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Amnesty Is The Knife That Killed Us


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“By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.” – Aeschylus

Motives are often questioned in politics. In a sense, one cannot question motives, because there is no way to know with certainty what is going on inside the mind of another person. On the other hand, one can—with near certainty—understand motives by studying someone’s past actions. Additionally, motive can be uncovered by studying the nature of man.

The immigration debate has me questioning motives. The reasoning behind amnesty seems obvious to me. For many average American liberals, amnesty is fair. They actually believe that we should grant citizenship to those who have come here outside of the law. However, the elites in Washington know exactly what they want out of amnesty: votes. They want 11 million or so new Democrat voters.

For many countries, the path to citizenship is a difficult one, one that requires skill. These countries want the best and brightest. This makes sense. Allow me to make an analogy. Every year, Ivy League schools across the country wade through thousands of applications in order to decide whom they will allow into their school. They often set very high standards. Many times, not even a high GPA will guarantee a spot. Why do they do this? They do this to make sure that their school remains competitive, and is able to churn out graduates who will excel in their fields of study. If these schools didn’t set high standards, and as a result, admitted nearly anyone who applied, they would no longer remain competitive. Their quality would be greatly diminished. The same applies to citizenship.

The United States seems to be the only modern nation whose immigration policies are scrutinized, and we’re not even close to being the strictest in terms of whom we allow into our country. Why is it that conservatives are constantly being shamed for disagreeing with amnesty? Why is it that conservatives are beaten down for wanting to be competitive? There are a million possible answers, but by understanding past actions, and the nature of human behavior, those possibilities are significantly narrowed.

Democrats, as well as many, many Republicans are smitten with big government. I believe this is because with bigger government comes greater power. Combine a large, matriarchal government with an influx of millions of low-skill workers, and what do you get?

  • You get a recipe for dependency.
  • Low-skill individuals are much more likely to need government assistance, and a portion of those recipients will take advantage of that assistance.
  • Those who take advantage will continue to vote for those who gave them all the free stuff.
  • If this portion of people is large enough, we will forever fall under one Party rule.

We are already facing a crisis in terms of the percentage of Americans on government assistance. Over the last decade, the number of Americans on assistance has skyrocketed. There are those who deny this theory, who naively believe that very few would ever take advantage of the system. To those people, I say: take a look at the numbers.

  • Human nature is greedy.
  • Given this situation, adding millions of new people to the system who will very likely require government assistance,
  • we would be living in a country in which those who are contributing are outnumbered by those who are taking.

Once the contributors are outnumbered by the takers, we will have reached a tipping point at which time a conservative will never again win a national election. The Democrats want to keep a hold on their power, and the best way to do that is to make sure a conservative Republican never even has a chance. The magic weapon? Amnesty. A flood of low-skill workers. The most absurd part about it is that many Republicans will go along with the plan, because they are afraid of not being liked, or they mistakenly believe that the plan will benefit them as well. These Republicans are staggeringly naïve, and are contributing to the destruction of our country.

Could I be incorrect in my assessment of the motives of the Left? No. I know this because I’m not a moron, and I can see patterns, and I recognize the darkness of human nature. We are dying, and amnesty is the weapon that did us in. 2016 is our last chance to turn this ship around.

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February 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm

A Message to African-Americans About Abortion

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If the Obama IRS did Nothing Illegal, Why would Lois Lerner need Immunity?


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February 27, 2014  By

Lerner The IRS scandal has served as a worrisome affirmation of some of the worst suspicions citizens have had of their government. Though it is no longer taught in schools, many of us grew up learning of American exceptionalism- that our system of government, while not perfect, protected citizens from a government that was intolerant of dissent.

Now, we maintain a government that spies on the people, lies to the people and targets political dissent.

The IRS scandal serves as a classic illustration as to how this administration handles scandal. When cornered, the Obama Administration never admits wrongdoing, but quite often, doubles-down.

When confronted with evidence of wrongdoing, the Obama Administration did not apologize and waiver; they offered up the Cincinnati office workers as “rogue agents” and shrugged off the scandal.

Now, this very same IRS that spent years targeting Tea Party and conservative groups is now looking to codify and legitimize this kind of harassment by instituting new rules and regulations within the IRS that would allow them to squelch nonprofits.

IRS official Lois Lerner has been called to testify before Congress, but Lerner has already begun to drag her feet and promise to testify only in exchange for immunity.

Lerner was called to testify last May, but before invoking her Fifth Amendment right to refrain from testifying, Lerner gave a statement denying her guilt. The House Oversight Committee voted 22-17 in favor of acknowledging that Lerner, by reading her statement, had waived her right to Fifth Amendment protections and now, Lerner is scheduled to be called before the Committee on March 5th.

Lerner is promising testimony only in exchange for immunity from prosecution; however, such legal maneuverings leaves one wondering, “What would she need immunity from if, according to President Obama, there isn’t a ‘smidgen’ of corruption in the IRS scandal?”

President Obama has repeatedly shrugged off allegations of corruption, even in the face of empirical evidence to the contrary. Sitting down with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly earlier this month, Obama claimed that the IRS scandal was a fake scandal, spurred on by sensationalized, rightwing reporting and claimed that there was not even a “smidgen” of corruption to be found.

If that’s the case, Lerner would not need immunity.

The IRS scandal is about so much more than mere harassment of political groups; it signifies a shift from a government that is willing to slightly bend the rules to a government run by people willing to outright break the rules and lie to cover them up.

TPNN’s Greg Campbell contributed to this article.

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ObamaCare Victims Fight Back: We Are Not Liars and Phonies


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Watch the latest video at &amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://video.foxnews.com/”&amp;amp;gt;FoxNews.com&amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;ampGRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX HOST: Tonight, the Tea Party is celebrating. What are they celebrating? Well, you are going to go to the party a little later.

But right now, the Obamacare horror show goes on.

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SEN. HARRY REID, (D-NV), SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: There’s plenty of horror stories being told.

UNIDENTIFIED DOCTOR: I’m going to have to be dealing with patients who could get taken off the drug that is now stabilized them and kept them from being disabled.

REID: All of them are untrue.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our family, our premiums increased from $440 a month to $920 a month.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can’t afford that. I think I’m going to let it go and hope I can stay healthy.

REID: All of them are untrue.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My wife was diagnosed with stage-4 brain and bone cancer. We received this letter of cancellation.

REID: All of them are untrue.

UNIDENTIFIED DOCTOR: I’m going to stop being a doctor when I know I could take care of somebody but I’m not allowed to use the medications that could provide that.

REID: All of them are untrue.

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VAN SUSTEREN: Well, our first guest says Senator Harry Reid is wrong, Obamacare is a horror for real. And to her patients and her employees, it is a horror. Ophthalmologist, Dr. Patricia McLaughlin, joins us.

Good evening, Doctor.

PATRICIA MCLAUGHLIN, OPHTHALMOLOGIST: Good evening.

VAN SUSTEREN: When you hear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say these horror stories are wrong and untrue, what do you think? What do you say to him?

MCLAUGHLIN: I would just certainly hope that he said that in haste and that perhaps the information that was given to him came from a source that wasn’t correct. This is not the case that we are seeing in our practices and with stories patients are telling us.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, let’s go specific. Let me go first to your patients. You have patients who have insurance and they go to you. But now you have been knocked off one of the insurance networks. Is that correct?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, I have been not dismissed but have nothing offered participation status in some of the subsections of one of the insurance companies. And that was insurance that would be covering individuals taking out insurance through the Affordable Care Act or through small business plans outside the Affordable Care Act. It also included them.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, does that mean that these patients that some patients of yours can no longer go to you unless they pay out-of-pocket?

MCLAUGHLIN: That’s correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have any of your patients said anything to you? Are they distressed by this or are they happy to sort of move on to look for another doctor?

MCLAUGHLIN: You know, most patients are attached to their doctor. We have had long-standing relationships. We don’t just take care of an illness. We take care of the human spirit as well. So we know things about their spouse, their children, their parents. We have gone through their trials and tribulations. There’s a relationship. Of course, they are distressed. And they don’t enjoy the fact that they don’t have freedom of choice any longer. It’s very, very confusing to them. It’s very distressful. They don’t know where to turn. They still will call us and ask for help. And, of course, we are willing it do that.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now you have also gotten squeezed because of what’s happened with your own insurance for your employees. What’s happened with them?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, I had a small business plan and my employees were under my plan as well. So when my plan was cancelled, which was a very complex, very complete plan, but it was cancelled. And the reason given in the letter was that it had to do with not meeting the regulations of the Affordable Care Act. I mean, this completely confused me and came as a complete surprise. Well, you know, I had to then obtain a broker and start looking at other options because the subsequent plan that was offered by the same insurance company turned out to have a network that was so incredibly narrow, so restrictive, where my original plan had a robust network with many, many doctors, including myself on it, and the subsequent plan, didn’t have me or any of my colleagues or any of the doctors that myself, my husband, and my employees used. We didn’t lose just one doctor, we lost a lot of doctors. It was horrendous.

VAN SUSTEREN: Doctor, thank you. Good luck to you.

MCLAUGHLIN: Thank you so much.

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MUST WATCH! Greenpeace founder says Climate Change a combo of ‘extreme political ideology and a religious cult’


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Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

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This guy is my new hero on Climate Change. Patrick Moore, the founder of Greenpeace, says he left the group back in the mid ’80s after being with them for 15 years, when he says the group took a hard turn to the political left and began to adopt positions he could not accept with his scientific background.

When asked by Hannity what’s driving the Climate Change agenda, he said this:

It is a powerful convergence of interests among a very large number of elites, including politicians who want to make it seem as though they are saving the world, environmentalists who want to raise money and get control over very large issues like our entire energy policy, media for sensationalism, universities and professors for grants – you can’t hardly get a science grant these days without saying it has something to do with Climate Change.

It is a kind of nasty combination of extreme political ideology and a religious cult all rolled into one. And it’s take over way too much of our thought process and way too much of our priorities. There are millions of children dying every day from preventable vitamin deficiencies and diseases and we’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars on a problem that may not exist.

That’s probably one of the most thoughtful descriptions of the Climate Change agenda I’ve ever heard. He goes on to talk about why these climate models used to predict Climate Change can’t be trusted and why water vapor is the key to understanding it.

Lastly, when asked by Hannity if he expects to be attacked because he is coming out against Climate Change, he pretty much said yes, but that he’s not worried about it because he knows his stuff. BOOM!

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Racist Lecturer Delivers Anti-Republican Rant at Public University


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Union organizer says ‘division, racism, sexism, and classism’ are American values

February 27, 2014 2:01 PM

A guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, a public school, began class Tuesday with a racist, anti-Republican rant that went on for more than ten minutes.

The guest lecturer, Eyon Biddle, is the political and organizing director for Service Employees International Union Local 150. Biddle was speaking in the freshman general education course “Education 130: Individual and Society,” which allegedly “examines how people influence and are affected by their social worlds from the perspectives of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.”

In a video taken by a student in the class, obtained by Campus Reform, Biddle blames “white rage” for the failure of the Badger State’s 2010 recall attempt against Republican Governor Scott Walker. The union organizer goes on to say that American values are those of “division, racism, sexism, and classism.”

An excerpt of the video is below, and the full video can be found here.

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“You’re looking at me like, ‘Dude you’re f*cking absurd, you’re crazy,’” Biddle said near the beginning of his lecture. “But every day you are living in a system that is telling you how to think, what to think, and when to do it.”

The SEIU official declared that blue-collar, white workers would not have voted for Scott Walker in 2010 — a vote that was “against their own interest” — if not for “white rage” and distaste over having to “pay for health care [for] blacks, browns, and gays.” He also said “racism with the first black president” was the cause of support for a governor who is trying to rein in government employee unions’ political power and head off a looming budget meltdown as public employee benefits spiral out of control.

Biddle went on to explain that Walker was not funded by normal Wisconsinites, but rather the “Koch brothers, corporations, [and] rich people” who were “confusing people, scaring people, [and] scaring the elderly about Medicare, Medicaid changes due to the Affordable Care Act.”

All of this was just “nonsense” Biddle informed his young adult audience.

Stating that his opinions “are just fact, the reality of what we live in,” Biddle said that now America focuses on “gay rights, women’s rights, things that polarize people, things that feed into the sense of those deep, like I said, American values of division, racism, sexism, classism.”

Freshman Kyle Brooks, secretary for the college Republicans, who filmed the video, told Campus Reform, “I’m very disappointed. What could have been a productive dialogue turned into a divisive rant smearing the conservative movement.”

— Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.

Court Rules School Can Ban American Flag Shirts For Safety


Recently I received a mocking comment from a reader ridiculing me for my patriotic stance. He mocked my insistence that repressive Socialism is on the rise in America, and that the Liberal Left are determined to replace our Representative Republic with a European style Socialism/Democracy. This report on a recent decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gives further proof of the Left’s progress in their efforts toward Socialism.

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High school officials acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American-flag shirts to turn them inside out during a Cinco de Mayo celebration, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.                  posted on  February 27, 2014 at  8:27pm EST

 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled officials at a Northern California high school were right to place concern of racial violence over freedom of expression rights.

Administrators at Live Oak High School in San Jose said they were concerned American-flag shirts would incite violence from Latino students, prompting the administrators to order several students to turn the shirts inside out or go home during a 2010 Cinco de Mayo holiday celebration.

The school reportedly had a history of racial violence between students during the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, which commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops defeated a French army of Napoleon III. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican independence day, and is celebrated in the U.S. more than Mexico to honor Mexican heritage.

The vote from the three-judge panel was unanimous, citing past problems as sufficient and justifiable reasons for the administration’s actions. The court’s ruling reflects past decisions that set precedent for schools to limit civil rights in order to maintain safety.

“Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence,” Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the panel.

Attorney William Becker, part of American Freedom Law Center, a politically conservative legal aid foundation who is representing the students, said he plans to ask the appeals court to rehear the case.

“The 9th Circuit upheld the rights of Mexican students celebrating a holiday of another country over U.S. students proudly supporting this country,” Becker said.

“This is the United States of America,” said Kendall Jones, whose son, Daniel Galli, was one of the Live Oak students sent home. “The idea that it’s offensive to wear patriotic clothing … regardless of what day it is, is unconscionable to me.”

Must Everything — Everything? — Be Politicized Nowadays??


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By / 28 February 2014

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When, exactly, did every ridiculous little aspect of our lives become a “political” issue?

I can’t be the only  one who remembers a time when the government didn’t care if I wore a bike helmet, or ate a bag of chips.  In fact, we had a lot of latitude before political activism came and spoiled the fun.

There was a time when you could order a chicken dinner, without it being a political statement, or when pro sports were just interested in how well you played the game.

There was a time when a lemonade stand could be a kid’s first business venture, without some bureaucratic rules-lawyer killing that dream with zoning laws.

Maybe you can remember when a scout’s biggest worry was poison ivy, not political indoctrination. That was back before boy scouts (Canada) became co-ed and girl scouts (USA) supported Planned Parenthood.

Do you remember a time when useful products weren’t outlawed on the basis of contested health studies — BPA, for instance?

Do you remember a time when we weren’t drowning in fine print and waivers?  A time when people could tell a joke — even an off-colour one — without offending someone?  Did people just have a better sense of humor back then?  Were they less uptight?

Have we really come to a place where a 26 year old gold medallist with a wife and kid has an “alternative lifestyle”?

It wasn’t that long ago when some feared religious people holding government positions, because it was alleged that they “wanted to control everything”.  The worry was that they would “cram the Bible down our throats”, and curtail everyone’s freedoms.  They would meddle in people’s lives where they had no business doing so.

People obviously believed the hype.  Those with known religious convictions (unless decidedly “liberal”) were increasingly edged out of influential positions.

Whatever the underlying causes, the paradigm shift has taken place, and people hostile to the earlier conservative and/or religious convictions have taken the reigns.

What was that accusation, again?  Oh, yes.  “If you let those crazy Christians into government, they’ll create a Theocracy!”

This alleged Theocracy would be a Bad Thing, as the story goes, because they would insist on controlling every detail of your personal life.  They would (gasp!) moralize, and finger-wag!  Imagine the horror!

In one sphere of society after another, agents hostile to traditional values have used tried-and-true tactics to gain an upper hand.

What were their strategies?  Surely you’ve seen them in action:

Don’t try to win the argument, it’s better to just discredit the person you’re arguing with, and win by default…  Emotional appeal, sarcasm, and innuendo are always better than honest debate…  Have a TV panel of three guests dog-pile on one token conservative, so their view seems foolish and minority… Shout them down… Call them fascists…  Claim religious convictions invalidate their argument… Play the victim card! Don’t worry about “playing fair”… Tactics don’t matter so long as you win.

But then came the bait-and-switch. Our “liberators” started to dictate things — lots of things.  The meddling and scheming they had long accused others of became their primary means of remaking the world in their image.

Every time these guys raise an issue, they dress it in political clothing.  Why?  Because political problems will always require a political solution.

