Tired of Being Victims, Iraqi Christians Arm Themselves to Fight ISIS

Posted on August 29 - from Christian Post

[Ed. note: It’s the ultimate loss of freedom when your personal safety — and your family’s — must be entrusted totally to government.]

Tired of being slaughtered like sheep and chased from a place they have called home for two millennia, some Christian groups in northern Iraq have decided to take up arms to defend their place in the war-torn country from the terror of ISIS.

Henry Sarkis, 44, an official with the Assyrian Patriotic Party which is one of several Assyrian political organizations in Iraq, told National Geographic that his party has armed and dispatched 40 of its members to join the Kurdish Peshmerga, the official security force of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in fighting ISIS in Iraq's northwest.

ISIS militants are using mines and IEDs to stop Peshmerga forces trying to flush them from the area, according to The Wall Street Journal's Tamer El-Ghobashy.

The last time Christians took up arms in Iraq was when they fought briefly alongside the Kurds against Saddam Hussein. Read more...

For liberals, gun control is the ultimate government regulation

Posted on August 29 - from Washington Times

[Ed. note: It’s the ultimate loss of freedom when your personal safety — and your family’s — must be entrusted totally to government.]

Americans in growing numbers are unhappy about depending on government for survival — life-and-death survival, not just dependence on government for food stamps, health care, housing or even cash.

Even in liberal enclaves such as Chicago and Detroit, awareness is spreading that regulation of everyday firearms is not merely a fight about the Second Amendment. It’s about being able to respond instantly to would-be attackers, home invaders, rapists and robbers without being dependent on government.

As the saying goes, “When seconds count, the police are still minutes away.” Only the ability to defend yourself, your family and your home can protect you in a sudden crisis.

As noted in a recent Washington Times investigation, after courts this year forced Illinois to start granting concealed carry permits, Chicago’s homicide rate improved to a 56-year low, arrests for robbery have fallen 20 percent and burglary by 20 percent. It’s not a change in police tactics or other law. By end of July, 68,549 Illinois concealed carry licenses were issued (almost 29,000 in Chicago’s Cook County) and there is a backlog for the training being sought by thousands more applicants. Read more...

Our Detached, Narcissistic, Pathological Golfer-in-Chief

Posted on August 28 - from Tea Party Nation

[Ed. note: Obama is in an extremely dangerous place and is leaving us in one as well.]

Narcissistic personality disorder:
by Mayo Clinic Staff
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

Narcissistic personality disorder is one of several types of personality disorders. Personality disorders are conditions in which people have traits that cause them to feel and behave in socially distressing ways, limiting their ability to function in relationships and in other areas of their life, such as work or school.

* * * *

President Obama is displaying virtually all of these attributes more so now and just as he has in recent years. The world is burning down around him and as Nero distracted himself with minstrels and other pleasures while Rome burned, this President golfs, fundraises, plays pool, hob-knobs with celebrities or vacations every few weeks. He doesn't want to be bothered with the cold realities of a world that does not fit neatly into his Ivy League, social order theorems. This professor is escaping the brutal reality that his entire thesis of how the world should work under the utopian ideals of socialism and progressive philosophies, isn't working. The man can't bring himself to admit or believe his theories of governance are wrong. This is a place that most dictators eventually come to: Alexander the Great, Bonaparte, Santa Anna, Hitler, to name a few. The dangerous part though is that by the time reality eventually sets in, they have destroyed their countries and countrymen as well as the lives of many others. Read more...

A Problem Bigger than Ferguson

Posted on August 28 - from GOPUSA

[Ed. note: We cannot afford to lose large segments of our society to despair and underachievement in an increasingly competitive world.]

The international spotlight has recently been shining on Ferguson, Mo., after an 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by a white police officer. There was massive national and international media coverage, much of it engendered by the tantalizing thought that here was a clear-cut case of racism leading to police brutality and indicative of the evil inherent in American society. Violent demonstrations and riots ensued, with massive property damage and many outside agitators descending on the town, supposedly to guarantee justice as defined by mob mentality.

Perhaps it would be useful to examine the tragedy with the facts on the table rather than through the lenses of hypersensitized emotions stimulated by those attempting to exploit the situation.

Michael Brown was 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds. He had marijuana in his system and was purportedly involved in a strong-arm robbery prior to the shooting. He and a companion were walking in the middle of the street and obstructing traffic and therefore were admonished by a police officer to move to the sidewalk. Brown, who may have been pharmacologically impaired, became belligerent, and the ensuing struggle produced facial trauma and an orbital fracture of the police officer's face. The officer, who may have been dazed by a blow to the cranium severe enough to produce a fracture, attempted to apprehend the assailant, and shots were fired, six of which struck the suspect, resulting in a fatality.

Regardless of one's position on the political spectrum, we can all agree that this was a horrible tragedy and needless discarding of a precious life. How could this have been avoided? Two obvious answers: The officer could have ignored his duty and backed off when it became apparent that his instructions would not be followed, thereby avoiding a confrontation, or Brown could have complied with the officer's instructions, according to his civic duties. Read more...

DOJ Attorneys: Lerner’s Emails Exist, But Here’s Why We Aren’t Turning Them Over

Posted on August 27 - from IJReview

[Ed. note: Is it the old IT excuse... can't be done too often means "we don't feel like doing it". Or are they afraid of something?]

Despite IRS officials’ sworn testimony and affidavits to the contrary, a DOJ attorney has learned there is a backup system where Lois Lerner’s emails are stored.

So why haven’t they been produced, pursuant to subpoena and court order?

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton explained on Fox News this afternoon:

A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating. And they say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s emails from that backup system. Read more...

Teachers Unions slowly self-destructing

Posted on August 26 - from Whiteout Press

[Ed. note: It isn’t only parents and taxpayers that dislike the teachers unions.]

August 18, 2014. Lansing, MI. (ONN) For the first time since the boom of organized labor, less than half of America’s school teachers belong to a teachers union. And based on local news articles from around the country, that number would be even lower. Except the teachers unions are using tricks, gimmicks, threats and scams to force teachers to stay in a union they have repeatedly tried to quit. Teachers unions have a big problem. Right To Work laws are against them. Public sentiment is against them. And even half of their own fellow teachers are against them.

Two types of unions

Like the independents we are, Whiteout Press has a unique position on organized labor. We have two positions. As often as possible, we like to remind readers that there are two kinds of labor unions. There are corporate unions, where working class Americans battle hedge funds and wealthy foreign investors for a fair share of the billions of dollars in profits they themselves are generating. They often earn minimum wage or less, and are increasingly enrolling in welfare programs just to survive. More power to them.

Then there are government employee unions. They work for America and the American people. And there are no profits, only trillions of dollars in ever-mounting debt. And yet government employees have increased their numbers and pay so much over the past decade, they’ve literally replaced America’s middle class with what some call the ‘government employee class’. And from Detroit to Chicago to a host of California cities, those government employees and their unions are bankrupting America. Read more...

Ferguson: A Preview Of America’s Burgeoning Police State

Posted on August 25 - from chuckbaldwinlive.com

[Ed. note: Realize this, my friends, what we saw take place at Waco, Ruby Ridge, Boston (and in hundreds of obscure places all over the country), and now Ferguson is a preview of America’s burgeoning Police State.]

Even America’s smallest towns can be instantly turned into occupied territories as local police agencies quickly transform themselves from peacekeepers into occupying military forces. The small town of Ferguson, Missouri, is living proof of that.

The London Guardian covers the story:

“Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer from a police force of 53, serving a population of just 21,000. But the police response to a series of protests over his death has been something more akin to the deployment of an army in a miniature warzone.

“Ferguson police have deployed stun grenades, rubber bullets and what appear to be 40mm wooden baton rounds to quell the protests in a show of force that is a stark illustration of the militarization of police forces in the US. Read more...

Why I shake America awake

Posted on August 25 - from Conservative News and Views

[Ed. note: The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves. Vladimir Lenin]

We have found, again, in the center of Ferguson, Missouri, that provocateurs have been sent in to stir up domestic insurrection.


There have been numerous reports that there are infiltrators in the middle of many of the protests, and we have seen the police stand down against actual lawbreakers while at the same time throwing flash-bang grenades, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters.

