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John 15:18-23 - If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hates me hates my Father also.

Matthew 10:14-22
 - And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.  

John 1:5 - And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  

John 3:22 - For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Acts 5:39-42 - ...and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
 
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Matthew 11:15-27 -  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.  

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John 1:1-14: "He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own and His received Him not. But as may as received Him, to then gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." 

Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." 

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o Will our descendants know Biblical moral virtue/a> or progressive political correctness?
o Will our descendants know the difference between a Republic and Democracy?
o Will out descendants live under the Republic or will progressive Democrats and RINOs be successful in "fundamentally transforming" the Republic into Marxism?

  • Isaiah 32:5-6 - "The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail."
  • Patrick Henry - "It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains."
  • James Madison - "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
  • Charles-Louis De Secondat - "The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded."  
  • George Washington, in an address to the officers of the army, March 15, 1783 - "...the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”  
  • Daniel Webster - "God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." 
  • Elmer Davis, American writer - "The republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it."
  • American socialist, Norman Thomas - "...under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program." 
  • Thomas Jefferson - "The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”
  • Candidus - "[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them."
  • Frederick Douglass (Rochester, 1857) - "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
  • Professor Alexander Tytler? - "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship." 
  • General Douglas MacArthur - "History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster."

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o Conservatives Praise ‘The Giver’ As Cautionary Tale of Failed Utopia - By Barbara Hollingsworth - Conservatives are praising “The Giver,” a film depicting a futuristic society that has eliminated both personal freedom and human emotion, as a warning against the temptations of utopianism. ...“’The Giver’ demonstrates how even well-intended government can wind up crushing individual freedoms, turning utopian dreams into dystopian reality. This is a well-made and thought-provoking film,” DeMint added. ...“It’s refreshing to see Hollywood produce a cautionary tale that demonstrates the danger and sadness inherent in relying on government to protect us from all unpleasantness,” former Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of the Heritage Foundation, told CNSNews.com.
   Produced by Walden Media, directed by Phillip Noyce, and starring Hollywood A-listers Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, the film is based on Lois Lowry’s 1993 Newbery Award-winning novel of the same name.
   Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas described the film, which was released August 15, as “’Brave New World’ meets ‘The Matrix’ with a dash of ‘The Stepford Wives’ thrown in.” The movie depicts a rigidly repressive society that has attempted to eliminate all of the human distinctions that lead to conflict. Everyone dresses alike, and ubiquitous cameras observe every interaction. Children are not raised by their biological parents, but by family units assigned to them. Jobs are chosen by the elders.  

o Introducing kids to adult/youth “gay clubs” in communities, outside of schools. (MassResistance.org) - (LGBT TEACHERS CONFERENCE IN BOSTON PART V) A dangerous intro to “gay sex.” POSTED: August 21, 2014 Probably the fastest and most dangerous way that schoolchildren are introduced to homosexual behavior is through adult-youth “community” gay clubs, which are run by homosexual (and transgender) activist adults and seek to attract local high school and middle school children. This is the fifth part in our series on this year's annual GLSEN Conference held in Boston in April 2014 which brought together LGBT teachers, school officials, and education activists (and their "allies") -- along with children as young as fifth grade -- where they outlined their latest tactics for the schools.

o [Watch] These Are The Communists Inside Our Government That Allen West Warned Us About - By Rick Wells - If you wonder how things have gotten so messed up in our country and how the government doesn’t seem to represent the people anymore, it is because a movement is underway to destroy us. Rep Allen West helped blow the whistle on these people two years ago. They are what used to be known as communists, having rebranded themselves with the stealthier, less offensive label of “Progressive.” A key organization in their implementation of Communist policy within the United States Government is the “Congressional Progressive Caucus.” Aside from changing their stripes, the threatening un-American animal within is the same.
   They don’t hold traditional American values, in fact, they are working to undermine and destroy them. They have established Communist values and are engaged in the broad effort to transform America into a socialist country. That is the fundamental change one of their former members, B. Hussein Obama spoke of prior to the 2008 election.
   The purpose behind flooding the nation with easily manipulated, obedient Central America peasants is the transformation of America into a socialist country through the vote and social dependence. They use racial motivation and accusations of racism as tools, particularly in view of their current weapon of choice, the illiterate Central American peasant. A foolish American public, voting based upon euphoria, race, guilt or impulse rather than a record and knowledge of their candidate, led by a controlled propaganda media helped to put them in power.
   They hold high positions of power and influence in Washington DC, with one of their more infamous members and former chairperson of the Congressional Progressive Caucus being Nancy Pelosi, who relinquished that position when she became the Speaker of the House. Another notable former member is the current occupier of the White House, B. Hussein Obama, as well as the self avowed Communist Senator, Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Raśl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) are key players in the Amnesty and Illegal Alien Importation Project currently underway.
   Harry Reid’s Congressman of choice, lapdog Steven Horsford (D-NV), who conducted much of his legwork for him in the Bundy Ranch standoff and who recently toured Border Patrol holding facilities with Nancy Pelosi is among the members earning his socialist credentials. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), inexplicably a member of the Homeland Security Committee, who believes that the Constitution is a 400 year-old document, as well as the ever-indictable Charlie Rangel (D-NY) are members. Keith Ellison (D-MI), the first Muslim member of Congress is another of those working to change America from within as a co-chair.
   Make no mistake about it, these people and those who empower them are the greatest threat to our nation. Vladimir Putin has no power over America compared to these subversives who are working from the inside to achieve our national destruction.
   The following list of Congressional Progressive Caucus members is from their website:
   Co-Chairs: Keith Ellison, Raśl Grijalva
   Vice Chairs: Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Michael Honda, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Jan Schakowsky
   Whip: Barbara Lee
   Senate Member: Bernie Sanders
   House Members (58): Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Suzanne Bonamici, Corrine Brown, Michael Capuano, Andre Carson, Matt Cartwright, Donna Christensen, Katherine Clark, Yvette Clarke, Steve Cohen, John Conyers, Elijah Cummings, Danny Davis, Peter DeFazio, Rosa DeLauro, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Lois Frankel, Marcia Fudge, Alan Grayson, Luis Gutierrez, Janice Hahn, Rush Holt, Michael Honda, Steven Horsford, Jared Huffman, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson, Joe Kennedy III, John Lewis, David Loebsack, Alan Lowenthal, Carolyn Maloney, Jim McDermott, James McGovern, George Miller, Gwen Moore, Jim Moran, Jerrold Nadler, Rick Nolan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frank Pallone, Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Charles Rangel, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Jose Serrano, Louise Slaughter, Mark Takano, Bennie Thompson, Nydia Velazquez, Maxine Waters, Peter Welch, Frederica Wilson 

o Who Are The 81 Socialists In Congress (RestoreAmericanLiberty.com) Before we answer the question posed above, it is vitally important to understand that those within the radical left wing movement in America today no longer call themselves “socialists” or “communists” (or even “liberals” in some cases). The radical left wing has rebranded itself as the “Progressive Movement” and “progressives” are presently operating at the highest levels in our government and advancing their socialist ideology, while shielded from the vilifying labels of “communism” and “socialism”.
   Why was rebranding necessary? Why do socialists and communists now call themselves “progressives”? Part of the answer can be found in a recent PEW Research Center survey which indicated that 68% of Americans react positively to the word “Progressive” while only 23% have a negative reaction. On the other hand, 59% of Americans have a negative reaction to the word “Socialism” while only 29% have a positive reaction to the word. But don’t be confused by the name change.
   Slick marketing does not change the fact that the terms “Progressive” and “Socialist” are virtually synonymous in politics today; nor does it change the fact that the most prominent manifestation of the socialist (progressive) political machine today, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), presently holds the reins of power and constitutes the largest voting block of Democrats in House of Representatives. This group of 81 representatives and senators has deep and long-standing ties to the socialist movement in America and is presently pushing its Marxist agenda into legislation, strategically dismantling the constitution in the process.

o ISIS, James Foley and the President’s Tepid Response to the “Religion of Peace” (Thomas Moore Law Center) As ISIS videotaped the brutal beheading of an American journalist, its spokesman, in perfect English, warned President Obama and the American people that more deaths are coming if the US does not submit to their demands. The President’s tepid response this afternoon was disappointing. Even at this time of sorrow for the barbaric murder of Jim Foley, President Obama could not help but to give credence to the “good cop/bad cop” routine which Muslims have consistently used to blunt our ability to effectively deal with the true threat posed by radical Islam itself.  But Obama’s approach is not new.  For years Americans have endured the deception spewed out by politicians pandering for Muslim votes, our own government, and Muslim apologists that “Islam is a religion of peace”. . .  . . . even as fellow Americans were being blown to bits and murdered by Islamic terrorists, from the 9/11 attacks, to the Fort Hood massacre, and the Boston Marathon bombing.
   ...WWII could have been prevented and millions of lives saved if only our leaders had taken more seriously what Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf and said in his speeches.  Koran-believing Muslims consider the slaughter of Americans moral and holy. Let’s not make the same mistake with these jihadists as we did with Hitler. Take them seriously. The Koran commands Muslims to engage in a holy war (Jihad) in order to impose Islam and Shariah Law on the entire world. “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in  wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” (Koran 9:5) Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi of the Muslim Brotherhood told a youth conference in Toledo, Ohio in 1998,  “We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America.”
   ...Islam is more than a religion.  It is a political ideology that calls for Islamic domination of the world.  Moreover, it’s incumbent on Muslims to make war upon non-Muslims until all nations submit. And that includes the United States. This is what the co-founder of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) said to a California audience in 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”  

