Sunday, February 26, 2012

Crippled Inside

IMF (International Monetary Fund) stated that in 2016 China will surpass the United States in GDP. That will make China the most productive and economically the most powerful nation in the world, a position we have held for well over a century. The president elected in November will be the president of possibly the second economically strongest nation in the world during his term in office. If these predictions come true, this coming president would be the leader during the decline of the greatest nation that the world has ever seen. No real bragging rights, but he will be able to blame the nation's decline on all the presidents before him going back to President Johnson.

Leadership is not about how many people show up for the rally or what the latest poll numbers, show. A leader comes to the people with a set of goals, beliefs, ideas, and a commitment to a cause greater than himself. If the goals and beliefs resonate with the people more show up at the next rally and the next set of polls. Excitement builds for the candidate. (i.e. Look back at Obama's first campaign.) Obama, unlike like Hillary, had a set of beliefs and he believed in them. Like it or not he was elected and has carried out his beliefs just like he promised. You can't say that often about politicians.

Here we are, yet again, in a another presidential election cycle….. It seems like just yesterday we selected McCain even though many thought he would not be the best man for the job…. BUT the second choice was Romney…. There was very little excitement for either in the conservative voting block…I see myself as part that voting block and find I have little interest and no real excitement for the two candidates that seem to be 'leading' the pack in this election cycle either. Romney doesn't seem to be doing any better this time with the voters than he did last time…. Rick is where he is in the polls because of who the voters perceive Romney to be and not because Rick has a voting history to support the notion that he is a conservative leader. He is mouthing political hot buttons, getting attention, but without any concrete plan as to how he would solve the national problems. ( I was wondering, if both of these men were neighbors, which would I ask to look after my house if I were going on vacation? Maybe trust is what it really comes down to.... Which of these candidates would you ask to look after your house?) That is what we are about to do…select a man to look after our house.

We are in the throws of choosing a candidate for president and whoever is selected/elected will be president in one of the most difficult times in our history. Since time can't be turned back, a leader with a vision of the future is needed along with a simple clear plan of how to get there. We are well past the point of 'changing a little bit here and a little bit there'…. Insidious socialist beliefs have wormed their way into American laws, social programs, and lead to a moral decay in to American way of life. A bold plan is needed along with a bold leader.

Past presidents have had to fight and win wars outside of this country. The enemy was always 'over there'…. This current challenge is from within. This enemy looks, walks, talks, and lives within the hearts and minds of many politicians and citizens who live next door. Who are the parents of our grandchildren's friends? The question is how many? The answer is enough to have elected the current President and they are still out there.

There is nothing the next president can do to stop us from slipping from our first place in the world economies. Nor can he mollify the loss that attend second place players, such as a lost way of life most of us have known. Such as a population who cannot pay its way and lives on money borrowed and borrowed time. Already, there are millions in the growing group of citizens who are not able to find a place in this national economy, as it is now structured, and much less able to care for themselves and their offspring.

Its all been here for the seeing… The warnings have come to us over many congresses, over many years, from lone voices….Pandering politicians and the liberal press who pander to them followed by both pandering to businesses and businesses who in turn who pander to them effectually silenced the lone men ringing the alarm bell…This group have all denied, distorted and reframed reality to the point that what we are seeing and sensing was something other than their failures. Their failures have become our failures because we are the ones at the end of the day that pick up the tab, buy their products, reelects, and watches willingly daily news stories spun to direct and distort what happens within the political class. A fraternity of elected and appointed officials, mega businesses, along with the helpful talking heads in the liberal press…. The political class sees us as consumers who are to be directed.

There is an old John Lennon song that has a refrain, "One thing you can't hide is when you're crippled inside." Crippled. Our economy is crippled along with the nation's moral life. Technology has replaced many thousands of skilled workers already with the promise of better technology coming on board. We still have our high end economical muscle. It is the low end manufacturing jobs that are gone. There aren't low end or low skills jobs and none of the candidates have voiced any plans to address this problem. Left unresolved, this unemployed low end worker's group will continue to grow along with all the related problems. The problem is so large that the President is able to pit this group and the 'occupy-wall-street' group against the wage earning group. Can this possibly work in America? Given his failed economic programs, his nationalizing the health care system, etc., look at his favorable ratings polling numbers. They are consistent.

