What is the Nashville Statement and why is it important to the United States?

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Recently a number of Christian leaders signed a document called the Nashville Statement. It’s a basic declaration of Christian orthodoxy on sexuality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.

Its 14 articles can be boiled down to a simple statement: We believe the Bible is the word of God, and the word of God declares that sexual intimacy is reserved for the lifelong union of a man and a woman in marriage.

It acknowledges the reality of same-sex attraction as well as the reality of transgender self-conceptions, but denies that God sanctions same-sex sexual activity or a transgendered self-conception that is at odds with biological reality.

In other words, it’s basic Christianity.

Of course, it was immediately attacked by group after group.

Jesus doesn’t get into politics. Everything Jesus said supports the Nashville Statement. As a follower of Jesus, I get to decide who to believe. I decide to believe Jesus.

Source: Nashville Mayor Barry Attacks Basic Christian Belief | National Review

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John Kelly Gold Star Family Response: God Bless Them 

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White House chief of staff John Kelly, addressing reporters Thursday, describing the process of notifying the families of those slain while in uniform.

Thank God for men like John Kelly. His insight is significant and shame on those who belittle his heartfelt understanding.

A casualty officer typically goes to the home very early in the morning and waits for the first lights to come on. And then he knocks on the door; typically a mom and dad will answer, a wife. And if there is a wife, this is happening in two different places; if the parents are divorced, three different places. And the casualty officer proceeds to break the heart of a family member and stays with that family until – well, for a long, long time, even after the internment.

So that’s what happens. Who are these young men and women? They are the best 1 percent this country produces. Most of you, as Americans, don’t know them. Many of you don’t know anyone who knows any one of them. But they are the very best this country produces, and they volunteer to protect our country when there’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate, but required.

But that’s all right . . .  As I walk off the stage, understand there’s tens of thousands of American kids, mostly, doing their nation’s bidding all around the world. They don’t have to be in uniform. You know, when I was a kid, every man in my life was a veteran — World War II, Korea, and there was the draft. These young people today, they don’t do it for any other reason than their selfless — sense of selfless devotion to this great nation. We don’t look down upon those of you who that haven’t served.

In fact, in a way we’re a little bit sorry because you’ll have never have experienced the wonderful joy you get in your heart when you do the kinds of things our service men and women do — not for any other reason than they love this country. So just think of that.

Source: John Kelly Gold Star Family Response: Bless Them | National Review

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

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Freedom doesn’t come with out some costs. For many, that has been paid by their life. Our freedom was first secured by men who were willing to die for it.

Freedom is a precious asset of our country.

What am I willing to do to support freedom? Perhaps loose a few friends. Perhaps offend a few people. Perhaps suffer a few trolls on Twitter. I somehow doubt I will have to die for it.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

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How’s Socialism Doing in Venezuela?

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Venezuela is falling apart. Its economy? Ruined. Its people? Hungry. Its government? Corrupt.

It is a shame to see what is happening. Jesus wants us to help the poor. Jesus calls on us to love.

So what happened? In a word, socialism. Debbie D’Souza, a native Venezuelan and political activist, explains.

 

Conservative religious leaders sign anti-LGBT statement on sexuality — The Nashville Statement

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A nationwide coalition of more than 150 conservative Christian leaders signed a statement, affirming their beliefs on human sexuality, including that marriage is between one man and one woman and approval of “homosexual immorality” is sinful.

  • The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s list of 14 beliefs, referred to as the Nashville Statement, is a response to an increasingly post-Christian, Western culture that thinks it can change God’s design for humans, according to the statement.
  • “Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be,” the statement from the coalition members reads.
  • The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood convened a meeting of evangelical leaders, pastors and scholars at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s annual conference in Nashville. The coalition discussed and endorsed the statement.
  • Jesus is clear that marriage is only between a man and woman.

Source: Conservative religious leaders sign anti-LGBT statement on sexuality

While we’re toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party?

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John Kass with the Chicago Tribune makes a good point. Why shouldn’t we also attack the one racist institution that enabled the statues to be erected in the first place?

It is interesting, but worth noting, there wasn’t a single slave that was ever owned by a Republican. 100% of the owners were Democrats.

So … who are the racist?

“The Democratic Party historically is the party of slavery. The Democratic Party is the party of Jim Crow laws. The Democratic Party fought civil rights for a century.

And so by rights — or at least by the standards established by the Cultural Revolutionaries of today’s American left — we should ban the Democratic Party.

Not only get rid of it in the present, but strike its very name from the history books, and topple all Democratic statues of leaders who benefited, prospered and became wealthy by cleaving to the party. And shame Democrats until they confess the truth of it.

