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I definitely agree! But they are wanting to take over the whole world and in Europe they aren't having too hard a time but here we need to make sure they don't make headway although some states are letting them take over.
Oregon Man Fined $500 for Challenging Timing on Red-Light Cameras.
Mats Jarlstrom, a Swedish-born electronics engineer, filed a lawsuit against the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying over its engineering laws. Jarlstrom and the Institute for Justice argue the laws violate the First Amendment.
Mats Jarlstrom’s trouble all began with a red-light camera. In April 2013, Jarlstrom’s wife, Laurie, received a ticket after driving her Volkswagen through an intersection in Beaverton, Oregon, that was equipped with a traffic camera.
His wife paid the fine, but the timing of the traffic lights at the intersection piqued Jarlstrom’s interest, so he decided to look into a formula created in 1959 to calculate the length of yellow lights.
Jarlstrom says he realized the original formula failed to take into account the extra time it takes for a car to slow before making a right-hand turn safely.
“Currently, people are getting tickets for running red lights because they’re slowing down when they’re making turns,” he tells The Daily Signal. “It’s a safety issue because any time we run a red light, we’re in the intersection for the wrong reason, and there is cross traffic, and especially pedestrians are in danger.”
Jarlstrom, an electronics engineer from Sweden, revised the formula to take the deceleration into account, and decided to take his findings public.
But doing so, he quickly learned, came with a risk, and a costly one at that.
Jarlstrom shared his findings with local media, policymakers, the sheriff, and Alexei Maradudin, who helped craft the original mathematical formula in 1959. He also emailed his theory to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, in hopes it would take a look at his research.
The Oregon panel said it didn’t have any jurisdiction over traffic lights. But it did have jurisdiction over the state’s engineering laws. And it decided to open an investigation into Jarlstrom because of “his use of the title ‘electronics engineer’ and the statement ‘I’m an engineer,’” according to an order from the board.
After investigating Jarlstrom for two years, the board fined him $500.
The reason? -- Jarlstrom, according to the board, practiced engineering without a license each time he “critiqued” the traffic-light system and identified himself as an engineer in correspondence with the panel.
“You don’t need to be an engineer to understand this,” Jarlstrom says in an interview with The Daily Signal, adding:
"I read something that was already public and understood it, and I wanted to share that information with the public talking about it. I felt completely shocked when I contacted them that they weren’t interested in listening to the problems that I presented to the board. They accused me of being illegal by saying I was a Swedish electronics engineer."
Jarlstrom paid the $500 fine, and the board closed its investigation.
But now, the public-interest law firm Institute for Justice is fighting alongside the Oregon man in federal court to challenge the state’s engineering laws.
“The issues are classic First Amendment issues,” Sam Gedge, an Institute for Justice lawyer who is representing Jarlstrom, tells The Daily Signal. “The government can’t punish people for expressing their concerns. The government can’t take words and redefine them and then punish people for using them in a way the government doesn’t like.”
Jarlstrom does have education and experience in engineering. -- He has a degree in electronics engineering from Sweden, which is the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in engineering in the United States.
Jarlstrom, 56, also worked for Luxor Electronics before immigrating to the United States in 1992.
But in Oregon, anyone who engages in “creative work requiring engineering education, training, and experience” under the state Professional Engineer Registration Act is required to be licensed as a professional engineer.
Nearly every state requires professional engineers to have a license. However, those licenses typically are reserved for engineers who build skyscrapers or design electrical plans for buildings.
The Institute for Justice is challenging the vague definition of what constitutes a professional engineer in Oregon, which in effect allows the board to regulate the exchange of ideas and of the word “engineer,”
"What makes Oregon so unusual is they’ve taken the licensing regime for professional engineers and are applying it to people like Mats, who are talking about issues that concern them. That’s unusual."
There are two issues for Jarlstrom, Gedge says: He used the word “engineer” to describe himself, and he talked about technical topics.
“There have been a number of instances about the board going after people simply because they used the word engineer to describe themselves,” the lawyer says. “There are also examples of the board going after people who have never used the word engineer to describe themselves, but are nonetheless going out in public and speaking about technical topics.”
“That word isn’t off-limits to people,” he says. “The laws can’t be used to stop people from sending an email to his sheriff for safety.”
