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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights – Feb. 16

February 20th, 2018 by Halli

by Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

You can never accurately predict how long things are going to take in this place. What looks like a bill that is so harmless and straight forward, seems to take hours and somethings that are complicated in nature just breeze through.

At the end of the week we got all tangled up on the floor of the House about slow movers in the passing lane on the freeway. I am sure you have all been there, and have had the joy of following vehicles for miles on end that just don’t have the horsepower to complete passing. It’s not only annoying but in some cases causes safety problems. The bill seemed simple enough but took very long debate to get it passed. Will it help? I sure hope so.

As I have mentioned previously it is never dull in State Affairs. A large crowd had gathered to participate in the hearing of a bill that prohibits the application of foreign laws in Idaho. It was one of those times when emotions were running high on both sides of the issue. Those are the times when it is handy to have security around, and by the way their presence is enough to settle things down in most cases. It came out of the committee easily, after two hours of very impassioned testimony. Just for the record that was just one of the big deals we dealt with this week.

Medicaid is still on the front burner, with pros and cons in every direction imaginable. It seems like almost every legislator has a different set of concerns. At least now they are looking for answers. Those in high risk pools would be moved to Medicaid while those below 100% of poverty level would be made to qualify for subsidies on the state health exchange. About the only thing that is unclear is how all of this will reflect in the world of health insurance premiums. Does it seem that the topic of health insurance used to be easier than it is now? The bottom line is, and I think everyone around here knows, that people are currently being priced out of the market. And just saying no, does not solve the problem.

Budget setting has begun and that is the signal for getting our work completed. While there are many bills yet to consider, the budget always is center stage. Everything else is a series of fixing stuff. Another thing that we seem to work on a lot here is water. There are still problems with some of the agreements that have been made and fixes for those are in the works.

Looking forward to next week it looks like some long days are in order. That was probably a prediction and given the nature of most predictions don’t get your hopes up. And as for me I am ready for a couple of days at home. The truck is fixed, and I will shortly be on my way.

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Akela’s Adventure Cub Leader Training!

February 14th, 2018 by Halli

Friends, Akela’s Adventure is advanced training for all Cub Scout leaders, whether you’ve been serving for 2 weeks or 20 years! It is held during Tall Timber Camp at beautiful Island Park Scout Camp, August 6-11, 2018.

Akela’s Adventure offers comprehensive training in the Cub Scout program, with topics ranging from den management and pack planning, to awards, advancement, and skills development, among many others.

Presented over a six-day period, this information comprises five areas of core content:

Participatory Citizenship
Outdoor Skills and Awareness
Character Development
Personal Fitness
Leadership and Life Skills

You will be encouraged to create five goals or “Paw Prints,” reflecting a focus on each of these key areas, which you will then work to complete over the next 12-month period.

This training includes accurate, up-to-date Cub Scout information, and models the workings of a den and pack, all while providing the most FUN imaginable! After experiencing this feast of information and ideas, you will return home excited, re-energized, and ready to make your den, pack, or district Cub Scout program the best ever.

Please share this information with any family or friends who volunteer in Cub Scouts! For more information, or to register, go to this link.

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David Ripley: Basketball Team Helps PP Destroy Idaho Babies

July 3rd, 2017 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Seattle professional women’s basketball team – known as the “Storm” – announced that they will donate five dollars from each ticket sold for their upcoming game against the Chicago Sky. The recipient? Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaiian Islands.

That is the regional entity overseeing Planned Parenthood’s three Idaho abortion clinics.

The team management announced that they will hold a “Stand With Planned Parenthood” rally at the game as well, scheduled for July 18th.

National Planned Parenthood is delighted, according to a report in the New York Times. Dawn Laguens, VP of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is quoted as saying, “This marks the first partnership we’ve ever had with a sports franchise. This event and their support will help raise awareness among their fans and sports fans more broadly.”

Apparently the owners of the team have deceived themselves into believing that they are making a vital social contribution to “improving health care”. But, of course, all they are doing is dipping their hands in the bowl of innocent blood.

Hopefully the Seattle fan base, small as it might be, rallies to boycott the sordid mixing of sports and baby slaughter.

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David Ripley: Democrats’ Deplorable Partnership with Planned Parenthood

September 16th, 2016 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

It turns out that the looming Zika threat in America is also a tremendous opportunity for Planned Parenthood to expand its abortion business. That is the take-away from the months-long battle in Congress over additional funding to deal with the various outbreaks in American communities.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi threw down last week, making it clear that she and her party of Planned Parenthood agents would continue to block emergency funding for Zika unless some of that money was earmarked for Planned Parenthood clinics.

Republicans have already compromised with the other side by agreeing to a higher appropriation amount, essentially giving Obama what he originally asked for. But, as public health officials issue warnings about their dwindling resources to deal with the threat – Democrats are balking at the notion that public tax dollars in the appropriation would be limited to public health agencies.