o Bridal Shop Bullied For Not Participating in Lesbian Wedding - By Barbara Hollingsworth (CNSNews.com) --  The Christian owners of a bridal boutique in Pennsylvania who refused to make wedding gowns for two lesbians and bridesmaids dresses for their cross-dressing groomsmen were bullied for sticking to their religious beliefs.
Al Luschas, an attorney representing Victoria and Thomas Miller - proprietors of W.W. Bridal Boutique, which has been family owned and operated for two decades in Bloomsburg, Penn. - said they were victims of “very vicious attacks across the board” even though they did nothing illegal.
   The attacks included “very, very nasty telephone messages in which people said ‘I hope you get raped,’ or ‘I hope your children get raped,’ and a whole series of violet threats,” Luschas told CNSNews.com. In addition to the verbal threats, Luschas added, some people posted “false bad reviews online.”
“Their website was also hacked by a group, which posted on their website that they had gone out of business. Two local news stations then broadcast that they had gone out of business, so they were fielding frantic calls from girls who had ordered wedding dresses. It’s been a difficult time for these people,” he said. According to the shop's website, customers can now be seen "by appointment only."
   Luschas, who noted that the Millers have been “instructed not to comment,” declined to say whether the couple intends to pursue legal action.
However, a town spokeswoman told CNSNews.com that the Bloomsburg Town Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee will meet on August 26th to discuss a proposed ordinance that Luschas says would “make any discrimination against gays and lesbians illegal.”

o The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare - By Terence Jeffrey - 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded 'means-tested programs' ... as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. ... When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs ... were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012. ... How do you put in perspective the 109,631,000 people taking welfare, or the 150,026,000 getting some type of federal benefit other than veterans' benefits? Well, the CIA World Factbook says there are 142,470,272 people in Russia. So, the 150,026,000 people getting non-veterans federal benefits in the United States at the end of 2012 outnumbered all the people in Russia. ... In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, there were 103,087,000 full-time year-round workers in the United States (including 16,606,000 full-time year-round government workers). Thus, the welfare-takers outnumbered full-time year-round workers by 6,544,000.

o Sign the Petition for the United States and International Community to Defeat ISIS. A Plea on Behalf of Victims of ISIS/ISIL Barbarism in Iraq 487 8.64k 37 The so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS/ISIL) is conducting a campaign of genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and others in Iraq.  In its fanatical effort to establish a caliphate, ISIS/ISIL has engaged in crimes against humanity by deliberately causing mass starvation and dehydration, and by committing unconscionable acts of barbarism against noncombatants, including defenseless women, children, and elderly persons.

o Faulty Ideas About Marriage - By Phyllis Schlafly - We hear people say the libertarian view is to "get the government out of marriage." But where did that slogan come from? There is simply no basis for that notion in the works of classic libertarian writers. As a Harvard graduate student, I was present for what could be considered the beginning of libertarian thought in America.
   It was the first American speech by Friedrich Hayek following the worldwide success of "The Road to Serfdom," which had been read by millions of Americans through its publication in the Reader's Digest. The thesis of Hayek's great book is that government efforts to redistribute the benefits and burdens of economic activity inevitably involve a loss of individual freedoms, which could lead to a totalitarian state, as happened in Germany and Russia. Now, 70 years later, Hayek's basic idea is part of most Republican stump speeches and forms the basis for Republicans' adamant opposition to Obamacare. But nothing in "The Road to Serfdom," or in any of Hayek's later works or those of his fellow Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, questioned the value or necessity of civil marriage in a free society. There is nothing to suggest that regulation of marriage was somehow inconsistent with individual freedom.
   Mises' American disciple, the radical libertarian Murray N. Rothbard, once famously proposed selling off lighthouses to private owners who would then be supported by voluntary contributions from passing ships. Rothbard wanted to privatize nearly everything, but he never suggested privatizing marriage.
   Another influential libertarian was the Russian-born novelist Ayn Rand, whose novels depict a titanic struggle between the creative geniuses who need maximum freedom to produce, versus the "looters" and "second-handers" who try to regulate them and share their wealth. Ayn Rand attacked Christianity and other conventional beliefs, but never questioned the value and necessity of civil marriage defined by law.
   If nothing in Hayek, Mises, Rothbard or Rand supports the abolition, redefinition, or privatization of marriage, then where did those ideas come from? The answer is that they came from writers on the left -- most significantly, from the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and published in 1848. To be sure, Marx did not originate the notion of undermining the family, which had been introduced by the utopian socialists Charles Fourier and Robert Owen, but he eagerly endorsed and propagated it. After Marx's death, his partner Friedrich Engels wrote a whole book elaborating on Marx's anti-family ideas.
   A major part of the Communist Manifesto is its unrelenting attack on the so-called "bourgeois family," which Marx believed was responsible for the inequality he despised. If communism was to succeed, he wrote, the bourgeois family had to be done away with. The bourgeois family is the Marxist term for what modern liberals call the "Ozzie and Harriet" or "nuclear" family. It means a husband and wife who are legally married to each other, using the husband's name, with the husband as provider and authority figure, and the wife as nurturing homemaker, and with both parents raising and educating their own children within the household.
   Marx hated the bourgeois family, not only because it provided the means of transmission and accumulation of private property, but also because the family controlled the formation and education of children. Marx wanted to break the family so that children could be raised and educated communally, free from patriarchal ties and religious beliefs.
   With all that history, which should be familiar to every educated American, it's incredible that we're now seeing the worst of Marxist ideas, the deconstruction of the family, presented in the name of libertarianism and even conservatism. Besides marriage, Marx's ideas on education have influenced too many education reformers on the right, including, unfortunately, the Bush family's obsession with remaking public education. George H.W. Bush wanted to be the "education president"; George W. Bush wanted to "leave no child behind"; and now Jeb Bush wants to impose the Common Core. As conservatives seek new leadership for 2016 and beyond, let's insist on candidates who recognize that marriage and the nuclear family are the essential foundation of a free and prosperous society.

o AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN AMERICA - By SCOTT LIVELY  - On June 28, 1969 the homosexual political movement, which had previously defined its goal as “the right to be left alone,” took a militant turn. At the Stonewall Bar on Christopher Street in New York City, “gay” activists rioted against police who tried to arrest an underage “drag queen” prostitute. That episode of violent rebellion is now commemorated annually as “Gay Pride Day.” Their inspiration was Herbert Marcuse, the German-born philosopher and political strategist who headed the “Frankfort School” of Cultural Marxism. From a perch in the highest branches of American academia Marcuse railed against “the repressive order of procreative sexuality” and called for the “disintegration of the…monogamic and patriarchal family.”*
   In 1972, two hundred homosexual organizations, representing the entire LGBT movement, met in Chicago to outline their Marcusian agenda: a blueprint for supplanting Biblical morality with sexual anarchy — in essence, the overthrow of family-centered Christian civilization. In 1973, their “long march through the institutions” began with the political takeover of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to redefine homosexuality as psychologically healthy.
   In 2013, after just forty years, the last secular institution to resist LGBT bullying was finally subdued: the Boy Scouts of America. One last barrier to “gay“ cultural hegemony remains: the Christian church. All of the battle-hardened “gay rights” activists with all of their formidable resources are mobilized for an assault on Christianity itself under the hijacked rainbow banner of “Gay Theology.” Indeed, the process has already begun, like the retreat of the tide before the tsunami.
   Recently I debated a young Christian pop star named Vicky Beeching on a British news program. Beeching, an attractive and charismatic woman with a large following among young people, has “come out” as a lesbian to tremendous fanfare by the secular media. She will undoubtedly lead many astray, but, importantly, she is only one agent among tens of thousands poised to lay siege to Biblical truth both from without and within the church walls.
   In late 2013 I began working on a simple tool to warn and equip the church to resist the impending onslaught. That finished tool is a brochure titled “NOT Just Another Sin” which succinctly summarizes the Biblical case against homosexuality from Genesis to Revelation. In short, the Bible identifies rampant homosexuality in society as the harbinger of God’s wrath. It is decidedly Not “just another sin.” This is not a marketing campaign. We are not offering the brochure for sale. We simply want your help to quickly disseminate the brochure to every Christian leader in America. We will provide as many copies of this brochure as you can use at our cost of $.07 per piece plus shipping and whatever donation you feel led to offer.**
   Alternatively, if you provide us an up-to-date list of pastors or other leaders we will send it to them ourselves (but please provide help with postage). Or if you desire to print your own supply, we will send you the artwork. If for any reason you dislike the brochure, we exhort you to take action in your own way to spread the warning and rally believers against this dangerous modern heresy called “gay theology.”
    Finally, if you have the courage to risk slander and persecution for associating with us, I am one of a small group of highly educated and experienced pro-family advocates available on a limited basis for speaking, seminars and Christian media interviews at sdllaw@gmail.com. The “perilous times” of II Timothy 3 have come. Let us stand together in Truth as His remnant, Pastor Scott Lively, J.D., Th.D.
   * Facts cited in this letter are documented in my article “Gay Agenda? What Gay Agenda?” at www.scottlively.net
   ** Donations should be made out to Abiding Truth Ministries, PO Box 2373, Springfield, MA 01101 or online at www.defendthefamily.com/help/donate.php
   WATCH PASTOR LIVELY’S DEBATE WITH UNREPENTANT HOMOSEXUAL AND APOSTATE SINGER/SONGWRITER VICKY BEECHING:

