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Wednesday, November 30 2011

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The New York Times typically has headlines that make you do a double take if you are a person of sound mind and body. But the one that recently read, "Boys swimming on girls' teams find success - then draw jeers," probably gave some people whiplash. Yet, unlike many Times' headlines that are as misleading as possible, this one pretty much told you what was happening:

It tells of the Massachusetts South Division's fall swimming and diving championships for girls - whose record in the 50-yard freestyle was broken by the winner: Will Higgins.

 

 

Will is not for Wilma, because Will is a boy.

 

So what is a boy doing competing in a championship race for girls? Will's Norwood High School athletic director, Brian Mcdonough, while congratulating Will Higgins, was asked about Will competing in a girl's swimming contest.

 

He replied: "I didn't want to get into that."

 

Will Higgins is a high-school senior who is among "roughly two dozen boys competing on girls teams in Massachusetts - because their schools do not have boys swimming programs. The boys are able to disregard this one-gender-only rule because of the open access amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution. That amendment was voted into law in the 1970s. It mandates that boys and girls must be afforded equal access to athletics."

So here we have yet another consequence of the left's ridiculous crusade to break down any and all distinctions between the sexes. Whether it's in the name of transgenderism or gender neutrality or equal rights or political correctness or whatever, the left would have us believe that segregating between the sexes is an abomination.

 

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Wednesday, November 30 2011

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The media is full of stories about the "failure" of the Congressional SuperCommittee on debt reduction. Make no mistake, the committee failed to do something there was no way it was ever going to do in the first place. Those, like President Obama and his friends in the media, who are pretending to be truly surprised or shocked by its failure are either the dumbest people on the planet, or they are enacting a political strategy.

 

 

To borrow one of the President's favorite phrases, "let's be clear." The failure we have had regarding the debt and the deficit for the last several years has been that of the Democrats. Period. They were elected to control every policy-making branch of government in 2008 because they successfully convinced Americans that the Republicans were irresponsible when it came to money management. They did this with the help of the mainstream media who conveniently omitted in their story telling to acknowledge that Democrats controlled the Congress for the last two years of the Bush Administration - so every piece of deficit increasing legislation he signed into law, was passed by a Democrat Congress.

 

Nevertheless, once given the reins of power, these Democrats didn't produce a budget (still haven't), didn't reduce the spending, and blew up the federal deficit to unprecedented levels. They presided over the largest expansion of the federal government since the New Deal of the 1930s and have mortgaged even more of our grandchildren's future through their spendaholic tendencies. The only solution they have been willing to even discuss is raising taxes on Americans. To the Democrats, the idea of them learning to not spend so much of your money is not even on their radar. And when it's been pointed out that there isn't enough "revenue" existing in the pockets of the "wealthy" to sustain our government's spending for more than a couple months (and that's if you took every penny the "wealthy" own), they've been content to play the rhetoric game while Rome burns.

 

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Wednesday, November 30 2011

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A funny thing happened over the weekend: liberal Colin Powell tried criticizing conservative tea partiers for being responsible for the divisive tone in Washington, D.C. and in the process managed to totally violate his own position. Here was the exchange Powell had with ABC's liberal hostess Christiane Amanpour:

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST: What about this tone in the country right now? It's still very divisive. It's still very sort of brash, some say poisonous. I mean, you can barely get anything done on Capitol Hill, just behind me there. What needs to be done, to actually improve the tone and the ability of people to work together?

 

 

COLIN POWELL: The tone is not -- is not good right now, and our political system here in Washington, particularly up on The Hill -- Congress -- has become very, very tense in that two sides, Republicans and Democrats, are focusing more and more on their extreme left and extreme right. And we have to come back toward the center in order to compromise.

 

A story I like to tell is our Founding Fathers were able to sit in Philadelphia and make some of the greatest compromises known to man -- tough, tough issues. But they did it. Why? Because they were there to create a country, where we have a Congress now that can't even pass an appropriation bill, and we're running this country on a continuing resolution which is -- what else are they here for but to pass appropriations bills?

 

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Wednesday, November 30 2011

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Many times when I talk about Ron Paul, I comment on how much I appreciate his devotion to liberty and the Constitution. While I think his libertarianism actually goes too far to the point of undermining the cause for which he strives (liberty requires promotion and embrace of the one Real Morality - something libertarians leave open to personal interpretation), I think his intentions are pure. And typically when I talk about Paul I also bring up his supporters and the vociferous nature of their support. It's opening yourself to a barrage of hostility to criticize Paul or one of his positions.

 

 

My column that blasted Ron Paul for his silly assumptions regarding 9/11 resulted in an absolute onslaught of nasty emails from online Paulites. But with as much criticism as I think they deserve for their blind loyalty to Paul (something that borders on the Obama-zombie effect on many ignorant young people - and too many adults - in 2008) there's also something admirable about their willingness to circle the wagons around their own. How nice if conservatives would have as their first instinct to defend their candidates rather than hold them out at arms length and join in the public crucifixion of the candidate so as not to be criticized themselves.

 

Surely there's a healthy balance to be struck. Because whereas loyalty and willingness to defend your candidate is admirable, there is a danger in it too. Paul supporters demonstrated as much during the recent presidential debate when the topic of the Patriot Act came up.

 

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Tuesday, November 29 2011

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I am constantly amused by the left's posturing during this Republican primary. Though part of it is just typical election cycle posturing, I think it betrays their own lack of confidence in who they are fielding in 2012 that they feel it incumbent upon them to constantly tell everyone how weak the Republican field is and that Republican voters are just overly displeased with their options. It's humorous, of course, because none of them are Republican primary voters, and they very rarely get their information on Republican displeasure from Republican primary voters.

 

Speaking as one who will cast a ballot in the Republican primary, I can vouch for the fact that none of the Republicans are perfect. They aren't messianic. But this field is far preferable to the one that emerged in 2008, and there are things to like about each of the candidates - nearly all of whom are capable of defeating Barack Obama in 2012.

 

 

Right now there seems to be an increasing amount of attention being paid to Newt Gingrich, as he has been thrust to the front of the Republican field. And it certainly hasn't been that long ago that I made several comments about how Newt is not my first choice. But there is something that I like about Newt's candidacy more than any other: Newt's rise is prompted by his ideas, nothing else.

 

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Tuesday, November 29 2011

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A few years ago, we spent a lot of time on the radio show talking about the inexplicable obsession that the media had with pushing unproven and ethically irresponsible embryonic stem cell research. The reason it was so unbelievable to many of us was that there was an already proven, and actually successful stem cell therapy coming from adult stem cells that didn't involve the life destroying nature of manufacturing and harvesting human babies for their parts.

 

 

But the hysteria went so far as having seeing actor Michael J. Fox star in ads during the 2004 presidential election, essentially sending the message that a vote for George Bush was to kill him, but a vote for John Kerry was a vote for ending all disease. The reason? Kerry believed in killing one human to hopefully harvest its parts to save another.

 

Bush won that election and kept the ban on federal funding of ESC in place. Of course, that all changed when Barack Obama came into office in 2009. His devotion to the abortion lobby ran so deep that he essentially defunded the successful adult stem cell research lines to transfer the money to the unproven, unsuccessful and ethically questionable embryonic work. No surprise there.

 

Well, guess what? It appears that the move has been so unsuccessful that even the major companies that received Obama grants are now bailing on the embryonic research to go back to successful adult stem cells. If we had a responsible, ethical, and objective press, this story would tarnish Obama and the left horribly:

 

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Tuesday, November 29 2011

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The common phrase that we're often reminded of during a presidential election cycle is, "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." In other words, there will never be such thing as a perfect candidate for office. Every candidate has their flaws, their drawbacks, their weaknesses. I am a believer in that phrase, but at the same time, I am a believer that there are a few things that are "deal breakers" for any candidate - issues that you just can't be wrong on and still earn my vote. Obviously, anyone who believes in the slave owners ideology that says one person can deny another person their unalienable rights is one of them.

 

 

Are there other deal breakers? Yeah, probably so, though none rise to the level of believing in the right to kill humans in the womb. And certainly different people are going to have different issues they see as of high importance. For those living along the southern border, a position on border security might be a deal breaker. For those who believe in preserving the sanctity of marriage, a position on gay marriage might be the deal breaker.


But if we're talking large, fundamental positions of concern for various candidates, and I had to pinpoint the biggest potential problem for the Republican front runners as they seek the Republican nomination, I think it might come down to a different issue. Broccoli. No joke.

 

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Tuesday, November 29 2011

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In my ongoing quest to get people to think through their position on the issue of abortion, I typically pose this question to folks: who are really the people to fear? One of the major successes of the pro-abortion lobby is that they manage to convince people that the folks who are pro-life are fighting against the rights of women. It's absurd when someone honestly sets aside their emotional, knee-jerk reaction and sincerely gives it serious thought. Nearly 25 million females have been legally executed in this country simply for the "crime" of being "unwanted." Advocating the end of such a practice is not anti-woman. Far from it.

 

 

The scare tactics used against pro-lifers is just so bizarre that it's amazing anyone would be fooled by it. Two groups of people: the first group seeks to ensure that every human being, of every background, wanted or unwanted, convenient or inconvenient, has their God-given right of life protected against violation. The other group seeks to ensure that some human beings be allowed to deprive another human being of such an unalienable right, simply on the basis that they are inconvenient. Who should be feared? Who should we do all we can to ensure they never get their hands on positions of power? The people who believe in the Declaration of Independence or the people who take the slave owners position of a "right to choose" to deprive someone else of their rights?

 

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Monday, November 28 2011

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Just like Herman Cain helped expose the fraud of the left when it comes to their support of minorities, as well as their outrageous overuse of the racist label, the candidacy of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is doing the same thing when it comes to the left's supposed support of women in politics.

 

As if Sarah Palin's vice presidential candidacy didn't pretty much bury the leftist meme that they support strong women in politics, the treatment Bachmann is receiving from liberals certainly does. Last week I talked about the rude and sexist joke late night comedian Jimmy Fallon and his band The Roots played on Bachmann. After inviting her onto the show, they insulted her when she walked out by playing a disgusting song called "Lyin' A** B****" when she walked out.

 

 

Once this became public, there's no doubt that many of the truly sexist liberal men had a good laugh about it. But as public pressure mounted, the liberal execs at NBC decided they needed to do something about it. Now, lest you believe they felt obligated to do something as in give Fallon the Imus treatment, don't be silly. Imus didn't direct his insult towards conservative women, Fallon did. Thus, Fallon's punishment needed to only be a slap on the wrist in the form of a network apology - and that, not even from the company's president.

 

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Monday, November 28 2011

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America just got a little strong today with the announcement that 16 term corrupt-o-crat Barney Frank will not seek re-election in 2012. This is not a disappointment to anyone who values honesty, integrity, or even the rough semblance of it in Congress. For all her talk about "cleaning the swamp" in Congress, Nancy Pelosi's support of people like Frank demonstrated what a fraud she was on the issue. How so?

 

Glad you asked. It's time for a reminder of what Congress is losing when Frank retires:

 

Frank was rather miffed about the recent disclosure that he helped former lover Herb Moses land a job with the behemoth lender while sitting on a House committee that regulates lenders a decade ago. The Boston Herald reported Thursday that Frank immediately invoked the Everybody Does It card: "It is a common thing in Washington for members of Congress to have spouses work for the federal government. There is no rule against it at all."

 

Frank then switched to the Everybody Knew defense: "It was widely known. It was out there in the public."

 

Next, he dismissed any controversy about his ethical judgment with the Nobody Cares shield: "It's nonsense."

 

No doubt he'll spring the Homophobia Card on critics at an opportune moment to ice his multitiered cake of excuses.

 

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Monday, November 28 2011

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I know Thanksgiving is over, but we are still in the midst of the holiday season and the time of year that we are most mindful to be thankful for our blessings. And though this may seem a bit hollow of a blessing given that millions of children continue to be killed legally in the United States because of the evil of abortion and the cowardice of our lawmakers, it's nonetheless important:

In a Thanksgiving note to supporters, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards thanked supporters for standing with the organization during what she labeled, "the most difficult year in our history."