Spain, Italy, and Greece, etc. are second tier nations. They are a few years ahead of us in this financial/social morass. We need to watch closely and see how and if they can claw their way out of the political - financial - social hole they are in. Their people and their nations have been living a life style they cannot afford and have borrowed money to prop up their national social/financial costs. We are on the same road. It is offensive to me, at this point in my life, to accept these similarities between European nations and ours. I am an arrogant American and had hoped to die one.

Most problems are solved by finding the right question to ask, but before we can create the question we must know there is a problem. Some major crisis has to occur. Problems aren't considered major until the problem ends up in our homes and on our dinner tables. Anything short of that we don't seem to notice. Even if noticed our response has been to complain but not act. Even as these words are typed half the voters in our country like our current president and think he is doing a pretty darn good job. That half is still wanting to believe his direction of America will lead to a better future. That is the half that did not do well in basic math and who did not read the writing on the wall when NAFTA was signed into law….. They trusted the political class and liked the cheaper foreign products.

The current president says America is not exceptional and he was proved right by being elected…. At the core of his campaign was the promise of redistribution of wealth. This key element in the president's belief system is un-American. At no point in history would we have considered such a shameful idea of taking the toil of one man by threat of force and giving it to another who doesn't toil.

Have you ever seen the news media more happy and excited than with Romney? He is their guy. He is the one they want to run against Obama… They are not to concerned about him winning. Rick either. Newt was/is the only candidate with a vision for America as well as sharing our founders' ideals. It is doubtful, at this time, that he will be able to run for the office of the presidency. Romney couldn't even beat John McCain in the primaries last time around. This time around Romney is outspending in advertising the other candidates five to ten to one and still hasn't gotten a firm lock as the Republican nominee. Still many, including the national Republican Committee, seem to believe that he can beat a sitting president who also happens to be one of the best political campaigners in our history….

Let me suggest that everyone find some Tea Party sites where Romney served as governor and ask some of their members what was their experience with his leadership. Why was he unable to get reelected…. Do the same in Rick's state and ask why they didn't reelect him as their Senator.

As Tea Party members, we believe there is something bigger than ourselves. As a group we believe what we are doing is bigger than the group itself….We know that what we are doing others are not able or willing to do. But if we accomplish our goals the people and the nation will be the better place because of our efforts. Without being arrogant, we must believe in ourselves and have faith that what we are doing is right and useful for the good of the whole. The nation is in danger and what we do at the most basic and fundamental levels will make the difference for its future. Already Mississippi's leadership has recognized the political power in the Tea Party movement and have invited Tea Party members to participate.

Last night I got a call from the national Republican Committee asking me to renew my membership and send them money. Without thinking, I refused. I will not renew and I will not send any money because I no longer trust the organization. Until that moment I hadn't fully realized how strongly I felt about the National Republican committee.

It's time to hit the send button but know there are only 260 days, 22 hours, and 16 minutes before the voting begins in November. Know that a government for and by the people starts with the people governing themselves and their individual lives well. Our lives must be the model by which we measure our government and the model for leaders in government to govern us. For sure, government can never be more than the model we set.

Below are two links to videos I think you will enjoy watching…..




Wednesday, February 8, 2012


As you drive to the local grocery store, school, library, or wherever, do you wonder how so many people are able to live side by side with so little conflict? So many cars on the road and yet so few accidents. You know that there are groups in some parts of town that unemployable or unemployed living on the edge or over the edge in poverty. Yet, given the size of the overall population, there is so little crime as a percentage of the population.

Why isn't there chaos?

Laws that punish crime do not deter people who commit crimes. Criminals/law breakers have always been a part of every human group. However, there was a early awareness that groups of people were a good thing. A search for a general set of rules that people would accept and live by would allow the group to grow and flourish. It took centuries of searching and finally a basic set of rules were developed and clearly have worked up to a point. Most of these rules (i.e. guide lines.) are still taught and serve us today.


The first group of the Big -Ten has to do with the people's relationship to God and how to honor him through their beliefs and behavior. The last of this group has to do with a set of values and a moral code that allows people to live together….
The first four are about man's relationship to God….Have no other God, don't make craven imagines, don't take the name of the Lord in vain, and remember the Sabbath and keep it holy…

The rest of the Big-Ten has to do with our moral conduct towards others: Honor you father and mother, don't kill anyone, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't lie about you neighbor, and don't covet your neighbor's, house, wife, or anything else of his. These moral guidelines are what allows us to be together and stay together in small and large groups, cities, and nations. When these guideline are not adhered to the society starts to unravel.

