Archive for November, 2012

Rick Rolled!

I can’t tell you how many I have gotten to actually do it! Feel free to Rick Roll! It’s been TOO long since we had a viral laugh!  Watch, copy and paste, and for the love of pepper, DO NOT dance this way!

Heh.

Boy Scout Bashing, UPS, and a Tale of Discrimination Hypocrisy

The United Parcel Device has announced that they will no longer grant any charity to one of the most charitable organizations in America: The Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA, a private organization, has spent over 100 years in nurturing the moral, charitable, and responsible character of young boys, and maturing young men.

UPS released a statement:

The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.

Hmm, actually, it sounds to me as if UPS is discriminating against the BSA, as well as scouts everywhere. Hypocrite much?
I’m sure the BSA will manage. There are other parcel services who would gladly contribute to the BSA.

The Boy Scouts of America’s official policy on homosexuality and court rulings:
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest private youth organizations in the United States, has policies which prohibit atheists, agnostics and “open or avowed” homosexual people from membership in its Scouting program as directly violating its fundamental principles and tenets. BSA has denied or revoked membership status or leadership positions for violation of these foundational principles.

The BSA contends that these policies are essential in its mission to instill in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The organization’s legal right to have these policies has been upheld repeatedly by both state and federal courts. In Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, the Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed that as a private organization, the BSA can set its own membership standards. The BSA’s policies have been legally challenged but have not been found to constitute illegal discrimination; as a private organization in the United States the BSA has the right to freedom of association, as determined in the court case.

As of the announcement by UPS, thousands of Scouts throughout the United States have declared that they will no longer use UPS, both personally, as well as businesses. Many taking to their blogs and are suggesting to buycott other parcel services:

One of the reasons this country is going downhill so fast is that conservatives and Christians continue to support organizations that are hostile to our values

Take UPS, for example.

Its decision to publicly attack one of the finest organizations in America, the Boy Scouts, for putting kids first and staying true to its core principles by refusing to admit homosexual members tells you that this is not an organization that is friendly to Christian values.

The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts.

The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts.

UPS spokeswoman Kristen Petrella said groups applying for the foundation grants will have to adhere to the same standards UPS does by not discriminating against anyone based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

“We promote an environment of diversity and inclusion,” Petrella said Monday. “UPS is a company that does the right things for the right reasons.”

Certainly, UPS doesn’t have to give the Boy Scouts any money, but when it wants to make sure that everyone knows that it doesn’t support the single best youth organization in America because that group is trying to adhere to their own traditional values, Christians shouldn’t support that. Use the Post Office, use FedEx, but don’t keep giving your money to companies that hold people like you in contempt.

While some have argued that the BSA is a Christian based organization, that would.be incorrect…however, Christian values are most certainly alligned with the core values if the Boy Scouts organization.

That being said, to discriminate against and organization for “discrimination” is just about the most backward-thinking, idiotic act of stupidity out there.

This is what UPS is discriminating against:

Scouting statisticshttp://scoutingabout.com:

Of 100 Boys in Scouting -* Only rarely will one appear in juvenile court. * 12 will receive their first church contact through Scouting. * 5 will receive church religious emblems. * 1 will enter the clergy due to his Scouting relationships. * 18 will develop hobbies that will give them a lifelong interest. * 8 will find their future life vocations. * 1 will use Scout skills to save another’s life. * 1 will credit Scout skills with saving his own life. * 2 of the 100 will reach the Eagle Rank. * 17 will later become leaders in Scouting and will pass on their skills, inspiration and leadership to countless youth. A comparative study of the records of Scouts and non-Scouts in a sampling of schools and colleges shows that Scouts hold most of the major positions of leadership in the student body. The survey resulted in the following statistics in regard to school officers bearing a large amount of responsibility. * Of senior class presidents, 89% were Scouts. * Of junior class presidents, 80% were Scouts. * Of business managers of school publications, 75% were Scouts. * Of student council presidents, 85% were Scouts. * Of school newspaper editors, 88% were Scouts. * Of editors of school annuals, 77% were Scouts. * Of basketball captains, 64% were Scouts. Numbered among the alumni of the Boy Scouts of America are: * 64% of Air Force Academy graduates. * 58% of West Point graduates. * 70% of Annapolis graduates. * 72% of Rhodes scholars. * 85% of FBI agents. * 26% of the 29 U.S. astronauts.

Wow!
…and UPS carries boxes.

URGENT: MO State Senate to Discuss Vote on Obamacare: ACTION NEEDED!