Observe: In 1969, Canadian sodomy laws were stuck down on the grounds that (and I quote) “There’s no place for the State in the bedrooms of the nation.”  Since nobody was actually enforcing those laws anyway, that seemed a reasonable response. Fast forward 40 some-odd years, to when foreign policy is being decided based on American opinion of ANOTHER nation’s domestic policies concerning what may or may not happen in the bedrooms of THOSE nations.

See what just happened?  See how quickly we went from “don’t force your values on me” to demanding that other countries comply to values they do not hold?  Just a little bit hypocritical, hmmm?  Their own buzzword for such action is “Imperialistic”.

It isn’t just sex, either.  Every issue is potentially political. From food labeling and health care to leisure pursuits, education, and it extends over a whole range of various products and services.  It goes right down to our supposed freedom of speech, whether on the sports field (NFL) or even what language your company’s Facebook page can be written in.

Once an issue is made political, you have adequate pretext for two things.

First, you can shut down most opposition with the convenient — albeit inaccurate — “separation of Church and State” mantra.  (This allows the next step to proceed unopposed.)

Next, they claim that this “political” issue will require a political solution.

(Everything is political for these guys.  Politics IS their religion, and it’s a religion that will tolerate no rivals.)

This means legislation, control, bigger government, and ultimately, forced compliance for their version of the Utopian Dream.

Curiously, however, this Utopia is always “just over that next hill”.  You know, it’s the hill where their next rival is making a stand.

There will always be a scapegoat. There will always be a victim.  It’s part of the formula they use. Then, once the dust settles, there will always, ALWAYS, be that much more power concentrated in the hands of those who crave it most.

You know those freedoms conservatives and Christians keep defending?

You don’t really need those, they’ll only slow down the “progress”.

Forward, Comrade! Forward!

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About the author: Wes Walker

 Wes Walker is a Christian husband and father of three, bringing the Clash Attitude to Canada’s Capital. When not writing submissions for Clash, he is involved in Church, his children’s school, and is pursuing interests in Theology, History, and Philosophy.
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ATF Agents Lose Their Government Issued Guns, Kids Find Them


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Katie PavlichKatie Pavlich | Feb 27, 2014

I am continually amazed how many of the very agents in charge of enforcing America’s gun laws at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are completely reckless with guns. Further, it’s incredible how good they are at losing guns as a result of irresponsible or careless behavior. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is out with a new report showing ATF agents lost dozens of their loaded government issued handguns, one of which was found by children (paging Diane Sawyer at ABC News):

ATF agents have lost track of dozens of government-issued guns, after stashing them under the front seats in their cars, in glove compartments or simply leaving them on top of their vehicles and driving away, according to internal reports from the past five years obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

 Agents left their guns behind in bathroom stalls, at a hospital, outside a movie theater and on a plane, according to the records, obtained Tuesday by the news organization under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

In December 2009, two 6-year-old boys spotted an agent’s loaded ATF Smith & Wesson .357 on a storm sewer grate in Bettendorf, Iowa. The agent lived nearby and later said he couldn’t find his gun for days but didn’t bother reporting it — until it hit the local newspaper.

In Los Angeles in 2011, an agent went out to a bar drinking with other agents and friends, reportedly consuming four alcoholic beverages. The next morning he woke up and realized his ATF-issued Glock was gone. It was not found.

Unreal. A loaded handgun spotted by kids thanks to careless placement? Drinking while carrying a firearm in a restaurant establishment? That’s illegal. In fact, carrying a gun into a bar is illegal in most states, including California. Oh and what’s this? It wasn’t just handguns that were lost or stolen but long guns too? Terrific.

Most of the lost weapons were handguns, but there also were at least two assault rifles stolen. Typically the reports do not indicate what happened to the unrecovered guns. However, in a November 2008 incident, the gun may have wound up in Mexico, according to the report.

Last year the Journal Sentinel found ATF had lost a fully-automatic machine gun on the streets of Milwaukee. In early 2011, shortly after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed, we found out the Bureau allowed more than 2500 firearms to be trafficked from the United States and into Mexico for use by brutal Mexican cartels. How do these incidents keep happening? Because there is never any real accountability or consequences for these actions, so they continue.

At the end of 2013, the Obama administration announced new goals for legislation requiring lost or stolen guns to be reported. They should start with ATF. It is completely asinine that the very same agency responsible for  enforcing gun laws is full of agents constantly breaking those laws and  losing firearms

Levin Calls on Tea Party to Fight Tyranny in USA


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by Tony Lee  27 Feb 2014, 11:25 AM PDT

Keynoting an event honoring the five-year anniversary of the Tea Party on Thursday, conservative scholar and talk radio host Mark Levin said that the Tea Party movement is the only thing standing between what is left of the country’s republic and the tyranny of runaway government.

Levin said the government that is supposed to serve the people is “devouring” us, while the Constitution’s firewalls are being breached by a lawless president, a feckless Congress, and an all-powerful Supreme Court.

He said it was an honor to speak in front of the Tea Party and thanked those in the movement for having the “spirit and enthusiasm of the founding fathers” and not being afraid to insist “on the federal government’s compliance with the constitution’s limits.”

Levin said that for this, the Tea Party is “smeared and attacked by the ruling class, Democrats and Republicans alike,” in addition to the media and “countless others who are dragging the nation into the abyss.”

Levin said that, under this assault, it is understandable for those fighting for liberty to want to live quiet lives with family and friends and wonder “if it is worth it” and “if it will be able to reverse course.” But he said that he also knew “you are Americans. You cannot be idle. And you will not be silent while a relative handful of self-aggrandizing masterminds seek to lord over you and your fellow citizens.”

“You will not allow your country to fail,” Levin declared.

Levin said that those in George Washington’s Continental Army, before they crossed the Delaware, read Thomas Paine, whom President Ronald Reagan always read and quoted on the stump and to his advisers.

Levin quoted from Paine’s The American Crisis about these being the “times that try men’s soul” and “the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. Triumph we must and triumph we will.”

He emphasized that Reagan was an outsider who was not a part of the establishment and who had the “courage to stand up and be counted.” And like today’s Tea Party, Reagan was blasted by George Will, Nelson Rockefeller – who Levin quipped runs today’s Republican party – and the Wall Street Journal. Levin read their disparaging attacks on Reagan before he went on to win two landslide victories and defeat the Soviet Union.

Levin, who campaigned and worked for Reagan, said that Reagan would have stood before the Tea Party and thanked them for all that they have done. He said Reagan would have been “enormously proud” of the movement and reminded those in attendance of Reagan’s words about freedom being just one generation away from extinction. Levin said that the Tea Party movement is “astutely aware of the peril of the moment and all that is at stake.”

Levin will also be honored with the inaugural “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award” at this year’s CPAC on Thursday, March 6.

As Breitbart News has reported, Levin’s monumental book, Liberty and Tyranny, sold over a million copies even though the mainstream media did not discuss or review it. The book presaged the Tea Party movement and was published shortly after Obama took office in 2009, and it predicted much of Obama’s statist agenda. Like the Tea Party movement and Levin, “it circumvented the legacy press to make a lasting impact. The success of the book also proved that the mainstream press are no longer the sole gatekeepers in today’s media environment.”

Jeffrey Lord, a conservative writer for the American Spectator and former Reagan administration official, also spoke at the event and said that nobody has done more to bring awareness to the meaning of the Constitution than Levin. Lord called Levin a “national treasure” and said “we owe him a considerable debt of gratitude.”

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6 people lose food stamps due to overspending during outage


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Feb 24, 2014 7:30 PM PST

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana’s social services department said Monday it has stripped food stamps from six people who deliberately overspent their monthly benefits when the electronic service was down in October and was working to disqualify another 25 people.

Details of possible fraud also have been shared with local law enforcement, for district attorneys to decide if they want to prosecute people for knowingly breaching the limits on their monthly food stamp benefits.

The Department of Children and Family Services said it continues to work through the administrative hearing process, targeting 500 people out of 12,000 transactions that overspent available food stamp benefits four months ago during the system crash.

“The investigation and disqualification process is ongoing, and we expect it to result in additional disqualifications,” DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said in a statement.

Several Louisiana retailers allowed food stamp recipients to make unlimited purchases on Oct. 12, when the electronic card system was down and balances couldn’t be checked. News reports showed carts at some stores piled high with groceries that were abandoned after the system was back online.

About 12,000 insufficient funds transactions were conducted when the contractor, Xerox Corp., had technical problems that shut down the system, though not all transactions are assumed to be intentionally fraudulent.      DCFS said it identified 500 deemed to be the “most egregious transgressors,” who took advantage of the computer snafu and tried to spend a combined $315,000 they didn’t have in available benefits. The transactions ranged from $300 to $2,000.

Letters were sent, targeting them for disqualification from the program. The department said it has received 113 responses so far.

The responses “have ranged from admitting to committing the fraudulent transactions, to declaring no knowledge of the transactions, and to stating that the retailer told the clients it was ‘okay’ to perform the transaction because ‘the government was shut down,’ ” Sonnier said.

No taxpayer dollars paid for the improper food stamp purchases because DCFS says it didn’t cover the costs of retailers who didn’t follow the outlined emergency process for when the electronic system crashes.

The sanctions under federal guidelines allow a one-year suspension of food stamps for a first offense, a two-year suspension for a second offense and a permanent disqualification from the program for a third offense, according to DCFS.

The agency said it provided state and local law enforcement with the information it has gathered about the overspending.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter has complained that state officials weren’t aggressively pursuing the overspending as food stamp fraud, and Treasurer John Kennedy recently criticized the department as being too lax in its response to known misuse of food stamps.

Vitter said more people should be punished for the overspending. He said he will push for more aggressive action Friday at a meeting with Sonnier and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

“Like many citizens, I am appalled by the outrageous theft and fraud and believe there should be serious consequences for what occurred,” he said in a statement.

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Girl Scouts Hire Lesbian as Chief ‘Girl Experience Officer’


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by  Austin Ruse 26 Feb 2014

As millions of moms consider digging into pocketbooks for Girl Scout cookies this year, they may be interested to know about the hiring of Krista Kokjohn-Poehler in the Girl Scouts executive office in New York City.

Kokjohn-Poehler is an out lesbian married to a woman named Ashley Kokjohn. And, given her sexual preference, it may strike some as odd that her job title is “Girl Experience Officer.”

Her hiring five months ago was largely missed by the coterie of Girl Scout critics around the country who make the claim that the Girl Scouts have drifted leftward in the past 20 years.

San Diego Magazine featured Kokjohn-Poehler’s 2007 commitment ceremony: “Like many of the best love stories, this one began with a beautiful friendship. Krista Poehler and Ashley Kokjohn were immediately drawn to each other when they met in college, and spent countless hours discussing family, life goals and much more.”

“The brides were radiant in formal white gowns; their parents wore black, and the bridesmaids wore taupe. The couple exchanged matching diamond eternity bands and read vows they wrote themselves, then their parents joined the bridal party and surrounded them in a ‘circle of love.’” Ashley called it beautiful, spiritual and perfect.

According to her LinkedIn profile, as “Chief Girl Experience Officer,” Kokjohn-Poehler will “serve as the chief of girl innovation and be the expert on and organizational voice for girls. Lead the “Girl Experience” team in efforts to take insights from marketplace data and collaborate internally and externally to drive program innovation.”

The main charge leveled by Girl Scout critics concerns the leftward drift of the Girl Scouts, which was founded along conservative religious principles. The leftward drift began in the early ’90s when God was made optional in the Girl Scout promise. This precipitated the founding of American Heritage Girls and the first widespread exit from the Girl Scouts.

In the ensuing years, social liberals insinuated themselves into national leadership of the Girl Scouts so that now it is unremarkable when they feature and promote women who are offensive to the sensibilities of hundreds of thousands of traditional-minded moms, including: Betty Friedan; Gloria Steinem; Hillary Clinton; Kathleen Sibelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and chief promoter of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate; and Wendy Davis, advocate for late term abortions.

The leftward drift likely made them tone-deaf to the inevitable controversy in their hiring of homo punk-rocker Josh Ackley, whose band The Dead Betties and their music video depicting violence against a woman became national news after reporting by Breitbart News last fall.

Penny Nance, former Girl Scout and president of Concerned Women for America, told Breitbart News, “In the last ten years the Girl Scouts have lost about a few hundred thousand members, and part of the reason for that is their tone deafness toward the cultural values of American moms.”

Nance tells the story of a run-in her daughter had with Girl Scout hero Gloria Steinem. Nance’s daughter appeared with Steinem on a Nickelodeon panel show talking about women’s issues. Her daughter defended the pro-life position on air. According to Nance, during a break “with no parents present,” Steinem allegedly approached her daughter and bragged about having an abortion and said she was happy about it.

“And these are the types of people celebrated by the Girl Scouts?” said Nance.

In recent days, top Girl Scout execs, including CEO Anna Marie Chavez, have tried to beat back the ongoing cookie boycott started a month ago that threatens the much needed $700 million annual sales to fund Girl Scout activities.

The largely unreported news of Krista Kokjohn-Poehler’s hiring may be another sales headache for the junior sales force now pounding on doors.

White House silent about latest Benghazi Christian massacre


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February 24, 2014

Libyan security officials on Monday reported that the remains of seven Egyptian Coptic Christians were discovered on a beach in Libya‘s city of Benghazi with gunshot wounds to the victims’ heads. Yet there were no statements released from President Barack Obama’s White House nor from the Department of State about the latest Benghazi massacre, according to former police counterterrorism detective, Jonathan Murray-Townes.

A U.S. police and intelligence expert, Townes told Law Enforcement Examiner that the victims were kidnapped from their apartments and then killed execution-style. Randolph believes the killings were perpetrated by Libyan Islamists from groups such as al-Qaeda or Ansar al-Sharia.

As has been reported by the Examiner in the past, the weak Libyan government and its security forces — military, police and intelligence — are incapable of enforcing the nation’s laws to control militias comprised of former rebels and Islamist terrorists who are heavily armed after they overthrew the Khadhafi regime and were able to confiscate the Khadhafi military’s weapons.

Radical Muslims in Libya are active in assassinating police, intelligence and military officers, as well as kidnapping victims for ransom and the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to create car bombs, Townes noted.

According to Chuck Randolph, unidentified men carrying automatic rifles visited a building in Benghazi and went door to door asking occupants if they prayed to Allah or Jesus Christ. If a person admitted being a follower of Christ, they were dragged out of the building.

An Egyptian foreign ministry report claims the kidnappers originally abducted eight Egyptian Christians from their homes. However, one those abducted was able to escape. The foreign ministry didn’t name the religion of those killed but published seven names which appeared to be Arab Christian.

The radical Islamic group Ansar al-Sharia is active in Libya and its branch in Benghazi is listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State and Treasury Departments in Washington, D.C., according to an Examiner report.

The U.S. intelligence community blames the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda ally, for the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“The Benghazi killings of Americans continues to be a thorn in the side of Obama and his minions, so I can understand their reluctance to even mention the name of that Libyan city,” claims former police commanding officer, now a director of security for a government agency, Joseph Whalen, Jr.

“Wherever there is an ouster of an Arab leader these days, you’ll find Christians and Jews being slaughtered by radical Muslims seeking to setup a caliphate,” Whalen added.

Perkins: ‘Wild claims’ led to Arizona bill’s veto


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The president of the Family Research Council said Wednesday on “The Kelly File” that “all sorts of wild claims” led to Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision earlier in the day to veto a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses the right to deny service to gays and others based on religious beliefs.

“Unfortunately, this is how fundamental freedoms are trampled,” Tony Perkins said. “You create a stampede by spooking politicians in public with misinformation.”

He said the law was vetoed despite 11 law professors from across the country sending a letter to Brewer saying the law was legal.

Perkins added that the law was needed in order to clarify the state’s legal position on what qualifies as religious objection in places of business.

“This is going to continue to be a major problem and it’s going to spread across the country,” he said. “Who’s going to protect the rights of Christians and religious people? That’s the question that has to be answered.”

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With Influences Horrible Enough for Our Teens, Planned Parenthood Takes to a Much LOWER Depth


 

Planned Parenthood Produces Video Promoting Bondage and Sadomasochism to Teens

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President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Barack Obama hugs Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) — Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE)–which received more than $2.75 million in government funding in 2012–has produced and posted online a video specifically aimed at teenagers that promotes bondage and sadomasochism (BDSM) and proposes “rules” to follow when engaging in these activities.

“People sometimes think that those who practice BDSM are emotionally  scarred or were once abused—not true, it’s a total myth,” the host of the  video, Laci Green, informs its intended audience of teens.

“BDSM relies upon and creates trust,” she says.

In a message published at the beginning of PPNNE’s 2012 annual report, PPNNE President Meagan Gallagher described the genesis of the project that produced the video on bondage and sadomasochism. (SEE THE VIDEO HERE;)

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“We continued to grow our online presence, and launched an innovative  social education project called ‘A Naked Notion’  (www.anakednotion.org),” wrote Gallagher. “The numbers show that young  people took notice–PPNNE’s ‘A Naked Notion’ YouTube channel has been  viewed more than a million times!”

