In the Spectrum

“It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” — Revelation 13:16-17

For years we’ve allowed our pets to be microchipped through a massive program backed by a federal push. Oddly, the SPCA of Northern Nevada is next door to the Regional Emergency Operation Center on Spectrum Blvd., in Reno.

There is nothing nefarious about the two agencies being side-by-side – it’s simply an observation. However, the term ‘spectrum’ comes from the process of regulating the use of radio frequencies for ‘social benefit,’ and microchips are little more than a tiny radio transmitter.

A recent NBC News report is now promoting the idea that since microchipping our pets is a good idea, we should be doing it to our children as well. According to the report, they say that the public will accept microchips as easily as we accept bar codes on consumer items.

When bar codes first came out in the late 1960s, people were fearful of them because they didn’t understand how they worked, but now it’s so commonplace, we don’t even think about them as we shop. If history repeats, it will go from being technology adopted for its ‘convenience and safety’ to mandatory – or else.

Eleven States Sue the Federal Government

Eleven states are suing the federal government over the Obama administration’s directive for transgender students’ bathroom use. The order, telling schools to let students use bathrooms based on gender identity, runs “roughshod over common-sense policies protecting children,” according to the lawsuit.

The Justice Department said in 2014 that discrimination against transgender people was barred under federal laws that prevent discrimination based on sex. The administration has also pointed to a recent federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, Virginia that buttressed that view.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said the agency is reviewing the complaint, and added, “the federal government has strong legal foundations to uphold the civil rights of transgender Americans.”

The lawsuit is the latest front in a battle over the rights of transgender people, which erupted when North Carolina passed a law on March 23 requiring transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate. North Carolina and the Obama administration then filed dueling lawsuits over the state’s bathroom law, in a legal case that may settle for good the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects transgender people.

The states – including the eleven in this case — must stop asking the King’s Court for the authority to rule against the King! After all as the 10th Amendment clearly states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

We are a union of free and independent states and it is time our representatives started acting like it! It’s time to tell our King and his Court to go ‘pound sand.’

Principles Above Personality

Chris Kyle, the subject of ‘American Sniper’ is again being accused of embellishing his military record. According to ‘The Intercept’ (an online Progressive news site,) Kyle exaggerated the number of honors he received.

“All told,” Kyle wrote in his book, “I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze [Stars], all for valor.”

Murdered by a fellow military veteran after leaving the service, Kyle supposedly embellished his military record claims the report.  It goes on to say that during his 11 years of military service and four deployments, Kyle earned only one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with Valor.

While I’m not looking to drag a true American hero’s name through the mud, this serves as a perfect example of why it is important to place principles above personality. Whether he did or didn’t exaggerate doesn’t matter – men and women are fallible while articles of faith, like the 10 Commandments, and natural law are not.

Legally, There is No Such Thing as a Federal Death Penalty

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek the death penalty for the suspect in the June 2015 Charleston Church Shootings. Dylann Roof is charged in the South Carolina attack that killed nine people.

“The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

While I personally believe in the death penalty, it is not within the U.S. Constitutional authority of the DOJ.  That power is reserved in this case only to the state in which this crime was committed.

Reasonably Be Consumed

It is stuff like this leaves my blood boiling. In yet another federal overreach, we are seeing our God-given sovereignty and liberties eroded and not one federal representative has a single word to say against such encroachment.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

21 CFR Part 10

Docket No. FDA-2004-N-0258 (formerly Docket No. 2004N-0456)

RIN 0910-AF23

Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is issuing a final rule to define a single-serving container; require dual-column labeling for certain containers; update, modify, and establish several reference amounts customarily consumed (RACCs); amend the label serving size for breath mints; and make technical amendments to various aspects of the serving size regulations. We are taking this action to provide consumers with more accurate and up to date information on serving sizes

DATES: Effective date: The final rule becomes effective on July 26, 2016.

Compliance date: The compliance date of this final rule is July 26, 2018, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales, and July 26, 2019, for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales. See Section IV, Effective and Compliance Dates, for more detail.

The federal government does not have the power nor the authority to make such rulings.  Regulations like these are far worse than those established by King George III which brought his subjugated colonies to war against Great Britain thus birthing the United States.  When shall we tire of this illegal and illegitimate federal monarchy and take back our rightful authority and power over it?

It is time for the state’s to say no to such overreaching. As for me — I shall eat until I’m full and should I desire — until I make myself ill and I will allow no federal monarchy to interfere in my private activities!

