Maher’s “Morality”

Scoffers like Bill Maher tend to be awfully smug in their disbelief. But as Frank Turek explains in this video, non-believers can’t even claim a personal moral code without “stealing” it from God ~
 

[Maher obviously missed the part about free will and original sin]

 
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Related:
The Chink in the Atheist Armor

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Saturday Shorts 4-25-15

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
Out-of-State Billionaire Wages War on Affordable Energy in Nebraska ~ Tom Steyer, hedge fund bazillionare and climate alarmist, peddling anti-fracking propaganda. Another elitist who couldn’t care less how much the average Nebraskan pays for energy.
 
New York Times’ Trolling of Ted Cruz is Really Weak ~ Daniel Greenfield unravels the spin behind the attention-grabbing headlines.

 
Obama’s Wanton Lawlessness Should Disturb All Americans ~ Excellent article from David Limbaugh. Wake up people!

When elected officials thumb their noses at the law and do what they please, they are disenfranchising the voters and systematically dismantling the very system that ensures our liberties [...]
This is our nation unraveling before our eyes. When will more people speak up against these abuses?

 
My Father Was Gay. Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage ~ Cautionary tale from a Canadian woman raised by two gay men. Lesson: Everyone else loses freedoms when SSM is legal ~

I am a witness and I don’t want America to lose her hard-won freedoms as my fellow Canadians have. Marriage must remain between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

 
Hillary Clinton: I’m the Real Victim of Benghazi ~ 8O Apparently Obama’s audaciousness has rubbed off on old Hilly. The two of them stood by and let the jihadis murder four Americans and she’s the victim? ~
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Tom Brady’s father among group seeking archbishop’s removal ~ Another faux Catholic who’s never read scripture. These apostate laity think they should be able to reverse 2000 years of church doctrine. The archbishop they want removed, Salvatore Cordileone

… has been under assault from some Catholics since news broke in February that teachers in archdiocesan-run schools would be required to sign a contract that states they “accept the Church’s teaching that all extra-marital sexual relationships are gravely evil and that these include adultery, masturbation, fornication, the viewing of pornography and homosexual relations.”

 
Meanwhile, there’s this shocker from Baltimore ~

Catholic Relief Services vice-president is in a gay ‘marriage’, promotes gay agenda ~ Huh?

Rick Estridge, Catholic Relief Services’ Vice President of Overseas Finance, who has worked for the U.S. Bishops’ official international humanitarian agency since as long ago as 2001, “married” his homosexual partner in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 4, 2013 [...]
Estridge has also used social media to promote his views against Church teaching.

I sense a looming schism on the horizon…
 
Thank God for Father Cordileone – and for Franklin Graham – unafraid to call sin, “sin” ~ Rev.Graham: Gay Iceman ComicBook Made To Indoctrinate Our Young People to Accept This Destructive Lifestyle

 
Bobby Jindal’s standing strong too ~ “I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage”

 
Executions Surge in Iran after Nuclear Talks, Iran off U.S. Terror List ~ Wow, so that worked well. Someone thought that if we treated Iran like a grown-up nation they’d act like a grown-up nation? ~

It is important to note that this government has stayed in power for 36 years solely by systematically killing its opponents both inside Iran and abroad.
 
“We recently received a report that strongly disturbs even the most seasoned human rights activists; it came from Zabol prison in the Baluchistan Province of Iran. Reliable sources told us that prisoners condemned to death are tied to a pole, and are left without food or water the day before they are hanged. No one ever heard of this sort of treatment before. The regime is becoming more barbaric with each day that the world remains silent and refuses to hold them accountable for human rights violations.
I am not sure how much more has to happen or be documented before the world starts to take notice. The question I would like to ask the P5+1 negotiators is: Can a country with such extensive, grotesque human rights violations be trusted in any way?” ~ Mina Ahadi, Founder of International Committee Against Executions (ICAE)

 
Everything You Need To Know About The Latest Clinton Foundation Scandals, Explained ~ Washington Free Beacon has answers to all your questions on #UraniumGate.

