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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."
  • 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 America's Moral Decline (EarsToHear.net) "Fundamentally transforming" the Republic into Marxism. Will "We the people" of Biblical Moral Virtue restore the Republic for which it stands or wll "we the sheeple" continue to vote for Progressive Marxism? Conveniently ignoring the opening paragraph of America's first official document and falsely claiming that the Constitution promoted a "wall of separation."
   "It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth -- and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. ... Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not?" --Patrick Henry
   "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." Isaiah 32:5-6
   "Democracy without God is man's worship and elevation of himself and his own intelligence or humanism, where man becomes his own measure for morality, judgment, and justice." Myles Munroe Kingdom Principles  

o A great plan to replace the EPA - By Alan Caruba - For years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and its powers given to the fifty states, all of which,have their own departments of environmental protection. Until now, however, there has been no plan put forth to do so. Dr. Jay Lehr has done just that and his plan no doubt will be sent to the members of Congress and the state governors. Titled "Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency" it should be read by everyone who, like Dr. Lehr, has concluded that the EPA was a good idea when it was introduced in 1971, but has since evolved into a rogue agency threatening the U.S. economy, attacking the fundamental concept of private property, and the lives of all Americans in countless and costly ways.
   ...Ironically, he was among the scientists who called for the creation of the EPA and served on many of the then-new agency's advisory councils. Over the course of its first ten years, he helped write a significant number of legislative bills to create a safety net for the environment. As he notes in his plan, "Beginning around 1981, liberal activist groups recognized EPA could be used to advance their political agenda by regulating virtually all human activities regardless of their impact on the environment. Politicians recognized they could win votes by posing as protectors of the public health and wildlife. Industries saw a way to use regulations to handicap competitors or help themselves to public subsidies. Since that time, not a single environmental law or regulation has passed that benefited either the environment or society."
   "The takeover of EPA and all of its activities by liberal activists was slow and methodical over the past 30 years. Today, EPA is all but a wholly owned subsidiary of liberal activist groups. Its rules account for about half of the nearly $2 trillion a year cost of complying with all national regulations in the U.S. President Barack Obama is using it to circumvent Congress to impose regulations on the energy sector that will cause prices to 'skyrocket.' It is a rogue agency." Dr. Lehr says that "Incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option." He's right.
   ...Eliminating the EPA would provide a major savings by eliminating 80% of its budget. The remaining 20% could be used to run its research labs and administer the Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental agencies. "The Committee would determine which regulations are actually mandated in law by Congress and which were established by EPA without congressional approval."
   Dr. Lehr estimates the EPA's federal budget would be reduced from $8.2 billion to $2 billion. Staffing would be reduced from more than 15,000 to 300 and that staff would serve in a new national EPA headquarters he recommends be "located centrally in Topeka, Kansas, to allow the closest contact with the individual states." The staff would consist of six delegate-employees from each of the 50 states." "Most states," says Dr. Lehr, "will enthusiastically embrace this plan, as their opposition to EPA's 'regulatory train wreck' grows and since it gives them the autonomy and authority they were promised when EPA was first created and the funding to carry it out."
   The EPA was a good idea when it was created, the nation's air and water needed to be cleaned, but they have been at this point. Since then, the utterly bogus "global warming," now called "climate change," has been used to justify a torrent of EPA regulations. The science the EPA cites as justification is equally tainted and often kept secret from the public. "It's time for the national EPA to go," says Dr. Lehr and I most emphatically agree. "All that is missing is the political will."  

o Property Rights at Stake in EPA’s Water Power Grab - By Daren Bakst - Thanks to the federal government, it soon may become far more difficult to use and enjoy private property. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers want to make a water—and land—grab that should scare everyone. Under the Clean Water Act, the federal government has jurisdiction over “navigable waters,” which the statute further defines as “the waters of the United States, including the territorial seas.” Property owners often need to get permits if waters covered under the law will be impacted. Therefore, a critical question is what types of “waters” are covered under the CWA.
   That’s what the EPA and Corps seek to address with a new proposed rule that would define “the waters of the United States.” As expected, the EPA and the Corps are seeking to expand their authority to cover waters never imagined when the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972. For example, the new proposed rule would regulate all ditches, except in narrow circumstances. This even includes man-made ditches. The rule would apply to tributaries that have ephemeral flow. This would include depressions in land that are dry most of the year except when there’s heavy rain.
   ...However, the EPA finalized the proposed rule before the Scientific Advisory Board even met. The EPA defends this action by claiming that the final study will still help inform the final rule. But this is putting the cart before the horse (or the rule before the science). The scientific foundation should inform theproposed rule so that the public can provide informed comments and have a meaningful voice in the process.
   The public may be commenting on a proposed rule that seems to be a mere placeholder rather than a real policy proposal, or more likely, a proposal that already reflects the final conclusions of the EPA. The EPA has a strong incentive to avoid making major changes to the draft scientific report and, as a result, the final rule. If major changes are made, the EPA might be forced by law to restart the rulemaking process over.
   Congress is taking notice. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a bill (H.R. 5078) that would prohibit implementation of the proposed rule, and legislation (S. 2496) has been introduced in the Senate to prohibit implementation as well. In addition, the FY 2015 House Interior and Environment appropriations bill that passed out of the appropriations committee includes a provision that withholds funds for implementation of the rule.
   Ultimately though, it is the responsibility of Congress to define the term “navigable waters” instead of deferring to the EPA and the Corps. History shows these agencies will continue to seek to expand their authority. As with other laws, Congress needs to reassert its authority and rein in agency overreach. Private property rights are at stake.

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o Whose advice should we follow? (EarsToHear.net) Today's politically correct progressives or that of America's Founders, who based the Republic on Biblical moral virtue, the nemesis of Marxism.
   "The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." John Quincy Adams
   "[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments." Benjamin Rush (1806)
   "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the constitution framed by the Convention . . . might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it." George Washington
   About the Supreme Court... James Wilson: He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him to the Supreme Court. Born in Scotland, he was an active delegate at the Constitutional Convention, speaking 168 times. The first law professor of the University of Pennsylvania, James Wilson wrote in his Lectures on Law, 1789-91: "Law...communicated to us by reason and conscience...has been called natural; as promulgated by the Holy Scriptures, it has been called revealed...But it should always be remembered, that this law, natural or revealed...flows from the same divine source; it is the law of God." James Wilson continued: "Human law must rest its authority, ultimately, upon the authority of that law, which is divine."   
   "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." --William F. Buckley, Jr.
   (Before you accuse of a "theocracy" see: http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/theocracy.html)

o The Coming Christian Revolt by J. Matt Barber - From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular-”progressive.” He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, “War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?” He then resumes shooting, all the while insisting that those uncooperative Christians who scatter for cover behind the word of God and the U.S. Constitution somehow suffer from a “persecution complex” (the baker, the photographer, the florist, the innkeeper, the Christian school administrator, etc.).
    Though there are many, it is plain for all to see that abortion and “sexual liberation” remain the two principal theaters in the ongoing culture war battlefront. To fully advance the causes of radical feminism, abortion-on-demand, unfettered sexual license, “gay marriage” and the like, the pagan left must do away with religious free exercise altogether. Under the guise of “anti-discrimination,” Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels.
   Let’s see if we can make this abundantly clear. Christians, true Christians – regenerate, Bible-believing Christians who strive their level best to maintain fidelity to the word of God and honor His commands – will not, indeed cannot, participate in, approve of, facilitate or encourage certain behaviors deemed by the Holy Scriptures to be immoral or sinful.
   This is both our constitutionally affirmed human right and our Christian duty. It is not done from hate. It is not done from bigotry. It is done neither from a position of superiority nor a desire to “impose our beliefs” upon others. It is done from both obedience to Christ and compassion for our fellow fallen who yet wallow in folly.

