There is no sin so prevalent, so insidious, and so deep as the sin of fearing people more than we fear God. —Kevin DeYoung
Apr. 1, 2015
President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders serving time in federal prison, accelerating the administration’s efforts to reduce penalties for many of those convicted of such crimes.
Iran and world powers pressed ahead with talks to draft the outline of an agreement to end the 12-year standoff over the country’s nuclear program, with diplomats saying more work needs to be done before any announcement.
Governor Chris Christie is cutting highway and mass-transit spending to avoid a tax increase that could harm a potential 2016 presidential run, New Jersey Democratic lawmakers said.
The Obama administration is facing another foreign policy showdown in the United Nations Security Council. The administration has signaled that it might abandon the decades-long U.S. policy of protecting Israel at the UN and back a Security Council resolution laying out terms for a two-state solution to the almost 67-year-old dispute between the Jewish state and the Palestinians.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he was banning New York state employees from traveling to Indiana because of the passage of that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
President Obama has agreed to send Egypt 12 F-16 fighter jets and other weapons that had been held up after the 2013 military takeover that ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Russia’s economy unexpectedly grew 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter before the full effect of the country’s currency crisis took hold.
The manuscript for one of the most popular sing-along tunes at bars, “American Pie,” will go on auction this month. The asking price: at least $1 million.
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Iraq declared a “magnificent victory” Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.
Israel could suffer hundreds of civilian dead and damage to its vital infrastructure from Hezbollah rockets if it fights another war with the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group, according to Israeli military assessments.
A video showing the chaotic final seconds on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps last week has been discovered near the site, Germany’s Bild daily reported on Wednesday, saying it had seen the footage.
The world’s oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.
The year-long conflict in east Ukraine has closed businesses across this industrial heartland, ramping up unemployment, crippling finances and leaving it ever more reliant on Moscow.
A Florida city on Tuesday banned drinking on its beaches for the remainder of the current spring break season, after seven people were shot during a raucous party over the weekend.
The Philippines put troops on alert and prepared food and medical supplies as it warned residents and tourists along its eastern coast to be ready for a super typhoon expected to land some time in the next 72 hours.
Rights groups lambasted a Thai military court which jailed a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy, one of the toughest known sentences for lese majeste.
The Obama administration launched the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious cyber-attacks.
Islamic State (IS) militants have entered the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Damascus, activists and Palestinian officials say.
A lead investigator into the Germanwings crash has called for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities.
Arkansas has approved a religious freedom bill similar to one that has caused a storm of protest in Indiana.
The publisher and editor of a Malaysian website have been freed on bail after their arrest on suspicion of sedition. Arrests for sedition have spiked recently, with opposition politicians, journalists and lawyers detained.
At least 35 workers have been killed by a blast at a dairy factory in western Yemen, medics said, as Saudi-led air strikes continue against Houthi rebels.
The UN high commissioner for human rights has warned that Yemen is “on the verge of total collapse”, as Houthi rebels battle a Saudi-led coalition backing the government.
Some of Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, critics are once again confronting him with the issue of his wife’s former membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and her role in the crafting of a CFR document espousing North American unity.
A new report claims that Facebook secretly installs tracking cookies on users’ computers, allowing them to follow users around the internet even after they’ve left the website, deleted their account and requested to be no longer followed.
Three new reality shows are set to debut in the wake of the groundbreaking work of Orange Is the New Black’s Cox-the first transgender actress to earn an Emmy nomination-and Jeffrey Tambor’s Golden Globe-winning performance as a father in transition on Amazon’s Transparent.
Modern life is making us lonelier, and recent research indicates that this may be the next biggest public health issue on par with obesity and substance abuse. A recent review of studies indicates that loneliness increases mortality risk by 26%.
The massive corruption in Eastern Europe which facilitates terrorism, war, and heroin in the rest of the world
I encourage everyone to take a look at the attached report as it gives a very interesting perspective on what is really going on in that vital part of global real estate where Europe, The Middle East, and Asia converge.
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How Government-Imposed ‘Net Neutrality’ Is Recipe for Crony Capitalism
This is such an annoying topic in a couple respects. 1 because “Net neutrality” is basically a done deal unless the courts rip it apart. But either way its out of the public’s hands. And 2 because a large number of smart people are convinced that “Net neutrality” is actually net neutrality. It’s like the Patriot Act circa 2002. No one could see that the Patriot Act wasn’t actually patriotic. Well, some folks did but they weren’t listened to at the time.
Tony Blair whisks Cherie away to Abu Dhabi to kill off talk of a divorce
Just last month it was reported Blair is to step back from his Middle East peace envoy role, which would enable him to spend more time with his clients.
Jesse Ventura to host new heavyweight current affairs show on RT America
“Off the Grid,” a talk show launched by Ventura last year on Larry King’s Ora TV internet network, will join RT’s Friday evening television line-up beginning this Friday, April 3. In a statement released by RT, Ventura said the program will showcase “uncensored discussions on the critical issues facing America today.”
Joe Biden sending signal to American Jews?
