Dr. Magid Rafizadeh tell his story at Frontpagemag.com and issues a "challenge to every Muslim."
Dr. Magid Rafizadeh tell his story at Frontpagemag.com and issues a "challenge to every Muslim."
Lisa Bourne reports at LifeSiteNews:
Over 1000 evangelical, pro-life and conservative leaders assembled for a closed-door meeting with Donald Trump Tuesday, ready to size up the presumptive GOP nominee and his commitment to issues of concern to faith-based voters.
Originally planned as a private gathering of 400 social conservatives, "A Conversation About America's Future with Donald Trump" was organized by the Christian groups United in Purpose and My Faith Votes.
Attendees of the invitation-only event were treated to a mixed bag of answers from Trump and came away with varied reactions.
The event drew some 50,000 questions for Trump on topics such as religious freedom, homosexuality, abortion and Supreme Court appointees, submitted to organizers in advance.
"Religious leaders heard responses to their liking from Trump in the areas of religious freedom and potential Supreme Court appointments, but some expressed concern afterwards that he didn't say enough on the life issue, and appeared to skirt other matters, including directly addressing threats to religious liberty via the advance of the gay rights agenda," LifeSiteNews reports.
"This is the beginning of the conversation. Not the end," Tony Perkins of the Farmily Research Council said, according to LifeSiteNews.
"Immediately after the meeting the Trump campaign announced a new evangelical executive advisory board, who will also lead a larger faith and cultural advisory committee, to be announced later in the month," LifeSiteNews reports.
"While it remains to be seen whether evangelicals and other Christians will get behind the Trump candidacy," LifeSiteNews concludes its report, "the consensus at the end of the day was that Christians must unite and mobilize to exercise their substantive voting bloc, and conversations between them and Trump would continue over the months leading up to the election."
"Teachers at a conference for U.K. girls' schools last week were instructed to call students 'pupils' instead of 'girls' so as to avoid offending the gender-confused," Mark Hodges reports at LifeSiteNews.
No word yet on whether U.K. mathematicians should tell students that 2 apples plus 2 apples equals 4 apples so as to avoid offending the math-confused.
There is word, however, that university physicists are instructing teachers not to tell students that "here" differs from "there" so as to avoid offending the spatially confused.
The stars curse, they rant, they rave -- in utter alienation from the real world. Chris Pandolfo has the story at CR.
From the NYPost:
Here's a painful truth: Nearly 15 years after 9/11, US counterterror efforts failed to thwart the Orlando attacker. As they failed to prevent San Bernardino, Calif., Garland, Texas. Boston. Fort Hood . . .
And yet, in every one of those cases, the feds had their chance. Is something hobbling federal counterterror efforts?
Chris Pandolfo writes at CR:
Thursday on The Sean Hannity Show, Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz appeared as a guest to discuss the Obama administration's reckless refugee resettlement policy.
Horowitz discussed the Obama administration's self-described "condensing" of the refugee vetting process -- a shortening of the time it takes to vet the refugees with the end goal of accepting as many refugees as possible.
Not only is the vetting process not working properly, but there are Obama administration officials with ties to groups like the Muslim Brotherhood overseeing the process.
"We are allowing the terrorist sympathizers and supporters, the foxes to guard the hen-house," CR quotes Horowitz saying on the Hannity show. .
"Further, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president Hillary Clinton has accepted over $20 million in donations from Saudi Arabia, a regime that abuses women and kills homosexuals," Pandolfo writes.
How does all of this impact Americans? "The ruling class has conflicts of interest in our national security policy, and they are making Americans less safe," Pandolfo concludes.
Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag:
There is a direct line between Omar's Muslim privilege and the Pulse massacre.
Omar Mateen's Muslim privilege protected him from consequences. While the media studiously paints the image of a beleaguered population of American Muslims suffering the stigma of constant suspicion, Omar's Muslim background actually served as a shield and excused behavior that would have been unacceptable for anyone else.
Omar Mateen's Muslim privilege shielded him until he was actually murdering non-Muslims.
And Omar's case is not unique. The Fort Hood killer, Nidal Hasan, handed out business cards announcing that he was a Jihadist. He delivered a presentation justifying suicide bombings, but no action was taken.
Like Omar, the FBI was aware of Hasan. It knew that he was talking to Al Qaeda bigwig Anwar Al-Awlaki, yet nothing was done. Instead of worrying about his future victims, the FBI was concerned that investigating him and interviewing him would "harm Hasan's career."
And we might note, Mr. Obama, that "Omar wasn’t radicalized by the 'internet'," Greenfield continues.
Rather, "he got his ideas from Islamic clerics who got their ideas from Islam. He was 'radicalized' by the holiest texts of Islam. Just like every other Muslim terrorist. His actions weren't "senseless" or "nihilistic," he was acting out the Muslim privilege of a bigoted ideology."
Tre Goins-Phillips reports at The Blaze:
Imam Abu Taubah, whose real name is Marcus Robertson, believes "some journalists need to be beheaded," a bold statement he insisted was said "facetiously."
Speaking Tuesday with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren about the deadly Orlando terrorist attack, which he condemned, Taubah suggested the fact that radical Islamists behead American reporters, like James Foley, is not the U.S.'s business.
"I believe some journalists need to be beheaded," he said, "but I wouldn’t have done that."
"Don’t we have our own problems here?" he asked. "Is it our business?"
"He told Van Susteren he does not believe the U.S. should do anything about the fact that radicals in the Middle East are beheading people, to include Americans," the Blaze reports.
As noted by the ever-subtle wallflower and radio/TV talk show host Mark Levin, here.
Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), issued a rare audio message back on January 21 in which he flatly stated his group's intention to march on Baghdad and move into "direct confrontation" with the United States.
"Our last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day," Baghdadi said.
Allum Bokhari writes at Breitbart:
Earlier this week, we reported on accusations that Google is in cahoots with the Clinton campaign.
Now, an explosive video from SourceFed claims that the company -- which holds a virtual monopoly on search -- is actively altering search recommendations in favour of the presumptive Democratic nominee.
In this video, Matt Lieberman of SourceFed presents evidence (and answers objections) supporting the finding that "Google is burying potential searches for terms that could have hurt Hillary Clinton in the primary elections over the past several months by manipulating recommendations on their site."
The video notes a "stunning number of links" between Google and the Clinton campaign and states that these links "all stem" from "one particular person."
That person, Lieberman explains, is "Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, Inc."
Schmidt is "also the former head of Google" and a "major funder of The Groundwork . . . ," which is an "investment by Schmidt to ensure that Hillary Clinton has the technological and engineering prowess to win the election," Lieberman states.
In addition, the Clinton campaign's "chief technology officer" is Stephanie Hannon, who is a "former Google executive."
These connections, Lieberman continues, "showcase a man who has a clear and invested interest in how our country is run and is actively funding one candidate to run it while the company he advises is warping search results in her favor.
Does this warping, this manipulation make any real difference in election outcomes?
"In fact, it really, really does," states Lieberman, citing the research of Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (based in Vista, California).
With reference to what is termed "voter manipulation power," Epstein is quoted as saying that "Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections."
"What we have discovered about Google's potential actions is shocking and deeply disturbing," Lieberman concludes. "I no longer have the trust that I once did in the company at large and what they are meant to represent."
Go here to watch Matt Lieberman of SourceFed make the case that Google has been "actively altering search recommendations in favor of Hillary Clinton's campaign."
Michael Chapman at CNSNews.com reports on Graham's remarks:
"Who does President Barack Obama think he is? The sultan of Washington?" said Rev. Graham on a May 13 post on Facebook.
"Does he think he can just make a 'decree' and we will bow down and simply obey?" said Rev. Graham, the son of pastor Billy Graham.
“The decree he released . . . says that all schools across the country have to allow students to choose the restrooms and locker rooms according to 'their internal sense of gender,'" explained the evangelist. “If schools don’t comply, he threatens loss of funding and lawsuits from the federal government."
"What about the privacy and protection of all the other students?" Graham asked. "Isn't this discrimination against all of them? This opens up bathrooms to sexual predators and perverts. A decree does not carry the force of law -- that's the job of Congress."
Said Graham: "I hope that school districts across this nation will defy President Obama and his administration's radical progressive agenda to promote and advance the sin of homosexuality and the LGBT agenda."
"Students as young as five years old -- kindergartners -- are going to be taught about the ins and outs of 'transgenderism' in all public schools in Washington, beginning in the fall 2017 semester," Cheryl Chumley reports at WND.
In fact, no child of any age should be subjected to extremist "transgender" propaganda.