The Democratic Party’s military arm in the South was the KKK. The Democratic Party opposed the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, making the former slaves citizens of the United States and giving them the vote.

If the new Cultural Revolution was serious, wouldn’t it also demand that the Democratic Party be put in a museum somewhere, away from decent people, along with those Confederate statues?”

Source: While we’re toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party? – Chicago Tribune

Who Does a $15 Minimum Wage Help?

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Would a nationwide $15 minimum wage help or hurt American workers? Andy Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., explains.

Script:

Progressive politicians love to talk about raising the minimum wage.

It makes them sound caring, compassionate, concerned. They’re on the side of the worker, standing against the greedy employer.

The current call is for a national $15-an-hour minimum wage – more than double the current federal rate of $7.25.

A number of cities and states are already there – including New York, California, Washington D.C. and Seattle. Others are considering it.

The left casts the minimum wage debate as a war between employee and employer. But most business owners pay their workers as much as they can. Finding and keeping good people is the hardest part of any employer’s job.

I know. For 17 years, I ran CKE restaurants, the parent company for Carl’s Jr. and Hardees. Our company and franchised restaurants employed over 75,000 people, but, as with most retail businesses, our profit margins were razor thin.

Based on my experience, if we adopt a national minimum wage of $15, here’s what will happen:

1. A lot of people will lose their jobs or have their hours reduced. According to a 2014 Congressional Budget Office study, just a $10 minimum wage would cost half a million jobs as businesses terminate employees. Obviously, far more jobs would be lost at $15 an hour. To survive, employers would have to reduce hours even for workers who manage to keep their jobs. That’s a pay cut.

2. Businesses will close, and the jobs they created will disappear. A recent report from researchers at the Harvard Business School found that each $1 increase in the minimum wage results in a 4-10% increase in the likelihood of restaurants closing. An over $7 an hour increase, to $15, would be devastating not only for restaurants, but for small businesses and their employees.

3. Young people will lose that entry-level job opportunity. My first job was scooping ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1960s. I was paid just $1 an hour. But it taught me valuable lessons – like the importance of showing up on time, teamwork, and presenting a happy demeanor to customers. No one can get that better job until they have their first job.

4. The cost of all workers will have to go up. If you hire a dishwasher at $15 an hour, your cooks will be unhappy with their wages. You’re going to have to pay everybody more, which increases labor costs across the board. That’s more pressure on profits. Too much pressure and you’re out of business.

5. Fewer people will open businesses. $15 an hour is a very steep hill to climb. Would-be entrepreneurs will do the math on labor costs and realize it’s just not worth the risk. This is a real cost to the economy that we can’t measure. A company that never exists never employs anyone.

6. Prices for everything will go up as businesses pass higher labor costs along to consumers. One of two things will happen: Either consumers won’t pay the higher prices and businesses will lay off workers or close, or consumers will pay higher prices and have less money to spend elsewhere. Either way, the higher minimum wage will represent a drag on the overall economy.

For the complete script, visit https://www.prageru.com/courses/econo…

Scientific America’s Transgenderism Issue Only Delegitimizes Science

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Scientific America’s opening salvo is an editorial with the headline, “Why the New Science of Sex & Gender Matters for Everyone.”

The piece is astonishing not just because it’s poorly written and ill-conceived—one would expect more from such smart people—but also because it offers no evidence to back up its claim there is “new science” on sex and gender.

Here’s how it begins:

Sex is supposed to be simple—at least at the molecular level. The biological explanations that appear in textbooks amount to X + X = and X + Y = . Venus or Mars, pink or blue. As science looks more closely, however, it becomes increasingly clear that a pair of chromosomes do not always suffice to distinguish girl/boy—either from the standpoint of sex (biological traits) or of gender (social identity).

So you would think that science would cite multiple peer-reviewed studies or a meta-analysis of a body of work to prove this so-called “new” science, the article instead offers this:

“Researchers have found XY cells in a 94-year-old woman, and surgeons discovered a womb in a 70-year-old man, a father of four.” There is no link to either case in the magazine or online version; a Google search comes up empty. Pretty thin gruel for a bold proclamation that we are “biological hybrids on a male-female continuum.”

Really? That’s it?

I wouldn’t think that science would support facts over feelings. But I guess I am behind the times scientifically.

Source: Scientific American’s Transgenderism Issue Only Delegitimizes Science

Outspoken critic of same-sex practices leaves Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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Robert A.J. Gagnon, a biblical scholar who became one of the most outspoken and polarizing opponents of same-sex practice in a generation of debates within his and other Protestant denominations, has resigned from the faculty of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

The seminary is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a denomination that debated sexuality for decades before deciding in 2011 to ordain non-celibate gays and lesbians and in 2015 to authorize same-sex marriages in its churches. Mr. Gagnon, an ordained elder in the denomination, spoke out often against such liberalizing trends.

