Monday, December 8, 2008

Moving on

The month since the election was over has been wonderful. I still have political ads on my Tivo but they are thinning out. During the campaign, I was getting numb to the personal attacks on each of the candidates. I will admit that I engaged in pre-criticism of the candidates based on their predicted performance. It is time for that to stop. The election is over, President-elect Obama will be sworn in a little over a month. The time for all Americans to acknowledge that in a democracy, you will not always get your way. You will be on the loosing side sometimes. Suck it up. If you are a Libertarian, you get used to it.

Whether you supported Obama or a different candidate, now is the time to support our president. I will critique the specific actions taken by President Obama but I will not continue the campaign into his presidency. I have removed anything that could be viewed as anti-Obama from my desk and website. I would encourage all patriots to join me and unite as Americans.

Monday, December 1, 2008


This year has delivered so much that I am truly grateful. I have a wonderful healthy daughter who has learned to sleep thought the night very quickly. I have a wonderful wife who puts up with my mad ravings. I have new assignment surrounded by some of the best officers I have known. It is a privilege to serve with them and an honor to lead them.

I would like to extend my thanks to those who have joined me for some great discussions in the wee hours of the morning. I have lost count of the cigars smoked and coffee drank over philosophical conversation this year.

Thank you to Brian Worley of for making this the featured blog of the month.
Thank you to everyone who has cared for me and my family this year.
I am grateful.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Following God's Law

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped was stoned to death in Somalia after being accused of adultery by Islamic militants, a human rights group said.
Dozens of men stoned Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow to death Oct. 27 in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo, Amnesty International and Somali media reported, citing witnesses. The Islamic militia in charge of Kismayo had accused her of adultery after she reported that three men had raped her, the rights group said.

This is not some backward Ismamic doggma, this is straight from Dueteronomy 22:23-24.

23 If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he rapes her, 24 you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the girl because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man's wife. You must purge the evil from among you.

I just don’t know what else there is to say…….

Monday, November 3, 2008

None of the above

Like most people I know, I am sick of politics. The problem is that I can’t stop reading and talking about it. This presidential run is like a horrific train wreck that although it has taken politics to an all new low, I can’t look away from the carnage. The slogan has warped from “County first” to “Party first.” Obama is no better, there is no “Hope and Change” in his platform, only the same old crap.

Being a registered Libertarian, I normally vote for the sacrificial lamb offered up every four years out of principle. Bob Barr, a former GOP congressman and architect of the Bush drug policy, has proven to be a hypocritical as the other candidates. While decrying his exclusion from the McCain/Obama debate, he has refused to participate in the debate with the other excluded candidates including Nader, McKinney, and Baldwin.

After much thought pondering the lesser of the weasels, I have made up my mind. On Tuesday, I choose none of the above.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Its time for some campaignin'

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Happy 4th of July from President Bush

I have resisted making any commentary on President Bush on this blog until now. But his disgraceful behavior on July 4th, can not go unmentioned. This has nothing to do with the politics or his policies in his presidency. This is about his disrespect for our American history and the people who made it.
As is tradition, President Bush was at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello to swear in new United States citizens. In his speech he quoted from a letter Jefferson wrote to Roger Weightman, stating,
“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be -- to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all -- the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government."

What a wonderful sentiment to share with hundreds of people who have fled their birth nations and have chosen to become US citizens. The problem I have with it is that President Bush opted to remove a line from the quote. Lets look at the original.

May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.

What is the lesson President Bush taught those becoming Americans that day. If you don’t like history, change it. Feel free to twist and distort our American heritage to fit your needs. Lie about history, because that is becoming the American way, especially for those which would place our country under the chains of monkish ignorance and superstition.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Biblical answers on the death penalty

This discussion of the capital punishment wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t look at the Biblical view of the death penalty. The Bible is absolutely clear about God’s opinion…or is it. We all know Ex 21 which includes the phrase, “An eye for an eye, ” but very few people have ever looked at the context. Well, here it is Ex 21 22-27

22 "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 "If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye. 27 And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth. NIV

So the whole “eye for an eye” thing is talking about accidentally striking a pregnant lady while in the middle of a brawl. Considering the context of this verse, I think it is fair to say, the use of this verse in the death penalty debate is worthless. But don’t worry there is plenty in the Bible to support the capital punishment.

