Purity Culture Isn’t Wrong For Loving Chastity, But For Weaponizing It

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So let’s think about it. Followers of Jesus need to be clear with American culture about how to be pure. This isn’t popular but it is important.

  • Why am I pure? It is a question for our culture and for our faith.
  • Is purity because of something I’ve done or something Jesus has done? Knowing and living out the answer is critical.
  • If I have missed God’s goal (sinned), what should I do? Jesus challenges us to change our minds (repent) about how to be pure.

“Purity Culture glosses over one very simple fact: We aren’t pure because of anything we do. We are pure because Christ made us so in his death and resurrection. Our worth is not found in what we have done, but in what he has done for us.”

Source: Purity Culture Isn’t Wrong For Loving Chastity, But For Weaponizing It

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Silicon Valley Censorship via Google, Facebook and who knows else

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Google’s latest project is an application called Perspective, which, as Wired reports, brings the tech company “a step closer to its goal of helping to foster troll-free discussion online, and filtering out the abusive comments that silence vulnerable voices.”

In other words, Google is teaching computers how to censor. While this isn’t the government censoring speech, it is troubling non the less.

  • If it is ever “toxic” to deem ISIS a terrorist organization, then — regardless of whether that is the result of human bias or an under-developed algorithm — the potential for abuse, and for widespread censorship, will always exist. The problem lies with the very concept of the idea. Why does Silicon Valley believe it should decide what is valid speech and what is not?
  • Conservative news, it seems, is considered fake news. Liberals should oppose this dogma before their own news comes under attack. Again, the most serious problem with attempting to eliminate hate speech, fake news or terrorist content by censorship is not about the efficacy of the censorship; it is the very premise that is dangerous.
  • Under the guidance of faulty algorithms or prejudiced Silicon Valley programmers, when the New York Times starts to delete or automatically hide comments that criticize extremist clerics, or Facebook designates articles by anti-Islamist activists as “fake news,” Islamists will prosper and moderate Muslims will suffer.

Source: Silicon Valley Censorship

Christians are “A Viable Target”?

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Jesus warned us that as his followers, we would be persecuted. From the beginning that has been so. It continues today.

  • “According to a report in the Christian Post, Christians displaced by Islamic attacks at the hands of Boko Haram terrorists are being denied food and vital assistance at camps run by local Muslim organizations. As many as 1.8 million people in Nigeria are currently facing starvation. “They will give food to the refugees, but if you are a Christian they will not give you food. They will openly tell you that the relief is not for Christians.” — Bishop William Naga, who fled his home in the Borno state, Nigeria.”
  • “A Pakistani government want-ad for street sweepers states that applicants must be Hindu, Christian or Shia — anyone but the dominant Sunni Muslim population – illustrates the way in which minorities are prevented from earning a living wage.”
  • “A sophomore at Rollins College in Florida was suspended for challenging a Muslim professor’s assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus never took place, and that his disciples never believed he was God. After the incident, during a Middle East Humanities class, the straight-A student was graded an “F” on a major essay.”

Source: Slaughtered Christians “A Viable Target”?

So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel

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Several prominent American Zionists – including long-time supporters of Israel – are so outraged at the Israeli government’s recent decision regarding the Western Wall and non-orthodox conversion, that they are urging American Jews to reduce or even eliminate their support for Israel.

God is the protector of Israel. I would suggest caution in taking them on. Justice is on the side of Israel.

Remember, Jesus cried over Jerusalem. Jesus cares. Jesus was Jewish.

  • According to an article by Elliott Abrams in Mosaic, Ike Fisher a prominent member of the AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] board, threatened to “suspend” all further financial support for Israel.
  • Daniel Gordis, a leading voice for Conservative Judaism, urged American Jews to cancel their El Al tickets and fly Delta or United. He also proposed “withholding donations to Israeli hospitals, so that ‘They start running out of money’ and ‘begin to falter.'”
  • This sort of emotional response is reminiscent of the temper tantrum outgoing President Barak Obama engaged in when he refused to veto the UN’s recent anti-Israel resolution.

Source: So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel

Is it ‘Illogical’ to Fight Abortion by Defunding Planned Parenthood?

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Is it logical to fight abortion (and killing babies) by de-funding Planned Parenthood?

Of course it is. God will hold us accountable for defending life. It is both logical and correct in the eyes of God. Jesus came that we might have life. That is clear. The evil one came to kill, steal and destroy. I will side with God.

In God’s Country (aka the Kingdom of God), Jesus is in control. As a citizen of God’s County, I must side for life.

“But that’s not the point. And the point is this: pro-life Americans don’t want to fund an organization – in any way, in any from – that violently tramples on the life and dignity of the unborn human person. Never mind the argument that money is fungible, or that Planned Parenthood could offset costs with public funds to free up other resources for abortion. (Another point highlighted by pro-life groups.)

And, despite offers from President Trump, Planned Parenthood has, time and time again, refused to separate abortion from its other services.”

Source: WashPost: ‘Illogical’ to Fight Abortion by Defunding Planned Parenthood

The Islamic View of “Feminism” via Sharia Law, Linda Sarsour and the Islamists

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There are some important things to know about Islamism and their view of feminism. It isn’t a pretty picture.

  • What the West needs to know is that in the Muslim world, jihad is considered more important than women, family happiness and life itself. If we are told, as Linda Sarsour said, that Islam stands for peace and justice, what we are not told is that “peace” in Islam will come only after the whole world has converted to Islam, and that “justice” means law under Sharia: whatever is inside Sharia is “justice;” whatever is not in Sharia is not “justice.”
  • Rebelling against Sharia is, sadly, for the Muslim woman, unthinkable. How can a healthy and normal feminist movement develop under an Islamic legal system that can flog, stone and behead women? That is why Sarsour’s jihadist kind of feminism is no heroic kind of feminism but the only feminism a Muslim woman can practice that will give her a degree of respect, acceptance, and even preferential treatment over other women. In Islam, that is the only kind of feminism allowed to develop.

Muslim activist and Women’s March organizer, Linda Sarsour, has helpfully exposed a side of Islam that is pro-Sharia and pro-jihad:

“I hope that … when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”

Source: The Islamic View of “Feminism”

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The truth vs. CNN

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In his latest FIREWALL, host Bill Whittle recounts the recent CNN scandal, describes the masterful way the videos were released and shows what incredible — almost unbelievable — harm is caused by media bias.

Bill Whittle is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, author and the voice of The Common Sense Resistance.  He is best known for his YouTube videos, one of which, “Three and a Half Days”, has been viewed more than 2.5 million times. He is currently the host of Firewall, and co-hosts Right Angle with Stephen Green and Scott Ott. Bill’s latest video series We The People V2.0″  made for young adults in cooperation with Turning Point USA. In addition, Whittle has interviewed a number of political personalities as a PJTV.com commentator. 

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“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” ~~Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell

Dr. Sowell nails it. Of course, we live in a culture where self importance is rampant.

We could all listen more and speak less. That includes listening to wise men like Dr. Sowell.

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” ~~Thomas Sowell

A Muslim Reformer Explains How To Fight Islamism — It is time to listen and act

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I really appreciate the insight that Dr. Jasser brings to understanding the Jihad. It helps to have the understanding of a Muslim who is opposed to Islamism. We will either be in the land of Islam or at war with Islamism.

  • Can we begin to relax? “We in the free world cannot ever afford to be complacent. Military victories in Iraq and Syria will increase ISIS’ global chatter calling for acts of war against the West and subsequent attempts at more attacks will follow. The emergence of ISIS in 2013 after the diminishment of al-Qaeda by 2008 should serve as a reminder that we are in a long global war against militant Islamism, and more broadly non-violent Islamism.”
  • Are willing to be in the land of Islam vs. the land of war? The precursor of violent Islamism and violent jihad is non-violent Islamism and its civilizational jihad. Islamists of any variety divide the world into the “Land of Islam” (Dar-al-Islam) and the “Land of War” (Dar al-Harb). Islamists will continue to promote the consciousness that non-Muslim majority nations are the “Land of War.”

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement (MRM), and author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith.” He is a practicing Muslim who has actively opposed Islamism.

Source: A Muslim Reformer Explains How To Fight Islamism

Obama In March 2011: Can’t Stop Deportations Through Executive Order

At a Univision Town Hall in March 2011, President Obama clearly said that he could not suspend deportations through executive order because we are a nation of laws.

He said something similar over 20 times. He was right. He then did it any way.

Just a reminder.

Congress should make the laws. The President should faithfully execute them.

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Is it time to pray for Justice?

September 11 always brings it back for me.

I know I have been praying for peace. Somehow I have forgotten about God delivering Justice. Is it time to pray for Justice instead?

It is probably past time. I now shift to praying for justice. The Jihad must stop.

I will have persistent faith that God will deliver justice to the evil ones.

Jesus said ” So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”

Source: Luke 18:6

The Judge. The Widow. 3. What then does the Lord want us to understand? Luke 18:6-8 And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Countries That Allow Gay Marriage Around The World

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I would have thought it would have been more countries although I guess it is 24 too many as it is. Jesus was clear that it is men and women who marry.

The recently signed Nashville Statement declares in Article One that:

WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church.

WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.

The following is from: Countries That Allow Gay Marriage Around The World | Pew Research Center

“A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.”

Dear Trans Lobby: The Military Is Not A Social Experiment

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Jesus correctly stated that we are born male and female. Jesus isn’t confused on the issue. As also correctly stated in the Nashville Statement,

WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.

WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.

From The Federalist:

  • What is the issue here? “Transgender issues are the most emotive of our times, an echo of the paradigm wars of the early ‘90s. Transgenders and transsexuals are every bit as human as everyone else, deserve every bit of human compassion, and shouldn’t be discriminated against. But that’s simply not the issue here.”
  • Can I just change my sex if I feel like it? “As Brendan O’Neill pointed out in his scalding essay about proposed British transgender laws, the implications of transgender politics are immense. That someone can change his sex based on what he feels, without any scientific evidence, is a sign of how extremely individualistic and narcissist western society is. The demand that other individuals and institutions accept and adapt to it or face penalties is quite Soviet. Voice any criticism or concerns about this, and you are transphobic.
  • Is this just about what Trump thinks? “In that light comes Trump’s new war sermon. Naturally, middle-class urban commentators, celebrities, and national politicians are all uncomfortable with this new battle. Everyone thought the arguments against transgender troops and women warriors were done and dusted, swept under the carpet. Imagine a Democrat politician facing reelection in an American red state like South Carolina, from where most military recruits come, trying to explain why Trump is wrong, and why intersectionality is a good theory and the military should be more sexually politicized.”

