Saturday, November 17, 2007
So y'all are thinking, "He is telling us about slave movies and I thought this post was about abortion?" I know. Well I can't help reading or watching the horrors of slavery and the fight against it with out thinking about abortion. Abortion is our national crime against humanity that has been justified, excused, and permitted for years. We need someone to stand up and dedicate his life and political career to ending this atrocity. While I am willing to be the one, I pray God will end this tragedy sooner. Abortion can't be allowed to go on for another twenty years.
On this same note, this is the reason the presidential race is so important. A liberal member of the court will almost certainly retire by 2012. We need to nominate a president we know will nominate judges who will overturn Roe. We also need him to be the man who can help the GOP regain it's image nationally and help it regain the senate. Without the senate the president will have a difficult time getting his nominees confirmed.
As you think about your choice for president remember lowering taxes saves money, while ending abortion saves lives.
"Jesus, please protect the little unborn children, they deserve a chance to run and play."
Friday, November 16, 2007
In Virginia if the margin of victory in an election is within .5%, the loser may request a recount.
Over the past three years Virginia has had three races that have fallen within the .5% margin of victory.
Initial reults reported Bob McDonnell defeated Creigh Deeds in the race for Attorney General's race by 323 votes.
Jim Webb defeated incumbent senator, George Allen, by 9,000 votes out of over 2 million votes cast, a margin of victory of about .45 %
After the canvassing was completed in the race for Virginia's 37th senate district, Ken Cuccinelli was still leading Janet Olsezek by 92 votes, a margin of .2%.
So what's the point of all these boring numbers? I just want to take a moment to point out who it was that called for recounts. Only the Democrats can't handle being defeated. Creigh Deeds dragged the state through a recount, and spent thousands of taxpayers dollars to make sure we counted everyone's vote. When the recount finally ended in the middle of December, Bob McDonnell's margin of victory actually increased by thirty seven votes. In 2006 with control of the senate hanging on t outcome of his senate race, George Allen chose not to drag the state, and the country, through a recount. He waited to see the results of the canvass, and then stepped out in front of the cameras, thanked his supporters for all their work, thanked teh state for electing him before, and then conceeded. Now in 2007 after the canvass was completed, Janet Olsezek, or was it her campaign manager, has called for a recount in one of the closest VA state senate races ever.
But why would Janet pull the people she wants through a recount and spend thousands of taxpayers dollars on this? Is there anything to indicate that the recount could change the outcome of the election? No. The canvassing changed nothing, and the provisional ballots actually gave Ken one more vote. No concrete accusation of voter fraud have been leveled. So why cal for a recount unless you simply can't stand losing?
While many things can be learned from George Allen's senate race, one lesson is when you have lost, be willing to concede. The only to call for a recount would be if there are serious instances of voting fraud, like more votes cast in a county than its registered voters. Virginia has never had major voter fraud, and there has never been a real reason to call for a recount. Anyone that loses a close race should have the courae to concede.
Memo to Democrat candidates: While defeat is agonizing, don't be too shocked if you lose while running against the rising conservative stars in Virginia.
Monday, November 12, 2007
What do you do when you pour your heart for something and do everything you can to make something happen, and your cause fails or what you were trying to make happen doesn't?
It's somthing I've struggled with as someone who spent a lot of time in debate and as a political junkie in VA.
The only thing you can do is to trust Him, but boy is it tough especially when you lay it all out there.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Will he or won't he? Mark Warner can stop sweating it, as he will announce his decision about his future political career Thursday morning in an e-mail to supporters.
And, what a tough decision Mark Warner has! On the one hand he can run in 2008 to replace John Warner in the US Senate. On the other hand he can run in 2009 for another term as governor. Either option is viable because Warner left the governor’s mansion with some of the highest approval ratings in Virginia history.
And, that’s a rating that appears to have stuck with him. A recent poll by Rasmussen Research shows Warner’s favorability rating at 68%. The same poll has Warner beating the two most likely Republican senate challengers by 20 and 27 points.
Governor Tim Kaine, the Democrat who succeeded Warner, gave no hint on his friend’s decision other than to say, “Virginia will be lucky either way.”
WSLS Political Analyst Dr.Bob Denton says it is likely Warner will pick the Senate and calls him the favorite.
“He's one of the most popular politicians in the commonwealth of Virginia. He has some campaign experience now,” Denton said.