Planned Parenthood long ago jumped on the Zika threat as a great business opportunity to sell more abortions. There are reports that Planned Parenthood staff people are actually working neighborhoods in Florida, going door to door, advising expectant women that abortion is their best option for dealing with the potential threat of the Zika virus. Such deplorable manipulation of concerned women should be denounced by every member of Congress. Yet Democrats will do no such thing. Instead, they have made it clear they will hold the public’s health hostage to the greed and darkness of Planned Parenthood.

Rumors have surfaced that the Republican Senate leadership is inclined to submit to Planned Parenthood’s blackmail. But House Speaker Paul Ryan made a public statement late last week declaring that Planned Parenthood clinics would not be included in the emergency spending package.

Let us maintain a prayerful, vigilant watch on the Congress in the coming days.

But let us also share this story with our neighbors as they contemplate their voting choices this fall.

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David Ripley: United Methodists Back Away from Abortion Support

September 16th, 2016 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Delegates to United Methodist Church recently voted to repeal its official support of the Roe v. Wade decision inflicted upon the nation in 1973. In a related matter, the Protestant denomination also voted to end its association with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice – one of the most insidious front groups for Planned Parenthood in its mission to kill preborn children.

What makes this news even more encouraging is the fact that the United Methodist Church was an original co-founder of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. And there can be no doubt that this is a huge blow to Planned Parenthood.

The United Methodist Church claims some 12 million members in America and approximately 80 million around the world.

It is not clear from press reports how far the reform movement will go, or whether the group will actually move to a Gospel-inspired pro-Life position.

Some analysts credit the developments to the strong Christian orthodoxy of the denomination’s African membership.

But we know that the real mover is the Holy Spirit.

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Richard Larsen: Obama’s Flawed Logic on Iran’s Nuke Deal

August 5th, 2015 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

It’s disturbing to witness the collapse of logic, especially when perpetrated by our own president. After all, if we were to believe what so many of his devotees claim prima facie, he’s among the smartest on the planet. But his nuclear deal with Iran proves to the contrary; not just by its terms, but his illogic in support of it.

President Obama said this week, with regard to the agreement inked with Iran, “There really are only two alternatives here. Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it’s resolved through force, through war. Those are—those are the options.” There are so many more options available, that even he should be aware of, yet he’s reduced to employing the common false dichotomy, or fallacy of bifurcation, in support of it. But it explains his inanity in signing a deal that all but assures a nuclear Iran in the foreseeable future, and further underscores why Obamacare was foisted upon the nation; to him, there are but two options – his way or no way at all.

Obama added that no better deal was or is possible than the one he has negotiated. Since the bargaining table was approached from a position of weakness, acquiescence, and appeasement, he’s likely correct. But if the process had been approached from a position of strength, like Reagan did with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, then the final agreement would have been much more inhibiting to Iranian nuclear ambitions, and we, and our allies, could have come away from the negotiations feeling much safer and assured.

Then he had the temerity to claim that “99% of the world community” agrees with him. Now watch, that fabricated percentage will become his new selling argument to the Senate as they consider the final agreement, much like the fake and discredited claim of “97% scientific agreement” on manmade climate change.

Obama has claimed that this deal was necessary at this time since the U.S. initiated economic sanctions were not working. Actually they were working. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Iran had an official inflation rate of some 35%, its currency was falling, and its dollar reserves were estimated to be down to $20 billion. Mr. Obama had resisted those sanctions, only to take credit for them when Congress insisted and they began to show results in Tehran.”

The WSJ editorial continued, “Yet Mr. Obama still resisted calls to put maximum pressure on Iran. He gave waivers to countries like Japan to import Iranian oil. He was reluctant to impose sanctions on global financial institutions that did business with Iran (especially Chinese banks that offered Tehran access to foreign currency). The U.S. could have gone much further to blacklist parts of Iran’s economy run by the Revolutionary Guard Corps. A bipartisan majority in Congress was prepared to impose more sanctions this year, but Mr. Obama refused as he rushed for a second-term deal.”

All one has to do to ascertain the perceived victors from the now concluded negotiations, is observe reactions by the effected nations. Spontaneous celebrations broke out in Iran, while even Democrat senators bemoaned the terms of the deal. Israel’s Prime Minister voiced perhaps the most logical response. Benjamin Netanyahu, said of the agreement, “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted,” and called the agreement a “historic mistake.”

Even Obama conceded that the agreement doesn’t prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, but only delays it. In a July 14th interview with NPR (National Public Radio), the president said that Iran’s uranium enrichment would be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms, which is not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material. He then revealed, “What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero,” Obama said. The “breakout time” refers to how quickly uranium enrichment for power can be converted to unabated enrichment for nuclear weapons.

