Sunday, September 20, 2015

My Gazette

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Has the Refugee Crisis in Europe Forced Turkey to Consider War with Syria? - The thought of Turkish troops driving across the border into Syria should be a scary one. They would have to confront several combatants. There would likely be a very high death toll, and the suffering there would only increase as both ISIS and the Syrian Army would be forced to confront the invader. There would also be the political fallout. But there is little doubt that the Syrian refugee crisis is pushing Turkey to the brink.  Breitbart reports....

Obama Nominates Sodomite to Lead Army - If you have read many of my articles, you know where I stand on Homosexuality in our country. You are aware that I trust God’s word to direct me to whether or not it is an acceptable practice. So, some of you may be surprised at the angle that I take on this issue. For me to pound out another piece on why sodomy is wrong and what God says about it would be somewhat superfluous. Rather, it seems that this issue has continued to ride for free on the accomplishments of others.  Take, for example, Eric Fanning being named Secretary of the Army. Even the “conservative” Fox is reporting the nomination as a historical event. Yes, I know that it is a first, but that is not the point. The point is that they are treating it the same as they would the first woman or Black person nominated to the post. Why is this a problem? Well, to begin with these people’s actions in bed do not make them a sex or a race. So when Fox and others report this nomination as a civil rights accomplishment, it belittles the struggle of those who actually faced discrimination. Let me show you what I mean....

Bernie Sanders Tells MSNBC that Economics and Socialism are “Moral Issues” - Ugh. Bernie Sanders is going to try to get as much mileage as he can out of his recent trip to my alma mater, Liberty University. On MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show earlier this week the erstwhile socialist candidate for President told Maddow that he enjoyed his time at Liberty discussing moral issues like abortion, gay marriage and… economics. Isn’t it a moral issue that in America today, we are seeing a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth? Isn’t that a moral issue?  Sure, Bernie…. just not in the way you think.  It’s a moral issue when millions of people who can work choose not to. It’s a moral issue when one group of people votes to take the hard earned money of another group of people and give it to a third group. It’s a moral issue when some people believe that they have a right to tell other people how much of their own money they can keep. 

Face it, folks. Bernie Sanders is just a thief in a business suit.

Alabama Supreme Court: We Don’t Have To Recognize Lesbian Adoption - Alabama’s Supreme Court refused to recognize a lesbian woman’s adoption Friday, drawing criticism from gay rights activists and raising questions about the future of same-sex adoptions.  The case centered around a lesbian couple who shared custody of three children but later split up. One of them gave birth to the children with the help of a sperm donor, and her partner later adopted the children while living in Georgia, so they could both be the official, legal parents.  The biological mother, who now lives in Alabama, tried to keep the children from the adoptive mother after the couple parted ways, sparking the legal battle. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Alabama did not have to recognize the adoption made in Georgia, stripping the adoptive mother of her rights to the children....

Attorney Claims Kim Davis is Breaking the Law - An attorney for a deputy clerk in in Kim Davis’ office says the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for six days for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses has again broken the law…the judge warned Davis not to interfere with the licenses….one of the deputy clerks is saying Davis broke the law by altering the marriage licenses….. Davis allegedly removed her name and the county’s name from the licenses. She has repeatedly said her issue with the licenses was that they put her name as endorsing same-sex marriage, something that would violate her conscience….
 
Congressman Fights for Social Security Recipient's Gun Rights - Rep. Sam Johnson introduced legislation in the House Wednesday in an effort to counteract the Obama administration’s strides to prevent Social Security participants from obtaining guns. Under the president’s plan, the Social Security Association (SSA) would be added to the list of federal agencies required to submit users’ information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The Second Amendment rights of more than four million people who have been assigned a fiduciary to manage their benefits would be stripped if the regulation is implemented.
 
Planned Parenthood Knew About Sales of Body Parts - Many have pretended that there is no profit being made by the sale of baby parts by Planned Parenthood. They have tried to make people believe that what they are seeing is heavily edited and shopped versions. But, this is becoming harder and harder to spin as more and more videos are being released that show us the contrary. And the latest is no different.  Christian New reports....
 
Obama Administration Slams Conservative School As Not A Real College - An Obama administration representative took a shot at a well-known conservative college Thursday, saying the school wasn’t included on its much-heralded new “College Scorecard” because it isn’t a real two-to-four year college.  Hillsdale College, a 1,500-student liberal arts college in Michigan, is ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as the 67th-best national liberal arts college in the country. The college is well-known for the conservative identity of its student body and its focus on a core curriculum that emphasizes Judeo-Christian tradition and the U.S. Constitution. It’s also known for its refusal to accept any federal funding (including federal student loans), in order to remain free of most federal regulatory control. 
 
Doritos has Sided with Bully Sodomite in Effort to Steal the Youth - We should not be surprised when those who have pretended to be victimized and swayed the sympathies of this generation would win big business. It is unlikely that the people at Frito-Lays have a heart to begin with and no one should have been under the impression that they were Christian, but that they are openly siding with a Bully and hatemonger such as Dan Savage is deplorable.
 