VP’s strange comment seen as dire warning by some. “You understand in your bones that no matter how hospitable, no matter how consequential, no matter how engaged, no matter how deeply involved you are in the United States … there is really only one absolute guarantee, and that’s the state of Israel,” Biden reportedly told the room full of surprised Jewish leaders. Israel Today magazine took the position that Biden’s comments may have been a type of prophetic warning to American Jewry, even if he didn’t fully realize the significance of his statement.
Russian strategist suggests nuking Yellowstone
The suggestion is attributed to Konstantin Sivkov, who wrote in an article at the Russian language VPK News that, “As a result, the U.S. will cease to exist.” While the rest of the world, he noted, would suffer a “catastrophe,” Russia likely would suffer little “due to the distance from the eruption site, the size of the territory and the location.”
‘The Resistance’ against Pope Francis
Ultra-traditionalist bishops in Brazil claim to be leading The Resistance to Pope Francis’s religious revolution, despite their own excommunications. French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure said on Sunday (March 29) the new group rejects Pope Francis and what it calls his “new religion.”
World Bank sees protracted recession in Russia
Russia faces a protracted recession as the impact of Western sanctions lingers and oil prices stay low, the World Bank said in a report published on Wednesday. In its baseline scenario, the bank expected Russia’s gross domestic product to contract by 3.8 percent in 2015 and a further 0.3 percent in 2016, describing medium-term growth prospects as dim.
For the second time in two weeks, a Forbush Decrease is underway. In other words, the number of cosmic rays around Earth is down. Forbush decreases happen when CMEs sweep past Earth and push aside cosmic rays that normally surround our planet. A CME that hit Earth on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, triggered the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle.
Arkansas passes ‘religious freedom’ bill similar to new Indiana law, sparking more protests
The state’s Republican-led House gave final approval to the bill, which prohibits the state and local governments from infringing on a person’s religious beliefs without a “compelling” interest.
UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights
Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain.
Palestinians formally join International Criminal Court
The Palestinians have formally joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), a key step towards being able to pursue Israelis for alleged war crimes. Foreign Minister Riad Malki attended a low-key ceremony at The Hague. The ICC’s chief prosecutor launched a “preliminary examination” in January, after the Palestinians signed its founding treaty, the Rome Statute.
At least nine dead as fatal storms hit Germany and Austria
At least nine people have been killed in gales that have battered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK. Seven people were killed in Germany, including two men whose car was hit by a tree. German media reports that there have been dozens of injuries from flying branches.
China building ‘great wall of sand’ in South China Sea
China’s land reclamation is creating a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, a top US official says, leading to “serious questions” on its intentions. US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry Harris made the comments in a speech in Australia on Tuesday night. He said by pumping sand on to coral reefs and adding concrete, China had created “over 4sq/km (1.5 sq miles) of artificial landmass”.
Iran, Russia express optimism as nuclear talks extended
Six world powers and Iran met again on Wednesday in a bid to reach a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme, after failing to agree crucial details such as the lifting of UN sanctions by a midnight deadline. …But as top negotiators from the powers met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia and Iran expressed optimism that an initial agreement was within reach.
Iranian aircraft buzzed Navy helicopter in Persian Gulf
Washington —An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces.
Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens Israel With ‘Electronic Holocaust’
Cyber activist group Anonymous has released an internet video which threatens Israel with an “electronic Holocaust” on April 7, in a massive cyber attack planned to fall just over a week before Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 16, known in Israel as Yom HaShoah.
Sen. Cotton: Socialist France Tougher on Iran Than Obama
The socialist government of France is taking a tougher stance against Iran in the nuclear talks under way in Switzerland than is the United States, Sen. Tom Cotton told Fox News Channel.
Arkansas Passes Religious-Freedom Law Despite Outcry in Indiana
The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a religious freedom bill similar to one recently approved in Indiana, over protests from critics who say it could open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. The measure, which had strong support from the Republican members who dominate the statehouse, now goes to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, who has said he would sign it.
McCain Joins Bolton, Invites Israel to Bomb Iran
Senator John McCain took to the Senate floor last week to rail against peace talks with Iran. No surprises there. But McCain went beyond blasting the deal. He suggested a surprising and disturbing method of blowing up the talks. The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue. Let’s hope their warnings have not been mere bluffs. Israel survived its first 19 years without meaningful U.S. patronage. For now, all it has to do is get through the next 22, admittedly long, months.
April 1, 2015
“Every thing useful and beneficial to man, seems to be connected with obedience to the laws of his nature, the inclinations, the duties, and the happiness of individuals, resolve themselves into customs and habits, favorable, in the highest degree, to society. In no case is this more apparent, than in the customs of nations respecting marriage.” –Samuel Williams, The Natural and Civil History of Vermont, 1794
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The country is rending itself apart over the once noncontroversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The federal RFRA was introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and signed into law by Bill Clinton, but now, MSNBC host Ed Schultz can’t talk about the law without cutting off the microphone of Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson. After Indiana sparked this heated debate by passing a RFRA, Arkansas lawmakers passed its version of the RFRA Tuesday.