H/T Ron Calzone, Paul Hamby, Peter Kinder:

1. The Obamacare exchange is NOT simply an online resource for shopping insurance. It sets up new restrictions and penalties that will reduce your options. Some smaller insurance companies have already gone out of business — Obamacare will leave only a few huge insurace companies with monopolistic protections.

2. An exchange set up by the state does not give us control. HB609, the 2011 bill to set up a Missouri exchange included at least 40 references to federal laws or bureaucracies that dictate virtually every meaningful aspect of the exchange. Click for a marked up copy of HB609.

And here’s the Missouri First analysis of that bill.

Here are a couple of very good articles by the Cato Institute’s Michael F. Cannon pointing out the need to fight the exchange:

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacare-road-repeal-starts-states

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333040/obamacare-still-vulnerable-michael-f-cannon

Action Item:

Call or email each Republican senator. Time is very short as they will be discussin this Friday and Saturday. Tell them the people of Missouri don’t want them to set up an Obamacare exchange any more than they want the governor to. The sentiment behind the Prop E vote applies to them, too!

(Here are the senators for whom we have public contact information. Some of the new senators don’t have published information yet.)

Dan Brown Rolla Dan.Brown@senate.mo.gov 573-751-5713
R Mike Cunningham
R Tom Dempsey St Charles tom.dempsey@senate.mo.gov 573-751-1141
R Bob Dixon Springfield bob.dixon@senate. mo.gov 573-751-2583 R
Edgar Emery Lamar R
Michael Kehoe Jefferson city 573-751-2076 R
Will Kraus Lees summit Will.Kraus@mail.senate.mo.gov 573-751-1464 R
Brad Lager Savannah brad.lager@senate.mo. gov 573-751-1415 R
John Lamping St Louis 573-751-2514 R
Douglas Libla Poplar Bluff
Brian Munzlinger Williamstown 573-751-7885 R
Brian Nieves Washington Brian.Nieves@ senate.mo.gov 573-751-3678 R
Michael Parson Bolivar mparson@senate.mo.gov 573-751-8793 R
David Pearce Warrensburg david.pearce@ senate.mo.gov 573-751-2272 R
Ron Richard Joplin 573-751-2173 R Gary Romine Farmington R
Scott Rupp Wentzville 573-751-1282 R
David Sater David.Sater@house.mo.gov R
Robert Schaaf St Joseph rob.schaaf@senate.mo.gov R
Kurt Schaefer Columbia kurt.schaefer@mail. senate.mo.gov 573-751-3931 R
Eric Schmitt St Louis eschmitt@senate.mo.gov R
Ryan Silvey Kansas city Ryan.Silvey@house.mo.gov R
Wayne Wallingford Wayne.Wallingford@ house.mo.gov R
Jay Wasson Nixa jay.wasson@senate.mo.gov 573-751-1503 R

Veteran’s Day: St Louis Parade– Honoring Our Veterans

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Our freedom is not free. From our country’s inception, millions of men and women have fought for it…and they deserve a few minutes out of our lives, on one day per year.
97.1 Talk FM, along with Weber Chevrolet and Hair Saloon for Men bring us the 2012 Veteran’s Day Parade!

2012 Veterans Day Parade

WHERE · Downtown St. Louis -Soldiers Memorial
WHEN · Saturday, November 10, 2012 TIME · Starts at Noon

Join FM NewsTalk 97.1 in honoring our regions Veterans at the annual Veterans Day Celebration and Parade Saturday November 10th downtown St. Louis.
Parade begins at 12p. Parade will begin at Tucker and Chestnut, then West on Chestnut to 14th; South on 14th to Market; West on Market to Union Station at 20th; Parade ends 20th Street.

Please join us marching with Gateway Grassroots, St Louis’ largest and most empowering tea party based organization in the Midwest! We salute our troops!

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For those who fought and died, we honor you.

For those who fought and lived, we honor you.

…we are eternally grateful.
Our prayers are with you always!

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Go, dude, go! America always wins!

More importantly, thank you. Always!

Air Claire and the Damn Plane…Again.

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Looks like Air Claire is making one last hurrah in Missourah…
Remember when the Senator *forgot* to pay her taxes on that “damn plane” of hers, only ponying up after she got caught? Well, McCaskill decided that her carbon footprint just wasn’t big enough.
According to Politico, McCaskill hopped a charter this morning to jet-set throughout Missouri. This is her last ditch effort for the votes of the constituents she has repeatedly hosed over the last six years…and she isn’t being very eco-friendly about it either.
In a map that defies human logic, the Senator, elected in 2006, has been cross-crossing throughout the state on this final day of campaigning. In a bizarre back-and-forth pattern, the plan is to cover the entire state (shh, with polutants). Of course, this bears no reflection of hypocrisy over the countless *green* measures she has voted for throughout her term as Senator. Nevermind the fact that she advocates against global warming…her point is really just to redefine the term “fly-over state”.

