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Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Clinic That Had Been Killing Unborn Babies for 35 Years
Pro-life advocates in Augusta, Georgia have been praying that the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in their city would close for more than three decades. Last week, they said their prayers were answered.

Hobby Lobby Founder David Green Endorses Marco Rubio: He is Prepared to be President
The company Hobby Lobby is synonymous with pro-life values. It’s case to stop the pro-abortion mandate in Obamacare ultimatly reached the Supreme Court after the company refused to be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs for its employees.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/26/marco-rubio-donald-trump-would-not-replace-justice-scalia-with-another-pro-life-judge/

Ted Cruz: “Nominating Donald Trump Will End Up Electing Hillary Clinton”
With Super Tuesday tomorrow, the battle line within the republican Party have been drawn between the #AlwaysTrump and #NeverTrump voters. Ted Cruz, in a new interview, is echoing some of the concerns of the pro-life Republican voters who are reading the latest polling data and seeing that a Trump nomination would more likely yield a President Hillary Clinton than nominating either pr-life Senator Marco Rubio or Cruz.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/ted-cruz-nominating-donald-trump-will-end-up-electing-hillary-clinton/

21-Week-Old Unborn Baby Survives Botched Abortion, Hospital Won’t Confirm if Baby Lived or Died
 Evidence that a baby may have survived a botched abortion on Friday in Phoenix, Arizona has pro-lifers praying and asking for answers.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/21-week-old-unborn-baby-survives-botched-abortion-hospital-wont-confirm-if-baby-lived-or-died/

The Amazing Story of Two Sets of Twins Saved From Abortions
 In November 2014, Milena* arrived at the hospital in Štip, Macedonia, seeking an abortion. She was 40 years old, married with two children, and now, pregnant with t wins. She was afraid, unable to see how she could care for two more children at her age.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/the-amazing-story-of-two-sets-of-twins-saved-from-abortions/

Marco Rubio’s Amazing Pro-Life Moment With a Teen With Down Syndrome
 Andra Oyler was afraid that her son Drew would be disappointed when they attended a Houston, Texas rally for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio last week.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/26/abortion-activists-upset-after-lands-end-apologizes-for-promoting-gloria-steinem/

West Virginia Legislature Passes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb
 The West Virginia legislature gave final approval today to a bill to ban the dismemberment abortion method that tears unborn babies limb from limb. The West Virginia Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, SB 10, successfully made it through the state legislature and now it heads to the governor.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/west-virginia-legislature-passes-ban-on-dismemberment-abortions-tearing-babies-limb-from-limb/

Two Women in U.S. With the Zika Virus Had Abortions, They Didn’t Want a Potentially Disabled Baby
At least two unborn babies in the U.S. have been aborted because their mothers were infected with the Zika virus and concerned about possible birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control on Friday.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/two-women-in-u-s-with-the-zika-virus-had-abortions-they-didnt-want-a-potentially-disabled-baby/

Ted Cruz: Is Donald Trump Hiding Planned Parenthood Donations in His Unreleased Tax Returns?
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/ted-cruz-is-donald-trump-hiding-planned-parenthood-donations-in-his-unreleased-tax-returns/

Pro-Lifers Caught Pro-Aborts Vandalizing Their Posters, The College’s Response Was Ridiculous
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/pro-lifers-caught-pro-aborts-vandalizing-their-posters-the-colleges-response-was-ridiculous/

Black Pastors Protest Planned Parenthood: “It Undermines the Morals of Our Community”
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/black-pastors-protest-planned-parenthood-it-undermines-the-morals-of-our-community/

Ted Cruz Creates Religious Liberty Advisory Committee to Help Protect Pro-Life Conscience Rights
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/ted-cruz-creates-religious-liberty-advisory-committee-to-help-protect-pro-life-conscience-rights/

Memorial Remembers Woman Who Was Drowned and Burned After She Refused an Abortion
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/memorial-remembers-woman-who-was-drowned-and-burned-after-she-refused-an-abortion/

Democrat Says: Supreme Court Needs a Real African-American, Clarence Thomas Doesn’t Count
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/democrat-supreme-court-needs-a-real-african-america-voice-clarence-thomas-doesnt-count/