o Why Do Democrats Win With War on Women Talk? - By Genevieve Wood - “Democrats lie,” explains former California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina. “It’s propaganda. It’s shameless, baseless propaganda.” In an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina details her efforts to debunk the Left's war on women. Watch the full interview:

o Government to Farmers: Host Same-Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine - By Leslie Ford  & Ryan T. Anderson - Should the government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding? In a free society, the answer is no. Family farms should be free to operate in accordance with the beliefs and values of their owners. Government shouldn’t be able to fine citizens for acting in the market according to their own—rather than the government’s—values, unless there is a compelling government interest being pursued in the least restrictive way possible. But the New York State Division of Human Rights doesn’t see things this way. On August 8, it fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for acting on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman and thus declining to rent out their family farm for a same-sex wedding celebration. The Human Rights Commission ruled that “the nature and circumstances of the [Giffords’s] violation of the Human Rights Law also warrants a penalty.” This is coercive big government run amok.
    ...Unfortunately, New York’s Human Right’s law (Executive Law, art. 15) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation that trump the rights of business owners. Because the Giffords’ family farm is open to the public for business, New York classifies it as a “public accommodation” and then mandates that it not “discriminate” on the basis of sexual orientation.    Of course the Giffords were not engaging in any insidious discrimination—they were acting on their belief about the nature of marriage. They do not object to gay or lesbian customers attending the fall festivals, or going berry picking, or doing any of the other activities that the farm facilitates. The Giffords’ only objection is to being forced to abide by the government’s views on sexuality and host a same-sex wedding. The Human Rights Commission has now declared this historic belief about marriage to be “discrimination.”
   The Giffords must pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and pay $10,000 in civil damages penalty to New York State. If they can’t pay in 60 days, a nine percent interest rate will be added to that total. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Giffords must also institute anti-discriminationre-education classes and procedures for their staff. The question before all citizens is whether this law and this fine are just. Should the government be able to force family businesses to betray their consciences and participate in ceremonies that violate their beliefs? Should the government be in the business of “rehabilitating” consciences or “re-educating” its citizens to change their moral beliefs about the definition of marriage?
   Government should not create special legal privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Instead, government should protect the rights of Americans and the associations they form to act in the public square in accordance with their beliefs. The Giffords’ case illustrates the growing conflict between religious liberty rights and laws that grant special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a nation founded on limited government and religious freedom, government should not attempt to coerce any citizen, association, or business into celebrating same-sex relationships.

o Random Thoughts - By Thomas Sowell - British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was a hawk compared to Barack Obama. At least Chamberlain was building up his country's military forces while trying to appease Hitler. Obama is cutting back on our military forces while our enemies around the world are expanding theirs.
   ...Despite TV pundits who say that public opinion polls show Barack Obama is in trouble, the president is not in the slightest trouble. He is doing whatever he feels like doing, regardless of the Constitution and regardless of how many people don't like it, because he is virtually impeachment-proof. The country is in huge trouble and real danger because of his policies, but he is not.
   ...If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.  

o Rick Perry Indicted for Doing Same Thing Obama Does - by Dave Jolly - Democrats never like it when Republicans play by the same rules they do. When Democrats refuse to look at a bill proposed by Republicans, it’s called justifiable politics. When Republicans refuse to consider a bill proposed by Democrats, it’s called bad politics and unwillingness to compromise. Barack Obama often threatens to veto anything the Republicans send him if it doesn’t contain his policies and not those of the GOP. He has threatened various politicians with different forms of retribution if they don’t bow and submit to his dictatorship.

o Tuition Pays for This - By Walter E. Williams - According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000.  Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money.

o Ignorant slaves - By Judie Brown - Our society has devolved to a place of entitlement and selfishness-a place where people feel we should get what we want when we want it no matter what. And if this object of our desire is not exactly as we wish, we just throw it away. Sadly, this includes innocent little babies.

o Homeschooling – the fight for your children's future WORLDNETDAILY - The U.S. educational system is in jeopardy. A new e-book titled "Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children's Future," authored by PJ Media.com's in-house writers, will help you assess the threats. As a parent, you have multiple options for fighting on behalf of your children. Don't miss out on this valuable resource, and determine whether homeschooling is right for your family....

o Unflattering: Hillary's Speaking Fee Demands Now a Matter of Public Record - By Daniel Doherty - As The Las Vegas Review-Journal exclusively reports: According to a May 31, 2013 email, Clinton’s standard contract usually includes:
   * Round-trip transportation on a chartered private jet “e.g., a Gulfstream 450 or larger jet,” plus round-trip business class travel for two advance staffers who will arrive up to three days in advance.
   * Hotel accommodations selected by Clinton’s staff and including “a presidential suite for Secretary Clinton and up to three (3) adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two (2) additional single rooms for the advance staff.”
   * A $500 travel stipend to cover out-of-pocket costs for Clinton’s lead travel aide.
   * Meals and incidentals for Clinton, her travel aides and advance staff, as well as all phone charges.
   * Final approval of all moderators or introducers.

o Education Expert: Removing Bible, Prayer from Public Schools Has Caused Decline - By Penny Starr - (CNSNews.com) – Education expert William Jeynes said on Wednesday that there is a correlation between the decline of U.S. public schools and the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1962 and 1963 decision that school-sponsored Bible reading was unconstitutional. “One can argue, and some have, that the decision by the Supreme Court – in a series of three decisions back in 1962 and 1963 – to remove Bible and prayer from our public schools, may be the most spiritually significant event in our nation’s history over the course of the last 55 years,” Jeynes said.
   On June 25, 1962, the United States Supreme Court decided in Engel v. Vitale that a prayer approved by the New York Board of Regents for use in schools violated the First Amendment because it represented establishment of religion. In 1963, in Abington School District v. Schempp, the court decided against Bible readings in public schools along the same lines.
   Since 1963, Jeynes said there have been five negative developments in the nation’s public schools:
   • Academic achievement has plummeted, including SAT scores.
   • Increased rate of out-of-wedlock births
   • Increase in illegal drug use
   • Increase in juvenile crime
   • Deterioration of school behavior
   “So we need to realize that these actions do have consequences,” said Jeynes, professor at California State College in Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., “When we remove that moral fiber -- that moral emphasis – this is what can result.” Other facts included a comparison between the top five complaints of teachers from 1940-1962 -- talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls and getting out of turn in line – to rape, robbery, assault, burglary and arson from 1963 to present.
   “Now the question is, given that there is a movement to put the Bible as literature back in the public schools and a moment of silence and so forth, can we recapture the moral fiber – the foundation that used to exist among many of our youth?” Jeynes asked rhetorically. To that end, Jeynes said, there is a movement across the country to reinstate the Bible as literature in the public schools, with 440 school districts in 43 states currently teaching this type of course. Ten states have passed a law or resolution to bring the Bible as literature in the public schools statewide.
   The movement, however, is secular in nature, with the Bible being taught as literature rather than the word of God. And rather than prayer, a “moment of silence” is established that “can be used as the students choose,” Jeynes said. When CNSNews.com asked about the secular nature of this approach, Jeynes said data from nationwide surveys show that both students of faith and those with no faith both respond positively to the Bible as literature curriculum – the former said they learned more about the Bible in class than in church and the latter said they have an increased interest in the Christian religions. “The effects are very, very positive,” Jeynes said.
   Jeynes said the data he used in his presentation comes from the federal government (Departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services and the U.S. Census Bureau), and research by the advocacy groups Bibleasliterature.org, the Bible Literacy Project, the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, and California educator and researcher Nader Twal.

o Barack Obama's Zero Sum World - By Star Parker - Zero sum politics plays out in ... destructive ways in our own country. Instead of building a culture of achievement and responsibility, politicians of the left stoke grievances of low income Americans, inspire envy and resentment, and teach that the poor are poor because the rich are rich. By stoking these politics of envy and victimhood, it’s the politicians, at home and abroad, who grow powerful and wealthy. The disenfranchised languish as political pawns, never hearing the truth that life is about making correct personal choices in an imperfect world.

o In a Stew Over Inversions - By George Will - Progressives say corporations using inversions are unpatriotic, which is amusing. When the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision stipulated that Americans do not forfeit their First Amendment right to political advocacy when they act together through corporations ... progressives ridiculed the idea that corporations should be treated as people. Now, progressives charge that corporations resorting to inversion are not behaving like patriotic people. ... Inversions strengthen the U.S. economy by increasing the after-tax profits that U.S. corporations have for investment, by increasing the pool of profits available for the wages of U.S. workers, and by making the companies' U.S. shareholders wealthier. Which is why the sensible corporate tax rate would be zero. This is so because corporations do not pay taxes, they collect them, necessarily passing on the burden as a cost of doing business. ... This illustrates the grandstanding frivolity of the political class. It legislates into existence incentives for what it considers perverse behavior, and then waxes indignant when businesses respond sensibly to the incentives.