Source: Dear Trans Lobby: The Military Is Not A Social Experiment

Caring and love in Sanford, Florida before Hurricane Irma hits

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Pam Brekke had traveled 30 miles from Sanford, Fla., to a Lowe’s in Orlando that got a surprise shipment of 216 generators amid the Irma frenzy, according to Nancy Alvarez of ABC affiliate WFTV.

  • Pam was “next in line to purchase a generator when she watched workers load the final unit onto a cart for the customer who was standing before her in line.”
  • That customer, Ramon Santiago, “walked up and insisted she take his.” He didn’t even know why she was crying.
  • It turns out that her father’s on oxygen, and she was worried about taking care of him during the storm.

See the Facebook video.

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When it comes to work, don’t follow your passion

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Should you follow your passion, wherever it may take you? Should you do only what you love…or learn to love what you do? How can you identify which path to take? How about which paths to avoid? TV personality Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” shares the dirty truth in PragerU’s 2016 commencement address.

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New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men

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On June 30, hours before the policy took effect, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis postponed the opening of military enlistments to transgender people for an additional six months.

  • The delay does not prevent currently serving soldiers from transitioning, however. It is intended to give the joint chiefs more time to review and mitigate the Obama-era rule’s impact on the “readiness and lethality of our [armed] forces.”
  • Late into President Obama’s last term, his military officials allowed transgender soldiers to serve openly, even funding gender-change surgeries with taxpayer dollars. Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter set a July 1 deadline for all four military branches to write policies for accepting openly transgender enlistments. Formerly, soldiers exhibiting gender dysphoria were automatically discharged. 
  • After Trump tweeted out his intent to return the transgender service member policy to its pre-Obama form, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joe Dunford, announced that the Pentagon would not implement the policy change until it received formal, detailed guidance from the White House. Apparently, his response has been wistfully interpreted as a soft refusal of a presidential order. But what else would you expect the general to say? 
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis on August 29, announced the creation of a panel to recommend how the military should put President Donald Trump’s new transgender military guidance into effect. But for now, the current policy allowing transgender individuals already in the military to serve will remain in place, Mattis said in the statement.

Source: New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men

Where are the most post-Christian cities in America?

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It may come as no surprise that the influence of Christianity in the United States is waning.

  • Rates of church attendance, religious affiliation, belief in God, prayer and Bible-reading have all been dropping for decades.
  • By consequence, the role of religion in public life has been slowly diminishing, and the church no longer functions with the cultural authority it held in times past.
  • These are unique days for the church in America as it learns what it means to flourish in a new “Post-Christian” era.

Source: The Most Post-Christian Cities in America: 2017 – Barna Group

Doctors Don’t Know Which Kids Should Gender Transition, Do It Anyway

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This is not only sad but more importantly, dangerous.

  • What does Jesus say? Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? – Matthew 19:4-6 The Message (MSG)
  • Why is this important?Children are encouraged, affirmed and assisted in “coming out” as transgendered without one word about the consequences of the dangerous game of “gender make-believe.” The consequences are real. Everyone needs to know what they are.
  • Is affirmation the answer? “Today, the politically correct response expected from adults, especially parents, is to affirm the child in the desired gender.” Affirmation isn’t the answer.
  • Why give false hope? “But affirmation gives young people false hope that they can really become a different gender. It’s a lie—a lie told with compassionate motives, but a lie nonetheless. Lying is not compassion.

Source: Doctors Don’t Know Which Kids Should Gender Transition, Do It Anyway

India’s Hindu Nationalism — Religious Minorities Persecuted

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We see a lot of persecution going on these days, even in places like India.

  • India is experiencing internal religious torment rooted in Hindu nationalist ideology.
  • Even more worrisome is that Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a bastion of Hindu nationalist sentiments. Elections held earlier this year strengthened the BJP’s already solid control over the country’s political system.
  • Its strong showing in state elections is particularly ominous for religious freedom since states have significant political power in India.
  • Cases of attempted forced conversion to Hinduism have also come to light. In the spring of 2016, “six Gondi tribal Christian families fled the village of Katodi after their Hindu neighbors attacked and threatened them in order to forcibly convert them [to] Hinduism,” according to the USCIRF.
  • A few months prior, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical Hindu nationalist group with close ties to the BJP, “reportedly placed signs in train stations throughout India that said Christians had to leave India or convert to Hinduism or they will be killed by 2021.”Source: India’s Hindu Nationalism — Religious Minorities Persecuted | National Review

Ex-NFL star Burgess Owens: The flag and why I stand

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Burgess Owens is a retired safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. He graduated from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida in 1969, and then attended the University of Miami, where he was a 1st-Team All-American defensive back, Most Valuable Defensive Player of the North–South All Star Game, and MVP of the Coaches All-American Game. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall Of Fame in 1980, and its Orange Bowl “Ring of Honor” in 1999.

Owens was a first round draft pick of the Jets in 1973. During his rookie season, he returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on October 28. This was the Jets’ only TD scored on a kickoff return during the 1970s. He then became a continuous starting player for the Jets, and was a part of the Raiders’ 1980 championship team.

Owens is married with six children and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has publicly shared about his faith to large audiences.

Owens is the author of an ebook published in August 2012 with the title, It’s All About Team: Exposing the Black Talented Tenth. The book examines how the black community has fared since the start of the twentieth century, especially in following the thinking of W. E. B. Dubois and progressive liberalism.

Owens is the author of Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps (2016) which offers a history and analysis of the Black experience in the U.S.A. with suggestions for moving past conventional ideas of moving the Black community forward.

Here are his thoughts on standing for the National Anthem.

Millions of other Americans from every other culture share this American experience. It is the gratitude of our present generation for our ancestors’ grit and tenacity that forges a spiritual connection that gives us pride in our country’s flag.

It is this connection that most black Americans do not have due to the sanitization of their history.

So why do I stand?

I Stand- in gratitude to an eight-year-old boy, my great-great grandfather, who remained hopeful, tenacious and faithful as he grew to proudly serve his family, community and country.

I Stand– in gratitude to a grandfather whom at the age of 15 years old, volunteered to serve in WWI. As a successful farmer, he raised 12 children who would all earn college degrees and taste of the mid-1900’s American dream.

I Stand– in gratitude to a father who succeeded in the day of institutional racism in the arenas of academia, as a researcher, an entrepreneur, a dedicated father and husband and a pillar of his community. He once recounted that his greatest life decision was volunteering and returning home as a proud WWII veteran.

I Stand –in gratitude for the proud, successful, entrepreneurial and segregated Tallahassee, Florida, community where I grew up. The people of that community were determined that they would never be looked down upon or pitied as a race of victims.

I Stand- as an example for the millions of black youth who have not been taught to love God, country, family and themselves by the liberal Leftist overseers who have controlled the urban community for the last 60 years.

I Stand- against the sanitizing of our history.  The Left has already done so within the black community, resulting in the lack of gratitude seen on today’s NFL sidelines.

I Stand– as a voice to the NFL corporation leadership…it’s time to Stand Up, Man-Up and defend our country and culture. This will only occur when patriotism is valued over popularity, profit and politics.

Source: Ex-NFL star Burgess Owens: The flag and why I stand | Fox News

The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away

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What an amazing story that captures the love coming out of something we hate called Harvey.

My Best Laid Plans

There’s not much in the world I can truly say I hate. But I hateHarvey.

We have been sitting here for more hours than I can begin to count being brutally lashed by his seemingly never ending fury. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t scary…terrifying…at times, but we are among the lucky ones. We are safe and dry.


Harvey has taken so much from so many. Homes, lives, hopes, jobs–all washed into the Gulf of Mexico by his relentless anger. As the horrifying images and desperate needs flash across my screen in endless and quick succession, I sit here with tears in my eyes. Where do you begin? I have never felt so helpless. My neighbors are in dire straits and I can’t do anything but pray. It’s a terrible feeling.


Pregnant women and their toddlers stuck on roofs waiting hours upon hours for…

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These Graphic Pictures Show What Planned Parenthood Is Fighting For

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With the pro-life movement fighting to strip federal tax dollars from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, and Planned Parenthood and its allies fighting just as hard to hold onto that funding, the abortion issue has remained in the headlines.

But too often forgotten in such battles are those most affected by it: the unborn children whose lives abortion takes 2,537 times a day—35 percent of them by Planned Parenthood alone. Or about 60 million since Roe v. Wade.

Source: These Graphic Pictures Show What Planned Parenthood Is Fighting For

Hurricane Harvey: Ordinary American heroes inspire me

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, ordinary Americans throughout Texas are pulling together to help with rescues, shelter, food and support. I am inspired by their selflessness. God bless them all.

Here are some examples of the heroism.

Rescue boats fill a flooded street at flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

 

Are Charter Schools Better Than Public Schools?

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What exactly are charter schools? Are they good for students? Watch this video and decide for yourself if they help or hurt public education. This video is part of a collaborative business and economics project with Job Creators Network. To learn more about JCN, visit http://www.jobcreatorsnetwork.com.

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America Needs a Post-ISIS Strategy

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John Bolton always has some great strategic thoughts when it comes to the Middle East. Based on President Trumps approach to Afghanistan, I wonder what the thinking is about Iraq, which is even more complicated.

Regardless, based on what has worked for us historically is to recognize we need to keep sufficient troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for a very long time.

Consider this about prior wars. Here is how many troops, as of the end of June, that we still maintain. Of course, we see nothing in Vietnam, where we lost.

JAPAN 39,983
GERMANY 36,052
KOREA, SOUTH 23,596
KUWAIT 14,790
ITALY 13,902

According to Mr. Bolton, “The headlines out of Syria are eye-catching: There are signs the Assad government may be planning another chemical attack. American pilots have struck forces threatening our allies and shot down a Syrian plane and Iranian-made drones. The probability of direct military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia has risen. Yet the coverage of these incidents and the tactical responses that have been suggested obscure the broader story: The slow-moving campaign against Islamic State is finally nearing its conclusion — yet major, long-range strategic issues remain unresolved.”

