Persecuted Church in Iraq & Syria — See & Tell the Truth & Act on It

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We need leaders who call out evil for what it is.

We have an enemy. He has an army at his disposal. He wants to destroy and kill us.

We need leaders, who understanding the evil in the world, do something about it.

I’m here on behalf of the president as a tangible sign of his commitment to defending Christians and, frankly, all who suffer for their beliefs across the wider world,” Vice President Mike Pence said at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C., last week.There the vice president acknowledged something that the previous administration, after some pressure, also recognized: some of the evil of religious persecution in the world today. Former secretary of state John Kerry would ultimately use the word “genocide” to call out the ongoing threat that the so-called Islamic State posed to Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Source: Persecuted Church in Iraq & Syria — See & Tell the Truth & Act on It | National Review

"I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises." ~~John F. Kennedy

Quotes, thoughts and musings

God’s Promise

Jesus challenges us to make sure our yes is yes and our no is no.

When we say yes we need to follow through. That is the core of character and the goal that God has in mind for us.

God is faithful to his word. Jesus wants us to be the same way.

God doesn’t enter into a contract with us, written by a crafty lawyer. A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you will never be able to collect. But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise—and God’s promise at that—you can’t break it.

This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone…

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“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” ~Donald Trump

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Donald Trump sees the world in an interesting way. He is also very certain of it. It isn’t a great trait, but, it is all about Donald.

No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” ~Donald Trump

I’m guessing Abraham LincolnJames Abram Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1897-1901), and John F. Kennedy(1961-63). all assassinated while in office, might disagree.

Of course, what about Nelson Mandela? What about Ghandi?

And not so well known, John W. Stevens, a North Carolina tobacco trader who served in the Confederate army, Stevens became a Republican after the Civil War. He helped organize blacks and they, in turn, helped elect him to the state Senate. This didn’t go over well with some of the locals. Stevens was ostracized, denied credit and was even accused of murdering his mother. In 1870, Stevens was stabbed and strangled after being ambushed by more than a dozen members of the Ku Klux Klan.

And … the list could go on.

Trump and Mandela

Left Wants To Make Abortion An Economic Issue To Sideline Its Atrocities

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Is abortion an economic issue?

The answer is a resounding no.

Abortion is a moral issue dealing with the life and death of a human being. Let us not delude ourselves.

Last week, the New York Times published an editorial titled “Why Abortion is a Progressive Economic Issue.”

Prompted by chaos in the Democratic ranks over the issue of abortion, the article argued that because lower income women are more likely to choose abortion, and because economics are a strong consideration for women who choose to abort their children, one cannot separate the issue from other progressive economic issues. Other writers have echoed this sentiment, packaging abortion alongside things such as wealth redistribution and universal healthcare.

Source: Left Wants To Make Abortion An Economic Issue To Sideline Its Atrocities

A Gratuitous Assault on Religious Liberty is a choice, not an accident

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Sometimes I wonder, how could this happen? Why would it be this way?

There is an answer.

A leader, consciously decided, to make it happen. Someone is accountable.

That isn’t blame. That is reality.

Religious liberty is a choice of leadership. When it begins to disappear, a leader has decided to let it or make it happen.

It is not a mistake.

We need leaders who care about our constitution and our liberty.

It has to leave the reader wondering just why all of this has been necessary. Why has this become a heated political battle and a Supreme Court case? It’s hard to avoid one simple answer: It has happened this way because the Obama administration wanted it to. The president saw an advantage in going out of his way to spark a highly divisive cultural, political, and legal battle that leaves some of his fellow Americans with the sense that their most basic liberties are threatened rather than going out of his way to avoid it. He may feel justified in that view, in light of how that fight has gone. But that is no excuse.

Source: A Gratuitous Assault on Religious Liberty – Yuval Levin | National Review

Individual Cowardice Is Killing American Culture when the rules aren’t clear around men and women

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The rules used to be pretty clear and they were logical. Men couldn’t use a girls locker room. The man would be arrested. It just wouldn’t work.

Not so much anymore it seems. So we have basic questions with answers we need to agree on.

What is a man? What is a woman?

I used to think I knew. Oddly, I still do.

“Woman” defined as “adult human female; of or denoting the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) which can be fertilized by male gametes.”

“Man” defined as “adult human male; of or denoting the sex that produces gametes, especially spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to produce offspring.”

I took biology, a long time ago. Are they still teaching this? I think so. I hope so.

Early this morning I was reading Rod Dreher’s blog at the American Conservative and stumbled across yet another dispatch from the utterly absurd bathroom wars. One of his New York City readers wrote in to say that her 14-year-old daughter had just finished dressing in a city locker room when a grown man stepped from the showers wearing only a towel. Girls as young as seven were present, and they were staring at the man with “concerned expressions.” The reader ends her e-mail with, “It sucks to be a parent these days.”

Source: Individual Cowardice Is Killing American Culture | National Review

Does religious freedom in Texas allow for goat sacrifice in neighborhood homes?

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Is our guarantee for religious freedom just for Christians, Muslims and Jews?

Most dominant religions in the United States think it’s all right to kill and eat goats but that you can’t do it in a residential neighborhood. But not all religions share that view.

José Merced moved to Euless, Texas, in 1990. A Santeria Oba Oriate, or priest, Merced had performed certain animal sacrifices essential to Santeria for 16 years. But in 2006, Euless said he had to stop. He sued the city on the grounds it had violated Texas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Modern-day Santeria originated in Cuba and is a syncretism of Western African tribal religion and Roman Catholicism. It engages spirits called orishas through the use of life force that it gets, at times, via sacrificed animals. Its practitioners worship in the home — there are only a couple Santeria temples in the world and none of them are in the United States — and on special occasions such as ordination the worship calls for sacrifice of four-legged animals in addition to other animals.

This practice is in conflict with all sorts of generally accepted codes in Texas. Merced won his case in 2009.

Another victory for religious freedom in the United States.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~John F. Kennedy

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We live in a world that is changing very rapidly. We need to look ahead.

Where are we going? Is it the right direction? Is it going to take us off course? Is it where God wants us to go?

What God wants is the big thing. That is where the focus should go. Jesus will show us the way.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~John F. Kennedy

How is it a person doesn’t also mean the unborn?

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The Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and made unconstitutional most state efforts to regulate abortion practices.

The ruling rested on incredibly shaky legal reasoning, as the seven justices in the majority manufactured a mysterious “right to privacy,” discovered in the due-process clause of the 14th Amendment, to establish a woman’s right to choose abortion.

In addition, in the majority opinion, Justice Harry Blackmun found that “the word ‘person’, as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn,” plausibly the most flawed legal argument since the dehumanizing decision in Dred Scott v. Sanford.

What is a man? What is a woman? Why Trans Activists Will Destroy Homosexual Rights.

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What is a man? What is a woman?

I used to think I knew. Oddly, I still do.

“Woman” defined as “adult human female; of or denoting the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) which can be fertilized by male gametes.”

“Man” defined as “adult human male; of or denoting the sex that produces gametes, especially spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to produce offspring.”

I took biology, a long time ago. Are they still teaching this? I think so. I hope so.

And so, a “homosexual” is defined as: “a person who is sexually attracted to people of their own sex,” with “sex” defined as: “either of the two main categories (male and female) into which humans and most other living things are divided on the basis of their reproductive functions.” If the biological terms “male” and “female” have no bearing when defining people, what’s the point of defining sexuality?

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are erased from LGBT protections without coherent definitions of biological sex. When anyone can identify as a class of people, the law is not only negated but unnecessary, because by trans logic, we can just identify our way out of any and all oppressive structures.

None of this makes sense if you think about it.

Come, let us reason together.

Social justice movements have long succeeded in correcting legitimate political inequities by uniting under a banner of moral progress. As a result, people are often inclined to trust that these movements, led by champions of progressivism, must be happening in response to systematic and indisputable wrongs with a virtuous end goal in mind.

Source: Why Trans Activists Will Destroy Homosexual Rights

What is the moral obligation of the United States and our allies in light of the genocide of Bashar al-Assad?

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In Syria, the sheer physical and human devastation undermines the prospects of a viable state for years to come. The stats are almost incomprehensible: more than half the population depends on humanitarian aid to make it through the day.

Some three million kids are not attending school—in a population of twenty-two million. Besides a staggering death toll, one and a half million people have been injured or permanently disabled. Life expectancy is down fifteen years from when the civil war started, in 2011.

Almost one out of five citizens has fled the country altogether. They may have little incentive to return. Physical destruction totals at least two hundred and fifty billion dollars, in a state the size of Washington. And it increases every day.

What is the moral obligation of the United States and our allies in light of the genocide of Bashar al-Assad? Will bombing a few of his planes get him to stop the murders and devastation?

Really, what should we do?

Boy Scout Leaders to Discuss Offering More Opportunities for Girls

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Here we go. It is continuing and we can’t stop it.

Or can we?

Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America will take the first tentative steps Thursday toward considering whether to add more opportunities for girls in an organization that has been primarily for boys since it was founded 107 years ago, according to scouting officials.

The subject will be discussed at a meeting of chapter representatives and other leaders at the organization’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, the officials said.

“It’s a meeting on how to meet the needs of today’s families, which include dual earners and single-parent households,” said Effie Delimarkos, spokeswoman for the Boy Scouts of America.

Source: Boy Scout Leaders to Discuss Offering More Opportunities for Girls – NBC News

“Those who promise you a free lunch will invariably eat you for breakfast.” ~Michael Bloomberg

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Why do we keep falling for the “free lunch” message from politicians and pundits?