But not so fast. Do you remember the last guy we thought had a lock an election: Senator George Allen. At one point he was 30 points ahead in his 2006 re-election bid. He went on to lose to Democrat Jim Webb.
Allen was in Moneta Wednesday campaigning for a local Republican running for the House of Delegates. He said he won’t run for the Senate in ’08, but said, “I think Mark's going to run for the US Senate.”
Allen was brought down in part thanks to a campaign misstep that ended up on YouTube. The Internet has changed the game for politicians, meaning Warner shouldn't take anything for granted.
“He does have to campaign and campaign hard,” Dr. Denton said. “He has to earn the position. But, at the same time I would say it's as much his to lose and his to win.”
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Gonzales was incompetent and needed to go. The issue of firing the attorney's was such a non issue, and should have staid a non issue. When Gonzales was questioned he gave such vague and contradictory answers that he made sure the isue kept going. The Attorney General needs to be able to articulately defend his and the president's decisions on the Sunday tv show circuit, and in Senate committee hearings. Gonzalez could not.
Not only is Gonzales a pitiful defender of the president, he's wrong on the issues. He's pro-choice, and doesn't get it on illegal immigration. Personally I've never been impressed by Alberto Gonzales, and I'm glad he's finally gone.
My only regret on the issue is that it took the president so long to do it.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
His managerial blunder at the All Sar Game was reminiscent of Grady Little's failure to yank Pedro during the 2003 ALCS.
After talking all week about how badly he wanted to win this game, he let Putz and K-Rod get away with their poor performances.
Bottom of the ninth two outs the National League is down by one run and has men on first and second. The next two batters are Orlando Hudson, and Aaron Rowand. Also, in a strategic decision Tony Larussa decided to hold Albert Pujols (one of the best hitters in the game) back as a reserve infielder in case the game went to extra innings.
Why doesn't Tony Larussa pinch hit Albert Pujols for either Hudson, or Rowand? Pujols is obviously the best of the three hitters. As it turned out K-Rod walked Hudson and induced a flyout to right from Rowand and the AL won its tenth All Star Game in a row.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Alright so Tuesday at 11:30 the senate voted on whether to reconsider a McCain/Kennedy 2.0. It is a bill that would essentially wreck our entitlement system, criminal justice system, healthcare system, and the Republican Party and simultaneously reward 12 million criminals, without even guaranteeing to secure the border. Tuesday the bill had a 22% approval rating. It's a terrible bill, and the entire grassrotts conservative movement has been trying desperately to kill it.
So I called a ton of senators multiple times, heres a couple of experiences.
When I called Sen. Kyl's office (the third ranking GOP senator and a former supporter of stron borders) I told the staffer, "I'm calling to encourage the senator to vote no on cloture and amnesty..." (click) They cut me off mid sentence.
Sen. Ensign (the senator responsible for getting Republicans elected to the senate in '08, a man who should be friendly to Republicans nationwide) His office was disinterested when I told them I was from Virginia.
Sen. Lott (the second ranking republican in the senate) No one picked up at his office Friday afternoon and Monday and Tuesday morning (all during normal business hours) and I was directed to a voice box which was full.
Sen. Webb promised in his campaign to oppose amnesty and didn't listen to my calls.
Also the congressional switchboard and all the above mentioned senators +Sen. Warner offices were all jammed at 11:15 on Tuesday morning.
There is one more critical vote tomorrow morning. Let's get these people to listen to us and kill the bill.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
As most of you know by now, Jerry Falwell died today from heart failure.
I just wanted to take this moment to offer my condolences to the family.
Also, while I may disagree with him on some theological points, he has done much good for the Christian community. Not least of which are founding Liberty University and the Moral Majority. The Moral Majority was a powerful force in electing Ronald Reagan.
Also pray for the college, their graduation is this weekend.
It's kind of wierd that the two major colleges near our house have been badly hit in the past month.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
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Friday, March 16, 2007
Senator John Warner says he believes the military should approve the acceptance of homosexuals because he doesn't consider homosexual acts
immoral. Senator Warner was responding to comments by Marine General Peter Pace's denouncing the abolition of the military's "don't ask,
don't tell" policy regarding homosexuals serving in the military.
General Pace said, "I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not
believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.
"I would not want acceptance of overt homosexual behavior to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were
to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute
that kind of immoral behavior."