 
Minnesota city sues sanitary wipes makers over clogged pipes ~ Yucko. Turns out “flushable” wipes – weren’t ~

A Minnesota city is suing six makers of sanitary wipes, saying their “so-called flushable wipes” are clogging sewer systems.
The Star Tribune reports the lawsuit from the city of Wyoming says flushable wipes stay intact long enough to pass into sewer lines and wastewater treatment plants, causing thousands or millions of dollars in damage.

 
‘Ferguson’ Play Cast Members Quit After Learning Truth About Michael Brown Shooting ~ Lefties will soon be unable to tolerate objective Truth entirely; reality just doesn’t fit their agenda.

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Pretending the Armenian “Genocide” wasn’t one

armeniangenocide2April 24th marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. It also marks the 7th year in a row that President Obama obstinately refuses to refer to the ethnic cleansing of 1.5 million Armenians as “genocide” – yes, even after a direct appeal from Kim Kardashian ~

Kardashian – who is Armenian on her father’s side – and the Pope have both called the killings a genocide.

 

Unfortunately, when it comes to the Armenian exterminist cataclysm - as one scholar refers to it, we again seem to have a conflict over competing realities. There are those of us who prefer to live in the real world and deal with facts, however difficult that may be at times. And there are those on the Left – including totalitarians of all stripes – who seem intent on inventing their own facts to create some magical alternative universe.
 
The word in dispute here is “genocide.” Unless you’re prone to historical revisionism, it’s difficult to deny that’s the appropriate noun to apply to the tragedy of the disappeared Armenians.
 

One hundred years ago, the Ottoman Turks – today’s Asia Minor Muslims – took advantage of the chaos during and immediately following World War I, to attempt to exterminate the Armenian – predominately Christian – peoples from their “empire.”

More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century [...]
 
During the night of April 23-24, 1915, Armenian political, religious, educational, and intellectual leaders in Istanbul were arrested, deported to the interior, and mercilessly put to death. Next, the Turkish government ordered the deportation of the Armenian people to “relocation centers” – actually to the barren deserts of Syria and Mesopotamia. The Armenians were driven out brutally from the length and breadth of the empire. Secrecy, surprise, deception, torture, dehumanization, rape and pillage were all a part of the process.

 
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At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000…. Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present.

Source: Armenian National Committee of America

 
Pope Francis had the temerity to include the term “genocide” in his remarks memorializing the 1,500,000 dead earlier this week. This of course prompted protestations from the religion-of-perpetual-outrage, notably Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan: “I condemn the pope and would like to warn him not to make similar mistakes again.” 8O
 
Barack Hussein Obama seems to side with Erdogan. He’s avoided calling 1915 Armenian killings ‘genocide’ for the 7th year in a row.

 
Oddly enough…

As a senator and presidential candidate, Obama did describe the killings of Armenians as “genocide” and said the US government had a responsibility to recognize it as such.

 
This was on Senator Obama’s campaign website in 2008 ~

“[T]he Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence. The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy. 8O As a senator, I strongly support passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, and as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

[Yet another pack of lies from the prevaricator-in-chief.]
 
obama&erdoganObama and Erdogan, tyrants-of-a-feather, understand that history must be forgotten or erased to enable “progress” towards their authoritarian goals. Another despot with similar ambitions, Adolf Hitler was on the same page ~

For Hitler, who openly admired Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and saw himself as a “Father of the Nation,”, the Armenian massacre (the term genocide had not been coined yet) was proof that humankind is quick to forget, that one should not be held back by moral reservations. Totalitarianism bets everything on opportunism, cowardice, and amnesia. [...]
 
In conversations with his minions, Hitler used to mention the following when explaining the “necessity” to exterminate the European Jews: “Who even remembers the Armenian annihilation nowadays?”

Source: FrontPage Mag

 
As all successful autocrats know, mass amnesia is much easier to induce if you refuse to call evil, “evil.” Or genocide, “genocide.”

 
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Related:
Here’s what happened during the Armenian genocide and why Turkey denies it
 
The Forgotten Genocide: Why It Matters Today ~

Outside of Turkey, what is happening to the Christians of today from one end of the Muslim world to the other is a reflection of what happened to the Armenian Christians of yesterday. We can learn about the past by looking at the present. From Indonesia in the east to Morocco in the west, from Central Asia in the north, to sub-Sahara Africa—that is, throughout the entire Islamic world—Muslims are, to varying degrees, persecuting, killing, raping, enslaving, torturing and dislocating Christians.

