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Monday, October 31 2011

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Keep your Wall Street execs. If you want to see the biggest income disparity between the CEOs and the working stiffs, check out the entertainment industry. Whether it's Oprah's $290 million or Tyler Perry's $130 million, the difference between the bills pulled in by these fat cats compared to the ones taken in by the shmoes running their cameras, doing their make-up and taking out their garbage is monumental. As in thousands of times worth of a difference.

 

 

Occupy Hollywood. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Of course, these entertainment liberal tycoons all live and work in gated areas - the protestors would have a hard time getting in. But I know somebody who doesn't struggle getting through security:

Before he left Los Angeles for San Francisco on Tuesday, President Barack Obama stopped for an undisclosed meeting with some of the entertainment industry's high-level executives, as well as talent representatives with access to the industry's top stars and musical acts, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

 

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An insider who attended the hour-long meeting with the Obama campaign staff tells THR that the vibe was casual. The president appeared for about 25 to 30 minutes, telling the group that his campaign would be tough and he needed their help to engage the Hollywood community in particular and the general public at large.

 

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Monday, October 31 2011

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Rick Perry may be done with the dog and pony show debates. Newt and Herman Cain appear to be heading out to conduct their own real debates rather than subject themselves to the silliness. Who does all this favor? Time will tell, but I have my doubts that those saying Mitt Romney ends up benefiting are right.

 

 

Mitt needs the debates. He can't self-generate attention and excitement for what is regarded as his tired, perpetual candidacy. He is polished in the debates and does a nice job of appearing more presidential in that format than his competitors. The best case scenario for Mitt is to keep the status quo in place. The worst case scenario for Mitt is that the status quo evaporates and the Republican primary is no longer defined by the media run press conferences known as debates.

 

Mitt's closest challengers - Cain, Gingrich, Perry - seem to know that. For his part, Perry is trying to reignite interest in his candidacy, and he clearly understands the debate isn't the way to go. Perhaps this is:

 

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Monday, October 31 2011

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The left just has no tolerance for those they deem intolerant. But there's a significant difference between the way the right and left handle those they disagree with. Conservatives have a tendency to try to convince people of how illogical and wrongheaded the ideas of the left are...liberals on the other hand would rather just use the power of the government to bully those they disagree with into silence.

 

Last week we talked on the radio show about Viki Knox, the teacher who posted her own faith-inspired personal views on homosexuality to her own personal Facebook page. Liberals, with the assistance of confused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, decided that a teacher exercising her freedom of speech was worthy of an investigation and potential punishment. Of course, had her views been in line with the liberal sexual anarchy cause, there would have been no questioning her right to free expression.

 

Knox, while being discriminated against, should take heart that she's not alone. Christians everywhere are being targeted by the tolerance police:

Adrian Smith, 54, a Christian property manager in Manchester, England, has been demoted and will take a £14,000/year pay cut after posting his view that Christian churches shouldn't be forced to marry gay couples.

 

 

In a Facebook comment thread, he wrote that allowing gay marriages in churches is "an equality too far." LifeSiteNews.com reports:

 

Writing on his own Facebook page, which was not accessible to anyone other than his Facebook friends, Smith had responded to a BBC news item about a controversial new law that would allow churches to conduct same-sex union ceremonies. Asked if his comment meant that he did not approve of the proposed law, Smith wrote, "No, not really. I don't understand why people who have no faith and don't believe in Christ would want to get hitched in church.

 

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Monday, October 31 2011

Not only is the Occupy Wall Street movement a perfect example of media bias, it is also an example of self-deception and hypocrisy. Once again, the left is guilty of the very thing they are protesting. I believe the main thing OWS is protesting is greed. You know, that devilish monster that is embodied in the rich Wall Street executive.

 

 

It's about time someone told the protestors that anyone can be guilty of greed. Since greed is simply "an excessive hunger for, or an unnatural desire for something" (The Winston Dictionary), I contend that greed is something even the working man (and his union leaders) struggles with. When Paul wrote "the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil" (I Tim. 6:10), he was writing to everyone, not just the rich.

 

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Sunday, October 30 2011

Spooky.  I ran across a blast from the past. In 2007, columnist Ellis Henican bemoaned all the assaults on the "greatest kids' holiday of the year," and listed a surprising number of Halloween critics:

"Anti-Halloween attacks are downright ghastly... Fundamentalist Christians warn the celebration promotes devil worship. Prudes and feminists say the costumes have gotten too risqué. Civil-rights groups complain that too many Halloween ghosts resemble lynching victims. Even the witches feel aggrieved - and you probably thought Halloween was the witches' big night!"

 

I was quite amused that those frightening "fundamentalist Christians" are no longer the only antagonists of Halloween as ubiquitous political correctness continues to run amuck. Trick or treat!

What caught my attention, though, was Mr. Henican's failure to include what I consider should be today's primary criticism of the Halloween celebration. With rising alarms over childhood obesity and diabetes, how can we possibly justify celebrating a holiday that has as its major component the doling out of mountains of candy to little already-chubby trick or treaters? Certainly this is nothing short of child abuse perpetuated by Big Candy!

 

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Sunday, October 30 2011

"To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ?If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.' They answered him, ?We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?' Jesus replied, ?I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" - John 8:31-36

 

Embedded in a recent article by Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus is an excellent lesson on the foundation of American liberty. Oh, he did not intend such a lesson, for the article is on the emerging Islamist parties in post-uprising elections throughout the Middle East. Notes Mr. McManus:

"A lot of [the Islamists] aren't democrats at heart," [Saad Eddin Ibrahim] said. "But you cannot get rid of these people. You have to deal with them."

 

And that, in a nutshell, is the dilemma facing the U.S. and anyone else who worries that the Arab world's Islamists could turn out to be like the Muslim revolutionaries who seized control in Iran 32 years ago ? authoritarian, hostile and democratic only in name.

 

Many of the Islamists aren't liberal pluralists at heart. They want Islam to be their countries' official religion. They want some form of Sharia to be the basis of civil law. They don't like Israel, and they don't like U.S. policy on Israel.

Herein lies our lesson. How is it that some 230 years ago the emerging nation of the United States of America did not fall into either religious or secular totalitarianism? The form of government experienced by American colonists, after all, was a monarchy. Yet our Founders did not establish a New World monarchy. Nor did they establish a theocracy.

 

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Saturday, October 29 2011

In an ironic twist to the "Occupy Wall Street & wherever" movements, the occupiers are letting it be known that they do not appreciate being occupied. The New York Post reports that occupier volunteer kitchen staff are upset:

The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a "counter" revolution yesterday -- because they're angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for "professional homeless" people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters. For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep's-milk-cheese salad. They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.

 

Let me get this straight... The occupiers are going to all this trouble to protest ill-defined corporate "greed," selectively declare some wealthy Americans as the 1 percent and themselves as the 99 percent, and demand wealth redistribution. But when hungry, homeless folks show up in their occupied zones, they don't want to share their wealth with them. So in this subset of the bigger picture they are trying to create, the occupiers reject the presence of fellow 99 percenters who think they are deserving of organic chicken and spaghetti Bolognese, too. Now that's rich, isn't it?

 

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Saturday, October 29 2011

The title given to the article by Michael Goldman is "Baby Boomers silent supporters of Occupy Wall Street."

Parents are not threatening to disown their kids but rather seem proud they are willing to demand that the criminality the bankers and brokers may have been involved with from 2003 through 2007 deserve action from the Justice Department. Fairness demands accountability, and fairness demands action. That's what these parents taught these kids, and now these kids are carrying those values and the anger onto the streets of New York City and the rest of America. Thus I'd argue that Occupy Wall Street is the middle speaking out, albeit through the actions of their children. Occupy Wall Street may well dissipate or even fizzle out when the days grow cold and darkness comes at 4:15 p.m. But never think this was about kids rejecting the beliefs and values of their parents, as seemed to be the case early on in the Vietnam era. Rather, this has been about kids honoring their parents.

 

Only a ?60s-?70s vintage liberal would come up with this nonsense.

 

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Friday, October 28 2011

With less than two weeks until Election Day it is good to remember the importance and the value of your vote. One problem for any kind of political constituency is having its support and votes taken for granted by politicians. As an example, I would argue that 96% of African-Americans voting Democratic year in and year out might not be in the best political interests of black Americans. Yet, such a problem falls at the feet of the voter as much as it does the politician who takes those votes for granted regardless of his political actions, abilities or positions.

Let's be honest. The same could often be said of socially conservative Christian voters (of any race). Many people assume that if a political candidate is "pro-life" then he must be pro-family and socially conservative. Many Republicans have realized this assumption and therefore act as if all that matters to securing the votes of 40% of the GOP base is abortion. (There are also Democrat politicians who think just being pro-life can secure the votes of socially conservative Democratic voters.) Pro-life and pro-family groups may have also contributed to this single-issue perception over the years.

Take, for example, the two candidates running for mayor of Evansville. The Republican claims to be pro-life, but both candidates are actively helping raise money for a multi-state homosexual demands group. Both are pushing for the indoctrination of children in schools (under the guise of safety) and both are helping to undermine marriage.

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Thursday, October 27 2011

Yesterday, I attended the final Joint Summer Study Committee on Child Care Issues in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee room. I sat next to a friend who mentioned how contentious this committee had been. It didn't take long for this to play out in this final hearing.

The contention boils down to those who want to give state government more power over church childcare ministries in order to improve some daycare center conditions, versus those who see this as a violation of the true meaning of "a wall of separation" envisioned to keep government out of churches.

The hearing took a weird turn when Chairman Tim Wesco moved through the short agenda to end the meeting. Senator Travis Holdman began a rather lengthy talk about his time doing mission work in Haiti many years ago and the difficulties he ran into in trying to help children with medical assistance. As he spoke, I found myself thinking, "please don't go where I think you're going with this."

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Thursday, October 27 2011

The annual parent/teacher conference time of year is upon us, and so Peter will be out of the radio studio Thursday and Friday this week, returning on Monday, October 31st. The Best of the Peter Heck Radio Show will air on Thursday, and Matthew W. Turner will sit in on Friday.

Given Peter's absence, there will be no daily transcript/blogs posted for him until he returns on Monday. However, keep checking back for updated stories and commentaries from our other Liberty Tree writers!

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Wednesday, October 26 2011

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There were several conservatives who were hopeful that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would jump in the Republican presidential race. I was not one of them. Christie's subsequent endorsement of Mitt Romney demonstrated why: though certainly holding fast to some conservative principles when it comes to fiscal policy (for now), Christie is not a three-pronged (ie, full) conservative.

 

 

His recent performance on the free speech and traditional family front demonstrates what I mean. Let's set the stage, courtesy of Janet LaRue's report at Townhall.com:

Christie told CNN's Piers Morgan on June 15 that he doesn't think homosexuality is a sin even though his religion does. To be sure that the citizens of New Jersey are aware of Christie's beliefs, the interview and transcript are posted on the official New Jersey web site. Okay, that's his opinion. But read on.

Actually, let's stop for just a second and acknowledge what that says about Christie. He's a do-it-yourself brand of Christian. He knows better than God's Word. He's got it figured out. God's inspiration of Biblical authors worked in some places, but not in all, and Christie has a good feel for what parts we can just ignore or skip over. It aint Burger King, Governor, it's the Word of God.  Sheesh. Okay, so that's the religious problem Christie has - he's a part time humanist. But then comes the free speech issue that is simply unacceptable:

 

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Wednesday, October 26 2011

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The sanctimonious lectures from secular scientists about the perils of religious fanaticism are always a real treat to listen to, aren't they? They warn of the dire consequences of putting too much faith in a core set of dogmatic beliefs, thus closing one's mind to scientific inquiry and reasoned analysis. They caution that failing to acknowledge such behavior makes one a scientific reject, an unsophisticated boob that should be laughed out of every conversation and discussion. And the best part? They aren't even remotely aware of how often they are guilty of violating these very principles.

 

Michael Barone has a great column out right now that talks about the danger of letting faith "go too far." He sites the Millerites who, in 1844 thought Jesus was coming back to the mountains of New York, so they sold all they had and went and awaited him. He mentions the Mahdi and his cavalrymen who believed themselves to be protected by heaven against bullets in 1898. And these are but two examples.

 


We could clearly site the recent time-zone approved second coming that Harold Camping and his followers awaited, or other cults that have done some pretty bizarre things and looked unbelievably silly (or tragic) in the process.

 

But Barone reserves special comment for another group of these faith-filled believers:

 

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Wednesday, October 26 2011

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Remember Bobby Jindal? The amazing young Governor from Louisiana was a glimmer of hope in the midst of dark despair within the Republican Party in those days immediately following the 2008 election. Jindal was young, diverse, energetic, charismatic and above all, conservative. He was quickly touted the Republican "anti-Obama" and puffed up into being a rising star within the Party and - before Obama had even completed a first full week on the job - was being suggested as the best hope to challenge the Anointed One in 2012.

 

 

Then came "the speech." That uncomfortable, unfair, awkward and rather unimpressive response to Obama's first State of the Union Address that Republicans forced him to deliver. Almost immediately the left-wing media began running him down, saying how he was overhyped and not-as-advertised (only to learn in the succeeding several months that those who live in glass houses...).

