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Democrat War On Women Ends With A Whimper
By Adriana Cohen, Boston Herald November 6, 2014 11:55 am                                                                                                                                                                  The war on women is officially over. The midterm election delivered that message loud and clear.

The progressives’ birth-control darling Sandra Fluke, who kickstarted the phony propaganda scheme back in 2012, was sent packing Tuesday. She ran for state Senate in California’s 26th District and lost dramatically — by 21 points — despite being very well-funded. Proof even lots of money can’t fool the people.

In Texas, Wendy Davis, who made a name for herself last year during an infamous 11-hour-long attempt to filibuster a highly controversial Texas abortion bill, lost her bid for governor. And Mark Udall, a rubber stamp for Obama, who ran his hotly contested Colorado Senate race on “women’s issues,” was trounced by Republican Cory Gardner.

Republicans actually advanced women and gave them positions of power and influence.

Republican Mia Love was elected Utah’s first black congresswoman. In Iowa, the GOP’s Joni Ernst is now the state’s first female senator. The same is so for West Virginia’s Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito. And the youngest congresswoman in history, 30-year-old Elise Stefanik of New York, was also victorious.

With the mass wave of Republican electorate victories giving the GOP control of both the Senate and the House as well as winning several key gubernatorial seats — in Blue States no less — Democrats would be smart to scrap the bogus war on women ploy once and for all. Americans are simply not falling for it.

In fact, millions of American women across the country elected Republicans to represent them. If there was a real war on women, clearly this massive demographic would’ve voted differently.

What smart American women know is that the most important thing our government can do for us is to protect our safety and freedom. We need leaders in Washington who will support a strong military, possess an effective foreign policy and elect those who will strengthen homeland security.

Right now.

On the economic front, what Republican women understand is that the path to financial independence and the American Dream are two things: a good education and a good job.

Bottom line: There’s hope for America, because midterm results indicate women across this nation are starting to get it.

The GOP might take the White House in 2016 after all.

Adriana Cohen is also a host on “Trending Now” on Boston Herald Radio weekdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.

Parents to take ‘torture’ of Michael Brown to UN

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) November 5, 2014 11:55 am

Human rights violationsThe parents of Michael Brown are going to a United Nations meeting in Switzerland to speak against civil rights violations, racial profiling and police violence in the United States, according to a St. Louis University assistant law professor who is helping organize the trip.

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. will speak before the 53rd Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva on Nov. 12 and 13, said the professor, Justin Hansford, who has been active in Ferguson protests. He said Brown’s parents are taking their grievances to a world stage because they feel they have not gotten justice from state, local and federal governments in the death of their son, who was fatally shot by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

Hansford said Brown’s parents are being sponsored by the U.S. Human Rights Network, a nonprofit network of human rights groups. Hansford and others have set up a website to collect donations to send protesters to the conference, he said. Plans for the trip are spelled out on the website fergusontogeneva.org.

McSpadden and Brown could not immediately be reached for comment. Their lawyer, Anthony D. Gray, said they planned to leave Nov. 10.

Hansford said he helped the Brown family get an audience by submitting a paper earlier this fall. He said he hopes the committee helps encourage authorities to take a less militarized approach in their response to future unrest. “The world community will look at it through a human rights lens this time,” he said.

The Committee against Torture, made up of 10 human rights experts from around the world, monitors an agreement by certain nations not to engage in torture or other inhumane treatment.

 

IS GOD A DIVINE BEING? NOPE, SAYS POPE

By Lee Duigon
November 6, 2014
NewsWithViews.com

In his continuing quest to win the favor of liberals and pagans around this fallen world, Pope Francis I last week said, “God is not a divine being.”

He made this astonishing remark during an informal speech defending something called “theistic evolution.” That’s a doctrine much favored by squishy Christians who want to be accepted by the world. Oh, sure, says the pope: God is still the Creator. But He doesn’t actually “make” things. He just sort of starts the ball rolling, and then sits back and watches. Although how He can do even that, without being a divine being, the pope did not explain.

Before dropping this clanger, Francis got his wings clipped by the assembled bishops recently when he exhorted them to ease up on homosexuality, shacking up, and divorce. The bishops weren’t buying it.

Does this man understand he’s the pope, and not the governor of California?

Some of you will say, “Well, what do you expect? The pope is Catholic, and Catholics aren’t Christians.”

But what has Francis said that countless flatline Protestant church men have not already said? If you want Tibetan Buddhist prayer chants, goddess worship, labyrinth walks, openly “gay” clergy performing same-sex parodies of marriage, or Sufi dervishes spinning around the floor like tops, you can find it at a nearby Episcopalian, Evangelical Lutheran, United Methodist, or Presbyterian Church USA facility. Don’t think for a moment that Catholics have a lock on pseudo-Christianity.