o Nihilism: The West’s Evil Religion of Idolatry, Lies, and Hate - by Linda Kimball - “The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions.” (William McGuffey, d. May 4, 1873, professor at the University of Virginia, president of Ohio University, and author of McGuffey’s Readers; earstohear.net)
   Andre Comte-Sponville, one of France's preeminent atheist philosophers agrees.  In his New York Times bestseller, "The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality," Sponville observes that even though Western and American civilization has become nonreligious it is nevertheless profoundly rooted in transcendent Biblical morality and traditions.   That overt and implied atheism has all but supplanted Biblical beliefs pleases yet simultaneously frightens Sponville as he clearly sees that if Western civilization entirely ceases to be Christian it will fall into something like a refined nihilism.  And if we believe that nothing remains,  
   "....we might as well throw in the towel at once.   We would have nothing left to oppose to either fanaticism from without or to nihilism from within---and, contrary to what many people seem to think, nihilism is the primary danger.  We would belong to a dead civilization, or at least a dying one....Wealth has never sufficed to make a civilization, poverty, even less so.  Civilizations require culture, imagination, enthusiasm and creativity, and none of these things come without courage, work and effort."  Without these necessities, "Good night...the Western world has decided to replace faith with somnolence." (pp. 28-29)
   ...When for millions of nihilists the God of Revelation does not exist and life has no higher, fixed meaning or purpose with neither hope of an afterlife nor any accountability to their Maker for their actions here in this world, then men no longer have reason and purpose for being good, thus are free to be evil.  They are at liberty to invoke meaningless law and perverted justice to destroy freedom, dismember babies, and force disordered appetites upon men, women, and children.  They are free to accuse the good man of evil, to enslave other people and deprive them of life-sustaining electricity, gas, and water.  With this freedom they vandalize and plunder the property and wealth of others and throw our borders open to floods of illegals, rapists, drug-lords, terrorists, pedophiles, murderers and other sinister individuals. Nihilists can freely lie so as to "normalize" whatever wicked fantasies and schemes they desire, such as global warming/cooling/change, redistributive justice, common core, 'gay' equality and Decadence Festivals: ... 

o Salvation: Iniquity to Repentance (EarsToHear.net) - Eternal Life - Salvation and the role of the Holy Spirit
   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." 
   Jesus - John 8:24b - "...for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." 
   John 17:3 (Power New Testament) - "And this is eternal life, that they would know You, the only true God, and Whom You sent Jesus Messiah."
   Psalms 130:1-4 - Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that you may be feared. 
Isaiah 43:11, 43:25, 44:6 - I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. ... I, even I, am he that blots out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. ...I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
   John 14:6 - Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. 
   1Timothy 2:5-6 - For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 
   Luke 13:1-5 - There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  (He that has ears to hear, let him hear.)
   Hebrews 10:14-23 - For by one offering he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 
   Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
   John 1:29 - "Behold, the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world." 
   Isaiah 53:6 - All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 
   Acts 4:12 - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 
   He did for us what we could never do. Nothing we can do can earn eternity. It is what He has done for us. He died for our sins, for He was without sin. He died in our place.   

o A Basic Biblical Worldview - The Great Commission, Part 30 - By Rick Joyner A basic biblical worldview established in Scripture includes:
   1)   God created the world and mankind for a special relationship with Him.
   2)   Man became separated from God by sin.
   3)   God so loved mankind and the world that He made provision for our redemption and reconciliation through the atonement sacrifice of His Son on the cross.
   4)   He delayed the restoration of the world so that He could call out of this present evil age those whose lives proved they love Him more than evil.
   5)   Those who overcome the evil of this age by accepting His atonement, abiding in Him, and growing up into Him will become joint heirs with Christ, taking on Christ’s divine nature to rule with Him over the age to come.
   6)   Jesus came as a sacrificial Lamb the first time, but He will return as a Lion, destroying the evil that has been destroying mankind and the earth.
   7)   The earth will be restored to the paradise it was originally created to be, and mankind will be restored with it.
   8)   When the earth has been restored, God Himself will dwell on earth among men.     
   The time between the resurrection of Christ and when He takes His seat above all rule and authority and dominion has been “training for reigning” for those who will be joint heirs with Him. These are becoming sons and daughters of God, ruling with Him over “the period of the restoration of all things” as Peter called it in Acts 3:21.
    God’s original and ultimate purpose for the earth and mankind was not thwarted by sin. It will be fulfilled. We are called to be agents with Him in this restoration. This is the purpose for all we go through in this life—it is not just testing us to see if we love God more than evil, it is preparing us for our eternal position with Christ by conforming us to His nature. Every trial in your life is for this purpose—to conform you to the nature of Christ.
    The first Adam had a bride that lived in a perfect world and yet chose to disobey. The “last Adam,” Christ Jesus, will have a bride that lived through the most difficult of times and against all of the pressure and temptations of hell and this fallen world, yet she will choose to obey. For this reason, even the angels will declare that she is worthy to be their judge and to reign with Him. To be a part of this bride of Christ is your main purpose.

o The Left's Dark Money Managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche - By Michelle Malkin - Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won't hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here's why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He's a protected elite — Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official — with ready access to the White House. He and the left's other dark money managers preach transparency and openness, while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government.
   LaMarche currently heads the shadowy Democracy Alliance (DA). In internal documents obtained and published this month by John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog, the group currently describes itself as the "center of gravity" for the progressive funding world. DA enrolls wealthy liberal "members" who coordinate and finance a web of at least 132 left-wing groups. Though some of their members' and partners' identities have been exposed, DA takes great care to promise a cloak of donor secrecy "to provide a comfortable environment for our partners to collectively make a real impact."
   ...The faux populist HCAN, coordinated from 1825 K Street, provided invaluable ground and air support to reinforce Democratic messaging on Obamacare. LaMarche met with Valerie Jarrett for hours-long meetings on at least two disclosed occasions before the health care juggernaut's passage. By November 2009, he had visited the White House nine times. I checked the most updated White House visitor logs (as incomplete and shoddy as they are). LaMarche has tripled his visits over the past five years. He is listed 23 times (21 under "Philip G. LaMarche" or "Philip LaMarche" and twice under "Gara LaMarche").
   LaMarche also donated $18 million through The Atlantic Philanthropies to a Chicago charity headed by Jarrett. Friend of Barack and Val. Bagman for Soros. Community organizer for progressive billionaires. Chances are, LaMarche and his operators have affected you, your statehouses, your businesses and your freedom, no matter where you live. Know your enemies.  

o CBO: Obama Policies Saddle Next Generation with WWII-Style Deficits, Disco-Era Job Market - By Akash Chougule - Once again, it appears that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has rained on the White House’s propaganda parade. The nonpartisan government agency reported yesterday that the federal government’s budget deficits and the public’s share of the debt as percentage of GDP are projected to grow to levels not seen since the World War II era.
   Excessive deficits and public share of the debt are harmful because they slow investment in the economy, harm the nation’s credit and borrowing ability, and create great uncertainty both for the private sector and public services. As the world is seeing in countries like Greece, if the problem is not corrected, future generations will be left to cope with high unemployment, rampant inflation, and instability that harms every member of society – but hits the least fortunate hardest.
   The announcement comes just as the White House was celebrating its projection that the deficit would fall below $600 billion for the first time under President Obama. But the CBO has shed light on the fact that Obama has simply kicked the can down the road with year after year of trillion-dollar deficits, expansion of the entitlement state, a complete unwillingness to reform mandatory spending.
   The White House constantly celebrates that they have cut budget deficits every year since 2009, but they fail to acknowledge the record deficits President Obama has overseen throughout his administration. The budget deficit every single year under President Obama has been larger than any other year that preceded his presidency. Obama’s $1.5 trillion deficit in 2009 was well over double the worst budget year in history before his administration – and was subsequently followed by three more years of deficits in excess of a trillion dollars.
   The CBO projected deficits will climb steadily until 2039, at which point the federal debt held by the public as a percentage of GDP will reach 106 percent – a level not seen since the aftermath of World War II. The CBO attributes the rising deficits to increases in mandatory spending on entitlement programs – specifically Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. Economists and politicians on both sides of the philosophical divide acknowledge that these programs are the primary drivers of the national debt, which is quickly approaching a breathtaking threshold of $18 trillion. Total mandatory spending is well over $2.5 trillion a year, representing two-thirds of all federal spending. The major entitlement programs now constitute about 45 percent of all federal spending, and the share continues to grow. 

o Homosexual Activists Reject Their Own Legislation: ENDA - By Laurie Higgins - This disastrous legislation has passed the U.S. Senate at the urging of homosexual activists and has moved to the U.S. House. Suddenly this week, the cacophonous voices of homosexual activists and their obsequious disciples began disowning their own legislation. Why this strange turn of events, you may be wondering. Why would Leftists turn on their own legislation? The reason for their sudden reversal is that the bill includes an exemption for religious organizations. As I recently wrote, homosexual activists seek to leave no square inch of America in which people of faith can exercise their religious faith on matters related to sexual deviance. In their occluded eyes, not even Christian schools—Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant—should be allowed to hire only those teachers who affirm Christian doctrine on homoerotic activity and marriage. 
   What prompted their reevaluation of ENDA was the U.S. Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” case in which at long last a judicial body has confirmed that, yes, Americans have religious liberty. A reaffirmation of this truth has rendered homosexual activists apoplectic. Lambda Legal writes that the religious exemption “essentially says that anti-LGBT discrimination is different…than discrimination against individuals based on their race or sex.” This may be news to Lambda Legal, but discriminating against persons based on behaviorally neutral conditions like race or sex is absolutely different from making judgments (i.e., discriminating) based on behaviors (e.g., homoerotic activity or cross-dressing) that people voluntarily choose.  