 

And while it's not typical to delight in the misfortune of others, when you consider that the objective of these "others" we're talking about is to perpetuate the killing of our country's children, the fact that they had their most difficult year is cause for outright celebration. Let's put it this way: when Planned Parenthood has a good year, more innocent children suffer brutal, torturous deaths. When Planned Parenthood has a bad year, more of them live. Why anyone attempts to help these modern day progenitors of slave owners is sick, twisted, and beyond depraved.

 

So, what made it a difficult year? Abortion, after all, is unbelievably still legal in this country. Well, there are several differing reasons. First, they are losing their taxpayer blood money, historically protected by Democrats:

 

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Monday, November 28 2011

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Honestly, this story should not come as any surprise to someone who has paid attention to this President's mode of operation for 3 years. This is a guy who has avoided any direct references to the country's Judeo-Christian roots at all costs. A guy who holds Iftar dinners like it's his job, but doesn't want to mention Jesus too often, lest he give offense.

 

 

By the way, I guess this has to be said since there will be a lot of folks read something into those remarks that aren't really there. I don't think the President is a Muslim. I truly don't. Obviously only the President and God know what's in his heart, but judging, as the Bible says, by his "fruits," my best guess would be that President Obama is a humanist in practice. So I'm not saying that all of his Muslim activities and dinners and services are done because he's worshipping Allah. Don't think that's the case one bit. I think he does it because he believes that's a form of outreach. He thinks that it will make them like us a little better - nevermind the fact that our approval rating in Muslim countries is now far worse than it was under George W. Bush. Well done there, Captain Outreach.

 

I mean, I hate to sound condescending to the President, but come on man...if the thousands of American lives, blood, sweat and countless amounts of American treasure that have been spilt and spent in defense of Muslims whether in Bosnia or Afghanistan or Iraq or Kuwait, if that wasn't enough to tell the Muslim world something about America, I don't think any Iftar dinners by President Obama are gonna do the trick. Sorry.

 

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Sunday, November 27 2011

The hypoccupiers have been getting their signs in the press for several weeks now. My brother sent me a message to the hypoccupiers. Granted, it is a bit wordy for a sign, but it is a great message:

 

My husband worked on a drilling rig 12 hrs a day for 301 of 365 days last year in the heat & cold to provide for our family. The petroleum he helps produce created the INK for your protest signs, the STRINGS for your guitars, the contacts and glasses you need to watch your speakers, the ICE CHESTS that hold your organic milk, the black nail POLISH you are wearing, the rubber tires on your bikes and the soles of your protesting shoes, the TARPS & TENTS you are sleeping under, the CAMERAS you use to capture images of police brutality, and the port-ocans you are demanding from the city. Even the microphones you use to condemn the evil oil companies, banks, & corporations are made from petroleum. The pensions you expect contain 27% of oil stocks. So until you're willing to A.) Do my husband's job or B.) give up your iphone for a goat & cotton tent - Go home you HYPOCRITES - WE ARE THE 53%

Well put.

 

To the 53% like this wife and mother, God bless your family throughout this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

 

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Saturday, November 26 2011

I never know where a lib-quote is going to pop up. This week's happens to be from a Celebrity Cipher puzzle in the paper. The quote comes straight from Lady Gaga:

Don't ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can't be exactly who you are.

 

Well, unless you are a devoted Christian dedicated to warning others about the deadly consequences of sin and concerned about their eternal condition. If that is exactly who you are, then be assured that Lady Gaga will tell you that you cannot be exactly who you are. After all, Lady Gaga is a theological expert as she now rebels against her Roman Catholic upbringing. She knows how terrible it is for anyone of the Christian faith to express Biblical faith in the public forum. That is not what the loving Jesus would want or do. He would never condemn anyone... at least, other than anyone who Lady Gaga condemns.

 

So Lady Gaga encourages all those engaged in sexual rebellion, deviancy, and anarchy to be "exactly who they are." Otherwise, keep who you are to yourself.

 

Gotta love the land of left-believe.

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Saturday, November 26 2011

Thanksgiving has always been a great time to reflect upon our blessings as individuals, families, and nation. I appreciate the opportunity to remember the great spiritual heritage that accompanies our holiday tradition. And it is a good time to tell, as the great Paul Harvey would say, "the rest of the story" about the survival of the Pilgrim's colony in the New World.

 

 

The primary source of the Pilgrims' successful survival was their reliance upon God. Regardless of their circumstance, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God. In his journal, William Bradford writes, "What could now sustain them but the spirit of God and His grace? May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and he heard their voice and looked on their adversity, etc. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because he is good and his mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord show how he hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord his loving kindness, and his wonderful works before the sons of men." (The Heritage of America, Henry S. Commager & Allan Nevins, editors, p. 34)

 

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Friday, November 25 2011

A chronicle of the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton.

Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton , keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford , sometime governor thereof:

So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.

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Thursday, November 24 2011

In consideration of the many undeserved Blessings conferred upon us by GOD, the Father of all Mercies; it becomes us no only in our private and usual devotion, to express our obligations to Him, as well as our dependence upon Him; but also specially to set a part a Day to be employed for this great and important Purpose:

 

 

I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and by the advice and consent of the Council, do hereby accordingly appoint, THURSDAY, the seventeenth of November next, to be observed as a Day of Public THANKSGIVING and PRAISE, throughout this Commonwealth:?Hereby calling upon Ministers and People of every denomination, to assemble on the said Day?and in the name of the Great Mediator, devoutly and sincerely offer to Almighty God, the gratitude of our Hearts, for all his goodness towards us; more especially in that HE has been pleased to continue to us so a great a measure of Health?to cause the Earth plentifully to yield her increase, so that we are supplied with the Necessaries, and the Comforts of Life?to prosper our Merchandise and Fishery?And above all, not only to continue to us the enjoyment of our civil Rights and Liberties; but the great and most important Blessing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

 

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Thursday, November 24 2011
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

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Wednesday, November 23 2011

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As I've said before, one of the silly talking points the left used in opposition to Tea Partiers and conservatives who have called for the timeless Western principle of limited government (one that dates back to the Magna Carta) is that we're anarchists. "You don't want the government to do anything" or "You don't think the government has any purpose" have been typical left-wing refrains, idiotic as they may be.

 

 

A few weeks ago, I called the bluff of these leftists by pointing out that I believe it was time for the government to do what it is supposed to do - you know, one of its legitimate functions, unlike forcing people into commerce just so they can regulate them (ObamaCare) - and put down these Occupy Whatever Street riots. Because, of course, that's what they are...riots. These are mindless gatherings of disgruntled youngsters who have no regard for private property or the laws of the land. There have been murders, rapes, drug abuse, gang activity, public intoxication, indecent exposure, public defecation and all sorts of other miscreant behavior.

 

One of the legitimate purposes of government is to maintain social order - which is clearly something these unlawful leftists threaten. So as Thanksgiving approaches, I was moved by a piece by Dan Gainor, who took the time to express his thanks for a police force that is willing to do its job:

 

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Wednesday, November 23 2011

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So I get this email from a liberal Democrat listener that lectured me of having a "moral obligation" to denounce the nasty things that Newt Gingrich said about the Occupy Wall Street crowd. First of all, I just love it when folks whose entire political and social movement is predicated upon the non-existence of moral authority start speaking of moral obligations to do this or that. Upon what basis do they make that determination? If I have a moral obligation to do or say something, I'd like to know from the yahoos who are telling me that, where they find the authority - beyond their own opinion - to make such a declaration.

 

 

But I do want to pacify them and say something about what Gingrich said. First, let's make sure we know exactly what his offending remarks were. In a Q&A, the topic turned to the Occupy movement and Gingrich said this:

All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we owe them everything," Gingrich said. "They take over a public park they didn't pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn't pay for, to beg for food from places they don't want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously explain they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything.

Okay, to this point, I have to ask a simple question: is he wrong? No. This is a perfect explanation of what this movement is all about. I understand why liberals don't like being exposed for what they are, and Gingrich usually does a pretty good job of doing that. But nothing he's saying here is incorrect. But that wasn't the offending line. That came moments later:

 

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Wednesday, November 23 2011

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A truly humorous thing happened the other day on CNN. Humorous and revealing. A couple days ago I talked about the annoying default position that liberals take when it comes to raising taxes on citizens. If there's any problem that needs fixing in the country, the liberal mind just assumes the solution is to "raise more revenue" - their euphemistic way of saying "hike taxes on people."

 

As if there wasn't already enough evidence to support that, CNN's Carol Costello had an absolutely beautiful moment with Arizona Senator, Republican Jon Kyl after it was common knowledge that the so-called "SuperCommittee" had failed to come up any compromise on reducing the deficit and debt:

 

"But a lot of people said that wasn't enough. You didn't raise enough revenue. You could have raised more by doing these other things," Costello preached to Kyl. "But you know, I'm not going to convince you. I realize that," she added.

"Well your job is not to convince me," the senator pointedly responded. "No, it's not," Costello quickly corrected herself.

I love that Kyl called her out. It really should be an expectation for conservatives when they go on these mainstream media programs so that they are ready to make the same kind of observations that Kyl did. In that one statement, he totally exposed Costello's lack of objectivity. In actuality, Costello did herself when she unbelievably said, "I'm not going to convince you."

 

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Wednesday, November 23 2011

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Many of us have been praying for nearly four years that President Barack Obama would have a strike of the Christian conscience that is prompted by the Holy Spirit's indwelling and to repent and turn from his embrace of wickedness. That's not to say that everything Barack Obama does is wicked. Some of it is just silly, ill-advised or otherwise ignorant.

 

 

But his public embrace of policies that deny the unalienable right to life for some human beings deemed inconvenient, his public embrace of sexual decadence in the name of tolerance...many of us have been praying for the day that Obama's professed Christian character would overcome this allegiance to a radical secular socialist agenda.

 

So when I saw a headline that signified Obama had spoken about how his faith guided his hand in public policy, I became intrigued. It appears that, according to the president, his Christian faith does play an important role in helping him through the issues...just not the issues Bible believers were perhaps hoping for:

 

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Tuesday, November 22 2011

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There's just no excuse for this kind of incitement to violence in our political world today. CNN reports:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't mince any words Saturday when speaking about Republicans running for the 2012 nomination - calling the group "turkeys."

 

 

He lambasted the front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, for what he called inconsistencies in his record.

"I've watched a number of them, and I've got to be honest, I never thought I'd say this: I'm beginning to miss Sarah Palin's insights," Rahm told a Democratic crowd at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

"Their debate was called the Thanksgiving Family Forum - which is fitting because I have never seen such a collection of turkeys," Emanuel said.

Those who think this is a simple attempt at humor and an innocuous joke, get your head out of the sand. You're probably the kind of people that think that talking about "targeted districts" isn't a call to shoot the Congressmen in those districts, aren't you?

 

Let's put the pieces together. Notice that Rahm mentions that the Republican candidates were gathered for a "Thanksgiving" forum. In the exact same sentence where he referenced Thanksgiving, Rahm calls the candidates "turkeys." Help me out here...what do we do to turkeys on Thanksgiving? Anyone?

 

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Tuesday, November 22 2011

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I shouldn't be surprised that Mark Steyn has once again put the hammer on the nail head when it comes to the unspeakable crime that has occurred at Penn State University. As is understandable, most everyone has an opinion on the sodomizing of children and the cover-up that followed. But Steyn approaches it from a broader perspective and addresses what all this says about our culture. I find his observations to be, in a word, prescient.

 

 

First, pardon the blunt and gratuitous nature of the grand jury report, but here's what it says:

On March 1, 2002, a Penn State graduate assistant ("graduate assistant") who was then 28 years old, entered the locker room at the Lasch Football Building on the University Park Campus on a Friday night. . . . He saw a naked boy, Victim 2, whose age he estimated to be ten years old, with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant was shocked but noticed that both Victim 2 and Sandusky saw him. The graduate assistant left immediately, distraught.

The graduate assistant went to his office and called his father, reporting to him what he had seen. His father told the graduate assistant to leave the building and come to his home. The graduate assistant and his father decided that the graduate assistant had to promptly report what he had seen to Coach Joe Paterno ("Paterno"), head football coach of Penn State. The next morning, a Saturday, the graduate assistant telephoned Paterno . . .

