A Referendum For Life

California is now one of five states whose governments actively promote the death of their citizens.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed ABxs15 – the legalized suicide law – stating he would not want to be left in prolonged agony. Brown knows – or would if he listened to dozens of medical professionals who testified before legislative committees – that no one need be left to such a fate. Palliative care – management of incurable conditions to assure comfort until the end – has advanced to the point chronic agony can be eliminated.

Seniors Against Suicide, a partner in the Californians Against Suicide Coalition, launched a Veto Referendum effort to place the question on the 2016 ballot, an effort that failed to gather enough signatures by deadline.

The course of legalizing assisted suicide in California is as ghoulish as the law itself. A young California woman named Brittany Maynard became suicide’s icon in 2014; she suffered from glioblastoma, a disease both painful and fatal in late stages.

Maynard published plans to die in 2015 before the disease ran its full course, and moved to Oregon to commit suicide legally. Two days before her scheduled death – long before the pain began – she announced a desire to live. The next day someone other than Maynard posted on social media she was “back on schedule” and the next day she was dead.

The circumstances were so bizarre that sponsors pulled the bill from consideration before a vote could be taken.

Within days of her death a cure for the glioblastoma she so feared – using adult stem cell therapy – was announced. Since adult stem cells use no fetal tissue, it appeared life had won a great victory. However, backers of legalized suicide snuck the bill onto an appropriations measure and slipped it past publicity.

The ghoulish aspects of this law transcend one suspicious death. Records show non-terminal patients take their own lives at an accelerated pace wherever assisted suicide gains legitimacy. In Oregon alone, the rate jumped 49 percent.

It is a short road from assisted death to euthanasia; the Netherlands and Scandinavian nations rode that road to its end some time ago. In this country we already face the spectre of killing babies who survive abortion, not to mention the harvest of body parts by Planned Parenthood.

All these things are the inevitable components of a culture of death. It is the only destination once we designate human arbiters of life and death.

California’s death backers claim safeguards against mistakes, miscommunication, mental instability – and mercenary friends and family. Truth is the law does not require a psych evaluation of the patient, nor even a mental health professional signing the death request. There is no re-opening the question before death begs all questions, and no way to confidently declare a person six months from death – as the law provides.  An anonymous person posted Brittany Maynard’s “re-dedication to death” on social media. Even the Netherlands, where defective infants are put to death under suspicious circumstances, has more protection.

No Californian is guilt free in the culture of death we have created – through the government we elect yearly. We lead the nation in elective abortion, suicide, and the historic massacre of indigenous peoples. Yet we have a golden opportunity to walk the path of repentance on behalf of our state. This referendum represents such an opportunity.

The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah was a sinful man like the rest of his people. Yet when God called him, he turned away from earned status – first his personal inadequacy and then on behalf of his people. Our God is a God of do-overs; by Chapter 32 of his book, Jeremiah knows Israel is going down despite his post-repentance efforts and he asks God, “What now?”

God tells him to go to his home village of Anathoth where there is a piece of Real Estate he is to buy. Jerusalem and the nation are about to fall and God wants His servant to engage in land speculation? No. God plans to redeem the nation and each of her people who turn to him for life. Jeremiah has already made that commitment and God offers him a ground floor chance to participate in the redemption.

We in California have the same opportunity in the face of our culture of death; we can choose life and become first fruits of the rollback of that culture into a culture of life.

Let each of us Google the Californians Against Suicide Coalition, our local senior advocacy group, or any Catholic church – they tend to take the lead in life issues – and sign their petition. Then let us vote this grisly law off the books and begin the road back to a culture of life.

ALERT: Starting January 1st, Police Can Do This To Gun Owners With NO Warning

If family members or close friends can make a good enough case, California gun owners can have their weapons seized by police without ever having been notified about the process, according to a new law taking effect on Jan. 1.

Gun violence restraining orders were proposed in a law that passed the California legislature after the May 2014 rampage of Eliot Rodger, in which six people died and 14 were injured.

The new law provides family members or very close friends with a means of taking guns away from a loved one if they can convince a judge that this person’s possession of a firearm “poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control.”

The weapons will be seized for 21 days while the individual is assessed.

Radio station KPCC said the orders “could be issued without prior knowledge of the person. In other words, a judge could issue the order without ever hearing from the person in question.”

Seizing guns would also be accomplished with no notice to the gun owner.

“The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will,” said Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore.

Gun rights advocates are opposed to the law.

We don’t need another law to solve this problem,” said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. “We think this just misses the mark and may create a situation where law-abiding gun owners are put in jeopardy.”

“Stripping a citizen of a core natural right without a trial, based only on hearsay evidence from family members who may be part of a dysfunctional family, is not remotely like ‘due process,’” wrote Bob Owens.

“You will have no opportunity to refute false claims, or even be aware that you are being targeted, until after law enforcement officers have raided your home,” he added.

h/t: Breitbart

Look: How ISIS Responded Immediately After LA School Closing Scare Is Absolutely Infuriating

ISIS supporters rejoiced at the news that the email bomb threat against the Los Angeles School system on Tuesday prompted officials to shut it down.

As reported by Western Journalism, the Los Angeles Unified School District cancelled classes for all of its 900+ schools after a bomb threat was emailed to a school board member. The school district is the second largest in the nation (behind only New York City), with 640,000 students in 900 public schools and 187 charter schools. New York’s school district received a nearly identical threat on Tuesday, as well, but decided it was a hoax.

