Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Daily Signal

Featured Article

From Sea to Shining Sea: 5 Examples of Voter Fraud Across America - Contrary to the assertions of many, voter fraud is not a myth. It is a stark reality that exists nationwide, from the rural counties of Georgia to the urban centers of New York. The Heritage Foundation has documented nearly 250 cases where nefarious citizens, officials, candidates and campaign operatives conspired to commit vote fraud, compromising the integrity of our elections to achieve their ideological goals. That list is just a tiny sampling of voter fraud, and it keeps growing. In May, the Heritage Foundation highlighted several recent cases. Here are some of the egregious new additions to the voter fraud database:....

Abortion

Pro-Life Leaders Say Planned Parenthood Openly 'Targets' Black Community - Following allegations that Planned Parenthood is selling aborted fetal body parts for profit, black pro-life leaders are calling to defund the organization and address what they call "targeting" of their community.

Meet the 41 Companies That Donate Directly to Planned Parenthood - According to 2nd Vote, more than 25 percent of Planned Parenthood's $1.3 billion annual revenue comes from private donations, which includes corporate contributions.

Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object - The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors.

Undercover Videos Show Why We Must Defund Planned Parenthood - Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint says this should demonstrate to all Americans—even if they consider themselves "pro-choice"—that taxpayers should have nothing to do with this grim business.

MLK’s Niece Says Her Uncle Would Be 'Disturbed' by Planned Parenthood Videos - Alveda King told The Daily Signal her uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., would have been "very disturbed" by the videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting of fetal body parts.

What the New York Times Got Wrong About the Planned Parenthood Videos - The editorial board of the newspaper—whose motto is "All the news that's fit to print"—doesn't think a story exposing the alleged selling of and profiting from human body parts is worth printing.

Planned Parenthood's History of Scandal - With more than $500 million in taxpayer funding annually, it’s time for the American people to know the truth about Planned Parenthood.

Editor’s Note:  There is a great deal of outrage and bluster on this issue – from both sides – which seems to have blurred the issue in one respect.  There is one question no one seems to be asking – a question that should be obvious to the most casual observer.  If the Constitution requires that  all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, and if the Republicans have controlled that body for some years now -  how did that 500 million get to Planned Parenthood without Boehner’s and the Republican’s support?

Communism

Cuban Embassy in Washington Reopens to Fanfare, Anger - The Cuban Embassy in Washington reopened after 61 years of hostility between the American and Cuban governments.

Why I Refuse to Acknowledge the US Embassy in Havana - Heritage's Ana Quintana honored instead the legacy of a Cuban democratic martyr.

Citizens of Former Soviet State Learn to Fight Back Against Government Silencing - "We have to learn the government is not the authority," pro-democracy leader Maksim Borodin teaches. "They are our servants."

Editor’s Note:  Russia is changing and the more Putin squeezes the more it’s going to change.  Why?  For some reason the Russians seem to have better access to the internet  than do the Chinese.  Russian readers have been in the top five every month for a long time.  At one point my Chinese readership was so strong they surged to number two in about 18 months.  Then the numbers dropped like a stone.  China’s govenment seems to be putting more effort into shutting down unlimited access to the internet than does the Russian government.  Has Paradigms an Demographics made a difference on the thinking of these readers?  I have no idea, but one can only hope. 

Family Values

Why the Marriage Debate Isn't Over - The Supreme Court hasn't settled the issue of gay marriage, which still divides Americans.

Why Are 'Customers' So Angry About This New Book on Marriage and Religious Freedom? - Activists who disagree with Ryan T. Anderson's views on marriage have left one-star reviews on his Amazon page, with one comparing him to the Nazis.

Oregon's War on the Christian Bakers' Free Speech  - The issue here is not same-sex marriage. The issue is that all Americans have the right to live their life according to their religious principles and the right to speak freely.

Poll: 59% Believe Businesses Should Be Able to Decline Gay Weddings - Four in 10 Americans support and an equal percentage disagree with the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage in June.

'They Don't Have to Bake a Cake for You': Baker to His 'Fellow' Gays and Lesbians - A self-described gay baker named Jesse Bartholomew has come out in defense of Christian bakers who decline to bake cakes for same-sex weddings.

Scott Walker 'Absolutely' Supports First Amendment Defense Act - The Wisconsin governor talks to Daily Signal contributor David Brody about the congressional push to protect religious liberty.

'Trainwreck' Makes the Case for Monogamy - This new movie's message is more "Brady Bunch" than "Sex in the City."

IRAN

5 Reasons Lawmakers Should Ignore the UN Vote and Reject Iran Deal - Congress should provide oversight on Iran deal, regardless of United Nations vote.

Why Lindsey Graham Believes the Iran Deal Supports Terrorism - Sen. Lindsey Graham told The Daily Signal's David Brody that the deal the White House cut with the Iranian regime amounts to America cutting a check in the name of radical Islamic terrorism.

How an Israeli Hospital Builds Bridges With Syria by Caring for the War's Wounded - For going on three years, Israel has discreetly treated wounded or injured Syrians, many of whom were brought up to hate the Jewish state, The Daily Signal's Charlotte Florance reports from the Middle East.

Ted Cruz: Because of Iran Deal, Jihadists 'Will Use Our Money to Murder Americans' - "The Obama administration will become the world's leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism," Cruz tells The Daily Signal's David Brody.

Meet 7 Dangerous Iranians Who Will No Longer Be Sanctioned - Iran has a long history of supporting violence and terrorism within the Middle East, as well as around the world.

John Kerry Calls Alternatives to Iran Deal 'Unicorn' and 'Fantasy' - The secretary of state made a heated defense of the Iran nuclear deal, saying the U.S. will face international isolation and degraded security if Congress rejects the deal.

My Take -  Poor John Kerry.  It’s my view he wanted the job as Secretary of State to show just how smart he was and how things would have gone for the nation if he had been elected President of the United States.  Well…..he was successful! 

IMEX

How a Transportation Bill Could Revive the Export-Import Bank and Tackle Planned Parenthood - Several senators are looking to the bill as a vehicle to address controversial issues, including Obamacare and Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.

Florida Family Indicted for Defrauding Export-Import Bank, Costing Government $2 Million - The family allegedly created fake invoices and shipping documents to obtain a loan from Ex-Im.

IRS

Business Owners Fight the IRS to Get Their Seized Money Back - The IRS seized more than $153,000 from a convenience store owner last year, without ever charging the owner with a crime. Now he wants it back.

Social Values

The Different Social Visions of Liberals and Conservatives - Yuval Levin looks at the key differences between liberals and conservatives in this essay from The Heritage Foundation's 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity, which was released today.

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