Dec 14

Illinois Tea Party to Illinois Congressmen: ‘Defend the Constitution’ – Illinois Review

Burning ConstitutionAt least one Illinois Tea Party leader is disappointed with the Republican members of Illinois’ congressional delegation who, as a whole, voted for the $1.1 trillion budget bill this week.

Illinois Tea Party’s CEO Denise Cattoni released the message to the GOP U.S. House members via an email to Tea Party supporters:

Illinois Tea Party message to Illinois Republican Congressmen Schock, Kinzinger, Roskam, Davis, Shimkus and Hultgren

You were sent to DC by Republican voters to fight for limited government, begin reducing the debt, defund Obamacare, and stand up against the President’s over-reach with illegal Executive Actions and massive new legislation.

Link to full Article Illinois Tea Party to Illinois Congressmen: ‘Defend the Constitution’ – Illinois Review.

Dec 09

Urge your lawmakers to reconsider the grandfather date for vapor products in the TCA

casaa_sealJust before the Thanksgiving holiday, Rep. John Boehner (House Speaker), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (House Majority Leader), and Rep. Fred Upton (Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee) cosigned a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell. In this letter they asked the FDA to consider changing the February 15, 2007 grandfather date for newly deemed tobacco products. They go on to suggest that the grandfather date be moved — perhaps to April 25, 2014, the day that FDA’s proposed regulations were submitted, or to the future date when the regulations are finalized.

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As CASAA members know, the February 15, 2007 grandfather date, if implemented in the final deeming regulation, would have the practical effect of removing 99.99% of the products currently on the market since all deemed products not on the market as of that date would be forced to file Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTA), a process so convoluted, time-consuming, and expensive that the FDA itself estimates that only 25 PMTAs will be filed. (See here for a summary of CASAA’s comments to the FDA regarding the deeming regulations in general and here for CASAA’s comments to OMB/OIRA regarding how the deeming regulations violate the terms of the Paperwork Reduction Act.)

While changing the grandfather date is a helpful short-term solution, it is by no means a good long-term solution. To put it bluntly, the purpose of the Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) is not to provide legitimate regulation but to inch toward prohibition via prevention and control. The rules are designed to lower the quality of all covered products to make them less appealing to consumers in an effort to reduce use. Whether or not one thinks this is appropriate for traditional cigarettes, it is clearly not the right basis for regulating e-cigarettes. Not only is there no reason to discourage free and informed choices by adult consumers to use e-cigarette , but there is every reason to encourage its use among the smoking population.

FDA has signaled that its plans for regulating e-cigarettes will also include lowering their quality to make them less appealing to consumers, such as by limiting flavors. Given that the TCA makes clear in its very title that prevention and control — not beneficial regulation — are the goals, and given the FDA’s demonstrated willingness to happily spread disinformation about e-cigarettes, consumers should have little confidence that FDA will regulate e-cigarettes appropriately. Flavors, diversity, advertising, online sales, and acceptable nicotine concentrations are all potentially on the chopping block if FDA gains regulatory control over e-cigarettes under the TCA.

Please take a moment to reach out to your Representatives and Senators and urge them to change the grandfather date stipulated in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and also the importance of considering a better way to regulate low-risk e-cigarettes rather than under the TCA.

Thank You,

CASAA Legislative Team

http://www.casaa.org/

 

Nov 16

One Nation Under Godlessness | CNS News

Prescription-drugs-are-dangerousCheating. Bullying. Cybersexting. Hazing. Molestation. Suicide. Drug abuse. Murder. Scanning the headlines of the latest scandals in America’s schools, it’s quite clear that the problem is not that there’s too much God in students’ lives.

The problem is that there isn’t nearly enough of Him.

With the malfunction of moral seatbelts and the erosion of moral guardrails, too many kids have turned to a pantheon of false gods, crutches and palliatives. They’re obsessed with “Slender Man” and “Vampire Diaries.” Alex from Target’s hair and Rihanna’s tattoos. Overpriced basketball sneakers and underdressed reality stars. Choking games and YouTube games. Gossip and hookups. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.

It’s all about selfies over self-control, blurred lines over bright lines.

In a metastatic youth culture of soullessness and rootlessness, the idea of high school teens voluntarily using their free time to pray and sing hymns is not just a breath of fresh air. It’s salvation.

But leave it to secularists run amok to punish faithful young followers of Christ.

Link to full Article One Nation Under Godlessness | CNS News.

