My anger over Les Misérables

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Lisa's Personal Insights | 1 comment

In preparing to see Les Misérables, I had been told to bring tissues and to prepare to cry throughout the whole movie.

At the barricade

At the barricade

I had also been told that the rest of the theater would be crying with me. I knew the story quite well. I have read the unabridged version, I have seen the 1998 movie starring Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman. I have seen the musical and have even sung some of the songs. What I was not prepared for was the anger that arose during the movie.

So many themes run through the story: justice/mercy, forgiveness/revenge, work/thievery, to have/have not, charity/selfishness, innocence/guilty, integrity/lying, freedom/slavery, God vs. the Godless.

I read history and current events and see the cycle of human nature, over and over again. I see it now and wonder how many are there really that see it like I do. The rise of freedom, freedom turning into abundance and excess, excess breeding pride, power, and coveting. Pride turning into greed, manipulation, lies and crime. Crime leading to a demoralization and slavery of the human being. Slavery leads to war and a renewed hope of freedom. For some individuals this takes just a generation to break the cycle, for others many generations.

Les Misérables is a story for our time. I see it everywhere. The poor are getting poorer. Breadlines have increased aka food stamps. Immorality is rampant. Relationships are easily discarded and tallied. Children are abandoned and left to join gangs as single mothers try their hardest to support their children. This last month alone, I read from at least 3 national publications how the destruction of the traditional family, fatherless families, have let down the children that have been brought to this world.

My anger grew as so many in the audience began to cry. Why were they crying? Where they really that moved? Did the lessons of Jean Val Jean really touch them? Did they understand Marius belief in fighting tyranny? Did they understand what Cosette represented? Did the themes in this movie mean anything at all to the public of today?

DC Comics "Justice League of America"

DC Comics “Justice League of America”

Of course they don’t. If characters such as Batman, Captain America, Ironman, Spiderman, and all the other heroes of the past cannot capture the American spirit as they once did, than why do we think that Les Mis would be any different. Hollywood doesn’t believe in freedom, but it makes for great make believe stories and brings in millions of dollars.

I have almost written that there are so many unanswered questions, but no. There are answers. And lots of them. That’s why these novels are written. They are the answers to questions that we seek. Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserable while he was in exile from France. He felt, in writing the book, that his impressions of the morals and social issues of the time where expressed.

Just as we saw a small number of freedom fighters at the barricades, and we know less than 3% of the colonists in America fought the British during the American Revolutionary War, so there shall be a small number fighting the tyranny taking place even now on our homeland.

I could shout from the roof tops calling for the fools to be damned, but even the Priest taught me once again that “to love another person is to see the eyes of God.” And that’s when my tears fell.

Yes, justice will be paid, but it won’t be by my hand, but by God’s. Instead I am to learn and then teach what I have learned. I am to fight for freedom, as that is God’s way. It is the freedom to chose for one’s self how we will live, how we will respond, who we will choose to obey. The natural man’s biggest enemy is a moral conscience of an individual, as he cannot bind thoughts and prayer.

We all have an obligation to seek for truth and question with boldness, until we find that the truth is un-wavering. There will not be any internal struggle but a calm peace of right. No second guessing and hidden lies. Justifications will not be given, truth just is.

We all have our causes but I pray that we will come together for freedom alone and acknowledge God. And maybe, just maybe one more individual will join in the cause to be free.

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Final Draft of NDAA passes without Feinstein/Lee Amendment

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in National News, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

Tuesday evening, Senator John McCain as well as other members of the House and Senate Armed Service Committee came out with the final draft of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The 1240 page bill had a lot of things mentioned in it like Military spending, Tri-Care, and contributing to the Russian Federation (something I’m very concerned about). But what wasn’t in the bill was the Feinstein/Lee Admendment that had passed the Senate earlier this month.

I called Senator Lee’s office this morning and was told that they are very disappointed and that they would send out a press release soon.  As of right now with the pressing Taxmageddon coming in just two weeks, it has been put to the side, definitely not the back.