Being born in America is a fact of life for most of us. Along with this lucky break comes a huge package of goodies… BUT we look around and everyone we know has the same package of goodies…. So what's so special? Ah, in that question lies the rub…. There seems to be a growing confusion as what is in this package of goodies. Or said differently, "What should be in the goodie package?"

What isn't in the package is a new Lexus parked in a garage, next to a six thousand foot house, with a indoor swimming pool. By digging deeper and looking at a different kind of search your find freedom, a right to choose, an opportunity to reach as high as you personal capacity can take you… Along with those goodies you can also choose who you want to be your leaders, a say in how your government works, raise a family and be secure in any home you can afford to buy in any place you choose to live.

As the years of experimenting went on societies still weren't working as well as the leaders and the people wanted. Something was amiss and they knew it. As more attention was paid what was noticed was there were certain traits in people regardless of which group or society that kept getting in the way of building a utopia. These traits keep showing up generation after generation and rubbing up against the moral code interfering with the orderly business of the community. Finally this group of human traits were onerous and began to be referred to as the seven deadly sins. Pride, gluttony, sloth, anger/wrath, envy, and greed.

In human history this moral breakdown has always worked its way from the top down…. from the leaders in government, the bureaucrats, the servants of government, and finally down to the average people level. When the code was gone the seven deadly sins became a way of life and accepted as the norm.

Sooner or later every historical nation was taken down by the human traits. Slowly over time they ate away at the moral codes that held the nation together.

This is a dark picture. I hate looking at it and hate thinking about it…. BUT it is in our faces all the time… Turn on the news every night, watch a movie, listen to our popular music, sitcoms, reality shows…. Listen to our politicians speak to us in 'political speak' having to go along because they don't seem as bad as the other guy... How do we, with many decades under our belt, make sense of this?

Our house is too old and its occupants are too entrenched to repair any longer. Evict the occupants, close the house, and rebuild using the old traditional human Big - Ten building codes. Carefully screen each new want-to-occupant. Make it clear to him that it is our house… Explain to him that he is a short term tenant ONLY. Give him a copy of our moral code book and assure him that any time he breaks any one of the codes he will be evicted.

People born in only a handful of others countries are as lucky. Yet we have spawned a group of citizens who Obama says is a lazy group who lack morals, courage, and practice all of the wonderful indulgent seven sins.

Hello America and where are all your true grit, hard working, god fearing, native sons? Well, many are in the Tea Party...

Politicians, government, and citizens are cornerstones in our package of goodies…. Citizens have the power. They elect (hire) politicians; politicians shape government to fit the dictates of the citizens as to how they want to be governed…. Is this a real goal or some far fetched idea? I think this be real….

Clearly someone has dropped the ball... Until we accept who is the real ball dropper, accept responsibility, and become penitent, what to do will continue to allude us. There is a crisis. Obama needs to be replaced by someone and that’s where we find ourselves.

We may be able to replace this President but that in no way solves the problems that gave rise to this crisis. Until we accept the responsibility, exercise our power as citizens, involve ourselves in our governance, we will continue to hire politicians and blame them for their shortcomings, while everything that makes us who we are continues to decline into socialist squalor.

I am trying to contain my excitement about the voting last night in three states BUT it appears that citizens/voters are waking up to who Mitt Romney is….(finally)... We have begun vetting Santorum carefully and like what we see. Next we need to consider vetting Gingrich once again using good political measurements such as leadership, experiences, imagination, and electability….. (Keep in mind Newt created a revolution in Washington in the 94 elections. Kept all his promises made in the campaign and won the House for the conservatives. Was key in balancing budgets for the next four years.) If you take all three of the other candidates and combine all of their good works together they don't come close to Gingrich's accomplishments.

We need a tough minded goal directed man as our next president because the next four years will be harder for the country than the last four years. AND the last four were awful…. Made worse by inexperienced leadership.