Did you catch that? I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I was so caught up in the disgusting crime that had been committed that I missed it. But Steyn didn't. He writes,

 

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Tuesday, November 22 2011

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One of the most pathetic parts of the 2008 presidential campaign was watching the sycophantic media make news stories out of supposed Republicans who were endorsing Obama. First of all, personal endorsements matter very little to candidates in terms of vote totals or support. They may have some bearing on fund-raising, but even that is very minimal. Furthermore, to elevate a personal endorsement of a candidate to the level of national news should be at least reserved for some of the most profound, influential individuals in the country, shouldn't it?

 

 

And even then, when you have the case of a liberal endorsing a liberal (or so my liberal friends can see this through their lens, a conservative endorsing a conservative), isn't the point kind of anti-climactic and moot anyway?

 

But nonetheless, there they were, running story after story about former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan, looking to get real rich and real famous by betraying the man he knew to be the media's public enemy number one, turning on his former Party employer and endorsing Obama. And when Colin Powell endorsed Obama, it was nothing short of a media OD on all things Powell. You would have thought he was the Grand Ayatollah coming down to ordain his next puppet ruler the way the media went wild.

 

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Tuesday, November 22 2011

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When you uproot from your society the core principle that all life has an intrinsic worth, and supplant it with the lie that some life is just not worth protecting, it is only a matter of time before your snowball stops teetering on the edge of the mountain and begins its tragic descent. After nearly four decades of teaching our children that their lives are nothing but cosmic accidents with no ultimate purpose, that murdering an infant is a choice, and that suicide is acceptable as long as it's assisted by a "doctor," look at where we now stand.

 

 

We have a sitting president who voted against giving life-saving treatment to babies that survived an attempted murder in the womb. And as the abortion lobby keeps picking off the most defenseless among us, the ideology of death has moved on to the next weakest group: the elderly and infirmed.

 

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Monday, November 21 2011

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If you were looking for a depiction of how ingrained the tax-and-spend philosophy has become in the Washington culture, all you needed to do was watch 60 Minutes last night. I was working on some things and had the late CBS NFL game on while I was doing it. When the game ended and before I got up to change the channel, 60 Minutes popped up and opened with their "feature story" on Grover Norquist and the Americans for Tax Reform.

 

 

As I watched the opening parts of the interview, I was amazed at the almost indignant attitude the CBS reporter had to the idea that we don't need to raise taxes to solve our country's problems. It's just a natural knee-jerk reaction for liberals: solving a problem = more money from taxpayers.

 

Little did I realize at the time that while I was at church earlier that morning, Bob Schieffer was teasing the upcoming 60 Minutes hit piece on Norquist on Face the Nation. Speaking to his guest, Republican Senator Pat Toomey, Schieffer worried:

 

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Monday, November 21 2011

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Commenting on the merry-go-round of presidential front runners occurring within the Republican Party, MSNBC's Chris Matthews delivered an imbecilic rant so bizarre that the only thing it explained was why his program trails Cartoon Network in the ratings. It was Matthews' dazzling deduction that the elevation of certain candidates to the top of the heap, only to see them fade and drift back down in the polls, was a clear indication that the Republicans had a "hate problem." With an extra dose of crazy, Matthews unloaded: "Their brains racked as they are by hatred, they lack the like mode. They are in no mood looking around for a politician they like. The hating is so much more satisfying."

 

 

Matthews' false indictment is a perfect case study in the classic psychological condition known as projection. It is his hatred of Republicans, demonstrable by the little pockets of froth foaming at the sides of his mouth whenever he speaks of men like Newt Gingrich, that causes him to come to such an inexplicable conclusion. After all, far from hating the candidates vying for the Republican nomination, most every conservative voter can attest to appreciating characteristics in each of them.

 

Bachmann's commitment to repealing ObamaCare is as admirable as Newt's polish and grasp of the substantive issues facing the country. Ron Paul's devotion to individual liberty is as inspiring as Herman Cain's charisma and his business savvy. Mitt Romney's managerial skills and success in guiding a far left state back towards the center is as inspiring as Rick Perry's record on job creation in the state he has led to be the country's most productive.

 

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Monday, November 21 2011

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To say this was a case of the pot calling the kettle black would be an insult to both the pot and the kettle. To say it was a case of someone in a glass house throwing a stone doesn't do it either. This is without question one of the most astounding things I've heard in quite some time.

 

On ABC's This Week program, the disgraced Nobel Laureate "economist" Paul Krugman (whose entire economic scheming has been totally and utterly undone by its experimentation during the Obama years) actually had the audacity to take on the intellect of another. But not just any other. Krugman attempted to take on the intelligence of former Republican Speaker and presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich:

It was his time. I mean, people -- the Republican base does not want Romney, and they keep on looking for an alternative. And Newt, although somebody said he's a stupid man's idea of what a smart man sounds like, but he is more plausible than the other guys that they've been pushing up.

First of all, what a cowardly thing to say: "Although somebody said..." You know? If you want to call the man stupid, Paul, say it. If you don't have the guts to do it, quit using the cop out phrase "somebody said." Own it, Paul. Be a man.

 

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Monday, November 21 2011

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It's funny that just last Friday I was expressing my belief that for all the media-generated hysteria that the Republican field was epically weak, it was all hype. In the end, the vast majority of these Republican candidates could defeat Obama in the 2012 race because the election will be a referendum on Obama and his failed presidency. And while the Obamabots in the press may want to focus on Bachmann's eyelids or Perry's brain lapse, it will not buy them a second term of a man who has offered nothing even remotely resembling leadership on the issues that really matter to the American people.

 

 

Once the primary bickering amongst competing Republicans is over, the 2012 campaign season will shine a very uncomfortable light on the disastrous failures of Obama's first term. Voters will be thinking about the fact that Obama promised that enacting his stimulus bill would keep unemployment from going to 8%, yet after the stimulus went into effect, unemployment ballooned to over 9% and hovers there to this day.

 

They will be thinking about the fact that Obama skewered Bush for having a debt near $9 trillion and said that he didn't want to wake up in another four years to find that our children's future had been mortgaged under another mountain of debt, yet he has pushed our debt to near $15 trillion and has accumulated more of it with his lack of discipline than every president from Washington through George HW Bush combined.

 

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Sunday, November 20 2011

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory.' 'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." - 1 Corinthians 15:54-58

 

Each time I consider its background, I am amazed at the conviction and resolve displayed by those settlers at Plymouth, known as the Pilgrims, with whom our Thanksgiving traditions are inevitably intertwined. Let us be clear about the stark differences between their Thanksgiving and ours. The Pilgrims did not look forward to an established holiday with a prepared feast, protection from the elements in modern homes, and anticipation of sporting events on big screen, high-definition televisions.

 

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Sunday, November 20 2011

Obama's, and hence the liberal's, assault on Libya came to an end last month. Big Media and everyone in the liberal ranks cheered the victory as one tyrant was replaced by a lot more tyrants.

So how did it end over there?

 

Dragged from hiding in a drainage pipe, a wounded Mohammar Gadhafi raised his hands and begged revolutionary fighters: "Don't kill me, my sons." Within an hour, he was dead, but not before jubilant Libyans had vented decades of hatred by pulling the eccentric dictator's hair and parading his bloodied body on the hood of a truck.

Nice.

 

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Sunday, November 20 2011

Thank you to all Americans who expressed encouragement and support to veterans this past Veterans Day. I thank you for your support. I ask for an additional act of support at the end of my article.

 

While the vast majority of Americans honor our veterans and our current servicemen and women, Professor Michael Avery at Suffolk University Law School declared that it is "shameful" to support our troops.

Michael Avery, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, sent a five-paragraph email to colleagues in response to a school-wide appeal for care packages for deployed soldiers, Fox affiliate WFXT-TV reports.

 

"I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings," Avery wrote.

 

The professor, who specializes in constitutional law, wrote the email last week in response to a university drive to collect items for U.S. troops, like sunblock and sanitary products. He also wrote that sympathy for American troops in harm's way is "not particularly rational in today's world."

I'm sure that students are receiving top-notch lessons in constitutional law from this guy! Don't you?

 

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Saturday, November 19 2011

I have heard and read commentaries that make reference to possible sources of the "unorganized" occupier movement. I am sure that those making the comments have excellent sources upon which to base their conclusions. However, I have found the ultimate origin of the hypoccupier movement.

 

 

Reading the latest article by syndicated columnist John Rosemond, a child behavior specialist, opened my eyes completely to the source of hypoccupier behavior. Writes Dr. Rosemond:

Children need compassion for the fact that they are inclined, by nature, to choose anti-social behavior over pro-social behavior. That is why they need corrective discipline from compassionate, loving, respectful adults. Until such discipline is delivered and begins to "stick," it can accurately be said that children truly "can't help it" when they misbehave - they were "born that way." Children require genuine, affirming love because they are incapable of putting themselves in proper perspective; therefore, they are incapable of "loving" themselves in a healthy fashion. A child's self-love is very likely to fuel tyranny.

Virtually every major disaster visited upon our American culture emanates from some form of liberal, or, as they like to style themselves these days, progressive ideology.

 

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Saturday, November 19 2011

One of the signs that consistently shows up at the occupy riots reads:

This is what democracy looks like.

 

In the context of the occupier habitations these past few weeks, democracy means: setting up squalid squatter's camps in violation of most local ordinances; urinating and defecating on police cars, in public park areas, and about anywhere else they want to; expanding from so-called peaceful demonstrations to acts of vandalism and outright property destruction; imposing on local businesses to use their facilities while at the same time impeding their customer traffic flow; obstructing hard working men and women from getting to their worksites; setting up areas for the open acts of illicit drug abuse and nudity; covering up rapes and other acts of violence; advocating the torture and execution of some of their fellow citizens simply because of their chosen vocational and professional fields; completely ignoring the hypocrisy of cheering other "one percenters" who happen to make speeches they like; chanting with fervor their right to "have sex with animals and anything else;" and expressing most of their poorly developed "demands" with grotesque vulgarity.

 

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Saturday, November 19 2011

Noting how "making something environmentally friendly works for us," Lt. Col. Jeff Woods, the U.S. Army's product manager for small-caliber ammunition told military.com that the new steel-core 5.56mm cartridges not only penetrate more effectively, they are also less environmentally toxic than current lead-core ammo.

 

 

It is such a beautiful thing when we all do our part to save the environment.

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Friday, November 18 2011

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I understand why you're hearing it from the Obama sycophants in the mainstream media, but I'm surprised that my fellow conservatives and Republicans are falling for this wishful thinking of the left that, "The Republicans don't have anybody who can beat Obama." The Negative Nancy routine from conservatives and Republicans is really silly. Let me inject a little perspective and explain why.

 

 

First of all, recognize the dynamic of the race right now. You have eight Republicans vying for the opportunity to represent the Republican Party in the 2008 election. They are bickering at times, they are pointing to each other's flaws. That's what a primary does. And so what happens as a result? People who back various candidates become concerned about the prospect of anyone else in the Party getting the nomination. They hear their fellow Republicans explain why so and so isn't strong enough, isn't good enough, isn't qualified enough, and so on. It's the nature of a primary.

 

As a result there are all these questions that emerge about the entire field. Everyone looks weaker than what they really are once Republicans unite behind one of them and circle the wagons. That's historically true regardless of what Party you're talking about. These same concerns were being voiced by Democrats in 2004 as they were picking someone to run against George Bush. Kerry, Edwards, Dean, Dodd, Richardson - pundits were all talking about the weakness of the Democrat options. There was pressure on other Democrats as to why they didn't join the race. It's just what happens. Sometimes the candidate that emerges is not strong enough and the concerns of the primary end up being true. But it's simply WAY too soon to know that.

 

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Friday, November 18 2011

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My favorite college professor would always tell our social science classes that revolutionaries will always turn on one another. It is the very nature of a revolutionary. So this story from the Daily Mail should come as no surprise, as one sexual revolutionary unloads on another:

 

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's transgender son blasted Chaz as a misogynist.

 

Stephen, 19, born Kathlyn, has hit out at the 42-year-old, who underwent female-to-male gender transition between 2008 and 2010.

 

Writing on his blog Super Mattachine, Stephen took issue with Chaz's view that transgender people have effectively been born with a 'birth defect' - something Bono said in an interview with the New York Times.

 

Chaz described being transgender as effectively having a 'mismatched' brain and body, akin to a 'birth defect like a cleft palate'.

 

But Stephen fiercely disagrees: 'I do not have a birth defect. If you feel like you have a birth defect, fine.

