Saturday, April 4, 2015
March 7 marked 50 years since 1965’s “Bloody Sunday,” when millions watched on television as state and local police fired tear gas at the crowd and attacked marchers in Selma, Alabama. The national outrage that followed led to a speech by President Lyndon Johnson to a joint meeting of Congress — appealing for Voting Rights legislation. On March 17, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and Republican Minority Leader Everett Dirksen introduced the bill.
Although the Democrats held two-thirds of the seats in both houses, these events gave it the momentum to pass, for Republican votes would counterbalance the worry that segregationist Southern Democrats would vote against it.
The bill passed and was signed into law on August 6 by President Johnson.
Forgotten by many, this followed in the tradition of Republicans pushing through the passage of the constitutional amendments —the 13th, 14th, and 15th — between 1865 and 1870 that outlawed slavery, clarified and protected citizenship rights, and prohibited denial of voting “on the basis of race, or previous condition of servitude.”
Alas, 50 years after “Bloody Sunday and 145 to 150 after passage of those three historic amendments, race relations are getting worse. Last month, the Justice Department released a report that the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department had systematically abused its power. There were two facts in the report that stunned Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart. He wrote:
What DOJ found made me ill. [Officer] Wilson knew about the theft of the cigarillos from the convenience store and had a description of the suspects. [Suspect] Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun. And the popular hands-up storyline, which isn’t corroborated by ballistic and DNA evidence and multiple witness statements, was perpetuated by Witness 101. In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements.
In response, many sounded off on Facebook and Twitter slamming Capehart, an African-American, as “a sellout.” The usual race hustlers sounded off, encouraging unrest. An underlying theme was that conservatives generally and Republicans, in particular, are racist.
As 2016 comes closer, some Democrat operatives will drum away at that sub rosa theme. Calumny was used effectively to undermine Mitt Romney in 2012, particularly that he was hard-hearted (he manifestly was not). Many voters are uncomfortable with the idea of voting for candidates who have been demonized as racist, sexist, or uncaring.
If the Republicans are to gain and keep the high ground and win in 2016 they need to seize the initiative now.
A good way to do so is to a pass a new coverage formula for Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Two years ago, the Supreme Court declared that section unconstitutional in Shelby County v. Holder (2013) on grounds that the formula was outdated.
Section 4(b) covers any state or local government where 50 percent of eligible voters were not registered to vote or did not vote in the 1964 presidential election. In essence, it can used to fight discrimination both intentional or coincidental.
The bill was reauthorized in 1970 and 1975 to include results of the 1968 and 1972 presidential elections; however, there was no updated formula when it was reauthorized in 1982 and 2006. A new coverage formula—sponsored by Republicans in both houses—would require that any state or local jurisdiction that does not have 50 percent voter registration and/or 50 percent voter turnout in any election from 2012 forward will be subject to pre-clearance.
The Supreme Court did not invalidate any other part of the act, so there is nothing to stop Congress from passing an updated Section 4(b) formula. It would be in the great tradition of the Republican Party to stand tall for protecting full rights for all.
Passage of a new Section 4(b) formula would not only uphold that tradition, but also deprive race hustlers such as Al Sharpton from claiming that nothing is being done about racial discrimination. Then, every Republican candidate in 2016 can make it clear to his/her constituents just who is taking action to write “finis” to discrimination.
Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”
This weekend we will be celebrating two very special holidays. Friday, April 3, is the beginning of Passover for our Jewish friends and members. This Friday is also Good Friday, with the celebration of Easter on Sunday, April 5, for our Christian friends and members. This is a perfect example of our American Judeo-Christian values.
Judeo-Christian values have a foundational role in America, beginning with the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..."
Our Founding Fathers separated church from state, but they wisely did not separate God from state; they acknowledged God as the source of our rights and, in fact, they were careful to place Biblical morality directly into our founding documents, laws, values and culture, precisely to help prevent a future of totalitarian or tyrannical rule in America. The combination of keeping Judeo-Christian religious morality in the state, as opposed to the church itself, and of setting up our laws based on reason and common sense has contributed to the American Character, and to what is known as "American Exceptionalism.” (www.American thinker /Judo-Christian Values)
It is unfortunate that the current occupant of the White House does not believe in American Exceptionalism and the Judeo-Christian culture and values set forth by our Founding Fathers and respected by our American Presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush. Mr. Obama has turned his back on our allies, especially Israel, and would rather negotiate a weak treaty with Iran. We need to remind the voters about our Rich American History. We must win back the White House in 2016 so we can unleash our American Exceptionalism, by electing a Republican President and LEADER of the free world. We have seen too well over the past 7 years that without a strong American President, the world is at the mercy of tyrants and dictators. We can make a difference working together, we are Republican Federated Women!
