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Press Release: House GOP Whip Roy Blunt Says Congressman Sali Scores Big Victories for Idaho

December 26th, 2007 by Halli

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Bill Sali scored big victories for Idaho and the nation in just his first year in Congress, and proved he’s got the right set of ideas to get the nation back on track, House GOP Whip Roy Blunt said Friday.

“The volume and depth of Congressman Sali’s first-year accomplishments is something the people of Idaho can be proud of. Being in the minority in the House of Representatives and being able to get passed as much as he has is a testament to his leadership and effectiveness as a member of Congress,” Blunt said. “Cong. Sali’s ideas on congressional reform have not only lent a valuable new perspective to the current debate, but also have gone a long way toward helping this institution regain the trust of the American people. He’s been an important colleague to me personally, and I look forward to continuing to work with him on issues that move our country forward.”

Sali is president of the Freshman GOP class. In addition to that role, he is co-chairman of the bipartisan Mining Caucus and a member of House Minority Leader John Boehner’s High Tech Working Group. Leader Boehner also recently appointed Sali to work groups on Health Care Reform and enhancing American Security.

Among his successes in Congress, Sali:

* Secured funding n the DOD Appropriations bill for research to benefit the Navy and submarine safety from mines and from being detected. The research will be done in conjunction with the University of Idaho at the Bayview Idaho research center, on Lake Pend Oreille.

* Secured funding for a Boise detox center.

* Secured funding for health care infrastructure improvements at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho.

* Helped combat the national nursing shortage by securing funding for expansion of Northwest Nazarene University’s nursing program.

* Secured funding for research on a human vaccine for West Nile Virus, with the research to be conducted at Boise State University.

* Won House passage of a resolution commending Idaho on winning the bid to host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

* Won House passage of an amendment to H.R. 3221, an energy bill that passed the House in August, to acknowledge the importance of conventional hydropower as a form of clean, renewable energy. The amendment passed 402-9. Sali also introduced a resolution asking Congress to oppose removal of the dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and recognize the environmental benefits of keeping the dams in place. The resolution carries significant support of key Idaho agriculture groups, water users and the Port of Lewiston.

* Won passage of irrigation, flood control, recreation and other projects as part of the Water Resources Development Act which was signed into law by President Bush, including:

* The Boise River General Investigation Study – The Boise River General Investigation will complement ongoing efforts by the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR), the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) and other state and local entities to formulate and implement to address and plan for important water management issues in the Boise River Valley. Complementary areas of concern to be studied through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) General Investigation include the impact of growth on flooding and on the Valley’s water resources.

* Dworshak Reservoir Improvements ($5.3 million) – The funding would help make recreational improvements at the dam, including houseboat moorage, extended boat ramps, lower elevation vehicular parking, campground upgrades, improved fishing access, mechanized lift at the Big Eddy Marina, potable water and electricity improvements at the marina, marina wave protection, boat access to the visitor center, boat ramp docks and other water access improvements, improved toilets at boat-in campsites, and sign replacements.

* Port of Lewiston Development – The legislation eliminates land use restrictions at the Port of Lewiston. The Port of Lewiston requires the flexibility to consider recreational and commercial opportunities as possible tenants for this site.

* Riley Creek RAMP/Albeni Falls Dam ($600,000) – The Riley Creek Recreation Area is located on a peninsula on the north shore of the Lake Pend Oreille and is approximately 40 acres in size. The site has more than 70 campsites and 47 picnic tables, and averages 35,000 visitor days during the May-September season. The money will be used to improve modernizing campsites, renovating the gatehouse, and improving restroom/shower houses, boat docks, boat ramps, fishing piers, and picnic shelters.

* Fish Creek Dam ($6 million) – The money would be used for repairs to Fish Creek Dam, located near Carey, Idaho. The dam was constructed in 1919 through 1922 with private funds. It is the only method area farmers have to provide their necessary irrigation water.

In addition, Congressman Sali successfully convinced the Bureau of Land Management to reverse a decision barring recreational shooting on public lands in southwestern Idaho. Sali also advocated on behalf of recreational users of Lake Cascade, drafted and introduced legislation to protect home and property owners from dangerous wildfires that burn on federally-administered lands and has drafted and introduced several pieces of legislation to change the way Congress does business.

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Guest Post: Don’t Take Offense at Christmas, Enjoy Its Spirit

December 26th, 2007 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

“I’m offended every time I hear a Christmas Carol, or see a nativity scene, or see a cross, especially if it’s all lit up. Even the Santa Claus and decorations bug me because I know that it all has to do with Christmas.” Such was the comment made on a California radio talk show earlier this week by a fellow who is undoubtedly miserable, because he allows others so much control over his life and his attitude.