The homepage of PPNNE’s website includes a menu of tabs that lead to internal pages. One of these is entitled “For Teens.”

“We are dedicated to protecting the sexual health of teens by providing  accurate information, opportunities to explore and  establish beliefs  and attitudes, and the skills to communicate their  needs,” says PPNNE’s “For Teens” page.

“For teens who are sexually involved, Planned Parenthood is committed to   providing resources for safeguarding their emotional and physical   health,” it says.

 

The “For Teens” page also includes a tab leading directly to the PPNNE website’s “A Naked Notion With Laci Green” page and also a tab leading to PPNNE’s “Teen Resource Center,” which features a link to the YouTube page for “A Naked Notion With Lace Green.”

In its 2012 annual report, PPNNE said “A Naked Notion” reached “young adults” through Facebook and YouTube. “Launched ‘A Naked Notion;(www.anakednotion.org), a social media  education project, reaching more than 2,300 young adults through  Facebook and more than 11,382 on YouTube, where it has garnered more  than 1,005,655 views,” said the report.

“A Naked Notion is a brand new project dedicated to  frank, open  conversations about sexuality,” says the PPNNE webpage for the program. “It stars sex educator Laci  Green and is  brought to you by Planned Parenthood of Northern New  England.

Green is described by PPNNE’s website as a “22 year old San-Franciscan” and a “Sex educator, video blogger, blog blogger,   crisis counselor, social scientist, asparagus lover & artichoke   dipper.”

One of PPNNE’s Naked Notion videos–“Getting Kinky (BDSM 101)”–features Green telling teenagers that October is “national kink month” and a good time to talk about bondage and sadomasochism.

“According to some random websites, October has been officially  declared national kink month,” says Green on the video. “And when you  think about it–October and kink–they are kind of a fitting pair.  Halloween and kink are both about adventure and fun and exploring rolls  and dynamics that are maybe a little bit different from everyday life.  So many of the common kinks out there fall under the umbrella of BDSM.  You may have heard of BDSM what with all of the 50-Shades-of-Gray craze  and sort of getting a lot of attention right now.

“Today,” says Green, “I want to talk about what BDSM is, what it isn’t, and some of the rules that come with it.”

“People sometimes think that those who practice BDSM are emotionally  scarred or were once abused—not true, it’s a total myth,” Green says  later in the video. “People across the spectrum with various backgrounds  participate in BDSM. The pain-is-exhilaration concept is not only old  as dirt, it’s pretty common outside the bedroom.”

Before laying out a set of actual rules to follow when engaging in BDSM, Green seeks to reassure her audience that BDSM is not “abuse” and “has rules, limits and boundaries that are respected by all parties.”

“The idea of using power and control and pain in a set scene  understandably sets off alarms in some people’s heads,” says Green.

“They hear that BDSM involves spanking and pain and torture—oh, my God,  it’s scary stuff,” says Green. “With no further knowledge, it’s easy to conflate BDSM  with abuse. But BDSM and abuse are actually very different. BDSM is  about a consensual power exchange. Abuse is not. BDSM is negotiated and  agreed upon before anything happens. Abuse is not. BDSM has rules,  limits and boundaries that are respected by all parties. Abuse does not.  BDSM relies upon and creates trust.”

According to PPNNE’s 2012 annual report, it received $2,755,235 million in federal, state, and local funding, which accounted for 15 percent of its $18.9 million annual operating budget. PPNNE also received $255,000 in federal Health Information Technology (HIT) funding.

CNSNews.com called PPNNE president and CEO Meagan Gallagher and Dr. Donna Burkett, the group’s medical director, numerous times over the course of three days to ask why the group thought it was appropriate for a tax-funded organization to promote bondage and sadomasochism to teenagers. A staff member later confirmed that Gallagher received the messages.

A woman answering the phone at the group’s Burlington, Vermont headquarters on Tuesday told CNSNews: “We are currently not commenting or talking to you. At this point, I am going to disconnect” before hanging up the phone.

On Wednesday, CNSNews.com called PPNNE’s office in Burlington again and asked the person who answered the phone to relay this question to Gallagher: “Why is it appropriate for a federally funded organization to produce a video that promotes bondage, sadism and masochism to teens?” The person said that the organization would not be commenting and then hung up the phone.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) (Wikimedia)

CNSNews.com also contacted all the members of the New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont congressional delegations and asked them whether they thought it was appropriate for a federally funded organization to produce a video promoting bondage and sadomasochism to teens.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) was the only member of Congress to reply. According to spokesman Jeff Grappone, “Senator Ayotte thinks this video, which is clearly targeted at a younger audience, is inappropriate and troubling. She believes taxpayers shouldn’t be directly or indirectly funding activity like this.”

However, despite repeated requests for comment, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME), Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), and Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) did not respond.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Angus King (I-ME), and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) also dodged CNSNews.com’s questions.

– See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/planned-parenthood-produces-video-promoting-bondage-and#sthash.komZ1mnI.dpuf

 

Raise the minimum wage to $14 using this one weird trick!


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Raise the minimum wage to $14 using this one weird trick!Democrats believe they’ve hit on the perfect issue to distract from the horror of Obamacare in the 2014 elections: the minimum wage.

Apparently, increasing the minimum wage was not important for American workers during the first five years of Obama’s presidency — least of all his first two years, when Democrats controlled Congress and could have passed anything. (And did!)

No. The minimum wage did not become a pressing concern until an election year in which the public’s hatred of Obamacare is expected to be the central issue.

As The New York Times explained, Democrats see the minimum wage as an issue that “will place Republican candidates in a difficult position,” and also as a tool “to enlarge the electorate in a nonpresidential election, when turnout among minorities and youths typically drops off.”

(Unlike Republicans, Democrats consider it important to win elections.)

To most people, it seems as if the Democrats are giving workers something for nothing. But there are always tradeoffs. No serious economist denies that increasing the minimum wage will cost jobs. If it’s not worth paying someone $10 an hour to do something, the job will be eliminated — or it simply won’t be created.

The minimum wage is the perfect Democratic issue. It will screw the very people it claims to help, while making Democrats look like saviors of the working class, either by getting them a higher wage or providing them with generous government benefits when they lose their jobs because of the mandatory wage hike.

American workers are suffering as a direct result of the Democrats’ policies on immigration. Republicans might want to point that out.

Since the late 1960s, the Democrats have been dumping about a million low-skilled immigrants on the country every year, driving down wages, especially at the lower end of the spectrum.

According to Harvard economist Jorge Borjas, our immigration policies have reduced American wages by $402 billion a year — while increasing profits for employers by $437 billion a year. (That’s minus what they have to pay to the government in taxes to support their out-of-work former employees. Of course, we’re all forced to share that tax burden.)

Or, as the White House puts it on its website promoting an increase in the minimum wage, “Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968.”

Why were wages so high until 1968? Because that’s when Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act kicked in, bringing in about a million immigrants a year, almost 90 percent of them unskilled workers from the Third World.

Our immigration policies massively redistribute wealth from the poorest Americans to the richest. It’s a basic law of economics that when the supply goes up, the price goes down. More workers means the price of their labor plummets.

Unfortunately, politicians spend a lot more time talking to rich employers than to working-class Americans. And the rich apparently have an insatiable appetite for cheap labor.

Having artificially created a glut of low-wage workers, now Democrats want to artificially raise their wages.

It’s win-win-win-win-win for Democrats.

– Employees who get a higher minimum wage are grateful to the Democrats.

– Employees who lose their jobs because of the minimum wage hike are grateful to the Democrats for generous government handouts.

– Poor immigrants who need government benefits are grateful to the Democrats.

– American businesses enjoying the deluge of cheap labor are grateful to the Democrats.

– Democratic politicians guaranteed re-election by virtue of ethnic bloc voting are grateful to the Democrats.

Do Republicans have any principles at all? Why isn’t the GOP demanding an end to this dump of unskilled workers/Democratic voters on the country?

Democrats show how much they love the poor by importing a million more of them to America each year. But then they prevent the last batch of poor immigrants from getting decent, well-paying jobs by bringing in another million poor people the next year.

You want a higher minimum wage? Turn off the spigot of low-wage workers pouring in to the U.S. and it will rise on its own through the iron law of supply and demand.

In response to the Democrats’ minimum wage proposal, Republicans should introduce a bill ending both legal and illegal immigration until the minimum wage rises naturally to $14 an hour.

Australia has a $15 minimum wage for adults — more than twice the U.S. minimum wage. Meanwhile, their official unemployment rate is lower than ours: 6 percent compared to 6.6 percent in the U.S. — and that’s with a lousy $7.25 minimum wage.

Sound good? Try immigrating there. Australia has some of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world. Their approach to immigration is to admit only people who will be good for Australia. (Weird!) Applicants are evaluated on a point system that gives preference to youth, English proficiency, education and skill level.

Similarly, New Zealand will soon have an official minimum wage of $14.25 for adults. Even our Democrats aren’t proposing that! New Zealand’s minimum wage hit $10.10 — the Democrats’ current proposal for us — back in 2006. Their unemployment rate is also 6 percent — up from several years of 4 percent unemployment a few years ago.

Like Australia, New Zealand’s immigration laws are based on helping New Zealand, not on helping other countries get rid of their poor people, which is our policy.

Instead of training the citizenry to look at the government as our paternal benefactor, distributing minimum wage laws and unemployment benefits in important election years, why don’t Republicans put an end to the artificial glut of low-wage, low-skilled workers being imposed on the country by our immigration laws?

Republicans could guarantee a $14 minimum wage simply by closing the pipeline of more than 1 million poor immigrants coming in every year.

Businessmen will gripe, but maybe the GOP could explain to their Chamber of Commerce friends that they will help them by slashing oppressive regulations, reining in government bureaucracies, passing tort reform, etc. They will cut taxes and the welfare state will shrink, as Americans go to work.

But if the plutocrats insist on admitting another 30 million Democratic voters in order to get ever-cheaper labor, then, soon, Republicans won’t be in a position to help them at all.

Ann Coulter is author of the new book, Never Trust a Liberal Over Three – Especially a Republican (Regnery 2013).

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Marco Rubio Blasts Communism in a Way No U.S. Politician Has Since Reagan


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By / 26 February 2014

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After Democratic Senator Tom Harkin praised Cuba on several issues, Senator Marco Rubio gave what has been called by Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo as the “best oration of his career.” Its passion and candor about the despicable socialist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela should put those politicians who can actually praise the oppressive nations to shame. The best lines from Rubio’s stemwinder, which is worth every minute:

  • Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern a people. What they are really good at is repression.
  • He cited a poll, ‘More Americans want normal relations with Cuba.’ So do I — a democratic and free Cuba. But you want us to reach out and develop friendly relationships with a serial violator of human rights, who supports what’s going on in Venezuela and every other atrocity on the planet?

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Networks Refuse to Report Latest ObamaCare Fail: Two-Thirds of Small Business Employees to See Premiums Spike


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Thanks to ObamaCare, about two-thirds of Americans who work at small businesses will see a spike in their health insurance premiums. Reaction at ABC, CBS and NBC to this devastating news for employees across the nation? A big fat yawn.

 No one at the Big Three networks have reported on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Death and Taxesreport, issued on Friday, that anticipates 65 percent of small businesses will see their health insurance premiums rise. This isn’t what the President promised on the 2012 campaign trail:

“The other thing we’ve done is to say, what are the critical needs of small business? A lot of time, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure that you, as a sole proprietor, that you can get health insurance for you and your family.  So when you hear about the Affordable Care Act — ObamaCare — and I don’t mind the name because I really do care.  That’s why we passed it. You should know that once we have fully implemented, you’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you’re an employee at a big company you can get right now — which means your premiums will go down.” — President Barack Obama, campaign speech in Cincinnati, July 16, 2012

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Corbett Dooren broke down the CMS findings: “The report concluded that about 65% of small businesses, or plans covering 11 million people, would see an increase in insurance premiums under these so-called community-rating provisions of the health law. About 35% of employers would see a decrease for plans covering six million people. These employers aren’t required to pay a penalty under the federal health law if they don’t insure workers.” 

The CMS report is just the latest in a string of bad news for ObamaCare that the Big Three networks have either ignored or downplayed. ABC, CBS and NBC ignored a February 22 New York Times story that reported government jobs were also being hurt by ObamaCare. And the news of yet another delay in the employer mandate, and a devastating CBO report that claimed the Affordable Care Act would cost the equivalent of two million jobs were barely mentioned on the Big Three evening and morning shows.

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Freedom at Stake: Would You Vote If Your Liberty Depended On It?


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By / 25 February 2014

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There is no such thing as an American disinterested in liberty.  America is all about liberty. No other word is more closely associated with the idea of America as the word “liberty”.

The Liberty Bell is engraved with a passage taken from Leviticus 25:10:  “ . . . proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”

Every U.S. coin bears the word liberty, along with the words “In God We Trust,” and “E. Pluribus Unum.

The word liberty is found in The Pledge: “ . . . with liberty and justice, for all.”

It is foremost in our founding documents.

The Declaration of Independence boldly states:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Preamble to the Constitution:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Declaration states liberty is unalienable, a God-given right.  Flowing out of the Declaration, the Constitution was established to “secure the Blessings of Liberty.”  That same Constitution prescribes terms for representative government, voting rights, citizenship duties, the rule of law, and the consent of the governed.

The U.S. government is “of, by and for the people,” according to Abraham Lincoln, echoing original principles.  If the people do not control the government, the government will control the people.

Citizenship duty in America is a privilege and an honor and a duty, because preserving liberty is our aim.   Reading up on the issues and candidates of the day is a duty.

Voting every election is a duty, a sacred duty.

As believers we have a duty to be salt and light in all aspects of our lives.  We have a duty to speak the truth in love.  We have a duty to contend for righteousness in the public square, and we have a duty to protect and defend the sacred rights of others, especially the weak and the dispossessed.  We have a duty to protect and defend the liberty of everyone, even those who oppose us, even those who may even seek our political destruction.    Unless citizens hold politicians accountable by voting, liberty is lost.  Politicians given free reign tend to ignore the consent of the governed, trending toward tyranny.

A true American citizen is interested in preserving liberty, and understands that citizen participation is absolutely essential to its preservation.   For many decades in the community of faith, voter turnout has declined.  There are 58 million evangelicals in our country eligible to vote.  In the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, only 33 million actually voted.  In 2012 it was worse.  Only 30 million voted:  28 million stayed at home.

We have the power of the vote, and we have the right to use that power to preserve liberty “for ourselves and for our posterity.”   Asking people to vote does not seem like much to ask, especially when you consider that more than 2 million people made the ultimate sacrifice to give us that right.

Register and vote to honor their sacrifice.  Register and vote to protect liberty.  Register and vote to secure the blessings of liberty for our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.   Register and vote because it’s your sacred duty.

When Benjamin Franklin appeared in public at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, it is said a woman asked him, “What have you given us, a republic or a monarchy?”

Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

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About the author: Allan Erickson

Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Ten years ago he started his own training and recruitment company in the Pacific Northwest. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is also the author of “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom.
To contact him, email: allanlerickson@gmail.com

Video of the Day


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“And Away We Go”

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I’m betting not too many of you could keep up with this young lady.

And away we go

Today’s Political Cartoon


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Thoughts For the Day


These two short sentences tell you a lot about our government and our culture:

  1. We are advised to not judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL Gun Owners by the actions of a few lunatics.  Funny how that works.

  2. Another one worth considering: Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?

    1. What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

Profound isn’t it…Think about it…..Pass it on.

Why wasn’t this classified a “hate crime?”


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Written by Allen West on February 20, 2014

I am no longer amazed at the blatant double standard in America when it comes to black on white crimes. A case that should have been clearly labeled a “hate crime” has received national attention is being forgotten — because as usual, the liberal media gave it little coverage.

Punch

 

In September of 2012, white University of Minnesota student Colton Gleason was walking with friends in St. Cloud when a car pulled up, and Jesse Smithers got out and punched him. The single punch killed Gleason.

The 18-year-old Smithers was sentenced to 10 years in jail. He originally entered a plea of not guilty but changed it to second-degree murder. Appearing in court Thursday, Smithers apologized for what he called a “complete accident.”

But Colton’s mother, Julie, disputes this claim. “Somebody didn’t just run over and hit a car and provoke an attack,” Julie said. “This was an attack that was meant to happen.” Colton’s father, John, believes his son was the victim of a deadly “knockout game.”

Probably the most disturbing aspect of this case and sentencing is that since Smithers has been behind bars for the past 18 months due to his sentence, he will be eligible for release in five years.

Could Colton Gleason have been President Obama’s Son? Where was Eric Holder and the US Department of Justice? Do any of you recall the outrage from the media and the protests held for justice in Colton’s case?

I would not be surprised if my anger at the sentencing in this case will be ridiculed by faux black leaders such as Jackson, Sharpton, and the NAACP as just a “ventriloquist’s dummy” being the “mouthpiece” for white folks.

But there is no denying the blatant hypocrisy regarding “justice” that’s supposed to be blind and equally applicable. What lesson has Jesse Smithers and others learned from this case? Can anyone tell me what’s going on in the Delbert Belton murder case? Oh right, his murder is forgotten too.