Source: Outspoken critic of same-sex practices leaves Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

California Law Threatens Jail Time for Dissenters from Transgender Dogma 

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California may see itself as a leader on criminal-justice reform, but it is on its way to creating a whole new class of criminals: citizens who use “him” to refer to a man and “her” for a woman.

The “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights” has already been passed by California’s state senate and by its state assembly.

It would impose left-wing dogma by force of law.

Source: California Law Threatens Jail Time for Dissenters from Transgender Dogma | National Review

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe: New Official Report

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So how are we doing with anti-antisemitism these days? Anti-Semitic violence is on the rise in Europe and the chief perpetrators are Muslims. But many politicians and news media have been so indefatigable in their efforts to obscure this uncomfortable fact that one is always grateful for official — or, at least, semi-official — confirmation of what everyone already knows.

  • Examining statistics from France, Britain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Russia, Enstad points out that one of these seven countries “clearly stands out with a very low number” of anti-Semitic incidents despite its “relatively large Jewish population…”
  • Absurdly, whenever a perpetrator draws a swastika, the Swedish government automatically considers it a “right-wing” act.
  • Enstad concludes that right-wingers, in all four of the major Western European countries in his study, “constitute a clear minority of perpetrators.” Indeed, “in France, Sweden and the UK (but not in Germany) the perpetrator was perceived to be left-wing more often than right-wing.”

Source: Anti-Semitism in Europe: New Official Report

What Gives Censors Any Right to Censor?

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What Gives Censors Any Right to Censor? We definitely need to think all of the nonsense associated with the current free speech debate.

Defenders of free speech have offered some familiar but still trenchant rebuttals:

  • Who decides what is acceptable? Do liberals really want to give a Republican Congress and, for Pete’s sake, Donald Trump the authority to decide which speech to punish?
  • Where do you draw the line? In Europe, courts have fined and imprisoned people not just for classic hate speech, but also for “glorifying terrorism” with a puppet show, saying mean things on Facebook, and posting “cruel humor” on Twitter, among a great deal else.
  • What about blowback? As Washington Post ombudsman Margaret Sullivan suggested in a recent column: “Imagine a civil rights march that is shut down because officials fear a violent response from racists.” She quotes Justin Silverman, of the New England First Amendment Coalition, who points out that until relatively recently “rallies for equality and civil rights were considered offensive and unpopular.”

Source: What Gives Censors Any Right to Censor? – Reason.com

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How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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John Bolton, as always, has some great ideas about Iran.

  • “Although candidate Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement, his administration has twice decided to remain in the deal. It so certified to Congress, most recently in July, as required by law.”
  • “Before the second certification, Trump asked repeatedly for alternatives to acquiescing yet again in a policy he clearly abhorred. But no such options were forthcoming, despite “a sharp series of exchanges” between the president and his advisers, as the New York Times and similar press reports characterized it.”
  • “Many outside the administration wondered how this was possible: Was Trump in control, or were his advisers? Defining a compelling rationale to exit Obama’s failed nuclear deal and elaborating a game plan to do so are quite easy. In fact, Steve Bannon asked me in late July to draw up just such a game plan for the president — the option he didn’t have — which I did.”

Source: How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal

When Feminists Join Islamist Terrorists

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Where are the feminists when it comes to radical Islamism? Alongside other social democrats, Federica Mogherini, the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, recently visited the Islamist state of Iran to attend the official endorsement and inauguration of the regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani. Instead of enforcing the standards she professes — such as the strong support for women — she folded in with those around her.

Others who accepted Iran’s invitation were North Koreans, members of Hezbollah, and leaders of Hamas. All three of these groups are known for cruelty, especially against women, and crimes against humanity.

  • The fact is that these supposed feminists not only turn a blind eye to those atrocities, but their presence at these events actively endorses and legitimizes the rule of these dictators.
  • When the subject turns to the specific cases of millions of oppressed women around the world — such as Asia Bibi, a Christian mother on death row in Pakistan for seven years for taking a drink of water; or the 19-year-old who, this year, was raped by her cousin at gunpoint and then sentenced to death by stoning for “adultery”; or women who were forced to marry their rapists; or child marriages at 12,000 a day; or women who are beaten by their husbands or who have acid thrown in their faces; or women used as suicide bombers.
  • When Mogherini smiles in her hijab in Iran, she is delivering a strong blow to women rights movements that attempt to remove the compulsion of the obligatory hijab and grant women equal autonomy, education and freedom. She is empowering suppression.