But if parents really want to protect their children from systematic fanaticism now, and if they want protect their nation from the enslaving impact of systematic fanaticism after their children have been thoroughly indoctrinated and radicalized, they would do well to insist upon parental responsibility and authority over the education of those who, after all, are in fact their children.
And that needs to happen now, if not yesterday. Forever end the monopoly and the failure of state control over education.
"Donald Trump has made his first endorsement since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, backing Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina congresswoman who led a revolt to scuttle the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2015," Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.
"Ellmers is facing a tough primary challenge from fellow incumbent Rep. George Holding and numerous other pro-life conservatives [today]," Johnson writes.
In a robocall Trump reportedly states: "Boy is she a fighter . . . . I need her help in Washington so we can work together to defeat ISIS, secure our border, and bring back jobs and frankly so many other things. And Renee knows how to do it. She gets it."
Trump's endorsement of Elmers is "just another disappointment from Mr. Trump and his campaign," states president of Students for Life of America Kristan Hawkins, LifeSite reports. "Either his endorsement shows a lack of understanding of our human rights movement or a lack of caring."
At History.com, this on D-Day, June 6, 1944:
During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany's control.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region.
The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target.
By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
In his speech to the Allied troops of D-Day, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower beseeched the "blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."
Eisenhower's prayer (and not today's fanatical ACLU-type imposed secularism) reflects the mainstream of the American ethos, which as the Declaration makes so clear, is rooted in the Creator as the source of unalienable human rights, which the progressive Nazi ideology and regime had no basis whatsoever for affirming.
On the 40th anniversary of D-Day, as shown in this video, President Ronald Reagan spoke at Pointe du Hoc, where "here in Normandy, the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history."
This rare color video captures events from D-Day to the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
What were the German people told about D-Day? Here is a German newsreel on the events of June 6, 1944: "The enemy encounter strong resistance and suffer heavy casualties."
Lloyd Marcus writes at American Thinker:
Black pop icon Snoop Dogg's comments about the remake of the Roots TV series, in essence, is what I have been preaching to fellow blacks for decades (without his profanity).
Snoop said, "I'm sick of this s---. They are going to just keep beating that s--- into our heads about how they did us, huh?" Snoop spoke against new shows and movies such as 12 Years a Slave which "keep showing the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago."
Snoop said, "I ain't watching that s---, and I advise you motherf---ers as real n------ like myself; f--- them television shows." Snoop continued, "Let's create our own s--- based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what's real. F--- that old s---."
Click here to read the rest of "Roots Remake: Snoop Dog Got It Right," by Lloyd Marcus.
Chuck Ross reports at the Daily Caller:
In addition to being an accused child sex trafficker, Black Lives Matter activist Charles Wade is a financial "scammer," says a lawyer for a St. Louis real estate developer who lost more than $10,000 after Wade skipped town last year without paying rent.
By some estimates, Wade, a former stylist for Beyonce Knowles' sister Solange, took in hundreds of thousands of dollars in online donations for a group called Operation Help or Hush (OHOH) that he co-founded in the wake of the Aug. 9, 2014, police shooting of Michael Brown. The group's stated mission was to provide temporary housing for protesters in the St. Louis area.
"Wade, 33, drew national attention earlier this month after The Daily Caller reported that he was arrested on April 25 on sex trafficking charges," Ross reports. "Police in College Park, Md. say that Wade pimped out a 17-year-old girl using the website backpage.com. She told police that she gave Wade all of the money she was paid to have sex and that Wade knew she was only 17."
Shapiro writes at Conservative Review:
Last week, California State University, Los Angeles held a "healing space" event to provide a safe forum for students and professors to unleash their feelings about my campus speech in February, sponsored by the Young America's Foundation. That speech, you may recall, was originally canceled by university President William Covino.
After I decided to go to the campus anyway, hundreds of screaming students blocked doorways, assaulted prospective speechgoers and pulled the fire alarm mid-speech. Professors egged on the protesters; one even threatened student organizers. I was forced to enter through a back door and exit surrounded by a full phalanx of armed and uniformed officers, thanks to the near-riotous conditions outside. . . .
"The campus left, enthused by Sen. Bernie Sanders and sought by Hillary Clinton, calls anyone who disagrees a 'neo-KKK member'," Shapiro explains.
"The KKK, meanwhile, calls anyone who won't support Donald Trump a 'cuck.' This is what happens when basic American principles are no longer taught; this is what happens when grievance politics replace the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
"Speaking in favor of free speech makes you a pariah for those who would control speech in order to build their utopia.
"So, what about those of us who despise both the KKK and the Black Lives Matter movement?" Shapiro asks. "What about those of us who think that white nationalism is despicable, and that the censorious brutality of the 'diversity' clique is gross?
"We've got a long road ahead of us," Shapiro concludes. "We'll have to teach a new generation, from scratch, that freedom and liberty still matter, regardless of race. We'll have to attempt to restore the notion of a social fabric, rather than the tribalism that now dominates the conversation. We'll have to stand tall against authoritarianism from both sides."
Between Friday afternoon and Monday evening, at least 63 people were shot in Chicago, five of them killed, including a 15-year-old girl, the city's NBC-5 television station reported.
Over the same period last year, Chicago recorded 48 shootings, 14 of them fatal; and there were 26 shootings (7 murders) over Memorial Day weekend 2014.
"In the first five months of 2016, at least 1,400 people have been shot in Chicago, according to the The Chicago Tribune tally," CNSNews reports.
Daniel Greenfield writes at Frongpagemag:
We live today in an America in which the butchers of the Jihad in Guantanamo Bay receive better medical care than veterans waiting endlessly at the VA. While Obama cut off hot meals for Marines in Afghanistan, Islamic terrorists in Guantanamo Bay were enjoying lemon baked fish, honey glazed chicken, lyonaise rice, tandouri chicken breast, okra, hummus, dates, honey and seasoned lentils.
While veterans died at the VA, the men they had fought and helped capture were gifted with a $750,000 soccer field. This treatment is an obscene echo of the days of segregation when German POWs were allowed to sit inside at eateries while the African-American soldiers who guarded them had to wait outside. This segregation no longer occurs by race, but by patriotism and creed.
Obama denies that Islamic terrorism exists and suppresses any training materials about the role of Islam in Islamic terrorism while his administration warns of domestic terror threats from veterans. Muslim migrants from Syria receive lavish social benefits while health care for veterans is slashed. The Muslim migrants, many of whom support Islamic terrorists, benefit from job programs while veterans head for the unemployment line. This hatefully discriminatory attitude has become pervasive on the left.
What's going on? "We are in the midst of a quiet civil war and our veterans have become its first casualties," Greenfield explains.
"The heroes of today’s ruling class are racist rabble-rousers who tear down the flag for which so many of our soldiers died and replace it with their own militant banners of identity politics. The privileged leftist activists who once chanted 'Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, the NFL is gonna win,' who even attempted to murder soldiers to aid the enemy, are in charge of the country, while Vietnam veterans sleep on the streets and groan in prisons."
Greenfield concludes: "Obama’s disrespect for veterans and the military is only a symptom of a deeper rot. Once again a civil war is underway between those of us who love this Union and those who seek to divide it. It is a conflict fought with words and laws, rather than bullets, but it has its casualties who are all around us. It is not only the veterans who have died at the VA who are its victims, but those who have long slept under green grass and gray stone, whose graves wait to be decorated, whose courage waits to be remembered and whose cause waits to be fought once again."
Nancy writes at Uncommon Descent:
The public has responded swiftly and strongly against the Obama administration’s demand that public schools admit transgender students into the showers, locker rooms, and sports teams of their choice. But to be successful, the response must also be informed. Where did transgender ideology come from, and how can we respond more effectively?
The answer may surprise you. If we dig deeply, we discover that the turning point, historically, was Darwin’s theory of evolution. It had a lasting impact in at least three ways.
Matter Does Not Matter
Let’s tease out its impact through the language of the transgender movement. California set the tone in 2007 when it changed its education code to define gender as “a person’s gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”
What’s the key word here? “Assigned.” As though a person’s sex at birth were purely arbitrary instead of a scientific, biological fact.
What such language implies is that biological facts do not matter. The law is being used to impose a worldview that denigrates the physical body as inconsequential, insignificant, and irrelevant to gender identity. It is a worldview that alienates people from their own bodies. As Anglican theologian Oliver O’Donovan writes, transgender ideology implies that “the body is an accident that has befallen the real me; the real me has a true sex” apart from my body.