To the Gleason family, please accept my humble condolences not only for the loss of Colton, but for the utter disrespect shown to you and your family. Our courts, the progressive media and the black liberal “leaders” may not deliver true justice, but ultimately God will.

10 Stories From The Cold, Hard Streets Of America That Will Break Your Heart


Depressed-Photo-by-Sander-van-der-Wel-300x300This article has been generously contributed by Michael Snyder. You can follow his regular writings, research and analysis at The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream. Read his recent book The Beginning of the End to get an idea of what America may look like in the very near future.

If the economy is really “getting better”, then why have millions upon millions of formerly middle class Americans been pushed to the point of utter despair?  The stories that you are about to read are absolutely heartbreaking.  I don’t know how anyone can read them without getting chills.  In America today, if you lose a good job, there is a good chance that you will get back on your feet before too long.  But there is also a good chance that you won’t be able to find a decent job and will plunge into the abyss of depression and desperation that so many millions of other Americans have fallen into.  As I wrote about earlier this month, the U.S. economy is definitely not getting any better.  For example, if you assume that the percentage of Americans that want to work is about at the long term average, then the official unemployment rate in the United States would be above 11 percent.  And compared to six years ago, 1,154,000 fewer Americans are working today even though our population has gotten significantly larger since then.  Behind all of these numbers are real flesh and blood people, and you are about to hear from some of them.  The following are 10 stories from the cold, hard streets of America that will break your heart…

#1 A 34-year-old man named Rocco

“While my wife goes to work, I’ve been staying at home to conserve fuel. I’ve been losing weight from eating less, so my family has more on their plates. It feels like the government and big business expect more and more while trying to give back as little as possible. Soon my internet connection will be shut off and since most companies don’t offer paper applications, how will I find work then? Walking around for miles a day, asking for an application that may or may not be available?”

#2 Homeless people wasting away in “Obamavilles” on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland…(See the pictures at the end of the article)

A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel.

On the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands, dozens of the city’s transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters.

You can see some incredible photos of how these homeless people are living right here.

#3 A 50-year-old woman in Pennsylvania named Karen

“My husband only makes 10 dollars an hour and drives 30 miles round trip, so it’s taking all we have just to keep the Jeep filled with gas. We stopped going to church and all to save gas. We are homebodies now, afraid to use what gas we have. We save two kids from getting put in foster care just to be hit like this. It’s just a constant trap they try to keep you from receiving any help! I’m so disgusted when my 12-year-old asks me why we don’t have snacks anymore, or why are we eating so much rice, etc.”

#4 The following is an excerpt from a comment that was recently left by one of my readers

“I live right at ground zero. South West Virginia and let me tell you things are bad and getting worse by the day. We don’t do drugs but have family members hooked on meth and or pills or both. Many of these pills are prescribed by local doctors either Suboxone to get you off the opiates, a total joke by the way and tons of Xanax why would anyone need 120 Xanax a month how can you even be expected to function. These pills get traded for cash sex and other items, same goes for the SNAP cards. We have family members going to jail repeatedly for the same crimes making meth, selling pills and stealing anything that’s not nailed down. People who are 30 years old look like they are 55 years old. The jobs here are awful walmat, gas stations, fast food etc. Most of our whole county is on the government dole.”

#5 A 55-year-old man from California named Randy Carpadus

“I was working as a firefighter for the state of California and was laid off in April 2012, right at the beginning of fire season. At my age, I’m not going to be picked up by another fire department. They want younger guys.

I’ve applied for everything from truck driver, to sales, to nonprofit work. I’ve sent out almost 400 resumes, and I’ve gotten nothing. I’ve done whatever I could to make ends meet.

Through some connections, I got a temp job as a truck driver in Napa Valley — a 3-hour commute from where I live. I lived in my car and worked during grape harvest.”

#6 In this tough economic environment, debt collectors are becoming even more aggressive.  Just check out the kind of harassment that one woman named Jennifer Posey has been put through…

“This is Jimmy Lee calling from CheckCare. Just letting you know we’re in full force,” he said. The man had a thick Southern accent that stretched the word “you” into a two-syllable accusation. “We’re going to have warrants out for your arrest in Columbus, Ga.,” the man threatened. “We know you have an apartment on the canal in Clearwater.”

It was when he mentioned her home in Florida that Posey began to feel anxious. “We’re hurting you,” he continued. “We’re hurting your family, your son’s family, your cousin’s family. Whatever we can do to get you to pay.”

Forty minutes later, her phone rang again. “What about that 12-, 13-year-old child you’re trying to raise?” the voice sneered.

#7 A 50-year-old woman from New York named Sharon Ritchie

“I am constantly told I am ‘overqualified.’ I’ve also been told to dumb down my resume, but I can’t just erase 30 years of experience.

You can only stand the word ‘no’ so many times. There are times that I cry at night wondering what happened, and at times I have thought about suicide.

But, I keep on going, hoping the cycle will break.”

#8 In response to my recent article about Appalachia, a reader named Rob shared the following…

“I am from rural south central KY (Brodhead, Rockcastle County) and I can tell you that most of the things described above are exactly how it is here. There are so many people on drugs it’s crazy. First it was the meth, which was more of a problem back in 2002-2007, then the pain pills really started becoming a huge problem, OxyContin and perc 30′s (roxicet) obtained from Florida and Georgia doctors. The pain pills are something that you can’t just walk away from after doing them for a while; they cause people to steal from family, sell everything they own, and/or prostitute themselves in order to avoid opiate withdrawal.”

#9 A 30-year-old man from California named Alejandro

“I need to provide for my son who is diagnosed with autism and my baby girl. I’ve sold a bunch of my belongings to try and put food on the table, to buy clothes for my kids, to pay rent and utilities and to put gas in my vehicle to go job hunting. Not having money for necessities takes a toll on my mind. Depression has kicked in. It really takes a toll on one’s self-esteem and confidence to move forward.I’ve applied to countless amounts of jobs, only to not even get a call back. I’ve gone from construction site to construction site, only to be told they are not hiring. Finally, I got at least a positive call back from a company telling me they will call me to work in a couple of weeks. I am crossing my fingers and praying. There are millions of people in my situation or even worse.”

#10 An excerpt from a heartbreaking letter that an unemployed woman named Paula Bray sent to Barack Obama…

Dear Mr. President,

I write to you today because I have nowhere else to turn. I lost my full time job in September 2012. I have only been able to find part-time employment — 16 hours each week at $12 per hour — but I don’t work that every week. For the month of December, my net pay was $365. My husband and I now live in an RV at a campground because of my job loss. Our monthly rent is $455 and that doesn’t include utilities. We were given this 27-ft. 1983 RV when I lost my job.

This is America today. We have no running water; we use a hose to fill jugs. We have no shower but the campground does. We have a toilet but it only works when the sewer line doesn’t freeze — if it freezes, we use the campground’s restrooms. At night, in my bed, when it’s cold out, my blanket can freeze to the wall of the RV. We don’t have a stove or an oven, just a microwave, so regular-food cooking is out. Recently we found a small toaster oven on sale so we can bake a little now because eating only microwaved food just wasn’t working for us. We don’t have a refrigerator, just an icebox (a block of ice cost about $1.89). It keeps things relatively cold. If it’s freezing outside, we just put things on the picnic table.

Sadly, this is just the beginning.

The economic despair that we are witnessing right now is just a taste of the horrible economic nightmare that is going to unfold in the United States during the coming years.

And already there are signs that things are starting to take another turn for the worse.  In recent months, we have seen a whole host of retail chains announce store closings.  In fact, one of my readers wrote to me the other day and told me about a home appliance chain known as “American TV” that is going out of business in the Midwest.  When these stores shut down, close to another 1000 Americans will soon be out of work

“While this is a sad moment it is also a proud moment. It’s a moment to be proud of our efforts and to be proud of what we have delivered to the community”, said Doug Reuhl, President and CEO of American since 1988. “Words cannot adequately express how grateful we are to our millions of loyal customers, and to the incredible, dedicated family of employees that we have been blessed with over our 60 years of business”. Advanced notice of the business closing has been given to the 989 employees affected in eleven locations. Employees will be compensated, with benefits, through the notification period, and the majority will continue employment through the closing process.

But if you listen to the mainstream media, you would think that happy days are here again for America.  Just check out some of the bizarre headlines that I have collected in recent weeks…

CNBC: “Stop whining! The US economy is in good shape

USA Today: “Economists: U.S. will see better growth in ’14

Newsday: “Why the economy isn’t doomed

Most Americans will buy into this propaganda and will never see the next major economic crisis coming until it is too late to do anything about it.

So what do you think about all of this?

Do you have a personal story to share?

Please feel free to add to the discussion by leaving a comment…

Baltimore’s people of the woods: Inside the hidden homeless camps made of milk crates, wooden doors and tarps on the outskirts of town

  • Photographer Ben Marcin’s series ‘The Camps’ captures makeshift settlements near railway lines, gas stations, Walmarts and bridges
  • He said many of Baltimore’s homeless feel safer in the woods than in shelters
  • While most homes are made from tarps, some more elaborate constructions use milk crates and wooden doors

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 10:48 EST, 21 February 2014  UPDATED: 10:48 EST, 21 February 2014

A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel.

On the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands, dozens of the city’s transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters.

Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, ‘The Camps’, documenting the struggle, loneliness and ingenuity of Maryland’s people of the woods.

The Camps: Snapper Ben Marcin has uncovered the illusive, hidden dwellings of Baltimore's homeless in his moving photographic series

The Camps: Snapper Ben Marcin has uncovered the illusive, hidden dwellings of Baltimore’s homeless in his moving photographic series.
Out of sight: Marcin searched for secluded territories, learning where camps were likely to spring up behind various railroad tracks, Wal-Marts and fast food areas

Out of sight: Marcin searched for secluded territories, learning where camps were likely to spring up behind various railroad tracks, Wal-Marts and fast food areas
Rough sleepers: Marcin said some of the homeless people he spoke to preferred to sleep under a bridge than in a shelter which they considered unsafe

Rough sleepers: Marcin said some of the homeless people he spoke to preferred to sleep under a bridge than in a shelter which they considered unsafe

Desolate: Marcin's photo series reveals the loneliness of many rough sleepers who chose to carve out their own lives using whatever materials they could get their hands on

Desolate: Marcin’s photo series reveals the loneliness of many rough sleepers who chose to carve out their own lives using whatever materials they could get their hands on.

Similar to his Last House Standing series which captured lonely rowhouses around the Mid-Atlantic, Marcin shot the shanties around Baltimore without their inhabitants to add to the ‘mystery’.

Marcin said he first stumbled upon the  homeless dwellings as he hiked through the woods bordering the city  during hunting season.

When he saw a ‘mini-fortress’ made of milk crates just yards from a major thoroughfare, Marcin began searching for other transients ‘living off the grid’.

Most were based near railroad tracks, Walmarts, gas stations, and liquor stores.

Representative: The incredibly diverse style of shelters reflect the personal struggles and needs of their owners

Representative: The incredibly diverse style of shelters reflect the personal struggles and needs of their owners.

Special touches: Despite living on the outskirts of town, shelter owners often tried to make their space homely with greeting mats and flower vases

Special touches: Despite living on the outskirts of town, shelter owners often tried to make their space homely with greeting mats and flower vases.
Inspiration: Marcin was inspired to track down the city's hidden dwellings after stumbling upon this makeshift home made up of stacked milk crates hidden in the bushes just yards from a major thoroughfare near downtown Baltimore

Inspiration: Marcin was inspired to track down the city’s hidden dwellings after stumbling upon this makeshift home made up of stacked milk crates hidden in the bushes just yards from a major thoroughfare near downtown Baltimore

While most of the camps Marcin came across used basic tarps or tents, several were quite elaborate such as this home built entirely of wooden doors

While most of the camps Marcin came across used basic tarps or tents, several were quite elaborate such as this home built entirely of wooden doors

‘I have always been interested in the unique places people live in,  particularly where there exists an element of defiance or desperation,  or both. In these situations, a house can often reflect the dilemma of  its owner. In the case of the hobo camps, this reflection is quite  pronounced for obvious reasons,’ he told The Atlantic Cities.

‘A sheet of plastic laid out over a clothesline may be the last stand for  somebody who has either been rejected by society or who has refused to  conform to whatever rules are being imposed on them.

‘Several camp people I talked to said they wouldn’t relocate into one of the  City’s shelters because they were afraid of being assaulted or having  belongings stolen.’

The road most traveled: Most of the settlements Marcin photographed were by waterways, railway tracks, Walmarts, gas stations and liquor stores

The road most traveled: Most of the settlements Marcin photographed were by waterways, railway tracks, Walmarts, gas stations and liquor stores.
Mystery: Marcin deliberately didn't photograph camp residents, instead focusing on how they lived, the mark they made and what they left behind

Mystery: Marcin deliberately didn’t photograph camp residents, instead focusing on how they lived, the mark they made and what they left behind

Slums: Marcin came across a number of makeshift settlements or groups of people living off the grid around Baltimore

Slums: Marcin came across a number of makeshift settlements or groups of people living off the grid around Baltimore.

Marcin said about year after finishing the project, he returned to the woods to find all the camps were gone.  One had burned to the ground, some had been bulldozed, while others  moved to different locations.

‘My guess is that these, too, will not be around for long,’ he said.

Other Ben Marcin photographic collections can be viewed at his website benmarcinphotos.com or at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Living off the grid: While some homes comprised a sheet over a branch, this settlement had a clothes line, barbecue and gym equipment

Living off the grid: While some homes comprised a sheet over a branch, this settlement had a clothes line, barbecue and gym equipment

Out of the way: Marcin captured each makeshift abode in full panorama view, showing their isolation and alienation

Out of the way: Marcin captured each makeshift abode in full panorama view, showing their isolation and alienation

Traveling light: The dwellings Marcin snapped have since been abandoned,  demolished or burned to the ground

Traveling light: The dwellings Marcin snapped have since been abandoned,  demolished or burned to the ground.

Homely: During his photographic odyssey, Marcin became increasingly fascinated at the effort that went into remaining hidden in plain sight and the creativity involved

Homely: During his photographic odyssey, Marcin became increasingly fascinated at the effort that went into remaining hidden in plain sight and the creativity involved.

Hidden away: Marcin said he found himself 'practically stepping into a number of homeless camps that were carefully hidden among strips of trees or bushes' near highways and shopping centers

Hidden away: Marcin said he found himself ‘practically stepping into a number of homeless camps that were carefully hidden among strips of trees or bushes’ near highways and shopping centers.

No options: While several residents told Marcin that living in a tent or sleeping on a mattress in the woods was a personal choice, it seemed to him that there was often no other choice

No options: While several residents told Marcin that living in a tent or sleeping on a mattress in the woods was a personal choice, it seemed to him that there was often no other choice.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years. Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream. If you want to know what things in America are going to look like in a few years read his new book The Beginning of the End.

UC Berkeley exposes elementary kids to giant penis, ‘pin-the-tail on the anus’ game


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Katherine Timpf  Reporter@kctimpf  on Feb 20, 2014  at 3:16 PM EDT
Events were part of UC-Berkeley’s celebration of National Condom Week.
  • Games included condom tossing, “pin-the-tail on the anus.”

A group of elementary and middle school students touring University of California – Berkeley last week were exposed to a man in a giant penis costume and school-sponsored sex games.

“All day long, little kids were prancing by the dental dam demonstrations, sex-themed games of chance, and the guy in the penis suit,” student Claire Chiara said in an interview with Campus Reform Thursday.

The children were led through the campus quad while Berkeley students were playing “pin-the-tail on the anus” and tossing condoms through holes on a poster board meant to represent vaginas and anuses.

There was also a man dressed as a giant penis handing out condoms, although he was not permitted to hand them to the children.

The events were not spontaneous but pre-planned as part of the school’s celebration of National Condom Week.

“Every day of the week, we have kids aged 6-18 touring our school, which is fantastic — but not during the National Condom Week,” Chiara said. “It was poor planning on the part of the Tang Center to put up the Sex Ed tent in front of Sproul Hall, as that is the most popular spot on campus for tour groups to stop.”

About the Author, Katherine Timpf

Katherine Timpf is a columnist at Campus Reform. Previously, Timpf worked as a reporter, web editor, and radio personality at The Washington Times. She was also an anchor for NASA’s alternative radio station, Third Rock Radio.

Timpf has appeared on national television news shows, including  America Live with Megyn Kelly and Fox and Friends, and her stories have been featured on several national news outlets, including the Drudge Report. She has been an op ed contributor to publications including the Orange County Register and Investor’s Business Daily.