One individual came forward on video and stated, “What they doing is bringing these national guards in today. By next week, we will have St. Louis locked down. I’m trying to tell ya’ll that these protesters that they plant in these neighborhoods, they gonna plant them in Chesterfield. They gonna plant them in Clayton. They gonna plant them in Florissant. They gonna plant them in Hazelwood. Read more...

Federal Education Objective: Infiltrate Education By Removing Christ From The Classroom

Posted on August 23 - from The Sons of Liberty

[Ed. note: It's not an accident or isolated incident when we see horror stories about some of the things that go on in government schools. The constitution and the founders wanted these things handled locally... but then the federal government has thought they knew better... even before the current regime.]

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” – Benjamin Rush

According to 10th Amendment to the Constitution, the federal government has no business encroaching upon the education of children – and for good reason. Despite the fact that this line is clearly drawn in our founding documents, un-American, ungodly and unconstitutional content has bled into America’s supposed educational curricula through “No Child Left Behind,” “International Baccalaureate” and now “Common Core.”

For example, International Baccalaureate, a global educational scheme contrived in Sweden in 1968, teaches that which stands in direct contradiction to what America’s Founding Fathers established:

•Earth worship
•Socialized medicine
•World government

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;' Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

Posted on August 22 - from CNS News

[Ed. note: “’Sex change’ is biologically impossible, people who undergo sex-reassignment surgery become feminized men or masculinized women.]

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.” Read more...

Is Barack Obama Fueling A Race War?

Posted on August 20 - from Personal Liberty Digest

[Ed. note: The fact is Obama is bringing all this hell to fruition. With one hand he is arming local police like they are the Marines, and with the other hand he is wiping the angst off his furrowed brow because of the racial injustice that prevails in his America]

Responding to rioting, looting and a police force that at times looked more like U.S. combat forces in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama said: “[I]t’s important to remember how this started. We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances. He was 18 years old, and his family will never hold Michael in their arms again.”

It really started when Michael Brown allegedly committed a “strong arm” robbery of a convenience store 10 minutes before his fatal encounter with a police officer. But more importantly, the results of that shooting and the urban violence that has erupted in its wake began with Obama and his bid for the presidency, in which he concocted his version of social nitroglycerin:

1.By underscoring racial inequality at every opportunity while failing to create economic opportunities for blacks,

2.And by arming large and small city police forces with military hardware that is the envy of some nations.

These two ingredients had an explosive and predictable reaction in Ferguson, and some analysts have suggested that other urban areas are a tinderbox for the violence witnessed in Missouri over the past two weeks. Read more...

Student punished for saying "bless you"

Posted on August 20 - from FoxNews

[Ed. note: Another reason to keep a close eye on any public school your children or grandchildren attend. There are alternatives for educating these precious young people.]

Kendra Turner was brought up right. She’s the kind of kid who says “yes sir” and “no ma’am.” She was "raised up right," with good manners as they are prone to say around Dyersburg, Tennessee.

So it was not out of character for Kendra to say “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed. But that common courtesy landed the 18-year-old in hot water.

Kendra said she was rebuked by her teacher at Dyer County High School and thrown out of class for violating the teacher’s ban on the words “bless you.” “She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told Memphis television station WMC. Read more...

Agenda 21: The Plan for a Global Fascist Dictatorship

Posted on August 19 - from Waking Times

[Ed. note: This is a brief primer for those not familiar with Agenda 21 and some of it's primary promoters including ICLEI.]

One of the most popular films of 2012 was The Hunger Games which portrayed a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem in which a super-rich, super-pampered, super-callous ‘elite’ lived in high-tech luxury while the rest of the population daily battled to survive in abject poverty locked away behind prison fences in intensively-populated ‘people zones’. Panem comes from the Latin phrase panem et circenses or ‘bread and circuses’ – a term derived from Rome and meaning to give the people diversions and distractions to hide what is being done to them. Exactly what is happening today.

The Totalitarian Tiptoes to just such a world are happening all around us, although most people can’t see this because they don’t connect the dots. People tend to live in their own ‘little world’ and focus on only a few subjects and interests. This gives them a distorted view of what is happening because they are so busy concentrating on the strands that they cannot see the tapestry. The world of The Hunger Games is already well on the way to fruition unless humanity has a fundamental reassessment of reality.

The foundations, structure and ‘must haves’ of a Hunger Games society are detailed in a plan being imposed through the United Nations called Agenda 21 which encompasses two related themes of ‘sustainable development’ and ‘biodiversity’. Sustainable development – as in don’t use more than can be replaced – sounds sensible enough at first until you realize what this and biodiversity really mean in the context of the conspiracy. Read more...

Everybody hates the Tea Party, except the People

Posted on August 18 - from Tea Party Nation

[Ed. note: It's interesting to watch the Republican Party gratefully accept the help of the tea party when it suits their purposes... but it turns out they are not grateful enough to listen to their values.]

“Everybody hates the Tea Party, except the People”, reports David Heimbold, Media Chairman of the Saint Augustine Tea Party (SATP). The Town Criers, a committee of the SATP has been engaging the public in the historic district of St. Augustine for over three years. The audience on St. Augustine’s famous St. George Street is a national audience, which changes daily. The Town Criers have been assessing that audience’s political views since June 2011. Young people’s affection for the Tea Party continues to grow.

Democratic and Republican Leaders favor Big Government The Tea Party is about small, limited Government

In the beginning of Tea Party movement, the Tea Party and the Republicans were closely bound. The Tea Party’s involvement with the GOP, during the election of 2010, provided the GOP with a victory. “In return for the Tea Party support, the Tea Party got John Boehner and Mitt Romney. So, by the time the Town Criers first appeared on the streets in 2011, the public was beginning to tease the Tea Party volunteers, as they correctly perceived that the GOP had hoodwinked the Tea Party,” a Tea Party spokesman recalled. During 2012, as it became clear that Romney would be the nominee, the presidential discussion, on the street nearly stopped. It was easy to see that Romney would not be elected based on the public’s reaction. After Romney’s defeat, the Republicans themselves became absent from the conversation. “However, since John Boehner’s and Karl Rove’s attacks on the Tea Party, the public that we encounter has brought the Republicans back in the conversation. The word that best describes the tone of that conversation is contempt. What the Republican leadership fails to understand is that the Tea Party movement is embedded in the People. And, the People are conservative and libertarian. Promoting progressive candidates will not bring the victory they seek,” a Tea Party spokesman said. Read more...

Why is Obama in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Posted on August 16 - from American Thinker

[Ed. note: The Obama regime is listening to people who are not Americans, and who don't even like America.]

Dr. Essam Abdallah, an Egyptian liberal intellectual, in an article published last October in the leading liberal pan-Arab journal Elaph, refers to certain reports coming out of Washington:

These reports reveal the depth of the below-the-surface coordination between the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Libya and Jordan. This bloc of regimes and organizations is now becoming the greatest Islamist radical lobby ever to penetrate and infiltrate the White House, Congress, the State Department and the main decision making centers of the US government. All of this is happening at a time when the US government is going through its most strategically dangerous period in modern times because of its need to confront the Iranian Mullahs regime, which is expanding in the Middle East, as well as penetrating the United States, via powerful and influential allies.

Abdallah alleged that "the popular revolts in the Arab world -- and the Obama Administration's position towards them -- were determined by political battles between arious pressure groups in Washington." Read more...

Population Controllers Call Babies “Carbon Legacies,” a Threat to the Environment

Posted on August 15 - from Life News

[Ed. note: “And Jesus said, ‘Suffer the little carbon legacies to come onto me’…” Good grief.]

I guess it takes global warming hysteria to get the bioethics movement to criticize what is known in the trade as “artificial reproductive technologies” or ART.

But now, in the ever more radical Journal of Medical Ethics, Cristina Richie, of Boston College’s Department of Theology, argues that these technologies should be regulated to limit the number of children–called “carbon legacies,” as a means of fighting climate change. From the article:

A carbon footprint is the aggregate of resource use and carbon emissions over a person’s life. A carbon legacy occurs when a person chooses to procreate. All people have carbon footprints; only people with biological children have carbon legacies.