State Rep. Bob Ballinger, who sponsored the bill, told The Washington Post, “This legislation doesn’t allow anybody to discriminate against anybody, not here. The bill does just the opposite. It focuses on the civil rights of people believing what they want to believe, and not letting the government interfere with that. … This is not a conservative or liberal thing. Most people agree that religion should be protected under heightened scrutiny standards, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Vast swaths of Americans now believe the rights enshrined in the First Amendment do not deserve to be interpreted by the courts through strict scrutiny — which will ensure any law is interpreted to allow for the most personal Liberty. It’s a sad day for Sikhs who wear kirpans, Native Americans who collect eagle feathers and churches fighting zoning laws. And leftists claim they’re tolerant and multicultural. More…
The Iran nuclear talks have become the Obama administration’s last hope for some kind of diplomatic success. And last night’s blown deadline is another painful reminder that the JV team in the White House is bungling U.S.’s influence abroad. A State Department official said, “The truth is, you can dwell on Yemen, or you can recognize that we’re one agreement away from a game-changing, legacy-setting nuclear accord on Iran that tackles what every one agrees is the biggest threat to the region.” Whatever happened to no deal is better than a bad deal? For months, Iran has played with the carrot the West has dangled before it. In exchange for not developing nuclear weapons, the West would lower sanctions against the Middle East shadow empire. But yesterday’s deadline was blown, according to The Wall Street Journal, because the two sides couldn’t agree on a timetable for lifting sanctions and what Iran could do with its nuclear program in the future. The hard deadline for a comprehensive deal is June 30 — a few embarrassing weeks away. More…
Don’t miss Mark Alexander’s analysis on the United States’ negotiations with Iran that will be coming out later today.
In 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor and made a serious and unsubstantiated allegation about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney: “Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t.” Reid knew this was a BIG Lie, which would gain traction for the Left’s class warfare game. Asked this week for his thoughts on that episode — specifically that his remarks had been called “McCarthyite” — Reid shrugged and replied, “Well, they can call it whatever they want. Romney didn’t win, did he?” Reid’s smug gloating is beyond unmitigated arrogance, and speaks volumes about the Left’s approach to politics. The ends always justify their means.
John Kerry has a long history of phony “seared memories.” From Christmas 1968 in Cambodia to the “very first climate hearings in the Senate,” Kerry just makes stuff up. The Washington Post “fact checker” took on the claim about the Senate climate hearings only to discover that “Kerry was not even a participant in the most important hearing of that time; he simply spoke at a hearing that took place the following year. And yet, like Brian Williams claiming to have come under fire in Iraq, Kerry has repeatedly placed himself at the center of the action — and the narrative.” Not only that, a follow-up article reveals that the hearing was not, as Kerry at another time asserted, deliberately scheduled on the summer’s hottest day, nor was it “sweltering” in the hearing room. Leftists regularly assert that weather isn’t proof of climate — unless they need it to be. The fact checker concluded, “Frankly, this now puts Kerry’s statements in an even a worse light. Not only did he place himself at a hearing he did not organize and attend, but he described witnessing events that did not happen.” That’s par for the course with Kerry.
Gina McCarthy is working overtime to ensure her final 22 months as head of the EPA take America back to the Stone Age succeed in radically curtailing fossil fuel emissions via regulatory fiat — regardless of the economic ramifications. And if that means opposing the Keystone pipeline to make a political point, so be it. When asked on Monday by Politico’s Mike Allen, “Would the Keystone pipeline be a disaster for the climate?” McCarthy retorted, “No, I don’t think that any one issue is a disaster for the climate, nor do I think there’s any one solution to the climate change challenge that we have.” The EPA’s point of contention, it claims, has to do with the likelihood that giving Keystone a thumbs up will encourage future development. As The Hill explains, “Keystone’s climate impact was the focus of a letter the EPA sent in February to the State Department, which is evaluating whether to approve the Canada-to-Gulf Coast oil pipeline, which would carry oil sands from Alberta. The EPA said that with oil prices so low, Keystone might spur more oil sands production than would happen without the pipeline.” What’s needed is economic mobility, but this administration’s feckless desire is to drive energy costs artificially higher. Clearly, Keystone would undermine that attempt, and this administration is willing to forgo the project’s obvious dividends — which includes no major climate implications, by McCarthy’s own admission — to achieve its goal. More…
Thanks to Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration, it’s apparent how insufficient are the laws designed to bring transparency and oversight into government affairs.
Over the weekend, longtime Clinton lawyer David E. Kendall sent a letter to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, responding to its March 4 subpoena. In it, he admitted the Clinton machine deleted all the email from Hillary Clinton’s now infamous email server. All the scrambled notes, all the dispatches and updates that marked Clinton’s time as the nation’s chief diplomat are gone. In response, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) summoned the former secretary of state before the committee to privately answer for her actions.
