A Welcome “Snow Job” in Alaska – No Tee Time for You-Know-Who

30 August 2015 AD/15 Elul 5775

No golf this trip, that's for sure
No golf this trip, that’s for sure

Summer Snow to Greet Obama on Alaska Climate Trip

August 30th, 2015 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

When President Obama visits Alaska this week to campaign for a new international agreement to fight global warming climate change, Alaska will be experiencing colder than normal weather and forecast summer snows, as seen in this WeatherBell.com graphic of forecast total snowfall by Friday: Besides this latest example of the Gore Effect, the dirty little secret is that the climate is always changing, and what better place to illustrate the role of Mother Nature (not humans) than in Alaska? Read more from DrRoySpencer.com 

What more can I add to this, but to say, God has a sense of humor.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Rising Racial Strife Threatens to Destroy the Republic – Is There a Cure?

30 August 2015 AD/15 Elul 5775
What can destroy our nation? Division. Divide-and-conquer is a proven strategy that works every time it’s applied.
 
Candidate Barack Hussein Obama openly stated his goal to “fundamentally transform America”. He assumes, he believes, all black-skinned persons agree with him. In fact, a lot do, as witnessed in Waller County, Texas where heavily-armed Black Panthers moving in military-like formations openly called for the unrestricted murder of law enforcement officers.
 
Media reports make those domestic terrorists appear heroic, but this is not so. They are ignorant thugs whose hatred arises from inflammatory rhetoric and an assumption black people can’t possibly commit crimes.
 
Let’s not be misled. FEW black Americans agree with the Al Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons, Jeremiah Wrights and Black Panthers. Whether Democrat or Republican, your black neighbors generally share values of the greater population of our country. Your values.
partiotism vs domestic terrorism
 
I suggest you do two things.
 
First, look to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, U.S. Army (retired) Lt. Col. Allen West, acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and former welfare dependent Star Parker for your prototypes of black patriots.
 
Second, accept the fact of racial division fomented by this sitting president and his Attorney General. He welcomes inner-city racial strife as a means to expand his choke hold on America.
 
When our economy inevitably collapses, inner-city murder and mayhem will greatly expand. What to do? Watch your back. That murderer of Waller County Deputy Darren Goforth has a criminal past, is ignorant of history, has disdain for authority and he had a gun. There are plenty of people like Shannon Miles, Michael Brown and Trayvon Benjamin Martin.
 
What should you do? Be watchful. Avoid giving opportunity to armed conflict, but be prepared to defend yourself and others nearby. Don’t assume all black people are out to get you. Pray for God to open the eyes of people who are being deceived by Satan.
Be mindful of police activity. When you see police in traffic stops and elsewhere engaging the public, take a second look. That officer may need your assistance in one way or another. Act wisely.
 
Bad news: Things will get worse. Much worse.
 
Good news: God is on his throne, prayer changes things and Jesus is coming soon.
 
John White

Lawlessness Is Not Law Enforcement – A Discussion Around No-Knock Raids

25 August 2015 Ad/10 Elul 5775

Because no-knock raids were with us at the very beginning of our nation. Protection against rogue government was paramount to our founding fathers.

Our Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution of 1776 and the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791 were the product of thoughtful leaders addressing past wrongdoings of government.

There were Bills of Attainder

A special legislative enactment that imposes a death sentence without a judicial trial upon a particular person or class of persons suspected of committing serious offenses, such as Treason or a felony.

It was to prevent on-the-spot executions our founders add the following clause to the Constitution.

Article I, Section 9, clause 3: “No Bill of Attainder … Law shall be passed.”

And, there were Writs of Assistance

Writs of assistance were court orders that authorized customs officers to conduct general (non-specific) searches of premises for contraband. The exact nature of the materials being sought did not have to be detailed, nor did their locations.

Using Writs of Assistance, British enforcers could forcibly enter private property at will in search of contraband, illegal substances, at will.

It was to prevent law enforcement officials from conducting no-knock raids based on hearsay testimony the founders added the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.

Amendment VI: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No we have No-Knock Raids

Example No. 1

No knock raid in Killeen one year ago
No knock raid in Killeen one year ago – click on image above for full story

Example No. 2

“I don’t know of any other case where someone shot and killed a police officer in the course of a drug raid has been no-billed by a grand jury,” Dick DeGuerrin, the attorney representing Magee, told the Washington Post. “At least not in Texas.” click on image for full story
“I don’t know of any other case where someone shot and killed a police officer in the course of a drug raid has been no-billed by a grand jury,” Dick DeGuerrin, the attorney representing Magee, told the Washington Post. “At least not in Texas.” – click on image for full story

Example No. 3

Georgia SWAT team's flash bang grenade blasted off most of his nose, collapsed his left lung, and tore his face and body down to muscle and bone, but officers found no drugs there and made no arrests at the residence. - click on image for story
Georgia SWAT team’s flash bang grenade blasted off most of his nose, collapsed his left lung, and tore his face and body down to muscle and bone, but officers found no drugs there and made no arrests at the residence. – click on image for story

There are situations where cops break into the wrong address.

