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Grammys say 'we do,' get political with mass same-sex wedding

Grammys say ‘we do,’ get political with mass same-sex wedding

This year, the Grammy Awards weren’t just about the music, they were also about making a statement in the same-sex marriage debate. Heavily hyped in the hours leading up to Sunday night’s show, 34 couples — both gay and straight — exchanged rings and said “I do,” as officiated on stage by Queen Latifah. The actress/rapper/talk show host was recently… Read more →

The Presidency Goes to Pot

The Presidency Goes to Pot

With his unique appeal to the young, President Obama has suddenly transformed the “experiments” in Colorado and Washington state into an experiment involving every kid in America. First, the administration made a unilateral decision to curtail enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in states where smoked marijuana has been defined as medicine (the only “medicine” that cannot meet modern medical… Read more →

Wendy Davis Supporters, BGTX Mock Greg Abbott’s Disability

While investigating Obamacare Navigators, Battleground Texas, and their connection to Obama’s Organizing for America, we caught some deeply offensive comments on tape.

It seems Battleground Texas and Wendy Davis’ strategy to win the Governor’s seat is to mock Attorney General Abbott’s disability. We caught Davis supporters and Battleground Texas staff on tape making crude statement such as “isn’t that amazing to think of? He’s in a wheelchair and we want to stand with Wendy?

Even more disturbing was an election official who when asked about forging signatures covered her ears and then went on to admit, “People do that all the time.” A Battleground Texas volunteer then added, “I don’t think it’s legal but I didn’t hear you say that.”

 

This is a copy of the full article provided by the Conservatives at Project Veritas

Obama: Al Qaeda 'Jayvee'

Obama: Al Qaeda ‘Jayvee’

In his New Yorker interview published over the weekend, President Obama stated that current Al Qaeda was “jayvee” – and said that his analogy was often used around the White House. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said…. Read more →

al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history

al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history

(CNN) — From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites. Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab… Read more →

N.Y. Group Applies To Build Satan Statue At Oklahoma State Capitol

Rendering of Satan statue proposed by The Satanic Temple. (credit: courtesy of The Satanic Temple)

OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York-based satanic group has made a hell of a request.

The Satanic Temple unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The group formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.

“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond,” temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

The Satanic Temple maintains that the Oklahoma Legislature’s decision to authorize a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statue. The Ten Commandments monument was placed on the north steps of the building in 2012, and the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to have it removed.

Similar requests for monuments have been made by a Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In response, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission recently placed a moratorium on considering any new requests.

“Anybody can still make their request, but we’ll hold off on considering them until the lawsuit is adjudicated,” commission Chairman Trait Thompson said.

 

CBS New York has the full article

(Photo: Rendering of Satan statue proposed by The Satanic Temple. (credit: courtesy of The Satanic Temple))

Russian terror attacks could be chilling prelude to Olympic violence

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A pair of suicide bombings that left 31 dead in Russia could be a chilling tune-up for the Olympic Games, where a Muslim terrorist leader has vowed to put Chechnya’s long-standing grievance with Moscow in the international spotlight, according to terrorism experts.

Although no one has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings, which occurred less than 24 hours apart in the city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, terror experts strongly suspect they were inspired, if not ordered, by Chechen Muslim rebel leader Doku Umarov. Umarov, who calls himself the emir of the terror group the Caucasus Emirate, has called on Muslims to attack civilians and to prevent the Olympics from occurring.

The games, scheduled to begin in six weeks in Sochi, the Black Sea resort about 400 miles southwest of Volgograd, are “Satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors,” Umarov said in a video released online in July.

“No Olympics in recent memory will commence as inauspiciously at the 2014 Sochi Games,” Hoffman told FoxNews.com. “Although fear of terrorist attack has been a staple of Olympics security for the past four decades, the back-to-back blasts yesterday and today, coupled with another attack in the same city in October, are likely intended to be the opening salvos in a sustained terrorist campaign.

“This would be unprecedented in Olympic history and likely reflects the perpetrators’ intention to disrupt the games even before the opening ceremony,” Hoffman added.

In the first attack, a bomber authorities believe may have been a woman detonated explosives in front of a metal detector just outside a train station entrance Sunday as a suspicious police sergeant approached to check the bomber’s ID. The officer was one of 17 killed by the blast. Hours later, early Monday, a suicide bomber on a bus killed at least 14 people and left nearly 30 wounded, Russian officials said. The bombs were similar, according to Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for Russia’s main investigative agency.

“That confirms the investigators’ version that the two terror attacks were linked,” Markin said in a statement. “They could have been prepared in one place.”

Following the most recent attack in Volgograd, Russian news outlet Lifenews.ru, posted what it claimed was an image of the severed head of the female attacker. The report said the woman’s two successive rebel husbands had been killed by Russian security forces in the Caucasus. Female suicide bombers, often widows or sisters of slain rebels, have mounted numerous attacks in Russia and are commonly referred to as “black widows.”

 

Fox News has the full article

(Photo: Police and medics work at the site of a bomb blast on a bus in Volgograd Dec. 30, the second suicide bombing in less than 24 hours. (Reuters))

SHAPIRO: 5 Lessons From the ‘Duck Dynasty’ Controversy

A&E’s indefinite suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson over his comments regarding homosexuality, and the subsequent backlash, is an important cultural moment in American life.

