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It’s Really a Question of Faith


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A time to believe.

Jesus paid it allTo begin, I won’t even argue that Christianity is under attack in America and also around the world, as any casual observer would have to be comatose not to see it. From schools to courthouses, liberals are on a constant mission to remove God and any mention of Him from the public discourse. And bear in mind, this author is by no means a Holy roller nor a Bible thumper, but I do believe in God, and pity those who mock Him. (Notice that I do not condemn the heathens nor call for their deaths, but pity and pray for them. May God have mercy on your souls, as I believe He will, while you scoff at the notion).

Still, I wonder not only of the collective motivation of the liberals in America, but of their absolute disdain for the believers as well. While the left demands an answer to the question regarding homosexuals, that being, “how does their lifestyle affect you?”, I would ask the same of them; “Why does Christianty offend you so”?

I can already hear the cacophony of protest from the left, claiming that Christians oppress gays, but what of the oppression given in return? Christians are pummeled daily and publicly over their opposition to gay rights, when all that opposition really is is a matter of opinion. Aren’t the opinions of everyone given equal merit in a place like America? Have we abandoned free speech altogether? It seems that the free exchange of ideas has lost its validity in the Land of the Free, and the perpetrators of such a heinous trend have absolutely no regrets over the apparent loss of the most basic freedom we have defended for a few centuries.

With all of that said, I want to get to the real crux of the matter, and that is the question of faith. Ask any liberal why they reject God or why they refuse to accept Him, and a majority of the time they will turn to attack mode and demand proof of His existence. When we can offer none, they laugh, throw their hands in the air and assume that they have achieved victory, yet when questioned on the proven failure of their own faith, liberals get defensive and claim intellectual superiority when none is evident. Still, they are convinced of it despite physical proof.

Sure, I could launch into a tirade on the perfection of the universe and the miracle of life on Earth, but I won’t To me and millions like me, it is self evident. Could this all be an enormous accident? Well, it’s a matter of faith, and the arguments of theologians make much more sense than those of atheistic “scientists”, but let’s get to the faith of liberals.

Liberals have faith in the philosophies of men like FDR, Obama and yes, even Lenin and Marx, but here’s where that faith gets interesting: those collective philosophies are demonstrably detrimental to humanity, judging by recent history. Yet, when confronted with the historical proof of these failures, the left believes with all their hearts. And Christians are deemed irrational?

We have the terrible eyesore of Detroit, a once vibrant city considered the jewel of modern America, a city alive with capitalism and productivity and now dying a slow, horrible death. (And not far from it). And then Wisconsin democrats tried to recall Governor Scott Walker, a measure that thankfully failed. As a result of that failed campaign, Wisconsin now boasts a surplus of $977 million after a deficit of 3.6 billion (yeah, with a “B”). Politifact.com fact-checked this claim and gave it a half truth. Fine, but nonetheless, what ever the true numbers are, there is no dispute that Walker is moving in the right direction.

We also have the “gun safety” numbers, with anti second amendment advocates urging the removal of guns from our society. Again, the faith of the left comes into question when towns like Kennesaw, Georgia — with a requirement of household males to own a firearm — boast the lowest crime rate in the nation. How does that figure in the liberal world? They have faith that no guns means a safe society, and don’t dare argue the point, and never mind that the hard evidence contradicts the liberal position…just have faith in them. But don’t believe in God.

Which brings me to my final point; global warming, climate change, or whatever the liberals want to call it tomorrow. We must all have faith in the prognostications of supposed scientists who parrot the mantra of environmentalists lest we are labeled heretics. The word “heretics” reminds me of the earlier Biblical days, ironically enough. Today, the left prefers the term “liars”, as in all of us who doubt them, but the faith of liberals is clearly beyond reproach, at least in their minds.

But we are the crazies who believe in God. Yeah, makes perfect sense in someone’s world. I just don’t want those “someone’s” running the country.

