Tuesday Funny – Climate Change Cult

February 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

A friend just forwarded an email to me with this graphic.  Regardless of how you feel about Climate Change, whether it’s happening, or what is responsible; this is funny:

Climate Change Cult

Iowa House Introduces ESA Legislation

February 4th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The Iowa House of Representatives has introduced ESA Legislation!

From Iowa Advocates for Choice in Education:

House File 2090, sponsored by Representatives Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights), Jake Highfill (R-Johnston) and Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines), calls for this revolutionary school choice initiative that gives every Iowa parent a grant of state funds to use toward nonpublic education expenses.  You can read the entire bill here:  HF 2090.

Reactions are starting to come in including this one from Jay P. Greene’s blog: “Education Savings Account Effort in Iowa

Happy Summer!

June 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Happy Summer!  It’s been interesting this year for me.  Usually, I have a rather protracted break right after the legislative session that gives me time to chillax.  Not this year.  Here is a summary of my session:

You can click on the Iowa Association of Christian School’s newsletter link to see their take on our work this session.  I was very proud of the Board and member schools for supporting me so well this year and getting some amazing things done for private schools and parental choice in education.

The results on the pro-life front weren’t as laudable.  We were attacked by the Personhood-only crowd, undermined by groups claiming to straddle the fence between pro-life groups and hateful personhood-only groups, undercut by legislators that had last minute demands on the webcam abortion bill minutes before it needed to be moved to avoid being killed by the funnel deadline, etc. etc.  The biggest enemy of progress on the life issue isn’t the abortion industry.  It’s “pro-life” groups and legislators that refuse to save any baby unless they save them all…their way.  We have plans to overcome this.  It will take some time but we’ll prevail in order to save lives and end the practice of elective abortion in the U.S. for good.

On a spiritual note, I’ve been reading through a chronological reading plan on YouVersion’s iOS app.  I’m loving it.  It’s interesting to see the character of the books come out in the prophets as they often describe the same king’s stories with emphasis on different aspects of the events.  I’m also really learning more and more about the intersection of wisdom and holiness.  My job makes it a constant challenge to be shrewd and innocent, positive and resolute.  How do I check emotion while maintaining passion?  I have been diving in to God’s character on this.  Sovereignty and the fruits of the Spirit.  It’s fascinating.  Ask me about it sometime.  I may not shut up for 30 minutes.

That’s it for today.  I’ll try to post from my adventures this Summer.  There is a trip to Colorado with the in-laws and extended in-law/out-law family, RAGBRAI, and a trip to Florida on the horizon.  Fun times!  Hope you have an amazing Summer.

My Information Workflow

April 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

My information workflow gets me up-to-speed every morning.  I’ve had a number of people ask me what apps I use, what websites I check, and how I stay on top of things at work.  The answer: I don’t stay on top of things like I would like…there is simply too much information out there.  But with a few good apps and websites, you can get a good big picture for whether the world is still spinning each morning.

Here is a short list of apps and sites I check each day to make sure I’m on top of things and as in-the-know as possible: » Read the rest of this entry «

Action Alert From The Iowa Association Of Christian Schools

March 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Action Alert From the Iowa Association of Christian Schools:

IA Assoc. Of Christian Schools

March 21, 2013 – House Study Bill 225 would increase the amount of tax credits for school tuition organizations to $12 million (currently at $8.75 million). The credits are made available for those who donate to scholarship funds for nonpublic school students through School Tuition Organizations (STOs).

Last fall more than 10,400 low-income students received a grant through the program to attend the school of their choice. More than $11.3 million in scholarships were awarded.

We support the bill because it helps parents get assistance in choosing the school that best fits their child’s learning needs.

Please send a message to your member of the Iowa House asking him or her to support HSB 225 by clicking here.  We are partnering with the Iowa Catholic Conference to send out emails and encourage you to do so today!

Very happy to see school choice get such bipartisan support in Iowa.  Click the link above and help keep it that way!  I highly encourage you to sign up for their email list at www.iowachristianschools.org.  They don’t spam, only send out action alerts when big things are happening at the Capitol, and they are a great resource for information on education, education reform, and private school choice.  They are there every day during the legislative session and have a great Board of Directors.

Senator Rozenboom’s Senate Speech This Week

February 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Senator Rozenboom delivered a great speech on the floor of the Senate this week about their adopted son, life, adoption, policy priorities, and hope!  You can click here to see the whole thing!  This is how the pro-life message is to be spread.  Compassionately and lovingly.  Well done, Senator!

