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  • Who are the Lawbreakers?

    09/03/2015 4:48:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 3, 2015 | Tom Trinko
    A Kentucky clerk is in the news for refusing to issue marriage licenses for gay couples. Gays and the political elites are condemning her for not upholding the “law”. This is the latest example of the elites using the “law” to crush anyone who stands in their way. The problem is that American is no longer a nation of laws but a nation run by the whims of men, at least at the highest levels. When the Supreme Court follows the dictates of the “Living” Constitution which basically says that whatever the Court thinks is right is right we no...
  • The Next Front in the War on Religious Freedom: Watch the Cities of Denver And Chicago

    08/28/2015 6:09:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/28/2015 | David Harsanyi
    Stop bellyaching about Washington. All the country’s best fascists are on your local city council. Not long ago, Colorado became a leader in the fight against religious freedom when its Civil Rights Commission, self-appointed ministers of justice and theology, decided that a shopkeeper who refuses to participate in a gay wedding ceremony must be smeared and fined out of business. A Colorado appeals court says this is kosher, finding that the brittle sensitivities of a cakeless couple outweigh the constitutional rights of Christian business owners. Now, in an effort to save everyone some time, the cultural imperialists at the Denver...
  • New Human Freedom Index, U.S. Ranks 20th [Drops In Overall Freedom Ranking]

    08/19/2015 8:39:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    CATO INSTITUTE ^ | 08/18/2015 | Ian Vasquez
    Today we’ve released The Human Freedom Index, a new report that presents a broad measure of personal, civil, and economic freedom around the world. It is co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute (Canada) and the Liberales Institut (Germany), and is the most comprehensive index on freedom yet created for a globally meaningful set of countries.My co-author Tanja Porcnik and I look at 76 indicators in 152 countries to capture the degree to which people are free to engage in voluntary exchange and enjoy major liberties such as freedom of speech, religion, and association. We also include measures...
  • The Origins of the Scandinavian-Slavonic Axis

    08/18/2015 9:47:21 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 11 replies
    Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (1966 edition) | 1966 | Carroll Quigley
    This particular chapter in Carroll Quigley's Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time presents a fascinating and at times, stunning analysis of the contrast between Western and Eastern civilizations. from <Chapter 7— Creation of the Russian Civilization In the nineteenth century most historians regarded Russia as part of Europe but it is now becoming increasingly clear that Russia is another civilization quite separate from Western Civilization. Both of these civilizations are descended from Classical Civilization, but the connection with this predecessor was made so differently that two quite different traditions came into existence. Russian traditions were...
  • Don’t Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America

    08/12/2015 9:44:38 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 7 replies
    http://www.thedailybell.com/ ^ | August 12, 2015 | John Whitehead
    Being a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you’re always going to lose. The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that their luck will change. The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. As I make clear in my book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one...
  • Don’t Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America

    08/12/2015 6:24:15 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 35 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 8/12/15 | John Whitehead
    Being a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you’re always going to lose. The game is rigged, and “we the people” keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that their luck will change. The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. As I make clear in my book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only...
  • NSA Proclaims: "If you have nothing to fear you have nothing to hide" [satire]

    08/09/2015 12:30:48 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 27 replies
    Check out this sign that the NSA Data Center has in front of their massive facility in Utah. See photo at their linked web site. Anybody feeling reassured yet???
  • The Hope That Does Not Disappoint

    08/07/2015 4:40:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/07/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    No matter what the polls say, no matter what the politicians do I believe that the American people still believe in freedom Listening to the lies of the politicians as presented by the prattle of the biased it is easy to lose hope in a secular sense. My hope in an eternal sense is founded on the rock of an unshakable faith in Jesus, and so it cannot be shaken. However, in the secular resting, as it must upon the shifting sands of man in America today, hope as a measured commodity is all too often hopeless. Seeking for hope...
  • Freedom - The Choice Over Unconstitutional Government and Tyranny

    08/05/2015 10:21:40 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 4 replies
    Essay ^ | 8/5/15 | Jim 0216
    Previously posted, but I think is worth re-posting every so often… The ONLY real, valid choice in life is freedom, especially when faced with tyranny. Freedom is at the heart of most issues these days even if many don’t realize it. Your run-of-the-mill politician and most candidates for 2016 election see no political future in freedom. Of course that makes sense since political freedom is the absence of government and government coercion. Individual freedom or liberty is tremendously valuable and easily lost and is being drowned out by the deafening drum beats and bull horns of the Leftist MSM, government...
  • Mark Levin to Rising Generation: Will You Choose Freedom?