We wish all our members and friends A Blessed Passover and A Blessed Easter.God Bless America
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Jerry Brown’s Mandatory Water Cuts
With California’s mountain snowpack at record lows, Jerry Brown has ordered mandatory water cutbacks, the first in the state’s history. Specifically, he hopes to reduce water consumption by state residents that would include a mandatory 25 percent cut in urban water use. Currently, California’s mountain snowpack is at just 5 percent of historic averages for this time of the year. This means that reservoirs will likely receive little, if any, additional runoff from snowmelt. Restrictions to cut back water use by 25% should come into effect mid-May. Previously, Brown had called for a 20 percent voluntary reduction of water statewide, which ultimately fell short. Thus, these new reductions would be mandatory, though enforcement measures have not yet been finalized.
Despite the passing of Prop 1 and other forms of drought relief, Brown continues to implement drought regulations, most of which have been ineffective thus far. What more can we do as Californians? One option gaining support as a long-term response to the drought is desalination, the removal of salt and other impurities from the earth’s salt water. Though desalination is pricy and requires a substantial amount of energy, it has much potential, despite environmentalist opposition. So, though Brown’s mandatory restrictions mean well, it is unlikely that they will do much in the way of pulling us out of the drought, considering the track record of previous regulations implemented. Ultimately, we need to start storing our water more efficiently and investing in alternate ways of acquiring drinkable water.
Leno's At It Again
SB 3 (Leno, D) would increase the minimum wage in California to $11 per hour beginning in January 2016, and $13 per hour in July 2017. Beginning in January 2019, the statewide minimum wage would be increased annually based on the rate of inflation. CFRW OPPOSES this bill.
Given California’s current economic crisis, it’s likely that this bill would hinder any kind of meaningful recovery by limiting the number of jobs available or even creating further job loss. It would ultimately overwhelm already struggling businesses that would be unable to afford these minimum wage hikes. SB 3 would cause California businesses to leave the state to avoid these mandatory wage increases. Further, indexing the minimum wage to inflation does not take into consideration future cumulative costs to employers, and this, coupled with an unknown economic future, is cause for concern.
The bill will be heard in room 2040 on April 8, 2015 by the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. In this committee of five, there is only one Republican, so it is important for us to pressure the Democrats on this committee to oppose the bill!
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Our 40th Annual Advocacy Workshop is right around the corner! Join us, April 20th & 21st in Sacramento for and exciting and educational workshop! We need our clubs to go out and sponsor as many high school students as you can, because we have an amazing opportunity for our student guests! The student’s session will have a private showing of Dinesh D’Souza’s movie, AMERICA. But it is not the movie you’ve all seen- it is a special, educational cut that Dinesh created specifically for high school students! After the movie we are working on a skype interview with Dinesh himself! Our students will also have the opportunity to participate in a legislative committee hearing at the Capitol! For our members, we have the opportunity to hear from our amazing new Republican legislators, our luncheon speaker is CRP Vice Chair Harmeet Dhillon, and afterwards an informative program on Women in Politics by GrassRoots Lab. Be sure to get your registration in by April 13th to avoid a late fee. Remember to fill out the form completely, even the lunch preference portion! Please also be sure to make your hotel reservation by April 7 to get the special room rate of $119 a night. The Holiday Inn Express is not set up to do online reservations so please call the number on the registration form in Call to Advocacy or here (877-408-0083). Be sure to tell the reservations agent you are with the California Federation of Republican Women (CFRW) to get the special rate of $119. Remember to sign up for the Hands on Workshop for the New NFRW Data Base on Tuesday, April 21st, with NFRW Membership Chair, Frederika Verhulst! We look forward to seeing you April 20 & 21 in Sacramento. ◼ CLICK HERE for the Call to Advocacy!