o All This Greenhouse Gas Regulation for 0.018 Degrees Celsius (PatriotPost.us) The new EPA regulations dogged on curbing greenhouse gases spewed from coal power plants will cost the nation’s Gross Domestic Product $51 billion every year and 224,000 jobs, according to a report by the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of 21st Century Energy. Surely something requiring that much sacrifice will pay off handsomely, that something being no less than the salvation of the world. According to numbers crunched by the Cato Institute, all this regulation will result in a reduction of the planet’s average temperature by 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100 – cow farts in comparison to the worldwide disruption promised by global warming evangelists. This just goes to show how arrogant ecofascists are, thinking they can play a modern-day King Canute and bid the ocean to stay. More… (See also: Panic in "Sustainable City" - By Tom DeWeese)

o As Hollywood Faces Worst Summer in 8 Years, Dynamic New Film HOLY GHOST Poised to Disrupt Entertainment Industry Business Model -- /Christian Newswire/ -- Driven by unprecedented consumer demand -- the #1 most funded faith-based film in Kickstarter history leapfrogs movie theaters and traditional retailers with futuristic direct-to-audience strategy. ...Rather than pursuing a traditional theatrical or direct-to-home entertainment release, Wanderlust Productions is staging a one-time, world premiere event on September 6th during which fans from all over the world will have the opportunity to view HOLY GHOST directly on any digital device, free of charge.  ...HOLY GHOST is the #1 most- funded, faith-based film in Kickstarter history, and #11 for all films funded on Kickstarter.
   ...Wanderlust Productions – the independent film studio behind the cult hit trilogy FINGER OF GOD, FURIOUS LOVE and FATHER OF LIGHTS – is poised to disrupt the entertainment industry's long-established business model on September 6th with the 48-hour world premiere of its dynamic documentary film, HOLY GHOST. Fueled by more than 2,500 consumer-investors who surged to support Director Darren Wilson's Kickstarter campaign, which raised a record-breaking $360,000 in just 45 days, the film's producers are deploying a futuristic, direct-to-audience strategy that will fundamentally change the way movies are consumed.  

o ‘The Giver’ Graphically Shows the Consequences of Big Government Domination - By Ericka Andersen @ErickaAndersen - If you don’t know freedom, how can you want it? In the classic young adult novel, “The Giver,” the government has gone to great lengths to hide the idea of liberty from the citizens of its pre-determined, utopian society. Lois Lowry’s 1994 book, the movie version of which hits theaters Friday, depicts a world in which government has abolished freedom. America isn’t comparable to the futuristic society of “The Giver.” But some progressive ideas – such as outlawing certain foods, products and behaviors —- are eerily similar to the worldview of the government in “The Giver.” A particularly poignant line in film is “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.”
   As the Obama administration pushes against things like school choice and health care options and even restricts the lunches our children can eat, it’s not hard to imagine they actually believe government knows better than you what you need. While some of these policies don’t appear dramatic at first glance, they force Americans to give up small freedoms. And that’s where big change begins. In the dystopian society described in “The Giver,” the government created peace and harmony by eliminating choice – along with love, joy, pain, ambition and freedom of all kinds.
   No one is hungry, poor or angry – just numb, compliant and passionless. Laws are designed around population control, elimination of anything unpleasant and peace and order at any cost. Can you imagine a world where imperfect babies are killed at will without consequence? Hmm, sounds strikingly similar to what is already present policy in America today, where disabled children are often aborted.
   So while most of “The Giver” isn’t something we expect to see in real life, there are clear parallels to draw and sometimes blatantly recognizable policies. There is a reason books like “1984” and “Brave New World” were seen as much more than fictional stories. They were warnings of fairness, equality and the “common good” gone awry – and “The Giver” similarly warns. The movie brings the reality of progressivism on steroids to life. If they’re smart, most people will come away recognizing that the chance to fail in freedom is far better than the requirement to succeed in tyranny.

o Americans Received $2 Trillion in Federal Benefits in 2013 (NewsMax) The federal government paid out $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 — accounting for well over half of all federal spending. Data on federal spending are contained in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Treasury Statement, and the statement for the most recent fiscal year covers receipts and outlays from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013. Benefits include means-tested and nonmeans-tested government programs. Most of the benefits paid out, 69.7 percent, went to nonmeans-tested programs that provide benefits to recipients who qualify regardless of their income. These include Medicare, Social Security, railroad retirement, unemployment compensation, veterans' compensation, and workers' compensation. In fiscal 2013, Americans received $1.399 trillion in benefits from these programs.
   Contributing most to the total were Social Security and Medicare, which totaled $1.252 trillion combined. Means-tested programs that have income limits include subsidized rental housing, food stamps, Federal Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, free and reduced lunch programs, Pell grants, Medicaid, and more. These programs totaled $608 billion. Other outlays by the federal government, which include defense, highways, public education, and government worker salaries, totaled $3.454 trillion, according to the Treasury statement. So the amount paid out in benefits accounted for 58.1 percent of all spending.

o Hillary, Huma and the Muslim Brotherhood - By Paul Dowling - The Clintons & the Muslim Brotherhood - Bill and Hillary Clinton are friends with Bassam Erstwani, chairman of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque of Falls Church, Virginia, where three of the 9/11 hijackers worshiped. The friendship dates back to their White House days. In 2012, Bill hosted Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Morsi at his Clinton Global Initiative conference.  Morsi was President of Egypt at the time.  President Obama was speaking at the conference, too, along with Mitt Romney and world leaders. The issue with hosting Morsi was that he had already declared his intention to institute Sharia Law in Egypt, as well as to fight for the release of the Blind Sheik, who masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Center back in 1993.
   What Motivates Islamists to Make Jihad? Doctrinaire Muslims know the Quran and base their thoughts and actions on its permissions and commands.  Ibn Kathir, a highly influential Muslim, well-known for his Tafsir and his Signs Before the Day of Judgment, is widely considered an authoritative source by mainstream and radical Muslims alike; he maintains that Jews are worse than donkeys and that all infidels should suffer heavy casualties at the hands of Muslims.  Of unbelievers, he writes as follows: “They are worse than grazing cattle. Cattle only do what they were created to do, but these people were created to worship Allah alone without associating partners with Him, but they worship others with Him, even though evidence has been established against them, and Messengers have been sent to them.”  These are the kinds of words that motivate Jihadists to commit mortal acts against “infidels.”
   A Short Bio of Hillary Clinton's Closest Confidante - Huma Mahmood Abedin (born July 28, 1976) came into the world in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at the age of two.  Her father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was born in the part of India that would become Muslim Pakistan.  He received an Ivy League Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Abedin's mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, was also from Pakistan and also received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  Although Huma’s father has passed away, her mother still works at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Huma Abedin returned to the US to attend George Washington University, where she earned a B.A.  While Ms. Abedin was a student at George Washington University, she was given a job with Hillary Clinton, working as a personal aide and erstwhile bodyguard. In 1998, she began work as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which she did for 12 years.  The White House was unconcerned, even though the Journal has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  But, of course, the Clintons have hosted emissaries of the Brotherhood in the White House.  So, why would they bat an eyelash at Huma’s terrorist ties? Ms. Abedin still works as a political staffer for Hillary Rodham Clinton and was Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff at State, while Hillary was serving as Obama's Secretary of State.  Abedin is married to former Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner.
   Sidebar: the Goals of Global Islamism - Global Islamism has three main goals: 1) Muslim refusal to assimilate into the melting pot of any Western host country; 2) Muslim establishment of Sharia Law zones, in areas where Muslims deny the law of the host country; and 3) Muslim insistence the host country accommodate Sharia, due to principles of religious freedom. This is all part of the Brotherhood’s agenda to take the West by dawa—an aggressive form of pressuring “infidels” to adopt Sharia.  The Brotherhood calls this the Grand Jihad within the context of Civilization Jihad.  It is a form of cultural sabotage, the effects of which, at present, are playing out in France, England, Holland, and other countries. The idea behind infiltrating the West is to establish fifth columns to exploit Western-style religious freedom to gain ground institutionally, until it is too late and Western culture falls victim to its own support of minority culture.
   More About Huma & Her Troubling Ties to Islamism - Huma’s Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is a publication founded by Abdullah Omar Naseef, a rich Saudi who backs al-Qaeda.  He is Secretary General of the Muslim World League, a joint venture of the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia.  Naseef hired Huma Abedin’s parents to run the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs back in the 1970s.  This journal has been instrumental in building and promoting global Islamism. This connection between Naseef and Abedin is worrisome, in light of Abedin’s connection to Hillary.  Another terrorist enabler connected to both Abedin and Naseef is Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist networks.  Qaradawi has been officially classified as a facilitator of terrorism. So, just how active is Huma Abedin in Brotherhood affairs?  Also, how might her deep Islamist ideology influence the thinking of Hillary Rodham Clinton? The ultimate question, however, might be this: Knowing what we do about Huma Abedin, do you think a vote for Hillary, in 2016, is worth the risk? *Sura Al-Anfal (Arabic: سورةالأنفال, Sūratu al-Anfāl, The Spoils of War) is the eighth chapter of the Quran, containing 75 verses.  It is a Medinan Sura and was finished after the Battle of Badr. The Sura following it, the ninth chapter of the Quran, is called At-Tawba and is considered to be a companion to Al-Anfal.

