The Painful Costs of Criminalizing Mental Illness

Deceased state labor commissioner, Mark Costello declared, from the rotunda of the Oklahoma Capitol; “..and we must be understanding and understand that society cannot ignore this problem, and if it does so, it does so at its peril.”​​  Medical advancement has greatly improved the outlook for individuals suffering a serious mental illness. Prior to the last 40 years, patients typically spent 6 months in a mental health facility when they experienced a psychotic break. With effective i […]

Congress Overhauls Federal Mental Health Policy

  Republican Congressman, Tim Murphy, is the only practicing psychologist in congress. During his time on Capitol Hill, he has seen the obscene federal spending on grants to universities to research unproven theories. He has seen a big lack of accountability in how federal money is spent.  When the Sandy Hook school tragedy happened, Murphy “connected the dots” and saw just how disastrous out mental health crisis wa […]

State Examines EPIC Online Charter, And Is Pleased

McCarville Report released the results of the State’s examination of Epic One On One. Epic is the state’s fastest growing school District. It operates as a charter school, but to the 9000+ students, it’s a home-based education which the state fully funds. Even the state-certified tutors are paid by county, state, & federal funding.​​  The results were positive, over all. This process was completed by the State Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA)​  The […]

The List of AG Replacement Possibilities

Oklahoma’s Republican state Chairman, Pam Pollard, told KOCO that four people are emerging as possible replacements for Attorney General Scott Pruitt –current Secretary of State Mike Hunter,former State Senator Clark Jolley,former candidate for Attorney General Ryan Leonard, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, AJ Ferate. Other sources say -current House Floor Leader-designate, Jon Echols is a name being promoted by many insiders.curren […]

Pinnell Faces Uphill Struggle To Get RNC Chairmanship

Matt Pinnell, Mercedes Schlapp, and Ronna Romney are the leading candidates for Trump’s endorsement, to run the RNC.  Politico is now reporting that a Mitt Romney relative is the likely next RNC Chairman. Ronna Romney McDaniel is from the prominent Republican family of George Romney. George was the Michigan governor and close ally of Nelson Rockefeller. Here’s part of the Politico report…  McDaniel, the niece of 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is currently chair of the Michiga […]

An Overview: Health Care Sharing's Tremendous Growth

For those of you who are long-time readers, I’ve written quite a bit in the past about health-care sharing and our experience as a family with this different method of dealing with health-related expenses. With constant changes in the health care field, I thought I’d take some time to explore some of the growth this concept has had in the past eight years.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gathered information from the six nationally-available health care sharing ministries, but before I share the statistics let me explain what exactly “health care sharing” is, for those who are unfamiliar with the term.

An Introduction to Health Care Sharing

Health care sharing is based on a Biblical principle found throughout the Scripture (see Acts 2:44-45), with Galatians 6:2 being a key verse: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Applying this principle to health care means Christians banding together to share each other’s medical costs.

While there are some minor differences among the major health care sharing ministries, the basic system is the same. Members usually affirm a statement of faith and agree to live a lifestyle that fits certain moral guidelines (including but not limited to: no sexual activity outside of Biblical marriage, restrictions on tobacco and alcohol, and usually a minimum church attendance or involvement level). Members commit to a set amount each month, which is sent to fellow members who have submitted their medical bills to the ministry, which assigns those medical needs to specific members each month.

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Trumped up One China Policy

Donald Trump’s phone conversation with the president of Taiwan was a diplomatic blunder. According to diplomats. They say it upsets the One China Policy. That’s the policy where everybody pretends Mainland China exits and Taiwan doesn’t. The U.S. sold the nonexistent regime $1.83 billion in weapons last year. And China is Taiwan’s biggest trading partner. One China Policy

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BREAKING NEWS: Oklahoma Representative Kevin Calvey Requests Resignation from Superintendent Hofmeister

Earlier today, I received a letter released to the press by Representative Kevin Calvey (R-82) requesting State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, resign. Here is the text of the letter (which apparently made the Washington Times):

OKLAHOMA CITY – Conservative lawmaker Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City, today called upon State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, R-Tulsa, to resign in the wake of felony charges against her.

“Joy Hofmeister’s own words make it clear that it is best for the children of Oklahoma that she resign,” said Calvey, referring to emails referenced in the indictment filed by District Attorney David Prater, D-Oklahoma City, against Hofmeister and representatives of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) school administrators’ lobby and the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) teachers’ union, among others. “This isn’t a case of ‘he said, she said.’ Ms. Hofmeister admits in her own emails that she and CCOSA officials planned the massive illegal dark money negative campaign against her GOP primary opponent in advance, and that this dark money campaign would allow Ms. Hofmeister to focus solely on touting her own background rather than engaging her opponent.”

Calvey noted that his call for Hofmeister’s resignation should not be confused with the criminal case against her. 

Schulz Announces Republican Senate Assignments

 Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Mike Schulz on Wednesday announced committee assignments for Republican members of the Oklahoma State Senate.  Republicans hold 42 seats in the 48-seat Senate, the largest majority held by either party since 1965, when the Senate went from 44 seats to 48. The Democrat Senate leadership is announcing their committee assignments separately.  “The Senate Republican Caucus has a wide variety of expertise, experience and talent to draw fro […]

Trump taps Scott Pruitt to head the EPA

Environmental Protection Agency, meet your worst nightmare, and your soon-to-be new boss: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.Pruitt has made fighting the EPA’s overreach one of his top priorities as Attorney General, and like clockwork the Left is …