Voter Guide: California Midterm, Gubernatorial Election 2014 (Updated)

I feel that the country as a whole has become very apathetic to all thing involving politics. I know that I have. Despite what the Obama Administration says, the real unemployment rate is still over 12%, Covered California (Obamacare) is not working, and the approval ratings for Obama and Congress are at shocking low numbers. Both parties are so worried about furthering their agenda that they have disenfranchised the entire country. The only way we can change that is to stay informed, get involved, and continue to vote for righteousness each and every election.

Here’s how I’m voting and why I’m voting that way.

All information about the props come from votersedge.org

Governor (No Vote)

I can no longer just vote for the lesser of two evils. That is how this country got into the mess it’s in in the first place. On one hand we have Jerry Brown, a life-long liberal who, although he has been far more moderate than he was in during his first run as governor from 1975-1983, supports abortion, supports gay marriage, and is a strong supporter of the common core education standards that are destroying America’s K-12 education system. On the other hand we have Neel Kashkari, a liberal who calls himself a Republican, who supports abortion, supported the bank bailout, opposed Prop. 8, and he voted for Obama. I cannot in good conscience vote for either candidate.

Prop 1 & 2 (NO)

Prop 45 (No)

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Prop 46 (No)

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Prop 47 (No)

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Prop 48 (Yes)

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Fox News: City of Houston Demands Pastors Turn over Sermons

Full article at foxnews.com

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

Religious persecution isn’t just coming to the United States, it’s already here.

MLB’s Proposed Rules to Help Speed Up the Game

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From MLB.com

1. A hitter must keep one foot inside the batter’s box throughout his plate appearance. Exceptions include a foul ball or a foul tip, a pitch forcing the batter out of the batter’s box, a request for time out being granted, a wild pitch or a passed ball and several others.

2. Intentional walks will no longer include the pitcher lobbing four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, the manager will signal to the home-plate umpire and the batter will take first base.

3. There will be a maximum break of two minutes and five seconds between innings, with hitters required to be in the batter’s box by the one minute and 45 seconds mark. If a hitter doesn’t comply, the umpire will call a strike. If the hitter is ready but the pitcher doesn’t deliver a pitch by two minutes and five seconds, the umpire will call a ball.

4. There will be a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds allowed for pitching changes, including those that occur during an inning break. The clock starts when the reliever enters the playing field. The penalty will be that the umpire calls a ball.

5. Each team will be permitted three “timeout” conferences covering any meeting involving pitchers and catchers, managers, coaches and batters. Timeouts during pitching changes and those that result from an injury or other emergency will not be counted toward the limit.

6. All of the above will be enforced in all AFL games. At Salt River home games only, a modified version of Rule 8:04, which requires a pitch to be thrown within 12 seconds after he receives the ball with the bases empty, will apply.

Does anyone outside of that committee think these rules are a good idea? Are they being serious by saying a pitcher no longer has to throw a single pitch to have an intentional walk? Are they being serious by saying umpires are going to award balls and strikes based on how fast an inning starts? Are they being serious by limiting a team to three timeouts a game, completely destroying the way teams have planned and strategized during games since Major League Baseball was founded in 1869?

Come on MLB, don’t mess with the game. Don’t mess with America’s pastime. And if you do want to speed up the game, just enforce the rules that are currently in place. MLB rule 8.04 states “When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.”

This rule is never enforced and I can’t understand why that is. This would be a good start if MLB wants to speed up the game. Try enforcing the rules currently in place before trying to institute ridiculous rule changes.

Here’s an Article from the Los Angeles Times Outlining the Calvary Chapel Lawsuit

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From: latimes.com

A daughter and the widow of Chuck Smith — the founder of the worldwide Calvary Chapel movement — have sued his former church, alleging a conspiracy to commandeer Smith’s ministry and deny him emergency medical attention on his deathbed.

Smith died last year at 86, after a battle with lung cancer. His church started in 1965 as a tiny ministry that appealed to a counter-culture crowd, but quickly blossomed into an enormous brand with more than 1,000 chapels across the nation.

The lawsuit alleges that the church board and Smith’s son-in-law hastened the pastor’s death, took control of the Costa Mesa-based ministry and cheated Smith’s wife and family out of money they were owed.

Read the full story here.

My Thoughts: Very sad situation going on at CCCM. We need to wait, pray and let the facts come out before coming to any judgement either way. I hope that the Brodersen family is on the level and nothing shady actually happened. But who knows? We just need to pray, let the facts come out, and leave it in God’s hands.