Then making a phone call to the Armed Services Committee I was told that the Committee had adopted the House language of the NDAA.  So in the end of it all someone in the House of  Representatives dropped the ball in protecting citizens rights against being detained without due process.

Now the only way to stop it at this point is to call the Senate and tell them to not pass this bill.  But the vote is today, and I fear that it may be too late, to change or amendment the FY 2013 bill.

Campain for Liberty wrote a scathing letter urging Congressmen and women to oppose this bill:

“On behalf of over half a million Campaign for Liberty grassroots activists across the country, I urge you to oppose the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report for its deliberate insistence on allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens.

Previously, Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and others worked together to adopt an amendment to the 2013 NDAA that clearly stated the 2001 AUMF construed no authority to indefinitely detain American citizens.  That amendment was adopted last month by a vote of 67-29.

On Tuesday evening, reports surfaced that this amendment was stripped out in the conference committee and replaced with the Orwellian Section 1029, which is actually titled “Rights Unaffected.”

This egregious change is a slap in the face to civil libertarians, an affront to our Bill of Rights and due process, and just another example of Washington elites conferring unconstitutional authority on the President to carry out police state actions under the guise of “keeping us safe.”

Sixty-eight years ago this week, the Supreme Court authorized the indefinite detention of American citizens of Japanese descent during WWII.  It’s shameful our Congress is again permitting the Executive Branch to lock up American citizens and throw away the key at its whim.

Therefore, on behalf of Campaign for Liberty’s members and in defense of our fundamental rights, I urge you to stand up for the Constitution and oppose the FY 2013 NDAA Conference Report.

In Liberty,

John Tate


The proposed final bill,  H.R 4310,  can be read in its entirety here:

Contact the U.S Senate switchboard and they will direct you to your State’s 2 Senators  at (202) 224-3121.


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KSL, Dick’s Sportings Goods suspend gun sales, harming rights

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in 2nd Amendment, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News | 2 comments

With a media so hell bent on supporting a tyrannical incline of government and in the wake of the recent shooting around the Nation including that in Connecticut, various sources where a citizen could buy guns is making the decision on their own to help support the cause.

Utah’s local news outlet KSL issued this statement on Tuesday, December 18th:

“In the wake of this and other similar incidents, important questions have been raised about the ease of access to guns. These questions deserve time for careful consideration and we are confident that an appropriate resolution will be found. Accordingly, KSL has temporarily suspended firearms listings on Classifieds,” the statement said.

In the wake of this and other similar incidents, important questions have been raised about the ease of access to guns. These questions deserve time for careful consideration and we are confident that an appropriate resolution will be found.

–Deseret Digital Media statement

While managers said they recognize the suspension may inconvenience responsible citizens who have used the service, “we feel this an important step while these broader societal issues are examined,” the statement said.”

Dicks Sporting Goods suspends some gun sales

Many are already taking action, without waiting for the debate to be settled, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods. The chain has suspended sales of “modern rifles” in all of its stores nationwide, though it has not specified for how long it will do so and what specific models it will suspend.

“Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide,” the store said in a statement released on its website”

The cowardice measures taken due to one lone crazed gun man will help usher in an Executive Order of gun confiscation.  Owning a gun is now a hot potato, passing it around until the music stops with the one holding it being demonized and scorned.

The horrific act of losing 18 babies would and should want us to protect them even more.  And what better way to than to fight fire with fire and not simply disarm U.S. citizens.   Take Chicago for example Mayor Rahm Emanuel has helped to make his city a gun free zone.  He stated yesterday “”It’s time in the city we have an assault weapons ban,” Emanuel said Monday, according to the Sun-Times. “It’s time we as a state have an assault weapons ban. It’s time we as a country have an assault weapons ban, and I would hope that the leadership in Congress would now have a vote of conscience. It is time to have that vote.”