 

That's how you feel. Go feel that,' he wrote on his blog.

 

He went on: 'Do not put it onto me. Do not define me that way, and do not define other trans people that way unless they claim that label.'

 

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Friday, November 18 2011

Indiana's State Treasurer Richard Mourdock has launched an impressive primary challenge to incumbent Indiana Senator Richard Lugar.

 

 

His recent column expressing his displeasure with Senator Lugar's position regarding Israel is making waves as Mourdock challenges the incumbent on the foreign affairs ground that is supposedly his strength.

 

On Friday's radio program, Peter hosted Mr. Mourdock to discuss the state of his race, but also the state of the nation.

 

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Friday, November 18 2011

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Rush Limbaugh has always said that it is much easier to be negative than to find the positive in circumstances. Negativity is our default. Positivity takes effort. I think there's a lot of truth in that, particularly as we look at the state of affairs here in America.

 

 

The other night I spoke briefly at a fundraiser for congressional candidate Jackie Walorski. Before the event started some folks came up to me and were talking about a new book that they had read and were advising that I read myself. They both recognized that I get a lot of recommendations from others about books I need to read...and don't have a lot of free time to actually get it done. My "to read" list is getting larger and larger. Poor Francis Chan's Crazy Love is sitting on top and collecting dust.

 

But anyway, what stood out at me about the book they were talking about was the positive feel it had to it. The crux of the book was that of all the civilizations in the world today, the only two who are likely to survive and emerge from the difficulties and challenges of our time are the United States and Israel. And this book wasn't written by Sarah Palin's preacher, mind you. In fact, the two individuals who were recommending I read the book were not even religious themselves. But the author's contention was that the Judeo-Christian foundation of the United States and Israel made them best equipped to employ the principles necessary for civilizational endurance.

 

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Thursday, November 17 2011

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Disgusting. Honestly that's the only word I can really come up with for it. That's the only word that describes the low blow under the belt that the liberal hacks at ABC under the guidance of Diane Sawyer took the other night in the Gabrielle Giffords special that they ran.

 

Let me take a second to remind you of who it is that is always talking about the need for us to "come together." Who is it that is always talking about the need to work across the aisle and put behind all the pettiness and the recriminations of political differences? The same liberals and media types (but I repeat myself) who demonstrated just how interested in those virtues they really are in this Giffords special.

 

 

I will tell you that I let my guard down watching this otherwise incredibly inspiring story. Obviously there is the tragedy of what occurred and you are moved to the point of tears watching someone like Giffords, once so full of life, taking on a challenge of recovery like she is dealing with. But at the same time, what a positive story about the value of every human life. What a story of faith and overcoming obstacles. There were moments of the special that you were smiling, even chuckling at her contagious spirit.

 

And you know what you didn't feel watching the first 36 minutes of the special? There wasn't a single moment that I felt even a hint of partisanship. I didn't think a second about the fact that I greatly disagree with many of things Gifford did, stood for, and voted for while she was in Congress - not the least of which was the abominable ObamaCare law. And why? Because this was a story of humanity.

 

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Thursday, November 17 2011

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One of the most offensive emotional arguments you will hear come from the lips of those who argue for the legalized murder known as abortion is that even if we say it's wrong to kill some kids, you can't say it's wrong to kill those who are the product of a rape. I say it's offensive because I have spoken with individuals who were born as products of rape. They are loving, compassionate, wonderful people - in some cases, they are excellent parents, lovingly raising their own children. And as Rick Santorum pointed out in a recent debate, think how backwards we have become as a society when the Supreme Court of the United States decrees that we cannot execute a rapist, but decrees that we can execute the innocent child that comes as a result.

 

Though I've never met Ryan Scott Bomberger, I'd like to. Being one of those human beings (a product of rape) that the left would tell you is less worthy of life than they are, Bomberger is making waves on behalf of the cause of life:

 

Ryan Scott Bomberger is not just passionate about the preciousness and potential of every human being from the moment of conception; he is alive today because of what his birth-mother decided after she was raped -- to give birth to him and put him up for adoption.

 

In a video detailing what he calls her "courageous decision," Bomberger details his love-filled life with his adoptive mother and father and his 12 siblings, 10 of whom, like him, were adopted.

 

The video also reveals his accomplishments and his role as a father to his own adopted children.

 

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Thursday, November 17 2011

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You gotta love when political correctness bites the rear end of the very same folks who brought it about in the first place. It seems the New Yorker magazine hired a pretty edgy cartoonist to illustrate the reality of gay marriage in a recent edition. The New Yorker ended up not running the piece because they found it politically incorrect. Here was the comic:

 

 

Now, what's somewhat humorous about this is that Crumb is a big gay marriage supporter. He was, needless to say, pretty ticked off that his "commentary" on the issue was rejected by the New Yorker. In fact, here's what he wrote about the issue (with my editing of the "dirty words"):

 

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Thursday, November 17 2011

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The other day President Obama was speaking to a group of feminists and started the typical liberal nonsense about how Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood threatened the important cancer screenings of women. Basically, because Republicans are defunding PP, women will die. What bunk. The de-funders have nearly all had stipulations that if PP stops offering child killing services, they can get their money in full. But child killing is way too lucrative of a business for PP, and therefore they will defend it at all costs...even when the arguments are stupid.

 

 

So in order to hide what they are really wanting to defend and perpetuate, they wrap their arguments in this cloak of caring so much about the well being of women. But just wait a little bit and before long there will be a story that pops up that totally undermines this entire false narrative. Like this one:

Mandatory Bible studies have led to the loss of federal funds for two Colorado women's shelters. The Gospel Shelter for Women centers, which are non-profit organizations, offer assistance to individuals who are mentally ill. Additionally, they provide transitional housing for the homeless and those struggling with addiction.

 

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Wednesday, November 16 2011

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When the four lily white liberals at Politico launched their smear campaign against Herman Cain a couple weeks ago, it became very apparent that things weren't working out in the exact manner they had intended.  Conservative media fired back, demanding something crazy...evidence...which proved to be a bit more than poor Politico could manage to produce.  They were much more interested in telling everyone how many people had "tweeted" their story, however.

 

 

As the days passed, Cain's numbers saw a slight dip, but the candidate didn't appear to have a serious credibility problem amongst the electorate.  Politico, on the other hand, did and does.  The truth is that Politico has always been left, but this desperate attempt blew the lid off of any attempt to pretend otherwise.  And now that the Cain "scandal" has died down, a new one has taken its place: the Politico scandal.  Maybe scandal is a strong word, but it fits: how could this left-wing blog have ever been taken seriously as objective reporting by anyone?

 

Evaluate their stories.  Research their writers.  And consider their biggest fans:

 

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Wednesday, November 16 2011

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Sometimes MSNBC can provide a real stumbling block for one's attempt to live in a Christlike manner.  The sheer idiocy that pours from the mouth of their program hosts on a regular basis must truly be taken in doses in order to maintain one's dignity.  So people ask me, why watch it at all?  Good question.  But there is a reason.  MSNBC is the mouthpiece for some of the most deceptive and manipulative narratives the left uses to advance their agenda.  On MSNBC you will hear the origin of smears that are being brought against conservatives and Christians, and will see the talking points in their fullest and ugliest colors.  If they aren't confronted, those smears can crystallize and affect people's perception of reality.  That is why I watch and comment on the inanity and insanity that comes from that network regularly.

And Chris Matthews let fly with a doozy the other night.  In his defense, it certainly appeared that he was reading (at times poorly) the words that had been written for him on his teleprompter.  It's tough to know if Matthews really believes the foolishness he was spewing, or if it came from the typewriter of his producer and Matthews was simply doing his best to rush through it in a small window of time on the program.  But nevertheless, he said it, it's dumb, and so it needs to be dismantled.

Commenting on the fluid state of the Republican presidential primary, Chris Matthews apparently thinks he has brilliantly deduced the reason: hatred.  Actually what this proves to be is a perfect example of the psychological behavior known as projection.  Matthews' own hatred (or again, perhaps it's the hatred of the lunatic producer who wrote this screed for him) of Republicans causes him to project that hatred onto his target - even when it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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Wednesday, November 16 2011

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I have an idea for a new Republican presidential campaign ad.  I think they ought to  hang onto this one until a few weeks before the election.  So, I'm sure there's a number of Republican presidential camps that are tuned in right now to what I'm saying and keeping their fingers on the pulse of what's happening on the Peter Heck Radio Show.  Because let's be honest: as goes the audience of the Peter Heck Show, so goes the nation. 

But here's what I'm thinking.  I am combing through the news for various stories on the program and such, and I come across this amazingly beautiful piece of video.  It was posted over at Breitbart's site. 

And what it is, there's an Occupy event - so city streets covered in makeshift tents and crawling with unkempt twenty-somethings who truly believe that they are raging against the machine.  None of them really knows what that means anyway, and none of them really know what they're doing there either.  So they just look at each other and conclude amongst themselves: "What are we doing?  We're raging against the machine.  Just watch us.  See the rage?  Look out machine."

And there, amongst this mesmerizing collection of humanity's finest, the camera finds a man with trousers dropped, letting fly with his own version of Obama's economic plan right there on the street.  Just taking a massive dump on the street.  

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Wednesday, November 16 2011

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Why am I not surprised that the same pop culture that celebrates premarital sex between teenagers and single motherhood of celebrities and stars finds a loving, responsible and respectable large family from Arkansas to be a "horror?"

 

Erin Brown has the story at the Media Research Center:

The TLC show "19 Kids and Counting" chronicles the daily activities of a loving, responsible Arkansas family of two parents and 19 children navigating their way through life with large clan. But last week, when Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announced they are expecting their 20th child in April, the media reaction was far from joyous.

 

 

They called it a "Horror." They suggested Michelle has a "uterus like a clown car." They warned the Duggers, "Don't test fate" with their "ever-expanding herd."

 

"We are a pro-choice country, and if Michelle Duggar wants to treat her uterus like a clown car that's her right," remarked celebrity gossip blogger Sonia Mansfield. "And to the people who are asking how the couple will be able to make ends meet if their reality show is ever canceled, don't fret: A couple with 20 children would make a fascinating episode of 'Hoarders.'"

 

Citing possible health risks to mother and baby, and the potential lack of emotional support for 20 children, The Witchita Falls, Texas Times Record News asked, "In the end, is it wise for the Duggars to have another baby just because they can?"

 

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Tuesday, November 15 2011

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Now that the Supreme Court has accepted the ObamaCare challenge from a host of states, and have announced they will rule on the constitutionality of the unconstitutional legislation before the 2012 presidential election, all eyes are focusing on Justice Elena Kagan.

 

 

Justice Kagan was working in Obama's administration at the time of the passage of healthcare, and though she handed over the majority of the work to her deputy named Neal Katyal, there is plenty of indication that Kagan expressed her support for pushing the legislation through to a number of officials. That's an issue because of 28 USC 455 which says that a Supreme Court justice must recuse themselves from,

"[A]ny proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned." The law also says a justice must recuse anytime he has "expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy" while he "served in governmental employment."

So did she express an opinion? Is her impartiality to be reasonably questioned? You tell me:

 

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Tuesday, November 15 2011

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Is Rick Santorum up next on the Republican primary merry-go-round? Tough to say.

 

Newt is now on top of a handful of polls which is amazing, and yet not surprising at the same time. He has been simply exceptional in the debates and has demonstrated an extraordinary grasp of the wide variety of issues that confront the nation. He also has endeared himself to conservatives by his refusal to attack his fellow Republicans and has consistently articulated a positive agenda with plenty of disdain for the current direction Barack Obama is leading the country. Oh, and tearing the hostile leftwing media to shreds never hurts either.

 

 

The question that pundits will now debate is whether this is something that will last, or whether Newt is just the latest anti-Romney to emerge. Clearly there is a pattern that has taken form in this primary season. First Donald Trump was the anti-Romney. Then, when he faded, Michele Bachmann surged to the front. When Perry entered, he became the anti-Romney. Then it was Herman Cain. So, is Newt just part of the cycle that will eventually leave Romney in the same steady-Eddie position? And if so, whose turn will it be next?

 

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Tuesday, November 15 2011

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There was one Veteran's Day event this last weekend in California that had one less participant than it should have:

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will miss a Veterans Day salute Friday in favor of an Occupy Richmond "public speak out," the San Jose Mercury News reported.