I don’t know if Richie coined the term, but it is ridiculous. Children are children, not bundles of carbon producers. Read more...

No Cold War To See Here, Move Along, Move Along

Posted on August 14 - from Tea Party Nation

[Ed. note: Vladimir is playing, "Thermo Global Nuclear War," and our President is playing Checkers.]

Two of my pet peeves in life have long been the substitution of cliche for coherent statement and snark for debate. These things represent the scoundrel's way out of a losing hand. They're deflections, illusions, misdirections, or more to the point, simply dishonesties, all dressed up and placed into the arena meant for ideas, as if they really belonged there. The perfect example of snark being substituted for debate would be President Obama's statement to Mitt Romney that the 1980's had called and asked for their foreign policy back when discussing the topic of continued Russian aggression during the 2012 Presidential Debates.

History of course has proven once again that Mitt Romney was correct in his assertion, as he was with just about everything else that came up during that campaign. History has showed also that Barack Obama was wrong, and disastrously so, just like he was on almost every statement that he made during that campaign. Now, you may be asking yourself, "what difference, at this point does it make who was right and who was wrong." I could give you a snarky answer, but that just wouldn't fit well within the context of what I've written so far. Instead, I'd like to show you what difference at this point it makes.

From the Hot Air article linked to above: According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, U.S. defense officials are warning that Russian strategic nuclear bombers have conducted no less than 16 incursions into American airspace in just a 10-day period. Gertz characterizes this uptick in the number of times American airspace has been penetrated by Russian air assets as an “unusually sharp increase.” Read more...

Pro-Life Group Demands Info on IRS Deal With Atheist Group to Monitor Content of Sermons

Posted on August 13 - from Life News

[Ed. note: The America I grew up in had no place for such secrecy and duplicity in our government.]

A pro-life group is demanding more information about a deal the IRS has struck with an atheist group to monitor the content of sermons.

The next time your pastor delivers a pro-life sermon or urges the congregation to stand up for pro-life values in the political or public arena, he could be taken to task by the IRS.

Last month, the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.

ADF submitted the Freedom of Information Act request after learning of the IRS’s agreement with Freedom From Religion Foundation in a press release the group issued on July 17 concerning its lawsuit Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen, which accused the agency of failing to investigate churches the way the atheist group would like. Read more...

An Inside Look at Russian Christianity During Escalating Tensions with the West

Posted on August 12 - from The Truth Dispatch

[Ed. note: Interesting interview with someone on the scene in Putin's Russia.]

Seemingly each day over the past several months Russia and its President Vladimir Putin have been on the front pages of the major U.S. newspapers. Currently sanctions are being levied against Russia by both the U.S. and many European countries, but Putin does not seem to be backing down from allegedly trying to usurp and annex large parts of Ukraine. This comes just months after Russia has (re)claimed the Crimean peninsula. Many in the West believe that Putin is on a mission to revamp the former U.S.S.R.

Lost in this, perhaps, are the opinions and stances of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christians in the Soviet region. Are they onboard with Putin’s tactics and geopolitical goals? Has Putin been stifling the Church to try to further his own political endeavors? To help answer some of these questions we were able to speak with and conduct a short interview with Mr. Eugene Shirokov, who is the Director of the Center for the Study of Christianity and Politics (CSCP) in Kirov, Russia.

Do most Russian Christians support the current Russian “potential expansion” of portions of Ukraine, and also the recent annexation of much of Crimea?

ES: It must be understood the Russian Orthodox Church consists of clergy and laity. Laity supports the joining of Crimea to Russia. For clergy Crimea has historically been a canonical territory of the Church. Therefore, from clergy’s standpoint there can be neither support nor resistance. Read more...

Why the Liberals Hate Israel

Posted on August 11 - from Tea Party Nation

[Ed. note: Liberalism is a competing religion to Christianity and Judaism. Liberalism is a Christian heresy, a secular worldview that parasites off Judeo-Christian beliefs and imagery.]

There is much discussion these days of why the Media and liberals in general are so anti-Israel. It should be obvious to any casual but attentive observer that the media has a bias in favor of the Muslims and in opposition to Israel. Stories about the Gaza war have headlines like "Israel Resumes Gaza Strikes After Cease-Fire Lull - ABC News" or "Israel Resumes Gaza Strikes After Cease-Fire Lull - ABC News" or BBC News - Gaza conflict: UN accuses Israel over Jabaliya attack. In fact, a scan of the headlines suggest that Israel was and is the aggressor, while Hamas was minding is only defending itself. This, of course, has the whole conflict completely backwards; Israel was attacked by Hamas when they began firing rockets into populated Israeli territory, and Israel responded in a quite civilized fashion, giving warning shots before destroying buildings used as missile silos and whatnot. Hamas is purposely using civilians as human shields, and the laws of war state that a military may indeed kill such civilians if necessity dictates. And Hamas violated the cease-fire within under two hours of it's imposition, firing rockets into Israel. Yet the media gives Israel the blame. Why?

Why does the Left hate Israel so much? Why is anti-Semitism rising across Europe? Why are the Jews so hated?

There are a number of answers to this question. For one thing, the Jews represent a European type peoples who "invaded" the "peaceful" Islamic culture of Palestine, in the ignorant view of the Left. They represent a new type of Crusader class, only instead of bringing Christianity they are bringing a kind of Judeo-Western commercial culture that liberals believe is at the root of all Western evil. This is nothing new; modern liberals, indoctrinated to hate capitalism in all its forms, see the Israelis as the prime representatives of this supposedly Western idea. Liberals believe Man fell from paradise not through pride but through greed, and it was not an angry God who placed this curse on Man but the white Western culture. Read more...

Hate Speech From The Pulpit (Will The IRS Investigate This Imam?)

Posted on August 9 - from Tea Party Nation


[Ed. note: Selectivity has been the hallmark of the regime's law enforcement activity. Standards have changed until the definition of legal has become an act which benefits the regime or favored classes.]

Just yesterday we shared the efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to enlist the help of the IRS to crack down on churches. In case you missed it, “the Internal Revenue Service has settled a lawsuit brought by a secular activist group (FFRF), reportedly agreeing to adopt standards for determining and investigating whether churches and religious organizations have violated restrictions on political activity. The precise terms of the settlement are still unclear, as is how the IRS will amend its policies to enforce tax law on churches in a way that is palatable to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has long decried “rogue political churches.”

Well, I’d like to submit to FFRF and the IRS a recommendation for determination and investigation about blatant “political activity” emanating form a pulpit in Chicago (imagine that, Chicago).

As reported by the Times of Israel, “An American Muslim preacher has been calling for jihad against Israel, amid the Jewish state’s war with Hamas in Gaza, in his weekly Friday sermons at a Chicago mosque.” Read more...

New Research: Pastors Deliberately Keeping Flock In The Dark

Posted on August 8 - from chuckbaldwin.com

[Ed. note: While some pastors are standing up for the Word... others... most admit to other priorities.]

George Barna is the foremost researcher of modern Christianity in the country. He recently spoke about a two-year research project studying why modern-day pastors and churches are so silent regarding political issues. The result of his research only confirms what I have been trying to tell people for years. But there was one thing his research uncovered that did somewhat surprise me. OneNewsNow.com covered the story:

“On Thursday, George Barna--research expert and founder of The Barna Group--shared with American Family Radio's ‘Today's Issues’ about new information he's compiling at American Culture and Faith Institute over the last two years, gauging where theologically conservative pastors are at politically.

"‘What we're finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask them: Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?--and the numbers drop...to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.’ Read more...

Pastors to defy IRS snoops by daring them to place them under arrest

Posted on August 7 - from examiner.com

[Ed. note: These pastors are standing for their ability to preach the full Word of God. Is yours? You might want to find out why.]

