Jon Schmidt—Love Story Meets Viva La Vida!

Love Story Meets Viva La Vida!

This one’s just for the sheer beauty of it.  I love this…… whatever magic there is in this world, Jon Schmidt has it.  —Beetle Blogger

See this From JonSchmidt:

This arrangement is dedicated to Sarah, my 7 year old daughter who loves the song Love Story by Taylor Swift. Because of a common rhythm element between the tunes, I decided I could mish/mash the two. My great friend Steven Sharp Nelson (cello percussion) really makes this tune.

The download will be available from my site in a couple of weeks.

The entire album which will be titled “Bonus Tracks” will be available on iTunes summer 2009. Sheet music will also be available at my site May 2009.

I am an unsigned recording artist and composer.  All songs from all my albums can be listened to for free on my site: http://www.jonschmidt.com

THANKS!!!!      :)

Arranged by Jon Schmidt. Co-arranged by Steven Sharp Nelson Recorded at Big Idea studios Engineered by Jake Bowen and Chuck Myers. Produced by Jon Schmidt. Co- produced by Chuck Myers. “Love Story” written by Taylor Swift. “Viva la Vida” written by: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin. Video Produced by Amenat Studios. Directed by Matthew Mclelland. Director of Photography Patrick Ryan Gass

No Offense–No Way! Pageant Officials in Miss CA Backstab Fest

Getting out the long knives for Miss California

Miss California is continuing to defend her position on marriage, and yet the opposition has only increased.  Isn’t it interesting how many have taken offense to the response which meant no offense?  Religious liberty, the ability to freely speak your mind…..isn’t this what it’s all about?

Religious liberty is the free exercise of beliefs and ought to be respected.  Carrie Prejean hurt no one with her honest opinion, yet the public vilification continues.

Carrie’s response to Perez Hilton has been made into a new ad for the National Organization for Marriage, as the reactions get hotter.  Now even pageant officials are coming after the beauty queen for her stance.

See this from NOM:

On the Today Show this morning, Carrie Prejean appeared to help the National Organization for Marriage get the ad’s message out: Respect marriage and respect the people like Carrie who stand up for marriage! [Click here to watch Carrie's entire Today Show appearance.]  What happened? Carrie was viciously attacked again by pageant officials who said:

“In the entire history of Miss USA, no reigning title holder has so readily committed her face and voice to a more divisive or polarizing issue. We are deeply saddened Carrie Prejean has . . . solidified her legacy as one that goes beyond the right to voice her beliefs and instead reveals her opportunistic agenda.”

Wow. A judge chosen by pageant officials asks Carrie a hot button question, which she answers honestly; this judge then proudly videotapes himself cursing her out and saying he wants to “rip the tiara off her head.” And it’s Carrie’s behavior that is unprecedented?

Attacks continue as pageant officials who openly disagree with her views on marriage, strive to publicly undermine Carrie’s stance by attacking her:  Miss California vs. pageant officials: It’s war

Even at the risk of damaging their own organization, the bloodletting continues as the attacks from within pageant circles get personal:  Pageant official: We paid for Prejean’s implants

Can anyone seriously imagine that if same-sex marriage were universally accepted as national law, that this woman’s enemies would live and let live?

–Beetle Blogger

Sorry Mario “Perez Hilton” …..we’re REPOSTING the video here:

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100 Days of Change

100 Days of the Obama Presidency

It is amazing what the power of one can do.  One man, one set of choices—and nearly unbelievable repercussions.

—Beetle Blogger

Girls in Boys’ Locker Rooms? Yes By Law!

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Gender Agenda Moves Forward

A young man in a northern CA district is suing because a girl was in his locker room while he changed. Whose harassing whom? The following excerpt is from a website for the San Francisco School District.

How are schools expected to implement the SFUSD Board Policy which Prohibits Gender-Based Harassment?