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Public Schools Are Preparing America’s Children For Life In A Police State


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Our children are the future of America, and our public schools are systematically training them to become accustomed to living in a “Big Brother” police state.  All across the United States today, public schools have essentially become “prison grids” that are run by control freaks that are absolutely obsessed with micromanaging the lives of their students down to the smallest detail.  As you will read about below, students all over the country are now being monitored by RFID microchips, their lunches are being inspected on a daily basis by school administrators, and the social media accounts of students are being constantly monitored even when they are at home.  Of course these sorts of things do not happen everywhere just yet, but on the path that we are on it is just a matter of time.  At this point, many of our public schools very closely resemble “totalitarian dictatorships”, and so if the United States ever slips into totalitarianism the students of today will actually feel very comfortable under that political system.

I went to public schools all my life, so I have experience in this area.  Sadly, things have gone downhill quite a bit since those days.  For example, one thing that was unheard of back when I was in high school was “active shooter drills”.  They are being held in school districts all over the nation today, and they often involve the firing of blanks and the use of fake blood.  The following is from a recent NBC News about these drills…

In a cramped, carpeted amphitheater in the basement of Troy Buchanan High School, 69 students are waiting to die.

“You’ll know when it pops off,” says Robert Bowen, the school’s campus police officer. “If you get engaged with one of the shooters, you’ll know it.”

“When you get shot, you need to close your fingers and keep ‘em in,” adds Tammy Kozinski, the drama teacher. “When the bad guy and the police come through, they’ll step all over you, and who will be saying they’re sorry?”

“Nobody!” the students cry in unison.

This isn’t a bizarre, premeditated mass murder or some twisted sacrifice led by a student cult. These are the 20 minutes preceding an active shooter drill, the 13th one Missouri’s Lincoln County school district has staged in the past year.

You can read the rest of that article right here, and a YouTube video about these drills is posted below…

Active ShooterFortunately, the students participating in the active shooter drills in Missouri know in advance what is happening.

In other instances around the country, that is not the case.  In fact, sometimes teachers are not even told what is going to happen.  Just check out the following example from New Jersey

About 50 teachers at a New Jersey school experienced a terrifying moment when a shooting rampage turned out to be a drill, but the teachers didn’t know it.

It happened Aug. 28 at the Phillipsburg New Jersey Early Learning Center.

A man burst into the library and started shooting. But the gun didn’t have any bullets, just blanks.

Teachers took cover under child-sized tables, crying and trembling.

“People are crying. The girl next to me is trembling and shaking. You heard people crying. You heard other people praying. It was pretty dramatic,” one teacher said.

Could you imagine your own children being put through something so traumatic?

And of course “active shooter drills” are far from the only way that our public schools are being transformed into prison camps.  Just consider the following list…

-Public schools in some parts of the country are beginning to use RFID microchips to track school attendance. (Link)

-Some public schools are now systematically monitoring the social media accounts of their students. (Link)

-Listening devices are being installed in classrooms all over the nation. (Link)

-Bureaucratic control freaks are checking student lunches at many schools to ensure that they are “balanced”. (Link)

-Students are being suspended from school for simply making gun gestures with their hands. (Link)

-Some public schools do not even allow parents to walk their own children to class. (Link)

This next set of examples comes from one of my previous articles

A few years ago, a class of 3rd grade students at one Kentucky elementary school were searched by a group of teachers after 5 dollars went missing.  During the search the students were actually required to remove their shoes and their socks.

At one public school in the Chicago area, children have been banned from bringing their lunches from home.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Students at that particular school are absolutely prohibited from bringing lunches from home.  Instead, it is mandatory that they eat the food that the school cafeteria serves.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending huge amounts of money to install surveillance cameras in the cafeterias of public schools so that government control freaks can closely monitor what our children are eating.

It is not just high school kids that are being ticketed by police.  In Texas the crackdown extends all the way down to elementary school students.  In fact, it has been reported that Texas police gave “1,000 tickets” to elementary school kids over a recent six year period.

A 17 year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father’s lunch with her to school.  It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples.  So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this?  The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.

A 6 year old girl in Florida was handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

In early 2010, a 12 year old girl in New York was arrested by police and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk. “I love my friends Abby and Faith” was what she reportedly wrote on her desk.

There are actually some public schools in the United States that are so paranoid that they have actually installed cameras in student bathrooms.

-Down in Florida, students have actually been arrested by police for bringing a plastic butter knife to school, for throwing an eraser, and for drawing a picture of a gun.

-The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that it will begin using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents and will place “potential offenders” in specific prevention and education programs.

-A group of high school students made national headlines a while back when they revealed that they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

In some U.S. schools, armed cops accompanied by police dogs actually conduct surprise raids with their guns drawn.  In this video, you can actually see police officers aiming their guns at school children as the students are lined up facing the wall.

Back in 2009, one 8 year old boy in Massachusetts was sent home from school and was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation because he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.

Are you starting to get the picture?

Our public schools are systematically training our children for life in a police state, and hardly anyone is complaining about it.

We are heading down a very dangerous road, and at the end of that road we would end up like other totalitarian regimes such as North Korea.

If you think that you would like to live in a truly totalitarian regime, just consider what a new UN report that was just released says is going on in North Korea right now…

The commission documents crimes against humanity, including “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.”

So why don’t the people of North Korea rebel?

Well, one prison camp survivor that escaped said that “we became so used to it that we didn’t feel anything”

One witness, a survivor of a North Korean prison camp, told the commission of seeing a guard beat a nearly starving woman who had recently given birth, then force the woman to drown her baby.

Others told of being imprisoned for watching soap operas, trying to find food for their families, traveling without permission or having family members considered suspect by the government.

“Because we saw so many people die, we became so used to it,” one prison camp survivor told the commission. “I’m sorry to say that we became so used to it that we didn’t feel anything.”

Perhaps you think that such a thing could never happen in America, but the truth is that we are also becoming very accustomed to the emerging Big Brother control grid which is being constructed all around us.

And the youth of today are sadly ignorant of what this nation is supposed to look like.  In fact, activist Mark Dice discovers that many students at one college in California cannot even name any of the Bill of Rights when they are asked to do so.

So is there any hope for the next generation of Americans?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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About Michael Snyder

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years. Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of  The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael and his wife, Meranda, believe that a great awakening is coming and are working hard to help bring renewal to America.  Michael is also the author of the book The Beginning Of The End

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DHS Denies Muslim Terrorists Crossing US Mexican Border – Local Reporter Finds Evidence to the Contrary


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A local news station found Border Patrol documents that indicated that thousands of OTMs — “Other Than Mexicans” — have been caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S., including some known terrorists.

I wrote an article for The Washington Times about this back in 2010. I warned of the influx of OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) over the Mexican border.

With fresh evidence of Hezbollah activity just south of the border, and numerous reports of Muslims from various countries posing as Mexicans and crossing into the United States from Mexico, our porous southern border is a national security nightmare waiting to happen.

Whenever Arizona law enforcement officials contact Homeland Security about a suspected OTM (Other Than Mexican) they have detained, federal authorities swoop down, cart off the illegal entrant, and tell local officials nothing more about the case. OTMs have utilized sophisticated human smuggling networks to enter the United States from as many as 157 countries around the world – including IranPakistanIraqAfghanistanMorocco and Egypt.

All this is happening against the backdrop of President Obama’s refusal to admit that the global jihad even exists. John Brennan, Obama’s CIA Director, even denies that jihad is a motive for jihadists.

Unpoliced borders. Friendships with and outreach to tyrants and autocrats.

What needs to happen people for appropriate action to be taken? Here’s the latest:

“After DHS Denial, Local Reporter Finds Evidence Terrorists Crossed the Border,” Top Right News, February 23, 2014

As we reported last week, a local news station found Border Patrol documents that indicated that thousands  of OTMs — “Other Than Mexicans” — have been caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S., including some known terrorists.

But since that report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has DENIED that there is any “credible evidence” that any terrorists have crossed over.

So the reporter took another look — and the evidence he found is even worse than originally revealed.

He found that 300 terrorists from the Somali Al Qaeda group Al-Shabaab — the group behind the terror attack at the Kenyan shopping mall last September – have entered the U.S. and are unaccounted for.

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About Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of Atlas Shrugs.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), (Simon & Schuster).  Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, and other publications.

Is Pope Francis Laying Groundwork for a One World Religion?


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Is Pope Francis taking steps that are laying the groundwork for the emergence of a one world religion?  If that question sounds quite bizarre to you, I urge you to read the rest of this article.  We live at a time when globalization is advancing rapidly.  The global economy is more integrated than it has ever been before, and with each passing year new economic treaties tie us even more closely together.  And “global governance” (as the elite like to call it) is also steadily gaining ground.  Through a whole host of global institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements, global governments are working together to a degree that is unprecedented.  Well, what about religion?  Is there evidence that we are also witnessing the globalization of religion?  Well, yes there is.  In fact, it appears that Pope Francis intends to lead the way.

Since he has been Pope, Francis has expressed a desire for unity with the Eastern Orthodox, the Anglicans, and many other major Protestant denominations.  But more than a few eyebrows were raised when he recently sent a video message to Kenneth Copeland and his congregation.  At the time that the video message was played to the congregation, one speaker declared that “Luther’s protest is over”

“The Catholic and Charismatic Renewal is the hope of the Church,” exclaims Anglican Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer, before a group of cheering followers at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.   Palmer said those words are from the Vatican. Before playing the video message from Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland, Palmer told the crowd,  “When my wife saw that she could be Catholic, and Charismatic, and Evangelical, and Pentecostal, and it was absolutely accepted in the Catholic Church, she said that she would like to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture. So she did.”

The crowd cheered, as he continued, “Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is over. Is yours?”

Even Kenneth Copeland finds this development incredible: Said Copeland, “Heaven is thrilled over this…You know what is so thrilling to me? When we went into the ministry 47 years ago, this was impossible.”

You can see video from this conference right here.

So is Luther’s protest really over?

During the Council of Trent, the Catholics condemned to hell anyone that believes in salvation through faith in Jesus alone.  This is a direct quote from the Council of Trent…

“If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema

The Catholics have never renounced that stand.  Instead, it has been reaffirmed many times over the years.

If Pope Francis really did want to reach out to Protestants, he should start by reversing the Council of Trent on this.  As it stands, it is official Catholic doctrine that all Protestants are anathema.

But apparently that is not going to stop many Protestants from reuniting with Rome and declaring Francis to be “their Pope”.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has also been aggressively courting Muslims.  The following quote from Pope Francis comes from remarks that he made during his very first ecumenical meeting

I then greet and cordially thank you all, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; first of all the Muslims, who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer, and all of you. I really appreciate your presence: in it I see a tangible sign of the will to grow in mutual esteem and cooperation for the common good of humanity.

The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – I wish to repeat this: promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – it also attests the valuable work that the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue performs.

Did you catch that?

Apparently Pope Francis believes that Catholics and Muslims worship the same God.

More recently, Francis made the following statement about Muslims…

“We must never forget that they ‘profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day.’”

Wow.

By making this statement, Pope Francis is rejecting another of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

You see, Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God.

Muslims hate this doctrine and say that there is no god but Allah.

So how in the world can Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

The only way that you could say this is if you deny the deity of Jesus Christ.

For much more on why “Allah” and the God of Christianity are not the same, please see this article.

Of course when it comes to other religions, Francis is not just reaching out to the Muslims.  During the same ecumenical meeting that I referenced above, he made it a point to say that he feels “close” to those that belong “to any religious tradition”…

In this, we feel close even to all those men and women who, whilst not recognizing themselves belonging to any religious tradition, feel themselves nevertheless to be in search of truth, goodness and beauty, this truth, goodness and beauty of God, and who are our precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in building a peaceful coexistence among peoples and in guarding Creation carefully.

And Francis really raised some eyebrows when he made the following statement about atheists

“The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can… The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!.. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

There was a lot of debate about what Francis meant by that, and the Vatican issued a statement declaring that Catholic doctrine on these matters had not changed, but without a doubt a lot of people were troubled by this.

In addition, a lot of people were really troubled when the Vatican offered “indulgences” to those that would follow Pope Francis on Twitter.  The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Telegraph

Salvation – or at least a shorter stay in Purgatory – might now be only a tweet away with news that Pope Francis is to offer “indulgences” – remissions for temporary punishment – to the faithful who follow him on the social media site.

Around 1.5 million are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day with the Argentine pontiff later this month. But for those who can’t make it to Brazil,  forgiveness may be available to contrite sinners who follow Francis’s progress via their TV screen or social networks.

The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court that rules on the forgiveness of sins, has said that indulgences may be given to those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.

So what does Pope Francis actually believe?

That is a very good question.

His beliefs do not appear to be very consistent at all.  He just seems to have an overwhelming desire to “unite” with everyone out there that has any kind of religious faith.

But we do know one kind of people that he does not like.  He does not like “ideological Christians” that take their faith very seriously

“In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

So what is going to come of all this?

It will be very interesting to watch.

It is also interesting to note that there is a 900-year-old prophecy that seems to indicate that Pope Francis could be the last Pope.  If that prophecy is accurate, then we could very well be living at a time when we will see the emergence of a one world religion.

Just a few short decades ago, a one world religion would have been absolutely unthinkable.

But now the pieces are starting to come together, and it will be very interesting to see what happens next.

My new thriller about the future of America:  The Beginning Of The End

About Michael Snyder

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years. Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of  The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael and his wife, Meranda, believe that a great awakening is coming and are working hard to help bring renewal to America.  Michael is also the author of the book The Beginning Of The End

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Rick Santelli: Tea Party Are Those Who ‘Carry the Water’


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by Tony Lee  23 Feb 2014

 

Five years after his “rant heard around the world” spawned what is now known as the Tea Party movement, CNBC’s Rick Santelli appeared on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 and said the energy from 2009 has created a powerful political movement that has already achieved many tangible results while changing the political landscape.

Speaking to host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Santelli said the Tea Party movement is a big-tent movement that attracts Americans from all walks of life. He said what is appealing about the movement to him is its emphasis on fiscal responsibility. The size, scope, and reach of government is becoming a bigger political issue and platform, and that, he said, is where the Tea Party will have its most lasting impact.

Unlike the Occupy Movement that fizzled, Santelli argued that the Tea Party has “morphed.” Even though the movement does not have a convention to elect an official leader or spokesperson, the “energy from ’09 has been put to work in a way that has been tangible.”

Calling his impassioned rant the “neatest five minutes” of his career, Santelli said the speech’s legacy was “a bit surprising to me.” He said the country was going through many massive “emotional upheavals” at the time, starting with the financial crisis that he believes started when the government tried to interject itself into the housing market.

He said he was merely venting about issues “that were burning through the country.” He was surprised that the Tea Party movement, composed of those who had been especially frustrated with George W. Bush’s big-government programs and inspired by Sarah Palin in 2008, formed at the grassroots level and then exploded.

He said “mothers and grandmothers worried about the kids and grandkids” started some of the original meetings which turned into what Santelli said was a “conservative fiscal movement that is the cornerstone of the country.”

“We still have it in our DNA to express our will… and the notion that government works for us is forever enshrined and followed through as it’s denoted in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence,” Santelli said, saying he was very proud that his words galvanized Americans.

After Bannon said that Santelli doesn’t come across as someone who is a typical trader or a professor and connects with working people, Santelli said that he was a “very passionate individual,” and “there is never a doubt about whether someone is telling you what’s in their heart or not.”

“I was fed up, and maybe at that point in time I had the same thoughts of many in the country,” Santelli said.

He said he was inspired by hosts on CNBC like Carl Quintanilla who at the time were discussing how the financial crisis and the bailouts were impacting workers on the floor who were trying to pay their bills. Santelli said he believed his words “struck a chord” with Americans because “the way the words were put together” was “not the most politically correct.”

“When things come from the heart sometimes they are a little rough around the edges,” Santelli said. He said he had strong emotions about the bailouts, and that was a moment in which he shared his unfiltered views with many in the country instead of just with friends and family.

During his rant, Santelli spoke about “those that carry the water versus those that drink the water.” Though he admitted that he had no idea where those words came from – because “my brain and my mouth get on automatic pilot” – he really loves that expression now, especially because those who receive excessive government benefits and favors at the top and the bottom squeeze out the middle class.

Santelli said that America is such a compassionate country, filled with so many charitable people, before noting that there is a difference between being charitable and living the right way and having a government that “superimposes what it believes are parameters of charity and priorities of tax collection.”

He blasted Obamacare for giving Americans less incentive to work, which Santelli said goes against what the country has always been about. He passionately noted that “the reasons we’ve done so much in such a short period in history and are the envy of the world… is because we have that work ethic.”

Five years after his “rant heard around the world,” Santelli said too many elected officials still want to “take care of people from cradle to grave by using bureaucratic responses,” and he emphasized that that approach “is not working in Europe.”

Santelli said that the best way to help “the poor or the underprivileged or the handicapped” is through free markets that create surpluses of capital “that can be put to use,” and “a government that can spend what it takes in and prioritizes” the programs on which tax dollars are spent.

“Free markets and capitalism take care of people,” Santelli said. “It isn’t perfect all the time… but the hiccups [mostly occur] when government tries to mold it in different ways.”

Santelli blasted the permanent political class for using emergencies to ram through bailouts by circumventing all of the rules that have defined society because “it is more expedient.” He also slammed politicians who want to raise taxes and collect more fees by promising to spend it on education and roads, saying with all the money that is spent on “education and roads,” Americans should have “super smart kids and be driving on the best roads in the world.”