As The Examiner reported Monday, the IRS entered into an agreement with an atheist group to monitor pastors and churches in order to "catch" suspected offenders of engaging in "unacceptable" speech from the pulpits across America. The agency threatens to revoke the tax exempt status of churches that point out government infractions against Biblical teaching, particularly politicians and candidates that support points of view that are in direct violation of clear moral and ethical precepts in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

But the pastors of these churches, which happen to be some of the largest megachurches in America, say they plan on banding together to defy the IRS on the annual "Freedom of the Pulpit Sunday" coming up in October. According to several spokesmen within the pulpit freedom movement, the pastors will inform their congregants that IRS spies may be in the congregation that day and that they, the pastors, have no intention of adhering to the rules of the IRS that demand that they cease from preaching on homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, and other hot topics. The plan is for the pastors to dare the IRS agents to come forward and arrest them on the spot so that all of America can see what a farce the federal government has become.

America has always stood for complete freedom of speech in the pulpit, and it has always been assumed that pastors will hit public issues hard when the Bible addresses those issues head-on. This is fully exhibited in our history. Pastors were among the first to openly call for independence from Britain. Pastors were also among the first to condemn the practice of slavery, which ultimately led to its abolition. The church is under no obligation whatsoever to adhere to politically correct speech or to refrain from addressing ethical, moral, and public issues that are addressed in the Bible. Read more...

Why is Planned Parenthood Running Away From the Term “Pro-Choice?”

Posted on August 8 - from Life News

[Ed. note: Perhaps it's for the same reason "global warming" became "climate change". Sometimes people can be a bit slow, but they eventually smell a rat.]

In January 2013 came news that shocked both sides of the abortion debate: Planned Parenthood had determined the term “pro-choice” was no longer helpful and recommended abandoning it.

This news really was titanic. “Pro-choice” was the abortion movement’s self-chosen descriptive term for over 40 years. To abandon it was to abandon an identity, surely unnerving to activists on the street, who found cover and solace in the euphemism.

I also imagine hundreds of groups with “pro-choice” as part of their moniker - say, for instance, NARAL Pro-Choice America – were livid at Planned Parenthood for announcing this edict regardless of dissent. It had to be embarrassing to read in the news one’s name was passe.

On the pro-life side, the announcement was gratifying. We have fought the term “pro-choice” forever as obvious code for “pro-abortion,” hounding the other side with that question: What exactly is wrong with being pro-abortion? Perhaps we simply wore proponents of “choice” out; they grew tired of always being on the defensive. Read more...

Israel Claims It Intercepted a Hamas ‘Urban Warfare’ Manual and It Reveals Some Telling Tactics Involving Human Shields

Posted on August 6 - from The Blaze

[Ed. note: Why conservatism still needs a political conscience informed by nature.]

Israel’s military is claiming to have obtained a Hamas manual on urban warfare that reportedly details the “benefits of human shields” and highlights that the use of civilians against the Israel Defense Forces has been “intentional and preplanned.”

According to the IDF’s official blog, the manual proves that Hamas is cognizant of the fact that Israel works diligently to minimize civilian casualties and that the terror group “exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.”

The manual, said to belong to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, apparently acknowledges Israel’s efforts to do as little harm as possible while also noting how concentrated civilian populations — referred to as “pockets of resistance” — make this task immensely difficult for the IDF. Read more...

More States Abandoning the Sinking Common Core Ship

Posted on August 6 - from The Independent Institute

[Ed. note: "Barbarians at the gate." That's what the elitists call citizens wanting to protect their children.]

“Barbarians at the gate.” That’s what Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal called opponents of Common Core national standards several weeks ago. His remarks are symptomatic of just how far elected officials within and outside Arizona have strayed from our Constitution, which doesn’t even contain the word “education.”

Supporters claim Common Core will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students should know to be prepared for college and their future careers. On the contrary, many experts serving on Common Core review committees warn that academic rigor was compromised for the sake of political buy-in from the various political interest groups involved—including teachers unions.

Unsurprisingly, the curriculum is being used to advance a partisan political agenda, showcasing one-sided labor union, ObamaCare, and global warming materials, along with more graphic, adult-themed books under the auspices of promoting diversity and toleration. But the politicization doesn’t stop there. Read more...

Goldwater 2.0?

Posted on August 3 - from The Federalist

[Ed. note: Some Republicans, thirsty for a victory, are willing to embrace values that take the value of that victory.]

The last Republican presidential candidate to win California was George H.W. Bush, back in 1988. Last week, George Will suggested that a new sort of “Goldwater 2.0” conservatism, represented by the state’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari, might at least color the state purple and force Democrats to fight, once again, for its 55 electoral college votes.

What is Goldwater 2.0? A mixture of an immigrant upbringing, a job at Goldman Sachs, a first-hand view of bailing out banks ‘too big to fail’ while working under Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a non-threatening pro-choice and pro-same sex marriage social libertarianism, and apparently, an orientation in Will’s words toward “discerning silver linings on black clouds.”

While Goldwater’s own brand of conservatism certainly evolved after the 1964 presidential race, Kashkari’s 21st century conservative operating system is plenty different from the one that prompted Goldwater to proclaim in his (in)famous 1964 Republican acceptance speech: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is not a virtue.” Read more...

Phony Politicians are Destroying American Sovereignty

Posted on August 3 - from The Truth Dispatch

[Ed. note: Politicians talk, they are very good at it. However there are times we need more from our people in leadership positions.]

Neil Cavuto makes an excellent point, in his recent FoxBusiness.com column, when he wrote, “Words are cheap, and the folks who spout them seem cheaper. Is it any wonder politicians who praise Israel for policing its sovereign borders seem somehow remiss for not demanding equally forceful action at ours?” American politicians clamor to be the first to demand that Israel has the right to defend her borders from rocket attacks, but those same politicians demand amnesty and porous borders in their own country.

The Israel and pro-Jewish lobby is a huge political force that no politician wants to stand against. Therefore, they clamor to be the first and most ardent supporter of Israel, so that they can go back to the American people and tell them that they defended Israel. However, when it comes to defending our own sovereign borders from drug and human traffickers, trans-national gangs, terrorists, and illegal immigration, those same politicians say we have to be compassionate and grant them amnesty. They view America as an open land of opportunity for the whole world with no culture and values of our own. Read more...

Israel: The Palestinian people's greatest ally

Posted on August 2 - from WMD Commentatry

[Ed. note: Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said, “Peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”]

If a poacher shoots arrows at a pride of sleeping lions, are the lions to blame for rousing and defending themselves?

What does one say of the shooter when he intentionally cowers behind the skirts of his own women and daughters, hoping, indeed praying, that these precious souls will inadvertently perish as a result?

One calls him a coward, a fool and a monster.

Such are the men of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority – terrorists all. They are purposefully slaughtering their own citizenry

There are but two things to blame for the tragic loss of life in both Gaza and Tel Aviv: Islam in general, and Hamas in particular. There is no moral equivalency in this raging Gaza conflict. Read more...

5 Obvious Principles of Human Nature That Baffle Liberals

Posted on August 1 - from Town Hall

[Ed. note: There is a growing sentiment against the Christian values that built and protected our country. More specifically, against the one who gave us those values.]

Liberals are forever struggling to understand the basic tenets of human nature that most other people just take for granted. You’d think they would have picked something up from the death throes of the Soviet Union, Greece, or Detroit, but as Talleyrand might say, “They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.” Whether that’s some sort of genetic defect liberals are born with, ignorance, or just willful blindness is hard to say, but the results are the same in any case. Since it’s easier for light to escape a black hole than it is for a liberal to entertain a new thought, it’s probably hopeless to try to make them aware of what they’re missing. However, if you’re aware of the mistakes they habitually make, you may at least be able to keep more open-minded people from following them over a cliff.

1) People respond to incentives: This isn’t just Humanity 101; it’s Life On Earth 101. Want to teach a dog a trick? Get him to do the trick and then pet him on the head and give him a treat. Repeat it enough times and you can get the dog to sit, roll over, and give a high-five on command.

You don’t give human beings Milkbones and belly-rubs, but the same basic principle applies. People who are getting unemployment benefits are less motivated to look for jobs. If you welcome illegal immigrants today, more are likely to come tomorrow. If you raise taxes and people get to keep less of the money they earned, some of them will respond by earning less because it’s no longer worth their time. Read more...

Doctors Wanted to Abort Her Baby Because She Had Breast Cancer, Then This Happened

Posted on August 30 - from Life News

[Ed. note: Some call this health care. We call it homicide.]