Here is an extremely short list of offenses which call for the death penalty.

Murder Gen 9:6

Disobedient children Ex 21:15, Ex 21:17 Lev 20:9

Witches Ex 22:18

Those who worship other Gods Ex 22:20

Those who break the Sabbath Ex 31:14, 31:15 and Ex 35:2

Blasphemy Lev 24:16

Bestiality Ex 20:15 and don’t forget to kill the animal also.

Not being a virgin your wedding night Dt 22:13-22

Rape victims who don’t cry loudly enough Dt 22:23-24

That would seem to settle the case the Bible is clearly in favor of capital punishment. Except then Jesus has to go and make things all complicated. Let’s all turn in our Bibles to John 8:3-7. This is the story of the woman caught in adultery which is summed up in the statement, “Let he who is without sin throw the first stone.”

So, we don’t have a clear message from the Bible. People are free to pick and choose the pieces of scripture which fit their preconceived position. This is a little troubling because according to Deuteronomy 13:6-11, I should be getting a pious execution any day now.

6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, "Let us go and worship other gods" (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him. 9 You must certainly put him to death. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11 Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again. NIV

Friday, July 11, 2008

Death Penalty

Putting aside the legal issues, lets discuss some of the other issues that surround capital punishment. Some of the arguments for the death penalty over life imprisonment include deterrence and the financial burden on the sate to prosecute and imprison.

I like the deterrence, as opposed to the more philosophical arguments, because it makes a specific claim which can be studied and published in hard numbers. What do the studies show? The answer is mixed. There is a collection of peer reviewed studies available at

I hoped to find a clear trend one way of another. After spending a few hours reading abstracts I found that most of the research, statistics, and interpretation of data is in dispute. I would encourage people to go look at the papers, how they collected their data and the measures used.

Here is my opinion after 12 years of locking people up. With a few exceptions of homeless people who would commit crimes before winter storms in order to get guarantied shelter, I never arrested anyone who expected to get caught.

Ask your self about your own driving habits. Do you make an estimate of the amount of a fine and points you can afford. Most likely you answered “No, I drive what I feel is a safe speed and I besides, I probably won’t get pulled over.” The hundreds of people I have arrested over the years don’t plan on getting a ticket or arrested. This includes the people I have arrested for homicide. They are consistently shocked that they are being cuffed.

There are two ways at looking at the financial issues. One is that I, as a taxpayer, don’t want to fund the room and board of a murder for the rest of his natural life. This is going to be a long time considering that most murders are committed by suspects who are in their late teens to 20s. The average life span of the American male is currently 73 years. The average cost of housing a prisoner is $88 per day. That is a little over 32,00 per year. This doesn’t factor in the additional cost of being in a maximum security prison.

The other way to view the financial impact of the death penalty is in the increased cost of the prosecution and appeals. The following figures compare the cost increase from a life with out parole trial to a death penalty case. Kansas 16 times more, Tennessee 48% increase, North Carolina spent 2.16 million more per case. Indiana reported at 38% increase in cost. Consider this when 20% of Indiana’s death penalty convictions are overturned. Many of the financial figures of a death penalty case can be viewed at

After all the facts and figures, here is my take on the financial issue. The cost should not be an issue when we are deciding to take a life. Whether you are for or against the death penalty, I think that from a moral position we could agree that if capital punishment is wrong, it is wrong regardless of the cost of life in prison. If we are going to exercise capital punishment, it should not be taken lightly and the burden on the state should be enormous.

More to come next week. As always comments are always welcome.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Danger: Psychics at work

VISIONARY: Colleen Leduc, 38, of Barrie, Ont., Canada, had already picked up her 11-year-old autistic daughter, Victoria, from Terry Fox Elementary School, when the girl's teacher called. "The teacher said you have to come back to school right away -- it's urgent," Leduc said. She raced back to the school, where the teacher and principal were waiting. The teacher told Leduc that a special education aide had consulted a psychic, who said that a girl whose name started with "V" is being sexually abused. On that "evidence", the principal said, the school had already filed a sexual abuse report with the Children's Aid Society. Once the local CAS office realized the case was based on a psychic reading, they closed it. The Child Welfare League of Canada acknowledges that there is a "zero tolerance" policy in place regarding child abuse, but says "there is still room for common sense under zero tolerance." Leduc said the school has not apologized for the outrageously false report. (National Post) ...I have a vision -- of a massive lawsuit against the school. Hey: this psychic stuff is easy!