Unfortunately, Santelli said, politicians spend more on focus groups and buzz words than actual thoughts about the Constitution. He pointed out how Democrats have monopolized politics in places like California and Detroit that have been failing, but politicians continue to throw more money at the same problems, cover up failures, and paper over them like “wallpaper over termites.”

“You can’t try to do everything for everybody because you end up doing nothing for anybody,” Santelli said.

He also dismissed critics that say the Tea Party is not a powerful force because it represents about a third of the population.

“A third of the population in five years gives me goosebumps,” he said. “There is something going on in this country.”

He said the voices for fiscal conservatism are growing and the Tea Party movement can bring about an America “that we kind of long for, that all of a sudden that has all of this change, much of it outside of the rules that had guided us so well.”

He urged people to always “kick the tires” on the politicians and the policies they sell, and emphatically noted that politicians should always know that the “people put them there and the people can take them away.”

As Breitbart News has reported, Tea Party leaders will hold a massive conference in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the movement. Those like Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy organized the original conference call after Santelli’s speech that formed the modern Tea Party movement and led to the creation of groups like the Tea Party Patriots, which will sponsor the conference. Mark Levin will keynote the conference on February 27 while Sean Hannity will deliver a capstone speech. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), two of the most beloved politicians among Tea Party conservatives, will also speak at the event.

PLEASE WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO;

Rick

Barack Obama’s New America


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By / 24 February 2014

We have watched numerous changes take place in this country in the last 30 years – probably some of the most significant cultural, economic, and constitutional transformations this nation has ever seen. In the process we have witnessed the world respect for America diminish enormously, and our respect for the laws and the standards created by our forefathers simply disappear in smoke.

Our president no longer concerns himself with trivial things like constitutions, and Congress is no longer two influential political elements working together for a better America, but a rather two diametrically opposed groups constantly at each other’s throats, with decisions not being based on the well being of this country but with a bitter, converse tenacity that reflects the balance of power – a well-dressed catfight rooted in vicious vendettas and disgusting brownnosing. Dignity and honor have long been shoved aside in the headlong race for ascendency.

Incredibly, 50 percent of our population doesn’t care about any of this, as long as the check’s still in the mail.  Even more incredible is the fact that this is exactly the plan of our present administration – to create a constituency so dependent on government that they will never vote out of the box they have built for themselves, and our president’s buddies in the Senate have given up concern about damage to the nation and The Constitution, as long as they get to stay in power.

We have gone from a rural society to an urban society, and like any other type of creature that you crowd together, we have become easily angered, more inclined to violence, and less sympathetic to our fellow man. From the outside we may appear to offer more concern for human rights and individual dignity – but it’s a façade narrowly devised and designed to assist specific groups, not to enhance the general dignity of man. If you’re transgendered, or a racial or religious minority (or a combination thereof) you’re often given priority, from jobs and education, to government subsidies, but the rest of us have to pay for tuitions, scratch for jobs, and live carefully between the confines of this new political correctness. It’s not for us to reason why…

We’re so mired in the dogma of equality we’ve forgotten what it actually means. In America we have to get past the concept that, in order to treat some people equally, we must treat them differently – equal is just what it means, anything beyond that takes us right back to someone being more special than someone else.  Real equality is much like utopia – it sounds great, and looks good on paper, but given human nature, it’s an immensely difficult proposition. Ultimately, one group eventually gets tired of giving what they have to others, or the others get tired of not getting as much as they think they should have, and Democracy takes a nose dive. That’s why no true democracy has lasted more than a few hundred years, and I’m terrified we are reaching the end of its reign in America.

iphone-babyEven more frightening is this new generation to whom we are leaving this country – buried in ipods, cell phones, and MP3s, and gathering all their decision-making information from Facebook and Twitter, they’ve practically forgotten what it’s like to actually read a book or a newspaper. Fanatically fascinated by flesh-eating zombies and blood-sucking vampires, and immersed in the worship of witless sports stars, half of them couldn’t tell you who the current vice president is. Lost to the “everyone gets a trophy” concept of competition, and the “no none is really bad, they just had unpleasant childhoods and are misunderstood” intellection of crime and punishment, these Pollyanna idiots are continually filling our streets with people unprepared for the real world, and packing our prisons with people who should have been strapped to a table, given a shot in the arm and allowed to count backwards from ten – and these are the folks who will be making the decisions for the next generation. God help us…

Now, some of you will read this and say the rhetoric is way too harsh, that every generation has had its shortcomings. But this is a harsh world now, and it’s becoming more so all the time, whether you like it or not. While “survival of the fittest” may now have new intellectual connotations, it is no less true. America had better soon decide which is more important, political correctness or survival, because the wolves are at the gates.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Reisig

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 Michael Reisig has been writing professionally for 15 years. He is an award-winning newspaper columnist and a best-selling novelist. Be sure to check out his latest best-seller, “The Hawks of Kamalon” —   A small squadron of British and American aircraft depart at dawn on a top secret, long-range strike into the heart of Germany, but as they cross the English Channel, the squadron vanishes…. 

You’re about to be introduced to a band of reluctant heroes: a motley group of brawlers, rovers, and pretenders — British and American fighter pilots — champions, one and all, for a very distant people. Are you a fan of Jack Higgins or Robert Heinlen?  If the answer is yes, you’re in for galloping, interplanetary ride with “The Hawks of Kamalon!” You can see more of Michael’s work and a short biography at Amazon.com.

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Senator Tim Scott is No Dummy


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By / 24 February 2014

William Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP, says that the right wing uses dummies like conservative Tim Scott, “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy.”

But who is the real dummy here?  It is Barber who defends the Democrat liberal policies that have kept the blacks from achieving more, have tied them to a nanny state and left them committing black on black crimes in places like Chicago.

Furthermore, Barber, insulting the memory of Dr. King who believed that character is more important than color, continues to egg his people on to support Obama despite the damage he has done to his own people.

timscottDoes Barber think that he is smart when under Obama less blacks are employed and they are making less money.  With leaders like Barber the NAACP should be giving themselves pay cuts and exacerbating racial divisions.

Tim Scott is not a dummy.  He is the voice of reason talking out against the NAACP who hurt their own people physically and financially while playing groupies to their failed rock star, Obama. 

Scott has the courage to go against political correctness and improve the lives of his people while the Barbers of the world tear them down.

The liberals must be laughing in their town halls while they suck the Blacks into supporting them, stealing their votes and getting themselves praised for their disservice.

The Democrats are the racist ventriloquists. The Blacks are repeating their surrender to the voice of fake humanism. They are manipulated like dummies on strings with liberal eyes and dishonest souls, dancing like marionettes to the tune of the Democratic Party.

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 David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature.  He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on Amazon.com.  He was a professional boxer and a CEO.  Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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Talk radio still powerhouse of conservative ideas


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‘Have you ever listened to a liberal talk show? Whine and whine and whine’

Published: 2 days ago

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Gina Loudon, Ph.D., is host of “The Dr. Gina Show” and a national speaker, analyst and author. She has appeared or been cited by the BBC, ABC, Vanity Fair, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, CNN, New York Times, Time magazine, Fox News, Fox Business, The Hill, “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and many others. Loudon is credited as one of the “100 founding members” of the tea-party movement, founder of Arizona BUYcott and originator of the field of policology – the nexus of politics and psychology. She is the co-author of “Ladies and Gentlemen: Why the Survival of Our Republic Depends on the Revival of Honor.” Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

When talk radio king Rush Limbaugh commented on Sandra Fluke’s desire to have free birth control, many thought the days were numbered for the conservative icon, and his medium, talk radio.

When Phil Robertson made his comments about sexual orientation and faith, many thought his days in television were over.

But Limbaugh remains the king of the hill in talk radio, and Robertson’s back on the screen, freely dispensing his advice on life and liberty.

James Hirsen, a media and legal analyst, reports hit shows with a conservative message, like Robertson’s “Duck Dynasty,” are destroying their competition.

For example, Fox News, the most conservative of the majors, recently was reported as having almost double the viewers of its liberal sisters, CNN and MSNBC, combined.

On the other side, the news isn’t quite the same.

The New York Daily News recently published the headline “What killed the liberal radio star?” and said, “When WWRL 1600 AM flips its format from progressive talk to Spanish-language music and talk, New York will have no left-leaning commercial talk station(s) for the first time in decades – an ironic development just as an unabashedly liberal mayor and city council are set to take office.”

Daily News columnist Errol Louis noted that in Los Angeles, “The last remaining all-liberal talk station, KTLK, will do an about-face and start airing only conservative talkers…” and said KNEW in San Francisco is moving the same direction. In Portland, Ore., and Seattle, progressive stations switched to sports formats.

So why is talk radio with one perspective a hit, and with another perspective a flop?

The Huffington Post blames the relationship between conservatives and Wall Street for the failure of liberal/progressive talk radio, quoting LGBT host of “Out and About” John Campanario, who said, “The antics of people like [right-wing talk show hosts] Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have put advertisers off talk radio, across the spectrum. This is happening nationally.”

But Joe Cunningham at RedState suggests it’s not all that complicated.

“Have you ever listened to a damn liberal talk show? Whine and whine and whine and moan and grumble. For hours on end. No one at all seems to be looking at these guys and saying ‘Uh … this is a business built on entertainment.’ They whine about how unfair the world is, and then they scream into their microphones ‘ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!’ even though Ed Schultz is nowhere near in shape enough to fight in the Coliseum.”

He suggested that those shows that have what people want to listen to – are successful.

Talk radio consultant Holland Cooke told WND that it is a programming failure.

“Air America,” he cited as an example, “struck me as doomed all-along. Various financial backers seemed more about message than media.”

He cited Limbaugh’s unabashed commitment to “attract as many ears to as many commercials as possible” as evidence that those on the left might be less concerned with profit, and might have been more “eager to set the record straight.”

Cooke noted the importance of the entertainment element of radio, however crass he thinks that is. “It’s a show! Air America didn’t have that same P.T. Barnum mojo.”

Cooke also noted technical and capital limitations.

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“Most (progressive) affiliate stations were weak signals, high-band directional AM stations with footprints less-tenable than bigger signal Limbaugh/Hannity stations,” he said. “Ownership agenda was also evident. 1996 deregulation run amok resulted in consolidation by big publicly traded owners whose interests were more in tune with radio righties’ narrative.”

He says that when Texas Gov. George W. Bush announced for president, he received a FedEx from the CEO of the Texas-based owner of a client station elsewhere. Inside of that package, Cooke says, was an envelope and a letter inviting him, (and other vendors) to contribute $1,000 to the Bush campaign.

“Ownership has its privileges,” says Cooke.

Phil Boyce, vice president of spoken word format for Salem Communications, said the issue strikes him as even simpler.

Owners, no matter who they are, like to make money, he said.

“If their station is not doing so, they will move on to the next hot format that might,” Boyce told WND. “Unfortunately, making money in today’s economy has become even more difficult, and I believe some of these stations failed because the people running them did not believe in the format or the power of their own audience. If they did, they would not have pulled the plug.”

Boyce admits that talk radio learned some tough lessons from the “great Rush advertiser boycott.”

He says they knew that the funding behind the boycott was substantial, and they knew that if the boycott were successful, the whole format of talk radio would have been in jeopardy.

But Boyce doesn’t buy the leftist indignation over the Fluke incident. He believes that if the whole talk format went down with Rush Limbaugh, that would have suited the anti-talk people just fine.

“It was not really about his Fluke comments, it was about silencing voices on the right with whom they disagreed,” he said.

Boyce contends that the boycott is a product of the social media age.

“You can launch a protest in a matter of minutes and start pummeling some company’s email address with threats of fleeing customers.”

But he says his company learned something very valuable, and that others are waking up to the reality that he sees: “The truth was, they (boycotters) weren’t customers.”

He says Salem Radio learned that there were many more un-boycottable advertisers out there who do not care about getting a slew of angry emails because they know they are moving product and the protesters were never customers.

He says that advertisers have become more sophisticated, rather than reactionary to such boycotts. Now they have databases to cross check if protesters are actually customers, or just loud, letter writing small groups of activists who don’t really affect their bottom line.

He notes that Rush, Hannity, Levin, and countless others had “banner years in 2013″ following the boycott over the Fluke/Limbaugh incident.

Does this mean that the political wind that gave America arguably the most left-leaning administration in history is changing direction?

Michael Harrison is the publisher of Talkers Magazine, an online industry publication for all formats of talk radio.

He says the reasons for the disparity of success between conservative and liberal talk radio in the modern era are “many and complex.”

Harrison says the problems come down to the structure of big-time broadcasting and advertising industries, and he doesn’t believe that they are a reflection of the political disposition of the population at large.

“Perhaps if progressive hosts focused on creating radio that is targeted to super-serving the poor, the disenfranchised, the disadvantaged and the displaced and actually helped them instead of targeting the same audience (or choir) served by conservatives and attacking their sensibilities (and media), they would build a significant audience of their own,” he said.

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But he doesn’t know if that would “sell to Madison Avenue” since they operate, Harrison contends, “under the misguided premise that we are a totally prosperous nation whose teenage children should be given brand new luxury cars for Christmas and high school graduation.”

Some of those conservative talk show hosts feel differently.

“Look, this is why liberals hate capitalism,” said Joe Messina, host of The Real Side, a conservative radio show. “It’s too much of a fair playing field for them. In capitalism, you have to have a good product for success. You have to work hard and keep it fresh and truthful. In liberal radio, you just spew what Comrade Obama and the Democrat Party tell you to say, and it gets stale.”

Messina told WND that just won’t fly with audience members, because they are sophisticated consumers who need to find value in the programming they choose, because there are so many options these days.

David Spady, director of government affairs for Salem Communications, told WND that it comes down to competition, and content.

“Like any business, commercial radio stations must be profitable or go out of business. Liberal radio shows clearly don’t have the commercial appeal of a conservative radio show. It’s the format’s fault. Talk radio is about exploring ideas, challenging ideas, and defending ideas. Liberals prefer to feel something about ideas and are not interested in having those feelings challenged or debated.”

Spady says that the only liberal shows that have had any commercial appeal with an audience are those that relied on humor. He cites Air America’s flagship program, The Al Franken Show. He says its brief success was because “Franken’s humor allowed the audience to feel something.”

He contrasts the basic personality of conservatism vs. liberalism. Conservatives like to debate ideas, but liberals, he says, are more drawn to emotions and feelings.

“When liberals scan the radio dial they are much more likely to stop on a station that makes them feel something than a station engaged in debate about ideas.”

Even the Daily News admitted there was truth in the emphasis on the business side.

“The biggest pressures squeezing liberal talk radio are commercial ones,” the report said. “Deregulation of the airwaves allowed conglomerates like Clear Channel to borrow billions from Wall Street and begin buying up stations by the hundreds. Saddled with debt, Clear Channel has ruthlessly standardized its 840 stations and squeezed each for maximum profit. That meant eliminating progressive talk from its stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland.”

The report said the most likely culprit is “the hard economics of persuading businesses to advertise on local radio.”

And the report noted that the need for commercial liberal influences in talk radio is being undermined by National Public Radio, which now offers “a liberal take on the news.”

Wrote RedState, “Liberals are entertaining in Hollywood. Not so much behind their microphones or news desks.”

More Evidence of the Growing “Police State”


Cop Car Slams Into Man’s Parked Car; Man Jailed for “Damaging City Property”

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Some guy in New York named Robert Jackson was parked legally on the side of a one-way street outside his apartment. A cop car comes, going the wrong way on the one-way street, and he hits the guy’s SUV. Actually, it was his girlfriend’s SUV, and he was in the passenger seat waiting for his girlfriend.

Jackson gets out of his car and confronts the cop who hit his girlfriend’s car. Obviously, he wants to know how the police are going to reimburse his girlfriend for the damages they caused. The cops tell him that he was the one that hit them. And the cops arrest Jackson for “damaging city property,” “disorderly conduct,” and “resisting arrest.”

To try to cover their tracks even more, the police made sure there weren’t any surveillance cameras watching. When they thought they were covered, they went ahead with the arrest.

But there was one surveillance camera mounted on one of Jackson’s neighbor’s house that I guess they didn’t spot, and the video from it corroborates Jackson’s story. If it hadn’t been for that one surveillance camera, the police would have gotten away with it.

They eventually dropped the charges, but the cops weren’t going to let him off that easy. Apparently, Jackson had a suspended license, and so they officially charged him with “unlawful operation of a motor vehicle.” They’re grasping at straws though. If you remember at the beginning of the story, he wasn’t operating the vehicle. It was his girlfriend’s SUV. And he was in the passenger seat. That’s the best they could’ve done, and they can’t even get him on that. With good reason, Jackson’s filed a criminal complaint against the city police department and against the two cops who arrested him.

It’s painfully obvious that the police just didn’t want to have to report to their superiors that they were driving the wrong way on a one-way street and as a result, hit some guy’s car. I agree, that would have been pretty embarrassing to report and then have to pay for the damages. But I think what they’re doing now in trying to cover up the entire thing is turning out to be a lot more humiliating.