Through the grace of God, PRI has saved the life of an unborn child in Peru who was slated to be aborted for so-called “therapeutic” reasons.

Doctors in a Peruvian hospital had decided to give a woman with breast cancer an abortion, claiming that the abortion was necessary to save her life. In fact, they were primarily worried that their plans to put the woman on chemotherapy would cause the child to be born with birth defects. Rather than undertake alternative treatment, they decided to simply do away with the child.

Problem solved, right? Wrong. Peru’s Therapeutic Abortion Protocol was never intended to be used to justify an abortion where the mother’s life was not in immediate danger.

When PRI heard about the doctors’ deadly plans, we quickly intervened. Read more...

Is the GOP Riding a Wave to Do Nothing?

Posted on August 29 - from The Truth Dispatch

[Ed. note: Our times call for bold colors - not faded pastels of the past.]

In 1994, the Republicans came into power on a Conservative wave election because Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey led the Republicans actually to act on what they promised to do. The Republicans rewarded Gingrich and Armey by siding with Tom Delay to force them out of the leadership (Gingrich’s personal mistakes added to his fall). The next Republican wave election was in 2002 and 2004 after 9/11. We were a nation at war in desperate need of a leader.

When the Republicans gained controlled of the majority in both houses of Congress during the George W. Bush Administration they promised to keep America safe, and limit the size and growth of government. They kept our nation safe, but at the cost of our economic freedoms because the Republicans compassionately grew the government. Yes, they cut taxes and allowed the American people to keep more of their own money, but cutting taxes does not keep the government small. Nevertheless, the Big Government Republicanism eventually led to the Republicans losing their control of the Congress, on top of the Iraq War lasting longer than Americans’ attention spans.

President Obama and the Democrats hit the ground running with the government takeover of health insurance to break the private insurance market. They continued with the bailouts and economic stimuluses’ with zero effect on the economy and job growth. The Tea Party was born in 2009 as a resistance to President Obama’s big government taxing and spending, which led to a Tea Party wave election in 2010. The Republicans promised to fight for fiscal responsibility, free markets, and constitutionally limited government, the Tea Party is still waiting for the Republicans to fight. Because of President Obama’s massive policy failures, the Republicans assumed the Tea Party and Independents would elect them to the White House and the Senate in 2012, but because the Republicans never fought for our principles and they nominated a moderate, they lost. Read more...

Will the Armies of Allah be the Rod of God’s Wrath Against America?

Posted on August 28 - from BarbWire

[Ed. note: The key to our national security is not a bigger military but repentance.]

Historically and legally, there are three ways in which the political control of land is acquired or transferred: conquest, purchase, or settlement. Sovereign control is transferred when one nation settles the land (America’s westward expansion), buys it (Louisiana purchase), or wins it in war (southwestern United States).

However, the Scriptures make it clear that nations can morally forfeit the right to maintain sovereign control over their own territory through savagery, superstition, and sexual debauchery. When a nation indulges in such practices long enough, God intervenes in judgment, usually by bringing a stronger nation in to transfer control of the land through conquest.

In the ancient tradition of the Hebrews, God declared to Abraham that the land of Canaan would one day belong to his descendants. But the transfer of land to his heirs could not happen for 400 years, for one simple reason: “[T]he iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete” (Gen. 15:16). Read more...

Conservative Disagreement With GOP Is Fundamental

Posted on August 27 - from Tea Party Nation

[Ed. note: What are we to do when our representatives represent the other side more than us.]

In the years since President Obama’s inauguration, the conservative movement within the Republican Party has grown as its dissatisfaction with both parties has intensified. It’s to the point now where it seems that Republicans in power have far more in common with Democrats in power than they do with the conservatives within the Republican Party, their very voting base. This is in spite of the fact that approximately seven out of every 10 registered Republicans identify themselves as “conservative” though that’s a 2012 statistic. More recent studies show a smaller number, because of disenchanted conservatives who have left the party to reregister as Independents! But we don’t need those statistics, do we? We see and hear that disgruntlement from our friends and family and on the street. As Republicans in power look more like yesterday’s Democrats, our differences have become fundamental, not minor. Here are a few of the core differences:

Fundamental point #1: Border Security and Amnesty

Neither party will secure the border. Democrats and some key Republicans want Amnesty. Conservatives want the border secured and want illegals sent home. We say "just do it".

Fundamental point #2: Size of Government

Both parties have caused the government to grow in size and control over our people. On this the two parties are in unison. Conservatives say “bring in zero-based budgeting, end deficit spending, balance the budget and eliminate agencies and programs which either overlap other agencies and/or produce no benefit to the citizenry, such as the EPA, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Education and others”. It falls on deaf ears. Read more...

The Great Racial Disconnect on Police

Posted on August 26 - from GOPUSA

[Ed. note: We need to insist on strict accountability from the police while recognizing that there are times when the use of deadly force is necessary.]

On Monday, Rasmussen released a poll of Americans regarding the guilt or innocence of Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot unarmed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown six times in Ferguson, Missouri. Those polls show that 57 percent of black adults think that Wilson should be found guilty of murder; 56 percent of whites, by contrast, are undecided on the matter.

The latter position is the correct one. Witnesses, including one Dorian Johnson, claim that Brown was pulled over by Wilson, attacked by him and pulled into the car, ran, stopped when told to freeze by Wilson, held up his hands, and was then shot. Other witnesses -- more than a dozen of them, according to local media -- say that Brown attacked Wilson, went for Wilson's gun, fled before being told to stop, then charged Wilson before being shot.

Here's what we do know: Despite original media reports labeling Brown a "gentle giant," Brown and shooting witness Dorian Johnson did participate in a strong-arm robbery of a local convenience store. We know that despite original witness reports suggesting that Brown was shot in the back, he was not. We know that contemporaneous witness accounts caught on tape suggest that Brown charged at Wilson. And we know that a young black man is dead with six bullets in him at the hands of a white cop. Read more...

Atheists Now Run Our Country

Posted on August 26 - from Conservative Daily News

[Ed. note: With a sympathetic regime, what was a trickle of complaints by insecure atheist has become a torrent.]

There is no doubt that our country has changed, not for the better I might add. Our society is collapsing, at least in my view anyway. I have always said that societies slow decline started in the mid 1960’s, when the government started with its social engineering policies. Now it seems we have atheists telling us what we can and cannot do.

We are all familiar with the war on Christmas, how atheists want to ban it from the public square, even though it is a Federal Holiday. Atheists seem to think it is there duty to fly around the country and ban Nativity scenes, Jesus, or any mention of Christmas. It seems to me that we show pictures of Lincoln on Lincoln’s birthday, Washington’s picture on Washington’s Birthday, so why can’t we show pictures of Jesus when we celebrate his birthday?

Now we have an atheist group coming down on football coaches at Chestatee High School in Gainesville Georgia, because they are accused of quoting scripture. How dare this high school insight such hateful messages, such as Galations 6:9, which reads: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” and a banner used for a pregame ceremony alluded to Proverbs 27:17, which reads: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This is terrible, teaching our kids things like that. Read more...

Unlawful and Immoral or Not, it's OK When the End Justifies the Means: Can you say “dark money super PAC”?

Posted on August 25 - from Charleston Voice

[Ed. note: Corrupt unions... amazing! Corrupt teachers unions... that cannot be tolerated.]

Last November, when the American Federation of Teachers wanted to slip a cool half-million into a last-second ad buy to support Marty Walsh's Democratic candidacy for mayor of Boston, it had a New Jersey union front group (One New Jersey) hurriedly concoct a Boston union front group (One Boston). Now both front groups have agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a dispute with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance for five different violations: failure to organize as a PAC, failure to disclose finance activity accurately, contributions made in a manner intended to disguise the true source of the contributions, receipt of contributions not raised in accordance with campaign law, and use of wire transfers. Still, it worked: Walsh won.

This is a classic case of the way unions and other left-wing pressure groups operate to influence elections. The only anomaly: the union groups paid for a positive ad, rather than the usual attack ad. That may be explained by One Boston's indication that it sought to influence "Women 50+," who may be more susceptible to positive ads than negative ones.