Where did such a negative view of the body come from? From Darwin’s rejection of purpose and design in nature. Both classical Greek and Christian philosophy regarded the natural world as teleological – from the Greek telos, meaning purpose or goal. It is evident that eyes are for seeing and ears for hearing; fins are for swimming and wings for flying. The only reason molecules are arranged in those particular configurations is to achieve a purpose.
Because the human body is part of nature, it too was recognized as having a purpose. The sexual differentiation of male and female was not some cosmic accident. It showed that the human body is oriented toward opposite-sex pair-bonding for emotional attachment and procreation. Teleology is the basis for naturallaw ethics: It tells us how to fulfill our true nature, how to become fully human.
Darwin did not deny that nature appears to be designed for a purpose. But he wanted to reduce that appearance to an illusion, the result of a purposeless material process. The two elements of his theory, random variations sifted by the blind automatic forces of natural selection, were proposed expressly to eliminate plan or purpose.
As historian Jacques Barzun writes, “This denial of purpose is Darwin’s distinctive contention.”
The implication of the Darwinian worldview is that the biological differentiation of male and female is a cosmic accident. The body was reduced to raw material that can be manipulated and controlled to serve human needs and preferences – like any other natural resource. Gender identity is strictly in the mind, even to the point of overriding biological identity. Matter does not matter.
This was “Darwin’s dangerous idea,” says philosopher Daniel Dennett in a book by that title. He describes Darwinism as a “universal acid; it eats through just about every traditional concept and leaves in its wake a revolutionized world-view.”
Read all of Nancy's article.
Brent Sher reports at the Free Beacon:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.), who is under federal investigation for a $120,000 contribution his campaign took from a Chinese billionaire, has a two-decades-long history of controversial dealings with China.
McAuliffe, who rolled his large network of wealthy businessmen and prolific fundraising ability into a political career for himself, has been criticized for doing inappropriate business with the Chinese since the early days of his career when he was fundraising for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns.
McAuliffe’s work with China has even been investigated by the Department of Justice before.
"McAuliffe did not respond to a request for comment," the Free Beacon reports.
"A Virginia school board unanimously approved an ordinance on Friday resisting the Obama administration's transgender bathroom edict and requiring students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their biological sex," Claire Chretien reports at LifeSiteNews.
"The ordinance, which immediately took effect, allows public school students in Grayson County, Virginia, to request to use a single-stall facility but prevents them from accessing facilities that don't correspond with their biological sex," LifeSite reports.
Katie Kieffer writes at Townhall:
Your home or apartment -- and the neighborhood in which you live-- is under siege.
"Agents" -- sans black glasses and black business suits -- who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" (AFFH) that rejects your Fourth Amendment private property rights under the guise of fighting "discrimination."
Watch on Youtube the ad exposing the real-world consequences of Target's extremist, unsafe bathroom and dressing room policy.
Lean more at FlushTarget.com.
See also the American Family Association and its stand for the safety of women and chidlren -- and its stand against Target's socially irresponsible policy -- which absolutely opens wide the door "allowing sexual predators . . . access to their victims."
"Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the [Obama] order lacks not just the force of law, but any constitutional standing or common sense," LifeSiteNews reports.
"In his own letter to state educational leaders, Landry said he wrote 'to reassure' them that he 'will vigorously defend the state and its citizens from unlawful action threatened on the basis of this incorrect interpretation of law'," LifeSite reports.
"Let me be perfectly clear," Landry states in his letter, "President Obama and his appointees do not have legal authority to require our children share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the oppositive sex."
Louisiana thus "joins the growing list of states that told the Obama administration its transgender guidelines are dead on arrival and will not be implemented in the remaining months of his lame duck presidency," LifeSiteNews states.
Ildefonso Ortiz reports at Breitbart:
The murder of yet another journalist in Mexico continues to make that country one of the deadliest places for the reporters. Unlike other countries, in Mexico, journalists are often targeted not only by criminal organizations, but also by corrupt government officials.
On Saturday, unknown gunmen shot and killed Manuel Torres in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico's Proceso reported. The slain reporter had been in the business for more than 20 years having worked at Mexico's TV Azteca, Radiover.com, as well as the daily newspaper Noreste. According to Reporters Without Borders, Torres covered court cases, police news and cartel violence. He also edited his own news website, Noticiasmt, and worked for the Poza Rica city hall.
"Torres is the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year," Breitbart reports.
A homosexual Texas "pastor" who "sued Whole Foods after he bought a cake that he alleged had a slur written on it in icing has dropped his lawsuit against the grocer," the AP reports.
"Jordan Brown of Austin dropped the suit and issued an apology on Monday. Brown said he was 'wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story'," according to AP.
"Whole Foods vigorously denied the allegation when Brown first came forward in April. The Austin American Statesman reports the company released surveillance video that it said showed Brown was lying and filed a counter suit against him," AP reports.
Whole Foods "said in a statement Monday that given Brown's apology and public admission his story was false, it sees 'no reason' to move forward with its lawsuit," according to AP.
By the way, in this email to Whole Foods, Brown apologizes for just about everything except lying. Nowhere does he admit straight up that he lied and that he apologizes for lying.
Patrick Goodenough reports at CNSNews.com:
Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister hailed by engagement advocates as personifying a supposed "moderate" element in Tehran, has expressed his condolences over the death of a top Hezbollah terrorist linked to the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut and the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Haririi.
"Zarif sent a weekend message to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, expressing sorrow at the death of Mustafa Badreddine, saying his "martyrdom" would further strengthen "resistance" forces against the Zionist enemy and terrorism, according to Hezbollah and Iranian state media accounts," Goodenough writes.
"Zarif, who has met with Secretary of State John Kerry on numerous occasions during and since marathon negotiations on a nuclear deal, described the dead terrorist as 'all passion and devotion' in defending the ideals of Islam and the Lebanese people," according to Goodenough.
Many people today believe that Christians have a "blind faith"” that's based on feelings and not facts. But Nancy Pearcey returns to Family Talk to continue her explanation of how Christianity is the only worldview that is consistently logical. She also shows how no other worldview answers the questions that matter the most. Don't miss this powerful conclusion here on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.
Here are the first few paragraphs:
It's not every day that an avowed atheist and devout hymn writer agree.
First, from famed atheist Richard Dawkins: "Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."
Second, these words from the composer of a beloved hymn: "You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart." Pastor and musician Alfred Ackley wrote the hymn "He Lives" when challenged by the question "Why should I worship a dead Jew?" His answer is that Jesus is not dead but is the resurrected Messiah. How does Ackley know? "He lives within my heart."
What Dawkins condemns, Ackley approves. But note: both atheist and hymnist declare that "faith" is a matter of internal realities.
In contrast to this internalized definition of faith is the liberating call to "test everything" that infuses the Christian worldview and animates Finding Truth. In this vibrant mind-set, people are expected to think for themselves, question authority, examine evidence, and push for answers that make sense of our world.
I enjoyed this relaxed, insightful interview between these two friends -- one in politics, the other in radio. Listen here.
"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now the leading candidate to be tapped by Donald Trump as his running mate, a close confidante of Trump tells Newsmax," John Gizz of Newsmax reports.
Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:
The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders -- men who think they are women and women who think they are men -- above the privacy rights of the vast majority of people who don't contest the biological facts of who they actually are.
"The battle over men accessing women's bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week," Claire Chretien writes at LifeSiteNews.
"It has everything to do with re-working society and getting rid of the 'heterobinary structure' in which we live -- eliminating distinctions between 'male' and 'female' altogether."
Or as a surgically altered extremist called Riki Wilchins puts it, "What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity . . . , but the entire underlying hetero-binary structuring of the world queers must inhabit."
Go here to read "Bathrooms Are Just the Beginning," by Claire Chretien.
John Podhoretz writes at the NYPost:
In an astounding New York Times piece by David Samuels, senior White House officials gleefully confess they use friendly reporters and nonprofits as public relations tools in the selling of President Obama's foreign policy -- and can do it almost at will because these tools are ignorant, will believe what they’re told, will essentially take dictation and are happy to be used just to get the information necessary for a tweet or two.
The White House's "greatest triumph, according to Samuels, was selling a misleading narrative about the nuclear deal with Iran -- the parameters of which were set a year before the administration claimed and which had nothing to do with the fact that a supposedly more accommodating government had risen to power," Podhoretz states.
Patrick Howley reports at Breitbart:
House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin primary opponent Paul Nehlen is out with his first potential viral video ad of the 2016 election cycle.
