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  • Indiana Chamber Comments on Religious Freedom Bill Becoming Law (No friend of SoCons)

    03/30/2015 10:21:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce ^ | March 26, 2015 | Staff
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration bill, becoming law today and the reaction to that: In our eyes, the law is entirely unnecessary. The reactions to it are not unexpected or unpredicted; passing the law was always going to bring the state unwanted attention. "Yet we are optimistic that the public overall will continue to look to Indiana as a place to come to do business, attend a convention or enjoy a sporting event. Indiana has shown time and time again whether its hosting the Super Bowl or...
  • Indiana: A Religious Liberty Bellwether

    03/30/2015 9:58:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    American Conservative ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    I spent the weekend reading as much as I could about the controversy over Indianas new religious freedom law. What it tells us is very bad, from a conservative perspective, especially a religious conservative perspective. Let me explain. First, the Indiana law is not substantially different from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, nor is it substantially different from state RFRAs in place in most other states in the US. Indiana law professor Daniel O. Conkle, who supports gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular, also supports the Indiana law, and explains why here. Excerpts:
  • Indiana plans language to 'clarify' religious objections law to assuage discrimination fears

    03/30/2015 9:49:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/30/15
    Indiana's Republican legislative leaders said Monday they're working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.... Supporters of the law insist the law will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. Arkansas is poised to follow in Indiana's footsteps, as Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll sign a measure moving through the state's Legislature.
  • Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination religious freedom laws are dangerous

    03/30/2015 7:13:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | Tim Cook
    Theres something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.
  • Ex-CFO Who Slammed Chick-fil-A Lives on Food Stamps (lost his $200K+ job)

    03/29/2015 9:18:22 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 79 replies
    newser ^ | Mar 28, 2015 | Neal Colgrass
    (Newser) Things haven't gone too well for the former CFO who criticized Chick-fil-A in a video he posted on YouTube. Unable to find lasting work, 37-year-old Adam Smith is living on food stamps with his wife and four kids in the RV they call home, he tells ABC News. "I think people are scared," Smith says of potential employers. "I think people are scared that it could happen again." Back in the summer of 2012, as thousands of people were opposing Chick-fil-A's stance on gays, Smith rolled into a Chick-fil-A drive-thru for a free glass of water and slammed...
  • Wrong kind of hero: Why feminists diss Hirsi Ali

    03/29/2015 10:52:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero. In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: Shes an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. Shes an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. Shes a fierce advocate for womens rights. Shes a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices. Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion. Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation...
  • Angie's List nixes $40M project over Indiana bill

    03/29/2015 6:27:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | unknown
    Angies List is open to all and discriminates against none, Oesterle said, and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.
  • Report: Lubitz tweeted "A Germany in which religious feelings have more rights than the meaning of

    03/28/2015 10:03:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/28/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane who deliberately crashed in the Alps on Tuesday killing 150 people, retweeted (actually looks more like shared on Facebook) the photo above, with the caption "A Germany in which religious feelings have more rights than the meaning of freedom - is not my Germany." (Hat Tip: Mike K). And the New York Times reported on Friday that Lubitz "lived, at least part time, with his parents. Mr. Lubitzs mother was an organist at a Protestant church near the town center. Mike K adds: Here is the sad, but probably true story....
  • Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intolerance

    03/28/2015 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2015 | Renee Graham
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Thursday a bill he claims will protect religious liberty in his state. Overwhelmingly approved by that states Republican-controlled legislature, the law allows businesses and workers, citing their religious beliefs, to refuse service to anyone they find objectionable. Of course, what the so-called religious freedom act really does is legalize discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
  • Gay Activists, Corporations Rip Indiana Law for Extending Religious Protections

    03/28/2015 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    Gay activists and corporate leaders assailed a new Indiana allows that extends legal protections to religious business owners and individuals and vowed to boycott the state,according to CNBC. The law, signed by Pence on Thursday, allows businesses to use an owner's faith as a reason to refuse service to customers, including same-sex married couples. The law risks setting off a business chill in the state, with money-making conferences and major corporations threatening to pull out. Big corporations were among the loudest critics. Columbus, Indiana-basedCummins, the world's largest diesel engine maker, opposed the new law in strong terms. "Cummins believes...
  • #BoycottIndiana: Keith Olbermann calls on NCAA to pull Final Four from Indianapolis over RFRA law