Of course, as Margaret Thacher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

There really is no good answer. to the “free lunch” question We all know there is no free lunch but perhaps we think it is someone else’s money that will pay for it and not our taxes. Or, perhaps those who don’t pay taxes don’t care.

Whatever the reason, it is dangerous and it has to stop.

Those who promise you a free lunch will invariably eat you for breakfast.

Source: Bloomberg blasts both parties, swipes at Trump, Sanders – POLITICO

Pro-Lifers on Congress’ Planned Parenthood Funding: ‘Incredibly Disappointing,’ ‘Beyond Frustrating,’ ‘Need to Defund’

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I thought President Trump and so many in Congress have been clear about de-funding the abortionist baby killer, Planned Parenthood.

What is going on here? Who can we trust?

We can trust God and Jesus.

Some pro-life advocates said they were disappointed with the short-term spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Doanld Trump on Friday, which continues funding for Planned Parenthood. They also expressed frustration with the pending $1 trillion spending package expected to pass this week and keep the government funded through fiscal year 2017 and which also would maintain funding for the abortion provider.

Source: Pro-Lifers on Congress’ Planned Parenthood Funding: ‘Incredibly Disappointing,’ ‘Beyond Frustrating,’ ‘Need to Defund’

Kennedy: Berkeley, Ann Coulter and our absurd free speech debate

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I thought free speech was a well understood constitutional principle in our country. Well litigated and well resolved. UC Berkeley was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Free speech? Not so much anymore it seems.

Ann Coulter’s canceled Berkeley speech has set off a delightful firestorm, and now we are in the midst of an absurd free speech debate that’s opened an oozing chasm on the left.

The recent protests on college campuses from Berkeley to NYU have shown that loud lefties are using fascism to curtail free speech.

Violence has erupted to squash words, so sticks and stones may break your bones, and they may be used to forcefully silence unpopular ideas. You know it’s an interesting debate when Liz Warren, Bernie Sanders and Bill Maher are, for once, on the right side of it

However, the left is not in lockstep, as a New York Times oped from NYU comparative literature professor Ulrich Baer shows some commies are more than happy to force their enemies into silence. He writes:

“Freedom of expression is not an unchanging absolute.”

Yes it is. He continues…

The recent student demonstrations…should be understood as an attempt to ensure conditions of free speech for a greater group of people rather than censorship”

He goes on to say when monsters like Milo & Ann Coulter step foot on a safe space haven, their mere presence and thoughts aggrieve the oppressed.

Source: Kennedy: Berkeley, Ann Coulter and our absurd free speech debate | Fox News

“Whether they realize it or not, Americans are subject to the soft despotism of administrative law.” ~Allen Mendenhall

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Much of our challenges right now, in America, are not our elected officials. The normal constitutional process and the necessary gridlock are working.

It is hard to get legislation passed, signed and upheld in court. It should be, that is the way it was designed.

What was unanticipated is executive and administrative “law”. One administration “orders” it. The next “un-orders” it, if they can.

We need to reign it in. We, the people, need to take control and force order back into the system.

Whether they realize it or not, Americans are subject to the soft despotism of administrative law.

Source: How Unelected Bureaucrats Became ‘Liberty’s Nemesis’

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Iran’s persecution of gay community revealed and they are coming after us

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In our country we value respect for all people, even if we disagree about the lifestyle and behavior.

Many countries who follow Sharia law are not tolerant in any way.

Why do so many Americans turn a blind eye to what is going on? The Islamists are coming after us. They won’t tolerate our approach to these and many issues we hold as constitutional guarantees.

The lifestyles of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iran are comprehensively and systematically denied by the Islamic regime, which exposes them to horrific punishment, bullying and risk of suicide, a study has found.

Source: Iran’s persecution of gay community revealed | World news | The Guardian

Actor James Woods Slams Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz: It’s “Not So Safe For Future Generations” 

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Known for his roles in “Casino” and “Once Upon A Time in America” and voices in “Family Guy” and Disney’s “Hercules,” Woods criticized Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices Monday on social media.

Woods posted a Planned Parenthood promotional image that claimed the abortion chain is a “safe space” for all people.

“Maybe not so safe for the future generation …” Woods wrote on Twitter above the image.

Christian University Cuts Ties With Planned Parenthood After Pro-Life Students Protest 

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In a huge win for the Students for Life group at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, the Christian school has officially cut ties with the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Better to follow Jesus than not.

In an email to the campus, Whitworth University president Beck Taylor wrote: ­­­­­I recently instructed the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement not to renew that relationship. This is the only formal partnership the university currently has with Planned Parenthood. At the end of the current academic year, Whitworth will no longer offer credit-bearing service-learning placements or internships with the organization.”

“Make your bed!” ~ Admiral McRaven & Chancellor of the University of Texas

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On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven’s original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.

You can buy the book herehttps://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Bed-Little-Things/dp/1455570249 

Oppressive Patriarchy: Letting Men Use Women’s Bathrooms

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It is a shame that we are afraid to say this. It is true. Men need to take a stand on this.

It is not right and we have a moral obligation to stand up for what is.

God created us male and female. That is clear. Allowing men to go into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms violates that basic premise of our life.

It’s time for all real men to take a stand to protect women, and little girls, from the predatory sexual practices endorsed by the rabidly patriarchal elements of society like Hollywood, the mainstream media, and liberals.

Source: Articles: Oppressive Patriarchy: Letting Men Use Women’s Bathrooms

Why Don’t We Care About the Slaughter of Christians?

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We all need to ask ourselves why we don’t care about the slaughter of our brothers and sisters in the Messiah.

In Hebrews 13:3 we learn “Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you.”

We need to be outraged at what is going on.

A United Airlines passenger is violently hauled off a plane, and there is national outrage, rightly so. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Assad is worse than Hitler, and again, there is national outrage, rightly so. Forty-five Egyptian Christians are slaughtered by ISIS while attending church services on Palm Sunday and scores of others are wounded, and there is barely a national yawn. How can this be?

You might say, “That’s easy. The first two events took place right in front of our eyes, here in America. The third event took place in Egypt, and as tragic as it was, it’s a matter of out of sight, out of mind.”

I understand that. But what about the Islamic terror attack on the Brussels airport last year, killing more than 30 people? That was covered by our media day and night, with footage from the blast shown over and over by the hour.

And what about the Islamic terror attack in France, when a driver plowed his truck into hundreds of people in Nice, killing more than 80? That too received day and night coverage, with the bloody footage, including dead children lying in the streets, put before us by the hour.

But when it’s Christians being slaughtered by Islamic terrorists while worshiping the Lord in the safety of their church buildings, it only receives passing mention on our networks. Why?

Source: Why Don’t We Care About the Slaughter of Christians? – Michael Brown

Silence Is Death: The Generational Case For Free Speech

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This is absurd. We need to teach students the importance of the U. S. constitution.

As the Wall Street Journal recently reported:

The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale recently commissioned a survey from McLaughlin & Associates about attitudes towards free speech on campus. Some 800 students at a variety of colleges across the country were surveyed.

The results, though not surprising, are nevertheless alarming. By a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent, students favor their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty.

Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ ‘trigger warnings’ to alert students to material that might be discomfiting.

One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech.

Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect ‘hate speech,’ while 30 percent of self-identified liberal students say the First Amendment is outdated.

Source: Silence Is Death: The Generational Case For Free Speech

At least two bombs were detonated in Christian churches in Egypt as worshippers marked Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people

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This horrid. They know this is a special day for the followers of Jesus.

At least two bombs were detonated in Christian churches in Egypt as worshippers marked Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 100. The Islamic State group claimed credit for the attack.

Source: Daily Wire

New Milestones in opposition research

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Citizen Tom

As a nation we are at least halfway to being totally deranged. What this post is about is two examples of our insanity.

The first example is a column by Bill Gertz of The Washington Times, Warfare goes digital in the 21st century. The primary subject of the column is information warfare. What is Gertz’s complaint?

American adversaries have found asymmetric ways to attack and are waging sophisticated information warfare operations — both technical cyber-attacks and soft power influence and disinformation campaigns designed to achieve strategic objectives.

The U.S. government remains completely ignorant of the threat and lacks ways to deal with this new form of warfare. The Cold War-era U.S. Information Agency (USIA), the last semi-autonomous agency used for promoting America was disbanded in 1999. Its functions were folded into the State Department and the result has been diplomacy-impaired information programs. (from here)

That sounds innocuous…

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No Doctor Should Ever Tell Parents Abortion ‘Is An Act Of Love’

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We all face difficult decisions. Deciding what to do when you learn your child will be born with a debilitating disease is at the top of the scale for challenges on what to do.

The decision to abort is not a decision born of love. It is not the right thing to do.

We need a medical system and providers who understand that and face up “what is love”.

That is what parents truly need to choose life when confronted with one of the most devastating things a parent can ever learn—that their child has a life-threatening condition. Not that aborting their baby is a decision born of love and therefore the “right” thing to do.

Source: No Doctor Should Ever Tell Parents Abortion ‘Is An Act Of Love’

“Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.” ~Thomas Sowell

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Immigration – Dept of Homeland Security

Our laws about immigration are pretty clear. We have ignored them to our detriment. There is now a heavy price to pay for that.

Now would be the time to stop all the silliness. I lock the doors to my house. I have a wall around the back of it. I have an alarm system.

I won’t invite just anyone who wants to come into my house to just come on in. If it did happen (and it has), I would call the police. It is illegal and criminal.