The Salvation Army On Abortion *Updated*

November 20th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

The Salvation Army’s position on abortion is horribly weak.  They begin by stating that life begins at “fertilization,” it is a “gift from God,” and that “All people – without exception – are of value to him…”

They finish their statement with a great statement about treating women who’ve had abortions with dignity and love.  The problem is the moral relativism and spiritual schizophrenia sprinkled throughout the whole thing!  They make room for abortion in the case of rape and fetal abnormality!

Read it for yourself and ask yourself if a group with such a weak position the issue of life deserves a penny this holiday season when plenty of other organizations are doing the same work.  It’s one thing to panhandle by ringing bells that drive you mad as you shop.  It’s a totally different thing to contradict the Word, your mission, and common sense on an issue as important as life and expect support from pro-life individuals, especially Christians.

Change your position, “General.”  It’s the Biblical thing to do.

***Update***
11/24/2012
I’ll be avoiding donations as anyone who affiliates with an international office that takes a lame stance like this isn’t going to get my money.  However, this article may make you feel better about the position of the U.S. Salvation Army.

Haters Gonna Hate

November 17th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

My son informed me that a child at school hears stories at home from their parent(s) about how I’m a compromiser, I’m weak, and that I’m not good at my job. This child, according to Kyle, doesn’t quite know what to think about all that. I told my son to smile back and shower this (truly great) kid with love.  The fact that I adore this kid makes it all the more notable for me.

Not sure if I’m annoyed at the whole thing, feel pity for the parent, or am amused that someone thinks I’m important enough to talk about but not talk to.

Telling slander to your kid knowing it might spread through the class and get back to that parent through their own child is less-than-classy, though.  I was surprised as my wife and I try VERY hard teach our kids to respect and care about others and believe the best (like the Scriptures tell us to) until we find out otherwise.

It was one of those parenting moments where I felt like it was more important that my son know it’s not always important to defend yourself.  It’s not the first time I’ve been attacked.  When I was appointed to the State Board of Education, a hateful blogger lied about me and tried to paint me in a negative light.  What really made my eyes roll, however, was that this blogger than tried to connect with me on LinkedIn a week or two later.  I declined.  The lesson I learned with that blogger, however, is that I made the right choice to ignore it.  If I had defended myself, or fought back, I would not have changed him and he would have had additional readers to his blog that I had sent.  I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of additional traffic.  Does that prove I’m weak or point to the fact that I might be trying to stay above board? » Read the rest of this entry «

Stop The Common Core Standards

November 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Common Core Standards are dangerous.  Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project is featured in this awesome video series called “Stop The Common Core.”  Embedded below is the first of five videos on the subject.  You owe it to yourself, your kids, and your grandkids to watch all five of them:

I know the video doesn’t fit perfectly in my WordPress template so click full screen and listen without distraction. You need to hear what Jane has to say.  There are five videos and they should play one right after another.  If the link doesn’t work, please visit the American Principles Project or Truth In American Education website and watch them there.

I used to work for the American Principles Project and my friend Shane still does. They are doing great work calling out those who would disenfranchise States and (more importantly) parents and are doing a good job calling on teachers, parents, and other citizens to stop and think about how truly dangerous this movement is. Let me know what you think.  It’s not too late to turn back this dangerous agenda and your sharing of this video, your willingness to talk about it to friends and family, and the sharing of these videos on social media and other websites will go a long way!

I don’t need unelected bureaucrats and D.C. based nonprofits determining my child’s education standards and curricula.  I don’t want my child’s quality of education determined by the prevailing national political winds and at a level of government inaccessible to parents and local schools boards, administrators, and teachers.

Watch the videos.  Share them.  Act.

How Then Should We Advocate?

November 12th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

The 2012 Election is behind us.  Now the question remains:  whether as an active citizen or a professional activist, how then should we advocate for the things we care about after any election result?  I’ve written about much of this before but wanted to get some additional thoughts off my chest for my own benefit if nothing else.

First, what is advocacy and activism?  Issue advocacy and activism can include writing a letter to your legislator, showing up for an event at the Capitol, running for office, posting political opinions on Facebook or Twitter, lobbying, writing letters to the editor, walking in parades for candidates, or discussing politics at a friend’s house over dinner.

If you are a Christ-follower and looking to contribute to a political organization or considering getting involved in any way, here are the top five things you must keep in mind in order to be a good advocate:
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