Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit at 11:42 a.m. 8 miles below the city of Chino Hills.
A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico and slightly in Las Vegas.
The 11:42 a.m. quake was initially estimated at 5.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey but was revised downward to 5.4. More than a dozen aftershocks quickly followed, the largest estimated at magnitude-3.8.
The quake was centered 29 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles near the San Bernardino County city of Chino Hills, and was estimated to be about 8 miles below the earth's surface.
400-408Gary Bauer, former president of the Family Research Council and Republican presidential candidate back in 2000, now runs American Values (, tells us what values are at stake in this presidential election.
• Bloomberg (7/28), Obama Wins Young Evangelical Voters in Battleground-State Push.  The religious left, with prodding from other Obama supporters, have broadened the definition of "pro-life" beyond the abortion question so that it now includes the fights against poverty, war, disease, global warming and genocide.  The new spin is "Obama is pro-life on 5 out of 6 issues, while McCain is pro-life on just one.  So who's really pro-life?"
413-423Jay Richards, with the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (, is the author of The Untamed God, The Privileged Planet and the forthcoming The Christian Case for Capitalism, and is the executive producer of two documentaries, last year's The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom.
• American Thinker (6/26), Obama's Global Tax Bill Coming Soon.  It's about "global income redistribution," our income and their distribution.  How very smart politically!
428-437Jay Richards,
443-452Jerry Bowyer, nationally-syndicated columnist and chief economist for the Benchmark Financial Network (, with a snapshot of our economy and an update on the banking crisis.
• Times Online (7/28), Two more US banks collapse as defaults soar.  The First National Bank of Nevada and the First Heritage Bank in California are now under the control of the Mutual of Omaha.
• CNN Money (7/29), Home prices drop record 15.8%.
• Michael Boskin (7/29, WSJ), Obamanomics Is a Recipe for Recession.  Mr. Boskin, professor of economics at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush.  The piece starts this way,
What if I told you that a prominent global political figure in recent months has proposed: abrogating key features of his government's contracts with energy companies; unilaterally renegotiating his country's international economic treaties; dramatically raising marginal tax rates on the "rich" to levels not seen in his country in three decades (which would make them among the highest in the world); and changing his country's social insurance system into explicit welfare by severing the link between taxes and benefits?
458-508Jean Schroedel, Chairman of the Department of Politics and Policy at Claremont Graduate University (, (Frank's alma mater), tells us how she thinks the John McCain and Barack campaigns are doing.  She can also talk about their vice presidential choices and on how women might vote in this election.
512-523Ron Prentice, chairman of, on how people can fight to protect marriage in November.  1) Register for email updates at  2) Ask your pastor to get involved or appoint someone in your church to keep the church up to date.  3) Schedule a Sunday or two in your church to register members to vote.  4) Write letters to the editors and ask local civic groups if you can speak to them about protecting marriage.  5) Donate money.
• CA Sec of State, To vote November 4, your registration must be postmarked October 20, 2008.  Register Here.  If successful, California will join 26 other states who have approved constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
528-539Ken Timmerman, (,, contributing editor at Newsmax and author of Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender, on the presidential race and Barack Obama's world tour.
In April, the county Department of Public Health released a study showing that 30% of South Los Angeles adults were obese, compared with about 21% of adults countywide. South L.A. also has the highest incidence of diabetes in the county, 11.7% compared with 8.1% for the county as a whole.
A Times analysis of the city's roughly 8,200 restaurants late last year found that South L.A. had the highest concentration of fast-food eateries. Per capita, the area has fewer eateries of any kind than the Westside, downtown or Hollywood, and about the same as the Valley. But a much higher percentage of restaurants in South L.A. belong to fast-food chains, and the area has far fewer grocery stores than other parts of town.
558-608Is the moratorium on fast food restaurants in South Central a good idea or bad idea?  What's your solution to the obesity and diabetes problem in South Central?  How do we attract more grocery stores and better restaurants?
608 – (1:30) "Your Independent, Unbiased, Advisors: The Money Guys" Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor at Applied Financial, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, and online at
• Curt Levey (7/28), Top 10 Things to Expect From Obama Court.  Levey is the Executive Director of the Committee for Justice.  Should Obama serve two terms, Scalia and Kennedy will be 80 years old.  Since 1/3 of all Supreme Court decisions are decided 5-4, the "swing" vote is critically important.
10. Expanding and perpetuating the use of racial preferences
9. Creating new constitutional rights to physician-assisted suicide and human cloning
8. Expanding judicial oversight of military detentions and CIA interrogations
7. Prohibiting tuition vouchers for religious schools
6. Banning the death penalty
5. Requiring taxpayers to fund essentially unlimited abortion rights
4. Creating new constitutional rights to massive government welfare and medical care programs
3. Stripping "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance
2. Eroding property rights
1. Ordering all 50 states to bless gay marriage
Update on the Christopher Laurie Memorial Service
RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 29, 2008—A private memorial service will be held for Christopher Laurie, son of Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, August 1, at the family's home church.  Christopher Laurie, 33, died last Thursday in a tragic car accident near Corona, Calif.  A resident of Huntington Beach, he served as art director at Harvest Christian Fellowship for the past three years.
Pastor Skip Heitzig of Calvary Chapel in Albuquerque, N.M., will conduct the memorial.
Due to space considerations, Friday's memorial service is closed to the public, but the service at Harvest Christian Fellowship will be broadcast live over the Internet at, and will also be broadcast by KWVE radio (107.9 FM) at 11 a.m. PT.  In addition, Calvary Chapel of Downey will offer the public an opportunity to watch the memorial service as it is projected in their main sanctuary (12808 Woodruff Ave. Downey, Calif. 90242).
In addition to his parents, Christopher is survived by his wife, Brittany, and daughter, Stella, as well as his brother, Jonathan.  He and his wife are expecting a daughter in November.
In lieu of flowers, Harvest Christian Fellowship has established the Christopher Laurie Memorial Fund to provide financial assistance to Christopher's wife and daughters.  More information is available at