  • “First, the U.S. ought to abandon or substantially reduce its military support for Iraq’s current government. Despite retaining a tripartite veneer of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs, the capital is dominated by Shiites loyal to Iran. Today Iraq resembles Eastern Europe in the late 1940s, as the Soviet anaconda tightened its hold. Extending Baghdad’s political and military control into areas retaken from ISIS simply advances Tehran’s power. This cannot be in America’s interest.
  • “Second, the U.S. should press Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf monarchies for more troops and material assistance in fighting ISIS. America has carried too much of the burden for too long in trying to forge Syria’s opposition into an effective force. Yet even today the opposition could charitably be called “diverse.” It includes undeniably terrorist elements that are often hard to distinguish from the “moderates” the U.S. supports. Getting fresh contributions from Arab allies would rebalance the opposition, which is especially critical if the U.S. turns away, as it should, from reliance on the Iraqi forces dominated by Tehran.
  • “Third, the Trump administration must take a clear-eyed view of Russia’s intervention. The Syrian mixing bowl is where confrontation between American and Russian forces looms. Why is Russia active in this conflict? Because it is aiding its allies: Syria’s President Bashar Assad and Iran’s ayatollahs. Undeniably, Russia is on the wrong side. But Mr. Obama, blind to reality, believed Washington and Moscow shared a common interest in easing the Assad regime out of power. The Trump administration’s new thinking should be oriented toward a clear objective: pushing back these Iranian and Russian gains.

Source: America Needs a Post-ISIS Strategy

Hurricane Harvey: Thanksgiving in The Wake of Tragedy

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“We thank God!” What a great story from a man who lost it all.

Watchword Politics

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”

-Walter Anderson 1885-1962

Twenty trillion gallons of water have fallen on Texas since Thursday afternoon. Eighteen people have been killed, and some 30,000 displaced; and there’s more rain still to come. As levees are breached, and lives are swept away, some have taken to social media to heckle and harass the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Screenshot_20170829-120124 (1)20170829_120717 (1)This despicable behavior puts on full display the cold and empty chambers of the heart of identity politics. With this in mind, I’d like to you to meet a man named Jeremiah:

https://twitter.com/jswishdaman/status/902003390967898112

In the video Jeremiah is walking hand in hand…

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New England Elite Schools Lack Ideological Diversity

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Want to check out which colleges and universities are the most ideologically diverse? The offending list is the Heterodox Academy’s new ranking of 200 schools created to measure how much viewpoint diversity one can expect to find on a particular campus.

It is enlightening.

  • The ranking has revealed that New England is by far the worst region of the country, especially for liberal-arts colleges, when it comes to campuses that support and maintain viewpoint diversity. With Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Tufts on the university side and Williams, Wesleyan, Smith, Amherst, and Mount Holyoke on the liberal-arts college side, these schools reflect the politics of the region and were all at the bottom of the rankings in terms of viewpoint diversity. This could well be the first time that these esteemed institutions have found themselves at the bottom of national rankings that are so crucial to the very mission of higher education.
  • Schools in the Upper Midwest and along the West Coast are the next-worst in the rankings.
  • Schools in the South and the Midwest are the least closed in terms of viewpoint diversity, with William and Mary, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the University of Florida leading the charge toward being least closed. Of course, these are broad general strokes that represent general trends.
  • For instance, the Claremont Colleges were among the most highly ranked schools in terms of prompting viewpoint diversity despite being close to the West Coast and surrounded by other schools that were struggling to promoting a real diversity of ideas on campus.

Source: New England Elite Schools Lack Ideological Diversity | National Review

Ordinary American heroes inspire as they serve God helping with Hurricane Harvey

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, ordinary Americans throughout Texas are pulling together to help with rescues, shelter, food and support. Here are some examples of the heroism. Jesus calls on us to love one another. Here it is captured on video. God bless Texas!

Rescue boats fill a flooded street at flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

What Sharia Prescribes: Same as the Ten Commandments?

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There is some confusion about Sharia Law. Is it not just similar to the 10 commandments found in the Old Testament? Absolutely not.

  • Isn’t it the same? “Islam was created 600 years after Christianity not to affirm the Bible, but to discredit it; not to co-exist with “the people of the book” — Jews and Christians — but to replace them.”
  • What is Sharia about? “It is hard to read Islamic law books without concluding that Islamic values are essentially “a rebellion against the Ten Commandments”.”
  • Are there differences?  “Islam violates the commandment “Thou shalt not murder” when Allah commanded Muslims to kill Allah’s enemies, and in the process, kill and be killed in jihad if they are to be guaranteed heaven.”
  • Why not just let it work side by side? “Accepting a parallel legal system would effectively nullify actual freedom for many of the people possibly forced to use it, and the ability to receive equal justice under law. Sharia is the reason there is a death warrant out on this author, on Salman Rushdie and others, for apostasy.”

Source: What Sharia Prescribes: Same as the Ten Commandments?

Government hostility to religion has spiked, new report finds

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The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press.

Among the cases listed in a new report from the Family Research Council:

  • An 11-year-old student in Hattiesburg, Mississippi was penalized for mentioning Jesus in a Christmas poetry assignment.
  • Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freedom were charged with criminal contempt because they prayed over a meal. The pair was later found not guilty of violating an injunction banning the promotion of religious events at school.
  • A Christian acapella group at James Madison University was told they could not perform “Mary Did You Know” because it was religious. They were directed to only sing secular songs.
  • An Ohio library banned a Christian group from meeting to discuss natural marriage unless the group also included supports of same-sex marriage.
  • Allstate Insurance Company fired a staffer for allegedly using a company laptop to write a column against homosexuality. The company alleged said the column violated its diversity standards.
  • San Diego firefighters were threatened with disciplinary action if they refused to participate in a gay pride parade. The firefighters were subjected to verbal abuse and sexual gestures during the parade.
  • A woman who rented out rooms in her home was sued after she refused to rent to a same-sex couple.
  • An Oklahoma bank was forced to remove religious Christmas decorations under orders from the Federal Reserve.

Source: Government hostility to religion spiked under Obama, new report finds | Fox News

American “Fear of Sharia” Is Anything but “Silly”

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Sharia is a real threat to our Constitution and our way of life. The threat must be taken seriously. The Islamist want to establish a Caliphate (Islamic Government), kill all who disagree and establish Sharia to replace our Constitution.

  • “To allay fears inspired in Americans by what he called a “right-wing caricature” of Islamic jurisprudence, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf claimed, falsely, that it “does not presume to replace American law. It agrees with its underlying values and promotes them.” In fact, both founders of political Islam, Sayyed Qutb and Hassan al-Banna, openly explained that Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments.”
  • “A new problem seems to have sprung up: some disembodied entity at Google apparently decided, with a few swipes of a bear-paw, to censor all the contents from these historically accurate think-tank postings. What is Google trying to keep you from knowing? Material that would be more dangerous for you to know or more dangerous for you not to know? How considerate of Google to have made this decision for you!”
  • “American fear of sharia is anything but “silly.” It comes not a minute too soon.”

Source: American “Fear of Sharia” Is Anything but “Silly”

ESPN, Coward of the Year

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Tricia nails it correctly. Fear is a terrible thing and a sickness to be exposed. Jesus is the truth. Jesus challenges us to have faith and not be afraid.

Freedom Through Empowerment

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It’s been quite the rollercoaster of events these past couple of weeks, with Nazis openly marching in the streets, a self identified anti-fascist group employing their own fascist techniques to shut them up, historical statues and monuments vandalized by mobs and a president who has not yet learned that how and when you say something is just as important as what is being said.

Taken individually, these things are not yet cause for too much alarm.  The majority of the country soundly rejects Nazism and white supremacists, is appalled by mobs tearing down statues and is waking up to the violent tactics of groups like Antifa.  Collectively though, they are symptoms of much a greater problem; one whose essence is captured in a seemingly small event.

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“The Battle over Jerusalem Has Just Begun”

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Israel is at great risk, but of course, that is nothing new. We must pray for Israel and her safety. God has given Jerusalem the right to exist. No one can take that away.

The Gatestone Institute reports that:

  • “The Palestinians, feeling triumphant now that Israel has complied with their demand to remove the metal detectors and security cameras, have been clarifying that it is only the first step in their fight to eradicate any Israeli presence in the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.”
  • “They admit that this is a battle over sovereignty on the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. For the Palestinians, the real battle is over who controls Jerusalem and its holy sites. The real battle, in their eyes, is over the Jews’ right to live in their own state in the Middle East. Many Palestinians have still not come to terms with Israel’s right to exist, and that is what this battle is really about.”
  • The Palestinians have added it up just right. In their own words, they aim at an escalation of violence because they believe that what Israel did is the first step toward even more concessions and even further retreat.”

Source: “The Battle over Jerusalem Has Just Begun”

Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018

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Seven states, right now, have only one abortion facility: North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Mississippi, Wyoming, West Virginia—and Kentucky.  Activists on both sides of the abortion issue have had their eye on these states for some time, knowing full well that if one of them succeeds in shutting down its last abortionist, the national impact would be enormous.

  • Last week Operation Save America (formerly known as Operation Rescue), conducted a seven-day rally, several hundred strong, in Louisville, Kentucky.  The epicenter of the campaign was the last abortion mill in the state: EMW Women’s Surgical Center, a brown brick building on 2nd and West Market, guarding its 20 feet of sidewalk with nearly a dozen “No Trespassing” signs.
  • Taped out in yellow and black around the EMW entrance, stood a federally-mandated temporary “buffer zone,” prohibiting OSA leaders from nearing the clinic entrance.
  • In May, Rusty Lee Thomas, director of OSA, along with 10 determined associates, had chosen to sit down in front of EMW, blocking the entrance to the abortion mill and violating FACE for the first time in over a decade.  Their prompt arrest for trespassing was followed this month by federal charges for 10 of their number (the eleventh, a 17-year-old girl from Virginia, was excluded).