For the first time in decades, traditionally religious Americans have come out of the closet en masse to speak out against anti-religious bigotry from proponents of gay rights. This, in turn, has made many on both the right and left uncomfortable: uncomfortable with a loud and proud segment of religious believers standing up for the expression of Biblical views, and uncomfortable with the notion of such religious believers being allotted a seat at the political and cultural table.

In all likelihood, Robertson will eventually be reinstated by A&E. In the meantime, we can learn some valuable lessons from this culture clash. 

Hollywood hates conservatives and kowtows to GLAAD. It’s been an open secret in Hollywood for years that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation routinely prescreens many television shows and movies, vetting them for anti-homosexual biases.

This began in the 1980s, when NBC actually invited the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to provide input on programming. CBS has changed the writing of its shows to add gay characters after receiving a flunking grade from GLAAD; GLAAD forced the Vince Vaughn flick “The Dilemma” to cut a joke about an electric car being “gay.” The story is different with conservatives. Anti-religious bigotry runs rampant on television, which is why A&E tried to cut “Jesus” from the Robertson family prayers. It is no surprise to find that GLAAD called A&E before A&E dropped Robertson.

Americans like conservatives on TV. Conservatives are routinely pilloried on television. A&E likely greenlit “Duck Dynasty” in the first place because executives believed Americans would laugh at the redneck antics of the self-described “white trash” family. This is the same reason CBS originally greenlit “All in the Family” — it believed Norman Lear’s Archie Bunker would be universally derided. Robertson is no Bunker, but they do have this in common: The American people resonated to them. And liberals in Hollywood can’t stand when Americans resonate to conservatives on television.

Too many conservatives are uncomfortable with religious conservatives. A shocking number of conservatives simply want the “Duck Dynasty” controversy to go away. Many of them think talk of the Bible is uncouth, and that conservatives should ignore cultural battles, instead focusing on economics. The truth, however, is that the conservative movement is animated in large part by Bible believers — and by ignoring that constituency and great good it represents, coastal conservatives do the entire movement a disservice.

The media don’t understand or want to understand sin. The attempt by the media to portray Robertson as homophobic is a deliberate misreading of religious Americans. The media set up a dichotomy in which you are either pro-homosexuality or someone who wants to brutalize homosexuals. This is not the view of the Bible, which makes clear that sin is common and ought to be condemned, but that human beings have the capacity for repentance. The left masks its distaste for the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality in a straw man argument that Bible believers are violent bigots. They are not. Citing the Bible doesn’t make you a bigot against human beings — it makes you a bigot against sin, which is a good thing.

The market works. Presumably, A&E thought that it would avoid market trouble by suspending Robertson. But it looks as though A&E will pay a heavy market price for its decision-making. Cracker Barrel originally pulled “Duck Dynasty” merchandise starring Robertson; the market forced Cracker Barrel to reverse itself. It has been decades since conservatives used their market power in the way leftists routinely do. With both Chick-fil-A and “Duck Dynasty,” they are learning that the market is the best way to act out their beliefs.

In the end, the “Duck Dynasty” controversy is a lesson in leftist intolerance. In leftist America, babbling for 11 hours about the moral imperative of killing unborn 21-week-old children is a virtue, while citing Corinthians is sin. Traditionally religious Americans must take note of this clash of values and recognize that the culture war is indeed a war for the spiritual soul of the country. An anti-Biblical America is a worse America.

 

This is a copy of the full article provided by the Conservatives at Truth Revolt

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The deliberate dumbing down of America–The past century of reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Have US education reforms over the past century led to the dumbing down of America?

This 12 minute movie will take you on a brief journey through US education policy as seen through the eyes of a mother to a  little girl named Maya. In a society where we trust in professionals, it shows how parents, by failing to question school policies, have allowed the educational system to become laboratories of experimentation.

The journey of Maya is sort of a fast forward of several education programs collapsed into the life of one little girl. It begins when she goes to school and her mother notices that the teacher doesn’t correct her spelling. The teacher explains it is a new system of education called “Whole Language” where children use “invented spelling.” Whole language made its way into the school system in the mid-1980s.

Then in the advanced math classes, Maya doesn’t have to learn the right answer to math problems. Under the new advanced method of math taught in the advanced classes, students don’t need to have the right answer. They only need to have an explain why their answer is correct. By the late 1990s, the use of manipulatives had made its way into math education. During those years, it became unpopular to teach children the multiplication tables by memory.

 

EAG News has the full article

TRANSHUMANISM 101: DEFYING HUMAN NATURE ONE CYBORG LIMB AT A TIME

TRANSHUMANISM 101: DEFYING HUMAN NATURE ONE CYBORG LIMB AT A TIME

The past few years have seen a surging interest in the international scientific movement to “help end human death.” It fears no mechanics and abhors the imperfections of the human body. Transhumanism is snowballing into an international movement aggressively defying human nature and embracing machines. The current wave of debate surrounding the concept began with The Transhumanist Wager, a novel about the possibilities of… Read more →