The LAUSD decision to close down the entire district came less than two weeks after the terrorist attacks in neighboring San Bernardino.

Vocativ reports that ISIS supporters expressed their glee online at the news. “Thanks God, they are panicked of everything. The soldiers of the Caliphate will look after you until the world will be under the rule of Allah,” wrote one supporter. Another responded with, “Oh God, never make them safe. Put panic in their hearts.”

Still another wrote on Twitter, “The city of Los Angeles is closing schools and vital areas because of the security threat. Oh God, destroy the worshipers of the cross.” One evoked memories of the Paris attacks, tweeting, “America is living the nightmare of Paris.” The Twitter accounts have since been suspended. 

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Los Angeles’ KNX 1070 Newsradio on Tuesday that, despite the threat being a hoax, it should not be dismissed.

“We have to presume ISIS is watching this, and they’re learning from this, they’re seeing how we react, and they’re probably figuring, ‘Hey, we can potentially disrupt a major American city just by emailing it in, sending it in, calling it in,” Schiff said. “‘We can tie up enough of their resources that when we execute a real plot, they’re not able to tell the difference of one from the other’.”

BREAKING: Over 900 Schools Shut Down In Major US City, Students Warned ‘Stay Away’ From Campuses

The Los Angeles Unified School District cancelled classes for all of its over 900 schools after a bomb threat was called into a school board member.

The school district is the second largest in the nation behind only New York City’s teaching 640,000 students in 900 public schools and 187 charter schools, according to WFLA.

Superintendent Ramon Cortines said the decision to close the schools in the district, which spans over 720 square miles, is being done out of “an abundance of caution.” Authorities received an electronic threat on Tuesday morning, NBC News is reporting. 

“An employee at a school bus yard in Gardena said drivers were told not to leave the lot. The threat was not specifically directed at bus operations, Cortines said,” according to the news outlet.  The move comes less than two weeks after the attacks in the Southern California community of San Bernardino, which left 14 dead and 21 injured. Asked why the district decided to act so broadly on the threat, Cortines responded, “I think the circumstances in neighboring San Bernardino.”

As reported by Western Journalism, authorities found “unusual” pictures of San Bernadino’s Rialto High School on terrorist Syed Farook’s cell phone, leading them to believe it may have been a location chosen for a follow-on attack.

One HUGE Mystery About CA Terror Attack Still Unsolved– People Are Demanding Answers

Words like “coverup” are being bandied about across the Internet as the law enforcement narrative that only two shooters participated in last week’s San Bernardino remains contradicted by eyewitnesses. A fast closure to the shooting itself has further raised questions.

“Something smells rotten in San Bernardino,” wrote Breitbart commentator Pamela Geller, who noted that all initial reports from the scene talked of three shooters.

“We saw three men dressed in all black, military attire, with vests on. They were holding assault rifles. As soon as they opened up the doors to building three one of them started to shoot into the room,” witness Sara Abdelmageed said at the time. “I just saw three dressed exactly the same.”

When asked if she was certain she saw three men, she replied, “Yes. It looked like their skin color was white. They look like they were athletic build and they appeared to be tall.”

Another eyewitness, Juan Hernandez, reported seeing “three white men in military fatigues.”

Mark Stutte relayed the words of his daughter, who was at the scene that “three gunmen came in and they started shooting people.”

Then, suddenly, the number went from three to two after police killed Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. No further attempt was made to find the third person.

Suspicions were heightened when the suspects’ home was opened to journalists.

“I was shocked…when the unthinkable happened after the murders: a mob of reporters were let into the jihad killers’ home in large numbers, contaminating evidence left and right and obstructing an investigation that was ongoing,” Geller wrote.

Into this mix of questions came a report from witness Chris Nwadike, who told reporters he received a phone call from an unknown person on the night of the shooting, telling him to say that Farook was the gunman. “No it’s not him [Farook]. I told them about it. He’s quiet. He doesn’t make any trouble. He was just spraying bullets everywhere. But the gunman was not Syed, or his wife,” Nwadike said.

Something stinks here,” wrote Arnold Ahlert at The American Spectator. “Given the track record of Islamic terror denialism embraced by the Obama administration – along with innumerable examples of media malfeasance protecting that approach – the unmistakable odor of a coverup, or an orchestrated disinformation campaign, hangs heavy in the air.”

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has also pondered the question.

Third shooter? Who, what, when, where, why? Is there one? Was there one? Two witnesses said they saw one. The media reported third shooter. But nobody’s had any interest in tracking a shooter down,” Limbaugh said Wednesday.

“So, what gives, America? Did that third suspect drop off the edge of the earth?” wrote Stu Tarlowe at WND.

“Did he or she disappear in the same way that our ability and willingness to recognize and identify a terrorist act when we see it seems to have disappeared? Or have we collectively forgotten how to count? Have we now become a nation of the arithmetically challenged, the journalistically challenged and the cognitively challenged?” he wrote.

Geller summed up the lingering questions.

“Where is the third man? Is he still at large? Are people at risk? And why was the apartment opened up and the fingerprint evidence destroyed? Why was evidence strewn about?” she wrote.

“Something is rotten in the state of California,” she concluded.

h/t: Breitbart