 

For his part, Jindal didn't seem to dissuaded by the experience. He wasn't elected to be the Republicans' rising star. He was elected to lead the state of Louisiana. And he has. Very well. 70% approval rating well, that is. Unlike the left, that seems to create competence out of the thin air of media sycophancy whenever they need it, conservatives like Jindal create competence by being competent. And by any record, that's exactly what Jindal has been.

 

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Wednesday, October 26 2011

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It's just totally inappropriate to mention to kids in school the reality that God exists and there is an eternal accountability that we all face for our actions. It's just totally unacceptable to tell them that their bodies are temples of God, each bearing the image of the Creator, and therefore they should treat those temples with the utmost respect and dignity. It's just outrageous that anyone would subject students to the notion that doing unto others as you would have them do unto you is more than a clever catch phrase, but rather a command with eternal implications.

 

But you know what's not inappropriate? Check it out:

Several students at a Hartford high school expressed horror and left the auditorium when two male members of a city-funded school play shared a passionate kiss onstage on Friday. School officials said they opted against informing parents about the event ahead of time, saying that the students needed exposure to homosexuality, and hailed the "chaotic" reaction as a victory for raising the gay issue.

 

 

The kiss occurred during Hartford Public High School's production of "Zanna, Don't!," a play depicting a world in which homosexuality is normative and heterosexuals take up the role of "outcasts."

 

The Hartford Courant reported that "screams and loud voices" and sounds of disgust came from the audience during the display of affection, while "dozens" of mostly male students left the auditorium. While some trickled back in, officials had to prevent many from leaving the school building.

 

School officials had told students that homosexual displays of affection would be featured in the play, and many asked to be excused. One school official cited by The Courant, nursing academy principal David Chambers, said that he had considered sending an opt-out letter to parents before changing his mind. The school reportedly received a number of phone calls from parents following the incident.

Those silly parents! Don't they understand the "need" for our schools to properly "expose" our children to this kind of conduct?! Thankfully the school anticipated the backwardness of these parents who think it is their responsibility - not the state's - to train their children the way they should go, and prevented parents from knowing or from opting out of this event.

 

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Tuesday, October 25 2011

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We spend a lot of time talking about the abortion issue and the strong emotions involved. And typically I take the position that emotion is the smokescreen that liberals hide behind in the course of these arguments because they can't win on the plane of logic. Liberals know that their position on killing children in unsustainable on constitutional, moral, ethical, legal or logical grounds, so they immediately try to inject emotion into the discussion to distract people.

 

They will always talk about rape, incest, or life of the mother - interesting they never try to defend the right of killing children for a 35 year old prostitute that has already aborted 12 children, even though they think it should be legal. But just for today, let's engage in the emotional side of this issue with them. And let's give honor where honor is due:

 

An Oklahoma woman died of cancer last month after refusing chemotherapy that would have threatened the life of her unborn child, newsok.com reports.

 

Stacie Crimm was 41, single, and unexpectedly pregnant, when she was diagnosed with head and neck cancer this past July. Faced with the agonizing decision of whether to expose her unborn child to a potentially fatal course of chemotherapy, Crimm decided to put her own life on the line instead.

 

Her daughter, Dottie Mae, was born August 16th by emergency C-section after Crimm collapsed in her home.

 

Doctors managed to save the 2-pound baby and resuscitate the mother, placing both in intensive care units in separate buildings. While Crimm seemed to be improving at first, her condition soon deteriorated until three weeks later she stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated again. Her family was told that she was dying.

 

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Tuesday, October 25 2011

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I'm beginning to think it's a bit unfair to say that the Occupy Wall Street movement isn't "about" anything. While there's no coherent message or point, it now seems pretty clear that it's about insanity in the public square:

It is not so easy to tell the protestors with crazy ideas from the crazies with the protestors. Indeed, New York City cops hauled a 24-year-old occupier to Bellevue Hospital this weekend for evaluation after he scaled a 30-foot sculpture and demanded cigarettes, a coat, the mayor's resignation, and hiring quotas for bisexual police and firefighters.

Occupy Wall Street? Occupy a nuthouse.

In Portland, a syringe-wielding man threatened to inject the AIDS virus into terrified demonstrators. In Toronto, a young man was arrested for aggressively smelling a woman's feet and attempting to pass off his bottled urine as an energy drink. In New York, photographers caught a demonstrator defecating on a police car.

 

It kinda makes you wonder if all those lefties who were so eager to trumpet the rise of their own tea party movement are regretting having hitched their wagon to this horse, no? Not that there still won't be those who defend it and suggest that it is growing in popularity and that people are beginning to understand the "passion is the message." No, it's not. It's passion. It is totally devoid of a message.

 

And there will be those who say, "You can't judge OWS by just pointing to some fringe figures." Funny, isn't it? These folks saying that are the same ones who judged the tea party not based on fringe figures but upon imaginary ones. They made up racist derelicts running around shouting epithets at black Congressmen and spitting on people are then judged the entire movement on a figment of their own imaginations. But even still, as Daniel Flynn points out, it's not the ?fringe' folks that really humiliate the OWS crowd:


 

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Tuesday, October 25 2011

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This last weekend, the Denver Broncos NFL team had a new starting quarterback. Former college standout Tim Tebow took over the signal-caller position for the struggling team. The truth is, to the radical liberals that dominate sports media and journalism, it didn't matter how Tebow performed or whether the team won. They have predetermined their desire to see Tebow fail, have preannounced their certainty he doesn't belong in this league, and make no effort to hide their downright animosity towards him.

 

 

And it has nothing to do with his ability. It has everything to do with his faith.

 

Tebow is an outspoken Christian. Given that his mom was counseled to have an abortion when she was pregnant with him, he understands the evil of abortion and is unabashedly pro-life. And the left wing fringe that is represented heavily amongst sports journalists have jumped all over him for it. The most infamous example of this lunacy came when Tebow was scheduled to appear in a Focus on the Family SuperBowl ad a few years ago.

 

The ad was to be a pro-life ad, and sports journalists like Doug Gottlieb of ESPN, while mispronouncing Focus' name on the air, labeled them a hate group and blasted Tebow's decision to be in the ad. Of course when the ad aired, it was extremely uplifting and about as far from controversial as you could imagine.

 

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Tuesday, October 25 2011

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Halloween is just around the corner, and the folks over at Time Magazine apparently felt obligated to use its occasion to mock Republicans. I'll pause while you try to get over your shock...

 

Okay, so Time highlighted a section on their website that was the "10 Best Halloween Costumes of 2011." Number one was a pregnant Beyonce (really...that's the best?). Coming in at number two, however were the "GOP presidential candidates" (they grouped them together).

 

 

But of course, Time was not content to leave it at that. No, they needed to make sure that their bias wasn't muted or understated, but rather as flagrant as possible. Check out the instructions readers were given as to how best to imitate the candidates:

 

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Monday, October 24 2011

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UPDATE: Herman Cain clarifies his remarks to Fox News confirming that he does believe that abortion is murder and should NOT be legal...no exceptions.

 

Has another one bitten the dust? Here was the report from RealClearPolitics:

Herman Cain expresses his personal views on abortion, but says his opinion is not a "directive on the nation."

"The government shouldn't be telling people what to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make," Cain said.

"I respect their right to make that choice. I don't have to agree with it."

 

If this is the end of the story, it would lead you to believe that Herman Cain decided he wanted to be a Democrat on abortion. How lovely. This is a big deal because there are just some issues that are make or break...some issues that are too important to be wrong on, and basic human rights is one of them.

 

If this really is Cain's position, and this isn't a misconstrued or out-of-context or misspoken statement, that would do it for me with Cain. And I know some people would be critical of that, but if the issue of life and death is not the most important issue, what is? If saying that, "I believe that it's murder, but I don't think we can forbid murder if someone wants to choose to do it" isn't enough to disqualify someone from your list of potential options, I don't know what is.

 

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Monday, October 24 2011

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The other day I had a commentary about how much Michael Moore has duped the left into believing he is some crusader against the evils of corporate America. Liberals, acting as useful idiots, go and snatch up all of his documentaries, pay him incredible amounts of money to come and speak to them and invite him onto their television or radio broadcasts to put on his little show. And they are completely oblivious to the fact that this captain of the brigade to stop capitalism is playing them for fools.

 

But it's not just Moore. Obama is building his entire 2012 campaign strategy of "hate and envy" around the ignorance of the masses as well.

 

 

He rails against the wealth of bankers and business CEOs, and demands that anyone who cares about income disparity and fairness will do the same. But you know what wealthy folks he's oddly silent about? Consider:

According to Forbes' Celebrity 100 list for 2010, Oprah Winfrey earned $290 million. Even if her makeup person or cameraman earned $100,000, she earned thousands of times more than that. Is that fair? Among other celebrities earning hundreds or thousands of times more than the people who work with them are Tyler Perry ($130 million), Jerry Bruckheimer ($113 million), Lady Gaga ($90 million) and Howard Stern ($76 million). According to Forbes, the top 10 celebrities, excluding athletes, earned an average salary of a little more than $100 million in 2010.

 

According to The Wall Street Journal Survey of CEO Compensation (November 2010), Gregory Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media, earned $87 million, Oracle's Lawrence Ellison ($68 million) and rounding out the top 10 CEOs was McKesson's John Hammergren, earning $24 million. It turns out that the top 10 CEOs have an average salary of $43 million, which pales in comparison with America's top 10 celebrities, who earn an average salary of $100 million.

When is the last time you heard Obama talking about the excessive wealth of Oprah or Tyler Perry? When is the last time you heard him rallying a crowd by calling their wealth the product of greed and telling everyone that they've made enough money and that it's time to redistribute it? Hmmm. I haven't heard that either. I wonder why...

 

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Monday, October 24 2011

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I about laughed my head off when I first heard the line in elementary school. It was from a coach of one of my flag football teams. I had gotten really upset with one of the other players (probably because he didn't properly recognize my amazing football prowess) and had gotten into a little tussle with him. The coach separated us and gave us a pretty good lecture. In the course of doing so, he asked a question that I have never forgotten, "Pete, who peed in your Wheaties this morning?" Classic.

 

Apparently, to borrow the phrase, it seems that somewhere along the line Newt Gingrich took a major whiz in Chris Matthews bran flakes. Because while Matthews is always a tad unhinged when it comes to analyzing Republican candidates and lawmakers, his animosity towards Newt is a tad more intense:

 

Discussing Gingrich's debate answer to a question on health care, Matthews trashed, "You know, the demonic aspect of the person of Newt Gingrich- and I do mean that- he speaks with a forked tongue where you see both forks at the same time."

What prompted this outburst? An argument between the former Speaker and Mitt Romney during Tuesday's debate over whether the ex-Massachusetts governor got the idea for an individual mandate from Gingrich.

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May 12, 2011, Matthews shrieked that the "shameless" and "nasty" Gingrich robs "joy and humanity" from people.

 

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Monday, October 24 2011

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Talking with several folks about the pettiness of the last Republican debate, there was a common theme expressed by all of them: other than Gingrich, I don't see any of these guys fairing well in a debate against Barack Obama. While I understand the frustration (how in the world could someone debate the man and not come out looking beyond competent?), I think we may be overstating the significance of the debates.

 

Why? This is why:

An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment.

 

 

The misery index ? which is simply the sum of the country's inflation and unemployment rates ? rose to 13.0, pushed up by higher price data the government reported on Wednesday.

 

The data underscores the extent that Americans continue to suffer even two years after a deep recession ended, with a weak economic recovery imperiling President Barack Obama's hopes of winning reelection next year.

 

Inez Stallworth, an underwriting assistant for a financial services company, recently gave up her car, in part because of rising costs for gasoline and groceries.

 

"I can't fit it in," said the 27-year-old Chicago resident, who said most of her extended family was getting by "paycheck-to-paycheck." Consumer prices rose 3.9 percent in the 12 months through September, the fastest pace in three years.

 

With gasoline prices high, consumers have less to spend on other things.

What exactly can the talking points be for an administration that has produced this kind of economic malaise? Remember, Barack Obama inherited a bad economy, but one that was emerging from the shadows of recession. All the factors were in place for Obama to benefit from the cyclical pattern of our economy: he caught it on the upswing. Except, his big government, regulation-heavy policies have stifled the recovery, and the results are self-evident.

 

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Sunday, October 23 2011

It is hard to image a better example of media bias than the current show playing in the political theater nearest you. It is beyond me how any rational person could go to a TEA Party, then an Occupy Wall Street rally, and come away and argue the two are "basically the same." Nevertheless, we have a nation of reporters and politicians trying to convince us that OWS and TEA Parties have much in common. Even our president tried to compare the two by opining both sides simply feel separated from our government and feel as if our institutions are not looking out for us. Hogwash!

 

 

Mr. President, you could not be further from the truth. OWS protestors and TEA Partiers are polar opposites. Tea Partiers like myself feel like the federal government is smothering us and our economy, and we do not want our institutions "looking out for us." We want to live our own lives with as little government interference as possible. You must understand, OWS and TEA Partiers have nothing in common when it comes to the core principles behind each movement. We Tea Partiers want a limited federal government; they want an unlimited federal government.

 

The only thing in common between the two is that we are both protesting. What we are protesting, and how we are protesting is entirely different.

