A suggestion by Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia that a key 1960s-era voting rights law aimed at ending Jim Crow-era voter discrimination against blacks perpetuates “racial entitlement” has drawn outrage from civil rights leaders and others.
Justice Antonin Scalia suggested Congress voted to reauthorize the law because they had nothing to gain politically by opposing it. He then suggested that preclearance represented a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” and that the Supreme Court has a duty to stop an ineffective or harmful law that Congress is unwilling to kill.
“Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes,” he said.
I thought this was so interesting, I had to pass it along. Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God? By Jason Carlson and Ron Carlson, May 25, 2011
During a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a university student asked me, “Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?”
Now this is a very interesting question, and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God?
In answering this student’s question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible. First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people ealize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic, just to name a few.
Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.
Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1,500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.
Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages.
In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.
And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa , Asia , and Europe . Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people.
Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline – the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme – God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message – salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.
In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God’s word truly is an amazing collection of writings!
After I had shared the above facts with this student, I offered him the following challenge. “If you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, then I challenge you to a test, I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.” I went on to say, “If you can produce such a collection of books, I will admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God.”
The student’s reply was almost instantaneous, he emphatically stated, “But that’s impossible!”
It truly is impossible, for any collection of human writings. However, the Bible passes this test. The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or contradictions. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.
The next time you encounter someone who asks you why you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, try sharing this challenge with them. Better yet, don’t wait until you’re asked, just go ahead and share this challenge with a friend today. You don’t even have to mention the Bible up front, just ask them if they think it would be realistic to assemble such a collection of books. After they say, “But that’s impossible!” you’ve got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of God’s word with somebody!
In God We Trust.
This is Phil Donahue interviewing Milton Friedman thirty years ago.
These are the simple facts of human nature. If people don’t have free rides to lives of sedentary consumption, they have to earn their livings. To earn a living you need to produce value to others that creates a surplus for you to supply your own means to survival. You produce with your labor and/or with your brain. To the degree that you produce more than similar others (now your Global friends and neighbors) your rewards grow at a greater rate. Some people are bigger and stronger than others, so if society values and rewards those skills above others these people have an advantage. Good or bad, it is simply a fact. Since not everyone can be bigger and stronger, the mind is the equalizer. If you educate your mind continuously you will learn other skills or invent things of value. Working smarter and harder is a good combination for you to create more than enough to sustain yourself and allows you to help and/or employ others so they can produce more than they consume. This is only possible in a democratic, free-enterprise society. History shows that socialist or communist societies are created and can only exist by taking the surplus developed through free enterprise, but since such societies under produce for what they consume they fail. Such is the case when the Federal Government of a Free Enterprise Society takes increasingly more from it’s peoples’ productivity and spends it without reasonable controls. Federal Governments produce no surplus for its people, in fact it does not produce anything but expense. That is what we are living through in our own Country. Somewhere along the line, the government lost site of its role, spent more money than its people could produce, then blamed the problem on its people.
While asking for another 4 years as president, Obama has to pretend like the last 4 years didn’t happen. Take a musical behind the scenes look at the Obama White House!
NFL vs NBA. You pick…..
- 36 have been accused of spousal abuse
- 7 have been arrested for fraud
- 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
- 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
- 3 have done time for assault
- 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
- 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
- 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
- 21 currently are defendants in lawsuits
- 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year !
Can you guess which organization this is?
Is it the NFL Or NBA?
Give up yet? Neither, it’s the 535 members of the United States Congress
The same group of idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each
year designed to keep the rest of us in line. Think before you vote, ask questions before you vote. Get educated before you vote.
A funny song sung to the tune of Margaritaville and inspired by Rush Limbaugh. This parody has original lyrics by Rick White and sung by Jack Anderson. Both of Charleston, West Virginia. When the most under qualified person to be nominated for the office in modern history wins election and the most manifestly inept person to hold the office gets reelected then yes, the world (or at least the country) seems to have gone insane.
This song is more than true…for millions of sucker Americans…who will soon loose any & all assistance from the government. While they wait for you to beg for their fema camp imprisonments. Along with an ID chip with all your info and a single dose of cyanide poison they can activate to kill you at their will! … Things are not good in America… most are asleep to what is going on around us. Stand up for your country, we need to put the breaks on this out of control strange evil government!
Claiming Barack Obama thinks a “free enterprise economy” is “the cause of our problems” — not, as he sees it, the solution — Sen. Marco Rubio argued Tuesday that the president’s proposals would hurt middle class citizens more than help them. “Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich,” the Florida Republican said in his rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address. “I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.” The 35-year-old lawmaker, viewed as a possible presidential candidate and declared by Time magazine as “The Republican Savior,” was tapped to give his party’s response to the speech. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, also rebutted Obama on behalf of the conservative tea party caucus. Rubio largely kept to his prepared remarks, except when he abruptly stopped talking about halfway through to reach for a drink of water.
