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What I learned on my first visit to Yosemite

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:41 pm | Randy Thomasson

Can you believe it? I’ve lived all my life in California and have never visited Yosemite National Park. Fortunately, some dear people invited me on a mini-vacation and I finally got to experience it. My half-burned-out mind and body needed the rest!

While enjoying the visual feast of God’s beautiful creation at Yosemite, I was also surprised to experience or learn that:

1. Yosemite is clogged with cars and the Yosemite Valley is a long drive from the park entrance. All the visitors made it feel overcrowded to me. At the main “view ” area, there were lots of foreign tourists, all talking in their native languages.

2. The government is making money off visitors. A vehicle with one or more persons is charged $30. The cheapest price, $10, is if you’re 62 or older. But is this a fair pay-to-play arrangement, or does the National Park Service regard visitors as a revenue source? With official stats reporting 5,217,114 visitors in 2016, and a projected 2017 budget of $27 million, they should be collecting only $5.17 per person. Yet it seems We the People are paying more than that to visit Our property.

3. There’s a big grocery store in Yosemite that sells a lot of alcohol. I asked a store clerk whether the liquor buyers are folks who are “partying” or simply trying to drown their depression. He said probably both types bought the booze.

4. There’s a United States courthouse right in Yosemite Park. This federal court has somehow acquired California state court powers to judge all citations and misdemeanors in the 750,000-acre park. And the alcohol-related crimes are very high. I can’t help but think that the big liquor aisle at the Yosemite grocery store is part of the problem.

After a robust day hike, during which I enjoying dipping my feet in the cool waters of Lower Yosemite Falls, I was glad to have finally witnessed in person the famous “postcard images” of Yosemite. It’s a day I’ll never forget, full of memories with folks I love.

Yet, to me, modern-day Yosemite has too many cars and people, too-high prices and too much government. No offense intended to any Yosemite aficionados, but next time I hike, I think I’ll find a quiet hill or mountain that gives me more for less. Having gone on several High Sierra hiking trips in my youth, I’ve become quite a nature-lover because I’m simply fascinated with God’s creation!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 95:1-5

Can you be pro-life and still vote Democrat?

Friday, August 4, 2017, 9:17 pm | Randy Thomasson

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In the national debate over whether you can be both pro-life and a registered Democrat (think of the majority of Hispanics), the fact is, voting for Democrats means voting for all abortions, including late-term and taxpayer-funded and even sex-selection abortions, without exception.

The Democrat politicians’ kill-the-unwanted-babies agenda is despite the fact that every baby growing in the womb is a unique human being, whose life is sacred, just like yours.

QUICK FACTS

In the United States House of Representatives, out of 194 Democrats there are only 3 or 4 members who vote pro-life on abortion.

In the California State Legislature, out of the current 54 Democrats in the 80-member Assembly and the 27 Democrats in the 40-member State Senate, none are pro-life and all vote pro-abortion. (Even if one or two say they’re pro-life on abortion, they vote pro-abortion nearly every time.)

These pro-abortion Democrat politicians are in severe conflict with the 23% of Democrat voters who consider themselves pro-life and the 25% of Democrat voters who want abortion to be illegal in most or all cases.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHO TO TELL

If you vote Democrat, you’re in a very practical way voting for all abortions, including including late-term and taxpayer-funded abortions and even sex-selection abortions, without exception.

And if you’re voting for pro-abortion politicians, your conscience should bother you … because you figuratively have blood on your hands.

Please share these facts with Democrats you know. Start by sharing this with everyone on your list.

Will God hold you accountable for blood shed in your city? The Bible teaches that both individuals — and society as a whole — are responsible for what goes on in their land. In this interview, Pastor Matt Trewhella explains the biblical doctrine of Bloodguilt, and how the murder of innocent babies in your local area, has a direct connection with you and your children. ABORTION: The Doctrine of Bloodguilt and You

Wanted: Just 1 conservative to run for CA guv

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 10:37 am | Randy Thomasson

 Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2017: “In the race to be California’s next governor, Newsom raises more money than Villaraigosa, Chiang and Eastin combined”

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Pro-“LGBT”/assisted-suicide Republican David Hadley is out. So is the legendary Rosey Grier, a conservative Christian. That leaves Huntington Beach assemblyman Travis Allen and San Diego financial whiz John Cox as the only two Republicans in the 2018 California governor’s race. And I strongly believe one of them needs to step down.

While Travis Allen has a mostly conservative record in Sacramento (video), John Cox’s rhetoric and positions are also mostly conservative (video). But if one of them doesn’t drop out of the governor’s contest, there may be no conservative at all on the November 2018 general election ballot.

Here’s why. There are four big-name liberal Democrats running — former Assembly Speaker and L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former San Francisco mayor and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former state Controller and current state Treasurer John Chiang, and former assemblywoman and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Of these four Democrats, at least three of them will receive mountains of money from public and private unions, which they’ll use to rally Democrat voters to turn out for them. So you can expect the large majority of California voters in the June 2018 primary to vote for Democrats. The reality is, with statewide initiatives no longer permitted on the June ballot, Republican voters will lack issues to energize them, and might only comprise 30% of the electorate 10 short months from now.

Therefore, it is the wisest and safest course for California conservatives for them to demand there be only 1 viable Republican in the governor’s race. Because if there’s only one Republican, you can be virtually assured the November 2018 general election will pit a mostly conservative fighter against a liberal statewide politician. It’s simple math.

 

THREE HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS

SCENARIO 1
(Only 1 Republican runs and advances to the general election by winning the largest percentage of voters in the June 2018 primary election)

30% 1 mostly conservative Republican
25% Villaraigosa (Democrat)
– – – – – (“Top Two” cutoff of June 2018 primary election results)
20% Newsom (Democrat)
15% Chiang (Democrat)
10% Eastin (Democrat)

SCENARIO 2
(Here, 2 Republicans run for governor, but in June 2018 neither are in the “top two” that advance to the November runoff election)

25% Villaraigosa
23% Newsom
– – – – –
16% Republican backed by state party
14% Mostly conservative Republican running independently
13% Chiang
9% Eastin

SCENARIO 3
(3 Republicans run in the primary election and none advance to the general election)

25% Villaraigosa
23% Newsom
– – – – –
15% Chiang
12% Republican backed by state party
10% Mostly conservative Republican running independently
8% Second mostly conservative Republican running independently
7% Eastin

Take action right now — call and email these 2 men

Tell Travis Allen and John Cox, “To win, there needs to be only one viable Republican in the governor’s race. Please make your opponent step down or you step down. If neither of you step down, you’ll let me and my family down.”

Leave a message with Assemblyman Travis Allen’s district office 714-843-4966

Email John Cox at info@johncoxforgovernor.com

“For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’ Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts 1:20-26