Why should our country act any differently?

Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.” ~Thomas Sowell

Participating In Your Office’s March Madness Pool Makes You A Criminal

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I didn’t know this was against federal law. I thought it might be up to state or local gambling laws. It is not.

I am not in favor of violating the law. If, however, it is making many people criminals, perhaps we should re-think our approach here.

I tend to take a change the law or prosecute it kind of approach. We have many federal laws that we aren’t enforcing. That seems to be a problem. This one may seem small compared to the others (think immigration and marijuana laws).

The biggest argument against sports betting comes from sports leagues themselves. The NCAA claims that allowing sports betting to be open, legal, and transparent would lead to destruction of the “integrity” of the competition. So now we have a system where it closed, illegal and not transparent. No one seems to say that is creating an integrity issue in sports.

Until 1992, states were responsible to regulate all forms of gaming, but because Congress agreed with the NCAA’s argument that legal sport gaming could lead to a loss of public trust in sports competition, we saw passage of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 1992. The act barred all states, with the exception of Nevada, from legalizing sports betting.

Is that still an issue?

I’m not the best person to ask since I have zero desire to gamble. Not a virtue necessarily, it is just that I don’t have a desire to do it. I have never bought a lottery ticket, even though that is very legal.

It’s that time of year when America pauses for a few weeks as we attempt to crown a collegiate basketball champion. Starting on selection Sunday, Americans filled out roughly 80 million brackets before Thursday’s first tipoff, spending approximately $10 billion on office pools and group bets, according to the American Gaming Association. That’s more than twice what was wagered in the U.S. on the Super Bowl.

Concurrently, American companies lost $4 billion in worker productivity last week with one hour dedicated to filling out brackets and three hours dedicated to watching games while on the clock.

In short, the NCAA’s March Madness and Bracketology have become a universally accepted way for Americans to participate in one of the biggest forms of recreation ever. The only problem: it’s all against the law.

 

Source: Participating In Your Office’s March Madness Pool Makes You A Criminal

“I’m fortunate that I’m making a living at Jazz because I’m not equipped to do anything else.” ~Sonny Rollins

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Sonny Rollins

I have a calling. God has something he wants me to do. When I discover it I am very fortunate indeed. Many never know what the calling is or get a chance to do it.

God wants us know and grow. We aren’t here just to do anything. God has given us a mission. I must find it and do it.

I’m fortunate that I’m making a living at Jazz because I’m not equipped to do anything else.” Sonny Rollins

 

Afghanistan: Survivors speak of horror at hospital attack, 49 killed 

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The carnage continues as ISIS massacres tens of thousands. Our withdrawal from the region and declaration that the war is over only seems to have made things worse.

It is not over. Please pray for peace.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA): A terror attack on a major hospital in central Kabul has shocked Afghans hardened by decades of war, insurgency and terrorism.

Staff, patients and visitors were among the 49 people killed in the suicide attack on the Dawood Khan Military Hospital on Wednesday and more than 80 were wounded, many of them critically.

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What is the one way out of poverty?

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What’s the best way to help people stuck in poverty get out of poverty? Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, shows where conservatives and progressives differ.

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What’s the best way to help poor people escape poverty?

Progressives and conservatives have very different answers to this question, but before we explore those answers, let’s agree on this: Both progressives and conservatives believe that the government has a moral obligation to help those who, through bad luck or unfortunate circumstances, can’t help themselves. Here’s what a conservative icon, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Frederic Hayek, said on the subject: “There is no reason why, in a society that has reached the general level of wealth ours has attained, the first kind of security should not be guaranteed to all…some minimum of food, shelter, and clothing sufficient to preserve health and the capacity to work.”

Whatever the media might tell you, there isn’t a conservative out there who would not agree with Hayek’s statement. As I have documented in my book, Who Really Cares, when it comes to philanthropy and charitable giving, conservatives actually out-give progressives — by a lot. Where the two sides disagree is on the role the government plays – not in protecting the poor from poverty, but in lifting them out of it. Here’s a disturbing piece of data: On balance, since President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty programs came fully online in 1966, the poverty rate in America has hardly budged.

That rate, as computed by the United States government, was 14.7 percent in 1966. And today? It’s 13.5 percent. The rate has fluctuated a few points up and down over the decades. The net result is just one percentage point of progress. And this is after the government has spent over 20 trillion dollars on poverty relief programs. 20 trillion dollars – the current size of the US debt — and the needle has barely moved. Now, it’s true that the official poverty rate doesn’t measure consumption.

“We must never again allow the greatest fighting force on the planet to be used as a social engineering petri dish.” ~Todd Starnes

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The Air Force says it’s personnel can’t use the words “boy” or “girl”. It has a whole lot of other PC words on the list as well. Here are some of the list:

1.    Boy

2.    Girl

3.    You People

4.    Colonial

5.    Blacklist

6.    Blackmail

7.    Blackball

8.    Sounds Greek to me

9.    Blondes have more fun

10.  Too many chiefs, not enough Indians

The directive also says “Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate. Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.”

General Mattis needs to change the culture here.

We must never again allow the greatest fighting force on the planet to be used as a social engineering petri dish. ~Todd Starnes

Source: Exclusive: Air Force says words like ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ could be offensive | Fox News

Panhandling and the Pope: Love is A Better Strategy to Help the Poor

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Jesus is clear. I am not to judge. I am here to love. That is the goal.

Have you ever struggled with what to do when you encounter a person on the sidewalk of a major city or standing at a busy traffic intersection with a cup in hand? Have you given such individuals money or been deterred by the prospects of what your cash or coins might be used to purchase? Have you ever felt guilty if you did nothing to help?

In a recent interview in the Italian magazine Scarp de’ Tenis, Pope Francis argued that giving money to someone begging on the street is “always right.” What if the recipient of your gift decides to uses the money to buy a glass of wine instead of food? If “a glass of wine is the only happiness he has in life,” the pope replied, “that’s OK. Instead, ask yourself, what do you do on the sly? What ‘happiness’ do you seek in secret?”

Source: Panhandling and the Pope: A Better Strategy to Help the Poor | The Stream

“Everything That Is Broken In Our Country Can Be Fixed, Every Problem Can Be Solved.” ~Donald J. Trump

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We all know that what president Trump said isn’t true.

We do know that everything is possible with God. I trust in God and Jesus. Anything else is dangerous.

Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.

Our citizens deserve this, and so much more –- so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.

Source: Trump: “Everything That Is Broken In Our Country Can Be Fixed, Every Problem Can Be Solved” | Video | RealClearPolitics

“I’m not willing to sacrifice freedom of expression on the altar of cultural diversity.” ~Flemming Rose

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Flemming Rose isn’t going to watch the decline of free speech without a fight. In 2005, while an editor at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Rose commissioned twelve cartoons about Muhammad to encourage artists to overcome self-censorship. Extremists responded to the cartoons with attacks on western embassies and riots, resulting in the deaths of over 200 people.

Now Rose has written The Tyranny of Silence, a defense of his decision to publish the cartoons and a guide to unfettered expression in the 21st century.

Free speech isn’t always free. There is a price to be paid.

I’m not willing to sacrifice freedom of expression on the altar of cultural diversity. ~Fleming Rose

Source: Flemming Rose Against the Worldwide Suppression of Speech – Reason.com

When you don’t need words to filled with American pride

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Grocery store Food City did an outstanding job at creating this moving ad to honor our troops. The company’s press release on the commercial was as follows:

At Food City, we honor those people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!

Outstanding!

Bill Gates Says Robots Should Be Taxed Like Workers

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In a new interview with Quartz, Microsoft founder Bill Gates makes a rather stunning argument—that robots who replace human workers should incur taxes equivalent to that worker’s income taxes.

Interesting from a man who capitalized on personal computer software that eliminated whole categories of workers. How many accounts payable clerks do we have left in this country?

“Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed . . . If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.”

Source: Bill Gates Says Robots Should Be Taxed Like Workers

What is a Status of Forces Agreement and why don’t we have one in Iraq?

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Map of Iraq

What is a Status of Forces Agreement and why don’t we have one in Iraq? It appears to be a little complicated but it is normal when we have fought a war and liberated a country, that we have a Status of Forces agreement and leave substantial military forces behind, many times for decades. Without blaming President Obama, Bush or the Iraqi’s, we don’t have one and it seems we have been hampered because of it.

  1. President Bush signed a temporary one in 2008. It expired on December 31, 2011. In fact, if was interesting for me to discover this but President Bush, via this agreement, ended the Iraq war.
  2. President Obama never was able to negotiate one as the deadline for the withdrawal approached. We completely withdrew our forces without one.
  3. For much of the 2012 election year, Obama had included a line of celebration in his standard stump speech, one that among an electorate exhausted by more than a decade of war always drew a rousing applause: “Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq,” Obama proclaimed in Bowling Green, Ohio, in September 2012, and did nearly every day after until the election. “We did.” As the Romney and Obama convened on the Lynn University campus in Boca Raton, Fla., in October 2012 debate, here is what transpired. “With regards to Iraq, you and I agreed, I believe, that there should be a status of forces agreement,” Romney told Obama “That’s not true,” Obama interjected. “Oh, you didn’t want a status of forces agreement?” Romney asked as an argument ensued. “No,” Obama said. “What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.” Read more here …
  4. We have about 750 military personnel in Iraq. Contrast that with 13,021 in Kuwait, 49,996 in Japan, 28,500 in South Korea, 40,463 in Germany and 11,324 in Italy. These are all places we have fought to liberate countries. Read more here …

“You Can’t Talk Because I Don’t Like It.” ~Mark Hemingway

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Shutting down free speech in the name of religion is absurd. There is only religion I know that does that.