Indeed, Jarlstrom’s experiences with Oregon’s Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying aren’t exclusive to him.
Last year, the board opened an investigation into Allen Alley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, who stated in campaign ads: “I’m an engineer and a problem solver.”
Alley received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and worked as an engineer for Ford and Boeing. But he isn’t a licensed professional engineer in Oregon.
The board’s investigation into Alley is ongoing.
In another instance, the panel investigated a woman profiled in Portland Monthly’s “Oregon Woman 2015” edition.
Included in the magazine was an article about Marcela Alcantar and a headline about “the incredible story of the engineer behind Portland’s newest bridge.”
The board opened a “law enforcement case” against Alcantar based on the line, since she wasn’t a registered professional engineer.
Ultimately, the case was closed after the board’s staff spoke with the journalist who wrote the article. The board determined “engineer” was a designation given not by Alcantar, but by the article’s editors.
“The definition of the practice of engineering is so broad according to the board, and the board has shown itself to be so aggressive,” Gedge says. “Expressing your concerns on technical topics certainly leaves you at the risk of being investigated.”
Although Jarlstrom ultimately paid the fine, he says he believes the board’s decision violated his freedom of expression.
And while he does have engineering experience, Jarlstrom contends the skills he used to craft his revised formula relied on 6th- and 7th-grade math:
It’s interesting that just because students here in Beaverton or elsewhere are using math and looking at some traffic-flow issues in school, they would be considered practicing engineering according to the board. We can’t have laws having that kind of power or overreach.
Jarlstrom says he considers himself a whistleblower and is surprised something like this could happen in the United States. But he vows to continue working to “improve our civil rights and freedom of speech so individuals like myself can share ideas, whether they’re good or bad.”
“We still need to be able to express them,” he says. “If we can’t, there won’t be any ideas to choose from.”
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Happy Mother’s Day weekend.
Tomorrow, most of us will set aside some extra time to express our gratitude to the moms in our lives. It’s only right that we would go out of our way to say thank you to the women who make such a profound and lasting impact.
Who’ll Replace the Disgraced Robert E. Lee as a New Orleans Monument? Fidel Castro? Or Che Guevara?
True to his word, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered the city’s monument to Jefferson Davis taken down this week.
P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee are next in line.
But if this column’s title sounds like shameless click-bait, please note the pic at the end of this article which was taken recently at the opening ceremonies of the New Orleans Jazz Fest. See the smiling man with the neck-tag sandwiched between smiling New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and smiling former New Orleans Senator Mary Landrieu?
That’s Jose Ramon Cabanas, the KGB-trained “ambassador” to the U.S. from the mass-murdering, terror-sponsoring Castro regime. Cabanas is a proud graduate of Cuba’s KGB-founded and mentored Instituto Superior de Relaciones internacionales (i.e. spy training center.)
“I believe that the Cuban Intelligence Service has penetrated the United States government to the same extent that the old East German STASI once penetrated the West German government,” declared retired U.S. counterintelligence officer Lieut. Col. Chris Simmons. And that was before obama’s “opening” to the Castro regime (i.e. red-carpet for its spies!)
Hidalgo referred to the state of affairs upon his defection in 2002, when the UN mission was among the few places Castro’s spies and agents-of- influence could operate in the U.S.
Now, thanks to obama’s "opening” we can safely assume these agents are everywhere—including the New Orleans Jazz Fest, escorted as guests of honor by the mayor of New Orleans.
“We need Jazz Fest to remind us when we're at our best,” gushed Mayor Landrieu while pointedly smiling towards the smiling representative of the Castro family’s mass-murdering regime.
“The mayor, wearing a music-oriented "Listen to Your City" T-shirt, thanked Jose Ramon Cabanas, the Cuban ambassador to the United States,” continues the NOLA story, “for leading the effort to make sure that we reconnect the history of Cuba and the history of New Orleans, because we have been together for a very, very long time, and we want to continue."
It’s true that New Orleans has historic links to Havana, from where it was ruled during its Spanish period from 1762-1803. Unfortunately Landrieu confuses the horrid disease afflicting the Caribbean island since 1959 with historic Cuba. He equates the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate with Cuba.
The Stalinist regime represented by Jose Ramon Cabanas also came closest of anyone in history to (wantonly) starting a worldwide nuclear war.