In his letter to Clinton’s lawyer, Gowdy wrote, “The Committee believes a transcribed interview would best protect Secretary Clinton’s privacy, the security of the information queried, and the public’s interest in ensuring this Committee has all information needed to accomplish the task set before it. … We continue to believe Secretary Clinton’s email arrangement with herself is highly unusual, if not unprecedented.”
Hillary better beware the Ides of March. It wasn’t an email server that took down a Caesar, but by hiding information from the public she’s signaling she wants to be treated as a king.
And what a scheme she had.
It wasn’t apparent at first what Clinton’s strategy was. When news of the private email server became public, Clinton announced she wanted transparency — she wanted the emails in the public record.
But the email server was built for privacy, as it was designed so that it could be completely wiped. In a press conference March 10, Clinton said she sent and received a little over 60,000 messages from the server. Some 30,000, she insisted, contained state business. She disclosed those messages, she claimed, “and the server will remain private.”
The politician positioned herself as a sound defender of the public good. “And I feel that I’ve taken unprecedented steps to provide these work-related emails. They’re going to be in the public domain. And I think that Americans will find that, you know, interesting.” Interesting? Interesting? Her emails are not useful, she says, not necessary for the accountability of American government. It’s sophomorically interesting, a passing trifle.
But her lawyer, Kendall, in his letter to the House, laid her political strategy bare: At the end of her tenure, she dumped 50,000 pages worth of email on the State Department to sort out.
At that time, Clinton wiped her server clean, which could be obstruction of Congress if she did so after Oct. 28, 2014 — the date when Clinton was instructed by the State Department to turn over her public records.
“[T]he Department of State — which has already produced approximately 300 documents in response to an earlier request seeking documents on essentially the same subject matters — is uniquely positioned to make available any documents responsive to your requests,” Kendall told the Benghazi select committee.
And now, Hillary can simply deflect any criticism of her time as madam secretary. She doesn’t have the information. Why are you looking there? Anyone from the public will have to contend with the bureaucratic State Department. She wiped her hands of the matter.
In her March 10 press conference, Hillary Clinton said the email controversy was out of her hands: “[M]y direction to conduct the thorough investigation was to err on the side of providing anything that could be possibly viewed as work related. … That is the responsibility of the individual and I have fulfilled that responsibility, and I have no doubt that we have done exactly what we should have done.”
We can debate whether Hillary Clinton broke the law. Former government officials in charge of releasing documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act say she did. Take, for example, former FOIA official Daniel Metcalfe, who said Clinton’s private email server was a “blatant circumvention of the Freedom of Information Act.” But will the woman ever face justice for her crimes against the American people? She has too many political friends. Hillary is too big to fail.
This is why it’s time to rip apart the veil shielding government officials from the public eye. Shrewd politicians like Clinton simply skirt the law to avoid scrutiny. Administrations like Barack Obama’s chip away at the right of the public to access information — even as its mantra is transparency.
In Kendall’s letter, he told the House, “Like other agencies, the State Department places the obligation of determining what is and is not appropriate for preservation on individual officials and employees.”
The State Department’s own policies place the fox guarding the henhouse. And this provides an opportunity for the Republican Congress. Bolster the Freedom of Information Act. Show what big statists do in the dark by allowing the public to shout it from the rooftops.
Catch this administration — from its secretaries of state to its president to the lowly FOIA Denial Officer — contradicting what they said with what they’ve done in practice.
Only weeks ago, the person regarded as the most popular non-Hillary Clinton Democrat presidential contender was über progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren, however, told the “Today” show this week, “No. I’m not running, and I’m not going to run.” Perhaps that’s pol-speak for “Let me see what happens.” After all, if Clinton wins the nomination, Warren may be on the bottom of the ticket. Other challengers include, no kidding, Joe Biden, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT) and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb.
But another contender waits in the wings, indicating every way but smoke signals that he’s plotting a run. He has yet to form the usual “exploratory committee,” though his intentions are clear.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley appeared with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” where O’Malley declared the nation needs “new leadership,” slyly implying that Hillary isn’t it. “History is full of times,” he continued, “when the inevitable frontrunner is inevitable right up until he or she is no longer inevitable.”
A little later O’Malley said, “Let’s be honest here. The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed around between two families.” Hedging lest he overstep, he added, “any two families.” As if there are any besides the Clintons and Bushes currently in that category.
Many Democrats have been hoping for a non-Hillary candidate for some time. Surveys find a majority of Democrats want Hillary to run against strong primary competition. And New Hampshire Democrat Party chairman Ray Buckley said he “fully anticipate[s] … a very robust primary.”
But those feminist-for-Hillary roots (and claws) go deep, and, on the same “This Week,” O’Malley was warned about ruining Hillary’s chances.
Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan governor and senior adviser to Ready for Hillary PAC, said Hillary “is comfortable enough to withstand a primary.” But Granholm perhaps isn’t so comfortable. She followed up, “And Martin O’Malley … I was thinking he might make a nice member of a President Clinton administration, so he better watch it.”
“I think he and anybody else — she would welcome into the mix,” Granholm continued. “That would be healthy. But I also think ultimately, she’ll be the next president.” Typical. Feminists want it all without working for it.