Jack Phillips Story of cakes and his pending trip to the Supreme Court

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Since 1993, Jack Phillips has created custom cakes at his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Colorado. Jack uses his creativity and artistic talent to create edible works of art that help celebrate the most special occasions. Jack serves LGBT customers. Jack doesn’t believe in same sex marriages and doesn’t want to participate in the ceremony.

Jack is going to the Supreme Court to have his case heard.

To learn more about his case, visit www.adflegal.org/faithandjustice

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Who is the party of minorities and women? Spoiler alert — It is not the Democrats.

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From its inception in 1854, the GOP has always supported blacks and minorities. The GOP was organized to oppose and abolish slavery.

  • It emerged in 1854 to combat the Kansas–Nebraska Act, an act that dissolved the terms of the Missouri Compromise and allowed slave or free status to be decided in the territories by popular sovereignty. And so the Whigs disintegrated. The Party had almost no presence in the Southern United States, but by 1858 in the North it had enlisted former Whigs and former Free Soil Democrats to form majorities in nearly every Northern state.  
  • With its election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and its success in guiding the Union to victory and abolishing slavery, the party came to dominate the national political scene until 1932. The Republican Party was based on northern white Protestants, businessmen, small business owners, professionals, factory workers, farmers, and African Americans. It was pro-business, supporting banks, the gold standard, railroads, and high tariffs to protect factory workers and grow industry faster. Under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, it emphasized an expansive foreign policy
  • In 1869, the Republican-controlled legislature in Wyoming Territory and its Republican governor John Allen Campbell made it the first jurisdiction to grant voting rights to women.
  • In 1872, Frederick Douglass, former slave and Republican, became the first African American nominated (without his permission) for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
  • In 1875, California swore in the first Hispanic governor, Republican Romualdo Pacheco.
  • In 1916 Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman in Congress—and indeed the first woman in any high level government position.
  • In 1928, New Mexico elected the first Hispanic U.S. Senator, Republican Octaviano Larrazolo.
  • In 1898, the first Jewish U.S. Senator elected from outside of the former Confederacy was Republican Joseph Simon of Oregon.
  • In 1924, the first Jewish woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives was Republican Florence Kahn of California.
  • In 1928, the Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Charles Curtisof Kansas, who grew up on the Kaw Indian reservation, became the first person of significant non-European ancestry to be elected to national office, as Vice President of the United States for Herbert Hoover.
  • Blacks generally identified with the GOP until the 1930s.
  • Every African American who served in the U.S. House of Representatives before 1935, and all of the African Americans who served in the U.S. Senate before 1979, were Republicans. 
  • Frederick Douglass after the Civil War and Booker T. Washington in the early 20th century were prominent Republican spokesmen.
  • In 1964, when Senate Republicans pushed hard for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against a filibuster by Senate Democrats

Source: History of the United States Republican Party – Wikipedia

Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN

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The United Nations panels lovingly practice hypocrisy all the time. In 2016, a UN debate revolved around the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which voted to blame Israel for Palestinian domestic violence. This year’s show was hardly different in the content of nonsense.

The executive director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, asked Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, at a session on June 12: “Ms. Simonovic, in other words, what you are saying is as follows: ‘When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault.'”

  • The last (worst) rankings of the Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum, from 128th to 144th, are without exception overwhelmingly Muslim countries, including Turkey at the 130th place.
  • A 2016 study by Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Ministry revealed that no fewer than 86% of Turkish women have suffered physical or psychological violence at the hands of their partners or family.
  • So, tell us, Ms. Simonovic: Do Turkish men beat and sometimes kill their wives because of Israeli occupation? Is there “a clear link” between Turkey’s rising numbers indicating violence against women and “Israel’s prolonged occupation?”

Source: Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN

Activist shares pro-life truth at Google HQ, gets more views than Planned Parenthood chief

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The Talk at Google delivered recently by pro-life activist and author Stephanie Gray outperformed that of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in its first 24 hours online.

And in just three days, Gray’s talk effectively quadrupled the overall number of views garnered by the abortion executive’s talk published almost five months ago.

Stephanie Gray, internationally renowned speaker and author, applies the Socratic method and storytelling to the debate surrounding abortion. She invites the audience to be “pro-conversation” on a topic that can be one of the most divisive, and demonstrates that it is possible to be gracious and respectful when encountering different ideas.

This talk draws on her experiences of traveling across the world and dialoguing with college students, hearing personal stories of poverty and sexual abuse, and sitting down for coffee to have friendly conversation with debate opponents; it reflects on the United Nations’ policies on human rights and examines the insights of psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Dr. Viktor Frankl.

Stephanie Gray is a Canadian who has spent more than 15 years giving over 800 talks and debates, as well as hundreds of media interviews, on abortion to diverse audiences in the United States, Canada, Austria, Latvia, England, Ireland, Costa Rica and Guatemala. In university settings she has debated Dr. Fraser Fellows, a late-term abortionist, Ron Fitzsimmons, then-executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, Elizabeth Cavendish, then-legal director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Dr. Malcolm Potts, the first medical director for International Planned Parenthood Federation. She is author of “Love Unleashes Life: Abortion & the Art of Communicating Truth.”

Gray’s talk, published June 19, surpassed Richards’ 1,200 views in its first day and was sailing along toward 5,000 views and counting by press time June 22.

Source: Activist shares pro-life truth at Google HQ, gets more views than Planned Parenthood chief | News | LifeSite

Ronald Reagan’s Abortion & Property Rights Argument

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What did the Gipper think about abortion. He did a radio address on abortion — he did only one — and It was interesting for a few reasons.

  • It showed how he thought through complex problems, often in original and creative ways.
  • It showed how he evolved as a thinker.
  • And it’s a pretty interesting argument.

You can read the whole text here. As you can see, it’s a bit messy because it was a heavily revised draft that he read aloud and was never intended for publication.

But this is heart of it:

Eight years ago when I became Gov. I found myself involved almost immediately in a controversy over abortion. It was a subject I’d never given much thought to and in a sense one upon which I didn’t really have an opinion. In other words as But now I was Gov. and it turned abortion turned out to be something I couldn’t walk away from. A bill had been introduced in the Calif. legislature to make abortion available upon demand. The pro & anti forces were already marshalling their troops and emotions were running high. Then the author of the bill sent word down that he’d amend his bill to anything I felt I could sign. The ball — to coin a cliche — was in my court. Suddenly the it had become necessary for me to take a position & on a subject I’d never before given as I said on a matter I’d never really ever given any thought to I had to have a position on abortion.

To shorten this down I did more studying, researching & soul searching on this matter than on any thing that faced was to face me as Gov. in all my those 8 years in office. I discovered that neither medicine, law or theology had ever really found a common ground on the subject. a com. any consensus on the Views ranged from those On one hand there were those who Some believed an unborn child was like some kind of no more than a growth on the body female & she should be able to remove it as she would her appendix. Others felt a human life existed from the moment the fertilized egg attached itself to the ovary wall was implanted in the womb. I now Strangely enough Calif. had a law passed almost unanimously by the same legis. that was so divided on th this on this subject couldn’t agree on abortion had unanimously passed had passed by a virtually unanimous vote a law making anyone liable guilty of murder it murder to abuse a pregnant woman. to the extent that when so doing to so as to cause the ”death of the her unborn child.” I found further that an unborn child (called a fetus by those who support abortion) has property rights. Another inconsistency-the unborn have property rights protected by law. A man can will his estate to his wife & children & any children yet to be born of his marriage. Now a law is being proposed that Yet the proposed abortion law would let one person for whatever reason take the life of the that unborn child. deny the unborn the protection of the law in preserving its life.

I went to the lawyers on my staff and verified this property right right of the unborn to own property I’ve mentioned. Then I asked if there wasn’t some inconsistency in deny denying the same unborn child the right to life. I posed a hypothetical question. Wouldn’t an What if a wo pregnant woman were widowed and became a widow during her pregnancy & found her husband had left his fortune to her & the unborn child. Under the proposed abortion law couldn’t she abort the child she could take the life of her child & inherit not half but all of her husbands estate. the entire fortune & where-in did was that this different from murder Wouldn’t that be murder for financial gain? The only answer I got was that they were glad I wasn’t asking the questions on the bar exam. I learned from D the med. profession that from the moment of the a fertilized egg was is implanted in the womb an a individual human being had has been created with its individual physical characteristics & even personallity traits already established. My answer to the his question of what kind of bill I could sign as a turned out to be a belief I now hold very strongly. An abortion is the taking of a human life. It can only be justified on the same grounds we permit in our Judeo- basis that we recognize the right to take a life in our Judeo-Christian tradition. the taking of a life in self defense That is in defense of our own. I believe a mother has the right to protect her life & I’ll include her health against even her own unborn child if it is threatened by anyone including her own unborn child. I go so far as to say that just as she has the right to protect herself against rape she has the right to protect herself against the result of that rape & therefore can rid herself of a child or refuse to have a child resulting from rape. [Emphasis added.]

Source: Ronald Reagan’s Abortion & Property Rights Argument | National Review

New for you! — August 26, 2017

New for you!

Some news that will be of interest to you.