 
Armenian Patriarch on Pope’s Genocide Remarks: ‘No One Can Expect to Silence the Pope’s Conscience’

 
What You Should Know About The Armenian Genocide ~ Captivating account from the granddaughter of genocide survivors.

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Clinton Corruption Reaches Epic Proportions – Borderline Treason

Here’s the shorthand version of the latest – and by far the worst to date – edition of the Hill & Bill Corruption Files. Since Hot Air provided such a nice concise recap of the debacle, I’m posting it pretty much verbatim – just added a couple links for the curious ~

Nutshell version: Bill Clinton helped out Kazakhstan’s dictator (Kanye West likes Nazarbayev too) with some propaganda at home 10 years ago in exchange for Clinton Foundation board member Frank Giustra being allowed to purchase uranium interests inside that country.
 
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Giustra’s company got rich and made a correspondingly rich donation to the Foundation. The company ended up merging with another company to form Uranium One, which began buying up uranium interests inside the U.S.
 
Eventually the stakeholders in Uranium One wanted to make a bigger score by selling the company to — ta da — Russia, but they knew a deal like that would need to be approved by top officials of the federal government, including … the Secretary of State. So they dropped another pile of cash (ultimately, tens of millions!) on the Clinton Foundation and the deal was approved. (See why Hillary might have been keen to have that private e-mail server of hers wiped?)
 
And now a huge chunk of America’s uranium supply (up to half?! -See video below) is controlled by Vladimir Putin, one of Iran’s chief nuclear suppliers. The uranium in your soil may eventually end up in an Iranian enrichment facility, thanks to a crook who’s running to be commander-in-chief of the U.S. military.

 
Here’s Fox News with an excellent synopsis of the breaking story this morning ~
 

Allahpundit at Hot Air: Pay special attention here at around 5:20, when NYT reporter Jo Becker recalls asking Bill Clinton’s spokesman if he’d ever had Kazakh officials over to his home to discuss them purchasing an interest in Westinghouse. No way, said the spokesman. I’ve seen a photo of Bill with the Kazakhs at his home, replied Becker. Oops, said the spokesman. That story was first reported in the 2008 (article) linked above but watching Becker tell it here, in the context of so much other smelly Clinton self-enriching filth, is really the cherry on top of this sh*t sundae.

 
Sleep well.

 
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Related:
“Clinton Cash” ~ by Peter Schweizer
Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal ~ this morning’s NYT story by JO Becker and Mike McIntire
Here comes Hillary! ~ Scandalicious :mrgreen:

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Thwarting the Gay Marriage “Gotchas”

As we move into the next presidential election cycle, the mainstream media has a sly “gotcha” question for all the GOP candidates. It’s designed of course to show what hateful bigots all Republicans are.
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Ben Domenech at the Federalist discusses how a conservative should respond to the hypothetical set-up question ~

“Would you attend a gay wedding” is a matter of personal conscience. But that’s why it’s such an obvious opportunity for turning the question back on the actual policy battle at issue, a bit of ju jitsu I haven’t seen from any of the respondents yet. The whole point is that it’s your decision whether to attend or not.

 
Patrick Archbold, at Creative Minority Report suggests this excellent answer:

Dear Politicians (and anyone else)
 
Here is how you answer the “Would you attend a gay wedding?” gotcha question.
 
Q: Would you attend a gay wedding for a friend or loved one?
 
A: Any gay person close enough to me to actually want me there, be they friend or close relative, would never invite me, for to do so would be disrespectful of me and my faith. They would know this since they are so close to me.
I wouldn’t attend the birthday party for someone who shows disrespect to my person or my faith. Would you?

 
In other words, speak from your heart with conviction and compassion – and send the ball back to their court.
 
Domenech explains further ~

Conservatives and (most) libertarians believe people ought to be able to decide whether to freely associate with others themselves, not be dragooned by the force of government into mandatory associations as the secular left maintains. The entire point of religious freedom laws in Indiana and elsewhere is that we want to give people who say “I cannot in good conscience participate in this ceremony” the right to defend themselves in court based on their deeply held beliefs.

