Saturday, April 4, 2015

SEIZE THE HIGH GROUND FOR 2016

This should be automatic for Republicans, given their party’s record and beliefs. - Peter Hannaford/American Spectator 4.3.15

March 7 marked 50 years since 1965’s “Bloody Sunday,” when millions watched on television as state and local police fired tear gas at the crowd and attacked marchers in Selma, Alabama. The national outrage that followed led to a speech by President Lyndon Johnson to a joint meeting of Congress — appealing for Voting Rights legislation. On March 17, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and Republican Minority Leader Everett Dirksen introduced the bill.

Although the Democrats held two-thirds of the seats in both houses, these events gave it the momentum to pass, for Republican votes would counterbalance the worry that segregationist Southern Democrats would vote against it.

The bill passed and was signed into law on August 6 by President Johnson.

Forgotten by many, this followed in the tradition of Republicans pushing through the passage of the constitutional amendments —the 13th, 14th, and 15th — between 1865 and 1870 that outlawed slavery, clarified and protected citizenship rights, and prohibited denial of voting “on the basis of race, or previous condition of servitude.”

Alas, 50 years after “Bloody Sunday and 145 to 150 after passage of those three historic amendments, race relations are getting worse. Last month, the Justice Department released a report that the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department had systematically abused its power. There were two facts in the report that stunned Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart. He wrote:

What DOJ found made me ill. [Officer] Wilson knew about the theft of the cigarillos from the convenience store and had a description of the suspects. [Suspect] Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun. And the popular hands-up storyline, which isn’t corroborated by ballistic and DNA evidence and multiple witness statements, was perpetuated by Witness 101. In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements.

In response, many sounded off on Facebook and Twitter slamming Capehart, an African-American, as “a sellout.” The usual race hustlers sounded off, encouraging unrest. An underlying theme was that conservatives generally and Republicans, in particular, are racist.

As 2016 comes closer, some Democrat operatives will drum away at that sub rosa theme. Calumny was used effectively to undermine Mitt Romney in 2012, particularly that he was hard-hearted (he manifestly was not). Many voters are uncomfortable with the idea of voting for candidates who have been demonized as racist, sexist, or uncaring.

If the Republicans are to gain and keep the high ground and win in 2016 they need to seize the initiative now.

A good way to do so is to a pass a new coverage formula for Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Two years ago, the Supreme Court declared that section unconstitutional in Shelby County v. Holder (2013) on grounds that the formula was outdated.

Section 4(b) covers any state or local government where 50 percent of eligible voters were not registered to vote or did not vote in the 1964 presidential election. In essence, it can used to fight discrimination both intentional or coincidental.

The bill was reauthorized in 1970 and 1975 to include results of the 1968 and 1972 presidential elections; however, there was no updated formula when it was reauthorized in 1982 and 2006. A new coverage formula—sponsored by Republicans in both houses—would require that any state or local jurisdiction that does not have 50 percent voter registration and/or 50 percent voter turnout in any election from 2012 forward will be subject to pre-clearance.

The Supreme Court did not invalidate any other part of the act, so there is nothing to stop Congress from passing an updated Section 4(b) formula. It would be in the great tradition of the Republican Party to stand tall for protecting full rights for all.

Passage of a new Section 4(b) formula would not only uphold that tradition, but also deprive race hustlers such as Al Sharpton from claiming that nothing is being done about racial discrimination. Then, every Republican candidate in 2016 can make it clear to his/her constituents just who is taking action to write “finis” to discrimination.
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Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages


Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada

Florida v California

Pres Clinton in 1994 announcing "framework" in which "North Korea will freeze & dismantle its nuclear program"





...After the Muslim countries murdered thousands of Jews and forced hundreds of thousands to leave the host Muslim countries, the Muslims had no one left to persecute. So, the “extremists have turned on the Christians







An Engineered Drought

Shortsighted coastal elites bear most of the blame for California’s water woes. - VICTOR DAVIS HANSON/City Journal

California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography.