It really is disconcerting that there are some who suffer great angst by a national celebration which is intended to acknowledge not just the birth of Jesus Christ, but our humanity and commonality.

Calvin Coolidge said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” When explicated in those terms it’s hard to imagine anyone taking umbrage at open celebration of Christmas.

Some are quick to take offense at various elements of our culture, and this time of year such quick relapses seem to increase significantly. Confucius is credited with saying, “He who takes offense when none is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a bigger fool.”

That seems appropriate consideration for any who take offense at what is not intended to offend. Some, like the caller cited above, take offense from displays like nativity scenes or menorahs, appellations of “Christmas Trees,” or greetings like “Merry Christmas,” and even music that may make reference to He whose birthday we celebrate as a national holiday. No offense is intended, but a free and open expression of anything with a hint at religiosity creates an anxiety for some even as our celebration of Christmas continues to morph into more of a secular celebration

Each of us determines for ourselves whether we will be offended, easily or otherwise. And it’s not just about Christmas or religious expression, it’s about everything in life. When we are offended, we’re making a conscious decision to allow someone else control over our attitude. If we allow others to offend us, whether intentional or otherwise, we sacrifice too much control of our lives to others.

Contrast those who are so quick to take offense at the drop of a “Merry Christmas,” with an atheist philosophy professor I had an ongoing discussion with on the Journal’s weblog recently. After commending him for wishing readers “Merry Christmas,” he responded back, “By the way, if there’s a ‘war on Christmas,’ I’m not part of it. It’s fine with me if people want to put a manger scene in front of City Hall. Being an atheist doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy holidays and traditions.” What a healthy, mature, and tolerant attitude! He obviously has learned the great lesson of life that he can choose to be offended or not, it’s strictly voluntary, and that going through life with a chip on his shoulder, just waiting for someone to knock it off, is no way a live. That gives people you don’t even know control over you and how you live, essentially allowing others to dictate a state of thralldom for as long as you allow it.

I appreciate Coolidge’s perspective on Christmas, for certainly there is an increase in sensitivity to others at this time of year in spite of the often hectic schedules we maintain as we shop for just the right gift for each of our loved ones. But the foundational motivations for finding that gift are love and gratitude. That principle of love can and should be shared by all people, not just this time of year, but throughout the year. If there were a way of packaging this spirit of love and sharing that as our gift to everyone, think how much better the world would be. We could conduct mass shipments of it to the Middle East and to America-haters and “infidel-haters” all over the world, and even in our own midst, and most of the problems of the world would be solved.

Charles Dickens penned in 1843 the now immortal “A Christmas Carol,” that played a significant role in making of our Christmas observance the overt celebration that it is today. But it was also instrumental in transforming a holiday from one disavowed by many Christian sects because of its communal hedonistic excess to one of personal goodwill and compassion. If one man can, through his creativity and power of communication, do so much to transform Western holiday observance, how can we deny the potential of each of us, within our spheres of influence, to create such a transformation of our Christmas observance?

Surely we can each be “Dickens” in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities, by redoubling our focus on the charity which is at the heart of our observance. Surely we can, through our individual acts of kindness, and increase in sensitivity, mollify the malcontents, touch the lives of those who may think they are forgotten or unappreciated in our society, and somehow ameliorate the temporal conditions of those who may have less than we.

Said Dickens of Ebenezer Scrooge, “…he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us.” A fitting end for his book, and a noble goal for each of us.

Regardless of your theological beliefs, may the spirit of Christmas fill your home, so you can find joy in extending charity, service, and heart-felt comfort in reaching out to the lonely and the needy. Even the secularists amongst us would be hard pressed to criticize our observance of Christmas if it translated to such humanistic altruism, which is what He whose birthday we celebrate would desire of us. To each of you, Merry Christmas, in the full, inclusive context of all the good that Christmas represents.

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Guest Post: May We Receive the Gift of Life

December 24th, 2007 by Halli

From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

– Luke 1:8-14

We pray to the Lord that this great Christmas Celebration will soften our hearts; that Idaho and the nation will be a more welcome place for God’s little ones in the year ahead. May we receive the gift of Life as these simple shepherds did – with hearts full of gladness for the blessing which is each new life.

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Idaho Falls Newspaper: How About an Expose’ on “Sanctioned Educators”?