 

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Sunday, October 23 2011

When a story about a religious freedom case comes across the airwaves or the Internet, if you're like me, you probably assume that the radical secularists at the ACLU are at it again. This may be why the story of a church lawsuit before the US Supreme Court involving a Lutheran school's termination of a teacher's contract is such a surprise.

This time the Obama Administration has pushed a court case all the way up to the top asking the Justices to side with their desire to punish churches and to dictate their employment policies. They are doing this even though in the last ten years all twelve US Federal Circuit Courts have rejected their argument against religious liberty.

The question centers on whether the government can overrule or even weigh in on employment matters at churches or religious institutions. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argued in his brief that the government should be able to tell churches whom it can or cannot hire or fire, regardless of the church's teachings, thereby opposing the existing religious exemption.

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Sunday, October 23 2011

Throughout the 20th Century, America's churches (of which there are perhaps as many as 400,000 today) were not very socially stratified. Attendance by economic or social status was not all that distinct from group to group. However, a new study looking back over the last fifty years has found that the bottom may now be falling out of church attendance among white middle class Americans.

The scholarly study from sociologists at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia called, No Money, No Honey, No Church, has found that low or moderately educated white middle class Americans are abandoning church. However, attendance rates for those with 2 yrs or more of college education in the studied age group of 25-44 are holding fairly steady.

While the rate of church attendance since the 1970's has been in decline in America, the rates for moderately educated, working class whites have now declined at twice the rate of more affluent whites (from 38% to 23%). This is significant given that the moderately educated working class make up 60 percent of the adult white population.

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Saturday, October 22 2011

Extort: a. to wrest or wring (money, information, etc.) from a person by violence, intimidation, or abuse of authority; obtain by force, torture, threat, or the like. b. to take illegally by reason of one's office.

 

 

Consider carefully the above definition. Now, onto the lib-quote of the week...

"In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city," [Vice-President] Biden said. "In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes--just to pick two categories--climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don't rectify it."

The only time that liberals are interested in law enforcement and national security is when they can threaten to eliminate their jobs when they are facing budget cuts. Pass the Obama jobs bill - another fiscal boondoggle - or face violence. Not much different than a bunch of neighborhood goons going into local businesses and demanding "protection" money. Pay up, or expect your windows broken out and fires to flare up.

 

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Saturday, October 22 2011

In the August AFAIN newsletter, I wrote a short article showing that the number of prisoners in the US has gone from just 196,429 in 1970 to 2,186,230 in 2005. This is an increase of 800% in just 35 years. Prison overpopulation, recidivism rates, prison costs and construction have all become significant issues for government, as the family and morality declines. (Around 80% of people in prison come from homes in which there was not a married father present.)

Governments can keep building prisons or farm them out to private corporations as a cost savings to taxpayers, but such things are not a real solution to such a pervasive problem.

There are many things that could be proposed. One option is to try to cut down on the recidivism rate for lower level crimes. That is an avenue Representative Eric Turner tried as an author of House Bill 1211 which successfully passed the legislature this year. This "Second Chance" law seeks to address the problem with a series of incentives.

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Saturday, October 22 2011

Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden attended the opening game of the 2011 World Series. Their purpose for being there was to promote programs that support our military veterans. Commendable.

 

 

Unfortunately, leaders in Washington, including their husbands, are making proposals that erode the benefits that Veterans and military retirees have earned. Included in debt-reduction proposals are plans to reduce and/or impose fees on some of the promised benefits earned by the Veterans we will be honoring next month on Veteran's Day. If you are a member of a Veteran's organization, I recommend you check their sites for additional details or search for keywords like "debt reduction and military retiree benefits."

 

The retirement pay, healthcare, and other benefits received by military retirees and Veterans are not what the NY Times calls "another big social welfare system." They are benefits earned by the difficult, demanding, and devoted service of our men and women in uniform. Who are these men and women? Your parents; your children; your brothers and sisters; your neighbors.

 

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Saturday, October 22 2011

Although there is a lot of discussion about the Occupy Wall Street protests occurring in cities across the nation, and a lot of overly favorable coverage that may overlook some of its radical, anarchist and Marxist elements, more Americans do not agree with the participants.

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll finds that more Americans blame Washington, DC than Wall Street for the nation's economic problems. When asked who is more to blame for the weak state of the economy, 64% of people chose the federal government. Only 30% chose big financial institutions.

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Friday, October 21 2011

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Got an email from Derek after my interview with Cokie Roberts last week that said this:

Pete, wanted to give you kudos for a fine interview with Ms. Cokie Roberts. You were beyond respectful - even when she went down the predictable road about Republicans being anti-immigration rather than anti-illegal immigration...I wanted to tell you that the best part of the conversation was when you asked her about the anti-Mormonism and religious bigotry within the Democrat Party. You could hear her choke on her own words. Beautiful.

I appreciate the sentiments, Derek. Along those same lines, a recent column by Maureen Down in the New York Times totally validated the point I was making to Ms. Roberts. If you want to see religious bigotry, don't focus on how evangelical Christians will have an issue with Romney's Mormonism; rather, check out the way the left regards anyone of faith - and particularly Mormons.

 

Here was what Dowd wrote:

 

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Friday, October 21 2011

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Not that long ago, Mississippi Governor and once rumored presidential aspirant Haley Barbour made the comment that if Herman Cain faced off against Barack Obama in 2012, Cain would "sweep the south." There's little doubt that is an accurate assumption. But will Cain do as well in the south against his other Republican opponents during the upcoming primaries?

 

According to a Gallup study reported by CNSNews.com, it's distinctly possible:

Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents who identify themselves as supporters of the Tea Party favor Herman Cain for president by a 9-point margin, according to Gallup.

 

Cain also leads among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents who live in the South and Midwest, with the South being his strongest geographical region.

 

 

Romney, meanwhile, leads in the West and East, with the East being his strongest region.

 

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In addition to leading in the Gallup poll among Republican Tea Party supporters, Cain is also leading among Republicans in the South. Here, he is at 21 percent, followed by Perry with 19 percent, Romney with 15 percent, Paul with 9 percent, Gingrich with 8 percent, Bachmann with 4 percent, Santorum with 2 percent, and Huntsman at 1 percent.

 

In the Midwest, Cain leads among Republicans with 18 percent, followed by Romney with 17 percent, Perry 15 percent, Paul with 10 percent, Gingrich with 9 percent, Bachmann with 8 percent, Huntsman with 3 percent and Santorum with 1 percent. Cain's weakest regions are the West and East, where Romney leads. In the West, Romney leads Cain 22 percent to 16 percent, according to Gallup; and, in the East, Romney leads Cain 32 percent 15 percent. Perry is third in both regions, with 13 percent in the West and 12 percent in the East.

This is interesting data, and should be of interest to more folks than just political junkies that like to crunch numbers. If these realities hold firm (which is admittedly a big if), and Cain continues to dominate the south and the Midwest, that bodes very well for him given the primary calendar.

 

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Friday, October 21 2011

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And now for our daily dose of the idiocy of the crooked and depraved generation that surrounds us, we have a neat little project started by evangelistic atheists and all those who fail to realize that they too have faith and dogma to which they adhere. It's called the "Clergy Project."

Atheists have become increasingly creative at disseminating their message. Earlier this month, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason and the Freedom From Religion Foundation announced a new, public web site geared toward attracting non-believing former clergy.

 

The Clergy Project, which first launched as a private, invitation-only site back in March, seeks to bring together religious clergy who have lost their faith...

 

 

Currently, the community?s nearly 100 members use it to network and discuss what it's like being an unbelieving leader in a religious community. The Clergy Project's goal is to support members as they move beyond faith.

 

Among the issues the group claims will be discussed are: dealing with cognitive dissonance, handling fears about the future, looking for new jobs, telling one's family about newfound unbelief and finding a way out of ministry, among others.

Look, I'm all for support groups, but this one is a doozy. How does the opening of each meeting begin? "Hi, I'm Barry. I've been off Jesus for 12 weeks. I've felt a few pulls at my heart, a few knocks at the door, a few whispers from that still small voice, but I effectively drown them out by blaring Rage Against the Machine and watching Stephen Hawking."

 

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Friday, October 21 2011

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Want a sign of the times? Here it is, courtesy of a great analysis by Dr. Michael Brown:

On September 24, the National Post -- considered to be one of the most conservative mainstream media outlets in Canada -- ran a compelling ad featuring the face of a little girl (perhaps four or five years old) with this caption: "Please! Don't confuse me." Beneath her photo the text continued: "I'm a girl. Don't teach me to question if I'm a boy, transsexual, transgendered, intersexed or two spirited."

 

 

As reported by Thaddeus Balklinski of LifesiteNews.com, the ad, which was sponsored by The Institute for Canadian Values, argued "that the Toronto District School Board's pro-homosexual curriculum [was] corrupting and confusing children."

Balklinski reported that the ad pointed to the school board's "Equity curriculum, called 'Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism,' [which] instructs teachers to encourage boys and girls 'to play opposite roles.'"

Now, don't be confused. The "sign of the times" is not the fact that this curriculum exists. That's a given. And it's not the fact that conservative groups are objecting to the curriculum. That's equally given. No, it's what this conservative newspaper did following the ad:

 

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Thursday, October 20 2011

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One of the major themes of my book, 78, centers around the colossal failure of the American church to remain the active and vibrant conscience of our society. So I was naturally drawn to this story that appeared at The Blaze recently:

Researchers have been exploring the impact that secularism's rise and gainful precedence is having on faith communities, the potential decline of personal religious belief, and other associated issues.

 

In September, we highlighted one study, which found that, from 2000 until 2010, there were steep drops in both financial health and attendance at weekly church services. Additionally, a separate study indicates that both religious beliefs and behaviors are on the decline.

 

Now certainly there can be a number of factors at play here - the poor Obamaconomy, for instance, cannot be overlooked - and so it would be unwise and imprudent to assign any one cause to these realities. But I firmly maintain that the increasing tendency of the church to accommodate to the world spirit of the age is behind the decline in attendance and giving. The church is neutering itself by steering clear from the bold proclamation of truth into being nothing but a mere social club.

 

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Thursday, October 20 2011

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Well our favorite Congresswoman is at it again, except this time her outrageous and embarrassing behavior isn't funny. It's revolting. Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee - a woman whose rants single-handedly render null and void any liberal criticism of the ignorance of Republican women - took to the floor of the U.S. House to make another bizarre, disjointed, and illogical speech about a bill she doesn't like. This time, it was a bill designed to protect baby human beings from being killed in the womb. That's something that good ol' Sheila just can't allow to stand:

During the House floor debate on the Protect Life Act last week, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D- Texas) defended abortion as a "needed action" and referred to the heartbeat of a fetus as a "sound".

 

 

Voicing her opposition to the measure on Thursday, Jackson Lee referenced a previous Texas law, "Just as the courts ruled unconstitutional and upheld the provision of the Texas law that required a doctor to talk first to a woman seeking an abortion and to allow or force them both to listen, uh, to sounds that, uh, might discourage this needed action, this is going to be held unconstitutional. This is not a law that can pass," Jackson said.

 

The ?sounds' Jackson Lee refers to are heartbeats that doctors and women hear during a sonogram.

What else can you expect from a political movement that tries to change reality by changing terminology? "Terminating a pregnancy" is still killing a child...but it sounds a lot cleaner and nicer. With as dim a bulb as Jackson Lee may often times appear, she's trained enough in the ways of political deception that she knows she can't say something like "heartbeat." That would signify a living human being. And if what you're destroying is a living human being, your ability to justify the act becomes, well, severely hampered. So instead you refer to "sounds."

 

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Thursday, October 20 2011

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I call it the Fox News Syndrome. Most every liberal has it. It's a natural antipathy towards the presentation of anything remotely resembling a balanced news report. If the news piece is not loaded with left-wing bias, and actually dares to present the conservative perspective at all, it is immediately regarded as right-wing.

 

 

It's sort of like the Supreme Court's ruling in Edwards vs. Aguillard back in the 80s. That was the decision that said any state law that required a balanced teaching of Creation and Darwinism, was clearly to advance the belief that a supernatural being created the universe. Uh? A law requires both sides to be presented, and the liberals on the Court see that as "clearly" advancing the conservative side. So their decision was to eliminate the conservative side, thus bringing their new version of "balance."

 

It's exactly what has happened in news analysis. For years Americans at large, but liberals specifically have been conditioned to expect nothing but a liberal perspective in the dissemination of news regarding political and cultural events. When Fox came along and actually started voicing the conservative side along with the liberal side, it was seen as "clearly" advancing the conservative view. In other words, if it's not all liberal, all the time, it's unfairly "right wing." Right.

 

Along those lines comes this piece from Politico, actually suggesting that President Obama is being unfairly treated by the media (yes, try not to choke on your tongue as you read this little beauty):

 

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Thursday, October 20 2011

Unlike the Occupy Wall Street 'movement,' the Tea Party actually has a purpose: civic engagement by the people. From its outset the Tea Party has operated with a intense focus on making the political ruling class accountable to the people.

Certainly the 2010 elections went a long way in conveying that point to national politicians. But state and local politicians must understand the same. Local Tea Party organizers have made it a point to present the community with access to those local and state politicians who make the rules for them by hosting candidate forums.