To illustrate the way these scams work, we provide a bit more background on the groups involved. One Boston is the kind of pop-up mystery group the Left often creates at the last minute in an election. Its life spanned only October 23, 2013, to January 7, 2014, but the big checks it cut for ads immediately raised the local media's eyebrows and made them wonder what this strange beast was. Later, when the truth came out, the CommonWealth Magazine website sketched a portrait of One Boston... Read more...

Want To Know What Causes Islamophobia? Islam Causes Islamophobia!

Posted on August 23 - from Tea Party Nation

[Ed. note: You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:16]

As a public service announcement, and because I haven't done it in a year, I'd just like to remind everyone that when you see this bumper sticker on an automobile, get your camera out and contemplate asking the vehicle's driver for an autograph. You're in the presence of museum grade stupidity.Now, on to my point.

Coexist bumper sticker

While the Muslims who make up ISIS establish their Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, further promising to fly their flag one day on the top of the White House Flag Pole, we have debates about whether or not we should be doing something as egregiously bigoted as linking Islam to the acts of terror performed by Muslims establishing an Islamic Caliphate. As Yazidi Christians are slaughtered whole sale, heads placed on pikes for that extra special home decor touch that no Islamic home is complete without, our national leaders promise to prosecute the guilty to the fullest extent of the same law that meant so much to them in the first place, that they felt emboldened to the point of openly placing heads on pikes. I do not think words can describe the depth of naivete it takes to treat our ongoing war with Islamic Supremacists as though it were an ongoing law enforcement effort. They are not impressed with the horde of prosecuting attorneys and FBI criminologists that have teemed their shores and taken up the task of gathering evidence for acts that they've openly bragged about on youtube videos.

As I've said repeatedly, six of the seven groups above are perfectly capable, and indeed compassionately willing to, "COEXIST," with one another. The first group on that iconic display of weapons grade idiocy however is not. In fact, they have a religious belief, practiced with a fevered pedantic bloodlust, that they are bound by a duty to their deity to convert, enslave, or kill the other 6 groups called out on that graphic. The logical gymnastics used to morally equate the picketers standing too close to Abortion Clinics with the savagery of those blowing up school buses filled with seven year old children would be worthy of song, were it not so infuriating. Read more...

The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy

Posted on August 22 - from The Federalist

[Ed. note: The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first, to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society.]

In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) “insignificant” and “inconsequential” in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner?

She didn’t count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House. Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino’s argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. Perhaps it was a momentary lapse in judgment in the midst of the partisan give-and-take on an important political issue. But what if Pelosi was simply saying what she believed to be true and acknowledging what ruling class Americans think about their non-ruling class counterparts? Namely, that there are people like Pelosi, the highest-ranking female politician in American history, who get it, and people like Marino, merely a second-term congressman from “gun- and religion-clinging” northeastern Pennsylvania, who don’t.

What is the “it” they don’t get? The Progressive dogmas that Pelosi has internalized and Marino rejects. A hundred years ago, the first group of progressives concluded that this country needed to change in a big way. They argued explicitly for a refounding of the United States on the grounds that the only absolute in political life is that absolutes are material and economic rather than moral in nature. Read more...

The Media and the Mob

Posted on August 22 - from GOPUSA

[Ed. note: If we can't be bothered to stop and think, instead of repeating pat phrases, don't expect to live under the rule of law. Do you prefer the rule of the media and/or the mob?]

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority.

We all know what has happened since then -- and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything.

This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But politics is undermining law.

On the eve of a grand jury being convened to go through the facts and decide whether there should be a prosecution of the policeman in this case, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri has gone on television to say that there should be a "vigorous prosecution." Read more...

Child Sacrifice

Posted on August 20 - from The Truth Dispatch

[Ed. note: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. Mark 9:42]

Perhaps you have seen the full-page advertisement with this attention-getting headline: “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.” Nobel Peace Laureate Ellie Wiesel is calling on Hamas and others in the Muslim world to reject the practice of using children as human shields or suicide bombers.

He begins with biblical history. Over three thousand years ago, God stopped Abraham from killing his son. Both sons (Isaac and Ishmael) received promises that they would father great nations. He concludes that the Canaanite practices of child sacrifice to Moloch were forever left behind. Unfortunately, they were not left behind.

He says that the real battle today is not between Jew versus Arab or Israeli versus Palestinian. “Rather, it is a battle between those who celebrate life and those who champion death. It is a battle of civilization versus barbarism.” Read more...

Tennessee State Judge Says Natural Marriage is in the State’s Interest

Posted on August 19 - from Liberty Counsel

[Ed. note: Promoting a stable family structure is a legitimate state interest.]

A Tennessee judge ruled that the state’s marriage amendment promoting “family continuity and stability is certainly a legitimate state interest.” Roane County Circuit Judge Russell Simmons’s ruling comes amidst decisions in more than a dozen states where United States v. Windsor has been used to overturn state marriage amendments, including the Fourth Circuit Court overturning Virginia’s marriage amendment this week.

Ruling that the marriage amendment does not violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, Judge Simmons wrote: “The Windsor case is concerned with the definition of marriage, only as it applies to federal laws, and does not give an opinion concerning whether one state must accept as valid a same-sex marriage allowed in another state.” Judge Simmons continued, “The Supreme Court does not go the final step and find that a state that defines marriages as a union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional.” Simmons added, “[N]either the federal government nor another state should be allowed to dictate to Tennessee what has traditionally been a state’s responsibility.”

“The decision says what Liberty Counsel has been saying all along: ‘marriage and procreation are fundamental to the very existence and survival for the race,’” Staver said. Read more...

Police Abuse, Riots, and AR-15 Rifles

Posted on August 18 - from chuckbaldwinlive.com

[Ed. note: Laws are for everyone, and even outrage, must be handled within the bounds of the society we all have to live in.]

If You Don’t Have Such A Rifle, Go Buy One Now!

The recent killing of an unarmed teenager by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer incited riots in and around the northern St. Louis area. As usual, the police version and the version of several eye witnesses lie in stark contrast. The police version is, the young man was struggling with the officer and trying to take his weapon from him--and the officer fired his weapon in self-defense. Several eyewitnesses say the young man had his hands in the air and was surrendering when the officer shot him. The latter version is the more popular view of local residents, which prompted hundreds of people to riot. Yes, the victim was a young black man.

It is very unfortunate and counter-productive when race becomes the focus of any story such as this. But it almost always does. Our propaganda media, which loves to use the race card, almost always makes any such tragedy some kind of racial discrimination story. Sometimes it is; but more often than not, race had nothing to do with it.

It is also very unfortunate that among the vast majority of God-fearing, law-and-order Americans, policemen are automatically assumed to be guiltless in the face of accusations of police abuse. It’s almost like when a man puts on a badge and a gun, he becomes incapable of human misconduct. Read more...

Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense in America Have No Plan to Take Guns Away from Criminals

Posted on August 18 - from Freedom Outpost

[Ed. note: What they don't say is as important as what they do say.]

In a asinine twist of reality, Shannon Watts - founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an anti-gun, anti-2A group - love to make the Second Amendment (2A) appear to be the problem in America. Their unbridled hatred of guns and the 2A seems to know no bounds and it is an understatement to say that it obviously clouds their thinking on the matter.

First of all, the name of the group is a bit misleading. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America makes it appear as though they only want more so-called common sense laws created to reduce gun crime. Unfortunately, aside from the fact that there are already plenty of common sense gun laws in effect, some of their members or at least those who side with them tell us a difference story.

They won't stop until the 2A is gone and with it the law-abiding citizen's right to carry. No word on how they will eliminate guns from the hands of the criminals. Read more...

Climate Alarmists Sue to Silence Their Skeptics

Posted on August 16 - from The Truth Dispatch

[Ed. note: The left will do anything to silence those who can expose their duplicity.]

Rand Simberg of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) wrote a piece concerning Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, essentially accusing him of using politicized science instead of real scientific data. However, Mr. Simberg was not that mild in his language. He accused Mr. Mann of being “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science” because he “molested and tortured data in service of politicized science.”