Gangs run abundantly killing at will, and the citizens die because they freely gave up their guns in the name of peace.  “Chicago’s murder rate is also currently quadruple that of New York and double Los Angeles’ rate.”  In fact more Chicago citizens have died, during Mr.  Emanuel’s term as mayor,  than United States Troops in Afghanistan since the war started in 2001.  More than 2100 Troops have been lost during the 11 year period.

And as far as the killing of children go this year alone more than 62 children have died in Chicago and yet we are not mourning for them.

The point is this guns don’t kill people,  people kill people.  The abundance of evil out there is rampant, an infestation of a disease that recognizes no authority and laughs in the face of social justice.  The right to own a gun in a God given right!  We are not to just turn the other check and let the bad guys have their way.  They don’t become remorseful after the first shot, nor do they think about the consequences before hand.

All this talk about gun control on assault weapons is asinine.

The definitions of assualt:  noun act of hostility, aggression, aggressive action, assailment, attack, besiegement, encounter, incursion, incursus, injury, intrusion, irruption, offense, onset, onset with force, onslaught, oppugnatio, siege, strike, sudden attack, violation of another’s rights
Associated concepts: aggravated assault, assault and battery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit a felony, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to maim, assault with intent to rape, assault with intent to rob, battery, felonious assault, simple assault

assault verb accost, accost bellicosely, adgredi, addriri, affront hostilely, aggress, appetere, assail, assault belligerently, attack, attack physically, attempt violence to, deal a blow, harm, oppugn, set upon, set upon with force, set upon with violence, strike, thrust at

In short anything can be an assault weapon.  And in the hands of a U.S Congress woman hell bent to react her her weapons ban that expired after two years, anything goes.   And by the way the Columbine shootings happened during that same time period.  That law didn’t save those 16 children, did it!

If sites like KSL and Dick’s shut down sales of guns freely, they signal a go to the politicians in DC that now is the time to not just ban gun sales, but to possibly confiscate.  They have enacted security over freedom and have thus ushered in more tyranny to be imposed on their fellow citizens.

Shame on you both for bowing to evil and possibly putting more citizens at risk.  You’ve assaulted the rights of citizen’s to protect themselves.

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Stop blaming guns and Start calling out how Mental Illness is Treated!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in 2nd Amendment, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News | 0 comments

I’ve had it with all this talk of gun control.  Really! How long are we going to act like we are stupid?  Our society had been in moral decay for decades.  We call good evil and evil good.  And being labeled is not acceptable and is offensive.

Owning a gun is not a privileged it is a right!  For citizens to say other wise just shows the lack of education o f the Constitution and why the Founders put it in the Bill of Rights.  It was for the protection of the people against the government.  A government who fears the people, will not march on them.  And with today’s current government leadership, and the calls for dictatorship in the United States, citizens owning guns is their last line of defense.  If my readers have a problem with that interpretation, stop being offended, and scared of guns and take a class on gun ownership.  And please stop whining about taking away my right to own a gun or two or three or 10 or more for that matter.  It is my right to choose, an unalienable right given to me and all citizens.

To pretend and say that gun control is  “just want to make it harder to get a gun,” is  a very naive thing to say.   This latest shooting in Connecticut the guy, was mentally ill, and acquired the gun from his mother who was a legal owner of the gun.   Now I’m not going to speculate on how it got it from her, but he obviously knew of it and knew how to get it.

My question is if they, being the parents and doctors, knew of the mental illness why then was this guy allowed to escape through the cracks?  Insane Asylums of the past have a history of horrific treatments to the mentally ill.  Politically correct protocol now call such institutions Mental illness hospitals.  Many such hospitals have shut down due to lack of funding.  Why? One can only guess, but now the burden has fallen upon society to put them in jails, or have the mentally ill reside with family, hoping that their prescribed drugs can be taken.