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Pres Clinton in 1994 announcing "framework" in which "North Korea will freeze & dismantle its nuclear program"
Amazing how similar this language is to Obama's speech on Thursday. https://t.co/mDpPPmgIbw— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) April 4, 2015
Pres Clinton in 1994 announcing "framework" in which "North Korea will freeze & dismantle its nuclear program" https://t.co/HLC6jSZrZe— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) April 4, 2015
...After the Muslim countries murdered thousands of Jews and forced hundreds of thousands to leave the host Muslim countries, the Muslims had no one left to persecute. So, the “extremists have turned on the Christians
Truth seeping into the public discourse: White House officials defend Somalia strategy as counterterrorism model http://t.co/ulXGASoLzY— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) April 4, 2015
KENYA ERUPTS http://t.co/kSmrmoWsBP— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 4, 2015
California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography.
We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people. Second, the mandated restrictions will bring home another truth as lawns die, pools empty, and boutique gardens shrivel in the coastal corridor from La Jolla to Berkeley: the very idea of a 20-million-person corridor along the narrow, scenic Pacific Ocean and adjoining foothills is just as unnatural as “big” agriculture’s Westside farming. The weather, climate, lifestyle, views, and culture of coastal living may all be spectacular, but the arid Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay-area megalopolises must rely on massive water transfers from the Sierra Nevada, Northern California, or out-of-state sources to support their unnatural ecosystems.
Now that no more reservoir water remains to divert to the Pacific Ocean, the exasperated Left is damning “corporate” agriculture (“Big Ag”) for “wasting” water on things like hundreds of thousands of acres of almonds and non-wine grapes. But the truth is that corporate giants like “Big Apple,” “Big Google,” and “Big Facebook” assume that their multimillion-person landscapes sit atop an aquifer. They don’t—at least, not one large enough to service their growing populations....
We’re suffering the ramifications of the “small is beautiful,” “spaceship earth” ideology of our cocooned elites. Californians have adopted the ancient peasant mentality of a limited good, in which various interests must fight it out for the always scarce scraps. Long ago we jettisoned the can-do visions of our agrarian forebears, who knew California far better than we do and trusted nature far less. Now, like good peasants, we are at one another’s throats for the last drops of a finite supply. KEEP READING
Friday, April 3, 2015
Blood Moon With Total Lunar Eclipse & Eerie Biblical Message Rising Over U.S. Easter, Passover Weekend
The action begins at 3:16 a.m. PDT on the morning of April 4 when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow.
For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately covering the entire moon at 4:58 a.m. PDT.
The total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century on the morning of Easter Vigil, traditionally observed as the period between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The eclipse also falls within the first night of Passover, observed by Jews worldwide beginning Friday at sunset....
Some Christians believe the blood moon lunar eclipse tetrad could be connected to Jesus’ return — or signify a world-changing event about to take place.
According to the King James Bible, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes,” (Joel 2:31).
Regardless of your religious beliefs, it will be a breathtaking spectacle you’ll want to wake up early to see. Just make sure to be outside no later than 4:58 a.m. PDT to watch the transition.
◼ MARCH JOBS LAME - CNBC
◼ RECORD 93,175,000 AMERICANS NOT WORKING - CNS
◼ Record 12,202,000 Blacks Not In Labor Force - CNS
◼ Record 56,131,000 Women - Breitbart
◼ January, February jobs numbers revised down dramatically AP
◼ Fed Cuts Growth Forecast to ZERO - 24 Wall St.
And God definitely cried on this Good Friday. 147 #Christian #Kenyan students separated from #Muslims, lined up & shot.
Survivor: 'There were bullets everywhere': Survivors of the deadliest terror attack in Kenya in mo... http://t.co/O7PcUogWaV .. from CNN— Reema Jaiswal (@reemajaiswal68) April 3, 2015
Kenya attack survivors say campus bloodbath was planned, targeted Christians http://t.co/3zMZmIkUVX— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 3, 2015
WASH POST LEAD SATURDAY: Kenya massacre demonstrates limits of Obama's approach to counter-terrorism... http://t.co/qUsVcgj57u— Drudge Siren (@Drudge_Siren) April 4, 2015
The militants "roved dorm to dorm, separating Christian from Muslim students and killing the Christians." http://t.co/fcR6cDRyUx— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) April 3, 2015
Kenya's college massacre indicates growing threat from Somalia's Al-Shabab http://t.co/91reu4N0hL— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 3, 2015
where is all the coverage on the massacre in kenya?— doc (@thedylandoherty) April 3, 2015
Pres Obama says "the future of Kenya will not be defined by violence and terror," a message he says he''ll deliver during his visit in July.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 3, 2015
Horrific massacre of Kenyan Christians. We must wake up to this threat and destroy radical Islamic terrorism http://t.co/7UEfB8wNhr -SKW— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) April 3, 2015
◼ Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו
I just came from a meeting of the Israeli cabinet. We discussed the proposed framework for a deal with Iran. The cabinet is united in strongly opposing the proposed deal.
This deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten the very survival of the State of Israel.
The deal would not shut down a single nuclear facility in Iran, would not destroy a single centrifuge in Iran and will not stop R&D on Iran's advanced centrifuges.
On the contrary. The deal would legitimize Iran's illegal nuclear program. It would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. A vast nuclear infrastructure remains in place.
The deal would lift sanctions almost immediately and this at the very time that Iran is stepping up its aggression and terror in the region and beyond the region.
In a few years, the deal would remove the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, enabling Iran to have a massive enrichment capacity that it could use to produce many nuclear bombs within a matter of months.
The deal would greatly bolster Iran's economy. It would give Iran thereby tremendous means to propel its aggression and terrorism throughout the Middle East.
Such a deal does not block Iran's path to the bomb. Such a deal paves Iran's path to the bomb. And it might very well spark a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East and it would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.
Now, some say that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That's not true. There is a third alternative – standing firm, increasing the pressure on Iran until a good deal is achieved.
And finally let me say one more thing. Iran is a regime that openly calls for Israel's destruction and openly and actively works towards that end. Just two days ago, in the midst of the negotiations in Lausanne, the commander of the Basij security forces in Iran said this: "The destruction of Israel is non-negotiable."
Well, I want to make clear to all. The survival of Israel is non-negotiable. Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period.
In addition, Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel's right to exist.
SCEPTICS SOUND NOTE OF CAUTION AMID JUBILATION OVER IRAN NUKE DEAL... http://t.co/nTbyIAbb66— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 4, 2015
Thank you Iowa for a terrific couple of days. On to South Carolina in the morning! https://t.co/l9g0EwPZIF— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 3, 2015
Iran hangs gays; Obama gives them regional domination and nukes. But he'll go to war over Indiana gay wedding pizzas. pic.twitter.com/NgOEJmR9XK— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 3, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
#MemoriesPizza: More than
$445,000 $500,761 $721,440 $734,909 $790,372 $805,962 $835,164 has now been donated to Memories Pizza in Indiana
BOOM!! Donations to Pizzeria attacked for Christian faith topping $800,000!!! http://t.co/hwkOTionT9 pic.twitter.com/YT1XL0BhZE
— The Right Scoop (@TheRightScoop) April 3, 2015
.@DLoesch .@ChrisLoesch .@LawrenceBJones3 #MemoriesPizza in line to be 2nd All-Time Most Successful GoFundMe account. http://t.co/X0R1o32TFl
— Srcih Lelrim (@ChrisAMillerNow) April 3, 2015
Indiana pizzeria owners go dark as donations near $1 million: http://t.co/rTsXKVd16J pic.twitter.com/n1DPyFh8Cm
— The Hill (@thehill) April 3, 2015
Can we hit 500K for #MemoriesPizza! I think we can! Thanks @DLoesch Christians are doing it proper!! #WakeUpAmerica pic.twitter.com/vU2U1LofV9
— Wayne DuPree ★彡 (@WayneDupreeShow) April 3, 2015
Here Are 21 Liberals Who Are Foaming at the Mouth Angry Because of Donations to Christian Pizzeria http://t.co/jN4XAtxuyK
— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) April 3, 2015
Here's the REAL #MemoriesPizza real story that @alyssa_marino & @ABC57News chose not to tell. http://t.co/gSSKqs5DsC
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 3, 2015
◼ A beaming Iranian foreign minister emerged from the meeting rooms in Switzerland to announce that all of the theocracy’s major demands had been met. According to the new provisions released on the nuclear deal, Iran will get to both keep active its centrifuges and receive sanctions relief. - John Hayward/Breitbart @Doc_o
Most of the President’s remarks consisted of declarations about how “historic” the deal was, straw-man false choices about how the only alternative to his deal is an immediate regional war, excuses about how his supposedly awesome bargain with Iran was the best anyone could have managed under impossible circumstances, and loads of rhetoric about how dedicated to Middle Eastern stability he is. There were loads of promises about how inspections would be so rigorous that Iran could not possibly break the deal, even though they have successfully bamboozled, or outright defied, every previous attempt to monitor their nuclear program. The Iranians knew all along that what Obama most desired was an opportunity to give speeches like this. The messy details can be dealt with later.