273 days, 22 hours, and 52 minutes till the November polls open. A leader will be chosen regardless of what we do or don't do… BUT what we can do is: 1) Forget Romney, 2) Thank Paul for all his hard work and ask him to go home because his is just dividing the votes.….3) Rethink how we think about Santorum and Gingrich. 4) Stay focused on these two because one of them can become our leader.


Last note: For the next four weeks we will be wondering around central America with a few specific plans but not many. Just taking a break from winter and all the political 'doings'.



Saturday, February 4, 2012

Not Just Any War

The attacks come fast and furious. It feels as if all governmental institutions are finding ways to strip away our fundamental rights.

It has been some time since I forwarded an article from the College Conservative web site. I don't know how many of you have logged on. If not , please do. I am so impressed by these students writing and thinking.

These students are the ones along with our grandchildren who will be left with the expanding national debt that is being created as I click away on this keyboard. They are the ones who will continue the small out cry against big government while trying to keep the torch lit for liberty and freedom.

Atarah Golden: politicaljunkie09

Parental rights are slipping away from parents at an imperceptible rate and now falling into the hands of the government.  The government is using the rights of the parent to empower children to make decisions for themselves.  You heard me correctly – the government is stripping away your rights as parents and handing your rights over to your children.  Children are encouraged to withhold vital information from their parents, and they have the law to back them up.   Parents of Minnesota, did you know that a doctor can perform any medical procedure on you child without your authorization, in a non-life threatening situation?
“Any minor may give effective consent for medical, mental and other health services to determine the presence of or treat pregnancy and conditions associated therewith, venereal disease, alcohol and other drug abuse, and the consent of no other person is required.”

Unfortunately, this law is not exclusive to the state of Minnesota.  In the state of Arizona, minors have the ability to explicitly consent to contraceptive services and STD/HIV screening services.  With regards to alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment, the minor must only be 12 years of age to explicitly consent.  Again, this is not exclusive to the state of Arizona, this is nationwide. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an organization working to advance sexual and reproductive health throughout the world, many states have implemented similar laws:

26 states and the District of Columbia allow all minors (12 and older) to consent to contraceptive services.  20 states allow only certain categories of minors to consent to contraceptive services . . . All states and the District of Columbia allow all minors to consent to STI (sexually transmitted infection) services.  18 of these states allow, but do not require, a physician to inform a minor’s parents that he or she is seeking or receiving STI services when the doctor deems it in the minor’s best interests . . . 2 states and the District of Columbia explicitly allow all minors to consent to abortion services.  36 states that require parental involvement have an alternative process for minors seeking an abortion.  36 states include a judicial bypass procedure, which allows a minor to obtain approval from a court.  4 states require judges to use specific criteria, such as a minor’s intelligence or emotional stability, when deciding whether to waive a parental involvement requirement.  12 states require judges to use the "clear and convincing evidence" standard that the minor is mature and the abortion is in her best interest when deciding whether to waive parental involvement requirement.

You see, parents are becoming irrelevant when it comes to important decisions involving their children.  As stated above, some states require a judge to render a decision which should be explicitly made by the child’s parent.  So where does it end?  Why are children being encouraged by our government officials to make decisions for themselves?  It is not just legislators; doctors have overstepped their bounds, as well.

There have been several cases in which health care providers have taken it upon themselves to disregard parents’ wishes and encroach on their decision-making rights.  Parents Erin and Ken Stieler have firsthand experience in this area.  The Stielers’ 10-year-old son Jacob was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.  Jacob was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Great Rapids, Michigan to undergo chemotherapy.  The treatment was very difficult for Jacob and it took a huge toll on him, both physically and mentally; at one point, he told his parents he wanted to die.  Fortunately, after three months of treatment, the PET scans confirmed the cancer was completely gone.  Still, the doctors advised Jacob to undergo more chemotherapy.  After researching the side effects of the chemotherapy Jacob’s doctors wanted him to continue, Jacob’s parents concluded that “the risk of the drugs was far greater than the risk of recurrent cancer, since Jacob had a clean PET scan.

Dissatisfied with the Stieler’s decision, the hospital contacted Child Protective Services and accused Jacob’s parents of medical neglect.  The Stielers hired a lawyer to fight the charges brought upon by the State of Michigan.  This case began to catch the attention of individuals who supported the Stieler’s decision and a legal team presented the judge with a petition to dismiss the case.  After reviewing the petition, the judge did just that.