I can already hear the Left screaming.  “How dare you.  Those people need to be loved and they can function in society and they deserve their freedom just as much as you do!”  Give me a break!  Seriously you’d rather take away my gun rights, then protect the masses of potential victims from people who cannot control their minds without drugs?  I’m not saying that all mentally ill need to be admitted.  And I do know that there are varying degrees of illness and should be determined on a case by case basis.  How ever if the responsibility is not being heavily measured with each patient and there is fear that the individual is at risk to hurt  him/herself or others, shouldn’t we take that responsibility to ensure safety?

In a recent article published by the National Review, Mr Clayton makes a clear point on what is wrong:  “What does work? Professor Stephen P. Segal’s recent study of murder rates and mental-treatment policy, “Civil Commitment Law, Mental Health Services, and U.S. Homicide Rates,” examined state-by-state murder rates and mental-health services and found that “less access to psychiatric inpatient-beds and more poorly rated mental health systems were associated with increases in the homicide rates of 1.08 and 0.26 per 100,000, respectively.” There was an even greater difference in the homicide rate between states with different involuntary civil commitment (ICC) laws. “Broader ICC criteria were associated with 1.42 less homicides per 100,000.” In short, states where involuntary commitment was easy had roughly a third less murders than states where it was very hard to civilly commit a mentally ill person.

“The reason that more mental-health services and more relaxed involuntary-commitment standards make such a difference in murder rates is very simple: Mentally ill persons are disproportionately involved in violent crimes, including murder. As of 2002, about 26,000 inmates in state prisons across the United States who were convicted of murder were also mentally ill. A detailed examination of Indiana prison inmates convicted of murder found that 18 percent were diagnosed with “schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, major depression, mania, or bipolar disorder.” Many of the random mass murders that have so plagued not only the United States but many other industrialized societies in the last few years were committed by persons with clear evidence of severe mental illness, usually schizophrenia.

“If we are serious about reducing these relatively rare (less than 1 percent of U.S. murders are incidents of mass murder) but terrifying tragedies, we need to be looking at the root cause: untreated or inadequately treated mental illness. Focusing on the weapons may be good politics, but the experimental evidence suggests that it is bad public policy.”

Bad policy is putting it very mildly.  Political Correctness has brought on the the hate and the violence, the lack of correct labeling and being ultra sensitive to feelings has literally killed thousands of people.  And now who is going to be punished for a huge lack of communication skills,  those who uphold the 2nd Amendment.  Heaven forbid those who are in the medical field or co workers, or fellow students, who notice strange behavior report such findings.  Personally I believe they are not blameless as they are witnesses and could have followed their instincts.  Its amazing how many people who knew the perpetrators come out and say “so and so was depressed, or strangely fixated on this, or was kinda creepy.”  DUH!  They start sound like the reporters on MSM outlets that tell us exactly what going on in the video.  Can we not think for ourselves?  Provide information we don’t know, like why didn’t you say something sooner?  Did you feel threatened in anyway?  Good grief!

We need to stop being scared of calling a spade a spade.  We also need to recognize that there are is a large population who guns and are responsible to themselves, friends and families.  Why punish the mass, and restrict our right to own guns, when we have an irresponsible mental health care issue, that if corrected would be much safer over all?  For as stated above, not all of the murders committed, involve guns.  What should we do next ban knives, forks, baseball bats and the like?

Evil is evil and it is manipulative, deceitful, vicious, and never ending.  We need to recognize it for what it is and stop it before it takes over our loved ones.   Being mentally ill is not evil in and of itself and those that are affected need as much support and love as can be offered, including making the hardest decisions loved ones can make of committing those affected.  It could determine life or death of all involved!

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Utah Auditor Elect, John Dougall asks for Resignations and hints of Things to Come

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Economy, Lisa's Personal Insights, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments


John Dougall, Utah Auditor Elect

On Tuesday morning of this week Utah Auditor Elect, John Dougall sent out a letter requesting the resignation from all current Audit staff and asked them to reapply for their jobs.  I could not put my readers at a disadvantage by providing  only snippets of the letter, so I provided it in its entirety below:

“Dear State Auditor Staff,

Thank you for your years of service. You have demonstrated your desire to ensure proper financial and regulatory oversight of state revenues and federal funds. I’d like to express my appreciation for your service.

