Thursday, April 30, 2009

Getting big

Rebecca is just over 6 months old now. She is in that in-between stage where she cannot get around on her own yet, but is also not content to just sit in a swing or bouncy chair. I end up carrying her around with me on my hip much of the day. She also likes to sit and watch me work in the kitchen from her highchair.

This week, I bought her a little Johnny-jump-up to keep her both entertained and moving around, and so far she likes it a lot.






Our only other child who really loved it was Johnny (aptly so named, I guess). Of all the children, we think that Rebecca looks the most like John did as a baby. What do you think? Wow, I forgot how chubby he was! From momma's milk only for him at that point (7 months old).


And, one month later, at age 8 months, he discovered that his favorite food bar none was watermelon. Things haven't changed much for him in that respect.




Speaking of which... Rebecca is just starting "solids". I like to skip the baby food stage altogether and instead wait until the baby starts trying to grab my food out of my hands while I eat, at which point I give them "table foods" - sort of. Becca has reached that milestone, and boy, is she ever eager to get my food!! So far, I think she is more curious than hungry, as she maybe eats about a tablespoon of solids per day. Her regular foods include mashed banana, mashed avocado, applesauce, noodles & sauce, mashed potatoes, some cereal, plain yogurt, and of course bread/pizza crusts. Plus a few licks of ice-cream here and there, and a crumb of this or that. She is also learning how to drink water straight from a cup, a skill I would like for her to have before we get into 110+ degrees every day for months.

Of course, being the independent woman that she is, she insists on holding her own spoon. I find it unnerving not only because I don't like to change her outfit after she is done (none of our kids has ever put up with bibs), but I also worry about her shoving the spoon into the back of her throat. She was doing good, though.






Rebecca is a very sweet and easy-going baby. She literally smiles all day long. Her cheeks are just begging to be kissed again and again, and I love squeezing her chubby little legs. And she still has that heavenly baby smell... hmmm!

I will never understand why some people (well, most, actually) wouldn't want to have as many children as possible. To me, they are my favorite people in the whole world.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vaccines and cancer

So I was done talking about vaccines for a while, at least the rest of this month, I thought. There are just so many other issues I want to talk about as well. I changed my mind after receiving many hateful comments about my opposition to vaccines, and after the new hype for a vaccine against the "swine flu".

Please take the time to read the article below, taken from Dr. Mercola's website. You can find more articles about vaccines on their website.

The swine fluke

What a surprise, a "pandemic" just in time to detract and scare us all. Gov. Rick Perry used it as an opportunity to issue a disaster declaration for the entire state of Texas.

Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to those of regular or seasonal flu and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite and coughing. Some with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Sounds like any flu, doesn't it? According to the CDC, "About 36,000 Americans die on average per year from the complications of flu." Let's see, that's an average of almost 100 deaths every single day. They estimate that 5-20% of Americans fall ill with the flu each year. So far in the US, the swine flu has sickened 91 people and killed one child who was visiting here from Mexico, which is far less than is caused by the flu every single day in spite of widespread vaccination programs.

Of course, the WHO, our coming one-world medical agency, does not consider the "regular flu" a "level 5" pandemic even though it kills and sickens many, many more than the "swine flu".

At best, this is just a media-hype to detract us from pressing current political issues and lining the pockets of pharmaceutical companies who are now making "vaccines". This "pandemic" gets people used to the government first declaring a state of emergency or martial law, and then doing whatever they feel like is the most they can get away with in order to "protect" us all. What a joke!

Wash your hands, take your kids out of daycare/school, eat fruits and veggies instead of ready-made junk, stop going to the doctor for the sniffles, and run screaming the other way when you hear the word "vaccines". Our kids are the healthiest kids I know. Please don't waste your time writing dissenting comments unless you have five children who have been to a doctor less than three times between all of them in the last six years. I only accept health advice from people who are healthier than we are, which is almost impossible to find.






