Yearly Archives: 2014

Correction to an Endorsement

Note to Carol Boston supporters. If you want to question my endorsement of Jim Taylor over Carol Boston, sending insulting emails questioning my "supposed truth in religion and politics," is probably not the best approach.

That being said, I do appreciate being informed that Jim Taylor was a liberal Democrat until Feb 14, 2014 when he registered as a Republican, 3 days before he filed for school board candidacy.

I have not had the chance to verify this information, but I have no reason to doubt its validity from the Christian woman named Cathy (no last name) who emailed me.

So I am removing my endorsement of Jim Taylor. I apologize for those of you who may have already voted based off my endorsement. This is why I always wait until Election Day to vote, because often important information about candidates comes out in the last few days.

November Mid-terms

Well, November 4th is almost here and I've been getting contacted by many of our military on voting advice.

Here's how I will be voting.

Keep in mind this is only for Santa Rosa County, Florida voters.

 

 

First Congressional District

Jeff Miller

Governor & Lt. Governor

Rick Scott & Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Attorney General

Pam Bondi

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Atwater

Commissioner of Agriculture

Adam Putnam

State Representative District 3

Doug Broxson

County Commissioner District 2

Bob Cole

County Commissioner District 4

Rob Williamson

School Board Member District 3

Jim Taylor

Retention of First District Court of Appeal Judges

Robert T. Benton - Yes
Joseph Lewis, Jr. - No
Scott Makar - No
Tim Osterhaus - No
Clay Roberts - No

Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 1 - No
Amendment 2 - No
Amendment 3 - Yes

Other Public Measures

Sales Tax for Courthouse - For the one-cent sales tax. I'm usually against an increase in the sales tax, however our county needs a new courthouse and I think all citizens should chip in, not just property owners. The tax will be in effect for 5 years.

New Courthouse referendums - I'm voting for the East Milton referendum. The better option would have been to build near the county jail, but that option was taken off the table by the Board of County Commissioners with these three referendum proposals.

Incorporate Navarre -  not sure why this is on the ballot. From all I've been able to attain, a legislative effort to incorporate is already underway. A feasibility study has been completed, but the political action committee has not yet come to Navarre residents with what the costs would be. I personally am opposed to wasting any resources to address this effort to the Florida Legislature without knowing what it would cost. This is a non-binding resolution, however I don't want to give the impression that Navarre is ready to go forward with incorporation until we know the cost. I guess that means I'm voting no.

One Endorsement Correction

I'm changing my endorsement from Cindy Frakes for Okaloosa County School Board to Lamar White.

It was brought that Ms. Frakes supports Common Core. 

Not asking candidates' position on Common Core was an oversight on my part and I apologize for that.

 

Another Endorsement

DeFuniak Springs resident Danny Glidewell contacted me yesterday to see if he could fill out the questionnaire and he had not discovered my email until after I had closed down the candidate questionnaire survey. I gladly obliged him because it is important for voters to know where candidates stand. After my conversation with Danny and reading his answers, I am endorsing Danny Glidewell for Walton County Commissioner, District 2. Below are Danny's answers:

Danny Glidewell's Answers

Northwest Florida Candidates

Last Saturday I sent a survey to 51 candidates running for the various offices representing Northwest Florida. I got 12 survey responses and two emails in reply. The two email replies did not complete the survey. Below are the candidate responses to the survey and some survey statistics (which are interesting). I do apologize because I realized too late that questions 6 & 7 were duplicates (the dangers of copy and paste), however it is interesting that some candidates answered the same question differently.

Candidate Responses

Candidate Survey Data

(These are pdf files and are safe for downloading. You will need Adobe Acrobat reader, which you can download here for free)

Based on these responses and other research, here are my endorsements. I did not endorse all candidates simply because there was not enough information available to me. Some of my endorsements are not without reservations. Governor Scott and Congressman Miller have been disappointing on some issues. Nevertheless, the alternative candidates did not gain my confidence and trust. Feel free to leave your endorsements below; just do not attack an opposing candidate or your response will be rejected. Notwithstanding, stating an incumbent's voting record is not an attack.