 

McLaughlin defended her decision, telling the newspaper that the city is not sponsoring the Veterans Day event, and the rally she will attend will honor Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran injured at an Occupy Oakland rally last month. Richmond and Oakland, both in the San Francisco Bay Area, are about 12 miles apart.

 

 

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McLaughlin, a member of the Green Party elected to a second term last year, has been supportive of the Occupy Wall Street movement since its inception. In a message on her website dated Nov. 6, she said since it "burst onto the scene, calling for an end to corporate domination all over the globe...[w]e, in Richmond, are part of this movement and have everything to gain from it."

 

Her website also notes former White House "green jobs czar" Van Jones spoke at her 2010 re-election campaign kickoff.

Of course he did. And it should come as no surprise that McLaughlin was also part of the now-infamous Occupy Oakland event a few weeks ago...the event that eventually turned into rioting and destruction of private property. This is where leftism leads us (remember the Green Party is to the left of the Democrat Party).

 

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Tuesday, November 15 2011

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I've talked about this before, but now it's official:

The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, setting up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement.

 

The justices on Monday revealed they would take the case. That means arguments could come in March, allowing plenty of time for a decision in late June, just over four months before Election Day.

 

 

The health care case could be the high court's most significant and political undertaking since the 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore nearly 11 years ago. That ruling effectively sealed George W. Bush's 2000 presidential election victory.

 

Republicans have called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional since before Obama signed it into law in March 2010. But federal appeals courts have been split on their assessment.

For their parts, both sides are expressing pleasure that the Court will be hearing this case before the election. I just can't fathom why Team Obama would be excited about it. And not because I am confident that the Court will overturn a clearly unconstitutional piece of legislation. Keep in mind, this is the same group of scholars who have found a way to deny constitutionality, legality, morality, science and logic for 38 years by allowing some human beings to choose the death of other human beings through abortion on demand. If you can justify that on the basis of anything remotely constitutional, you can justify anything.

 

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Monday, November 14 2011

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A funny thing has happened on the way to the Republican Presidential primary: the man who had become a media laughingstock just a few months ago, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, has surged towards the top of the pack.  As Cain slides a bit and Romney holds steady, there's no questioning the fact that Gingrich is the rising star amongst Republican voters.

 

 

There's no question that a large part of this comes down to his beyond impressive debate performances.  Gingrich has been a master of the issues, and has a penchant for not attacking his primary opponents, but rather focusing on solutions.  He also has the ability - unique in relation to his fellow Republicans - to expose the biases and assumptions behind the question being asked by the media moderators.

 

As Perry forgets his own platform, as Cain seems at times overly broad, as Romney tries to defend his once-leftward tilt on important issues, Gingrich is there with a crisp mind, specific responses, and a record of conservative leadership that cannot be ignored.

 

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Monday, November 14 2011

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Call it a confounding story.  Fox News recently reported on Hillary Clinton's chosen envoy for Global AIDS Awareness: Ellen DeGeneres:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that Ellen DeGeneres has been named as a Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.

 

Clinton made the announcement on Tuesday during an address on HIV/AIDS at the National Institutes of Health. The Obama administration says that Ms. DeGeneres will use her celebrity to raise awareness about the global fight against AIDS.

 

 

"By lending us your energy , compassion and star power to serve as our Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness, your words will encourage Americans in joining you to make their voices heard in our campaign to achieve an AIDS-free generation," Clinton stated in a letter to DeGeneres.

Let's state the obvious: Ellen has a lot of star power and can obviously raise a lot of attention towards the AIDS crisis.  She is funny and likable and I think it's admirable that she is wanting to help other people.

 

What is confounding about the story is that it comes on the heels of the recent report from the Center for Disease Control just a week or so ago that noted the dramatic uptick in HIV cases amongst the homosexual community.  This isn't right-wing speculation.  It's scientifically documented cases of a disproportionate rise within the community of those who practice homosexuality of the virus that causes AIDS. 

 

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Monday, November 14 2011

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A listener named John recently sent me an article from CNN's Religion website by a man named Ross Murray called, "My Take: Why Christians are embracing their LGBT neighbors," along with an accompanying commentary by Dr. Michael Brown. The first thing I thought when I saw the original piece was, "Here we go again." That Christians would embrace their neighbors who are engaging in sin should be no surprise and should cause no consternation among any of us. We are to be reaching out in love to everyone. But with CNN's name being associated with this story, I just had the sneaking suspicion that the story would wrongly conflate embracing sinners with embracing sin.

 

 

Then I learned who Ross Murray is, and I was convinced of what I would be looking at: Murray is the director of religion, faith and values at GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). GLAAD is one of the most bigoted and discriminatory organizations operating in the United States. They actually petitioned CNN to not allow anyone who disagrees with their position on homosexuality to be welcomed onto the network. Ah, open-mindedness.

 

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Sunday, November 13 2011

Somebody needs to tell the politicians that throwing money at the education crisis is not going to remedy the problem. Building bigger and fancier facilities will not make a bit of difference if there are no foundational changes in the public schools. This is certainly not going to go over well with those who have become enamored with the mega schools being erected around our country. However, I am convinced mega schools are only contributing to the problems in education. Bigger is not always better. More efficient does not always mean most effective.

 

 

As an administrator, I understand the need to use whatever financial resources we have prudently. We must provide the service with the biggest bang for the buck. Furthermore, I certainly have a desire to improve our facilities. We should want to give our students the best we can afford. However, we must not sacrifice effectiveness for efficiency. We are making the outside look good while neglecting the cancer on the inside.

 

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Sunday, November 13 2011

This week's lib-quote comes from Mr. Mark Heinig, Jr., of Kokomo, Indiana. He is a retired teacher and school principal. In a column addressing the "need for both parties to work together in these uncertain times," he writes,

The tea party folks have taken so many extreme positions that their candidates may scare undecided voters away... Whom will these "crossover voters" support in 2012? Nobody knows, but the Occupy Wall Street movement reveals a growing national frustration. We haven't seen anything similar since the Vietnam War... I don't think that most Republicans are tea party members, but they don't challenge the tea party's hard line policies, either.

 

There we have it. The occupiers are a "movement" expressing their "growing national frustration." TEA Party participants are "extremists" and policy "hard liners."

 

Hmmm... unlike Mr. Heinig, who seems to believe that his use of a few descriptive adjectives suffices for evidence, let's do a little unpacking.

 

Reports are filtering in that police in Portland, Oregon, are concerned about a potential confrontation with occupiers:

 

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Saturday, November 12 2011

Political commentators looking for a clear trend among Hoosier voters may be disappointed this morning. They may be left with fairly minor observations like "voters are looking for new faces." Yet, even that claim is to be tempered as many incumbent mayors in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Kokomo and Goshen won re-election. Scores of incumbent city council members also held on yesterday in cities all across the state. Many races that were expected to be close were not. Other races were closer than predicted.

In cities like Indianapolis, Elwood, Anderson and Evansville, Republicans won mayoral races but Democrats held or gained control of the City Councils. In Fort Wayne, and Goshen, Democrats held mayoral seats, but the GOP gained majorities on the city Council. Gary, Indiana elected their first female mayor, former Indiana Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson. Both political parties can point to significant victories in various cities to one degree or another.

One headline that you won't find this year is a claim of the demise of the Democratic Party following a beating last year, a lousy economy, and the drag of President Obama's failures on Hoosier Democrats. You will also not hear much of Democrat apathy or poor voter turnout of their base due to the "Obama economy" and the President's ratings. Considering a continuous 9% unemployment rate, this is rather remarkable. This predicts a huge political battle of epic proportions a year from now.

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Friday, November 11 2011

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Today I'm particularly mindful of two American veterans who mean a great deal to me: my Dad, who spent a career in the United States Air Force back during the Vietnam era, and my grandpa who will always be a World War II hero. There are certain characteristics that typify a veteran - those from across the full spectrum of the years. Things like courage and bravery are the ones that we typically think of...but also humility.

 

 

My uncle tells the story of my grandpa once speaking to a youth group about his experiences in the war. He showed them all the Purple Heart he received fighting the fire from a suicide plane that hit his ship. Grandpa also received the Bronze Star for courage, but he didn't get that medal out to pass around.

 

When my uncle asked why, grandpa just said it wouldn't be the right thing to do.

 

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Friday, November 11 2011

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Most folks have no idea what is going on in the American classroom. Well, to be honest, that's an unfair generalization. There are many classrooms that are productive, useful and being presided over by well trained, highly effective and morally conscious educators. In fact, the problem in the American classroom has much more to do with the textbook problem and issues with curriculum (much of which is dictated by elected lawmakers and committees appointed by lawmakers) than it does teachers.

 

 

Perhaps my position as a Social Studies teacher in a public high school has exposed me to this reality to a greater degree than others. I've seen the textbooks that roll into my school every few years for adoption. I've seen the entire units of our World Civilization books dedicated to Mohammed and the founding of Islam, contrasting with the page and a half devoted to Jesus of Nazareth...the single most influential man in the history of the world - a man upon whose life our entire calendar system is based.

 

I've seen the American history textbooks that fail to mention Washington's Farewell Address of even the first Thanksgiving, but that find plenty of room to discuss the founding of the United Nations, as well as transgenderism. Columnist Mona Charen wrote about this problem from a parent's perspective the other day, referencing the text, "World Civilizations: A Global Experience." Written by Peter N. Stearns, the text committed the common practice of running down Western Civilization while propping up some of the brutal and barbaric practices of other cultures. For instance, this line from the book:

 

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Friday, November 11 2011

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Perhaps if Politico would have been a little less interested in using all their brainpower to try to smear Herman Cain out of contention for the presidency with allegations from (at the time) nameless and faceless accusers from 20 years ago, they might have had the ability to report properly on a far more timely and important story that they apparently managed to butcher:

Politico reported Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder sent a "private letter" to the family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, apologizing for his death. But friends of the Terry family have told The Daily Caller that no such letter has made it to the Terry home.

 

 

"Eric Holder has told the grieving family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry that he is ?sorry for the loss of your son' and offered to meet with them," reporter Tim Mak wrote.

 

Holder's letter, Mak wrote, praised the fallen Border Patrol Agent: "Brian was a hero who served his nation bravely and made the ultimate sacrifice. I agree with you that the tactic of allowing guns to ?walk,' as was permitted in Operation Fast and Furious, is completely unacceptable."

 

The Holder letter may exist, but Politico hasn't published it. And friends of the Terry family told The Daily Caller on Thursday that they haven't received it.

 

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Friday, November 11 2011

Indiana 2nd Congressional District candidate Jackie Walorski is a favorite of many in Peter Heck's listening audience for her candor and willingness to bluntly address the issues of the day. Walorski's rising star caused current District 2 incumbent, Democrat Joe Donnelly, to find the closest trap door to escape from...landing him in the race for U.S. Senate next fall.

 

 

Peter welcomed Jackie back onto the show today to talk about the week in review, her candidacy, and everything from Herman Cain to the Occupy Wall Street riots.

 

Listen to the lively conversation here.

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Thursday, November 10 2011

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You know how I say on the program quite a bit that the folks we should really fear in our culture are those who don't believe that every human being has an unalienable right to life? So far, by the way, no one has been able to successfully argue against that point. And there's a reason: if you can find pretext and reason to justify the killing of one group of humans...like saying, "Oh well, the parents can't afford them," or "It was an unintended pregnancy and a mistake, they don't want the child," or "The child is so underdeveloped you can't really call it human," then you can easily transition to justifying the killing of other groups of humans.

 

That's why the folks who argue for infanticide, for euthanasia (killing the unwanted elderly who have become a burden and financial strain on society), for doctor-assisted suicide are all citing the exact same logic in their justification as the abortion lobby. You either value human life as inviolable or you don't.

 

And if you don't, then you are to be feared and resisted. Because if we have leaders who don't, things get really dangerous when stories like this appear:

What if there were a solution to many of the global problems that confront us, from climate change to poverty to civil wars? There is, but it is starved of resources. It's called family planning, and it has been a victim of America's religious wars.

 

As New York Times columnist, the liberal Nicholas Kristof becomes the latest liberal to start calling for "family planning" (manifesting in various forms around the world as abortion, mandatory birth control, forced one-child policies, sterilization and genocide), there's something about his reference to a population problem that sounds eerily and frighteningly similar in my mind to Hitler's reference of a Jewish problem. And given that Hitler eventually came up with his "Final Solution" to that Jewish problem, and Kristof titles his piece "The Birth Control Solution," you see where I'm coming from.