o The hip-hop guide to liberalism: It’s free to swipe yo EBT [VIDEO] - Written by Allen West - I happened upon this satirical video from late 2011 and sadly there is still truth in its essential message. Now, if you want to call me a racist, feel free, but this is what the welfare nanny-state creates. Just remember that under the Obama administration there has been an explosion of food stamp recipients — who get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. We’ve seen an incredible expansion of EBT card acceptance and usage — far from the original intent of the Food Stamp Act.
   You see, this is how liberal government works. A program is begun with good intentions, then politicians realize they can leverage the benefit for votes. It is the ultimate bribery scheme. Subsequently, fear and coercion is used against opposition – as we saw Republican Senator Thad Cochran do to his opposition in Mississippi — to scare blacks into believing these benefits will be taken away by those “mean ol’ Conservatives.” The safety net has truly become a hammock, all at the expense of hardworking American middle-income families who are watching their wages dwindle and small business owners who were told, “you didn’t build that.”
   To paraphrase Lady Margaret Thatcher, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” With a misconceived sense of benevolence, progressive socialists make the populace believe they truly care, when in all actuality this is about the subjugation and destruction of the individual will. Why work? After all, as the singer says, “all you gotta do is ooh-ooh and nine months later, you got the big bucks.”
   This is one of the fundamental differences between progressive socialists and constitutional conservatives: economic enslavement vs economic empowerment. This week as you’re driving around, make a mental note of how many places where you see EBT cards accepted – I doubt they are many in Martha’s Vineyard. The progressive socialist vision is to create more victims. The American way of life is about making victors.

o YES POLITICS MATTERS (ARE YOU LISTENING PASTORS?) - By BILL MUEHLENBERG - Chuck Baldwin comments: He suggests asking pastors how someone would know if their church is ‘successful’ – which he did. ‘There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to [when asked that question],’ he explained. ‘Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.’” ...He contrasts all this with Paul: When the Apostle Paul listed his ministerial pedigree, here is what it looked like (II Cor. 11): -Stripes above measure -In prisons frequently -In deaths often -Beaten with rods -Stoned -Perils -Weariness -Painfulness -Hunger and thirst -Cold and nakedness I don’t see attendance, offerings, programs, staff, or square footage in that list at all, do you?

o It’s Not Your Founding Fathers’ Republic Any More - Presidents, Congresses, and courts are creating an elective despotism. - By MYRON MAGNET - How far have we distorted the Constitution that the Founders gave us, and how much does it matter? A phalanx of recent books warns that we have undermined our fundamental law so recklessly that Americans should worry that government of the people, by the people, and for the people really could perish from the earth.
   ...Before we scramble, though, we had better understand just what happened. There’s no single villain. As these books show, all branches of government conspired over more than a century to turn the Constitution that the Framers wrote in 1787, plus the Bill of Rights that James Madison shepherded through the first Congress in 1789 and the Fourteenth Amendment ratified in 1868, into something their authors would neither recognize nor endorse.
   ...Constitution architect James Madison, always at the vortex of the fierce disputes over what measures these enumerated powers implied as necessary and proper, concluded—after serving for a quarter-century as a congressman, secretary of state, and president—that the bedrock constitutional principle was simply to ensure that America does not “convert a limited into an unlimited Govt.”
   ...Much of what the Progressive Era had only hoped for, the New Deal brought into being, transforming America’s constitutional structure in ways that such Progressives as Woodrow Wilson, with his belief that the Founders were antique, bewigged figures with views unsuited to modernity’s more informed and effective age of science, statistics, and professionalism, had urged. Wilson, argues author Freedman, saw “the Founders’ checks and balances as an unnecessary drag on the efficiency of government,” which should be a vast mechanism in which expert bureaucrats with advanced degrees—working altruistically in nonpolitical agencies like the Interstate Commerce Commission, formed in 1887, or the Federal Trade Commission, founded during Wilson’s presidency—would smoothly institute what advances in economics and social science would reveal as the common good. In 1908, Wilson swept the Founders and their cobweb-covered Constitution into the dustbin of history. “No doubt a great deal of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual, and a great deal that was mere vague sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle,” he wrote. By contrast with the Founders’ musty parchment, he continued, “Living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and practice.” Can’t get much more up-to-date and scientific than evolution.
   And so arose the doctrine of the Living Constitution, which has now infringed nearly every guarantee of the Bill of Rights, from free speech to federalism. “The chief instrumentality by which the law of the Constitution has been extended to cover the facts of national development has of course been judicial interpretations—the decisions of courts,” Wilson wrote. “The process of formal amendment of the Constitution was made so difficult by the . . . Constitution itself that it has seldom been feasible to use it.” So the doughty courts have stepped in and taken over the “whole business of adaptation . . . with open minds, sometimes even with boldness and a touch of audacity,” becoming “more liberal, not to say more lax, in their interpretation than they otherwise would have been.” As Wilson saw it, writes Levin, “the federal judiciary was to behave as a permanent constitutional convention,” making up the laws as it went along. Of course, at that point, as Lincoln had warned almost half a century earlier, “the people will have ceased to be their own rulers.”
   ...The New Deal didn’t transform the Constitution only by institutionalizing nine unelected judges with lifetime tenure as a permanent constitutional convention. It also allowed Congress to create, at the president’s request and with the blessing of the Supreme Court, an unprecedented regulatory state, made up of a constellation of administrative agencies, from the Federal Housing Administration and the Federal Communications Commission to the National Labor Relations Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission, which make rules, enforce them, and adjudicate transgressions of them. “The practice of creating independent regulatory commissions, who perform administrative work in addition to judicial work,” Roosevelt himself admitted, “threatens to develop a ‘fourth branch’ of Government for which there is no sanction in the Constitution.”
   ...Little wonder that one congressman warned that “government by committees, boards, bureaus, and commissions will, if unchecked and uncontrolled, destroy the republican conception of government”—or that a senator deemed one of the agencies a “Star Chamber,” the arbitrary, juryless court of Stuart despotism. ...To prevent a perpetual caste of rulers, these writers want a term-limit amendment for congressmen, senators, and even (says Levin) for Supreme Court justices, whose rulings in the meantime he’d let a three-fifths majority of both houses of Congress overturn.  

o The Top Ten Differences Between Israel and The Palestinians (so-called) - By Don Feder (GrassTopsUSA.com) -  While we're waiting for the latest cease-fire to unravel, consider the following – news you won't get from the Hamas Ministry of Disinformation – The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN etc.         
   1. Israel is a country. Palestine is a lie. Israel was reestablished in 1948. It became a country 3,300 years ago. There has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land for the entire time. Even the modern State of Israel is older than half of the nations on earth. The term "Palestinian" is a creation of Arab propagandists. In the past two millennia, there has never been an independent Arab state on the land. When the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza, were occupied by Jordan and Egypt (1948 - 1967), any talk of a Palestinian homeland would have been met with summary execution.
   ...2. Israel is a modern nation. Its economy has a strong high-tech sector. If terrorism was a commodity, the "Palestinians" would have one of the world's largest GDPs. ...
   ...3. Israel is a democracy, the only one in the region. The Palestinian Authority and Hamas are to democracy what Chicago is to good government. ...
   ...4. Christians thrive in Israel. Christians are disappearing from the West Bank, as they are in the rest of the Muslim world. 
   ...5. Israel tries to minimize civilian casualties. The Palestinians try to maximize them – their own and Israel's. ...
   ...6. Israel is an American ally. The Palestinians are America's enemies. ...
   ...7. The left hates Israel. The left loves the Palestinians. ...
   ...8. Israel is willing to live with the Palestinians (such as they are). The Palestinians want to annihilate Israel. ...
   ...9. Israel fights for civilization, as well as its own survival. "Palestine" is one front of a world war.  ...
   ...10. The Palestinians can lose many times and keep fighting. Israel can lose only once.  ... 

o Satanists Take Culture Wars to Deadly Level - By JENNIFER LECLAIRE - The pentagram and the 666 in the Starbucks lattes were easy enough to discern as demonic in nature, but the swastika is more than just offensive to Jews or anyone who fought against the Nazis in World War II. It's also rooted in false gods. ...It doesn't take a prophet, either, to see that satanism is on the rise; their moves are all over mainstream media. Satanists are using the Hobby Lobby decision to play devil's advocate, ABC reports, while a Houston teen is being tried as an adult in a girl's satanic ritual killing. Satanic rituals are being performed in a so-called Black Mass in the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, a Satanist gallery recently brought Charles Manson to Chinatown.
   ...The list of headlines goes on and on. Satan's army is highly organized (see Eph. 6) and his human followers are rallying the troops. Satanists are actively working to get monuments erected to the false god they serve even while others kill in his name. The prince of the power of the air is no longer willing to work behind the scenes in our media. He wants a place of prominence in our culture.
   Beyond Culture Wars - Satan, who often disguises himself as an angel of light (see 2 Cor. 11:14) is coming out of the darkness and into public arenas—even making his presence known in our fast-food chains with demonic symbols in our coffee and burgers. I'm glad Matice spoke out about the swastika on her bun, and I'm glad McDonald's fired the employee who painted it on there. But this is just one small manifestation of a growing issue with satanism in America.  
   Folks, this is much different than culture wars against atheists who want prayer taken out of the public square or our doctrinal differences with Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and  other religions. This is Satan himself working to get a stronghold in our nation through the legislative branch of our government, through arts and entertainment, and through public gatherings in mainstream venues. This is brash, bold—and prideful. Would you expect anything less from Satan?
   Listen to what one ex-Satanist said about America and judge for yourself: "Our society is submerged in the occult; Harry Potter has filled the minds of our children for a decade and vampirism meets our teens with the illusions of grandeur. Witchcraft went mainstream decades ago, and Wicca is its offspring," Jeff Harshbarger, author of Dancing With the Devil, told the Christian Post. "'Christian' witchcraft is on the up-rise, and new-age spirituality fills the church pews. Time has come for the church to be equipped and be effective." Amen.
   Peter warned us to, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). And Paul warned us to "give no opportunity to the devil" (Eph. 4:27). Finally, 1 John 5:19 says, "We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one."  