Slow Lines and Missed Flights to Cost Taxpayers

Back in September 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was accused of colluding to create traffic jams by closing lanes at a main toll plaza for the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. The same-stream Progressive media jumped on the story claiming the resulting lines of backed-up traffic were a result of a political vendetta.

However that same branch of the Progressive movement in the U.S. has yet to connect the dots between the recent refunding of one federal agency and the inconveniences it has caused over the past couple of years. This is because it doesn’t fit the narrative that the federal government wants put forth.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) received final Congressional approval for its request to re-allocate $34 million funds to increase security officers at airport security checkpoints. The refunding comes as lines grow longer at security checkpoints and both passengers and airlines complain to Congress about the number of missed flights.

For their part, the TSA claims that the number of passengers has increased nearly 12 percent since 2011, while the number of screeners has declined by 12 percent since the same time period. Obviously, long-lines, increased wait times and missed flights are more of a concern to Congress than the fact that the TSA not about keeping us safe from terrorists, but about keeping us in fear and under constant control.

Originally, the TSA was supposed to only be in airports for a two-year period beginning in 2003. After that the airport would be allowed to hire its own private security, replacing the TSA.

When the time period expired, several airports did remove the TSA. However as more and more airports joined the removal process, the agency decided not to leave, citing a Department of Justice notice that threatened to make the airspace above and around the facility into a ‘no-fly zone.’

So, in essence, we have one unconstitutional federal agency propping up another unconstitutional federal agency. Meanwhile, we also have the federal government claiming to control airspace around us and worse – Congress has done nothing about this since 2003.

Also, when you purchase a plane ticket you are now forced to nullify your Fourth Amendment right, thus allowing a warrantless search of your person, papers and property. This all makes no sense once you realize that a private plane leaving the same airport as any commercial airliner is not subject to the same illegal screenings rules, meaning anything and anyone can be aboard that unscreened private plane.

We can criticize the alphabet agencies within the federal government all we want for this, but the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of a complacent Congress which has willfully neglected it primary duty, which is to protect the U.S. Constitution. And it’s time to start calling out the members of Congress by name when they fail at their obligation.

In this case, lodge your complaints with Senator’s John Hoeven (R-ND) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH.)

Lukewarm

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” 

— Revelation 3:15-17 (NIV)

Lukewarm water is disgusting to drink. Unfortunately, America has become like lukewarm water because it no longer stands for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and this indifference has led to apathy.

All across this nation there are people who believe that their material wealth and the number of personal possessions they own are a sign of God’s blessings. However by openly neglecting to stand for God before money or things, the U.S. has become hardened and self-satisfied and is now destroying itself.

Our wealth, our luxury and ease of life has left us complacent and vulnerable not only to outside forces, but extremely ripe for destruction from within. God is going to discipline this once great nation for our indifference towards Him and we should be fearful of His wrath.

The Redemption of Ridenhour

Ridenhour slid from the bar stool and stumbled outside onto the sidewalk. The street was empty and the early morning air bit into his exposed face as he staggered homeward.

He had become the town drunk in less than three years. That was the same amount of time he’d spent trying to drown his sorrow without success.

The Lady Luck was promising – the dirt the five men had pulled from the 300 foot shaft showed a lot of color. While they’d struck a silver vein, they’d also tapped into a gold ledge running parallel with the vein.

For nearly five months they toiled to bring out the dirt and rock for their three-piston stamp mill. They knew they were on the verge of striking it rich – that’s when disaster struck.

A massive collapse left four of the five men buried at the end of the tunnel. Only Ridenhour survived and he was now certain that it was more of a mistake then luck on his part.

He had returned to the small shack that doubled as an office and storage. Ridenhour had forgotten to call his wife Sally before heading into the mine.

But that was three years ago. And now Ridenhour had nothing left — no wife and no home save the small shack that remained a couple of hundred yards from the Lady Luck’s entrance.

Ridenhour wanted nothing more than to flop down on the rusty metal framed bed with its lump-filled and odor-ridden mattress to sleep off yet another drunk. But it wasn’t to be.

Noise and voices disturbed his unfit sleep. And by the time he pulled his boots on and made it outside the sun had already been up an hour.

Amassed near the mines gaping mouth was a collection of official cars and trucks. The town’s police chief, the county sheriff and his deputies and every fire truck in the region.

Ridenhour considered returning to his uncomfortable bed but curiosity got the better of him and he decided to walk over and find out what was going on.

Perhaps it was out of memory or some sort of premonition but Ridenhour grabbed his hard hat with its carbide battery lamp before heading to where several of the towns people had gathered to watch the goings-on.