As a Protestant affiliated with no particular denomination, when an unbeliever taxes me with howlers spoken by Rick Warren or Joel Osteen, I can always shrug my shoulders and say, “It’s got nothin’ to do with me.” But Catholics have a single, supposedly authoritative spokesman, and it’s hard for them to distance themselves from anything he says. They’re stuck with it.

So we soon saw a lot of “what he really meant was…” pieces on the Internet, by Catholic writers trying to sanitize the pope’s remark.

“God is not a divine being.” Think it over. If God is not a divine being, who is? If Pope Francis is not just Joe Biden in clerical robes, what could he have meant? One of my liberal friends says he only meant that God is “not some old man with a white beard, like Zeus.” Well, okay—but is there any Christian, anywhere, who doesn’t already know that? “God is a spirit,” Our Lord Jesus Christ told the Samaritan woman at the well, “and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Michelangelo painted God as an old man with a white beard on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel; but we don’t presume God posed for him.

Not having been granted an interview with the pope, I can only speculate on what’s going on inside his head. Is he suggesting that there really is no such thing as a divine being, as we mortals have always understood the term?

Not long ago, Francis said that atheists, heathen, and what-have-you can go to Heaven, whether or not they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, as long as they do nice things. So we must then ask just how many good works will earn you salvation. What if you miscounted, and you realize, with your dying breath, that you’re one or two works short?

Pope Francis seems to have joined with assorted flatline Protestant churchmen in the exciting pastime of making up Christianity as they go along. Maybe they can come up with a generic Christianity Lite that the secular world can tolerate—a Christianity without a divine being, without immutable moral laws, without a need for faith, accepting and even embracing the secular values of socialism, self-esteem, and sexual liberation. Maybe they can come up with a Christianity that’ll even be approved of by the lesbian mayor of Houston.

it won’t be Christianity at all, in the Biblical sense of the word—only a collection of flabby platitudes and flabby believers who bow to Baal whenever there’s a conflict. But at least no one will get down on those believers for rejecting Evolution and doubting Global Warming.

There’s already too much of this among the churches. The world hated Christ, and He warned His disciples that it would hate them, too, for His sake (John 17:14). Would we rather have the truth, or the good opinion of Christ’s enemies? We cannot surrender to the world, except at the price of our souls.

And if God is not a divine being, how can He give us eternal life?

© 2014 Lee Duigon – All Rights Reserved

Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on http://www.amazon.com

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IS THE MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE MENTALLY ILL?

By Coach Dave Daubenmire
November 6, 2014
NewsWithViews.com

I am not asking this with my tongue in my cheek. I am as serious as a judge. As I sit here and write, I am listening to Mr. Obama’s press conference. Something is very wrong with this guy. He is either mentally ill or demon possessed. Either choice is a possibility. But something is definitely wrong with him. He seems somehow inhuman.

I’ve lived my entire life in a world of athletic competition. I understand the human emotion that is associated with winning and losing. I grew up with the opening theme of ABC’s Wide World of Sports continuously playing in my head. (If I close my eyes I can hear the voice of Jim McKay bouncing around the corners of my brain.)

“Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is “ABC’s Wide World of Sports!”

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat brings with it emotions. That is why we watch sports. We love the human drama of athletic competition. That’s why we have press conferences after games. We love to hear the emotional reaction to winning and losing.

President Obama is a hollow man. He has no feelings. He feels no emotions. The human drama of competition seems to have no outward effect on him.

Can I be blunt? He got his butt kicked. Every talking head on the tube is pointing the finger at his unpopularity. “The bloom is off of the rose. It is a direct repudiation of his policies. The era of Obama is over.” It is as if everyone knows it but him.

Politics is nothing more than a beauty contest, and Obama has been voted off of the island. But he acts as if he still owns the island. There seems to be no agony in his defeat. It is not normal. His emotions do not line up with reality. He is either sick or he is possessed. I’m not laughing. I am serious.

His party rejected him. The American people rejected him. His fawning media has turned their affections in a different direction, yet he shows no emotion. I watch him on the TV. I watch him in his press conference. I watch his eyes as he responds to the media’s questions. I believe he is a sick, dangerous man.

I Googled the word ‘sociopath’. “A person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.”

Bingo. That’s him. That’s the guy living the life of President of the United States.

I went a bit further and Googled “Characteristics of a Sociopath.” Read it for yourself. Permit me to summarize. You recognize his mental illness by these traits.