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Thursday, October 20 2011

In some respects, Tuesday night's debate was an exciting display but in others it was painful to watch.  In each debate I believe there have been positive steps for the candidates.  Each looks more and more comfortable on stage and gives the impression that they belong.  What is largely missing in these debates is a sense of comradery among the candidates. 

I understand the importance of distinguishing yourself from the other sharing the stage, but do you really need to trash the other person for having a different plan or approach?  It seems particularly hypocritical when several months later you then stand behind the party nominee and talk about how wonderful they are and how they're the best choice to lead this country.  Would it kill you to point out the merits of the alternative plans while explaining why your plan might work better?  Just a thought.  Anyway, here are my grades for the candidates in order of their standing in the polls:

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Wednesday, October 19 2011

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By now, most have heard about the outrageous attack on the "blackness" of Herman Cain by liberal Goldie Taylor of TheGrio.com. Remember, the racists on the left are anti-intellectual diversity. They are under the impression that if you are black, you must believe like them...or you're not sufficiently black. Racist? Oh yeah. But again, since they get to define terms, they just say they're not and that's that. Except it's not.

 

For those that need a refresher on the outrageous commentary, here it is:

MSNBC host Martin Bashir brought TheGrio.com columnist Goldie Taylor on his Friday program to again criticize Cain for suggesting racism is no longer a factor holding African Americans back from attaining success in America. Taylor asserted that "If he [Cain] could become what I would call the color of water, he would do it."

 

 

"You've got to wonder which country Herman Cain is living in or which planet, for that matter," Taylor said.

 

"Planet Cain!" Bashir exclaimed.

 

Taylor, who believes Cain is trying to "placate the base," said, "he's after is a right-wing ultra-conservative base that does not want to either see racism as a dilemma or see it as an attack on them."

 

To which Bashir replied, "Goldie, you?re almost saying that he's trying to denude and diminish his own ethnicity in order to win that base, is that what you're saying?"

 

"That?s exactly what I'm saying," Taylor stated.

 

"What I'm saying is that if he can shed his ethnicity today, if he could become what I would call the color of water, he would do it. He would do it in an effort to prove that he and people just like him could fit in anywhere and have the same level of success no matter what their race, ethnicity or gender happen to be. That just doesn't happen to be the case. And so, would he shed it? I think he would."

Since that time, MSNBC (and particularly Martin Bashir) have had to kick it into overdrive in their attempts to defend the outrageous remarks.

 

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Wednesday, October 19 2011

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When we talk about the "war on marriage," the natural tendency is to assume that we're referencing the homosexual movement and its attempt to undefined marriage, thus obliterating any meaning to the institution. But the truth is that is but one battle (albeit a large and extremely important one) in the larger war.

 

Paul Wilson writes about another front in the conflict:

The mainstream media's campaign against traditional marriage sunk to new depths on NBC's October 11 "Today." Anchor Ann Curry teased a nearly seven-minute piece on the rapid increase of single women in society by touting "a new spin on romance, dating, and what some are calling the end of traditional marriage."

 

 

And that was just the opening.

 

NBC Correspondent Jenna Wolfe gushed: "A new report says more women are choosing to be single and loving every minute of it."

 

Translation: Men are not needed for a modern, educated woman to be happy and fulfilled. Get rid of the useless deadbeats.

 

Denigration of men was sprinkled throughout the segment. Wolfe quoted "author and single woman" Kate Bolick: "A major factor [in the rise of single women] is the rise of women in the workplace. As women have climbed ever higher, men have been falling behind. So instead of marrying down, women choose to be single and successful."

 

Translation: Chances are any guy you meet isn't as professionally successful as you. Why bother with the loser long-term?

 

NBC brought Bolick onto the show, where she argued: "Today marriage is an option, it's not a necessity, the way it once was."

Well gee, Kate, I guess that would depend on why you think it ?once was' a necessity? If your argument is that women in our culture are now capable of financially supporting themselves independent of men, then I suppose the statement would be correct. But the presupposition that underlies that assumption is a pretty dim and weak view of the purpose and intent of marriage.

 

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Wednesday, October 19 2011

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I can only imagine the type of response I'm going to get from what I'm about to say. But I think it's time we put this out there and understood it. I can tell you right now there are going to be folks who will clip what I'm saying. They will take the soundbite and run with it. They will grab a small portion of the commentary and run with it, saying, "Aha! We knew it!" Whatever. These are the folks who don't care anything about truth, who don't care anything about honesty, who don't care anything about understanding the times or who don't want to really try to be open-minded enough to see differing perspectives. So be it.

 

So let me just give them the line that they want. Are you ready for it? Here it is: greed is a protected privilege in this country.

 

 

Some would say that what I'm hinting at is that greed is a right. Okay, except I really think we overuse that term "right." Now, notice I didn't say greed is right, but rather that it is a right. In America, it is. Or at least, it always had been. In America, you have the right to do with your resources what you want. If you want to hoard them, you can. If you want to stockpile them, you can. If you want to accrue as much wealth and prosperity as you can, and store it all in a barn or a bank account, you can. It's yours.

 

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Wednesday, October 19 2011

In coordination with the flagship station of the Peter Heck Radio Show, 1350 AM WIOU Kokomo, today Peter hosted the second of two half-hour features with the Mayoral candidates for the City of Kokomo.

 

Today's interview/discussion was held with Republican challenger, firefighter Scott Kern. Kern made headlines with his public feud with Mayor Goodnight shortly into his term, and was replaced as Fire Chief. Since then, Kern has acknowledged actively searching for a viable challenger to run against the Mayor. When none emerged, Kern entered the race.

 

 

Peter discussed Kern's basic governing philosophy, his political inclinations and ideology, as well as how he handles the assertion that though a Democrat, Mayor Goodnight is the more conservative of the two candidates.

 

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Tuesday, October 18 2011

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Sometimes in our battles over serious ideological differences, the humanity of one another can disappear. I know I'm as guilty of that as anyone. What I mean by that is, when you hear the socialist proclamations, the sexual anarchist rants, the anti-Semitism being expressed on the streets of these Occupy Wall Street gatherings, or when you see their messy, unkempt, and pollution, it's easy to dismiss the suffering others are experiencing and therefore are tempted to align with these mobs.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there is a lot of laziness, a lot of entitlement mentality, and a lot of sloth represented in the folks who have gathered to sleep on Wall Street. But there are also undoubtedly a lot of disillusioned folks back at home watching who are angry...and they are looking for some outlet for their frustrations. They may wrongly believe the OWS movement has the answer. It doesn't.

 

 

From a religious standpoint, Christians have the answer to their frustration. From a political standpoint, conservatives have the answer to their frustration. And for those reasons alone, I think it's important that while we dismiss the silliness that says bankers caused all our problems, and while we harshly criticize the violence inciting French Revolution-style rhetoric, that we help articulate what has led to the conditions the vast majority of us are suffering under (albeit in varying degrees).

 

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Tuesday, October 18 2011

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The thing is that Ann Coulter is just so reserved and about her position on issues. The reason, she writes, that liberals are so often attempting to compare the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Tea Party is because:

they're embarrassed about what the OWS protesters really are: wingless, bloodsucking and parasitic. This is the flea party, not the tea party.

 

See what I mean? Very demure. But what some will say she lacks in tact, she makes up for in accuracy and logic:

Contrary to all the blather you always hear about how lawless street protests and civil disobedience are part of the American tradition -- "what our troops are fighting for!" -- they are not. We are an orderly people with democratic channels at our disposal to change our government.

The very reason we have a constitutional republic is because of a mob uprising. Soon after the American Revolution, Shays' Rebellion so terrified and angered Americans that they demanded a federal government capable of crushing such mobs.

 

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Tuesday, October 18 2011

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Well this is about as humiliating for a country as it gets, don't you think?

Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II. Will the next president apologize for the current one?

 

The obsessive need of this president to apologize for American exceptionalism and our defense of freedom continued recently when Barack Obama's State Department (run by Hillary Clinton) contacted the family of al-Qaida propagandist and recruiter Samir Khan to "express its condolences" to his family.

 

Khan, a right-hand man to Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed along with Awlaki in an airstrike in Yemen on Sept. 30. We apologized for killing a terrorist before he could help kill any more of us.

 

Seriously? Our State Department apologized to the family of a terrorist for the fact that he died in an attack on a different terrorist? Do you suppose our State Department will think about apologizing for apologizing to the families of the American soldiers and civilians who were killed or under grave threat because of this guy?

 

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Tuesday, October 18 2011

In coordination with the flagship station of the Peter Heck Radio Show, 1350 AM WIOU Kokomo, today Peter hosted the first of two half-hour features with the Mayoral candidates for the City of Kokomo.

 

Today's interview/discussion was to be held with the incumbent Mayor, Democrat Greg Goodnight. Peter received word through the radio station that Mayor Goodnight had cancelled his appearance for the show today, apparently based on an inability to work the interview into his schedule.

 

 

In his place, Peter hosted John Kelly, a businessman who brings a conservative perspective to local politics on the website he hosts: www.notinkokomo.com. Peter talked with John about the governing philosophy of Mayor Goodnight that has emerged over the last four years, and how a conservative should interpret his performance.

 

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Monday, October 17 2011

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I'm actually pleased to see this. No one could confuse me with being a huge Newt Gingrich supporter, only because of trust issues. But at the same time, there is no one - seriously no one - that I would feel more confident about seeing go into a debate with Barack Obama than Newt. It wasn't that long ago that Newt's entire campaign staff resigned and his candidacy appeared dead in the water. There was a time four years ago that John McCain's did too.

 

 

Newt's steady and impressive performance in the series of Republican debates have served him well, apparently. His stock has begun to rise impressively as of late, and the entire tiers of presidential favorites for the Republicans has been shifting seismically.

 

News from the recent PPP poll:

Yesterday PPP released numbers showing Herman Cain leading Mitt Romney 30-22 in Iowa and our monthly look at the national picture finds the exact same numbers. Cain is up 30-22 on Romney with Newt Gingrich sneaking past Rick Perry for 3rd place at 15% to Perry's 14% with Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul tied for 5th at 5%, Jon Huntsman 7th at 2%, Rick Santorum 8th at 1%, and Gary Johnson 9th with less than 1%.

 

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Monday, October 17 2011

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The Republican race has a new frontrunner, and while it may surprise some in the political world, it really doesn't come as a shock to those in the heartland. Herman Cain's approach to politics is far more along the lines of what the rest of us think and feel than any of the other candidates.

 

Is he the most polished? No, but he's clear.

 

Is he the most experienced? Depends on what kind of experience you want.

 

 

Is he the most articulate? No, but you don't ever wonder what he meant or what he's trying to say.

 

As I've pointed out a number of times, running for the presidency is all about the moment. That's how an unknown and remarkably under-accomplished junior Senator from Illinois managed to complete the community organizer to President transition in such a rapid amount of time. The moment was right.

 

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Monday, October 17 2011

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The media has had two loves in recent years: love of Obama and love of smearing the Tea Party. In terms of the latter, they have stopped at nothing to try to convey the notion of a radical group of rabble rousers who are intent on initiating violence. It doesn't matter that thousands of tea parties have resulted in no violence, thousands of speeches have revealed no incitement, and thousands of handbills and fliers have shown no provocation. The media has desperately spread the slander regardless.

 

That's what makes their treatment of the Occupy Wall Street ruckus all the funnier (and more annoying). With those rallies we have speakers blaming "the Jews" for all their problems, calling for a French Revolution style Reign of Terror including bloodshed, hundreds of them being arrested, and fist fights with the police. Media concern over violence? Media panic and hand-wringing warnings about a coming Oklahoma City? Not so much.

 

 

While the discrepancy is funny enough on its own, it's even better to see how even in their attempts to praise the OWS movement, they reveal the very concerns they seek to hide. For instance, check out the line from a Washington Post story praising the decision of the National Park Service to grant a permit for the OWS protesters to...um, protest:

 

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Sunday, October 16 2011

"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. " - 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

This coming Wednesday, October 19, marks the British surrender at Yorktown to the upstart American colonials 230 years ago. Even though there were still battles to fight, Yorktown marks the traditional end of the long War for Independence in America. On the day following the surrender, General George Washington called for a service to render thanksgiving to God:

The commander-in-chief earnestly recommends that the troops not on duty should universally attend with that seriousness of deportment and gratitude of heart which the recognition of such reiterated and astonishing interposition of Providence demands of us.

Without any hesitancy whatsoever, General Washington acknowledged, and requested his army to acknowledge, the reality and amazing miracle of Divine intervention in the struggle for independence.