Military law, which Gen. Pace was defending, prohibits homosexual acts.
Senator Warner responded to General Pace's comments saying, "I respectfully, but strongly, disagree with the chairman's (Gen. Pace)
view that homosexuality is immoral." Sen. Warner is the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is seeking to
overturn the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy instituted by former President Bill Clinton.
Members of the military cannot speak on this issue because it is political. They are depending on family and friends to speak on their
Warner's office number is (202)224-2023.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Gen. Pace Calls Homosexuality Immoral, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday he considers homosexuality to be immoral and the military should not condone it by allowing gay soldiers to serve openly, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Marine Gen. Peter Pace likened homosexuality to adultery, which he said was also immoral,
the newspaper reported on its Web site.
"I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way," Pace told the newspaper in a wide-ranging interview.
Pace, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, said he based his views on his upbringing.
He said he supports the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell policy" in which gay men and women are allowed in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation private. The policy, signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, prohibits commanders from asking about a person's sexual orientation.
"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts," Pace said.
Well, I thought that was really encouraging that someone in such a high position of leadership would speak out on the issue... Everyone seems afraid to say that nowadays.
However, now the homosexual lobby is screaming in rage to have General Pace removed
Homosexual groups are putting tremendous pressure on Congressmen and Senators and President Bush to punish General Pace.
The liberal media is strongly supporting the homosexual efforts. They have already forced him to back down a step. Also, read what the Human Rights Campaign says.
"Presently the military operates on a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The homosexual activists want the military to approve their immoral behavior. Take a stand for our troops who cannot get involved in this political situation!"
He was just upholding military law.
Why on earth would the military want to welcome a lifestyle that is three more times as dangerous as smoking? That has a sky-high suicide tendency? That is filled with abuse from those within the lifestyle itself?
General Pace is the first person in a long time to stick his neck out... And the radical homosexual lobby is determined to make an example.
Hmmm. Maybe. But not without a fight!
They've taken it for granted that we don't care... We're too nice...
C'mon! Let's show 'em! Who's with me??
Write a letter of support to General Pace and to the Defense Secretary Robert Gates. It doesn't have to be long... Just say that you support him and that he should NOT be fired.
General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Joint Chiefs of Staff
9999 Joint Staff Pentagon
Washington, DC 20318-9999
Email Address: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.aspx
(use the "Ask a Question/Make a Comment" tab)
Write a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates supporting General Pace
Public contact: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.aspx
Dr. Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000
Post this on your blogs... Tell your friends... Send out an email.
General Pace took a stand. Let's show the Washington Bureaucrats that he doesn't stand alone.This is original with BusiBeth
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Boy, it was fun getting back into the political swing of things. Can't wait to move to Richmond and really get working as we work to solidify the majority in the General Assembly.
Monday, February 26, 2007
A few quick coments:
Amazing grace was a very inspiring film. It is almost impossible to leave the theater without being remotivate to being a Christian IN the world... an active involved Christian trying to improve the culture for Christ. I strongly encourage everyone to go see it, and a big thanks to those who did.
The film played in a little over 700 theaters and made 4-5 million. At that rate, if it had actually been playing everywhere (3,000 theaters) it would have made over 16 mill. The Christian films should be put in more theaters, otherwise it is impossible to make a lot of money and reach a lot of people.
But, the fact that Amazing Grace is a low budget small release film is a good thing, maybe it will get an Oscar nomination next year.
Duh it can't. It's not a leftist propaganda piece. If you don't believe that leftist propaganda pieces win in Hollywood over excellent films that make a lot of money, explain to me how Happy Feet got the Oscar for best animated film instead of Cars.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Movie review of "Amazing Grace" by Michael P. Farris:
The life of William Wilberforce is a constant inspiration to those who believe that a person committed to a living relationship with Jesus
Christ can make a difference in our culture. The soon-to-be-released motion picture "Amazing Grace" faithfully tells this gripping story in
a manner that will inspire thousands of men, women, and children to follow his example of sacrificial Christian service.
Make no mistake, this is a first-class motion picture in every respect. The acting and cinematography are superb. But it is the
story that carries the day. It is a story of the triumph of good over evil. It is a story that shows how a godly wife can inspire a godly
man who is struggling to carry on the fight against all odds. And much more.
You will want to know that there are a handful of mild swear words in the movie. (God's name is not used in vain.)
