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Bryan Fischer: Statesman Admits Lesbians May Not Be Born That Way

April 6th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Values Alliance

In a lengthy feature article that ran yesterday, the Idaho Statesman details the way in which Idaho’s court system tends to go easier on perpetrators of sex crimes against children if the perpetrators are women. Most women who sexually offend against minors wind up on probation rather than in prison.

This of course is a violation of the fundamental principle of American justice that every victim deserves equal protection under the law. Male victims of adult sexual predators do not deserve less protection than female victims.

Buried deep in the article is the exposure of a little-known but dirty secret in the way the justice system deals with sex crimes against children. That is, far too many sex crimes are plea bargained down to “felony injury to a child,” which does not require the perpetrator to register as a sex offender.

This understandably is appealing to the offender, since it keeps her off the sex offender registry, and is good for prosecutors since it clears cases and improves their batting average. But it’s terrible for the victims, since it minimizes the offense, and bad for society since it masks the nature of the crime.

Efforts were made this year to amend Idaho code to add a sex offense component to “felony injury to a child,” but it appears such efforts will not succeed and the need to correct this problem will have to wait until at least next year.

Also buried deep in the article is this telling sentence:

“Girls who are abused by women also face an additional issue, Newton said: They are much more likely to question their own sexual orientation than are boys who are molested by men.”

This must have slipped past the normally vigilant editors at the Statesman, since it is a clear admission that lesbians may not in fact be born that way. You will notice that Newton does not say that boys aren’t affected in the same way; the impact is merely a matter of degree.

Mental health professionals for decades now have been pointing to the indelible impact an individual’s first sexual experience has on his (generic use) sexual orientation and his view of his own sexuality.

This inadvertent slip confirms the importance of protecting the right of the Boy Scouts, for instance, to prohibit homosexuals from serving as scout leaders, and the importance of defeating efforts to grant special privileges based on “sexual orientation,” which would require the Scouts to hire homosexuals or face civil and criminal prosecution.

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Andi Elliott: Ostriches and the Mainstream Media

April 4th, 2009 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

As a student of history, a former history teacher, and an avid follower of politics, I’m amazed at the “ostrich position” assumed willingly by many people. It’s easier to have someone else do your thinking for you. But, a free people MUST be free thinking. Oh wait, but we’re not a free country anymore, are we?

Recently I read a political analysis published by a non-partisan group. This watchdog agency publishes an annual list of the top ten “most corrupt” politicians. It was rather evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. I was astounded to see that three of our newly elected/appointed officials made this list: Hiliary Clinton (Sec of State who was ineligible to become so until special circumstances were created for her), Barack Hussein Obama (who, by the way, could not even qualify for a security clearance), and our newly appointed Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is shrouded in “ethical questions”.

Have you heard about these issues in the media? Not hardly. Do you think “they” want a “thinking” public that would actually ask questions and demand answers and accountability and refuse to be caught up in the winds of “change”? How much more difficult would it be to control a politically educated public? Ask China…they have solved that problem. As I recall, it was that country’s teachers that were some of the first to be sent to the fields for “reeducation”. Couldn’t have teachers teaching the truth, could they?

It was with mixed feelings that I recently canceled my subscription to the Post Register. I eagerly looked forward to the spirited debate that took place in the editorials. I had made friends with some of these “editorialists”, both liberals and conservatives, and we would correspond by phone and personal emails and letters. But now some have been told that our opinions will no longer be published. And when Dean Miller was fired, that was the last straw. Is there any wonder that the PR is having to downsize its paper?

History dictates that governments who control the flow of information (Clinton News Network, Already Been Censored, Never Been Clear) control the minds of the people. It’s called totalitarianism. Look it up and you’ll see how closely we’ve come to this type of governing system. Control the minds of the people and you control the people. And now you know why our children have little idea of the concepts of socialism, communism, and fascism. It’s a hard lesson, but guess they’ll have to learn firsthand.

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Bryan Fischer: Important Voter Integrity Bill Introduced

April 3rd, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Values Alliance

House Speaker Lawerence Denney yesterday introduced a bill which is essential to restoring integrity to the voter registration and election process in Idaho.

Denney’s bill will require a photo I.D. both to vote and to register to vote, and would completely eliminate mail-in registration.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that a similar Indiana law is constitutional.

Under current law, it is possible for someone to request a registration form by mail, register by mail, request an absentee ballot by mail, and vote by mail.

As Speaker Denney points out, this “means you can actually vote without ever having to stand before anyone to prove who you are.”

The potential for fraud here is enormous, and revelations that ACORN had an operational office last fall on Vista Avenue in Boise is not likely to dampen such concerns.

Rep. Denney and Senate Pro-Tem Bob Geddes mailed out 200 first-class letters to registered voters after the 2008 election, and about 30 came back showing “no one at that address,” meaning at a minimum they had not left a forwarding address. Some addresses were vacant lots.