The Root of Oppression in Venezuela


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February 24. 2014,

Many of you may have already seen this brief video that went viral. If you have not, watch it.

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The title is unpromising. That won’t catch on, you think. But the short film What’s Going On in Venezuela in a Nutshell, posted to YouTube last Friday, has had more than 1.3m views – and brought the plight of student protesters in Venezuela to international notice.(1)

The number of views is now over 2.5 million. The creator of the video, Andreina Nash, is a student at the University of Florida here in my hometown. She learned how to use Adobe Premier Pro in one day and the next day she skipped all of her classes and made the video. It went viral.(2)

A video like this one presents a great opportunity to discuss and better understand the dynamics surrounding any number of similar political and social crises commonly found in news media these days. There could be extended commentary on Venezuela’s history, the late President Chavez, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or a myriad of facets of the country’s past and present crisis. My comments will be limited and focused on a more fundamental issue. Nash states near the beginning of her video:

“Millions of young students took matters into their own hands by passively protesting the social and economic crisis caused by the illegitimate government Venezuela has today.”

Venz filmSurely the oppressive government is a central issue. But we must ask ourselves – from where did the oppressive, “illegitimate” government originate?

Anyone who witnesses a video like this, or any number of news stories across our own country, must at some point in his mind think slavery. There may be a difference in degree in any given nation, but slavery and oppression are a reality across the globe. So then, we need to view “what’s going on in Venezuela” with an understanding of the root of such oppression. Augustine states clearly in The City of God,

The prime cause, then, of slavery is sin, which brings man under the dominion of his fellow(3)

The presence of slavery and oppression is a manifestation of the presence of sin. There are only two possible masters in this life.

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16, ESV)

We have only two only two choices. We can be slaves to Satan or adopted sons of Christ.

Ultimately, freedom is impossible over time when a society does not operate according to the Word of God.  Put another way, slavery is inescapable in a society that does not acknowledge Christ’s Lordship over every area. Lordship is unavoidable. The question is to whom will we submit?

My sole focus here is not Venezuela. In our own country we have moved from a greater degree of freedom to a greater degree of slavery. Whereas a few generations ago our national shackles were barely noticeable, they are beginning now to get heavy and rub blisters. The discomfort is growing. “Land of the free” has become the land of the rising police statesurveillance and warrantless searches. How does this happen in a nation that many believe was once characterized as “Christian”? How does such a shift occur?

It is simple. God calls his people to govern themselves according to his Word. He also outlines roles and jurisdictions for his divinely ordained covenant institutions of the family, church and state. As Christian people abdicate their individual responsibility of self-government, and the three institutions abdicate their responsibilities over time, a transfer is induced. The transfer is one of responsibility and power. This is because the responsibilities are not relinquished without at the same time calling for them to be picked up by other individuals and institutions. Prime candidates for the other individuals are power-hungry men and women. The primary candidate for the institution is the state.

We all know the phrase, “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Power flows to people and institutions that are willing to take responsibility. If a nation’s individuals, families and churches abdicate their responsibilities, then those hungry for power and influence accept it from within the institution of the state. Power flows out from one group of individuals and institutions and power flows into another – the state. The former begin to ask for care and security from the latter. This increases the power of the state. Over time, the once-empowered individuals, families and churches find themselves powerless. And, being out of touch with God’s covenantal framework, they don’t understand that they operate not only as individuals but also from within a corporate reality. Because of their lack of understanding they begin to blame the empowered institution of the state for their plight. At the same time, having abdicated responsibility and turned over their power, they are limited to peaceful demonstrations in protest in hopes of communicating a message but not evoking the wrath of their self-appointed god.

But whereas this increases awareness, it does not solve the primary issue. Nations of individuals that do not govern themselves according to the Word of God cannot expect to live in the freedom that only submission to him provides.

“it is our right as human beings to have freedom of speech, to have freedom in general”

“…peace will prevail”

Peace will never prevail outside of the Lordship of Christ. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1, ESV) To the extent we live according to the will of our Creator, is to the extent we will experience the blessing of peace that only he gives. That is not to say that others around us do not benefit from this. Again, this is corporate or covenant reality. But, that is a subject for another day.

The point here is that we should expect neither peace nor freedom where men are not representing Christ’s rule on earth.

In the video Nash comments on the control of TV stations and radio by the oppressive government. She also comments on the “government shutdown” of Twitter, which was the social media of choice for getting the word out. This does not surprise anyone. That said, there is good news in all of this. The word is out. One student, armed with amateur filmmaking, skills in the space of one day created a compelling film that reached millions of people within days.

The Internet is undermining bureaucratic and elitist institutions worldwide. When you think Internet vs. these institutions, think the printing press vs. the Catholic Church during the time of the Reformation. The nation-state in general is being undermined.

The question is, when the word does get out, who has the answer as to the cause of statist oppression? Who has a foundation on which to build a successful society?  It is those who have the gospel – the whole gospel.

Since sin is the primary cause, the remedy is evangelism and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is taking the whole gospel in those evangelistic efforts such that converts know how their eternal salvation relates to their temporal living. This includes the life in the civil realm.

Christians that learn to “observe all that He has commanded” will make decisions differently. With the power of the Holy Spirit, they will govern themselves according to God’s Word. As they do this, such submission is manifested among the institutions in their society. The only alternative to Christ’s rule through Godly representatives is Satan’s rule through ungodly representatives. “Choose this day whom you will serve.”

About the Author

John Crawford lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife Tina and his three children Cade, Lachlan and Aila. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and has partnered in a successful business in Gainesville since 2001. During his time in the Baptist church, John served as a deacon, bible teacher and on the board of an international missions organization. He has spent the last fifteen years studying the covenant and its implications for all of life. He is currently a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and can be reached through his website, CovenantalDivide.com –

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Ethnic cleansing in NYC: Almost 50% of 2012 abortions were black


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black-babyHorrific, horrific, horrific. According to the recently released Summary of Vital Statistics from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, ethnic cleansing is apparently occurring in the Big Apple.

In New York City, there were 56,000 black pregnancies in 2012. Of that total, 31,000 were aborted. That figure represents almost 50 percent of all abortions in New York City, despite the fact blacks represent less than 15 percent of the population. Read the report here.

Margaret Sanger’s grand plan for eugenics is a grand success in New York. It is progressives who fight most passionately for the policies and “freedoms” to allow this ethnic cleansing to occur. And conservatives are supposed to be the racist ones?

A Warrior Notes: The Necessity of Violence


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ICYMI, the Army’s job is to kill people. That is violence.

From FM 7-8, aka The Infantry Bible, Chapter 1 Section 1 1-1:

“The mission of the infantry is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver to defeat or capture him, or to repel his assault by fire, close combat, and counterattack.”

All other resources in the Army are there to support this. Don’t kid yourselves. The Army is not there to gather intelligence for intelligence’s sake. They’re not there to fly helicopters. They’re definitely not there to cook.

The Army is a defensive/offensive force that prosecutes missions on order from the CIC. Arguments on national interests aside, those missions, more times than not, are of a violent, mortal nature.

The men who feel called to take up the profession understand this, and are willing to not only put themselves in harm’s way, but to also exact violence upon any who threaten them or their brothers. This requires a certain level of courage and a tacit acknowledgement of the nature of their duties.

There was a big push from the outset of the current wars to acknowledge the fact there are no more front lines; that all members of the Army have the potential to see combat first hand.

The DoD even came up with an award for it. A knock off of the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge (an award coveted by all Infantrymen), the Combat Action Badge was designed to reflect the modern nature of warfare. Regardless of how I feel about this award, it exists, and is worn with pride by the men and women who have earned it.

In fact, in Iraq in 2005, a female MP was awarded the Silver Star for her actions in combat. MP is as close as women in the Army can come to being Infantry, and their jobs often times put them in the thick of things. I read the citation that went with the medal and by that account, she deserved it.

It’s a dangerous job not to be undertaken by those faint of heart.

The reason I write this is I’m getting more and more disturbing reports from buddies (men that I served with) that the Army is currently reprimanding soldiers, not to mention outright chaptering them out of the Army, for being too aggressive.

Too aggressive.

Because a passive Infantry/Army wins wars.

I saw this start to take root during our first deployment to Iraq. ( Another story for another day. )

The short of it was my team leaders and soldiers did their jobs and they did them well. There were no investigations. There were no questions as to the righteousness of the shootings, yet there were members of the MP company stationed on our base that called these men baby killers.

Understand, the shootings all involved men well into their 20s. No women. No children. Yet the men and women we were working to protect were calling my men baby killers. To their face.

So, in true Infantrymen fashion one of my Team Leaders responded: “Yes ma’am. Every night in my rack”.

This is not a peaceful world we live in. There are evil, evil people who plot to harm others. They do this with alarming clarity and precision.

To bury your head in the sand and pretend the world is all unicorns and rainbows is folly. To insist that if we were to all just pretend the world is unicorns and rainbows because that will solve all the world’s problems is even worse. In doing so you acknowledge evil exists, yet choose to do nothing about it.

The world is not becoming a kinder and gentler place, and whether you like it or not, George Orwell was right.

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

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‘Working 9 to 5′ Parody: Obamacare Remix


Update on Venezuela


The news has been flooded with what has been happening in the Ukraine, as if that is so very important to the citizens of the United States. In fact, what is MORE important is what is happening to a near neighbor (only 1,366 miles from Miami Beach, Florida), Venezuela, is far more important.

It’s past dictator, Hugo Chavez, was a monster, and had very close ties with China. He purchased missiles from China that are capable of reaching the United States. True, they did not work after they got them installed. However, I have not heard what has happened to them lately.

So here are the three latest’s news reports from FOX NEWS.

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Venezuela revokes press credentials for 4 CNN journalists over coverage of protests

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A photographer takes pictures of barricades set up by anti-government protesters in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Violence is heating up in Venezuela as an opposition leader faces criminal charges for organizing a rally that set off escalating turmoil in the oil-rich, but economically struggling country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

CARACAS, Venezuela –  Venezuela’s government has revoked the press credentials of journalists from CNN after President Nicolas Maduro blasted the television network’s coverage of political protests.

CNN says Friday that four of its journalists were notified by the Information Ministry that they are no longer allowed to report in the country. They include CNN en Espanol anchor Patricia Janiot

Maduro on Thursday threatened to expel CNN from Venezuela if it doesn’t “rectify” its coverage of unrest that he says is part of a campaign to topple his socialist government. Colombian news channel NTN24 was suspended from Venezuelan cable TV packages a week ago.

The government’s near-complete control of domestic broadcasters has made CNN en Espanol a source of information for many Venezuelans trying to follow the unrest.

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Army sending paratroopers to restive Venezuela area as security forces try to quell protests

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Objects placed by opposition protesters block a road in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Violence is heating up in Venezuela as an opposition leader faces criminal charges for organizing a rally that set off escalating turmoil in the oil-rich, but economically struggling country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

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Members of a pro-government “colectivo,” or “collective,” march in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters say the escalating protests against his socialist government in the oil-rich but economically struggling country are part of an attempted coup sponsored by right-wing and “fascist” opponents in Venezuela and abroad, particularly the United States. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

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Demonstrators stand at a barricade during an opposition protest in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Venezuelan opposition leaders condemned the government Thursday for its heavy-handed attempt to subdue a protest movement with nighttime sweeps that have turned many parts of the country into dangerous free-fire zones. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

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An opposition demonstrator holds a poster that reads in Spanish “They are killing us” outside the Venezuelan Military Industries (CAVIM) in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Venezuelan opposition leaders condemned the government Thursday for its heavy-handed attempt to subdue a protest movement with nighttime sweeps that have turned many parts of the country into dangerous free-fire zones. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra) (The Associated Press)

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A woman walks next to a graffiti with the portrait of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and a phrase that reads in Spanish:”They will call me dictator”, downtown in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. After a chaotic and tense night, with gunfire echoing through the streets of many neighborhoods, violence is heating up in Venezuela as an opposition leader faces criminal charges for organizing a rally that set off escalating turmoil in the oil-rich, but economically struggling country.  (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) (The Associated Press)

CARACAS, Venezuela –  Paratroopers are heading to a Venezuelan border area torn by fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters, while security forces are being accused of turning many parts of the country into free-fire zones in their bid to silence a rejuvenated movement challenging socialist rule.

President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents charged Thursday that he has unleashed the military, police and civilian militias against those who blame the administration for hardships in a country that is rich in oil but struggling with overheated inflation and one of the world’s worst homicide rates.

Violence has escalated across Venezuela since a Feb. 12 opposition rally that was followed by clashes between young activists and the National Guard in which three people died. At least three more deaths and dozens of injuries have occurred in protest violence since then.

Leopoldo Lopez, the jailed opposition leader who organized the mass rally, was ordered early Thursday to remain in detention to face charges that include arson and criminal incitement.

The unrest has been particularly high in Tachira state, on Venezuela’s western border with Colombia, where anti-government protesters have clashed with police and National Guard units, disrupting life in its capital, San Cristobal.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres announced Thursday that a battalion of paratroopers was being sent to Tachira to help bring calm.

“These units will enable the city to function, so food can get in, so people can go about their normal lives. It’s simply meant to restore order,” he said.

San Cristobal Vice Mayor Sergio Vergara, a member of the opposition, disputed that. He said that the government caused the troubles by cracking down on what had been peaceful protests and that as part of its campaign had cut off vital services in the city, including public transportation and the Internet.

Sending 3,000 paratroopers to a city of 600,000 people is “effectively part of an effort at repression being played out by the government across the country,” Vergara said.

National Guard troops and members of pro-government militias have swarmed through the streets of Caracas and other cities firing volleys, at times indiscriminately, in repeated spasms of nighttime violence in recent days.

Henrique Capriles, the two-time presidential candidate of an opposition coalition, said the government is engaging in “brutal repression,” in some cases breaking into apartment buildings to arrest people authorities accuse of being part of a plot for a coup against Maduro.

“What does the government want, a civil war?” Capriles asked at a news conference.

While several large demonstrations by thousands of people have been peaceful, smaller groups of protesters have lobbed fire bombs and rocks and blocked streets with flaming barricades of trash. Troops and police have responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and blasts from water cannons —  as well as raids by gun-firing men from motorcycles.

The clashes with authorities as well as the pursuit of anti-government activists by troops and militias take place in darkness. During the day, Caracas has largely operated as normal, with businesses and schools open and people going about their business, while stocking up on groceries in case of further unrest.

Tensions could be high Friday in the city of Valencia, where a funeral was scheduled for a local beauty queen who was killed by a bullet this week while participating in a protest. The death of Genesis Carmona, a 22-year-old university student who had been Miss Tourism 2013 for Carabobo state, reverberated in this country that prizes beauty queens.

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Associated Press writers Fabiola Sanchez and Andrew Rosati in Caracas and Vivian Sequera in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.

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Venezuela braces for large opposition, pro-government rallies after days of violence

CARACAS, Venezuela –  Venezuelans are bracing for trouble as both supporters of the government and the opposition prepare for major rallies in a country that has been roiled by violence in recent days.

Women supporters of President Nicolas Maduro are planning a march Saturday in the capital of Caracas. The opposition says it will also hold large rallies throughout the country.

Opposition Gov. Henrique Capriles says these are intended as peaceful protests to show public discontent over high crime, food shortages and other problems facing Venezuela. President Maduro has said the wave of protests and violent clashes that began Feb. 12 are part of a right-wing attempt to topple his socialist government.

Political violence is blamed for at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries on both sides.

Ukrainian parliament votes to oust president, sets early elections


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The Ukrainian parliament voted to set early elections for May 25 after declaring President Viktor Yanukovych unable to carry out constitutional duties.

The decision comes just hours after embattled Yanukovych said he wouldn’t respect any decisions made by parliament.

Yanukovych stated Saturday that he has no intention to resign, and called the political crisis a coup while saying it resembles the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s.

“They are trying to scare me. I have no intention to leave the country. I am not going to resign, I’m the legitimately elected president,” Yanukovych said from Kharkiv in a televised statement.

“Everything that is happening today is, to a greater degree, vandalism and banditry and a coup d’etat,” he said. “I will do everything to protect my country from breakup, to stop bloodshed.”

Parliament also arranged the release of Yanukovych’s arch-rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, by voting to decriminalize the count under which she was imprisoned. Tymoshenko was convicted of abuse of office, charges that domestic and Western critics have denounced as a political vendetta.

A party spokeswoman said Tymoshenko was released after 2 1/2 years in a Kharkiv prison, and headed to the capital to join protesters there.

“You are heroes, you are the best thing in Ukraine!” she said of those killed in the violence, while speaking for a wheelchair.

Asked by crowds gathered at the hospital where she was released about her further plans, Tymoshenko said, “I will run for president,” news agencies reported.

She said she will “make it so that no drop of blood that was spilled will be forgotten.”

The agreement reached Friday between Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition protests that have brought Ukraine into crisis called for early elections that were to be held no later than December, and constitutional reforms to reduce the president’s powers.

