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Guest Post: Explosive – Racism at Idaho Planned Parenthood

February 27th, 2008 by Halli

By Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance

A seven-state investigation conducted last summer by a student magazine at UCLA, The Advocate, revealed the presence of an ugly strain of racism in Planned Parenthood affiliates, including Planned Parenthood of Idaho.

An actor, posing as a racist donor, called Planned Parenthood development centers and asked that his donation be used to abort African-American babies in order to “lower the number of black people.” According to the magazine, every branch – including Idaho’s – agreed to process the racially earmarked donations, and none expressed concern about the racist reasoning for the donation.

And so it turns out that blatant racism is alive and well in Idaho. But it is not being perpetuated by the Richard Butler – Aryan Nation folks but by radical leftist organizations like Idaho’s own Planned Parenthood. Idaho may be a haven of white racism after all. Tragically, the nation discovers today that, if so, Planned Parenthood is to blame.

The press release issued by the magazine contains a partial transcript of the conversation between the actor and Autumn Kersey, the Vice-President of Development and Marketing for Planned Parenthood of Idaho. At one point, the actor says, “the less black kids out there the better.” Kersey’s response? Unbelievably, she chuckle and says “understandable” – not once but twice!

The phone conversation was recorded, which is legal since Idaho is a single-consent state. Here are excerpts from the phone conversation:

Partial transcript of telephone conversation with Autumn Kersey, Vice-President of Marketing and Development, Planned Parenthood of Idaho:

Idaho Donor: Wonderful. I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group, would that be possible?

PP Rep: Absolutely.

Donor: Like the black community for example?

PP Rep: Certainly.

Donor: The abortion-I can give money specifically for a black baby, that would be the purpose?

PP Rep: Absolutely. If you wanted to designate that your gift be used to help an African-American woman in need, then we would certainly make sure that the gift was earmarked for that purpose


Idaho donor: Great, because I really faced trouble with affirmative action, and I don’t want my kids to be disadvantaged against black kids. I just had a baby; I want to put it in his name.

PP Rep: Yes, absolutely.

Idaho donor: And we don’t, you know we just think, the less black kids out there the better.

PP Rep: (Laughs) Understandable, understandable.

Idaho donor: Right. I want to protect my son, so he can get into college

PP Rep: Alright. Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I’ve had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I’m excited, and want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.

(To listen to the whole transcript, visit

Kersey had not returned a call from the IVA by the time this Daily Update was released.

The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a well-known proponent of eugenics and minority abortions, who said, in 1921, that eugenics is “the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.” At another point, she lamented “the ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”

Planned Parenthood, obediently marching in lockstep with Sanger’s racist vision, has located 79% of its clinics nationwide in minority neighborhoods. About 35% of all abortions are performed on blacks, even though they comprise less than 13% of the population. Almost half of all black pregnancies are aborted. In essence, Planned Parenthood is engaged in a form of racial genocide.

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House Highlights – 27 February

February 27th, 2008 by Halli

By Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

A lot of the stuff we do in the legislature is not very earth shaking
but on Thursday morning it definitely was. I was in a conference call
with a couple of my colleagues talking over a speaker phone and I felt
the floor move. After finding out later about the quake in Wells, Nevada
and hearing that others had felt the movement, I decided that earth
shaking things do happen in this place.

One that seemed to shake things in another way was a marathon meeting
of the Health and Welfare Committee. The hearing on the Midwifery
licensing bill was on Wednesday and went on for about five hours. Even
after that amount of time had lapsed only about half of those desiring
to testify were able to do so.

It was an emotionally charged affair with both sides passionately
expressing their point of view. Whenever I get in a meeting like this I
am impressed with the manner in which Idahoans conduct themselves, with
conviction and civility. A chairman has a gavel for a reason however,
and on this occasion it was only necessary to use it once.

The other thing that always interests me is that at the outset of
discussions like these, members of the committee seem to come from a
particular direction. As this hearing wore on into the evening it became
apparent that members of the committee were shifting their positions
some. The hearing will be finished this coming week with more testimony
and a vote being taken. At this point I will be supporting amendments,
because there are some things that need fixing.