Here is a message to people such as Mogherini and others like her is simple:

  • Do you have any conscience or sense of decency?
  • Or is it simply all about power, money, narcissism, and manipulations at the cost of the oppressed, including women?
  • Can you hear that little girl’s cry, or are your ears as deaf to it as the men who cause it?

Source: When Feminists Join Islamist Terrorists

“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” ~Thomas Jefferson

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The Federal government now owes over $20 trillion dollars to its creditors.

As you can see below, this is a massive problem no one seems to want to address.

I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements.”

Source: Thomas Jefferson

What does 20 trillion dollars look like in stacks of $100 bills?

$20 trillion in U.S. government debt

Here is the video.

Congress and the White House have until the end of December to raise the national debt limit before the federal government is faced with the prospect of either not paying its bondholders on time or deferring other bills.

Here’s a primer on the U.S. national debt, the debt limit and interest payments on the nation’s credit line:

Source: 5 facts about the national debt | Pew Research Center

Silicon Valley Liberals Ignore their Anti-Business History

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Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers.

During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal “outsourcer-in-chief” for investing in companies that went overseas in search of cheap labor.

The progressives are ignoring what is right under their nose. Why?

Consider:

  • Facebook, with 2 billion monthly global users, has now effectively cornered social media.
  • Google has monopolized internet searches — and modulates users’ search results to accommodate its own business profiteering.
  • Amazon is America’s new octopus. Its growing tentacles incorporate not just online sales but also media and food retailing.

The result was that they outsourced, offshored, monopolized, censored, and made billions — without much fear of media muckraking, trust-busting politicians, unionizing activists, or diversity lawsuits. Hip billionaire corporatism is one of the strangest progressive hypocrisies of our times.

Source: Silicon Valley Liberals Ignore their Anti-Business History | National Review

Study: Most People (Minorities Included) Rarely or Never Face Discrimination

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Professor Brian B. Boutwell, a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice led a study that surveyed 14,000 Americans about their personal experiences with racism.

The study asked the following question,”In your day to day life, how often do you feel you have been treated with less respect or courtesy than other people?” and respondents could answer Never, Sometimes, or Often. When respondents answered Sometimes or Often, researchers followed up with, this question: “What do you think was the main reason for these experiences?” The respondents could choose from one of the following reasons: 1) race/ancestry/skin color; 2) gender; 3) age; 4) religion; 5) height or weight; 6) sexual orientation; 7) education or income; 8) physical disability; and 9) other.

Here is their conclusion:

Overall, 74.8 percent of people reported that they never or rarely faced discrimination in their daily lives. The breakdown by race is as follows:

White: 76.47 percent

Black: 67.80 percent

Hispanic: 68.12 percent

American Indian: 72.98 percent

Asian: 81.28 percent

Mixed Race: 73.01 percent

While we would like to see those numbers climb higher–and while a disheartening third of African-Americans reported experiencing discrimination–it’s pretty clear that experiencing discrimination based on race isn’t a given. That’s good news and reinforces the idea that most people are, well, people. Most of us live our lives and treat everyone pretty much the same.

Source: Study: Most People (Minorities Included) Rarely or Never Face Discrimination | Inc.com

They Serve Gay Clients, So Why Won’t They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding?

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This is, of course, the slippery slop we all feared. Whether an artist can be compelled to participate in a wedding is now going to the Supreme Court. 10 years ago, who would thought things would have moved so fast in this country.

God’s goal for me is to stand up for Jesus. Jesus is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Here is a great summary from an article in The Federalist.

  • Phillips’ legal battle centered on alleged discrimination, and free speech is expected to become a topic of national discussion when the Supreme Court hears his case later this year. The high court’s ruling in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriages across the United States.
  • On Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference, Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that 86 members of Congress have signed on to an amicus brief in support of Phillips’ rights to free expression.
  • The Cato Institute, a leading libertarian think tank which supports same-sex marriage, also filed an amicus brief in his support. “Speech compulsions are just as unconstitutional as speech restrictions,” states an excerpt from their brief.
  • Most surprising to those opposing him, the Trump administration’s Justice Department also filed a brief supporting Phillips. “I find this nothing short of shocking,” said Louise Melling, deputy legal counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Source: They Serve Gay Clients, So Why Won’t They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding?

 

Does Israel Discriminate Against Arabs?

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Here is a great video from Prager University.

Does Israel discriminate against Arabs? Is it today’s version of apartheid South Africa? Olga Meshoe, herself a South African whose family experienced apartheid, settles the question once and for all.

Maybe you’ve heard someone say that Israel is an apartheid state. That Israel has a policy of segregating and oppressing the minority population within its borders – like South Africa once did.

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Maybe you’ve been so outraged by this information that you have considered joining the BDS movement––the effort to boycott, divest and sanction Israel until it ends its alleged “racist” policies.