 

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Thursday, November 10 2011

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I'm still torn on how I feel about the continued barrage of debates Republicans are having this primary season. Tearing each other to shreds doesn't seem overly beneficial. Perhaps the Republicans have realized that. Because last night's debate makes me lean the other way: I see more of the candidates becoming crisper, quicker, and more effective...as well as concentrating their firepower on the failed presidency of Barack Obama while supporting each other. That plays into my "practice makes perfect" feeling regarding the debates.

So while I argue with myself about whether I think the multiple debate format is a good thing, here were my general impressions from last night's extravaganza:

Romney: very good. Again. Romney has been called the "steady Eddie" in the race. Last night was a perfect depiction of why. He excited conservatives in his tough talk on China and he held his own on healthcare, perhaps convincing some skeptics that he would be able to effectively distinguish himself from Obama on the issue in a general election. That's been one of his biggest weaknesses in many people's eyes to this point.

Gingrich: excellent. You're starting to see more and more conservative commentators stick their necks out and write about the potential he has for winning the nomination. Can he become the non-Romney figure if Cain fades? I wouldn't have thought so a couple months ago...Newt is changing a lot of minds in these debates. Can you imagine Newt in a debate with Obama? Oh my would that be a wonderful sight for conservatives to watch. It appears that several conservatives are beginning to think that way.

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Thursday, November 10 2011

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We talk a lot about the homosexual movement in this country because right now it is the modern manifestation of the cultural revolution towards sexual anarchy that the left has been pursuing since the late 50s and early 60s. Conservative and Christian commentators a generation ago were talking about the same revolution, but it was manifesting in some of its earlier forms then: no-fault divorce, promiscuity, cohabitation, things like that.

 

That's an important reality to understand because what it reminds us is that this march will not stop with some elusive "rights" being established by those practicing homosexuality. That's a façade that is being used to advance the revolution and a lot of dupes buy into it. But you're already seeing the polygamists and pedophiles and transgenders starting to use the exact same arguments the homosexual activists have used in the pursuit of their agenda.

 

 

We've talked about the conference aiming to normalize pedophilia that just took place. Calling child molesters "Minor-Attracted Persons," and saying it shouldn't be viewed as a crime. And with as outrageous as that may seem to us right now, it is no more outrageous than the vast majority of the population felt decriminalizing homosexuality was just a couple decades ago.

 

Same thing with the polygamist crusade...they are advancing the same logic.

 

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Thursday, November 10 2011

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The media has become obsessed with "fact-checking" candidates. Of course, it typically proves to be the case that it is the media that needs to be "fact-checked" more than the candidates themselves. Another example of that truth occurred recently when Rachel Maddow (the MSNBC host that runs ads for her show talking about her "obsessive devotion" to the facts) went after Rick Perry, saying:

So, tanking Rick Perry has now come up with his own version of a flat tax that accomplishes the same goal of huge tax cuts for rich people and big tax hikes for everyone else.

 

PolitiFact (a burgeoning fact-checking hub that has grown from its Pulitzer-Prize winning beginnings at the St. Petersburg Times) decided Maddow's devotion to facts, at least in this case, appeared to be a bit lacking:

Nearly all of the nation's wealthiest residents would see tax cuts if Perry's plan became law, in keeping with Maddow's claim. Will they be huge? That's an eye-of-the-beholder question, but some could be sizable by any definition.

Some other Americans -- including 45 percent of residents earning $19,343 to $39,862 -- also would see tax cuts, a projection suggesting that does not support the claim that the plan means big tax increases for everyone but the wealthy. Perry's plan allows every taxpayer to continue under the current system. No one would pay more unless he or she chooses the flat tax against their financial self-interest.

 

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Wednesday, November 09 2011

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Despite having the support of both the Republican and Democrat gubernatorial candidates, Proposition 26 in Mississippi, failed to pass with voters yesterday. The measure would have defined life as beginning at the moment of conception, thus rendering all abortion what it is: the taking of a human life. The Associated Press gleefully reported the perpetuation of legalized killing in Mississippi this way:

Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would've declared life begins at conception, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide.

 

 

The so-called "personhood" initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted. If it had passed, it was virtually assured of drawing legal challenges because it conflicts with the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to abortion. Supporters of the initiative wanted to provoke a lawsuit to challenge the landmark ruling.

Um, no don't think they did. Sure, I think the supporters of the personhood movement knew that a Supreme Court challenge would arise from a victory, but I'd be surprised if that was the primary objective of those behind the measure. I'd say their motivation was something much different: they simply want to protect human life. That may seem bizarre to liberals who have managed to sear their own consciences to the point that they can make rationalizations as to when and under what circumstances a human being can be morally murdered, but these personhood folks aren't wackos. They aren't nut jobs. They're people who believe every human life is sacred and valuable - whether that human was intended, convenient, planned, or the product of optimal circumstances.

 

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Wednesday, November 09 2011

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I am one who is thankful that a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been erected in our national capital. I think the contributions he made and the part he played in making ours a "more perfect union" were invaluable. I am not, however, thankful for the politically correct way in which the monument was designed. In fact, I'm pretty appalled at how deadly our obsession with political correctness has become. A lot of adults don't realize how watered down, neutered and white-washed our history is becoming in school textbooks. For a good glimpse of it, they can simply go and check out the MLK, Jr. memorial there in Washington.

 

 

Why, you ask? What's so unbelievable about the way it was constructed? Would you believe that on the memorial, dedicated to the legacy of a Baptist minister who used the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the moral authority that flows from the Biblical God as his justification for arguing against racial oppression, the politically correct liberals who have hijacked King's name and reputation constructed this monument without a single reference to God?

 

In a word, it is insane. Dr. Jerry Newcombe comments:

 

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Wednesday, November 09 2011

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One thing that I admit is really grating on my nerves is listening to politicians and government leaders talk about the jobs they created. Government doesn't create jobs, unless it's by adding positions and thereby adding to the tax burden. Government is not a producer...it doesn't "make" anything. Therefore it is not an entity designed or equipped to create jobs.


Now, government can certainly facilitate an economic environment that is conducive to job making, but that's it. And on that front, Team Obama has failed miserably. Not just miserably...galactically.

 

 

First we saw the continuing collapse of Obama "Green Energy Job" scam, with billions wasted on attempting to prop up a field that was not yet competitive, reliable, or logical. And now, we have even more to demonstrate the abject foolishness of the "government creates jobs" crowd:

Faster than a speeding bullet train, the cost of [California's] massive high-speed rail project has zoomed to nearly $100 billion ? triple the estimate given to voters and more than enough to run the entire state government for a year.

 

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Wednesday, November 09 2011

Following the 2008 election of Barack Obama, Rush Limbaugh was one of the few voices in American media who was saying that his presidency would not see the decline of racial tension, but rather an increase in it. Three years later, it's clear El Rushbo was right.

 

 

The left has injected race into virtually every conversation regarding the efficiency, the effectiveness or the success of any Obama policy. And the recent emergence of black conservative Herman Cain - as well as the media's attempt to destroy him personally and professionally through a smear campaign - has only heightened the left's focus on fanning the flames of racial discord.

 

On Wednesday, Peter welcomed onto his radio show Dr. Seth Forman, a professor of Public Policy at Stony Brook University, who has recently authored the book, "American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama." The two discussed the status of racial politics in America and where we go from here.

 

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Tuesday, November 08 2011

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The emergence of strong black conservatives like Clarence Thomas, Star Parker, Allen West and others have given the lie to the left's claim to believe in the advancement of minorities. It's become quite evident by their merciless and hate-filled attacks against these strong black minds that the left only wants to see the advancement of liberal minorities. The rise of Herman Cain has reiterated that truth to a watching world.

 

But interestingly, with this recent sexual harassment smear leveled against Cain, he's also helped illuminate the fraud of the left on the issue of the cause of femininity. To hear liberals tell it, they stand for strong, empowered women and protect them from the manipulation and abuse at the hands of chauvinistic men.

 

 

Attempting to prove that narrative, here was the response of the National Organization of Women to the Cain smear:

Revelations that presidential candidate Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment while heading the National Restaurant Association, as well as suggestions that financial settlements bought silence, are deeply troubling.

 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately that has not stopped the widespread practice of unwelcome sexual advances, innuendos and jokes in the workplace being leveraged by men against women.

 

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Tuesday, November 08 2011

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I absolutely love it when liberals send in emails suggesting that the news media isn't biased. It makes my day. It's nice to know that there are those out there who in the midst of everything maintain a good sense of humor. If you know anyone like that, you might want to show them this staggering comparison put together by the great folks at Newsbusters:

Over a period of just three and a half days, NBC, CBS and ABC have developed an insatiable hunger for the Herman Cain sexual harassment story, devoting an incredible 50 stories to the allegations since Monday morning. In contrast, over a similar period these networks mostly ignored far more substantial and serious scandals relating to Bill Clinton.

 


This pattern continued on Wednesday night and into Thursday as the evening newscasts and morning shows highlighted the story 19 times. On Good Morning America, Brian Ross offered innuendo and slung gossip, recounting, "But behind the scenes, several of the campaigns are still urging reporters to continue to dig, George, saying, there's more to be found in the private life of Herman Cain."

 

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Tuesday, November 08 2011

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As if disgracing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial wasn't enough for the scoundrels who have hijacked his legacy and his movement, Reverend Jesse Jackson did the unthinkable towards the end of last week. If you want a perfect depiction of how far removed Jackson and his leftist ilk are from the person of Dr. King, just check this out:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is lending his support to the Occupy Atlanta movement and says that their efforts are an extension of the struggle for civil rights fought by Jackson, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

 

That's outrageous. Who made Jesse Jackson the ultimate arbiter on what the civil rights struggle was really about? It's clear he either never fully understood it, or he has lost sight of it through the years of his increasingly radical left wing activism. How in the world does the peaceful non-violence strategy applied by Dr. King in the effort to achieve equal justice under the law possibly be tied to the violent, social upheaval produced by citizens who already have equal justice, but are seeking equal outcomes through forced government redistribution (aka socialism)?

 

The two are worlds apart. Jackson is either too ignorant, too warped, or too deceitful to acknowledge that.

 

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Tuesday, November 08 2011

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I've often asked the question to any rationally minded person who is willing to listen: in choosing sides in our culture war, specifically over the issue of abortion, consider who you should really "fear." Should you fear those who believe that all human beings have an unalienable right to life, and the value of their life is not based on what they do but rather what they are? Or might it not be more reasonable to fear those who think that certain life - whether it's small, unproductive, inconvenient, or whatever - isn't necessarily worthy of protection...that others can legally and morally choose to end some people's lives?

 

It's a no-brainer. And the Democrat gift-that-keeps-on-giving, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently helped make my point for me:

 

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Thursday that for states to enact constitutional amendments that say human life begins at conception is "an extreme and radical step."

 

"For the vast majority of Americans, including people on both sides of the abortion issue, this is an extreme and radical step," she said.

 

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Wasserman-Schultz said that so-called personhood amendments are a "divisive, dangerous, and destructive" attack on women.

It is "divisive, dangerous, and destructive" to want to protect innocent human life in the womb? If that doesn't give you a glimpse into the soul of Wasserman-Schultz and those who willingly follow her, I don't know what does. That we have gotten to the point where up to half of the general population (though I think that number is decreasing) believes that it is "extreme and radical" to protect small humans from being suctioned into pieces is unbelievable to me.

 

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Monday, November 07 2011

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One of the things I asked Pat Buchanan when we had him on the show last week was whether he thought the rate at which we were watching the breakdown of American culture was increasing in recent years. He said, having been watching it slowly unfold for decades, that such an observation was spot on. And it makes sense: the snowball rolling down the hill starts slowly, but as it picks up more weight and more steam, it begins to barrel downward a lot quicker.

 

And when you step back and look at what has been achieved by the anti-family, pro-sexual anarchy left in just the last 10 years, it is remarkable. How does that happen? Speaking specifically of the practice of homosexuality, how does it go from a forbidden vice...and something that was against the law to being publicly embraced and endorsed by sitting Governors and even Presidents in such a short period of time?