Jesus expects us to speak the truth. He gives us that freedom.

Indeed, Charlie Hebdo routinely drew blasphemous and obscene cartoons making fun of Jesus and the pope. Yet, there was never a serious worry that bunch of Christians would storm their newsroom and shoot them all. The suggestion that “Muslims throughout France” should be expected to rally around extremists who want to kill anyone who draws a cartoon mocking their faith is patronizing at best, racist at worst.

Source: Silence Is Death: The Generational Case For Free Speech

A Time for Choosing: The Next Generation – Private Sector (Ronald Reagan)

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Ronald Reagan understood the evils of communism and socialist policies. He knew by diminishing the role of the private sector, government stood to benefit and subsequently control the American people.

One of the most powerful lines of his 1964 speech was, “Governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling the people. When a government does that it must use force and use coercion to achieve its purpose.”

In his “Time for Choosing” speech Reagan also said, “They also knew–those Founding Fathers–that outside its legitimate function government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.”

That statement is even more meaningful today, as we face the disastrous economic consequences of Obama’s socialized healthcare system. Contrast that statement with today where we know have a socialized healthcare system. Obamacare has been a completely failure–taking away choice from the American people and subjecting them to a government run health-care program that is less than adequate. We are seeing healthcare costs rise under this socialist system because the private sector marketplace is forced out by government regulations. Inefficiency and waste are also inevitable when we take power and financial resources away from the private sector and put them in the hands of the federal government.

Ronald Reagan was truly a visionary. Before he ever stepped foot in the White House, he saw the path of destruction that progressives were creating for America. Reagan truly believed in the power of the individual, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the private sector. His policies helped to create a sustainable economy–one which continued to prosper long after he left office. Today’s policy makers would do well to follow in his footsteps.

LGBT Bullies Think Trump Is Weak. Here’s How He Can Prove Them Wrong

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President Trump is considering a religious freedom executive order. Here are some of the items it is expected to cover.

  • It tells the entire federal government to respect federal statutes and Supreme Court decisions that make clear the free exercise of religion applies to all people, of all faiths, in all places, and at all times—that it is not merely the freedom to worship.
  • It notes that religious organizations include all organizations operated by religious principles, not just houses of worship or charities. And it follows the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in saying that religious exercise “includes all aspects of religious observance and practice,” not just those absolutely required by a faith.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government, “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” to reasonably accommodate the religion of federal employees, as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • It instructs the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury to finally grant relief to the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who weren’t exempted from the Obamacare abortifacient and contraception mandate.
  • It instructs the secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that all citizens have the ability to purchase health care plans through Obamacare that do not cover abortion or subsidize plans that do.
  • It instructs the secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that the federal government does not discriminate against child welfare providers, such as foster care and adoption services, based on the organization’s religious beliefs.
  • It adopts the Russell Amendment and instructs all agencies of the federal government to provide protections and exemptions consistent with the Civil Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act to all religious organizations that contract with the federal government or receive grants.
  • It instructs the secretary of the treasury to ensure that it does not revoke nonprofit tax status because a religious organization’s ordinary religious speech deals with politics, or because it speaks or acts on the belief that marriage is the union of husband and wife, that a person’s sex is based on immutable biology, or that life begins at conception.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government to refuse to recognize any decision by a federally recognized accrediting body that revokes or denies accreditation to an organization because of such beliefs.
  • It instructs all agencies that they may not take adverse action against federal employees, contractors, or grantees because of their speech about marriage outside of their employment, contract, or grant, and that agencies shall reasonably accommodate such beliefs inside of employment, contract, or grant.

Source: LGBT Bullies Think Trump Is Weak. Here’s How He Can Prove Them Wrong

“I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” ~Donald Trump

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The Johnson Amendment is outrageous. I can imagine Jesus refusing to not speak out. In fact, he frequently did.

In 1954, Sen. Lyndon Johnson, worried about opposition at home, came up with an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) that prohibited campaign speech by nonprofits and tax-exempt churches.

The effect of the Johnson Amendment is prohibit speech solely on the content of the speech.

Trump is correct to get rid of this.

I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” ~Donald Trump

Source: Yes, Churches Should Be Free To Express Themselves Politically

98 percent of women of reproductive age will never step foot inside a Planned Parenthood in any given year for health care.

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Do we need to fund Planned Parenthood?

Most of what they provide is not about health care. It is about murdering babies.

 has compiled some great data for us to consider.

According to their own annual report, Planned Parenthood saw 2.5 million clients in 2015, which is down from 3.1 million in 2006. While that number may seem high, it means that 98 percent of women of reproductive age will never step foot inside a Planned Parenthood in any given year for health care.

Planned Parenthood loves to talk about the services they provide — other than abortion — but it takes little effort to uncover the fact that while government funding to them has increased by millions, their preventative services have dropped off a cliff.

An investigation released this week into Planned Parenthood’s health care services showed that while they tout their prenatal services, in reality, these services hardly even exist.

According to their own annual reports, prenatal services at Planned Parenthood have been cut in half since 2009 and cancer screenings have been slashed since 2006. From 2009 to 2013, Planned Parenthood’s adoption-to-abortion ratio is 209-to-1.  

Yet, in 2006, they committed one of every five abortions; in 2015, it’s up to one in every three abortions.

What are taxpayers getting for spending more money at Planned Parenthood? Fewer actual health care services and more abortions. This is a disgrace.

The money that currently goes to Planned Parenthood should be redirected to Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FHQCs), of which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20-to-1. These centers are all over the country, in rural and urban areas, and serve all people.

Source: We don’t need to spend our tax dollars on Planned Parenthood | Fox News

“Every time we kill a child, we, all of us suffer. We lose a little of ourselves and a whole lot of our future.” ~Mia Love

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The March for Life was an amazing event this year. Less than a week after the so-called “Women’s March”, women demonstrated the real meaning of a women’s movement.

Every time we kill a child, we, all of us suffer. We lose a little of ourselves and a whole lot of our future. ~Mia Love

Source: Watch Mia Love Bring People To Tears At The March For Life

Lena Dunham’s Video Reveals The Ugly Truth About The Women’s March

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The Women’s March this Saturday is apparently not a march for women. It is strictly a march for abortion rights.

A pro-life group, New Wave Feminists, opposes President-elect Donald Trump and was listed as an official sponsor of the event. But after an article written by Emma Green, one of the march’s co-chairs, was published in The Atlantic, sharing pro-life women’s involvement, stating “We must not just talk about feminism as one issue, like access to reproductive care,” a tweet storm ensued and they were abruptly kicked out.

The reason for kicking these women out? “The right to choose is a fundamental part of feminism.”

Talk about fake news. This clearly fits the definition.

Planned Parenthood fangirls like Lena and her friends should know that most of the country disagrees with them. In fact, 80 percent of Americans think abortion should be restricted to the first trimester, and most women support the Hyde Amendment — a federal law that restricts taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. Planned Parenthood’s message — if you have a uterus then you should love abortion because every woman does — is totally false. Pushing that line of rhetoric on the Women’s March distorts reality and excludes not women’s voices, but the majority of women’s voices.

In truth, most women believe there should be restrictions on abortion, and a much larger proportion of Americans (49 percent) think abortion is morally wrong than those who think it is morally acceptable (15 percent).

Source: Lena Dunham’s Video Reveals The Ugly Truth About The Women’s March

How Much is $1 Trillion? You could buy 3.1 million Ferrari 599 GTBs

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The United States has borrowed $20 trillion dollars. It is such a big number, it is hard to imagine how much it really is.

Here are a few clues!

$1 trillion is over $200 billion more than the GDP of Australia ($795,305). It’s more than the combined GDPs of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland ($993,314). (For a full list of PPP-adjusted GDPs, click here.)

If you had $1,000,000,000,000 in cash, you could buy:

282 billion Big Macs

3.1 million Ferrari 599 GTBs

769 New Yankees Stadiums

28,571 flights into space as a tourist

66.7 billion copies of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street

Source: Econ4U: How Much is $1 Trillion?

“Don’t do stupid s**t.” ~President Obama

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Stupid is as stupid does. Sorry, there is no other way to see it. God gave the Jewish people Israel, including Jerusalem (יְרוּשָׁלַיִם).

During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The part of Jerusalem called the City of David was settled in the 4th millennium BC.

Of course, Jesus had his perspective on Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, and at the time, occupied by the Romans.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Murderer of prophets! Killer of the ones who brought you God’s news! How often I’ve ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me.

And now you’re so desolate, nothing but a ghost town. What is there left to say? Only this: I’m out of here soon. The next time you see me you’ll say, ‘Oh, God has blessed him! He’s come, bringing God’s rule!’ ~Jesus (Matthew 23:37-39

So here is a good summary of John Kerry’s take on it all.

Secretary of State John Kerry used the word “conscience” over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. He added that the U.S. could not “stand idly by” while Israel torpedoed any hope for a two-state solution.

The Obama administration knows all about standing “idly by” – that was its all-but-explicit policy toward other troubles in the Middle East. Obama came into office with one foreign-policy lodestar – Not George Bush – and has stuck with it mulishly no matter how much the facts on the ground demanded flexibility. An Obama official dubbed it “leading from behind” and, according to a well-placed journalist, Obama himself used the phrase “don’t do stupid s**t.”