I don’t blame you.

Apartheid is a great evil and deserves to be fought wherever we find it.

But here’s the thing: You won’t find apartheid in the State of Israel.

So, I’ll put it bluntly: The BDS movement is a slick propaganda effort built on lies.

I think I have the credibility to make this claim.

Having grown up in South Africa, and having spent a fair amount of time in Israel, I know what apartheid is and what it is not. My parents were raised under real apartheid where blacks were, by law, separated from whites at every level, from education to drinking fountains.

Blacks couldn’t vote, couldn’t own land, couldn’t live next to, or use the same transportation system as whites. I remember my father telling me about how my grandfather was kicked and humiliated in public by a young white boy. All he was permitted to say was, “Please stop, little boss.” That was the world my family lived in.

That was the world of apartheid South Africa.

But in Israel, the law is color-blind. Israeli Arabs have the same rights as Israeli Jews. They ride the same buses, study in the same schools, and are treated in the same hospitals. Arabs are elected to Israel’s parliament, serve as judges, and fight in the Israeli military.

On my first trip to Israel, the group I was with had a Jewish tour guide and an Arab bus driver. Imagine our surprise, having heard that Israel is an apartheid state. This would have been inconceivable in apartheid South Africa.

All these things would be self-evident to anyone who did any kind of actual research, or, even better, visited Israel––something I encourage everyone to do.

BDS doesn’t want you to do research or visit Israel. It depends on the ignorance of its audience. Sadly, on American college campuses, BDS has a significant presence. It succeeds by playing on the good intentions of good people through deliberate deception.

In short, they lie.

And lies really make me angry because lies empower evil.

Lies about blacks empowered apartheid in South Africa.

Lies about Jews made the Holocaust possible.

And lies about Israel are misleading a lot of good-hearted young people into opposing the only country in the entire Middle East that doesn’t segregate and oppress its minority population. Just ask the next Egyptian Copt or Iraqi Christian you meet on campus.

So, the question people should really be asking is: What does the BDS movement want?

The answer is simple. They want to destroy Israel.  They can’t do it militarily, so they try to do it through lies.

They say that Jews have no historic claim to Israel. Lie.

They say that Israel treats its Arabs as second-class citizens. Lie.

They say that Israel doesn’t want peace with its Arab neighbors. Lie.

If you tell lies, and you tell them often enough, people who don’t know the truth start to believe them.

The BDS movement’s leaders barely try to hide this charade. They will lie and say that they only want a Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel, and then they say this:

“We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine….Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish state itself.” That’s from Omar Barghouti, a founder of BDS.

Barghouti lives in Israel, so you might expect that he said this from inside an Israeli prison, like Nelson Mandela during South African apartheid.

You would be wrong.

Barghouti is a PhD student at Israel’s Tel Aviv University, where he enjoys the same rights as every Israeli.

My parents could only dream of that kind of freedom.

Is Israel a perfect country? No. There are as many perfect countries as there are perfect people. But to call it an apartheid state is not only an insult to the only democracy in the Middle East and the only country with equal rights for all its minorities, it’s also an insult to the actual victims of apartheid––like my parents and all those who suffered under it.

I’m Olga Meshoe for Prager University.

Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare: Here’s What the Data Actually Say

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The police have a tough job. I am confident I wouldn’t want to do it. I am thinking that most of the time they do it well. Occasionally they don’t.

Is there an epidemic of racism in the police departments in our country?

Let’s start with the question of fatal violence.

  • Last year, according to the Washington Post’s tally, just 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million, were killed by the police.
  • The year before, the number was 36.
  • These figures are likely close to the number of black men struck by lightning in a given year, considering that happens to about 300 Americans annually and black men are 7 percent of the population.
  • And they include cases where the shooting was justified, even if the person killed was unarmed.

Source: Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare: Here’s What the Data Actually Say | National Review

“It was an act of pure evil.” ~Donald J. Trump

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This says it all. Evil has struck America. President Trump calls it right.

As he said later in his statement, “May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.”

“My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.”

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.

I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one —a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.

Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.

In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.

In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us— our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.
Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today— and always will, forever.

In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.

Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.

May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.

Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.

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Why I Don’t Use Female Pronouns For My Transgender Brother

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The transgender assault is creating lots of challenges, including how we address the issue of what we call someone. In my mind, Bruce Jenner is Bruce, not Caitlyn.

It is not about the change of the name, people change their names enough. It is about the lie that a man is a woman. It simply isn’t so and being “polite” is not the truth.

Jesus says a lot about the truth. Consider “There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.

Here are some thoughts from  at The Federalist. His thoughts are very relevant since he has a transgender sibling.