Outfitters and Guides came up with legislation this year to
dramatically increase fines and jail time for anyone who would take
others hunting or on river trips without a license. As if that were not
enough, anyone who used the services of someone who was not licensed
would be subject to fines and jail as well. I voted no, for several
reasons. It looked to me like the equivalent of swatting a mosquito with
a railroad tie.

This was the week of “Clearing the Board,” that being running floor
sessions AM and PM for a while to vote on the bills that have been
waiting their turn on the calendar. In addition to getting through the
bills we had the annual memorial for former House members that had
passed away during the interim. One that was honored this year was one
that I served with, Claude Judd from North Idaho. He was principled and
I gained great respect for him.

We were tangled up on a bill to designate some rivers as wild and
scenic, and it was one of those bills that failed by one vote. It also
contained a moratorium on building any more dams on those same rivers.
He was approached by a young lady during the lunch break in an effort to
get him to call for the bill to be reconsidered. He listened patiently
and when she finally gave him a chance to speak, he called her by name
and said, “Young lady you are too young to remember Idaho without
dams. I am not, and because of that I will not change my mind.”

As I mentioned, a lot of what we did here this week may not have moved
the earth much, and I am sure there are those who knew Representative
Claude Judd that would have thought he was not one to cause much of a
stir. But in his own way he was a steadying influence on the process.

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Guest Post: Conservatives Should Follow Romney’s Classy Example

February 25th, 2008 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

When Mitt Romney withdrew from the Republican Presidential campaign two weeks ago he did so with style and class. Acknowledging that he numerically could not battle back from his delegate deficit against John McCain, he threw in the towel. He then stated the need for the party to unify behind our candidate by identifying the threat of terrorism as one of the most significant challenges we face as a country. As he said it, “The other party just has no grasp of the challenge and has no answer for it.”

He later endorsed the front runner and encouraged his delegates to support McCain at the convention. In light of the frequent sparring that occurred between the two, this also was a classy thing to do.

Many conservatives have issues with John McCain, here are just a few. He is thought to have been on the wrong side of the comprehensive immigration solutions discussed in Washington over the past couple of years. He was in favor of a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally, while most conservatives think it is unfair to give priority to those who broke laws to get here over those who are waiting patiently in other countries trying to come here legally.

Many believe he was wrong to co-sponsor the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. This is seen by many as an infringement on the freedom of speech by small groups who would otherwise be involved in the electoral process.

He was also part of the “gang of fourteen” in the Senate that effectively blocked many judicial appointments by the President.

McCain is seen to have been on the wrong side of the Bush tax cuts, even parroting the rhetoric about the “tax cuts for the wealthy,” even though history has shown such rhetoric to be hollow and vapid. The wealthy now pay even a greater percentage of the tax receipts, and more people than ever in the low income brackets pay nothing in taxes according to Department of the Treasury.

Although he occasionally praises the family as the most fundamental unit of our society, he is opposed to Federal legislation to protect against the redefinition of marriage.

Even though the technology has advanced to the degree that embryonic stem cell research is no longer necessary, and never has been viable, McCain would loosen restriction on Federal funds being used to destroy human embryos for the sake of advancing a failed technology. All the advances in this area are coming from adult stem-cell research, and investment capital is pouring into that research because that’s where the results are coming.

He also buys into the now politically correct, although scientifically deficient, man-made global warming hysteria. Nothing will kill a national economy like pouring exorbitant sums of money into controlling emissions that are still not proven to cause fluctuations in global temperatures.

But there are some things McCain has right. He has the proper perspective on global terrorism which Romney referred to as significant. Especially considering that national security is one of few specific functions of the Federal government explicitly identified in the Constitution.

He says he would nominate constructionist judges who interpret the Constitution like John Roberts and Samuel Alito, rather than those who legislate from the bench. This is significant considering the Supreme Court nominations from either of the other party’s candidates would more closely resemble Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the former ACLU attorney.