Justina Pelletier’s Family Sues Massachusetts Government for Abducting Their Daughter
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/justina-pelletiers-family-sues-massachusetts-government-for-abducting-their-daughter/

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign Saves 196 Babies From Abortion, So Far
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/40-days-for-life-prayer-campaign-saves-196-babies-from-abortion-so-far/

Newspaper Calls Bill to Ban the Sale of Aborted Baby Parts “Anti-Science”
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/newspaper-calls-bill-to-ban-the-sale-of-aborted-baby-parts-anti-science/

Mother Invents Special Eyeglasses Just for People With Down Syndrome
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/mother-invents-special-eyeglasses-just-for-people-with-down-syndrome/

Utah Legislator Files Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limbount
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/29/utah-legislator-files-bill-to-ban-dismemberment-abortions-tearing-babies-limb-from-limb/

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Hispanic Anti-Trump Protester Warns White Voters of the Consequences of Electing Trump: ‘We Own Texas’


FORT WORTH, Texas — Speaking outside a Donald Trump rally in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, a Hispanic demonstrator warned the GOP candidate’s white supporters that there would be consequences if Trump manages to make it all the way to the White House.

“If these people get what they want, Trump in there, I guarantee you — you think the Mexicans are going to lay down that easily? We don’t ever say nothing,” Ronald Gonzales, of Dallas, said.

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After explaining that he isn’t an advocate for open borders, he argued that many of the illegal immigrants living in the U.S. “already got families and kids that are here” — and they wouldn’t allow a Trump administration to break up their families.

“It ain’t gonna happen,” Gonzales said. “You really want the Mexicans to really, really stir, really get mad? Y’all don’t understand — we aren’t the minority anymore. We own Texas. Texas is Mexican-made. I’m five generations deep right here.”hatred

When pressed by TheBlaze on his warning about Trump’s rhetoric on deporting illegal immigrants, he doubled down on his comments.

“What do you think?” Gonzales asked incredulously. “You think the Hispanics are going to sit back and let these people come and take our parents away? … I’ve never called y’all crackers or nothing like that until this time,” he said. “Y’all call us Mexicans, spics and all that.”

He added, “I fought all my life just for my kids wouldn’t be growing up to that. And now that Trump’s coming into the situation, he’s making it worse.”

Gonzales was one of the most outspoken of the small group of anti-Trump protesters outside of Friday’s rally in Fort Worth. He engaged in several heated — and profane — debates with Trump supporters. He told one Trump supporter, “All it is takes is one of y’all to speak for all of y’all — and Trump is doing the speaking for y’all. So don’t come and try to speak for yourself when Trump is speaking for y’all.”

Interspersed between the impassioned, but mostly respectful, debates between the competing factions, there were some ugly moments that seem to underscore the racial tensions surrounding the 2016 presidential election.

“Where are you going, b***h?” one anti-Trump protester barked at a Trump supporter.DNC hate machine

In another ugly moment, an apparent Trump supporter told Hispanic demonstrators to “go back to Mexico.”

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Branco Past Blast Cartoon – Republicide


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Republicide – Where republicans, in trying to appease their donors, the leftist media, and illegal immigrants, while ignoring their base, is total suicide.

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Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2013.

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon


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What a Clinton 2017 Inauguration may look like.

Clinton 2017 Inauguration / Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2016

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Hollywood Actress Reveals Why She’s Going Back To Church Every Sunday- ‘A Transformative Experience…’


waving flagReported by Jack Davis February 25, 2016

Garner stars in “Miracles From Heaven,” based on the true experiences of a young girl Anna, who’s near-death encounter and serious illness cause her family to grow closer to God and each other. The film reflects the strong Christian theme of Anna’s survival and the faith of her mother, Christy Beam. The movie opens on March 18.

“I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to L.A., it wasn’t something that was just part of the culture in the same way, at least in my life. But it didn’t mean that I lost who I was,” Garner said in an interview.

She explained the lack of faith that exists in the Hollywood culture saying, “It’s made me really look at my town of Los Angeles and realize, we don’t talk about faith. It is not a conversation we have between takes on set … It’s something that’s become very political.”