    08/05/2015 9:02:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    Will the children and grandchildren in America today have the same chance to live in prosperity and freedom as previous generations of Americans? "Can we simultaneously love our children but betray their generation and generations yet born?" Mark Levin asks in the first sentence of his new book, "Plunder and Deceit." Levin then presents a tragic irony. "Among the least acknowledged facts of American modernity," he writes, "is the extent to which parents, acting in their familial capacity, naturally and tenaciously guard their young children from threat and peril, to the point of risking their own physical and economic security...
  • What is Our Alternative to Government Solutions?

    08/03/2015 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 13 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8/3/15 | jim 0216
    The ONLY real, valid alternative in life is freedom. Freedom is at the heart of most issues these days even if many don’t realize it. Your run-of-the-mill politician and most candidates for 2016 election see no political future in freedom. Of course that makes sense since political freedom is the absence of government and government coercion. Individual freedom or liberty is tremendously valuable and easily lost and is being drowned out by the deafening drum beats and bull horns of the Leftist MSM, government schools, government press corps, and politicians grasping for fame, fortune (your money) and power (at the...
  • Amy Schumer, Chuck Schumer team up for gun control

    08/03/2015 8:17:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    Newsday ^ | 8/3/15
    Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for tighter gun control. She will join the senator on Monday as he unveils a three-part plan that would make it harder for violent criminals and mentally ill to obtain guns. They cited the recent shooting in a Louisiana movie theater that killed two women and injured nine others during a screening of the movie "Trainwreck" starring Amy Schumer. Amy Schumer is the senator's cousin.
  • Medicare's Birthday: A Failed Centralized Program Turns 50

    08/02/2015 3:18:02 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 26 replies
    IBDeditorials.com ^ | 7/28/15 | MERRILL MATTHEWS AND GRACE-MARIE TURNER
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Mo., to sign legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid. Ronald Reagan warn[ed] it would lead to socialized medicine. Critics of the 1965 legislation warned that both [Medicare and Medicaid] programs would spend much more than supporters predicted, that price controls and rationing of care would follow and that the quality of care would eventually suffer. All of the warnings have proved correct. In 1965, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that Medicare Part A, which covers hospital bills, would cost $9 billion a year by 1990. But the actual cost after...
  • Are You One of the 68%?

    08/01/2015 5:03:21 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 5 replies
    Convention of States Project ^ | 7/31/15 | Convention of States Project
    You elect them. They go to Washington, D.C. They accept lobbyists' money. They forget who they represent. Break the cycle. SIGN the petition and help call a Convention of States: http://ow.ly/QesXB
  • Local Governments Are The Source Of Housing Inequality

    07/28/2015 1:26:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | JULY 27, 2015 | Chuck DeVore
    Wealth inequality? Blame local government, whose meddling in property rights causes artificial scarcity in housing. ... Matthew Rognlie, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral student in economics .. makes an interesting insight; housing prices are going up because of artificial scarcity caused by land-use regulation. Put another way, the concentration of wealth is not an issue of the “1 percent” winning while the rest of us lose—it’s an issue of homeowners benefitting from government restrictions on property rights that prevent a free market in homebuilding, restricting supply and driving up prices. ... If Rognlie is correct (and the data suggests...
  • Syriac-Assyrians welcome US statement on self-government and self-defence [Christians]

    07/21/2015 4:57:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776
    Middle East Monitor ^ | July 21, 2015 | N/A
    Christians in Syria have welcomed the statement by US General John Allen, the special coordinator of the International Coalition against ISIS, in which he recognised the need for all peoples in Syria to have some degree of autonomy when they are freed from tyranny. The Syriac-Assyrians made their comments in a press release in which they also welcomed the continuing efforts of the coalition against ISIS. "This demonstrates," they said, "that the war against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." There...
  • Pat Buchanan: Is capitalism diabolic?