As many of your know, I have been working with members of my transition team to quickly move through the transition process. I have also dedicated several days to meeting with the many auditors and administrative staff within the Office of the State Auditor.

I hope you will view this transition effort as a necessary examination of the office’s operations. It is a healthy process to reevaluate direction and approach. I have appreciated the opportunity for you to tell me what you’re proud of and where you think we can improve.

As I work to build my team, I will look to balance individuals with fresh, new ideas with others who have the wisdom that comes with experience in the trenches. With a new administration comes change. Some may hope to continue their public service in the Auditor’s office. Others may use their experience to explore new adventures elsewhere, while some have already announced their retirement after decades of dedicated service. These changes are a necessary adjustment of course, placing more emphasis in areas and strategy that I believe are central to my vision.

To address these changes I am requesting that all appointed staff within the State Auditor’s office submit their resignation effective January 6, 2013 and that you reapply for service with the new administration. I am advised that this is a “best practice” for such a transition between administrations.

Please submit your resignation letter to the office¹s HR administrator (Maria Fandl) as well as your indication whether to be considered for reappointment. Your prompt assistance will help accelerate reappointment notifications. It is my intent to announce most staffing decisions no later than 5pm on December 11th in order to allow adequate time for any necessary transitions for you personally. This timeline assumes that I have received all letters by 9am on December 11th.

Again, thank you for your service.

Best regards,

John Dougall
State Auditor-Elect”

In a conversation with Daniel Burton of “Publius Online”   Dougall told him ” that he had spent the past 2 weeks interviewing almost everyone in the office, as well as a group of auditors assisting with an outside assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the offices audit methodologies. Of the appointed staffers, 88% requested consideration for reappointment and 76% of those were immediately offered appointments.”

This action alone is very promising of things to come from the State Auditors offices.

To show another example of Mr Dougall’s tenacity,  he  posted this on his facebook page on Monday:  ” Decided to crash the Weber Co Mosquito Abatement District board meeting and party tonight. Here’s what I noted: (1) public meeting was improperly noticed, (2) agenda did not provide sufficient specificity as required by law, (3) meeting was held at a restaurant with no planned seating for members of the public to attend, (4) minutes from previous board meeting provided insufficient clarity regarding action taken, (5) wondering why there was almost $4K expended in petty cash for a single month (for an entity with only a $1.55M annual budget), and (6) wondered about the necessity and propriety of a fancy holiday dinner for board trustees and guests at taxpayer expense. Got lots of questioning looks and stares as people wondered who I was and why I was there. There was no opportunity for public comment.”

As a citizen of Utah I am beyond pleased that the voters got this one right!  In an era of closed door negotiations, and politicians’ noses rising ever higher up into the wind as they believe they are elevated to some sort of hierarchy status, John Dougall is a refreshing and much needed character in State Politics.  No longer will government entities get away with spending to their hearts content.  We didn’t elect “Frugal Dougall” for nothing!

Mr. Dougall has been in the Utah State Legislature for 10 years prior to his running for State Auditor this year and was counted as one of the most Conservative.  I was able to get to know him personally on several occasions, having great conversations about the lack of oversight of government spending, especially when it came to education and local school districts.

Mr. Dougall  has also been very gracious to me as I would ask him questions at random meetings and would take time to talk with me.  His accessibility,  forwardness, and transparency sets him apart from a lot of the Utah State leadership and that should be scaring a lot of government “entitled” programs and divisions that, for at least the last 10 years,  has gotten away with a lot of over spending.

Utahns are very much looking forward to seeing what Mr. Dougall uncovers in the next couple years.  It should be good!

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