Friday, May 19, 2017

The only treason here is by the left, not Trump

In response to all the hoopla that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russia about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes, even Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who reportedly received this illicit information, mocked the accusation. 

Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Lavrov said he didn’t understand what the “secret” was since the US introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago.

Asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the reported intelligence-sharing, he said media have reported that “the secret” Trump told him was that “‘terrorists’ are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials.” 

Well, no kidding. Everyone knows that, don't they?

“As far as I can recall, Lavrov said, "maybe one month or two months before the Trump administration had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven Middle Eastern countries, it was connected directly with the terrorist threat. So, if you’re talking about that, I see no secret here.”

This hysteria over sharing supposed secrets is in addition to the DOJ’s appointment of former prosecutor Robert Mueller to lead the special inquiry into the Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia, which is also absurd. Maybe Russia did some email hacking to leak information about Hillary Clinton (that our own news media wouldn't report) and maybe that information swayed voters, who knows. But there isn't one shred of evidence that Donald Trump and his campaign were involved in that.

There was, however, substantial, staggering evidence of Hillary Clinton's treasonous corruption regarding her use of private email servers at the risk of national security. Now-fired FBI Director James Comey himself went into great detail about the extent of Hillary's wrongdoings - he just decided there was no need to prosecute her for reasons we can only guess at. And remember Barack Obama on a live mic whispering to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev about having "more flexibility" with Russia once the 2012 election was over? Did the left care about what that might have meant? But Trump - with zero evidence of anything illegal - already has a special prosecutor.

These false reports – and subsequent actions like special prosecutors -- are dividing our country like never before, they’re corrupting the minds of young people, and their purpose is clear and twofold: one, to undo the validly elected Trump presidency any way possible by those who simply cannot stand that an outsider like Trump bucked the system to become president, and, two, to silence the rest of us who helped make Trump president.

If anyone is guilty of treason – besides Hillary Clinton, of course – it is the Democrats' and mainstream media’s role in undermining our president by false means, putting this choke-hold on our country, and leading us down a path where every day American voices are no longer heard. Kind of like what you might see in North Korea today.

Worse, these antics are producing a citizenry that does not trust those who have been legitimately elected, politicians who would willingly destroy the belief in government to topple an opposition party, and a media that no longer reports news, but manufactures it.  

Add to this a population that is so increasingly uneducated and gullible and hysterical that they will believe anything the media says, and what we have when we put it all together is a formula for disaster.

Enough is enough.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Religious freedom: How reliant on government should we be?

Many conservatives are unhappy with President Donald Trump's recently signed “Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”, because they say it doesn't go far enough to address the real concerns about threats to religious liberty. 

But others are a bit more optimistic. For instance, Mike Berry, Senior Counsel and Director of Military Affairs, said it "is the best news we’ve received from the White House in eight years,” and President and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters Jerry Johnson said, “President Trump deserves praise for applying an emergency brake on the government’s movement toward coercion and discrimination.”

So what’s missing from the President’s order? Some say the president's order merely addresses the Johnson Amendment, which basically only pertains to churches' limitations on political involvement. But the concern is that, as bad as the Johnson Amendment has been, it has not been our biggest problem. 

In fact, there was an original draft of the religious liberties executive order leaked back in February that addressed much more of what many people are hoping for in terms of protecting religious freedom. According to Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson, the original draft, if adopted, “would have finally and fully protected Americans from having to violate their consciences under the Obamacare abortifacient and contraception mandate. It would have protected the ability of all Americans to buy health care that doesn’t cover or subsidize abortion. And it would have protected all Americans who believe that marriage is the union of husband and wife from federal government penalties or coercion.” 

Those are the greater issues, issues which affect the average citizen, yet they’re not specifically addressed in the president’s new order.

But there’s still something positive here. Simply put, Trump’s order is a whole lot better than Hillary Clinton would have done, and at the very least, it's encouraging to hear the President of the United States say, “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore. And we will never, ever stand for religious discrimination. Never, ever.”