Example No. 1

Marianne Diaz was handcuffed, probed by a female officer while naked. “It was terrorizing, and the worst thing I’ve ever been through in my life. They were loud, vulgar, and disgusting in behavior,” she said.
Marianne Diaz was handcuffed, probed by a female officer while naked. “It was terrorizing, and the worst thing I’ve ever been through in my life. They were loud, vulgar, and disgusting in behavior,” she said. – click on image for full story

Example No. 2

Police had the house under surveillance because the it was "too nice". The young men also had a music studio in the house, helping area artists record.
Police had the house under surveillance because the it was “too nice”. The young men also had a music studio in the house, helping area artists record. – click on image above for full story

First Duty of Government

The first duty of government is not to punish. Most certainly, it is not the duty of law enforcement officers to ascertain guilt or innocence. The first duty of all government is found in the second paragraph of the Unanimous Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

Yes, the first duty of all government is “secure these rights”. As you see in the above examples, no-knock raids based on scant evidence, most egregiously those that threaten lives of innocent persons, do not conform to either our history or our republican form of government.

Rise of the Warrior Cop

Radley Balko's book is not the creation of a wild-eyed anti-cop fanatic, but a thoughtful treatise on unconstitutional police powers
Radley Balko’s book is not the creation of a wild-eyed anti-cop fanatic, but a thoughtful treatise on unconstitutional police powers – click on image for story

Radley Balko’s book is available from Amazon.com.

Available for Kindle, as paperback, hardcover and audio.
Available for Kindle, as paperback, hardcover and audio.

I encourage you to have a dialogue with your local law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges. See where they stand on American principles of the Rule of Law. Also review this interactive map from the CATO Institute.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids – An Epidemic of “Isolated Incidents”

John White
Rockwall, Texas

A Perspective on 2015 RISD Bond Election

19 August 2015 AD/4 Elul 5775

A one dollar bill has a thickness of .0043 inches. Once can stack $232.56 of these bills one inch high. A stack $2,790.70 rises to one foot.

So, how big is $256,820,000 (one quarter billion dollars)? Driving distance from downtown Rockwall to Firewheel Towne Center in Garland is 18 statute miles. A horizontal stack of dollar bills would reach 17.43 miles, or almost the distance to Firewheel.

Our grandchildren will be paying on this bond, if America survives that long.
Our grandchildren will be paying on this bond, if America survives that long.

Were we to stack 256,820,000, the stack would climb to 17.43 miles, 92,027.17 feet, up there where no airplanes fly.

John Marshall said, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

Bond money has no magical properties. It’s a loan that must be repaid. Over many Years.

David Stockman and Harry Dent warn us of the imminent collapse

David Stockman served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan.
David Stockman served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan.

of the world economy. Click on the image to the right to view a brief video warning from David Stockman.

Is this a good time to add more tax burden on our shoulders?

John White

Rockwall, Texas

RISD Bond Election – Building a School to Train Students for Careers They Will Not Pursue

18 August 2015

Blue Ribbon News reports on August 18: $256,820,000 Bond Package Developed By 60-Member Citizens Committee After Five Months Of Extensive Study & Analysis

““The Rockwall ISD bond package is designed to impact every student with new and renovated schools, basic maintenance and capital upgrades, technology and security updates, new buses and sports fields, and a College and Career Academy,” said Jeff Bailey, Rockwall ISD Superintendent.

The College & Career Academy will be a part of the STEM program for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The College & Career Academy will maintain between 800 to 1,000 students throughout the day providing both high schools with space for additional enrollment capacity on their existing campuses. The Academy will also be used by Texas A&M Commerce and Collin College for college course work for students and adults.”

STEM sounds grand. Does it not? Let’s look back one year to an article in the Washington Post titled Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds

On March 23 of this year, President Obama announced his plan to spend $240,000,000 on STEM education. FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Over $240 Million in New STEM Commitments at the 2015 White House Science Fair

Thomas Jefferson - public debt is the greatest of the dangers

Yes, we have gone all out to “inspire and prepare more girls and boys – especially those from underrepresented groups – to excel in STEM fields.” Based on what we know, we are preparing students to not be prepared to function in their actual career choices.

Ask yourself. Is this a good time for Rockwall ISD voters to add a quarter-billion dollars in debt on our backs?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Green is the Color of Political Energy, not Practical Energy

18 August 2015 AD/3 Elul 5775

Man installing alternative energy photovoltaic solar panels on roof
Man installing alternative energy photovoltaic solar panels on roof

Point number one

A free market makes better choices than politically-motivated lawmakers.

In every case, solar energy systems and wind energy owe their existence to government mandates and subsidies. Government funding of these so-called ‘green’ initiatives actually causes them to be uneconomical, because government actions remove the element of competition essential to innovation and competitive pricing.

California lawmakers provide classic evidence of the fallacy of ‘green’ mandates and subsidies. That left-coast legislature failed and now it calls for another committee to learn why their failure came to pass. Read “Lawmakers call for oversight hearings on green jobs measure” from the Associated Press

Point number two

Carbon fuels are natural and use of them is absolutely vital to human life. Science calls it the Carbon Cycle.