California Threatens Jail Time for Dissenters from the New Transgender Dogma – National Review – California may see itself as a leader on criminal-justice reform, but it is on its way to creating a whole new class of criminals: citizens who use “him” to refer to a man and “her” for a woman. Read more …

Anti-Semitism in Europe: New Official Report – Gatestone Institute – To some of us, it is hardly a secret that anti-Semitic violence is on the rise in Europe, or that the chief perpetrators are Muslims. But many politicians and news media have been so indefatigable in their efforts to obscure this uncomfortable fact that one is always grateful for official — or, at least, semi-official — confirmation of what everyone already knows. Read more …

Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018 – Seven states, right now, have only one abortion facility: North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Mississippi, Wyoming, West Virginia—and Kentucky.  Activists on both sides of the abortion issue have had their eye on these states for some time, knowing full well that if one of them succeeds in shutting down its last abortionist, the national impact would be enormous. Read more …

Who is the party of minorities and women? Spoiler alert — It is not the Democrats. – From its inception in 1854, the GOP has always supported blacks and minorities. The GOP was organized to oppose and abolish slavery. Read more …

Al Gore’s Hype – Reason by John Stossel – I was surprised to discover that Al Gore’s new movie begins with words from me! While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, “An Inconvenient Truth won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. ‘Sea levels may rise 20 feet’—absurd.” He used this comment from one of my TV shows. The “20 feet” claim is absurd—one of many hyped claims in his movie. Read more …

What Gives Censors Any Right to Censor? – Reason – This is just drastically wrong. It treats people as mere means to somebody else’s end, as Kant would say—not as ends in themselves. The blood-soaked history of the 20th century should have discredited that collectivist vision of society for all time, but apparently it still holds appeal in some quarters. The other point that needs drawing out has less to do with the people who are speaking than the people who stand in judgment of the speakers. The current debate has focused on whether certain vile ideas have any value, and whether the people who espouse them deserve to be able to voice them. This looks at the question from the wrong end. Read more …

Who is the party of minorities and women? Spoiler alert — It is not the Democrats. – From its inception in 1854, the GOP has always supported blacks and minorities. The GOP was organized to oppose and abolish slavery. Read more …

The President Has a Special Obligation to Condemn Nazis and KKK – Alan Dershowitz – I also believe that it is the special responsibility of decent liberals to do the same with regard to hard left bigoted extremists. As a liberal, I will not give these hard-left violent bigots a pass. Read more …

Why President Trump And All Political Leaders Need To Ramp Up Their Rhetoric – The Federalist – Forget for a moment long-range missiles and nuclear fears. North Korea’s threats have already wreaked havoc on Americans in a far different, and possibly more nefarious, manner. Even as the media jabber excitedly over the impending menace, they little realize the real destruction has already begun: an infiltration of our very language itself, inciting prolific misuse of a word that once denoted the epitome of educational achievement. It is time to acknowledge the danger and stop misappropriating the word rhetoric. Read more …

Democratic Former Senator Finally Says What Left Is Thinking: All Republicans Are Nazis – The Federalist – In a recent column for The Guardian, former Democratic senator for Wisconsin Russ Feingold clarified what all this controversy about white supremacists and Confederate statues is really all about: Republicans are Nazis. Read more …

Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN – The United Nations panels lovingly practice hypocrisy all the time. In 2016, a UN debate revolved around the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which voted to blame Israel for Palestinian domestic violence. This year’s show was hardly different in the content of nonsense. Read more …

When Every Republican Is a Crypto-Nazi – National Review – The article would descend further into the mud. After pulling a Gore Vidal — all but calling Republicans crypto-Nazis — she doubled down, rebuking the conservatives who criticized Trump’s comments on Charlottesville. “It is easy to denounce Nazis. Republican lawmakers, if you truly repudiate this march and this violence, then repudiate . . . ,” she wrote, before launching into a list of 18 things that Republicans must disavow — including opposition to abortion, environmental regulations, gun control, reparations for African Americans, Obamacare, and transgender rights — in order to “truly” oppose Nazism. Read more …

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Forming Family Values in a Digital Age

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There are dire warnings about “device addiction” of our young children. The Barna Group has put together some thoughtful ideas based on their research.

  • What is the background? “The institutions of American culture are changing, and the family is no exception. Forces like technology are influencing habits in the home and disrupting traditional norms that have shaped young people for generations.”
  • What hasn’t changed? “But some things never change—like the parental responsibility for setting and communicating the values of their home and family.”
  • Read the book: “In his new book, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, Andy Crouch explores the important role of the family not only in helping young people to navigate the demands of current technology, but also in shaping their character for the long-term. Drawing from the research Barna conducted for Andy’s book, the infographics below explore some of the key questions around the role of family in personal values and identity formation in a tech-heavy world where parents believe it’s harder than ever to raise children.”

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Sorry Ladies, You’re the Wrong Kind of Muslims

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The two women invited to the Dirksen Senate Office Building last week seemed like the kind of expert witnesses any Democrat, especially a female Democrat, would love. Both have become respected academics, authors, and activists for women’s rights. Both are outspoken critics of religious extremism. Both are Muslims, and both are critical of Muslim extremism, and for way too many Democrats that point of view is not legitimate.

  • Who is Ayaan Hirsi Ali? “She was born in Somalia to a Muslim family. As a young girl she suffered genital mutilation. Her family and friends followed such an intense form of Islam that in her teens she cheerfully looked forward to the day when the fatwa against author Salman Rushdie would be carried out at last. When her family tried to force her into marriage, she fled Africa for the Netherlands. There she met director Theo Van Gogh; together they made a film critical of extreme interpretations of Islam which sanction the abuse, degradation, even the killing of Muslim women. After the film was released, Van Gogh was murdered on a city street by a terrorist. Pinned to his clothes was a note declaring that Hirsi Ali would be next. Today, Ali is in the United States. She is a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of two best-sellers, Heretic and Infidel. And she has renounced her Muslim faith. Because of all these factors, her life is in constant danger.”
  • Who is Asra Nomani? “She is a writer and activist for equal rights for women in Islam. She has taught journalism at Georgetown University. She was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. In 2002, she was on assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. A fellow WSJ reporter, Daniel Pearl, and his wife were staying with Nomani. In January of that year, Pearl was kidnapped by Muslim terrorists. Nine days later Pearl’s captors released a video in which Pearl addressed the world: “My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA.” Then, on camera, the terrorists slit Pearl’s throat and cut off his head.”

Source: Sorry Ladies, You’re the Wrong Kind of Muslims | The American Spectator

Barcelona terror attack: At least 12 dead after van plows into crowd; 2 suspects arrested 

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The Jihad continues, this time in Spain.

ISIS on Thursday afternoon claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Barcelona that killed at least 12 people and wounded 80 others.

The terror group took credit for the assault via its propaganda arm, according to SITE Intel Group.

“The perpetrators of the attack in #Barcelona are Islamic state soldiers and carried out the operation on command of [ISIS’ leader] of targeting coalition countries,” the ISIS release stated.

Source: Barcelona terror attack: At least 12 dead after van plows into crowd; 2 suspects arrested | Fox News

Contrary to the Populist myth, workers choose to leave manufacturing as often as they are fired

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Sometimes the company leaves the employee and sometimes the employee leaves the company. There is a lot going on in the manufacturing sector.

  • Some jobs are going to other countries. Part of that is a reflection of consumers choosing the same quality item at a lower price. It is natural and won’t go away.
  • Technology and automation is replacing many jobs and will only continue to. From 2006 to 2013, “manufacturing grew by 17.6%, or at roughly 2.2% per year,” according to a report from Ball State University. The study reports as well that trade accounted for 13% of the lost U.S. factory jobs, but 88% of the jobs were taken by robots and other factors at home.
  • Employees are voluntarily leaving the industry. This bucks the Populist myth, but many people don’t want manufacturing jobs.

“The manufacturing sector holds an important place in our political imagination — the common wisdom is that the nearly 30% decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs since 2000 was a key factor in Donald Trump’s rust-belt electoral success, for instance.”

“A subtext of this idea is that these manufacturing jobs are desirable, and American workers wouldn’t give them up easily. But according to analysts at the St. Louis Fed, the rate at which workers are quitting manufacturing jobs, rather than getting fired, has remained steady even as the number of jobs has fallen.”

“Why it matters: The trend today is that manufacturing workers are quitting their jobs at an accelerating rate, suggesting they’re leaving for better pay and working conditions in other fields. While the loss of manufacturing jobs has been devastating for many communities, it’s also true that many workers will leave manufacturing if given the chance.”

Source: Workers choose to leave manufacturing as often as they are fired – Axios

 

 

“Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.” ~Thomas Sowell

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The real effect of income tax is “hidden” from the public.

  • Payroll deduction of income taxes blunts the real effect by “hiding” the expense. It was a brilliant move to force employers into the roll of collecting the tax for the government.
  • There is only one time of year that real effect can be slightly seen. That is April 15 when taxes are filed. Some are still under some level of disillusionment since they “get money back”.
  • My kids are in shock, every year, when I tell them how much I paid in income taxes. I feel it is important for them to know what the full amount was.

“Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.” ~Thomas Sowell

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What should I focus on about the tragedy in Charlottesville?

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What should I focus on about the tragedy in Charlottesville? Her name is Heather Hyer. She died needlessly at the hand of an evil doer. Her family won’t see her tonight. She won’t be home. An evil doer snuffed out her life.

That is the story. All else is misguided. May I have the courage to pray for her family. May I also have the courage to ignore what isn’t important.

Jesus calls on me to be a person of compassion, to not be critical and judgemental. I pray he gives me the courage to be compassionate and that God will comfort her family. That is what is needed.

A daughter won’t be home tonight.

Heather Hyer – Charlottsville Tragedy

PENCE COMES TO TRUMP’S DEFENSE

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Tom provides a balanced (much needed, thanks Tom) perspective.

Citizen Tom

As expected, the news media is using the riots in Charlottesville, VA to tar President Trump as a white supremacist. Trump’s statement on the matter (see BIGOTS FIGHTING BIGOTS) was not politically correct. He did not hate on the white supremacists enough. When is it going to occur to these people that adding more hatred to an already inflamed situation is not necessarily the best solution?

Sometimes, when we dealing with a tyrant like the guy running North Korea, for example, our leaders do have to graphically explain the consequences. Of course, plain language disturbs the news media. They are cowards, apparently. Someone who has nukes scares the little babies.

On the other hand, because the number of white supremacists is small, it is okay to say the nastiest things we can about those people. We can also deduce that the news media identifies with the supposedly “anti-fascist” counter…

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5 Sensible, Low-Cost Ways To Reform Our Broken Immigration System

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The good news is that even if we can’t build a consensus on the wall and deportation policy, there are steps we can take to right the ship that cost little, if anything, to implement.

Here are five essential steps toward restoring integrity and common sense to our legal immigration strategy.

  • Repeal Birthright Citizenship for Birth Tourists
  • Tougher screening for visitors
  • Crack down on visa abuse stateside
  • Shift from family reunification to a merit-based system
  • Demand reciprocity

A few of these are in the recently released legislation supported by President Trump. The ones that aren’t should be considered.

Source: 5 Sensible, Low-Cost Ways To Reform Our Broken Immigration System

Do we recognize that health insurance is not health care?