    07/19/2015 3:11:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 7-19-15 | Pat Buchanan
    On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Fidel. Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo’s head. For John Paul II had seen up close what communism did — to his country, his church and his people in 45 years of Bolshevik rule. On his arrival in the Nicaragua of Daniel Ortega in 1983, Pope John Paul castigated a priest-collaborator who dared to serve that...
  • .Hutchinson Orders Adjutant General To Arm Full-Time Military Personnel (ARK)

    07/18/2015 6:49:37 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 26 replies
    5 News Online ^ | 17 JUL 15 1700hrs | Curtis Lanning and Dillon Thomas
    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Following the shooting death of four Marines in Chattanooga, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has authorized Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General Mark Berry to arm full-time military personnel. The governor also ordered the Arkansas flag to be flown at half-staff on Monday (July 20), according to a news release. “Our hearts break at the news of another senseless act of violence and terror, this time out of Chattanooga,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims, especially the family of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville, one of Arkansas’s own.” He continued, “I...
  • Freedom or the Slaughterhouse? The American Police State from A to Z

    07/15/2015 6:06:29 AM PDT · by all the best · 28 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | July 14, 2015 | John W. Whiehead
    Despite the best efforts of some to sound the alarm, the nation is being locked down into a militarized, mechanized, hypersensitive, legalistic, self-righteous, goose-stepping antithesis of every principle upon which this nation was founded.All the while, the nation’s citizens seem content to buy into a carefully constructed, benevolent vision of life in America that bears little resemblance to the gritty reality that plagues those unfortunate enough to not belong to the rarefied elite.For those whose minds have been short-circuited into believing the candy-coated propaganda peddled by the politicians, here is an A-to-Z, back-to-the-basics primer of what life in the United...
  • Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges

    07/14/2015 8:53:06 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 22 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7 July 2015
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity. The newly obtained records also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving them to Congress. Records also detail how the Obama IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, containing...
  • Saluting a “Great Charter” of Liberty

    06/20/2015 7:07:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    It won’t be long before Americans all across the country are celebrating our great national birthday. And we won’t do so quietly. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty,” John Adams, our second president, wrote of July 4. “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Indeed it should. I also frequently urge people to reread our founding charter, the Declaration of Independence, which...
  • Condemnation and Execution of John Hus [600 years ago today]

    07/06/2015 2:23:38 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 115 replies
    The condemnation took place on July 6, 1415, in the presence of the solemn assembly of the council in the cathedral. After the performance of high mass and liturgy, Hus was led into the church. The bishop of Lodi delivered an oration on the duty of eradicating heresy; then some theses of Hus and Wycliffe and a report of his trial were read. He protested loudly several times, and when his appeal to Christ was rejected as a condemnable heresy, he exclaimed, "O God and Lord, now the council condemns even thine own act and thine own law as heresy,...
  • 2 states to see final push for constitutional carry this week

    07/06/2015 8:18:06 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 6JUL2015 | Chris Eger
    Governors in New Hampshire and Maine are set to make a decision on if the carry of a concealed handgun without a permit will be signed into law in coming days. In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has promised gun control groups she would veto a narrowly successful measure placed on her desk this week. In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage (R) earlier voiced support for a proposal that passed the state legislature by large margins, but has since vowed not to sign any bills under protest of the lawmakers’ refusal to act on eliminating the state’s income tax. LePage’s...
  • I Own Guns. But I Hate the NRA.

    07/04/2015 10:49:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | JULY 4, 2015 | David Fellerath
    Some time after I bought my first gun, I got a robocall from the National Rifle Association, asking me to join. After the customary “Please stay on the line …” from a pleasant but earnest voice, I recoiled from the barkings of an angry-sounding man: “Did I know that Barack Hussein Obama and European leaders are meeting on American soil right now, at this very moment, to plot the confiscation of my guns?” The caller continued with his insinuations of an imminent United Nations plot against America, but before I could be handed off to a live operator, I hung...
  • VIDEO: Ruger Version of the Star-Spangled Banner

    07/04/2015 6:35:26 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 4, 2015 | Dave Blount
    What could be more patriotic on the Fourth of July than playing the Star-Spangled Banner with a Ruger 10/22? Chris Cheng demonstrates:
  • On this day in 1776, a new nation was founded on an idea: Freedom.

