A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We are gathered here as Your family. O Lord.

As a family of faith and love.

we give You thanks.

As Your guests at the table of life,

we are grateful that You have set a place for us.

As Your children,

we strive to follow You in all we do.

As servants to Your will,

we acknowledge the gift of Your understanding and mercy.

As Your stewards,

we are filled with wonder in the presence of Your might deeds

and accept our responsibilities in Your service.

As Your heirs,

we are humbled by the bounty You have given us,

for each beat of our heart and each breath that we draw,

is ours only through Your grace.

And, as Your family, we shout Your name

and give You all glory and honor, praise and thanks.

Amen

PRIVACY-3 REASONS WHY THE BATHROOM MANDATE IS A BAD IDEA

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BATHROOM MANDATE? DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

Article by Gene Barrett in AMAC Advantage Magazine, Summer 2016

While America is a place for freedom of speech and equal rights, the proponents of the bathroom mandate have not stopped to consider the impact of the action on 97% of our population. Here are three reasons why the bathroom mandate is a bad idea:

GOVERNMENT OVERREACH

On May 13, 2016, the U.S.Dept. of Justice sent a Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students mandate to every school district in the nation requiring schools to allow students to enter and use the restroom, locker room and shower of their choice based on their self-proclaimed gender identity. While the letter was issued to Offer guidance and is supposedly non-binding, failure to comply could result in lawsuits and the loss of federal funds-i.e. no more free lunch for poor children. However, what is most disturbing is that the mandate requires schools to change the sex of your child on official school documents WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE OR PERMISSION, if your child has an identity crisis. That means your child can see a school counselor to discuss this issue and you will never know.

Despite the fact that many schools across the country have offered unlimited access to safe and sanitary facilities for transgender students, the federal govt. claim that designating a separate restroom for transgender students is a form of segregation based on sex. (This has already happened in Maine, where a school had a special bathroom for a transgender child, the parents sued, and won, and now the child can use the bathroom of his/her choice, I believe, parents in Maine check this out.)

The backlash to the “guidance” letter was swift and came from states, such as North Carolina, who consider the directive nothing more than unwarranted governmental intrusion into state affairs. In its suit against the mandate, North Carolina said, “If there is any discrimination here, it is discrimination on the basis of biological sex, not gender identity.”  So far, eleven states have filed suit against the federal government’s misguided interpretation of discrimination laws, and the Obama Administration’s threat of withdrawing educational funds as leverage.

AN INVASION OF PRIVACY

Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively. Proponents of the “use any bathroom you want”  policy argue that opposition to the mandate is reminiscent of the panic and fear of the racial segregation issues of the 1950’s and 60’s. they are quick to cry “discrimination” against those of us who are simply fighting for our daughter’s right-to-privacy, and her right to use a restroom, changing room, or locker room shower, in the safest way possible. Young girls have different personal needs than boys, and they should be allowed the dignity and right to privacy to take care of these most basic of needs without worrying that a man will walk in the door.

A DANGEROUS THREAT TO CHILDREN

If you are not afraid of the bathroom mandate’s power over your children’s personal space, you should be. Sexual abuse happens when a child is alone with a pedophile. This can happen in a car, an empty classroom or hallway, a private office, or even a public restroom. One in four girls and one in six boys are projected to suffer from sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, and this is just too great a risk to ignore. Every parent should know that sexual predators will seek ways and find places to be alone with your child. The bathroom mandate exposes children to greater risk.

To further illustrate the extremes of the mandate, let’s consider how the federal government requires schools to handle athletic and class trips requiring overnight hotel stays. Instead of permitting a transgender student to have his or her own room or requiring that they room with students of their biological sex, a 17 year old boy who” thinks” he is a girl must be allowed to sleep in the same hotel room with the girls.

THESE REASONS ALONE should be enough of a warning that this bill will create safety issues across the nation. A problem like this should be discussed between both sides to come to a fair solution, instead of the government abusing their power by creating a wager that most schools cannot afford to refuse. The LGBT community has a right to fight for their equal rights.  but taking away our right to privacy is a measure too extreme to ignore.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BATHROOM MANDATE:

Schools may not provide a gender-neutral restroom available for transgender students. Transgender students must be given free access to  any room(restroom, locker room, etc.) that corresponds with their perceived sex rather than their true sex.

Transgender students must be allowed to play on the sports team of their perceived gender rather than their true gender.

Children are allowed to change their gender on school paperwork without parental notification or permission.

On sports or class trips, schools are prohibited from providing transgender students with a separate hotel room. Transgender students must be allowed to sleep in rooms with students of their perceived gender.

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I believe I read about a case where the child’s parents had actually had the gender of their child changed from a boy to a girl. That presents even another situation. It seems to me once the gender is changed by an operation, that child should be able to go into the facilities of his/her new gender. Just my opinion, it must create a horrible situation for that child. (What parent would even do that to a child just developing their personality)

WHAT CAN YOU DO? First check and see what your school is doing about this bathroom mandate. Check with the Principal, the Superintendent, the school board. Read the whole mandate. Decide for yourselves what you think is right or wrong, good or evil in this situation. Get other parents involved who agree with you. Stand up for your children. Write to your State and Federal Representative and Senator and find out what you can do.

