep. Simpson's Open Letter to Gov. Perry


The Honorable Rick PerryGovernor of the State of TexasP.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Dear Governor Perry:

If you are willing, there is still time to enact legislation to protect the dignity oftravelers in Texas. Egregious intrusive searches without probable cause continue everyday by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Texans and indeed Americansaround this nation are fed up with this out of control federal bureaucracy that haspromulgated practices that violate the 4th Amendment and that treat grandmothers, thehandicapped, Iraqi war veterans with prosthetic limbs, boys, girls and infants as criminal

suspects—touching their private parts as a condition of travel.

You write in your book, Fed Up, that you want to “help foster a nationwideconversation about the role of government in our lives” (Fed Up, 187). I can think of no role less suitable for our federal government than that of routinely violating innocent
citizens of this state and those of the entire country.

Read More Here.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Governor Perry Shirks Responsibility on Anti-TSA Groping Bills


Texans have clearly voiced their opinions regarding issues of importance and desire to be protected from oversteps by run-away government agencies such as the TSA – they have inundated the office of the Governor with calls to protect their Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in the person unless there is probable cause. Currently, the author of the House bill, Representative David Simpson has garnered 112 co-authors to HB41 restricting the TSA from being able to touch citizens in their private parts – an act which in any other forum would constitute sexual assault. And, Senator Dan Patrick, the author of the Senate version (SB29) wrote Governor Perry on Wednesday, June 15 to inform him that he had majority support – sufficient to pass this bill during the special session.

Read the rest here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When Children Dream Of Being Bakers

"Obviously, one of my children wants to be a cake decorator. Just need to get them out of the BATHROOM and into the kitchen!!!"
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Breaking News! Help Governor Perry Bring the Anti-TSA Groping Bill Before the Special Session!

A very important read!

A Texas victory could be in sight! Read the action points! If you take action, let TSA Tyranny know - and everyone else know Gov. Perry has heard from you! Post the action steps that you take.
"There are now enough Texas representatives and senators supporting the Anti-TSA Groping bills to pass this legislation! Now we need your help convincing Governor Perry to bring these bills before the special session for a vote."
“As you know, certain Senate procedures — such as the two-thirds tradition — exist to bring Democrats and Republicans together, encouraging Members to work in good faith in order to achieve positive outcomes for the people of Texas. Given that a small number of Senate Democrats have demonstrated their unwillingness to find consensus on these important legislative items, I can see no other alternative than to operate under a simple majority vote in the Special Session.”
Mobilize - everyone, take action.
Victory is within sight!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Will You Join Us?

The Faith of Our Fathers Project Presents:
D-Day and the Providence of God: The Virtual Tour and Online Study Course

Why is this so important? Why should you join us?

"Every non-biblical philosophy of history ends by destroying both man and history. It begins by striving to give a better meaning to history than the one eternity provides, and it ends by robbing history of any human meaning and man of his manhood. In taking counsel against God and His decree, man effectually hurts only himself, not God. In rebelling against the kingship of Christ over history and in seeking to establish his own autonomous kingship, man reduces himself to the status of a slave." -R. J. Rushdoony

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

New from the Duggars: A Love that Multiplies!!


In this second book from the Duggars, they focus on the principles that equip them to face life’s challenges—drawing from their most recent challenge with the 3-month premature birth of their newest child, Josie. They also share the new challenges their older children are facing as they prepare for adult life. Central to the book is a section on the principles that the Duggars have consistently taught their children. These simply worded principles are basic to the Duggar family and are shared in a way that other parents can incorporate in their own homes. A special chapter on homeschooling gives valuable information to parents who are considering this route or are already invested in it. The world continues to be amazed by their nineteen well-groomed, well-behaved, well-schooled children and their home life, which focuses on family, financial responsibility, fun—and must importantly, faith. The Duggars show how parents can succeed whether they’re rearing a single child or several.