    07/04/2015 3:49:11 PM PDT · by walford · 13 replies
    Facebook ^ | 07/04/2015 | walford
    It was the first time in history that a country was based upon something other than place or ethnicity. The Founding Fathers built upon the thoughts and actions resulting from the Reformation and Enlightenment, deliberately crafting a government legitimized by a popular mandate. No longer did someone rule by Divine Right. Religion and the Divine were not possessed by a Chosen aristocracy and the coercive power of government was not used to impose it upon the populace. Political influence and economic success could be attained by other means than birth. For the first time in history, one could use hard...
  • Federal Judge Rules Cops Can Take Over Your Home As They See Fit

    The Third Amendment was created to protect your home from being quartered by soldiers without your consent. It has very rarely been a matter of debate or litigation, until now. Federal district court Judge Andrew Gordon recently ruled that the police are exempt from the 3rd Amendment with a case out of Henderson, Nevada after a family had their home broken into and seized by local law enforcement who stated they needed the home to gain a “tactical advantage” against suspected criminals in a neighboring house. Police actually forced their way into this family’s home, pepperballed the father and his...
  • The Erosion of Free Speech

    07/04/2015 12:54:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 5/3/15 | Denis MacEoin
    "If PEN as a free speech organization can't defend and celebrate people who have been murdered for drawing pictures, then frankly the organization is not worth the name." — Salman Rushdie, former President of PEN. Today, a genuine fear of retribution for a "blasphemous" statement has subdued the will to stand up for one's own beliefs, values and the right to speak out. This fear has made most of the West submissive, just as Islam -- in both its name [Islam means "submission"] and declarations -- openly wants. This time, the condemnation had not come in a fatwa from...
  • The Spirit of ‘76: 'The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context’

    07/04/2015 10:24:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-4-15 | Tara Helfman
    On July 4th, 1826, a Washington newspaper published one of the most poignant letters penned in American history. An ailing Thomas Jefferson regretfully declined an invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of American independence with the citizens of the nation’s capital. “[T]o be present with them,” he wrote, “as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself. . . [I]t adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day.” In this, his...
  • Confederate flag defender, a black woman, calls battle a fight for FREEDOM

    07/04/2015 9:20:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 2 July 2015 | Michael Schaus
    She’s a former Nation of Islam member turned passionate defender of the Confederate flag — and her views on race, slavery and the South are guaranteed to stir up controversy. Karen Cooper – a black woman who belongs to a pro-Confederate flag group in Virginia – told a documentary on the rebel flag that she believes it stands for far more than the South’s history of slave ownership, and views it as a symbol of rebellion against an overreaching federal government. In an interview for the documentary “Battle Flag” she said “I actually think that [the flag] represents freedom… I’m...
  • Happy Dependence Day

    07/04/2015 7:38:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/4/2015 | Patrice Lewis
    On this weekend as we celebrate America’s independence, the facts are grim for how dependent we’ve become. As one example, in the 1970s one in 50 families received food stamps. Today it’s one in five. That’s is a ten-fold increase. Is America poorer than it was in 1776? Of course not. We’re richer, much richer. Then why are so many people dependent on government? Much of it has to do with how much we’ve permitted government to take over things that are none of its business.
  • The Declaration of Independence Reminds us to Put Tyrants on Notice

    07/03/2015 1:52:37 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 13 replies
    Action Institute Power Blog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ray Nothstine
    Perhaps the most enduring legacy of the Declaration of Independence is that it sought to overturn the long abuses and powers of tyrants. It revealed the truth of self-government and that power is inherent in the people. In the second introduction of the document, Jefferson declared: …That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and...
  • THE FINAL BREAK BETWEEN GOD AND COUNTRY

    07/03/2015 11:45:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7/3/15 | Thomas Kidd
    As dismaying as the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was, there was something especially painful about seeing the White House lit up that evening with the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag. It almost seemed sacrilegious. But “sacrilegious” is not quite right, because Washington, D.C., has nothing to do with our eternal Jerusalem.Perhaps the best thing that can come out of the gay marriage decision is for the church to make a final break between our faith and our nation. Christian Consensus? For American Christians, the connection between God and country has been deep and understandable, even if it put us at...
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY,(NEW)AMERICA