Nehlen is a water filtration company executive in Wisconsin who calls himself a tea party sympathizer. He is challenging Ryan in the First Congressional District, prioritizing three key issues: government spending, mass immigration, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"Nehlen can gain traction on those issues because of Ryan's decisions since he's been at the top of House leadership, responsible in part for crafting a national bipartisan agenda with the Democratic-controlled White House," Howley writes.
Watch Nehlen's motorcycle ad here.
Walt Heyer writes at Public Discourse:
Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a history lesson.
I know, because I suffered through "sex change" surgery and lived as a woman for eight years.
The surgery fixed nothing -- it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems.
Come to think of it, Target could benefit mightily from this history lesson on "sex change" surgery, as well.
Read the entire article by Walt Heyer.
Jeva Lange writes at The Week:
Hold on to your tinfoil hats -- Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz's father of possibly having a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The comment was made during Trump's phone-in to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, when the Republican frontrunner was asked about Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, who has been actively imploring evangelical voters to support his son.
"You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they're backing me more so than they're backing Cruz, and I'm winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump ranted.
"Then things get weird," Lange writes.
"Trump goes on to claim that Rafael Cruz is an unidentified man in an August 1963 photograph with JFK-assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, where the pair is seen handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans," Lange recounts.
"However, the theory that the mystery man in the photograph is Rafael Cruz was first floated by the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, and has since been dismissed as 'another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage' by Cruz's campaign," Lange writes.
"Experts on the JFK assassination also agree there is no evidence at all to corroborate Rafael Cruz's affiliation with Oswald in any way," Lange notes.
"Not everyone is convinced, apparently," Lange writes.
"Nobody talks about it . . . What [Rafael Castro] was doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death -- before the shooting. It's horrible," Trump said, according to Lange.
The story concludes with video from Fox and Friends; Trump makes his assassination comments around the 5:10 mark.
Ted Cruz says, "I don't know John Boehner, " and "He and I have never worked together."
By "don't know," Cruz does not mean never having met Boehner. Rather, as Cruz said to Meygan Kelly, "I've probably met him 2,3,4 times in my life. I'd be surprized if we said 50 words to each other. And everything we've ever said has been empty pleasantries like 'Good to see you, Mr. Speaker'."
Here Cruz is drawing a reasonable distinction between knowledge of a person that is infrequent and very casual in nature, and knowledge of a person that is beyond causal and not infrequent. A possible example of the deeper knowledge could be Boehner's (as he claims) being a golfing and "texting buddy" of Donald Trump. Most of us would agree that there are very differnent levels of knowing people -- such that one would not say of a person infrequently related to that you in fact "know" that person. This, clearly, is what Cruz is asserting. To meet does not equal to know.
To counter this, political opponents have noted that John Boehner claims that Cruz was once Boehner's lawyer. Cruz says, Boehner and I "have not worked together" and yet Boehner says: "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney." Boehner said this to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show in January 2014, according to the WPost.
According to some political observers, Boehner's assertion is supposed to help nail Cruz as a liar.
A couple of points here. I would suppose that very many of us have hired out lawyers for professional services. In certain circumstances we could therefore say truly: "I have met the said lawyer." And yet we could also say we do not really know the lawyer in any kind of depth. We could honestly say this about any number of other people we might have hired for professional services.
Secondly, the natural inference from hearing a statement like "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney" is that Boenher and Cruz worked together directly and therefore had direct knowledge of each other in this context.
It turns out however, that Cruz may not at all have been Boehner's attorney in this manner. Instead, Cruz is on record as being part of a legal team, in which younger Cruz was a "junior associate," and his "involvement ... didn’t extend beyond assisting with briefs and attending meetings with Boehner’s staff" -- that is, not with Boehner. This is according to a Cruz Campaign statement quoted in the Daily Mail.
According to the Cruz campaign, Cruz "doesn’t remember even meeting Boehner" when the Texas senator was supposedly the Speaker's lawyer. "Much less" does Cruz recall "ever having had a substantive conversation with him."
As I read and analyze the record, Cruz seems to have acquitted himself both honestly and well. If anyone might have left the wrong impression, that person may be John Boehner, whose statement, "Ted Cruz used to be my attorney" seems to rather overstate what in fact was the case.
For more from Ted Cruz on this, see this Press Conference video from Cruz in Indiana, uploaded on Youtube April 28 (he begins addressing specifically Boehner's comments at the 13:15 mark).
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is giving Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) boost in his push to stop Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.
Pence will endorse Cruz on Friday afternoon, for the state's primary Tuesday. That's according to a Republican official with direct knowledge of the endorsement who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to share the news before the announcement.
Thus the D.C. Establishment hates Cruz but is "texting buddies" with Trump.
Of the two GOP presidential hopefuls, therefore, which one is more likely to smite the heart of darkness on Capitol Hill?
The possibility of Donald Trump reaching the "magic number of 1,237 and win the nomination without a contested convention all comes down to next week's primary in Indiana and the big California primary on June 7," Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review.
"If Cruz wins Indiana next week, he will be well on his way to blocking the path for Trump to clinch the nomination outright."
Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews:
At hundreds of rallies this weekend, speakers called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the exoneration of David Daleiden.
But at a protest in Sacramento on Saturday, Daleiden himself took the microphone and revealed new details of his court case, his goal, and the day that California agents raided his Orange County apartment to confiscate all his undercover footage of Planned Parenthood, including scenes that had never seen the light of day.
The 27-year-old investigator said the day that California Attorney General Kamala Harris sent agents to his doorstep "started out a day like any other . . . except like it was 1984."
The following article by sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas (Austin) appears at LifeSiteNews:
A new study of 6-to-17-year-old children of female same-sex households has been rushed to publication and is now making the rounds at the typical outlets, which are proclaiming that now the social science here is truly, genuinely, totally, finally settled.
The problem is that the study doesn't really accomplish anything near what its adoring fans claim it does. In fact, it all but undermines their wish for consensus.
"Here's what the new study claims," Regnerus writes: "No differences were observed between household types on family relationships or any child outcomes."
But "here’s what the study actually signals," Regnerus counters: "Female same-sex parents report more anger, irritation, and comparative frustration with their (apparently misbehaving) children than do opposite-sex parents."
And then the rest of Regnerus' 1,500-word-plus analysis articulates this thesis.
"People think I have it in for the LGBT community(ies)," Regnerus observes. "I do not." Instead, Regnerus does "have it in for a [so-called] science that refuses to proceed honestly, and instead shelters privileged groups -- as it currently is doing -- with a protective shell of administrators, grant-makers, and editors."
Caring about empirical science rather than politically correct propaganda outcomes may not win Regnerus high approval ratings in San Francisco, but "there are more important things in life than" popularity, the sociologist notes.
But "about the comparative advantages of stably-married households with mom, dad, and children, I am not wrong. It will take more than smoke, mirrors, and shifty rhetoric to undo the robust empirical truth."
Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:
Artist Charlie Mackesy recently revealed the details of his journey from atheism to Christianity, telling the CBN News about how a key moment 25 years ago led him to embrace God and truly discover his artistic abilities.
While standing in a London park 25 years ago, Mackesy said that he suddenly had a feeling that "there must be more to this than meets the eye" -- an idea that truly set him on his professional and theological paths. "Jesus quietly introduced me to a journey into finding people really beautiful, which is how my art really began," he told the outlet.
Join Nancy for a book-signing and presentation Thursday, April 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Evangel Classical Christian School in Alabaster, Alabama.
Ben Shapiro writes at Conservative Review:
The rules of bigotry according to the left represent a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of nonsense.
This week, we learned that if you don't want your small daughter peeing next to a giant man who thinks he is a woman, you are a bigot; if you are a woman who is uncomfortable with a man who thinks he is a woman whipping out his male genitalia to urinate in front of you, you are a bigot; if you are a religious person who doesn't want to participate in an activity you consider sinful, you are a bigot.
At the heart of this insanity is not bigotry but fascism -- the attempt by extremist secularists to use the absolutized idol of government to impose their relativistic will and aberrant desires upon the people of the United States.
The word "bigotry" does have meaning. But unfortunately for rainbow fascists, that meaning can be understood and sustained only where there is a sufficient basis for ethical moral norms that apply across the human condition.
You have that basis in the founding, liberating, and humane vision set forth in the Declaration of Indepdendence, which wisely roots unalienable human rights in a verifiable, transcendant Creator (not the immanent state) who has given rules for freedom.
Very sadly, however, those gripped by transfascism absolutely hate and despise that vision -- and therefore reject the very basis upon which to defy sin and death, alienation and decay.
Nothing but pain and suffering, tears and confusion, hatred and destruction, follow in the wake of this regressive extremism.