At this point, O’Malley may be Hillary’s foremost challenger, as scary as it might be for him.
O’Malley’s first major political venture was the mayoralty of Baltimore. Winning it in 1999 was considered quite a coup since Baltimore is a majority-black city. His platorm included decreasing the crime rate, increasing performance in public schools and improving health care delivery. What he actually achieved is a matter of dispute.
To reduce crime, O’Malley adapted New York City’s COMPSTAT accountability program for Baltimore, calling it CitiStat. Every call received by law enforcement is entered into a database that is regularly analyzed in “accountability sessions.” Good results win praise, bad ones bring trouble. Of course, the system itself promotes fudging, and his claim to have reduced crime by a third was criticized on that basis. As time passed, CitiStat was adopted by other departments, notably public schools.
In 2007, O’Malley became the governor of Maryland. During his two terms, he followed the best of progressive ideology: tax, spend, repeat.
On his blog he relates a telling story that demonstrates his philosophy and reaction to it. He called a heating company and the woman on the other end asked his name. “O’Malley,” he replied, “like the out-going governor.” “Ah, yes,” she said, “the tax man.”
O’Malley sure did raise taxes: Sales taxes, gas taxes, income taxes, sin taxes (alcohol and tobacco), indirect taxes (minimum wage hikes and public funds for illegal aliens), and so on. During the 2012 gubernatorial election, when O’Malley was term-limited out, Republican candidate Larry Hogan hit Democrats hard using the mantra of O’Malley’s 40 tax hikes. Hogan won the general election.
As The Washington Post reports, O’Malley’s tenure brought a “string of policy changes that will endure long after he departs.” Same-sex marriage, illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition, higher minimum wage, no more executions, and the kicker: “It’s harder to buy a gun.” In Maryland, that’s saying something.
Education spending reached “record amounts” (though that’s virtually always true even if the increase is small); crime declined impressively (as it did almost everywhere in the U.S.) and the number of people covered by subsidized health care increased dramatically. His supporters say, See? All these were accomplished by, as the Post puts it, “the very tax increases that became so reviled.”
“I’ve done what I think is the right thing to do for the common good of the people I serve,” O’Malley said. Leftists always claim to be doing the practical thing to help people.
On the other side of the ledger, businesses and residents left the state in droves, and Gov. Hogan is left to pick up the pieces.
Whoever Republicans choose to run as the party’s candidate could face some iteration of Martin O’Malley, if not O’Malley himself. He’s smart, he’s ruthless and he already has the media in his pocket — all while Hillary disintegrates. It may end up being a tougher fight for the Democrat nomination than Hillary ever wanted.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Tony Perkins: Liberals Get in the Way of Freedom
- Jonah Goldberg: How Do ‘Religious Freedom’ Acts Encourage Discrimination?
- John Stossel: The Next Bubble
- Ben Shapiro: The Fascist Left and Same-Sex Marriage
- Walter Williams: Self-Enforcing Discrimination
OPINION IN BRIEF
American statesman John C. Calhoun (1782-1850): “The government of the absolute majority is but the government of the strongest interests; and when not effectively checked, is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised… [N]o free system was ever farther removed from the principle that the absolute majority, without check or limitation, ought to govern.”
Columnist Ben Shapiro: “Same-sex marriage, it turns out, was never designed to grant legal benefits to same-sex couples. That could have been done under a regime of civil unions. Same-sex marriage was always designed to allow the government to have the power to cram down punishment on anyone who disobeys the government’s vision of the public good. One need not be an advocate of discrimination against gays to believe that government does not have the ability to enforce the prevailing social standards of the time in violation of individual rights. There are many situations in which advocates of freedom dislike particular exercises of that freedom but understand that government attacks on individual rights are far more threatening to the public good. You do not have a right to my services; I have a right to provide my services to whomever I choose. If you believe that your interpretation of public good enables you to bring a gun to the party, you are a bully and a tyrant. So it is with the modern American left, to whom freedom now means only the freedom to do what it is the left wants you to do at point of gun.”
FRC president Tony Perkins: “The reality is, if there weren’t a hostility toward faith, there wouldn’t be a need for RFRAs. As Americans, we have a proud tradition of respecting each other’s differences. But, under the policies and influence of the Obama administration, religious intolerance, especially toward Christians, has grown significantly. The various states that have passed RFRAs are simply extending the same courtesy of tolerance to men and women of faith that the Left now enjoys. As even the Wall Street Journal points out in its defense of Indiana’s bill, ‘The paradox is that even as America has become more tolerant of gays, many activists and liberals have become ever-more intolerant of anyone who might hold more traditional cultural or religious views.’ The Left is no longer satisfied with coexistence. They want to demand acceptance from others — and use the heavy hand of government to get it. They don’t just want to have their cake and eat it too – they want to force Christians to make their cake before they do. … What is unfolding [in Indiana] shows the source of true intolerance: those who want the government to punish people for freely living according to their beliefs.”