- An oversized ego.
- Lying and showing manipulative behavior.
- Incapable of showing empathy.
- No lack of shame or remorse.
- Staying eerily calm in dangerous situations.
- Behaving irresponsibly or with extreme impulsivity.
- Having few close friends.
- Being charming —but only superficially.
- Living by the pleasure principle.
- Showing disregard for societal norms.
- Having intense eyes.

The man is either sick or non-human. He does not react like a normal human being.

Consider this from the article:

“Sociopaths can be very charismatic and friendly — because they know it will help them get what they want. “They are expert con artists and always have a secret agenda,” Rosenberg said. “People are so amazed when they find that someone is a sociopath because they’re so amazingly effective at blending in. They’re masters of disguise. Their main tool to keep them from being discovered is a creation of an outer personality.”

As M.E. Thomas described in a post for Psychology Today: “You would like me if you met me. I have the kind of smile that is common among television show characters and rare in real life, perfect in its sparkly teeth dimensions and ability to express pleasant invitation.”

Reading that gives me the willies…how about you?

No emotions. Cold. Calculating. He doesn’t even know that he lost. He is unaware that he has been rejected. He acts as if it is business as usual while the entire Democratic Party is wishing for a moving van out in front of the White House.

In my coaching career I lost a lot of games. I know how it feels. I know how it makes you react. He has destroyed his party. His friends are running for cover. But he acts as if he has just won.

Sociopaths are dangerous. Some famous sociopaths in recent history include Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gazy.

You laugh at me. You ridicule what I say because I compare him to serial killers. Go ahead. Laugh. He displays all of the characteristics of the above mentioned goons. They were charismatic and likeable.

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What kind of man plays golf after a young man’s head is chopped off? What kind of man disappears for hours while some of his “employees” are being killed overseas? What kind of man permits a deadly disease to be freely introduced into a society? What kind of man acts as if he won when the whole world watched him lose? What kind of man believes his own lies?

President Obama is either sick or demon possessed. Red flags are everywhere we look.

Will his own party stop him? Will anyone stop him? President Obama is a sick, dangerous man.

I just thought someone needed to point that out.

Polls show Republicans firmly ahead in 3 key Senate races

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In the final stretch before Tuesday’s midterm elections, Republicans appear on solid footing in three key Senate races, according to new polls that show Democratic hopes of holding control of the Senate looking increasing faint.

In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a nine-point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, the NBC News/Marist poll found. Meanwhile, Senate races in Georgia and Louisiana appear headed for runoffs, but in both cases the Democrats were poised to lose the head-to-head matchups.

The outlook in the Southern states is not a shock to Democrats. All three states are rough terrain for Democrats in any year — and even more at a time when voters express widespread dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s performance on nearly every major issue of the day.

Still, all three races have featured flashes of hope for Democrats in recent months. Grimes has shown herself a tough campaigner and unafraid to knock the president and his policies. In Georgia, Michelle Nunn’s fight against Republican David Perdue has become a test of whether the Democratic Party can mobilize African American voters in an off year. In Louisiana, two-term incumbent Mary Landrieu is hoping her powerful name and GOP division can inch her over the edge.

The polling suggests Landrieu won’t know the answer until the results of a Dec. 6 runoff election. Among likely voters in Tuesday’s ballot, Landrieu stood at 44 percent, compared with Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy’s 36 percent and Tea Party-aligned candidate Rob Maness’ 15 percent. One candidate needs to exceed 50 percent to avoid a rematch. In hypothetical head-to-head matchups against either Cassidy or Maness, Landrieu loses, the poll indicates.

In Georgia, Nunn was trailing Perdue, 44 percent to 48 percent, and Perdue was projected to win in a runoff. In Kentucky, McConnell was leading Grimes, 50 percent to 41 percent.

If Democrats lose each of the three Senate seats, their slog to 50 seats in the Senate is tough. They would have to win four of the six tightest races across the country in Alaska, Colorado, Arkansas, Iowa, North Carolina, and New Hampshire.

Republicans need to pick up six seats to gain control of the Senate and are already seen as having a lock in South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana.

–Kathleen Hennessey
Tribune Washington Bureau

How This School Treated a Marine Dad who Refused to Let Daughter Study Islam Is SHAMEFUL

Kevin Wood, a Marine and father living in Maryland, is under a “no-trespass order” at La Plata High School after he asked his daughter to be excused from a biased assignment about Islam.

The patriotic father first spoke first to an administrative assistant, then discussed the issue with Vice Principal Shannon Morris. But a school official is making the wild accusation that Wood threatened to cause problems at the school in his conversation with Morris.