The Undecided Voter…

…you no longer exisist. This is not a popularity contest! If nothing else, you are uncommitted. My question to you is “Why”?
Trust me, I’ve been there when my heart and my mind were at odds…millions of times. That’s what makes us human. It does.
However less than 24 hours from America flocking en masse to the polls, do you really not know who you are going to vote for? Probably not…you just don’t want to say it…and that is okay, our votes are between us and the ballot boxes. Period.
I’m not saying either candidate is perfect.
I am saying, they are SO different, “undecided” doesn’t cut it anymore. image

Let’s first get down to the nitty-gritty: Benghazi (or Libya as many refer to the situation)… The Presidential phone–the phone to the Commander-and-Chief of the United States Military rang, and rang, and rang. Those who answered directly to CICOUSM had ZERO response. The phone went unanswered. Americans died, as a result. The first question you have to ask “Is THIS the way the President of the United States, Commander-In-Chief of the US Military should conduct himself?”

For the Christians out there, even the liberal ones, you know where God stands on issues. So, really, it’s off your shoulders to vote according to the Lord’s Word and you can keep the fact that you honor God above all other leadership to yourself, if say, you are about to have angry union thugs turn your card over. It’s none of their business.
If this is your first inquiry here, please disregard all that I mentioned about the book of Jeremiah…because it takes weeks to understand in regards to this election, and we are out of time…noteworthy, chronologically, it’s hard to follow. What Jeremiah does point to is cultural, spiritual and economic collapse.
If you are not a Christian, that’s cool, we love you too. And to you,  everything that Christians may say sounds totally stupid. I get that too. But how more stupid is it without any type of faith to resort to genocide?
How more freeing a notion than to put the weight of the world on someone else’s shoulders…to feed the poor, to birth the unwanted, to heal the sick? You are hereby released of such responsibility.
We only ask, in return, you support the lives out there today…day in, day out, simply trying to live…whether they be military, elderly, a patient in ICU with massive damages, babies sucking their thumb with a heart-beat in utero, children innocently sitting in a movie theatre with friends…

You don’t NEED to play God. Just don’t let others as well!

If beyond this, you are undecided, I pray for you. That you would find courage to make the correct decision. Think of the lives lost. The irresponsibility in measures by the Obama Administration that, God forbid, if a yourself or a loved-one were unfortunately placed in position would result indeath, that it be the decision of the loved ones, not a distant governmental entity. That is at stake…more now than ever.
Before you vote: Where we be in 2016?

Pro-Military, Pro-Vet Akin Introduces Veteran ID Card

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The strong Pro-Military, Pro-Veteran Congressman introduced and sponsored the Veteran ID Card legislation, which obtained gross bipartisan suport:

Washington, DC – Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today announced the introduction of H.R. 2985, the Veteran’s ID Card Act. Currently only veterans who are entitled to receive retirement or medical benefits are issued an ID card from the Veterans Administration. This means that many veterans who have served honorably have no easy way to prove their status as a veteran. This bill corrects this deficiency. Congressman Akin released the following statement:

“Millions of Americans have served honorably in our nation’s armed forces, including over two million who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11. Many of these heroes have returned to normal life, but unless they are receiving medical or retirement benefits from their military service, they have no easy way to prove that they are veterans. Their only option currently is to carry a paper copy of their DD form 214, a form that includes their social security number.

“I believe that a standardized identification card will benefit many veterans. I know that numerous businesses today are eager to hire returning veterans, or recognize their special service, and would like to be able to confirm that an individual is in fact a veteran. This bill will address this deficiency in a common-sense and budget-neutral way.

“I am honored to have my Democratic colleague on the Armed Services Committee, Silvestre Reyes of Texas, as my cosponsor of this legislation. This is a bipartisan bill that is good for veterans and I hope we can work to get it passed soon.”

For more information see the summary of the legislation (PDF), and the text of the bill (PDF).

UPDATE: Current cosponsors of H.R. 2985, the Veteran’s ID Card Act, can be found here. The bill has also been endorsed by the following veterans groups: American Veterans (AMVETS), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA).

The Navy Times recently ran a story on the Veteran’s ID Card Act

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George Washington “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” (Farewell Address, September 19, 1796)

Via Congressman Todd Akin.


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