He leaned more than stood as he listened. The state patrol car was nearly the perfect height for him to rest against as the world still lost its equilibrium form time-to-time.

Though he mind was still heavily laced with booze from the all-night and early morning bender, he understood that a child had disappeared from her backyard and her foot steps lead into the long-unused tunnel. And now those in charge were determining the best approach to entering the ink-black opening without getting and of the rescuers injured or killed.

Ten minutes passed, then half an hour, followed by more than 45 minutes and still not a single rescuer had started into the mine. It became too much for Ridenhour to witness.

“Well, enough of this crap!” he said aloud though no one was listening to him, “I ain’t waiting’ ‘round for this damned hole to take another soul!”

Without permission or intervention, Ridenhour walked the few steps from the hood of the car he’d been leaning against and into the darkness of the once prosperous mine. As he did, he donned his helmet and switched the headlamp on – disappearing into the ink-like blackness.

Behind him he heard the angry and concerned shouts of disapproval. But he knew that there was very little they could do to stop him, so he ignored the threats of arrest and physical abuse from the group of would-be rescuers.

Much of his drunk wore off within minutes of his decision to take action. It was the clearest his mind – his soul – had felt since the collapsed killed his friends, co-workers and employees.

Moving carefully between the rough-hewn walls, he felt a real sense of purpose for the first time in ages. He knew this mine, this deadly Lady Luck, and he had grown determined not to allow it to take even one more life than it already had.

Soon he found who he was looking for: the small girl-child, huddled against the far wall near the collapse, an unlit candle in her hand. At first she didn’t move as his lamp’s light broke across her face.

Her deep blue eyes seemed unfocused and her cheeks had the rosiness of carbon monoxide poisoning. This gave Ridenhour a pause as he feared the worst.

That fear lasted but a second as the child jumped up and ran to him. Without hesitation he scooped her in his arms and turned back towards the entrance.

Minutes later the pair emerged from the old mine shaft to shouts of joy and happiness. He placed the child in the arms of her waiting mother and continued heading towards the shack.

“What’s the big idea risking that girl’s life by walking in there like that?!” barked the sheriff.

“Got tired of waiting for you pansies to go in and get her!” he hollered without looking back, “Besides, I still gotta bit of drunk to sleep off!”

The Fallacy of the ‘Federal Abortion Law’

This is a great learning moment that came shortly after I posted this ‘news item’ to my Facebook page:

“Oklahoma’s legislature has passed a bill criminalizing abortion procedures in the state. The bill would penalize anyone found to have performed an abortion with up to three years in prison and revoke the licenses of doctors who take part unless done to save the mother. Governor Mary Fallin has not said whether she’ll sign the bill into law.”

My friend Judy responded, “I’m all for less abortion, but that seems a little extreme.”

A while later another friend named Amy chimed in, “I agree with Judy. Also, how can a state law ignore federal law???”

My response wasn’t to address the states action about what’s considered ‘extreme.’ Rather I pointed out the true fallacy:

“The federal law doesn’t exist constitutionally. It is instead simply an opinion made by the SCOTUS, but never enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Finally, the power is left to the states because of the 10th Amendment which states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.””

Obama’s Executive Overreach is Tyranny

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new regulation that increases the salary threshold for paid overtime from less than $455 per week to $913 per week. Currently, salaried workers are only entitled to overtime pay if they make less than $23,660 annually.

Employees who earn yearly salaries of $47,476 or less will be entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. The new rule takes effect December 1, 2016, after that, companies will be watched and audited to make sure they are in compliance.

The Obama administration also took the step of ensuring the threshold will be updated automatically, every three years, by indexing it to salary growth in the lowest income region of the country. Also for the first time, the rule will allow bonuses and incentive payments to count toward up to 10-percent of the new salary level.

This new Labor Department policy should be challenged because the Executive branch, to which the DOL belongs, does not have the power to create employee compensation regulations. And while the federal government has often usurped powers not delegated to it via the Legislative branch, in this case, Congress did not pass any legislation expanding the conditions under which employers would be required to pay overtime to their employees.

This new rule came after a memorandum from Obama directing it to do so. Therefore, instead of executing a law passed by Congress, the president effectively legislated by executive memorandum.

Obama took this action despite the fact that the Constitution mandates that all legislative power be vested in the Congress as directed in the 10th Amendment, which reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States [i.e., the federal government] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Reading through the Constitution from beginning to end, no language is found that even remotely suggests that any branch of the federal government has the power to regulate salaries or any other part of the relationship between the employer and employee. That authority’s reserved to the states and to the people.

Shame on Congress for failing to act against such tyranny.