The President made rhetorical gestures toward the security of American allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia under the terms of this agreement. The former nation is now headed by the most vindicated man in the world – Benjamin Netanyau predicted the outcome of Obama’s wheeling and dealing with Iran almost to the word. The latter will now scramble to purchase nuclear weapons of its own, as will everyone else who doesn’t want to find out when Iran’s nuclear umbrella will really snap open, or be caught unarmed beneath it.
One curious detail that stood out from the President’s remarks was his assertion that, without this deal, Iran might have been only 2 to 3 months away from having a nuclear weapon. That is the kind of timetable Obama and his spokespeople have been deriding for years as uninformed scaremongering, but now it turns out that was a reasonable estimate after all?
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Arabic Twitter account announces deal by saying the Ayatollah has meet and beat his enemies pic.twitter.com/JW5zvqexMg— Bill (@DefendWallSt) April 2, 2015
Iran Already Accusing Obama Of Lying About “Agreement To Make Agreement” http://t.co/jWID0eD9E7— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) April 3, 2015
◼ What do you think happens when a gay, like SUPER gay Crowder tries to get a super gay wedding cake baked at a Muslim bakery? I’m pretty sure you can guess, but you might as well watch this week’s adventure to Dearborn, MI to find out! - Louder With Crowder
◼ INDIANA INSANITY [UPDATED] - Powerline
Carly Fiorina: We know the Iranian gov’t has flat-out lied about every nuclear facility they’ve built in the past 3 decades
We know the Iranian gov’t has flat-out lied about every nuclear facility they’ve built in the past 3 decades. http://t.co/mRZlDr0g8Y— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) April 2, 2015
Since last fall, independent voters have overtaken Republicans in Humboldt County and in Burbank, Dublin and several other cities. No-party preference voters outnumber GOP registrants in 172 cities, according to Monday’s report from the Secretary of State’s Office.
Independent voters outnumber Democrats in 14 cities, but not in any county, the records show.
As of Feb. 20, Republicans made up 27.98 percent of the electorate, down a percentage point since February 2013. Republicans are the dominant party affiliation in 31 counties and 167 cities, including Bakersfield, Santa Clarita and Huntington Beach.... KEEP READING
Instead of building dams, reservoirs and fighting to preserve every drop of water he can for Californians, Jerry Brown has chosen to waste his political capital on a train
California Gov. Jerry Brown orders state’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions http://t.co/JiQ7WeMxX6— Watchdog.org (@Watchdogorg) April 3, 2015
◼ JERRY’S FOLLY: TURNING CALIFORNIA BROWN TO APPEASE THE GREENS - Assemblyman Tim Donnelly/Breitbart
...Jerry Brown has chosen to waste his political capital on a train that no one wants, which California can’t afford–and he’s stealing people’s land and closing down businesses in order to do it. And now, finally in his fifth year as governor, he finally decides to act on the drought—and, in quintessential Jerry Brown style, he blames those who have nothing to do with creating the crisis and threatens to penalize them if they don’t comply.
Remind you of how he dealt with Sacramento’s addiction to overspending? Right—he blamed us, raised our taxes and threatened to cut our kids’ favorite programs in our schools if we didn’t comply and vote to raise our own taxes again.
In case you missed the news, Gov. Jerry Brown has decided that in spite of his unwillingness to act, you are the problem, so he’s declared a state of emergency in order to grant government even more sweeping control over your life.
Never forget the mantra of the guru of leftists like Brown, or Rahm Emanuel, in the Saul Alinksy tradition: never let a good crisis go to waste, and if you don’t have one, create one.
So in response to Jerry Brown’s massive mismanagement of our most precious natural resource—water—the governor has ordered you to conserve 25% or there will be hell to pay. Mandatory conservation or you will face fines or even have your water cut off....