Those who hate the rules of freedom necessarily love the rule of bigotry. The transfascist bigot with no basis for love is consummed by a self-inflicted hatred that he, she, or it will never understand.
Insanity over against the basic biological facts of life regarding male and female is but the eve of destruction. And as night follows day, if sanity be not restored, there will be blood. In bathrooms and in streets there will be blood. Watch the evening news as the body politic bleeds out.
Intelligence coupled with humanity revolts.
Liberty Counsel has released the following statement:
Liberty Counsel has offered or provided pro bono assistance in 20 states regarding bathroom bills and religious liberty/LGBT issues in order to protect women and children.
Since Governor Pat McCrory recently signed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act into law, North Carolina is now one of 29 states which do not recognize "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes at the state level for purposes of public accommodations.
These legislative actions are not to discriminate against homosexual and transgender lifestyles, but rather to protect women and girls.
In September 2012, a police report stated that Clay Scott Francis, a 45-year-old cross-dressing man, undressed and exposed his genitals several times to minor girls in a Washington college women's locker room. Students from a nearby high school and children at a local swimming club shared locker rooms with the college.
When a parent complained, the local district attorney did not pursue charges because he said the "criminal law is very vague in this area." Yet school officials stripped two high school girls’ swim teams of their Federal Title IX rights and they were forced to dress in a smaller room while Francis was given use of the women’s locker room.
Recently, a 51-year-old cross-dressing male in Georgia entered the women's restroom and exposed himself. In Minneapolis, a 15-year-old boy entered the girls' locker room, where five girls were in various stages of undress, as they prepared for a basketball game. The boy disrobed in front of the frightened girls.
When the girls and the parents complained, school authorities said they could not prevent boys from using the girls' locker room because of the so-called "transgender" policy.
"We have no interest in discriminating against anyone," said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. "These are all commonsense laws that protect the privacy and safety of women and girls. Allowing men to use the women's restrooms and locker rooms is unconstitutional and very harmful," said Staver.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.
"Texas A&M University officials cleared the way for concealed-carry permit holders to cart their guns into classrooms with 'few major restrictions,' according to the new policy," Cheryl Chumley reports at WND.
At Fox News:
A deputy constable in Houston who was shot four times Wednesday night after a suspect approached him from behind and opened fire in an apparent ambush is expected to survive after undergoing emergency surgery on Thursday morning.
Alden Clopton, an 11-year veteran of the force who is married and has children suffered wounds to the abdomen and had a bullet lodged near his heart, authorities said.
"It was completely unprovoked," a constable spokeswoman said. Both deputy constables were in uniform and had marked vehicles.
"Trump's policy -- to the extent he has any policy -- is all nationalist, all socialist," Robert Morrison argues in American Thinker.
Ed O'Keefe writes at the Washington Post:
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination on a second ballot at the party's July convention in Cleveland, scooping up scores of delegates who have pledged to vote for him instead of the front-runner if given the chance.
The push by Cruz means that it is more essential than ever for Trump to clinch the nomination by winning a majority of delegates to avoid a contested and drawn-out convention fight, which Trump seems almost certain to lose.
The GOP race now rests on two cliffhangers: Can Trump lock up the nomination before Cleveland? And if not, can Cruz cobble together enough delegates to win a second convention vote if Trump fails in the first?
Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:
Reverend Franklin Graham criticized rocker Bruce Springsteen for canceling a concert in North Carolina because he opposes the new state law there that prohibits biological males from using women's locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, stating that Springsteen's pro-homosexual views are not progressive, but conducive to "embracing sin" and worshipping "godless secularism and political correctness."
Read more here.
"Supposedly inspired by one of the teachings of the Prophet Muhamed," three football players "were banned from a match" after Saudi soccer authorities "issued a decree last week banning" a "mohawk like style" haircut called the "Qaza," the U.K. Independent reports.
Loren Gutentag reports at Newsmax:
Although Republican front-runner Donald Trump had announced his plans earlier this week to visit California and attend a press conference on Friday at his golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles Times reports the trip has now been canceled amid mounting questions on whether he can capture the presidential nomination without a contested party convention this summer in Cleveland.
"Mr. Trump has rescheduled his California trip and will be campaigning in New York," said Hope Hicks, Trump's spokeswoman. "He looks forward to returning to California in the weeks ahead."
"According to the LA Times, the change in plan comes as Trump and his advisers are trying to regroup after a devastating loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin," Newsmax reports.
Billy Hallowell writes at the Blaze:
Evangelist Franklin Graham is hitting back at PayPal's decision to cancel plans to expand to Charlotte, North Carolina, in protest over the state's enactment of a controversial transgender bathroom bill, saying that the company deserves the "hypocrite of the year award!"
"Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: 'PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position'," Graham wrote on his Facebook page.
Graham "said that the North Carolina law, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory late last month, was advanced to help protect women and children against sexual predators, and that he applauds the effort," Hallowell reports.
In a column titled "Perps of 'Far-Right' Hit-and-Run on Muslim Woman Were Muslim," Robert Spencer writes at Frontpagemag.com:
The Footage went far and wide, and was trumpeted everywhere as evidence of "Islamophobia" spreading like Ebola in Europe: a hijabbed Muslim woman was brutally mown down by a speeding car during a protest in the Muslim neighborhood of Molenbeek in Brussels.
A passenger even leaned out of the car after hitting the woman and took a photo.
The gruesome footage spread everywhere as evidence that the "far-right," you see, had declared open season on poor Muslim migrants, and Muslims all across the continent were endangered.
The only problem was that this scenario of white racists preying upon innocent Muslims, so wildly popular in the international media, was false yet again: people in the hit-and-run car were Muslims.
"In today’s politically correct environment, hate crimes are political capital," Spencer explains. "They foster the impression that resistance to Islamic terrorism equals hatred of Muslims, and results in the victimization of innocent people."
Consider, therefore, that "Hamas-linked CAIR and other Islamic supremacist organizations want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they’re the currency they use to buy power and influence in our victimhood-oriented society, and to deflect attention away from jihad terror and onto Muslims as putative victims," Spencer writes. "Want power and influence? Be a victim!"
Read more as Robert Spencer makes that case that this hit-and-run "is just another in a long line of 'Islamophobic hate crimes' that turns out to have been perpetrated by Muslims. Indeed, many of them are actually faked by Muslims."
"He's Not the First Choice of the Most Committed," announces the headline of a Pew Research story by Jessica Martinez and Gregory A. Smith. They write:
Donald Trump is at the head of the Republican field due, in part, to the strength of support from many self-described "born-again or evangelical" Christians in the early primary and caucus states, according to the exit polls.
His success with evangelicals has surprised many observers because of his background; he is a thrice-married man who once described himself as "pro-choice," and appears not to share some of the beliefs embraced by one of the country's most socially conservative religious groups.
But a new Pew Research Center poll shows that among evangelicals, Trump performs far worse with the roughly two-thirds who are most religiously committed.
Whereas half of white evangelical Republican voters who attend religious services less than once a week say they’d like to see Trump get the GOP nomination, just 31% of churchgoing GOP evangelicals say the same.
Click here to read more.
Sandy Fitzgerald reports at Newsmax:
Two polls released over the weekend for the Wisconsin primary election show Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the lead over Donald Trump heading into Tuesday's vote.
According to a CBS/YouGov poll released on Sunday, Cruz came out over Trump by 43 percent to 37 percent, and in a Loras College poll out on Saturday, Cruz took the lead by 38-31 percent.
Click to read more.
Jan LaRue of the American Civil Rights Union writes at American Thinker:
Here’s a question for the mayors and governors who are boycotting North Carolina because of its single-sex public restroom law:
"Is your taxpayer-funded, executive office bathroom open to the public, including every Tom, Dick and Harry pretending to be 'Mary'"?
Cathy Burke reports at Newsmax:
Longtime political analyst Larry Sabato is predicting an electoral college blowout for Hillary Clinton in a November general election matchup with current GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
In the University of Virginia political science professor's "Crystal Ball" prediction, the Democratic presidential front-runner beats Trump 347-191.
In a column titled "Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare," this from Investor's Business Daily:
Listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:
"One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.
"So what is the goal of environmental policy?," IBD asks.
Answer: "We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy," says Edenhofer, according to IBD.
"He's an institutional, traditional Republican insider-type who represents exactly what the voters are rejecting this election cycle," says Frank Cannon, founder of the American Principles Project, reports Newsmax.