 

 

One of the most effective strategies the homosexual lobby has utilized is one that has been perfected by the earlier incremental steps of the larger sexual anarchy movement that embodies it: normalization and repetition. Just get the behavior in front of people's faces and expose them to it over and over again. As one homosexual activist wrote in the 1980s in a major homosexual publication, "You can forget about making people think that homosexuality is a moral thing. But if we can get them to believe that it is just another thing," then they win.

 

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Monday, November 07 2011

A story that isn't getting any traction in the national media needs to be heard. Tea Party activist Emery McClendon was recently one of many participants in an Americans for Prosperity rally in Washington, D.C. that was attacked by the violent Occupy D.C. rioters.

 

 

Here are images from the violence.

 

On Peter's Monday show, he hosted Emery to tell the unbelievable story of threats, beatings, intimidation and fear that hit the streets of America's capital city because of the radical violence of the left.

 

Listen to the full interview here, and then tell the story that the biased media isn't telling.

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Monday, November 07 2011

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You know things have gotten bad in your country when the major media is celebrating a "dip" in unemployment...to 9%. Yet that's exactly what is happening right now. Despite sustained and stagnated levels of Americans who can't find work, the Associated Press decided to wrap the bad news in sunshine by titling their piece "Employers Add 80,000 Jobs in October, Jobless Rate Dips to 9 Percent." Oh my.

 

 

The title, of course, could not hide the actual facts of the story:

Hiring slowed in October as employers faced more uncertainty over future economic growth.

 

The Labor Department says the economy added 80,000 jobs last month, the fewest in four months and below September's revised total of 158,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 9 percent.

Businesses added 104,000 jobs, below September's total. Government shed 24,000 jobs.

 

The report included some positive signs. The government revised August and September's figures upward by 102,000. Average hourly earnings rose. And the unemployment rate fell for the first time since July, because a separate survey of households showed more people found work.

 

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Monday, November 07 2011

Dear Mr. Cain,

 

I write this open letter with a sense of uneasiness over the events of the past several days. First, let me say I have been aboard "The Cain Train" for quite some time. Knowing you are the left's worst nightmare, I have always been curious to see how the left would attack you. I want you to know from the outset that I believe you can come out of this stronger than before. However, I must say I am taken back by your handling of the sexual harassment scandal, and your confusing remarks concerning abortion.

 

 

I agree with the critics who say you needed to get out in front of the sexual harassment allegations and that you should be more calm when under fire from the press. Since you admit you told a former employee of your senatorial campaign about the possibility of these allegations surfacing, why weren't you better prepared to answer this when it first surfaced? Worse yet, why did you accuse that very employee and the Perry campaign without evidence for leaking the story?

 

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Sunday, November 06 2011

As you know, I am interested in surveys which look at faith verses behavior and have reported several of those findings. Last week, one of these kinds of studies caught my attention because it focused solely upon US Catholics.

When I report these studies, it is easy to criticize seminaries, pastors or priests from departing from the tenants of the faith. Yet, it seems clear that what is happening is as much a reflection of our postmodern culture as it is what comes from the pulpits. Our churches are suffering because its people are also conforming to the declining culture and adopting its moral relativism into their own worldviews.

I have many Catholic readers of this weekly email who share all of our values in regard to life, marriage, family and culture and they worry about the same challenges to their faith as much as I do as a protestant. This study, by sociologist William D'Antonio, appearing in USA Today last week will only confirm those concerns.

One in four Americans call themselves Catholic, but this appears to be far more of a cultural label than a sincere religious identity. For example, 88% say that how a person lives is more important than whether he or she is a practicing Catholic.

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Sunday, November 06 2011

They say that all good humor has a partial root of truth that makes it effective. The following photograph, allegedly from some Occupy Wall Street protesters, may be real or it may be computer-generated. It is still very funny because it is believable.

It reveals a tinge of truth so many perceive has become of today's higher education. They see these establishments as having been overrun by liberal dogma, and subsequently college students are now suffering from a dysfunctional and unmarketable worldview that they embraced while linving in the bubble of a University.

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Saturday, November 05 2011

The Lib-quotes pouring forth from the occupiers are legion and makes for a target rich environment. My choice this week further demonstrates the hypocrisy of the movement and the attempts of big Media to cover for them by emphasizing any so-called "honorable" intentions and downplaying the destruction and violence perpetuated by the movement.

 

 

An Associated Press article features occupiers as the "V for Vendetta" character who rebels against a totalitarian government while portraying himself as a modern Guy Fawkes. The historical Guy Fawkes was an English mercenary who became a part of a conspiracy to assassinate English King James I during the turbulent period of political and religious persecution. The plot, if successful, would have involved the deaths and injuries of many innocent citizens as well. Interestingly, the English are not historically keen on having their monarch or Parliament blown to smithereens, so there is a commemoration of the event known as "Bonfire Night" in which effigies of Fawkes are burned in fires. Some hero.

 

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Saturday, November 05 2011

Is skin color an ideology? The question doesn't seem so odd if you consider how some people within the African American media and political leadership are talking and treating conservative Republicans like Herman Cain. It is not my intent to endorse any party or particular candidate. However, it is amazing how some black Democrats and other leaders in the African American community, including many pastors who should not be carrying the water for either party, treat some black Republicans. It is ironic in one sense because most black Republicans or black conservatives are treated quite poorly and discounted by many black leaders.

On the other hand there also seems to be a fear that black conservatives might pose a threat if they get elected and have a platform for their vision. Dare I say it? Many black special interests seem fearful that a black Republican might lead many African American voters off the liberal plantation. It is why they often discount black conservatives with slurs such as being an "Uncle Tom" or an "Oreo" (black on the outside and white on the inside) as if skin color is some sort of liberal political ideology. (Consider the huge outcry over Alvedia King's claim that her uncle, Dr Martin Luther King, was a Republican.)

There is a possible story brewing in Indianapolis over this dichotomy. Last night, I spoke with a dear friend, Jackie Cissell, an African American running for city council in Indianapolis as an at-large candidate. It seems that Jackie was at an event when several prominent African American pastors and Democrat party leaders showed up busing in people for early voting. Jackie, who once led Black Americans for Life, began to engage some of the voters on issues and kindly asked them to consider her involvement in various community efforts before they vote. (Jackie has a very lengthy resume of community service.) Apparently, she had some impact or at least caused some discussion later on those busses.

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Saturday, November 05 2011

Indiana's municipal elections are just a few days away. Many cities have major contests for mayor and the vitally important, often policy setting, city council seats. In most cities, your vote really matters.

I have gathered a couple of resources that may be helpful as you prepare to vote early or on Election Day this Tuesday.

You can find out who is on your ballot before you vote at this web site from the Indiana Secretary of State: https://indianavoters.in.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT1/PublicOnBallotSearch.aspx

I have a couple of Right to Life tools you may find helpful. If you live in Fort Wayne, Allen County Right to Life has a voter's guide you can review here:

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Friday, November 04 2011

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It's simply unconscionable what the media has done in propping up the rabble-rousing socialists and Marxists gathered on streets around the country.  These "protests" have had no definable purpose other than upheaval, have accomplished nothing other than disruption and interference with those trying to go to work, and have been marked by some of the most disgusting displays of human behavior we've seen in America for some time.

 

Even if their horribly left tilt made them initially excited about the potential for a left-wing version of the Tea Party movement (and the organizational and political success it brought about), there is no excuse for the lazy and disinterested approach the media took when the Occupier movement began exhibiting the very traits of violence that the media were - without even a shred of evidence - warning about in the Tea Party.

 

 

When the Occupy speaker at Zuccotti park called Gandhi a tumor and urged the emergence of a bloody French Revolution style Reign of Terror the media should have known what was coming and given up their shameless shilling for the national "vein of anger" that the protestors had seemed to "tap into."  While they had participated in 50 different shades of hand-wringing over the potential of the peaceful tea partiers turning violent (despite thousands of rallies without a single incident), they never brought themselves to the point of honesty where they acknowledged what anyone with a brain knew about the Occupiers: a bunch of neo-hippie, malcontented, left-wing socialists, screaming to rob from the rich, fueled by labor unions encouraging a "worker's revolution," peppered with everyone from sexual anarchists to lunatics, is a serious threat to public safety.

 

And now here we are:

 

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Friday, November 04 2011

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The tagline of our radio show is "Common Sense Makes a Comeback." There's a reason we chose that line: specifically, we desperately need common sense to make a comeback in our culture. If you question the veracity of that conclusion, just consider the plight of some Christian students at Vanderbilt University, one of which emailed the radio show to tell me about it.

 

 

Robert Shibley described the situation beautifully at the Daily Caller:

Pity the modern college administrator ? it must be painful to be so politically correct that you're forced to make embarrassing and nonsensical decisions.

 

That's what Vanderbilt University has done this fall by telling the Christian Legal Society (CLS) that if it wants to be equal to other groups on campus, it can't require its own leaders to have any Christian beliefs.

 

CLS isn't the only victim of Vanderbilt's bizarre regime of political correctness. It's been reported that a dozen groups, five of them religious, have had recognition of their constitutions "deferred" because they require their members or leaders to actually believe in the purpose of the group.

 

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Friday, November 04 2011

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It has become very hip these days to support the homosexual movement in our school systems and amongst young people.  Even the President of the United States has used his office, in its official capacity, to encourage homosexuality in our schools.  If you don't believe me, check this out:

Homosexual activists have been increasingly active in their efforts to reach out to young LGBT's, through national awareness days such as "Spirit Day" and the "It Gets Better" ad campaign, which encourages gay teens to persevere in their homosexuality through the high school years with the promise that things will be better once they are adults engaging in homosexual behavior.

 

 

GLAAD also promotes itself extensively through Facebook, Twitter, Mobli and YouTube.

In addition, the White House has pushed a pro-gay message through its Department of Education and directly from President Barack Obama, who pressured the Defense Department to lift the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and whose Justice Department refuses to legally defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

 

Also, many liberal Democratic members of Congress participated in a video for the "It Gets Better Campaign," which encourages young people to persevere in the gay lifestyle.

 

The White House turned its official Facebook and Twitter photos purple in honor of Spirit Day and posted a message of support on the official White House blog. The White House also tweeted, "@WhiteHouse goes purple for #SpiritDay."

I have a serious question to those who support the homosexual lobby's efforts to infiltrate and involve themselves in our schools: what in the world are you thinking?  How can people be so duped, so misled, so confused as to think that encouraging homosexuality and other forms of dangerous sexual experimentation amongst young people - or in some cases, introducing them to it - is wise or beneficial?

 

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Friday, November 04 2011

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Just the other day in one of my government classes, we were talking about the 5th Amendment requirement of a jury indictment for all "infamous" crimes.  One of my students made the point that this is an essential protection from the power of government because though we have the legal expectation of "innocent until proven guilty," that is not the case with public perception.  It was a pretty solid observation.  An indictment and requirement to stand trial for some infamous crime is, in essence, a punishment itself.  It carries a stigma that will last even with an eventual not guilty ruling in the trial.  Therefore, government alone shouldn't be equipped with the power to lob these kind of indictments without the approval of a peer jury.  It was a good conversation.

 

Along those lines, I look at these accusations that have been hurled at Herman Cain.  There's a reason his leftist accusers have drummed this up, and make no mistake...it is racially motivated.  It plays into the worst historical stereotypes about black men.  Check out an email I got on this very topic:

 

Sexual harassment is unique in that it is such an ugly, debasing, and mortifying accusation... And once tarred with it, lends itself to endless jokes and belittling comments.

 

I don't know if you remember, but when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment... it was a large portion of the black community that stepped away from politics and generally called it a "he said, she said" situation.  I wondered at the time if that was because they had seen their fill of racial stereotypes and bigotry surrounding black men and their sexuality.  There is not a more despicable or hurtful example of a racist cliché or slur...  And only a racial bigot would peddle it.

Racial bigots indeed.  The accusation itself carries a stigma that the left is more than content with sticking to Herman Cain in their efforts to destroy him.  And the reason they chose to play up the sexual harassment angle is without question motivated by the stereotypes of black men that have persisted in our culture. 

 

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Thursday, November 03 2011

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I could be wrong but I have a feeling that Michael Moore may think twice about showing up to any more of these Occupy events.  Word has seemed to have emerged that Moore is part of that 1% that the Occupiers are so worked up about:

An Occupy Portland participant asked Moore if the richest 400 people in the country could "give back" $1 million each. The hypocritical flimmaker repeated the question saying it was a good idea.