The son of Cuban immigrants referred emotively to his personal story and that of his family, though his policy criticisms and proposals were largely in line with prevailing mainstream and, in some cases, conservative Republican thinking.
On immigration, for instance — on which Rubio has been one of his party’s most outspoken proponents of efforts to “modernize” the current system — he didn’t mention his past support of a route to citizenship for undocumented immigrants now in the United States. The senator did generally advocate “a responsible, permanent solution to the problem of those who are here illegally.” But he added that first, “we must follow through on the broken promises of the past to secure our borders and enforce our laws.” Speaking about gun control measures — one of the most emotional parts of Obama’s State of the Union speech — Rubio said he was for “effectively” dealing with such violence, then added, “But unconstitutionally undermining the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is not the way to do it.”
He sharply criticized Obama on many fronts. The president, Rubio claimed, had unfairly cast Republicans as opposing the environment and seniors, and only caring about rich people. He contended that it was Obama who — if his plans are enacted — would hurt the majority of Americans by preventing the economy from growing. “The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families,” Rubio said, referring to Obama. “It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs.” His remarks often reflected the sharp partisan divide on budgetary matters. Top Democrats, including Obama, have consistently said that increased government revenues should be paired with spending cuts to bring down the deficit.
Congress already raised tax rates on top income earners as part an agreement in January to avert the worst aspects of the so-called fiscal cliff. And now, Obama and Democrats want to eliminate some tax breaks and loopholes to further raise revenue. Republican leaders have sought to reduce the size of government and, therefore, generally oppose any increase in tax revenue. They have called for aggressive spending cuts and steps to overhaul entitlement programs, while rejecting any new attempts to increase revenue as part of further steps to reduce the deficit.
Obama’s “solution to virtually problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more,” Rubio said. The president did, in fact, propose several new programs aimed at bolstering the economy, though he insisted they wouldn’t add to the deficit.
“The idea that more taxes and more government spending is the way to help hardworking middle-class taxpayers, that’s an old idea that has failed every time it’s been tried,” Rubio said. “More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back.” Rubio said he agreed with Obama on lowering the corporate tax rate, but didn’t mention the president’s support for closing tax loopholes that inordinately benefit the rich.
Rubio backed school choice for all parents, and said that student financial aid should evolve to help more “non-traditional students.” On energy policy, the senator derided Obama’s administration for “wasting … taxpayer money on so-called clean energy ventures like Solyndra.” Rubio favors “reform” of energy regulations and opening up “more federal lands for safe and responsible (oil and gas) exploration” — both common Republican themes.
He spoke, too, of Medicare — the government-run health insurance program for seniors — arguing that changes are needed for it to continue. The president suggested he’d support “modest reform” of this entitlement program, but Rubio said Obama does not go far enough.
“I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother,” he said. “But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now is in favor of bankrupting it.” Near the end of his speech, Rubio prayed that Democrats and Republicans “can come together to solve our problems” — contending that, if they don’t, the consequences will be stark. “If we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever,” Rubio said. “And if we do not, we will forever be known as the generation responsible for America’s decline.”
“This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs. Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity. But President Obama? He believes it’s the cause of our problems.”
“Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy. The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security. So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.”
“Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012. But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade. Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private sector jobs. And there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.”
“The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year. That’s why we need a balanced budget amendment. The biggest obstacles to balancing the budget are programs where spending is already locked in. One of these programs, Medicare, is especially important to me. It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity. And it pays for the care my mother receives now. I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother. But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it.”
“Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems, because the choices before us could not be more important. If we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever. And if we do not, we will forever be known as the generation responsible for America’s decline.”
Washington, DC- FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe issued the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union attacks on the promised sequester savings:
“Congress doesn’t have a sequestration problem; they have a sequestration promise to keep to the American people, one that the President supported on the campaign trail before he was against it. And frankly, it’s the bare minimum effort that Congress and President Obama can make, considering they have failed to pass a budget in over 4 years.”
“Tonight the President described the savings as ‘sudden and harsh,’ an odd choice of words since the savings have been a contingency plan for over a year in the event that Congress and the White House failed to find spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling- which they did fail to do.”
“The use of words like ‘sudden’ and ‘harsh’ in the President’s speech are deliberate attempts to scare Americans into blindly agreeing to the President’s agenda to increase spending and expand the size and power of the federal government.”
“The sequester savings are not cuts in the same sense that you and I think about ‘spending cuts’ in our own household budgets. Imagine calling up your credit card company and saying, ‘I know I can’t pay my bill this year, but my debt is going to be $500 next month rather than the $800 I had originally expected.’”
“That is the sequester in a nutshell, only on an exponentially larger scale. There is a baseline of federal spending that increases automatically every year, and the sequester savings mean that the increase in total spending is going to go up less, rather than actually lowering.”