 

Get Your Head Out of The Sand: Why You Need to Care About Politics


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By Kada / 30 March 2014

Get Your Head Out of the Sand

“I don’t care to keep up with politics.” Ever heard that before? I’ll bet you have. This statement should strike the heart of every American, yet what’s even more appalling is someone who doesn’t care, and votes in the major elections. Politics are the driving force of your country that has the power to change every aspect of your life, and you’re telling me you don’t care?! I bet I can guess who you voted for in the presidential election…

When people don’t care about politics, they don’t care about who is representing them and their community to the nation.

Being involved in politics is the best, and cheapest, way to really make an impact on the world. It’s free for your wallet since no body expects monthly payments, and there is no contract. You get out what you are willing to put in to it.

When you are up to date on all the politicians’ values and their voting record, come Election time, it’s less likely that you will be swayed by a catchy campaign phrase that’s paired with cool graphics and smooth words. You will know the real candidate and the truth behind their improbable promises, and free phones.

You should care about politics as much as you care about your finances. As often as you check your budget, you should check what your government is budgeting. Whenever you make a payment towards credit card interest, take a look at what your government is paying towards their interest. Why? Because that’s your money too, and right now your great grandkids are going to be getting the bill.

“It’s a lot of work, though.” Yeah, yeah it is. Anything that’s worth anything is gonna be hard to get. If the truth were easy to find, do you think half the politicians in office today would be there? If you’re ready to begin your search, subscribing to newsletters of people or patriotic sites is a great place to start. Personally, I am subscribed to Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Herman Cain, Girls Just Wanna Have Guns, Clash Daily, and the Morning Briefing by The Red State. It’s also helpful to subscribe to a couple members of the other Party to see what they are sending to their readers.

It’s also important to browse the Internet for multiple sources and references on a variety of topics. If you are getting all your information on the happenings of the Political Realm from only one source, there’s no way to gauge how accurate the story may be.

The moral of this story is to stop complaining, and start cramming! You are equally responsible for the state of the Nation as much as the politicians representing your district are. Can you name your governor? Your state’s House Representatives? How about your Members of Congress?

And that ladies and gentlemen, is why we all need to be involved in politics.

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GIRLS IN THE SHADOWS: Sex Trafficking, Abortion, Pornography, Drugs and Millions of Slaves


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By Allan Erickson / 30 March 2014

sex_trafficking_child_victimsImagine a 12-year-old little girl, enticed by “friends” with the promise of a career in modeling, movies or show business.  She is told she can make a great deal of money posing for “fashion” photos.  Promises are made about riches and fame. Slowly she is lured into the world of pornography, drug abuse, and prostitution.  And if she tries to escape she is drugged even more, beaten, imprisoned, and sometimes killed.

Little boys are victimized as well.

According to the Polaris Project, there may be as many as 27 million people enslaved by traffickers worldwide, one million of these, children, sold into the sex trade.

The connections between human trafficking, pornography, abortion and the drug trade are obvious.  Keep in mind each is a business—-some legal, some illegal—-and each business generates enormous profits.  Equally obvious, the use of drugs to lower inhibitions and enforce compliance is useful in recruiting slaves and promoting pornography, which is useful in developing new customers for the prostitution trade.  Abortion feeds off all of it. After all, child sex slaves and prostitutes lose their profitability if pregnant.

The direct link between sex trafficking and government-financed abortion has been established by pro-life activists.

Excerpt:

In an undercover investigation, LiveAction sent actors into seven facilities, posing as a prostitute and pimp to inquire about Planned Parenthood’s services. During the conversation, they revealed that they were sex workers and even that they worked with girls as young as 14. According to the law, sex trafficking is considered a federal crime punishable by imprisonment of 10 years to life. But Planned Parenthood didn’t comply with the law. Instead they offered support, secrecy and cover-up . . .