The Constitutional Problems of ‘Interpretation,’ Opinion’ and ‘Bureaucracy’

We to start calling our Congressmen and women ‘Representatives’ because they ‘only represent us,’ they are not our Lords and Masters, that the supreme Court IS a branch of government, subject to checks and balances, to the dismissal of judges, that ‘supreme’ at the front of their office is an adjective while Court is the noun, and they only issue rulings in the form of opinion and NOT law, that the Senate follows the House of Representatives in the formation of bills and budgets, and that the Executive Branch doesn’t have unlimited power, and that it is the people through the states that has delegated power to the three branches of federal government and that delegation can be withdrawn at anytime.

Further, a Progressive education system and the Progressive media have pushed the idea that the U.S. Constitution is an outdated document, which simply isn’t true. Here is an overly simplified breakdown of the first 10 amendments that give us liberties that no one can take away from us:

Free speech, freedom to worship (or not worship) in the religion of our choice, the right to gather and peacefully protest, the right to ask the government to make right an unconstitutional action; a free press; the right to protect yourself from anyone or thing that threatens you, your family or community (and that specifically means the government); not to be forced into having soldiers (or law enforcement) living in or using your home as a base of operation; the right not to be searched physically, electronically or by any other means unless a lawful warrant has been issued; not be held against your will unless you’re charged; your property cannot be taken from you without a trial or without fair compensation; you can’t be tried twice for the same crime; you get a quick trial and that trial cannot be held in secret; you can take anyone to court — including the federal government — if the offense is for more than $20, and that ruling once entered, cannot be overturned; you can’t be given a bail that is so high that you can’t pay it; you can’t be whipped, tortured, chained up or anything else as punishment for a crime; no one can be denied a liberty that is in the Constitution; and if the Constitution doesn’t say the federal government has authority over it, then it belongs to the state and this include marriage, transportation, roads, healthcare, schools, drug enforcement, etc.

Sadly, many of these liberties have been quietly stripped from away through acts of unlawfulness which include ‘interpretation,’ opinion’ and willful ‘bureaucracy.’

Supreme Court Creates Itself a New Authority

The supreme Court is seeking a compromise that allows religious non-profits who argue that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate violates religious freedom, to opt out of coverage while guaranteeing free birth control for employees. They’re doing this by not making a decision but by sending the challenges to the contraception mandate back to the lower courts.

And while the Progressive media is framing this a ‘win’ for the non-profits, what they’re avoiding telling us — or are too ignorant to understand — is that the supreme Court doesn’t have the Constitutional authority to form compromises. Section 1 vests the judicial power of the United States in federal courts, requires a supreme court, allows inferior courts, requires good behavior tenure for judges, and prohibits decreasing the salaries of judges:

“The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”

So in essence, while the non-profits are off the hook for the time being, “We the People” lost yet another bit of liberty as the judiciary continues it’s plodding toward a complete oligarchy.

The Murphy Twins

Based on an old Irish joke my dad loved to tell…

Two men were sitting next to each other at a pub in London.

After a while, one bloke looks at the other and says, ‘I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland’

The other bloke responds proudly, ‘Yes, that I am!’

The first one says, ‘So am I! And where about from Ireland might you be?’

The other bloke answers, ‘I’m from Dublin, I am.’

The first one responds, ‘So am I!’

‘Mother Mary and begora. And what street did you live on in Dublin?’

The other bloke says, ‘A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town.’

The first one says, ‘Faith and it’s a small world. So did I! So did I! And to what school would you have been going?’

The other bloke answers, ‘Well now, I went to St. Mary’s, of course.’

The first one gets really excited and says, ‘And so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate?’

The other bloke answers, ‘Well, now, let’s see. I graduated in 1964.’

The first one exclaims, ‘The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same place tonight. Can you believe it, I graduated from St. Mary’s in 1964 my own self!’

About this time, Vicky walks up to the bar, sits down and orders a drink.

Brian, the barman, walks over to Vicky, shaking his head and mutters, ‘It’s going to be a long night tonight.’

Vicky asks, ‘Why do you say that, Brian?’

‘The Murphy twins are drunk again.’

Altars and Sacred Stones

Sometimes the Lord lays a message on my heart in odd ways. With this one, it came through a friend who felt prompted to share Hosea 10:1-4 with me.

The New International Version reads: 1 Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.

2 Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The Lord will demolish their altars and destroy their sacred stones.

3 Then they will say, “We have no king because we did not revere the Lord. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?”