o Rep. Joe Garcia: “We've Proved That Communism Works” - By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Dream of a world-wide workers’ paradise may commence under the leadership of a one world elite government guided by the borderless United Nations.
   It is no surprise that young people are enamored of communism. Their teachers have been indoctrinating them for years into the utopia of “social justice,” “environmental justice,” the “evil” middle class, and the spectacular equality for all as envisioned by Marx, Engels, and Lenin. Communism is “cool” in the land where wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt is a hypocritical political statement made while enjoying capitalist amenities. But we expect them to mature eventually and give up the absurdity that communism has not succeeded because the wrong people were in charge.
   Furthermore, we don’t expect them to elect representatives that mirror their youthful ignorance. Rep. Joe Garcia, a Democrat from Florida, said, trying to explain our “broken immigration system” that needs to be fixed by enacting comprehensive immigration reform, “Two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico. And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime. But that isn’t what we should be doing on the border.”
   He tried to walk back the outrageous statement by saying, “My grandfather died under house arrest in Cuba. I’m under no illusions of what evil is.” Apparently he does have some explaining to do how 100 million innocents died through mass starvation, executions, imprisonment in gulags (re-education and forced labor camps), beatings, and torture at the hands of communist rulers during the 20th century and how Cubans and North Koreans still suffer today under totalitarian communist regimes.
   Hollywood, the MSM, and academic progressives worship at the altar of communism - Communism promoters may want to explain what is happening now inSouth Africa under a Marxist-Leninist regime where the South African Communist Party (SAPC) plans to pursue the “radical second phase” of the ongoing communist revolution, confiscation of private property and businesses. Perhaps Hollywood, the MSM, and academic progressives in this country who worship at the altar of communism and wish to transform our country into a communist “paradise” should explain how the dear leaders elevate themselves to god-like status and expect total worship from their subjects, even in their homes, the huge self-portraits and statues erected everywhere, a dangerous cult of personality, the glorification and celebration of the dear leader who replaces the parents of every child in the country, and how communists destroyed the middle class and killed intellectuals.
   Can the influential elite explain to us Lenin’s secret police force, Cheka, established to eliminate dissent through execution and forced relocation to hard labor camps? It served as a model for other police force bodies in Soviet satellite countries. How about the executive orders Lenin wrote to shoot or hang kulaks (wealthy peasants), priests, and other “harmful insects?” How can anyone say that communism was or is good? Gone were religion, freedom of speech, private gun ownership, land ownership, food, medicine, decent housing, shelter, and clothes. 

o DIVINE LOVE AND ANGER, GRACE AND JUDGMENT - By BILL MUEHLENBERG - It may seem like these pairs are chalk and cheese, but they are in fact two sides of the same coin. Throughout Scripture the anger of God is never seen as distinct from his love, and the grace of God is never separated from his judgment. They belong together, and are all of a piece. But so many people today – including many biblically illiterate believers – somehow think that God can only be one or the other, but not both simultaneously. They really need to go back to their Bibles. We see these running in tandem all throughout God’s Word. Plenty of texts can be examined here, but let me limit myself to just one biblical book: Jeremiah. In this book we find these themes stated constantly. Warnings of coming judgment are mingled with pictures of the broken heart of God – and of Jeremiah. Passages dealing with God’s anger with wayward Israel also exhibit God’s great love for his people. Any attempt to separate these two divine elements or attributes simply cannot be done. So let me examine some of those portions which are relevant here.
   There are many commentaries on this important book which can be drawn in here. I have around 16 of them, but let me appeal to just one, which happens to be the newest I have, by Chris Wright. His 450-page commentary for the Bible Speaks Today series has just appeared, and like his earlier commentaries, it is a very good piece of work.
   ..."The anger of God is the anger of suffering love. It is anger within a deep relationship that he passionately cares for. It is the anger, sodden with grief and pain, that wrestles with profound love in the heart of a betrayed husband or a rejected father. . . . When love is betrayed, there is a perfectly appropriate response of jealousy and anger – not blind rage but open-eyed rejection and repulsion of whatever or whoever has invaded the relationship and threatened its peace and joy." 
   ...So let’s turn to some of these passages. Consider Jer. 3:19-20: “I myself said, ‘How gladly would I treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation. I thought you would call me “Father” and not turn away from following me. But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to me,’ declares the Lord.”
   Comments Wright: The lament of verse 20 switches the metaphor back to marriage. Jeremiah feels the pathos of God as the betrayal of both parental and marital love. The love between parent and child and between husband and wife comprise the most profound depths and sublime heights of which human affections are capable. For that very reason they have limitless capacity for causing pain when they are abused or betrayed. The heart of God is torn by the behaviour of an ungrateful delinquent son and an unfaithful promiscuous wife. Once again we must hear the language of God’s judgment through the tears of God’s grief.
   Consider also Jer. 11:14-15: “Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress. What is my beloved doing in my temple as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes? Can consecrated meat avert your punishment?”
   Says Wright: The pain in the heart of God even as he speaks such words is felt in the next line. For who are these people? My beloved! The word is a term of special affection. . . . To be angry with someone you love is extraordinarily painful, especially if the anger is caused by perceived betrayal. But the two emotions are so closely intertwined because each is a legitimate dimension of the other. That is why, when we read so much in Jeremiah of the boiling anger of God, we must see it coming out of a heart filled with love, longing, grief and pain. In his anger, God does not cease to be the God who is love. (See also: Evil? and Judging & Reproof  at EarsToHear.net)

o Arab Show Teaches Kids to "Kill All the Jews" - By Onan Coca - (Click link for video.)
Child host: "OK, so what does a policeman do?" 
Nahul (adult in giant bee costume): "He catches thieves, and people who make trouble." 
Child host: "And shoots Jews. Right?" 
Girl: "Yes." 
Child host: "You want to be like him?" 
[Girl nods] 
Child host: "Allah willing, when you grow up." 
Girl: "So that I can shoot Jews." 
[Nahul the bee cheers] 
Child host: "All of them? All of them?" 
Girl: "Yes." 
Child host: "Good."

o A country founded by geniuses but run by idiots - By Rev. Austin Miles - This classic analysis was brought to our attention by Frank W. Brown who responded on a blog site with a story about the state of affairs of our government. This is reminiscent of "You Might Be a Red Neck if..." It really sums it all up: (Fro complete list click link.)
   If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
   If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
   If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
   ...If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
   If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is "cute," but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
   ...If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more "safe" according to the government – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
   If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots. 

o The nemesis of Agenda21 - By Alan Caruba - Watching left-wing organizations lose their wits denouncing conservatives is always fun and particularly if you know one of their targets. In my case, that would be Tom DeWeese, the founder and president of the American Policy Center; the most expert and outspoken opponent of Agenda21 in the nation. In the early 1990s I sent him a commentary and he published it in The DeWeese Report, a publication of the Center, and thereafter I served as the Center's communications director for a while. These days I am on its board of advisors. He is a patriot and he lives his love for America by devoting himself to educating people to the dangers of the United Nations Agenda 21 with its emphasis on "sustainable development" and a range of issues involving ill-conceived environmental policies and programs, the importance of private property rights, the threat of federal computer banks to individual privacy rights, as well as issues such as federal education policies in our nation's schools.
   At the heart of Agenda21 is "sustainable development" which is justified by the global warming hoax that is based on reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other so-called greenhouse gases. The Earth's temperature and climate is determined by the sun. The gases of its atmosphere are in flux as oceans absorb and release CO2, and clouds come and go in a constant dynamic of change. What mankind does has virtually no impact on the weather short-term or the climate long-term.  "Sustainable Development," Tom wrote in "How Global Policy Becomes Local," "is truly stunning in its magnitude to transform the world into feudal-like governance by make nature the central organizing principle for our economy and society. It is a scheme fueled by unsound science and discredited economics that can only lead modern society down the road to a new Dark Age." "It is systematically implemented through the creation of non-elected visioning boards and planning commissions. There is no place in the Sustainable world for individual thought, private property or free enterprise. It is the exact opposite of the free society envisioned by this nation's founders."
   I told you he was a patriot, didn't I? Because only patriots feel thqt passionately about individual freedom, property rights, free enterprise, and all those concepts that make Leftists break out in a cold sweat. Among the left-wing groups that do not like Tom is the Southern Poverty Law Center and it devotes a lot of time denouncing him. On their website, the SPLC reveals its own agenda and why Tom is the enemy. "For 20 years now, Tom DeWeese has been on a jihad against global plans for sustainable development." The key word here is "global" as in U.N., not U.S.
   Imagine my surprise as I read the SPLC post that said, "Serving on the board of DeWeese's American Policy Center (is) Alan Caruba" and noting that I blog for the Tea Party Nation. I contribute to their blog section, but I do not blog for the group. It should come as no surprise that the SPLC identifies Tea Party Nation as "a hate group." It's a pretty good description of the SPLC!
   "DeWeese's outfit," says the SPLC denunciation, "is only one of several obsessed with what has become one of the main conspiracy theories of the antigovernment 'Patriot' movement." What's amusing is the backhanded way SPLC acknowledged his success. "The effect of the fear-mongering fairy tale offered up by DeWeese and other conspiracy theorists have been almost unbelievable. Not only have some counties passed resolutions opposing Agenda21" including the Republican National Committee" in 2012.
   DeWeese offers advice to those who visit the APC site on how to stop Agenda21. If "fear-mongering" includes pointing out that the Earth has been in a cooling cycle for the last seventeen years and that wind and solar power is an illusion costing far more than the value of the electricity it produces, then the SPLC has plenty to worry about. America is fortunate to have patriots like Tom DeWeese who take its Constitution and its values so seriously that they devote their lives to protecting them.