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Supreme Court says Americans have right to guns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense in their homes, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.
The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms restrictions intact.
The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.
Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that an individual right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.
The Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home," Scalia said. The court also struck down Washington's requirement that firearms be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled, but left intact the licensing of guns.
Scalia noted that the handgun is Americans' preferred weapon of self-defense in part because "it can be pointed at a burglar with one hand while the other hand dials the police."
In a dissent he summarized from the bench, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the majority "would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons."
He said such evidence "is nowhere to be found."
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote a separate dissent in which he said, "In my view, there simply is no untouchable constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to keep loaded handguns in the house in crime-ridden urban areas."
Joining Scalia were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. The other dissenters were Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter.
Gun rights supporters hailed the decision. "I consider this the opening salvo in a step-by-step process of providing relief for law-abiding Americans everywhere that have been deprived of this freedom," said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.
The NRA will file lawsuits in San Francisco, Chicago and several of its suburbs challenging handgun restrictions there based on Thursday's outcome.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a leading gun control advocate in Congress, criticized the ruling. "I believe the people of this great country will be less safe because of it," she said.
The capital's gun law was among the nation's strictest.
Dick Anthony Heller, 66, an armed security guard, sued the District after it rejected his application to keep a handgun at his home for protection in the same Capitol Hill neighborhood as the court.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in Heller's favor and struck down Washington's handgun ban, saying the Constitution guarantees Americans the right to own guns and that a total prohibition on handguns is not compatible with that right.
The issue caused a split within the Bush administration. Vice President Dick Cheney supported the appeals court ruling, but others in the administration feared it could lead to the undoing of other gun regulations, including a federal law restricting sales of machine guns. Other laws keep felons from buying guns and provide for an instant background check.
White House reaction was restrained. "We're pleased that the Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to keep and bear arms," White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.
Scalia said nothing in Thursday's ruling should "cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."
In a concluding paragraph to the his 64-page opinion, Scalia said the justices in the majority "are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country" and believe the Constitution "leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns."
The law adopted by Washington's city council in 1976 bars residents from owning handguns unless they had one before the law took effect. Shotguns and rifles may be kept in homes, if they are registered, kept unloaded and either disassembled or equipped with trigger locks.
Opponents of the law have said it prevents residents from defending themselves. The Washington government says no one would be prosecuted for a gun law violation in cases of self-defense.
The last Supreme Court ruling on the topic came in 1939 in U.S. v. Miller, which involved a sawed-off shotgun. Constitutional scholars disagree over what that case means but agree it did not squarely answer the question of individual versus collective rights.
Forty-four state constitutions contain some form of gun rights, which are not affected by the court's consideration of Washington's restrictions.
The case is District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

8th Amendment

Next to the 2nd amendment and gun control, the 8th amendment, specifically capital punishment issues are probably the most publicly debated constitutional issues today. The issues are so complex this will be a multi-part posting. Part 1 will be the constitutional discussion while part 2 will address some of the other arguments outside the legal issues.

As always let’s start with the text.

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

Just to be clear, “investigative” torture does not fall under the 8th. This is a matter for the 4th and 14th. I will be addressing “investigative” torture in a future article.

There is not much pubic outcry about bail and fines so let’s get into the fray with criminal sentences and the death penalty.

Reading appellate briefs and decisions can lead to brain damage as each word is picked apart, defined and re-defined. The adjectives “cruel and unusual” at first glance seem to be fairly straight forward but in reality they are quite vague and subject to change as American society’s mores change. Even regional differences will provide conflicts over what is cruel and unusual. A New Yorker in 1885 may find hanging a cattle rustler appalling while the Texas Marshall is being consistent within his culture and norms.

As you have noticed from past articles, I take a fairly strict view of constitutional interpretation. That leaves us in a bit of a quandary. Do we look at the societal standards of 1791 and what the founders would have found cruel or do we endlessly reinterpret the language as our cultural standards of acceptable punishment changes.

