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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

400-408 – • Denver Post, Birth leave sought for girls: Soon-to-be-moms at East High School ask for four weeks of maternity leave.  Should high school girls be given maternity leave or unexcused absences?  Should the state provide child-care for these new moms? What happened to pregnancy schools?  Should they be required to continue their coursework at home?  The Denver teen pregnancy rate is 5.45%, that of Colorado is 2.43%.  The Denver high school for pregnant moms has a waiting list.  Only 33% of teen moms ever graduate, and just 1.5% graduate from college before 30.  80% of teen moms eventually go on welfare, 75% go on welfare within five years of birth.
413-423Calls. 
428-437Calls.  How do we make the fathers responsible?  What if with the girl's consent a DNA test confirmed the father the girl named as the one responsible and he was required to work to pay child support?
From the CALSAFE website,
Female and male expectant and parenting students eighteen years or younger are eligible to receive services if they have not earned a high school diploma or its equivalent. If they turn nineteen years of age while they are enrolled, they may be enrolled for one additional semester. Students with an active special education individualized education program (IEP) are eligible regardless of age or grade if they have not yet graduated. Children of enrolled student parents are eligible for child care and development services until the child reaches five years of age or is enrolled in kindergarten, whichever occurs first.
443-452Calls
458-508Dave Barton, president-founder of Wallbuilders (wallbuilders.com), on the primaries.
(1:07) Huckabee on Letterman last night.
• Dennis Prager, Sen. Obama's Calls for Unity Are Not What They Seem.  [Should we pull out of Iraq?  Repeal tax cuts?  Legalize same-sex marriage?  "Unity" = "Agree with me!"]
If those who call for unity told the whole truth, this is what they would say: "I want everyone to unite -- behind my values. I want everyone who disagrees with me to change the way they think so that we can all be united. I myself have no plans to change my positions on any important issues in order to achieve this unity. So in order to achieve it, I assume that all of you who differ with me will change your views and values and embrace mine."
It is fascinating how little introspection Sen. Obama's "unity" supporters engage in -- they are usually the very people who most forcefully advocate multiculturalism, who scoff at the idea of an American melting pot and who oppose something as basic to American unity as declaring English the country's national language.
Second, the craving for unity is frequently childish. As we mature we understand that decent people will differ politically and theologically. The mature yearn for unity only on a handful of fundamental values, such as: "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." Beyond such basics, we yearn for civil discourse and tolerance, not unity.
512-523Dave Barton.  The four issues every Christian must think about when considering who to vote for:  Where are they on life?  Same sex marriage?  Religious expression (Ten Commandments)?  And judges?  These are excellent indicators on where a candidate is on many other issues.
528-539Ken Hutcherson, former NFL linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys and now pastor of 3,000-member Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington (abchurch.org), with his take on presidential primaries and an update on his plan to stop Microsoft from advancing their pro-gay agenda on the public. 
Ken's asking Christians to buy three shares of Microsoft stock for about $104 dollars and donate one share to AGNFinancial.com.  They then can vote these shares at upcoming stockholders' meetings and thwart the pro-gay agenda.  He's backed by Chuck Colson, Gary Bauer, Bishop Harry Jackson, Paul Weyrich, and Tony Perkins.  The simplest way to participate is by donating cash to AGN's brokerage account.  100% of this fund will be used to purchase Microsoft shares for AGN.  To donate, mail a check made out to "TD Ameritrade /FBO account #788540029" to: Ameritrade, P.O. BOX 2229, Omaha NE 68103.
It's unclear what effect, if any, the initiative could have on the stock price. It would be difficult to influence company direction -- just to gain a 1 percent stake in Microsoft, about 31 million people would each have to spend $104 to buy three shares. Microsoft has about 9.36 billion outstanding shares, and its largest holder is Chairman Bill Gates, with 858 million shares, or 9 percent of the total.
Microsoft leadership has publicly supported gay rights legislation, and the company officially opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation. Microsoft shareholders have voted in favor of the company's nondiscrimination policy, General Counsel Brad Smith said.
"Our company policies are well-known and supported by over 97 percent of our shareholders when it was voted upon in a shareholder resolution, and we just have no comment on this," Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said.
When asked whether the new initiative is a ploy to make money for his church, Hutcherson said, "Absolutely."
"We're going to need the finances to go to the next companies," he said. "Anything you do successfully needs money."
SS – [3:27] Che Ahn, pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena (harvestrockchurch.org), is hosting the Prophetic Conference 2008 at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena on January 24-27.  Register at the web site or by calling (626) 794-1199.  Seating is limited and the last day to register is Friday, January 11.
544-554Ken Hutcherson.
608 – [1:30] The Money Guys Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor at Applied Financial, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL.
612-623Ken Timmerman, (kentimmerman.com, iran.org), contributing editor at Newsmax and weekly columnist at Frontpage Magazine, on the Iranian high-speed boats that threatened a U.S. Navy convoy on Monday.  Ken's latest book is Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender.
628-639 – (reprise from yesterday) Greg Laurie, pastor of the 15,000-member Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside (harvest.org), and host of A New Beginning heard weekdays at 10:30am, with an anniversary salute and thoughts on the 2008 presidential race.
644-656New Hampshire results. 
Primary Schedule:  Thursday 1/3 Iowa (Huckabee), Saturday 1/5 Wyoming (Romney), Tuesday 1/8 New Hampshire (McCain), Tuesday 1/15 Michigan, Saturday 1/19 Nevada-South Carolina, Tuesday 1/29 Florida, Friday 2/1 Maine, Super Tuesday 2/5 20 states.
Dinan summarizes, "He pressed for illegal aliens to gain college tuition benefits, complained about federal immigration raids in his state and declined to have state police enforce immigration laws, although the state legislature gave him the authority to do so." 
Should children of illegals get tuition breaks?  Why did Huck oppose a federal roundup of illegals?
Mike Huckabee abandoned conservative governance long ago. As governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007, his record on economic issues was long and dismal. He raised the sales tax and passed a tax on gasoline, increasing the state's overall average tax burden by almost 50 percent. Spending shot up more than 65 percent under his leadership. In the current campaign, he supports expensive, restrictive energy legislation, a misguided new national sales tax, and nanny-state notions like a federal smoking ban.
Thus, he has worked to make his small-minded populism a credit by pitting his socially conservative supporters against the GOP's business wing. One of his favorite lines is that he represents the interests of "Main Street, not Wall Street."
Of course, his genial demeanor and willingness to overlook both principle and fact is indicative of a distinct and disturbing trend in American politics. Huckabee seemed to come from nowhere in the race, but he is not just a lonely, surprise candidate, but a symbol of the new wave of feel-good conservatism, which seeks not to deal in policy that works so much as policy and rhetoric that provide emotional gratification.
Huckabee comes off as the self-esteem candidate, in which merely feeling good is the core of the message.
Allowing Mike Huckabee to become the face of conservatism would trade unity and principle for an ill-advised romance with a flighty, flaky new brand of politics.