Lawlessness is the norm within Planned Parenthood.  One former clinic director accuses the abortion provider of risky medical practices and financial malfeasance, insisting taxpayer dollars support abortion.  Fraudulent claims for reimbursement from Medicaid is another accusation from a former Planned Parenthood director.   Still another former director says Planned Parenthood regularly provided defective contraception, intentionally putting girls at risk of pregnancy in order to increase abortion revenue.

Of course supporters of Planned Parenthood stand against notification of parents prior to any abortion procedure on a minor. Can’t have parental rights trumping profits.  No wonder the friends of Planned Parenthood resist efforts to educate women about the reality of human life in the womb, and the terrible damage done to women who suffer abortion.  Abortion is a women’s health issue, a matter of reproductive rights, not harmful to women, and not the killing of innocent human life.

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When government funds an organization conspiring with criminals to defraud taxpayers, and all of it supports the profit motives of abortionists, traffickers, pornographers and pimps, people have a right to be outraged and demand correction.  This president and Democrats in power have long insisted Planned Parenthood receive government funding.  They have turned a blind eye to the damage done by pornography, refusing to regulate it behind a false argument calling such regulation censorship.  Democrats have promoted and instituted abortion on demand, financed by taxpayers.  And can anyone say Democrats are serious about doing something about drug abuse when the push has always been legalization?

Conservatives, on the other hand, have stood against illegal drugs, prostitution, Planned Parenthood, abortion and the efforts throughout culture to hyper-sexualize everyone, youth especially.

In light of these realities, who do you think is truly against trafficking, and which party is actually engaged in a war on women? 

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Democrats, Republicans prepare for new round of battles over health-care law


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The first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ends at midnight Monday, closing one chapter on President Obama’s landmark health-care law and paving the way for a new round of confrontations that could ultimately determine the law’s long-term prospects.

Supporters face an array of political, financial and legal challenges in the coming months. Democrats and insurance industry officials are already seeking ways to blunt what may be the next big controversy: an expected increase in monthly insurance premiums next year for the health plans sold through the federal and state marketplaces.

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Republicans, meanwhile, continue to use the law to attack vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the midterm elections, which will decide whether the GOP wins control of the Senate.

Combatants on both sides debated the administration’s report last week that 6 million people had signed up for private plans. “The law’s working,” White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on ABC’s “This Week.” He added: “And this was a seminal achievement.”

But Republican Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.) expressed skepticism about the figure. “They are cooking the books on this,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”

In the months and years ahead, other questions will loom: How will Americans react when they get fined next year for not having insurance? Will more states expand Medicaid under the law? And will the federal courts make future changes to the law, including barring the use of government subsidies to help pay for coverage in the federal marketplace?

The unresolved issues mean it is far too soon to know how President Obama’s signature domestic achievement — and one of the most polarizing pieces of U.S. social policy — will turn out. So far, the action has been “a warm-up act for what lies ahead,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Here’s a road map of what comes next:

Premiums’ trend

Monthly insurance premiums almost always go up, because costs typically rise. So the big questions are: How much will premiums increase for next year, how widespread will the increases be, and how will consumers be affected?

Many plans “low-balled” prices for 2014 to attract customers. “It’s like opening day at the hardware store, and you’re going to have a special,” said Joseph Antos, a health policy analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.

Although some plans may continue to keep rates low to build market share, others probably will raise prices — perhaps to bolster profits or to compensate for getting a higher-than-expected percentage of older, expensive enrollees, analysts say.

During the first five months of open enrollment, younger people signed up for health plans at a lower rate than older ones. But some insurance experts say they are getting more young people than they expected; in any case, final demographic data are not in. The law provides some financial help for plans that end up with too many unhealthy customers.

Some industry officials are predicting double-digit increases in premiums in some states, but information about the new rates won’t emerge until later in the spring, the summer or later. Increases in premiums are likely to vary by health plan and location.