Culture Pass

This is a program that anyone in the greater Phoenix area might be interested in:


You can check out their website to read all about it. Basically, anyone with a library card for one of the main libraries in the Valley can get 4 free admission tickets to one of 12 local attractions such as museums, zoo, botanical garden etc. for FREE. Only a limited number of tickets are available at each branch on any given day, and it's first come, first serve. I checked the libraries near my house for what was available before heading out the door to one of them. You can simply search for the keywords "culture pass".

This program is limited to one package of tickets per library card per week. Because of our family's size, I have to check out two of the same passes on separate cards, which is allowed.

This week, I am planning on taking the kids to the Children's Museum and the Heard Museum. Plus, I am trying to get tickets to take them to the zoo next week.

Even if you do not live in or around Phoenix, you should check to see if your city offers a similar program. When we lived in the Chicago area, all the major museums and attractions were free to residents on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also ask about homeschool days, which many places offer at drastically reduced admission prices.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's that time of year again

While we enjoy warm weather year-round in Phoenix, nighttime temperatures are considerably lower in the winter. Hence, the water in the pool is too cold to go swimming in for about half the year (too cold meaning anything below 70 degrees).

Swimming season lasts from about early April to late October. For the kids, it means hours of fun day after day.

For me, it means an extra load of laundry every day because our kids can't seem to figure out how not to drag their wet towels on the dusty patio on their way in. It means having to sit and watch them in the backyard for hours. I rarely go in the water with them all because if the baby were to start fussing, I would have to get out and get dried and changed, and nobody would be watching the other kids in the pool in the meantime. So when it's just them and me, I do as any lifeguard would do and sit on the side dressed and dry.

Having a pool is a lot like having another child. It needs constant attention, and most often at a time that I already have too much to deal with. We have tried pool service before, but other than having $80 less per month, there really was no difference. They knew less about pool care than we do. Even without professional service, pools are expensive. There are the ongoing costs of chemicals, and repairs of the various pool equipment in addition to that. Last year, the motor on our pump went out, and we also had to buy a new pool vacuum. A couple of weeks ago, our sand filter finally broke, and started dumping mounds and mounds of sand into the pool. It kind of looked like a nice sandy shoreline, but it wasn't really what we had envisioned for our backyard.

But, in spite of all the work and expense, just as with children, I would not want to live without a pool again. It's great fun for our whole family.

Besides all that, we also use the pool for baptisms, and have had 3 in the last few weeks. This is the main reason why we bought a house with a pool in the first place.


Isaac, ready to come out


Solomon doing a handstand in the spa


He insisted that wearing a shirt kept him warmer



Monday, April 27, 2009

My plans this week

My apologies to the regular readers of my blog who came here regularly before these recent events. I plan on more "normal" posts this week.

My other goals this week also include:

- Homeschooling the three oldest as usual.
- Taking Miriam and Isaac for their respective birthday portraits... I was supposed to take them in February! I have never been THIS late to take them in. I also want to have pictures of Rebecca done at the same time, and possible one of all five children.
- Planning a mother-daughter-tea for our church in honor of Mother's Day.
- And just generally keeping everyone fed and clothed.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Quick update

Today, my husband will be a guest on FoxTalk 1360 at 10 am PST.

I apologize for not updating this blog with my husband's interviews over the last couple of days. I will see if they are available online and if so, post links to them here.

For those of you who missed the Alex Jones Show, you can view it on YouTube:







My husband's stitches were removed on Wednesday, and his cuts are healing well - but it is obvious that there will be several gnarly scars left on his forehead to tell the story. His camcorders have still not been returned. There is no news on his legal case yet, as it is all just in the early phase, but I will update here as the events unfold.

I have been making a real effort to keep life as normal as possible for the kids, which is not always possible. We have been able to keep up with school work and our regular field trips. A couple of the kids have caught a bad cold but are handling it fine, other than taking turns keeping me awake at night because of it.