McCain has a history of being very critical of excessive government spending, especially the abuses characterized by “earmarks,” special pet projects Federal legislators insert into legitimate legislation.

He is also more supportive of free-market solutions for national health insurance rather than creating another massive federal entitlement based on a socialist model.

And the Senator recognizes another fundamental function of government in protecting the lives of Americans, whether born or unborn.

And finally, his vision for the future of the country is based on less government intervention and more free market capitalism. This stands in stark contrast to the socialistic solutions being proposed by either Senators Clinton or Obama.

The question for conservatives now is whether they will do the classy thing like Romney did. In spite of differences of opinion and policy, will they rally behind the most viable option for president? McCain has to be compared with the available options based on ideology, not against an ideal that is nonexistent.

As for the New York Times allegations of an improper relationship with a lobbyist years ago, that shouldn’t even be an issue. It’s a badge of honor for conservatives to be attacked by the Times, even though they endorsed him just last month. If McCain was a Democrat, an alleged dalliance would probably be a resume enhancement for him.

As for me, I’ve already resolved what my bumper sticker this election season will say: McCain ’08, better 50% right than 100% wrong.

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Democrat Recruiting, Idaho Style

February 22nd, 2008 by Halli

In the last few weeks, the local media have delighted at covering news of Democrat caucuses around the state. Unusual enthusiasm and energy were reported, with an outpouring of support for candidate Barak Obama, who visited the state capitol of Boise to adulation from an overflow crowd.

A story broadcast by the local ABC affiliate, seen on Local News 8, revealed details about the tactics of the Democrat party, as well as public school teachers.

(As a side note, one is forced to ask if the illiteracy displayed in the written story is attributable to the author, reporterette Bridget Shanahan [most likely] or the teens and teacher who are quoted. But that is neither here nor there, I suppose.)

Bingham County has selected five teens, a high school teacher, and a couple of others, to attend the June Democrat caucus in Boise. The teens were thrilled. According to the broadcast story, several students didn’t even know they were Democrats! Apparently the high school government teacher helped them sort out their identity:

“We will change the world one high school student at a time…”, said Mrs. Kartchner, in a stunning admission of her political influence over an impressionable student in her class.

Rarely has such a revelation of Democrat methods been seen. A teenage girl “didn’t even know she was a Democrat”, and a public school teacher (who apparently knew her own party affiliation) stepped up to help her student clarify her political identity.

To further illustrate the depth of understanding of these young and newly awakened political activists, consider this statement:

“It’s not necessarily a vote that counts it’s the person that counts. I think and people actually standing up and saying what they believe and fighting for what they believe,” Sally Ames said [punctuation preserved from original story].

Try telling that to Hillary Clinton, as she struggles to stay in the primary race with Barack Obama.

One can conclude from this statement that 1) every person she passes in the halls on the way to government class – even that poor girl wearing K-Mart shoes – is special, and 2) armed conflict over a difference of opinion is justified. (I wonder if that was the message Mrs. Kartchner intended.)

I suppose this story (and its over-the-top reporting) should come as no surprise, given the enthusiastic but completely vacant message of “hope” and “change” being delivered by the party’s front runner, Obama.

Democrats reading this story are sure to feel they “count”, whether or not they have a vote in the completely closed Idaho Democrat primary process. And they will feel ready to “fight for what they believe”, no doubt.

Republicans and conservatives, on the other hand, will have a strange sinking feeling, similar to that felt by a ship’s captain as he watches an unthinking and senseless rogue wave bearing down on his vessel.

As long as emotion, complete disregard for reality (and grammar), and the politics of personality vie with logic, fact-based decision making and constitutional principle, our liberty and our very way of life will be in jeopardy.

And, by the way, stories such as this should raise the question of returning the voting age to 21, and the repeal of women’s suffrage.

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House Highlights – February 20

February 20th, 2008 by Halli

By Representative Tom Loertscher

It took some time this year to accumulate bills on our third reading
calendar in the House. Now however, there is no shortage of legislation
to be considered on the floor. And then there are the proposals that
seem to slow us down with a lot of debate.