Even if premiums rise substantially, consumers who get federal subsidies to help buy insurance may not feel the blow. The subsidies, available to people with incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty line, limit premium bills to a proportion of income.

That doesn’t help people who aren’t eligible for subsidies. Insurers say adding a cheaper level of coverage, as some Democratic senators have proposed, would help to attract healthier people who might not otherwise be motivated to buy coverage.

The political impact

The political challenges for Obama and the Democrats may be even more daunting than the policy dilemmas — and have a bigger effect on the health law’s long-term future. If the GOP does well in congressional races in the fall, winning control of the Senate — and then the White House in 2016 — the law could be dismantled.

Republicans and their allies already are using the health law as a dominant theme. The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is spending more than $30 million on ads alleging that the law will increase what consumers pay for insurance and deprive them of access to the doctors they trust.

Several Democratic senators who voted for the law and will face the electorate this fall — including Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mark R. Warner (Va.) — have suggested ways to improve the law. But congressional Republicans have shown no interest in legislative remedies, and National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring said Democrats have a major liability.

“Obamacare is a vehicle that drives home a bigger problem Democrats have with voters: Either they didn’t understand the law that they championed, which makes them inept, or they blatantly lied about what this law would do, which makes them dishonest,” he wrote in an e-mail.

In an interview, Begich said he thinks the law will be a “neutral” factor in his race, in part because “Alaskans are not necessarily one-issue voters,” and he added that the debate is shifting as more people buy health plans.

Still, Democrats may be disappointed if they expect the newly insured to emerge as a politically powerful constituency, as senior citizens did for Medicare. Robert J. Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health, said polls suggest that nine of 10 people who vote in midterm elections are insured. Thus, they are unlikely to benefit from the law.

There are some silver linings for Democrats. Polls show that a majority of Americans do not favor repealing the law — rather, they want it to be improved. Also, the enrollment process has resulted in the training of a slew of new organizers who will help turn out the Democratic vote in November. One is Dee Lila Peterson, a Service Employees International Union chapter president at a nursing home in Doylestown, Pa.

Before she started, she said, “I wasn’t really political.” But now, she plans to encourage Democrats to vote in November. “You need to let them know what’s actually going on,” she said.

Rising enrollment

For the enrollment period that is coming to a close, health experts are eager to find out more information about the 6 million people who signed up for private plans. It’s unclear, for example, how many have paid for policies — a necessary step in getting coverage.

“It’s going to be quite a while before we know the real meaningful numbers,” Blendon said.

Looking ahead, congressional budget analysts expect enrollment through the federal and state exchanges to rise to 13 million people by early next year, and to 24 million people by two years after that. That estimate is based on what happened in programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program, for which enrollments started slowly but then accelerated rapidly. But some health policy analysts say the pattern might be different because the health law is so controversial.

In any case, there is wide agreement that outreach efforts — such as the “navigators” and others who assist with enrollment — will be vital. And there are concerns that there might not be enough government funding to do an adequate job of reaching people.

“To really ramp up enrollment and make inroads into the uninsured, they need to figure out how to reach hard-to-reach low-
income people,” Kaiser’s Levitt said.

One problem is that many people don’t realize they are entitled to subsidies. When they are told, they often embrace the law, according to those who are assisting in enrollment.

Efia Joseph, a 35-year-old home care worker in Fairfield, Conn., who was uninsured for two years, got a plan through the state’s exchange. Because her subsidy is close to $300 a month, she pays only $122 in premiums. After seeing three doctors in January and scheduling an MRI, she is traveling around the state promoting the insurance marketplace. “People are calling back and saying, ‘I love you!’ ” she said.

Penalties kick inTyranney Alert

Monday is the day by which most Americans are required to have picked a health plan or face a fine. This mandate has long been the most unpopular part of the law, and it’s likely to affect millions of people, though at this point it’s not clear how many. (The administration decided last week to extend the deadline for some.)