“But there was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday,” Garner said. “So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It’s really sweet.”Praise the Lord

Garner said her children played a major role in her decision.

“I was talking to my kids about the movie and they said, ‘Mom you don’t take us to church,’ and we went that Sunday … . That decision was a direct gift from this movie and for that I’m very grateful,” Garner said.

Garner recently joined the Beam family at their church.

“I fell so in love with this family, I fell so in love with their love for each other. I fell so in love with their faith,” Garner said, then spoke about Christy Beam. “It was a transformative experience to play this woman right here, she made me stronger.”

“I love the message in the film, and I love the message of hope,” she said. “I love how inspiring the film is. But I also really connected with Christy just from reading the book and from reading the script, and I wanted to honor what she and Annabel and the whole family went through.”

Garner was asked about whether her faith helped her with personal challenges.

“Of course. I think that’s what it’s all about,” she said. “But there’s a beautiful line in the movie that really resonates with me; Christy is having a conversation with her pastor and she says, ‘I just don’t understand. I don’t know where my faith is right now.’ She’s in the crisis of faith. And he says to her, ‘You know, everyone is going to struggle and I look at it this way: I’ve struggled with faith and I’ve struggled without it. And I’ll tell you, it’s a whole lot easier with.’”

h/t: TheBlaze

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The Rise of Intolerant Liberals


waving flagCommentary by Kim Holmes / / February 18, 2016

Today’s liberal intellectuals are much more interested in stifling debates than having them. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Newscom)

Kim R. Holmes, a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation, oversaw the think tank’s defense and foreign policy team for more than two decades. He’s the author of the upcoming book, “The Closing of the Liberal Mind.” Read his research.

Why have liberals become so intolerant? They think nothing of denying someone as prominent as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from speaking on a college campus. They embrace activists who shut down speakers. They publicly shame people for the slightest deviation from liberal orthodoxy.

Their mindset is the very definition of closed-mindedness.

For them everything from science to the law is “settled” once they get into power. Progress is a one-way street. Their mindset is the very definition of closed-mindedness.

The easy answer would be “they are all bad people.” But frankly that’s a cop-out. Not all liberals are bad people, any more than all conservatives are angels. No doubt among the fevered minions of liberal activists there are people with, shall we say, psychological issues, but that doesn’t explain why so many otherwise reasonable people are so beholden to liberalism as an ideology.

The short answer is that it pays. A lot of people in and out of government benefit. Liberalism also makes people feel good. Whether you are politician dispensing government benefits or the citizen receiving them, liberalism hides the self-interest and sometimes even greed that motivate people.

But the devolution of liberalism into something now openly illiberal has causes far more complex than these familiar explanations provide.

For one thing, liberalism is no longer mainly about ideas. It is about poweras in who has it and who doesn’t. Believing they already know the answers to all questions, liberals view politics and governing as mopping up operations.

  • Academic research is about proving a point rather than discovering the truth.
  • Science is treated as the private preserve of a certain ideology, not to mention a political weapon to justify preferred policy outcomes.
  • Mistaking as they do their ideology for morality, they see no reason to shun the most cynical of political tactics to get their way.
  • For them, the end justifies the means.

Second, liberalism today is not the liberalism of yesteryear. It’s not Franklin Roosevelt’s or John Kennedy’s liberalism. It’s not even the liberalism of Bill Clinton. It has become something much more radical. Bill Clinton talked about the “era of big government” being over.

Today, there is virtually no government program that liberals won’t embrace. Clinton had his Sister Souljah moment when he repudiated extremism in his party. Today liberals can’t get close enough to the “black lives matter” movement.

Third, liberals have surrendered to (some would say created) the nasty culture of intolerance that infuses our popular culture. To this extent, they are not at all different from some self-proclaimed right-wing people who do the same. But the difference is—or at least is supposed to be—that liberals profess to be the party of the open mind. They have become anything but.Free Speech Definition

Now that they control so many of our institutions—our universities, high-tech corporate board rooms, the entertainment industry, and increasingly even mainstream churches—they are closing the door behind them, making sure that no one, especially conservatives, will sneak in the back door.