She said: “Safety comes first. We don’t allow disruptions at the schools, especially if we’re forewarned of them.”

Wood denies making any threats. His version of the conversation is that he explained in no uncertain terms that he does “not believe in” Islam and wants his daughter removed from class while other students study the Muslim religion.

The Wood family will be taking their complaints to state legislators and the Maryland Department of Education. But first, he discussed this important issue with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly (above):

Wood’s wife Melissa said her husband was simply trying to make a point.

“The people do not understand what he endured when he was over in Iraq,” she said through tears. “And he lost friends, and he lost brothers and sisters to these people.”

The Wood family is trying to work out an agreement with the school board. If they can’t, they say their daughter won’t do the assignment and will take the ‘F.’

It is very interesting how seriously the school takes an assignment teaching about the “5 Pillars of Islam” but wouldn’t dare have students memorize the 10 Commandments or Biblical scripture.

Do you support this Marine dad’s battle against his child’s school? Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Read more: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/school-treated-marine-dad-refused-let-daughter-study-islam-shameful-video/#ixzz3HgArvbVD

Connecting the dots to despotism

The pattern of recent events across America clearly shows a nation in decline. Amazingly, our ruling class still won’t connect the dots.

Recently, I wrote a column suggesting that we are living in an age of insanity. Events since show the madness morphing into soft despotism, which may harden into outright tyranny.

That was the pattern of post-World War I Weimar Germany, where cultural decadence and wheelbarrows full of worthless paper money birthed an evil strongman who promised to restore morality and order.

Before we get anywhere near that odious outcome, I’m hopeful that Americans will awaken to reaffirm our heritage of faith and freedom that has made the United States uniquely dynamic, prosperous and generous. It’s not too late, but we’re nearing the edge of no return, with a moral meltdown and nearly $18 trillion in national debt.

What we may need is a whack upside the head to help us connect the dots. It’s worked before. It took a bloody civil war to end slavery.

It took Pearl Harbor to stir America in 1941 to join the war against religio-fascism in the East and National Socialism in the West.

It took bellicose nuclear threats by the Soviet Union, the grim reality of the gulag, and North Korean troops pouring into South Korea in 1950 to harden our resolve to stop communism.

It took the launch of Russia’s Sputnik in 1957 to harness America’s scientific and industrial might to run away with the space race.

It took the Sept. 11, 2001, airline hijacking mass carnage to wake us up to the dangers of militant Islam. Amazingly, our ruling class, led by the Obama administration, still won’t connect the dots. They insist this threat has no particular religious root, even as terrorist acts underscore it, such as Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s murderous shooting spree in Canada’s Parliament building last Wednesday, or the ax attack on two officers in a New York subway on Thursday.

It took Obamacare’s brutal takeover of America’s healthcare system to drive millions of voters to the polls in 2010.

Sometimes, it’s not one big event that awakens us. It can be a series of incidents that cause the scales to fall from people’s eyes. The dots of soft despotism are increasingly easy to connect. As Red State’s Eric Erickson likes to say, “You will be made to care.”

Nearly every day, we hear of yet another scandal or federal power grab rocking Washington, with federal agencies simply making up laws or breaking them as they go along.

With the notable exceptions of U.S. district judges in Louisiana and Puerto Rico, black-robed federal tyrants have trashed self-government, striking down a dozen voter-approved state constitutional amendments that protect natural marriage.

Similarly, judges have overturned voter photo-ID laws in several states. Except for Wisconsin, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued stays allowing some of the laws to remain in effect for November’s election.

In California, the state Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans to cover elective abortions – no exceptions. This includes churches. Yes, churches, not just businesses owned by Christians, such as Hobby Lobby.

Our rulers behave as though the First Amendment’s religious freedom guarantee is good only behind closed doors. That’s the Soviet model, where commissars forbade religious or charitable activities outside church buildings in order to keep religion irrelevant. In government schools, they enforced atheism to make children think that neither God nor their parents offered anything of substance.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because school bureaucrats in America, working with liberal teachers unions, have turned classrooms into atheist programming centers. Anyone doubting this might want to view IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America.

The 2011 film is a chilling indictment of how millions of Christian parents have entrusted their children to a system that keeps them ignorant about U.S. history, alienates them from their faith and marinates them in moral relativism.

The left’s idea of tolerance with an iron fist has taken other vivid forms lately, painting more dots to connect.

In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a couple who are ordained ministers and who own a wedding chapel face a 180-day jail term and a $1,000-per-day fine if they continue to refuse to “marry” homosexual couples.