o Democrat Party Wages War on Minorities (PatriotsPost.us) It’s not just the Obama White House caught in “income inequality” hypocrisy. According to a study by the New Organizing Institute, the entire Democrat Party is in the practice of paying minorities significantly below whites. “African American staffers on Democratic federal-level campaigns are paid 70 cents on the dollar compared to their white counterparts,” NOI found. “Hispanics are paid 68 cents on the dollar.” On the other hand, Republicans are incessantly accused by Democrats of waging a war on women for not “doing something” to alleviate the male-female income gap. When all the variables are taken into consideration, women make roughly 95 cents on the dollar compared to men. This represents a far smaller disparity than the one blacks and Hispanics face in working for Democrats – the very Party that prides itself in ostensibly caring most about the plight of minorities. More…

o Dept. of Education Says Education 'Right' for Illegals (PatriotPost.us) The Department of Education said the unaccompanied children crossing the border have a right to the U.S. educational system. While under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, the children receive education. If they are placed in foster care, the children have a right to attend local schools. The department distributed a memo that said, “All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents' actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status. This includes recently arrived unaccompanied children, who are in immigration proceedings while residing in local communities with a parent, family member, or other appropriate adult sponsor.” A noble goal, yes, but it creates a problem in the country whereschool enrollment fraud is a serious issue, where school districts go after parents who send their children to another, better school system. Meanwhile, the cost of educating children from othercountries runs about $12,000 per student per year. Who’s going to pick up that tab? More…

o Help displaced Christian families in Iraq. Through VOM’s close relationships with the indigenous church in Iraq, we are able to dispatch help to many Christians who fled Mosul. We invite you to give to VOM’s outreach work in Iraq to help during this critical time as the violence against Christians escalates.

o Jihadist Training Camps in America and Islamic Flag Over White House - by Gary DeMar - With open borders, Obama’s Executive Orders normalizing illegal immigration, and no check on who’s coming into our country, it’s reasonable to assume that people who want to destroy our way of life are making their way into America. If there are people who will blow themselves up for a cause, it’s reasonable to assume that they will ignore our laws and blow up Americans and work hard to raise the Islamic flag over the White House. Obama himself muight help them do it. Consider the following threat as reported in The Daily Caller: “The terror group President Barack Obama threatened to strike in Iraq Thursday evening is itself threatening to strike the American homeland.
   ...There are over 22 confirmed terrorist Jihad camps in the United States belonging to Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakastan Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda related branch.  (See map at link.) Now a combined media effort, we find police officers working to double as the compound militia. To top it off, the FBI states that their hands are tied in monitoring their activities despite a training video that is years old, possible murders, and proof of illegal activities. The fact is these training camps are not a new item that have popped up on the Homeland Security radar. These training camps are being operated by an extremely militant group of international terrorists, an organization called Jamaat ul-Fuqra. In order to live in these camps, you must pledge to support a Pakastani Cleric on the International Wanted list. As early as 2012, the media confirmed 19 Jihad camps on United States soil.

o As School Year Begins, Class Will Be In Session for Up to 50,000 Immigrant Kids - by Philip Wegmann - The new school year will soon be in session, and according to USA Today, possibly overcrowded. Federal law mandates that all children enroll in public school this fall—including an estimated 50,000 undocumented immigrant children. As the border crisis comes to the classroom, states are rushing to prepare by hiring more teachers and even opening new schools. (Video at link.)

o Where there is No Vision – Has America Gone Blind? - By Michael Bresciani - America, the exceptional nation, is proving that in the long run she will be no exception. The remaining bit of time left for reversing our destructive trajectory is growing shorter every day.   Under the vision of a nation, founded on Christian principles and given direction from God - our nation was formed by men who placed that vison in documents like our constitution, declaration and bill of rights. Not even the wildest dreams of our pop-culture president can sell us the notion that Muslims founded this nation or had any part in producing the fabric of the nation. Vision once bounded in America and its brightest days are now a matter of record.   Academic falsehood, political correctness and various forms of agenda driven indoctrination into liberalism and lesser visions have brought us to the brink of our own demise. Full of confidence, well-educated and wielding full political power we are happily in full change mode without seeing that we are, but a few steps away from the edge of a precipice that will send us to our national death.

o Liberals LOVE the police state - By Tim Dunkin - Liberals LOVE big government. We all know this. The problem with this, asScott Rasmussen pointed out a few days ago, is that this also means that liberals love the police state. After all, when you've made all of these petty, piddling little laws about everything from trans-fats to Big Gulps to untaxed cigarettes, somebody has to enforce all of those. The more laws, the more enforcement, the more extent and reach of the police state. If you build the sort of nanny-state that the far Left envisions, you must guarantee that you will have a police state to back it up.
   Let's think about this for a minute. Which side of the ideological divide is it that put the laws into place that allowed Homeland Security SWAT teams to invade the private properties of innocent citizens and confiscate their Land Rovers, all because the vehicles didn't meet stringent EPA guidelines? Which side makes it possible for government agents to steal your land if an endangered species is found on it? Which side will close down your restaurant if you accidentally use cooking grease that contains trans-fats? Which side will fine and imprison you if you refuse to bake a cake for a gay "wedding" that you oppose on personal moral grounds? Which side will sick the IRS on you if you don't make the personal choice to buy health insurance, or if you donate money to the "wrong" organization or say the "wrong" thing in a church sermon? Which side will fine you and throw you in prison for the mere act of saying something against abortion on a public sidewalk? Which side will fine and imprison you for owning a rifle magazine with one too many bullets in it?

o "But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he knows them, because they are spiritually discerned." (EarsToHear.net)
   1 Corinthians 2:1-16: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I  determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
   Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
   For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he knows them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

o Liberalism: the religion of natural man - By A.J. Castellitto - "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blas- phemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." -2 Timothy 3:1–5
   We are all liberals by nature. We are "me-first" people and are most comfortable with others who also condone such a "me-first" perspective (as long as their "me-first" agenda doesn't interfere with our "me-first" agenda). Liberalism comes so easy to the average person. It's totally instinctive. It's not something that needs to be taught. It's our natural disposition. Liberals tend to think of themselves as more accepting and compassionate. There are even some who suggest that they are the most Christ-like in their ideology. This is incorrect, however.
   Jesus did not promote total acceptance. Jesus promoted radical change – a complete denial of self. His invitation was completely inclusive, but the final "condition" was one that was impossible to embrace. "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." – Luke 9:23 - There's the rub.
   The liberals will hear none of it. They'll accept Jesus but only on their terms. Jesus must be conformed to their image. They don't want to acknowledge that a complete self-denial is the most essential spiritual consequence of giving yourself over to the higher power. They insist Jesus be incorporated into their way of living.  Left to ourselves, we (natural man) would rather have our riches above Jesus, or maybe, we have some secret vice that prevents us from coming to a place of total submission. We eventually do the complete opposite. Our "needs" take precedent, and we reach a point of total rejection. We naturally place our own wants and desires before all else, even before a saving deity.
   Liberals tend to fancy themselves as the epitome of rational wisdom. They view themselves as "enlightened" people. They firmly believe that a complete submission to their methodology will enable a fairly distributed, person-centered, needs-driven standard of living to flourish. Underneath it all, however, is an elitist, radically-motivated, power-grab reflective of a greater global political-social agenda.
   {Note: Charity, not socialism, was endorsed in the Bible within the body of believers and was secondary to the gospel. The Marxist ideologue of our day is promoting tyranny under the guise of empathy. But what they really seek is totalitarianism}.

o Border Patrol agent: 'These people are coming here to do horrible things' (BREITBART) Border Patrol agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, Shawn Moran, debunked the argument that illegal immigrants are only coming to the United States to work on Friday's "America's Newsroom" on the Fox News Channel....

o Bride Brawl Lifts the Veil on Left's Agenda (FRC.org) At W.W. Bridal Boutique, it isn't unusual to see two women shopping for wedding dresses. What is unusual is two women shopping for wedding dresses for the same ceremony. That's the predicament Victoria Miller found herself in as the owner of the Pennsylvania shop. When a lesbian couple contacted the store for an appointment, Victoria explained that she couldn't help the women find gowns for a ceremony that violates her Christian faith. Right now, an employee explained, the Bloomsburg store doesn't service same-sex weddings.
   Instead of showing the tolerance their movement claims to practice, the women turned to social media to bully the shop -- trashing its online reviews and sparking a city-wide firestorm. Miller, whose orthodox beliefs are in the bulls-eye, isn't backing down. "We feel we have to answer to God for what we do," she told reporters, "and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God's law."
   Obviously, W.W. Bridal Boutique isn't the only wedding dress shop in town. These women could have easily taken their business elsewhere -- but chose to retaliate instead. That's because, at its core, this isn't about accommodation. It's about forced acceptance. When religious liberty clashes with homosexuality -- as it has frombakeries to flower shops -- the storylines are all the same: conform or be punished.
   In Bloomsburg, liberals are so determined to avenge this couple that they're convening a special meeting of the city council to consider passing a law that the lesbians could use to sue. Unfortunately, this intolerance is exactly what's driving the wave of ordinances that target similar family business owners in Baton RougeHouston, and San Antonio. Rather than let consumers decide the fate of businesses that don't concede, the government is dictating marketplace values. When the people do have a voice, as they're desperately seeking in a marriage debate that's been hijacked by the courts, they vote on the side of W.W. Bridal.
   Just last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, locals decided overwhelmingly (13,685 to 8,184) to repeal a new law that gave health benefits to same-sex partners. "It sets a financial precedent," said the local Tea Party group, "that will be difficult for the city of Chattanooga taxpayers to sustain long term." Not surprisingly, the story got very little media attention. No one -- least of all the mainstream press -- wants to admit that Americans aren't nearly as supportive of this agenda as the courts and newspapers would have you believe. Unfortunately, that also means the Left only has one option for imposing its agenda: harassment.
   Back in Pennsylvania, Victoria Miller continues to be a target. "As a fellow Christian, I'm ashamed of people like you," one commenter wrote. "We are taught to love our neighbor regardless." Unfortunately, culturally intoxicated believers like this one have a misguided (and convenient) view of Christ's calling. Real love doesn't mean you facilitate people's desires that are both harmful to them and society. It means speaking the truth in love.
   As Rev. Franklin Graham has said, biblically orthodox Christians should love homosexuals -- and all sinners -- enough to warn them. "Now, if you don't like that, don't get mad at me," Franklin told the pastors at FRC's Watchmen on the Wall conference. "I didn't write the rule book. Almighty God wrote it, and it's a sin against Him."