Night before last, we were somewhat alarmed when friends of ours, who had come over to have dinner with our family, called us from the road on their way home to inform us that a patrol car had been following them ever since they left our house. Our friends even turned into a business complex and waited, but the patrol car also pulled in and drove in circles until they left the parking lot again, at which point the patrol car resumed following them. They were finally able to get rid of whoever was after them about 6 miles down the freeway. Much of this incident was videotaped, so there is a good chance it will end up on YouTube. Maybe this incident was just a coincidence, but it was definitely a little weird.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Why not comply?

First off, I would like to share today's Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, on which my husband and his attorney, Marc Victor, were guests. The show was cut into six 10-minute segments on YouTube. The part pertaining to the abuse Pastor Anderson suffered at the hands of the DPS and DHS starts about 8 minutes into clip 3, continues all the way through clip 4, and ends about midway through clip 5.








Here is a map of what the ACLU calls the "Constitution Free Zone." According to their estimates, 2 out of 3 American citizens live within this zone. In Arizona, a whopping 88% of the population live within 100 miles of the international border. Click here to check the stats on your state.


We have had an overwhelming response from people expressing their support and thanks to Pastor Anderson, and we appreciate every single one of these phone calls, emails, personal messages, and comments. We are also very grateful to anyone who has passed this information on to their friends and acquaintances.

Of course, others have written and called to tell us the opposite. I seriously wonder how much respect for authority all the people had who have been expressing their anger to me about my husband's actions. After all, last I checked the Bible, the wife is to be subject to her husband, yet these people want to show me how "inferior" (in their mind) my direct authority figure is, which is hypocrisy at its best. I thought I would share some of the reasons why my husband did not simply comply and go on.

Government agencies and their officers are not "rulers," but rather, public servants. They are not the highest authority, either. In fact, any authority they have is derived from what we, the people, have endowed them with within the confines of the law, most notably the Constitution.

The Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights states the following:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Motor vehicles are included in this amendment, hence, we do not need to allow government agents to search our cars without a search warrant or probable cause (supported by oath or affirmation) particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized. This last phrase was intended as a safeguard against government officials simply "trolling" to find something wrong. Instead, they must say exactly what they are suspecting or looking for, and where. It's not a question of "You are acting suspiciously and I want to snoop around until I find out what is going on."

Anyone defending their Fourth Amendment rights is acting within the law, and it doesn't become illegal just because the person whose rights are being infringed upon becomes agitated in the process. I wonder how many people wouldn't be if they were detained for 27 minutes (New Mexico, 2 months ago) or 75 minutes (Arizona, last week), while their vehicle was surrounded by a dozen or so government agents on all sides? I have personally watched the videotaped altercation my husband had at the border patrol checkpoint in New Mexico, and I was on the phone with him for almost all of the incident that occurred at the checkpoint east of Yuma last week. I for one am shocked and impressed by how well he kept his cool, while standing his ground and refusing to give up his rights.

Having his window rolled up during these incidents had nothing to do with being suspicious or adversarial. Had the window been down any further than it was, the officers would have reached in to open the door (as they have tried to in the past), something that they very clearly are not allowed to do. Ditto for having the car doors unlocked - you will notice in the New Mexico clip that the agents repeatedly tried to open the doors to remove my husband from his car. Nor was Pastor Anderson just out looking for trouble. His business takes him on travels on a weekly basis, and he passes through these checkpoints several times each week. Given the mental instability of the type of people who are drawn to these kinds of jobs, and the enjoyment they derive from feeling superior and all powerful over their "subjects", I am surprised my husband hasn't been harassed more often.

All that aside, I find it perturbing that some people actually think that the actions of the law enforcement officers were right under any circumstances. Even if my husband had been smuggling humans or drugs, almost killing him is hardly the proper way to arrest someone who is defenseless and not fighting back or resisting at all. Last I checked, law enforcement officers weren't judge, jury, and executioner all rolled into one.

I think most of the men who have written to reprimand, ridicule, or vent their anger are just too effeminate to themselves stand up and defend the rights of all Americans. I think that they do not care about protecting the freedoms that were won through much bloodshed for the next generation. I think that they do not love their country nor their children.