You’d think if the crisis was as bad as Jerry Brown makes it out to be, he’d have acted long before now. Instead, he wants all of us to pay for his failure to act.
You might remember that when the water bond was first proposed, I was the lone “no” vote. Later, when it came back for a 2nd vote, Brown scrambled to get a Democrat–Wes Chesboro–to join me in opposing the pork-ridden, too-little, too late-excuse-for-a-water infrastructure-bond. He did that to prevent me from writing the opposing argument in the ballot pamphlet delivered to every voter in the state. Instead of my hard-hitting critique, Brown succeeded in getting someone farther left than himself to make a weak, ineffectual appeal.
All this adds up to one conclusion. The failure to act by the most powerful governor in the most significant agricultural in the world, was not an oversight–it was intentional.
By declaring a state of emergency, the governor can take what he’s described as “unprecedented” action. Mandatory rationing is just the beginning.
Agreement reached on 'framework' for final Iran nuke deal... Sanctions to be terminated... No nuke sites closed...
Obama: "Iran was concealing a covert nuclear facility." He's talking about Fordow, which he just agreed to keep open and running— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) April 2, 2015
A survey for progressives and journalists: Whom else should the government compel into service in the name of non-discrimination?
A survey for progressives and journalists: Whom else should the government compel into service in the name of ... http://t.co/9dVoTSY6Hl— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 2, 2015
Text of the amendment to Indiana's RFRA here: http://t.co/WrdrnPQJUD— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) April 2, 2015
◼ Protecting Obama’s friends - Politico
DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner◼ Destroying his enemies - New York Times
Democrat Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Hope liberals all enjoyed their two minute hate today! http://t.co/hkezY4ZuQS— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) April 1, 2015
Memories Pizza Place May Never Re-Open, Due to Death Threats http://t.co/h7EuCFJCh4— AoSHQ (@AoSHQ) April 1, 2015
In 2015, Democrats are calling in death threats to a pizza shop whose owner agrees with what was Barack Obama's official position in 2008.— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) April 2, 2015
Nothing says tolerance & normal behavior like let's burn down a pizza joint.— Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) April 2, 2015
If Memories Pizza had lied, and repeated the expected answer, it would be fine now—*even if the mob had known it was lying*. That's creepy.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 2, 2015
Almost $145K http://t.co/lz8cWlzIY2— RB (@RBPundit) April 2, 2015
You know what would be awesome right now? A fresh hot slice of Indiana pizza, with pepperoni, mushrooms and FREEDOM!— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) April 2, 2015
Text of the amendment to Indiana's RFRA here: http://t.co/WrdrnPQJUD— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) April 2, 2015
...“Hate speech” legislation is designed to prevent any conflict over these issues. If these protected practices are considered “rights,” we are legally prohibited from discussing the consequences of exercising them. The “solution” silences anyone who defends marriage, life, or family. Since all audiences are now populated by people who live in abnormal family arrangements, it is thought best to forbid any discussion that might establish objective, reasonable grounds for opposing or criticizing same-sex marriages, fetal experimentation, divorce, or any similar arrangement.
In a way, this political arrangement is a modern version of what Thomas Hobbes proposed to do to eliminate the causes of dissent in seventeenth century England. By identifying religious and philosophical ideas as the cause of civil discontent, Hobbes was able to justify giving the state absolute power over public expression. This prevention was accomplished by the presumed fear of violent death if the law was violated. In a way, modern public opinion produces the same effect, a kind of civil death in which a reasonable position is simply said not to exist. If we do not allow anything but what the state or the culture permits, no matter what it is, we will end up with a “peaceful” society that has been intimidated and ridiculed into silence....
The lesson of Indiana’s RFRA controversy is that if anything, we have underestimated the commitment of the secular left to enforce fealty within a naked public square, where tolerance is no longer a virtue and the power of government must be used to stamp out dissent.
...It’s instructive to observe George Stephanopoulos’s behavior on this topic, given his role as a very public shill for the Democratic Party. He’s not interested in having a debate on the subject or in acknowledging the importance of RFRAs – something he obviously did two decades ago while working for President Clinton. He’s interested in spouting aggressive talking points to frame Republicans as bigots for giving people the ability to defend their religious freedom in the courts. That’s the entire goal here: turn religious liberty into something that lives within the bounds of scare quotes.