"ISIS has reportedly crucified Indian priest Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil on Good Friday. Fr. Uzhunnalil was kidnapped by ISIS on March 4 while working in Yemen at a home run by the Missionaries of Charity,' according to Christine Rousselle at Townhall.
"However, the Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service said Bishop Paul Hinder -- based in the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi -- had 'indications' the Indian priest was still alive. Cindy Wooden tweeted the news Monday," Fox News reports.
The U.K. Guardian has video of remarks by Ted Cruz in response to a National Enquirer story alleging that Cruz has had affairs with five different women.
Here is a transcript of what Cruz stated (as captured on video and available at the Guardian):
Three days ago, Donald Trump sent out a tweet threatening my wife, Heidi, attacking her directly.
Now Heidi has done nothing to Donald. The next day, the National Enquirer publishes a story.
It is a story that quoted one source on the record -- Roger Stone, Donald Trump's chief political advisor.
Let me be clear: This National Enquirer story is garbage.
It is complete and utter lies.
It is a tabloid smear.
And it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen.
It is attacking my family.
And what is striking is Donald's henchman Roger Stone has for months been foreshadowing that this attack was coming.
It's not surprising that Donald Trump's tweet occurs the day before the attack comes out.
And I would note that Mr. Stone is a man who has 50 years of dirty tricks behind him. He's a man for whom a term was coined for copulating with a rodent.
Well, let me be clear: Donald Trump may be a rat, but I have no desire to copulate with him.
And this garbage does not belong in politics.
Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit states that he contacted one of Cruz's supposed mistresses, and here is her reply:
It's ridiculous. Anyone with half a brain knows it's false . . . I don’t think the article is true. I can't see Cruz being like that . . . All I know is it's not me. There's a reason they don't use my name. They know it's BS.
The Washington Post reports that it "has not been able to confirm any of the allegations made by the Enquirer."
Meanwhile, a poll by the Washington Free Beacon shows Cruz extending his lead over Trump to 4.8% in Wisconsin.
In addition, a Fox News poll show Cruz surging against Trump nationally -- with Cruz at 38% and Trump at 41%, a statistical tie "within the poll's 5-point margin of error."
Peter Hasson reports at the Daily Caller:
Voicing their clear opposition to a guidance from Michigan's Board of Education that would push schools to allow male students to use girls bathrooms and locker rooms, Republicans in the state legislature hit board members where it hurts: their wallets.
A House appropriations subcommittee amended a budget bill on Wednesday to strip all travel and per-diem funding from the Board of Education, meaning board members will have to pay for travel expenses out-of-pocket if the budget bill is approved.
"According to a statement from Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, the Board 'failed to notify the state Legislature before moving forward on this controversial proposal'," the DC reports.
"The Board kept the public [in] the dark as well, issuing the guidance without a press release," the DC states.
"We have heard from countless parents who are upset at being deliberately cut out of their children's education, and are livid at a government body that is trying to cut them out under the cover of night," Speaker Cotter is quoted as saying.
"The word is out now on their divisive plan, and many parents are scrambling to have their voices heard."
"Originally, the public had only until April 11 to comment on the proposed guidance," the DC reports. But "facing strong public backlash, the Board announced the comment period would be extended an additional 30 days. The public can submit feedback on the proposed policy here."
Peter Fricke has the story at Campus Reform.
Live streaming is available here:
Prof. Nancy Pearcey describes her former struggle as an agnostic searching for truth among varying worldviews, and how her search led her to Christianity.
For those facing a similar struggle in searching for rationale, reasonable answers to life's big questions, Nancy offers wisdom-based principles for determining whether a worldview can be trusted.
"Listen online, or purchase the download," says Focus.
To find out more about Nancy's most recent book -- Finding Truth -- go here.
Click here to read my Foreword to Finding Truth.
"It's unrealistic to say we're going to completely shut down our borders," Hillary Clinton said this morning on the Today show.
Peter Hasson reports at the Daily Caller:
Michigan's State Board of Education has drafted a guidance that would push the state's schools to allow all students, regardless of parental or doctoral input, to choose their gender, name, pronouns, and bathrooms.
Spearheaded by board president John C. Austin and signed by state superintendent Brian Whiston, the guidance informs Michigan public schools that only the students themselves -- i.e. not their parents or doctors -- can determine what their individual gender identities are.
"The responsibility for determining a student's gender identity rests with the student. Outside confirmation from medical or mental health professionals, or documentation of legal changes, is not needed," the guidance states.
This government school "guidance" comes on the heels of an announcement by the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) warning against the dangers of gender ideology.
The ACP "issued a position statement last month entitled 'Gender Ideology Harms Children,' which will be followed by a peer-reviewed statement on the subject that's expected to be released by summer, the college told CNSNews.com," CNSNews reported last week.
"The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex," the ACP said in a statement issued February 2.
"Facts -- not ideology -- determine reality," the ACP stated, according to CNSNews.com.
Michigan State's Board of Education "president John Austin did not immediately reply to The Daily Caller's request for comment," the DC reports.
A San Antonio atheist apparently ignorant of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (which allow for freedom of religion and are rooted in the existence of a real Creator who is the source of unalienable rights -- see the Declaration of Independence) is filing a lawsuit because a big cross is being built on Interstate 37 in Corpus Christi (which means, "Body of Christ," as Todd Starnes points out).
According to Starnes, atheist Patrick Greene "did not file a lawsuit because he believes the cross is tacky. Nor did he file a lawsuit because of potential safety hazards."
Instead, "he filed a lawsuit because the mayor and other city leaders attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the cross," Starnes writes.
"When I saw the mayor in her official position and the council in their official positions were attending a groundbreaking ceremony for a Christian symbol -- that smacked right in the face of the Constitution of the state of Texas," the atheist said, according to Starnes.
Does Mr. Greene mean the Texas Constitution that begins like this?
Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
Christianity as a verifiable and publicly actionable worldview enacted in human history embraces human freedom and elevates the mind, something atheism has never had the intellectual and moral resources to do.
Yes, in their extremism against the enduring American mainstream -- purposely rooted in a real Creator -- folks who are atheists can file lawsuits.
But the worldview of atheistic materialism is intellectually bankrupt and unable -- as a matter of principle -- to ground or sustain human liberty and freedom of thought.
Or you could put it like this: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Ps 14:1). And even more foolishly, the fool says to his society, "There is no God in public life."
Read the entire column by Todd Starnes.
"Senate leaders are very close to rallying around Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in order to stop rival Donald Trump, according to one former Senate aide," Tre Goins-Phillips reports at the Blaze.
"John Hart, former communications director for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) and editor-in-chief of news site Opportunity Lives, told Glenn Beck Wednesday that he has spoken with several former colleagues on Capitol Hill and current Senate aides who have told him Congressional leaders 'are really close to rallying behind' Cruz, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)," the Blaze reports.
Former Speaker John Boehner said Paul Ryan should be the Republican nominee for president if the party fails to choose a candidate on the first ballot.
"If we don't have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I'm for none of the above," Boehner said at the Futures Industry Association conference [in Boca Raton, Florida]. "They all had a chance to win. None of them won. So I'm for none of the above. I'm for Paul Ryan to be our nominee."
"Wading into the GOP nominating battle for the first time since leaving office last fall, Boehner said that 'anybody can be nominated' at the convention in Cleveland this summer," Politico reports.
"Boehner, who now splits his time between Florida, Ohio and D.C., had long whispered to friends that he believes Ryan could be the party's political savior if it came to that," Politico states. "But Boehner never said it publicly until now."
Boehner wasnt' done. "In the same question-and-answer session here, Boehner referred to Ted Cruz as "Lucifer," Politico reports.
Comment: Boehner's comments express the muck and mire that characterizes establishment GOP politics -- which is alienated not just from its own contemporary grassroots base but is also alienated from the enduring American mainstream.
This muck and mire needs to be replaced by a politics of conviction rooted in the rules of freedom. For more on those foundational rules, see the Declaration of Indepedence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Hat Tip: Conservative Review
Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:
The federal government has a duty to enforce this nation's borders and do it in a humane manner that minimizes harm to human life both inside U.S. territory and on the approaches to it.
The best way to do that at the border with Mexico is to build effectively impermeable barriers that send a simple, straightforward message: You can only cross this border legally.
Not securing the border does harm. "By failing to secure the border, the federal government not only allows foreign nationals to come here illegally to live and work, but also provides an avenue for deadly drugs, for the criminals who bring them and for potential terrorists." Jeffrey writes.
"Failure to secure our border not only harms people in the United States, it also harms people in Mexico and would-be illegal border crossers. Mexicans are victimized by the drug cartels that exploit our unenforced border, and migrants seeking to cross our unsecured border to illegally live or work here put themselves at risk in remote regions and in the custody of human traffickers," Jeffrey explains.