“The demand that I refer to my sibling using a female pronoun is nothing less than thought policing. It is a demand that I assert what I do not believe, or at least a demand that I dare not evidence dissent from a particular pseudo-scientific understanding of human nature. Asking me to be polite is not the same thing as asking me to lie, or worse, to accept a lie as truth.”

  • “But the complaints about the profusion of pronouns miss a far more important point of language that seems to have slipped under the radar, something that makes this far more than a matter of courtesy. It has to do with the nature of second-person and third-person pronouns in English.”
  • “When I talk to you, I can do so without a gendered pronoun. You is the same no matter who, or what, I’m talking to. I can call my misbehaving car “You old pile of garbage” without making my car a he or a she. Likewise, I can speak to a male, female, or non-binary individual with the same second-person pronoun.”
  • “It’s the third-person pronoun in English that conveys gender (and here I’m so happy to be able to use the word gender in its appropriately technical and linguistic sense). I can use he,  she, or it as singular pronouns, and each conveys information about the object I’m referring to. There are odd circumstances when I’d use a third-person pronoun in the presence of someone who is in the room with me, but it never feels polite. In the majority of cases, I am taking about a person or thing not present.”

Source: Why I Don’t Use Female Pronouns For My Transgender Brother

Why I Don’t Use Female Pronouns For My Transgender Brother

God or the divine is referenced in every state constitution 

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I love this. God is honored in our country. What a great history we have. Our origins as a Judeo-Christian country are clear.

That seems to be slipping away. May we take a stand for Jesus and turn the tide.

“The U.S. Constitution never explicitly mentions God or the divine, but the same cannot be said of the nation’s state constitutions. In fact, God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.”

Source: God or the divine is referenced in every state constitution | Pew Research Center

“The battle over whether America remains Judeo-Christian or becomes secular like Europe is what this, the Second American Civil War, is about.” ~Dennis Prager

How Iraq Was Won and Lost 

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What if people have the war in Iraq backwards? What if George W. Bush and the U.S. military won it, and Barack Obama and the Democrats gave it away? Well, we don’t have to wonder what if, because Pete Hegseth, who served in Iraq, explains what happened.

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The Iraq War was an absolute disaster – a historic mistake.

That’s probably what most Americans – not to mention most people around the world – would say. But is it true?

President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 is subject to fair debate. But it’s important to recall that, at the time, the war had overwhelming bi-partisan support in the House and Senate. Dozens of allied countries joined the coalition. That support, however, quickly faded as causalities mounted and the war started to bog down.

Criticism then turned to blame when the weapons of mass destruction that were expected to be found were not. Nothing seemed to be going right. I know – I was there, serving as a lieutenant in the United States Army.

As 2007 dawned, President Bush faced a near total collapse in both public and political support for the war. He had to make an impossibly difficult decision: accept strategic defeat and leave Iraq in chaos, or send even more troops into battle. He chose the latter, a decision that came to be known as “The Surge.”

The Democrats predicted disaster. Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader at the time, said, “This war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything.” Senators Joe Biden, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton agreed.

They were all wrong.

Led by General David Petraeus, and supplemented by 30,000 additional troops, American forces and their Iraqi counterparts reversed the course of the war. It was one of the most stunning and successful turnabouts in modern military history.
In 2008, I returned to the country to see for myself. I had seen the “before.” I could hardly believe the “after.”

Attacks on US forces were down 90%. American casualties were rare. Baghdad’s most dangerous neighborhoods were secure. Al Qaeda in Iraq was decimated. The oil was flowing again. Iraqis were rebuilding. And new elections were held.

This was the Iraq that President Barack Obama inherited when he took the oath of office on January 20, 2009.

Now, Iraq was certainly no Western-style democracy, but it was—as General Petraeus dubbed it—a functioning “Iraqracy.” So much so that, in a February 2009 speech to Marines at Camp Lejeune, President Obama said: “The relative peace and strong participation in January’s provincial elections sent a powerful message to the world about how far Iraqis have come.”

Vice President Joe Biden was even more enthusiastic a year later, when he said in February 2010: “I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think it’s going to be one of the greatest achievements of this administration.”

To put it mildly, it wasn’t.

So, what went wrong?

It started when the Obama Administration got into a dispute with the Iraqi government over something called a “Status of Forces Agreement.” The Iraqis said they wanted to be able to prosecute American soldiers who broke Iraqi law. Appropriately, the Obama Administration said no; we will prosecute our own law-breakers. But instead of continuing to work towards an agreement, the president, against the advice of his own generals, ended negotiations.

President Obama had said during his campaign that he would bring all the troops home, and the status-of-forces dispute gave him the perfect excuse to do just that.