 
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Moon: Cough up more $$$ to save the earth

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
~ Vladimir Lenin

 

ban-ki-moon4-15U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Washington D.C. last Saturday, beating the global warming drum in advance of today’s ode to the earth. Never mind that the whole premise of human-caused global warming is a farce, the moon-man is calling for action on the $100 billion climate fund ~

More than five years after President Obama and other leaders agreed on a 2020 goal of raising $100 billion each year from public and private sources to help developing countries deal with climate change [...]

“This was a commitment which was made in 2009 during the Copenhagen climate change summit meeting. We have only mobilized $10 billion as an initial capitalization of this Green Climate Fund. I would really hope that there will be a trajectory, a path, which will be shown to the member-states.”

 
Apparently the first-world nations aren’t forking over the cash fast enough.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our times,” he told a conference hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance last week. “It is also an enormous economic opportunity*.”

 

It is that. An enormous economic opportunity* – for the United Nations to redistribute wealth on a global basis.

At the pre-Earth Day concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, Ban called on concert-goers to raise their voices in support.
 
“I want to hear from you,” he told the crowd. “It’s our last chance to slow global warming.”

 

Oh no! Sound the alarm!

 
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Climate alarmism has been debunked by any number of credible writers and scientists. Larry Bell wrote an excellent piece in Forbes a couple years ago ~

… a great many very informed scientists believe that any human contributions to that influence are negligible, undetectable and thereby grossly exaggerated by alarmists, while far more important natural climate drivers (both for warming and cooling), are virtually ignored. Particularly consequential among these are long-and short-term effects of ocean cycles along with changes in solar activity.
 
The pervasive hype that we are experiencing a known human-caused climate crisis is based upon speculative theories, contrived data and totally unproven modeling predictions. Much of this emanates from politically-corrupted processes and agenda-driven report conclusions rendered by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which is trumpeted in the media as authoritative gospel.

 

Global elitists require one or more ongoing crises to maintain their power and shake down the wealthiest nations. So like good little Marxists, they take Comrade Lenin’s advice (see above) and continue to trumpet the the pseudo-science of climate change ad nauseam.
 
To understand the deceit underlying this entire global extortion scheme, the only quote you really need to remember is this one from Christine Stewart, then Canadian Minister of the environment, in 1998 (featured in Bell’s article) ~
 

“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…
climate change (provides) the greatest opportunity* to bring
about justice and equality in the world.”

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Related:

Reminder: Earth Day Co-Founder Killed and Composted His Girlfriend

Obama honors Earth Day by using 9,180 gallons of jet fuel — that’s just the start

Earth Day 2014 – Reality Check

Barack’s Bogus Climate Deal ~ Why aren’t they holding these Earth Day festivities in China?

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Banning Free Bibles in Oklahoma

In the latest attempt to push God out of our public schools, Oklahoma has officially barred teachers from giving students free Bibles, caving in to atheists who threatened to file a lawsuit ~

(Erica Mackey, a third grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary) reportedly announced to her students that she had several New Testament Bibles and asked if anyone would like one. Nearly all her students came up to her desk to get copies of the New Testaments.

Well, we certainly can’t have that!
 
Scott W. Stone, legal counsel for Duncan Schools promptly surrendered took action, explaining to the atheist group that actions were being taken in response to their complaint ~

“Teachers and administrators in the district are being advised that they should not attempt to persuade students to take Bibles or other religious materials during class time.”

 
I thought Scott might benefit from a brief history lesson…
 

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Dear Mr. Stone,
 
This letter is in regard to Duncan Public Schools’ recent capitulation to the atheist organization, American Humanist Association. May I just say, what a sad surrender it is.
 

You sir, are either either weak – a common ailment in these days when personal integrity is at a premium – or you subscribe to the tedious separation-of-church-and-state fallacy. You can’t possibly believe that America’s founders, majority Christian, steeped in Judeo-Christian traditions as they were, would have opposed voluntary distributions of bibles in a public school?
 
