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Billy Hallowell writes at The Blaze:
A t-shirt business in Lexington, Kentucky, has drawn the ire of critics after refusing to print shirts for the city’s annual gay pride parade. The company, called Hands On Originals, told parade organizers that its Christian beliefs are the reason that it has declined the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington’s (GLSO) request.
In response, GLSO has filed a discrimination complaint with Lexington’s Human Rights Commission. The commission works on the local level to ensure that discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation and the like doesn’t take place in employment, housing and public accommodations.
In fact, the discrimination here is, once again, that of so-called "tolerant" homosexualists discriminating against the Creator's knowable and verifiable norms for human sexuality and family life.
In fact, the "gay" life is ugly, and so is the attempt of narrow-minded extremists to impose their private values upon the American public, including those living and raising families in Lexington, Kentucky.
A free people that recognizes unalienable rights derive from the self-same Creator who provides a liberating structure for family life also therefore resists the self-appointed authoritarian mindset of cookie-cutter diversity-despising same-sexists now attacking Hands On Originals.
In this struggle against ignorance and discrimination, may the God who gives the blessings of liberty bless the work and workers of Hands On Originals.
Ken Klukowski writes at Big Government:
On Day Two, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that Obamacare “changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in a very fundamental way.”
With those words, the individual mandate -- the centerpiece of Obamacare -- is likely doomed.
Right now, there isn't enough known about the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a black, by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old part-Hispanic, during his neighborhood watch tour in an Orlando, Fla., suburb.
If evidence emerges that Zimmerman's actions were not justified, he should be prosecuted and punished; however, there's a larger issue that few people understand or have the courage to acknowledge, namely that black and young has become synonymous with crime and, hence, suspicion. To make that connection does not make one a racist.
Attorney Craig Sonner said the public is only hearing part of the story, and when all the facts come out, it will be clear that Zimmerman acted in self defense.
A grand jury is scheduled to begin hearing the case April 10.
"George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head, he was attacked by Trayvon Martin on that evening," Sonner said.
"This was a case of self-defense."
The Washington Times reports:
Unaware that a microphone was recording him, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Monday for breathing room until after Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign to negotiate on missile defense.
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Medvedev at the end of their 90-minute meeting, apparently referring to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mr. Medvedev replied, “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you . . .”
“This is my last election,” Mr. Obama said. “After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Benny Johnson writes at The Blaze:
"At last weekend’s Left Forum 2012, the annual pep-rally for liberal thought, renown leftist professor and activist Frances Fox Piven shown some light onto the makeup of the current America Left."
According to Piven, it's all part of "transforming America and the world" (emphasis added). One might wonder if the Piven is writing Obama's speeches.
It seems "noisy NCOs are defying the chain of command" and the "brass isn't stopping them."
This . . . is . . . great . . . news.
Be sure to watch the embedded video.
Tom Gilson argues at the Huffington Post:
"The new atheists’ difficulty with valid, responsible reasoning is widespread and systemic. Far from being the defenders of reason, they are among the chief offenders against it. It’s time we called them on that."
This is consistent with a discussion I had last night with one of the parents of a student of ours at Rivendell Sanctuary: The secularist position does not have an intellectual leg to stand on, and it's high time those of us who truly are critical thinkers, willing to follow the evidence wherever it leads, said so.
Kathleen Gilbert reports at LifeSiteNews:
Christians opposed to the Obama administration’s mandate forcing all employers, including religious employers, to cover abortifacient drugs and contraception are planning to stage a nationwide demonstration on Friday -- one that organizers say has grown far beyond what they had anticipated.
Last week the New York Times ran a full-page ad headed, “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church.”
I decided to try an experiment, and submitted an ad soon afterward headed, “It’s Time to Quit Islam.”
We used the same language as the anti-Catholic ad.
The only difference was that ours was true and what we described about the mistreatment of women and non-Muslims under Islamic law was true.
The anti-Catholic ad, by contrast, was written by fallacious feminazis.
Nonetheless, in a craven capitulation to Shariah blasphemy laws, the Times rejected my ad.
Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com:
“If the government can just order you to buy something, and fine you if you don’t” -- the way the individual mandate of Obamacare requires every American to buy government-approved health insurance and fines them if they don’t comply -- “they can order you to do anything,” Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said during an appearance on C-SPAN’s “Newsmaker” on Sunday.
"Capitol One spokesman Alec Baldwin adds his voice to the political discourse this weekend," writes Erica Ritz at The Blaze.
Charles Krauthammer pumps Obama for reality-oriented coherence on gas and oil and finds green slime instead.
Nationally syndicated columnist Krauthammer writes:
An oil crisis looms, prices are spiking -- and our president is extolling algae. After Solyndra, Keystone and promises of seaweed in their gas tanks, Americans sense a president so ideologically antipathetic to fossil fuels -- which we possess in staggering abundance -- that he is utterly unserious about the real world of oil in which the rest of us live.
High gasoline prices are a major political problem for Obama. They are not just a pain at the pump, however. They are a constant reminder of three years of a rigid, fatuous, fantasy-driven energy policy that has rendered us scandalously dependent and excessively vulnerable.
Joshua Rhett Miller writes at Foxnews.com:
An American flag with President Obama's image in place of the stars flew over a Florida county's Democrat headquarters long enough to enrage local veterans who called the altered banner "a disgrace."
The altered flag is not just a disgrace, but a warning: It captures the spirit of the Obama administration, which seeks to replace the norms and content of the rules for freedom (see the Declaration and Constitution) with the rules for unfreedom (see Alinsky, Marx, and Jeremiah Wright).
Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:
The founder of the House Tea Party Caucus is warning that the Obama administration’s pro-contraception stance and disregard for religious liberty could lead it to restrict the number of children American women are allowed have.
Last Tuesday, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-MN, told GBTV’s “Real News From The Blaze” program she disagreed with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ argument that paying for contraceptives saves money by reducing health care costs -- and that her analysis sets a dangerous precedent.
“Going with that logic, it isn’t far fetched to think the president of the United States could say . . . we need to save health care expenses . . . [so] the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family. Or two babies to be born per family. That could happen.”
Martin Gould reports at Newsmax:
Tuesday’s two Deep South primaries -- seen by many as Newt Gingrich’s last chance -- are too close to call, according to an election-eve survey by Public Policy Polling.
“About all we know is that Ron Paul won't win any of these states on Tuesday . . . the other three candidates all have a shot in both of them,” the Democratic-leaning polling company’s president, Dean Debnam, said.
Karl Spence writes at American Thinker:
The hubbub over contraception has given liberal Democrats a new campaign theme: that Republicans are waging a "war on women."
In response, Republicans should point out the Democrats' complicity in a real war on women -- a war with real pain and blood, with bodies piled up by the thousands -- a war with no end in sight.
David Limbaugh asks: "How much truth is there in President Obama's latest favorite mantra that we consume a disproportionate share of the world's oil, especially considering how little of the world's reserves we have?"
Bill Bumpas writes at OneNewsNow:
The leader of a pro-family advocacy group says only time will tell whether JC Penney's decision to have a high-profile homosexual entertainer as its spokesperson was a good business decision. . . .
We have heard back from so many of our members," [Monica Cole of OneMillionMoms] shares. "We have heard back from men and women -- not just moms -- saying they will no longer shop there at JC Penney, as long as Ellen DeGeneres is their spokesperson."
"Meanwhile," Bumpas concludes, "the OMM director finds it interesting that Fitch Ratings, a global agency, recently downgraded JC Penney's credit rating to 'junk'."
A "junk" credit rating may be the perfect accompaniment to JC Penny's anti-family "junk" marriage ethics and "junk" corporate social reponsibility, given the company's embrace of an extremist such as Ellen Degeneres.
Bad morals always make for bad business, no matter how much money a corruptive company might take to the bank.
The Daily Caller reports:
President Barack Obama today declined to criticize his supporters’ sexually themed insults of female GOP politicians, including recent comments from comedian Bill Maher and a band called The Roots.
On the line today: 419 delegates, 10 states, 4 candidates.
If you’ll indulge me, I need to express this beyond my Twitter posts: I am proud of my brother, Rush, for his multiple sincere apologies to Sandra Fluke. I am not even slightly surprised that so many on the left refuse to accept his apology. . . .
What is a much bigger story is that the left’s primary interest here is not in protecting Fluke. . . . Liberals are attempting to exploit this as another opportunity to destroy Rush through a calculated, organized Saul Alinsky-type community-organizing campaign to pressure and intimidate his advertisers into discontinuing their sponsorship of his show.
I am watching them operate on Twitter and other social networks, and their viciousness is palpable. They didn’t want Rush’s apology, which they absolutely refuse to accept. They want his scalp. And they’ve wanted his scalp for years because he is the most effective and influential spokesman for the conservative cause.
What I am observing is the most radical display of hate and intolerance that I’ve witnessed in years. It does not surprise me, but it is ironic that the very people who masquerade as exemplars of tolerance, civility and compassion have no room in their hearts for forgiveness.
George Neumayr writes at American Spectator:
Babbling incessantly about a fictitious "war on women," Barack Obama and his band of hubristic hedonists play the victim even as they rape the freedom and conscience rights of the religious. Obamacare's decree that the religious pay for the promiscuity of their employees and students represents the greatest government-directed assault on religious liberty in the history of America.
The audacity of the president's secularist hope -- which is nothing more than a totalitarian power grab against the Catholic Church and other denominations -- is despicable. The GOP should apologize for nothing in this battle of the culture war and take the fight to him. Portray him every day as an enemy of religion and conscience rights. And do not surrender one inch to a mau-mauing media of anti-religious bigots who do his bidding day in and day out.
Far more troubling than Rush Limbaugh's comment about Sandra Fluke is the cowardice of country club Republicans who refuse to join the talk show host in denouncing Obama for his war on religion. If anybody deserves an apology from Rush, it is prostitutes. They pay for their birth control themselves, and, unlike Fluke, they don't demand that the clergy underwrite their carnal activities.
Mark J. Fitzgibbons writes at American Thinker:
Rick Santorum's speech to the Chattanooga Tea Party's Liberty Forum is uplifting and convincing that he is the constitutional conservative we need as President of the United States.
The speech is brilliant in its scope and sincerity. It shows that he has a clear grasp of the constitutional conservative movement. It shows that he is one of us.
Neither John McCain nor George W. Bush could have delivered such a speech. Ronald Reagan could have.
Santorum is convincing in showing that he understands the purpose of the Constitution, why it is an extension of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, and why following the Constitution is critical to restoring America's exceptionalism.
According to an analysis posted in February on a website linked to Iran’s government, the Islamic republic has plans to attack targets in both America and Israel, The Daily Caller has learned.
The analysis, posted in Persian on the Iranian website psyop.ir, is titled “From Mediterranean Sea to the Waters of America.” It ominously warns of an impending attack on American soil.
That website, which analyzes psychological warfare tactics employed by Iran’s so-called enemies, “America & Israel,” has close ties to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, the Islamic regime’s cyber army, and its Revolutionary Guard Corps -- the military force charged by Iran’s constitution with safeguarding the nation’s Islamic theocracy.
"With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart," writes Larry Solov at Big Journalism.