Source: John Kerry – Israel U.N. Resolution Speech | National Review

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Israel Western Wall

“When you serve up your holiday leftovers on Monday, declare it the Feast of Stephen.” ~Ralph Peters

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We live in a world, where it continues to be acceptable to revile and martyr Christians. By all accounts it is getting worse than ever.

December 26th is celebrated as the feast of Stephen, the first martyr.

Let us remember and be ever vigilant.

When you serve up your holiday leftovers on Monday, declare it the Feast of Stephen.

Source: Ralph Peters: The Feast of Stephen 2016: We are living in a new age of Christian martyrs | Fox News

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“What happened today is that the United States joined the jackals at the U.N.” ~Charles Krauthammer

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On the day before Christmas eve, president Barack Obama effectively cursed Israel. When God gave Israel (which includes Jerusalem) to Abraham, take note of what he said.

Personally, I want the United States to be blessed. God is clear about the consequences blessing Israel. God is clear about the consequences of cursing Israel.

I believe God meant it. I believe God will be faithful to his word.

I’ll make you a great nation
        and bless you.
    I’ll make you famous;
        you’ll be a blessing.
    I’ll bless those who bless you;
        those who curse you I’ll curse.
    All the families of the Earth
        will be blessed through you.

Genesis 12:3 The Message (MSG)

Charles Krauthammer condemned Obama’s tacit support of today’s U.N. resolution that calls for an end to Israeli settlement building.

What happened today is that the United States joined the jackals at the U.N. That was a phrase used by Pat Moynihan, the great Democratic senator, the former U.S. ambassador who spoke for the United States standing up in the U.N. and to resist this kind of disgrace. To give you an idea of how appalling this resolution is, it declares that any Jew who lives in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, the Jewish quarter, inhabited for 1,000 years, is illegal, breaking international law, essentially an outlaw, can be hauled into the international criminal court and international courts in Europe, which is one of the consequences. The Jewish quarter has been populated by Jews for 1,000 years. In the war of Independence in 1948, the Arabs invaded Israel to wipe it out. They did not succeed, but the Arab Legion succeeded in conquering the Jewish quarter. They expelled all the Jews. They destroyed all the synagogues and all the homes. For 19 years, no Jew could go there. The Israelis got it back in the Six-Day War. Now it’s declared that this is not Jewish territory. Remember, it’s called “the Jewish quarter,” but it belongs to other people. And any Jew who lives there is an outlaw. That’s exactly what we supported. The resolution is explicit in saying settlements in the occupied territories and in east Jerusalem.

In 2012, running for re-election, Obama spoke at the meeting of AIPAC, the big Jewish lobby. He said, “Is there any doubt that I have Israel’s back?” That’s why he didn’t want do it while he was in office. That’s why he didn’t want to do it in 2016 so it would injure Hillary and show to particularly American Jews, who tend to be Democratic, that it was all a farce. He does it on the way out, and that’s part of why it’s so disgraceful. He didn’t even — he hid it until there would be no consequence. Now he is out the door and the damage is done for years. That resolution cannot be undone.

Source: Obama’s Anti-Israel Abstention Joins America with United Nations’ Appalling Resolution | National Review

Fake News on the Internet? I’m Shocked!

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Is it fake news or fake journalists? It is wise to consider the source and consider the bias that may clear. Jesus is the truth.

Freedom Through Empowerment

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Apparently, we have a “fake news” problem in this country, where stories loaded with false information spread ignorance like wildfire all over the Internet.  Some think this may even have cost Hillary Clinton the election and while I believe this fear to be inaccurate and overblown, I do say welcome to the party!

Some of us have been complaining, ahem, for years that biased, fear mongering is poisoning the electorate’s ability to make rational, educated decisions. The difference being this type of nonsense comes straight from the mainstream media and is masked as “hard news”, while the recent election oriented faux websites pushed outrageous headlines for clickbait a la National Enquire like sensationalism.

Discerning voters could smell a rat and I highly doubt many, if any votes where changed because of this. The left has only just now jumped on board the outrage train because well, oops, it turns out the…

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Florida Tim Tebow Law’s Principle Can Apply to Charters and Private Schools

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Now here is some good news. Other states ought to take notice. I am getting encouraged school choice may gain more traction.

A bill in the Florida State House of Representatives to allow charter-school students to participate in extra-curricular activities at private schools may not affect a great number of students, but it shows why school-choice measures accomplish exactly what their critics say they fail to do.

A common argument against school choice is that going to a smaller charter school or being homeschooled will limit students’ options and social life, but the way to expand such options is actually to loosen restrictions, not further cement them. Floridians know the value of this idea because their state is the home of the first-ever Heisman Trophy winner to be homeschooled: Tim Tebow. A statute colloquially known as “the Tim Tebow law” allowed the University of Florida’s eventual national title-winning quarterback to continue being homeschooled while playing football at Allen D. Nease High School.

The Tebows paid their taxes and schooled their children, so why shouldn’t they be able to see their son play football for their local high school?

Source: Florida Tim Tebow Law’s Principle Can Apply to Charters and Private Schools | National Review

“Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it.” ~Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama is promising that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in America’s election process, an accusation the Kremlin has vehemently denied. I am wondering what took so long. Apparently he has known about it for a while. I guess we can take comfort. Our president has spoken with Mr. Putin. He knows how we feel.

Amid calls on both sides of the political aisle on Capitol Hill for a full-bore congressional investigation, including assertions President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, Obama said in an interview that anytime a foreign government tries to interfere in U.S. elections, the nation must take action “and we will at a time and place of our own choosing.”

“Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be,” he told NPR News Thursday. “But Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it.”

Source: Obama Vows Retaliation for Suspected Russian Hacking | The Stream

Obama Just Gave Unborn Babies The Middle Finger On His Way Out

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President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services just issued a rule that bars states from defunding abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The final version of the rule, which was released Wednesday, stipulates that states cannot block federal Title X funds from contraception providers that also perform abortions.

In the past several years, a number of states have taken actions to restrict participation by certain types of providers as subrecipients in the Title X Program, unrelated to the provider’s ability to provide family planning services.  This has caused limitations in the geographic distribution of services and decreased access to services.

The final rule clarifies the Title X program regulations by adding that no grant recipient making subawards for the provision of services as part of its Title X project may prohibit an entity from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.

Source: Obama Just Gave Unborn Babies The Middle Finger On His Way Out

10 things to know about religion and same-sex marriage in America plus what does Jesus think?

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For those up for making the journey to a fuller understanding, here are 10 things you should know about gay marriage and religion in America.

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 

Source: 10 things to know about religion and same-sex marriage | The Charlotte Observer

“It’s good to have a military man who is known as ‘mad dog’.” ~ Charles Krauthammer

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General James Mattis is a Marines Marine. He is widely respected. He will present some challenges to getting through the confirmation process but I wouldn’t bet against him.

It can be a good thing to have on your resume that President Obama ffired you because of your position on the Iran deal.

It’s good to have a military man.  It’s also good to have a military man who is known as ‘mad dog,’ because let’s say you’re trying to send a message to obstreperous Iranians who have been harassing our boats. I think you want to send a message that says something like if you don’t stop within 48 hours, I may have to turn the matter over to mad dog, translated afterwards into Persian. I think that can be quite useful.” – Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier

“Please say “Merry Christmas”. If you don’t, you’re not “inclusive.” You’re hurtful.” ~Dennis Prager

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We have moved into a dangerous era with progressives and the left. There is a war on Christmas, Easter and other important Christian holidays in the United States.

Even a Jew, Dennis Prager, recognizes the importance of saying “Merry Christmas”. He accurately draws the distinction between an American holiday and his Jewish Holy Days.

90% of Americans celebrate Christmas. Can’t we please use the word?

“Please say “Merry Christmas”. If you don’t, you’re not “inclusive.” You’re hurtful.” ~Dennis Prager

 

Video Transcript

The change from wishing fellow Americans “Merry Christmas” to wishing them “Happy Holidays” is a very significant development.

Proponents of “Happy Holidays” argue it’s no big deal – proponents of “Merry Christmas” are making a mountain out of a molehill.

But the “Happy Holidays” advocates want it both ways. They dismiss opponents as hysterical; but at the same time, in addition to replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays,” they have relentlessly pushed to replace “Christmas vacation” with “winter vacation” and “Christmas party” with “Holiday Party.”

So, then, which is it? Is all this elimination of the word “Christmas” important or not?

The answer is obvious. It’s very important. That’s why so much effort is devoted to substituting other words for “Christmas.” And these efforts have been extraordinarily successful. In place of the universal “Merry Christmas” of my youth, in recent decades I have been wished “Happy Holidays” by every waiter and waitress in every restaurant I have dined; by everyone who welcomes me at any business; by my flight attendants and pilots; and by just about everyone else.

When I respond, “Thank you. Merry Christmas!” I often sense that I have actually created some tension. Many of those I wish “Merry Christmas” are probably relieved to hear someone who feels free to utter the “C” word, but all the sensitivity training they’ve had to undergo creates cognitive dissonance.

The opponents of “Merry Christmas” and other uses of the word “Christmas” know exactly what they’re doing. They’re disingenuous when they dismiss defenders of “Merry Christmas” as fabricating some “War on Christmas.”

Of course it’s a war on Christmas, or, more precisely, a war on the religious nature of America. The left in America, like the left in Europe, wants to create a thoroughly secular society. Not a secular government – which is a desirable goal, and which, in any event, has always been the case in America – but a secular society.

