Suddenly . . . having cameras matters

Two Conservatives explains (here). Here is an excerpt.

The cameras are a good idea in general for law enforcement (although they seem way overpriced). But they really aren’t germaine to the illegal immigration crackdown, and if they were so important, the Chief should have been pushing for cameras years ago — we’d probably have a federal grant by now.


campaign.png John McCain proposes to give us all a $5000 tax credit. Consider the cost of that, not cheap. Nonetheless, what McCain says is true. What the Democrats propose would cost far more.

My Friends,

Today, there are 47 million uninsured individuals in the U.S., and nearly a quarter of them are children. High costs and limited access are the underlying, fundamental problems in our healthcare system.

As you know, both Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are touting outrageously expensive and unrealistic universal health care plans – a government monopoly over health care.

Unlike my opponents, I do not believe that all of our nation’s problems can be solved by turning control over to our government, with all the tax increases, new mandates and government regulation that come with that idea.

Today, our campaign began running a television ad focused on health care – that you can view by following this link – to ensure all Americans hear the truth about how I plan to tackle the challenges facing our nation’s health care system. To ensure this important ad is aired in as many markets as possible, I’m asking for your immediate financial assistance.

I believe the key to real reform is to restore control over our health care system to the patients themselves. Americans need new choices beyond those offered in employment-based coverage.

That’s why, as president, I will seek to encourage and expand the benefits of Health Savings Accounts, tax-preferred accounts that are used to pay insurance premiums and other health costs. These accounts put the family in charge of what they pay for.

In addition, I will reform the tax code to provide every family the option of receiving a direct, refundable tax deposit – effectively $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 cash for families to offset the cost of insurance.

The reality is that both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama, in their haste to garner support for their so-called “solutions,” are promising more than they can deliver. And, once again, they are simply out-of-touch with the real problems facing our health care system and how to solve them.

Here are the facts: Under the Democrats’ plan, we will have all the problems, and more, of the current health care system – rigid rules, long waits and lack of choices – and we risk degrading the system’s great strengths and advantages, including the innovation and life-saving technology that make American medicine the most advanced in the world.

My friends, this is not my definition of real reform. I hope you will join me in my fight to tackle the real problems facing our nation’s health care system by making a contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or $2,300 to help fund this important ad.

I hope to hear from you soon.


John McCain

P.S. While my Democratic opponents continue to believe that our government can solve all of our problems, I am prepared to offer practical, common sense solutions to the problem of rapidly rising health care costs and access in America. I urge you to join with me today and help me take our message to the American people. Please consider making a generous contribution of $50, $100, $500, $1,000, or $2,300 today to fund my campaign’s latest health care television ad. Thank you.

P.S.S. – Reminder: Tune into tomorrow at 2pm EDT to watch a live health care town hall.


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John McCain may not be the Republican candidate we hoped for, but if we elect him, the Republican bill will be smaller. If you want to help guarantee that bill is smaller, support Bob Marshall too.



What symbolizes science? When you think of religion, what comes to mind? The answer depends upon the culture and the person. So the picture choices above reflect my own background as a Christian and my training in chemistry. So it is, perhaps, that I found the course and the book I want to tell you about interesting and informative.

First the course. The libraries in our area carry books on tape and CDROM. In fact, the Fairfax County Public Library supports downloading books on MP3 files. These “books” include courses. Since I enjoy history books, I decided to listen to a course on Science and Religion taught by Professor Lawrence M. Principe. With doctorates in both History and Chemistry, Dr. Principe ably approaches both subjects with considerable authority.

In our era, we tend to think of science and religion as conflicting areas of thought. Considering these subjects from a Western perspective, Dr. Principe shows that this notion of conflict is at worse a recent anomaly. Reviewing the historical record, Dr. Principe demonstrates that through most of our history science and religion have worked together to help us understand our world and our own nature. Even today, most Christians find the doctrines of science compatible with their religious beliefs.

In fact, as you listen to the course, you may decide the science/religion conflict is largely overblown. That is because most of us have less appreciation for the study of religion than we should. Thus this course covers a broad range of topics you may think you understand, but you probably do not.

Are you familiar with St. Augustine? Did you know he proposed an instant moment of creation, his own Big Bang Theory many centuries ago. Have you been taught that Galileo was brutally abused by the Catholic Church for teaching that the Sun and not the Earth is at center of our solar system? Yet, the Catholic Church did not abuse Galileo and had some justification for what little punishment he did receive. Do you see Christianity and the Theory of Evolution irreconcilable beliefs? Listen to the course and you will find the truth is not so simple.

