Honoring Our Military Personnel
It was my great privilege to honor Marine Boot Camp Graduate, Steven Higgins, of the 1st BN Delta Co Platoon with a U.S and a Missouri flag flown over the Capitol. His parents Mel and Kay Higgins and grandparents Charlene and Mel Higgins, Sr. joined in the celebration.
In Honor of Veterans on November 11 the following restaurants offer the following specials:
Eat Free at Applebee'sMilitary veterans and active-duty Service Members can eat free at any Applebee's on Veteran's Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. There will be six entrées available from the menu. Guests will be asked to show one or more of the following as proof of service: a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a photograph in uniform, or wearing a uniform in person. For more information visit: Applebee's Says "Thank You" on Veterans day
Military Monday at Golden CorralGolden Corral's 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 15, 2010, from 5 to 9 pm at all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. The free meal is a special "thank-you tribute" to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, or in the National Guard/Reserves, you are invited. Visit their website for more information: Golden Corral's Military Appreciation
Salute from Outback SteakhouseAs an expression of Outback Steakhouse's appreciation to our Country's veterans and active duty military, a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage of choice (one non-alcoholic drink or one draft Anheuser Busch beer except where prohibited by law) will be available to them at every Outback on Veterans Day. Please visit: Outback Salutes Veterans
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Home Depot and Lowe's Military DiscountMost Home Depot and Lowe's have been known to offer a 10% holiday discount to military members and their families and in many cases veterans and retirees. The website: The Military Wallet has this and more military discount information.
What did they do in Oklahoma?
Last week, Oklahoma voters passed an amendment that prevents judges from relying on Sharia Law or international laws when deciding court cases. This was important because there are places where Sharia Law conflicts with our laws and standards of decency. For example, under Sharia law, it is acceptable to punish people by amputating limbs, beating your wife and stoning people to death. Our country already has laws that deal with crimes and domestic abuse. If our local or national legal system starts relying on what courts say in countries with opposing ethical standards, it will create confusion and allow some of our citizens to be treated differently than the rest of us.
Oklahoma adopted this as a preemptive measure because, for example, what happens in other countries is indicative of what could happen in America, if we don't define our courts' legal standards. In Great Britain, having two sets of laws has not served their citizens well. I have seen videos of children being maimed and having their heads cut with the permission of the government. It should make us all sick to think about the lack of civility that could be allowed in our country after years of crafting reasonable laws on how we handle problems such as stealing and adultery.
Curiously, the law is designed to limit the judicial branch, requiring them to listen to the citizens. The judicial branch of government is now blocking the certification of the measure. It passed by 70% of the vote. Why don't judges understand they cannot declare something as unconstitutional when the people voted to put it into the constitution? The very act of passing the measure makes it constitutional.
The Muslims are fighting back because Sharia law is based upon the legal system promoted by the Koran. The first problem with basing a court case on another country's primitive legal system is that it devalues women and children. The second problem is that Islamic extremist leaders are using this as a political movement rather than a religion. This type of political system teaches religious intolerance and world conquest through violence. Although we allow a variety of political philosophies in our country, we still have only one set of laws that can be modified only through one standard process. Even the Klu Klux Klan cannot change our laws nor have judges give special treatment to their ideology.
In America, our laws are opposite from Sharia Laws regarding many foundational points because we believe in:
- Equality for both men and women.
- Freedom of speech.
- Freedom of religion.
If you don't believe it could happen here, read what already happened in Great Britain: Sharia Law in Great Britain
Here is a link to a story about why Oklahoma passed this amendment: Oklahoma's Ban of Sharia Law
Dialoging with you is important, so please let me know what you think about preventing Missouri judges from using Sharia Law to determine court case. You can send me your opinion by clicking here: Cynthia Davis
A Little Bit of Humor
Today's Inspirational Lesson:
Never irritate a woman who can operate a backhoe!