    03/27/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Add Keith Olbermann to the now trending #BoycottIndiana mob looking to punish the state over its new religious freedom law a law that closely mirrors the 1993 Chuck Schumer sponsored, Bill Clinton signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act:
  • Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

    03/27/2015 6:44:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 26, 2015 | Arthur Chu
    GenCon, the worlds biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the stateand take their $50 million-a-year convention elsewhere. This isnt because GenCon is run by political progressives or social justice warriors trying to make a difference. It really, really isnt. If GenCon leaves Indianapolis itll be for the same reason it came to Indianapolis and abandoned its original home of Wisconsin, the home state of founder of D&D Gary Gygax (peace be upon him). Because it makes...
  • Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard: The Verdict after Fifty Years

    03/24/2015 8:25:29 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 28 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | March 12, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    Speech given to Freedom Fest, Las Vegas, NV Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. What I will be discussing in my talk today is the crucial role that the ideas of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard have played in the defense of liberty and Western civilization. All Americans, well read in political affairs, know of these famous thinkers. They were two of the most powerful and revolutionary intellectuals in the 20th century, contributing many valuable insights to our knowledge of philosophy, politics, and economics. As with most intellectual rebels, their major ideas about freedom and government were highly controversial. What I...
  • Rand Paul hits up SXSW, wants to legalize freedom

    03/23/2015 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Kaled · 55 replies
    Death And Taxes ^ | 03-16-2015 | Drew Salisbury
    Rand Paul stopped by the SXSW Festival last weekend to show the tech savvy youth of today that he is a pretty cool dude who gets it when it comes to the issues they care about like privacy and cool apps. I do Snapchat, the Republican and probable candidate for president at one point said. During an interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, the Senator from Kentucky did his best to woo the young tech crowd by linking concern over NSA spying programs with the libertarian narrative of an intrusive and abusive government. He referred to those in the...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. True conservatives and libertarians, lets not pretend there arent fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • Because I'm a [faux] Conservative I support the liberal platform ZOT!

    03/23/2015 6:44:37 AM PDT · by Kaled · 144 replies
    An Incredibly Minor Public Figure ^ | 03-15-2015 | Michael Charney
    Because I'm a Conservative, I believe in a strong separation of church and state. As Eliade wrote in The Sacred and the Profane, "the sacred always manifests itself as a reality of a wholly different order from 'natural' realities." We do a disservice to the truly sacred when we force it into Caesar's world. What is sacred to me is between myself and my Maker--and forcing that into the public square diminishes both of Us. Because I'm a Conservative, I care about the environment. Whether prompted by the Bible or by our own sense of morality (itself a part of...
  • The Danger of Obama's "Pre-Existing Conditions" Ban

    03/19/2015 6:22:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    CCHC ^ | 3-18-15 | Twila Brase
    There is a way out. The path to freedom is available -- and increasingly possible as Obamacare opposition grows and support for repeal increases. Here is a starter package of much-needed policy changes: ⦁ Repeal every word of Obamacare, including the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions. ⦁ Refuse to legalize Obama’s illegal subsidies if King wins King v. Burwell. ⦁ Refuse to build a state exchange no matter who wins King v. Burwell. ⦁ Restore access to indemnity (catastrophic) policies – true health insurance ⦁ Offer individual insurance pre-birth, with ownership linked to the baby. ⦁ Encourage ownership of insurance...
  • Scott Walker and the Continuing Power of the Republican Cult of Reagan

    03/17/2015 6:44:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    At the 2013 Reagan Day Dinner, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, standing in front of an oil painting of Ronald Reagan bathed in holy light shining down on his head, began to recount his connections to the former president. He mentioned that his own wedding was held on the day of Reagans birth, and also that his recall election coincided with the anniversary of the day he was born into eternal life, the day he passed. Walker then began to recount his visit to the Reagan Library, in suitably awestruck tones. At that point the story began to take on even...
  • 25 Statist Propaganda Phrases (And How To Rebut Them)