Although this case had a happy ending, this goes to show that states are trampling on parental rights.  In this case, the state had the audacity to invalidate the Stieler’s decision concerning their son’s unnecessary chemotherapy treatment.  Parental rights within the United States are already hanging by a thread.  I wish I could tell you the madness ends there, but it does not.  There is more.

The UNCRC is an international treaty, short for United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The United States has not yet adopted this treaty; Somalia is the only other country who has not done so.  Even left-wing MSNBC recognizes this treaty has a better chance of passing under the Obama administration “than at any point in the past.”  The treaty sounds completely harmless, but this is not the case at all; quite the contrary, actually.  This international law contains 54 articles.  I will address a few (the 54 articles can be read in its entirety here).
Article 4 of the UNCRC states: “You have the right to life.  Governments should ensure that children survive and develop healthy.”

According to the Supreme Law of the Land, the Constitution, we have a right to privacy.  Does this mean a government bureaucrat will treat each parent as an abuser and enter our homes once a year, once a month, or even once a week to “ensure that children survive and develop healthy?”  Well, don’t rule it out; Article 6 of the Constitution states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

This international treaty would be an adjunct to the Constitution.  In other words, this treaty will also be the supreme law of the land.  Let us take a look a look at another article in this treaty;  Article 9 of the UNCRC states:

“You should not be separated from your parents unless it is for your own good . . .”

This statement is quite vague.  One thing is for certain, though; a government bureaucrat will be responsible for telling you what they think is best for your child, and you will forced to comply.  If not, your child will be removed from your custody.

Article 12 of the UNCRC states:

“You have the right to say what you think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect you, and to have your opinions taken into account.”
As an Elementary Education major with years of experience working with young children, I can personally say that children have no problem telling adults how they feel.  Many parents do take their children’s feelings into account and genuinely hear them out, but regardless of what the child thinks or feels, it is the parent’s responsibility to make the final decision.  That is why children are considered minors until the age of 18, and in some cases, 21.  If a child is not satisfied with the parent’s decision (which is pretty common among children and teenagers), if would not be too far-fetched to assume that the child can contact a government bureaucrat and say something like, “my mommy and daddy won’t let me to spend the night at Johnny’s house this weekend.”  A government bureaucrat will then enter the home and determine if staying at Johnny’s house is in the child’s best interest.  The bureaucrat will most likely side with the child and give the parents one of two options: let the child spend the night at Johnny’s house or have the child removed from the parent’s custody.  Is that scenario so hard to believe?  I think not.

Article 13 of the UNCRC states,

“You have the right to get, and to share, information as long as the information is not damaging to yourself or others.”

The first question to ask is, what does our government consider damaging and inappropriate?  Well, we have a government that encourages young children to engage in sexual activity and withhold information from parents; information that prevents parents from protecting their children from decision that can and will affect them for the rest of their lives.  There are also scholars working hard to normalize and redefine pedophilia as “intergenerational sexual intimacy?”  Judith Levine, an academic and author of the book Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex stated this:

“. . .there are people pushing a conservative religious agenda that would deny minors access to sexual expression,” and “we do have to protect children from real dangers . . . but that doesn’t mean protecting some fantasy of their sexual innocence.”

These are prime examples of why you cannot trust others to tell you what is best for your child.

As of 2008,  193 countries have ratified UNCRC, composed by 18 "international experts."  If the UNCRC is so grand, then why is homeschooling illegal in several European countries?   If the UNCRC really cares about the rights of the child, then why are Sweden and Switzerland teaching children as young as 4, sex education?  One of the 18 UNCRC composers is from Uganda, where honor killings have not been made illegal.  As a result, young women are killed frequently.

Parental rights within this country are already dwindling, and the UNCRC will, without a doubt, prevent parents from having much say in their child’s upbringing.  Each parent has a different method of child-rearing. Some parents circumcise their sons and some do not agree with this; some parents home-school their children, while some prefer to put their children in the public school system; some parents give their children chores, and some do not; some parents spank their children, while some do not agree with this method of discipline.  You may not agree with the Stieler’s decision to discontinue the treatment for their son, but regardless with how you feel about some of the issues I have listed, parents make decisions for their children because they know what is best for them.  Not every parent’s decision will be the right one, but that is all part of being a parent.  Parents who have their child’s best interest at heart should not be treated as abusers, as this treaty suggests.