o Palin: Why aren't illegals sent to Mark Zuckerberg's neighborhood? - NEWSMAX - Rather than putting illegal immigrant children into middle-class communities, the federal government should be moving them into exclusive liberal enclaves where residents are pro-amnesty -- such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg or Microsoft founder Bill Gates -- former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado... (more)

o Obama’s Executive Order Discriminates Against Christian Colleges, Organizations - by Bethany Monk - President Obama signed an executive order today that will force Christian universities and organizations to hire people who disagree with God’s timeless design for marriage and relationships. The president ignored the request of faith leaders across the country who urged him to include a strong religious exemption. The order mandates federal contractors and subcontractors to give special rights in the areas of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the workplace. Christian colleges and organizations are not exempt. Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, said Obama’s order bullies those who have “moral objections to homosexual behavior.” “Religious faith is not simply a matter of intellectual affirmation but of active practice,” he explained. “A religious organization which is denied the power to require its employees to conduct their lives in a way consistent with the teachings of their faith is an organization which is being denied the right to exercise its religion, period. People with deeply held convictions regarding the morality of certain types of sexual behavior should not be bound by the dictates of President Obama’s agenda.”

o Electorate awakens: Obama gas and mortgage groupie now says he lied about everything [VIDEO] Written by Allen West - Remember that South Florida woman who had her fifteen minutes of fame claiming Obama would pay for her mortgage and gas? Before the 2008 election, she was filmed saying “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. If I help him, he’s going to help me!” Well, documentary filmmaker Joel Gilbert tracked down Peggy Joseph to see how all that hope and change is working out for her and six years later, she’s had a complete change of heart. After living through Obama’s failed economic policies, she now says “he lied about everything.”

o MSNBC Anchor Resigns; Admits to Spreading “Lies on Behalf of Obama” - According to inside sources, MSNBC host Alex Wagner, host of “NOW with Alex Wagner”, resigned from her post today after 2 1/2 years with the network citing ethical and moral concerns. In a resignation letter obtained by National Report, Wagner claims she has been spreading “lies on behalf of Obama” and using her position with MSNBC to “falsely promote a brutal dictator.” Wagner goes on to say, “I have spent my entire professional career working toward a position based on false pretenses.  I have worked hard to obtain a position with a major news network and expected to be reporting on serious issues.  Instead, I am handed Pro-Obama scripts and asked to be a mouthpiece for the administration.”

o ‘Straight White Guy’ Festival Outrages Same-Sex Marriage Supporters / BY SEAN BROWN / It’s often said that the same people who promote “gay pride” parades and other such events that promote a certain race or lifestyle would get upset should heterosexual or white people hold similar gatherings, even though they claim to be for equality. A series of joke flyers that were placed around an Ohio town has proven what many of us have known to be true.

o Masterpiece Theater: Cake Drama Continues in Colorado (FRC.org) If you think Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakes will give in to homosexual bullies, then you don’t know Jack. Jack Phillips, the owner of another Christian bakery under attack, is refusing to cave to the state’s ridiculous demands after he turned down an order for a same-sex “wedding” cake. With help from our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom, the baker and his family are fighting Colorado’s order that he check his religious beliefs at the door of his business and participate in the same-sex “marriages” Christianity rejects. “Americans should not be forced by the government -- or by another citizen -- to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,” said attorney Nicholle Martin. “This is not about the people who asked for a cake; it’s about the message the cake communicates. Just as Jack doesn’t create baked works of art for other events with which he disagrees, he doesn’t create cake art for same-sex ceremonies regardless of who walks in the door to place the order.”
   For now, the case heads to the Colorado Court of Appeals where Jack and ADF will battle for the religious freedoms the Supreme Court just upheld for companies like Hobby Lobby. “If a couple were to come in and ask me to do an erotic cake for a wedding, I would refuse to do that as well. These are my personal standards taken from Jesus Christ and the Bible.” Good for Jack. He’s a living example of what the apostle Paul calls Christians to do in the face of persecution: stand. You can’t win if you don’t fight, and thank goodness ADF and the Phillips are.

o Elizabeth Warren Backs Corporate Welfare Bank - By Conn Carroll - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may market herself as a progressive populist, but when forced to choose between everyday Americans and billion dollar international corporations, Warren sides with the corporations. “Senator Warren believes that the Export-Import Bank helps create American jobs and spur economic growth," Warren spokeswoman Lacey Rose wrote in an e-mail to Bloomnberg News, "She looks forward to reviewing re-authorization legislation if and when it is introduced."
   In fact, the Export-Import Bank does not create any net jobs. Whatever jobs it does create for the corporations it subsidizes are lost by non-subsidized businesses. In reality, all the Export-Import Bank really is, to quote then-candidate Barack Obama, is "little more than a fund for corporate welfare." This is why President Ronald Reagan proposed shrinking the Export-Import Bank saying at the time, "We’re doing this because the primary beneficiaries of taxpayer funds in this case are the exporting companies themselves–most of them profitable corporations."

o Obama vs. Reagan (PatriotPost.us) Barack Obama strutted to the podium for a stump speech in Delaware Thursday, just after the Soviets Russians shot down a Malaysian airliner. He began his remarks with just 38 seconds discussing the plane. “[I]t looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,” he said. “May be”? He then noted his national security team would stay on it, and quickly returned to his regular programming – beginning with jokes about Joe Biden. By contrast, when the Soviets shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Ronald Reagan, who was on vacation in California at the time, immediately canceled all events to return to the White House. When Reagan addressed the nation about the shoot-down, there was no equivocation. He called it “a massacre,” a “crime against humanity,” an “act of barbarism.” Obama, on the other hand, went on joking about Joe Biden and slamming Republicans. As Red State’s Erick Erickson put it, “Reagan led. Barack Obama could learn from the last guy from Illinois to sit in the Oval Office.” More…

o A Loss of Sovereignty Disguised as Compassion - By Ileana Johnson - We don’t seem to have concern for the millions of Americans who are currently suffering in our own country. We don’t have pity, empathy, and the money to treat the elderly properly. We don’t have care and mercy for our sick veterans whom we treat with indifference and cruelty. But we have selective compassion and humanity for the fellow human beings from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. After all, they are allegedly poor victims and United Nations wants to give them refugee status. They are refugees from their own mismanaged and corrupt governments whom they put in power time after time because they believe bigger governments are good. These shady governments are so crafty at what they do that they enrich themselves at the public socialist trough while keeping their citizens impoverished and suffering economic hardships.
   - Is it compassionate to sneak foreign children and adults with active and incurable tuberculosis among unsuspecting American communities?
   - Is it humane to infect healthy populations with measles, Chagas disease, lice, scabies, incurable TB, STDs, swine flu, rubella, and pneumonic plagueDiseases are not selective. They do not distinguish between liberals and conservatives, rich and poor; they are equal opportunistic contagions.
   - Is it tolerant and merciful to release MS-13 gang members, rapists, murderers and drug dealers among our U.S. population while denying entry to white, healthy, and educated Europeans?
   - Is it compassionate to allow disease, crime (human trafficking, drug smuggling, gangs, murder, property theft and destruction), and Islamic terrorists enter our country unchecked?
   - Is it kind to steal from one group of people and give to the invading hordes from foreign countries who are not really fleeing a war zone?
   - Is it compassionate to force our own citizens to work hard to pay taxes and then give this money away to illegals who have broken the laws of our country?