Nov 16

Sixth Circuit Judges Stop the Insanity | Illinois Family Institute

christian-wedding-ringsFinally, some common sense from appellate court judges.  In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that state laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman do not violate the Constitution.What is the government’s interest in marriage? Homosexuals assert that marriage is constituted solely by love and has no inherent connection to sexual differentiation or the children who may result from conjugal coupling. Further, homosexuals believe that it is the presence of love that not only makes a union a marriage but that justifies government involvement in it.But is that true? Has the government ever been involved in marriage because of marriage’s inconsistent connection to love? Has the government ever had a vested interest in the subjective feelings of those who seek to marry?Judge Jeffrey Sutton writing for the majority in the Sixth Circuit Court’s decision states that “One starts from the premise that governments got into the business of defining marriage, and remain in the business of defining marriage, not to regulate love but to regulate sex, most especially the intended and unintended effects of male-female intercourse.”If marriage were constituted solely by love and the government were in the odd business of recognizing and affirming love, then why not recognize and affirm all forms of love by granting marriage licenses even to those in loving non-erotic relationships? What possible relevance to the government is inherently sterile erotic activity? What is the relevance of private, subjective, romantic feelings and inherently sterile erotic activity to any public purposes of marriage and therefore to the government’s involvement with marriage?

Link to full Article Sixth Circuit Judges Stop the Insanity | Illinois Family Institute.

Nov 11

Merry Christmas: UN Declares Arms Trade Treaty to Go Into Effect Dec. 24

UN Agenda 21On its official website, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs yes, that’s really a thing and yes, it is housed right here in the United States announced that the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty ATT “will enter into force on 24 December 2014.”Merry Christmas!It is ironical that on the day before the world’s 2.18 billion Christians commemorate the coming of Jesus Christ to the Earth, the United Nations will officially put into motion a plan to deny them of a right given to them by the very God whose birth they celebrate. For those unfamiliar with the text of the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty, here’s a brief sketch of the most noxious provisions:• Article 2 of the treaty defines the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions. The right to own, buy, sell, trade, or transfer all means of armed resistance, including handguns, is denied to civilians by this section of the Arms Trade Treaty.• Article 3 places the “ammunition/munitions fired, launched or delivered by the conventional arms covered under Article 2” within the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions, as well.• Article 4 rounds out the regulations, also placing all “parts and components” of weapons within the scheme.• Perhaps the most immediate threat to the rights of gun owners in the Arms Trade Treaty is found in Article 5. Under the title of “General Implementation,” Article 5 mandates that all countries participating in the treaty “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” This list should “apply the provisions of this Treaty to the broadest range of conventional arms.”

Link to full Article Merry Christmas: UN Declares Arms Trade Treaty to Go Into Effect Dec. 24.

Nov 01

Are Democrats using Blacks for their own Gain


Is the Democratic Party using the Blacks for their own Gain? Are they using the war on women in the same way? What have the democrats done for any American? Watch this video and find out.

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It’s time for all Americans to come together White, Black, Latino, Asian and make the government do our bidding. Stop the games in Washington and in every State. We are all Americans and it’s time for them to know it.

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Oct 28

N.C. Carolina Judges Resign Rather Than Perform Same-sex “Marriages”

Burning ConstitutionA longtime North Carolina judge has resigned his position rather than be forced to perform same-sex marriages against his Christian convictions. Swain County Magistrate Judge Gilbert Breedlove, in office since 1990, resigned October 20, citing the October federal court ruling that struck down North Carolina’s voter passed constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

“It was my only option,” the 57-year-old Breedlove told the Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times newspaper. “We were directed we had to perform the marriages, and that was just something I couldn’t do because of my religious beliefs.”

Breedlove, who became an ordained minister in 1997, said that “I was Christian when I started. Then the law didn’t require me to perform something that was against my religious belief. Now that law has changed its requirements.”

The former Marine Corps staff sergeant, whose main source of income was his position as magistrate, pointed out that “the whole Bible from front-to-end states that a marriage is between a man and a wife. Any other type of sexual activity other than that is what is defined as fornication.”

Chris Sgro of the homosexual activist group Equality North Carolina insisted that his group does not wish people to be forced to resign or lose their jobs because of being forced to accept homosexual marriage. “Our hope is that people across North Carolina will support same-sex marriage, and do their jobs and conduct same-sex marriages the same as they would for opposite-sex couples,” he said.

Breedlove is not the first North Carolina judge to quit over being forced to validate homosexual relationships as “marriage,” On October 16 Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam, Jr. resigned his position, pointing out that to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies “would desecrate a holy institution established by God Himself.”