    07/03/2015 9:48:49 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 6 replies
    Leading the Way ^ | July 3, 2015 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    On this 239th birthday of (old) America, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that our country is completely different than the one that the founding fathers envisioned. Beginning in the 1960s, powerful forces have worked to transform America from the land of the free-thinking and free-speaking to the land of the emotion-driven. A very similar transformation happened in Germany immediately prior to the Nazis taking over that country.
  • HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, and GOD BLESS AMERICA

    07/02/2015 8:00:42 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 25 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | July 2 2015 | carlo3b
    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, and GOD BLESS AMERICAIT'S NOT JUST THE 4th OF JULY, IT IS OUR DAY OF INDEPENDENCEAs Americans, today we set aside the trivialities of everyday life to remember why we enjoy what few in the history of the world have ever experienced, a totally Free Country.. But for the courage of a few, who bravely, at the sacrifice of all they possessed, laid down a marker that the world had never seen, ALL OR NOTHING, FOR FREEDOM..Without their tenacity, and vision, we would be under the boot of some tyrant, struggling to survive at their whim.. Instead...
  • With July 4th Near, Is California Still the Land of the Free?

    07/02/2015 5:25:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/02/2015 | Carson Bruno
    The Fourth of July holiday brings Americans together to celebrate their liberation from Great Britain over hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks, but it also serves to remind us about freedom; thus, it would only be fitting to take a look at how free the nation's largest state is. Unfortunately, for Californians, the answer isn't as celebratory as the picnics many will be having on Friday and Saturday. Using the Freedom in the 50 States index compiled by George Mason University's Mercatus Center, it easily becomes apparent that across the three categories of freedom - fiscal, regulatory, and personal -California is...
  • Gay marriage infringes on religion by ONE route

    06/30/2015 5:39:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/30/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Freedom of religion and the government "qualified" church Last week’s Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges opens another can of worms that is driving rhetoric in a way that misdirects people from the reality of its affect on religion and the free exercise thereof. No, this does not come from a lawyer, it comes from a missionary who, for more than 20 years, has delved into the legal entities that churches have embraced, essentially transforming their structure. And the change occurred innocently by way of the non-profit organization enticement. Here are some salient points: There is only one Law...
  • Legal Force [Church and State by RC Sproul]

    06/29/2015 10:01:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    The Sword and the KeysKey to resolving the issues regarding how the church must relate to the state is an understanding of the distinct functions Scripture assigns to each authority. Church and state are actually both ministers of God that are appointed to fulfill certain tasks. Historically, human beings have always run into trouble when the state attempts to do the work of the church and the church attempts to do the work of the state.
  • Enemies

    06/29/2015 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Leto · 5 replies
    Fourmilab Blog ^ | 4-15-2011 | John Walker
    Opponents or Enemies? In any conflict, it is a deadly error to mistake or underestimate the adversary's capabilities, will to employ them, or ultimate goals. Around the globe, what was once confidently deemed “Western civilisation” is in an end-stage battle with champions of a collectivist and statist ideology which, over the last century, has enacted programs of redistributive taxation, borrowing, and spending whose unsustainability has now become self-evident and which, unless the present course is altered, will collapse in at most ten years. Further, the second- and higher-order effects of these policies have led to demographic collapse in the societies...
  • For many black Americans, Confederate flag debate a distraction

    06/27/2015 12:42:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    reuters ^ | 6/27/15 | Tim Reid
    As calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her.... White’s view, she says, was shaped by exposure to racism as a child and also by a family she describes as dysfunctional. Her single mother was an alcoholic, and her brothers began committing crimes at an early age. She says she grew up never feeling like a real person because of her race....
  • Judicial activism on marriage isn’t the end — here’s what to do now

    06/27/2015 9:55:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/27/15 | Ryan T Anderson
    Friday’s Supreme Court decision is unadulterated judicial activism. As Chief Justice John Roberts said in dissent: “Today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own conviction that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry because they want to. . . . Whatever force that belief may have as a matter of moral philosophy, it has no more basis in the Constitution than did the naked policy preferences” in other rightly condemned activist decisions. Nothing in the Constitution requires the redefinition of marriage in all 50 states, and five unelected justices do not have the authority to redefine marriage everywhere....
  • ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