Mr. Simberg was factually correct to accuse Mr. Mann of using politicized science, instead of the real scientific data. However, it was completely uncalled for to politicize the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s molestation. The Sandusky crimes are no joking matter. The CEI should have edited Mr. Simberg’s article before it was published.

Mark Steyn continued with Mr. Simberg’s argument before CEI removed the original article from their website. Mr. Steyn made the truth-claim that Mr. Mann’s research was fraudulent, which it is fraudulent in the way that it uses false data and politicized science. Mr. Simberg and CEI should have focused on scientifically debunking Mr. Mann’s research by proving that it is fraudulent. Read more...

Target for Confiscation: Your Savings and Retirement

Posted on August 15 - from Wholesale Direct Metals

[Ed. note: While you may not agree with the solution, this article does a very good job of outlining the problem we are facing.]

The U.S. government and the Fed pumped trillions of dollars of YOUR money into the banks and stock market over the last several years, catapulting the U.S. debt to $28 trillion by 2018. But now, the U.S. government and the Fed are completely out of ammo, with the Fed no longer able to buy U.S. treasuries. They desperately need money to maintain their own power, and taxes are not enough. So in order to keep the Ponzi scheme going, the U.S. government has made several highly controversial moves to make your savings and retirement accounts a prime target for confiscation. And it’s becoming clearer by the day, if you want to protect your savings and wealth from government confiscation, you only have ONE choice.

The Bankrupt Government's Motto: Feed Me

Government officials don’t produce anything. They only feed off of those who do. They certainly don’t produce wealth; they only redistribute YOUR wealth. And when government officials cannot meet their obligations or fulfill the promises they made to the public, they figure out ways to appropriate the public’s money to fund their projects. Desperate government officials will always resort to expropriation, be it through inflation, debt accumulation or deficit. Read more...

NYPD cops receive memo reminding them they can be filmed while on duty

Posted on August 15 - from New York Daily News

[Ed. note: Score one for the people and openness in government and law enforcement.]

Cops have been put on notice: Let the cameras roll.

Camera-shy cops across the city were reminded they can’t legally take action to stop someone from filming them while they’re on the beat, the Daily News has learned. The refresher was provided in a memo the chief of department’s office distributed to all police commands Wednesday.

“Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions,” the memo states. “Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment.” Read more...

The New Killing Fields

Posted on August 13 - from BarbWire

[Ed. note: Children are beheaded. Christian women are taken as captives and sold as sex slaves. Men are crucified and left to rot in the public squares.

They said they didn’t know. Even as the oily black smoke rose from the crematoria and ashes rained down from the sky, they still said they didn’t know.

But local residents knew enough to sift the ashes looking for gold. The truth was that most deliberately chose not to know, even when testimony of atrocities leaked out; even when survivors told their stories, warning people to flee.

One who did know was Moshe the beadle, a tragic character in Elie Wiesel’s Night. But when he told what he knew, it fell on deaf ears:

He told his story and that of his companions. The Jews… were made to dig huge graves, and when they had finished their work, the Gestapo began theirs. Without passion, without haste, they slaughtered their prisoners. Each one had to go up to the hole and present his neck. Babies were thrown into the air and the machine gunners used them as targets. This was in the forest of Galicia, near Kolomaye. How had Moshe the Beadle escaped? Miraculously… Read more...

Obamacare Threatens Free Clinics

Posted on August 12 - from The Independent Institute

[Ed. note: The change means that the clinics are now more accountable to the federal government than private donors and local government. That will likely increase the bureaucratic burden and decrease quality of care in the long term.

Obamacare’s most significant effect is an expansion in the number of people dependent on Medicaid, the joint state-federal welfare program for low-income people. Kaiser Health News points out that this expansion is threatening the existence of free clinics. Some clinics are signing up for Medicaid, while others are closing:

“We used to say ... ‘wouldn’t it be great if we no longer had uninsured and we could close our doors and go out of business,’” said Michelle Goldman, CEO at the Eastern Panhandle Care Clinic in Ranson, W.Va., which is one of the free clinics now also taking Medicaid. “But the truth is we like the work we do and enjoy helping this population and believe we still have a lot to offer them.”

While a few free health clinics have shut their doors in Arkansas and Washington, most expansion-state non-profit free clinics are reassessing their business strategies. Medicaid offers the potential to give their patients better access to specialists, diagnostic testing and hospital care, and that’s created a sense of unease for operators of the clinics that for decades have played a key role in the nation’s health-care safety net.

“These changes have caused some real disruption in the free clinic sector trying to anticipate what it means for patients who continue to need our services, and how we can sustain ourselves,” said Marty Hiller, senior consultant with Echo, a consulting firm that works with free clinics. “It’s been a tremendous upheaval.” Read more...

Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry

Posted on August 12 - from Singularity Hub

[Ed. note: Something for fast food workers protesting for higher wages to think about. Bots are seen in every increasing numbers of industries that require repetitive actions.

I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction.

At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind them—a robot was cooking up burgers. The inventors of the burger device? Momentum Machines, and they’re serious about fast food productivity.

“Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

The Momentum burger-bot isn’t remotely humanoid. You can forget visions of Futurama’s Bender. It’s more of a burger assembly line. Ingredients are stored in automated containers along the line. Instead of pre-prepared veggies, cheese, and ground beef—the bot chars, slices, dices, and assembles it all fresh. Read more...

I'm wanted for 'hate crimes' in Canada

Posted on August 11 - from WND Comentary

[Ed. note: “Under the guise of ‘anti-discrimination,’ Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels.

It seems I have some liberal knickers in a knot north of the border.

The left is anything if not predictable. It tickles me to no end when, by way of their utterly unhinged reaction to one of my columns, secular-”progressives” end up proving true the very point I was trying to make.

Last month I wrote an opinion piece headlined, “The coming Christian revolt.” It was featured in multiple publications, including the print edition of the Newfoundland Herald, a weekly news and entertainment magazine circulated throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Among other things, I noted this objective reality in the piece – a reality demonstrated with crystal clarity by liberals’ (to include the Canadian government’s) contemptible response to the column itself: “To fully advance the causes of radical feminism, abortion-on-demand, unfettered sexual license, ‘gay marriage’ and the like, the pagan left must do away with religious free exercise altogether [not to mention free speech]. Read more...

France Opens Borders To All Christians Persecuted by Islamists In Iraq

Posted on August 9 - from BarbWire

[Ed. note: Why is America not the one offering asylum for Christ’s Church? Could it be because we have the enemy of Christ in the White House?

France, the once atheistic land, has really began to find a spine in recent weeks. I reported a little over a week ago that France had banned Pro-Palestinian terror protests and leveled stiff penalties for violators. Now, word is that France is opening up their borders for asylum to Christians suffering persecution from Islamists in Iraq.

“We are providing aid to displaced people fleeing from the threats of Islamic State and who have sought refuge in Kurdistan,” said France’s foreign and interior ministers.

The BBC reports: “The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.”

Many fled Mosul after the Islamic State (IS) group which seized much of northern Iraq told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Two top ministers said, “We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory.” Read more...

Gun control address symptoms, not root of society’s problems

Posted on August 8 - from The Matador

[Ed. note: The problem here is not that he used firearms to harm people, it’s that he was determined to harm people in the first place. A young man makes a lot of sense.

When it comes to the subject of gun violence, the consensus seems to be that our laws are too lenient. These allegedly lax laws allow the mentally ill to acquire firearms and commit the crimes we see all too often in the media. These individuals and their actions have prompted calls for more restrictive legislation to be established, such as background checks, magazine capacity limits, and restrictions on “automatic” firearms.

However, contrary to popular belief, restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms are already in place. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been in place since 1998 to allow firearms dealers to determine if a customer is legally allowed to purchase a gun. In addition to a national background check system, fully automatic firearms, also known as machine guns, have been heavily regulated since 1934 by the National Firearms Act, in addition to the prohibition of civilian ownership of machine guns produced after 1986 by the Hughes Amendment in the ironically named Firearms Owners’ Protection Act. In addition to federal restrictions, the state of California also has laws on the books that are regarded as the most restrictive in the nation, which includes mandatory registration, a ten day waiting period for all guns and a ten round limit for all firearm magazines.