Wrote Kallam in his resignation letter: “When I took my oath of office, I understood I would be required to perform weddings, and have done so throughout my tenure. I did not, however, take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same-sex couples.”

Link to full Article N.C. Carolina Judges Resign Rather Than Perform Same-sex “Marriages”.

Oct 28

Federal Judge Upholds Traditional Marriage in Puerto Rico

christian-wedding-ringsA federal judge appointed by President Jimmy Carter has ruled against a lawsuit filed by a group of homosexuals trying to overturn laws in Puerto Rico that ban same-sex marriage. The five same-sex couples “had challenged the constitutionality of several local laws, including a 1902 code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman,” reported the Associated Press.

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez, appointed by Carter in 1979, issued a 21-page decision that effectively defended traditional marriage while criticizing the majority of judges who have overturned voter-passed state constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and woman. Perez-Gimenez warned that dismantling traditional marriage would seriously compromise political order in the nation. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling that overturned key portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has prompted a continuing flurry of lawsuits by homosexuals seeking to have laws protecting traditional marriage overturned in their states.

“Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions,” Perez-Gimenez ruled October 21.

“Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law,” wrote Perez-Gimenez in his opinion. “Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order. And ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage.”

He added that laws defending marriage are founded upon principles “on which we have relied for centuries. The question now is whether judicial ‘wisdom’ may contrive methods by which those solid principles can be circumvented or even discarded.”

Perez-Gimenez conceded that a “clear majority of courts have struck down statutes that affirm opposite-gender marriage only. In their ingenuity and imagination they have constructed a seemingly comprehensive legal structure for this new form of marriage. And yet what is lacking and unaccounted for remains: are laws barring polygamy, or, say the marriage of fathers and daughters, now of doubtful validity? Is ‘minimal marriage,’ where ‘individuals can have legal marital relationships with more than one person, reciprocally or asymmetrically, themselves determining the sex and number of parties’ the blueprint for their design?”

Link to full Article Federal Judge Upholds Traditional Marriage in Puerto Rico.

Oct 28

The True Reason Gas Prices are Falling Hint: It’s Not Because of Green Energy

LA_gas_pricesAmerican workers and motorists got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 25 percent since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel.  This is translating to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon.At present levels, these lower oil and gas prices are the equivalent of a $200 billion cost saving to American consumers and businesses. That’s $200 billion a year we don’t have to send to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other foreign nations. Now that’s an economic stimulus par excellence.There are many global reasons why gas prices are falling, but the major one isn’t being widely reported. America has become in the last several years an energy-producing powerhouse.  And sorry, Mr. President, I’m not talking about the niche “green energy” sources you are so weirdly fixated with.Oil prices are falling because of changes in world supply and world demand. Demand has slowed because Europe is an economic wreck. But since 2008 the U.S. has increased our domestic supply by a gigantic 50 percent. This is a result of the astounding shale oil and gas revolution made possible by made-in-America technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.  Already thanks to these inventions, the U.S. has become the number one producer of natural gas. But oil production in states like Oklahoma, Texas and North Dakota has doubled in just six years.

Link to full Article The True Reason Gas Prices are Falling Hint: It’s Not Because of Green Energy.

Oct 28

Safety Records Show Pipelines Best Method for Transporting Oil

Alaska oil pipeline snakes across tundraThe combination of the Obama administration’s intransigence in approving the Keystone XL pipeline and the exponential explosion in the production of crude oil, especially from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, has put increasing pressure on alternative modes of transportation to get that crude to refineries and customers. But with the increasing use of alternative modes such as barges, railcars, and over-the-road tanker trucks has come a growing concern about safety.

A series of rail accidents over the last several years has caught the attention of the Department of Transportation, and CNBC has tried its best to question the viability of oil transport safety. Since 2008, at least 10 incidents involving freight trains hauling crude across North America have spilled almost three million gallons of oil and, the most horrific accident — the Lac-Megantic derailment near Québec, Canada — killed 47 residents and destroyed half the town.

In response, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued mandates to beef up the more than 300,000 railcars currently carrying crude across the country.

However, according to John Edwards, a senior analyst and director at Credit Suisse:

If you look at the safety record of crude oil pipelines versus alternatives, pipelines come out on top.

Release rates, as of 2012, were roughly 25 barrels per billion barrel miles … a very, very low rate of incidence taken over the hundreds of thousands of miles of pipelines and the transport millions of barrels of oil every day.

Link to full Article Safety Records Show Pipelines Best Method for Transporting Oil.

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