4 They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.”

It’s hard for me to read this and not come away thinking of the United States of America. Though the text says “Israel,” it can easily be replaced with “U.S.,” and that makes it all the more frightening.

Like a vine, the U.S. has steadily grown in its greatness. However, because of our greatness, we’ve also grown arrogant, thinking we are both our creator and the created, that our success has been our own doing, eliminating God from the equation of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Altars,” and “sacred stones?” Simply put, those are the things we worship, that we have placed ahead of God in our daily lives and the lack of acknowledgement we give Him by continually ignore His promptings because we think life is good and we don’t need Him.

Then there’s the word “king,” which is not capitalized and can easily be changed to “leaders.” So it becomes easy to understand the parallel question, “But even if we had leaders, what could they do for us?”

That answer is simple — nothing. Our lives come from God, not man, no matter how powerful or affluent that person is.

Finally, we are left with the “many promises,” the “false oaths,” and “agreements” that bring “lawsuits.” This is where we stand today and it is only a matter of time before we will have to “bear…guilt.”

We were once a “plowed field,” formed over 225-years ago in a Godly way, that’s being choked by “poisonous weeds,” by Godless leaders that we commanded into position.

Title XI Has Nothing to Do With Transgender

Our federal government has decided to issue a letter of guidance to our public school’s on transgender access to bathrooms. The joint letter from the education and justice departments was sent to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure all students “can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex.”

Realize that while they can ‘issue’ such a letter, it carries absolutely no authority. This is yet another example of federal overreach through the Executive Branch as yet another couple of bureaucratic and unconstitutional cabinets move to usurp power and authority from the Legislative Branch. However, time and again Title XI keeps getting tossed into the mix as if it has any real bearing in the issue of transgenderism and school bathrooms.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” [Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972), codified at 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681–1688]

The first person to introduce Title IX in Congress was its author and chief Senate sponsor, Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana. At the time, Bayh was working on a number of issues related to women’s rights, including the Equal Rights Amendment.

As they were having some difficulty getting the ERA out of committee, the Higher Education Act of 1965 was on the floor for reauthorization, and on February 28, 1972, Bayh introduced the ERA’s equal education provision as an amendment.

In his remarks Bayh said, “We are all familiar with the stereotype of women as pretty things who go to college to find a husband, go on to graduate school because they want a more interesting husband, and finally marry, have children, and never work again. The desire of many schools not to waste a ‘man’s place’ on a woman stems from such stereotyped notions. But the facts absolutely contradict these myths about the ‘weaker sex’ and it is time to change our operating assumptions.”

“While the impact of this amendment would be far-reaching”, Bayh concluded, “it is not a panacea. It is, however, an important first step in the effort to provide for the women of America something that is rightfully theirs—an equal chance to attend the schools of their choice, to develop the skills they want, and to apply those skills with the knowledge that they will have a fair chance to secure the jobs of their choice with equal pay for equal work.”

Bayh said absolutely nothing about ‘transgender,’ though his bill did state ‘sex,’ which is defined biologically defined by the presence of the XX (female) or the XY (male) genotype in somatic cells.

In 2014, guidelines were issued by the U.S. Department of Education stating that transgender students are protected from sex-based discrimination under Title IX, and instructing public schools to treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity in single-sex classes, so that a student who identifies as a transgender boy is allowed entry to a boys-only class, and a student who identifies as a transgender girl is allowed entry to a girls-only class. The memo states in part that “…students, including transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes, are protected from sex-based discrimination under Title IX. Under Title IX, a recipient generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity in all aspects of the planning, implementation, enrollment, operation, and evaluation of single-sex classes.

There is nothing in the United States Constitution that gives the federal government the authority to delegate power to the federal Department of Education or the Department of Justice to create law or even the suggestion of it.

A Time to Act

Once again I have sent an email to my congressional Representative in Washington, D.C. You should do the same by letting your Representative in Congress know where you stand.

(If you agree with my position, please feel free to copy and paste, but remember to change the Rep’s name and yours too.)

Dear Representative Amodei:

Our federal government has decided to issue a letter of guidance to our public school’s on transgender access to bathrooms. The joint letter from the education and justice departments was sent to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure all students “can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex.”

While I realize they can ‘issue’ such a letter, it carries absolutely no authority. This is yet another example of federal overreach through the Executive Branch as yet another couple of bureaucratic and unconstitutional cabinets move to usurp power and authority from the Legislative Branch.

Sir, you must act to stop this illegal activity. Thank you for your time and consideration in this urgent matter.

Tom Darby
Spanish Springs, Nevada

The time for action is NOW.