Far too often the idea of a Christian movie is something that is second rate but that we should see anyway because it is good for us.
This is not that kind of Christian movie. In fact, it would be best described as a great movie and about a great man who was a faithful
If you are looking for something to spark the imagination of your children (or yourself) to do great things for God, get to the opening
weekend of "Amazing Grace."
For Christ and for Liberty,
Michael P. Farris, Esq.
Chairman & General Counsel
Cofounder of Home School Legal Defense Association
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
For the past nine months I have been following the movie "Amazing Grace" amazinggracemovie.com. The more I have found out about it the more I have wanted to see it. All the trailers and clips are truly inspiring, and I have been anticipating the release for months. The two weeks ago the website had a list of all the theaters in which the film would be playing. To my complete dismay Roanoke (the biggest city in South West VA) was nowhere on the list. The closest place was Charlottesville VA (2 hrs. away). While I was more than willing to travel that far to see the film, I didn't want to have to. So I called the toll free number on the website, and they said if they got enough calls from the area they would put it on in Roanoke. I immediately called one of my friends, and we mobilized a bunch of our friends to contact their churches and call the toll free number with the number of interested people. That was a Thursday and I left for TeenPact on Monday. So my friends kept working hard and when I got back a petition was circulating and we were presuring our local christian radio station to help us out. Luckily that didn't need to come to fruition .
::Sorry for the Break I had to Get Off the Computer and Just Posted What I had so Far::
For a review of the film by someone who saw an advance screning, go here and read the February 9th post.
Forr some good articles on the move check out these links:
Be sure to go to this movie when it opens in select theaters on this weekend beginning friday, february 23.
if the movie makes a good box office showing that night, other theaters
will join in showing it. go to the website above, watch the trailer,
find your local showing and then buy tickets.
P.S. My friend is Stephen Williams. That's why he couldn't come to TeenPact.
P.P.S. I still need help with my P.S. from the previous article.
P.P.P.S. My friends and I don't want any thanks, just a big opening weekend. I'm hoping the film makes at least
$20mill. That would make it by far the highest grossing Christian film since Narnia.
one of the best moments at camp. Bill Jack had the ugly tie contest every day, and one day, he won it. Oh Yeah!!
my awesone GLT committee(Gumbo Lettuce and Tomato, or was it General Laws and Technology) Y'all rocked
Kate: Thank you for your advice after graduation, I very well may do it.
Elijah: Your devotional really was excellent
David B.: Thank you for being a great committee leader, and room dad. Also, thanks for giving me permission to use your photos. (I'll post my own soon.)
For all the rest of the interns and staff who made the week so special I can only say....
P.S. If I have a windows media player file, how do I make it play as background music on my site while your looking at the site?
Shameless promo: for more info about TeenPact in general go to teenpact.com. For more info about this past week go to the TeenPacters of VA blogring and most everybody has posted something.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Introvert/Extrovert: The unanimous consensus is that I'm an extrovert, and y'all are definitely right. I'm not the center of attention of a crowd like some I know, but sheesh if you campaign as much as I do you have to be an extrovert. Shortly after the whole "n" word story broke about George Allen, I was at a black heritage festival passing out lit for the senator, and debaters are definitely extroverts. If you're shy when you start debating, a lot of that will go away as you continue.
Pessimist/Optimist: I consider myself an optimistic realistic. Whenever I look at the future I see a very dire situation, but I am confident that the Christian youth in this country, led by God, will reclaim our land. Here is another example... Last fall I knew we were in for a difficult midterm election, everyone knew that, but at about 7 or 8 on election night I told evedyah that I was looking forward to the red wave that was about to sweep over the country. I see things for what they are, but I refuse to resign myself to an evil future so I call myself an optimistic realist.
Favorite color: I don't really have a favorite color, although I have favorite color combinations. Two of them would be blue and orange (mets.com) and blue and gold (generationjoshua.org)
Taste in music: Country, especially the patriotic country, a little classical, and some contemporary christian. I love Michael Card, and Steve Green. I also like Relient K, and two of Casting Crowns songs, "And if we are His Body" and "What if His People Prayed?" really are excellent.
Organized/disorganized: Let's leave it at this, I'm disorganized.
Passive/aggressive: I'm aggressive, not in a mean intimidating way (I hope), but I like to get things done. I'll let y'all know about something I did in a later post.