We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people. Second, the mandated restrictions will bring home another truth as lawns die, pools empty, and boutique gardens shrivel in the coastal corridor from La Jolla to Berkeley: the very idea of a 20-million-person corridor along the narrow, scenic Pacific Ocean and adjoining foothills is just as unnatural as “big” agriculture’s Westside farming. The weather, climate, lifestyle, views, and culture of coastal living may all be spectacular, but the arid Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay-area megalopolises must rely on massive water transfers from the Sierra Nevada, Northern California, or out-of-state sources to support their unnatural ecosystems.

Now that no more reservoir water remains to divert to the Pacific Ocean, the exasperated Left is damning “corporate” agriculture (“Big Ag”) for “wasting” water on things like hundreds of thousands of acres of almonds and non-wine grapes. But the truth is that corporate giants like “Big Apple,” “Big Google,” and “Big Facebook” assume that their multimillion-person landscapes sit atop an aquifer. They don’t—at least, not one large enough to service their growing populations....

We’re suffering the ramifications of the “small is beautiful,” “spaceship earth” ideology of our cocooned elites. Californians have adopted the ancient peasant mentality of a limited good, in which various interests must fight it out for the always scarce scraps. Long ago we jettisoned the can-do visions of our agrarian forebears, who knew California far better than we do and trusted nature far less. Now, like good peasants, we are at one another’s throats for the last drops of a finite supply. KEEP READING

Friday, April 3, 2015

#MemoriesPizza: More than $445,000 $500,761 $721,440 $734,909 $790,372 $805,962 $835,164 has now been donated to Memories Pizza in Indiana













Blood Moon With Total Lunar Eclipse & Eerie Biblical Message Rising Over U.S. Easter, Passover Weekend



The action begins at 3:16 a.m. PDT on the morning of April 4 when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow.

For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately covering the entire moon at 4:58 a.m. PDT.

The total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century on the morning of Easter Vigil, traditionally observed as the period between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The eclipse also falls within the first night of Passover, observed by Jews worldwide beginning Friday at sunset....

Some Christians believe the blood moon lunar eclipse tetrad could be connected to Jesus’ return — or signify a world-changing event about to take place.

According to the King James Bible, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes,” (Joel 2:31).

Regardless of your religious beliefs, it will be a breathtaking spectacle you’ll want to wake up early to see. Just make sure to be outside no later than 4:58 a.m. PDT to watch the transition.

The new #JobsReport is out and it's not good



MARCH JOBS LAME - CNBC
RECORD 93,175,000 AMERICANS NOT WORKING - CNS
Record 12,202,000 Blacks Not In Labor Force - CNS
Record 56,131,000 Women - Breitbart
January, February jobs numbers revised down dramatically AP
Fed Cuts Growth Forecast to ZERO - 24 Wall St.

And God definitely cried on this Good Friday. 147 #Christian #Kenyan students separated from #Muslims, lined up & shot.































Bake The Cake!

Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran deal



Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו

I just came from a meeting of the Israeli cabinet. We discussed the proposed framework for a deal with Iran. The cabinet is united in strongly opposing the proposed deal.

This deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten the very survival of the State of Israel.
The deal would not shut down a single nuclear facility in Iran, would not destroy a single centrifuge in Iran and will not stop R&D on Iran's advanced centrifuges.

On the contrary. The deal would legitimize Iran's illegal nuclear program. It would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. A vast nuclear infrastructure remains in place.

The deal would lift sanctions almost immediately and this at the very time that Iran is stepping up its aggression and terror in the region and beyond the region.

In a few years, the deal would remove the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, enabling Iran to have a massive enrichment capacity that it could use to produce many nuclear bombs within a matter of months.

The deal would greatly bolster Iran's economy. It would give Iran thereby tremendous means to propel its aggression and terrorism throughout the Middle East.

Such a deal does not block Iran's path to the bomb. Such a deal paves Iran's path to the bomb. And it might very well spark a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East and it would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.

Now, some say that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That's not true. There is a third alternative – standing firm, increasing the pressure on Iran until a good deal is achieved.

And finally let me say one more thing. Iran is a regime that openly calls for Israel's destruction and openly and actively works towards that end. Just two days ago, in the midst of the negotiations in Lausanne, the commander of the Basij security forces in Iran said this: "The destruction of Israel is non-negotiable."

Well, I want to make clear to all. The survival of Israel is non-negotiable. Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period.

In addition, Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel's right to exist.