* Names/Pronouns
Students shall have the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is exclusively and consistently asserted at school.
* Official Records
The District shall change a student’s official records to reflect a change in legal name or gender upon receipt of documentation that such legal name and/or gender have been changed pursuant to California legal requirements.
* Restroom Accessibility
Students shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity exclusively and consistently at school.
* Locker Room Accessibility
Transgender students shall not be forced to use the locker room corresponding to their gender assigned at birth.
* Sports and Gym Class
Transgender students shall not be denied the opportunity to participate in sports and gym.
* Dress Codes
Students shall have the right to dress in accordance with their gender identity that is exclusively and consistently asserted at school, within the constraints of the dress codes adopted at their school site.
* Gender Segregation in Other Areas
As a general rule, in any other circumstances where students are separated by gender in school activities, students shall be permitted to participate in accordance with their gender identity exclusively and consistently asserted at school.

Read SFUSD advise on AB 537

This school policy reads like something eerie out of a sci-fi novel.  I read a quote by Joseph Stalin recently that touched on public education.  It said:

‘Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.’ —Joseph Stalin

Those with an agenda are using our schools to push social change.  It isn’t the time or the place, yet there it is.  We’ve got to be aware that this does happen, and can happen in our local schools.  It’s not just San Francisco anymore.

—Beetle Blogger

Debt Day and Declining Population—Effects on the National Welfare

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This Thursday Live at 3pm PST

On Thursday: As “Debt Day” looms this week and the national government runs out of money, financial issues are at the forefront of many minds.  Voice Of The Nation will be discussing “Demographic Winter” and the very real effects of low birth rates on world populations and economies.  In this time of economic downturn, what role does the birth rate play?  Also, what’s going on with the marriage fight?  We’ll be giving you updates on same-sex marriage as it is playing out in Maine and elsewhere.

Guest  Marcia Barlow will be joining us this week to talk about population changes and consequences, the points that even our opposition will concede:

  • Has our side correctly identified the problems brought to light by “Demographic Winter?
  • Is there a way to reverse fertility decline in Europe?  What does the future look like?
  • Are population control programs positively correlated with economic development?
  • Can immigration solve the “aging problem”?
Marcia Barlow is the director of public policy for United Families International and is currently a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government working on a Masters in Public Administration.

Open Chat and Call lines: We’ll be taking your questions via online chat during the show and if you want to ask your own questions, feel free to call in!  347- 215-6801.

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People Can Change

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People Can Change

Can’t We All Just Get Along?
by Rich Wyler, republished with permission

That was the plaintive cry of police beating victim Rodney King during the 1992 Los Angeles riots that erupted after a jury found the police not guilty. I was working at a bank in downtown Los Angeles at the time, and was a firsthand witness to the rampant destruction that led Rodney King to go on television to plead for civility.

“Can’t we all just get along?”

Rodney King’s words come back to me as I contemplate this year’s planned “Day of Silence” on Friday, April 17, organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN. On the Day of Silence, high school and middle school students are encouraged to take a day-long vow of silence to symbolize solidarity with the supposed “silencing” of “GLBT” students and their supporters.

In response, more than 20 conservative groups are calling for a walk-out at participating middle and high schools, urging parents to keep their children home Friday, according to the Christian Post. Meanwhile, the Alliance Defense Fund has responded by organizing its own “Day of Truth,” scheduled for Monday April 20. Students are encouraged to wear T-shirts and pass out cards with messages like:

“I’m speaking the Truth to break the silence. True tolerance means that people with differing — even opposing — viewpoints can freely exchange ideas and respectfully listen to each other. It’s time for an honest conversation about homosexuality. There’s freedom to change if you want to. Let’s talk.”

I find the claim of gays being silenced to be ironic to the point of Orwellian doublespeak. From where I sit, the gay lobby appears to have an enormous platform to speak out, including the world’s news media in their hands. Never has any “oppressed minority” overcome so much to become so celebrated and endorsed by the world’s media and political and entertainment elite in so few years.

Meanwhile, those who would dare claim that maybe gays are not “born that way,” and point out that some people have changed from gay to straight, are routinely and roundly ridiculed as small-minded, hate-mongering homophobes and are regularly shamed into silence. Try speaking out with this alternative viewpoint, and see who it is that is really being silenced. Your view will typically be labeled as divisive hate speech, and hate speech cannot be tolerated.

Nevertheless, the answer, in my view, is not to lash out at the gay lobby and fan the flames of dissent. The answer is to display true tolerance, not the artificial tolerance that is really a code word for “endorse-our-viewpoint-and-our-way-of-life-or-be-attacked-as-a-homophobe.”