Fashion: I like to dress up when called for, but I love decdent casual. Nice jeans and a warm fleece are awesome in the winter. And a pair of shorts and a nice shirt fit me just fine in summer. Now the accusation was raised that I look nerdy on political campaigns. Why not if it helps you stay relaxed, and win?
Learning style: slow but steady wins the race. Right? Well... not quite I like to learn and I'm not to certain about the answer to this one, but I definitely enjoy learning in groups with thoughtful discussions.
Enjoy... Thanks for commenting, and I love my friends.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
February 5, 2007
HSLDA--German Homeschooled Child Sentenced to a Child Psychiatry Unit
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
The situation for homeschoolers in Germany is getting worse each week.
Just last Thursday, a 17-year-old homeschooled girl was forcibly
removed from her parent's custody by over 15 police officers. The
homeschooled girl has been placed in the child psychiatry unit of the
Homeschooling is not legal in Germany. There are over 40 cases
currently in court or being appealed. Christian families are fleeing
Germany for safety in nearby countries. The unconscionable treatment
of sincere and faithful Christian homeschool families is a sad legacy
from Germany's past. Homeschooling was first banned under Adolf
Hitler, and that ban is still enforced today.
Many families who have had their children forcibly taken from their
home each day and taken to government school have since fled Germany,
but there are still some homeschoolers. The latest incident involves
17-year-old Melissa Busekros, the girl sent to the Nuremberg
psychiatry unit. What is being done to this sensitive girl--just to
set an example of enforcing the compulsory schooling at all costs--is
reprehensible and causing trauma to unassuming and lovable Melissa.
In the summer of 2005, when Melissa was 15, she was told she would
have to repeat the seventh grade at the government school because she
was failing math and Latin. She had good grades in the rest of her
classes, so her parents tutored her at home for those two subjects.
When the school officials found out they were angry and then expelled
Melissa, so the family began to homeschool full time.
However, the Youth Welfare office then took the family to court
because they were homeschooling. Then, on Tuesday, January 30, 2007,
social workers and police officers came to the Busekros home and
forcibly took Melissa to the child psychiatric unit where she was
questioned for four hours before she was returned home. Then two days
later, 15 police officers and social workers came to the Busekros home
and took Melissa away from her parents by force and placed her in the
child psychiatric unit.
According to Melissa's father, Hubert Busekros, this treatment was
justified by the psychiatrist's finding two days previously that
Melissa was supposedly developmentally delayed by one year and that
she suffered from school phobia.
Nevertheless, one organization concerned with education expressed
outrage at the treatment of Melissa Busekros.
"The Netzwerk Bildungsfreiheit [the Network for Freedom of Education]
condemns this inconsiderate and totally incommensurate behavior on the
part of the officials involved and demands that they give Melissa her
freedom and return her to her family immediately," the group was
quoted in an article on its website. To view the site, as well as more
information and a photograph of the Busekros family, go to
We ask you to take a moment and do two things: First, call or email
the German Embassy and give them this message:
"We are shocked to hear of the Busekros' homeschooled daughter Melissa
being removed from the custody of her parents and being placed in a
child psychiatric unit. This is an outrage that hearkens back to the
Nazi era. We cannot believe a free nation would put a homeschooled
child in a psychiatric ward for 'school phobia.' The attack on the
homeschool families throughout Germany must stop."
The German Embassy can be contacted at:
Dr. Klaus Scharioth
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC, 20007-1998
The embassy can be emailed from its website:
Second, pray for the German situation. Only God can change the
situation for homeschoolers in Germany. Attempts by German
homeschoolers to organize or to change the laws through court continue
to be lost, but with God all things are possible. We ask that you cry
out for the German homeschool families.
German parents have been fighting for the right to homeschool for the
last seven or more years. However, all efforts have failed in the face
of the stubborn German government and their official response that
they cannot "allow a counterculture to exist."
We believe the hope for Germany will be via the international pressure
bearing down so that they abandon their witch-hunt after homeschoolers
and their terrible treatment of these innocent families.
Homeschoolers remaining in Germany are hoping to legalize
homeschooling in one state and thereby make a safe-haven for
homeschoolers. However, the German homeschoolers are so few and the
attacks so intense that it is hard to make any progress in this area.
If you wish to assist the Germans in their struggle for homeschool
freedom, or with many other struggling countries, you can donate to
HSLDA's international fund via the Home School Foundation at
Your donation will be used to meet the homeschooling needs in Germany.
