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Monday, November 24, 2008

Great Sanitation Workers

This morning was trash day in my neighborhood. My daughter always points out the sound of the garbage truck as she eats her breakfast and I always go to a window to watch it do its work around our cul-de-sac. Today when I got to the window I noticed that a trash bag had fallen out of the garbage can he had just emptied into the truck. I was curious as to what he would do about this. There was also some other pieces of trash that had spilled on the ground. Now in California on trash day it wasn't unusual to have some garbage flying around the streets in the wind because the trash man had lost a couple pieces and hadn't bothered to pick it up. Here in Kansas, people seem to be more friendly and responsible of their actions. As I watched him, he jumped out of his truck and threw the bag in the truck. He then proceeded to pick up all the other trash around the area that had fallen out of the can and threw it all in the truck. Now, he knows that his job isn't glorious. Luckily the truck does most of the dirty work, but I really appreciated this sanitation worker who took the time to get out of the truck and pick up the trasah he spilled to help keep my street looking nice and clean!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Facts about Proposition 8 and LDS supporters

  1. Mormons make up less than 2% of the population of California . There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.

  1. Mormon voters were less than 5% of the yes vote. If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6% of the Yes vote and 2.4% of the total Proposition 8 vote.

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Individual members of the Church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating.

  1. The No on 8 campaign raised more money than the Yes on 8 campaign. Unofficial estimates put No on 8 at $38 million and Yes on 8 at $32 million, making it the most expensive non-presidential election in the country.

  1. Advertising messages for the Yes on 8 campaign are based on case law and real-life situations. The No on 8 supporters have insisted that the Yes on 8 messaging is based on lies. Every Yes on 8 claim is supported.

  1. The majority of our friends and neighbors voted Yes on 8. Los Angeles County voted in favor of Yes on 8. Ventura County voted in favor of Yes on 8.

  1. African Americans overwhelmingly supported Yes on 8. Exit polls show that 70% of Black voters chose Yes on 8. This was interesting because the majority of these voters voted for President-elect Obama. No on 8 supporters had assumed that Obama voters would vote No on 8.

  1. The majority of Latino voters voted Yes on 8. Exit polls show that the majority of Latinos supported Yes on 8 and cited religious beliefs (assumed to be primarily Catholic).

  1. The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations. Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims – all supported Yes on 8. It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California . Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members.

  1. Not all Mormons voted in favor of Proposition 8. Our faith accords that each person be allowed to choose for him or her self. Church leaders have asked members to treat other members with "civility, respect and love," despite their differing views.

  1. The Church did not violate the principal of separation of church and state. This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . ." The phrase "separation of church and state", which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, although it has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. The LDS Church is under no obligation to refrain from participating in the political process, to the extent permitted by law. U.S. election law is very clear that Churches may not endorse candidates, but may support issues. The Church as always been very careful on this matter and occasionally (not often) chooses to support causes that it feels to be of a moral nature.

  1. Supporters of Proposition 8 did exactly what the Constitution provides for all citizens: they exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out on an issue that concerned them, make contributions to a cause that they support, and then vote in the regular electoral process. For the most part, this seems to have been done in an open, fair, and civil way. Opponents of 8 have accused supporters of being bigots, liars, and worse. The fact is, we simply did what Americans do – we spoke up, we campaigned, and we voted.

It is sick that people are now protesting at places of worship for this church. It shows the lack of respect and tolerance they have towards people different from them. It also shows the level of their character. These people are despicable. They talk about being Christian and loving your neighbor and that's why we should have voted no on 8, but they sure don't practice what they preach. It's funny that they are holding up signs in protest that say stop the hate, when they themselves are in the process of practicing that same hate on a church. What hypocrites. If they do believe in Christianity then it is safe to say they will be held accountable for these actions one day. Good luck with that!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulations and Well Done!

I would like to first say good job to Arizona and Florida for successfully passing a ban on gay marriage in their states. I think this was Arizona's second attempt at it so I'm glad it succeeded.

Good job California for standing up for what you believe and having your voices be heard. I updated this map all night long and felt confident for most of the night. The 52% win was a little close, but a win is a win. I know this is all about population but it makes my heart happy to see that most of the acreage of California supports traditional marriage. I'm glad that the county I come from also passed Prop. 8 with a resounding YES! I hope that we may all be able to live with respect for each other and others beliefs. I'm sure the fight isn't over, but for now we may live in peace and enjoy the God ordained definition of marriage. I wish nothing but the best for those that are struggling to accept this law. I hope the opposition can understand that we also were just fighting for what we believe in, and luckily this time the majority sided with us. Congratulations California!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today is the Day

Today is the Day!!! Happy Voting Day! Be sure and get out to vote so that you know, no matter how the day ends, you at least had your voice and your opinion heard! Then you will know you tried your best to get what you want to happen in this country.

And of course one last plug from me about Proposition 8! Vote YES on Prop. 8. It is important to keep the traditional family as the basic, fundamental unit of society. If prop. 8 fails then homosexuality will be taught in schools. Our children will be indoctrinated with this garbage so that in later years all these gay liberalists will have the votes to pass their agendas which will surely throw this country in the toilet. It is important we teach in our homes to be respectful of all people, but that marriage is between one man and one woman, and nothing else is equal to that. That is how it has been for thousands of years and how it should continue. This may be the most important issue you vote on in your lifetime, so make the right choice, and make it count. Our children need you. Yes on Proposition 8.

Don't let the opposition intimidate you into believing their case. They are really good at preaching tolerance, yet not so good at practicing it. If they weren't so scared of losing this battle they wouldn't be keying cars, destroying and stealing signs, beating people up and all the other awful things they are doing. They, in fact, are scared. They know they are preaching lies on their side of the campaign. They know the Yes on 8 side is strong, and not backing down. Be strong. Don't be intimidated. YES on Proposition 8!!

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Proposition 8

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

What's the Harm?

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