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We ought to recognize that health insurance is not health care. I can (barely) make my insurance premiums. The deductible sometimes keeps me from actually getting health care. Insured but with care.

  • The American poor can get health care. Medicare, Medicaid, and various state plans (as well as private charity and hospital write-offs) provide fairly universal health care. It isn’t the best by today’s standards, but it’s better than what the poor have had for the rest of human history. Improvements could be made, but the political clout of the poor is small. It is the broad middle class whose anxieties dominate health-care policy debates.”
  • “For the middle class, the real concern isn’t that they will die because they cannot afford health care, but that they will become poor from paying for health care. They fear that without generous health insurance the cost of medical treatments will consume their resources until they are reduced to poverty and forced to rely on the health-care options available to the poor. Their losses of comfort and status will be concomitant with recourse to government benefits and private charity, with the humiliating dependence those programs entail (plus, if they become permanently disabled they’ll have no way to earn enough money to get back to a better lifestyle).”
  • “These realistic fears are not of dying from a complete lack of treatment, but of financial hardship, dependence, and a declining quality of care—precisely the problems Obamacare visited on many Americans. Defenders of Obamacare would counter this by pointing to the people the law has helped, and claiming that GOP changes to Obamacare might hurt them. Both sides would have a point, because health-care policy invariably involves tradeoffs, no matter how often politicians promise (and voters want to have) it all.”

Source: Obamacare Debate Is Largely About Welfare For Middle-Class Americans

Dr. Rachel DiSanto’s story about fighting against physician assisted suicide

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Every person’s life has worth and meaning, regardless of what their life expectancy is. So when the physician-assisted suicide bill passed in Vermont, it was troubling for many Christian doctors, like Dr. Rachel DiSanto. They could not, in good conscience, counsel or refer people for physician-assisted suicide. Thankfully, in May 2017, Alliance Defending Freedom secured a legal victory to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals in Vermont. Learn more about this important case at http://adflegal.org/detailspages/case….

The Latest Anti-Trump Weapon: Accusing Their Critics of “Racism”

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Alan Dershowitz is a staunch liberal. He is very principled in his approach and I respect that greatly. Recently he has been accused of racism, by the left, for comments he made about Grand Jury in the Russian investigation.

  • “I am an apologist only for civil liberties and racial equality, not for a candidate against whom I voted.”
  • The civil liberties of all Americans are at stake. I will not be silenced by false and unethical charges of racism from people who are deliberately distorting my views for partisan political purposes. I will respond and expose their bias, bigotry and mendacity, because the issues are too important to be left in the hands of partisan extremists.”
  • “In addition to falsely accusing their political enemies of criminal conduct, some extremists, who are determined to see Donald Trump indicted, have come up with a new weapon: accusing those who disagree with them of “racism.

Source: The Latest Anti-Trump Weapon: Accusing Their Critics of “Racism”

Milton Friedman schools young Bernie Sanders about poverty

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Milton Friedman was an American economist and statistician best known for his strong belief in free-market capitalism. During his time as professor at the University of Chicago, Friedman developed numerous free-market theories that opposed the views of traditional Keynesian economists. He received the Nobel Prize in 1978.

See Dr. Friedman address Bernie Sanders about poverty.

Islam Is Taking Over And No One Is Paying Attention

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We need to stay focused on what America’s sworn enemy is up to.

  • The Jihad is real and will not be called off. Our enemy will not give up.
  • The move to establish the Caliphate must be stopped. Moving from ideology to territory is a big deal.
  • Sharia law is not going away. We must recognize and counteract it at every opportunity.

Princeton-Trained Computer Scientists Are Building a New Internet That Brings Privacy and Property Rights to Cyberspace

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Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea are the co-founders of Blockstack, a project to rebuild the internet using blockchain technology so that individuals can reclaim direct control over their own identities, contacts, and data. The goal is to bring the property rights we enjoy in the physical world to cyberspace.

  • Is the internet broken? “These two Princeton-trained computer scientists—Ali completed his Ph.D. last month with a speciality in distributed systems—believe that today’s internet is fundamentally broken. Users are forced to trust companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook to maintain our online identities and personal information. They store our files in giant data centers that are increasingly vulnerable to hackers. And the Snowden leaks revealed that the National Security Agency has strong armed these tech giants into handing over users’ personal data without bothering to obtain court-issued warrants.”
  • Should I be evil? “Google has this saying, ‘don’t be evil,'” says Ali. “Maybe a company shouldn’t be powerful enough that they’re sitting there thinking, ‘should I be evil or not?'”

Source: Princeton-Trained Computer Scientists Are Building a New Internet That Brings Privacy and Property Rights to Cyberspace – Reason.com

“No Human Being is Illegal.” How Roe v. Wade Reveals The Hypocrisy Of Sanctuary Cities

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I believe in life. I believe we should protect life at all costs. This is not optional. I believe God has the same view. [See 12 verses on abortion]

Consider the words of the Apostle Paul. “The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth.” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

  • Is this all connected? “The most prevalent absurdity in modern America is the fact that we have blocked the entrance of 60 million of our own offspring via Roe v. Wade while we insist that those who pour across our borders illegally have a perfect right to be here.”
  • Is this hypocrisy? “Nothing lends itself to the definition of pure hypocrisy more than watching parades of protesters carrying signs, including some that say “No human being is illegal.”
  • A failed logic? “In the Senate nomination hearings for Supreme Court appointee Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Gorsuch to explain how he could reconcile his belief that all human life is intrinsically valuable with the ruling of Roe v. Wade. Gorsuch’s answer, although it may have been forced upon him, was the same as that of millions of Americans who are fighting tooth and nail to keep Roe on the books at all costs. He replied, “Abortion is different because the unborn are not legally recognized as people.”

Source: How Roe v. Wade Reveals The Hypocrisy Of Sanctuary Cities

Dennis Prager, cigars, the symphony and the left.

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Dennis Prager is great conservative thinker and writer. He loves to smoke great cigars. He also likes to conduct symphonies. Not easy I imagine. So, as a conservative, what happens?

  • “About a month ago, however, a few members of the orchestra, supported by some Santa Monica city officials, decided to lead a campaign to have me disinvited.
  • “As I said, this is a new low for the illiberal Left: It is not enough to prevent conservatives from speaking; it is now necessary to prevent conservatives from appearing even when not speaking. Conservatives should not be even be allowed to make music.”
  • Great news: “To its great credit, the board of directors of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, composed of individuals of all political outlooks, has completely stood by their conductor and his invitation to me.”

Source: Dennis Prager Symphony & The Left – Ostracism | National Review

Smartphones devastating teens as the new iGen emerges

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Smartphones have reached a critical mass in the teen population, leaving social destruction in their wake, according to a long-read in the September issue of The Atlantic.

Jesus and his church can make a difference. Listen to Jesus:

God’s Spirit is on me;
    he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
    recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free,
    to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”

Highlights from Jean M. Twenge’s sobering article, which focuses on the generation that followed millennials, called iGen:

  • Teens are dating less: “[O]nly about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.”
  • Their maturity is stunted: “Across a range of behaviors—drinking, dating, spending time unsupervised— 18-year-olds now act more like 15-year-olds used to, and 15-year-olds more like 13-year-olds.”
  • They have more free time, but waste it: “Combined with the decline in working for pay, this means iGen teens have more leisure time than Gen X teens did, not less. … They are on their phone, in their room, alone and often distressed.”
  • They don’t hang out with their friends: “The number of teens who get together with their friends nearly every day dropped by more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2015…”
  • Teen murder is down, but suicide is up: “Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide … Since 2007, the homicide rate among teens has declined, but the suicide rate has increased.”
  • And girls are the hardest hit: “48 percent more girls said they often felt left out in 2015 than in 2010, compared with 27 percent more boys. … Three times as many 12-to-14-year-old girls killed themselves in 2015 as in 2007, compared with twice as many boys.”

Why it matters: “Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy. … There’s not a single exception.”

Source: Axios PM – Axios

American Society & Political Conflict: 2017 Is Not 1968

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Does 2017 compare to 1968? It helps to have a sense of history. The saying, “it could be worse” is true.

  • “One month into 1968, the Vietnamese celebrated their new year and the Viet Cong launched its Tet Offensive. The chief of the South Vietnamese national police was photographed executing a captured Viet Cong officer, horrifying viewers across the world. Communist forces rapidly overran most of Hue, and hundreds of U.S. Marines were killed taking it back over the following month. On February 27, Walter Cronkite told a stunned American public that the war could “only be ended by negotiation, not victory.” By March, anti-war sentiment in America had become mainstream.
  • “About two weeks after the last fighting in Hue ended, Eugene McCarthy came within eight points of defeating sitting president Lyndon Johnson in the New Hampshire primaries; a few days later, Robert F. Kennedy entered the race, and just weeks after that Johnson declared he would no longer stand for reelection.
  • “Four days after Johnson’s announcement, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, touching off riots in more than 100 American cities that would decimate countless neighborhoods for decades to come.

And the list goes on. Seriously. 1968 was not a great year. One of the worst ever.

Source: American Society & Political Conflict: 2017 Is Not 1968 | National Review

Sing Sing’s Hudson Link — Hope for the incarcerated?

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Is their hope for the incarcerated? Anything is possible with God. Jesus told the criminal next to him on the cross that “today you will be with me in paradise” after he acknowledge who Jesus is. That was 1 out of 2. The other abused Jesus and ridiculed him.

  • “Most of the 2.3 million people now incarcerated in America will return to their communities, and few will have been improved by their experiences inside.
  • “It is said that a convict’s successful reentry into society begins the day he enters a correctional facility, as prison administrators prefer to call their institutions.
  • “But the criminal-justice system is failing to accomplish lasting correction: More than half of released prisoners are arrested again in the first year, more than two-thirds within three years, more than three-quarters within five years.

Source: Sing Sing’s Hudson Link — Inmates & College Graduates | National Review

Frances Jimenez’s story about the freedom to choose life over death

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Due to the dozens of abortion clinics in the city of Chicago, Aid for Women was founded to empower women to choose life through its pregnancy centers and residential help programs.