An Open Letter to Nevada’s Federal Representatives

So that you know that I’m not all smoke and no flame, here is the email I sent to each of Nevada’s federal Representatives. It became obvious during this ‘exercise in liberty,’ that they are using several methods of screening who reach out to them.

These methods include not having a ‘link ready’ email address on each of their congressional websites. Instead, each have a ‘contact’ button, where upon after entering it you are asked for you zip code with the ‘special four digit’ number.

If you do not have that four digit number, you must go to the official U.S. Postal Service website to enter your address and find out what that number might be. Honestly, it shouldn’t be this difficult.

Lastly, I learned rather abruptly that Representative Hardy of Nevada’s 4th District doesn’t want to hear from anyone outside his district. I entered my zip code, followed by those extra four digits, only to be informed I live outside his area of representation.

So, I called his office in Las Vegas and was told I couldn’t be helped, unless I wanted to relay my message telephonically or via the postal service. Opting to do neither, I called Hardy’s Washington office where the woman who answered the phone told me much the same thing – however offered to deliver my email to the Congressman through her work email.

I call that service, something our federal representatives see to not understand.

Here, now is my email to Representatives’ Dina Titus, Cresent Hardy, Joe Heck and Mark Amodei:

Why are you allowing the Executive Branch of government to usurp the Legislative Branch’s authority when it comes to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s threat to defund North Carolina?

The Executive Branch does not hold that power. That power is authorized only to the Legislative Branch via the people, and therefore the Legislative Branch doe not have the authority to delegate that power to the Executive Branch.

The federal overreach of the Obama Administration, through the Department of Justice must be halted. This responsibility falls to the House of Representatives as prescribed in Article I, section 7, clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills,” and in Article I, section 9, clause 7, that further states, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Darby,

Spanish Springs, Nevada

(The note I added only to Representative Hardy’s email)

P.S. Your Congressional email system should serve all citizens, not simply the select few who live in the 4th District. It is a shame that I must rely on a staff member from your office to relay an email to you and not directly submit the same to you in person. Please convey my appreciation to Emily Moore for her assistance in this matter.

Thank you, TD

Media Censorship at any Level is a Danger

Look, everyone knows that Facebook censors Conservative stories in its ‘Trending Topics’ feed, though they deny it. They are a private company and can do with their product as they wish.

But what’s difficult to understand is how Congress has any oversight responsibilities towards this private social-media company. When South Dakota Republican Senator (and supposed Conservative) John Thune became a leading opponent of net neutrality, he made the case that any political interference in how the Internet operates is inherently unacceptable.

Now, he’s supporting the notion of Congress investigating how Facebook decides what to share in it’s feed –and that is a threat to free speech. Members of Congress and others may take issue with Facebook’s editorial decision-making, but the First Amendment leaves no room for Congress to investigate or otherwise insert itself into Facebook’s business.

It’s clear Congress has yet to learn the lesson it taught us when it authorized the 2008 federal take-over of car companies, banking institutions and the nation’s healthcare system.

Loretta Lynch, the Liar

Yesterday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch held a press conference announcing that the Department of Justice is suing the North Carolina about House Bill 2, signed into law March 23, 2016. Officially known as ‘An Act to Provide for Single-sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities in Schools and Public Agencies and to Create Statewide Consistency in Regulation of Employment and Public Accommodations,’ and legislates that individuals may only use restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

Several times, Lynch lied as she spoke:

“In so doing, the legislature and the governor placed North Carolina in direct opposition to federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity.”

The specific federal law she is citing is the 1964 Civil Rights Act’ which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It does not include ‘gender identity,’ and ‘sex’ under this law is defined as biological at birth.

“While the lawsuit currently seeks declaratory relief, I want to note that we retain the option of curtailing federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina as this case proceeds.”

The Department of Justice, which falls under the Executive branch, does not have the authority to halt the funding of any establishment. That power is only given to the Congress, which is delegated to that body by the State’s and thus the people.

“And it’s about the founding ideals that have led this country – haltingly but inexorably – in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.”

Those three words, ‘fairness, inclusion, equality,’ do not appear in the U.S. Constitution and therefore cannot be expressed as ‘founding ideals.’ Meanwhile, ‘life, liberty, happiness,’ do appear in the Declaration of Independence.

“And we saw it in the proliferation of state bans on same-sex unions intended to stifle any hope that gay and lesbian Americans might one day be afforded the right to marry. That right, of course, is now recognized as a guarantee embedded in our Constitution, and in the wake of that historic triumph, we have seen bill after bill in state after state taking aim at the LGBT community.”