    03/15/2015 9:19:16 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 14, 2015 | Tylor Durden
    3. The social contract A valid contract must be presented honestly and agreed to voluntarily, without duress or fraud. The social contract does not meet this standard because the state will initiate the use of force against anyone who does not voluntarily enter into the social contract. The state is also not automatically dissolved when it fails to uphold its obligations under the social contract, so the presentation is dishonest if it even occurs at all. Therefore, the social contract cannot be considered a legitimate contract.
  • Vclav Klaus: Our Freedom Is Endangered

    03/12/2015 9:11:17 PM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 7 replies
    Global Wealth ^ | March 12, 2015 | Kelly Diamond
    The best environment for man is the environment of liberty. Vclav Klaus Liberty is a fundamental human right and the cornerstone of our existence. But in our current world, liberty is being attacked from all directions, whether through higher state control or individuals themselves. Liberty is in search for its protector. Those that value and actively promote the ideals of freedom and liberty are few in such an enclosing environment. In the following article, Claudio Grass, Managing Director at Global Gold Switzerland, ventures into a discussion with one of the vanguards of liberty, former President of the Czech Republic,...
  • World War II Vet: I Was Young

    03/09/2015 9:22:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/09/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    "That is the main reason we are free," he said. "The Blessings of God have always been on this country. Today, I am not so sure." A couple of years ago at a Veterans Day event in Hemet, California, I had the opportunity to talk to a 92-year-old World War II veteran. Today I spoke with an 89-year-old World War II veteran. Both said the same thing to me. It was hell, but I was proud to serve. The elder of the two entered the U.S. Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, and fought in the Pacific theater of...
  • Nathan B Forrest's Address to the Pole Bearers

    03/07/2015 11:30:33 AM PST · by Repulican Donkey · 117 replies
    Civil War Talk ^ | 2007 | Sears
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate...
  • Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard: The Verdict after Fifty Years

    03/03/2015 9:32:01 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 12 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 3-2-15 | Nelson Hultberg
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. What I will be discussing in my talk today is the crucial role that the ideas of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard have played in the defense of liberty and Western civilization. All Americans, well read in political affairs, know of these famous thinkers. They were two of the most powerful and revolutionary intellectuals in the 20th century, contributing many valuable insights to our knowledge of philosophy, politics, and economics. As with most intellectual rebels, their major ideas about freedom and government were highly controversial. What I will do in this talk is explain what...
  • U.S. Unveils comprehensive new adult vaccination plan

    02/28/2015 8:06:58 AM PST · by azkathy · 112 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2-25-15 | Alicia Bayer
    While childhood vaccination rates are well over 90%, adults are far more likely to be behind on vaccinations http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/national_adult_immunization_plan_final.pdf Think you're up to date on your vaccinations? You might be surprised at how many vaccinations are now recommended for American adults -- and the federal government plans to start tracking which of those vaccines you're behind on. The Department of Health and Human Services released its preliminary draft of a new five year plan to increase adult vaccinations this month. The newly revised 52-page National Adult Immunization Plan says: While the NVP provides a vision for improving protection from vaccine-preventable...
  • THE ALARM Number 2

    02/26/2015 2:39:24 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 8 replies
    Rusticus ^ | 2005 | Rusticus
    I am somewhat heartened by the responses I have seen to my first article. I say somewhat because I am surprised that the sovereign citizens of this Nation have not already rectified the tyranny forced upon them.
  • Golden Pride of Cleburne High - Jesus Christ Superstar 1986 [A high school band in Texas, 1987]

    02/26/2015 12:49:56 PM PST · by DesertRhino · 20 replies
    JRRTorchlight YouTube ^ | Uploaded on August 19, 2008
    If you want to realize that we have truly been the classic boiling frogs the last few decades, take a moment to look at this video from 1987. It's a simple video of a high school band from Cleburne Texas that won the state competition that year. Look at it, and imagine if this bunch of high school kids performed this today, after the socialist cultural revolution. If you are in a hurry and don't feel like watching the whole 10 minute show, skip ahead to the 2:20, 4:40, 6:10, and 7 minute marks. See if you can find the...
  • THE ALARM

    02/23/2015 10:36:44 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 45 replies
    Self ^ | 2005 | Rusticus
    First let me apologize to my fellow Americans for my absence. In my defense I had high hopes that the erosion of freedom in this great nation would eventually bring about a revolution, and I am afraid I do not mean a revolution in thought.
  • NYT: Who Loves America?