Ted Cruz’s poll number SKYROCKET, now in 2nd place







IRAN: U.S. LYING ABOUT NUCLEAR DEAL, ‘FACT SHEETS’ ON NEGOTIATIONS ARE ‘SPIN’

Mere minutes after the U.S. released a fact sheet that purportedly lays out what the basic framework agreed upon by the Iranian regime and P5+1 world powers entailed, Iranian officials accused the United States of misleading the public about its agreement. - Breitbart



Thursday, April 2, 2015

IRAN TRIUMPHANT: NUCLEAR DEAL CAPITULATES TO NEARLY ALL IRANIAN DEMANDS



A beaming Iranian foreign minister emerged from the meeting rooms in Switzerland to announce that all of the theocracy’s major demands had been met. According to the new provisions released on the nuclear deal, Iran will get to both keep active its centrifuges and receive sanctions relief. - John Hayward/Breitbart @Doc_o

Most of the President’s remarks consisted of declarations about how “historic” the deal was, straw-man false choices about how the only alternative to his deal is an immediate regional war, excuses about how his supposedly awesome bargain with Iran was the best anyone could have managed under impossible circumstances, and loads of rhetoric about how dedicated to Middle Eastern stability he is. There were loads of promises about how inspections would be so rigorous that Iran could not possibly break the deal, even though they have successfully bamboozled, or outright defied, every previous attempt to monitor their nuclear program. The Iranians knew all along that what Obama most desired was an opportunity to give speeches like this. The messy details can be dealt with later.

The President made rhetorical gestures toward the security of American allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia under the terms of this agreement. The former nation is now headed by the most vindicated man in the world – Benjamin Netanyau predicted the outcome of Obama’s wheeling and dealing with Iran almost to the word. The latter will now scramble to purchase nuclear weapons of its own, as will everyone else who doesn’t want to find out when Iran’s nuclear umbrella will really snap open, or be caught unarmed beneath it.

One curious detail that stood out from the President’s remarks was his assertion that, without this deal, Iran might have been only 2 to 3 months away from having a nuclear weapon. That is the kind of timetable Obama and his spokespeople have been deriding for years as uninformed scaremongering, but now it turns out that was a reasonable estimate after all?









HIDDEN CAMERA: Gay Wedding Cake At Muslim Bakeries





What do you think happens when a gay, like SUPER gay Crowder tries to get a super gay wedding cake baked at a Muslim bakery? I’m pretty sure you can guess, but you might as well watch this week’s adventure to Dearborn, MI to find out! - Louder With Crowder



INDIANA INSANITY [UPDATED] - Powerline

Carly Fiorina: We know the Iranian gov’t has flat-out lied about every nuclear facility they’ve built in the past 3 decades

Republican voter registration continues to erode in California

Republicans’ voter registration ranks continue to slip, with no-party preference voters now outnumbering Republicans in 13 counties and more than a third of the state’s cities, state numbers released this week show. - Jim Miller/Sacramento Bee

Since last fall, independent voters have overtaken Republicans in Humboldt County and in Burbank, Dublin and several other cities. No-party preference voters outnumber GOP registrants in 172 cities, according to Monday’s report from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Independent voters outnumber Democrats in 14 cities, but not in any county, the records show.

As of Feb. 20, Republicans made up 27.98 percent of the electorate, down a percentage point since February 2013. Republicans are the dominant party affiliation in 31 counties and 167 cities, including Bakersfield, Santa Clarita and Huntington Beach.... KEEP READING

Instead of building dams, reservoirs and fighting to preserve every drop of water he can for Californians, Jerry Brown has chosen to waste his political capital on a train

JERRY’S FOLLY: TURNING CALIFORNIA BROWN TO APPEASE THE GREENS - Assemblyman Tim Donnelly/Breitbart

...Jerry Brown has chosen to waste his political capital on a train that no one wants, which California can’t afford–and he’s stealing people’s land and closing down businesses in order to do it. And now, finally in his fifth year as governor, he finally decides to act on the drought—and, in quintessential Jerry Brown style, he blames those who have nothing to do with creating the crisis and threatens to penalize them if they don’t comply.

Remind you of how he dealt with Sacramento’s addiction to overspending? Right—he blamed us, raised our taxes and threatened to cut our kids’ favorite programs in our schools if we didn’t comply and vote to raise our own taxes again.