For such a ‘right’ to be ‘embedded in our Constitution,’ it would first have to be passed by Congress and then ratified by the States. Instead, she is choosing to confuse a supreme Court opinion with an Article 5 activity that must first begin in the Legislative Branch and not the Judicial Branch.

“Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself. Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”

Finally, Lynch has no Constitutional understanding of her position within the federal government. She does not work for the DOJ or the Obama Administration as she contends. She is sworn to uphold and defend the entire U.S. Constitution, not create ‘new law’ protecting the rights of a singular population, but the rights of all.

Bridgette Bottemiller-Mitchell, 1963-2016

The first time I met Bridgette things were fairly formal. Her father, Ron, hired me to run their PhotoKis machine for Ron Villa Pharmacy’s new one-hour photo lab in McKinleyville, California.

The second time I saw her, she blew me away with, “Why, hello gorgeous!” I walked around flattered as flattered could be for a couple of days, until I realized that was her greeting for most everyone she knew.

Today, I’m sitting here at my desk feeling sad at the knowledge of her passing on April 28, 2016. I think she was diagnosed with cancer sometime in 2015, but I didn’t realize how bad it had become until she said the disease was pressing on her spine, causing her pain.

Bridgette was born in Fort Bragg, California, Christmas day, 1963 to Betty and Ron Bottemiller. She grew up in Bayside, near Eureka, went to school in Arcata and then worked as her father’s bookkeeper at the pharmacy.

She’s survived by her two children, Clara and Matthew, her sisters, Connie and Kristy and mom, Betty. She is preceded in death by her dad, Ron, who passed away in 2013 and her husband David Mitchell, who died in 2009.

For me, her smile, laughter and good cheer will always hold a special place in my heart. This, and every time I see a red chili in a plate of chinese food, like the one that nearly killed me during a lunch date she and I had at a restaurant in Arcata, where she laughed so hard and so long that she nearly pee’d herself.

I’ll miss you, Bridge.

Alabama Judge Suspended for Applying State Law

A state commission suspended Alabama supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, alleging he disregarded “clear law” when instructing state judges to ignore a U.S. supreme Court ruling “establishing nationwide same-sex marriage rights.” The current investigation comes after the commission received complaints about Moore’s actions from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC.)

The SPLC complains that Moore:

— advised state judges to violate a binding federal court order;
— repeatedly commented on pending cases;
— undermined the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary by denigrating the federal courts and threatening to defy them;
— and improperly lent the prestige of his office to the Foundation for Moral Law, a private organization that his wife runs and that he founded.

It’s obvious from a statement made by SPLC President Richard Cohen, that the SPLC isn’t interested in the law, rather the so-called ‘law center’ is more interested in practicing social politics.

“Moore swore to uphold the United States Constitution,” Cohen said. “But he has demonstrated in the past, and now once again, that he is willing to put aside the law when it conflicts with his personal religious beliefs. He cannot be trusted to be an impartial arbiter of the law.”

Moore is simply trying to uphold the state’s law as marriage is a state issue and not a Federal issue as prescribe under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

And not one federally elected or state official – who’ve also sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution – can be found in support of Moore, trying to protect him from what has turned into a Progressive policy witch hunt.

The Compatibility of the First Amendment and the Gospel

Admittedly, it was more than hard to continue to listen after I heard the preacher boast that the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment was incompatible with the Gospel. My first reaction was to simply drop the online feed and move on, but I didn’t as I hoped I would hear something I needed to hear aside from the preacher’s opinion.

Since then I have thought a lot about his comment and I’ve come to realize exactly how wrong his statement is on several levels.

First off, the preacher must not realize that without the protection of the First Amendment what he said to those gathered before him, would not have save him from a tyrannical government. And what about those who assembled? They too would have been in grave danger from that same tyrannical power, had not some protection been provided via the First Amendment.

Then there is the fact that his/their/our religious beliefs would not be safe under a repressive regime had the First Amendment not been written by God-fearing, Gospel-understanding men. It’s obvious that our Founders understood the distinctions between ‘natural law’ (God’s law), which are our civil liberties, and man’s inherent predatory nature to usurp power and hold sway over all others.

Yes, the First Amendment and the Gospel seem to be a strange pairing, however if one understands the message of the Gospel – which is simply expressed by our Christ in John 13:34 (NIV), “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” then the First Amendment as well as the following nine of God’s laws align in perfection to the Gospel. To say otherwise is to act as an agent of the Evil One.