December 22nd, 2007 by Halli

Here’s a little holiday project for the Idaho Falls newspaper (I would give their name if they offered anything of worth on their website). The news cycle is generally slow this time of year, especially when the decision has been made to ignore most of the national and international breaking news.

So this is the perfect time for the newspaper to come forward with some newly released information that can make the public safer, stir up considerable controversy (although it won’t skewer two of the paper’s favorite targets, the Boy Scouts or the Mormon church), and possibly earn them some coveted, though meaningless, journalism awards.

And this project could bring closure to a number of suffering victims who have been ignored for years, unlike those who have been brought forward for heroism awards.

The subject? A newly released, nationwide list of sanctioned teachers. A courageous Florida newspaper, the Herald Tribune, has posted a searchable database for the entire nation.

According to the Herald Tribune, “types of behavior that lead to sanctions may include serious misconduct or relatively minor issues, including contract disputes or failure to repay student loans”. However, there is little doubt there are a number of teachers on the list who have committed crimes, including sexual abuse of their students.

Should provide some busy work for a few cub reporters on slow days.

Whatever YOU do with the list, type in “ID” in the “state” field, to see the complete list for Idaho. And scan for familiar names.

As My Way/AP News reports, sexual abuse of children by teachers in public schools is rampant. (Warning: after reading the previously linked article, you may not send your children back to public school after the holidays.)

According to the AP investigation,

Most of the abuse never gets reported. Those cases reported often end with no action. Cases investigated sometimes can’t be proven, and many abusers have several victims.

The My Way article documents the fact that most abuse in schools goes unreported. In addition, teachers are usually believed instead of their victims.

And the problem is far greater than anyone is willing to admit.

We realize that past cases of local teacher/student sexual abuse have gotten bare mentions, if any, in the local news.

So come on, Idaho Falls newspaper. Take a quick look at the list of sanctioned educators from Idaho. Cross check it with police records (the wife of one of your employees apparently has plenty of experience reading court documents.) Publish an expose’ of those on the list still teaching in our public schools.

Flush them out, make them run, force them into retirement. Time to step up and do your part. Make our world a little safer for children. It’s your civic duty.

But once again, I won’t be holding my breath.

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Guest Post: PLanned Parenthood Greed Without Bounds

December 22nd, 2007 by Halli

From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

Like many addicted to public subsidy, Planned Parenthood complains that taxpayers are too stingy with their dope.

Rebecca Poedy, Commander Idaho Planned Parenthood, just published a guest opinion in the Idaho Statesman (12.20.07) whining about the fact that Congress has just adjourned without raising the subsidy for birth control pills. She charges that Congress will force young women in college to pay $40 per month for their birth control pills as a result of changes made in some formula or other to cut federal outlays for health subsidies.

Her piece fails to tell readers that her interest in this whole matter is pure business: What Congress really did in 2006 was challenge the sweetheart contracts Planned Parenthood had leveraged with various drug makers to obtain birth control pills at below-market prices. These questionable arrangements allowed Planned Parenthood to make huge mark-ups on their so-called “clients” – and make millions in profit.

But let us set aside that matter for a moment.

Poedy’s whiny complaint comes on the same day the Statesman printed an article about the plight of low-income seniors in Idaho and the doctors who treat them. Because of rising budget costs, Congress has been trying to reign in Medicare reimbursements for doctors. Susie Pouliot, CEO of the Idaho Medical Association is quoted in the article as saying that doctors were spared a major hit last week, when Congress put off a substantial cut in payments to doctors treating Idaho seniors.

Still, the cuts are coming later next year – and could amount to some $50 million in lost revenues for Idaho doctors. Those cuts mean Idaho seniors will have an ever more difficult time finding medical care, especially in smaller communities, as doctors find they simply cannot afford to treat Medicare clients.

It is in this context that one can truly see the self-centered nature of Poedy’s demand for more taxpayer subsidy of birth control pills: Is it more important that seniors on fixed incomes get the medical care they need to survive – or for girls in college to get cheap birth control pills so they can happily engage in recreational sex between exams?

The answer, unless you are part of the evil abortion empire, is more than obvious. But just because it is obvious, do not foolishly assume that Planned Parenthood will ever concede the point.

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Guest Post: Lincoln’s Warning to Modern GOP “Moderates”

December 20th, 2007 by Halli

From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

As we enter a more intense period of the 2008 political cycle – interrupted but for a few days by Christmas – we see very strong efforts underway by the “Rockefeller Wing” of the Republican Party to remove moral questions from the political debate. We see candidates like Rudy Giuliani surfacing on a platform of national security and economic development.