“Squabbling over $1.2 trillion in anticipated spending ‘reductions’ over ten years seems pretty silly when considering that the fiscal deficit was $1.3 trillion for 2012 alone. President Obama and Congressional leadership have to stop tinkering at the margins, return to regular order and pass a budget as required by law.”
“In layman’s terms, Mr. President, we citizens call this ‘doing your job.’”
Want to know how to tell you’re going to have a bad day in Washington? A man walks up to you and says, “Hi, I’m Jason Mattera, and I want to ask you a question.” Actually, since Jason is a friend of mine, that would be a good day for me, but not so much for politicians. Jason, the senior investigative reporter for Talk Radio Network and a New York Times best-selling author, gave Hot Air an exclusive first look at his latest video produced for the Andrea Tantaros Show, which features Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) attempting to walk away from a good question — whatever happened to those health-care premiums price cuts Barack Obama and Democrats promised when they passed ObamaCare three years ago?
McDermott’s answer is priceless:
“Who’s paying you? The cock brothers?” Er, that’s Koch brothers, as Jason corrects McDermott. McDermott tries to first walk away from Jason, but then later engages him by arguing that all other Western nations have national health-insurance management. “Every industrialized country in the world takes care of its people,” McDermott replied, which doesn’t actually answer Jason’s original question but does address his follow-up. Why not just turn around and offer the answer in the first place? Probably because there is no good answer, as premiums spike upward and the promise to bend cost curves downward turn out to be empty.
The only politician who ever actually used the right approach to Jason was Al Franken, who is otherwise well known for refusing to engage with any reporter not from Minnesota. Whether one agrees with Franken or not, he was smart enough to challenge Jason right back.
POSTED AT 12:01 PM ON FEBRUARY 11, 2013 BY ED MORRISSEY
So God made a Democrat bt Daniel Greenfield
God looked down on Washington D.C. and said “I need someone who will steal morning, noon and night. Who will steal from the rich to give to the poor and steal from the poor to give to the rich and fool them all and keep all the loot.”
So God made a Democrat.
God said, “I need college man to come to a farm and tell the farmer that he can’t feed his hogs with lettuce from his own farm or use the manure from his pigs to grow his lettuce. I need an inspector who will tell him how much he can sell his milk for and warn him that his son riding on the tractor constitutes child labor. I need someone to pay a farmer not to farm so that poor people can’t afford bread.”
So God made a Democrat.
“I want a union organizer who hires non-union picketers to keep workers from working, a politician who fights for the people by taking money from billionaires and a clergyman who worships whoever runs on the party line. I want a banker who fights for the poor and gives to the party and a party that pays the poor man eight times to vote for the banker’s man.”
So God made a Democrat.
“I need someone to retire at 55 with generous benefits from a government job. I need lawmakers who will pass laws without reading them. I need teachers who refuse to teach kids unless they’re paid twice as much as any worker in their city. I need people to sit on commissions and make rules about lines of work that they’ve never been in.”
So God made a Democrat
“I need a Catholic who’s for abortion. A Jew who’s for Palestine. A Mormon who’s against the Church. A Baptist who’s for evolution. A Methodist who doesn’t believe in god. And a Muslim who believes in destroying America.”
So God made a Democrat.
He said, “I need someone who starts all the wars and protests against all the wars. Who is first in line to sign up to fight against his country but comes out as a pacifist when it’s time to defend it. I want war heroes who throw their medals over fences and then gather them up again when it’s time to run for office. I want men who are for everything before they’re against it”
So God made a Democrat.
“I need a working class man who who has never worked a day in his life, but always talks about caring for those who do. I need a man who talks all the time about helping women, blacks, lesbians, Eskimos and Martians get ahead and then drops them like a dirty rag when he has what he wants. A man who gets up at 11:30 in the afternoon to help the less fortunate by passing laws that will make them even less fortunate. A man who takes nine tenths of what’s meant for the poor and lets them have the leftovers.”
So God made a Democrat.
“I need a man who believes in himself too much to take responsibility for anything he did. I need a man who is tolerantly intolerant, who is outraged all day by everything in the world except his own outrageous behavior. I need a man who is for freedom of speech except when he’s offended, for freedom of religion except when he disagrees with it and for the right to bear arms but only for those weapons that existed in 1791.”
So God made a Democrat.
God said, “I need a party of jackasses that will always break through the fence and spoil everything that the farmer grows. I need bad men to test good men and liars, cheats and thieves with clipboards to teach neighbors to stick together against them. I need a man with no more conscience than a rattlesnake leading a band of fools with less sense than sheep. And I need him to keep the farmers and ranchers, the workers and doers on their toes so they always remember that evil never rests and keeping it down can sometimes be the hardest work of all.”
So God made a Democrat.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City writer and columnist. He is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and his articles appears at its Front Page Magazine site.