Most people do not realize that the left believes in secularism as fervently as religious Jews and Christians believe in the Bible. That’s why “Merry Christmas” bothers secular activists. It’s a blatant reminder of just how religious America is – and always has been. So, here’s a prediction: Activists on the left will eventually seek to remove Christmas as a national holiday.

Now, the left doesn’t announce that its agenda is to thoroughly secularize American and European societies. Instead, they offer the inclusiveness argument: that “Merry Christmas” or “Christmas party” or “Christmas vacation” is not “inclusive.”

This inclusiveness argument plays on Americans’ highly developed sense of decency. But the argument is preposterous: Who, exactly, is being excluded when one wishes someone “Merry Christmas?” Non-Christians?

I’m a non-Christian. I’m a Jew. Christmas is not a religious holy day for me. But I’m an American, and Christmas is a national holiday in my country. It is, therefore, my holiday – though not my holy day – as much as it is for my fellow Americans who are Christian. That’s why it’s not surprising that it was an American Jew, Irving Berlin, who wrote “White Christmas,” one of America’s most popular Christmas songs. In fact, according to a Jewish musician writing in the New York Times, “Almost all the most popular Christmas songs were written by Jews.” Apparently all these American Jews felt quite included by Christmas!

By not wishing me a Merry Christmas, you are not being inclusive. You are excluding me from one of my nation’s national holidays.

But even if Christmas were not a national holiday, I would want pilots to wish their passengers “Merry Christmas,” companies to have Christmas parties, and schools to continue to have Christmas vacations. Just because I don’t personally celebrate Christmas, why would I want to drop the word “Christmas” when the holiday is celebrated by 90 percent of my fellow Americans?

It borders on the misanthropic, not to mention the mean-spirited, to want to deny nearly all of your fellow citizens the joy of having Christmas parties or being wished a “Merry Christmas.” The vast majority of Americans who celebrate Christmas, and who treat non-Christians so well, deserve better.

So, please say “Merry Christmas” and “Christmas party” and “Christmas vacation.” If you don’t, you’re not “inclusive.” You’re hurtful.

I’m Dennis Prager.

“The “enlightened” Islamic law now punishes potty mouth with floggings.” ~Jonathan Turley

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We live in a dangerous world. We are fortunate in the United States but this is coming to us soon. We must be vigilant.

Flogging women for “potty mouths” is just the tip of the iceburg.

The “enlightened” Islamic law now punishes potty mouth with floggings.

Source: Saudi Sharia Court Orders Two Women Flogged For Over Bad Language on Social Media | JONATHAN TURLEY

“Be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” ~George Washington

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George Washington

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war – for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted – for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us – and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

– George Washington

Why do 21 states have a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?

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Boycotts and bullying has prevailed in Indiana, Georgia and North Carolina. It has been somewhat effective.

The hypocrisy of the liberal left in all its glory. They are outraged and apoplectic about a law their liberal messiah, Bill Clinton, signed into law in 1993.

This is their issue du jour. Why don’t they protest and boycott all 21 states that have a version of the law in effect? That should work.

Source: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT « The Burning Platform

“The church was built by apostles who withstood beatings; too many modern Christians can’t even endure Tweetings.” ~David French

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When we stand for liberty, we may die for it. Jesus is clear about it. This isn’t for the faint of heart.

Jesus also challenges us to weigh the costs. Are we willing to pay the price?

Standing up for marriage and life require courage. Am I up to it?

Men have died to preserve our fundamental freedoms. Woe to this generation if we back down in the face of boycotts and hashtags. I’ve discussed this before, and I’ll discuss it again. The church was built by apostles who withstood beatings; too many modern Christians can’t even endure Tweetings. Secular fury is a fact of faithful Christian life, and if placating PayPal takes precedence over defending liberty, then we deserve our cultural and political fate.

Source: Religious Liberty Protections Are Vital

What is forgiveness and how do we achieve it?

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What is forgiveness and how do we achieve it? Jesus shows us the way. Jesus is love and knows that love forgives. Jesus has forgiven us.

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STEPHEN MARMER

We have all had times in our relationships when we hurt a loved one, or a loved one hurt us. That’s part of life. But not all of us know how to forgive, even when the other party has offered a sincere apology. In this Prager University course, UCLA psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Marmer shares the three types of forgiveness–exoneration, forbearance, and release–and explains why anyone who wants to mend meaningful relationships must first understand forgiveness. Internalizing Dr. Marmer’s teaching can be an important first step, for many people, to keeping and fixing their most valued relationships.

Anyone familiar with Italian opera or the plays of Shakespeare knows the terrible price paid for grudges, vendetta, and revenge.  Under the sway of these emotions painful incidents linger in the mind, sapping our ability to find peace and happiness.  The 18th century English poet, Alexander Pope, gave us the antidote: “ to err is human, to forgive divine.”  But finding a way to forgive without giving up our principles is often no easy task.  In this course, I am going to address what forgiveness is and how to implement it.

I’ll be speaking here about forgiveness where it most often is needed — in the context of your every day personal life with family members, friends, co-workers, and business associates.

One of our challenges in understanding this process is that the word — forgiveness — is inadequate to explain a very complex concept.  Forgiveness actually embodies three different things, each of which applies to different situations and provides different results.

The three types of forgiveness are: exoneration, forbearance and release.

Let’s take each in turn.

Exoneration is the closest to what we usually think of when we say “forgiveness”.  Exoneration is wiping the slate entirely clean and restoring a relationship to the full state of innocence it had before the harmful actions took place.  There are three common situations in which exoneration applies.

The first takes place when you realize that the harmful action was a genuine accident for which no fault can be assigned.

The second is when the offender is a child or someone else who, for whatever reason, simply didn’t understand the hurt they were inflicting, and toward whom you have loving feelings.

The third situation occurs when the person who hurt you is truly sorry, takes full responsibility (without excuses) for what they did, asks forgiveness, and gives you confidence that they will not knowingly repeat their bad action in the future.

In all such situations it is essential to accept their apology and offer them the complete forgiveness of exoneration. You’ll feel better and so will the person who hurt you.  In fact, not to offer forgiveness in these circumstances would be harmful to your own well-being.  It might even suggest that there is something more wrong with you than with the person who caused you pain.

The second type of forgiveness I call “forbearance.”  And here things get a little more complicated.

Forbearance applies when the offender makes a partial apology or mingles their expression of sorrow with blame that you somehow caused them to behave badly.  An apology is offered but it’s not what you had hoped for and may not even be fully authentic.  While you should always reflect on whether there was a provocation on your part, even  when you bear no responsibility you should exercise forbearance if the relationship matters to you.  Cease dwelling on the particular offense, do away with grudges and fantasies of revenge, but retain a degree of watchfulness. This is similar to “forgive but not forget” or “trust but verify.”  By using forbearance you are able to maintain ties to people who, while far from perfect, are still important to you.

Furthermore, in some cases after a sufficient period of good behavior, forbearance can rise to exoneration and full forgiveness.

But what do you do when the person who hurt you doesn’t even acknowledge that they’ve done anything wrong or gives an obviously insincere apology,  making no reparations whatsoever?  These are the cases of forgiveness that are the most challenging.  In my practice, I find this in such examples as adult survivors of child abuse, business people who have been cheated by their partners, or friends or relatives who have betrayed one another.  Still, even here there still is a solution.  I call it “release” — the third type of forgiveness.

Release does not exonerate the offender. Nor does it require forbearance.  It doesn’t even demand that you continue the relationship.  But it does ask that instead of continuing to define much of your life in terms of the hurt done, you release your bad feelings and your preoccupation with the negative things that have happened to you.  Release does something that is critically important: it allows you to let go of the burden, the “silent tax” that is weighing you down and eating away at your chance for happiness.  If you do not release the pain and anger and move past dwelling on old hurts and betrayals, you will be allowing the ones who hurt you to live, rent free, in your mind, reliving forever the persecution that the original incident started.

Whether you get there through your own efforts, through psychotherapy, through religion or some other method, release liberates you from the tyranny of living in the traumatic past even when the other forms of forgiveness, exoneration and forbearance, are not possible.

Exoneration, Forbearance, Release.

To forgive may be divine, but when we understand its dimensions we find that it is within our ability to do it.

I’m Dr. Stephen Marmer of UCLA Medical School, for Prager University.

“When it comes to religious liberty debates, big businesses don’t want the people to decide.” ~Katrina Trinko

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There is a new world of bullies in America. They are called “CEO’s” and they have decided to wage war on Christians. While the more explosive battles in Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina about bills regarding religious liberty and LGBT accommodations have gained national attention, Missouri has flown mostly under the radar.

It is coming to a state near you.

Good news, Jesus hasn’t changed his opinion about what is right. Regardless of the bullying, our leaders need to stand firm.

When it comes to religious liberty debates, big businesses don’t want the people to decide.  ~Katrina Trinko

Source: Big Business Helps Squash Voters on Religious Liberty Debate

Quotes and thoughts on Veterans Day, patriotism and courage

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Everett Wiley Wilson – WWII Veteran

Veterans Day is a time to thank those who have served their country through military service.