You see, America was started by righteous men revolting against their abusive government. To not only condone but even expect and promote submission to any form of government, no matter how abusive and lawless, is insanity. It would justify the Third Reich, Communist Russia, and countless other examples throughout history. If it is admissible for our government to infringe on any of our rights, it is admissible for them to infringe on all of our rights.

Today, they want to search our trunk, but tomorrow, our homes. Today, they are looking for drugs, tomorrow, for our Bibles. Today, they want to sniff around our car, tomorrow, they want to install cameras on every street corner under the disguise of "preventing crime". Today, they just want to make sure we are not transporting "illegals", tomorrow they will barge into our homes and arrest us for homeschooling our children (an everyday reality in Germany today). Today, they ask about our citizenship status, tomorrow, they will go around interrogating us as to whether we remembered to take our government-issued birth control pills. Think that's absurd? Think again - the latter is the reality for 1 in 6 people in the world thanks to China's one-child policy.

I really liked what Congressman Ron Paul said on the Freedom Watch today, which paraphrased was something along the lines of "if we compromise 1 or 2 % of the time, we have compromised 100% of the principle." Questions of right and wrong are absolute. If it is wrong for government agents to conduct warrantless searches, they are always wrong, and only a coward who did not care about future generations would take the easy way out and comply just to save themselves the trouble of defending the rights of all Americans. I thank God that the founding fathers had a vision that extended beyond their own lives. I am very grateful to my husband and proud of his heroism, as I know that without men like him, our children's future is as gloomy as most of human history has been.

Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:13+14

I would like to think that brutality at the hands of law enforecement officers is not the rule, but nevertheless, it is a reality. As the judge on the show so aptly put it today, cameras are the new guns to protect ourselves. Without evil actions such as my husband and countless others have suffered being exposed, they will not only continue, but become increasingly more frequent and brutal.

Here is just a small sampling I found on YouTube. The descriptions in italics are direct quotes from the respective YouTube channels.

Respect is a two-way street.
The officer makes a statement that, if it were entered into a police report as dialoge from a suspect, would be considered a death threat.





El Paso, TX 7 News reports "An 7 crew covering a crash on I-10 on Monday unwillingly became part of the news. Motorists stuck in traffic witnessed veteran journalist Darren Hunt and photojournalist Ric Dupont being handcuffed and detained."





Guard Uses Taser on Man Holding Newborn
By JUAN A. LOZANO Tue Aug 14
HOUSTON - In a confrontation captured on videotape, a hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn, sending both man and child crashing to the floor. Now William Lewis says his baby girl suffers from head trauma because she was dropped.

"I've got to wonder what kind of moron would Tase an adult holding a baby," said George Kirkham, a former police officer and criminologist at Florida State University. "It doesn't take rocket science to realize the baby is going to fall."

Lewis, 30, said the April 13 episode began after he and his wife felt mistreated by staff at the Woman's Hospital of Texas and they decided to leave. Hospital employees told him doctors would not allow it, but Lewis picked up the baby and strode to a bank of elevators.

The elevators would not move because wristband sensors on each baby shut them off if anyone takes an infant without permission.

Lewis, who gave the video to The Associated Press, said his daughter landed on her head, but it cannot be seen on the video. He said the baby continues to suffer ill effects from the fall.

"She shakes a lot and cries a lot," Lewis said, noting doctors have performed several MRIs on the child, Karla. "She's not real responsive. Something is definitely wrong with my daughter."...





A police officer has been fired after an incident in which a female prisoner taken into custody on suspicion of DWI wound up lying on a floor at the police station in a pool of blood.

Much of what happened was recorded on a videotape -- but there is a gap of undetermined length. During that time, the woman wound up injured. She said she was beaten up; the officer said she fell.






Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano

My husband will be a guest on the Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano on the FoxNews.com live stream in just a few minutes, 11 am PST (2 pm EST). Some of the other guest include Shephard Smith, Ron Paul, and Lew Rockwell.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More interviews

Please click here to listen to today's "Alex Jones Show", where my husband was a guest. He also did two other interviews today, that are not yet available to listen to online.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, my husband and his attorney will be on the Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano from Fox News around 11:30 am PST. The show can be watched live online at the above link.

Also tomorrow, he will be doing a live interview with Pastor Butch on "Call to Decision" at 6 pm PST.

This
is a link to the New York Times article about the Supreme Court's ruling TODAY on the ability of the police to search the cars of people they arrest.

Here is another YouTube of border patrol agents harassing Pastor Anderson in New Mexico a couple of months ago. This particular checkpoint is about 75 miles north of Mexico, on a road that does not intersect the international border at all. My husband has the names of all the officers involved in this incident and will be filing a complaint with DHS regarding their behavior. BTW, border patrol agents are NOT peace officers as they claimed during this incident, and drivers do NOT have to show their driver's licenses to them.



Monday, April 20, 2009

Update

Tomorrow at 11 am PST, my husband will be live on the air on K-Talk AM 630 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Also tomorrow, at 12 noon PST, he will be a guest on the "Alex Jones Show."

Both of these are live interviews.

Recent field trips

Week before last, we spent a couple of days on various field trips exploring Arizona's past.

First, we went to Montezuma Castle National Monument near Camp Verde.




Solomon discovered this big lizard and had fun watching it:



The guys also found a hollow tree and climbed it.



Next, we went to Fort Verde State Historic Park, where we spent several hours touring the various buildings. It was so interesting I forgot to take pictures except for this one, which shows Miriam and Johnny sitting at the top of the staircase in the officer's house.


The next day, my husband was busy with his work, but I took the kids to the Pioneer Living History Museum and spent the day exploring all the buildings with them.








There was a staged gunfight, but Miriam was terrified of the "outlaws" and refused to be in the picture with them. During the show, she climbed into the back of the stroller into the baby's car seat, and pulled the shades completely over herself.



In this last photo, you can see my purse hanging on the back of the stroller. The sides and back of that purse have more patches that are not visible in this picture. I try to buy iron-on patches at all the different fun places we visit as a family. It's an inexpensive souvenir, and I am reminded everyday of wonderful family memories.

Update on border patrol abuse

This morning, my husband had a great meeting with his attorney, Marc Victor. I will not be publishing many details about the legal proceedings on this blog other than major events such as court appearances etc. Right now, the first goal is my husband's criminal defense case against the two misdemeanors he was charged with.

If you would like to help, please pass the information about this incident on to as many people as possible, as the freedoms of all Americans are at stake.

As far as this blog is concerned, I would like to return to my regular posts, as well as keeping everyone that is interested in this case updated. I have added a link in the very top of the sidebar on the right that will show all posts that contain updates on the border patrol incident.

Thanks again to everyone who has expressed their support to us. Special thanks to the wife of the law enforcement officer who called me this morning and explained to me about the Taser gun identification tags, which were then found in my husband's car.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Updates on border patrol beating

Update (4/19) - 8:37 am:

Something to think about today:

Please click here to view a video clip on "How Stuff Works" entitled "Future Weapons: X26". This is the exact same model of Taser gun that was used on my husband REPEATEDLY. This clip is not suitable for viewing by children, as it is quite sickening. It starts out with the words "Here is something you don't GET to do every day" and ends by the "good guy" chuckling.

Please also take the time to read the article: "Death by Taser: The Killer Alternative to Guns".

Taser's official website has information on their guns. Please notice their company logo: a picture of the world, with an electric shock going through it. I also found their new "Taser Shockware" very perturbing.

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Update
(4/18) - 10:17 pm:

Thank you again to all who have written to us expressing their sympathy. If you wrote to the info@faithfulwordbaptist.org address, you most likely received an error message that your email could not be delivered. However, this is not correct, as all mail sent to that account is immediately also forwarded to Pastor Anderson's personal email account. He has received and read these emails, and greatly appreciates the support and encouragement.