In case you missed the news, Gov. Jerry Brown has decided that in spite of his unwillingness to act, you are the problem, so he’s declared a state of emergency in order to grant government even more sweeping control over your life.

Never forget the mantra of the guru of leftists like Brown, or Rahm Emanuel, in the Saul Alinksy tradition: never let a good crisis go to waste, and if you don’t have one, create one.

So in response to Jerry Brown’s massive mismanagement of our most precious natural resource—water—the governor has ordered you to conserve 25% or there will be hell to pay. Mandatory conservation or you will face fines or even have your water cut off....

You’d think if the crisis was as bad as Jerry Brown makes it out to be, he’d have acted long before now. Instead, he wants all of us to pay for his failure to act.

You might remember that when the water bond was first proposed, I was the lone “no” vote. Later, when it came back for a 2nd vote, Brown scrambled to get a Democrat–Wes Chesboro–to join me in opposing the pork-ridden, too-little, too late-excuse-for-a-water infrastructure-bond. He did that to prevent me from writing the opposing argument in the ballot pamphlet delivered to every voter in the state. Instead of my hard-hitting critique, Brown succeeded in getting someone farther left than himself to make a weak, ineffectual appeal.

All this adds up to one conclusion. The failure to act by the most powerful governor in the most significant agricultural in the world, was not an oversight–it was intentional.

By declaring a state of emergency, the governor can take what he’s described as “unprecedented” action. Mandatory rationing is just the beginning.

Agreement reached on 'framework' for final Iran nuke deal... Sanctions to be terminated... No nuke sites closed...













SEIU spent $23 million on minimum wage campaign in 2014

A survey for progressives and journalists: Whom else should the government compel into service in the name of non-discrimination?













Twin announcements by the DOJ: protecting the administration’s friends, destroying its enemies

Why, isn’t this what a nice Orwellian Department of Justice ought to be doing? - neoneocon
Protecting Obama’s friends - Politico
DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner
Destroying his enemies - New York Times
Democrat Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: The war on ISIS is getting weird in Iraq

Hope liberals all enjoyed their two minute hate today!




















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Why Silencing Christians will Continue



...“Hate speech” legislation is designed to prevent any conflict over these issues. If these protected practices are considered “rights,” we are legally prohibited from discussing the consequences of exercising them. The “solution” silences anyone who defends marriage, life, or family. Since all audiences are now populated by people who live in abnormal family arrangements, it is thought best to forbid any discussion that might establish objective, reasonable grounds for opposing or criticizing same-sex marriages, fetal experimentation, divorce, or any similar arrangement.

In a way, this political arrangement is a modern version of what Thomas Hobbes proposed to do to eliminate the causes of dissent in seventeenth century England. By identifying religious and philosophical ideas as the cause of civil discontent, Hobbes was able to justify giving the state absolute power over public expression. This prevention was accomplished by the presumed fear of violent death if the law was violated. In a way, modern public opinion produces the same effect, a kind of civil death in which a reasonable position is simply said not to exist. If we do not allow anything but what the state or the culture permits, no matter what it is, we will end up with a “peaceful” society that has been intimidated and ridiculed into silence....

The lesson of Indiana’s RFRA controversy is that if anything, we have underestimated the commitment of the secular left to enforce fealty within a naked public square, where tolerance is no longer a virtue and the power of government must be used to stamp out dissent.

The End of Tolerance And Enforced Morality - The Federalist

...It’s instructive to observe George Stephanopoulos’s behavior on this topic, given his role as a very public shill for the Democratic Party. He’s not interested in having a debate on the subject or in acknowledging the importance of RFRAs – something he obviously did two decades ago while working for President Clinton. He’s interested in spouting aggressive talking points to frame Republicans as bigots for giving people the ability to defend their religious freedom in the courts. That’s the entire goal here: turn religious liberty into something that lives within the bounds of scare quotes.

And this goal is motivated not just by the political aims of the left, but by a broad rejection of tolerance as a virtue. It was all well and good when tolerance was about conservatives and religious types swallowing their objections and going along with things – but now that the left is being asked to do the same thing? Forget about it....