Fred Thompson: “Obama said, ‘I have a very business-like relationship with Netanyahu.’ Considering what he’s done to American businesses over the last 6 years, I have to agree.”
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Posted: 01 Apr 2015 07:32 AM PDT
IN A FEW BRIEF SENTENCES, BILL HAS BRANDED JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF AS A MISINFORMED LIAR WHO HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT.
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)
The bible, as written by God, is a funny book, and will allow you to come to any conclusion you wish to arrive at, based on your belief in Him and in it. But as quoted in the above scripture, without the belief in what God wrote as complete truth, it simply will not work to any effect within you. Belief is the key which unlocks the mysteries of the bible. The more you believe in God’s word, the more His Holy Spirit will open the pages of His word unto you. That said, Bill O’Reilly is not a believer in the bible, as we will show from his own statements. Bill O’Reilly is a very smart man by academic standards, and certainly by any worldly measure he has been astonishingly successful. He has become a millionaire many times over on what is arguably the highest-rated cable news show of all time, The O’Reilly Factor. His books are best sellers from the day they are released. Just try matching him in that some time soon, or any time soon. Bill dominates. Totally. FULL REPORT
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|DHS-Funded Drill Simulates Nuke Attack on US-Mexico Border
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 07:23 AM PDT
A Department of Homeland Security funded drill which took place yesterday in New Mexico simulated a nuclear attack on the US-Mexico border and how authorities would deal with thousands of people crossing over from Mexico to escape the catastrophe. The exercise simulated, “an emergency involving the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction near the U.S./Mexico border that causes a mass migration of about 3,000 people,” reported KFOX 14. The drill, which involved numerous police and fire departments as well as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, included an exercise where thousands of people were in need of decontamination and oxygen. The news station featured an interview with a resident who said he would be happy to participate in a drill where police went door to door to evacuate people under a simulated emergency. “Maybe have some [mock] evacuations. Have them come to the houses, knock on doors and have us go out someplace,” said Gill Cadena. FULL REPORT
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|The American Empire will crumble like all the rest
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 07:15 AM PDT
The ancient myth goes that King Midas was a kind and gentle king who took pity on a satyr and was rewarded by the god Dionysus, who granted the king one wish. Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. It wasn’t long before Midas’ golden touch destroyed his life. After some begging from the king, Dionysus allowed Midas to wash away his golden touch in a river. King Midas was the first in a long line of leaders who saw gold as an obstacle. Since the earliest civilizations, there has been a need for money as an instrument that could be a store of value used to expedite trade. Universally, gold has been valued. And so it’s been connected to money. But as far back as the ancients, there has been a desire to cheat the system, to debase the money. It’s been a universal desire to have something for nothing, and leaders have fulfilled that desire simply by creating more money. It is also a manifestation of our natural inclination to rationalize, or to convert a wish into a belief. Thus, the tendency to inflate the money supply is as rooted in our nature as are greed, fear and lust. FULL REPORT
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|Iran Militia Chief: Wiping Israel Off the Map Is ‘Non-negotiable’
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 07:08 AM PDT
Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the chief of the Basji Militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, declared that “erasing Israel off the map” is “non negotiable.” Israeli Radio reported the militia chief’s comments Tuesday, which also included threats against Saudi Arabia for its campaign against the Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. The Saudis, warned Naqdi, would share the “fate of Saddam Hussein.” As the Times of Israel notes, Naqdi has spoken openly in the past about Iran’s military strategy against Israel: In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, adding the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported. “Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region,” Naqdi said. “The Zionists should know that the next war won’t be confined to the present borders and the Mujahedeen will push them back,” he added. Naqdi claimed that much of Hamas’s arsenal, training and technical knowhow in the summer conflict with Israel was supplied by Iran. FULL REPORT
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|Super Typhoon Maysak heads for Luzon, Philippines – 48 Million People
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 07:01 AM PDT
Super Typhoon Maysak increased strength Tuesday as it moved westward over the Pacific Ocean toward the Philippines. It struck several islands of the Federated States of Micronesia, southeast of Guam, during the weekend with over 10 inches of rain in six hours reported on the island of Chuuk. Widespread damage, including roofs torn from homes and the destruction of houses made of tin, was also reported. The Yap Islands, with a population of 12,000, were expected to receive sustained winds of 119 mph, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, late Tuesday and early Wednesday, the U.S. National Weather Service in Guam said. Maysak is then expected to head westward and strike the Philippines on Sunday or Monday with sustained winds of about 120 mph and gusts up to 150 mph. “Its official track has it straight toward Luzon,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Derek Williams, the Philippines’ most populous island and the home of 48 million people. FULL REPORT
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|PSALM 83 WATCH – Israel expects hundreds of civilian casualties in next war with Hezbollah
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 06:54 AM PDT