In Houston, openly lesbian Mayor Annise D. Parker not only had the city subpoena five pastors to turn over their sermons, but also demanded emails, letters and other communications regarding the city’s transgender statute, the mayor or the topic of homosexuality.

In Jefferson County, Colorado, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) went ballistic when conservative school board members proposed in September to create a committee to review the Advanced Placement U.S. history course. The conservatives want to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and delete materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

Egad, this is too much. The ACLU fired off a letter signed by seven other groups and triggered massive student protests against conservative “censorship.” Give us back the leftist propaganda.

Speaking of brainwashed children, what are we to make of three teenaged girls from Aurora, Colorado, skipping school and flying to Germany, apparently to join the Islamic State?

If all religions are pretty much the same, and America is not exceptional in any way, and parents are advisers at best, what’s the big deal?

Connect all the dots, and it’s a very big deal to more and more Americans. The only question is whether and when they will do something about it.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union. This column first appeared in The Washington Times.

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Daily Digest
Oct. 27, 2014

THE FOUNDATION
“[America’s] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.” –John Quincy Adams, Speech to the House of Representatives, 1821

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Political Fight Over Ebola Quarantine
In the wake of the doctor in New York City testing positive for Ebola1, the governors of New York and New Jersey imposed mandatory quarantine policies for health workers who had contact with Ebola patients. Facing public backlash coupled with pressure from the White House (because the quarantine “doesn’t comport with science”), however, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed off2. Not surprisingly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held firm. Of course, the reason the governors placed strict requirements on those coming in from Ebola-plagued countries is not because of the threat of additional infections, which is minimal, but because the fear generated by all the media hype over Ebola3 can result in significant disruption. The new state measures are designed to negate that disruption. And, as The Wall Street Journal put it in an editorial4, “[I]f it weren’t for the Administration’s incompetence in handling Ebola risks on U.S. soil, maybe the state leaders wouldn’t have felt they had to take matters into their own hands.”

Washington School Shooter Broke Law When Picking Up Gun
Like so many other school shootings that make national headlines, we don’t know why the shooter at the Marysville Washington High School killed two people and severely injured three more on Oct. 24. Also like other shootings, the killer turned his weapon on himself. We do know that when the 14-year-old picked up his father’s Beretta .40-caliber handgun, he broke the law5 because it’s illegal for him to possess the gun and ammunition, carry the gun to school and, of course, open fire. As always, the Left’s pundits point to the gun and label it the source of all social ills. As Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw says, it took all of three minutes6 for a Huffington Post reporter to tweet, “By the way, there are two background check measures on the ballot in Washington this year.” What no one can understand is the freshman’s mental state, why the homecoming prince7 descended to murder. But one thing is clear: The gun didn’t make him do it. More…8

You Didn’t Build That, Part II
At a Boston rally for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Hillary Clinton echoed Barack Obama’s famous “you didn’t build that9” line in reference to businesses and jobs. Only she was perhaps even more explicit. “Don’t let anybody tell you that, uh, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Clinton said. “You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she sneered. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.” For good measure, she added, “You know, one of the things my husband says when people say, ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington?’ [is], ‘Well, I brought arithmetic.’” Clinton is clearly trying to move left to head off a challenge from Elizabeth Warren10. But it’s also interesting to note that her husband benefitted from what we call “Reaganomics” – supply and demand economics that gets government out of the way and lets people keep more of their hard-earned money. Reagan’s policies11 set off a two-decade economic boom. Clinton is suggesting we continue Obama’s policies of taxing and spending, and that’s hardly a reason to vote for her.

FEC to Study Regulating Political Speech on Internet
The liberals on the Federal Election Commission are eyeing political speech. First, they wanted to regulate books12. Now, they want to go after the videos, blogs and websites of the Internet. Ann Ravel, vice chair of the FEC, announced13 that the commission will look into regulating the Internet because “a reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due.” Ravel wants to go after a “loophole” exempting political groups who distribute political ads for free across the Internet, insisting these ads must be disclosed to the FEC. But Lee Goodman, the FEC chairman, says these proposed regulations could entangle news sites, blogs or web forums. The Internet has been to political speech like ridesharing service Uber has been to the taxi industry – disruptive to the heavily regulated systems of the past. Doesn’t the FEC have more important things to do, like discouraging voter fraud14 and ensuring the reliability of voting technology15, than tampering with the freedom of speech? More…16

Idaho Wedding Chapel Doesn’t Have to Perform Same-Sex Marriages
A city in Idaho decided the religious beliefs of business owners are enough to prevent the city from slapping a non-discrimination charge against the business. Last week, the owners of the Hitching Post, a wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, sued the city17 because they would have faced a misdemeanor charge if they refused to marry same-sex couples. “But now the city is backing off and has determined the Knapps can say no,” writes Scott Shackford at Reason Magazine. “Unfortunately the reason is not because a wedding ceremony is not a right and nobody of any race, sexual orientation, or religion should be able to demand that somebody must bless (in any definition of the word) their relationship. Rather, the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance doesn’t specify that a business has to be a non-profit in order to claim a religious-based exemption from the law.” The city, of course, danced a legal two-step to avoid litigation, so the problem of same-sex non-discrimination laws hunting those practicing religious freedom will still be decided. More…18

For more, visit Right Hooks19.