In the above process the Castro regime converted a highly-civilized nation with a higher standard of living than much of Europe and swamped with immigrants into a slum/sewer ravaged by tropical diseases and with the highest suicide rate in the Western hemisphere.
Over TWENTY TIMES as many people (and counting) have died trying to escape Castro’s Cuba as died trying to escape East Germany. Yet prior to Castroism Cuba received more immigrants per-capita than almost any nation on earth—more than the U.S. did including the Ellis Island years, in fact.
Fidel Castro helped train and fund practically every terror group on earth, from the Weathermen to Puerto Rico’s Macheteros, from Argentina’s Montoneros, to Colombia’s FARC, from the Black Panthers to the IRA and from the PLO to AL Fatah.
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu smiled from ear to ear while thanking the representative of the regime responsible for the horrors catalogued above.
"Cuba's own Elvis" - that's what Dan Rather calls him. Funny name for a man who has threatened the United States with nuclear war, who has made common cause with Islamic terrorists against the United States, and whose people risk death to escape him. But there's a lot that Hollywood liberals and other Fidel Castro admirers would rather you didn't know about the dictator of Cuba - like how he imprisoned more people as a percentage of population than Hitler or Stalin; how Fidel's firing squads killed thousands of Cubans; how Fidel's subjects would rather inject themselves with AIDS than live under his tyranny.
Drawing on a wealth of research - including interviews with former Castro regime officials, anti-Castro freedom fighters, and Castro's political prisoners - acclaimed author Humberto Fontova reveals the ugly face of the Castro regime. Along the way, he punctures some of the egregious myths about Cuba - The Motorcycle Bore: The real Che Guevara - not the rebel rock star of T-shirt fame, but a battlefield incompetent, a puritan-Stalinist bore, and the man who sent thousands of innocent Cubans to the firing squads - Communist Economics 101: How Castro took Cuba from being a First World economy that had to turn away European emigrants to a country that even impoverished Haitians won't emigrate to, with among the highest suicide and abortion rates in the world - The Saddam Hussein Next Door: How Castro has not only had nuclear weapons (and wanted to launch them) but has plotted massive terrorist outrages against the United States - Fidel the anti-black racist and unrepentant Communist - and his long list of useful idiots: from jesse jackson to oliver stone, george mc govern to ted turner, bill clinton to steven spielberg, to katie couric and many others - The Left's favorite racism: against conservative Cuban-Americans
Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant is a stunning expose of the real Fidel Castro and of the hypocrisy, ignorance, and inexcusable appeasement that makes his liberal admirers notorious.
The saying is ~~ You learn from past History!!! If they are gone it could happen again.
The Man Who Was Beheaded the Day He Became a Believer.
Most of us are familiar with the story of the 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who held fast to their faith and were beheaded by ISIS in February, 2015.
But did you know that only 20 of them were actually Copts from Egypt? Did you know that one of the martyrs was from Chad, and he had not been a Christian prior to the day of his beheading?
Although this story was previously reported, I had not heard it before this week. But at this week’s World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which I had the privilege of attending, a Coptic leader shared the account. It is a remarkable story and yet another tribute to the faith of these martyred Copts.
All 21 men had been working in Libya when they were kidnapped by ISIS. But as can be seen in pictures where they are lined up on the beach to be killed, one of them had darker skin and different facial features. This was the man from Chad.
The Coptic Christians were given a choice to deny Jesus or die. They refused to deny Him, knowing it would cost them their heads.
When the terrorists ordered the man from Chad to deny Jesus or die, he answered, “Their God is my God,” thereby sealing his fate.
The man had not been a believer. All he had to say was, “I don’t believe in Jesus” or, “Jesus is not the Son of God,” and he could walk away a free man.
He would be with his family again. He would not die a brutal death. He would live to see another day.
How many Christians would be sorely tempted under such circumstances? How many would waver and, for that moment, deny their Lord, just to avoid beheading?
Yet this man, who had not been a follower of Jesus before then, was so moved by the dedication of these Christians that he became a believer on the spot.
“Go ahead and behead me,” he was saying. “Your god is not my God. Their God is my God.”
That is the power of the gospel, and that is how we overcome Satan, by not loving our lives to the point of death (Revelation 12:11).