    02/23/2015 2:15:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 23, 2015 | Charles M. Blow
    "....Ah, American exceptionalism again. This is in part about a fundamental difference in views. It is a definitional difference, not about the meaning of love but about the meaning of America and its place in the world. Does exceptionalism if one accepts the premise bestow exemption from critique? Is uniqueness perfection? Does our difference require some sort of arresting of development?..... ....In a way, this is an ideological battle. Conservatism is rooted in preservation; progressivism advances alteration. These are different love languages. These languages turn on your view of change itself: When you think of America, do you...
  • Resistance in Munich

    02/22/2015 6:51:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    The past offers us many lessons. And cause for alarm. And inspiration, too. Seventy-two years ago today, three young Germans 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, her older brother by three years, Hans, and their friend 24-year-old Christoph Probst were put to death by the Nazis. They were decapitated guillotined within hours of being found guilty in a sham trial conducted by Raving Roland, a typical Nazi lunatic. Their crime? Standing up against the most evil crime imaginable. The charge was treason treason committed courageously against the Third Reich. The Scholls had a history of standing up to...
  • Liberals Cannot Understand Why Poor Whites Vote For the Republican Party

    02/21/2015 7:15:46 AM PST · by pinochet · 78 replies
    Liberals have been wailing over the past two decades on why poor whites vote for the Republican Party. In 2012, the New Yorker Magazine published an article on poor Republicans, that was full of all the crude stereotypes about poor whites. http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/poor-white-and-republican After all, the Democrats are offering free stuff to the poor, such as free health care, free welfare payments, free food stamps, and other free goodies. In the opinion of the Democrats, poor whites are voting against their economic interests by voting for the Republican Party. Liberals have coined the term "Trailer Park Republican" to describe poor whites...
  • Shots Fired, People down Copenhagen rally

    02/14/2015 8:33:56 AM PST · by LegendHasIt · 14 replies
    Various; Hot Air ^ | 2/14/15 | Various
    A debate over free speech in an age of terrorism took a dark turn in Copenhagen. A volley of gunfire ripped through a cafe where an artist from the 2007 controversy over drawings of Mohammed spoke. Early reports say Lars Vilks was not injured, but at least two others were, according to one witness..... The TV2 channel said Saturday there were some 30 bullet holes in the window of the Krudttoenden cafe and said at least two people were taken away on stretchers, including a uniformed police officer.
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Vomitorium [Not a Joke]

    02/13/2015 2:09:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/10/15 | Stella Morabito
    Peeling back all kinds of sexual taboos may not have the best results. Bestiality, anyone? So are you ready to set aside “Fifty Shades of Grey” and talk about the normalization of sexual relations between humans and animals? Seriously, in November New York Magazine ran an exhaustive interview with a 42-year-old man from Canada who described in graphic detail his love affairs with horses. (Oh, by the way, he says he’s “lucky” to have his human wife because that way “nobody would ever guess.”) He argues that bestiality—or, in politically correct parlance, “zoophilia”—should be legal and socially de-stigmatized. Meanwhile, in...
  • U.S. DROPS TO 49TH IN WORLD PRESS FREEDOM RANKINGS, WORST SINCE OBAMA BECAME PRESIDENT

    02/12/2015 1:42:04 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    The Intercept ^ | February 12, 2015 | Glenn Greenwald
    Each year, Reporters Without Borders issues a worldwide ranking of nations based on the extent to which they protect or abridge press freedom. The groups 2015 ranking was released this morning, and the United States is ranked 49th. That is the lowest ranking ever during the Obama presidency, and the second-lowest ranking for the U.S. since the rankings began in 2002 (in 2006, under Bush, the U.S. was ranked 53rd). The countries immediately ahead of the U.S. are Malta, Niger, Burkino Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile and Botswana. Some of the U.S.s closest allies fared even worse, including Saudi Arabia...
  • The Ark of Freedom