RIGHT ANALYSIS
‘Lone Wolf Attack’? Wrong!
By Mark Alexander

After the latest Islamist assault in New York20, let us reiterate the proper interpretation of such attacks.

As noted in my recent column, Islamic Jihad – Target USA21, the most likely near-term form of attack against military and civilian personnel on our turf will be similar to the conventional Islamist assaults in the Middle East – homicidal bombings or mass shootings. This type of attack is low tech but effective in terms of achieving instilling public fear with the long-term goal of extorting policy change. However, a note of caution about the predictable “analysis” that will follow these attacks. Government and media analysts alike will assert there is “no known connection between the assailant and Islamist terrorist groups.” That assertion is patently false.

Recall that in 2009, after Nidal Malik Hasan, yelling “Allahu Akbar,” killed 14 people (including an unborn child) and wounded 30 others at Ft. Hood, The New York Times opined: “[It is] important to avoid drawing prejudicial conclusions from the fact that Major Hasan is an American Muslim whose parents came from the Middle East. President Obama was right when he told Americans, ‘we don’t know all the answers yet’ and cautioned everyone against ‘jumping to conclusions.’”

Well, we do “know all the answers” now, and the conclusion is that these acts are directly tied to Islam. Yet the Obama administration and its media outlets insist the Ft. Hood attack, like the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, were not tied to established Islamic terrorist groups. They offer the same errant analysis of the 2009 murder of two American soldiers outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas, and conspiracies to detonate bombs in Times Square and the NYC subway system. The result is that Islamist ideology is allowed to propagate and flourish across our nation unabated.

However, these attacks and those to come were and will be directly tied to worldwide Jihad by way of the Qur’an, the foundational fabric linking all Islamist violence. Fact is, American Islamists, such as Louis Farrakhan, Anwar al-Awlaki, Sheikh Ibrahim and other self-appointed clerics, have galvanized their following by preaching hatred for America. And other American Muslin leaders, who would like to be perceived as legitimate representatives of Islam, offer little condemnation of Islamic violence. Their silence is deafening.

Describing Islamist assailants as “lone wolf” actors or “radicalized” constitutes a lethal misunderstanding of the Jihadi threat22. Describing their attacks as “criminal activity” or “workplace violence” is asinine.

The Real Racists Oppose Voter ID
There is no intellectually sound argument against having proper ID to vote – which is quite predictably why the American Left must resort to emotional demagoguery to fight it. Equally unsurprising, playing the race card is their most reliable vehicle for doing so. Yet stunning testimony against North Carolina’s election laws reveal that it is leftists themselves who are willing23 to disparage black Americans and Hispanics to pursue their agenda.

According to expert witnesses retained by the Justice Department (DOJ) and, yes, the NAACP, it is racist to assume minorities can be treated like everyone else – because they are “less sophisticated.”

Read the rest here14.

A Tale of Excused Abuse at the IRS
As we consider the political and legal implications of the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party and Patriot groups, it’s worth taking a trip down memory lane. Watergate offers worthwhile comparisons.

Months of congressional hearings, investigations, resignations, firings and blatant lies ended with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passing articles of impeachment, resulting in the first and only resignation of a U.S. president on Aug. 8, 1974. The American people watched despicable acts of political maneuvering, criminal activity and absolute corrupt leadership end with a bi-partisan show of rebuke and remedy.

Until recently, history would’ve likely reserved the caption “most corrupt U.S. president” for Richard Nixon. But Barack Obama seems determined to take over that mantle.

Read the rest here24.

Obfuscation Reaches Fast and Furious Levels
Since the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in late 2010 showed that Operation Fast and Furious was far worse than completely botched25, the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder has been plotting to cover its tracks and limit the negative political ramifications. The “most transparent administration in history” has been so opaque that several people and groups, including former CBS reporter Sheryl Attkisson and Judicial Watch, have filed Freedom of Information Act requests for documents regarding the scandal just to get to the bottom of it.

Needless to say, the Holder Justice Department was not forthcoming with these documents.

