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Metaphor Free Zone

In the wake of the tragic events here in Tucson, there has been a national call to tone down the rhetoric.  Republicans in the House no longer refer to “the job killing health care bill” but rather the “job crushing health care bill.”  Earlier on CNN a guest said “in the crosshairs” when referring to a political race.  Completely under acceptable according to new CNN metaphor standards.

Never mind that the accused killer of of six people in Tucson was influenced by his own demons and likely a movie called Zeitgeist.  Not radio hosts.  Not Tea Partiers.

Since metaphors are now public enemy number one, I thought it might be fun to come up with a top 9 list of forboden metaphors.  (Top Ten Lists are a Copyright of Worldwide Pants).  Here we go.

9.  I could kill for a cigarette right now.
8.  I could kill for a bowl of cherry vanilla ice cream right now (mmmm ice cream)
7.  I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.  (hey, horses are people too.  sorta)
6.  This political campaign is being targeted nationally.
5.  This dress is to die for!
4.  Those waves are like, totally killer.
3.  Shop at Target
2.  Hit me with your best shot, why don’t you hit be with your best shot.  Fire away.

and the number 1 forbidden metaphor:
1.  There goes Sarah Palin shooting off her mouth again.

Silly, ain’t it?  The events in Tucson have been heart wrenching.  It’s been emotional.  Very emotional.  But lets get one thing straight.  The political rhetoric (or any other rhetoric) had NOTHING to do with it.  ONE PERSON is responsible for what happened a week ago Saturday.  The sooner we realize that, the sooner some of this other silliness will stop.

Continue to pray for Congresswoman Giffords.  Her recovery has been amazing and is a shining example of the power of prayer.  Continue to pray for the families of those killed too.  I can’t imagine what they are going through.

Praying for Tucson

Saturday’s shooting in Tucson (technically Pima County) is heartbreaking.  How do you make sense out of what doesn’t make any sense?  All you can do is shed a tear and pray.  There has been a lot of both in Tucson and around the country since Saturday.  The prayers continue even as the victims start to heal and the families of those killed mourn.

Since the shooting occurred only a mile from my apartment, I did want to describe what happened in my little world on Saturday.  I received calls from family and friends because they know that I have been to some of Congresswoman Giffords’ events in the past and they wanted to know that I was OK.  This tragedy underscores once again how important our relationships are with those we love.  Another reminder to never take our friends and family for granted.

Saturday morning I went to my LD (Legislative District) meeting, LD26 at 9am.  It was there before the meeting started that someone mentioned that Gabrielle Giffords had an event planned at the Safeway at Ina and Oracle.  Our meeting went as planned.  At the very end a lady stood up in the back and said that there had been a shooting at Ina and Oracle and to stay away from the area.  She didn’t have any more information.  Immediately I thought, “I hope the Giffords event hasn’t started yet and I hope she wasn’t there.”  I had no idea what time her event was scheduled for, but naturally I was concerned.  Our meeting ended and some of us were visiting when one of our state representatives came in with the bad news.  He had been in contact with police and they had told him that Gabrielle Giffords was among those that had been shot, but he had no information on her condition or if the gunman had been caught.

Immediately some of us began to cry.  Many of us have met Gabrielle Giffords, and some knew her pretty well.  All of us were stunned.  Some of us huddled together for a prayer for Giffords, the others who had been shot and their friends and families.  Then I left for Pima County Republican Headquarters.

I had already planned to go there for the LD28 meeting scheduled for Noon.  Now I was headed there to see if there was anything I could do in my role 1st Vice Chair of the Pima County GOP.  We spent he next few hours making phone calls, answering phone calls, praying, crying at times, and watching the news unfold.  We were devastated when we heard that Giffords had died.  We were devastated to learn that a 9 year old girl had been killed.  We were relieved to learn that Giffords was alive!  More prayers for her recovery and for God to comfort those who lost family members.  Those prayers continue.

It was an emotionally draining day and weekend.  It’s an emotional start to the work week.

It is surreal to drive by Ina and Oracle and see the Walgreens that I frequent and the entire Safeway shopping center surrounded with yellow tape.  Police cars guard every entrance with their lights flashing, and satellite trucks are parked across the street.

All eyes are on Tucson and all hearts cry out to God for healing and comfort even as we try to understand the evil that was carried out through a very disturbed young man.  I have confidence that God will bring good out of this tragedy.  It is His nature.  I also know that He is close to the brokenhearted.   His Word says so.

Election Eve Reminiscing

This post is going to be more about my own personal journey this election cycle.  My life has changed a lot in the last year and a quarter.

I guess it started with the decision to leave Family Life Radio.  I was the News Director for a national radio network and living comfortably.  It was a good job, but there was a stirring in my heart for almost a year before I left.  After much prayer, and then a job change, I felt the timing was right to start my own business.  I jumped off a cliff into the world of web design and online video.  AgapeMedia.net, LLC was born.