The Muslim Invasion of the West has Begun - On Tuesday night Fox News host Bill O’Reilly delivered a stinging monologue on what he termed as “the Muslim invasion of the West.” In his short commentary he detailed the desperate plight of the European refugees, but then gave a broader view of the situation in a larger historical context. O’Reilly also argued that two of the biggest problems facing our nation today can both be laid at the feet of the Obama White House. He continued by saying that Europe is now sowing what they have reaped because of their reticence to deal with the problems in the Middle East. But the cold truth is Europe is getting what it deserves.
 
Heartland Institute
 
Solution to Government Overreach Is in the Constitution-  “The fundamental beauty of the U.S. Constitution is that it essentially gave everybody veto power over the actions of the national government. Nothing could become the law of the land unless both houses of Congress, the president, the Supreme Court, and the states all agreed that it should be. Any action of the national government had to run a long gauntlet in order to become law.”...
 
The History of National Standards and Common Core - Lennie Jarratt, project manager for school reform at The Heartland Institute, has constructed a timeline of the major events in the history of Common Core. Unbeknownst to many, the roots of Common Core and national standards extend back for decades. Jarratt tracks the growth of this federal intrusion into the education system and points out the major players in the effort, including the Gates Foundation
 
Donald J. Devine to Receive Heartland Liberty Prize at 2015 Benefit Dinner - Join us on Thursday, October 8 at The Heartland Institute’s 31st Anniversary Benefit Dinner as we celebrate the career of political scientist, author, and former Reagan administration official Donald J. Devine with this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize. Past recipients of the award include fellow conservative and libertarian titans M. Stanton Evans, Gary Becker, Ed Crane, Walter Williams, and John Stossel. Space is limited, so reserve a seat today!....
 
Featured Podcast: Mark Steyn: Breaking Michael Mann’s Hockey Stick - America’s “undocumented anchorman” Mark Steyn joins Director of Communications Jim Lakely to discuss Steyn’s new book, A Disgrace to the Profession. The Canadian-born writer and conservative political commentator talks about the fallacies of the popular and well-known hockey stick graph by the fake Nobel Laureate Michael E. Mann. LISTEN HERE
 
Our October 8 Benefit Dinner: The Heartland versus The Ruling Class! - The Heartland Institute’s 31st Anniversary Benefit Dinner will take place Thursday, October 8 at The Cotillion, 360 South Creekside Drive in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s theme is “The Heartland versus The Ruling Class,” featuring keynote speaker Angelo Codevilla, Ph.D., author of The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It. Donald J. Devine, Ph.D., will receive this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize. Join us for dinner, drinks, great conversation, and fellowship in liberty!
 
CON Laws Hinder Health Services Competition in Virginia - Virginia is one of 36 states that require a certificate of need (CON) to approve the construction of a new health facility. Because of this regulation, Inova – a health care system based in Northern Virginia – has been able to obtain a near-monopoly over health services in the state’s most-populous area. CON laws limit health care competition across the state and leave fewer options for everyone, especially the poor…
 
German Energiewende vs. American Fracking: A Tale of Two Energy Revolutions - Germany and the United States are embarking on two drastically different energy policies ... and reaping dramatically different results. Germany’s “Energiewende” plan intends to make the country the renewable-energy center of the world. The effort has yielded only heavily subsidized renewable energy projects and increasing electricity prices. America, on the other hand, is enjoying lower carbon emissions and lower energy prices due to the fracking boom....
 
Senators Call for Plan to Liquidate Ex-Im Bank - Several U.S. senators, including presidential candidates Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), are pushing to formally liquidate the Export-Import Bank, a government agency subsidizing domestic companies’ costs when selling goods in foreign countries. Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Diane Katz says, “Contrary to the propaganda of Ex-Im proponents, the subsidies hurt U.S. small businesses more than they help.”
 
Obamacare Waste Continues to Pile Up - One of the many promises made by President Barack Obama about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also know as Obamacare, was that the costs of providing 30 million Americans with health insurance would be offset by reducing government mismanagement and fraud. However, a new government audit shows the 20 contracts “most critical to the [Healthcare.gov] website’s operation” were incredibly mismanaged….
 
Bonus Podcast: Heather Kays: Troubling Education News from Washington State - School Reform News Managing Editor Heather Kays joins Director of Communications Jim Lakely to discuss a recent spell of bad education news coming out of the state of Washington. In recent weeks, Washington has seen the state supreme court rule charter schools unconstitutional, teachers go on strike in Seattle, and fines imposed for the state’s supposed “chronic underfunding” of the education system……
 
High U.S. Tax Rates Force American Companies to Flee Overseas - Richard Ebeling, a professor of economics at The Citadel and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, says U.S. tax policies achieve the opposite of their stated goals. “Not only would keeping a lower corporate income tax rate, in general, mean more money in the hands of businesses to reinvest,” Ebeling said. “But also by eliminating the double taxation, we would see more of these earned profits coming back to the United States, and again see a greater rate of growth.”….
 
Interview: Carbon Dioxide Feeds the World - Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett talks with Sherwood Idso, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on the effects of carbon dioxide on plants. Idso discusses his work with the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and his perspective on the benefits of carbon dioxide….
 