It is unlikely that this blog will be updated tomorrow, as our time on Sundays is spent on church-related activities. My husband will be preaching the morning service at 10:30 am and the evening service at 6:30 pm as usual.

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Update
(4/18) - 3:34 pm:

Fox 10 News in Phoenix is airing a report on this incident at 9 and 10 pm tonight.

My husband will be a guest on Alex Jones Live on Tuesday at noon PST.

The Arizona Republic published an article on page 3 of the "Valley and State" section today.

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Update
(4/18) - 10:48 am:

Please continue to keep our family and this situation in your prayers. We appreciate the many emails, calls, etc. that we have received from around the country and the world.

Also, I would like to ask everyone to be courteous and professional when calling any of the government agencies involved. They are still conducting their internal investigations.

Click here to listen to a live radio interview my husband did last night with a local radio station, where he took on a supposedly conservative talk show host.

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Update:

World News Daily featured an article on this here. I would like to clarify that my husband was NOT driving a rental car, as the article states, but his own vehicle. From this article, it seems that agent Vik was under the wrong assumption that my husband war driving a rental car, even though Pastor Anderson has made it clear all along that he was driving his own vehicle.


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Update
(4/17) - 9:30 pm:

This evening, Lt. Anderson did finally call me about my husband's camcorders. They will not be released any time soon. His department is also still conducting their internal investigation on this matter, and he was unable to give me any details as to when they may make a public statement about this matter.

My husband made anther YouTube clip showing some of the wires from the taser guns that he found in his car:




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Update
(4/17) - 6:26 pm:

The name and badge number of the other DPS officer who was involved in this incident is J. Mitchell, badge # 3473.

Please continue to call DPS about the actions of officers
R. Jones, badge # 2819, and J. Mitchell, badge # 3473. Please also continue to contact Lt. Anderson at (928) 782-1679 about my husband's confiscated camcorders. In spite of several promises from his agency that they would be contacting us this afternoon, we have yet to hear from them or be able to get a hold of Lt. Anderson personally.

Despite numerous requests by media, attorneys, and ourselves for DPS (highway patrol) and DHS (border patrol) to release their respective tape recordings of the abuse, they have not made them public yet.

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Update
(4/17) - 3:10 pm:

Watch Pastor Anderson's online interview with Breitbart.tv by clicking here.

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Update (4/17) - 2:52 pm:


Many have asked how my husband's arraignment in Wellton, AZ went today. After consulting with his attorney yesterday, my husband did not have to appear in court today. We will keep you posted on this matter.

To this moment, DHS (highway patrol) has still not returned my husband's two video cameras that they found in his vehicle. We were told that Lt. Anderson was the one in charge of this issue, but that he was not in is office at this time. If you are so inclined, please call his office at (928) 782-1679 to ask that my husband's personal belongings be returned to him immediately, as well as that the tapes from the cameras in the officer's patrol car be made available to the public.

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Update (4/17) - 11:18 am:

Channel 5 News has made their clip on this incident available for online viewing. It is one of the top stories on their website right now, and this is the direct link to the article where you can also view the news clip that aired on TV last night.


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Update (4/17) - 9:58 am:


Many have written asking where to send physical mail to. Please use our church address for all these matters:

Faithful Word Baptist Church
c/o Pastor Steven Anderson
2707 W Southern Ave, Suite 105
Tempe, AZ 85282

For donations, rather than sending a check, you can simply click on the widget in the sidebar on the right. This account was personally set up by Pastor Anderson, and 100% of your contributions will reach him and be used to offset his legal costs, medical bills, and other expenses incurred by this incident.


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Update (4/17) - 6:28 am:


Thank you to all who have written and expressed their support for my husband and our family. We have read every single email and received all phone calls/voice messages. Thank you also to everyone who has contributed financially to help cover our legal costs not only for defending Steven Anderson against the two misdemeanors he is being charged with, but to also counter-sue the various agencies involved. The widget in the sidebar is very slow to update, so if you make a contribution and you do not see the amount increase right away, please know that we are notified and updated immediately.