As a news guy for 20 years, I was very interested in current events and politics.  Even before I broke into news really.  I remember being intensely interested when Nixon resign, watching that as a kid with my Dad.

As a weather anchor for many years and a fan of science it isn’t hard for me to understand the way I reacted in August of 2009.  My Congresswoman voted for Cap & Trade!  Are you kidding me?!  That in no way represented me.  In no way!  (did I mention that)  I had to do something!  I didn’t have to wait long.

About that time the Democratic Committee came out with an ad complaining about the “angry mobs” that were protesting the President’s agenda.  Bitter about the election the ad said.  American’s for Prosperity had a rally planned in front of Gabrielle Giffords office and I decided to do a story.  I took my FlipUltra HD down to the rally and I talked to this “angry mob” to expose them for who they were (are).

Caleb Howe had created a hastag on Twitter, #iamthemob.  That’s what I called the video.  That video was picked up by HotAir, Red State, Breitbart.tv and many many others.  theBCast interviewed me on their show!  It literally changed my life.  The Tucson Tea Party called and wanted me to do videos.  And I did.  “Signs of the Times” and “Not a Blue Dog” and one of my favorites, “Tucson Town Hall and Fun and Game Show.”  I also got involved in the Jesse Kelly campaign early on, doing a video when he took over for a town hall when Gabby Giffords canceled.

I was (and am) determined to send our self proclaimed Blue Dog Democrat packing.  After voting for Stimulus, Cap & Trade and Obamacare, she ain’t no Blue Dog!

In the last year I have had the privilege to get to know, and work with, candidates and public servants on all levels of local and state government and their wonderful staff and volunteers.  I am now an elected Precinct Committeeman and I have a new circle of wonderful Conservative friends.

What the future holds, I can’t say.  But I do know that on this election eve;  I am praying that our passion and hard work result in Conservatives sweeping into office in Congress and in the State Senate and House.  This country is awake and I am so happy to be working along side my Conservative friends to bring about the change that will get people working again.

These Rights We Hold to be Self Evident (funny how they aren’t evident at all to some).  We are endowed by our creator with unalienable rights!  Government need only be big enough to protect those God-given rights.  Then we are free!  Free to live, enjoy liberty and pursue happiness.  I pray that God grant us victory for He has truly blessed America.   believe that if we return to Him and His values that He isn’t done with us yet!  Blessed to be a blessing to the rest of the world.

Nuclear Option


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Tucson Tea Party Hosts Hundreds

Hundreds of people gathered outside of Gabrielle Giffords’ office Tuesday afternoon/evening to show their displeasure for her vote for Pelosi/Obama care.  Here’s my take on how it went:



Update: HotAir just picked up my video!  Thanx you guys

Also, theBCast tells me they are going to run it during their show this afternoon starting at 4pm EST.  See you in chat.

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Giffords’ Video Flashback: She’ll Fight for Tort Reform

Remember the town hall that Gabrielle Giffords hosted in Tucson on September 10, 2009?  When answering the first question, Giffords said she would “fight for tort reform” and that a bill without it would be a “mistake.”  Here’s a reminder:



The 1,990 page H.R. 3962 “Affordable Health Care for America Act” as the Democrats are calling it, is coming up for a vote probably by Saturday, November 7, 2009.  Make no mistake, it would be a government take over of health care in this country.  There is federal funding of abortions in this bill.   It would eventually lead to rationing of health care and the Congressional Budget Office says the bill will give the American taxpayer a bill of over a TRILLION dollars.

The alternative solution?  It would make so much more sense to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines.  Initiate Medical savings accounts and allow people to pay for care.   Return insurance to it’s proper place… for catastrophic care.  By returning competition to health care, you will drive down the cost and improve care even more!  Cost?  WAY less than a TRILLION dollars.  We would probably save $$.

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Jesse Kelly on Mark Levin

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Jesse Kelly continues to get national coverage in his campaign against Gabrielle Giffords. He was on the Mark Levin show for a short and sweet interview about Southern Arizona politics, focusing on how Gabrielle Giffords pretends to be a “Blue Dog” Democrat when in reality, she voted for the so-called stimulus and Cap & Trade, and supports a public option in Obamacare.

I was able to record Mark Levin’s interview of Jesse Kelly and I share it with you now:

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Tucson Town Hall Fun & Game Show

Gabrielle Giffords finally held a Town Hall on Obamacare Tuesday night at Sahuaro High School. There were about 1200 people inside the auditorium and reportedly another 1,000 in an overflow area that was fed a closed circuit feed of the proceedings.

I got in the main auditorium and did the best I could zooming around with my camera. More importantly, ordinary (I like that) Southern Arizonans got a chance to tell their Congresswoman what they thought of Obamacare. And they did!

Here’s my take:



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Signs of the Times

There’s “Astroturf” and then there’s American ingenuity and creativity.  Here’s a look at the Tucson Tea Party event held in front of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ office at 4-7 p.m. compared to the Breakfast & Rally for Health Care Reform event held at the same place at 8 a.m.



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