Israel could suffer hundreds of civilian casualties and damage to its vital infrastructure from Hezbollah rockets if it fights another war with the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group, according to Israeli military assessments. The scenario, published by Israeli media on Wednesday, reflected concern among security planners that since the last Lebanon war, in 2006, Hezbollah has expanded its rocket arsenal and gained battle experience helping Damascus fight the insurgency in Syria. The publication of the assessments could help build a case for more investment in Israeli civil defenses and in U.S.-backed rocket interceptors like Iron Dome, which has proven effective outside Gaza, and the longer-range David’s Sling, which is in final testing stages. According to the military assessments, between 1,000 and 1,500 rockets could hit Israel daily in the next full-blown conflict, killing hundreds of people and potentially paralyzing key installations like airports, sea ports and power stations. FULL REPORT
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|Netanyahu voices outrage that nuclear talks go on while Iran vows to destroy Israel
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 06:46 AM PDT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday excoriated world powers over their dogged pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, pointing to recent statements by officials in Tehran — notably their calls to eliminate Israel — as evidence of the Islamic Republic’s unwillingness to compromise on its nuclear ambitions and campaign of “terror, subjugation and conquest. In tones of moral outrage, he issued a brief, infuriated statement to camera, protesting that the talks were continuing in Lausanne even as Iran reiterated its insistent goal of destroying the Jewish state. “Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared, and I quote, ‘Israel’s destruction is nonnegotiable,’” Netanyahu began, referring to a statement by Mohammad Reza Naqd, the commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. “But evidently, giving Iran’s murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable,” he said. “This is unconscionable.” Netanyahu’s comments came as diplomats from Iran and a group of six world powers, led by the United States, resumed negotiations over the terms of a nuclear deal, hours after a deadline for such a deal elapsed. FULL REPORT
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|Obama Plans ‘Executive Order’ For UN Climate Rules
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 06:29 AM PDT
The Obama administration’s plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to “proceed with caution” in negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone. The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate agreement to be negotiated Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris. It calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by close to 28 percent from 2005 levels within a decade, using a host of existing laws and executive actions targeting power plants, vehicles, oil and gas production and buildings. But Republican critics say the administration lacks the political and legal backing to commit the United States to an international agreement. “Considering that two-thirds of the U.S. federal government hasn’t even signed off on the Clean Power Plan and 13 states have already pledged to fight it, our international partners should proceed with caution before entering into a binding, unattainable deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. FULL REPORT
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|Dinesh D’souza was Right, Obama Is Forming A Global Muslim Caliphate
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 06:20 AM PDT
WHY DO YOU THINK THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WENT AFTER FILMMAKER DINESH D’SOUZA WITH FEDERAL CHARGES, EVENTUALLY CONVICTING HIM OF A CAMPAIGN FINANCE FELONY?
“They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:” Psalm 83:3-5 (KJV)
D’Souza served eight months in a community confinement center, received five years probation, and paid a $30,000 fine, all for giving some money to a friend to donate to a candidate. Somehow, I think there are plenty of people federal prosecutors have not gone after so aggressively for a similar offense. The reason the federal government went after D’Souza so forcefully was that Dinesh, in his first movie 2016: Obama’s America, hit the nail right on the head regarding our Dear Leader’s agenda. Obama could not let this continue. He had to attempt to silence Dinesh and buy more time to complete his goal—the creation of a global Islamic caliphate. FULL REPORT
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|Iran Expands Regional ‘Empire’ Ahead Of Nuclear Deal
Posted: 31 Mar 2015 01:29 PM PDT
With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen. The man behind what some see as an attempt to create a new Persian and Shi’ite “empire” on Arab land is Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the al-Quds brigade of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Since he emerged from the shadows last autumn, Soleimani seems to be omnipresent on the battlefields of the Middle East. Photos of Soleimani, 60, almost an invisible man until the Sunni jihadis of Islamic State overran cities in northern and central Iraq last year, are now everywhere. He is seen directing operations in the battle to recapture from IS the Sunni city of Tikrit, birthplace of Saddam Hussein. He is snapped in Syria offering condolences on the killing of a relative of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president he has helped cling to power during four years of war. In Beirut he is photographed praying at the grave of Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the late commander of the IRGC-backed Hezbollah paramilitary group. Jihad was killed in Syria in January. Meanwhile, the heterodox Shi’ite Houthi movement in Yemen has seized power in the capital, Sanaa, to Iranian acclaim and the alarm of Sunni Arab states such as neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival. FULL REPORT
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On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death reminder of how much ground culture of death has gained
On Schiavo Case, Bush Treads Lightly, Wall Street Journal (Beth Reinhard)
2) Indiana Gov. proposes revision to law, reception reveals collision of worldviews
Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, Asks for Changes in Religious Freedom Law, New York Times (Richard Pérez-Peña)
In Indiana, Using Religion as a Cover for Bigotry, New York Times (Editorial Board)
The New Intolerance, Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board)
Religious Liberty and Equality, New York Times (David Brooks)
3) Spa-like abortion clinic exposes lingering stigma against abortion in culture
New spa-like abortion clinic is part of a trend to de-stigmatize the procedure, Washington Post (Sandhya Somashekhar)
In other news…
Kids allowed sips of alcohol are more likely to drink in high school, study says, CNN (Kelly Wallace)
Buff Scott Jr. – Will Any Level of Obedience Save?
