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This most powerful political story is being written… and few, if any, have taken notice.

This political figure…this state legislator…took  a stand – an unpopular stand, a stand for humanity, a stand for rights, a stand for justice, and a stand against hatred and ignorance…in an election year.

There is bravery here, there is compassion, and there is a true Christian acting as Christ would have if faced with the horrifying realities that a person with this insidious label (sexual offender) and their families face every day in this country.

 There is also irony in this stand.  Representative Randy Baumgardner voted to oppose changes to the sex offender laws yet has made a most profound and eloquent declaration when he (and his equally amazing wife) decided to break with religious hypocrisy and political bullying to actually treat their friend, Michael Frierson, like a human being and an American protected under our Constitution instead of a leper.  Randy and his wife are walking the walk.  They are to be revered and championed.

I can only pray that the Baumgardner’s receive thousands of letters of support.  I can only pray as well that the voters get his message and follow his lead.  I can only pray that he wins his primary battle.  It’s our battle too.

Please don’t forget that.   It’s that important.

Unregistered sex offender lives at home of Colorado lawmaker

A state lawmaker who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s sex-offender registration laws has a convicted sex offender living at his house.

Court records show that Michael K. Frierson lives at Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner’s address in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Court records show the conviction stems from incidents in July 2004 involving Frierson, who was 24 at the time, and a victim, who was younger than 14. Frierson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual assault and was sentenced to five years’ probation.

A Grand County deputy arrested Frierson in April at Baumgardner’s house on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender because he moved last year without notifying the sheriff as required, and he failed to re-register in December on his birthday as required, according to the warrant.

Baumgardner’s wife paid the $2,000 bond for Frierson, 32, who is scheduled to appear in District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs on Tuesday.

Baumgardner is running against Sen. Jean White of Hayden in the June 26 GOP primary in Senate District 8.

“As a Christian, I know providing second chances is what God does best, so it is important for me to help others rebuild their lives, even after tragic mistakes,” Baumgardner said in an e-mail. “The young man is paying his debt to society like any redeemed person should and I will always hope and pray for his best.

“This false eleventh-hour attempt at guilt by association can only be interpreted as desperation by supporters of Jean White to distract voters away from her terrible voting record in the state Senate.”

Baumgardner told Fox 31’s Eli Stokols on Thursday that Frierson “came to us a year and a half ago and has been working on our farm.”

“He’s never been anything but respectful,” Baumgardner said. “We took him at his word he screwed up when he was young, and you know, most of us do.”

Baumgardner’s wife, Lori, addressed the situation on her Face book page last week.

“I have to tell you all, YES it’s all true!” she wrote. “We hired a young man that had a past! It’s not good but when do your forgive? … We didn’t know but became aware of the charges and bailed him out. We have a trust developed over a year, I don’t know what else to say. …”

Baumgardner in 2011 was one of four House Republicans to vote against a bill that rewrote sex-offender registration requirements, some of which were deemed contradictory or impossible to follow within required time frames. He voted for the bill when it left the House but said he couldn’t support the final effort, which had been changed by the Senate.

Read more:Unregistered sex offender lives at home of Colorado lawmaker – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_20870155/unregistered-sex-offender-lives-at-home-colorado-lawmaker#ixzz1y0tfjiTb

 

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36 accused of Spousal abuse
7 arrested for fraud
19 accused of writing bad checks
117 have either directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 business
3 have done time for assault
71 cannot get a credit card because of bad credit
14 arrested on drug charges
8 arrested for shoplifting
21 are defendants in lawsuits
84 arrested for drunk driving
And all this has happended in the last year

Guess who??   NFL or NBA? 

Neither!!

 It is the 435 members of congress

The same Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws to keep the rest of us in line!!

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 Oh I believe there are angels among us
Sent down to us from somewhere up above
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with the light of love

  My journey of learning to live with a son in prison has allowed me to cross paths with some of the most amazing mothers God ever created.   Women who also survived the horror of a watching helplessly while your child’s life is taken and their dreams are crushed forever.  One such mother is Mary Duval.  Mary and her son Ricky have been the subject of many television shows, news broadcast and magazine articles.  They have been featured on CNN and 20/20.  When Ricky was 16, he met a young girl at a club who he had sex with on two occasions and who lied about her age.  She told him she was 15.  Turns out she was only 13.  Even though the girl and her parents did not want Ricky prosecuted.  He was.  He was looking at 20 years in prison.  He was advised to take a plea and was then labeled a tier 3 predator status sex offender ( the most dangerous status  of all) for life.  He was no longer allowed to attend school.  He was ostracized and bullied.   Taunted and harassed.  Community members followed him with video cameras. Ricky and his mother and his brother had to move into an old trailer that sat outside of the populated areas and afforded them a place to run if vigilantes came calling.  Oh, and did I mention, Ricky’s mother, Mary, was blind?  But that never stopped her from fighting.  And fight she did.  She took on the elected officials.  She went to Washington.  She appeared in front of cameras fighting for Ricky and every mother’s son like him.  She fought tirelessly.  Until she couldn’t fight anymore.

  Tonight, Mary Duval has slipped into a coma and is on life support.  She has been battling cancer.  I can’t help but wonder how many battles must this woman fight in her lifetime?   Last year, when the word came that there was a group of homeless men who had been released from prison or jail with no place to go and were living under a bridge in Miami, Fl.  Mary packed up and took a camera crew and she went there and she served soup and kindness to those men that society had thrown away and hated.    http://juliatuttlecauseway.blogspot.com/

Americas Dirty Little Secret

She practiced and lived the verse from the bible that many choose to ignore: 

“Whatever you do for the least of these…you do for me”   

A friend of mine wrote some beautiful words about that day under the bridge that I would like to share an excerpt of:

CRYSTAL CLEAR

“Hail Nancy, full of Grace, your public lynchings are a disgrace;

those without sin are now running this place; do unto others with nary a trace”

She must be some kinda saint or somethin’

Ya know, hangin’ the sinners and all

James says God forgives but the government don’t;

That people could but they won’t

No matter who you are or what you did

Don’t seem right

The mood’s pretty good here right now

The guys talkin’ Christmas and Salvation

Charlie’s got an old guitar he got last year from the Army

They ring bells and sing

Think it’s a homeless thing

Makes me lil sad; makes us all a lil sad, to tell you the truth

They’re the only ones who care we are here

Oh, there is one other kind soul that drifts in with a prayer

We call her Mary D

She can’t see our smiles, but she knows they are there

She was blinded by God, not by hate

So much different then the rest of this state

Settin’ up tables and cups for her right now

Mary D’s servin hot soup tonight

Don’t wanna be late

Life is hard

Send us a Christmas card

PO BOX 000 Julia Tuttle Causeway Miami, FLA”

Written by LEE

“She was blinded by God but not by hate”  Wow, no truer words have been spoken.

  We could all learn a lot from Mary Duval.  

 She is a fighter and a crusader who has shown such courage and determination tempered with kindness and love.

But most of all, she is a MOM.

God Bless You, Mary Duval.

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