Debate of the issues is a good thing and it is interesting to hear some
of the points that are stressed by the two opposing sides. One bill this
week was another one of those “automatic pilot” bills that would
have taken funds directly to a program without the normal appropriations
process. Whenever that happens the members of the Appropriations
Committee get to their feet and give all of the reasons why that is not
a good idea. It seems to me that budget setting needs to be more than
just a formality, I voted no.

It was brought to my attention that every House committee has a
statutory mandate to review performance measures of the agencies they
oversee. There are ten of them for which the State Affairs Committee is
responsible. I have never been one to think that these presentations
have much value but that has changed with a change in focus from what
the agencies do, to how well they are doing it.

One of particular interest this week was the Lottery Commission. Part
of their mission statement is to promote responsible playing of the
lottery. What catches your ears in these discussions is how much effort
they make to increase sales. The mixed message then becomes, don’t
overdo it, just buy more tickets, two very different sides of the same
coin. The lottery is sending about seventeen million dollars to schools
this year and an equal amount to state buildings. It only took about one
hundred forty million dollars of gambling to get there.

School boards were in town and we had a chance to meet with several of
them briefly. As with most folks who approach legislators, they have a
list of items outlining their concerns. Funding was not the top issue
for them. First on the list was the election consolidation legislation
that is about to be introduced. No discussion with educators would be
complete these days without a discussion of ISTARS, Superintendent Tom
Luna’s proposal for teacher compensation.

With the Governor lowering the current fiscal year revenue projection
to two percent, more alarm bells went off than at a school fire drill.
As I visit with colleagues, the most frequent worry expressed is not
wanting ever to have a repeat of what happened in 2001 through 2003.

With all of the agency budget hearings now complete, JFAC is about to
begin setting the budget for fiscal 2009. And as tradition would have it
we are about in the middle of the session, theoretically. The first set
of pages is about to head back to the classroom, budget setting begins,
and our calendars are full. But it’s not time to relax yet.

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What’s Going On in the Idaho Legislature

February 20th, 2008 by Halli

This article is a newsletter written by Representative Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs. I am very pleased to have received permission to post it here, as readers will find it another useful tool for tracking issues in the Idaho Legislature.

From Rep. Ken Andrus, District 29

If you thought the Legislature would get out by mid-March (two weeks earlier than normal) this year, don’t bet your kids’ school lunch money on it!

The talk that temporary, close, inconvenient quarters would prompt a short session is echoing more faintly each day. The major issues are still unresolved and opposing sides are trenching in.

The driving force for this year’s session is the weakening economy. Projected shortfalls in income by which budgets are set for 2009 spending have fallen at least $40 million since the first of the year.

Too many Legislators remember 2002 when the budget didn’t balance and a 1% sales tax increase was approved for two years. A painful road that no one wants to travel again.

As I’ve predicted since October; ISTARS is one of the most controversial issues of the session. The $48 million (originally $60 million) funding for teachers’ salary enhancements proposed by State Superintendent Tom Luna is in limbo now in the Senate Education Committee. The fact that it’s not moving through the system means there’re problems – either not enough money to fund it, or it might die by committee vote, or there’s strong opposition and a compromise is trying to be worked out. Likely the latter. The IEA and most of the teachers opposed it.

Participation in dog fighting will be changed from a misdemeanor to a felony. The public outcry has been heard. The Oneida County incident and Michael Vick cinched that. The interesting part is the number of Legislators who want to carry the bill this year.

The House just passed a $20 million comprehensive statewide aquifer study. Question is why not use the money to build a aquifer recharge infra-structure. The study is justified as it will once and for all tell us surface water – ground water relationships, how to best recharge the aquifer, and provide a statewide model as to how to most efficiently use our water. Keeping more of it here in Idaho and inflict less pain when shortages occur.