 

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Sunday, October 16 2011

The other loss this week (besides the highly publicized Steve Jobs) was the passing of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth who was an original founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Rev. Martin Luther King. In fact, Shuttlesworth is among the three top civil rights leaders most often mentioned together by historians of that era, the other two being Dr. King and Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

I have a board member who knew Rev. Shuttlesworth in his latter years. The renowned leader was always a champion of human rights, kindness and fair treatment toward others. He was also proud of the history of the civil rights movement and did not want to see it's legacy diminished, cheapened or hijacked by new political activists. The always bold and outspoken Rev. Shuttlesworth wrote a statement in that regard several years ago when he was again the interim leader of the SCLC for my Board member. Here is part of that statement, which he titled, "Is Gay Rights a Civil Rights Issue?":

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Sunday, October 16 2011

As you know, America lost two great historic figures last week; Fred Shuttlesworth and Steve Jobs. Both men profoundly changed our nation. I was a fan of Apple products for almost twenty years almost exclusively before it was cool to use their platform of computers. Many people have compared Steve Jobs to Thomas Edison, and I think they are exactly right. Among other things, Apple has forever changed how we view and treat data, music, movies and computing. Yet, for every great inventor there are often lots of failures. Unfortunately, Jobs' greatest failure was unnecessary and perhaps the only one that he never learned from and then built upon.

Steve Jobs was known for being very private about his life, even the fact that he was adopted into the Jobs family, as the child of a single birth mother was not widely known until recently. In his last interview with his biographer, the author was taken aback by how personal Jobs became, even giving him pictures of his adoptive family for the book. When asked why he finally showed this personal side, Jobs said, "I want my kids to know me." (Implying that they would need to read the biography to learn about their dad.)

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Saturday, October 15 2011

Occupy. Let's see... where have I heard that used before? Occupy. Oh yeah!

 

Europeans and then Anglo Americans are accused of occupying the land of Native Americans. Hitler occupied the Sudeten Region and then Czechoslovakia and Poland. Soviet Russia occupied East Germany and East Berlin. Jews are accused of occupying Palestinian territory and a lot of folks around the world talk about their desire to occupy Israel. Liberals accused the former administration of sending occupying forces to Afghanistan and then Iran.

 

 

In each of these instances, and more, "occupy" describes or implies an aggressive and violent action.

 

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Saturday, October 15 2011

The last two weeks have not been the greatest for the reputation of the Jesus Metropolitan Community Church in the Midwest. Although not a particularly large "denomination," the church does have a loyal national following. In fact it is said that the largest JMCC church in the Midwest is here in Indianapolis. Unlike the Southern Baptists or the Assemblies of God, the JMCC generally gets a whole lot of favorable press from those in the media who love the novelty of a homosexual church.

Mark Bidwell, a Metropolitan Community Church pastor in Ferndale, Michigan (who also served as a chaplain for the local police department) has had to resign after a man whom he met on a homosexual internet site overdosed on Methamphetamine in Bidwell's home during an anonymous, multiple, sex orgy. Reports indicate that Rev. Bidwell had picked up Michael Fitch that night and took him to his home where the two men injected crystal Methamphetamine and had sex. Fitch then contacted another man online who came to the pastor's house and joined them, though Bret Colpaert claims that he did not take the drugs. Colpaert apparently did not know either man beforehand. While Fitch was sitting on the side of the pastor's bed, Colpaert noticed that he had stopped breathing and began to turn blue. Rev. Bidwell called the police, but by the time Fitch arrived at the hospital he was already dead. It is not exactly the kind of news story that makes folks think very highly your church.

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Saturday, October 15 2011

Want to know what one presidential candidate thinks about capital punishment?

Part of my platform is, of course, the guilty must be punished and that we no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder. I do say that I am in favour of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty. I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the re-education camps and if that doesn't help, then being beheaded.

Well, OK, this candidate is admittedly a "self-proclaimed" presidential candidate, but this is what she said she would do "if she were president."

 

 

Ms. Roseanne Barr is a "Green Tea Party" presidential candidate.

 

Anyone notice how many TEA Party wannabes there are running loose? I think that the "green" part of her party must be from "green with envy."

 

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Saturday, October 15 2011

The Hollywood Reporter recently hired the firm of Penn Schoen Berland for an extensive survey of registered voters in order to study their movie viewing habits. The poll finds that a person's worldview does impact where they spend their dollars in terms of entertainment as well as how they react to Hollywood in general.

The study reveals that in spite of Hollywood's pervasive liberalism, many on the business side of the industry worry about political activities and comments far more than you may think. They have reason for concern too. Republicans and Tea Party activists are more likely to consider a celebrity's political views before dropping money on movies tickets. Thirty-five percent of Republicans and 45% of Tea Party activists say that they consider a star's political position before viewing a film, compared to only 20% of Democrats.

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Friday, October 14 2011

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You know what I think is happening to conservatives right now with regard to Obama? I think it's an embarrassment of riches. What I mean by that is there is so much to talk about, so much to point out, so much that is worth commenting on and pointing out to prove why the man is not cut out for his position, that it becomes difficult to know what is most worth addressing.

 

 

For instance, I got an email pointing me in the direction of this Obama speech where, the emailer told me, Obama suggests that Republicans do not care about a place where, "every child, no matter what they look like...should have a chance to succeed." I get what they're saying, and if you read the speech, you can definitely come to that conclusion. But listening to it, you can also see that Obama is meaning this much more as a political volley than anything substantive where he is honestly arguing that Republicans, because they don't support his jobs plan, don't want black kids to have a chance at success. And focusing too much time and energy trying to prove it's what he meant, conservatives run the risk of looking desperate and overreaching. And there's no reason to do that.

 

Why? Because there's a better approach. Why not point out that Obama's jobs bill is resisted not only by Republicans, but his fellow Democrats. Point out that the only way Obama can be right is if he is simultaneously saying the same about his own party. And even better than that...pit Bill Clinton against Barack Obama.

 

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Friday, October 14 2011

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Whenever a minister of the gospel - one who takes a firm stand against sinful behavior from the pulpit - gets caught in sin, the media cannot get enough of it. They subject the minister to public disgrace, mocking and exposing the most sordid details of their moral failing for all to see. I think of someone like Ted Haggard, who became a poster child for the media and their caricature of the hypocrisy of conservative Christians. Haggard was a prominent voice in opposition to the sin of homosexuality, but was caught up in a bizarre homosexuality scandal himself.

 

 

As a Christian, you can't be surprised that those who take a public stand against immorality are going to be targeted by Satan. Temptation is put before them in the hopes that they will fail and thereby disgrace their ministry. And again, when it happens, the liberal media that hates Christianity does all it can to dial up the disgrace. Incidentally, with regard to Haggard, I always found it interesting that the same media and liberal movement that says there is no shame in homosexual conduct worked so hard to shame Haggard for his homosexual conduct. Wasn't he just ?embracing who he was?' Shouldn't they have been supportive of him as he fought with his internal conflict and fought to overcome the ?prejudice that for so long engulfed him?' Instead, they mocked him. Hmmm.

 

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Friday, October 14 2011

Right now, thousands of college freshmen from Christian homes are falling for the illusion that all the smart people are atheists. The alarming rate at which kids lose their faith in college -- even at Christian universities -- suggests that most Christian students are unacquainted with the impressive intellectual foundations of the faith.

 

 

Though high school seniors hear a lot about study skills and a balanced social life, the biggest challenge they'll face, says Dr. Stephen Meyer will probably be to their Christian worldview. It's why he has released a brand new DVD series of lectures called TrueU to prepare young people for the inevitable attacks on their faith.

 

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Friday, October 14 2011

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I've said it fifty times if I've said it once: if you want a modern day version of the way blacks were treated by some southern whites back in the 50s and 60s, all you need to do is watch the way white liberals speak to and about black conservatives. It's vicious, it's without justification, and sometimes it's vile. And no black conservative has been the recipient of more race hate than Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

 

 

On the surface, that should indicate just how interested the left really is in the "advancement of colored people." If the ultimate objective of the left was to see minorities excel and succeed, Clarence Thomas would be a hero to them. Instead, he was (and often still is) public enemy number one. We've run audio on the show of big gatherings of white liberals who have called to "lynch him" and "run him out of town." Pretty despicable and racist stuff if you ask me. But maybe that's just because I'm actually interested in ridding the country of racism, which is not the concern of the left. They are interested in using race to help advance their political movement.

 

I guess I shouldn't be surprised then that as the anniversary of the witch hunt of Clarence Thomas that was the Anita Hill perjury testimony...er, the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings...we're going to see a renewed interest in smearing this honorable man. And right on cue, comes a piece in the Washington Post by Hill fan Krissah Thompson.

 

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Thursday, October 13 2011

Cokie Roberts is one of the most well known analysts in modern American political history. Along with legendary journalists Sam Donaldson and Consuela Mack, she will be co-hosting a new program on RLTV beginning October 31 called Primary Issues.

 

 

On Thursday's radio show, Peter welcomed Cokie Roberts on to talk about the state of Republican primary race, and the presidential race at large. What will Congress look like after 2012? Can the Tea Party movement continue to grow and expand its influence? What are Barack Obama's chances for re-election? Peter and Cokie discussed these and many other issues related to the political world.

 

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Thursday, October 13 2011
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Remember back when these Tea Party rallies were popping up all over the country and the left began their cycle of demonizing? It started with the accusation that the whole thing was "astroturfed" by Republican Party leaders to look like a grassroots movement. When that was quickly discredited they moved on to the accusations that persist to this day: that it's a bunch of racist, violence-inciting rabble rousers who are demanding anarchy.

 

 

When these outrageous accusations started pouring in from folks, many of us who had gone to Tea Party events or who had been involved in any way incredulously asked for somebody somewhere to show one piece of video or audio evidence of this seething racism or violence incitement. Nothing could be found. Nothing - in the hundreds of thousands of hours worth of video and audio clips from these thousands of events around the country. That's pretty incredible when you think about it. So at that point, many of us started saying to those who were making these accusations and yet couldn't back it up, "why don't you go to one of these events and see for yourself?"

 

Well, as these Occupy Wall Street protests have spread, many of us conservatives have looked at the video and audio coming from their dirty, polluted street-homes and have criticized their message and their behavior. This has prompted the inevitable attempt of left-leaning types to draw a false parallel between our OWS objections and their Tea Party objections.

 

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Thursday, October 13 2011

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After my comments about Ron Paul not winning over social conservatives earlier this week, I started getting emails asking (and some challenging) on the relationship between Christianity and libertarianism. They are good questions, and actually ones that we've gotten into before. The libertarians' fatal flaw is the disassociation they demand between government and the promotion of Real Morality. To a libertarian, any personal morality a person wants to embrace is good enough, and they believe will result in a happy and prosperous society. It's just not true in a fallen world.

 

 

Again, that's the issue in a nutshell. I go into much more detail and address some of the finer points the libertarians argue in this regard in my book 78: How Christians Can Save America. But I think it's important to make something very clear whenever we conservative Christians voice our differences with the libertarian crowd. Christians believe in liberty. We worship the Creator and Author of human liberty. We understand that liberty is an unalienable right written into the soul of every human. We seek to preserve and defend that liberty by promoting Real Morality.

 

I received some really detached-from-reality responses to my comments regarding Ron Paul the other day that I don't feel are worth addressing individually, but I do think collectively demand a reiteration of this simple principle: as Christians we favor small government, and self-government.

 

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Thursday, October 13 2011

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He's reached a new plateau, and surely every new benchmark is worth celebrating. Add another president to the cumulative list that Obama has out debtified:

The Obama administration passed another fiscal milestone this week, according to new data released by the Treasury Department. As of the close of business on Oct. 3, the total national debt was $14,837,099,271,196.71?up about $44.8 billion from Sept. 30.

 

That means that in the less-than-three-years Obama has been in office, the federal debt has increased by $4.212 trillion--more than the total national debt of about $4.1672 trillion accumulated by all 41 U.S. presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush combined.

 

It seems like just yesterday we were congratulating Obama for managing to accumulate more debt in his half-a-term than every president from Washington to Reagan had accumulated. That's no small feat, mind you. Remember Reagan is the man the left loves to point out ran up such massive deficits and was so responsible for exploding the national debt. Yet you can take Reagan and add the national debt from every preceding American president (including the World War II and Civil War years), and Obama beats them all single-handedly when it comes to spending more money than he had to spend.

 

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Wednesday, October 12 2011

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You knew the Mormon question was going to pop up at this most recent presidential debate. It had to. After one of Governor Perry's most vocal supporters identified Mormonism as a cult, the media sharks smelled blood in the water. Their feeding frenzy wasn't limited to the presidential debate, of course. Nearly every presidential candidate has been asked to share their thoughts on the statements of this Perry supporting minister, and political analysts like Charles Krauthammer have suggested that Perry needs to disassociate himself with the man.

 

 

What is interesting to me, and what deserves to be noted is all the media focus on the alleged "religious bigotry" within the Republican Party - and in particular the conservative movement - towards Mormons:

[O]n Monday's Good Morning America, ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl cited an ABC News poll as he only recounted numbers for Republicans:

 

In an ABC News poll earlier this year, the overwhelming majority of Republicans said a candidate's faith should not be a factor, but 20 percent - that's one out of every five - said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate if he is Mormon.

 

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Wednesday, October 12 2011

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Rick Perry undoubtedly feels like he's been put through the ringer recently. But he found an unlikely friend of his direct and unapologetic approach to his beliefs recently in prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens. Yes, you read that correctly, Hitchens applauded Perry.

 

Here's the story from the Daily Caller:

Christopher Hitchens made a rare public appearance in Houston over the weekend. The master provocateur and public intellectual provided a reading list to an eight-year-old girl and praised Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his religious forthrightness.