    06/27/2015 9:52:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Louise Melling
    Iknoor Singh, a student at Hofstra University, thought he had found his calling when he attended a campus meeting of the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. But when he tried to sign up, he was told that he would have to shave his beard, cut his hair and remove his turban. When he asked for a religious accommodation as a Sikh, the Army refused, saying that these articles of faith would undermine unit cohesion and morale, readiness, health and safety, and discipline. ..................................................... Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to...
  • THE SILENCING: Paper Will Limit Anti-Gay Marriage Op-Eds [It Begins]

    06/26/2015 2:45:46 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage.“As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage,” they declared. After receiving strong pushback, the newspaper’s editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed — but only for a “limited” period of time. Micek explained on Twitter: “Clarification: We will not foreclose...
  • United States of America Becomes the Newest Socialist Country

    06/26/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/26/15 | Sher Zieve
    We've pretty much reached the end of the road, comrades, although I suspect the ObamaGov has some upcoming intensely disturbing and debilitating-to-us-all surprises up its sleeves. The Supreme Court of the USA has now become the latest branch of the ObamaGov to legislate illegally. We no longer have 3 co-equal branches of government. As the Republicans have shown for—at least—the past several months, the people of the former USA no longer have any voice in government. Despite constituents “burning up the phone lines” to their Republican Congress members and Senators telling them to vote NO on TPA—which gives Obama virtually...
  • SCOTUS to churches: Hey, no worries, you can still “advocate” for traditional marriage

    06/26/2015 9:42:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    On this slender thread does the promise of religious liberty hang. Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his majority opinion in Obergefell that declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, barely mentions the means by which most Americans conduct their weddings — houses of worship. Only on page 27 does Kennedy get around to addressing the connection between church and state, and the assurances in this paragraph are less than compelling, to say the least:
  • Democracy Is Dying; Persecution Is Coming

    06/26/2015 9:41:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    American Conservative ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    The Supreme Court’s opinions in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case — the majority opinion constitutionalizing same-sex marriage and the dissents — can be read here. You will not be surprised that the majority opinion in Obergefell, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, is full of gaseous eructations from the judicial pyloric, e.g., “the right to marry is fundamental because it supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals.” And who says a two-person union is unlike any other in its importance? This is groundless assertion. You really must read the four dissenting opinions in the...
  • This week went from Rino collaborators to the Republic’s death knell(Tell me I’m wrong, PLEASE)

    06/26/2015 8:56:15 AM PDT · by Voice of Reason1 · 58 replies
    June 26 2015 | Vanity
    *Weapons grade sarcasm* Isn’t great that we can witness history in the making? Many times people don’t realize what is happening at the moment is historic because the are living it. We weren’t at the birth of our Constitutional Republic or at it’s major moments in becoming the greatest country on planet earth. But now we have the great honor of witnessing it’s death knell.. Of the two decision by the Extreme Court this week, the Obamacare was the most egregious because of two very ominous reasons:1. The national Socialist left can now try the ‘You have a right to...
  • One Supreme Court Justice from Victory....Vote Wisely, FRiends

    06/26/2015 8:40:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    6/26/15
    I guarantee this: the Republican nominee for President will make SOME of us unhappy, because "our favorite" didn't get the nod. Granted. But every dissenting voice on SCOTUS today affirmed that the question of marriage is one for STATES and not the federal government. Simply put, Ruth Buzzi Ginsburg is not going to live forever...and if God grants us a more conservative executive next, he or she will have a golden opportunity to OVERTURN this ruling. I will be voting Republican in the hopes of such a ruling. Though I do think the society is imploding any way, it is...
  • #SCOTUS Approves #SAMELOVE: Let's Not Mourn the Dead

    06/26/2015 7:39:03 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 7 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/26/15 | Steve Berman
    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court redefined marriage in all 50 states, forcing states whose citizens voted to preserve the institution as one man and one woman to accept "SAME LOVE." This was predictable.  In fact, I predicted it, and many others also did. Next we may see something happen again in Alabama that hasn't happened since Gov. Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door on June 11, 1963.  Federal officers may force Alabama clerks to violate state law and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. We'll see, but I am predicting it will happen, and probably fairly soon....
  • How will the world's largest Confederate Flag ( in Tampa) impact the 2016 GOP primary?

    06/25/2015 11:39:06 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 19 replies
    one man's opinion...
    After hearing calls to remove statues of Robt E. Lee, and to stop screening "Gone With The Wind" I'm surprised that they haven't already targeted the BIGGEST Confederate Battle Flag in the world.