Table of Contents

Preface: Our Biggest Test Begins

Part 1: Little Baby, Big Challenges

  1. Little Eyes Watching
  2. More Babies on the Way!
  3. A Surprising Test Begins
  4. Praying without Ceasing
  5. Miracles and Milestones
  6. Difficult Priorities

Part 2: Shaping Hearts and Minds

  1. Living under the Microscope
  2. Opportunities to Reach Out to Others
  3. Developing a Servant Heart
  4. Making Faith Fun

Part 3: Big Hope for Our Children’s Future

  1. Homeschool, Duggar Style
  2. Vocations, Goals, and Roles
  3. Daily Training, Tips, and Practicalities
  4. Life Is a Classroom

Part 4: Big Hearts, Full of Love

  1. Protecting and Cherishing Our Relationships
  2. Michelle’s Heart for Children and Moms
  3. Jim Bob’s Lifelong Hobby
  4. Do the Duggars Date?

Friday, June 03, 2011

The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian

Kevorkian's first patient — or victim, depending on your point of view — was Janet Adkins, a 54-year-old Portland, Ore., housewife who allowed herself to be hooked up to one of Kevorkian's suicide machines on June 4, 1990. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease the year before and had contacted Kevorkian after an experimental drug treatment she received at the University of Washington was unsuccessful. She had first seen him on a talk show and read about him in a magazine.


Adkins, however, was not debilitated by her illness. Her personal physician, Dr. Murray Raskind, told TIME that she had told him that she and her husband were members of the Hemlock Society, a right-to-die organization, and that she had limited patience for Alzheimer's treatment. "When she entered the trial, she made it clear that this was a last chance. If the progress of the disease wasn't halted, then she didn't want to continue living." And then he got a call from Kevorkian. Raskind told TIME he vigorously tried to dissuade Kevorkian from taking her case. "My reasons were that she was in good spirits and seemed to be getting a lot of satisfaction from life. I was perplexed, but I didn't take [the call] as seriously as I should have. I consulted legal and medical colleagues. Then I called her family. Mrs. Adkins wasn't there. She was out playing tennis. I left a phone number for her, but she never returned my call ... When I heard the news, I was disappointed. I felt she had several years of good-quality life in front of her." Raskind testified against Kevorkian in an unsuccessful attempt to convict the Michigan doctor in Adkins' death.



Read more here.

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Rep. Simpson on Alex Jones InfoWars

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

An Open Letter to State Officials in Response to the DOJ Threat Letter

From Rep. David Simpson's Blog

The Honorable Rick Perry

Texas State Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711

The Honorable David Dewhurst
President of the Senate
Capitol Station
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711

The Honorable Joe Straus
Speaker of the House
Room CAP 2W.13, Capitol
Austin, TX 78768

The Honorable Gregg Abbott
Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711

Dear Sirs:

Today you received a letter from Mr. John E. Murphy, United States Attorney, Western District of Texas in regards to House Bill 1937 currently up for consideration by the Senate.

In his letter, Mr. Murphy made a veiled threat to the elected officials of Texas that if we move to protect the constitutional rights of our citizens, the TSA could shut down flights to and from Texas airports.

175 years ago in the first battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico, a small band of Texans stood in defiance at Gonzalez, turning back the attempt to deprive them of their weapon of defense, a single cannon.

Gentlemen, we find ourselves at such a watershed moment today. The federal government is attempting to deprive the citizens of Texas of their constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution. If we do not stand for our citizens in the face of this deprivation of their personal rights and dignity, who will?

Time is critical. If the bill does not pass the Senate tonight it may very well be dead until the next legislative session. Meanwhile, our wives, our children, our mothers and grandmothers, will be rudely violated by federal employees out of control.

My response to Mr. Murphy’s factually inaccurate letter follows. Please give this matter your immediate attention.

For Texas And Liberty!

David Simpson

TSA False Statement: “As you no doubt are aware, the bill makes it a crime for a federal Transportation Security Official to perform the security screening that he or she is authorized and required by federal law to perform.”

Truth: HB 1937 states that a person commits an offense if, while acting under color of the person’s office or employment without probable cause, performs a search for the purpose of granting access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation and intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly touches the anus, sexual organ, buttocks or breasts of the other person. We know of no federal law that requires this kind of search without probable cause.

TSA False Statement: “The proposed legislation would make it unlawful for a federal agent such as a TSO to perform certain specified searches for the purpose of granting access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation. The provision would thus criminalize searches that are required under federal regulations in order to ensure the safety of the American public.”

Truth: HB 1937 grants a defense to prosecution for an offense that the actor performed pursuant to and consistent with an explicit and applicable grant of federal statutory authority that is consistent with the United States Constitution.

