October 2014 Newsletter

No Perfect Choice? Select the “Less-Bad” Candidate, and Vote!

In the 1986 race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Arlan Strangeland of Barnesville, MN, defeated Collin Peterson by 142 votes out of 186,320 – less than one vote per precinct.

  • Pennsylvania 1974 – in a special election in the 12th Congressional District, John Murtha defeated Harry Fox b y a total of 122 votes. There were 430 precincts in the district and Murtha won by a margin of one-fourth of a vote per precinct!
  • Presidential Election 1960 – John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon by 113,000 votes. That was about one-half vote per precinct.
  • Texas 1948 – Lyndon B. Johnson was elected to the U.S. Senate by 87 votes out of 988,295 votes cast in 6,000 precincts. That computes to 1/69th of a vote per precinct.
  • In 1918, Woodrow Wilson carried the State of California less than one vote per precinct. California’s electoral vote made the difference and Wilson was re-elected President.1

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October 17, 2014 Radio Commentary

Don’t Call It “Medical Marijuana!”

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 17, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

During the medical marijuana study committee meeting a couple of weeks ago, law enforcement officers stood firmly against legalizing marijuana. They are particularly concerned about the cultivation of marijuana, and specified that IF marijuana IS grown in Georgia, the growing must be done in indoor laboratories under strict control.

During the meeting, a Gwinnett Coalition for Health worker said, “We are concerned about substance abuse and we’re concerned with dispensaries. When dispensaries grow [marijuana], abuse expands. Black marketing marijuana is already in other states. There are big, big dollars behind this. Lots of money is involved.”

She continued, “Look at the people who are here. They are not children,” pointing out that the audience included business people, who want marijuana legalized for ALL purposes, not just for medicine, but for recreation, too.

Then she said, “[Using] the term ‘medical marijuana’ is a negative ‘norming’ thing [that makes it sound like a normal thing to do]. The message implied by the term is, ‘Since it’s medically good for you, it must be okay to smoke,’” reminding them that the number of young people using marijuana has increased since states passed medical marijuana laws. Continue reading

October 10, 2014 Radio Commentary

Weed & Welfare

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 10, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

The Department of Health and Human Services claims it’s perfectly legal to use EBT cards to buy marijuana. EBT cards provide electronic benefit transfers to food stamp recipients. So, the Department of Health and Human Services is telling us that recipients of welfare can use food stamps to buy an illegal, dangerous, debilitating, delusion producing, brain-damaging substance that destroys lives and law-abiding citizens are stuck with the tab.

The HHS decision was prompted because welfare recipients in Colorado can withdraw cash with EBT cards and trot down to local retail stores or dispensaries to buy marijuana joints.

HHS Secretary Burrell said, “We understand that legislators in Colorado have already explored prohibiting EBT withdrawals at retail marijuana shops and medical-marijuana dispensaries,” but claims federal regulations provide no wiggle room to stop their use for weed, although EBT funds are prohibited in liquor stores, gun stores, strip clubs, and casinos. Continue reading

October 3, 2014 Radio Commentary

My Opinion is NOT a “Phobia”

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 3, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

When Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language was published, it had too many pages to number. The replica of Mr. Webster’s Dictionary is ten-and-three-quarter-inches by eight-and-one-quarter-inches and is two-and-five-eighths inches thick. Its introductory pages alone measure almost a quarter-inch and are an education, themselves.

Mr. Webster, who had mastered twelve languages by age 38, and learned 20 different languages by the time he was 43, claimed to have coined only one word in his huge dictionary. His word was “demoralize,” which he defined as, “To corrupt or undermine the morals of; to destroy or lessen the effect of moral principles on; to render corrupt in morals.” Continue reading