 

A reporter for the Oregon based website Daylight Disinfectant shouted out, "How about a million of your 50 million?"

 

 

Moore ignored this and instead continued speaking to the crowd.

 

After Moore finished his speech, the reporter and his cameraman followed the schlockumentarian asking versions of the same question.

 

"Aren't you part of the one percent?"

 

When Moore still ignored him, the reporter said, "$50 million Michael Moore. Here he comes."

 

Despite this, crowd members could be heard shouting, "Michael, we love you."

 

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Thursday, November 03 2011

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So let's play a fun game of spot the bias. See if you can tell what perspective AP writer Christiana Hoag might bring to this story regarding youth practicing homosexuality (you'll have to look really hard...this isn't obvious or anything - and don't let the fact that it has been cross-posted at the left-leaning site Salon mislead you):

A history teacher amends his lessons on the civil rights movement to include the push for gay equality. A high school removes Internet filters blocking gay advocacy websites. Six gay students sue their district, saying officials failed to protect them from bullies.


 


After anti-gay bullying led to a spate of teen suicides last year, school districts across the country are stepping up efforts to prevent such incidents, while more students are coming forward to report bullies.

"It's an issue that has taken over the public consciousness since last fall," said Jill Marcellus, spokeswoman for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. "People realize it doesn't have to be this way. We can make it better."

Awareness of anti-gay bullying is increasing as acceptance of gay people has grown in society. Gay marriage is legal in several states, gays are now permitted to serve openly in the military and, in California, schools will soon have to teach gay-rights history.

Might I recommend that the next time Hoag picks up the laptop to write a story about the homosexual crusade, she substitute her standard accompanying professional photo with one of her in a cheerleading outfit with a megaphone.

 

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Thursday, November 03 2011

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I've always enjoyed reading the column and listening to the commentary of Jewish talk radio host Dennis Prager. He is a guy who certainly understands the value of the Judeo-Christian backbone of Western Civilization and consequently is a conservative. He gets the fundamental threat that the left represents to that backbone and the resulting societal collapse they will usher in if they aren't resisted.

 

In his most recent column he takes on a topic near and dear to my heart: the liberal university professor attack on the supposed "lack of intellectualism" of Christianity - specifically evangelical Christianity.

 

 

Now, I will acknowledge that the evangelical church is in many ways responsible for withdrawing from the fields of academia and intellectual, philosophical and scientific inquiry. The over-emphasis on emotionalism and the forgotten element of loving God with our minds as well as our hearts has helped the left facilitate this utter lie that being a believer in Christ and the Bible means you aren't smart.

 

But the left has taken advantage of this unfortunate era in church history to advance a notion that is ludicrous: that Christianity is anti-reason, anti-science, and anti-intellectual. Prager's piece takes this notion on, by focusing on a few key areas where the argument is leveled.

 

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Thursday, November 03 2011

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Bill Maher really enjoys mocking conservatives for what he perceives as their lack of consistency and common sense. He is a favorite amongst liberal progressives for his acid tongue and harsh treatment of the foolishness of the right. And yet he is one of the purest examples of the left's movement-wide embodiment of hypocrisy that you will find.

 

 

A recent episode of Real Time depicted exactly what I'm talking about. Before we cover that, let's remember the fateful comments Maher idiotically made in the days immediately following 9/11 (this is what got him booted from ABC):

We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly.

Got that, right? We Americans are cowards because we have developed smart weapons that we can put down a chimney after launching them from miles away - thus saving not only our own lives, but innocent civilians as well. I guess Bill thinks we ought to have the "guts" to terrorize civilians on airplanes and intentionally murder thousands of innocent people on live television.

 

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Wednesday, November 02 2011

Pat Buchanan is one of the most recognizable names in modern American politics. From the conservative insurrection he led against George H.W. Bush in the 1992 primary to one of the most memorable zingers in the history of political convention speeches to his current gigs being one of the lone voices of the right that is allowed to be aired on MSNBC, Buchanan is one of the most respected political minds of our time.

 

 

Buchanan has authored a chilling new book entitled Suicide of a Superpower. The book focuses on the frightening disintegration of America and traces the collapse back to three key causes.

 

Peter Heck welcomed Pat Buchanan onto his radio show today to talk about the book, the status of the American nation, and the path forward.

 

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Wednesday, November 02 2011

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I think the left is in shock right now. Truly in shock. They were sure they had destroyed Herman Cain. But something strange happened on the way to the smear factory: conservative media. For the first time in a long time, conservatives circled the wagons around one of their own and resisted the typical liberal knock-out punch. They smeared Herman Cain with the same blow they've leveled repeatedly. And it's always worked. This time, it's backfiring. The Politico is in trouble. Here's Mike Allen, one of the lily white liberals over there at this left-wing operation that is now forever tarnished, on MSNBC's Morning Joe:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Mike Allen, you had Cain defenders yesterday seizing upon a line that Politico wrote about gestures made by Cain toward these women that were, quote, non-sexual in nature. Just to confirm you have evidence as well of sexually inappropriate behavior?


 


MIKE ALLEN: What the women said was that he said things that made people feel uncomfortable in that way. This story clearly resonated with people. There's an estimate out there that this is the biggest single Twitter controversy of the campaign. 48,000 mentions of Herman Cain on Twitter yesterday. That's more than the mention of any Republican candidate ever.

Uh...did you notice that? No answer. Not even close. Scarborough asked the pretty benign and obvious question, "Do you have anything beyond the unsubstantiated, secretly sourced accusation? Do you have any evidence?" And Allen's answer: "Twitter is talking about this a lot, aren't they?"

 

This is the anatomy of a smear: it doesn't matter if we have evidence, all that matters is that the rumor we started spreads.

 

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Wednesday, November 02 2011

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It's the passage in Romans I refer to often whenever atheist scientists come up on the show: "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." There are no better words to describe the folks who spend a great deal of their God-given intellect to find ways around acknowledging the patently obvious - that there is a God.

 

Richard Dawkins has to be one of the most intellectual of fools we have around today. And he certainly didn't disappoint in living up to that title during a recent interview with the Guardian. The story appeared at The Blaze:

In a recent interview with the The Guardian's John Harris, Dawkins said, about faith and religion, "It's infectious. It's something that grips the mind in the same way that a conventional virus grips the body."

 

First of all, this is typical evangelical atheist claptrap. They believe and profess themselves to be liberated from the intellectual constraints of faith, and thus free to use reason and wisdom to uncover the secrets of the universe. Of course, what they really are is constrained by their own dogma, being forced to find creative and asinine ways to avoid publicly admitting that there is a possibility that God exists. Their hard line on the issue puts them in positions to look ridiculous like Dawkins did on Ben Stein's movie Expelled (you remember, the whole, "ET sperm might have seeded life, but believing in God would be silly" part?).

 

Simply put: there are no more dogmatic folks around than the ardent atheist.

 

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Wednesday, November 02 2011

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This could be one of the funniest lines I've heard in a while. Over on MSNBC yesterday afternoon, NBC's political director Chuck Todd hosts a panel of commentators and, of course, the left's smear of Herman Cain came up. One of the panelists, Jamal Simmons who is a Democratic strategist, pipes up and says that he thinks it's "funny" to hear those on the right saying the attack is racially motivated.

 

 

Actually what is funny is watching the left react in righteous indignation when they are forced to play by the same rules that they have written for decades now. What's funny is to watch the left pretend that when they accuse someone of racism it's racism, but when the right does it, it's not serious. But nonetheless, things got really comical when Todd decided to wind down the segment with this doozy:

"It is interesting, these commentariats on the left and right, can we just agree not to play the race card -- at all? And when you see it played, it is frustrating."

Are you kidding me? Has Chuck Todd been in a coma for the last 3 years? Was he in a coma during the last election? Every single time anyone has made a legitimate criticism of Obama's policies or his leadership, what has the media done? They've drawn race into the conversation. Why doesn't Chuck go and make that statement to the leader of any Tea Party group around the country - the group of folks that media types like Todd have labeled racist without having a single piece of evidence to substantiate the claim.

 

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Tuesday, November 01 2011

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Well this is about right. Not long ago I commented on the show that there had to be a great number of elected Democrats (including President Obama) who had made the disastrous decision to hitch their wagon to the Occupy Wall Street horse that were regretting it. The rapes, the pimping, the violence, the arrests, the bestiality, the vulgarity...it all didn't send the best of messages to the American electorate.

 

Well, believe it or not, things just got worse for them. As it turns out, many of those liberal Democrats who were standing in solidarity with the Occupiers as they raged against the greed of Wall Street just so happen to be the biggest recipients of Wall Street campaign contributions. Huh. Who would have thought that?!

It might not come as a surprise that key Democratic leaders supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement have in fact all raised substantial funds from Wall Street. Heritage reportes that President Obama, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Congressman Barney Frank have all raised significant funds from Wall Street.

 

 

OpenSecrets.org even reveals that the president has raised nearly $12 million in Wall Street donations for the Democratic National Committee. Heritage notes that the amount is more than all the Republican Presidential candidates combined have received from Wall Street.

 

Yet Obama supports the Occupy Wall Street movement, stating that their protests are a reflection of a "broad-based frustration about how our financial system works." He has also adopted the term "99%" when talking about raising taxes.

 

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Tuesday, November 01 2011

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There's a lot of discussion right now about Barack Obama's decision to bring all American troops home from Iraq by the end of the year. From being able to declare he has "fulfilled a campaign pledge" to attempting to placate a very aggravated anti-war liberal base, to desperately needing some kind of good news to bolster his flailing presidency, to this new effort to make himself into a great wartime leader, there isn't any question in the minds of serious political thinkers that this move was purely politics.

 

 

And while there is much that could be said about the danger there is in making wartime decisions for the sole, express purpose of winning votes, there is something (beyond the wonderful reality that many families will get to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones) that is worth celebrating in this decision: it once for all shuts the door on the ignorance of these liberal (and some libertarian) war protestors that America is an aggressive empire.

 

The notion has always been silly on the surface. You can make the logical and true point that our military is too spread out all over the world - that we don't need to have military bases in as many countries as we have them in - without drawing the illogical and false conclusion that those military bases make us an empire. There is a fairly obvious difference between being residents and being occupiers.

 

And if that point was somehow muddled before, this recent move by the United States in Iraq should put an end to any confusion. Jonah Goldberg explains:

 

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Tuesday, November 01 2011

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David Frum used to be a speech writer for former president George W. Bush, and therefore took on the façade of a conservative. Out from under the need to do so, Frum has become, in many ways, the epitome of an establishment Republican. He seems to eschew some of the finer points of conservative thought, particularly social conservatism. After all, you can't expect to be invited to the social parties in the Hamptons if you believe it should be illegal to kill an infant child in the womb.

 

True to his real identity, Frum was back at it again recently on CNN's website as he fantasized about conservatives just letting this whole "unalienable right to life" thing go (good call, David...it's so 1776). It's Frum's non-original position that if conservatives forgot about the social, pro-family issues and just concentrated on fiscal ones, they would win elections.

 

 

Other than being idiotic, that's a pretty good position, Dave. I mean, sure, by not supporting the family - the one institution that actually makes limited government work in the first place - you are pretty much guaranteeing a large, overly aggressive government. But that's okay...no one needs to know that, right? With this type of a scholarly approach, you know Frum was going to have some hum-dingers of arguments. Jonathon Van Maren addresses a few of them:

 

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Tuesday, November 01 2011

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It's getting out of hand, and if the suits at NBC Universal don't do something to put an end to it soon, it could spell doom for their entire family of networks...as well as upending the liberal stranglehold on the black vote.

 

Let's just be honest in acknowledging that the left-wing media have done a miraculous job at hiding one of the dirtiest secrets in the country for several decades: that the biggest racists in our culture are wealthy white liberals who have been holding blacks and minorities on the dependency plantation for their own political advantage.

 

 

The left's strategy of stripping minorities of their autonomy and independence has resulted in remarkable success at the ballot box for liberals. It has not, however, translated into improvement in the minority community. Far from it. After decades of liberal "civil rights" leadership, the inner cities have never been so bad, black families have never been so broken, and the welfare culture has never been so devastating.

 

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