Here’s a look at some of the best thoughts on Veterans Day, patriotism and courage:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 
—John F. Kennedy

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” – Dan Lipinski

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur

“It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America. Freedom is never free.” – President Barack Obama

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” —Maya Angelou

“The young patriots now returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other deployments worldwide are joining the ranks of veterans to whom America owes an immense debt of gratitude.” – Steve Buyer

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” —Elmer Davis

“Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” —Winston Churchill

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place—police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.”
—Sidney Sheldon

“I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.” – James A. Autry

“Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.” – Bill Shuster

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” – George Washington

“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan

“This year’s Veterans Day celebration is especially significant as our country remains committed to fighting the War on Terror and as brave men and women are heroically defending our homeland.” – John Doolittle

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. “
—Joseph Campbell

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” —Patrick Henry

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” — Michel de Montaigne

“While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve.” – Kristen Gillibrand

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”- Dwight D. Eisenhower

LAETUM NATALEM TIBI, SEMPER FI

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On the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corp, we look back at the story of one Marine that encapsulates the bravery and honor with which these men serve.

On April 14, 2004, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, a squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, was leading his men on a mission near Karabilah, Iraq. A call came through that the battalion commander’s convoy was under attack by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades…When Dunham and his men came to an intersection and saw a line of cars along a dirt alleyway, they began searching the vehicles for weapons. As Dunham approached a rundown white Toyota Land Cruiser, the driver…leapt from the vehicle and the two tumbled to the ground…as a grenade rolled to the ground…The grenade was live. Without hesitation, Dunham leapt on top of it… [absorbing] the full impact of the blast. Dunham survived the initial explosion, but succumbed to his wounds on April 22, 2004. His selfless sacrifice saved the lives of at least two other Marines, at the cost of his own. He was 22.

Source: Task & Purpose:

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“Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families should be in our prayers.” ~Erick Erickson

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Many of us were wrong about Mr. Trumps ability to win the election. He did and he will now be our President.

God is in charge and we must pray in earnest. God bless the United States of America.

What an election. Donald Trump outperformed every public opinion poll. He beat the odds and ran the table and he will be the President of the United States.

This morning I am like a broken record admitting in every post how much I got wrong. As I should because I did. And now I hope I am wrong about Donald Trump. He has the opportunity to unite people in ways no one thought possible, but that the results suggest he alone might be able to do.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families should be in our prayers. They now have a heavy burden on them and the weight of a nation in turmoil pressing down on them.

God always has a plan and I put my trust in Him, not men. But Donald Trump and Mike Pence are now explicit parts of God’s plans and I pray for them and wish them well.

Source: President-Elect Donald J. Trump | The Resurgent

“President Obama Triggers Election Eve Controversy With Interview That Suggests “Undocumented Citizens” Can Vote” ~Jonathan Turley

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President Obama Triggers Election Eve Controversy With Interview That Suggests “Undocumented Citizens” Can Vote | by JONATHAN TURLEY – “One of the controversies that has been raging in this election is the allegation of Republicans, including Donald Trump, that illegal immigrants have been voting around the country.

“An interview with Hispanic activist group “Mitú” has now magnified this controversy after President Barack Obama appeared to say that non-citizens could vote and that there is no way that they would be investigated.

“Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and dozens of sites cried foul at what they saw as an explicit encouragement of such voting.  The statement came in an interview with Mitú’s Gina Rodriguez who asked the President is “undocumented citizens” are at risk if they vote.

“The President assured them that they have nothing to fear. It is a extremely poorly crafted question from what appears an amateur interviewer. I do not believe that President Obama was trying to encourage illegal voting but both the question and answer left many incensed.

“Here is the exchange:

Rodriguez: “Many of the millennials, DREAMers, undocumented citizens — and I call them citizens because they contribute to this country — are fearful of voting. So, if I vote, will immigration [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?”

Obama: “Not true. First of all, when you vote, you are a citizen yourself, and there is not a situation where the voting rolls are transferred over and people start investigating, et cetera. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential in terms of who you voted for.

Source: President Obama Triggers Election Eve Controversy With

Interview That Suggests “Undocumented Citizens” Can Vote | JONATHAN TURLEY

“Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit.” ~George Will

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Authoritarianism, whether from the liberal or conservative side of things, is repugnant. We should be vigilant in recognizing it’s crafty nature of wanting to control life in America.

There is a huge difference in authority and authoritarianism. Authority is ordained by God. God is in control. Men and women who crave power are prone to authoritarianism and we should be cautious around them.

As our current election highlights, it is not just a left or right approach. When anyone wants a way of governing that values order and control over personal freedom we should listen and act with caution. I haven’t heard any of our current candidates talk about freedom, liberty and our constitution at all.

Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science.

Four core tenets of progressivism are: First, history has a destination. Second, progressives uniquely discern it. (Barack Obama frequently declares things to be on or opposed to “the right side of history.”) Third, politics should be democratic but peripheral to governance, which is the responsibility of experts scientifically administering the regulatory state. Fourth, enlightened progressives should enforce limits on speech (witness IRS suppression of conservative advocacy groups) in order to prevent thinking unhelpful to history’s progressive unfolding.

Source: Climate Change Consensus: Science Is Unsettled

“In 2016, more Christians in America than atheists believe immoral men are ethically fit for office.” ~Erick Erickson

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This is sad. Given the choice, should we not choose a moral candidate?

I could see it if there wasn’t a choice. But we do have a choice. There are, in fact, some great choices on the ballot. Some of them of great moral character. Why not vote for them?

A vote vote for a moral person is not a vote for candidate B. Don’t be deceived.

In 2016, more Christians in America than atheists believe immoral men are ethically fit for office.

Source: Cyrus The Great Rides Again – Erick Erickson

I voted for Evan McMullin for President. Here are my reasons why.

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I have followed the election race closely this year. I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary. I do live in Texas, how could I do otherwise? He won Texas but lost the nomination. He was not a perfect candidate but reflected most of what I would want to see from a constitutional point of view.

I agree with what Evan McMullin is running for in the campaign to be President. I don’t agree, so much, with what the other 4 or 5 main candidates believe.

I have thought (and prayed) as most of what I have heard since Donald Trump was nominated is that it is a “binary choice”. The premise is that unless you vote for Trump, you are voting for Hillary.

I think I must reject that. I think our founding fathers would have as well.

A choice for someone is a choice for that person. That is all it is.

If all we have is 2 choices when there are in fact more, we are in trouble with the truth.

The truth is that a vote for someone is only a vote for them. Thankfully, in America, we have that choice. To imply otherwise is false.

If there are 5 numbers to choose from and you choose number 3, you have not, in fact, chosen number 1. That is both logical and that is not true.

I understand why republicans want me to believe differently but please don’t be dishonest and try to make me feel guilty because of your illogical approach.

I know Evan McMullin will loose. There will be only one winner. Many (perhaps even most) of us will not have our way. That is what our republic is all about.

I will support the winner. That is what Jesus asks us to do.

The time has come for a new generation of American leadership and civic engagement. Our nation was founded by courageous, principled Americans who took on the seemingly impossible fight for the cause of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To put our country back on track, we must live up to their example. We begin by identifying and discussing the core ideals and principles that give us strength and prosperity.

  1. Our basic rights are God-given. Every American is created equal and has the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The fundamental purpose of government is to secure, not define, these rights for every member of our diverse society.

  2. We honor our Constitution. We must honor the Constitution and the rights it enshrines as written, including the freedoms of religion and speech. Any changes to the Constitution must be made through the amendment process it provides, not by Judicial or Executive action.

  3. Government power must be separated and balanced. The Constitution grants separate powers to the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. We must return lawmaking power to Congress, ending Executive and Judicial overreach. Federal activities must be limited to those granted by the Constitution and all other powers must remain with the States and the people.

  4. Our leaders must be honest and wise. They must put the public interest ahead of their own, acting with integrity, transparency, and good judgment.

  5. We share responsibility for service and civic duty. Every American has a responsibility to serve our communities and our nation. It is our civic duty to be informed and engaged on important issues, and seek out leaders who will uphold our rights and serve the people.

  6. Our leaders must be fiscally responsible. Our country cannot be secure and prosperous with uncontrolled debt and deficits. Our leaders must have the courage to reform entitlement programs and pay down debt, rather than accumulating more.

  7. Government must promote a free market. Big corporations should not be able to buy government favors. There should be a level playing field for all companies, large and small. Smart, narrowly-focused regulation must protect health and safety without stifling innovation.

  8. We must help people in poverty to overcome it. Government must provide a basic safety net for Americans unable to support themselves. Its programs should help people to overcome poverty, rather than simply survive it.

  9. We must protect life from birth to natural death. Our respect for life is a true measure of our humanity. We must protect the lives of the most vulnerable from the unborn to the elderly.

  10. National defense is a primary federal government responsibility. Our national security requires unmatched military and economic strength, and a commitment to the cause of liberty.

  11. All Americans should have access to affordable, quality health care. The best way to improve Americans’ health care is to encourage competition and innovation. Our health care system must be responsive to patients, not simply insurers and bureaucrats.

  12. Our 2nd Amendment rights must be protected. We have a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, which the government must ensure.

  13. Healthy immigration is important to our future. We must secure our borders, enforce our laws and facilitate the legal immigration of those who will contribute to American prosperity, security, and culture.

 

Source: Principles – Evan McMullin for President

“Be a good citizen.” ~Apostle Paul

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I am a citizen of the country of God. Jesus is in charge. Jesus is my absolute ruler.

The United States of America is a government under God. I should be a good citizen which I interpret to mean I should vote. I will.

God will have his way, ultimately, no matter who is elected. God has a plan and it will be accomplished. God knows who is going to be elected. I can relax. I can be at peace.

Jesus, his son, is in control of God’s country. That is what matters.

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get…

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The Dark Art of Political Intimidation

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The Dark Art of Political Intimidation — By Kimberly Strassel

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This is the United States of America. You are totally free to express your political views. No one is going to tell you what you can say or how you can say it, right? But what if you thought you’d be audited by the IRS or have your business boycotted or even lose your job? Would you speak freely then?