‘Killing Jesus’ Author Bill O’Reilly Says The Bible Is Not Historically True Or Accurate (VIDEO)
“If you want to believe that Jonah was swallowed by the whale, fine, but don’t demand that I believe it too”. He then went on to say that saying Jesus taught Adam and Eve, and Jonah and the whale as literal history is “entirely false, that is wrong, that never happened”.
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Barack Obama’s Virulent Antisemitism Was Well Known In Late 1990’s Chicago (VIDEO)
Abunimah says “I knew Barack Obama for many years as his state senator “when he used to attend events in the Palestinian community in Chicago all the time.”
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Dinesh D’souza was Right, Obama Is Forming A Global Muslim Caliphate (VIDEO)
The goal of the Obama administration is to weaken American power so the United States cannot stop the formation of the caliphate from North Africa to Pakistan.
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Comming Soon – National Biometric ID For Americans
After largely failing to prod state governments into developing a national identification system known as “REAL ID,” Republican lawmakers in Congress are once again pushing an Obama-backed scheme that would force every American to have a national ID card containing sensitive biometric data …………. Click here for full story
What Are The Implications If Obama Breaks With Israel?
Is a divorce coming between the President of the United States and the State of Israel? Once, it would have been almost preposterous even to ask such a question. Today, however, it feels like it’s a matter of “when,” not “if” Mr. Obama will formally abandon American support for the Jewish State. And the situation is rapidly going from bad to worse………. Click here for full story
The World Against Israel – New UN Report Enables Worldwide Hatred Of Israel With Bias Report
What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel. Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain. ……….. Click here for full story
New Trend: ‘Radically Inclusive’ Churches That Embrace All Religions And All Lifestyles
All over America, “radically inclusive” churches that embrace all religions and all lifestyles are starting to pop up. Church services that incorporate elements of Hinduism, Islam, native American religions and even Wicca are becoming increasingly common. And even if you don’t believe anything at all, that is okay with these churches too. But if these churches don’t really stand for anything at all, what is their purpose? And what does the popularity of these churches say about the future of religion in America? ……….. Click here for full story
Islamic State Attack On Italy Coming
The Islamic State terrorist group likely will launch an attack on Italy within weeks, not months, according to a senior Libyan government official. Aref Ali Nayed, Libya’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said in an interview that one likely method of attack would be to use stolen Libyan airliners now believed to be in the hands of Islamists in Libya. ……… Click here for full story
Americans Muddled Morality about the Unborn“The debate over fetal homicide reveals our society’s inconsistency in the ongoing debate over abortion: We only affirm the humanity of the unborn if the child is ‘wanted.’”
Experts Reveal the Message of Bible Prophecy
On our television program “Christ in Prophecy” this week, Dr. David Reagan interviews a panel of 15 Bible prophecy experts who answer this very question! For what their responses are, read below or watch online. We’ll start with my answer and end with Dr. Reagan’s response.
The Top 40 Conservative Websites
Why Christians Should Not Give Money to Rabbi Eckstein of IFCJ
With Passover fast approaching, we are all seeing the commercials from Rabbi Eckstein of IFCJ (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews), asking for your money to support his cause. He shows Jews in Israel – so hungry, that they are fighting each other to get the boxes of food. He says “Jews are so poor; they cannot even afford to buy matzo for Passover.”
Well, I have a few things to say about the good Rabbi – did I say good? Maybe you won’t think so after reading about this man and his organization.
Pence Buckles Under Powerful Gay/Media Blitzkrieg
Governor Mike Pence of Indiana seems to have caved into enormous pressure and will ask the state legislature for new legislation to make it clear that Christian florists and bakers could be forced to participate in weddings that violate their religious beliefs.
6 Ways Jesus Experienced Hell When He Was on the Cross
Artists and poets have speculated over the centuries about hell (consider Dante’s “Inferno”), but the clearest revelation of hell is given at the cross. The Apostle’s Creed affirms that Christ descended into hell. While this has often been taken to refer to a journey Christ made after his death, the Reformers understood it to refer to what Christ experienced in the hours of darkness when he bore our sins and became our sacrifice.
Hell has six dimensions and Christ experienced all of them on the cross.
Facebook accused of tracking all users even if they delete accounts, ask never to be followed
A new report claims that Facebook secretly installs tracking cookies on users’ computers, allowing them to follow users around the internet even after they’ve left the website, deleted their account and requested to be no longer followed.
Academic researchers said that the report showed that the company was breaking European law with its tracking policies.
The Prince of Persia Advancing?
Satan is attempting to destroy Israel and ultimately prevent the return of Jesus Christ from happening. He is now using Iran to try to accomplish this.
If you want to know the future, you must study the past. If you want to know what is going to happen, you must know what already has happened.
Agents of the Enemy
By Ken Timmerman
Essentially, what Motaghi said is that Secretary Kerry is working as an agent of Iran and has been arm-twisting reluctant allies, such as the French, into accepting what they know is a bad deal.
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