As human population grows, demand for life-sustaining oxygen also grows. 70% of our atmospheric oxygen comes from photosynthesis in surface waters. The Siberian Taiga produces approximately 25%. That leaves a mere 5% dependency on over valued rain forests and the rest of global plant life. Environmentalists overstate rain forest contribution threefold or more. Facts are stubborn things.

Point number three

Worldview matters in the affairs of government, economics and genuine science. For example, humanists (a polite term for atheists and agnostics) believe their mother earth must be protected from evil mankind, excluding themselves. From this worldview arise radical environmentalism, vegetarianism, eugenics (including government-funded abortions).

A Biblical worldview acknowledges a creationist point of view, confirmed by NASA’s theory of the ‘big bang’.

Is the world overpopulated? One state in our union has the population density of India and this state is known as “The Garden State”. No, New Jersey isn’t overpopulated.

Coal, natural gas and petroleum are NATURAL in the same way oxygen, nitrogen, argon, water, carbon-dioxide and ozone are also natural, meaning God created these elements and compounds to sustain human life. As our global population grows, so must our supplies of vital oxygen and energy-liberating natural resources.

What are you doing to protect free markets capable of delivering cost-effective, highly-beneficial and vital NATURAL resources? One no-cost thing you can do is communicate with your lawmakers, federal and state.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Fishing for Business

17 August 2015 AD/2 Elul 5775

Almost three decades ago I started my business in Rockwall. My first office rental was with C&F Electrical Company, the building now home to ProSoap, Inc.

Wayne Fields, principal of C&F Electrical and I were fellow church members. My business was so new I had not yet purchased business cards. fish symbolWayne cautiously asked, “Are you going to put one of those fish on your card?” After my negative response, Wayne expressed his relief, relating how business owners who tout their Christianity on business cards are the ones most likely to be problematical. I listened. I took heed. Not once have I suggested a prospective client do business with me on the basis of my Christianity.

Over three decades of business ownership, my experience agrees with Wayne’s. In recent time, a company openly promoting itself as a benefactor to missions underscored for me the vital importance of differentiating between someone’s religious self-promotion and their particular skill set, honesty and integrity.

When I select my various medical professionals, I inquire about expertise, not religious affiliations. At my age, I don’t have time to experimentally discover who is and who isn’t a good physician, who can and who cannot.

Likewise, my mechanics, tire service company, lawn service and other resources: track record and referrals are everything to me. Building one’s business on referrals depends on honesty and integrity, about these two character qualities, Steven Covey wrote in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People:

Honesty is telling the truth—in other words, conforming our words to reality. Integrity is conforming reality to our words—in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations. This requires an integrated character, a oneness, primarily with self but also with life”

To be honest is to be truthful about past performance; to be a person or company of integrity is to fulfill or exceed customer expectations. An exercise I use is to ask myself, “What would my performance look like in a court of law?

Can one rely on the salesman or business owner whose assurance of honesty and integrity lies with pious claims, a ‘fish’ on a business card? I wish it were so, but it’s not. By virtue of the ‘fish’ symbol on the business card or on a marquee, that symbol alone is no assurance of qualifications or integrity.

Of all customers whose paths I cross, church leadership is probably the most gullible, the most susceptible to ‘fishers of business’.

Is my perspective Biblical? Let’s walk through the Bible to see if it is.

  • First stop: Acts 5:1-11 where we read about two Christians, Ananias and his wife Sapphira. For a season, they had front-row seats, but their outcome was very unpleasant. Ananias and Sapphira were “fishing” for reputation, possibly to advance their real estate business.
  • Second: Acts 8:9-24 Where we learn about Simon Magus, aka Simon the Sorcerer, aka Simon the Magician, a Samaritan religious leader who was baptized by Philip the Evangelist. He seemed to act the part, but after Simon saw how the laying on of hands imparted great power, he wanted to get in on this amazing deal and offered to buy it from Peter and John. Well, that didn’t happen. Peter and John knew in an instant Simon was “fishing” for business.
  • Third stop: 1 Corinthians 5:11. The Church at Corinth was very much like just about any neighborhood church today. Its congregation ranged from truly righteous disciples of Jesus Christ to sexual perverts. Contemporary liberal churches that welcome homosexual ‘marriages’ as acceptable come to mind. The Apostle Paul admonished his Corinthian converts to avoid fellowship with fornicators, covetous (greedy), idolaters, railers, drunkards, or extortioners – “with such an one no not to eat“.

Evangelist Keith Green, prolific song singer-writer, fellow Texan, penned these words in his song The Sheep and The Goats that address the issues of honesty and integrity. (Scripture reference Matthew 25:31-46 NLT)

And my friends, the only difference between the sheep
And the goats, according to this scripture
Is what they did and didn’t do

 

Keith said the most important word in the Bible is the word do.

That fish is no substitute for what the business “did or didn’t do“.

John White