by Lenny Leatherman
Which of the three branches of government actually has the authority to define marriage -legislative, executive, or judicial?
Should that question be settled before the Supreme Court weighs in on same sex marriage?
If federal courts actually have the authority to “un-define” marriage by ruling that individual states cannot define marriage as being between ‘one man and one woman’, do they in fact have the authority to define marriage?
So…what is marriage? The voters in Texas answered the question of marriage (between one man and one woman) long ago in our State Constitution.
If history has taught conservatives anything, it is that having Republicans in power is a necessary but by no means sufficient condition to advance a conservative agenda.
During the George W. Bush era, for instance, Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress. Spending soared, the federal role in education grew, and entitlements underwent their most significant expansion since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.
Competition allows public to highlight examples of egregious government waste in Texas
From Texas Public Action, by Nathanael Ferguson, 09/03/14-
AUSTIN – Texas Public Policy Action today announced the Texas Government Waste Contest, an open competition to allow members of the public to identify and describe examples of egregious and frivolous government waste at all levels of government in Texas. The contest runs from September 3 to October 24, 2014, with winners announced by November 14, 2014.
Sep 25, 2014 -
Millions more Americans will have the right to drive and walk around U.S. cities with hidden, loaded guns if freelance videographer Edward Peruta wins his fight to carry one on assignment.
The sheriff in San Diego rejected Peruta’s application for a permit to take his Colt 1911 .45 caliber pistol while traveling with cash and expensive equipment in high-crime California neighborhoods. He sued, and a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled in February that any responsible, law-abiding citizen is entitled under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment to possess a concealed firearm in public for self defense.
Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have taken justifiable pride in cultivating a domestic climate that attracts innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses from across the globe.
In recent years, however, our tax laws and federal regulations have eroded our international competitiveness. Paradoxically, that has occurred during a period in which increasing globalization demands improvement, not regression.
Unfortunately, new rules announced by the Obama Administration will make the situation worse, not better. Instead of fixing the problem, they seek to compound it.
From the Daily Signal, by Jennifer Kerns, 09/25/14 -
It’s white. It’s square. And at 1-by-1 inch in diameter, it is the perfect accoutrement to any entrepreneur’s smartphone.
With its quick swipe capability and ultimate portability, the high-tech Square Reader credit-card processor has become an invaluable tool in today’s economy.
How high-tech credit card vendors and customers get their Second Amendment rights infringed.
Senator Blutarsky’s response to “Impossible to be a Moderate Muslim” by Frank Williford, September 25, 2014 -
I have been trying to expose ” the fallacy of progressive One World Agenda ” since @ 1968. I have spoken to dozens of public forums and meetings, hosted monthly “tea party” groups of activists since before most folk could even spell ” C-o-n-s-t-i-t-u-t-i-o-n “….Have written, literally, hundreds of letters To The Editor, as well as to Senators & reps. I have been involved in party politics from the ground floor, up to and including a staff position on a US congressional race.
I have spent more time, money, gas and expenses…and energy- than most folks who read this can even ponder. I dont want a thanks or a pat on the back – just hard damn facts of what I have poured in, over my life, to try to restore a free republic, since a teenager .
Unfortunately, we have a preview in Dallas-Fort Worth and other communities of the effects of failed policies of Medicare/Medicaid, state government and insurance companies in how they value medical services and how they poorly support the first-contact primary care system.
Freestanding emergency rooms are popping up all over DFW like mushrooms after a hard rain.
If you were thinking about opening a healthcare business and you could get paid $1,500 in one facility or $100 in another for the same service, which facility would you invest in?
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I’m invited to preach have these things in common….
–Almost no man wears a necktie or suit.
–On the platform you find all kinds of musical instruments.
–Huge screens are mounted on the front walls, where the words of songs and scripture are projected.
–Many people in the congregation read Scripture from their phones.
–Worship leaders are often wearing jeans and sneakers.
–In the announcements, you hear of mission trips to foreign countries, regardless of the size of the church.
–Fewer and fewer hymns are being sung, and when the old ones are brought out, they’re given new treatments. Mostly, though, what’s being sung in worship was written in the past 10 or 12 years.
–Churches announce on their outside signs “blended” services, “contemporary” services, and/or “traditional” services.
The times, they are a-changing, friend. (And they are not through changing either. So you youngsters should not get too attached to the present innovations.)