President Obama Must Not Complete a Disastrous Deal With Iran

Forget Churchill—Obama Isn't Measuring up to Neville Chamberlain - New York Observer Editorial

With the US on the brink of signing an agreement that will lift the crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for alleged guarantees that Iran will limit its nuclear ambitions to peaceful means, the Observer urges President Obama not to place his personal hunger for a legacy issue ahead of his most solemn duty – protecting America’s national security.

...The Iran deal is a march toward the nuclear abyss hand-in-hand with the world’s largest exporter of terrorism– the patron of Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthi militias in Yemen, Shiite militias in Iraq, and operatives killing Jews in Argentina. Regrettably, a naïve, petulant President Obama sees this as a crowning part of his legacy and nothing will stand in his way.

Until Mr. Obama released a 1987 classified report detailing Israel’s nuclear program, we believed that the president’s Iranian policy was motivated by a different vision of America’s interests in the Middle East. Admittedly, it is one that would be difficult to dissect, let alone to explain.

But Mr. Obama’s latest petulant act shows that this is not a president motivated by policy but by personal feelings. He sacrificed the security of our close ally and its seven million citizens because he felt slighted. How else does one explain that Israel’s nuclear program is made public while the report’s description of the programs of our NATO partners is redacted?

We might call for Mr. Obama to find his inner Churchill and walk away from this tragedy, but we would be happy if he would simply find the character of the “real” Neville Chamberlain, who when dealing from a position of America’s strength would never have signed a deal with the devil. Ultimately, this deal will come back to haunt Mr. Obama’s legacy far more than Munich haunted Chamberlain’s. KEEP READING

'Interesting That We've Extended Iran Negotiations to April Fools' Day





DRUDGE HEADLINES:
APRIL FOOLS: Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; Russia says 'key aspects' agreed...
Bibi Blasts Talks After Iranian General Says 'Israel's Destruction Is Non-Negotiable'...
'But Evidently Giving Iran's Murderous Regime a Clear Path to the Bomb Is Negotiable'...
Tehran refuses to give up enriched material...
Iranian plane buzzes Navy copter...
PAPER: Even Chamberlain would not make deal Obama eager to conclude...
REPORT: Obama Advisor Worked for Pro-Khamenei Lobbying Group...
Saudis Make Own Moves...
Yemen nears 'total collapse' as Mideast powers trade blame...

Obama’s Chicago Presidency



...Benjamin Netanyahu apparently bothered President Obama. What could that possibly entail, given the historic alliance between Israel and the United States? From the petty malice of Obama-administration aides leaking slurs that Netanyahu was a coward and chickens–t to the fundamental malevolence of community-organizing Netanyahu’s opponents in an effort to defeat him at the polls to leaking previously classified information about Israel’s nuclear deterrent, the message is again Chicagoan....

During the seven years when Obama faced election, reelection, and two midterm elections, he warned on over 20 occasions that it would be neither legal nor ethical to grant executive amnesties to illegal aliens. What was stunning about his refrain was the high-minded manner in which he disarmed his base by warning them that he could not act unconstitutionally. But once he faced no more referenda on his power, he cared little about polls that showed widespread disapproval of amnesty, and simply began issuing the sort of presidential fiats that he had correctly said he didn’t have the power to issue.

The Right was shocked by the brazen hypocrisy of Obama, who once warned the country of just the sort of renegade president that he proved to be. But that again misses the point. Obama was not embarrassed, but emboldened, by the disconnect, as if to say, “I not only bypassed Congress to issue amnesties, but also refuted my own warnings that to do so would be illegal. And so what are you going about it?” If the speeder goes through a red light with impunity right in front of a parked patrolman, what then do we think of the patrolman, the speeder — and the sanctity of traffic lights? ...

What then is the full Obama presidency? It is the quest for extralegal power not just by ignoring the law, tradition, or custom, but by doing so flagrantly and without concern, to the point of rendering critics impotent — and thereby accruing even more power to enrage and embarrass them. In similar circumstances, the Roman biographer Suetonius noted of the Twelve Caesars that the offense itself was not so much the point, but rather the demonstration of committing the offense with impunity and disdain.