    02/10/2015 8:36:37 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 02/09/2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    There is only one hope to stop the tyrannical rot of statism stealing over our country. We must challenge the Democrat-Republican monopoly of politics that foments the rot. Is this being redundant? Heard all this before? Perhaps, but our most defiant Founding Father, Samuel Adams, was very redundant in his pursuit of justice. He told his fellows repeatedly: It does not take a majority to prevailbut rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Irate and tireless are whats important here. We can save our country only if we patriots (who are...
  • Nuts to You!

    02/10/2015 7:08:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    MAIN STREET U.S.A.-- It's been kind of fun, I tell you: a Florida Democratic congressman, one Alcee Hastings, calls Texas a "crazy state." Texans -- e.g., Rick Perry -- joyfully, jubilantly acknowledged the craziness that has made our state (yes, I am one of the assorted bedlamites) foremost in the country for economic growth. How come Texas leads in job creation and in general economic wellbeing -- the oil price free-fall notwithstanding? Because we're all nuts down here? It's a nice kind of nuttiness, if so. Not that Texas -- very much a part of our fallen, post-Edenic world --...
  • The climate Comintern speaks - "intentionally transform the economic development model"

    02/10/2015 4:42:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
    "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution." Those were the words spoken on Feb. 4 by Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the auspices...
  • The Defend Freedom Tour

    02/10/2015 4:35:23 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Chuck Norris
    Patrick Henry once said, "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." And for me, those special qualities have always been epitomized in our courageous men and women in uniform. I have written countless times on the need to support and serve our nation's heroes who have selflessly volunteered to serve us. Few and far between are legitimate and proactive avenues through which the average citizen can return the favor and help our service members around the country. Luckily, one of those opportunities is rolling through Texas this April, and...
  • Egyptian Democratic Coalition Responds to Obama

    08/19/2013 3:24:27 AM PDT · by iontheball · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 19, 2013 | Free Egyptians Party
    The National Salvation Front, a coalition of pro-democratic and secular parties in Egypt, set out its objections to remarks made by President Barack Obama Thursday on the escalating violence in Egypt. Led by Ahmed Said of the Free Egyptians Party, the group issued the following letter: "Like most Egyptians, we listened with attention to your statement on Egypt's latest developments. As representatives of the non-Islamic political forces in Egypt, we believe in the same fundamental values on which the U.S. was founded. Be we also have 7,000 years of civilization and history that give us a special identity that we...
  • What Do the Scriptures Mean which speak of the flesh?

    01/09/2015 7:27:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 160 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Do the Scriptures Mean which speak of “the flesh?” By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a common misunderstanding of the meaning of the Biblical phrase “the flesh.”  There are many references to “the flesh” in New Testament Scripture, especially in the letters of St. Paul. The phrase confuses some, who think it synonymous with the physical body or merely with sexual sin.It is true that there are many times when Scripture uses the word “flesh” to refer to the physical body. However, when the definite article “the” is placed before the word “flesh” we are most often dealing with something...
  • Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    02/04/2015 6:55:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    An important if usually under-the-radar public policy issue is occupational licensing state rules that require residents to meet various criteria (and pay for them) before they may earn a living in a particular profession. Rolling back licensure mandates requires taking on groups with a vested interest in preserving these restrictions on opportunity (and potential competitors). To its credit the previous Legislature did do some good if still-modest work in this area. In a bipartisan manner, legislators eliminated rules having to do with dieticians and nutritionists, interior designers, auctioneers, community planners, carnival workers, ocularists, school solicitors and immigration clerical assistants....
  • In China, a church-state showdown of biblical proportions

    02/03/2015 4:21:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1/11/15 | Robert Marquand
    Christianity is booming in China, propelling it toward becoming the world's largest Christian nation. But as religion grows, it spurs a government crackdown. Theres nothing secret about Chongyi Church, one of the largest in China. Its lighted steeple and giant cross penetrate the night sky... Chinese or not, you are welcome seven days a week... For China, it is a stunning feeling. Most of the society exists behind closed doors and is tough, driven, material, hierarchical... Yet Chongyi looks and feels like any evangelical megachurch in Seattle or San Jose. There are big screens, speakers blaring upbeat music, coffee bars....
  • No, there shouldnt be a law