Too many people want to make homosexuality and the possibility of change an us-versus-them, all-or-nothing issue with clear winners and losers. Small-minded, hate-mongering homophobes (allegedly) on one side versus lust-driven, devil-loving perverts (allegedly) on the other side.

Can’t we all just get along?

As the founder of People Can Change, I quite clearly represent the viewpoint that sexual orientation change is possible…at least for some people. Is it possible for everyone? How could I possibly know that?

I only know that I have experienced profound change, and am much happier for it. I also know that many of my friends and colleagues in this movement have experienced dramatic change, and are much happier for it. And that is the message I choose to share.

I have always said as much on the People Can Change Web site. I have stated it in my audio CD, Journey Out of Homosexuality. It is part of our organization’s foundational philosophies, which state in part:

– We recognize the inherent and equal worth of all people. We strongly object to “gay bashing” – just as we object to “ex-gay bashing” – and instead encourage compassion and understanding for all who deal with or have ever dealt with homosexuality, however they may choose to address it in their lives. We respect their dignity, worth, right to self-determination, and right to equal protection under the law.

– Significant sexual-orientation change may or may not be possible for every person who has homosexual desires. Likewise, pursuing change is not the only possible response to unwanted homosexual feelings and may or may not be the most appropriate resolution for any particular individual.

– No one can make anyone else change their sexual orientation against their will, nor do we believe anyone should attempt to force or pressure someone to change who is not intrinsically motivated to do so.

Despite this policy of tolerance and respect, I regularly receive hate email, lashing out at me as a homophobe and hate-monger, sometimes damning me to hell and wishing me an early and painful death.

Whatever happened to freedom of choice? To the right to self determination? And simply to free speech?

Sharing my personal story, and the path that worked for me and has worked for so many others, is not anti-gay.

It is pro-individual.

It is pro-self-determination.

It is pro-choice.

If we could all show more respect for the individual, for self-determination, for freedom of choice, then certainly we could all get along.

The Descent of Dissent–Demanding Homogeneity Amongst Diversity

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The Perez Hilton Diatribe as a Broader Dissent Strategy

To sum up the last few days of the Perez Hilton/Carrie Prejean same-sex marriage episode is to sum up the entire tone of the “debate” on same sex marriage since before the APA was overrun with political activism in the 1970’s.

I believe (heartfelt personal conviction).

Oh yeah?  Well you’re just a (personal attack, personal attack) and a no good (personal attack).

If you can’t debate them, decimate them, right?  And so we see the popular blood letting that whips up emotion and demagogues the opposition rather than engages in thoughtful, respectful debate.

Do you have to agree in order to be polite?  Carrie Prejean didn’t, and yet she, on a short moment’s notice came up with a simple, yet infinitely more intellectual response than Hilton’s, and clearly stated, there was no offense intended.  As for Hilton?  Offense most certainly intended.  Hilton’s body slam opinions on Prejean’s personal character or attributes have nothing to do with the subject, yet in the World Wrestling Federation type Oprah analysis, he came off at least equal in all too many minds.perez_hilton_homogenization_strategy

And the vindictive crowd goes wild!  Another emotional blood letting, another emotional victory.  And without wasting a single needless neuron.

At the heart of this spectacle is the idea that dissent is not allowed.  If you don’t agree, no holds will be barred in your public destruction.  Ring any bells with the tea party “terrorist” categorizations made earlier last week?

Who is it that decides that all choices are equal?  all cultures are equal?  all religions are equal, all sexuality is equal?

Isn’t that what it boils down to?  Equality for everyone!  There is no wrong, no right, there is no good, no bad, only equality.  If you’re against equality, you’re (personal attack, personal attack) and a no good (personal attack).

Interesting isn’t it?  No one is allowed to question, no one is allowed any degree of dissent, or they risk falling under the homogenization machine which demands total equality, regardless of the worth of those decisions.

Everything is about equality, except, of course, unless you are talking about people.  That’s the dirty little trick in all of this.  People are not allowed to be equal, because with direct personal warfare and personal attacks, the strategy is, agree with me, or you may be worth less as a person.  Personal worth is the first casualty and what is at stake in this mode of thinking.