Read the rest here26.

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TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
Peggy Noonan: Can Obama Find Thumpin’ to Say?27
Larry Kudlow: The Optimistic GOP Story Everyone Is Missing28
George Will: Done in by John Doe29
Stephen Moore: Meet the New Class Warrior in Chief30
Tony Perkins: California ups the Abortion Ante31
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OPINION IN BRIEF
The Gipper: “A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.”

Columnist Peggy Noonan: “We have criticized Republican lack of a higher meaning. Strangely absent this cycle are candidates who make us believe the one thing every American wants to believe, is desperate to believe: We can come back. America can pump out jobs again, boom again, be a beacon. Here’s the plan, here’s the policy, ‘Let’s do this thing.’ Republicans fail to connect their own dots. But Democrats this year – what a rhetorical, emotional and policy disaster. In ‘08 they were on fire with hope, in ’12 they were keep the faith, stay the course. This year they are surly. They are unloving and unlovable. It’s race and gender politics, it’s wheelchairs, it’s endless defensiveness about voting for or with the president. Republicans may have failed to unite, but the Democrats divide. … On Nov. 5, Mr. Obama will have to say something that shows he gets it. That shows without saying that he’s humbled, that he isn’t living in a bubble. Here’s the problem. The qualities required of such a statement – humility, self-awareness, sensitivity to the public mood – are sort of the opposite of what the president brings to the table.”

Economist Larry Kudlow: “Let me weigh in on the first two bills that the GOP should put on Obama’s desk. The Republicans should start with energy by legislating a Keystone Pipeline Authorization Act … and include energy reforms that would open federal lands to development and drilling and remove all restrictions to energy exports. … Who loses? Our enemy Vladimir Putin and his client state Iran. And if Obama kowtows again to the left-wing enviros, so be it. It’s a 2016 GOP agenda item. Second would be a business tax-reform plan that would slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, stop the double taxation of foreign profits and allow small business S-corps (including unborn start-ups, which are America’s real job creators) to take advantage of the new lower corporate tax rate. … A new Republican Congress should message that they’re tired of obsessing about Obama’s mistakes. Everybody knows about those. The trick now is to focus on solutions. On change. On saying, ‘We can do this. We can fix this.’”

Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest: “Hillary told a crowd, ‘Businesses and corporations don’t create jobs.’ She forgot to add, ‘…when Democrats control the economy.’”

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Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers
NEW YORK — Oct 7, 2014, 3:36 PM ET
By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move affects 30,000 employees, or about 5 percent of Wal-Mart’s total part-time workforce, but comes after the company already had scaled back the number of part-time workers who were eligible for health insurance coverage since 2011.

The announcement follows similar decisions by Target, Home Depot and others to completely eliminate health insurance benefits for part-time employees. It also comes a day after Wal-Mart said it is teaming up with an online health insurance agency called DirectHealth.com to help customers shop for health insurance plans.

“We had to make some tough decisions,” Sally Welborn, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president of benefits, told The Associated Press.

Welborn said she didn’t know how much Wal-Mart will save by dropping part-time employees, but added that the company will use a third-party organization to help part-time workers find insurance alternatives: “We are trying to balance the needs of (workers) as well as the costs of (workers) as well as the cost to Wal-Mart.”

The announcement comes after Wal-Mart said far more U.S. employees and their families are enrolling in its health care plans than it had expected following rollout of the Affordable Care Act, which requires big companies to offer coverage to employees working 30 hours or more a week or face a penalty. It also requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

Wal-Mart, which employs about 1.4 million full- and part-time U.S. workers, says about 1.2 million Wal-Mart workers and family members combined now participate in its health care plan. And that has had an impact on Wal-Mart’s bottom line. Wal-Mart now expects the impact of higher health care costs to be about $500 million for the current fiscal year, or about $170 million higher than the original estimate of about $330 million that it gave in February.

But Wal-Mart is among the last of its peers to cut health insurance for some part-time workers. In 2013, 62 percent of large retail chains didn’t offer health care benefits to any of its part-time workers, according to Mercer, a global consulting company. That’s up from 56 percent in 2009.

“Retailers who offer part-time benefits are more of an exception than the rule,” says Beth Umland, director of research for health and benefits at Mercer.

Wal-Mart has been scaling back eligibility for part-time workers over the past few years, though. In 2011, Wal-Mart said it was cutting backing eligibility of its coverage of part-time workers working less than 24 hours a week. And then in 2013, it announced a threshold of 30 hours or under.

Taking into account the latest move, Wal-Mart declined to say what percentage of total part-time workers will not have company-sponsored health care coverage starting next year.

Wal-Mart, like most big companies, also is increasing premiums, and out-of-pocket costs that employees pay, to counter rising health care costs. Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it’s raising premiums for all of its full-time and part-time workers: For a basic plan, of which 40 percent of its workers are enrolled, the premiums will go up to $21.90 per pay period, up from $18.40, starting Jan. 1.

Wal-Mart employees and their dependents will pay slightly more out-of-pocket for their care next year because the retailer has lowered the percentage of the bill it will cover for doctor visits, tests, and other services to 75 percent from 80 percent after the deductible is paid. But Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove also noted that the company hasn’t changed the maximum amounts that people will have to pay out of pocket annually.

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Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this report.

Google’s Climate Name-Calling
Terrified at being called a ‘denier,’ it flings the accusation at others.

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By HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR.
Sept. 30, 2014 7:21 p.m. ET
Eric Schmidt always seemed a decent guy but we never had reason to ask if he was especially brave.

Then came his long interview on a Washington radio show late last month, the closing minutes of which featured a caller’s inquiry whether Google was still “supporting ALEC, which is that fund lobbyist in D.C. that are funding climate change deniers.”

Google’s chairman confessed his company had joined the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that promotes business-friendly policies at the state level, for “something unrelated” but had recently quit. Ranted Mr. Schmidt: “Everyone understands climate change is occurring. And the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying.”

ALEC doesn’t take a position on climate change. The worst that anyone can find on its website is a claim that climate change would be a mixed bag for the U.S.—which is certainly true. Ask Canada or Russia, which hope to benefit from arctic development. Ask former Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, an expert on cost-benefit analysis, who has written that the U.S. has relatively little to fear from climate change compared to other nations.

ALEC does oppose renewable-energy subsidies, but that doesn’t require having an opinion on climate change since, despite the considerable expense of taxpayer money, handouts to solar or wind have no discernible effect on climate change. And, yes, Google has been helping itself to these subsidies as a two-fer, to get taxpayers to pay for its considerable energy consumption and to clothe itself in appealing green.

But something else may explain Mr. Schmidt’s tirade. Google itself has been a target of castigation, as in a San Francisco Chronicle headline that blared: “Despite recent split from conservative group, Google’s connections to climate change denial runs deep.”

Mr. Schmidt has been personally pilloried by activists and bloggers for donating to “deniers,” i.e. Republicans, in Congress.

In the Salem witch trials, the best defense against being called a witch was to call someone else a witch. Hey, it was the coward’s way out but it was still a way out. Then again, when certain people in society are vested with wealth and authority and all the immunities these gifts bring, perhaps they could take the risk of setting a better example.

Even if you suppose the range of future temperature predicted by climate models is reliable, that range still is the difference between efforts to affect climate change being a plausible use of money and a terrible waste of it—which means a debate must be had.

Even those who spent the early 2000s defending Michael Mann’s hockey stick must notice how thoroughly the bottom has fallen out of such efforts directly to link human greenhouse-gas emissions and global average temperature. And no wonder given the absence of significant warming over the past 15 years, even as temperature measurement has become more rigorous and consistent, and even as China’s mountainous emissions have hit the global climate system. The action today is all toward complex climate models that, whatever their merits, are implicitly based on the recognition that any human effect doesn’t just jump out at us amid a welter of poorly understood natural variation.

All this still counts as scientific progress, even if some might wonder about an investment of billions that only produces deep uncertainty. Yet along the way has come the perverse growth of the term “denier” not for those (if any exist) who deny any possible human impact on climate, but for anyone who does not join in demanding the issue be treated with maximal urgency above every other consideration.

Who has not witnessed the crucifixion of an apostate by dinner companions claiming to be “passionate” about global warming. Not so passionate, of course, that they could say, within a factor of 100, what the carbon dioxide constituent of the atmosphere is. Not so passionate that they could name a climate “scientist” except Al Gore.

How is it possible to be passionate about a subject and not passionate to know something about it? This question is better left unmentioned.

A reasonable climate researcher like Georgia Tech’s Judith Curry will be vilified for suggesting that the “institutions of science are so mired in advocacy on the topic of dangerous anthropogenic climate change that the checks and balances in science, particularly with regard to minority perspectives, are broken.”

Yet a deranged and unhappy nothing-burger like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accrues only admirers for saying that climate skeptics should be jailed.

Much about the human animal remains inspiring and worth preserving, but humanity’s redeeming qualities are easy to forget while watching the climate debate. Except for certain questions about the Prophet in Muslim lands, no subject more frequently brings out the worst in people, as it has Google’s Mr. Schmidt.

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