I know you can’t truly believe that, because you are an attorney who represents educators. It follows that you yourself have been “educated” – presumably in American History. So you certainly would be familiar with the Aitken Bible?

Robert Aitken’s Bible was the first known English-language Bible to be printed in America, and also the only Bible to receive Congressional approval. Aitken’s Bible, sometimes referred to as “The Bible of the Revolution,” is one of the rarest books in the world, with few copies still in existence today.

 
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Did you catch that “receive Congressional approval” part? (You mean Congress actually approved of a Bible? Gasp!)
 
Here’s the text of their actual endorsement:

Philadelphia, September 10th, 1782.
Whereupon,
RESOLVED,
 
THAT the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken, as subservient to the interest of religion, as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above report of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work, they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this Recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.

 
Furthermore, America’s early schools’ primary function was actually to teach everyone to read and understand the Holy Bible. Our first colleges were all established to provide instruction in… theology.
 
Benjamin Rush, signatory to the Declaration, a physician as well as an educator, reformer and humanitarian (BTW – there are few if any in Washington today who could hold a candle to the man) regularly expressed his belief that the Bible should be central to a proper education ~

“(T)he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”

And even;

“Let every family in the United States be furnished at the public expense… with a copy of an American edition of the Bible.”

Yet you have decreed ~

“All teachers and administrators in the district are being advised that they are not permitted to distribute Bibles or other religious materials to students in class or during class time.”

 
Well sir, Benjamin Rush admonishes you across the centuries:

By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects… It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published.

 
Mr. Stone, I am sad for your ignorance. But I feel even worse for the children in the Duncan Public School District from whom you are obstinately withholding the word of God out of a misguided – or deliberate – interpretation of the founders’ intentions.
 
Regards,
Designs on the Truth

 
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What makes this Bible-banning truly ironic is that this is the same state that recently allowed a Satanic mass to be celebrated in the Oklahoma Civic Center.

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The President & the Pope share a twisted worldview

Another enlightening post from Ann Barnhardt, discusses the malevolent worldview that animates both the president and the pope. At heart they embrace totalitarianism (Barnhardt says specifically, Marxism), a philosophy introduced by Satan himself. And like wolves in sheep’s clothing, both are leading their flocks widely astray ~

Bruthas From Anutha Mutha: Obama and Francis ~
 
Pope Francis and Obama are eerily, eerily similar, both in their personages, their regimes and in their regimes’ tactics. If you have noticed that too, you’re spot on. They are both stupid, babbling fools, completely incoherent when not reading off a script prepared by others. Both are Marxists. Both are media darling fronts for a thuggish regime, and it turns out that the powers behind Francis may have engaged in electioneering and quid pro quos before the Conclave of ARSH 2013. Both sic their bureaucratic henchmen on their enemies. Both are in bed with the sodomites (i.e. Ricca and Barros). Both despise and are hellbent on destroying the respective institutions which they rule, presumably “in service to mankind in order to bring about utopia.”

Doesn’t mince words does she?
 
 
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Ugh. My thoughts on captioning this one are taking me to
a really dark place. Best if I just let it speak for itself.

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If you have some time you should really listen to this podcast from One Peter 5, featuring Ann talking to Steve Skojec about the crisis in the Church, Synod predictions, and the coming persecution.
If you don’t have the time – you should still really listen to it :)

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Another progressive attempt to alter reality

But from the beginning of the creation
God made them male and female.
~ Mark 10:6

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Because in reality, water is wet, the earth is round, and males and females are not interchangeable, the progressive Left must eliminate any means of assessment that exposes the truth ~

Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women ~

Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nation’s top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administration’s plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. 8O

 
Are we to just ignore the reason for the standards in the first place? Progressives always want change (“Forward!”). Why don’t they ever have to justify the reasons for their “change?”
 
The status quo – military or otherwise – wasn’t arrived at arbitrarily. Common sense, and millennia of collective human experience, all lead us to conclude that males are infinitely better suited for combat than women.
 
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Leftists should be the ones to “have a good reason” why that tradition should suddenly be changed – and how the change will benefit national defense. Instead ~

“The pressure is on the services from the White House’s politically correct crowd vis-a-vis Obama’s Pentagon appointees, who will force the services to accept degraded standards,” said Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer and author of the book “Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women Into Combat.”