He also stated, “Under my administration, free speech does not end at the steps of a cathedral or a synagogue or any other house of worship. We are giving our churches their voices back and we are giving them back in the highest form.”

Yes, the executive order is flawed, but it’s still positive that our president used his voice for this cause and displays the administration’s commitment to religious liberty in general.

But regardless of what President Trump does or does not do, the most important thing is that we remember our religious liberties come from God, not government, so we need to be careful about making government the sole decision maker on our religious freedoms. Yes we need the Constitutional protection of our liberties. Of course. But currently, the problem of intolerance toward religion in America is a cultural problem, not a political one, and the farther we get from God, the more reliant on government we will be for who decides how free we are, because it will largely come down to the personal opinion of the person in charge. Look at the attacks on liberty under Obama, for instance. For now, we may be safe with Trump, but if our liberties are left to the whim of an executive order, that is a concern that can't be overlooked. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pro-lifers care more about women than pro-choicers do

Following the Michigan Senate’s recent approval of a “Choose Life” license plate, an op-ed cartoon in one of the Sunday papers depicted pro-lifers rolling up their car windows to avoid impoverished children begging on the roadside. As usual, pro-lifers are portrayed as caring more about babies in the womb than about women or babies after they’re born.

Apparently there are some so fiercely committed to abortion that they cannot even bear the notion of encouraging the choice of life. But to accuse pro-lifers of not caring about women and children outside the womb as an argument against pro-life license plates (or pro-life initiatives in general) is a blatant lie that deserves exposure.

First, the “Choose Life” plates would actually help fund programs that assist women facing unplanned pregnancies, supplying them with food, housing, clothing, education, baby supplies, and the like. The plates are not about state-sponsorship of repealing abortion rights, as some opponents have also charged. They’re about letting private citizens publicly display their desire to change hearts, while supporting women facing unplanned pregnancies. Really, what is wrong with that?

Truth be told, since Roe. v. Wade, it is pro-lifers – not abortion supporters -- who have taken the lead in offering vital services to mothers and children in need. Countless volunteers do all they can to help these women, including driving them to doctor appointments, providing free ultrasounds, and helping them with housing, clothes, education, jobs and baby supplies.

This is done largely through approximately 4,000 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in our country -- at least 27 of which are in Southeast Michigan alone -- as well as local pro-life ministries like Abigayle House, Mary’s Mantle, and others across the country that exist solely to provide material and emotional support to pregnant women and mothers in need.

Also, let’s not forget the Catholic Church, perhaps the single most influential pro-life institution in the U.S., and one of -- if not the -- largest private donor of financial and other assistance to those in need, including pregnant women and single mothers. Add to this the many other Christian outreach services that commit time and private resources to helping women long after they give birth. Tell me one pro-abortion group that offers this kind of help to women interested in carrying out their pregnancies.

These pro-life resources are funded pretty much the old-fashioned way, too: through private donations. In contrast, the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, receives more than one million dollars a day from our government, while partnering with groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America to support legislation across the country – such as California’s recent Reproductive FACT Act -- that compels pro-life CPCs to speak the government’s approved message, not the pro-life message, and seeks to shut down CPCs altogether.

So who really cares about women here? If abortion supporters want to claim that title, then they need to start acknowledging the harmful effects of abortion. Instead, they ignore myriad studies that link abortion to increased cancer risk, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other maladies. They reject efforts to require abortion clinics to share this information with women, or to show women an ultrasound before an abortion so women can make a truly informed decision. Abortion supporters even reject legislation that would require abortion clinics to meet the same standards of cleanliness and licensing that your average hair salon must meet.

Moreover, while congressional Democrats decry the Trump Administration’s recent decision to eliminate funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), abortion advocates ignore the UNFPA’s complicit partnership in some of the most unspeakably brutal population control programs around the globe – euphemistically called “family planning” and “reproductive health” -- including China’s genocidal one-couple, one-child policy, in addition to abortion, forced sterilization and savage eugenics programs throughout the developing world. Almost exclusively, it is women and children who are the victims of this fanatical crusade against life.