Americans "should not turn" their backs "on those who seek refuge and asylum, especially Middle Eastern Christians who face genocide by Islamic State terrorists," Jeffrey writes. "Nor do we need to stop legal immigration."
However, Jeffrey concludes, the legal obligation to secure the "border of the United States is a just law that the federal government has [a] duty to enforce. Building walls that deter and stop illegal crossers is a humane way to do it."
Speaking on Hannity last night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees no "path for anybody else" other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz after today's GOP Super Tuesday II, featuring primaries in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida.
Matthew Cullinan Hoffman reports at LifeSiteNews.com:
A new motion picture now showing in Mexican theaters is exposing the public for the first time to a relentlessly realistic depiction of the dangers and harm suffered by children adopted by homosexual couples.
Pink: It's Not What They Say It Is, which debuted on two hundred screens this weekend in the Cinemex chain of theaters, is the story of a homosexual couple who adopt a boy, inevitably exposing him to the chaos and confusion generated by their promiscuous lifestyle.
Click to read more.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen writes:
Doing the math for the Trump campaign's magic number today shows that the front-runner still has a lot of work to do.
"Everything up until now has been a warm-up for the real action," Rasmussen states.
"Trump and Cruz will face each other in roughly two dozen primaries and caucuses between March 15 and June 7. That competition will select the Republican nominee."
On Thursday, Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will debate. The four will participate in a Republican debate hosted by CNN, Salem Media Group, The Washington Times and the Republican National Committee.
When and where is the debate? The Republican debate will be held at the University of Miami at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday.
How can I watch it? It will be broadcast live on CNN, as well as live-streamed online at CNN.com and across mobile devices for all users without logging in. CNN International and CNN en Espanol will also simulcast the debate. Salem Radio Network will be the exclusive radio provider for the debate.
Who will moderate the debate? CNN's Jake Tapper will moderate and CNN's Dana Bash, Salem talk radio host Hugh Hewitt and The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan will join as questioners.
David Rutz reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Carly Fiorina, the only woman who ran for the 2016 Republican nomination, endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) on Wednesday in a surprise appearance in Miami, Florida.
Fiorina praised Cruz as a "leader and a reformer," and as a true "constitutional conservative" who had the best chance to beat frontrunner Donald Trump, saying "it is time to unite" behind him. She relayed a story that she went to vote in the Virginia primary earlier this month and, even though she saw her own name, she checked the box for Cruz.
"Part of her reason, she said, was that Cruz bucked the 'status quo' as a senator in Washington," Rutz reports.
"He's willing to take on the status quo in Washington, D.C., whether it's replacing the IRS or finally fixing the Veterans Administration so our veterans get the care that they deserve, or finally fixing our immigration problems," Fiorina said in her speech, which can be seen on Youtube.
"I can tell you from personal experience," she said, "in order to lead, you must challenge the status quo, and when you challenge the status quo, guess what. You do more than ruffle feathers. You make enemies. It is part of it. It is the price of leadership."
As Rutz reports, "Fiorina added she was 'horrified' by the prospect of Trump winning the nomination, but party leaders would not be able to lead the fight against him."
"We’re going to have to beat Donald Trump at the ballot box, and the only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz," Fiorina told the rally.
Fiorina also made the case that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton "are two sides of the same coin."
And that coin is an "incompetent and corrupt" establishment coin.
Therefore, neither Trump nor Clinton are going to "reform the system," because "they are the system," Fiorina said.
"Hillary Clinton has made millions of dollars selling access and influence from the inside, and Donald Trump has made billions of dollars" operating from outside-in, "buying people like Hillary Clinton."
In short: "They are the system. They will not reform it."
As she concluded, Fiorina said, "There are big differences between progressives and conservatives. And we need to remember those differences as you head to the ballot box on Tuesday. . . .
"We, as conservatives, we know that no one of us is any better than any other one of us.
"We know that each of us is gifted by God. We know that all of us want to live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning.
"And we know that our values, our principles, our policies work better to lift people up regardless of their circumstances.
"It is progressives who believe that some are smarter than others, some are better than others, so it's okay if some decide for others and choose for others. That is not who we are.
"So my fellow conservatives, my fellow Republicans, you have a very important job on Tuesday. And I say to you: It is time.
"It is time to take our party back. It is time to take our government back. It is time to take our country back.
"And so, it is time now to unite behnd the one man who can beat Donald Trump, who can beat Hillary Clinton, who can beat the D.C. cartel. It is time to unite behind Ted Cruz."
"Cruz and Fiorina embraced on the stage after her speech, which was enthusiastically received," Rutz reports.
"Trump won Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii on Tuesday, while Cruz took Idaho, making the GOP fight look increasingly like a two-man race. Trump leads the delegate count with 458, with Cruz in second at 359. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the other two remaining candidates, are well behind," Rutz concludes.
Watch on Youtube the Fiorina endorsement of Ted Cruz.
Newsmax reports the following numbers from a WPost-ABC News poll:
For the Republicans --
"In January, Trump had a 16-point lead," and Ohio governor "John Kasich was in single digits," Newsmax reports.
For the Democrats --
"Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders has slipped to an all-time low," Newsmax states.
The U.K. Daily Mail reports:
The former governor of Massachusetts and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has refused to rule out becoming nominee again this year at [a] contested convention.
On NBC's Meet the Press, Romney said that he doesn't think anyone in the Republican party should say no to being nominated.
He said: "I don't think anyone in our party should say, 'Oh no, even if the people of the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it.' No one is going to say that."
But if the GOP tries to replace, say, Trump with Romney at the convention, "there’s a walkout," warns Rush Limbaugh, as quoted at Newsmax.
“If that happens, then you've got utter chaos," says the king of talk radio.
Ted Cruz won this debate so handily that even the members of the media, who have largely ignored him throughout this debate, admitted he broke through the pack.
A week ago today, the extremist ugly head of campus "liberalism" snapped and snarled at California State University Los Angeles.
The occasion was the appearence of Ben Shapiro to give a speech. Shapiro writes:
Hundreds of students gathered to chant slogans, block entrances and exits to the student union auditorium, rough up those who wished to enter, pull the fire alarm, and trap other students inside that auditorium under threat of violence. Police officers stood aside and allowed that mob to violate basic safety protocols, reportedly at the behest of the school administration.
"This is America in 2016, on a state-funded university campus," Shapiro observes.
How has the U.S. arrived at this unsafe place?
"We have spent two generations turning college campuses from places to learn job skills to places to indoctrinate leftism and inculcate an intolerant view of the world that insists on silencing opposition," Shapiro explains.
"We have made campuses a fascist 'safe space' on behalf of the left. Anyone who disagrees must be shut down, or threatened or hurt."
This hatred against freedom is not limited to university extremists.
"We've entered an era of politics in which baseless feelings count more than facts, in which political correctness means firing those with different viewpoints, in which government actors insist that they can police negative thoughts," Shapiro writes.
"We're on the edge of freedom's end, and many Americans don't even see it," Shapiro concludes.
"They would have had they been at CSULA that day. And they will soon enough if they don't stand up for their rights today."
Released today by the Carson Campaign:
I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit.
Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America.
I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.
However, this grassroots movement on behalf of "We the People" will continue.
Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations.
We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.
I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America.
Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.
I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:
The Christian Post, a website that describes itself as the largest evangelical news site in the U.S., has, for the first time in its existence, taken a specific editorial position in a presidential race, telling its readers that Donald Trump is "especially bad."
"We the senior editors of The Christian Post encourage our readers to back away from Donald Trump," opens an op-ed from the site’s senior editors.
As the most popular evangelical news website in the United States and the world, we feel compelled by our moral responsibility to our readers to make clear that Donald Trump does not represent the interests of evangelicals and would be a dangerous leader for our country."
"A criminal-justice 'reform' measure unleashes thousands of predators," says Frontpagemag. And crime has gone up in the Golden State.
As one professional predator put it, “I can go do a burglary and know that if it's not over $900, they'll just give me a ticket and let me go."
So La-La Land has enacted a "chirpy" thing called "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" -- which has resulted (as expected) in "some 14,000 fewer inmates in California State prisons and local jails" -- and yet, for some unfathomable reason, in 2015 all kinds of crime increased in that Left-Coast bastion of moral and social sanity.
That is to say, "improved public safety . . . failed to materialize" in 2015, according to relevant cirme stats noted in the Frontpage article.
Someone needs to study this to figure out what's going on.