  • As an Aid for Women staff member Frances Jimenez believes in the sanctity of life and is passionate about helping women who face unexpected pregnancies.
  • But at the end of 2016, a law was passed in Illinois that forced pregnancy help centers to refer their clients for abortions.
  • Alliance Defending Freedom is defending the freedom of pregnancy centers in Illinois to operate according to their conscience.

 

The weakest economic recovery since World War II.

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“The U.S. economy acquired an exclusive label [yesterday]: Recession-free for eight full years … the third-longest economic winning streak in American history” — AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman:

  • “Despite its longevity, … [i]t’s the weakest economic recovery since World War II.”
  • Why it matters: “[T]he economy is hardly the disaster that … Trump insists he inherited. Employers have been hiring steadily, month after month, since 2010. A majority of Americans now enjoy unusual job security.”
  • But, but, but … “[T]he expansion has been hobbled by a slow-growing labor force and by a puzzling slump in worker productivity, which is the amount of output produced, per hour worked.”

Source: Axios AM –

When asked to identify their ultimate financial goal for life, half of Christians first think of others—not themselves

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When asked to identify their ultimate financial goal for life, half of Christians first think of others—not themselves—according to The Generosity Gap, a new Barna report produced in partnership with Thrivent Financial. Jesus challenges us to give and be givers.

On the other hand, about one-third of Christians are self-focused in their priorities. In studying the drivers of Christian generosity, Barna categorized and analyzed these two groups as Givers and Keepers.

  • “Givers are motivated by “others-focused” goals: to provide for their family (43%), to give charitably (23%) to serve God with their money (20%) or to leave a legacy for others (14%). Fifty percent of Christians are Givers.”
  • “Keepers are motivated by “self-focused” goals: to support the lifestyle they want (42% of Keepers), to be content (37%), to be debt-free (16%) or to earn enough to show how hard they work (5%). Thirty-five percent of Christians are Keepers.”

Source: Christians’ Financial Motivations Matter – Barna Group – Barna Group Continue reading

Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision

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Is Trump right on this?

  • “In a stunning move, President Trump announced on Twitter that transgender individuals will not serve in the U.S. military. Despite Congress voting in late July to fund gender-reassignment surgery for military service members, Trump tweeted Wednesday: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
  • “It’s unclear the mechanisms Trump plans to use to put this policy into effect, however. Activist groups announced plans to sue immediately if Trump codifies this policy in an executive order, and Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement defending the Department of Defense’s decision under President Obama to allow transgender soldiers to remain in the armed forces. He says there’s not enough evidence that transgender people will reduce combat effectiveness or that transgender soldiers’ elective gender-change surgeries are too steep a price for taxpayers to pay.”

Source: Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision

“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” ~Martin Luther King

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This says it all. Of course, MLK knew that it is Jesus that sets us free. How great is it that we live in a country where our founders valued freedom.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Martin Luther King on Free Speech

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. Continue reading

Gyrating drag queen’s erotic performance shocks audience at grade school talent show

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What in the name of Ru Paul is wrong with the New York City Board of Education?

Parents are furious after children as young as 5-years-old were exposed to an erotic drag show performance at what was supposed to be a school district talent show.

Some good questions from Todd Starnes:

  • “First, who signed off on a school program that featured a kindergarten choir and a gyrating, adult drag queen?”
  • “Second, why is that person still employed by the school district?”
  • “Third, why hasn’t the school district publicly apologized to traumatized parents and their children?”

Source: Gyrating drag queen’s erotic performance shocks audience at grade school talent show | Fox News

Deny the Holocaust, but Don’t Question Sharia?

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Why is it so hard to believe how horrible Sharia law is and why it is a threat to our life of freedom in the United States?

  • Why is it encouraged, even praised, to deny the unimaginable suffering that millions went through during the Holocaust, but if anyone dares to question Sharia their lives are in danger?”
  • “If you dare even to joke about Islam, your punishment can range from torture, long terms of imprisonment, to swift death sentences, either judicial or from mob violence.”
  • “They have created a myth in the name of the Holocaust and consider it above God, religion and the prophets,” — Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Iranian state television.

Source: Deny the Holocaust, but Don’t Question Sharia?

Sweden: A Failed State?

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What is going on in Sweden? Here are a couple of items from the Gatestone Institute.

  • “The Swedish state, in true Orwellian style, fights those Swedish citizens who point out the obvious problems that migrants are causing.”
  • “When police officer Peter Springare said in February that migrants were committing a disproportionate amount of crime in the suburbs, he was investigated for inciting “racial hatred”.”
  • “Currently, a 70-year-old Swedish pensioner is being prosecuted for “hate speech”, for writing on Facebook that migrants “set fire to cars, and urinate and defecate on the streets”.”

Source: Sweden: A Failed State?

“You Tricked Me,” Trump Yelled at PA’s Abbas Over Incitement Lies

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“Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it’s for the sake of Allah. Every shahid (martyr) will be in heaven and every wounded person will be rewarded, by Allah’s will,” said the PA leader during the peak of the 2015 wave of terror throughout Israel.

Source: “You Tricked Me,” Trump Yelled at PA’s Abbas Over Incitement Lies: Report – Breaking Israel News

Ultra-Rich Gay Activist On Targeting Christians: It’s Time To ‘Punish The Wicked’. We’ve been warned.

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, tech millionaire turned LGBTQ activist Tim Gill said he’s aiming to punish Christians who don’t want to participate in same-sex weddings.

For more than two decades, the software programmer has poured an estimated $422 million into various gay rights causes. After the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states in 2015, Gill turned his attention and resources to targeting Christians.

So, we’ve been warned? What would Jesus have us do?

Of course, Jesus is clear on the issue. It is between a man and woman.

In marriage a man becomes one flesh with a woman—no longer two individuals.” ~Jesus 

My job is to continue to speak the truth, in love!

The election of Donald Trump, who claims to support gay rights but stocked his administration with anti-LGBTQ extremists, has only emboldened those looking to erase the gains of the past decade. Gill refuses to go on the defense. ‘We’re going into the hardest states in the country,’ he says. ‘We’re going to punish the wicked.’

Source: Ultra-Rich Gay Activist On Targeting Christians: It’s Time To ‘Punish The Wicked’

Of course, I am good company.

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.” ~Barack Obama

What Jesus has to say on this is instructive. Here is the whole story from Matthew 19.

One day the religious leaders (Pharisees) were badgering him: “Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?”

He answered, “Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh—no longer two bodies but one. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart.”

They shot back in rebuttal, “If that’s so, why did Moses give instructions for divorce papers and divorce procedures?”

Jesus said, “Moses provided for divorce as aconcession to your hard heartedness, but it is not part of God’s original plan. I’m holding you to the original plan, and holding you liable for adultery if you divorce your faithful wife and then marry someone else. I make an exception in cases where the spouse has committed adultery.”

Jesus’ disciples objected, “If those are the terms of marriage, we’re stuck. Why get married?”

But Jesus said, “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn’t for everyone. Some, from birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought. Others never get asked—or accepted. And some decide not to get married for kingdom reasons. But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.”

Writer James Vlahos’ quest to give his dying father eternal life by creating a chatbot of him

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This is very noble on behalf of the son. Hopefully someone also told the father of Jesus, who is only way to eternal life.

WIRED’s August cover story is the personal account of writer James Vlahos’ quest to give his dying father eternal life by creating a chatbot of him, per a release:

  • “Vlahos has long been interested in conversational computing. Even as an 11-year-old, he was fascinated with an early chatbot prototype that ran on a Commodore PET computer at his local library. He’s also currently at work on a book about conversational computing.’
  • “[W]hen Vlahos’ father received a cancer diagnosis in April 2016, the idea of creating a chatbot of his father popped into his mind almost immediately.”
  • He writes: “I dream of creating a Dadbot — a chatbot that emulates not a children’s toy but the very real man who is my father. And I have already begun gathering the raw materials: those 91,970 words [in a binder] that are destined for my bookshelf.”
  • “The story follows Vlahos through the last few months of his now-deceased father’s life, while [the writer] learns how to code for the decision-tree responses of a chatbot and navigates the moral and emotional responses of his mother, siblings, wife and sons, as he creates Dadbot.”
  • Story … Video

Source: Axios AM – Axios

5 Things The Right Can Learn From Abortion Supporters At Yale Law

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What can I learn today that will be useful?

“I knew what I was getting into when I enrolled in a reproductive rights seminar at Yale Law School, a whole semester reading pro-choice arguments.” By 

Daniel did some heavy lifting here. It was worth his time. Here are the ideas and what he learn about the Pro-Choice movement:

1. Pro-Choice Advocates Notice When Opponents Compromise

2. Pro-Choice Advocates Care About Women

3. Some Pro-Choice Advocates Are Really Afraid of Pregnancy

4. Pro-Choice Advocates Have Their Doubts

5. The 2016 Election Terrified Them

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Planned Parenthood Executive Urges Pro-Choicers to Concede ‘It’s killing’

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The Center for Medical Progress continues to release footage of abortion doctors candidly discussing gruesome late-term terminations and organ harvesting.

Dr. Lisa Harris, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, delivered a convention talk about the hidden side of the abortion industry.

“Our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right? The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out,” she said as the audience laughed. “Those are all parts of our experience. But, there’s no real good place for us to share those.”

Harris said that the pro-choice community should concede certain rhetorical points to the pro-life community, adding that abortion is an inherently violent act and a form of “killing.” She said that abortion doctors “see the fetus the same way” that pro-life activists do, but that should not stop pro-choice advocates from defending their position.

“Given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here, ask me why I come to work everyday,” she said. “Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.” Continue reading

NSA Illegal Surveillance of Americans — Obama Administration Abuse & FISA Court Response

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“During the Obama years, the National Security Agency intentionally and routinely intercepted and reviewed communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution and of court-ordered guidelines implemented pursuant to federal law. The unlawful surveillance appears to have been a massive abuse of the government’s foreign-intelligence-collection authority, carried out for the purpose of monitoring the communications of Americans in the United States.”

So how do most Americans react?

We yawn. It doesn’t seem to be a big deal.

Why aren’t more people upset? What happened to needing a search warrant?

Even more important, what happened to Presidents who actually care about our Constitution. We require that an oath be taken “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Jesus challenges us. He says let your Yes be Yes and your No be No. I don’t think he is impressed. This isn’t the way of his government.