So, if there is actually statutory authority consistent with the Constitution, all an agent must do is bring that statute to the attention of the court. In other words, Texas needs to tell the Department of Justice, “You show me your statutory authority.”

TSA False Statement: “The legislation also makes it crime for a public servant, as defined in the bill, to deny or impede another person in the exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege, knowing that the public servant’s conduct is unlawful. As a result, it appears that the intent of the bill is to preclude a TSO from turning away from the secure area of an airport someone who otherwise would have been subjected to a pat down as a condition of entry.”

Truth: Actually, it is already current law in Texas that public servants cannot intentionally deny or impede another person in the exercise or enjoyment of any privilege, power, or immunity, knowing the public servant’s conduct is unlawful. TSO would only be precluded from touching specific private areas of an individual without probable cause to believe the person committed an offense. The bill will not prohibit a TSO from using administrative screening methods with metal detectors, scanners, explosive sniffing dogs or pat downs that do not include touching the travelers anus, breasts, sexual organs, or buttocks.

TSA False Statement: The effect of this bill, if enacted, would be to interfere directly with the Transportation Administration’s (TSA) responsibility for civil aviation security. 49 U.S. C Section 114 (d); 6 U.S.C. Section 202 (1). Congress has directed the Administrator of TSA to take ‘necessary actions to improve domestic air transportation security,” 49 U.S.C. Section 44904(e), and directed him to “prescribe regulations to protect passengers and property on aircraft . . . against an act of criminal violence or aircraft piracy.” Id. Section 44903(b). Congress has directed TSA to provide for “the screening of all passengers and property . . . before boarding,” in order to ensure that no passenger is unlawfully carrying a dangerous weapon, explosive, or other destructive substance. Id. Sections 44901(a), 44902(a), 114(e). If the Administrator determines that “a particular threat cannot be addressed in a way adequate to ensure. . . the safety of passengers and crew of a particular flight,” he “shall cancel the flight or series of flights.” Id Section 44905(b)

Truth: Nowhere in the language cited is there statutory authority for a government agent to touch the breasts, anus, sexual organs, or buttocks of a traveler. And, no where in the Texas legislation does it prohibit that touching if there is probable cause to believe an offense has been committed. HB 1937 merely works on the premise that Texans don’t have to forfeit their dignity to exercise their right of free travel.

TSA False Statement: HB 1937 would conflict directly with federal law.

Truth: It is perplexing that the United States Attorney would make a statement saying one thing while citing examples that do not substantiate the remark. Either he intentionally misrepresented the truth, was unaware of the actual language of HB 1937, or has other statutes to validate his statement. No comment on the first two scenarios, but if the third scenario exists, then the defense to prosecution will apply and Americans will be made aware of the actions of their elected officials.

TSA False Statement: The practical import of the bill is that it would threaten criminal prosecution of TSA personnel who carry out the security procedures required under federal statutes and TSA regulations passed to implement those statutes. Those officials cannot be put to the choice of risking criminal prosecution or carrying out their federal duties. Under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, Texas has no authority to regulate federal agents and employees in the performance of their federal duties or to pass a statute that conflicts with federal law.

Truth: HB 1937 only threatens criminal prosecution if there is inappropriate touching and there is no federal statute consistent with the United States Constitution to do so. As elected officials, Texas legislators have taken an oath to uphold both the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution. In that capacity, they not only have authority to pass a statute that would reign in the daily violation of Fourth Amendment rights, they have a responsibility to do so.

TSA Threat: If HB 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute. Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

Truth: The United States Attorney has thrown down the gauntlet. Either Texas backs off and continues to let government employees fondle innocent women, children and men as a condition of travel, or the TSA has the authority to cancel flights or series of flights.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says, “Well, actually, very, very, very few people get a pat-down.”

Atlanta TSA spokesman Jon Allen told us (Hot Air) that during March, 3 percent of air passengers were subject to a pat-down. The TSA collects this data by monitoring “data from select airports throughout the year,” he wrote in an email. That number is “consistent with that of previous time periods.” …

So, 97 percent of people who go through the nation’s airports do not go through these offensive searches. And yet, a United State’s Attorney warns that flights to Texas could be shut down because TSA would not be able to ensure the safety of passengers and crew if agents could not touch the genitals of the other 3 percent.

Someone must make a stand against the atrocities of our government agents. As Reagan said, “If not us, who? And if not now, when?”