What was the mindset of the constitutional authors when it came to crime and punishment? The Crimes Act of 1790 (one year before the Bill of Rights was ratified) not only mandates the death penalty for treason, but also mandates mutilation of the corpse. Keep in mind that The Crimes Act was written largely by the same people who wrote and signed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Some of the other more “cruel and unusual” punishments included branding, not only being in the stocks but having your ear nailed to the wooden frame and forced dunking in a river or pond.

Along with the original intent and language, I generally look at the early court decisions to place the issue in its context. The first major Supreme Court decision which placed limits on criminal sentences was in 1878 with Wilkerson v Utah. This banned drawing and quartering, public dissection, burning alive and disemboweling.

Skip ahead nearly a hundred years. In 1978, much had changed but much hadn’t. The key issue in Furman v Georgia was the “arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty.” Although this was a death penalty case, the principles can be applied to non-capital sentences. In this decision, some significantly more decisive language was used to clarify what was meant by “cruel and unusual.”

The essential predicate is “that a punishment must not by its severity be degrading to the human dignity,

A severe punishment that is obviously inflicted in wholly arbitrary fashion,

A severe punishment that is clearly and totally rejected throughout society,

A severe punishment that is patently unnecessary.

Now we must attempt to draw a conclusion about the death penalty today.

I would suggest that you, the reader hold the general principle of capital punishment up to each of the four questions laid out in the Furman case.

Is the death penalty a punishment that by its severity be degrading to the human dignity?

Is the death penalty a punishment that is obviously inflicted in wholly arbitrary fashion?

Is the death penalty a punishment that is clearly and totally rejected throughout society?

Is the death penalty a punishment that is patently unnecessary?

Rather than bore you with 5 pages of my thoughts, on these questions, I am going to request that my readers post their opinions on the comments. I want to hear what you think.

The next article will address many of the other moral, emotional, and logical arguments regarding capital punishment.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

How Not To Shoot A Gun

Remember my article on the 2nd ammendment. I might have to change my mind....

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ohio Public School Teacher Burns Crosses on Students Arms

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A public school teacher taught creationism in his science class and used a device to burn the image of a cross on students' arms, according to a report by independent investigators.
Mount Vernon Middle School teacher John Freshwater was insubordinate in failing to remove a Bible and other religious materials from his classroom and continued to preach his Christian beliefs despite complaints by other teachers and administrators, the report also said.
Click here to see a photo at the Columbus Dispatch.

School board members were scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the findings by consulting firm H.R. On Call Inc., hired by the district to investigate. The report was released Thursday.
School Superintendent Stephen Short wouldn't comment on the report ahead of Friday's meeting, his office said. A message seeking comment was left for Freshwater's attorney, Roger Weaver.

The report comes one week after a family filed a federal lawsuit in Columbus against Freshwater and the school district, saying Freshwater burned a cross on their child's arm and that a burn mark remained for three or four weeks.

Freshwater's friend Dave Daubenmire defended him.
"With the exception of the cross-burning episode. ... I believe John Freshwater is teaching the values of the parents in the Mount Vernon school district," he told The Columbus Dispatch in a story published Friday.

Several students interviewed by investigators described Freshwater, who has been employed by the school district for 21 years, as a great guy. But Lynda Weston, the district's director of teaching and learning, told investigators that she has dealt with complaints about Freshwater for much of her 11 years at the district, the report said.

A former superintendent, Jeff Maley, said he tried to find another position for Freshwater but couldn't because Freshwater was certified only in science, the report said.
Freshwater used a science tool known as a high frequency generator to burn images of a cross on students' arms in December, the report said. Freshwater told investigators he simply was trying to demonstrate the device on three to eight students.

Monday, April 28, 2008


The On the Street and In my Head staff are pleased the announce to birth of the newest member of the crew. Molly Elizabeth. She was born on 4-26-08 at 11:18am. She was 7lbs 6 oz and 19 1/2 inches. Mom and baby are fine, dad is still medicated.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pachelbel Bedtime - SWC Films

My old link to this is no longer working, so back by popular demand....