o Planned Parenthood Runs for Cover -- /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, National Personhood Alliance (NPA) President Molly Smith accused Planned Parenthood of a desperate attempt to further hide the truth about abortion. "At first they tried to gloss over the reality of abortion by calling themselves 'pro-choice,'" Smith said. "Cynically, they've now moved to promoting 'women's health' to describe their gruesome business." Janet Colm, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of North Carolina, was recently quoted saying: "The labels we've always used about pro-choice and pro-life--they're outdated, and they don't mean anything."  Smith called the shift beyond deceptive. "Trying to say killing an innocent child supports women's health is repulsive,"
   Smith said. "It just shows how desperate the world's largest abortion provider has become." At the same time, Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards tried to compare abortion to routine medical procedures for men. Appearing on PBS with Bill Moyers, Richards suggested it would be "incredible" if men faced protestors telling them not to get a colonoscopy. "What's incredible," Smith said, "is their effort to further disguise this unthinkable, brutal practice in the hopes that people will have no idea what abortion really involves." Smith added that playing word games is also a blatant attempt by the world's largest abortion provider to help protect its primary mission--making money by shedding innocent blood.

o The Cost (EarsToHear.net) Luke 14:28 - For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
   John 15:18-23 - If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hates me hates my Father also.
   Matthew 10:14-22 - And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.
   John 1:5 - And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
   John 3:22 - For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
   Acts 5:39-42 - ...and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

o Hillary Clinton is so nasty to the Secret Service that they consider it punishment to be assigned to her - By Kurt Wallace - In “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents,” New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler gives an inside look at what the Secret Service experiences based on exclusive, on-the-record interviews. Kessler writes, “When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously. As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident.” Kessler interviews agents who describe Clinton telling Secret Service agents to “f*** off” simply for saying “Good morning, ma’am” during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. “Hillary was so mistrustful and vengeful” said a former agent to Kessler. ...alleges that former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is extremely abusive and condescending to the very people assigned to protect her–the Secret Service.    ...She claims to be a champion of the little people. She says her policies are going to help the middle class. There’s all this discussion about whether disconnected from the ordinary person simply because she wealthy. That’s not the issue. The issue is she’s openly hostile to, mean to, nasty to, little people who try to not only help her, but would lay down their lives for her. That is something that people need to focus on just as people needed to focus on the fact that Richard Nixon was involved in the so-called ‘Checkers’ ethics episode before he was elected and, sure enough, he gave us Watergate.

o Americans Face a 'Retirement Security Crisis' (NewsMax.com) More than half of new retirees will not be able to maintain their standard of living in their retirement years, according to a troubling new report. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College estimates that before the Great Recession, 43 percent of households would not be able to maintain their standards of living. That figure has now risen to 53 percent. It stood at just 30 percent as recently as 1989.
   The center also estimates that the nation faces a "retirement income deficit" of $6.6 trillion — the gap between what Americans have available through Social Security, employer pensions, 401(k)s, home equity, and other forms of saving, and what will be needed to maintain standards of living in retirement.
Social Security Works, a coalition of more than 300 state and national organizations, warns that America "is facing a formidable retirement security crisis," and the retirement income deficit can be traced to four major factors. First, less than half — 48.8 percent — of all private sector employees worked for an employer sponsoring a retirement plan, leaving 55.5 million workers without the opportunity of enrolling in one.
   Even among the minority of households that had a 401(k) plan in 2010, the median balance in households headed by a person aged 55 to 64 was just $120,000 — enough to buy an inflation-indexed lifetime annuity of less than $600 a month. Second, with wages stagnating in recent years, many workers have been unable to save for retirement. From 1979 until the beginning of the recession in 2007, the top 1 percent of earners received nearly two-fifths of all gains in household income, while men in the bottom 60 percent saw their real wages decline. Today, about half of all workers have personal savings of less than $10,000, according to Social Security Works. Third, home equity is no longer a reliable source of savings for retirement, due to a reduction in home ownership to the lowest levels since 1965 and the drop in home values.
   Finally, Social Security benefits will have declined 25 percent by 2030 as the full retirement age rises and Medicare premiums continue to increase.
Americans without substantial resources are already struggling to get by on Social Security alone. The average monthly payout this year is $1,294, and $2,111 for couples. Social Security collected $752 billion in non-interest income last year, while spending $822.9 billion, according to the American Action Forum. Since 2010, the program has run a cumulative deficit of nearly $220 billion. Social Security Works concludes that the retirement income crisis "can be addressed most effectively by expanding Social Security and addressing its projected shortfall, not by cutting benefits, which would only compound the crisis."

o Obamacare Burden Tracker - Federal law requires agencies to estimate the paperwork burden created by rules and regulations. Following is a survey of the new burdens created by the Affordable Care Act derived from the agencies’ own estimates. TOTAL BURDEN HOURS: 127,602,371

o What Can The Righteous Do? (Psalms 11)
   2 Chronicles 7:14
      "If my people..." Citizens of the Kingdom of God
      "...which are called by My Name,..." Christians
      "...shall humble themselves,..." Worthy?
      "...and pray, and seek my face,..." Power of God required
      "and turn from their wicked ways;..." Repent (choose this day whom you will serve, self & flesh or God & Spirit?)
      "...then will I hear from heaven,..." If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
      "...and will forgive their sin,..." And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
      "...and will heal their land." Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.

o Supporters of New EPA Regulations Don’t Care About the People the Regulations Affect - By Onan Coca - We’re probably not the first to say this, but we are big fans of the great Dan Joseph over at MRC TV. He has done great work bringing to light the absolute foolishness of liberal policies and the people who support them.
Joseph’s most recent piece has to do with new regulations being brought by President Obama’s EPA. Just last week, a group of liberal EPA supporters gathered to cheer the new regulations and the impact they will supposedly have on our environment. The regulations are supposed to curb the always-dreaded carbon emissions that are purportedly pushing our planet’s climates ever warmer. (At least that’s the story, right?)
   Sadly, these new EPA regulations will not only have an impact on the environment but they will also have a tremendous impact on our economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates the regulations could put 224,000 Americans out of work annually and increase electricity costs by more than $289 billion.
Even the EPA itself estimates that the new regulations will cause electricity prices to increase dramatically over the next 6 years.
Hey, but who cares about people losing their jobs and their money, amiright? Here’s Dan Joseph making fools look foolish and bringing knowledge to the ignorant.
   See, the dirty little secret about being a liberal is that you don’t really care about who your policies negatively effect – because it’s hardly ever you! Think about it… liberals loved Obamacare until they found out that they were the ones who’d have to pay for it. The entire liberal governing philosophy is filled with hypocrisy, double-talk, exaggeration, and outright lies. This little EPA rally is just another example of the inanity of being a “liberal” in modern day America.  