Are you afraid of others who may denigrate your personal worth?  People like Perez Hilton are counting on it.  They’d love it if we could be cowed into forgetting the fact that Carrie Prejean is as valuable as Perez Hilton, regardless of their opinions.

People are equal, choices aren’t.

Any child can tell you, that there are consequences to choices.  Some are better than others.  That’s a fact of life.  How did that get lost in the search for “equality”?

—Beetle Blogger

Miss USA California Responds To Gay Marriage Question From Perez Hilton

Carrie Prejean, the California representative to the Miss USA pageant may have hurt her chance at the “Miss USA” title in standing for what she believed in during a question and answer session with a blogger Sunday Night.

“When asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said “We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.” —FoxNews

Representatives from the pageant expressed their dismay at her answer, and the fallout predictably hit hard as Carrie Prejean, acknowledged front runner for the title, came away with runner up in the contest. Carrie says she believes what she believes, and wouldn’t change her answer even if given the chance.

Interesting question isn’t it?  Especially for a California contestant?  What is Perez Hilton doing at a beauty pageant anyway?

The thing that strikes me about this controversy is the way some would homogenize all public speech, labeling categories of what is or isn’t approved. We are a wide and diverse nation, with room for many opinions and views.

In a video blog posted Sunday night, he called Prejean “a dumb b—-.” He later apologized.  It is interesting that a gay activist supposedly calling for “tolerance” would have so little of that tolerance for someone else.

“It did cost me my crown,” Prejean said of her response on Monday’s Billy Bush Show. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that’s all I can do.”

“It is a very touchy subject and [Hilton] is a homosexual and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would’ve wanted me to be more politically correct,” she added. “But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything.”  –US Magazine

This young woman stood up for what she believed, even though she most certainly knew it would cost her dearly.  She should be applauded.

“That’s what’s so great about being an American – we’re able to have our own opinions.”

Kudos Miss Prejean!

—Beetle Blogger

Louder than Silence (GLSEN “Day of Silence”)

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From CRI:

Day of Silence is supposed to be a campaign against name calling, bullying, and harassment. In messages from Day of Silence supporters, staff members at Capitol Resource Institute and another pro-family organization are called “bigot,” “disgusting,” “evil spawn,” and much more.

“If this is the kind of atmosphere we get just for asking kids to stay home, in an email, can you imagine what is like for kids refusing to stay silent?” said Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute.

We are urging this one day walkout because students should be free to support traditional marriage and relationships, without others calling them as bigots. We are urging this one day walkout because teachers should focus on academic subjects, not on changing students’ minds about sexual issues. If schools permit the Day of Silence in class, students are best off somewhere else.

“The actions of Day of Silence supporters are speaking louder than the silence,” England said.

Voice of the Nation–Arthur A. Goldberg

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Voice of the Nation

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This Thursday Live at 2pm PST

On Thursday: Voice Of The Nation will be discussing the recent same-sex marriage changes on the horizon with Washington, New Jersey, New York and Iowa. Can homosexuals transform their sexuality? We’ll also be discussing the social science behind same sex attraction as well as it’s effect on parenting.

Guest Arthur A. Goldburg will be joining us this week. Arthur Goldburg is the Executive Secretary of NARTH, Co-Founder and Co-Director, JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality), President of PATH (Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality) and Principal of the International Center for Gender Affirming Processes (CGAP).

He was professor at the Connecticut University law school and Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey.

Can homosexuals transform their sexuality? Torah, Talmud and time-tested advances in gender psychology answer YES! The Co-Director of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality), Arthur Goldberg, tells how in his book “Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change.” This groundbreaking book explodes the “gay gene” mystique, offering hope, compassion, direction and vitally needed information for those who struggle with same sex attraction, their families, friends, and surrounding community.

Open Chat and Call lines: We’ll be taking your questions via online chat during the show and if you want to ask your own questions, feel free to call in! 347- 215-6801.

The Family Values Blog Talk Radio show is a joint effort between United Families International, the Digital Network Army, and other Pro-Family organizations.  The show highlights current Family Values news and discusses the logic behind the Pro-Family Movement.

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