I've listed all the candidates I contacted and the candidate's name I've endorsed is in bold. I've also parenthetically put their response status. If they responded, I put the number so you can easily find their response in the Candidate Responses document above.

These endorsements are solely my own and in no way reflect the endorsements of the Northwest Florida Republican Assembly, the Florida Republican Assembly (FRA), or the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA).

Governor

Rick Scott (Incumbent) (email response sent me to another website)
Yinka Abosede Adeshina (did not respond)
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder (email said she didn’t want me endorsement, but would complete the survey, which she did not

US Representative, FL District 1

John Krause (did not respond)
Jeff Miller [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Florida State Representative, District 2

Doug Broxson [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Jamie Smith (response #8)

Escambia County Commissioner – District 2

Doug Underhill (did not respond)
Gene Valentino [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Mayor Of Pensacola (Nonpartisan Office)

Donna Clark (response #3)
Ashton Hayward [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Pensacola City Council, District 2 (Nonpartisan Office)

Sherri Myers [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Dennis Tacket (did not respond)

Pensacola City Council, District 6 (Nonpartisan Office)

Brian Spencer [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Mark Taylor (did not respond)

Santa Rosa County Commissioner – District 2

Robert (Bob) Cole (response #6)
Jim Melvin (response #1)

Santa Rosa County Commissioner – District 4

Ruth Dupont Esser (response #11)
Yvonne Harper (response #5)
Andrea McDermott (response #4)
Rob Williamson (did not respond)

Santa Rosa County School Board – District 1

Sandra Nicely (response #3)
Diane Scott [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Santa Rosa County School Board – District 3

Carol Boston (did not respond)
Debbie Gunnoe (response #9)
Fuchsia Ann Spann (did not respond)
Jim R. Taylor (did not respond)

Circuit Judge, Group 22 (Non-Partisan Office)

Michelle Inere (did not respond)
Jennie Kinsey (did not respond)

Okaloosa County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

J.D. Peacock (did not respond)
Charles Baugh Jr. (did not respond)
Dan Spence (response #12)

Okaloosa County Commissioner – District 4

Don Amunds [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Henry Kelley (did not respond)
Trey Goodwin (did not respond)

Okaloosa County School Board – District 1

Cindy Frakes [(Incumbent) response #7]
Lamar White (did not respond)

Okaloosa County School Board – District 3

C.W. Soldier Hyden (response #10)
Joseph Slusser (did not respond)Rodney Walker [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Okaloosa County School Board – District 5

David Scholl (did not respond)
Melissa Thrush [(Incumbent) did not respond]

 No Walton County candidates responded to the survey

Protecting Life

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Obama the Deal Maker

Great fanfare was made about the recent release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for several years, in conjunction with the release of what The Weekly Standard is describing as "five of the most dangerous Taliban commanders."

You'll forgive me if I don't share the joy expressed by many at Sgt. Bergdahl's release. I consider Sgt. Bergdahl a traitor. Harsh words? Perhaps, but allow the record to speak for itself.

I was contacted earlier this morning by a dear brother-in-Christ who's son is an Army First Lieutenant. Read carefully his son's words:

"Don't believe any fanciful garbage you read about this deserter we just got from the Taliban. He was an enemy sympathizer that abandoned his men and his post and sought to join the Taliban. We just gave up 5 of the Taliban's top guys so that we could get a traitor back. I was over there when he deserted and we stopped everything in order to find him. The entire country went on lockdown and countless assets were sent to find him. I know that several good men died trying to get him back. He told the Taliban everything they wanted, and then helped shoot their propaganda videos. This guy deserves a court martial. He's a disgrace to the uniform."

I confess that this was news to me, well because the mainstream media would never allow such news that would tarnish their King Obama's lackluster foreign policy and diplomacy record. It's all about the optics (I'll address that in a bit).

After posting to my Facebook page that I had some explosive information on the prisoner exchange, I was sent this link from another soldier testifying that Sgt. Bergdahl is a deserter. While you will not find this information in the US media, the UK Mail Online is reporting that this make-believe hero could indeed be tried for desertion.