Finally, liberalism has become hostile to open inquiry. Liberal intellectuals used to love open-ended debates because they thought they could win people over with their intelligence and wit. No more. Today’s liberal intellectuals are much more interested in stifling debates than having them. After all, who needs debates when all the big questions have been answered by their ideology? Liberals are no longer the scruffy radicals of Washington Square, but a tenured Mandarin class hotly competing for government research grants.

As I argue in my forthcoming book, “The Closing of the Liberal Mind,” to this Mandarin class:

Knowledge, like human progress, must be created and managed by state policy, bureaucratized and forced on all people equally despite the infinite differences that exist between individual human beings. It is a sad state of affairs, especially for intellectuals who are expected to know better.Partyof Deceit Spin and Lies

There’s an old saying, he who controls knowledge controls power. Liberals get this adage instinctively. They treat truth not as wisdom—as something to be discovered—but as a will to power to be imposed by law and governmental fiat.Mantra

In this quest for power, they have become masters at controlling not only knowledge, but popular culture. For example, when Americans watch entertainers like Jon Stewart, they don’t see an ideologue channeling liberal clichés. They see just a really funny guy. The ideology is completely buried. Young people respond in lockstep not because they were indoctrinated by some boring Maoist, but because they think the whole thing is great fun.

What we have here is nothing less than a new and highly attractive form of illiberalism—an illiberal liberalism, if you will. Intolerance is championed in the name of tolerance, closed-mindedness in the name of open-mindedness, and hatred in the name of compassion. It’s classic double-think, and the deception is precisely the danger. Americans don’t expect liberals to be authoritarian wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are not prepared to be on guard all the time because liberals are supposed to be the good guys—the guardians of freedom of speech and the like.

Alas, they are not. Just ask Condi Rice or anyone else who has been denied the opportunity to speak on an American campus.

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This State Offered Free College Education. Here’s What Happened.


waving flagReported by Norbert Michel / / February 22, 2016

Aside from the subsidy/cost issue, there are many other reasons why this is bad public policy. (Photo: istockphoto)

Norbert Michel studies and writes about housing finance, including the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow in financial regulations. Read his research.

Several politicians have recently been offering free goodies to voters. One of the most popular of these, oddly enough, is something that several state governments have already tackled: free college tuition.

The details vary by state, but Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, and Louisiana (among others) all use tax dollars to pay for at least some of their residents’ college tuition.

Louisiana provides a great case study for advocates of similar federal policies.

Louisiana provides a great case study for advocates of similar federal policies. Louisiana just so happens to be in the news right now because the governor is threatening to suspend his state’s version of free college tuition for everyone.

Louisiana’s Tuition Program

Louisiana’s plan is called the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or, more commonly, TOPS. This extremely popular program uses tax dollars to pay full tuition (and some fees) at any of Louisiana’s public universities. Other than residency requirements, all high school students qualify as long as they have a C average (2.5 GPA) and at least an 18 on the ACT.

So the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students doesn’t cover every student’s tuition, but it ends up covering it for a large chunk of middle-/upper-class families.

How It Started

The program started out in the late 1980s as the brainchild of oil tycoon/philanthropist Patrick Taylor. The program, which wasn’t originally named for him, started out as a tuition assistance plan only for low-income individuals.

In 1997 the state removed the income caps. At that point, all Louisiana students, regardless of financial need, were made eligible for “free” tuition at any Louisiana public college. Once in college, students had to maintain a C average to keep their TOPS awards.

As of 2010, approximately 70 percent of Louisiana’s high school graduates headed to college within one year. That’s nearly 20 percent higher than the rate in 2000.

Who’s Paying for It?

It’s easy to call the program a success because of this increase, but it’s just as easy to point out that the program doesn’t really provide free education. In one way or another, someone pays for it.

In one way or another, someone pays for it.

The eventual implosion of the program was easy to predict back in 1997 for the same reasons that pretty much any similar subsidy is destined to fail. Subsidies don’t really lower the cost of products and services; they only lower the up-front price that some people pay.