There is a way to fight this treaty, and I encourage each and every parent to take action immediately!   Sign the petition that will protect parental rights by embedding them into the Constitution.  This is known as the Parental Rights Amendment, a proposed modification to the Constitution.

SECTION 1: The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.

SECTION 2: Neither the United States nor any state shall infringe upon this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

SECTION 3: No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.

Parents nationwide are being punished for doing what they think is in the best interest of their child, and you could be next.  Fight for your right as a parent.  Children are in danger, and it is up to parents to ensure their child’s safety.  Contact your senator and representative today. Tell our government officials that we mean business.

Atarah Golden :: Cecil College :: North East, Maryland :: @ LastCivilRight

(Thanks Atarah. Good article….Write more…. We need to know what you young conservatives are thinking and how you are thinking about our problems I because you are our future.)

ALSO, there is a international treaty at the United Nations that Obama and Hillary Clinton seem to want to sign onto that has to do with private gun ownership. If agreed to this would be a way to justify Government not allowing Americans to own guns. What comes next?

Most countries are having a hard time governing themselves. We are finding ourselves along with American businesses being governed indirectly through international treaties. The UN is made up of many countries who hate America and what it represents. Many of these nations have been thought of, by us over time, as allies.

Given the article above which Republican candidate do you imagine would be most likely to address these government V.S. parents problems?

…. 276 days, 6 hours, and 31 minutes till the polls open.

And the presidential campaign marches on while the voters are still vetting their candidates...




Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sharia law

As we wind our way through the presidential primaries, the issue of immigration keeps coming to the front and slipping back into the shadows. Potential voter fall-out is clearly the reason. Regardless of what the political dangers are this issue must be addressed. We must know what the candidates' ideas are to solve this serious and growing problem….

This is a broad issue and not limited to Mexican borders. Our President says, at ever opportunity, the Muslim religion is a religion of peace. That it is only radical Muslims causing the problems. The core of the Muslim religion is Sharia law. Last year there was a case in Oklahoma and one in Texas that involved Muslim families and their religious laws.… To be a Muslim is to believe in and to practice Sharia in the home. In many countries in Europe the Muslim population is so large that they are more or less free to practice their religious laws in the section of the cities they control. Look at some of our cities in Europe and see the growth in Muslim communities. With a different language and different customs, it is difficult for law enforcement or anyone else to know what goes on. What is clear, in a Muslim community Sharia law is the primary law and is being practiced.

Why do we care what they do? What does this mean to us? Because this is a nation built on Christian beliefs and our laws reflect those beliefs. In our hearts, minds, and our laws parents do not kill their children…... For we as parents the idea that we or anyone else would kill our children is simply not anything we could imagine. (This would be like something you would expect in a Steven King novel.) However, not under Sharia law…. But the question is how could religious laws, no matter what religion, obligate a parent to do such a thing….

Reported by Fox News:

KINGSTON, Ontario –  A jury on Sunday found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor" in a case that shocked and riveted Canadians.

Prosecutors said the defendants allegedly killed the three teenage sisters because they dishonored the family by defying its disciplinarian rules on dress, dating, socializing and using the Internet.

The jury took 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

After the verdict was read, the three defendants again declared their innocence in the killings of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar 17, and Geeti, 13, as well as Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, Shafia's childless first wife in a polygamous marriage.

Their bodies were found June 30, 2009, in a car submerged in a canal in Kingston, Ontario, where the family had stopped for the night on their way home to Montreal from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The prosecution alleged it was a case of premeditated murder, staged to look like an accident after it was carried out. Prosecutors said the defendants drowned their victims elsewhere on the site, placed their bodies in the car and pushed it into the canal.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Maranger said the evidence clearly supported the conviction.

"It is difficult to conceive of a more heinous, more despicable, more honorless crime," Maranger said. "The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honor ... that has absolutely no place in any civilized society."

In a statement following the verdict, Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson called honor killings a practice that is "barbaric and unacceptable in Canada."
Defense lawyers said the deaths were accidental. They said the Nissan car accidentally plunged into the canal after the eldest daughter, Zainab, took it for a joy ride with her sisters and her father's first wife. Hamed said he watched the accident, although he didn't call police from the scene.