And this goal is motivated not just by the political aims of the left, but by a broad rejection of tolerance as a virtue. It was all well and good when tolerance was about conservatives and religious types swallowing their objections and going along with things – but now that the left is being asked to do the same thing? Forget about it....
The Left wages total war; and then plays victim http://t.co/jbuwftrU4z— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 1, 2015
With the US on the brink of signing an agreement that will lift the crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for alleged guarantees that Iran will limit its nuclear ambitions to peaceful means, the Observer urges President Obama not to place his personal hunger for a legacy issue ahead of his most solemn duty – protecting America’s national security.
...The Iran deal is a march toward the nuclear abyss hand-in-hand with the world’s largest exporter of terrorism– the patron of Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthi militias in Yemen, Shiite militias in Iraq, and operatives killing Jews in Argentina. Regrettably, a naïve, petulant President Obama sees this as a crowning part of his legacy and nothing will stand in his way.
Until Mr. Obama released a 1987 classified report detailing Israel’s nuclear program, we believed that the president’s Iranian policy was motivated by a different vision of America’s interests in the Middle East. Admittedly, it is one that would be difficult to dissect, let alone to explain.
But Mr. Obama’s latest petulant act shows that this is not a president motivated by policy but by personal feelings. He sacrificed the security of our close ally and its seven million citizens because he felt slighted. How else does one explain that Israel’s nuclear program is made public while the report’s description of the programs of our NATO partners is redacted?
We might call for Mr. Obama to find his inner Churchill and walk away from this tragedy, but we would be happy if he would simply find the character of the “real” Neville Chamberlain, who when dealing from a position of America’s strength would never have signed a deal with the devil. Ultimately, this deal will come back to haunt Mr. Obama’s legacy far more than Munich haunted Chamberlain’s. KEEP READING
Great, Now the Fools Are In a Frantic Rush: Obstacles persist as talks on Iran’s nuclear program move into overtime http://t.co/Md4rtsRfi2— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) April 1, 2015
APRIL FOOLS: Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; Russia says 'key aspects' agreed...
Bibi Blasts Talks After Iranian General Says 'Israel's Destruction Is Non-Negotiable'...
'But Evidently Giving Iran's Murderous Regime a Clear Path to the Bomb Is Negotiable'...
Tehran refuses to give up enriched material...
Iranian plane buzzes Navy copter...
PAPER: Even Chamberlain would not make deal Obama eager to conclude...
REPORT: Obama Advisor Worked for Pro-Khamenei Lobbying Group...
Saudis Make Own Moves...
Yemen nears 'total collapse' as Mideast powers trade blame...
...Benjamin Netanyahu apparently bothered President Obama. What could that possibly entail, given the historic alliance between Israel and the United States? From the petty malice of Obama-administration aides leaking slurs that Netanyahu was a coward and chickens–t to the fundamental malevolence of community-organizing Netanyahu’s opponents in an effort to defeat him at the polls to leaking previously classified information about Israel’s nuclear deterrent, the message is again Chicagoan....
During the seven years when Obama faced election, reelection, and two midterm elections, he warned on over 20 occasions that it would be neither legal nor ethical to grant executive amnesties to illegal aliens. What was stunning about his refrain was the high-minded manner in which he disarmed his base by warning them that he could not act unconstitutionally. But once he faced no more referenda on his power, he cared little about polls that showed widespread disapproval of amnesty, and simply began issuing the sort of presidential fiats that he had correctly said he didn’t have the power to issue.
The Right was shocked by the brazen hypocrisy of Obama, who once warned the country of just the sort of renegade president that he proved to be. But that again misses the point. Obama was not embarrassed, but emboldened, by the disconnect, as if to say, “I not only bypassed Congress to issue amnesties, but also refuted my own warnings that to do so would be illegal. And so what are you going about it?” If the speeder goes through a red light with impunity right in front of a parked patrolman, what then do we think of the patrolman, the speeder — and the sanctity of traffic lights? ...
What then is the full Obama presidency? It is the quest for extralegal power not just by ignoring the law, tradition, or custom, but by doing so flagrantly and without concern, to the point of rendering critics impotent — and thereby accruing even more power to enrage and embarrass them. In similar circumstances, the Roman biographer Suetonius noted of the Twelve Caesars that the offense itself was not so much the point, but rather the demonstration of committing the offense with impunity and disdain.