This effort is not limited to the national scene. Leaders of various special interest groups based in Boise, usually associated with Republicans, have been very active in the past couple months recruiting candidates and raising money to challenge key conservative legislators in next year’s primary election. They are specifically looking for “moderates” who want to increase government spending on education, increase taxes for projects like the “urban railroad” – and, most importantly, candidates who will oppose the pro-Life agenda in the Idaho Legislature.

The campaign can best be seen as an organized reaction to the election of conservative Lawerence Denney as Speaker of the Idaho House, and the loss of many “moderate” Republicans in the last election cycle.

We are, therefore, expecting a very intense set of legislative primaries next spring.

But as these powerful lobbyists work to persuade influential politicians that the Republican Party is best served by candidates who hold no strong moral positions on issues like abortion or the homosexual agenda – they would do well to heed the admonition of President Abraham Lincoln.

I recently stumbled across a fascinating book about Lincoln’s extraordinary address to leading Eastern opinion makers in the winter of 1860 at Cooper’s Union. On the way to describing that history-making address and Lincoln’s preparations, author Harold Holzer shares a powerful letter written by Abraham Lincoln to U.S. Senator Thomas Corwin (R-OH).

Lincoln responds to Corwin’s argument that the new Republican Party ought to find candidates who refused to focus so much attention on the slavery question. Corwin feared this issue would drive away moderate Democrats and Independents at the polling booth.

Lincoln called such thinking “idiotic”. While arguing that extremists should not carry the party standard, Lincoln emphatically declared that winning Republican candidates would be those who understood slavery “as being the living issue of the day”. He further warned that history had already proven the failure of a politics driven solely by economic concerns: The Whigs, once able to elect presidents, were, by 1860, virtually non-existent.

This book, Lincoln at Cooper Union, reminds us all that the Republican Party was actually established around core moral principles. Eliminate that moral center – and you have a political project without meaning except to the few guys trying to line their own pockets.

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Press Release: Sali Works to Restore Border Fence Gutted by Omnibus Spending Bill

December 20th, 2007 by Halli

From Congressman Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The catch-all spending bill that just passed Congress contains a provision that would gut plans for a border fence on America’s southwest border – a fence that was specifically designed to help combat illegal immigration and improve border security. Idaho Congressman Bill Sali said Wednesday that in January he will introduce a bill to overturn the fence-gutting provisions of the omnibus spending bill, which were sneaked into a 3,500-page multi-topic legislation. With only 15 hours to study the bill before being required to vote upon it, many Members of Congress likely did not fully understand how border security would be impacted by the provisions that were approved. Sali voted against the measure when it was first considered by the House on Monday of this week because it failed to fund American service personnel fighting in Iraq and because of the measure’s concurrent failure to provide adequate border security.

On Wednesday, Sali voted for a provision that would amend the bill to add funding for our troops in Iraq; this additional spending was sent back to the House from the Senate.

“I’m gratified that the bill contains money that I sought for Idaho, including funding for the Special Olympics. I’m delighted that, after a lot of prodding, Congress finally added money for our troops serving with distinction in Iraq. Our troops need and deserve our support. The Special Olympics and other Idaho projects should be funded as well. But there is no excuse for the way all of this came together and for the sneaky and underhanded way in which this bill was used to undermine the security of our borders. This was a gross violation of the public trust and nothing short of legislative sleight-of-hand,” the Congressman said.

In 2006, Congress approved the construction of 700 miles of border fencing in order to combat illegal immigration on the southern U.S. border.

The border security-dismantling provisions of the omnibus spending bill are buried on pages 120-124 of the bill. The measure removes all the requirements for the Secretary of Homeland Security to construct the border fence that Congress approved in 2006. Instead, the bill calls on the secretary to justify the reasons for building each 15-mile section of fence versus using a different option for securing that section of the border. The bill then adds a host of red tape to the fence building process, including consultation with local governments and other federal agencies before funding for the fence can be used.

“This is bureaucratic micro-management run amok,” said Sali. “This provision will make it impossible to build anything, except the government bureaucracy and the caseload for lawyers who will file the lawsuits to stop the fence. Like timber sales from federal land and the host of cases where an impact on an endangered species is merely alleged, building the border fence will become rife with lawsuits that will prohibit its completion.”

Additionally, the bill removes provisions that Congress approved in 2006, calling for the fence to be built in several specific locations that Congress determined would maximize security enhancement from the fence.