o The Moral Difference Between Israel and Hamas - By Steven Bucci - What most Americans—and the world—hear about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas goes something like this: “125 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed by Israel’s relentless assault on Gaza. No Israelis have yet been killed.” This may be true, but there is absolutely no context to it. One must look at the methodologies of the two sides.
   Hamas sets up rocket launchers—as well as supply dumps and command-and-control sites—in the midst of apartment buildings, mosques and schools. From these sites, its fighters launch dozens of rockets in salvos, targeting population centers with no discrimination at all. They have been firing almost continuously of late. But normally, they fire when Israeli school children move from their homes, which have safe shelters, to their schools, which also have shelters. They do this deliberately to try and catch the kids in the open. They don’t seek to minimize collateral damage – they seek to maximize it.
   Israel, on the other hand, fires only at specific, intelligence-derived military targets. Since these targets are deliberately intermixed with the civilian population by Hamas, Israel must take steps to minimize the collateral casualties. Before the Israelis strike a building, every home in it gets a call on its landline phone, as do all the cell phones associated with the inhabitants of the building—the cells additionally get text messages—telling them that in a few minutes the building will be targeted. Finally, to make sure everyone gets the message, Israel drops a dud bomb—one containing no explosives—onto the roof of the structure. Minutes later, the building is destroyed. There is no instance in modern military history where a force has taken greater measures to give the innocents as much chance to get out of the way. It is as “discriminant” as a modern military can be.
   Additionally, Israel has developed its much-touted—and rightly so—Iron Dome rocket defense system, which renders most of Hamas’ efforts of no effect. Between the Iron Dome shooting down the rockets that might otherwise do damage, and the “Red Alert” app that alerts civilians on their cell phones in real time when a terrorist rocket attack is launched, and where it is headed, the civilian casualties in Israel have been negligible. Israel just wants to be left alone; Hamas wants the destruction of Israel. There is no moral equivalence there, and the tactics of the two sides prove the point.

o Social Security Insolvent, Voters Say 'Do Nothing' (PatriotPost.us) The main driver of the ballooning federal debtis wealth transfer payments. Indeed, more than two-thirds of the federal budget is money that goes from one taxpayer’s pocket into someone else’s. Some of this is naked wealth redistribution, like food stamps and other welfare. But much of it is what some call “earned” payments, like Social Security and Medicare – money that has been taken from workers' paychecks for decades with the promise of a retirement return. The solvency of these programs, however, is in jeopardy.
   Social Security already runs an annual deficit – about $200 billion this year – which will only grow worse as fewer workers support more retirees. From the start, politicians have raided the Social Security “trust fund” and spent the money on other general fund projects, leaving the program as a wealth transfer one instead of an investment as it’s billed. Economist Walter Williams explains, “What the Treasury Department does is give the Social Security Trust Fund non-marketable ‘special issue government securities’ that are simply bookkeeping entries that are IOUs.”
   Now that benefits paid exceed taxes collected, the problem has become acute. According to the Social Security board of trustees, in 1945, there were 42 workers for every retiree; the current ratio of three workers to every retiree is unsustainable. Strictly speaking, Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme, in part because it’s not against the law. Indeed, it is the law. (Try not paying payroll taxes – a.k.a., “investing” in the system.) But it is structured exactly like a Ponzi scheme, and it will eventually fail for the same reasons.
   Of the gap between Social Security taxes collected and benefits paid out, The Wall Street Journal’s William Galston writes, “To close that gap while maintaining scheduled benefits, we would need to enact an immediate increase in the payroll tax rate from 12.4% to 15.9%. For workers earning $50,000 a year, that would mean a tax increase of $900, nearly 2% of gross income. And employers would have to match it. For workers making the maximum now subject to payroll taxes (a bit under $120,000), taxes would rise by $2,100.”
   If the income cap were lifted, workers at higher incomes would face an even more staggering tax increase. And yet as it stands, the payroll tax is regressive in that it hits lower income families disproportionately. If the income cap were doubled, it still wouldn’t fix the problem. Galston notes, “One might imagine that such a sizable increase in covered earnings would be enough to stabilize the system for the long term. In fact, the CBO calculates, it would reduce the imbalance by only 30%. Indeed, eliminating the cap and taxing all earnings would solve just 45% of the problem.”
   Meanwhile, the expected return on the 12.4% in Social Security withholding from our income is practically criminal. Consider the potential return of investing 12.4% of a typical middle class income in indexed mutual funds, where decent investments would yield perhaps multiple millions of dollars over 30 years. Over a retirement span of 20 years or so, annual withdrawals could be six figures while still leaving a good chunk of change making money. Compared to that, Social Security looks like the poorest investment ever concocted. In fact, from that perspective, Social Security is stealing our money by mandating that it do something for us in a worse way than we can ourselves. Or put it another way. Financial advisers often recommend putting 10% to 15% of your income toward “retirement” (whatever that means to you). The potential return on that 15% over 30 years is fantastic. Unfortunately, Social Security is already taking over 12%, while giving us miserable returns. So for savers, Social Security is costing us significant returns that we could have realized but won’t. What a “safety net.”
   In spite of the facts, Social Security has always been one of the most popular programs the federal government runs, and the overwhelming choice of voters is to do nothing to fix it – let alone returning to the constitutional norm of the federal government staying out of your retirement. So we understand politicians desperate for votes not wanting to touch this beloved system. But Social Security is built on a half-truth at best, and it’s unsustainable.

o The Rise of a ‘Dangerous Judiciary’ - by Kim Trobee - When the Founding Fathers were forming the judiciary, Alexander Hamilton envisioned it to be the least dangerous branch of the new Republic. Today’s activist courts are a far cry from the interpreters of the law that they were supposed to be. So what’s gone wrong?
“In the last 200 years, what we’ve seen is the political branch, the Congress, has given much of their lawmaking abilities, especially when it comes to controversial social issues, to the courts to decide,” said Bruce Hausknecht, legal analyst with Focus on the Family. “Why have they done this? Simply because politicians are held accountable by the voters on a regular basis for bad laws that they make. Judges, many of whom are appointed for life, are hardly that accountable.”
   We see this in the egregious attack against God’s design for marriage. Activist judges continue to strike down voter-approved state constitutional marriage amendments. Same-sex marriage has been created in the District of Columbia and 19 states, either by court order or legislation. All 50 states now have had their marriage law or amendment attacked. Appeals are pending in 13 of these cases.
   Judges have traditionally been held in high esteem because of their position, whether they were elected by a vote of the people or appointed. Even so, Hausknecht says giving them free rein is not the best course of action. “They are very trained in the law,” he said, “but they are no more qualified to single-handedly direct the future of this country than you or me. The wisdom of our Founders was that, collectively, we could all determine our future. They set up a system of checks and balances and a separation of powers in order to keep the judiciary from becoming the legislature. That’s the ideal that we have to get back to.”
   FOR MORE INFORMATION - View a complete “marriage map” reflection the latest lawsuits challenging marriage.

o REPORT: AT LEAST 35 DISNEY WORLD WORKERS ARRESTED SINCE 2006 ON CHILD SEX CHARGES - by BREITBART NEWS - A new report says an alarming number of Disney World employees have been arrested in recent years for alleged child sex offences. Thanks to tactics similar to ones used on TVs To Catch a Predator, law enforcement officials have snared at least 35 employees at the family destination since 2006. One worker was accused of watching child porn while on the job, according to The Daily Mail citing a CNN investigation.
   The latest round of arrests last week netted another 13 suspects, including four who at some point worked at the sprawling Magic Kingdom. Disney has insisted the theme park is so large, with around 70,000 employees, that those arrested represent only 0.01 per cent of people it has employed since 2006. 
   One law enforcement official wants Disney to take action on the matter by starting a mandatory polygraph tests before new hires join the company. The report also included similar allegations at other destinations attractive to young children, but the numbers attached to Disney World were more than other sites combined. 
   The CNN investigation found far more child sex arrests at Disney than at Universal Studios, which had five, or SeaWorld, which had two. One of those from Universal caught in the latest sting was 23-year-old Matthew Cody Myers - who told detectives he had previously worked in food service at Disney, and at Sea World....
'He admitted to detectives that he solicited the conversation about sex and came to the residence with the mindset to have unprotected sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl.