Once that pen-and-phone threshold has been crossed, anything is possible — and even the critics of Obama now belatedly accept that. In brilliantly diabolical fashion, the president of the United States has all but ruined the Democratic party in Congress and the state legislatures, but has also confounded his Republican opponents by not caring a whit about his own nihilism — as if he is supposed to worry about ending the congressional careers of his supposed allies?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CNN’S FAR-LEFT MOVE COSTS MSNBC NEARLY HALF ITS AUDIENCE

CNN’s ratings for the first quarter of 2015 are out, and in the bitter fight for last place, CNN’s move to the far-left has resulted in CNN enjoying ratings gains apparently at MSNBC’s expense. Although both CNN and MSNBC are way behind Fox News in every metric, the two left-wing networks appear to be in a fight for the same pool of far-left viewers. - Breitbart

“No. I’m not running and I’m not going to run."







Obama administration refuses to negotiate openly w/ Iran because the deal is terrible and they know it.







Rand Paul to launch 2016 bid with rallies in Kentucky, early primary states

Tell ABC and Disney to CANCEL their TV sitcom about hateful anti-Christian gay activist bully Dan Savage









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Gallup shows 26 percent of blacks now identify as conservative





Reid to CNN on lying about Romney from the Senate floor: "He didn't win, did he?"







Confused About The Furor Over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law? Read These 9 Things





With the cacophonous debate on both sides of this issue, it’s hard to know what the heck is actually going on. So here are the nine things you need to know about Indiana’s new religious freedom law. - Casey Harper/Daily Caller

1. The law is based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which says that the government “may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” only “in the furtherance of a compelling government interest” and using “the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest.” The Indiana law is not specifically targeted at gay people and does not even mention sexuality, but gay rights advocates say the law’s language is ripe for abuse.

2. This law is not a get out of jail free card for “discriminators.” ...

3. In the approximately 20 years RFRA has been federal law, not a single person has successfully used RFRA to circumvent civil rights laws. Some people have tried and failed.

4. This law already exists in different forms at the federal level and in 19 states across the country. Those laws passed without nearly the same hullabaloo.

5. A large reason for the controversy now is that, as American Civil Liberties Union Director Jane Henegar puts it, many believe “the bill was introduced as a backlash reaction to achieving marriage equality for same-sex couples in Indiana.” The previous RFRA laws passed before gay marriage was such an issue....

6. Indiana’s RFRA law is different in one large way. The law has more explicit language that allows businesses or individuals to invoke RFRA in civil disputes. ...

7. Indiana does not have a law explicitly prohibiting discrimination against gay people. Many other states do.

8. This is a largely symbolic fight that will have little effect on gay discrimination cases in Indiana, of which there are few.

9. There is a growing list of companies, governments and celebrities vowing to boycott the state because of the law.... read the whole article at The Daily Caller





An amusing struggle as the press tries to explain why RFRA is different from all those other laws - HotAir
It took some prodding from conservative outlets, but the media has at long last begun to grudgingly admit that virtually identical laws are on the books in nearly two dozen other states and on the federal level, many bearing the signatures of Democrats. This has left liberal opponents sputtering and side stepping in their attempts to say, well yeah, but this is way worse because… Republicans!

...Hey! When we passed this thing you never said it was going to be used to protect Christians!!...



"This protest movement against Indiana’s Religious-Freedom Restoration Act has gotten completely out of hand. The outrage is based on lies, misinformation, and propaganda about things that are not even in the law." - Paula Bollard/PjMedia


The Wall That Heals visit to Eureka, CA


The Wall That Heals will be hosted by AMVETS Humboldt Bay Post 96 for 4 days of events and activities dedicated to honoring and remembering veterans. - Juniper Rose/Times-Standard

Alongside the more than 58,000 soldiers who died as a result of injuries suffered in the Vietnam War are the names of 58 Humboldt County residents etched on the half-sized replica wall that will be erected Wednesday.

For many, Wednesday through Sunday may be their only chance to see the names of loved ones or locals who died serving their county, said Allan Dollison, member of the local veterans group AMVETS Post 96, which is hosting the wall. It has been 30 years since a Vietnam War memorial replica has visited the county.

“We really needed to get this wall back here,” Dollison said. “We are losing Vietnam veterans. This will really likely be one of the last chances to bring the wall here while these veterans are able to be here.”