Sali, who has been outspoken in the need for congressional reform, earlier this year introduced a measure that would allow Members to demand separate votes on unrelated issues if combined in bills. If Sali’s congressional reform measure were in place, it would have allowed Sali and other members of Congress to require a separate vote on separate subjects. “It would really reduce the amount of junk that Congress approves if objectionable matters – such the hurdles placed in the way of building the border fence – were separated from provisions Congress would likely approve – like the funding for Idaho’s Special Olympics, U.S. 95, a detox center in Boise and the nursing program at Northwest Nazarene University.” Sali said, “This 3,500-page bill makes the case that Congress should be voting on measures separately, because these kitchen-sink spending bills are a mess, plain and simple.”

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Guest Post: Our Teachers Must Teach, not Indoctrinate

December 20th, 2007 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

Throughout most of the 20th century the United States led the world in most educational categories. That is no longer the case. There are undoubtedly many factors that could be affecting the quality of education in America, there is but one factor I’d like to address here: indoctrination is not education.

This semester at Idaho State University, my daughter was taking an upper division Critical Theory class. The syllabus indicated that the course was about “The application of critical theory to the reading of world literature.” This ended up being a uni-dimensional academic experience for her, as the instructor lectured more on dogmatic political theory than on literature. The only thing about the class that seemed to be “critical” was what he heaped upon anyone who disagreed with him, and the only theory that had relevance in the course was his own. Instead of a literature critical theory class, it was wholesale “bash America” and “praise Europe” indoctrination. Even evidence provided by other students in the class that would dispute the instructors’ arguments were minimized and discounted as incorrect and inconsequential.

Another daughter had an astronomy class that she really enjoyed two years ago, until the instructor turned the class into an indoctrination course on man-made global warming. No evidence or arguments against the theory were condoned or given any credence, because the professor was an ideologue and was only open to evidence supporting his position on the issue, not an open dialogue on all available data on the subject. In essence the instructor was saying the scientific method, which demands examination of anomalous data and variant explanations to find answers, was null and void in his classroom.

As a Freshman at Century High School, my son was taking a class in which the teacher made a factually incorrect statement about President Bush and our involvement in liberating the Iraqi people and toppling the oppressive totalitarian regime of Saddam Hussein. The next day my son took it upon himself to provide some documentation to the teacher proving that the statements made the previous day by his teacher were false. The teacher promptly kicked him out of class. Obviously the teacher was more interested in opinion, his own, rather than the truth.

Contrast that with his teacher this year in world history and government at Century. He teaches the facts, allows his students to discuss them without forcing an ideology upon them, and encourages them to think through the issues and substantiate them based on their research. There is no intimidation, no compulsion to adhere to his opinion, no indoctrination based on an ideological agenda, and no recrimination if they don’t agree with him.

I know these are anecdotal at best, and but few of many possible examples, but perhaps they illustrate one of the problems with our educational system and one reason why we’re lagging behind the rest of the world educationally. Oftentimes it seems educators are more intent on dogmatic indoctrination and social engineering causes in our schools and universities than they are committed to teaching facts, and the skills to interpret and understand them relationally, and then articulate them cogently.

Student papers are marked with lower grades because their content runs contrary to the teacher’s personal opinions, rather than based on argument, structure, syntax, and supporting evidence. More effort is expended by some teachers in attempting to reeducate the student in correct thinking, as opposed to helping the student improve on their communication and writing skills.

When I transferred to Idaho State University from a junior college, there was no doubt in my mind that I would end up in the private sector, in business, in one capacity or another. But rather than taking the traditional approach of studying business, I opted for a liberal arts program, having resolved that the most substantive skills required in business are an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and through the written word; an ability to think through issues and problems without gravitating to conventional wisdom to solve them; and an ability to research and find solutions. To me, the liberal arts program, or Arts and Sciences as it is now known by at ISU, was precisely what I needed and ISU filled my personal academic prescription perfectly.

The instructional and tutorial competence and excellence of my professors afforded me as fine an education as I could receive anywhere, in my estimation. I have had acquaintances and colleagues through the years who have been educated in the finest Ivy League and west coast universities, and yet what I received from ISU was not inferior in any way, as far as I can ascertain.

The primary reason for this was the quality of instruction and the teaching styles of my professors. Not only were they extremely proficient and capable in their disciplines, but they were not closed-minded or dogmatic in their instructional style. As their lectures coincided with current events, they were open to contrary opinion and divergent perspectives. They allowed open discussion without intimidation, only demanding of the students that they know and understand the facts, and be able to substantiate their conclusions accordingly. Papers were graded based on our grasp of the relevant material, our ability to think through issues, articulate them, and support our arguments, whether our conclusions agreed with theirs or not.