 

 

Hitchens, who has been prevented from keeping his usual schedule of public debates and speeches by his battle with esophageal cancer, was in Houston for cancer treatment and to accept the Richard Dawkins Freethinker of the Year award from the Texas Freethought Convention.

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Hitchens, a noted atheist and anti-theist, also praised GOP presidential aspirant Rick Perry during his remarks for having the courage of his convictions and saying that those who do not believe in Jesus will be "condemned to hellfire."

 

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Wednesday, October 12 2011

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There's an awful lot of race talk going on right now in the political world given that racism is Obama's chosen election strategy for 2012, and Republican Herman Cain seems intent on disrupting that little coup. Tavis Smiley and Cornel West just got done with a race-baiting tour that pretended to focus on poverty but was really about ginning up support for more liberal big government policies that have failed for the last 50 years. Accusations abound from nearly every quarter about the ?racism' inherent in the Tea Party movement, and amongst conservatives in general.

 

And so I think it's an appropriate time to prove once again the superiority of Christian thought over the lies of the leftist propaganda, the secular humanist worldview and all other competing philosophies when it comes to matters of race.

 

 

It's not a coincidence that those who achieved the greatest victories for race relations in this country (and elsewhere) - whether that's William Wilberforce or Martin Luther King, Jr. - have operated from the Christian worldview.

 

The group Answers in Genesis recently had a great article written for laymen on the issue of race, and the fact that to a Bible believer, there is but one race:

 

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Wednesday, October 12 2011

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Heading into last night's presidential debate amongst Republicans, there were a few things I was interested in seeing:

 

1. Would Perry recover and finally have a solid debate performance?

2. Could Cain validate his recent surge and position himself as the conservative alternative to Romney?

3. Would struggling candidates like Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann or Huntsman be able to gain traction?

 

 

My answers after viewing the vast majority of the debate:

 

1. Perry just really struggles in the debate format. The man can lead, and the man can raise money. He's good on the campaign trail and has a good track record. But when you're fighting with 5 or 6 other people for the same conservative voting block in the primary, these debates are the proving grounds. I didn't think that Perry would go the way of Fred Thompson in 2008, but I'm beginning to change my mind. His numbers still put him among the top of the Republican field, but his performances in these debates do not. There's something really concerning when you're facing the same challenges and questions over and over, and Perry still has no consistent answer or response.

 

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Wednesday, October 12 2011

The Bloomberg debate was interesting in that it focused exclusively on economics. Personally, I enjoyed this debate style. While there were still a lot of "gotcha" questions posed by the media, there was a lot of effort given to allowing the candidates to expand on their views and challenge others without contriving a phony theatre of straw men. As always, here are my grades rated from top polling average to bottom.

 

 

Mitt Romney: B. A lot of the experts are hailing this as his greatest debate yet. I disagree. He largely avoided any gaffes but once again he failed to deliver a knockout blow. While he left the stage largely untouched he has two huge problems facing him. First, he needs to win enough conservatives to eat into the conservative base of his opponents. Any inroads into the conservative block will make his election that much more likely. I don't see anything from the debate that will accomplish that. Second, he has to avoid being painted as an inside-the-beltway politician. Rick Perry has tried to paint Romney as a carbon copy of President Obama. While attacking Romneycare as a model for Obamacare could be effective, suggesting that Romney and Obama are the same almost certainly will fail. Herman Cain, on the other hand, drove the point home that Romney's economic plan is the same Rube Goldberg concoction that we see with our current tax structure. While the pundits have hailed Romney as the winner of the debate, I think this issue will be a dividing line between Cain and Romney and will work to further Cain as a candidate and push people from Romney.

 

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Wednesday, October 12 2011

When looking at the unfolding of President Obama's jobs proposal one has to wonder if the Democrats are committing suicide before our eyes. This epic collapse is a combination of several key factors. First, there's the crisis atmosphere that has been perpetuated throughout the Obama presidency. While this helped provide the impetus for early legislation, it's impossible to maintain a frantic emotion for extended periods of time. At some point people living in a state of alarm hit a wall and all systems start to shut down. Critics have argued this point with regard to the TEA party's adherents, but the case could just as easily be made that enthusiasm for Democrat initiatives have suffered the same fate but on an even greater scale.

 

 

Second, people are tuning out the President. One key reason for President Obama's rise was his ability to connect to the public with the spoken word. But just like an addictive drug, Obama's regular appeals to the public have resulted in a law of diminishing return. Each press conference, each message to congress, each national interview has led to a built up resistance in the public conscience.

 

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Tuesday, October 11 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Joel Harris's analysis was submitted prior to last night's debate (as evidenced by the time stamp), but due to a posting error did not appear until this morning.

If nothing else, the number of Republican debates has done one thing for potential primary voters. It has helped clarify the field. And as the race has worn on, the candidates have been whittled down, one-by-one. While it is true that the state of the race has been very fluid, it appears that the process has done an effective job of determining who NOT to vote for.

The first victim was Tim Pawlenty whose weak responses in the initial debates led to a poor showing in the Ames straw poll and an early exit to the surging Michelle Bachmann. Bachmann was the next to go with the arrival of Perry, the introduction of bad media publicity and the impression that she couldn't make a point without engaging in hyperbole.

 

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Tuesday, October 11 2011

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It's a liberal's paradise out there in California. The government is broke, but is seeking new ways to spend money it doesn't have - like spending on illegal immigrant education. And on top of that, the government is finding new, inventive ways to involve itself in the everyday lives of its citizens - no matter what the issue may be. Take, for instance, tanning beds:

Minors in the state of California will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using ultraviolet tanning devices.

 

California is the first state in the nation to ban minors from using tanning beds, legislators said.

 

 

Previously, California had banned minors under the age of 14 from using tanning beds, but allowed those between 14 and 18 years of age to use tanning beds with parental consent.

 

The bill was part of a cluster of legislation signed on Sunday designed to "improve the health and well-being of Calfornians," according to a statement from the Governor's office.

Of course it is! All good liberal laws are designed to improve your life, because liberals are convinced that they know how to make you happy more than you know how to make you happy. And if you aren't happy about the way they go about making you happy, get over it - because they're smarter and wiser than you.

 

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Tuesday, October 11 2011

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Al Sharpton is a perfect fit at MSNBC. He has managed to solidify its reputation as an organization totally disinterested in truth or easily verifiable facts. And Sharpton seems to have a special gift at - when attempting to criticize a conservative's positions - actually proving how right they really are. Case in point, take Sharpton's reaction to Herman Cain's assessment that blacks in recent decades have become brainwashed into believing that anything Republicans or conservatives do or suggest is bad for blacks:

I think that I agree with both Goldie and Melissa. He [Cain] had the right not to be involved. What he does not have the right is to rewrite history by saying that blacks were brainwashed by becoming Democrats, because when blacks became Democrats, my parents were Republicans. As I said, Dr. King's family was. I'm nine or ten years younger than Mr. Cain, and I joined the movement later on in the '60s when I was still a teenager.

 

 

I don't begrudge him for not making my choice, but I do begrudge him for acting like we're brainwashed because we went with a Party that stood up for the Civil Rights Act of '64 and Voting Rights Act of '65. There's a reason blacks did not stay with the Republican Party. So I think when he stepped in to calling people brainwashed and totally discarded the fact that it was based on public policy that people made their political choices, and, in fact, changed their choices from the Party of Lincoln.

The big problem with Sharpton's response is this (pointed out by Noel Sheppard):

 

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Tuesday, October 11 2011

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Oh good - something else for the Ron Paul revolutionaries to get worked into a "look how great our guy is performing and yet the unfair bias that prevents it from being properly celebrated" lather about:

Rep. Ron Paul easily won a Republican presidential candidate straw poll Saturday at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, while two of the most popular candidates in the race - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - finished near the bottom.

 

Mr. Paul won with 37 percent of the vote, while businessman Herman Cain, who has been surging in the polls recently, finished in second with 23 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished third with 16 percent.

 

"Dr. Paul's standing among Christian conservative voters is growing as people become more familiar with the man as well as the message," said Jesse Benton, Mr. Paul's presidential campaign chairman.

 

Mr. Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann officially tied for fourth place with 8 percent of the vote, although Mr. Perry's 167 votes was 10 more than Mrs. Bachmann's tally. Mr. Romney, who has struggled to win the support of conservative voters, had 4 percent.

 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished second from the bottom with 3 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, the only major GOP presidential candidate who declined to attend the weekend event, finished last with less than 1 percent of the vote.

 

Mr. Paul, an outspoken Texan whose libertarian leanings often don't sit well with conservatives in his party, trails significantly in most national polls. But his fiercely loyal band of supporters often show up en masse for Republican straw polls, pushing him near or at the top of the table in those contests.

I don't think it had even been an hour after the Values Voter Summit straw poll results had been posted that I got an email from a Ron Paul supporter saying he expected me to make as big of a deal about Paul's victory among social conservatives as I did Herman Cain's victory in the Florida straw poll recently.

 

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Tuesday, October 11 2011

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The left's worst nightmare may be coming true: Herman Cain is surging. I say the left's worst nightmare because they have telegraphed their strategy. There's no way Obama can run on his record, and that's why they have been overworking the racist angle - from Perry's hunting ground stone to the incessant raps on the tea party. Herman Cain destroys all of that. We've already seen how pathetic it looks when they try: Janeane Garofalo suggesting that Herman is being paid by Karl Rove to run so that Republicans don't look racist. Uh, Janeane, what about all the supposedly racist conservatives and tea partiers who are supporting Cain? Is Karl paying them too? Simply put, a Cain nomination destroys the best campaign strategy (duplicitous and shameful though it may be) Team Obama has.

 

But according to Gallup's most recent numbers, that may be exactly where we're heading. Barring any unforeseen entries into the presidential race and assuming the field is pretty well set (and at this point any changes are likely to be establishment types like Giuliani who would not be competing for the conservative bloc that Cain is pulling), things are trending very well for Cain at just the right time.

 

Here's the Gallup story:

Republicans' support for Herman Cain has surged to 18%, their support for Rick Perry has sagged to 15%, and their support for Mitt Romney remains relatively stable at 20%. However, Romney's support is matched by the 20% of Republicans who are unsure which candidate they will back for the Republican nomination in 2012.

If you look at the back picture, and gauge the numbers since May, it tells an even more telling story. Romney has been nearly consistent at or around the 20% mark. That's because he is the establishment Republican choice. Huntsman is the only other one who would be in contention for them and he's a non-factor. So Romney isn't losing support, but also isn't gaining any. The real movement has been with the large conservative base. It drifted towards Bachmann early, then jumped onto the Perry train when he came into the race. Perry's fade has accompanied Cain's surge. And if the fade continues, which could largely be determined by tonight's debate performance, that surge could continue as well.

 

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Monday, October 10 2011

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I knew there was a reason I liked the NFL. While sports media is notoriously biased towards the left (as difficult as it may be to believe, most insiders will acknowledge sports media is more liberal than even the mainstream news media), it appears that the folks they cover may not be.

 

A very interesting study from the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that the National Football League has its share of right-leaning money-makers:

 

But NFL owners and players generally are not shy about expressing their political views?through campaign cash to candidates. A new study out today from the Center for Responsive Politics ranked the teams by the volume of campaign money given by players, owners, executives and their spouses. And what they found was that the NFL skews very, very red.

 

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Monday, October 10 2011

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I've always been one to say on occasion that I wish sometimes God would speak to us like He did in the Old Testament. There are days I would really appreciate the, "Abraham, you go here, live here, do these things, and I will bless you in this way" approach. Sure, I would be intimidated and scared out of my shorts, but it would clear up a lot of the confusion that my human nature throws into determining my purpose and goals. But alas, I've had no such moment. But I do believe that God speaks to us in ways that will get our attention and open our eyes if we're willing to be the least bit observant. That's been happening recently to me.

 

I talked last week about the death of Steve Jobs and how, despite all of his earthly success, on the day he died, nothing mattered except whether or not he had taken the time to surrender to Jesus - the only One capable of bridging that eternal divide of sin that separates us from eternal life with God.

 

It made me stop and consider where my priorities were and what I was doing with the time God had given me. That was only compounded when I got this excerpt from an article about Jobs from my friend Micah Clark of AFA-IN:

 

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Sunday, October 09 2011

My brother sent me an email containing this Chicago Tribune political cartoon from 1934. During that era, America was mired deep in the economic crisis known as the "Great Depression." Note how sadly interesting and frightening it is that everything portrayed in this political commentary could be transferred to our day and, with only a few appropriate name changes, it would strike the nail on the head.

It is also interesting that those who seek centralized socialism as the solution to economic challenges are those who have not lived under its tyranny. On the other hand, those who have experienced "socialist utopia" typically have no desire to return to it. Notes Jay David Whittaker Chambers (1901-1961), an American journalist who served as a Communist agent but later recanted and returned to the West:

 

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Sunday, October 09 2011

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10

Progressives detest the label "culture of death" that has been pinned on them. They are, after all, progressives in the area of freedom to choose. Nonetheless, in spite of the protests refuting the label, one merely need look at the reality of the situation. Who makes demands in court for legalized assisted suicide? Who makes demands in court for the legalized removal of life support for another unable to make that decisions? Who makes demands in court for legalized abortion and widespread access to it? The record shows that the answer is progressives.