o FEC 'Loses' Hard Drive (PatriotPost.us) First it was the IRS claiming its hard drives containing vital emails “crashed.” Then the EPA asserted the same. Now the Obama administration apparently believes the third time’s a charm. The FEC says a hard drive belonging to vociferously pro-Obama official April Sands who resigned earlier this year for violating the Hatch Act was – surprise! – recycled. Sands, who formerly worked with Lois Lerner, conceded wrongdoing in promoting Obama’s re-election before her departure from the agency. But without the evidence, “FEC OIG could not pursue criminal prosecution for the misconduct,” says House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). The FEC has until July 28 to hand server documentation and backup procedures over to the committee. For an administration that prides itself in transparency, it sure is inept – and astoundingly criminal. More…

o My Response to ‘Native American’ Elizabeth Warren and her '11 Commandments of Progressivism’ - by Gary DeMar - Speaking at Netroots Nation, a convention for liberal bloggers and activists, Elizabeth Warren outlined her “11 Commandments of Progressivism.” My brief commentary follows:
   1. We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it.
   There is no single entity called Wall Street. What we really need are stronger rules and tougher enforcement on Washington that bails out faltering companies and banks. Washington spends money it does not have. Elected officials like Warren steal from the working class so they can give it to non-workers who will continue to vote to keep politicians like Warren power. There is an unhealthy relationship between government and business that only the free market can fix.
   2. We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.
   Actually, Progressives don’t believe in science or they wouldn’t support same-sex sexuality (the biology and anatomy are all wrong), evolution (something from nothing), and the skewed and manipulated numbers that go into fabricating the crisis of Global Warming, Climate Change, and now Climate Chaos. Furthermore, if Progressives truly believed in science, they would engage critics of Global Warming in debate. Instead, the claim is made that “the debate is over.” Progressives don’t want debate because there’s too much money in a global “crisis” like global warming.
   3. We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.
   Governments should keep their hands off the internet. Once any type of control is given, there is no end to it. Progressives will end up controlling the oversight committees that make the laws and turn the internet into a State-run media congolmerate. Those supporting net neutrality tell us that it would not be directed by the government; that it would make the internet more free and open. Don’t you believe it. If a liberal like Elizabeth Warren is behind it, it must be a bad idea for freedom. The internet is doing just fine. Businesses are created every day. The little guy can be up and running in a day. See “Killing Net Neutrality Helps Underdogs Succeed.”
   4. We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.
   Calls for raising the minimum wage are ongoing. Once again, the government should get out of telling companies what they should pay. They are already burdened with paying the employer’s side of Social Security and Medicare and unemployment compensation tax. This says nothing about insurance, rent, upkeep, training, inventory costs, etc. Raising the minimum wage will force some employers to let employees go because of increased costs. The extra work will be passed on to the more experienced retained employees.
   5. We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.
   Liberal policies already control the marketplace. Who will define a “livable wage”? The government will. There will be no end to what a livable wage might include: a certain size house; so much for food each month; a clothing allowance; paid vacations; transportation; education, birth control, etc. The most inexperienced workers will be shut out because of hiring expenses. The less qualified will find it harder to get a job. Teen unemployment will rise. “[M]inimum-wage legislation discriminates against teenage black males. This has been known by economists since at least the mid-1950s. The statistical evidence on this was overwhelming.” Walter Williams argues: “‘How does someone who is part of a group that is discriminated against find a way to prove to somebody doing the discriminating that his assessment is incorrect?’ It was really this question: ‘How do undesirables break through the discrimination against them?’”
   6. We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.
   Entitled? Should I be forced to pay for the education of other people? No one forced these people to go into debt. No one has to go to college. There is no requirement that a college education has to be completed in four years. No one is forcing anybody to go to expensive schools. The case could be made that government money and cheap educational loans increases the cost of college.
   7. We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.
   Who will be made to pay for bankrupt pension programs? Should I be forced to pay? Our government enacted legislation that gave us Social Security and Medicare. They have grown in scope far beyond their initial implementation. Medicare is bankrupt. Warren’s solution is more taxes.
   8. We believe — I can't believe I have to say this in 2014 — we believe in equal pay for equal work.
   There’s no such thing as “equal work.” All types of factors go into hiring and paying. If employees are not happy with what they are paid, they can (1) start their own business or (2) look for another job. I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014, but it’s no business of the government what an employee is paid.
   9. We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it's true in all of America.
   Warren wants “equality” in everything. Forced equality leads to poverty. Equality before the law is the goal, but not equality in everything. There is no such attainable ideal unless we’re talking about Communism. But even with Communism, some people are more equal than others. There already equality in marriage. No one is stopping two people from getting married as long as they are of different sexes. The law has been equally applied. Changing the definition of marriage by claiming that people of the same sex can marry is not equality; it’s insanity.
   10. We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.
   This is one of her “commandments” that I and millions of others can agree with. The question is, however, what types of “reforms” do Progressives want?
   11. And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!
   Try owning and running a corporation without people. Corporations are owned by people, whether it’s one person or a group of people. Corporations are people. When Warren and her liberal thugs want to force their economic agenda on a corporation, who pays? People! Did people from Enron and WorldCom go to jail? Berrnie Ebbers of Worldcom was sentenced to twenty-five years in a federal prison. If corporations aren’t people, then why do they pay taxes, and why is Ebbers in prison?
   One of the reasons the “corporations aren’t people” argument keeps coming up is because of the intrusive nature of government. Congress passed and the Supreme Court upheld the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Now the government has direct control over healthcare. As a result, for every question about the Act’s applicability and enforcement, the government must decide.
Warren and her ilk want to control every area of life, even unborn children by allowing women to kill them. They want to empower the State to force companies to pay for abortifacients that kill unborn babies. Women have a right to control their bodies, but they should not have the right to kill an unborn body that is not their body. As has been reported over and over again, Hobby Lobby did not deny any woman anything. Warren wants power to force companies to pay for healthcare that she wants to define.
   More could be said on all these topics. Elizabeth Warren is the new face of the Democrat Party.
   (See Progressives Defined  for more.)

o Influential Women of the Reformation - By Justin Holcomb - All too often, the textbooks focus solely on the men of the Reformation—Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and others—and fail to take notice of the faithful women who served among, beside, and with the Reformers. These women were dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ, some to the point of martyrdom. Many of these women were well-educated, especially by the standard of their time. They read theology books, especially the Bible, and anything they could get their hands on from the reformers. Their inner circles of friends were part of long and frequent Bible studies. Most were wives and mothers. Some were also authors, apologists, ex-nuns, and queens. All were faithful servants of Jesus.  (Click link for details on each woman.)
   ...Katherine von Bora 
   ...Katharina Schutz Zell 
   ...Ursula von Münsterberg 
   ...Argula von Grumbach 
   ...Anna Rhegius 
   ...Elisabeth von Braunschweig 
   ...Elisabeth Cruciger 
   ...Jeanne d’Albret 
   ...Idelette de Bure 
   ...Marie Dentière 
   ...Jane Grey 
   ...Catherine Willoughby 
   ...Olimpia Fulvia Morata 
   ...All of these women longed to see the Reformation triumph, and the good news of the gospel overcome opposition both within the church and outside it. They served with patience, perseverance, and courage. They were not just observers of the Reformation, but they were also participants. Moreover, each was used mightily by God to maintain the integrity of his church and redeem a fallen humanity.  

o In Undercover Videos, Planned Parenthood Suggests Sadistic Sex to Teen Girls - By Kelsey Harkness - This report and video contain graphic language about disturbing practices.  “Choking,” “whipping,” and “tying up” are a few of the sadistic sexual behaviors Planned Parenthood staffers in Denver were caught on camera promoting to underage girls as part of Obamacare-supported “sex education” inside their facilities. Today, in two undercover videos released by the pro-life group Live Action, counselors  for Planned Parenthood are seen offering advice about “BDSM”— a practice  in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other — to girls who the staffers think are 15- and 16-year-olds.
   The videos, “Sex-Ed Two: Planned Parenthood’s Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids,” are part of Live Action’s nationwide campaign to spread awareness of Planned Parenthood’s track record: The motto at Planned Parenthood seems to be ‘sex with no strings attached.’ Teens are told they can have sex whenever, however, with whomever, as long as it’s contracepted. In the undercover footage, staff for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains tells minors that “sexual exploration is normal.” One counselor suggests the 15-year-old read the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” and search online “to see kind of how they execute it.”

o Health survey gives government its first large-scale data on gay, bisexual population - By Sandhya Somashekhar - Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation. The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual. The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.”

o Sick: 100% of Democrat Senators Vote for Late-Term Abortion Up to Nine Months of Pregnancy - By : Cassy Fiano - If, say, a baby was born a month premature and then killed, it would be considered murder — but do the same thing a minute before the baby moves out of the birth canal, and Democrats are A-OK with it. How sick and depraved must your mind be to be in favor of something so despicable?

o Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833 - “Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.”

o Former Homosexuals Rise Up to Declare that Jesus Christ Can Change the Homosexual --/Christian Newswire/ -- Newly released documentary "Such Were Some of You" confronts the rising tide of popular opinion by chronicling the stories of 29 former homosexual men and women who say that Jesus Christ has transformed their lives. Experts in psychology, (Dr. Julie Hamilton), biblical scholarship (Dr. Robert Gagnon) and ministry (Dr. Neil Anderson) add their voice to the claim that people have been leaving homosexuality for millennia.
   Created to be used in Sunday School classes, support groups and other group settings, "Such Were Some of You" has been designed as a discipleship and equipping tool for the Body of Christ. The "witnesses to change" describe how they developed homosexual confusion, what the gay lifestyle was really like, how Jesus Christ set them free and the many ways that He has been healing and transforming their lives ever since. Participants include ex-gays from numerous ethnic backgrounds and age brackets, including one former gay activist who dramatically declares at one point, "I am free!"
   This two-hour documentary is available on DVD in a "Regular Edition" and a "Leader's Edition" (which includes a Discussion Guide and a license to screen the video in group settings). For more information, go to: www.SuchWereSomeOfYou.org and www.PurePassionMedia.org. Also available for screening in churches and conferences.

o Lawmakers Throw Light on Secretive ‘Operation Choke Point’ - By Kelsey Harkness - Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is calling for the dismantling of what he calls a secretive initiative launched by the Obama administration in early 2013. Critics say that Operation Choke Point, so dubbed by Department of Justice officials under Attorney General Eric Holder,  seeks to weed out businesses from the marketplace that the Obama administration considers objectionable. According to The Wall Street Journal, it was an outgrowth of the Financial Fraud Task Force, established by President Obama’s executive order early in his first term.
   The initiative, Issa said last week, is a slippery slope: “If you empower the government to pick winners and losers within a lawful enterprise, then there is no place to stop.” Initially, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, officials targeted small-dollar, nonbank lenders. But it grew to include other legal, legitimate businesses such as gun dealers and tobacco vendors at Walmart and Bass Pro Shop. Issa, speaking on Operation Choke Point at Cato Institute, called it “proactive, progressive activity” by government against banks and other legitimate businesses.

o Obama’s Approval Rating Among Muslims at Historic Highs - by Gary DeMar - Across the board, President Obama’s approval ratings are low for a president who has been touted as America’s political Messiah. Even so, I’ve wondered how with all the mess the nation is facing how his approval rating could still be in the 40 percent range. The most recent poll has him at around 45 percent. His approval rating among blacks is very high – around 85 percent. That’s to be expected. Although more than 95 percent of blacks voted for him in two national elections, his numbers are down slightly among this core constituency. Keep in mind that poll numbers include several factors. One factor is that he's not being liberal enough.
There’s another group that is skewing the numbers higher: Muslims. In the 2012 presidential election "close to 90 percent voted for President Obama." As a recent poll shows, that number is down slightly, but it's still very high. The following is from Politico:

   “President Barack Obama’s approval rating is higher among Muslims than any other religious group, a new poll says. “According to a Gallup poll released Friday that tracked responses for the first six months of 2014, 72 percent of Muslims said they approve of the president, compared with just 20 percent who disapprove.
   “Mormons were the least approving religious group, with 18 percent of Mormons approving and 78 percent disapproving of the president. Mormons in the past have ranked as the most conservative major religious group in the U.S.
   "The survey underscores a religious divide when it comes to presidential approval — Obama is more popular among non-Christians and less popular among Christians.
“Those who classify as ‘Other non-Christian’ gave the president a 59 percent approval rating, while Jewish Americans gave Obama a 55 percent approval rating and atheists or those who subscribe to no religion have a 54 percent approval rating.
   “Catholics, on the other hand, have only a 44 percent approval rating of Obama, compared with 51 percent disapproval. Protestants and other Christians are more critical, with 37 percent approving and 58 percent disapproving.”

   We need to keep in mind that there is a bottom to his numbers. There is a floor to which Obama’s approval ratings will never drop below. No matter what he does or how bad things get, there will always be people who will support him. There’s no dissuading them.
   Allyn Root explains it well: “Keep in mind that Obama has the support of about 35% to 40% of the population that will NEVER abandon him, no matter what he does, no matter how bad the jobs numbers look, no matter how low the economy goes, no matter how much scandal and corruption is exposed, no matter how strong the facts are against him. Nothing will ever change their minds. These are the ‘low information voters’ of the Democratic Party.”
   These voters believe that it’s not Obama and liberalism that’s failed. In their low information minds, it’s conservatives that stand in the way of liberal policies that are the real problem. If taxes were higher and government regulated our lives more, we would be living in a near utopia. Detroit isn’t the fault of failed liberal policies; it’s those rich bastards that brought destruction to the Motor City. No amount of reasoning will convince them otherwise.

o Muslim Terrorists Declare “Sexual Jihad” Raping and Killing Christians - By Onan Coca - Muslim “holy” warriors are taking the war to innocent women and children, having declared a sexual jihad on women of the Middle East. ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria have begun pulling women and girls from their homes and raping them whenever they feel the need. The Iraq High Commission for Human Rights is reporting that ISIS has begun demanding a poll tax (or jizya) from Christians in Iraq. Christians who cannot pay the tax are in terrible danger; one family who could not pay was attacked by ISIS terrorists who raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband/father. He was so distraught that he committed suicide.
   Another report from the area said that ISIS had murdered four Christian women for not wearing traditional Islamic veils. ISIS is spewing its evil filth all over the Iraqi and Syrian countryside and no one is safe from them – whether Muslim or Christian. But the evil ISIS monsters seem to take particular joy in hurting innocent women and children. The Christian enclave of Bartella, just outside of Mosul, is bathed in fear as they await the oncoming ISIS onslaught.
   ...Reports of forced “jihad marriage” are rampant across ISIS occupied territory. Yanar Mohammed, the OWFI President explains. Women "are being kidnapped from their house by the ISIS warriors and forced into what they call a 'jihad marriage.'" Jihad marriage, also known as "sexual jihad," is a term for women who willingly offer sexual comfort to fighters to assist the cause of establishing Islamic rule. In the cases to which Mohammed refers, however, the women are not volunteers. They are forced. Over the past week, 18 women were taken from their houses and raped by ISIS in Mosul, according to the latest news obtained by Mohammed.
   The monstrous activities of ISIS are boundless -- these terrorists truly have no shame. In fact, their actions are so disgusting that even some terrorists are worried about the impact ISIS’s depravity may have on worldwide Islam.

o Rep. Campbell: Government, IRS, EPA Are ‘The Police State’ - By Ali Meyer - Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) called the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “the police state” at a Financial Services Committee hearing at the Capitol on Thursday. At the July 10 hearing, Legislation to Reform the Federal Reserve on Its 100-year Anniversary, the Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act (HR 5018) was discussed, legislation which would require “the Federal Reserve to provide the Congress with a clear rule to describe the course of monetary policy.” The act would also require the Fed to conduct cost-benefit analysis, require transparency on bank stress tests and international financial regulatory negotiations, and would order the Fed to disclose the salaries of highly paid employees.

o Schumer to Religious Americans: Pick One--Your Faith or Your Business - By Eric Scheiner - At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business. “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said.