More on faith

This post is going to make no one happy. Believers will take it as not respecting their faith while non-theists will accuse me of going soft on religion. But here it is.

Recently I have been doing some training on grief, death and dying. I have listened to some wonderful experts in the field but the most moving people I heard were those still working though a loss. Some were recent, others long ago, some unexpected deaths and some after long illness or old age. Each of these people had different faiths and religious expectations for what comes after death.

In listening to those dealing with grief, I can appreciate how their beliefs give them comfort as they deal with the loss. I wonder, if at times, unfounded belief may be more beneficial than the rational view. It is hard enough to deal with the personal loss, believing that they are sitting on a cloud watching us, rather than non-existence. We have all heard “They are in a better place.” This can be a comforting thought. I will note that as I listened to people share about their grieving, the religious beliefs had no impact on the depth of grief.

When I contemplate my eventual death, I would like to look down and see how my children, grand-children and future generations fair. I would like to think that they could talk to me whenever they need and I could answer with a gust of wind in their hair. This makes me want to believe in this picture of an afterlife. The only problem is that there is no reason to believe other than my own desire.

Every now and then I will hear about a famous atheist who on his deathbed suddenly finds faith. Stories such as the fake tale of Charles Darwin’s deathbed conversion cloud the truth. For the full story from a Christian source see Christian Answers. Skip to the last paragraph for the deathbed story. You can find other sources by Googling “Darwin’s deathbed”

Even if the story of Darwin wasn’t a pious lie, what would that mean? It would be a understandable statement made by a man who was frightened. Fear is a powerful motivator to make irrational decisions. That is why statements made while under duress are not typically admissible in court.

So where does this leave me. I am OK with people who have chosen a life of faith as it gives them comfort. If it takes a little bit if the sting away from the wound that is life, so be it. Just recognize it for what it is. If people would do this, we just might be able to find a little peace.

As for me, I will take the harsh truth rather than the comforting lie. I will live my life to the fullest because it is my only one. I don’t have eternity. I make an effort every day to love people here and now because we will not have the opportunity to chat on clouds. I would challenge my readers to choose not to dwell on the harshness of life or the limitations of time but instead to live their lives in a way that there is nothing left unsaid or undone.

I would encourage my readers to listen to the speech made by my friend Hal Bidlack, “Being a skeptic of faith.” This is available for free download from Skepticality episode 57.

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan

Monday, February 25, 2008

The 7th Amendment

The 7th Amendment

“ In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. ”

If that doesn’t make for some good bedtime reading.

I would like to bring up a topic having to do with juries. I recently got a book on the Scott Peterson trial. The book is “We, the Jury” written by seven of the jurors that found Scott Peterson guilty of killing his pregnant wife. The same jurors subsequently sentenced him to death.

What you will hear from me will be full of contradictions. I am a free speech and free enterprise advocate. However, I see a dark cloud when a fair, impartial jury of one’s peers financially profits from their involvement in the legal system.

I know that police, prosecutors, defense attorneys all write books and profit from their involvement with high profile cases. I can’t think of anyone involved in the O J Simpson trial who didn’t write a book. A search on Amazon found 278 books. These were written by various members of the Goldman family, Detective Mark Furman, attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Robert Shaprio and prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Dardin.
I actually have an ethical problem with the other players in the legal system profiting from the tragedy and based on their positions held in the public trust. But today, I am going to harp on the juries.

Jurors are pulled from their anonymous existence in our community when the trial starts. When it is over they silently fade back into society. In a case like Peterson's, the jurors have the final say between freedom and death. The best we as a civilization can hope for in a decision of this magnitude is that the deciders will be impartial and influenced only be the evidence presented. Being on a jury that dished out the death penalty certainly would make for higher profile and high profits than a life sentence or even a finding of not-guilty.

I will be the first to admit that my opinions about free enterprise and free speech are contradictory to my ethical problem raised here…so sue me.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

don't ask what's in the BBQ sauce

Dear loyal readers,

Due to a tragic onion slicing accident, I am missing a sizable chunk out of one of my fingers. I am finding typing is quite painful and you will need to wait about a week or so to learn about the American jury system.

Check back next week for more rantings and ravings.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Huckabee for Pres???

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution," Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view." -- Mike Huckabee

No editorial needed