    02/01/2015 3:27:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2015 | Fingers Malloy
    I call them the Busybody Brigade (The BB for short). The Lefts army of activists who look for problems that dont actually exist, and solve them with restrictions that dont actually work. Their motto: There should be a law. They are meddlesome. They are relentless. And they are on a quest to influence almost every decision you make, from sunrise to sunset. Its all in an attempt to better the collective and control your life. Let them, help you. After all, it takes a village. The BB is alive and well in Seattle, where a new ordinance on the books...
  • Bill Maher: Obama 'perhaps the worst' on press freedom

    02/01/2015 2:24:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/31/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Bill Maher is throwing some shade on President Obama's credentials as a supposed champion of freedom of the press. The host of HBO's "Real Time" sat down Friday to discuss media coverage of secret government work with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, one of the journalists centrally involved in bringing revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to light. "I don't understand why he is perhaps the worst president we've had on clamping down on the press," Maher said. "He's used the Espionage Act more than any other president, right?" Maher added. Other members of the media have blasted...
  • Burial Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War | 1984 | Ronald Reagan Memorial Day Speech

    01/31/2015 9:43:10 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Memorial Day 1984 | President Ronald Reagan
    Remembering when we had a real president. Remembering our brothers who gave all. Freedom is not free. Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. God bless America.
  • Land of the Mostly Free: America is stuck as Earths twelfth-freest economy.

    01/29/2015 6:58:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/29/2015 | Deroy Murdock
    The good news is that America has stopped sliding in economic freedom. The bad news is that were stalled as Earths twelfth-freest economy. The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal have just released their 21st annual Index of Economic Freedom. Once again, it finds the U.S.A. wheezing significantly behind the five most unfettered markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Among 178 nations rated on ten different economic metrics, from government spending to free trade, the bottom five are Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, and dead last North Korea. Since 2010, America has missed the...
  • Is consciousness {Freedom] an illusion?

    01/27/2015 4:30:19 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 9 replies
    Jon Rappoport's Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Jon Rappoport
    Cutting through disinformation about consciousness is vital, because neuroscience is moving toward a mind-controlled society, based on the idea that individual awareness is an illusion, and stimulus-response is the key to shaping a new Collective of synchronized happy brains.
  • Super Bowl's Arizona host may be on the hook for millions

    01/26/2015 5:47:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/24/15
    ....the mayor of Glendale, Arizona - home to Super Bowl XLIX - is questioning the money-making potential of this year's big game, CBS News' David Begnaud reports. "I think if you looked in the till at the end of the day, I think you'll have less money in it than came in," said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. Weiers suspects that when the sun sets on Super Bowl XLIX, the only real loser may be his city. "I'm sure that we're going to spend $3 million," Weiers said. "I would hope, in tax revenues, that we can actually account for well...
  • Sarah Palin appearance at Freedom Summit was a total crowd-pleaser: FULL SPEECH

    01/25/2015 9:28:18 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 66 replies
    The Right Scoop via CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | soopermexican
    While Scoop has done a good job of debunking the rumor that Palin said she was interested in running for the presidency in 2016 already, some are saying she hinted at it in this speech. Whether she did or not, she packed it full of puns and zingers and really pumped up the crowd.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 8:21:48 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He talks about the need to bring together a coalition of voters who "believe in the miracle of America."
  • Who Will Keep Our Freedoms Safe?

    01/22/2015 7:24:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    While the Western world was watching and grieving over the slaughter in Paris last week, and my colleagues in the media were fomenting a meaningless debate about whether President Obama should have gone to Paris to participate in a televised parade, the feds took advantage of that diversion to reveal even more incursions into our liberties than we had known about. We already knew that the NSA, our 60,000 domestic spies, has captured and retained the contents of nearly all emails, text messages, telephone calls, bank statements, utility bills and credit card bills of all Americans since 2009. We already...