A major issue of interest to all is grocery tax. Last year conflicting plans between Governor Otter and the Legislature resulted in a stalemate. Governor Otter is still hanging tough on his plan to increase the credit on your state tax forms and provide more relief to the low income. Some in the Legislature wanted across the board credits. Last week a compromise plan went down in the Revenue and Tax Committee. It is hard to conceive we would adjourn without some sort of a Grocery Tax bill.

The personal property tax repeal that so many of you were hoping for and planning on does not look good. To offset the $100 or so million annually the tax brings to the state, repealing several categories of current tax exemptions were targeted, only one received a hearing–the exemption for vending machines and it was defeated in the Revenue and Tax Committee. Sadly, without a revenue source to fill the gap for removing personal property tax, I predict there won’t be a personal property tax repeal this session.

GARVEE funding for road construction is getting less popular. Too much is skimmed off the top to administer the bonds and we are not seeing our roads constructed very fast. We will likely revert to the “pay as you go” method and hopefully see more accountability.

A contentious issue is Local Option Tax Authority – carried over from last year. Residents and several Treasure Valley City and County officials want the authority to tax themselves to help themselves (for transportation infra-structure) and to fund public transportation. Why would any Legislator deny that free agency? But wait – as usual the devil is in the details; federal funds will be granted and in order to leverage them, state matching funds are required, derived from the states’ budget.

Mandated spending for dedicated funds going to increasing costs of health care and corrections will, as usual, take a big slice of the budget. A $70 million mental health treatment center in the prison system was recommended by Governor Otter in the State of the State Address. Fifty million dollars of that was appropriated last year. Although expensive, it may actually reduce future corrections costs. Studies show over 50% of prison inmates suffer with mental illness. The goal is to treat them and get them back into society to be a productive citizen.

A bill was introduce to ban “shooter bull” operations on elk farms, but didn’t have the momentum to pass.
Vote by mail and permanent absentee ballots are also unresolved issues.

As usual, there are several hundred bills introduced covering about as wide a range of subjects as your mind can imagine. Many die in committee, others die after debate and vote in either the House Chambers or the Senate. Some are vetoed by the Governor and the remaining become law that govern you and me.

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Guest Post: Religious Bigotry Alive and Well in America

February 18th, 2008 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

At the beginning of the current presidential election cycle, political circles were abuzz over whether the country was ready for a woman or a black president. With the focus on sexism and racism, an even greater character flaw in America was somewhat overlooked. That flaw loomed larger and larger until the withdrawal of Mitt Romney from the presidential race last week.

A poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal last month was revealing. Respondents indicated that sexism and racism in presidential politics is negligible and that far more Americans say they’d never vote for an Evangelical Christian or a Mormon than those who admitted they wouldn’t choose a woman or an African-American. Only 7% indicated they were “very uncomfortable” with voting for a woman for President and 15% indicated they had “some reservations.”

Racism in presidential politics faired even better. The same poll indicated that only 4% were “very uncomfortable” and 13% had “some reservations” about an African-American candidate.

Now compare that with religious bigotry and it should be downright embarrassing. The poll asked about Evangelical Christians and 20% were “very uncomfortable” and 25% had “some reservations.”

Even starker is the fact that 21% said they were “very uncomfortable” and 29% had “some reservations” about an LDS (Mormon) presidential candidate. That’s 50% who would likely not vote for a Mormon for president. To put that in perspective, a Zogby poll last month showed 50% reluctance to vote for an atheist and a poll last year, showed only 40% would have reservations in voting for a Muslim.

While sexism and racism in politics are obviously waning, religious bigotry seems to be alive and well. It appears religious bigotry is not a monopoly of the right or the left, for there’s more than enough to go around on both sides. Leftists are leery of an Evangelical for President, while they’re more likely to support an atheist or a Muslim. Evangelicals are wary of a Mormon to the same extent as a Muslim or an atheist.

According to Democratic pollster Peter Hart, “The Mormon religion was the silent factor in a lot of the decision making by evangelicals and others,” as far as the Romney campaign was concerned. They ran into “a religious bias head wind,” he said.