But why deny these truths? It’s simple. Abortion is a big money maker. So with statistics showing that almost 80% of U.S. women who see their baby in an ultrasound decide against abortion, CPCs (who provide free ultrasounds) become a major threat to the abortion industry. And as public opinion on abortion continues to change thanks to ever-advancing medical technology, it’s become much harder to push a blatant pro-abortion agenda. Hence, the truth must be buried and false claims about pro-lifers must be perpetuated.

I applaud the Michigan Senate for approving the “Choose Life” plates and hope the House will follow suit. In fact, in this dark time we’re in, where the most simple “Choose Life” initiatives invite ridicule, and the ending of innocent life becomes profitable, isn’t now actually a really good time for us all to promote the God-given sanctity of human life that so many seek to destroy?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dove takes a dive into the absurd

Have you seen Dove's latest commercial? The really disturbing one promoting its new product line, Baby Dove? The one that features young women sharing their views of mothering? The one that shows a cross-dressing father trying to pass himself off as a "real mom" and who tells us that when it comes to mothering, “There’s no one right way to do it all"? Yeah, that's the one.

As an alert from One Million Moms reports, "The ad begins with the ironic words, “'Moms are redefining what it means to be a ‘good mom.’” And then while showcasing all kinds of 'mothers', a male grad student 'Shea' proclaims that he and his wife — who is the actual biological mom but never speaks during the commercial — are both 'moms' of their newborn son. The man in the ad is actually the baby's biological father dressed as one of the moms, saying he is the baby's mom.

First, what an incredible insult to actual women who long to have children, but for whatever reason, cannot or have not had children. Second, what an outrageous lie Dove is shoving in our faces. All the makeup, high heels and body-disfiguring surgeries in the world cannot and do not change a man's chromosome-based identity.

And what about this baby's father? He has essentially been abandoned by his dad, who believes a father is not important, and that two "moms" will be better for this child. How selfish and misguided a message Dove is sending.

While celebrating this man's own narcissistic and disordered desires, “Shea” (and Dove) ignores both the needs and future desires of his son who will indeed long for a father who rejoices in his role as a father. His son will long for a father who isn’t a public spectacle. And his son will need a father to be a role model for him, to show him the way to become a man and to teach him to love his own maleness. “Shea” will instead teach his son to be ashamed of and guilty about his own natural and proper feelings of sorrow for his missing father.

'Shea’s'delusional belief that he can be a woman and a mother suggests the absurd idea that belief can alter reality. The message of the ad is that good mothers are those who fully embrace their own selfish desires and their own internal sense of right, wrong, and reality. The ad does nothing to underscore the unchangeable reality that, at the very least, a 'good mother' requires that one be biologically female. The ad concludes with the audacious and ironic words: 'To #RealMoms everywhere.'"

How degrading to actual real moms everywhere. Shame on Dove for spreading such filthy lies that can only further damage our already suffering culture.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day doomsday predictions that never came to pass

The following article is from energy and science reporter, Andrew Follett, published by The Daily Caller (and sent to me by my favorite cousin:-). Being that today is Earth Day, I thought today would be the perfect day to share it. Yes, we should all respect the planet, e.g. don't litter, etc., but we should never allow ourselves to become hysterical about it like the alarmists are, and should never turn the planet into something to worship. In other words, let's keep things in perspective. Happy Earth Day!

From Andrew Follett:
Environmentalists truly believed and predicted during the first Earth Day in 1970 that the planet was doomed unless drastic actions were taken.

Humanity never quite got around to that drastic action, but environmentalists still recall the first Earth Day fondly and hold many of the predictions in high regard.

So this Earth Day, The Daily Caller News Foundation takes a look at predictions made by environmentalists around the original Earth Day in 1970 to see how they’ve held up.
Have any of these dire predictions come true? No, but that hasn’t stopped environmentalists from worrying.