That is why this story needs to be told and retold until the faith of those martyrs becomes our faith, until people look at our lives and say, “Your God is my God, whatever may come my way.”
And here’s something striking. As I have listened this week to the stories of persecuted Christians, even hearing from family members of martyrs, I have not heard a word of self-pity. Not a word.
I have heard words of courage and dedication. I have heard words of great love for Jesus. I have heard requests for prayer and help. But I have not heard any self-pity.
The daughter of an Iranian pastor martyred 20 years ago spoke of her own life experience and of her father’s refusal to back down. Now, 20 years after her father was buried in an unmarked grave, she could speak of multiplied hundreds of thousands of Iranian Muslims coming to faith in Jesus. Her father’s blood was not shed in vain.
That is how a seed planted in the ground first dies and then produces much fruit (John 12:24-25).
A Syrian Christian leader shared how a radical Islamic group offered to arm them to fight against another radical Islamic faction. He replied, “We already have two arms, love and forgiveness. We don’t want to become another militia.”
That is how we overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Some Christians even said to ISIS, “Thank you for helping to unite us!”
Yet it would be wrong to think of these suffering believers as super saints, which is another lesson for us all.
Most of them are just ordinary Christians, not preachers or pastors, and certainly not big-name evangelists. They are mothers and fathers, young people and old people, laborers and housewives, educated and uneducated. Yet they have remained faithful under hellish pressure, enduring unspeaking suffering.
Yet rather than curse God, they bless Him, and rather than retaliate against their enemies with hatred and vengeance, they offer forgiveness and love.
Earlier this year, a couple told me about their trip to Ethiopia where they met with family members of the Ethiopian Christians beheaded by ISIS. They spoke with the widow of one of the martyrs who was pregnant when he was killed, making his death even more painful.
But when they talked with this young woman, rather than bemoan her terrible loss, she said to them, “How is it that I had the privilege of being married to a martyr for Jesus?” She was an uneducated woman with no social status, and she was humbled beyond words that she was chosen to be the wife of a martyr.
This is why radical islam will ultimately fall before the name of Jesus and why every other force that seeks to wipe out the Church will fail in the end.
It’s also why we should stop feeling sorry for ourselves when things get a little rough. Are we not also more than conquerors through Him who loved us? (See Romans 8:37)
iSLAM IS SATANIC. Period. Those who think that there are "good muslims" are being deceived. There is no radical islam, there is only islam!
1. This is a very moving piece. when I feel low i recite this passage:
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.
And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. " and to continue: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
3. I have to confess, brother thushjz, that as a teenager, those passages about beheading
embarassed me. I admit I thought the Bible must be in error, reasoning "People don't do"
that stuff anymore!". It's now 2017, I'm 65, and these stories fill the news. The Bible was,
and is, of course, RIGHT ALL ALONG!
*** AMEN! ***
UPDATE: Missile Launched by North Korea Landed in Sea of Japan.
This is the same location from which North Korea tested an intermediate-range missile earlier this year.
There were no immediate reports about the success of the launch.
US officials confirmed the launch to CBS News national security correspondent David Martin and said they were still determining the exact type of missile and whether the launch was successful, though "the U.S. had been expecting the North to fire a KN-17 medium-range ballistic missile."
CNN reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said:
"Despite strong warning from the international community, North Korea launched a ballistic missile again.
"This is totally unacceptable and we strongly protest it. North Korea's missile launch is a serious threat to Japan and clearly violate against the UN resolution."
Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in called an emergency national security meeting Sunday, but did not comment about the launch.
UPDATE 9:15 PM Eastern:
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew about 800 kilometers (500 miles) from a launch site on North Korea's western coast for about 30 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan, but not inside Japan's exclusive economic zone. Japan's Defense Ministry says the missile likely reached an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).
Japan's defense minister says the missile test-fired by North Korea might have been a new type given the altitude and duration of its flight.
Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told reporters there is a possibility that it was a new type of ballistic missile, saying it flew Sunday for about 30 minutes and an altitude exceeding 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). She says more analysis was needed.
One of these times he is going to hit land and then a war will begin. He is a crazy little dough boy and will do whatever he wants to do. He thinks he is safe and no one will get him. It is time to have a plan!!!