SPREAD THE WORK ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT OVERREACH AND IF YOU DISAGREE WITH IT, MAKE YOUR OPINIONS KNOW TO OTHERS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CASE FOR TRUMP BY CONRAD BLACK

I realize you may have already made up your mind, maybe this will let you know you are making the correct choice.   Here is the article from Trump’s friend, noted financier Conrad Black who says LOOK BEYOND THE BRASH-THE DONALD IS WELL-SUITED TO MAKING DEALS AND BEING A LEADER.  Read on…………….  _____________________________________________________________

The greatest single political problem in the Western world is sclerosis of the imagination. In Congress, on the hustings, and in the media, the U.S. is reduced to two camps.

One side is calling for swinging strokes of a spending scythe on the government with the threat of a shutdown behind it, and the other side is offering more redistributive taxing and, through the quaint and incompletely recycled ex-communist Bernie Sanders, a trillion-dollar bribe in the forgiveness of all student loans.

In the media, we have shrieking heads with very few people saying anything intelligible.

In Canada, there are cries of alarm over the deficit, though it is hardly a surprise and seems to top out at less than a third, as share of gross domestic product, than where the U.S. sat for seven years (1.5 percent against 5-7percent).

Donald Trump horrifies Canadians as a caricature of an ugly American of the 1950s vintage: loud, boastful, boorish, ignorant, obscenely materialistic, and illiberal in every respect, as nauseating a personality as he is reassuring to us of our comparative civility, culture, and equability, our inoffensiveness and niceness, if not exactly our style.

There is some reason for this judgment of Trump from what we have generally seen of him in public now for 30 years.

In private, he is charming, solicitous, engaging, and companionable, never pompous, devoid of prejudice, abstemious, and a traditional and conscientious family man. He is a generous civic leader in New York, a quality builder, and a generous employer and philanthropist and friend.

I scarcely recognize the self-obsessed blowhard I see on television, but the fact that he is doing so well must be taken as indicative of the rage of scores of millions of Americans as the work themselves to the bone to stumble from pay check to pay with maxed-out credit cards and loud rumors of recession.

They are angry about rising crime rates, the many thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars that have been squandered in the Middle East to produce an appalling humanitarian crisis, the debasement of the currency and the reduction of their great country to the status of a laughingstock.

If elected, Trump would have a clear mandate to clean up the scandalous quagmire of American political campaign financing that has reduced every candidate, except him and Michael Bloomberg, to Oliver Twist mendicants, with cupped hands and begging bowls, and has brokered most legislation among the special interests that finance members of Congress.

He would have a mandate to dispense with Obamacare, over which the president misled the public about keeping their own doctors and avoiding higher medical costs, an untruth more certainly deliberate and of more relevance to most American families than George W. Bush’s ultimately unfounded claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Trump would enter the White House with a mandate to define the U.S. national interest in the world, in cooperation with allies, and to enforce it.

He would have a mandate to streamline and decentralize the federal government, bring in bipartisan entitlement reform that would make government affordable, and product tax reform.

He has already defined that reform as meaning no breaks for the billionaires (not like the phony, if entertaining, grandstanding of Warren Buffett).

 

 

 

 

MARIJUANA-DO YOU REALY WANT TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN?

DO YOU THINK VOTING YES ON NO. 1 IS A JOKE? THINK IT WON’T HURT OUR YOUTHS? THINK IT’S OK FOR YOU, IT’S OK FOR YOUR KIDS? THINK AGAIN, IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT? BEFORE YOU DECIDE READ THIS:

Statement from Bishop Robert P. Deeley on Question 1
In November, Maine residents will cast their vote on Question 1, which seeks to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana. Passage of this referendum would make it legal for your children to possess marijuana, a fact recently confirmed by Maine Attorney Genera1 Janet Mills.
In a particularly inflamed political climate, perhaps it is best to use the example of another state that has gone down the path Maine is considering now. Examine the devastating impact felt in Colorado since the commercial sale of marijuana began in January of 2014. A comprehensive report issued last month by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug    Trafficking Area states that since marijuana has been legalized, marijuana-related traffic deaths have increased by 62 percent and marijuana-related hospitalizations have increased by over 30 percent.
The use and abuse of marijuana by the youth of Colorado has increased by 20 percent since Legalization. The young people in Colorado rank first in the nation for marijuana use, an illegal activity for anyone under the age of 21.It should come as no surprise that expulsion and dropout rates have spiked significantly; family lives have been negatively affected; and anxiety about public safety has risen.
Do we really want to bring these issues to Maine families, schools, and communities?
Marijuana represents a significant part of substance use in America and adversely affects the health of millions of Americans. The widespread use of marijuana, particularly by young people under the age of 18, is steadily increasing while scientific evidence clearly links its long-term damaging effects on brain development. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states:  ‘When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affects how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Marijuana’s effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.”

Legalizing a drug for recreational use that causes these effects on the human body, particularly our youth, is not a path that civil society should choose to take. Maine is currently waging a losing battle against opioid abuse. Our attention must not be diverted from that health crisis, nor do we want to add fuel to the problem by increasing the number of marijuana users who might one day “graduate” to other illegal/illicit/proscribed substances. The legalization of marijuana can only serve to worsen this crisis. The Catholic  Church teaches “the use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.” The diocese hopes that voters will listen to doctors, public safety agencies, and substance-abuse professionals who have expressed their opposition to this dangerous prospect.

Legalizing marijuana sends a message to our young people that this recreational drug use is acceptable. I join the Maine Medical Association, the Maine State Chiefs of Police, the Maine Association of School nurses, the Office of the Attorney General, and many others in opposing the legalization of marijuana. I urge the voters of Maine to vote NO on Question 1 on November 8,2016