1: “Civilization Will End Within 15 Or 30 Years”
Harvard biologist Dr. George Wald warned shortly before the first Earth Day in 1970 that civilization would soon end “unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” Three years before his projection, Wald was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Wald was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War and the nuclear arms race. He even flew to Moscow at one point to advise the leader of the Soviet Union on environmental policy.
Despite his assistance to a communist government, civilization still exists. The percentage of Americans who are concerned about environmental threats has fallen as civilization failed to end by environmental catastrophe.

2: “100-200 Million People Per Year Will Be Starving To Death During The Next Ten Years”
Stanford professor Dr. Paul Ehrlich declared in April 1970 that mass starvation was imminent. His dire predictions failed to materialize as the number of people living in poverty has significantly declined and the amount of food per person has steadily increased, despite population growth. The world’s Gross Domestic Product per person has immeasurably grown despite increases in population.

Ehrlich is largely responsible for this view, having co-published “The Population Bomb” with The Sierra Club in 1968. The book made a number of claims including that millions of humans would starve to death in the 1970s and 1980s, mass famines would sweep England leading to the country’s demise, and that ecological destruction would devastate the planet causing the collapse of civilization.

3: “Population Will Inevitably And Completely Outstrip Whatever Small Increases In Food Supplies We Make”
Paul Ehrlich also made the above claim in 1970, shortly before an agricultural revolution that caused the world’s food supply to rapidly increase.

Ehrlich has consistently failed to revise his predictions when confronted with the fact that they did not occur, stating in 2009 that “perhaps the most serious flaw in The Bomb was that it was much too optimistic about the future.”

4: “Demographers Agree Almost Unanimously … Thirty Years From Now, The Entire World … Will Be In Famine”
Environmentalists in 1970 truly believed in a scientific consensus predicting global famine due to population growth in the developing world, especially in India.

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions,” Peter Gunter, a professor at North Texas State University, said in a 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.”By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

India, where the famines were supposed to begin, recently became one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural products and food supply per person in the country has drastically increased in recent years. In fact, the number of people in every country listed by Gunter has risen dramatically since 1970.

5: “In A Decade, Urban Dwellers Will Have To Wear Gas Masks To Survive Air Pollution”
Life magazine stated in January 1970 that scientist had “solid experimental and theoretical evidence” to believe that “in a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching Earth by one half.”

Despite the prediction, air quality has been improving worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Air pollution has also sharply declined in industrialized countries. Carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas environmentalists are worried about today, is odorless, invisible and harmless to humans in normal amounts.

6: “Childbearing [Will Be] A Punishable Crime Against Society, Unless The Parents Hold A Government License”
David Brower, the first executive director of The Sierra Club made the above claim and went on to say that “[a]ll potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.” Brower was also essential in founding Friends of the Earth and the League Of Conservation Voters and much of the modern environmental movement.

Brower believed that most environmental problems were ultimately attributable to new technology that allowed humans to pass natural limits on population size. He famously stated before his death in 2000 that “all technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent” and repeatedly advocated for mandatory birth control.
Today, the only major government to ever get close to his vision has been China, which ended its one-child policy last October.

7: “By The Year 2000 … There Won’t Be Any More Crude Oil”
On Earth Day in 1970 ecologist Kenneth Watt famously predicted that the world would run out of oil saying, “You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’”

Numerous academics like Watt predicted that American oil production peaked in 1970 and would gradually decline, likely causing a global economic meltdown. However, the successful application of massive hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, caused American oil production to come roaring back and there is currently too much oil on the market.

American oil and natural gas reserves are at their highest levels since 1972 and American oil production in 2014 was 80 percent higher than in 2008 thanks to fracking.

Furthermore, the U.S. now controls the world’s largest untapped oil reserve, the Green River Formation in Colorado. This formation alone contains up to 3 trillion barrels of untapped oil shale, half of which may be recoverable. That’s five and a half times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia. This single geologic formation could contain more oil than the rest of the world’s proven reserves combined.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Why the silence on Christian genocide? No surprise here...