Meanwhile, there's progress: Career criminals can now operate in a safer place.
Here's the story at Frontpagemag.com.
Paul Bremmer reports at WND:
The Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services has decided to no longer ban foreigners with three particular sexually transmitted diseases from entering the country, leaving the past president of the American Association of American Physicians and Surgeons wondering what the administration possibly could be thinking.
"I’m just appalled at this whole thing, and I guess I have to say who benefits?" Dr. Lee Hieb, M.D., a spinal surgeon, asked in an interview with WND. "What's this all about? Why would they do this? What possible benefit to Americans is there in accepting yet more disease across the border?"
Todd Starnes writes:
British moms and dads were fuming after a school instructed students to write an essay explaining why they had converted to Islam.
Gemma Gough posted the assignment on Facebook -- and said her child would not be completing the assignment.
"This is not acceptable," she wrote. "Kids are too impressionable and imagine if these letters got in the wrong hands in years to come."
"The 12- and 13-year-old kids at Beaucamps High School in Guernsey were told to consider what it would be like to become a Muslim," Starnes explains. "They also had to write a letter to their loved ones explaining their decision to become a Muslim."
According to Starnes, the "controversial lesson was part of a creative writing exercise as part of a religious education lesson, The Daily Mail reports. The school pointed out that it was a make-believe scenario -- and no child was actually forced to convert to the Islamic faith."
No doubt appropriately skeptical, "local residents were not convinced," Starnes notes.
"They'll throw the establishment over, and you'll find Donald Trump and Ted Cruz running, probably with Trump as president and Cruz as vice president," pollster Matt Towery predicts on Newsmax TV.
We now know the GOP Establishment's game plan, writes Steve McCann at American Thinker:
The Republican Establishment has finally exposed their game plan for the 2016 presidential nominating process. Go all out for Rubio, destroy Cruz’s character and set up a one on one between Trump and Rubio.
If Rubio cannot win the nomination outright, then make certain that the entire process ends up in a brokered convention. They are convinced that Trump, as he appears to have a ceiling of around 35-40% among Republican voters, easily can be defeated by another candidate.
The question is who, and their overwhelming answer is Rubio, as the donor class is opening up their wallets and the endorsements of establishment politicians are flowing.
But that game plan, even if successful, may not end well for the GOP.
"Marco Rubio is the epitome of the perfect candidate of the Ruling Class," McCann writes, "as he will perpetuate their strangle hold on the levers of power and will insure that their standard of living and status will not be threatened."
Is Trump a viable alternative? Perhaps not.
McCann writes, "I do not support Trump for various reasons having to do primarily with his unbridled narcissism as well as not being able to fully trust who he is, as he has been and still is on both sides of the political spectrum on virtually every issue.”
McCann concludes with a warning that GOP Washington elites will surely ignore, based on their previous performance.
"If the Establishment succeeds in foisting Marco Rubio on the Republican electorate at the expense of both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz," McCann writes, "the Republican Party will end up on the ash heap of history. There will be a political earthquake."
Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review:
It's quite evident from the exit polling and the mood of the electorate that voters did NOT vote for the following . . . :
- Single-payer health care
- Eminent domain
- Women in combat
- Being an "honest broker" between Israel and the Palestinians
- Open borders
- The homosexual agenda
- Judicial supremacy
- Abortion and Funding Planned Parenthood
- Raising taxes on the wealthy
- Cutting deals with the Democrats and establishment Republicans
"Radio host and Conservative Review editor Mark Levin tells Breitbart News Daily Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) showed 'enormous disrespect' by cancelling his scheduled speech at the Conservative Review conference Thursday night only five minutes before he was set to appear on stage," Katie McHugh reports at Breitbart.com.
Water Williams writes:
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders seek to claim the "progressive" mantle.
Both claim the other is not a true progressive. Clinton teased Sanders as being the "self-proclaimed gatekeeper for progressivism."
Bernie Sanders said that Hillary Clinton can't be both a moderate and a progressive and that most progressives don't take millions from Wall Street.
But let's talk about the origins of progressivism.
It's only historical ignorance that could explain black affinity for progressivism.
Jumping right in: "After the warning and separation, comes the hitting -- hitting that does not make her ugly. The prophet [Muhammad] said: ‘Do not hit the face and do not make her ugly' . . . ."
James Lewis writes at American Thinker:
President Obama is constantly claiming unconstitutional powers, something that Justice Scalia opposed with all the intellectual force at his command. Meanwhile the Supreme Court itself has come under serious criticism ever since Chief Justice Roberts issued self-contradictory opinions favoring ObamaCare. Hillary Clinton is being credibly accused of national security felonies as Secretary of State, and the DOJ and FBI are said to be at odds on indicting Hillary. If she becomes President there is likely to be a bloodbath in the permanent government in DC. A Perfect Storm is rising in American politics.
As we can tell from the jubilation on the Left, Justice Scalia had hateful enemies, and he must have received death threats, which the FBI must now re-examine. The American public must also know on whose authority an obviously necessary post-mortem examination was avoided. The best way to restore public trust is to appoint a bi-partisan Congressional committee to oversee a medical pathology team.
"In the seven years of Obama Washington DC has become a city of fear," Lewis continues. "No one was afraid to smear and assault George W. Bush during his presidency. But Obama has been nearly immune -- and it's not just his magical charm.
"Obama and Jarrett use ruthless tactics to frighten the politicians in DC. Some Democratic City Machines, including Chicago, have a long history of gang collusion. Saul Alinsky advocated a Left-Syndicate alliance in Chicago, and Alinsky wrote the political agitation manual for Obama and Hillary.
"None of this comes close to proving that Justice Scalia died from anything other than natural causes," Lewis observes. "We simply do not know at this point. But we can know the answer by conducting the appropriate post-mortem examination."
"It is only reasonable to insist on that."
Pamela Geller writes:
The name of the popular Middle Eastern restaurant where the murderous machete attack took place is Nazareth -- the childhood home of Jesus.
The owner is an "outspoken Christian" from Israel.
Law enforcement said, "There's nothing to lead us to believe this is anything more than a random attack."
Right off the bat they are saying it isn't terror. Which means it's terror.
One witness told My Fox 28 Columbus that the scene in the restaurant was pure "carnage" and it seemed like a "systematic attack."
The Gahanna News tweeted this: "Breaking: Machete attack appears terror related. Suspect asked owner where he was from (Israel) before returning to attack."
Name of suspect: Mohammed Berry -- of "Somali background and may have traveled to Dubai in 2012," states TV10.com.
CBS reports "that law enforcement is concerned that this incident has the hallmarks of the type of so-called 'lone wolf' terrorist attack that they have been working to stop."
The name of the popular Middle Eastern restaurant where the murderous machete attack took place is Nazareth — the childhood home of Jesus. The owner is an “outspoken Christian” from Israel. Law enforcement said “there’s nothing to lead us to believe this is anything more than a random attack.” Right off the bat they are saying it isn’t terror. Which means it’s terror.
One witness told My Fox 28 Columbus that the scene in the restaurant was pure “carnage” and it seemed like a “systematic attack.”- See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/ohio-bloodbath-at-middle-eastern-eatery-nazareth-restaurant-machete-attacker-shot-dead.html/#sthash.jho9s9fw.dpuf
The name of the popular Middle Eastern restaurant where the murderous machete attack took place is Nazareth — the childhood home of Jesus. The owner is an “outspoken Christian” from Israel. Law enforcement said “there’s nothing to lead us to believe this is anything more than a random attack.” Right off the bat they are saying it isn’t terror. Which means it’s terror.
One witness told My Fox 28 Columbus that the scene in the restaurant was pure “carnage” and it seemed like a “systematic attack.”- See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/ohio-bloodbath-at-middle-eastern-eatery-nazareth-restaurant-machete-attacker-shot-dead.html/#sthash.jho9s9fw.dpufthat law enforcement is concerned that this incident has the hallmarks of the type of so-called "lone wolf" terrorist attack that they have been working to stop.
Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:
In the budget message he sent Congress this week, Obama portrays himself as a president who led America back to economic good times . . . .
Is Obama the architect of an economic renaissance? A champion of the working man?
Is this what reasonable people a century from now will look back and see in the era of his presidency?
No. Nor should people see that now.
The truth is: Obama took office at a time when big-government liberalism had already put America on a downward trajectory. He not only kept this nation on that trajectory, he accelerated it.
For more on the Obama economic record, see "Obama Economy Destroying Businesses: Thousands of Stores Closed, Including Entire Shopping Malls."
Read the entire column by Terry Jeffrey.