Armand Mauss, a sociologist who has written extensively about religious culture, said last week, “I don’t think that any of us had any idea how much anti-Mormon stuff was out there. The Romney campaign has shown us the equivalent of anti-Semitism still out there.”

Bigotry ran like a tsunami through the political punditry over a TV commercial that lit a bookshelf to appear as a cross in December. Mike Huckabees’ Merry Christmas ad was denounced for the subliminal appearance of the cross in the background while there was no similar denunciation of the “subliminal” messaging of a Hillary Clinton commercial surrounded by black children. It would appear that subliminal messaging is fine as long as it isn’t of a religious nature.

For some reason, American “tolerance” seems to be heavily qualified. It is to be applied to issues of sex, race, and sexual orientation, and even some religions, like Islam. But it is not to be applied to Christians.

Actually, tolerance is the wrong word to use, for inherent in that word is an air of superiority. Perhaps a more appropriate term would be mutual respect, which implies a greater equanimity and parity between perspectives.

This religious intolerance may have a theological basis for many. According to Richard Mohr “Religious belief is a fine guide around which a person might organize his own life, but an awful instrument around which to organize someone else’s life.” Ignorance does more to fan the flames of religious bigotry and perhaps anything else.

Our political history is replete with examples of religious bigotry, even beyond John Kennedy’s Catholic faith in the 1960 election. In 1928, Al Smith ran against Herbert Hoover and was pilloried for his Catholic faith and denounced as anti-democratic, monarchical, and “not in tune with American institutions.”

Senator Joseph Lieberman, the courageous and principled Senator from Connecticut was a Vice Presidential nominee in 2000, and a candidate for President in 2004. He experienced the equivalent of a colonoscopy by the main-stream media about his Jewish faith. Benjamin Disraeli, the first and only Jewish Prime Minister of England famously stated once, “The Jews are a nervous people. Nineteen centuries of Christian love have taken a toll.”

We seem to be going the wrong direction in this regard. Back in 1967 when Romney’s father, George, ran for President, a poll indicated that only 17% would not vote for a Mormon.

We have the freedom to be bigots, like we have the freedom to be jerks. But we must ask ourselves if it is moral. As a society, we’ve made progress with race and sex. It’s time to grow up in our mutual respect of other religions.

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House Highlights – February 13

February 13th, 2008 by Halli

House Highlights
By Tom Loertscher
What a ride this week was. On the national scene with reports
concerning politics, shootings, fires, tornadoes and winter weather, we
here in Idaho were not left out of the news cycle.

The beginning of the week brought news from North Idaho of the very
heavy snowfall and the problems they are having up there. The snow has
been so heavy in places that roofs have caved in and several members of
the House spent the entire weekend shoveling snow. Representative
Anderson from the Sandpoint area said that he could not tell where the
snow banks ended and the roof of his house started.

And if all that has not been enough, we had our own series of events in
the House. Representative Joan Wood of Rigby tripped over a fuel hose
while refueling her vehicle and took a tumble. She is wounded but ok.
Representative Bert Stevenson from Rupert slid down the ramp of the
parking facility and dislocated his shoulder. It is painful but somewhat
back to normal.

On Thursday while debating a bill on the House floor Representative
Dennis Lake from Blackfoot could not continue because he had what is
called a TIA, actually a series of small strokes. As you can well
imagine, that brought things to a halt as several engaged to get him
medical help. There are two physicians in the House who were invaluable
getting information to the paramedics before and after their arrival.

Dennis is doing well and should return with no complications. What is
most interesting was to see the way differences of opinion quickly
disappeared and the welfare of one of our colleagues became the focus of
our attention. One of my seatmates mentioned that things like this tend
to bring things into perspective.

Revenue projection news flew through the chambers at lightning speed.
Thirty six million dollars of a projected surplus disappeared in just
one month. I don’t know when I have seen so many long faces around
this place. What all of this means is that instead of having some one
time funds to do those nice little projects, we will be doing well just
to maintain this current year’s budget intact.