But the possibility that he could remain in office for the rest of the year angered protesters who want his immediate departure, and said the deal did not address what triggered the protests in November — Yankuvych’s abandonment of closer ties with the European Union in favor of a bailout deal with longtime ruler Russia.

The protesters, who are angry over corruption and want Ukraine to move toward Europe rather than Russia, claimed full control of Kiev and took up positions around the president’s office and a grandiose residential compound believed to be his, though he never acknowledged it.

At the sprawling suburban Kiev compound, protesters stood guard and blocked more radical elements among them from entering the building, fearing unrest. Moderate protesters have sought to prevent their comrades from looting or taking up the weapons that have filled Kiev in recent weeks.

The compound became an emblem of the secrecy and arrogance that defines Yanukovych’s presidency, painting him as a leader who basks in splendor while his country’s economy suffers and his opponents are jailed. An Associated Press journalist visiting the grounds Saturday saw manicured lawns, a pond, several luxurious houses and the big mansion itself, an elaborate confection of five stories with marble columns.

Protesters attached a Ukrainian flag to a lamppost at the compound, shouting: “Glory to Ukraine!”

Yanukovych left Kiev for Kharkiv, his support base in the country’s Russian-speaking east, where governors, provincial officials and legislators gathered. Top Russian lawmakers joined the meeting, too, while thousands of angry protesters gathered outside chanting “Ukraine is not Russia!”

The leaders gathered in Kharkiv approved a statement calling on regional authorities to take full responsibility for the constitutional order on their territory.

Some called for forming volunteer units to protect against force by protesters from western regions. The assembly urged army units to maintain neutrality and protect ammunition depots.

Russia, the United States and the European Union are deeply worried about the future of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million whose loyalties and economy are divided between Europe and longtime ruler Moscow.

In a special parliament session, lawmakers warned that the country risks being split in two. The country’s western regions want to be closer to the EU and have rejected Yanukovych’s authority in many cities, while eastern Ukraine — which accounts for the bulk of the nation’s economic output — favors closer ties with Russia.

“The people have risen up and achieved their goals. The authorities are crumbling. Victory is in sight,” 31-year-old construction worker Sviatoslav Gordichenko said outside a residential compound believed to belong to Yanukovych.

Ukraine’s parliament, only a day ago controlled by Yanukovych supporters, seemed to be taking control of the country’s leadership.

The parliament speaker — Yanukovych ally Volodymyr Rybak — submitted his resignation, citing ill health. The president’s representative in parliament warned against splitting the country in two, an outcome that worries many but is increasingly seeming like a possibility.

The standoff between the government and protesters escalated this week, as demonstrators clashed with police and snipers opened fire in the worst violence the country has seen since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. The Health Ministry put the death toll at 77 and some opposition figures said it’s even higher.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Plan to split California into six states gains ground


I’m not sure how I feel about this. I like the idea of having a smaller State that would make Politics more manageable, and the Politicians more accessible.

The question no one has discussed yet is, “Who is going to be responsible to pay off Jerry Browns failed economics disaster’s and bankruptcy?

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Los Angeles (United States) (AFP) – A plan to divide California into six separate US states is closer to making it on to a November ballot, with organizers gaining approval to collect signatures.

The seemingly far-fetched initiative, sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, claims “political representation of California’s diverse population and economies has rendered the state nearly ungovernable.”

And on Tuesday, the California Secretary of State’s office gave the movement a boost, saying that proponents “may begin collecting petition signatures.”

At least 807,615 voters — representing eight percent of the total ballots cast for governor in the 2010 election — will need to sign the petition by July 18 to make it on to the ballot.

The proposal aims to split the state — America’s most populous with around 38 million inhabitants — into “six smaller state governments, while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns.”

In 2012, California was tied with Russia and Italy — all with a GDP of approximately $2.0 trillion — for eighth place in world GDP rankings, according to the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.

The proposal would create a state out of Silicon Valley, home to tech giants Google, Facebook and Apple. It would also create South California, which would include Hollywood and the US entertainment industry.

West California, Central California, North California, and Jefferson in the most northern part of the state, would also go it alone.

According to the proposal, voters overwhelming approved dividing California in two in 1859, but Congress did not act due to the Civil War.

Draper, who has funded more than 400 companies including Skype and Baidu, is founder of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson in Menlo Park, California.

7 Amazing Reagan Quotes that Capture America’s Current Condition


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http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/20/7-Amazing-Reagan-Quotes-that-Capture-Americas-Current-Condition

by Wynton Hall 21 Feb 2014

 

Ronald Reagan’s prescient words hold striking resonance to the dangers and maladies afflicting America today.

Here are 7 Ronald Reagan quotes that speak to America’s present condition.

  1. On the importance of limited government.
  1. On minority youth unemployment.
  1. On the opportunity-crushing nature of taxes.
  1. On the appropriate purpose of welfare.
  1. On faith.
  2. On government-run healthcare.
  1. On freedom’s future. 

Today’s Super Feel Good Report


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3-D Printer Helps Blind Parents Feel Unborn Baby Before She’s Born

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by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/21/14 6:56 PM

The marvels of modern technology are bringing the experience of pregnancy to people who may otherwise not able to enjoy the same kinds of ultrasound pictures the rest of us get to enjoy and appreciate.

The use of 3-D printers is helping blind people who can’t see an ultrasound photo to enjoy a more tactile experience by being able to hold a 3-d model of their unborn baby. From The Blaze:

Using 3D printing technology, the Brazilian company Tecnologia Humana 3D constructs physical replicas of a growing embryo or baby based on sonogram data.

Company Makes 3D Printed Embryos and Fetuses for Parents and Diagnostic Purposes

The company’s “Feto 3D” project initiated by founder Jorge Roberto Lopes dos Santos was initially created for diagnostic purposes. dos Santos found it had other applications as well though, like helping blind patients feel the growing baby they could not see on a screen.

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“We work mainly to help physicians when there is some eventual possibility of malformation,” dos Santos said in an article published on Tech Page One earlier this month. “We also work for parents who want to have the models of their fetuses in 3D.”

Neva Fairchild with the American Foundation for the Blind told Tech Page One she saw a benefit to such an application of technology for those in the visually impaired community.

“Fifteen months ago, my first grandchild was born and they had numerous sonograms and I missed out on all of that,” Fairchild, who is legally blind, said.

Other companies have similar technologies. 3D Babies, a California company, says it will create a fetal doll from the mother’s 3D/4D ultrasound pictures:

“We create an adorable baby figurine resembling your baby’s facial features and body position.  We use your 3D/4D ultrasound images or newborn baby pictures to create a unique artistic representation of your baby using the latest computer graphics and 3D printing technology.  This is a great way to share the excitement of your new baby with family and friends.  Your 3D Baby will be a treasured family remembrance of your pregnancy and new baby.”

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These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls… Tyranny Like HELL…


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 by / on February 16, 2014 at 10:42 pm

About the author: Jan is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate/Speaker/ NRA Certified Firearms Instructor/ Associated Press Award winning investigative journalist/ Owner/Editor JanMorganMedia.com, Sr. Editor/Patriot Update/ Independent Constitutional Conservative. She is closely aligned with the Republican/Tea Party/Libertarian, and other Conservative based organizations nationally. Her Conservative voice has ge … [read ‘s FULL BIO]

 

America as we know her, is in critical condition. The longer we allow the disease to spread, the struggle to save her becomes more intense, complicated, and bloody.

Now is the time when all Americans must make a choice. It is not a time for summer soldiers and sunshine Patriots. Liberty is under attack from every direction by multiple enemies. Citizens can no longer sit back and expect legislators to fix the damage. After all, those legislators are, for the most part, responsible for not fulfilling the responsibilities and mandates they promised.

In 1776, Thomas Paine penned these words… In Valley Forge, George Washington shared them with his men.

“These are the times that try mens souls…  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks, of every man and woman…’

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph…. what we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly, it is the dearness only that gives everything its value, it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated…”

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Fired for Teaching the Constitution: Interview w/ KrisAnne Hall


http://politichicks.tv/column/fired-teaching-constitution-interview-wkrisanne-hall/#ZA1ztcvwtmIYosTz.99

February 21, 2014 at 5:00 am / by

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Florida Politichick Elizabeth Vale is a blogger, speaker, and political activist who lives in South Florida with her husband and four wonderful children.  Elizabeth homeschools her children and is active… More

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0507Recently I was lucky enough to interview KrisAnne Hall.  She is a constitutional expert who travels around the country teaching the Genealogy of the Constitution – she is also a true patriot.  She started teaching about the constitution full-time after she lost her job as an attorney because of the fact that she was teaching the constitution to Tea party groups.  The information she provided me in this interview is invaluable and I believe that every American needs to hear it.

EV: When I read your biography, I read that you had been fired for teaching the constitution to TEA party groups. Was it hard deciding which was more important – your job or teaching the constitution? 

KAH: Even though my teaching was not interfering with my work – he [her boss] told me I could associate with right-wing fringe groups or I could keep my job.  He said that to teach about limited government was a conflict of interest for anyone who works for the government and he would not allow me to do that.  It wasn’t a matter about which was more important – it was a matter of understanding that if you don’t stand for your rights then you don’t have them anymore. So it became a question of which was more important – my paycheck or the liberty that would eventually belong to my son.  So I told him straight up you can’t have my right to free speech and I am not going to quit – so he told me to clean out my office.  I knew history and I knew that I had been teaching people if we continued to repeat history there will come a day when we will have to stand, as our framer’s did, for liberty and we are going to have to do it at the expense of our lives, our fortune, and our sacred honor.  My husband and I decided at that time that this was our challenge after we had talked about it – we were being required, not just to talk about it, but to walk the walk.  I could not sacrifice my liberty, I could not sacrifice the liberty that belonged to my child for a paycheck.

EV: The fact that you’re doing what you’re doing and that you gave up your job is really commendable. 

Another question I have is recently President Obama has been making all these changes to Obamacare.  He has made something like 27 changes to it, now in regards to the Constitution – people keep saying that what he is doing is unconstitutional, but no one seems to be willing to do anything about it.  What exactly could be done about it in order to stop him?

KAH:  The issue here is separation of powers and the violation is in those separation of powers.  The executive branch does not have authority to write, overturn, or set aside law – that is a clear violation of the separation of powers.  That power only belongs to the legislative branch.  The problem with that is that the checks and balances set in place is the proper holder of that right.

The proper holder of that power is the legislative branch.  What Congress should be doing is simply standing up against the unconstitutional changes because the executive branch doesn’t have the power to change the law.  That can only come through an amended vote by Congress.  This changing of the law can get complicated, Congress can do a number of things – they can stand-up and simply say, and they have the authority to do this because this is their power and not the President’s power, they can stand-up and say these changes that you are making are unlawful and because they are unlawful we have the authority and we will not allow these changes to be enforced.

Then Congress needs to get the governors and say this President is acting outside of the separation of powers – he is using legislative power when he is the executive branch.  He is stealing power from the legislative branch and his power is being wielded unlawfully.  Then tell the governors that you do not have to enforce this the way it is being told – you have to follow the law as it is written then Congress needs to go into session and do an amendment to the bill as it is that would quickly repeal the bill all together.  This may not sound right but I don’t blame Barack Obama for what he is doing – because we know exactly who he is, he has always told us who he is, he wants to have power.  He is a totalitarian ruler.  Every statement that he makes – where congress will not legislate, I will regulate – if Congress will not pass laws, I will – I have a pen and a phone.  He has declared himself a totalitarian ruler.  The problem here is – we have a Congress that have allowed themselves to be completely irrelevant and completely impotent and they do nothing to protect their power.  Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution right now could end Obamacare and that power solely lies in the hands of the House of Representatives.

EV:  It could end it right now?  Just with the House of Representatives – not with the Senate?

KAH:  No.  Just with the House of Representatives.  Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution gives Congress the sole power to raise revenue.  They have the power of the purse.  The Supreme Court ruled that it [Obamacare] was a tax – they could shut it down right now.  Right now! Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution reads:

All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”

See the President has nothing to do with this process.  The only part the Senate plays is that it may propose amendments, but that isn’t even a necessary part.  Our framer’s put Article 1 into the hands of the House for a very specific reason.  Article 1 Section 7 was not simply putting the house in control of the purse – it was putting the people in control of the purse because it is the people who are directly represented through the House of Representatives.

Through the House of Representatives they have an immediate redress of anything that they don’t like monetarily through the government.  The biggest problem with Congress is that they don’t know what their job description is – you ask a Congressman today what their primary job description is they will say national security.  That’s not true – their primary job description is defending the rights of the people, they are a representative of the people – not a representative of the federal government.  Ask what the primary job description of the senate is and they will come up with something representing the federal government. The primary job description of the Senate is defender of the 10th amendment – they are representatives of the state.  We have an entire Congress that does not know what their job is – they do not what the separation of power is.

EV:  Do our Congressmen want to be educated regarding the Constitution and their job descriptions?

KAH:  They don’t want to be educated because it would require doing things that are difficult. They have to do things that people are not going to understand because the people are just as constitutionally ignorant as the government.  See we are not a reflection of our government – the government is a reflection of the people.  We have an unconstitutional government because we have constitutionally ignorant people because we don’t teach the truth.  We are taught the wrong things.  It has been this way for generations – this is where we are.

EV:  As a citizen I think “we’re stuck” because we have President Obama in there who says he has a “pen and a phone” and he is going to do what he wants, then we have a Democrat run Senate, so the House of Representatives acts like it can’t do anything even though it is Republican run. Now you’re telling me that the house does have the power?

KAH:  The house of representatives is the most powerful branch and it is part of the most powerful branch in the entire government. This is the thing we teach wrong – we do not have three coequal branches of government – there is a hierarchy.  Congress was delegated the most power because they are the direct representatives of the people and the state, then the executive branch, and then the Supreme Court the least power.  Of the legislative branch the House of Representatives holds the majority of that power in their hands by themselves but they won’t do anything because they are afraid of political ramifications.  We have people up there who are terrified of political backlash so they won’t do the right thing – they are more worried about getting elected than anything.

EV: Even when people hear this and understand this – we still feel powerless because our federal government has gotten so out of control, so oversized, so bloated – we are scared of our own government.

KAH:  That is how you know we now longer live in a Republic – we live in a totalitarian kingdom.  Because when the people fear their government that’s when they have their power.  Our framer’s said over and over again that the only way we could maintain our Republic is if the government feared the people.  Our states have been bought out by federal funding.  The states are afraid to do anything because they will lose their federal funding.  The bottom line is this – the states have the most power.  We don’t even understand the hierarchy of the government – people have all the rights – that’s what the 9th amendment declares and the government can’t do anything about that, the people then delegate power through their rights to the government and so what happens then is that we have delegated the most power to the states.  Which means the hierarchy is people, state, federal – federal has the least power.  In fact the framers never intended for the federal government to be involved in the internal affairs of the people or the state – the state created the federal government through the constitution to be an ambassador of state and foreign affairs. All domestic affairs should be handled by the states.

EV: What you are doing is crucially important at this time right now and people need to know that they do have power.  Thank you so much for your time.

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What I hope people take away from this interview is that we, as American citizens, are not powerless to fight back against the unconstitutional behavior being touted on Capital Hill.  The constitution gave power first to the people and then we as people have given power to the government.  We must use our power to take back the country that has been stolen from us – hopefully before it is too late.

KrisAnne Hall is available to speak and teach groups about the constitution.  Last year she spoke 265 times in 22 states.  Her presentations and workshops are always free of charge because she is doing this as a service to her country and because she feels like what she is doing is her sacred duty.  If you would like to learn more about KrisAnne please visit her website at KrisAnneHall.com.

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Video Proof – Democrats Break the Law to Win Elections


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By / 21 February 2014

Video provocateur James O’Keefe is back with more undercover video showing Democrat activists breaking the law in an attempt to win elections. Mr. O’Keefe has a long history of proving that Democrats can be very undemocratic when it comes to winning elections. In fact, it seems that they would rather win by cheating and breaking the law than lose an honest election.

Watch as the folks at Battleground Texas lie, cheat and steal in an attempt at “turning Texas blue.”

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Look – how do Republicans organize to win an election? We ask our constituents to go vote.

  • We hold Tea Party rallies where we sing the National Anthem,
  • we pray,
  • we have an apple pie eating contest,
  • and we encourage people to vote.

How do the Democrats organize to win an election?

  • They brainstorm for any possible way to get the victory. 
  • Have dead people vote? Check.
  • Bribe homeless people to vote? Check.
  • Keep the military from voting? Check.
  • Lie,
  • Break Laws,
  • Cheat,
  • Steal,
  • Vandalize? Check, check, check, check and check!

James O’Keefe has made a career of proving that Democrats will do ANYTHING to get their way, and that usually means they are lying to us and breaking our laws.

About the author: Onan Coca

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Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Leah. They have three children and enjoy the hectic pace of life in a young family. Onan and Leah are members of the Journey Church in Hiram, GA.

Website: http://www.eaglerising.com

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