The problem is that we have been poorly taught. Consider that Francis S. Collins is no mental lightweight. Dr. Collins is the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Yet as well educated as he is, Collins discovered he had not given something very important, the subject of religion, much serious thought.

Amongst his other professions (which includes Chemistry), Dr. Collins is a medical doctor. As a doctor, he saw the faith of some of his patients put to the test. Seeing their faith put him to the test. Finally realizing that he was being intellectually dishonest and avoiding the issue, Collins decided to study the subject of religion with the same rigor he had studied science and medicine. As the result of his studies, Collins became a Christian and he wrote a book, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.

As the book’s title suggests, Dr. Collins seeks to reconcile science and religion. Using his extensive scientific training and considerable skill in presenting complex subjects to laymen, Dr. Collins does an excellent job. Of course, no one and no effort is flawless. What I found most difficult to stomach was in the appendix to the book. Here, Dr. Collins offers his own solution for using embryos conduct stem cell research. Let it suffice to say I found his solution a disappointment in an otherwise good book.

Here (Time Magazine), here (Point of Inquiry podcast/interview), and here (An organization that promotes Intelligent Design) are several reviews of Dr. Collins book.


Tom Kopko sent out his farewell as Chair of the PWC Republican Committee today. He wrote a nice note. Hopefully, you will find it worth reading.

Dear Prince William Republicans,

It is bittersweet to hand the reigns of the PWC Republican Committee over to my successor. I wholeheartedly congratulate Lyle Beefelt on his election as your new Chairman. As a PWC native and former School Board member he knows the ropes and will serve you all very well. I have pledged to assist Lyle in every way possible to make him and the Party successful.

I am only bittersweet because we accomplished so much over the past two years, and it will feel a little strange not to be in charge and responsible. Thank you for your support and the many kind words of thanks and encouragement. Over the past two years we won awards from the 11th Congressional District and the Republican Party of Virginia for outstanding work. That’s wholly justifiable as Pr. Wm. is the recognized bastion of conservative Republican success against a difficult electoral environment in Virginia. I tell people that we helped put the right people in the right places and stood strong for what was necessary to achieve our victories. I’m confident that Republicans in PWC will continue this legacy. The Party is, in fact, squarely counting on us to continue in order win state-wide contests in 2008 and 2009.


When folks ask me what I’m going to do with all my free time now, I most often reply, “Well, I’m going to start speaking my mind.” Yes, that’s a joke if you’ve read the Potomac News in the past two years… So, yes, I will still be very much involved with the Party through every election cycle.

First, with my newfound freedom, I have established The Resolves Group with my compatriots Trent Barton and Jim Fotis. We are already operating with a mix of consulting for businesses, government, politicians, and candidates, as well as a PAC to advance the kind of conservative Republican candidates and policies that have proven so successful here.

Second, I will be able to spend more time evangelizing Jesus Christ. I am already volunteering much more time at church, but my Party duties prevented me from answering a strong calling last summer to an important mission trip to Africa. I want you to know about it so that you have the opportunity to assist.

There are many thousands of orphans across Zambia, Africa that need care. Why so many? Because many parents die before being able to fully raise them – the adult life expectancy is very low due to a life of poor nutrition, unavailable doctor and hospital care, diseases including AIDS, and even wild animal attacks.

So, for the past four years my church, First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, has sent volunteers to help build the “Mission of Love Orphanage” for the Tonga Tribe in the Mukamba village, 4 hours by jeep into the bush. This year I will join a group of 16 Baptists and Catholics as we travel to Zambia to assist in the construction of the orphanage and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Mission team has a website at, which the GOP’s own Ken Whitlock has volunteered to be part of back here in Woodbridge!

We will be on the trip for two weeks, spending about nine days with the tribe. The work is hard and the days are long. We haul sand from creek beds located miles away, hand pump and truck water about 45 minutes one way and make, bake, and lay the bricks on site. Last year’s team hand poured over 56 tons of concrete and started laying bricks after digging the foundations. We hope to finish the brickwork and also put on a thatch roof this year.

I am required to raise just over $3600 to pay for airfare, land transportation, food, equipment, and of course a full set of vaccinations. Past missions show that people contribute to feel a direct part of a real mission, to make a difference for children, or simply to support a friend or colleague.

The few people I’ve told so far about the Zambia mission have already helped with $100 each, and I am hoping that 30 more will contribute $100 each to meet this goal and help build these orphanages. Would you like to help with $100 too? Contributions are tax deductible and checks should be written to “First Baptist Church of Woodbridge” and sent to the church at 13600 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, VA 22193. On the memo line please write “Zambia Mission – Tom Kopko” so that it is credited towards my expenses. I am grateful for any assistance you are able to provide!

See you on the trail!

Tom Kopko
(703) 973-9423