JoNova
 
How many children died because peer reviewed data was buried and results cherry-picked?  -T his example below shows the dangers of cherry picked and buried data. It shows how great news and joy can be reported from rancid results, and the only protection against this is open access. When the taxpayer funds research that is not fully and transparently public, and immediately available, the people are funding PR rather than science. “Peer review” does little to stop this, little to clean up the mess after it happens, and the truth can take years to be set free. Ten percent of teenagers taking an anti-depressant harmed themselves or attempted suicide. This was ten times t..
 
Watts Up With That?
 
Climate Science Turned Monster  - Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball Promoters of ‘official’ climate, which is defined as the works of the UN IPCC, are desperate. Twenty of them, including Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) members like Kevin Trenberth, asked the Obama administration to file Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges against climate deniers. All but two…
 
Open Letter: President Obama’s Legacy - Dear Mr President, Every President seeks to leave a legacy, a memory of what they achieved in office, an unambiguous testament that all the personal effort and sacrifices they put into winning that high office meant something – that they made a difference. There is a way you can do this, which will stand the…
 
Climate Alarmists demand Obama use the RICO act to Silence Critics - A group of climate scientists, including Professor Kevin Trenberth, have demanded President Obama abuse the RICO act, to silence criticism of their theories. The letter; Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren, As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists…
 
NAO and Then - Anthony recently highlighted a new study which purports to find that the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is synchronized to the fluctuations in solar activity. The study is entitled “Solar forcing synchronizes decadal North Atlantic climate variability”. The “North Atlantic Oscillation” (NAO) refers to the phenomenon that the temperatures (and hence…
 
Real Clear World
 
The Pentagon Prepares for Baltic Battle - But the really troubling thing is that in the war games being played, the United States keeps losing.
 
Why Yemen Suffers  - A coalition of Saudi-led forces continued to pound rebel-held positions in the Yemeni province of Marib with artillery this week, forcing Iran-backed Houthi rebels to retreat from their positions.
 
Electoral Storms Ahead in Europe?  - The Financial Times' Gideon Rachman recently wrote: "At some point, the desperation and hopes of the refugees are likely to collide with the fears and resentments of European voters." The question is whether the outcomes of four upcoming elections will reflect the repercussions of the refugee crisis.
 
Russia and Separatists Aren't on Same Page - Vladimir Putin’s military operations have stretched Moscow’s military to its limits..
 
Lib Dems Cast a Net - Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has warned that Jeremy Corbyn’s election has left Britain without a “strong, electable, credible opposition” to the Conservatives. He vowed to seize the “opportunities” created by Corbyn’s landslide victory in Labour’s leadership contest, saying: “I’m going to grab ‘em.”
 
Turkey's Nuclear Contradictions - Turkey is a member in good standing of the nonproliferation and disarmament regimes—a signatory to instruments such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a member of initiatives such as the Zangger Committee and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Moreover, it has long advocated creating a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East. Turkish officials, in view of the Middle East's increasingly dire security situation, portray establishing a nuclear-weapon-free zone as a matter of urgent collectiv...
 
Recession Bites Greece - Economist JOB centres are rarely upbeat places. In Brazil, where they are often a last resort for those who lack the personal connections that lubricate much of life in the country, they can be particularly bleak. Francisco, a 54-year-old driver queuing at one in downtown São Paulo, has had no work for over two years. The lines have never been longer, he sighs. “It’s the crisis.”
 
Poor Choices for Greek Voters  - Greece is having an important election on Sunday, and nobody seems to care. Last night I went to a rally here in Athens for New Democracy, the center-right party that has, somewhat unexpectedly, pulled even with Syriza in the polls. As appropriate for a center-right party, the street was filled with neatly dressed people waving enormous Greek flags.
 
How the Pope Might Renew the Church - I AM a Catholic, born in 1921 of Italian and Irish families and raised in California seminaries. After decades of work as a priest, I was astonished that Pope Paul VI appointed me a bishop in San Francisco. I love my church, and every night I pray that I might die in her warm, loving arms…..
 
Pope Francis's Fact-Free Flamboyance - Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak — if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill. ...... “Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides derived from fossil fuels,” .... “are responsible for at least 60 percent of today’s global food supply.” Without fossil fuels, he says, global cropland would have to increase at least 150 percent — equal to the combined land areas of South America and the European Union — to meet current food demands.  
 
Francis grew up around the rancid political culture of Peronist populism, the sterile redistributionism that has reduced his Argentina from the world’s 14th highest per-capita gross domestic product in 1900 to 63rd today. Francis’s agenda for the planet — “global regulatory norms” — would globalize Argentina’s downward mobilityAs the world spurns his church’s teachings about abortion, contraception, divorce, same-sex marriage and other matters, Francis jauntily makes his church congruent with the secular religion of “sustainability.” Because this is hostile to growth, it fits Francis’s seeming sympathy for medieval stasis, when his church ruled the roost, economic growth was essentially nonexistent and life expectancy was around 30......
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