(In 1997, this program inspired my very first public critique of a government policy. Back then, I thought it was a terrible idea.)

No Such Thing as Free Tuition

A person receiving “free” tuition may not see it (or even care), but subsides actually raise the total cost of an education. The core problem is that they remove the paying customer—in this case the student—from the equation.

Without the subsidy, the paying customer receives the direct benefit for the service and bears the direct cost. If that person doesn’t think the cost is worth it, they don’t pay.

Louisiana’s program replaces this paying customer with groups of government officials. These officials neither receive the direct benefit nor endure the direct cost of obtaining an education. These groups do, however, benefit a great deal from obtaining more of your tax dollars.

And they rarely bear any direct cost from either increasing your taxes or delivering a substandard education product. (The incumbency rate is fairly high for politicians.)

On a practical level, Louisiana’s program converts tuition payments into a state budget item. In other words, a large chunk of each school’s “tuition” becomes nothing more than revenue sent in by the state bureaucracy.

In Louisiana, four separate higher education systems—each its own bureaucracy—fight over these “tuition” payments. Smaller schools inevitably get the smallest shares, but that’s kind of another story.

A Burden on University Resources

When the influx of students hits—more people going to school when tuition is “free” is pretty much a foregone conclusion—it strains universities’ existing resources. So the transfer of money has the natural tendency to lead to expanded facilities, faculty, and staff.

But these increases call for a permanently higher level of funding, and all of these effects tend to reinforce each other. That is, school officials have a built in reason to ask for larger transfers, and politicians have a built in excuse to raise taxes.

When the state’s coffers are not flush with cash, the schools’ budgets get cut. Thus, universities have every incentive to raise more money from students who are not a part of the Taylor Opportunity Program.

Of course, for any given level of Taylor Opportunity Program students, a higher posted rate of tuition results in a larger transfer from the state. If the program covered full fees and tuition for literally every student, then taxpayers would bear the full cost. But it doesn’t, so non-TOPS students bear some of the cost.

(Pretty much every student ends up paying higher fees directly, too, but that’s almost an aside.)

Non-subsidized markets don’t work this way—prices can actually fall in response to changes in demand and supply. Subsidized systems, on the other hand, are destined to result in higher—not lower—tuition.

Recent numbers support this explanation. The Taylor Opportunity Program has nearly doubled in cost since 2008, and most of that increase has been due to higher tuition.

What I failed to fully appreciate in 1997 was how bad of a deal the Taylor Opportunity Program would end up being for the smaller schools. Then I spent almost a decade teaching at Nicholls State University, a regional state school in Thibodaux, La.

Small Universities Are Hardest Hit

In one sense, the Louisiana program amounted to a cruel trick for these institutions. Smaller schools are the ones least able to sustain the permanently higher costs associated with the new TOPS-generated revenue stream.

When the state budget goes south—and it always does in Louisiana—smaller schools get slammed. (Louisiana State University has more than 25,000 students, so small changes in per-student fees go a long way).

No matter how much we want it to, subsidizing something simply doesn’t make it more cost-effective.

The Taylor Opportunity Program does give certain people a better deal on tuition at one point in time, but then it makes up for it somewhere else.

Ironically, the earlier waves of Taylor Opportunity Program graduates are among those about to get hit with a tax increase. That’s what politicians mean by free.

Ironically, the earlier waves of Taylor Opportunity Program graduates are among those about to get hit with a tax increase. That’s what politicians mean by free.

Aside from the subsidy/cost issue, there are many other reasons why this is bad public policy.

First of all—and I know this sounds crazy—everyone should not go to college. Some people simply aren’t cut out, and many just don’t need to. Yes, people with college degrees tend to earn more than those without, but it does not follow that everyone should go to college.

When the program was started, Louisiana public universities offered students a good value because they were relatively inexpensive. Now that Louisiana taxpayers have spent more than $2 billion on the program, tuition rates are out of reach for many students that don’t qualify for the program.

While the best solution for Louisiana would be to get rid of the program altogether (unlikely since politicians love the program), the best residents can hope for now is an increase in the program’s academic standards and some form of means testing. At least these changes would better direct subsidies to academically prepared students with more financial need.

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