After meeting the known homeschooling needs in this country, if there
are remaining funds, this money will be transferred to the
Foundation's International Fund to meet homeschooling needs in other
Thank you for standing with these families and taking a moment to
Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel
Director of State and International Relations
Monday, February 5, 2007
::WARNING:: AFTER THE FIRST SONG CUT IT OFF. I CAN NOT ENDORSE THE LANGUAGE OF THE SECOND SONG ALTHOUGH I DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND THE SENTIMENT::
In other news, I'm simultaneously in the seventh heaven (almost) and wondering over the future. Tell y'all why later.
TeenPact's in one week. I absolutely can't wait.
While I wasn't their my thoughts were with you. Region Nine, y'all rock. Congratulations Jason, and Nichols/Escobar. McNair you really deserve it. Keep it up everyone, and show the nation what this region is made of again at nats.
Also, I finally found an awesome version of one of the best songs. I've been looking for a copy of this song since I first heard it at the PHC History TLC in the summer of 2004. http://youtube.com/watch?v=8e1qC-yFUj4
Friday, February 2, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Students book it to the library
With nowhere else to go, students socialize among the stacks.
During geometry class at Patrick Henry High School, a group of friends often joke with one another about what they'll do after school.
"Are you going to the homeless shelter today?" freshman Alex Talin will ask her friends.
Talin and her pals are referring to the Raleigh Court Library Branch, which is adjacent to the school.
The girls go there almost every day because they have nowhere else to go while they wait, sometimes for hours, for their parents to get off work and pick them up.
The girls and a dozen other students congregate in and outside the library, chatting and using the computers. They can get loud, and others in the library are sometimes frustrated that it's not the quiet place they expect it to be.
The Raleigh Court branch is one of many in Roanoke that acts as an after-school day care of sorts. Like all branch libraries in Roanoke, the Raleigh Court branch is next to a school, making it easily accessible to students.
The Salem Public Library, too, is overwhelmed with as many as 40 students after school.
"I feel like it's an ad hoc teen center," said Janis Augustine, director of the Salem library. Because the librarians have to keep an eye on the students, they can't work as efficiently, she said. "It's somewhat frustrating because I know the kids need a place to go and blow off steam. They really don't have any other place to go."
The Salem library is working with the city, schools and police to address the problem.
Last school year, Salem DARE officers began patrolling the library a few days a week, said Lt. Tim Guthrie of the Salem police.
"The biggest thing is the kids just become loud and disruptive for a library setting," Guthrie said.
In Roanoke, school resource officers will assist the library with disruptive students, but it's the library's responsibility to manage the students, said Officer Rodger Hogan, a resource officer at Patrick Henry.
"We're not the Dewey Decimal detectives," he said.
Not all students cause problems.
But others make it obvious they're not there for the books.
"I don't even really like to read," said Danikka Laya, a Patrick Henry freshman.
Most students go online, updating their myspace.com pages, playing computer games or checking out the latest cellphone accessories.
They gather around computers, laughing and pointing at pictures. Others loiter outside if the weather's nice, catching up with friends or sneaking a cigarette.
One patron, Mildred Weddle of Roanoke County, said she enjoys being around the children and hearing them laugh. One even helped her when she had car trouble Thursday.
Another patron, though, said she avoids the Raleigh Court branch library during after-school hours because of the students.
"They take up all the computers and there's nothing for the little kids to do," said Sheila Pauley, a mother of two.
Patrons and librarians may voice their displeasure, but the library is a public place.
Librarians or officers can ask a disruptive student to leave, but their only other methods of enforcement are stern looks and verbal scoldings.
"The librarians freak us out because they just kind of stare at us," Talin said. "They are not really polite."
Signs around the library also seem to hint that it's not OK to use the library as a day care.
"No trespassing," read signs mounted on the outside of the Roanoke libraries.
Another sign, this one posted near the checkout counter at Raleigh Court, advises that, "Although we are concerned about the wellbeing and safety of children, Library staff cannot assume responsibility for care or supervision of children ..."
For parents, though, it is a comfort knowing their kids are in a safe place.
"I would prefer her to be here than out running around the block getting into trouble," said Joan Novoa of her 14-year-old daughter, Kelly Considine, who usually goes to the Williamson Road branch after school.