“While aware that it was going on for an extensive period of time, the administration failed to disclose its unlawful surveillance of Americans until late October 2016, when the administration was winding down and the NSA needed to meet a court deadline in order to renew various surveillance authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).”

Source: NSA Illegal Surveillance of Americans — Obama Administration Abuse & FISA Court Response | National Review

Deadly Tale: Christian Converts from Islam. A not so pretty picture. 

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Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a 38 year-old Christian convert from Islam, is currently facing serious health issues in one of the world’s most vicious jails; Evin prison in Tehran.

A former children’s music teacher, Zargaran became acquainted with teachings of Christianity at young age. Even though she grew up in a Muslim family and under Sharia, she found Christianity to be her true faith. She made a decision to convert, and dedicated her life to helping children, and ended up at an orphanage. She did her best to care for the children, and provide them with the stability and love they had been missing.

So what is the outcome?

  • Islamist leaders fear that as a former Muslim, you have true knowledge of what Islam actually is, and you may disclose that information to others.
  • “Not only has [Maryam Naghash Zargaran] been detained unjustly because of her Christian faith, but the Iranian authorities have denied her urgently needed medical care.” — U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
  • “For more than four years, Maryam Naghash Zargaran has suffered in an Iranian prison, falsely charged with ‘propagating against the Islamic regime and collusion intended to harm national security.’ The Iranian government must cease its targeting of Christians and release Maryam and other religious prisoners of conscience.” — Clifford D. May, Commissioner, USCIRF.

Source: Deadly Tale: Christian Converts from Islam

Baumol’s Disease & Productivity: Entitlements’ Problem as the Workforce Ages

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Technology is marching ahead. Many jobs are going to be eliminated because of robotics and artificial intelligence.

William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, “Baumol’s disease.”

It is one reason brisk economic growth is becoming more elusive as it becomes more urgent. And it is a disease particularly pertinent to the increasingly fraught health-care debate.

Consider this from 1993:

Senator Moynihan: “Montefiore Hospital was founded in New York City in the 1880s. At that time, how long did it take for a professor of medicine to make his morning rounds, and how many interns would he take along with him?”

Dean: “Oh, about an hour; say 12 interns.”

Moynihan: “And today?”

Dean: “Got it!”

Perhaps technological advances will somewhat increase the productivity of teachers (e.g., online learning) and doctors (e.g., diagnostic advances using the human genome) as they have of policing (e.g., more efficient deployments of personnel). But there are limits.

Consider rounds conducted via Facebook Live or YouTube. Could be 1,200 interns engaged rather than 12. Our world is changing rabidly. We all need to deal with it.

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Franklin Graham: Boy Scouts No Longer A Group Christian Church Can Support

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The Boy Scouts of America is no longer a place where Christian churches should want young men to participate, Rev. Franklin Graham said recently.

“The Mormon Church made a good decision yesterday, announcing it was pulling older boys out of the Boy Scouts of America,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.

“They had been the biggest sponsor of Boy Scouts in the United States. A scholar said the Boy Scouts’ new policies relating to gays probably related to the decision,” Graham wrote.

Jesus challenges us to accept God’s plan for men and women. Jesus hasn’t changed his mind.

Source: Franklin Graham: Boy Scouts No Longer A Group Christian Church Can Support

Comey’s Leaked Memos: Who Will Guard the Guardians?

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Alan M. Dershowitz raises a great question. Of course, Alan is a true liberal but he is honest to the core about our constitution. I always pay close attention to his thoughts.

So … who will guard the guardians?

President Trump has accused former FBI director James Comey of illegality in leaking memos that may have contained classified information. If it is true that the leaked Comey memos – laundered through a law professor in an effort to pressure Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein into appointing a special counsel – contained classified information, who will investigate Comey? Surely the Special Counsel, Comey’s friend who he helped get appointed, could not conduct a credible investigation. Nor could Rod Rosenstein, who made the appointment. Will yet another special counsel have to be appointed to conduct an investigation of Comey’s leaking?

Source: Comey’s Leaked Memos: Who Will Guard the Guardians?

Ayn Rand, Altruism, Jihad and Jesus

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In fathoming the failure of Europeans to protect their own interests against the onslaught of Islamic jihadism, one is reminded of Ayn Rand’s quotation that “[r]eason is not automatic.  Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.  Do not count on them[.]”

What is going on in Europe, or at least western Europe? Is just that they feel guilty about their imperialist past and have some atonement needs?

It could be that this idea that no culture is better than any other culture has finally taken hold. Say something long enough and you just might come to believe it.

Of course, there is the never ending media that soft pedals the true roots of Islamic evil. This has become insidious.

Or, it could be that we just don’t want to hear the truth about the only way to God being through Jesus. How about we stand up for that.  Continue reading

“That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.” ~Linda Sarsour

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In a speech at the 54th Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention, Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Women’s March, called for a “jihad” against President Trump. Jesus has a better way in mind. Jesus challenges us to love our enemies.

“When we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad,” she said at the convention in Illinois last weekend. “That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers — not only abroad and in the Middle East an in the other side of the world — but in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”

“We have to stay outraged,” she said. “Do not criticize me when I say that we, as a Muslim community in these United States of America, we have to stay perpetually outraged.

“When I wake up in the morning and remember who is sitting in the White House, I am outraged,” she said. “Do not ever be those citizens that normalize this administration because when the day comes that something horrific happens to us or to another community, you will be responsible for normalizing this administration.”

“Our number one priority is to protect our community, it is not to assimilate and to please any other people in authority,” she said. “Our top priority is to please Allah, and only Allah.”

You can watch her 23-minute speech in full below.

As Jordan Schachtel at Conservative Review points out, Sarsour thanked Imam Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, in the beginning of her speech. She called Wahhaj her “favorite person in this room” and described him as her “mentor, motivator, and encourager.”

You Want Checks And Balances? Stop Ignoring The Constitution

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Our constitution is a marvelous document and a tremendous governmental framework. Combine that with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights and you have a true trifecta.

We seem to keep wandering down the path of executive authority. Congress and the Supreme Court should keep our presidents in check by using their constitutional authority.

That said, the president has the authority, under the constitution, to fire the FBI director.

The president doesn’t have the authority to approve treaties or start wars, just to name a few “no – no”s.

“Trump has an authoritarian impulse,” Ian Bremmer tweeted after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, “But incompetence is a better explanation of his administration’s challenges to date.”

Source: You Want Checks And Balances? Stop Ignoring The Constitution Continue reading

“I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”  ~Justice John Roberts – Supreme Court

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Justice John Roberts

You may have watched it already, but the commencement address from Chief Justice John Roberts at his son’s middle school graduation has become the most unusual kind of social media sensation: one of laud and honor. Roberts’ remarks run just a little less than 11 minutes and deal with the ordinary considerations of life for ninth graders and their parents. But Roberts said some remarkable things.

In acknowledging the remarkable privilege of young men bound for the best preparatory schools in the country, the chief justice wished them the gift of adversity:

“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope you will suffer betrayal, because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in your life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved, either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you will be ignored, so you will learn the importance of listening to others. And I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.” – John Roberts

Why haven’t America’s schools improved?

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Every year, almost every industry improves. It is the way we roll in the United States. We work ourselves silly making things better. In the last 10 years, Apple has introduce 7 new iPhones. Consider the innovation in just 10 years. What is up with our educational system? Is “Common Core” really the best we can do?

We get more choices — usually better choices, for less money. But not in education. Is it because schools are run like a monopoly? Where is the competition? What is the investment like in innovation? Continue reading

A Middle-Class Truck Driver’s Rant On America’s Health Care Mess

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Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act is a train wreck.

Trying to force people to buy health care insurance is an abomination. No wonder 6.5 million Americans revolted and refuse to buy it.

I’m pretty much done listening to politicians and pundits pontificate about lowering premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. I’m main-lining to give myself the health care I want and need. We can call it the “Blue Collar-Redneck Shield” plan. I’d better get crackin’ on this, because it won’t be long until the powers that be simply start deducting $2,500 a month from my paycheck for whatever convoluted government program they come up with.

Source: A Middle-Class Truck Driver’s Rant On America’s Health Care Mess

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel changes position

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German lawmakers voted recently to legalize same-sex marriage after a short but emotional debate, bringing the country in line with many of its Western peers. Though Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure, she paved the way for its passage by freeing other members of her party to vote their “conscience.”

Lawmakers voted 393 for legalizing “marriage for everybody” and 226 against, with four abstentions.

The good news is that Jesus hasn’t changed his mind. Marriage is between a man and a woman.

Source: Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel changes position | Fox News

Bill Nye: Gender-Chromosome Correlation Is So ’90s

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God created us male and female. That really is a fact.

Let us not succumb to the absurd and ridiculous.

I must stand up for what is right.

The transgender machine rolls on. It shows no signs of slowing down; indeed, it has all the appearance of a lasting, solidified phenomenon.

The socio-sexual anarchy wrought by the transgender zeitgeist is perhaps the most interesting of all, if not also the most horrifying. Nothing really seems to mean anything anymore. GLAAD, for example, claims that “For transgender people, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match.” But elsewhere, GLAAD claims that “sex” is “a combination of bodily characteristics,” while “gender” is “a person’s internal, deeply held sense of their gender.”

 This doesn’t add up in the slightest: by GLAAD’s own reckoning, “sex” and “gender” are two radically—qualitatively—different phenomenon. How could the two ever “match” in the first place?

Put another way, it would be like saying, “Their foot size and their own internal gender identity do not match,” or, “Their hair color and their own internal gender identity do not match.” Two phenomena of fundamentally different essences cannot be considered discordant if they were never supposed to “match” in the first place.

Source: Bill Nye: Gender-Chromosome Correlation Is So ’90s

Consider the selective editing of an episode from Bill Nye’s mid-90s television show, changing a segment that affirmed the chromosomal basis of biological sex:

On Netflix’s collection of episodes of “Bill Nye,” the 23rd episode, entitled “Probability,” is identical to that which originally aired in 1996—except that the segment on sex and chromosomes has been excised completely. The episode offers no explanation whatsoever. The show simply moves from the segment immediately prior the deleted clip to the segment immediately following it.