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D.C. Edition of the Show: Marriage, Where Is Strong Belwas, and Two Westmont Tales

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I will be broadcasting from D.C. today to sample the city’s level of Nationals madness as baseball gets underway in ’13.  The Tribe begins its season in Toronto or I’d have found an excuse to be in Cleveland for the opener of this World Series year for the Indians.

My new Washington Examiner column is on the arguments before the Supreme Court on marriage last week.  The justices may have already taken their “straw” votes on the various issues –ordinarily that would have happened on Friday, but who knows if they met on Good Friday– but even if they have, commentary should focus on the federalism issues raised by Justice Kennedy in day two, for those are the arguments which will drive his opinion and no doubt he will keep reading through the opinion-drafting process as he no doubt will get to write it, no matter which way he decides.  Hopefully the best legal commentators will be taking to the op-eds to do just that.

Two other Monday morning notes.  I got into D.C. just in time last night to catch the first episode of the new season of Game of Thrones, and found that Strong Belwas had not accompanied Barriston Selmy.  Bad, that, but perhaps he will yet appear.

And be sure to read this article about the Westmont women’s basketball coach.  Incredibly the writer, the Los Angeles Times‘ Bill Plashke, somehow neglects to emphasize that Westmont is a Christian school which explains many of the events he recounts, but  bravo to Plashke for finding and writing the story which is genuinely inspiring.

Speaking of Westmont, another Westmont grad, a young friend of mine, Mark Oehlman, needs a very little online help.  Mark had a harrowing end to 2012 when he developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome and spent 9 days in intensive care.  He’s improved immensely.  Recently Mark learned of a ministry opportunity to travel with Tom’s Shoes to a third world country to distribute shoes to needy children.  The deal is, however, he needs to be in the top 50 vote getters at the Tom’s Shoes website.  Please click on the link below, quickly register, then vote for Mark.  It’ll require only 1-2 minutes.
  • Click on the link:
  • Click on “Sign In”
  • Click on “Create New Account”
  • Complete the brief form and UNCHECK the box to receive their latest news.
  • After registering, you’ll be returned to the page which lists the many  candidates vying for the top 50 positions.
  • Scroll down a few pages to Mark’s entry.  Do this by clicking on “Load More” at the bottom of the page.   He’s currently at about position 55.  So, you see, he really needs your vote to get well into the top 50 vote getters.
  • Mark’s entry says “Ticket to SERVE” and has a photo of him in the upper left corner of when he was in the hospital.  Open and read his entry by clicking on it.
  • Then simply click on “Vote for Me.”  You’ll see his vote count change immediately.
  • The rules state you can only vote once.  That’s why it’s important to enlist your friends and relatives to vote.  I still don’t understand how the top vote getter is currently at 2539 votes.  The 20th position has over 900 votes.  So, Mark needs a giant swell of support from people he doesn’t even know in order for him to be included in the top 50.
  • The entire voting process should require only 1-2 minutes of your time.  That’s probably less time than it took to read this email.  Won’t you help?
  • Please do this immediately since the contest ends on  April 11.
  • Additionally, have your spouse or roommate vote as well as forward this info to your friends as well.  That’s got to be what the top vote getters have done in order to acquire the large number of votes that they have.  Mark had so many people rally around him when he was suffering with his medical emergency last year and I know he’d appreciate the same support at this time also.



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