Investigative research done in one district in Boise revealed that, in a sampling check, 20% of newly registered voters could not be found at the address under which they were registered. (According to my sources, in at least one case, the absentee ballot in question was sent to an Obama campaign office in Kansas.)

And this does not even include the 33,000 voters who registered and voted on Election Day. The names and addresses of those voters has only been available to the public since February..

Same-day registration also creates opportunity for fraud, since poll workers are not trained document examiners and are highly unlikely to question any documents that are presented to them for registration purposes.

Ada County election officials made a determined effort last year to enable every voter to vote by mail, despite the legislature’s rejection of vote-by-mail legislation in the 2008 session.

Ada County election officials sent an absentee ballot request form to every voter in Ada County last year. When the IVA complained that this was an effort to do an end-run around the intent of the legislature, I received a strong letter from the county, claiming county officials were doing no such thing.

Yet when I spoke directly with an Ada County election official, he acknowledged that the county had sent such a mailer to every voter, with the hope that voters would in fact vote by mail to take Election Day pressure off polling stations. In other words, county officials made a determined and expensive effort to persuade every voter in Idaho’s largest county to vote by mail. So, I reminded him, you were indeed doing an end run around the legislature’s intent.

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Thomas Kime: A Little Military History

April 2nd, 2009 by Halli

By Thomas Kime of Howe, Idaho

While listening to one of our local talk shows, I heard a question asked by a seemingly elderly gentleman. It was one of the most naive and uninformed of all the questions I have ever heard. The question was, “Do you believe that the US military would go around door to door and confiscate the guns of US citizens?” Having spent the fifties, sixties, and seventies in the military, I feel qualified to answer. It all depends upon who is the “Tyrant in Chief” in the White House at that time.

Let’s go back to 1859…General Joe Johnston was ordered to Utah to disarm the Mormon people and to arrest and try the leadership of the church for the Mountain Meadows massacre. (The reason that this didn’t happen is that Lincoln declared war on the South and recalled the general.)

In 1956, then President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne into Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama and removed from office duly elected officials and confiscated guns from the civil authorities. More recently, there were federal troops at Ruby Ridge, Idaho trying to disarm Randy Weaver. Same scenario at Waco, Texas.

If there are still folks out there who believe the US Military won’t make war on you if the right tyrant is in office, just read the history of the US Army under Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman. They didn’t kick the doors down; they burned down the house down murdering the women and children and stole anything they wanted by order of the Tyrant in Chief!

Written by Thomas Kime of Howe.

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Idaho House Highlights – April 1

April 1st, 2009 by Halli

By Representative Tom Loertscher, R-31

“The budget is set and the money is all spent,” was the response as
the House Co-Chair of JFAC came into the chamber as we began the session
on Friday. That is the indicator we seem to wait for each year so that
we can complete our business and head for home. Each of the budgets must
clear both houses and go to the Governor for signature and that
generally takes about two weeks to complete.

Now before we all get too excited, we are reminded almost daily that we
have not finished any action on what the Gentleman in the Borah Building
(that’s what we call the governor) wants for transportation funding.
JFAC approved another eighty five million dollars for GARVEE (which is
short for debt financing for roads) in addition to stimulus money that
was designated for construction. Assuming that we don’t get in a veto
tussle with the gentleman, the end is getting closer.

Several long floor debates ensued in the House, mostly over the school
bills that were voted on this week. As I think I mentioned a few weeks
ago, there are a number of items in statute that take discretion from
school districts and don’t allow us to make adjustments for years
where revenues are declining. For example, one bill changes the way we
reimburse for transportation of students. The bill we passed should
encourage districts to put money saving policies in place. It is
difficult to do, especially when we have to make sure our rural
districts will be able to have the funds they need for getting kids to
school.

I have decided that government seems to make all the wrong assumptions.
In the real world revenues go up and down like a sine wave, but
government only knows how to work in a revenue increase environment, the
gently rising straight line curve. That is why it’s been such a
different year. Reality can be a great teacher.

I saw a member of a school board over the weekend from one of the nine
school districts in District 31. I was encouraged by his comments,
knowing full well that there will be less money for districts in these
tight times. He told me that they will be able to get through these
times and his only request was to be able to have the flexibility to run
the district without their hands being tied. And I believe he is right.
This is way too big of a problem to solve in Boise.

Leaving home for the return trip to the capitol city in a blizzard on
March 29th was definitely not what I had in mind, and in spite of the
less than glowing online road report, the Interstate was not bad at all.
That old saying about if you don’t like the weather just wait for five
minutes may be true for Idaho, but I have a different version. It is
still March you know. And what about April? Let’s see, April showers
bring planting delays. One of our local farmers told me that the secret
to good crops in Eastern Idaho is to get the grain planted before it
snows.

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