o Oil Boom Continues (PatriotPost.us) U.S. oil production has enjoyed a 60% increase over the last six years, mainly due to fracking, which allows the extraction of shale oil from the massive Bakken Formation in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford Formation in south Texas. The domestic oil boom is so great, in fact, that the U.S. has surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia in production. Dan Steffens, president of the Energy Prospectus Group of Houston, says the domestic oil boom is saving drivers a ton at the pump. “With what’s going on the Middle East, I think [gas] would five or six bucks [a gallon],” Steffens said. “If it wasn’t for the shale revolution, you’d be in big trouble.” Indeed, it’s much needed good news. More…

o The Bible and borders - By Bryan Fischer - The Scriptures make it clear that national sovereignty, including clearly defined borders, is God's idea. In Acts 17:26, we read, "And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place..." (Emphasis mine throughout.) Two things, we are told, are under God's sovereign control: how long a nation lasts, and where its borders are. The verb translated "having determined" is the Greek verb "horizo," from which we get the word "horizon." It means "to mark out, to define." So God has marked out and defined the borders of each country. Our southern border is there by God's design. To disregard it, to treat it as if were not there, to regard it as something not worth respecting and defending, is an insult to the God who put it there for our benefit.
   The bulk of the second half of Joshua is a record of the promised land being divided up among the 12 tribes. What is striking is how thorough and detailed the description of each tribal boundary is. In Joshua 15 the word "boundary" is found no less than 15 times in describing the perimeter of Judah. For instance, here's the description of the southern boundary: "It goes out southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, passes along to Zin, and goes up south of Kadesh-barnea, along by Hezron, up to Addar, turns about to Karak, passes along to Azmon, goes out by the Brook of Egypt and comes to its end at the sea. This shall be your southern boundary" (Joshua 15:3-4). Such detailed delineations go on for chapter after chapter.
   ...In a largely forgotten passage, Numbers 20:14-21, we read that Moses sought permission from the king of Edom to cross his border and pass through his land. When permission was refused, Moses didn't force his way in; he respected the king's decision and went around Edom to the East. Moses couched his original request this way: "Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from a well...we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory."
   The king's response? "You shall not pass through." Moses tries a second time to secure an entrance visa. "We will go up by the highway, and if we drink of your water, I and my livestock, then I will pay for it. Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more." The king of Edom was utterly impervious to this plea for so much as a tourist visa. "You shall not pass through." How did Moses react to this denial of permission to immigrate into and through the sovereign territory of another nation? Did he barge ahead anyway? Try to sneak in under cover of darkness? Did he launch a military strike to secure passage? Nope. "Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory, so Israel turned away from him."
   The lesson? Each nation's sovereignty is marked by its boundary, and each nation has the moral right to decide who will be given permission to enter its sovereign territory. Moses recognized this, and so should we. The only exception is under circumstances of a just war. Bottom line: borders are biblical, and are there by God's sovereign design. And they are to be respected by everyone.

o There Used to be Bipartisan Support for Religious Freedom. What Happened? - By Kelsey Harris - 1993 The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was cited in the Supreme Court decision ruling that the government cannot force Hobby Lobby to provide health care coverage of abortion-inducing drug & and devices was wildly popular on both sides of the aisle. Co-sponsors of House bill: Pelosi, Gingrich, Schumer - Voted for Senate bill: Reid, McCain, Murray - ALMOST NO Republicans OR DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST THE Blll: Unanimous House Voice Vote - Passed Senate 97-3. (Now Reid and Murray have changed their minds.)

o California Removes ‘Husband,’ ‘Wife’ from Marriage Law - by Kim Trobee - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that removes the words “husband” and “wife” from California marriage law. Bill sponsor Sen. Mark Leno called the terms “outdated and biased” and suggested they be replaced with more neutral terms such as “spouse” or “married persons.”
  “Words are, without doubt, one of the key tools used to shape thought,” writes Sarah Jean Seman on Townhall.com. “This alteration in the state law is the next step to easing gay unions into cultural acceptance.”
   Jeff Johnston, sexuality analyst for Focus on the Family, said the push to redefine marriage is in full swing.“People ask, ‘How does redefining marriage affect me?’ Well, this is one way,” he said. “The very words we use are changed and called ‘biased and outdated.’ Our language for marriage — husband and wife — is being excised and neutered. Words are important, they have meaning. Children growing up in this ‘brave new world’ will be taught that marriage is about ‘equality,’ rather than the truth that marriage unites a husband and wife with each other and any children that come from their union.”
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o Five Marxist Books I Found at NOW's National Conference in Chicago - By Katie Pavlich - Typically people think about the National Organization for Women as a women's rights group. It isn't. NOW is a front group for the promotion of socialist and Marxist policies in America and I have proof. Last year I attended the annual NOW National Conference in Chicago (didn't go to this year's conference, I probably would have been kicked out anyway). Here's a sampling of the material I found while I was there and a short excerpt from my new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.
   Marxist teaching is not a tiny fringe part of the modern, militant feminists' agenda. It is its centerpiece.  From the time of Karl Marx through the 1960s and up until today, the progressive women's rights movement has hardly been about women's rights at all but instead about a transformation of American society and the transfer of wealth through government force. Women's rights have simply acted as a veil to distract away from the true intentions of progressive activists.
   Socialist literature sold at the annual NOW conference declares the family system as the origin of female oppression and lays out half a dozen fundamental "errors" of the family.  "Closely intertwined with the origins and character of women's oppression is the question of the family. The resolution reaffirms that the family system is an indispensable pillar of class rule. It is the historical mechanism for institutionalizing the social inequality that accompanies the rise of private property and perpetuating class divisions from one generation to the next," the Education for Socialists says. "Because the family system is indispensable to the structuring of social inequality, the economic dependence of women and their oppression within the family system is likewise indispensable to class rule."  Further, this material states Marxists are "the only ones who have answers to the very fundamental questions posed by the feminist movement," and that the answers must be perpetuated through women's liberation literature. 
   1. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
   2. Education for Socialists: Women's Liberation and the Line March of the Working Class and the Communist Continuity and the Fight for Women's Liberation
   3. On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S.: Marx and the First International
   4. Marx & Freedom by Raya Dunayevskaya
   5. Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx Philosophy of Revolution by Raya Dunayevskaya
   These were just the five books I decided to purchase (strangely enough they weren't free, people actually wanted money for them, which I found ironic), there were many more with the same Marxist theme available. To learn about my full experience at NOW and to see what else I found, you'll have to head over toAmazon to purchase the full story.

o Spending and Morality - By Walter E. Williams - Is it moral for Congress to forcibly use one person to serve the purposes of another? I believe that most Americans would pretend that to do so is offensive. Think about it this way. Suppose I saw a homeless, hungry elderly woman huddled on a heating grate in the dead of winter. To help the woman, I ask somebody for a $200 donation to help her out. If the person refuses, I then use intimidation, threats and coercion to take the person’s money. I then purchase food and shelter for the needy woman. My question to you: Have I committed a crime? I hope that most people would answer yes. It’s theft to take the property of one person to give to another. ...The bottom-line question is: Does an act that’s clearly immoral when done privately become moral when it is done collectively and under the color of law? Put another way, does legality establish morality?
   ...James Madison, the acknowledged father of our Constitution, said, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 to assist some French refugees, Madison stood on the floor of the House of Representatives to object, saying, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” Today’s Americans would crucify a politician expressing similar statements.  
   There may be nitwits out there who’d assert, “That James Madison guy forgot about the Constitution’s general welfare clause.” Madison had that covered, explaining in a letter, “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.” Thomas Jefferson agreed, writing: Members of Congress “are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare. … It would reduce the (Constitution) to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and, as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please.”
   The bottom line is that spending is not our basic problem. We’ve become an immoral people demanding that Congress forcibly use one American to serve the purposes of another. Deficits and runaway national debt are merely symptoms of that larger problem. (See also: Mandating Charity)

o Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980): "A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left."

o Even Leftists Question Obama's Immigration Policies (PatriotPost.us) Barack Obama is in Texas doing four fundraisers instead of visiting the geographical line that passes for a border. ...Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) says, “This isn’t a funding problem, it’s an enforcement problem. … I’d be happy to give the president $3.7 billion to secure the border if I thought he’d actually do it. But time and again President Obama has shown that he cares more about the interests of illegal immigrants than of law abiding citizens. Congress shouldn’t give President Obama a single penny until we see him use the current resources to secure the border, increase interior enforcement, and reduce illegal immigration.”
   ...Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) complained, “With all due respect to the administration, they’re one step behind. They should have seen this [flood of children] coming a long time ago.” Not only that, Cuellar said, “If he wants to do the fundraisers first and then after that stop by the border, it’s not too far away. I think it would be good for him to put a face to it, but, again, it looks like he’s dug in, not wanting to come.”
   ...USA Today’s Susan Page described the border mess as a potential “Katrina moment” for Obama. “This is unacceptable to more than Republicans on immigration, the situation we have there,” she said. “And boy is that going to anger some of his core constituents who have wanted him to do more on immigration, not less.” The trouble with her analogy is that George W. Bush didn’t create the hurricane.
    ...It’s not surprising to see hurt feelings in the media, though, as Media Research Center President Brent Bozell observed: “Imagine after Katrina that reporters are getting ready to go to New Orleans, and the Bush administration says to reporters, ‘Now one thing: no recording devices, no questions, no interacting with staff or children, no photos and no interviews. But other than that you can cover Katrina,’” he said. “The response would be that this is the statement of a dictatorship.” And yet too often they’re barely able to muster any real criticism of Obama. The president may wax eloquent about “humanitarian” needs, but make no mistake – he will use the kids flooding across the border as nothing more than political pawns to advance his agenda.