So why is it that despite our strict gun laws, California is still plagued with gun violence? According to a study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California was responsible for the 1,790 murders by firearm in 2011; the highest number of gun murders and approximately 68% of all murders committed by firearm that year. If anything, our laws on guns are about as effective as throwing a glass of water on a house fire. Read more...

The Spreading Scourge of Anti-Christian Persecution

Posted on August 7 - from GOPUSA

[Ed. note: Our government is no more concerned about the suffering Christians than it is about rockets falling on Israel or an American Marine imprisoned in Mexico.

Intolerance that fosters pogroms abroad is taking root in U.S. communities. Sobering and unforgettable images are projected across our television and computer screens. They should elicit the most basic instincts of both fear and compassion.

I'm referring to images of showing the persecution of hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of our fellow brothers and sisters by incomprehensible religious zealots. Their intolerance of Christianity is beyond horrible. People are beheaded for their faith. Women and young girls are sexually violated, and whole families are wantonly slaughtered in cold blood. Perhaps just as abhorrent is the profound silence of the current administration. Even though President Obama has declared that we are not a Judeo-Christian nation, we are still compassionate people who should not ignore humanitarian atrocities, much less ones where the victims are only guilty of maintaining a belief in the principles espoused by Jesus Christ.

We have an obligation as Americans to denounce these acts of persecution. Even those who do not worship a higher deity should be concerned. For when we stand up to such intolerance, we are defending the root of freedom. We are defending choice -- the ability to worship and call on the name of a heavenly being without fear of torture and abandonment. Read more...

EPA’s Carbon Plan Illegal, Hijacks Grid

Posted on August 6 - from Committee on Science, Space and Technology

[Ed. note: EPA’s claims are backed by flawed technology assumptions. It relies on unrealistic scenarios about our nation’s energy future. And EPA’s conclusions are based on a secret model, hidden from public view.

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee today convened a hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approach to implementing a far-reaching plan to reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Chairing the hearing, Energy Subcommittee Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) made the following statement.

Chairman Lummis: “Today, we examine one of the most sweeping regulatory proposals in America’s history. The EPA is continuing its regulation rampage, attempting to take control of our nation’s electric system without any legal or scientific justification.

“The EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” reaches well beyond just the regulation of power plants. The EPA wants to control the entire system, right down to the amount of electricity Americans use in their homes.

“The implications of this overreach are staggering. The rule has the potential to shut down power plants across the nation, raise energy prices and threaten energy security. And for what? Even EPA admits that the rule will have little to no impact on global warming. Read more...

Whose to Blame for America’s ongoing demise?

Posted on August 4 - from Loyal to Liberty

[Ed. note: Refusing to accuse Obama, GOP leaders position GOP candidates for blame.

According to Saturday’s headline at Newsmax.com, the House GOP is patting itself on the back: “House GOP Lauds Passage of ‘Responsible’ Border Bill”. The story by Todd Beamon, trumpets what is undoubtedly the take on events GOP members of the House will be emphasizing in their districts during its six-week summer recess. Half-an hour or so before this breathless GOP press release account, Newsmax carried an account from Reuters with a headline that simply reported “House Passes $694 SmallLogoLTLMillion Border Security Bill.” Though it struck a more “matter-of-fact” pose, like most stories from so-called “mainstream” news outlets, the Reuters account read like a press release from that grey eminence, the twin-party elitist faction Politburo that presently choreographs the leadership in both Houses of Congress.

The GOP press release version of events emphasized the provisions of the House bill GOP conservatives will use to baffle the increasingly boisterous anger with which the Party’s conservative base responded to the bill Speak John Boehner proposed earlier in the week. That anger (channeled by Senator Ted Cruz) focused on Boehner’s refusal to “add to the ‘emergency border funding bill’ a provision to explicitly prohibit Obama from using administrative edicts to further expand the ‘deferred action’ program.”

Conservatives reject such edicts as an unconstitutional usurpation of the legislative power the U.S. Constitution vests in the Congress. They characterize the edicts as dictatorial actions, contrary to the Supreme Law of the Land (i.e., the U.S. Constitution and law made pursuant thereto), which therefore qualify as “high crimes and misdemeanors”. The edicts effectively discard the U.S. Constitution in order to establish an executive tyranny, like the one the American Revolutionaries undertook to remove from power over the people of the United States in 1776. Read more...

America’s Real Unemployment Rate Is At Least 18 Percent

Posted on August 3 - from Breitbart

[Ed. note: The Department of Defense is interested in better understanding what drives individuals and groups to mobilize to institute change.

Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1 percent, but that hardly tells the story.

The jobless rate may be down from its recession peak of 10 percent, but much of this results from adults, discouraged by the lack of decent job openings, having quit altogether. They are neither employed nor looking for work.

Only about half of the drop in the adult participation rate may be attributed to the Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age. Lacking adequate resources to retire, a larger percentage of adults over 65 are working than before the recession.

Many Americans who would like full time jobs are stuck in part-time positions, because businesses can hire desirable part-time workers to supplement a core of permanent, full-time employees, but at lower wages. And Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandates will not apply to workers on the job less than 30 hours a week. Read more...

The NSA Nation Moves To The Next Level

Posted on August 2 - from Dollar Vigilante

[Ed. note: The Department of Defense is interested in better understanding what drives individuals and groups to mobilize to institute change.

The social sciences in America have been militarized to produce tools that assist the government in understanding and suppressing dissent. Anthropology, linguistic analysis and sociology now serve the police state.

One program is called the Minerva Initiative after the Roman goddess of war. A June 12th article in the Guardian explained, “A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies.” [Note: Minerva funding is typically channeled through less controversial agencies such as the National Institutes of Health.] Established in 2008, Minerva was budgeted to fund approximately $75 million worth of behavioral research over a five year period. It is now six years later. In 2014 to date, Minerva has distributed approximately $17.8 million.

A typical project: over the next three years, Cornell University will model "the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and contagions." The university will locate the tipping point in uprisings such as the revolution in Egypt of 2011. Then the data can be extrapolated to make observations about uprisings in general. The Minerva site states,

The Department of Defense is interested in better understanding what drives individuals and groups to mobilize to institute change. In particular, models that explain and explore factors that motivate or inhibit groups to adopt political violence as a tactic will help inform understanding of where organized violence is likely to erupt, what factors might explain its contagion, and how one might circumvent its spread. Read more...

Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Ebola, Dengue, Swine Flu

Posted on August 1 - from Judicial Watch

[Ed. note: To handle the escalating health crisis the CDC has activated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but Congress and the public are being kept in the dark about what it’s doing.

The hordes of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. are bringing serious diseases—including swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis—that present a danger to the American public as well as the Border Patrol agents forced to care for the kids, according to a U.S. Congressman who is also medical doctor.

This has created a “severe and dangerous” crisis, says the Georgia lawmaker, Phil Gingrey. Most of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) are coming from Central America and they’re importing infectious diseases considered to be largely eradicated in this country. Additionally, many of the migrants lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles, leaving America’s young children and the elderly particularly susceptible, Gingrey reveals.

In a hard-hitting letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Congressman Gingrey demands that the agency keep Americans informed about its plan to handle the growing public health crisis posed by the influx of minors. “As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control,” the congressman writes. “In fact, as you undoubtedly know, some of these diseases have no known cure.” Read more...

Homosexual Man Fired from Children’s Ministry for Introducing Boyfriend to Kids

Posted on August 1 - from Christian News`

[Ed. note: One commentator: “Homosexual man trying to impose his deviant lifestyle on children—I would say that is a good reason to fire him.”

Homosexual advocates are outraged that a Christian children’s ministry in Texas fired an employee after he introduced his boyfriend to a group of children under his care.

“In spite of the negative behavioral responses, every child, and family of origin will be treated with dignity and compassion of Christ,” the church’s website says. “This ministry brings those of differing gifts together to be the hands, feet, arms, tears and heart of God to defend the cause of the fatherless and at-risk families.”

However, the Christian children’s home became the subject of controversy this month when Casey Stegall, a 22-year-old male college student, was fired from the ministry. Stegall, who had worked at the home as a child caregiver for 14 months, describes himself as a “gay Christian.” Read more...


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