If you would like to help, please spread the information of my husband's abuse to all your friends, the media, etc.

You can also contact the Department of Homeland Security (border patrol) at 1-800-BE-ALERT and ask about the actions of their agents, specifically these persons:

C. Diaz - email: cesar.diaz@DHS.gov
E. Gomez - email: Ernesto.Gomez@DHS.GOV
B. Griffith

There were more border patrol agents involved in this incident, but some of them had their name tags covered by jackets. Please also demand that the tapes of the surveillance cameras be made available to the media and our attorney immediately. Both have put in requests for them, and have a legal right to see them. While my husband was being held in the border patrol trailer where the monitors to all the surveillance cameras are, he saw several cameras that showed the agents searching his car from various angles, so we are confident that the cameras will have also picked up their violent attack on him.

You can also call the Arizona Department of Public Safety (highway patrol) and ask about the actions of the officer involved, R. Jones, badge # 2819. Please also ask for the surveillance cameras in the patrol cars to be made available to us and the media.

It is interesting that the two agencies involved are trying to put responsibility for this attack on each other. DPS claims that their officers never use Taser guns, while border patrol is saying that it was only the DPS officer(s) who were using Taser guns.

As far as my husband's condition goes, he is certainly still very shook up by this incident and
in a lot of pain from his injuries, but handling it as well as could be expected. He has secured a very good attorney who specializes in cases like this.

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers. This has been a traumatic time for our young children, as it was impossible to entirely shield them from an explanation of why their Dad looks so terrible. One of our children in particular has had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that his Dad was abused in such a horrible manner by government officials. Personally, I cannot even think about the incident itself much because I panic when I realize that my husband could very well have been killed. While the last three days have been very stressful and difficult, we are confident that God is and will continue to work things out the way He wants them to.

We will keep updating this blog for information on the case. Thank you for your support!

P.S.: Many people have alerted us that their email to our church's email address, info@faithfulwordbaptist.org, came back as undelivered because the mailbox is full. However, my husband did receive all those emails, as they are automatically forwarded to his personal email address.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fascism coming your way

Important update: If you live in the Phoenix area, you can watch reports on this on local news channels during tonight's evening news. Some of their websites show the news online live streaming. All of the channels will make the news videos available for online viewing in the hours following.

9 PM - Channel 3 - click here to view the news clip, click here to view the entire uncut footage
10 PM - 5 News
10 PM - ABC 15

Phoenix New Times is reporting on it here.

Channel 13 in Sacramento, CA is also reporting on this in the evening news tonight - click here to view the clip.

Please contact us if you are aware of any other news reports on TV or radio.


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Here are two clips of what happened to my husband the night of April 14/15:






Last night, my husband was preaching on Isaiah 53 in his regular midweek Bible Study, and since this tied in with the subject, he told the story in more detail. You can listen to it here.

Please, no stupid comments about obeying "the powers that be". The highest authority in our country is the Constitution. Idiots who blindly follow their wicked government also made Hitler's Third Reich happen.

Welcome to the USSA. Wake up people and realize that we are headed for a totalitarian dictatorship.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Solomon's photos

Solomon took these pictures last week at the botanical garden's butterfly exhibit, and I thought they turned out great.





Tuesday, April 14, 2009

True Beauty

What a touchy subject, especially to women. I wonder if there are many of us who are not concerned with our appearance, and critical of it in some way. Women dye/perm/straighten their hair. They wish they were taller/shorter/slimmer. If they could, they would have less freckles/wrinkles/age spots. In fact, some women get so concerned about their appearance that they permanently alter it through plastic surgery.

Last week, as I went through my closet, I got a little discouraged when I realized how much smaller some of my clothes were then the ones I am currently wearing. These clothes are not old, they are ones I wore just a couple of years ago. But it seems that being pregnant with two girls right in a row changed my shape in a way I don't much appreciate, and my body just seems to want to fight me on this issue. I am somewhat hoping for a boy pregnancy next (I've always found them much more slimming).