Now let us add to their list legalized infanticide. I a recent Canadian case, a mother strangled her newborn and received no incarceration for the act. Even though two jury trials resulted in convictions of second-degree murder, Alberta's highest court decided that the jury "made a mistake." Katrina Effert, the defendant in the case, was given a three-year suspended sentence by Judge Joann Velt. Justifying the issuance of this astounding sentence, the judge explains:

 

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Sunday, October 09 2011

What I am about to write is based on real-world experience. This is not theory or speculation. The school I am fortunate enough to serve and the groups I am blessed to associate with are living testaments to what I am about to boldly declare.

For effect, imagine me shouting this next statement: the federal government has absolutely no role to play in educating children, period! For over thirty years we have been educating children without any government assistance whatsoever (and doing a fine job at it, if I may say so myself...so did our nation for its first three hundred plus years).

We used to extoll our founders for their self-reliance and ability to educate themselves. Now we excoriate those who dare attempt to try such a dastardly thing with their children; all in spite of the evidence to the contrary. Some even accuse us of child abuse, while most simply think we are depriving our children of a rite of passage. You know, those high school years that have become part of our culture.

 

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Sunday, October 09 2011

The important new fatherhood movie, Courageous, had a great opening weekend. Courageous debuted on just 1,161 theater screens, one-third of the number of most of its competitors, yet it was still # 5 at the box office and # 1 in terms of earnings, selling $8.8 million worth of tickets.

This should equate to an even larger audience and its appearance in more theaters across the US.

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Sunday, October 09 2011

After just three episodes and increasing sponsorship problems, NBC announced Monday that it was canceling its new show, "The Playboy Club." The announcement comes after 116 national and state groups mostly made up of conservatives like AFA-IN but also some national feminists like Gloria Steinem, supported an effort called "Close the Club." They contacted sponsors expressing their concerns about the messages the show sent about women, decency and morality.

These groups have a reason to question why our culture should promote the Playboy Club in an already porn drenched and sex obsessed society. In just the last three years 36 porn stars have died from suicide, drugs or murder. Another 100 have died of AIDS. The number of "stars" whom our society would claim have it all, fame, beauty, fortune and massive sexual freedom and access, who have died at young ages, with no hope or happiness left, through their effiorts is astonishing.

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Saturday, October 08 2011

"Occupy Wall Street." That's the slogan for this social media-driven liberal socialist gathering that is [hypothetically] taking the nation by storm. Supposedly, it is catching on like wildfire.

Reporting from New York ? In a sign that it is shifting from a loose-knit fringe group to a bloc that could draw in mainstream America, the movement called Occupy Wall Street brought thousands of people to the streets of New York on Wednesday after major labor unions gave their backing to its anti-greed message.

Drawing in mainstream America? That would indicate that mainstream Americans are responding to the message of the protestors. That would indicate that mainstream Americans, who are proud to be Americans in the historical and traditional sense of the word, would be comfortable with and proud of the actions of the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd. Let's drill down a bit further, shall we?

 

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Saturday, October 08 2011

American Atheists have now singled out an item from the rubble of the September 11th attack on the US. They want a cross censored from the new 9/11 memorial museum at the World Trade Center site.

The 17 ft tall metal cross was discovered intact during search and recovery efforts. It consists of two metal beams from the center that became a recognized symbol of hope and patriotism in the weeks and months following the attack on America. Yet, these secularists have filed a lawsuit against its inclusion in the museum. They claim that it promotes Christianity and somehow diminishes the civil rights of non-Christians. There are other religious items from the rubble such as a Star of David and a Bible included in the museum, but the cross really seems to bother the secularists.

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Saturday, October 08 2011

Our AFA radio news minute recently covered the news of the latest abortion numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. The news story notes the significant increase (16%) in chemical abortions (RU-486) from the previous year.

The most recent data recently released by the ISDH, through the Indiana Induced Termination of Pregnancy Report for 2008 has some other numbers that may interest you. Here is more Indiana abortion data:

? In 2008 there were a total of 10,919 abortions performed in Indiana;

? Of the 10,919 abortions performed, 95.9% (10,469) were performed on Indiana residents;

? Out of 10,919 abortions in Indiana, only 367 occurred in a hospital;

? Of the 1,269 chemical abortions in 2008, only one occurred in a hospital;

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Saturday, October 08 2011

As you recall, while campaigning, Senator Barack Obama appeared to be one of the most electrifying, populist, hopeful and promising presidential candidates to seek that office since Ronald Reagan. In reality however, President Obama is the most liberal and ideologically extreme of any person to occupy the White House in our lifetimes. He is seemingly a true believer in this agenda. He appears unwilling to deviate from his worldview in part perhaps because, (even by his own admissions), he spent his wole life surrounded by America-hating radicals seeking to undermine the foundations of our nation and constantly disparaging the values essential to those foundations.

It should be no surprise then that the Obama administration has been caught fabricating numbers on behalf of those seeking to tear apart marriage and sexual virtue, the keys to a healthy civilization. The US Census Bureau has been forced to admit that it has been artificially inflating the numbers of same-sex households in America by nearly twice their actual numbers.

This effort has had some success too. Not long ago, I received a phone call from a reporter wanting to write a story about the growing number of same-sex households in Indiana as revealed by this Census data. The reporter had figured out that those living together are the most likely to marry should our laws ever be redefined. These new numbers might represent some sort of trend or growing number of those experiencing discrimination, even though people can live outside the norm more freely today than ever before in history. (In fact, those who abide by rational traditional mores are becoming the ones society increasingly looks down upon.)

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Friday, October 07 2011

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Weren't we just talking about Michael Moore and his hypocrisy?  Here we go again.  Appearing on Keith Olbermann's rumored show, Countdown (rumored because I don't know that anyone has actually seen it and that its anything more than speculation at this point), Moore said this about, "the rich":

"They're kleptomaniacs, is what they are. They're out of control. I think there is some sort of sociopathic illness and they know what us to life in a kleptocracy. Where the kleptomaniacs run the show. This is going to spread. I said this last week, I said it two weeks ago when I first spoke with you. And the mainstream media was trying to pooh-pooh this, 'oh it's just a feud down there, don't worry.' Well what happened Saturday, not just here, but as you said in Boston, LA, in Chicago and elsewhere."

 

In evaluating this kleptomaniac accusation, it's helpful to remember this little beauty from a few years ago:

Today, Moore filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud arising out of his audit of his controversial war on terror documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore is seeking at least $2.7 million from the Weinstein Brothers in what he claims are "rerouted" and unpaid profits... Now the Weinsteins will have their Hollywood pitbull litigator Bert Fields defend them against Moore. "He made $19.8 million in backend profit on a 9/11 movie. And now he wants to beat up the Weinsteins for another couple of million dollars," an insider complains to me tonight. "He redefines the term greedy for someone in this business who claims to be a Mr. Poverty indie documentary filmmaker."

A profile in hypocrisy to be sure.  But no one honestly expects much more out of someone like Michael Moore.  The extent to which his credibility is respected is depicted by the fact that he is accepting invitations to be Keith Olbermann's guest on Al Gore's TV channel.  But clearly excited about President Obama's recent forays into the realm of class warfare, Moore tried to drag Obama into his "eat the rich" campaign:

 

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Friday, October 07 2011

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So after being sick a few days, I start my crash course exposure to the weeks' news and saw this printed in the New York Times about these little anti-capitalist rallies that got started out on Wall Street recently:

A loose-knit populist campaign that started on Wall Street three weeks ago has spread to dozens of cities across the country, with protesters camped out in Los Angeles near City Hall, assembled before the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago and marching through downtown Boston to rally against corporate greed, unemployment and the role of financial institutions in the economic crisis.

With little organization and a reliance on Facebook, Twitter and Google groups to share methods, the Occupy Wall Street campaign, as the prototype in New York is called, has clearly tapped into a deep vein of anger, experts in social movements said, bringing longtime crusaders against globalization and professional anarchists together with younger people frustrated by poor job prospects.

Populist campaign?  Tapped into a deep vein of anger?  Could someone remind me, please...were these the characterizations that were being offered by the New York Times to the town hall protests and Tea Party rallies that began being held a few years ago? 

 

 

Clay Waters of Newsbusters remembers things a bit differently:

 

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Friday, October 07 2011

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More evidence of the left's obsession with turning the United States into a Euro-socialist state emerged on the Today show recently, when a group of liberals broke out into spontaneous applause when the host commented that Denmark had recently enacted a "Fat Tax."  No joking.  These folks on the left simply do not think there is any area (save protecting the unalienable right to life for children in the womb) where government shouldn't intrude.  Even your digestive system is not secure from their government tentacles:

 

As co-host Matt Lauer reported Denmark implementing a "fat tax" on certain foods during the "Today's Professionals" panel on Tuesday's NBC "Today," advertising executive Donny Deutsch and NBC chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman literally applauded the move.

Snyderman then demanded: "...there should be a tax on colas with sugar in it, foods you don't need, the necessities should be cheaper, so that people can get good fruits and vegetables and meats and the junk that's processed should be taxed higher. I have no problem with it at all."

Why?!  Why don't you have a problem with that?  Why is it the government's job to tell people what to eat?  Or even if they aren't telling them, why is it their job to use their taxing power to coerce folks into eating what the government decides is good for them?  Doesn't the fact that this move slightly inhibits a little productive element of our society's history called "freedom" dawn on these folks?

 

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Friday, October 07 2011

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First it was Morgan Freeman saying stupid things, now it's Samuel L. Jackson.  I suppose when you are as successful as these guys you don't have to worry about offending large portions of the population by smearing them without justification, but it still smacks of ignorance, arrogance and a lack of gratefulness towards the great many people who have helped make them very wealthy men.

 

Nonetheless, here was Mr. Jackson to New York Magazine recently, talking about the Tea Party:

"It's pretty obvious what they are," Jackson told us. "The division of the country is not about the government having too much power. I think everything right now is geared toward getting that guy out of office, whatever that means," he said, echoing Freeman. "It's not politics. It is not economics. It all boils down to pretty much to race. It is a shame."

 

The absence of any justification or proof for the validity of this accusation was no stumbling block for Mr. Jackson, of course.  He could dive head long into smearing these fiscally concerned Americans and know there would be no challenge from the media for his race-baiting.  Of course, there wasn't.

 

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Thursday, October 06 2011

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A political announcement about the 2012 presidential campaign has several conservatives feeling pretty blue today...and I'm not talking about the Sarah Palin decision not to run. Certainly Palin has some die hard supporters, but many conservatives are equally thrilled to see her stay active from outside the race, and staying a thorn in the side of the mainstream media and the left (but I repeat myself).

But if that wasn't the heartbreaker, what was? Marco Rubio made this statement to Major Garrett:

"I don't crave it [the vice presidency]. I wanted to be a United States Senator. I didn't run for the Senate as an opportunity to have a launching pad for some other job. I think one of the things that I lament is that people somehow come to the conclusion that United States Senator is no enough. Listen, the United States Senate is still an important, I think very important institution."

Rubio went on to say that he will not be the VP nominee for Republicans in 2012. Now, I suppose there will be those that say, "Well that doesn't necessarily mean anything." In fact, Garrett even brought up the fact that Chris Christie made the comment that the answer to being VP is always no until it is yes. But I get the vibe that Rubio is serious when he talks about being a valuable lawmaker for conservatives.

 

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Thursday, October 06 2011

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Why am I not surprised to hear that the organized labor crowd has decided to join the Occupy Wall Street folks? When capitalism is being trashed and socialism/communism praised, the labor unions will be there. This is what causes so many hard working Americans who are forced or intimidated into joining unions to be so embarrassed about it. This is what causes them to hang their heads every time they have to acknowledge that they belong to one. This is what causes the public perception of unions to be worse than that of used car salesmen.

Just look at what is occurring at these anti-capitalist mob events and you see everything that is uniquely Soviet and anti-American. Seriously...how can any American that has any concept of what this country is all about not be embarrassed by these events? And no, I'm not talking about the mere gathering and association of folks who have a beef. I'm talking about the supposed content of what they are saying.

Ann Coulter recently articulated what I and so many others are scratching our heads about when we watch these little events,

 

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Thursday, October 06 2011

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And the proverbial cat is out of the bag. I have been warning (as have many others) for literally years now that the leftist sexual revolutionaries, currently manifesting themselves in the form of the homosexual/transgender lobby, are not seeking "civil rights." They are a movement that is facilitating a cultural revolution that obliterates any moral standards for sexual conduct, and anything that stands in their way - particularly traditional Christian morality - will be vilified, demonized, and obliterated if they have their way. Far from being advocates of tolerance, they are as disinterested in peaceful coexistence with Christian belief as anyone can be.

I've made this point when it comes to anti-bullying crusades that amount to nothing more than attempts to designate new, specific targets for deliberate bullying - by them, by students, by teachers, by school administrators and by society at large: Christian kids.

The point was further made when I hosted homosexual activist attorney Andrea Ritchie on my radio program several months ago and asked her if she thought the homosexual movement could peacefully coexist with the Christian worldview. Ritchie's answer was telling: she said they could if Christians were willing to compromise on their beliefs that homosexuality was wrong.