Stonewall National Park — America’s First Gay Monument

The Obama Administration is planning the nation’s first monument to gay liberation, Stonewall National Park, in New York City. The designation will encompass the Stonewall Inn bar and Christopher Park, a piece of land across the street from the bar, and various parts of the surrounding neighborhood.

The National Park Service will name the area as historic jus’ in time for the city’s LGBTQABCDEFG pride celebration, which commemorates June 28, 1969 — the day corrupt cops raided Stonewall Inn only to be surprised by an intense rebellion by bar patrons and locals fed up with police harassment. Meanwhile thousands continue to die at the hands of a “JV team.”

Doesn’t it feel great to see our tax money and Obama’s priorities, both working for such a wonderful cause like ‘inclusiveness?’

Turning High-Speed into a Tax-Payer Boondoggle

A group whose lead firm is controlled by Richard Blum, husband of California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein, has been awarded a nearly billion-dollar contract for the construction of the first phase of a “high-speed rail line” linking central California to Southern California. The Perini-Zachary-Parsons (PZP) bid was the lowest received from the five other groups participating in the bidding process.

Low is a relative term in this case because the project ultimately is to be footed by taxpayer monies. And you can bet because of his connection to a seated-Senator, Blum and crew had inside info on the other bids, thus they easily underbid them.

PZP’s bid $985,142,530 to build the first section of high-speed rail track that will tie Madera to Fresno, came in at a mere $35 million per mile. This doesn’t include the cost engines and cars, electrifying the route or land acquisition, of course.

Furthermore, the project will share tracks with conventional commuter rail trains, dropping its average speed to levels long bested by American railways more than a century ago. And in the end, will cost Californian’s twice what it’s budgeted at, take more than five hours to travel what takes less than an hour by air, and will have to charge much more than twice what airlines do for the trip.

This is how an unrestrained federal government operates – and how a state-turned-kingdom submits to its unbridled corruption, dressed up as a public-private partnership.

Reno Judge Booted for Opposing the Feds

The Declaration of Independence is filled with a list of grievances against King George III, including, “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.”

Two-hundred and forty-years later, His Majesty, King Barack the Only is doing the same thing and once again his truest of subjects, the Republican controlled House and Senate are doing nothing to stop him.

Reno judge Robert Clive Jones has repeatedly clashed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over the federal government’s continuous land grabs, gay marriage, and ballot and voting issues. Because of this — he’s been relegated to what’s called “senior status,” thus making him a part-time judge.

In a decades-long dispute between the government and the E. Wayne Hage family’s Pine Creek Ranch near Tonopah, Jones ruled in favor of the rancher. This and several of Jones’s high-profile decisions in recent years have been overturned by the 9th Circuit.

His rejection of same-sex marriage in Nevada in 2012 was reversed in 2014, as was his 2012 effort to pull “None of These Candidates” off Nevada ballots. Jones also was overturned in September 2015 when the 9th Circuit revived a lawsuit against the Nevada Health and Human Services Department over the issue of disenfranchising potential low-income and disabled voters.

Wasting no time following Jones demotion, A University of Nevada, Las Vegas, law professor has been nominated by President Obama for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Nevada. The Senate’s being asked to approve Anne Rachel Traum, whose been recommended by none other than Senator Harry Reid.

Traum is on leave from the William S. Boyd School of Law, while serving as special counsel in the U.S. Justice Department Office for Access to Justice. The ATJ’s mission, among other things is to ‘advance changes’ at both ‘the state and federal levels,’ where there is no Constitutional law to support either the DOJ or the ATJ.

How the White House responded to a Navy SEAL’s Death

Daesh (ISIS) fighters killed a U.S Navy SEALs in Iraq, in what’s being characterized as an “extremely heavy, extremely intense” firefight with U.S. forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said of the loss, “It is a combat death, of course and a very sad loss. It shows you the serious fight that we have to wage in Iraq.”

Meanwhile, back at the White House, what do you think the Obama administration’s focused on? The President’s impending visit to Flint, Michigan — where he’ll will stop at a food bank, take part in a roundtable about the towns ‘water crisis,’ speak to a crowd of 1,000 at a predominantly African-American high school and meet Little Miss Flint.

WH Spokesman Josh Earnest made no mention of the SEAL’s death until questioned. Not only did Earnest need to be asked about the incident before acknowledging it — the White House still refuses to classify the role of U.S. troops in Iraq as combat, instead preferring the euphemism, “dangerous work.”

While one might have hoped the Obama Administration would stray from its daily ‘self-promotion’ tour to acknowledge the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL without waiting to be asked — most Americans know where our brave men and women in uniform fit into Obama’s priorities.