County elected officials came to town this week for their annual
legislative meetings. It was very unusual not to have them at the
Capitol. One of the highlights of their meeting this year was Speaker
Newt Gingrich spending a day with county officials. He spoke about
leadership that evening to an audience of state and county officials.
I’ve heard him speak on other occasions and find him to be very
interesting. As you circulate around a crowd like that one, you soon
find that people either love him or despise him, none are indifferent.

Last year I was able to get House Bill 290 introduced near the end of
the session to make all of the aquifer studies that are being
contemplated by the Department of Water Resources part of their regular
budget. It also repealed another law that was slated to assess fees for
these studies on water users large and small. It became House Bill 428
this year and passed the house without a single no vote. As with most
things timing is everything and even though the effort was not
successful last year, it provided the springboard for passage this

Speaker Gingrich in his talk quoted Albert Einstein: “Doing more of
what you are already doing and expecting a different result is a sign of
insanity.” I think you could apply that to a lot of things we do in
state government.

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Guest Post: John McCain and George Soros?

February 13th, 2008 by Halli

From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

One hates to get in the way of the Republican Party’s public relations effort to persuade social conservatives that John McCain is a good investment – but troubling facts keep bubbling to the fore.

One of the most disturbing is a story relating John McCain’s long association with George Soros. You can see it for yourself by clicking on the article at WorldNetDaily.

For those unfamiliar with George Soros – let’s just cut to the chase and label him the premier financier of just about everything evil and socialist in America. He funds, a militant anti-military organization which also seeks to advance a radical social agenda for America. He is the man who just declared that he was hoping America’s economy would collapse so that power would shift to third world countries like Mexico. And those are just the things that just casually come to mind.

According to the investigation at WorldNetDaily, Soros is funding something called the Reform Institute, based in Alexandria. “McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections,” says the article.

For example, McCain’s current campaign manager, Rick Davis, was paid $110,000 a year by the institute until he became its president in 2004; then his salary increased to $120,000.

Despite the nefarious funding from George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry, as well as a dubious donation of $200,000 from Cablevision at the time McCain was advancing their legislative agenda at the Federal Communications Commission – the Reform Institute has backed McCain’s efforts at campaign finance reform and amnesty for illegal aliens.

The WorldNetDaily expose also notes that McCain’s institute has received generous contributions from pro-abortion groups like the Tides Foundation and the Educational Foundation of America.

Not only does this article raise serious questions about McCain’s claim to being a “conservative” – one wonders about the grand hypocrisy of the man who has battled fiercely to shut down the voices of average Americans by further criminalizing political speech.

Honestly: What in the world is a “pro-Life conservative” doing in bed with these people? The spin masters at the RNC ought to get on this little problem … immediately.

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Guest Post: The Under-Population Crisis

February 12th, 2008 by Halli

From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

In a time when global warming has been declared by various social prophets to be the great challenge facing the world, a coalition of groups has produced a new video on “the catastrophic consequences of rapidly falling birthrates.”

The video is entitled, “Demographic Winter: The Decline of the Human Family”.

The group’s website points to Europe as the most endangered region of the developed world. The European Union estimates that, because of declining birthrates across the continent, Europe will face a shortfall of 20 million workers by the year 2030. Population stability requires a birthrate of 2.1 babies per woman; Europe’s average birthrate is just 1.3 babies per woman. According to the groups sponsoring the website, no European country is giving birth to enough children to maintain its population.

The group cites demographic studies which show that Russian will lose one-third of its population by 2050.

America is teetering on the edge of population stagnation, with some demographers predicting that the nation’s economy will be increasingly dependent upon immigrants.

Demographic Winter is produced by a collation of pro-family organizations, including the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, World Congress of Families and the Latin American Alliance for the Family.

In the section of their website which details the explanations for this worldwide population decline, the sponsors do not specifically use the word abortion. Rather, they point to the decline of the family and the widespread indoctrination of children in the 60s and 70s regarding the dangers of “population explosion” as primary causes for decisions to avoid bearing children.

“…[E]very aspect of modernity works against family life and in favor of singleness and small families or voluntary childlessness,” the website explains.

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