America's media tend to show outrage over a lot of things - like an airline passenger being hauled of a plane, or when Assad is accused of being worse than Hitler. The Islamic terror attack on the Brussels airport last year, killing more than 30 people, was covered by our media day and night, with footage from the blast shown over and over by the hour. And the Islamic terror attack in France, when a driver plowed his truck into hundreds of people in Nice, also received day and night coverage.

Yet, when forty-five Egyptian Christians were slaughtered by ISIS while attending church services on Palm Sunday recently, with scores of others wounded, there was barely a blip in our media. Some people may sk, how can this be? For the last decade, a Christian genocide has been taking place in the Middle East, representing one of the ugliest chapters in recent human history, yet the secular media are silent.

ISIS wants Christianity eradicated, and they want to convert all Muslims to their crusade. They want it to be a holy war. They want Christians gone. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of Christians being displaced, exiled, attacked, maimed, tortured, starved and killed. We’re talking about a crisis of epic proportions, yet the news coverage of this ongoing tragedy receives is negligible.

So why isn’t that narrative getting the attention it should get in the American media? Some say it’s because what happens in the Middle East is common, and therefore, simply doesn’t inspire interest in the American media as it does for events in more “westernized” regions like France or Brussels. But my guess as to why the American media don’t report on the atrocities occurring against Christians is simply because American media members are largely anti-Christian and anti-liberty. Period. They’re Marxists, as communistic as academia, and by extension, they’re walking right in line with today’s satanic – godless – globalist agenda. There’s not much more mystery to the media’s silence than that. But I'm interested in hearing if there are other reasons for their silence that perhaps I'm just not seeing...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Protecting goats good; babies bad


The saga of David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress continues to shed new light on the darkness of Planned Parenthood and its political accomplices. The filing of criminal charges in California on March 28 against Mr. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt opened a new window, revealing how tightly some politicians on the left are locked in the grip of Big Abortion.
The new Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, has received campaign funds from Planned Parenthood’s deep pockets and was publicly acclaimed by Planned Parenthood when he recently was appointed. In less than two months after taking office as the AG, he filed 15 felony counts against the individuals who exposed Planned Parenthood’s criminality.
Let's put this into perspective. Mr. Daleiden’s alleged “crime” is that he recorded abortionists discussing their activities without them knowing they were being recorded. Abortionists were recorded discussing the process of dismembering infants in the womb and then selling their body parts for a profit. If proven in court, that would be a federal felony under 42 U.S.C. § 289g-2.
Even if the California Attorney General could prove his case of improper recording against Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt, this would be a minor offense and dubious charge at worst. Under the laws of 38 other states, as well the federal government, it would not be a crime at all. Only in California and 11 other states do both parties to a conversation need to know the recording is occurring.

Even in California, this anti-recording law is honored in its breach. Journalists in California routinely conduct undercover video stings and do not get charged with a crime.
A well-known animal protection group called Mercy for Animals regularly sends undercover videographers, using aliases, to expose conduct of which it disapproves. In one of its many undercover videos, the group’s undercover videographer gained access to a goat slaughterhouse by posing as a prospective meat buyer. After the videotape was publicized, California law enforcement authorities prosecuted the goat slaughterer for animal cruelty, not the undercover reporter.
So what is the moral of the story? If you are an undercover reporter against goat slaughtering, you get applauded and not prosecuted. If you are an undercover reporter against slaughtering human children and the trafficking of their body parts, you get prosecuted while those slaughtering and trafficking do not.
Apparently in California, you only get prosecuted for undercover video stings if you hold views disfavored by the political elite, particularly when you embarrass the money-flush, politically powerful Goliath of abortion.
And that is why this most recent twist in the Daleiden saga is an eye-opener. It hearkens an idea, loosely paraphrased, attributed to our patron saint at the Thomas More Society: if you cut down the laws in order to destroy your political opponents, what remains to protect the culture left standing from unbridled political power? Perhaps Mr. Becerra should think about that.
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