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5 Tips For A Successful Social Justice Warrior Hoax

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Social Justice Warrior hoaxing is having a heyday. Whether you’re a multi-racial family surreptitiously spray-painting your own home with racist graffiti, a lesbian waitress writing fake anti-gay notes on receipts, an overweight teen falsely claiming a store clerk called you fat, or an activist sending yourself hateful tweets, never has the time been better to advance your cause using a bit of fakery.

Of course, this is all very sad. What drives it?

Source: 5 Tips For A Successful Social Justice Warrior Cake Hoax

“The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian.” ~~Dr. Charles Krauthammer

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Dr. Charles Krauthammer examines the Thought police on patrol. The surest way to stop our constitutional government is to stop free expression of speech. Charles Krauthammer

…[T]he left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced… To oppose it is nothing but bigotry, akin to racism. Opponents are to be similarly marginalized and shunned, destroyed personally and professionally… Long a staple of academia, the totalitarian impulse is spreading. What to do? Defend the dissenters, even if — perhaps, especially if — you disagree with their policy. It is — it was? — the American way.

Dear Christian: Is It Biblical To Waterboard A Terrorist?

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Jesus challenges us. Let us think about it. How important is our safety?

Should we, as Christians, care?

Can we support a “non peaceful” approach? Should we?

Jesus opened up a can of whup ass on charlatans in the temple. He didn’t pray for them or write them an angry email with the caps lock on or call them “man-made religious disasters” that we need to apologize to for forcing them to sell overpriced spiritual curios. Nope, he methodically sat down, got ticked, made a whip and cleared the punks.

Source: Dear Christian: Is It Biblical To Waterboard A Terrorist? – Doug Giles

Treasuring Freedom of Religion

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We must treasure our freedom of religion. It deserves our full attention. To loose a grip on it’s importance has dire consequences.

Our religious civil liberties are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Religious freedom is under attack. Just look to recent action in Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Georgia.

Of course, there is nothing new here. The early church could not practice their faith in Jesus the Messiah freely either. When confronted, Peter and the apostles answered, “It’s necessary to obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, the One you killed by hanging him on a cross. God set him on high at his side, Prince and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven. And we are witnesses to these things. The Holy Spirit, whom God gives to those who obey him, corroborates every detail.”

As Americans, were blessed by our Constitutional freedoms, but they’re so easily taken for granted. When any of our liberties are under attack, they must be defended and preserved for future generations.

Source: Treasuring Freedom of Religion – Terry Paulson

Hillary Clinton should be asked when life begins

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When does life begin?

It is an essential question. It is an existential question.

It should be asked.

It should be answered.

It should matter how a political candidate answers the question.

Hillary should be asked about abortion. It’s not widely known, for example, that most elected Democrats support legal abortion on demand to the moment of crowning — as long as the woman has huddled with her physician and family members and decided the fetus is a superfluous appendage and not a human being.

This, quite notably, is one of the only important decisions in everyday American life that Democrats believe government should stay out of.

So, since Clinton’s interested, why not start with the fundamental question: When does life begin? Is it whenever the mom decides life begins, or is it when science decides, or when courts decide, or when the kid is having her first birthday party?

Source: 10 Abortion Questions Hillary Clinton Won’t Answer

What if the minimum wage is governments way of forcing employers to pay more than a service is worth?

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These are some great questions that need to be asked about a disastrous idea that is gaining traction.

Judge Napolitano knows how to look at it.

My take? There should be no minimum. Let the market place do its job.

What if the latest craze among the big-government crowd in both major political parties is to use the power of government to force employers to pay some of their employees more than their services are worth to the employers?

What if this represents an intrusion by government into the employer-employee relationship? What if this consists of the government’s effectively saying that it knows the financial worth of employees’ services better than the employers and the employees do?

What if the minimum wage, now on the verge of being raised to $15 per hour everywhere in the land, is really the government’s using threats of ruin and force to transfer wealth? What if the $15-per-hour figure is based on a political compromise rather than on free-market forces or economic realities?

What if these wealth transfers will have profound unintended economic consequences and will negatively affect everyone?

Source: ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Questioning the minimum wage increase – Washington Times

I don’t want a job in manufacturing!

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Manufacturing jobs are fine. I think it is great that people have them and want them.

I have never had one. No one in my family has. None of my friends have. If they could be brought back, that wouldn’t help me or most Americans.

The real question is what is causing the decline in manufacturing jobs and is that, in the long run, a bad thing.

Should we be advocating for agriculture jobs? Look how many have been lost over the last 150 years. Who has stolen all the farm jobs?

For quite some time, manufacturing jobs have been falling. That will continue to happen. It happened in agriculture and the trend in manufacturing will not improve.

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Should we invest in our collective defense? How important is NATO?

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It is disturbing to hear that some leaders in the United States don’t see the importance of NATO. I don’t think it is an issue of who pays. Since when has that been the issue in the United States?

The principle of collective defense is at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. It remains a unique and enduring principle that binds its members together, committing them to protect each other and setting a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance.

Some ideas to consider:

  • Collective defense means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.
  • The principle of collective defense is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
  • NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
  • NATO has taken collective defense measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  • NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defense efforts on a permanent basis.

Source: NATO – Topic: Collective defence – Article 5

Californians Moving to Texas Hits Highest Level in Nine Years

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The number of Californians leaving the state and moving to Texas is at its highest level in nearly a decade, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service.

Living in Texas, I know this is true. We just sold our house to a California family. Toyota is moving many of employees here. Who can argue with the cost of living and no personal income tax?

According to IRS migration data, which uses individual income tax returns to record year-to-year address changes, over 250,000 California residents moved out of the state between 2013 and 2014, the latest period for which data was available. The tax returns reported more than $21 billion in adjusted gross income to the IRS.

Of the returns, 33,626 reported address changes from California to Texas, which has been the top destination for individuals leaving California since 2007. Californians who moved to Texas between 2013 and 2014 reported $2.19 billion in adjusted gross income.

Source: Californians Moving to Texas Hits Highest Level in Nine Years

Founding Fathers Followed 9 Simple Steps When They Created America

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“Let’s face it: sometimes history seems irrelevant. We’re living in a modern technological wonderland of smart phones, Direct TV on airplanes, and online shopping. Yet what makes history both relevant and intriguing is the humanity behind it: the universal qualities and daily life applications that we can discover in the past.

“So it is with the behind-the-scenes story of drafting the U.S. Constitution in 1787, which we mark every year on September 17 as Constitution Day. If we look back, we find that James Madison’s problem-solving skills are as applicable and useful today as they were back then.”

Source: Founding Fathers Followed 9 Simple Steps When They Created America

Gen. Jack Keane Remembers 9/11 

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In 2014, retired Army general Jack Keane joined Conversations with Bill Kristol to discuss his career, the war on terrorism, and 9/11.

He shares with The Weekly Standard editor William Kristol his haunting experience as vice chief of staff of the United States Army serving in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Keane’s recollection begins at 55:26

Source: Gen. Jack Keane Remembers 9/11 | The Weekly Standard

15 Years After 9/11 Attacks, Americans Remember. I will never forget!

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We promised to always remember. The Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, remembers the 40 passengers and crew who died there. The huge 757 plane crashed into a grassy field, killing everyone on board.

Terrorists had taken control of the plane. It was decided later that they were on a suicide operation to Washington.

The passengers knew about the other attacks that had taken place a short time earlier. They understood what was probably going to happen to them, and decided to fight back.

Let’s Roll”

~Todd Beamer

According to the 9/11 Commission Report, after the plane’s voice data recorder was recovered, it revealed pounding and crashing sounds against the cockpit door and shouts and screams in English. “Let’s get them!” a passenger cries. A hijacker shouts, “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”). Jarrah repeatedly pitched the plane to knock passengers off their feet, but the passengers continued their assault and at 10:02:17, a male passenger said, “Turn it up!”

A second later, a hijacker said, “Pull it down! Pull it down!” At 10:02:33, Jarrah was heard to plead, “Hey! Hey! Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me.”

The plane crashed into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 580 miles an hour, killing everyone on board. The plane was twenty minutes of flying time away from its suspected target, the White House or the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. According to Vice President Dick Cheney, President George W. Bush had given the order to shoot the plane down had it continued its path to Washington.

The U.S. National Park Service operates the national memorial in Shanksville. It has recordings of messages some passengers left on loved ones’ voicemails.

Tuesday, 9:47 a.m. Hi Baby. Baby, you have to listen to me carefully. I’m on a plane that’s been hijacked, I’m on the plane, I’m calling from the plane. I want to tell you I love you. Please tell my children that I love them very much..”

CeeCee Lyles was a flight attendant on the plane. She tells her husband three men had hijacked the plane and that she was trying to stay calm. Then, just before the plane crashed, she ends her heart-breaking message this way:

“I hope to be able to see your face again baby, I love you. Goodbye…

Source: 15 Years After 9/11 Attacks, Americans Remember

The Trade Deficit Myth

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Image result for trade deficitThere is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about “trade deficits”. This is one of the simplest explanations I have read. Short but very understandable.

Before the political games proceed on the evils of trade, I think it would help to understand what it means.

Every purchase we make is trade. We trade to improve our lives and trade occurs only when both parties benefit from the transaction. Individuals and companies engage in trade; countries do not trade, as countries are just geographic areas with political boundaries.

Source: Articles: The Trade Deficit Myth