The fine is $95 per uninsured adult or 1 percent of income, whichever is higher, for the first year. It gradually rises through 2016 to $695 per uninsured adult or 2.5 percent of income. The fine will be collected at tax time, when the Internal Revenue Service will deduct the amount from tax refunds.

Some people have made up their minds to defy the requirement. Paul Alexander Clark, 35, an entrepreneur in Nashville, said he has decided to pay the fine this year rather than pay $132 a month for an insurance policy with an annual deductible of more than $6,000. “It was simple math combined with the knowledge and confidence of being able to navigate the health system,” he said.

Lena H. Sun contributed to this report

Obama dismissed by Saudi King Abdullah?


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Barack Obama, King AbdullahObama was scheduled to have what was described as an “intimate” dinner with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia over the weekend, and stay the night in the Kingdom. Howvever the dinner abruptly ended, and Obama left Saudi Arabia after only two hours.
Was there a national emergency in Obama’s Final Four bracket?

The objective of the visit was to  mend fences, and get the relationship between America and the Saudi’s back on track, so why the abrupt end?

Although the White House denies there was  dinner scheduled, apparently scrubbing all references to the soiree; there is some evidence still out there. It is rumored that the Obama administration has even demanded the return of all materials related to the event from the media, like copies of the printed schedule. The White House has even deleted a tweet about the “intimate” dinner.

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However, there remains a bit of evidence of the dinner that never was, and that abruptly ended as you can see from the screenshot of part of the AP story.

Here are two references from the lamestream media, and I suggest you monitor these as they will undoubtedly disappear soon, in the spirit of Obama-defined “transparency.”

Was Obama propositioned by King Abdullah? Or did the Saudi King simply dispatch Obama’s wimpy butt back to the U.S. We may never know.

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US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules

Posted on March 31, 2014

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Obamacare exchange sends couple voter registration form pre-marked as Democrat


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By Howard Portnoy on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

Last October, LU staff reported that Obamacare exchanges offered visitors an option to register to vote. Brian Cook, a spokesman for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was quoted as saying the exchanges were required to include that option under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

But does that law also empower the exchanges to automatically register enrollees and, if so, as Democrats? That’s what happened to a La Mesa, Calif., couple. ABC News 10 reports that the couple, who asked not to be identified, received an envelope from Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange. Inside was a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party.

The husband told reporters:

I’m an old guy and I never would have noticed it, except I have an accountant that notices every dot and dash on a piece of paper as a wife.

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Covered California began mailing out voter registration cards to all enrollees last week after being threatened with a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, Young Invincibles, other pro-Obamacare voting rights groups, and the ACLU. Their argument, presented in a 6-page letter mailed to Debra Bowen, the California Secretary of State, noted an “obligation on the part of public assistance agencies to provide voter registration services.” Their petition, which cited Section 7 of the NVRA, was based rather loosely on that provision, which reads:

Section 7 of the Act requires states to offer voter registration opportunities at all offices that provide public assistance and all offices that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities. Each applicant for any of these services, renewal of services, or address changes must be provided with a voter registration form of a declination form as well as assistance in completing the form and forwarding the completed application to the appropriate state or local election official. [Emphasis added]

Whether a website can reasonably be called an “office” is open to debate. What is not debatable is the illegality of selecting a party affiliation for private citizens.

There are other problems, noted by the couple:

[T]here’s an awful lot of people who are going to get this that are already registered and they don’t need to. I can see that, but I can’t see putting x on the form before it’s given to me in a little bitty box that nobody’s really going to notice.

Anne Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Covered California, told reporters that the application forms come directly from the Secretary of State’s office, with no fields pre-marked, adding that the couple should contact the Secretary of State, which “takes these violations of election law extremely seriously.” The couple claims they did reach out to the Secretary of State’s office and were unable to get hold of anyone. They then tried contacting the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, which told them to contact Covered California.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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