Bringing the wall to Humboldt County has been a group effort that has taken collaboration from many different individuals, businesses and groups, said Dean Glaser, a Vietnam War veteran and commander of AMVETS Post 96.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
9:00AM: TWTH is escorted to site from Redding Civic Auditorium

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
9:00AM: Volunteers set up TWTH

Thursday, April 2, 2015
10:00AM: Opening Ceremonies
All Day: TWTH open to the public

Friday, April 3, 2015
All Day: TWTH open to the public

Saturday, April 4, 2015
All Day: TWTH open to the public.

Sunday, April 5, 2015
12:00PM: Volunteers take down TWTH
- See more at: http://www.buildthecenter.vvmf.org/page/event/detail/thewallthathealsevent/jtj#sthash.38zDGW8b.fy3qx08y.dpuf

For more information visit: ◼ http://www.buildthecenter.vvmf.org/page/event/detail/thewallthathealsevent/jtj

Obama promised era of openness, but journalists say the opposite is happening




Monday, March 30, 2015

"I'll have what he's having"



The Article V Initiative: The way for the states to end Washington's spending


If you’re frustrated by the refusal of Congress to stop its fiscal insanity – and how could you not be? – it’s time to start realizing that the Constitution gives states and the people more power over Congress than most realize. And right now there is an effort called the Article V Initiative that would wield and deploy that power. - Herman Cain

This is not a constitutional convention, which would be for the purpose of writing an entirely new Constitution. It is solely for the purpose of voting to enact amendments. Once such a meeting of the states is called (and Congress cannot refuse if two-thirds of the states call for it), then any amendment would require a vote of three-fourths (38 total) of state legislatures for ratification.

I spoke this past weekend to the people leading the Article V initiative. They are determined to work with state legislatures to bring on board the 34 states that would call for this meeting of the states. KEEP READING

“Any crisis, real or invented, becomes a pretext to spend.”

JERRY BROWN’S DROUGHT BILL LEAVES FARMERS DRY, QUENCHES THIRST OF SPECIAL INTERESTS - Breitbart

"In the final analysis, a billion dollar drought bill leaves the famers with some chump change, while multiple special interest groups get their share of the pot."

One might think that not even a climate change devotee like Jerry Brown could justify spending two-thirds of a 1.1 $billion drought relief fund on flood control.

Yet, that is what the governor plans on doing, reported the Wall Street Journal. Climate change makes “extreme weather events” more probable Brown contends. “All of a sudden, when you’re all focused on drought, you can get massive storms that flood through these channels and overflow and cause havoc,” he explained last week to lawmakers from the Golden State.

This contorted logic, the Journal correctly points out, demonstrates that “any crisis, real or invented, becomes a pretext to spend.” However, it is more than just finding another reason to spend tax payer funds. It is deceptive to allocate money for the purpose of offering “direct relief to workers and communities most impacted by these historic dry conditions,” and then spend it on flood control....

Of the $1.1 billion Drought Relief funds, only $40 million of that would bring emergency drinking water and food assistance for those who need it the most. The measure would give $30 million to green businesses specializing in water-efficiency projects that reduce greenhouse gases.

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The Campus Left Begins to Implode

If you pay any attention to the ways in which radicalism dominates the culture of the university these days, you're likely to feel as though you've gone through the looking glass. "White privilege." "Trigger warnings." "Rape culture." All of this (and much else) has turned academia into a bizarre, Orwellian simulacrum of itself. - Weekly Standard

...we may be witnessing the first dawning realization on the left about the problems inherent in their movement. Allow me to present three pieces, each from a liberal looking at contemporary campus politics....
I used to endorse a particular brand of politics that is prevalent at McGill and in Montreal more widely. It is a fusion of a certain kind of anti-oppressive politics and a certain kind of radical leftist politics. This particular brand of politics begins with good intentions and noble causes, but metastasizes into a nightmare. . . .

There is something dark and vaguely cultish about this particular brand of politics. I've thought a lot about what exactly that is. I've pinned down four core features that make it so disturbing: dogmatism, groupthink, a crusader mentality, and anti-intellectualism. I'll go into detail about each one of these. The following is as much a confession as it is an admonishment. I will not mention a single sin that I have not been fully and damnably guilty of in my time.... KEEP READING

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