While none of my ISU professors taught as ideologues, they nonetheless had their opinions and they shared them. Throughout the process, they didn’t try to indoctrinate, and their teaching was superb. But that was nearly 25 years ago, and things have obviously changed.

Perhaps every teacher, instructor, and professor should go through some introspective process where they determine whether they are truly teaching, or indoctrinating. They are not synonymous.

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Guest Post: Stunning Development – Pro-Abort Kansas AG Set to Resign

December 18th, 2007 by Halli

From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

Republican-turned-Democrat Paul Morrison told Kansans late last week that he would resign his post as Attorney General at the end of January. His declaration comes just days after a sex scandal became public.

Just a decade or so back – such an action would have been considered mandatory by elected officials caught in sexual scandal, if only as a kind sop to traditional values. But since Bill Clinton, the bar has been lowered to the point where it is darn hard to find wood from dirt. One must suspect, therefore, that Morrison is not so much embarrassed by the sexual harassment allegations, as he is worried by charges that he used sex and emotional blackmail to convince his lover to abscond with documents and insider information from Phill Kline’s office.

That is a potentially serious criminal matter.

Can you imagine Morrison’s discomfort now that his future is in the hands of Phill Kline? For many years Morrison has treated Kline with contempt, and he must be mortified that Kline has now appointed a special prosecutor to investigate potential tampering by Morrison.

We are personally confident, however, that Morrison can expect only professional conduct from Phill Kline. Based upon our interactions with him, it is clear that Kline will not abuse his office for personal retribution – but he will no doubt seek justice.

Meanwhile, pro-abort Governor Kathleen Sebelius has indicated she has started interviewing candidates. Press reports from Kansas suggest she will try and name a successor to Morrison by mid-January.

Given the fact that she is a personal beneficiary of George Tiller’s abortion empire in Kansas, there is no chance that she will appoint anyone who is not sold-out to the Abortion Lobby. Thus the interference with Phill Kline’s work will likely continue, if on a more subtle basis.

It is difficult not to see God’s hand in all of this, specifically a vindication of Phill Kline.
The need for prayer continues.

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Mayor Jared Fuhriman Doesn’t Have a Clue

December 17th, 2007 by Halli

Rewind to fall, 2005. Candidate Jared Fuhriman is running for mayor of the City of Idaho Falls.

“Everywhere I meet people, they tell me Idaho Falls property taxes are too high,” said Mr. Fuhriman.

Fast forward to December 2007. Now-Mayor Fuhriman, in a joint press conference with Robb Chiles, president of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, announces it’s time to consider building an events center in the city.

The Idaho Falls newspaper correctly recaps the fate of previous attempts to build large community projects. In 1999, Bonneville County residents voted down a 5% motel tax to build an events center.

In 2003, a grandiose new city recreation center was proposed and heavily lobbied for by then-Mayor Linda Milam and buddy, City Councilwoman Ida Hardcastle. The new center would have been built with property taxes, but garnered only 20% of the vote.

But now it’s December, 2007, and it should come as no surprise that Fuhriman, a sidekick of Hardcastle, is resurrecting the events center plan.

He admits it’s going to be an uphill battle: before Economic Research Associates (ERA) will even conduct a feasibility study, $50,000 must be raised to hire them.

(Might Fuhriman even suggest to the city council that taxpayer money be used for the study? Stay tuned.)

Among issues ERA will consider is how to fund such a center.

Since a motel tax and increased property tax have already been nixed by voters in recent years, appeals will probably be made to the Idaho Legislature to allow local options sales tax. This is an idea that fails year after year in legislative votes.

No matter how you look at it, taxpayers come out the losers – unless you can somehow monetize that wonderful but nebulous “feeling of pride in our community” that will no doubt be touted at the biggest reason for citizen support.

Once again, Mayor Fuhriman demonstrates his lack of principle. Though he cozied up to the local Republican Party just before elections to increase his chances of becoming mayor, he repeatedly abandons party planks, including a belief in reducing taxes and shrinking government.

Don’t get me wrong – as any citizen of Idaho Falls can tell you, Jared Fuhriman is a nice guy. He’ll smile at you and shake your hand, and encourage you to support the Boy Scouts.

But that doesn’t qualify him to serve as mayor.

Fuhriman doesn’t have a clue.

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