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Nope, Lindy West, Abortion Isn’t ‘Liberty,’ It’s Murder

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In response to the news that congressional Democrats are willing to fund pro-life Democratic candidates, feminist author Lindy West has written what may be the consummate latter-day pro-choice movement essay. Horrified at the thought that liberals might be even mildly flexible on the abortion question, West declares: “This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for…[T]o be anti-choice on a policy level is absolutely indefensible from an economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and human rights standpoint.”

  • “Abortion is not a fringe issue,” West writes. “Abortion is liberty.”
  • It’s not. It’s actually murder. But before we get to that, it is worth reflecting on the pro-choice movement’s development over the past few decades or so. Not very long ago, for instance, the general sentiment among even the more single-minded and unbending abortion advocates was that the practice should be “safe, legal and rare.” Hillary Clinton herself used to say she believed that.
  • In the run-up to the election that she eventually lost, however, Clinton dropped the “rare” qualifier. This change tracks closely with the harder elements of the pro-choice crowd.
  • The abortion rights movement, as history professor Miles Smith has pointed out, has come to embrace “abortion as a positive good,” in much the same way that post-revolutionary American slavery partisans came to embrace slavery as a net benefit for American society.

Source: Nope, Lindy West, Abortion Isn’t ‘Liberty,’ It’s Murder

“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.” ~NFL Operations Manual

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Here’s what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

Obama’s Presidency Flawlessly Dismantled By Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell flawlessly breaks down Obama’s Presidency, and dismantles it.

Thomas Sowell (/sl/; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, turned social theoristpolitical philosopher, and author.

He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover InstitutionStanford University. Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in HarlemNew York. He dropped out of high school and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a bachelor’s degree, graduating magna cum laude[6] from Harvard University in 1958 and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he earned his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He writes from a libertarian conservative perspective, advocating supply-side economics. Sowell has written more than thirty books (a number of which have been reprinted in revised editions), and his work has been widely anthologized. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient.

Source: Wikipedia

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Milton Friedman: The Rise of Socialism is Absurd “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

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Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science, was one of the most recognizable and influential proponents of liberty and markets in the 20th century, and the leader of the Chicago School of economics.

In this video from the grand opening of the Cato Institutes’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 1993, Milton Friedman gives a talk about popular political aphorisms, one of his favorites being the one he helped popularize in the title of his 1975 book, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

Jesus challenges us to work hard. Mostly that is about creating wealth in heaven and not here. Interesting to change my mind (aka repent) about wealth.

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Mike Ditka Discovers Easy Way To Make Every NFL Player Respect National Anthem

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“Well, here’s the thing. When we live in a society that pays attention to athletes, say, as greatly as they do to Kaepernick, then we’re foolish. I mean, athletes’ opinions are no different than anybody else’s, they’re no more significant than anybody else’s. They’re no more important than anybody else’s.

“Kaepernick would be an unknown, a complete unknown – nobody would know who he was – without the game of football, without the sport he’s playing. And not to respect that, you’ve got be a pretty unintelligent person, I would think.

“Because I don’t care what your preferences are, you can have anything you want to. But what he has was given to him by the game of football. I think it’s important to me that some of these young people playing the game start giving something back to the game. And respect the game the way it should be respected instead of acting like a bunch of fools out there.”

Radio Host:  “No doubt about it. Hypothetically, Coach Ditka’s on the sidelines and one of his players takes a knee during the National Anthem, what happens to the player in that case?”

Ditka: “He doesn’t play for me ever again.”

Source: Mike Ditka Discovers Easy Way To Make Every NFL Player Respect National Anthem – World News Politics

Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018

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God is the God of life. In the womb, God creates us. Life is sacred. Jesus challenges us to protect life. God is a God of justice. God will hold us accountable for how we address the issue of life and it’s sacredness.

So what is going on in Kentucky.

  • Seven states, right now, have only one abortion facility: North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Mississippi, Wyoming, West Virginia—and Kentucky.  Activists on both sides of the abortion issue have had their eye on these states for some time, knowing full well that if one of them succeeds in shutting down its last abortionist, the national impact would be enormous.
  • In the past six months it has become clear that the battle for the first abortion-free state is going to be fought this year in Kentucky.
  • The reason is mostly a matter of Kentucky’s last two election cycles. In 2015 Matt Bevin was elected governor. Bevin is a strong social conservative with four adopted children in his family of 11, and no hesitation about describing himself as “unapologetically pro-life.”
  • Last year swept in a Republican majority in the state legislature; in the first week of their session (usually used for organizational purposes), it jumped to pass a 20-week abortion ban and an ultrasound requirement.

Source: Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018

The slovenly institution that is Congress

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George Will has some great insight into the legislative challenges of Congress.