 

Numerous studies have yet to provide any evidence that women in combat would be anything but detrimental to military readiness. Undaunted, the left will forge ahead. “Progress” must trump reality.
 

Somewhere George Orwell is shaking his head in disgust.

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Whack-a-Drone #24

Here is another cogent, concise and convincing
example of the rightness of Conservatism.
Whack your favorite drone(s) with the TRUTH:

[There's a high probability it won't penetrate their thick
armor of denial - but hey, it's worth a shot.]

 
 

Check it out – It’s fascinating how conservative principles actually work when they’re tried.
 
From the American Thinker ~

Foodstamps for able bodied childless adults down 80% in Maine following 6 hr/week work requirement:
 
Last year, the administration of Gov. Paul R. LePage, a Republican, decided to reimpose a three-month limit (out of every three-year period) on food stamps for a group often known as Abawds — able-bodied adults without minor dependents — unless they work 20 hours per week, take state job-training courses or volunteer for about six hours per week. The number of Abawds receiving food stamps in Maine has dropped nearly 80 percent since the rule kicked in, to 2,530 from about 12,000.

 
An individual’s sense of self-worth is tied to their ability to be self-supporting, to make a contribution. “Help” people do that and it’s a win-win for everyone.
 
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Related:
Food $tamp$ – Enabling Abuse and Dependency

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Saturday Shorts – 4-18-15

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
The Statue of Lars Vilks ~ Diana West (author – The Death of the Grown-up) explains how, rather than honoring a Swedish patriot who courageously stands for liberty, the Scandinavian country is capitulating to Islam.
 
EPA and CA Drought: ‘What Civilized Society Destroys Its Own Food Source For A Three-Inch Fish?’ ~ If California’s envirowackos hadn’t valued delta smelt over the their fellow human beings, the state would be weathering this latest drought just fine. A brave Republican Assemblywoman has been trying to get the truth out for months.

 
Abortion Supporters Defend Dumping A Live Baby In A Dumpster ~

In the vehemence to not block any abortion services — whether obtained legally, within the bounds of the law, or not, whether it’s even safe for the mother herself or not — we have people defending a woman’s choice to leave a baby to die, alone, in a dumpster.

A civilization that excuses infanticide is a civilization lost. We are now Rome.

 
Egyptian Host to Israel: ‘Put Trust in God and Bomb Iran’ ~ Egypt? Strange days indeed… total realignment of allies/enemies ~

… Egyptian TV personality Tawfik Okasha called Netanyahu “our dear friend” and suggested Israel take out the Bushehr Nuclear Reactor.
“Put your trust in God and bomb it,” Okasha said. “We are with you and if you need fuel for the jets, we will give it to you.”

 
GAO reports warns hackers could bring down plane using passenger Wi-Fi ~ (Not sure how national security issues are within the purview of the Government Accountability Office but…) Who need box cutters when you can blow up the plane with your ipad?

 
Day After Obama Removes Cuba from Terror Sponsor List, Terror Group Sponsored by Cuba Kills 10 ~

Cuba has been harboring FARC terrorists for years. This morning, FARC murdered 10 Colombian soldiers.
 
The Castro brothers continue to harbor international terrorists from Spain’s Basque separatist group ETA and Colombia’s Marxist rebels FARC, as well as American domestic terrorists from groups like the Black Liberation Army.
 
Nothing has really changed on this front. It’s estimated that 70 U.S. fugitives are being harbored by Cuba, including Joanne Chesimard (AKA “Assata Shakur”), a convicted cop killer.

 
Defense Department: The Bible, Constitution And Declaration Of Independence All Perpetuate Sexism ~ We know the Left’s assault on America’s foundation is relentless, but this is coming from our own damn (pardon me) government! ~

According to a Defense Department-approved “sexism course,” the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence all contribute to modern sexism. 8O
 
Those three cherished texts all count as “historical influences that allow sexism to continue,” according to a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a “world-class human relations education.”