I do not believe that there is a certain ideal of beauty that we should strive to attain. I believe that God created all people to look different from one another, and that they are special and beautiful in their own way. Hence, there is no perfect height, or eye/hair color, or age, or weight.

Judging people merely based on their outward appearance is a sad indication of what our society thinks of as beautiful. The Bible only ever emphasizes inner beauty. Yet, our society and especially single young people sometimes seem to be overly concerned with dating/marrying someone with certain looks or athletic capabilities, as if that were some kind of indication as to what kind of a person they are. Appearance, it seems, is viewed as an outside manifestation of character and inner beauty. But really, unless someone is a total slob or morbidly obese, it isn't.

There is no point in having an outward appearance that is considered by the world "beautiful", but that serves no practical purpose. God's purpose for women is to "marry, bear children, guide the house". A girl may look pretty but be a total airhead who doesn't know how to cook a decent and healthy meal or do any housework. Raising children can be gross and dirty. They throw up, they soil their diapers, they smear food on every conceivable surface. Giving birth in my eyes is beautiful, but it's a far cry from what Hollywood would label as such. I have known several women who were so vain about looking perfectly put-together during childbirth that they got shot up with drugs and applied their makeup throughout labor. They did, in fact, look pretty and dolled up in those right-after-birth pictures, but there's no denying that they also looked high as a kite, and that's not to mention the effects of the drugs on the baby.

I am not impressed by women who can run a marathon or compete in a professional team, but I think any woman who has given birth without pain medication is admirable. The girl who gets up early to hit the gym before going off to work or college lives a sad life, but a mom who gets up early to nurse a baby and then fix breakfast for the rest of the family is beautiful no matter what her hair, makeup, or figure looks like.

What our society considers "beautiful" is not practical. It is only intended for viewing, not using. Kids don't want a "pretty" mom, they want a loving mom that can take care of them. All kids think their mom is beautiful, because they have no concept of outward appearance, only the inner (wo)man. The sweetest compliments I ever get are those from my three sons, because they are so heartfelt and genuine.

People who look for beauty in the outward appearance are consumed with self. How good will a pretty girl/boy by their side make them look. Inner beauty, on the other hand, serves a purpose other than vanity. It serves others.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. - Proverbs 31:30

Monday, April 13, 2009

Overkill

Sorry to be on my soap box about vaccines again, but after a concerned e-mail from a relative of mine, I took a look at the current US vaccine schedule.

OH MY OH MY OH MY!

Does a baby by 18 months of age really need 26 injections??!? 5 of which are actually combination vaccines in themselves? I mean, even if vaccines were safe, isn't that a bit of overkill on an immature immune system?

Sorry, I just don't see any need to vaccinate my kids for STDs like Hep. B and normal illnesses like the flu just to keep Merck & Co in business at the expense of my child's lifelong health.

Between all five of our children, we have taken them to the doctor 3 times in the last 6 years, and even then the doctor acted like I brought them in for nothing and I was wasting their time (even though he was getting paid by me!!). Our kids just almost never get ill. So apparently, they enjoy great health. I find it amusing how people whose kids are going to the doctor more often than ours for illnesses that ours never get want to teach me what is healthy and what isn't. Every vaccinated child I have ever met or heard about was sick more often than our kids.

Oh, how I would like to write on this subject all day long. But alas, if I did, my kids (who just got up from "quiet time" and are bursting at the seams with penned up energy) would just get into trouble in the meantime.

Here are a couple of links you can check into yourself. Please note that just because I link to a certain website, it doesn't mean that I condone any and all content on that site.

Making an Informed Decision

Natural Parenting and Birth Blog


AAP Vaccine Refusal Form


Vaccination Liberation

Please do not take my word for how bad vaccines are, but rather research it yourself and come to your own conclusions.