Not long ago we covered the story of a Christian kid who was suspended from school in Florida because he simply stated his Christian belief that homosexuality was wrong. This is exactly what is coming: the criminalization of Christianity.

 

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Thursday, October 06 2011

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The world lost a visionary yesterday when Steve Jobs died. Please understand I don't say that because I'm a real techy person. I'm not. I'd like to be, but I just don't have time for all the gadgetry. That doesn't mean that my life isn't positively affected by his innovations and inventions though.

You stop and think about him, and it's amazing. Steve Jobs wasn't some genius product of our Ivy League schools - and yet our Ivy League schools now rely heavily on his inventions and work to be able to do what they do. Jobs found his niche.

And it's not an exaggeration to say that this man has written an un-erasable chapter in human history that I don't think will ever be forgotten. From the invention of the first personal computer in his garage, to the formation of Apple Computers, to the founding of Pixar and all the amazing computer technology now used in our arts and entertainment, to the iPod that revolutionized music, the iPhone and smart handheld devices, the iPad, and the list goes on and on and on.

 

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Wednesday, October 05 2011

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I have to admit that I am enjoying the Republican debates. It gets me excited to know that the end of the Obama disaster is coming - and I like vetting candidates thoroughly. And with the kind of debates that we hold anymore, it will take about 30 of them to be able to hash out what a person really believes. I find them to be entertaining, and a welcome change from the monotonous bad news that seems to emerge from Obama's Paradise everyday.

And perhaps that's a problem.

I read a very interesting piece at the American Thinker a couple days ago by Carol Perrachio. She tends to think that the excessive amount of debates being held between the Republicans is actually detrimental - for a number of reasons. She writes,

 

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Wednesday, October 05 2011

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Well this just makes sense, doesn't it? If you aren't going to ban homosexual behavior in the military because it is what feels natural to those who engage in that behavior, then how can you ban other sexual behavior if it is what feels natural to others? This is the line of logic that the Obama administration, our media, cultural elites and "rights" activists didn't want to engage during the debate of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

No, instead they made it about discrimination - implying that a group of people were being discriminated against rather than a behavior. I suppose if you wanted to label people based on their sexual behavior you could say they were being discriminated against.but how far do you want to take that silliness? The military bans theft, so are they "discriminating unfairly" against kleptos? The military bans promiscuity and adultery, so are they "discriminating unfairly" against heterosexuals? The military bans drunkenness, so are they "discriminating unfairly" against alcoholics? We can define people by their inappropriate behavior all day long, and in the process manage to claim that they are being unfairly discriminated against when we prohibit inappropriate behavior.

And that makes my point - this discussion and debate should have been around this central question: is homosexual behavior something that is conducive to a strong fighting force? But we didn't have that conversation. No, the liberals led us down this path of stupidity about supposed rights violations, and now we all feel so much better about our sense of fairness by repealing the ban on a very destructive behavior.

 

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Wednesday, October 05 2011

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When I was doing research in preparation for the homosexuality presentation in our Unmentionables series, I was floored by some of the admissions made by the leaders of the homosexual lobby about their motivations and objectives.

For instance, Tom Stoddard, who was once with the homosexual legal firm Lambda Legal, readily acknowledged the fact that the movement was more than happy to lie to the population about the number of "homosexuals" in the country. After years of spreading the ridiculously absurd suggestion that 1 in 10 Americans were "homosexual," he admitted,

"We used that figure [10% of the population] when most gay people were hidden to try to create an impression of our numerousness."

Lovely. A movement built upon fabricated deception. And the more things change, the more they stay the same:

 

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Posted by: Peter Heck AT 05:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, October 05 2011

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Uber-leftist Michael Moore fancies himself a documentary filmmaker and a political commentator. He's not. He's an actor. That was the thoughtful conclusion of columnist Bob Dutko writing at CNSNews.com a few days ago.

Moore has become increasingly visible on national television recently, which should be no surprise to anyone paying attention. President Obama has decided to base his re-election campaign on class warfare - that's the declared strategy. And if there's one fight that Michael Moore is up for joining, it's the class envy struggle. So as Obama ratchets up the calls to hate the rich, Moore - who happens to be quite rich - is popping up more and more on TV to strengthen the shameful demagoguery.

But this actually provides conservatives an excellent opening to pierce through Moore's public persona: everything from his baseball cap to his sloppy dress. When he appears that way, it's because he's acting. The real Michael Moore is much different. Dutko explains:

Admittedly, it is an odd analogy, but let's look at the similarities. Pee Wee Herman is a character portrayed by the actor Paul Reubens, whose costume is a gray suit and bow tie, while anti-greed everyman Michael Moore is a character portrayed by the actor of the same name whose costume is a baseball cap, a t-shirt and some dingy jeans.

What a moneymaker.

That's exactly right. Moore's appearance is a ruse.

 

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Posted by: Peter Heck AT 05:06 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, October 03 2011

Before I get into the details about how to reform education in America, we should begin with some basic presuppositions.  I want you to understand where I am coming from as we address specific details about renewing American education.  Let's look at what education is and why it is so critical. 

 

I come from the perspective that every child is a blessing from God and has intrinsic value.  Some on the left argue if a person cannot be productive, it is alright to murder them.  (I don't want to sugar coat evil by renaming it choice, abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, or whatever.)  Every child is an opportunity for us to love someone unconditionally. It does us good to serve those who are helpless.  Whether a child can give anything to society is inconsequential.  Every child ought to have an opportunity to live and learn as much as possible.

 

 

Let me confess that I am guilty of one thing the left accuses us right-wing nut jobs of trying to do.  I am trying to brainwash my students into seeing life from the Judeo-Christian worldview.  The dirty little secret they won't admit is they want to brainwash children also.  They simply want them to see life from the humanist perspective.  They want our children to have faith that there is no God and we are left to ourselves if we want this to be a better world.  Therefore, we should follow their opinions, instead of God's Word, as we go through this life.  After all, they are more enlightened about life and the world than us silly Christians.  Just ask Chris Matthews and he will tell you that is true.

 

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Posted by: Matthew W. Turner AT 05:01 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Monday, October 03 2011

"I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of ? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." -  Romans 6:19-23

I attended yesterday (10/1/2011) a missions conference hosted by American Baptist Churches of Indiana-Kentucky and Greater Indianapolis. Our guest speaker was Lauran Bethell, an international consultant on issues of human trafficking. Although human trafficking is not a new phenomenon, it is modern day slavery that continues to grow internationally. Just as Christians in past decades opposed the practice of slavery, so do they now seek to put an end to today's slavery.

 

 

It is not easy. One arena of this slavery - sexual exploitation - is compounded by the moral relativism proponents of the left. The progressive march toward so-called "sexual freedom" has created, in reality, sexual anarchy. Into the vacuum left by this moral breakdown have stepped global traffickers who willingly provide the sex products their clients crave. Literally around the world, young women (predators seek primarily women, although a few males are ensnared as well) are held in forced prostitution. As the anti-religious elements of society attempt to discredit the beliefs and actions of Christians, victims of selfish sexual deviancy and debauchery pile up. In the United States, most women engaging in prostitution begin at the age of 14 to 16 years. No matter how many deny its reality, "the wages of sin is death."

 

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Posted by: TheOldSalt AT 03:32 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, October 02 2011

Even though the presidential campaign has never ended since the last election, we are being told that the 2012 presidential campaign will be starting up in earnest soon. If it is anything like the last campaign, I am certain we will have the "privilege" of once again witnessing Mr. Obama's declaration, "I am a Christian!"

 

Without doubt, there will be fellow citizens who accept his word without any critical thinking at all. Thus far in his first term, President Obama has done nothing to demonstrate his belief or love for Jesus. It was Jesus, after all, who said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command." (John 14:15) But when facing the many choices of obeying what Christ commands or what secularism demands, the president has chosen secularism.

 

 

"President Obama eliminated all funding for abstinence-centered education in his 2011 budget. However, due largely to Sen. Orrin Hatch's efforts, Congress reinstated a third of the original funding for five years in the health care reform law." ("A Monthly Review of Spiritual Trends," Power for Living, September 25, 2011)

Now Mr. Obama's open opposition to abstinence-centered education might make sense if it failed to make any impact on the left's stated goals of sex-education, which are to reduce "unplanned" pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease. In addition to the common-sense recognition that sexual abstinence outside of marriage results in the 100% fulfillment of the stated goals, there are also bodies of research that demonstrate the effectiveness of abstinence-centered education.

 

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Posted by: TheOldSalt AT 10:35 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, October 02 2011

Peter Ferrara has an interesting article in the American Spectator in which he argues that the Democrats should face severe consequences in the 2012 election.  In the course of the article, Ferrara outlines several key points.  First, President Obama and his radical agenda is not an outlier.  Rather he is in line with leadership of a party that has moved to the left of George McGovern.  Accordingly, voters rejected the party in 2010 and are positioned to do so again in 2012.  Second, while the Republicans have been labeled as a "do-nothing" party, it is the Democrat controlled Senate that is more responsible for obstructing legislation.  Third, one party has clearly taken seriously the outcry for fiscal restraint while the other has continued their recklessly irresponsible financial management of public funds. 

It remains to be seen what will actually happen in 2012, but his article highlights what could happen.  For this public observer, this article demonstrates a different point entirely.  First, it confirms a sad reality of public discourse. 

  1. Never underestimate the ability of the Democrats to demagogue an issue.
  2. Never underestimate the ability of Republicans to lose a message war.

Second, it demonstrates that Republicans continue to struggle when it comes to pushing messages that will win in the public arena. Third, it demonstrates a real failure of the Republican party to see how to demonstrate how conservative principles win out in daily life.

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Posted by: Joel Harris AT 08:38 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, October 02 2011

Last week, I asked whom you would most like to see become the Republican nominee for President in 2012. A few months earlier, we had posted a similar presidential poll and Congressman Ron Paul did quite well then too. At that time, Mitch Daniels was a possible candidate and, understandably, our governor easily won our poll.

It is not a surprise, given his loyal following, that the Texas congressman won our poll this time. It is however a bit odd that we received three times as many votes in this poll as any other and that Congressman Paul received 90% of the votes. Rep. Paul received a whopping 2,009 votes compared to Texas Governor Rick Perry, who came in second, with just 66 votes.

I believe the teenage term for this is that "we've been punk'd."   I'm OK with that.   Those Paul followers who loaded up the vote and took our poll viral are welcome at our site.  I hope that they stayed there longer than to just click the Ron Paul button and also read several of the articles on our webpage.

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Posted by: Micah Clark AT 08:00 am   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2011

You want rules, how 'bout the Rolex Tourbillon Rule? Mandating that any job creator wearing a watch worth more than a house who ever mentions class warfare, gets a hose shoved down his throat and goose liver pumped in until pate leaks from their ears. Less war-like. More food-fighty.

Confession time. Will Durst, the source of above quote, is not a liberal. So his tagline says, anyway, which reads, "Raging Moderate."

 

 

Actually, Mr. Durst is a political comedian. As the byline goes, "he is a familiar pundit on television and radio." I do not know, then, if the syndicated column from which I took this week's lib-quote is a satire or not. However, it was written and published as an op-ed piece, so I will treat it as such. Read it and decide for yourself. The position he takes, with humor or not, is that there is no reason to not heap more taxes on the rich.

 

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Posted by: TheOldSalt AT 12:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2011

Several months ago Newt Gingrich made a statement that I thought at the time to be overly optimistic.  He predicted  that Republicans would win 30-40 seats in the House and a dozen Senate seats in the 2012 election.  At the time I felt that with the Democrats defending 23 Senate seats and with the Republicans needing only three for a majority, in all likelihood a Republican Senate was a likely result.  I also felt that with redistricting making Republican seats more Republican and with seats migrating to red states, all signs pointed to Republicans holding the House as well.  But the prospect of a landslide election on the scale of 2010 seemed unlikely.   Several news items recently have started to expand the scale of what is possible in the upcoming election.

The first piece of evidence comes from Nate Silver, a liberal poll analyst for the New York Times.  While he tends to take a liberal view of things, his analysis is generally very sound.  Following the New York and Nevada special elections he offered this sobering perspective  for Democrats.  Looking back over the past year, even including the special elections in a liberal California district and for the disgraced Republican New York seat, Republicans are outperforming in the Partisan Vote Index by over seven points. 

He writes the following:

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Posted by: Joel Harris AT 09:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2011

This Friday, the most important movie of 2011 will open and it needs your support. I was fortunate enough this spring to see an advanced showing of the new movie Courageous. It is a powerful film from the makers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants.

The film is about the importance of fathers, a subject our nation desperately needs to reconsider.  The success of this movie in ticket sales this weekend will be a key part of its distribution at more theaters across the nation.

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Posted by: Micah Clark AT 07:12 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Saturday, October 01 2011

The Gallup Polling firm has just released its findings of their annual Governance Survey that was taken earlier this month. The findings in this extensive survey are numerous. Here are just a few:

An overwhelming 81% of Americans say that they are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed. That is a record setting level not even seen during Watergate, in which 66% of Americans were dissatisfied. This dissatisfaction is seen among 65% of Democrats and 92% of Republicans.

Roughly half (49%) of Americans believe that the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the lives of ordinary citizens.

A majority of Americans (53%) say that they have little to no confidence in the men and women who seek and hold public office.

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