 
OK then – what can we call this? Racist-Sexist-Bigoted? Christaphobic? ~

Italian Police: Libyan Muslims Threw Christians Overboard ~

The Italian police have arrested 15 Muslim refugees from war-torn Libya on charges they murdered Christian passengers on their escape boat by throwing them overboard.
 
“The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat,” reports CNN, relaying statements from Italian authorities. “Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants – Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal – threw the 12 [Christians] overboard.”

 
Mass movement: US Christians don orange in church to honor ISIS victims ~ Would be wonderful if this could gain some traction. Our churches really need to be speaking out more about this savage persecution ~

orangeribbonA new campaign sweeping through American churches has worshipers wearing orange – either in their Sunday best or on ribbons – to raise attention to the Christians executed at the hands of ISIS. Ribbons for Rescue.

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The Toilet Papers

tp-fullrollWe Americans honestly don’t realize how fortunate we are when it comes to simple everyday conveniences. We take so much for granted; electricity, clean water, central heating, fast food, indoor plumbing, and yes… toilet paper.
 
Up until the Marxists rose to power in their country, Venezuelans took many of these things for granted too. Well, at least their toilet paper. Unfortunately that commodity has now become a luxury ~ Venezuela reaches the final stage of socialism: no toilet paper ~

Venezuela’s product shortages have become so severe that some hotels in that country are asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap, a local tourism industry spokesman said on Wednesday….

 
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Why is the South American country out of such an everyday item? Do Venezuelans use more toilet paper than the rest of us? Is there a greater need to, er, clean things up? Ha! – If that were the case, Washington D.C. would face chronic shortages!
 
No, it’s just another unfortunate consequence of Venezuela’s dictator-imposed evil ideology.

 
tp-emptyrollDid you ever stop to consider why the United States, and most western nations, enjoy the advantages of modern conveniences over the rest of the world? Federal bureaucracy certainly didn’t invent air conditioning, computers or iphones. Our bloated central government is more likely to stifle any real progress these days with taxes, fees and endless regulations.
 
But the idea of America, the original worldview of our founders, created an environment that fostered freedom, entrepreneurship and inventiveness; which led to an economic system that rewarded creativity, hard work and perseverance.
 
Socialism, communism, Marxism – every form of authoritarian statism, smothers freedom, inhibits self-reliance and discourages innovation. Central planning so mismanages resources – human and natural – that the only thing it ever creates are breadlines. And toilet paper lines.
 
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[As I noted earlier this year, Venezuela’s tyrannical regime has so ruined the refining industry that the oil rich country now has to import oil!]

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On the other side of the totalitarian coin, we have the 14th century throwbacks who simply eschew modern conveniences altogether. Muslim countries have apparently avoided toilet paper shortages for centuries – by simply forbidding its use ~

Turkish Religious Body Issues Fatwa Allowing Muslims to Use Toilet Paper 8O ~
 
Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, known as the Diyanet, issued a fatwa that allows Muslims to use toilet paper. However, the department reminded people “that water should be the primary source of cleansing.”

 
Apparently toilet practices have always been highly regulated under Islam (Breitbart provides details if you’re interested). Nice to see them joining the 21st century – at least in matters of personal hygiene ~

“If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used,” the Diyanet claimed in a statement. “Even though some sources deem paper to be unsuitable as a cleaning material, as it is an apparatus for writing, there is no problem in using toilet paper.”

 
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Our day-to-day lives in America are vastly more comfortable than they were 100 years ago thanks to our constitutional and economic freedoms; precisely because we haven’t had – unless recently – an all-powerful central government controlling every aspect of our lives.
 
Let’s hope Obama doesn’t turn us into Venezuela in the next two years.
 
Just to be safe, I think I’ll go plant some corn. :mrgreen:
 
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Related:
Venezuelan Oppression – and we thought Hugo was bad
Meanwhile, in another part of the world… Venezuela runs out of food -and oil
 
Love this headline :D ~

Venezuela: You can’t have a revolution without a few skidmarks; ignore the toilet paper shortage! ~

To my fellow Americans, I say: Do not laugh too hard at our friends from Venezuela. There are plenty of stealth socialists right here at home, and listening to them already has us on the path to Skidmark Row. Let’s wake up before it’s too late.

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