o Fetid Fruits of Feminism Written By Laurie Higgins - Hillary Clinton infamously said that abortion should be legal, safe, and rare. She also said that conception marks the beginning of “potential life.” If the union of egg and sperm, which creates something actual that possesses the full genetic code of a new human being, does not in Clinton’s view mark the start of an actual human life, one wonders when Clinton thinks potential life becomes actual life. Perhaps this short and remarkable video can illuminate for Clinton a truth about the actual lives of preborn babies the intentional killings of which should not be rare but unthinkable: Some intrepid reporter should then ask Clinton these questions:
   - Does this video depict an actual human being?
   - Does this human being have any inherent rights based on his or her status as a human?
   - Does the absence of full development abrogate a person’s right to exist?
   - Does a person’s location abrogate his or her right to exist?
   - If one person’s right to control her reproductive system comes into direct conflict with the right of another human (less mature, less free, and more vulnerable) simply to exist, which is a right of a higher moral order?
   - Is the legal right to have one’s child killed in utero progress? Or does the legalization of the “right” to legally kill one’s own child demonstrate the expansive capacity of humans to rationalize evil?
   Though the most loathsome of all the fetid fruits of feminism, abortion is just one of many. Feminism, which gave America dead babies on a metaphorical platter gilded with silver-tongued sophistry, has rarely been noted for either its moral rectitude or intellectual consistency. While feminists claim to value women, most support the murder of preborn girls. While they claim to value female empowerment, many support the objectification of women through pornography. While they claim to value freedom, choice, and diversity, many derogate the choice of unselfish domesticity and ridicule those who believe sexual activity is appropriate only between one man and one woman within the context of conjugal marriage.
   It’s hard to believe that so many Americans have been duped by what is commonly referred to as “second wave” and “third wave” (with its worship of gender ambiguity and “sex positivity”) feminism into believing that women in the 21stCentury are better off than women in, say, the 1950’s. Yes, in the 1950’s it was difficult for women to enter male-dominated professions or rise to the upper echelons of corporate America, men made sexist jokes, and little women couldn’t play peewee football. But…
   - In the 1950’s, women weren’t slaughtering 1,300,000 of their own babies every year, approximately half of which are girl babies whose own mothers rob them of their right to an “empowered” existence.
   - According to the Guttmacher Institute, the maternal death toll due to illegal abortions in 1950 was 300, and by 1965, eight years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in every state without restriction, deaths due to illegal abortions dropped to just under 200.  “Progressives” think the intentional killing of 56 million babies is justified to prevent the unintentional deaths of 9,600 women—all in the name of freedom, choice, and empowerment (also known as selfishness).
   - Women in the 1950’s weren’t so delusional as to believe that appearing in pornography constitutes empowerment.
   - Women in the 1950’s weren’t so delusional as to believe that watching porn with their boyfriends and husbands is healthy and good.
   - The concept of “feminist porn” would have been both oxymoronic and moronic to most pre-1960’s women who held modesty and self-respect in higher esteem and, therefore, would have recoiled at the objectification of women that “feminist porn” represents for both actors and viewers.
   - One in three women in the 1950’s weren’t raising their children without fathers.
   Feminists have helped women scale boardroom walls and smash glass ceilings to smithereens. They’ve helped women tear up basketball courts during their college years. And they’ve made it possible for little girls everywhere to achieve their lifelong dreams of serving in combat and stripping naked to have sex on camera for the lascivious eyes of men and now of women who are becoming more like men in their most brutish states.
Pay no attention to the bloody, dismembered bodies of tiny humans whose brutal killings represent freedom and empowerment to women who have become both more selfish and more enslaved to men, the government, and their own untethered appetites.

o Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) would like for you to know the reality about Harry Reid's Senate, and she's setting the record straight about the claims Obama makes about the House. We need more members of Congress to be out in the public explaining this very basic stuff, since the liberal media only likes to tell one side. Take up the bills, Harry.  And stop lying, Obama.   Enough. (PS - the video below takes a few extra seconds to load - be patient - it's worth it!)
   The numbers never lie. Currently, 352 bills that passed the House are awaiting action on Harry Reid’s desk. Of these bills:
   - 98% passed with bipartisan support
   - Nearly 70% passed with 2/3rds support or more
   - Over 50% passed with no opposition at all
   - And 55 were introduced by Democrats
   And still, Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote. 

o Most Transparent Admin Ever Can't Locate Over $600 Billion (PatriotPost.us) The “most transparent administration in history” can’t track down more than $600 billion dollars in federal expenditures, and most of its other expense data contain enormous errors. USA Today reports, “A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found. And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is ‘fully consistent with agencies’ records,‘ according to the report.” Interestingly, the article concludes with this little tidbit: “The administration is … transferring responsibility for the website from the General Services Administration to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service in the Department of the Treasury.” The former would be the same agency caught partying and excessively wasting taxpayer dollars two years ago. Need we say more? More…

o Finding joy amid world's chaos - By J. Matt Barber - "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come." (Matthew 24:6) - I'm not quite ready, just yet, to put on my "The End is Nigh!" sandwich board and go about street preaching in Times Square. Still, for anyone gifted with the Spirit of discernment, it's hard to ignore the heavy stench of unparalleled spiritual warfare that hangs thick in the air. It pongs as sulfur from Old Faithful in every corner of the earth. The world is in chaos as never before. Read the news. You see it. You feel it. You know it. Here's the shortlist: The specter of an Ebola pandemic, jihadist genocide, the exploding conflict in Israel, Gaza and the larger Middle East, Russia, China, a nuclear Iran, the American border crisis, the collapsing global economy, sexual anarchy, child corruption, the deconstruction of marriage, the abortion holocaust, worldwide rebellion against God's natural order and a whole lot more.
   ...None of this is unexpected. For the Christian, "Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of. ..." (2 Timothy 3:12-14) Have we reached the end of the age? I don't presume to know. But I do wonder. The world has aligned against Israel. Even the United States, under the pagan governance of Barack Hussein Obama, has betrayed its once greatest ally. "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near" (Luke 21: 20). To this end, the enemy has enlisted an unholy trinity, an Islamo-"progressive" axis of evil, consisting of Islamists, Western "progressives" and the false church (e.g., Christians-in-name-only such as the anti-Semitic, pro-abortion, pro-sexual-immorality Presbyterian Church USA).
   ...Incredibly, we see a mass spiritual deception that has led to widespread support for Islamic terrorists, not unlike those in Iraq and Syria, who are gleefully slaughtering, by the thousands, Christians, Jews and even other Muslims perceived to pose a political threat (consider the Western left's obtuse support for the terrorist group Hamas). No amount of evidence, logic or reason seems sufficient to pry open the eyes of Western liberals, "moderate" Muslims and other apologists for that violent socio-political tradition called Islam.
   ...Still, for the believer, for the true Christ follower, there is joy amid chaos. My friend John Kirkwood, a pastor and columnist from the Chicago area, addressed this phenomenon in a recent exchange he had with one of his readers. Reader: How do you stay sane with all that's happening in the world? Me: I'm a Christian.
   The central questions are all answered for me so the peripheral distractions can't steal my joy. Paul wrote the Epistle of Joy while under Roman house arrest and awaiting the verdict of Nero for a capital crime. Obama is a piker compared to Nero. For the believer, life is beautiful regardless of circumstance, of others, of things or the lack of things, or even of worry. Anxiety isn't an option for the faithful.  
   ...On his death bed, Patrick Henry said, "Doctor, I wish you to observe how real and beneficial the religion of Christ is to a man about to die. ... I am, however, much consoled by reflecting that the religion of Christ has, from its first appearance in the world, been attacked in vain by all the wits, philosophers, and wise ones, aided by every power of man, and its triumphs have been complete." This is how the Christ follower, the true believer, faces death. Triumphantly.  
   (See EarsToHear.net: The Cost & "Promise?" & "Comforter?"

o The GOP's Party Planning on Marriage (FRC.org) If you believe the latest polling, then you know that the midterm elections are the GOP's to lose. And based on the decisions of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), some of the GOP want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! While the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been on a conservative course correction under the current chairman, Reince Priebus, the NRCC and its Senate counterpart -- the NRSC -- have gravitated toward moderates over fidelity to the GOP's core principles.
   Unfortunately, voters are getting a front row seat to that trend this year, as the NRCC stakes its money -- and its credibility -- on three anti-marriage candidates that reject the party's own platform. Insisting it has to "compromise" to conquer, the NRCC is backing the liberal trio in a misguided move that could cost the party a lot more than three seats. The NRCC has been quick to bite back at conservatives that oppose the move, claiming that its decisions to back candidates aren't based on sexual orientation. Nor should they be.
   The problem here isn't that Dan Innis (N.H.), Carl DeMaio (Calif.), and Richard Tisei (Mass.) identify as gay -- the problem is that they are anti-marriage activists, openly fighting their own party on an issue that most Republicans still strongly believe in. DeMaio told reporters that it isn't about imposing a viewpoint but "protecting equality." "If you don't support gay marriage, don't get gay married," he said. "[But] if someone in government tries to get you to recognize or perform a gay wedding, I will be at the front of the pack to defend your right."
   Of course, now we know that it's not just about getting "married," it's about radically changing the curriculum of our schools -- regardless of what parents want. It's about radically changing the culture -- through genderless bathroom ordinances and businesses being strong-armed. It's about the ability -- not just to hold a viewpoint -- but even a job (Brendan EichCraig JamesDr. Angela McCaskill).
   "Our decisions," NRCC spokesman Andrea Bozek fired back, "will not be based on race, gender, or sexual orientation." But, as I told the Washington Times, this isn't really about their sexual orientation. It's about their policyorientation. Do they support the GOP's stated positions? The party platform is as clear about the issues of life and marriage as it is about tax policy. But somehow, in the last several years it's become fashionable among the Establishment to toss aside social conservatives (and with them, roughly a third of the Republican base) -- a strategy that's not only cost the GOP elections (see: White House 2008 and 2012) but put it on the path toward a permanent minority.
   When these candidates champion the fact that they want to overturn America's marriage laws, then they're responsible for making sexual orientation the centerpiece of their campaign -- not us. Establishment Republicans like to fall back on Ronald Reagan's famous quote that if you're with us 80% of the time, you're my friend. Well, that's true -- unless the other 20% of the time you're trying to undermine the core positions of your so-called allies.
How many businessmen out there would invite the competition to their office and collaborate on advertising strategies? Probably not a single one. Executives at Coke would never give Pepsi 20 seconds of their minute-long commercial or a third of their billboard space. No one who is paying to promote a message would be foolish enough to promote a contradictory one at the same time. No one, I suppose, but the NRCC.
   The suggestion that conservatives should have to debate their own party on marriage -- not the opposition -- is a shockingly bad strategy. If Republicans think all they need to do is field candidates to cash in on the Democrats' follies in November, they're going to be disappointed. The only way to recapture America's vision -- and its votes -- is by standing behind candidates who actually stand for the Party's stated core principles. If the NRCC believes natural marriage is negotiable, what issues aren't? At what point does the Second Amendment become negotiable -- or smaller government and lower taxes?