Once that pen-and-phone threshold has been crossed, anything is possible — and even the critics of Obama now belatedly accept that. In brilliantly diabolical fashion, the president of the United States has all but ruined the Democratic party in Congress and the state legislatures, but has also confounded his Republican opponents by not caring a whit about his own nihilism — as if he is supposed to worry about ending the congressional careers of his supposed allies?
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells @TODAYshow she is not running, and will not run, for president.— TheBlazeNOW (@TheBlazeNOW) March 31, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Insists She Won't Make Presidential Run http://t.co/hmSO9CfsLI— Newsmax (@Newsmax_Media) March 31, 2015
Elizabeth Warren: Give Hillary Clinton a chance http://t.co/XMN6JWS3gI— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) March 31, 2015
Obama administration refuses to negotiate openly w/ Iran because the deal is terrible and they know it.
Obama administration refuses to negotiate openly w/ Iran because the deal is terrible and they know it. http://t.co/XLhtneco07— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) March 31, 2015
Don't let a nuclear-armed Iran distract us from America's #1 threat - Indiana bakeries— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 29, 2015
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Rand Paul: Democrats Have Taken African-Americans for Granted http://t.co/MlVU9GCy9B— Newsmax (@Newsmax_Media) March 30, 2015
Harry Reid is proud he lied about Mitt Romney's taxes http://t.co/kCHq01f1uf— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 31, 2015
For the the left, the end always justifies the means. Here is a crystal clear example from Harry Reid. https://t.co/ORocWoXbaG— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) March 31, 2015
Your Questions On Indiana's Religious Freedom Bill, Answered http://t.co/WRaQ1gvjaF— Matt Dawson (@SaintRPh) March 31, 2015
◼ With the cacophonous debate on both sides of this issue, it’s hard to know what the heck is actually going on. So here are the nine things you need to know about Indiana’s new religious freedom law. - Casey Harper/Daily Caller
1. The law is based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which says that the government “may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” only “in the furtherance of a compelling government interest” and using “the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest.” The Indiana law is not specifically targeted at gay people and does not even mention sexuality, but gay rights advocates say the law’s language is ripe for abuse.
2. This law is not a get out of jail free card for “discriminators.” ...
3. In the approximately 20 years RFRA has been federal law, not a single person has successfully used RFRA to circumvent civil rights laws. Some people have tried and failed.
4. This law already exists in different forms at the federal level and in 19 states across the country. Those laws passed without nearly the same hullabaloo.
5. A large reason for the controversy now is that, as American Civil Liberties Union Director Jane Henegar puts it, many believe “the bill was introduced as a backlash reaction to achieving marriage equality for same-sex couples in Indiana.” The previous RFRA laws passed before gay marriage was such an issue....
6. Indiana’s RFRA law is different in one large way. The law has more explicit language that allows businesses or individuals to invoke RFRA in civil disputes. ...
7. Indiana does not have a law explicitly prohibiting discrimination against gay people. Many other states do.
8. This is a largely symbolic fight that will have little effect on gay discrimination cases in Indiana, of which there are few.
9. There is a growing list of companies, governments and celebrities vowing to boycott the state because of the law.... read the whole article at The Daily Caller
All the lies told about an Indiana law http://t.co/p6dRSZQ6BC— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 31, 2015
On one side is the CEO of the world's largest company. On the other is a 70-year-old grandma baker. http://t.co/CfUh5oMeXR— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) March 31, 2015
◼ An amusing struggle as the press tries to explain why RFRA is different from all those other laws - HotAir
It took some prodding from conservative outlets, but the media has at long last begun to grudgingly admit that virtually identical laws are on the books in nearly two dozen other states and on the federal level, many bearing the signatures of Democrats. This has left liberal opponents sputtering and side stepping in their attempts to say, well yeah, but this is way worse because… Republicans!
...Hey! When we passed this thing you never said it was going to be used to protect Christians!!...
◼ "This protest movement against Indiana’s Religious-Freedom Restoration Act has gotten completely out of hand. The outrage is based on lies, misinformation, and propaganda about things that are not even in the law." - Paula Bollard/PjMedia
The People understand religious liberty. Media is creating alternate reality to bully @GovPenceIN. Just like gun control.— John Nolte (@NolteNC) March 31, 2015