If all of this was not enough to raise the hackles on the back of your neck, then get a load of what Debbie Schlussel is reporting:

DISGUSTING: Bowe Bergdahl’s Dad Praises allah, Makes Islamic Declaration, Calls For Release of All Gitmo Terrorists; Did Bergdahl Convert to Islam?

Always remember that Obama is a master of distraction. One of his mentors is Saul Alinsky who wrote this in his book, "Rules for Radicals":

The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

Barack Obama is keeping the pressure on while removing it from him. With the VA, IRS, and releasing of tens of thousands of illegal aliens scandals, the fanfare around Sgt. Bergdahl's releases is a different tactic and action for the purpose of distracting the media from his ineptitude.

That won't work here at The Truth Watch. We are ever vigilant.

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Christian Competitor Cross-Examination

imageWith the swift punishment and immediate re-education of Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones, there is only one logical next step.

Sports media, league officials, and militant gay activists will need to "out" openly Christian athletes by asking them their opinions on Michael Sam and Jason Collins being openly gay and playing professional sports.

It will not be enough for faith-based athletes to say that they have no problem with gay athletes or they won't allow their personal views to affect their relationships with other athletes.

These athletes will be pressed to reconcile biblical teachings with their public statements in a lose-lose media gotcha game.

As my buddy Steve Deace always says, "You will be made to care!"

Severing the Second Amendment

The latest shooting at Fort Hood, Texas has reopened the debate of whether or not service members should be allowed to carry weapons on base. Surprisingly, even some veterans are strongly opposed to such an option. Here is this veteran's two cents in the debate.

  1. Crazy people who want to kill will always find weapons. FACT: if military are allowed to carry arms, then crazy dude on Ft Hood only gets one or two shots off before he has 7-8 bullets pumped into him.
  2. We either have the unalienable right to life, which includes defending one's life, or we do not.
  3. We either have the right to keep and bear arms or we do not.
  4. We are either free citizens or we are not.
It is a national disgrace that those who swear to support and defend the US Constitution are not protected by it just because they are on a military base. If you are going to disallow citizens the right to keep and bear arms in one segment of society just because there is the possibility that a crazy person might go on the rampage, then you must disallow all segments of society.
 
Why is it when the liberals want to ban our guns when there is a shooting in a theater we staunchly defend our 2nd Amendment Rights, but if it happens on a military base, those same defenders use pretzel logic to defend denying those same rights?
 
Seems to me liberals and and opponents to arming our service members are using the same defense for denying a citizen's 2nd Amendment rights.

I will be examining this in further detail in the next issue of The Truth Newsletter. Please join The Truth Watch today to ensure you have access to this issue and all past issues. Please invite your friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors to join too.

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Parsing the Preamble

constitution_quill_penThomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created, equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…"

"…serving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

From where does the US government receive the consent of the governed and how is that government instituted? From the US Constitution. When you look at the Constitution you can't help but notice the first three words: WE the People.

Now if this document had been written in modern days by say me, you could chalk up the huge font to Dave once again being slayed by the Microsoft Word font beast. However Jacob Shallus, under the guidance of the Committee of Style, wrote the Preamble purposefully.

Many of you might still be able to recite the Preamble, but most of us would be at a loss to explain the three questions answered in it. The first question answered, and the most important one is: Who? Answer: "WE the People of the United States…"

The second question is: Why Answer: "...in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity..."

The third question is: What? Answer: "…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

The Random House Dictionary in its second definition defines ordain as "to enact or establish by law, edict, etc." The example given is "to ordain a new government."

So the government of the United States of America was enacted and established by WE the People. What does that mean to us? Look at the first three articles of the Constitution: Article I establishes the legislative branch; Article II establishes the executive branch; and Article III establishes the judicial branch.

How many believe that these branches are listed in the Constitution by some random order and not having to do with any importance or precedence in the minds of the 39 signatories? If you believe that it is apparent you not only went to a government school but also possibly to a liberal college.

So why the history lesson? Because WE the People have been asleep at the wheel for far too long and have neglected the single most powerful weapon we have in defending liberty: the ballot.

The question is, will we use it.

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