Sheila Umberger, director of Roanoke libraries, said she is thrilled that the students come to the library and wants to do more to accommodate them.
"It's very important for our kids to be respected and given a place to be," she said.
She acknowledged that their presence can create a problem for librarians and patrons, and she said the library is working toward solutions.
The Roanoke library is collaborating with school officials and resource officers to set guidelines for the students.
One solution the Raleigh Court branch and police have recently put into place is a barring program. If a student is disruptive, police are called and give the student a form banning them from the library. If the student returns, he or she could be charged with trespassing.
Hogan said no students at the Raleigh Court branch have been charged in the two or three weeks the program has been in place.
The Roanoke library is also adding a security guard to its staff because Umberger believes it will help patrons feel more comfortable.
"We want to make the location a good one for everyone," Umberger said.
Umberger said she would like to provide the teens with more multimedia activities, such as listening stations and laptop labs.
"We want to make it a cool place," she said.
Some branches have already taken steps to accommodate students.
The Williamson Road branch has rearranged computers to create separate stations for adults and students.
The Gainsboro branch created a teen club, Gainsboro Truth, whose members participate in programs that cover topics such as building character and respecting the library.
The main library is in the process of establishing a teen center, which should be in place by summer.
"We've always encouraged kids to come in," Umberger said. "When I look at it, we're just trying to improve our services."
Friday, January 26, 2007
Currently Virginia's senior senator, John Warner, is working on a non binding resolution to oppose the president's troops surge.
No matter what happens, the troops surge will take place. Warner's non binding resolution will simply tell the soldiers who are a part of the surge, we don't support you.
On the concept of a troop surge, Lindsey Grahm accurately said the following.
“I believe General Petraeus’s new strategy of sending more troops and more economic aid, and improving the political climate in Iraq is our best chance for success, and I support his new effort. To my colleagues who believe Iraq is a lost cause, I urge you to have the courage of your convictions and vote to stop sending more troops into Iraq by cutting off funding."
“A resolution declaring the new strategy a failure before it is implemented is the worst of all worlds. It is a vote of no confidence in General Petraeus, will empower our enemies, and be demoralizing to our own troops.”
If you also want to see the U.S. Senate support our troops in combat, please go to http://www.thenrscpledge.com/ sign up, and call your senators. No matter who you are, how old you are, or what your age, your voice and activism will help.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
2. Healthcare and Education: Even though I doubt much of what the president said concerning these subjects will be heeded, I loved watching the Democrats grimace when the president said the word "privatization"
3. Energy: The president's proposals on the subject were nice, but all demanded more government intervention, regulation on fuel types and standards, and increasing SPR. I was waiting for the president to say, "...and as we actively pursue the development of alternative fuels we need a steady supply of non-mideast oil. That's why I'm once more reccomending that you open up ANWR and the OCS to drilling."
4. Judges: The president once again called for the speedy confirmation of judges. It's definitely an important thing. The lack of judges is holding up the courts. The fourth circuit is missing one third of its members. However, its a little to late. Thanks to eh incompetence of Frist and antics of McCain and co. the constitutional option was never exercised. with Leahy in charge of the judiciary committee things will go at a murderously slow pace. Also... Can anyone explain why the issues of judges wasn't campaigned on in the midterms as it was in the president's reelection? Might it have done more to galvanize the base?
5. Protection of Marriage: You may see this and think, "Did the president even mention marriage in the speech? If you are that's my point. It seems to me like the FMA was a political ploy campaigned hard on in the president's reelection campaign to galvanize the base, but practically ignored in the last two years. Sorry... It was voted on in the summer by congress in an attempt to show conservatives that teh Republicans are conservative to. Why couldn't the president throw in two lines about the FMA?
6. Immigration: I'm sorry. I have totally had it with the president on immigration. Instead of cozying up to your non-base, can you just keep this country safe Mr. President?
7. Iraq: It's really simple. We need to win. Sadly the Democrats and the RINO's are invested in our defeat. If you don't believe me go back and watch the video of the speech. Every time teh president mentioned victory in Iraq, the Democrats sat on their hands. How can people who don't even want us to win help create a constructive proposal on the subject? Ironically even though the D's oppose victory in Iraq, they cheered wildly whenever teh president encouraged us to support the troops. Explain that one please.