When will we (the People) demand better performance.

  • Neither the House nor the Senate has passed the fiscal 2018 budget resolution that the Budget Act of 1974 stipulates should have been acted on by April 15.
  • Neither chamber has passed any of the 12 appropriations bills that are supposed to be passed by the Oct. 1 beginning of the fiscal year.
  • On-time passage of the appropriations bills has not happened since 1996.
  • Continuing resolutions involving “hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of spending” that annoyed Reagan three decades ago have become continuing resolutions involving more than a trillion — not counting the two-thirds of government spending (e.g., entitlements, debt service) that happens without congressional involvement.
  • As Arkin’s analysis was appearing, the Social Security and Medicare trustees projected the former’s insolvency in 2034 and the latter’s in 2029.

In January 1988, in Ronald Reagan’s final State of the Union address, he noisily dropped on a table next to the podium in the House chamber three recent continuing resolutions, each more than a thousand pages long. Each was evidence of Congress’ disregard of the 1974 Budget Act. Reagan fumed:

” … budget deadlines delayed or missed completely, monstrous continuing resolutions that pack hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of spending into one bill, and a federal government on the brink of default. … In seven years, of 91 appropriations bills scheduled to arrive on my desk by a certain date, only 10 made it on time. Last year, of the 13 appropriations bills due by October first, none of them made it. Instead, we had four continuing resolutions lasting 41 days, then 36 days, and two days, and three days, respectively. And then, along came these [three] behemoths.”

Source: George F. Will: The slovenly institution that is Congress | The Salt Lake Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

Silicon Valley Censorship via Google, Facebook and who knows else

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

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

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

Source: Silicon Valley Censorship

Christians are “A Viable Target”?

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

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

Source: Slaughtered Christians “A Viable Target”?

So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel

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

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

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

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

Source: So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Islamic View of “Feminism”

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The truth vs. CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: A Muslim Reformer Explains How To Fight Islamism

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

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

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

Just a reminder.

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

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Is it time to pray for Justice?

September 11 always brings it back for me.

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

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

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

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

Source: Luke 18:6

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

Countries That Allow Gay Marriage Around The World

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

The recently signed Nashville Statement declares in Article One that:

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

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

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

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

Dear Trans Lobby: The Military Is Not A Social Experiment

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

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

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

From The Federalist:

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

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

Caring and love in Sanford, Florida before Hurricane Irma hits

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

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

See the Facebook video.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where are the most post-Christian cities in America?

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

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

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

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

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This is not only sad but more importantly, dangerous.

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

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

India’s Hindu Nationalism — Religious Minorities Persecuted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are his thoughts on standing for the National Anthem.

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

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

So why do I stand?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away

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

My Best Laid Plans

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

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


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


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

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These Graphic Pictures Show What Planned Parenthood Is Fighting For

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

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

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

Hurricane Harvey: Ordinary American heroes inspire me

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

Here are some examples of the heroism.

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

 

Are Charter Schools Better Than Public Schools?

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

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America Needs a Post-ISIS Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: America Needs a Post-ISIS Strategy

Hurricane Harvey: Thanksgiving in The Wake of Tragedy

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

Watchword Politics

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

-Walter Anderson 1885-1962

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

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

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

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New England Elite Schools Lack Ideological Diversity

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

It is enlightening.

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

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

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

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

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

What Sharia Prescribes: Same as the Ten Commandments?

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

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

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

Government hostility to religion has spiked, new report finds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ESPN, Coward of the Year

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

Freedom Through Empowerment

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

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

You may have heard that ESPN has taken sports announcer Robert Lee off the job of covering the University of…

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“The Battle over Jerusalem Has Just Begun”

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

The Gatestone Institute reports that:

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

Source: “The Battle over Jerusalem Has Just Begun”

Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: History of the United States Republican Party – Wikipedia

Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ronald Reagan’s Abortion & Property Rights Argument

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

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

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

But this is heart of it:

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

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

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

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

New for you! — August 26, 2017

New for you!

Some news that will be of interest to you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forming Family Values in a Digital Age

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

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

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Sorry Ladies, You’re the Wrong Kind of Muslims

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

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

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

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

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The Jihad continues, this time in Spain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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What should I focus on about the tragedy in Charlottesville?

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

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

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

A daughter won’t be home tonight.

Heather Hyer – Charlottsville Tragedy

PENCE COMES TO TRUMP’S DEFENSE

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

Citizen Tom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do we recognize that health insurance is not health care?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milton Friedman schools young Bernie Sanders about poverty

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

See Dr. Friedman address Bernie Sanders about poverty.

Islam Is Taking Over And No One Is Paying Attention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dennis Prager, cigars, the symphony and the left.

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

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

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