The inspection protocol elicits no confidence whatsoever. In spite of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes’ assurance just three months ago that, “In the first place we will have anytime, anywhere access [to] nuclear facilities,” the agreement grants a 24 day time table for Iran to dispose of evidence before an inspection can occur. That’s like giving drug cartels three weeks notice that a suspected drug manufacturing site will be raided!

Nearly as disturbing, is the provision that lifts the U.N. arms embargo against Iran. After five years Iran’s thirst for conventional arms can be sated, and their hunger for ballistic missile programs satisfied in eight years. So in five years, Iran can buy all the weapons it wants, for its own defense or the terrorist organizations they bankroll, like Hezbollah, and in eight years they can have a fully funded ICBM program. And in 13 years they can have a functional nuclear warhead to adorn their missiles. Now isn’t that assuring?

The President also claimed that “no one has presented any alternatives” to his plan. All I can say is, it must be nice to live in a vacuous tunnel where the only voice one hears is their own, and those who echo his! If negotiations had been approached from a position of strength, we would have four Americans on the way home, rather than continuing to languish as political prisoners in Iranian prisons. And we could have required that not a single Rial of the $150 billion of Iranian deposits freed up from U.S. banks, could be used to support terrorist activities and Hezbollah. There were many, many more options than the one Obama settled for.

The Iranian nuke deal comes down to a matter of trust. Can Iran be trusted to curtail their nuclear ambitions and abide by the diluted impositions on their aspirations, and can the president be trusted in representing our interests in securing our national security. The answer is clearly an emphatic “no,” on both counts.

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David Ripley: The Mystery of God’s Blessings

February 8th, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

A recent scientific study demonstrates the mercy and grandeur of God’s design.

Apparently the cells from a preborn child are shared with the mother during pregnancy. Researchers found that two types of cells were transferred to the mom – immune cells and mesenchymal cells.

The latter are thought to be special cells that help in the regeneration and healing of adult tissue.

This seems to be a concrete example of God’s blessed promise:

“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life so that you and your children may live ….” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

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Andi Elliott: Animal Cruelty Documented in Idaho

February 8th, 2014 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

Back in 2012 an undercover video of needless and wanton acts of animal cruelty was filmed at Idaho’s largest dairy conglomerate, Bettencourt Dairies, LLC headquartered in Wendell. Yesterday the Idaho Dairy Industry introduced an “Ag Gag” bill designed to keep people from filming acts of animal cruelty on farms. It even goes so far as to make it a crime by merely filling out an application for employment for the purposes of doing such.

I have viewed the video and it’s available on the web. I couldn’t finish watching. Cows confined to milking stalls being beaten and stomped on. Cows were beaten for slipping on wet concrete. Cows were beaten for no reason. One employee spent 102 days in jail; others fled, I’m told. Bettencourt Dairy owner says, “I love my animals and I’ve been in the dairy business since I was a kid. Animal care is a number one issue in our facilities.”

Really, then why support an Ag Gag Law? What do you have to hide? “Ag Gag” laws are designed to keep the public from knowing about the cruelty perpetuated on factory farm animals. I’m no animal rights activist but all creatures deserve to be treated humanely. Almost two weeks ago I contacted Bettencourt asking if some of those that were involved in the cruel treatment of the animals had been rehired as I have been told. As of this writing, I have not received a response.

I would urge you to call your reps and tell them to vote “no” on S1298. Bettencourt is a supplier of milk for Kraft which makes cheese for many of our nationwide fast food chains. Contact them and tell them that institutionalized animal cruelty is not okay in Idaho.

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David Ripley: Huge Pro-Life Rally in Nation’s Capitol – and in Boise

January 23rd, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

2014LifeNews reports that hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered together in Washington DC yesterday to protest abortion and its terrible toll on the nation. The most conservative estimate is that over 56 million babies have been destroyed in the forty-one years of the Roe travesty.

Meanwhile, our president issued a press statement celebrating the fruits of legalized abortion, declaring that the mechanized murder of defenseless children had somehow “liberated” America and allowed many to fulfill their dreams. How bizarre, how dark.
Idaho pro-Lifers will gather this Saturday at the State Capitol. The March for Life begins at 1 pm at Julia Davis Park with a rally to follow on the Capitol steps. Hope to see you there!

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ALERT: Jefferson County Residents Invited to Attend Commissioner Meeting

August 7th, 2012 by Halli

Andi Elliott is announcing that the agenda for the August 13 Jefferson County Commissioners’ meeting includes a request that the commissioners perform a complete audit of the Sheriff’s Department. The meeting is scheduled for 4pm. There will be petitions to sign, as well. Andi is asking for all Jefferson County residents to attend the meeting so commissioners will see that there is wide-spread concern over this issue.

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