After the jury returned the verdicts, Mohammad Shafia, speaking through a translator, said, "We are not criminal, we are not murderer, we didn't commit the murder and this is unjust."

His weeping wife, Tooba, also declared the verdict unjust, saying, "I am not a murderer, and I am a mother, a mother."

Their son, Hamed, speaking in English said, "I did not drown my sisters anywhere."

Hamed's lawyer, Patrick McCann, said he was disappointed with the verdict, but said his client will appeal and he believes the other two defendants will as well.
But prosecutor Gerard Laarhuis welcomed the verdict.

"This jury found that four strong, vivacious and freedom-loving women were murdered by their own family in the most troubling of circumstances," Laarhuis said outside court.

"This verdict sends a very clear message about our Canadian values and the core principles in a free and democratic society that all Canadians enjoy and even visitors to Canada enjoy," he said to cheers of approval from onlookers.

The family had left Afghanistan in 1992 and lived in Pakistan, Australia and Dubai before settling in Canada in 2007. Shafia, a wealthy businessman, married Yahya because his first wife could not have children.

Shafia's first wife was living with him and his second wife. The polygamous relationship, if revealed, could have resulted in their deportation.

The prosecution painted a picture of a household controlled by a domineering Shafia, with Hamed keeping his sisters in line and doling out discipline when his father was away on frequent business trips to Dubai.

The months leading up to the deaths were not happy ones in the Shafia household, according to evidence presented at trial. Zainab, the oldest daughter, was forbidden to attend school for a year because she had a young Pakistani-Canadian boyfriend, and she fled to a shelter, terrified of her father, the court was told.

The prosecution said her parents found condoms in Sahar's room as well as photos of her wearing short skirts and hugging her Christian boyfriend, a relationship she had kept secret. Geeti was becoming almost impossible to control: skipping school, failing classes, being sent home for wearing revealing clothes and stealing, while declaring to authority figures that she wanted to be placed in foster care, according to the prosecution.

Shafia's first wife wrote in a diary that her husband beat her and "made life a torture," while his second wife called her a servant.

The prosecution presented wire taps and mobile phone records from the Shafia family in court to support their honor killing allegation. The wiretaps, which capture Shafia spewing vitriol about his dead daughters, calling them treacherous and whores and invoking the devil to defecate on their graves, were a focal point of the trial.

"There can be no betrayal, no treachery, no violation more than this," Shafia said on one recording. "Even if they hoist me up onto the gallows ... nothing is more dear to me than my honor."

Defense lawyers argued that at no point in the intercepts do the accused say they drowned the victims.

Shafia's lawyer, Peter Kemp, said after the verdicts that he believes the comments his client made on the wiretaps may have weighed more heavily on the jury's minds than the physical evidence in the case.

The word uxoricide (Killing a wife) and the word for killing daughters and sons is infanticide (Child murder) - sororicide (Kills a sister). How often do you these words used?

Sharia law and the Muslim religion are one and the same. Sharia law governs every aspect of Muslim life. There is no separation…You cannot be a good Muslim unless you adhere to the religious laws.

There are sections of Paris, to a lesser extent sections in London, and even parts of Detroit where police don't bother to go. If our President said to these police officers that Muslim religion is a peaceful religion, wonder what they would say?

This father and mother are Afghans, a country where we have poured billions of dollars and American lives and to what end?

Most people think when immigration problems are talked about as Hispanic and job related issues. We really must take a wider look. Time is not on our side.

We need leaders who can look clearly and accept their obligation to protect the nation. To support such leaders we will be called racist by the liberals and the news media. Certainly any candidate who has courage to address these problems will be lambasted as a racist…

This is such a difficult problem I don't have a clue as to what we are going to do about it…? So, I'm simply going to stop…..for now.

Florida's vote was a rather clear reminder that votes can be bought. Romney was able to spend on a ratio of 15 to 1….with about 70% of the advertising attacking Gingrich…. Obama will has a great deal more money to spend than Romney and he should be just as effective with his advertising campaign…

I am sure many of you have heard or read this prayer.

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and 
to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to 
those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We 
have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have 
exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded 
laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called 
it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We 
have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self 
esteem. We have abused power and called it politics... We have coveted 
our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.. We have polluted 
the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of 
expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our 
forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know 
our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free.
Amen!' Billy Graham