8. Senator Webb's Response: I won't say to much. However... I didn't realize until last night how captivating an orator this state elected. Before I proceed I would like to thank Sen. Webb and his family for their service in America's military. Everyone who serves in that capacity deserves our gratitude for those actions, including Sen. Kerry. However... Being a foot soldier qualifies no one to be an arm chair general, to assume that they always no better than the presiden and his advisors and can run this war. I am sick of people like Sens. Webb, McCain, Kerry, and Grahm who say, "I was a foot soldier thirty years ago. I'm an expert on all things military." In much the same way that I as a grocery clerk am not an expert on how to run a grocery store, Sen. Webb is not an expert on how to run a war. As a Democrat who opposes victory this is also a war he doesn't want us to win.
These sure are tough times. Keep working hard for God and country.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Frozen embryo survives Katrina flood: Noah is bornReuters | Friday, 19 January 2007
Noah Benton Markham was born on Tuesday in St Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, Louisiana, a hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday. He weighed 8 pounds, 6½ ounces (3.8 kg), and was delivered by Caesarean section with no complications, the spokeswoman said.
His parents, Rebekah and Glen Markham, were unable to have children and created embryos at a fertility clinic to be implanted in the mother's womb.
After the hurricane, authorities saved his embryo and others stored at a hospital where they had been in danger of thawing amid the flood engulfing the area.
Baby Noah has a 2-year-old brother whose embryo was created at the same time but was implanted earlier.
Embryonic stem cell research truly is murder. Every time a human embryo is used in the cause of science another Noah Markham is denied his right to life. Besides after twenty years of intense research, no positive results have come from the destruction of human embryos. Congressional debates over embryonic stemm cell research aren't simply debates over ethics. They are debates over whether the government will fund a form of research, that has never been proven to work, and simultaneously denies thousands the ability to see the light of day.
I'm disgusted that our congress wants to encourage such destructive research. Many blessings on young Noah, and his elated family.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
As young people, let's commit that when we are married we will have marriages that others will see and ask, "how can I have a happy marriage like that?" It's a serious thing growing up.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Please act now and help preserve the right of parents to educate their own children.
January 9, 2007
HSLDA--French Homeschoolers Need Your Help Immediately!
Dear HSLDA members and friends:
French homeschoolers are faced with a draconian bill which will be
voted on by parliament within the next few days. We just received word
about this bill today.
Homeschooling is currently allowed in France. However, this bill would
essentially outlaw homeschooling. No parent would be allowed to
homeschool unless they showed that the health or handicap of their
child makes it necessary for him or her to be taught at home.
In addition, if a family could even prove they have a health issue or
some other "serious" reason to justify their homeschool, they would
then have to submit to a home visit by a government official each
year. Also, their curriculum would be either provided by the "National
Center of Correspondence Teaching (CNED)" or by an approved private
French homeschoolers believe this bill will essentially outlaw
homeschooling as they know it in France. They plead for your help to
stop this restrictive bill.
Homeschoolers in America have successfully stopped similar legislation
in Ireland, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. In both Ireland and
the Czech Republic, the restrictive homeschooling bills had already
passed one house of parliament before we even got involved. Once we
got involved the bills were stopped.
At this point we need you to communicate with the French Embassy in
Washington, D.C. In a few days we will send another email asking you
to communicate directly with the parliament members.
Please contact as soon as possible, by phone or email, the French
Embassy and give them this message:
"Amendments 127 & 128, which would virtually outlaw homeschooling, are
being voted on by the French parliament. If passed, this would cause a
travesty. We cannot believe that a free country like France would
outlaw such a basic right as parents choosing to homeschool their
children. Over two million children are being successfully
homeschooled in America. Homeschooling works. We ask that you
immediately convey to the French government our concern and request
that the bill language prohibiting homeschooling in nearly all
circumstances be withdrawn."
Also, explain in a paragraph or two the wonderful success you have had
Ambassador Jean-David Levitte
Homeschooling has long been allowed in France. Homeschoolers have to
have regular testing and sometimes they are visited by an official,
but for the most part operate freely. This bill would completely
change that legal atmosphere and make it impossible for 95% of
homeschoolers to operate.
Please take time to help our brothers and sisters in France, where the
homeschool movement is small and they do not have a lot of
organizations or numbers. Nonetheless, there are many sincere parents
who love their children and want to faithfully teach them at home
principles from the Word of God and personally train their children.
If homeschoolers don't try to help, who will? Please take a moment and
contact the French Embassy.
Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel